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America!!

As many of you have noticed, I have not written on this site for a while as I have begun writing for a website 4thquarter17.wordpress.com The posts there will be sports related while I will still be talking about cooking and everything else on here, I will include some sports talk too.

I want to open with, I love this country and everything that it stands for, especially the Constitution.  When you look at what the Constitution enables us to do and the mobility and opportunity it allows each and every citizen compared to other countries in the world it is amazing.  That is why it infuriates me beyond belief when people that should be encouraging young people to exercise their rights, looking at you Laura Ingraham from Fox News, are putting these young people down and trying to discourage them from being Americans.

David Hogg is a survivor of the shooting at Majory Stonemen High School and he is a lead activist for gun reform in the United States.  He is leading peaceful protests for change not Democratic or Republican change but American change.   I am not concerned with whether or not you think gun reform will stop the school shootings or not, this is not a blog discussing the two sides of the argument.   This is a blog that is discussing why some people think it is ok for them to have rights and others should just “shut up and dribble.”  I applaud both sides of this issue and the people that are exercising their rights by peacefully demonstrating and asking for a change to protect our children in these dangerous times.  That is why it appalls me that a person in Ms. Ingraham’s position would attack a student that is trying to elicit change by leading peaceful protests.  Instead of celebrating him and the other students for being better Americans than 90% of the citizens, she attacked him personally because she doesn’t agree with his point of view.

I love and hate reading social media at times like these, I read posts and shares by people that I really respect and the attacks on these kids are unbelievable.  As an American and a veteran of the United States military, I love it when people express their rights to peacefully protest and express their opinions which are well within their rights as an American to do.  People asked me during the football season what my opinion of was of the players that were kneeling during the national anthem, I responded consistently that it did not bother me at all.  I was in the military and went to Iraq to defend their right to peacefully protest.  These students should be celebrated in the same way and not personally attacked by anyone especially a member of the national media.  Fox News and Laura Ingraham especially have become the old man yelling, “get off my lawn!”  They are lead organization that wants the status quo and will attack anyone that is fighting for change.  They basically want everyone to sit down shut up and do what they are told instead of expressing themselves and fighting for what they believe in.  They preach being American and then personally attack anyone that does not agree with them.

The essence of America was summed up in one sentence in a movie called The American President. “You want free speech?  Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, and who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” Free speech has to go both ways and if it is to be productive can not divulge into name calling, which happens in Washington 90% of the time.  For free speech to work, there needs to be an honest and open discussion with the same end goals in mind.

I applaud people like David Hogg, LeBron James, and Colin Kaepernick keep exercising your right to peacefully protest.  You do not have to agree with their protest but you as an American should at the very least respect their position and cause.  I will lead the charge to never support any company that sponsors the @Ingrahamangle on Fox News.  Keep fighting the good fight ladies and gentlemen fight for change and keep exercising your rights, especially the right to vote this spring and next November.

The Peters’s household is going clean and stop using products with chemicals in them.  There will be many updates on this going forward.

☘️Cheers☘️

 

America!!

This is not going to be a normal blog, the usual sports, and lame stuff I do will have to wait until the end.  This week we suffered a tragedy as an American society that we face all too often.  I started typing a different sort of blog yesterday, one that was written from a place of anger and sadness.  The blog, I will let you read it if you would like, was not going to achieve what I feel this blog should.   I wrote a blog last week that talked about culture bringing people together.  The blog that I started yesterday was a total one-sided response to a problem where there are no easy answers.  What happened in Florida and what has happened in schools far too often cannot be allowed to happen again.  We as a society must do everything in our power to protect our greatest asset, our children.  I do not know the answer whether it be gun control, mental health help, better security at schools, not publicizing the suspects or whatever it may be.  The one thing that I am sure of is that we are never going to have a solution if we are torn apart as a country.  Our elected leaders need to come together and bring our country together to find a solution to all of the violence in our country.  Now is the time for our elected leaders to stand up and do whatever is necessary to protect our children.  They need to put aside their differences for the safety of our children because if nowhere else they should feel safe at two places home and school.  In my original write, I was going to make this highly political and therefore be part of the problem, but I am choosing to be part of the solution to finding an answer to this epidemic.  Listening to the response from the leaders of our country it did not sound to me like they, Democrats and Republicans, were willing to put aside politics to keep our children safe.

It is at times like this that our country shows that we are mightier than the evil that befalls it.  At times like this, we as a country work as one no matter our differences to do what is needed to help other Americans.  America is the greatest country in the world and we are like one big family, that may at times get upset and frustrated with each other but if there is an attack on one of us it is an attack on all of us, and we take it personally.  Remember 9/11, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Boston Bombings, or Newtown?  It did not matter your race, ethnicity, gender, or religion we were all Americans doing whatever it took to help our fellow Americans, wouldn’t it be great if we could have that attitude every day and not only when tragedy strikes?  Our leaders need to be unifiers and not dividers going forward, they need to understand there is no right way or wrong way there is only the American way and what is best for American citizens and most importantly American children.

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On to more lighter things, pitchers and catchers reported this week which means 43 days until opening day.  The tribe is looking good again, all of our main pitchers are back, but we lost Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana to free agency.  I like the look of this club it should be an interesting summer and hopefully fall here in Cleveland.

Erin and I have been enthralled with the Olympics from South Korea.  I was never an extreme sports guy but I caught the halfpipe men’s and women’s final. These guys and gals are nuts the way they flip and turn is amazing.  Sean White and Chloe Kim both brought home the gold.  White’s third run which he needed to get the gold was amazing as you can see here:

Chloe Kim was equally impressive as she dominated her way to gold.  This was her run even as she already had the gold medal wrapped up:

The guy that is stealing the show with his exuberance and showmanship is Adam Rippon.  He had a great run last night in men’s figure skating landing a number of different tricks, but the greatest part of Adam Rippon is post-program interviews. He calls the reporters by their first name, for instance when he was asked how he liked the Olympics, he looked the reporter right in the eye and said, “Andrea, it’s pretty amazing!”

Here is a video of his performance that had the crowd rocking and the post-performance interview:

On Fat Tuesday Erin and I went to Fiesta Jalapeno in North Ridgeville.  Erin loves Mexican food, I’ll eat it but I’m not as big a fan.  It was good the decor was nice but not too over the top.  They give you all the chips and salsa that you can handle, which is bad for me since I have no willpower to say no.  I got three soft shell chorizo tacos, I did like the tacos because they just come with cheese and meat and then you add your own vegetables from the taco bar.  Great idea!  Overall the experience was nice and we will probably go back again.  I am instituting a new rating system of shamrocks, 5 being the best that you can get so I give Fiesta Jalapeno  ☘️☘️

That is all for today, wow that was a tough one to write.  Thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy and also to the survivors from the school. Remember this America and its citizens will always be there for you.  I will close with two things, first do not judge others for you have no idea what battle they are fighting within themselves and number two smile and say hello to everyone it takes no effort and you never know being nice may just save that person from the depths of depression.  Lastly, if you are feeling depressed talk to someone talk to anyone if you need to talk to me through this blog or my Twitter account @WCPeters_1, my DMs are always open. Parents talk to your children let them know that they are never alone.  The most underused word in the world is Love, tell someone you love them and mean it.  I know I am guilty of not telling the people that I love that I love them enough, plus love heals all.

Love you guys have a great week!

Cheers!! 🍀🍀