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A New Low in American Pop Culture

The 2020 Superbowl half-time show is an exercise in depravity

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The forthcoming Superbowl half-time show will exhibit the bottomless pit of American pop culture. The National Football League (NFL) has succumbed to gutter music by booking Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. Many wokesters and jubilant progressives regard this news as a landmark event highlighting aspects of black culture. However, is this even remotely the case?

Collectively, these individuals have racked up long rap sheets, including weapons charges, domestic violence charges, felony drug possession, assault charges, street gang activity, and racketeering, and have been accused of murder, attempted murder, and mayhem.

Their works are laced with words such as bitc*, pimp, motherf*****, ho, and the N-word in its various forms, but you can bet the prime time versions will be sanitized or said so fast that the typical viewer won’t know what was said.

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Far From a Great Moment

When did rhymes which highlight violence, greed, hate, bullying, narcissism, and hedonism take center stage in the American music scene? When did the NFL shift from its previous standard of conservatism and family? “The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dre proclaimed. The ensemble half-time show will be an “unforgettable cultural moment.”

It might well be an unforgettable ‘cultural’ moment, but it is not an admirable moment for the National Football League or the United States of America. Even with the introduction of deaf rappers, the show is an unmistakable sign of social and cultural rot; the triumph of depravity.

Actually, the NFL long ago caved to the Left. Still, the situation is heartbreaking as 7, 8, and 9 year-olds across America and around the world will be watching. One can only imagine the long term impact on children and on society of having such garbage socially sanctioned by one of the nation’s most prominent institutions, and on display to the world’s largest TV viewing audience.

The Sordid Effects

Rap has a pronounced ill effect on children who listen to it. Consider the findings published in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “The effect that popular music has on children’s and adolescents’ behavior and emotions is of paramount concern.”

“Lyrics have become more explicit in their references to drugs, sex, and violence over the years, particularly in certain genres… exposure to violence, sexual messages, sexual stereotypes, and use of substances of abuse in music videos might produce significant changes in behaviors and attitudes of young viewers.”

Here’s the message for parents: it is rational to believe that listening to rap ‘music’ will increase a youngster’s propensity to engage in violence or at least desensitize him to the effects of violence. As parents, can we allow this to happen to our kids? Why let an industry that does this to our children continue to flourish?

Hum that Tune?

Consider your own adolescent and teen age years. Many people can associate songs with a boyfriend or girlfriend from decades ago. They can remember what they were doing at the time a song was popular. Now imagine listening to lyrics laced with profanity, or that glorify misogyny or violence.

What level of viciousness is necessary to write, record, produce, and distribute such products? Beyond being crude, vulgar, and non-melodious, rap doesn’t help engender memories.

When you were in grade school, high school, or college, the tunes you listened to served as memory hooks – emotional markers that highlighted the times of your life. You likely can recall a favorite song, if not several, from your school years, recite the verses, and engender distant, pleasant recollections. Tuneful, melodic songs can evoke powerful memories.

What will today’s kids have to recall, musically, as they proceed through the decades ahead? Clever, lowbred lines from DaBaby, Polo G, or Lil Uzi Vert? Will anybody hum those tunes? Will such tunes play at anyone’s wedding?

Bereft and Barren

Are two friends, who meet in 30 or 40 years hence, going to reminisce over a rap ‘song’? Are the clamorous, pounding, obnoxious verses going to invoke memories worth carrying to the end of one’s days?

Make no mistake, the NFL is legitimizing lyrical pornography, shoving it at us and essentially saying, we’re hip, we’re cool, we’re progressive, and you should be too.

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America Needs a Reboot

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There is a sign outside of Needville Feed that reads: “Has anyone tried unplugging the United States and plugging it back in?” Let the painful laughter ensue! It’s confession time. How many times have you been unable to figure things out on your computer and just decided to start over by rebooting in hopes of a new beginning. Sure, no one wants to lose the current good work, so you save what you can and hope for the best.

But America does need a reboot? Something is not right with America today. Some are working to get the 34 states needed to convene a National Constitutional Convention. Others are clamoring for term limits for all politicians. Unfortunately, every radical answer unleashes radical fears that such plans could create more problems than viable solutions. We seem stuck in stupid!

They want clean energy with wind and solar while they work to shut down natural gas and nuclear energy, two clean energy sources. Due to our clean energy efforts, our coal and oil resources are cleanest in the world. But they want to buy oil from questionable countries while limiting production here. Does it make sense to move from energy independence to energy dependence before we have proven clean energy alternatives that can supply the energy we need? Of course not! We’re stuck on stupid. Time to reboot expanded energy options to reclaim energy independence!

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How can you have true freedom of speech and not occasionally offend someone along the way? The answer to hateful or offensive speech, is more speech and thicker skin. People throw around the term “snowflakes” for people who want freedom for themselves but can’t handle that freedom for those who would attack their own views. Freedom is messy. Freedom is loud. Let people say what they want and experience the consequences for their comments. If you offend enough people, don’t expect to win many votes or popularity polls! It’s time to reboot freedom of speech for all!

I always thought that government was established to protect their citizens from enemies and from criminals. Why are people buying guns? Citizens want weapons to protect themselves. They are seeing far too many criminals let go without being prosecuted or punished. Government wants to take guns away from citizens, and everyone knows that criminals will keep theirs! In America today, crime seems to pay pretty well for the growing number of flash mobs, carjackers, and rioters taking what they want! Few big city DAs are doing their jobs. If you riot in the streets, rob small businesses, and attack bystanders, you should go to jail and serve time! We’re stuck on stupid! It’s time to unplug and reboot America’s law and order program!

Immigration has made America a better country, a melting pot of people who value freedom and the opportunity to earn their own dream. But people playing by the rules to immigrate to America keep waiting and never get the welcome illegal aliens receive by just crashing our Southern borders. By not having a secure border, we are advertising for more illegals to come. The Biden administration will provide transportation, let you have benefits, and work to get you housing and an eventual path to citizenship. Why immigrate legally, when doing so illegally works so well? Time to reboot. Time to finish the wall and secure our Southern border!

Martin Luther King, Jr. paid the price and rallied the country around a dream that one’s character would mean more than the color of a one’s skin. And yet today, calls for racism are encouraged. To many, you’re celebrated for saying that all whites are racist. Many blacks call for special reparations for the racism of a distant past. There is one sure result of such calls for special racial treatment-renewed racism! Reverend King would have surely affirmed that “All God’s children matter!” Under democratic leadership, America is backsliding into more racial animus. It’s time for a reboot. It’s time to reaffirm that “All men are created equal” is a value and a promise worth fighting for.

Personal responsibility for one’s choices is a critical American value. If you commit a crime, you do the time. You borrow money for something you want, you pay your debt. President Biden executive order to “forgive” student debt is not “free.” That debt isn’t “canceled;” it’s transferred to every tax-paying American. Many of those taxpayers have already worked and sacrificed to pay off their own student debt. This is not only stupid; it is an assault on basic fairness and a blatant attempt to buy votes. Reboot required! Reinstall personal responsibility programming!

In a recent interview on Jesse Watters’ Fox News show, Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution confronted the extreme actions of the left in transforming America. They are attacking and overthrowing America’s time-tested values.

To Hanson, the left is governing exactly the way they accuse the right of acting: “I mean, nobody on the right said let’s junk the 233-year-old Electoral College; [the] 180-year-old filibuster; the 150-year-old, nine-person Supreme Court. Nobody [on the right] said let’s bring in two more states and end the idea for 60 years of a 50-state union.”

It’s only left that has no problem stalling protection for right-leaning Supreme Court Justices facing demonstrations outside their homes. It’s the left that wants to radically federalize the voting laws to ensure that 70 percent of the votes would not be cast on Election Day. It’s the left that has radically weaponized the IRS with excessive increases in personnel and funding. The left calls January 6th an insurrection, but as Hanson notes: “Remember in 2021 when they had barbed wire and 30,000 troops in Washington, D.C. in the greatest weaponization since the Civil War?” Do you remember?

When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in government entitlement programs that take from your neighbor to give you the things you ought to be forced to earn for yourself. It’s time to unplug this radical administration before it is too late. In November, it’s time to reboot by booting out the politicians who have played so loosely with America’s time-tested recipe for freedom and opportunity. It’s time to send the left home!

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Redirect Yourself to Be More Productive

At any moment you have the opportunity to make a choice

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When you feel as if you’re not being as productive as you could be, or that you have strayed from your desired path, ask yourself: “What is the most effective use of my time?”

Suppose you face a variety of unrelated tasks, and what day does that not happen? Or, you face a variety of related tasks on the same project. Asking yourself what is the most effective use of my time invariably helps direct you to that task, which at present, merits your attention.

What Is the Most Effective Use of My Time

At any given moment you have the opportunity to make a choice, even if a task or project has been going well, you have the opportunity to make the choice as to how to use your time starting at that moment.

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Generally, speaking, when the self-directed question arises, it’s an indication that you’re facing some sort of quandary, and probably need to redirect your efforts. So ask yourself the question anytime you feel the need.

Will It Be Any Easier Later?

When faced with a situation I would prefer to put off, I ask myself another type of question: “Will it be any easier later?” If the task will be easier later, then I have rational justification for not proceeding on that particular task.

For example, if I have to organize all the receipts related to a certain project that will be in progress for another week, I can readily put off this task for another week. Then, with all the receipts collected, I can organize them accordingly, knowing I can do the job until its ultimate completion.

If the task won’t be any easier later, then it largely makes sense to proceed now, particularly if it might be more difficult later. Preparing for a speech, an interview, or a test or exam several days beforehand is a wiser approach to studying rather than cramming the night before.

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