Archive for February 1st, 2015

Bullying is the New Black

A very important subject, that won’t go away just because the media got tired of covering it.

The Noisy Songbird

I’ve been thinking of the effects bullying has on children lately. I’ve been watching several documentaries on how deeply it scars them during their formative years. I’ve also been the victim of some pretty severe bullying myself, some would argue I’m still bullied daily in some form (the internet is FULL of bullies, huh?).
What’s also interesting (but not surprising) is that over the years, I’ve learned that many of my bullies have also been the victim of bullying. It not only damages the child they’re bullying directly, but also often creates another bully that will terrorize others… a domino effect with no end in sight.
Violence begets violence, after all, whether it’s emotional or physical.

For me, growing up wasn’t fun. Not only did I have bullies at school harassing me because I wasn’t a size they found acceptable, I also lived with two bullies as well, my brother…

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/01/15

English: Drunk Texan, drinking beer is a popul...

English: Drunk Texan, drinking beer is a popular activity in Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I’m having a good time.”   —   Nancy Astor

Lady Astor (i.e. Nancy Astor, Viscountess Asto...

Lady Astor (i.e. Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964)), Oil on canvas, 149.9 x 99 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Some people confuse drinking with . . . being drunk.  Obviously, one can lead to the other, but it’s hardly a foregone conclusion.  It’s called: drinking in moderation.  Maybe she couldn’t handle her liquor, or maybe she had been victimized by an alcoholic.  But, she was both a remarkable and striking woman.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Super Bowl Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 2015

Bowl of "Wings"

Bowl of “Wings” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Enough Supa Hoopla to put you in a Stupa!

CRIFEE  =  FIERCE,  HRUYLO  =  HOURLY,  KABSTE  =  BASKET,  NEDHIB  =  BEHIND,  FIREUG  =  FIGURE,  KANSHE  =  SHAKEN   —   Giving us:  FICHOKTNDFIGSKE

Clue/Question:  When it came to watching the Super Bowl on TV, the pre-game show – – –

The NFL Today's Boomer Esiason during the Supe...

The NFL Today’s Boomer Esiason during the Super Bowl XLI pre-game show in Miami, Fla. VIRIN: 070204-F-7251M-906 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  KICKED THINGS OFF

(Great pun!  This one actually took me a few minutes to get.  I kinda saw OFF first, then saw KICKED OFF, thinking those were words two and three.  I was half right!  Then I wrote the remaining letters: HTNIGS, and I started to . . . see things.  Ooh!  Finally, the correct order of things came to me.

General William R. Looney III, Air Education a...

General William R. Looney III, Air Education and Training Command commander, and Air Force Recruiting Service commander, Brig. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, present Indianapolis Colts team president Bill Polian (middle right) and head coach Tony Dungy with the prestigious American Spirit Award at midfield prior to kickoff of the Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs National Football League game at the RCA Dome, Nov. 18 in Indianapolis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carl Berry) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We had no new clue words today.  ralis95 can just enjoy the festivities.  Five of the six jumbles were new, to me, with only “crifee” definitely being used before.  The answer letter layout was – again – crafted masterfully.  If it made me ponder, then I’m pretty sure it made many of you ponder too.  Super cartoon . . . of course.  I always like it when the boys insert themselves in the word game.  Not sure who their bearded buddy is, but I think we may have seen him before.  The girls are the smart ones in today’s gig.  I will also miss a good amount of the pre-game shenanigans.  That looks like Dan Patrick – or maybe Al Michaels – and Tony Dungy on the big screen.  Great job there, Jeff.

Still not sure who Jeff is rooting for, but I know that I just disowned David L. HoytYou are out of the will, cuz!  Enjoy the game, folks.  Don’t eat and drink too much.  And, if you’re out and about – and drinking – give up the keys to a designated driver.  Yours truly will be safe and sound, at home, with his son and one of his buddies.  As always, be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I know Boomer is not involved with today’s telecast.  Different network.  But, no pics came up for Dan Patrick or Al Michaels.  Besides, Boomer is a class act.  A little conservative for my tastes, but a solid analyst and great ex-QB.  I listen to him weekday mornings, on The Fan.     YUR


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