(tk note - well it's been a bit since you've seen a post like this...)
You're sleeping... and I'm thinking.
It might be what the future is like, knowing our interesting schedules... and how things intersect and work...
Maybe with us it will just be this way...
Today, the most amazing thing... the most amazing thing... I encountered today was a talk about a future daughter... and her name... and family... and middle names....
(ed note - there is no pregnancy at this time with myself or the ifriend. we now return you to regular programming...)
Reading our notes back and forth... spew from me and thought from you and more thought from me and whatnot... made my soul pause...
I admit that at times, what we are... and who we are... is overwhelming...
... but it's days like today which make me go, "hey... this isn't just happening... it's in progress... and where we're going... is uncharted... but will be so amazing..."
I don't know how things were with you in your, um, previous situations which brought forth conversations like we've had. I've never asked. I don't know if how we are is a replay of what was for you with some sorts of twists... or if it's entirely new.
What I do know is me, and what I've been through... and what I've thought...
... and never before have I thought as such about us. About things which I can't think about now.
Our tomorrow... and more.
Yet here we are.
Once more - like last weekend - I stand looking at the ocean... and again, I'm reminded about where we've been, what we've been through... and how it all brought us to this point.
I'd bet so.
You've restored so many things... things which you don't even know about...
... but the greatest restoration which has come from us is the idea of unconditional love... not from our kids...
... but from a someone.
Someone so unexpected, with so many things trying to slow or stop it...
... but from someone so insanely... right.
I've lived life without you.
I've survived without you being who you are now...
... and I've lived life with you... breathing you into my world... having you become what is needed to function... like air...
And I'm pretty sure that I couldn't live without you now.
The future... strengthened by our past... forged by what we've been a part of together... so that we can shape and define what is to come for our family... for each of us... and for those most important to us...
This is some unreal, unbelievable dream...
It's probably why I don't want to sleep... because I like living in this dream we've got...
Thanks for making my life more complete... and for making me more of a man... and a better daddy...
When you're in the bubble. In sync. Not NSYNC... but totally in sync with someone you never expected to be in sync with... but nonetheless, you're in sync. In concert.
So, you find this... someone... who happens to come along when you least expect it, who restores your faith in things which you once believed in... but for whatever reason stopped being as "sold" on...
... and then something amazing happens.
You realize you're a team. You're not some solo act. You're better... with someone else... and they're better... with you.
Your sentences complete each other's. Your in complete rhythm... you know where one is going when the other has to go through it...with you. Solo. Together. No matter. Because you've already considered the options because that's what you do when you're a team.
You think "what if..." and then you think "what would I do..."
And then... it happens and you say... "I'd do..."
Some might say that this is the sort of thing you'd say "I do..." too...
... but it doesn't matter. Because we know. And we do. And we're doing.
You want to know freedom?
Find the one. Your one. And watch what happens... when you do.
Let's get back to having more of a regular conversation... right here.
BTW - welcome to something new... I call these posts the "I can't post these on the station site because we have really tight guidelines when it comes to stuff we find on the web and can't use even though it has an embed code" posts.
If I could, I would! But hey, you can enjoy it here...
The great pop culture icon ADAM "the IDOL" LAMBERT and the NBA's JASON COLLINS shared a few snaps together whilst papped by the photogs at the HORRAY HENRYS opening celebration!
LAMBERT - who has gone on to become an entertainment and social force in his post-reality show life - not to mention the voice who again brought life to the iconic QUEEN - was caught in this photo with COLLINS, who re-defined the word BRAVE after he came out as the first openly gay pro athlete today.
KATY PERRY... flew back into LAX and was snapped by the paps as she walked back into the airport, presumably from the terminals.
Now while she had security with her and others, it's still rough for Katy Perry to be Katy Perry... and ya'll don't really know what she has to go through to be... well... this image of her that the world expects to see.
I was reminded tonight that it's tough for her to have to apply makeup, foundation, have her hair perfect and her wardrobe perfect after what we'd presume to be a cross-country flight.
Is it easy for you?
The price of fame?
I don't know anymore... But I do think that Katy is a person... and like all of us, she has those days, great days, not-so-great-days and more.
Lately, I've started to think about life. And people who live a certain life. Or who live a life publicly before so many... and how important little moments of privacy or escape can be.
I think Katy deserves some. I get the life she's chosen for herself... and what comes with it...
... but the trappings of fame don't mean we should trap a person.
Katy is a person. With a heart. And a life which needs some normal every now and then.
Wow. I feel preachy. But ya know what? She does deserve a bit of peace every now and then...
... and tonight in LA, in West Hollywood, she lived for the paparazzi who lit her painted face - reminiscent to the face of the JOKER in the BATMAN TRILOGY directed by CHRISTOPHER NOLAN... as she rolled into the CHATEAU MARMONT.
Note: Chateau Marmont is called the SHAT-OH MAR-MONT.
The BETHENNY FRANKEL... going through a brutal divorce and whatnot, took some time away from her trials and tribulations to show off her body in her red bikini and whatnot whilst on her book tour in MIAMI, the home city of one MACK at NIGHT, now in the AFTERNOON, from local radio station Y100.
Frankel has been going through a brutal bitter and very public divorce...
The PRESIDENT shared remarks about TRAYVON MARTIN and the case this week in Florida...
REMARKS BY THE
ON TRAYVON MARTIN
James S. Brady Press
1:33 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to
come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your
questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second
thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s
going to obviously be a whole range of issues -- immigration, economics, et
cetera -- we'll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your
The reason I actually wanted to
come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that
obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week -- the
issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave a preliminary statement right
after the ruling on Sunday. But watching the debate over the course of
the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a
First of all, I want to make sure
that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the
family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity
with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine
what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
The second thing I want to say is
to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of
arguments about the legal issues in the case -- I'll let all the legal analysts
and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in
a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their
arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as
this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once
the jury has spoken, that's how our system works. But I did want to just
talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how
people are feeling.
You know, when Trayvon Martin was
first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying
that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you
think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of
pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the
African American community is looking at this issue through a set of
experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American
men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they
were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are
very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across
the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens
to me -- at least before I was a senator. There are very few African
Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman
clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to
get off. That happens often.
And I don't want to exaggerate
this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community
interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for
people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community
is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the
application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to
enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms
of how people interpret the case.
Now, this isn't to say that the
African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young
men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that
they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s
not to make excuses for that fact -- although black folks do interpret the
reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of
the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is
born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and
dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult
And so the fact that sometimes
that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of
African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given,
well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys
are more violent -- using that as an excuse to then see sons treated
differently causes pain.
I think the African American
community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like
Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was
by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African
American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that
there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all
contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the
same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the
aftermath might have been different.
Now, the question for me at least,
and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn
some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s
understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and
some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it
remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that
that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond
protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we
might be able to do.
I know that Eric Holder is
reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to
have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of
state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is
traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That doesn’t mean, though, that as
a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let
me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my
staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I
think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law
enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would
be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law
enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the
kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
When I was in Illinois, I passed
racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things.
One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was
stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police
departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and
ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
And initially, the police
departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to
recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would
allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence
in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously,
law enforcement has got a very tough job.
So that’s one area where I think
there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear
if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them
would be. And let's figure out are there ways for us to push out that
kind of training.
Along the same lines, I think it
would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it -- if
they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of
altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case,
rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that there's been commentary
about the fact that the "stand your ground" laws in Florida were not
used as a defense in the case. On the other hand, if we're sending a
message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially
has the right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from
a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and
security and order that we'd like to see?
And for those who resist that idea
that we should think about something like these "stand your ground"
laws, I'd just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed,
could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think
that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed
him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that
question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to
examine those kinds of laws.
Number three -- and this is a
long-term project -- we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we
bolster and reinforce our African American boys. And this is something
that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there
who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is
there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about
them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
I'm not naïve about the prospects
of some grand, new federal program. I'm not sure that that’s what we're
talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I've got some
convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done
across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together
business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and
athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African
American men feel that they're a full part of this society and that they've got
pathways and avenues to succeed -- I think that would be a pretty good outcome
from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we're going to spend some
time working on that and thinking about that.
And then, finally, I think it's
going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. There has
been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven't seen
that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize
conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are
locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in
families and churches and workplaces, there's the possibility that people are a
little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about,
am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as
much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their
character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of
And let me just leave you with a
final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been
for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting
better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in
changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a
post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But
when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them
interact, they’re better than we are -- they’re better than we were -- on these
issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across
And so we have to be vigilant and
we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be
doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as
opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also
have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back
then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that
along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union -- not
a perfect union, but a more perfect union.
RCA's Britney Spears has been busy… living life, and working on new music.
The song from the SMURFS 2 SOUNDTRACK is just the tip of the SPEARS ICEBERG…
See, she's an economy unto herself… has been for years… so expect her new CD to be out before the end of the year. If not a CD, another single… leading into a Q4 release of something, followed by a tour.
Of course, this is all my speculation… and was not prompted by KING JOE RICCITELLI or PRINCE JOSEPH the DADDIO of the shire of Arlington.
Tonight… a blind item truth about some radio things I'm indirectly involved in, and you can read into it what you will if you wish. What I won't do is, ahem, reveal anything nor confirm anything nor say anything which would put me in breach of my word.
I had a boss once… who told me that the best noise anyone could have made about themselves… is the noise other people make about them…
And that means without having to ask anyone to make noise for you.
That's why I'd not listen to the noise of anyone or anything saying this or that or hinting things which might lead you to THINK something which… well… isn't true.
Because if they were that good…. or that in demand… would they have to make noise - or ask others to make noise - for 'em?
Oh… and one more thing…
Someone told me recently that "even a clock is right twice a day…"
I'd say this…
Don't trust a clock which is powered by some batteries which aren't rechargeable… and which were bought and paid for by another.
Some people think they're Steve Jobs. But people who know… know there was only one… and… news flash… you are not him.
I'll be back. In the meantime, enjoy the gossip and stuff I can't get on the other platform…
After a long day of shock, pain, suffering, and mourning yesterday, in the early morning hours of April 16th we are receiving some word on several of the victims.
First off, an update on the man IN THIS VIRAL PHOTOGRAPH:
The full image is incredibly graphic, and shows that the man in this photo's feet and most of his legs have been entirely blown off. Apparently his father had to find out how his son was by spotting this photo, and out heart goes out to him.
His father posted to Facebook:
So this man, whom we now know as "Jeff Bauman Jr." and is now reported by his friend within THIS UPDATE THREAD that Bauman Jr. is now listed as " in stable condition."
For many, regardless of the tragic and sickening circumstance, this is positive news that "brought tears" to the eyes of many redditors reading the update on the man who their hearts broke for throughout this tragic day.
The eight year old boy who was killed in the explosion has officially been identified as "Martin Richard."
HERE, HOWEVER, we are learning that his sister and mother are in the hospital in a "grievous condition." His father was running the marathon, and his other sister is safe. Thoughts and prayers go out to their family on this terrible day.
THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING THE ATTACK TO FIND THE BOMBERS AND HOW THE BOMBS ARRIVED! IF YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES OR VIDEO, DO NOT DELETE THEM!
The name of the victim has not yet been put out, but this EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT from a nurse at the scene describes the blonde haired victim who the nurse describes as "20 or 22 years old." Her abdomen was torn open, her leg twisted around. Their CPR was useless, and she was the first victim in their "makeshift morgue."
"I still don't know who she was," he said. "She had blonde hair, blue eyes, the all-American girl. She was probably a student somewhere in Boston."
Eight and twenty years old. Two very young people dead at the scene of the bombing today. May our thoughts be with their families.
Olivia Wilde, in a fit of great concern for his safety, encouraged Justin Bieber to place a shirt over his back in the London cold. Bieber fans were not impressed with her witty and kind-hearted advice and decided to attack Miss Wilde...
... which was unfair. And this is her epic response.
Well this isn't going to end well for this spa, at all...
The DC GLOBAL gay community is ROYALLY PISSED THE EFF OFF at this hour after news that a Korean-style Virginia - and Rural DC - Spa - would no longer welcome members of the LGBT population to find peace and serenity at their facility!
They're called SPA WORLD. Who knew a place of peace was in all actuality a haven hiding a secret apparent hate which isn't so secret anymore.
Here's the story at the center of the firestorm. Long story short -- a woman was asked to leave the spa because she was transgender. And, when asked, employees of SPA WORLD said they'd received some complaints and whatnot and that the spa does not serve LGBT people.
Now, here's the thing...
THERE IS NO WAY THIS SORT OF DISCRIMINATION IS OKAY.
This is the second time this week we've seen this sort of discrimination rear it's head. First, with the NFL when a combine athlete was asked if "he liked girls..." prompting an investigation. Now this.
At any rate, I'm sure there are those who will say "a private business has the right to conduct it's business the way it wants..." and that's a valid point, I guess...
Just make sure to remember this when your cash register stops ringing because you just pissed off THOUSANDS of people who once frequented you... and that's not just the LGBT types... but allies everywhere who think this is just ridiculous.
There is a lot I want to say, so take a minute and listen.
You may look at first and think this is an exploitation of this homeless man to prove a point. You may judge the free hugs girl and think what she is doing is hippie-ish or stupid, you may turn away because Anonymous gets a bad/evil rap, but NONE OF THAT MATTERS IN THIS SITUATION.
This is a beautiful and human moment as the Anonymous protestors all stop and help this man, and not only that. They speak to him, wish him well, give him hugs, and they are fearless in doing so.
"Get yourself a good drink" is I think my favorite line.
And his response is not anger at his exposure, or any form of malice, it is tears, joy, and consistent thanks. More like this in the world, and it would be an incredible place.
Promotion tool for themselves? Well, how can it be really? These people are ANONYMOUS, they have no gain from this but to get people noticing this man. And no matter what for, because he got money enough to last him for a bit.
DO NOT pass these people on the street. It's hard, everyone has money troubles, but my GOD if we shared more, if we took time to love more, if we just cared more on an INDIVIDUAL LEVEL, I promise you this world would be a better place.
Anonymous Nottingham, what a beautiful thing you did on this day.
THIS GUY bought like 20 roses and just handed it out to any girls that he saw alone/by themselves/chilling on Valentines Day. He disguised himself in a hilarious costume THEN JUST ACTED FRICKIN AWESOME
Good on this guy, we need more like him in this world.
But screw that girl who didn't respond. We're ignoring her. WOO
Content provided by Jenny Haining, American University Class of 2013
My room was silent as the "God Made A Farmer" commercial rolled onto the screen. The first time seeing it, i thought NOTHING of it as we all continued to drink our beers and decide who won the bet over what kind of car this commercial was advertising.
BUT TONIGHT ON REDDIT, people were going CRAZY FOR THIS COMMERCIAL! Users noted, "it shut up my entire room," and "this made me even tear up."
"This country is made from the little man. God bless him and god bless the farmer."
She flew all night... and she wasn't originally going to make it to court... but LINDSAY LOHAN has just arrived at court in LA, after flying FIRST CLASS across the country ALL NIGHT... with momma DINA in tow.
LiLo is in trouble... again... for things. And, she could be locked up again for her issues... which like a bad disease, the herp or whatnot, just seem to never go away.
Fernandia Beach High School has an incredible student body. One that exemplifies all that the world and its youth should be.
Tyler Morris is an autistic student who was nominated in the top 12 guys up for HOMECOMING KING at the school.
It's not pity, it's not any kind of sympathy vote. Everyone at the school simply thinks TYLER IS AMAZING, which he really seems to be from this video. He got the PRETTIEST GIRL IN SCHOOL to go with him and she made him a sash saying "Tyler is my king."
And, with a record breaking win, Tyler was named Homecoming King. Watch this video. It's just perfect.
Students say one reason Tyler is amazing is that when you tell him your birthday, he never forgets it. It added to his kindness and his gentle nature. But don't think Tyler is shy!!
CHECK THIS VIDEO and see how confident this kid is. Just awesome. I love it.