Americana, Just for Fun

Ethnocentrism is simply pride on a group scale.

I know, I know, I’m simplifying a little here. Let me explain.

Ethnocentrism = Group Pride

Ethnocentrism is one of those words that can carry multiple meanings, but generally, it’s defined as a sense of superiority over someone (or their group) due to a belief that one’s own group is different, or better, than others. I have yet to meet or hear of any group of individuals who don’t struggle with ethnocentrism on some level. Continue Reading

Americana, Just for Fun

What the Media Won’t Tell You: The Shortage of Turn Signals

There is a national epidemic that no one is talking about. You won’t find it on NBC, CNN, or Fox News. You probably won’t even find it on your favorite alternative news site. It’s affecting at least 50% of our country’s population, and equally affects every demographic imaginable.

The problem involves our nation’s shortage of turn signals.

You’ve probably heard of turn signals. They’re those little lights that blink right before a car turns or changes lanes. At least, that’s what is supposed to happen. These days, however, more and more cars are being made without turn signal lights. I know this, because about half the cars I come across no longer signal. It’s appalling,  how many of our citizens are unknowingly driving a vehicle that doesn’t know where it’s going.  Continue Reading


It is impossible for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to “save” the United States of America. (Even Gary Johnson isn’t up to the task.)

No candidate has the ability to truly make our country better than what we the people choose to make it.

Disappointed? You’re not alone. Most people like to look for some sort of political messiah, and it’s easy to assume that someone with as much power as the president of the United States could “save” our country.

The only problem is that, while a president can help or hinder our nation, at the end of the day the only soul they have full power over is their own.

Unfortunately, neither Hillary or Donald is a political savior.

Thankfully, neither of them are the devil incarnate, either! Continue Reading

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Warning: we’re about to get into PG-13 territory here. (That means if you’re under 13, read this with a parent.)

Everyone has had one of those uncomfortable moments when they have to discuss something they’d rather not think about, let alone verbalize. For me, this is one of those moments.

There’s a movie coming out for one night in the U.S. on May 16th. It’s called The Abolitionists, and it’s about the child sex slave trade.

I told you this was going to be uncomfortable.


Tim Ballard, the CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), the organization behind The Abolitionists, has made a career of rescuing child sex slaves. The Abolitionists shows his team’s story.

Now, I’m going to be honest: I don’t know yet if I’ll see the movie. This movie isn’t a work of fiction. It’s going to be disturbing, graphic, and tragically real.

It will also be inspiring.

If we’re going to be our best selves, you and I have to face evil, not hide from it—and the child sex slave trade is evil. I’m not casting blame on anyone’s ignorance, and I’m certainly not blaming the children who are victims. Whether I watch The Abolitionist or not, I’m glad it was made, for this reason: when enough good people find out about evil, when it’s dragged into the light of day, then good will overcome.

The goal of O.U.R. can be summed up best in their own words: “To the children: Hold on. We are on our way. To the captors and perpetrators: Be afraid. We are coming for you.”

I can support that.

If you feel like you can handle watching The Abolitionist, then please do so. If you can’t (and trust me, I understand!), that’s OK too. Regardless, you might try doing one or more of the following:

  • Buy out a theater. Quoting, “Share the movie with your friends, family, coworkers and community by buying out a theater. For a small price, you can reserve your own theater today. In addition, a portion of your purchase will go directly to rescue missions.”
  • Go see the movie.
  • Check out O.U.R.’s site for donation, volunteer, and event opportunities here.
  • And of course, if you’re the praying kind, pray. I know prayer works, and it’s something you and I can do right now.

Will just watching a movie save any children? Nope. It might inspire other good deeds, however, and that makes it worth sharing.

I hope, if I’d been born 200 years ago, that I would have been against slavery in any form. I’m certainly against slavery now.




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