Shaun White is the man and Empires in Decline

WATCHING SHAUN WHITE WIN HIS THIRD GOLD WAS SIMPLY THE BEST And we were rooting and cheering and then Shaun White let the flag that was draped around his neck hit the ground and I swear I could hear the screams of many Americans rise up.  Including Chuck, and his was really loud.  Shaun has apologized and honestly, I'm willing to give the man a pass as he was distracted for very good reason.  

AND YOU THINK YOUR NEIGHBOR STINKS My guest William Pendley has a story of the world's worst neighbor, who had a toxic mess on their property and refused to clean it up.  Of course the neighbor is the federal government.  Join me at three to hear the rest of this story

THIS IS YET ANOTHER SYMPTOM OF AN EMPIRE IN DECLINE We are facing a potential crisis when it comes to the next generation of volunteers for the military.  A new report says that 71% of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve in the armed forces.  Why?  They are high school dropouts, criminals or too fat.  Aside from spending ourselves into oblivion we could also be forced to outsource our fighting forces to some other nation, and that never ends well for an Empire.  

HAVE I MENTIONED AN EMPIRE IN DECLINE YET?  MY BAD. Because here is yet ANOTHER example of why the good old US of A is screwed.  This column from The Federalist makes an unfortunately convincing case that college students are not merely being brainwashed to disagree with anything remotely non-Progressive, but that they are being taught to HATE free speech.  Talk about bringing down the Republic.  

SONGBIRDS FIND A MATE FOR LIFE BY SINGING And scientists are now beginning to understand how finches use song to attract a mate.  Mates who last a lifetime, by the way.  It's a sweet nerdy story for Valentine's Day!

GOOD GRIEF, THIS IS WHY THE ENTIRE WORLD SUCKS Here is an actual discussion in the actual New York Times asking the question no one should be.  Which is, can white kids wear a Black Panther costume?  I hate this so much I want to set it on fire but I can't because I read it online.  You know what?  When I get home, I'm going to print this out and THEN set it on fire because I hate it so much.  Why don't we let kids be kids and let them wear whatever they darn well please?  

SMOKING WEED IS BETTER FOR YOUR BRAIN THAN ALCOHOL But that might be sort of like being valedictorian of summer school.  A new study says alcohol has a negative impact on the volume of your white and gray matter, but weed does not seem to have the same effect.  Or any effect in this study.  This is NOT so say smoking pot is no big deal, but it does beat booze in at least this category. 

IS THIS GOING TO BE LIKE HOW WE ADD "GATE" TO EVERY POLITICAL SCANDAL NOW?  I'm talking about cities voting to become "sanctuary cities for (fill in the blank)".  Berkeley has become the first marijuana sanctuary city in the country and will not enforce federal pot laws or something.  I hope this isn't a whole thing now.  


A SPORTS TALK STATION MADE THEIR HOSTS GO TO RE EDUCATION CAMP Only they called it "sensitivity training".  Why?  Because some people complained that the hosts were too mean to Tom Brady and Asian people.  To be honest, I did think the comments about Tom Brady's daughter were uncalled for, but a lot of sports radio is this sort of sophomoric schtick.  And dang people get fired and rehired in that format a lot.  But making your staff take "sensitivity training" more likely has to do with Comcast dropping it's ad campaign than making Tom Brady mad. 

THAT JERK TEACHER IN CALI IS STILL A JERK TEACHER You know the one caught on tape telling a student that everyone in the military was an idiot?  Only with much stronger language?  He's back at the City Council meeting, head held high and hand not over his heart for the Pledge.  He refuses to resign even though many are calling for him to.  Whatever, California gets what it deserves. 

BLESS THEIR LITTLE WOKE HEARTS This article from the Washington Post makes my heart hurt for young men today.  Especially the ones who are "woke to the #metoo movement".  Sleeping with a feminist must be a nightmare to a certain extent.  But how sad is this:

Over the summer, Geoffrey Knight is in bed with a woman he is dating. He puts his hand on her breast, and she swats it away. “You need to ask before you touch me,” he recalls her saying. Knight apologizes, saying he had assumed it was okay because they had just had sex. 

“You should never make that assumption,” she retorts. 

Flash-forward a few months, and Knight, a 25-year-old Washingtonian, is sleeping with someone new. He is asking “Can I touch you here?” “Can I do this?” every step of the way, and his partner wants to know what is with all the questions. She prefers a more proactive approach.

Knight is well-prepared to date in the #MeToo era. He has completed a two-month discussion class on how to reject toxic masculinity. He still has his “Consent is sexy” T-shirt from freshman year of college. He has thought about how men have the power in courtship, and with that, the ability to abuse it. So when he meets a woman while out at a bar, rather than ask for her number and potentially make her feel pressured to give it, he will give her his number and wait for her to text. 

My take away here is that a "Consent is Sexy" tshirt is today's version of "FBI Female Body Inspector" from when I was on Spring Break in the late 80's.  Young men are trying to navigate a world where women just got even MORE complicated.  Good luck with that, men.  Good luck with that.

AND NOW, CAT CURLING Because eight years after I first saw it, it's still great. 

UH-OH GUYS, IBUPROFEN CAN WRECK YOUR TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION And not just a little bit.  Read this story and vow to go aspirin or Tylenol only from now on! 

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