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Took the week off. But I did see America!

25 Jul

I didn’t get a show in on Monday. On Tuesday I decided I would just take the week off from shows. I dropped the ball though in letting everyone know my plans. I just needed to catch up on some sleep by not getting up early in the morning for a few days. I typically do the show around 5:30 AM Central. Thankfully I do a feel a bit more rested and do plan to get back in the swing of things next week.

In the meantime my wife and I had the chance to view America last night, the latest film by Dinesh D’Souza. For us it was a rare date night, and that alone made the evening enjoyable. The film itself is simply exceptional! As always D’Souza approaches his subject from a scholarly angle. His mix of scholarship and ability to bring history to live on screen is masterful. What I really like is that he interviews many of his adversaries. This isn’t a hack piece, nor is it an attack piece. It simply lays out America’s true history and addresses the indictments against America – imperialism, inequality, unfair wealthy and abuse of power, racism, theft, etc. D’Souza blows these arguments out of the water. Yet, he doesn’t make excuses for the problems we have or have experienced. It’s just a simple reality – we’re not perfect, no one is, it’s always a work in progress, but that said…no one else is better and we shouldn’t have to apologize for being who we are as a nation, and furthermore we have much to be proud of. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked to have been shown some actual alternative history, “what would the world look like right now without America?” It’s a small criticism, as that question is unanswerable, unimaginable, which is D’Souza’s point to get the viewer to consider the possibility. In addition to the great message, the great interviews, the amazing glimpse into history, and the cinematography, there is a great soundtrack to the film done by Bryan E. Miller, and also features Madison Rising’s “Star Spangled Banner” (which we open each Monday morning show with). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr–wSAwcb4

Go see the film if you haven’t yet….and bring a friend, a neighbor, preferably a liberal one. It’s that good, and that important. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

American Thinker Article: Why I’m No Longer a Leftist

22 Jul

Written by Danusha V. Goska, it’s worth the read.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/ten_reasons_i_am_no_longer_a_leftist.html#.U8vn87RG43M.email

 

From the Show: Exploring Life – Treating Chigger Bites

19 Jul

In the Exploring Life segment on Friday we checked out how to treat chigger bites. These little bastards can be painful. If you’ve ever gotten bit by them you know what I mean. We frequently run into them on our beach at our lake house. Anyhow, this looks like a good way to treat them.

http://m.wikihow.com/Treat-Chigger-Bites

 

From the Show: Thought of the Day 7/18

19 Jul

Statesman George W. Ball provided our words for breakfast on Friday’s show.

“Nostalgia is a seductive liar.”

 

From the Show: Exploring Life – What is classic rock?

16 Jul

I’m sure you’ve thought of this before as you get older and you flip through the radio dial. I think it was about 10 years ago for me when I started finding stuff on the radio like Motley Cru now being played on classic rock stations. Now when I grew up it was stuff like Boston, Kansas, The Eagles, The Who, Aerosmith, and Van Halen. That has expanded over the years. Now bands like Green Day are starting to make their way into the class rock radio landscape. Check out this interesting article I discussed on the show this morning.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-classic-rock-isnt-what-it-used-to-be/

 

From The Show: Thought of the Day

16 Jul

A little humor for you this morning.

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” – Erma Bombeck.

 

From the Show: Exploring Life – Mike Rowe’s SWEAT Pledge

11 Jul

Mike Rowe has been one of my favorite celebrities to watch this past year. His new MikeRoweWorks organization is something that is much needed. Today in the Exploring Life segment we took a look at his new SWEAT Pledge. It stands for Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo. It has 12 points on how Americans can regain that can-do spirit. I applaud this effort.

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/07/155007-12-points-mike-rowes-s-w-e-t-pledge-exactly-americans-need-get-can-spirit-back/

 

From the Show: Thought of the Day

11 Jul

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Your words for breakfast.

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody up.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

From the Show: Lessons In Leadership – The Romantic View of Human Nature

09 Jul

In our Lessons in Leadership segment this morning we continued the series on American Founders and their View of Human Nature. We’re now looking at the four types of human nature. Today we explored the Romantic View of Human Nature. This view suggests, basically, we’re the result of our environment – that humans are basically good and it’s the world around us that turns us bad, whether’s it’s an injustice we’re born into, suffering at the hands of others, or the effects of an institution on us. Since we’re speaking in general terms of what the Romantic View is, the general opposition to it (which I largely agree with) is that the Romantic View does not account for individual responsibility. Our Founder’s vision took into account a high degree of individual responsibility.

Check out the show from this morning for more on this topic. It included the example of Frankenstein.

 

From the Show: Warmest Day of the Year Map

09 Jul

On the Exploring Life segment this morning I talked about this little map. I found it interesting comparing the different areas of the country. As summer is in full swing now, check out where you are and when you might expect the warmest day of the year to take place in your neck of the woods.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/02/think-its-hot-now-this-map-shows-when-your-area-likely-will-have-its-warmest-day/