Christian Rogers on the Glenn Beck Program

Dallas, November 13th 2013

 

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“ENABLING THE DMV”

Today’s Quote

 “Hitler’s dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.”

-Alan Bullock

 

 

Time Check

April 22, 1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship. 

April 22,1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time. 

April 22, 1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.

 

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Iss. 35

April 22, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

Have you ever waited in line at the DMV? Doesn’t it make you mad? 

Have you ever waited in line at the post office? 

These are examples of departments that are state run and judging by the way you feel when you leave the DMV, they obviously don’t run things too well. Personally, whenever I have to go down to the DMV, I feel like I am marching off to battle. Not only is the service awful, but I get the worst attitudes from the employees and always end up having to come back more than once. Like the Spartans once said, “Come back with your Shield or on it!” Now days it’s—You’re going where?Well, Good luck with that!

So why does something as important as the Department of Motor Vehicles get away with such poor service? It’s because we enable them! We accept the fact that there will be a long line when we go to the DMV. And we complain about it, but we don’t actually do anything. Instead, we just expect that the next time will be just as bad and sure enough it is!

Think of it this way. Your taxes pay for the DMV and its employees. So when they tell you to take a number because they’re on a lunch break and you get a serious attitude from the person at the desk, you are actually paying them to treat you like crap. Talk about ENABLING, you might as well say, “Thank you sir may I have another!” 

Your money goes straight to their pensions and then they get raises and get rewarded for that colossal three hour line that wraps around the building each day. Something has got to be wrong with that don’t you think? Yet, we don’t get it. We say “hey, I bet it would be awesome if I had to wait in a line like that to see a doctor.” You know what, it might even make the hospital seem like Disneyland….until you’re….actually….dying….of course. Public healthcare is the next post office looming on the horizon and unless we get serious about taking a stand, we’re going to have one more communistic attribute. I’m sure we will all understand when it takes two weeks to get into the Emergency Room. Then it will be Real. 

 

Christian

 

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“THE HANDOUT GENERATION”

Today’s Quote

 “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

-Samuel Adams

 

 

Time Check

April 15,  1784 – The first balloon was flown in Ireland. 

April 15, 1865 – Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth. 

April 15, 1912 – The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived 

 

 

 

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Iss. 34

April 15, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

Our country has a serious addiction to handouts. And unlike other addictions, this one cannot be broken. 

When I was in 5th grade I ran for class President. With the help of my friends and parents, I managed an excellent campaign. Eventually, at the end of the campaign, each candidate was expected to deliver a 5 minute speech telling the school why  they should vote for you. I spent hours writing and I somehow drafted up something that I felt pretty good about. 

My speech was hard hitting and serious, telling the students exactly what I planned to do. I told them about my skills, my experience, and why I thought I would be successful in bettering the school. 

Out of the six candidates, I ended up coming in second place in a heavily competitive race. The boy who beat me had a speech that differed entirely from mine. His definition of the word “Presidential” apparently included a karate outfit, extensive lying, and a karate instructor holding boards that he turned around and chopped with a HI-YAH at the end of each sentence.

But that wasn’t all, he promised to work on creating a “bring your Gameboy to school day” and to “put soda in the drinking fountains”. If you don’t think every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader didn’t vote for this guy you are kidding yourself. School had suddenly become Disneyland! They received him with rounds of applause and cheers of joy. If they had palm fronds they probably would have thrown them at his feet and sang HOSANNA! 

Although I ended up getting the majority of the votes in the 4th and 5th grades, these promises were too good to be true. To the younger grades, I was pinned as the bad guy. How could I neglect them, my constituents, by ignoring their RIGHT to have Soda in the drinking fountain?! 

 

The once known self-reliant culture of the American people is long gone, and it has been replaced with a need for free stuff. This mentality has spread throughout the public and is now the prevailing view among young people. For the first time, the masses are swayed by benefits instead of principles. And because of it, the business of offering false promises is thriving more than ever. Candidates embellish their claims and set goals that are unreachable all in order to get votes. 

Much like the kids at my elementary school, It is no surprise that Americans have become addicted to this new lifestyle. Eventually, there will be no turning back. Our citizens now see government healthcare, an education system, and welfare as natural rights. And unless you promise all of this and put soda in the drinking fountains you’re not going to have a chance in winning a single election. 

But we have ourselves to blame, for believing these false promises and being tempted by the government. Now we are reliant on the state, just like they want. Now it is nearly impossible to discern what is real. Unless of course, you stay informed.

Keep it Real America,

 

Christian

 

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“CALIFORNIA NEEDS A PIGGY BANK”

Today’s Quote

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

- Benjamin Franklin

 

 

 

Time Check

April 8, 1513 – The land of Florida was claimed for Spain.
April 8, 1962 – Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

 

 

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Iss. 33

April 8, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

I am going to start by sharing a quick story about two brothers.

Once Upon a Time, there were two little boys who worked hard doing their chores every single week. At the end of the month, Father would reward the boys for their hard work with an allowance of seven dollars. The eldest and wisest, Jim, looked forward to the end of each month to add to his grand stash. When it was finally time, he collected his seven dollars and put the money in a jar titled SAVINGS.  John however, was not so patient. He waited endlessly for that day and when it was finally time, he grabbed the money and ran off and bought all the toys and candy he could afford. Sure, Jim was envious of his brother as he craved a candy bar of his own, but he wouldn’t let himself do it….he knew he couldn’t afford to.              10 years later, John was going to Prom and was looking for a ride. He couldn’t pick up his date because he didn’t have a car. Perplexed, John ran to his knowledgeable brother…but Jim said that he didn’t know what to do for him. Jim then  waved goodbye and went to pick up his girlfriend in his brand new sports car and head to the dance. John watched Jim drive off and turned to his Father and screamed, “It’s just not fair!” Father just smirked and simply replied, “Oh Johnny, would you like to ride with me?”

So there it is. John put himself in a bit of a predicament by not saving any of his money. Instead he indulged and spent until he had nothing left. Now let’s be honest, John probably enjoyed every single one of those candy bars, and Jim was a bit extreme as he didn’t spend a dime on himself, but he gained the ultimate reward in doing so. On the other hand, John payed the ultimate price.

This scenario sounds childish, but it is the exact situation that the United States are in as we speak. Every state gets tax money, and every state gets to choose how to spend it. Some states are like Jim, and save up their money for things of the utmost importance. And then there’s the John States. The ones that take their allowance and SPEND. California is a perfect example. If John bought the whole chocolate store, California bought the Chocolate Factory! But this is the Golden State Come On…..

Father keeps telling California to cut back and save some of that money….but toys and chocolate bars are important, we say, “They make everyone happy!” “Do you really want us to take happiness away from our people? How dare you even propose something like that!” And meanwhile the rest of the nation sits back and watches as irresponsibility consumes “John States” until they have nothing left to spend.

And I almost forgot to tell you the end of the story. Jim get’s a call when he finally gets to Prom and it’s his brother John asking for a ride. He says to Jim, “Jim you can’t leave me here alone, I’m your brother, you’ve gotta help me.” Of course, Jim leaves the dance to pick up his brother. By the time they both arrive at Prom, the dance is over. Jim looks at John and says to him “man, I hope those toys were worth it”.

And that’s what we’re gona be saying, “man California, I hope those toys were worth it”. Because now we’re all gona miss the dance, and mark my words,we will miss a lot more than that. Oh, don’t worry, CA will still be the good old Golden State. But it will keep this name only due to the fact that gold is the only currency left containing any value. Wake up California. Wake up. You can hear your Father telling you to save your money! You’re gona bring us all down with this behavior. At least look to your brothers as an example. But California and all the states like it say, “if only I was paid more than seven dollars…what a greedy father I have!” And they go and raise taxes and say “this time we will have enough!” “This time we won’t spend it all!”

Texas and Florida have no income tax. Sure, life could be better. But these states are run efficiently, they aren’t wasteful, and they don’t promise their citizens tons of free toys. Like Jim, these states spend money on the things they really need. Why can’t we all do that? I’ll tell you why…. it’s cus’ we all want to take our seven dollars and run right on down to the toy store like little kids. When will we just grow up?

Keep it Real America,

 

Christian

 

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“PROGRESSIVES ATTACK FOOTBALL”

 Today’s Quote

“I’d be derelict in my duty if I didn’t go and continue to use every advantage that I can to promote New York’s cause.” -Michael Bloomberg

 

 

Time Check

March 25, 0421 – The city of Venice was founded.

March 25, 1807 – British Parliament abolished the slave trade.

March 25, 1971 – The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.

 

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Iss. 32

March 25, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

This weekend I was given the opportunity to write for a political website called CBC (Conservative Blogs Central). Here is a copy of the article that I wrote for their blog. If you choose you can view the original article at http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2013/03/progressives-attack-football.html


I’m sure some of you already know, but there was a huge amendment to the NFL rule book this week. There has been much said about to the implications that this will have on the game, but very little has been mentioned in regards to the bigger picture. And for that, my friends, you don’t need to be a football fan to throw a red flag (no pun intended).


As of now, the rule states that running backs and defenders cannot collide helmet to helmet, using the crown of the head, in the open field. The rule’s intentions seem to support a noble cause: Player Safety. And I don’t think anyone would refute the importance of player safety. But then again, couldn’t we say the same thing in reference to obesity?

 

Progressives. They always seem to know best. That’s why Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban large sodas. He says that you can’t take care of yourself, and apparently, the Mayor of New York City is the only one who can be a”health expert” in the city. (I mean, he looks so healthy doesn’t he?) This act of divine knowledge is exactly what all the dictators and kings have claimed to have throughout history.  Well let’s be honest, you don’t have the title of mayor, therefore, you must not be able to understand that soda isn’t good for you. Sadly, this is their reasoning, and it’s the same reasoning that is used when people attempt to change the game of football as we know it.


The game of football has been progressively changing within the last decade. The NFL has instated law after law, penalty after penalty, all in an effort to reduce the violence of the sport. Football, is a great parallel to America, because it has gotten to the point that there are just too many rules. In the year 2010 alone, 40,000 new laws were instated in the United States. It seems you can hardly breathe without breaking some kind of law now (if you don’t believe me, read through the thousands of laws and you will realize that you are not the perfect citizen you may think you are-it’s scary). Football players feel the same way! They are getting paid to go out and hit the opponent as hard as they possibly can…but wait, now they will get in trouble for doing that? It sounds ridiculous.


 Just like you my friends, I  have the free will to wake up and go to the gym, or instead go to 7-11 and grab a Big Gulp. And let me remind you that these players, who play in the NFL, are big boys. To put it blatantly, big boys have the ability to think for themselves and they have a decision to make as well. Yet, THEY elect to play the violent sport, with the conscience understanding that there is a great probability of getting hurt. And mark my words, whether you like football or not, the NFL is a microcosm of the USA. If you want to understand which way the country is headed, turn on the TV set and watch a game. We Americans claim to be free, but our politicians just don’t want us to get hurt….maybe they should decide what we can and can’t do….how noble of them. After all, “Big Brother is always watching out for you.”


Keep it Real

 

Christian

 

 

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“HOME SCHOOL”

Today’s Quote

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is who will educate your children.  -Max Victor Belz

 

 

Time Check

March 18, 0037 – The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor.

March 18, 1874 – Hawaii signed a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the U.S.

March 18, 1891 – Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.

 

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Iss. 31

March 18, 2013

Hey There Thinkers,

Today I want to talk to you about homeschooling. Many of the minds that shaped this nation were developed at home, several even educated themselves. As a product of both homeschooling and the public school system, I can vouch that there is a huge difference. One focuses on learning, and one focuses on testing. But aside from the fact that I learn more in the introduction of most novels than an entire year in public school, it is self-evident that a parent should have the right to educate their children as they choose.

 

(See Last Week’s Blog http://www.realtimesblog.com/?p=470)

In Germany homeschooling is illegal. Families who disobey this law will be harassed by authorities and even have their children taken from them. What? The Government owns your children, not you? Who could have instituted such a law?

Adolf Hitler. This law was imposed by none other than the Fuhrer himself because even he knew that control over the education system was key. In American schools today, there is one curriculum, one leftist agenda, and one culture that a student must adopt in order to be successful in school. For instance, a classmate sneezes: That can’t be followed by a “God Bless You” but instead a simple “Bless You” as some students may find that offensive. Students at my elementary school weren’t allowed to play TAG….”there’s a victim”. Not to mention Anti war, Pro Gay, and anti capitalistic messages, are promoted, while the founding fathers and constitutional views are deemed “old fashioned”. That, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if you agree with these views you will hopefully still agree with me when I say that those who oppose the progressive views taught in schools should have the option to educate their children in a different manner.

Seeking refuge, a German family came to the United States. The family educated their children at home because they disagreed with the messages being taught in the public school system in Germany. This changed when they received threats from the government stating: their children would be taken from them. The family has been living here in America now for some time and have been enjoying their well earned freedom as they took the time to immigrate legally. However, the Obama administration is now trying to deport them. The administration’s grounds for the deportation state that the right to self-educate is not a universal human right. Well that’s scary…. Are we talking about the United States Department of Home Land Security, or are we talking about the fascist Nazi Regime? Their language sounds somewhat similar if you ask me….

As a product of homeschooling, I see this as a problem in the making. Our leaders should understand that learning does not magically occur within the walls of a classroom and anyone who has studied the lives of the founding fathers, KNOWS this. Therefore, the elimination of alternate education is purely an attempt to regulate what you can and can’t learn. It’s not WHETHER you’re learning, but WHAT you’re learning. And DO you have the option to learn what is REAL. Without that, education means nothing, we become robots. So why is it that conservatives are thought to have this anti immigrant sentiment? The Obama administration is harboring millions of illegal immigrants in this country, yet one family that has obtained a Visa, and is seeking asylum can’t live here? Seems a bit odd…doesn’t it? Oh, and let me also remind you that this family is not spending a dime of your tax money on educating their children. Think any of those illegal immigrants (who don’t pay any taxes) care about using their tax money on educating themselves? Now that’s something you won’t hear in the news.

 

Christian

 

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“WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?”

Today’s Quote

“Supposing science ever became complete so that it knew every single thing in the whole universe. Is it not plain that the questions, ‘Why is there a universe?’ ‘Why does it go on as it does?’ ‘Has it any meaning?’ would remain just as they were?” -C.S. Lewis

 

 

Time Check

March 11, 1302 – The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare.

March 11, 1867 – In Hawaii, the volcano Great Mauna Loa erupted.

March 11, 1930 – Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.

 

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Iss. 30

March 11, 2013

 Hey There Thinkers,

Why is the sky blue? You may have asked this question when you were young. It’s one of the first things we ask our mom, yet I would be willing to bet that most people don’t even know the answer. I would ask countless questions like this when I was a child and often times I wouldn’t get a satisfying answer. I remember this one in particular because I sought the help of the wisest man I knew, my Grandpa.

He gave me a well thought out answer that was understandable even for a little boy.  As always I was impressed. He told me about the air molecules and how they scatter the sun’s blue light more than other colors of the spectrum, hence the blue shade.   Cool …. but I still wasn’t satisfied and I didn’t know why. Looking back, I realize that he gave me an excellent explanation of HOW the sky was blue.  I wanted to know WHY.

As I have gotten older, I have become less likely to ask these questions because they simply seem to annoy people. In school it was considered “off topic” or disruptive. And whenever I would actually get a reasonable answer it still left me with more questions than answers. So by the end of 8th grade I had a backpack filled with “how” everything worked.  How the sky is blue, how the earth moves around the sun, how we process thoughts….These questions all have great scientific answers, but none of the answers even begin to address WHY these things occur.

So I now challenge you, especially those of you who have been answering these questions of mine for all these years, to answer for yourself: Why is the sky blue? Why do those particles scatter blue light the way they do? Why is our Earth the absolute perfect distance from the Sun? Why do we have the ability to think and communicate, Why do our bodies function with systems that are so incredibly intricate, and why do we have water on our planet? I bet you can’t answer one of those Why’s. Life in itself is a miracle, it hurts your brain to even think about it. So why is it that we think it is silly to put God in a science textbook? If you look at the systems of our universe and their complexities they absolutely shout DESIGN! If you’ve ever read anything about DNA and really think that stuff came together one block at a time by chance, I’m sorry but  I don’t want to go gambling with you cus those odds look slim. 

We know so little even about the most basic things that surround us and you realize that when you start asking WHY things are the way they are. Most people don’t ask because it’s scary. And if we stop and realize that we don’t even know why the sky is blue, it makes us approach our (thought-to-be important) life a whole lot differently cus we’re not as smart as we really think. 

 

Christian

 

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“WAGING WAR ON WAGES”

Today’s Quote


“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving subsidise it” -Ronald Reagan

 

Time Check

Feb 25 -1836 – Samuel Colt received a patent for a “revolving gun”.

Feb 25 -1933 – The first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched. 

Feb 25 -1972 – Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.

 

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Iss. 29

February 25, 2013

 Good Evening Thinkers,

Much has been said about minimum wage in the previous weeks following the President’s State of the Union address. The proposal he announced will aim to raise minimum earnings federally from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour. Today in real time, the principle of a base pay is a touchy issue, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, minimum wage might not be necessary after all.
It sucks to work, we all can relate. But working at a minimum rate; That’s even worse. I know this because I basically make it.
I’ve been trying to get a job for a year now. Finally 3 months ago I was fortunate enough to finally get something. I work late nights from 11pm to 4am sometimes later… Pretty glamorous huh?
And these are basic entry level positions I’m talking about, it’s not like I’m trying to become a doctor. So here’s the point, people who own small businesses don’t want to hire—they can’t afford it! If you want to get a glimpse of how well the economy is doing just look at that.
Some 70 percent of jobs come from small businesses and few would even argue that it’s up to 90. So how could the solution be to raise the minimum wage? To look out for the workers right? But it only hurts us. When a worker doesn’t have skill they’re not worth the $7.25 that it takes to hire them—Especially in a recession— so instead, the business owner simply decides not to hire.
The result is complaining… Everyone’s always complaining these days that they can’t get a job. Yet little do we know, the base pay laws which are supposed to be our shield from unfairness, are instead nipping us in the heels. I would much rather work for 5 dollars or even 4 than not work at all, you don’t even take home a penny when you’re unemployed! Now that real minimum wage.

Here’s something you probably don’t know: Prior to 1912, there were no official minimum wage laws in the United States. However, the term “Unemployed” was also nonexistent because everyone could find work. And of course not all work was equal, but that’s just a hard true fact of life.

This account is based on common sense and logic. I haven’t even begun to bore you with the economic side of the argument which leads directly to inflation. Hopefully you look at this issue a bit differently now, I know I do. And it takes a lot for me to say that since I am the one who it will affect most. Sometimes we need to keep it real and be honest.

 

Christian

 

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“GOOD NEIGHBORS”

Today’s Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Time Check

Feb 19, 1846 – The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845. 

Feb 19, 1985 – Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days. 

Feb 19, 2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars. 

 

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Iss. 28 

February 19, 2013

Hey There Thinkers, 

Often times in our culture we are taught that life is just a giant free-for-all and that it is every man for himself. We are taught to be afraid of others and to keep our distance. “Don’t talk to Strangers” They say. 

I broke this rule this weekend when I was walking home from work in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, I work terrible hours, so by the time I was off work and walking to my car with my co-workers it was about 4 am. Suddenly, we saw a man laying on the sidewalk, in a pool of blood, his bicycle wrapped around his body. He reeked of alcohol and we figured he had fallen off his bike. Had he not been laying on the sidewalk, one would assume he was hit by a truck. 

But as we got closer we saw that he was missing a few teeth, his jaw seemed to be dislocated, and his clothes torn. At that point we realized that he had been brutally beaten by someone else so we offered our help. He wasn’t receptive so we offered to call the paramedics. He refused. 

After ten minutes of trying to coerce him into a cab we gave up.  The feeling was mutual “well we tried,”  “he won’t listen,” “it’s not our problem.” The guy got drunk on his own, got into a fight, didn’t listen to us when we tried to help, and then on top of that couldn’t communicate with us very well, so why should this be our problem?

But as we walked away that thought resonated with me “He’s not our problem”

Or is he? 

First off, I know it’s no excuse but I’m a germaphobe, and this guy was dirtier than Pigpen. I keep my car clean and I didn’t want to have to shove his greasy bike into the back. Not to mention he seemed creepy, he had a strong accent, so we had a language barrier, and he was bleeding from every orifice on his body. 

 I put the key in the ignition and thought to myself: I’m a Christian. If that’s the case I should take this man home at the very least. 

Jesus would take him to his own home and offer his bed, so how do I get off thinking that this guy is “not my problem”. It’s so easy for us to walk away and justify our behavior . 

So it was either a big juicy quarter pounder with cheese, or track down the bloody bike rider. I chose the latter. When I caught up to him I was mildly impressed to see a bicycle with half a chain, screaming downhill, sparks flying in back, and struggling to keep his balance. I pulled over, tossed the bike in the back, and through slurring speech, I realized the accent was French-Canadian; a very nice guy.  But I would argue that giving him a ride home that night did more for me than it did him. (no really, he probably doesn’t remember it) But I’m ashamed because I should be doing things  like this every single day…AT THE VERY LEAST.

Most of us are champs giving to charities, volunteering..ect. But maybe we need to stop and check ourselves and risk getting a little dirty. So the moral of the story: Never kiss another guy’s girlfriend in a bar…

 

Christian

 

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Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day Thinkers,

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the Real Times Blog! I’m giving you the link to our first post right here,

For the Valentines Exclusive go to http://www.realtimesblog.com/?p=36

Have a great day guys, much love,

Love Christian

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