*In the middle of this hectic work week, crammed with deadlines and “emergency” phone calls from my kids (one of them needed money and the other one needed…money), I was jolted when I went through the day’s mail and found a solicitation from the former American Association of Retired People (AARP). It’s actually the third solicitation I’ve received in as many months. Clearly, I’ve shown up on somebody’s list of people who are actually in a position to think about retirement.
Well, I won’t lie: I think about it. The way I think about hitting the Powerball, headlining a worldwide concert tour, or marrying Diana Ross (I pray she’s a cougar — but no, I’m not the father).
I did get a needed chuckle out of the AARP package I received. “Dear Michael, Enjoy your birthday” the letter began. I have nine months before my next birthday, but I’ll try to remember AARP’s good wishes. Or maybe in their efforts to reach black folks, they are operating under the “CP time” system and they’re just getting around to extending good wishes to me for last July’s event. Continue reading →
With our ever-increasing affection for mobile “phones” — and they ARE so much more than phones now, aren’t they? — a new verb has arisen: “phubbing.” It’s been defined as the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person you’re with.
I’ve been there. On both sides of that muther phubber. But increasingly, both sides are driving me nuts. And I’m not alone — stopphubbing.com has my back.
The site offers posters for free download, some of which would be great for restaurants, coffee shops and the like. They feature messages like “While you finish updating your status, we’ll gladly serve the polite person behind you” and “Attention Phubbers: No Tweeting, No Facebook, No Instagram, No Foursquare, No Sexting. Respect the food, the music and the company you’re in.” Continue reading →
*Can you say DA-YUM!? Imagine sitting on a plane, finally going on that trip of a lifetime. Sippin’ on your favorite cocktail even though its only 11:30 in the morning, but who cares because you’re in vacay mode.
What the heck was that? You look down just in time to see a spider (pictured above) getting the heck outta dodge.
This was the alleged experience of attorney Jonathon Hogg, who said he felt a “small, sharp pain” while he was in flight from Doha to South Africa on Qatar Airways .
*Well this certainly won’t help change the abrasive attitudes around the immigration issue here in the states. And its definitely not a good look for someone calling themselves a politician. But apparently Olga Gutierrez Machorro, a Mexican Councillor and member of the local government in Tecamachalco, Mexico, thinks the solution for the homeless problem — in her country at least — is murder.
More aptly put, she suggests they be killed by lethal injection.
*I so hate to say this but, damn, maybe someone should have taken this picture more seriously. Though its hard to decipher, the photo above appears to be of a woman being fired at.
A photo (shown more vividly below), was allegedly posted by the woman, and is said to show her “boyfriend” pointing a gun at her. But unless some kind of lighting is affecting the picture…again, it looks like the gun is actually going off.
Hours later she was found dead from a gunshot wound.
Her name is Stephanie Hernandez and she is a 21-year-old mother. She lived in Arkansas and at the time these frightening photos were taken, she and her boyfriend, Rafael Gonzalez were in the midst of moving in to a new house together.
*EU. As if its not gross enough to have someone else’s pee on you. This is deadly pee! And some psycho in Florida is on lock-down for tossing a liter of it on an unsuspecting police officer who showed up at his door.
A Palm Beach County deputy responded to a call at Alfonsa Loftin‘s house Tuesday morning. And after the officer knocked on the man’s door, the suspect allegedly answered by throwing a big splash of urine from one of those soda liter bottles, according to the Palm Beach Post.
No one knows where or who the specimen came from. But according to a police report, its a “deadly weapon” because urine can cause respiratory infections or permanent bodily harm.
Loftin then locked himself in his house for several hours forcing police to kick a hole in his door before shooting him with a stun gun.
But the 6-foot, 3-inch, 300-pound suspect was not going down without a fight. Instead, according to WPBF.com, he kicked, flailed and tossed the open one-liter bottle at deputies before grabbing a K-9 officer by the head.
In the end, Loftin was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer and two counts of resisting an officer with violence. He is in the Palm Beach County Jail on $36,000 bond. No word on who placed the original call and what the complaint was. Nor the condition of the K-9 officer.
*On Tuesday, while creating a mural sponsored by a peace group in Oakland, California, an artist was shot to death.
The mural was suppose to help curb gun violence in the neighborhood.
It happened beneath a highway underpass when the artist and the shooter got into an argument around 10:30 a.m. Authorities say the painting that the artist was working on was called “Self as Superhero.” And the project was a collaboration between West Oakland middle school students and area muralists.
*A few weeks back we brought you the story about a 103-year-old woman who was kicked out of her life-long churchby its new pastor. Ms. Genora Biggs had problems with the pastors deliverance style of preaching and believes she was ousted because she complained. Now, in a complete role of reversal, it is the pastor who finds himself voted out of the church, in a movement that is said to welcome her back.
But according to what Biggs told 11Alive News on Thursday, the pastor is not taking the news lightly and is refusing to leave.
In an interview with Biggs at her home in Elberton, 11Alive reports that the disruption to the elders normally peaceful routine has been drastic after being thrown into the media frenzy. Continue reading →