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Running a little behind today. That’s what happens when you spend Sunday turning planned discussions about work and life into strong drinks and dancing under tables to “Rude Boy.” Or, so I’ve heard.

In any event, this is a little late in posting, but nevertheless, wrote a new piece for AOL News about Governor Bobby Jindal signing the controversial “guns-in-church” bill that paves the way for some to bring concealed weapons into religious institutions.

Although the Texan in me wouldn’t mind being a legal carrier at times, the longer I thought about it the more this all seemed like another instance of why we need more gun control.

If you’d like to check out the piece, you can do see here.

More updates are on the way.

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Wrote a new piece for AOL News about the whining privilege complaining about something they know very little about.

Here’s an excerpt:

Unless you live on some remote island that requires an intense psychological evaluation before admittance, chances are, you’ve encountered some mentally deranged individual on a street, bus stop or liquor store who spouts out the most ridiculous statements in order to grab your attention.

Something like “Jesus will return to the earth on the back of a Tyrannosaurus rex to seek revenge for the popularity of Lady Gaga.”

For me, along with others who know better, Rush Limbaugh is the political equivalent of such lunacy.

If you’d like to check out the rest, you may do so here.

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Wrote a piece on Senator Orrin Hatch’s assertion that when it comes to the gays, politics is the religion of choice versus an actual religion.

Yeah, I thought it was stupid was hell, too.

Click here to check it out.

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The term black Republican makes about as much sense to me as a Vegas steakhouse or a Tiger Woods abstinence celebration camp, and yet, when I found out that 32 black Republicans were running for Congress this year I didn’t frown as much as I typically do.

Maybe because even though most of them are nothing more than black faces spreading the same messages conveyed by old white men, ultimately, maybe this will bread birth to some less irritating black GOPers with some new ideas. Meghan McCain with a tan, if you will.

So I wrote another piece for AOL News, if you’d like to check it out, click here.

If you’re wondering, yes hell’s temperature cooled by a few degrees.

I also wrote one earlier this week about Arizona’s immigration law and the need for real immigration reform. You can read that one here.

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I interviewed Monica for another one of the day gigs. If you care to read and let me know what you think about it, click here.

Also, coming with a much needed update later. How much later? Uh, we’ll see. It’s coming, though. Forward all hate mail to someone who will actually read it.

Smile and thank you as always.

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This month marks the one year anniversary of the suicide of 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover. If you’re unfamiliar with his story, after being taunted relentlessly with gay slurs, Carl hung himself at his house — shortly before his mother was set to go back to his school to discuss her child’s bullying.

A month ago an Irish immigrant killed herself after enduring her own bouts of bullying. After that, one of her bullies took to Facebook to say, “Mission accomplished.

Though I didn’t flat out say these sorts of bullies should’ve been swallowed, I do chime in about Walker-Hoover’s mother’s call for a support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

Click here to check it out.

Also, a year ago I wrote the deaths of both Carl Walker-Hoover and another young boy who also killed himself within that same month. Although school officials later cited another reason for Jaheem Herrea’s suicide, his family maintains that it was due to bullying.

Whatever the case may be, I touched on how confining notions of black masculinity pose dangerous consequences. In that piece, I wrote about my own dealings in homophobia and as a result, for the first time wrote openly about my own sexuality. It’s also the piece that led me to coming out to my own mom. But I suppose I should save that story for another day.

You can check out “When Bullying Leads To Suicide” here.

Hope you enjoy both pieces.

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I pitched this in January, finally had it cleared in late February, turned it in early March, and found out yesterday (mid-April, my birthday) that it wasn’t running. I’ll likely explain later but in sum: I like this article, it should’ve ran. I knew Nicki would be a focal point of discussion several months ago, it’s unfortunate things didn’t pan out as planned. But somebody’s reading this, darn it.

Check it out below, please leave your thoughts.

Oh, and if you’re tired me talking about Nicki, fret not: You’re not obligated to read it.

Continue on to the piece below:

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