Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The sis

So this is still a rough draft, nothing exactly done, but at least its not nothing.

Psychologists should be used as a resource and a support during an interrogation because they have studied human behavior and are able to better identify what the suspect is capable of.

There you have it. The following clip is an example of some, unethical interrogation techniques.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I want YOU for U.S. Army!

Do any of these look familiar? How do they affect you? Do they make you want to stand up for our country? Maybe buy a few war bonds or do your part?  The issue I want to get at is propaganda. More specifically Psychological Operations (PSYOP) and if it is effective. I want to address it as if it were an idea proposed the government to me and I had to give my opinion and try to persuade them on way or another. Some questions I might ask would be; Does propaganda work? What makes it work? What impact does it have on the human psyche? I want to see how it has helped both domestically and abroad.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Well, another paper done and away with. I was unable to attend class on thursday and I wish I would have. But I think I did the best I could. Looking back though, I definitely would have picked a different article. I think I did a good job at making it sound like there were multiple forms of rhetoric at work, but really it was the same thing done in a different way a few times. Oh well, whats done is done, let bygones be bygones, the chips are on the table.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Analysis, With Horses?

Have you ever tried to diminish someone else’s integrity entirely just to prove a point? Or maybe you just outright attack them? Or display them in black light, showing all their terrible deeds in full display? Well, there are those journalists/bloggers who break down and use those methods. The author of the blog, “Rick Perry’s Problem With The Truth” does just that. Jayde Wyatt uses plenty of low and demeaning attacks to get her audience to believe that her choice of future president is the correct one. She does a great job at proving her point to a less than intelligent audience, who are only looking for low blows to further support their ideas and thoughts and who care nothing about the means to and end, they just want the end. Ms. Wyatt schemes and low blows her way to get her readers to believe that Gov. Rick Perry is a liar and is a far worse choice than her obvious candidate, a one Mitt Romney. She attacks the former by using various forms of rhetoric; firstly by showing how he has lied and misquoted Romney, she also uses many quotes from different well-known people throughout the political spectrum, and furthers her argument by putting her opposition (Rick Perry) on display in a malicious way and exposing the lies her opponent has voiced concerning her choice (Mitt Romney).  These various forms of slander work well together to persuade her one sided audience that her candidate is a far superior option than the opposition by taking down her opponent, and breaking him for all to see.

First things first, Wyatts use of Perry’s own comments on Romney’s quotes to show the audience what a liar Perry is. This is an interesting form of rhetoric she uses, one that I think is potentially very lethal. She has used a comparison of recorded statements used by both candidates. One is Perry’s version of a quote said by Mitt Romney, the other shows Romney’s actual quote:

 While reading these it is easy to tell how it affects the readers. They are shown that Rick Perry is a liar by using his own words against him with a simple comparison of his and Romney’s actual words. She shows in a very interesting and blatant way that her opposing candidate has lied to the public for all to see. It is very smart of her to start her article with this view because by having actual documented proof that Perry is a liar she effectively starts her argument by showing that her ideas are not coming from nowhere and is able to show her audience (who probably don’t really need it) that Rick Perry is a liar, a scoundrel and a plain jerk, and she has the proof, right from the horse’s mouth.

Now begins her barrage on the already deceitful horse by shedding light on Perry’s inability to bring to the public eye his own misdeeds. Of course, she will kindly do so for him and her audience. Yet again she has proven herself lethal in her attacks on her unfortunate opponent. By using quotes from notable and credible news agencies such as CNN Money and The Washington Post she is able to show that not only Rick Perry can prove himself a liar, but also others can, and do. She uses four very well researched quotes to bring her buckling horse even lower into the ground. Yet upon closer study, I found it amusing that three of her four quotes are taken from the same article (CNN Money, “Texas’s Love/Hate Relationship With Washington’s Money”) that was written by the same author.  For the untrained eye, this may go unnoticed, but for a trained rhetorical analyst such as myself, nothing escapes my gaze. Yet what can this mean for the audience? Well, if they are paying attention to their article, they would be able to notice that she hasn’t really done her research, and only seems to read two or three different news publications and is absolutely willing to use the same one over and over again to prove her point as long as it attacks her opponent in a certain way. Thereby weakening her argument which means a variety of things to her readers; if they are like me they will notice that she has quoted the same article twice, and that she may not have as much support for her ideals as previously thought. Or if I were to not notice it, I would think that she has a lot of support from multiple people and it strengthens her influence over my opinion.

After such a barrage on our lying, deceitful, and injured horse; to make absolutely sure that this horse ends up getting shot, she continues her attack on him by again using various quotes that, in her words, “display [Perry’s] problem – the TRUTH”. She now has stated her obvious meaning behind her attacks; Rick Perry needs to tell the truth. Her first quote attacks Perry’s campaign methods and to do so, she uses a quote from The Washington Post which adds to her display of this obvious liar who continuously “[runs] into a problem – the TRUTH”. The following quote comes from a website called, FactCheck.org, a website that is non-partisan and aims at reducing the levels of deception in American politics and is highly effective in this case for strengthening her argument against Perry.
By using such a notable source that routinely blows people lies up in their face, she effectively demonstrates that it is not just her that says Perry is a liar, but another non-profit, non-partisan organization also has found lies just oozing from our now lame and deceitful horse lying in his own bed of lies.

As we can see, Jayde Wyatt has done an effective job at using various forms of rhetoric to add to and strengthen her case to destroy a devious horse in the race for GOP candidacy. By using these various forms of rhetoric, her audience has now been effectively shown that Rick Perry is a liar and a scoundrel. It certainly is no mistake that she comes out with this article at such a crucial time when Romney and Perry come so close in the GOP polls. But thanks to her we, if only a few, have been successfully warded off from a lying candidate. So what do we have now besides a horse that is lying lame in his stall? We have an author who has effectively used different forms of rhetoric to tear down her opponent. Yet, has she been effective in her cause to convince her followers that Romney is the better stallion in the race? Well, by using the imagery already in place, who would I pick? A stallion I have been told nothing about, or a stallion that has been deemed lame. I would take my chances on the stallion I have been told nothing about, and just hope that he’s not dead.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


First things first, Wyatts use of Perry’s own comments on Romney’s quotes to show the audience what a liar Perry is. This is an interesting form of rhetoric she uses, one that I think is potentially very lethal. She has used a comparison of recorded statements used by both candidates. One is Perry’s version of a quote said by Mitt Romney, the other shows Romney’s actual quote.

 She shows in a very interesting and blatant way that her opposing candidate has lied to the public for all to see. It is very smart of her to start her article with this view because by having actual documented proof that Perry is a liar she effectively starts her argument by showing that her ideas are not coming from nowhere and is able to show her audience (who probably don’t really need it) that Rick Perry is a liar, a scoundrel and a plain jerk, and she has proof, right from the horse’s mouth. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Governor Perry conveniently fails to mention that he used billions in federal stimulus money to cover up his budget deficits in Texas

While there are many forms of writing the author could have used, she chose to use a negative connotation. There are many ways she could have worded this and it would not have sounded as bad. By the way she worded this sentence, you can definitely tell what she was trying to drive home to the audience at hand. She wants then to loathe Governor Perry because he OBVIOUSLY chose to leave out the simple fact that he used money in the wrong way and claimed he didn't. The effect on the audience is obvious and complete. The connotation she uses is perfect for what her purpose is. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First Time For Everything

Well, it was pretty cool. I never have been to a poetry reading before, although I have actually read poetry... how odd. Well, before Chris emailed us about this opportunity to attend, my Biology teacher actually talked about him in our class. First thing that struck my interest was that W. S. Merwin was an important figure in the anti-war protest during Vietnam. Not only that, but he was a Pulitzer prize winner for poetry. Pretty impressive.
His poetry was not really that interesting to me (maybe because its meaning escapes me) but it is something to be appreciated I think. Maybe you could say it has influenced me on some unconscious level. All in all, it was something that I am glad I was able to attend, and has definitely brought to light the poetic side of me.
Please visit this link, and feast your eyes and imagination on my favorite poem.

Friday, September 30, 2011

My Option for Rhetorical Analysis


I think this one would be a good option to analyze because it is an opinion based blog, and uses many forms of rhetoric. The author, Jade Wyatt's only credentials seem to be that she(?) is a republican, who supports Mitt Romney, and is allowed to write on mittromneycentral.com. Her issue, in this particular blog, is whether of not Mitt Romney is a better candidate than Rick Perry for the republican presidential nomination. And she does so in interesting ways by comparing quotes from both candidates and other respectable citizens showing Perry as a liar. Her audience is people who are decided republicans who are deciding between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney for president.

She is trying to persuade people as to who is the better republican candidate, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, her option is Mitt Romney. She uses a couple strategies to persuade her readers, one is that she compares Rick Perrys version of Mitt Romney's quote, and Romneys real quote. She also quotes other well known political people, choosing ones that show how Perry is a 'liar'. This makes her audience think that Romney is obviously a better choice because not only does she show Perry as a liar, but she quotes other, more well known people who also think that Perry is a liar. She wants the audience to believe and think this way so they will vote for Romney when the time comes. She wants them to feel the same way as she does.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


It was harder than I thought to get out what I wanted to say without offending anyone (although I am pretty sure I still managed to do so) and was actually kind of cool to see the paper transform from a blob of ideas to something actually readable, maybe even publishable. Only time will tell, in the mean time, feast your eyes upon this.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Utah and its Infamous Drivers

           It only takes twenty minutes of driving along Utahs stretch of I-15 to experience what I like to call, “Utarded driving.” What is it about Utah that makes drivers so terrible? Do people here think they are more deserving than others? Do they somehow not realize that by following five feet behind a car is illegal and extremely dangerous? Utah drivers are terrible, and although there may be other contributing factors to their stupidity on the road, I think that it stems from a selfish mindset. People in Utah need to understand that they are not the exception to the rules and laws of the road that everyone is responsible to keeping. Now it should be made known that all Utah drivers are not like this, like everywhere else, there are both bad and good drivers on the road.
            Although every licensed Utah driver has seemingly learned the laws of the road, somehow in the depths of their selfish minds, they always seem to think that either they or whatever they are doing is most important. By doing so, they risk not only the lives of themselves, but more importantly, the lives of others on the road. This dangerous mindset can be exemplified in the following example: Think back to when you were in math class, and were about to receive instructions on how to take a test. The teacher had just asked everyone to remain silent and said he would not be repeating the instructions. Do you remember that one fellow classmate who just HAD to tell his neighbor what kind of lunch he was going to buy or something just as unimportant? By doing so he made it impossible for you to hear the instructions and caused you to fail your test. Flash forward 5 years, and that young adolescent is now a driver, and feels that instead of allowing a safe distance between you and him, he offers you five feet of distance before dastardly exiting his lane and entering the lane to his side without signaling. By doing so, he puts you and others on the road at risk. Only this time, its not a math test anymore, it’s your life, and it will not be repeated. This sort of selfish behavior that first manifested itself in math class, has followed him through the years.
Here is a picture of the described intersection.
            Flash forward fifteen years. While traveling southbound on State Street in Orem, you approach 800 North St. where you need to make a left turn. You wait, like any other responsible driver, until the shared emergency lane gives way to the left turn lane where you promptly signal a left turn. After proceeding into the left turn lane you are immediately struck by a car speeding in the suicide lane to beat you to the red light. While stopped to exchange information and wait for the police officer to arrive, you asked him where he was off to in such a hurry (his reply will forever astound you). He said he was going to meet his wife at a yogurt shop. A yogurt shop mind you, where according to his driving, all the yogurt was going to turn into nuclear waste if he didn’t get there in time. When he said that you wanted to ask him, “Was that so important that you had to enter the shared emergency lane, speed up to beat me to the red light?” Out of politeness, you do not ask him, but can’t help but laugh about it later.
            This may seem like an extreme example of “Utarded” driving, but actually happened to me while I was on delivery for my employer. This thoughtless action forced my employer to terminate me and I was left looking for another job. I can only imagine what this other driver must have been thinking at that decisive moment where he thought he should speed ahead of me. Did he consider that by taking such an irresponsible action he would put me at risk? Did he realize that he cost me my job, and a year of delivery experience was wasted? No, all he was worried about was himself and his melting yogurt. Like the first example in math class, he also considered himself an exception to the rule.
            Don’t just take my word for it; lets take a look into the brain of a Utah driver himself. While watching this video, try to disregard his ridiculous and stupid comments and just look at how selfish this driver actually is. CLICK HERE! Maybe some of you look at this driver and think its just the way its always been here in Utah, it’s the way he learned and now it is just a part of the way things are done here. If that video didn’t perfectly frame a Utah driver, read the following bits of advice on how to drive in Utah. CLICK HERE! These helpful hints may seem funny at first, but depict exactly how “Utarded” driving is correctly done.
Knowingly, my examples are a little stereotypical, and do not apply to all Utah drivers. There are good and bad drivers here and everywhere else. Bad driving is just a much more regular occurrence here than any of the other three states I have had experience driving in. Do these bad drivers really want to make breaking the law, and selfish behaviors part of what Utah is known for? I don’t think so. They need to realize that their actions not only affect them, but as well as those of us who choose to be a responsible driver. Please, anyone who fits in this category, next time you drive, maybe stop and think the next time you are tailgating me, “is this what Jesus would do?” 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Something of Note.

So this is completely off topic, but I just wanted to comment on something that I think bugs me, and I know others.

Tuesday is devotional day, we all know that because EVERYTHING on campus comes to a halt. Now, I do not disagree with devotionals at all, intact I think they are great. I just disagree with the timing. I mean, the only time I have to eat lunch on tuesday is at 11. I have class from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm. I can either eat my lunch, or suffer the consequences of devotional. I know that may seem menial to some, but I know many others have this same issue with the devotional.

This doesn't affect me, but there are those of us who use the cougareat as a place to purchase our lunch and sit and eat. What I don't get, is why all the places to buy food are "closed" when all the students are still working. What is the point? If the cougar eat is such a temptation to students to eat instead of go to devotional, why wouldn't BYU move the devotional time slot to another time when eating is not a problem?

Here is just another crazy Utah driving video, hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Just a tid bit

So I was thinking some more about my Op-Ed paper and I decided to write a little bit more about it. People here in Utah drive crazy. It is just a fact that all you native Utahans will just have to accept. I feel like I am at least somewhat qualified to make such a claim as I have driven a lot in this state sand others, mainly Oregon, Nevada, California, and Idaho. You would think that due to the close proximity of these states, the driving would remain relatively equal, but no. Across these states it is easily made visible the different driving habits of each community.

So, just to get an idea of the craziness I saw everyday working as a delivery driver for all over central utah, here is a little snippet.

That video was taken along highway 6 in spanish fork headed to Price UT, a highway I drove everyday. Utah drivers are insane, and here is a video I think sums up all that can be said about Utah drivers, by one himself.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Op Ed Brainstorm

Well, for my opinion editorial, I think I'm going to talk about some observations I have made about Utah's drivers. For those of us who have traveled along the I-15 corridor, we all know how ridiculous and outrageous the average Utah driver can be. Not only do they change lanes dangerously, or follow five feet behind you, they take their heinous behavior to our own streets. I love the left turn yield lights here in Utah, but people are starting to take that as a left turn arrow. Now, people here, do NOT know how to use round-a-bouts. What is so hard about them!? I feel like I have a lot of experience driving on Utah's freeways and roads, I worked as a delivery driver for a year and have intimate knowledge of the Utah valley driving habits, and all along the I-15.