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Will The Philadelphia Eagles Ever See a Super Bowl Win?
Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally Blog | goombaytally.com | Philadelphia Eagles l 14 Oct 2016
I’m not going to lie to you … I’m an unrepentant Philadelphia Eagles fan who has “See the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl,” boldly scribbled on my bucket list in green ink.
Mind you, that particular item on the list is sadly tear-smudged on my rough-edged and repeatedly folded bucket list of dream vacations, near-unachievable goals, and distant desires.
Telling my friends that seeing a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win and lining up along Broad Street with thousands of other “Brotherly Love” fans is actually on my bucket list typically solicits the same response from everyone: “But that’s an achievement that you have zero (personal) control over.”
In fact, that achievement lies squarely on the shoulders of a professional coaching staff, a high-octane offense, and a rock-solid defense right?
Yep … the truth is … I don’t really care. Not at all.
Like all true blue (midnight green) Philadelphia Eagles fans, I sat in my man-cave during Super Bowl XXXIX with my cheese pizza, imitation Philly cheese-steaks, Texas hot wings, and cold Budweiser while watching a barrage of painful Philadelphia three-and-outs, and a great Eagles team that seemingly forgot that they were playing a future Hall of Fame coach and quarterback in the biggest game of their careers.
I wanted to throw up.
We all watched in frustration and excruciating sadness as the Eagles’ offense failed to execute in the first half, and finally exerted a sense of urgency in the final minutes of the game that mirrored (11) nine-year-old little boys being ordered by their mothers to attend Sunday School — lethargically shuffling off to St. John’s First Baptist down a dusty country road.
We all experienced the pain and heart-ache of watching Bill Belichick and Tom Brady cruising to their third Lombardi Trophy (in four years).
Ugh … Barf!
I wanted to throw my television out the window. And knowing far too many hardcore Eagles fans, I’m certain Best Buy stores across The City and southern New Jersey saw a stampede of customers shopping for brand new Sony television sets on Monday morning.
Yes, the 2005 Super Bowl loss still stings our back-ends like a bare-assed, third grade paddling when we think about it. That gut-wrenching Championship debacle obviously still weighs heavy on every midnight green-colored heart.
Worst yet, as the final seconds ticked away during that game, and after picking myself up off the floor … drying my tears; I grabbed the phone and called my uncle who lived 1,565 miles away on Wissahickon Avenue in Philly. All I could mutter out into the phone was “Hey Unc, tough luck huh?”
My uncle paused on the phone for a few seconds before saying in a soft but optimistic tone, “Yep … but we’ll get there next season Scott … we’ll win it all next season my boy.”
Sadly, my uncle died in February of 2006. He would live and die, never to see his favorite team carry the highly sought after, Lombardi Trophy down the 13-mile stretch of Broad Street. He had a chance to behold the sea of Eagles fans hooting and hollering in their proudly worn Eagles jackets and Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, and Brian Westbrook jerseys.
Despite Unc’s words of encouragement and positive attitude on the phone, I knew that the loss hurt him like a cold knife in the heart. We soon hung up the phone and I headed off to bed mentally exhausted, dejected, and a little lost.
At the end of the day, Super Bowl XXXIX was supposed to be “our” time to shine … our time to remedy the Jan 25, 1981, Super Bowl XV loss to the Oakland Raiders down in New Orleans and of course, the hurtful drop in Jacksonville to the Patriots. I admit … the score, “24-21 [Patriots] still burns hot in my retinas today.
So here we are Eagles fans.
At the end of the day, Super Bowl XXXIX was supposed to be our time to shine …
As I think about my beloved Unc and the sadness that I heard in his voice on Feb 6, 2005, I begin to ponder my own mortality as a 40-year-old and wonder if I will ultimately meet the same fate.
Yes, there are fundamentally more important things in life than seeing your favorite sports team “win it all” … there’s Jesus, family, friends, and world peace. But come on guys! JUST ONE SUPER BOWL is all we’re asking for here. We’re pleading with you at this point.
To add a “mile-high” insult to injury, I failed to mention that I work and live in Denver, Colorado. That’s right, the defending NFL Champions. So that means that I had a front row seat to see the City of Denver win and celebrate their third Super Bowl this year.
A sea of orange jerseys, all jammed together in Civic Center Park to congratulate their warriors on yet another Lombardi for the mile-high city.
Enough sniveling right?
So here is my heart-felt plea to our new and promising coach Doug [Pederson] and rookie quarterback sensation Carson Wentz: “Please bring that Lombardi Trophy to the great City of Philadelphia before they throw me in a dark, cold, wooden box!”
I have to admit that this young kid Wentz looks incredibly promising and beautifully poised to finally take our Eagles to the “promise land.” However, all (true) Philly fanatics tend to fervently cheer on their team … but with a healthy dose of guarded optimism and a lurking feeling in the back of their minds that they’re just being set up for yet another failed season. Much like the awkward high school kid with the abysmal self-esteem who gets repeatedly dumped by his beautiful, but manipulating girl friend — all so she doesn’t have to buy him a Christmas present in December.
And then start the relationship over again next season. Just heart-breaking
So…we’re not asking for ten-million dollars Coach Pederson. But as a dedicated Eagles fan … winning a Super Bowl will certainly feel like ten-million “bones” to each one of us.
In case you’re interested, I’ve already checked off a few items on my bucket list already:
1. Vacation in Hydra, Greece (#5).
2. Ride a camel in the hot desert of Saudi Arabia (#9).
3. Fly a jet aircraft (#11).
In the end … I am also a hopeless optimist. I really believe that the Eagles will eventually record their first Super Bowl win and we will see this happen within the next two seasons. In fact, I’m so confident of this that I keep a neatly protected cardboard sign in my closet that reads: “ONE FOR UNC.” My plan is to proudly hold this sign as I stand on Broad Street and watch the newly crowned Super Bowl Champions slowly ride into history. Unc will be proud.
In the interim, I’m now saving diligently so I can check off item #4 on my bucket list …
So…climbing Mount Everest really can’t be as hard as they say it is … right?
Update: We Did It Philly!!!!!!!!
Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally Blog | goombaytally.com | 14 Oct 2016
By the way … guess how many NFL teams have never raised the Lombardi Trophy in their fair cities? I guarantee you there are more than you think. Check out this interesting article from writer Cork Gaines. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-super-bowl-wins-by-team-2016-2
Colin Kaepernick’s Intentions May Be Good, but is his Methodology Counterproductive?
Written by Andrew Brock | African-American Affairs Writer | Goombaytally.com | Contact us in the comment box | Share us on Facebook, Twitter
I love studying military history.
I especially enjoy reading through first-hand accounts of hard-fought battles that changed the course of a war. The Battle of Gettysburg, which helped advance the end to the Civil War. The intriguing Battle of the Bulge and D-Day during WWII. The impacts of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. To paraphrase strategic planners within the Department of Defense: plans are perfect right until they meet the point of execution.
Civil War history is full of stories describing Generals who made critical planning, logistical, navigational, or intelligence errors throughout the course of a battle and ultimately resulted in the engagement of the enemy at the wrong location, time, or level of preparedness. Mind you, these errors aren’t “always” operationally detrimental to the offensive or defensive army.
There are certainly accounts of military war planners or leaders making grave battlefield errors and inadvertently exposing a weakness within their adversary’s plan and consequently exploiting that weak point to their advantage. Obviously, these errors will inevitably expose even more of your weaknesses.
The point is, realistic military leaders understand that flexibility and adaptability is the key to modern warfare victory. They prepare their men and women to follow orders, but to also have the situational awareness and mental acuity to pivot during the execution phase if “Murphy” presents opposing variables that leave planning considerations non-relevant. All finished and polished plans look great neatly written on a whiteboard in the Pentagon. However, reality and the “Fog-o-War” has a way of dismantling the best made plans of Mice and Men.
Military battle plans must be designed with a specifically desired effect in mind. We destroy enemy ammunition plants to limit their resupply capacity. We target enemy aircraft sitting on airfields to neutralize their air defense capability … and so on. Some military strategic planners call these targets “centers of gravity” … because of their strategic impacts on the enemy’s war-fighting capabilities or strengths.
So the obvious question is: how do I make a coherent link between military strategy and San Fransisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick who finds himself in the middle of a national debate surrounding his refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of NFL games as a public protest of social injustice within the African-American community?
Here it is.
I believe Colin Kaepernick is the wrong field general, targeting the wrong battle objectives, on the wrong battlefield. Let me explain: as an African-American who “has been” racially profiled in the past, has been called the “N-Word” as a kid growing up in the South, and who has experienced overt and subtle discrimination in this country, I think Colin is still woefully off-point in his methodology … not necessarily his intent.
Colin says he is protesting White oppression and social injustice … but unfortunately, he’s targeting the wrong “centers of gravity” that drive the issues. Much like an F-16 that attempts to take out an enemy communication command and control facility, but hits the school house right next to it instead and kills 30 innocent children.
Say goodbye to your “winning hearts and minds” campaign.
I recently told a colleague at work that Kaepernick’s decision to protest social injustice by sitting out on the national anthem was tantamount to protesting corruption in the banking industry by standing out in front of your local Chipotle with a sign that says, “Free Willy.” The wrong objective, strategy, timing, message, and venue.
First, and ironically, on 7 September 2016, the City of Chicago reported its deadliest Holiday weekend as 13 people were killed and a total of 65 inured in gun violence. Unfortunately, the Labor Day Weekend shootings in Chicago bolstered its annual homicide number to 500. Mind you, last year’s total was 491. Invariably, by the time you read this article, that number will be dated and old news.
Let these numbers sink in for just a minute. Close your eyes even.
Any other international relations conversation held around countless water coolers and coffee pots across America would not hesitate to refer to a city that experiences similar levels of senseless crime and violence as a “War Zone.”
Yes, Chicago is a War Zone. Even film director Spike Lee concedes that point in his film Chi-Raq.
As a military veteran who’s served enough time in Afghanistan and listened to countless intel briefings, I’ve seen less kinetic activity over a weekend in the darkest, dirtiest, most dangerous corners of Helmand Province than we’ve seen at times in a cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Chicago’s South Side — Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn might as well be Kabul, Bagram, Kandahar, or Khost.
Chicago is a War Zone. Even film director Spike Lee concedes that point in his film Chi-Raq.
But here’s the intellectual conflict.
There is seemingly no national outcry or call for rigorous Congressional efforts to stop the genocidal-like violence that African-Americans experience in this country’s urban battlefields.
A sweet, beautiful, four-year-old African-American little girl … innocently playing with her “Frozen” doll in front of her house, gets shot and killed instantly by a gang member who’s aiming for her uncle sitting on the porch because he disrespected him in front of a hot girl in the local club on the previous night … and the streets of Chicago are quiet following that tragedy. Oh well … right? For a story … more tragic and disconcerting as any we’ve seen related to this year’s (relatively) few African-American and Police shooting incidents … there are no professional athletes taking a knee for this little girl during the singing of the national anthem. Why not? Didn’t she experience a grave social injustice?
Moreover, “Civil Rights” activists don’t compel substantive national debate about the true “root cause” of the issues within the African-American community.
No one is (really) asking why African-Americans across this nation have to be afraid to walk the streets at night or have an event-free barbecue cookout without gun violence breaking out. That’s chiefly because we already know the answer–don’t we?
The unspoken narrative: Violence against African-Americans at the hands of a White person rips open painful, deep-seated wounds and tragic historical images and memories from America’s shameful racial past.
Conversely, black-on-black crimes violence … though exponentially more prevalent and significantly more deadly to our communities … goes largely ignored on the national stage like a homeless man begging for spare change outside a Washington D.C. Metro station, or that bat-sh*t crazy uncle who everyone ignores at the family reunion. Because “Uncle Smitty” is only tolerated and accepted because he’s “family.” As painful and embarrassing as it may be.
Here’s the frustration: there is no one at the national level who is “genuinely” trying to connect the dots in a meaningful and effective way when it comes to problems in our community. Yes, that silence you hear in the distance is Al Sharpton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Elijah Cummings, and so on.
No one dares associate our high unemployment rates, failing schools, corrupt local politicians, annihilation of the Black family unit, and our 70% children born out of wedlock rate with any of the problems that we currently have with law enforcement that athletes and others claim to be protesting right now.
Yes, bad cops need to be fired and or prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their negligent or criminal acts. But to ignore and cover up equally detrimental factors that plague our community — especially when they occur with more frequency and cause considerably more collateral damage in our neighborhoods … is irresponsible and myopic.
Again, that’s “one in four” of our young men who don’t have a strong father figure in the household to mentor them on not instinctively fighting with or running away from law enforcement when you engage them. Better yet, a male figure to teach them how to lower their probability of even having to (negatively) engage law enforcement in the first place.
So here’s the predominant question behind the problems that most Americans see with Colin Kaepernick’s methodology in one carelessly crafted sentence:
Why is a gifted African-American athlete (millionaire) … who was lovingly adopted and cared for by White parents … protesting “White oppression” and social injustice by police officers in neighborhoods that he doesn’t have to live in, by targeting a flag that symbolizes the very nation that affords him incredible opportunities that the majority of us (regardless of race) only daydream about while driving back from our unspectacular jobs in I-95 congestion at the end of the day?
Here’s another one: As a blue-blooded, hard-working, middle class American, why am I paying $80 for your Football jersey and $300 in game tickets to watch you disrespect my father who came back from Vietnam with a Purple Heart and a 100% disability rating that irrevocably impacted our family in the 1970s.
Hopefully you get my point.
So, here’s how the San Fransisco 49ers’ quarterback, or Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, or anyone else who chooses to use their notoriety and fame to actually have a “positive” impact on the African-American/Police relation issue in our nation.
First, instead of disparaging the memories of White, Black, Native-American, Asian etc heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure the future survival and prosperity of not only their families but ours, why not use your privileged to serve as a unifying nexus between our communities and our local law enforcement.
Hold community-building expedition games between local youth athletes and Police. Visit local elementary, middle, and high schools along with Police officers and talk about what they see on the streets and how the Police are trying to help in their communities. Talk about Police engagement and protocols.
Visit local elementary, middle, and high schools along with Police officers …
These tactics have a unifying effect that builds relations … not further posture communities against law enforcement. Help reinforce the concept of community Policing. A community that refuses to “snitch” on the very terrorists that plague their neighborhoods will live in their violent cycles indefinitely.
Additionally, we all know that in this country, professional sports serve as a unifying force that will see an African-American Dallas Cowboy fan slapping high-fives and hugging another Cowboy fan of any race after their team scores a game-deciding touchdown or make an interception. For three hours and 12 minutes, the color of ones jersey transcends the color of your skin, religious affiliation, or political opinions.
Use that power for good.
Instead of further fracturing and polarizing a nation, use your privilege and access to heal it. At that point, Colin will become the right leader, with the right objectives, on the right battlefield. Then we can all watch the positive change in our country instead of watching enraged 49ers fans burning Kaepernick jerseys on You Tube.
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What if You Could Interview the Next President of the United States? What Would Your Interview Questions Look Like?
Like many Americans watching the reality show that we like to call “The 2016 Elections,” I find myself not being overly thrilled and enamored with (really) any of the candidates that we see vying for the Presidency.
In the Republican camp, we have Donald Trump who will probably win the GOP nomination. But we also see a Republican Party mired in chaos and utter confusion. Let’s be honest, more than half of the party is actually sabotaging their front-runner’s efforts right now like turned-Ninjas. Moreover, major American cities are rioting and protesting Trump rallies like it was Adolf Hitler himself on a nation-wide propaganda tour. What a mess right?
In the Democrat camp, we have two “wonderful” candidates who are about as exciting to watch as a PBS 24-hour fundraising marathon.
“In the Democrat camp, we have two “wonderful” candidates who are about as exciting to watch as a PBS fundraising marathon.”
Listen … I’m not trying to side with any party or candidate at this point, but seriously, are you telling me that out of the 321,442,019 smart, courageous, innovative, and passionate people who currently reside in beloved country, the candidates that so grace us with their presence every day on CNN and Fox News, are the most qualified for the presidency?
Mind you, I work with a number of engineers who can think in levels of comprehensive and cognitive fluency that I couldn’t personally reach in a million years. These men and women are capable of solving mechanical and software problems that would make most of our craniums vapor lock and systematically shutdown like a poorly maintained Ukrainian nuclear power plant.
However, let’s imagine for a moment that picking our next president wasn’t the complex and frustrating process that it currently is. Yes, imagine that our presidential selection process was as easy as holding a national lottery. Americans love lotteries right?
Humor me for a minute: the ultimate winner of the lottery wins the exclusive right and privilege of choosing our next leader … but here’s the kicker: the lottery winner can’t just give the head nod to the next president like they’re selecting a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at the frozen section of your local WaWa.
The lottery winner would then have to interview each candidate (like a boss) using the same scrutinizing, grueling, comprehensive, and painstaking interview process that the rest of us average “Joes” have to go through in the real world.
There will be application questions.
The other lottery stipulations will be that your interview questions have to be the same for every candidate, and they have to be made public and painfully transparent.
After each candidate has been interviewed, you as the lottery winner, gets to make your final choice for the rest of us to live with (for better or for worse).
So if I actually won this presidential “selection” lottery, these would be my interview questions … these questions would represent what I need my next president to focus their energies on daily. With that said, and given these application questions, who do you think our next president would be? If only other political processes
1. Are you a communist, fascist, or socialist? (mind you, we have a copy of your college transcripts and every research paper that you’ve ever written)
2. If my son ever becomes a Navy Seal and his team is pinned down by the enemy in an undisclosed (Top Secret) location in the world, and the only way that they will have any chance to survive is with the help of an air strike package that “you” can order; do you send in the Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters to turn the enemy into red confetti or do you wait three days to weigh the consequences from an international affairs perspective?
3. Can I see the last twenty Google searches on your laptop?
4. Have you ever actually compared yourself to the average man (or women) in public? When you made that comparison, were you actually aware of the average salary of the common man that you associate yourself with?
5. Have you ever served in the armed forces? If no, do you feel qualified to send people who actually serve into meaningless conflicts and countries that can give a rat’s a** about democracy or the free market?
6. Two-part question: Have you ever waiting tables in a restaurant full of ornery customers or served greasy burgers at a McDonalds just to finance your college education and supplement any scholarships you were lucky to get? If yes, how do you feel about the idea of giving the next generation a free education just for the asking?
7. Three-part question: Do you currently have a Costco card in your wallet? (Let me see it because I don’t really believe you) How many times have you shopped at Wal-Mart (sending the nanny or butler there doesn’t count by the way)? Do you know the name of at least one NASCAR driver?
8. Finish this sentence: The three greatest people who ever walked on the face of the earth are _____, _____, and _____. Note: if the answer “Jesus Christ” isn’t first on your list, this interview is officially over and you can catch the next flight back home.
9. True or False question: Quality of life considerations for actual human beings are infinitely more important than preserving the wet, stinky, and murky habitats of micro-organisms that have zero impact on our lives collectively.
10. When presented with the opportunity to polarize this nation for your own political agenda by penning races, economic, and social classes against each other; what would you ultimately choose do as President of the United States of America?
11. What is the first name of the janitor who cleans your office every day? (Your answer to this question will really tell us how you feel about the average American)
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A Divided America: Through The Eyes of a Soldier.
Written by Gregory Hutchinson for Goombay Tally | goombaytally.com
As an active duty member in the United States armed forces, I’ve had an opportunity to see America from several unique vantage points and kaleidoscopic angles. Does that make me an expert on American foreign policy, U.S. politics, international or domestic affairs? Of course not; but I think my perspective at least counts for something.
So here it is.
Like many veterans, I’ve deployed several times since the terrorist attacks in 2001, and have visited over 27 different countries over my lifetime. I’ve seen Americans in other countries playing the role of fellow military members, tourists, professional athletes, politicians, military contractors, comedians (Robin Williams was a genius…God rest his soul), media personalities, NFL cheerleaders, and the motley list continues.
Throughout my travels, I’ve found that people have varied opinions about this country. Some think America is the proverbial “land of milk and honey” and hold up our democratic system as the quintessential template for the rest of the world to follow. Others think America is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah filled with greedy, heartless politicians and corporate CEOs, blood-thirsty lobbyists advancing an out-of-control military industrial complex, or a cesspool of half-naked models and pornography on every corner and website. These folks obviously have no aspirations of ever visiting this country, much less immigrating here.
However, I find that most foreigners I’ve conversed with over time fall somewhere in the “gooey” middle in terms of their opinions about America: “Americans are generally pretty cool, but your government is a hot mess.”
Like many of you last week, I watched the GOP debates along with a few network commentaries on some of the night’s highlights and opinions on who won and who lost the debate. I must say that I eventually turned off my television and crawled into bed feeling a little confused, angry, and even a little sad for our nation that night.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just a biased, myopic indictment against the Republican Party, I felt equally disheartened and disenfranchised after watching the series of Democratic debates over the last few months. I saw painfully academic, craftily scripted speeches, all made to convince us that each candidate was the only viable solution for America’s problems.
Besides the rancor and infighting that we’ve all observed during this election season, I’m sure you’ve noticed the raging political skirmishes that are prevalent on the social media battlefield. Memes attacking Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Let’s be honest, most of them are amusing to say the least; but I tend to view most of them for what they are: one man’s opinion, neatly packaged as the truth, and nefariously fueled by an agenda.
What’s less amusing, is the divisive battle lines that the country seems to have drawn racially, socially, in the schools, in social media, in the churches, and in the courtrooms.
On Facebook, you are invited to join in on the buffoonery. Each political party has bloggers and social engineers feverishly hammering out quirky little articles with grabby titles and humerus memes to discredit, demonize, and demoralize the other party. You’ve all seen them and most of you have probably shared them with your buddies at work.
We’re made to believe that all Trump supporters are crazy racists who want to brand, than kick all Muslims out of the country, that Bernie Sanders supporters are all communists, and Hillary Clinton drones are disloyal, untrustworthy feminists who would soon vote for a crazed circus monkey as long as he’s a Democrat.
Here’s another perspective.
In Iraq or Afghanistan, the locals didn’t necessarily make overarching, sub-categorizing distinctions about Americans based on their political affiliations, religion, race, gender, height, overweight. Were there prejudices about women in uniform. Yes, and we all know the stories but at the end of the day, love it or hate it, you were an American in their country and that’s all that really mattered.
As military members deployed to a war-zone, Trump-supporting Soldiers, Hillary-supporting Seaman or Marines, and Bernie Sanders-supporting Airmen or Coast Guard members are all part of the same team and would bravely give their very lives to save any of their fellow service members who were in trouble.
Let’s be frank: our nation’s military could not function if (for example) Liberal soldiers decided to peel off and form their own distinct divisions in west Afghanistan. Likewise, Conservative F-16 Eagle or A-10 Warthog pilots wouldn’t break from their squadrons at Bagram Airbase and determine independently what their target priorities will be. Moreover, you would never find pro-abortion special operators breaking from their teams to determine which missions they will support and which ones they’ll ignore.
In the war-fighter environment, the need for the forward progression and ultimate success of the mission transcends individual goals, objectives, or desires.
Don’t get me wrong, America should never be run like a military organization. In fact, we commit billions of dollars a year in defense spending to keep nations like that in check. However, I do suggest that there are valuable political and social lessons to be learned from the military in joint operations. Is there conflict between branches of the military in this environment? You bet your a** there is. But at the end of the day, (typically) the advancement of the mission, the well being of the fighting forces, and the nation’s primary objectives and interests are first and foremost in any course of action.
Instead, in America we see a dangerous racial divide sweeping across the country, the African-American community is at odds with law enforcement, we have a disappointing, stagnant, and unresponsive Congress that votes itself a pay raise every year or so, a nation split down party lines, and a lukewarm economy that serves as the bitter, wilted cherry on top.
So as a member of the greatest military in the history of the world, what is my hope for the future of America?
My hope is that we stop just seeing ourselves as disjointed and independently-operating teams, units, battalions, battle groups and squadrons of Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, Catholics, Muslims etc.
I still get teary-eyed when I remember coming home from my last tour in Afghanistan. I recall finally landing at Baltimore-Washington International Airport after a long and grueling flight that began in below-zero temperatures on a flight line in Kyrgyzstan. I know it sounds cliché, but I literally felt like falling down and kissing the ground when the plane landing. I didn’t. But could have.
In the airport, every uniformed member on that flight probably expecting the routine walk to the baggage claim area, and the long wait for (hopefully) all of their bags on the conveyor belt (especially your weapons). Instead, what we all saw was about two-hundred patriotic Americans waving flags and clapping as we walked down the long exit-way to find a taxi and a hotel for the night. A few Boy Scouts in attendance even offered to carry some of our bags for us.
That is the American that I want to remember. That crowd of Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Muslims, whites, blacks, Liberals, and Conservatives, all showing their appreciation for those who serve on the pointy end of American diplomacy. These were good, decent citizens who knew none of us will probably ever stand and debate in the House of Representatives or the Senate as esteemed politicians, skillfully articulating the nuances of foreign policy on CNN or Meet the Press. But they knew enough to get in their cars that cold night in Baltimore and thank a few soldiers who risked their lives taking care of the government’s business in dirty, dark and dusty corners of Afghanistan. These Americans knew that democracy and freedom isn’t won by making pretty speeches and gestures in fancy suits on television; freedom is ultimately won through the humble spirits of warriors silently exiting and returning to our shores in the darkness of night.
My mother was the first to share with me the Bible verse Mark 3:35 which says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Regardless of your religious affiliation or stance, this verse holds true in every company, corporation, organization, nation, group, circumstance or situation.
President Abraham Lincoln knew this simple but powerful precept back in the 1860s, and it is my final hope that my next Commander-in-Chief embraces it as well.
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As a Civilized Society, Please Stop Posting These 5 Things on Social Media.
As we all know, social media is an awesome venue for sharing important life events with family and friends who you would normally not speak with on a regular basis. Heck, a social media site that allows you to reconnect with a friend you haven’t seen since first grade, can’t be all bad right?
But we all know that some people tend to “overshare” their lives and put us all in the awkward position of having to either avert our gaze, swipe our way through their posts, or simply stare in amazement or horror. Yes, we all have that friend that essentially uses Facebook as their modern day dairy; the only difference is that this diary is instantly read by 700 people and not hidden under your bed and away from your nosy little brother.
Let’s face it… the majority of them are casual friends — some they know very well, some we know of and some we really don’t know at all.
I recently heard a comedian joke about one of his Facebook friends who abruptly posted, “I NEED A GOOD LAWYER RIGHT NOW!!” Long story short, the premise of the joke was that too many people are replacing God-given common sense, self-initiative, and independent research and thought with a sad and unhealthy dependency on social media.
My favorite posts are the uber passive aggressive ones that rant about the transgressions of total strangers that they encountered in town that day. They sound something like this: “Thank you (dude driving the black Hundai) for taking my parking spot today at the Panera Bread off of Monaco and Main Street… I hope you choked on the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt you bastard!”
Now, I think I can speak for everyone of your friends when I tell you … unless you barreled out of your car in the middle of the street and yelled those very words at the rude parking spot thief, we’re really not interested in your uber passive-aggressive diatribe.
Don’t let yourself become one of these people. Read on to learn more about the top five things that should never be posted on Facebook.
1. Puke-worthy Injury Photos
For some reason, there are people who have injured themselves on the job or at home and somehow find it necessary to post photos of the gruesome aftermath. This is especially problematic, since there is a good chance that some poor, unsuspecting browser will happen upon these sickening photographs against their will.
And those who feel the need to share photos of other people’s gruesome injuries are even more wrong, since they are taking pictures, instead of getting the person the necessary medical attention. Mind you, taking some injury or infection photos may serve your doctor or medical staff well as they examine the progression of the site, but trust me, most of your Facebook buddies will not appreciate the details.
2. Dirty Bathroom Selfies
If you have seen one bathroom selfie, you have seen them all. There is nothing new to be added to this particular genre of Facebook posts. And worst of all, there are a wide range of people who don’t seem to realize how dirty their bathroom is until after someone points it out in the comments. There’s really no circumstance where anyone is going to want to see your muscle man pose in the mirror or your picture with your boobs strategically placed in a position to elicit likes from the men in your feed. Hey, by the way, did you see the chick who took a bathroom selfie but forgot to flush the toilet that was positioned behind her. Yep, after one of her friends pointed it out, it quickly became a (disgusting) Facebook legend.
3. Medical History
Your medical history should be one of the most private aspects of your life, but with social media, the lines between public information and private information have been blurred. There is no reason to subject your family and Facebook friends to your private medical history, so keep this between you and your physician.
I have a family member who frequently posts about her frequent sinus issues and … even better … updates her 1,200 friends hourerly
If you can’t resist posting pictures of your bloody, dangling appendages — do us all a favor and at least post it after breakfast.
4. Your Vacation Plans
We’ve seen it before: this person lets all of Facebook know when they are going to be on vacation, person comes back home to find out that their house has been ransacked. Don’t leave this kind of sensitive information in the hands of your Facebook connections. Most of us have friends on our page that we have not spoken to since high school and we never know what someone could be capable of until it is too late. Let’s face it, that seemingly nice guy you “sort” of knew from high school Geometry class, the one that you recently friend-ed, may be secretly collecting human skulls and index fingers in is mother’s basement now.
Don’t be his next victim.
5. Your Daily “Comings and Goings”
It’s always fun to let you friends know that you are at the movies getting ready to watch Star Wars, The Force Awakens or at the Denver Broncos game, but don’t be like the guy who called in sick for work and later decided that it would be a good idea to post on Facebook that “my jackass boss thinks I’m home sick with the flu…but the only thing that’s sick right now is my crazy Call of Duty skills”. Yeah, in case you were wondering, that guy was looking for a new job the next day.
Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally Blog | www.goombaytally.com | Social Media Blog | Please share this post on Facebook/Twitter