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Thursday night’s preseason NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers displayed a new trend in advertising…

The onfield ad!!!

That’s right, as if NFL fans were not already bombarded with terrible ads during game broadcasts, it is about to get worse. The ads were displayed on the field in the Red Zone (area between the 20 yard line and end zone). The ads were for a local Toyota dealership and will only be shown during the preseason.

Still, this could be a harbinger of things to come. Ads, ads, everywhere. So, get your visene ready sports fans because here come the ads…

Red Zone ad

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Merry Christmas

Posted: December 25, 2012 in Merry Christmas, Op-Ed
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Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Natal! Feliz Navidad!

Displaying how I know how to say “Merry Christmas” in four languages. Alright, maybe I am showing off but it’s the Holiday Season. It is a day to be happy and promote peace (at least for a day).

Recent events though have made this season painful. First, there was Hurricane Sandy which devastated parts of the Northeast. Then there was the tragedy in Connecticut where a psychopath walked into a school and killed 20 children. How can these events have happened?

It is so important this year for people to remember those who are in pain. The Holidays can bring out so much unhappiness in contrast to the joy experienced by others. In the spirit of the season, we should help those who are suffering in whatever capacity that we can.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving but many of us forget this fact to focus on ourselves. With all the information and garbage that the World Wide Web brings us, it is no wonder folks forget about things like the Golden Rule (remember that?) and just plain decency.

With today’s media, one can not say “God” in public or “Merry Christmas” without offending some atheist who feels that they are being discriminated against. Atheists say that they are tolerant but if one were to see their actions they are not. Perhaps, this has led to the moral decay in this country. People have been forced to take God out of their lives only to be replaced by reality television, violent video games, other mindless television programs, and the list goes on and on.

In my own experience, I kept God out of my life for my own selfish reasons. And you know what? My life was not that great. I was selfish and could care less about others never mind the rest of the world. I was miserable and worst of all I was making the people that I love miserable as well. Now that was selfish, they did not deserve this.

It was not until that I let God back into my life that I started to see some improvement. The feelings of compassion and caring came back to me. Also, I did not feel spiritually empty any longer. I felt that I had some guidance or some sort of path to follow.

Now, I am not trying to push an agenda on anyone here. This is my own personal experience which I just felt like sharing. We all need to find our own happiness.

The point is people should not be intimidated into not being able to say “Merry Christmas” or “God, bless you” for fear of not being politically correct. Let’s face it most atheists and so-called progressives are probably the most politically incorrect people out there.

But don’t tell them that.

Anyway, I digress. Remember this Holiday Season to remember those who are suffering in your prayers and actions. God bless and have a Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Amazing…

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Op-Ed
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It just ceases to amaze me how dishonest people can be. Especially, with it being the Christmas season. I suspect someone of taking something without my consent and this infuriates me.

The suspect in this case is someone whom I have always given the benefit of the doubt even when others have told me that I am crazy. Now I am beginning to think that maybe I am.

Christmas to me always seemed to be a time of “peace on earth and goodwill towards men”. Maybe, I have been too naive about the true nature of some people.

The most important thing though is that I need to look beyond this and not let it ruin my holiday spirit. Karma will take care of this person.

To everyone else… Merry Christmas!!!

There was an article in The Boston Globe today about a 21 year-old kid who killed two passengers in his car while he DUI. This is a tragedy since the two victims were both high school students.

What makes this maddening is that this was not the first time this guy had been charged with drunk driving. So, any logical person would think that his license would be revoked. But in Massachusetts you can get your license back if you take a class on safe driving and pass a test. Come on now!

The article made this person out to be the victim. Newsflash: he was not! His irresponsible behavior resulted in death.

There was a large turn out at his hearing of his friends and family. It is important to have as much support in a situation as this as possible. However, do not make excuses for bad behavior which one his relatives did by stating that the suspect “must have been coerced” into driving.

B.S.

What if were a gun? What if were a needle?

When will people take responsibility? This country has turned into a place of victims. No matter how irresponsible one is, they are still a victim.

Well what about those two young ladies who perished? They are the real victims here not someone who showed extremely poor judgement in their actions.

That is why this whole incident was ridiculous and could have been avoided.

Easter Sunday

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Op-Ed
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Happy Easter, everybody! That day of the year that we celebrate egg-laying bunnies. Some even celebrate some guy rising from the dead some 2,000 years ago.

So, Easter has more than one meaning. For me, it is another Sunday to kick back and relax. I stopped chasing egg-laying bunnies years ago and the dead guy… I nixed him as well.

I am not disrespecting anyone else from their Easter celebration. Children enjoy Easter egg painting and chocolate (this was my favorite). I think this is wonderful because kids deserve to have some fun memories before they become adults.

One day perhaps my feelings towards Easter will change. Until then I will enjoy my Sunday off.

R.I.P. George Carlin

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Op-Ed

Yes, he did die almost three years ago but George Carlin’s comedy and message still resonates. I was a long time fan of his going back many years. The father of one of my best friend’s growing up had an extensive collection of George Carlin concerts on vinyl! This was funny considering that his dad went to church every Sunday and did not appear to be the kind of Carlin devotee one would expect.

I got to thinking about George again when my wife found some of his standup bits on Youtube. It was certainly a treat to see all of his great work. What was best about the man was all of the topics that he covered whether it be mundane or today’s political atmosphere. Love him or hate him, he was what he was and if you did not like…

FUCK YOU!

George Carlin espoused many of the sentiments that most people are too afraid to bring up themselves. One of the topics that he spoke about was how normal everyday Americans are getting screwed by a government that does not care about them and how “the game is fixed and that the real ‘owners’ of the country do not want you in their club” [sic].

People should take a page out his book and not be so duped by the government or what they see on television because let’s face it someone does own those stations and those “owners” do have an agenda. “Fair & Balanced” my ass.

We need to be independent thinkers and come up with our own opinions. Do not be told what to think by your local politicians or preachers because they do not know you or your circumstances, they never will in most cases. People need to be free and not be afraid to question.

George Carlin questioned everything, why not you?

He may not be on stage anymore but sites like Youtube and his books (Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty) keep his spirit alive to challenge what you think or believe. If we believe in free will then maybe we should all actually follow this and be duped into believing that buying the latest fashion or consuming booze or alcohol will solve or problems. They don’t!

When we become free thinkers and start to let the powers-that-be know that we know we are getting screwed, then perhaps they will start to listen. Unfortunately, this has not happened (sorry, Tea Baggers).

So, thanks again George Carlin for resurrecting this thinker and also for the laughs.