Kid Rock Might Be Running For U.S. Senate Because Everything Is Terrible

first_imgOh boy! I wonder what his major announcement will be! Surely, it’s not that he plans to run for U.S. Senate!However, the bid is not officially confirmed, and there are two reasons to be skeptical. 1) Kid Rock is a known flip-flopper. In 1998, the musician declared “I wanna be a cowboy,” though we have yet to see any evidence that he actually accomplished this goal after nearly two decades, and 2) As Consequence of Sound notes, “While Richie has expressed an interest in politics, it’s entirely possible, and likely probable, he’s not actually running for office. His campaign’s webstore is hosted on Warner Bros.’s website, suggesting the rocker is parlaying recent speculation into a marketing opportunity for a new music project.”If Rock is serious about running for Michigan’s Senate, he’d be up against incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D), as Kid Rock, though he identifies as a “Libertarian” (a.k.a. a Republican who likes to smoke pot), is a big supporter of Donald Trump. In the past, Rock has previously campaigned for the 45th president, sold merchandise for him, visited him in the White House, and generally just won’t hop off his dick. Ironically, if Kid Rock were to run for office, he may have to face-off against his good buddy, Ted Nugent, who is also considering running for office, because the bar for political standards is literally flush with the ground.[H/T Consequence of Sound] A few moments later, Kid Rock then posted this cryptic follow-up: Ah, yes, Kid Rock. What do you think when you hear the name? Do you think of the genius musician who heavily sampled the iconic “Sweet Home Alabama” in his song about growing up in Northern Michigan, or the genius lyricist who, in the very same song, rhymed the word “things” with “things,” making for an actually 100% perfect rhyme? #legendaryMaybe, your first instinct when you hear the name of the musician who penned such classics as “Cucci Galore” and “Bawitdaba”—the latter of which is mostly filled with incoherent babbling in between rants on the IRS and references to “porno flicks”—is, “Get that man into political office ASAP!” If you fall into this category, then buckle up, because you’re about to have a great day. Today, Robert Ritchie, the actual name of the celebrated and beloved musician that is Kid Rock, more or less announced that he would be running for U.S. Senate.A website for Kid Rock’s apparent senatorial run,  www.kidrockforsenate.com, went live today, which, I shit you not, only features a picture of Kid Rock next to a taxidermied deer, the lone phrase “ARE YOU SCARED?”, a link to a gift shop with predictably horribly rendered gear, and a poorly designed GIF that alternates between phrases like “PIMP OF THE NATION,” “BORN FREE,” and “IN ROCK WE TRUST.” Inexplicably, the GIF also features the phrases “PARTY TO THE PEOPLE,” “WELCOME TO THE PARTY,” and “I’LL ROCK THE PARTY” back to back, just to really hammer home Rock’s affinity toward both political parties and drinking-a-bottle-of-Southern-Comfort-and-waking-up-in-your-neighbor’s-bushes-naked parties.Clearly, the outpour about this new website got back to Kid Rock, as he then went to post on Twitter this:last_img read more

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Support for scholars

first_imgElizabeth Garcia ’16 was raised on 12th Street, a poor, drug-infested neighborhood in Palmetto, Fla., she described as “a dead end.”“My friends were teenage mothers before they were teenagers themselves,” she recalled, sharing her powerful story at the 10th annual Celebration of Scholarships dinner on April 8.Her journey from Palmetto to Harvard was dramatic, and Garcia, who was born to immigrant parents who left school in the second and seventh grades, said the financial aid she received was life-changing.“I knew I had entered the land of opportunity,” she said, of arriving at Harvard. “You believed in me.”The annual dinner at Annenberg Hall is a chance for students who get support from Harvard’s Financial Aid Initiative to connect with their donors. Co-hosted by Tim Barakett ’87, M.B.A. ’93, and his wife, Michele; Lloyd Blankfein ’75, J.D. ’78, and his wife, Laura; Ken Griffin ’89; and Jerry Jordan ’61, M.B.A. ’67, and his wife, Darlene, the evening drew more than 300 guests, including Harvard President Drew Faust, Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid for Harvard College.Harvard President Drew Faust (center) attended the dinner, which was co-hosted in part by Jerry Jordan ’61, M.B.A. ’67 (left), and Tim Barakett ’87, M.B.A. ’93 (right).“Harvard’s mission — educating citizens and citizen leaders — demands we bring together students with profoundly different life experiences. This is a necessary condition for us to be able to prepare each of them to succeed and lead in a diverse world,” said Smith, who encouraged the crowd to match Griffin’s leadership challenge to endow 600 new scholarships.Since launching the Financial Aid Initiative in 2005, Harvard has awarded nearly $1.5 billion in grant aid, and has increased its financial aid budget by 112 percent, from $80 million to almost $170 million. Students whose annual family incomes are below $65,000 pay nothing to attend, and each member of the incoming class of 2020 with that level of support will also receive $2,000 from a new start-up grant as freshmen to help ease the transition to college life.“Our financial aid program has never been more important to the country than it is right now and, to be honest, who we are as an institution,” said Fitzsimmons.In Annenberg Hall, beneath the Gothic trusses and the colorful flags marking each of Harvard’s freshman dorms, students such as Garcia and Shori Hijikata ’16 spoke about the impact financial support has had on their experiences at Harvard. Others performed. Andy Troska ’16, who plans to pursue a music career, sang “Ostrovok (The islet), Op. 14 No. 2” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, while Josh Bean ’16 accompanied singer Joshuah Campbell ’16 on piano for a beautiful rendition of the jazz standard “I Wished on the Moon.”Before the dinner, Jarrod Wetzel-Brown ’16, an English concentrator who plans to go to medical school, said the financial support he received as a beneficiary of the Thomas J. Schneider Scholarship Fund allowed him to be more reflective, and make more thoughtful decisions about his future.“In the moment, some things are more important than worrying about a test score or a project,” he said. “I learned not to just exist, but to learn, to really connect with professors and peers. I learned to linger and appreciate.”,For Bernadette Lim ’16, who is concentrating in human evolutionary biology, financial support has allowed her to have transformational experiences — studying in Kenya, studying low-income African-American families in Los Angeles for her senior thesis — outside the classroom.“Every time I do something like that I think, ‘This is the Harvard experience I never thought was possible,’” said Lim, a Kushner Family Undergraduate Scholar, before the dinner.Scholarship donor Bruce Menin ’84, a real estate developer, said the small part he contributes toward helping deserving students is rewarding, which makes the Celebration of Scholarships an “extraordinary” night to attend.“Students are so impressive and their intentions so unique and imaginative and often directed at helping the world in significant ways. They are going back to states or countries of disrepair, hoping to solve big problems,” he said. “They are eminently qualified to make an impact and you realize the world will be a better place. They are dreaming big.”He might well have been talking about Garcia, a Cabot House resident who told the audience that, along with her school studies, she found time to mentor low-income students in South Boston and serve as a co-director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.“I’ve learned — there’s no doubt,” she said. “I have a lot to pay back.”last_img read more

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Cricket News This Sri Lankan left-arm spinner fills Rangana Herath’s void, creates history in South Africa Test

first_imgIn the process, Embuldeniya created history by becoming only the fourth Sri Lanka bowler in history to take a five-wicket haul on debut. In 1986, left-arm pacer Kosala Kuruppuarachchi became the first Sri Lankan to take five-wickets on debut during the Pakistan Test in Colombo as the hosts won the match by eight wickets. Upul Chandana, the legspinner, became the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul on debut overseas when he took 6/179 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2000 but Sri Lanka lost the game by an innings and 175 runs. Akila Dananjaya took 5/24 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2018. Embuldeniya is the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul on debut outside the sub-continent.Embuldeniya made his First-Class debut in 2017 for Nondescripts Cricket Club. In 21 games at the domestic level, the tall left-arm bowler has taken 125 wickets at an average of 20.13. His major success in 2019 came in the game against Saracens Sports Club at the Colts Ground in Colombo. Embuldeniya picked up 6/96 and 3/66 but Saracens won the game convincingly. He followed it up with 4/86 against the Sinhalese Sports Club at the P Sara Stadium. Following the 0-2 rout against Australia, Sri Lanka appointed some fresh faces in the side and Dimuth Karunaratne was made the stand-in captain in place of Dinesh Chandimal. Lasith Embuldeniya became 4th Sri Lanka bowler to take five wickets on debut.Rangana Herath took 433 wickets in 93 Tests.Sri Lanka have won only one Test in South Africa. New Delhi: When Rangana Herath announced his retirement during the Galle Test against England in 2018, Sri Lanka suffered yet another setback in their quest to rebuild the team. Following the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, who had taken 800 wickets and was Sri Lanka’s ultimate match-winner, it was Herath who helped Sri Lanka maintain their consistency. The left-arm spinner, who made his debut in 1999, became the leading left-arm bowler in the world as he finished with 433 wickets in 93 Tests. However, in the Durban Test against South Africa in February 2019, Sri Lanka unearthed a new gem and a bowler who can potentially fill the void left by Herath. On day 3, 22-year-old left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya created history with a five-wicket haul to give Sri Lanka a faint chance.Embuldeniya had taken the wickets of Dean Elgar (35) and Temba Bavuma (3) but a 96-run stand between Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis boosted the Proteas towards a healthy lead. De Kock was trapped LBW by Embuldeniya for 55 but Faf du Plessis neared a century and he shared a 60-run stand with Vernon Philander. However, after the lunch break, Vishwa Fernando got rid of du Plessis for 90 and Embuldeniya got the wickets of Philander (18) and Kagiso Rabada (0) as he finished with a haul of 5/66 from 26 overs. Fernando’s haul of 4/71 resulted in South Africa losing five wickets for eight runs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

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Speakers propose innovations for public schooling

first_imgThe USC Alumni Education Network hosted “The Business of Education,” featuring two speakers who discussed the challenges and innovations possible in public schooling.The event, which took place last week at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, featured Don Brann and Matthew Wunder. Brann holds degrees from both the Marshall School of Business and the Rossier School of Education.  He has a 40-year career in education, which includes creating Da Vinci Schools, a chain of charter schools in the U.S. that promotes real world experience and project-based learning, and leading various school districts.  Wunder is the CEO and one of the founders of Da Vinci Schools, with 25 years of experience in the education industry.Wunder and Brann started the event with an exercise that was meant to teach the audience how difficult it is to deal with a school budget.  Brann spoke of how people often think of budget cuts as an obligation to cut costs, but he sees it as an opportunity to recruit more students.“When I see there is some kind of discrepancy between what resources I have … and what I want to do. What I do is, I do not think of cutting things, I think of raising the revenue,” he said. “And, the main way to raise revenue is to raise the number of students that you serve.”Having been successful in raising student enrollment at the Wiseburn Unified School District in California, Brann suggested ideas for increasing enrollment rates.  He told the audience that customer service was one of the most important things to focus on.“I view America as a place that does not have sufficient customer service, and Americans are very hungry for people to work with and to serve them that care,” he said. “To me, the way to connect people and to hook them was to give them great customer service, so that is what we based the transformation of Wiseburn School District.”He noticed that many of the students in the district came from homes where their parents were working full time, and they often found themselves coming back from school to an empty house.  Brann addressed this problem by implementing a before- and after-school program, in which he helped build a bridge between the parents’ schedules and the kids’ schedules in school.  By making parents’ lives work logistically, he helped increase the amount of students enrolled.Additionally, Brann made changes in the school to account for what parents’ valued in a school.  Brann implemented lower class sizes and easier access to the principal, among other details that parents’ were interested in.  He also achieved higher test scores. Then, the program was marketed through offices of big employers throughout the district, ones that would attract busy parents who wanted their children in good schools.In the 15 years that Brann worked in the Wiseburn School District, he never made budget cuts. Instead of layoffs and slashing the budget, he implemented things that would attract more students to enroll and, therefore, increase revenue.Brann’s new project is working with the Inglewood School District, where he said he has found many problems with corruption and bad management.  When he arrived, Brann found that people were stealing food and textbooks and then reselling them for a profit. In the last seven years, Brann said Inglewood has lost 28 percent of its students. Brann’s new project is to save Inglewood from debt and plummeting enrollment rates.Wunder closed the event with information on the difficulties students are facing on the path from education to employment. He discussed how he and Brann are trying to improve this process for students through the Da Vinci Schools.Instead of being focused on test scores, Da Vinci Schools focus on habits of mind — such as character and perseverance — 21st century skills, presentational learning and public speaking skills.The speakers said that though there are 30 million Americans looking for work, there are also 5 million unfilled jobs across the country because applicants don’t have the skills employers are looking for.  There is a big discrepancy between what employees offer and what employers are looking for, and this has caused a huge employment crisis in America.This is one of the main reasons why Wunder and Brann helped found the Da Vinci Schools.  They aim to graduate students with the skills that employers are looking for in potential candidates.“Our education to employment pipeline doesn’t line up well with jobs,” Wunder said, “And so the transformation that we think needs to happen is that we connect the pipeline and we start with the end user, those employers.”last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This article is aimed at men. It is going to be blunt and straight to the point and may offend. 

We live in an age where everything is computerised.You name it; you can do it online.The trouble with this is that the majority of our lives are being spent in front of a computer. As men, we sit too much, drink too much coffee, stress too much, don’t sleep enough, have pretty awful diets and don’t exercise enough.Once upon a time, when food was food and there were no computers or video games, people used to go outside.You heard that right kids, OUTSIDE.You know that place where you go to get into the car, so you can drive to the gym and walk on a treadmill, or spin on a bike. What is the result of the last few years of prosperity and technology?We have a generation of men who are skinny fat!This new body type is probably the most unhealthy that we as men are facing.Skinny fat looks like this:

The extremities (arms and legs) are completely normal looking. In some cases they are actually thin, whereas the trunk of the body is carrying quite a bit of excess body-fat.When you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt you will look relatively normal. It won’t look as if there is a problem. However, when you remove the t-shirt it will look as if you are wearing your grandfather’s skin for a shirt.You will have “moobs”, belly fat and probably a muffin top.To put it bluntly, you are beginning to look like a woman!This is not an insult to women. It is natural for women to carry fat on certain parts of their bodies. Men simply should not be holding fat in the same areas. This might seem a bit extreme, but when you look at the health and hormonal issues that are being studied regarding this issue, this is no laughing matter.A recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association found that;If you are skinny fat and get diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to die as if you are overweight and get diagnosed. 

You simply do not have the muscle mass that an overweight person has to protect you.Testosterone levels in skinny fat men were also found to be extremely low, with oestrogen levels being overly high.A simple test: when you wake up in the morning, are you flaccid?If you are in your twenties and you consistently wake up like this, something is not right.Stress levels are also extremely important in the issue of skinny fat.Most people these days have stressful jobs, stressful commutes to work, and stressful lives outside of work.They survive on coffee and energy drinks, are always on their phone or computers, never get into full deep sleep, which leaves nearly every situation they face feeling stressful.This leaves cortisol levels high which in turn, will hamper the body’s ability to build muscle and to burn fat.So let’s round this up;If you recognize yourself in this description, you probably have moobs, belly fat and a muffin top, the testosterone levels of a 16 year old girl and the stress levels of a mortgage broker when the 2008 crash happened.So what do we do?How do we fix this problem and get men back to being MEN?The first step is cleaning up your nutrition.Stop eating pre-packaged and processed foods and reduce your consumption of refined carbs.Reduce your consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol.Eat protein at every meal.Increase your intake of healthy fats.Take a multi vitamin, quality fish oil and a vitamin D supplement.Doesn’t sound fun? Enjoy having Moobs!Start lifting weights, aim for reps of between 6-10 reps and 3-6 sets per exercise.Concentrate on the larger muscle groups and hit the big lifts like the squat, chin ups/lat pull down, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press.STOP DOING CARDIO, you do not need it.Trying to burn fat with excess cardio without building muscle will only leave you a skinnier fatter version of what you previously were.Reduce you time online, especially before bed.Preferably, there should be no screen time for 2-3 hours before bed.What could you do instead?Here’s a few ideas: GO OUTSIDE, GO TO THE GYM OR READ A BOOK.Sooner or later you will have to face up to the fact that, if you are skinny fat, you are on the road to severe health issues in the near future.How you deal with this is your choice, try and make it a good one.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnMenskinny fatlast_img read more

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