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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tactical Gun Issues on: Today at 04:38:47 PM
My Portuguese is rather deficient , , ,
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Euro Gatherings on: Today at 04:37:21 PM
Some righteous HCTCH there!

WWWOOOFFF!!!

 cool cool cool
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 8 Psuedo-scientific claims debunked? on: Today at 04:31:44 PM
second post

I'd like everyone's take on this one.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/05/16/eight-pseudo-scientific-climate-claims-debunked-by-real-scientists/
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dail Mail piece debunked? on: Today at 04:18:18 PM
http://www.skepticalscience.com/misleading-daily-mail-prebunked-nuccitelli-et-al-2012.html 
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Yet another "Let's negotiate with these guys" 5.0 on: Today at 02:08:35 PM
http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/undercover-canadian-playwright-exposes-arab-holocaust-denial-jew-hatred?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Israel+Breaking+News+Video%3A+Undercover+Canadian+Filmaker+Exposes+Arab+Holocaust+Denial%2C+Jew-Hatred&utm_campaign=20140901_m121947874_9%2F01+Israel+Breaking+News+Video%3A+Undercover+Canadian+Filmaker+Exposes+Arab+Holocaust+Denial%2C+Jew-Hatred&utm_term=Undercover+Canadian+Filmaker+Exposes+Arab+Holocaust+Denial_2C+Jew-Hatred
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Hamilton, 1791 on: Today at 01:19:09 PM


"To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted." --Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures, 1791
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / "Are you a racist?"-- reporter gets stuffed. on: Today at 01:15:00 PM
second post of the day

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1e8_1409202738
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Environmental issues on: Today at 02:19:27 AM
I suspect the currents called gyres are already there and the mechanism that gets the plastic there is human laziness and stupidity.
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / CA to ban plastic grocery bags? on: Today at 12:30:35 AM
Well it looks like my idea is going to be given a shot , , ,


https://www.facebook.com/KUSITV?fref=photo
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / "I'm just sayin'" on: Today at 12:22:18 AM


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152314396513715&fref=nf 
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Secret good samaritans on: August 31, 2014, 07:50:51 PM
http://www.local12.com/news/features/around-the-web/stories/texas-officers-buy-groceries-for-needy-family-wkrc.shtml#.VAPCiIUZ_P8
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jihadis swimming in the US embassy pool. on: August 31, 2014, 07:39:30 PM
Not a terribly reliable source, but the story sure is plausible:

http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/31/report-islamist-terrorists-overtake-u-s-embassy-in-libya/
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Where the guns are on: August 31, 2014, 12:26:55 PM


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/31/take-a-gander-at-americas-most-heavily-armed-counties-the-ones-that-arent-on-the-map-might-surprise-you/
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Carbondale, IL 11/22 - 23 on: August 31, 2014, 09:05:16 AM
Looking forward to this.  Word is this seminar will be well supported by the various  DBMA Training Groups of the region-- should be good times!
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 9/21/2014 Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack on: August 31, 2014, 09:03:59 AM
10: Greg Macnamee

16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Romney on: August 30, 2014, 09:21:51 PM
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/mitt-romney-2016-election-iowa-poll-110392.html
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Syria on: August 30, 2014, 04:50:40 PM
But but but supporting the FSA proves Hillary is harder than Baraq!

Good to see you posting here again Mike.
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The 20 Committee on: August 30, 2014, 04:22:49 PM

Recommended by someone whom I respect greatly.

http://20committee.com/
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hat tip to BBG for this one on: August 30, 2014, 04:18:58 PM


http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/183033/israel-insider-guide/1
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mark Steyn: The Reformation of Manners on: August 30, 2014, 04:15:49 PM


http://www.steynonline.com/6543/the-reformation-of-manners
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Maybe if he had deserted to the enemy he would get more help on: August 30, 2014, 01:49:47 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/29/more-than-134000-petition-obama-admin-to-demand-release-of-sgt-tahmooressi-heres-the-response-they-recieved-instead/
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Judge strikes down ban on polygamy on: August 30, 2014, 12:27:18 PM


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736287/Final-ruling-issued-against-polygamy-ban.html
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Tenth/10th Amendment: States Rights on: August 30, 2014, 12:24:48 PM
Yes, much better GM.  Thank you.
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / ISIS trains children; father who opposed threatened with beheading on: August 30, 2014, 12:22:32 PM
http://popularmilitary.com/isis-trains-children-extreme-violence/
25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / OTMs on: August 30, 2014, 11:55:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kKr44Ey8WU&feature=youtu.be
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Paul Ryan on: August 30, 2014, 02:16:30 AM

I think he has made the calculation, probably correctly, that SS is here to stay and after seeing what happened to Bush-2 when he tried to reform it, he has decided that that particular battle is lost.
27  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 9/21/2014 Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack on: August 29, 2014, 09:54:23 PM
9:  Eric Tamaiglo
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America on: August 29, 2014, 09:25:08 PM
ttt
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: August 29, 2014, 09:20:41 PM
 shocked shocked shocked angry angry angry angry angry angry
30  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / The New DBMA Association! on: August 29, 2014, 06:10:20 PM

Woof!

I would like to announce the beginning of a new era for the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association and the creation of the DBMA Instructors Association.  Under my supervision, the new DBMAA and DBMA IA will be run by a Board of Directors:
 
DBMA:
*Guro Ryan "Guard Dog" Gruhn-- Director of Business Affairs
*Guro Mark "Fu Dog" O'Dell-- Director of Curriculum
* Guro Mark "Beowulf" Houston-- Director of Curriculum

(Because there are three of us named "Marc/Mark" we tend to use our Dog Brother names to avoid confusion)
 
As you can see, all three are full Dog Brothers and DBMA Guros.  Guros Fu and Beo are long time private students of mine who together run a school in Moreno Valley, CA.  Guro Ryan/Guard Dog, based in Central PA, has trained with me for over eleven years and brings the knowledge, experience, and wisdom that running a school of some 450+ students has taught him.  What he will be doing for us he has already done for the other prominent Associations such as the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A. and the Youth Martial Arts Association.
 
With this new era I believe we have in place a program that will serve you well, be your interest in any or all of the three basic martial areas of DBMA: Weaponry/Real Contact Stick Fighting; "Kali Tudo" ™;  and/or "Die Less Often" whether you are a backyard group or a school.

I feel myself to be of an age where the focus is on building those that follow, and as a system, I feel DBMA is now ready.  Do note that given that I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, the number I have certified as Guro is rather small—ten so far—but I am rather “old school” in these things.  The DBMAA and the DBMA IA are now my central focus.  If you like my work, this is where you want to be.  (To read more on Guro Crafty’s life in martial arts click here (insert link here))
 
I now leave it to Guro Ryan/Guard Dog to handle the reality of it all.

Me?  I'm in charge of everything else :0D
 
The Adventure continues!
Guro Crafty/Marc
 
==============================================
 
 
Woof! 
 
We are excited to announce the all new Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association, which builds upon the Association that began twelve years ago.  Thanks to the evolutions in DBMA as a system and in technology, the new DBMAA will offer all that it always has and much more. 

BENEFITS:

1) Online Video Library:  Inside the new DBMAA you will find numerous Dog Brothers DVDs which have been broken down by technique and carefully labeled for easy navigation.  Every month there will be new DBMAA-only clips from various seminars, private lessons and other various Dog Brothers Martial Arts related events that will be posted every month.  Some will be from Guro Crafty, some will be from DBMA Guros and Instructors, and some will be from guest instructors.   It might be Guro Crafty sharing the latest wrinkle on the Time Machine Game or one of the Guros sharing an interesting tangent on which he has some distinct expertise.  Or it might be a guest instructor; for example, you will see Guro Crafty’s friend and noted twelve year UFC veteran Tony Fryklyn demonstrating his explorations based upon Guro Crafty’s trailblazing innovations with the use of shot puts as a training tool.  Tony, assisted by his friend “Jase” (Jason Stratham’s stunt double) will show you his expression of using the shot puts to develop his MMA clinch game.

2)   Footage from Guro Crafty’s extensive library!  Guro Crafty has compiled over twenty five years of fighting and training footage which he will share with the Association.  Where permission is obtained, the shared footage will include some of the finest teachers and fighters on the planet.

3)  The DBMAA forum like none you have ever seen.  It puts a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.  As a member you will have to the largest repository of knowledge ever compiled on DBMA.  Having already been in existence for twelve years, the older lower tech Association is already a living, breathing entity ready, willing, and able to support this new step.  Every new user will have twelve years of content already there waiting for him—plus plenty of material of the sort enabled by the new technology.   In addition to the subject matter of the sort you might expect, there are threads on Evolutionary Psychology/Biology,  Konrad Lorenz, Carl Jung, Historical Battles.   After all, DBMA is not just about the fighting, but the contexts in which it occurs.

Navigating on the forum is surprisingly easy.  Great emphasis has been put on “thread coherency”—meaning that if you want to research a particular subject (e.g. anti-knife, head butts, improvised weapons, security measures, guns, etc.) you will be able to go to that thread and find years of accumulated contributions on the subject in question thus making navigating twelve years of posts easier than ever.

Unlike other forums where the “name instructor” rarely shows up and interacts even less, Guro Crafty is there most days to engage and to interact with you.

Guro Crafty has always made it clear that DBMA is not “the Marc Denny style” – rather it is “A system of many styles dedicated to smuggling concepts across the frontiers of style.”  The membership of the Association is broad and deep and brings much to the conversation.  As a member of our organization you will be part of a community, creating an environment of support and growth.

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

One of the most asked questions we get is, “Where do I start?  Is there a road map?”  The answer is - HERE! 

http://dogbrothers.com/join-dbmaa/

While many people who come to us prefer to follow their doggy nose as they explore DBMA, many others prefer a more defined progression.  As far we are concerned, both of these paths are correct--  our Curriculum Directors, Guro Fu Dog and Guro Beowulf, and I are there to help whichever way you prefer to go.

If you do ask for us to help you with a defined progression, with your progress noted along the way, we will share with a clear systemic and sequential path to genuine competence in DBMA, dignified along the way by a discrete "dog tag" with a silencer of the appropriate color.  Know that we are "old school" in this, recognition will be earned!

Our Instructor section will be for current Instructors and Group Leaders. For those who have aspirations to become an Instructor, the "dog tag progression" of the Association will form your base and continue from there.  For further details contact me (Guro Ryan).

MONEY:

We have kept costs to a minimum so you get the most out of your experience with us.  Here is how it breaks down.

If you are already an active member, we appreciate your loyalty. Your membership remains active at the current rate until it is up for renewal. For new members the cost will be $25 a month or $200 per year if you sign up before Sept 30, 2014. New members, if you get in before September 30, 2014, you will be locked into this special discounted rate for as long as you are a current member under the DBMA Association; after that it becomes $30 a month or $300 per year.
 
To register http://dogbrothers.com/join-dbmaa/

DBMA Instructor Association:  If you are interested in your school carrying the DBMA flag and what the program offers you please contact me directly.

Fit, Fun & Functional!

Ryan “Guard Dog” Gruhn
Guro / DBMAA Business Director
“Walking as warriors for all our days”
ryan@dogbrothers.com | www.dogbrothers.com
31  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 9/21/2014 Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack on: August 29, 2014, 05:42:10 PM
8: "Dog" Dirk Eichstaedt
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 911 on: August 29, 2014, 04:57:10 PM
Woof All:

http://dogbrothers.com/saved-by-the-militia/

As we approach the anniversaries of 911 and Benghazi, regardless of what we may think about how the state of the world got to be as it is, it sure looks like islamo-fascism could be a real threat to the American homeland.

ISIL is incredibly well funded and has at least many hundreds of passports that get them into the US without visa (I.e. US and Euro ). In short, unlike before, the hatred is but a plane ticket away and the people with those passports are both in a messianic rage and experienced in combat.

Mumbai-type attacks are well within their present skill sets and operational capabilities.

It is important to remember that the Russians specifically warned us about those two brothers who went on to bomb the Boston Marathon-- and still Big Brother could not get it right. (It may worth wondering what we got for the devil's bargain of surrendering the freedom of privacy in return for promises of security?

It is important to remember that the only thing that did work on the first 911 was We The People on Flight 93.

It is important to remember that this is exactly what our divinely inspired Founding Fathers had in mind-- the ultimate defense of the nation rested in the hands of a well-armed people.

Precisely because of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution we are a rather well armed people.

As we seek to walk as warriors for all our days, we do not complain of our troubles. God only gives us troubles we can handle and therefore he must think we are some real badasses.

Are you ready to be on a Flight 93 today? Are you ready for cyberwar, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, epidemics, etc?

Tomorrow is promised to no one. Are you ready?

Mangling the words of the poet, take this hour to perform your art and perfect your Life.

The Adventure continues!
Marc/Crafty Dog
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / When you are down and , , , on: August 29, 2014, 04:50:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438sGy9IE58#t=33
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Christian farmers give up hosting all weddings on: August 29, 2014, 03:23:51 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/29/after-being-fined-and-forced-to-host-gay-weddings-christian-farm-owners-make-drastic-decision-that-will-likely-hurt-their-business/
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Romney on: August 29, 2014, 12:04:02 PM
Romeny-Ryan on Kelly Files

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=139j-HAWiL0
36  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: August 29, 2014, 11:55:01 AM
I have not followed the bunny trail to its end, but assuming GM's sourcing research is correct, still there is the matter of the human dimension here GM.  BD was communicating in a gracious manner with you.  Snark was not necessary in the response.  The same point could have been made with "You may not realize it but actually the two pieces in question are not by ML.  The way it goes down is this , , , etc."   Same point, different tone.

37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Environmental issues on: August 29, 2014, 11:45:13 AM
Well, if the US were to ban plastic bags for groceries I DO think it would make a difference and encourage others to make a difference.  As for the logical points raised, fair enough-- perhaps a mesh bag would answer the objections raised to the other alternatives?

If not, what about those cartons instead of plastic bottles for drinking water, juice, sport drinks, etc?

The larger point I am making is that we cannot ALWAYS be against every proffered solution.  We need to OFFER solutions.  

I offer that the ED model of analysis gives us a principled way of doing so -- and does not give ground to watermelon foolishness.

If not grocery bags, then something else, but dammit! SOMETHING!

PS:  Have you ever seen a serious documentary showing the gyres of plastic in the ocean?  If not, you need to! 

Forgive me, but our Creator gave us this planet and put us in the Garden of Eden.  Made in his image, it is the responsibility of our dominion over this planet to beware the by-products of the apple of Knowledge (science and technology) and to work towards restoring the Garden of Eden everywhere insofar as is plausible.
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: August 29, 2014, 11:34:22 AM
My secrets revealed!   cheesy
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots on: August 29, 2014, 11:32:28 AM
Much better  grin
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dry run and/or business as usual? on: August 29, 2014, 11:31:48 AM


http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/29/video-illegals-have-taken-their-invasion-of-our-border-to-a-whole-new-level/
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Worthy of our consideration on: August 29, 2014, 10:17:50 AM
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/27/Exclusive-Rand-Paul-Hillary-Clinton-s-War-Hawk-Style-Policies-Destabilized-Libya-Syria-Leading-To-Benghazi-Terrorist-Attack-Rise-Of-ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) certainly has a knack for boldness. On Sunday's Meet the Press, he dubbed U.S. military engagement in Libya “Hillary’s war” and stated the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) is not a result of President Obama's inaction in the Middle East but the unintended consequence of the U.S. military engagement in Libya.

The comments predictably caused heads in the GOP's foreign policy establishment to explode. The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin called the rhetorical gambit “ludicrous” and said Paul holds the same views as his father, the libertarian former-Rep. Ron Paul. In an email to me, John Yoo, the former top Justice Department official in the Bush administration, said Paul is the Republicans' “own version of George McGovern.”

In a phone interview, Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. Paul told Breitbart News:

    I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of having a really unstable situation there because of the Libyan war, and then most recently our embassy having to flee by land because they couldn’t leave via the airport because of such a disaster in Libya. So I think it’s hard to argue that the Libyan war was a success in any way. From my perspective, the first mistake they made was not asking the American people and Congress for authority to go to war.

While Muammar Gaddafi, or Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein—deposed during the George W. Bush administration—were certainly bad actors, Paul wants to know: who takes their place?

    Sometimes people are trying to say I don’t have enough concern for this. Well, actually, I have a great deal of concern—and not thinking through the consequences of intervention has caused Islamism and radical jihadist groups to proliferate. So I think Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein were both secular dictators who were awful, and did terrible things to their people, but at the same time were also enemies of the jihadists. Assad is the same way. What we’ve done in Libya, and now what we’re doing in Syria, is we have armed groups that are commingled with jihadists.

For instance, in Syria, Paul says, by arming the “rebels” against Assad, America “degraded Assad’s capacity to wipe out the rebel groups in his country.”

A year ago, Obama sought approval from Congress to engage militarily in Syria, as Paul urges, but Congress balked. Facing stiff resistance from lawmakers of both parties, the matter never even came up for a vote.

According to Paul, that's how the system is supposed to work.

“Think what would have happened had we seriously degraded Assad to the point where he was overrun, think who would be in charge of Syria right now?” Paul asked before answering his own rhetorical question: ”ISIS.” In conclusion, Paul said:

    So we are very lucky that the American people are much wiser than Hillary Clinton, and much wiser than the president. We got the president and Hillary Clinton to slow down, but Hillary Clinton was widely reported to be the chief person proposing that we get involved in Syria. But really the only person directly involved in bombing ISIS’s bases right now is the Syrian government—so for all their wrongs, we’re actually quite lucky we didn’t have regime change, because I think it is a very realistic prediction that, had we had that happen, that ISIS would be in charge of Syria. Really, Syria, with Assad and all this war, is somewhat of a counter to the power of ISIS.

Paul's critics in the GOP are increasingly agitated by his stances, especially what they see as him positioning himself to the left of Clinton on foreign policy, even while the Middle East is becoming ever more volatile.

“The last thing the Republican Party needs is its own version of George McGovern,” Yoo told me. “More than 50 percent of the American people now disapprove of Obama's isolationist foreign policy, whose disastrous effects we now see in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Asia. Paul's views will have the same bad consequences, both for the Republican Party, the United States, and the world.”

On a panel on Meet The Press that followed Paul's interview, Michael Gerson, the former Geroge W. Bush speechwriter and one of the architects of “compassionate conservatism,” criticized Paul for opposing foreign aid.

“He’s called for the gradual elimination of all foreign aid,” Gerson said. “I’ve seen its effect in sub-Saharan Africa and other places. This would cause misery for millions of people on AIDS treatment. It would betray hundreds of thousands of children receiving malaria treatment. These are things you can’t ignore in a presidential candidate. This is a perfect case of how a person can have good intentions, but how an ideology can cause terrible misery. He will need to explain that.”

However, James Carafano, a generally hawkish foreign policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, said Paul is tapping into real currents of discontent with the American public.

Paul is “onto something,” in that “in a sense that people are looking for something other than reflexively send in the bombs or reflexively do nothing,” Carafano told this reporter.

“It’s not just Sen. Paul, but I’ve heard several of the people who might be Republican candidates offer different versions of the same thing,” Carafano said. “Rick Perry was here the other day and was a little more aggressive on Iraq than Paul, but in their own way, what everybody is trying to say is we need to be prudent as opposed to somebody who just says we’re going to go do this.”

Paul describes himself as “a foreign policy realist like the first George Bush, like Reagan, like Eisenhower.” He elaborates:

    They did intervene on occasion. It was not their first choice—but they did intervene when there were American interests involved, and I think really it’s not one extreme or the other. I often tell people in speeches one extreme goes nowhere all the time and that’s isolationism. The other extreme goes everywhere all the time. Many of the foreign policy sort of establishment in Washington, they're so used to being everywhere all of the time, that anyone who backs away from everywhere all of the time is considered to be an isolationist.

Paul said that in many cases, “there is no good alternative”—and that much of the time, each foreign policy choice by a president has negative consequences and positive ones. But the best decision, he said, is the one that acts in the best interest of America and her allies like Israel—even if that means a bad dictator remains in power.

“I think one of the biggest threats to our country is radical Islam and these radical Islamist groups—they are a threat,” Paul said.

Paul is currently leading the GOP field in 2016 GOP primary polls a few months out from the 2014 midterm elections. He said Americans are looking for someone they can trust to do the right thing when a foreign policy crisis arises. Paul went on:

    When people are looking at choosing someone to be commander-in-chief, I think first and foremost they’re looking at whether that person has the wisdom and judgment to defend the country and make those decisions—when that 3 a.m. phone call came for Hillary, she didn’t bother to pick up the phone. In Libya, they were calling—they needed reinforcements for six months. It wasn’t just the night of the attack; for six months leading up to the attack there were repeated calls for reinforcements, for security teams, for a DC-3 to fly people on a plane to be able to leave the country. So I think the compilation of mistakes leading up to Benghazi really do preclude her from consideration to become commander-in-chief.

Regarding ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist organization that has grown a foothold in Syria and Iraq, Paul said he supports airstrikes. But if he were the president in this situation, unlike Obama, he would have called Congress back from recess to sell both chambers on action—and seek authorization before using America’s armed forces there. Paul said of ISIS:

    We need to do what it takes to make sure they’re not strong enough to attack us. That means sometimes perhaps continuing the alliance with the new Iraqi government. Perhaps it means armaments, or perhaps it means air support, but frankly if I were in President Obama’s shoes at this time, I would have called Congress back, I would have had a joint session of Congress, and I would have said ‘this is why ISIS is a threat to the United States, to the stability of the region, to our embassy, to our diplomats, and this is why I’m asking you today to authorize air attacks.’ I’m betting if he would have done that to a joint session of Congress, he would have gotten approval. When you don’t do it through Congress, and you do it yourself, then you really have not galvanized the will of the nation. As a true leader, what I think we need to do is galvanize the nation when we go to war.

But since Clinton and Obama have “a disregard for the rule of law,” which generally requires congressional authorization for such military action while giving the president considerable latitude for short-term action, the administration did not seek congressional authorization for action in Libya—and probably won’t for action against ISIS, if it’s taken. Paul concluded:

    Americans do want strong leadership from the president. They do think that President Obama is not being a strong leader. They do want a strong leader, something more akin to the public persona of Reagan. But they also don’t want somebody who is reckless in engaging in war; they don’t want somebody to put troops back in the Middle East. That was my point with Hillary Clinton—her eagerness to be involved in Libya and to be involved in Syria, in Libya led to very bad, probably unintended consequences and in Syria unintended consequences also. But I think you have less unintended consequences if you come to the American people through Congress and have a full-throated debate. It’s frankly difficult to convince Congress to do things—and that way, if you do it that way, you’re unlikely to go to war unless there is a consensus among the American people.

42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots on: August 29, 2014, 10:09:16 AM
Why not engage on the merits?
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: August 29, 2014, 10:07:17 AM
Actually Top Dog could do some AMAZING reads (first time he met my then girlfriend he turned and looked at me and said "She must drive your crazy interrupting you when you are reading".  There was NO way he could have known that!

I too had many a read where the woman was surprised at how I could have known that.  If you break down the analytical framework, the variables assessed followed a lot of Jungian pyschology (thinking, feeling, sensation, intuition, introverted, extroverted, etc) and a lot of it simply made sense; a hard thick stubby muscular hand would tend to correlate to a personality that was more impulsive than a hand that was long, slender, and delicate.

 
44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AQ vs Assad in Golan Heights on: August 29, 2014, 09:51:12 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLqkjksKM1o
45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: August 29, 2014, 09:41:54 AM
As is usually the case with this source, some of the expression is a bit over the top, but the essence of the point is there:

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/mexican-president-claims-to-be-co-governor-of-california/
46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Rand Paul on: August 29, 2014, 09:13:59 AM
So, you are agreeing with Rand?
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: August 29, 2014, 09:13:00 AM
Hand reading was an AWESOME way of meeting women for me.  You hold their hand and talk about their favorite subject--themselves.  When I would do this at a bar sometimes I had a number of others competing to be next to be read.
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The word treason comes to mind , , , on: August 29, 2014, 09:07:22 AM


Not the most reliable of sources.  Any confirmation out there?

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http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/28/woah-obama-pushes-unilateral-policy-changes-to-let-hawaii-secede-from-union/

WOAH! Obama Pushes to Let Hawaii Secede from Union

August 28, 2014 By Greg Campbell
 
Apparently seething with authoritarian hubris, President Obama is seeking to wave his magic “pen and a phone” once more to undo legislatively-passed laws and set the stage for allowing Hawaii to secede as a state.
 
For decades, the State of Hawaii has vied for the right to return to being a sovereign kingdom. The chain of islands has a fascinating and rich history as a kingdom, but was adopted as a state in 1959. Multiple attempts by Hawaiian lawmakers to return Hawaii to a kingdom have failed and in recent years, Former Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka, Democrats senators from Hawaii, have pushed the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act- an act that would restore Hawaii to a kingdom run by ethnically native Hawaiians.
 
As one might expect, Congress has routinely defeated this legislation. A 2007 DOJ statement to the Senate highlighted the absurdity of the proposed law and noted,

“Moreover, S. 310 effectively seeks to undo the political bargain through which Hawaii secured its admission into the Union in 1959. On November 7, 1950, all citizens of the Hawaiian Territory – including native Hawaiians – voted to seek admission to the United States. See, e.g., Pub. L. No. 86-3, 73 Stat. 4. By a decisive 2-1 margin, native Hawaiians themselves voted for statehood, thus voluntarily and democratically relinquishing any residual sovereignty to the United States.”

Obama, who grew up in Hawaii (amongst many other places), appears sympathetic to this plight and his Department of the Interior has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to overrule the will of Congress.
 
What the notice proposes is enacting a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community,” allowing the government of Hawaii to run as a kingdom dominated by a racial hierarchy, with native Hawaiians being in charge.
 
Obama’s crusade, however, is fraught with legal complications. Aside from the obvious fact that such decisions are not the domain of the president, but rather the legislative body, Obama’s actions would likely violate 15th Amendment protections as well as establish a precedent that states can secede in the pursuit of instituting a government centered on racial hierarchy- an obvious violation of innumerable tenets of our government and society.
 
In late May, TPNN reported:

    The policy proposal, an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, states:
     
    “The Secretary of the Interior is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.”
     
    The document claims that the goal is “to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that Congress has established between that [Hawaiian] community and the United States.”
     
    What this does is essentially create a two-tier system based on race in Hawaii. It will afford separate taxes and law enforcement to one race and another set of policies will govern another race.

Since then, the Department of the Interior has endured a barrage of push-back from legislators and other assorted bureaucrats who have maintained that not only is this a terrible idea, but one that is inherently unconstitutional. Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress, not the president, has the authority to recognize tribes.
 
In fact, Obama’s head of Indian Affairs at the Interior Department, Assistant Secretary Kevin K. Washburn, testified before a House subcommittee that this administration did not “have the authority to recognize Native Hawaiians.” Washburn claimed that “we would need legislation to be able to proceed down that road.”
 
Still, despite having no Constitutional authority, the Obama administration is continuing to push the policy change that could have far-reaching effects. It is unclear if even the Congress has the authority to allow such policies; it is, however, certain that the executive branch possesses no such powers.
 
While it is far from certain that Hawaii will be granted the right to secede, what such policy shifts are aimed at is creating a wider divide between races and unapologetically implementing a racial hierarchy with native Hawaiians at the top.
 
At a time when the most divisive president in history pretends to be interested in equality and egalitarian beliefs, it’s nauseating to see his administration stoke the flames of racial prejudice and seek to codify racial supremacy in law.
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The word treason comes to mind , , , on: August 29, 2014, 09:05:32 AM
Not the most reliable of sources.  Any confirmation out there?

===================================

http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/28/woah-obama-pushes-unilateral-policy-changes-to-let-hawaii-secede-from-union/

WOAH! Obama Pushes to Let Hawaii Secede from Union

August 28, 2014 By Greg Campbell
 
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ZObamaApparently seething with authoritarian hubris, President Obama is seeking to wave his magic “pen and a phone” once more to undo legislatively-passed laws and set the stage for allowing Hawaii to secede as a state.
 
For decades, the State of Hawaii has vied for the right to return to being a sovereign kingdom. The chain of islands has a fascinating and rich history as a kingdom, but was adopted as a state in 1959. Multiple attempts by Hawaiian lawmakers to return Hawaii to a kingdom have failed and in recent years, Former Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka, Democrats senators from Hawaii, have pushed the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act- an act that would restore Hawaii to a kingdom run by ethnically native Hawaiians.
 
As one might expect, Congress has routinely defeated this legislation. A 2007 DOJ statement to the Senate highlighted the absurdity of the proposed law and noted,

    “Moreover, S. 310 effectively seeks to undo the political bargain through which Hawaii secured its admission into the Union in 1959. On November 7, 1950, all citizens of the Hawaiian Territory – including native Hawaiians – voted to seek admission to the United States. See, e.g., Pub. L. No. 86-3, 73 Stat. 4. By a decisive 2-1 margin, native Hawaiians themselves voted for statehood, thus voluntarily and democratically relinquishing any residual sovereignty to the United States.”

Obama, who grew up in Hawaii (amongst many other places), appears sympathetic to this plight and his Department of the Interior has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to overrule the will of Congress.
 
What the notice proposes is enacting a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community,” allowing the government of Hawaii to run as a kingdom dominated by a racial hierarchy, with native Hawaiians being in charge.
 
Obama’s crusade, however, is fraught with legal complications. Aside from the obvious fact that such decisions are not the domain of the president, but rather the legislative body, Obama’s actions would likely violate 15th Amendment protections as well as establish a precedent that states can secede in the pursuit of instituting a government centered on racial hierarchy- an obvious violation of innumerable tenets of our government and society.
 
In late May, TPNN reported:

    The policy proposal, an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, states:
     
    “The Secretary of the Interior is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.”
     
    The document claims that the goal is “to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that Congress has established between that [Hawaiian] community and the United States.”
     
    What this does is essentially create a two-tier system based on race in Hawaii. It will afford separate taxes and law enforcement to one race and another set of policies will govern another race.

Since then, the Department of the Interior has endured a barrage of push-back from legislators and other assorted bureaucrats who have maintained that not only is this a terrible idea, but one that is inherently unconstitutional. Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress, not the president, has the authority to recognize tribes.
 
In fact, Obama’s head of Indian Affairs at the Interior Department, Assistant Secretary Kevin K. Washburn, testified before a House subcommittee that this administration did not “have the authority to recognize Native Hawaiians.” Washburn claimed that “we would need legislation to be able to proceed down that road.”
 
Still, despite having no Constitutional authority, the Obama administration is continuing to push the policy change that could have far-reaching effects. It is unclear if even the Congress has the authority to allow such policies; it is, however, certain that the executive branch possesses no such powers.
 
While it is far from certain that Hawaii will be granted the right to secede, what such policy shifts are aimed at is creating a wider divide between races and unapologetically implementing a racial hierarchy with native Hawaiians at the top.
 
At a time when the most divisive president in history pretends to be interested in equality and egalitarian beliefs, it’s nauseating to see his administration stoke the flames of racial prejudice and seek to codify racial supremacy in law.
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Environmental issues on: August 29, 2014, 01:55:09 AM
"There is no reasonable room I have seen for the right to take the lead.  You would have to be very, very quick to beat the left to the punch."

I disagree.  First you have to be emotionally available.  For example, I see no reason that a Rep could not seize upon the plastic bag issue, using the ED analytical framework I describe.  Yes the left has yapped about PBs first, but with no discernable limiting principle.  Lots of people intuitively understand the lack of cost-benefit in watermelon thinking and the lack of limiting principle and here we have a great chance to establish the principle while simultaneously allaying concerns that Reps are always going to find the analog the of the definition of gyres to quibble about.

The Rep who gets on our front with this, and similar problems will be seen as a uniter, the kind of leader that we need, blah blah.


 
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