Life Is A Gift. . .Live It Well

With the preliminary results of the Presidential election in, I’m guessing half of the nation are jumping for joy and the other half are not so happy, to say the least!

Since the final results of the presidential election won’t be determined until the electors of the electoral college make that final determination on January 6, 2021, as Yogi Berra would say, “It ain’t over til it’s over”.

Contrary to what many believe, just because a bunch of news outlets have determined the winner, that does not make it official. There is an official process the electors of the electoral college must follow after each presidential election.

The electors meet in their respective states, as well as in D.C., on December 14th to cast their votes for president and vice-president on separate ballots. After the electors cast their ballots, they are sent to Washington, D.C. where they will be counted in Congress on January 6th, 2021. The results are announced that day, with Inauguration Day following on January 20th.


However, this post is not about elections, it’s about how we choose to live our lives each day regardless of our individual circumstances and what life throws at us.

After reading the email message below sent to me by a high school friend, I just had to share these words of wisdom with you so you could share it with all your friends and loved ones.

I also wanted to share it with you now because I am on “the back nine of my life” and God only knows when I’ll finish it!


The Back Nine Of Life

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST, UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE.

I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

You know… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young and embarking on my new life.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

 I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is… my friends are retired and getting gray… they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant.. but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I fall asleep where I sit! (I’m not quite there yet!)

And so… now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over. A new adventure will begin! (Praise Jesus!)

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not on the back nine yet.. let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…. so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

Life” is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.

Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY!

DO SOMETHING FUN! 

BE HAPPY!

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”.

LIVE HAPPY in 2020 & beyond !


May our lives be a blessing to others while we are able. God is the only One who knows when we’ll finish our “back nine”. May we glorify Him with all we say and do.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters, the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise!

Seriously…Is Another Civil War Brewing In America?

Good Is Called Evil & Evil Is Called Good

Lines have been crossed that never should have been crossed by some of our elected politicians, and others, and I’m seriously concerned about where we are heading as “the land of the free and the home of the brave” if things don’t start changing real fast!

I believe it’s also time to draw some lines in the sand. Not because of personal feelings, but because of undeniable facts. Here’s what concerns me:

Fact #1: It was the Democrats, through the lips of Hillary Clinton, who called all Republicans and conservatives “deplorables”! That one disgraceful comment may have cost Hillary the Presidential election in 2016.

Fact #2: The Democrats, through the lips of Nancy Pelosi, called all Republicans and conservatives “enemies of the state”! This is an OUTRAGEOUSLY INFLAMMATORY statement from a sitting member of Congress, let alone the Speaker of our House of Representatives. Sadly, by definition, these are fighting words! And sadder yet, the only ones fighting so far seem to be the Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA mobs that mostly target Democratic run cities, older folks, and the weak who are either unable or just afraid to push back and try to defend themselves.

Fact #3: Just the other day Democrats, through the lips of Joe Biden, are calling all Republicans and conservatives “chumps” and “ugly folks”!

So who is really dividing our nation?

To date, and to my knowledge, very few elected Democrats have condemned the rioting, burning, looting, beatings, killings, and destruction of city, state, and federal properties by the Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA mobs. It took Joe Biden four months to finally condemn the violence in some of our cities, probably because the polls said he should! By default, their silence is condoning these terrorist activities, and even stoking the flames of all this bitterness and hate.

By now, it should be clear to every reasonable-thinking individual that the only time the rioting, burning, looting, and beatings begin is when a police officer is accused of shooting a black person. Without first learning all the facts, the violence immediately begins.

On the other hand, when black people, including innocent black children, are shot or killed by other black individuals, we don’t hear a peep from any of the Democrats, from Black Lives Matter, or from anyone in the main stream media! Where are the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons when these hurting families really need someone to step forward and fight for them so their voices can be heard?

Is it just a coincidence that most of the rioting, burning, looting, and violence takes place in cities and states run by Democrats?

I have yet to see a group of angry Republicans (and there are many in my opinion) rioting, burning, looting, and beating fellow Americans simply because they don’t agree with Democratic policies, or don’t like the character of Democrat politicians (and there are many in my opinion)!


As a student of the Bible, here is what I know and believe about all the unrest in America, and around the entire world:

  1. God is the Sovereign Creator of the universe and all that is in it and on it. Since He created everything out of nothing, just by speaking it into existence, and He is in total control of all that goes on. Events around the world do not occur as mere happenstance, but every detail of history is determined by the will, purpose, and power of God. He ultimately ordains and allows all the events of history. Even when we think we are in control, His Sovereign Hand is at work through all the good and evil that exists in this world.
  2. God is Holy (Perfect, Pure, Sinless). He is not the author of evil and does not tolerate sin. Rejection of Him and His law and commands leads not only to the necessary consequences of chaos in society and in nature, but inevitably evokes His personal displeasure, resulting in His ultimate justice.
  3. God’s patience must never be misunderstood as weakness. Corporate or individual sin will not be left unpunished. No earthly power that defies God’s law and commands will finally escape His judgement.

With these three points in mind, the big question that many today may be asking is this:

How could the Holy God, who cannot tolerate evil and sin, use evil to fulfill His purposes?

The short answer is, He’s God and we’re not!

The longer answer is found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. God has promised His people from every nation on earth (His elect) who are called by His name (all who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior) that He will never abandon nor forsake us.

However, He also promised that sin would have painful consequences for disobedience to His law and commands. And because we live in a fallen, imperfect world, even His people may not be exempt from the punishment He chooses when and where to unleash to fulfill His purposes.


So, back to my original question: Is Another Civil War Brewing In America?

The short answer is, God only knows!

However, believers and unbelievers alike, all need to be doing our part to calm the unrest going on today. Whether you believe in God or not, we are all Americans and we should continue working to set a better example than those who are hell-bent on destroying the greatest nation on earth. “See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 – NLT)

I also believe God is calling all who believe in Him to pray without ceasing for His grace and mercy on our nation and for calmer hearts and minds to prevail in the midst of all the chaos. “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Additionally, we must hold our elected officials accountable for turning a blind eye to the violence in our streets, to those who have tried to overthrow a sitting President, and to the corrupt politicians who have been caught red-handed selling out America to foreign powers, who are lining their pockets with millions of dollars,  and who are jeopardizing our national security!

We can and must do that with our vote.


With  3 days left to what I believe is the most important Presidential election since the birth of the U.S.A., it is critically important that EVERYONE eligible to vote has all the facts to make an intelligent decision on who and what to vote for.

The choices are crystal clear

As American cities continue to burn, it is an undeniable fact that the Democrats want chaos and confusion, a race war (the next civil war? God forbid it!), to continue at all costs with a promise to voters that once Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are in the White House and running things all the rioting, burning, looting, beatings, killings, and destruction of city, state, and federal properties will end. In other words, if they don’t win, they will make sure the violence continues. They want a Green New Deal that will end fossil fuels, kill tens of thousands of jobs and drive up energy costs to consumers. They want a Supreme Court that ignores our Constitution and instead makes laws (not their job) that fit their political agenda, not the will of the people. Democrats want a Godless Socialist government that will suppress freedom of speech and our freedom to worship when and where we please. They want to de-fund our police, eliminate our right to bear arms, open our borders (no border security), a halt to single-family housing, no school choice, the killing of babies even after birth, and free everything else (with massive job-killing tax hikes  to pay for all the freebies) as the answer to all of America’s problems. If you believe this is what is best for you and your family, and America, then vote for Biden/Harris.

The Republicans want to protect the life of the unborn at all costs. They want law and order in our streets with a strong police force and military but with guidelines in place to weed out the bad actors who take advantage of their position to hurt and/or kill people indiscriminately. They want school choice for everyone, especially in the inner cities where so many schools are failing to meet parental expectations for their children. Republicans want a strong border (border walls and security agents) with immigration laws that are based on a merit system. They want lower taxes to insure continued job growth and a strong economy. They want a Supreme Court that enforces our laws based on what our Constitution says, not enforcing their own political agenda. Republicans want to protect our first and second amendment rights. Our right to worship freely whenever and wherever we choose. Our right to freedom of speech, as long as it doesn’t physically harm someone else. Our right to peacefully assemble and protest, and our right to bear arms. If you believe this is what is best for you and your family, and America, then vote for Trump/Pense.

OUR VOTE MATTERS!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

 

 

 

A Tale Of Two Americas

The Battle For The Soul Of America!

A high school classmate of mine shared a Facebook post by a gentleman I’ve never met named Joseph Ambrose.  However, I’m guessing we’re about the same age and I can totally relate to all he talks about in his post below since we both have one main thing in common.  And it certainly brings back many old memories!

I too was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Coincidentally, my mother also worked at GF (General Fireproofing) and Livingstons. And I wouldn’t be surprised if my mom and dad danced to the music of the Frankie Ambrose Orchestra.

I can attest to everything Joseph Ambrose reflects on regarding life in Youngstown in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. My parents, relatives, and just about everyone else living in Youngstown were proud Democrats.

Here’s what Mr. Ambrose had to say:


I, like so many in Youngstown, grew up in a Democrat household. My dad was a combination blue collar and white collar worker. After the war he worked at GF and later was a sales man at Livingstons, Lustig’s and then sold insurance for National Life and Accident (American General). We were the middle class family of our time.

To make ends meet he played on the weekends (the Frankie Ambrose Orchestra). In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s there is no doubt that the Democratic Party was the workers party but, over time they have been insidiously infiltrated by Marxists masquerading as Democrats. They have infiltrated every aspect of American life and, most insidiously, government and law enforcement. The racial unrest has presented them a platform to unleash their ideology and their radical plans for America.

This certainly is not the Democratic Party of our parents. The Democratic Party has simply become a tool for them (the Marxists) to achieve their end. Knowing that they could not implement their agenda simply as the Marxist party they have latched onto the Democratic Party like a parasite to drain the party of its principles which were, for so many years, championing the causes of the middle class.

Like the man said, those principles are gone just like nickel beers. While Democratic in name only the Marxist manifesto is clearly in view. The massive intrusion of government into all aspects of our lives. They patiently and cunningly put the plan in place waiting for the right moment to unfurl it (the murder of George Floyd) and now we are seeing the fruits of their labor – anarchy, civil unrest, the painting of America as a racist country, the destruction of property, and the obliteration of our history and the distortion of history of the founding of the country (1619 project).

I write this to draw out into the open the fact that the Democratic Party is being played like a fiddle not for its betterment but to achieve an end that will destroy this country forever. They, the extremists on the left, are counting on the staunch Democrats to vote the party ticket without regard for what is at stake. In a sense, they insult the collective intelligence of the Democrats by assuming that they will blindly vote for them without a thought in their heads.

It’s akin to the Bidenesk-like mentality that “you ain’t black enough if you don’t vote for me”. It’s the arrogant belief that you, the American people, are too stupid and inept to do things for yourself. No, better for the government to take over your lives and do the thinking for you. Let us be in charge of your health care, let us redo the constitution so that if fits our agenda, let us supply your every need.

All of this designed to keep you, the American people under their thumbs, under their control and totally dependent on them, the new government, for all your needs. Remember, a government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take away everything. Is this really what you want?

I cannot believe for a moment that any American, Democrat or Republican, would blindly vote without understanding at the deepest level what is really at stake here. It isn’t about Joe Biden or Donald Trump. No! Its about a way of life that has defined who we are and has evolved into over the past 244 years.

I cannot believe that the good people that I know who are Democrats would allow themselves to be pawns and a means to an evil end. I urge all to spend the next two weeks reading and studying the platforms, the accomplishments of this presidency versus the promises of the opposition.

Examine your hearts and seriously look around you and examine all that you have been able to accomplish on your own without the “help” of the federal government and try to imagine what it would be like to wake up in a country that would punish productivity and reward mediocrity, to wake up in a country were average is good enough. Most importantly to wake up in a country where the freedoms we now enjoy are gone. Gone forever.

Think about it. You still have time.


Recipe for a revolution:
1. Censorship
2. Create fear
3. Create division
4. Create violence & lawlessness
5. Create disdain for law enforcement
6. Intimidate police not to protect and defend citizens
7. Intimidate citizens not to protect and defend themselves.
8. Encourage military to hold leader in disdain
9. Intimidate voters to not vote
10. Interfere with and create confusion in election & vote tally

11. Destroy history to re- write it

Are any of these ingredients presently occurring in America?
Wake up, America. The revolution has begun!

Choose wisely my friends. Our futures, and the futures of our children and grandchildren depend on the choices we make on November 3rd.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

What Are You Voting For?

It’s Not Who, But More Importantly, What You Are Voting For!

The next time someone says, “I can’t believe you would vote for ________” (fill in the person’s name).

I’m simply going to reply, “I’m not voting for ________” (fill in the person’s name):

  • I’m voting for the First Amendment and freedom of speech, for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored.
  • I’m voting for the freedom of religion, to worship when, where, and how I please.
  • I’m voting for the right to peacefully protest.
  • I’m voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defend my life and my family.
  • I’m voting for the next Supreme Court Justice(s) to protect our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
  • I’m voting for the continued growth of my retirement 401K and the stock market.
  • I’m voting for a return of our troops from foreign countries and the end to America’s involvement in foreign conflicts.
  • I’m voting for the Electoral College and the Constitutional Republic we live in.
  • I’m voting for the police to be respected once again and to ensure law and order.
  • I’m voting for the continued appointment of federal judges who respect our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
  • I’m voting for our jobs to remain in America and not to be outsourced all over again to China, Mexico, and other foreign countries.
  • I’m voting for secure borders and legal immigration.
  • I’m voting for a strong military and the veterans who fought for this country to give the American people their freedoms.
  • I’m voting for the unborn babies that have a right to live.
  • I’m voting for school choice.
  • I’m voting for the continued peace progress in the Middle East.
  • I’m voting for the fight against human/child trafficking.
  • I’m voting for respecting our American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • I’m voting for  naming the Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA movements exactly what they are, domestic terrorist organizations.
  • I’m voting against Socialism and for an America that remains “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, the greatest most prosperous and generous nation on earth.
  • I’m voting for my children and my grandchildren to ensure their freedoms and their futures.
  • I’m not just voting for one person, I’m voting for the future of my country!

So, WHAT are you voting for?


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Are American Sports Letting America Down?

The message below is longer than usual, however, please take the time to read it completely. You won’t regret it and I’m guessing you’ll want to share it with everyone you know who is concerned about the direction America seems to be heading!

American Sports Are Letting Down America

• Volume 49, Number 7/8

Jason WhitlockJason Whitlock is a sports columnist for Outkick.com, a TV and radio host, and a podcaster. A graduate of Ball State University, where he was a football letterman, he worked as a sportswriter at The Kansas City Star from 1994 to 2010. He has also worked for ESPN, AOL Sports, and Fox Sports. In 2007, he became the first sportswriter to win the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. He founded ESPN’s “The Undefeated” website and helped create and host “Speak for Yourself” on FOX Sports 1.

The following is adapted from a Hillsdale College online lecture delivered in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 19, 2020.

Nearly 30 years ago, in a 1993 Nike commercial, professional basketball legend Charles Barkley fired the first shot at the “role model” concept popularized by Columbia University sociologist Robert K. Merton in the aftermath of the 1960s counterculture movement. “I am not a role model,” Barkley proclaimed in the half-minute spot. “I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”

Barkley’s words landed with a force every bit the equal of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem knee 23 years later. Former Vice President Dan Quayle defended Barkley, while Barkley’s fellow NBA superstar Karl Malone criticized him in Sports Illustrated. Leading news magazines, including Time and Newsweek, published articles exploring the controversy. Newspaper columnists from coast to coast—on and off the sports pages—also weighed in. The topic still sparks debate today.

Of the many phrases and concepts Merton coined—including “self-fulfilling prophecy” and “unintended consequences”—“role model” has had the most impact. On the surface, the argument that young people tend to model their behavior after high-profile, successful adults is harmless. However, in retrospect, the elevation of athletes and other celebrities as primary figures in the formation of behavioral norms for young people helped create the conditions that are powering the destructive Black Lives Matter movement today.

Merton’s role model concept undercuts the importance of parents and nuclear families. That was the point of Barkley’s criticism. Feminists and other progressive critics of America’s “patriarchal” society—including the Black Lives Matter movement, whose Marxist-influenced statement of purpose opposes “the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”—have used Merton’s concept to great effect. Muhammad Ali, Pete Rose, Farrah Fawcett, Barbara Streisand, Mick Jagger, Marvin Gaye, and Burt Reynolds infringed on territory primarily reserved for mom, dad, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and teachers.

Technology has helped advance the process, diminishing the influence of traditional authority figures and strengthening the reach of celebrities. Kids shut their bedroom doors, turn on their televisions, laptops, and game consoles, plug in earbuds, open social media apps, and disappear into a world far removed from mom and dad. With a mere push of a button they tune out the worldview of their families and tune in the worldview of athlete LeBron James, actress Lena Dunham, rapper Snoop Dogg, social media race-baiter Shaun King, and others like them.

On top of all this, we now see America’s enemies, particularly China, using these modern role models to promote racial division and destabilize our country—with those on the political Left as their accomplices. Today, they have coalesced around the Black Lives Matter movement to push America toward a level of racial dysfunction and animus not experienced since the Civil War.

It’s fitting that Charles Barkley fired the first shot against this trend, because American sports have become the Gettysburg of what some have called our “cold civil war.” And if China and the Left complete their radicalization of sports, our nation may never recover.

***

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter-turned-statesman, spoke those words in an effort to heal the country he came to lead after spending a quarter century incarcerated for opposing apartheid (racial segregation). Mandela embraced sports’ power to bridge racial divides, looking on athletic competition as a kind of antibiotic for racial animus and discrimination. South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Mandela’s presentation of the Webb Ellis Cup to team captain Francois Pienaar stand as an iconic symbol of unity in post-apartheid South Africa. Clint Eastwood directed a movie, Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, that memorialized the importance of the moment. It bears re-watching today.

Since sprinter Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and boxer Joe Louis scored a first-round knockout over German heavyweight Max Schmeling in 1938, sports have served as a powerful racial unifier in America as well. The victories earned by Owens and Louis punctured Hitler’s Aryan superiority myth, unified black and white Americans in celebration, and established Owens and Louis as this country’s first black national heroes.

Owens and Louis laid the foundation for Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey’s partnership with Jackie Robinson to integrate our national pastime, Major League Baseball, a decade later. Robinson’s successful integration of baseball, in turn, inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.

Indeed, Barack Obama, America’s first black president—the world’s first black leader of a predominantly white country—credited Robinson’s career for his own political rise. “There’s a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here,” Obama said in January 2017, while hosting the world champion Chicago Cubs at the White House. He continued:

There’s a direct line between people loving Ernie Banks, and then the city being able to come together and work together in one spirit. . . . Sometimes it’s just a matter of us being able to escape and relax from the difficulties of our days, but sometimes it also speaks to something better in us. And when you see this group of folks of different shades and different backgrounds, and coming from different communities and neighborhoods all across the country, and then playing as one team and playing the right way, and celebrating each other and being joyous in that, that tells us a little something about what America is and what America can be.

Yes, America is a shining example of sports’ transformative power. The games we play, the games at the center of our social behavior, combine with our founding principles to enhance the American experience. America’s enemies know this, which is why the culture war has moved to our arenas and stadiums. Sports are now in the same crosshairs as our Founding Fathers, under attack for past racial sins and unappreciated for their vital role in cultivating racial unity. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, but by writing the Declaration of Independence he made the emancipation of slaves inevitable. American sports were once segregated, but no American industry can match sports’ empowerment of black men.

The black-player-dominated National Football League is the most powerful force in American popular culture. It provides the number one television show on five different networks—CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network. In this era of have-it-your-way TV, where consumers record and watch shows when they want while fast-forwarding through advertisements, only live sporting events can be consistently counted on to deliver audiences that sit through commercials.

But while American sports have never been more influential, they’ve also never been more vulnerable to foreign influence. Their partnership with global brands and their desire to build global audiences have given foreign countries a pathway to manipulate American sports and culture.

Look at how China, with its 1.4 billion consumers, rules the National Basketball Association and its de facto parent company, Nike, the same way it rules Hollywood. Access to China’s consumers and Asia’s cheap labor (even sometimes slave labor) is the key to Nike’s economic growth. The Portland-based shoe and apparel manufacturer generates $40 billion a year in revenue. Its global reach, agenda, and revenue streams dictate the strategy of the $8-billion-a-year NBA. Many are unaware that Nike, and not the NBA, controls basketball. One could make a fair argument that the NBA is nothing more than the in-house marketing department of Nike.

Both Nike and the NBA kowtow to China, which explains their silence on the horrific human rights abuses inside China and the suppression of Hong Kong freedom fighters by China’s communist government. More important, Nike and the NBA’s China agenda helps explain why Nike pitchmen LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick enthusiastically smear the United States as inherently racist and evil. From Joseph Stalin to Fidel Castro to our own time, the communists’ favorite propaganda tactic has been to paint the West, and the U.S. in particular, as racist.

The militant social justice messaging of James and Kaepernick serves the interests of not only the Chinese Communist Party and globalist corporations like Nike, but also our political Left. Kaepernick’s National Anthem defiance in 2016 gave the Left an opportunity to politicize football, America’s new national pastime, and force it into the kind of “progressive” posturing already commonplace in the NBA and Hollywood. Arrogance, lack of foresight, and the advice of an inner circle that included former Clinton administration press secretary Joe Lockhart as the NFL’s vice president of communications, explain commissioner Roger Goodell’s laissez-faire approach to Kaepernick’s protest. Underestimating the determination of the Left and the power of social media to intimidate corporate America, Goodell and the NFL’s TV partners wrongly thought that the Kaepernick controversy would fade over time.

Instead, four years after Kaepernick first knelt, the Leftist mob has forced the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association to take their own knees and pay homage to the dishonest Black Lives Matter narrative on police brutality. The NFL plans to paint social justice messages across its end zones this season and to allow players to wear helmet decals with the names of alleged police victims. The San Francisco 49ers fly a BLM flag next to an American flag at Levi’s Stadium. MLB opened its COVID-shortened season with “BLM” carved into pitcher’s mounds, and the Boston Red Sox put up a 254-foot BLM billboard outside Fenway Park. NHL players are now regularly kneeling during the National Anthem. The NBA’s basketball bubble at Disney World is a virtual shrine to BLM: “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the court, players wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys, and it’s major news when a player stands during the National Anthem.

The entire American sports world—a culture that traditionally celebrates victors, meritocracy, colorblindness, and patriotism—has suddenly immersed itself in black victimization and left-wing radicalism. This immersion threatens to do permanent damage to American culture as a whole. It has certainly undermined national pride. A country that no longer believes in its founding ideals cannot prosper and survive.

***

If our sports stadiums and arenas have become the Gettysburg of the culture war, Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick are playing the roles of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, fighting to divide the nation even further than it is. The mainstream media is only half right in casting them as modern-day equivalents of Muhammad Ali. Ali’s religious sect, the Nation of Islam, was certainly divisive: it championed black secession. But unlike the BLM movement, it also rejected victimhood. Its founder Elijah Muhammad and its spokesman Malcolm X promoted bootstrap self-reliance and were disdainful of liberal politics. “The worst enemy that the Negro [has],” said Malcolm X,

is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal. It is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems.

Pro-BLM athletes today have moved beyond the idea of a role model that was debated in 1993—the idea of modeling behavior to be imitated, such as self-reliance, hard work, responsibility, and good parenthood. Through the power of social media, to which they are addicted, these modern role models exert influence by promoting commercial products and political causes. In the case of NBA athletes like Lebron James, this means turning their backs not only on the oppressed people of China and Hong Kong, but also on the poor and underprivileged in America among whom so many of these wealthy athletes grew up, and who they now condemn to victimhood and dependency with their political activism.

Charles Barkley was right 30 years ago. Parents, not athletes, should be role models. Today the situation is even worse, with sports further dividing an already dangerously divided nation, rather than providing the unifying and even healing force Nelson Mandela described. Predictably, there are now calls to boycott sports, and it seems inevitable that the TV ratings of the pro sports leagues will decline. This is unlikely to matter, however, to the suddenly-woke billionaire team owners and their handpicked commissioners.

As fans, we can only hope and pray that these feckless leaders will reconsider their embrace of the BLM cult—a necessary first step to returning American sports to what it has been in the past: a force for unity and a model of a diverse and colorblind meritocracy.


And that, my fellow Americans, says it all concerning the chaotic unrest we are witnessing daily in our nation, and why so many Americans are done with pro sports and anything/anyone else supporting the BLM and ANTIFA movements!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – NIV)

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The Perfect Halloween Nightmare Isn’t A Nightmare!!!

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

Even though it’s a little early and my family doesn’t celebrate the usual gory Halloween festivities, the message below by Andrew Klavan seemed very appropriate as Halloween draws near.

Unfortunately, and right now, it truly is a nightmare dressed up in reality!


2020 — Most Implausible Story Since ‘Lost’

   DailyWire.com

In what Shakespeare called “the dark backward and abysm of time,”—or 2004 to you and me—I began watching what was then the new television show “Lost” with my wife and son. After around five episodes of following the adventures of plane crash survivors on a mysterious island, I turned to the family and said, “I’m done.” As a professional teller of tales, I explained, I could guarantee them that there was no plausible way to explain the story’s twists unless it all turned out to be a dream or the characters were in some supernatural afterlife where the rules of logic didn’t apply.

As good writers know, every amazing twist in a story comes with a price in explanation. “Lost” simply borrowed so far against future credibility that the debt could never be paid.

Some who will not be named did not believe me. They had to spend five years discovering the truth of what I told them after five weeks.

Which is why you should all listen well when I tell you: I’m done with 2020. The story is just too implausible. The end can never be reasonably guessed. Either I’m going to wake up next to Bob Newhart’s wife or I died and am now either in Purgatory or a state run by Democrats—in either one of which the rules of logic don’t apply.

As I write, the President of the United States and our lovely First Lady have tested positive for the Chinese Flu. My first thought when I heard this was, “Wow! I didn’t see that one coming!” As if I were watching some TV show with one plot twist too many. Afterward, of course, I recovered my wits and prayed for the quick recovery of the first couple. But I have to admit, there lingers in the back of my mind a question I have asked myself during many a movie and television show: “Who wrote this crap?”

Our story so far is both absurd and awful. A bumptious and philandering businessman and TV personality wins the presidency against every possible odd. A malignantly corrupt deep state tries to bring him down with the help of a dishonest media. He still manages to restore the economy, promote constitutional judges, and bring sanity to a foreign policy mired in the unfathomable idiocy of experts.

Then, a pandemic hits. The economy tanks. Leftists riot with the approval of the establishment. The opposition nominates a walking houseplant to run against him. And suddenly, the president comes down with the big disease.

Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about the whole implausible mess is that when I asked myself: “Who wrote this crap?” The answer came back at once: “We did.”

It’s on all of us really. The Left is to blame for following a failed philosophy into hatefulness and evil. The Right is to blame for standing by while the Left took over our cultural institutions, and for failing to stop the economic and social decadence the Left brought on. And, of course, those teachers, journalists, and artists tasked with holding up the mirror to reality have instead shattered that mirror on the rock of their nonsensical materialist theology.

Like most people, I thought the debate this week was an embarrassment. The president was a bully. The challenger was a liar. The moderator was a sham. But weren’t they also acting out what all of us have become?

Donald Trump is the president we need, but he shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t take a rude belligerent to speak the truth. It does because too many of us have been silent, afraid to lose votes or sponsors or Twitter followers. The Democrats need Joe Biden, but they shouldn’t. They need to hide behind a career empty suit with failing faculties because they’ve sunk into an oppressive radicalism the voters don’t want. And journalists like Chris Wallace are simply the tools of large corporations who profit off globalism, big government, and societal decadence. And they get those profits from you and me—because we want the phones and the one-day deliveries, not to mention the nude scenes on premium cable.

So no wonder 2020 is preposterous. It’s like one of those chain stories where each person writes one chapter before passing it on to the next person. All stories like that become increasingly ridiculous and it’s the impossible job of the last author to bring it all together and make it make some kind of sense.

We wrote ourselves into this mess. Let’s just hope the last Author finishes the story with more mercy than justice.


The Truth be told, the very good news is the “last Author” (in Klavan’s words) has already finished the story. . . . Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 – NIV) Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 – NASB)

When Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross the sins past, present, and future of all those who have put their faith and trust in Him, have been forgiven and forgotten in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9:22 – ESV)

However, we must still wait patiently for the end to be fully played out. And you can be sure, as Mr. Klavan hopes, that God will extend His mercy and justice on all humanity when we stand before Him on judgement day.

His mercy will be extended to all who have placed their faith and trust in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior. They will inherit eternal life in a new heaven and a new earth with Him. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27,28 – NIV) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:1,4 – NIV)

Consequently, God’s justice will be poured out on the guilty, those who have rejected a personal relationship with Jesus and have chosen to live in and love their sinful ways. They will be destined to eternal damnation in the pits of hell. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might. (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 – NIV) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8 – NIV)

With certainty, a very peaceful and happy eternal ending for some, and a very sad and painful eternal ending for others!

Still praying for God to change hearts and minds.

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What Does Humility, Courage, Class & Commitment Look Like?

Do You Recognize This Person?

Unless you don’t watch any of the news channels these days (and who would blame you) you probably already know that yesterday President Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to accept Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s open seat on the Supreme Court of the United States due to her death last week.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to see or hear  Barrett’s acceptance speech yesterday, and if you want to witness what true humility, courage, class, commitment, and transparency looks like up close and personal, view her seven-minute thirty-four-second acceptance speech HERE.

After listening to her seven-minute speech, I guarantee you will know her far better than you know most politicians who have been in Congress for years! And, whether you are a Republican, Moderate, or Democrat, if you are honest with yourself, I believe you will admit that Amy Coney Barrett is the real deal.

You may or may not like the fact that Barrett is an unapologetic Catholic conservative. I didn’t like the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hard core liberal. I certainly didn’t agree with a lot of her judicial decisions but I accepted her presence and decisions on the Supreme Court because that’s the way our system of government works.

In the past, Democratic Presidents have had their Supreme Court picks, now it’s a Republican President’s turn to make his choices.

What really bothers me to the nth degree is I don’t ever remember Republican politicians or the news media ever trying to intentionally destroy the name and character of a person just because they disagreed with their political ideology.

However, times have certainly changed, and that is exactly what we witnessed Democratic politicians and the main stream media do to the likes of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh. Now, even before any nomination hearings have begun, the long knives are already out to tear Amy Coney Barret’s impeccable reputation and character apart!

How quickly has the character of our nation deteriorated when radical groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are publicly and unashamedly threatening to continue dividing and destroying our great nation if Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is approved, and more importantly, if President Trump is reelected for another four years?

America is better than this type of behavior!

Lord, have mercy on the United States of America, forgive our sinful ways, and heal our land! “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14 – NIV) May it be so!

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Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?

A good friend of mine, who is also a well respected pastor, recently shared the post below from another source on his Facebook page.

The post perfectly articulated my personal feelings as well which led to my decision to walk away from viewing and supporting all pro sports teams and players who have decided to become political activists on the field of play instead of just playing the game the way it was always meant to be played!

Although this post only focuses on the NFL, I personally choose to include the NBA, WNBA, MLB, and MLS just to name a few others.

Therefore, I am doing what the writer proposed readers of his post do: “Pass this post along to all your friends and family, if you believe it worthy of sharing.”

I too believe it is worthy of sharing!


“Some Folks Have Come to Despise the NFL…

For fans who follow the sport, most of this will be a simple reminder of things you already know. For the rest, it’s a wake-up call:

  • In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling before each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.
  • In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.
  • In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.
  • In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye-black for breast cancer awareness.
  • In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem!).
  • In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police Officers killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression. It seems quite clear based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue: For God, social causes such as mental health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily, for being cops, or for the Memory of 9/11…

BUT they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for our National Flag, our National Anthem, for America, and for the American People, if it will help mollify a particular Group and its supporters.

That is who and what the NFL now has shown itself to be.

Pass this post along to all your friends and family, if you believe it worthy of sharing.

Honor our military; too many of whom have come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.”


As for me and my family. . .we will always stand for our flag and our National Anthem,  which should be the ONLY anthem sung at any event, and we will kneel ONLY at the feet of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, where have all our heroes gone? The good news is they are still among us just wearing different kinds of uniforms.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, and all the real American heroes who don’t play games but actually work tirelessly putting their lives on the line every day to insure America remains THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE:

  • Our Military
  • Police Officers
  • Fire Fighters
  • Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s, and all other healthcare providers
  • All other First Responders who mostly go unnoticed and unappreciated

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Short And Straight To The Point

2020 Party Platform Comparisons

With only 51 days left to arguably the most important presidential election in the history of the United States of America, I wanted to give everyone a very useful tool for you or any of your friends who are still on the fence about who to vote for and which political party fits your specific worldview best.

FRCAction is the legislative affiliate of FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, and in full disclosure, FRC is a Christian conservative organization.

As I understand each party’s 2020 political platform, FRC has done a very good job of siting the facts for both sides on a variety of topics we should all be concerned about. You can view the 2020 Party Platforms HERE and decide for yourself.

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The REAL Truth About COVID-19 Is Finally Surfacing…Why Just Now?

No matter what the issue is, it’s getting to the point where we must do our own research and then make the best fact-based decisions we can regarding our futures and the future of America.

The article below makes my case on just one of the critical issues impacting American families today, COVID-19.


CDC: Just 6% of Covid Deaths Occurred Without Co-Morbidities

This past week the CDC finally seemed to get fed up with the coronavirus hysteria that has existed in this country since March.

First, the CDC released new guidelines saying there was no need for asymptomatic people to get tested if they were otherwise young and healthy. That’s even if you were exposed to someone who had tested positive for the virus.

Then the CDC put up on their official website the following details for people who have covid symptoms: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.”

So, yeah, the CDC is telling you to treat covid like any other illness. Stay home if you’re sick, you’ll probably be fine. That’s because for most people covid is a mild illness. If, however, you get sick enough to need treatment, go seek treatment.

This is the advice we should have had since March. And in retrospect we should have never, ever shut down at all. (In fact, if New York governor Andrew Cuomo hadn’t been the worst political leader this century, we probably wouldn’t have ever panicked in the first place. New York was such a disaster that the rest of the country panicked based on their incompetence. An incompetence, by the way, that led to the worst coronavirus response in the entire world.)

But this was the final kicker that also went up on the CDC website:

“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”

This illuminates what I have been saying for a long time, there’s a big difference between dying WITH COVID and dying FROM COVID.

94% of people are dying with covid, per the CDC, not because of it. In fact, not only are people dying with it, they are dying with covid and an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.

This would mean roughly 10,000 deaths are directly attributable to covid alone.

Because right now if you have terminal lung cancer, kidney and liver failure and covid, you are counted as a covid death.

Now, this doesn’t mean covid can’t be dangerous, it can. But it’s almost exclusively dangerous among those with extremely ill health, that is multiple serious co-morbidities, or extremely advanced age.

Now, to be fair, what we still don’t know is what percentage of people who have died with covid in 2020 would otherwise be alive if this virus had never existed. That is, it’s possible there are likely more than the roughly 10,000 people who are listed as dying from covid alone who have died with covid and another illness.

Maybe if covid never existed those people could have survived their co-morbidities and might still be alive today. (Although this raises an interesting question, if covid was the tipping point illness for many very sick people with multiple co-morbidities, wouldn’t the number of elderly people dying in later months this year and next year likely be lower than normal? Because those very ill people had their deaths accelerated by a few months due to covid? That seems likely to me.

We don’t know the answer to this question and we can’t just look at excess death data either because, and this is the really unfortunate part of our shutdown madness, there is now strong evidence that locking down our country cost us more years of life in this country than we gained.

This is according to the incredible work being done by the Ethical Skeptic Twitter account. (You should all go follow him for his charts and analysis of covid data).

Remember, the average age of death from covid in this country is older than the average age of death in this country overall. Meanwhile the people who are dying in excess numbers from something other than covid due to our lockdowns are much younger. These are much younger people dying of suicides, drug overdoses, from declining to seek medical care for fear of covid.

And this is a MONSTER story. A story which, not surprisingly, almost no one is telling.

We shut down our country to protect very old people from covid yet the deaths of much younger people from other causes are actually costing us more years of life, by far, than the years of life we are protecting. And this doesn’t even count, by the way, all the disastrous impacts from children being kept out of school for months at a time.

There’s been a tremendous rise, for instance, in domestic abuse and, likely, child abuse during the lockdown as well. And it also doesn’t count the very real economic costs of tens of millions of lost jobs, which will echo through poor families for years and years.

Let’s just be clear here: outside of nursing homes — which comprise nearly half of our deaths in this country despite only having .6% of our population — there is zero reason for any lockdowns to still exist in this country.

Zero.

It’s well past time for everyone to be back at work, school, and playing sports on all levels from little league to pro sports. And if you don’t want to do that because the media has terrified you, that’s your choice, you can stay in your house buried under the covers forever, but the rest of the us need to get on with our lives, you can’t hold us hostage any longer.

Unfortunately this isn’t happening because covid is now the entire basis for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Meaning instead of these facts being debated and discussed in a rational manner, Biden has tied his entire campaign to stoking more fear based on the false idea that we’re all in tremendous danger from the coronavirus.

Even if it’s not true at all.

Worse than that, the media, which ostensibly exists to speak truth to power, has also completely embraced the fear porn narrative as well.

Which is why our national response to the coronavirus is the biggest failure of truth, logic, and honesty since the Vietnam War.

It’s time for you, me, and everyone else with a functional brain to get back to our normal lives.

Which is exactly what I’m doing.


And it’s exactly what I’m doing too.

That being said, I will still honor and follow the COVID-19 guidelines set by the various businesses and institutions I choose to frequent, hoping and praying they will also see the wisdom in getting back to “normal” very soon.

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