Archive for October 2006

Self Defense

October 31, 2006

//Yes Yes, I’m sure there will be people reading this and going bananas over the American gun toting hardcore thuggery or whatever they came up with this time, goose-stepping myrmidons perhaps, but the truth is the truth. And reality is pretty hard regardless of how flubbery others wish to become.

I guess now it is the time to do self-defense 2nd Ammendment redux. In light of that, I just checked my email.

Here is something you might be interested in, Bookworm.

Danny mentioned something similar before, basically that martial arts take years to even approach perfection, and it is not a time sensitive solution to self-defense. Tae Kwan Do for example, only tests for self-defense techniques, for like which belt, 5th rank? They aren’t exactly training the people in advanced techniques suited for killing in defense of your life or the life of others.

What I’ve seen, is that martial arts teach predominantly discipline. A mental outlook. It uses friendly and safe competition in order to improve, and practice techniques that would otherwise hurt people who didn’t know what to do. Like Judo and learning how to fall down, you really can’t spar with someone who hasn’t learned how to fall correctly, cause you might injure him. That would be bad for practice, and without practice, you will find it hard to improve your skills.Those who get up to several “Dan” levels in the black belt circles, probably do have the years in order to react instantly with muscle memory. And that matters a lot in battles to the death. Your reaction speed, and first strikes. But even then, it still isn’t a practical self-defense program for the average woman or man with a job and kids.

So, here comes America, with the American philosophy and the 2nd Ammendment. Can’t learn martial arts? Then get a gun and learn how to shoot it! That is the popular solution, but it never exactly satisfied me. Basically because I was always a believer in that people should be weapons, not pieces of equipment. The Marine philosophy in a way.

If you know of Tony Martin in Britain, then you know just having a gun doesn’t mean you are going to be able to use it correctly. It takes a certain mental focus. A lot of Americans have this focus, but not the techniques or skills or the training. The Left has a great solution for this problem. Basically, their position is that because you can be disarmed and use a gun incorrectly and what not, then this means the government should ban guns and that way nobody would be individually responsible for their own protection. The future police state will be adequate to protecting people’s personal safeties, the Left thinks.

Not my cup of coffee.

This sounds more like my kind of drink, however. Read it.

http://mattfurey.com/weapons.html

You must NEVER look for violence… but you also must NEVER have a problem bringing it to the table… meaner, harder and more effective than that bigger, stronger psycho trying to scare the crap out of you with his “Mad Dawg” act, waving his 9mm in your face.

Tookie, maddog enough to shoot you with a shotgun at point blank range while you on the ground, boy.

I’m constantly amazed at how people deal with the ever escalating likelihood that they are going to face unavoidable criminal violenceS often when they’re unprepared and unarmed, and facing a very ready and very armed goon set to dust them if he doesn’t get what he’s after:

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Suddenly the arm bar that was so easy to execute on a willing opponent in class… is way too complicated to even remember.
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The mace that was effective on that dummy in practice… is now hopelessly buried in the bottom of your purse.
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That kick to the groin you perfected on soft mats… is nearly impossible to execute with a car door in the way.
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And the shiny new handgun… loaded with most all your courage… is safely locked in your home right by your bed with the trigger-lock securely fastened.

Now what?

I’ll tell you what.

When the unthinkable happens… when you’re face to face with destiny… you must be able to pull out…

Muscle memory and bypassing the freeze effect in battle is pretty critical. Nothing different from the way they train soldiers, to reload and shoot, without even thinking about it. Their muscles already know what to do, even if their brains are still trying to catch up.

Certainly this guy has adapted such principles to self-defense. As far as I know, in martial arts it takes years to develop the body memory in order to react automatically. But the thing is, after years of martial arts discipline, your brain is already pretty much trained to do what you need to do under fear. And it still doesn’t mean you will know what to do when it goes on.

This program is designed tailor made for people who are beginners, to highly advanced. Just like Combat Conditioning. Always bring a gun to a rock fight, Bookworm, but always keep a backup contingency plan in case you don’t got that gun and you can’t bring it because the criminal did a first strike against you.

I write this because, all these Lefties coming in here and other places, belittling and sneering at America’s love affairs with guns, little guns, and popguns. Or whatever they call our weapons that we use to defend ourselves against the rioting mofo bas turds.

They are not going to burn me in a bus, not without me crushing a few tracheas in the process if I can. I can’t promise that I’ll live, but I can at least guarantee that somebody is going down with me. A gun is not the only weapon available to me.

As a believer in Aristotelian virtue philosophy, I hate injustices. It angers me to see the strong oppress the weak. As it should anger any good human. Anger is a weak word to describe what I have felt at times.

What this Larkin guy said about the new business he got after 9/11, is pretty interesting. It is another side of the story, that the blogosphere just doesn’t see, most probably because CEOs don’t blog that often. Security problems and time constraints, you know.

In a way, I have the fake liberals to thank. Everytime I saw on a tv screen or a movie or some mumbo jumbo news article, that a woman or a man had become a “victim” of this that or the other, and that this means we should forgive the criminal and go easy on him cause it wasn’t his fault. I had a hankering to eviscerate the little criminal guys. And it really burned to always see those kind of people “get off” without their just deserts. And my just deserts are very, very, sweet.

Look, if the philosophical principle behind the First Ammendment is that with more information, the better decisions people are able to make, then the principle of the 2nd Ammendment is this.

To always be prepared to obliterate any and all enemies that threaten you or your own, so that you will always have the freedom from fear and the freedom of speech, guaranteed by yourself not the gov mint. When I say obliterate, I don’t mean cripple by shattering their knee caps, I don’t mean knocking them unconscious with one of those silly Hollywood punches. I don’t even mean using a wooden stake and ramming it up their arse, to leave them to die in the sun. (that punishment, I’ll reserve for when the state has some terrorist prisoners) I mean inflict so much pain and damage, that they would rather kill themselves, than live another moment in your presence. It is not a game to me, I think I’ve made that clear. If the situation does not require certain actions, then don’t use them. If it requires that the Marine getting attacked by 2 teenagers and one female, all armed with weapons, to kill the girl to stay alive, then so be it. If you have to do it in a brutal fashoin that causes lots of screaming and shock and blood that splatters unto your enemy’s faces, then so be it. Whatever is necessary. Moral high ground, need not apply.

America isn’t just Gun toting mofo retards, you know. The Europ weenies and their Leftist allies seem to think that the “gun” is the “weapon”. No.

The weapon is in your head people. France can have 1000 nukes, but if the rioters paralyze their police force and army, then it doesn’t matter what guns you have if you can’t use them. Strike the mind, and nothing else matters.

The program I linked to, is pretty good in its principles, and the background looks solid. I haven’t tried it out, but then again, I’m not doing this for my benefit. But just to give you, Bookworm, and anyone else more options in their self-defense. One size does not fit all, but one should keep trying, after all. I already know that speed and power comes from your leg work, stance, and stepping. Given ranged weapons and knives, I guess it is very very important to be able to quick step within an opponent’s guard, so fast that he cannot react. The more power to weight ratio in your legs, the faster you become and the more powerful your blows are when you step foward on an offensive basis.

I myself train on that predominantly. By working my triceps via pushups, and getting the calve strength up, it allows for quick bursts of speed and blows. It isn’t as good as that father pushing his disabled son through triathlons and marathons, but still.

Bruce Lee pretty much said the same thing. In a fight, you cannot depend upon any school of martial arts, or “technique” you might have learned. Because those techniques are too rigid, it cannot be adapted. Bruce Lee, if you see his basic art, focuses on interupting attacks. Not blocking them. He focuses on the maximal positioning, doing the right things NOW so that the end of the battle ALWAYS goes in your favor. Being as water, using the intercepting fist to intercept, not block or attack. Instant attack, instant defense. Always adaptable, as water when in a container, but focused and hard as ice when attacking. It is more of a philosophy, than a school of martial arts. Larkin seems to be saying that he teaches principles, which to me means philosophical concepts. Why do you need to Do X, Y, Z, in this situation?

This requires people to figure out ALL the right moves for you, which Larkin seems to have done. He’s trained SEALs, he has spent the decades necessary figuring out what you need or need not do. You don’t have to experiment, you don’t have to guess, all you have to do is to learn the age old wisdom that other people have already figured out for you.

One Reason Why Lawyers are Disliked

October 29, 2006


Exhibit 2: Universal Studios presumably decided to greenlight the movie Serenity largely because the series it’s based on, Firefly, had such a rabid fan base. To take advantage of this, they provided an unusually large amout of artistic and promotional material and encouraged fans to participate in the marketing of the movie by setting up web sites and printing bumper stickers.

Bad endings for both exhibits. Who are these lawyer’s bosses, and did the lawyers get the bosses to do this or what?

Insta has some more updated material here, concerning Firefly. This here is a podcast with John Scalzi, which Instapundit seems to like.

Justitia Photo Blogging

October 29, 2006

Go to her site and look through most of the archives, cause her pictures are very serene and impactful.

Army Video

October 29, 2006

Great Army Recruitment Video, but it is for something else.

From Instapundit.

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

October 29, 2006

Cross posting from a Bookworm comment section. Mostly because of this link, I wanted to save. It is a very nice book about Japanense culture, which I think is a way to acquire wisdom about the current war as well. Here is also a relevant link to Blackfive, concerning a subject I brought up below. People are fed up with the passive Bush administration and US High Command. They have enough loyalty and dignity not to openly attack Bush because of their disgust and distaste, but it is only barely. And it is of course, a recommendation for America, not for Bush, that Americans are still so restrained and polite. What is funny is that there’s another book, with a reversed title. Sword and the Chrysanthemum

I get confused about it as well, don’t worry.
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I’m listening to Duncan Hunter on Fox right now, and he knows his stuff. Chairman of the Armed Services Committe.

Hunter not only has good points, but his delivery is spot on.

Such things as America recovered from the 9/11 economic hit, and such things as going into Japan and Germany, setting up a free government, and then leaving. Iraq isn’t some new fancy thing America has never done before.

The only thing I would disagree on, is that we didn’t leave Germany and Japan, which Hunter implied and claimed that we did for the last step. 3 steps. Invade then setup free gov. Get military up to protect gov and people. Leave. Japan didn’t have a military because we were their military by agreement, and the German military is on and off again. Our bases are still there, and a big part of our projected force.

So what we are doing in Iraq isn’t new, but it isn’t the same old same old any idiot could do, like the Democrats implied.

In Iraq we are creating a real military. Defined as a force that is combat tested, blooded, and hardcore for the fighting. Not what we did in Germany and Japan. America doesn’t want to leave Iraq, America wants to win, winning as defined as “the enemy becomes obliterated and is unable or unwilling to kill Americans”. Whether that means you kill 90% of the enemy or 10%, doesn’t really matter to Americans. Just that you do it. So this means America has to use all the knowledge we learned from Japan and Germany, and apply it to the new challenge in Iraq. Government programs should be setup to study how America dealt with Japan and so forth, get the Vietnam guys back as well, we want to know their stuff as well. Bush should get on the stump and talk about how important it is for every American and servicemember to read The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, a government funded research book. In fact, he should send free copies out, and get it out on the net. America hungers for new ideas, to combat the miasma of media propaganda and depression out of Iraq. The hunger is so great it is beginning to consume whatever is available.

The less Bush talks about killing the enemy, the lower his polls get. Just natural. Bush talks about how he knows his job is to protect America. No, Bush, stop talking about protection, instead start talking about how many people you are going to execute and blow up, that threaten America. That is what Americans want to hear, that is what we need when we see American casualties.

“Dead or Alive, Osama bin Laden”. Either you’re with us, in which you will be alive, or you are against us in which we will invade and kill you. That is what Americans want.

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Sure, people have problems with the Republicans. But as Americans, their duty is to find better solutions if they do not like the current ones. They betray not only their duty to themselves, but their entire nation, by being wanton children interested more in instant gratification than survival.

This Hunter guy had the gall to tell Bush to send in all the Iraq battalions to fight in Baghdad, on the basis that more fights/battles equals a better military force. How dare he offer good advice when the Democrats are busy confusing Bush and making Bush waste his energy on their interests.

Comment by Ymarsakar | October 29, 2006

JihadWatch

October 21, 2006

A reply to Ali’s post.

I find it impossible to believe that the human race may ever be free from prejudicial and biased thinking.

But why would JihadWatch (or a reader of it) be interested in Muslim activism against Muslim oppression — that would destroy the entire (weak) thesis on which Jihad Watch rests, namely, that all or most Muslims are dangerous.

That is only one of the examples of things humans continue to do.

I simply think that people should follow proper blogging protocol. It’s possible that Reader James doesn’t know such protocol (which is the most likely excuse forthcoming). That’s fine Reader James, I let you off the hook. I am not blaming JihadWatch, however, they couldn’t have known the link was jacked.

Look. If you care about blogging protocol, why are you letting people who you think violated it, off the hook? And why do you ask questions about why JihadWatch didn’t cite you when you already know the answer to that question? And if you aren’t blaming JihadWatch, why are you using a post titled with a question you already knew the answer to, as a vehicle to cast aspersions and accussations on JihadWatch?

This does remind me of the Iraqi bloggers attacking Iraq the Model for their post on the Lancet Study. Instead of combining and uniting against a common foe, they would rather have an internecine war. Instead of finding commonality against Iran, I find people more eager to pick apart the differences and enlarge them beyond reason.

Treason Doth Never Prosper

October 20, 2006

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
Ovid

Andre was the courier between Arnold and Clinton regarding the closing of the deal. With his ship forced back by American troops, Andre was sent on foot back to British lines with a pass from Arnold as well as documents for Clinton in his sock. He was captured and placed into American custody when the documents were found. Arnold heard of his capture and was able to make his escape…to the same ship, the Vulture, which Andre had arrived on. Andre was put on trial, and met his death as a spy. Arnold defected to the British and received substantial remuneration for his defection. These included pay, land in Canada, pensions for himself, his wife and his children (five surviving from Peggy and three from his first marriage to Margaret) and a military commission as a British Provincial brigadier general.

The British provided handsomely for Arnold, but never completely trusted him. He was never given an important military command. They moved to London where he found no job, some admiration and even some contempt. He moved his family to Canada where he reentered the shipping business. The Tories there disliked him and had no use for him, and eventually he returned his family to London. When the fighting began between France and England, he tried again for military service, but to no avail. His shipping ventures eventually failed and he died in 1801, virtually unknown, his wife joining him in death three years later.

TREASON DOTH NEVER PROSPER

IF IT PROSPERS, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.


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