adrian-peterson-son-abuse-1Here we go again.  Another week and another problem for the NFL.  This time around the player in focus is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.  He was deactivated for last week’s game as child abuse allegations surfaced.  Peterson allegedly injured one of his children while using a “switch” in an act of discipline.

I am not a parent but I can speak about corporal punishment based on being on the receiving end as a kid.  I had the best parents a kid could ask for and I am very fortunate that my mother is still alive.  I was a handful as a kid.  I’m a handful as an adult.  Even when mom is over my house and she wrestles through the drawer looking for a wooden spoon my first reaction is to run to the dining room table and get ready for “the chase.”  Dad was a “belt guy.”  The sound of that belt unbuckling has carved an indelible tattoo on my subconscious.

So what is my point here?  Simple.  Time out wasn’t an option for me.  It simply wouldn’t reinforce the point of discipline that I needed to behave.  I never looked at what my mother and father did as “abuse.”  I misbehaved and I deserved it.  To hit a child with a switch is beyond my comprehension but keep in mind that is how Adrian Peterson was disciplined as a child.  It doesn’t make it right by any means but keep in mind what we allow is what we teach.  In order for us to evolve as a society it’s necessary for us to acknowledge or mistakes and correct or behavior.

Ray RiceBy now we have all seen the second Ray Rice video where he knocks his then fiancé Janay Palmer out with a solid left hook in a casino elevator.  It’s terrible.  It’s disturbing.  There is no excuse for his actions.  Some have come forward to say “How could she marry this guy after this?”  That’s her decision and not the point.  The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, is now in hot water because some believe he saw the second video as early as April and yet still decided to ban Ray Rice just two games.  Goodell denies this but again that is not the point.

The first video we all saw back in February where Rice is dragging Palmer out of the elevator should have been enough.  That was the effect of his actions so you know there had to be a cause.  THAT’S the point.  The NFL has the means necessary to obtain the video of what happened inside the elevator.  This was a casino.  There are cameras everywhere.  Although I think Goodell is lying through his teeth when he says he didn’t see the second video until Monday I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.  The fact that there wasn’t a full blown investigation here based on the first video is enough for me to blurt out “cover up” at the very least.

So who is to blame?  Many people over the course of many years.  The NFL is a big business that makes billions of dollars.  Exemptions have been made by many coaches of many players for their off the field problems because a player can run fast, jump high or hit a ball far.  THAT’S where the blame should lie.  This is not a problem that happened overnight.  This has been festering for years.  If anything good can come from this horrific situation it would be that coaches, managers, commissioners, owners and executives will stop “looking away.”  That’s the way it’s supposed to be but that isn’t the way it is.

jennifer lawrenceI have an iPhone.  I am not a celebrity.  I also don’t have a picture of my wang in my camera roll.  For the past three days now we have heard from celebrities that are “SHOCKED” that their camera phones were hacked and their nude selfies have been splattered across the internet.  Well let me slap you a dose of reality.  If ya wanna get naked with your better half I’m all for it but if ya don’t want to take the chance that a picture of your venus mound is gonna be on TMZ then don’t take a picture of you in your birthday suit with your smart phone.

Ya ever need to go and get your phone looked at?  You’ve had problems with it for hours and fear the worst but some 17 year old kid with bad skin fixes the problem in thirty seconds.  We all have seen this happen so where is the news when a serious hacker is able to crack the code of a smart phone?

Kate Upton has made millions showing off her massive cleavage and now she is “OUTRAGED” by a nude selfie of her and her boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, posted on the internet.  If I were Kate I’d be “outraged” as well as there are more curves on the body of her boyfriend.  Put down the camera phone, call room service and order a burger.

Ya notice all the affected celebrities are women?  I guess only politicians are worthy of having their wang being newsworthy.   My other guess is that the female body really is beautiful.  A naked dude looks like he’s breaking the law and let’s be honest about the penis…..not very attractive….kind of resembles a very long thumb minus the nail.

These celebrities are all saying they are “victims” and that is one thing I agree with—victims of not using common sense.

sarah_silverman_emmysI like Sarah Silverman.  Last night at the Emmy’s a TV talking head went through her clutch and yanked out what appeared to be a pen.  Sarah openly admitted it was a vaporizer to smoke pot.  First of all TV talking head has no right to grab someone’s clutch and go through it.  If that’s what you rely upon for entertaining the audience perhaps you need to take your Wen hair back to the library and do some research on guests you may encounter.

If that’s you or I with a vape loaded with weed we go to jail.  Maybe Sarah has a medical marijuana card but the fact she can openly flaunt her vape on the red carpet at the Emmy’s while we spend millions trying to keep this weed from crossing the southern border is hypocrisy at its finest.

I don’t smoke weed.   It is against the law here in Florida and I am looking for a job and I need to respect and honor the law.  I am prescribed Xanax for anxiety and I hate it.  But let’s be honest about the Washington game:  Pharmaceutical companies give big money to the lobbyists…lobbyists control those that get elected or want to get reelected.  I’m not gonna sit here and say I never tried pot; I went to Ohio University and lived in Oklahoma City.  I know what it does and what it feels like but just like my evil blue pill filled with chemicals called Xanax no one on that drug or pot has any business operating a motor vehicle.  The real dilemma here is what is legal in one state is not legal in another and we are supposed to be the United States Of America.  My mother is very wise and I rely on her advice and knowledge and experience more frequently than ever.  I asked her the other day “Have you ever seen it this bad and do you think it can get better?”  Her answer was:  “No and I don’t know.”

Maybe as I get older it’s just natural to care less about how fast Justin Bieber is driving and care more about making a difference.  Many say to live every day like it’s your last but I think we should live every day like it’s our first…..I still believe we, as a group, can fix something that is drastically spinning out of control.

fergusonI like to laugh and write about funny things.  What is happening in Ferguson, MO is not funny and has consumed me for the past week.   I am a news junkie yet I am surprised when I find out how many are not aware of the unrest and racial tension in this town of just over twenty one thousand.

Cliff note version of what happened:  Michael Brown, 18, and friend were walking in the middle of the street.  Police officer tells them to get back on sidewalk.  The story differs from here.  According to police there was a struggle for his sidearm.  According to witnesses Brown ran from officer and was shot in the back.  Autopsy results have since shown the shots entered the front of Mr. Brown but that isn’t going to bring Mr. Brown back or squelch the pain of his family.  Of course the media vultures Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton swarm on the city like vultures looking for meat.   They are not there to help.  They are there for self promotion and basically a can of kerosene introduced to a bonfire.  They say they stand for civil rights but I concur and say they wish for civil unrest.

At the beginning of this unrest Ferguson police brought in TANKS and swat vehicles and shot rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of demonstrators including some news crews that were only trying to do their job.  The wise move was then made by the Governor to put the State Highway Patrol in charge of security.   So who is to blame?   As usual I believe truth lies in the middle.  There were characters of ill repute that demonstrated with violence and didn’t really care about the life of Michael Brown that was lost.  I also believe there are a few police officers that view themselves as “soldiers with toys” that have no regard for the law that they were sworn to uphold.  This is an example of the few ruining it for the many.

We all come from different ethnic backgrounds.   We may differ in color.  We may differ in religious beliefs but the one thing we have in common is that we are human beings.  I hope we all soon accept that reality and act in a brotherly way.