Police Shut Down Jerry Seinfeld’s Lemonade Stand!

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(PCM) We can already see the array of joke material that will be coming from this incident. Police in East Hampton New York swept in an shut down a lemonade stand that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was running with this children after they claimed to have received numerous complaints from neighbors in the area.

It seems that Jerry and his children happened to set up their lemonade stand in an area of their neighborhood that does not allow any type of solicitation or sales to take place. The neighbors became unhappy with the amount of traffic that the lemonade stand was bringing to the area and contacted the local area police to have them shut-down.

Despite being shut down by police the lemonade stand did manage to bring in some money which will be donated to a charity run by Jerry’s wife Jessica call Baby Buggy, which donates clothing to families in need.

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McDonald’s Harshly Rejects Burger King’s Offer To Create The McWhopper

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(PCM) In an effort to join forces and celebrate International Peace Day coming up on September 21, Burger King made the decision to reach out to McDonald’s by taking out two full page ads in both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to propose that the two companies bring a cease fire to the “burger wars” and combine their two most famous sandwiches, The Whopper and The Big Mac, to create The McWhopper to celebrate Peace Day.

The ad says “Good morning McDonald’s. We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace. We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we call a ceasefire on these so-called ‘burger wars’?”. The ad goes on to explain why Burger King decided to extend the olive branch as they feel the creation of something as spectacular as The McWhopper would be an excellent way to get the world talking about subjects such as peace, harmony and non-violence.

Burger King ends the letter by saying “All of the tastiest bits of your Big Mac and our Whopper united in one delicious, peace-loving burger, developed together, cooked together, and available in one location for one day only. Let’s end the beef with beef. Talk soon”.

The company even went as far as to create a YouTube video and website to go along with their outreach to create The McWhopper, however the amazing idea was quickly squashed by McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, who posted a somewhat snarky response on the companies Facebook page which read:

Dear Burger King,

Inspiration for a good cause… great idea.

We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.

We commit to raise awareness worldwide, perhaps you’ll join us in a meaningful global effort?

And every day, let’s acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.

We’ll be in touch. – Steve, McDonald’s CEO P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.

Many are already calling the response from McDonald’s a bad business move, as it has been no secret that the fast-food chain has been on a downward slope for the last several years. This move could have done wonders to boot their business and reputation. So sad the two companies could not come together as it would have been awesome.  Many are still holding out to hope that McDonald’s will eventually see the err of their ways and come together with Burger King on the epic project to celebrate a great cause.

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John Cena is About to Grant His 500th Wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

John_Cena_Make_A_Wish(PCM) WWE United States Champion and all-around good guy John Cena is only a few days away from granting his 500th wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making him the top celebrity/athlete wish granter by a long shot.

Cena will grant his 500th wish on Monday, August 24th, before WWE Monday Night Raw at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York, when he grants the wish of 8 year-old Rocco of Queens, New York. Rocco, battling Leukemia, wished for the opportunity to hang out with the positivity-spreading WWE superstar/rapper/actor, and very deservedly, his wish will come true in just a few days.

In a world where it seems like everyone you know is constantly busy answering emails, running to meetings, tweeting, Instagramming, snapchatting, and getting caught up in their own world, it’s always refreshing (not to mention heartwarming) to hear about a celebrity taking the time out of their packed schedule to give back and use their fame for good.

John Cena has been giving back for years, granting hundreds of wishes to children in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and even donating millions of airline miles for wishes that required traveling.

In 2009, Cena was awarded the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, an award given to celebrities who dedicate time to improving the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses and diseases, and in 2011, the WWE superstar was honored for granting the most wishes (300) of any celebrity/athlete since Make-A-Wish’s establishment in 1980.

“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”

“There is no more humbling experience than a child who could ask for anything in the world asking to meet me,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “I have faced some of the toughest Superstars in WWE history and I’ve never encountered more bravery or toughness than I see in each wish kid that I meet. It is inspiring to see the impact that granting wishes can have and I look forward to granting 500 more.”

As a celebration of his work, Make-A-Wish and WWE are hosting a party in his honor at a Dave & Buster’s in NYC on Friday, August 21st, featuring Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Sheamus, wish kids and their families, and of course, John Cena.

For more information on Make-A-Wish and their long-standing partnership with WWE, visit Wish.org.

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Baltimore Batman Killed After Being Struck By A Vehicle On I-70

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that 51-year old Lenny Robinson, best known as Baltimore Batman, was stuck and killed by a vehicle on I-70 near Hagerstown, Maryland.  The Maryland State Police report that Robinson’s Batmobile was suffering from engine trouble and Robinson had stepped out of the vehicle to check on the issues when he was fatally struck and killed by another passing car.

Police go on to report on the tragic occurrence saying that Robinson’s Batmobile was partially stopped in the highway’s fast lane and that he and his vehicle were struck while he was standing in the fast lane investigating the engine trouble. A Toyota Camry struck the Batmobile and then Robinson leaving him with fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Camry was not injured and so far there have been no charges filed.

Robinson was well-loved around the country, especially in his hometown of Baltimore, for donning his Batman suit and visiting with terminally ill children in local area hospitals. He also visited schools to speak about bullying issues. He also traveled the country in the Batmobile stopping at various children’s hospitals along the route to hand out Batman toys to sick children. Robinson became a national news figure and viral internet star when he was pulled over in the Batmobile wearing his full Batsuit for not having proper tags on the vehicle.

Our sincere condolences go out to Robinson’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Heroism IRL Draws A Massive Audience At SDCC

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(PCM) John Barrowman, star of Arrow and Torchwood, shared his powerful, painful and actually hilarious story of overcoming bullying, as part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

CBS Network News joined a packed room of fans and entertainment industry luminaries as Barrowman and NOH8 Campaign Founders Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley joined the United Nations Association President Bettina Hausmann, Impractical Joker’s Joe Gatto, and Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Anthony Breznican.

Created by actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash) with heroism experts Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied) and Matt Langdon (Founder, The Hero Construction Company), the unprecedented coalition is the first organization to make a stand against bullying, racism, LGBT- bullying, cyber-bullying, misogyny and other forms of hate at comic-cons. The panel, END BULLYING! RESPONDING TO CRUELTY IN OUR CULTURE was the Coalition’s eighth convention appearance since it was founded in 2013.

“When pop culture icons make a stand based on their own hard experiences, it sends a powerful message to people who have been bullied or oppressed,” Masterson stated. “We’ve been where you are, or somewhere close. You can get through this. You can heal. And you can be there for other people. That victory spreads like wildfire. And that’s heroism, IRL.”

With a mix of profound vulnerability and hilarious story-telling (see CBS News video), Barrowman recounted his growing up experiences: “I was called fag, queer, and everything else.” He recalled being severely bullied, beat up and stuffed in his locker by a kid at school. Barrowman recalls, “I got all my friends around me, and I confronted this kid. And I said, ‘You can hit me, you can push me, you can bully me, you can do everything you want. You can punch me in my face. But you know what? I will get back up. I will always stand back up.’”

Getting back up indeed, Olivier Award-Nominated Barrowman was highly instrumental in the laws of Britain being passed for Marriage Equality. His work with British government led to him being named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an honor bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II.

“The NOH8 Campaign’s involvement in the Coalition’s work at cons around the nation is extremely important to us,” said Bouska and Parshley, whose work was instrumental in the law for Marriage Equality. “We feel the topic of bullying is something that all con goers can relate to. If we can show

them that there are many people out there just like them, we can start to empower each person to stand up for who they are and in turn, stand up for others.”

“The best part of the Coalition is that it provides a forum for us to reach the most vulnerable people attending Comic-Con and remind them that they are not alone, that they have greatness in them, just like the characters they so admire. Watching the research from my book, Bullied, turn into a living breathing entity that helps people is a profound experience,” said Goldman, whose award-winning book and work as a speaker is internationally acclaimed.

“The feedback we received after the panel was overwhelmingly positive,” said Langdon. “It was great hearing how important the message was to people.” Langdon is an world-renowned heroism expert and speaker who heads the Hero Roundtable, an international conference on everyday and extraordinary heroism.

Breznican, who is author of the highly acclaimed novel Brutal Youth, states, “There’s no other panel at Comic-Con I’d rather be a part of! (Well, except Star Wars. I would love to be IN Star Wars.) But other than that, I’m beyond proud to be a part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition and the good work and positivity they create in a world that’s not so far, far away.”

“The blend of imagined and real superheroes is at the heart of Comic-Con, and it will take heroes in all forms from all parts of the world to address bullying, intolerance, and hate,” said UN Association President Hausmann. “Being a hero doesn’t require a fantastic costume or hidden lair; rather it takes passion, courage, and a single minded belief that we all share an inherent right for dignity, equality, and freedom. The Pop Culture Hero Coalition takes exactly that stance and is committed to everyone being able to pursue healthier, happier lives, which enrich us individually and collectively.”

“I’m very happy with the turn out to the Pop Culture Hero Coalition panel,” enthused Gatto. “There were meaningful words of encouragement and understanding spoken from a diverse and caring panel of professionals, all with unique takes on the issue of bullying. And these faces in the crowd stared back as if to say ‘thank you for understanding.’ It felt great to do some good.”

Coalition Partners also include the Anti-Defamation League, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, CW Seed’s Husbands, GLSEN, Girl Scouts of America, Brave Girls Alliance and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

“Heroism IRL is something we can all do, every day,” stated Masterson.  We love superheroes. Why not be one?”

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This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer, by Ginger Fish

This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer.
BY: Ginger Fish

Jacob1I stopped for coffee & to go the bathroom at a Starbucks in the Venice, CA area, & this gentleman walked up to my cycle today to spray windex on it, & clean it. My first reaction was “Stay away from the bike” then I stopped myself; he looked broken & mentally & physically worn from the sun, so I turned to him and said “Go ahead and clean it, I’m gonna run into Starbucks for coffee, & when I come out I’ll give you $10″.

I’ve been meaning to clean my bike but I just haven’t found the time to do it. The Starbucks was busy & I wondered when I came back out if he would still be there. When I returned, he was working up, down, & all around the bike. I’ve had my bike detailed at my local Harley dealership & it costs around $150 for them to do the same job this gentleman is doing right now for a fifteenth of the cost.

I finished my coffee & told him I didn’t want to take up anymore of his time today. I reached into my pocket & pulled out all of the spare bills I had that totaled a whopping $36 & handed them to him. I said I wished I had more to give him, & the expression of respect and joy that built up inside of him was immeasurable.

As I bent down to unlock my Helmet, and after I had put it on my head, I reached into my saddle bag to organize a few things I was carrying, and as I did this, he starting working feverishly scrubbing my helmet clean right as I knelt there wearing it. I thanked him for a job well done & went on my way. I got about a half mile away when I decided to turn around.

I found Jacobi in the corner of the parking lot crying with his head held down as tears ran down the bridge of his nose, as if to say I’ve had enough of the struggle & humiliation today. I asked him if could please take a photo of him with my cycle so I could remember him & this job he has done so well. Again he filled with great joy and gratitude for the little bit of respect I bestowed upon him.

He stood proud and strong with an inherent sense of satisfaction & pride for his ability to bring happiness to another person & to contribute to something that brought someone else so much joy today. I was homeless for about a year around 1990 & 1991, so I understand some of what this man has to endure on a day to day basis. As I thanked him again & began to exit, more tears started streaming down his face.

I said to him “please don’t cry” “I have an old friend named Jacobi, & now I have a new friend named Jacobi”. I saw my own feelings of self worth and pride shining through Jacobi as if he was my own child. Never take for granted a helping hand. Even if it’s from someone whom you truly feel doesn’t have a helping hand to give. We are all one.

Sincerely, Ginger

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