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A new book claims that first lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton do not get along.

According to Kate Anderson Brower, author of the new book, First Women, The Grace And Power Of America’s Modern First Ladies, Hillary and Bill Clinton have rarely been invited to stay for dinner in the Obama White House.

The author told IE: “I don’t think Michelle has not really been able to bury the hatchet after 2008. She is not a political person.”

Brower says Michelle was heartbroken when Vice President Joe Biden decided not to run for president. According to Brower, it is because Michelle wanted him to give Hillary the kind of defeat she got when she ran for president in 2008.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden

“Michelle Obama would stand her nose at Hillary Clinton,” Brower said. “There is a sense that the Clintons are all about money and power, and that the Obamas are about ideals and getting something done.”

Brower says Michelle is counting the days when she can pack up and move out of the White House.

“Hillary Clinton is a very political woman and obviously can’t wait to get back into the White House. Michelle can’t wait to leave the White House. They are totally different people,” Brower said.

The author also shares another tidbit of life in the Obama administration. The first lady’s favorite show is Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The White House denies that there’s any tension at all between the Obamas and the Clintons and calls the book “unequivocally false,” insisting the two couples have a “warm relationship.”

–The Inside Edition

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Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor will soon hand over the reins as the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Always adorning a gold chain around his neck, many would say the controversial pastor is the embodiment of materialism in Christendom in Nigeria. Ironically, he preached against those values in an interview with Punch newspapers.

“Where is the place of business in the church? I think the problem we have in the church is that a lot of these pastors are not “men of God” as they were not called. They are mercenaries, commercially minded people. The duty of the church is to preach morality not materialism and because Nigerians are very gullible; they are easy victims of deceit. They fall prey to some of these pastors or prophets of doom. The way they live gives a wrong impression of what should be in a church of God. There should be no room for material possessions. I am not saying a man of God should not live a life of comfort but it should be a life of good comfort”.

Oritsejafor also pointed at commercialization of the church as one reason why the body has become the target of kidnappers.

“It is unfortunate that we are having this kind of problem because most places of religious gathering, particularly of the Christian faith, are seemingly reducing their faith to commercials. So many people think they have money and most of them live a flamboyant lifestyle. As such, the kidnappers mistake them for money men but there is nothing there. The kidnappers would be kept at bay if they stopped preaching prosperity and allowing dirty money to go into the church coffers. I also think the church is losing its moral values. The values are disappearing gradually. We should preach values and not materialism. I think the churches themselves should look inwards and correct the poor impression they are giving people outside that there is money in the church, whereas there is none”.

Oritsejafor had a very good relationship with former president Goodluck Jonathan. He says that hasn’t changed, calling the erstwhile Nigerian leader his son.

“I’m often shocked to read on the pages of newspapers negative reports about him (Jonathan). Goodluck Jonathan is my son and he is still my son. He meant well for the nation and he did his best, but if critics say he was bad; I don’t know the parameter they measured that with. It is unfortunate that Nigeria’s governance speaks different processes, especially those termed to have failed. Nigerians see that as an avenue to pour out their anger, insults and others. Goodluck Jonathan did his best to fix Nigeria but sabotage swung into action to ensure he did not succeed. It is laughable to read so many negative and unfounded stories about him. However, he had played his role as President and the rest is history. Our relationship is still cordial and as a leader of a church, I’m the father of all”.

What does he make of Kaduna state governor El-Rufai’s bill to curb noise pollution from the altar?

“Governor Nasir el-Rufai has seemingly taken the wrong step. He should call a meeting of all the stakeholders in that state with respect to religious activities before rushing to the state Assembly for any bill. Be that as it may, we have to be very careful if there is any bill intended to wear religious colouration. When Sharia was introduced into this country we were lucky to have a Christian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who tamed it. Nigeria would have been engulfed by the conflagration. Sharia would have been misunderstood. There are already enough laws in the statue book that take care of what Governor El-Rufai has in mind. I have no objection if he wants to curb noise pollution in the name of religion. I quite agree if this is the basis. But in a situation where it is meant to tackle extremism, libel, sedition, incitement and more, there are enough laws in our statute book for this. Doing otherwise is not good for him. I have tremendous respect for him for he was the person bold enough to say that there should be no more street begging. Yes, that was a sensible thing because even in the Islamic countries such is not allowed”.

Oritsejafor also scored current president Muhammadu Buhari high thus far.

“I thank God for all that has happened. Nigeria is at present undergoing processes with a view to improving the economy and well-being. I am glad with the slogan ‘change’, but we must pray hard for the manifestation of the change. President Buhari has the integrity of no food for lazy persons. It is okay but we must make moves for consistent prayers for him to succeed, Nigeria is our noble country, we must salvage it together consistently with prayers. Buhari’s reformation should be holistic and not targeted at particular persons or sectors. It is a welcome development to fix Nigeria as a noble country”.

You can read the full interview in Punch

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The transfer of fiery and controversial catholic clergy, Reverend Ejike Mbaka, from Christ the King Parish‎, GRA to Our Lady Parish, Emene, all in Enugu, has continued to raise plenty of dust.

In the wake of his transfer, Mbaka who prophesied the victory of candidate Buhari in the presidential ballot, said he knew he was going to suffer and had been singled out for persecution.

On Sunday, the APC political party on whose platform Buhari rose to become president, issued a strongly worded statement suggesting that the Reverend’s life is at risk.

But the Catholic church has said it has no reason to persecute any of its priest.

Speaking to online news site, Premium Times, the Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretar‎iat of Nigeria, Reverend Father Ralph Madu said transfer of priests within the catholic church is a “normal church procedure.”

Madu added that “Mbaka’s transfer is not an exception. The Bishop has the right to post any priest wherever he feels his service would be more useful to the church.”

The catholic secretariat said Mbaka should view his transfer as a privilege and not a punishment, wondering why his Adoration Ground Ministry which is privately run, should take pre-eminence over the running of the parish which is his primary assignment.

“His posting should have been a privilege, not a punishment – which the Bishop can do because he has the power.

“If he (Mbaka) says it’s a punishment, then it’s open for further investigation. Posting is a regular thing, a priest can be transferred after two, three, four, or more years, it depends on the discretion of the Bishop.

“That ministry (Adoration Ministry) is his private ministry, it does not belong to the church. Overseeing a parish is a full time job. Overseeing a ministry is a bigger task. If the church decides to take him somewhere where he’ll have more time to carry out his ministry, how is it punitive? That should not be the language.”

Mr. Madu said Mr. Mbaka had done things that were unacceptable to the church in the past but received no punishments for them.

“He is supposed to be a missionary,” Mr. Madu said. “What if the Bishop had closed down the ministry‎, which is within his power to do? Sometimes, transfers can be for the good of the priest as something can be going wrong which he might not be aware of. The Bishop is free to move any priest at any time, it is his prerogative.”

 

 

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has frowned at what it tags the “criticism, the attack, assault and unpleasant comments hurled at Father Mbaka since he providentially prophesied that President Buhari would win the 2015 elections”.

The Reverend Father Mbaka has been transferred from Christ the King Parish, G.R.A, in Enugu metropolis, where he served as a parish priest for over 20 years, to Our Lady Parish, in Emene, an Enugu suburb.

Mbaka who said he is being persecuted, will reportedly serve as an assistant parish priest in his new place of assignment.

His relocation by the district Catholic Church means Mbaka has lost the Adoration Ground– a venue where he built a cult-like following with the flock on account of his fiery sermons and prophecies.

And now the political party which produced Muhammadu Buhari as President has expressed its solidarity.

In a statement signed by its South-East Caucus spokesman, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the APC said “it was wrong to punish the fearless priest for his prophecies which has proved to be from God”.

The party said even though it accepts that transfer of priests is a routine exercise within the Catholic church, the way and manner Mbaka has been relocated raises all kinds of questions and suspicions.

“Whereas we accept that the transfer of priests is a routine exercise of the great Catholic Church, however we do not wholly accept a situation where the church allows external forces to influence transfer as Mbaka’s case suggests.

“Otherwise, future liberation clergy who speak truth to power will be hamstrung to the detriment of the society.

“Our major concern is the security implications and the fate of his flocks who are mostly the downtrodden who may find it difficult to go to Emene for salvation and healing.

“We frown at anything which will put Fr. Mbaka in harm’s way or deny his flocks healing.”

The APC which said it is in solidarity with the outspoken and controversial clergyman, also accused the Ohaneze Ndigbo of being behind his ‘travails’.

“As a party we have watched with concern and trepidation the criticism, the attack, assault and unpleasant comments hurled at Fr. Mbaka since he providentially prophesied that President Buhari would win the 2015 elections.

“Even the Church did not spare him – he was called unprintable names,  yet his prophecy came true.

“We are happy that Fr. Mbaka was vindicated.

“It must be pointed out that accusing fingers were pointed at the direction of some anti-Buhari elements like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a group that didn’t want to hear the name of Buhari – even though Ohanaeze denied the allegation, doubts still persists.

“For we are still at a loss why a senior priest will be degraded to an assistant parish priest.

“We repeat that we are in solidarity with Fr. Mbaka and our major concern is the security of Fr. Mbaka and the suffering of his flocks mostly the poor who need his healing powers.

“We had thought that His Lordship Bishop Calistus Onaga could have retained him at the Adoration Ground, as the Bishop Emeritus Gbuji did because of security of his life and easy access by his flocks,” the APC said.

 

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Fiery and controversial Catholic priest, Reverend Father Ejike Camillus Mbaka yesterday relocated to his new duty post at Our Lady Parish, Umuchigbo, Njinike accompanied by hundreds of his parishioners, admirers and well wishers.

He was recently transferred from Christ the King parish, GRA, Enugu where he had, over the years, built a cult like fellowship on the strength of precision of most of his prophecies and miracles recorded during prayer sessions at his Adoration Centre .

Mbaka prophesised the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the last elections and also warned him last month of a plot to kill him.

His followers believe his transfer is a punishment.

Mbaka himself said yesterday that his posting is a witch hunt.

As early as 7am yesterday, a crowd had started forming at the Christ the King (CKP) GRA, Enugu preparatory for the movement.

Several lorry loads, buses and cars filled with people lined the streets as he made his way to Emene.

Band groups dished out music to which people danced to.

Some were overcome by emotion that they broke down in tears.

Social and economic activities along the major streets came to a temporary halt.

The journey lasted about four hours.

It was a triumphal exit sort of.

Mbaka addressed the crowd and said: “I know we are going to suffer between now and a few months to come. I am going to suffer and suffer. I know that.

“I’m going to suffer because I have no place to put my head. I am going to suffer because I have no place to keep the Adoration Ministry’s assets.

“I know I’m going to suffer. Fortunately, it is going to happen in the month of lent. So, I am going to use my exit here as a Lenten observance but Jesus said it all in John 16:20 to his apostles that you will be sorrowful and the world will be rejoicing but very soon I will turn your sorrow to joy.

“But for now I know you are going to suffer. The Adoration Ministry is passing through suffering right now even though I’ve accepted that is the will of God. Is the will of God through suffering? It is a mega suffering.

“The quantum of the assets of the Adoration Ministry is the only thing I am bothered about for now.

“Where am I going to keep them? I am going to stay in one small room that has only one small bed, one small table, little toilet and bathroom. So where am I going to keep all the adoration assets?

“My clothing and books I can keep in the car or somebody’s house but where will I keep these assets that I have given to the Catholic church of Enugu?

“But I say may God take the glory and whoever that has offended me, I have forgiven.

“I won’t fight anybody or even dream of battling anybody. If anybody allows the devil to use him, the same that advised you to make a mistake will laugh at you when you cry over the error. The baby is born, there is no going back.

“We are moving out. We have been doing it and we will do it again. Moses was going out with a rod in his hand, Mbaka is moving out with his Bible and this nobody can take away from me.”

Decrying what he described as “attempt by some persons to politicise the church”, by feeding the Bishop falsely, he declared: “I am giving God the glory and I welcome the church’s choice and action with absolute acceptance and obedience.

“So there is no negation to what God has approved and what the church suggested. Nobody should see me as a recalcitrant priest. I am not.

“I have taken an oath of obedience and I stand on it. I pray God to bless all of you who in one way or the other have supported the work of God here and those who have sincerely allowed God to use him or her for the work we did here all these years.

“God will bless the people of God here and reward you according to your labour. The parish is not going to collapse; the church will continue to grow.”

He likened his posting to Njinike to the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt.

His words: “God has planned a future and hope out of disaster and where I am going. He will go before me to level mountains.

“The Bible says that He will deliver me from all evil; He will keep my going out and coming in both now and forever… I am praying that God will keep his church and my fellow adorers so that our journey to Umuchigbo will be a journey of Israelites out of Egypt.

“Some of them were grumbling leaving Egyptian soil because they were having the phobia for the unknown but I am telling you people as a courageous leader, do not be afraid.

“We are moving and in no distant time, you people are going to smile.”

Credit: The Nation

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By James Eze

This is a book of legacies, timed to coincide with the tenth year anniversary of the death of Chief Chike Okagbue (Ezennia). It is a special tribute collection condensed from the reflections of people most affected by Ezennia’s phenomenal life. It seeks to uncover, from family members, associates and eyewitnesses; the forces that propelled Chike Okagbue to his outstanding achievements in business, politics and service to humanity.

It is a great story told with disarming simplicity and a rare ability to cherry pick the essentials. Like most publications that fall under the coffee table category, the aim is to inform and entertain in as few words as possible. Here, there is no luxury of the long, windy narrative, of the endless digressions that too often test the patience of the hasty reader. Here too, the author turns the craft of word economy into a new art, chiseling out spare lines that carry enough meat to fulfill the twin missions of education and entertainment with each devastating stroke.

But who is the author and why should we read him? Well, this book is from the desk of James Atah, editor of the African History Makers Series. Atah comes almost fully made in the business, having produced important biographical works on the Chief TOS Benson, Amb. Mathew Mbu and Chief Chidi Anyaegbu of Chisco Group. He has also been head of the Tri-Atlantic Books biographical team that churned out historical books on African legends like the Great Zik of Africa, Aminu Kano, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Asagyefo Kwame Nkrumah and others. Atah has a reputation for taking on giants and humanizing them with a stroke of genius.

So, as he leads us to Chike Okagbue in Root of the Matter, we are offered fulsome glimpses of an ordinary life led in extraordinary ways. Like a show-reel, each fragment offers us a view into the rich tapestry of Okagbue’s everyday life; each scene throbs with memories that resonate through the ages. We are forcibly drawn into the narrative as we respond to every twitch of his nerves as he is drawn into the swirl of the daily experience of life among his people. The circumstances of his birth and the challenges of growing up in the countryside, isolated from the amenities that made for elevated living even in the colonial ’30s are painted with shimmering clarity. With each stroke of his pen, the writer offers us a fresh pair of eyes to visualize Ezennia’s colossal life from the simplified prism of everyday living. Nothing is dramatized to comical proportion; nothing too, is lost to chance or lack attention. In a seemingly uncanny way, the author adroitly ensures that every line adds to the spell-binding narrative.

And this peculiar attention to creating believability is the strength of the book. The humble beginnings of the subject and the frightening circumstances that almost eclipsed his childhood and early education are presented with telling poignancy. The loss of one’s parents and the ease with which it could cut short a dream and the obligations of the traditional society in raising a child; are all brought back with tingling nostalgia.

It must be said though, that there is something inspiring in the author’s masterful presentation of a series of interlocking events and actions in a gripping flow that mirrors aspects of the personal experience of the reader; giving us enough nudge to identify ourselves in the social milieu in which the subject led out his extraordinary life.

The import of a work of this kind for many readers around the world nailed to inertia by overwhelming odds and the fear of constant failure is that it can still be done; that it is possible to rise above the jagged edges of grinding poverty and build a multibillion Naira enterprise. And this is no tall tale!

The loads of anecdotes, parables, illustrations and real life experiences recounted in this slim volume will surely leave the reader thankful for a surfeit of truly entertaining and motivational material.

The most interesting thing about Root of the Matter is that there is something for every reader to take away; a fruitful search in a large forest, teeming with brilliant ideas, imageries and symbolisms.

Root of The Matter is something to look forward to!

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By Afeez Hanafi and Eric Dumo for Punch

Seventy-five-year-old Beatrice Oyesolu, the mother of twin brothers shot dead on Saturday by a trigger-happy policeman guarding Paulson Hotel on Anibaba Street, Ketu-Ikosi, Lagos, says the promises her children made to her had been shattered.

The septuagenarian said the children ─ Taiye, a naval officer and Kehinde, an engineer ─ had concluded plans to start building her a house next month before the tragedy struck.
The twin brothers, aged 34, who hailed from Oro, Kwara State, were bachelors.

The drunken policeman, Stephen James, with Force number 217884, had opened fire on the brothers and their friend, Jeje, who was celebrating his birthday on the fateful day. The trio had cautioned him to stop harassing customers, who reportedly declined to buy him bottles of beer.

James, said to be a drug addict and notorious for shooting sporadically, killed the twins and their friend before he shot himself dead.

It took entreaties from residents around the hotel to stop the angry mob who wanted to set the facility on fire.

Sympathisers thronged a house in the community, where the twins’ mother, who lived in Mile 12, was brought to. The sympathisers rallied round her as she cried uncontrollably.

She said, “I just came back from church yesterday when they broke the news of their death to me. The government should help me because Taiye and Kehinde were the only hope I have. I have been stripped naked because they are my clothes. Who will I turn to now?

“They promised me a lot of things next year. They wanted to start building a house on my parcel of land next month. This is the seventh month after the death of their father.”

A relative, who did not want his name in print, demanded that the police should be made to compensate the mother of the deceased.

He said, “Why was he given a gun when they knew he was a drunk? The police must be sued. They should also pay compensation to the mother.”

The aunt of the deceased, Mrs. Afusat Salaudeen, said the death was a big loss to the entire family.

She said, “They were very caring. They were the ones sponsoring their elder brother’s son who is in a polytechnic. That brother had been missing for 10 years now. They were easy-going persons.”

Beatrice’s sister, identified only as Iya Ijesha, said, “They were God-fearing children. They never let their mother lack anything.”

A resident around the hotel, Segun Elphus, said the policeman nearly killed his friends and three of his younger brothers last month. He said he advised the supervising manager of the hotel to send James away.

He said, “The policeman was posted here about three months ago. He threatened to kill my friends, who visited me from England last month. My three younger brothers intervened. He nearly shot them.

“Yesterday, he was drunk. Jeje was outside the hotel smoking and he told him to leave. They were still on it when he shot him. Taiye tried to approach him; he shot him. He shot Kehinde while he was fleeing.

Another resident, Dele, said the fatalities would have been more if he was allowed to enter the hotel.

He said, “After he had killed the three guys, he wanted to enter the hotel premises, but the gate had been locked from inside. He was frustrated and shot himself. Sometime when he was drunk, he would say ‘I go kill 30 people, I go kill myself…no case.’”

A neighbour of the deceased on Dairo Street, Johnson Adebola, said they lived in the same flat and were friendly.

“Jeje sold foodstuffs in Mile 12. His parents live in Ijebu, Ogun State. They were four that went to the hotel yesterday. The fourth person, Shola, was lucky to escape. They were actually waiting for Shola’s girlfriend who just arrived in Lagos when the incident happened,” he added.

The hotel was under lock and key as of 3pm on Sunday when one of our correspondents left the area.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, during a visit to the scene of the crime on Sunday condemned the act of the late officer, saying it betrayed the ethics preached by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.

Owoseni, who also visited the family of the victims, said investigation was ongoing to ascertain whether the late policeman who committed the dastardly act was on authorised duty at the hotel or not.

He said, “The incident is a devastating one and it is normal for me to visit the scene of the crime. It is also important to see the family of the victims. The IG is aware and saddened by the development. The action of the killer-cop negates what the IG preaches about. The IG has said policemen should not be posted to unauthorised places. The action of the cop negates all of that.

“As a measure to prevent occurrences like this, we have always put up monitoring in place to check the activities of policemen anywhere they may be serving to ensure that they conform to rules and regulation. We are doing everything to ensure that this type of sad incident does not happen again,” he said.

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House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt.Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the celebration of Eid-el-Maulud.

Dogara called on Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit of humility, gratitude and charity to one another as demonstrated by the life and times of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs,Turaki Hassan, the Speaker noted that the virtues of service and exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet should guide both leaders and the led on the need to give their all in the overall interest of the nation.

“Let me use this occasion to call on us all to reappraise our commitment to the unity and progress of the country as entrenched by our forefathers,” he stated.

“On our part as Lawmakers, we shall continue to come up with legislative interventions that will guarantee a united nation”.

While wishing all Muslims a happy Maulud celebration, Hon. Dogara urged the Ummah to use the occasion of the Prophet’s birth to reflect on the essential lessons of his life and to pray for the continued well-being of the nation.

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Influential American magazine, Forbes, has named the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, among the 100 most powerful people in the world.

Aliko who is  the only black person who made the list apart from  President  Barack Obama of the United States of America (USA) was listed at number 71 just a notch above the top Republican Party contender for the US presidency, Donald Trump.

President of Egypt, Abdel el-Sisi, was the only other African listed apart from Dangote and he was placed at number 49, under the defiant North Korean leader Kin Jong-un who was placed at number 46, while Igor Sechin of Rosneft and Ma Huateng were placed at 47 and 48 respectively.

Occupying the number one spot is the  Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, followed by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Barack Obama in third position.

Also listed are Pope Francis at number four, Chinese Prime Minister  Xi Jinping (fifth), world’s richest men, Bill Gates (sixth) and Warren Buffet (13th).

Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was placed at 23rd.

Last month, Dangote was named among the 50 world most influential personalities by Bloomberg, the renowned United States-based news media with bias for business and financial news reporting.

The group of personalities chosen by the Bloomberg Market, consisted of CEOs, world leaders as well as religious leaders. As expected, Obama, Angela Merkel and Pope Francis made the list with Dangote at number 41.

According to Bloomberg, those on the list “build companies and assemble fortunes.

They run banks, or hope to disrupt them. They shape economies and spread ideas. They manage money and wield the clout that goes with the billions of dollars they invest.”

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The Twitter Grub Mingle is good food, great conversations, and beautiful people all coming together in a picturesque, fun setting.

If you’ve always wondered why there were all kinds of events in Lagos, but none for food lovers, we are finally making one happen.

On October 1, 2015, at the Waterfront Park, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, we will be bringing the foodie community of Lagos together; people who love great food, and who know how to hold a conversation, foodcrafters, excellent restaurateurs and chefs who love to cook, to offer their food at discounted prices.

There will be music from the excellent Ese peters, spoken word artistry, and freebies. It promises to be an amazing time.

We want to encourage fun and networking, to cultivate online friendships offline, and to explore the intersection of food, culture, people, charity, and friendships.

Small Big Chops is a partnership of food lovers based in Lagos, Nigeria.

If you’d like more information, visit www.smallbigchops.com or tweet at @smallbigchops.