What the Little Baby Trump Blimp Says about Europe: The difference between the lazy and the productive

Since they took that little baby Trump blimp to Edinburgh, where President Trump was staying with his family at his Turnberry golf resort I have to pick on the balloon. I was going to leave it alone, but for crying out loud, the blimp was so tiny. It was astonishing that the world’s media made such a big deal about—it shows just how much they wanted to show a resistance to Trump from Europe. While there were significant numbers of protesters who did hit the streets in London, then in Scotland it showed more what Europe was fearful of than what they really wanted to protest. I’ve seen some of those protests up close, especially up near Parliament and it surprised me how openly socialist they were. Socialism has always been a dirty word in the United States, but in London you always see that red Worker’s Party tent when they do big events to protest capitalism, and it has brought about their own detriment, which brings us to that stupid blimp.

If Ayn Rand were alive today she would be very proud of Donald Trump. Here was a beacon of capitalism unapologetically defending it even in the face of the very hostile socialists and the biggest stunts they could come up with where some strangely painted people, a skydiver breaking the no-fly zone, and that silly little blimp as Trump played golf at one of the nicest resorts of its kind in the world for which Trump actually built himself. I’ve read biographies on most American presidents and there simply is nobody like Trump. I have said for years that what America needed was another Teddy Roosevelt that was less progressive, or a Winston Churchill—even a modern version of Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, but Trump is better than all those people for the simple reason that he knows how to think big, and he has put the nation on his back to help it return to that mantra. And Europe can’t stand it. It must have been something for Trump to play that Saturday game of golf at Turnberry with his sons and to see all those things he worked so hard for coming together in the same place at the same time. As president of the United States shaking the world up as the greatest salesman of capitalism that has ever been he was playing golf at a resort he built which many consider one of the finest in the world. As a best-selling author well before he was ever president he had accomplished what many never thought possible in their wildest dreams and all his opponents really had to throw at him was that stupid balloon.

What really struck me while traveling through Europe is how small everything is. I’m used to how things are in America, where the restaurant helpings are big, as are the roads and homes. In Europe especially in London when you ask for a Coke they give you this little glass of warm dark liquid that barely tastes right since much of the sugar is regulated out of it. I could tell the story with great fanfare of the time my wife and I were starving for a good old American meal while in England and we found a Burger King. I ordered the largest value meal they had and what they gave me was this little cup that I thought was for a kid and it tasted like Diet Coke, so I assumed they handed me my wife’s order. No, it was the one intended for me, their big Coke was the size of a child’s in America and it tasted different due to the differences in regulation there. I found living in Europe for most of a month to be difficult. The roads, sidewalks and general thinking were all too small for me to the point where it was very uncomfortable, and clearly that was due to the various amounts of socialism that most everyone had some little part of in their thinking. It was easy for me to see coming from a capitalist country that was very successful. Europe felt they were superior to my American sensibilities because they had such a deep history within the world. But in the modern sense they have never really come out of the Dark Ages, socialism gave them an excuse to stick with their old ways of thinking.

Then here comes Trump with all his big things, his big car, his big persona, his big resorts, his big American plane, his big challenges and he literally turned everyone over on their head and made socialism whither in his presence. The socialists knew they’d be challenged so they prepared for his visit by getting out the word to all the potential protestors they could find to show solidarity against his arrival. So they had that little baby blimp of Trump made and they were so proud of it that the world’s news outlets carried the coverage extensively. Then when the London protests were over once Trump left England to stay in Scotland the protestors took that little thing up to Edinburgh and it was covered as if it was a significant thing. The whole situation was laughable, that blimp wouldn’t even have made it on the local news in the United States because most children have things like that in their homes. But in Europe, that blimp was what they thought was a big deal because their minds had been scaled down with socialism to think that little things like that were acceptable.

In so many ways the contrast did all the work that Trump could have hoped for and occur without any real effort by him. Any reader of his many best sellers knows that he is an unapologetic capitalist and why shouldn’t he be? Capitalism is a wonderful invention of human intellect. Socialism is a destroyer of that same human intellect. When a reporter went through the town of Turnberry and asked them if they had played golf at Trump’s resort they answered that they couldn’t afford it—so no. That is the socialist in them speaking. The capitalist would say, I haven’t yet earned enough money to do so, but I hope to soon. That is the difference between socialists and capitalist and between the rest of the world right now and Trump. With Trump anything is possible and that is a very hopeful resonance to convey to the world. Obviously, it is carrying Europe out of the gutter and getting them to think properly about economic matters for the first time in their history, and it is Trump who is leading them. Socialists know the danger is that the work of Karl Marx is falling apart in front of their faces like a soaking wet paper towel trying to pick up a car. Only when there is no competing thoughts can socialists hope to sell their small thinking and their scam to protect the lazy with a social philosophy that puts sharing at the front of the train. Sharing in a socialist culture means a few hard-working people give their good work to the crazy lunatics who protested Trump in London allowing everyone to feel equal in the exchange when in fact they are nowhere close. In Trump’s capitalism if a person wants to work hard enough and earn enough money, they can play golf with Trump at Turnberry. If they want to be lazy, they will just have to look at the gates and wonder what goes on behind them.

That is why the little baby Trump blimp is so hilarious. To the socialists they thought it was a big deal, and the media did their best to cover it that way. But in reality, it was just a stupid little kid’s balloon that anybody in America would think is pathetically small. To the Europeans it was massive, and that says everything. I hear from people all the time some of the remnants of America’s own temptations with socialism, especially the thoughts left over from the Depression and pre-World War II days of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. I catch people saying all the time because they learned such things from their parents and grandparents who lived through that era where government tampered with supply and demand to the point of economic restriction. They’ll say things like “we can’t afford that car, or that house, or those clothes.” What they really mean is that they are too lazy to work for those things. It’s possible that they just don’t care about the material aspects of possessions, and they might even use Bible verses to justify their laziness, but when someone says something like—“I can’t afford that” they are essentially saying as the residence of Turnberry were relegated to state, “Trump’s resort is too expensive for us. We’re just common folk who like to see an appearance from the queen from time to time and sip our tea.” Trump’s visit to Europe was a direct challenge to the entire premise of western civilization which had adopted socialism over capitalism and all they had to defend themselves from it was that silly baby Trump balloon. It was small thinking at its best which showed why America was clearly pulling away in the modern age leaving the socialists of the world in the dust. And Trump understood his role in pointing out that difference and he was quite comfortable with it. And that is why these Trump years will not just go away with future elections, the imprint will last for centuries, and that is something that needed to happen for many years.

Rich Hoffman

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Jim Renacci’s Term Limits Pledge: Overcoming the false assumption about institutional value

I felt fortunate to be invited by the Renacci team to be a part of a press conference for Jim Renacci in downtown Cincinnati to sign a U.S. Term Limits pledge in front of the media. My usual thing in events like this are not just to capture what a candidate is doing, but to examine the larger implications in a cultural aspect since that is always my interest. I care what politicians say, but for me it’s always about the larger implication. What Jim Renacci was doing was very smart, his opponent for the Ohio senate seat that Sherrod Brown currently has occupied for many decades now is one of the best examples of what an entrenched politician in Washington D.C. looks like. Renacci is the underdog in the incumbent race so he must go after weaknesses in Sherrod Brown, which is the issue of term limits. So Renacci signed a pledge to only serve two terms as a United States Senator once elected to counter the long and ridiculous record of Sherrod Brown in front of the media which was very effective. But what I like to bring to the table when covering events like this is that big picture, so I camped out in a part of the room that showed the media interaction with Renacci from a vantage point that the regular media won’t or can’t provide. By watching the video below, I think you will find the information very interesting.

The Channel 5 camera was set up on the right of my position and you will notice that not only the on-air talent asked a question, but so did the cameraman. Then positioned around the front of the room was cameras and microphones from most of Cincinnati’s media, both television and radio, and the questions they asked were fascinating. Usually when these kinds of things go on we never get to see the body language and appearance of the people asking questions, so perspective is very helpful. Most of the people in the media are liberal and present themselves as very shallow, and sloppy intellectually—literally, and their appearance shows it. It certainly says a lot about the slant they provide to any coverage that they do give. Even saying that I thought the coverage of the event was fair, but my video will certainly provide an education as to what really goes on at press events so that viewers can see for themselves how media bias enters into the picture.

What was most interesting was that the concept of term limits was generally a very difficult one for the media to grasp. By the nature of their questions it is clear why the reality of such proposals falls short of communicating effectively with their viewers and listenership. As Jim Renacci explained quite effectively, term limits should be an acceptable practice in politics—yet to the liberal thinking people who serve as filters in the media the concept is foreign to their way of thinking. The assumption by those on the political left, and often on the political right is that elected office is something that is to be aspired to, and therefore there is great intellectual value in having a long-term senator working for “the people” for several decades. But to accomplished business people, like Jim Renacci and Donald Trump, an elected office is like a retirement job. They go for elected office to give something back, not to become something.

What the media present could not grasp was that their concept of institutional value was not relevant to politics, yet just about every senator and congressman is happy to give them that illusion which is what has created such a defective political system. The pledge that Renacci signed is a promise to reverse that trend, but for many politicians who came into office because the private sector was just too scary for them, whether they were failed attorneys or just failed people, they found through a popularity contest—a typical election—redemption and they are very hungry to maintain the illusion that they are members of some aristocratic society that has some kind of special power for their constituents. That is exactly how Sherrod Brown has stayed in office for nearly half a century—because he has maintained an illusion that only someone like him can do the job. But for someone who was already successful before he ever stepped into a public office like Renacci, politics is a service job that he can easily master. The institutional value that the press was speaking about at the press conference doesn’t exist.

The biggest difference between liberals and conservatives is in their beliefs of institutional value over individual input. As a republic the United States was built to have a constant rotation of elected representatives enter office and leave routinely—and were never supposed to make careers out of elected positions. Liberals of course believe in the aristocratic notion that there is collective knowledge embedded within institutional systems that must be preserved by teams of people. In that case Mitch McConnell is just as guilty as Sherrod Brown in the belief that being a long-time senator has more value than a newcomer fresh to a seat. The procedural protocol of the Senate itself has more value than the vote of an individual vote from a senator or congressman.

Then there is the issue of fundraising and maintaining majorities in state houses and within Washington D.C. That same media present at the Renacci press conference is the same media that wants to turn politics into a sporting event where there are this many Republicans and this many Democrats, and every election is like a football game as to which side has the most points on the board at any given time which indicates who is winning and who is losing. Such a system inevitably attracts the dollars of special interest who then has a lot at stake in making sure their team wins—which is why political campaigns are now so expensive, which then beholden the candidates to the money people and not their constituency. It becomes a vicious cycle of dysfunction built on the false notion that institutional value has actual merit. Which it doesn’t.

What Jim Renacci was offering at this press conference was more than a publicity stunt to distinguish himself from a political opponent in the long-time senator Sherrod Brown. It was a challenge to take all the money out of politics, and all the falsehood of institutional value and to set the entire system correct with a nice healthy rotation of elected representatives. People like Jim Renacci and Donald Trump will be successes in life before and after any kind of political office, so when they are in office, we can expect good work from such people. But Sherrod Brown could have no such similar success. He can only be successful in life so long as people like the media shown in the video above believe that he has some secret power like “institutional value” to use on behalf of an American democracy—which is not what the United States is. Rule by the mob which is a “democracy” is not the same as representative rule, and under such a premise the falsehood of institutional value erodes away into mist, because it never had value to begin with. It never did from its roots in Europe, and it certainly doesn’t in modern-day America. People like Sherrod Brown are easy to find and once they are elected into office and people don’t really understand how things really work even though the media covers these types of stories every day, politicians are placed on a pedestal and kept there to satisfy the general ignorance of political parties. But when someone like Jim Renacci comes along and offers the real thing, it is then that a crises mounts—in a positive way. It is then that the falsehood of institutional value evaporates, and the truth of the matter is revealed, and that was the challenge that emerged from that very interesting press conference.

Rich Hoffman

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Travis Pastrana’s Great Gift to America: Spitting in the eye of death to save humanity from itself

Many wonder what it is that makes America great and has for such a long time, and why its important to philosophies the precise ingredients and then to promote that recipe to people all over the world. Nothing quite captured best of what America produces than the very well-done History Channel coverage of Travis Pastrana’s motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas climaxing with the famous Caesar’s Palace jump over the fountains there—completing and beating three of Evel Knieval’s most spectacular stunts all in the same evening. The stunts were the jumping over 52 crushed cars, then over 16 Greyhound busses followed by a climax of jumping the Caesar’s Palace fountains of which Pastrana made them all look easy. Pastrana is a veteran of the X Games so he has taken a lot of this daredevil work and spent his life so far perfecting these kinds of stunts. That certainly didn’t take away the danger but I had quite a lot of fun watching Pastrana drive through downtown Las Vegas under police escort popping wheelies and high fiving people walking down the street on his way to that final jump at Caesar’s Palace. Pastrana was so loose and having so much fun that it was infectious and it gave us all a glimpse into the kind of unique people who America produces and how often the best and brightest of us emerge under the treasures found off the paved roads in life defying death and in doing so for the opportunity to become rich in the process.

I usually tell stories about my life to show the readers here how my relevant background is applicable to whatever topic we are discussing. What many find hard to believe is that I can talk about so many things, because I have in fact had a very interesting life and I’m far from done. But one of the most common questions I get from people is that they wonder how I am alive and could have possibly done so much at such a young age. Specifically, to this story of Travis Pastana I understand him quite well. It seems like a long time ago, but it wasn’t that much so but I was a member of the World Stunt Association because more than anything at the time I either wanted to be a stunt man or I wanted to be a film director. My entry way into the movie business was obvious because I was the kind of guy who had no problem taking chances so being a stunt man looked like it was going to end up being my career path forward. However for me I was doing all this at the front of the digital revolution meaning that film studios were going to CGI stunts instead of traditional work meaning they didn’t need a lot of new drivers to crash cars or jump off tall buildings. Many of my best friends during the 2000 years while George Bush was in office were stunt guys who were trying to get me into the business. What ended up happening was that my bullwhip work gave me a few opportunities to work in film but even that was becoming digitized as I did a firewhip stunt for Real D3D that excited a lot of people but ended up becoming a motion capture project for CGI animators.

I didn’t care so much because around the same time I started to get offers to do business management which I found to be just as risky. I didn’t see much difference in taking big risks for a company that wanted to hire me to accomplish some death-defying task or a movie company that wanted to hire me to crash a car, choreograph a fist fight, or jump out of a window when the director said “action.!” I was always a daredevil type. One of my first books that I ever read was a biography on Evel Knieval whom I absolutely adored. I would say that if I had a really powerful role model, it was Evel Knieval. Before there were ever X Games and BMX racing that was mainstream I was the kid who would jump anything with a bicycle. I’d jump out of any tree, climb any wall and fight any fight because I was bound and determined to be a stuntman when I grew up and I knew I needed to become comfortable with defying death, so I got really good at it. What was different for me however was that I was a pretty smart kid and I had a lot of other things that I was good at too. So to make a long story short, when it became obvious that to be a stuntman meant that I was going to have to move to Los Angeles and drag my family there with me, I decided to get into business management and to take my risks for companies that wanted to hire me with the same enthusiasm for risk taking but never expecting failure.

That is what makes stunt shows like the one Travis Pastrana did so magical. Audiences become very schizophrenic, they want to see a big crash to remind them how dangerous everything is but the best parts of themselves which reside very deep in the human subconscious wants to see success so that they can push themselves into risk management in their own lives. The great hope that most people have is that during their lives they will overcome the natural fears passed down to human beings for their own procreation. For instance, people are naturally fearful of falling, of loud noises and other things that might end their intellectual development into adulthood. Self-preservation is an internally driven reaction to dangerous emotions and they exist to keep us all safe. But for people who wish to become more than the animal powers of natural development, defying death and the fears of it are essential to that intellectual pursuit. Personally, defying death was like an obsession to step beyond the veils of human civilization—all the “ought not” fears that keep us all chained to civility for the sake of building human culture and the dynamic forces that stepping beyond those fears unleash in us as ways to advance civilization.

Risk taking is the unique intellectual ingredient that builds and pushes the many minds of a capitalist nation toward the aspects of experience which produce a Las Vegas skyline, the many minds that have leapt out of their comfort zones to bet everything on a dream, or to grind their way through many financial dangers to build a skyscraper. They are every bit the stunt people who Travis Pastrana was. I would say that it was just as courageous of the History Channel producers of that live broadcast to air on live television the Pastrana jump, because if something had gone wrong, their Car Week promotion would have been for nothing as they had produced several really expensive shows featuring how cars and speed had defined American culture in such a unique way. Hiring a professional stunt man like Travis Pastrana was a good bet of course, but things can and do go wrong. Those stunts that night had much better ramps and equipment than what Evel Knieval had back in his day. I was seven years old when Evel Knieval jumped the 14 busses at Kings Island, just five months after the disastrous attempt that nearly killed him in London. Seeing that as a young man it cemented in me forever the value of Evel Knieval and Kings Island as an amusement park, the need for humans to push beyond their fears so that they could advance civilization and arrive at a new place. That is why the world needs daredevils, and specifically why America steps into the world with a dominance of daredevil thinking, because in a capitalist society such risks have a tradeoff, fortune and glory for those who succeed in the chances they take while those who observe the feats see how it was done and can apply the stunt in some way to themselves.

Evel Knieval never intended to kill himself, but he was a person who enjoyed spitting in the eye of death because it was death that kept people from advancing, the fear of having a life ended by moving out of the safety of herd mentality. It was Knieval who showed what worked in stunts and what didn’t which launched an entire industry of motor sports and risk taking who were inspired by the death-defying antics of Evel Knieval. People like Travis Pastrana took what Evel Knieval had done and perfected it into an art form that filled Las Vegas with an optimism that was so wonderfully captured on the History Channel on live television. And it wasn’t the stunts themselves that were the stars of the show, but the ambiance of hope that came from the audience. Most people have a little daredevil in them but they never let it out for fear that they might get hurt or ultimately that something might kill them. But I can attest to this from personal experience. If you don’t let that daredevil out from time to time, something dies in all human beings and that is far worse. America is a land of daredevils in all types of careers, from stunt people like Travis Pastrana, to gamblers in Vegas hoping to hit it big, to business people who take huge chances every day which aren’t just dangerous but can destroy the lives of many people if something goes wrong. Those chances are worth taking and are captured in spirit every time a motorcycle jumper takes to the air to defy death by spitting in its face and landing on a ramp beyond the danger to unlock new potential in human intellect and the experience of being alive!

Rich Hoffman

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MacKinzie River Pizza Grill and Pub: A “Rich Hoffman” kind of place

I live in an area of the United States that is very rich in dining options so good restaurants opening happens quite often. I do try to get around town and get to as many of them at least once. Sometimes I’ll write a little review for them if they really stand out, but most of the time the results are pretty average. As far as places that my wife and I go often for retail and dining our most preferred location is Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield, Ohio which is close to where we live. But we don’t spend nearly as much time there as we used to since the bookstore left several years ago. The Liberty Center complex and the Streets of West Chester have evenly divided up our time due to the options located in those places. For instance, Liberty Center gets most of my attention because of the movie theater and the Cabela’s that is located there. The Streets of West Chester because of the Barnes and Noble that is still there along with Ikea is a close second. But Bridgewater is still a very nice development with great opportunities for a good evening out to eat and pick up whatever a family needs. When we eat at Bridgewater it’s usually a tossup between Chick-fil-A, Chili’s and the Fuji House. The way that Bridgewater is set up they had two prominent restaurants overlooking their two lakes that sit on an elevated piece of land that gives a nice view of the fountains at the entrance to the complex which makes it a very unique shopping experience, with Chili’s being one. Max and Erma’s was the other, but it hadn’t been doing very well. We went there once but were never inclined to go back. So I wasn’t surprised to see the place close. But I was surprised to see a new MacKinzie River Pizza Grill and Pub enter the old building, and I was very skeptical. But when it opened in late June 2018 we targeted it as a place to go to try it out.

It took us about a week to get around to it and when we finally did it was a Sunday morning, because the crowds had been pretty intense with two-hour waits. I thought that was just because the place had just opened, but I had to admit that still, it was unusual to have so much local interest so I was curious why they were drawing such large crowds which were easily sustained all through the first week. Going on a Sunday morning was to beat the crowds and see what all the hype was about. As it turned out the MacKinzie River management had turned the old Max and Erma’s building into essentially a Cabela’s. The interior was all in rustic timber and was very inviting with canoes and trees placed around the dining room to capture the feel of the original restaurant in Montana where the franchise started. This Bridgewater location was one of only 27 in the entire country and many of those were north and west within the United States, so it was very interesting to me that they had picked this particular spot for such a unique pizza place.

But it wasn’t all about pizza, it was all about fresh food and craft beers as they had an excellent bar with lots of unique bar features by way of drinks. The World Cup was playing on several of the televisions as we were seated at a nice tall table with plenty of room. The dining room was very comfortable for me as again it reminded me of the Cabela’s in West Chester that I enjoy shopping at around once a week. As busy as I am, I am a guy who likes being outside and Cabela’s gives me that touch time not necessarily with nature, but with the tools of exploring it. I go there as much as I do for ammunition for my shooting sports. I try to hit the shooting range at Premier in West Chester at least once a week as well and Cabela’s is very good about keeping ammunition for my .50 Desert Eagle AE in stock and at a good price. For me the whole experience runs together, I enjoy going into the Cabela’s store and buying something—anything because of the kind of store that it is and the way it’s decorated. Shooting the ammunition does the same thing, consuming it gives me a reason to go back to Cabela’s to buy more. I find the whole thing to be a very enjoyable experience. I had the same feeling stepping into the new Mackinzie River restaurant. Just the décor of the place made me happy.

While traveling in Japan not that long ago the group I was with made a point of identifying places in that exotic world that were “Rich Hoffman Places” which I thought was odd, but I learned a lot about how people see me in studying what kind of places they were. They were usually places of weapons and chaos which I didn’t object to, because it’s the way people interpret my behavior that had created such an impression. I rationalized that it was a positive thing that if such places conjured up elements of my personality. Cabela’s is certainly one of those “Rich Hoffman” places, I spend hours there, especially on bad days looking at new pontoon boats, new rugged clothing, and guns, reloading equipment, ammunition, knives—and beef jerky to keep in my office as part of my stress management. Book stores are also “Rich Hoffman” places as they are one of the few places that really feed my many interests. I literally love just about everything and book stores are about anything and everything, so I am most at home within them. But as the waitress brought us our appetizers I quickly realized that MacKinzie River was going to be added to the list because the food was of exceptional quality.

Not only are my wife and I empty nesters, so it’s usually easier for us to eat out these days than anything, but I get to go to a lot of restaurants for business so I get to see often what works and what doesn’t and I immediately knew that the food at MacKinzie River was a step above the rim. No wonder the place was so packed. They are known for their pizzas and burgers but they had pasta dishes that rivaled Brio Tuscan Grill. The food was certainly comfort in nature, but the quality of it was quite high. I ordered a Caribbean Pizza and it was absolutely stunning. Prior to MacKinzie River opening my family would sometimes go to Pies & Pints at Liberty Center for their specialty pizzas and the Caribbean Pizza I was having reminded me of those types of offerings. Honestly, my wife and I had just recently dined at Cooper’s Hawk also at Liberty Center and I thought the food at MacKinzie River was better—which is saying a lot.

I waited a week or so to return to MacKinzie River before getting too excited about things. I figured that there would be some enthusiasm drop off and that the quality that the staff put into their food would drift after their opening. However, it was a busy Friday night, one of my kids and grandchildren were over and we had been busy and wanted some food so we went to MacKinzie River for some carry out. We knew it would be too busy to dine in, so we stopped by, went to the bar and ordered carry out, and our choice was a 20” Caribbean pizza and it was just as high of a quality as the first one. It was literally something very special and is a new favorite of mine.

I feel very fortunate to have a MacKinzie River Pizza Grill and Pub in my neighborhood. I mean given the demographic data, they could have located in West Chester or Mason and probably reached the same type of crowd with the same income levels and sustained their business plan quite nicely. But, they picked the Fairfield location at Bridgewater Falls and I consider ourselves fortunate because they did. What a treasure to have something like that in the neighborhood, it will certainly become a regular place for my family. It is a “Rich Hoffman” kind of place which doesn’t mean it can’t be the identity of other people, but that it has enough character to even contain the consideration. There is a reason that people are waiting two hours for a table and that the place is still packed in the middle of a typical afternoon between the lunch and dinner rush. It’s not only a comfortable place to eat nicely decorated and spacious, but it has put its food quality as a priority, which all restaurants should, but few really do. So far, MacKinzie River Pizza Grill and Pub has and that makes them a destination entertainment that everyone can enjoy, and its great to see joining Bridgewater Falls as the latest and greatest of that complex. If you are looking for a great place to eat, MacKinzie River is the place to go.

Rich Hoffman

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Defending Jim Jordan: The gayness of most modern sports progams and their strategic implementation

I’ve watched the Jim Jordan interviews where some media personalities have been pressing him on this Ohio State scandal where he was an assistant coach to Russ Hellickson and there was a culture of sexual impropriety especially led by the team doctor Richard Strauss that has emerged to show rampant homosexual abuse and I know what happened. As all my readers know I am something of an expert on human behavior and deciphering nonverbal communication so the situation is quite clear to me. Jim Jordan is being attacked vigorously by this nothing story because of his success in going after the FBI scandal. There is nothing more or less to the story than that. Jim Jordan is a man of great integrity and honor who grew up as well as possible and did as much as he could to do well in the arena of sports that everyone encouraged him to be a part of, and as he could fight justice and honor in life he has done so cleanly, which is why he’s able to take on the FBI the way he has. It is quite telling however that this story has broken as public hearings for Peter Strzok are about to be underway because the institutionalists know they have to try something to throw Jim Jordan off the trail. And the institutionalists know just where to attack as Jordan was a coach at the institution at Ohio State. They have picked a vulnerability they knew all along, and one that exists in every school sports culture to some degree or another. So to exploit that the institutionalists have attempted to change the definitions of athletic behavior which is quite normal and reframe it all under modern interpretations of abuse.

I had great promise as an athlete in public school. In grades kindergarten through 5 I was clearly the fastest kid in my school and the gym teacher knew it. He had been prepping me for great success and letting the coaches of my middle school know that I was coming. Once I was to attend sixth grade I was being tailored to be a four-sport jock, and nothing less would be acceptable given my natural talents. What nobody counted on was that I was extremely independent, I didn’t take orders well at all, and that I had a real problem with getting naked in front of other kids. It was never that I was worried about endowment. But the little taste that I did get about locker room culture was something I hated and dreaded every single day I had to go to class. The culture was very homosexual in the way that other students behaved with each other but nobody called it that. It was the thing to do, and likely everyone who is a male reading this knows what I’m talking about. Most kids just put up with it and graduate away from the activity. I sought to avoid it at all costs which completely ruined my athletic career at school. I tried to not participate, but the locker room jokes about constantly indulging in sexual acts with other males was too collectivist for me and I couldn’t participate without feeling that the activity of athletics was intent to be a homosexual one.

I had a coach in the sixth grade that was the opposite of the coach I had in the fifth, he thought it best to force me into everything with peer pressure. The fifth-grade teacher fanned my independence acknowledging the natural talent, the sixth-grade teacher thought it best to break me down and rebuild me the way a soldier is built-in boot camp. My ability to read people was just as strong then as it is today, only I didn’t have then a vast catalogue of observed behavior to draw from, so the more this guy pushed me, the further I moved from becoming an athlete in my public school. I had a particular problem with playing quarterback because you had to literally stick your hand under the anus of the center which to me seemed like and entirely gay thing to do. It literally looked and felt to me that as quarterback the center was shitting the football and I was supposed to carry it around like some treasured item. If you really think about it, football is a very gay gladiator sport. I enjoy watching it, but if you study the culture itself its very gay. So was wrestling which I hated. Once that teacher found I hated being in such intimate contact with other male students and he wrote me off as a lost cause he put me in every wrestling match with much bigger guys certainly out of my weight class. Being a guy who never backed down from anything, I would do my best each time but my hatred for the guy would increase.

I made other very astute observations that still exist today, athletes, the better they were had very dysfunctional relationships with girls and women. I thought it was very interesting that girls were so hungry to throw themselves on the arm of a star male athlete because that same person had to accept a certain level of gayness to survive in sports. The girls wanted the social status of projecting to others that they could attract the top males of that particular social context, but they were often longing when it came to actual intimacy. Even as adults, once those young males had accepted the disjointed relationship of homosexual behavior in the locker room that it limited the emotional zeal of the human pollination process leaving most young girls and women feeling, “unsatisfied” sexually. It’s not that the body parts didn’t work, but it’s the emotional aspects of sex just weren’t there. It was a running theory that I confirmed much later when I found myself a personal driver for several star Cincinnati Bengal players. Most of their girlfriends were about my age so there came times where I dated those girls and had these reports given to me first hand about the dysfunctions of athletes in the bedroom. The girls were attracted to the players not for their sexual prowess, but because of their access to fame and the elevated lifestyle that those males would shower on their bed mates. But by the time professional athletes arrived at that level, the homosexual behavior in the locker rooms had changed the way their brains were wired, so it had a major impact on intimacy.

Now of course none of us called it homosexual behavior at the time, but after applying modern interpretations of things to those times, that would certainly be the case. Many people reading this likely had some level of Jim Jordan experience where these things were gong on, as many of the wrestlers who coached under Jim are doing today, and they put the protection of the institution ahead of the definition of gayness. Their individualism was secondary to the team concept of the locker room culture because let’s face it, the nature of the homosexual activity was to strip away the sanctity of the individual and replace it with a team concept—who you grab assed with became the person you would live and die for. One reason that individualism has always come so easily to me while others struggle with it was in my decision not to accept the companionship of other males into my life in this way because that is the first peer group that young males are forced to deal with before puberty even hits. For others it comes later, the realization of what happens in locker rooms, all locker rooms—especially twenty years ago.

The former wrestlers coming out against Jordan are now beyond the prime of their lives and nobody wants to see them do anything—so redefining the locker room culture to the modern PC movement is a last-ditch attempt from them at some level of fame. I would go so far say that many of them likely have dysfunctional relationships with their wives and are using this abuse case by the Ohio State team doctor to push the blame for their problems on him since he’s now deceased and an easy target. But honestly, are we supposed to believe that these team doctors like the one at Ohio State and the US Gymnastic Team were isolated? Most people who have kids must face the same dilemma, they put their kids into these sports programs to introduce them to the concept of team building. But the sexual manipulation of the young students by old tired coaches who are in the industry so that they can have access to flesh in its rawist form is there in just about every sport even though it usually isn’t talked about, especially twenty years ago. Just about anybody could tell stories about their past as I have. Not everyone took such extreme positions as I have, but everyone has had to go through their own Jim Jordan period, where they just wanted to do a good job as a coach, but the culture was an insult to their sensibilities and they either believed that the institutional gains were superior to the sacrifices of individual sanctity, or they just didn’t know who to talk to about it, because if you were an athlete on a college campus, or even a high school, you were in the top-tier of social elevation because that school could use you to sell the merits of their institution, either in tax increases or tuition enrollment.

Jim Jordan I think tried to do his best with the situation and attempted to be a light in the darkness, but who would he tell when he noticed that the team doctor was massaging the genitals of the athletes until they discharged semen? Who was going to do anything about it twenty years ago, or even now. No sports program is going to let it out what goes on in the locker room, because that would be bad for business. There was literally nowhere to turn and even if there were, everybody to some degree had suffered similar insults, so nobody was in a position to judge the behavior as illicit. The last chance for such a judgment is the FBI itself who knows full well what goes on in locker rooms and that Jim Jordan might be susceptible to a reverse analysis due to the nature of our present society to redefine things. But that was the only context for which anything was wrong, and it was completely out of the hands of Jim Jordan who was probably too young and idealistic toward institutional value to know it was wrong. Like a lot of people, he had to put on the blinders hoping that the merits of team building would be worth it. But as he and everyone else knows who survive such experiences, it doesn’t. We are all forced upon that realization to do what we can for truth and justice. For Jim Jordan he would eventually take on the FBI as a Freedom Caucus member representing Ohio on Capital Hill. For me I turned away from sport almost completely and never did take a shower with a bunch of guys in the locker room. And when they told gay jokes and tried to grab each other’s asses, I did not participate. Others participate and find that the memories of those experiences destroy the intimacy that their wives are craving, the self-confident lover they all want is instead of shell of a man who puts more effort into his lawn mower than in her breasts and thighs. And that is the truth for which nobody wants to speak, but for which we are now supposed to judge Jim Jordan. Give me a break!

Rich Hoffman

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The Power of MAGA Hats: Kino Jimenez and the political left learned a hard lesson

There is nothing I hate more than a bully, so I was quite interested in the story of Kino Jimenez who as a 30-year-old liberal attacked a 16-year-old boy on the 4th of July wearing a Donald Trump MAGA hat in a Texas Whataburger restaurant at 2 AM. Good for the kids with the young man wearing the hat because they captured the attack on camera and posted the video for which there was a firestorm of anger against Jimenez. Within a few hours of the attack the video was spreading to Trump supporters who had figured out who the attacker was and posted an old address online. From there people went looking for Jimenez to beat the hell out of him only to discover that the posted address was only that of his brothers. Realizing that he was in danger Kino Jimenez shaved off his beard and hoped to lay low for a while, but police knew they had to do something so they arrested the assailant for theft and put him in jail, essentially for his own protection. What makes this one special is that it is showing unequivocally that people are starting to fight back and defend themselves from liberalism. The MAGA hats are the start of something, they have become synonymous with Trump supporters who want to do just that, Make America Great Again, and they are standing up to the very nature of liberalism which has corrupted our nation for decades to the impressions of bullies who make up that political philosophy. And that is a very new thing to see happening in American politics, where the right kind of people are finally fighting back.


I’m not a supporter of mob violence so I’m not exactly cheering that a mob of internet revenge seekers essentially hunted down Kino Jimenez and forced the hand of the Universal City Police Department to arrest the guy before people beat the hell out of him. But I am an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth kind of person. Or should I say and eye for a head, and a tooth for ripping out the heart of your enemy and eating it over his last moments of life kind of guy. That turn the other cheek stuff is for dope smoking hippies who follow a Buddhist idea of peace at any cost kind of thinking—which is not conducive to confronting evil and pushing it out of our lives. The only way to truly make America great again is to confront the evil that has been working against it and in this case, it is the fight over individual rights versus the old order of collective salvation.

People like Kino Jimenez who make up the liberal political parties because they are not personally tough people. They are drawn to the Democratic Party because they wish to hide in the safety of the herd. They use the violence of a mob to gang up on individuals who typically don’t stick together and to separate conservatives from others like them with constant harassment. The primary reason that the minority of progressives, socialists and Democrats have been able to make the gains against Constitutional management that they have is due to their gang like behavior. In this case Kino Jimenez didn’t need a gang, he was a big 30-year-old guy picking on a bunch of teenage kids. He felt the power of his party behind him to join the anti-Trump movement in harassing anybody wearing one of those MAGA hats—which is what he did.

The MAGA hats were a brilliant branding scheme created by the Trump campaign which unified many disjointed individuals under the flag of a conservative movement, which is new for the Republican Party. As people who typically support individual rights the greatest weakness of conservatives were that they didn’t tend to stick together on anything, so they were constantly at the mercy of the bullies of liberalism. Liberals have no choice but to stick together, that is the nature of their political party, group think and peer pressure. Democrats require the destruction of individualism in order to sustain themselves in every situation, so they have to be bullies in order to survive. They cannot stand on the merits of their own thinking, which is their weakness and has been from the beginning. When Trump came out with that hat as a candidate it served as a binder with the greater movement of conservatism standing together in defense of itself. The MAGA hats united individuals together in a way that no conservative movement had up to that time and now two years later with Trump now comfortably in the presidency the kids in that Whataburger restaurant were feeling patriotic on the 4th of July and wanted to wear their MAGA hat out to show their sentiments toward American celebration. I did the same, I wore my MAGA hat on the 4th of July as well, for many of the same reasons and it does turn the heads of liberals every time I do it. They know what it means, it’s all about individuals coming together to fight the incursions of group think which persists in liberalism.

That frightens people like Kino Jimenez so he lashed out at the young kid wearing the hat, but something happened that he didn’t expect. People came to the defense of the 16-year-old and hit the streets hunting the bully down until justice was served. The same kind of joined attack occurred at The Red Hen in rural Virginia when they kicked out Sarah Sanders from the Trump White House staff and denied her food service. Shortly a small mob of Trump supporters showed up to protest the restaurant which was not something any of the leftists involved planned to see happen. The political left is seeing something they never counted on, conservatives are fighting back, and they aren’t sure what to do about it.

This is what I have been saying for many years, several decades now. Conservatives essentially make up most of America. Liberalism is a very small portion of the American experience, yet they have been able to puff out their chests and appear to be much larger than they really are giving the illusion of superiority in many cases, and they were able to do that because conservatives didn’t stick together or show a desire to fight back when they needed to. For all the talk and fear that came out of the Tea Party movement, the Tea Party was never about protesting and inciting violence against those with whom they disagreed. It was always about education, which is radically different from the typical leftist gathering where the only method of interaction that they have is violence or the threat of it. But now things are different, people are fighting back, the right kind of people. The MAGA hats have unified a movement behind a common cause for liberty that has not happened before except perhaps during the Revolution and it is starting to wear down the opposition.

Liberals have never stood for what America always was. They have been asking when America was ever great, so how could there be a hat demanding to make America great again. Because to them they have to destroy individual rights to exist so America was never great, to them greatness comes under the flag of group think. But now conservatives have been united under the MAGA hats and they are coming to the defense of the weak when they see there is a need—and that is something the political left cannot deal with. When it happens thugs like Kino Jimenez learn quickly the consequences of the bully tactics of liberalism when they try to suppress individual rights, the right to think different from a liberal, the right to wear a MAGA hat, the right to separate oneself from the herd of lazy marijuana inspired thugs. For a change the mobs aren’t coming from liberals, they are coming from conservatives united by Trump for the defense of individual rights, and that is something very new.

Rich Hoffman

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Why Candace Owens Should be President of The United States: Apparently Twitter thinks so too

I wasn’t kidding when I said it, but I was surprised to see such a reaction from people when I said on Twitter that I thought Candace Owens would be a great candidate for president of the United States. I mean she’s only 29 years old now but to me she has the whole package and is presently just as qualified as Barack Obama was. Candace is an organizer so with the bar of pedigree being lowered during the Obama years, just as Bill Clinton lowered the expectations of personal behavior paving the way for Donald Trump, it really can’t be said the running the Executive Branch is beyond the reach of a political novice. What we have learned over the last 32 years, first with Clinton, then with George W. Bush, eventually followed by Barack Obama is that it doesn’t take a great genius to be president. It takes a person exceptionally skilled as a promoter from the White House and knowing how to manage the people around them. It’s the perfect job for a person like Trump who has made a great living up until his presidency promoting visions. The White House is uniquely suited for that type of personality and we are learning that we should have been putting people like Trump in office for centuries. But once his job is done a decade or so down the road, what kind of people will be good for the office and to me it is obvious that it will need to be someone like Candace Owns.

After watching Candace Owens on several cable news shows I made a simple remark on Twitter that I thought she should run for president someday and that I’d support her when she was ready. That unleashed a firestorm of interest generating over 160,000 impressions in just a few hours, the response was very encouraging in the affirmative. I mean let’s be honest, even though I replied to people that we should always be color blind and not promote people in our society just because of sex—if all things are equal in the world we are currently living in conservative ideas would best be sold from the Executive Branch by a young black woman, because it would completely disarm the political left’s accusations of the Republican Party. I think Democrats are over as a party anyway. It may take another half of a decade to realize that reality, but I’m all for finishing them off by taking away their most powerful weapon, identity politics. Candace Owens in the White House would be devastating to Democrats especially when they saw that the same people who have supported Trump would support Candace. In 2018 they rationalize that Trump supporters get behind him because he’s an angry, rich, white guy. But when those same people would support Candace, a young, nice black woman, it would literally tear their minds apart because it would force them to recognize the true reality of the situation.

I have been looking for years for a chance to show that it was Republicans who are best at putting people in the White House that free up individual merit as opposed to group think. I have supported Elizabeth Dole for president, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and many others because I wanted to show that Republicans were certainly not the party of old white guys. Republicans certainly weren’t Nazis resembling Hitler from Germany or Mussolini fascism from Italy. They were the party of Lincoln who freed the slaves and gave Frederick Douglas a platform to rise in politics while many blacks in the south were still considered slaves. Once liberals started painting conservatives a certain way, as traditionalists who were against everything, it was difficult to answer such a negative and with conservatives tending to be too nice to defend themselves, it allowed the more aggressive Democrats to take shots at conservatives unjustifiably. So for many years I have been looking for a way to prove that identity politics were not part of the Republican platform in any way, and to prove that we had to have identity politics to prove it—we needed a good woman or a person of color to rise to the top of the Republican political process.

What Donald Trump will leave in his wake will be a great thing. He is doing such a great job in selling the benefits of individualism back to the American way of thinking. When people ask what making America great again means, it is simply the mindset where individual rights were protected over group rights. I personally don’t need a tribal leader to “lead” me anywhere. The person I pick for president doesn’t need to be wise in the ways of the world, or a master strategist. I just need my representative in the White House to protect individual rights and to get the bureaucrats out of my way, and I’ll take care of the rest. The nation is presently doing well because Trump has taken away a lot of the crippling regulation and taxes which were holding back our economy, and that’s all we really need out of the White House. Trump has additional business skills which are giving him a fun retirement job, but essentially conservatives don’t need any leaders to show them the way to a good life because the core of Republican thinking is in individual rights. Democrats on the other hand like Barack Obama purposely used regulation and taxes to hold back the American economy so that other places around the world could catch up to us, which has hurt individual rights in favor of group associations and peer groups—breaking the world down by race, religion, sex and income potential. Making America great again means to conservatives not a throw back to where women were in the kitchen making pies for their husbands, but in putting the center of focus of value back on individual rights, where someone like a Frederick Douglas could become a leading spokesman for the newly released slaves. Part of making America great again would be in creating a White House that could have someone like Candace Owens running it, and the country would be just fine.

The failure of Barack Obama is that we were supposed to overlook his socialist agenda for America because he was black. We were supposed to be handicapped by his race into making any opinion about the guy because of his skin color. That is not an enlightened position and people generally know it instinctively. That is why they supported Donald Trump. But when Trump’s years are done and Republicans are looking for the next great movement, I think Candace Owens would be the perfect type of person to show just how big tent the Republican Party is. If we needed Trump to resell America on the power of individual liberty after many years of socialism have tried to cripple the United States from the White House, we will need Candace Owens, or someone like her to continue selling those ideas to a public growing older from the Millennial generation that will be learning to continue that string of success well into the future. It is not for immigrants to bring their socialism from their destroyed countries with them to destroy American culture as the political left desires, it is up to people like Candace to sell them on individual freedom and to take away the restrictions of small thinking government to allow those individuals to flourish and bring the American economy great things that benefit many other people as the 21st century matures.

My suggestion in favor of Candace Owens for president at some point once the Trump family is done with their part of making history is to sell individual rights to a society of people who have been told their entire lives that their personal salvation is in the string pulling of the political class. Those of us who already know better don’t need to be taught, but there will be many who will, and it will be easier learning from Candace than from just about anybody else. That is why I think a pretty, young, intelligent woman of color would be the ideal presidential candidate in the near future, as soon as she comes to age to do it. By taking away the weapons of the political left it would further destroy their hold on the minds of people and pave the way for learning which needs to happen anyway. So Candace would be as good as anybody, and she wouldn’t need a lot of political experience to do the job. Quite the opposite.

Rich Hoffman
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