Author: kennblanchard

Reverend Kenn Blanchard is a USMC veteran, ordained pastor and podcaster that began this journey as a federal police officer and firearms trainer. In 1991, he began teaching security and qualifying, civilians and law enforcement officers for armed duties. In 1992, he became a gun rights activist. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He created and founded a national shooting club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after publishing his first book and launching this website in 2000. He has since copyrighted the phrase. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom.
Life is Easier When You Can Laugh

Life is Easier When You Can Laugh

John Hickok is doing standup and is pretty good.   He is a talented, tall brother.  This was recorded at Laffs Comedy Cafe in Tucson Arizona on 1/24/2020. John Hickok is the co-creator and co-host of world famous award winning YouTube channel hickok45 and I just found out is a nationally touring stand up comedian. He was also featured on an episode of NRA All Access previously airing on the Outdoor Channel. His comedy influences are The Simpsons , Bill Hicks , Dave Chappelle , George Carlin , and Mitch Hedberg.

Listen to the real reason he carries a gun. NSFW. (its comedy)


To stay up to date on future shows as well as business contact follow on Instagram @john_hickok45 as well as @johnhickokpresentsstandup.

 

WAY TO GO John!

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
You Ever Thought Of Getting A Motorcycle?

You Ever Thought Of Getting A Motorcycle?

Rev. Kenn Blanchard provides some old school advice on getting a motorcycle.  Check out this podcast episode.

 

Who Else Wants A Motorcycle?

  • What’s The Best Motorcycle For You? 
  • How You Can Pay For This Motorcycle.
  • How To Get Your Spouse To Let You Buy One. 

Have you ever walked outside and thought it was the perfect day for a motorcycle ride?  

There is something magical about motorcycle riding.  It just makes you feel good.  It doesn’t matter if it is a work day or the weekend, riding makes you feel connected to life.  Going to work doesn’t even feel bad when you ride in.  It doesn’t matter if your bike is more fuel-efficient than your car or not.  You don’t have to worry about carrying anyone extra or anyone begging for a ride.  It’s just for some “me” time before or after work.  Don’t you want to get the wind in your face?  When is the last time you enjoyed the blue sky overhead?  It’s as much about the throaty rumble of power every time you blip the throttle as it is about endless vistas and the freedom of the road.

But wait, you don’t have a motorcycle yet.  You’ve thought about it, and in your head you’ve said, “The kids are grown and moved out.  I need to challenge myself with something fun and different.  How about a motorcycle?  I just need to get my wife behind me, and get the money together…”  Two very big “ifs” indeed…

 I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1976.  It’s been an on-and-off love relationship that I have recently heated up again in with the creation of the Indian Motorcycle Radio podcast.  

“What’s The Best Motorcycle For You?” 

It depends. 

Today, motorcycles are better than ever and also more specialized than ever.  When I started they were almost all the same.  You either had an American bike or a Japanese bike.  It was a street bike or a dirt bike.  Nowadays, the key is finding the motorcycle that’s right for you and figure out the kind of riding you want to do.

I started out liking motorcycles because my father rode a Honda Chopper back in the 70’s.  I didn’t know anything more than that.  It is like that for a lot of us.  If you have friends that ride sport bikes, you may lean that way.  If you have older friends that ride long distances, you may be in the BMW adventure or touring bike crowd.  If you are a fan of the bad boy Harley-Davidson culture, need I say more?

The choice you make is really up to you.  Whatever your style, there is a bike that suits you.  An inexperienced rider may be able to safely ride a large, powerful machine from point A to point B, but he or she may not enjoy the experience if they find the bike difficult to maneuver on the wrong surface.  The size of the bike you choose is relative. The two things most likely to add to a new rider’s confidence level is the weight of the bike and one’s ability to get both feet on the ground at a stop. Weight and seat height figures are almost always included among the specifications listed for new motorcycles on the manufacturers’ websites, so that’s a good place to start sorting through which bikes are most new-rider-friendly.   I suggest that you start at a local dealership and just sit on (literally) different types to get an idea of where you are.  Until you do, the measurements you will hear and see on websites may not mean much. Where do you plan on riding?  Are you planning to ride long distances, around town, or on a track?  Are you into speed or does off-roading interest you more?

I just recently met a grandmother who rides a Harley-Davidson Road King.  She stands five feet tall. The motorcycle that is best for you will depend greatly on what type of trips you plan on taking. Cruisers and touring bikes are designed with comfort in mind and can often be ridden for miles on end. Sport bikes are cool.  They go fast.  They are hundreds of groups that ride together with them.  They are not as expensive as some other bikes, but they require a riding position that can be more physically demanding over the course of several hours of riding. 

Some bikes may be too tall for your feet to comfortably reach the pavement when stopped.  Others may be too small to ride comfortably for an extended period of time. As a general rule, cruiser style bikes have low seat heights that accommodate a wide range of rider sizes, while dirt bikes and dual sport bikes are taller.  Hybrids and sport bikes fall somewhere in between depending on make and model. The two things most likely to add to your confidence level are the bikes weight and your ability to get both feet on the ground at a stop. Lighter bikes are always better when you’re still learning to balance, steer, accelerate, and brake. And while experienced riders often learn to become comfortable just getting one foot down at a stop, it’s more reassuring to plant both feet when you’re just getting started.  Everything comes with time.  We can get used to anything.  It is all personal preference. 

The first step toward figuring out which bike is right for you is understanding the categories of motorcycles and their pros and cons, from the perspective of a new rider. 

Standard / Adventure bikes

  1. Light, Simple, 
  2. Inexpensive To Buy And Insure
  3. Riding On And Off Road

Sport Bikes

  1. Speed And Handling
  2. Lightweight
  3. Insurance Maybe Higher
  4. Racing Posture May Be Uncomfortable For Long Rides

Cruiser

  1. Built For Relaxed Rides
  2. Low Seat Lets Rider Get Feet Down
  3. Low Center Of Gravity Offsets Heft

Touring

  1. Made For Long Rides On The Open Road
  2. Comfortable, Has Many Accessories
  3. Good Weather Protection
  4. Integrated Luggage
  5. Generally Heavier 
  6. More expensive Than Average
  7. And there are hybrids of all of these bikes as well as types by brand that specialize in certain type of riding.  

 

How You Can I Pay For This Motorcycle?”

I asked a few friends what was keeping them from getting the motorcycles they want.  Money was the number one answer.  So, you would buy a new motorcycle if you had the money, right?  

There are several options to pay for your next motorcycle. One can pay in cash, or choose from a variety of financing options offered through local lenders. In some cases you may be able to finance directly from the manufacturer of your new bike.  And the obvious, a used bike from a private seller might be ok, too.  Just make sure you can get it checked out by a motorcycle mechanic and rider before you buy.

Being able to afford your dream bike may seem impossible, but you can do this.  It just takes a little effort.  One way is to gradually save the money you need over time.  Believe it or not, saving money for this bike can make you happy.  It is goal setting.  Saving money is one of the best habits people can take up. Second only to living healthier, the more you save, the more likely you are to be happy.  Don’t you want to be happy?  I know saving is tough but it is also like the constant drip of a faucet.  It can add up after awhile.  And once you get started, the momentum can carry you.  Make a bold move and open a new savings account for your new bike.  It takes a few steps, but the inertia will solidify your action.  Make yourself a plan, and give yourself a realistic timeframe to save as much as you can to put towards your bike.  Savings rates are s-l-o-w these days, but you can still earn interest.  I suggest a savings account because it can be harder to access money in these accounts than in other transaction accounts.  That will prevent you from using the money for other things.

Motorcycle Loans

Paying for your bike outright will always be cheaper than buying it on finance or taking out a loan through a bank, but if you do need to take out a loan make sure you shop around. Every financial institution is trying to sell you a loan nowadays.  You can sometimes do better than the dealership at credit unions. One of the new things available today is that you can apply online at lending institutions now.  They consider this a non-auto vehicle loan.  Sometimes it helps if you have an account at the lending bank.  All you will need is:

  • Personal and contact information
  • Employment and income information
  • Collateral information (year, new or used, make and model, and other details)

Direct Deposit

One of the easiest ways to save to this account is to have it directly deposited into the account.  Arranging for a portion of each paycheck to be deposited directly into a savings account takes the stress out.  It makes it automatic and easily forgotten.   

•To set up an automatic deposit, talk to the payroll staff at your job (or, if your employer uses one, your third-party payroll service). If you can provide account information for a savings account separate from your basic checking account, you should generally be able to set up a direct deposit scheme with no problems.

•If for some reason you can’t set up an automatic deposit for each paycheck (like if you support yourself with freelance work or are paid mostly in cash), decide on a specific cash amount to manually deposit into a savings account each month and stick to this goal.

Side Money

Almost all of us have a side hustle.  You know, that thing you do, that earns you extra money?  Some of us do it regularly and spend it on gasoline, coffee, or fun on the weekend.  What if you took that money and put it into your savings account?  Consider working a few hours a week to earn some money.  Take the extra and put that in the bank.

Jump start your savings account by selling some junk.  You know you have some stuff you don’t use but that is of value to someone.  Get rid of it.  Go to eBay, Craigslist, or put together a yard sale and start your savings account today.  

These are not overnight fixes to your motorcycle “jones” but anything worth having is worth working toward.  Plus, this effort can be social proof of your intent, seriousness, and desire if you have to sell this idea to a spouse (more on that later).  Give it some thought and start today. It’s not about how much money you make.  It’s how you save it.

How Do I Get My Spouse To Let Me Buy One? 

You would like a motorcycle but your spouse doesn’t want you to have one.  Here are the top three reasons for this:

  1. They fear losing you.
    • They have lost someone in a wreck/accident.
    • They think you are immature and reckless.
  2. Trust issues
    • a.Your past 
    • Their past 
  3. They don’t have enough information about it. 

There are a lot of fellows in and outside of the church who are not real happy at home.  We have PhDs who are experts in some pretty interesting subjects but who have not mastered the most important–home.  If your wife/spouse lost someone close to her because that person died in a motorcycle accident, it is going to be pretty tough to get past that.  If that is not it, there’s hope.  

I say that because if you can communicate with your spouse, that this is not a hair-brained scheme, and that you know what you are talking about, you have a very high chance of getting this motorcycle.  How can I be so sure?  I say this because she lives with you now.  She sleeps with you.  She puts up with stuff from you that nobody else would.  That is a plus.  All you have to do is fix what is broken. That is done by expressing this desire to her and meeting her needs.  It is often a matter of communication and/or trust.

Let’s start at the beginning.  

Marriage to me was designed by the Creator to meet our core needs for companionship.  It can be a beautiful thing, but it takes effort that most don’t want to give.  Marriage is like taking two people and making a new life form.  When cells merge, they make a unique cell.  The emphasis is on unique.  Marriage should mean that you and your wife have a unique relationship.  It should be completely different from the relationship you have with anybody else on the planet (in a good way) past or present.

There is no perfect wife or husband.  Each partner brings both merits and faults to the table.   The key to making it work is in knowing your mate and desiring to put their needs ahead of your own, unselfishly. 

If your wife, for example, knows you like food and wants to meet this need, whatever she does to meet it should be appreciated.  She may dislike cooking or simply not be a good cook, but you eat the food and express gratitude.  That is how I believe it is possible for you to get a motorcycle even if your spouse said “no” last year.  It’s the love thing.  It can overturn her ruling no matter how adamant.  It’s her prerogative.

One of the most important things in your relationship is understanding. Assume nothing.  Most of our arguments, disagreements, and frustrations are about small things, misunderstandings, and miscommunication.  She said “no” to your motorcycle idea not even for the reason you thought.  She may be thinking that you are going through a phase, a midlife crisis, and with it comes the redhead, the extramarital affair, or that you no longer appreciate her and are looking to “trade up.”  Nothing is as it seems.

People are the mathematical equations you studied in school and wondered what relevance they had in the real world.  I believe that each of us represents a number.  Some of us are “whole” and some are not.  Multiply our past, present, and self-image and you have a factor that represents us now.  

To get what you want, you have to make sure she is taken care of first, and that requires self-sacrifice.  She doesn’t know you want a motorcycle.  She doesn’t think you need one.  There is some underlying issue between you two and you, as a team, are out of sync.  You are like a beautiful instrument out of tune.  It happens to us all but the only crime is not working to change it.  

Real love requires sacrifice.  As a married couple, you have already begun a process of compromise.  You are already evolving into “one flesh.”  Your marriage is one of your most sacred expressions of love.  Well, it is supposed to be.  It is on this premise that I believe you can get your wife to go along with and even champion your case to get a motorcycle.  For this to happen you have to be treating her correctly.  There must be honor, respect, compassion, communication and trust.  If you can improve your quotient of these factors, you will be riding soon.

How and why do I think this?  

  1. She married you
  2. She loves you
  3. Location, location, location

The lack of communication is the number one reason marriages fail.  We are not mind readers, but we expect each other to be just that.  We get frustrated and angry when we miss the cues (and when our spouse misses the cues) and the signals to trying to get what we want.

Communication is not talking.  When a married man comes home, his wife sometimes asks him all sorts of questions to dialog with him.  Contrarily when the wife comes home, the husband is just glad she is back physically and rarely asks questions.  We are missing an opportunity every time that happens.  To some men, the wife is interrogating him.  To the woman, she is trying to share her feelings, clear her head through conversation, and talk to the one person she can trust.  We miss that.  She loves you and married you.  If you talk to the dog more than you do your wife, guess whom you will sleep with more?  The more you allow the conversation to progress the better everything else becomes.  

The buzz word here is intimacy.  When I heard the word intimacy I thought of sex at first but these words do not necessarily mean the same thing.  Both share some common principles but they are different.  Intimacy is the condition of being close as in an acquaintance, association of familiarity, i.e. knowing one’s deepest nature.  That is where the sex part comes in.  To be naked is to be vulnerable.  Being vulnerable to your spouse is not a weakness.  It takes courage and how you handle that soft delicate part builds trust.

You can’t have secrets and keep trust alive.  Every secret you have is a possible deal breaker.  You have to move passed the common thoughts of “she is my friend.”  Your wife should be your friend and more.  The big difference between a wife and a friend is the “know” factor.  Knowledge is power.  You could have been married before, but the new wife should know more about you than the old one.  You are to entrust power to your wife so that she can give you power over her.  The power of intimacy between a man and a woman demands that what you share be the latest and deepest understanding of one another.

Give her the information gradually.  With respect to her time, and willingness to receive it, talk about safety, show your maturity.  Find out her objections and slowly and repeatedly provide information to refute.  The magic here is in the delivery.   Remember when you wanted a special toy and your mother said “no?”  It is with that type of persistence and innocence that you have to do this.  

When I got married I had two motorcycles.  My wife wasn’t a big fan so I decided to sell them when my son was born.  I learned later that she never had a problem with my bikes.  It was all in my head, and I found out only after I spoke to her about it.  After I realized it was my issue I started a “campaign” to show her I missed riding.  Every day that it was nice outside for the next few years, I would say, “It sure is a nice day for a bike ride.”  I would talk incessantly about motorcycles during the summer.  Then one winter’s eve, a friend of mine was traveling overseas and had to sell his motorcycle immediately.  I explained to the wife that it was a good deal and would help him out.  I went the credit union route and financed a quick personal loan and got the bike before Christmas.  My wife didn’t care a bit.  I later traded it in for the bike I have now.  

Today, my bike is paid for and I am eyeballing a new motorcycle.  I know what she will say when I present it to her.  I also know what has to be done so she doesn’t think I am doing something contrary to our family rules.  You just have to know what they are and take care of home first.

The fear of loss, the fear of losing you or a learned fear about motorcycles will make your desire tougher but not impossible.  Remember that everyone is different.  Don’t put the stress of time on this even though you want to be riding by next season.  Be patient. Love is patient…

“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.”- Margaret Thatcher

Respect and love your spouse.  Listen to her and express your desires.  In time, the same desire she has to cook you a meal will be the one that takes you to the dealership.  Earlier I said “location, location, location.”  What I meant there is that you have the blessing of proximity.  You can be the gentle dripping faucet that begs to be turned off.  Begging can be fun.  Do this with the intention of not giving up.  Your sincerity is important.  Don’t be surprised if this positively affects other avenues of your relationship.  Communication is the secret sauce.  I look forward to your feedback, success stories, and questions.  

“Without communication, there is no relationship, without respect there is no love, without trust there is no reason to continue.”

I hope that something you read or heard here gives you encouragement to try to get your dream motorcycle, next bike or ride again.   Money is always an issue.  It is the love of it that builds and destroys empires, marriages, and businesses.  That’s a shame.  Don’t lose hope; keep saving.  It may take awhile, but as you build your savings, you can keep the dream alive by learning as much as you can about safe, responsible riding.  And of course, keep looking for safety gear – it’s often on sale at a reduced price – somewhere.

The longest section of this post dealt with marriage and that may or may not be applicable to your situation.  I’ve been married for 28 years and officiated at least fifteen weddings.  Marriage is a big deal to me.  I’ve wrecked some.  And salvaged the one I have now only by the grace of God.   I’m a fan of happy people but don’t see enough of them. 

Take what works for you, share it and pass on the rest.  Motorcycle riding is one of the greatest experiences I have had.  I have ridden from coast to coast, saw the ever-changing landscape and more sunrises and sunsets than I can count.   But riding is also about people – it’s not just about thundering over hill and dale on two steel wheels.  It’s about the fellow traveling souls you encounter – some that merely pass by and others you keep in your head and your heart.  It’s a great community, and I want you to join us.  

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Internet Pastor

Internet Pastor

Many may have wondered how a “reverend” can have a site like this.  It makes sense if you know me.  I am an advocate for peace, love, family and good citizenship.  I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am a protector of life.  I enjoy shooting firearms recreationally.  I have been trained to use various weaponry as a vocation.  I use this site to reach those like me and those are not to support these things.  I am the founder of an internet ministry called Speak Life Church, Inc.  I have a different take on what it means to be an internet pastor.

Before COVID-19 changed the way churches were operating, the Speak Life Church was created to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. Church and fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

 

Online ministry is misunderstood.  It was a novelty prior to the 2020 pandemic. Prior to this most pastors were not interested to learn how to podcast, use Youtube and use the growing number of video teleconferencing programs to outreach.   It was sad but when this season of our lives hit.  I was ready.  

I know how Noah must have felt.

Today, all are interested in using their gifts in a time when social distancing is done for your own protection. The churches with audio visual and social media managers are hardly missing a beat now that everyone has to broadcast via the web.  The challenges now are which services to use.  The learning curve for some of  platforms are not easy.  Technology is not always user friendly.  Many of the senior and smaller churches are not having success finding where their members are.  Not everyone is on Facebook or Youtube.  And the audience they are trying to reach is unfamiliar with social media.  

 

Mission:  To restore and strengthen the family, provide hope for those in need and offer a non-traditional place of worship, using technology to be anywhere. All are welcome, including those souls still searching for what they believe in.

 

The title of internet pastor is relatively new but this outreach Gospel ministry is striving to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. It still requires face to face ministry.  It still requires contact.  It is still church.  We need connectivity.

Fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

Currently, Rev. Blanchard also officiates weddings, conducts funerals and provides pastoral service nationally to individuals, couples and families unaffiliated with local churches. The Lord has called him to provide a way to feed the Spirit, find the hurting, teach and reach people online.

Here are some of our successes:

  • Helped prevent five suicides
  • Saved several marriages
  • Organized charitable fundraisers for good causes
  • Saved the home of a terminally ill veteran
  • Provided fishing trip and ministry to a senior citizen in hospice care
  • Officiated at 8 weddings

 

Speak Life Church Inc, has partnered with St. Matthew Baptist Church, in District Heights, MD for baptisms, funerals and anything concerning the body of Christ. 

The weekly podcast can be found at SpeakLIfePodcast.com 

Speak Life Church is an IRS 501 (c)3 recognized religious charity, incorporated in the State of Maryland in 2018.   

This weeks episode can be found here:

Giving Links

https://giv.li/p2nj61

 

https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3587637

 

https://www.patreon.com/speaklifechurchpodcast

 

You can support the ministry by check or money order by sending it to Speak Life Church, PO BOX 2, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 

How Does It Feel To Be Right?

 

Lessons For Colion Noir

 

John Wick on Gun Rights

 

Armed Christian Perspectives

5 Things You Need to Know Before Shooting Naked

 

Why We Love History (and you should too!)

3D Gun Printing is BS

 

Hurricane Florence

 

 

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

 

5 Things you should know about shotguns

 

5 Mistakes In Gun Rights That Make You Look Dumb

 

Keeping your Back Hole Out of Jail

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Shooting For Peace

Shooting For Peace

 

…..the ways of a man are before the Lord and He watches all his paths. – Proverbs 5:21

Thank you for listening, downloading and subscribing to this new chapter of my life.

Thank you for sharing, supporting, and staying a faithful friend. It’s good to be back. Thank you for asking me to come back. Thank you for the emails. Thank you for the recent well wishes on my Facebook debut and birthday celebration. I think I got more views on that one video than I did with my conversation with Colion Noir. I said that I came back because you asked me to; I came back because I have a few more things to say. I came back because I want you to help me do what I’ve been called to do, and I want to help you survive another week. I’ve had some time to appreciate you.

This week, I’m going to share with you my take on current events, and you don’t have to agree with me, but please hear me. Try to understand me. This is the start, the baseline, the ground-zero point. I’ll try to get more into guns, Second Amendment concealed carry as we go on. I thought I was done.

And then, 2020 happened.

Who would have known that it’s been a year of COVID-19, pandemic quarantines, the murder of George Floyd, the sparked protests across the United States and across the world, and that Australia burned? There was a toilet paper shortage for a hot minute. We were threatened with “murder hornets.” Everybody has to wear masks, and bars and churches closed. Black Lives Matter became a movement that was embraced around the world. And while we’re just sitting here and waiting, Swine Flu is threatening to join the mix. Who knew there would be a return of Marxism in America? Who planned for the destruction, looting, and the protest of police brutality? The latter is as old as our freedom. But wait, there’s more. They’ve got something called Antifa. We have the rejection of Confederate Anything, and the cancel culture.

The so-called minority gun owner that you’ve been trying to get to the range is finally here. They’re just not with you. They’re shooting on private lands at outdoor ranges and have created small groups to practice and train without you. And there’s even a national organization of African Americans that is celebrating explosive growth.

The infamous National Rifle Association has finally imploded after decades of poor decisions, secrets and mismanagement. It has exposed itself as a bloated, piss-poor representation of gun owners stuck in the ’80s. It has furloughed most of the staff. It has massive legal troubles, but, like our President, people still defend them with cult-like adoration. Meanwhile, highly paid lobbyists still run D.C. All are taking advantage of the loyalty of its members who don’t live in this city. Ninety-eight percent of the politicians around here are not cool. This is a personal observation and opinion. Anyone who’s been in office longer than two terms is no longer serving the people.

I believe that foreign influencers are using social media to pit us against each other. People want to defund the police — which is right out of the textbook of toppling a government by foreign governments. I know a little something about that. I believe our Executive branch has been compromised by foreign interest, but you’re not ready for that truth yet.

You want to talk about guns and American history, mostly, right? You want me to give you some product reviews and interview some interesting people? I’m going to do that. And along the way, I’m going to make you think a little, and hopefully help you understand why we are here and where we might be going.

In all truth, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t have to be right. And I don’t have to come back, but I want to now. I want to meet you in the middle so we can walk together, talk together, and fight together.

Now, you know that in the twelve years that the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast has been on, I have always strived to be family-friendly and office-safe. I may have to deviate from that in the future – not from my language, but from the sources that I’m going to use.

I’m going to be giving you history. I’m going to be giving you some educational stuff, some entertainment, things that are not pretty, but they’re ours. If you’re brave enough to stay with me, if you trust me, I promise we’re going somewhere with this. My disclaimer is that I’m not trying to prove that I’m right. What I’m going to try to do, and only you will know if I’m successful, is to speak to what is up. Did you realize that we are right in the middle of a revolution? This isn’t the Civil Rights Era, or is it? There’s gotta be a new name for it, but I don’t have it yet. Have you heard of one? Whatever it is, I’m right here with you. If you were my friend before 2020, you are probably still my friend.

Epictetus says that it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it, that matters.

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If you have been a long-time listener of this podcast, you know, for many years, I would open up with John Wayne leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Somewhere, around my tenth year on the air, I had somebody tell me that John Wayne was a racist. It hurt me that I didn’t know, but I wasn’t surprised. And because I enjoyed all the Wild West movies that John Wayne had been in, it took me awhile to replace it. I had to think about it, ruminate on it and marinate on that thing. But as I started to do that and peel back the curtain on so many things of our country and our history, it got uglier and uglier. For the record, I still believe to my very soul that this is the very best country in all of the fifteen that I have visited in my lifetime. I would rather be nowhere else.

Them Damn Millennials.

We used to make fun of the younger folks, but guess what? They are changing the world. I know you don’t agree with the burning, looting, the defund-the-police, and all that. It is all stupid stuff, including the tearing down of monuments, but let’s look at it from a view of 60,000 feet above the Earth. Let’s rise above our own issues and thoughts, and look at it differently for a minute. At the speed of social media, these sapsuckers have done what folks have been trying to do since the Civil Rights Era. They’ve embarrassed us and reminded us that we have just accepted some stuff that we should not have. Not everyone will agree, but time will tell. The time had come for us to stop revering and instead reconciling the complexity of heroism and evil in America. That reckoning should have begun in the public school, but it didn’t. They’re doing it now. And how the sausage is made is never pretty.

The Sausage of Freedom.

Making freedom. It isn’t pretty. It’s kind of close to being like sausage. To make a pork sausage, you gotta kill a pig. You gotta clean the thing. You must cut the meat. You must grind it up. You must mix it and season it and put it in a cellulose sleeve. It is horrible to look at, but when you seal it, cook it, or grill it, that’s some good-tasting stuff – if you like pork. How we got to this point; how we think we discovered this world, the colonization of North America, the murder of indigenous people to the bringing of different nationalities here….Those who escaped other places to come here to form this nation…..The rise of slavery, the wars, Civil War reconstruction, the progressive era…..The so-called World Wars, the mid-century and the Cold War, and mixed in there were lynchings and the civil rights era and atrocities to humanity. How the sausage of freedom was made. Not a pretty picture. You can’t just glaze it over. You can’t pick one thing and can’t choose it.

But this land is your land. And this land is my land – from California to the New York Island, from the Redwood Forest to the gulf stream waters….This land was made for you and for me.

If you will look at the 60,000 foot view, it has taken us a long time to make change happen. I have gotten used to it. There are statues, flags and things that I, as a free, law-abiding American citizen would never stand near, take a photo with, or acknowledge, because it doesn’t represent ALL of us. After I learned the history of President Woodrow Wilson, for example, I have no problem with removing his name from anywhere. And then the list just keeps going on, but don’t let me stop there. Don’t leave me yet. Listen, we recognize that our nation’s founding was far from perfect. Don’t look at the destruction as all negative though. Let’s go back in history. Let’s do that, and let’s go back to Greek/Roman history.

There was a guy by the name of Lois Malraux, who says that we judge a society by the monuments it puts up. So, imagine the society, a Roman society, that puts up statues of tyrants, people who nearly succeeded in tearing the country apart, who did horrible, inexplicably, cruel things, even by standards of their own time. Why leave a statue of that person up?

Is tearing down statues destroying history, or is it simply the obvious response of a freed people with a conscience? Of course, the past is complicated. But the fact that something is hard and complicated does not absolve us from the responsibility of resolving it. Rome was able to tear down the monuments of its worst villains, but here, in America, and in the rest of the world, we have more tools at our disposal besides angry Millennials. We can still study and learn about these people in our history books and our schools, but we can take them off of public property, removing them from their prominent places in front of courthouses and capitals, which are supposed to be the houses of ALL the people. All people. If Marcus Aurelius had caused the death of a million Romans and torn the empire in half for the sole purpose of protecting slavery, would he be our hero? No. If he had done it as recently as some people’s great-grandparents, definitely not. If his likeness had been appropriated by vicious tyrants who subverted the rule of law to intimidate fellow citizens, and if his likeness was put up in statutes paid for still by tax dollars, would it be worth protecting? Now, we can make good arguments about Marcus Aurelius. There are good arguments about the good that Churchill did. There are good arguments in favor of Jefferson and Washington and others, but only a coward is afraid of having a conversation.

What about Nathan Bedford Forrest? Jefferson Davis was a fool. Robert E. Lee betrayed his prior service to his country when he raised arms against it and sent a generation of men to their deaths in a rebellion to protect a way of life that enslaved humans. At first I was like you: What the Hell? What is a statue going to do to you today?

Let’s jump on that Black Lives Matter thing for a minute.

One of the obstacles to having an open conversation about race is the tendency to downplay things that are not truly or really racist. And this can actually emboldened or encourage prejudice. The Black Lives Matter movement is real. It is legit. The Black Lives Matter organization to me is another animal all to itself. In 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman killing of Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter was born. It was a protest group. Since then it is a group that has been infiltrated by other agendas. The movement itself is not new. It is exactly the same movement with a different name that came about in the ’60s. If you go back and look at your text, you will find pictures of men and women with signs saying, “Am I not a man?” that is an updated version from the past. It stems from the Dred Scott decision that wanted to say that people of African descent were not fully human, thereby they were not citizens of this country or entitled to any of its rights.

 

When you see a sign that says Black Lives Matter it is not denouncing that all life matters. It is saying that we value the life of a person that because of the color of his or her skin was thought of as not being fully human, had no rights to vote, and could not own a firearm. When you try to say All Life Matters, it detracts from that message. You are negating that there was a struggle. You are saying that we should forget that hurt, and that that pain is not important. We have an unreconciled past. So, when you say anything, you diminish others. Oh, you’re saying a lot.

That’s why I advise many of my friends to shut up. Don’t wait to be heard. Listen, there’s some things happening right here in your space, in this time period that you’re missing by trying to be right, trying to get your points made, trying to make your memes pop or even creating groups on the side. You’re not helping at all. The Black Lives Matter movement has given us a moment to reflect on a very important matter: our history of racism. When I was becoming a podcaster, when I was tackling things like the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms for all people, I was advised to stay away from the race word truth. As soon as you talk about race, it gets quiet because everybody involved is uncomfortable. But guess what? The millennials don’t care – They’re going for it. They are putting it in our faces. And because of all the craziness they have done, change is happening again from the 60,000 foot view. This is a good thing, because in the end we have to reckon with ourselves; We have to reconcile. We have to fix what’s not right. It’s about time. We’ve been rolling wrong for a long time, and just accepting it, believing the lie because it’s been told so many times. Now, you don’t have to subscribe to doctrines of racial superiority or incite racial violence to say or do something that has racist implications. It’s in our speech. It’s in our culture. Racism is as much about impact as it is about intention. We shouldn’t forget about those who are on the receiving end of that discrimination.

 

–All right, Kenn, I’m hearing you, but um, what am I supposed to be doing now? — Well, here’s the problem that folks don’t realize: Millennials know how to start some mess, but they can’t fix it all. We still need to be involved. They still need our guidance. The end. It might be a 40-year-old or 30-year-old. Now, they’re as smart as I don’t know what, but they don’t have any life experience. They’ll know how to talk to anybody, but they don’t know politics. It’s time for us to step up now and instruct them, show them, now that they got a firearm, how to use it.

Because even though politics is jacked up right now, they need to be involved in that too, to change things. Don’t let one side be the answer for everything. Now, it’s time for you to get your butt in gear and assist and help and give consultation to these folks who are on fire to change the world without guidance. It’s the Lord of the Flies. I need the adults who are strong among us to work with these people. They’re not all bad. They just don’t have all the answers. They don’t have all the, you know, the inside stuff – the stuff we take for granted. And if we let them, they’ll burn the crap to the ground and not realize that you also have to rebuild. Don’t give up on them. Don’t leave them to their own devices. Don’t let some other interests take them away from us. We still have a chance to fix this country, but we must be involved, and you can only be involved if you’re talking to them. Communication is more important now than ever.

The Rise of the Black Gun Owner

Collectively, we still are little kids on the playground picking sides by gender, color, size and familiarity. Look back at kindergarten, remember when we used to segregate ourselves? All the kindergarten kids, the first-grade kids, the big kids from the little kids. There was the all-girl groups and over there, all the boys. And then, as we grew and social constructs began, we segregated ourselves by race. In nature, we separate ourselves for safety. Anything you think is strange is a threat. Well, right now, in an elementary sense of the word, we are grouping ourselves for safety. There is a fear that’s promoted and pushed pretty well by foreign governments on social media. The Race War. People fall for it. It sells black fatigues pretty well.

I have found that over time, as the group grows, it learns that it can’t be monolithic. You can’t be all “one people.” You must be diverse if you want to grow outside of your niche. If you want to grow outside of your field, you must embrace other people. That’s why there’s power in diversity. It’s a growth thing. Once you leave kindergarten and go to college, you mix and learn about other languages, other people, other cultures, and you get stronger because you grow in knowledge. In the beginning, it’s safer to be exclusive. There are some positives for being racist and segregationist. As a group, you can grow really fast. You can grow really strong. You can garner a lot of power using fear in small groups. But when you are ready to train outside of your group or shoot different firearms and travel to other ranges, you have to change.

It’s a growth thing. It’s a maturity thing.

I hope that one day we get to see that Americans realize that we are all the same with this faith. We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “my country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died. Land of the Pilgrim’s pride. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”!! And if America is to become a great nation, then this must be true. – Dr. MLK

Another thing that makes us different is not only our age and core values, but many of us served in uniform and took an oath to defend the constitution of the United States and to serve as an example to an America that doesn’t transfer or translate to the folks you see on “rage TV.”

Hang on, brother.

Yes, the media is doing what it does. It is showing you what you want to see to scare you. You know, we like to be scared. Some of us are writing articles about a race war and how we won’t kneel – none of which is helping anybody. The best advice I can give to friends who are listening is to not respond, not knee-jerk reaction, not come off-the-cuff, not try to be cute, to just shut up right now, but I’ll get back to that. I know that’s tough to hear from your friend. I know you know this, I’m just here to remind you. We have been here before. I didn’t think we would return, but humanity is not as cogent progressive or intelligent as it claims to be.

I’m still gonna need some financial help to get this puppy moving. If you can, please contribute to the https://patreon.com/blackmanwithagun , or to buy-me-a-coffee links. I still believe that

none of us is as strong as all of us.

I know, it’s been rough. It’s been tough. It’s been hard, but don’t let the media get ya. You’ve been right on so many things. Let’s continue to walk this thing together. Amen? And just in case, nobody has told you this today – I’m sure they haven’t, so I’m going to tell you – I love you. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

Until next week. Shalom, baby.

Reverend Kenn Blanchard

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He Is Returning

He Is Returning

Some podcasters don’t take themselves serious, but when they do, they knock it out of the park.

 

I got the opportunity to speak on a podcast (hear below) recently and was asked some tough questions.  From my vantage point, anyway.  We talked about race, BLM, racism, police defunding, gun control and what we did last in guns.

It’s not you, it’s them.

You have been thinking, acting, and living like you have to be responsible for your life, family and future.  They think the government is here to protect them up until recently.  Now they want to defund the police.  They don’t know that gun control is racist.  You know our history.  You know that along with a firearm you need ammunition and training.  They are now surprised that they have to wait 3, 7 or ten days to pick up a pistol they purchased because of a state regulation they agreed to years ago.  You don’t give a rats ass about the color of a person skin.  You are so comfortable you used to make jokes about it with friends.  They are shocked you have a relationships with people of color.  They are shocked you supported a podcast called Black Man With A Gun for years, that they never heard of.  

If the recent burning, looting, and destruction of cities surprises you, don’t let it.  This is the reaction of people seeking to be heard.  This is what happens when people wake up.  This is what happens when we grieve the loss of life, freedom and the way things used to be.  All of us are in some stage of that grief.  This is how sausage is made.

Nobody new to food processing likes watching how sausage is being made.  It is ugly. Everyone watching the turmoil, strife and upheaval of protesters and looters doesn’t understand that these are byproducts of freedom. It is ugly.  It is revolution.  These are pleas for help and attention to social problems mixed with criminal activity. It is change.

 

To quote my cousin.

Black people haven’t had one decade to heal. We come out of slavery to lynchings , to Jim Crow , segregation, desegregation, civil rights denied, too war on drugs all the way up till now being killed by cops ( no healing period) 

 

What makes us different is not only our age, but our core values.   Those that  once served  in uniform and took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and to serve as an example to American society which did not transfer to the folks you see on RAGE TV.  Yes, the media is doing what it does.  It is showing you what you want to see to scare you.  We like to be scared.  Some of us, are writing articles about the Race War, and how we won’t kneel.  None of which is helping anyone else.  

We have been here before.  I didn’t think this would happen in my lifetime but but humanity is not as cogent, progressive or intelligent as it wants to claim.  Collectively we are still little kids in the playground picking sides by color, size and familiarity.  

You still with me?

I am bringing back the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast and incorporating more common sense, more positive conversations, monologues and history.  I may even try to do a short mini series on video now that I am over my fear of the camera.  You’ll see the new stuff on my Youtube channel. 

I ended the show last December thinking it had ran its course.  I was wrong.  I did need a break though.

The podcast rocked and rolled for twelve years as the world accepted podcasting.  I did and lasted longer than most on what I had.  The people that liked me, really did.  The ones that listened to me try all sorts of things.  They watched me grow.  I thought I was done after watching a boat load of younger enthusiast take to instagram and YouTube.  They seemingly got sponsors, and all sorts of stuff I thought was not available.  I wasn’t black enough to some.  I had the “racist” John Wayne on my show leading the pledge of Allegiance.  I was probably a Republican.  I was an odd duck.  I had worked for all the socially unacceptable agencies, the police, the CIA, the NRA, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, I was a black preacher (which is also a negative sometimes), I saluted the flag.  I got along with bikers, the NASCAR crowd, country musicians. I was dangerously close to being an Uncle Tom.  

With the exceptions that those closest vouched that I was the radical, the street smart, the militant, the “woke” guy in all those unacceptable agencies.  That I scared my peers back then, though they understand me now.  I was purposely put into diversity and Glass ceiling studies.  I was always put into working groups because of my stance on human rights, equality and justice.  When I became an entrepreneur in the gun industry, I was alone.  I became jealous of the clowns that were celebrated, paid and shared on social media.  I figured if that is what “the people” want then good on them.  That was then.

Which brings me finally to what is going on.  People are grieving and trying to work through it.  We are in the midst of trying to stay safe from viruses and angry people.  Mobs, riots and zealots are out here.  The ignorant, misinformed and conmen are using social media to their benefit.  I thought I’d come back and give my biased views on a few things under the guise of a Black Man With A Gun.  I started this off by asking friends to submit articles to the blog and and handful did.  They share their hearts.  And that is what will save our Republic.  Going to need financial help to get this puppy moving.  If you can, please contribute to the patreon.com/blackmanwithagun  or buy me a coffee links. 

None of us, is as strong as all of us.

I will be incorporating the Game Changers podcast into this as well.  Celebrating and acknowledging men doing the right thing in our community. And I may get around to talking about guns too. 

I’m back.  

 

Here is a conversation I had with the Concealed Taco Dudes Podcast.

Black Man With A Gun Show returning in July 2020.

 

-Kenn

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
5 Things My Manager Did That Helped Us Work Effectively At Home

5 Things My Manager Did That Helped Us Work Effectively At Home

Working from home can be challenging.

No one was prepared for the changes in our routines that the Coronavirus caused. My new manager did the next best thing. He moved faster than others in getting us ready for what is now the “new normal.” My office has been working effectively from home for two months now. We are part of a larger government entity that is part of the national defense department.  From the seat of the new guy in the office, here’s what I saw.

The most important thing my manager did was:

(1)  assign us tasks that we could effectively accomplish remotely. To do this as a manager you must know the jobs, responsibility and potential of your team.

(2) prepared for the confusion that was to come.  He  did not wait to be told by his managers how to take care of his team.

(3) revised our processes.

(4) made rituals.

As the newest member of our team, he prompted me to take training on the security ramifications of working outside the office. He found out the right equipment I would need to connect with the team. He identified what we were going to need, what was expected from his managers, and filled in the gaps. There were a bunch of tools available and as security concerns came up he paid close attention to the best practices.

“Through effective listening during senior staff meetings, while watching national and local news on the hour, I leaned on my 30-plus years of experience and quickly determined that I needed to set my team up to successfully work from home,” said Ron Young. “Our team could not have been successful without each member quickly buying in to the process as it evolved.”

He solicited frequent feedback from our team about how things are going and what we could do to better enable our processes. He set clear objectives and emphasized why we were going in this direction. He assigned responsibilities based on the strengths of the team.

But wait there is more.

Early on he established and maintained trust and accountability with us. We have our own remote, short “stand-up” meetings a couple of times a week.

We are required to check in on the hour. Even if in my case, the new guy that doesn’t know all the ends and out of the office, checks in with the team with one of my “dumb jokes.”

“Our success is due to the outstanding professionals on the team,” Young said. “It might take a few months after we return to the office for the ‘new guy’ to fully understand how he helped the long-serving members of the team. Without much time to get to know us personally while in the office, once he began working from home he relied on his interpersonal strengths by using humor throughout the day, while reminding us to stay focused on our families well-being and to not forget how the world is affected by the virus.”

In the government environment there is often a requirement to handle classified information that cannot be done remotely. He established a team to go into our old workspace to do the necessary tasks on a fair schedule. While some things are time sensitive, he is managing that by personally attending to what is required.

“Decisiveness is the one word that makes a good manager.” – Lee Iacocca

Here are the five things you can do if you are a manager.

  1. Plan
  2. Prepare your Team
  3. Find and Use the right tools
  4. Set clear objectives
  5. Maintain trust and communication

 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe during this season of uncertainty. If you are working from home help your office mates with whatever is missing. Be whatever your team needs to succeed. We can make it.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Pastor and a Porn Star

Pastor and a Porn Star

This story was too strange not to share it on Indian Motorcycle Radio.

Pornography is older than podcasting by a million years. It is frowned upon by many openly that have consumed it in secret. Pornography is a moral issue for some, but not everybody. Some believe it is a health issue. How pornography is used and within what context can determine how helpful or hurtful it can be to any one individual or relationship. It can be addictive. It can mean that you are depressed, and need to talk to someone professionally. This is the story that taught me something I had never realized before and put some others things in context for me. What happened when a pastor speaks to a famous porn actress on his podcast?

I’ve been podcasting for twelve years. I attend a lot of podcasting conferences and events to learn. Podcasters have a community where we share equipment, tips, tricks, best practices and marketing information. We are all trying to do better with what we have.

It’s our art. It’s our craft, man!

One day, about six years ago, my podcast mentor said that he was scanning the podisphere for new shows and saw that former Porn star, Ginger Lynn has just started podcasting but didn’t have all the right links and tags displayed in iTunes. My buddy said it was going to hurt her in the long run. The name struck a bell with me. She was a hot blonde from the 80’s that was a displayed expertly on the cover of VHS tapes they used to keep in the back room of the video renting place.in my neighborhood. Back in the day, 18-25 years old,

I thought “OOOH MAMA.”

I’m just keeping it real.

 

Well, I went to the website and hit the contact button. I found an email and the next thing I know I am talking to Ginger Lynn. I shared with her all the things my mentor had mentioned that were wrong and how she could better her show. She was like the woman next door. Honest, humble and didn’t judge me for being a Christian pastor. I admitted to her that we were the same age and that I had seen one or two of her videos in our youth. You know what happened next?

She shared some personal stuff and I told her that if she ever needed to talk to someone I was here. In Christian talk, I witnessed to her, and said if she needed a pastor, call me. Something about this call was different though. You know when you, well maybe not you are judging someone and then you realize you got just as much dirt to hide as the next person you shut up.

I’m glad I got to speak with her. It taught me something.

My faith is built around the belief that we are all less than perfect. We have all sin and still do. I realized that some stay where they are because the perfect people make it so hard for them to talk. Not you. I have spoken to drug addicts, sex addicts, coffee addicts, alcoholics, liars, murderers, and probably a host of things they never confided in me about. But here I was. It made me readjust my collar. I looked in the mirror.

Sin is breaking the Law of God.  1 John 3:4 says, “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act.  Sin is a deviation from the will of God.  It is a form of evildoing since it is in opposition to God’s decrees and desires. Sin is not a merely a deficiency. It is an open rebellion and disobedience to what God has declared is right.  Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is the holy one (1 Peter 1:16) and all sin is unholy. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned.

Everyone commits sin

Every person who’s ever lived, except for Jesus (1 Pet. 2:22), commits sin. This is because when Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, we inherited his sinful nature. This is why the Bible says that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. (Rom. 5:12) Furthermore, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3).

 

Again, what is sin?

Sin is doing that which is contrary to the revealed will of God. It’s plain and simple.  If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned.

There are two main reasons for not feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit when a person sins. One is that the person is not born-again, and the Holy Spirit is not indwelling him. Therefore, he would not feel the conviction that the Spirit of God brings.

Here’s what I have found out personally about porn. If our bodies are temples or vessels that can contain the Holy Spirit, it can be polluted. It can become full of trash. Porn and the Holy Spirit don’t dwell in the same vessels. You set yourself up for failure, abandonment, the feeling of emptiness when you secretly or openly invite that into you. Your vessel is empty and can be inhabited by other spirits and entities.

So, I have learned that I have to be careful what I allow into my mind, body and soul.  We should not use our weakness in the flesh as a justification or excuse to do that which is against God.  We are made new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), and as such we have been bought with a great price — the blood of God (Acts 20:28) — and we should act in a manner consistent with our redemption.  We’re not to abide in sin or seek it, but when we do sin we have someone we can turn to who will cleanse us.

Just as this sidetracked podcast may have unintentionally turned into a preaching moment, it was intentioned by God, to help someone.

Back to the story. The first time I aired this podcast, I had a good guy berate me on how wrong I was to talk to Ms Ginger. I was shocked at first. Then I was hurt. You will hear in our conversation that she could be your neighbor. That is what I mean about adjusting my collar. I had to check my own prejudices, judgments. I have no hell to put you in or a heaven to kick you out of. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Judge.

The Old Testament contains the Law of God.  It is a perfect standard because it is God’s standard.  When we fail to keep the law, we sin.  When we sin, we offend God.  This offense against God results in a judgment.  Laws are laws because they have penalties.  There is no law without a penalty.  Therefore, breaking God’s law brings judgment which is separation from God.  “But your sins have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).  And, “the wages of sin is death . . . ” (Rom. 6:23).  So, to sin, to break God’s law, results in judgment.  The judgment is known as damnation which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.  If God did not judge the sinner, then He is not upholding His holiness; and he would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.

I am still working on my salvation with fear and trembling. I am still studying and learning the Word of God so that I may rightly share it with the people God has put in front of me. I’ll understand if you don’t agree with me.

Most don’t go to church.

So now you will hear a conversation with a porno star. One who has done just about everything you can do and still live. She has survived thus far. We must be extremely careful as Christians to apply moral judgments with equity, non-partiality, love, and truth. Moral judgments without compassion and mercy become immoral in themselves. This is why we are to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the judge and the standard of righteousness. We must keep our eyes on his words and his deeds and emulate him. Jesus forgave, was patient, taught, and healed.  His words were not simple moral statements.  They were manifested by his life and loving character.

That’s how I got to Ms. Ginger. That is what transpired after I first aired this thing. I learned a lot from the conversation.

Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of his will. This means that everything that occurs in your life, all your free will decisions, all your choices, all your intentions, all your mistakes, all your sins, etc. work within the divine knowledge and will of God. Nothing is outside the scope of God’s knowledge, and no one can do anything that surprises God.

Ain’t that something?

Can I get an Amen somebody?

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Goal Setting with a Indian Motorcycle Podcast

Goal Setting with a Indian Motorcycle Podcast

What I Did On My Spring Vacation

The coronavirus pandemic is challenging enough.  I decided to make one of my goals to create a motorcycle podcast that in the process would help me get better at goal setting and give me a win. The show is about Indian Motorcycles and the community that loves them. The Indian Motorcycle has been an iconic American brand for more than a century, and it still resonates among older motorcyclists. That is my jam!

 

first episode

If you have never had good fortune at goal setting follow me on this and I’ll explain how I am working it. I am using what is called S.M.A.R.T.E.R. template for goal setting. There are hundreds of talking heads and motivational speakers that mention this. Look it up on YouTube after you read this and see if it makes more sense to you.

A  S.M.A.R.T. goal is one of those terms you have to know if your job requires you to write your achievements and accomplishments at the end of a reporting period. It’s good to know because without goals I don’t finish projects. I lose focus. This is my “why.” We all know about those pesky New Years Resolutions. If you have goals here is what I am using to succeed with the podcast.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Actionable
  4. Relatable
  5. Time
  6. Evaluate
  7. Reward

 

The main thing about making a good goal for yourself is that it has to be something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It has to inspire you. It has to motivate you. Right now, I don’t own an Indian Motorcycle. I have test ridden a couple and talked to several salesman. I learned for myself that they are at the top of the food chain. Its a high quality American made motorcycle that rivals Harley Davidson with a cult like following. I like talking about it. I like the community that has them. If I do this well, I could end up being sponsored by the company or maybe get invited to the factory for a tour, a test ride or maybe even get a free bike. [fat chance there, but I keep hope alive]. Either way these goals inspire me.

Specifics

And now the specifics. This is about Indian Motorcycles and not every other bike. This is using the power of niche marketing. I found a Facebook community that let me in with over 9000 and growing members. A good goal has to be specific. I know why I failed. It “pod-faded” when I tried to include all motorcycles, trikes, quads and whatever four years ago. I have to overcome the “curse of familiarity.” I lost momentum the last time.

Measureable

To make this podcast successful it has to measurable. It has nothing to do with the microphone, the album art, the hosting service although I have twelve years experience producing podcast and know the best practices. Publishing a show online gives me metrics. Talking to the guys that ride, give me feedback, input and a sense of where I need to go. I am constantly measuring. When I entered the Facebook group, I decided if I could get could get 3 percent of the folks in it to download the show I would keep going. What is 3% of 8900?

Actionable

To make this podcast good I need action steps. I have to know my audience. I have to do this to get where I want to go. If I have to “Start Ugly,” I will and did. I wasn’t and still not sure the company isn’t going to hammer me from using their name. I am prepared to change it if I have to though. I had to overcome my fear of failure, the unknown and over analysis. I decided to invest in myself. To create a really good podcast it’s gonna cost me about 100 bucks a month and that’s to keep up with social media for graphics, for hosting, software upgrades and a host of new things that pop up to help me promote the show. It was going to be risky, yes.

Relateable

At this stage in my life, and my experience in motorcycling, podcasting and marketing, I believe I can make this work.  I identify with my audience.  I know motorcyclist.  I know podcasting.  Over the years, jobs and positions that motorcycle enthusiast (bikers) are in have been my largest friends base.  I have been a protector all of my life.  I am known internationally as the Black Man With a Gun.  I had a website with that URL since 2000 and published my first book with that title that year.  I know is how to push through.  I know how to keep my internal motivation and focus when the external elements beat you down.  What I have is a good grasp on is the mental preparation and mindset needed to fight one more round. 

I am in this target market.  This niche is my community.  It is what Seth Godin wrote about in Tribes.  I’m looking for the tribe to support my show.  My tribe will become super fans that consume all of my content as soon as I put it out and will “quickly” tell me if there is a type-o, glitch or shortcoming in my content so I can fix it.  Unlike those that just like to find fault, these fans are easy on my ego, and seek to make me better.  It is like having your brother and sister review your blog or podcast.  That is the kind of “love” you get when you identify your niche.  One of the benefits of identifying your niche is that you can grow this garden of super fans that help you succeed. 

“You don’t win with X’s and O’s. What you win with is people.”
– Joe Gibbs 

Here are three things a niche podcast can do.  (I am adding this for me to remember later.)

  1. Niche Podcasting allows you to solve certain problems for specific people. 
  2. Niche Podcasting makes it easier to define your target audience so that you can know where to find them. 
  3. Niche Podcast allows for you to tap into a more loyal and highly engaged audience.  

 

Timely

A good goal has a timeline. I was going to create a weekly show. I would know after 1 month, if “the juice was worth the squeeze.” I can read the numbers of downloaded episodes and track my weekly statistics.

Evaluate

These elements help me Evaluate how I am doing. Feedback is crucial in goal setting. I have learned you have to ask a lot of questions to get just a few answers. Most people don’t respond unless it is a hot button for them. Hot button issues and thoughts also are key things to think about when making content for the show. I look for both evergreen and hot button topics. When I remember that is.

Reward

The reward portion of this goal setting endeavor is both in the process and the product. I am asking businesses to consider sponsoring the show that doesn’t even have 1000 subscribers yet because of the potential. The “big ask” is also a big goal. It prepares me to ask the subscriber to fund the podcast. When I get enough subscribers to cover the $100 a month I am putting into making the show, its a milestone. I like the dopamine feeling of seeing someone that just donated $5 through https://www.buymeacoffee.com/motorcycles .

All success in life is basically task completion. When I finish and episode, I feel better. When I get feedback, I feel better. When I get positive feedback, a share and someone donates, it motivates me to go on a little further.

The lockdown has kept many of us home but my spirit is free to create, engage, and make things happen. I’m learning about this incredible product and I don’t even own one yet. I am become a brand ambassador without the pay. There’s a 2005 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard in the garage that I was saving for my son. It may be a trade in. My goals are to have a successful podcast with 1000 raving fans, in a community I like to be in, among people that get my jokes, like my voice and the content I am putting down. I have a chance to work with a company that is doing great things. I’m one of those guys that would own a biker bar and blues club if I had the money. This is the next best thing for me.

“Losers focus on what they are going through while champions focus on what they are going to.”

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Broken Relationships

Broken Relationships

Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.

 

Is your heart broken? Is your relationship busted? If it is I have some suggestions for how to deal with it on this episode.  If you can relate, what you can do to get through this.
 
 
Relationships break when both partners don’t want the same things.
 
Relationships break when there are underlying hidden issues that sabotage every chance to connect.
 
Relationships break when one is not accepting responsibility for their words or actions.
 
Relationships break when you’re walking around on eggshells and they find fault with everything you do. 
 
Relationships break when there is no trust.
 
Relationships break when you look forward to them not being with you.   
 

8 Reasons It May Be Time to Move On

  1. You find everything your partner does to be irritating 
  2. Your conversations end up being very abusive
  3. You’re always finding faults with one another
  4. You’re walking on eggshells around one another
  5. You no longer feel like yourself around your partner 
  6. You don’t turn to your partner when there’s a problem
  7. You behave like you’re still single
  8. You find it impossible to have a connection

 

 

So how do you move on?

 

 

  • Cut off contact. ( but don’t Ghost them.)
  • Let go of the fantasy
  • Make peace with the past
  • Know it is OK to still love them
  • Love yourself more

 

 

 
Nothing can keep you from a happier future than a gaping relationship wound. I’ve all been there: Experiencing good love gone bad is painful. It doesn’t really matter what the circumstances were, or who was right and who was wrong. Pain is pain.  The bottom line is that it hurts and that the pain is preventing you from moving forward. Time is the best healer, but here are five things to help you. 
 
 
 
We need relationships with others to see ourselves more clearly. Every relationship we have reflects back to us what we are putting out into the world. Know that a relationship isn’t a failure just because it ended. If you grew as a person and learned something to move your life forward, then it served a purpose and was truly a success.
 
 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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