Video Review: Winger – Battle Stations

How many people remember MySpace? I remember finding this track, along with “All I Ever Wanted” during the summer of 2006. This would have been an amazing video from start to finish. Reb Beach opening the track with a blistering guitar shred. Paul Taylor adding his riffs. Rod Morgenstein pounding the skins. Then the ageless hunk, Kip Winger. A truly amazing voice & he’s got incredible talent on Bass. The critics should be eating crow for everything they’ve said about them during the 80’s Winger had more talent in their bodies than many of today’s Rock acts.

An amazing kick ass collage paying respects to those amazing acts of the 80’s. Featuring 18 amazing acts, including Winger. You’ll never have another decade like the 80’s ever again. RIP to Steven Maynard Clark, Robbin Crosby, Jani Lane & Eric Carr for their contributions to this genre. You’re still rockin’ in Heaven & we’ll never forget it.

Bands: Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest, Europe, Poison, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Helloween, Scorpions, Ratt, Warrant, Lita Ford, Skid Row, Twisted Sister.

George Carlin: Paradox of our time

This is a master piece.  If you have not read it, please do it
now..  If you have read it, take time to read it again!



Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s –
could write something so very eloquent…and so very right.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings
but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We
spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger
houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have
more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but  less judgment, more
experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too
tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new
neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done
larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but
learn less. We plan more, but carry out less. We’ve learned to rush,
but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more  information, to
produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and
small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are
the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken
homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do
everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when so much is seen
in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can
choose either to share this insight, or to just hit cut…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug
to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can
give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones,
but most of all mean it. An embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person
will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the
precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take our breath away.

If you don’t send this to other people….Who cares?

George Carlin

Robin Anthony

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to discuss the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not ready for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a part of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.
“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that give to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to look at your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott

Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech.
Please share this with your FB friends!

Hard Truth About Moving Forward

Carlos…don’t shoot the messenger, but here’s the brutal truth. When employers know that someone doesn’t think they have many options or won’t leave, they’ll continue to make your life miserable. You will continue being treated like crap and completely taken for granted. Many people won’t give respect willingly and the only way to get respect or gain it for yourself rather is to walk away….You’re at a crossroads and if you don’t follow through on your promise you’ve made over the past few years, you’ll be considered the boy who cried wolf… one pays attention to the wolf boy….So exercise your options and work on doing something else, somewhere else. What’s the worst that can happen?? Seriously…there is nothing worse than working at a place where they do the following to you:

  • Treat you like a table number.
  • Take advantage of your kindness.
  • Realize that every human being deserves to be treated with respect & decency.

A good friend from Facebook passed this piece of advice last month. What hammered this message home was my mother and I also had this discussion before I posted this Timehop message. It breaks my heart telling my mother these stories, just as much as hearing her outrage about my mistreatment. She keeps saying the following words:

“You need to get away from that place. They’re taking advantage of you, mistreating you & destroying your self-esteem. You’re getting older everyday & you need something that gives you more structure & stability….Something that gives you benefits & more opportunities for moving up…..Get your resume & cover letter updated and start looking for something better.”

Now that I’ve entered 2015, it’s time to come through & make things better. Enough with excuses & procrastinating. Thanks Sabina Pirri. You’ll be the first person I call once I land a better job.

Growth is painful. Change is painful. However, nothing is more painful than being somewhere you don’t belong.

Wise words…. Don’t try to be the richest person in the cemetery

Words of Wisdom for today’s living

When we are in heaven – Our money is still in the bank.
When we are alive – We don’t have enough money to spend.
When we are gone – There is still a lot of money not spent.

One tycoon in China passed away.
His widow, with $1.9 billion in the bank, remarried his chauffeur.
His chauffeur said,

” All the while I thought I was working for my boss.
Now I realize that my boss was all the time working for me !!!  “

The cruel reality is:
It is more important to be strong and healthy than to have more wealth.
So we must strive to have a strong and healthy body,it doesn’t matter who is working for whom.

A high-end hand phone – 70% of the functions are useless
An expensive car – 70% of the speed is not needed
A luxurious villa – 70% of the space is not occupied
A whole wardrobe of clothes – 70% of it is not worn
A whole life of earning – 70% is for other people to use.
So we must protect and make full use of our 30%.

Go for medical exam even if you are not sick
Drink more water even if you are not thirsty

Must let go even when you are faced with grave problems
Must give in even if you are in the right.
Must be humble even though you are very powerful.
Must be content even if you are not rich.
Must exercise even when you are very busy.


Old Enough to Know, Yet Open For Advice

Recent my mother & I had a discussion about shopping. Especially when it came to buying second-hand products from strangers. It was because I received two phone calls about a Kobo E-reader device. Here’s how the discussing went:

“You don’t know who these people are, and you don’t want to get yourself in a situation that’s over your head. Remember what happened to Timothy Bosma?

I calmly replied to her using these words:

“I remember what happened to Tim Bosma. He was murdered while trying to sell his truck. It’s no secret that I’m terrible with money, which has been well documented. However, please give me some credit for using good judgement. I’d never do anything to endanger our lives and safety. Especially since we’re planning to move soon. We’ve got so much to look forward to, plus you’ve got too many things to worry about. Wondering wondering if I’ll be found dead or alive isn’t among them.”

Yes, the last few words were graphic. However, I needed to make my point clear. I’ve done plenty of transactions with people from Kijiji & Craigslist. All of them went smoothly because I followed these safety tips:

Meet in a well-lit area. If possible, travel with a friend. Here’s several examples

  • Fast Food Restaurant,
  • Coffee Shop,
  • Subway Station,
  • Bus Terminal,
  • Shopping Mall,
  • Public Library,
  • Community Centre,
  • Train Station

If you’re meeting at someone’s apartment or condo, meet in the lobby. Never go with them to their suite.

If you follow these rules, there’s no reason buying second-hand goods can’t be done safely.

Going After What I Want

If you don’t go after it, you’ll never get it. If you don’t ask, the answer is no. If you don’t go forward, you’ll always stay in the same place.

I remember hearing this quote from Hammer Matt Wreggitt before he signed out from the “Afternoon Ride” at 6:45pm. It’s the same question I’ve asked myself the last several weeks. Why haven’t I been going after those goals? What’s stopping me from pursuing those goals? Am I afraid of change? The answer to the third question is yes. I’ve been afraid of what’s out there.

I was a high-flying, up & coming bartender that was unjustly fired from my previous job. Once I joined my new banquet hall job, I started working as a waiter. Then as time passed, I was getting opportunities to showcase my abilities. The guests were impressed with my work ethic, enthusiasm & ability to create delicious, mouth-watering drinks.

Now somewhere along that road those shifts were taken away. Without any warning or a reason. I kept hoping something would happen, somebody would talk to me. Unfortunately, nothing happened & it’s left me feeling very unhappy. It’s also make me realize that life is too short for working an unsatisfying job. I’ve reached a ceiling that’s not getting any higher & it’s time to move on.

I hate knowing this chapter isn’t ending the way I planned. However, I know it’s time to go.

A poem on Domestic Violence


My name is Chris
I am three,
My eyes are swollen
I cannot see,
I must be stupid
I must be bad,
What else could have made
My daddy so mad?
I wish I were better
I wish I weren’t ugly,
Then maybe my mommy
Would still want to hug me.
I can’t do a wrong
I can’t speak at all
Or else I’m locked up
All day long.
When I’m awake I’m all alone
The house is dark
My folks aren’t home
When my mommy does come home
I’ll try to be nice,
So maybe I’ll just get
One whipping tonight.
I just heard a car
My daddy is back
From Charlies bar
I hear him curse
My name is called
I press myself
Against the wall
I try to hide
From his evil eyes
I’m so afraid now
I’m starting to cry
He finds me weeping
Calls me ugly words,
He says its my fault
He suffers at work
He slaps and hits me
And yells at me more,
I finally get free
And run to the door
He’s already locked it
And I start to bawl,
He takes me and throws me
Against the hard wall
I fall to the floor
With my bones nearly broken,
And my daddy continues
With more bad words spoken,
‘I’m sorry!’, I scream
But it’s now much too late
His face has been twisted
Into an unimaginable shape
The hurt and the pain
Again and again
O please God, have mercy!
O please let it end!
And he finally stops
And heads for the door
While I lay there motionless
Sprawled on the floor
My name is Chris
I am three,
Tonight my daddy
Murdered me
And you can help
Sickens me to the soul,
And if you read this
and don’t pass it on
I pray for your forgiveness
Because you would have to be
One heartless person
To not be affected
By this Poem
And because you are affected,
Do something about it!

Call To Action: Pro Sports Leagues need to show leadership against Domestic Violence

It’s been said that the power of Sports is a work of art.

Sports gives us great games, magical performances, fairytale stories, and terrific rivalries.

Without the great athletic ability, live would be pretty boring. Sports does unite a city, country, and a continent.

What makes people attracted to a certain sport is the action on the field, court, ice, and so on.

However, the field of play takes a backseat to the action off the field.

This week, North America’s richest league the NFL was shaken by a video released by TMZ.

On Monday Morning, Video surfaced of Ray Rice hitting his fiancee (now wife) Janay with a punch in an Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel elevator back in February that left the mother of his child out cold in an act of domestic violence.

In March, Rice was charged with aggravated assault for knocking his then fiancee into next Tuesday with that infamous punch but the charge was withdrawn after the two got married.

On July 24th, the NFL suspended the 4-time 1000 Yard Rusher for only 2 Games which prompted outrage throughout the world.

However, the release of the video on Monday saw this story take a huge turn.

After it came out, the Baltimore Ravens announced that they released the Rutgers alum and the NFL upgraded their suspension from 2 Games to indefinitely.

There are a lot of questions that will need to be answered but it might take months to do so.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fumbled big time in July when he only gave Rice a 2 Game suspension which is less than what a player would get for taking Anabolic Steroids.

The Baltimore Ravens in the meantime showed a lack of common sense by not cutting the 2-Time Second Team All-Pro sooner.

On Wednesday Night, the Associated Press reported that law enforcement officials sent the video of Rice striking his fiancee to an NFL Executive back in April.

In an interview with CBS on Tuesday, Goodell said he didn’t see the video until this past Monday.

Goodell’s claim that he didn’t see the video of Rice’s disgusting act hurt his credibility big time.

That answer prompted Women’s Rights Groups and Media Personalities like ESPN’s Keith Obermann to call for the NFL Commissioner’s resignation.

If Goodell was indeed lying, all 32 NFL Owners should get together and decide on his fate which could result in the 2 words that no employee wants to hear from their boss at work: You’re Fired!

The NFL is currently dealing with players that are facing Domestic Violence Charges . It doesn’t look good on the league’s image.

Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49Ers will suit up on Sunday in Week 2 despite facing charges of striking their lovers.

This is a league that just received the news of Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson being indicted on child abuse charges in Texas.

Peterson won’t suit up for the Vikings against the New England Patriots in Minnesota on Sunday Afternoon.

The NFL isn’t the only sport dealing with people who’ve been charged or are facing domestic violence charges.

Last month, the world of Mixed Martial Arts was rocked by 2 fighters being accused of this horrible crime.

In early August, Former UFC and WEC Fighter Josh Grispi was charged with domestic abuse and assault charges against his wife along with a charge of improperly storing firearms near minors.

A couple of weeks later, War Machine formerly Jon Koppenhaver was arrested on charges of domestic violence after he brutally attacked his girlfriend Christy Mack in her Las Vegas Home.

Mack suffered 18 Broken Bones in the attack by the Former Bellator Welterweight with a Broken Nose among them along with missing teeth, fractured ribs, and a ruptured liver.

War Machine is expected to face jail time for his actions.

The NBA, NHL, and MLB also have players who’ve been accused of domestic violence.

Last year, Boston Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger was arrested and charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of property after an assault on his girlfriend.

The charges against the NBA Power Forward were later dropped.

Last October, Colorado Avalanche Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested for domestic violence after assaulting his girlfriend in Denver but the charges were later dropped.

In 2012, Milwaukee Brewers Reliever Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for kicking the mother of his child but the charges were dropped after the victim returned to Venezuela.

Pro Sports Leagues need to get tough on domestic violence by showing leadership.

The first thing all leagues should do is suspend any player accused of this crime indefinitely the second they get charged.

The second thing that should be done is make players take a course in how to handle a relationship with a member of their family and companion which could be a wife or girlfriend.

The third thing that can be done to discuss this is for all leagues to put out public service announcements about the dangers of domestic violence.

The last thing the sports world needs is people acting like idiots who beat up women i.e. Chris Brown who should be in jail for assaulting Rihanna before the Grammy Awards back in 2009.

Thousands of women are victims of domestic violence every year.

More needs to be done to erase this crime off the face of the earth.

The U.S. Criminal Justice System dropped the ball on the Ray Rice case by not speeding it to trial right away.

If more isn’t done to combat this crime i.e. awareness campaigns and stiffer sentences, we could see a tragedy happen more often.

Stealing a car is one thing but a man punching a women in the face in a brutal fashion is disgusting.

The world of Sports needs to show leadership now against this social problem before it’s too late.

At the end of the day, Love is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted by an act of violence.

All pro athletes and executives need to realize that it’s better to kiss a women than it is to attack a women.

The call to action against domestic violence is on women and gentleman.

If action isn’t taken, Sports Networks might have no choice but to air new episodes of Cops.

Say no to Domestic Violence folks.

There’s No Expiration Date For Rockin’ Out

I remember listening to a late night Sports Talk show. The host made a comment while “Pour Some Sugar On Me” from Def Leppard was playing.

“There’s probably some 40+ chicks dancing at a bar to this track.”

Don’t let my profile pic fool you. I might look very young, but I’ll be turning 42 next month. I returned to enjoying Hard Rock during the fall of 2008. This after discovering Satellite Radio & Sirius XM station called Hair Nation. Here’s a memorable line used in their commercials:

“We play the songs you grew up with….and possibly threw up with.”

Back then I was a month shy of turning 36 years old. Six years later there’s no signs of that love dying. In fact, it’s getting stronger.