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10,000 Roses = 220,000 Meals

I dared to voice an opinion on Twitter today regarding Jay-Z, and quickly learned he has some sort of posse just waiting in the wings to jump to his defense.

What did I say that drew the ire of so many that I had to block people and delete the tweet?

I merely stated that instead of spending money on 10,000 roses for Beyonce, that he should have given the money to charity.

The hell you say!!  How dare you!

Don’t you know he donated $1.5 million to charity?

Okay, that’s great.  High five.

Of course, when you and your wife are worth a combined $1 billion, what’s $1.5 million? It’s a drop in the bucket, and charitable donations are tax write-offs.

However, what I said had nothing to do with Jay-Z’s record of charitable giving, because I’ve never researched it fully and there doesn’t seem to be much online information regarding total numbers, and it didn’t attack his character, but it seems that’s the way it was taken.

You see, when I saw the news article, my mind started clicking, thinking about the cost of that many roses.

I quickly did some calculations, because this is how my mind works:

10,000 roses x approx $2 per stem = $20,000

$1 = 11 meals at Feeding America x 20,000 = 220,000 meals

That’s full bellies for 220,000 kids instead of 10,000 roses which have probably already started to droop and die.

So to all the haters who I had to block because they thought they needed to be derogatory and call me names, and tell me to “shut the fuck up” as opposed to starting a discourse, I’m sure Jay-Z will stop by your house any day now to thank you personally, and you can bask in the glory of defending him from little ‘ol me, better known now as the “lonely bitch”.

I will continue to stand by my belief that $20,000 could’ve been used in a much more productive way.





The Fat Lady Sings for Ty Pennington

I read yesterday that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be ending in January. After that they will be doing specials a couple times of year. Their last episodes will be building a bunch of new homes for people who lost theirs in the Joplin tornado.  I can’t say I’m sad to see this show go.  I haven’t watched it for years.  I think the last time was when they built the house for the wounded soldier and his family who lost their house in the Chapman, KS tornado. 

 I know people have gotten a “feel good” from this show for years, but that stopped for me a long time ago.  I think they had the right idea, but the way they went about it was insane.  Off the top of my head I can’t tell you what the average cost of one of these homes was, but I’m sure most of them were probably at least 1/2 to 3/4 of a million dollars.  Beautiful homes, with amazing features that made everyone gasp when they “move that bus”, but boy did reality set in for these families!  Basically, they set most of these families up for failure.  Many of them upper lower class, or maybe lower middle class, struggling to pay bills on a monthly basis already.  So of course it only makes sense to give them a house worth hundreds of thousands of dollars when their homeowner’s insurance and their taxes were already a struggle to pay!  And just for good measure let’s throw in a brand new vehicle that’s a total gas hog and the property taxes and insurance are outrageous on. 

It’s too bad they couldn’t have been a little smarter about the whole thing–smaller homes which wouldn’t cost so much to maintain or build equals more homes for people in need.  But that’s not the way Hollywood or the world seems to work anymore.  Bigger is always supposed to be better, isn’t it?  Not so much.

Too bad they didn’t take a lesson from Habitat for Humanity.  But no one wants to see a modest home being built by volunteers on a television show do they?

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