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I am in the final phase of a massive transformation

I am once again on a plane chasing the sun.

I am listening to Patty Griffin’s ‘Up to the Mountain’ as I stare out the window admiring Gods handiwork as the sun slips slowly under the curvature of our earthy home.

Sometimes when we are flying late at night, most of my team is asleep and I have time to sit quietly and think.

We don’t have enough time anymore just to ponder.

My grandfather used to have one of those old push mowers (remember the old wooden handle and the round blades between the wheels?). When I was really small I can remember seeing him push it, stop and take his hankie out and mop his brow.

What was he thinking? I now ponder.

Later he got himself a riding mower. By then I was old enough to cut the lawn but he never would let me. I always thought he insisted on doing it was because by then grandma had taken the keys of the truck from him (it involved a plate glass window and the front of a Denny’s but that is a different story :)  ).

But, now, I’m convinced he wanted time to think. Time alone, quiet time to ponder.

As I worked the farm on my tractor this past summer, cutting the alfalfa I hypothesized: farmers of the past must have been either 1) the most well balanced people or 2) raging alcoholics.

So much time and so much silence. You had no place to run from your thoughts.

How many of us can really spend time with ourselves and our thoughts? How many of us need music, talk radio or books on tape? Anything except silence and our own internal voice.

A voice that questions, condemns or emboldens with truth.

The sun sinks a little lower and the sky grows from deep orange to dark blue at the horizon and space grows black above.

I turn the music off.

I am in the final phase, I think, of a massive transformation. One that will take me to rough terrain, uncharted landscape and lonely woods. This may end up being the biggest and most important challenge of my life.

Lead by that still small voice always and simply, questioning, condemning and empowering with love and truth. I have challenged myself to let go of my anger and hurt and instead see others pain, need, confusion and hurt.

I want to be a better man. A much better man.

It is hard.

Sometimes it’s too hard, because I hurt or I am tired or honestly, sometimes I just want to be angry.

“I have a right!” I think to myself.

The country I love is washing ashore in bits and pieces. Dashed intentionally on the rocks by fools and knaves. The flames of hate rages. Fires started by those who just want power or money. Only to have the flames fanned by those of us who were sometimes duped, sometimes trusting “our side” and honestly, sometimes too tired, lazy or unwilling to challenge what we WANT to believe because it allows us to escape that condemning voice about the role we played.

I want to be a better man. A better husband, father and friend.

Life moves so fast. So many fires. I try to put one out and three more appear.

“How Lord? Why Lord?” I pray/wrestle. “I want to do what you want me to do, but I am not smart enough to figure out how to get from here to there.”

“Tell me! What do you want me to do! I will do it, but just tell me!”

Deep down, if I am quiet enough, I know He doesn’t work that way.

He doesn’t want the power.
He wants to empower us.

“Figure it out yourself” the voice whispers. “You have all you need. You always have and if you just trust Me completely and take the leap you will see.”

My mind cannot grasp the eternal.
My eyes cannot see what He sees.
He is right.

For all the worry and panic, trouble and white-knuckle events of my life, I have always had everything I really needed and everything worked out in the end.

It will again.
For all of us.

The stars begin to shine brighter, the sound of the air blowing through the cabin. The quiet conversations from the back of the plane and the empowering voice whispers again.

“It is the simple things that makes a man great. The way he treats his wife, his children and those who CANNOT help him advance in his career or goals. It is the simple repeated act of choosing love over anger, peace instead of hate, forgiveness over revenge and courage over comfort.”

“Most of all”, He whispers, “A great man mows his lawn and is eager for the challenge of silence.”

I turn off the light, smile at the thought of my grandpa. I gaze out my window. I am no longer able to make out the curve of the earth.

I close my eyes comfortable with the knowledge that what is coming, just over the horizon, is a new day and everything we need is already being warmed by tomorrow’s sun.

A conversation with a man who proves ‘conservative’ is now the rebel voice

This should be a very interesting conversation with someone who is making a difference. He is plastering his art everywhere in Hollywood.

He is an artist that refuses to comply or conform.

Will you agree or disagree? Artist or vandal? Free speech or “hate speech”? Brilliant or reckless?

He is on the side of uber freedom – conservative and radical.

Not sure how much we will agree on, but I will say this: He is the first who I think really recognizes that the conservative is now the rebel voice. That we are no longer in the same game. Instead, we are now the revolutionary, and the former leftist revolutionaries are now “the man.” Just as the left has no idea how to govern, the right has no idea how to make their point to the mainstream – especially the youth.

I will be having a fascinating conversation Monday night at 5pm ET with the rebel artist SABO.

Due to his work and at his request, his face will be disguised for his protection.

Unvarnished, unapologetic, and real. Don’t miss my conversation with SABO Monday at 5pm on TheBlaze TV.

Pat offered to help me a few weeks ago…big mistake

This is just before two sold out stage shows about a month ago. I called Pat and asked if he could help on the second show if I needed it as I had been traveling and was running out of steam. Five minutes before the show we both realized, I don’t write speeches. I jot thoughts. Fun behind the scenes captured by Tania.

Breaking bread with friends of all backgrounds and ideologies

This week I have had some pretty remarkable guests on the radio and TV shows. These people can only be described as strange bedfellows indeed, but we going to need to come together on the principles that can unite us if we have any hope of changing the world.

On Thursday, I invited some of my libertarian, religious, writer, entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley friends to join Tania and me for dinner just outside the Mercury Studios ‘Think Tank’:

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Breaking a glass with Rabbi Kula, symbolizing our marriage between faith/values/principles and high tech. Together, those two things will change the world:

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Below is a photo of me showing the guests a few things from the history vaults: Handwritten letters on the New Yorker stationary from Nikola Tesla, history behind Edison and filmmaking, the actual Apollo 12 lunar landing maps, rare Disney Epcot material that Walt carried with him the last ten years of his life and more.

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Rabbi Irwin Kula is one of the most sincere men I have ever met. He is a liberal rabbi from NYC. At first I didn’t want to meet him, nor did he want to meet me. I so strongly feel, now, that he is my brother. He is a different man than when I met him three years ago. Maybe he would say I am as well. I hope so. He is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, kind, soft spoken, and WIDE AWAKE MEN I have ever met. The spirit is sharing the same messages in all languages to anyone who will listen. He listens with his ears and with his heart.

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He took huge risks in an interview with me. Especially about guns. “The left needs to look into people’s lives, one mans assault rifle is another mans hobby,” he said.

Wow. Brave.

We spoke tonight at dinner about making sure we remove the beam from our own eye before we look for the spec in others. He really gets it and I believe he feels the full weight of what G-d has shown him. Powerful man that needs to be heard and not just in his circle. Pray that he is filled with courage and love. Pray that we all are.

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How exaggerated are the Obama administration’s sexual assault stats?

In my last post, I showed exactly where the White House is getting their “1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college” stat.

Now that we know where it’s coming from, let’s breakdown just how exaggerated this number is.

The idea that one in five women are raped or sexually assaulted at college just doesn’t pass the smell test, does it?
Economist Mark Perry from the American Enterprise Institute felt the same way. So, instead of just blindly believing it, he actually obtained the sexual assault numbers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2009-2012.

He found that were was a likely maximum of 1,141 sexual assaults among 22,329 female students.

This isn’t common core math, people. It wasn’t 1 in 5 women, it was more like 1 in 20. But, even that number is only true when you assume, as the president has, that about 12% of sexual assaults actually get reported. If you go by the actual reported assault rate, the number is not 1 in 5, but 1 in 163. Other schools he looked at showed similar, if not more damning results to the Presidents alarm.

Can we really believe that 20% of women are sexually assaulted in college?

In 2012, the rape rate in Detroit was 0.05%.

The Obama administration is promoting a number that claims going to college is 400 times as dangerous as living in Detroit.

Think that’s crazy?

During the entire first and second Liberian civil war 1 in 43 women were raped.

The administration is telling you that going to college is 8 times as dangerous as living through two civil wars in Liberia.

During the Rwandan genocide, about 1 in 15 women were raped.

The president is trying to tell you that going to college is three times as dangerous as the Rwandan genocide.

Obviously, some measures of sexual assault are tough to compare because of the way records are kept. But that’s the issue. By cheapening the definitions to max out the victim numbers, you do a massive disservice to those truly affected.

The truth is, if any of these measures were remotely close to accurate, would there be one loving parent in America who would send their daughter to college? Who would spend 40,000 dollars a year to send their kid to Rwandan genocide—times three?

Besides, if the administration actually cared about making women feel comfortable in their personal space, would they appoint this guy to head the task force to protect students from sexual assault?

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What a great way to begin Memorial Day weekend

What a great way to begin this Memorial Day weekend.  I just got this from my good friend David.  All the proceeds go to charity.   Watch, cry, rejoice and pass it on please.    And thank you to all who have served our nation.  Thank you!

You might think Stu is anti-women after reading this

The Obama Administration is finally getting behind an issue 100% of Americans agree on: stopping sexual assaults.

The White House recently tweeted out this frightening statistic:

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“FACT: 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college. RT if you agree that’s unacceptable →”

Now, I have to admit I did not retweet that so does that mean I think sexual assault is acceptable? Either that or I think that stat is BS.

Before I go any further, I want to let you know that I know challenging this makes me anti-woman. So I would like to throw out a heartfelt disclaimer.

The correct number of sexual assaults should be zero. No amount of sexual assault is acceptable. Sexual assault is a serious issue. More, can, and should be done to stop sexual assault. I am not saying women aren’t taken advantage of at college. I am not saying we shouldn’t provide the tools to help eradicate sexual abuse. Sexual assault bad. No sexual assault good. Sex good (sometimes). Unwanted sex bad (always). Again, the correct number of sexual assaults is zero. I never, ever, never, want there to be a sexual assault ever, ever again.

This ‘1 in 5’ stat is being repeated everywhere.

Where are they getting this number from?

The White House gets the “1 in 5” number from two studies. The Campus Sexual Assault Study conducted for the Justice Department found that “ Nineteen percent of the women reported experiencing completed or attempted sexual assault since entering college…”

First of all, this study is not representative of all colleges, but of only two. It was an online survey that the authors themselves admitted had low response rates.

And while the majority of those assaulted were drunk or high when the incident took place, 62% of these victims DID NOT consider the incident to be rape. What’s going on here is that the president is saying these women were raped, and these women are saying they weren’t. Who do you believe?

The other study the White House looked at was the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

The study states that 18% of women in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.

But, how do you figure out if someone’s been raped? One way would be to ask the person if they have been raped. But, why do that when you can ask misleading questions and try and figure it out for yourself!

The study asked questions like: “When you were drunk, high, drugged, or passed out and unable to consent, how many people ever had sex with you?”

It’s incoherent wording like that that makes this confusing.

Newsflash, but it is possible to have consensual sex while drunk or high. Watch any beer commercial. What you will see is a bunch of hot women and good looking dudes drinking beer with the strong insinuation they will soon be hooking up.

Yes, it’s true. You lose your inhibitions when you drink alcohol. It’s also why you drink alcohol. If you eliminate sex while drunk or high you eliminate half the sex in the country.
But this survey was designed in a way to massively inflate the number of victims.

Here is an example of how the study defines sexual assault: “being pressured in ways that included being worn down by someone who repeatedly asks for sex or showed they were unhappy; feeling pressured by being lied to, being told promises that were untrue, having someone threaten to end a relationship or spread rumors; and sexual pressure due to someone using their influence or authority.”

To see Jeffy act these scenarios act, watch the below. Viewer discretion is seriously advised.

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Are those things annoying? Yes. But is convincing someone to sleep with you because you’re sad the equivalent of sexual assault? That’s just absurd.

Now, you have an idea as to how these numbers can be misleading. But, is it even possible that the statistic the White House has been using is close to accurate? We’ll cover that in part 2.

Finally, the 42 year Beck nightmare is over

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It has taken me forty two years but finally after a lifetime of taking last place in EVERY sporting event and a massive humiliation last year, Raphe (and I – as the team owner) won first place Bear/Wolf and second place over all in the 2014 Pinewood Derby.

Forty two years ! And the Beck sporting humiliation has ended! More pictures and video to follow.

It is indeed the little things in life. After Raphe goes to bed, I may steal the ribbons and fall asleep holding them :)

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Here’s a photo of Lorelai and I midway through the races (hallway) with my granddaughter.

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The debate is over

The debate is over! Parents who are just looking out for their kids are arrested. Common Core is in, those who disagree are out. CONFORM and be happy, don’t CONFORM? Well, you are a danger to the progress of the collective. You will be driven out of business, the EPA, BLM and IRS will be stopping by. You will be boycotted, blacklisted and shamed for your point of view. Because they are teaching diversity!

Conform is the answer key for all the trails and tests that you are being forced to endure because you believe that people should have the right to set higher standards for their children.

This video from my friend Andrew Klaven says it all.

Operation Experimentation: The U.S. government’s terrifying history of human experiments

Powerful government can lead to some really bad things, especially in the name of the common good. In the last article, I talked about the horrors of the Tuskegee Experiment. Unfortunately, our history of experimenting on people doesn’t stop there. Let’s take a quick look back at the history of the US government’s shady experiments.

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  • In 1915, inmates were put on extreme rations to prove a government doctor’s theory that the disease “pellagra” was caused by a dietary deficiency. The inmates were left starved and covered in red lesions, but at least they were offered pardons for their participation.
  • In 1942, a federally funded study began injecting an experimental flu vaccine in patients at a state insane asylum in Michigan. The patients were then exposed to flu several months later. This would all be well and fine, except that the patients had no idea what was being done to them.
  • In 1957, federal researchers sprayed the Asian Flu virus in the noses of 23 prison inmates in Maryland to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine.
  • In the 1950s, the Ohio state prison system allowed researchers to inject over 100 inmates with live cancer cells. The study was designed to examine “the natural killing off process of the human body.” But that’s not what the inmates were told. They were told they faced “no grave danger.”
  • In the early 1960s, researchers injected cancer cells into nineteen debilitated patients at a Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in Brooklyn to see if their bodies would reject them. The patients were simply not told they were being shot up with cancer cells—they were too old to care anyway.
  • Also in the 1950s, government researchers attempted to infect two dozen prison inmates with gonorrhea. The bacteria was pumped directly into the urinary tract to see if the inmates would react differently than contracting it the normal way. If you need further clarification, ask Jeffy.
  • In 1958, children at the now famous Willowbrook State School for Children, were intentionally given hepatitis to see if it could be cured by a new form of protection.  They did send out a nice permission note though.“We are studying the possibility of preventing epidemics of hepatitis on a new principle. Virus is introduced and gamma globulin given later to some, so that either no attack or only a mild attack of hepatitis is expected to follow.”  It’s interesting to note that the Willowbrook was chosen as the location for the study solely because so many children already had hepatitis from the poor living conditions there.
  • In the early 1920s, a physician at San Quentin prison in California implanted testicles from rams, goats, boars, and recently deceased convicts into inmates to “revitalize them.” I guess he was going for an early version of Viagra.

But that would never happen today. Right?

  • From 2004 through the Obama administration, subjects at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine were exposed to very high levels of toxic air pollutants while participating in an experiment by the EPA. The EPA failed to warn their test subjects about just how lethal the doses were.

Now it could be argued that these experiments were done for the common good. They were all conceived and executed with good intentions of garnering a better understanding of how the human body works.  Helping people was the end goal of these experiments. But we all know good intentions pave the road to hell—and that’s exactly what happened here. When government retains too much control over anything—basic humanity is always sacrificed for the overall good of “progress.”

Except I really don’t think goat balls helped further any progress or helped any human. Ever. Unless, you’re into that sort of thing. Ask Jeffy.