Monday, December 31, 2012

When You Should be Armed

When I grew up, guns were a part of just about every family.  My family went target shooting in the mountains, which was fun. As a kid at a friend's house you might see a gun on the table and you would no more touch it than you would mess with a wallet on the table.  It wasn't so much they were dangerous as they were personal.

I recall seeing people walk into banks armed, merchants depositing the days receipts.  And in the early seventies I saw rifle cases in classrooms at a small Jesuit College that had a competition shooters club.  Nobody thought twice about it, any more than they would a tennis racket or a pair of skis.

I am not armed because I am a conscientious objector, I am not armed because I am a klutz. The first victim in a gun fight with me would be my foot.  The commandment is "thou shalt not kill" not, "thou shalt not game-on."  Jesus sorted out merchants who should have known better, since merchants are the most blessed in society, but he did not kill them.  Malefactors warrant game-on, but not death.

If you have the time to train regularly and the skill to pick a target and hit it without collateral damage, and you are invincibly ignorant regarding the law against taking life, then you should be armed.  All of those conditions mean very few people would be armed. Those few randomly distributed gunners would be necessary and sufficient to deter the cowards who head straight to mandated no-gun zones to kill those who cannot by law defend themselves from these perfectly sane murderers, who rationally pick gun-free zones to conduct their murders.

Although I reasonably feel unsafe when I see "law enforcement" armed I never feel quite as safe as when I see private citizens armed.  There is nothing quite as heartwarming as dropping in on a friend who is cleaning his 1911 after time at the range.  Or interrupting a posse of hunters who are checking their rifles before heading out into the woods.  Armed citizens!  Heartwarming!

Last century 56 million people were killed by their governments in countries that had civilian gun bans.  Switzerland had zero, where civilians are obliged to be armed. Sauerkraut, brats, beer and a rifle and no cops for a hundred miles.  Ach, Gemutlichkeit!

If you believe there is a right to kill aggressors, then it is your responsibility to provide for the killing, and not by paying someone else to do it.  When seconds count, the police will be there in a few minutes.  Those people in the schools depended on the police and the federal gun-free zone law to protect them.  That is the lesson of the Sandy Hook shootings.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Why Have Police?

So here is yet another example of police thuggery, giving a skull cracking beating to a belligerent suspect (who apparently was not involved in the hit and run of which he was suspect.)  We are told we need police to keep people from getting out of hand in dealing with each other, and to make arrests to let the system deal with criminals.  But here we have judge, jury and executioner times three dealing out street justice.  So the question is, if with cops we just get street justice, why not eliminate the police departments, knowing we will yield street justice anyway?

But when two Seattle Police Officers drive drunk, crash, hit and run and attack fellow officers....  absolutely nothing.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Get an Education, Skip the Diploma

Look at this website that purports to encourage young people to finish high school.  It helpfully has a Spanish version too. It is a powerhouse of website development excellence.   How come the Army is sponsoring the website?

An education is extremely important in life, and education ought to be a lifelong pursuit.  Encouraging people to learn is a very good thing to do.  And to what ends do we want people to be educated?

I've seen other separate ads encouraging you to get your GED.  Careful.


Success in any branch of the Military depends on a good education, and a high school diploma is most desirable. Candidates with a GED (General Education Development certificate) can enlist, but some Services may limit opportunities. It is very difficult to be considered a serious candidate without either a high school diploma or accepted alternative credential. In any case, staying in school is important for entering the Military.
Since the Army cannot take people who do not have a basic education, they have an interest in seeing people complete high school.  So they can take them.  For a coountry that was founded on the ideal of no standing military, we have gotten far off the rails. I find this objectionable.

The army wants soldiers.  It cannot take you (for now) if you do not have a high school diploma or a GED.  Now, it is very possible to have an excellent education without every having a high school diploma.  Or a college diploma for that matter.  So if you desire to stay out of the military, it might help to get your education without every getting a high school diploma.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Conscientious Objection to Involuntary Commitment

So the Connecticut shooter acted out when he learned he was to be committed.  So what is so horrible about being committed in USA?  Read Thomas Szasz

Warfare queen Michael Medved say he believes any correlation between psychotropic drugs and mass shootings is urban legend.  He said these drugs are good.  He is a paid shill.

Here is a short list.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Should People Arm Themselves?

I have no objection to anyone arming themselves, especially women.  Conscientious objection is only for conscientious objectors.  If everyone else wants to be free-riders on conscientious objectors coat-tails, that is fine with me.  People forget the one last point she makes. Hop on!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

John the Baptist to Soldiers

Luke 3:7-14

King James Version (KJV)
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Fr. James V Schall on Pacifists

A Jesuit priest asks:

When I saw the “War Is Not the Answer” sign, I said to myself, “what is the question to which war is not an answer?” Is there no question to which war is the only sensible answer? Must we be pacifists and draw no lines in the sand? Does nothing ever need defending? Can we choose not to defend what needs defending and still be honorable? If war is not the “answer,” what is? How do we rid ourselves of tyrants or protect ourselves from ideologies or fanatics who attack us with their own principles and weapons, not ours?

Confronting evil is an act we must do, and conscientious objection is in relation to evil.  It is where we start. Our counsels of war are chaired by Jesus. It is odd a Jesuit writes a major piece and refers not once to Jesus.  But what the good reverend is advocating is have someone else confront evil, not himself.  Pass it off to others, as in 1 Samuel 8.

And this curious comment -

The answer to the question of why a Muslim man or woman will blow himself or herself up is not simply political or military. Aristotle said that if someone is willing to die in the process, no one can really prevent him from trying to kill us. Augustine had a similar problem with the fourth-century schismatic Donatists. A Muslim who blows himself up along with 15 others can pretty much rest assured that this type of weapon will not be used against his own people.

If we can simply drone kill from Denver, why would we send in suicide bombers?  In WWII the first people to suicide bomb by crashing their planes into ships were USA pilots who could not otherwise get their risible weapons to work. Frustration drives people to crazy ends.

Now the Jesuit has a unique view of USA weapons:

Nuclear and conventional weapons, in fact, have become so accurate, so downsized, so controlled, that all the elements of the just war theory devised by the most scrupulous moralist are in place and in operation. One might even argue that current American weaponry is constructed the way it is precisely in order to live up to just war concerns. 

So just war is built into the nuclear bomb?  This moralist is too scrupulous for that. We might pardon this line since it was written in 2004, but it is sad this topic is not up for debate in polite circles.  If one sells out, one can expect fame and fortune in this life.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

10,000 Five Year Olds

How come people shoot up schools?

Because gun control laws outlaw guns in schools.  Cowards don't want to face opposition.

What causes people to do something like this?

The common thread is the psychotropic drugs that were designed to get people to do things they normally would not.  Start there.

We need more gun control laws to stem this violence.

Gun controls laws take violence to enforce.  How does more violence create less violence?

Europe has strict gun control laws, and this does not happen there.

Yes it does. Norway. Australia. France.  Germany. Austria.  Finland. On and on.  Gun control laws don't matter. The common thread is the drugs designed to get people to do things they normally wouldn't.

We must do something!

Yes,  Did you see US troops are massing on the Syrian border?

Did you know our secretary of state said 500,000 dead Iraqi children, which must include at least 10,000 five year olds, was "worth it."

No one here wept for the 10,000 dead Iraqi five year olds.   We must do something.  End the wars that kill so many 5 year olds.

God's patience is ordered to our salvation.  If an when that patience ends, the 27 five year olds in USA might seem to be the lucky ones.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Day Eight, After Fast

Health care starts in the GI tract, the gut, and as I fast I take a lot of acidophilus and drink probiotic kombucha, etc. Lots of liquids are necessary during a fast since all systems are still go, and they need irrigation to clean out the bad stuff.  Whizzing clear after day three or so is a good sign.

 Day seven I feel strong a revived, with the systems light and energetic.  I bought a couple of drinks at an AMPM minimart, popular electrolyte mineral enhanced designer waters.  I've had these many times and always enjoyed them  On day seven two sips of the first one and I am about to experience toxic shock.  So I put that back in the fridge, and tried the other.  Just as bad.

See, even though I eat organic and hippie and all that, as defined by the state, there is still so much nastiness in our food chain that we just adapt.  So when my system was running clean, it told me those designer waters were not for me.  Now I know.

So here I am on day eight, and as I start to eat, with some regret, a crab salad with oil and vinegar and a hard boiled egg, some pugliasi bread, and coffee, easy does it,  my system responds to the incoming nourishment and delivers all of the nutrients to my system.  I feel like I could kick King Kong's ass.

But at the same time, I am in control of my passions, and would instead sit and chat amiably with him should we meet.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day Seven of the Fast

I'd forgotten I'd blogged on fasting just over a week ago, sheeesh, it must be harming my memory.  But it has been a busy week.

I'll repeat a point, and that is one point of fasting is to be able to say no to impulses, and not be ruled by them.

I am reminded of this when reading an article on prostitution and the military (click on his google books link) in which an army officer said "If a man won't f*ck, he won't fight."  Well, it depends on what you call f*cking, and what you call fighting, sir.

People love to believe the military protects our way of life, especially right wing Christians.  They putatively acclaim life and family values, but at the same time offer up their children in "sacrifice" into a service that necessarily condones prostitution, substance abuse, violence, killing and all sorts of other vices.  No wonder more service people die at their own hands in suicide than at enemy hands.

So when the officer says "f*ck" he means, as in the book quoted above, the soldier who frequents the prostitute whose quota is 100 men a day. These are men who if not in the military would be courting a young woman, getting married and raising a family.  But since right-wing Christians are driven to worship the military, their children get steeped in prostitution, substance abuse, violence, killing and all sorts of other vices.  They come back and cause problems "unto the third and fourth generation."

If you want a fight, fight yourself and grow up.  Control your food intake, and then control the lesser drive for sex.  And in so doing, come to see war for what it is.   If we want less prostitution, substance abuse, violence, killing and all sorts of other vices we need to teach our children to fast, not sacrifice them.

The officer was implying that any soldier who did not require a prostitute was a degenerate, as the term was once used, but that is arguing from a definition where prostitution, substance abuse, violence, killing and all sorts of other vices is the norm.

There are people who make love with their wives and raise a family and fight the good fight.  But the officer nows nothing of all that.  Because even though on the books the military defends family values and the American way, it really promotes prostitution, substance abuse, violence, killing and all sorts of other vices.

Otherwise, these two officers would be in jail.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Bob Costas Doubles Down On Gun Comments

After the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, Bob Costas said: "In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? ..... If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

After Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday on a charge of intoxication manslaughter because his teammate, Jerry Brown, died in car accident, Bob Costas said: "In the coming days, Josh Brent's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? ..... If Josh Brent didn't possess a car, he and Jerry Brown would both be alive today."

And spoons make you fat.  It's not about guns or cars or spoons it is about responsibility.  If you have a gun, match it's power with responsibility, so with a car and a spoon.  Some 8,000 die by guns each year, 40,000 by cars.  Depends on who is counting. But the point is responsibility, which takes human action, not the tool which does nothing but await human choice.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Just War

Here is a lesson from one of the experts...
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Conscientious Objection to Darwinism

Gary North puts it in perspective....

They come in the name of neutral science. Science is never neutral. They come in the name of neutral education. Education is never neutral. They come in the name of neutral civil government. Civil government is never neutral.
Then they escalate their claims. Ever since 1981, it has been illegal for any tax-funded school to teach creationism. This has been extended to intelligent design. So, the Darwinists have used coercion layered on coercion to promote their viewpoint.
The civil authorities make education compulsory: coercion. Then they tax all groups to pay for the schools: coercion. Then they subsidize specific groups' agendas: coercion. Then they ban rival views: coercion. All this is done in the same of science.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tufts Caught In Secret Medical Experiments In China

The United States rules on Human Subjects allows the president to issue a secret order to use humans as subjects in secret medical experiments without their knowledge.  This is a crime against humanity, but par for the course for USA.  Nonetheless, such schools as Tufts do their research overseas where they can take advantage of unwitting school children to test out frankenfoods on kids.

Tufts made a mistake when they took a secret experiment to China.  What USA allows, even the Communist Party forbids:

Wang Yin, a section chief of ZAMS, was sacked by Zhejiang provincial health authority.
Yin and Wang were punished for failing to inform the school children and their parents of the fact that the rice was genetical-modified, and concealing the truth from relevant authorities and the school, according to the statement.

When the Federal Government was caught in the infamous Tuskegee Experiments, no one went to prison.  Emboldened, scientists made things worse now in USA.  Until people go to prison for this activity, like they do in China, it will continue.  We need scientists who are conscientious objectors. Feel Free To Email This To Three Friends.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Resistance And Heroes

The good brother Peter Hitchens writes:

Well, some Germans certainly had done such things and worse (though we let most of them off as we needed them to run the country after the defeat of Hitler) , but most of the victims of these incidents were women and children, and some of the others were (for instance) Czech German Social Democrats who had themselves resisted the Nazis. This was a racial purge, combined with a colossal mass theft of property, money , houses and land (those refuges who survived could take almost nothing with them), horribly comparable to German National Socialist Actions. Anyone who (rightly) condemns the German National Socialists as barbarian murderers cannot really, in all conscience, fail to condemn the authors of these actions too. (this point is addressed later)

"who had themselves resisted the Nazis."  Here is the problem: when there is a change of powers that be through, the new powers that be will be no better, likely worse.  And those who resisted the last regime, will certainly resist the next.  The next regime takes its time about taking over, letting the last regime kill off any resistance.  Thus, when they win, they meet little resistance.

The Poles were encouraged to uprise against the nazis, which they did, were denied the promised help, and up-risers were wiped out by the nazis.  These stories go on and on.

This is not unique to any time or place.  Claudius executed the people who assassinated Caligula, and Elizabeth executed those who plotted against Mary, for the express reason that if the plotters would conspire against a ruler they did not like, then they would if and when they did not like Elizabeth.  Off with their heads!

A legacy of our Judeo-Christian origins is we have kings.  We demand kings so they fight our battles for us, in spite of the details God warned us about before he granted the request.  The world can be a wicked place, and that is good to know.  Since kings were created by God, then only by appealing to God can man be free of the oppression of kings.  Violence only gives the next king more power.

Never resort to violence.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I agree to his proposal.....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fasting and Training

I very often am terrified at my personal prospects, what with being self-employed and depending on a wide group of customers and not on a job where I have "employment rights."  Part of training is to accept experiencing terror, acknowledging it, and move ahead anyway.

The ability to deal with this comes from training.  Since we tend to respond to the religion to which we are called, most people find personal transformation built into their faith-system.

Christian and Moslems rely heavily on fasting, Moslems in fact turning it into a holiday season.  Christians do as well, with Advent and Lent.

Fasting is where you train yourself to acknowledge something you want, and deliberately saying "no."  In this way you train yourself to say no to yourself in other ways.

You want to train with something as powerful as possible, so lesser temptations are easily denied.  The most important thing is oxygen, but you cannot give up oxygen for more than say three minutes without dying.  That will not do for our purposes.

Next is water, but giving up water can do permanent harm within 3 days.  No religion advocates suicide or self-harm.  So what is the next most powerful urge?  Eating.  And most anyone can give up food for a week without any problem at all.  Check with your doctor, and see.

But assuming you do not have some dire medical issue, try giving up food for 24 hours.  No food whatsoever.  Plenty of clear fluids, but don't cheat by drinking smoothies. See what happens.  Whatever ill-effects you experience will be completely mental.

Once you overcome 24 hours, go for 40 hours.  See how often you are 'tempted" to eat, and then say no.  Again, your mind will play tricks on you, and you'll get to know yourself better.

Eventually work your way up to a week.    The you realize it's only the first day or two you experience hunger.    After seven days you'll regret being obliged to resume eating.  But you will master the ability to feel anxiety, and any of multiple fears, and acknowledge them, but not give in to them.

I'd think more about working with a spiritual director than a doctor to pull this off, for to be sure, demons await anyone who would train hungry.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Scholarships Not Battleships

How about neither....?

An education does not cost as much as they charge, they just charge that much because there are "loans" disguised as free money to be sopped up.  I know from having kids in college that all that money is not going into the classroom.  It is going to administrators triple dipping in wages and pensions and gold-plating smoothie machines.

I see a new student dorm with exercise machines.  That cost has to be covered by tuition.  What happened to low cost jogging?  Or intramural sports?

Scholarships and battleships are both bad ideas.  In each we pay too much for stuff we do not need, and get trapped in debt.  Time to conscientiously object to scholarships and battleships.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Conscientious Objection to Force and Fraud

It is widely believed Frank Olson was murdered, not suicided.  Olson was a conscientious objector to medical malfeasance. The case is strong enough that a lawsuit is being advanced.  But wait, murder is a capital offense, with no statute of limitations.  if the offense is murder, why is it being redressed by a lawsuit.  With murder, there is someone responsible.  If you merely "sue" the CIA, then the person responsible escapes.

The Aurora Colorodo movie theatre shooter claims he was brainwashed into doing the killing.  This is the kind of work Olson was doing when he was killed.

We do not want to hear about our government engaging in such acts.  But our president can overrule the "human subjects" laws in the USA, and any group can be secretly targeted for medical experimentation today, just as people of some African heritage were targeted in the Tuskegee experiments, which ended in the 1970s.  There again, there was no conscientious objection to criminal activity by government officers, there was no criminal prosecution for crimes committed, so it continues.

Conscientious objection is not limited to war, it extends to any unjust force or fraud.  We need doctors who object to force and fraud in medicine.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Conscientious Objection In The Neonatal Ward

A UK doctor testifies he euthanized (murdered) ten kids.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. 
Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’. 
The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

Now as one who fasts a couple of times a year for a week, I can tell you after the second day or so no food is not problem.  There is no physical distress after a few days. I actually regret my obligation to begin eating again after the week.  But on the other hand,  dehydration is extremely painful.  You have no idea.  But dehydration is how they kill these kids, which is on average ten days of excruciating pain.

‘I witnessed a 14 year-old boy with cancer die with his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth when doctors refused to give him liquids by tube. His death was agonising for him, and for us nurses to watch. This is euthanasia by the backdoor.’

O, the poor nurse.  But watch she did. The state trains the nurses, and gets the ones it wants, nurses devoid of conscience. Now no one will be prosecuted for murder.  What will happen is we'll just kill the targeted faster.  There is no rational bounds on indecency with the state.  This is what you get with Romney/Obamacare.  Why are there no conscientious objectors in USA medicine?

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conscientious Objection in School

A school has introduced solitary confinement for students.  Why has no professional associated with the school said, "no, this is wrong."

Perhaps they ought to change the name of the school to Nurse Ratchet Elementary.  I am not surprised to see "professionals" defending this practice.  States are defined as essentially the entity with a monopoly on violence in a given territory.  Professionals who get licensed by the state necessarily agree with the definition and with the inevitable results. If we had a separation of education and state, we'd have as many schools as restaurants, many catering to "troubled kids."  Far better results with far less cost. But then, no professionals.

'Isolation box:' Abuse or therapy at Wash. elementary?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why Is Petraeus Not In Prison?

Look at this young soldier who fought for America, or at least that is what he was told.

The military is debating whether to prosecute soldiers who attempt suicide.    Well, that I suppose is one way to try to crack down on the activity.  Another would be to stop lying to young men that they are defending America in these optional, elective wars for oil.

Last year, the 301 known military suicides accounted for 20 percent of U.S. military deaths. From 2001 to August 2012, the U.S. military counted 2,676 suicides.

Here is the general he served, pinning the second highest military award on Ms. Kelley for services rendered the services.

Here is the same general, with another army officer, married to another, a graduate of West Point.

Read more here:

He admitted to adultery with this other officer.  There are other officers in prison for precisely what these two have done.  Why are these two officers not in prison?  The fact that they are not heading to prison guarantees that we'll see more of this.  Just like when Americal Division officers were not prosecuted for My Lai, we've continuing USA war crimes.

Congress confirms who gets to become generals.  This is the fault of congress. We expect our generals to have scruples.  The top military brass must have thought we said screwpals.

Pretend wars are fun because they are safe.  Except for the soldiers.  Another good general, whose name rhymes with Petraeus, lost 2/3rds of his soldiers at Stalingrad.  Then Paulus surrendered.  He would not commit suicide because it was a sin. Of his 100,000 surviving soldiers, less than 5,000 made it back home to Germany after the war.  But 23 of the 24 German generals who surrendered made it back home after the war. The generals lived in style. Professional courtesy among professional soldiers.

This is what we get with a standing "professional" army.  When we get rid of that in USA, and get down to only citizen defense, we'll be far safer, like the Swiss during WWII.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

At What Age To Start Aikido?

An eMail comes in:
John, at what age do you think a child can reasonably start to learn Aikido?  
The first time he is bullied.  The bully lives a false dilemma.  Abuse or be abused.  If you defeat a bully, it just confirms what he always knew, bully or be bullied.   If the bully is defeated, he then goes and reaffirms the known boundaries:  he beats up his wife and kids.  All is well in the world.  If the bully wins a fight, it is just proof that is how the world works. With aikido, the bully neither wins or loses.  Nothing happens.  No bullying, no bully, no bullied.  It is paradigm shattering.  The bully wonders: "You mean there is an alternative to bully or be bullied?"

No one hates bullying more than the bullies, but there is no means to reclaim them, except through showing them there is an alternative universe to the one they inherited.

Anti-bullying campaigns make sure bullying stays with us. Bullies just get more subtle, and the schools then don't have to deal with it.  Let bullying erupt, and then the adults should step in, and teach a conscientious objection to the activity.

Are schools overwhelmed with bullying?  Then rethink schools.  Education is normally an intergenerational thing.  Throwing kids of an age together is to create a Lord of the Flies situation.

But there will always be bullying, more or less.  Aikido is a martial art that does not strive for victory with aggression.  The time to start is when they are targeted by bullies.

It's that turn the other cheek thing, with what I suspect was it's original form, a sense of "game on."

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Saturday, November 17, 2012


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Israelis of good will were negotiating a cease fire and peace accommodation, independent of the Israeli government.  Then the Israeli government killed the leader of the Hamas side.

Now Israel and Palestine are exchanging missiles.

Repeated unsuccessful assassination attempts by Allied Forces led Hitler to believe he was personally invincible.  His handpicked successor, Rudolf Hess, flew to England at risk of his own life to personally appeal to Churchill to avoid war.  Churchill would not meet, and went to the movies instead.

Admiral Canaris, the head of Germany's military intelligence, tried to work out a overthrow of Hitler, if given some Allied guarantees.  None were forthcoming.  Canaris was exposed and tortured to death.

A just war means you must try all means to avoid war.    We get the exact opposite.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Kill their Four Year Olds Before They Kill Ours

Note how Joe Klein says it all depends on which politician is doing he killing.  Drone killing is a violation of just war, in a war that is a violation of just cause.  As long as the free stuff keeps flowing, who cares?

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Important Speeches

When young politicians on the make give an "important speech" ignore the blather and look for the code.  In his big important speech, Clinton cited a college teacher as a big influence.  Easy to skip that, it sounds like just some campaign props to pick up the teacher vote.  Ron Paul points out it is otherwise.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

We Are All African American Now

Last night at SFO, where all lines feed through the Rapescan, I as I have done before say I loudly and clearly, " I will not go through that machine"

"Male opt out!"  and  "Please stand there."

"I will not stand there because I cannot see my bags."

"umm...ok...stand where you can see your bags."

The from behind me, "I will not go through that machine..."

"Umm... ok  "Male opt on two."

And then another... "I will not go through that machine..."

"Make opt out on three!"

I got a triple!

Anyway, my ticket to where I want to go in TSA is in relation to my bags.

"Those bags are not leaving my sight!"

"Um... ok..."

TSA folds when you demand to keep your bags in sight.  Remember what Alinsky pointed out, just follow their rules.  Assiduously.

AS I am being "stopped and frisked" I assume the attitude of ennui I saw in so many people of some African heritage over the years on the streets of USA, who were being harassed for no reason whatsoever.    I never said anything then, so what goes around comes around.  We are all of African heritage now in USA.

Feel Free To Email This To Three Friends.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shooting for Effect

I have no problem with guns.  I just object to anyone in government having access to guns.  Nongovernmental types who have guns please me, especially when they are very skilled shooters.

Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Elections and Dead Ambassadors and Soldiers

Here is a interesting article laying out at least two instances in which USA diplomats and soldiers died as politicians played at politics.

I played a but as a Ron Paul delegate and what I learned is the locus of violence in USA is the political parties.  All evil flows from there.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Guess Where This Is.

There are some beautiful places where I would like to practice aikido.  Of course, since aikido is a tolerant art it thrives in tolerant places.  Like here.

Here is practice shot.  And here is more.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Conscientious Objection and Cheese

I bought a $10 4 oz chunk of goat cheese at a San Mateo farmers market Saturday.  I asked if was raw milk cheese, and she said no way, not in California, it is pasteurized.  Sigh.  Even Washington state lets Goats milk go by raw.  She said "well, we could, but... regs, licensing, inspections..." and I don't doubt that.

I also do not doubt that last thing she would allow is any of her customers to get sick.  A friend pointed out that all of these e coli and other disasters come from big houses which cannot control, for sheer volume, for these things.  To do so effectively, the farm has to be small.

I have no science to back this up, but my sense is I eat better nutritionally, although consume less product, when I pay the extra for the better food.  Now, I read recently the science is the benefit claims of "organic" are bogus.  I don't doubt that, but the problem is the definition of "organic" not in the benefit of better food.

I too want to see small farms thrive.  But as Earl Butz said, the ag policy of USA is "get big or get out." And so it seems.  What to do?  States back off in the face of conscientious objection.  it is the state policies that are holding small ag back.  Wouldn't a conscientious objection movement in ag advance food freedom?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Azerbaijani Aikido

This is the sort of practice I recall and love.  It has been a long time since I have seen it.  It is explosive, and I used to be able to do maybe 10 minutes, now I bet no more than 2, but man do I miss it.

We used to do shiho-nage not with the uke's wrist against the uke's shoulder but pulled out and uke had to have the Tohei hop down to get over it.

Anyone in Seattle want to learn to practice like this?   Please?

I have to go to Azerbaijan to practice?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

When Will Cheney Be Tried?

Given that Iraq had no connection with 9/11 and possessed no weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq war was a crime of aggression and – under the standards by which Nazi leaders were convicted by the Nuremberg Tribunal – the American leaders who lied us into that war are guilty of war crimes.
Benjamin Ferencz, a former chief prosecutor for the Nuremberg Trials, declared:
A prima facie case can be made that the United States is guilty of the supreme crime against humanity — that being an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation.

Monday, October 22, 2012

How a Conscientious Objector Stands

Have you noticed how people in power and those around them grab their peepees when they get together?

Never do this.  If you feel it is necessary then something is wrong.  You have some feral fear you are acting out, and you must conscientiously object to your own impulse.

If you must do something with your hands, you can cross your arms, but this is a challenge too.  Here are people doing it wrong:

Here is is done right, as a martial artist.  Note the hands are not trapped by the arms.  Each of these people can instantly launch a hand.

With one arm merely lying atop another, hand over elbow, and elbow over hand, and only the outer hand grasping an elbow, the outer hand can launch and strike immediately (see James Demile) and the inner arm can protect the lower body.

Best to just leave your hands at your side. But if you want to keep people wondering, keep one hand in a jacket pocket.

Or to be truly unnerving, keep one hand behind you.

Not sure why anyone would do this...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wasserman Appears Truly Ignnorant

WE can assume that now that she knows, she will resign in horror at the war crimes her leader is committing.  Waiting... waiting...

O well.  As long as we get free stuff, who cares who dies.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tablighi Jamaat

There is an islamic worldwide pacifist movement I had never heard of until I began studying Islamic Finance.  Of course they do not care to be "heard of" except among Moslems, but as far as Wikipedia reports, it is quite encouraging.

Yet, since it is Moslem, the powers that be assume it is evil automatically.  this from the Wikipedia site, after paragraphs of praise"

Although Tabligh Jamaat has claimed a pacific stance since its inception, after the 9/11 attacks in the USA, concerns have risen about its role as a springboard to terrorist organizations. It was cited on the cases of John Walker Lindh,[46] and dozens of the captives the USA holds in extrajudicial detention in its Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba, had their continued detention justified in part through their alleged association with the Tabligh Jamaat.
A report by International Crisis Group titled Islamist terrorism in the Sahel: Fact or Fiction?" described Tabligh Jamaat as "strictly non-political with a compromising outlook and attitude, and has never been linked directly to violence or actions which can be classified as being detrimental to imperial,western,colonial,capitalist,political,diplomatic and military interests ." and further explained that no interviewed source could identify an instance where Tabligh Jamaat members broke the law or engaged in specifically political activity in Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania.[47]
Also, some notable people hold opinions contrary to terrorism allegations.
"peaceful and apolitical preaching-to-the-people movement."[48]
Graham Fuller,  a former CIA official and an expert on Islam, (author of The Future of Political Islam)
"completely apolitical and law abiding."[49]
Olivier Roy,  a prominent authority on Islam at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
"an apolitical, quietist movement of internal grassroots missionary renewal"[6]
Barbara D. Metcalf, University of Michigan,  (While comparing its activities to the Alcoholics Anonymous for the efforts to reshape individual lives)

No doubt some of the people rotting in Gitmo are pacifists.  Or maybe no longer.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Counting Up the Terrorists

Prof. Rozeff runs the numbers on Moslem terrorism, and comes up short...

And then he runs the numbers on USA as the world's policeman and comes up short too....

USA is just not very good at this kind of work.  Time to quit and get back to what we are good at...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Jew Explains the Palestinian Question

A son of Israeli general who was there through the formation of Israel explains the Palestinian question.  I don't care for his questioning Biblical scholarship at the beginning, but the rest is quite bracing.  Interesting take on the chances of an invasion of Iran.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wait, what did he say?

Krauthammer on the assassination of the US Ambassador:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's beyond a disconnect, it is utterly damning. There are two scandals going on. The first is the coverup. We now know, and they knew earlier there was no mob, there was no demonstration, there was no incentive about the video. It was all a completely false story. This was simply an attack of our men who infiltrated and killed our people. 

What?  Our men?  Killed our people?  Is this a gaffe?  See him say it here.  False flag?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Why Women In Combat?

Here is a 2 minute story on a air force fighter pilot, a woman.  If you do not ask the right question, it's unlikely you'll get the right answer.

Why would a woman want to be a fighter pilot?  All answers get down to this:

Because they want to, and discrimination on the basis of race, class or gender is wrong.

So let's break that down.  Answering "because they want to" in reply to "why do they want to" is a circular argument.    The answer must be more in depth than that, the meeting of some aspiration.  I think that is fair to assert:

1. I want to fly fantastic machines.

2. I want to defend our country.

3. I am good at it, and in a free country I should be allowed to do it.

All very good.  hang on to that...

Discrimination on the base of race or class is wrong because there is no human difference in race or class.  There are differences between male and female.  This point you can tell is important, because it is the point at which the fur flies among discussants.  The centers on whether any differences matter given the work at hand.  I would agree with those who claim as a practical matter, any male/female differences in performance can be managed away.

The flack covers the critical matter of difference.  Women can bear children, men cannot.

Given all this fighter pilot has accomplished, it is nothing compared to what she would have achieved raising a family.  Given all of the challenges she faced, even as a pioneer, those challenges are less than any she would have faced as wife and mother.

As a fighter pilot, she will have left absolutely no legacy, no trace of her having been here in life.  She will soon be forgotten.  Why would someone forgo all of that just to be a fighter pilot, or judge or fire fighter or any other job any man can do?

Why not do both?  Why give up half of your capability, again, when any man can do the job?

There is a reason why this is going on...  we live in an era when men have abandoned women and children in law and culture.  This is terrifying to women and kids.  The kids escape into video games and school-dispensed drugs, while the moms become cops, firefighter and fighter pilots, knowing full well, in a fight, the women are on their own in USA.

If it is unlikely your husband will protect you and your kids, because in law and culture this is frowned upon, then the balance is tilted toward no kids, and a violence based profession, so you can defend yourself.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We Are Different

When Germany occupied the Channel Islands in WWII, the British behaved like occupied peoples everywhere.  They obeyed orders and got rid of all of the Jews.

The legacy of the occupation is a tourist draw on the islands, and many people have fond memories to share.

We are not like them.  Are we?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Let's Attack Iran, Ha Ha Ha

Who is she talking about when she says an attack gives the regime more power, causes people to unify?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

No One Went to Prison, Because No One Objected

A community college teachers has tracked down documentation demonstrating chemical tests performed on the poor and minorities around the USA.

'US Radium had this reputation where they had been found legally liable for producing a radioactive powdered paint that killed many young women who painted fluorescent watch tiles,' said Professor Martino-Taylor. 
In her findings, one of the compounds that was sprayed upon the public was called 'FP2266', according to the army's documents, and was manufactured by US Radium. The compound, also known as Radium 226, was the same one that killed and sickened many of the US Radium workers.

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Why not?  At this time they were conducting the Tuskegee Experiments?  And Darwin, taught in every college, teaches that minorities are scheduled for extermination anyway.  Why not use them as lab rats?

This is odious, but it will not stop until somewhere, above the level of community college instructor, people object.  No one has objected, no one has gone to prison.  It is a question of decency, common decency, missing in those who hold official titles in USA.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New York Jews Honor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Orthodox Rabbis believe Israel, as a Zionist state, does not have the right to exist.  They seem to be able to get along.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Let's Get Nastier at That

Here is a fellow who catalogs past USA actions contrary to just-cause rules, and then suggests we do so again today to provoke war with Iran.    As far as I can tell, USA has never been involved in a just cause war.