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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Wolves, Dogs and other canines on: August 07, 2008, 02:27:56 AM
Hello all, I found a decent book on the history of the Akita, " Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain," by Martha Sherrill.  It's the history of the breed in modern times and how a single man in Japan, Morie Sawataishi brought the breed back from the brink of extinction at the end of WWII.  I was unaware the breed had dwindled to about a dozen or so dogs!  I have not yet finished the book but I've found its a easy read if not a bit mystical. You can find it on Amazon.
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Gay & Straight on: March 16, 2008, 06:10:29 PM
Isn't the more disturbing issue here that a church is sanctioning hate from the pulpit?  Isn't that what we rail against in Mosques?  What's the difference between fundamentalist preaching against the western infidels and fundamentalist preaching against the abomination of peoples sex acts?  I argue the answer is actually very simple, WE all are those "western infidels"  and we can't or won't accept the brand of the Imams teachings as we know it is pure hate and manipulation and on a whole untrue.  Conversely the pure hate and manipulation being spewed from some churches in Russia and Sacramento seems to be granted credence only because it doesn't point directly at us but rather another group of people.  Intolerance is OK or at least debatable due to the target being a collective "other."  When hate and violence it directed to the collective "us" it completely unacceptable and even brushed off as insane.

I argue if Christian tolerance would have been preached its possible this assault may not have taken place.  We will never know. But being in America does allow people to have the right to dance in pretty much any manner they choose.  Nowhere is it stated we have the right not to be offended.  Therefore, attempting to stop a peaceful group from dancing in a public area just because you don't like it is a losing proposition.  Besides, if the worst thing you have to do in a day is explain to your child why two men are dancing together then you are have a fairly good day.   
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Vehicle issues on: March 16, 2008, 12:59:39 AM
Long time lurker first time poster.

Wouldn't taking the first action be beneficial in this situation defensive or agresive?  A) That action being backing up and getting out of this situation altogether before the punches start flying? OR B) Once it becomes obvious that harm is coming your way strike first with a car door or the great suggestion of "car club" type weapon?  I realize legal issues arise at this point but in hind sight, bail money and a trial sounds better than convulsing in a parking lot.

In my experience which is very limited I found acting first usually results in a better out come for me.  A quick example of my thoughts: I lived Hollywood in a not great part of town.  One night while sitting in the passenger seat of a running vehicle in my drive way, a stranger jumped into the driver seat shut the door and threw the car in gear.  Before any words were spoken I attacked him and forced his head between the seat and the window pillar while I continued to strike.  On new cars the doors automatically lock when the car is put into gear.  This created a very large problem for all in the car.  I had two friends in the rear seats who couldn't get out.  The car jacker wanted to leave but couldn't get out either.  He he finally figured it out and exited the vehicle.  Point being striking first put me in the upper position even though it was a kind of ambush.  To my supreme luck he had no weapon.   
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