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Exposing the Faces on Facebook

Like and UnLike Thumbs -31207040When I joined Facebook a couple of years ago, it was for a one year research project on which I was collaborating with another writer friend. Nearly three years later, I am still on FB – because I am hooked – in spite of the fact that our study somewhat validates what my anti-Facebook friend often says, “Overall, FB is a platform for narcissists and cowards.”

The premise of our project was to determine whether FB feeds the ego of narcissists and mean-spirited people. Although I documented various examples of subtle disrespect and innuendos among (ahem!) friends, my data reveals that there is much more positive information being shared on that site than negative. However, despite its usefulness in providing a medium for worthwhile information, Facebook does appear to be, figuratively speaking, an online Jumbotron for narcissists – who post pictures of themselves, weekly and sometimes daily; and lessor for killjoys, who enjoy putting others down. Both have an insatiable hunger for attention.

What some FB users fail to realize is that many FB lovers post information

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They Don’t All Get Away

Pistol on flagThe jury’s decision, on the Trayvon Martin case this past weekend is having a prolonged effect on me. The popping sounds of gunshots often reverberate in my dreams, turning them into nightmares. Pop! I see the smiling face of my best friend’s son; shot dead in August 1992. Pop! I am sitting in church attending the funeral of my cousin’s son; shot dead in January 2006. Pop! Thanks to pictures published by the media, I am haunted by numerous photos of the unsuspecting face of Trayvon Martin; shot dead in February 2012.  All young black men all senselessly murdered by other men; callous men, who disregarded the God-given lives of Kenneth, Ray, and Trayvon, in order to pursue their own personal agenda and murder their victims.

George Zimmerman, killer of Trayvon Martin even had the nerve to say on the Hannity talk show that “it was all God’s plan” for him to kill Trayvon.  HOW DARE HE! It is the peak of pomposity and arrogance for Zimmerman to say that God sent him to murder that teen.  No one should blame God for their own irresponsible actions.

Having now publicly vented my anger, perhaps I will be able to sleep through the night without hearing phantom gunshots, envisioning young black men being senselessly murdered, and waking up with tears in my eyes.

This post is purposely shorter than those I normally write; short like the lives of the three previously mentioned young black men who now sleep eternally.

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Jodi Arias Dethrones Casey Anthony

Mirror15460337Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the most hated woman of them all?

Not since the Casey Anthony trial aired in 2011, have I been so captivated by a live televised courtroom trial; albeit one that features yet another woman who — in the court of public opinion — is the queen of evil, more familiarly called the “most hated woman in America.”

I admit that I am hooked on live courtroom programs. If I could I would rather view every live courtroom trial on TV than watch a single episode of Scandal. Okay, I perjured myself with that statement and request that it be stricken from the record. In my opinion Scandal trumps all other TV shows. But this is not about Scandal. It is about the reigning courtroom drama queen.

My research reveals that the first woman to hold the title was Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of the organization American Atheists. O’Hair was born on April 13, 1919, decades before courtroom trials became a television staple. But because her U.S. Supreme Court case contributed to the removal of prayer in public schools, proponents of universal prayer dubbed her America’s most hated woman. In August 1995, O’Hair, her son Jon, and granddaughter Robin suddenly disappeared. Six years later, in January 2001, one of the men convicted of kidnapping and murdering O’Hair and her relatives led police to a Texas ranch. Buried there law officers discovered the mutilated and dismembered bodies of the trio. Some considered it poetic justice.

The second infamous person to hold the uncomplimentary title was Casey Anthony, accused in 2011 of the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee. The child who lived in Orlando, Florida with her mother and her maternal grandparents had not been seen by the grandparents since June 16, 2008. She was reported missing to 911 a month later by Casey’s mother after Casey could not substantiate her daughter’s whereabout. Caylee’s decomposed remains were found in a garbage bag, in the woods, in December 2008. On July 5, 2011, despite overwhelming evidence including the then 25 year old’s proven web of lies, the jury found Casey not guilty. Outside the courthouse, TV cameras revealed the outrage of numerous nail-biting angry people. They, like many spectators who had been in the courtroom or  had viewed the proceedings on TV asked, about the jury, “What were they thinking?”

Now, Casey Anthony — who has been in hiding since her release — has been dethroned by the infamous Jodi Arias.

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Throwback the Throwbacks

As is the case with nearly everything, people have their preferences. On this occasion, I am sharing the opinion of armchair quarterbacks; concerning NFL throwback uniforms.

Before I reveal what some may find to be the surprising viewpoints of the AQ’s, let me report that according to Wikipedia “Throwback uniforms have proven popular … not only with fans, but with the teams’ merchandising departments.”  That statement begs the question:  who in the name of gridiron is buying those awful looking jerseys?

Who likes them? There is mixed opinion among the football fans surveyed for this post. One fan said, “They [the teams] should just stay with the regular uniforms and find another way to commemorate special occasions.”  If they want an alternate look, why not get something more contemporary? Most of the throwbacks look outdated and unstylish. Oh, but isn’t that what they are?

Actually, the throwbacks of some teams are not that bad looking. According to some survey participants, the award for the least favorite and ugliest retro uniform goes to the Pittsburg Steelers. When that team brought out their throwbacks last week in the game against the Washington Redskins, it looked to me like someone had released a box full of Tony the Tigers on the field. A commenter on another blog saw it differently. He wrote, “Not sure if I’m looking at a football player or McDonald’s next hamburglar [sic].”  And still another fan wrote that he was confident that the Steelers’ uniforms were intended to distract the Redskins. Apparently, the ploy worked.

Someone else, expressing disappointment with the wearing of throwbacks by any team wrote, “There’s a reason those uniforms are no longer in use.” And a very candid football enthusiast may have scored a theoretical touchdown with fans that are in consensus when he voiced this opinion, “Whoever suggested wearing throwback Jerseys? When we find out we should check to see if that person’s last address was a psychiatric ward.”

Earning honorable mention in the category of all-time ugliest throwback uniforms — whenever they are worn — are The Packers, The Bears, and the Broncos.

For some old timers, throwback uniforms may bring back memories as it did to one blogger who wrote on Yesterday’s Heroes, “Looking at a classic throwback jersey is like looking at a 1957 Chevy, you never get tired of looking at something so beautiful.”  Regardless of sporadic praise for throwbacks, the majority of the people I questioned turned thumbs down on the retros and unanimously agreed that when it comes to throwback uniforms — what was worn in the past should stay in the past.

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Busting Loose – Shh! For Women Only

Is your bra killing you? The husband and wife research team, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, reveal in their book, Dressed to Kill, that women who wear tight-fitting bras are more likely to have breast cancer than women who do not wear bras at all. Their theory is that tight bras inhibit the proper functioning of the lymph system. On the contrary, the National Cancer Institute does not list bras among breast cancer risk factors. The issue is still open to debate. 

Having shared that food for thought, I’m switching from a serious issue to a lighter side of — the bra. 

According to NOBRA (the North American Boobs Rescue Association) women are not wed to their bras. In fact, if we were, many of us would divorce them. From Germaine Greer, bestselling author of The Female Eunuch who wrote that “Bras are a ludicrous invention,” to Whoppi Goldberg who, a few months ago, admitted on The View that she has not worn a bra in 45 years, women are busting loose and letting it all hang out. By the way, you say you never heard of NOBRA?  Neither has anyone else. I made that up. But if it were a real organization, I believe it would be on the Forbes List of top 100 companies.

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