Politics in the NFL. Don’t want to admit mistake. Can’t do anything to fix it. Cheating. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty…BS!

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Touchdown on opening possession. RGIII 16/17 for 149 yards. Multiple players working together to push the Giants out of the end zone.

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The Redskins are obviously not the GREATEST TEAM in the NFL, but we still love them and will always cheer no matter what especially when the referees mess up but DON’T FIX THEIR MISTAKES. I was at the game and the Redskins were playing very well. The referees were just idiots.

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The Washington Redskins were told it was FIRST AND TEN, not THIRD AND ONE and Coach Kyle Shanahan called the play that was supposed to be done…for a first and ten.

Referee Jeff Triplette signaled third down but the head linesman — with Washington in a ‘hurry-up’ situation — incorrectly motioned for the chain crew to advance the chains, which caused the down boxes to read first down.

Following a Washington incomplete pass, the chains were moved back and the down boxes correctly reset to fourth down.

I understand that the Redskins did not have any time-outs left, but saying that is why you didn’t fix the mistake you made is complete bullshit. Triplette said “I feel like we signaled third down. The stakes just got moved incorrectly.”

Dear Triplette, I feel like you need to be fired. Maybe the Redskins would have won, maybe they still would have lost, but all that matters though is the fact the officials ruined the end of that game with the most embarrassing mistake ever. 

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NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said in a statement Monday,

 Referee Jeff Triplette and his crew erred on multiple fronts during the Washington Redskins’ final drive against the New York Giants on Sunday night.

The Redskins have absolutely no chance of making it to the NFC playoff contention and have a firm grip of placing last in the NFC East. The Redskins beat the Giants last season at Fed Ex Field 17-16. December 29, 2013 the Redskins will be playing the Giants again, and I hope 1. THERE ARE BETTER REFS WHO DO THEIR JOB CORRECTLY/ADMIT TO THEIR MISTAKES and 2. THAT THE REDSKINS WILL KICK THE NEW YORK GIANTS ASSES at that game.

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Hail to the Redskins. Blandino and Triplette, I hope you know that your politics for the game were noted. Blandino needs to make this right, make up for the mistake of your idiotic, worthless refs who cheat at the game.

And for all of you Giants fans or any other NFL fans– I’m sorry if this article upsets you, but when a mistake is that BIG, something needs to be done.Redskins2

EXCUSE ME, LADY!? IT IS 2013 AND YOU NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELF. YOUR NOTE,

IM SORRY, BUT I CANNOT TIP BECAUSE I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE AND HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE.

WAS NOT NECESSARY AND YOU SHOULD GO BACK THERE AND TIP YOUR SERVER $100 FOR BEING SO RUDE!

Dayna Morales is a former Marine and now serves at the Gallop Asian Bistro in New Jersey. Morales is also a lesbian. When Morales introduced herself to a family of four one night the woman responded: “Oh, I thought you were going to say your name was Dan. You sure surprised us!” At the end of the night the family’s bill totaled nearly $100 and instead of leaving a tip, the woman left her a note to Morales with a slash on the tip line.

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I have worked in the restaurant business for about five years and I have never witnessed ANYTHING like this. I never knew people could be so cruel. If I was Morales, I would have told the woman I didn’t like the way she lived her lifestyle.

Morales ended up posting a picture of the receipt on Facebook, saying that the mother of two children was shocked by her “short hair.” Morales wrote that she was offended and hurt and that

THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free.

Since Morales posted the photo of the receipt there have been over $2,000 worth of tips given to her from people all around the world. People were traveling to the restaurant, sending money, and calling to give Morales a tip. There were also many people who visited the restaurant and requested to speak with Morales or to just sit at one of her tables.

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Morales was so busy fielding the calls and emails of support that she hardly had a chance to wait any tables, even those who came just to see her. But that hasn’t stopped the tips from coming in by the hundreds of dollars. Jason Papvero, who GAVE A $50 cash tip despite never sitting down or eating at the restaurant.

Bobby Vanderhoff, the manager of the restaurant said,

The restaurant doesn’t tolerate discrimination of any kind and the customers were no longer welcome there. We support Dayna 100 percent. She’s a wonderful person and a wonderful server, and we are extremely proud of her and the way she handled this situation.

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Morales says it is great to see everybody’s support and is very thankful for it, but it still does not change the fact or excuse what actually happened.

MORALES PLANS TO SEND A PORTION OF HER NEW TIPS TO THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT.

I found this video very interesting and wanted to hear some feedback on it. This video is about: ObamaCare, the girl on the website, cyber bullying, and an action figure. Personally, I think the end is pretty ridiculous with what they do to the doll. Let me know what you think!

Police from St. Petersburg, Florida arrested a 15 year-old girl who they say has sent several hundred of threatening texts to three other 15 year-old girls. The girl, who is to remain unnamed was friends with the three other girls until they had a falling out.

CyberThe girl is now being charged with three counts of aggravated stalking and one count of tampering with a witnessThe suspect admitted to sending some of the texts, but not all of them. Many of these texts were allegedly death threats- one saying “if this isn’t bullying then I don’t know what is.”

TextCyberOn Monday, when the girl was interviewed by the police, they told her to stay away from the victims. The suspect continued to send threatening texts which resulted in tampering with a witness.

When will bullying stop? Today? Tomorrow? Next month? NEVER!? How many children will die due to being bullied by their classmates or old friends? 

Bullying3About a month ago two teens in Florida were arrested for cyber bullying which caused a girl to jump off the top of an abandoned concrete plant. These two girls were charged with felony aggravated stalking.

  • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online- about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online
  • Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet
  • Over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims
  • Nearly 30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

BullyingWe’ve seen bullying in the school systems, work place, at home, in the NFL, and many more places, but why can’t anyone do anything to stop it? There needs to be more done about bullying and cyber bullying. It’s not easy to speak up about being bullied, but there needs to be more severe punishments for those who bully during school or anywhere else. When I was in middle school/high school, there was just “a slap on the wrist” if you were to bully someone. That is not going to do anything. STAND UP and DO SOMETHING. Don’t just sit there and watch someone get bullied. Too many innocent lives are taken due to bullying and it needs to stop. Stop bullying, save a life.

 

MdolphinsRichie Incognito, a guard for the Miami Dolphins is currently indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

Jonathan Martin, offensive tackle for the Dolphins has been allegedly bullied by his teammate, Incognito. Martin checked himself into a South Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress. This emotional distress caused Martin to leave the team on October 28, 2013.  Martin’s attorney, David Cornwell, said in a statement issued late Thursday night that Incognito and other teammates bullied Martin to the point that he felt like he had no choice but to leave the team.

The final incident that occurred to cause Martin to leave the team was in the team’s cafeteria when he sat down to eat. After sitting down the other players he joined got up and walked away and he was left to sit alone. I don’t know about you, but this does not seem like something you do to a teammate. There were also texts from Incognito using racial slurs in threatening texts to Martin.

IncognitoIncognito was told by coaching staff to “toughen up” Martin. The general manager, Jeff Ireland, told Martin’s agent that the player should “punch” Incognito to make the alleged bullying stop. HOW WOULD THIS HELP ANYTHING? “Violence is NEVER the answer,” yet the general manager said Martin should respond back with VIOLENCE. How would this help Martin? Isn’t it possible that Incognito [or other teammates] would bully Martin even more and harder? Also, if the general manager knew the tiniest bit about the possible bullying of Martin, WHY DIDN’T HE DO ANYTHING? WHY DIDN’T HE TRY TO STOP IT OR TALK WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS? This could have saved the Dolphins a lot of trouble.

HeadCoachIncognito is denying the bullying of Martin and said the threatening texts and racial slurs were just him playing around and that is their “brotherhood.” I don’t know about your friends, family, teammates, or whoever else you hang out with or see, but TO ME THESE DO NOT SEEM very brotherhood-like.

Even Incognito’s ex-teammate from the St. Louis Rams called him a ‘scumbag.’ Cam Cleeland, the ex-teammate of Incognito said he dealt with hazing on a very personal level when he came into the league. Cleeland said,

I’m not afraid to say that he was an immature, unrealistic scumbag. When it came down to it, he had no personality, he was a locker room cancer, and he just wanted to fight everybody all the time. It was bizarre beyond belief.

It is said to believe that the 30 year-old guard will reportedly consider filing a grievance against the team.

DolphinsAs a college student, I hear a lot about bullying, hazing, emotional distress, and harassment. All of these things which are frowned upon no matter what you are a part of. To see that this is happening in the NFL is beyond ridiculous and I thought that an NFL team would be supportive of all their players, just like a family should be.

 

Homeless veteran Jim Wolf has been suffering from alcoholism and poverty.  This video shows Dégagé Ministries giving Wolf a makeover. According to the video, the makeover has given Wolf the inspiration to turn his life around! Wolf is scheduled to have his own housing and is attending Alcoholics Anonymous (for the first time)!

About 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.

Roughly 40% of homeless veterans are African-American or Hispanic.

About 1.4 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dreary living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

 

Chris Brown’s rap sheet continues to grow, and we’re not talking about his song writing.

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March 2009- felony assault after an altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna

March 2011- smashing a window and storming out shirtless of the Good Morning America studios

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June 2012- Brown and rapper Drake are accused of prompting a bottle-smashing brawl

November 2012- goes back to court for a progress report on his 2009 domestic violence case and is cleared of a probation violation. In addition, he gets into an extremely vulgar, expletive-laden Twitter exchange with comedian Jenny Johnson

January 2013- gets into a fight with singer Frank Ocean in a parking lot at Hollywood’s Westlake Recording Studios

May 2013- charged with a hit-and-run, after allegedly crashing into a car, driving away and refusing to provide his name, driver’s license and insurance info

June 2013- 24-year-old woman accuses Brown of assaulting her after his show at a California nightclub

October 27, 2013- arrested and charged with felony assault after he and his bodyguard allegedly attacked a fan outside of the W Hotel in Washington, D.C

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EIGHT ARRESTS, MELTDOWNS, AND FIGHTS SINCE 2009 FOR CHRIS BROWN. Although, SOMEHOW the singer keeps getting away with everything and does not even have to go to jail. Well, he’s spent a couple of nights there but doesn’t really have to suffer any consequences of his actions. Is this fair? Is this the payment you get for being ‘rich & famous’? It seems like Brown is becoming more famous for his aggressive behavior than his music these days.

On October 27, 2013, Brown was arrested and jailed for a felony assault. The altercation occurred outside the W Hotel, which is located on K and 15th street, near the White House, at around 4:25am. Washington police did not immediately release details of the other man involved, other than to say “he’s alive”. It was later confirmed that he had been released from hospital.

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The reason Brown’s charge was reduced is because the injuries to the victim were minor, even though the victim said Brown broke his nose.

Is that a real reason to reduce Brown’s charges? He has had MULTIPLE run-ins with the law and is still on PROBATION for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. A broken nose may not be as severe as a broken rib or multiple injuries, but Brown WILL NEVER learn how to do the right thing if he keeps getting off. This is unfair and something should be done about this. Is it because he is famous? Is it because he has lots of money? Brown should NOT get away with all of these run-ins with the law considering there have been 8 of THEM IN THE PAST 4 YEARS. 

So, get this…

Gary lives in an area that is prone to wildfires. He collects rain and snow runoff in barrels on his property, mainly in case a wildfire breaks out by his house.

Well, get this. The state of Oregon says those barrels are illegal reservoirs, and that damn water is owned by the Medford Water Commission.

GARY WAS SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL FOR ‘STEALING RAIN.’

Yet, Chris Brown is running around free after multiple assaults, fights, hit-and-runs, and more violent behavior towards other people. He spent a night in jail…he spent two nights in jail…Brown should stay in jail for months after everything he has done.

 

First, Hillary Clinton got criticized for not wearing makeup, pulling her hair back, and wearing her glasses when speaking in Bangladesh. NOW, everyone is talking about Clinton and her sexuality and saying that she is a lesbian

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“Washington, the smarter less attractive version of Hollywood.”

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The American Family’s Association, Bryan Fischer, stated,

“If Hillary Clinton becomes president in 2016 she will not only be our first female president she could be our first lesbian president.”

Gennifer Flowers, Bill Clinton’s former alleged mistress, said that she was told by Bill Clinton himself that his wife was bisexual.

It was also reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, who tweeted a picture of anti-Hillary buttons at a state conference hosted by the California GOP that read, “KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs/2 Small Breasts…Left Wing.”KFCThese buttons are CLEARLY an example of sexism.

Perhaps Fischer, and the person who dreamed up the offensive Hillary buttons are less concerned about the former first lady being a ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ or ‘left wing’ but are truly fearful of a female leading our nation. And they would not be the only ones.

The next time you are brought into a conversation focusing on Hillary’s sexual disposition, her preference for pantsuits or her various body parts, try to refocus the talk to more important, substantive issues, like her foreign policy views, the way in which she intends to fight terrorist cells or how to end the war on drugs. 

Unfortunately, the answer is NO. However, the start of the tax season, which was supposed to start on January 21, 2014 will now be DELAYED.

BenFrankIt’s my money and they need it now.

Due to the government shutdown that lasted 16 days, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be delaying the start of tax season by one to two weeksAbout 90% of the IRS agency was not operational, which puts them behind on the work they were supposed to be doing on the processing systems before tax returns start flooding in.

“The government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season,” the agency said in a statement. “Programming, testing and deployment of more than 50 IRS systems is needed to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns.”

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So, the IRS gets to push back the start date of tax season, yet they STILL REQUIRE US to have our taxes done by APRIL 15TH? A shorter filing season AND delayed refunds? Is this fair to us? Also, the IRS is urging people not to send in their paper filings early, since they won’t be processed any sooner. Thank you government shutdown and THANK YOU IRS for making everything your way. You would think the IRS would give people a bit of a break and an extra week or two, due to the fact that the shutdown wasn’t our fault! Tax

 

Of course Halloween is that one night (or in college, it is either those one OR two weekends) you get to dress up as whatever you want and “not be judged.” I have been to three different colleges for Halloween and the most interesting thing that I have heard was some boy (I’ll refer to him as a boy even though he was 18 and probably considers himself a “man”) put the word slutty in front of every woman’s costume that he saw. “Slutty police officer.” “Slutty cat.” “Slutty leprechaun.” “Slutty cheerleader.” Slutty this, slutty that. Yes, it is Halloween. Yes, the point is to dress up, or in this case, dress down. Yes, we all know a lot of women choose to show more skin than they normally would on any other night.  And yes, we all know people try and choose the most ridiculous outfits because on Halloween nothing is “offensive.” Well, that is where people are ENTIRELY WRONG. This, is about two costumes, two different businesses were selling, yet the costumes were just so insensitive and the way the made the costumes does not make any sense.

As a college individual, I enjoy dressing up on Halloween and going out to all of those “wild” Halloween parties, but I have honestly seem some disturbing costumes which just not okay with me. Also, as a college individual, I am fully supportive of raising awareness for mental health. I am actually too hyped up about it because it is usually that ONE subject people think they know everything about. I know, I don’t know everything about it; but when people come tell me they are so “DEPRESSED” times infinity because their favorite television show does not come on for another week, I just get so upset and annoyed. People use the words depression, anxiety, I want to kill myself, bi-polar, ADD, OCD, ADHD” so freely and they just throw them around like it is nothing. To me, that is not okay.

Do they ever think of the people who are truly suffering from depression? Do they ever think of the people who do try and kill themselves everyday? Do they think of the people who cannot do certain things or have to carry around a brown paper bag due to having anxiety and could possibly have a panic attack at ANY given moment? My answer to this is, probably not. Why? Because of course we know about mental illnesses, but movies and television shows almost play them as a joke; the depressed person always gets better, the anxious person always becomes relaxed, the “I want to kill myself” person always lives and has a great life. The worst take on movies and television shows- psychiatric units. Oh no, that person was in the psychiatric unit, they’re “crazy.” “Watch out for that person they might go all crazy on you because they have multiple personalities.” In all honesty, I just want this stigma about mental health to go away, but that is probably too much to ask. Well, until this article, I honestly thought no one had regrets for something they said or did about mental health. The usual response, “Oh, you know I am just kidding. I don’t seriously mean I’m going to kill myself.”

HumorwrongIt is things like this that make people THINK SUICIDE/MENTAL HEALTH is a JOKE. 

In the UK, two Halloween stores made costumes to represent a “patient” in a psychiatric unit. One of the costumes was titled “mental patient,” and the other was “psycho ward.” One of the businesses even has a costume called “diabetic.” This is what annoys me. What mental health illness are these costumes supposed to describe and be? Also, have they ever seen what patients wear in a psychiatric unit- other than on television and in movies?Asda mental patient costume PsychoSurprisingly, these two costumes brought up mental health awareness in a “positive” (using that word very lightly right now) in the UK.

Mind, a mental health charity based in the UK, pointed out how these costumes work to “fuel” negative ideas about the broad scope of individuals with and experiences of mental illness.

People associate the words crazy, insane, weird, and many others with the term “mental health.” Every mental health illness is different to each and every person. Just like every individual has something different about them. There are all types of levels and types of depression, ADD, OCD, anxiety, and every mental illness out there. It is not the same for two exact people. When you tell someone something and they say “oh, I know exactly how you feel.” Sometimes people just say that to make you feel better. Sometimes people do know how you feel. One example in my life was when my grandmother passed away. I saw her every single day. “My grandmother passed away 3 years ago. I know how you feel. Although, my grandmother lived 5 hours away.” They think they know, but everyone is always on a different relationship level with family members and friends. Some people have never even met their grandparents. My grandparents, they were (and still are) my heroes.

I write a lot about bullying and people committing suicide because they have been bullied. Some people just don’t understand what can happen when they say “go kill yourself,” or “I wish you would die.” Words like that are harsh and unnecessary. This horrible costume idea, “might be a blessing in disguise” says Dr. Simon Williams of Chicago.

The fact that it happened at all shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to combat mental health stigma.Someone looked at that costume and decided “this is a mental patient”, and thought that was fine,” says Dean Burnett. Many other experts and activists expressed outrage, and the public also took to Twitter to comment and share accurate accounts of what it’s like to be a “mental patient.”

Following the feedback, both Asda and Tesco removed the items from their online stores and issued a public apology.

[This scandal brings] issues of stigma in mental health to public scrutiny.” We live and work in the hope that as these incidents arise, society will become more aware of the power of stigma and the importance of community in combatting it. This Halloween, and every day, consider carefully how the many people with mental health struggles are represented and how you can contribute to more accurate, compassionate depictions.

I understand it is Halloween, and I understand people being immature about adding the word “slutty” to every woman as they walk by in a costume (and how annoying it is), but do they really have to go as far as making a costume about a mental health patient (who has no control over their illness), or even the costume as a diabetic!? What is our world coming to?