I’m sure, by now, everyone has seen or heard about the bullying video of Keaton. It sparked an “I STAND WITH KEATON” movement on social media. Several movie stars and famous athletes have responded to the little boy. They have all offered words of encouragement and invited him to games and movie premiers.
Recently Joe Schilling, an MMA fighter, reached out to Keaton and his family. He expressed that he’d love to meet Keaton and his family and even invited Keaton to L.A. to watch an MMA fight. The series of messages that came next, screen shots taken by Schilling, were a bit shocking! Keaton’s mother, or someone claiming to be her, apparently only wanted money due to “not being rich” and even made comments along the lines of “us white people sticking together.” What the hell? There is a GoFund me account, presumably by the Jones family, that has raised roughly $60,000 but it has been suspended due to these claims. I read this morning that Schilling has removed his video due to backlash of not knowing whether this was the real Mrs. Jones he was messaging. But still…it’s a shame we live in a world where we have to question things like this. We have to question the “truth” people speak and their motives. It’s sad.
Setting this controversy aside…I really hope this child gets help from his school and community if he’s being bullied. I also hope we all learn to stand together against shit like this!
Anderson Cooper is claiming his Twitter account was hacked after he posted an Anti-Trump tweet!
The tweet referred to President Trump as a “tool” and a “pathetic loser.” Hmmm…
One has to wonder if Cooper’s Twitter was really hacked by someone or if Cooper himself was hacked…possibly by a bottle of Jack or Jim! Just sayin’!
All the “Twitter wars” are rather comical in my opinion.
Steve Stephens (Facebook)
I have been following the story on Steve Stephens, 37, since Easter Sunday. It has been so confusing as to why this man decided to turn his life into one of chaos and murder. On Sunday, he shot and killed 74 year old Robert Godwin, Sr. while videoing the entire act. He posted the video to his Facebook account and then did a live stream confessing to and discussing the murder. It was a seemingly random murder and Stephens blamed his actions on a woman named Joy Lane. Cleveland police issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and arrest and the FBI added him to the ‘Most Wanted’ list. Pennsylvania State Police spotted Stephen’s car this morning in Erie as he left a McDonald’s. After a short pursuit and trying to get him to pull over, Stephens stopped his car across from an elementary school and shot and killed himself.
I’m guessing all the facts and little unknown secrets about this man will come to light within the week, but it is still so unnerving! In one of the live streams he did on Monday, he confessed to killing 13 people. He gave locations and street names as well. Now, I’m not saying he did or didn’t commit any other murders but I find it very possible. He didn’t seem to hesitate when shooting Mr. Godwin on Sunday. This seemed to be an act he had committed before. He was calm, collected and didn’t seem to mind taking another individual’s life. I’ve read reports that say his sexuality played a key role in him deciding to go on this rampage. Others say it’s from the breakup with his girlfriend. Perhaps they are tied together. What are your thoughts???
Regardless of the ‘why’… crimes connected to social media seem to be on the rise these days. People are committing terrible crimes and going live on Facebook or uploading the terrible videos they’ve made. I just don’t understand. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this particular incident as well as others that have ended up on social media. Thanks for reading!
The Byodo-In Temple is located in Kaneohe, Hawaii at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains. This replica was established on June 7, 1968 for the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. This Buddhist temple welcomes everyone to come visit, marvel at its beauty and/or meditate. There are even peacocks running around and lots of Japanese koi carp!
The day we went was pretty crowded, despite the rain. Everyone was very respectful and a few took the time to meditate. It was very serene. Walking among the temple, gardens, waterfall and pond was very tranquil. Even our little one was calm for the most part! The gift shop is very small but it’s still worth a visit.
Waimea Falls is located in Haleiwa and 2 miles to the waterfall and back. This hike is very easy and relaxing. You will first come to a gift shop and small concession area. The trail is paved and leads you through a lush tropical jungle and beautiful botanical garden. Take your time getting to the waterfall. The plants are all unique and labeled.
There are several historical structures as well. Each structure has an informational plaque that tells the history and what each was used for. Walking through should only take 20-30 minutes. There is another concession area and bathroom before you reach the falls. Take all the time you want when you reach the end. There are lifeguards on duty and life jackets for those who want to venture to the falls.
According to President Trump’s tweet (such a weird word, to me!), he is fed up with the rising crime rate of Chicago. He wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I’ll send in the Feds!”
I have read comment after comment on social media and people are divided on this statement. Some are for the help and some against it. In my opinion, Chicago has been getting worse every year for while now. I’m not saying other cities aren’t bad, but they don’t call Chicago “CHIRAQ” for nothing! We are only 26 days into this year and already have over 40 killings there. That’s a damn shame!
As of today, according to heyjackass.com, 45 have been shot and killed, 219 shot and wounded, 264 total shot and 46 total homicides. Seriously?!? If Chicago cannot get its crime under control, why not have assistance? I know most are bringing up martial law and saying help would create a bigger mess. Chicago is already a huge mess. How about the National Guard? I’m not trying to promote violence on violence, believe me. But can you imagine what the citizens of Chicago must go through on a daily basis? I’m guessing many live in fear and wish life could be less threatening. And yes, you can bring up the fact that Chicago needs more jobs and such. You can bring up the fact of low- income. But I don’t see new jobs being able to become available until the killings stop. Business owners are already struggling and have been struggling for years. No one wants to be out and about in all that mess. It’s hard to build up a city that is constantly tearing itself down. What else should be done? Should Chicago be left alone to continue their war on each other? Should innocent children continue to be caught in the crossfire? I’m interested to read what you think on this matter.
Here is a video I came across of the lovely sounds of Chicago when the sun goes down.
Foster Botanical Garden is located in Honolulu and covers about 14 acres. This place is absolutely beautiful! There are tons of tropical plants and amazing trees. It’s also a wonderful place for kids. There is a huge open area for the kids to run and play, have picnics, take a stroll or just bask in the sunshine.
As you walk through the garden, you will see an orchid conservatory, a butterfly garden, herb garden, cannonball trees, sculptures and the corpse flower!
A sausage tree!
the sculpture in the butterfly garden
The corpse flower smells atrocious!!! Most people claim it smells of rotting meat or decaying flesh! The smell and color of the plant attract flesh-eating insects. The plant also heats up, which I assume aids in its attractiveness. The bugs think the flower is food, which leads to them flying off with the pollen. Once the flower has bloomed, it collapses and starts all over. They can take up to 7 years to bloom and are usually 8-10 feet tall. Once the flower blooms it only remains open for 12-48 hours! That may seem like such a short time frame, but I can assure you that that’s long enough! It really does smell like a 90 day old mixture of roadkill, gross feet and stanky (not stinky, STANKY) butt!
The corpse plant!
The cannonball trees are pretty cool too. The fruit resembles, you guessed it, cannonballs! The fruit takes up to a year to mature and the flowers are gorgeous. The fruit is usually fed to chickens and pigs. Not very many people eat the fruit due to its smell. The fruit can weigh several pounds and can definitely been heard when it hits the ground. Don’t stand directly under it!