Pro-life protest

Students and faculty alike were faced with the graphic reality of the nature of abortions last Friday, when Survivors, a pro-life group, held a demonstration outside of the HUC during lunch hours. Images of sliced fetuses were exhibited across the front of display boards alongside informational signs explaining the detailed process of abortions and as well as alternatives to abortions.

They went for the shock value. I guess it worked because people did really notice them. But Im not sure I liked the looking at the images. Especially around lunch they went for shock value. i guess it worked because people did really notice them. but im not sure i liked looking at the images. especially around lunch

they went for shock value. i guess it worked because people did really notice them. but im not sure i liked looking at the images. especially around lunch said Erin Large, a freshmen majoring in biology at UAB.

The Survivors mission statement reads, we believe that it is not enough to know that abortion is wrongwe are called to expose the horrific truth to the world.

Im for abortion; only because I feel like everyone should be able to have their own choice with what they want to do with their lives and bodies. If I was against it, I would be taking that right away from someone, Large said.

Several pro-life organizations were involved in the demonstration at UAB as a part of a campaign called the Birmingham Letter Project that defends the right for free speech in public arenas outside of local abortion clinics, colleges, and high school campuses. As a part of the campaign, the images were displayed at UAB last week.

About the pictures: First of all, dont kill the messengers. I believe it should make people angry. And I believe that people should be offended, but not at the person showing the truth. To me, its the same thing as the holocaust pictures. Looking at those images were horrible but the truth was shown so that it wouldnt happen again.  And for us showing these images are showing truth and you need to know this because youre not going to see it anywhere else. You cannot turn on your TV and see the reality and the truth of an abortion; of ending a human life. If youre going to be angry be angry at the act in itself, because obviously there is deception, said Fr. Terry Gensemer.

One of the Survivors, Kristina Garza, returned to UAB after being arrested last year on campus for demonstrating in the HUCs public square. Garzas arrest was related to a previous arrest of the Survivors at Parker High School last year, which was overturned.

While they were in jail (Survivors team, Park High School arrest) the city tried to charge them with violating a parade ordinance that was used to hold Martin Luther King in jail during the Civil Rights Movement, and no one has challenged this ordinance since the 1960s. So, as part of our lawsuit with the city for unlawfully arresting our team, we were challenging that ordinance, and we were granted an injunction. The injunction stated that we were allowed to hold an event without fear or threat of arrest in any public park, street, or public forum in Birmingham. The city agreed that we would not be arrested or threatened with arrest. The first part of our event at Lynn Park went over very smoothly. The second part of our event was to be held at UAB, Garza said.

Garza and other Survivors arrived at UAB last year to follow through with the event granted by the injunction. We came and within minutes of set-up, an administrator told us we could not stand there because it was private property. I asked if it was private or public and he would not answer. When I tried to introduce myself he refused to look at me and he informed us that if we did not move he would call the police. At that point we were in the quad area outside of the HUC. The police arrive and within 10 minutes Bud and I were in handcuffs at the HUC, Garza said.

She and her coworker were held in handcuffs in the back of a police vehicle for 3 hours in 105 degree weather, while police officers negotiated the charges they were being held for. They were then released on account of there being no legitimate cause for their arrest.

My arresting officer told me that I could not video tape, and that was the cause for my arrest. We video tape for our own protection. When I asked why I was being arrested he told me for criminal trespassing, which is completely wrong. Its a public school. We told him it was public property and we had a right to free speech, but the officers did not understand. Because of the injunction, Birmingham city jail would not accept us into the jail, so the UAB police officers had to let us go. For us, we took that as a sign that we really needed to come back today, Garza said, Justice has been completely restored. You can see we are having a peaceful outreach. Students are able to take our literature and you can see we are able to have a peaceful outreach now. We were fully expecting to be arrested, Garza said.

The Survivors returned to UAB on Friday after a morning of sidewalk counseling and prayer outside of New Women, All Women, an abortion clinic that borders the edge of campus.

People have free speech rights in public forum. There is strength in numbers, and you just need to speak out because the law is on your side. Im old enough to remember the 60s and people were arrested. I didnt necessarily agree with all of the war protests but they paved the way for free speech because up until that point it wasnt allowed. A public campus is a government campus and the government cannot suppress free speech rights unless they have a legitimate reason to do so, said Dana Cody, a lawyer from Life Legal. Cody flew to Birmingham from the Life Legal base in Napa, California to provide legal representation for the Survivors during their time in Birmingham.

The abortion clinic, which was bombed a little over a decade ago, holds an injunction against the 9 people involved in the bombing. The injunction states that those specific individuals are not allowed on the premise or direct sidewalk of the clinic. However, multiple signs outside of the abortion clinic read that any pro-life activist or person affiliated with the pro-life movement at large are not allowed to demonstrate or be found on the public sidewalk directly outside of the clinic. The Survivors challenged the signs on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday by offering sidewalk counseling, and prayer on the sidewalk. Before challenging the signs, the Survivors met with law enforcement to explore the laws in the area, and were representated by Life Legal law firm. Although the police were called numerous times, no arrests were made outside of the clinic.

They have been intimidating every single person who walked by that clinic to pray. They are telling them that they have to pray or demonstrate across the street, which is completely unlawful and it is not in the injunction. That clinic cannot call the shots anymore. They do not own that sidewalk. If the signs stay up, it shows the foolishness of the clinic because people are able to stand there and no one will go to jail, Garza said.

The Survivors mantra is to challenge the current norms and perspectives on abortion. To find out more about their cause you can visit www.survivors.la.

they didnt change my opinion, but they definitely increased awareness. a lot of people dont realize that it is such a serious issue. they either havent experienced it or known anyone to have to go through a situation involving abortion, but now it was put in front of their faces. youre kind of forced to think about it

They didnt change my opinion, but they definitely increased awareness. Alof of people dont realize that it is such a serious issue. They either havent experienced it or known anyone to have to go through a situation involving abortion, but now it was putin front of their faces. Youre kind of forced to think about it, Large said.

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Clash of the Titans

When I was a kid, a local theatre used to have these children film festivals and I lived right down the street, so I would go all the time during the summer. One fateful week, they had a Ray Harryhausen film festival, and I got to see the Sinbad flicks, “One Million Years B.C.,” (aka the one with Rachel Welch in a fur bikini- an effect unto itself), “Jason and the Argonauts” (aka the one with the skeleton army that Sam Raimi ripped off…er, paid “homage” to in “Army of Darkness”), and last but certainly not least, “Clash of the Titans.”
For those who don’t know, Harryhausen was an amazing stop-motion artist that did cool animated models of monsters the same way they do those “Rudolph” Xmas specials and “Nightmare Before Christmas” and the like- frame by frame, inch by painstaking inch. In some ways his work will never quite be paralleled, if only because hardly anyone does it like that anymore. It’s all computer technology these days, for better or worse- not that computers aren’t painstaking in their own way.
So, when I heard tell of a new remake of “Titans,” I was both excited and nervous. Would everything I loved about the original be jettisoned in exchange for one of these typical, humorless, pieces of grade-F Hollywood crapola? Or would it be the rare instance they got it right?
Thankfully, it’s not a total train wreck, and parts of it are pretty darn enjoyable. The giant scorpions are present and accounted for, although I don’t recall anyone riding one like an elephant in the original. (Actually, cooler than it sounds.) Medusa is also duly represented, although she looked less like a Russian supermodel in the face in the original. Still, the results are nicely surreal and Medusa can definitely do cool stuff she couldn’t the first time out, like snake up pillars and smack people with her tail and the like.
And, but of course, the Kraken is released! It looks a bit like a buff version of the freaky monster in the Korean monster movie “The Host” and is pretty way-a cool, if I do say so myself.
The stuff left out from the original is negligible, unless you prefer your Toga-fests campy. The robot bird is given the boot in a dismissive- if funny- throwaway gag. Reportedly, grumpy-pants star Sam Worthington was dead-set against the not-so-beloved Bubo, but I think it was for the best. It’s not that kind of film.
Not that there aren’t some jokes here and there, but they stay just to the left of being campy, or as un-campy as a movie with a tag line like “Release the Kraken!” can be. I can’t decide if that was for the best or not.
You also lose the star power of the Gods and the Goddesses of the first film, save Liam Neeson (“Taken”) as head honcho Zeus- he actually volunteered for the film and brings a zesty swagger to the role- and erstwhile Voldemort Ralph Fiennes as Hades. The rest are a faceless lot, including the main cast, for the most part. All the better to keep the budget down, no doubt.
Another lost cast-mate is the multi-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell. I knew my Greek mythology, and I remember being up in arms that they renamed the dog something other than Cerberus in the original film, and cold took away one of his heads to boot! Well, they had the technology, to be sure, but everyone’s favorite literary evil dog this side of Cujo is, alas, not present and accounted for.
Worthington does basically the same thing he’s been doing for the last two movies he’s done (“Avatar” and “Terminator Salvation” ), which is to adopt a gruff demeanor that splits the difference between Christian Bale’s Batman and fellow Aussie Russell Crowe’s growl. He was made for movies like this, but it will be interesting to see if he can expand his range in the future. If not, he’s certainly got an assured future in action films, a la Jason Statham (“Crank”).
Also worth a mention is the literally luminous cutie Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”) as female sidekick/love interest/occasional butt-kicker Io, who I assume takes the place of the original’s Burgess Meredith. She’s certainly nicer to look at than Rocky’s manager, and will be cropping up in the potentially-promising summer Blockbuster contender “Prince of Persia.” Alexas Devalos (“The Mist”) plays the suitably attractive Kraken bait, Andromeda, who must be sacrificed when mom compares thee to a Goddess, a big no-no in Greek times. So, it’s up to demi-god (that would be half-human, half-God, and not to be confused with Demi Levato) Perseus, son of Zeus to save the day and the virgin. You know the drill. When you think about it, Zeus and Co. are kind of the creepy rapist-types in Greek mythology. Those wacky Gods, sneaking off into hot girls’ bedrooms disguised as their husbands, knocking them up with demi-babies! Ick.
The one big letdown is the 3D, which was retrofitted after the fact to cash in on the current craze, and adds nothing whatsoever to the proceedings. In fact, sad to say, the preview for the shot-in-3D from the get-go “Piranha” remake packed more fun 3D effects into about two minutes than Clash of the Titans does in its entirety. Or maybe that’s just me.
That’s not to say the film isn’t fun in its own way, just that the 3D was unnecessary. If they had shot it that way in the first place, fine, but this after-the-fact thing gets on my nerves, because the results are middling at best. Now that “Avatar” has raised the bar, it’s time for people to step it up. Don’t just make it 3D to make more cash, deliver the goods.
Beyond that, Greek mythology sword-and-sandal fests are either your thing or they’re not.
Personally, I could watch this sort of thing all day, so I enjoyed it, but those nostalgic for campier flicks will just have to wait for the inevitable “Beastmaster” remake. Oh, you know it’s coming! Will Kodo and Podo make the cut, or will they go the way of poor Bubo? Stay tuned!

Mark Trammell

Staff Writer

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Food tips for 2008

To ensure youre eating healthy there are certain things to be on the look out for. I compiled a list of tips and facts to begin 2008 informed.

1. When buying wheat/5 grain/7 grain/etc bread make sure one of the first ingredients listed is whole grain.

2. The following are examples of good cooking oils: olive oil, canola oil, flax seed oil, and sunflower oil. You should try to avoid vegetable shortening, hard margarine, and butter.

3. Eating every four hours is ideal for hunger and blood sugar and insulin levels.

4. Substitute fiber cereal for pie crusts and breading on fried chicken.

5. Pack a healthy lunch for school/work the night before to avoid running out of time the following morning.

6. Try different exercise classes and routines to find one you really enjoy. This will prevent boredom and enable you to stick with it easier.

7. Read food labels and pay attention to serving sizes so you know how much youre eating and drinking.

8. Eat enough at each meal to be satisfied, not stuffed.

9. Slow down while eating. It takes your body approximately twenty minutes to recognize if it is full.

10. Sometimes people mistake thirst for hunger, so be sure to drink enough water throughout the day.

Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Some people think fishing is an activity that can only be done by professionals that have years of experience, but this is not the case. Anyone can fish, and they can be quite skilled at it, given the proper knowledge. The following information will help ease your mind about the supposed difficulty of fishing.

A good fishing tip is to use a line weight that is as light as possible, but will still allow you to safely reel in your fish. If the line is visible and heavy, that means that it is a thick line. You want the right weighted line for the kind of fish you are trying to catch.

Leave a caught fish in the water as long as possible. If you have caught a fish but are not yet finished fishing for the day, then it is important to leave him in the water. You can tie him to your boat and trawl him behind you until you finish for the day. This helps to keep the fish fresh longer for later on.

If you are new to fishing, it can help to learn the art of patience. Fishing is not a fast paced sport, and you might sit for hours before you even get a nibble. Learn to enjoy the peaceful time that you spend with a rod in your hand and the act of fishing will soon become an enjoyable one.

Wear sunscreen. Even if the day is not too hot, you still need the protection. A lot of times, the sun shining down on water causes a glare, and you will want to be able to avoid a sunburn while you sit.

After reading this article, you should see that it isn’t hard to fish. Anyone can do it and be successful at it, as well. All you have to do is remember the fishing information you read here, and you will be on your way to casting a line and reeling in a big one.…

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Politicians Must Embrace New Ideas

When I was a child I recall how I became frustrated at having to color within the lines.

I was no more messy or tidy than other children, but I didn’t like feeling constrained by the lines of the cat or horse or whatever I might be coloring.

As I was watching the Democratic and Republican debates these past few weeks, I began to get that same feeling.

The Democrats all supported the same positions with only semantic differences. Some supported raising taxes in this way or that way. Some supported an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq while others favored a more gradual removal.

The Republicans were much the same, all supporting issues such as the repeal of Roe v.Wade or a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

Both the Republicans and Democrats seemed to be trying very hard to stay within the lines.

The politics of the past worked in the past. Leaders who devoutly follow a party platform, usually built by the most extreme elements of a political party, are not what the voters in the 21st century want to see.
The voters of today and the citizens of today are more sophisticated than in the past. We experience world events through the Internet, over our I-phones and through any number of 24-hour cable news channels.

Our conceptions of ourselves and our country are not myopic through a narrow local lens but wider and better focused by the myriad national and international sources of information we have available.
More than ever mainstream voters don’t want to stay within the lines and don’t want the politicians representing them to either.

Republicans have made it a basic tenet of their party to repeal Roe v. Wade and to ban same sex marriage, but do the positions they support on these issues reflect the pressing concerns of most Americans?

Democrats have rushed to condemn the war in Iraq, and indeed the war is unpopular, but does their position of immediate disengagement reflect what the majority of Americans want?

There are extreme members of each political party that do feel these issues are of utmost importance. In most cases, they are driving the focus within their party, but they do not reflect what most voters think.
Americans more and more are willing to choose some issues from one party and some issues from another. The clear lines of political divisions for voters are starting to blur.

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Why can’t a Democrat express support for the war or Republican support reproductive rights for women?

The popularity of candidate Rudy Giuliani, who is a Republican yet does support gay rights and reproductive rights for women, is a testament to the desire by voters for these sorts of candidates.
He is the prototype for new political candidates who are willing, like Democrat Joe Biden, to break with the strictures of their party platform and be true leaders.
If Republicans and Democrats continue to follow the same dogmatic approach to their policies, they will continue to turn off and discourage voters.

We need men and women who are not afflicted by the myopic vision of either party’s platforms and are willing to be leaders and not simply politicians.

Daniel Sims is a senior majoring in psychology.

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