Going into Election Day, here’s a quick status update across the nation.
Republican approval rate for President Donald Trump is at 96%. This is an all time high in history.
In 2016, around 87% of registered voters cast a ballot. Indications are 2020 will be a record breaker.
North Carolina Battleground
The media consistently says North Carolina will be won by Democrats. Here are indicators that they are wrong:
Never in North Carolina history have Republican voters led a single a day in early voting over Unaffiliated and Democrat voters.
In 2020, Republican voters have led eight of the last nine days. Trump is running about 45,000 votes ahead of 2016 pace in North Carolina when he won the state by nearly 4 points.
The latest (9:45 a.m. today) update shows Early Vote and Votes By Mail (VBM) tallies for North Carolina as 261,459 ballots cast (23,779 VBM and 237,680 in person):
Republicans: 1,378,537 (31.7% vs 31.5% prior day). Democrats: 1,633,774 (37.6% vs 38.1% prior day). Unaffiliated: 1,310,505 (30.2% vs 29.9% prior day).
The Republicans won the total vote yesterday 92,029 to 77,291.
Votes by Mail results will continue to come in for days after the election. This is a big question mark.
New Hampshire Battleground
New Hampshire’s under-30 share of the early vote to date is less than 4% of the total vote.
Texas is Red
No matter what the Media or Democrats tell you, Texas will remain Red–even after all the Blue harvested ballots come in.
As in-person early voting concluded in Texas, Republicans, per TargetSmart, closed out the period with a 17-point lead in all pre-Election Day ballot-casting.
Out of 254 counties in Texas, early voting shows 204 of them were Trump by 30+%. Virtually none of those are changing demographics.
The 20+% Trump counties have already voted at 103% of what they did in 2016 so there is enthusiasm. Plus those counties tend to vote mostly Election Day.
“Just to clarify, this is the greatest lead which TX-GOPers have had this entire election cycle,” Cotto Gottfried said. “It is a titanic accomplishment, needless to say. Cheers to all TX-GOP voters who made this happen!”
In Florida, there are now 5.30 million registered Democrats and 5.17 million registered Republicans in the state – an edge of about 134,000 voters in favor of the Democrats. But the size of that margin has fallen from 327,000 in 2016 and 658,000 in 2008.
Republican voters has risen by about 619,000, compared with an increase of 426,000 voters among Democrats. However, the biggest increase during since 2016 has been among those who are registered with no party (+663,000).
Pay attention to Miami-Dade County Mayor election: Esteban Bovo Jr. and Daniella Levine Cava are running for Miami-Dade County’s open mayoral office. Although the race is officially nonpartisan, organizations associated with the Republican Party have backed Bovo and organizations associated with the Democratic Party have backed Levine Cava. No Democratic-associated candidate has won election as Miami-Dade county mayor since 2004.
According to Pew Research, “around eight-in-ten Republican registered voters (79%) are Christians, compared with about half (52%) of Democratic voters.”
Out of our 7,383 state legislatures, 52.7% are Republican. Democrats sit at 46.80%.
Nationally, the state legislatures include 1,972 state senators and 5,411 state representatives.
Republican count: 3,844 state legislature seats; 1,084 state Senate seats, 2,760 House seats.
Democrat count: 3,455 state legislature seats; 875 state Senate seats; 2,580 House seats.
Independent or third-party legislators hold 34 seats, of which 30 are state House seats and four state.
Two other local battleground elections to pay close attention to:
Mayor of Portland, Oregon: Incumbent Ted Wheeler, who supported the riots in and held back police, faces challenger Sarah Iannarone and write-in challenger Teressa Raiford in a nonpartisan election for mayor of Portland. In the May 19 primary, Wheeler won 49.1% of the vote, falling short of the 50% needed to win outright. Wheeler’s endorsers include United for Portland, a group that includes the Service Employees International Union, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Portland NAACP. Iannarone’s include Our Revolution and the Oregon Progressive Party.
Los Angeles County District Attorney: Incumbent Jackie Lacey faces challenger George Gascón in a nonpartisan election to run the nation’s largest prosecutorial office. Lacey and Gascón received 48.7% and 28.2% of the vote in the top-two primary, respectively. Gascón served two terms as San Francisco’s district attorney, having first been elected in 2011.
Thirty-three states have statewide orders requiring individuals to wear masks in indoor or outdoor public spaces. All 24 states with a Democratic governor have statewide mask orders, while nine out of 26 Republican states require face coverings.
Probably one of the stupidest political arguments right now is “200,000 have died from Corona because of Trump” coupled with “We (Biden/Harris) have a plan to deal with Corona.”
We get it at the debates and in the commercials.
First, if you have this miracle plan, why the hell have you not implemented it?
Senator Kamala Harris, it’s your duty to present and pass laws.
Joe Biden, your party has control of the House of Representatives where all the money gets spent. Why have you not passed and funded this miracle plan months ago?
Why do we have to wait and see who wins the election and you all get your butts back in Washington in January?
Seems like if what you say is true, and you did nothing but hold your miracle plan, those 200K are on you.
Second, when all the political nonsense is peeled back, just which single Mayor or Governor can honestly say that they did not get what they needed and more to keep the medical system from being overwhelmed?
President Trump and his administration, working with businesses, people and good American ingenuity, placed mobile field hospitals in strategic locations. Why did they go unused?
Naval hospital ships went ignored. Instead, Democrats like New York Gov. Cuomo forced residents into nursing homes. How did that go, Mr. Biden?
Charity mobile hospitals went unused. The private sector and Americans stepped up and met the Personal Protective Equipment needs.
The partnership between the White House and the private sector cranked out ventilators and not only met the ndemands, but replenished the emergency stockpiles.
Not one, but multiple variations of vaccines have been discovered and are in final trials in the fastest time in history.
Take your secret plan and shove it up Soros. Americans are weary of your 47 years of corruption, Harris’ far left liberal scamming, and the dishonest media for promoting your snake oil scams. We thrive on real evidence and the record.
While you hide and the media covers for you, we are voting in historical numbers for four more years of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Pence.
*Adapted from messages of Ken Sorenson and retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant Marvin Hepworth Jr.
A friend of mine, a golf champion at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club, northwest of San Antonio, told me about his daughter walking out of a class at her university.
Jay was obviously proud of her for standing up and dropping the class after a professor demanded students support Markist liberalism. My reverence for Jay and his daughter is solid.
Although I’m hearing more stories of students standing up to indoctrination, what concerns me is that not all young people have the fortitude to challenge that type of teaching.
This is especially troublesome when vulnerable learners suffer when their exposure to different ideas and ideals is wantonly cut off.
I would never tolerate this in a high school. In the ’70s, I elected to drop out of a Sociology professor’s class at Texas State when he belittled a female classmate by yelling, “what the hell is wrong with you? Do you think your almighty God played with himself and spewed the universe out?”
She began crying. Several of us went to her aid and we walked out together. I’m not going to say what I told the idiot professor on the way out, but I did admit it to the Dean in his office afterwards. There were no penalties for the four who elected to drop the class, but it was quite a lesson.
What concerns me even more is hearing so much about this in the public school levels. Granted, I live in a predominantly conservative area where the culture of patriotism and God prevails. But friends have told some alarming instances where indoctrination was attempted on their children.
The goal of our public educational system is not to confine children to an echo chamber that amplifies the voice of the teacher to whom they happen to be assigned. The goal, at least in part, is to teach students to think for themselves. When we reward them for parroting their teachers’ beliefs — we handicap our young citizens and future voters.
“Interesting situation,” observes Angie Ferrell. “I am in grad school and took a class entitled Critical Thinking. Most of the live (online) classes were listening to the professor rant about Trump and her leftist ideals.”
“All of the required readings were things like readings from Noam Chomsky. Very little on critical thinking, but lots on Marxism and Critical Theory (I wonder do they know that critical theory and critical thinking are not the same?).”
“When I suggested that a class on Critical Thinking should probably include great thinkers from a wider selection of ideologies, and made a few suggestions (like Thomas Sowell), she attacked me in our live class.”
“We are all adults (I am in my 50s) so my classmates, mostly military, stood up for me refusing to answer any more of her questions in the call.”
“Her response was to say we were close-minded. Needless to say, she bullied me the rest of the class and attacked my papers publicly in our student forum. However, I never backed down, defended my views, listened to hers, and wrote a pretty big project on the blocking of conservative free speech in the University system.”
“She did not like that. Most online classes now have students post their work publicly, so there was a paper trail here. My classmates got to see my work and I told them my grades. They were shocked since they were getting better grades and could see my work was up to par.”
“She would say I didn’t support my ideas, even when I would often have over a page of scholarly citations for a short essay.”
“When she tried to engage me in class about how I needed to be more open, I replied that I was more than willing to look at all sides of any issue, but in a class on critical thinking it is (and should be) okay for any of us not to agree with her, because critical thinking is about coming to your own conclusions based on many factors, and being able to defend your ideas with reasonable facts, which I have always done–and that my grade will be a reflection of either her bias or her ethics.”
“I had decided that if my final grade did not reflect my effort I was going to go over her head, but in the end, she squeaked me by, sending me a note about how I clearly “struggled” with the class. You should know that my other professors have actually asked to use my work as a model of desired work in the past because I am a good writer and work very hard to present the best work possible.”
“This is the state of the University system.”
What does a student do when a professor does this to them?
“Being a college professor, I would suggest you go see the ombudsman for the faculty senate and go to the Dean of students to express your concerns,” suggested Hannah Chapman Beriault, of Richmond Hills, Georgia. “This needs to be addressed. Our USG has told us that we should NOT be talking about who we support in our personal lives.”
Have you or other you know experrienced indoctrination attempts at school or work? Please leave comments below. Thank you.
Each day I receive messages, emails, calls from friends worried and panicked about the presidential election November 3rd.
As each day passes, the concerns and fears grow in number and intensity.
My standard answer, when asked what I think the percentage is President Trump will win, has been “between 70-80 percent.”
I’ve changed my mind. After you read this article, my hope is that you will be more relaxed and calm about the election too. With this being said, here is what I now believe:
A. President Trump’s chances of getting the electoral votes are greater than 90 percent.
B. The chances of massive voter fraud, especially in Democrat controlled cities is 99.9%.
Remember: 1) the Trump vote will be massive. 2) the electoral college protects us (this is why President Trump is visiting more outlying areas where the honest votes are), 3) each day, more voter fraudsters are being arrested than any time in history BEFORE an election. Media will not report it, of course.
Here are ten thoughts you should consider:
1. Turn off mainstream media. They were bad in 2016 and they’re even worse in 2020. THEY WANT YOU TO BE AFRAID.
If you know you’ll burn a finger if you touch a hot iron, STOP.
Their polls, news, and strategies are to lie. If you’re intelligent enough to realize that by now, turn them off. Switch.
Here is just one fresh example with the New York Times:
Stories mentioning the Steele Dossier: 102
Stories mentioning Michael Avenatti: 197
Stories mentioning Tony Bobulinski: 3
If mainstream media readership and viewership drops, their power and influence dissolves. You have the power to help make it happen.
2. Joe Biden said he couldn’t get anything done during his last eight years because he had a Republican Congress.
President Trump had a Congress that impeached him, yet he still rescued the economy, rebuilt our military, created rising wages, and brokered historic peace deals.
If you believe this is true, rest assured most American voters do too. Relax. You are right. Pat yourself on the back. Keep your family and friends optimistic too.
3. If you haven’t voted yet, go in person now. Everyone who does, feels better about themselves. You should feel better about yourself too. It’s a relief!
4. Polls are not proof. Most are propaganda. Surely you absolutely know that by now. The ONLY poll I believe in, is the internal polls that help decide where the Trump rallies will be.
If Air Force One takes the president to a destination, you can bet that is for a good reason. His poll is accurate.
5. Rallies are proof and seeing is believing. Don’t forget the lessons of 2016 and Hillary Clinton.
The Trump rallies are even more spectacular than those four years ago. They are breaking historical records.
Since they began, over 1/2 million people have attended Trump rallies this year.
Biden’s haven’t hit the 12,000 mark yet. 12,000 vs. 500,000+. Turn off the fake news. Think for yourself and do the math.
Even President Trump’s children (each) are hosting far more attendees than Biden and Kamala Harris combined. You don’t see Hunter Biden out there campaigning do you?
6. Not only Republicans or conservatives are attending the rallies. Actual data from the attendees are informative (you will never see this from puppet media):
GEORGIA 11,940 voters 21.8% Democrat 27.9% Black 24.4% didn’t vote in 2016
What does that tell you about Georgia? A heck of a lot more than what media (news and social) would have you believe. Go vote now.
Let’s check another state:
Just one rally: 13,759 verified voters 54.3% women 23.8% not Republican 24.4% didn’t vote in 2016
Sanford 15,852 voters 31.8% not Republicans 16.3% were Democrats 24.4% did not vote in 2016 14.4% didn’t vote in last 4 elections
Tampa 17,420 voters 19.3% not Republican 25.2% did not vote in 2016
Pensacola 18,536 signups 25.2% not Republican 31.5% did not vote in 2016
Villages 14,225 signups 19.1% not Republican 27.8% did not vote in 2016
How about Michigan?
MUSKEGON 11,842 voters match 48.7% were Republicans 36.1% did not vote in 2016
WEST SALEM 12,051 signups 56.4% not Republican 26.1% did not vote in 2016
LANSING 19,240 signups 50.9% not Republican 32.8% did not vote in 2016
JANESVILLE 13,850 voters 47.5% not Republican 24.1% didn’t vote in 2016
GOODYEAR 17,251 voters 19.5% not Republican 35.7% did not vote in 2016
BULLHEAD CITY 23,591 signups 24.0% not Republican 45.3% did not vote in 2016
Iowa and Nebraska?
OMAHA 43,651 signups 40.2% not Republican 24.3% did not vote in 2016
Everyone is watching Pennsylvania.
MARTINSBURG 11,593 signups 14.1% not Republican 21.6% did not vote in 2016
LITITZ 18,894 signups 22.2% not Republican 20.8% did not vote in 2016
ALLENTOWN 13,331 signups 23.8% not Republican 21.9% did not vote in 2016
MANCHESTER 13,263 signups 44.8% not Republican 20.4% did not vote in 2016
CIRCLEVILLE 18,949 signups 42.2% not Republican 29.7% did not vote in 2016
7. While Biden has been calling a “lid” (hiding in the basement, making behind-the-scenes deals) on rallies and news conferences, guess who has not called a lid a single day since the coronavirus arrived from China?
President Trump is receiving historical and unprecedented endorsements from their organizations and unions.
8. Comparing the start of October 2020 with campaign funds in previous elections, Obama in 2012 had $149.1M, Hillary in 2016 = $165.0M, and Trump in 2020 = $251.6M.
Not only did Trump raise record money last month, Republicans have the largest number of volunteers in history: 2.5 million volunteers (bigger than Obama ‘12).
Republicans have out-registered Democrats in six battleground states.
Throughout the nation, Trump volunteer motivation is so enormous, over 150 million voter contacts (knocking on doors “on the ground,” actually talking with people) have been made. This is an historical high.
9. Just in: The economy grew 33% under President Trump in the third quarter! That’s the fastest economic growth EVER! Weekly jobless rates hit a seven month low!
The United States has now recovered 75 percent of pandemic-losses in a single quarter. It took four times longer to recover the same share of lost economic output in the recovery from the Great Recession.
10. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout our history, God has blessed our nation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.- Psalm 33:12
After reading this, and you have already voted, then relax. If you haven’t voted, do it so you can relax.
God Bless America.
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On a flight with my children some years ago, my son was startled when the attendant announced that adults should put on their oxygen masks first, before helping their children.
“Why don’t you help the children first?” he asked.
“If I ran out of oxygen first, then I couldn’t help you with your oxygen mask,” I explained to his satisfaction.
My sister Bobbi knows the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, the hero who was flying Southwest Airlines Flight #1380 in April 2018.
Shults is from our hometown of Boerne, Texas and was once a US Navy fighter jet pilot. When shrapnel hit an engine during the intended flight from New York to Dallas, she guided the plane to a safe landing in Philadelphia.
(The lesson from this photo is to cover your mouth AND YOUR NOSE should you ever find yourself in this situation).
I’ve easily flown over 2,000 times in my lifetime, and over the years paid less attention to the preflight safety directions. (On two occasions, during storms, oxygen masks were released.) But on every flight I brought my children along, I always listened and read the instructions.
“If needed, four oxygen masks will drop from the compartment overhead. To activate the flow of oxygen, pull down on the mask until the plastic tubing is fully extended. Place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally.
“Secure the mask with the elastic strap. Although oxygen will be flowing, the plastic bag may not inflate. Continue wearing the mask until otherwise notified by a crew member. If you are traveling with children or anyone needing special assistance, put on your mask first.”
This important rule of airplane survival is a great metaphor for many people who spend their time attending to everything and everyone else except themselves.
Just as we must give a tug on the cord to start the flow of oxygen, as our source for life, it’s important to keep connected to God through constant prayer.
He is the source of my strength and peace. A strong prayer life is not just speaking to God but listening to Him by prayerfully reading the Bible. The tugging of our fervent, effectual prayers will avail much.
For the mask to work, you have to put the mask’s cup over both your mouth and nose. If you leave your nose out of the mask, you won’t be getting enough oxygen because the nose is actually the main pathway to the lungs.
In my heart, it’s the same for God. We have to be “all in” and be covered completely as our only source for life-giving breath.
We can’t hold back on certain parts of our lives as “our own.” We have to surrender everything, or we will be leaving parts of ourselves vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.
It’s easy to not pay attention to the airline safety warnings. It’s also natural for some to get wrapped up in our own troubles and drama, that we forget others are suffering and could use our help. By focusing our eyes on Christ and staying connected to God in prayer, we can take that peace and strength He gives and turn our focus outward instead of inward.
The inevitable results of not taking care of yourself first is stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, burnout, and fatigue. Does this sound familiar?
A firefighter can’t go into a blazing building without the correct equipment. He would soon turn into a detriment and require rescue too. Chemical suits are used to protect against biological and chemical agents. You’re a target for contamination if you don’t take care of yourself first.
Here are some ways to “put your oxygen mask on first” by:
Go on a stress reducing walk.
Take a nap and get plenty of rest.
Make a list of what you are grateful for.
Making sure your meal is balanced with at least half veggies and fruit.
Schedule a physical exam.
Read something enjoyable to escape.
Listen to uplifting music.
Write in your journal.
Go see a comedy. Laugh.
Try something totally new.
Dance in front of the mirror.
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Elvis Presley, is arguably the most famous and recognizable entertainer in history. From music, movies and memorabilia his lifetime earnings were $4.3 billion–worth $19 billion today. His earnings since his death on August 16, 1977 far exceed that.
Many of today’s celebrities could learn a thing or two from Elvis, especially when it comes to earning money, keeping fans, and staying out of politics.
One of the most familiar video clips of an Elvis news conference was on June 9, 1972. Elvis was sitting with his father Vernon Presley to talk about his upcoming Madison Square Garden concerts in New York.
He was asked a question concerning the Vietnam War.
Question: “You were in the Army and were drafted. What is your opinion of war protesters? And would you today refuse to be drafted?”
Elvis: “Honey, I’d just soon to keep my own personal views about that to myself. Cause I’m just an entertainer and I’d rather not say.”
Privately, especially as he matured and read more, he became more focused on politics and current events. (He was way too busy and on the road constantly trying to build a career in the first years. Plus, for those of us who know about what McCarthyism did to Hollywood and entertainment careers, you understand why he said little publically).
Elvis Earns More Today Than Most Entertainers Do In Their Lifetimes
Of course, not all performers make the big dollars, but how do top entertainers compare to the “King?”
The latest accurate and comparable earnings figures are from 2019. The pandemic will obviously skew any numbers for 2020, which is not over yet.
Elvis, now deceased over 43 years, earned over $39 million in pre-tax earnings between Oct. 1, 2018, and Oct. 1, 2019.
During the same time period, he outpaced the earnings of living entertainers such as Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews, Zac Brown Band, Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, and U2.
Artists like Toby Keith ($21 million), Dierks Bentley ($20 million), and even George Strait, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill all earned between $15 million and $20 million, according to Forbes.
Elvis also beat out such movie stars as Leonardo DiCaprio ($10 million), Emily Blunt ($12.6 million), Tom Cruise ($14 million), and Ben Affleck ($11 million).
For reference, Prince and George Harrison earned $12 million and $9 million respectively.
Elvis knew that engaging publicly by expressing your political views was not wise. That goes for both sides of the aisle.
Smart celebrities know if they are interested in a career dealing with the Hollywood elite, it’s best to endorse liberals. But the price to pay is real loss of followers on media and fans at the box office.
Smart Celebrities Stay Mum
Singer Billy Joel, when asked, had a wise answer, “I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.”
Joel explained that in his mind, performers are more like “court jesters than court philosophers.”
KISS frontman Gene Simmons said, “I think celebrities should basically shut their pie holes and do what they do best — act, sing, tap dance, juggle balls, and all that kind of stuff.”
Reba McEntire offered, “I take it this way: they have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat — parking, getting something at the concession stand, go and eat before the concert — I am there to entertain them, to take their worries away from them, so when they walk out, they can kind of have a little lift in their step and go, ‘Aw, that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’ So I’m not going to give them my political views.”
“You don’t know what you’re going to say to offend people,” said comedian/actor Tim Allen. “It is really like dancing on the thinnest ice. I’ve been in the comedy world for 30 years as a comic and there’s nothing more dangerous right now for all of the comics I know, what we can and cannot say. I don’t like being told what I can and cannot say and who’s telling me what I can’t do.”
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart may be outspoken on stage, but he stays away from politics.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience … The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”
“Everybody’s not going to see things the way I want to see them. And they shouldn’t … That’s what makes us individuals. In that particular realm, I keep my opinions to myself.”
Actor Mark Wahlberg got a lot of attention in November 2016 when he said he felt strongly that celebrities should not express their political opinion.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t [publicly endorse candidates] … a lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world.”
What is critical to understand is that Elvis’ parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley started out as conservative Southern Democrats. They supported Stevenson over Eisenhower and Kennedy over Nixon.
Elvis went into the Army in 1958 and had two years to read, grow and formulate his own opinions. He loved President John F. Kennedy and was devastated about his assassination.
Like many, he supported Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson was the first president he met. He was along the lines of many Southern Democrats at the time. But things evolved.
Ronald Reagan and so many others, including my own parents through time, noticed the Democratic party changing. They switched and so did Elvis.
Memphis Mafia’s Marty Lacker told me Elvis was “usually supportive of whoever was president at the time. He was loyal and patriotic to America. It was an America First attitude with Elvis, like most of us.”
“Hey, we owned guns,” he continued. “Everyone knows Elvis loved his guns. And his badges. He loved his guns and badges and was always respectful with police. He had police friends everywhere.”
Lacker passed away a few years ago, but he told the same story as others. Elvis was a strong believer in the Second Amendment and gun rights. He respected and supported police and law enforcement.
“Elvis was very private about his political views, but was passionate about them in private with those of us and friends he could trust,” Sonny West said.
It’s interesting that West and Elvis’ most liberal Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schiling went with their friend and boss to visit Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office on December 21, 1971.
“Elvis didn’t write many letters himself, but one of his most famous is the one he wrote on airline stationary to the President when we were on our way to see him (Nixon). He liked Nixon and was loyal, but after Watergate, he felt letdown.”
Early in that letter, Elvis wrote “I talked to Vice-President Agnew in Palm Springs 3 weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc. … ”
“He liked President Carter too,” West said. “He was some kind of distant cousin to him and he even met him and Roslyn once. But he didn’t vote for him. He was a Reagan man by then. War and college protests and the way our soldiers were treated when they came home from Vietnam angered him.”
Schilling and Lacker both leaned liberal but by all accounts, even their own, Elvis was definitely conservative in the 1970s.
Elvis met future president George H. W. Bush at an awards ceremony in the early 1970’s.
According to many who were close and even Rex Humbard, Elvis was a Born Again Christian. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior before he died.
A wise old man spoke to the crowd of over 4,000 baseball coaches at the 52nd annual American Baseball Coaches Association convention.
It was the first week of January, 1996. at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Although there were clinics, presentations and good comradery, many of the attendees flew in especially to hear the veteran coach speak.
The great conference hall was filled to capacity as Augie Garrido was introduced to deliver the traditional first presentation from the previous season’s College World Series winner.
At 1 p.m., Coach John Scolinos, 78, and five years retired from Cal Poly Pomona (since 1948) 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 a home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.
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. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible.
“No,” he continued, “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,” as more of a question than an answer.
“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”
Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?” came 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!” they yelled, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”
“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a 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.’”
” … 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 schoolstoday. 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!”
That moment during the baseball convention where coaches expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, they learned something far more valuable.
The lessons from the old man with home plate strung around his neck, should be shared and ingrained in the hearts and minds of Americans today: parents, teachers, coaches, NFL/MLB/NBA commissioners and owners, and especially players ages 5 through 55.
That was 1996 and should have been fair warning for us in 2020. This year we’ve learned much about life, about ourselves, about our own weaknesses and about responsibilities of leaders.
President Donald Trump hopefully came around before it was too late. For four years he has held government, politicans and other countries accountable to that which we 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 and churches and 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.
His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”
Coach Scolinos used a 17 inch home plate for his message. Perhaps, it’s time we listen carefully to the messages from President Trump. Rather than a home plate, our 45th President uses a Bible in one hand and the United States Constitution for backup.
God Bless America.
A short list of his career highlights include:
1,198 victories — the second most of any NCAA Division II coach in history
Guided the Broncos to three NCAA titles (1976, 1980 and 1983)
A three-time NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
Named Coach of the Decade for the 1970s by the College Baseball newspaper
Selected by former USC coach Rod Dedeaux as the pitching coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball team
Coached Cal Poly Pomona to six CCAA crowns (1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1988)
Named Diamond Baseball District 8 Coach of the Year in 1985
Five-time CCAA Coach of the Year
Inducted into the American Association of Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974
Honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association with the Lefty Gomez Award, for his “outstanding contributions and distinguished service to college baseball”
The 1976 Cal Poly Pomona Professor of the Year, chosen by students, faculty and staff
Cal Poly Pomona’s baseball field named in his honor
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1976 was the Bicentennial of America and it was a big year for me.
A journalism major at Southwest Texas State University (SWT), I won statewide in reporting and columnist writing awards for news, entertainment, fine arts and humor.
My confidence was high, but being honored as Investigative Reporter of the Year Award at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Association in Tucson that April, made me feel unstoppable.
By early May, I interviewed the one and only Elvis Presley in Memphis–an incredible feat at the time. That summer I scored an interview with Clint Eastwood at the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio.
How could I follow those up?
‘Cousin’ Jerry King and George Strait
A friend of my family, Country Music DJ legend Jerry King, was able to arrange a sit down with Willie Nelson for me. I’ve known King since the days he was part of “Jerry & Ray” with Ray Smith in the early 1960s.
Smith lived on the Southside of San Antonio, around the corner on Commercial Avenue, from my childhood home on West Ansley Blvd.
Jerry and Ray would perform on our front porch, along with my Uncle Sherman Sanders, for family and neighbors. Smith passed away in 1973, I believe and King carried on with his fabled career at KKYX.
It was Jerry King who played the first song of George Strait ever aired on radio.
Nelson was at his peak.
I did my research. King was kind and helpful. I went to the now legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, where a fellow classmate and wanna-be country singer named George Strait would sometimes appear.
Strait, tired from the weekend gigs, would sit next to me in the hall outside our business class in the BAM (Business-Agriculture-Math) building.
Most of our conversations were small talk as we crammed for class, but I do remember him as a sincere and conscientious guy. Plus, he was the student who turned me on to the Cheatham Street scene.
From King and the staff at Cheatham Street, I learned two things about Nelson that might have helped me.
1. He had a sister named Bobbie. My sister is Bobbi.
2. He liked Manske Rolls, a local treat–a better and larger version of a cinnamon roll.
The Interview and Lone Star Beer
“All I can say is thank goodness for our grandparents,” Willie Nelson told me. “If it weren’t for them, I’m not too sure where Bobbie and I would be, or if even we would be.”
It was the fall of 1976. Nelson was in San Marcos, Texas for a show in conjunction with the Chilympiad, a festival and cookoff to determine winning contestants who would be graduating up to compete in the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, near Big Bend National Park.
I had seen Nelson play a few times, the first being at a touring Grand Ole Opry show at age seven, in 1963. It was in the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium. Roy Orbison, Minnie Pearl, Claude King, and Don Gibson were also there.
In 1972, Nelson joined other music and radio personalities at a Country and Western Stars versus Your Favorite DJ’s Basketball Tournament for charity at San Antonio’s McCollum High School’s gymnasium. It was there future Country and Western DJ Hall of Famer, “Cousin” Jerry King was able to help me in for my first significant high school reporting interviews.
Jana Gower, the editor for the University Star, Southwest Texas State University’s student newspaper, would interview him later that evening. Although her interview would be much longer, as managing editor it was okay by me, because I had scored (with Jerry King’s help) some quality time with him that early afternoon at Gil’s Broiler on LBJ Drive.
We sat in the far back booth of the narrow restaurant, him with his back to the front counter and door. It’s hard to fathom that at this point in life, Nelson was already 43, a year more than what Elvis Presley would be just 11 months later, the year of his death.
Nelson wiped the crumbs of a Manske Roll from his famous mouth and began talking about his paternal grandparents. Not long after his birth on April 29, 1933, Nelson’s mother, Myrle Marie Greenhaw-Nelson, died. His father, Ira Doyle Nelson, a mechanic, remarried and moved away. Nelson and his sister Bobbie moved in with their grandparents.
Willie and Bobbie were taught music and sang gospel songs in their local church in Abbott, Texas.
“My Grandpa, William, was a blacksmith, and he bought me this guitar, you see, and showed me a few chords,” Nelson grinned. “I was six.”
By the next year, he wrote his first song and by age ten, Willie was playing guitar with a local band called Bohemian Polka. He became their lead vocalist by high school and enjoyed singing the music of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Lefty Frizzell.
He joined the Air Force in 1950 but was discharged because of back problems. Nelson went to Waco and studied at Baylor University for a couple of years but continued to be drawn to country music.
“Yeah, I knew I needed to be in the music business by then,” Nelson said. “I cut my teeth deejayin’ here and there (in Texas), but started out with Dr. (Ben) Parker, there at KBOP down in Pleasanton, and moved out to Vancouver (Washington) for a spell. That’s when my writing started to take off.”
“In the late 50s, while Elvis was joining the Army, I moved back to (Houston) Texas to join D Records,” Nelson explained. “That was pretty much a worthwhile time for writing songs and then I decided to go up to Nashville.”
During this period in Houston, Nelson penned classic country hits like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Night Life,” “Mr. Record Man,” and “The Party’s Over” which were recorded by artists such as Patsy Cline, Faron Young and Ray Price.
He joined Price’s band as a bass player in 1960 while living in Nashville and by 1962, Nelson recorded his first album.
“Well, that album helped me out and I have to say I was proud to get a contract with the same label as Elvis, with RCA (Victor in 1964), and was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry,” Nelson recalled. “I eventually came back here (to central Texas), we started this July 4th Picnics (in 1973), and the rest is history.”
That history includes 1973’s Shotgun Willie, 1975’s Red Headed Stranger, 1978’s Stardust and 1980’s Honeysuckle Rose. He evolved into one of the founders of what was called “Outlaw Country,” to buck the Nashville system, with friends like Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. Along the way he recorded mega-hits such as “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” and “Pancho & Lefty.” Cash, Jennings, Kristofferson and Nelson became The Highwaymen.
When I asked what plans he had “going on now,” he grinned.
“I’m kind of doing what Lone Star Beer is doing. I’m marketing myself to the college crowds, people like you.”
“We call it the ‘Youth Market,’ so I’m informally sort of teaming up with them (Lone Star) and they make sure I have plenty of beer.”
I thought he was joking with me, but later noticed during his show, he raised a can of what would eventually be known as “The National Beer of Texas.”
“Cheers,” he winked, and took a big swallow. His entire band had Lone Stars lined up.
On the Road Again
Jennings and Nelson ended the 1970s with giants hits “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Good Hearted Woman,” and began the 1980s with “On the Road Again,” and “You Were Always On My Mind.”
Willie Nelson became a bona fide movie star in 1979 with the success of The Electric Horseman, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He starred in Honeysuckle Rose with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving in 1980. This led to roles in Thief, Barbarosa, Wag the Dog, and Stagecoach.
In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.
On April 9, 2015, Nelson twittered that he “just completed filming Waiting For The Miracle to Come with Sophie Lowe. She’s an amazing talent.” On May 5, 2015, Willie Nelson’s autobiographical book, “It’s a Long Story,” was released.
Today, he has been restless like most of the world dealing with the pandemic and anxious to be on the road again. His album, “First Rose of Spring,” was released during the peak of summer but he was unable to tour and promote it as usual. Concerts in Alabama, Kansas, New Jersey, Indiana and Oklahoma were postponed.
In September, he took his Farm Aid 2020 to SiriusXM on “Willie’s Roadhouse” for a virtual concert. John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and others joined in.
The Orpheum Theater in Memphis is set to host him on November 22, 2020. Other dates on the schedule include Abilene, Texas-March 19, 2021; New Buffalo, Mississippi-April 23, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky-April 21,2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 26, 2021; Nashville, Indiana-April 28,2021; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-August 5,2021; Brookings, South Dakota-August 11,2021; and back to Texas in Arlington-August 21 and New Braunfels-October 8 & 9, 2021.
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