Week in Rap - May 11

Guantánamo Bay Trial & Same-Sex Marriage

Back on it, yup we're back on it,
It ain't a Week in Rap unless Flocab's on it.
Back on it, yup we're back on it,
Happy Friday, whaddup and good morning.

Well, first off in France,
It seemed Sarkozy did not have a chance.
He lost his election, now he's in a crew
Of European leaders who were kicked out too.

Here's a scoop on the GOP,
Romney needs a few more states to succeed.
The only other candidate is Ron Paul,
And the polls say that he isn't close at all.

A lot of folks went and saw "The Avengers" y'all,
They broke a Hollywood record, hey who would have thought?
Well they didn't just break it, they made enough cash,
That it's like they took the record and gave it a Hulk smash!

How 'bout Shaquille O'Neal is now a doctor
In education, yo I gotta give you props sir.

Here's some interesting news from an author
On dinosaurs and something he had to offer.
It seems that the methane gas they got rid of,
Caused the Earth's temperature to get-get-get up

Meanwhile at Gitmo,
Quiet in the courtroom - yup, you've got to tiptoe.
The terrorists from 9/11 are on trial,
Let's see if this time the judge will close the file.

Same sex marriage still up for debate,
Obama says he's on board
, but hey wait.
North Carolina just passed a ban,
A marriage there must be between woman and man.

Now before we head out, please understand,
RIP MCA of the Beastie Boys fam.

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It ain't a week in rap unless Flocab's on it.
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It ain't a week in rap unless Flocab's on it, PEACE!

Dueling campaign posters. The leftist candidate on the left poster won out.

The European Union has been undergoing an economic crisis since 2009. And since then, nearly every affected nation has seen a change in leadership. This week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was on the chopping block, where he was defeated by Socialist François Hollande. Many see this change in power as a strike against the current conservative austerity measures that have been introduced throughout Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been leading the EU to cut spending, but now the tides may be turning on her power and influence. Why do you think the United States is watching the European economy so carefully? Learn more.

Mitt Romney is still on the primary circuit.

Mitt Romney won three more primaries in Indiana, West Virginia and North Carolina. At this point, this is all a formality since Romney has an unbeatable lead and is simply collecting the necessary delegates to officially clinch the Republican nomination. Ron Paul is the only other candidate still in the race, but he has won a total of zero primaries so far. It seems that it's just a matter of time before Romney's presumptive nomination becomes official. Why do you think Ron Paul is sticking in the race? Learn more.

The all-star cast of "The Avengers"

Audiences Assemble! Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and others drew fans to theaters last weekend in record-breaking numbers. 25.6 million people watched their favorite super heroes on the big screen. That's 8% of the entire U.S. population! And these people were carrying cash: "The Avengers" brought in $200.3 million domestically, stealing the title of biggest opening ever from Harry Potter. Who is your favorite Avenger, and why? Learn more.

That's Dr. O'Neal to you!

You can call him Dr. Shaq now. Or Shaquille O'Neal, Ph.D., if you prefer. The former NBA superstar just earned a doctorate in education from Barry University. Because he left Louisiana State University early to join the NBA, Shaq said it was important for him to continue his education in his retirement. Next on the horizon? Law school. Why do you think it was important to Shaq to continue his education? Learn more.

Dinosaurs once roamed the earth; their gas warmed it.

Back in the time of the dinosaurs, the world was 18 degrees warmer than it is now. British scientist David Wilkinson thinks he knows why: Dinosaur farts. In the same way that the methane from livestock flatulence is contributing to current greenhouse effects, the dinosaurs' dinosaur-scale gas may have had a "measurable effect" on the Earth's temperatures. It seems that sauropods, who were the biggest dinosaurs, were also the biggest offenders. But compared to modern effects of man-made carbon dioxide on the environment, the effects of dinosaur flatulence were actually quite small. Why do you think that scientists are interested in studying the environment from the dinosaur era? Learn more.

A prisoner at Guantánamo Bay

Five men accused of conspiring in the September 11 terrorist attacks are on trial for the second time. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed "mastermind" of the attacks, has been held at Guantánamo Bay since 2006. The five have been charged with 2,976 counts of murder each, and if they are found guilty, they will face execution. They had been arraigned previously in 2008, but the Obama administration shut down the case in hopes of transferring it to a civilian court in New York. After political uproar, the case was moved back to a military court. For the first time ever, the proceedings at the trial were live-tweeted--and it became clear that it was off to a rocky start. Why do you think it has been so difficult to prosecute these alleged conspirators? Learn more.

Same-sex marriage supporters

Same-sex marriage dominated the news this week, with major happenings on both sides of the issue. It began on Sunday, when Vice President Joe Biden said on national TV that he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage. This comment was significant because President Barack Obama had not yet said that he supported it. Two days later, voters in North Carolina supported an amendment that banned same-sex civil unions, a further strike against same-sex couples in a state that already bans gay marriage. Then on Wednesday, President Obama officially stated that he supports gay marriage, after saying that his views on the matter were "evolving" for the last few years. Do you think that same-sex marriage will be an important issue in the upcoming presidential election? Learn more.

The Beastie Boys during their prime

This week music lovers mourned the passing of Adam Yauch, better known as MCA of The Beastie Boys. Along with Mike D and King Ad-Rock, Yauch burst onto the scene with the 1986 album "Licensed to Ill." It was the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard charts. The Beastie Boys continued to make music to critical acclaim throughout the 90s, and they even released an album last year. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, though Yauch, who had been fighting cancer for several years, was unable to attend. Can you name a Beastie Boys song? Learn more.
Who won the presidential election in France?
François Hollande
Which Republican candidate is still in the race, despite a very small chance of winning?
Ron Paul
What movie broke Hollywood records last weekend?
"The Avengers"
What sports star just earned a doctorate in education?
Shaquille O'Neal
What dinosaur action caused the Earth to warm?
Passing methane gas
Who is on trial at Guantánamo Bay?
September 11th terrorists
What did President Obama say he is in favor of this week?
Same-sex marriage
Which member of The Beastie Boys died?
Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA
Back on it, yup, we're back on it...
And we'll be back next week! See you then.

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