What is a switch? Ask any black person over the age of 35 and they will tell you. It is a branch devoid of leaves used for beating children. As a child I can remember visiting my grandmother and she would bring a switch into the kitchen and say the next person that got out of line would be whipped with that switch. It served as a bad behavior determent, but was it right? No, but was it child abuse? In the 60s and 70s children really had no rights and parents and grandparents were free to apply any form of discipline they saw fit, but those days are gone. Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse and he claims he was doing to his child what was done to him. That might be true, but was it right then and is it right now? Share your thoughts.
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This morning I saw a woman on the Today Show say that she supports Ray Rice. She went on to say that if a woman hits a man first she should not be surprised to be hit back. Over the past week I have heard and read others who share her opinion. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
I love this book. The Right Word helps you use the right word everytime. It deserves a place on every bookshelf: at home, in the study, and at the office. It is an essential reference for: students, business people, crossword addicts and anyone with an interest in words of language. The Right Word looks at words that often confuse–elicit vs. illicit; imply vs. infer before providing a list of commonly misspelled words. You will reach for this book frequently. If you write anything this is the book for you. From Career Press:
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Every year I struggle with Father’s Day. What do you get for the man who wants nothing? Generally speaking mothers will tell their spouse and children what they want for Mother’s Day. In some cases a mother will provide them with a list, but far too often fathers are mum when asked the simple question, “what do you want for Father’s Day?” Over the years we have had hits and misses. One year we struck gold with a hammock. He loved it and over the course of the summer he enjoyed his leisure time on it, but one year the kids struck out when they gave him a Three Stooges anthology which has never been opened. We have given him polo shirts in nearly every color known to man. Movie passes, restaurant cards and far too many ties. Why have we given him all of these things? Because he refuses to answer the simple question, “What do you want?” This morning on the Today Show they showed a statistic revealing that people spend close to 20 Billion dollars on Mother’s Day compared to only 12 Billion dollars on Father’s Day. So I encourage dads to speak up and say what you want. I always say I am going to tell you what I want. I might not get it, but you will never be able to say you didn’t know what I wanted. If you don’t ask don’t be disappointed if you get Volume II of the Three Stooges anthology. Stop being stoic, stop being the martyr, and just ask for what you want. You deserve it. So the question is what do you think is a good present for dad on his special day?
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Over the past few days we have listened to the rantings of another sick loner. He was unstable and unhappy, and he took his feelings out on the innocent. Everyone is sitting around asking how did this happen? Why didn’t we see the signs? This guy posted disturbing videos on youtube, but have you looked at youtube lately? If you arrested or questioned everyone who did that youtube would have to say bye bye. The police visited the young man but he pulled it together long enough for them to conclude he was no threat. He legally purchased his guns. So what could have been done to stop this tragedy from happening? The answer is simple, nothing. No one can predict the actions of an unstable person and you can not lock someone up for being odd. Over the next few days we will hear the gun debate but nothing will come of it. If nothing happened after 20 1st graders were slaughtered sadly nothing is going to happen after this.
DL Hughley under fire for calling Columbus Short’s wife a “thirsty hoe”, but he was just joking…really?
DL Hughley must be a graduate of the Joan Rivers School of Comedy. They both practice the anything goes brand of comedy, and that style can get you in a lot of trouble. Columbus Short has been in the news lately and not for doing good in the neighborhood. Short has been accused of domestic violence and he was recently fired from his prime time gig on the popular show Scandal. Hughley took a shot the other day at Short’s wife. He called her “a thirsty ho”. He has since backtracked, but the real question is why did he feel comfortable enough to use this description in the first place? Did he really think this was funny? This is a form of bullying. Hughley made this statement without knowing the facts of the Short marriage. He took an easy shot at the wife–the non celebrity. He characterized her based on his own bias. He is making the obligatory apologies, but his mindset is the same and if another male celebrity gets caught up in a domestic situation that can trust Hughley will be on their side. He does not need the facts to draw a conclusion.
Another sad death story from Chi-town: