GO SEAHAWKS!!! Heading to Pheonix Friday morning.
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 09:56:26 PM
#MPSTRONG remember this.
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 08:07:01 PM
Shredding with my man @loganpaul at #sundance #parkcity
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 07:45:07 PM
So, a young man named Devin M. from Learnington, Ontario wrote me a really touching letter that I got yesterday - so touching I decided to track down his parents and him on Facebook last night.
At 14, Devin has faced a number of heart related problems and has already had open heart surgery.
He posed me a number of questions which i will answer here because he also mentions being picked on by other kids at school. So my message to those kids is simple - people like me don't take the time to publicly acknowledge those who seek to boost themselves by victimizing others - those of us with the little blue checks next to our names frequently respond to those who do the opposite - those who overcome adversity with grace as Devin has, those who focus their energy on building up their peers rather than tearing them down. So there's my message to those who might seek to pick on kids like Devin.
Question 1 - My Favorite Song: Its a tough one. I like so many songs and varieties of music I'm not sure i have a favorite!
Question 2 - My Favorite Singer: Tower of Power
Question 3- My Favorite Movie: Glory
Question 4 - My Favorite Guest: Not sure I have a favorite guest - there were thousands and each of them brought powerful stories I think helped those watching at home. Let's go with the concept i'm most proud of, and that is my living well with montel segment each Wednesday.
Devin, keep doing you!
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 07:23:59 PM
It's official @DerrickShelbyII makes me look short. Great seeing you my friend!
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 07:08:54 PM
@repfleming Sir, as one of millions of Americans using medical marijuana as a result of a serious illness, your comments on marijuana reform yesterday, made without so much as an acknowledgement of the indisputable scientific record supporting the medical use of marijuana were offensive and contribute to the stigma many differently abled Americans like me already face.
To say that there is scientific proof marijuana use leads to meth epidemics is beyond irresponsible and flies in the face of the actual data.
Sir, millions of Americans, through no fault of our own, no moral shortcoming (including children) and who have exhausted every other option rely on marijuana as a medicine to treat the symptoms of MS, of Cancer, of Parkinson's, of neurological disease like epilepsy. We are suffering sir, we are already stigmatized and the impart of your remarks is that you don't take our suffering seriously.
We have it hard enough both fighting our respective conditions and with the stigma we already face - to add to that in a cheap talk radio appearance for the purpose of scoring political points is wrong.
We need our Government's help, the full benefit of scientific research unrestricted by politics.
Wrong on the science, wrong on the policy, wrong on tone and worse, excellent at contributing to the stigmatization of those of us facing serious disease.
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 06:17:05 PM
Those of you blasting my feed about what I said about #Benghazi, take a breath. I have said that INVESTIGATING FOR THE 8TH TIME is a waste of money. The narrative couldn't be any more clear as to what happened that led to this tragedy, why there was confusion in the aftermath, and quite frankly what needs to be done to prevent another set of mistakes like this and reduce the likelihood of more who serve bravely in the most dangerous places on the planet are protected adequately.
I will always rely more on the investigation of the Select Intelligence Committees - I was a special duty intelligence officer for my entire military career. Those Committees have the highest of security clearances for a resason - it's so that even the most sensitive of operations can have oversight from Congress, and it gives those involved in such operations the opportunity to be transparent and accountable to Congress - members with high enough clearance that those involved are free to testify without watching every word.
I accept the conclusions of the Intel committee in no small part because I believe they have seen far more than anyone else, I believe they receive more candid testimony, including from covert operatives that cannot testify before ANY OTHER COMMITTEE.
It is not reasonable to expect the national security apparatus to tell us, the citizens everything they know - to do so would risk revealing sources, operatives and methods and that is VERY DANGEROUS. Our measure of accountability comes via the Congressional Intel Committees.The House Committee that issued that report was controlled by Republicans and the report was authored by Republicans. Had this come from the Senate Committee I might feel differently.
My heart hearts for those families who have suffered as a result of this - but continually attempting politically motivated investigations that conclude the same thing is fruitless.
This is too serious to be lumped with the IRS, the VA, the apparent new scandal at CFPB. The focus needs to be on State and DoD getting in a room with CIA and preforming a TOP TO BOTTOM review of Diplomatic post security and protocol for having the right resources in the right places at the first sign of trouble. It's not trying to shoot the moon trying to find deliberate personal failings - the problems were systemic and bureaucratic in nature and we lose the real failures by the conspiracy theories and trying to politically attack people.
What is clear to me is the most hysterical in the bunch have not read the Intel report and its appendices. I respect those who clearly have and disagree with me on a substantive basis.'
I didn't come to this view lightly and unlike some who only agree to express their opinions on these with those who naturally agree with them, I've shared my on Fox and Glenn Beck.
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 02:56:42 PM
So, to the folks who are saying I got #Bergdahl wrong, I said days after it happened (see video) that i had full faith in the UCMJ and those who administer it, and that the military hardly needed help from any of us investigating an alleged desertion. Reports today indicate that I was right.
If in fact, charges are to be filed, it stands to reason that the political establishment would defer to JAG on the release of reports and such. If there is no prosecution, reports should be released. If, as it appears there may well be, there is, we must allow the military prosecutors to control the release of information in whatever way they deem appropriate so as to not interfere in any way with both the prosecution or the Defendant's right to a fair and impartial trial under the UCMJ.
The military is really, really good at this, and I have full faith in the judgement of the military Command authority involved and in the military's administration of the UCMJ. We don't hold trials on social media - we have them in Courtrooms.
One's feelings about the President of the United States must be secondary to ensuring a fair trial - innocent until proven guilty is one of the most fundamental differences between our system and the systems of those who would do us harm.
#vasurge @Montel_Williams on Capitol Hill TODAY
via YouTube Capture
Tuesday 27th of January 2015 02:12:57 PM
BOARDING IT UP IN PARK CITY! Homie hasn't lost it yet!
Monday 26th of January 2015 03:53:37 PM
Not bad for an almost Senior Citizen! In Park City shredding! I do this because it's physical therapy for my #ms - my walking gets better - and I don't pretend to know why - but when I'm on that board - it's like I'm freed from my MS for just a little while - forces my brain and my body to connect it seems - like I said, no idea why - I just know it to be true. My greatest mistake since my diagnosis was letting myself talk me out of boarding for 5 or 6 years. I gave up in a way - that's not who I am, and on the 13th anniversary of my diagnosis I got back on my board. Whatever the challenge - anything is possible - I was supposed to be in a wheelchair 10 years ago. Chew on that.
Monday 26th of January 2015 03:52:37 PM
It is a shame that I have to worry about kids on my feed not because of the kids but because of the behavior of adults. I shouldn't have to make them DM me for fear they will be trolled. I shouldn't have to write this, clearly I do. PLEASE, PLEASE respect the manner in which I use my Instagram account. I use it primarily to keep track of any number of young people I've met along the way (and their families) - I however welcome anyone who is willing to be respectful of the fact the entire reason I have an Instagram account is time and again, history has borne out that an obnoxious subset of adults insist on trolling or otherwise bombarding these kids.
I take my responsibility to the parents of these kids - many who have been through or are enduring tragedy - VERY seriously. These parents have allowed me the honor of getting to know their children and there is simply no greater responsibility than keeping them safe. I am prepared to lose every follower I have honoring that responsibility. IF YOU SEE A POST THAT INCLUDES #__STRONG - please please do not tell me how you hate the president or that every 2 year old should be able to open carry a gun. Maybe instead send a prayer or a constructive / non political reply of support.
IF A KID POSTS AN IDEA ON ANY TOPIC WHATSOEVER - please resist the urge to rapid response troll - I reply to them and may even challenge them to broaden their thinking - whether we agree or not, you do not belittle a kid who had the courage to share an opinion on a matter of substance - PERIOD. Even if that opinion runs contrary to your politics, even your faith. If a kid is behaving inappropriately, I often know where to find mom or dad.
So we are all on the same page:
1) LOOK before you post. I'm tired of seeing people jump down the throats of kids and then plead ignorance.
2) Many of the young people who follow me on IG have endured remarkable tragedy - a significant portion of them are victims of gun crimes - keep that in mind - I have no patience for ANYTHING that even remotely makes what these kids have gone through or are going through harder. That means above all, do not lecture these kids on your views on gun rights/control - neither they, their parents, nor I care about your opinion in that one specific context.
3) I know people get excited about getting me to see things - it's truly humbling - however posting on my IG trying to get me to do something is not the way. Nor is replyinga to unrelated tweets especially those using a hashtag following this format: #____Strong - those relate generally to serious incidents at schools - I will not read anything attached to those out of respect for children who have been through tragedy - there are no exceptions. Post a new thread and I'll be pleased to look ;)
4) MY INSTAGRAM IS NOT THE PLACE FOR BRANDS, AGENTS, PUBLICISTS TO PITCH ME ON BUSINESS OR CAUSES. Doing so will ensure I ignore you. I have a very accessible team - FOR A REASON... My social media is for my fans not a place to pitch me on business ;)
I am blessed that many of these kids' parents are also on my IG, as are their teachers and coaches, as well as a wonderful set of adults who frequently contribute encouragement.
Thank you all!
Monday 26th of January 2015 07:16:44 AM
PLZ RD I know you all enjoy it when I call out trolls on twitter. LET'S REMEMBER WHY because i see some of you, especially my younger followers enjoying it a little too much ;) - I am a public figure, I'm used to getting seemingly random shots taken at me by people I don't know (and people i do) - I'm a firm believer in the First Amendment.
I don't do this because I am offended, etc. It's not about me. I do it because the social platforms provide a quick, easy and semi anonymous way to terrorize others for those so inclined. Let's remember people, especially teenagers have killed themselves over this kind of behavior. So, in essence my theory is to air one way to deal with it - I simply repost some of it and allow the person who sent it to get a dose of their own medicine - but i also do it in a controlled way - if it starts to get out of hand, i stop it.
I'm cognizant of the fact not everyone can manifest the kind of social response i can, but, to be frank, if one kid who is being terrorized online sees one of the times I fight back that it will empower them to go to their parents and get some help.
Monday 26th of January 2015 01:18:39 AM
#SeeTheAbiity - @rjmitte and I breaking it down! (breakfast was served in the other room - the bacon was prepared to his liking).
Sunday 25th of January 2015 07:59:49 PM
#AHSLoveMovement SHOUT OUT to Arlington High School @ahs_connect for being there for your #MPStrong friends. You may be rivals sometimes - there are lot of things more important than sports - Integrity, compassion, dignity. You earned my respect the night the end to the MP game was on Sports Center - you guys cheered them on even though you lost a heartbreaker - some things are more important than winning. I'm impressed. Keep it up. Keep being there.
Sunday 25th of January 2015 01:40:17 PM
#InspirationSunday #MpStrong this is the recipe for moving forward - never forget ALWAYS focus on what's next not what happened yesterday.
Sunday 25th of January 2015 12:55:43 PM
#InspirationSunday so #MPStrong is it possible to have the picture on the left exist in reality? Think of the picture on the left as the notion things are completely okay, that you should just be magically able to move on and suddenly be okay or the notion it's possible to "just forget." The picture on the right is the way life actually works - life has ups and downs, it doesn't exist in perfection and it is rarely simple. It does mean getting to the other side is a bumpy road but that lack of perfection, simplicity is also what makes the rest of life beautiful and worth living.
Sunday 25th of January 2015 12:54:13 PM
#InspirationSunday I promise #MPStrong this really is true - you are already further along the path than u know.
Sunday 25th of January 2015 12:48:54 PM
ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO READ THIS AND SIGN IT. @bryanreed636 has been trying to join the military for 7 years. It's worth Command reviewing if for no other reason than trying for 7 years shows seriousness of purpose
John McHugh: Let Bryan reed into the U.S Army Infantry
Theres only 1 thing I have ever wanted in life and that was to earn the American Flag to put on my sleeve, but sadly that might not happen. In middle school a "Doctor" told me I had anxiety and ADHD. I was put on medication for 8 months then taken off of the medication and told I had no sign of eith…
Sunday 25th of January 2015 02:45:55 AM