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.
Lynx Defense Range Bag Review

Lynx Defense Range Bag Review

When you are almost famous people send you stuff to review.  I was blessed to receive a Lynx Defense Pistol Range Bag to check out.  I have really good news for you.  Its a really good range bag and I will be giving it away to a subscriber on BlackManWithAGun.com newsletter and friends list.  If you are not on the list, you can’t get it.  I have decided to have a giveaway as often as I can to folks that I know and support the podcast and blog. Not on the list?  C’mon, what are you waiting for?

The Lynx Defense Pistol range bag is about 15” long and is a must for your ear and eye protection, ammo and magazines.  It will hold a lot more.  Your mileage may vary.  It’s 100% American made sewn products for shooting sports, military law enforcement and hunting applications.  It is made with good water resistant material,  good zippers, and the velcro is a monster on the inside.  You can arrange your bag on the inside as you see fit.  

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

I Got An Award

The Second Amendment Foundation has been a steady source of friends, and information in my journey. From this organization I met and miss the late John Synder, and Joe Tartaro who were my gun rights mentors. It is with great honor and appreciation that I accept the 2020 Gun Blogger of the Year award from my friends at SAF.

When I got started in firearms training in 1986 for the US Government, I noticed how the knowledge I had wasn’t common. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 1990, I decided to open my own firearms and emergency medical training company. African American Arms and Instruction, Inc. (A3i) failed. I didn’t know what I didn’t know about business, the gun culture, and the myself. By 1991, I became a gun rights evangelist. First introducing the practicality and responsibility of gun ownership to families in Balitmore, and Prince Georges County, Maryland. I founded the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. It grew faster than I was prepared for. I started working with the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the National Rifle Association, CATO Institute, and others gun groups that didn’t get along with each other. I became an ambassador and diplomat in the gun culture. I fostered relationships, screened and helped people get seen. The gun club grew into a chapter in DC, Baltimore and NJ.

The journey wasn’t smooth.  While I was still employed by the government I was being watched by internal affairs for being a gun rights activist.  I sacrificed promotions, positions and a career. I feared every media photo or TV appearance I was on. I was hoping that something I did for my country would allow me to be able to support my family.  It didn’t happen.  This was before Google, Facebook and modern social media platforms used today by the hundreds of pro-gun activist, gun bunnies and trainers.

As an unpaid lobbyist and activist I have testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense.

I attended my first Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco in 1994. I have been the recipient of the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award of the month (August 1997) and the St. Gabriel Possenti medal from the St. Possenti Society.

I have been involved in almost every pro-rights case that involved a person of color in the background. I have voiced commercials for TV against racist gun laws in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore. I’ve been featured internationally and in four documentaries. I have been speaking professionally since 1992. I have provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.

I’ve been kicked out of churches, halls, yelled at by anti-rights groups and maligned by pastors before social media. My book was dissed by Oprah, African American book stores and family. I”ve been accused of being a militant, and a revolutionary.  I’ve been said to be too nice, a sell out, a coon, and not militant enough.

Like Johnny Cash, “I”ve Been Everywhere Man.”

 

In 1999, a good friend helped me get the Black Man With A Gun Blog online. It was a major and financial undertaking back then. People where just getting familiar with America Online 1.0 and I had a website promoting a book. The Black Man with a Gun was a homage to the only other book of its kind written by Robert F. Johnson, Negroes With Guns; published in 1968.

The first edition of Black Man with a Gun was featured in the August 2001 edition of American Rifleman. I was featured in the Washington Business Journal on Jan. 2002.  I was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (1999) as a security expert. I have served on the Urban Affairs, and Training committees of the NRA in the past. I’ve was an advisor/editor for the creation of the Refuse to Be a Victim course book.

After discovering podcasting in 2007, I created the Urban Shooter Podcast now called the Black Man with a Gun Show to be able to reach people I have met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom. I use my podcast to inspire, entertain and share parts of history that few have heard.

Since I began, I have taken the position of counselor, cheer leader, motivator and protector of the realm. I am the unofficial chaplain of our movement. I care more about my community than products. I protect and serve now more often one-on-one, sharing life experiences, wisdom and dad jokes.

I am the pastor of patriots, pistoleros and paladins.

I got an award, yo!

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Conversation with US Navy Seal, Thom Shea

Conversation with US Navy Seal, Thom Shea

Focus can change your life. When you focus on your life to make it better, it happens. This week I decided to drop some things and expand on others.  The inspiration for this was a conversation I had with a U.S. Navy SEAL,

(Ret.) Senior Chief, Thom Shea.  I have a couple of other podcasts and the one focused on self-improvement was blessed to have him as a guest.

 

Thom is quite accomplished.
* He served 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL
* He is the only SEAL in history to endure the infamous “Hell Week” FIVE times, after being knocked out four times due to illness or injury
* He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course (he’s trained the best of the best; I like to call him “The SEAL behind the SEALs”)
* Bestselling author of “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life” and his new release “Three Simple Things: Leading During Chaos”
* Retired with distinguished valor, having earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and two Combat Action Medals
* He’s trained thousands of people around the world via his company, Unbreakable Leadership

 

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Here’s the video that almost didn’t make it.  It’s raw but the start of a campaign for vets, warriors and law enforcement to not give up.

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

How Important Is A Brand?

The Bible says that names are important. That is the best reference I have for wisdom that is older and more respected than I. Have you noticed how some people in the Bible had their names changed? You name a person Mal for example, and you can expect bad things to happen. A brand is similar. You are a brand. I am a brand. My brand has changed as I aged. I’ve been online since 1999 but didn’t understand the power of a brand, or a social media presence. I used mine as an alias to help me keep my good government job. That is not a good way or suggested way to use a brand or a name by the way. I became famous for being known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun (TM) but not rich. That is what I really wanted. I wanted to have money like Scrooge McDuck but it didn’t happen. My brand today is to inspire people and help them live their best life.

I just started this new page in my life. It’s a good time for it. We just got through the worse year for many with COVID-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic. I restarted the Urban Shooter Podcast aka the Black Man With A Gun Show earlier this year by popular demand and I am having fun with it. There are a lot of new firearms owners and activist out here. They are the target audience I was aiming for twenty five years ago. Along my journey though I saw just as much grief and trouble that was not firearms related. It moved me to serve as a pastor. That brand didn’t jibe with some people.

Guns and Religious people – OMG! Like Daniel Boone and other Mountain Men, I blazed a trail for many. I took a few hits.

I learned that I loved working in recording studios and radio stations. I learned I loved podcasting and never stopped. I’ve voiced commercials that I didn’t get paid for. I learned and still learning to market myself kennblanchard.com as a voice talent. I’m learning about flow, and pacing, inflection and the business of voice acting. Podcasting since 2007 has helped my diction, focus and the art of editing. If you want a voice over artist, check me out. That and a new love I have for guitar are my things. I found joy in reconnecting to my past during this shut down. I want to help other do the same.

I have this new brand that reminds me of the Looney Tunes logo of my childhood. It is my new mantra.

It is not too late to be what you might have been.

It doesn’t matter that I am a former US Marine. I was a federal police officer. I was a pretty good CIA Intel analyst. And have been known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun. I’ve been involved in almost every pro-rights event that involved a person of color. I have lobbied the US Congress. I have testified in the state legislatures of Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, and Wisconsin. I have done commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries. He is the author of several books and has a successful podcast with over a million downloads. I have pastored a small Baptist church in Washington, DC. I have managed by the grace of God to stay married for almost thirty years. My brand is to encourage others to live their best life. This new brand is to help and inspire others through my podcast and online activities to try new things. Try old things. That it is never too late to be happy.

https://teespring.com/stores/rev-kenn-blanchard-show

Let me know how I can motivate, inspire or encourage you to not give up or give in till you win. This is my brand. And though it may not have anything to do directly with the gun argument or the foolishness that people like to promote to today as their brand, let’s see which one does the most good.

My podcast(s) are extensions of my brand. If you would like to hear my faith based show, an online church, listen to the podcast from http://speaklifechurch.net  If you want to hear me free-flowing and just cutting up with my motorcycle buddies, check out my motorcycle podcast which is good for any brand you ride although I am partial to the Indian Motorcycle.  Which I don’t even own yet.  And the podcast that is leading in downloads and has been since 2007 from Blackmanwithagun.com .  And finally, the Rev. Kenn Blanchard Show is a summation of them all tied together with the bow of positivity.  

 

Be careful of who and what you let into your head.  Please remember it ain’t too late to change.

 

kennblanchard.com 

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

Black Man With a Gun for Silencerco

The  year 2020 has been difficult for many of us.  I am glad to get some good news and share with you.  The ranges have been packed with new gun owners.  Most look like me.  It is unbelievable. 

Fear is still behind the sales but it aint the first time.  

What is the good news?

I am happy to announce that I will be a brand ambassador for the world’s largest firearm silencer manufacturer, SilencerCo. The company based in West Valley, UT is the nation’s leading designer and manufacturer of suppressors. SilencerCo is dedicated to creating products that will improve sound reduction levels, durability and longevity, form and function, ease of use and maintenance in ways never thought of or achieved.

I’m excited because I get to share my journey with you through social media.

Brand Ambassador

I used to think that silencers were only for the rich.  Some people think silencers are only for bad guys in the movies. And although the government has made it tough to get a suppressor you can own one legally.  In the upcoming videos and blog post,  I am going to be sharing the 5W’s  (Why, who, where, when, and What) of suppressors from my friends at SilencerCo.  The one in the video is an Osprey model that is on my Gen 3 Glock 17.  My review and demos are not going to be from a tech guy perspective.  We will talk tech but I am not geeking out on it and pretending to be an engineer or tinkerer.  This will be from a regular guy, gun enthusiast, law abiding suburban gun owner like you.  

There are some cool things about its design.  I hope to share who made the thing.  Why you should get one or two.  How it can help you.  How to get one.  When they were created.  And stuff that you won’t hear anywhere else.  You’ll see my flubs and mistakes.  I plan to share the journey with you so you can start off smarter.   

Unfortunately, if you live in the District of Columbia, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and the Rhode Island you can’t own one.  You can get one is you are a legally eligible to purchase a firearm in your state of residence, able to pass a BATFE background check and are at least 21 years of age you can  purchase from a dealer. 

They are called cans, mufflers, silencers and suppressors. 

How they work is simple. 

  1. Instead of exiting directly from the muzzle, propellant gases first enter the silencer’s expansion chamber, losing some of their energy.
  2. Pressure continues to divert and slow within the baffles while heat dissipates, allowing the projectile to exit before the majority of the gas.
  3. As a result, the report of the shot is suppressed to a hearing-safe level and the de-corking effect, or BANG!, is mitigated.

 

As I learn, I’ll share the details with you here or on Silencerco.com so you can get the truth about silencers.  

Subscribe to the podcast, blackmanwithagun.com  and the YouTube channel.  

 

Kenn

 

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

Dear White Man

 

Dear White Man,

I’m writing to you today because of all that’s going on in the nation. I thought you might need to hear a few words of encouragement from your friend and your brother from another mother. You and I have been pretty close since 2007, when I started my podcast in the basement of my house. You’ve invited me to your home. We’ve broken bread together. We’ve laughed, hugged, even. We’ve smoked cigars. We’ve shared in this Second Amendment fight. We’ve been to speeches. I’ve been a speaker at different events with you. You’ve heard my sermons in church. You’ve introduced me to your family, to your kids. We’ve come through a lot of stuff in these last twenty years or so. Some of us have been together even longer than that. We met, maybe, at the Second Amendment Foundation’s annual meeting, or the National Rifle Association’s meeting across the country, or occasionally you caught me at SHOT Show. We laughed and had some good times.

Well, my white brother, the time’s they are a’changin’. I see your frustration. I hear your anger. I read what you write in your posts. I see the memes you make. Or, I’ve noticed your absence online or in comments. Well, you know me. I haven’t changed. I never run from a fight. I’m talking more about love. Like the song that says nobody’s interested in learning it, but the teacher, it seems.

We got segregation, determination, demonstrations, integration, aggravation, humiliation, and no obligation to our nation. It’s a ball of confusion right now. That’s what the world is today. Yeah.
You got young folks walking around with their heads in the sky and cities aflame in the summertime. And though, the beat goes on. I think yesterday was the eve of destruction. We’re still looking for tax deductions and city inspectors, and Bill the collector, evolution, revolution, gun control, and the sound of soul. They’re still shooting rockets to the moon, but kids are still growing up too soon. It’s a Ball of Confusion, baby.

And I feel you. I understand where you’re coming from.

So, my white brother, I’m just here to tell you that I understand. I’m just giving you a shoutout that I don’t blame you for squat. I don’t. I know who you are. You’ve been the same with me since the beginning. Back when I was the lone brother out here. I was never totally alone, but I was pretty much the singleton. I remember how you treated me and my family, and then my friends, and then my club, and then as I grew my own advocacy and activism, and I grew, and you kept asking me, “How can I get more people of color into my group? How can I get more folks like you in my range?” And we just continued to push on. I know your heart. I know you’re not a racist. I know where you’re coming from, and I ain’t afraid to tell it, truth be told. I’ll still stand with you, even though right now some of you got your war face on. Yeah, you do. Let me tell you about anger.

There are three types of anger that the psychologists can recognize pretty easily. The first is the hasty and sudden anger, and it’s all connected to self-preservation. You think everybody’s after you, so you’re striking out at everybody else. I’m just here to tell you that it’s not me. Remember, we’ve been together a long time. I know who you are, really. The second type is the settled and deliberate anger — a reactionary thing. It’s the deliberate harm or unfair treatment of others. It’s an episodic type of anger. I know that’s not you. And, the third is a dispositional anger. It’s related more to a character trait. It means something’s wrong with you. You’re irritable, sullen. There’s some stuff wrong. Anger can potential mobilize psychological resources and boost the determination toward correction of wrong behaviors, like the promotion of social justice and the communication of negative sentiment and redress of grievances. It can also facilitate patience. In contrast, anger can be destructive when it does not find its appropriate outlet in expression.

Some of you guys are angry white men. And, you’re having a hard time navigating the situation. What happens? The angry person loses their objectivity, your empathy — which you had so much of before — your prudence or your thoughtfulness that you had, that you showed me. And sometimes you can get so pissed off you harm yourself. To all my angry white brothers out there, step back, and take a breath. One of the things I know about anger is that it can get you out of sorts. It can trigger some other stuff. It can make you rely more on stereotypes, and pay less attention to details and more attention to the superficial. That’s what I’m seeing in the memes. Anger is like any other negative emotion, like sadness or fear. Anger can mess up your analytical thinking. One of the things I liked about you before was you’re smart. Now, you’re sayin’ stupid stuff. If it’s not you, it’s the guy next to you. I know it’s tight, but it’s right. Why are you angry?

Because, hey, there’s fear in the air. There’s tension everywhere. Unemployment’s rising fast, and the band played on. Population’s out of hand, suicide, too many bills, hippies movin’ to the hills, people all over the world are shouting, “End the war!” And, the band played on.

Don’t you hear me talking to you? Do you know what one of the greatest motivators in the world is? Loss. Nobody likes to lose anything. So, what’s wrong with America right now? Folks have lost what they used to have — lack of leadership, the polarization of our nation, irresponsibility, the adoption of extremist philosophies, domestic terrorism, erosions of the right to be politically correct. Convenient truths, the rewriting of history for personal gain, the sense of entitlement, the fact that we kicked God out of almost everything we do. The end of “live and let live.” That whole tolerance thing, that politicians are just in it for the money, plain old complacency — what Martin Luther King called “indifference.” Nihilism. That’s a big word. Lack of good jobs. Fidelity….where did she go? Worship of the state, and a plain old loss of respect for other people?

I know you know this, I’m just here to remind you that I feel your pain, that I understand what you’re mad about. I’m just here to tell you that I know who you are. I still like you. Back in 1999, I created a website called Black Man with a Gun . I thought I’d be ostracized and kicked out by the whole world except for a few other radically black people like me. Yeah. I was woke before folks was born. But, you who was awoke before I was? You were. Some of you actually told me about the Deacons of Defense and Justice. Some of you told me about Ossian Sweet. Some of you told me about my own history. I had to go learn about it, and research it and find out about all my relatives, and how I was connected to it. My whole life, I’d been around it, but I missed it. You helped me realize that nobody knows everything, and all of us make mistakes. So, I took my militant butt to the wood shed, and learned some history. And, when I learned, I was on fire for this thing, and decided I was going to teach my world what I learned. I was going to share my knowledge with as many people as I could. And, you still supported me. You didn’t even see me. You didn’t see me get jumped in the church. You didn’t see me get beat down on the street corner. You didn’t hear about what happened after we testified in court in Baltimore or Annapolis — how the Mothers Against Guns ganged up on me, and how, through the grace of God, I was able to let them see the truth, the real truth. You supported me during evangelism for the right to keep and bear arms for almost twenty years. I was doing this crap before we had Google and Instagram and Facebook, but I’m actually kind of tired right now — tired of defending, tired of arguing the same old argument, but luckily, there’s quite a few younger people, younger brothers and sisters that are doing it! And I got nothing but praise for them, except for when they think they’ve created something that’s new and original. Then, they forget where they’ve come from.

So, my angry white brother, failure isn’t final. You know it’s interesting that failing and falling both begin with the same letter. Now, if you’ve gotten mad when you fell, you probably wouldn’t try to stand up anymore. But, if you looked at the fall and the sequence as just something that is — is it what it is — it becomes what you make of it. And, you looked at it as opportunity to learn, which, you did, as a baby, ok? Every baby does. And, what do we do? We get right back up, regardless of failing, and try it again, and you keep doing it until that one day, when you’re walking. Well, right now, we’re falling a lot. We got folks who thing they know stuff they don’t. We got people who are in charge who shouldn’t be, but the brain does not learn from success. The brain learns from the intense scrutiny after the failure to chunk whatever you’re trying to do into it with four or five different parts, and try to figure out the sequence that does work right. And, then it’s going to fire all those circles again. We learn very little from success. So, right now, we’re failing a lot. It looks like Hell warmed over, but be patient. We’ve been here before. The only bad part is people don’t remember the late 60’s, the early 70’s which would soon come — leaders and carpetbaggers, and all of that. We’ve gone through this before.

Folks were taking drugs back in the 60’s trying to take the pain out of living. Now, they just go ahead and kill themselves outright. We need to take more care of our neighbors. We need to take more care of ourselves. We need to watch what we put into our heads — junk in, junk out. We need to realize that all of this stuff is temporary. No storm lasts forever. And, it’s okay to be angry. You can be an angry, white man. Just don’t be angry at me. I didn’t cause none of this trouble! Some of it is good trouble. Some of it’s B.S. Right now that Serenity Prayer is pretty tight, but its right. Where it says,

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

That’s how we’re going to get out of this funk, white man! white woman! And for those who are not white who listen to your friend and brother from another mother, I just gave you somebody’s else side for you to think about before you judge them. We all live in a pluralistic society. I really didn’t even know what that was until recently, but I want you to look that up.

We all are born and we grow with different natures which, in return, leads us to have different likes and dislikes, inclinations and disinclinations, temptations and abilities to perform and act. I’m asking you today — white or black, brown, yellow, pink, or multi-colored, to try to understand somebody else. Avoid blaming people. You must understand that people don’t care about you. This isn’t because people are mean or hurtful, it’s just because they’re always focused on themselves. You don’t figure in as their priority. In their process, most of their thoughts are self-directed.

Everybody’s thinking, “My goals. My problems. My feelings.” Yeah. All of us are like that. Mostly, we are all self-centered, but you have to be morally accountable for your actions in this day-to-day life. Keep on understanding that people who appear to be mean or hurtful do not usually do it intentionally, unless they’re sociopathic. It should not deviate you from your appropriate conduct. To say everyone is completely selfish is a gross exaggeration that ignores all the kinds of acts of kindness, sacrifice and love that make this damn world work. Believe it or not, everyone is emotional, and that’s not an exaggeration. We look for reliability in the process of sharing where their strong feelings or points of view are paid due attention, but it’s important to find common ground when you try to interact with people. Understanding is everything. Communication is the secret sauce of the world. Believe it or not, people have short memories. You think they remember your birthday or event? Nah. Most people don’t recollect instances that don’t have anything to do with them. It’s just how we are. They do remember, most likely, similarities or approaches to things that are like theirs. Thats’ how I can say what I’m saying right now, because I’ve been around like fifty-eight years.

Almost forty of those years have been involved in this Second Amendment thing, in some way or another. Almost. Learn to have passion to listen to others. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen, but when you’re a good listener, you can develop a better rapport with other people. Now, why am I telling you this? I know you’re grown. You’re old enough to do what the Hell you want, I know. But, who else is going to tell you that you might have a chance to listen? I know you know it — I’m just here to remind you. Develop that animal instinct. You know, it’s really interesting to learn from animals sometimes. They create new life with a purpose, and learn to survive. We have to keep on understanding at each level of a relationship to survive and procreate. You don’t have to read too much into the process of dealing with others to survive and procreate. Sometimes, we think too much. Just do the right thing. Spike Lee was right on that one. Understanding people who don’t look like you is a process of growing. It involves traveling down a path of your lives and making decisions. There will be mistakes, which everyone makes. The importance lies in learning from them to grow stronger. It also guides you to be true to you.

I’m not apologizing for anything except my own behavior. I wrote this letter because we have a problem. We’re more divided than ever, and some folks like it. You know, there’s power in segregation, hate, bigotry, and fear. Those who spread it, share it, joke about it, help it. Everybody who’s gone through something, it has changed them in a way they should never go back to the person they once were. Everybody.

So, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and see what they see, hear what they hear, feel what they feel. Then, maybe you’ll understand — me, too! — why I do what I do. You know my name, but not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through. The most difficult thing in this life is to know yourself. We’re all going through something right now. It’s an opportunity to do better, to mend a fence, build a bridge, start over if you messed up. Having good morals is still a good thing. Having some core values is still a good thing. Having some wisdom is still a good thing. Thinking before you speak is still a good thing. Check your anger. Check your resources. Check how you’re rollin’. Are you acting like someone else? Or are you acting like you? We can all get this thing back on track if we first take care of our own selves. And, that’s it for this. I’m going to call it quits right there.

You know, at the end of every show, I always say, “just in case nobody has told you this today: I love you.” Well, if you’re wondering how I can love you, and I don’t even know you, check this: Some people hate me, and they don’t know me either. I choose to love.

Shalom baby,

Kenn


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

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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.

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