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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Scientologist may be evil but Mormons are not

Rupert Murdoch calls Scientologists 'creepy' and maybe 'evil'

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch tweeted Sunday that he thinks people who practice Scientology may be "evil." (AFP / Getty Images / July 1, 2012)

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has put his two cents in on the news that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced.

"Watch Katie Holmes & Scientology story. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people," Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp. tweeted Sunday morning.

Murdoch's tweet followed Friday's news that Holmes had filed for divorce from Cruise after five years of marriage.

While Cruise often associated with Viacom's Paramount Pictures, he has done movies for Murdoch's 20th Century Fox in the past, most recently the romance/action film"Knight and Day" in 2010. Cruise is known for being prickly about being challenged about his involvement with Scientology.

Murdoch is not the first mogul to question Cruise's personal life choices. Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone briefly cut ties to Cruise in 2006 after the actor got into a spat with "Today" host Matt Lauer over prescription medication and post-partum depression. The two have since made their peace and Cruise again is starring in movies for Paramount, notably the "Mission: Impossible" series of action films.

Asked on Twitter by a follower what he thought about Mormons, Murdoch responded, "Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil."

Murdoch apparently is getting some backlash on Twitter. He subsequently tweeted, "since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story."


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An informed electorate...

How would you amend the Constitution?

The wisdom of Will Rogers

We are more polarized as a people than any time since the Civil War.

A Divided National Cannot Stand.

Listen to those you disagree with.

Compromise and move forward.

"Millennials" by Art Lynch

Syllabus COM 101 Summer 2012

Communication 101: Oral Communication / July 2012

Instructor:   Art Lynch                                   Phone/Voicemail: 702-454-1067 or 702-682-0469
Email:             CSN on-line campus Angel preferred / /
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Coopman, S. J. & Lull, J. (2009).  Public speaking: The evolving art. With supplemental materials for the Department of Communication at CSN. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS: Scantron Forms 882e or 882es & # 2 Pencils (for exams)

Keep up to date on current affairs and on the subjects you choose to speak about. Use of required source material and use of Angel are also required. This is a hybrid web-assist section, so access to, and use of, a computer on at least a weekly basis is required. Free access (paid for by your student fees) is available to Computer labs at each campus, local libraries and other resources if you require assistance.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Com 101, Oral Communication, satisfies the Communication requirement for related instruction for many certificates offered at CSN.  Please check the CSN Catalog or your degree sheet to determine if COM 101 fulfills that requirement.  The emphasis of this course is upon the principles of effective communication.  We will study various communication strategies from both a practitioner's perspective as well as from the viewpoint of a recipient. 

  • Help students understand that communication is dynamic involving constant change and development.
  • To learn, understand, apply and integrate basic communication theory models.
  • Familiarize students with both the basic concepts and differences between informative, persuasive and entertainment speeches.
  • Help students internalize the basic principles of delivery (i.e. impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript, and memorized) and to fully understand how receivers perceive delivery styles.
  • Increase student’s ability to become critical listeners.
  • Help students understand the use of visual aids in the speech making process.
  • Introduce students to the basic skills or argumentation and critical thinking.
  • Give insight as to how a speaker must adapt to various audience or receiver dynamics.
  • Emphasize the importance of outlining and supporting materials in the speech making process.
  • To understand your relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.
  • To understand civic responsibility, personal integrity, listening skills and presentation skills.

  The above skills will be assessed through lectures, performances, exercises, observations, and exams.

Click on "read more" below for details on the CSN Summer 2012 Syllabus for July.

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Date:7/7/2011 9:49:08 AM

Casey Anthony Trial:

I chose to blog about this because the trial came to a conclusion yesterday and found Casey Anthony not guilty of the murder of her two year old daughter. The twelve person panel all agreed her to not be charged with murder, even though her daughter was found buried in a back yard with no trace of a phone call made to the police that her daughter was missing.

Harry Potter and Alcohol:

This is not hard to believe at all seeing that Daniel Radcliff the Harry Potter star adapted a drinking problem. Most Hollywood actors are exposed to drinking and drugs at such a young age a lot of them fall off the acting circuit due to drug and alcohol abuse. Like in the article Drew Barrymore had her first drink at the age of nine. Look at Lindsey Lohan, she is messed up.

Transformers Box Office:

I find it to be very fascinating how the movie Transformers can sell 217 million around the globe for an action movie. I am not an action movie person to say the least. With the economy in a rutt, just like in the great depression people go to movies to get away from the hardships there facing everyday in the world. Its quite amazing how many people will actually go to a movie like that.

Lincoln Memorial:

The Lincoln Memorial picture really fascinates me because the quote on top is so little but yet speaks so much. “A Nation Divided Cannot Stand” Those five words have a lot of meaning. The nation is in such a tissle we cannot stand together at all. We need to think about the saying above Abrahams head and realize everyone thing he has done for the country.


2018 Winter Games:

I think its awesome that South Korea will be hosting the 2018 winter games. They made an excellent argument with wanting to bring more popularity to the winter sports there and that each event will only be 30 minutes away is an awesome way to get people there since everything is so close. They made an excellent argument and thats awesome there country needs it.

Webb Shoulder Pain:

Brandon Webbs shoulder injury is something that should have full revery times. With a surgically repaired right rotater cuff any discomfort should be a reason not to play, and its good his coaches are seeing that. Hopefully with rehab hell be able to pitch in the next season.

Clemens Trial:

Steroids are nothing to mess around with. Clemens who used performance enhancing pills has his best friend going to testify against him. How can a jury not find him un guilty. If your going to be a professional athlete be honest with yourself, teammates and fans, otherwise if you need those kind of steroids you shouldnt be playing professionally.

Hacking of girls cell:

How long could anyone possible get. Britain newspaper hacked the cellphone of a 13 year old girl who was killed and the chief editor did nothing about it. The agony her family must be going threw over this is enough to make you sick to your stomach.