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Arena Football

For 25 years I was a huge Arena Football, Orlando Predator fan… then in 2016 the ownership of the team decided to just call it quits. Since then I’ve only had a passing interest in what is happening with the league. 2017 they only fielded four teams, two brand new teams (both owned by the same person) and two teams that were still hanging on. They played a 12 game schedule, but knowing that all four teams would make the playoffs because you need at least an even number of teams to create a competition bracket. Turns out that the two older mature teams dominated and battled it out in the championship game as was expected. 2018 saw one of…

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Solution to Stop School Shootings

The Millcreek Township School District located outside Erie, PA has solved the school shooter problem by arming every teacher with a 16” souvenir baseball bat. That’s right some moron convinced the rest of the school board that the best way to keep someone from coming into a school with a gun is to put the fear of God in them that they are going to encounter a teacher wielding a tiny baseball bat. They spent $1,800 to purchase 500 of the bats so that every classroom has one available in the event the students need protection from a gun toting nut case. There is no shortage of idiots who think this is the way to go. Keep the sign up…

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Privacy Rights

Facebook is in the hot seat on Capital Hill this week as congress takes its shot at the head of the beast Mark Zuckerberg over individual privacy rights. From what I’ve seen of the Senate committee hearing it was a joke. The big issue is the transfer of personal data of Facebook’s 87 million users to Cambridge Analytica. Most of the time the media refers to it as a hack or they say the data was stolen, which I feel is so far from the truth. Cambridge Analytica didn’t steal that data they bought it from Facebook. That’s right, surprise surprise Facebook is in the business of selling the personal data that it’s users freely give up when they accept…

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Honoring Florida Heritage

In 2016 the Florida Senate approved legislation authorizing the removal of a statue of a Confederate General from the grounds of the US Capitol. This year they are working on legislation to choose a replacement and the front runner is Mary McLeod Bethune the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. Apparently each state is allowed to display two statues at the Capital’s National Statuary Hall. Florida’s second statue is of Dr. John Gorrie who is a pivotal figure in the invention of air conditioning and someone who should be revered as a god by most Floridians. So Florida is considering replacing a Confederate General who was a staunch advocate of slavery and after his military career imploded had ties to the KKK……

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Super Bowl Advertisers

There always seems to be one or two commercials during the Super Bowl that make no sense what-so-ever and this years edition is being paid for by Stella Artois in cooperation with Water.org. The commercial is a serious message meant to enlighten the audience about the plight of getting clean water to the under-developed countries of the world. Stella Artois is selling limited edition chalices and will donate a portion of the sale to Water.org. Each glass sold will provide $3.13, which apparently is enough money to bring clean water to one person for five years. (The truth be know it probably cost the .13 cents to provide the water and the other $3 is to pay executive salaries and…

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Salary Gap Outrage

The big story hitting the main street and social media this week is the huge pay gap between the stars of the movie ‘All the Money in the World.’ People were quick to become outraged when it was reported that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for required reshoots while his female co-star Michelle Williams got less than $1,000 for hers. Like most anything in the news these days those getting their panties in a wad aren’t getting the whole story… It turns out that Williams original contract included any required reshoots so the production company didn’t have to pay her anything. In contrast Wahlberg’s contract didn’t include such a clause so when they wanted him to do the required…

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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Time Magazine announced their person of the year for 2017… “The Silence Breakers.” So Time Magazine feels that a bunch of women who are making accusations of sexual misconduct that are in some cases decades old to be the most influential and most important person of 2017. What a crying PC shame. Of course the short list of candidates included the leaders of China and North Korea, so their choice could have been even more idiotic. I’m not trying to diminish the severity of any unwanted sexual contact or harassment, but lets face it men are pigs, they have always been pigs and will more than likely always be pigs. Most keep those thoughts and actions in check… a select…

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Seasteading

A story on Drudge is where I first heard of the term, which is the concept of living in a floating self-contained city. The non-profit group, Seasteading Intitute, based in San Francisco has been floating (forgive the pun) the idea since their formation in 2008. Funded by some sort of virtual currency they have gotten the blessing of the French Polynesia to use a portion of their coastal area to test and build the first floating island city. People since the dawn of man have been dreaming of such a utopia… seems now that we have an over abundance of billionaires who lean to the far left and have swallowed the climate change pill a serious attempt at creating just…

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Mary Tyler Moore

The world said goodbye to Mary Tyler Moore yesterday. They did a touching tribute to her TV and Movie career on the Today Show this morning. One particular clip caught my attention… On the Mary Tyler Moore show she was arguing with fellow actor Ed Asner, who played her boss on the show, that a woman doing the same job as a man should be getting the same pay. That was in 1972, 45 years ago, and I thought to myself that the show I’m watching, NBC’s Today Show, is a great example of how little progress we’ve made after all those years. The co-hosts of the Today Show, Savanah Guthrie and Matt Lauer by all appearances do the same…

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Obama Leaves Office

It didn’t happen soon enough for me, but when it did happen there was one thing that surprised me and one thing that didn’t. The thing that surprised me is that he didn’t give Hillary Clinton a blanket pardon. Obviously she never asked for one because Obama would have gladly obliged. The good thing about this is it leaves the Clintons open to prosecution for any of the past illegal and immoral activities. The thing that didn’t surprise me is how Obama felt it necessary to waste approx. $1.8 million taxpayer dollars so that he could fly on the Presidential Plane to Palm Springs, CA for vacation immediately upon leaving office. I consider that last slap in the face of every hard…

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