Ninjabread Man…

ktadmin Posted in Entertainment, Reviews
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You read it right, Ninjabread Man is here! While it reminds me of The Mr. Bill Show this game is pretty cool for the Nintendo Wii. Released on October 2 this new adventure is rated for everyone though playing the game may increase your appetite…not sure why…


Ninjabread Man

So check it out today and if you have it share your comments

ALERT – Social Security, IRS Refund Scam

ktadmin Posted in Identity Theft, Self-Defense
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All scam artists are scum but this one is really low. Some scams take advantage of greedy people or people who think they are looking to rip someone else off. This scam targets senior citizens, the sad part about this scam is the victims get warned before they get ripped off but they ignore the warning! Guess they may fall into the greedy category after all but I still think this one is low. Here is how it works:

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), someone approaches an elderly citizen and asks if they have filed to get the tax back on their Social Security benefits. They tell the victim (the Social Security beneficiary) to get a 1099 from Social Security so that they can file the income tax refund for the beneficiary. The beneficiary requests the last 3 years 1099 statements showing their Social Security Benefit. The SSA has no choice except to give them the information because it gives them the total payments they have received. (here comes the warning I mentioned) The Social Security Administration does tell them that what they are about to participate in is a scam. Few believe them — or want to. The tax preparer files three years’ tax returns showing SS benefits as income. They put in the standard deduction and come up with a refund amount. The beneficiary files the tax return. The Internal Revenue Service sends them a refund. The beneficiary pays the preparer between $40 and $100. IRS realizes the error and either takes the refund out of the beneficiary’s bank account or sends a demand letter for the refund. The preparer has gotten their money and has moved on, while the beneficiary is out the amount of money paid the preparer and must repay the “refund” to IRS. For more information, visit: http://www.ssa.gov/.

Now I don’t know about you but that sounds like a lot of work to do for $40 to $100! For all the time and their risk you would think the scam artist would want more for their time. Well no one said criminals are smart, just the ones that don’t get caught. The one thing that this report forgets to mention is that the scam artist also walks away with your social security number, date of birth, signature, and if they are crafty a copy of your driver’s license…that is a self-made identity theft gift pack!! So as always protect yourself and for goodness sake use some common sense because if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is!

World’s Youngest Karate Master

ktadmin Posted in Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Video
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What else can be said?

Create Yourself!

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing, Training notes
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Create Yourself

 

Here is an interesting fact for you:

Every year you have a completely new body.

How?

Because in the course of one year every cell in your body dies and is replaced.

Make you think doesn’t it?

Prayers and positive thinking are like sun light to flowers in this process.

Meditation Point #99

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes, Reviews
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“Like dogs, some folks will go with whoever feeds ’em. Makes you think.”

Robin Hood, Sherwood
Parke Godwin

I just finished reading the historical fiction Sherwood. In the book is the above quote which stuck with me, especially since it is true. It also struck me that points of reflection can come from anywhere. This entire book was truly a point of reflection dealing with friendship, loyalty, justice, struggle and the reality of life and the concessions we must sometimes make. This book is a perfect blend of historical accuracy and high adventure. Godwin’s characters are real people, caught up in extraordinary circumstances and set on paths they never dreamed of. Along the way, there’s courage, betrayal, blood, pain, romance, and glory.

One of the central and reoccurring themes is how people react in a given situation and why. This sets this book apart from other historical novels. The above quote is an unfortunate truth we see daily whether at the office or at a sporting event or in our friends date (never our own!). We see the above quote most clearly in our histories. Perhaps I will add my thought later on but at the moment I remain silent. Today I leave it to you the reader to decide if the above sentiment should be insult or compliment? How do you react to this statement?

The Greatest Fight Ever!

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This is perhaps one of the best fight scenes ever. Here we see Benny the Jet and Jackie Chan go head to head. Karate Versus Kung Fu! 5 minutes with two of the martial arts giants of our time demonstrating some of their skills. Benny the Jetisn’t as popular as Jackie Chan but his talents and contributions to the Martial Arts are equally as important. Enjoy this incredible video:

Meditation Point #98

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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The turnip farmer points the way with a turnip.Issa

Perspective, one of the most important things to gain in life. Our perspectives are derived from our experiences. In life we have ourselves and our experiences. Our Self emerges from our experiences and our reactions to those experiences. The problem is that the world is a large place filled with a multitude of different people with different experiences. What is interesting though is that there seems to be a finite number of ways the Self can emerge. We either seem to devolve into “sin” or self-indulgence or we evolve toward selflessness. Often this path a conscious choice similar to the different paths chosen by Siddhartha. For people who are not introspective life develops more like a ship without a rudder finds its course.

Perspective and introspection are important counterparts vital to our development. Introspection aids us in finding ways to better understand ourselves and gain perspective from our experiences. Thus introspection is crucial for our perspectives to become more diverse.  Perspectives increase our understanding not only of our own life but of the lives of others.  Understanding breeds empathy.  In a heightened state of understanding or empathy  we can communicate with people in terms which they can relate.  So no longer would the turnip farmer only be able to point the way with the turnip.  He would speak to each person in terms they understood seeing the world through their eyes.

That may seem like a strange reflection to many of you, but it is my perspective.  Think on it while you train and perhaps the next time you are in a conflict you will see the world through the eyes of your adversary.  And in that moment of clarity perhaps you will see a way to communicate and avoid the conflict.  But in case that doesn’t work… Train hard and kick their butt!!

Duck with Apple Corn Bread Dressing

ktadmin Posted in Recipes and Health Facts
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A Friend gave me some duck (which I like) and after making this recipe decided it worth posting here. It probably isn’t the most fat free meal but it is really good. If you don’t like Duck don’t despair the stuffing recipe is amazing all by itself! Enjoy…

  • 6 duck breasts filleted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Place duck breast in skillet. Add water and butter. Cover and simmer 20 minutes until tender.

Remove lid and continue cooking until water evaporates.
Add apple juice and cinnamon. Simmer an additional 15 minutes.

Remove duck and set aside while preparing dressing.

Thicken apple juice with cornstarch and set aside to serve over dressing.

APPLE DRESSING

  • 1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
  • 2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz)cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk

Bake cornbread as directed on package. Set aside.

In a saucepan, in a small amount of water, cook apples, onion and celery till tender. Drain.

In a large bowl, mix together the cooked apples, poultry seasoning, egg, butter, soup, milk and the cooked cornbread.

Place half of the dressing in a small casserole dish. Add duck breasts. Cover them with remaining dressing. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Equality in Domestic Violence

ktadmin Posted in Articles of Interest, News, Self-Defense
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This article was reprinted here with permission from the Author.

Domestic Violence: A Danger To Men And Women Alike

By: Anna Blaise

Originally Posted: 10/31/07

The term “domestic violence” is generally linked with violence against women in today’s society. But what isn’t usually thought of is the fact that men are victims of violence in relationships as well.

A recent study by Daniel J. Whitaker, Ph.D., Tadesse Haileyesus, M.S., Monica Swahn, Ph.D. and Linda S. Saltzman, Ph.D. of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, showed that men and women can be violent in a relationship and that injury occurred more often than not when the violence was reciprocal.

“We were interested in understanding the phenomenon of violence in relationships,” Whitaker said. “A lot of other studies noted that a lot of partner violence is reciprocal and this is the first [study] that looked at whether or not violence was worse when it was reciprocal.”

Silence is no defense against violenceDr. Whitaker and his colleagues took 11,370 respondents from the samples of the 2001 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to survey. Out of these respondents, 24 percent of all the relationships had violence in them and 12 percent of those violence were from both men and women. The study also showed that when the violence was reciprocal 28.3 percent of the time injury occurred.

“In our study, our findings showed that the more violence was reciprocated, the more injury occurred,” Whitaker said of the study’s findings. ” Another important factor was the fact that women and men alike started these violence and led to an escalation of violence which in turn led to injury.”

Whitaker said this finding is important to note because reciprocal violence was more dangerous for the victim, both men and women alike, than nonreciprocal violence in a relationship. Therefore, when violence occur because a woman initiates it, it’s as dangerous as when men initiate it because that violence can escalate more and become more serious. Two-thirds of the time, the victim is a woman.

The study also found that men in relationships with reciprocal violence were reportedly injured 25.2 percent of the time, whereas women in relationships with nonreciprocal violence were reportedly injured 20 percent of the time. Also, among the relationships with nonreciprocal violence, women were reported to be the perpetrator 70.7% of the time.

Whitaker said these conflicts that involve violence happen because some people in relationships do not have any communications strategies.

“[These violence] happen because of conflicts that escalate out of control,” he said in the report. “If people can learn relationship and communication strategies, it would decrease a great amount.”

The president and attorney of the National Coalition of Free Men, Los Angeles chapter, Marc E. Angelucci, said he is not surprised at all by the findings. Angelucci, who started the chapter, said he is angry that the media does not cover the fact that men are as much victims in violence of relationships as women are.

“[The study] does not surprise me at all because as far back as 1975 the National Family of Violence industry, which is feminist leaning, has not yet publicized the male victims and has only cited the figures for female victims. That has gone on decades and there is a long history to this, documented by Professor Linda Kelly of Indiana State University School of Law. Today, almost 200 similar studies have already been done and confirmed the same [findings as Dr. Whitaker’s study] more or less.”

He added, “When you look at the social science instead of just the crime data, you find the only serious differences between the sexes with regard to domestic abuse is that men are much less likely to report it and that women suffer more physical injury on average.

“But men sustain about one-third of the injuries and children are psychologically damaged by witnessing it regardless of injuries. So the difference in injuries should not be an excuse to ignore any victims or downplay female violence at all as some try to do,” Whitaker said.