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Just about everyone has his/her own view of the Lorena Bobbitt and
the Menendez brothers trials. With the exceptions of only a few, your
gender will influence your opinion of these hot issues.
The Lorena Bobbitt trial is over, and she didn't even get a slap on
the wrist for doing something that would make the strongest and
bravest of men curl up in a knot by just thinking about it..
Also, things are looking good for the Menendez brothers. They
could go free for taking justice in their own hands for something they
couldn't prove happened ages ago.
Before these two topics get too old for anyone's two cents worth to
make an impact, there are a couple of scenarios you need to hear. Let's
start it off with a single word. ,
Trust is an important thing to anyone who wants any kind of
relationship. It is something you can't buy. There are nojshortcuts to
getting it. Trust is earned by the actions you make in a relationship.
It's worth dying for. '
There is no relationship that is closer than a relationship between
parents and their offspring or a husband and his wife. No one would
argue against that. So here's the scenario.
What if someone you knew, loved and trusted RAPED OH
They approached you and took what was sacred to you—your body,
and made you do things to them—things that you find disgustingly
degrading. Do you think they have that right?
And what if that person (or those people), who robbed you of your
self-worth—got away with it, and was able to do it again.
And every waking moment of your life you look that person in the
face and feel powerless because they could do anything they want to you
and you couldn't do a damn thing about it.
Wouldn't that make you feel less than human?
On the other hand, would that place you above the law?
Which leads to thrflext scenario, and let's start this one off with
We shouldn't go too deep on this word. Faith and trust go hand in
hand. In some cases, it means the same thing. In this case, it's about
the faith we have in our justice system.
The scenario involves the Bobbitt case. Let's look at it closely. A
man was on trail for allegedly abusing and raping his wife, and was
acquitted for it. The next case involved the wife relieving him of his
husbandly duty, and getting off virtually scott-free because she plead
So realiy,nothing happened to either one of them—not really.
What kind of sense does that make? This what the defense is saying
when they plead temporary insanity. ,
"Well I don't know what happened really, I just went crazy. I know
I did something wrong, but I'm okay now. So can I go?"
People will have their own ideas of justice. Lorena Bobbitt should
have done time in prison and the Menendez brothers right along with
her. Really, the nation's trust has been violated by our justice system.
We had faith that two things will happen; justice will be served, and
people will pay for their crimes. Instead, look what happens.
Perhaps we should be questioning the trust we put in a justice
system that allows such broad interpretation of temporary insanity
that almost anyone can be exonerated for any crime. This leads all of
us to one phrase.
No justice; no peace.
Editor in Chief
Brig Lopez III
Jesse Luna rV"'.::
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A forum for the views of Tarleton State University students
Farrakhan supporters disap
pointed by racist comments
Ex-Spokesperson for the Nation
of Islam, Khalid Abdul Muhammad,
was recently dismissed by Minister
Louis Farrakhan for his malicious
statements toward the Jewish
community, Catholics and whites in
" I found the speech, after listening
to it in context, vile in manner,
repugnant, malicious, meanspiriied,
and spoken in mockery of
: individuals and people, which is
against the spirit of Islam," said
Nation of Islam leader Louis
But while Farrakhan did not
approve of the manner in which the
speech was presented he did however
believe the content to be true.
Farrakhan accused Vice President
A1 Gore and the Anti-Defamation
League of conspiring to spread lies
Jesse Jackson and Benjamin
Chavis, director of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, had condemned
Muhammad's speech. Representive
Kweisi Mfume, the Maryland
Democrat who heads the Black
Caucus, said that his group will not
work with Farrakhan until he clarifies
I have found Minister Farrakhan
to be a brilliant speaker as well as a
He has a great sense of confidence
about him which draws not only
African Americans to him, but,
peoples of all color and faith. Also,
Farrakhan has been credited for the
Nation of Islam's work in drug and
It is hard to understand why a man
with such a wide base of followers
would condone such racist
While listening to his press
conference recently in response to
the Muhammad's comments it was
easy to sense his misdirected hate.
The wofd "racism" is a very
general term that many individuals
manipulate into their own definition.
I believe Farrakhan has created
his own kind of hate and what is
worse is the supporters he will lose
Anthony Farago is a Staff Writer
for the J-TAC.
If you can't say anything nice...
Do you remember being in high
school and getting lectured by
teachers and coaches about the
importance of school spirit? I do. I
usually spent that time talking, writing
notes, flirting with the guy sitting
next to me or doing anything but
listening to that tired old speech.
I felt like "Hey, I go to the pep
rallies and play some of the sports so,
why is this old man griping at me?" I
never realized that some people not
only don't have school spirit but,
than let other people have fun cheering
their team on.
Last Thursday,onPack the House
Night, I went to a Texan's basketball
game and I couldn't believe what I
saw. The game was O.K. (you can
read my article if you want to hear
about it) but, what amazed me most
was how rude some of the so called
I'm not talking about yelling
"You Suck! "at the referee or even at
the other team; fans were yelling at
our own players while they wwre
shooting free throws. -The whole
object of yelling at people when they
shoot free throws is to distract the
shooter and cause them to mi$s.
Some fans they are. Why don't you
go sit on the other side?
It gets worse. Later the cheer-
leaders move to our end of the court.
When they try to get the "fans"
involved, people in the stands started
cussing at the cheerleaders, telling
them to shut-up and move. One
woman got up and tapped a
cheerleader on the shoulder and
nagged, "I didn't pay good
she used her school I.D.)"... to come
watch you hoes jump around. Why
don't y'all move!"
If this young woman wanted to
watch the game with no restrictions
of her view, why did she sit on the
i very bottom row by the door? And
if she and her friends really cared
about the game and couldn't stand
to miss a single moment of it, why
didn't she wait until a dead ball or a
time out to make her dramatic
Another group of students de-
cided it would be entertaining .to
throw plastic basketballs and pro-
grams at the cheerleaders.
Personally, I thought that watching
the game would provide more
entertainment than harassing fel-
and the Purple Poo are all just trying
to add to the excitement and
encourage school spirit.
If you don' t feel like jumping around
. or yelling' and cheering for Tarleton
teams, that's your perogative.
And like one of my friends is
always telling me "Deal with it,"
because the majority of people at
sporting events do yell, they do stand
up sometimes and they do like the
Ginger. Grider is a Staff Writer
for the J-TAC.
Washington Post Writers Group
In \J^c=r/ '■
Letters to the Editor
There are no Losers
This letter is in reference to the
article on the Buffalo Bills in the
February 3 edition of the J-TAC. The
article by Roderick Richardson shows
evident ignorance on the subject of
sports, football, and namely, the
First of all how can the Buffalo
Bills be called "Losers"? Granted
they have yet to win a Super Bowl, but
how many teams in the history of
professional football can say that they
have won their conference four years
Furthermore, what NFL team has
the best won/loss record for the'past
five years? The Bills! Obviously,
that is quite the opposite of their
branding as "Losers".
Also, Mr. Richardson tried his hand
at a bit of Super Bowl history and,
again, came up a bit short. The
infamous last second field goal miss
in Super Bowl XXY was attempted
by Scott Norwood, not the Bills present
kicker Steve Christie.
Mr. Richardson also said that the
Bills' road to Atlanta was so. much
easier because of their lack of injuries
and their lack of players not wanting
"contract battles". Is that a fault? No
If anything, it shows the to-
getherness of theBills'staff...winning
games and performing were of higher
priority than renegotiating a signed
As for the Buffalo/Houston game
of last year, that was no "fluke", that
was more evidence of the never-give-
up auitude as they came back from a
38-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers
in overtime (now with a Steve Christie
No, the Bills have not won a S uper
Bowl yet, but they should be
commended, as any real sports fan
knows, for resiliency and never-say-
dieworkethic. They teach alesson to
America that everyone should pattern:
no matter how many times you get
knocked down, get back up and try a
Don't get me wrong, I am a
Cowboys fan, but I am also a diehard
Buffalo Bills fan. My hat goes off the
Dallas Cowboys and the to their fans
(the real ones, not the ones just now.
coming out of the woodwork), but
come on, let's give the Bills thecredit
they are due by being one of the best
in NFL history.
Daniel J. Slattery
There is no such thing
as an "ability trait"!!!
I recently read an article on one of
the County Commissioner can-
didates; expressing their reasons for
running in the election. Although
the candidate has admirable reasons
for entering, there was a comment
that concerned me.
The comment, "being a women
makes her 'uniquely qualified' for,
the post because of 'caring ability'"
is a very unusual one. How is one
gender born with "caring ability"
and another one not born with it? '
And in this day and age, with
everyone standing up for equality,
how can one say "I am more
qualified,'due to a birth trait." That
sounds like the one thing this country
is fighting against. African-
Americans, Native Americans,
Physically Challenged, etc... have
11 been fighting for equality based
on skills, knowledge and ability.
And I have heard of birth traits
due to skin color or gender or even
physical deformities, but an
tfcmotional ability" given at birth
(due to the child having a particular
chromosome) is one birth trait that
may puzzle many doctors as well'as
the public at large. I know—I for
one puzzle at this one.
Robyn D. Malone
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