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My Birthday Celebration 2012 At Suite In Jacksonville

First off, I must say thank you to my good friend PhotoDaveJax for taking the time to come out and take these pictures. The photo credits belong to him. To everyone that came out, thank you as well! I definitely had a wonderful night and hope you all did as well. Any picture you’re in, please feel free to take them and use them, text watermark unaltered.

Why America Isn’t The Greatest Country In The World

This is the quintessential masterpiece of a political rant. Whatever screen writer wrote this, they need to get an Emmy. Now most people that know me know I absolutely, 100%, wholeheartedly, with ZERO doubt in my mind, agree with what is said in this piece; I say it quite often myself, albeit not so eloquently. It’s time for America (and Americans) to wake up, realize and understand why America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. There’s nothing wrong with not being the greatest. Taking a step back, seeing how it got to this and getting on the right path, THAT is how you become great again. Now I know a lot of you that do end up watching this video that aren’t very political are going to find a lot of what is said in this rant quite shocking or surprising. So enjoy!

Making The Bus Monitor Cry

A few days ago a friend of mine posted a link to a video on facebook with the title “Making The Bus Monitor Cry.” Can’t lie, the title caught my attention, so I watched it. I watched a 10 minute video of a handful of teenagers taunt, curse and threaten 68 year old Karen Klein for absolutely no reason at all, making the elderly woman cry.

Now those of you that know me know I’m ALL for a good laugh, which can include a comedic jab at the expense of others and frequently making fun of even myself. And those of you that know me also know I’m not an emotional person in any sense of the word. But after watching this video, I felt absolutely terrible for this woman. Not only does it speak of the character, or lack thereof, of these kids, but it also speaks volumes about how they’re being raised at home. This takes me to my main point: These new young generations of kids are terrible and it all comes back to the lack of parenting in America. Parents aren’t parents anymore; they’re friends, which is a huge disservice to the kids. The kids may think it’s cool now, but once they get into the real world, they’ll be torn apart.

Anyway, back to Karen. A man had commented on the link my friend posted of the video and he said “This lady is an adult. She is the one with issues…what is the purpose of the monitors on buses if she can’t stand up for herself and hold the kids accountable? Stupid.”

Verbatim, that is what he said. That statement is idiotic on so many different levels it’s actually mind boggling. Now obviously Karen isn’t my BFF, so I don’t know too much about her other than the little that’s been said about her in the news. But this is what I’m assuming about Karen:

  1. She is semi-retired

  2. She has become a bus monitor in an effort to stay active rather than stay at home all day. It’s a way to occupy herself.

  3. Being a bus monitor is another way for her to support herself. (From the research I’ve done, bus monitors on average, receive $9 – $10 an hour, averaging between $15,000 – $20,000 a year)

 

Unfortunately it’s a disturbing trend that elderly people can’t actually retire, but that is the new reality. I have massive amounts of respect & empathy for the above reasons. Now for that man to even suggest that Karen is the one with issues is beyond me. She grew up in a time where this type of bullying was probably non existent, so to have all of this relentlessly thrown at her for 10 minutes was terrifying for her, and I get that. Yes she’s an adult, but I wouldn’t expect for YOUR grandmother to be able to take that kind of non-stop abuse and not get scared or emotional. They grew up in a different time; in some aspects a much better time if I may add.

Now here’s a follow up news story that MSNBC released just a few hours ago:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

MSNBC’s full article can be read here.

Now this outrages me just as much as the initial video. To think that them saying “I’m sorry” is enough punishment is a complete disgrace. That is NOT punishment. Listening to their apologies, it’s very clear to me that these were prepared statements by the parents. These kids are not sorry and won’t be until they actually have punishment that equals the hurt they caused Karen. These kids should be expelled from their schools, be forced to take multiple extensive anti-bullying/tolerance courses that their parents have to pay for and be required to do hard community service. I’m talking community service where they actually have to work. Working with bullied or abused kids seems like a great fit. Now to turn around and make these boys and their parents out to be the victims because now THEY are getting harassed is nonsense. They should be getting harassed. What they did to that woman was just despicable. That’s what happens when you’re a stupid kid that thinks it’s funny to video tape it and put it up on the internet for the whole world to see. No one is going to think that what you did was funny. You’re getting a taste of your own medicine for being a little shit.

But on the bright side, there has been an outpouring of support for Karen. IndieGoGo.com has an active campaign that is going to Karen to give her the vacation of a lifetime and get her well on her way to true retirement (Check out the campaign here). The initial goal was $5,000 and as of June 22nd, over $522,000 has been raised! Yes, $522 THOUSAND dollars. Half a million dollars. Needless to say the initial goal was completely blown out of the water and Karen will actually be able to retire comfortably, if she so chooses. If you would like to donate, click here. I know any type of donation would be much appreciated. Let’s get Karen retired and let her enjoy life, without those shitty kids! They have also posted a link to her facebook (click here), which I’m sure is on overload, but I’m sure you will still be able to send her a message with words of encouragement.

Men’s Grooming: Why It’s Important

Companies and news agencies alike conduct surveys….about EVERYTHING possible; From which Presidential candidate you’re going to vote for all the way to your shopping habits, sex life and yes, even grooming. So with that said, a recent study in the U.S. showed both men and women prefer a clean-shaven face and said grooming is key to making a first impression. More than half the women (57 percent) think poor grooming is a major turn off, if not a total deal-breaker.

 

Now obviously this critique doesn’t apply to every man or woman out there. But it brings me to a bigger point – Grooming isn’t JUST how your facial hair and how the hair on your head looks. It goes much deeper than that. It’s your facial hair, the hair on your head, your eyebrows, ears, hands, nails and a few other things that I’m not going to get into.

 

Now personally, I hate hair. So I shave my head. Now I can say with confidence however, not every man can pull that look off. I’m actually complimented quite often on my head (Sounds weird right?) but it’s true. But I’m thankful I’m able to pull off this look because it’s not very common, especially when it comes to men who would have a full head of hair if they didn’t shave it off.

 

Now this brings me to my point in writing this – After a compliment (or questions about why I shave my head) I’m usually asked what I use. See the skin on my face is extremely sensitive so naturally I’ve tried every damn shaving cream/powder and razor combination on the planet and there is ONE that works for me, which I’m going to share with all of you.

 

This is what I use:
1. Headslick Shaving Cream
2. Merkur Chrome Plated Shave Bowl
3. Merkur 100% Badger Shaving Brush
4. Merkur Chrome Razor

 

I’ve had my Merkur bowl, brush and razor for a few years. At the time I purchased it all the bowl was about $40, the brush was almost $200 and the razor was around $80. You obviously can buy these products (or similar ones) online for much less, but I purchased these items at a local store so there was definitely a markup on them (SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES!)

 

I put about a quarter sized amount of Headslick (or more depending on how long it’s been since my last shave) in the bowl, dip the brush in hot water (letting the excess drain off) then lather up the Headslick in the bowl and there you go! The wonderful thing about Headslick is it can be used anywhere you shave. I’ve actually turned a lot of women on to Headslick & they refuse to go back to the normal shaving creams they used before. So I encourage everyone out there to give it a try.

So that’s what I personally use. I’m not saying you need to go out and spend all that money or go get manicures and pedicures, but experiment and find what works for you.

Just remember, women love a well groomed man…….It’s all part of being The Modern Gentleman.

One Of The Many Issues Facing The Republican Party In 2012

Since the candidates have been decided, there has been many themes I’ve noticed that are recurring for the most part in the Republican field. This is ones of them; Running away from opposition. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a video of one of the candidates out doing a public appearance and someone asking them a controversial question and the candidate almost immediately shuts down and/or ignores the question. In this case, Michelle Bachmann gets schooled by an 8 year old kid. Just watch her reaction after he says what he says. Classic.