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In recent weeks, the Trayvon Martin shooting case has been growing legs and captivtated much of the attention of Americans and the news media alike.

It all started last month when Florida resident George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, shot Trayvon Martin after following him in a wealthy neighborhood. Zimmerman claims he followed Martin because he looked suspicious and was even told by police to stop following him.

Zimmerman claims that Martin was a threat and decided to shoot him in self defense. There are witnesses who claim that Zimmerman had his hands pressed on Martin's back as he laid there dead and never tried to help him.  Zimmerman's team disputes this and claims he was attacked by Martin, which justified the shooting.

Either way you slice it or dice it, Zimmerman clearly was in the wrong for shooting him. The Sanford, Florida Police Department has handled the Trayvon Martin case poorly and let this situation fester by not arresting Zimmerman, claiming he's protected by Florida's "stand your ground law."  Since then, the Police Chief in Sanford, Florida has resigned.

Now, onto what's really wrong with this situation. People in the media are turning this issue into a race issue. Also, millions of Americans are turning this into a white-on-black issue and taking to the streets. It's especially disturbing when the truth is that Zimmerman is partially hispanic and not "white." Some in the media are going so far as to say Zimmerman is a racist, which explains why he got trigger-happy that night.

These same Americans should instead focus on the violence, which is prevalent within innner cities. Turn on ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox on any given night and you'll hear about shootings, rapes, muggings, car jackings, etc. It goes on all over the country within cities and tens of thousands of neighborhoods across the nation. If Americans would go out and protest these sorts of things and focus their energy on the horrors within our neighborhoods, we'd see gang violence and urban violence drop 90%.

Again, Trayvon Martin's story is one of tragedy, but it's abominable that this has become a white-on-black thing. It's a tragedy, which should have been prevented.  Period.

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 Max Talbot to Appear at the Sports Cave

WHO: Flyers right-winger Max Talbot will be at the Sports Cave.Max Talbot photo: ccmhockey.com

WHAT: Talbot will be present to sign autographs for fans. Tickets cost $30, and can be purchased ahead of time at www.phillymancave.com

Mention you saw this on Philly2Philly.com and you will get 10% off your order!!!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Sports Cave, 1625 Chestnut Street, Suite 171 Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Shops at Liberty Place).

WHY: Since joining the Flyers at the beginning of this season, Talbot has proven to be a strong addition to the lineup. Talbot has scored 18 goals this season, a career high for him. Talbot also sets a positive example for the team with his toughness, grit, and high-intensity on the ice.      

About The Sports Cave:

The Sports Cave is a family owned and operated retail store located at One Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia.  Customers are treated to a wide range of gift items, pricing, and our convenient location.  We offer authentic sports memorabilia, vintage posters, stadium panoramics, books, and many other gifts for any bar or “cave.”  We also offer special services like custom framing, appraisals of memorabilia, player signings, and much more. Visit our website, http://phillymancave.com/, to learn about upcoming events and specials.

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Contact information: Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications, 1835 Market Street, Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA 19103



I was having a quick brunch with a girlfriend, and she was talking rather candidly with me about her ‘sexcapades’ with her new beau. She was telling me where, how often, how so, foreplay, all play, role play, all of it.  I sat and listened to her and was genuine happy for her and he as they were obviously enjoying one another immensely, and then some.  Photo: James Estrin/The New York Time

I was sipping my mimosa when an older woman, she had to be in her late 60’s, came over to our table and said, “Excuse me, but I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation.” I immediately thought about the most recent items of discussion and was wondering if she heard my friend recant their game of “on the loose circus monkeys” (Don’t ask. I didn’t even want the details). We turned around and my friend politely said “I’m sorry were we too loud.  I have a tendency to forget my indoor voice sometimes.”

She looked at us both and with a small smile said “Oh, no you weren’t too loud, I just wanted to tell you that I find your sexually perverted antics shameful and you alone could be the reason that this world is going to hell in a hand basket.”

Now  A) I’ve always hated that phrase because I don’t know what the hell a hand basket is. If they mean a ‘purse,’ they should say “purse,’ and  B) From what realm of the universe did this woman hail in which it was acceptable to judge someone so harshly and unleash such wicked statements unprovoked?  I stared dumbfounded at the “cohunes” on this woman. Granted, there were some stories told involving a glue stick and rain ponchos (which were relayed and I still haven’t decided if it’s worth the reoccurring mental image,) but no matter what degree of “R Rated” material she was dishing, this woman (in my opinion) had no place to judge anyone.

My friend may be a sexually driven woman (and as Ludacris would say “a freak in the bed”), but it does not open the gates of judgment from strangers or friends for that matter.  We are all entitled to practice our own virtues and forge our own paths through whatever methods we choose. Some will be good for us, some learning experiences, but all in all they will be OUR own choices. The constant negative judgment needs to be curbed back so we can again begin to recognize the fundamental beauty in those who “wax the car” a bit differently than you.  I really don’t want to believe that we’ve reached a place as a society that we’re cool with just walking up to total strangers, judging them, and then TELLING them to boot. We all are guilty of judging in our heads and hearts, but when you take that a step further and tell someone of your angst for them who you know nothing of, my God where else is there to go from here?   


By no means am I saying I never judge someone, I totally do. I’m just saying after being approached by such a brazen individual, it really made me think about how that kind of negativity adds nothing to the world. I do have to say the positive which did come out of being approached and reprimanded by the Hall Monitor was that it forced me to recognize my own judgmental tendencies and take a step back before I dive right into an opinion. I don’t know where they’ve been in their lives, or what drives them.

And who knows?  We could have been rehearsing a play…or scripting some freaky porn. 

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On Saturday March 10, the Oxford Valley Mall held a Zumbathon to benefit the Bucks County Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). The YWCA is a national organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, and supports under-served women and their families. Zumba is known for being an intense calorie burning workout that anyone can do and have a fun doing it. This exciting Latin- inspired aerobic program involves a combination of dance and fitness moves. This year’s event had a fantastic turnout. Over 120 participants danced together to raise over 200 pounds in food and supplies as well as $600 to fund YWCA educational enrichment and social service programs in the Bucks County community.

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The event organizers Jim Malervy and the Zumba Instructor Shannon Grosso

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The large crowd enjoying dance at the Zumbathon Event

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The crowd getting into the spirit at zumba class

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Participants of the zumbathon are dancing to the aerobic program and burning the calories away

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Who do you think are some of the Philadelphia Flyers’ All-Time Goons?

We want to hear from you!

During the next two weeks (Monday-Friday), Philly2Philly will post Flyers related trivia involving their all-time tough guys. If your answer is voted the best of the day by the Philly2Philly panel, you will receive passes to an advance screening ‘Goon’ starring Sean William Scott (Stifler from the ‘American Pie' movies) on Wednesday, March 28th at AMC Neshaminy 24 (3900 Rockhill Drive) in Bensalem, PA at 7:30.

The questions on Monday-Friday will be featured on our Facebook page. 

Here are the rules:

-You must be 18

-You can only win once, but you can play until/if you win the passes.

So bring your thinking cap as well as your knowledge to the table, don’t pull any punches, and you can win!

Good luck!

Note: THIS FILM IS RATED R. YOU WILL EXCHANGE PASSES AT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TICKETS. PASSES ADMIT TWO. SEATING IS LIMITED TO THEATRE CAPACITY. NO CASH VALUE

Special thanks to Donna Baum at TPG (The Promotions Group Corporation)

 

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How many of you missed church today? (and not on purpose!)Daylight Savings Time photo: hcgreenthumb.wordpress.com
 
Fall back. Spring ahead (except Arizona and Hawaii). That’s what we have been told from as far back as fifth grade.
 
And yet I still wonder why is Daylight Savings Time still such an issue for people?

Now I can understand not knowing exactly what day it happens. However, unless you’re hiding under a gigantic rock, have no television, computer or cell phone older than 1998, there is no excuse for not knowing when Daylight Savings Time is about to transpire.

If you have a television, just go to the DVR. You can always look in the bottom right hand corner of your computer for the time, and if you have a new cell phone, it updates this automatically.  Even some clocks these days update this on its own!

There you have it: just some basic ways to tell when exactly Daylight Savings Time has arrived.  Or, you could just remember that it’s 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March to 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. This year it’s November 4th!

 

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The Darlington Arts Center Hosts 10th Annual Art Salute to Spring

This years Art Salute to Spring marks the 10th Annual fundraiser that The Darlington Arts Center has hosted.

The fundraiser will include a live and silent auction as well as a fun wine game. Students of Darlington will provide a few musical and dance performances.

When: Sunday March 18th 2012, 3pm-6pm

Where: Concord Country Club- 1601 Wilmington Pike West Chester, PA 19382

The essence of Darlington’s mission is to provide to the creative and artistic demands of the surrounding communities. This includes supplying to underprivileged youth in the area. If the demand for art is there, why should underprivileged youth be ignored? Darlington feels the responsibility to cater to these children, and it is done so through donations and the annual fundraiser.

How: Request an invitation to register for the event from Executive Director Susan Quinn. Her email is Susan@darlingtonarts.org.

The Darlington Arts Center phone number is 610-358-3632. Tickets to the event are $40 for one person or $75 for two people.

Entertainment: String quartet students as well as tap dance students will be present.

Interviews with the Executive Director for the media can be scheduled by contacting Heather Gillotti at 267-357-9900 or hlg42@drexel.edu

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Van Halen is “totally okay with” shooting videos and taking photos for their show at Wells Fargo Center on Monday, March 5th.
 
And that’s exactly what we want YOU to do!Van Halen photo: vhnd.com

If you’re attending the show Monday, we want you to submit a review as well as videos from the concert!  The best ones will be posted on Philly Buzz during the week.

Just send your YouTube linked videos and review to PhillyBuzz@Philly2Philly.com

Enjoy the show and good luck!!

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I dated someone for a year or so who was just a walking man of extremes.  Everything that he was into, he was INTO. The man didn’t have hobbies, he Leo and Kate Titanichad passions. Being his girlfriend was great for the first few months or so because he was that guy who every kiss was like Leo and Kate’s in Titanic, and he was so interesting to get to know. He enveloped so many loves and could speak about so many topics with such flare because you could see how intensely he felt. I originally praised this quality and admired his convictions, but then it got real old, real quick.  

You cease to be a passionate person when you’re brought to an unbridled frustration at a restaurants use of bendy straws rather than those which simply stand upright. I started to realize that he might be a bit unbalanced. I eventually concluded that he was pretty regularly eating a “big bowl of crazy” for breakfast and this was not going to change. He was someone with more of an issue then I had recognized before.  I soon there-after ended it and asked him to leave my house and life, which he did, but not before he took not just his belongings from my home, but he also left with every non-perishable item in my pantry. He even took the last can of who-hash.

My point here is that we’re pretty quick now-a-day to brand someone a “nut” because they may have an emotional outburst, or show their frustrations in a way that differs from how you may. However, the reality is this most of these folks aren’t psycho, they’re just working out the kinks of life in general. We all encounter situations that throw us off our game, and we struggle to find that effective way to communicate without coming off like a loon, or finding you delivering multiple apologies after the dust settles.  Some are better than others at this balancing, but we all have fallen short a few times I am sure.

zoloftI make all attempts to walk away from each relationship in my life and find the lesson, and what I learned from Captain Zoloft above was more or less that it’s impossible to not judge someone. We all do it, but what we need to have an abundance of is patience.  We don’t know how or why or what drives someone else and their emotional lashings all the time. It’s way too simple and hypocritical for me to write “We all should just not judge anyone. Ever.”

That’s just impossible.  We all judge and we all label pre-maturely.  I would just suggest taking that step back when you encounter someone who comes off with a more extreme way of dealing, and give them the courtesy of your patience while they work themselves out.  Granted, you will (I’m sure some time or another) come across those folks who by no stretch of the imagination are crazy.  Not like 'eating pennies' crazy, but just delusional enough where they can’t grasp the reality in certain situations and take responsibity for their own actions. In those instances, I just wouldn’t recommend “poking the bear”.

Getting a good level of patience in your life will help you clearly access which folks those just figuring out their coping tactics of life, and those who are more likely to someday be accused of duck taping someone in their basement.

Happy Trails Riders!

Ladies, ever wonder where the phrase "tapped that" originated?  Fella's, ever wonder if girls had slumber parties with nighties and pillow fights?  Yeah, well me too.  The Vagina MonoBlogs takes a proactive but honest point of view on some of these timeless questions and offers some perspectives to apply...or avoid for that matter!

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