Tag: Kenn Blanchard

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.
Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 

How Does It Feel To Be Right?

 

Lessons For Colion Noir

 

John Wick on Gun Rights

 

Armed Christian Perspectives

5 Things You Need to Know Before Shooting Naked

 

Why We Love History (and you should too!)

3D Gun Printing is BS

 

Hurricane Florence

 

 

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

 

5 Things you should know about shotguns

 

5 Mistakes In Gun Rights That Make You Look Dumb

 

Keeping your Back Hole Out of Jail

 

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

Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 

How Does It Feel To Be Right?

 

Lessons For Colion Noir

 

John Wick on Gun Rights

 

Armed Christian Perspectives

5 Things You Need to Know Before Shooting Naked

 

Why We Love History (and you should too!)

3D Gun Printing is BS

 

Hurricane Florence

 

 

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

 

5 Things you should know about shotguns

 

5 Mistakes In Gun Rights That Make You Look Dumb

 

Keeping your Back Hole Out of Jail

 

He Is Returning

He Is Returning

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

 

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

It’s not you, it’s them.

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

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

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

 

To quote my cousin.

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

 

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

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

You still with me?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m back.  

 

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

Black Man With A Gun Show returning in July 2020.

 

-Kenn

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

Goal Setting with a Indian Motorcycle Podcast

What I Did On My Spring Vacation

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

 

first episode

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

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

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

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

 

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

Specifics

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

Measureable

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

Actionable

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

Relateable

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

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

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

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

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

 

Timely

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

Evaluate

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

Reward

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting Your Church Online

Using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

Early adopters and tech savvy pastors I know have allowed or started to use tech like Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live,  to reach their congregations recently.  I applaud that.  Some are fighting it with the tenacity of a Luddite.  Our elders are also having a tougher time deciding if they will finally join that Space Book or not.  
For those in the ministry, we don’t have a choice if we are true to our Call.  We are to serve,  to preach, reach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are charged to “feed My sheep.”  The method is not in the Book.  
The internet is a beautiful thing. It is bigger than America Online.  With the entire web, it’s possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do exactly what we are called to do globally.  It is also full of darkness, dangers and predators. 

Online Security

People use the same platforms to steal personal information, sell and send us things contrary to God.  Using tricks that prey on our psychology they can socially engineer our responses through “phishing, 
Phishing is when the anonymous attacker attempts to trick you into giving them your credentials or access to your system. Phishers attempt to play on your emotions, often including disturbing or enticing information in their emails in an attempt to provoke you to act. They may try to create a false sense of urgency by saying “your account will be deleted” or that “you are over your email storage space.” They often urge you to act immediately to “update” or “verify” your account information. 
Often, the goal of a phishing attack is to get you to provide your login credentials or other sensitive information like your social security number or financial institution information. This information could then be used to gain access to your private accounts or to steal your identity. You should be suspicious of any email that asks you to provide personal information or that directs you to a webpage that ask for this information.
Another goal of phishing is to trick you into downloading malicious code onto your computer. This can occur when you click a link or open an attachment. The malicious code can then do any number of very bad things to you, your computer and your contacts. 

Zoom 

Zoom has sharply risen in popularity since the spread of coronavirus ended group gatherings forced many to work from home.
I am hoping to issue a warning to the Church that there are predators in this space too.  Taylor Lorenz of the the New York Times  wrote and article about “zoom raiders” that have begun infiltrating meetings with malicious intent. The New York Times this month reported multiple instances of online abuse, ranging from unwanted pornographic images to instances of verbal harassment.
As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet.
Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual classroom by any means. Others have weaponized the platform’s security flaws to harass specific populations using racial slurs, sexist remarks and pornography.
It’s nearly impossible to prevent these attacks, especially when an event is public by design but I can help the administrators secure it with some tips if you contact me.  I will be posting a list of recommendations later. 
Rev. Kenn Blanchard 
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Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman



 Wisdom from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.


One of the things we don’t do is listen more to the wisemen in our lives.  There are grandparents, and uncles that have accumulated a wealth of knowledge over their lifetimes.  

Listen to this sage speak.   My guest coming soon is retired U.S. Army Lt. Col David Grossman.  

You can hear it  

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Podcasting is an excellent way to capture the wisdom of our elders.  It’s not easy to listen sometimes because not everything they say is for everybody. And honestly, not everything they say is gold.  But on this weeks episode I have a guest that is golden.  We spoke for awhile and when he got comfortable he dropped some nuggets I want to share with you.  

I didn’t know him personally before our interview.  I have heard of him for decades.  On this episode he will be sharing the importance of sleep and how it affects us, soldiers and folks contemplating suicide.  Who would have known the key to success was sleep?  

He is going to talk about using caffeine effectively, how to sleep better, about church security, the Second Amendment, gun rights, the role and title of a Sheepdog, about self discipline and resilience.  This grandfather is going to give some parenting 101 advice.  And he is even going to talk about faith.  He ties it all together.

You are going to thank me for this episode. 


Dave has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two children’s’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing  (with over half a million copies sold).Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor.  He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  

Dave also mentions that getting a Fitbit to monitor your sleep and health is a good thing.  I put a link below for you along with his first book.  He has another coming out soon.  When he and it is available, I’ll have him back on.  

This guy is great.  He is one of a kind.   He was a great guest for the Game Changers Podcast.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  



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Guns and the Pandemic With Colion Noir

Guns and the Pandemic With Colion Noir

The Pandemic has people back in the gun stores buying ammo, and more guns. For me, it has allowed me to reconnect with good people, and family. I hope to get you on the show soon. My guest this week is a good friend, known in the world as Mr. Colion Noir, gun rights activist and Youtuber. It’s a light conversation but Colion is going to dive into the new interest in gun ownership during this age of COVID-19. We videotaped it below as well.

The podcast is a little different as I share some thoughts on the dangers of comparing yourself to others. And I give some tips on Operational Security.

PODCAST      

I’ll be sharing some wisdom on comparison, jealousy and envy. Keep it in check.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Operational Security. Nobody needs to know what you have, where it is and all of that. Dial it back. We were right. We are prepared.

This isn’t the end of it though.

And subscribe to show, the YouTube channel and the blog.

Check out this episode!

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Small Talk For Success

Small Talk For Success

Small Talk For Success

In this 24 minute podcast episode you’ll hear how to communicate better with your spouse. I got a chance to ask a single woman what is lacking today with relationships. This show will help you start small talk. There are tips for speaking in small groups. How to communicate for intimacy. How to start a conversation with a stranger. It could be the push you need to do better at work. The key words here are open ended questions and active listening. Learn these for the win. Subscribe to this podcast.

Why is Communication so hard? 

Asked of a single woman I know. The topic prompted me to share this with you so you can do better.

Two Game Changing Points:

1. An open-ended question is a question that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no” response, or with a static response.
2. Active listening.
There are three levels of safe topics to talk about.

More tips:

* Be attentive and give eye contact.
* Make active and engaged expressions.
* Repeat back what you’ve heard, and follow up with questions.
* If you notice something you want to say, don’t say it. Challenge it and go back to listening.
* For bonus points, wait an hour to bring up that thing you didn’t say earlier.

Communicate for intimacy.

Good Luck. New Facebook page @kbgamechangers
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Thanks man. Kenn

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Corona virus Update

Corona virus Update

If you have been shopping lately you may have seen the increase of hysteria about the virus.  People are buying unnecessary and excess stuff.  If you have bought teargas masks, 37 gallons of bottled water, or a years supply of surgical face masks that is extreme.

According to the CDC, most of the people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to the Coronavirus aka COVID-19. This is a new disease and they are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

Believe it or not, people like you and I are still catching colds, have allergies and even catching the flu. Hold on there cowboy!  Everybody that sneezes isn’t about to die.

Don’t be a bigot.

People—including those of Asian descent who have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of COVID-19 or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are NOT A GREATER RISK of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.  Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds.

People who have returned from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms are not infected with the virus and contact with them will NOT give you the virus.

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. This does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan.

Here are the hot spots around the world.

  • China (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
  • Iran (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
  • Italy (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
  • Japan (Level 2 Travel Health Notice)
  • South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)

Level 3 is to avoid unnecessary travel to this area.
Level 2 Practice enhanced precautions to this area.
Level 1 practice regular precautions to this area

Don’t be an idiot.

Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.  This is one of the reasons the elderly in Washington State were susceptible.
All of us should avoid contact with sick people that have traveled and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water still work.  Don’t bleach your hands.

Travelers should stay home and monitor their health during travel and for 14 days after returning to the United States. These travelers who feel sick with fever or cough or difficulty breathing should seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

Don’t be nasty.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face

mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

At the time of this post, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and take care of your hygiene. I’ll keep you informed.

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