Archive for July, 2010


Thank Me Later

Thank Me Later, Drake’s debut studio album is undoubtedly living proof that highlights the rapper’s versatile talents. Especially with the alternative  track “Cece’s Interlude”

Unlike most rap artists, Drake isn’t scared to show a softer side with this gripping and sentimental ballad. Making it the song of the day. Enjoy.

What was first known as a grassroots movement to limit the role of government and promote states right is now being a labeled a racist organization- The Tea Party.

The Tea Party made head-waves in late 2009 through organized protests against federal laws. In my eyes, they have become a political force to be reckoned with but with the current controversy that has surfaced, the may hinder their own progress to impact the political system.

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is pointing fingers at the Tea Party for harboring racist elements within its political agendas and has asked them to renounce “ultra-nationalist and racist factions within the organization,” according to NAACP President Ben Jealous.

“For more than a year we’ve watched as Tea Party members have called congressmen the N-word, have called congressmen the F-word. We see them carry racist signs and whenever it happens, the membership tries to shirk responsibility,” Jealous said.

“If the Tea Party wants to be respected and wants to be part of the mainstream in this country, they have to take responsibility.”

Jealous specifically pointed to signs at rallies portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, and to claims made by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., that Tea Party protesters opposing health care reform hurled racial slurs at them according to an online news post from ABC.

“They need to be unequivocal and they need to be responsible and get the bigots out of their organization. It’s that simple,” Jealous added.

Tea Party leaders have denied allegations of racism and argue that there is no proof to support the NAACP’s claims. Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart even offered $100,000 to anyone who could produce an audio recording or video footage of the “N-word” being hurled at Rep. Lewis and other members of Congress.

The St. Louis Tea Party coalition passed a resolution of its own condemning the NAACP for “hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose.” The resolution calls on the NAACP to withdraw its resolution. It even urges the IRS to reconsider its tax-exempt status of the NAACP because of what the Tea Party coalition dubbed the organization’s “habitual partisan political behavior.”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also weighed on the issue and stepped in to protect the Tea Party’s integrity.

“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is  a regressive and diversionary tactic,” according to a statement Sarah Palin on Facebook. As a result she has asked Barack Obama to “refudiate” such racist claims.

Organizer of the Tea Party Express Mark Williams discredited the NAACP and accused them of being racist themselves. He also went as far as to write a satirical letter on a blog post that ridiculed the NAACP.

It was purportedly written to Abraham Lincoln by “colored people,” saying in part: “We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!”

Williams meant to make a satirical point but the letter was deemed  offensive because it made sweeping generalizations that African-Americans are lazy and ignorant. As a result,  Williams was expelled from the National Tea Party Federation led by Co-Founder of the New York City Tea Party David Webb. However, Webb stated the letter was offensive but not racist.

Webb also stated NAACP’s claims are agenda based and that the Tea Party can not be responsible for all its members’ beliefs.

“I think the NAACP in its march toward irrelevancy as an organization, needs an enemy to maintain its power base,” Webb said.

Webb was then asked about the signs and posters that compared Barack Obama to monkeys and brandish the N-word in several Tea Party rallies.

“They are offensive, they don’t belong there but there will also be fringe elements,” Webb said on CNN before he expelled Williams from the National Tea Party Federation on July 18, 2010.

In all fairness to the Tea Party I haven’t actually seen signs from protesters that have specifically used the N-word. In addition there have been no video or audio showing Tea Party members hurling the N-word at John Lewis. In truth I haven’t seen much enthusiasm from the NAACP to battle the racist statements from the New Black Panther Party to “kill crackers and their white babies,” so the NAACP could be guilty of partisan claims.

As a result, everybody organization needs to fold up their sleeves and take responsibility. The NAACP should also go to all lengths to condemn all acts of racism not only when it affects African-Americans. There have been too many instances where they get criticized for a selective bashing of racism and that is racist in a sense.

In addition just because Tea Party leaders say they haven’t witnessed any racial elements within their groups does not make it dismissible.  The fact is there have been signs that have racial slurs and ignorant messages. Some include “Send Obama back to Kenya,”  “Obama’s Plan: White Slavery” and “The American Taxpayers are the Jews for Obama’s ovens,”

Note, the Tea Party is not a racist movement but I believe the Tea Party is more at fault. The fact is there are racist elements within the Tea Party, and all Tea Party leaders should address that. Like it or not the Tea Party has moved from a grassroots movement to a notable and well respected organization and they have a social responsibility to maintain a positive image. It would be in their bests interests to take such action if they want to have a strong influence in the upcoming elections in November. If they want to get back to the important issues involving health care and limited government they need to deal with the internal problems that they are having. Who will take them seriously when they have bigots among themselves putting up extreme posters that compare Barack Obama to a monkey and make threats to hang congress members? Personally, I don’t think they have heard of the saying one bad apple spoils the bunch.

“Xxxo,” M.I.A’s current single from her newest album Maya. I usually don’t like M.I.A’s music because her vocals are always unconventional and her beats are constantly distorted and flow all over the place. But this track in particular has a sound that dominates  the speakers, which are in sync with mesmerizing and nonchalant vocals from the Sri Lankan artist. Most definitely the song of the day.

Monkey see, monkey kill. That’s according to the newspaper The People’s Daily from China. I don’t know if the article is just mere ridicule of the Taliban in Afghanistan but it’s been published. Taliban terrorists have a secret weapon to destroy the infidel American enemy by training monkeys to become killer marksmen.

“The Taliban in Afghanistan is training monkeys to use weapons to attack American troops,” The People’s Daily reports. Islamic insurgents have drafted macaques and baboons to be all that they can be, arming them with AK-47 rifles, machine guns and trench mortars in the Waziristan tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some are even turned into long-range snipers at a secret Taliban training base. The monkeys are also rewarded with bananas and peanuts.

The newspaper says “photos have been widely spread by media agencies and Web sites across the world.”

One of those sites is the Pakistan Defense Forum, which has pictures of gun-toting monkeys, and makes the wild claim that a monkey-soldier program was first launched by the CIA in Vietnam.

“Today, the Taliban forces have given the American troops some of their own medicine,” The People’s Daily said.

I know monkeys are capable of a lot of amazing feats such as dressing up, walking on stilts and riding motorcycles but killing American soldiers  is “Absurd. I think it is a preposterous suggestion,” according to primate expert Dr. Sian Evans in an interview with CNN. She added that it is nearly impossible to train a monkey to complete simple tasks such as opening or closing doors let alone defining a target and shooting. Agreed, this just sounds like  serious monkey business.

Yevgenii Chernyaev, captain of a Mir-2 manned deepwater submersible vehicle, thinks his crafts could help battle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Russian sub vessels to Cap Oil Spill

A Russian captain claims his two sub vessels could help cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico but no one seems to be on-board with the idea.

“Our subs are unique,” Yevgenii Chernyaev told a BBC science correspondent. “There are two of them, and they can submerge and work simultaneously. Also, they are powerful enough to work with any other additional equipment.”

Both subs, he said, can dive to 19,685 feet, or 3.7 miles. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is about 5,000 feet below the surface.

Nikolai Ryutin and Yevgenii Chernyaev, captain of one of these Mir-2 manned deep-water submersible vehicles, thinks they could help battle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The skipper said that he and his team have discussed the gulf problem many times and that the Russians were ready to pitch in.

But he said such an operation would work only if BP or the Obama administration invited the Russians to try to stop the leak. “It should all be decided on the government level,” he said.

Chernyaev conceded that the Russians would need to work with other international specialists to make an impact. “We would not refuse to help, even though for us it would be very complicated.”

He added, “But it doesn’t look like anyone seriously wants our help.”

According to AOL,  U.S. Coast Guard have not answered the Russians or been available for comment. The way I see it, I don’t think the U.S. would particularly favor help from the Russians.

The BP oil spill is a national problem and any foreign help especially to the United States would make BP and President Barack Obama’s handling of the situation look incompetent and incapable (If it wasn’t already). So Maybe, BP feels it has to redeem its image and social responsibility by fixing the catastrophe at the Gulf of Mexico.

In fairness, BP has managed to control the leak 5,000 ft below the Gulf of Mexico’s surface. Their underwater robots sheared off part of the riser pipe and placed a containment cap over the leak, diverting up to 15,ooo bbl. of oil a day according to Time magazine’s June 21, 2010 issue.

President Obama is also trying to answer his critics, showing that he is dealing with the crisis by talking to experts so he knows “whose ass to kick.”

Well BP and Obama are taking actions but should consider all options in cleaning up the mess. If Russia wants to assist with the problem with their submarines, why not give it a shot?

It was obvious was it not? As far I was concerned Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh along with LeBron James is the Triple Threat, the unstoppable trio, the new “Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Brosnan Pierce” of 2010.  With players of such caliber. I’m certain the power forward will and deservedly so,  get a Championship ring. The full article from Associated Press:
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Tom Withers, Ap Sports Writer

LeBron James has made his decision. He’s going to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

James made his long-awaited announcement in a hastily arranged ESPN special Thursday night in Greenwich, Conn., and James wasted no time in making a prediction: “We’re going to be a real good team.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Alert the royal trumpeters for an announcement from King James.

LeBron James, the NBA’s reigning two-time MVP, is ending months of speculation and suspense by telling the world Thursday night where he’ll play basketball next season.

Will he stay in Cleveland, which has braced itself for maybe the most heartbreaking moment in a lifetime of sports agony?

Will he go to Miami and join fellow U.S. Olympic teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a power trio to rival any in NBA history?

Will he succumb to New York’s bright lights?

Or will he head to Chicago, where the Bulls have a young, talented roster and Michael Jordan’s daunting legacy?

Much is at stake, and there are lots of opinions about what he should do. President Barack Obama openly rooted for his hometown Bulls, which may not help his poll numbers in Ohio.

ESPN is televising James’ decision live from a Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn., a group with which James has a relationship.

Wearing a lavender shirt and jeans, James arrived at the club about 8:50 p.m. and entered through a side door, missing most of the crowd. As folks realized it was James exiting a van, the crowd of about 400 people began chanting “New York Knicks, New York Knicks,” then switched to “LeBron James.”

Frank Sanchez, the vice president for corporate and partner relationships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said James approached the organization last weekend about using its location for his big show.

The TV special should raise at least $1 million to help refurbish gyms under a program that James’ foundation will help direct, and kids from the Greenwich club were invited to attend the announcement, Sanchez said.

In the hours before his choice was revealed, the sports world spun out of control with speculation and rumors. Some reports said he had told his inner circle he is leaning toward the Miami Heat.

Fans will have to wait for it though. A person familiar with the program told the AP that James won’t announce his decision until “late in the show.” The person requested anonymity because program details were supposed to remain confidential.

James, Bosh and Wade entered the pros in the same year, the respective Nos. 1, 4 and 5 picks in the 2003 draft. They went their separate ways: James to Cleveland, Bosh to Toronto and Wade to Miami, where he won a championship partnered with center Shaquille O’Neal in 2006. That year, James, Bosh and Wade all signed matching contracts to make sure they were all unrestricted free agents at the same time.

They won gold medals together at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and could now be poised to unite in South Florida.

Season-ticket sales for the Heat’s coming 41-game season were suspended Thursday afternoon after the entire supply of available seats were sold out. Not every seat has been released for sale yet and some will be held back for single-game purchases at the 19,600-capacity arena.

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said while attending a tournament of high school stars at Cleveland State University, co-sponsored by James and Nike, one of the 25-year-old’s corporate partners. “In the end, it’s going to be tough for LeBron to turn down what he has here, but there could be some championships for him down there.”

James, in a T-shirt and shorts, showed up at the tournament in midafternoon with former teammate Damon Jones. James nervously chewed his fingernails while watching some high-schoolers play. He stayed a little more than an hour before heading off in a white Bentley, presumably on his way to the airport.

He did not speak to a reporter, but said “thank you” to some coaches in the stands who wished him luck.

In Greenwich, fans and media set up their own camp across the street from the Boys and Girls club more than five hours before the announcement. More than 15 satellite trucks lined the streets, and about two dozen fans with beach chairs and coolers settled on a patch of grass, hoping for a glimpse of James.

By 6:30 p.m. more than 100 people had gathered.

Dustin Dobbs wore a James jersey and carried a small radio to listen to the announcement — one he said merited all the hype.

“He’s the face of basketball today,” the 18-year-old from Westport, Conn. said. “This is all worth it.”

Westchester, N.Y. buddies Jason Mendell, in a Knicks jersey, and Eric Wenig, wearing Nets apparel, were determined not to miss the announcement.

“He’s either going to be my favorite player tonight or the most hated player,” Mendell said.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh, an executive with nearly 30 years in the NBA, understood all the fuss.

“It’s something new, but we’re in new age,” he said. “I don’t remember Michael Jordan ever becoming a free agent. I don’t remember Larry Bird becoming a free agent. I don’t remember Magic Johnson becoming a free agent. It would’ve been the same back then if they had, but that never happened.”

The Cavaliers, a franchise that was in ruins before winning a lottery drawing and bringing James up Interstate 77 from his Akron home, have had the upper hand — until now. They were able to offer him more money — $30 million more — than any other team.

But because they have overspent while trying to please James and win the first title by any of Cleveland’s three pro sports teams since 1964, the Cavs are strapped with a few big contracts that have eaten up salary-cap space and prevented them from making roster moves to improve the team.

They’ve come close to winning it all with James, who at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds has the quickness of a point guard and brute force of an NFL defensive lineman.

With the possible exception of Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant, James is the NBA’s premier player, but his legacy cannot be fulfilled until he wins a championship.

If he goes to Miami, he can build a dynasty with Wade and Bosh, who agreed to sign for less money so the Heat would have enough to pay James, too. Miami president Pat Riley reportedly showed James some of his NBA championship rings last week at the star’s business offices in downtown Cleveland.

This King wants a ring, but in the NBA, nothing is guaranteed.

Even if he joins his buddies, James, who has always been the alpha male on any team he has ever played on, would have to share the ball and the spotlight. Same for Wade. The Heat are D-Wade’s team. Can their egos coexist for a common goal?

“I think it would become both of their teams,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, an assistant coach for the U.S. team in China four years ago. “They are both such great players. At the Olympics, they were on the court at the same time and scored a point every second. I think they could play together. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. They would have a good chance with those three, that’s for sure.”

As the clock ticked down to James’ announcement, northeastern Ohio was on edge.

James has always preached family and loyalty and commitment as his core values; he even has “Loyalty” and Akron’s area code of “330” tattooed on his chiseled body.

Would he stick a knife in the back of a place where No. 23 jerseys are so prevalent they could be school-issued uniforms?

Cleveland fans have nicknamed their lowest sports moments. “The Drive,” “The Fumble,” “The Shot” and “The Move” are forever burned in the city’s psyche.

“The Decision” might top them all.

“If he leaves, and says so on national TV, it would be the cruelest act imaginable,” said resident Bill Plagens of suburban Rocky River. “Pure evil.”

Emotions are running high for a city mired in a sports championship drought stretching across generations. For many in Cleveland, the only memories of the Browns’ 1964 championship are black-and-white images of Hall of Famer Jim Brown running loose on the Baltimore Colts.

James gave Cleveland hope. He can also take it away.

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Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Greenwich, Conn., and sports writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this story.

If you need someone to hang out with for a beer or come with you to a wedding, there is a Web site that allows you to rent that person’s friendly services for an hourly fee.  Yes, it sounds ridiculous to me and no matter how anti-social or lonely I might get, I don’t think I will rent a friend. The thought of it is just sad. It’s sad because every aspect of real life from socializing to dating can now gratified quickly through some online service or Web site. You don’t ever need to get out of the house and do something to meet people. Because a friend is only a click away. That’s just my opinion though, Here’s the full article from AOL.com:

Scott Rosenbaum has thousands of people available to keep you company — for a price. But he’s no pimp, and his website,

RentAFriend.com, is no escort service. Pay $24.95 a month (or $69.95 a year) to become a member, and you get to choose from a vast menu of “friends” with whom you can play Parcheesi, go to the movies, or perhaps use as a fake relative. Almost anything, as long as it doesn’t involve sex.

While some may think it sad that people are willing to pay for the most basic human companionship, Rosenbaum (pictured) views it as an underserved niche and a promising business opportunity. He thinks of his venture as the antidote to dating and sex sites like AshleyMadison.com, which facilitates extramarital hookups. “I want to take it a step backward,” he told WalletPop. “It’s about platonic friendship. There’s a complete void in that market.”

Granted, most of his customers who claim to be merely looking for a pal tend to choose a member of the opposite sex. But Rosenbaum writes that off as human nature. The intent just better not be nooky. While some of his RentAFriends dress provocatively in their profile photo, it’s all about context. Someone wearing a cleavage-baring cocktail number at a party is one thing; flaunting that same dress in a come-hither pose on the bed is another. And Rosenbaum has made it a mission to view and approve every profile.

Rosenbaum launched RentAFriend.com in 2009. He was inspired by a Japanese service that employed the same concept, but that site was aimed more at avoiding social embarrassment. For instance, someone without a father might hire a friend to fill the role at an important function. Requests in the U.S. seem to lean toward less-complicated circumstances. Jennifer Morrison,a married 31-year-old RentAFriend from Las Vegas, accompanied a shy computer programmer to the Pinball Hall of Fame and helped a stay-at-home mom fill her scrapbook, an Associated Press story reported. She charges $20 to $30 an hour.

Lori Thomas, who is in her early 40s and is from Southern California, recently signed up as a friend for hire. She charges $40 an hour. “I did already have one request to go walking on the beach, but the person had to reschedule for next week since he had to go out of town,” she wrote in an e-mail to WalletPop.

RentAFriend.com now boasts more than 209,000 “friends” available for the site’s 2,100 paid clients to choose from. These clients just need to type in their zip code to find out which RentAFriends are located nearby, and to view their profiles. Registrants post at least one picture accompanied by descriptions including “ethnicity” and “body type.” To make contact, visitors must then fork over the dues, which Rosenbaum pockets.

As for the hourly rates, the RentAFriends settle the terms on their own with paid members — fees generally range from $10 to $150 an hour — and they keep the cash for services rendered. It’s an odd way to make money, but for some RentAFriends it’s enjoyable work.

“I don’t care if I get paid,” Doug Hardy, a 25-year-old RentAFriend from Encinitas, Calif., wrote in an email. “I just enjoy hanging out with people.” Hardy liked the concept of being borrowed as a buddy. “It gives people an opportunity to jump into any type of social niche without having to wait several years to gather friends,” he said

Rosenbaum, a married father of two who lives in New Jersey, rises at 2 p.m. and works until 5 a.m. in order to keep RentAFriends.com running smoothly.

“I want to grow it to where someone comes along and wants to buy it for a lot of money,” he said. Yet, Rosenbaum says he sees the site as more than just a way to make cash. While he says many of his members are frequent travelers who don’t want to eat alone while on the road. There is the other half, too.”There are lonely people who don’t have a lot of friends, who want to be social,” he said.

All that separated Ghana from a ticket to the Semi-Finals was a penalty spot kick awarded at the very depth of extra time. And when it seemed like Ghana would make history by being the first African team to make it to the semi-finals, Asamoah Gyan blasted all of Africa’s hopes onto the crossbar.

It happened so fast that I didn’t even get to hold my breath. I couldn’t savor the tension or flirt with ecstatic thoughts of reaching the semi-finals. All I remember were four-worded expletives leaving my mouth and being trapped in a delusional nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. And it’s all Asamoah Gyan’s fault.

I was never confident in Asamoah Gyan’s penalty-taking capabilities. Even though he is a good striker in open play, his penalties have always been sketchy. People say I’m being negative but let me recall that this is the same striker that missed a penalty against Czech Republic to go two goals up four years ago.

Yes, I know it was Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez that villainously handled the ball and denied us the winner but he got what he desereved with a red card. To tell you the truth, I don’t blame him for cheating because it’s natural and I’ve seen a lot of players handle the ball on the goal line especially when the pressure mounts up. It’s not right but that doesn’t mean that they won’t do it.

What I didn’t expect was Asamoah Gyan to miss the most important penalty in his career. Penalties can be missed but I believe the statistical odds are with the player behind the ball. In Gyan’s case, it was supposed to be a game-winning penalty but he missed it. Seriously, ask yourself- did you think he was going to miss it? I sure didn’t. Ultimately, we shouldn’t have been in that situation.

What’s even worse is that the psychological baggage from the penalty miss carried over to the rest of the Ghanaian squad and affected their performance. John Mensah’s horribly tame effort at the penalty kick. Adiyah’s inexperience and opening of his body tipped off Uruguay goalkeeper into making an easy save.

But overall, Ghana has had a good run at the World Cup and there is no use in dwelling on what could have been. If only that idiot Suarez didn’t handle the ball on the goal line and Asamoah Gyan didn’t miss that penalty. Ok, I’ll end it here. Just like Ghana’s World Cup campaign.

Arsenal Football Club has revealed its new home kit for the 2010/11 season*, available to pre-order from today, Thursday 1st July, via the Online Store and through Club outlets.

On sale from Thursday 29thJuly, the 70s style shirt is made up of a block red body with a white round neck collar, and white sleeves. Inside the shirt on the back of the club crest is inscribed Arsenal’s motto: “Victoria, Concordia, Crescit”. The shorts and socks are white.

While the design is traditional, the technology is cutting edge. Every shirt is made entirely from recycled polyester, crafted from up to eight plastic water bottles as part of Nike’s ‘Considered Design’ programme, which sees discarded plastic bottles diverted from landfills  to be used in the manufacturing process.**

The improved Nike Dri-Fit fabric, now 13% lighter than previous kits, helps to quickly evaporate moisture by drawing it through the fabric to the surface, to keep players dry. Ventilation zones on the sides of the jersey and back of shorts enhance breathability by up to 7%. And the double knit structure of the jersey gives it 10% more stretch.

The classic design and ethical makeup of the kit has already proved a big hit with the Arsenal players.

Alex Song said: “The shirt is traditional, it’s red and white which the fans love, and it shows the history of the Club.

“I watched Arsenal on TV lots when I was young and just saw red and white. If someone told me six or seven years ago I’d be able to wear these colours it would have been unbelievable, so today I’m so happy to wear this shirt and to do my best for this shirt.”

Thomas Vermaelen agreed, saying: “I really like this new kit. It’s the typical colours for Arsenal, white and red, and it’s really nice. Every club has their own traditional colours. For Arsenal it’s red and white and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

Theo Walcott summed the new kit up: “The colours are very traditional, it feels nice and it’s made from recycled plastic bottles so what more can you ask for?! It fits and feels nice, and that’s the most important thing. I think it’s important that you feel comfortable in it.”

Those who pre-order the new home shirt at arsenal.com or an official Arsenal store, will receive a redcurrant Arsenal polo neck t-shirt in the same size, worth £20***, absolutely free while stocks last!

The new Arsenal home shirt is priced £45 for adults (£50 long sleeved) with children’s shirts at £35 (£40 long sleeved). The Armoury, All Arsenal, Finsbury Park and Enfield stores will be open 9am – 5.30pm on Thursday 29th July. Further information for activities taking place on kit launch day will be posted on www.arsenal.com in due course.

New 2010/11 Home kit

After a grueling four weeks of summer school, I think the thing I wanted the most was just to relax. Spend the remainder of my unproductive summer playing Xbox and idling about like most young male adults. However, I am nearly reaching the post-grad stage and I want to do something different this summer. Something different with my life.

Maybe I’m suffering from some low-inferiority complex. I think it’s because of the fact that I’m a 22-year-old boy. I don’t have a job, no apartment, no car and that I still have my mom telling me who I can’t hang out with. It’s those little things that make me feel like a loser. But instead of whining and talking about how much I am unimpressed with my life, I can get off my butt and do something about it.

I’m in my third year of college. Well I wouldn’t call it college, It’s a Christian school that tries hard to act like it’s like a college, so it has a really different atmosphere. For everything you can think of when you think of your typical college- the parties, the drinking, co-ed dormitaries and random hook-ups, there was an appropriate substitute for those things at Liberty University. 

We had things like curfew, where on-campus students had to be in their dorms around midnight but on the weekends, they get an extra thirty minutes to hang out. Our school didn’t have a city strip near its area that was lined up with trendy bars, restaurants and diners where typical college buddies would go and come back from in a hysterical druken embrace late at night.

What most students did for fun at Liberty was go ice-skating at the Lahaye Ice Center or go to the ski-lodge that had artificial ice-slopes so students could snowboard all year round. On Wednesdays, was campus church but it was more of like a rock concert for the cool preachers’ kids to meet and hang out. Sometimes in the dorms, students played ‘water pong’ because there’s no alcohol allowed on campus.

In a normal college, when you are walking to the academic building on your way to class. By all means, you’d overhear a conversation with a lot of swearing in it like “Man, I can’t believe I got a 76 on that test! What the fuck!…”

In Liberty, most students use euphemisic alternatives for the word fuck in the above sentence like this. “Man, I can’t believe I got a 76 on that test! What the frick!…” or “What the flip man!”

Oh yeah, we also couldn’t watch R-rated movies because they would tempt us in our spiritual walk with God and stuff like that. I’m not saying that our school wasn’t normal or anything, it was just different. For the most part, I liked it. It kept me grounded.

After a grueling four weeks of summer school, I think the thing I wanted the most was just to relax. Spend the remainder of my unproductive summer playing Xbox and idling about like most young male adults. However, I am nearly reaching the post-grad stage and I want to do something different this summer. Something different with my life.

Maybe I’m suffering from some low-inferiority complex. I think it’s because of the fact that I’m a 22-year-old boy. I don’t have a job, no apartment, no car and that I still have my mom telling me who I can’t hang out with. It’s those little things that make me feel like a loser. But instead of whining and talking about how much I am unimpressed with my life, I can get off my butt and do something about it.

I’m in my third year of college. Well I wouldn’t call it college, It’s a Christian school that tries hard to act like it’s like a college, so it has a really different atmosphere. For everything you can think of when you think of your typical college- the parties, the drinking, co-ed dormitaries and random hook-ups, there was an appropriate substitute for those things at Liberty University. 

We had things like curfew, where on-campus students had to be in their dorms around midnight but on the weekends, they get an extra thirty minutes to hang out. Our school didn’t have a city strip near its area that was lined up with trendy bars, restaurants and diners where typical college buddies would go and come back from in a hysterical druken embrace late at night.

What most students did for fun at Liberty was go ice-skating at the Lahaye Ice Center or go to the ski-lodge that had artificial ice-slopes so students could snowboard all year round. On Wednesdays, was campus church but it was more of like a rock concert for the cool preachers’ kids to meet and hang out. Sometimes in the dorms, students played ‘water pong’ because there’s no alcohol allowed on campus.

In a normal college, when you are walking to the academic building on your way to class. By all means, you’d overhear a conversation with a lot of swearing in it like “Man, I can’t believe I got a 76 on that test! What the fuck!…”

In Liberty, most students use euphemisic alternatives for the word fuck in the above sentence like this. “Man, I can’t believe I got a 76 on that test! What the frick!…” or “What the flip man!”

Oh yeah, we also couldn’t watch R-rated movies because they would tempt us in our spiritual walk with God and stuff like that. I’m not saying that our school wasn’t normal or anything, it was just different. For the most part, I liked it. It kept me grounded.

There are a lot more differences and other rules that I didn’t go over regarding my school but I’ll be sure to let you know when they come to mind.

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Liberty University is situated on the hills coasting along the countryside slightly isolated from the city of Lynchburg in southern Virginia. It’s rather quiet and sort of a deserted city like the one in “I am Legend”,  especially in the summer because most students are home for break. The first thing one of my friends noticed about Lynchburg was that people there actually held doors for you and the men always addressed you with either “sir” or “ma’am”. She really appreciated that because she was from New York.

I think the average age of the population is over 45 and most of its revenue comes from the student body at Liberty University. Slowly but surely, my school has been taking over Lynchburg by legally annexing estates, businesses and leased buildings. Making it one of the biggest corporations to date. This upcoming institution was headed by Dr. Jerry Falwell since 1971. I don’t know much about him but he was the first school chancellor and basically built Liberty University from the ground up. Solicited donations, mission trips and a ridiculous amount PR was what Mr. Falwell used to put Liberty on a pedestal. His sole mission was to see that his school trained its students to be Champions for Christ.

I think he did well for the school. In 2007, Dr. Falwell passed away. When that time came, it was like Liberty lost a great man and leader. The way black followers lost Dr. Martin Luther King. Then his son Jerry Falwell Jr. became successor as Chancellor and so far, He’s been doing well without his father. He ran Liberty just the way his father did. Monopolizing every inch of Lynchburg and expanding every part of Liberty from sports  to academics. Most people don’t want to admit but the Falwells run Lynchburg.