A Father and a Cellphone

Today is Friday, January 29, 2016.  A father is acquitted of a cellphone theft.  A Michael Jackson controversy in 2016 and a swanky Super Bowl.

A Cellphone and a Father

A Texas father confiscated his 12-year-old daughter’s cellphone over an inappropriate text.  The father was charged.


The girl’s mother says she owns the cellphone and reported the confiscation as theft.  Jackson posted $1,500 bail to get out of jail, but later received a mailed citation for theft. He refused to pay. He went to court and successfully fought the citation involving his now-15-year-old daughter and also kept the cellphone.

Michael Jackson Controversy

There’s a controversy over Michael Jackson.  In 2016.

eople are angry that a white actor, Joseph Fiennes, will be playing Michael Jackson in one of the weirdest supposedly-based-on-a-true-story TV specials ever, according to the Guardian.

Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando drove from New York to Ohio in an attempt to get home following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The saga is now being dramatized in a one-off comedy special for Sky Arts, called Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, starring Joseph Fiennes as Jackson, Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.

People are pointing out that in an interview with Oprah, Jackson specifically said that he didn’t want a white child actor to play a younger version of himself in a Pepsi commercial.

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Pair Wine With Halloween Candy

Today is Tuesday, October 27, 2015.   Did you know that you can pair wine with Halloween candy?  Jupiter, Venus, and Mars are in the sky.  Kiera Johnson says she met the ghost of Michael Jackson in an intimate way.

Pair Wine With Halloween Candy

Did you know that you can pair wine with Halloween candy?  Why wouldn’t you?

The fine folks at Vivino created an awesome info-graphic.  Before you get your favorite Halloween candy, check the graph and buy the right wine to go with the candy.  For example, if you like your Skittles, consider pairing them with a lovely white wine.


Jupiter, Venus, and Mars

Throughout the week you will be able to see Jupiter, Venus, and Mars in the same sky.  Your best opportunity will be just before sunrise.  Look eastward and you should easily spot Venus, which will be the brightest spot in the sky.

Though the planets should be easy to spot with the naked eye because they’re so bright, if you grab some binoculars or a telescope, you could also spot Jupiter’s four major moons. The last time these three were so close together was May 2013, and it won’t happen again until 2021. An added bonus for planetary enthusiasts: Mercury, which does not appear often, can be seen along the horizon.

Maybe pair wine with Halloween candy and catch the view.

The Ghost of Michael Jackson

A 32-year-old woman named Kiera Johnson is claiming that the ghost of Michael Jackson impregnated her.  The married mother-of-two says that the ghost took advantage of her after she watched the 2 hour Michael Jackson 30 Year Anniversary Special on DVD.

Johnson and her husband are both white.  She says that she has never cheated.  On September 25, 2015 she gave birth to her third child. “Everything was going well with the birth,” said her husband Ken. “But then when I saw my son, and he was black, I said ‘What the h-e-double hockey sticks is this!’ I was in absolute shock. That’s when Kiera told me about her terrifying dream. I think it’s wrong what happened and that’s why we are suing Michael Jackson’s estate. We just want a decent amount of child support to help raise his son.”


Fashion: A Battle of the Sexes

When it comes to fashion, as women, we like to follow trends, no matter how short-lived they may be. Modeling your ‘look’ to emulate a celebrity is also a familiar concept. Overall, our style is an outward reflection of our personality; we dress the way that we feel. For instance, if we’re feeling sexy, a pair of heels or even a hint of leopard print will inevitably be incorporated in our outfit somehow. But if we’re feeling dreadful, our attire may be a little less than desirable that day (i.e. sweatpants).

But what do men think about our fickle style picks or penchant for rocking the latest trend? After conducting a survey earlier this year for Examiner.com, inclusive of 50 men from all over the country (each from various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, ranging in age from 19 to 48), I learned the answer to that question and more.

Ultimately, I discovered that men and women are not on the same page when it comes to style. Just as women often hate the things men wear, men disagree with our choices as well. In reality, they’d prefer that we ditch the trendy apparel altogether and simply dress to impress them. That’s right, over 80% of respondents noted that their favorite outfit on a woman consisted of anything that accentuated the female figure; generously using words such as”‘fitted” and “tight.” Additionally, the male respondents insisted that we completely ditch a number of trendy items from our fashion repertoire, including color blocking ‘fits, cowboy boots and high waist pants. Other fashion duds mentioned included spandex leggings and baggy, camouflage pants. In other words, women can’t win unless we’re dressing provocatively — that is, according to men.

So, we’re embattled in this fashion conundrum.  Should we dress for comfort? Dress for style? Dress for men? I say to dress in a manner that makes you feel good. After all, if a guy can’t accept you and your _________ (insert noteworthy adjective here) style, then he’s just not that into you.