Godly US Calvary officer rebuked by Robert Duvall for not hating the enemy: “I just think you’re a real sad case. YOU DON’T HATE who you’re fighting against” — ‘Geronimo: An American Legend’ (1993)

I really like this movie, largely because of the outstanding sensitivity and leadership by Lt. Charles B. Gatewood, played by Jason Patric.

Here, he’s rebuked by Robert Duvall (Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts) for not hating the Indians and Geronimo.

Later in the movie, he gives the cross he hung from his neck to Geronimo.

It’s rare for Hollywood to give a Christlike character a leading role.

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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts: I just think you’re a real sad case. You don’t love who you’re fighting for, and you don’t hate who you’re fighting against.

1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: Perhaps I could learn to hate with the proper vigor from you, Al.

[Cursing people – golf] "This is the sort of a game that nobody ever WISHES the other half of the field ILL, except ALL THE TIME" – David Feherty

“This is the sort of a game that nobody ever wishes the other half of the field ill, except all the time.”

– David Feherty, commentating during Whistling Straights PGA championship, round 2b, 8/15/15 on TNT

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

Related:
All of my People Cursing People posts at ToBeFree (10 posts per page; latest appear first)
All of my ‘Christians’ Cursing People posts at ONEcanhappen (10 posts per page; latest appear first)

Jordon Spieth: "We're all very respectful of each other. We all root for each other. It's not like I'm out with Patrick Reed saying 'I hope he misses this put.' I hope he makes this, and I hope I make two in a row on top"

“There’s an incredible amount of young talent. Guys are coming out and winning quickly and a lot. We’re all very respectful of each other. We all root for each other. And we want to just…. It’s not like I’m out with Patrick Reed saying ‘I hope he misses this put.’ I hope he makes this, and I hope I make two in a row on top.”

– Jordon Spieth

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from the Q&A after winning The Masters on “Live From The Masters,” 4/12/15, Golf Channel

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(video) Jordan Spieth Thumbs Up Patrick Reed's Shot! — Wishing each other well example!!!

Even competitors, competing for big $bucks$, can be friends!!!
Patrick’s wife, Justine is his beautiful caddy, by the way.
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The situation at 12:20. Thumbs up at minute-14:45!!![youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIQPiwiMDEg]Jordan Spieth Patrick Reed Full Playoff @ Wyndham Championship 2013 1080p HD

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Full HD coverage of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed’s Playoff @ Wyndham Championship 2013.

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Gold Medal ATTITUDE!!!: I would have wished Shaun had landed his run. I love him and I love to watch him. He has been my inspiration always.

Just after Shawn White came in 4th, out of metal contention, Iouri said this in the TV interview.

What an attitude:

“You rarely see ever Shaun make two mistakes, and he made a couple today. I would have wished he had landed his run. I love him and I love to watch him. He has been my inspiration always.”

– Iouri Podladtchikov

Russian born, Swiss, Snowboard Halfpipe Gold Metal Winner — Russia Winter Games 2014!

[video] RECONCILIATION!!! Alex Jones: Conscience — Mark Dice buries the hatchet after Alex applauds Mark’s brilliant work!

I’m very excited about this, having actively tried to do what I could to mend this relationship.

Very important for Alex, Mark and who knows how many…!

Beautiful!!!

jeff : )

_ _

After watching the following segment of yesterday’s Alex Jones Show transmission, Mark Dice then posted this on his Facebook page:

Mark Dice

I have buried the hatchet with Alex Jones from Infowars. That does not mean Infowars is a sacred cow or that I won’t critically analyze any stories they put out when I feel it’s needed (I am a media analyst after all), but consider the hatchet buried for the sake of coming together to fight the New World Order and save as many people as possible from falling into the Illuminati abyss.

Despite my very harsh criticism of Alex in the past, he has taken the high road and today acknowledged that I do good work and gave me a shout out on his radio show for my “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” video. Looking back, I’m sure my criticism actually helped Infowars up their game and be a bit more careful about some of the stories they put out and double check their info and analysis.

For those who don’t know, we had a little falling out a few years ago due to a misunderstanding that I then took a little too far cuz I’m a bit crazy sometimes (so is Alex for that matter) but anyway, now onto more important things and setting aside personal differences for sake of unifying The Resistance to fight the Illuminati and their planned destruction of our freedoms, economy, health, and peace of mind.

Then, two days later, Mark posted this on his Facebook page:

Big thanks to Alex Jones, Drudge Report, and everyone else who helped spread the “Repeal the Second Amendment” Petition video around to help jolt people into waking up and thinking about the Bill of Rights. JUST WAIT until you see tomorrow’s “Man on the Street Monday” video! It might be even more crazy than this one!

Subscribe to my YouTube channel and be sure to select “Show in News Feed” on my Facebook page. I don’t post all videos here on FB, and because this is a fan page, not every status update shows up on everyone’s page unless I pay PER STATUS update, FYI. Here’s last week’s “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” video if you missed it.

Check my previous status update from Friday to read the details about me burying the hatchet with Alex for the sake of coming together to fight our common enemy: The Illuminati.

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96TCNg7HdsY]Conscience

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Published on Apr 13, 2013

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https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones
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https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEme…

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Obama Supporters Sign Petition to Ban Free Speech

[video] RECONCILIATION!!! Alex Jones: Conscience — Mark Dice buries the hatchet after Alex applauds Mark's brilliant work!

I’m very excited about this, having actively tried to do what I could to mend this relationship.
Very important for Alex, Mark and who knows how many…!
Beautiful!!!
jeff : )
_ _
After watching the following segment of yesterday’s Alex Jones Show transmission, Mark Dice then posted this on his Facebook page:

Mark Dice

I have buried the hatchet with Alex Jones from Infowars. That does not mean Infowars is a sacred cow or that I won’t critically analyze any stories they put out when I feel it’s needed (I am a media analyst after all), but consider the hatchet buried for the sake of coming together to fight the New World Order and save as many people as possible from falling into the Illuminati abyss.

Despite my very harsh criticism of Alex in the past, he has taken the high road and today acknowledged that I do good work and gave me a shout out on his radio show for my “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” video. Looking back, I’m sure my criticism actually helped Infowars up their game and be a bit more careful about some of the stories they put out and double check their info and analysis.

For those who don’t know, we had a little falling out a few years ago due to a misunderstanding that I then took a little too far cuz I’m a bit crazy sometimes (so is Alex for that matter) but anyway, now onto more important things and setting aside personal differences for sake of unifying The Resistance to fight the Illuminati and their planned destruction of our freedoms, economy, health, and peace of mind.

Then, two days later, Mark posted this on his Facebook page:

Big thanks to Alex Jones, Drudge Report, and everyone else who helped spread the “Repeal the Second Amendment” Petition video around to help jolt people into waking up and thinking about the Bill of Rights. JUST WAIT until you see tomorrow’s “Man on the Street Monday” video! It might be even more crazy than this one!

Subscribe to my YouTube channel and be sure to select “Show in News Feed” on my Facebook page. I don’t post all videos here on FB, and because this is a fan page, not every status update shows up on everyone’s page unless I pay PER STATUS update, FYI. Here’s last week’s “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” video if you missed it.

Check my previous status update from Friday to read the details about me burying the hatchet with Alex for the sake of coming together to fight our common enemy: The Illuminati.

* * *

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96TCNg7HdsY]Conscience

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Published on Apr 13, 2013

[TWITTER]
https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones
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https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEme…

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Obama Supporters Sign Petition to Ban Free Speech

David Kretzmann: Defending Empire — I am continuously amazed how quickly people attempt to defend politicians, regardless of the hypocrisy and sheer lunacy displayed … Let us not forget those who have been unjustly killed. Let us not forget, lest we neglect the preciousness of human life, lest we become ignorant of liberty.

From: davidkretzmann.com

Defending Empire
By David Kretzmann on October 31st, 2011

I am continuously amazed how quickly people attempt to defend politicians, regardless of the hypocrisy and sheer lunacy displayed by political figures. What have these politicians done to earn your trust? What makes them worth defending? We’re led to believe that without these cherished political behemoths starting new wars, torturing people and ignoring the rule of law, chaos would erupt in the streets.

People within an empire are blind to the empire itself. U.S. citizens have been trained to trust and protect their leaders, even when these leaders are escalating the slaughter of innocent human beings abroad. Is the U.S. different from previous tyrannical empires? Some claim the U.S. is defending freedom and democracy by preemptively invading tens of countries around the world. How many wars must be fought before we acknowledge the miserable strategical failure of killing other human beings in far off lands in supposed efforts to promote peace?

I am not a stubborn pacifist. But I am not a blind follower either, which is what the majority of people in the U.S. appear to be today. People blindly followed and supported George W. Bush. After eight years of horrendous atrocities abroad, torturing human beings, and Bush ignoring his own promises to stop nation building, people decided they wanted a change. Barack Obama promised change, and he even campaigned that he was “Change we can believe in.” Give people a catchy slogan and a decent speech and they’ll believe and defend just about anything.

Three years into Obama’s presidency, you can count on one hand the number of the policies Obama has ended from the Bush era. Obama has started new wars, continued torturing untried human beings, and today his administration defends the very policies he strongly criticized just four years ago. Some say Obama just needs more time. “You can’t change everything in a day, Obama’s doing the best he can!”

How long must Obama continue and expand Bush’s abominable policies before I can legitimately criticize his policies? Three years? Five years? Eight years?

No one in government has done a thing to earn my trust. Conservatives” who preach against government intervention in our domestic economy praise the very same government when it sanctions, invades, and militarily occupies foreign countries. “Liberals” who criticize a Republican president for war crimes and the destruction of the Constitution turn a blind eye when a Democrat does the exact same things, instead giving him a pat on the back while writing a check for his reelection.

Think outside the box. Think like a human being. Would you retaliate against a foreign government that attempted to rig your country’s elections, prevented economic trade, and opened permanent military bases on your own soil? Answer that question honestly, and you will understand why “insurgents” and “terrorists” in numerous countries around the world are retaliating against the U.S. They do not do it for religious purposes, they don’t do it because we’re “free” (which is a laughable accusation in and of itself), they do it because they’ve had enough of their friends, family, and countrymen killed by an intruding foreign army. …

I am not going to support any politician who thinks for a second that the U.S. can do whatever it wants around the world without inciting retaliation against those actions. It is the height of arrogance to think the U.S. can only do good, only be welcomed in these countries, and never do anything evil that might warrant a justified retaliation. Put yourself in the shoes of someone in the Middle East, or you will never understand.

Let us not forget those who have been unjustly killed. Let us not forget, lest we neglect the preciousness of human life. Let us not forget, lest we become ignorant of liberty.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DOgWuGYGeo]The Truth About War – Who Are The Real Terrorists?

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Since being in Iraq and Afghanistan over 1 million civilians have been killed and thousands of soldiers have lost their lives to empire, to the bankers and elite who make a profit from human suffering, they are the real terrorists..This video was dedicated to those who have lost their lives to these criminals….

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Who Cares About The Iranian People?

From: Rense

Who Cares About The Iranian People?
By Kourosh Ziabari
7-1-10

The world countries are competing with each other in imposing new financial sanctions against Iran. While the Iranian people still hasn’t forgotten the bitter memory of 8-year war with the Baathist Iraq which was masterminded and fostered by the United States and its European allies, new rounds of crippling sanctions directed against the most strategic industries of Iran come after one another in what is claimed to be the international movement of preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Although the International Atomic Energy Agency and the G5+1 have so far failed to put forward hard evidence that demonstrates the deviation of Iran in its nuclear activities towards military purposes, the fourth round of United Nations Security Council sanctions was agreed on June 9, 2010, targeting a number of Iranian companies and individuals who have allegedly participated in Iran’s nuclear and missile program.

The Iranian people still remember the painful days of war with Iraq under the late dictator Saddam Hussein who was armed and equipped by the United States and 14 European countries. The First Persian Gulf War cost the lives of more than 500,000 Iranians and imposed some US $500 billion damage on Iran.

On June 9, 1992, Ted Koppel reported on ABC’s Nightline program that Saddam Hussein received much of its financing, intelligence and military help from the United States and the administration of George H. Bush. In 1982, Iraq was removed from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and this enabled the Reagan Administration to transfer a huge amount of dual-use technology to Iraq. According to a May 1994 report by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, pathogenic (disease producing), toxigenic (poisonous), and other biological research materials were exported to Iraq [during the 8-year war with Iran] pursuant to application and licensing by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Entire Article Here

My Favorite John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden Quotes

Compiled by Jeff Fenske
ToBeFree

Success
is peace of mind
which is a direct result of
self-satisfaction in knowing
you did your best to become
the best you are capable of becoming.”


Never try to be better than someone else.
Learn from others,
and try to be the best you can be.
Success is the by-product of that preparation.”

Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”

“It’s the little details that are vital.
Little things make big things happen.”

“If something occurred to me that MIGHT help us, 
I implemented it.”

Be quick, but don’t hurry.”

“There is nothing stronger than gentleness.”

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Make every day your masterpiece. “

“I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.”

Be prepared and be honest.”

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

“There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”

“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.”

Listen if you want to be heard

“Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.”

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

“For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren’t able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.”

Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”

“It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.”

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

“Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.”

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings,
and the feelings of others before your own rights
.”

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”

“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”

“Remember this your lifetime through:
Tomorrow there will be more to do.
And failure waits for all who stay
With some success made yesterday.
Tomorrow you must try once more,
And even harder than before
.”

Related:

John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

“No Hate,” Himself (John Wooden) Recognized as the Greatest Coach! Why?

John Wooden: A man who would NOT curse people — “Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive!”

John Wooden – An Intergalactic Treasure! “Be quick, but don’t hurry” — “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail” — “Happiness begins when selfishness ends” …

John Wooden at age-95: “Why I feel blessed” | His dad’s wisdom: “You’re never better than anybody else”

John Wooden: Love and Balance

John Wooden’s heavenly perspective: “I’d rather be unknown here and have my name up there.”

[2008] John Wooden on Success, Peace of Mind, Real Joy & Doing for Others

John Wooden [1910 – 2010] recites his poem about being with his Lord: “Don’t Look Back”

Coach John Wooden (at age-90) redefines ‘success’ AND John Wooden on ‘change’ we can believe in

[photo] John and Nellie Wooden

John Wooden in 7 words: “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”

[quote] John Wooden: “If something occurred to me that MIGHT help us, I implemented it.”

John Wooden – An Intergalactic Treasure! “Be quick, but don’t hurry” — “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail” — “Happiness begins when selfishness ends” …

“This is really someone who is an intergalactic treasure!”

– Bill Walton

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1WOjpegGyA]John Wooden – Intergalactic Treasure

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“No Hate,” Himself (John Wooden) Recognized as the Greatest Coach! Why?

The Heart-Bath Video: Forgiveness and the Freedom of Letting Go

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4VMZb8wLY]Forgiveness and the Freedom of Letting go

Forgiveness is the mental, emotional and/or spiritual process of ceasing to feel resentment, indignation or anger against another person for a perceived offense, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution

“No Hate,” Himself (John Wooden) Recognized as the Greatest Coach! Why?

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Better late than never….

A little over a year ago, I finally (not being a basketball fan) discovered John Wooden. I happened to see Bill Walton on Charlie Jones Live to Tape* — and the way Bill talked about Coach Wooden — WoW!! This started me on my search.

Here is leadership the way it is supposed to be, hate-free, which sadly, I haven’t seen demonstrated very much in most of the leaders whom I have known personally. Why is Godly leadership so rare in America? I recently wrote this article at ONEcanhappen, thinking hate is a huge reason why. Hate destroys leaders’ ability and right to lead: The Boot-Camp Factor: The Hate & Anger Factory Where Men are Programmed to Kill and Then Become Our Dads?!! Our Pastors?!!! Let’s Get Free to Bring in the True Kingdom!!!!!!!

Finally, I found the gold standard — a man who not only did it, but skillfully explains how to do it (he started out as an English teacher).

I watched everything I could find (on TV, DVD and online), and then I sat down and carefully read his book, Wooden on Leadership, cover to cover, small pieces at a time, actually underlining and marking about 1/3 of it. I highly recommend this book!

I’m amazed at this man: his heart; his genuine love for others, wishing them all (black or white) to succeed in life (not just in the game); being firm when he knows he’s right, but always open to hearing about or seeing a better way to do it; his thorough research, being willing to try new things; etc..

What a man. No wonder why his players still love him so! He was way more power-under than power-over. And he was so careful, thinking out every aspect which he painstakingly implemented.

But John Wooden wasn’t born “no hate.” He gives a few examples in chapter 7 in Wooden on Leadership. Early in his career, he said he made a decision about a player that still bothers him to this day, because he reacted out of emotion instead of doing the right thing. And on one occasion, he actually punched out the opposing coach in response to the false accusations and string of expletives that coach was spewing at him. But coach Wooden learned from his mistakes. He not only learned to control himself externally, but also internally — not even thinking hateful thoughts.

Coach John Wooden is an example to us all! He deserves this award. What a heart of gold!

Success is peace of mind, a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming, and not just in a physical way: seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be yours as well.”

– John Wooden (source)

John Wooden is clearly a Christian.

Jeff Fenske : )

* sadly I just learned that Charlie Jones has passed away. I also very much enjoyed Charlie’s interviews with ‘the gold standard,’ himself and also Ken Blanchard.

……………

From: AP, UCLA’s Wooden honored as sports’ greatest coach

John Wooden’s friends, family and former players all say they didn’t need an award from a national magazine to confirm the identity of the greatest coach in American sports history.

Yet the Sporting News made it official Wednesday, recognizing the 98-year-old Wooden as the pinnacle of a profession that was redefined by the UCLA coach over his unmatched career in Westwood.

During a luncheon in the John Wooden Room at one of his favorite restaurants in Sherman Oaks, the coach saw the real reward for a life spent teaching, mentoring and improving lives: A room packed to overflowing with the recipients of those lessons, from his daughter, Nan, to current UCLA coach Ben Howland, to former Bruins center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. …

“He was the greatest teacher ever. His integrity, the way he lives his life, is a model for all of us.”

“The most important thing in the world is family and love,” Wooden said. “Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary. … They say you never use love in your Pyramid (of Success). I just say I never thought of it.”

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Smaller, 1/2 MB Version

It may not contain the word, ‘love,’
but certainly contains the concept!

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John Wooden [1910 – 2010] recites his poem about being with his Lord: “Don’t Look Back”

My Favorite John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden – An Intergalactic Treasure! “Be quick, but don’t hurry” — “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail” — “Happiness begins when selfishness ends” …

Coach John Wooden (at age-90) redefines ‘success’ AND John Wooden on ‘change’ we can believe in

John Wooden at age-95: “Why I feel blessed” | His dad’s wisdom: “You’re never better than anybody else”

John Wooden: A man who would NOT curse people — “Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive!”

Britain’s Got Talent: “I know everyone was against you. We are all so cynical but that was a complete wake-up call!”

“I am so thrilled because I know everyone was against you. We are all so cynical, but that was a complete wake up call. It was a complete privilege.”

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From: itv

A star is born!

The audience were on their feet and cheering by the time 47 year-old Susan Boyle had finished singing.

The unassuming, currently unemployed lady from West Lothian near Edinburgh had looked shy and a little out of place as she stepped on stage.

There were even smirks on the judges’ faces when she told them, “I am trying to be a professional singer. I’ve never been given a chance before but hopefully that will change”.

Then Susan, who has ambitions to sing on stage like Elaine Paige, launched into the West End anthem I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.

And the look of shock and awe on Simon Cowell’s face as he did a double-take at her talent was worth a million pounds in itself. As Simon recovered, Piers and Amanda were giving Susan a standing ovation.

Piers told her, “Without a doubt that was the biggest surprise I have had in three years. When you stood there with that cheeky grin and said ‘I want to be like Elaine Paige’ everyone was laughing at you. No-one is laughing now, that was stunning. I am reeling from shock”.

Amanda agreed. “I am so thrilled because I know everyone was against you. We are all so cynical but that was a complete wake up call. It was a complete privilege“.

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Libertarianism Defined

Excerpts from: Libertarianism.com

Short Definitions of Libertarianism

lib·er·tar·i·an: One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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“Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property, and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life – as long as he simply respects the same right of others to do the same.”
Sharon Harris, President, Advocates for Self-Government

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“Libertarianism promotes a society where no one is the first to harm (strike, defraud, steal from) another. If someone fails to obey this one-and-only law, then he or she must make things right again with the one who is harmed. The only legitimate use of force is self-defense. Basically, libertarianism is a restatement of how we learned to get along with each other as youngsters. We honor our neighbors’ choices, and they honor ours. We don’t start fights and only fight back when attacked. We try to make right any wrongs that we do. Simple, isn’t it?”
Dr. Mary Ruwart, Author, Healing Our World

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“Libertarianism is what your mom taught you: behave yourself and don’t hit your sister.”
Dr. Kenneth Bisson, Advocates Board of Directors

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“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

“We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

“Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”
— from the Preamble to the Libertarian Party Platform

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“Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to [live] his life in any way he chooses so long as he or she respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the Libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves uses force-actions like murder, robbery, rape, kidnapping and fraud.”
Charles Murray, author, What it Means to Be a Libertarian

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“In popular terminology, a libertarian is the opposite of an authoritarian. Strictly speaking, a libertarian is one who rejects the idea of using violence or the threat of violence — legal or illegal — to impose his will or viewpoint upon any peaceful person. Generally speaking, a libertarian is one who wants to be governed far less than he is today.”
Dean Russell, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), 1955

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“Libertarianism is what you probably already believe… Libertarian values are American values. Libertarianism is America’s heritage of liberty, patriotism and honest work to build a future for your family. It’s the idea that being free and independent is a great way to live. That each of us is a unique individual, with great potential. That you own yourself, and that you have the right to decide what’s best for you. Americans of all races and creeds built a great and prosperous country with these libertarian ideals. Let’s use them to build America’s future.”
David Bergland, 1984 Libertarian Party presidential candidate and author of Libertarianism in One Lesson

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Wishing Others Well: Tony Hawk’s The First 900

I can’t find a video online that fully shows the degree of support Tony had from his fans and competitors during this first ever 900, but this shows us glimpses.

His competitors were slapping their skateboards on the ramp and actually laying their hands on him, hoping and praying that Tony would succeed!!!

When I saw Tony’s unedited attempts on TV, I was stunned, thinking this is how completely we should be supporting each other, wishing each other well in real life. And especially, this is how people who call themselves ‘Christians’ should be rooting each other on! Let’s do it!

No enemies — an example of what is to come!

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Travis Pastrana’s Appretiation of Colin McRae’s Heart to Give [1968-2007]

Nastia Liukin, WINNER, Wishing her fiercest competitor WELL: “I admire her with ALL of My HEART”

Nastia Liukin, WINNER, Wishing her fiercest competitor WELL: “I admire her with ALL of My HEART”

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from CBS’ Today: Today’s Olympic Moment, 8/15/08

“Today’s Olympic Moment is about two young gymnasts who are the best the world has to offer — and not just when they’re performing, either.

Last night, Americans, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson knew their toughest competition for the individual gold in gymnastics was each other. Yet these roomates at the Games didn’t root for the other to fail. They cheered each other on every step of the way. …

Then the moment of truth: Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold medalist; Shawn Johnson, right behind her with the silver — the grace they displayed, making them both champions in the eyes of the world.”

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From: WHOtv.com

Shawn Johnson’s teammate, friend, and roommate in Beijing ended the night with the gold medal. Nastia Liukin finished just six-tenths ahead of Shawn in the point standings. Nastia landed her vault, but scored lower than expected. That put her in tenth place after the first round. But after that, Nastia performed one of the most difficult routines on the uneven bars, and nailed it.

Nastia delivers strong performances on both the beam and floor exercise. It wasn’t until Shawn wrapped up her floor routine that Nastia knew the gold medal would be hers. The Soviet-born gymnast says she knows that Shawn is her biggest competitor.

“We’re both incredibly strong athletes and gymnasts and she won Worlds last year, and… She’s a phenomenal athlete and I couldn’t speak any more highly of her. I admire her with all my heart. It’s been amazing and it’s been a great journey, and it’s been a really cool ending,” says Liukin.

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Travis Pastrana’s Appretiation of Colin McRae’s Heart to Give [1968-2007]

Wishing Others Well: Tony Hawk’s The First 900

Travis Pastrana’s Appretiation of Colin McRae’s Heart to Give [1968-2007]

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Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

Dear Colin,

I’m not really sure how to begin a letter to my hero, but I’m going to start with ‘thank you.’

You had no reason to treat some kid from Annapolis, Maryland as well as you did. You treated everyone you encountered with a humble respect, and I admired you so much more for that.

Your talent as a driver was equaled only by your ability as a teacher. I’ve never had a competitor so willing to encourage me and help with care set-up and give advice that could only be gained otherwise through years of trial and error.

Even in defeat, you delivered two performances here at X Games that will never be forgotten.

It’s been a year since you last raced—eleven months since the helicopter crash took you away. The lessons you taught on the track were inspiring, but after getting to know you, I was even more inspired by the example that you set away from the car.

That’s why your spirit will be out there again this year on every car and every driver. And know that as long as I can strap on a helmet and give everything I’ve got to the sport you loved, your legacy lives on. We see you more than you’ll ever know.

Thanks for everything, buddy.

Your friend,

Travis Pastrana
[Winner, Rally Car Racing, X Games Fourteen]

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Wishing Others Well: Tony Hawk’s The First 900

Nastia Liukin, WINNER! — Wishing her fiercest competitor WELL! — “I admire her with ALL of my HEART”

Michael Franti: Everyone Deserves Music — Even Our Worst Enemies

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Everyone deserves music, sweet music
Everyone deserves music, sweet music
Even our worst enemies, Lord, they deserves music, sweet music
Even the quiet ones in our family, they deserve music

So I pray for them and I’ll play for them
So I pray for them and I’ll play for them

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Michael Franti: Light Up Ya Lighter

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Greg Boyd: In the kingdom of God, we are not allowed to have any enemies

Greg Boyd’s Prayer: Teach us to be free, forgiving even our worst enemy