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A Lesson on Losing by Dominick Cruz – Former Bantamweight UFC Champion January 20, 2017

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In light of the responses to the recent presidential election and the bombardment of media commentary and celebrities acting like petulant children who lost at a game of checkers, I felt it was appropriate to post a very insightful interview by a classy fighter.  Dominick Cruz has been a top tier fighter for over 10 years and was a two time bantamweight UFC champion until his recent loss.  During the interview Dominick showed immense class when asked about his loss.  This is a lesson for us all and for our children.  As Mr. Cruz so eloquently states: “Loss is part of life.  If you don’t have loss you don’t grow. This (losing) isn’t tough…this is life.” 

Chris Mark Endorses Marco Rubio for President! February 6, 2016

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MarcoPresidentOK..since my latest brushes with fame on CNN and the National Review maybe the idea of me ‘Endorsing’ any candidate, much less Senator Marco Rubio, is a bit overblown 😉  That being said, I do want to post about why I think the Mr. Marco Rubio is the best option for President in 2016!

I have watched every presidential debate and every ‘town hall’ and I have come to the conclusion that I believe Marco Rubio is the candidate that is best suited to lead our great nation for the next 4 (or 8) years.

While there are no doubt policies that Marco and I disagree upon, the concept fostered by Nobel Prize recipient Herbert Simon of Satisficing comes into play. While we may not all agree on all issues, we evaluate alternative and decide upon the best option.  For this reason, I can say that whether I agree with Mr. Rubio on all issue is irrelevant as I agree with his position on the major issues and that is more important than minor disagreements. (thank you Auburn University for my BA in Poli Sci!)

I think Marco represents more of what I believe that our country needs with a conservative executive than any other candidate. So, what is conservatism?  As detailed by Mr. Rubio conservatism consists of three primary points: 1) Free Market 2) National Security and 3) Limited Government. (particularly Federal Government).  I agree with all three of these points.

More importantly I find Marco to be both honest, smart, fair, and a man of conviction. arco Rubio is clearly very smart and very well read on the relevant issues.  Unlike some of the other candidates I do not hear a lot of “sound bites” in his responses and he will speak to the issues with both passion and experience. I listed to Mr. Rubio talk about the issue in the middle east and instead of regurgitating the same tired nonsense of “carpet bomb them” he spoke intelligently of the issues between Sunni and Shia Muslims and how that impacts national defense! This is not an easy topic to learn and takes a lot of study to understand.  This demonstrates to me that Mr. Rubio is the type of President I think we need!

Some may see Mr. Rubio’s passion and his tendency to speak quickly and directly as less than ‘presidential’ but I see a person who is in the race for the right reasons! We need more passion, intellect, and frankness in the office. While many have emotion and passion for the job, I like Mr. Rubio’s intellect and education. I have yet to hear him asked a question where he simply regurgitates some sound bite for political expediency. I like people who stand tall and admit mistakes and own their flaws. Marco even made a reference to his boots that were ‘too tall’ (I could use a pair of those, as well)..
I am using my 15 minutes (14 are already spent so only 1 minute left) of ‘fame’ to Endorse Marco Rubio for President of the United States!

To donate to Marco’s campaign please click here!

Chris Mark

“A Victory?…for Democracy?”…Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyption Presidency June 17, 2012

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It was just announced that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi was leading and expected to win the Egyption presidency in the first election since the removal of Hasni Mubarak from the Egyptian presidency.  Egypt was one of the countries that revolted in the Arab Spring of 2012.  Interestingly, Mr. Morsi is being elected in a democratic election.  What is the significance?  Many in the US have labored under the belief that if given the choice ALL people would choose a government similar to the US.  In 2003, at the National Endowment of Democracy, President George Bush said:

“This freedom deficit … has terrible consequences for people in the Middle East and for the world. In many Middle Eastern countries, poverty is deep and it is spreading. Women lack rights and are denied schooling, whole economies remains stagnant while the world moves ahead,” Bush said.   (more…)

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