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August 16, 2018

Audio Recordings - Omarosa, President Trump and Billy Graham

By Glenn Mollette

Perfect people will never work in government. People make promises and look good in television advertisements but people are people and that always means human error.

A good person can easily say the wrong thing at the right time. Often people say things they meant at the time or didn't really mean at the time. People slip up.
An old preacher used to say that what is in the well will come up in the bucket. This is a true statement. However, if you stir up the well you will create a miry mix that will go away if you let it settle back down.

Who is one person that never thought a bad thought or said something they later regretted? I know what you are thinking we all have that one person in mind who seemed flawless and possibly that person may have been close to perfect but they were not.

According to the Bible Jesus was the only person who lived a life without sin. The same book says all have sinned but it did not mean Jesus had sinned. Yet, Jesus said and did things in his day that got him in a lot of trouble with even the very religious devout. The religious group was very much in favor of crucifying him because they did not approve of most of what he said and did.

So, there you have it. If Jesus couldn't make everybody happy then who can make everybody happen and the answer is no one.

Lot's of people do not like President Trump. Lot of people did not and do not like other past Presidents. This is life and how it goes. You can't please everybody and most of the time you can't even please the majority.

Omarosa Manigault was wrong in spending most or all of her time recording The President and others. Apparently she has a lot of recordings according to her. Sneaking around with a recorder in the White House is bad business. This is one of the places where top-secret stuff is supposed to be happening. And now she is selling a book? The publisher and Manigault should be arrested and tried for espionage. What spies would be allowed to run around in Russia, record Putin and then sell it worldwide? They would be executed. What about North Korea? You would never hear from the person again.

We believe in free speech. However, it should be a serious crime to record conversations in The White House. If the President or anyone is recording let it be known, "You are being recorded," up front. If Omarosa had declared she was recording everything I bet she would have been fired much earlier.

States have different laws about recording conversations and videotaping. In some states it's okay if one person knows and in some states it's not okay. However, regardless, in most cases if you secretly record someone on private property or a private setting you are most likely to get into serious trouble.

I realize we have the Nixon tapes. We heard things on the Nixon tapes from a February 1, 1972 conversation between Nixon and Billy Graham about the Jewish people that were appalling. Graham was horrified by his comments when the tapes finally became public in 2002 and he asked for forgiveness. Most of us thought Billy Graham was perfect but he slipped up at least that one time.

Most everybody slips up one time. A recorder whether audio or video might catch a slip but remember everything can be edited and spun however the producer of the recording wants to spin the story.


Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.

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August 10, 2018


By Glenn Mollette

UNCOMMON SENSE GLENNUNCOMMON SENSE GLENNI started out thumping on a mandolin and then a guitar when I was child.

My brother had a mandolin and so I learned a few chords and then eventually learned a few chords on a guitar. My first cousin James Webb across the road where I was raised in Stidham, Kentucky taught me G, C and D, E and A and I was on my way.

I played music and basketball as a kid and not always in that order. Music was something I could do regardless of the weather and basketball was just great exercise and fun. I only had one television channel and watched plenty of TV but my hobbies of music and ball were clean and entertaining. My father found things for me to do to like mowing lots of grass with a push mower and cutting bushes on hillsides. Life was good.

I had some friends I played music with growing up. We weren't that great but we played music together for hours and had a lot of fun. Music or playing ball never got us in trouble. Our energy was focused on being creative and having good fun.

I put my guitar down when I was about sixteen. I had played for about eight years and was getting better. I had a cheap electric guitar that came from G.C. Murphy's and James; an instrument craftsman today, eventually made me one. By the time I was eighteen I had given up music and traded that guitar to my brother Clyde for an eight-track tape player. Yes, really stupid.

I started speaking in church when I was sixteen. Yes, I was too young but youth always excels and is greatly sought after. Churches and organizations are starved for youth who stand up and demonstrate leadership. By the time I was seventeen I had an old car and was driving everywhere preaching sermons and speaking to church groups. Several small churches called me to serve as their pastor and they all came back to life. I enjoyed it. I still enjoy it today. After 40 years I still am thrilled to talk about God's grace and love in most any pulpit in America. I have not found any place today that is not starved for grace and love. For fifteen years I have been privileged to work with men and women around the planet who are training for Christian service and ministry. I have a great privilege.

However, as I said many years ago I had laid down my guitar. Most of the church people were glad about that because I didn't play traditional church songs. Over the years I totally lost my ability to sing in front of people. I actually tried a few times and I was a nervous wreck. I had lost it. The old saying is true if you don't use it you will lose it.

The way to get better is to keep trying. Over the last five years or so I've sung in front of several groups and messed up plenty. However, in the process of trying I've regained my confidence, which is the coolest part of it all. It's been like climbing a mountain in a way.

I may never sing in front of a group again and we never know. However, I don't worry that much about messing up. I just have fun. Doing something we enjoy is what it's all about.

Find something to do that inspires and motivates you. It may be writing, golf or gardening. You need a meaningful hobby and an outlet of your energy. Have some fun; it's good for you.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.

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August 8, 2018


LEXINGTON, KY—A spokesman for The Family Foundation said today at the Louisville Forum that current efforts to try to allow sports betting by statute will not work. "In order for anyone to legalize sports betting in Kentucky, they will have to amend the state's Constitution," said Martin Cothran.

In a panel discussion with State Sen. Morgan McGarvey (Louisville), who is one of several state lawmakers discussing authorization of sports betting by the legislature, Cothran pointed out that the state Constitution only allows for certain forms of gambling, and sports betting is not one them.

"Our Constitution allows only three kinds of gambling: pari-mutuel wagering on horse races, a state-sponsored lottery, and charitable gaming. Sports betting does not fit under any of these," said Cothran.

"A Constitutional amendment involves passing a bill in both chambers of the General Assembly by super-majority," he said, "and then putting it on the ballot for voters to ratify."

Cothran also pointed out the inordinate impact legalized sports betting would have on the poor and underclass.

"Like the Lottery, which, I think we all know derives much of its revenue from people who can least afford it – will take from the poor and give to the rich,” said Cothran. “ And for the state to share in the take is simply a regressive tax."


Martin Cothran is the Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation.