Apr 23, 2017

Our Departed Friend, Jim Pound's, Legacy Lives On

Common Sense Commentary: Jim Pound, a geologist, and a committed American patriot and strong U.S.Constitutionalist, came to the church I had just established, in a storefront building, in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1963. He was attracted to our little church to hear a sermon I had advertised in the Tallahassee Democrat titled "None Dare Call It Treason", That was the title of John Stormer's book on the rise of Atheistic Communism in Christian America. Jim was saved in our church and served there, as my partner and friend for 25 years. After we had moved to a permanent location, Jim came to me and said, "Pastor, what do you think about starting a Christian School?" My answer was, "Will you run it". He said yes and the rest is, as they say, history. Temple Baptist Church, now North Florida Baptist Church, founded North Florida Christian School, under Jim's leadership, first as Principal and later as Superintendent of three schools we founded. The first in Leon, then in Gadsden, and  Jefferson Counties (Tallavana and Aucilla); Kindergarten through High School in all three counties. Long after I had retired and returned to Texas, Jim called me, in 2002 and said, "Pastor, I'm starting another school". I said, "where? We already started one in Leon and the two adjoining counties?" Jim said, "No, there is one more, Wakulla County." Jim was as old as me, but he still had another school in his heart... he had to get out. So he founded and ran Wakulla Christian and got it going strong enough to survive and then God called Jim home ... where he is probably God's man in charge of inspiring more Christian Schools down here amidst the dust and grime of the world. We named the football stadium at North Florida Christian, Jim Pound Field and I see Wakulla Christian has named their baseball field after him too. Here, reported by the Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper, is what is happening at Jim's last of four schools God used him to set in motion. Talk about a life that has been used of God for good. I love you, Jim. You were a true friend. And, by the way, somebody is still doing things right at Wakulla Christian School. RB

High School Baseball
As reported in The Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper
Wakulla Christian more than an 
afterthought in the  first year
BRIAN MILLER
DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER

Blink and you miss it. Don’t blink and you still might.
Wakulla Springs Baptist Church is the only thing you see from Crawfordville Highway, nestled between pines that hide its existence.
Behind the church lies Wakulla Christian School, a small and unassuming community of buildings, some portable.
Behind that, with another set of pines to block its view from the road, is a baseball field.
It’s not rundown in any sense. Rather, there’s easily distinguishable craftsmanship in new brickwork, new fencing, and lighting.
The grass is bright green. The infield dirt is manicured. Sponsors signs line the outfield fence from end to end as if the program has been in existence for decades.
But this is the first year of varsity baseball and only the second overall.
And the Wakulla Christian Saints, an afterthought at the beginning of the season if a thought at all, are good.
"It’s really neat to come out on the field every day," senior Jaren Lawhorn said. "We were out here every day for two years building it. When we got here, it was nothing but dirt. We worked, more and more people came, and it is what it is now.
"It’s definitely something special. We come out to play against schools that you know have hundreds more kids and hundreds more times playing, and we’re showing what we’re made of. That’s cool."
‘Field of Dreams’
Wakulla Christian has existed for 13 years, first as a K-3 program and adding a class all the way up until this year, leading to a 12-person graduating class.
Saints athletic director Travis Bolin started an athletic program five years ago from an athletic club he created to simply teach basics of sports.
Volleyball, soccer and track and field were the first programs to operate, all at a middle-school level.
In summer of 2014, Bolin grew tired of managing a large dirt field at the back of the property, so he prayed over it. Three months later, Jaren Lawhon’s father Jason, walked up to Bolin and said, "Let’s build a baseball field."
Lawhon, an engineer, got to work immediately. Three months after that, Wakulla Christian hired Bubba Dempsey, a former Wakulla High baseball player, as coach.
"We were still in the stages of getting the field prepared," Bolin said. "We didn’t have any grass. We didn’t have anything other than dimensions and an irrigation system. Two years later, this is what we’re looking at."
Trade skills emerged from anyone and everyone at the school as the field was being pieced together. Tractor work, digging, lining fence, grass and field maintenance, irrigation knowledge, crane operation – all of it existed in some fashion from Wakulla’s Christian’s people.
"I had a dad who’d built ballparks before so he could give us dimensions and how to lay things out," Bolin said. "It was one person after the next after the next. Every time we hit a setback, something would come up to help us out of it."
The field was named Jim Pound Field after the school’s founder, who also founded North Florida Christian and helped found Aucilla Christian and Tallavana Christian.
On April 10, Wakulla Christian played its first night game and beat St. John Paul II Catholic in the bottom of the seventh inning.
That opportunity came about through the donation of lights at an estimated cost of $50,000. The crane work was done in-house.
"This whole field is a ‘Field of Dreams,’" senior Peyton Bennett said. "It has been built in two years. We’ve been out putting up the lights and working on every other detail. We can say we have a field, we have lights and we have a winning team."
Win, win, and win some more
The Saints are 17-3-1 at the moment and on a! 10-game win streak.
Wakulla Christian has two regular season games left this coming week against Franklin County and Niceville Rocky Bayou, teams it has already beaten this year.
On Thursday night’s first senior night, the Saints shut out Taylor County for the second time in a week. With two wins already over Panama City’s North Bay Haven, Wakulla Christian has four wins against District 2-4A teams this season.
The Saints’ only losses this year are twice to Port St. Joe and an 11-10 loss on the road at Class 1A No. 4 Chipley.
"People in baseball are finding out real quick that we’re not a pushover," Dempsey said. "There were schools that thought they had two wins, we go over and get off the bus and hit them in the mouth. All of a sudden, they’re in a dogfight and don’t know how to get out of it. These kids don’t quit."
Wakulla Christian was granted membership status by the FHSAA this school year, so next year it will join District 1-2A with Aucilla, Tallavana and Robert F. Munroe. The Saints have beaten all three of those schools this year as well.
Since it cannot compete for a district title this season, Wakulla Christian will head to Bradenton’s Inspiration Academy on May 5 to play in a two-day Florida Independent Christian Athletics tournament with three other schools.
After a 12-11 junior varsity season last year, the Saints want to hit the 20-win mark and perhaps end their first-ever varsity season on a high note few expected.
"For the size school we are, we’re as good defensively and at the plate as there is," Dempsey said. "We play some sub-par pitching, I get that, but we do face good pitching. We drive the ball in gaps. We run and try to put pressure on people.
"They’re having fun, they’re winning games, and they’re beating people they ain’t supposed to beat. We’re playing to play and trying to make a point. I’ll put them up against anybody."
Band of brothers
Bolin said there’s not some exquisite draw to attend Wakulla Christian and there are plenty of people within the county that don’t know the school exists.
What the school does offer is a family feel. And that carries over to the baseball field, which has drawn transfers from Wakulla High and added home-schoolers from outside the county.
The reasons vary – cut from the War Eagles’ program, told there wouldn’t be varsity playing time at another school, or simply wanting a change of scenery.
Bennett, who had played three years on varsity at Wakulla High, had a different reason.
From the age 4 of when his parents divorced, he split time living with his parents until he began living with his grandparents a few years after until now.
His mom was a drug addict that he saw once or twice a month. When she died from an overdose in July 2016, it triggered something in Bennett.
"I started looking for things to cope," Bennett said. "I had people coming into my life and I was introduced to Christ. I’d been hearing about Wakulla Christian and knew I probably wanted to be a part of something special like that. I saw the brotherhood they had."
! From the moment his mom’s death happened, every one of his current Saints teammates reached out to him before he’d even transferred. The response wasn’t the same among his previous teammates, solidifying his decision to make a change for his senior year.
He’s hitting .354 with 11 stolen bases and has just one defensive error.
"All of these guys have been there for me the whole time – from before when I was at Wakulla High and when we played in middle school, so they all knew about it," Bennett said. "When it happened, they all came to me and they didn’t have to.
"I want to be around people that care about me, especially guys that are great players, great athletes. We’re full of great athletes, but we’re full of great guys and that makes a difference for sure."
Jacob Estes, whose father and brother played at Wakulla High – Jay Estes is now a starting outfielder for Auburn – also transferred after three years with the War Eagles.
"It’s the best move I’m made," said Estes, who is hitting a team-best .468 and is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA pitching. "This team is closer than any team I’ve ever been on, by far. I’ve played on teams in the past where everyone argued and bickered, but you can’t win like that."
A bright future
Estes, Bennett, Lawhon (.442 average) and Dempsey’s son Jacob (.407) will all graduate.
They will be big losses for the Saints, given what they’ve accomplished on the field and in leadership.
But it’s not the end of Wakulla Christian baseball. Far from it.
"I think it’s an exciting beginning to a journey," Bolin said. "We’re building something, and it’s just built around an idea of family and hard work. God has given us a ministry to reach our community and give kids an opportunity to do something they might not have been able to do.

"It’s neat to see what these boys have accomplished when we just started with a dirt patch and a prayer."


Apr 22, 2017

Politically Incorrect Offences That Have Lost Our Senses


Fakes, Flukes and Fantasy Land
How many times, over the last 15-17 years, has Ophra Winfrey bloated up and then been rescued by Weight Watchers? 15 times? She has lost an average of 40 pounds on each of those 15 times for a total of about 600 pounds. Each of those 600 pounds has probably been worth about $1500 to Ophra for ad spots, and several million dollars to Weight Watchers in new customers. Famous people, actors, professional athletes and lifetime politicians know all of the ways of selling favors, fleecing the public and, or, selling their faces and testimonials to advertisers and news organizations. And how come those who do it best are at the top of the Sodom and Chicago popularity polls in America, like the Clintons, Obamas, Ophra Winfrey and lesbian Ellen Degeneres?

Drug Addiction A Disease
If, as many "experts" insist, drug addiction is a "disease", it is the only disease that creates its own need, is self-inflicted, non-communicable, is voluntarily paid for to get it, makes criminals and prostitutes of most of its victims, and whose only remedy is to stop doing it.

Prostitutes Are "Working Girls"
They may be prostitutes because they do not have a job, don't want a job, or hate working, but calling them "working girls" is just another liberal, democrat misnomer. Although, what she does is surely more tiring, boring and aging than physical labor.

Undocumented Immigrants
Yet another liberal, democrat misnomer of political correctness. In truth, they are undocumented, illegal aliens who have broken U.S. immigration laws ... which they and their law breaking sanctuary city-minded, liberal sponsors know is true ... but do it anyway. When they push their way to the head of the line, in front of legal immigrants, they become law breakers and therefore criminals. Do
I feel sorry for them? Most of them, yes, but that does not give them a free pass to violate our laws. 

Solialists/Communists Are Patriots
The definition of a patriot is, " a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors."  To "support and defend our country against enemies and detractors" means every able bodied citizen is to work and pay their own way, pay taxes so our leaders can neutralize our enemies and deal with "detractors" foreign and domestic, support to the death our foundational law, the Constitution, and support or serve in law enforcement or national, military defence. Our country is the sworn enemy of all Communist governments and the hostile, determined target of Socialists whose struggle is against the Constitutional, free form of government our Forefathers and Founders established. Communists, Socialists and all forms of tyrants are a contradiction of American Patriotism. They are not Patriots any more than Satan wrapped in Old Glory.

Smoking Marajuana Is Cool
Any kind of smoking is harmful to your health. Marijuana smoking is not only illegal but even more harmful to your health than tobacco. For several hundred years smoking was accepted as fashionable and cool and made its habitants feel more manly or sexier, as a woman and become addicted to it. But time proved smoking tobacco turned healthy, handsome people into jaundiced, leather skinned, coughing, cancerous and smelly, dying ugliness. It was thought to be cool but is was not. Now the same old story is playing itself out again with drugs like, or worse than, Marijuana. 

Coca-Cola (often referred to simply as Coke) is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company.
Originally intended as a patent medicine, it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton and was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coca-Cola to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century. The drink's name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola nuts (a source of caffeine) and coca leaves. From Wikipedia.

Because of its stimulant effect, coca leaf was originally used in the soft drink Coca Cola. In 1903 it was removed and a decocainized coca extract is now one of the flavoring ingredients. So until 1903 even cocaine, in coca cola, was cool. But now we know the truth.... it is not cool, it is hell hot and a sure route to rot.


Living Off Other People's Labors Is A Right
Welfare, of every kind, is not a "right" or "entitlement", it is a charitable gift originally intended to be strictly for mentally or physically disabled adults or abandoned children. Working people were not originally intended to pay taxes to support able people who would not work, as is now being done. When the handicapped or temporarily disabled people can't get help, it is because the system has been so abused by undeserving, lazy human slugs, soaking up the taxpayer's labors, and giving them plenty of time to riot, hang out on the street corner, cause trouble, and use and sell illegal drugs.  A tolerant society has never been as stupidly self-destructive as the American public is today. This is not only contrary to the American Way, it is a violation of Holy Scripture.  
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." 1 Thess.3:10-12.

Apr 19, 2017

About Half Of Voters Are Adolencents In Adult Bodies


Common Sense Commentary: Immature little children and adolescents most often misinterpret what they see and hear. They are, indeed, great recorders but poor interpreters. Mature adults enjoy the cute and innocent conclusions children come to about what they see and hear. Their confusion is due to their lack of experience and wisdom which usually come with age. Bad judgment, so common in a childish and the adolescent mind, is the reason parents are usually held responsible for their children's bad, and damaging actions. Society, therefore, restricts children from driving, voting, and making life-changing decisions. We expect children to think and act like children, but when an adult, with the mind of a child, makes immature, childish decisions, mature adults usually attribute it to some sort of insanity, stupidity or even wickedness, when it is really the person's lack of maturity and resulting confusion. The problem is, they look like mature adults in their size, age, clothing and even white hair, but in truth, they are mentally... little children or adolescents. RB

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It is those who FOOL the adult 
children who are wicked or stupid.


Apr 18, 2017

The Illusions Of The Devious World Of Pretenders

There is more than a brick wall behind the curtain... 

Common Sense Commentary: I understand the world's obsession with entertainment. It is, to many, an escape from reality. For others, it provides a source of temporary hope for a better life. For some, it is a fantasy of heroes or beautiful stars ... idols to adore or even worship.... instead of God. And then there are those who are just bored with empty time and fill it up with pretension of love, adventure and meaning in life. Acting is just that ... pretension. When I grew up, heroes were all the good guys, honest, clean cut and courageous, and actors pretended to be them. In today's world the popular hero is most likely to be an anti-hero, lawless, promiscuous, and dishonorable.

Strangely, it seems, most of those who pursue high political office are simply the best actors... pretenders. They either have no real moral standards and honest convictions or if they have any, they are so thin and fluid that they are soon forgotten in the farce the devil has made of world politics. 
           
God instituted three things, the Family, His Church and Civil Law. All three were intended to be aids and protection for the welfare of every individual. That is why Satan spends all his time in seeking to corrupt, undermine and destroy those three entities.... if they are doing their intended purpose. He infiltrates all three with amoral, convincing actors pretending to be something they are not and deeply hiding their true nature ... sociopaths with their own self-centered agenda. We see it in individuals, religion and in politics. These sociopaths lie habitually, deceive, and misrepresent so convincingly that they cultivate a loyal, though naive constituency. That is how so many of them wind up in politics and over time become more and more deeply embedded and influential. Their lust for power and privilege drives them to build higher and higher towers of Babel to control more and more people. They sell those blind followers, of the spiritually blind, the illusion of freedom while they draw the chains of steel tyranny tighter and tighter. Their victims thus cling desperately to the hopeless illusion of their freedom from work, morals, responsibility, and judgment while the lie eats away at their soul and carries them farther and farther from reality into their own illusory existence on their way to a real hell. 

Even an unsavory character, like Frank Zappa, sometimes has short flashes of truth burst upon his mind. One of those rare moments came to light when he said .... "The illusion of freedom will last as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At that point, where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery; they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." That is what life was for Zappa and he had nothing else to cling to but a dead end. It is sad that so many people can't see on the other side of that brick wall of pretension to where God's universe opens up into a glorious eternity of all that is true and holy for those who reject the illusions and turn to the reality of God, His forgiveness, and life in Christ. 


Apr 12, 2017

April Memories Of Nick The BARman 66 Years Ago


Common Sense Commentary: Foxhole buddies, brothers in arms have a love for each other few people ever have the privilege of experiencing. It is a human relationship which is born in the deep desperation, fear, valor and survival from within the true battle... not a single shot fired at you or even a single day of war, but a long series of days and nights, filled with hunger, thirst, dirt, blisters, blood, pain and death. Here is my Marine friend, Nick the BARman's memory, scared upon his soul, of a typical day in the Korean War, he and his foxhole buddy endured.... and was called up yesterday from his archive of similar days they shared so long ago. RB


A NOTE TO JAMES KEE TOM, MY FOXHOLE BUDDY AND FIRETEAM LEADER THROUGH 5 MAJOR CAMPAIGNS 

THE HISTORIANS OF THE WORLD REMEMBER THIS DATE AS THE DAY TRUMAN FIRED Mc ARTHUR.

I REMEMBER 11 APRIL 51 AS THE FIRST TIME YOU AND I FOUND OUT THAT WE COULD TRUST EACH OTHER WHEN THINGS GOT BAD.

THE DAY WHEN A HUGE WEATHER FRONT MOVED IN OVER THE WHOLE KOREA PENINSULA.

THE FIRST TIME WE WERE WORKING AS A COMBAT TEAM....UNDER ALMOST CONTINUOUS FIRE ALL DAY LONG AS WE MOVED ALONG A RIDGELINE HIGH UP IN THE MOUNTAINS. INCREDIBLY, WE WERE SEQUENTIALLY IN FOG, SUNSHINE, HEAVY RAIN, SLEET, AND SNOW.------NOT TO MENTION BURP GUNS.

ON A "CONTACT PATROL"-------A LONG DAY.

A GOOD DRESS REHERSEL AND A PRELUDE FOR 22 APRIL 51---ELEVEN DAYS LATER WHEN OUR PLATOON WAS OVERRUN BY A REGIMENT OF CHINESE.

I WILL GO TO MY GRAVE TELLING EVERYONE THAT WILL LISTEN, THAT YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND YOUR KILLING THE LEADING CHINAMAN SAVED GEORGE COMPANY THAT NIGHT SO LONG AGO.

I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN, MENEHUNE. I WISH THE REST OF THE WORLD KNEW.

SEMPER FIDELIS GOOD FRIEND, SEMPER FIDELIS.

NICK THE BARMAN (USMC)
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My Comment....

Doctor Nicholson, my friend, those memories, your endurance and God's grace have brought you to the zenith of a fulfilled life which others will be inspired by for years into the future. It can be said, with honest account, in the last verse words of Rudyard Kipling's "IF"....

If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

My friend, you are a Man! Psm.115:1, Rayburn Blair


Apr 5, 2017

HOME PLATE Must Be Fastened, Invariable, Unchangable And Constant

Or it will become meaningless, useless and hopeless as will those who seek to reach it, and the nation which does not secure it. RB

Common Sense Commentary: Change is only beneficial when it is for the better... If its not broke ... don't fix it.

This is a lesson for the "snowflakes" today!! Maybe someone can go to their "safe zones" and read it to them! What's  missing in society today is consistency and accountability.

In  Nashville , Tennessee , during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA's convention.

While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here?

Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”  Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy to be there.

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948.  He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally …“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.  “I may be old, but I’m not crazy.  The reason I stand before you today  is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.” Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the  room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”

After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a  question than answer.  “That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”Another long pause. “Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?” “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.  “You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison. “Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”............“Seventeen inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major  Leagues? “Seventeen inches!”  “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause....“They send him to  Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this:  they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches.  We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'” Pause... “Coaches…” pause, "… what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today.  With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards.  We widen the plate!”

Pause...Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today.  The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people.

We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”  Silence....He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves!  And we allow it.”

“And the same is true with our government. Our so called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer  serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate and we see our country falling into a dark abyss while we watch.”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today.  It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your  players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches,  your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches."

And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and how to fix it.

"Don't widen the plate." Authoring Coach Unknown

Mar 29, 2017

Hey Left-Wingers, Stop Whining, You Created Us

Common Sense Commentary: Left-wing Democrat Politicians, birds of a feather, with the acquiescent aid of a few Left-wing Republicans, have caused the mess our nation is in. They have unintendedly created the Constitutional Conservative reaction which defeated their leaders in the recent election. Though they created the mess and then the reaction of Patriotic Conservatives, and Christians, they are not willing to take the blame for either.... as usual. All they know how to do is spend us into bankruptcy, pass unjust laws, point accusing fingers at everybody else...and whine.

This from a friend....
You Created US 
By Paul Genova
(Paul Genova has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Wireless Telecom Group Inc. since June 30, 2016. 

I'm noticing that a lot of you left-wingers aren't graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact, you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those who voted against her. You believe in freedom of speech and choice...until we disagree with you.

Some of you are posting how "sick" you feel about the results. 

How did this happen you ask? Well here is how it happened! 

You created "us" when you attacked our freedom of speech. 

You created "us" when you attacked our right to bear arms. 

You created "us" when you attacked our Christian beliefs. 

You created "us" when you constantly referred to us as racists. 

You created "us" when you constantly called us xenophobic. 

You created "us" when you instituted Political Correctness.

You created "us" when you told us to get on board or get out of the way. 

You created "us" when you attacked our flag. 

You created "us" when you took any mention of God out of our schools except in curse words. 

You created "us" when you confused women's rights with feminism. 

You created "us" when you began to emasculate men. 

You created "us" when you decided to make our children soft. 

You created "us" when you decided to vote for so-called progressive ideals. 

You created "us" when you attacked our way of life. 

You created "us" when you spent us into bankruptcy and let our government get out of control. 

You created "us" who had been the silent majority till now. 

You created "us" when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers. 

You created "us" when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors under Obama-Care. 

You created "us" when you overtaxed our American companies and forced them to move our jobs to business friendly countries. 

You created "us" when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn't remove your hat, or approved of it, during our National Anthem. 

You created "us" when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating. 

And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up. And we did it with ballots, not bullets... With ballots, not riots ... With ballots, not looting... With ballots, not blocking traffic... With ballots, not fires, except the for the one you started inside of "us". 

YOU created US .... and now you will find it difficult to put out the fire and undo the damage you have done to our nation to us, and to yourselves. You created the problems and our reaction.
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Now lets see and hear two great Americans, a little child and a big man. RB

Click here: Inspiring Young Singer Born Blind Wows With The National Anthem

Mar 28, 2017

April Fool's Day Came Early In Bankrupt Illinois

Common Sense Commentary: A State Holiday In Honor Of Chicagoan, Barack Obama? More appropriate would be one for Scarface, Al Capone, Jimmy Hoffa or Corrupt Mayor, Richard Daley. RB 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Barack Obama's name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday.
(by 6 votes).
Legislation to make the 44th president's Aug. 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short Tuesday. Chicago Democratic Rep. Sonya Harper says it would honor a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois State Senate.

But Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader says even Obama wouldn't want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.

He noted that Tampico, Illinois native, and 40th president Ronald Reagan's Feb. 6th birthday isn't a holiday.

The vote was 54-57. Harper used a procedure allowing another vote later. 
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Response from my friend, American Caliber Man of Illinois:
    
Yeah, another day for state employees here to take off while everybody else works.
    Obama was not born here (in Ill.) and except for his two kids has no relatives from here.  Reagan was born here and lived here all the way through college.  He has many cousins who live here.
     Dixon has the Reagan house and a Reagan museum, statues, a monument on the beach at Lowell Park where as a lifeguard he pulled 77 people from the Rock River over a number of summers.
     So what will they do for Obama? Chicago tour guide: This is the gay bar he hung out at.  Here is the place where he plotted with other communists like Bill Ayers. This is the church where he listened to the racial hate sermons from Reverend Wright and sometimes had Nation of Islam Rev. Farrakhan as a guest speaker.  Here's where he and a bunch of Nation of Islam guys planned the Million Man March.
        
It would be interesting, to say the least. American Caliber Man
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My Comment: Fitting for Bankrupt Chicago, Murder Capital of the world and most corrupt city government in America's history. RB



Mar 27, 2017

Misnomers Are Common Tools Of Social Planners, Tyrants And Liars

Common Sense Commentary: The word "misnomer" simply means "misnamed". Webster gives three definitions.... The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument. A use of a wrong or inappropriate name, and a wrong name or inappropriate designation.

The now defunct Soviet Union was highly skilled in the use of misnomers in their rise to a Socialist world power and they almost succeeded in dominating the entire globe with their lies, deceptions and flawed system. One of their verbal tools used to propagandize great masses of people is their miss-named organizations. They had countless agencies, associations, and front organizations controlled by so-called "Concerned Citizens". They called themselves "Communists" which itself was a misnomer because they did not have all things in common. The rulers had everything and the people had practically nothing. The rulers used words like "Humanitarian", "Freedom Fighters", "Equality", "Democracy", Republic, and "Liberty", in the titles of Communist Front Organizations. These organizations were supposedly volunteer, good guys whose sole purpose was to relieve suffering, feed the hungry, heal the sick and set free the victims of Capitalism, Free Enterprise, and "Evil" Businessmen. The names of these movements would contain words like Lincoln, Progressive, Equality, Hope, Change, and Workers. All of which sucked in the poor, abused, disillusioned, minorities, young idealists, and ignorant flotsam and jetsam of whom all nations had a share, angry and fuming for change. The Communist Soviet Union nearly succeeded and would have, but finally ran out of conquered nation's wealth. We have a new crop of lying, thieving misfits building up a similar Tower Of Babel in our country right in the halls of Congress, the White House, Supreme Court, the News Media and in our hallowed halls of Education. 

A misnomer is a falsehood, not a lie, unless it is known to be a lie by its user, which, at its birth, is Satan's offspring conceived in the heart of a liar. As Jesus said to the Pharisees,
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.... When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

Misnomers I can think of at the moment....


Arabicnumerals - (1, 2, 3, 4, 5...) originated in India, not the Arabian Peninsula. 

Global Warming - When a temporary, normal global warming cycle ended in 1997 its adherents changed the name from "Global Warming" to  "Climate Change", which allows them to take credit whichever way the earth's temperature goes. From the beginning of time, Earth's weather has experienced cycling changes from cooler to warmer to cooler to colder and back again to warmer. This was considered normal until social planners decided to use this weather cycling in their globalization dreams by blaming normal weather changes on excess carbon being created by industrialized nations. So, to bring undeveloped nations up to par with developed ones, they proposed to penalize or fine all businesses and nations which they judged created the most carbon and give the $billions collected to poorer nations to improve their living standards. The fact is that all green living things breath carbon and exhale oxygen and us humans and animals do the opposite. Global warming, as a permanently progressing phenomenon, caused by people, is a misnomer. 

Correctional Facility - This high-sounding term is an effort of symantecs at equating hardened criminals with wayward children who simply need understanding, social training, and the gentler treatment. Whereas, Criminal Incarceration Prisons, once under the absolute control of Wardens and guards, were comparatively quiet and secure, are now under the control of prison gangs who rape, wound and murder over perceived disrespect, a joint of marijuana or a mess hall cookie. Prisons are far worse as "Correctional Facilities" than they were as "Prisons". No honest person, who can see, doubts that the social planners "correcting" of career criminals is worse than a failure. At one time prisons were free of illegal drugs and knives and prisoners were criminals not inmates or residents with a long list of "rights". "Correctional Facility" is a misnomer. 

Gay Pride - The miserable compulsion of unnatural perversion, like narcotic addiction, may give the poor souls who pursue it a temporary relief or high or satisfaction in some inconceivable way, but the end result, of both these enslavements, is hugely negative.  Illegal Drugs do not produce good highs, and perversion is neither "gay" nor the inconceivable idea of an act of pride. Again this term is an effort of the homosexual community and social planners at normalizing or even exalting the act of perversion they are slaves to. Read Romans 1:18-32 for a correct view of homosexuality.... from God's view.


Mar 24, 2017

"The Last Conservative Democrat?" Not Quite

Common Sense Commentary: Zell Miller, a former Marine, served as Governor of Georgia and then in the U.S. Senate until his retirement in 2005. He is said to be the last Conservative in the Democrat Party, but I would have to "moderate" that claim. He was more accurately a "Moderate Conservative." There have been no Senate Conservatives in the Democrat Party since Senator Sam Nunn who was almost a true Conservative until his retirement 20 years ago. Even "Moderate" is a misnomer when applied to the Democrat Party. In truth and in fact, it is The Liberal Socialist Party. One more half-step to the left and it will be the Communist Party. RB


Quotes from Senator Zell Miller 

One of these days, someone smarter and younger and more articulate than I is going to get through to the American people just how really messed up the federal government has become. And when that happens, the American people are going to rise up like that football crowd in Cleveland and run both teams off the field.  Zell Miller (That wasn't prophetic, it was plain old Common Sense observation, RB)

Why is it that there's more indignation over a photo of a prisoner with underwear on his head than over the video of a young American with no head at all?  Zell Miller (Entirely too rational for a true Democrat. RB)

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag. Zell Miller (A rare Democrat Patriot. RB)

Where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words. Zell Miller

A Marine knows that pride is the bedrock upon which he will lay the foundation of his life, and on that foundation he will build the structure by which the worth of his existence and the measure of his accomplishments will be judged. Zell Miller

I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel. Zell Miller

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home. Zell Miller 

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. Zell Miller 

 Tax cuts are not just something that all taxpayers deserve, but also the best way to curb government spending. It is the best kind of tax reform. If the money never reaches the table, Congress can't gobble it up. Zell Miller 

My family is more important than my party. Zell Miller 

Will someone please explain to me the logic that says we can trust someone with a Boeing 747 in bad weather but not with a Glock 9 millimeter? Zell Miller 

For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. Zell Miller 

Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside. Zell Miller 

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators. Zell Miller 

I truly believe that at times like this, silence is not golden. It is yellow. Zell Miller 

When they make it harder for us to pray, we just pray harder. Zell Miller 

You won't find average Americans on the left or on the right. You'll find them at Kmart. Zell Miller 

Howard Dean knows about as much about the South as a hog knows about Sunday. Zell Miller 

When a child has no hope, a nation has no future. Zell Miller 

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. Zell Miller