Well Ray Shero, In your first major move as the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils I will give you a B. Yes, you drop a full letter grade because your name isn't Lou Lamoniello. Regardless, not too much to hate about this pick. Fast, physical player with a heavy shot and a high ceiling. Hell, looks good to me. Really the only thing that would have been disappointing here is if they went off the board or drafted a defenseman. People can complain that they like this player better, or that player was a better fit, but at the end of the day 95% of hockey fans don't know shit about these guys other than a glorified 5 minute highlight reel. And yes, I include myself in that 95%. Shocking really that I don't dedicate a lot of time to overseas scouting. Pavel Zacha never let the smile leave his face, thought he aced the interview with New Jersey, and most importantly, he wants to be here. That's more than you can say for most of the cocksuckers that left this team when we were good.
Hey, I don't want to pump anyone's tires, but the forward depth in this franchise just growth exponentially with one pick. When you have 0 blue chip prospects up front, drafting one makes all the difference in the world. Is it a possibility that Zacha goes back to play an another year in the OHL before being NHL ready? Eh, it's more like a probability, but here is the thing. You don't draft for next year. Especially when the cupboard is as bare as it currently is. Unless there is a host of moves in store during the rest of the offseason the Devils aren't in a 'win no' situation. You take the best player, or the player you think is the best player, and hope he develops into your number one center down the road. From the looks of things he has all the attributes you would want at the position. If it takes a year or two to come to fruition then so be it. Until then I am just glad to have a kid with a ton of potential that wants to be in New Jersey. Sometimes that seems like it's almost too much to ask.
Call me the eternal optimist, but the way I read that was the Devils just drafted Ryan Getzlaf with a beautiful head of hair and a great sense of humor. One word: SOLD.
Scenario 1: Two crazy kids washing off their surfboards on the beach.
Guy: Hey, you want to grab a drink tonight.
Girl: Oh sorry, I'm not looking...and I'm gay...if that makes you feel any better.
There is so much wrong with this response that I don't even know where to start. Maybe start with the fact that there is less than a 0% chance this chick was gay. You want to know how I know that? Because if this chick was gay her first reaction would have been to say as much. Sexual orientation is kind of necessary part of a date. She essentially said "no, I don't want to go out with you because of who you are as a person", and then tried to blame it on the fact that he has a penis. No bitch. The fact that you made up your proclivity for vagina AFTER you already turned him down is probably not going to make him feel any better.
Jesus lady, slap a man in the face or kick him in the dick, don't do both at the same time. I think 'no' would have sufficed. You didn't need to rundown an entire list of reasons why not. The fucking therapist is going to need two notebooks to write down all the things going through his head. He probably spent all day trying to build up the courage to ask you out and you basically took every reason why he was fearful of doing so and combined it into one horribly emasculating rejection. Kind of ironic you used the gay excuse because this kid is going to be so fearful of women for the next decade that he'll end up testing the waters on the other side of fence. There will be a period of time when this kid feels more comfortable with a dick in his ass than taking the chance of getting mentally assfucked by a woman again.
Scenario 2: Waiter chatting up a patron in a fairly empty coffee shop.
Guy: Hey, can I get you number?
Girl: Oh, I don't have texting, but here, I'll write down my Facebook name.
I take it back. I take it all back. If the alternative is a woman telling me that SHE DOESN'T HAVE TEXTING ON HER PHONE IN 2015, than I would much rather have some chick lie to me about being gay. How much do you think this guy spit in this woman's next coffee? "Oh, you don't have texting? I can friend you Facebook? Don't worry about that thing floating in your coffee. It's just to enhance the flavor." Both of those are things are equally believable. Telling someone you don't have texting is like telling them that you don't have color television. Why stop at texting? Should have told him you didn't have internet either and you could have avoided any and all forms of future communication. How lazy is this girl? She hasn't changed her rejection response since the turn of the century. I almost would have preferred she went all in and pretended like she had never heard of texting before. That would literally be the only reason someone would be without texting in America in this day and age.
Is there anything that screams 'friend zone' louder than being added to a friend's list instead of being added to someone's contacts? Congrats man, this girl just said she will talk to you on the social media that is generally reserved for saying 'happy birthday' to people you haven't seen, nor care to have seen, in over 10 years. You'd be lucky to get a poke back, never mind coming within 1,000 yards of getting in her drawers.
P.S. This is coming from someone that said the words "check me out on social media" in a totally half serious way no more than 48 hours ago, so take it for what it's worth.
Independent- In the wake of the situation in Charleston, race was a topic discussed at length, and Obama made it clear that he feels that racism is an endemic problem and a lot bigger than positive viral videos and redefinitions of racial slurs:
"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely, erase everything that happened two to 300 years prior."
You mean to tell me a black man said the 'N word'? Noooo! Call in the media. Get the local papers over here. We have a breaking news story on our hands.
Does anyone not realize what Obama just did? We do realize that he just took a podcast that nearly no one was going to pay attention to, and was able to get his point across to millions and millions of people through it. If there are two things people are tired of it is discussing race in America and listening to Obama's repetitive political stances. The use of the 'N word' just took that podcast from an automatic skip to a must-listen.
Sure, you will have plenty of people that won't be able to get past the idea that the President dropped a hard N in a public form. Those people won't get anything out of this. They won't be able to look past the utterance of racial slur, which almost lends credence to his point. Racism isn't just words. It's actions. It's institutionalized and learned. The president says it's not about the word 'n*gger', and all some people take away from it is that it's about his use of the word 'n*gger'. Context be damned. Why read the words surrounding the most offensive word in the English language?
On the other hand, you will have just as many people that will get dragged in by that headline and actual pay attention to the point that Obama was making. It's become so common place after 7 years to just let the president's words go in one ear and out the other. The people that are going to get upset about him using a racially insensitive word are the people that didn't like him to begin with. Hopefully everyone else can take something away from his rational and educated stance on race, especially during a period of racial unrest.
Girl That Got Her Leg Stuck In A Grate While Texting And walking Provides Us With A Valuable Lesson
WTOP- A Chinese teenager got a valuable — and embarrassing — lesson about distracted walking when her entire leg got lodged in a drain while texting.
The girl’s leg slipped through the metal grill of the drain, up to her thigh recently in China.
Her foot was lodged, and she was unable to move or free herself.
Passersby comforted the girl, and called the fire department, which was able to remove the bars and free the girl. She was scratched and bruised, but not seriously hurt.
An eyewitness Jun Niu, who posted pictures of the girl, said she was embarrassed to be trapped in the predicament.
More grates please. This is how we fix the texting and walking epidemic. We shouldn't be pandering to people that spend their entire lives buried in their phones. We shouldn't be creating 'texting lanes' for people to feel more accepted and comfortable disassociating from the world around them. He need to put more obstacles in their way. Shit, just drill a couple metric sized holes down to middle earth. Survival of the fittest. No one to blame but yourself. This isn't even to say that I don't walk and text. I do. I try not to make a habit of it, but I do. I think everyone does to a certain extent. However, if I fell into a drain, snapped my leg in half and had a bunch of people walking by pointing and laughing you can bet your ass I would change my ways.
The only thing people want to do more than play on their phones is to avoid looking stupid in public. That's why we need to add some more drains to our streets and make them choose between the two. You might safely tell your significant other about your day, but you're just as likely to end up with a fractured ankle and a shattered sense of self. Enough of these incidents happen and people are sure to realize which one is more valuable. Either that or they will be laid up in hospital beds unable to inconvenience those that are smart enough to stop before they text. If we are going to make changes let's make changes that make life harder for idiots, not easier.
DC101- But, Kanye did rant about Beck's win to anybody who would listen afterwards. He told E! "Beck needs to respect artistry" and the Grammy winner should give his award to Beyonce.
Now, Kanye is finally admitting he was wrong about Beck. The rapper tells the Sunday Times (quotes via NME) that he is apologizing:
"I'm fine to apologize for inaccuracies. You know, I send flowers for inaccuracies. I talked to Beck's wife, and I think I had a point about Beyonce's album, but I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry."
There are going to be people that claim this is too little, too late. That he should have retracted his statement shortly after the incident happened. To those people I say...
Laaaa La Lala, wait 'til I get my money right, Laaaa La Lala, then you can't tell me nothing right!
Clearly they don't know what it means to be a hard-headed, stubborn asshole. If there is anything that sucks more than apologizing when you are wrong it's being forced to apologize when you are wrong. That's why I respect Kanye for waiting until everyone quit talking about it before making amends for his wrongdoing. In a way, it actually means more that Kanye decided to apologize on his own volition. It's easy to say sorry when the whole world is telling you to say sorry. It's much harder to reflect upon your words and actually mean it. In fact, saying you were inaccurate is far more complimentary than saying sorry anyway. I have apologized for a lot of things that I didn't necessarily feel were completely erroneous. One time I called a chick a cunt at a Devils game. Yeah, I apologized. I apologized for saying the word 'cunt' in public, not for thinking that heifer in the Lundqvist shirt was anything other than a HARD 'C'. Most of the time 'sorry' just means 'I guess I shouldn't have said that out loud'. Kanye taking time out of his day from professing his own genius and picking baby names off a compass to say that Beck is an artist is like the nicest thing he has ever done for another human being and he didn't even have to be guilted into doing so. That's what we call progress.
The saga continues...
I got to say, I am not a huge fan of Junior Galette becoming the biggest off-the-field distraction in NFL history, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't giving me my football fix for the time being. Nothing makes the summer months fly by faster than a disgruntled defensive end whipping women with this belt and directing 'fucks' at his head coach. They should just give in and let the guy has his own reality show already. It will be a nice way to supplement his income until he's out the NFL in another 12 months. For someone that claims they are fully healthy (besides his neck hurting from wearing his chain) he sure has had to deal with a lot of hospital visits. Where there is smoke there is fire and Junior Galette's entire alter ego is a smoking gun. He is responsible for more ill advised shit on the internet than an unhealthy high school relationship.
Not sure I totally buy that this has nothing to do with the pectoral injury, and I definitely don't buy that the timing of this doesn't have to do with his beach video being released. What are the chances that Galette was talked into surgery after he found out the Saints had sent the NFL the tape of him going Indiana Jones all over a bunch of his peers? I don't know what else it could be. At this point, I think all Saints fans are hoping he is injured. Anything to get him away from this team. Plus, sitting the year out with an injury should cut down on the negative publicity when the league inevitably suspends him for his role in the video that the just got their hands on. At this point the only thing left to be compromised is his body, because his image has been all but destroyed.
BSO- Oddly enough, Matthew Dellavedova has become a house hold name despite have a very difficult name to pronounce. Delly was forced to step in as the starting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Finals after Kyrie Irving went down with a season ending knee injury. Delly gave the team a spark and a bit of a hard nose style they didn’t have before. Although his efforts fell short they didn’t go unnoticed, inspiring producers Jason Shuman and Robert Galinsky to start a fictional narrative based film with Delly’s story line as the focus entitled “Final Four.”
The film will reportedly tell the story of three young Australian basketball players who have traveled to the United States after high school to play college basketball.
Oh man, the life of a white basketball player. A life full of moral victories, and apparently feature films. Seriously though, if that Matthew Dellavedova's reckless, knee compromising ways are worthy of a movie than Dirk Nowitzki should be working on the 5th or 6th film of his movie franchise. I know that the NBA is a primarily black league, and expectations of a grungy looking Australian hustle player should be tempered. However, shouldn't the bar for cinematic dramatization be a tad bit higher? This would be like making a movie based around an Asian wide receiver catching a screen pass for a 5 yard gain. I might be a huge accomplishment relative to his race, but it's not exactly going to win any Academy Awards. Turning this into even a half decent movie would be a cinematic feat of epic proportions. This might be one of those feel good stories that might 'play' better as a book. Doesn't really give Dellavedova all that much to strive for if simply playing in the NBA gets turned into 'The Miracle On Hardwood'. The last thing a guy that needed 2 key injuries to even get in the rotation needs is more attention. Especially when he is playing on a team with the biggest attention whore of the all time. Would't put it past LeBron to stumble on to the set and 'turn an ankle' in the middle of a scene. Anything to sabotage production and make sure people don't forget about him.
I'm not even trying to take away from what Dellavedova accomplished. He basically went from being an NBA afterthought, to the last guy on the bench, to being extremely key in allowing the Cavaliers to take a 2-1 series lead. With that said, if had any interest in seeing this movie at all I would be very interested to see how they glorify a couple hideous floaters and strong, positional defense. I can't wait to check the score to see what music they play during his diving to the floor montage. Hell, if it were true to form it would have the entire audience hating the lead by the second scene. No one wants to see the villain succeed, even if he is an undersized, athletically limited white boy.
Mother Upset Because She Claims There Was A Couple Teddy Bear Vaginas On Her Daughter's Cake
Cosmopolitan- When Sharon Green ordered a cake from the U.K.'s Occasion Cakes for her 3-year-old daughter Tahlia Rose's christening, she was shocked and scandalized by the teddy bear-themed dessert. Green claims that the "seams" in the teddy bear's, um, genital area makes it look as if the candy bear has a vagina, The Bolton News reports.
In a rush, Green still served the cake but covered the teddy bear's alleged shame with fondant flowers.
None too happy about what she perceived as a vulgar cake for her toddler's christening, Green demanded a refund from the bakery. "We didn't serve the cake or eat it, that's why I wanted a refund," Green told us via email. She added, "Also the bears they put on the cake were not the ones I ordered. Another reason I wanted a refund."
What resulted was an exchange wherein Green called the cake "completely inappropriate" and the shop said, "The small bear on top of the cake is exactly that — a teddy bear — and the crease on its stomach is supposed to represent the seam where the bear is sewn together."
Well, I got to give the woman one thing, that is a hell of a place for a seam. Really kind of outsmarted themselves by staying anatomically correct to the intricacies of a teddy bear. Any time you are making alterations between the legs of something that is going to be presented to the children you run the risk of offending someone. That's just the age in which we live in. That may not be a teddy bear vagina, but it's definitely wearing a teddy bear vagina costume.
Here's the problem here though. This woman is not entitled to a refund. In fact she's not even entitled to her anger. A teddy bear is a cute, furry, bladder controlled representation of a child. If there is anything I learned in biology it's that children don't have sexual organs. Think about how many times you've seen a little girl running around topless at a BBQ or a little boy go ass out in a public bathroom. Do you double take? Do you even think twice about it? Hell no you don't. The person that notices that a child, or a representation of child, has their parts out is the one that needs our attention. How about you grow up for me lady? Focus your anger on actual acts of perversion in society. Trust me, you have plenty to choose from. You know who else would have pointed out the vagina on Little Debbie? Uncle Charlie who is bouncing Tahlia on his lap just a litttttle too often, but you don't even realize because you are on the phone with cake company. If Jerry Sandusky saw that cake he would start praying for nephews. Fact is, kids don't have genitals until you acknowledge that kids have genitals, and the person that does so is the creep, not the misinformed cake maker that gave an inanimate bear a place to get stuffed. No pun intended.
This Is Either A Two Year Video Of Junior Galette Beating A Woman With A Belt, Or He's Got Quite The Doppleganger
And there you have it folks. The straw that broke the camel's back. Junior Galette caught with his pants down whipping men, women, and children with his belt. Junior, Junior, Junior...siggggh...life decisions...you're doing them wrong. That should all but seal his fate as an ex-New Orleans Saint. Maybe I am jumping to conclusions though. Maybe this fight was over something super important like a beach towel or who called who 'a hoe'. I'm sure there is a perfectly good explanation for a professional football player using a weapon on what looks to be a bunch of people half his size. Hey, in his defense, everyone always complains that money changes athletes. Well, it's looks like Junior was just as dumb as ever even before he got his contract. Yes, this fight is two years old. Unfortunately for Junior there is no statue of limitations on stupidity. Also, we aren't exactly talking about someone that has turned their life around drastically since this video took place. If this proves anything it's that Galette has probably been narrowly avoiding such videos leaking for years.
The fact that the Saints sent this video to the NFL is pretty telling, no? I mean, don't get me wrong, a lot of that has to do with the fact that Goodell and Payton don't have the cleanest past in terms of cover ups, but it also speaks to how badly the Saints front office wants Galette off this team. First there were trade rumors circulating this offseason, then they drafted a player in the second round that plays the exact same position, and then they apparently overreacted to a pectoral injury that wasn't as serious as originally thought. You really got to be a special kind of moron to be as talented as Junior Galette and have team executives rooting for you to be hurt worse than you are. To say that he has character issues doesn't even do it justice. The entirety of his character is an issue. Jesus Christ man, in a long line of stupid in the NFL, Junior Galette may have just cut to the front with this one. It's too bad. From undrafted free agent to fringe Pro-Bowler. The guy has been able to overcome every obstacle put in front of him except for his own words and actions. The saddest part is that I could have told you that this was definitely him before I even watched the video.
P.S. Getting into a fight while wearing all white? Rookie move. Guy can't even blend in well.
I Guess We Shouldn't Be Surprised LeBron Spent The Entire NBA Finals Showing Up David Blatt
Fansided- On his way to carrying the Cavs against the Golden State Warriors, though, apparently LeBron did so with little-to-no respect for head coach David Blatt. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, James repeatedly “emasculated” Blatt throughout the course of the Finals in different ways and instances. From Stein’s report:
And we likewise saw LeBron emasculate Blatt in ways that are simply unbecoming of a player of James’ legend-in-the-making stature.
I saw it from close range in my role as sideline reporter through the Finals for ESPN Radio. LeBron essentially calling timeouts and making substitutions. LeBron openly barking at Blatt after decisions he didn’t like. LeBron huddling frequently with Lue and so often looking at anyone other than Blatt.
There was LeBron, in one instance I witnessed from right behind the bench, shaking his head vociferously in protest after one play Blatt drew up in the third quarter of Game 5, amounting to the loudest nonverbal scolding you could imagine.
Which forced Blatt, in front of his whole team, to wipe the board clean and draw up something else.
Stein went on to voice his opinion that, even after his individual performance in the Finals, this isn’t a good look for LeBron. Moreover, Stein also cited a report from Brian Windhorst on a radio show that said LeBron wouldn’t mind keeping Blatt around because he enjoyed kicking him around.
You know, people generally think that men have an innate thirst for power and control. While that may be true, what we really strive for is the perception of power and control. Being in charge is a lot of responsibility. Looking like you are in charge is far less. Fuck doing a bunch of work. We would rather just have the ability to tell people how much work we do. Ironically enough, David Blatt, while having the honor of being one of only 30 head coaches in the NBA, has none of the recognition that goes along with it. He's got the job requirements. The obligations. The predisposition to criticism. Yet none of the respect that comes with his occupation. Really pretty ass backwards if you ask me. Kind of begs the age old question of whether you would rather be rich or powerful. Would your rather be a neutered NBA coach or one of the most revered coaches in Europe?.
You know, if LeBron had it his way the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't even have a head coach. Perfect world David Blatt would just be a professional scapegoat. He's not far from that now. LeBron would love to call all the plays and run all his sets, then turn and point at the Jew sitting over in the corner if any of those decisions ended going poorly. Not that you can really blame Blatt too much. He's basically the guy in high school that is dating the virgin chick that is way too hot for him. He carries her books. Buys her things. Treats her like a princess. All in hopes that the one day she finally opens her legs he will be the person doing the spreading. In this scenario the cherry popping would be bringing an NBA championship to Cleveland. Will LeBron win Blatt a championship before he gets him fired? That's the question. Will the countless acts of emasculation be made worth it with a ring and the premier addition to his resume? Will dealing with the fully grown equivalent of a petulant child crying in the candy aisle pay off in the end? For the sake of Blatt's sanity and future coaching career, he better hope so. If his time watching LeBron James roll his eyes and stomp his feet are all for naught then he will have spent his tenure in the NBA as a head coach in name only.
For The First Time In Years I Am Actually Offended...By The Clippers New Jerseys
Is this what being outraged feels like? Is this pit in the bottom of my stomach and the instantaneous sick feeling what everyone has been clamoring about all these years? I got to say, I'm starting to understand how upset people get while discussing social issues if this involuntary nausea is what they have to deal with every time they find themselves offended.
So Steve Ballmer...A+ business man. F- fashion designer. Not to say anything that we didn't already know, but I don't think he graduated with a degree in Visual Arts. This is the problem with billionaires. There is no one to tell them no. It's like being a big time college athlete. All you have to do is put your name on the paper and hand it in and your going to pass. All Ballmer has to do is give his stamp of approval and the Clippers have the most putrid jerseys in sports history. No questions asked. No second opinion. No social awareness necessary. Never mind the fact that everyone outside of the organization has been voicing their displeasure with the logo since it was correctly rumored a few months ago. What would a bunch of rational, down to earth, middle class (relatively speaking, it is Los Angeles we are talking about) sports fans know about style? I legit think Ballmer just told someone to create something that is the exact opposite of him. Like he walked in and said "I'm an old, dorky white guy that pulls his pants up to his belly button and wears white tube socks, what would people not expect me to draw up?". The only thing that is more surprising than how ugly those uniforms are is the fact that they got Blake Griffin to smile during the pictures. I think I would be more prone to smiling at a funeral than to smile with that ungodly, sacrilegious excuse for a professional sports uniform on. I actually like the black one the best out of all of them and even that fucking thing looks like the love child of the XFL and the NBA.
I don't hate the fact that Ballmer rebranded. It actually makes a lot of sense. Despite how classic looking the newly obsolete script across the crest of the Clippers jerseys was, it was also far too similar to that of the Lakers. This Clippers team isn't your father's Clippers. They deserve to stand on their won. They deserve to arise from the shadows of the Lakers storied past. However, churning out a mockery of a logo was not the way to go about doing so. I know the decision has been made and the damage has been done, but these jerseys are so awful it's only right that I bitch and moan about them until the season starts and it actually becomes 'real'. Let's hope that whole 'look good, feel good, play good' thing doesn't hold true. I suppose two out of three ain't bad.
I'm Back On Board With Rachel Dolezal, Especially Since Her Parents Are Completely To Blame
Daily Mail- Rachel Dolezal was raised in a cult-like Protestant home by a hard-line father who ordered her not to read books and spoke to her in tongues.
The race faker’s dad Larry and mother Ruthanne were former hippies turned evangelists who believed that Christians could see into the future and miraculously heal each other, according to her brother Joshua's memoir.
Larry read an entire chapter of the Bible before each meal, even if it meant their food went cold, and refused to buy a TV for the house.
Joshua claims that he and his sister were both born at home in Troy, Montana, and delivered by their father who put on the birth certificate that Jesus Christ was the sole witness.
He also says that his father's take on The Bible was filled with apocalyptic doom and he would tell them that even close friends would 'deceive every one his neighbor, and they will not speak the truth'.
You just don't find a more bullet proof excuse than blaming your parents for everything that you have done wrong. Think about how often we criticize parents for not raising their children right. Is it really Rachel's fault that by the age of 5 she already wanted to identify as a black person? Imagine you ordered salmon at a restaurant for the first time and it ended up being undercooked and giving you food poisoning. The last thing you would ever want to order again would be salmon because your first experience ruined it for you forever. I don't want to speak on behalf of this pathological liar, but by all accounts Rachel's parents just ruined white people for her forever. Speaking in tongues? Watching food get cold during Bible verses? NO TV!?!? I would have drawn a bath of brown paint too. She was probably thinking this white shit is for the birds. Thinking all crackers are radical religious nut jobs that also believed Jesus and his followers are capable of wizardry. That woman didn't have a damn clue what being black was about, but she knew it couldn't be worse then the ivory white household she grew up in.
Sure, Rachel has taken this whole rebelling against her parents thing to unforeseen heights, but it's still the same concept at play. Most girls that grow up under strict parents just use dick and drugs to prove their freedom. It's almost commendable that the former leader of the NAACP decided to do so by changing her skin color. Nothing makes a radically Christian father's heart shatter faster than having a black, bisexual daughter that refuses to acknowledge she is a product of his sperm. That's how much Rachel hates her parents. Their name is on the birth certificate, and she still claims that doesn't prove that they are her biological parents. This woman has faked being an entirely different race, and claiming that her parents aren't her parents despite all evidence to the contrary is still the most ignorant thing she done. It's hard to grow up to be a normal person when your parents are the farthest thing from such. I'm not saying it gives Rachel Dolezal a scapegoat for her decades of deception, but it's not the worst excuse I have ever heard.
Teacher Resigns From Backlash Of Reading A 3rd Grade Class A Book That Contained Homosexuality
Washington Post- After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him “gay” during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.
That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the rural hamlet of Efland, North Carolina, resulting in Currie’s resignation this week from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of “King & King” has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators at the Orange County Schools to ban the book.
“When I read the story, the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind,” Currie, 25, said Tuesday. “In that moment, it just seemed natural to me to read the book and have a conversation about treating people with respect. My focus then was on the child, and helping the child.”
Currie knows firsthand what it is like to be bullied. Growing up gay and black in a small town in the eastern part of the state, his memories of middle school are of being a frequent target for teasing and slurs.
I think, as a society, we have to decide if we are all-in on this sexual openness thing. If we truly are then I really don't see the problem with a school teacher reading a couple of kids a book that happens to feature homosexuality. It's not like he read them the gay version of '50 Shades Of Gray'. He read them a book about a couple of feminine princes that like to skip around the castle holding hands and sharing fashion advice. And it was in response to a kid crying about being called gay. If kids as young as third grade are spewing hateful slander then they might as well have a point of reference as to what they are talking about. In my eyes, this teacher did everything right...besides getting a teaching job in North Carolina.
You had me, Omar. I was with you until I saw where it was that you taught, I really was. How about a little bit of geographical awareness dude? You can't be telling 3rd graders down South about man on man sexual deviancy. Yeah, I know it's 2015 and we are supposed to be progressive, but once you get passed the Mason-Dixon line you have to start treating it like the time machine that it is. Come on man, as you know they still haven't fully embraced that whole 'black people have equal rights' thing that we instituted decades ago. Maybe wait until 2030 until we address a new demographic of people that are different from them. They are a little bit slower if you haven't noticed. Shit, the wait time at an Arby's in North Carolina would have you thinking you actually went out to a sit down dinner, we can't expect them to keep up with social trends. The North may have won the war, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a bunch of bitter old, stubborn losers in the South. How about we work on eliminating the presence of the confederate flag before we go reading books about kings becoming queens?
Florida Woman Facing Charges Of Taking Selfies of Her Dog Being 'Intimate' With Her
Metro- A teenage girl has been arrested after police found a number of mobile phone photos appearing to show her receiving oral sex from a pit bull.
Police in Bradenton, Florida, had accessed the audio manager application on the phone of Ashley Miller, 18, while working on a sexual battery investigation.
But when officers opened a folder called ‘2-face fun’, they allegedly found 17 photos of a dog – later found to be named ‘2-face’ performing oral sex on Miller.
‘Miller explained that she would call 2-face into her room, take her pants off, open her legs and 2-face would lick he(r) vagina,’ a police report reads.
‘Miller believes 2-face has licked her vagina approximately thirty to forty times.’
Miller admitted to police that she kept the dog at her grandmother’s house and would go there when she wanted oral sex, pix11 reports.
She also allegedly told detectives that her previous dog, a Rottweiler-pit bull cross named Scarface, did the same thing to her years earlier and that ‘she did not have to push her [the dog] to do it.’
Far be to for me to question what goes on behind doors. With sexual liberation at it's peak you never know what people will be into these days. It's not like this is the first time someone has had a dog perform a sex act on them. I don't want to give this woman too hard of a time just because she is disgustingly obese. In fact, fat shaming aside, the real takeaway here is how hard it is to capture a great nude selfie of yourself. Most girls spend hours upon hours trying to find the right angle, and those girls are actually attractive. Can't imagine what the process is like for a gigantic woman. Throwing a dog into the mix is literally the only thing that could save a photo-op that traumatic. Every one loves dogs, even if they look like they are being smothered in a vat of dough.
I don't know if I would go as far as saying this is animal cruelty. I mean it can't be all that much worse then licking it's own ass, right? I suppose it's more dangerous seeing as one thigh twitch could mean lights out for old '2-Face', but this woman seemingly has it down to a science. 30-40 times without one incident? That's better than most places of business. By the looks of things that dog doesn't have the worst working conditions, assuming that this broad doesn't do any strenuous activities before hand, like getting off the couch or walking to the refrigerator. Hey, if it's safe for a dog to go down on her then it's safe for the 25 year old meth dealer she's probably been talking to online to go down on her. I would imagine that an animal that has the tendency to lick it's own shit has the same kind of standards as anyone that would be begging this chick for nude pics.
Former Gang Member was Fired As A Car Salesman When A Positive News Story About Overcoming His Past Got Back To His Boss
Syracuse.com- On Monday, Quante Wright went to work at Lowery Brothers Chrysler Jeep. He sold a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. Then he was fired.
Wright was let go a day after he was featured in a story about the barriers he's faced on his path from prison to college graduation and beyond.
Steve Spector is the manager at the car dealership who hired and fired Wright. He said he hired Wright based on an interview with him and his resume. He did not ask Wright if he had any criminal convictions during that interview and Wright didn't offer up the information, Spector said.
Spector said Wright had been hired and was working there for about a day before Spector had him fill out an application form. That form asks if the person has any criminal convictions. Wright checked yes and wrote what he had been convicted of.
Spector said he became aware that Wright had a criminal past and that he was living in halfway house after Wright filled out the form. But Spector said he didn't know much about the nature of Wright's crimes until he read the Syracuse.com story.
"There is so much stigma that attaches to a criminal record, so much stereotyping of people who have records that it's so hard for them to really get a second chance," Weissman said. "I really do hope that as a community we step up and really give him the second chance that he seems to be working so hard to get."
So wait, this guy just got fired from his job as a car salesman for omitting some facts about himself during the interview? I was expecting a promotion. If there a career that it can benefit you to have questionable morals it is selling cars. If a former gang member that used to dabble in attempted murder and drug dealing can sell himself than he can sell a fucking Jeep Cherokee. If you can push rock, you can hustle Wranglers, as I always say. Since when did being ambiguous ethically count against you in car sales? That should have been the first line of his resume, "I will literally do anything to make a sale". Who cares if the new guy on the floor used to run in a bad crowd? He's obviously changed his life around, or at least enough to get Syracuse.com to write an entire piece on him. Even is he hasn't changed, the fact that he was able to trick a reputable news source into thinking he has can only stands to serve as a good omen in his career path. Would you bet against the guy unloading last year's model for this years price? I know I wouldn't. The ability to put on a warm, inviting face might be new for him, but the ability to deceive is one that has been running though his blood since he was running the streets. You don't forget how to manipulate people and that's literally all that being a salesman requires.
That conniving sense of trickery only comes around so often. You've got to lock it long term when it does, not put him back on the market when his value is at it's highest. One would think a business owner would know a little bit more about supply and demand. This dealership just invited bad publicity and gave an ex-employee a chance to find a better job. What other dealerships wouldn't be lining up to hire an ex-con with a good reputation? A feel good, success story just got fired for being a feel good, success story. That's an absolute no-brainer of a hire. Nothing draws in the customers like a happy ending. Enjoy the blue balls Mr. Spector.
Afion, that's my step brother's name...
Michael Oher Doesn't Like The Movie 'The Blindside' Because It Made Him Stink At Football Or Something
BSO- “This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie. That’s taken away from my football,” Oher said. “That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.”
Hmm, don't want to kill the narrative here Michael, but I am pretty sure that people talking about whether or not you can play football has everything to do with football. Stop me if I am talking out of turn, but while 'The Blindside' may have brought him more attention than any offensive lineman particular wants, it's not responsible for him getting bull rushed on third down. Just because people look at you more than they would if you were just an average guy protecting the quarterback doesn't mean they are responsible for what they see when they do. Now, did the movie raise expectations above a reasonable height? Probably. On a left tackle's best day he isn't going to be the
most entertaining person to watch on the field. In fact the only memorable plays that left tackles make are the ones where they fuck up. That's just the nature the position, not some conspiracy set forth by 'Rotten Tomatoes'.
At the end of the day, I have a hard time sympathizing with a guy who is complaining that they made a two hour feature film glorifying his life. Oh, woe is me, people care about my career because there is an entire production dedicated to the hardships I have conquered. The fact that his experiences had the ability to fill up an entire cinematic time slot is enough to make a majority of society jealous. Hell, a movie about myself would last 10 minutes and have the entire theater leaving in a deep depression. How can you overcome so much in your life that they are able to turn it into a blockbuster smash hit, yet you can't overcome the notoriety that comes with said smash hit? Furthermore, who is still talking about Michael Oher? Last I heard he was an average, if not solid, left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. I admittedly don't pay much attention to the offensive lines of the Ravens, Titans, and now Panthers, but I certainly haven't heard the harsh criticisms that Oher has. At the end of the day it's about what you do on the field. Oher may be more recognizable because of the movie, but it's not still affecting people's perception of him. I would certainly hope football minds would be able to see beyond the big screen.
P.S. Let's face it. No matter what Oher accomplished in his career, that includes a Super Bowl ring, nothing was going to live up to walking arm in arm with Sandra Bullock's fine ass in 'The Blindside'.
I can't. I just can't. What do I even say to this without being too harsh towards a handicapped organization? If I am going to make fun of this I might as well go outside and beat the piss out of a midget. My next move would have to be to kick a blind person in the shin, or point at laugh at a deaf woman. Oh, you're paralyzed? I'm a terrible person anyway, want to race for the pink slip to your wheelchair? If I were going to legitimately make fun of this promo then I would be one small step away from pushing over a kid with Down's syndrome and taking his lunch money. I used to get so much joy out of the Falcons sucking and and now I feel awful about it. They don't suck, they are just mentally disabled. Is this what pity feels like? I can no longer laugh at my enemies because I don't feel they have the mental capacity to do any better? Should I just expect the Falcons to photoshop Matt Ryan's head into the cover of every blockbuster movie this summer and fall 50 yards short of making a clever pun out of his name? First it was 'Rise Up' and now this? I think you're going backwards guys. No amount of artificial noise can drowned out the awkward silence this terrible excuse for a media ploy is sure to be responsible for.
Saints Backup QB Ryan Griffin Had To get 50 Stitches After Getting A Champagne Bottle Broken Over His Head
BSO- “Mr. Griffin believes words were exchanged and he was struck in the head with a champagne bottle,” the police report said. “Mr. Griffin said that his friends told him that they believed it was a champagne bottle because the contents were sprayed all over them when he was struck with the bottle.”
The reported bottle attack began not long after Griffin and some friends arrived at ApresLounge, 608 Fulton St., around 1:50 a.m. on June 7. According to an NOPD incident reportobtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Griffin told police he thought he “bumped into” a group of men already inside the lounge.
Being a backup (or in this case a 3rd string) quarterback in the NFL is a tough job. Well, maybe not physically. All you really do is take a few practice snaps and sit around on Sundays collecting an overinflated paycheck. However one thing you don't collect a lot of is undue respect. You may have the talent to play in the league, but you don't have the resume and playing time to back it up. It's easy to walk around like your shit doesn't stink when you play football at the highest level possible, but it's also easy to accidentally bash a champagne bottle over a backup quarterback's head because you don't recognize him. I mean, what starting quarterback other than Johnny Football would a random person in a club feel comfortable enough around to shatter a bottle over their face? It just comes with the territory of being a borderline NFL player. You may barely have an NFL sized wallet, but you don't get revered like an actual member of the league.
Hey, at least we can know he can take a hit, right? No linebacker hits harder than an alcohol induced asshole with a half empty bottle of Moet. Guys that take reps a couple days after coming out the ass end of a bar fight don't have to sit out OTA's with shoulder soreness, that much is certain. He may not have a lot going for him in this 3 man backup quarterback battle in New Orleans, but he definitely has durability. That's a lot more than some quarterbacks in this league can say.
P.S. If Ryan Griffin ever wants to be a starting quarterback anywhere he's going to need to get himself some starting caliber friends. Can't let the one kid in your friend group with an NFL contract get bludgeoned by a drunk buffoon.
The Price Of Victory: Dallas Teen Gets Arrested After Beating His Friend In 'Russian Roulette'
NBC- A Texas man fatally shot his friend during a game of Russian Roulette in the parking lot of a Dallas hotel, police say.
Vikram Virk and the victim, 18-year-old Jaskaran Singh, were playing Russian Roulette in Virk's car on Saturday when the shooting occured, according to the arrest affidavit. Virk and Singh took turns pulling the trigger at each other. Singh's shots didn't fire, but Virk's did, striking Singh in the head.
Virk drove the injured victim to Methodist Hospital in Richardson where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Police said they arrested the 27-year-old Virk and took him to the Dallas County Jail where he is being charged with manslaughter. His bond was set at $150,000.
Whoa, timeout. You can't arrest someone for an injury incurred while playing a sport. That's part of the rules. Russian roulette is a violent game. You accept the potential consequences of playing for the joy that is brings you. You play football you might get your brain turned into apple sauce before you turn 35. You play basketball you might land wrong and have your shin bone blast through your skin. You play hockey you might take a puck to the face and lose vision in your eye. That's just the cost of playing the game. This kid LOST his life in the most literal sense of the word. You can't arrest someone for winning. If you can get arrested for shooting someone dead during Russian Roulette why not just call it 'Jail or Death Roulette'. The reason it's Russian is because it has no rules. Sports aren't liable to the same persecution as society. If I swing a hockey stick at someone in the middle of the street I can get arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, but if I do it on the ice I sit in a box for two minutes. If I hit someone in the head as hard as I can with a forearm I got a cell with my name on it, but if I do it to the competition on the field of play then my team just has to walk an extra 15 yards. There's a difference between a flagrant foul and assault and battery, just like there is a difference a winning head shot and manslaughter.
Furthermore, if pointing a gun at someone and pulling the trigger is attempted murder, then the subsequent kill shot is just self defense. Your rules, not mine. You want to accuse someone of something then accuse Jaskaran Singh of being a terrible Russian Roulette player. Maybe he should have stuck to spinning the wheel in the casino that his father undoubtedly owns.
How About This Gal That Falsely Accused A Man Of Rape After They Had Sex And Then He Ran Away?
Metro- Karen Farmer, 35, told officers that a man had sexually assaulted her while travelling from Glasgow to Blantyre. She had in fact consented to having sex with the man on a first date, but she got upset after he made an excuse and ran off. Farmer later alleged the 23-year-old she had been intimate with was ‘aggressive and controlling’ which lead to him being detained at his work and quizzed by police.
Farmer, from Paisley, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to falsely claiming she was raped and causing police to devote their time and services in an investigation she knew was false. Procurator fiscal depute Collette Fallon said that Farmer was under the impression that she would be staying the night with the man in August 2012. While on the train, they were captured on CCTV ‘engaging in consensual sex’. Miss Fallon said that when they got off of the train at Blantyre, the man told Farmer he needed the toilet but ran away from the station.
Farmer, visibly upset, looked for him and eventually asked to borrow someone’s phone to text her date. In the message she said: ‘Thanks for the night that I paid for, for you to leave me in Blantyre. For you to use me like that has made me feel so low. Trying to find my way back home, I don’t know how to get there.’ Miss Fallon said: ‘The accused boarded the train back to Glasgow, during the course of the journey she knocked on the driver’s cab door and the driver of the train opened the door and saw the accused was upset and crying. ‘She told him she had been assaulted but did not specify further.’
Defence counsel Louise Arrol said: ‘She has very little recollection of events that evening.
35 years old and this broad still hasn't learned. Maybe I should just write a book for her called 'What Men Want'. Shouldn't be too hard to get through before her next post date train ride. In fact, the first chapter is just one word, 'pussy', and the rest is mostly a picture book. Come on lady, you're a pretty ugly looking 35 year old woman who has probably bent over backwards for Dick more than the Cheney administration. How you going to let a 23 year old kid play the game better than you? It's the classic double edged sword. Men want to sleep with you as quickly as possible, but if you let them do it too quickly they want nothing to do with you. It's all about the chase and this chick got caught faster than a black guy in a horror movie. He wasn't about to miss his train stop after that post-nut moment of clarity, and I don't blame him. The whole reason I would ever miss my stop is for some potential pussy and this kid already had it on his resume. You went from being a viable cum dumpster to dead weight in a blink and a climax. How about you bluff for me one time before you throw your Ace of Spades on the table? Give up the nightcap while in transit and the kid is going to want to take a shit and go sleep in his bed alone like every other self respecting male. At least make it back to his bed first so it's more work to get you out of the house than to let you stay.
It's never right to falsify rape charges, but I really don't think this woman had much of a choice. You have to create some kind of narrative in your head to help you sleep at night after a guy fucks you on the train, makes a 3rd grade excuse, and then sprints away from you. That's the most dehumanizing thing that could happen to a woman. The only way someone could possibly live with themselves is if they recreated the story in their head. No female ever wants to think of themselves strictly as a piece of ass. Literally the only option left is to claim rape.