Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kings of the Club

At some point, you have to do like Teddy P. and "let it goooooo!" There has to be a stopping point, right? When is enough, enough?

You're probably asking yourself, "what in the world is he talking about?"

I'm talking about being too old to party like a rock star. I remember that faithful day when I went out to the local nightclub with my partner in crime, Shawn. I'm almost 29 years old and feeling pretty good about myself. I had my own home in a nice neighborhood, a great job, and my car was paid for. Life was good.

We get to the club and go inside without paying like we normally do. Shawn and I have been coming to this club for seven or eight years now and the bouncers just let us through. Bypassing the line and walking in the club gets the ladies' attention, too. Every blue moon, we'll tell the bouncers that a couple of hot ladies in line are with us and get them in immediately. We loved the attention that would bring us. We'd bring them in, tell them to enjoy their evening, and walk off. It was a tactic we used regularly that had a high success rate (since ignoring hot women confuses and intrigues them). We knew that if we didn't have any luck with anyone else in the club that night, we could always find our way back to the ladies who thought we were "high rollers" with "V.I.P." status.

So, we walk inside and go straight to the bar. I rarely drink, but Shawn can put back some Michelob Ultras and we're friends with all of the bartenders. We're at the bar and two girls approach me.


Another day at the office for me and Shawn back in the Summer of 1994. And yes, I'm sober.

So, before I could proceed to go into my "bar lean" and dish out some of my best game, one of the two girls asked me, "Excuse me, sir. Can you get us some beer?"

"Sir?"

"Yes, sir. We're 19 and they won't sell it to us."

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I came to a reality that I ultimately knew would happen some day: I'd become "the old man in the club." (dramatic soap opera music of your choice plays here)

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

"No, I will not buy you two any beer and get my bartender friend in trouble."

"You suck!"

Wow. Craziness. Despite the insult, I'm still stunned that I've been referred to as "sir" and that I've encountered two females in the club that weren't even born in the same decade as me. I catch up with Shawn and tell him the story and he cracks up laughing. "Man, if they're old enough to bleed, they're old enough to breed."

"Uh, thank you, Confucius. The point I'm trying to make is that we're finally the old men in the club, nut! Remember how we used to laugh at those guys eight or nine years ago? We're them!"

"Dude, you got me messed up. We ain't older, we're better. We've just graduated from the Princes of the Club to the Kings of the Club."

Wow. He actually made sense to me for a hot second. Sure, 80% of the club was under 22-yrs old, but we were still young enough to mingle, right? Besides, it could also be advantageous to us since our experience would easily allow us to manipulate the younger women. Because contrary to what younger women think, you are at an older man's mercy when he knows what he's doing. He will leave you so dazed and confused that the day after, you will be looking for him in the middle of the afternoon with a flashlight because your mind is so gone.



The night went on and after dancing until 4 AM, I went home while Shawn ended up catching a ride with one of the blondes who asked me for a drink. I guess he bought her one. He was always in predator mode, but I rarely took the easy route with women. I always found the finest girl in the club and would try to talk to her. I got rejected a lot, but I always preferred a challenge. Hooking up with some drunk chick was never my thing. Besides, Shawn was into blondes. I wasn't.

I made up my mind at that point that I would no longer go back to that club on a regular basis. It was time to find a more mature place to hang out. A place where I would once again be the "young buck."

Why some people can't have the same epiphany is beyond me. So many Facebook statuses every Sunday morning show updates about some of my peers over 35 years old discussing going out the night before at college-level nightclubs.

Why? Can't you accept the fact that it's time to move on to something different? It doesn't mean that you can't go out, you just shouldn't go out where people are a decade and a half younger than you.

Shawn is still clubbing. He's divorced, 40, and living his life. He now chooses to party where other 40-year olds do down at his new home in Pensacola, FL. He's cool with that and I think it's cool, too. Especially since his stepson is now old enough to attend the club where he and I were once Kings.

Smashing!

Who would have thought that I'd have back-to-back posts with "smash" in the title?

I got another blog award! The Smashing Blog Award was given to me by blogger-in-crime, Israel Carrasco, of the hilarious "Israel Carrasco Monologue Jokes" blog. He's full of one-liners, funny videos, and plenty of observations.



Thanks, Iz, I truly appreciate the award. I hope I can be like you and get over 100 followers some day. Hopefully, before the year is out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Smash & Pass


It ain't no fun if the homies can have none. That seems like the perfect start to a blog post that someone else named, doesn't it? So, my "Twilight"-loving blog homie, Lynnorra, from the entertaining "Thoughts of a Randomista" site decided she wanted to include me in on the survey fun. She tagged me in a survey and I said, "what the heck? I'll give her what she wants."

Survey Questions:
1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
I do not have any pets at this time, but once I do, he will be a family pet and not a member of the family. Until dogs can be claimed on taxes, they're just pets.

2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
To awake as a 15-year old again with the same knowledge and mindset that I have now. I'd be unstoppable! Bwu-hah-hah-haaaaaa!

3. What is the one thing most hated by you?

Acceptance. I can't stand to see someone who would rather accept something being done to them than rise up against it. Example: people who do not vote. They obviously think our country is perfect since they chose not to get off of their lazy butts to cast an opinion.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
Buy a football franchise is my first thought, but I only like the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones won't sell. So, I guess with a billion, I'd launch my own cable station called "Thank, Q" (imagine that). TQTV would contain a variety of shows from "Night Court" reruns to talk shows hosted by Falen and Lynnorra (ratings cha-ching)!

5. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
This video.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Being loved by someone. I know. Selfish, huh?

7. What is your bedtime routine?
Turn on the DVR to "Pardon the Interruption" or "Judge Judy" and kick back with the remote on my chest.

8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
Long story, short, I met her at church as a kid. Never spoke (other than "hello") until I asked her to the prom around 10 years later. Prom date didn't go well, but roughly 10 more years later, she called me out of the blue and asked me out.

9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?
Only football fans would truly understand, but I'd study game film with Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, just to get insight on what he sees when he's on the field.

10. What kinds of books do you read?
Autobiographies. Judge Mathis. Wanda Sykes. Charles Barkley, to name a few authors I've enjoyed.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?
Hopefully, with 3,000+ followers of my blog.

12. What’s your fear?
That one day I'll turn on my television and there will be reality TV shows on every station.

13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?
You couldn't give me junk food to get me in outer space. I have no interest in anything out there.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?
The Mrs. will understand my answer, but others may not. I'd rather by single and rich. I truly think being rich would allow me to really make some sort of impact in the city of Jackson.

15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Wonder why my TV is on TBS and "Saved By The Bell." Then I realize that I probably fell asleep on "The George Lopez Show" the night before.

16. If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner what would it be?
I'd make her fluent in Spanish so that she could teach me.

17. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
Well, I love my name. I even used it in my blog title. But, for the sake of the survey, I'd choose a nice, masculine name like "Logan."

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
Yes, I could do that, but I wouldn't want to hang around with them afterwards.

19. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?
Hooters lemon pepper chicken wings!

Whew! I'm tired, TOAR! No more questions! I'm going to be a team player and tag some other people who I follow. Like TOAR, I'm going to give them titles to their post that alludes to them passing on the survey and tagging others (but it's totally up to them if they wish to use it or not):

Sonia @ Log Allot - "Pass the Dutchie"
Israel @ Israel Carrasco Monologue Jokes - "Post, Post, Give"
Tameka @ The Writing Assassin - "Toe Tag" (fitting for an assassin, eh?)
Erin @ The Life of Ann James - "Price Tag, You're It!"

Once you finish the questions, you get to tag 4 people! Let me know if you did it!!! What was your favorite question? Even if you weren't tagged, you can participate!

Survey Questions:
1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
3. What is the one thing most hated by you?
4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
5. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
7. What is your bedtime routine?
8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?
10. What kinds of books do you read?
11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?
12. What’s your fear?
13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?
15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
16. If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner what would it be?
17. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
19. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Body for Hire


I recently had a discussion on my FB Fan Page with a young lady about Hooters Girls. Her stance was that being a H.G. is unbecoming of a lady. My stance was being an H.G. and serving hot wings is more tasteful than wearing a short skirt to the nightclub and "backing it up" on the dance floor against some random dude's crotch. I don't see anything wrong with a person using what they have to get what they want... if it's legal. Then I ran across this story on the USA Today website...

I knew about this story on a local level, but now Taylor Corley has made national news. The USA Today has a story about the freshman cheerleader from Mississippi State University who decided to bare it all for Playboy Magazine.

Now, the controversy coming from the local media is if Taylor should be allowed to participate as a cheerleader since most men across the country have seen her assets. Some parents are up in arms and want her tossed, but Miss. State's VP said since she didn't go into the mag representing Miss. State, that the school won't seek any action against her.

Taylor, who went by the last name Stone in PB, participated in the photo shoot before enrolling at Miss. State. The mag started circulating in November and now she's a household name in Starkville.

So, should she be tossed from the cheerleading squad or not?

My answer is "no" and "yes".

"No," because she did not do anything (to my knowledge) that was illegal. She was a body for hire and there's nothing wrong with posing nude for a magazine. Now, I know some of my followers are saying, "As old school as you are, you think it's okay?"



Yep. Nudity isn't new school. Folks have been getting "bucket naked" for entertainment way before magazines were printed. From a moral standpoint, I understand anyone who opposes the idea of someone showing their blueprint to the world. From a realistic standpoint, I don't think it's up to any of us to judge what a person does in the proper venue. She wasn't on a billboard or on the side of Highway 82 wearing nothing but a smile. She was in an adult magazine where only people of that lifestyle will dare to peek.

Now, from another point of view, "yes," she should be booted from the squad. Simply because she's a distraction. Despite the increased attendance the cheerleaders will probably see (due to the recent exposure of Taylor), it will more than likely cause the other cheerleaders to resent her or feel awkward.

So, Taylor made her bed and now has to lie in it. Nude. She took the money and now has to accept what comes with it. I'm pretty sure she'll be okay with whatever ultimately happens. At least she got paid for it. I went to college with women who would strip for a Budweiser and some hot wings. So, in comparing the two, it's hard to argue with Taylor's decision since she obviously doesn't care that people know. She's getting paid.

Besides, I don't agree with actresses getting naked in movies and having it called art while models in Playboy are called whores. Playboy is not a porno mag, it's a magazine with photos of nude women. There is a difference. Besides, the same perverts who will drop $10 on a PB mag are the same pervs who will drop $10 on that garbage of a movie, "Monster's Ball," to see Halle Berry get busy with Billy Bob Thornton (Why? I haven't a clue). So, I don't want to hear someone say Halle screaming, "make me feel good" is art.



Taylor has reportedly done Maxim and now Playboy. Next could be a Reality Show. She wanted attention and now she has it. They say bad publicity is better than none at all. I tend to agree with that statement. If you asked Taylor, then I'm sure she would, too. As long as her family has accepted her decision and explained the ramifications, then so be it.

What Taylor did was legal in the court of law, but it won't prevent her from being judged in the court of public opinion.

Check out the follow-up to this post -> Body for Hire 2: Taylor Made for TV

Sunday, January 23, 2011

#50!



Thanks to Alice X for being Follower #50! You win absolutely nothing! (Sorry, but we're in a recession. Surely, you understand.)

Well, actually, I'm promoting your blog and fan page a bit, so that's worth something, right? :)

Be sure to check her out, everyone!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Don't Be...


Be a mother, but please don't be a "baby mama"

So many times, I come across "baby mamas". For those who don't know, those are women who have children, but still continue with their lives as if they're single. They drop their kids off with the grandparents every chance they get so that they may go out with the girls, hang out at bars and/or go clubbing.

For the life of me, I can't understand how someone who calls herself a "mother" would do that. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying once you have a child that you're never allowed to have fun. All I'm saying is that if you are a parent and you're still a regular in the nightclub, then you're doing a disservice to the child. If you're not ready to give up that lifestyle, then close your legs and not have a kid until later in life.

Be a father, but please don't be a "baby daddy".



Since I'm a man, I have a little more to say on this one...

Let's stop treating children like pets or accessories. They're living beings who need nurturing, support and guidance.

Being blessed with a two parent household as a child, I was raised with many traditional values from the Old South. I was taught to take my cap off before entering someone's home, hold a door for a lady to enter first, give a firm handshake, make eye contact when speaking with people, and be accountable for my actions.

As crazy as it sounds, those things are becoming a lost art. Too many boys out there lack the man training that is necessary to restore the dwindling cycle of the main components of manhood. Pride, responsibility, and accountability have been replaced with entitlement, dependency, and deflection.

Pride allows you to be proud of what you have achieved so you may maintain/enhance it. Entitlement lets you think that something is owed to you without earning it. You exist, so, therefore, you deserve.

Responsibility is what keeps you focused on what is important: life, love, and leadership. Dependency perpetuates childhood. You can have a life and you can love, but you can't lead if you're crawling around on all fours without the ability to stand.

Accountability keeps us humble. It removes fear when it comes to saying "my apologies." Deflection removes all blame because it's someone else's fault/problem, right?

Once you become a parent, it's no longer about you. It's about doing what is best for the child. It takes an adult (preferably two) to raise a child.

It's time to stop the foolishness.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Should Dumb People Be Allowed to Sue?

Sometimes you just have to admit you were a dummy. Not everything is someone else's fault and things done in public deserve no privacy.

This lady was walking through the mall and texting and failed to look where she was going. Some security guard put the footage on YouTube and made this lady an overnight star in the worst way.

Does she have a right to sue? Should dumb people be allowed to sue?

Check the video out.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Distracted


What's up, readers? Sorry, but I've been out of pocket as of late. I got a new phone (Samsung Fascinate) back on Christmas Eve and I've been playing with that rascal ever since. My blog times was replaced by those freakin' Angry Birds. So, in all fairness, I've been distracted for a good reason.

If you haven't played Angry Birds, then do yourself a favor and do not start! It's like smoking. Everyone that does it always tell you not to do it for your own good.

I've installed a Formspring link down on the left of my page for those looking for an honest answer to a question. If you decide to do so, please keep it sensible and not ask me "how many men has Paris Hilton has slept with?" like some idiot did (BTW, the answer is 3. She only acts that way for publicity. LOL!)


Also, please follow my Facebook Fan Page to get in on random conversations and posts. I also link posts from other bloggers that I enjoy and wish to share with my fans. For those of you who enjoy sports, I also have a sports discussion page on FB called "Zone Coverage." Come in and talk about whatever sport you'd like with the rest of the fans.

Anyway, I apologize for the distractions. I'll try to do better. Besides, I've been stuck on this level of Angry Birds for two days now, so I think we need some time apart. :)

A Bite Out of the Apple


So, Verizon finally announces the iPhone is coming to their CDMA networks come 2/10. They are taking a bite out of the Apple. AT&T has had its run with the iPhone and now it's time to let someone, who knows what they're doing, take over. The models and prices will basically mirror AT&T's.

Verizon will be selling the iPhone 4G phone and AT&T will no longer be an exclusive provider. What does this mean for the consumer? Well, I will be your friendly, neighborhood nerd and break down the pros and cons for you.

Pros: Probably a faster network. Verizon has had four years to "enlarge the pipes" to allow an unlimited data plan for the iPhone. AT&T doesn't offer unlimited data due to network limitations. So, they charge you $15 for 2 GB of data that you use up in one weekend jamming to Pandora. No word on the pricing for the unlimited data coming from Verizon.

Verizon has better customer service than AT&T. AT&T ranks at the bottom of almost every (if not all) customer service survey. The difference between the customer service at Verizon and AT&T is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.

Cons: If you buy an iPhone 4G now from Verizon, you'll surely be sick when June rolls around and the iPhone 5G comes out (and you're still only five months into a new 2-year agreement).

Being an "early adopter" to a new product may mean you'll be the Guinea pig as the kinks get worked out.

Just like AT&T's TDMA version, you won't be able to talk/surf at the same time like you can with basically every other phone.

Summary: So, if you're interested in getting Verizon's iPhone 4G, you may want to hold out for what appears to be a new one in June. Apple timed this release perfectly in order to get people to buy their leftover 4G's before rolling out the 5G's. Excellent marketing strategy as usual for them.

Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy. As for me, I'm going to rock my Samsung Fascinate. I'd put it up against the iCandy any day.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ice, Ice, Baby

Ice, ice, baby. It's cold. Sure, you people up north are probably saying, "what does a guy from Mississippi know about the cold?"

Well, anything under 50 degrees is cold to a southerner. At least to this one, it is. My thing is: why do I feel like the only person in Jackson bothered by cold weather? My southern peers appear to be cool with it, no pun intended.

I'm at the grocery store this morning, because that's what people in the south do when there is a threat of ice/snow. We go to the grocery store and stock up on can goods and bottled water as if there's a pending nuclear fallout.



Anyway, while I'm there, I see a couple of young ladies who are shopping in pajamas. One of them was even wearing flip-flops. Now, keep in mind that it's 29 degrees here today with a "real feel" of 21. I'm thinking to myself, "there's no way they're warm in freakin' pajamas!"

They were obviously cold since they were constantly rubbing their hands over their arms trying to keep warm. They must have a reliable car because if they had to change a tire or walk some where, the police would find two idiotcicles on the side of the road.

Later, I'm at the gas station and filling up my car. Was I low on gas? No, but filling up your gas tank is something southerners do when there is a threat of freezing weather. It's as if we think all gas pumps will freeze and no one will be able to get gas or something. You northerners stop laughing.

So, I'm there getting gas and who gets out at the gas pump in front of me? Another girl wearing pajamas and Uggs.

You're kidding me, right? Is that why half of the people who come to work at your job are coughing and hacking all of the time? Because you don't take care of yourself and dress for the weather?

Pajamas aren't considered winter wear people.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

98... 99... 100!

My 100th post. Wow. When I first started this blog thing back in July, I never thought I'd post any more than four or five before eventually quiting. But, Jim and Jennie started following me and I thought to myself, "Self, you may actually be able to post a few more and get another follower or two."

42 followers later, I'm at post #100.

I started going back through my posts and of course, I had to start at the original rant that started it all! "A Blood Rush to the Brain". Rush Limbaugh said something that ticked me off enough to start a blog just to make a political point.

I enjoyed being able to say what I wanted and decided to continue blogging. Weeks later came post #25. "Why Am I Not Asleep?" It should have been titled "Why Didn't I Hit Delete?"

It was early in the morning and I was flat-out tired and borderline hallucinating. Although I was still awake, my body was clearly tired. I tried sleeping, but every time I drifted off, I would wind up in a nightmare within seconds. I don't know if that happens to any of you or not, but when my body is dog-tired, I have nightmares. I wonder if I'm the only person cursed like that?

You would think that blog would have been the one to get me to quit, but I kept going. After all, I was up to 20-something followers by then, so blogging became a drug. In the month of October, I cranked out 28 posts in 31 days on a range of topics from if white women care if white men date outside of the race to discussing the plight of guys crossing into "The Friend Zone" with women.

Post #75 was about the growing attention on the Brett Favre "Crank/Crocs" scandal. Brett reportedly sent a photo of his junk while wearing Crocs to a former Jets employee named Jenn Sterger. Although I think Jenn was in it for the publicity and money, I do believe Favre got off (wrong choice of words) with a slap on the wrist in a $50,000 fine. I wondered in the post if there was a bias against black athletes who get criticized for doing a lot less than what Favre did. It was appropriately called "Media Bias Against Black Athletes."

I've really enjoyed blogging, although I've sort have taken a break over the past few weeks. I do intend on working my way to #150 and hopefully generating more feedback. I always get comments from people who agree, but rarely from people who do not. I'm always looking for different opinions, so hopefully I can get more banter on the comment feeds.

To those who have supported the blog as a follower or a casual reader, I truly appreciate it. For those who take the time to comment on a post, you get a special "thank you".

I've had a range of serious topics to discuss as of late, but I'm going to return back to the lighter side of things for a while. To try to recapture the humor from posts like "Get Out of My Back Pocket!", "When Pampering Becomes Tampering", and "Don't Do It, Fellas!"

Again, thanks, all!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blog Stalking 1.6.11

I want to take time to thank some of my fellow bloggers who entertain me with their contributions to the blog world. I try to show love for them by mentioning them in one of my posts every chance I get. However, I thought to myself, "Why not just spotlight them?"

And here is another installment of that! I present "Blog Stalking!" A phrase I started regurgitating after seeing Falen AKA Thundercat type it a few times.

Today, I present to you: "Time to Stop Being Wade Phillips" by Scott



The blog is simply titled "This Daddy's Blog" and this is my favorite post from it so far. Not just because I'm a Cowboys fan, but because it really makes a lot of sense. I like to use sports as an analogy since I think it's a microcosm of society, but Scott was dead-on with this one.

Please be sure to comment and let him know what you think! Especially you sports fans!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010: Year in Review (Oct. - Dec.)

Here's my last look at some things that went down in 2010 that I thought were worth mentioning:


10/8 Brett Favre text messages revealed - Deadspin.com revealed alleged e-mails sent by Favre to an ex-Jets employee named Jenn Sterger back when Favre was a Jet. The messages included nude pictures of Favre's "crank and Crocs" and voice mail messages allegedly inviting Sterger to his hotel room. Favre was investigated by the league for the allegations. Two days ago, Favre was fined $50,000 for failing to comply with the investigation. A slap on the wrist for a long-time NFL player that the league didn't want to embarrass on his way to retirement. After all, he'll need his strength for what his wife, Deanna, is going to do to him in the off-season.

Worth mentioning: 10/6 Christine O'Donnell announces she's not a witch - Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell released an ad claiming 'I am not a witch.' All because an old Bill Maher video had her saying that she dabbled in witchcraft over a decade ago. What is sadder: that a person has to release a six-figure ad stating she's not a witch or the fact that someone who may be a witch is running for Senate?

11/16 Alcohol energy drink Four Loko reformulated - First of all, "alcohol energy" is an oxymoron. Phusion Projects announced it was reformulating its alcoholic energy drink line called 'Four'. Prior to the announcement, the beverage included as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and 12% alcohol content, and could be bought in various flavors. The drink is believed to have made more than a dozen people sick at a party at Central Washington University. My two cents on this story: stick to Coke, Pepsi and the likes. Too many companies are experimenting with drinks and I'm nobody's guinea pig. All of these energy drinks and "jolt colas" aren't for me.

Worth mentioning: 11/2 Midterm elections - Republicans drop-kicked the Demos in the throat on the way to reclaiming the White House. Most called the sweeping change a statement against the Obama agenda, including health care and rising deficit. Nancy Pelosi lost her position as House speaker. That job will be filled in 2011 by House Minority Leader John Boehner who cries more than ex-NFL coach, Dick Vermeil.

12/31 Jailed Miss. sisters freed but must trade kidney - Big story in my home state and now nationwide. Two sisters, jailed for being masterminds to a crime, have been in jail for almost 20 years. Governor Haley Barbour, who is angling for a presidential run, is doing some damage control after a remark about the Civil Rights Era got him in hot water a while back. I'm not a fan of "Uncle Jesse" Barbour at all since I trust former lobbyists about as much as I trust escorting an elephant over a frozen pond. Haley doesn't seem to have the state's interest at heart at all which is why I'll be glad when he's out of office. Having said all of that, Barbour agreed to free these ladies, but under one condition: the healthier sister donates her kidney to her ailing sister. Seems like a strange condition of release, but I guess these sisters will take what they can get. People argue that these ladies did way too much time for masterminding a robbery back in the day. I don't have a lot of sympathy for guilty people, but I do believe that the punishment should fit the crime and this one just doesn't seem to do so unless I'm missing facts some where. Well, at least it's over for them now. Wait. What if the kidney isn't a match?

Worth mentioning: 12/30 Hearst, DirecTV reach TV deal - Get used to this. Broadcast companies and providers have been arguing more and more over money as of late resulting in the consumers getting the short end of the stick. It sucks that companies like Comcast, who own certain networks, will hold their competition like DirecTV hostage over the cost of airing Comcast-owned stations. These brawls have occurred plenty of times this year resulting in stations like Versus, G4, FOX, FX and others to "go dark" in the homes of millions while these companies argue over coin. The focus of this country has really changed. The customer used to always be right, but now you have to just accept what companies offer because we're powerless in society. Well, not really, we're just stupid.

Well, that's it. Sure, there were plenty of other stories that went on in 2010 and a lot of them were really important. But, I figured I'd pull a select few to review as we roll into 2011.

After starting my blog in July, I now have 44 followers of my blog, 46 Twitter followers (including comedian, Wanda Sykes), 75 FB fans and 113 members in my BlogFrog Community.

Thanks for the support, everyone! I'm glad that you take time to read the rants of a guy, with Deep South home training, who has an opinion on absolutely everything. Now, if you all can each just get five of your followers to join my team, this year can be even better!

So, if you'll excuse me, I have to go practice writing "2011" so that I don't go all the way into April still putting "2010" on everything. Happy New Year, people.

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2010: Year In Review (Jul. - Sep.)

Here's another look at some things that went down in 2010 that I thought were worth mentioning:


7/8 - LeBron James makes 'The Decision' - LeBron James ended years of speculation by announcing he would be leaving Cleveland and taking his "talents to South Beach" to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. The Cleveland fans lost their minds since Bron-Bron represented 90% of their economy. LeBron was later demonized by ESPN talking heads for having a prime time show to announce his decision. ESPN, ironically, was the same station that hosted his prime time show announcing his decision. 'The Decision' TV special raised $2.5 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but that fact is lost by LeBron haters. Hey, Cleveland Fans, when you leave your job at Wal-Mart and go to Target for a better opportunity at a promotion and/or more money, I'm going to burn your Wal-Mart uniform in the parking lot and see how you feel. Last I checked, our county allows people to change jobs.

Worth mentioning: 7/6 Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail - Lindsay the Human Drunk Tank gets jail time for violating her probation in two 2007 drunk driving cases. She was released 14 days into her sentence. Way to send a message, Judge. I'm sure she will never do it again after serving her sentence just long enough to learn her way to the prison cafeteria without getting lost. Lohan was ordered back to her spa, er, uh, I mean, rehab on October 22.


8/9 Flight attendant quits, leaves plane - JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater quit his job in style. Customers say after landing in New York, Slater got on the P.A. system, claimed he had just been called a slur by a passenger, grabbed two beers, and deployed the emergency shoot. He was arrested at his home hours later. He took a plea deal to avoid jail time, but he got a huge salute from the millions of frustrated people across America who refuse to be insulted while on the job.

8/13 Ground Zero mosque debate - Polls showed a majority of New Yorkers opposed the placement of a mosque within blocks of the former site of the World Trade Towers. I, personally, don't see the big deal. I don't hold all Muslims responsible for 9/11 any more than I hold all Christians responsible for blowing up abortion clinics.


9/11 Female reporter claims harassment by Jets - TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz claimed she was harassed by players from the New York Jets during a practice. Sainz was at the Jets facility to interview players and said she had footballs purposely thrown in her direction. Didn't she see that Corona commercial? I mean, it's not like Ines (see photo above) dresses professionally while covering testosterone-injected sporting events, right? She also said that she was later insulted by players in the locker room. The NFL investigated the situation, but no players were punished. Why? Because who takes someone who asks players if she can be carried on their shoulders or measure their biceps seriously, that's why. Ines wears pants so tight that you can tell if the quarter in her back pocket is heads or tails.

Worth mentioning: 9/22 Sex allegations filed against Atlanta Bishop - Three men filed a lawsuit against popular Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long, claiming he used his "authority" to influence them into having sex with him. Two days later a North Carolina man filed a similar suit. Like I said before, where there's smoke, there's fire. Of course, the Bishop Porn Name denied the accusations. Look, I respect church leaders and I know people love theirs as well, but let me offer some advice: follow the message and not the man and you'll be alright. Hey, I just call it like I see it.

If you don't believe me, then ask my man, Sid if Church Folk Can Be Dangerous People.

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