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Lions, Tigers, Bears…and Bullies who are really clowns

GREETINGS FROM THE HOME OFFICE IN DUBLIN OHIO where the weather has FINALLY TURNED for the better!

It is Friday The 13th. While some consider it a spooky day that things will go on here in The States, in Italy today is considered a “Lucky Day.” With the Circus in town under the big top of Nationwide Arena, I ready to be the “Ring Master” for my busy season…yet feel like nothing more than a clown. Both of these examples show…what is something to some, is totally different to others.

Maybe it is due to working, maybe it is due to the shape I am in, maybe it is due to some of the amazing experiences I am blessed to be part of…MAYBE it is just cause I am choosing to find the good in things, but I woke up Wednesday at 5am the morning after Bon Jovi and was rearing to go.

I was sitting there thinking…my life is pretty freaking good.

I am not saying it is due to any one thing, certainly not due to any one person or success. I mean I have been saying, success is when you share with someone and I don’t have that person, and I don’t think I have found my own success, but daily I find ways to be happy!

My life IS NOT perfect, but…I feel good, have some great friends, and adopted a positive outlook that no matter what-THINGS WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER “next time” due to experiences learned from whatever is troubling me (and others) at the time.

…then, as the sun came up, I thought oh s*it I got a lot to do, I am going back to sleep!

On the way to the show the night before, I was walking in with my buddy; I always try to dress appropriately for the show (i.e. Hawaiian shirts for Buffett, a Cowboy Hats for country shows, and now…Bon Jovi has transcended from Acid Washed Jeans and Big Hair to gelled hair, dress slacks, and nice shoes.) My buddy was dressed nice as well in a shirt I will just affectionately say was “loud.”  As we were walking in, I heard a guy yell “fags” to us. Now this was funny to me because 1.) NO, actually we both went together due to both of the girls we asked could not go. 2.) I GUARANTEE OUR SEATS WERE FAR BETTER THAN THAT DUDES, but anyway…

The above got me thinking about the “fundamentalists” from the Westboro Baptist Church, the group who believe hate is a part of their Gods love, and written in their Bible. They also are the group who intrudes on FALLEN-BRAVE SOLDIERS, and in this case who invaded Hilliard High School to attack the kids walking to school, for what reason? Because they deemed Hilliard High School to be a “morally perverse” school-AT RANDOM!

There was no incident, and no action that brought this on, it was due to a random pick of a hat?!?!? (actually they picketed Hilliard Davidson after cross town rival Thomas Worthington invited members of the group to speak to a political science class to address political radicalism). Instead of accepting a responsible organized invite to a class…they chose to scream hate on street corners of a school? COME ON!

I will say that as fundamentally wrong this group is, I do “kinda” agree with some of their thoughts. I am not for gay marriages; I do not condone Homo Sexuality. BUT I do not judge! I have many friends who are gay, I don’t understand it, and don’t agree with it…but that does not mean I condemn them nor do I feel that my own OPINIONS are cause for them to, as WBC says, “burn in hell.”

I ALSO IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM appreciate, condone, or accept them protesting at the funeral services of OUR Brave Men & Women!!! The freedom of speech that these Brave have given their lives for should not be used in the manner to degrade them for a view THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A FALLEN SOLDIER! (The WBC states soldiers die due to America’s acceptance of homosexuality).

The WBC uses biblical versus and powerful cult teachings to justify their own hate. I will not give them anymore credit, but you can find out more by their “oh so loving website” http://www.godhatesfags.com

I am finding my own place in my own religious journey. I am not at the place I want to be, however I do know…that there is a God, and I am not him and should not judge as if I am!

The WBC are a group of individuals who use loud voices, hateful words, and large groups to get their way. These people are bullies!

The area of bullying has been getting a lot of press lately. The young people who were accused of bullying Phoebe Prince in the Boston area were sentenced this week. These young people chose to bully this young girl; however SHE chose to end her life.

These young people should be held accountable, and punished, however…they should also seek help. BUT IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM should they be tried for conspiracy to murder!!! This young lady in Boston CHOSE to end her life, INSTEAD of choosing to find ways to grow as a person, and be able to fight later in life.

Bullying is a way of life that we all must learn to deal with! Life itself sometimes bullies us and WE must chose to either become “victims” or we must chest up and confront the difficulties bullying us.

I am not saying that WE as a community should turn a blind eye, but we must find a way to encourage a young person, or an adult who “feels bullied” to find a way to chest up and find a solution to the areas they feel they are not in control of-allowing control! There is responsibility of all of us to help ourselves, and others. BUT to play victim to any form of “bullying” is does not help anyone.

AND YES…sometimes, “poppin’ a bully in the mouth WILL solve the problem!”

In my case…I was bullied by a few as I was growing up. Now…I use this daily as a drive to find success, and also to try to encourage others to QUIT BEING A VICTIM, confront their problems, and find a way to (as I try to do) not let anyone else EVER feel the same way as they have! I may stand up too much to life, others, and even myself (yes I feel as if I bully myself not allowing myself to enjoy much and always want more), but there is a happy medium with finding peace in dealing with others and finding peace within.

Lately while I try and work harder, longer and more than others to achieve some type of success…I am also working on trying to enjoy the little everyday moments that we all overlook. This week when I woke at 5am on Wednesday (again after a late night after the Bon Jovi show), I had my windows open and awoke to a smell that would wake me up to in the spring when I was a kid.

My Grandmother had lilac flowers, and like everything my grandmother did…these were not flowers, not bushes, but da*n near full on trees, however she called them bushes. That smell of the purple lilacs is one of my all time favorite smells (that and racing fuel, both take me back to good memories as a kid).

That smell of lilacs not only takes me back in time, but also takes me back to where she is not a memory but a daily influence on me that I miss very much!

So there we have it, again I am billy bad a** with a soft side. Probably misunderstood, and as always hard working and not very bright.

I was laughed at by the person fixing my computer, when I told him my laptop was possessed and needed an exorcism. Well he did his tech thing, but in my mind, he gave a sacrifice to the evil computer trolls living in my computer; and all is well in my world of technology again!

The combination of me not being real bright, trying to find humor in everyday situations (even when it MAY not be appropriate), and the strong desire to be the best I can be and better myself as well as others-even if damages or hurts me can be a HUGE downfall. I also unfairly want this from others.

I AM HARD TO DEAL WITH!!! I unfairly expect the same from others as I do myself. What I expect from myself pushes me beyond what I am capable of and causes a lot of stress, and even pain. BUT THIS IS ME, and well…I want from others. If I say I am going to do something…I DO IT!

I refuse to not live up to my word, in my mind our word is all we have.

I CANNOT stand words like I can’t, or it won’t. I heard this from some other folks I was working with on a recent project. FOR GOD’S SAKE, how hard is to say “I’ll try,” or even give an answer when asked a question like “what can I do to help you?”


I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.~ Wernher Von Braun

Statements like I can’t, not able to, or not possible…unfairly causes me to despise others!

I believe that while not all can do…ALL CAN TRY. For God’s sake, find pride in yourself-enough to try and achieve. If we go beyond “I can’t” and actually follow through with “I’ll try” we may not only find a solution to a current problem, but also find that we are taught a valuable lesson on how to find a solution to a future problem (kinda like the answers in the back of the book…even before we buy the book!)

There is always a problem…but ya know what, there is ALWAYS A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM-find it!

Another area I have faults in is trying to do too much. I try and try and it forces a lot of folks out of my life, some have said “how are we supposed to do that?” while other friends think I do for them cause I want something, others don’t understand pushing myself beyond all of my own limitations…is the only way I will ever get ahead.

Some don’t get it. I do for others ‘cause I care!

Saw this post from someone I care deeply about.


“…Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: They’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place you go to take.”~Anthony Robbins

While yes it is true, but, there could be an exact opposite quote from some who get frustrated because they are constantly turned down when trying to do for others…just because they care.

I do want something in a relationship/friendship/business network, for the person I am around to be happy due to something I did.

I was reminded this when watching a movie this week. The movie ’50 First Dates’ was on. While this is a comedy, it was not a normal “slap happy” Adam Sandler movie (even if some think his movie with the penguin is better). This movie shows something so simple, yet something that is missing from most relationships. In the movie, Drew Barrymore’s character has a condition where she loses her memory daily. Adam Sandler’s character falls for her, and finds unique ways daily to show his affection, and make her fall for him. How great would that be…to fall in love daily!

So go out, if you have a friend, family member, significant other, OR THE PERSON YOU WANT AS YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER …maybe even yourself, find a way DAILY to show you care and your appreciation. Even if they don’t remember it…it will make you feel better

Speaking of that…why in the world are you still reading this?

Get out there, enjoy the weather that has finally hit, find something to do you enjoy, go find a way to better yourself, and TAKE A MOMENT TO SHOW SOMEONE YOU CARE, maybe that itself will allow you to better yourself and allow you to truly enjoy your own relationship.


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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

Not where you want to be?
If it wasn’t your destination, it was preparation.

Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.– Mary Oliver
 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~Neale Donald

You know my name. Don’t make it sound as if you know my story as well.

SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:

The Greatest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgcovIu3k9o

With all the places, all the faces, and all the fun…right now it don’t mean nutin’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3TWpWf798s

Even though sometimes tough, or confusing…no matter what, now is the time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA2IYnGRYac

 


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Lot’s of crap bothering you? Things bringing you “stress?” Obstacles in front of you seem too high to climb? Do you look to others for help? How about for guidance?

“…Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12)

Through faith and patience, you will see God’s promises come to pass in your life.


HELP:

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. – Henrik Ibsen

Please help my GOOD FRIEND Chas Kaplan

Support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Man and Woman of the Year Campaign 2011!

Please check out my homepage for the campaignhttp://coh.mwoy.llsevent.org/TeamKaplan

Earlier this winter, I was nominated to be Man of the Year by Jon Will who is a former board member of The Central Ohio chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and an investment advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors in Dublin, Ohio . I am honored to be participating in this campaign to raise awareness and funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I ask that you join me by making a contribution to my fundraising campaign. Each dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate with the most donations is named the local Man or Woman of the Year.

I am raising money in honor of my mother, Wally Kaplan, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1996. Recently, however, she was diagnosed with MBL which can be a precursor to CLL, a form of leukemia. My mom is a survivor, a fighter, and an artist as well as one of the role models in my life. I love her very much and would like to help prevent anyone from having to watch their mother fight this fight. Let’s all help to find a cure! I am also raising money in honor or the Boy and Girl of the Year: Parker MacDonald, an 11 year old lymphoma survivor and Olivia Langwasser, a 10 year old leukemia survivor. Your donation will help to find a cure for blood cancers and is greatly appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible and will support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society programs, including research, patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.

Many thanks for your support for patients and their families who are battling blood cancers. Be sure to visit my web site often to check on my progress and please ask your friends to support my efforts!

Join me and help advance the mission of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org/coh

THE FINAL DAY TO RECEIVE DONATIONS IS MAY 18TH, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

Thank you for your support and donations!
If you prefer sending your donation by mail please send to:

ATTN: Chas Kaplan
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
2225 Citygate DR STE E
Columbus OH 43219-9807

Make checks payable to the “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society“.
Please include my buddy’s name “Chas Kaplan” in the memo line of the check as well.
Events-

The 2011 Man & Woman of the Year will be announced based on their success in generating funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a ten-week campaign which will begin at our Kick Off Party on March 9, 2011 and will culminate at our Grand Finale Gala on May 20, 2011 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Join us at the Grand Finale! Tickets available now! Come and support your favorite candidate in their quest for the title of Man or Woman of the Year!

Friday, May 20, 2011
6:30pm – 10:30p.m

Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Program For Grand Finale:
6:30 – 8:00 – Hors d’oeurves, cocktails & silent auction
8:00 – Dinner begins
8:45 – Program begins / Introduce Boy & Girl of the Year
9:15 – Live auction
10:00 – Introduce 2011 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates
10:30 – Announcement of Man & Woman of the Year

Prices for Grand Finale:

Tickets – $75.00 each

Table Sponsor – $1,000 for reserved table including 10 tickets, company signage at table and quarter page ad in Grand Finale program

Please contact Cassy Allyn at cassy.allyn@lls.org or 614-476-7194, ext. 230 for more information. Please make sure to let Cassy know you are calling on my behalf.

Thank you to BarrioDue AmiciCantinaFunny Bonewww.radculture.com and O.A.R. for helping create some great charitable events!
HMMM:

Is this why “The World Famous Pepper Dog” has been snubbing me lately?

Calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting, academics claim

Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim.

Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.

Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”.

In its first editorial, the journal – jointly published by Prof Linzey’s centre and the University of Illinois in the US – condemns the use of terms such as ”critters” and “beasts”.

It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated.

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims.

“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

It goes on: “We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’

“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence.

“There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”

Prof Linzey and his co-editor Professor Priscilla Cohn, of Penn State University in the US, also hope to see some of the more colourful terms in the English language stamped out.

Phrases such as “sly as a fox, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk” are all unfair to animals, they claim.

“We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them,” they say.

PASSING:

A friends mother in law died this week, just a week after his wife gave birth to a new son. This just seemed appropriate:

To Every Thing There is a Season

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Sending thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends of VI, and KI.


BIRTHDAY:

‎1916 – Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity presented.

Good Thinking, Einstein

After the longest and perhaps most expensive experiment in space physics, scientists have tested Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. At the heart of the experiment — called Gravity Probe B — is a spinning crystal ball. WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz reports.

The longest experiment in space physics began with three men in a university swimming pool arguing about Einstein. It ended Wednesday, after 52 years and $750 million, with scientists affirming his theory of relativity after studying the most perfect spheres ever made as they orbit around the Earth.

Called Gravity Probe B, the exotic experiment measured how the revolving mass of Earth imperceptibly twists the fabric of space in a test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. By one finding, the distortion amounts to 1.1 inches off true across the 24,900-mile circumference of Earth.

During decades of trial and error, the Stanford University scientists overcame engineering glitches, launch delays, budget fights, solar flares, faulty data and seven federal investigations. NASA threatened to cancel the project so many times that researchers could complete their work only through a $500,000 contribution from the founder of Capital One Financial Corp., Richard Fairbank—a son of one of the physicists who conceived the experiment by the pool—and help from the Saudi royal family.

Their achievement may stand largely as a milestone in scientific persistence. In the intervening years, Italian, German and U.S. research groups had already confirmed Einstein’s ideas. “There ain’t much room for surprise,” said Nobel

Prize-winning physicist Sheldon Glashow at Boston University, who wasn’t involved in the projects.

Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1916, offering a description of gravity, space and time that transformed how scientists understand the physical laws governing the known universe. It better accounted for oddities of nature, such as anomalies in the orbit of Mercury, that classical physics, as formulated by Newton, could not explain.

Einstein called it “the happiest thought of my life.”

Scientists have sought to verify Einstein’s theory ever since. They have measured microwaves as they warped around the sun, studied variations in the orbit of Mercury, and bounced signals off the Moon and Mars.

In 2004, researchers led by physicist Ignazio Ciufolini at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, used NASA and Italian satellites to measure relativity’s gravitational effects with about the same accuracy as Gravity Probe B, the scientists said. The European Space Agency plans a probe called the Laser Relativity Satellite later this year.

In the areas of space technology and applied physics, though, the Stanford experiment has no rival, several experts said. “Special technology breakthroughs were required in every single aspect of the experiment,” said Rex Geveden, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., in Huntsville, Ala., who worked on the project.

The experiment was the brain-child of three university scientists—Leonard Schiff, William Fairbank and Robert Cannon—who wanted to use gyroscopes to measure how Earth’s mass distorts space-time and pulls at objects orbiting the planet, as predicted by Einstein’s theory. Stanford collaborated with Lockheed-Martin Corp. to construct the equipment.

The Gravity Probe B spacecraft was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in 2004.

At the heart of the experiment was a set of spinning crystal balls. To measure relativity’s infinitesimal effects, the researchers devised four of the most precise gyroscopes ever made—a million times more sensitive than any available at the time. Each one was a super-chilled sphere of quartz crystal the size of a ping-pong ball, polished to within 40 atomic layers of a perfect sphere. They still hold a place in Guinness World Records as the most perfectly round objects ever made.

Once in orbit, the gyroscopes were designed to keep the Gravity Probe B satellite perfectly aligned with a distant guide star in the constellation Pegasus. If Einstein had it right, the gyroscopes, spinning like a child’s top, would tilt very slightly and wobble as they rotated, dragged off true by the vortex of space-time stirred by Earth.

After several false starts, the NASA satellite was launched in 2004, 45 years after work on the experiment began. As the probe circled Earth, the scientists found themselves contending with balky on-board electronics, unexpected sunspots on the guide star that interfered with the probe’s alignment, and magnetic fluctuations distorting the measurement readings.

It took the team five more years to refine its calculations. Their conclusions were published Wednesday in the journal Physics Review Letters and announced at a NASA briefing.

“We have managed to test two of the most profound effects of general relativity and do so in a new way,” said project leader Frances Everitt, who joined the project in 1962. “We completed this landmark test of Einstein’s universe, and Einstein survives.”


ENTERTAINMENT:

Wonder if the local NAACP will be visiting council chambers regarding some of the terms in this article?

Upper Arlington OKs nightclub staying open under new rules

With a new name and no “gangsta rap,” the nightclub formerly known as Onyx has the blessing of city leaders in Upper Arlington.

City Council voted 6-1 tonight to stop a plan to strip the club of its liquor permit as long as the club sticks to an agreement intended to control crowds and reduce noise and crime.

The lone “no” vote was from Councilwoman Mary Ann Krauss, who did not discuss her vote in the meeting and couldn’t be reached afterward.

The city had objected to the club’s permit being renewed by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control after several crimes occurred there last year.

But Council President Frank Ciotola said the deal gives the city leverage to enforce a safer atmosphere at the club, which is in a shopping center off Henderson Road.

“It sounds like we have a pretty big arsenal, and all the options are still open to us if he tried to go back on his word,” Ciotola said, referring to club owner Shahriar Kazemi.

Under the deal with the city, management of the newly named Posh nightclub can play music selected only from the playlist at local pop radio station WNCI (97.9 FM) and cannot play music deemed “gangsta rap.”

The deal defines that style of music as one that portrays “violence and drug use of urban gang life.” The city’s definition also includes rap music “usually characterized by lyrics about African-American street gangs,” according to the agreement.

Critics of the club had said that music played there in the past drew gang-related crime to the area, including two shootings, drug activity and several fights outside the club.

Club spokesman Ian James said the club never played “gangsta rap” and has been playing top-40 hits in recent months after working with the city to stay open.

At the meeting, two residents spoke out against any agreement to let the club operate.

Jennifer Belemu, who lives on nearby Nugent Drive, said she calls police every weekend because of loud music, even after promises from management that it would be a better neighbor.

“It has not changed. The top-40 is the same music that he was playing — it’s hardcore rap,” she said. “It’s just not an appropriate place for a bar.”

Police Chief Brian Quinn said he will look into those complaints, but he said two officers who work at the club haven’t reported any major problems in the past few months.

The deal lets the city fine the club’s management if it doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain. The first infraction would cost $5,000, with a second fine at $10,000 and any after that costing $25,000 apiece.

The bargain also says there can be no more than 20 misdemeanor offenses in the club and adjacent lot in a 90-day period, no more than two felony drug offenses in a year, and no gunshots fired.

If the deal doesn’t motivate the club’s owner to maintain a safe venue, then the city can appeal its liquor permit next year, said City Attorney Jeanine Hummer.

MUSIC:

I don’t have any HUGE problems with the artist “Common,” (actually he has a couple of songs I really like) but to have an invite to the White House is not appropriate until he has done something to offset his lyrics of the past.

It is one thing to moan, groan, and whine about what you have seen in life through song…it is another to let your actions SPEAK and try to change “the way of life” for others.

Cop killer lyrics cause of N.J. State Police reps’ outrage over Common’s invitation to White House

Union officials representing New Jersey State Police expressed outrage after learning of an invitation extended to entertainer, Common, from the White House for a celebration of American poetry and prose at the White House Wednesday evening.

State Troopers Fraternal Association union president David Jones said that in addition to the “deadly and dangerous” message our youth are receiving from his lyrics, the fact that he pays homage to an accused cop killer in one of his songs is wrong.

The White House poetry event that Common, whose real name is Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr., is set to attend comes during the same week when officers across the nation meet at the National Law Enforcement Memorial to honor their fallen comrades, NBC News reported.

The song in question is “A Song for Assata,” featured on Common’s March 2000 album, “Like Water for Chocolate.” The critically acclaimed album earned the singer his first gold record.

The song’s lyrics suggest that Assata Shakur, the step-aunt of late rapper Tupac Shakur, was wrongfully convicted of the 1973 shooting on the New Jersey Turnpike, which left New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and Black Liberation Army member Zayd Malik Shakur dead.

During a 2005 interview with music website AllHipHop.com, Common explained his support of Shakur saying after he met the fugitive during a Black August trip to Cuba four years earlier he learned she was innocent. Common added that he “connected” to Shakur because of her passion and humanity and called her a “beautiful human being.”

The Black August hip-hop project began in 1998 at the request of political exiles Nahanda Abiodun and Assata Shakur, both in Cuba, as an event to raise awareness and financial support for political prisoners and their work, Lumumba Bandele told NewsOne.com.

The second goal of the project is to connect hip-hop communities internationally so artists travel to hip hop communities in Cuba, South Africa, Tanzania, and Brazil for cultural exchange, establishing networks that would enable their human rights movement to flourish all communities. According to Bandele, the project raised over $75,000 for political prisoner work in the U.S.

Lyrics sung by Common imply Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, was abused while in prison and speak about her daring 1979 escape from New Jersey’s Clinton Correctional Facility (now the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility) in Union Township. Shakur fled to Cuba after the prison escape where she has lived in political asylum. The lyrics are:


In the Spirit of the Black Panthers.

In the Spirit of Assata Shakur.

We make this movement towards freedom

Police questioned but shot before she answered

One Panther lost his life, the other ran for his

Scandalous the police were as they kicked and beat her

Assata had been convicted of a murder she couldna done

Medical evidence shown she couldna shot the gun

She untangled the chains and escaped the pain

How she broke out of prison I could never explain

And even to this day they try to get to her

but she’s free with political asylum in Cuba.

More than 30 years after the murder of fellow Trooper Foerster, 34, a husband, father and Vietnam veteran from Old Bridge, the anger felt by the slain trooper’s colleagues has not dissipated. Several speak openly about their feelings and desire to see Shakur brought to justice.

Retired State Police troop commander, Sal Maggio, said he hopes she will be captured someday, but attempts to have her extradited back to the U.S. from Cuba remain unsuccessful. On the 32nd anniversary of the Turnpike shootings, the FBI declared Shakur a “domestic terrorist”, and announced the bounty for capture at $1 million, the largest amount placed on a fugitive in the history of New Jersey.

Shakur, who New Jersey State Police superintendent Rick Fuentes referred to as “120 pounds of money,” remains at the top of the State police most-wanted list, with a $100,000 reward for her capture. Her co-conspirator, Clark Squire, now known as Sundiata Acoli, is serving a life sentence for his part in the murder at the Otisville Federal Penitentiary in New York. New Jersey State Police spearheaded a frenetic letter-writing campaign that led to the State Parole Board denying the 67-year-old former NASA Engineer’s release in 1993 and 2010.

Squire, according to a 2010 New York Daily News article, accepted responsibility and expressed regret for the death of Trooper Foerster during his parole hearing, although he continued to deny that he shot him, AfroCuba.com reported.

Jones and Maggio told NBC News they do not believe the Obama’s are aware of Common’s song about Shakur. Maggio added that he liked the President and First Lady and thinks Obama has been doing a “pretty good job lately.”

While the 39-year-old entertainer has never been considered a thug or contentious rapper, media outlets, along with Sarah Palin have denounced the First Lady’s invite after the Daily Caller published the libretto that allegedly criticizes former President George W. Bush, CBS News reported. Lawmen seem to take Common’s open support of Shakur and Michelle Obama’s invite as a slap in the face.

New Jersey State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) called on Obama to apologize to the State Police for inviting Common.

“President Obama must apologize to the New Jersey State Police for inviting a rap singer who praises the assassin of a New Jersey State Trooper to the White House,” Bucco said. “The president should realize, especially after May 1, the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform who protect us all, both at home and abroad. I am especially outraged that the rapper finds the controversy over his lyrics amusing. The murder of a trooper is not a laughing matter.”

From his tweets and retweets of various news articles, including one report by FOX News, which called him a “vile rapper,” Common seems to find the hoopla over his appearance at the White House amusing. He tweeted, “So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn’t like me.” In one reply on his Twitter page, Common sarcastically tweeted, “It’s not funny JP. I’m dangerous!”

Fans of the rapper found Fox News’ “vile” comment hypocritical after MediaMatters.Org pointed out that a Fox News reporter praised the rappers lyrics last year saying Common’s music was “very positive.” Other celebrities scheduled to appear at the White House poetry event include Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann and Jill Scott.

 


BOOKS:

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By Jeffry S. Life

This guy is for real— And he knows that it’s never too late to transform your body

It’s very likely that you have seen Dr. Jeffry Life before. And if you have, you might have thought, How can this seventy-two-year-old doctor have the body of a thirty-year-old? But his photos are very real, and you can look just as good as he does when you take control of your health.

Back in 1998, Dr. Life was sixty years old and a stereotype of the aging man: he was overweight with a noticeable gut and little muscle tone. Even though his own medical practice was thriving, and he thought he knew everything about men’s health, the facts proved differently. His libido was low, which was ruining his self-esteem. He felt tired all the time, yet no amount of sleep made him feel well rested. It wasn’t until a cardiologist read him the riot act that he even considered that change was possible. He then decided to make critical adjustments to his diet and lifestyle, and the results have been nothing short of astounding.

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• A simple nutrient supplement regimen highlighting the top supplements men may need to halt, and even reverse, the aging process.

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POLITICS:

COLUMBUS DISPATCH Editorial: Well done
Kasich and House put Ohio on sustainable path after predecessors failed

Considering the budget nightmare facing Gov. John Kasich and the legislature, the measure passed by the House last week is a remarkable achievement.

An $8 billion budget hole has been eliminated, and though the pain of cuts will felt throughout the state, Ohio will be on a sounder fiscal footing in two years when the next biennial budget is put together.

Equally remarkable – in a negative way – are those who slam this achievement. That’s because some of them had a hand in digging the hole from which Kasich is trying to pull the state.

Former House speaker and now House Minority Leader Armond Budish criticizes the painful cuts included in Kasich’s budget proposal.

But those cuts are necessary precisely because Budish and former Gov. Ted Strickland didn’t do their job – truly balancing the state’s budget – when they controlled the governor’s office and the House two years ago.

Faced with a vast gulf between revenue and what they wanted to spend, Budish and Strickland should have been the ones making budget cuts in the 2010-11 budget.

Instead, they papered over the shortfall by grasping at every accounting trick and one-time revenue source available – and, in the stimulus-fueled environment, there were plenty – to avoid the fundamental restructuring that Ohio’s budget needed.

That left their successors with an $8 billion time bomb.

Kasich and House Republicans deserve immense credit for producing a budget proposal that deals with that reality rather than finding yet another way to put it off.

Budish disagrees with Kasich’s priorities, he says. When he was speaker of the House, Budish had every opportunity – the duty, in fact – to set the priorities he now claims to stand for.

Had he led a charge to reset government spending to align with the resources available, he could have influenced the future more to his liking. He didn’t.

Budget cuts will impel governments at all levels to streamline and find innovative approaches to delivering the services.

Kasich has attempted to offer solutions along with the pain, by giving local governments more control over payrolls through collective-bargaining reform and encouraging long-overdue reform of public-construction bidding practices.

While this is a difficult time to hold public office, it also is a transformative and historic time, bringing with it the opportunity to shape a more sustainable relationship between taxpayers and the government they support.

Dealing with hard problems instead of kicking them down the road is leadership.

Budish’s too-late carping adds nothing to the effort and sheds glaring light on his own negligence.

 

MILITARY:

I am liking Colorado more and more…

A federal appeals court in Denver was hearing arguments Thursday on whether Congress can make it illegal to falsely claim to be a military hero.

At issue is the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have been awarded a military medal.

The case before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals centers on Rick Strandlof, a Colorado man who was arrested after claiming he was wounded in Iraq as a Marine and had received military medals. His lawyers have acknowledged the claims were false.

A federal judge ruled the law violated the First Amendment. Prosecutors asked the 10th Circuit to uphold the law, which has also been challenged in California.

The law makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have received a medal from the U.S. military.

Some legal scholars have said they expect the law to eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the Colorado case, Strandlof, who founded a veterans group in Colorado Springs, was charged in 2009 with violating the law by claiming to be an ex-Marine who was wounded in Iraq and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star. The military said it had no record that he ever served.

A federal judge threw out the case in July, ruling the U.S. government had not shown any compelling reason to restrict that particular type of speech.

The judge also ruled that lying about getting a military medal doesn’t fall into any of the limited exceptions to free speech that the Supreme Court has recognized, including fraud.

The law doesn’t require a showing that an alleged impostor got financial benefits or caused financial harm for a conviction.

In the California case, Xavier Alvarez, a water board official from Pomona, was indicted in 2007 after saying at a public forum that he was a retired Marine who received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.

He pleaded guilty on condition that he would be allowed to appeal on First Amendment grounds. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 in his favor in August.


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American flag supporters stop flag burning at LSU

Hundreds showed up to protest the burning of the flag. Here, one guy shows his love of the flag in many forms.

Several hundred people gathered on the LSU campus Wednesday and effectively stopped an LSU grad student from burning an American flag on campus.

The student announced Tuesday that he intended to burn the flag. The announcement set off a wave of angry protests on Facebook and talk radio stations.

As the student approached the Parade Grounds at LSU Wednesday, students chanted, “USA!  USA!” One man yelled, “My brothers died for you!”

Several people tossed water balloons and water bottles at the man. The graduate student was then escorted away by LSU Police. The flag burning did not occur.

 


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WHAT THE HE**?:

Man airlifted after fight with cat

A Cleveland man was attacked by a housecat Friday afternoon and the man’s injuries are so severe that he had to be taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

The altercation between the man and the animal occurred at a home on CR 3182 a few miles south of Cleveland in Liberty County.

At some point during the attack, the man and the cat reportedly were injured by a knife the man was holding. The man was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center before being transported to Houston.

Game wardens Danny Diaz and Adam Broll captured the cat. It was taken to Big Thicket Animal Hospital for examination.

The man’s identity is unknown at this time.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:

Obama SEAL doll marks bin Laden killing
Company’s action figure features muscular president with assault rifle

Hero Builders released the Obama SEAL Team 6 action figure — a muscular President in fatigues armed with an M1-A4 — Wednesday morning.

Navy SEALs have become national heroes since news broke that they took down Osama bin Laden, so it’s fitting that the newest action figure from a Connecticut company is a fierce-looking President Barack Obama as a SEAL.

The minute Obama said late on the night of May 1 that the U.S. had found and killed bin Laden, Emil Vicale knew which his action figure company’s would make next — Rambama.

On Wednesday morning, Hero Builders released the Obama SEAL Team 6 action figure — a muscular President in fatigues armed with an M1-A4.

Vicale, who owns the custom action figure company in Oxford, said the speech was a pivotal moment in the Obama presidency.

It was also a parallel to the speech that inspired the company in the first place almost 10 years earlier.

On Sept. 14, 2001, Vicale listened to then-President George Bush’s bullhorn speech from Ground Zero and was inspired to create Hero Builders.

As Bush stood there, with an arm around the shoulder of a New York City firefighter, Vicale saw what he thought was the first moment that Bush fit into his shoes as president.

“I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these building down will hear all of soon,” Bush said as New Yorkers chanted “U.S.A.”

Almost 10 years later, Obama spoke the words that would make Vitale feel the same way: “Tonight, I can report to the American people, and to the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda.”

With that statement, another Hero Builders action figure is born.


SAY IT AIN’T SO:

Say it ain’t so!
Chocolate Milk is one of my staples…

Schools may ban chocolate milk over added sugar

Chocolate milk has long been seen as the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, but the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic has a growing number of people wondering whether that’s wise.

With schools under increasing pressure to offer healthier food, the staple on children’s cafeteria trays has come under attack over the very ingredient that made it so popular — sugar.

Some school districts have gone as far as prohibiting flavored milk, and Florida considered a statewide ban in schools. Other districts have sought a middle ground by replacing flavored milks containing high-fructose corn syrup with versions containing sugar, which some see as a more natural sweetener.

Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district, is the latest district to tackle the issue. Superintendent John Deasy recently announced he would push this summer to remove chocolate andstrawberry milk from school menus.

But nutritionists — and parents — are split over whether bans make sense, especially when about 70 percent of milk consumed in schools is flavored, mostly chocolate, according to the industry-backed Milk Processors Education Program.

Many, including the School Nutrition Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, and National Medical Association, argue that the nutritional value of flavored low-fat or skim milk outweighs the harm of added sugar. Milk contains nine essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and protein.

A joint statement from those groups points to studies that show kids who drink fat-free, flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs and are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.

“Chocolate milk has been unfairly pegged as one of the causes of obesity,” said Julie Buric, vice president of marketing for the Milk Processors Education Program.

Others note the nation’s child obesity epidemic and say flavored milk simply needs to go.

Eight ounces of white milk served in Los Angeles public schools contains 14 grams of natural sugar or lactose; fat-free chocolate milk has an extra six grams of sugar for a total of 20 grams, while fat-free strawberry milk has a total of 27 grams — the same as eight ounces of Coca-Cola.

“Chocolate milk is soda in drag,” said Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District in Louisville, Colo., which has banned flavored milk. “It works as a treat in homes, but it doesn’t belong in schools.”

Flavored milk is also a target of British TV chef Jamie Oliver, who has made revamping school food a signature cause.

For a segment to be aired on his “Food Revolution” TV show, he recently filled a school bus with white sand to represent the amount of sugar Los Angeles Unified school children consume weekly in flavored milk.

“If you have flavored milk, that’s candy,” he told The Associated Press.

Oliver cheered Deasy’s proposal to remove flavored milk from schools during a recent joint appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show.

If the school board adopts the ban, Los Angeles Unified would join districts including Washington and Berkeley, Calif.

But efforts by some other districts turned sour after children drank less milk. Milk consumption drops by 35 percent when flavored milks are removed, according to the Milk Processors Education Program.

Cabell County, W.Va., schools brought chocolate milk back at the recommendation of state officials, and Fairfax County, Va., did the same after its dairy provider came up with a version sweetened with beet sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup.

The Florida Board of Education also backed away from its proposed ban on chocolate milk after the state agricultural commissioner urged the board to look at all sugary food and beverages served in schools.

The Los Angeles district has worked with its dairy supplier on flavored versions using the sweetener Truvia and chicory, district spokesman Robert Alaniz said.

Cooper and others argued children will drink plain milk if that’s what’s offered.

“We’ve taught them to drink chocolate milk, so we can unteach them that,” Cooper said. “Our kids line up for milk.”

Boulder Valley hasn’t been barraged with complaints since removing chocolate milk two years ago, but it hasn’t tracked whether milk consumption has dropped, she said.

Parents line up on both sides of the issue.

Deborah Bellholt, a South Los Angeles mother, said none of her six children ranging from pre-school to high school age will drink plain milk. “By allowing kids flavored milk, they still get the calcium they need,” she said. “If not, they’d bypass it.”

But Mimi Bonetti, a suburban Los Angeles mother with two elementary school-age children who drink plain milk, said she gets angry that chocolate milk is portrayed as nutritious. Children can get calcium and other nutrients from other foods, she said.

“If you offer them the choice of chocolate or plain, of course they’re going to choose chocolate,” Bonetti said. “When you’re telling kids that drinking chocolate milk is a healthy choice, it’s sending the wrong message.”

Ask kids, and most vote for chocolate. Suburban Los Angeles seventh-grader Nacole Johnson said plain milk tastes yucky. If there were no chocolate milk, “I wouldn’t drink it,” she said.

SPORTS:

Pro Bull Riders challenge Chad Ochocinco to back up his bravado

One way or the other, this involves a lot of bull: The Professional Bull Riders is challenging Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to attempt to ride a bull at this weekend’s PBR event in the Atlanta area.

The PBR challenged Ochocinco with:

If he gets on a bull at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., the PBR will give him $10,000.

If he rides the bull for the required eight seconds, the PBR will give him a new Ford F-150 truck and allow him to permanently rename the bull anything he wants.

If he doesn’t show, the PBR will rename the bull “#58 No Show Cinco.” The number is the reverse of Ochocinco”s jersey No. 85.

The event is the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational. The challenge is an outgrowth of some of Ochocinco’s many posting on Twitter.

On May 4, he posted he was headed for a showdown with PBR star Valdiron de Oliveira: “Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Lil Taco May13th-14th Duluth,GA. Who coming to watch the longest 8 seconds of my life?”

Sean Gleason, chief operating officer of the PBR, responded with this tweet to Ochocinco: “that’s the deal. Show up and get on the bull u get 10K, ride him for 8 secs and its a brand new F150 from @teampbr @fordtrucks.”

Ochocinco then posted: “if I stay on for 8 seconds FORD will give me an F-150? I challenge your best bull and i’ll give the truck to 1 of my followers.”

The bull has not been identified. The PBR also hasn’t specified what level of bull he would be asked to ride. Bulls vary considerably by their degree of difficulty to ride. But they are all dangerous.

During the NFL lockout, defensive back Tom Zbikowski has done some professional boxing. Ochocinco has worked out and played in a practice match with a Major League Soccer team.

But riding any bull on the PBR circuit would be a huge risk of physical well being for any novice, even for a professional athlete. The bulls typically weigh 1,700-,1800 pounds. Some weigh more than 2,000 pounds. They are bred to buck. They have hoofs and horns. They are dangerous even for professional riders wearing protective vests and helmets. The PBR’s current injury report includes broken bones, dislocated shoulders and torn knee ligaments.

“The Ford F-150 we’re offering will be there, we hope (Ochocinco) is too,” Gleason said. “He’s a gifted athlete, but bull riding is a much different sport and climbing on the back of a bull in the chutes takes a little more than Twitter confidence, let alone calling for the gate (to open).

“We admire Ochocinco’s interest in the sport. If he actually gets on and nods his head (to open the gate), he’ll find out that two-a-days in the summer heat are nothing compared to the eight seconds faced by PBR bull riders week in and week out.”

Ty Murray, PBR co-founder and a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, tweeted: “Only the great @ochocinco riding a bull could bring me out of twitter retirement. It takes a world class athlete 2 ride bulls. Lets do this.”

 UPDATE: Ochocinco will rename the bull, Marvin Lewis

BUCKEYES:

“…if you’ve prepared and have the right combination, you can have this type of success.”

Season to remember

Rugged regular-season schedule, good mix of seniors and underclassmen pave way for Buckeyes’ first title

Any championship season has a moment of truth. So it was for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team on the way to its first national title.

Seeking to grab the ultimate crown after 17 previous trips to the final four, the Buckeyes rallied from a bad-serving start to a 2-1 lead in games over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night in the 2011 championship match. Then the Gauchos came back to tie it at two games each.

That meant the season for both teams came down to a sudden-death, winner-take-all sprint to 15 points (win by two) in the abbreviated fifth set in Penn State’s Rec Hall.

That’s when Ohio State coach Pete Hanson, in his 27th season, looked in his players’ eyes and reminded them they had been here before. The first time was on the same Rec Hall floor in an early February tournament, in which the Buckeyes had beaten Cal State-Northridge and UC Irvine on back-to-back nights.

“Against UC Irvine it went to a fifth game, and that night we looked at one another and we kind of looked at their team, and everybody to a man said, ‘You know, we’re the more physical team right now,'” Hanson recalled. “‘We’ve got more strength that we can bring to the table than those guys across the net.’

“And I think (going into the fifth game on Saturday night against UC Santa Barbara), our players looked into each other’s eyes and thought, ‘Hey, you remember that night in February? We’re here again. Let’s do that same thing.'”

That the Buckeyes went out and crushed the Gauchos in the fifth game, much as they had stomped on the Anteaters back in February, is now the most glorious part of OSU volleyball history.

“This championship means the world to me,” senior outside hitter John Klanac said.

He was speaking for all of the seniors, including team leaders Steven Kehoe and Kevin Heine. They formed the nucleus of a national championship team, along with underclassmen Mik Berzins, Grayson Overman and Shawn Sangrey, who had a career-high 30 kills in the title game.

At 26-6, it wasn’t the best winning percentage in OSU history. The 1969 team went 24-0, but there was no national tournament. In the Hanson era, the 2000 team went 25-4 but lost in the national championship game to UCLA.

Whether the 2011 team was more prepared for the national tournament is debatable, but Hanson tried to make it so. He opted not to ease into the season but rather play at national power Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., the first two games of the year. The Buckeyes lost both matches, including 16-14 in the fifth set of the second, but the experience was what mattered, just as the trip west in late March when they went 2-2 before diving into their Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association run.

“We put together as tough a schedule as we could and we did some things that put those guys under some pressure and they handled it really well,” Hanson said.

The payoff came when it mattered most, against UC Santa Barbara when the Buckeyes had 11 kills against one error.

“We almost played what could be construed a perfect game offensively,” Hanson said. “We just overpowered them.”

The Buckeyes have the trophy to prove it.

“To me it means Ohio State is doing the right things when it comes to the sport of volleyball,” Hanson said. “Our administration is supporting us in a way that allows us to compete at this level. We’ve got a great coaching staff that works their you-know-whats off. And we are recruiting the best level of kids in the classroom and on the court.

“It just validates that we are doing things the right way to lead us to this kind of opportunity. And then if you’ve prepared and have the right combination, you can have this type of success.

We have always been “good” now, WE are NCAA Champions!!!
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Finally some Good Buckeye Football News

Report: Car sold for $13,700, not $0

Former Ohio State linebacker Thaddeus Gibson didn’t understand why his purchase of a used Chrysler 300C was listed at $0 in documents disclosed in a media report, since he was still making payments on the vehicle.

Now, newly uncovered documents appear to back up Gibson — to the tune of $13,700.

In an initial report on Ohio State’s investigation of car sales to athletes and their families, The Columbus Dispatch cited documents showing a purchase price of $0 for Gibson’s car.

But on Wednesday, the newspaper reported it obtained a previous title on the vehicle listing the purchase price as $13,700 for a sale dated June 27, 2007 and financed through Huntington National Bank.

The title listing the purchase price as $0 was dated March 6, 2008 and listed the same bank as the lender, according to the report.

Ohio State’s compliance department is reviewing the sales of more than 50 cars to student-athletes and their families to make sure the sales meet NCAA rules.

The Dispatch reported that a car salesman who received game passes from Ohio State athletes handled many of the deals at two different dealerships. Ohio State has since taken the salesman, Aaron Kniffin, off the pass list.

Athletes are prevented from receiving special deals not available to other students and are not permitted to trade autographs for discounts. Both dealerships display signed Ohio State memorabilia in their showrooms.

School officials have seen no evidence of players getting special treatment in vehicle sales, Douglas Archie, associate athletic director for compliance, said in a statement Saturday.

“Consistent with our standard procedures, we are nevertheless reviewing these sales to assure ourselves that our policies were adhered to,” he said.

The mother and brother of Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor also purchased cars from the dealerships. Kniffin loaned his own car to Pryor for a three-day test drive to Pryor’s home in Jeannette, Pa.

Kniffin and the owner of one of the dealerships he worked for, Jason Goss, have attended seven football games as guests of players, including the 2007 national championship game and the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

The car sales investigation comes on the heels of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel being punished for not revealing his knowledge of his players’ NCAA violations.

Tressel was notified in April 2010 via emails from a Buckeyes fan and former player that Ohio State players were trading signed jerseys and other memorabilia to a Columbus tattoo parlor owner for cash and reduced-price tattoos. Even though his contract and NCAA rules required him to notify athletic director Gene Smith, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee or the university’s compliance department, Tressel did not do that.

It was not until more than nine months passed — and five players including Pryor had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season — that Ohio State officials discovered the emails and confronted Tressel. He finally admitted he knew of the players getting improper benefits.

Tressel was originally suspended for two games — later extended to the first five games this fall to match the punishment of the five players — and was fined $250,000, required to make a public apology and receive a public reprimand and to attend an NCAA compliance seminar.

The NCAA is still investigating Ohio State and Tressel, who are scheduled to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions Aug. 1

RELIGION:

Mark 10:43-45 ()

43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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HEALTH:

Fit-to-lead Congressman Aaron Schock has a plan to change America, one set of crunches at a time

It’s early spring in Washington, D.C., and the cherry blossoms lining the Tidal Basin are bursting like kernels of popcorn, lending a fairy-tale feel to the nation’s bastion of power. But to catch a glimpse of the real Washington in action, you’d better arrive early. If you hit the street before 8 a.m., you may see the fittest man in Congress, U.S. Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois, clocking in for his 5-mile run—the conclusion of a morning fitness routine that starts in the House gym at 6:30 every weekday morning.

“It’s got to happen early or it’s not going to happen,” says Schock, who on the cusp of his 30th birthday is the youngest member of the House of Representatives—and already in his second term. Schock, who represents Illinois’s 18th congressional district (Abe Lincoln’s old stomping grounds), is one of a dozen or so congressmen who make regular treks to the House gym for weight training and sessions of P90X, the video series created by Tony Horton.

(Aaron Schock is challenging you to lose weight and get healthier this summer. Take the Fit for Life Summer Challenge and see the program that will help you drop 10, 20, or 30 pounds and slash your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and many other diseases dramatically!)

“When I first saw it I kind of laughed,” Schock says of Horton’s training regimen. “I didn’t think you could get a real workout from a DVD. But at 6:30 a.m., it helps to have somebody talking you through your workout.”

For a Washington politician, Aaron Schock’s approach to governing is as unconventional as his approach to fitness. That’s not because of his policy positions—he’s a party-line Republican with a middle-class, Rust Belt background. And it’s not because of his controversial statements and stances—his biggest national showdown involved a chummy ride on Air Force One during which President Barack Obama lobbied him to vote for the stimulus bill. (Schock politely declined.) And given that he’s at least half a decade too young to run for the presidency, nobody fears his entry into the race for the White House in 2012 (or 2016, for that matter). No, what makes Aaron Schock so different in the Washington world is that he’s committed to helping his generation embrace health and fitness as a personal responsibility—and he’s doing it not just with words, but actions.

To understand just how unusual Schock’s body politic is, consider this: The average age of a member of Congress is 57. The combined age of the two U.S. senators representing Hawaii is 172. Schock—the first U.S. rep born in the 1980s—is young enough to be the son of most of his peers, and the grandson of many. When Michigan congressman John Dingell was celebrating his 25th year in office, Schock was still in utero. And Schock has already been in politics for longer than a decade; he won his first election at 19, as awrite-in candidate for a position on his local school board. His candidacy was an act of protest against the board’s decision to prevent him from graduating early; he trounced his opponent with 60 percent of the vote.

Schock’s apple-pie looks serve only to emphasize his youth; combine that with his conservative views and it’s hard to miss his resemblance to a certain Alex P. Keaton. “The biggest misconception people have about me is that when they see how young I am, they think, ‘Oh, this guy must have always wanted to be in politics, his parents must have been politically connected,’ ” Schock says. “I’m a finance major and always intended to go into business. We would read the newspaper at home, but that was about as politically involved as my family got. I’d never even been to the state capital until I joined the school board.”

But instead of shrinking from the two characteristics that Ronald Reagan famously described as liabilities—his “youth and inexperience”—Schock embraces them. And that’s perhaps his most radical position. He feels a special responsibility to young people, and he’s focused on major issues that will affect his own generation the most: energy and the environment, the budget deficit, spiraling health-care costs, and a growing obesity crisis. He notes that members of Congress in their 60s, 70s, and 80s won’t be around to suffer the consequences of their misguided policies, while Schock and his generation will feel the negative effects of bad policy for the rest of their lives. Schock is a committed deficit hawk who favors tax incentives to spur investment in alternative energy and infrastructure; but his greatest personal investments are in two areas: obesity and health-care costs.

In fact, this month Schock is launching an initiative—the Fit for Summer, Fit for Life challenge to help Americans take control of their health. (To sign up, go to MensHealth.com/schock.)

“One of my favorite quotes is from Ben Franklin, who said, ‘A good example is the best sermon,’ ” Schock says. “And I think if you want to start talking about healthy lifestyles and staying in shape, then you yourself should do your best to try to be a model, an example to people you’re trying to convince to do the same.”

And model he does. When he strolls into a New York City studio for his photo shoot, Schock isn’t sporting the typical boxy clothes that Beltway insiders wear in order to hide what’s stretching their belts. Instead, he’s decked out in a form-fitting Zegna suit and tapered shirt that show off both his musculature and his fashion savvy. He looks more like a hit man from a European spy thriller than a boring politician.

In other words, Aaron Schock is pretty fly for a Republican from Peoria. For much of the past few decades,Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have laid claim to cool for the Democrats. Aaron Schock might just steal it back.

Pumping Iron in a Pressure Cooker
Schock’s lead-by-example ethos is a nonpartisan position. “I think Michelle Obama is on the right track with her Let’s Move campaign to bring down childhood obesity,” he says. “She and I come from the same state, Illinois, which is number four in the nation for obese children. One out of five Illinois children are considered obese. Not overweight, obese. And two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. When people hear that, they’re shocked, and rightfully so.”

But Schock isn’t one of those lifelong fitness buffs who think we all have 2 hours a day to spend in the gym. He was a scrawny, sports-averse kid in high school. Fitness was never part of his original game plan. “I didn’t start working out until college,” Schock says. “But in college I could feel my body changing, and I knew that if I didn’t make some changes, I was going to go in the wrong direction.” So he understands that for an American public struggling with body issues, a health club can be an intimidating place.

“A lot of people don’t think they have the time or the knowledge [to become physically fit], or they feel embarrassed to walk into a gym for the first time,” he admits. “It takes courage to walk into a gym and ask for help, and say, ‘Hey, I want to lose some weight and get in shape.’ ” Schock’s strategy was to build muscle as a way of keeping fat at bay; he’s bulked up from 145 pounds in college to his current weight of 165.

Maintaining a physique like Schock’s isn’t easy under any circumstance, but in the constantly bubbling pressure cooker of politics, it’s particularly daunting. Consider, for example, an underreported phenomenon in Washington: the hors d’oeuvres horror show.

Since 2007 it’s been illegal for lobbyists to treat U.S. reps to meals. Yet in the fungible world of Washington, legislators and industry reps have found a compromise: If it’s on the end of a toothpick, it’s not a meal. So healthconscious pols like Schock now run a gauntlet of Inigo Montoya wannabes who wield tiny wooden sabers in an effort to curry favor and influence policy.

“You can pack a lot of calories on the end of a toothpick,” Schock insists. “You have a drink and a few hors d’oeuvres and you’ve just downed hundreds of calories.” If you’re health conscious, it’s an issue. So Schock doubles down on exercise.

“Exercise is more important than diet for me because it’s a twofer. It keeps me in good physical shape, and it relieves stress. And when you’re a representative of the public, there’s never a shortage of things to do.”

Future Schock
Schock’s approach to health care may be to turn the political issue into a personal one, but that’s his stance on a lot of things. Indeed, the congressman places a tremendous amount of faith in the notion that planning, discipline, and a little elbow grease can solve just about any problem. “My advice to people in my age group is to think strategically,” he says. ” ‘Someday I would like to…retire, have children, change careers, start a business…’ All of these take planning. Think about what you’d like to do, and then think about what it’s going to take to get you there.”

That’s exactly the way he wishes the government behaved. “It’s all about long-term strategic thinking, which doesn’t happen enough in Washington,” he says. “What’s frustrating is that there’s not enough attention and engagement in politics from people in my generation, and they will benefit or suffer the most from the government decisions that are being made now. President Eisenhower had a vision for the future and made a bold decision to create our interstate highway system from scratch. Imagine if our government at that time was shortsighted and focused only on the next year. We desperately need long-term strategies on energy, health, education, and a fresh water supply 20 years from now. Too much thinking in Washington focuses on immediate crises at the expense of long-term strategic objectives. That is the biggest overriding failure of American government in the past 20 years.

“The big issue for young people is America’s competitiveness,” Schock says. In addition to a growing national debt and an expanding national waistline, here’s a list of issues he wishes other people in their 20s would become more concerned about.

Energy independence
“There is nothing more dangerous than relying on foreign countries for energy.” He points to France as an example of a nation that set a goal—to generate all its own electricity—and has nearly reached it. “I am all for doing whatever possible to get to a greater degree of energy independence as quickly as we can,” Schock says, “with an understanding that it’s a short game—we have to develop renewable energy in the long run.”

Clean water
“Outside of this country, it’s a huge problem. But already in the state of Georgia there are communities where wells are drying up,” he says. “It’s happening in Florida, California, and the American West, too. And we don’t have a long-term strategy for how we’re going to manage this.”

Education
“We’re not producing enough math and science majors for our companies to hire. It’s not about spending more, it’s about spending more wisely and being open minded about adapting to successful teaching methods. How economically competitive in the world our country will be in the future depends on the quality of education in America. It’s that simple and that important.”

But these problems are not insurmountable, he insists. Schock, an irrepressible optimist, believes that success in politics looks exactly like success in the gym: have a goal, a strategy, and be disciplined in making it happen.

And what does Aaron Schock see as his personal long-term goal? Might he one day be among those senior senators serving well into their 80s? “People ask me where I see myself in 10 years. Well, 10 years ago I was in high school,” he laughs.

“Public service is a great honor, but it tends to be all-consuming,” Schock says. “When I look at that Capitol dome and no longer feel that tingle, then I’ll know it’s time to go.”

The Schock-Your-Body Workout
Want tricked-out traps? Dominating delts? Abs the size of a woman’s fist? And all while holding down a high-stress day job? Set your alarm a little earlier, and try Rep. Aaron Schock’s workout routine.

5 to 7 days a week, choose from…
*a 60-to 75-minute P90X training session

*a 60-to 75-minute weight routine, focusing on high-weight, low-rep exercises, and alternating upper-and lower-body days

*3 sets of 30 pushups and 30 situps; plus a run (5 miles) or swim (1 mile)

SUCCESS:

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. ~ Brian Tracy

Prepare, act, and adjust. To ensure success keep repeating this pattern, for the rest of your life!!!-Sean Stephenson

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand

Henry Ford: There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire


INSPIRATION:

Excuse my French…but F%#K YEA!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUEl5NKjF5c&feature=player_embedded

“As soon as you truly commit to making something happen, the ‘how’ will reveal itself.” – Tony Robbins

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. – Jack Dempse

When u out grow where ur at.. U get promoted!  Life will open new great opportunities! –Rev Run


QUOTES:

Dark moments often bear the gift of opening us to greater Light.

USING THIS ONE FOR MY 501C ‎”Life is a pure flame,

and we live by an invisible sun within us.”-Sir Thomas Brown

“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” – Don Shula

“Maturity is the ability to express one’s own feelings balanced with thoughts and feelings of others”

Yeah, life throws you curves

But you learn to swerve

Me, I swung and I missed

And the next thing you know

I’m reminiscin’

Dreamin’ old dreams

Wishing old wishes, like you would be back again-Rascal Flatts

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality” ~John Lennon

 


CLOSING:

“I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.” ~ Fritz Perls

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results

You know you’re having a personal breakthrough when you confront yourself & find a bunch of flaws, but then do the unthinkable: Hold yourself accountable, & go work on yourself immediately. You’ll either get bitter or get better, but you won’t get both. – Sherrie McKnight

Your life may be the only Bible some people read. ~Author Unknown

Screw it, let’s do it-Richard Branson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do..So throw off the bowlines and sail away from safe harbor….catch the trade winds in your sails..EXPLORE DREAM DISCOVER


TO DO:

Hey it’s a great weekend to celebrate a boob with the Komen Race for the Cure, and well…I am a boob also. I’m Matt Sexton and here’s what Happenin this weekend

FRIDAY:

My good friend, Shawna Corder will command the stage of the Historic Midland Theater in Downtown Nerk


SATURDAY:

Let’s face it…we all like boobs!

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure throughout Downtown Columbus. For more info http://www.komencolumbus.org

The annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure is an event for the entire family with a 5K run/walk and a one-mile Family Fun Walk through downtown Columbus. Proceeds benefit to Susan G. Komen Columbus breast cancer education, screening, treatment and research in Central and Southeastern Ohio. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Front Street and Broad Street at City Hall.

The Neville Brothers Play The McCoy Community Center for the Arts. For more info http://www.mccoycenter.org

SUNDAY:

The Airborne Toxic Event at The Newport Music Hall

FUNNIES:

ALL WEEKEND:

Tony Rock performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

MORE TO DO:

ALL WEEKEND:

Bring in the Clowns, where are the clowns? They are under the Big Top of  Nationwide Arena at The Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus as it roars (get it? Roars?) into Central Ohio. For more info www.nationwidearena.com

IN THEATERS:

It’s ‘The Hangover’ for chicks! ‘Bridesmaids,’ rated “R.”

It’s not a comic book, it’s a “Graphic Novel!” ‘Priest’ rated “PG-13.”

DVD:

‘Blue Valentine,’ rated “R.” If you watch, ya better pay attention…this one confused me with all the back and forth from past to present!

A stay at home date night movie, even guys can enjoy ‘No Strings Attached,’ rated “R.”

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:

The Cars, ARE BACK! with “Move Like This”

The funny guys from Saturday Night Live release, “The Lonely Island     -Turtleneck & Chain”

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:

Ronald McDonald House Awards at The Columbus Zoo May 21
THURSDAY May 26th Columbus Commons Grand Opening

https://columbuscommons.org/Grand_Opening.html

Mt. Vernon Schools Event May 27th

Warrior Dash June 3-4-5
Byers Auto Car Show June 11th


Starting June 7th Weekly Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Show Me Fest, Springfield Mizz. June 17th-19th http://www.showmemusicfest.com/

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