WOW is right. Make no mistake, this trade has nothing to do with who the Saints are receiving. Sure, the Saints are relatively weak at tight end, and Michael Hoomanawanui might be a half decent pass catcher, but this deal is all about getting rid of Akiem Hicks. A player who once showed such promise, and a player who has all but disappeared since showing that promise. In 2013, Junior Galette, Akiem Hicks, and Cameron Jordan were terrorizing offensive lines, but I haven't seen that same Akiem Hicks since. I admit, I don't always spend a lot of time studying the play of the defensive line, but he has been completely invisible for the last year and three games. While he's not the only one that has failed to perform up to expectations, he is the only one that sat sulking after he was benched due to his ineffectiveness.
This may not help the Saints from a talent perspective, but it certainly sends a message to the locker room. A message that should have been made clear to Akiem Hicks over the offseason. If you act like you are above the team then you will be removed from the team. It would be one thing if he was a pain in the ass that was contributing something- no- anything on the field. You can stink, you can pout, but you can't do both at the same time. If Akiem Hicks goes to the Patriots and performs well then so be it, but he's been given more than enough chances to do so in New Orleans. At some point you have to realize that a player that you once had such high hopes for is being outplayed by a rookie 5th round draft pick. The idea of Akiem Hicks, the powerful pocket pusher, finally outgrew the reality of Akiem Hicks, the average defensive lineman that is far too often overmatched given his measurables. His contract is up at the end of the year and according to the first 3 games, he's wasn't going to offer up anything of substance the rest of this season, or be signed beyond this season. Let's hope Michael Hoomanawanui can increase the production from the tight end position, because at this point it really shouldn't be too hard. However, this trade was all about sticking to a philosophy that Sean Payton adopted over the summer. A philosophy that was put in place to clean up a locker room that had turned into an unmitigated disaster. A philosophy that apparently showed that keeping Akiem Hicks the football player wasn't worth keeping Akiem Hicks the teammate.
USA Today- In a New York Times Magazine article, a reporter was in Trump’s office when Knight reportedly called him out of the blue.From the New York Times:
When I walked in, Trump had the legendary college basketball coach Bobby Knight paying homage to him over speakerphone. Knight, who had never met Trump, apparently called him out of the blue to offer his support. I was slightly dubious about how “out of the blue” this really was, given how perfectly it was timed to my arrival, but Knight delivered a stirring tribute regardless. “No one has accomplished more than Mr. Trump has,” Knight raved after Trump informed him that a reporter was in the room. Trump nodded and motioned to the phone and made sure I had my recorder running. “What a great honor, man,” Trump said. “I will talk to you soon, and I won’t forget that you called. Thanks, Bobby.”
Okay, so I am not stupid enough to believe that this wasn't completely set up. I highly doubt that the odd couple of Donald Trump and Bobby Knight are calling each other on a daily basis. The one time they do happen to talk isn't going to coincidentally take place just as a reporter has sauntered into Trump's office, because well, life is not a fucking movie. Regardless, if there is anything we know about Bobby Knight other than the fact that he's hot headed, it's that he has conviction. He says what he means and doesn't give a fuck how anyone feels about it. So while this phone call may have been prearranged and "no one" may be a stretch, it's safe to assume that Bobby Knight does think that Donald Trump has accomplished a lot. While I don't agree with Trump's politics, I would tend to agree with Bobby Knight.
Before you start judging, let's keep in mind that accomplishments are extremely relative. Not to compare Trump to the most reprehensible people on the planet, but a suicide bomber hitting his target technically accomplished what he wanted to accomplish. A thief that gets away unscathed accomplished his robbery. A member of ISIS beheading an innocent person on camera accomplished getting their point across. The connotation of the word accomplishment is not always positive. For that reason, Donald Trump IS currently one of the most accomplished people in politics.
His policies may be flat out garbage. He may talk directly out of his ass more often than not. However, how many times has there been this much discussion, by this many people, surrounding a presidential election that was a year away? How many times have millions upon millions of people, of all ages, been glued to their television screens during the GOP debates? Who else has peeled back the curtains to show just how many maniacs there are in this country. These lunatics that are ready and willing to put this outspoken, semi-racist, morally (and sometimes financially) bankrupt, real estate entrepreneur in the White House? Donald Trump didn't make these people crazy, but he, either intentionally or unintentionally, made us aware of just how crazy some of the people voting in this country happen to be. His interviews and public appearances may reek of close minded prejudice, but at least he's got a voice. At least he's not just saying what everyone else wants to hear. Trump is not only entertaining in his own right, but he also made other candidates, outside of Ted Cruz, relatable as well. You have to fight fire with fire, and Trump made it impossible to make a name for yourself spewing the same canned, repetitive, politically correct bullshit that politicians are famous for. I don't know what Donald Trump's intentions are with his presidential campaign, and may God have mercy on our souls if he is elected leader of this country. However, you can't say he didn't bring exposure and widespread awareness to the political landscape of the United States, and he didn't even have to throw a bunch of chairs to do it...
Washington Post- Republican candidate Jeb Bush was asked about the issue this week, and he backed the team’s stance: that the name is not offensive, and that it should not be changed.
“I don’t think they should change it,” Bush said during an interview with Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel. “I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”
Bush, the former Florida governor, went on to describe “a similar kind of flap” at Florida State, where the school and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have a close and unusual bond. During Bush’s tenure, the university got a waiver from the NCAA to continue using its Seminole nickname.
“The Seminole Tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university; [the issue] subsided,” Bush said in the Sirius XM interview. ” It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. I mean, Washington has a huge fanbase. I just — I’m missing something here, I guess.”
There it is! We've been waiting, Jeb, we've been waiting. Just sitting on pins and needles awaiting the exact moment that you finally prove that you are, indeed, a member of the Bush family. Almost didn't believe you there for a second when you were a capable public speaker in those GOP debates. Well, it appears that it took the apple just a little longer to fall from the tree this time, but I will be damned if it didn't hit the ground running when it did.
Forget the facts here. Forget that Native American people absolutely find the term 'redskins' offensive. Forget the fact that the word 'Seminole' refers to an actual tribe and thus does not relate whatsoever to the racial slur at hand. This is just something that presidential candidates have to deal with. They have to have an answer for everything. You think Jeb Bush walked into that interview expecting to talk about the Washington fucking Redskins? He just picked a side and ran with it because he's a politician and that's what they do. Furthermore, you can't really hate on Jeb for thinking that Native Americans don't find the team name offensive. You know how many Native Americans that Jeb Bush has met that have a huge issue with the team name? The same amount of Native Americans that you or I have met that have a huge issue with the team name, ZERO. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but they certainly aren't as outspoken as the coalitions of people, that are predominantly not Native American, arguing on their behalf. That's how outrage works these days. It's not the people being discriminated against screaming the loudest, it's the people that are desperate for another reason to overreact. Please forgive Jeb Bush, Native Americans, he didn't see you guys protesting in the back because there were too many impassioned white people rioting in the front. Jeb may be ignorant, but he's not prejudice. He just speaks in absolutes because he's trying to run for president and you can't sound unsure of yourself when you want to lead this country, even if you are dead ass wrong.
P.S. Such a 'IDGAF' move to say “I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you", and then follow it up by taking the most controversial stance he possibly could.
Source- An Orlando bar is helping fans of UCF's football team drown their sorrows after the team's disappointing 0-4 start.
The Basement confirmed to News 6 that it's offering free beer during UCF games until the Knights win.
On its Instagram page, The Basement posted an image that says, "Free beer until UCF wins. Seriously. Free beer during every game until we win. Because we need something to be excited about."
UCF, which beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago, has lost to Florida International, Stanford, Furman and South Carolina this season.
The Knights play at Tulane this Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon, and the beer will be flowing at The Basement.
I hope this bar is prepared. I hope they are prepared to get on their hands and knees everyday from now until Saturday praying for a much needed victory. I hope this bar is prepared to go out of business when thousands upon thousands of college students drink this place dry. And worst case scenario, I hope they are prepared to renege on their promise of free booze if Central Florida manages to go more than one more week without a win.
I wanted to say that this offer was a ruse. I was expecting to check their schedule and see some team like Middle-Western Alabama State on tap. While the Tulane Green Wave might not be the most formidable of opponents, when you lose to the Furman Paladins there isn't a team in the country that you can put in the win column prior to kickoff. I don't even know where Furman is, but I know that it sounds like the first name, of three names, that appear on the wall at a prestigious law firm. I don't know what Paladins are but, without doing any research whatsoever, I can only assume they are people that are so inferior athletically that a loss to them creates a need for free booze.
Regardless, I love this move. Sometimes you just need a reason to get up for a game. There's nothing more painful than a terribly disappointing football season, and the only thing that can ease that pain is beer. It also never hurts when that beer is free. Giving away free beer at a college bar on game day is like giving away free chocolate at a lamaze class, or free Jordans in an urban community. Not that I really thought that a place that was called 'The Basement' was the finest of drinking establishments, but these kids are going to run this place roughshod. For three hours on Saturday this place is going to be look like a pack of cartoon tasmanian devils are circling it. It's going to be a virtual war zone, but like the best kind of virtual war zone. When a football season is basically lost no more than 4 games in, you have to find a way to keep kids interested on campus. Getting them drunk beyond belief without having to lay a hand on their wallets is a terrible business plan, but it's just about the greatest pep rally of all time.
The Saints Restructured Drew Brees Contract Creating Cap Space And Pushing His Cap Hit To $30 Million In 2016
Things that aren't happening next season:
- The Saints are not releasing Drew Brees.
- The Saints are not paying Drew Brees $30 million dollars.
Well, that really cuts down on feasible options now doesn't it? It's pretty clear, to me anyway, that the Saints plan on negotiating an extension with Drew Brees at the end of the year. An extension that will lower his cap hit, and thus open up more possibilities to make this team better as a whole. Say what you want about the trajectory of his career, but the Saints didn't restructure Drew Brees' contract after missing one game because they don't have plans of him being here next year. And considering he will be here next year, I highly doubt Drew Bres wants to have his albatross of a contract anchoring this team from achieving it's full potential. Even Brees isn't confident enough to think that the Saints can field a competitive 53 man roster with his contract taking up 20-25% of the salary cap. Don't think he hasn't seen what we've seen. He would never admit it, but he knows this team is talent deficient, and 36 year old quarterbacks don't succeed on talent deficient teams.
The fact of the matter is that this team's below average talent level is the only reason that this move was made when it was. The Saints are desperate for a formidable pass rusher and a proven big play wide receiver. It remains to be seen what moves they can make that can help this team win now, but without a restructure of Brees contract there were no moves that could have been made. This may be a rebuilding year of sorts for a team that underwent 20+ roster changes during the offseason, but when you have Sean Payton and Drew Brees no season is a throwaway season, even if it starts 0-3. This decision was made in hopes of making this team better now and going forward into next year. Nothing more, nothing less.
Metro- A family who fell victim to a ‘removal man scam’ have lost almost everything they own.Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, had their furniture, clothes, photographs and even Becky’s engagement ring stolen by the two men they believed to be removal men.
The couple, who estimate their stolen belongings to be worth about £10,000, booked the ‘removal men’ after seeing their page on Facebook to move their belongings from their flat in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, to one above the a pub eight miles away they manage.
However after the removal men, who were described as courteous and polite, packed up the family’s belongings and drove off they were never seen again.
Their Facebook page, calling the business Lee Green, was also removed from the site.
Becky said: ‘The men had told me in advance to pack all of our belongings into boxes and label them up clearly – I didn’t realise at the time, but they took the most valuable items first.’
‘I have never cried more in my life than I did on Friday afternoon – I am so distraught that they have taken my engagement ring and my baby’s toys,’ she added.
I feel bad for this family, I really do. It's obviously terrible that they are left with next to nothing in terms of material possessions when they have a 7 month old daughter to raise. The people that stole all of their shit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, before this couple heads down to the police station, would it be too much to ask of them to give 'Lee Green's Removal Service' a 'Like' on Facebook? Say what you want about their ethics, but their ability to remove things is second to none.
Don't you hate when you go on Yelp! and see ratings based on the one time a person got bad service at a restaurant? Motherfucker, it's a restaurant, tell me how the food is. Chances are that Caroline, the ditzy blonde that fucks up the drink orders, has already been fired. She isn't going to be my server too. You are throwing off the integrity of the whole system by basing your rating on things that probably won't effect a large majority of their clientele. Well, this situation is very similar. Lee Green's removal service promised to remove their belongs and remove their belongings is exactly what they did. As far as getting rid of shit they are a 5 star operation. There was no agreed upon destination. If you wanted your things to be moved to a place of your choosing then you should have hired a moving company, not a removal service. You have to understand that using a "company" that features the word "removal" instantly makes those boxes harder to find than Rosie O'Donnell's after a cheat day. Garbage removal, insect removal, mold removal. Do you care where any of those things go once they are out of your house? Absolutely not. So while these scumbags are undoubtedly one traced IP address away from getting locked up for an extended amount of time, I am not ready to say that false advertisement should be one of the charges for which they are found guilty.
Eater.com- This past weekend, an armed member of the U.S. Navy was denied service at a Waffle House restaurant in Kentucky. According to a local NBC station, when officer Billy Welch — who was in uniform — sat down for a meal at the Nicholasville location of the 24-hour chain, he was told he'd need to disarm or leave the restaurant. Welch, who had his firearm holstered at his side when he walked in the door, was only asked to leave after he'd placed his order and the server noticed the gun. When she asked him to leave his gun outside, he refused. He later told the news station, "You know, if I can't have my firearm, then I can't be here. I walked inside to the other waitress. I said, 'thank you, but no thank you ma'am. I'm gonna have to leave.'"
Waffle House restaurants across the South are frequently the scenes of deadly or bizarre crimesinvolving guns, and at least one commenter noticed the irony in this Waffle House's policy and actions. Laura Zolman wrote, "and if some crime took place there best is an armed military person who knows how to handle a weapon."
Waffle House's official policy bans guns from its restaurants with the exception of law enforcement.
The restaurant's franchise owner released this statement: "For many years we have had a 'No Firearms' policy in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates."
Well, all that we learned from this story is that rules are rules, even if you are in the Navy. Now, If I were dining at the average restaurant would I have a problem if there were a member of our military in there with a firearm? Absolutely not. However, Waffle House isn't the average restaurant. Have you ever been to a Waffle House? I went to one this summer in Florida. I hadn't even ordered my greasy, underwhelming late night breakfast before I was scouring the building for potential exits like someone that gets anxiety from flying. It just always feels like something bad is going to happen. I'm pretty sure Murphy was sitting at a Waffle House at 3AM on a Friday when he came up with his law. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, and that's why you shouldn't be in possession of a gun in a Waffle House. Waffle House is a place where the unexpected becomes expected. While a Naval officer might be the person best suited for navigating a tough situation, there's no amount of training that can teach someone to properly handle the combination of drunks, rednecks, and bikers that regular a Waffle House. The reason that not even the most respected of citizens are allowed to carry a gun in a Waffle House is the same reason that you shouldn't be lighting up cigarettes when you are filling your gas tank. It adds an unnecessary element of volatility to an atmosphere that is one step away from explosive at all times.
I can't be the only one that thinks the statement "you know, if I can't have my firearm, then I can't be here" is just a little bit extreme. I'm not exactly familiar with the armed forces handbook, but I would imagine that you are only required to have your firearm on your person when you are on duty. Are there a lot of navigable bodies of water in the middle of fucking Kentucky? How about you just throw your 9MM in the glovebox for 10 minutes while you wait for your grits? You don't have to be standing at attention 24/7/365. If you needed your gun at your disposal that quickly then you probably shouldn't be dining at a place that will take longer to bring your check than they will to prepare your shitty, colon cleansing food.
The San Francisco Giants Congratulated The Los Angeles Dodgers On Their Playoff Berth...Wait, WHAT!?
Respect the rivalry? RESPECT THE RIVALRY!?! The whole point of a rivalry is that there is very little respect between both parties involved. Get this "love thy neighbor" nonsense the fuck out of my face. If one of my teams did this for a rival I would instantly walk out of the building and probably write a very stern letter to the front office AKA tweet a bunch of super disparaging things at the team twitter account. The San Francisco Giants are not required to congratulate a team that they hate. As a matter of fact, if I were the Los Angeles Dodgers I would view this sign showing respect as a sign of disrespect. Don't belittle the hatred that exists between you and a rival. It's like beating up your bully for the first time and having him get up to give you a handshake after. Yeah, uhh, thanks but no thanks. There's no love lost between rivals. You shouldn't just want to beat your rival, you should want to embarrass them, and rub their nose in it after you do so. Nothing will put a dent in the satisfaction of winning faster then the person you beat being happy for you.
There is really only one way to view this. The Giants clearly don't consider the Dodgers a rival, no matter how many people get stabbed in the parking lot. This is a message of pity. A message that only a team that has clearly dominated the division for the last decade would send. A message that says "we feel comfortable celebrating your lowly playoff berth because we have 3 World Championships over the last 6 years". Once you start feeling empathy for the failures of your competition then you no longer consider them true competition. You can't have your sworn enemy wishing you the best. The whole point of having a sworn enemy is to bask in their misery after you beat them. Half the fun in winning is to see them lose. The only fun in losing is to wait for them to lose. Don't pat them on the ass on the way out the door. You should be waiting patiently to dance on their grave. That's what rivalries are all about. They definitely aren't all about providing a team that you hate a respectable backdrop as they celebrate on your home turf.
Jezebel- An Indiana Subway franchise is being sued in federal court by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for firing an employee for being HIV-positive. Stay classy, Indiana.
Via WTHR 13, the Sheridan, Indiana Subway hired the employee (listed in the lawsuit as John Doe for somewhat obvious reasons) on New Years Day of this year. Twelve days later, the employee informed his boss he was HIV-positive, and roughly a month after that, on February 14, the restaurant fired the employee.
According to the lawsuit, when informed of the employee’s HIV-positive status, the supervisor specifically asked “What if you cut yourself?” and “What about it if our customers find out?”
Except for rare cases in which children consumed food that was pre-chewed by an HIV-infected caregiver, HIV has not been spread through food. The virus does not live long outside the body. You cannot get it from consuming food handled by an HIV-infected person; even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus.
Whew, tough year for Subway, huh? Gotta say, it's a little strange that they are fine with years and years of sexual misconduct allegations surrounding their spokesperson, but have a strict policy against HIV positive employees. Oh well, you got to stand for something, right?
This whole story boils down to one question. If given the choice, would you rather have an HIV positive employee constructing your sandwiches, or an HIV negative employee constructing your sandwiches? Yeah, that's what I thought. Listen, I know I can't get HIV from someone touching my completely underwhelming food, but I know I DEFINITELY can't get HIV when that someone doesn't have HIV. That may be a completely ignorant way to look at things, but hey, it's better to be ignorant and healthy than sympathy and sickly. Plus, isn't health what Subway preaches above all else?
I don't think that every person that is unfortunate enough to contract HIV should be shunned from the workplace like they are some sort of ex-convict, but there's a very simple way to avoid that type of discrimination. Don't tell your manager you have HIV. I could be wrong, but the "higher-ups" at the local Subway don't strike me as the most worldly people. Not only that, but if being HIV positive poses absolutely no threat to the customers then there is no reason to tell your boss you're HIV positive. Sure, it might be the right thing to do, but it's also the dumb thing to do. This chick is probably going to walk away with millions from this lawsuit, but for future reference she may want to take into consideration that most people would rather not work with those that are HIV positive. When we are talking about a disease that has the history of HIV/AIDS, the decision to stay as far away as possible doesn't have to make logistical sense.
Independent- After the 43-year-old took himself to hospital suffering from a gun shot wound in a place that was particularly painful, he told police that he had been the victim of an attempted hold-up by a “black guy”.
And so officers went to his flat in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, looking for evidence of the attack.
Instead they discovered a witness who told officers he heard screams of pain coming from Mr Watson’s apartment about 1am that morning, according to the Argus Leader.
A search warrant was served on Mr Watson’s house, where officers found what appeared to be bullet fragments on his bed. An empty gun case was found, though no firearm.
Mr Watson required surgery after the September 6 incident. Two days after the surgery, Watson was re-interviewed and told officers he was examining the gun, placed it in his pocket and the gun discharged, striking him in the penis. He refused to tell officers who was selling the gun and where the gun is now.
Mr Watson was then arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a drug offender, false report of a crime to law enforcement officials.
I know the thought process behind randomly blaming a black man when you accidentally shoot yourself in the genitals is completely flawed. It's ridiculously prejudice, utterly dishonest, and...uhhh...absolutely genius? Okay, genius might be a bit strong for someone that just literally blew off any chance of having a family of his own, but that's kind of the point. You can't walk into a hospital and admit that you shot yourself in your manhood. Can you imagine the embarrassment?! You almost have to blame someone else, at least until they inevitably scour your house and find out that it was your work, and your work alone.
Most of the time I would agree that choosing a hypothetical black guy as the guilty party would be incredibly discriminatory and almost definitely end in an unjust arrest. However, when there isn't a black person within 100 miles this becomes a win-win situation. This guy got to avoid the awkwardness of telling the cops that he pulled a Plaxico Burress on his penis, and he used a theoretical scapegoat that most likely doesn't even exist in-state. Hell, he may as well have told the cops that a unicorn shot him in the cock, because he's just as likely to see one as he is to come across a black guy during his day-to-day life in the Dakotas. I'm pretty sure there are like 92 people that call South Dakota home, and I feel confident in saying that all of them are either caucasian or American Indian. The closest African American is located wayyyy outside of Sioux Falls jurisdiction. In fact, if there actually is a black person in South Dakota he probably deserves to get arrested for a crime he didn't commit, because that's a guy who unquestionably has some skeletons in his closet. Some skeletons that may, or may not, have in tact pelvic bones.
ABC- "You know, I haven't heard that yet from that player. I didn't read anything about it," Tate said. "But that's not the first time this year that another player said that. I've had a couple occasions in literally each game where they've called out our play, for one, and then afterwards been like, 'Hey, we knew what you guys were doing.'
"I don't know how they know or what film they're watching that we're giving away. That's something, we need to go back and watch our tendencies to figure out what, where we line up or how we line up or what formation, whatever it may be, we got to figure it out because we're clearly giving [our plays] away.
"All three weeks, a player has come up to me and said 'we knew what you're going to do.' That's bad."
Is this going to be the new thing? Every time a team sucks offensively they are just going to proclaim that the other team knows their plays? I guess if this is going to go mainstream and people are actually going to believe it then there are worse excuses as to why a team, that has more than a handful of highly capable offensive weapons, still can't produce. First it was Josh Huff saying that teams knew the Eagles plays, and now it's Golden Tate. Must just be a coincidence that they play for two teams that have struggled mightily to begin the year. I don't even doubt that some of his opponents have told Golden Tate that they know what plays the Lions are running, but I think what they really mean is that they have guessed right more often than usual.
To break this down, teams have these things called defensive coordinators. Their job is to break down tendencies in the opposing offense. Generally, they never really KNOW what play the opposition is going to run, but with enough film study sometimes they can get a vague idea. There are also these things called audibles. You know when you see the defense shift and start frantically waving their hands in the air, Golden? They are actually calling a different play to adjust to what play they think you are going to run. I know, pretty crazy concept, but just out of sheer luck there are going to be a handful of times per game when the defense correctly predicts the exact play that is going to be run. A couple of predictable plays a game aren't exactly a valid reason for the Lions offense being so incredibly hard to watch. Especially when good offense always beats good defense and we are talking about an offense that features game breaking players like Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Want to know what I think, Golden? Yeah, I know you don't, but I am going to tell you anyway. I think your team sucks because you have a wildly inconsistent and drastically overrated quarterback. I think your team sucks because it takes a very real exertion of energy for Matt Stafford to turn his fat head a couple of inches to the left or right while going through his progressions. I think your team sucks because your quarterback's offensive awareness pales in comparison to his physical tools. Hey, don't take my word for it. Maybe your opponents are using their telepathic powers to hack into your overly simplistic play sheet. Maybe they are reading them right off your offensive coordinator's iPad screen like they are playing you in Madden. Yeah, that's it. Everyone knows that the only reason that bad teams are bad is because the other teams are keenly aware of all the plays they are going to run. Can't possibly have anything to do with a subpar, turnover prone quarterback.
MSN- A five-year-old San Diego, Calif. girl is at home, instead of starting off kindergarten with her friends, because her school, the Mt. Erie Christian Academy, refused to welcome her any longer because she has two moms, KGTV reports.
The child, who had attended Mt. Erie for pre-school and summer school was abruptly cut off when her parents were called in on the Friday before Labor Day, just before school started, where the pastor broke the news.
"It was heartbreaking,” Sheena, who didn't want her last name to be used, told the news station. “I didn't finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn't want to look at them any longer. I just couldn't believe that they did that."
"They told us, ‘oh this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child," the stay-at-home mom added.
When asked by the news team if it was discrimination to stop the child from attending because of her mothers, a woman who described herself as the school's director, said, "The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don't condone any sinful lifestyles."
"If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn't condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there," Sheena countered. "I would never put my child's emotional wellbeing in an unstable setting like that."
I don't want to say that it a good thing that two mothers have to explain to their child why she is no longer allowed to attend school with her friends, but honestly, it kind of is. I say this as a progressive person that went to private high school, there is really no longer a reason to send your children to a devout religious institution anymore. Unless, of course, you believe in all the antiquated teachings of the Catholic church, or accept that your children will be taught those same antiquated teachings. The most popular reason that parents pay more their child to go to Catholic school is so that they receive a better education. However, if that very same education is full of outdated, discriminatory teachings then it does more harm than good anyway. Better these women found out that their "kind" was not accepted at school now, than find out after their daughter was taught that her mothers are sinners.
There have been tons of these types of stories lately. Homosexuals that aren't allowed to bring their boyfriend or girlfriend to a school dance. Gay people that complain when they get questions that relate to the acceptance of homosexuality wrong on a test. I think a general rule of thumb should be that if you or your child are gay, don't enroll them in a Christian school. That's like willingly sending your skinny kid to fat camp, or your Jewish kid to concentration camp. There is no need to put them in a position where their distinct difference isn't accepted by those around them. They may get better at math, science, and reading comprehension, but at a place that doesn't accept gay parents, they will undoubtedly become worse at positive human interaction. Isn't that the most important thing for a 5 year old to learn anyway?
Metro- The animal rights activist, from Detroit, Michigan, is credited with singlehandedly turned more people vegan – including 8% of Israel – than anyone else in the world, after an hour-long speech he gave at Georgia Tech was recorded, translated into Hebrew, and shared on social media.
In it Gary, 45, who is Jewish himself, controversially calls slaughterhouses ‘concentration camps’ and compares the treatment of animals to the Holocaust.
The speech, which was recorded in the U.S., is now the most-viewed in Israel’s history, and is thought to have been the cataylst for a large portion of Israel’s population to go vegan.
Indeed, according to Israeli media, Yourofsky is responsible for increasing Israel’s vegan population from 5% to 13%.
Shout out to Gary Yourofsky. Not only is this a man that convinced 13% of Israel to eat vegan, but he's also the man that convinced 87% of Israel to hope he prematurely dies a slow and miserable death. This is the problem with vegans. They can't just eat their salad or their tofu burger and go on about their day. They have to compare farm animals to human fucking beings to make their point. They have to compare a bunch of pigs in a slaughterhouse to Jews in a concentration camp in what might be the biggest trivialization of human life ever fucking recorded for mass consumption. Okay bud, let me bring you back down to Earth real quick. Know how I know that animals don't have the same rights as humans? Because you don't think twice when you pass a dead animal on the side of the road, but if it was a human being you'd have yourself a full season of CSI.
You don't see me scaling the mountain tops and interjecting human tragedies into my declaration of the legitimacy of a carnivorous life. You don't see me referring to people eating plants, which are also technically living things, as the mass genocide of a garden. Mostly because I don't give a shit about other's decisions, and neither should these caesar salad slurping cocksuckers. You can convert 8% of Israel to vegan or 30% of Israel to vegan. The fact of the matter is the same amount of animals are going to die. Just because you bring a bunch of herbivores to the BBQ doesn't mean we are going to grill up any less dead animal patties. Just more hot dogs for me Gary. You can draw a face and a yamica on my packaged pork and I am still giving it a nice char, lathering it in ketchup and stuffing it down my gullet. That's just how the world works. Generally people eat what they want, but it's only the nauseating vegans that are trying to get other people to eat what they don't want. The fact that this guy convinced 8% of a country to change it's diet doesn't mean he's made any progress in putting an end to processed meat. It just means that 8% of Israel is a bunch of weak willed pussies that don't realize that their life coach just compared a butcher shop to to the ethnic cleansing of their ancestors. There's a reason that the large majority of Israel is still eating meat, and it's not only because it's delicious, but also because the people opposed to it aren't even making a semi-coherant argument against it.
BSO- Parsons…flew himself to Los Angeles, found out who Jordan was working out with, and started working out with that person during his rehab. He had dinner with Jordan for five straight nights at one point. The recruiting process was described elsewhere as an “Entourage-style romp” through the hottest clubs and most exclusive nightspots in Los Angeles and Houston.
“It isn’t the same as it once was….He didn’t do anything illegal. I’m not mad at him. At the end of the day, he’s a grown man and he’s entitled to do whatever he wants…He’s one of the best young centers in the NBA, and I wanted to play with him. He could have made us great. But he screwed us over.”
This post was originally going to read like every single other post that I have had to write about Mark Cuban and Chandler Parsons being so butt hurt that they can't even sit down to take a shit without wincing in pain. That is until I realized what actually happened here. How could we have not seen it before? It's clear as day! Chandler Parsons is a stage 5 clinger. Hey Cubes, time to stop blaming DeAndre for leaving your franchise high and dry. Personally, I would blame that thirsty little white boy that scared away a future cornerstone of franchise.
Take a look at his actions...
He flew himself to Los Angeles.
He sought out DeAndre's trainer and started to workout with him.
He took DJ out to dinner FIVE nights in a row.
Take a look at his words...
"It wasn't the same as it once was".
"He's entitled to do whatever he wants".
This is a guy that spent ONE SINGLE WEEK interacting with another human being. That's more red flags than an entire game of minesweeper. There are 35 year old divorced mother's putting less pressure on brand new relationships. Chandler Parsons was forcing up shots like he was worried about a biological clock violation. Hey Chandler, you looking for someone to join your basketball team or join your gay orgy? I can't tell if he was trying to fuck, marry, or kill Deandre Jordan, but from his actions I can only assume that at one point or another it would have been all three. Blake Griffin is pretty much best friends forever with DeAndre Jordan and, outside of an NBA road trip, I would be shocked if you told me they spent 5 nights in a row together. Be a grown ass man for me one time Chandler. You don't get the hot girl to commit by pestering her every second of the day. That just pushes her farther away. In the beginning of a relationship the desire to spend time with someone goes from cute to creepy real quick. Chandler Parsons wasn't only on the wrong side of that delicate balance, but he tipped the fucking scale.
Chandler Parsons is the type to put an end to a Tinder conversation in less than 5 minutes. He's the the type to bring up the "next step" conversation before both feet are even on the first step. He's the type to buy a chick a one month anniversary present. He's the type to ask "what's wrong?", drive himself crazy, and end up showing up outside your house in the middle of the night because you didn't respond to a 'goodnight' text. He's the type to tell his parents about you after the first date. He's the type to put a heart emoji in his phone next to your name before he even knows your last name. He's the type to ask "are you breaking up with me?" when you didn't even know you were in a monogamous relationship. He's the type to continually say "I'm not mad" just to convince himself that he's not mad. He's the type to STILL be talking about a person that was never even on his team nearly two and half months after finding out he's definitely not on his team. DeAndre Jordan didn't screw you over, your infatuation with DeAndre Jordan screwed you over, so maybe it's time to do some self evaluation, you obsessive little 'Swim Fan' you.
Live look at Chander Parsons recruiting technique...
Recode- It’s unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are simply images, not actual text published on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.
The 140-character limit has been one of Twitter’s trademark features since day one. It has long been scrutinized by those outside the company, and many have argued over the years that Twitter should expand it. It has also been a topic of discussion internally at Twitter for years, according to multiple sources, and has resurfaced in recent months under interim CEO Jack Dorsey as the company has been exploring new ways to grow its user base.
In addition to the long-form product, execs have been openly discussing the idea of tweaking how Twitter measures its 140-character limit by removing things like links and user handles from the count, multiple sources say.
Oh good, let people start writing novels on Twitter. That can't possibly clutter the timeline. The fact of the matter is that being a good follow on Twitter is all about fitting your thought, joke, or opinion into 140 characters. You want fully formulated thoughts and complete sentences then go start a blog asshole. No one has time for paragraph long diatribes about nothing. That's what Facebook is for. I don't even understand what kind of person would want this to happen. Don't people realize that with the narcissistic need to say every single thing that comes to their brain in one post comes the ability for every one else they follow to do the very same thing. If I have to shorten some words and leave out some punctuation to fit some meaningless, half-witted stupidity into a 140 characters then I will gladly do so just to avoid having to scroll through everyone else's long winded bullshit.
You give people an inch and they'll take an inch. You give 'em a mile and they'll write so much nauseating crap that it will make you want to deactivate your account. You can't expect people to know how much is too much. That's the same reason why this country has such goddamn problem with obesity. Instituting a character limit is not only what makes Twitter, Twitter, but it's the smartest aspect of Twitter. They differentiated themselves from all other forms of social media. Sure, maybe someone can't fit their punchline in before the words turn red, but that very same person probably won't have room to put the finishing touches on that undoubtedly racist thought that just popped into their head. The shorter the tweet, the smaller the chance that people can make an ass out of themselves. The people that have truly "enlightening" things to say know how to do so in a concise manner. It's the people that are too stupid to regulate their word choice that need more space to type, and the last thing that dumb people in 2015 need is a bigger platform.
LBS- “I just think that in every sport, there’s about 20 percent bad fans,” Saban said, per Luke Kerr-Dineen of For the Win. “They don’t get it. They’re disrespectful. They do things and say things that don’t really need to be said; that aren’t helpful; that don’t reflect the image of what college football is all about, or even what sports is all about. You should appreciate the competition.”
Oh yeah Nick? 20%? 20% of these lunatics running faster then they have at any other moment in their entire lives just to get a decent spot in line for your autograph "don't get it"? You don't say. You think the members of your fanbase that yell your teams' rallying cry every time they get in trouble with the law may not reflect the image of what college football is all about? You think that the fans that consider the season a failure if you lose one single game are disrespectful? Might be time to grab a calculator Nicky, because if you're basing it on lunacy, then about 95% of Alabama fans are bad fans.
Of course Crimson Tide fans don't understand the concept of hows sports are supposed to work. They don't use Alabama football as an escape from reality, Alabama football is their only reality. Their entire existence revolves around the 12-14 days a year that the tide is rolling. Of course people that are that invested in a bunch of teenage football players say things that don't need to be said. That's what gives them their charm. The 20% of bad fans that Saban is referring to are actually the most diehard fans they have. The fans that live and die with each play. The fans that will literally sacrifice their freedom to defend the honor of their college football team. Every sports team in the country has crazy fans, but Alabama invented the crazy fan. Sure, the rest of the nation considers them psychotic, but without that 20% Alabama wouldn't be one of the greatest places in the country to play college football. Hell, without the crazies Alabama football wouldn't be prestigius enough to justify shelling out millions upon millions of dollars to bring Nick Saban on board. Don't bite the hand that fed you Nick, because by your definition all your fans are bad fans, but that's also what makes them the best fans.
Fox News- An online petition has gathered more than 1,300 signatures on behalf of a popular Virginia high school teacher who was kicked out of the classroom earlier this month for using a racial slur.
The petition claims history teacher Lynne Pierce, who is white, did nothing wrong when she uttered the “N-word” during a discussion with her students at Heritage High School in Newport News about racism, derogatory terms and the nickname of the Washington Redskins. Heritage is 90 percent black.
“She is a history teacher, she cannot be censored for teaching terms and beliefs that people had throughout history,” the petition says.
Pierce, a teacher for 40 years, landed in hot water Sept. 18 when a student in her Advance Placement U.S. History class brought up the Redskins and asked her what was the big deal.
"The kids kept saying, 'It's no big deal, it's a football team,'” Pierce told the Newport News Daily Press Thursday. “I said, 'How would you feel if people had a team named after another group?'"
WTKR-TV reported Thursday that Pierce then said to the class, “What would you think if someone started a team called the Newport News N----r?”
You know what, maybe it's not the worst thing in the world that this was teacher was fitting N-bombs into the lesson plan. In case you haven't spent any time on the internet over the last 5-10 years, it's become pretty goddamn evident that a bunch of suburban white kids don't have any concept of how historically relevant that reprehensible word happens to be. In fact, I would say a majority of white kids probably hear it in a hip-hop song before they are even taught what it means. Maybe it behooves them to have an educator step into their lives and open their eyes to the discrimination that still exists in society. Wait, what's that you say? Heritage High School is 90% black? Oh well, sorry Mrs. Pierce, I tried my best. Pretty sure a bunch of black high school children know exactly what the N-word represents, and don't need an elderly white lady to try to explain her completely lucid use of it.
I'll give Lynne credit. If you are going to use the N-word in a classroom than she picked a pretty valid way to use it. Not only wasn't it used in a derogatory context, but for those that weren't too busy becoming offended, it actually made her point crystal clear. Unfortunately for her, while she may have won her argument, she undoubtedly has to lose her job. There is just no way to justify using that word in front of a group of black people in 2015. Life and learn. Next time, you'll steer clear of racial debates with teenagers. Especially a bunch of teenagers that probably weren't even paying attention to you until you used a word that they couldn't possibly ignore. I bet that looked like a scene from every racially charged movie when the music cuts out and everyone stares at the one white person in the room in wide eyed amazement. Her comparison was better suited for being whispered in the back corner of a loud bar between friends while watching the Redskins game. Debating the mascot of a team that a majority of your young, unintelligible students are more than likely fans of is never going to work out in your favor. Hell, if I grew up a New Jersey Nazis fan I would have defended the swastika on their jersey at least until I grew hair on my balls. Teenagers are hard headed. This woman was fighting a losing battle. A battle so impossible to win that her only chance at victory was to use the most commonly used racial slur known to man. The only lesson to be learned here is that sometimes methods of teaching can be too progressive for those which they are intended. Lynn Pierce may very well be a great teacher, but she clearly never learned how to read a room.
The typical response to this will be one of harsh criticism. You already know there are going to be people coming out of the woodwork just to remind Lawrence Tynes that while he is a two time Super Bowl champion, he was also just a kicker. I'm going to be honest, until that last tweet, I would have been one of those people. Hell, I was one of those people when ex-NFL kicker AJ Feeley decided to drag Tim Tebow's name through the mud. I simply can't support the player with the least amount of responsibility on an NFL roster when he chooses to criticize the player with the most responsibility on an NFL roster. However, there is an exception, and that exception is when fandom comes into play. That's where my opinion changes. It's so easy to forget that NFL players are also fans of the sport. So easy to ignore that they may, or may not, have their own allegiances to certain franchises. I didn't know that Lawrence Tynes was a Chiefs fan, but looking at his history these tweets make perfect sense. The Chiefs were the first team to give Tynes an opportunity in professional football. It's actually refreshing that the cutthroat business side of the NFL, which Lawrence was obviously heavily involved in, didn't kill his deep-seated devotion to the Kansas City Chiefs.
If I was going to sit here and criticize Lawrence Tynes then I would also have to criticize myself. In fact, I would also have to criticize every single person that invests far too much in the outcome of a game they have absolutely no say in come Sunday or Monday night. Tynes is no longer an NFL player. Hell, he's not even an NFL analyst, nor do think he is trying to be one. He's just a pissed off fan on Twitter. If you have never been in his position than it's you that is worthy of questioning, not him. There is nothing, other than some notoriety and a couple Super Bowl rings, that differentiates Lawrence Tynes from the 300 pound slob spewing excess wing sauce all over his XXXL Jamaal Charles jersey as he curses the name of his quarterback. If you want to say that Lawrence Tynes doesn't have the resume to be chastising Alex Smith and his prepubescent arm, then you better be prepared to watch in silence next Sunday. You better be prepared to shut down your laptop and not try to fit a snarky, sarcastic observation into a 140 characters when a quarterback throws a terrible interception or a lineman inexplicably jumps offside. I refuse to speak out against Lawrence Tynes not because he was once a successful NFL kicker, but because he is now each and every one of us, and much like each and every one of us, he is completely right about Alex Smith, the checkdown master.
Tech Insider- Oliva Hallisey, a 16-year-old from the United States, won the 2015 Google Science Fair with her project to develop a fast, cheap, and stable test for the Ebola virus, which she says gives easy-to-read results in less than 30 minutes — potentially before someone is even showing symptoms.
Current Ebola detection methods are complex, expensive, require unbroken refrigeration from manufacture to use and up to 12 hours from testing to confirmed diagnosis ... The [test] provides rapid, inexpensive, accurate detection of Ebola viral antigens based on color change within 30 minutes in individuals prior to their becoming symptomatic and infectious.
The problem with many current Ebola tests are many, Hallisey wrote in her science fair description:
Current methods of Ebola detection utilize enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ("ELISA") detection kits which cost approximately $1,000 each, require complex instrumentation, trained medical professionals to administer, and up to 12 hours from testing to diagnosis.
While Hallisey wasn't able to test her invention on real Ebola patients or virus, she showed it could detect a protein from the virus.
The test uses the typical components of an Ebola test, which is made up of antibodies (the tags that our immune system uses to mark viruses and bacteria as invaders) and chemicals that cause the test to change colors if these antibodies bind to Ebola proteins in the sample.
The big innovation: To make the test stable, Hallisey used silk fibers to stabilize the chemicals on card stock, allowing them to sit around at room temperature for up to 3 weeks and still be effective. No refrigeration required, unlike with current Ebola tests.
Damn Google, I thought you were better than this. I thought you had higher standards for your science fair winners than something that detects Ebola. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Here in the United States, we just call that a thermometer, because Ebola is no more than the common cold. Do we really need silk fibers and stabilized chemicals to identify when someone has a runny nose and a cough? Maybe to those in Africa that aren't privy to Western medicine this would be big deal, but Ebola's treacherous reign in North America lasted about as long as the last Sarah McLachlan commercial. Even if this invention is legitimate, it's completely antiquated unless she decides to take a transcontinental trip. If she was looking for an invention to help her fellow Americans than this Ebola detector is about as useful as a model solar system. Thanks, but no thanks Hailey, we have bigger fish to fry than worrying about some disease that lasted about a week before America bullied it out of existence.
By the way, when did we start giving people the benefit of the doubt in this country? This girl won a prestigious science fair for inventing an Ebola detector that has not once detected Ebola? That's like constructing a volcano that doesn't erupt or a light bulb that doesn't light. I should have shown up with my cure for AIDS, who are the judges to say it's just a relabeled bottle of Advil? Don't give me that "it could detect a protein" nonsense. I could a get a good look at some protein by sticking my head up a bull's ass and it doesn't even have to be my bull. I'l tell you this much, when there is $50,000 in scholarship funding at stake I am not going to take a 16 year old girl's word for it. If Ebola were such a problem that we needed someone to invent a detector for it then why couldn't we find one single patient to come in and test it out? I'm not saying this girl isn't smart. I'm not even saying she isn't deserving of her prize. Anyone that tricks the geniuses at Google out of $50,000 dollars with a machine that hasn't even proven capable of doing it's desired function should get a semester or two of college for free. Just don't try to sell me on the importance of this invention when it literally couldn't possibly do anything to help me or the citizens of the United States of America.
We all remember this kid. King Curtis, the pudgy little shit with a gap tooth and a bowl cut. The entertaining little bastard who was oh so passionate about his bacon. The kid who treated chicken nuggets like members of his family. The kid that packed his bags and ran away from home protesting his right to eat fatty, delicious pork. The kid who never met a timeless soundbite that he didn't like. That kid was genuine. That kid was sincere. That's a kid who stood for something. That's a kid that made it seem reasonable for all of us bacon lovers to continue in it's consumption behind the guise of it being good for us...
This King Curtis? He just ruined King Curtis for me FOREVER. In fact, if we are being completely dishonest, he's probably ruined bacon for me as well. This King Curtis has no integrity. This King Curtis trying to push 'GoFundMe' pages, and sell me on YouTube channels and his own brand of bacon? This is a King Curtis that is undeserving of my support. Sorry kid, but you missed your calling about 7 years ago. Seven years ago you were a bacon greased lightning rod. An endless source of must watch television. Now you are just a money hungry teenager from the South, and a boring one at that. That Youtube channel is going to suck because no one wants to watch fat, unenthusiastic hicks ride around in broken down cars. That GoFundMe is going to remain fruitless because you sacrificed your soul. You let the fame go to your head Curtis, and now your half hearted proclamation that "bacon is still good for you" just reminds me of a better day when I actually believed in you. A day when the internet was still honest. When viral sensations weren't worth anything more than the laughs we got from them. Teenage Curtis proved to us one thing, and that is that nothing in 2015 is beyond attempted monetization, even 7 year old catch phrases. I honestly feel like my innocence has been violated, and the phrase "she thinks she's the queen and we're the sorry people" will never again give me the unbridled, child-like joy that it used to. I feel like I just watched a Greek tragedy or the fall of the Roman Empire. 14 years old and this kid's time has already passed him by. Some things are better left unchanged, and the original King Curtis never needed a sequel. Long live the King...