We Do NOT Speak Ill of Tom Brady

There are three unquestionable rules of friendship:

We do not Speak ill of Tom Brady.
We do not speak ill of Dez Bryant.
We do not speak ill of Aaron Rodgers.

Tom Brady: Anyone who doesn’t like Tom Brady is just a hater. This guy’s the QB of the team that’s clinched its division and gained home game advantage in the AFC. He has thrown 33 touchdowns and passed 4,000 yards, but haters goin’ hate, Tom.

Dez Bryant: holding ninth place in passing yardage in the NFL this year, scoring 14 touchdowns–the highest number this season–and racking up 1,221 yards to date. As far as Wide Receivers go, this guy is definitely my personal MVWR.

Aaron Rodgers: The Packers haven’t been doing the absolute best in the NFL this season, but they’ve been holding their own. They’re 11-4 and second in the NFC North division. Sure, there are better QBs than Rodgers, BUT he has been a consistently good player. He didn’t have a huge dip between seasons, unlike like the Manning brothers (seriously, Peyton?). Plus, he did throw more three more touchdowns and four less interceptions than Tom Brady this season. He also doubled the number of TDs he passed last year. He’s talented, and a little underrated.

Since the play-offs are on deck, I’ll be ranting about the NFL from now until February’s Arizona Super Bowl.

That is all.

Police Officers Fall Victim to Racist Shooting

Two New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot dead while sitting in their car on a Brooklyn street corner, last Saturdy.

New York police officials believe that the suspect was 28-year-old Ismaayil Brinsley, who had declared an attack on police officers as revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Brinsley then turned the gun and shot himself. His body was later found on a nearby subway platform.

Brinsely had also allegedly shot his girlfriend in the stomach in Baltimore earlier that day.

Although Baltimore police sent a warning to the NYPD of Brinsley’s likely route to New York, the fax arrived at 2:45 pm, only five minutes before the attack.

Just hours before the shooting, Brinsley had posted threats to his social media accounts, saying that he was going to, “Put wings on pigs.” He had also posted a photo of himself holding a silver automatic handgun, which was later ruled the murder weapon of the assault.

“No warning, no provocation — they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

Brinsley had a criminal record before the attack. He had been arrested 15 times in Georgia and four times in Ohio. Police stated that Brinsley traveled frequently from southern states to New York, where he had a son. He was said to have been in the city earlier that week.

Brinsley was not alone in his police threats and verbal online attacks. The hashtag #Shootthepolice had already gone viral on Twitter, with masses of people calling for the murder of officers around the country in protest of alleged white police brutality on African Americans.

Were this the intention, Brinsley had failed. Ramos was hispanic, and Liu was Asian. No white officers were harmed in the outcome of the attack.

Human Trafficking a Fun New Facebook Feature

Misty Vanhorn, a 22-year-old a resident of Oklahoma, attempted to sell her own children on Facebook to collect money for her boyfriend’s bail. Apparently, VanHorn was offering each child for $1,000 or, clearly as a belated, bizarre Black Friday Sale, $4,000 for both.

And it doesn’t stop there. Someone actually responded to her advertisement. A woman in Arkansas attempted to take the offer, but just before the transaction was made, some sensible soul on Facebook decided to go stool pigeon all over their shady deals.

Although the customer’s identity remains unknown, Vanhorn was arrested and charged with child trafficking, which could mean up to 10 years of jail-time in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, or a fine of up to $10,000.00 per violation.

Aside from the ridiculous irony of attempting to sell one’s own children for the sake of another supposed love one, it has become apparent that it’s possible that all intelligent life has left Facebook and moved on.

With the amount of people advertising their crimes online so far, it’s really frightening to know that there are actually humans with so little common sense and a barely existing moral compass roaming the internet–and the world–freely.

We all thought Facebook was safer than Myspace? I guess not.

And her poor boyfriend’s still in jail.

Live and Let Live Like Life’s Likely to Last

A few weeks ago, I applied for these journalism jobs in New York. I had three interviews in one day, two of which went really well. One was a writing job, which was a dream come true. The other was a production job with street reporting, which was also pretty much a dream come true.

One of them actually offered me a spot. I was supposed to start in January.

Long story short, I get a call from my would-be boss today telling me that they changed their mind. Why? They were worried about having a young girl take the job for safety reasons.

Yeah, because news reporting will jeopardize my safety, right?

Sure, I could file a lawsuit, but what’s the point? He’ll just say he didn’t say that, and that I’m just bitter about not getting the job.

When I started writing this post, I was going to ramble on and on about women’s rights and how I should have an equal opportunity, but I think I’ll save my breath–or finger power.

These words have been said before. We always have fits about equality, but I think two extremes have been created that make each side unwilling to hear out the other.

On one hand, we have hardcore feminists who pretty much hate men and claim they want equality when they really want superiority. A double-standard has been created because of the history of male dominance all over the world. Haven’t you noticed that people who witness men “putting their foot down” and giving orders have multiple fits, but when women do it to men, no one bats an eye?

On the opposite end, we have people who consider women the weaker sex. They think that men are stronger and more emotionally stable. There are jobs that are “man’s jobs,” and women shouldn’t do them.

And then there are those of us just hanging out in the middle waiting for someone to figure out that there is such thing as the best of both worlds.

Anything I say right now has been said before. I deserve the same chance as any man. I can get the job done just as well and maybe better.

And on and on and on.

It won’t change anything. I didn’t get the job that I was jumping up and down about simply for reasons I can’t control, and no words of anger or activism will reverse it.

So here’s to bring downs, put downs, break downs and let downs.

No one ever said life was fair.

I’ll drink to that.

Personal Experience is Never a Rule

I can’t bring myself to use a silly and random title, here, and that’s because this is not a matter I want anyone to make light of.

First and foremost, I am sorry. I am sorry for all of the times I said that epilepsy and diabetes are nothing. I am sorry for every time I claimed that they were just a day in the life of a person; a struggle like any other. I am sorry for not realizing that what I have is not the same as everyone else.

To anyone who is confused, I have epilepsy and Type 1 diabetes. That means that I’m prone to seizures and that my pancreas is lazy. I have had the former for about nine years, and the latter for going on two.

I have always just dealt with it. It brought me down sometimes, but it didn’t really get in the way of my life. That’s what medicine is for. I could take care of myself, and though it was a little harder than most people, I led a (nearly) normal life; save for a few limitations here and there.

I joined these diabetes and epilepsy support groups online. For diabetes, I was really uneducated about it. I knew very, very little, because I was diagnosed only a short time ago.

And after I joined, I discovered that my life is absolutely perfect compared to many others with these disorders. There are people in the hospital every other day, people falling down in public and ending up with stitches on various body parts, people who blood sugars rock out of control despite healthy eating and correct insulin dosage, people who have thirty-minute fits and much more.

Me? I can’t wear shoes sometimes and have to avoid carbs.

Boo hoo.

Don’t take this the wrong way. My life is by no means easy, and having both is kind of a struggle sometimes, but it’s not more than I can chew.

For those of you out there who are having difficulty even living day to day, I hope that one day, you will be able to take it as lightly as I do.

I try not to, I swear, but seizures are my personal exercise. How could I ever do without those night time harlem shakes?

Dammit, Hend.

US marine to face murder charges for death of transgender woman in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines—Prosecutors in the Philippines are calling for the indictment of United States marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, for the murder of 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, once named Jeffrey, a Filipino transgender woman last October.

Pemberton is currently being held in joint Phillipines-US custody and is guarded by American and Filipino troops on a military base in Manila, the capital and chief port of the Philippines.

Three fellow marine eyewitnesses stated that Pemberton met Laude in a night club in Olangapo City after finishing military exercises on Oct. 11. He was later seen checking into the Celzone Lodge Hotel with her, where Laude was found undressed and with a broken neck in the room’s bathroom.

According to the police biopsy, she died from “asphyxia by drowning.”

Marine Lance Corporal Jairn Michael Rose told prosecutors that Pemberton later admitted that, after discovering she was a transgender woman, he strangled her until she stopped moving and dragged her into the hotel room’s bathroom. Pemberton claimed that he was not aware that she was transgender until they had entered the room.

Olangapo City prosecutors are asking that Pemberton be charged with murder, not homicide, and described the crime as “aggravated treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty.”

If charged with murder, Pemberton can face up to 40 years of jail time. He has urged the prosecution to rule on it as a homicide, a crime which can be punished with no more than 20 years of detainment in federal prison.

The court that has jurisdiction over this case has yet to come to a decision as to whether there is enough evidence for Pemberton to stand trial.

Wallace Gilberry Money Sign Sack Celebration

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Among the most talked about NFL game moments this season is the Cincinatti Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry’s “money sign” celebration after sacking Cleveland Browns QB Johnny “Football” Manziel in yesterday’s game.

Now, aside from the fact that it is absolutely obnoxious that it is being talked about repeatedly on almost every sports network–that’s enough ESPN–I cannot fathom why Gilberry is celebrating so hard like he just won the Super Bowl.

Listen. This sack was nothing special. A rookie QB playing for a 7-7 AFC team getting sacked by a DE on a 9-4-1 AFC team holding the number one spot in their division is not groundbreaking. You were basically playing yourselves, Cincinnati.

And Manziel and his confused fans should stop crying about Gilberry stealing his “signature” celebration move. Have you never seen a troll, before?

Manziel did make a statement about the game taking some of the blame for the loss, which was big of him to admit it.

Not that everyone wasn’t already thinking it.

And I would respect it if he hadn’t sounded so incredibly pretentious while he said it and pretend he didn’t even see Gilberry’s signature sign steal.

“I’m not using the rookie excuse,” he said, and then proceeded to blame being new for the failure on the field.

Okay, Johnny F. Say it with a little more conviction, and maybe we’ll believe you.

Or maybe I’m just a biased Bengals fan with a hidden agenda.

It’s a lame celebration move anyway, Manziel. You can do better than that.

Or perhaps go back to baseball.

It’s really about time everyone got over the whole thing so it can just blow over. The Browns aren’t going anywhere this season, anyway, so stop talking about it.

I may be part of the problem.