Well, I guess it is officially autumn. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pumpkins, sunshiny 50 degree days, candy corn, football, the smell of cinnamon & cloves, warm apple pie, hot vegetable soup, The World Series…it’s all good. But before we fully embrace fall & all it has to offer let us take a moment to say a fond farewell to glorious summer. You may have noticed that I have not done a Heroes & Heels since the May edition. At some point I decided it would be a good idea to wait three months and do a summer retrospective H&H combining everyone who grabbed my attention over the course of three months. Now that the time has come to deliver I’m not so sure it was such a great idea, but nevertheless we shall forge ahead. So as always these are the people…dating back to June…who I feel deserve some measure of admiration or contempt. Enjoy!!
Roy Costner IV
Mr. Costner was the 2013 valedictorian of the graduating class of Liberty High School in Liberty, South Carolina. Apparently that school district has bent over and allowed the ACLU and the heinous Freedom From Religion Foundation to push all prayer from any kind of public events. But Costner is the kind of Christian we all should aspire to be and in the midst of giving his school approved (of course) speech at the commencement ceremony he tore up his written remarks, thanked his parents for leading him to Christ at a young age, and recited The Lord’s Prayer. Sometimes it takes courage…and faith…to do the right thing.
The Supreme Court
In June The Supreme Court continued to contribute to the decaying of America by ruling that “married” gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as real (one man & one woman…like The Bible says) married couples.
O’Reilly is one of the conservative pariahs…alongside Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity…that liberals like Al Sharpton love to demonize. But it turns out that Sharpton is a liar (shocker!!). After Sharpton twisted O’Reilly’s words one more time back in August O’Reilly responded by revealing that he had once donated $25k to one of Sharpton’s charities to buy Christmas presents and Christmas dinners for hundreds of poor people in Harlem. Oh those evil conservatives!!
Montia Marie Parke
Miss Parke is the complete opposite of Roy Costner IV. She is a Minnesota high school cheerleader who somehow managed to force a mentally impaired classmate into prostitution. To anyone who has ever whined & cried about something called “cyberbullying”…you just need to shut up now. This is actual bullying.
Thompson is the CEO of McDonald’s. In response to a particularly precocious 9 year old’s question a few months ago at a public Q&A inquiring as to why the fast food giant “tricks kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters” Thompson assured the little girl that McDonald’s “doesn’t sell junk food” and trumpeted the plethora of healthy options on the menu. You know…like the Premium Southwest Chicken Salad that’s only 450 calories and 21 grams of fat.
Pima Community College
Terri Bennett is a nursing student. She requested that the college enforce the use of English in her classes after several of her labs, group studies, & clinicals were conducted in Spanish…a language in which she is not fluent. In response school administrators called Ms. Bennett a bigot and suspended her for 9 months. This college is in Arizona. One of the 50 states of the United States of America…where we speak English. Someone needs to remind the politically correct suits at this school of those things.
Maurkice & Mike Pouncey
Maurkice is my boy. He’s a fantastic center for my Pittsburgh Steelers. But a couple of months ago he & his twin brother (who plays for the Miami Dolphins) pulled a bonehead move by wearing “Free Hernandez” caps in reference to their college teammate Aaron Hernandez. Sorry gentlemen…I know all about “innocent until proven guilty”, but public sentiment isn’t with you on this one and sometimes it’s best to keep your opinion to yourself.
TV actress & talk show host Remini was one of many celebrities who got sucked into the cult of Scientology. But a couple of months ago she finally wised up and ditched Tom Cruise, John Travolta, & all their weirdo buddies. Better late than never. Good for her.
Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown University and a frequent talking head on MSNBC. A few months ago, after the Zimmerman verdict was announced, he made an analogy comparing how black folks felt about that whole deal to how many of us felt after 9/11. I guess it isn’t shocking that MSNBC employs such an offensive idiot, and even less astonishing that he’s a college professor.
Charles Dickens Primary School in Hampshire, England
Luke Blagden is a 10 year old student at the school. He was thirsty. It was a hot day. His teacher wouldn’t allow him to get a drink of water. Why?? Because there were a few of his Muslim classmates who were fasting for Ramadan and “it wouldn’t be fair to them” for Luke to be able to quench his thirst. And yet Christians are the ones who constantly get accused of ramming our beliefs down others’ throats. Hypocrisy at its worst.
The 40 year old pop culture magazine put Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue. I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked. This is the same piece of journalistic garbage that once put Charles Manson on its cover in 1970.
Holy Trinity School & The Diocese of San Diego
Carie Charlesworth was a 2nd grade teacher at a private school in San Diego, CA…until she was fired in April following a January incident in which her abusive husband showed up at school and the powers-that-be put the whole place in lockdown. Ms. Charlesworth spoke out about the situation this summer. I understand that the safety of the children is one of the school officials’ primary responsibilities, but it seems very very wrong to blame a person for their spouse’s abusive behavior. And we wonder why an estimated 70% of domestic violence situations go unreported.
I’ve never been a big fan of Kutcher. He always seemed like kind of a dufus and none of the TV shows or movies he’s starred in have really frosted my cupcake. However, a few months ago he really impressed the heck out of me and probably a lot of other people when accepting a Teen Choice Award. His speech was thoughtful, genuine, & chockfull of sage advice. He told the youngsters in the audience that “opportunity looks a lot like hard work” and said that he “never had a job in my life that I was better than”. He said that “the sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, thoughtful, and generous” and that “everything else is crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less so don’t buy it.” Then he wrapped up by relaying something he’d learned from late Steve Jobs which is that “everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one, build one.” It may have been one of the best acceptance speeches any artist has ever given, so kudos to Mr. Kutcher.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Marietta, GA
A few months ago 11 year old Lexi Haas and her family attempted to visit the museum while on vacation. Lexi was denied entrance because her wheelchair might dirty the precious carpet inside the museum. Apparently the facility has its own (I assume squeaky clean) wheelchair that handicapped people are invited to use while visiting. As a person in wheelchair I can confidently say that this is unacceptable. I am NOT going to go thru all the hassle of transferring out of my own very expensive wheelchair that is specially fitted for me just for a bit of entertainment. It’s not worth the aggravation. There are other entertainment options. For anyplace to ask a person to do that is extremely offensive. To their credit Lexi’s family declined to pursue legal action and took the high road of simply exposing the stupidity of the museum.
Mahan is a professional golfer who had the lead going into the final round of the Canadian Open in July. However, upon hearing that his wife had gone into labor with their first child 31 year old Mahan immediately withdrew from the tournament and was present for the birth of his daughter. It’s nice to see a pro athlete with his priorities in order.
Temar Boggs & Chris Garcia
These two young men were simply helping a friend move some furniture in Lancaster, PA back in July when they were informed by police that a local 5 year old girl had been kidnapped. Boggs & Garcia, age 15, took off on their bicycles to search the neighborhood. Upon spotting the vehicle with the girl & the kidnapper the boys gave chase. The kidnapper became spooked and released the girl, after which Boggs & Garcia took her to the police. I never did hear whether the kidnapper was caught, but the important thing is that the little girl is safe. Good things happen when teenagers put away the video games and go outide.
President George Bush
In July the first President Bush…at age 89…shaved his head in support of the 2 year old son of one his Secret Service agents. The little boy is battling leukemia. It certainly makes one wistfully recall the bygone days when Presidents had class & decency.
Have any of the Wayans brothers done anything of note since In Living Color went off the air two decades ago?? Anyway, this irrelevant moron had a bit of a meltdown on Twitter after the Zimmerman verdict was announced in July, tweeting things like “the jury just said ‘fuck niggas’!!! We are officially game, like deer” and “black parents hold your kids at home because apparently killing black children is okay”. Maybe if he could act half as good as he overreacts he’d be a working actor and wouldn’t have so much free time to spend on Twitter.
On September 2nd Nyad became the first person to ever swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. I am reminded of the Austrian gentleman who skydived from space last year. There doesn’t seem to be any logical reason why these folks do this kind of stuff rather than get a normal job like you & me except that they’re just wired differently. To that I say kudos because it makes the world a much more interesting place.
- O’Reilly Defends Against Charges of ‘Racism’ by Telling Surprising Story About Al Sharpton (mediaite.com)
- Miley Cyrus Wrecking Her Career (woodburyculturalstudies2013.wordpress.com)
- Aaron Hernandez Associate Pleads Not Guilty (centralctpost.com)
- Aaron Hernandez — Blocked From Watching NFL in Jail (tmz.com)
- If You Haven’t Seen This Ashton Kutcher Speech Yet, You Should Watch It Now (radioalice.cbslocal.com)
- Death Penalty Protocol Focus of Mass. Bomb Hearing (nation.time.com)
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev friends plead not guilty to obstruction of justice (theguardian.com)
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sustained gunshot wounds to face and extremities (theguardian.com)
- Third Tsarnaev pal indicted for lying to investigators (bostonherald.com)