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Beautiful Loser

Beautiful Loser

“He’s your oldest and your best friend
If you need him, he’ll be there again
He’s always willing to be second-best
A perfect lodger, a perfect guest”

The recent events in Washington have highlighted a recurring thought of mine. As we watch Republican after Republican run away from President Trump and his agenda, I keep hearing political commentators saying that “Republicans don’t know how to win.” I don’t think that’s true at all. After all, you don’t maintain a seat in the U.S. Senate for 35 years if you don’t know how to win. You’ve actually been winning for some time.

The problem is that when you and I think of winning, we’re thinking of advancing conservative principles as they pertain to government. And in that sense, we can all agree that they are huge losers. But to the modern Vichy Republican, winning means maintaining their position as DC elite, not preserving the Constitution or the Republic it created. Consider these words by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem:


“There are a lot of Americans whose frustration has been building for many years. Republicans have had opportunities to fix our healthcare system, reform immigration, and get our fiscal house in order, among many other things. Republicans have had chances to deliver for the American people. But we haven’t followed through…Republicans have not been disciplined enough to do the hard work. The American people need us to fight for them on a daily basis, not just 30 to 60 days before an election.”

She’s not wrong. But unfortunately, to these Vichy Republicans it is not only acceptable to come in second place, it is actually preferable. As the minority party, they aren’t expected to produce any results. All they need to do is shake their fists at the sky, and mouth some conservative words until they inevitably lose to the Democrat majority. Then they take the video of their “fiery takedown” of the Democrats and weave it into their next campaign ad, so they can tell you how they “fought the good fight” and how they’ll keep fighting for you (against insurmountable odds) if you’ll just vote for them one more time.

Republican chair of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, Thomas Massie. Voted NO on reciprocity then, doesn’t support it now.


Take the current iteration of H.R. 38, the national concealed carry reciprocity bill. If it sounds familiar, it’s because it keeps getting recycled every Congress, where it fails to pass every single time…yet is used as cover for Vichy Republicans to bolster their pro-2A bona fides without having to produce any real change. Even in 2017, when Republicans held both houses of Congress and the Oval Office, our own Republican “leadership” couldn’t find the cojones to pass it; after repeated badmouthing* from Congressman Thomas Massie (Republican founder and chair of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus) Republican Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell folded right up and let it die in committee.

If the GOP had any intention of advancing the conservative agenda, they’d have passed that bill. But that would have landed them on the bad side of people they want to stay in good with…and that’s not you. It’s the other politicians’ good graces they need to keep winning, and that means they need to lose. They know you’ll be there for them come election day, because where else are you going to go? Sure, there will be some voter pushback, and some Republicans will lose some elections. But not all of them. There will still be Vichy Republicans enjoying the good life in DC, so who are you calling loser?

*I’ll be addressing Congressman Massie’s opposition to HR 38, and his…ahem…lack of transparency as to his reasons in the next couple of days.

Reposted from deltabravocharlie.com

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.

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days

With the election less than a week away, I think it is time for a final reminder of the importance of this decision regarding gun freedom. No matter how you personally feel about Donald Trump, there is no other choice if preserving the 2nd Amendment is important to you. There is no third way.

If you vote third party, or simply stay home (kind of the same thing), you are saying that there are other things more important to you than the 2nd Amendment. That’s OK, if that’s how you really feel. But don’t try to convince the rest of us that you’re making the best choice for preserving gun rights…don’t kid yourself, either. And if your grudge against President Trump is because he banned bump stocks and made a couple of comments about gun control (which he never acted on), then explain to me how voting him out of office does anything to improve the position of gun rights in this country. I actually saw a comment on Facebook where someone said they wanted to vote Trump out of office because he “wants his bump stock back.” I hate to tell you, bud…but if you vote Trump out of office, you’ll be looking back at the time he banned bump stocks as “the good old days.”

“Things were so much better when all we had to worry about was bump stocks and rude Tweets.”

That’s because if Trump loses, it will be because Joe Biden won (no, Libertarians…Jo Jorgensen isn’t going to win). And under a Biden (and eventually Harris) presidency, you ain’t getting your bump stock back. In fact, if Biden wins, you quite literally stand to lose everything. If the Democrats keep the House, flip the Senate, and manage to put Biden/Harris in the White House, you’ll wish all they were doing was banning bump stocks. Their gun control agenda…which is documented in detail on their website…is so draconian and so comprehensive that if they successfully implemented even half of it, then it is effectively game over for the 2nd Amendment.

“There’s an old picture of me shooting my AR-15…back before President Biden banned them. I sure do miss that rifle.”

Now, some of you are probably thinking, “No, it isn’t game over. I’ll fight to keep my guns.” How brave of you. How serious you are. So serious that you would consider spilling blood over your gun rights, rather than making the strategic choice and voting for the best hope of avoiding that fight. So serious that you would consider lining up sights on your fellow Americans and pulling the trigger before you would consider voting for Trump. All because of bump stocks and a few ill-considered words.

“Yes, I voted for Biden. Trump was so rude! No, I still haven’t gotten my bump stock back. Why do you ask?”

Again, if Biden wins every single gun control measure imaginable is on the table. A Biden administration is guaranteed to make life worse for gun owners than a Trump administration. Then, if the battle for the 2nd Amendment becomes a literal one instead of a figurative one, things become still worse for gun owners…as well as everybody else. In either of these futures, we’ll be looking back at the Trump presidency as the good old days.

“Remember when we thought Trump was the worst for banning bump stocks? Before we voted for Biden and he banned everything? Those were the good old days.”

Original post at deltabravocharlie.com

Making New Shooters in Motown

Making New Shooters in Motown

Originally published by Rick Ector at Ammoland.com

 

Firearm Instructors united August 15th and 16th in Taylor – a Detroit suburb – to provide free firearm training to 1,938 metro-Detroit women. They answered a call for assistance by Rick Ector, a Detroit Firearm Instructor, who conducts an annual program to give women a free range safety briefing and a free shooting lesson. Last year, 814 local women were trained by the program. At that point in time, it was the program’s highest-ever attendance total.

The program was created by Ector nine years ago after watching a local story on the news about a woman’s lifeless and naked body being found in a deserted field. He was inspired to ask four fellow firearm instructors he knew to donate their time to help him give women a free shooting lesson. That year fifty women were trained. All expenses were donated by the gun range and Ector.

The free program, now in its ninth year of operation, has grown steadily over the years. Accordingly, Ector set a goal of training a total of 1,500 women this year by conducting his program at two local ranges – “Recoil Gun Range” and “Top Gun Shooting Sports.” Both ranges are located in Taylor, Michigan.

On Saturday, August 15th, a single day training record of 1,200 women being trained how to safely operate a pistol was established at the “Recoil Gun Range.” Further, another 738 women were trained on the following day at “Top Gun Shooting Sports.” Thus, a total of 1,938 women were trained over a two day period.

Students were registered for the program over the Internet to arrive for scheduled range safety briefings and a shooting lesson. Lessons were delivered via one-on-one pairings with a vetted volunteer instructor. The responsibility for classroom instruction and overall supervision of the range belonged to an all-woman team of Chief Training Officers (CTO): Tanisha Moner, Margie Walden, Audree Danielson, and Jamie Gabriel.

Moner, an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and Certified Firearm Instructor (CFI), served as a CTO for the event. One of her main duties was to prepare the women attendees for their shooting lesson by delivering a presentation on safety rules. She also described what to expect during the live-fire exercise.

When asked to explain why she donates her time to the event, Moner said the following, “Helping to empower these ladies – usually at the beginning of their journey into firearms – is surreal. I can’t NOT participate in this event; it is the highlight of my year.”

Walden, Danielson, and Gabriel are all also NRA CFIs, who served the event as CTOs. Their jobs were to supervise first-line firearm instructors who taught the women attendees how to safely load, handle, and discharge 9mm semi-automatic pistols at approved targets.

Walden explained why she donates her time to the program as the following, “This is the fifth year in a row that I participated because I think it’s very important to empower other women. As a firearm instructor I want to do my part to ensure shooters are trained properly and safely.”

Danielson explained her participation as the following, “I really enjoy working with instructors and volunteers on the range for the ‘Legally Armed In Detroit’ (LAID) event. I love Rick’s event because every person involved – whether they are a participant, volunteer, an instructor – help to make a positive impact on our community.”

Gabriel explained the merit of the training program as the following, “The ‘LAID Annual Free Women Shoot Event’ is important to me because of the safe gun handling training and women empowerment. Every year is an opportunity to build, encourage, and edify women in their pursuit of firearm knowledge.”

Ector’s program relied upon the donated labor and travel expenses of some of the participating Firearm Instructors and other volunteers. The following people who visited Michigan to donate their time are listed as the following: Craig Deluz (CA), Kerry Sloan (WA), Aquil Bey (MD), Candy Petticord (OH), Michael Petticord (OH), Abby Petticord (OH), Jim Irvine (OH), Patrick Collins (GA), Mike Piowowarski (FL), and Kevin Sona (FL).

This year’s program also relied upon donations from a variety of generous sponsors to cover operational expenses:

  • “Recoil Gun Range” donated the use of its meeting space and gun range on Saturday, August 15th.
  • “Top Gun Shooting Sports” donated the use of its meeting space and gun range and sponsored lunch for volunteers on Sunday, August 16th.
  • “Gun Owners of America” (GOA) donated 1,500 pairs of safety glasses and gave away 1,500 baseball GOA imprinted baseball caps.
  • “Firearms Legal Protection” (FLP) donated 1,500 target silhouettes and sponsored lunch for volunteers on Saturday, August 15th.
  • ATEi donated the use of its 9mm semi-automatic pistols.
  • Black Bottom Gun Club donated 900 gun locks.
  • Fenix Ammunition donated 10,000 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammo cartridges.
  • Michigan Gun Owners (MGO) donated 10,000 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammo cartridges and 1,000 pairs of ear plugs.

Volunteer firearm instructors for this event are often the unsung heroes who enable the training to take place. There were scores of instructors who conducted the training of the women but there are too many to list individually. However, one such instructor – Charles LeBron Simmons – is being singled out because other than Ector, he is the only person who has donated his time every year.

Simmons explains his participation in the program as the following, “I look forward to ‘THE EVENT’ every year. I really enjoy showing women of all ages and skill levels how to shoot. I know that it only takes training one to make a difference.”

As a result of the program’s run-away success this past weekend, many observers are wondering what is next for the program. Ector is currently planning for the program to not only grow in the state of Michigan at additional locations, but he also wants to conduct this program in other states across the United States. He is currently quiet about next year’s training goal but he has hinted that he wants to take the program to the next level.

Ector wants feedback from the public, as to where he should conduct his program in the future. Additionally, he is currently seeking additional donors who can make those plans financially feasible.

 

About Rick Ector

Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW/CPL Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety, a gun rights keynote speaker, and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, Fox News, USA Today, NRAnews, Gun Digest, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, Lock-N-Load Radio, WGPR and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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.

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