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Swearing openly on television is very popular. On most reality shows the “guest stars” cannot get threw a full unintelligible sentence without bleep, bleep and bleep. Is there anyone who doesn’t know what swear word is being used?

Clearly the most popular is the ever-increasing “f bomb” followed by the f bomb with the endearing prefix, mother. What’s truly impressive is you can be a Housewife of some popular community, you can be a 16 and Pregnant star, you can be a husband and wife who swap households, you can be an aspiring chef hoping to land your own cooking show or even a bachelor or bachelorette on the prowl with no serious intentions of love.

What a great level of television content! MTV seems interested in being the champion of increasing swearing at every double digit IQ level. Remember the days you could actually watch a music video on MTV. What does MTV mean today, anyway? Music Television or Most Toilet Verbage…yeah, I couldn’t think of swear words beginning with M-T-V.

By now you must imagine I’m not impressed. I’m also totally befuddled trying to figure out how this plays out in TV programming planning committees. Maybe in goes like this, “let’s find some deeply uneducated people who are very shallow and do not read the newspaper…then let’s make sure they fight while they pretend they are each other’s caring therapist…load them up with lots of swear word options…put them up in houses they could never afford (until we pay them ridiculous amounts of money for being fake, stupid, selfish and disgusting filthy in their dumb speech) and work extra hard to position them as typical Americans.” I’m not kidding about how moronic those in programming must be.

So, now let’s explore the redeeming value on the content. Complaining wives who denigrate their husbands (one committed suicide), “expert” chef who scream and yell at young people learning a trade or family restaurant owners facing bankruptcy, truly moronic high school dropouts from New Jersey, pregnant teens who find a way to “make it in America” and the marriage-seeking 20-somethings who seem opportunistically lustful without any discussions about the sanctity of marriage.

Yes, I can change the dial and I do; however, I am a sociologist (undergraduate degree + one in psychology) and I have an interest in how our values are shaped by television and how our impressionable adolescents view what appears to be commonplace.

Marriage and commitment is mocked. Teen pregnancy is cool and manageable as long as your parents still own a house. Women of means overdress and drink wine morning, noon and every night. Courtship is about how quickly you can get sex and move on. Swearing is anger management.

Shame on all the TV stations that push this garbage. Shame on the sponsors who endorse this trash. Shame on them for portraying the worst America has to offer.

Are you as disgusted as I am? If so, How About We Think Out Loud?

Oh yeah……………………………………………………..Does her mind matter?

(A recent report indicated 13 people from reality television have committed suicide)Image

No Brains, No Gains

SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

We have all heard the expression, “no pain, no gain.” It has lots of applications. Athletes use it often. People who have struggled to achieve something important use it to motivate them.

Well, I have a new version, No Brains, No Gains. So what do I mean? Knowledge is critical to becoming a good leader. An engaging personality, good listening skills, a willingness to admit you are wrong, asking for feedback, a passion to achieve success and a drive to combine doing the right thing from a framework based on facts. We get facts through experience or research. When a critical decision is on the line, we validate before we speak.

Have you ever encountered a “leader”, board chair or project manager who practices Ready, Shoot, Aim? I have too many times.

Not long ago, I sat in a board room where the chair of the board stated, “Not for…

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Made in the USA

So, can we do it? Can we buy Made in the USA products? What do you Think Out Load? I find it totally embarrassing how Americans have been so complacent about letting our heritage of industrial and technological development shift overseas and disappear in our once thriving cities. Shame on us, shame on me. I bought foreign cars, TVs and stereoes. I bought clothing made in China and even Bangladesh – we all have. Shame on us! Shame on me!

Our wonderful salvation is our love of country and our amazing ingenuity. Even today, most great ideas are born in America.

Let’s get back to making TVs, tires, washers, stereos, cell phones and Ralph Lauren sweaters in America.

I am a photographer and I cannot find ink, paper or a camera Made in America – Shameful! I called Kodak headquartered in Rochester, NY and the person I asked about their paper and ink did not know if these items were Made in America. I was put on hold and she came back and said, “No, none of our ink or papers are Made in America, they are all made in China.” I asked to speak to the CEO of Kodak and I was told they are not given his phone number.

This is what has happened to us. Shame on us! Shame on Kodak and companies just like them!

But I truly believe we can turn this downward spiral into an upward swing…why not?

What do you think?

How about we think out loud!

Made in the USA

Thinking Out Loud....

If you’re like me (even just a little bit), you think about things that bother you, confuse you, really make you wonder and totally annoy you. Further, there are days when I think of a solution to something or I have a creative moment and I want to share it with someone. There are days I’d like to get feedback and days I cannot believe what goes on in our world.

I created How About We Think Out Loud to stimulate discussion, exchange of ideas and free flowing posts about things you enjoy and things that test your sanity.

As a rule, I love life. I try to embrace new things. I have a very soft spot for people in need of a helping hand. I love to learn new things. I know I need to capture more of what life has to offer.

I also think it is very important to challenge and question. As I get older, I feel a much greater obligation to say, “wait a minute, that’s not OK.” I’m less concerned about what others think of me for standing up for something, unless I truly value their opinion.

I hope you will join me as we blog and post our way through things we think about by thinking about them OUT LOUD.

So, what have you been thinking about?

I’m listening,

Tom

High school graduates who cannot write a basic college report…you would demand every school tax dollar back if you saw how horrible college freshman write. I wonder how they got promoted from grade to grade. In my heart, I feel as if I should not blame the students; however, their parents and teachers ought to be ashamed. Period!

Where does your mind take you? Maybe somedays you focus on something great…other days on something that really gets under your skin and burns. There are days when I think, “why can’t we….” – fill in the blank.

My frustration is I’d like to think out loud, but I might scare some, befuddle others or have a 911 call placed on my behalf.

I thought it might be fun to share a blogging opportunity for interested parties to THINK OUT LOUD about anything. I thoroughly enjoy reading-hearing-listening to others thoughts and ideas on things of common experience and/or something I never ever thought about myself.

My 80 year old mother often says, “I don’t care what others think, I’m going say what I want to say.” I love that about her. She is not mean to others or looking to pick a fight, but if something catches her attention and stirs a comment, we are going to hear about it. What I have found, more often than not, is I agree with her but I didn’t THINK OUT LOUD.

I’m going to use this blog to THINK OUT LOUD and I hope you will, too.

I’m listening,

Tom

P.S. Mom, go for it!

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