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Scott is this your cousin? any guesses on what song it was?

Man Cited For Singing Rap Song

Christopher Holder


By Janie Porter

BROOKSVILLE, FL — A 19-year-old was taken to jail Sunday evening for singing the profane words of a rap song when children were around.

The children’s mother, Amy Churchill, called Hernando County sheriff’s deputies and complained that Christopher Holder was yelling profanities as he walked with two juveniles on Gordon Loop in Brooksville. Churchill said that her two children did not need to hear such language, according to an offense report.

Holder told deputies he did nothing wrong and was actually singing the words to a song by rapper Lil’ Boosie.

He even told deputies that “he did not believe children needed to hear [that kind of] language,” the report says.

Still, Holder was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Hernando County Jail.

Mississippi Law: “no fat people allowed”

Obesity Problem in America

If some Mississippi legislators had their way, they’d put forth a law that would ban obese people from being served at restaurants.

State Rep. John Read, a Republican who is one of the bill’s three authors, says he wasn’t trying to offend anybody and never even expected the plan to become law.

“I was trying to shed a little light on the No. 1 problem in Mississippi.”

This may sound humorous as you read along, but this isn’t a spoof.  Obesity is a real problem with consequences for Americans and we’ve been unable to solve this growing epidemic without the use of drugs or surgery to solve the issue.  Of course, exercise and dieting is ideal, but helping to fight obesity isn’t like having the flu or acquiring a chronic disease that can be cured drinking a Slimfast(tm) every morning.

The question that should be asked is whether the Republican Representative crossed the line by proposing such legislation.  If you take him at his word that this was not a serious proposal, but intended to shed light on a serious problem in Mississipi, then maybe he has done his state a great service.  Obesity is much like other sensitive subjects, e.g. Affirmative Action.  No one wants to talk about it because it is a pretty prickly subject and people get hurt in the process no matter which way you roll on the issue.

Steve Holland, the Democratic chairman of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee, said in a statement he will “pocket veto” the bill. “It’s dead on arrival at my desk.”  Although he appreciates the “efforts of my fellow House members to help curb the obesity problem in Mississippi, this is totally the wrong approach.”

How can you not laugh at the public press that the issue is receiving?  First, you have a candidate with the gall to put forth such an ‘idea’, then you have a Democrat coming out to fight the ‘good fight’ and defending the rights of the obese.   Way to stick up for the little… errr, big guy? Again,this is a serious problem so why are we walking on eggshells to get to the heart of the problem?  Eventually, it may be policy makers that help America shed the weight.

About one-third of Americans are obese (30 or more pounds over a healthy weight), and 66% are overweight or obese. Even so, obesity experts are outraged by the bill.  “It would be hard to concoct something more ridiculous,” says Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

I’m no Yale expert and I haven’t spent my life studying the problems with obesity like Mr. Brownell, but maybe it is good to call a spade a spade?  Instead of dealing with emotions that inevitably arise out of the hate and frustration, self-esteem problems and depression, maybe we should focus on the problem itself and find ways to encourage the masses to help combat the problem?  Maybe this noise will help push obese people to stay away from the super-size or learn more about all the foods and drinks that are most dangerous to our health.

Fat American

I don’t want to be insensitive about the issue, but it’s just not a simple problem to solve.  Showing love and support isn’t everyone’s forte, so it’s a futile effort to try and control what politicians, celebrities and ‘experts’ say.  The problems that stem from humiliation, shame and guilt are not trivial and it does offend and hurt some people:

“This brings bias against obese individuals to a new and appalling level, and at a time when significant progress is being made in the effort to stop blaming obesity on the people who have it and to address the social and political conditions that drive it.

Again, I cannot agree with the expert, it seems he’s too involved and has a hard time being objective.  In my view, it never really is about blaming obese people, most people don’t think of it in those terms unless you push the issue.  How often do you think “maybe he should stop eating, doesn’t he have self-control?”  Most Americans don’t go about their lives thinking, “darn, she sure is fat, why doesn’t she just exercise or go on a diet?!”

If anything, the question most Americans are asking is “Am I fat and what can I do to keep myself looking good.”  Sadly, the same areas of society that encourage obesity indirectly (e.g. super models, strip clubs, television and Hollywood) are also the ones that discourage people from eating that extra french fry.   It’s easy to blame these vices on the problem of teenage anorexia, but in my view, both anorexia and morbidly  obese people are also suffering from severe mental disease or stress and require the help of a mental health expert in addition to a physical fitness expert.

“Are these legislators fighting to get rid of soft drinks in schools? Are they working to stop the relentless marketing of unhealthy foods to children? Are they doing anything about the fact that poor people do not have access to healthy foods?”

This is the best argument made against legislators who would dare bring up obesity under such crass legislative proposals.

Restaurants and Corporations Encourage America’s Obesity Problem

Consumers are provided incentive to purchase fatty foods because they cost a lot less than the ‘premium’ low-calorie foods.  Fast food restaurants are serving up individual meals that have as much as 50 to 75% of a typical calorie intake for the day and maybe doubling or tripling the fat intake.  Consumers do have a responsibility to moderate their intake, but with obesity you have a special self-perpetuating cycle of guilt.  People eat to deal with stress, they eat to socialize with co-workers, eat to handle depression and settle impulsive behaviors that would best be handled by psychiatric help.

While this is a problem that involves many factors, people have to be careful not to entirely shed the blame of obesity on society.  Society is part of the problem, there is no doubt about that.  We have to remain cognizant of the fact that shedding personal responsibility might be one of the biggest reasons that combating obesity has become so difficult to solve.  It won’t be long before pharmaceutical companies or scientists design a solution that won’t increase the risk of heart failure or death.  Until that happens, it is the duty of all Americans to help fend off this problem and it starts with YOU.

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No we didnt have the #1 recruiting class: but we’ll be fine WAR EAGLE!

It wasn’t the day Auburn had hoped for but head coach Tommy Tuberville remained upbeat Wednesday as he discussed AU’s 2008 Signing Class.

The Tigers inked 25 high school, one prep school and two junior college players in a class that’s currently ranked No. 20 nationally by

“Signing Day is an accumulation of a lot of work, a lot of time and effort of a lot of people,” said Tuberville. “Our coaching staff, our administration, everybody here on campus, our professors, everybody that gets involved with our student athletes when they come on campus. We’re proud of the effort that everybody has put forth.

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Tuberville speaks with one of AU’s 28 signees Wednesday morning.

“This has been an excellent year. We’re excited about the class we’ve signed.”

AU’s class was ranked as high as No. 16 in the week’s leading up to Signing Day and could have potentially moved up but the Tigers lost three highly-rated commitments over the last month and failed to close on three other top targets Wednesday.

Five-star running back Enrique Davis de-committed to Auburn and then chose Ole Miss on Signing Day. The Tigers also lost Rivals100 wide receiver Jarmon Fortson to Florida State Monday. AU chose not to sign four-star prep defensive tackle Charles Deas who plans to enroll at a junior college.

In addition to Davis, AU also lost four-star defensive end Robert Quinn to North Carolina, three-star athlete George Baker to USF and Rivals100 linebacker Jerrell Harris to Alabama on Signing Day.

“This was a year where a lot of people were desperate in recruiting it looked like,” said Tuberville. “We got bombarded by a lot of guys who had committed and they would come in and other schools tried to take them away. Some we held on to, some we didn’t. It’s a challenge to fight the media hype of a lot of guys.”

While AU missed on some highly rated targets, especially in the state of Alabama, Tuberville said he’s still very pleased with the players AU is bringing in and will stack up his staff’s ability to evaluate talent against anyone in the country.

“Recruiting is a small part of a coach’s job,” said Tuberville. “The number one thing about a coach’s job is evaluating. Anybody can recruit. You have to be able to evaluate and be good at picking the guys who can play. Not whether you think they can play. The ones that can do that usually have more success.

“We have had some pretty good success with some pretty good players and supposedly average players over the past couple of years.”

Meeting needs

When evaluating the 2008 class, Tuberville said he was pleased with how well the Tigers filled important needs at defensive line, defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver.

Auburn signed six defensive linemen including four-star JUCO defensive end Raven Gray who enrolled in school in January.

Smooth is every bit of 6-5, 300 pounds.

“Raven Gray is as good of a defensive lineman that we have every signed,” said Tuberville. “Raven is going to be an impact player. He’s a guy who can make plays, run people down from behind, bull-rush offensive linemen, but he has a lot of speed to go along with it. He is going to be an exciting guy for us to watch.”

Tuberville also said he is very high on AU’s high school d-line signees including Jomarcus Savage, Freddie Smooth, Cameron Henderson, Andre Wadley and Derrick Lykes.

“Jomarcus Savage is a guy who can play inside and outside,” said Tuberville. “The way he plays with his hands, he has very quick feet, but he is a hands player. He uses his hands to get off the block. I think he can help.

“Smooth has excellent quicks. He has a great first step, and that’s what you look for in a defensive tackle. There is no doubt with us losing Pat Sims and Josh Thompson, I think he will have a definite chance to play early.”

AU also signed six defensive backs and Tuberville expects a lot of competition among the group when they arrive in June. AU’s defensive back signees include four-star athlete T’Sharvan Bell, D’Antoine Hood, who is the nephew of former AU standout Roderick Hood, Neiko Lipscomb, Marcus Jemison, Christian Thompson and Drew Cole.

“At least two of our defensive backs are going to have to play,” said Tuberville. “Now everybody is playing a lot of the four- and five-wide receiver sets. Last year there were times when we played almost the entire game with five defensive backs on the field at a time. That was a big area of need for us.”

Auburn signed three quarterbacks Wednesday including two –- Chris Todd and DeRon Furr – who enrolled at Auburn in January, along with Barrett Trotter, who threw for 3,469 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior.

Todd signed with Texas Tech out of high school and nearly won the starting position in 2006 before transferring to Hutchinson Junior College last season. Tuberville expects Todd to compete for the starting position when spring practice gets underway Feb. 28.

“Chris Todd will make and immediate impact,” said Tuberville. “He knows the offense. He is a big guy. He can throw it. He has good touch on the football.

“He brings more experience than what we have. We will have a lot of competition at quarterback this spring. We will have four quarterbacks who will go after it.”

At wide receiver, AU inked four high school standouts in Darvin Adams, Harry Adams, Philip Pierre-Louis and Derek Winter.

Quick Hitters:

***Two commitments – athlete Brandon Smith and wide receiver Damion Allen – did not sign with Auburn Wednesday. Smith is expected to sign next week while Allen has already enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Johnson is expected to compete for a starting job at RT.

***OL Jermaine Johnson is Auburn’s highest-rated signee of the 2008 class. The 6-foot-6, 309-pounder is rated a five-star and the nation’s No. 2 prep school prospect by

***Tuberville on Davis deciding to sign with Ole Miss over Auburn:

“Recruiting Enrique was one of those deals where we changed our style offense and I think that was the main thing. He wanted to go somewhere where he could possibly go in two-back team which we’re still some two-back. But as I tell all these young guys, you got to do what’s best for you. Don’t do what’s best for the school, you got to do what’s best for you.

“Enrique is a good young man, and we’ll get to play against him now. We know how good he is, and we look forward to that.”

***Tuberville on the 16 core classes that the 2008 signees must pass in order to be a full qualifier and placing players in JUCO or prep school:

“We are going to have four or five of these that are going to go to junior college or prep school. You have to do that. There isn’t anybody on the list, or anybody’s list, who is qualified because these 16 core courses have really tested the limits of counselors, superintendents and principals and all the kids. They are scrambling.

“It is a new rule that we don’t know what the impact is going to be, but it is out there for these players to reach. I am not saying it’s not a fair rule, but it is going to be a challenge.”

***Tuberville on the grades and character of the 2008 class:

“We have some people this year who we think are going to be great football players. We evaluate not just athletic ability, and that is what most of the star rankings are. They are not looking at character and attitude. We put as much an effort to judge those players on that as we do on athletic ability.

“This is a team sport. That is how we judge it; character and attitude. You have to have speed and athletic ability and potential. They may have potential, but if they don’t have the other two, then they are not going to make it here. They won’t survive. You have to have that attitude and you have to have good character.”