Celebrity Endorsements That Matter

June 12, 2014

I can still remember my excitement the day mom brought home our first loaf of Yaz Bread.

Carl Yastrzemski wasn’t just a good ball player, he was my childhood hero.

The best thing about his nickname–Yaz–was that many of my friends called me Maz…some still do.

Since my folks weren’t easily fooled, I was fortunate the ballplayer was endorsing an item we needed.

They loved the Boston Red Sox too, but they hated waste.

Through the power of suggestion (as I bit into my first slice, probably PB&J or baloney) I can still recall the rush of energy that electrified my veins.

I really believed the endorsement from my hero meant eating it would make me more like him.

There was no science to it, just faith.

Flash back 2,000 years.

There was another local hero who endorsed celebrity bread.

Check out John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

So, next time you want to feel like a child again, don’t waste time and get yourself to Holy Mass…it’s always More Than a Feeling (Boston).

It’s also a direct order from the world’s hero.

YAZ BREAD

http://www.yaz8.com/

 

 

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Spaulding, Rawlings or Kmart Special

June 11, 2014

For a few reading my blog title today, especially men of a certain age, they’ll know exactly what it means.

There was a class system in our neighborhood…either your Dad carefully fitted you for a Spaulding or Rawlings baseball mitt and you were cool, or your mom hurried out to Kmart and brought home the dreaded special (complete with tacky badging on the rear strap) and you were a chump.

You could see the difference from a base apart…or should I say “maple tree?”

We spent most of our summers playing “run down” using tree trunks as bases (a game that forced you to practice tagging out a runner stealing).

Last night I played my first organized baseball game (co-ed slow pitch softball) in 40 years.

What glove did I grab?…that’s right, the same Spaulding I bought for my son 20 years ago, which he left behind when he moved away.

Some things never change, especially the way God looks at people who we may think are of a lower class.

In God’s view we’re all the same…equal because He made each soul in His own image.

How we choose to label ourselves and others is irrelevant to our individual ability to reach back out to Him in faith.

Our Father is always there to comfort us, and pay us back double for any kindness or charity we run down.

cheapo glove

 

 

 

 

Russell Wilson’s Subliminal Message

June 10, 2014

I’m not sure yours truly is the first to notice…but who cares?

It turns out the Super Bowl Champ QB from the Seattle Seahawks has signed up for a bit of subliminal messaging.

You have to believe he not only OK’d it, but very likely pushed for it…true to his character.

If you haven’t picked up on the message, Russell and I wish to ask you one question…Have you read your Bible today?

Way to go Russell, that’s how you capitalize on success…by sharing as much of what really matters as you can.

And I don’t mean tickets to a game…but the keys to coming into the presence of The Almighty.

Honestly…that’s a touchdown in my book, and not just a surface message.

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All Sunshine Makes a Desert

June 9, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything go right in life?

Don’t say no, dreaming that our setbacks never happened is natural.

Think about it from a Biblical perspective.

Which Old or New Testament character can you name whose life on earth was void of sorrow?

I can only identify one, from Luke 16:19-31…(by the way, Jesus never said this was a parable, as He often did when telling one…and in no parable was a character ever named…as is Lazarus…a man Jesus knew well.)

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

My point today is not doctrinal, though there’s much here to dissect.

Here’s the bottom line.

Your heartache, my heartache, is a far greater blessing than we can comprehend in our earthly minds.

Just as the rich man lived life with good things “every day” and then paid a price for it after death, our lives, minus blessings “every day” appear to connect us to a reward.

Mother Teresa said this about suffering: “It is an opportunity to share in the passion of Christ.”

So, next time you wish for everything in life to be perfect, remember one of my Dad’s favorite sayings about sunshine…too much of it makes a desert.

Here’s a cool video of an interview by William F. Buckley Jr. with Mother Teresa.

P.S. Don’t forget to thank God for that which you naturally may wish to curse.

Buckley and Teresa

 

 

 

 

Respect is Never Overrated

June 8, 2014

My dad was often sought out as a marriage counselor.

He had no training in the field of family therapy, but there was something about him people admired.

Never in 40 years of marriage do I recall either of my parents raising their voices to one another…ever.

As a little child I remember that my greatest fear was that they would fight…even though they didn’t.

I was blessed, but still very vulnerable.

Dad believed human love was an emotion that could come and go…but respect was a decision that endured hardships.

Rearing children is one of the hardest things we can do.

By their very nature, all babies are insecure.

One decision we must make as a married couple is to never lose respect for our spouse, no matter what emotions we may feel.

Though arranged marriages are a thing of the past, the reason so many of them worked in ancient cultures was because families made deals based on mutual respect.

Think about St. Joseph for a minute.

If any man had the right to yell and scream at his wife for becoming pregnant before they had consummated, it was him.

Yet what did he do?

He respected Mary so much, Scriptures teach us “He chose to divorce her quietly”…in other words, he still respected her.

Wow.

The next time you feel like yelling at your better half, think about how it will impact your kids…so many young people are falling off the deep end today and I attribute much of it to deep-rooted anxiety.

Another Massery counselor, but who’s counting?

Be the rock your children need…don’t let them down…love your spouse like you love yourself.

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Raging Private Lion (ess)

June 7, 2014

You have to love a person not afraid to speak passionately about what they believe.

Especially when they’re raging in sincerity.

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, when Tom Hanks finally reaches the lost soldier he says: “Men died trying to find you.”

The remarks weren’t spoken out of anger, but simply as a matter of truth.

Private Ryan wasn’t a deserter…and because of that, there was only valor in the wind over the dangerous mission that lead to his return.

Fast forward to Bowe Bergdahl…honor has taken a back seat in the headlines of this story, replaced by betrayal and lies.

Those defending Obama, the shallowest politicians, like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi etc…will always demonize conservative pundits who dare question their Messiah, not puny ones like me, but those who touch millions.

If you’ll notice, lefty political hacks are careful to stand clear of lions whose message can devour them…for fear of publicizing a remedy to a disease they don’t want cured; ignorance means power to a tyrant.

Two folks making a giant impact on America regarding this arrogant Presidency are Trey Gowdy and Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Watch this video…it will make you feel better about our future.

I dare say, it will even help President Obama…kind of like an intervention would help an alcoholic.

Is there such thing as a power-aholic?

Yes Barack…the “I” word is on the table, and it’s coming from folks your puny defenders don’t have the mental muscle to battle with.

JudgeJeanine

 

 

 

 

Bad Company’s Timeless Song

June 6, 2014

I hate that I have to do this.

This song is one of my all time favorite rock ballads, by a classic band called Bad Company.

As I sit back and watch President Obama lose some of his most ardent supporters, Silver Blue and Gold comes to mind.

All good things, or in this case, all paper castles, come to an end.

The man who’ll go down as one of the greatest hucksters of all time, has very little left to sell, other than colors in the sky.

Bad Company

No Jiving an Army Platoon

June 5, 2014

I’ve always loved the saying “Out of the mouth of babes.”

Here’s the Wiktionary definition/etymology.

Etymology

From King James Bible, Psalms 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength”.

Proverb

out of the mouths of babes

  1. From the comments of children, who are honest and innocent, . . . (comes truth or wisdom).

Usage notes

This expression is sometimes used as a stand-alone phrase, with the implied completion “comes truth or wisdom”

Megyn Kelly’s interview of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Army platoon might be the most terrifying thing President Obama has ever heard.

Listen and you’ll know truth and wisdom is demolishing every arrogant “spin job” the President is whipping up to save his hide.

The end of this ridiculous Presidency is closer than ever, through his own self inflicted “credibility gap.”

One last thing Mr. President, we don’t appreciate your henchmen calling OUR sons psychopaths…every finger you point, there are three more pointing back at you…(another cliche’ I like).

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Is Obama Pro Life?

June 4, 2014

Every now and then, those with whom we generally don’t agree, do things with which we do…agree that is.

(D) Senator Diane Feinstein has earned my respect over the Taliban prisoner release scandal.

Think about it…her criticism of Obama, over the illegal swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, not a P.O.W., for 5 Taliban murderers, definitely P.O.W.s, though simple for you and I to detest, for her, means a stoic confrontation with the head of her party.

Courtesy of Townhall.com:

“It comes to us with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law,” Feinstein told reporters following a closed door meeting. “And in an issue with this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we’re very dismayed about it .”

Finally, someone on the left put politics aside…kudos Di!

Here’s another thought, many within my sect (Roman Catholic) believe the death penalty conflicts with the Pro Life position…so, (though I don’t agree–plus–too many liberals are fine with terminating infants, while letting murderers off the hook) the President took a rather re-conciliatory tone, forgiving the earth’s greatest sinners, who really should’ve been executed, or at least jailed for life.

Not much praise is trickling in, even from progressives Mr. Obama…most Americans are sending fireballs, as the idea of a Pro Lifer enabling terrorists with a second chance at killing us, is just a bit too radical.

Not good for your cause…but who’s counting…other than the days America’s torture is over.

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Joe Biden Our Next President

June 3, 2014

One of my old bosses used to say:

Half your success at work is just showing up.

For crazy old Joe, whom many wouldn’t consider Presidential, he just might assume the position by default sooner than later.

You see, there’s a process in this country called “Impeachment”.

And if the guy one notch up doesn’t stop acting like he’s above the Constitution, there just might be a new leader sworn in.

If you think this can’t happen ask Presidents Andrew Johnson or William Jefferson Clinton.

Though they were acquitted, both lost sleep I’m sure, wondering where to forward their mail.

Here’s a Wikipedia excerpt on the process:

At the federal level, Article II of the United States Constitution (Section 4) states that “The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeaching, while the United States Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments. The removal of impeached officials is automatic upon conviction in the Senate.

Joe and Gotta Go

PS…Has anyone seen Hillary since the Taliban prisoner scandal broke?  It’s pretty safe to assume she’s no supporter of battling a sitting President at the next DNC.