Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Archbishop Wants Help, Not War

It's a fine line, asking for needed help without getting more of the violence that precipitated the need for help.
We are victims, and we suffer at the hands of fundamentalists coming from distant countries to fight against those whom they consider to be the infidels (us Christians), using as an excuse that their brothers are being persecuted in various countries. Their reaction is to kill others. Our reaction to persecution must be that of becoming more loving, more united, ever stronger in showing the world the true image of life, as taught us by Jesus Christ.
Obviously the fighters are coming in after the USA invasion, and picking on soft targets.  So the archbishop in essence is asking for reparations, but no more violence.  Give the article a read.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pacifica Radio and Drone Killings

When you make donations to Pacifica Radio and its show Democracy now, Amy Goodman earns millions.  For her part, she makes sure that all criticism of the regime remains cloudy and ineffectual.

She has a drone-operator killer on her show, and manages to conduct a content free discussion.
BRANDON BRYANT: Because there’s so much misinformation out there, that—so much speculation, and—and that’s wrong. The United States government hasn’t really done a good job of humanizing the people that do it. And everyone else thinks that the whole program or the people behind it are a joke, that we are video-game warriors, that we’re Nintendo warriors. And that’s—that’s really not the case. And these—the people that do the job are just as legit and just as combat-oriented as anyone else. And I’m not like their official spokesperson. In fact, I’m probably the most hated person in the entire community right now.
Well, there is noting in the interview that would support this fellow contention, in fact he comes across as a Nintendo killer.  Further, she gives him a pass on his claims to constitutional justification for his participation in over 1600 kills.

The take-away is the war is legal and just and he is the victim.  We need a Pacifica Radio for that?

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aikido Practice

Note in this rediscovered video of O Sensei how he leans into the attackers and goes straight at the threat...  today in many dojos you get criticized for that...

It is hard to find this kind of practice today, which was common circa 1970.  1970 was 35 years after this film was made.  By 2005, another 35 years, it is almost gone.  Time to revive it.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Declare Victory and Go Home

At what point do you declare victory and go home?  Our best recruits defect.

The USA attack on Afghanistan after Saudis attacked the USA was a very bad idea and over a decade later we are still losing.

"He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee," said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar.
Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, confirmed that Khan had joined the group, saying he had brought 15 guns and high-tech equipment.
The NATO-led coalition is grappling with a rise in "insider attacks" by Afghan soldiers who turn on their allies, undermining trust and efficiency.
It has reported four lethal incidents over the past month taking the total number this year to 10, according to a Reuters tally.

Our trainees turn on us.  And those who were involved in the hit on Osama Bin Laden mostly died in Afghanistan not too long after.

Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.
Every day, Charlie Strange, the father of one of the 30 Americans who died Aug. 6, 2011, in the flash of a rocket-propelled grenade, asks himself whether his son, Michael, was set up by someone inside the Afghan government wanting revenge on Osama bin Laden’s killers — SEAL Team 6.

There must be something in a war manual that says "when we are losing this bad, declare victory and go home."  If not, this looks about time.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

States Vs Kingdoms

Of all the historical acts of infamy, the Holocaust gets the overwhelming press.  With that, one might think that an observation might have been made: where Jews depended on "the State" for safety, they were deported to camps and the deaths.  Where they depended on Kings, they survived.  And it did not matter if the Kingdom was allied with the Nazis, they survived.

Let's look at two.  The Nazis overran Denmark, but their King did not flee, and virtually all of the Jews in Denmark survived the war.  The few who were rounded up managed to survive the camps.  Bulgaria allied itself with the Nazis, but the King, Czar Boris III, simply refused Nazi demands that the Jews be transported away.

In Holland, the Queen left and the Jews died.  All of the other states, which had no monarch, the Jews died.  Even in the UK, when they abandoned the Channel Islands to the Nazis, 100% of the Jews were transported to their deaths.  (OK, there were on three Jews, but it was UK territory and they did get 100% of the Jews.)
Get a map and a history book.  If you depend on the state, you are sunk.  If you depend on a king, you have a chance.  The read 1 Samuel 8 (and then 1 Samuel 12 for emphasis) and see while God does not even want us to have a King, at least he tolerates that.  But the State. No.

A King takes his subjects personally.  A state may be made up of people, but it can never care personally.  Keep that in mind if you ever decide to depend on a State.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

When Pretty Gals Get Smashed By Cops

How many women of some African heritage have had their faces smashed in and never another word about it?    Here is the problem: now that it is happening to pretty white women, it makes the news.

(Please note, none of the other officers present reported this crime.  All police go quiet when another cop commits a crime, for the simple reason that police work is about the fantastic pay for part time work, plus the enormous pension.  Officer safety first.)

In USA, we are all of some African heritage now.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

You Are the Cop In Anarchy

That the USA criminal justice system keeps the bad guys safe from society is a theme I hit regularly.  What happens when the system goes too far and introduces chaos among the people?

We get anarchy (in the good and proper sense).

Here is a true story.  Take 90 minutes for this.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Parallel Auto Events

A woman with a baby in a car gets scared, bends some fenders, is executed by police, is considered a criminal, and the police are considered heroes, and get standing ovation in Congress.

Man gets scared, bends some fenders, hurts someone, is beaten by people including police, and considered a victim, and police are arrested.

Must be confusing to be a cop today.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gun Control: Disarm Police

Criminals study police response times and crazies head for "gun free zones" to do their crimes.  This is the other side of the coin where people believe the police will serve and protect them.  What we get is a certain personality among police officers.

This should be studied more, but comes a researcher:
It appears that a person is three times safer with a concealed carry permit holder than they are with a police officer.
This does not surprise me, but it should be verified.  So what if it is true?  Then disarm police officers.  Have them serve and protect without weapons.  Like in the UK.  The murder rate will not go down, but  population that is drawn to police work will change.  And those more inclined to murder will not become police officers.  Because of different kinds of people becoming police, there would be less murder by police.

Well, then who confronts the bank robber and the crazy.  Either you, or a private guard you hire, just as it is in most situations where security is important.

When the bad guys cannot plot out police response times, and the crazies have no idea who will bust a cap in their head, because of just a few concealed carry citizens, we are all safer.

If we begin gun control, start with the police.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Poverty Draft

As is universally accepted, the people who came up with the "all volunteer army" knew exactly what they were doing.  No longer would the privileged be at risk in a draft, now there would be a poverty draft in which the poor would sign up as the path of least resistance out of their circumstances.  And welfare queens like Rush Limbaugh whose empire is built on state monopoly of radio can applaud these who are about to die, for their service.  Doggone right, they are human sacrifice so that Rush might be happily rotund.

Under an all volunteer army, these people may volunteer to put on the uniform, but they did not volunteer for the oppression that made the military their best option.

In the military, we are denied the good of their creativity, what they would do if they were free.  So the task at hand is reach a polity of maximum freedom.  Tolstoy is a good start.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chalmers Johnson on USA

This is ten years old and an hour long, but a good rundown on where USA is and is headed....

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