The Philadelphia Eagles Fumbled The NFL Ratings Ball….by, Michael Hawke

President Trump often says….”we will see what happens”… when asked about how things will work out on any particular issue. We now know what will happen regarding the NFL ratings. They will continue to plumet to the point that they will lose many fans for good. I, for one, am gone this season. I watched college football last season and will do the same this year. The NFL’s rich spoiled players killed it for me.

The Philadelphia Eagles informed the White House they will not be bringing the entire team to the traditional White House Recognition of the Super Bowl Champions. Then they requested the event be rescheduled during the week that President Trump will be out of the country attending the Korean Peace Summit in Singapore. The Eagles stated over 1000 fans have already planned to attend the coming Friday event, but while most of the players would be in Washington that weekend, only a handful of would come to the White House celebration honoring them as Super Bowl victors. President Trump decided since the majority of the players would not be coming they would hold a Patriotic performance for the fans and those in attendance. The Marine Band and others groups would perform, honoring our military and our country.

Facts on team victory visits missing… The champions of the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NBA have traditionaly been honored by Presidents at the White House for many years. It is a tradition that says we are one, we celebrate our best atheletes and their great accomplishment. It has always been a postive event.

Players standing for the National Anthem to start the game also has always symolized a unity of our best and the tremendous positive impact sports has on our nation and on our youth in particular. It brings us together no matter our pollitical, economic, or social differences. Taking a knee during the anthem distracts from this positive and unifying moment prior to the start of the game.

The NFL players fail to understand they are not in sync with most of the fans… The players are now running things in the NFL. It is clear that a small number of players and owners are thumbing their very rich noses at the facts about the knee taking and stepping up the ante. Lets be perfectly honest… the fans, who are offended by these so called ” it’s not about the anthem” knee takers, do not buy these acts of kneeling are about respect for free speach and protection of those abused by police.

To the players I say get your heads on straight. The common fan knows an idiotic statement when they hear it….and your free speech claims are pure idiocy. Fans know players can stand for the anthem at the start of the game and do their issue statements in other venues. Otherwise, the knee taking is about the anthem and only about the anthem. It offends those who respect and love our country with all of its great strengths and….yes flaws. People are not dumb, fans are not dumb, but you players, who are mostly all college educated and making millions…must certainly be dumb!

Recent NFL rules changes are too little too late: Would “pathetic” be the correct descriptive word for the NFL trying to stop the ratings cliff fall….well, there are better words but not suitable for print here in this piece…so yes,“pathetic” ! The NFL has stated their new rules will require players who wish to kneel during the anthem to remain in the locker room until after the playing of it. If players who choose to be on the field kneel there will be punishments and fines to both the players and the teams.

Several owners have already declared they will not fine players for exercising “free speech” and they will also pay any NFL fines the players incur. Well it sounds like the NFL fixed this problem, eh? Idiots all. Free speech is not the issue here. Last I checked…if a company has a training event the sales staff must attend and some decide to take a knee about the police shooting issue during the training, they suffer consequences….likely they get the boot.  This is about rules, following rules, doing what your boss or company tells you and being part of the big picture…so simple. If a player kneels during the anthem before the game and tells me he was praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary and not protesting the flag and all it represents, all I think is he thinks I am a dummy. Fans are not dummies…they get it.

The NFL’s last chance….and best move: When it comes to representing a team, and a so called non-profit (a topic for a later piece) like the National Football League, players are a mere cog in the wheel. They do not have free speech rights when it comes to doing what they are paid to do for their employer on game day. The NFL players make up less than 10% of the college players who finish college each year desperatly hoping for an NFL chance. The NFL choice to save their product and their billions of profits is to fire the players who do not follow the rules. There are 100 guys waiting in line for that knee taker’s job and given the chance many would end up being better than the guy they fired. Fans do not revere these players, they used to, but they don’t any more.  The average fan attends games or watches on TV to support his or her team. It is a recreation thing, an escape from the every day grind of work. There are other things these fans can do on game day….and most take way less time and money than watching an NFL game.

To the Commissoner and the very rich owners… May I remind you it is not 1980, 1990, or even 2010? Times have changed and people have many choices to spend both their time and money on when it comes to recreation. The major league sports teams no longer have a corner on the fan’s money and time. Play it smart boys, start acting like the businessmen and women you are. No player should be permitted to hijack your profits and success over a personal protest during the National Anthem on game day, especially when it attacks the values and traditions most all of us treasure and love.  The fans simply won’t “buy” it. 



The Daily Mix…. by, Michael Hawke

School Shootings:  The recent school shooting in Texas is another senseless tragedy. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families and those affected by this evil act. The need here is for school districts and communitities to begin to decipher the common threads in all of these shootings. The guns are there yes, but what are the triggers and other things that cause these kids to get a gun and commit these evil acts? We need to look beyond the guns and we may begin to start to understand how we can prevent more tragedies in the future.

Video Games…A Troubing Causal Ingredient Ignored:  The educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and the government must stop ignoring the clear link between violent video games and school shootings. Where do kids with problems go to escape from the bullying, stress, and pain? They turn to their games. The video games our current middle and high school kids are playing are “virtual”, which is to say life like, and often involve team playing with complete strangers. You may think your kid is playing a harmless game but in reality he or she may be on line with adults who are using vulgarity, promoting hate, and getting inside the heart and soul of the player.

It is a travesty that for the past few years this issue has not been raised in the public square. New organizations, often linked corporatly to the gaming industry, do not speak about this catalyst when their anchors solemnly talk about a school shooting on in their newscast. Like pot of the current day, video games are not what they were when we were kids. They are potent, addicting, and a threat to the mental and physical health of any young person using them.

Love Is A Great Joy To Have:  There is a secret that most do not understand, even though they experiece it at times throughout their lives. The common perception is that to have the joy of love….one must be loved.  The exact opposite is the case…to find the true joy of love…. one must love! To give love is the greatest freedom a human being can experience. It brings one closest to the Spiritual truth and allows for a peace that we all seek in life. So if you seek true joy….start loving.

True Love: ” Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;  it does not speak it’s own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….”  I Cor.13: 4-8

Tim Tebow: We are all rooting for Tim Tebow to be promoted from AA ball to AAA ball in the Mets organization. He is tearing the cover off the ball and do not be surprised if you see him in right field for the Mets before the end of this season. Go Tebow!

Travis Jankowski: Speaking of right fielders Travis Jankowski it killing it for the San Diego Padres. He is batting 360 as a lead off hitter, is a gold glove outfielder, and steals bases like takinig candy from a baby. Nice to see this kid excel…now we will probably watch the Padres trade him, which is what they normally do with their best players. Go Travis!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation: The scandal is not with the Trump collusion but with the FBI colluding with the Clinton campaign. FBI….investigate yourself, do your job, stop the Mueler deflection of attention. So sad to see what really took plalce. Mueller, Comey, and all the rest of that leadership group should be indicted!



The Daily Mix……By, Michael Hawke

San Diego Padres:  As a loyal fan I am done waiting. The promise of future success with investing in the “youth movement” is the equivalent of the political promises made to us  that the budget will soon be balanced….patience is all we need. Lies, lies, and more damned lies. The Padres gave away so many young, very good, players in the past ten years it is stunning to think of the World Series opportunities lost. This year we pay Chase Headly 13 million…he is a pinch hitter batting 138. We sent Travis Jankowski to El Paso and replaced him with players who cannot play defense and who hit no better. With a team that cannot score runs getting rid of a very good defensive outfielder who is also an awesome base stealer might be called… plain dumb. The future…bah humbug…the future is now. Fire the kid manager, Andy Green, and bring us a manager who knows how to lead.

The Federal Bureau of Intimidation:  The raids on the President’s lawyer’s offices is the kind of thing that happens in police states, and is far afield from the rule of law. The FBI has been going after President Trump from day one. The stark difference between how the alleged Trump collusion has been investigated and how the Hillary Clinton “matter” was “non” investigated by the FBI is nothing less than stunning. The American people no longer pay attention and one day they will lose much more than they know. The Special Counsel is off the rails, not investigating a crime but searching for anything in order to stop President Trump. There was no collusion….by Pesident Trump. The collusion has been between the Obama administration Department of Justsice, the Clintons, the FBI,and the Special Counsel.

The Mid Term Election “Only One Issue”: There is only one thing that should determine the mid-term elections. Do voters want Presidnet Donald Trump to continue to improve their economic lives or do they want to stop him from succeeding?  If Republicans are smart they will run on President Trump’s coat tails. We finally have a President who does what he promises to do, and who supports American families and workers. Did I mention he also has given us a tax cut that we should have had years ago, ended unfair trade deals kept in place by previous Presidents, and destroyed ISIS to name but a few things accomplished? This election should be a slam dunk for the Republicans…. if they are smart about it….but given their propensity for self destructive idiocy it is maybe a 50/50 deal.

Run Mode: Our two, nine month old, twin tabbys go into “run mode” two or three times each day. It is so fun to watch them chase each other as they are clearly tuning up their preditor and defensive instincts. Yogi and Boo Boo leap over chairs, climb the blinds, and dash at break neck speeds throug the house for about twenty minutes. They chase each other taking turns being the preditor. I think the by product of this training time is they “get it out of their systems”, whatever “it” is for a cat. I might suggest this for humans as they seem to be having a total blast. I think I will start chasing Eva all over the house twice a day….on second thought a very bad idea…. maybe I will just go clean the bathrooms. Got to get “it” out of my system.







He Has Risen; He Is Not Here! The Real Meaning Of Easter….. by, Michael Hawke

The Ressurection Account  (Mark: 16. 1-19)

And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices that they might come and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the enterance of tomb?”

And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled awasy, although it was extremely large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.”

“But go tell his disciples and Peter, He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He said to you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Now after He had risen on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalne, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. And when they heard that He was alive, and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.

And after that He appeared in a different form to two of them, while they were walking on their way to the country. And they went away and reported it to the others and they did not believe them either.

And afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves while they were reclining at table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them,

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and has  been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpants, and if they drink and deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”  

And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.



School Shootings: Ban Games Not Guns…….by, Michael Hawke

The Pomorski Report

The idea that young people who bring guns to school and do evil deeds is the result of our first amendment rights to own guns is profoundly simplistic and plain wrong. The left, to include the media, school administrations, Hollywood stars, and anti NRA groups immediately jump on the opportunity to push for gun control after one of these terrible shootings. There is little logic in their arguments that banning a particular non semi automatic gun, or eliminating second ammedment rights will prevent future school shootings.

Honesty is needed if we want to stop school shootings. They do not happen in a vacuum. There are almost always tell tale signs and indications if people are paying attention to troubled young students. Hollywood liberals who seize on this issue with the same tenaciousness as a dog grabbing a bone seek to appear both compassionite and our all knowing guides.  Their hypocracy…

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School Shootings: Ban Games Not Guns…….by, Michael Hawke

The idea that young people who bring guns to school and do evil deeds is the result of our first amendment rights to own guns is profoundly simplistic and plain wrong. The left, to include the media, school administrations, Hollywood stars, and anti NRA groups immediately jump on the opportunity to push for gun control after one of these terrible shootings. There is little logic in their arguments that banning a particular non semi automatic gun, or eliminating second ammedment rights will prevent future school shootings.

Honesty is needed if we want to stop school shootings. They do not happen in a vacuum. There are almost always tell tale signs and indications if people are paying attention to troubled young students. Hollywood liberals who seize on this issue with the same tenaciousness as a dog grabbing a bone seek to appear both compassionite and our all knowing guides.  Their hypocracy and simplistic thinking is only exceeded by their huge egos.

Everything known about childhood education from early on and into the teen years is that what happens to children along the way to adult hood while they are in their formative years has a profound impact on their success in social, educational, and peer settings. Early negative experiences and inputs have a tremendous impact on their mental health development.

So what do we know about young peoples habits that has a tremendous impact on those who are struggling with the social stresses of the teen years. We know that most kids play video games and that a very large number of young boys from age seven or eight up play violent war games with shooting and killing being the main focus of the game. They play these games hours on end. There are gaming sites where they go on line and play with strangers interacting in real like war scenes. Not only are these young people exposed the game, they are exposed the interaction of the other players who they do not know and who are verbalizing extreme language and violent comments during the games.

Now any honests social scientist, psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, or educator will tell you a constant imput of this type of violent escape video play is dangerous. They will also tell you it is extrmely dangerous for a young person with mental and social stresses. Often times escaping into the game is a way to deal with the life stresses these young people are feeling. The violent games only compound the problem.

It is not far stretch to see a troubled young person eventually acting out violently after growing up with an every day shooting and killing experience while escaping to their video game or groups site.

Visit the Best Buy home page as only one example, and take a look at the games listed. There are many games under the action category that are listed NR…”no rating”. The problem we are having with school shootings is not with the guns. The problem we are having is we as a society, are unwilling, or just too plain dumb, to call out the self defined caring left wing liberals and hollywood and gaming business types to stop producing and selling these mind damaging movies and games to our youth. And frankly we as a society are also participating and enjoying the very violent games and movies that are the basic root cause of all school shootings.

Mental Health professionals have been silent on these matters and it is a big shame on their profession. Ban the guns….no we must ban the games!



The Daily Mix……by, Michael Hawke

Airbnb Rentals Destroying Residential Real Estate:  The RB&B problem in San Diego is growing. San Diego city government officials, starting at the top with Mayor Kevin Faulkner have punted. The reality is people are now buying residential houses for the sole purpose of creating vacation rental revenue. The demand for housing is growing and the prices soaring as a result. The answer is a simple one. Rental properties should be permitted but short term vacation rentals turn residential neighborhoods into commercial zones. Last I checked you cannot turn you house into a 7/11 or a hardware store so why is RB&B different?

Oh, I will answer my own question….the real estate lobby. Do your jobs over there at City Hall and take care of the all the people, not simple the wealthy investor class.  Shame on you guys.

San Diego Roads: I had friends visit from Georgia and they could not believe the roads around town and especially around the airport. Potholes, steel plates, hidden bumps and dips….if you live here you know the story. On and on they work on the roads….low bidder gets the work. Once they begin they have to figure out how to make a profit given their crazy low bid they gave to get the work. Less tar, stones, glue…who knows. Our roads suck and we have no snow, ice, rain, or freezing which causes most Midwestern and Eastern cities havoc. Whats the deal?

Oh, I will answer my own question….the lack of credible leadership at the Streets Division and at City Hall. The buck stops with the good Mayor Kevin Faulkner. Are you guys blind? Do you drive to the airport and around town? How many times do you have drive these streets before you realize whoever is running the road show is a dummy….or worse.

Georgia Tourists Amazed To Learn We Already Have A Wall: I took my friends from Georgia to the border to look at the existing two fence wall between the US and Mexico. I showed them the amount of travel back and forth and explained this wall has been there for almost twenty years and works quite well for citizens on both sides of the border. Free and easy “legal” travel occurs every day across at the border. Mexicans work here and live there and many Americans live in Mexico. The big lie….we are walling off Mexico was exposed for these naive Georgian visitors. The double fence at the San Diego Mexico border area works well and helps Border Patrol to handle the smugglers and human traffickers in a much safer way.  So why were these Americans confused?

Oh, I will answer my own question….the full court press of lies pushed continually on the American people by the liberal media, politicians, and radical groups is taken as truth by many Americans and especially democrats and progressives. The failure to look at the proposed completion of the border security wall in a fair and honest way is simply a reflection of these groups left wing goals. An open, uncontrolled border is not simply naive it is completely nuts.



“SAY IT PLEASE” ……, Dr. Johnnie Coleman


The next time someone says, “How are you?”, try this answer on for size: I am whole. I am complete. I am perfect. I am happy. I am dynamite. I am lovable, loving, getting lots of good love. I am well off and doing well. I have it all together. I am basking in the riches of life. I am prospering right here and right now. I am being richly rewarded, even in my sleep. I am a miracle worker expecting a miracle right now. I am peacefully peaceful. I am walking the walk. I am talking the talk. I am claiming the victory right now. I am successful. I am wealthy. I am living by pure grace. I am a believer. I am standing on faith. I am on my way to the top. I am what I am because I just can’t help myself. And how are you doing, my dear?

The Florida School Shootings………by, Michael Hawke

Missing the Point…..Labeling Officers Cowards: There is so much wrong with arm chair media, politicians, and anyone with a voice ripping these Officers by calling them cowards. They failed to aggressively go forward toward the shooting for whatever reasons. We will hear their answers as to why they waited. They could have been fearfully frozen in place to be sure.  However, for a person sitting on a studio couch, or standing behind a microphone, and declaring them guilty of cowardice is seeking to fix blame for a tragedy that should not have happened in the first place.  Were they cowards? It is possible, however there is much we need to learn as to time lines and also what they have to say. The coward label could be levied by some, but most people hurling these attacks would likely have hunkered down, not charged into the building.

The Initial Police On Scene Lacked Training: The obvious thing to me is that these officers, at the very least, lacked solid training for this type of situation. Their failure to aggressively enter the building was due to their lack of knowing what to do, or if they knew what to do they had not been sufficiently trained so they did it automatically.  The military trains and trains and trains for combat so that when soldiers are in life and death situations they go on automatic. No time to think, wonder, or fear…it is time to act. These officers clearly lacked that kind of consistent training.

FBI Failure: This was a no brainer for the FBI. They had a solid report of a school shooter threat and they failed to follow up on it. I will only say I wish the FBI would spend some time investigating itself and stop worrying about Russian collusion, election rigging, and foreign influences. The head of the FBI for the past several years was James Comey. Who is responsible for the culture and the failings of the FBI? James Comey. If these leads were mishandled, overlooked, and possibly ignored maybe we should put Mr. Comey in the cross hairs for the blame of this tragedy. The FBI seems to have forgotten their true policing role.

The Blame the NRA Game: Once again we are learning so much about this tragedy and the person who put such evil down in that school. We have yet to hear how this 19 year old, who was identified as a real threat to shoot up the school, even got his weapons and ammunition. We need better background checks, maybe an age limit for buying guns of 21 years old. (The exception would be anyone over 18 serving in the United States Military who passes a background check could buy a gun). There were so many red flags on this person and yet he still was able to buy guns. The focus of the needed changes is less about the gun rules and more about how to fix the system that let this young man avoid scrutiny and arrest prior to this shooting.

Real Heroes Were Present That Day: The stories of teachers shielding students and some losing their lives in the process is incredible. The bravery and self sacrifice of those who gave their lives trying to save the kids is medal of honor stuff! They were our best and bravest to be sure.

The Government Shut Down Solution…. by, Michael Hawke

Once again I am in my living room late at night watching the reports on the government shut down caused by our Congressional Representatives and Senators. The television shots of Representatives and Senators standing and talking, and acting like they have no care in the world, elicits feelings of both dismay and anger.

As of right now, 11:23 PM West Coast time, the Senate has reached an agreement on a bill to extend the government until March 23rd. They are excited that this will result in keeping the government open and avoid an extended shut down, the second in less than a month. The reporters state the House members have been called in so they can vote on the Senate bill. They report some of the members will not get there until early morning. They are hoping for a vote around 6 AM East Coast time.

It is clear to me that we need to change the expectations we, the people, have for our elected representatives who we send to Washington to run our government.  Here is my list of what should be done in order to have these elected political leaders do their job.

No Annual Budget Approved…No Pay: They lose a month of pay for each month in which there is no passage of an annual budget. If they do a stop gap bill to keep it open for a short time they still lose that months pay. If the government shuts down for one or two days they still lose a whole months pay and benefits.

No Annual Budget Approved…All Benefits Stop: They lose their health,dental, as well as their office travel and expense budgets. They also lose all money to pay their office staffs and all benefits for their staffs also stop.

Termed Out…They Cannot Run For Re-Election: If the government is shut down for more than 14 days in any given fiscal year they are termed out of office. In other words they cannot run for re-election when their term is up. That goes for all of them… no matter who they are or what post they hold.

Lets Look At Rules They Voted On For All Of Us….Social Security Limits:  These guys had no problem setting up limits on our senior and disabled citizens regarding Social Security Benefits. If a person is receiving Social Security Benefits and is able, and or needs, to work they limit how much can be earned in a single month. If you go over that amount then you lose your entire Social Security Check for the month you went over the set limit.

When they say “go over” they mean if you go over it by as little as ten dollars you lose your entire benefit check. Now keep in mind the average Social Security Check is about $850.00 dollars and most seniors and disabled people need every dime of it to make ends meet. A simple error of going over the limit, which is generally between $800.00 to $1,000.00 dollars extra each month, will result in their canceling the Social Security for that month.

What is happening here? These elected Representatives can shut down the entire government over their petty power plays knowing they will still get all their pay and benefits to include their expense accounts. Meanwhile the average senior citizen or disabled person gets slammed for working too hard and making more than a set limit. These politicians have no guilt at all in passing these kinds of rules for the rest of us. They do not lose sleep over a person being limited to how much extra they can earn once drawing their benefits.

Don’t you all think it is about time we stop acting like their servants…. and start acting like their bosses? I for one am tired of the incompetence of the people serving in our Congress and the Senate. The problem is there are too many are career politicians, and far too many lawyers for any kind of practical work to get done.

Lets send some real business minded experts up there, what do you say? I say it is time to vote them all out of office. If they can spend four, six, ten, twenty and more years working in Washington and they still have not figured out how to avoid government shut downs or how to develop a workable budget process why do we re-elect them?

Wake Up I Say….Wake Up!