Monthly Archives: February 2013

Almost no good news for Tim Tebow fanatics

Things are darker than hell in Tim Tebow land right now, and I haven’t seen a positive article about him in weeks. (Yes, I have a google search set on him, and no, that doesn’t make me gay. Or, does it?)

But finally yesterday my daily alert came up with something other than his Christian values or lack thereof, depending on where you stood regarding whether he should have spoken at the anti-gay church. He canceled that talk, and was thoroughly ripped from both sides for either caving or still being a Bible-following idiot.

Anyway, here’s the best (and only) news I’ve seen in weeks: Tebow article that’s not about God. (Hope you appreciate my headline…)

Realistically, it seems there’s almost no chance Tebow will start this next year, and very little that he’ll actually even be a QB back-up. And yet, I’m still convinced he’ll be a starter. If not this year, then next.

Why?How can Stan believe something that literally no analyst believes.

No, you moron, I don’t think it has shit to do with Jesus, miracles, or any other Biblical reason. I just still believe he’s absolutely nuts and hardcore crazy about practicing and hard work, and as someone who tries to be the same, I believe that kind of work ethic pays off. (If it doesn’t, someone please tell me. I’d rather stop now and chill than keep up this pace for nothing.)

So, we’ll see. But my bottom line is this: Keep me in the Tim Tebow optimist column. (And, no, before you go there, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help, Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.

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A fellow dreamer from my old high school

I post this video in honor of a friend I knew in school, but not real well.

I went to high school with this guy, but we weren’t good friends or anything.

Still though, I love to see a fellow nobody, raised in the brutal hallways of inner-city Fulton High School (in Knoxville), with practically no chance of breaking out of the cycle, dreaming big and chasing his dreams with every ounce of energy and passion that he has.

Guys like us have the odds stacked against us, and we lack connections and will probably statistically speaking never “make it,” but we’ll for damn sure fight and claw and pull and work our way as high as we can up the summit, reaching from root to tree to loose rock, till our fingers bleed, till our muscles cramp so bad that we can’t climb anymore, and then we’ll hold on for as long as we can.

And if we can muster the energy, we’ll reach for the next toehold. And if we fall, we fall with pride, for we tried. We stepped away from the crowd. We ignored the laughs and the jeers. We fought the good fight.

I love you, Joey. I hope you make so much money that you don’t know what to do with it. That you throw some scholarships out to some future kids who want to break the cycle, as well.

Never give up. Never. Give. Up. NEVER. GIVE. UP. F–king bring it, and tear the house down.

You can do this. You motivate the shit out of me.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help, Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.

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New medal for cyber warriors and drone pilots over-rated

I’m with the VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, on this new new medal for cyber warriors and drone pilots.

See story here: VFW Wants New Medal Ranked Lower.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help,, Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.

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10,000 hits!!! Are you kidding me?!

I passed 10,000 hits on my website yesterday, which totally made my day!

And that’s not me — or someone else — hitting the “refresh button” to run up the score. (I know this because I’ve tried, and believe me, this is a good thing… Otherwise, I’d spend half my day hitting the refresh button working hard to build up my fragile ego…)

Now granted, many of those 10,000  hits came from some of the same people. (April Snellings, Embattled Farmers, T. W. Dittmer, ekimp252, Phillip McCollum, and Gus Sanchez to name a few (plus many other friends who don’t have blogs and lurk anonymously but aren’t tracked by the wordpress site statistics — from which I lazily yanked this info.) But despite my regulars, this still means I have this neat little cyber hang out where me and my friends gather and talk about stuff, and others drop by pretty regular.

And best of all, for whatever reason, you all keep coming back! Maybe it’s because I’m on the edge of being a total train wreck and you’re just waiting for the crazy, funny meltdown. So, you’re just here to nab a quick screen capture when it happens. That’s okay. I’ve laughed at some serious meltdowns myself. I’m probably due one, but I’m getting off the point.

What I like to think is that at least a few of you, well, sort of, kind of, you know, like me. You find me funny. (I hope.) Or you think it humorous that I’d threaten to pistol whip one of America’s most revered Generals, as I claimed I’d do in my first post ever. Quote:

I’ve got ambition that would make Patton fall in line and shut his stinkin’ trap. (And if he didn’t, then I’d grab one of those damn unauthorized pistols out of his holster and slap him across the face a few times.)

Or, maybe you find it humorous I go bat-shit crazy over veteran issues, such as when I sort of went off the deep end on a simple movie review about a movie that really shook me…

Act of Valor: A movie review turns into a full-blown rant

Or, maybe you just love that a businessman who eats ambition and goal setting breakfast, noon, and night would fall in love with such a guy as this:

Homeless surfer dude turns huge hero

Or, maybe you connect with my deep-ass side of me that’s all serious and philosophical, like when I wrote this post…

What kind of impression are you making? My reflections on the death of someone I knew.

Whatever it is, I really appreciate all the friends I’ve made on here. You all really do feel like family, and if we were together right now, I’d buy you your beverage of choice. Actually, probably two. I’m celebrating after all!

But seriously, I really, really appreciate all that you all have done for me. Your friendship. Your encouragement. Your companionship. Your support of my dream.

So, thanks, which sounds a little lame, but what else can a man say? And call me crazy, but I’m about certain I’ll meet a good deal of you in my travels to come. We’ve just shared too much the past year or so not to!

And remember this: You all knew me when no one believed in me. There will be many more to come (if I’m lucky), but a man will never forget who had his back when having his back wasn’t easy or cool.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help,, Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.

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The 7 Habits of Calmness

I’ve been neglecting sharing my Eastern philosophy of late, but I won’t beat myself up over this. (Beating myself up over this is a Western response, after all.)

So, I will instead congratulate myself for sharing all the Eastern philosophy that I already have shared to date, and remind my friends that follow my blog that you can at any time click on the “Eastern philosophy category” at right and get dozens of posts on the topic that you may have missed. (Likewise, you can click on any other category and get the same results. I particularly suggest clicking on the “Motivation category” since it’s a Monday and you could probably use a healthy dose of it, after you get done reading the habits of calmness below.)

And with that, here’s today’s dose of Eastern philosophy: The 7 Habits of Calmness.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help,, Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.

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