Ice-T and Coco on Conan: Where Did Coco’s Thong Go? (Video)

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This morning I went on CNN.com expecting to catch up on the NSA monitoring scandal and other major stories of the day when I came across a video of Ice-T and Coco being interviewed on Conan. I instantly had to stop as I glanced across one of the headlines that read “Where Did Coco’s Thong Go.”  Obviously this instantly caught my attention expecting a story about how North Korea had stolen one of Coco’s thongs in an attempt to further annoy the United States and thus pushing us closer to nuclear war.  I was wrong though, sooo wrong.

Where did Coco’s Thong Go

Although Coco’s thong was the title of the video, it was Ice-T who stole the show for me.  Not only is he an accomplished actor and rapper with a celebrated career on the long standing crime drama Law & Order and with the rap group Body Count, he’s also married to the curvy Coco who has an attitude that can only be matched by Ice-T himself.  By the way, as I learned in the video clip he is also just a super hilarious guy.  Him and his wife (although mostly him) had me cracking up for the entire two minute clip CNN had up on their site.  Ice-T is just cracking jokes the whole time and at one point mentions how his wife’s ass is a cushion to prevent injury.  This of course is immediately after showing the Twitter pictures Ice-T had posted from their vacation with his seemingly nude wife tanning by the pool. Coco claims she is not nude, but rather that her “booty swallowed her thong up.” Coco also apparently is currently performing in a sort of burlesque show in Vegas which I guess Ice-T is cool with since shes being interviewed about it right next to him.  In my opinion Ice-T should start doing comedy because he is just a naturally funny guy who is clearly confident and doesn’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks, which I can’t say about many other actors and actresses that our world is plagued by today.  If you haven’t already, check out the video its hilarious and I guarantee you’ll love Ice-T by the end of it.

– Jayto Descartes

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NSA Leak and How Government Monitoring Affects the Average American

So over the weekend the news was abuzz with the NSA’s top-secret monitoring system. Whistleblower Edward Snowden came forward in an attempt to inform the people on how the US government is lying to us and abusing our freedoms. The link to the CNN article is below:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/10/politics/nsa-leak/index.html?c=homepage-t

This is a very tricky issue for many reasons, and opinions on the matter will definitely vary greatly from person to person. My personal take on it is to trust the government despite them blatantly abusing our freedoms for belief it is for the common good. I, probably unlike most people, tend to believe that the government inherently wants to look out for the good of the US and its people. In my opinion the overall good that can be achieved through monitoring of emails and phone calls to prevent foreign terrorism on domestic soil is definitely acceptable. Even though I may occasionally make phone calls and send emails that a governmental officials may find to be against the laws of the US, I know that it is not these types of things they are keeping an eye out for. How do I know this, Because I would already have been rounded up by now. The petty discrepancies many of us deal with on a daily basis is not and should not be the focus of the NSA’s attention. The NSA is using this program to monitor conversations between people with connections to terroristic groups and individuals. I don’t think anyone will deny that we don’t want another 9/11 or anything even remotely similar to ever happen on American soil again. I’m willing to sacrifice some of my freedoms to make sure my entire country is as safe as possible from those who wish to do harm to us on mass scales. Terrorists don’t care who they’re killing and for all you know it could be your dad, mom, brother, or sister who is getting caught in the crosshairs. Most people may feel differently about the NSA program if they found themselves in that situation.

What’s most paramount to my opinion on this situation is that the government actually uses their technology how I believe they are. If the government is using the program to monitor Americans for any other reason then to prevent acts of terrorism they clearly are unfit to wield this type of power. Americans should be allowed to have a better look (or at least a team of trusted government officials, maybe elected by the people) at the program to ensure it’s being operated appropriately.

All in all the NSA monitoring program does infringe on some freedoms that we are guaranteed as Americans. I still tend to believe it is being done for the overall good of the country, and believe a more strict system of checks and balances must be used to ensure proper enforcement of the program. However, it does still beg a few questions:
1. Why didn’t the government suggest this program in an open forum to the people so it could be designed to fit what Americans are comfortable with?
2. Is there any way to ensure the government isn’t abusing the program already, or won’t in the future?
And 3. What do we do now that the program has been made public?

Please comment below and let me know what you think.

– Jayto Descartes