Roundup

ROUNDUP TIMECool: Mitch Daniels teams with Amazon to bring down textbook costs for Purdue students —  This is seriously great news.  There are all sorts of conservative principles like this that will lead to lower costs, less waste and better educations for students.

After having passed on the possibility of running for President of the United States, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is entering his second year as president of Purdue University in Indiana. Though the former governor has his eggheaded bona fides—a Princeton grad and former Director of OMB—many thought it was an odd match to have the famously conservative (especially fiscally) governor at the helm of a university. The move sparked a few protests from former students and wariness from faculty, many of whom were colorful with their predictions of doom.

Heading into the 2014 school year, Purdue students are enjoying the first tuition freeze in 36 years, a 10-percent drop in their dining hall prices, and now the possibility of a bunch of text book savings. If you have recently been in college or have kids who are, you know the serious chunk rising text book costs can take out of one’s income.

Dear single Christian sister and Dating: when words and choices clash — Two great posts for Christian singles.  Please read and share.

Doctors in Belgium to Prey on Disabled, Euthanize Them to Harvest Their Organs — The inevitable conclusion of the euthanasia and assisted suicide culture.

Did you get that? One set of doctors killed the patient, stepped out of the room, and another set of doctors entered for the harvest.

Now, the hunt is on for mentally ill and patients with disabling conditions such as MS to become “euthanasia organ donors.”

Euthanasia donors accounted for 12.8% of all lung DCDs. Immediate post-transplant graft function and long-term outcome in recipients was excellent. More euthanasia donors are to be expected with more public awareness.

In a better world, increased public awareness would cause universal public revulsion.

Middle East charities pay bounties to the families of Muslim suicide bombers — Tell me more about how all religions are pretty much the same.

Leftists and Islam – It is stunning how weak the West has become in defending itself against the evils of Islam.  This is one of the main reasons we need to protect the 2nd Amendment in the U.S.

On Friday I appeared on Michael Graham’s radio show to discuss, among other things, the appalling revelations from Rotherham, a drab town in South Yorkshire in which over the course of a decade and a half some 1,400 girls (as young as 11) were “groomed”, drugged, raped, traded and, occasionally, doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. All the while, the entire apparatus of the state, from the political class to the police to the “child protection” agencies, looked the other way – for fear of appearing “racist” or “Islamophobic”. The BBC describes the predators’ actions as “brazen“, which it certainly was. They would turn up at children’s homes, select the ones they wanted, and drive off with them:

The carer, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed staff were reluctant to intervene in some cases for fear of being classed as “racist”.

So the individuals who presided over this regime destroyed the lives of 1,400 people in their care, and have paid no price for it. Indeed, some have been promoted, and put in charge of even more children: Sonia Sharp, who was head of child services in Rotherham, is now in an equivalent position Down Under for the entire state of Victoria.

Still legal to say this about Darwinism and “scientific racism”? — I’m certainly glad that most people moved past the deadly repercussions of “social Darwinism,” but the Darwinists only did that by denying the obvious conclusions of their worldview.  They deny that survival of the fittest would apply to human beings.  But why?  The Christian worldview recognizes the inherent worth of every human being, but Darwinism doesn’t.

One hundred years ago, scientific racism dominated American elite thought. Inspired by Charles Darwin, American scientific racists like Madison Grant applied a hierarchy to human beings. Some cultures, those of hunter gatherers and peasants, were low and worthless; others were high and to be valued. Educated, atheist Anglo-Saxon males occupied the top of the human pyramid of value.

A day before yesterday everyone knew that Darwinism underwrote racism as a science-based belief. Not a cultural belief or a religious belief, or a “good old custom”, but – in the breathless tones of a pop science writer – science!

Another Challenge of Parenting While Poor: Wealthy Judges

Protecting Your Heart From The Soulmate Lie — Great points.  Do not get caught up in looking for your “soul mate.”  Most of the people I know who use that term seem to keep finding better soul mates.

We’re sharing this life together, because we chose to love each other; with all the mess, flaws, and failure that you get as the side dish, of a main course of laughter, warmth, respect, and goodness.

As you navigate the path of finding love and of committing to another person, don’t wait for someone who is perfect, wait for someone who’s all-in it with you; someone who knows how to stay.

That’s where the magic is.

May you find your sole mate.

Teen Sex Sleepovers: The Latest Fad in Immoral Sex Education – Surprised?

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, I come across something that makes me pause in disgust. This week, I read an article from the Huffington Post titled, “How Do You Feel about Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?”

There’s no doubt how I feel, but let’s first take a look at what the author said. In the first paragraph she asks, “Why not teach children how to have sex well, the way you teach them how to do other things?” She elaborates, describing parents inviting the teenager’s partner over, having a nice dinner and then the couple “toddles” off to bed together. (In reality, that’s just permitting the behavior to take place, not actually educating.)

Then she goes further stating, “It seems logical to me that the same way I try to teach my kids to exercise, sleep well and be good people, I would teach them to have healthy sex with other good people.” Appalling mental scenarios come to mind, but I’m not going there.

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What Hillary should have said

Hillary Clinton cares about Hillary Clinton.  Not only was her response ridiculously delayed, but it was completely lacking in authenticity.

Pro-abortion Hillary should have changed this statement:
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.
To this one:
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white children in the womb were three times as likely to be killed via abortion as black children, instead of the other way around.
It as a morbid coincidence that both rates are three times as high for blacks as for whites.
Which is worse, getting searched during a traffic stop or getting crushed and dismembered?  Yet which ones do Leftists [pretend to] care about more?

The Giver: Two thumbs up

Note: Spoiler alert

I hardly see any movies, but we went to see The Giver and I was pleasantly surprised.  It was family friendly and life affirming.  An overview via The Giver | Movie Review | Plugged In:

Imagine a place nearly free of all pain and suffering, where people are truly equal and everyone gets along. Imagine a place where hatred does not exist, where minds are not clouded by confusion or suffering, where the sun always shines and no one ever lies.

Jonas actually lives in such a world. He’s never known anything but. If there was ever another way, lost as it is in the folds of distant time, it’s best that it’s forgotten.

Well, forgotten by most.

 

Jonas dutifully bikes to the current Receiver of Memory’s house, built at the edge of the known world—quite literally on a cliff that plummets down into who-knows-what. He walks in and sees walls full of what the Receiver calls “books.” For the first time in his life, Jonas is encouraged to ask questions. And then, when the older Receiver—now called the Giver—clasps Jonas’ arms, the boy collects his first memory …

… of snow, fluttering and cold. Of a green fir-forested hillside wrapped in white powder. Of a sled careening down. Of wind-whipped hair and thudding heart and laughter and—

The memory ends. Jonas is back in his safe and serene, black-and-white world. But he’s been given his first glimpse into something that was lost, something both beautiful and terrifying that was banished so long ago.

. . .

 

Specifically, at the core of this story and at the core of the Community is the issue of euthanasia. Few seem to understand that “releasing” people (from the elderly to the not-quite-perfect babies) to the so-called Elsewhere is actually killing them. . .

 

Religion is among the many things eradicated in the Community, and when Jonas is receiving memories, he sees depictions of unfamiliar expressions of worship: a Christian infant baptism, Muslims bowing to Mecca, paper lanterns rising into the sky as part of an Eastern religious ceremony. And when he rides the sled in his first new memory, he slides toward a picturesque cabin where we hear people singing “Silent Night.”

. . .

I kinda feel for the founders of Jonas’ Community. Their intent, after all, was to create a grand and enjoyable utopia, not a devastatingly grayscale version of an Orwellian dystopia—a land so drained of real life that the world itself has lost its color. They just wanted to live someplace nice. They felt the same frustration that we do when we look at this fallen world of ours. They saw too much brutality. Too much hatred. Too much instability. With every generation, we find new ways to hurt each other and the world we live in. Every day, we find new ways to hurt ourselves.

The Giver believes that if humanity’s given another chance, we could do better. We could make better choices. But the Chief Elder isn’t so sure.

“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong,” she says. “Every single time.”

She’s right more often than not, of course. We do choose wrong. We, as individuals and as a society, almost always choose wrong. It’s in our nature, a nature that’s overwhelmed with sin.

. . .

There’s no foul language in it. No sex scenes. No crude jokes. No gratuitous drug abuse. Hints of youthful attraction and snippets of violence are both restrained in their depictions and used fully in the service of the larger story and moral lesson.The Giver is a challenging film, to be sure. It deals with life, liberty, free will … and euthanasia, after all. But it never once wavers in its responsibility to escort moviegoers onto solid moral ground, to give them loads of positive material to think about and talk through afterwards.

The film focused more on euthanasia than infanticide, but you couldn’t miss the pro-life themes.   I understand that Meryl Streep is pro-choice, so I was surprised to see such life-affirming themes with her in the film.  Perhaps she doesn’t realize how the anti-euthanasia and anti-infanticide themes would apply to the unborn as well?

The approach of the leaders reminded me of Communism (Theme: Hey, once we kill the tens of millions of people who disagree with us, things will be great!).  They identified a problem (people sin) but came up with a solution that made things even worse. Sure, things were better in their world, as long as you stop considering infanticide, euthanasia, drugging people daily, etc. to be wrong.

I loved how it ended with Jonas coming upon a house with people singing Silent Night.  I think Christian films could learn from this.  They often suffer from stilted Gospel presentations, where they might have done better to do something more subtle, natural and artistic.

I also like how the Jeff Bridges character brought back the concept of love, then noted that with love come faith and hope (yes, that’s right out of 1 Corinthians 13).

If you are a movie-goer I encourage you to go see this.

Seriously, you don’t need shaving cream.

I was surprised, but it is true.  Via The Truth about Shaving Cream:

My freedom from shaving cream began twenty years ago after a friend uttered to me — just in passing, in the course of a conversation during meal preparation — the great truth that shaving cream is a racket.

I was stunned. It took many months to process the information. Ever since I have exulted in my knowledge and felt deep pity on the rest of the world for languishing in unknowingness.

Granted, using shaving cream isn’t the most time consuming part of a day and certainly not a big part of any budget.  But why spend money and time, no matter how little, on something that is not only unnecessary but possibly counterproductive?

When I first tried it I thought it would hurt, but it barely felt different from using shaving cream.  I experimented for a few days using shaving cream one side and just water on the other.  No difference.

The only thing I’d add to the advice in the link is to shave in the shower.  Less mess and an easier shave.  Shower mirrors are inexpensive and very handy (here’s one for $10).  Once you’ve done it for a while you just need the mirror to ensure you don’t take a chunk out of your sideburns (uh, not that I ever did that . . .).  The rest you can do without the mirror.

Enjoy your freedom!

Hat tip: Joe Carter

Roundup

ROUNDUP TIME

Chicago robberies drop 20% after concealed carry permits are issued — Great news!  20% less robbery victims is something to celebrate, as is the additional evidence that following the Constitution leads to less crime.  Now if they could just make it less expensive for poor inner city blacks to defend themselves, crime would drop even further.

What is the Apocrypha and what’s it doing in my Bible? — Good overview.

3 Quick & Easy Charts Show Why Burger King Wants to Move From the U.S. to Canada — Before anyone calls them unpatriotic, ask yourself if you would drive a few miles to a different town to cut your taxes by more than half.  You can wring your hands all you like when your customers / taxpayers leave you, or you can figure out how to beat your competitors.

And don’t miss that Warren Buffet is heavily involved with this, despite his faux-“I want to pay more taxes” bit.

DrinkSafe Coasters Keep You Safe from Date Rape Drugs — Bars should also have cameras to detect who does this.  It should be a serious felony with long, mandatory prison time.  The drugs are used to rape after essentially kidnapping someone, so those are approaching capital offenses in my book.

Mike Brown’s rap lyrics — The “gentle giant” sure had a way with words.  NSFW.

How to Stop Being a Pushover

Euthanasia Activists Aggressively Pushing UK to Legalize Assisted Suicide – I assume that anyone who agrees with them had no issues with Robin Williams’ suicide.

Sarah Palin predicted a weak Obama would enable the ‘invasion’ of Ukraine, so Obama is loathe to call it an ‘invasion’ – Too bad the Left was too busy trying to destroy her.

Back in 2008, Sarah Palin warned the world that, if the United States elected a weak-minded equivocator like Senator Barack Obama as its next President, it would embolden Vladimir Putin and spark an invasion of Ukraine.

As she said at the time:

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of moral indecision and equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

Attention gay rights lobby: your feelings aren’t constitutionally protected – As we predicted, the LGBTQX lobby won’t rest until they can force you to participate in their “weddings” even in your own church or home.

Pro-Life Group Asks Tax-Funded PBS to Cancel Film “Humanizing” Docs Who Do Third-Trimester Abortions – The babies they killed could not be reached to comment.

One School’s ‘Horrific’ Sex-Ed Photos Are Outraging Parents — These were even more over-the-top than usual.  The Left is truly taking an in-your-face approach to sane people.

Emma Jackson, Victim of #Rotherham Rape Gangs: ‘They Like Us Naive’– Where are the feminists?!

Julie Bindel (@bindelj) was the first to report on The Rotherham Horror — the vicious sex-trafficking gangs of Muslim men who preyed on English girls, an atrocity officials ignored for fear of “racism” — and I want to begin this by giving her full credit for her work.

One of the things that most shocked me about this story was a simple question: Where were the feminists? Here you have girls as young as 11 being raped and pimped out, and you might think that there would be daily outpourings of feminist rage about it, yet this problem has been allowed to fester for years without decisive official action? Something is clearly wrong in British culture, if political correctness could keep feminists quiet about this savagery.

Planned Parenthood Calling Abortion a “Voluntary Miscarriage” is Patently Offensive — Hey, it is a great argument, provided you can’t see the difference between A and B:

A. Human being dies of natural causes (inside or outside the womb)

B. Human being is deliberately killed by a 3rd party (inside or outside the womb)

In other words, grandma dying in her sleep is just a “little” different than someone clubbing her to death.

Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Help Republicans Look Anti-Cronyism — At least the Republicans have people willing to call out frauds like McConnell.  I’ll never donate to the national Republican groups.

Performing Homosexual Acts With a Different Degenerate Each Day for a Year Is Passed Off as an Artwork — Wait, that can’t be right.  This isn’t what they showed on Will & Grace Modern Family.  (No, I didn’t watch either of those shows.)

Study explains why college women embrace binge-drinking and hooking up – Great stuff.  Read it all.

Once a woman abandons femininity for feminism, then sex is all that she can use to get noticed by a man. Men are like hiring managers, and courting is like a job interview for the job of marriage and mothering. If a woman tries to get the job by having sex with the interviewer, he isn’t going to hire her for the marriage job, since sex has almost nothing to do with the marriage job. Men have to think about things like fidelity and mothering ability when they are choosing a wife. The problem is that thanks to feminism, women have stopped trying to show their ability to be wives and mothers to men, preferring to instead act like men – no emotions, toughness, hardness, binge-drinking, promiscuity. Men may be happy to have sex with women like that, but they do not commit to them. Moreover, if a man is constantly being offered sex from feminist women during his 20s and 30s, he basically loses all the time that he could be training for his roles as protector, provider and moral/spiritual leader. He will never take on those roles if he is handed sex before marriage for free. That is the root cause of the “man-up” complaint that women make. Why don’t men grow up? Because they don’t have to in order to get sex – women are giving them oral sex on the first date now. There is no need to prove themselves as husbands and fathers anymore.

In a previous post, I explained how feminists wanted to get women to drink like men, have sex like men, and to abolish courtship and marriage. Under the influence of cultural definitions of what makes a good man and a good relationship, women began to choose men to have sex with without any consideration of morality, religion, marriage, etc. This results in a cycle of binge-drinking, one-night-stands, cheating, co-habitating, breaking-up, stalking, aborting, etc., until the woman’s ability to trust and love anyone – including herself – is completely destroyed. And yet these college women somehow believe this is is “fun” and “adventurous”, that it makes them feel “sexy”, and that the experience of being selfish and seeing the worst kind of men acting in the worst possible ways, point blank, somehow prepares them for marriage and motherhood. They are told this, and they are so unable to break out of their need to “fit in” with their peers and culture that by the time they realized they’ve been had, it’s too late to fix it. And yet, they themselves made those decisions. They are responsible.

Feminists Courageously Defending Their Right to Another Red Solo Cup – Another great piece on feminism.  How dare people suggest that binge-drinking might lead to undesirable consequences!

The Orwellian Nightmare of university life in the 21st century has re-defined everything to conform to radical feminist doctrine. Students arriving at college ought to be greeted by signs warning them that the Bill of Rights does not apply on campus. It is against the law for an 18-year-old to possess or consume alcohol. Yet if a freshman girl gets illegally drunk at a party, where she meets a freshman boy who is also illegally drunk, and if they proceed to do together what drunk college freshmen have been doing since time immemorial, only the male can be held responsible for this activity. (The penis is synonymous with sexual power, according to feminist theory.) Thus, if the drunken activity is unsatisfactory to the female participant — or if her memories of it are too vague for her to remember whether she enjoyed it, or if the guy isn’t as nice in the morning as he seemed the night before when she was guzzling vodka and grinding with him in the dimly lit frat-house cellar – she will accuse him of rape, and he must be presumed guilty.

How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step — If your “church” mirrors the world, why would people bother attending?  They can get the same messages at school, on TV, in the news, etc.

Every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization on sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.

By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue.

These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people away from church, but that embracing it will also lead people into church. LGBT individuals and their supporters, many of whom hold a dim view of religion after a decades-long culture war, will reconsider church if denominations remove their restrictions on gay marriage and ordination.

But a number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.

Federal bulletin: U.S. facing imminent terrorist attack via southern border — One would have to be extremely foolish and naive or an enemy of the U.S. to support the open borders movement.  There are very, very bad people in the world who can easily exploit our southern border — if they haven’t already.  The blood will be on the hands of the Leftists.

How NOT to Globally Empower the United Methodist Church — The racist non-Christians who took over the national UMC roles are once again trying to exclude Africans from having voting power.

Despite Threats – QuikTrip Has No Plans To Rebuild in #Ferguson — And why would any rational business person rebuild where the locals had stolen or destroyed their property with no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again?  I feel sorry for the law-abiding citizens there.  If any Leftists want to risk their own money to build stores there, be my guest.

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Please watch this outstanding summary of the Michael Brown / Ferguson issue.

On Mary

I got a really creepy email from a Catholic guy who I’ve done prison ministry with.  He actually signed off on the email “In Jesus and Mary.”  He was encouraging people to go to a site called Holy Love, which has alleged direct revelations from Mary, other dead people and Jesus.  Indeed.  Here’s a sample from Mary:

Our Lady comes seated on a Throne. She is in white with gold ornaments on Her Mantle. She says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“Today, you honor Me under the title ‘Mother of God’. I am the Mother of God, but also the Mother of All Humanity. I am the Mother of all who esteem Me and pray to Me. I am also the Mother of all who have abandoned Me. I am the Mother of those who live in error, those far from their salvation and all who promote sin.”

“My Immaculate Heart is the Chamber of Purification where souls can face illumination and conviction in the Truth. Not believing in the Truth does not change the Truth. Conviction of heart is a great grace in any present moment, and must be accepted for conversion of heart to take place.”

“Therefore, as your Mother, I call each soul into My Heart as I tenderly and profoundly call you to realize the Truth of where you stand before God in any given moment.”

Now here is one from Jesus:

“I am your Jesus, born Incarnate.”

“No one can be saved or come into Paradise outside of God’s Divine Will. So it is, through and in this Divine Will, I come to offer the path of Truth which leads you into the Light. If you pursue the Chambers of Our United Hearts, you will live in the Truth and obey My Father’s Commandments. So it is, I offer you a roadmap to Eternal Joy – a Joy beyond all telling.”

“It is easy to disbelieve and thereby discount what I offer, but disbelief does not free you of the responsibility to discover the Truth.”

“Today, you are experiencing much snow in your part of the world. I tell you, some hearts are ‘snowed under’ by error. Holy Love must melt away the error and help them to begin their journey towards the Divine Will. Be the instrument which melts the ice.”

They have hundreds of those.  You can’t take the Bible seriously and believe any of them.  They have Jesus coming to us regularly and telling us to pray the Rosary.  Sure.

CARM has lots of great resources about Catholicism, such as Roman Catholicism, comparing Mary to God.  This is a great list to study thoroughly.  Look how often RCC doctrine is the opposite of what the Bible says.

My challenge for Catholics is to read the Bible for yourself and see how few mentions of Mary there are.  The book of Acts?  One mention, and only to note that she is in the room.  There are zero in the rest of the official recording of the early church history!  Romans?  Zero. 1 Corinthians?  Zero.  And so on, through the rest of the Bible.

We should have the proper view of Mary, which is that she had a unique role and was an obedient servant of God.  But the veneration / worship commanded by the RCC shows how false they are.  I appreciate their pro-life and pro-family views, but their Mary-worship, indulgences, purgatory, justification by works and other heretical views can’t be tolerated.

Also see What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?

On sports

Note: If you like spending time watching sports and it doesn’t interfere with your other priorities, good for you!  This isn’t about being Captain Buzzill here.  I’m just sharing where I’ve saved a lot of time and broken some bad habits.  

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I watch very few sporting events for the same reason I don’t gamble.  In absolute terms, the pain of losing $50 is much greater than the joy of winning $50.  Same thing with sports: The joy of my team winning after a 3-4 hour investment is much less than the irritation of them losing. Same thing for college sports.  Do I really want to let a mistake of some 20 year old on the playing field impact how much I enjoy my weekend?

And consider how in most leagues your team has a 1 in 30 chance of winning the championship.  Even if you are as fortunate as I’ve been as a Lakers / Steelers fan (yeah!), you will still have many more losing years than winning years.

It used to be that your team could win a championship, then you’d read about it for a week or so in Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News and that would be it.  Now you get many times the coverage of every lousy team every week than you used to get in a year.  You can waste much more time than before.

And it isn’t just that these athletes don’t care about you as a person (given that they don’t even know you), it is that they often have contempt for you and your views. At the risk of using a cliche, there is way, way too much information about athletes now.  The more I learn about what they think, the more I dislike them.  Magic Johnson shilling for Obamacare?  Kobe tweeting support for Jason Collins?  (Yeah, because Kobe is the go-to guy for sexual mores, right?)  The Steelers’ owner stumped extensively for Obama just because of his race?  Ugh.  And on and on.

So if you enjoy sports, that’s great.  It can be a great way to spend time with family and friends.  But I found one of the biggest savers of time and frustration ever by being very judicious about what I watch and read about.

Switching gears, how about sports participation?  I’m a huge fan of exercise and its many benefits.  We should all do at least a little exercise.  But hobbies like golf can become their own gods if we aren’t careful.  This was an excellent piece about putting golf in its place.  I’ve known people who golfed both days every weekend then lived with the guilt of drug-addicted kids (possibly unrelated, but . . .).  It is easy to pick on golf because I’ve only golfed twice, and those occasions were under duress (work outings).  As I’ve always said, other than being too time-consuming, expensive and frustrating, golf is the perfect sport.

But before you golf lovers hate on me, I concede that our idol-factory minds can make gods of any hobby.   The challenge is to keep whatever we do in perspective and do it for the right reasons.

So I encourage you to take a zero based budgeting approach with your sports time and see if it is in balance with what you want to accomplish in life.