RANDOM OBSERVATIONS – DECEMBER, 2018

There is a severe crisis looming in youth sports. Very simply, only about 10% of children today play organized sports and the number is declining rapidly. At the same time, 40% or more of our children are overweight or obese.

What is going on and why? Because of partial or total budget cuts, most public schools rarely have gym programs. In addition, most park and recreation facilities have fallen into misuse and parted with staff.

The result is most kids don’t have a place to play organized sports.

To fill the gap, there is a booming expansion of highly sophisticated training facilities supported by parents who can afford to sign up their kids for multi-level programs in a wide variety of sports.

The kids who can’t afford these training facilities are left on the wayside to play video games and become more obese.

If you project this trend further, the demographics of college and professional sports teams will be dominated by the more well-to-do students who have been well trained and will outshine the competition from the less prosperous students who will have little training without the traditional school and parks programs.

The change will be huge!
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Will the state of Florida ever get the ballot counting after an election straight? Sure doesn’t look like it!
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How come we all overeat on Thanksgiving and it’s so good? We all say, “I ate too much.” Then comes the next morning, we can’t wait for breakfast.
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There’s a whole new “sport” developing in Russia. It’s part competitive war games, and an Olympics of war machines, as well as a giant arms sale for countries looking to buy arms and equipment.

The games included tanks, planes, and all kinds of military arms and equipment.

This year, 37 countries participated, including India, China and Israel. Russia won almost all the gold medals and billions of dollars in purchase orders.
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“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali.
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The new House Oversight Committee has announced plans to investigate Ivanka Trump’s use of her personal computer to communicate government business. While this sounds a lot like Hillary’s same tactic during four or more years as Secretary of State, Ivanka was only a ceremonial representative of the White House.

A somewhat major difference, but that’s politics.
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Popular choice to the contrary, most food and beverages have more taste when served at room temperature.
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The Story of Oil—And Why It’s Crashing Now

Over the past 18 months, American oil production has soared to new record levels. Meanwhile, prices are crashing after reaching multi-year highs earlier in 2018.

Energy is the lifeblood of the modern world. We heat and cool our homes, generate light, drive near and far, fly around the world and ply the oceans. Oil is responsible for most of it, even as we work to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

What makes the oil markets unique is that everyone on earth wants the product, but just a few participants effectively control the industry. Most notably, the oil kingpins of Saudi Arabia and OPEC, who control more than 44% of the world’s oil supply.

So when they want to manipulate the market, it happens. That’s what we’re seeing today, with oil around $50 a barrel.
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Attendance at Jewish and Christian houses of worships is declining as our population becomes more secular—as a non-church goer, I find that disturbing. Our culture is in trouble.
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The so-called “Migrant Caravan,” which has dissipated almost entirely now, was riding high as a “humanitarian crisis” right before the mid-term elections in November.

It was not a spontaneous gathering of innocent victims who got together to seek asylum in the U.S. It was a well-organized and well-funded operation to attempt to overwhelm and destroy our immigration system, as bad as it is.

If you had tried to follow the background of the caravan in our mainstream media, you didn’t have much success. They did not want you to know who was paying for the buses, the trucks transporting, or who was paying for food and shelter for the thousands of people coming to the U.S. border.

It has been confirmed that a Washington, D.C. group called The National Immigration Forum is the guiding light for migrants trying to enter the USA. This organization works with smaller groups to circumvent immigration law.

And listen to this: From 2009 to 2014, the Open Society Foundation, headed by George Soros, donated $4.4 million to the National Immigration Forum. Quite a surprise, right?

In Hungary, the country passed a law to stop Soros and others from funding refugees heading for that nation. It’s actually called “the Soros law.”

But it is the USA where Soros is most involved. In that same period (2009-2014), this guy donated $827 million to far left, progressive groups. That money has done major damage to traditional America and our values.
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A golfer walks into the new Government National Golf Course pro shop and asks the golf pro if they sell ball markers.

The golf pro says that they do, and they are $1.00.

The golfer gives the golf pro a dollar.

The golf pro opens the register, puts the dollar in, and hands the player a dime to use as a marker.
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The baseball season is too long and football games would be better if they were only three quarters.
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Justice Kavanaugh’s vote against hearing the case against Planned Parenthood was his first abortion-related case, but it does not necessarily reflect how he would rule in future cases.

It takes four justices to hear a case, and these appeals were considered in a series of closed-door meetings since late September. But the court’s conservatives were unable to gain the needed fourth vote. Kavanaugh took his seat in the second week of October, and his opponents assumed he would vote in favor of restricting abortion rights when given the opportunity.

Wrong again after all that hoo-ha!
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Well, that’s about enough for one year. Have a great holiday season and get ready for 2019. It’s the beginning of an election cycle, so we’ll have more laughable or annoying moments than serious new ideas.

Oh, well!

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