REHUGO 2nd Six Weeks
Bill O'Reilly and Richard Cohen
Week 1
Citation: O'Reilly, Bill. "Solar Power to the People - HUMAN EVENTS ." Conservative News, Views & Books - HUMAN EVENTS . Version Unknown. Unknown, 1 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. <http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46552>.
Category: Government
Precis: Bill O'Reilly, a Conservative columnist, in his article, "Solar Power to the People", writes a very bias article, which asserts that the government in America is moving backwards instead of forwards in the usage of "greener" fuel by claiming that money from tax-paying citizens is being spent inefficiently in "green" projects that aren't producing the desired results under the supervision of President Obama. O'Reilly develops this position by collecting research of previous "green" projects under the Obama administration and pointing out the flaws in investing an abundant amount of money into those projects that end up hurting the economy. O'Reilly's purpose is to not only reveal how the Obama administration is incorrectly using the American people's money, but also to inform the people that these so-called "green" projects are further weakening the environment and economy as well. Bill O'Reilly wants tax-paying Americans to feel frustration about the way the government appears to be investing money into "green" projects, when in reality, the projects are producing negative results which should then provoke the audience to condemn Obama's policies over this issue.
Personal Commentary: I completely agree with O'Reilly in the fact that the money invested in "green" projects in America is obviously not producing the desired results. It's such a shame that the money from tax-payers is just being wasted. Obama needs to rethink the way he wants to invest in better fuel options because America desperately needs it. Wrecking the economy isn't going to help save the environment.

Citation: Cohen, Richard. "The lovable Rick Perry - The Washington Post." The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post. Version Unknown. Unknown, 27 Sept. 2011. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-lovable-rick-perry/2011/09/26/gIQAbMXF0K_story.html>
Category: Government
Precis: Richard Cohen, a liberal columnist, in his column "The Lovable Rick Perry", writes a sarcastic and quite critical article, which implies that Republican candidate Rick Perry lacks common sense and the ability to communicate with his audience by claiming that Perry doesn't do a good job in communicating with the public about his ideas and is also unable to set his priorities straight. Cohen develops this position by using a sarcastic tone, contrasts, and even an analogy that compares Perry to a small child being made fun of because of the way his speeches made absolutely no sense. His purpose is not only to ridicule Perry for his lack of qualities that make him an unfit candidate, but also to express the fact that Perry is similar to the entire Republican party in the fact that the party is quite unintelligent even though it is passionate about its ideas. Richard Cohen hopes that the American people will realize that the confusions in Rick Perry's arguments are due to his lack of communication skills, and also wants the people of America to have a new, negative perspective of the Republican party all together.
Personal Commentary: Being from Texas, I know that Rick Perry has been our governor for quite sometime. However, I don't really know what all he has done for us, but Cohen seems to have valid points against him. I feel that Perry, like other public speakers, tend to miss the point of their speeches and end up confusing the audience with which viewpoint they are actually supporting. I don't think Perry would make a good president, but that also has to do with my family's opinion on him and what my parents have told me, even though we are Republicans.

Week 2
Citation: O'Reilly, Bill. "Why Chris Christie Matters - Bill O'Reilly - Townhall Conservative." Conservative news, politics, opinion, breaking news analysis, political cartoons and commentary Townhall. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. <http://townhall.com/columnists/billoreilly/2011/10/08/why_chris_christie_matters/page/full/>.
Category: Government
Precis: Bill O'Reilly, a Conservative columnist, in his article "Why Chris Christie Matters", suggests that Republican candidate Chris Christie is not quite ready to be President, but has the potential to hecome in the future by claiming that Christie possesses positive qualities such as the ability to solve difficult problems as well as his powerful and blunt personality. O'Reilly develops this position by centering in on specific qualities of Christie that would make him a good president while still saying that Christie probably wouldn't be ready to take on this responsibility of presidency this time around, but possibly in the future with more experience. O'Reilly's purpose is not only to express his view on Chris Christie, but also to show the audience the characteristics of Christie and how he could be a successful leader of America in the future. Bill O'Reilly wants voting citizens to realize that Chris Christie may lack experience, they should keep an eye out for him later down the road in political elections because Christie has such great potential to obtain enough experience to successfully lead the United States.
Personal Commentary: Christie seems to be a pretty good guy that could potentially be the President of our country. He definitely needs more experience because he doesn't have the full qualifications to take on that position yet, but he just needs more time as a leader in the form of a governor in order to strengthen his qualities. He's a Republican, so I would like to know more about his views on political issues rather than just about his personality and such.

Citation: Cohen, Richard . "Will Chris Christie throw a temper tantrum? - The Washington Post." The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post. Version Unknown. Unknown, 3 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whats-really-wrong-with-chris-christie/2011/10/03/gIQA7eO6IL_story.html>.
Category: Government
Precis: Richard Cohen, a Progressive columnist, in his column "Will Chris Christie Throw a Temper Tantrum?", expresses his negative opinion on a Republican candidate Chris Christie and suggests that Christie is unfit to become President by claiming that Christie's lack of experience and bombastic personality show that he isn't properly qualified to take on the responsibilty of running the United States. Cohen develops this position by focusing on the negative qualities Christie possesses such as his campaign, physical appearance, and overaggressive personality in order to show how he thinks Christie would be unfit for the position as President. Cohen's purpose is to not only to inform the audience about Christie's flaws but also to make the audience believe that these flaws cause Christie to be unfit to be President. Cohen wants American voters to dislike and completely disreguard Chris Christie as a potential President and also to have a negative view on Republic candidates that could potentially be similar in character to Christie.
Personal Commentary: I think that Cohen focuses too much on Christie's character rather than his policies because it is the easiest thing to target in a presidential election. He is trying to make the audiene dislike Christie based on a few negligable qualities that in some ways could even be a positive thing. Being a democrat, Cohen obviously isn't going to support a Republican candidate so he overexaggerates the information he has on Christie.

Week 3
Citation: O'Reilly, Bill. "Kid Stuff - HUMAN EVENTS ." Conservative News, Views & Books - HUMAN EVENTS . Version Unknown . Human Events, 17 Oct. 2011. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. <http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46877 >.
Category: Observation
Precis: Bill O'Reilly, a Conservative columnist, in his article "Kid Stuff", expresses his concern with the rising younger generation of kids with the rapid dependence on technological advances using his own personal experience with kids by claiming that the culture of society has altered these young people's perspective on the way they can communicate with others by being engrossed in technology. O'Reilly develops this position by the use of a personal anecdote and sarcasm to reveal the overuse of technology in the lives of young people today as well as a paradox in order to contrast what he thought was important in his childhood to the thoughts of young children today and their dependence on technology. O'Reilly's purpose is to not only inform the parents of those whose children who are heavily involved in the usage of technology, but also to speak to those who have grown up in a different generation, so that they realize that technological advances have severely changed the upcoming perspectives of young people today. O'Reilly hopes to make the audience, or the older generations, start to regulate the usage of technology in the younger generations since those young people don't know any better because they have been raised in a way that makes technology the norm in the hopes that those parents will think twice about what their young kids in teens are actively involved in.
Personal Commentary: I think that this article is so true in this day and age. As I was reading this article, I immediately thought about this little boy I babysat last Saturday night. He knew how to work and Ipad, the tv, video games, etc. Anything electronic, he knew how to make it work. The funny thing is, he is only three years old. The young people of today are growing up with technology at their fingertips and it is shaping every aspect of their lives. I couldn't tell you the last time I could just go outside to enjoy nature and whatnot. Society is all based on technology and that dependence is changing the way each generation views life here on Earth.

Citation: Cohen, Richard . "The alarm bells behind Iran’s alleged assassination plot - The Washington Post." The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post. Version Unknown. The Washington Post , 17 Oct. 2011. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-alarm-bells-behind-irans-alleged-assassination-plot/2011/10/17/gIQAhw5YsL_story.html >.
Category: Government
Precis: Richard Cohen, a Progressive columnist, in his frightening article, "The Alarm Bells Behind Iran's Alleged Assassination Plot", informs Americans about the issues created by Iran and the high tensions between us and foreign Middle Eastern nations by claiming that the United States is oblivious to the damages they have caused in the relationships between Iran and also to the possible dangers of what Iran could do to the safety of our country. Cohen creates this position by using startling facts and implementing the emotion of fear into his readers in order to grab the readers attention and to increase awareness of the dangers in participation in foreign affairs. Cohen's purpose is not only to precaution the country of America to be weary of foreign affairs, especially with Iran, but also to illustrate the negative consequences of doing so. Richard Cohen wants the citizens of America to be knowledgeable about foreign issues in hopes that they will realize that the government needs to be enlightened by this knowledge on how to be cautious with pursuing foreign relations.
Personal Commentary: I think that Iranians are kind of out to get us, so this article just further explains the problems with Americans. I don't understand what I'm supposed to do about this issue though. The only people that can do anything about it would be the government or the Obama administration, is just scaring people like me who have no control over foreign issues and to inform us that the government needs to do something about it in order to lessen tensions with Iran and the Middle East. We are on a lot of nation's bad sides, and we need to be on their good sides.

Week 4
Citation:
O'Rielly, Bill . " Are We the Wall Street Protesters? - Bill O'Reilly - Townhall Conservative." Conservative news, politics, opinion, breaking news analysis, political cartoons and commentary – Townhall. Version Unknown . The Town Hall, 23 Oct. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2011. <http://townhall.com/columnists/billoreilly/2011/10/23/are_we_the_wall_street_protesters/page/full/>
Category: Government
Precis: Bill O'Reilly, a conservative columnist, in his critical article, "Are we the Wall Street Protesters?", argues that even though capitalism isn't fair to everyone, it shouldn't be protested by claiming that this "survival of the fittest" system allows for everyone to be successful if they work hard enough to achieve it. He develops this position by critizing the Occupy Wall Street crew in order to condone their actions of protesting for handouts from the government and using other countries as examples of how their government system is inferior to America's. O'Reilly's purpose is to not only explain why capitalism has more advantages than disadvantages, but also to express the illogic of these protestors who are complaining about a successful capital system. Bill O'Reilly wants these protestors and their witnesses to understand that the time and effort put into these protests is not going to change the way America's system works, so they should focus their thoughts and energy on becoming educated and more successful individuals rather than trying to obtain government handouts.
Personal Commentary: I agree with O'Reilly in the sense that the capital system in America is far more effiecient than any other type of government or economic system. I believe that it can be unfair in some way, but I think that the people who come out on top are smarter and more capable of making money. The less fortunate people may not have the aptitude to be smart enough to have certain jobs, but the government doesn't need to give them any "handouts".

Citation:
Cohen, Richard . "Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street? - The Washington Post." The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post. Version Unknown. The Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/where-are-the-anti-semites-of-occupy-wall-street/2011/10/24/gIQAP89eDM_story.html>.
Category: Government
Precis: Richard Cohen, a progressive columnist, in his article "Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street?", claims that the Occupy Wall Street encampment isn't what it appears to be and shows why the OWS is discredited by claiming that it is lacking anti-Semites, therefore the possibility of them lacking credibility can transfer over into other areas besides the anti-Semites. Cohen develops this position by utilizing his own Jewish religion and his personal experience at an OWS encampment in order to reveal the potential other flaws in the Occupy Wall Street like the lack of anti-Semites. Cohen's purpose is to not only to show the OWS' lack of credibility, but also to give credit to the Democrats because the group bashing them doesn't have any credible sources for their critizing remarks toward the Democratic Party. Richard Cohen wants the people of America to look at the Occupy Wall Street protestors with a more negative perspective because of their lack of credibility as well as giving these people a better outlook on the Democratic Party.
Personal Commentary: Cohen is obviously very bias because he is Jewish and a Democrat, so he is going to do everything he can to discredit the Occupy Wall Street in order to make himself and the party look better. I don't really know much about Occupy Wall Street, so both of these two articles were hard for me to understand. I guess I would agree more with O'Reilly than Cohen on this issue.

Week 5
Citation:
O'Reilly, Bill . " America in Decline - Page 1 - Bill O'Reilly - Townhall Conservative." Conservative news, politics, opinion, breaking news analysis, political cartoons and commentary – Townhall. Version Unknown. The Town Hall, 28 Oct. 2011. Web. 3 Nov. 2011. <http://townhall.com/columnists/billoreilly/2011/10/29/america_in_decline/page/full/>
Category: Government
Precis: Bill O'Reilly, a conservative columnist, in his article "America in Decline", argues that the United States is in decline and only the citizens of this country can reverse it by claiming that certain Americans are relying too heavily on the government for support rather than themselves. O'Reilly develops this argument by contrasting the past events of American with the present day foundation and system of the economy in order to emphasize the severity of the decline in American today. O'Reilly's purpose is not only to relate past events to the preset, but also to show how people can learn from history so that the most beneficial results are obtained. Bill O'Reilly believes that American citizens should depend more on themselves rather than the government and should also pay attention to significant decisions made in the past that could be used in society today.
Personal Commentary: I thought that it was really interesting how O'Reilly started off the article by recapping the history of the United States and then suddenly comparing it to how our government is today. I think he is correct when he describes how it is up to the people to be dependent on themselves rather than the government because that money from the government that is given to poor people is hurting our national finances even more so.

Citation:
Cohen, Richard. "Wall Street is Still Playing Us for Sucker" NationofChange. Progressive Journalism for Positive Action. Version Unknown. Nation Of Change, 2 Nov. 2011. Web. 4 Nov. 2011. http://www.nationofchange.org/wall-street-still-playing-us-suckers-1320245418
Category: Government
Precis: Richard Cohen, a liberal columnist, in his article "Wall Street is Still Playing us for Suckers", implies that the banking corporations of Wall Street are responsible for cheating us, American citizens, out of money, but aren't suffering any consequences by claiming that worthless CDOs were sold for the bankers profit and caused the buyer to lose money. Cohen develops this position by creating an analogy through his personal anecdote about the bankers being like trashy car salesmen as well as sarcasm in order to relate to his audience about this issue because it affects him as well as his audience. His purpose is not only to reveal to the audience the true situation dealing with Wall Street bankers, but also to make a point that the government isn't doing anything to stop this criminal activity. Richard Cohen wants American citizens to be aware of this current activity so that they will be more cautious when dealing with investment banking.
Personal Commentary: The first thing I thought about while reading this article was Inside Job. I agree with Cohen in this particular article about how the large banking corporations are cheating innocent citizens out of money. These banking corporations are really similar to the trashy salesmen in Cohen's analogy, and I thought the article was well written and persuasive. I don't really quite understand the whole financial and economic stuff, but I still can pull out his main argument.