Friday Stream of Consciousness – 158

Chargers, Media, Trump, & Fitness

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning:

  • This is the first Stream I’ve published in a while. There is a really profound reason: I haven’t wanted to.
  • Early in my blogging career I used to write even when I didn’t want to. These days, I write when I have something to say. Even then I sometimes do not write.
  • I decided some time ago that while I would allow this humble column to express some things I didn’t feel had a place in other streams. It would be written as a stream of consciousness. Virtually no editing. But, I also know when someone actually says what on their mind in a stream, stuff comes out that doesn’t bless others, push their thinking, etc…and simply adds fuel to the various fires raging today.
  • I don’t want to do that.
  • Even today.
  • But, what am I going to do…never write again?
  • Nah.
  • What is worse: ignoring the Old Testament altogether or using it in cut-and-paste fashion for one’s own purposes rather than it’s own purposes?
  • I’m not getting younger.
  • Baseball season is almost here, and I caught some of the World Baseball Classic with a friend last night. I’m going again today.
  • Last night we sat in what appeared to be the Dominican Republic’s family/friends section. Several brought pots with huge metal spoons to bang all night.
  • It made a cowbell sound at the volume of a jet engine. Sounds cool, right? Not if they are right behind you. But…it was a great experience to have everything in the park and on the speaker system in Spanish for a night (Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela). I felt like I was in another country, and it was a really great experience.
  • As I watch the “media” (I use the term loosely these days) duke it out with Trump, I’m torn…like if I ever had to watch the Cowboys play the Patriots. I don’t who I dislike more. I think I’d pull for the Cowboys? Would I?
  • I know I have a problem with the media generally (deceit, bias, incompetency, fabrication, hyperbole). My issues far predated Donald Trump. I’m working on them.
  • I’ve done media interviews a number of times and had them misquote, fabricate, pull comments from context, and get even my name wrong. They aren’t careful—in my experience.
  • These days, their bias has nearly reached the level of disorder.
  • Often, when someone has a problem I ask them if they can put it in a sentence to clarify what the root issue is. So, let me see if I can do it (I can’t): The media is willing to do whatever it takes in how and what it reports in order to see its own ideological ends met. The end justifies the means—and those ends are sometimes ignoble.
  • For people in power who have constitutional protections you and I do not (the media), I’m thirsty for someone to hold them accountable.
  • I’m generalizing about the media of course. Not all members of the media are that way. I have some friends in the media I respect greatly. However, generally, I believe the American press has demons it must exorcize to regain its soul.
  • They said they would do some deep soul-searching after the election. Crickets…
  • I decided to check out the front page of the five largest newspapers in the country this morning. All five ran anti-Trump stories on the front (the New York Times had four) and had at least one anti-Trump editorial. None had anything even remotely neutral toward him in either location.
  • Continuing a theme…I have noticed a correlation between media consumption and anxiety over Donald Trump. I wonder if we limited our media input—would we still have the same fears?
  • Some would say that’s just burying your head in the sand. But what if that was pulling it out?
  • I had to break into my own house last night. I felt guilty. Why?
  • Manchester by the Sea…depressing, brilliant, great soundtrack.
  • Boycotting the inauguration is clownish and lazy. That builds no bridges. That tears down no walls. It only burns and builds. That sort of petulance is a big part of why Trump will sleep in the White House tonight.
  • No matter how ugly he gets—his opponents usually get uglier—and make themselves less likeable than he is. No matter how petulant he acts, they act even more childish. They can’t get out of their own way—and neither can he.
  • Las Vegas predicts the Padres will win 66 games. Fangraphs predicts roughly the same. That sounds about right to me.
  • I picked Gonzaga to win the NCAA tournament.
  • The Chargers left San Diego. Those who live here know the Spanos clan well…and what the journey has been like over that last many years.
  • Let me say this…I really dislike the hyper-regulated California obstructionism to development of all kinds. That isn’t what happened here.
  • Dean Spanos moved the team for money. Period. End of sentence.
  • The stadium was just an accessory. I do believe the city could’ve done more sooner. However, once moving to Los Angeles became an option, it was over. He tried to do it before the vote even happened, remember. So, let’s admit he wanted to go to Los Angeles for the franchise value—so he can sell to Bob Iger in a few years. He doesn’t care much about the city or the fans.
  • Dean Spanos showed his true colors (they weren’t hard to see before) in how he left…not just that he left. He couldn’t have chosen a less classy way to do short of setting Qualcomm stadium on fire before he left. I’m convinced he had no recent intent to stay in San Diego. Voters had one hastily thrown together resolution put before them—and only the City of San Diego got to vote on it.
  • I’m about done with the NFL and its “values.”
  • Somewhere along the line we lost our ability to work and play with anyone who sees things differently on the political scene. This is our single greatest cultural affliction right now. Without the ability to work together, we can’t work at all.
  • Anxiety in the face of challenges often causes opportunity-blindness.
  • Non-anxious leaders navigate chaos while others are paralyzed by it.
  • Within most leadership challenges is a hidden opportunity. Focusing on the opportunity is the best way to overcome many a challenge.
  • I’m a big fan of recommending marriage counseling when it’s needed. However, what most marriages need is spiritual guidance, strong Christian friendships, and mentoring. Some need counseling…but fewer than we often think.
  • The same goes for most people we shuffle off to counseling first without trying other things. Spiritual guidance, close friendship, and mentoring goes a long ways.
  • But, where will they find these guides, friends, and mentors?
  • The new Ed Sheeran album is great.

What are you thinking about this morning?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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