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FREEDOM AND LIBERTY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU????

 

FREEDOM AND LIBERTY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU????

THIS WILL BE SHORT AND TO THE POINT!!!! DO YOU WANT TO BE AN INDIVIDUAL OR PART OF THE COLLECTIVE???? THINK ABOUT THAT SENTENCE REAL CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU ANSWER…. THIS IS VERY DISTURBING!!!!  IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION YOUR  INDIVIDUALITY IS SLOWLY BEING STRIPPED FROM YOU…. DON’T FALL FOR THIS SHIT…. TODAY IS THE 4TH OF JULY 2013…. THE MAIN REASON WE CELEBRATE THIS DAY IS TO HONOR COUNTRY BUT YOUR LIBERTY, INDIVIDULITY AND PURPOSE ARE RIGHT THERE WITH IT…. TO HOLD ON TO YOUR BELIEFS AND SURVIVE THE COLLECTIVE THINGS COULD GET TRICKY…. REMEMBER THEIR JUST TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL GOOD ABOUT EACH OTHER…. THIS WILL NEVER WORK WITH A FREE SOCIETY….. I BELIEVE THAT THE FIGHT STARTED A LONG TIME AGO!!!! MAY GOD’S WILL BE WITH YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM WILL NEVER GO DOWN SILENTLY…. IF WE MUST FIGHT SO BE IT!!!! STAND TALL AND TRUE TO YOUR BELIEFS….. THE IRON WILL!!!! NO EXCUSES!!!! ROCK SOLID!!!!

 

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Harvey Mackay-Accomplishing the (seemingly) impossible!!!!

Accomplishing the (seemingly) impossible!!!!

By Harvey Mackay:

A college student arrived a few minutes late for his final exam in mathematics.  The room was quiet, with everyone working hard, and the professor silently handed him the test.  It consisted of five math problems on the first page and two on the second.  The student sat down and began to work.  He solved the first five problems in half the time, but the two on the second page were tougher.  Everyone else finished the exam and left, so the student was alone by the end of the time period.  He finished the final problem at the last second.

The next day he got a phone call in his dorm room from the professor.  “I don’t believe it!  You solved the final two problems?”

“Uh, yeah,” the student said.  “What’s the big deal?”

“Those were brain teasers,” the prof explained.  “I announced before the exam that they wouldn’t count toward your final grade, but you missed that because you were late.  But hardly anyone solves those problems in so short a time!  You must be a genius!”

“Genius” is sometimes just not realizing that something is impossible.

Truly, some feats are impossible.  I don’t expect to ever see a person fly without some mechanical help.  I’m not betting on anyone outrunning a high-speed locomotive.  But then, I probably wouldn’t have put money on Antonio Albertondo, who swam the English Channel in 1961.

The Channel waters are cold and unpredictable.  Only a tiny percentage of those who have attempted to swim across have reached the other side.  But Antonio, who was 42 years old at the time, swam from England to France, where his waiting friends congratulated him for accomplishing what they thought was impossible for a man his age.

Antonio stopped long enough for a hot drink, and told his friends they hadn’t seen the impossible yet.  Then he dove back into the water, swam 22 more hours and made it back to England.  Did he accomplish the impossible?  I vote yes.

I do believe that there are limits to our physical abilities.  But I absolutely accept that our minds have capabilities that we cannot begin to comprehend.  Antonio’s physical accomplishment also had a major mental component.  He put his mind to accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable,” said the late actor Christopher Reeve.  Reeve’s dream of walking after a catastrophic horseback riding accident was never realized, but because of his activism and fund-raising activities, major research breakthroughs for spinal injuries have given hope to many.

While most of us will be asked to perform difficult assignments, not many will be actually expected to accomplish the seemingly impossible.  Some days we may wonder how we’ll get all our work done, or catch up, or be successful in the next project.  Those days pass, usually leaving us with a sense of pride that we have greater capacity for achievement than we realized.

What we call progress was once called impossible.  If necessity is the mother of invention, then a positive attitude is the master of the impossible.

A positive attitude leads you to ask “what’s possible?” and then follows that question with “what else is possible?”

The Walt Disney Company employs “imagineers” to explore the possibilities and push the limits of reality.  Even though their businesses are built on fantasy and illusion, the effects must all look real and believable.  I believe accomplishing the seemingly impossible is a daily event for this creative and determined company.

We can do this in our businesses too — and we must if we intend to survive.  If you value your customers as much as we value ours at MackayMitchell Envelope Company, you’ll settle for nothing less.  A positive attitude, creativity and determination combine to create genius.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan recounts a story about the genius of the Greatest Generation.  “Once, at the University of California, a student got up to say that it was impossible for people of Ronald Reagan’s generation to understand the next generation of young people.  ‘You grew up in a different world,’ the student said.  ‘Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers…’

“When the student paused for breath, Ronnie said:  ‘You’re right.  We didn’t have those things when we were young.  We invented them.’” Mackay’s Moral: What could you accomplish if no one told you it was impossible?

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FBC THOUGHT OF THE DAY!!!! THE BIGGEST ARMS I EVER SAW!!!!

FBC THOUGHT OF THE DAY!!!! THE BIGGEST ARMS I EVER SAW!!!!

WHEN I WAS A KID RIPPING DOWN THE SIDEWALK ON MY BIKE THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON DURING THE SUMMER WHICH MAKES YOU STOP AND WATCH…. IT COULD BE A NEW HOUSE BEING BUILT, THE GUYS CLEANING OUT THE SEWER OR A GUY BLASTING A JACKHAMMER!!!!  THAT STUFF WAS GREAT TO WATCH FOR AWHILE, BUT EVENTUALLY YOU GOT BORED AND TOOK OFF TO ANOTHER ADVENTURE…. ONE SUNNY MORNING I WAS WALKING BACK FROM SUMMER BASKETBALL WHEN I HAPPENED UPON THIS CREW BLACKTOPPING A DRIVEWAY…. AS USUAL I STOPPED TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE DOING…. HERE WERE THESE MEN WORKING IN 90 PLUS HEAT LAYING DOWN THE HEAVY SMOKING BLACK MATERIAL…. AS I’M WATCHING THIS ANOTHER COMPANY TRUCK PULLS UP…. THE DOOR OPENS AND OUT COMES THIS MAN BUILT LIKE A SIDE OF BEEF…. HE WAS SHORTER THEN MOST OF THE OTHER GUYS…. FROM WHAT I COULD GATHER HE WAS A FOREMAN OR BOSS OF THE PROJECT…. HE WAS SHOWN RESPECT FROM EVERYONE AROUND HIM…. LIKE I SAID IT WAS VERY HOT OUT SO THE MEN WERE TAKING OFF THEIR SHIRTS TO COOL OFF…. WHEN THAT FOREMAN TOOK OFF HIS SHIRT MY JAW DROPPED…. HE LOOKED LIKE HE HAD 2 TREES ATTACHED TO HIS SHOULDERS…. I NEVER SAW WRISTS AND HANDS SO LARGE…. THE THING THAT REALLY TOOK NOTICE WAS HOW HAIRY HE WAS…. I NEVER SAW ANYTHING LIKE IT…. HE REMINDED ME OF KING KONG…. WE ALL KNOW HOW STRONG KONG WAS…. I HAD TO TELL MY FRIENDS ABOUT THIS…. I SAID TO ONE OF THE GUYS YOUR NOT DONE ARE YOU???? HE MUMBLED WILL BE HERE ALL DAY…. I TOOK OFF LIKE I WAS ON FIRE…. THE GUYS HAD TO SEE THIS GUY…. THERE WERE 4 OF US WHO MADE IT BACK…. MY FRIENDS COULDN’T BELIEVE THIS GUY…. NOT ONLY WAS HE THE COOLEST PERSON WE EVER SAW BUT NOW HE WAS PUFFING ON A SHORT FAT CIGAR!!!! I KNOW THAT’S WHERE I GET MY INKLING FOR AN OCCASIONAL CIGAR…. THIS GENTLEMAN POCESSED SUCH GREAT POWER AND SEEMED TO ENJOY RACKING OUT THE BLACKTOP STILL AFTER ALL THESE YEARS…. FINALLY I GOT THE NERVE UP TO SAY HELLO TO HIM AND TELL HIM HE WAS THE STRONGEST MAN I HAD EVER SEEN…. THE OTHER GUYS KINDA GRINNED AND MADE A FEW CRACKS BUT IT WAS ALL FOR FUN…. ANYWAY WE HAD SEEN ENOUGH FOR TODAY…. I WENT AWAY THINKING WOW IF I COULD ONLY BE LIKE THAT GUY…. THE YEARS HAVE PASSED AND I THINK MY OLD BLACKTOP FRIEND WOULD BE PROUD OF MY EFFORTS IN THE WORLD OF GETTING BIGGER AND STRONGER…. I’M SURE HE IS LONG GONE AND ENJOYING HEAVEN…. IF WE SHOULD MEET AGAIN I WILL THANK HIM FOR THAT DAY….HE MADE QUITE AN IMPRESSION ON A YOUNG BOY WHO WATCHED A MAN OF MIGHT AND POWER ENJOY WHAT HE WAS DOING….. THAT SAID IT ALL….  NO EXCUSES!!!! ROCK SOLID!!!!

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Father Lange…. TOUGH…. UNDERSTANDS HUMAN NATURE!!!!

Notre Dame Football Strongman Father Lange, the Crown Jewel of Irish Legends

ByJim Sheridan

(Correspondent) on February 27, 2011

The University of Notre Dame has its share of prominent legends and icons. Knute Rockne, Touchdown Jesus, The Gipper and the Golden Dome, but one of the lesser-known figures of Irish lore may also be one of the most powerful. Powerful in stature, yes, but more importantly powerful in shaping thousands of young men into true Sons of Notre Dame, not only on the gridiron but in virtually every aspect of life. More often than not college legends are measured by wins or touchdowns. Father Bernard Lange quietly made his mark by inspiring others to exceed well beyond their greatest expectations.

 

Humble Beginnings

Born in Danzig, Prussia in 1888, Bernard Hermann Lange left Europe as a young boy and settled in Oil City, Pennsylvania, a tough blue-collar region in the Western part of the state, where some of his relatives remain to this day.

As a student at Notre Dame, young Bernie mixed mischief with his brilliance, once climbing to the top of the Golden Dome and giving our Blessed Mother a hug, fleeing from the police he swam across Saint Mary’s Lake, eventually losing his pursuers in the woods. Had it not been for his exemplary scholastic record he surely would have been expelled.

Choosing to go into the priesthood over architecture, Father Lange was ordained in 1917, and spent the next few years between Notre Dame and St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, where he constructed by hand, a grotto based on the grotto at Notre Dame.

Father Lange would return to South Bend for good in 1934 and begin carving out a legend that lives in the hearts and souls of thousands of people to this day. People from all walks of life, from Heisman Trophy winners to some of the finest doctors in the country, have had life-changing experiences by training with Father Lange.

When Father Lange decided to take up weight lifting at the age of 34, he jumped in with both feet and a mere four years later he was named the fourth-strongest man in the world. While someone of a lesser character would simply rest on these laurels, Father Lange set out to teach others how to become the best that they could be, in the weight room and in life in general.

 

Unorthodox Classroom

Father Lange was forced to leave the classroom in 1935 because of eyesight that was so bad he was forced to wear two pairs of eyeglasses at the same time in a sort of homemade bifocal fashion. Although not in a traditional classroom, Father kept right on teaching and the lessons that were brought away from his gym were absolutely life changing for thousands of young men.

A makeshift weight room was formed on the first floor of Brownson Hall, with some of the weights being coffee cans filled with cement attached together with an iron bar. While it is impossible to know if Father Lange knew that he would use this weight room as a platform to mold people’s lives, the success rate speaks for itself.

Mike Burgener was a safety on the 1966 NCAA Division I Football National Championship team. The former Marine now runs a regional weight-training center for USA Weightlifting in California. “When I met Father Lange I was a 168-pound defensive back and wanted to put on muscle. Although he did talk to me about football, he was more interested in me as a person, he took an interest in my future,” said Burgener. “My first year with Father Lange I went from 168 pounds to 182 and went from a 4.5 to a 4.4 40.”

The increase in muscle and speed was evident, but it was the life lessons that are even more impressive. Burgener said, “Father Lange had an intuitiveness, he saw gifts in people before they saw it in themselves, he saw me as a coach long before I saw it in myself. I teach my students what Father Lange taught me, he gave so dearly to us so I give to others.”

Far removed from the typical lecture hall with its maps and globes, amidst iron and hand-painted motivational signs, Father Lange extracted the most out of the young men that were permitted to enter his gym, both in body and mind.

 

Fighting Opposition

While Father Lange was a great friend to Knute Rockne, even saying Mass for Rockne after his death in 1931, the relationship with other Irish head coaches wasn’t always so amicable. Frank Leahy forbade his players to lift weights; he felt that it slowed the athlete. “It’s ironic,” said 1953 Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Lattner, “today’s players all lift weights, back then Leahy told us not to go around that gym.”

Father Lange had a much better relationship with coach Ara Parseghian. While it wasn’t mandatory for the players to lift weights in the ’60s, Ara somewhat encouraged the players to visit Father Lange’s gym, which was the only place to lift weights on campus. Former Irish center Steve Quinn put it best. “Father Lange was a lot like Ara in the respect that he was a coach. His philosophy was you get out of it what you put into it.” He was a pioneer of weight lifting in the football program, he was the link to Knute Rockne.”

 

Giving of Himself

Considered brilliant in academic circles would make a lesser man forget where he came from. Not so for Father Bernie. Every Sunday he would open the pool on campus to the children of “Dogtown” one of South Bend’s poorest neighborhoods, full of European immigrants. Every week these youngsters would leave the pool with a little bit of change in their pockets. He would often cut and load wood into a truck and hand deliver it to the poor working class in the community. Many of the campus workers were of Polish descent and could count on Father Lange to treat them to a beer when they stopped by to visit.

Joseph Lange, a nephew, recalls, “Back in the ’30s, uncle Bernie would come to town, and it was such an honor to serve Mass with him. He would tell us to stand there with our hands folded and try to look holy, 10 minutes later mass would be over.” Mr. Lange pressed on and stated that one of the most prominent lifelong lessons that he got from his uncle was something that Father said to him in the early ’40s: “He looked at me with his big smile and rosy cheeks and said, ‘Joey, if you have God in your mind anything is possible.’ This got me through many tough times during my 30 years in the Air Force.”

You had to obey the rules to work out with Father Lange and you had to be dedicated and respectable—traits that would prove valuable later in life. Kent Durso, a former Irish baseball and track standout spoke of the lessons he learned from Father Lange. “He taught us to achieve our goals in other aspects of our lives, not only sports. The impact that Father had on me changed my whole life. He was like a grandfather that you wanted to make proud, he taught us camaraderie, honor and respect.”

 

Life after Athletics

As Father Lange’s “boys” headed out into the world outside of the comfort and stability of life nestled between the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the shadows of the Golden Dome, they took with them many lessons that will never be found in any textbook. Lessons of reaching higher than you think you can reach; he taught them to dream of greatness. There is not enough room on the internet to list all the success stories that were cultivated in a small gym by a caring priest.

So much love for Father Lange has been bestowed by his former students that Dr. Paul Gill, who credits Father Lange as being “the most influential person in my life, aside from my family,” created a web site in his honor. Father Lange’s Gym is a site that has stories and pictures of Father Lange, and even a letter from Father Theodore Hesburgh. Father Lange so impacted these lives in such a way that 40 years after his death grown men get misty-eyed when recalling his mere presence.

Just how do the lessons that Father Lange passed on to thousands of young men between 1934 and 1970 come into play in 2011? Very simply, Father Lange taught people to believe in themselves, even when the odds were stacked up against them. “Grab the dumb bell like you are choking your enemy,” was his motivation in the gym.

But outside of the gym, out in the foxholes of war, the punishing NFL and the pressure of an operating room or any other business venture, “If you have God in your mind you can accomplish anything.”

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The Tomb of the Unknowns!!!!

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery….

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and has never been officially named. The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.

The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor.  The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:

Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God

 

The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.

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SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BECOME WEAK!!!! IS HUMANITY DEAD????

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BECOME WEAK!!!!

WHEN A NATION BECOMES WEAK AND DEBALLED THE PEOPLE SOON FOLLOW SUIT…. I NORMALLY DON’T GET INTO CURRENT EVENTS TO MUCH BUT THERE IS A LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE…. WHEN YOU BECOME DEPENDENT ON SOMEONE OR SOMETHING YOU BEGIN TO LOSE YOUR HUMANITY…. YOU ALSO BECOME LESS  LIKELY TO TAKE ACTION BECAUSE YOUR ALWAYS WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO HELP….

YOU BECOME EMOTIONALLY PARALIZED…. I WITNESSED THIS THE OTHER DAY IN LONDON…. FOR NO APPARENT REASON OTHER THEN HATE THIS BRITISH SOLDIER WAS RUN OVER, HACKED TO DEATH  AND BEHEADED WHILE ON LOOKERS DID NOTHING…. THEY STOOD AND WATCHED…. OH THEY DID DO ONE THING ,THE PARASITES WERE TWEETING….  WHILE THIS POOR MAN WAS BEING MURDERED THEY JUST STOOD AND WATCHED…. IS HUMANITY DEAD????

IN BRITIAN THEY RELY ON THE GOVERMENT FOR THEIR SAFETY…. VERY FEW PEOPLE OWN GUNS BECAUSE OF THEIR LAWS…. SO YOUR ALWAYS AT SOMEONES MERCY UNTIL THE POLICE ARRIVE…. WHAT A SAD WAY TO LIVE…. THERE PUDDY IN THE CRIMINALS HANDS…. THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE THEM AFRAID OF THEIR OWN SHADOW…. THERE WERE AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE WATCHING THIS MANS SLAUGHTER AND THE BEST THEY COULD DO IS TAKE PICTURES AND TWEET…. WHAT DID THEY THINK THIS WAS A VIDEO GAME… WHY DIDN’T THEY ATTACK AND KILL THESE SCUMBAGS???? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF YOUR HUMANITY….  YOU TAKE UP AIR AND FOREGO YOUR MACULINITY….

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO TRAINING???? BE STRONG!!!! BE MASCULINE AND MOST OF ALL BE HUMAN…. DON’T LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING DEBALL YOU…. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TROUBLE HELP THEM…. LEAD THE WAY AND STOP HIDING IN THE SHADOWS…. MOST WEIGHTLIFTERS ARE SOME OF THE KINDEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS…. THEY ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO SHARE SOME HELP…. I GUARANTEE YOU YOU’LL NEVER SEE THEM TWEETING AT SUCH A HORRIBLE GRUSOME MURDER OF THAT POOR BRITISH SHOULDER…. STAND STRONG AND BE HUMAN!!!! NO EXCUSES, ROCK SOLID!!!!

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SQUAT TILL YOU DROP????

SQUAT TILL YOU DROP????

THIS WEEK ON THE FBC THOUGHT OF THE DAY SERIES I’VE TOUCHED UPON THE SQUAT…. I’VE  ADDRESSED SOME OF THE DISTURBING TRENDS WITH THIS VERY POWERFUL MOVEMENT…. I’VE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH THE ONE LEGGED SQUAT…. THIS MOVEMENT IS A TRUE MAN MAKER….  OVER THE LAST FEW MONTH’S I’VE BEEN TRAINING ONE SIDE OF THE BODY TO…. THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE STYLE OF TRAINING…. THIS TAKES A WHOLE DIFFERENT THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN WORKING OUT…. IT’S VERY INTERESTING TO COME UP WITH IDEAS AND PUT THEM INTO ACTION…. MORE ON THIS LATER…. BACK TO THE ONE LEGGED SQUAT…. I WOULD NOT GO NEAR THIS MOVEMENT UNLESS YOU HAVE A POWER RACK…. LET’S GET TO THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE WORKOUT…. FIRST I SET THE RODS AT A 3/4 SQUAT PARTIAL POSITION…. IF YOU’VE DONE PARTIALS IN THE PAST I WOULD SUGGEST THAT PIN LEVEL AS A STARTING POINT…. OBVIOUSLY MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WHEN NECESSARY…. THE NEXT THING YOU WANT TO DO IS SET THE BAR ON THE PINS…. I USE IRONMINDS APOLLON AXLE…. I DO THIS BECAUSE I LIKE THE THICKER BAR…. I WOULD ALSO WRAP A THICK TOWEL IN THE CENTER OF THE BAR…. THIS WILL TAKE SOME OF THE STING OUT WHEN YOU SHOULDER THIS BAR…. REMEMBER YOUR PUTTING THIS ACROSS ONE SHOULDER…. THE BRUSING AND ACHE WILL GO AWAY ONCE YOU HAVE SQUATTED THIS WAY FOR AWHILE…. THE NEXT THING TO DO  IS TO CENTER YOUR BODY UNDER THE BAR AND WRAP YOUR HANDS AROUND IT…. TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND EXPLODE THE WEIGHT UP AS YOUR PUSHING OUT THAT INHALED BREATH…. STAND UP STRAIGHT AND PUT THE BAR BACK ON THE RODS…. YOU WILL BUILD A MIDSECTION LIKE NO OTHER DOING THIS GREAT EXERCISE…. GIVE IT A REAL TRY…. STICK WITH IT AND STRIVE TO KEEP ADDING WEIGHT TO THAT BAR!!!! I WILL BE GOING INTO MORE ON THE ONE LEGGED SQUAT AND ON TRAINING ONE SIDE OF THE BODY…. TILL THEN KEEP GROWING!!!! NO EXCUSES!!!! ROCK SOLID!!!!

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