Brandon Jones

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Dec 3, 2009
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3.8

While much more explanation is needed, the author does a fine job of alerting the audience to the story at hand, while seeking people who have been directly affected by the closures.

There seems to be something "hush hush" going on here. I'm excited to see the detailed reasoning behind the closures. I'm happy that more mainstream medias are covering issues in the gay community, but the community is also entitled to their own publications covering their community.

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Brandon reviewed this story - Nov 21, 2009
Brandon's Rating
4.5

This article is absolutely quality journalism. It does a fantastic job covering both sides of the argument and features relevant quotations from many sources. Very unbiased writing about an infuriatingly absurd action on behalf of the Archdiocese.

I am sitting here, absolutely appalled that one of the area's primary religious organizations would even suggest the idea of CUTTING support from those in need in order to hinder the rights that the gay community deserves. These 'religious' people would rather cause more hurt to the community in order to uphold their absurd beliefs. This is ridiculous and absolutely childish.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 20, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.7

Backed by sound facts and an interesting interview with author Carol De Vita, this story reveals an inequality within non-profits. The author could have utilized more interviews, desirably from heads of non-profits. But, overall, an interesting piece.

I'm completely supportive of a more diverse work place, but if the organization is functioning properly and excelling in its goals, then I don't think they should be forced to balance out the staff for the sake of statistical equality

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Brandon reviewed this story - Nov 20, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.8

This is a very well-written piece which provides many interesting facts and predictions about the state of the environment. The author establishes an urgency that is backed by evidence and accurate claims.

I think all nations with high pollution rates should be held accountable, not just one.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 18, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.8

The author does a good job of illustrating the history of this controversy, and highlights important steps in the Native American desire to have these sports teams change their names. I thought there could have been more quotations from the American Indian side.

If the American Indians say that the name is offensive to their culture, then there should be no question about changing it. Simple as that.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.6

This article offers a brief summary of the aftermath of the 'ousting' of Lou Dobbs, however the article lacks depth. The article offers many great predictions and questions, but fails to provide many solid answers.

I am personally very happy about Dobbs' removal from CNN. It is the responsibility of any newscaster to report the news equally and free of bias, so Dobbs' several violations of this rule make his removal necessary. The Hispanic/Latino popluation deserves all the positive news it can get as well as further involvement in the news that is broadcast to America.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon's Rating
4.2

For the most part, this is a very interesting piece. While I wish that more sources were quoted, to hear a summary of Napolitano's plan in her own words was very helpful. I wish there would have been reactions to Napolitano's plans, specifically from those affected by the possible reform, instead of relying solely on her own words.

I think many of the things Napolitano suggests are practical and important to the issue which has grown especially heated this last year. While I think change needs to happen in order to reduce dangerous smuggling into the United States, families should not be seperated.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon's Rating
4.3

While relying fairly heavily on an excerpt from an upcoming book, the author does a wonderful job of concisely delivering the necessary data, relevant figures, and a summary of issues. Some information in the excerpt and introduction is a bit redundant, but the subject is extremely interesting and relevant to the gay-marriage debate that is especially heated right now.

How anyone can suggest that homosexuals would be bad influences as parents is mind-boggling to me. I am surprised at the steadfast ignorance that exists all over the world. The exploitation of the 'exotic' and 'different' nature of gay citizens is absolutely ridiculous. Gay people and straight people are one in the same, and it makes no sense why gay parents would be any worse than straight parents at raising children.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.2

The author does a good job of familiarizing the audience with the subject of capital punishment; a subject that has bee quite overshadowed for the past few years by developments in other issues. This article, however, fails to back up claims with concrete examples.

I strongly disagree with the death penalty and can only see hope in the fact that Texas is realizing the monster it has become.So what's next Texas, gay marriage? Maybe I'm jumpin' the gun...

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 15, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.5

The author does a good job of explaining the controversy and the organizations involved, but it seems that the relevance of the topic and its implications to the Hispanic community are missing.

Outlining organized hate groups...I can only feel disappointed at the hindering of progress that these groups pose

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 15, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 15, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 12, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.9

This article offers several opinions about the removal of Arpaio's policing powers. The quotes from both Arpaio and Fabian represent two very different sides to an important issue facing the United States. Some sort of quote from 'higher' powers would have been appreciated

I think that Arpaio is an extremist who is dealing with this issue in a vicious and unnecessary manner in order to gain political popularity, especially with conservatives. Some sort of change needs to be seen, because we can't deal with this issue by making jail camps. Obama's action is needed immediately.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 12, 2009
Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.9

This story highlights two very strong female voices in their struggle for health insurance from the country's leading hotel chains.

Being a Bay Area resident, I found this article particularly fascinating. The article introduced me to two women who have been part of the immigrant work force, in this case working behind the scenes for San Francisco's leading source of revenue: tourism. What they demand is fair and important, and these strong women, from very different backgrounds, have come together to show that they will no longer be mistreated, even if it means going to jail. They speak for an enormous ... More »

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.0

The author offers an interesting, however very biased and under-researched opinion. The article tries to overshadow wrongdoing on the behalf of ACORN with the importance of supporting the voice of the impoverished.

The author makes a fairly drastic assumption when claiming that an attack on ACORN is an attack on community organizing, because the organization has participated in a fair share of sneaky business. However he does offer an interesting point when suggesting that large companies participate in behavior much worse than that of ACORNS and are not met with same sort of attacks.

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
Brandon's Rating
3.8

While the article offers merely a summary of facts highlighting the tourism drought in Mexico, the information accurately illuminates the country's complications and offers several solutions backed by reliable, important quotes.

Such a drastic drop in tourism, an industry Mexico is so dependent on, can only be a result of the difficult financial situation all over the United States paired with the media capitalizing on the fear of the American people. The coverage of the swine flu epidemic was drastically exaggerated and Mexico, as a result, suffered greatly. While swine flu does continue to sweep the United States, the situation is much more in control and fear and panic has greatly decreased. Hopefully ... More »

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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
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Brandon posted and reviewed this story - Sep 29, 2009
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