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I love it when a plan comes together

I love it when a plan comes together


 
The leader of the old TV sitcom, The A Team,  the character Hannibal used to say that he 
 

“loves when a plan comes together.”  

 
I learned early that podcasting helps the podcaster speak better.  I needed it.  I have written seven books but have to be conscious of my diction, delivery and vocabulary when speaking publicly.
 
I wasn’t alone.  I passed on my quietness to my son.  A lifestyle martial artist who is as kind as he is fit.  I wanted him to be better than I so I inspired him to create a podcast about his passions.  
 
Of course he scoffed.  Of course he wasn’t sure.  He trusted me.  And I have been podcasting since 2007 and he has seen and heard me learn the craft, struggle with a smile and overcome even when he thought I had it all together.  I know I didn’t.  
 
The original Hannibal was a great leader that went against the Romans.  He was bold and hyperbolic. He is one of my heroes.  Hannibal was a Tunisian who commanded Carthage’s main army against Rome during the Second Punic War.  I channel that energy when I need to.  I created WarriorCast for my son.  I thought it was a great name.  I snagged the URL and held on to it even when he quit on me.  I am glad I did.  He is jamming now.
 
He just hit his 51st  episode this week, alone.  Did you know we tried it before? 
 

Third time is a charm.

 
The first time it was the two of us.  The second time it was with his best friends.  For a brief moment it was just me as I pushed through.  Refusing to let it go.
 
 
Now I just produce it.  I am editing it less.  Now I let him hear some of his “ummms,” and sounds so that he will correct it himself.  I mentor him on the stuff I’ve learned from attending podcasting conferences and roundtables.  Slowly though.  Nobody likes a no it all.  And it is always harder to influence someone that lived with you.  Strangers adopt wisdom faster.  
 
On episode 51, he got a college mate of his to produce a theme song for him that I chopped up to make it podcast ready.  He got a chance to interview one of his heroes of YouTube fame, Sean Fagan from The May Thai Guy, live from Thailand.
 

Also on this episode:

 

  1. Floyd Mayweather to be full time trainer
  2. Marcos Maidana wears Mayweather tooth in his chain Instagram live training
  3. UFC returns in May

 

 
 
Podcasting and coaching my son has paid off.  I love it when a plan comes together.
 
 
 
If you are interested in original music, contacts below: 

Music by J-Real

 
Learn Every & All Possibilities
 
Website: thefm.co
The Future Millionaires, Company
 

Subscribe and check out WarriorCast.com

 
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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.
When Everything is Going Your Way, You’re In The Wrong Lane

When Everything is Going Your Way, You’re In The Wrong Lane

Yesterday some one from Viet Nam was trying to access my gmail account.  Google alerted me several times that someone not from where I live was doing this.  I changed my password and it stopped, for now.  Why should you care?
I use that account for Video conferencing and online platforms.
Some VTC software companies may not have the user’s best interest in mind.  I just heard that a  well-known VTC company is currently being sued for allegedly selling user data to third parties, including a popular social media company. According to the lawsuit, a VTC company has provided the third-party with customer information, including details of the device used.
Like all online accounts, it’s important to use complex passwords coupled with two-factor authentication, even though it is a pain. The majority of online platforms offer two-factor authentication in the form of SMS text messages or even through the use of an Authenticator App. Additionally, it’s important to never use the same password for all your accounts.
I am not sure which company my friends were referring to but if you are using a FREE service to broadcast, stream or post, those companies may sell your information.  Nothing is really free my friends.  The threat is real.
Remember, when everything is coming your way, you are in the wrong lane.
Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Focus on the Win

Focus on the Win

There is a lot of things you could be thinking about now.  Most won’t help you.  My barber reminded me to focus on the win.  I have a conversation with him and my son this week on the podcast.

With everyone home, the old heads like me are considering buying a gaming system.  I asked my son for a run down on what the most popular ones are, the benefits to each, the cost, and what games cost.  And introducing Steve da Barber on:
Barbershop culture
Tips on Manhood now 
Chasing Money
Focus on the win
“Danger is real, fear is a choice.” – After Earth 

He is someone (Steve)  I have known for 15 years.  He’s a humble guy, a man of faith, but street hardened. He has been on the “inside,” but turned his life around.  By his own admission he is not a perfect guy but a man of his word.
He values integrity and thinks we should teach that to our young men.
He came to my attention from a Facebook post admonishing his peers to think better, do better, charge what they were worth and not settling for crumbs.  To not fight each other.  To not be afraid.  
Book Steve:  https://square.site/book/92NGEGYPE575N/please-book-exact-age-group-type-cut-you-need 
Tips for maintaining yourself during your quarantine. 
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How Does It Feel to Be Right?

How Does It Feel to Be Right?

The Coronavirus has made it obvious that gun owners were not crazy. We were right to prepare for emergencies. You can see the foolishness of our neighbors now. The panic is as real as the pandemic. People are hoarding stuff they can’t eat, or use.

Gun stores are doing good still. They are still making a profit. Non gun owners are finding out what we already knew about gun laws, waiting periods and common sense. You were right. You bought your arms and ammo before the government shut it down. Before the price gouging. Before the toilet paper flew off the shelves. How does it feel now to be right?

Now what do you do.

Be vigilant that is what. You can’t eat ammo but make sure you have adequate stores of basics so that you can make meals too. Be operationally aware so you don’t tell folks what you have online (anymore than you already have). Some of us have shared too much. You know who you are. Be smarter.

Take the time to explain to your family the next steps. They may listen now. Turn off those celebrities that are easy on the eyes but bad for your soul. Take the time to reconnect, refocus and refresh.

What’s new

I’ve been working on the passion project I call Game Changers. I’v’e met too many good men going through the same trials as I have and I want to help as many as listen to do better.
Supporting Men. Fatherhood. Family.

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This new podcast is for real men, sharing stories, wisdom and laughs as we talk about the joys and pains of fatherhood and life in general. I’m still talking about guns and the Second Amendment. My focus is on supporting our families and helping you remember why we fight and who we are fighting for. We aren’t making excuses or asking for permission.

I love being a dad. It’s made me a better man. I believe that being a dad is one of the most rewarding aspects of a man’s life.

“When you know better, you can do better.”

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In a world of players, why not be a game changer?

 

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

Conversation with the host of WarriorCast

Host of Warriorcast.com 
This is a casual conversation with Kenneth Blanchard, II, the host of the Warriorcast podcast. He has been in the martial arts for over 20 years.  He is not the stereotypical gym rat.  Listen as we talk about combat sports, how he got started and what he thinks about the martial arts.
He is a college educated, home owner who’s passion can hurt you.  He is also into the photography of action figures, check out his instagram  @kickinkollector.  He’s a funny guy. A pleasure to be around. 
He got into podcasting to help develop his communication skills.  
I love this guy.  He makes me proud as a dad.  

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

Podcast Episode 9

5,374 people have died so far from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 13, 2020, 17:35 GMT.

There are currently 142,783 confirmed cases in 136 countries and territories. The fatality rate is still being assessed.

The Truth about the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause sicknesses like the common cold, as well as more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain – one that hasn’t previously been recognized in humans.
Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds. A zoonotic virus is one that is transmitted between animals and people. When a virus circulating in animal populations infects people, this is termed a “spillover event”.

Store Shelves have been emptied across the world.
Fights have broken out, carts piled high, and across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, most supermarkets imposed a cap to limit the number of toilet paper rolls a person can buy.
There is no shortage of videos capturing the mass hysteria that has swept up globally as shelves are cleared.
Hand sanitizers, cleaning solutions, canned goods, water bottles and pasta shelves have are also sold out.

When people are told something dangerous is coming, but all you need to do is wash your hands, the action doesn’t seem proportionate to the threat.

People naturally start to panic-buy when they think something is scarce, and photos on social media can easily fuel that panic.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Flashlight 
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Deluxe family first aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Two-way radios
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
Whistle
N95 or surgical masks
Matches
Rain gear
Towels
Work gloves
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Scissors
Household liquid bleach
Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags

Tips

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items like your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti-bacterial solution.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs are often spread this way.
  • In public stay six feet from infected
  • Overall protect your eyes, skin, nose and mouth from coughers, sneezers and places where viruses can float onto raw foods, open air places

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The Truth About the Corona Virus

The Truth About the Corona Virus

There are a lot of dumb stuff out right now about the Coronavirus.  Here’s the quick view about what it is and how to keep yourself and your family healthy. If someone ask you what is the Coronavirus, here you go.

The Coronavirus is a mutation of a virus that has been around for years. Officially and by medical folks, it is known as Covid-19.

It is caused by a member of the Coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other Coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Chinese city of Wuhan seafood wholesale market.

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health. It appears to be hitting older people hardest, with few cases in children.

Viruses can also be spread through droplets landing on surfaces such as seats on buses or trains or desks in school. Much of the advice from experts is common sense, and not much different from what you would do to dodge the flu or any other respiratory virus.

 Tips 

  1.  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze if you’re sick.
  2.  Clean and disinfect frequently used items like your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti-bacterial solution.
  3.  Stay home if you feel ill. 
  4.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs are often spread this way.
  5.  In public stay six feet from infected 
  6. Overall protect your eyes, skin, nose and mouth from coughers, sneezers and places where viruses can float onto raw foods, open air places 

 Keep Calm and Carry on

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
The Gun Owners’ Guide to Democrat Presidential Candidates

The Gun Owners’ Guide to Democrat Presidential Candidates

Are you ticked off about President Trump’s lack of support for the Second Amendment? Steamed that he banned bump stocks? Are you annoyed that he hasn’t signed executive orders repealing FOPA, GCA, NFA, and enacting nationwide constitutional carry? Maybe you’d like to teach him a lesson, and vote for a Democrat…but you can’t decide which candidate is the best choice for a no-compromise gun rights purist like yourself?

Hey…I’ve appointed enough conservative federal judges to overturn gun-control laws for a generation! (Including the bump stock ban.)

You’re in luck! Read on, and I’ll help you deduce which Democrat you can trust to respect the Second Amendment and protect your gun rights, all while making you feel better by sticking it to that bump-stock banning orange man! What follows is a list of Democrat candidates, their individualized positions on specific gun rights issues, for a simple compare and contrast guide to help you make your selection.

I don’t like (your) guns! Don’t be stupid!

First up is Michael Bloomberg:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I don’t like guns, except around my gulags!

Then comes Bernie Sanders:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

Of course I don’t like guns. Not for you, anyway.

And then there’s Pete Buttegieg:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I don’t like guns just as much as the rest of them don’t like guns.

Next is Amy Klobuchar:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

Do I like guns? Two words…Wounded Knee!

And then Elizabeth Warren:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I got your double barrel shotgun right here.

Then there’s Joe Biden:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

This is NOT a finger gun! Don’t like ‘em!

And don’t forget Tom Steyer:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

There you go. That should make it pretty easy for any voter who values the Second Amendment to decide which Democrat is the best choice for gun owners in 2020. None of them!

A Book Series For You To Check Out

A Book Series For You To Check Out

Everyone has a story, but not everyone shares it. Mine involves werewolves. It is fictional but I wrote it as if I was there, weaving American history, music and drama together.  I am writing a series about a guy called Solomon Love.

I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.  Here’s the set up.

He was born in what is now the west African country of Gambia, Sulayman, an aspiring musician and storyteller, of the tradition of “akonting,” he was captured by British slavers and sold as a slave in North America in the 1700’s. He was accused of raping his white mistress, the plantation owners’ daughter, and subsequently publicly whipped until presumed dead.  Laying in the courtyard of a huge estate, barely alive but unconscious, he comes to in the full moon night. Wounded but unfettered, he makes his escape into the nearby swamps. Going by the limited knowledge he had about the land and the lore, he remembers that North was the direction of freedom. There was  a myth that God had made it so moss only grew on the north sides of the trees.

After hours of walking in the marshes, he learned that moss grew on all sides of trees. Seeking to die in peace, bleeding out and dehydrated he rest in the hull of a tree trunk as he waits to pass on from this life to the next. As he slips in and out of consciousness, he sees the eyes of a predator closing in on him.

When he awakes he finds that he is now being taken care of by a strange woman of the swamp. He heals and enjoys a freedom he has not seen in this land. He soon learns the price of his freedom. This woman has changed him into something else. They are now spiritually bound.

For over three hundred years he has evaded her. Today he is a modern day blues musician. A relic in every sense of the word. He has successfully managed to keep his secret hid from all but a few. The times are changing. Evil is flourishing. It is becoming harder and harder to keep his existence undercover. And now there is another problem….

This is the continuing story of Solomon Love, werewolf.

The books are self published. They are hard to find on Amazon.com but I have links below.  They are quick reads.

Solomon Love: Where The Moss Grows
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548078301/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_-LstEb17S7HWM

Solomon Love: Voodoo Child
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548078468/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_RMstEb7EF67EC

Love Never Dies: Solomon Love Series
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1725691884/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_d1stEb89HZY5P

Why werewolves?

My favorite movie monster was always the werewolf.  The movie monster has changed since Lon Chaney, Jr. first changed into the Wolf Man in the black and white film but I still love the character.  Unlike vampires, zombies or Frankenstein’s’ monster, the werewolf is a living thing.  It is cursed. It is feared.  It could be anyone.  It is natural.  It is the subject I pull from to create a series of werewolves that originate from a man bitten by a werewolf during the period of American slavery.  The man now almost immortal has been hiding in plain sight as a blues musician.  The books chronicle bits of history, blues music, horror and crime drama.

I am still polishing my craft as a writer and editor.  The latter needs more work. But the story is exciting to tell.  I gleaned the help of my friend Derek Ward to help me with writing dialogue in the first two books.  The excitement for me is in researching the lore, the music and trying to keep the history straight.

The most recent book is more sexual in nature than the others.  I am a romantic at heart, with a dirty mind.  In my creative journey, I can see this as a graphic novel or a Netflix series.  I have seven more books in my head.  Only time will tell if it comes to fruition.

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

USAJOBS ADVICE

Looking for a government job? 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before… Phil 3:13


When I was unemployed.  Looking desperately for a good government job, I was crushed by how many jobs I put in for without hearing anything.  I was convinced USAJOBS was the devil.  I found out later that there are ways to do it better.
Have you ever tried to get a position through USAJOBS?  It isn’t easy but not impossible.  After 7 years, I finally got one of my resumes through the gauntlet.  It wasn’t luck or a celestial event.  Someone gave me advice.  I want to share some of that with you. 
When you start or restart, create a professional profile for yourself.  You email address should not be anything but your name.  You will be judged later by RUMPSHAKER-123@ mail.com for sure. The key word here is professional. 

Pay Attention to the Announcement


Make sure you see how the supporting documents can/should be submitted.  Success is not in the number of resumes you send out, but in how thoroughly you address the employer’s needs and show your value in each submission.
In reviewing the basic qualifications and the job description – if you do NOT have similar types of duties, which make use of similar knowledge/skill/ability then you will not be considered for the position.
Don’t lie if you don’t meet all of the requirements.  If you meet the basic qualifications but not the specialized experience, you will likely not be rated as well qualified by the HR team.  Don’t dishonestly claim something you didn’t do or a skill you don’t have.

About that Resume


Match the language used in the posting. Do NOT spell out numbers (i.e., “ten” vs. “10”), even for small numbers. Get the dates right.  This is important when HR is determining whether or not you have the 1 year of specialized experience (if that is part of the qualification requirements). Be thorough in your description of job duties for each position on your resume. HR can NOT ‘guess’ or ‘assume’ or ‘give you the benefit of doubt’ that you have the knowledge/skill/ability to do the job that is being advertised.
A typical federal resume is 4-6 pages. Make good use of your resume “real estate;” everything on your resume should be focused on the job you are applying for. Anything else should be eliminated. Ten years is the main focus. You are not likely to achieve success when applying for federal jobs with a 1-2-page resume. 
Success is not in the number of resumes you send out, but in how thoroughly you address the employer’s needs and show your value.  Don’t use full sentences, but start a phrase with a verb.

For the majority of the assessment questions, if you can say expert or near expert, when relevant, do it.  But be able to back it up in your text afterwards. (i.e., examples)

You have the opportunity to save five resumes in USAJOBS.  Use it.  Do not submit the same resume for every opportunity. It may be easy but by using a cookie-cutter resume, you’ll make the same mistakes.  
And finally, don’t give up.

If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

I finally got that good government cheddar in November.  I hope this helps you.

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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