Category Archives: Are You Serious?

Downs Syndrome Child Wasn’t Invited to Party, Moms ‘Open Letter’ Goes Viral

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*I worked in the special needs industry for seven years, and I know that the children and young adults afflicted with conditions such as Autism, Down Syndrome and the entire spectrum, have the same wants and needs as any individual when it comes to love and acceptance. Which is why it hurts my heart so badly to hear about a child being excluded from anything because of a disability. In this particular case, Sawyer, who has Down Syndrome, was the only kid in his class who did not get an invite to a classmate’s birthday party. His mother chose to deal with this hurt by penning an open letter to the birthday boy’s family.

In “An open letter to the parent that thought it was OK to invite the entire class to their child’s birthday except my son,” Jennifer Kiss-Engele begins by clarifying why she feels it is so important for her to write it. I am “sharing this because I think it’s a valuable lesson for all and I’m trying to educate & advocate more…” Continue reading

Drunken Denver Diner Leaves $1000 Tip…and Comes Back For It The Next Day

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*I always wanted to be a waiter.  Yes, I’ve heard how hard the job can be, and I don’t dispute that, but I’m always looking for a good side hustle, and I have been told repeatedly over the years that I’d make a killing on tips.

So I can’t imagine having to give a tip back.

That’s the gist of the story from a restaurant in the Denver area. One of the waiters there recently received a tip of $1,088 for a dinner of around $60.

(I once left a 100% tip for a meal, but I was hitting on the waiter and more than got my money back later that night. But that’s a tale — and a tail — for another time.) 

The restaurant’s owners were thrilled to receive the big tip…but skeptical, so they held on to the money for fear that it was a mistake.

It was. Continue reading

Gun Shop Owner Fatally Shot In His Own Shop…By One Of His Own Gun Safety Students

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*With the recent massacre in Orlando, discussions about gun control are at an all-time high.  People are fairly passionate, I have friends who are polarized on the issue, and I lean towards the “there’s no place for guns in a modern, civilized society” camp. Others say that responsible gun owners have a place in modern society.

I’m sure members of James Baker’s family are having second thoughts about that.

Baker used to own a gun shop in Amelia, Ohio. His former shop used to hold regular firearm safely classes.

The classes will probably continue, but Baker won’t be a part of them. He doesn’t own the shop anymore because he was fatally shot by a student during one of the gun safety classes. Continue reading

Swollen Head Pit-bull Defies Animal Cruelty Odds, Watch Angry Elephant Charge at Arnold Schwarzenegger

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*Some cruel asshole decided to tighten a 6-pound chain around the neck of a one year old pit bull named Roxanne, and set her loose. The poor thing was found wandering the streets, her head swollen to the size of a watermelon from dragging the heavy chain.

The chain is reported to have  made up more than 10 percent of the pooch’s body weight.

Rescuers were doubtful if the dog would even survive, but she was taken to a vet who cut the chain with heavy bolt cutters and was then immediately rushed into surgery.

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But where there is a will, there is a way. And this little doggie had nothing BUT will! She not only survived the terrible and cruel ordeal, she survived BIG time.

Just look at the joy and gratitude in her eyes!

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And if the cruel son-of-a-gun reads this, once you get to hell, I hope you rot there!

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Watch: Angry Elephant Charges at Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger

This bad-ass elephant could give a damn about the man who played the role of Terminator. During an African safari, the former Governor rode around in a jeep to get a look-see in the large mammal’s territory and came up on one who was obviously not in the mood to be gawked at.

He came at the jeep with a fierceness!

The former politician and actor, who seemingly didn’t even break a sweat, laughed and said on Instagram, “I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie!”

Sista Married to Jewish Man Who Sired 23 Kids, Said to be ‘Livid’ (Photos)

 

Ari Nagel with one of his many sired children. This one is named Zoe Harrison
Ari Nagel with one of his many sired children. This one is named Zoe Harrison

*Lordy. Lordy. Lordy. And his precious jewel ain’t raw yet? I’m sorry, but this is the first thought that comes to mind as I read about a man who loves “making women so happy” that he spends most of his life going into the bathrooms of stores that you and I frequent (Target, Starbucks) to masturbate and put the results in little cups welcomed by the anxious hands of grateful women who long to have children, but can’t afford the expense of sperm banks.

Whew!

Meet 40-year-old Ari Nagel, a not-bad-looking-at-all Jewish man, who has proudly sired 23 children (over the past 18 years) with women of every race, sexual orientation and hell, you name it!

But Roxanne Nagel, the sista he has been married to for 12 years and sired three children ages 2-12 with — the one whose communal income has surely been tapped to help with the child support payments (Nagel says although the women agree not to sue him when they begin the strange relationship, five of them have… successfully) has never been on board with his contributions.

When an article initially came out in The Post publicizing the CUNY Kingsboro math professor’s um…donations, the publication caught up with Mrs. Nagel (scroll down to see her) outside of the couple’s home, the only thing she would say is, “I have nothing to say. What’s done is done.” Continue reading

Welfare System Pulls Former Law that Penalized Poor Women for Having More Babies

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*Thanks in huge part to the efforts put forth by California State Senator, Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who led the fight to do away with the policy that penalizes poor women (and their children) for having babies while on welfare, the law has been lifted. The “Maximum Family Grant” is a policy that came out of the state of California’s reformed welfare system in the mid-90s and attempted to discourage poor women, usually of color, from having more babies while on welfare by exempting them from receiving additional monies once new babies were born.

Legislative advocate Jessica Bartholow said it best, “No child should be treated differently under the law simply because they were conceived and born while their parents were poor.” Bartholow advocates for women and the poor at Western Center for Law & Poverty, and she is all for the reversal of the law known as the “MFG Rule.” Continue reading

Viral Backlash as White Hair Stylist in Minn. Tells Black Client Her Hair is ‘An Animal He Couldn’t Tackle’

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*Whose with me on this: Why in the world would a sista who wears her hair natural even go to a hair salon and try to get her hair done by a white hairstylist? Bianca Dawkins apparently had her reasons for stepping into the white-owned, Minnesota-based, Denny Kemp Salon and Spa, but from what she tells City Pages, and posts on social media, the result of the experience, though not surprising to this writer, was not to her liking.

As is now the norm, Dawkins decided to post her experience on Facebook, noting when she attempted to get her naturally curly hair straightened, a white hair stylist “flipped out. He said he didn’t have the time to do my hair and that my hair was like an animal he couldn’t tackle.”

Uh oh. Continue reading

Our Hearts Bleed, But Can’t Deny Media, Public Much More Lenient of Family in Alligator Death, Than Gorilla Incident

Melissa Graves and her son, Matt.
Melissa Graves and her son, Matt.

*Hell! I guess this makes me “devil’s advocate,” but I doubt the offer to speak on this landed in my lap accidentally. I speak for many when I say sincerely that our hearts continue to ache over the senseless death of little Lane Graves, 2, who drowned as a result of being attacked by an alligator as he sat playing in his playpen near the water at Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon in Orlando. His precious little life had merely begun before it was snatched away and our world is all the worse for it.

After all, many of us are still having overactive heart palpitations over the near-death experience of little Isaiah Dickerson, 3, who, only last month, fell into the pit where a gorilla named “Harambe” lived at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Isaiah and his dad, Deonne Dickerson.

Onlookers watched in horror as the beast at one point seemed to be undecided about what to do with the little “one of them” who appeared in pictures in the initial stages of the drama to look up at his hugeness, with his little hands touching the beasts arms, before it took the kid and dragged him through the water like a rag-doll.

The public was outraged when ultimately, the beast had to be killed to spare the life of the child.

But before we go forward, let me say this. Final results notwithstanding, the “pink elephant in the room” shows the only differences between these two precious human lives was race. The bigger difference was reactions from the media and an angry public. Continue reading