Monday, July 28, 2014

Black Kid Gets Suspended From School 5 Times... Preschool.

Sometimes I come across stories that I have no real words for, but just feel like passing along for the sake of starting a conversation. I'm a parent of two black boys (and one girl) so I couldn't help but throw this one out there for ya'll.

A recent commentary in the Washington Post by motivational speaker and author Tunette Powell relayed her experience as a parent of two preschoolers who have been suspended a combined 8 times this year. After swapping stories with white parents at the same school, she realized her kids were being suspended while their kids were merely being corrected with a phone call to their parents. It's a pretty polarizing first person account that you'll need to read in its entirely before chiming in below.

Here's a snippet...
I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me.

JJ was 4 at the time.

I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension.

For weeks, it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student who was bothering him at breakfast. Again, these are behaviors I found inappropriate, but I did not agree with suspension.

So I punished JJ at home and ignored my concerns. Then, two months later, I was called to pick up my 3-year-old son, Joah. Joah had hit a staff member on the arm. After that incident, they deemed him a “danger to the staff.” Joah was suspended a total of five times. In 2014, my children have received eight suspensions.
Again, you'll need to read the entire story to get the full context, so please do that before commenting below.

Question: Do black kids really get suspended at higher rates and if so, what's the reason? Does this woman have a legitimate beef or should she (and her husband, who is curiously only mentioned in passing) do a better job? What has your experience as a parent been like?

Someone Actually Thought This Was A Good Idea...

We have Verizon FIOS at home, and everytime I venture into the hinterlands of my onscreen guide (aka: The Non-HD Channels) I find a new station I'd never heard of before. There's Chiller, a channel that presumably shows horror movies. There's something called Blue Ocean Network that's in some language I don't understand. There's BYUTv, presumably for people who want to watch Jimmer Fredette highlights all day.

It seems like there's a channel for every possible niche. So yeah, I suppose this would fit someone's niche. I'm just not sure whom that someone is...

Actually, I do. People bought this woman's books and still pay a pretty penny to see her babble word salad in person. So yeah, someone will be forking over $10/month. Not me, but someone.

Question: What's the dumbest, most pointless channel you've got on your cable box? If you have HD, do you also find it impossible to watch standard definition channels?

Embrace Baldness or Invest in Hair Loss Treatment?

Hair, we all have it. Some have more than others. For hair that grows on the head, men typically lose hair sooner than expected. In some cases, women can lose their hair as well. Now, people that lose their hair have a choice. Should they embrace baldness or should they invest in hair loss treatment?

Embracing Baldness- For hundreds of years humans having been losing hair that once occupied the space on their head. Typically men have had to deal with the aftermath of losing their hair. In today's society many men have learned to be proud of their bald heads. For instance, celebrities such as Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Jason Alexander, and many more. This just goes to show that you can still be successful in life without having hair on your head. Now if you are not an actor, everyday human beings are bald. People that are executives, cashiers, baseball players, retail clerks, etc. It happens to every kind of person, regardless of their status in society.

Invest in Hair Loss Treatment- This is a question that bald people have asked themselves at one time or another. Should you or shouldn't you? Well for one, if you are self -conscious about your image, this may be the right option for you. Treatment can be quite expensive, but if you have the money to spend by all means give it a go. It will help your self-esteem and boost your confidence. Options include Hair Transplants.

Hair Transplant- This is another option with regard to Hair Loss Treatment. A hair transplant can be costly and time consuming. It is a long process that you must devote your time and money to. Hair transplants can be painful as well. Your scalp may have scarring, scabs, and may be tender to the touch. Choosing the hair that will suit you is another challenge. This will take time and patience to see which kind of hair is right for you. Which can up the bill of the transplant depending on what type of hair you decided to go with. Just remember, time and money is what you are in for, make sure you are one hundred percent sure you want to do this. You can remove the transplant if you are not satisfied with the outcome. But that will mean more money and more time in finding the right fit for your new head of hair.

Hair is something that we all have to deal with. For the people that are missing hair, the options they can take are time consuming, but can yield amazing results. Now, you don't have to take this road if you don't want to. Like I said before, many people embrace their baldness and love how they look. For the people who don't, hair transplants are a great option to boost your confidence and replace hair that you once lost. It's up to you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

35% Of Americans Want Obama Impeached. Because Sarah Palin Said So.

Some of you have no doubt noticed the lack of political posts (or for that matter, post period) around here lately. The reasons are many, but the overarching theme is that nothing's actually happening. The folks on the Hill are clearly gearing up for November, and the POTUS is about as lame a duck as they come. Sure, there was some action along the border last week, and a lingering VA scandal, but in a mid-term election year, nothing is gonna get done because nobody has anything to benefit from something actually getting done.

So to fill the vacuum of actual political news, comes this nonsense.
Roughly a third of adult Americans want to see President Barack Obama impeached, according to a new CNN poll released Friday.

Support for impeachment cuts down party lines, with 57% of Republicans favoring the idea but just 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats feeling similarly.

The poll comes a day after the House Rules Committee approved Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against the President over part of his signature health care law. Some conservatives, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, have gone a step further than the lawsuit, calling for Obama’s impeachment.

The solid majority of Americans who oppose impeaching the president is similar to previous years, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. In 1998, 67% of Americans opposed impeaching President Bill Clinton and 69% opposed impeaching George W. Bush in 2006. The poll surveyed 1, 012 adult Americans between July 18-20 with a 3% margin of error.
So yeah, that's where we've arrived as a country. 33% of Real Americans polled think the President needs to be removed from office. But what exactly is the reason? Well, let the 2/3 term Governor of Alaska and reality TV star explain it. I hope you're hungry for some word salad.

Uhhh, seriously, is this chick out her rabbit assed mind?

Question: Should the POTUS be impeached? If so, for what? Is Sarah Palin capable of stringing together a coherent sentence?

Chris Paul & Doc Rivers May Sit The Season Out If Donald Sterling Doesn't Sell The Clippers. Yeah, Right?

Funny how the whole Donald Sterling fiasco disappeared from the news after the Clippers got eliminated from the playoffs. Since then, the case has done to court, and as anyone who's actually been to court knows, legal proceedings are boring. Sure, Sterling's said some crazy sh*t on the stand a few times, but just as I expected, this thing is dragging out and shows no signs of resolution. It's entirely possible that when NBA camps open in October, Sterling will still technically be the owner of the team, which puts some of its players (and coach) in a very precarious situation.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul told it's "unacceptable" if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins.

Paul also said he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control when the seasons begins in a little more than two months.

"That's something me and Doc are both talking about," Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. "Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later."

Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified earlier in the week in state court that Rivers told him on multiple occasions that he doesn't think he wants to continue coaching the team if Sterling remains in control of the franchise.

"We're all going to talk about it," Paul added. "We're all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake (Griffin), DJ (DeAndre Jordan). It's unacceptable."
Part of me feels like Paul (and Rivers for that matter) put himself in a trick bag here. Sure, the audio of Sterling talking to his sidepiece (whatever happened to her, BTW?) was appalling, but so was this Sterling's longstanding history of housing discrimination. That's been on record for quite some time now, long before Paul resigned with the team after being traded there. Rivers, who once played for the team at the height of Sterling's legal battles, was traded there (yes, coaches get traded too) last summer. He wanted to go there.

For both of these guys to suddenly act all appalled comes across as a little odd. It's not like Sterling hasn't been a racist asshole for years. His racist assholery just surfaced in a very socially unacceptable manner this time. So yeah, whatever.

I suspect in the end, both will relent and say that they're going to "let the NBA handle this" while they just "focus on basketball". But what say ye?

Question: If Sterling still owns this team in the Fall, what will the Clippers players and coaches do? Will other NBA players (ie: Lebron James) who spoke out against Sterling's comments take a stand?