Empty Stadiums. Declining TV Ratings. Is It Time for the NFL to Panic? 9/25/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Empty seats.

Declining TV ratings and revenue.

Fans making threats to boycott the NFL over the player protests.

Is it time for the NFL to panic?

Nope. Not at all. There are a lot of people that are happily reporting that the NFL is over. It’s dead. It’s dying, which is an overreaction.

The NFL will not be closing shop anytime soon.

All of this can easily be explained.

Let’s start with the empty stadiums. The reason the seats are empty in L.A. is because the teams are terrible, and people in L.A. have better things to do than go watch an awful team play on a Sunday afternoon. It’s hard to create a buzz and excitement for the new L.A. teams when they’re bad. Give them a few years to improve and the fans will come. If not, then I guess they’ll just keep grabbing brunch and taking advantage of the million other things that you can do in L.A. for fun.

The ratings are down for the NFL, but the ratings are down for everything on TV and it’s because of cord cutting, and all the other distractions like Netflix, so yeah, with declining ratings comes declining commercial revenue, but the NFL is still the number one show on TV. And really, the NFL TV deals were overpriced anyways, the market is just leveling out. The NFL will still be the biggest show on TV, even with cord cutting, it still grabs millions of viewers.

No doubt the Colin Kapernick stuff has made the NFL take a hit and has made some people not watch and maybe even protest the protest, but when all of the flag stuff blows over, they’ll come back. Winning solves everything. You let their team start winning and they’ll be back. You can bet on that.

Will the NFL be as dominant as it once was? Well no. This isn’t 1973 and there are more than 3 channels now. There is more competition now, and nothing is a dominant as it once was, but even in a crowded media environment, the NFL will still be a dominant player.  

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Posted on September 22, 2017 .

How to Spot a Potential Fake Facebook Scam Account Sending You Friend Requests 9/22/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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It’s a problem that we all probably face on Facebook and that is all of these fake accounts that add you and wanna be your friend. Because I’m a dude, mine are always women, and I am frankly tired of the scammers trying to pretend they’re an attractive woman in hopes I’ll befriend them so they can try to talk to me and have me turn over my personal data or even money to what I believe to be a single 20something year old that “lives in my area.”

So today, I wanna share from my experience how to spot a potentially fake scam account on Facebook.

One: You receive a friend request from an attractive woman that is someone that you might would have a chance with, or she’s wearing very little and you probably wouldn’t have a chance with her if she really existed.

Two: The user account got created the day you receive the request and this is easy to determine because the profile picture and other photos were all added the day the request was sent.

Three: All the comments and photo likes are from men, and if look at their page, most of them are in foreign countries or their account looks very similar in tone to the one that added you.

Four: She has no friends, or very few friends and they’re all dudes. Idiot guys that believe she’s real.

Five: This amazing “woman” just happens to live close to your city or a town you’ve lived in. If she’s really from your hometown, the odds are that you should have at least one friend in common if she really existed.

Six: She only has a couple of profile pictures, all uploaded that day. You know this is fake because girls have thousands of photos of themselves, so this should be a red flag.

Seven: She’s single of course! And ready to mingle with dumb dudes that are dumb enough to accept her request in hopes of finding true love, when all they’re gonna find is that they’re actually talking to a 55 year old dude in a foreign country. Gross.

Eight: If you wait a few days and not respond to the request, the account will be deleted because Facebook took it down probably.

Now I have no hard evidence or proof these accounts are fake, but from the evidence I just presented you have to admit that I make a pretty good case that these are probably fake accounts and isn’t it just smart to be safe than sorry?  

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Posted on September 21, 2017 .

Seeing Christmas Merchandise Already for Sale Reminds Me of the Hope We Have at Christmas in This Crazy World 9/21/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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This past weekend I was in the local mall and I’m not gonna name the store, because well, I don’t wanna give them free advertisement, but this store already had Christmas stuff out for sale. They had a giant size inflatable Santa Claus, Christmas trees, the whole deal.

In the past I would be annoyed when I would see Christmas items on sale when it’s still hot outside and not even close to Halloween yet, much less Christmas, but I’ve changed. Now I say, the sooner the better!

The world and our culture is in such a mess I welcome the sights and sounds and merchandise of a holiday that is all about hope, joy and peace. Seeing that stuff puts me in a better mood and reminds me of the real hope we have and that is the magic and meaning of Christmas. It’s all about a baby in a manger that gives us all hope, no matter what.

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Posted on September 20, 2017 .

Trump's United Nations Speech is What American Leadership Looks Like 9/20/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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What a speech by President Trump on Tuesday at the United Nations! Trump gave an American speech. He put America first, as any President should and as he said, other nations should put their interests ahead of other nations, which is common sense and makes sense.

He made it very clear where America and his administration stands on the threats to our homeland and that strong, clear leadership is something that is well overdo. We live in an increasingly dangerous world and the world is safer when America has strong leadership.

In one of the best moments of his speech, he explained in clear detail how socialism has failed and continues to fail, which is something that an American President probably hasn’t done since Reagan. Trump in some ways reminded me of Reagan because of his strong, clear speech. He left nothing to the imagination in regard to where he stands. He put the world on notice that America will not tolerate threats to our nation and he encouraged peace. If you haven’t watched this speech, you should because Trump gave a pro-America, American sounding, speech. Trump sounded how an American President should: he offered the world strong leadership, but with a plea for peace, but put America first.

This was a speech long overdue and it showed the world that American leadership is back and the world will be safer for it.  

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Posted on September 19, 2017 .

Too Many Pastors are Rev. Feel Good with Sermons Void of Real Substance 9/19/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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As many of you know I am in the middle of working on my PhD and I’m about to take my comprehensive exams for it next week, and while reviewing material for the test, I came across a book titled Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, published in 1985, and the book contains a chapter on television preachers and how they have turned religion into basically just another TV show that is full of entertainment and not scared discussions of Biblical text.

Sound familiar?

Remember this is from 1985, not 2015.

If Postman thought that pastors back in ’85 were becoming Rev. Feel Good with positive and entertaining messages void of real substance, then he should turn on the TV now and listen to a sermon or visit a church on a Sunday morning.

I’m not gonna mention any names, because we probably know all the names of the TV pastors that are more motivational speaker than a hell, fire and brimstone pastor of old.

It’s not that I disagree with what they say, they say good and positive things, but the problem is what they don’t say.  

In our pleasure obsessed, social media and entertainment driven, P.C. culture where people are walking on eggshells not to offend anyone with one syllable, I don’t see sermons changing, but only getting more entertainment and fluff filled than Biblical sound and spirit filled.

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Posted on September 18, 2017 .

Are Trumpers and Trump Heading for a Yuge Political Divorce? 9/18/17 -A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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I knew this would happen, but I didn’t know it would happen this quick. It seems that some Tumpers may be turning on Trump over the DACA deal and working with Chuck and Nancy.  Some on Twitter were posting videos of them burning their MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats over it.

Now it’s not a done deal yet with Trump and the Dreamers, but just the fact that he may allow them to stay has some people upset.

I’m not surprised that Trump might cave in on issues, but one he wants to get something done because we all know the Republicans are of no help, and two, because he’s a human, he’s a politician and have you ever met one that didn’t cave on something? No one is gonna give you 100 percent of what you want, but Trump giving us 20 percent of what he promised is still 100 percent better than what Hillary would’ve given us.

Those that are upset at Trump at the possible cave, need to look at the long game, and look at what he has done, instead of just looking at the negative. The jobs are coming back, the economy is growing, good things are happening, but I’m telling you, if you’re upset now, you’re gonna be upset later because he’ll cave on something in the future, but you gotta look at the whole picture here. There is no need to file for a political divorce yet, but if he keeps politically flirting with Nancy, then we may have to consider it.

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Posted on September 16, 2017 .

How Democracy Dies: Half of Millennials Would Give Up Voting for Student Loan Forgiveness 9/15/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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According to Fox Business, 50 percent of millennials in a new survey from Credible, a financial website, said they would be willing to give up voting in the next two presidential elections if it meant having their loans forgiven.

The fact that over half of those polled would be willing to give up their right to vote is concerning to me because it shows that my generation doesn’t view, appreciate or understand how blessed we are to be able to vote for our loser politicians that represent us and disappoint us.

Being able to vote for those that passes laws that govern our country and to have a say in it, via voting, is the ultimate freedom. Imagine how many people in a third world nation envies us and our freedom to choose our leaders.

Americans have died protecting that freedom and half of millennials would be willing to give up that right.

I would choose voting over loan forgiveness any day because America is much bigger and more important than me having debt forgiveness. If we don’t have strong elected leaders that can help continue this great American experiment, your loans won’t matter.

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Posted on September 14, 2017 .

I Bet More Americans Can Name the Kardashians Than the Three Branches of Government 9/14/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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People wonder why our politics are so messed up and why we have such a mess in this country. Well, a new survey offers some insight into why it’s so bad and I will admit that the results made me a Whittle depressed, but not really surprised.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center released its annual Constitution Day Civics survey and it showed only 26 percent of the respondents could name all three branches of government. I would be that more Americans can name all the Kardashians than the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government.  

Just 37 percent said they either couldn’t name any or didn’t know a right guaranteed in the first amendment, so yes, the future is oh, so bright for the country.

If you don't know your freedoms, you could lose your freedoms.

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Posted on September 13, 2017 .

Dating is Dead. Long Live Dating as the Next Generation is Dating Less Thanks to Technology 9/13/17 -A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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According to a new book from a professor at San Diego State University, dating is on the decline among the iGeneration, those that were born between 1995 and 2002. Apparently they’re less interested in romance than their millennial peers according to the UK Telegraph.

This is the generation that grew up with social media, smartphones, so they figure why go out when you can stay in and talk on Snapchat instead? I mean, it is cheaper than dating, so maybe they’re on to something.

Among those interviewed and surveyed that included 11 million people, just 56% of 14-18 year olds said they’ve gone on a date, while 85% of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers have gone out. The article didn’t say how many of those use dating apps, but as I’ve said before, all those obsession with social media is not healthy in the long run and all these kids that spend all day on their phones are gonna grow up with not having the communication and life skills they’re gonna need to make it.

Although, maybe they’re smarter than the rest of us, because depending on the person you’re dating, you might be better off to just Netflix and chill on a Friday night.

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Posted on September 12, 2017 .

Trump Going Independent Would Be a Big League Mistake That Would Put MAGA in Jeopardy 9/12/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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I’m starting to hear some in the media that I trust, discuss and predict that Trump, maybe within the next year will dump the GOP and go independent. And boy would that be a big league mistake.

No doubt Trump is his own man and is already independent in thinking, but going outside the two party system would be a mistake. He knew in order to win in 2016 he had to run as a Republican, even if he isn’t a full fledge conservative, he understood that’s how the game is played and you cannot win if you go third party.

It’s understandable that he’s mad at the Republican leadership because they have been less than helpful to him, but if he goes out on his own, it’ll be really hard to win reelection. Although, he does have a coalition of support of people that are not Republican, plus Tea Partiers, and even some Democrats and Republicans, but I’m not sure that’s even people that would give him a majority of votes needed to overcome the democrat ticket plus whatever the Republicans would offer up in a moderate, Never Trumper candidate, probably a Kasich/McCain losing ticket, but even a losing ticket like that, would still pick up enough Republican votes that could harm Trump and throw it to the Democrats.

Of course, if anyone could somehow pull off a third party victory, it would be Trump, People said he wouldn’t win the nomination or the election and he proved people wrong, but having one opponent versus having a Democrat and a Republican against Trump, that’s a whole different ballgame.

The best thing for Trump to do is to try and have a better relationship with the Republican Party because if they won’t work with him as their leader, they’ll never work with him as an outside, independent President. Mr. President, if you wanna go independent, wait until after the 2020 election!

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Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Poll Shows Americans Are Lying That They Don't Care About Facebook Likes on Their Posts 9/11/17

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A recent YouGov study of 1100 adults examined how online commenting on social media affects people emotionally. The results showed that 26% of Americans post photos of themselves at least once a week and only 10% of them said that getting likes is very important to them, 39% said that likes is somewhat important to them. It seems people are more concerned with getting comments than likes as 61% said that reading a comment on their post makes their day and 26% said that comment had ruined their day.  

Now what does all this mean? Well, it means that most people are lying in this poll, because those numbers should be way higher, because let’s be honest, the only reason, the ONLY reason people post on Facebook, Instagram and all the rest are for the likes and comments. If they post something that receives nothing: no likes or comments, it hurts their feelings and ruins their day. No one posts on there just to have a record of their experience, they post to have others digitally clap via a like about whatever it is they’ve done or where they went on vacation. It’s bragging for most people. You know and I know it.

It’s like that ole saying: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but no likes on Facebook will never hurt me.” We all know that’s a lie, if you get no interaction on your posts, your feelings are hurt. Let’s not lie to ourselves. Especially if it’s a political rant, and no one comments, I know your feelings are hurt. You have the solution to the world’s political problems and no one comments, that’s gotta sting a Whittle bit.   

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Posted on September 8, 2017 .

Is the NFL Even Worth Watching This Season Due to Politics? 9/8/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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We had the opening game of the 2017 NFL season last night and Sunday we’ve got the rest of the games, and I am seriously wondering if it’s even worth taking the time to watch the games this season because politics are probably gonna ruin it for me.

During the pre-season some players picked up where Colin Kaepernick left off last season protesting the flag and now you’ve got police up on Cleveland planning to protest the protest by not holding a flag during a pregame ceremony, and worst of all, the media will hype the anti-flag protests up for possible ratings and the announcers will offer their political opinions on it as well, which may mean very little actual sports talk about the actual game.

It’s all a turn off and if the NFL lets this keep up, the ratings and interest for fans are gonna go way down this season and seasons to come.

Please no politics from either side. Just score touchdowns.

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Posted on September 7, 2017 .

Bad News: Religious Followers are Becoming a Minority as the Secular Society Becomes the Majority 9/7/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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The UK National Centre for Social Research in a survey of 2,942 adults found that 53% of those polled said they have no religion and among those 18 to 25, 71% said they have no religion. Among those 75 and up, 75% of them were religious and those that were born into a religious household, four in 10 are no longer religious. Here in America, AP reports on a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute that showed that the number of whites that identify as Christian is only 43% now.

These recent trends should not surprise anyone as we have seen our culture become more secular and religious practice decline as the society has grown more secular. This is a disturbing trend though, especially for millennials that so many are turning away from faith because this will only cause more problems and greater conflict in our society as people move further from the light, the greater that darkness will grow and as a culture we are going to become more self-centered, more heartless, more immoral, and we are gonna have more problems than we could ever imagine because if we don’t have a moral, religious foundation of principles in which we live, then anythingwill be ok.

Actually I believe the anything goes culture is already here and look at how many problems and broken lives and families we already have. If this trend continues, imagine how bad society will be in ten years.

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Posted on September 6, 2017 .

Taylor Swift Doesn't Owe the Political Liberal Left (Or Right) Anything 9/6/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Well, looks like it’s up to me to defend Taylor Swift’s reputation and honor.

The liberal left is upset at the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer because unlike almost every other pop star in the world, she hasn’t gone political. She hasn’t been open about her politics. She hasn’t used her platform to be a political activist for leftist causes. And to the left, this is a problem.

Some on the left are so obsessed with trying to figure out who she voted for in the 2016 election and they are worried that her lack of public politics means she committed the unforgiveable sin of voting for The Donald.

This is all ridiculous. Taylor Swift doesn’t owe the left anything. She isn’t required to use her pop career to be a political activist to push liberal politics, neither is she required to promote conservative politics publicly if she is a conservative.

Taylor not speaking out on politics and just playing songs is one reason she is as popular as she is because people are tired of hearing musician’s political opinions. Nobody cares what Katy Perry’s opinion is. Just play music.

Taylor Swift is a brand and she’s smart enough to know that taking a political stance will alienate half of her audience one way or the other and she knows that Republicans download music. Democrats buy CDs, and giving her political opinion will only cause one side to not like her, and she wants that money. Makes sense to me.

And maybe she’s just isn’t that into politics, which is ok too.  

But just to troll the left though, I wish on her new album she would have the lyrics:

“You said you wanted to make this relationship great again,

Like Trump said he w ants to make America, but you lied.”

If she said that I would die! I would die of laughing! That would be trolling on the expert level!

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Posted on September 5, 2017 .

Mean Girls: Women Saying Yes to Unattractive Dates on Dating Apps Just for the Free Food 9/5/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Guys, she’s just not that into you. The New York Post reports that broke millennial women are breaking men’s hearts all over NYC and I’m sure other cities too, by using some love stuck dude just to score a free meal.

The post calls these women foodies, and they’re saying yes to guys on dating apps so they can go out for a nice, expensive meal because they are broke due to high rent in the big apple. So instead of sitting at home on a Friday night eating rice and beans, they’re swiping right to guys.

Some women interviewed said they’ve gone to places where dinner could cost upwards of sixty dollars. They have zero attraction to the guys. Don’t care about them at all, they’re just there for the steak.

Where are the feminists when you need them? I bet they’d be willing to pay for their own meal over a guy paying for it. So remember guys, next time that twenty something blonde with model good looks swipes right. She may be hoping you’ll swipe the check from the table to pay so she can score a free meal, leaving you heartbroken and broke. Tell her for date one you want to meet her at the park and she if she says yes. If isn’t up for it. then just keep listening to Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary instead.

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Posted on September 4, 2017 .

Basic Cable Content is Becoming More Coarse and HBO Like Adult Themed 9/4/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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I really like USA Network, and no they’re not paying me to say that, but I wish they would. One thing I’ve notice though is lately the language on USA, and other basic cable channels as well, is getting worse.

My all-time favorite USA show is Burn Notice which went off air in 2013. Suits and Shooter are my favorites right now, and while both shows are good, I’ve notice that the language has gotten worse, especially considering I’ve been watching Suits over the years and I’ve notice that in the current season, they’re editing out the second half of Mother---er, but the way it’s edited, it sounds like they’re saying it anyways, but that never happened on Burn Notice. The worst language on it was maybe God’s name in vein once or twice, but on the current shows, the language is all over the alphabet.  

The fact that basic cable feels they can get away with having this coarse language shows how our standards have gone down, and have gone down pretty quickly if Burn Notice ended in 2013 and now in 2017 basic cable is looking more like HBO, the content will only grow more adult as channels push the envelope more, and it seems that Americans are ok with it as no one complains about our declining moral standards, and it says a lot about our culture over all as our entire culture is becoming more coarse.   

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Posted on September 1, 2017 .

Facebook to Start Blocking Fake News Pages from Advertising on the Social Site 9/1/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Bad news for the fake news media and the clickbait websites. Starting Monday Facebook will block pages that share a lot of fake news from advertising at all on the social site. In a blog post Facebook said that pages that repeatedly share fake news will be blocked from advertising if the stories are flagged by a third party fact-checker, but the ban can be lifted if the page stops sharing fake news.

My question is who are these third party fact-checkers? Can they be trusted? Do they have a political bias? Or are they fake fact-checkers that only care about allowing stories that fit their politics? What if a major news website publishes a story they don’t like? Will they flag it as fake news, just because they don’t like the website’s political slant?

My guess is that a lot of publishers that aren’t fake news will probably be flagged, so hopefully they will have an appeal process that will allow those pages to still advertise.

This story is a little concerning to me because it shows how much power Facebook has about what we see and don’t see and that should be something everyone is concerned about. When you have a website that has a billion users, that gives them a lot of power and influence that must be kept in check and we must hold them responsible that they aren’t blocking legit stories just because it doesn’t fit their political agenda.

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Posted on August 31, 2017 .

Unlike an iPhone Screen, the Future is Not Bright If Internet Addiction Continues 8/31/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Well recently I discussed smartphone addiction and now there is a story about internet addiction that is sweeping the nation. Of course, the two are connected. CNBC reports that a study on internet addiction by The National Institutes of Health will kick off this week to try and determine the best form of treatment for internet addiction, focusing on online gaming. The ultimate goal for the study is to determine if online gaming/internet addiction should be listed as a mental health disorder in the United States.

There is no doubt that people are addicted to the internet and it’s not just gaming. Some are addicted to porn, others social media, and the list could go on and on. And there is no doubt that eventually this will be added to the list of addictions that insurance will have to cover, which once again will make costs go up, but this is only gonna grow and in the future we’re gonna have even more addictions as tech grows, causing more mental health issues and causing more harm to our society and culture as Americans sit all day in front of the computer becoming lazy, overweight, and losing focus of what’s really important in life which is family, friends and faith. Before it’s over we’re gonna have an entire generation that doesn’t know how to even have a conversation with others unless it’s via a screen and that is really gonna cause problems. Unlike the iPhone scre en, the future is not bright if this keeps up.

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Posted on August 30, 2017 .

The Spirit of America is Alive and Well in Houston 8/30/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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The damage by Hurricane Harvey is unbelievable and seeing the destruction it has caused to Houston is sad to watch. So many families now are without a home, and some have lost their life in this tragic event.

While we all morn for those that have lost their lives, this hurricane has done one important thing at a time that America really needed it and that is that the aftermath of Harvey has shown that the American spirit is still alive and well, even in this hyper political climate where every day it seems that there is a new group against each other because politics. In Houston, people have put aside their differences and are doing what Americans always do in tough times and that is help each other out.

I’ve seen so many photos of people helping each other out: white, black, gay, straight, Republican or democrat, right now in Houston, none of that matters, because everyone there are just Americans. It’s a reminder that once again, that when the rubber hits the road, when it really matters, when times are tough, Americans come together and the spirit of America is still alive and well in Houston. God bless them and keep them safe.

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Posted on August 29, 2017 .

Rock on USA: We Are So Blessed with American Abundance 8/29/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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I’m a big music fan, mostly alt rock and indie rock, but I have a Whittle 90s pop and Christian music in the mix as well. Anyways, while driving down the road, I couldn’t decide what music to listen to.

Should I listen to SiriusXM?
Play a CD?

Plug my iPhone in and stream Spotify? Or Apple Music? Or Pandora?

Then it hit me.

Like a Taylor Swift superfan that got stopped dead in his or her tracks when they realized how bad her new song is, I stopped in my tracks, well, not literally stop because well, I was driving, but it really hit me and I said to myself, “Oh my gosh. We are so blessed it’s ridiculous.”

American wealth and freedom is so abundant that we have multiple ways to access and listen to music, and that’s just on our phone. That is freedom. That is capitalism at work. That is technology advancing to the point that it’s become so easy to access something as simple as music that we don’t even realize how good we have it.

And not just music, but look at all the options at the grocery store or the thousands of TV channels.

Just stop and look around at all of the American abundance. All the options. All the freedom. We are so overly blessed in America, and it’s why I’ll always be grateful and say I am proud to be an American and rock on USA!

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Posted on August 28, 2017 .