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Who is deserving of all the accolades?
April 18, 2022
The fascination is over, and Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to The Masters Tournament given all the fanfare and glorious rhetoric by all the course analyst and anchors on the Golf Channel being much like the proverbial prodigal son returning home as Jesus shared with his disciples and Pharisees in Luke 15:11- 32. However, this fascination of course with Tiger is not because he is such a great husband or father figure but rather it is all to do with his golfing ability. Yes, as with the prodigal son who wasted his inheritance and position with his family only to have it reestablished and restored by his father on his return home, so too it can be said that Tiger has wasted his talents of golf due to his past events in his life all basically originating when the first episode occurred with his wife then culminating with the most recent of events of over a year ago with the wrecking of the SUV he was driving. As a husband, he himself would have to admit he was a failure. Married at the time to a gorgeous woman with two young children, he still maintained a harem of some eighteen mistresses to entertain himself while on the road is not an image of a successful marriage but has nothing to do with his golfing ability.
What he lacks as to be a good husband I am sure that due to the millions he has made off his golfing career, even almost being killed with his last episode, makes him an iconic figure that all in the sporting world and community at large cherish and adore plus swoon over when he is playing in a tournament of the magnitude of The Masters. It is his golfing ability only that has made him the proverbial ‘Rockstar’ of golf not parenting or being a good husband or to that matter his lack of cordialness to follow golfers and fans. No, it is how he has played the game of golf.
The ‘aww and majesty’ that is Tiger Woods which are adjectives stated by a commentor during the Sunday morning pre-tournament show on the Golf Channel are words that best describe our Lord who this Easter Sunday we celebrate his resurrection. Tiger’s splendor relates to his time when he was referred to as the greatest golfer. A resurrection of sorts I guess as the commentors have declared. He sat a category of play that in his heyday no other golfer could play too, so they as the fan and spectators just sat back and watched his Houdini like magic he performed on the course when making shots. Watching the Masters Tournament, I saw a fighter returning to the ring trying to obtain and claim that once lost glory. Sadly though, what we saw was Tiger as a regular human being though there are some who still consider him the golfing king. No longer the “god” of golf but just a golfer like all the others on the course, a mere mortal trying as he might to play good enough to make it through the weekend. Seeing him walk as Saturday and Sunday’s round went by, we saw his leg was now being a bother, not being able to squat as low as he once did, his limp though slight with the pain now being shown on his aged face. Not the young conquering hero that all fell in love with and adored for years.
We all wish him the best on his return for we know golf will always owe him the gratitude and a place in its history as it should, for he has brought so much to the game and still does. Tiger’s failings though, unlike Jack Nicklaus who can attribute his subdued game to his age, are attributed only to his careless acts done in his personal life. The ‘aww and majesty’ are descriptions of actions that should only be left to our Lord Jesus Christ not to an individual who was once a mighty golfer.
Thoughts from the Second
Reason for time away but things are still crazy
April 18, 2022
Time away is always good. As much as the rejuvenation of one’s soul occurs while at the beach listening to the waves crash at the shore and you feel the sand on your feet or you look out from your cabin on to the majestic mountains, time away from one’s home, is always welcomed from time to time.
Spending time in a different locale, no matter where, enjoying the company of longtime friends away from your normal confines helps in stirring the soul so you know all is not lost and when you return home you know you now can face the daily battle with a new sense of zeal for you have been recharged with the life juices from that eternal charging station. You stand aside and see how things look from a different perspective which gives you the capabilities to make approaches and advances that was not thought of previously.
This past week of Passover we know there is a Risen Lord that guides and directs our lives for all we have to do, is seek his presence and ask for forgiveness. I pray that we as a people and nation as we continue to go through these tough times, know that our Lord will help us through it for all we need to do is ask. God Bless Everyone!!
However, now that this new week has started just a couple of crazy observations that might go unnoticed if not for some profound investigative journalism being conducted. I dare say no one will know that these events have happened unless they watch the portion of the standard news program, and it is mentioned as a passing comical point. Truly though, if you stop to realize how crazy these stories are it reflect on our society, it shows how bizarre things have become and it is a sad commentary.
First, “Man receives $450,000 for unwanted birthday celebration by suing his employer.” This was reported in the NY Times, USA Today, Fox Business, Kentucky.com, and NBC to name but a few. According to the stories, the man (whom I will not name) reportedly suffers with anxiety and panic attacks. I have worked in the corporate world for over 30 years and birthday celebrations of employees were anything but anxious causing panic attacks. So much for an employer trying to have a positive work environment for the employees. Watch, next event an employee will sue employer for they did not celebrate his or her birthday.
Second, “A university is to pay $400,000 to a professor, who was punished for refusing to use a students preferred list of pronouns.” Story was submitted by Brittany Bernstein of the National Review. The university is Shawnee State University in Ohio. I remember when teachers had control of the classroom and though different points of view and opinions from students were asked for and encouraged, the teacher never got punished for not using what a student may have requested. Who is in control of the classroom and in our schools? So, if parents are domestic terrorist, what are teachers?
And finally, this one is beyond a failure for adults, “A class of kindergartners ‘accidently’ drank tequila during a Michigan school snack time.” This I saw in the Insider.com. This glorious event took place at the Grand River Academy in Livonia, Michigan. A young boy brought to school a Jose Cuervo “Ready-to-drink” bottle to school in his backpack. Several things really leap out to me when I read this story. Initially, kindergartners are usually around five years old, so how does a boy of this age buy a bottle of Jose Cuervo or walk around with it and no one questions what he is doing? So, as he is not an adult of any drinking age, he had to take it from his parent’s liquor cabinet who fail to check on a regular basis their supply. These bottles are not small so to be in his backpack, it took up room which probably again means his parents are not visually checking to ensure their son has the proper school supplies in his backpack though I must confess there were times I felt a drink was needed when I was in school, high school that is not kindergarten though I did get expelled from kindergarten never being allowed to return for screaming in the headmasters ear when he was taking a nap. Oh, did fail to mention he was recovering from having a previous heart attack.
Then of course, there are the teachers at the school. Again, these bottles are not small, about 1.75 liters to 2 liters, not small at all. Large enough to weigh down any backpack of any five-year-old and plus when he takes it out of the backpack, it will be noticed for it was probably a margarita pre-mix bottle, so the contents were a lime green in color. Truly noteworthy for any adult in the general vicinity, like in the room with a group of five-year-old! Finally, to say it was accidentally drunk is really a farfetched statement for the intent was quite obvious, and there was no accident. The only accident is the failure of any adult supervision whether at home or at school. Only time will tell if there will be any lasting effects on the students other than a hangover. Brings a whole new to meaning to recess. Jimmy Buffett would be proud.
****An Invitation to respond***
A letter to the President of the United States of America
October 12, 2021, day 265 of the Biden Presidency
The President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Time has come for you and your administration to stand up and answer for your in activity in ignoring the issues that are currently facing this country that are caused by your policies since you took office ten months ago. Your refusal to act like a man and a President, borders on a dereliction of duty for the man who was elected to represent the most powerful nation in the world and to answer the questions of the people. This shows your cowardice to face the people one on one who you represent. The question we have then is why are you afraid of the people? Is it because you know you are a failure?
Your approval rating is currently sitting at 38% for all categories and sinking. Very impressive! If you do not realize it, you are doing a horrible job. Excluding your debacle departure from Afghanistan leaving Americans behind, which that you said and promised you would not do, getting Americans killed, and then leaving billions of dollars of US military equipment and supplies behind now making the Taliban better armed and more powerful than what they previously were before, you now want to open formal negotiations with a group of terrorists, are you insane? Then there are your failed domestic policies.
The economy failures, inflation, supply chain failures, the border crisis (growing worse daily), illegal mandates attempting to make citizens to act and do things that go against their individual rights and freedoms, forcing companies to fire employees against their will, medical workers being fired, police officers and fire fighters being fired, teachers being fired, now federal government employees, i.e. air traffic controllers, and airline employees being fired, the potential seizures of companies, and now the weaponizing of the DOJ and FBI while demonizing parents for standing up and protecting their children, all has the appearance of someone who wants to cause chaos and destruction. If your goal is to destroy America rather than to unify America as you stated in your inaugural address, well sir, you are doing a great job!
Allowing people to cross our border without any repercussions for their illegal actions, requiring the citizens to be vaccinated but not forcing those whom you have allowed in this country illegally offering them only the option, shows you have no caring for the citizens of this country and America is not a priority to you. These people are trespassing on private property, and they are destroying the property of private US citizens all without any concern from you. The tent cities now being constructed at the International Bridge in the Del Rio area of Texas confirms the fact you have disdain for this country. Your Vice President’s refusal to attend a border meeting with Mexico but opting out to go to a bakery in New Jersey and create a video with child actors also confirms that the problems now facing this country which this administration has caused and implemented on to the citizens of this country is of no concern to you and is not important. These are just a few of the horrifying conditions of your ten months in office. What is instore for the remaining 38 months? You, Mr. President, are killing America.
Your inability to answer for your connections with China, your son, Hunter, and his fraudulent means of utilizing his relationship with you during your time as Vice President, all show you are not a President but a shyster, stealing from the people of the United States of America and have been doing so for the fifty years you have been a politician. You answer to the people, all the people, of the United States and now time has come for you to answer up and step up and explain your actions and reasons why to the people. Your talk has been cheap and meaningless to those of us who love America. This country has never been perfect but what you have done and what you are doing is breaking down and not building up anything positive about this country. During any normal circumstance being a President, it is a difficult job but when a President creates and exasperates situations to a higher, more intense level, questions must be asked and answered by him and not just ignored by turning your back. The issues you have created are not going away, are not going to get any better but only worse if you do not cease and desist.
You have abandoned the principles of the oath of office you took on January 20, 2021. You are illegally calling for companies to form allegiances with the government under the threat of high fines and corporate takeovers and seizures of businesses. I hold you, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. acting as the 46th President of the United States of America, personally responsible for the atrocities and continuing harms you are performing on this country through the government and commented against this country and the citizens of the United States of America. Time has come to call a duck a duck. You are not immune from your actions even as a President, it is called accountability. Time has come for your accountability.
So, Mr. President, when are you going to stand up and act like the President of the United States, act like a Man, act like you give a damn, and act like the person whom you have professed yourself to be? If you cannot manage the horrible reality of the actions you have caused, you need to resign from the office of the President of the United States immediately for it is quite apparent you cannot handle the duties and requirements of the office. Turning a deaf ear, a blind eye, and your back to the country is no longer an excuse and acceptable behavior for a President of the United States and that we the citizens will not accept. To put in simple terms so that even you can understand, I call into question your loyalty to the United States of America Mr. President and the principles for which it stands.
I look forward to your response if you are man enough to do so.
Over 30 years of airline industry and life experience has been the basis for my writings. Life is one continuing voyage that must be experienced, the good as well as the bad. We are but mere images of what we hope to be so if we don't attempt to reach our potential in whatever we desire, then we face an eternity of what might have been.
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