Month: March 2014

AlfonZo Rachel

When most think of the stereotypical politically conservative or right-leaning Republican, typically, they get an image of an old white man who probably owns his own business. When we think of comedic individuals, a Republican is probably not the first person who comes to mind either.

Well, turns out there is a political, social commentator who completely breaks these stereotypes. His name is Alfonzo Rachel and he is a black, Christian, conservative patriot who is a registered Republican.

He is most well-known for his video commentary show, “Zonation,” that can be found on “PJTV.” (Go to PJTV.com and type in, “Zonation,” in the upper right hand search box).

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“Zonation,” serves as Rachel’s outlet to humorously rant about American political news. His point of view is enlightening. Due to his background, the environment he grew up in and several other unique factors he provides a distinct point of view.

Rachel exemplifies the importance of publicizing more comedic, political points of view. These social commentators play a crucial role in forming the opinions of the American people. Watching CNN, Fox News or whatever your preferred news channel may be is a great start. Reading The New York Times, The Washington Post or whatever you choose to read is also essential in spreading information. However, these commentators create an outlet in which people are able to discuss and further think about how the news affects their lives in a personal, local and national manner.

People like Alfonzo Rachel, Jesse Watters and Steven Crowder (scroll down to read about these social commentators) serve an important role in America today. More people like them, and social political commentators in general, need to become more well-known. Whatever the point of view may be, it is worth being heard.

 

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Writing Advice Can Never Be Redundant. Writing Advice Can Never Be Redundant.

C.S Lakin, wrote a short piece on ten easy tips to help yourself edit your own writing. As I read through the ten items, I realized I had heard these all at least once before. The very next thing I noticed, was how easily I forget to check these essentials on a regular basis. So, I would like to address the ten tips in terms of my own writing. This will be used as a future tool to remind myself, writing advice can never be repeated too many times.

1. “Give it a rest.”
I am Shaina Hayutin, and I am a procrastinator. I came to realize the severity of the compulsion over the last few months. I cannot start an assignment until the very last minute. The pressure feeds into my writing abilities and makes me write better, more clearly and more efficiently. However, when I receive my grades on such assignments I always see blatant errors that I could have fixed had I given myself more time to reread and edit. If I had taken some more time, a few days, a day, even an hour, I may have seen those mistakes. Admitting is the first step. The next nine steps will be a part of this ongoing process to become a better writer.

2. “Read aloud what you wrote.”
Reading out loud has always deemed helpful in the past. I utilize this step frequently, but it’s time to make it habitual.

3. “Search and destroy weasel words.”
I always try and be on the look out of, “weasel words,” as Lakin would say. They really do muddy up your work.

4.  “Trim sentences.”
I pride myself on clarity. I feel. The shorter. The sentence. The better. In all seriousness, the more words you can cut out, the clearer your writing. My dad is also a writer. He has continuously given me this tip for as long as I can remember; it’s engrained in me.

5. “You need comas.”
Personally, I hate commas. I feel the less, the better. However, I understand the necessity of their use. The more accurately you use commas, the more concise your writing. Thus, the more proud my dad is of me.

6. “Don’t overdo the punctuation.”
I tend to be a dry humor, monotone kind of person. Letting my words speak for itself relies on quite a lot of sarcasm. Overuse of exclamation marks is never an issue. Most of the time, I seem to use question marks properly. However, it’s the period that may get me in trouble sometimes. I rely too heavily on my tone to fuel my message and always use a period. That may be a good thing, but it is also something to be aware of.

7. “Pay attention to verb conjugations.”
Conjugating verbs. I didn’t know this was a thing until I took Spanish class in the eighth grade. Doing it in another language is just as hard as doing it in English. I rely heavily on the way sentences sound, rather than if the sentence structure was written properly. I should really tighten up my conjugating skills.

8. “Ditch extraneous tags when writing dialog.”
I try not to tag people too frequently. It’s always a good reminder to keep a nice balance between formal nouns and pronouns.

9. “Avoid passive construction.”
In my attempt to be clear, I sometimes come off a bit too vague. I would rather say things in less words than go on a rant explaining myself. I must remind myself, proper descriptions are a necessary part of clarity.

10. “Check those tenses.”
I have committed the wrong tense crime many-a-times. Once I take a break from my writing, I always catch it in the editing phase. However, this takes us back to step one. I must work on my procrastination. Then, the ten steps may proceed in a more natural order.

Important note: I wrote the first draft of this post on Wednesday afternoon. Today is Friday. I gave it a rest. Editing today was effective. #makingprogress.