In this age of hate and derision, we are often told that no matter the case, no matter the circumstance, and no matter the damage done by words and actions, we must strive to forgive, understand, and sympathize with the individual who espouses dangerous ideas. Easy to say, but in practice, when it comes [...]
Where once it was for fun, entertainment, and can still be used for positive personal and professional discussion, (more rare now than ever before), social media, and especially Facebook, is more at the core of our national discourse and the running rivers of hate that fuel the daily diatribes than ever before. On a [...]
One America News Network is neither news nor a network. This is the most tragically laughable instance I have witnessed in a very long time, and will stand on my push to call them out in seeking to minimize their damage.
The New York Times, one of the more embattled press outlets in modern times, must terminate the employment of their infectious disease reporter, Apoorva Mandavilli, without hesitation.
I don't believe all politicians to be evil, nor do I believe all of them to be saints. Finding fault with them all is easy. Finding hope has become the true mission, one that becomes harder every day with the spewing of rhetoric, propaganda, misinformation, lies and desires of the power mad amongst us. Hope can be found. All one has to do is read, or listen, to those words written so long ago. Then realize they have a power that is being suppressed and ignored by those who harbor no good will for all the people.
They are what America is supposed to be all about. They are the rich backbone of a country where very, very few are actually "from here". They are the soil from which a better country will grow and prosper long after we are gone. A mother, a father, and their two children. Trying to make their way in the world, provide a better life for themselves and their family in America. What could be more American, and more inspirational, than that?
Kevin Mather, you're fired. Another supposedly intelligent individual with a high ranking position in a major corporation, this time a major league baseball team, makes us shake our heads yet again and wonder how someone of such reported intellect and savvy could be so stunningly foolish.
ZOOM has become all the rage for virtual meetings, due in large part to COVID-19 and how business was forced to make social distancing changes. Certainly, ZOOM and the other meeting platforms serve a purpose, but as we learned from the recent gaffe pulled by members of the Oakley (CA) School Board, use of these services and software can be disastrous.
We must be honest with ourselves, and in our acceptance of fact. Legacies must be accepted in their totality, without fear or favor. In the instance of those who have cut a wide swath across society such as Rush Limbaugh, what they did and how they did it must make us think, consider, reconsider, be honest with ourselves, and then seek out our better natures.
From the playgrounds I grew up on, to the location productions I've been part of, to the networks I've both created and worked at and the corporate meetings I've been privy to, far too often everything can be boiled down to those two words. Wanna fight?
Parkland remains a strong and powerful rallying cry for those tirelessly seeking to change and repair a truly broken system of dishwater weak and loophole marred gun laws in America. Sadly, it is also a focal point for those who pound away that more guns on campus are needed, more people need to be weaponized, more confrontations and threats are the only thing that will save lives. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs Warren Zevon more than he needed them. They need him, and others like him, to prove there is more to life than charting in the Top-40.
The House of Mouse could no longer fend off the shots being taken by Gina Carano. All of them were warranted, and the only way to survive this onslaught was to dispatch the renegade with all haste. Carano was not merely gone in a blink, she was blasted out of the Hollywood airlock with all prejudice. She had knowingly crossed the uncrossable line. Sure, she may be a talented actor, but she is quickly and easily replaced. Her powerful and influential agency dropped her like 10 day old meeting quiche. At 38 years of age, and with this on her dance card, Carano hopefully has saved her Disney paychecks. Those residuals won't last forever. As far as the business is concerned, she may as well take that walk on the plank and say hello to the Sarlaac.
In the battle against fake news, we must also be aware of what is misleading news and clickbait headlines. Case in point, the headline from atop the Newsmax website on February 9 2021, printed in red "emergency" letters for attention, hammering at the fact POTUS Joe Biden, in a "Power play", is firing the US Attorney's that were installed by former President Donald Trump. The intent of the story is true. What has been buried and sensationalized in the content, and the context, is our focal point.
The reaper is coming for the purveyors of fake news, and his scythe has been honed to a fine cutting edge thanks to those who dared to think they could escape his legal wrath. FOX News, One America News Network, Newsmax and their propaganda touting brethren have all made fortunes by loading up audiences with misinformation, disinformation, bold-faced lies, rumored innuendo, and the use of shadowy or non-existent sources. Platforms such as The Gateway Pundit, PJ Media, Breitbart, The Epoch Times and others finally have something in common with the more noted players. They're all talking to lawyers and scrambling as if the lights were suddenly turned on and they have to find a dark corner.
There is always, without fail, a discourse that fires to life over the meaning and delivery of a simple television commercial. This year's Super Bowl is no exception. But while there are those who, of course without debate, believe Dolly Parton damaged her image by reworking the lyrics of "9 to 5" for a spot about people seeking to better themselves in their off hours, or those who need to dig deep and "discover" an auto insurance company making light of workplace harassment, one ad by Jeep and featuring the legendary Bruce Springsteen has exploded to become fighting words. Of course, everything that takes a destructive argumentative tone these days is centered on politics. While the commercial makes not one mention of anything political, it has, no shock here, been ripped into by those who see it as nothing more than a political attack.
As North Carolina rates a "Bravo" moment in deciding to cease issuing license plates with the Confederate flag, something in their announcing statement took me to pause. Where they noted the plates "have the potential to offend those who view them". It's the word "potential" that is at the center of the discussion, at least to me. How could it not insult just some people, but most people? How about everyone?
We have reached that point where you, the news accepting public, are going to have to make your call. The sides are simple to discern. You remain curious about where your information comes from, and will refuse to rely on one source or a collective, biased entity to tell you how to think. You will use the power of the internet for something other than role-playing games, and instead do something to educate yourself and those around you. You will seek the facts.Or....You will get on all mental fours and lap up every verbal urination based on propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and lies because its convenient and you couldn't be bothered to actually spend some time to educate yourself. You thus are agreeing to remain, quite frankly, as useless as a stump.
The road before us is loaded with land mines, however I hope that as we struggle to make sense of it all, we might even learn to communicate again. Look, not everyone will get it. A lot of people will rail against it and continue on their verbally and textually destructive paths. The hope is they will begin, even at the smallest point, to become the minority. I hope that happens in the short life span I have remaining. I'd like to be here and see it.
I am not exceptionally proud to note my hate, but I certainly won't apologize for it. Once, I had the ability to excuse such ignorance and mental incapacity to understand we are, like it or not, without question in this all together. Those who fail to grasp that are assisting in the agony and death that surrounds us. Once, I had the power to forgive. No more. That, like the lives of good people who have been taken from us too soon, assisted by the addled-minded decisions of these despicable people, is also, never coming back.
Despite the facts, the pleadings, the begging, the mounting numbers of lives being shattered and hospitals bursting at the seams with people clinging to small shreds of life, these are the people who will not be swayed in their various beliefs. That COVID-19 is just like the flu, that the numbers are inflated, that vaccines are only being created to inject us all with "trackers", and that a delusional leader who has always been obsessed with his image first, and the health of his nation second, is correct in demanding loyalty first, common sense second.
As with so many others, I'm having serious difficulty in grasping with how to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Conquer the enemy that seeks to destroy America. This time, an enemy from within. One that twists and besmirches what the country should be standing for, all in the name of their own ill-gotten gain.
In the wake of Donald Trump being handed his eviction notice from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by a majority of the landlords, a good slice of America finds itself wandering about the virtual information desert desperately seeking a place go plant their textual flag and continue being recognized as part of the conversation that has [...]
I have always had a great deal of respect for Presidential historian Jon Meacham. Frankly, one of the finest and more erudite commentators on Presidential politics. However, in light of this subterfuge, I will never quite believe all he tells me is true ever again. Neither should you or anyone else. MSNBC did [...]
For most, Halloween was always about finding the right costume (or having your parents fashion one out of what's easy and affordable), going to parties, counting the great candy grab (when you're younger), counting the number of cocktails you've imbibed in over the evening (when you're older), and perhaps at all ages finding a [...]
Republicans have every right to be supremely confident that Donald Trump will be re-elected. I received a note this morning from a staunchly Democratic friend which read, "We got this in the bag". Really? Most of the reputable polls are leaning in favor of Joe Biden. I'm told by friends who are forced to [...]
Until we, as a nation, force ourselves into being more open-minded and refusing to be turned into lemmings by clickbait media, we are truly doomed to fail.
COVID19 is yet again another hard-earned lesson in who we are, who we should avoid, and who we could be if only the stain of political bias had not infected so many souls. Where once there were smart, clear-headed, rational individuals relying on common sense, there now stand, sit for the most part as they bang out laughable commentary on social media, those who we must fear are beyond saving. Certainly, they should be beyond our desire to change.
Let us then swing forward to the present, where athletes of all manner, all sexes, every race and creed, are speaking out over the systemic racism that existed in the days of Ted Williams, and have never truly receded one iota. They are using their forums, ones they have worked for, to seek positive change in America.
What Ocasio-Cortez said in those few minutes will indeed resonate for years. How others use the media will often disappear and dissipate into the mists of history. A history that neither needs nor demands such useless conversation. Ted Yoho has earned all scorn that comes his way from such an incident. Ocasio-Cortez has earned a "bravo" for incorporating patience, wisdom, and a quite yet powerful voice.
Florence, or "Flory" as she was called by her husband of so many decades, was my Granny. My "sainted" Granny, as I like to refer to her. A woman who loved me and taught me so very much, seeking to leave me with a few words of wisdom when she could. "People will judge you by the way you speak". "People will know you by the company you keep". "Make sure to zip your snow suit all the way to your neck so you stay nice and warm".
"Be part of the solution, instead being part of the problem". We've all heard the phrase. To most, it's just a cliche. To others, at least in our current world, it seems to have become something this side of an insult. However, there are those of us, a very [...]
We are well past time to boycott anything and everything connected with the despicable sexist, insulting and lowbrow idiocy that is "Barstool Sports". We are also well past time for any reputable organization, in this case SiriusXM, to cut all ties with an organization that has women fearful of being sexually assaulted. Dave [...]
Having been a sportscaster for many years, I've come across my share of athletes, coaches, front office types, owners and everything on down to the people who sweep the ice and mop the floors who personify grace and dignity. I have also, sadly, been far too often exposed to the chuckleheaded arrogant egos that [...]
With the world watching, centuries of history was disappearing in smoke and flame. The news that Notre Dame cathedral was on fire stabbed at the heart of people around the world, those of every age, every generation, ever gender, every religion, and especially, every race. Notre Dame was not merely the epicenter of Paris and [...]
When you've been around the block as long as I have, to the point of having built several sections of that block, you really don't see it coming every time someone stiffs you. You develop a blind spot from having been thru the battles so many times and casually telling yourself you can't be [...]
Welcome to the 21st Century, where one of the great old adages of past consumerism, customer service and professional workplace behavior has to be buried once and for all. With no honors. As a matter of fact, let's shred every mention of this phrase with regard to our current business climate and never speak [...]
I learned many things from my Sainted Granny, that wonderful, loving, red-headed Irish elf. She was a woman of very few well-chosen words. "I have no time for gossip, Edward. It rots the brain like sugar rots the teeth", she would remind me. This from the wise matriarch who was reading ingredient labels on [...]
"There is no I in team". Despite those who swear by it, there is no evidence Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi was first to use the phrase. He certainly may have been a devotee of the phrase and it's meaning, and he might have even coined it somewhere down the line, but [...]
Floating amidst all the daily admonitions and ideas about how to be better at life, business, and do no harm in a world where it seems every comment is designed to do just that, I came across the words from someone calling themselves a "life expert" that, in my mind, revealed very little expertise. [...]
Whether hiring an expert as corporate trainer, keynote speaker, guest speaker, or even as a consultant to work with a group of any size, start here. Expect and demand more bang for your buck. Before hitting the road and working with excellent companies and organizations, I used to be be part of a workforce [...]
"Barstool Sports" started out in Boston as a free newspaper founded by guys seeking to be sports commentator disruptors. Smart marketing to the lowest common denominator paid off, and today they are a brand worth a small fortune. However, being worth a lot of money thanks to being sexist, insulting jackasses is not something [...]
There it was. Right in front of me. All it would take is one click. One tap. One flick of the finger and off it would go, sailing into the great electronic beyond and do exactly what it was intended to do. Smack someone right in the intellectual face with a response guaranteed to [...]
Dear Santa, Boy, I'll bet this one caught you off guard. How long has it been? Honestly, I can't remember. The other day, a thought popped into my head and I tried, really hard, to recall how old I was the last time I sent you a letter. Maybe I was 6, or 7, maybe [...]
It's one of the clear and present professional dangers, whether you're someone seeking a position with a new employer, or a firm of any kind seeking to convince a potential client that you, and only you, are the right person for the job. Like how I weaved that Tom Clancy reference into the first [...]
At first, I thought it was an overreaction. Then, it happened to me. I can, therefore, no longer stay silent. There is a dangerous wave sweeping America at the moment. It's been building in strength for some time, and has finally washed ashore, seemingly taking it with it a common sense and ability to parse [...]
What would you do, if a rabbit found you? I've asked myself that question now for 2 years. Because in all the uproar, the fighting, the spit, the venom, the discourse, the losses and mind pounding stress of these last 2 years, I come to this day in the hope of answering that question [...]
There has not been a major sports league around the world that has used social media to it's advantage better than the NBA. Star players and those who want to become stars use the medium, especially Twitter and Instagram, to it's full advantage. Perhaps TOO full. Veteran JJ Reddick has stepped away completely from social [...]
Since I can remember, I have always been one who reads a little deeper into words and comments. I have always sought the true meaning behind speeches, offhand quips, novels, or just a short conversation between people at the bar. I have no idea where it came from. I wasn't raised in an environment [...]