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Another example of a horrible thing government has done for the ‘common good’

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We sure live in an amazing country.

A country where you can give your prom date a corsage from KFC.

A country where we can elect a mere community organizer who has no clue what he’s doing—as president–for two terms. (Please dear Lord, let it only be two terms.)

That just goes to show you anything can happen in America.

Which might explain why some people think things like this:

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“I’m not racist but was the Tuskegee Experiment straight out of Resident Evil? Infecting innocent black guys with syphilis? Cmon white people!”

Before I go any further—starting a sentence with “I’m not racist, but” is never a good idea. That’s sort of like starting a sentence with “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.

Did US officials really inject men with Syphilis and leave them to die? Did they do this because they hated black people?

If you don’t know what the Tuskegee Experiment was, let me give you a refresher course.

It was 1932 and the Public Health Service along with the Tuskegee Institute started a study to record the effects of Syphilis in black men.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “The study initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease.”

Wait, let’s look more closely at that sentence.

It says 399 men WITH Syphilis.

In other words, these men were not injected with Syphilis. They were volunteers who already had late stages of the disease.

Let me say that again, The United States did not inject men with Syphilis during the Tuskegee Study.

What was horrific about the Tuskegee Study was that the men who volunteered as subjects we’re fooled into thinking they were being treated for Syphilis—they were not.

The study was originally projected to last 6 months—but went on to last 40 years. And for those 40 years, even after the discovery of penicillin, the volunteers were not given any treatment for syphilis. They were for the most part treated as objects to be studied under a microscope by a doctor named Dr. Eugene Dibble.

You see Dr. Dibble was head of the John Andrew Hospital at the Tuskegee Institute.  Here’s what he wrote about the study:

It “….would offer very valuable training for our students as well as for the interns. Our own hospital and the Tuskegee Institute would get credit for this piece of research work. He (Dr. Clark) also predicts that the results of this study will be sought after the world over. Personally, I think we ought to do it.”

What an evil white bastard. This white bastard. What a racist whitey. Except that he wasn’t white at all.

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Despite the lighting of the photo, Dr. Eugene Dibble was actually African American. But, you could argue that he was just the head of the hospital.  He wasn’t dealing with this every day.

It was the head nurse. She’s the real monster here.

She was the only staff person to work with the study for all 40 years—and she was most definitely white.

This white nurse was influential in making the men believe they were getting treated for their disease.

When asked about her experience working with the men, she characterized it as “the joy of my life.”

That’s exactly what a racist white nurse would say! A white nurse would want to kill all those black people!

Except that she wasn’t white either.

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Nurse Eunice Rivers was black just like the men she studied.

Surely everyone knows that one of the main doctors and the nurse were not white, right?

Look, no one is trying to say this experiment was a good thing. But shockingly many of the people involved thought it was. They believed they were doing something good for the collective. Isn’t that how so many problems begin?

The Tuskegee study is an example of how the government is all too capable of doing horrible things in the name of “common good.”

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only time the US government experimented on its citizens. Read here for more examples… if you dare.

Leonardo Dicaprio and I can agree on something

This is a great story about taxes:  10 Celebrities Who Don’t Live As Lavishly As They Could. Think the rich have enough? Really. Look at what Leonardo Dicaprio says:

“I don’t spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and, more importantly, because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, and for children.”

Now, he may use that money to reach beyond the grave and hurt my children’s freedom, and yet I still say it is okay for him to keep what he has earned and spend it all as he wishes. It is not my money, or the collective’s money.  It is his money. He earned it. Yes, he used the roads I helped build.  But he likely paid more for those roads than almost everyone else using them.

To take the fruit of one’s labor and have a third party decide whom to give it to is morally wrong! Leo’s time, effort and industry is reflected by his wealth. He has a unique talent, worked hard, and earned his money. Like millions of others, many not in his tax bracket, he saves to make the world a better place. Some do it by helping their kids through college, by buying a new house, by starting a business or taking care of an elderly parent. Is their goal less than his? Are his dreams more or less than theirs? No. Just different. Each pursuing their own version of happiness.

A flat tax is fair and equitable. The PROGRESSIVE income tax is not charity – it is criminal. When the State Department cannot account for billions of our hard earned money, and the Pentagon cannot account for $2.3 TRILLION in spending (as of 9.10.01) we would all stop paying this “charity” if jail or guns weren’t forcing us to. Organizations like the Red Cross or the church would be behind bars if they ran their charity accounting and spending like the federal government.

This is the problem. They don’t believe you or I should be able to choose how to spend out money.  To quote Theodore Roosevelt: “I don’t begrudge a man his fortune as long as it was honorably earned and well spent.” Well spent? Do we really need to justify our spending?  Oh wait!  Yes, they already ask us through the IRS.

Strange bedfellows? You bet. The left and right can both agree on this: the government is inefficient and the worst investment in people and good will ever devised.

Find those like Leonardo Dicaprio who want to keep their own money and invest it in ways that actually improve people’s lives, be it “save the whales” or the NRA.

It is your money and it should be your choice how it gets spent. Demand it.

Great Moments in Progressive History: Che Guevara

The year: 2015

The place: the Revolutionary-of-the-month t-shirt give away and literacy awareness day hosted jointly by UNSECO and OWS

Today’s revolutionary… Che Guevara!

You know kids, great leaders like Che don’t have to be so few and far between.

In fact, you, son…

Yes, you…

You look like you and the great revolutionary whom we hold in highest regard may have some things in common.

You see son, Che was no ordinary Marxist revolutionary.

He was much like you and your douchey Occupy Wall Street buddies… born of rich parents…

Unwilling to work for his keep and angry about it…

All he was missing was the 18th century German poetry degree, iPhone and skinny jeans…

…which means you’re already doing better than him!

But don’t worry son! As long as we keep the money away from the greedy capitalist pigs the redistribution is working!

Like all Marxists, Che believed in the sound principle of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”

Oops, I read that wrong!

What I meant to say was “from each capitalist pig according to his tax bracket and to each government agency that believes that all capitalists are in fact pigs!”

Speaking of pigs, that’s something else you and Che have in common!

Did you know that as a kid, Che was referred to as Chancho?

It means pig! Because he didn’t bathe very often…

…but even revolutionaries need to look good at White House correspondence dinners.

So maybe you should throw on some more deodorant, because seriously dude, you kind of reek.

Onward though, despite your stench… Che was a doctor, he even traveled to South America to blame the greedy American capitalists for all the poverty he saw.

And that’s why, when he met the Castro brothers…

Oh, don’t worry son, Fidel Castro is next month’s revolutionary t-shirt.

Che decided to join up with the Castro’s to overthrow the Cuban government, because it was backed by the greedy US capitalist pigs!

Once the Castro regime was in place, Che was placed in charge of the La Cabana Fortress prision to maintain peace and order.

And, of course, to make sure everyone in Cuba kept to a strict belief system. Nonbelievers were handled with extrajudicial executions! We can’t have any pesky capitalists in our Marxist utopia!

Che enjoyed murdering people so much that as soon as he was promoted, he made sure to grab an office with a view of the firing squad.

Finally, Che went off to foment Marxist revolution elsewhere until the evil Bolivian soldiers backed by the CIA took him out.

So now it is up to you, son! You must take up the mantle and continue to bring peace to the nations of the world.

Translating Harry Reid’s Senile, Evil Lies

I can’t decide if Harry Reid is evil or just senile—so let’s just say he’s evnile.

How do I know this? He’s a lying liar who lies.

A couple weeks ago, Harry Reid posted an article called “The Facts About the Koch Brothers” on the front of his Senate site.

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It’s no longer on the front of the Senate site because he had to hide it because it was likely a violation of Senate rules.

Of course given that it’s Harry Reid, it’s completely littered with lies.

We’re going to focus on just one sentence from his “facts” because it is my belief that every word is a lie, with the possible exception of pronouns.

Here’s the sentence: “The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads.”

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That gives you a nice visual of Charles and David Koch writing a check for over $400 million dollars. However when you actually click on the source for Harry’s “fact” you’ll find this on really unbiased (sarcasm) “Republic Report.”

“Koch PAC specifically spent $4.9 million in disclosed contributions.”

Hmmm. So where did they get over 400 million?

“…But they also spent over $407 million on undisclosed campaign entities.”

You might ask yourself, if they were undisclosed how do you know about them?

You’ll be shocked to hear that Republic Report is not doing its own journalism on this story. It’s linking to a story on The Washington Post. And shockingly The Washington Post proves that every single thing they say is a lie. Here’s where they get the number: “Together, the 17 conservative groups that made up the network raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign.”

We should also note that only nine of the 17 groups filed taxes. Soon the other eight will file and Harry can further inflate his lie. Awesome!

Now that we have some information, let’s go and look at Harry’s claim, “The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads.”

Is every word in this sentence a lie?

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First “The Kochs.” It’s not “The Kochs”, it’s a combination of 17 conservative groups that the Koch brothers are affiliated with in some way.

Two. The word “spent.” That’s not what the sentence says at all. The network raised at least $407 million. It clearly says “raised.” Spent and raised are two different things.

Three. “$400 Million.” The way they get to this number is so insulting to your intelligence you’re not going to believe it. They took every donation from every donor from all across America to all of these 17 organizations and credited them all to the Koch Brothers.

For example, one of these organizations is Americans for Prosperity. They alone have 90,000 donors. Harry Reid is giving credit for every dime donated by all donors to all these organizations to two people, the Koch Brothers.

To be fair, our unbiased source Republic Report notes that the Koch spending is Pac, individual, and outside spending. In this context, outside spending apparently means the spending of every single person in America who agrees with the Koch brothers.

Four. “Ads.” Actually they didn’t spend all of this money on ads. Some of it went to salaries and overhead but also as The New York Times points out: “Americans for Prosperity spent tens of millions of dollars in political advertising….while investing equally large sums to build a national grass-roots organization.”

So if you can believe The New York Times, which I admit is a stretch, it’s probably around half or less that actually went to ads.

Number five. “Misleading attacks.” Were those ads misleading attacks?

Congratulations you picked our video daily double. Here’s a sampling of ads that Koch related organizations ran during the election.

Certainly registering people to vote is not a misleading attack ad.

So, “Koch Brothers” is a lie. “Spent” is a lie. “$400 million” is a lie. “Misleading attacks” is a lie. “Ads” is a lie.

What’s left of this sentence is just “on.”

When we translate Harry’s original sentence from his native language of “Evnilian” to English it looks very different.

“The Kochs spent $400 million on misleading attack ads” is translated to “Seventeen conservative and or libertarian organizations that have similar beliefs to the Koch Brothers raised $407 million from hundreds of thousands of donors who have similar beliefs to the Koch Brothers of which they spent probably around half on ads some portion of which were attacking and an even smaller portion of which were misleading depending on your political views. Also the fact that I posted this is a violation of Senate Rules and I’m equal parts evil and senile. I am evnile.”

That sentence makes for a terrible attack website. But that’s what happens when you’re honest in translating Harry Reid’s Lies.

Harry Reid and Republic Report left out this little tidbit from the article they sourced: “The left has its own financial muscle, of course; unions plowed roughly $400 million into national, state and local elections in 2012.”

In his evnility, Harry must have also forgotten all about how the Koch Brothers donated to some of his close buddies like co-author of Obamacare, Max Baucus-Democrat, Mark Pryor-Democrat, John Dingell-Democrat, Tom Harkin-Democrat, Mary Landrieu-Democrat, Diane Feinstein-Democrat, Chuck Schumer-Democrat, Hillary Clinton-Democrat, Joe Biden-Democrat, Barack Obama—Democrat.

Remember Harry Reid is an evil, senile, evnile old man. Oh, and according to Pat Gray, he’s also the worst living human being on the planet.

God is great

A man who had no future. In 1994 my life was over. I thought I had lost my family, I had lost a promising career, all my friends and hope. I had no god other than alcohol and money which I had lost because of the first god – whiskey.

I sobered up. Four years later, I met Tania. A year later we both found God and a path forward. Six months later we were married. I found a job. Eighteen months later I replaced Dr. Laura at Premiere Radio. And now, I have a loving family, a good job, listeners, viewers and readers who I admire. 310 Coworkers who depend on me and I depend on them. Many of them old and new friends.

Easter is about a fresh start. I am a man who believes in starting over. Because I did it. And five years ago in the hot August sun, in the shadow of Abe Lincoln I chose a new path again. One of honor.

I still am working on being a better man, but it is difficult to change. But not impossible and well worth it. Because of moments like this. After church on the back porch about to hunt for eggs with my almost six month old granddaughter.

God is great. He keeps his promises, if we do.

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Ruining Your Heroes: George Bernard Shaw

You’ve probably seen the play My Fair Lady or have at least heard of the film with Audrey Hepburn, right? Delightful musical.

If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure Glenn Beck has.

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He loves the theatre.

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw won an Oscar for the screen play “Pygmalion” which “My Fair Lady” is based on.

Georgey is a really popular guy. Just look on social media and you’ll find countless people who have made a hero out of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Why? Because he sure had a lot of cute sayings. Like this one:

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“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” Adorable.

You can tell how much he loves people. I found some other quotes from George Bernard Shaw that aren’t as well know. Like this one:

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“A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people’s time to look after them.”

I told you he loves people. Oddly enough, no one has bothered to pin that one on Pinterest. Hmm.

I mean sure, George Bernard Shaw was an avowed Fabian socialist who LOVED eugenics and yeah, he believed everyone should have to justify their existence. You probably remember this classic:

Sure not everything Georgey said was so flowery and beautiful but he did have such a magical way with words.

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a wonderful, wonderful man who also said this:

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“I appeal to the chemists to discover a human gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. Deadly by all means, but humane not cruel.”

See, he’s so nice he wants the mass murder to be done in a humane way.

In 1934 he also wrote:

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“The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way.”

Again… kill them in a decent, human way.

Sure this might be a little creepy, but let me lighten things up with this GBS classic:

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“The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy.”

Yeah the same guy our education system says is a genius was pretty much a fanboy of Hitler.

The New York Times wrote about his admiration in 1933. In the article, George Bernard Shaw describes Hitler as “a very remarkable, very able man,” and was a genius to realize “Germany had been kicked long enough.”

In fact, he sang Hitler’s praises every chance he could.

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And he really didn’t care for the people Hitler was treating harshly. He had some choice words for them.

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“Stop being Jews and start being human beings.”

To be fair later on, he did start to question Hitler a little bit.

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“Instead of exterminating the Jews, he (Hitler) should have said, I will tolerate Jews to any extent as long as no Jew marries a Jewess. That is how he could build up a strong, solid German people.”

And by the way, he wasn’t just a fan of Hitler, George Bernard Shaw had a solid man crush on Stalin. He visited Russia and wrote:

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“There is not a more interesting country in the world today to visit than Soviet Russia, and I find traveling there perfectly safe and pleasant…Tomorrow I leave this land of hope and return to our Western countries of despair.”

He even recounted how generously he was fed by his hosts saying, “Starvation? Why, I’ve never eaten so wonderfully!” Mind you, his visit was during Stalin’s great famine when millions were dying of hunger.

Let’s not forget George Bernard Shaw’s love for another great Dictator: Mussolini! Shaw was such a fan he could imitate the dictator on the spot. You gotta watch his Mussolini impersonation:

He loved these despicable dictators because he thought they had the right ideas.

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I would agree with George, that yes, they do, do things. They killed people. I’m pretty sure that’s what he liked about them.

George Bernard Shaw sure did hate people, but he loved animals! He was a staunch vegetarian.
He is often quoted by PETA as saying:

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“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity.”

Someone even published a George Bernard Shaw Vegetarian cookbook. Bizarre.

I’m wondering if you were to make a stew out of the people he wanted to humanely kill, would that be vegetarian? As long as you don’t use beef broth, you should be ok.

Never trust the hand of man over the righteous hand of God

I just got up and read the news out of Nevada and then some of the comments on my Facebook page. Some of those so-called “supporters” of mine would scare me as much as Bill Ayers if I believed they were actual supporters.

A family in Nevada is in trouble. Dire trouble. The Republic is in the same condition.

But the news is conflicted as always. We  asked the family to join me on air last week. It did not happen.  Until I have spoken to them, I have not wanted to do more than report the facts as I understand them.

I will not assign ill intent to those law officers who are around the land. I do believe there are those in Washington on both sides of the aisle that would love nothing more than put an end to those “pesky rights”, but I am not prepared to escalate an already tense situation by calling cattle pens “concentration camps”. Nor am I willing to blindly accept that our law enforcement, local, state or federal are willing to kill American citizens over Bureau of Land Management land.

Could this become Waco or worse? Yes, if cooler heads do not prevail.

Know that those of you calling for violence over this Nevada standoff are not supporters or any kind of long-term fan of mine. I know it to be true, no matter what you say, because of this one pesky fact: I have eschewed violence since before I was on FOX News.

I have asked repeatedly, “Do you actually believe we are the people of the American Revolution?”

The answer is ‘No! We are more the people of the French Revolution’ and that ends in bloodshed, beheadings and an American Napoleon.

Long before you would issue a call to bear arms, you should issue a call to bear Bibles. God is the answer! He has called people to arms historically; I can’t think of a time that He has called for it out of anger.

That was why I know that this new movie version of ‘Noah’ is an abomination in His sight. In the film, Noah was filled with hate for his fellow man. God is not nor are His prophets or messengers. Feelings of compassion, sadness, weariness and fear of a “coming correction” – but never hate and rage.

The rage you have is understandable. I feel it at times too. But then, I repent for my cattle pens “concentration camps” and beg Him for an answer. It is always the same.

Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14 : “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

If my people will just turn to me, I will heal them and their land.

Have we as a nation turned to Him? Have you?

I do not mean to lecture you or anyone else. I am so far away from a perfect man. In fact I am very much the “dispensable man”, the opposite of the man I am striving to be, but I am working on it. I pour over my scriptures like never before. I rarely am with out them. I read them day and night, in bed, in the car, on the set, and at the dinner table and yet I am a million miles from where The Lord needs his people. For this too, I repent. “I am sorry Lord for not being ready for your call.” I am one that is finding there is no oil in my lamp.

Never try to create your own miracles. Every time you will fail and make it worse. Moses thought he would make it better when he killed the Egyptian but it only delayed freedom.

I worry about the rancher and his family. The ranchers around him and all around the country. I was blowing the warning trumpets on this kind of usurpation long ago. But any fan of mine knows that I have also said that I will never call for arms with the state of our faith.

I, too, am a rancher but the ultimate rancher is God and we are His flock. I will follow His voice for it is the only one I recognize.

I am sorry, but as all MY real fans know, I believe Ghandi, MLK, Bonhoeffer and Jesus were right. I will follow their example. I know what that means or meant for them.

But I will stand with The Lord.

My feet shall be shod in the Gospel of Peace.

All will be right and in the end all will be well.

I will be a tool in His hands and come what may. So be it. There will be others behind us who will replace us and anyone who strikes us down will be doing us a favor. We will join Him and a lesson you can learn for MLK or even Star Wars: “If you strike me down I will more powerful than you can imagine.

I will give my children and the next generation of great Americans something to be proud of.

Violence begets violence. This rancher shares my faith and I have empathy for his plight. I know what he must feel like.

I am scheduled to speak with Clive Bundy on Monday’s radio program. I would like to speak with him and the family in person and in private at their ranch. I am trying to arrange this even as we speak. I highly doubt that the government sees this as a good thing, but the truth shall set you free and men of God can bring reason and peace.

When I do speak with him whether in person or on air Monday, I will beg him to reflect on the life of Joseph Smith. They came for him and tarred and feathered him. He did not strike back.

He stood his ground, worked within the system. He spent time in jail. His life was hell. He did not lose his ranch. He lost his country and his life. He begged the Lord for assistance. He saw the “very jaws of hell gape open thy mouth.”

Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than He? 

Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. – Doctrine and Covenants Section 122.

Pray for the Bundy’s. Pray for us all.

This post is not about the Bundy’s, this post is to remind you that my fans will never make the mistake of believing that I will trust the hand of man over the righteous hand of God.

Editor’s Note: Glenn opened Monday’s radio program with an impassioned monologue that further elaborated on this theme. Watch the monologue below:

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Should 2014 be the year you quit your job?

Editor’s Note: Glenn discussed this story at the opening of Thursday’s radio show. Listen to it in the On Demand Audio of the show below:

I came across a post on LinkedIn entitled “10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014” by author and entrepreneur James Altucher that is one of the best, most honest articles I have read in a very long time. It is totally brave because it is true. This guy gets it, and the article is well worth the next five minutes of your time.

“Now the course of history has finally written its next chapter… I’m going to tell you why you have to quit your job,” the article begins. “Why you need to get the ideas moving. Why you need to build a foundation for your life or soon you will have no roof.”

We all have to work to figure out where we are supposed to stand and what we are supposed to do, and the article talks about why corporate culture is holding people back.

“Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class,” James writes. “I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with one billion dollars in revenues. I can see it happening across every sector of the economy. Everyone is getting fired. Everyone is toilet paper now.”

You might have 500 excuses as to why you can’t quit your job – financial obligations, benefits, age, children, etc. But no amount of money in the world is actually going to provide the freedom you seek.

“Don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry,” James says. “Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.”

You don’t need to run out and quit your job today, but is your current career really allowing you to share your talents with the world? To live your best life?

“Make the list right now. Every dream. I want to be a bestselling author… I want to have freedom from many of the worries that I have succumbed to all my life… I want to help all of the people around me or the people who come into my life. I want everything I do to be a source of help to people. I want to only be around people I love, people who love me,” James writes. “THESE ARE NOT GOALS. These are themes. Every day, what do I need to do to practice those themes… This is how you take baby steps. This is how eventually you run towards freedom… Until you choose yourself for success, and all that choice entails, you will be locked into the prison.”

WARNING: This article will take you five minutes to read. But if you are brave enough, it will haunt you for a very long time – until you become glassy eyed or break out and make your dent in the universe.

Read the entire article HERE.

What’s happened to JC Penney?

Some friends and I were talking about JC Penney the other day and the changes they have made and how they seem to have forgotten who brought them to the party.   One friend told me what his wife had seen in one store, and I asked her to write something up for me.

We are not alone right?

Read about her experience below:

This past spring, when many Christians and conservatives were boycotting JC Penney because of their partnership (no pun intended) with Ellen DeGeneres, I thought it was extreme and a bit ridiculous. Ellen, in my opinion, is one of the least offensive celebrities in Hollywood today.  Also, I am not quick to jump on the boycott bandwagon no matter the cause.

However, I have not re-entered the JC Penney near my home after coming across an overtly sexualized display in the make-up section and being politely dismissed after voicing my concerns. This display was the final straw in what has been a building complaint in my life as a mom, wife, and Christian. Here is a picture I took of the make-up ad:

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The most disturbing aspect of this display was that it was front and center at my child’s sight-line. I have three young children, two of whom are readers… I do not want them practicing their reading skills on ads like this.

I understand in this climate of MAJOR political and world issues, my concerns over ads such as this one may seem trite and a bit inconsequential; but I do not live my life in the realm of big world thinking. I live my day to day as a mom who wants a pure and natural childhood for my kids. I understand that sensuality is a natural part of life (hey- I have three kids!) but there is a difference between sensuality and lust. Ads like this, Victoria’s Secret, or most magazine cover shots have created an atmosphere of carnality that reduces pure passion and love to a mere animalistic appetite.

This is not a call for a boycott. And there is no way and no reason to try to bring our society back to the 1950’s; but there is also no reason why I should not expect to be able to go shopping without my children being exposed to subject matter that is inappropriate!

You may agree or disagree; this is just one mom’s opinion. As for me, I refuse to stand by any longer and allow societal norms to dictate what my family is exposed to.  I have challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and start speaking up when I find my sense of morality under attack. It most likely will not make a difference, as I found in my experience with JC Penney; but at least I will know I am continuing to stay true to what I believe and I will never look back and wonder why I wasn’t a better advocate for my kids.

 

Glenn reviews Captain America: “Great movie and truly a uniting message”

I have NEVER seen a Hollywood blockbuster with a “message” that A: worked and B: I agreed with, until Captain America. I saw it last night. What a great way to show how foolish we are to allow a government to protect us by collect data, build war machines, grow “homeland security”, secrecy and most of all allow a handful of people decide who lives and who dies based on data killed by drones.

Great movie and truly a uniting message. I can’t imagine the American that doesn’t see this movie and then hear those like Rand Paul and not understand the clear and present danger we are a country and a world from elites in the name of security.

It is fun AND TRUE. See it. Rarely are sequels as good as the first movie. This may even be better! All my friends are saying the same thing. Rarely do I receive so many notes from friends: “Glenn, you HAVE TO SEE THIS!”

Thanks Hollywood, you have made up for Noah.