Why I Hate Gillette Razor Blades

When I was a little boy, sometimes I would wonder into the bathroom while my father was shaving.  There he was in his jockey shorts, standing in front of the mirror with a straight razor in his hand and he would hone that blade against a leather strap, churn the soap in the mug, and slosh it on his face, and then stretch out his face with his left hand and carefully glide the razor down the side of his face, perfectly with his right.  Wow! For a kid that was exciting.

 

Then came the day when instead of the straight razor he had something new, a little silver handle, which he turned, and the top opened up and inside he inserted a two-sided blade.  A Gillette Blue Blade! This was even more exciting to a 5 year old, because the leather strap became useless, after all it was used for more than just shaving!

 

Anyway, the point is, when I started shaving, probably 12 or 13 years old, I always used Gillette, because my father did, it was a right of passage, it was tradition.  So for about 60 years I was a Gillette customer. 

 

I remember sitting with my father in the living room watching the Friday Night Fights on TV, sponsored by who else?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=C6cyy_rziuk

 

“Look Sharp, Feel Sharp, Be Sharp!”

 

It was about being a man, and for me growing up to be a man.

 

Then much later in my career, I remember, when doing business news on TV, I would talk with financial experts, and occasionally they would mention Gillette as a company, that for some reason, was able to command extraordinary high prices for a product as simple as razor blades. Probably taking advantage of its long tradition of being a man’s product, incorporating its connection to sports, boxing, baseball and football. And in time, through changes in ownership, now owned by Proctor and Gamble, young managers, and young Public Relations people, they lost sight of what it meant to guys like me to shave with the same razor blades my father used.

 

So one day, I’m at Target, needing blades, and there were the Gillette blades sitting next to “Harry’s” blades.  Gillette – 40 bucks, Harry’s 9 bucks!  That was a couple of years ago, I’ve been using Harry’s ever since.   My thoughts were, Gillette in my opinion, killed the goose that laid the golden egg. 

 

And, of course, Gillette has been suffering ever since, slashing prices and trying to come up with new marketing plans.  One was a focus on the Gillette workers, and how dedicated they are to their jobs.

 

 

Now comes the new Ad campaign from Gillette and it has got a lot of people ticked off!  From GQ Magazine: 

 

Men Are Mad Online Because of a New Gillette Commercial

 https://www.gq.com/story/gillette-commercial-preposterous-backlash 

Piers Morgan recently tweeted,  “Let's be clear: @gillette now wants every man to take one of their razors & cut off his testicles.”

 

It sounds like Proctor and Gamble, owners of the Gillette company have hired a liberal Public Relations firm, and are participating in the feminization of the American Male.

 

Well, I don’t buy razor blades to support social issues, there are other ways of doing that.  I buy razor blades because they give me a clean shave at a reasonable price.  Please Henrys stick to what you’re doing, forget the social crusading.  Good bye Gillette, I will never buy any of your products again!

 

Golden Globes - Who Cares?

I was in the gym doing cardio and I noticed all the TV’s were on the national morning shows not the locals. I wonder why.

 

Anyway, they all spent un-Godly amounts of time covering the Golden Globe Awards.  Why?  Who cares? 

 

These awards shows are for industry insiders.  It’s a time for the actors and others to pat themselves on the back for the “wonderful, magnificent” jobs they did amongst themselves. (Did I just say that?)  

 

Thanking the crews, the writers, cameramen, producers whomever.  All this self-aggrandizement, this inflated egocentric existence is within their own business.  But you know what I think, that’s ok, as long as they keep it within their industry.  It has nothing to do with us. These shows should be closed circuit, broadcast to their own people, not to the public. 

 

So why does the media care?  What about an awards show for the best teachers, or firefighters, or police officers?  You know what?  They do have their own ceremonies, but they’re not on TV. 

 

It’s the media’s fascination to attract the frivolous, unnecessary, glamour crap that they think attracts an audience.  

 

Well, here’s the headline from Entertainment’s web site the morning after:

Golden Globes ratings lowest in years!

"The Green Thing" We didn't have it when I was growing up.

 A friend emailed this to me today.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

 

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." 

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

 

The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to  explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

 

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. 

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
 

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
 

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
 

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
  

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
 

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off...
     

 

How I Lost 25 Pounds in 6 Months!

HOW I LOST 25 POUNDS IN SIX MONTHS!

 

There’s an old story about going to the gym in January.  It goes like this: 

              “I walked into the gym right after New Year’s Day, and I was shocked to see it was crowded! I asked the manager at the desk why. And he responded, “Oh don’t worry, every January a bunch of people make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get in shape and they crowd the place.  Most of them will drop out around the middle of February and then we will be back to normal with our regulars.”

 

I suspect, well actually I know, that most people believe that they can do some cardio on the treadmill or elliptical trainer and the weight will fall off.

 

Recently I noticed one middle aged gentleman in my gym, who has an enormous midsection spending all his time on the cable machine doing side bends.  The entire time I was in the gym, one hour, he spent that time doing side bends thinking that will take the weight off.  Each time I thought, I can get that weight off in just a couple of months, just stop eating so much!  In fact, I know if he restricted his calories to about 1500 a day, he would lose most of his big gut!  But he slogs on and on with no results and will probably drop out soon.

 

Did you ever see that exercise equipment company’s commercial where a well-built young man says, “Just 20 minutes a day, three days a week on this machine and ‘eat right’ and you can have a body like mine?”

Well, the fact is, it’s the ‘eating right’ that makes the difference not the machine!  Most experts agree that your diet is about 80% - 85% of your success in your physical condition.

 

When I anchored the morning show on channel 10 in Phoenix, Arizona, there came a time when I just absolutely thought I had to get my eating under control. I’m one of those types of people who need a program, a system to follow.  My weight was up to 165 pounds! That’s 25 pounds over-weight! So I tried a plan and I got my weight down to 139! That’s a loss of 26 pounds in about 5 months.

 

I got on NutriSystem. I want you know that I don’t get paid from the company, at all, I just want you to know what worked for me.  While I was employed at the tv station, I was prohibited from mentioning any commercial product I was using.  If I ever hinted at anything like that, the managers would have conniptions!

 

Here’s how it happened:

 

We were on a cruise in the Caribbean, having dinner with an Italian couple from New York State and I mentioned that after the cruise I would have to go on a diet. The lady said, “Try NutriSystem.” I said, “What’s the food like, is it any good?” “Oh my God it is terrific!” She replied.  Hey she’s Italian, she knows what good food is!

 

So I ordered the system off their web-site, it cost me about $300.00 a month.  And I just ate the food!

Omelets for breakfast, cookies for snacks, hamburgers or chicken sandwiches for lunch, ravioli and lasagna for dinner, ice cream sandwiches for evening snacks.  I lost 26 pounds!   I was never more than 3 hours away from food.  (with the exception of sleeping, of course.)

 

I also went to the gym 3 or 4 days a week and did 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training. Which I can tell you about later.

 

Oh, by the way, Marie Osmond was a guest on our show one morning, and the first thing she said to me was, “How much weight have you lost on NutriSystem?” I said, “26 pounds!”  (I think I heard one of the TV executives screaming throwing himself out the window!)

 

The reason this plan works, and as I suspect Jenny Craig and The South Beach Diet and others, is they control the amount of calories you eat every day. Weight Watchers too, but you have to be true to yourself as to how much food you really are eating.

 

So now, I’m retired and I have since left NutriSystem. (I no-longer need to be real skinny to look normal on TV!)  and using a free plan by Under Armour.  It’s called My Fitness Pal.

 

“MyFitnesspal” ( https://www.myfitnesspal.com/ ) is a smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise.  Simple to use.  Download the app, and log your food and exercise.  Want a Big Mac for lunch?  Enter in Big Mac and find out how many calories you’re having and adjust the rest of the day’s calories accordingly. (I like this plan more than NutriSystem because I get to go to Joe and Myra Aiello’s restaurant and eat what I want and still keep track of my calories.)

 

So what’s really important here is the amount of calories you’re eating every day compared to the amount of calories you are burning every day. (Myfitnesspal does that for you, it subtracts the calories you burned versus what you ate and keeps you on track, and every now and then you’ll get a coupon for 40 % off your next UnderArmour purchase when you hit your goals! Pretty cool!)

 

This calorie in and burning calories out thing hasn’t changed since God created Adam and Eve.  You just have to get on a plan, or use a system that helps you to keep track of it all.

 

So let’s see, this morning for breakfast I had Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal, with some raisins and a banana.  278 calories, 1,222 left to eat today if I don’t work out, or if I do work out: 1700 calories to go! I might get that Big Mac, or Joe Aiello’s Meatballs!

Lost Words From Our Childhood

A friend emailed this to me today.
 

 

Lost Words from our childhood:

 

Mergatroyd!...
Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd!

 

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old.... But not that old.

 

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

 

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.
These phrases included: Don't touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.

 

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right.

 

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

 

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

 

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.

 

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.

 

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!” Or, “This is a fine kettle of fish!” We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

 

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind.  We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone?

 

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

 

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.  This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

 

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.  It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.

 

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...

 

See ya later, alligator! Oki-doki

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE 40’S AND FABULOUS 50'S..NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN...WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS: LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE “GREATEST GENERATION!”

The Other Day I Saw An Amazing Football Game!


 

The other day I saw an amazing football game:

 

1) The player's hair fit under their helmets.

2) No tattoos could be seen.

3) There were no outlandish end zone celebrations.

4) There was no taunting.

5) Opposition players helped each other up after a play.

6) Footballs were not spiked or left for the referee to retrieve; they were handed to the referee.

7) No one took a knee on the sidelines.

8) Players stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem.

9) It's great to watch an Army - Navy game. 

 

 

And they are willing to die for each other as well as the rest of the nation !

WHO I ENDORSE FOR U.S. SENATE IN ARIZONA (and read on, who I'm endorsing for Governor!)

So Ruth and I were walking through a parking ramp yesterday morning, and a stranger came up to me and asked if I was a veteran.  Turns out he was a US Navy Corpsman now serving in the Air National Guard. I told him I served as a Medic in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command.  So we reminisced about our service to our country.

 

And it got me to thinking, you know, to serve your country in uniform, in the military, you have to take an oath that you will protect our country and the Constitution of the United States of America  - with your life!

 

I never saw combat, but Martha McSally did.  She took the oath to protect our country and went into combat in harm’s way, putting her life in danger to protect us, fighting the Taliban.  Now let me ask you a question, would Kristin Sinema do that?  Hell no, she advocated joining the Taliban to fight us!  Do you want a person like that, in the US Senate representing Arizona?

 

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods announces he wants to run for the US Senate for the late John McCain’s seat in 2020, as a Democrat.  Then he appears in a commercial saying he’s a Republican endorsing Democrat Kristin Sinema!  Lies, hypocrisy and deceit. I can only conclude that they think we’re all, well, just stupid.

 

 

I never met her, I never even talked to anyone connected to her campaign or the Republican Party for that matter, but I want you to know, I not only support Martha McSally, I already voted for her!

 

I hope you will too and do what I did, and vote for a Military Hero, the first woman ever to fly a fighter jet in a combat mission, a woman who put her life in harm’s way to defend our country.  She represents everything that has made America Great, as an Air Force Veteran I’m so proud of her:  Martha McSally stands for law and order, strong military, defending our boarders, and the very strong, historic economic expansion under President Donald Trump.

 

Martha McSally for U.S. Senate.  Yes!

AND FOR GOVERNOR!!

When I was the Editor of Business and Economics News at Channel 10, one day I was doing a story about a single mother who started a hairdressing business in South Phoenix.  She was a minority and was hoping to get a small business loan to expand her business.

 

I asked her in the interview, “how do you plan to expand?”  She said, she wanted to have enough money to add some chairs in the shop and hire more employees.

 

When I left, my photographer shooting the story with me said, “So that’s how it works?”  I said, “what do you mean?”  “That’s where jobs come from?” 

 

You see, he went to college, studied journalism, and started working, yet he was never taught in college how jobs are created.

 

90% of jobs in our country are created by small business owners, entrepreneurs who put it all out on the line, sacrificing what little capitol they have, at the risk of losing it all, to create something.

 

Doug Ducey, the Governor of Arizona did just that.  He took a small business and developed it to a national employer with over 1400 locations, thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.  He is a job creator, not a liberal, college professor, backed by one of the largest democratic lobbying organizations in the US. 

 

Since Ducey became governor, Arizona has added about 300,000 new jobs and over 300 companies have moved here. Workers are taking home bigger paychecks and unemployment is the lowest in a decade.

 

He’s a law and order governor.  He created the Border Strike Force cracking down on drug cartels and human traffickers. And he has the state investing in education - $2.7 billion added to K-12 public schools since 2015 and teachers across Arizona are receiving double digit raises.

 

He gets results where it counts. 

 

Not only do I support him, I already voted for him and I hope you do too!

What Ticks Me Off About Hurricane Florence

You ever watch HGTV?  Ruth and I stopped watching the channel, because after a while it was all the same…”open concept….hardwood floors, backsplash in the kitchen…it got kind of boring.

 

But what really ticked me off was the promotion of living along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean!  You know, “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” and other similar shows. Now I understand a lot of people live where they live because they have to.  It’s where they were raised, they have a job there, their family is there etc.  But choosing to live there because of a lifestyle they desire is another thing.

 

You see I studied meteorology about 30 years ago to become a “Broadcast Meteorologist” on channel 10 here in Phoenix, AZ and one thing that always stuck in my mind is the concern of the meteorology and climatology community was and is the proliferation of development along these shores. NOAA and other concerns have warned repeatedly its dangerous to build homes, communities in these areas because of the storm tracks of these devastating tropical storms. 

 

But there’s more to it than the danger. See this op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal  at:   https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-is-rich-so-storms-are-worse-1536962988?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

 

Holman W. Jenkins writes quoting Bob Sheets, then-head of the National Hurricane Center, said after Hurricane Frederic: “It was like an urban renewal program out there.”

 

He goes on to report, “AIR Worldwide put it in 2015, not climate change but “the growing number and value of coastal properties is the largest factor impacting hurricane risk today.” A whopping $17 trillion in property now exists inside the U.S. storm-surge zone!”

 

So I’m wondering why should taxpayers support the life style choices of people who choose to live on the coasts?

 

Back in 1989 when I was graduating with my Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University, I remember reading about the dangers of development of these coastal communities. 

 

Meanwhile places like New Orleans needed protection from hurricanes and nothing was done. Before Hurricane Katrina, warnings about its vulnerability to hurricanes were made at least 40 years before.  

I lived in Puerto Rico in the ‘70’s and I know the island, although a territory of the U.S. is mostly poor and in need of shoring up its infrastructure against tropical storms, but nothing.   People that live in these areas have no choice it’s their home.  They have to live there.

 

Yet billions of dollars will go to clean up the damage of these lifestyle communities where there should not be any development at all.  Could all of this have been prevented?

GREAT ANALYSIS OF DONALD TRUMP

 

Subject: Great Analysis of Donald Trump

 

Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican.  He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:

Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' 

 

By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.


Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?


We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?


And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. 
Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer. 

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

 

HOW TO FIGHT BACK!!

 

HOW TO FIGHT BACK!!

 

So many people have asked me on social media, “what can we do to fight back against the unethical, immoral mainstream media, or other institutions that threaten our freedoms.

Well here’s one thing I know, and I know that I know, from being in the Broadcast/Advertising business for over 50 years.  Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

 

Here’s an example, when the C.E.O. of Dick’s Sporting Goods Edward Stack announced the stores would no longer sell ‘Assault (style) Rifles,’ because of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, I thought, “this man is not a logical thinker, how can he be a CEO of a large company?

What the hell is an Assault (style) Rifle anyway, a rifle with a fancy pistol grip, or adjustable stock, or camouflage finish?”

 

My family and I loved Dick’s Sporting Goods, we would go in and spend hundreds of dollars frequently, but since that announcement, we haven’t been in a Dick’s Sporting Goods since. (We now go to “Big 5 Sporting Goods.”)

 

And here are the headlines in today’s news: 

·      “Dick's Sporting Goods:  Gun policy change, Under Armour to blame for weak results”  ..Fox Business Channel

·      “Dick’s Says Under Armour, New Gun-Sales Policy Dragged on Results”..Wall Street Journal

·      “Dick’s Sporting Goods Sales Sink After Gun Policy”  …National Review

·      “Gun Policy, Under Armour weakness hit Dick’s Sporting Sales” ..Reuters

 

Dick’s business is down 4% since their CEO made his anti-gun announcement.  The weaker-than-expected results bucked a trend in the retail sector, which largely has benefited from a surge in consumer spending fueled by a booming economy according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Yes, Dick’s Sporting Goods is blaming its loss in sales on Kohl’s Department Stores because Kohl’s sells Under Armour Sporstwear.  Yea sure, that’s it!

 

This is the power that every individual in our country has, if you don’t agree with these socialistic zealots, whether they be big media companies, coffee shops or sporting goods stores, or whatever, don’t watch, don’t go there, don’t buy their products.

 

And if you really want to do something really powerful, fire off an e-mail, or even a snail mail, and tell them, you will never step into their store again, you’ll never watch, and you are informing their advertisers and their suppliers (like Under Armour) that you will never buy their products again in that store!

 

You think CNN is untruthful?  Of course, they are the only news outlet that is saying Dick’s Sporting Goods loss in business is not because of its gun sales policy. Here’s their headline: “

“Dick's Sporting Goods' rough quarter had nothing to do with guns.”  That’s a lie and you know it.  Who wrote that do you think?  Some 25 year old graduate of a liberal journalism school probably. So what do you do?  Contact one or two of their advertisers and tell them you will not buy their product any longer until they stop advertising on an unethical network! This is powerful!

 

I can’t tell you how many times in my broadcast career, I was called into the boss’s office because I might have offended an advertiser. 

 

Remember my very first chapter in my book:  “It Just Wasn’t Perfect for Me,”  I found out in my very first broadcasting job, the advertiser comes first! You walking into that store, or watching that program comes first with the advertiser!