Even if you’ve made mistakes, you are far ahead of those who aren’t even trying.
Even if you’ve made mistakes, you are far ahead of those who aren’t even trying.
Lets end the year with the things that American’s care about most:
The Fiscal Cliff!
SIKE! (That’s old school for, “NOT”)
Ah, forget that Fiscal Cliff stuff and the impact it is going to have on the middle class and how it might plunge the country right back into a recession. Who wants to read over the Simpson-Bowles plan anyway?
That mess is way too boring.
Plus, we are “going over” anyway, so lets party!
Lets get on to the more important things in life: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting a child!
Now, how did the proud pappa to be announce it to the world?
“Her boyfriend Kanye West announced the exciting news during his concert at Revel in Atlantic City on Sunday. The rapper said “stop the music””, then announced “make noise for my baby mama right here.” (http://www.zimbio.com/)
Gents, we are about to hit another year. As a man who has been there, it’s all smiles and giggles at this stage of the game. But whether we are talking about Kanye, Cool Pappa, or John-Fill-in-the-Blank, your future child deserves to be brought up in a home with both parents. Now it’s bad enough this child will grow up with parents who have a quite interesting past to say the least, but if (or maybe when) this relationship goes south, he or she will be a celebrity football and likely starring on the Kardashian’s reality show in one shape of form and likely without daddy.
You know what that means right? Hide your son or daughter because if this baby follows in momma or daddy’s footsteps, your holiday family get-together’s may become a lot more interesting!
Will they even get married? If not, what’s their excuse for not doing so? Maybe they have to wait until they get their finances straight. According to Forbes.com, the net worth of K.W. is $35 million (as of May 2012) and K.K. is said to be over $40 million according to Forbes (as of June 2012).
I remember having conversations with a guy who believed low-income people should not have children and that is justification for the push for Planned-Parenthood and other abortion clinics in urban low-income areas. My retort was that why is this always the group that gets sterilized and focused upon, but no one seems to have an issue with Hollywood celebrities intentionally raising children out-of-wedlock?
So money is the antidote for problems facing single-parent households? Money and fame fill in the gap for the stability of a two-parent household?
I don’t think so…homie don’t play that one.
I’ve been there on both sides, so this is not just theory for me. That said, we never know what life may bring us. So if we unintentionally find ourselves in the position of being a single-parent then we must rise. However, as I’m sure both KW and KK, each of whom has lost a parent, will admit that mom and dad bring something unique to the table. Therefore, it should still be upheld as the standard and news like this only publicly lowers the bar for society.
That’s not good for Hollywood or The Hood.
But let me end with a note of optimism, because maybe Kanye said it best, “Now I ain’t saying she’s a gold-digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke….”.
So what do you think?
Let us know in the comment section below!
My man Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote a book called The Assassination of the Black Male Image. While many seem to believe that many African-American men are just being hypersensitive and race-baiting when this topic comes up, I find it hard to argue with the images put out there by the media for all the world to see about black men.
We all know that every people group has their “dark side” and the money to be made through reality TV shows mean that even the dominate group gets exposed with shows like Honey Boo Boo. However, for every “Honey Boo Boo”, there are shows like “The Bachelor” showing a rich and handsome prince having his pick of numerous dainty-damsels. African-American’s get Flavor Flav and Ray J. complete with ladies that…well…lets just say they appear to never have had a father in any stage of their lives.
Now the dominate culture has polygamous Kody Brown, who stars on TLC’s hit, “Sister Wives”. The show displays a loving guy who is just living a normal life with his four wives and 28 children.
What image is put on TV showing the African-American male?
Shawty-Lo and ten mother’s of his children, aka “baby mommas”.
I was hoping this is a joke, but after reading the article below and the accompanying video on the website (parental discretion is advised if you choose to watch the video), I’m afraid it is not. It just appears to be another project that gets the green-light from Hollywood because it fits into every stereotype about African-American men, women, and children.
Somehow, I don’t think they would want to do a show on my Christian, homeschooling, cross-cultural family (interracial to use the inaccurate term). No, black people and white people don’t get along like that and that’s not compelling TV.
But let me give some CSD advice to Shawty Lo (actually, I have a lot of advice I’d like to give him):
Do your people group a favor. If you want to do a reality show, why don’t you marry all those women and have more kids so we can at least say you’re the black Kody and that you’re trying to be a good dad and husband. While I’m not down with polygamy, that’s much more palatable and a greater ambition. Because right now, you need to have that “Dave Chappelle moment” where you realize that the people putting together that show and hyping up your antics are not laughing with you, but laughing at you.
…and likely millions of others will be doing the same at you, your girls, and your children.
At least think about your kids, because in the world of Google and Youtube, what you and the mothers are doing in front of the camera will live long after you are gone, and one day your children will have to live with the consequences. They may not be willing to sellout for fame and money like momma and daddy did, at least I sure hope not.
Oh yea, check out the podcast that I did with J-Sizzle, as we discussed what being a real father is all about: here.
“Someone at the Oxygen network has truly scrapped the bottom of the barrel for this one!
The cable network has announced the production of a new one-hour special, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” which features the day-to-day drama-filled shenanigans of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo (pictured), his 10 baby mamas and their army of 11 children, reports TV By the Numbers.
The one-hit wonder rapper and G-Unit member, whose actual name is Carlos Walker, is surrounded by the women he bedded as well as their offspring. The project focuses on how everyone is vying for the attention of the homestead’s head honcho (who, by the way ain’t nothing at all to look at) and anti-birth control poster child.
Each baby mama has an eye-catching title such as the ‘First Lady E’Creia,’ who handles Lo’s finances and who was actually engaged to him at one point after he already had three children. Then there’s Angela, the “Fighter Baby Mama,” Amanda, the “Jealous Baby Mama,” Sujuan, the “Wanna-be Bougie Baby Mama” and Tamara, the “No-Drama Baby Mama.”
(I know, the names take “ratchet monikers” to another level.)
Lo, 36, also has a 19-year-old girlfriend, Ashlin, who is also featured on the show and who claims to be madly in love with him. The clueless young woman met Lo when he already had 10 children and is actually a year younger than his oldest child. My guess is that she, too, will soon make her shameful announcement of a bun in the oven so that Lo will have an even dozen.
The special, which in no way can be likened to the 60′s classic “The Brady Bunch,” is set to air in spring 2013. And, if the one-hour show gets green-lighted into an actual series, I for one, will cancel any connection to Oxygen that I agreed to with my cable installer!”
“Back In The Day”, Lillpappa used to always play Christmas music while the family opened gifts and until it was time to leave for my Godmother’s or Grandfather’s house.
That tradition remains the same for me and my household, as there’s nothing like having some good music in the background while we open presents.
So my gift to you all is from one of my favorite DJ’s ever, EJ Flavors. If everybody has a twin, this guy is my music twin for sure. You ever feel like you’re the only person that likes a particular song or artist? Well, I thought I was until I found out about EJ and all the jams that I’m sure we nod our heads to when they come on.
You know this mix is bad when it starts with Donny singing “This Christmas”!
So check out his Christmas 2009 mix, turn those speakers up, and open some presents while introducing the kids to some good music!
Click: EJ Flavors Christmas Music
Merry Christmas from CSD and keep spinning the classics EJ!
01 – Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
02 – Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas
03 – Luther Vandross – A Kiss For Christmas
04 – Sounds of Blackness – Soul Holidays
05 – BeBe & CeCe Winans_BeBe Winans_CeCe Winans – Jingle Bells
06 – The Salsoul Orchestra – The Little Drummer Boy
07 – Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You
08 – Boyz II Men/Brian McKnight/Wanya Morris – Let It Snow
09 – Take 6 – Oh! He Is Christmas
10 – Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
11 – The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
12 – The Whispers – The Christmas Song
13 – Luther Vandross – O Come All Ye Faithful
14 – Alexander O’Neal – Remember Why (It’s Christmas)
15 – New Edition – The Joy Of Christmas
16 – Vanessa Williams – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
17 – Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
18 – Luther Vandross – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
19 – Lou Rawls – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
20 – Johnny Gill – Give Love on Christmas Day
21 – Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
22 – Wham! – Last Christmas
23 – Luther Vandross – At Christmas Time
24 – The Salsoul Orchestra – Merry Christmas All
25 – Boyz II Men – Silent Night
26 – Lou Rawls – What Are You Doing New Years Eve_
27 – Whitney Houston – Who Would Imagine a King
28 – Ray Parker, Jr. – Christmas Time Is Here
29 – Lou Rawls – Christmas Will Really Be Christmas
30 – Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas
31 – New Edition – Give Love On Christmas Day
32 – En Vogue – Silent Night (Happy Holiday Mix)
33 – TLC – Sleigh Ride
34 – Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
35 – King Sun D Moet – Christmas in the City
36 – Treacherous Three – Santa’s Rap (Beat Street Mix)
37 – The Rap All-Stars – Last Christmas
38 – Prince and the Revolution – Another Lonely Christmas
39 – Alexander O’Neal – Remember Why (It’s Christmas) Reprise
Okay, let me get this straight.
All we hear about is how important every single day of school is to students all across the country.
Yet, as I’m watching the late news right now, there is a list of school closings in my area so long that I thought it was ten-inches of snow already coming down.
Then my wife pointed out, “No, they are closed because of fear of something happening.”
Granted, I was in college when the clock changed from 1999 to 2000 (and we even had Prince’s 1999 theme song chanting, “Momma, why does everybody have a bomb?”) But I don’t remember people being worried that someone was going to blast up my university or my son’s elementary school? Granted, we were out that day, but still…
And on that note, let me get this straight.
So you are so worried that some crazy kid (or adult) is going to shoot up the school on December 21, but what makes you think those fools aren’t going to do something when class returns in January 2013?
THE SAME DANGEROUS KIDS ARE STILL AT THE SCHOOL!
Always remember, socialization is a two-way street (something homeschooling opponents often forget). When you have an optimistic outlook on socialization, you send your kids to school. But when you start realizing that no amount of “socialization” is worth the life or mental health of your child, it’s amazing that you pull them and put them right where mine have been from the very beginning:
Now who’s the one sheltering their kids?
P.S. – If rumors and one threat is enough justification to close suburban schools, then I guess they ought to close the doors and homeschool every innercity school then because those students have had to go to class under those conditions for over 30 years. Kids in my elementary school carried guns on the last day of class, but I still had to go. As many say, it’s not a problem until it hits the right people, and I guess that’s the case now.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) — Fears about gun violence in schools and the world coming to an end on Friday have many school districts taking drastic measures. They’re closing early before the holiday break.
There have been rumors, but we’re told only one specific threat. Police say a student posted online in Fraser that he would bring a gun to school and was threatening to shoot students. He was taken into custody and is facing a 20 year felony. Other than that, several police sources told me they’ve investigated, but found nothing substantial. Yet some parents say they’ll play it safe and keep their children home on Friday.
The Mayan calendar predicts the world will end. Ancient predictions of the apocalypse are one thing, but social media suggesting violent threats to schoolchildren, that’s become much more troublesome.
“I’m not letting my kids go to school tomorrow at all,” said Anthony Ventittelli.
He has three daughters. One is a tenth grader and the other two are ninth graders, all in Hazel Park.
There have been Twitter and Facebook rumors of trouble at Hazel Park, but classes have not been canceled.
What did Ventittelli hear that has him uneasy?
“That they were going to shoot up the school because of this world ending thing or something that’s going on, and the principal said it was my choice.”
Hazel Park Schools told Fox 2 their police liaison investigated Twitter and Facebook rumors, but found nothing substantial.
Now Mayan apocalypse aside, when I spoke with school administrators who decided to cancel classes, they all seem to agree they did not want to cancel classes, but since they feel it has become a “fearful distraction”, they believed they were left with no choice.
How are you CSDs coming with your StrongDad exercises that we talked about here?
Well, if you are discovering some weak areas as you push your body to the limit, check out the article below from elitefts.com. It provides a simple and easy to use checklist for determining where you may have muscle imbalances and what to do about them.
How I wish I had a list like this when I first started lifting…
Check it out and let us know how your lifting is going!
1. Problem (P) – The bar feels heavy out of the power rack.
Weak Point (WP) – abdominals, hip flexors
Coaching Point (CP) #1 – Contract shoulder blades, flex, and arch back out of rack, requires a static contraction to maintain arch.
CP #2 – Create a neutral spine position, push out against belt.
2. P – Butt sits straight down, “Olympic style”
WP – Incorrect technique, hamstrings
CP #1 – Push butt back, “sprinter style”, to incorporate posterior chain (spinal erectors, glutes, hamstrings) thereby activating stretch reflex.
CP #2 – Perfect posture maintains the greatest mechanical advantage.
3. P – Knees buckle in
WP – Hips, glutes, external rotators
CP – Spread the floor by pushing out over the sides of your shoes.
4. P – Fall forward
WP – Low back, abs
CP #1 – Lead up out of hole with a spread, high chest
CP #2 – Push up with arms by keeping elbows positioned perpendicular under bar, letting the elbows rotate up and back causes the wrists to roll the bar high.
CP #3 – Do not squat into mirror, causes instability regulated by visual feedback
5. P – Stuck out of hole (bottom position)
WP – Incorrect technique, bar too heavy
CP – Not sitting back far enough to fully activate stretch reflex.
6. P – Stuck ½ – ¾ up
WP – Hips, glutes
CP – Develop accelerative strength, prolong rate of force production
1. P – Bar feels heavy or unstable
WP – Lats, posterior deltoids, external rotators, rotator cuff
CP – Contract shoulder blades, requires a static contraction to maintain, drive upper back into bench upon concentric contraction
2. P – Weak off of chest
WP – Bar too heavy, nobody fails off of the chest
CP #1 – Lower the bar with your back, “springboard effect”, activate stretch reflex
CP #2 – Develop accelerative strength, prolong rate of force production
3. P – Stuck ½ way up
WP – Triceps
CP #1 – Spread the bar with your grip, activate medial head of triceps
CP #2 – Keep elbows positioned perpendicular under bar, any rotation outwards transfers the load to the shoulder capsule
4. P – Pressing into the J-hooks
WP – Triceps
CP #1 – The shortest path between 2 points is a straight line, maintain a straight bar path
CP #2 – Do not push into bar, press yourself away from bar, create separation
CP #3 – keeping the elbows positioned perpendicular under the bar maintains the greatest mechanical advantage, any rotation outwards transfers the load to the shoulder capsule
5. P – Butt rises from bench
WP – Incorrect technique, bar too heavy, bench too low
CP #1 – Maintain correct posture, knees up, straighten legs or drive with heels
CP #2 – Do not arch low back, arch upper back by contracting shoulder blades
6. P – Head rises with eccentric lowering
WP – Incorrect technique
CP #1 – Maintain correct posture, keep head down with chin tucked
CP #2 – Concaving chest causes an increased distance for the bar to travel
I’m just happy to say that I’ve been blessed to experience the power of three of these rides! Unfortunately, the BRZ was one of them. Not that it’s bad, but as you’ll see in the video, “one of these things just doesn’t belong here”.
Are there any cars that you think should be added to next year’s list? Let us know in the comments below!
Let me first say, where’s the Vette? They couldn’t get one of the numerous versions out there?
Enjoy and crank those speakers up!
List of competitors:
2012 BDC Competitor Base Price (Rounded Up) Horsepower/Torque (lb-ft)
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 $56,000 580/556
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 $55,000 662/631
2012 Jaguar XKR-S $133,000 550/502
2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 $383,000 691/509
2012 McLaren MP4-12C $231,000 592/443
2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series $106,000 510/457
2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition $98,000 545/463
2012 Porsche Carrera S $97,000 400/325
2013 Subaru BRZ $28,000 200/151
Total $1,187,000 4730/4037