The Truth About Guns

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This is the most lucid, intelligent, civil, well thought-out objection to current Gun Control proposals.

The Moral High Ground…

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A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case perhaps 55 million .

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Ron Paul Martial Arts Master!

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While I am not a Ron Paul supporter, I do support this video…

That is how you keep government spending down and deal those wasting government funds!

Political for a Day

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I try to stay neutral topics here though I slip from time to time.  Today it seems important to make a few statements.  First I’d like to share a very insightful piece I found on democracy…

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage”

–Alexander Tytler

Of course contrary to popular belief we do not live in a Democracy, we live in a representative Republic.  Splitting hairs yes but an important distinction all the same.  Given the above insight I thought it also useful to share the following:

I didn’t know our current President, President Obama, was the first to do so many things. I guess that’s what leadership is all about. He is the:

· First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
· First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
· First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
· First President to violate the War Powers Act. .
· First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .
· First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
· First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
· First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
· First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
· First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. .
· First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
· First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
· First President to terminate America ’s ability to put a man in space.
· First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
· First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
· First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
· First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
· First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
· First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
· First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
· First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. .
· First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90 to date.
· First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
· First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
· First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.
· First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.
· First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
· First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
· First President to repeat the Holy Qur’an tells us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
· First President to take a 17 day vacation.

Well as you can guess I am not a supporter of the Democrats or the Obama Administration.  Neither do I believe there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republican Establishment.  The fate of this great nation lies with the People, and given the current decay of our society that is not a great reason for hope.  Only time will tell, I love to be surprised but doubt I will be.

Thoughts on the Wall Street Occupation

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This post is a little late and I almost deleted it but the movement looks like it coming back with the warmer weather.  While I doubt the OWS movement ever take serious hold, I will post this…

Let me say I am encouraged to see people finally getting involved in the process of government.  Unfortunately these people are NOT getting involved in the process of government.  When this movement started I read their manifesto, I like to be informed and understand what I am talking about.  The OWS movement has so many slogans that it is easy to find something to agree with.  That is part of problem, lots of platitudes without a lot of detail.  The danger is you gain the support of the masses where everyone of the “masses” has a different understanding of what they are supporting.  Groups that have used this method of motivating people to their cause are among the most notorious in history.  The communist uprising in Russia and China had similar beginnings, interestingly the OWC movement is openly run by self-proclaimed communists and anarchists.

In reading the OWC manifesto I continued to read the comments section and was struck by the response to people who were critical of the movement in a non-hostile way.  I found the ‘Liberations’ comment slightly disturbing as when he/she states “…to go further than the founding fathers did. It aspires to correct the short-comings of back then…” and then states “…more negative and hateful comments are on the way, with the sole intent of discouraging and dividing us. However we already know about these efforts and shall not let them affect us.”.  It would appear that one of the short-comings of the founding fathers was the freedom of speech.  Rather than listening to each comment and applying critical thought he/she wants us to close our eyes and blind ourselves to the views of others.  That is the wish of dictators/elitists/fascists, to silence anyone who disagrees with them.  That is how you motivate a mob, not change.

Anyone who suggests the work of the founding fathers is not valid or needs to be reworked does not have the best interests of this country or freedom at heart.  Freedom, a word many use but few mean.  Often those speaking mean ‘my idea of freedom’ where you must live a certain way.  Not that we deserve our freedom, increasingly people are willing to hand over their freedoms without even a thought or objection.  Most people do not even carry out the one responsibility they have for the freedom, to vote.  Yet, that does not negate our right to freedom, let us remember that it was a minority that forced us down the path to freedom.  But do the 1% have the same selflessness of the founders?  Are they truly fighting for liberty for all or for their own idea of liberty?

The problems we face today are of our own making.  While I am supportive of these “gatherings” I am not supportive of their approach; they seek to blame others.  Everything that is happening today is a result of a complacent “We the People” who have failed to watch dog their elected officials or who have been all to happy to turn a blind eye for some personal gain or benefit (jobs/SSN/unemployment benefits/food stamps/health care/etc).

This movement does not need to occur outside the system, it should change the system from within, unless you feel “We the People” would never support what you are suggesting.  Which I believe is the case.  The OWS movement don’t seem to understand how our system works or how to affect change in it.  Most people involved support the very corporations they rally against through the products they use.  I am the first one to admit that the odds are not in our favor the system is corrupt but not broken.  However, I have never shied away from a fight with bad odds when it meant standing up for what was right.  Being right is important, being right is difficult, but without it the foundation of your movement is weak.  The OWS movement was supposedly started as a retort to the Tea Party movement however the Tea Party has maintained a unified voice in a non-violent, non-destructive manner.

Those are my thoughts, perhaps this will change the way some people look at the problem.  But then again, no need to listen and apply critical thinking, since I do not agree 100% lockstep with you, my voice doesn’t matter.  Close your ears and carry on…

Hot Lead Self Defense

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Before sharing the following perhaps I should make a few things clear…

I am a Martial Artist and as such I believe in defending yourself, regardless of the means.  I am a firm believer in the Right to Bear Arms as a protection from evil and government alike.  I believe in exhausting ALL reasonable avenues before exercising force.  History has taught us that force is rarely necessary if you have a strong position/posture.  Unfortunately there are those who will always seek to impose their wishes upon you through intimidation and force.  Think England v. Colonists, Hitler v the World, Serial Killers v their victims…

While I have set a serious tone the following list is mostly humorous, with a side of food for thought.  Read it, enjoy it, add to it in the comments section…

Here are thirteen things to remember when carrying your weapon or deciding to:

1. Guns have only two enemies rust and politicians.

2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.

4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.

5. Never say, “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.

6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.

8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets . . . You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, because it’ll be empty.

9. If you’re in a gunfight:

– If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.

–  If you’re not loading, you should be moving.

–  If you’re not moving, you’re dead.

10. In a life and death situation, do something . . . It may be wrong, but do something!

11. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

12. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.

13. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.

This list is not original.  Google had no information on who authored this.

Government Run…

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The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. Our government had 236 years to get it right and it is broke.

Social Security was established in 1935. Our government had 76 years to get it right and it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938. Our government had 73 years to get it right and it is broke.

The War on Poverty started in 1964. Our government had 47 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. Our government had 46 years to get it right and they are broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970. Our government had 41 years to get it right and it is broke.

The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. Our government had 34 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

Our government has failed in almost every “government service” they have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

How can so many Americans believe Obamacare will be successful…or our occupation in the Middle East…or meddling with capitalism and our economy?

Only an idiot would trust the federal government!

Thanks to Denney Crane for posting this on his blog, it was to good not to cross post.

Thomas Paine – Self-Defense Expert

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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
— Thomas Paine

I chose this quote because today, Feb. 9th, is Thomas Paine’s birthday.

The above is a good conversation starter for discussing the responsibility of citizens for their own self-defense… Thoughts?

A New Hero

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The following video is off topic but worth sharing for the clear and truthful picture given of our current relations with China and our economic picture.  I have a new hero because of how truthful, honest and unabashed the presentation is.

In this following video clip, Wolf Blitzer is called out for pandering, he isn’t none to happy, no more so then the Wizard was when the curtain was pulled back!  What is surprised me was who did it…The Donald!  No, not Donald Duck, Donald Trump!  I am posting this video because every word that Trump says in this video is pure GOLD.  The man didn’t pull any punches and he does it in a way we should all strive to do, truthfully and honestly without the mean spiritedness or sarcasm that is to often born out of ill motives and/or fear.

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Point and match…

Sticks & Stones & …Words?!

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I got this notice in a Barnes & Noble advertisement (along with links to anti-bullying books).

OK, I know as a Martial Arts instructor and Self-Defense advocate I should be totally on board with the new Politically Correct drive to stop bullying, but this just goes to far.  I am very against this type of campaign.  I have never been afraid of words, haven’t met one yet that could do me any real physical damage.  Today our children are taught to treat words as dangerous tools, weapons capable of causing great personal injury (minus the bruising).  Though in fairness I should note that the term bully is being used interchangeably with bullying and picking on.

We are officially living the in Bizarro word of Seinfeld, Up is officially down, hot is now cold, sticks and stones won’t hurt you, and Men are the new Women.  Hmmm….  As a society we are failing our youth by …wimpifying them!  Some prefer the Pu..ification term but this is a family blog so will stick to Wimpification.  How far can we turn away from reality before we are forced to face that which we pretend can be solved with a slogan.  What is the point of this new campaign against bullies?  Bullies exist and will continue to exist forever…period.  Maybe tomorrow they will just speak in a nicer tone.  So what is the point?

Perhaps a better campaign would be ‘Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones and Names Will Never Hurt You‘.  Some moron forgot the Never and no one called him or her on it.  I know I am being harsh and probably ruffling a few feathers, to bad.  What we should be teaching our children is threefold; believe in yourself, stand up for yourself, and; keep things in perspective.  I know some are saying…Huh?  Let me explain.

Believe in yourself – Have some confidence in yourself.  You do this by knowing who you are.  Unfortunately many kids are brought up in such a void of morals and beliefs that they are encouraged to discover who they are, like they are lost?!  So what is a child to do who is given no direction or sense of self?  That’s right, listen to their peers.  If their peers tell them they are great, well then they must be.  If their peers tell them they are a loser, well they must be.  The PC (politically correct) crowd like the former but not the later situation.  The problem is not everyone can be great.  Perhaps it would be better to raise our children know who they are so that others will not have that much effect on them.  (Notice I said ‘that much’ as I understand it is impossible to completely unaffected).  But if the child (or adult) knows who they are and has a sense of their worth, they can knuckle down and get through this unpleasant chapter in their life (being bullied/picked on).

Stand up for yourself – But what if the person doesn’t back down?!  Good question.  We all win and lose some fights, the important thing is how we walk out of the room (chin up or head down).  I can speak from personal experience here; at a certain point it is much better to stand up for yourself.  I advocate defending yourself anytime someone touches you in a threatening way, no hesitations, you take control of the situation.  I am not advocating fighting over an insult or comment, take the source and ignore it.  That leads us to the final point…

Keep things in perspective – I always ask my students this question “do you value this persons opinion?” they invariably say No!  If you react to words then you must really value the opinion of the Bully’s opinion.  Though if you do not believe in yourself (see the first point) you might just hold anything anyone says about you as a possible truth. But if you stand up for yourself by not being affected by mean spirited words you can walk out with your head held high, chin up.  There are to many techniques to cover now on deflecting insults and such.

Bullying and ‘Picking-on’ each other is a normal part of growing up.  It is the ugly truth.  Should we step in and engage kids when we can, yes but not at the risk of making them a bunch of wimps.  There is an old movie, The Bells of St. Mary’s, that shows the differences of how things have changed.  In the movie Father O’Malley and Sister Benedict differ on how to handle the school wimp and the school bully.  The Sister adopts Father O’Malley’s approach, she helps the wimp stand up for himself.  If we simply correct the Bully, the wimp is still just a wimp without a bully.

Perhaps that is something you will think about when (if) you listen to what your children are being taught the school of political correctness.

And let’s not forget to place the blame where it really belongs for raising abusive bully’s…their parents…bully’s don’t just happen, they are raised.  Regardless we have to learn to deal with Bully’s…