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Standing or falling is still your choice

"If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything" is a quote possibly going back a couple of hundred years, but is just as true today as when it was initially penned.
Maybe I am just hyper-aware of national and State news, but it appears we are all over the road in our current mission to attack anything and everything as being politically/socially offensive. In short, we are less tolerant than just about anytime in our country’s short history. Geeze, correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t this the land of the free?
I think not. We are becoming a country of bondage. We now have a law protecting preachers so they can preach? Seriously? Why was this right ever encroached upon in the first place? Never mind that pesky 1st Amendment. I was always under the impression that if you disagreed with what was delivered over the pulpit, you just went somewhere else.
The Confederate flag issue is one I understand, but am I going to get all in a rabid state over it? Nope. T…

Passion versus Reality

Most of us early on in life believe we are going to grow up and go into a career field that is going to bring us massive amounts of satisfaction. Simply stated, we want to do what our passions dictate and this is perfectly normal. Many professional athletes, singers, and entertainers enjoy this for a spell, but unless they keep employed, sooner or later they are going to have to find a real job. That job will pay the bills, but most likely will just be a job.
I guess my first understanding that I wasn’t going to have a passionate job was when I didn’t get an opening into photography school in the Air Force. After I got out of Basic Training I just knew I was going to be a photographer.In my immature mind it was a done deal and I survived the vigorous training and adjustment into military life knowing it was simply so.
When the day came when the job offerings were displayed, I was like so many other young men in my flight, totally clueless what the militarized names of the job openi…

People need to be informed, challenged

For many years now I’ve had a mantra which goes something like this: “Anyone who challenges you to define what you believe is your friend.” As my brother in law is wont to say, “in other words”, they have done you a favor by making you think about what you believe and possibly learn a thing or two in the process.
In 2015 most all of us are bombarded with catchphrases, slogans, politically correct goose steps, and stultifying quotes by the likes of Kanye West and his new mother-in-law Lola Jenner.Along that same vein, Jerry Seinfeld was recently quoted as saying he doesn’t do college campus gigs because he believes college kids simply repeat politically correct nonsense their liberal instructors teach instead of actually deducing the facts for themselves.
I don’t claim my slogan is totally original, but I’ve made it my own because I believe it.It sometimes comes back on me too. Like you, it is important for me to be right and I attempt to research a subject (sometimes too much) so I …

Free Enterprise? No such animal!

Here we go again!Our freedoms are being thrown out the window again and this time it is potentially disastrous to small and large business.The repercussions will roll forward like a rogue wave out of the Gulf coming up the Houston ship channel.
On June 1st, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of a Muslim woman in suit against Abercrombie and Fitch when the store failed to hire her because she wore a head scarf in observance of her religion.That is the assertion anyway.
This is a blatant attack on Free Enterprise, which incidentally is easily defined as the freedom of private businesses to operate competitively for profit with minimal governmental regulation.
Now here me out before you think this is about attacking this woman because she follows Mohammed.It’s not.It’s because this particular free enterprise has a dress code and this woman’s head scarf violates it.
This ruling by SCOTUS basically opens the door for anyone claiming a religious practice to force a company to hire and…