Category Archives: Straight No Chaser

News You Can Use: Should you lease or buy your next car? (4 Things to Consider)

*A friend of mine recently bought a new car. I was surprised because I knew she had bought a new car only about two years ago, and she doesn’t drive a lot so the mileage is still low. She said that she went to a dealership and asked for a lease because she was “upside down.” I had never heard the term before, but learned it means that you still owe money on a car. Because her old car, the one she had bought two years ago, was still in great shape, she got the lease.

Thinking about this I realize many of us may have this same concern. I purchased a car nearly a year and a half ago, and I love it. But I drive a lot, and don’t want to be concerned with mileage limitations — something a lease forces you to consider.

I also don’t mind having the same car for more than 5 years; whereas most leased cars contract for 3 years. Then you have the option to renew or lease a different car.

If I want to make any changes whatsoever to the car I purchased, I can. Darken my windows, add a spoiler, anything — I can. But if I were to turn around and lease, they want me to return the same car I leased (minus normal wear and tear).

Decisions. Decisions.

Below are four questions anyone thinking about leasing versus buying their next ride should consider first.

Question #1: How much can you comfortably afford to pay each month for your car? Continue reading

All You Need is Love: Compassionate stranger offers loving arms when boy with autism has meltdown on flight

Rochel Groner comforts young boy with autism on international flight.

*Bentzion Groner must be so proud of his wife right now. But then again, this is not the first time he has witnessed her acts of compassion. Groner and his wife, Rochel, had already endured a three-hour delay on their flight from Belgium to Newark, New Jersey. As you can imagine, everyone on board was understandably uncomfortable. This was especially true for a young boy with autism who, hours into the flight, had a very traumatic meltdown.

Groner wrote about the incident on a blog.

“About an hour into the eight-hour flight, one of the young passengers, a little boy with autism, started to have a meltdown. His cries were heard throughout the plane, and you could feel the tension among the other passengers.”

The little boy, seen being cradled above by Rochel Groner, cried for 15 minutes. It was then that Rochel knew she had to help him. Continue reading

Corpus Christi residents ‘shocked’ when more than money comes out of ATM machine (Watch)

Officer Richard Olden showed up on the scene

*“We have a once-in-a-lifetime situation that you’ll probably never see or hear about again,” this is what Corpus Christi (Texas) police officer Richard Olden told a local Fox affiliate

And boy was THAT an understatement!

Although the bank itself had been closed down, people were still able to use the functioning ATM machine. So just imagine walking up, putting your card and code in, and getting your money…

…along with a note that says, “Please help.”

Sidebar: Is this a good time to tell you how the old show ‘Candid Camera’ (I’m dating myself) played a joke on me? 

Well one after another, each person who got the note thought it was some kind of prank. Looking around for the culprit(s), each one shook their head and walked away, probably laughing.

The notes came out from the receipt section of the ATM.

“Please help,” one note read. “I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss.” Continue reading

Jurors acquit murder charges against Black man who pushed Asian man on train tracks (Watch)

Naeem Davis

*You may recall the December 2012 horror story about a man who had pushed another man onto the subway tracks, where he was killed by an oncoming train. The frightening photo made the front page of the New York Post.  

Well on Monday, the Black man charged with pushing the Asian man off of the train platform was acquitted.

That in itself is a head-turner. A Black man being acquitted? You must admit, that’s rare. But after hearing the details of what happened, although they didn’t change the outcome, they certainly described what precipitated the actions that led to it.

In June, reporter Catherine Li  described to jurors in court how she was able to capture the moments leading to a homeless Naeem Davis, 34, pushing an inebriated  Ki Suck Han, 58, off of a train platform onto the subway tracks on her cellphone. Continue reading

Beware: Heartbroken mother believes her infant’s death is because someone with meningitis kissed her

*A heartbroken West Des Moines (Iowa) mother is warning others against allowing people to touch your baby. We all know how hard this is — to say “please don’t touch my baby”  because people see this adorable little one, and they want to hold her, kiss him, or play with their tiny little hands. But such moves can prove fatal for infants whose immune systems have yet to develop. This is what happened to one little girl, according to what her mother, Nicole Sifrit, shared with CNN affiliate WQAD. Shane and Nicole Sifrit, the proud new parents of a week old infant named Mariana, took the baby to a wedding and soon after noticed she stopped eating and wouldn’t wake up.

“Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail,” Sifrit told WQAD.

Omg. This is an absolute nightmare for any family with a new baby!  Continue reading

Nappy & Happy: ‘Curlfest’ Celebrates the Sheer Awesomeness of Black Girls and Our Natural Hair (Watch)

*This is their third year, and the festival that brings Black girls, women and even some boys together from around the globe to celebrate their curly hair was on and crackin’ in Brooklyn over the past weekend.

“It’s like Black girl heaven to me. We’re loving ourselves in the sunlight. We’re dressing up, we’re wearing our hair out and happy,” says Michaela Angela Davis — who has a huge blonde fro to die for.”

Another attendee exudes, “I feel like I just dropped into a bouquet of like beautiful black flowers and they’re just all different and I’m just like ‘yaay!'”

A sista wearing long blue curls says, “We’ve all just been fighting what our hair naturally wants to do for so long [that] to just like let it go is the most freeing feeling ever! Continue reading

Peek-A-Boo! Ever Wonder What ‘Chandelier’ Singer, Sia, Looks Like Without That Wig? (Photo)

*Sia! What the hell do you look like under that wig? It’s a brilliant strategy to spark curiosity (telling us we can’t see something, just makes us want to all the more); kind of reminiscent of Michael Jackson making his kids wear masks.  ‘Chandelier,’ from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, took over the radio airwaves when it debuted as the album’s lead single in March 2014. But the song has become the backdrop of many a workout regimen — including this writer’s. Sia also stands out because not only is she one helluva vocalist, but unlike most of today’s hot-to-trot singers, the singer/songwriter born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler in Austrailia is older than most of her colleagues. At 41-years-old, she is sought after by some of today’s hottest producers. In fact, she has written hits for numerous recording artists, and is featured on records by Eminem, Kendrick Lamarr, Flo Rider, Pusher T and Kanye West.

But her love of wigs is not for the reason you might think.  Continue reading

Christian Mom of 10 Angered Over Teen Vogue’s Anal Sex Article (Watch)

*Good lord! Oh wait, that’s the wrong terminology to use here. Heavens to Betsy. Wait. Still wrong. Ah hell. Definitely wrong! But that last one might be more apropos when it comes to how one Christian mother of 10 feels about the LGBTQ community, Planned Parenthood’s support of abortion rights, and Teen Vogue.

Screeching car sound.

Yes. Teen Vogue. Apparently, the latter has gotten on her last nerve. They had the unmitigated gall, in her opinion, to publish an article on anal sex! No big deal to many, but it certainly was to Elizabeth Johnston, the self-claimed “Activist Mommy.”

While none of us want to even believe our teen children are having sex, the growing rate of teen moms and the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases makes it a fact that’s hard to ignore.

Of course Teen Vogue makes an attempt to justify their stance on the topic. The article, entitled: Anal Sex: What You Need To Know (How To Do It the Right Way) opens with …

When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts. Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.

With that sentiment in mind, we’re here to lay it all out for you when it comes to anal sex. Continue reading