Archive for November, 2013

Kids Fleeing Pop Warner Football Little Giants On The Defense

November 30, 2013

Kids are  fleeing football in light of NFL violence, Pop Warner participation plummeting. USA Football, an umbrella organization  partially funded by the NFL,  estimated the number of children ages 6 to 14 playing tackle football  decreased from 3 million in 2010 to 2.8 million in 2011. The National  Sporting Goods Association reported that tackle football numbers dropped 11 percent since 2011. As mild traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy have become  household phrases, participation in the country’s most popular sport has  slumped. And participation in the country’s largest youth football organization, Pop  Warner, declined 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012, as first reported by ESPN’s “Outside  the Lines.” A survey released earlier this month by the Robert Morris University Polling  Institute showed 40.5 percent of respondents supported a ban on children playing  tackle football before high school.
Little Giants on the defense




Walmart To Use Wrist Bands For Repeat Offender Customers

November 29, 2013

With an estimated 140 million Americans predicted to shop this weekend, retailers are bolstering security, deploying Segway patrols and putting on live music to distract shoppers and avoid the deal-hunting scrums that can foster Black Friday tramplings. Malls are beefing up patrols with off-duty cops. Chains including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) are using quota systems for popular doorbusters from iPads to jewelry. In recent years, Wal-Mart worked with crowd management experts and devised plans to address how shoppers flow through and out of its stores. This year, Wal-Mart will distribute wristbands for its special events on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart is hoping to coordinate the Walmart wristband roll-out with their earlier release of their popular Lindsey Lohan ankle bracelet monitor collection.


Ask The Eye A Crack In The Relationship Things Often Not What They Appear To Be

November 28, 2013

Dear Eye View

I dated my wife for three years before we married. We were both in our 30s and had had all of the important discussions before we decided to marry (kids, religion, etc.). At the time, she told me she was agnostic, and not really into “the whole religion thing.” Now, less than six months into our marriage, she tells me she’s joined a church and expects me to join her for Sunday services. It’s only now that I learn that she has extremely right-wing, religious views. After talking with some of her friends, they couldn’t believe I didn’t know this about her. I asked them why they wouldn’t have mentioned this when they found out we weren’t having a church wedding and they told me that was probably done for my benefit. Now, instead of our not wanting any kids, she wants at least five and maybe more. Instead of no religion, she wants strict adherence to her religion. I feel I’ve been duped and that she’s lied to me about herself. Is there any way out of this short of divorce?


Dear Confused

I hate to think I’m being duped, but if this is an accurate rendering of the first months of your marriage, I don’t understand why you’re writing to me on how to avoid divorce. Your question should be something along the lines of whether you should go directly to a lawyer this morning or mull it over  and go directly  to a lawyer this afternoon. Remember often things are not what they appear to be. Hope this helps.


not as they appear



Ask The Eye Sometimes Actions Can Have Painful Consequences

November 27, 2013

Dear Eye View

My boyfriend and I met and fell in love three years ago, while we were both married to other people (we both have children). My marriage ended quickly. He felt he should try to work it out with his wife, but this past summer they filed for divorce. We brought our relationship out in the open. I know what we did was wrong, and I’m ashamed that it’s part of our history. My family accepts that we’re together. His family blames me for his divorce and thinks that I’m with him only because he’s financially stable. They stay in contact with his ex-wife and refuse to acknowledge my existence. His mother told him that it would be better for his kids if he moved away and let his ex-wife have sole custody. This Thanksgiving my kids are with their dad, and his kids are with their mom. My parents are going away to see relatives but I can’t join them. My boyfriend decided to spend Thanksgiving with his parents and siblings and their families, even though I’m not welcome. I understand that he wants to see his family. If we’re going to have a future, though, at some point he’s going to have to insist that we’re a package deal. Is it reasonable for me to still be punished in this way? Maybe I should just accept that I have to spend a solitary Thanksgiving.

—Scarlet Letter

Dear Scarlet

I understand your concern. This Thanksgiving dinner when you are standing over the sink eating a rotisserie chicken out of the package with your bare hands like an animal, remember that actions can  have painful consequences. There’s always Arbor Day. Hope this helps..



Ask The Eye Choosing That Safer Stress Free Thanksgiving Plan

November 24, 2013

Dear Eye View

I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and I don’t want to invite two people: my sister’s boyfriend and my uncle. Both for the same reason. My sister’s boyfriend was accused of child molestation but pleaded out to assault on a child. I don’t doubt the original accusation. My sister won’t go if he is not invited; my parents won’t go if he is. I have small children and won’t have time to watch all of them around him in addition to hosting. My uncle actually was convicted of child molestation many years ago. But he has come to family events regularly since being released from prison. Again, I can’t really monitor him throughout the whole thing, and quite frankly I don’t want to deal with the stress of having these two in my house with my children. My grandparents will throw a fit if he is not invited, though. Should I suck it up and deal with the stress? Maybe assign them unofficial babysitters? Or should I just deal with the fallout and not invite them?

—Not a Fan of the Black Sheep


I understand your concern. Having to come up with a policy to deal with the multiple child molesters puts into perspective the average Thanksgiving dilemma. Tell your relatives you are not hosting the Thanksgiving meal this year in an effort to choose a safer more stress- free holiday plan. Hope this helps


Black Friday Shopping

Russell Simmons Sometimes Confuses His Thousands And Millions

November 23, 2013

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons says ObamaCare is already so successful it’s saved thousands, if not millions of lives.Yes, we initially wanted single payer, and we had to compromise back in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act. But, it is a damn good piece of legislation that has already saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. So, let us not give up now. As for the millions who already lost their health care plan thanks to ObamaCare’s arrival, Simmons says they should simply say, “good riddance.” He simply knows better than you. Period. And please don’t tell me this about people whose healthcare was canceled, because that healthcare is predatory and it is unconscionable that we would allow anyone in this country to own such policies.

Russell Simmons sometimes confuses his thousands and millions.





Ask The Eye Home For The Holidays Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i Bitch

November 22, 2013

Dear Eye View

I have two beautiful daughters in their 40s. One of my daughters, Katherine, lives 15 minutes away, and my other daughter, Anne, lives on the opposite coast with her children. Anne is only able to come visit us once a year, on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the only time when my daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren come together. Three years ago, Anne’s 17-year-old daughter Molly decided to become a vegan. I respect her beliefs. Molly is deeply affected by seeing people consume animals, and told me that she is not comfortable being present at a meal where any meat is served, and that she will not be present in the house when meat is being cooked. In order to make Molly feel comfortable, I decided to make a vegetarian Thanksgiving. However, Katherine and her husband are livid, and say that they will boycott Thanksgiving. I’ve tried reasoning with them, and reminded them that we buy organic produce when they come over, to accommodate their beliefs. However, they have decided that they will stay home and won’t see Katherine’s family at all if I “side” with them by making a vegetarian Thanksgiving. What should I do?

—Veggie Dilemma

Dear VD

I understand your concern. Hawaii is nice this time of year. Remember absence makes the heart grow fonder. Hope this helps.. Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i



Ask The Eye Prison Life is Structured – More’n Some People Care For

November 21, 2013

Dear Eye View

Years ago, before we were married, my husband suggested we write to prisoners all over the country to get their thoughts about life. I was dismissive of it for all the reasons someone might be wary of writing to prisoners. Over the years, whenever we got in fights about my not paying enough attention to his creative endeavors, I would think back to this idea and recognize that it was interesting. Well, it turns out he’d gone ahead and sent out his survey to prisoners. He rented a post office box and the ensuing correspondence has continued for seven years. I only recently learned of it because some of these men are starting to be released. I am sympathetic to those recently released from prison and the challenges they face. But my husband is not prepared for the role he has come to play in these men’s lives. Several have shown up at our house wanting to speak to my husband. It is unsettling, and I am afraid to disappoint them. My husband can’t say no to these men’s repeated, insistent requests to visit our house, borrow the car, get help finding work. I feel terrible cutting these people off after they evidently know so much about us and have considerable emotional investment in our family, but I do not want them in my life or my young child’s lives. I feel like everything I don’t like about my husband is part of this predicament: carelessness with others’ feelings and time, inability to finish projects, poor planning, and general lack of awareness about social justice issues. What should I do about these men when they show up or contact me, and what on earth do I do about my idiot husband?

 Not a Prison Wife
Dear NPW
I understand your concern. That’s quite a bill of indictment you lay out against your husband—and yourself. For some reason you married this reckless dreamer and have a child with him, and now your family is in potential peril because a whole bunch of ex-cons expect him to be their benefactor. My only advise is keep the trailer door locked and hid the child.
Hope this helps

Obamacare Going To The Dogs Period

November 21, 2013

Hey, at least dogs aren’t having a problem getting on Obamacare.

Shane Smith of Fort Collins, Colo., recently found a little surprise when he signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. After proceeding through all the registration hurdles with Connect for Health Colorado, he learned that his dog Baxter had gotten insured, not Smith himself.

If you like your veterinarian, you will be able to keep your veterinarian. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. Obamacare going to the dogs.



Colorado Dog Opens Obamacare Insurance Account, Brilliant

November 20, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog. Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old dog.” Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare. He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.

Colorado dog opens Obamacare insurance account, brilliant.. Baxter is quite the hacker..