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“Behind every great man is a great woman”

We hear that statement (or some variant: “Behind every successful man is a woman”) so often, particularly in politics. It’s so popular that with the rise of successful women in business and politics we hear the gender role reversal: Behind every great woman is a great man. Regardless of the gender roles, the statement has an underlying tone that the spouse of a great/successful person is hidden “behind” the successful person.

Maybe we see the significant other on the stage… Maybe the great wo/man is mentioned in an acceptance speech… Maybe in the memoirs…

The reality is that *Beside* every great wo/man is a great wo/man. It’s just a preposition, but this preposition swap accurately reflects the true spirit of this popular idiom. The spouse of a successful person stands besides them, not behind them. When they walked down the isle, they walked beside each other. No one individual was behind or in front of the other, and it’s the same in success and greatness.

When I achieve success in business or life, my wife is always beside me; not behind me. And I know that the same holds true for her. We’re on this adventure together. One of us certainly takes the lead depending on what obstacle is in front of us, but when we cross that finish line… When we achieve success, it’s beside one another.

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Urban Entrepreneur isn’t some PC term I’m using because I don’t want to talk about the crap life that homeless people have. It’s a marketing term I’m using to talk about the genius folks I see each morning, picking the recyclables out of the trash cans in downtown Los Angeles every day.

I love these folks! I don’t have time to make it to a recycle bin after my juice in the morning, and it certainly isn’t realistic for me to carry my empty juice bottle around with me all day long. At the same time, I don’t want to *not* recycle. I have bags of recyclables at my house. They cover the cost of my monthly haircut, which is hardly enough to live off of, but the folks in downtown are pulling that in just about everyday. They are doing us a favor my collecting our trash and recycling it while helping themselves out with some cash. Proof the entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t die just because you have a cardboard box over your head.

Rarely will I defend violence, but efin with someone’s kid is NOT OK, no ifs ands or buts about it!

If you watch the video, the dad (I’m assuming it was the kid’s dad) starts to arrive just as the guy with down syndrome kicks his kid. Dad wasn’t stupid. He was protecting his kid from an assailant who he doesn’t have time to go perform mental evaluations before taking action.

The down syndrome guy made a clearly aggressive move towards his kid before he kicked him. Watch how the kid backs up in fear before the kick even takes place.

Kick some dude’s kid = Get punched in the face

Family has an obligation to protect family, plain and simple.  A parent should not have to evaluate someone’s mental capabilities and fill out government papers before protecting their child. What if that guy got all Lennie on the kid?

Could a shove have been just as effective? Perhaps, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t have done the same thing if someone kicked my nephew.

This Thursday, Dean and I are hosting a very special edition of the Jared and Dean WordsCause Radio Show. You may have seen the stuff on Myspace the other day with Hayden Panettiere promoting her cause (very worthy cause BTW, Whaleman). Well, SocialVibe.com is the service she’s using to promote her cause and SocialVibe is what we have!

We’ll have Joe Marchese, a social networking genius, on the show talking about how you too can utilize SocialVibe to make a difference for your cause. With widgets for the great social networks like Myspace and Facebook, you don’t want to miss this special edition of the Jared and Dean WordsCause Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com!

Yes, you read the title correctly. A Yes Vote on California’s Proposition 8 means you are going to hell.You might be thinking I got Proposition 8 wrong. After all, it is mostly “religious” people who are proponents of Proposition 8 here in California. However, these are mostly Christians lead astray by false leaders who are interested in power, control, and vanity.

These might seem like harsh words, but nothing is more harsh than the oppression of your fellow man, and the Bible makes it very clear that we should not oppress any other human, even ones we don’t understand or agree with.

Exodus 22:21
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9
Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Those versus above might look and sound familiar. That is because they come from the long list of commandments from God that are frequently shortened to the top 10 list a la The 10 Commandments.

Exodus is perhaps the most straightforward of any book in the Bible. It makes it very clear what is wrong and what is right.

Oppression is clearly bad. But what is oppression?

The Bible isn’t designed like a dictionary. It doesn’t state what every word means. Wikipedia gives us a great explanation of oppression: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppression

However, we can look at the dictionary definition of oppression: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oppression
unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power b: something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power

One might argue that by changing the constitution of California to limit who can and cannot be married, it would remove the unjust portion of this definition because justice (by definition) would be that only a man or a woman could be married. However, we are stuck with the cruel exercise of authority or power portion of the definition.

Humans limiting the civil rights of other humans is designed to inflict pain and grief, plain and simple. If you don’t want to let gays have Catholic weddings, that’s one thing. But limiting a civil marriage based upon any criteria other than being human is absurd.

Civil law in America is not religion dependent. Instead, American law is based upon the principle that all men are created equal (save the major slavery screwup written into our constitution).

Now, I’ve had Christian friends tell me that gay marriage must be stopped because the Bible clearly states we must protect our houses of worship. I agree. Your church can (and by any reasonable interpretation of the Bible, should) not allow gay marriage. But you are not worshiping the state of California are you? If you are, you have much bigger problems with God than you do with gay people.

Yes, the Bible states that homosexuality is an abomination and that a man laying with another man as he does with a woman is a sin. There is no surprise there. It is pretty clear that gay people are sinning (as are we all). So…

Will not allowing gay couples to marry rid them of their sin? No

Will not allowing gay couples to have the same civil rights as other couples rid them of their sin? No

Every Christian knows that there is One Way and ONLY One Way to be absolved of our sins. Christians should be focusing on spreading the word of God, not limiting civil rights of our fellow man. Our judgment and condemnation of another human here on Earth means absolutely nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Null.

Christians need to remember that our faith without deeds or vice versa is pointless. Believing that we should “love thy neighbor as thyself” and turning around and saying that our gay neighbor can’t get married is false faith. Go read James 2.

Now, does a Yes vote on Proposition 8 get you into hell? That really depends on what God means by poor. I’m betting poor doesn’t just refer to money. Poverbs 14:31 makes it abundantly clear what it means to oppress the poor. In short, it is blasphemy. Done in the name of God, this is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, to which there is no forgiveness.

The largest state in The Union now recognizes the marriage (not just civil union) of same sex partners. Of course, this draws a lot of attention to this heated issue, as religious groups vow to create a California constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages.

I can’t say that Dean and I are masters of prediction, but the series of events that have unfolded here in California over the last several months could not have hit the top of the news headlines at a better time than today. This is a good reminder about the Jared and Dean Words Cause Radio Show this weekend!

We have the founder of Fertility Counseling Services, Kim Bergman, joining us to discuss gay parenting. Of course, we’ll be sure to ask her about this historic day and the impact that it is going to have on her business and the GLBT community as a whole. You don’t want to miss this great show. Catch it live this Sunday at 6PM Pacific!

Of course, you can always hear it @ wordscause.com and on your iPod or MP3 Player.

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I just love Urban Dictionary! Just the other day, I was listening to a radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com, and they were talking about side pieces and the jumpoff. They were using the two terms practically interchangeably, which is incorrect. To be sure, I did a search on Urban Dictionary, and one could argue that they are the same things, but there are very technical differences between a side piece and a side piece.

But this blog isn’t about side pieces or the jumpoff. It’s about another piece of slang that I wasn’t aware of at all until this Sunday. I had the co-founder of Single Tease (no, it’s not a porn site), Tamera Lawrence, on the show talking about her great T-shirts that help break the ice between people. You can listen to a piece of it on Words Cause.

During the interview, she mentioned that the chest area of a woman is referred to as “the region”.

I had no idea!

I asked some women at work if they knew about “the region”, and they were familiar with this term for their chest. I went to Urban Dictionary, and “the region” was only defined as Northwest Indiana. So, I added a new definition for “the region”:

Tasteful female slang for the area of their body containing their boobs
She wore a T-shirt with text printed above The Region

All of humanity needs your help! Check out the page for “the region” on Urban Dictionary and click on the thumbs-up for the new definition! It is currently the third definition listed.

Thanks for your support!

While I don’t think that O’Reilly will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a bunch of illegal aliens from Mexico, he does have something in common with them. No, he hasn’t hired an illegal nanny.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican independence. It is actual a celebration of the defeat of the French military during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Bill can tip back a couple of cervezas and eat some Freedom Fries this afternoon and celebrate with his Mexican friends who dislike France as much as he does.

The world really isn’t as different as we sometimes think. Bill O’Reilly and Mexicans can find common ground!

Originally posted on WordsCause.com

This April 27 marked the 58th anniversary of one of the egregious moments in world history. It was the date that the South African government passed the Group Areas Act, implementing the most significant aspect of apartheid in South Africa. Less than two decades later, that same government passed an anti-terrorism Act.

Yes, this all took place long before most of us were born. When it happens abroad, we are shocked and appalled… Outraged! Yet, would we react the same if this happened at home?

Here are some quick highlights from our latest radio show:

  • Ron Paul standing on freeway overpasses. If it were only true -(
  • Political Philosophy from the Roman ideals to the original George W (Washington) to McCain/Obama/Clinton
  • Racism against Mexicans. Why have we been so anti-Mexico for over a century?
  • Will the next President be assassinated?
  • George Bush will redeem himself
  • Kings & Queens of America. The Bush & Clinton dominance of the Oval Office
  • The original Dick Cheney: Aaron Burr
  • John McCain’s testicular fortitude
  • A reminder of John Hagee’s plans to become God
  • Why women are too catty to vote from Clinton
  • Nothing bad comes out of Arizona
  • Bill Clinton doing an alien autopsy
  • McCain’s grandfather is going to vote for him

Listen to the political discussion at BlogTalkRadio.com.