It’s all about the children, the childhood innocence… lost and found… and what really matters when we stop; smell the roses…exhale… and think about it all…
Cries of “Mommy! Mommy, help me!” were said to be heard as the fire raged… the mommy, she, herself, was barely able to jump to safety from the inferno, cried “My kids are in there! My kids are in there! Get them out! Get them out!”…
Fire people arrived and fought the damn conflagration to no avail… seven children died.
On Sunday, the father, Gabriel Sassoon, at Shomrei Hadas Chapel, said, in eulogy of his children…
“My children, they were so pure. They all had faces of angels. Hashem (God) knows how much I loved them… I want to ask my children’s forgiveness. I did my best and my wife did her best. Please, everybody, love your child, love your children, love others’ children. That’s all that counts. Understand them, don’t negate them… My children were unbelievable. They were the best. But, the truth is every child is the best, every child is the most beautiful child in the world. We have to love them as parents and we have to love them as teachers.”
That is the truth… that is love… and… that is something no one should ever forget.
Do not negate the beauty of a young soul… ever… let them live… let them grow… let them be the future… let them be a future of hope and love and progress.
Let them have a precious chance… a chance to be better than we are.
Damn… I read this Monday morning (3/23)… this heart broken dad’s words… and… these words just changed the demeanor of this entire column… and… for the better I might add.
Made me cry…
Damn… teach your children well and know they love you… and… love them as hard as you can, and, never forget they trust you; they need you… so, love them real damn hard… as if there is no tomorrow… real damn hard… and… do your damndest to do your best for them.
“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” … John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Speaking of children…
2) It’s not uncommon for amateur athletes to commit errors on the field of play… nor, is it uncommon for them to commit errors in life… ya know it ain’t easy and we all do make mistakes in this side of the life we be living…
But, sometimes some errors are a lot bigger than other errors… ya know… like frat brothers singing about hanging folks… orrrr… a college baseball player using social media to call out another athlete…
Joey Casselberry was booted off the Bloomsburg University team after he called another athlete a very uncomplimentary name… Joey, just to be clear, is a dude… the other athlete was a dudette. He called her a slut. The other athlete is a 13-year-old girl… a child.
Joey Casselberry twitted: “Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.”
Righttttt… Joey called the 13-year-old Little League phenom a “slut” on Twitter.
Bloomsburg University wasted little time once the tweet was brought to the school’s poobahs.. including the coaches… attention… they kicked Joey’s ass… all 200-plus pounds of it… off the school’s baseball team. They even used the same medium that got his big rump in trouble in the first place… ye olde Twitter…
We take matter very seriously; addressed the issue with the student-athlete (who has been dismissed from team), coach, and the team. — BU Huskies (@GoBUHuskies) March 21, 2015
And, Casselberry apologized on Twitter: “An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone’s life and I couldn’t be more sorry about my actions last night. I please ask you to. Forgive me and truly understand that I am in no way shape or form a sexist and I am a huge fan of Mo’ne. She was quite an inspiration.”
Ummm… yes you are. You are a sexist whether you grok it or not… you are. You said it. Own it. You can still apologize. But, you is a sexist. You can change that behavior, but, when you said what you said… called her a slut… it was sexist and chauvinistic. I’ll stop there. I don’t think it was racist.
Now just for the record… Joey is baseball palyer who is now a former member of the BU Huskies baseball team..
Designed a line of footwear, in a collaboration with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday), that will benefit underprivileged girls. A percentage of the sales will go toward Because I am a Girl, an initiative that combats child poverty and promotes gender equality on a global scale.
Mo’ne has played with the Harlem Globetrotters, and, hit an NBA three-pointer and a layup. Yeah, those Trotter games are just exhibiton games when all is said and done, but, still not too shabby for a 13-year-old. And, she played in this year’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and spun-moved the sneakers off trash-talking “Wedding Ringer” star Kevin Hart for an easy layup.
Hart just said, “No excuses.”
Oh… and… did I say that Mo’ne was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game… when she was only an 8th grader and already playing basketball for the high school varsity team?
And… one more time… Joey Casselberry is a what? A former college baseball 230-pound first baseman who has forearms of steel and sawdust for brains?
Despite all of this… know this one last thing about this young woman… Mo`ne told media sources… “At first I laughed because he said that and doesn’t even know me. But, after I saw that it was trending and everyone was reading what he said, it kind of hurt. I couldn’t understand why he hated me so much.”
But, then… “Even though what he did was really hurtful, I thought about how hard he probably worked to get to be a college player. It was a really big mistake, but we all make mistakes.”
Right now… the official word is that Joey is still off the team, but, I’ll bet after some major time in sack cloth and ashes and a whole cornucopia of mea culpas he gets back on the team eventually.
But… when it all falls down and shakes out this is what it all comes to… despite the big lunkhead with brains of sawdust doing one big ass fuckup … albeit a really, really, really major and humongous fuckup… in judgment… she forgave him… she said simply, “That I forgive him and I hope he learns from this and that he’s a better person in the future.”
From the mouths of babes… and… no damn it… that’s not sexist!!!
3) Just wanna ask… WTF is going on? … Is the whole damn world going crazy?
These “news” stories are just from one day last week…
14-year-old boy who claimed he was jumped by a group of teens near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for no apparent reason has recanted his story… after more questioning by police on Friday, the teen admitted that he broke his wrist falling out of a tree in Prospect Park which ain’t being beaten up by a gang behind the Atlantic Center Mall.
A Houston woman on her way to work Friday was shot in the head after she honked at another driver, police said. The woman had been pulling onto the interstate when she honked at the vehicle. The other driver began yelling back at her and she returned the anger. The other driver pulled alongside the woman’s car and shot her a bullet into the base of her skull and sped off. The woman somehow managed to drive her car to the side of the highway and called 911. She lost consciousness during the call, but was able to give her husband’s name and phone number. She is in critical condition at a local hospital, with bullet fragments lodged in her brain.
Chaos erupted at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Friday night when a man reportedly stabbed at least two people with a machete at a security checkpoint before police shot and killed him, according to reports from the scene.
In Colorado, a former certified nurse’s aide license allegedly lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her home through a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. She then beat and stabbed the mom-to-be and carefully cut out Wilkins’ baby girl in a well-performed operation. The woman, who has two kids of her own, later showed up at Longmont United Hospital with the dead fetus, claiming she had a miscarriage, police said. She is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse resulting in death.Wilkins is expected to recover from her horrific ordeal.
An Alabama teenager beat her best friend to death after the 17-year-old victim flirted with the girl’s 39-year-old boyfriend.
A 12-year-old girl is in juvenile hall after she tried -not once, but twice – to kill her mother by spiking her drinks with bleach, Colorado authorities said. The reason? Her mother had taken her iPhone away.
A tenant who was threatened with eviction has been charged with setting the four-alarm blaze that destroyed eight homes and injured nine people in Queens (NY).
Five Arizona high school students were rounded up by Tucson police and slapped with conspiracy to commit first degree murder charges after authorities learned the students used morning and midday meetings to plan the murder of a peer at the Flowing Wells High School.
A 15-year-old Michigan boy pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he tried to kill his younger sister by repeatedly stabbing her. The 13-year-old sister remains hospitalized.
A Florida grandma put dog collars on her two granddaughters and forced them to sleep on the laundry room floor while chained up. Orange County Sheriff’s Office charged Linda Brantley with aggravated child abuse Thursday. The 7- and 8-year-old girls told investigators their grandma inflicted harsh physical punishments on them: she made them stand with their hands in the air for extended periods of time, forced them to sleep on the ground without pillows and blankets and bound their wrists with dog collars.
That’s just one day of news storys… only some of the stories… WTF!
4) “Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights”
That was a sign posted outside a Tennessee church.
All I really got is a real heavy gut feeling that somebody did get besmirched… I just don’t know who. Gays, blacks, Spanish, women, angry old white men????? Somebody? Anybody? Help meeeeee…
Then, after some folks posted pics of the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church sign online to ABC affiliate WATE 6 On Your Side Facebook and Twitter pages, a firestorm/debate of sorts erupted regarding the meaning of its words…
Then the church’s message board went viral… after someone posted it on Reddit… the photo gained over 1,000 comments in less than 24 hours.
The reaction was mixed…
“As a Christian, I find this highly offensive, these kinds of signs and messages are exactly the reason why people are turned off by Christianity.”
“Honestly thought that the photo was shopped, I thought, ‘surely someone wouldn’t post such a thing,’ Makes me sad I was wrong, and, doubly sad that these folks are in my back yard.”
“Church offends many anyway, you could write Jesus loves you and someone would get bent out of shape.”
And, according to local NBC affiliate WBIR, Knoxville resident Rick Staples asked, “Who was your target audience? Who were you speaking to when you put it up there? And, when, you say you’re asking for your equal rights, who’s asking for their equal rights and who are you comparing to Satan? That was very strong language.”
And townsfolk, Andy Henry, said that “It’s clearly a sign that was meant to offend a particular community… (and in his opinion it was)… the LGBT community. Because of (the church’s) lack of foresight, they ended up offending everybody who had ever fought for equality or civil rights in general.”
WATE 6 reported that the Tony Green, the pastor of the church, said the purpose of the sign was to send a message about unity and spark conversation in the community. He says it wasn’t meant to offend anyone… “Our sign referencing Satan demanding his equal rights to ascend into the heavens and be God was simply ‘I’ and all about that individual. It was not a statement against any one group in particular, you know what about the rights of the unborn babies, the rights of children, the rights of everyone?”
Ummm… okay… I’m still not real clear WTF is all going down here… but, if, he says so…
But, as the debate regarding the meaning of its words on the Internet raged on… the sign… it disappeared.
Then a new sign was posted by the chruch… it said… simply… “Glad you reading, did not intend to offend, we all need Christ.”
Greene on why the change was made… “We are a diversity congregation of people. We’ve reached people that know us and know our stand in this community know what we’ve done. My heart breaks in the dividedness of our country.”
But ya’ll know what? Green also added that they like to interact with the community and they typically change the sign once a week. And, another message would be posted later in the week.
Hmmm… so… they like to mind-fuck with us all… is that it? Well, then, mission accomplished and I gotta say well done.
But… what the hell did that damn sign mean?
5) Saw this piece the other day on the NYDN online site… “A former waitress is feeling like a million bucks after getting a big money judgment against a sleazy former nightclub owner who sexually abused her.”
A Manhattan Supreme Court awarded Nicole Slama $1 million for the sexual abuse she endured when, she says, a restaurant/club owner fondled her and did cocaine off her shoulder.
Back in 2007, Nicole Slama was pulled in a closet by the manger of the place where she was waitressing…
He pulled out a bag of cocaine and offered her some. She said no. He then asked if he could he snort some off her ass… she said no… he grabbed her there.
He asked if he could sniff some off her breast… she said no… he grabbed her there…
He said… “OK, OK, off your shoulder then. You have to let me because you work for me.”
He pushed her until she was against a wall, slipped the strap of her tank top off her shoulder and then shook cocaine on it, snorted it and then licked her shoulder and neck.
Eventually, he left to go for a smoke or whatever and she snuck away.
Slama reported the incident to cops, who arrested the schmuck.
He was convicted of sex abuse, harassment and forcible touching in 2009 and sentenced to five days of community service.
5 freaking days of community service… he did what and he got what?
This was not a guy who simply said “Hey babe I like your ass… wanna walk on the wild side?”
It wasn’t a slip of the tongue… no pun intended… this was aggravated sexual assault… rape if you would.
And, he got the equivalent of a traffic ticket’s punishment?
A slap on the wrist for crossing against the light or sumpin?
And, folks wonder why this sort of stuff is going on in the world? To the degree that it does?
No one is seriously held accountable is why!
Now, yeah, this was back in 2007 and it;s now 2105 and the enforcement of laws has changed.. kinda sorta… but still… pleaseeee…
It is necessary to make the punishment fit the crime.
Damn… I know of a situation where some dude was sitting on a NYC sidewalk on one of them post office boxes that says in little black letters on a corner of the box… Warning. Maximum penalty for theft or misuse of postal property $1000 fine and 3 years imprisonment (18 USC 1707)… and he got popped by the cops for sitting on it. Had to go to court… waste a day… listen to some pissant judge lecture him on whatever… and pay a fine.
And, this sumnbitch gets 5 days of community service for doing coke off a woman’s body… grabbing her all over and just being a bastard bitch of a shit in a sexually offensive manner.
Explain the damn justice system to me, again?
One of the things I be doing when I become emperor of the universe is making sure there is equal justice under the law for all and that the punishments fit the crime.
A schmuck like this asshole does 5 years not 5 damn days.
And I ain’t even talking about how damn long it ook for it all to play itself out… guy’s popped in 2007… sentenced… finally… after all the damn lawyer reindeer games were played out… in 2009.. and then the lawsuit this woman filed doesn’t get settled until now… 2015?
Stuff needs to change…
6) A Memphis 10-year-old, Harmony Jones, who is black, invited a white friend to her party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her being on the planet earth…
The child received a RSVP magic marker note in response… “Maby I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover, because my dad will not let me go because you are black. Not trying to be races but my mom let me go. Happy birthday!”
We still got long way to go… many more miles to walk and many more walls to tear down. Someday soon… someday we will overcome… but damn when will soon be here? And, when will I be relieved from having to continually write in WTF about this shit?
Better yet… when will people who are different be saved from having to understand this shit is still going on?
Racism is a learned behavior… it is not something we are born with. Two children… of any two distinct “colors” or skin pigmentations… play happily alongside one another. They don’t discriminate because of skin tone… they may get pissed off about not having that toy truck the other be playing with but it ain’t because of skin tone… it’s because they want something that the other one got.
Along comes a dumbass adult who says it’s because the other kid is a different color is why there is a problem… so, we’ll just take the damn truck and then don’t paly with them damn (fill in the blank) folks.
Christopher Jones, Harmony’s father, said, “It angered me a little bit, it hurt me that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with this, and I myself never thought I would have to deal with this. I guess us as parents, need to be more aware and conscious about what we teach our children.”
BTW… the racist shit aside…
Harmony Jones had an enjoyable and successful 10th birthday with her friends who did attend.
You’ve long been on the open road you’ve been sleepin’ in the rain
From dirty words and muddy cells your clothes are soiled and stained
But the dirty words and the mud of cells will soon be judged insane
So only stop and rest yourself and you’ll be off again
Oh take off your thirsty boots
And stay for awhile
Your feet are hot and weary from a dusty mile
And maybe I can make you laugh
And maybe I can try
Lookin’ for the evenin’
And the mornin’ in your eyes
Then tell me of the ones you saw
As far as you could see
Across the plains from field to town
Marchin’ to be free
And of the rusted prison gates that tumble by degree
Like laughing children one by one
They look like you and me
So take off your thirsty boots and stay for awhile
Your feet are hot and weary from a dusty mile
And maybe I can make you laugh and maybe I can try
Just lookin’ for the evenin’ and the mornin’ in your eyes
I know you are no stranger down the crooked rainbow trial
From dancing cliff edge shattered sills to slander shackled jails
Where the voices drift up from below as walls are bein’ scaled
Yes all of this and more my friend your song shall not be failed
Oh take off your thirsty boots and stay for awhile
Your feet are hot and weary, from a dusty mile
And maybe I can make you laugh, and maybe I can try
Just lookin for the evenin’ and the mornin’ in your eyes
So take off your thirsty boots and stay for awhile
Your feet are hot and weary from a dusty mile
And maybe I can make you laugh and maybe I can try
Lookin’ for the evenin’ and the mornin’ in your eyes
(Songwriter/Andersen, Eric; Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
7) Sweatpants are the “number one” cause of divorce in America… so says never married actress Eva Mendes. Mendes told Extra that she just does not lounge around in the what is thought of as most folk most popular form of leisurewear… Why? Because she doesn’t want to turn off her beau…
“You can’t do sweatpants…ladies, number one cause of divorce in America. Sweatpants, no!”
The lady, who has a 6-month-old daughter with actor Ryan Gosling, says, “I don’t really like pants, I mean I will wear them… but I feel much more comfortable in a dress or skirt.”
Oh, yeah… Righttttt… sweat pants. #1 cause of di-vorce…
He: Hey, why’n the fuck didn’t you pick up Johnny and Jenny at day care after work? I told ya I was gonna meet the guys for beers after I got off work.
She: I told you that I was gonna meet the girls after beauty parlor to go shopping.
He: Shopping? Again??? How much did ya put on the plastic now, dumbass.
She: fuck you, shithead…
He: Hey watch it or I’ll…
She: Or, you’ll what? Whack me? Yeah, big man… (stomps off )… Heat up some of the left over spaghetti in the microwave… I need to get comfortable… (Comes out in sweatpants)…
He: Sweatpants again???!! That’s it I’m calling my lawyer… get the fuck outta here with them damn sweatpants.
Yep… that’s why peeps get divorced… not because they fight over money, parental responsibilities, infidelity, and have physical altercations… aka are involved in domestic violence… but because she wore them fucking sweatpants.
FYI #1: According to the NYDN… “For the record, the top cause of divorce in America are lack of trust, loss of intimacy and basic incompatibility. Experts say that poor trouser choice is not even in the top 10 reasons for couples relocating to that lonely town called Splitsville.”
FYI #2: Ms. Mendes says she was just joshing us and she does wear sweats… she even let herself be photographed wearing ‘em…
Why after someone says something and then gets taken to the woodshed for saying whatever they done said they always seem to come out and say “I was only kidding… come ya’ll…”
Why is that?
8) Ashley Judd refuses to be talked to that way.
One of her tweets said… “playing dirty & can kiss my team’s free throw making ass.”
Responses to the tweet were “shocking, threatening, and sexist.”
She came back strongly with force and power…
“I routinely cope with tweets that sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me. But this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming. Tweets rolled in, calling me a cunt, a whore or a bitch, or telling me to suck a two-inch dick. Some even threatened rape, or ‘anal anal anal’.
“I read in vivid language the various ways, humiliating and violent, in which my genitals, vaginal and anal, should be violated, shamed, exploited and dominated. Either the writer was going to do these things to me, or they were what I deserved. My intellect was insulted: I was called stupid, an idiot. My age, appearance and body were attacked.
“I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery,” she shared in her piece. “The summer of 1984 was tough for me. I experienced two rapes by an adult and systematic molestation from another adult, who also had another man in the room watching (I now understand this was to ensure he had a witness, in order to undermine me in the event I tried to report the incident).
“The nature of recovering from trauma is that it can be ongoing, with deeper levels of healing and freedom coming with indefatigable persistence to keep chipping away at it.”
She ended with… “We have much to discuss, and much action to take. Join me.”
You go, woman…
What if this strong and powerful person had not the grace to recover from her abuse? What if she succumbed to the assholes who don’t even know diddley about her background… if in a moment of weakness…in a moment of feeling once again unprotected and alone… what if she did the worst… took her life?
What would the assholes think then?
They mock; they degrade with words those people that they know nothing whatsoever…
And, if, the truth be known they themselves have nothing to offer because they are exactly what they label others…
They are lowlifes who should shrink from public life and just go of somewhere and be nonexistent.
Just my humble opinion…
That’s a headline in the NYDN.com site… makes you think that Cruz is a fraud for going onto an Affordable Care Act plan…
I mean that’s the way I read that headline… But, when I read the article it is associated with…
Here’s the gist of it…
Cruz, who has repeatedly called for Congress to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act, finds himself in need of insurance because his wife is taking an unpaid leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs. He had been receiving coverage under his wife’s employee health coverage.
Under the law, members of Congress are required to purchase their health care through Obamacare exchanges.
Cruz said, “Well, it is written in the law that members will be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans so that’s… I think the same rules should apply to all of us… Members of Congress should not be exempt.”
Cruz, however, still believes Obamacare should be repealed.
Personally, I think Cruz tends to be off kilter with his politics and philosophies… that’s his choice wrong as I think he may be…
And that’s my choice…
But… the man is following the rules and is not being a fraud… at least in this situation he ain’t.
Lately the NYDN has been doing some reporting that has been a tad more about muckraking headlines than reporting the news and/or taking a reasonable editorial stand or position. It’s like they just wanna do whatever to sell how many copies of their paper that they can… like they are trying to be a nice version of the National Enquirer…
They needs to stop and get back to what they once were before… they need to be what they claim to be on their front page banner… New York’s Hometown Newspaper…
And, not New York’s Hometown rag and muckraker…
10) I heard this one before but I just saw it on Facebook last week and I think it bears repeating… (Thanks Dan)…
A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Why not?”
“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. government,” says Bud.
“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living … or about cows, for that matter.
This is a flock of sheep. Now give me back my dog.”
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