When parents Jaleesa Martin and baby Messiah’s father couldn’t agree on the last name for their 7-month-old baby boy, Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew surprised them by ordering them to change their baby’s first name as well, from “Messiah” to “Martin.” She explained, “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”
As if this child support magistrate doesn’t come off dumb enough with her ruling, she doesn’t even know the source she’s citing. (I admit I had to look it up, but I’m not making illegal rulings based on my ignorance.) In the Bible, Messiah means anointed or anointed one, Lu Ann. The term was used way back then to denote kings, who were anointed with oil, but also included Israel’s high priests and prophets. So, Lu Ann, even way back then the “title” Messiah was not just for Jesus. And literally ages later, Messiah has become No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names as of AD 2012.
The misguided magistrate’s ruling also took away the apparently single mother’s right to have her surname be at least part of the baby’s surname, as the magistrate mandated that “Martin” be the baby’s first name. At least she didn’t order this mother to be stoned.
Not surprisingly, Jaleesa Martin is appealing this so-called judge’s ruling.
UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE. Watch this video of two more women who are internally probed by Texas Troopers along the side of the road. And then share it everywhere to inform the public of this outrage.
Imagine driving down the road, being pulled over for allegedly throwing out a cigarette, and being forced to stand on the side of the road while a stranger probes your anus and vagina.
After pulling these two young women over, the Texas trooper claimed that he smelled marijuana in the car. (Yeah, sure, that old line). He called for backup, a female trooper to perform a full body cavity search roadside.
Odd that he didn’t find any marijuana, huh? Maybe not so odd that he didn’t even cite these women the alleged littering. Guess after satisfying his desire to humiliate these women and watch a little girl-on-girl action, he just wanted to go somewhere, smoke a cigarette, and replay the images in his mind. No, wait—he had the video. Pig, indeed.
Adding injury to injury, the female trooper did not bother to change gloves when going from anal to vaginal probing, nor did she change gloves when going from one woman to the next. You gotta wonder if she’s that careless with her own body cavities.
In the this next video, which I find a little difficult to make out, I’m not even sure a female cop did the body cavities search, though whoever did the search was not gentle, because you can see and hear the woman being probed cry out.
Share these videos and help stop the violation and humiliation of citizens by the police. It could happen to you next—Texas is not the only place this is happening.
First of all, let me admit that I did not watch the George Zimmerman trial. After making it through the Jodi Arias trial, I needed a break from the commentary on HLN, which I found to be more toxic than Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander’s relationship.
I abhor it when people claim to know someone is guilty when they didn’t even watch the trial. In almost all cases even people on the jury are simply taking their best guess after watching and listening to the evidence and deliberating at length. Our legal system isn’t perfect, but it’s the best we know how to do.
So when I tuned in for the jury’s verdict on the George Zimmerman trial and heard “not guilty,” why did my jaw drop and why do I still feel that justice wasn’t served?
I think the answer to that question has two parts: 1) But for George Zimmerman’s (IMO) overzealous actions that night, Trayvon Martin would still be alive; and but for George Zimmerman’s actions that night he would never have had cause to fear for his life and, knowing that he had a loaded handgun, to play that deadly trump card. And 2) George Zimmerman gives me the creeps.
And while the second part of that answer, my emotional or gut response to Zimmerman, does not make him guilty, the first part of that answer, George Zimmerman’s own actions, does not make him innocent either.
WARNING: This post will not help you save the planet, clean up the environment, or feel good about all the sacrifices you make for Mother Earth. This post is about pure self-indulgence, the appreciation for and even the wildly injudicious use of the color green.
Green promotes balance. In the center of our visible spectrum, green’s cooler hues are calming; it’s warmer hues, energizing. In feng shui, green is the color of growth and healing. Blah, blah, blah . . .
Ah, so many greens, so little attention span. Seriously, covering all the various shades, tints, and values of the color green would be like that scene in Forrest Gump in which his pal Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue tells Forrest about all the ways you can prepare shrimp. But since I don’t have the attention span of Forrest Gump—and you probably don’t either—here are just a few paint chips to get us started.
How about this back-painted green glass wall in the shower (below) in place of tile and grout? Clean, contemporary, and no grout to clean. It’s probably not a DIY project because you’d need that baby to be watertight. But in the long run a lot less trouble, no?
Getting back to our green theme, notice how the green throw pillows and matching chair help brighten this predominantly white room while picking up the greens in the foliage outside. The moose is cool though—I mean, how many people have a pet moose? Most people I know have giraffes—but I think he’s definitely co-starring with that chair with those big, splashy, citrus polka dots. I love this room—it’s colorful, whimsical, and fun. Here’s the other end of that room.
You just can’t post an article on green decor and not include the green door. It makes a bold statement whether you know what’s behind the green door or not. The acid-green door (below) wakes you up before you enter the calming interior with its cooler, muted shades of gray-green.
But if we’re talking green decor, why stop with paint? There’s this cool POD (Print On Demand) site called SpoonFlower.com where you can design your own fabric—yes, just like on Project Runway—also wallpaper, wrapping paper, and decals, or you can purchase from other designers who sell their original designs on this site. Here are some that are currently available on SpoonFlower.com:
Yes, that’s what it looks like. It’s called “Proud Mary Jane.”
Seriously, this small sampling doesn’t begin to cover all of what’s available on SpoonFlower. If you really want to see even a fraction of the products they offer, pack a lunch and plan to spend the day there. For that matter, try making some of your own. Framed fabric of your own design will make a unique statement in your home.
I know some of you came here looking for ways to help the environment and find sustainable ways of living. And instead of reading this post, you could have been out somewhere riding your bicycle and not eating meat and making the rest of us feel guilty. So, for those of you who took time out for this post, here’s a green tip: when you paint your room green, use green paint, that is, paint with paint that has No VOCs (volatile organic compounds found in regular paint that off-gas and might cause a variety of health problems like nausea, eye and respiratory irritation, lung or kidney damage, and even cancer). Oh yeah, and No VOC paint smells better too. Look, Ma, no headache.
What will the bloodthirsty HLN anchors and commentators do while the Jodi Arias trial takes a break? How will they quench their blood lust without a fresh kill? The long wait has definitely taken its toll. See new photos of Nancy Grace, Vinnie Politan, Jane Velez Mitchell, and Mike Galanos.