Here are five true sentences:

1)Detroit Tiger baseball player Prince Fielder recently signed a $214 million dollar contract.

2)Detroit Lions football player Calvin Johnson was just given a $132 million dollar contract.

3)Fielder’s deal is the fourth largest contract in MLB history.

4)Johnson’s deal exceeds all other football contracts making it the biggest contract in NFL history.

5)The City of Detroit is on the brink of financial collapse and is bankrupt.

What’s wrong with this picture? Think about it. Where are the priorities in this society? What really matters most in our current culture?

Of course the city is not paying these players contracts, but, that’s not the point. In each case this is just ONE PERSON receiving this exorbitant recompense. It is a societal debauchery and  lurid inequity of values and antecedents. What do you think?

Here is today’s ‘Tennism’:

What would the monetary price tag be for improving humanity?

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This week has shown once again, social civility and courtesy is – if not already dead, then dying.

There seems to be an epidemic in our current society that prohibits contemplation of thought before speaking or consideration of action before doing. It has become acceptable to not only speak one’s mind, but to do so irrespective of the cost and expense of another persons feelings.

One certainly should be able to exercise their constitutional right to free speech, however where does it say it should preclude kindness to humanity? In other words, just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Just because a thought pops into your mind it shouldn’t pop out of your mouth without properly ‘sanitizing’ it. Much like a waste treatment facility with whatever sludge enters, without refinement and cleansing it shouldn’t exit.

Of course what many people are weighing in on this week it the Rush-Rant directed to Georgetown University Law student, Sandra Fluke. Which is probably precisely why Limbaugh used his deliberately selected words during his tirade to begin with. The bottom line is always to create a ‘buzz’ and generate people talking and this is no different. It’s good for his ratings which manifest into dollar signs which is this society’s current barometer to measure ‘success’. He is not a neophyte to controversy and knows how to fire-start and manipulate a discussion.

If it were not for the fact that Big Business dollars would suffer, there likely would not have been an apology by him offered. Does it really take a lucrative intervention (advertisers pulling their sponsorship) to promulgate what should have come as a matter of propriety? Anyone can create a social faux pas or make an occasional discourteous misstep, but to utter a discourse of such vitriol directed at someone who was using her own First Amendment Right is both hypocritical as well as boorish. It further reflects the obnoxiously obtuse time we are living in where the media still strives for ‘shock value’ when there is really very little the public should be surprised at anymore.

As an advocate of stopping and thinking before you say and do things, don’t just blurt out whatever thought comes into your mind. Which brings us to today’s ‘Tennism’ which bears repeating;

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

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Leap Year Day – wow! It comes around only once every four years, so, of course there would have to be a blog entry on this ‘extra-ordinary’ day. Try to do something you will remember, in the best possible way today. It brings to mind something my Mother used to tell me and it just so happens to fit into a ‘Tennism’. They are words I live by and here they are:

The Big Events Come Along Occasionally, So Make Everyday Special!

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On Saturday, I received an email and it so related to last weeks blog that I wanted to share it with you.  It is one of those that asks to be “forwarded to everyone you know” so after my own entry, I will post the email in its entirety. But, first, here is this weeks blog in reference to it…

The following email message is both concise and contrite. Think about it for a moment and try to take the time to reflect upon what is truly important in life.   As we are still being told to bask in the golden glow of Oscar Sunday and the social media is extolling the controversies of slit-ted gowns, self-obsessed, over inflated egos, rear ends and obsequious frivolity consider the gravity of the message in the email and acknowledge and respect those who really make a difference in life. These brave souls who go above and beyond without exorbitant recompense or public adulation to try to make our lives safer and better. There is not an equivalent ‘Oscar’ awarded to them, there is barely a recognition or mention.
The social scales need to tip into a more balanced and meaningful equilibrium and it can be attained – starting with just ’10 Seconds’ at a time.
With that in mind, here is this week’s Tennism:
Superficiality and meaninglessness will never take the place of genuineness.
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Subject: Regrets
WITH REGRET
We idolized and memorialized Whitney Houston, yet looked the other way concerning her well-known substance abuse and tumultuous life with singer Bobby Brown.
Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous, and obnoxious.
Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and thief.
Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding [and short-lived marriage] was shoved down our throats, while
Justin Allen 23
Brett Linley 29
Matthew Weikert 29
Justus Bartett 27
Dave Santos 21
Jesse Reed 26
Matthew Johnson 21
Zachary Fisher 24
Brandon King 23
Christopher Goeke 23
Sheldon Tate 27
died.
Are all Marines who gave their lives last month for you. There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names.
Young Men who most likely came from rural America seeking a chance to better themselves and to serve this county.
Honor THEM by sending this on.
Rest In Peace, and THANK YOU,TROOPS.”

Rhetorical Question:

If you have a peanut allergy and go to the market and obtain peanuts then later have a reaction and die from it, would the market be charged as ‘guilty’ for murder? Then why are we charging doctors in the downfall or death of drug-addict celebrities? Society needs to be cognizant of personal volition and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. How one responds to impetus and lives their life is reflective of who they are and separating what they do from how they act is like peeling the thin skin off of a grape – it’s all part of the same fruit. The media and society needs to stop genuflecting to people who are lucky enough to be in the public eye because through one way or another they are willingly thrust into it. Most get there through ‘connections’ so intrinsic that it would be impermeable to try to replicate it in the ‘real world’. As the current crop of ‘hit’ television shows reflect, singing is something everyone can do and think they do well it is not discovering a cure for a debilitating disease any more than being in front of a movie or television camera is. I can appreciate a talented individual, however when the virtues are being extolled about how ‘caring’ and unselfish they were, and yet, they deprived their child of the one thing they probably wanted and needed above all else; their parent; then just how altruistic was that person and how much did they consider and concern themselves with the one who should have been their ultimate consideration; the child they brought into the world? This is the saddest part of all, the one left behind to fend for themselves and to futilely try to fill a void that can never quite be satiated.

I love America but I am concerned about American’s. Sometimes I feel as if I am on a one-person crusade to enlighten people to how they can personally help improve themselves and in so doing help to restore our wonderful country.

Here is a news flash: So-called “celebrities” and sports stars are not necessarily icons of appropriate role models. As sublime as that may seem, some people just don’t ‘get it’. Why should an athlete receive millions of dollars (the latest newsworthy salary of a nine-year, $214 million dollar baseball contract) for doing something he loves to do and would probably do for considerably less just for the ability to go out and do it for a living…not to mention all the accompanying public adoration and perks? Seriously, don’t you think that amount of money would be better off being used to actually help millions of people? How about using it to feed some of this country’s hungry children (and adults) or really try to find a cure for a disease that the drug companies are getting richer from for NOT finding a cure. It is ludicrous to even imagine that one person warrants that amount of recompense for anything! This country has money, it just needs to allocate it differently and spend it trying to educate and elucidate and improve the most basic of human freedoms; enough food to eat and a warm place to live.

Come on, people, we need to get this country back on track and recognize substance from cipher, probity from pretense and insignificance from importance.

This probably isn’t the last you will read here on this subject.

Here is your Tennism of the day:

Come on – ‘get real’; live ‘real’ and really BE ‘real’!

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 Happy Valentine’s Day!

For all of you loyal followers of The 10 Second Blog, don’t worry, this is it, it’s just been re-named for the day. Today I will give to you a heart-shaped box of delightful chocolate sentiments to brighten up your Valentine’s Day!

Let me start by reiterating that with The 10-Second Diet (the10seconddiet.com) there aren’t any special foods, pills, potions, liquids or elixirs…you already have everything you need to be successful with your weight loss goals, you just need to know how to do it! Secondly, as I always say; Life is hard enough – dieting should be easy, and now it is with The 10-Second Diet!! You don’t have to deny yourself anything, go ahead and indulge (yes, that’s right indulge) and enjoy yourself, just do so The 10-Second Diet way…it is so easy!!!

It has been said that my book is like chocolate – everyone loves it and it is so delicious and enticing you don’t even realize how much it can benefit you!

With all that being said, here are some delectable ‘chocolate’ quotes which you may certainly indulge in time and again and share with those you love:*

* As I believe in giving credit where it is due, I have tried to research the origin of each quote used, however, some of them just couldn’t be traced back to any particular source, so let’s just sincerely appreciate and ‘thank them’ for their witty or intelligent contributions to this blog!

 

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

 

Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump” (1994)

 

This guy found a bottle on the ocean, and he opened it and out popped a genie, and he gave him three wishes. The guy wished for a million dollars, and poof! there was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! there was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women… poof! he turned into a box of chocolates.

 

Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies. – John Q. Tullius

 

“It has been shown as proof positive that carefully prepared chocolate is as healthful a food as it is pleasant; that it is nourishing and easily digested… that it is above all helpful to people who must do a great deal of mental work.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Never trust someone who says they don’t like chocolate – they’re either allergic or lying. – ML

 

Serendipity3 in New York and Valentine’s Day go together like chocolates in a heart-shaped box! – ML

 

Chocolate may not make the world go ’round, but it sure does make the trip worthwhile!

 

Chocolate is not a matter of life and death – it’s more important than that! (the nearest I can get is a twist on 1950’s Henry Russell Sanders, an American football college coach who said; “Beating SC is not a matter of life and death – it’s more important than that.”)

 

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. – Lora Brody

 

The Greek term theobroma (Latin name for cacao) means literally food of the gods.

 

When the going gets tough, the tough eat chocolate. ( A rendition of Joesph P. Kennedy’s quote; “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”)

Stress wouldn’t be so hard to take if it were chocolate covered.

Chocolate is a Vegetable: chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable. To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food. – Dr. Bill Webster

Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food. – Michael Levine, nutrition researcher

Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits. – Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), German chemist

 

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! – Lucy Van Pelt, Peanuts

 

And above all… Think Chocolate! – Betty Crocker

I’ll close with the Tennism of the day;

You can most definitely be both thin and a ‘Chocoholic’!

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The Super Bowl is now a thing of the past – but some of the memories linger on. The fact that 111.3 million people watched a single televised sporting event is amazing. Did we lose sight of the fact that it is still two teams playing a game of football? We all heard plenty about it before, during and now after it and we seem poised and ready for the next ‘big thing’. Let’s consider for a moment that for 3.5 million dollars for a 30-second spot sponsors regaled the public with what was supposed to be their brightest and best commercials. Why is it that even in 2012, society cannot seem to move beyond the thinking that women – one half of the species – are not just the objectification of some sort of fictitious fantasy? Specifically the Kia Optima ‘Sandman’ and even worse as if that wasn’t disparaging enough, the Fiat Abarth (‘Hot Girl’) was an abominable offense. (Cars equating to women? It’s nothing new and it’s not just coincidental, come on, ad agencies, put the ‘creativity’ back in the ‘creative’ department.)  Teleflora should be particularly ashamed of themselves for perpetuating the idea that a woman can be ‘bought’ for a bouquet of flowers. It’s like the old joke that no matter how high the amount, if you settle on a price, you’re still “that kind of woman”. Women: aren’t you offended? You ought to be. We need to elevate the thinking of this society to a higher echelon and learn to respect humanity, whether it is of the male or female gender.  Speaking of the ‘female gender’ another thing comes to mind: Rapper M.I.A.’s offensive gesture is nothing short of low class. It doesn’t matter how one looks or what they do for a living – some people would be taking a step up to even get to ‘low class’ and this is a case in point. This as in most things is not something that ‘just happened’ without forethought or cognizance. It was a supercilious and downright obnoxious sentiment to an audience and a federation that brought this person to the forefront of a mega-event. It is disdainful and arrogant and should not be considered lightly. People need to take responsibility for their actions and once again, elevate their thinking and responses especially when featured on the ‘world stage’. It needs to be regarded as a negative reflection on them and not just laughed off lightly. (What was with the gyrations of the dancers on the stage at that time, too? That should hardly have been an acceptable move in front of an audience of children and young people watching as a family.)

With these Super Bowl reflections, I’ll close for now with this ‘Tennism’:

To some people, it’s a step up to low class.

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