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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Paul Ryan on: September 05, 2012, 10:02:48 AM
I will just say that 3 things:

1.  Mitt Romney has experience as an executive and it would be unwise to pretend that he is a totally different guy, now.

2.  Ryan has a voting record.  Some of what is there is difficult to justify.

3.  Lesser of 2 evils voting is why we have to have conversations like this.
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: June 01, 2012, 11:39:31 AM
That OTOH.  How is that?  Is it not always possible to bring the strength from weight training into the power of your hits?  I have the power DVD and that is the total basis of my work on swinging hard. 

(I know there are other parts of the fight, like the ground and the clinch, too).
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Officer shot in face, witnesses leave him lying on ground on: May 28, 2012, 05:26:40 PM
Someone should have helped him.  Sometimes people do...

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ohio-police-officer-thanks-good-samaritan-backup-lady-12410779
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Art of Dying on: May 28, 2012, 05:13:11 PM
I shared that story for my friends on FB.
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Art of Dying on: May 28, 2012, 05:11:08 PM
Very interesting stuff.  I'm not a Dr but as a medic (civilian), I see death all the time and I also see and participate in the application of futile and torturous care.  I hope to die without all that rigmarole, myself.  I hope that "How Doctors Die" has been widely read.

I like the DNR tat idea.  I should get one myself.
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) & the 4th Amendment on: May 28, 2012, 03:09:46 PM
Here is something that is causing me some internet difficulty:  What are some good search terms or sites to where one can track the actually incidences of direct police action stopping a violent crime.  I know that it does happen but, for me, it is not quantifiable. 

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/05/23/groups-concerned-over-arming-of-domestic-drones/

Also, I think we should all carefully watch how drones are deployed in the US.  First we start with police intel missions.  Then what?  Using drones for SWAT type actions?  And then what?  Remember, this is the same country where law enforcement bombed a city block in Philly.

I am concerned that, for law and order types, there is an overdependence on the assumption that people in power will do the right thing.  The more the balance of power shifts in favor of those that want to control society, the more opportunity there is for something outlandish to happen.
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: May 28, 2012, 02:21:43 PM
Had to pick a thread and this is it.

Where do you guys come down on strength and strength training, as it relates to fighting with the stick.  I mean your garden variety 400lb DL, 300+ lb squat, etc sort of thing.  I am sure some of the fighters are very strong.  Are they able to bring it to bear, in their fights?  Is stick speed and striking strenght affected by strength or is this another thing, entirely.  I am thinking about this just because I need to pick up heavy things, at work and have benefitted from the standard compound lift training.  Will that benefit the fighter as well.

(I'll move this, if needed.  Just trying to avoid creating another thread.)
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: May 25, 2012, 09:13:13 AM
I am curious as to how you guys feel about the use of unmanned drones, in police work.  As a naturally suspicious person, I dislike this.  I imagine that armed drones for SWAT actions will come next.  That is a barrel of poisonous snakes.  Remember, In this country, in modern times (I was in high school) the police of a certain city actually bombed a city block.
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA's Snake Range on: March 28, 2012, 04:22:03 PM
I live in Austin Tx.  Rick Laue is about an hour away but, for now, his classes and my job conflict so I train PTK up here and use the DVDs.  I'm the same person that posted in Facebook about the Houston fight day.  The DBMA association is something I shall be looking into.
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA's Snake Range on: March 26, 2012, 10:17:10 PM
Alas, all I have is your DVDs.  I will make a camp one day.

Btw, what I learned in your DVDs made all the difference.

11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA's Snake Range on: March 26, 2012, 12:29:06 PM
I read this post a while back.  I liked it and it gave me things to think about.  3/24/12 I got my first taste of fighting the way you guys do it.  I wanted to approach this as a "blocking counter hitter" or an "evader".  I ended up fighting all my fights as a troglodyte.  I have the bruises to show for it.  How do you alter your fight psychology in order to fight more according to plan, rather than wading in and swinging for the fences?
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizens defend themselves/others. on: January 07, 2012, 02:17:30 PM
I did not want to start a new post for this and this one talks about defense...sooo is the use of the palm/koppo/yawara stick covered in any of the dvds?

Thanks.

(Please move if this is badly placed)
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 11:08:41 PM
And I have tried to be very polite.  I hope I have succeeded.
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 11:07:58 PM
Don't want to fight but don't want to fake my position either.

In fairness, you posted a few links, as well.
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 10:38:40 PM
And Guro Marc, I will call you Guro since others do and I am new to all this, thanks for the kind words and helping me feel like I am not crazy!
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 10:33:44 PM
These conversations are hard.  I really am trying to talk about this without starting a fight.  I also wanted to express that I have supported the police with the only thing I truly own, which is my body.  But, by the same token, I do want to express the distrust I feel when I am not in uniform.  When I am not in uniform, I make it a point to not mention anything because it changes the encounter and I want to be treated like everyone else.  That sometimes makes me unhappy.  My hope is that some LEOs will see that even someone that is almost totally on their side still has a great deal of heartburn over what they see happening between the police and citizens.  Dunno if I have done a good job, but I have made my feelings known.
17  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 07:29:08 PM
My interest is sparked and I have emailed the PR office about how the police chief is hired.  Austin is a place with a powerful city manager and that person is not elected.  Sheriffs tend to be more responsive to the people (around here) because they answer directly to the electorate.  You can see this in the differences in how the deputies in neighboring counties act.  I will know more about the police chief soon enough.
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 06:32:23 PM
**Sure. Just like any group that lives outside the mainstream, they tend to flock together. Just like Nurses, Firefighters, EMS and others tend to do. Can you sit down with a group of people that live normal 9-5 jobs and tell them about the junkie who was flatlining until you hit him with narcan, then he tried to kill you for it? Or tell them about the SIDS call you went to, or the single vehicle rollover with multiple fatals?

Of course not. 

In the US, the public shapes how law enforcement does it's job.

I live in Tx so maybe it is different here.  Many things happen by policy.  Sometimes, the public can get them shot down, if you have some vulnerable politicians.  Sometimes the policies are not widely publicized and until someone with juice is irritated, nothing happens.  Again, I live here so it may be different. (of course the government can negatively affect cops and that is not handled unless there are some vulnerable politicians)



19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Phoenix Jones!!!!! on: December 27, 2011, 06:23:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJQi7yYhVVA

Oh yeah, this whole thread seems to show that, at bare minimum, you gotta have a gun or 2 in your house.
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 06:12:31 PM
Solution?  That has to come from law enforcement.  I have no power, so in general life, I just avoid as much as possible.  The police have an incredible amount of power.  The police face an incredible amount of danger.  Nothing in my life mirrors that.  I will say that the job is voluntary, though and some of the hostility that comes out during the occasional traffic stop or random encounter goes a long way towards bad relationships.
21  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 06:03:20 PM

**Most law abiding citizens have a positive relationship with police.

Not a LEO, but from my perspective, there is a lot of fear in that, because you can't manage an unpleasant conversation the way you would with someone else.


**Sure, and the typical cop bashing poster here is a perfect example of why there is such a thing. The public at large is all for the law being enforced, except when it's their kid getting arrested, or them getting stopped for speeding, then things get hypocritical sometimes. Also, despite the endless stream of police shows/movies, very few capture the reality of the job. Thus the public often thinks they understand how things work, which is usually based on a screenwriter's imagination and has very little to do with reality.


Do you think police should strive to be better than other people?  I have a few friends that are former Marines and a common theme is that the standard for them is supposedly higher than the standard that the average man deals with.  Is it like that for police?  Are they taught to not buy into the idea that they are part of society not us against them?  Heck, is that even a legitimate question?  Are police part of society at large?  Just guys and gals with a job to do?

Are you a cop?  It might not even be appropriate to get into this with you if you are not.
22  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:55:11 PM
Additionally, I will say that a good part of my concern with police power is that, in a worst case scenario, 2 problems arise:

1. Police officers are people, just like all of us.
2. They are a group of people that I cannot defend myself against, if I were ever to feel that I needed to.

And believe me, I do my level best to avoid those things.  I don't speed.  Got the necessary stickers, am polite when stopped and avoid parts of town where they might not want to see me.
23  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:44:59 PM
I suppose you can if you like.  There are a lot of links up regarding people doing bad things and getting jammed.  I added some links, too.

24  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:39:25 PM
Sounds fairly close to what I have always thought.  Then, how have we arrived at a place where we often have hostile relationships between the police and citizens?  I can completely understand why it goes poorly when you are being arrested.
Do you think there is an us against them mentality?
What advice would you give to people with clean records that feel like they are being profiled.  Not just a simple traffic stop, but a better dose, complete with cuffs?
25  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:34:39 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28112637/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/nyc-police-officers-charged-sodomy-attack/#.TvpVNPL7aSo
(I know they were acquitted but something happened)

And I am sure that no one has forgotten Abner Louima.
26  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:29:18 PM
My point was in what I said.  To provide some background so anyone that decides to answer does not think I am randomly bashing cops.  I do have questions about how many violent encounters are handled and so I bring them up.

Let me ask you a different question, what do you consider the role of the police to be?  I know what I think, but it is likely different from what you think.  I am not trying to be combative, here.
27  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:18:57 PM
And there are some officers that are sketchy, just like there are EMTs/Paramedics that "lose" narcs on runs and have all the cash and valuables "disappear" on the patients they transport to the ER.

I don't think either is but a small minority of those that do the jobs in question.


I put that out there lest you think I am just a cop basher with a criminal record who has never taken a risk in the street in order to do his job, not to say that my profession has nothing but clean people.  In fact, you can go ahead and post a million links regard medic misconduct and I will probably not defend them.
28  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:16:21 PM
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=8163016

Don't know the law about cell phones so I don't know if the police are allowed to snatch them.  I think they should not be if they are.
29  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: December 27, 2011, 05:09:29 PM
Maybe the police could consider not shooting some of these people.

Also, let me get this out of the way.  I am not a cop.
I am a paramedic.
I have been with lone cops and fought alongside them till their backup showed.
I have been in situations where we did the fighting till the police showed (not the plan, I assure you)
I know the job is dangerous and stressful.
I have witnessed extremely sketchy behavior from some officers.

Just some part of who I am.
30  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Downey PD shoots wrong man on: December 27, 2011, 04:52:00 PM
http://downeybeat.com/2011/10/for-second-time-this-month-downey-officers-fatally-shoot-suspect-10697/
31  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Off duty officer allegedly shoots a man. on: December 27, 2011, 04:45:20 PM
http://www.wbaltv.com/r/23810790/detail.html
32  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Off duty deputy shoots man (allegedly) on: December 27, 2011, 04:41:30 PM
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-deputy-murrieta-bar-shooting,0,4182153.story
33  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 16, 2011, 07:14:06 PM
"If you have your wife and family with you, what's happening to them while you are knife fighting, are you going to hold all them bad guys at knife point or worse stick point? One of them is going to grab your kid. "

See, this is why it is good to talk to people about things.  I have no wife or kids, so I did not even consider the idea that one might have to worry about them.  I am going to reread the thread about people defending themselves or others.
34  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 16, 2011, 05:27:59 PM
I was making a statement based on how I feel about the subject and based on how I perceive things work, currently.  I did not attribute anything to anyone.
35  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 16, 2011, 04:00:43 PM
I will say this and then leave it alone:  obeying the law and absolute submission to the government's agents is not the same thing and should not be considered the same thing.  The government's agents are citizens of the country and, allegedly, work for the citizens.  They do not own the citizens.  Also, saying what I just said does not mean that I believe murderers and such should not be arrested.
36  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 16, 2011, 01:30:07 PM
"There is a difference between a rule of law as part of a limited government vs. a invasive nanny-state where minor crimes are used to extract revenue while felons run wild, see California as an example of this."

You are certainly correct but we don't have that and I do not see many examples of conservative leaning persons actually wanting that.  I see a lot of cries for lower taxes (I can relate) and greater freedom for business (more complicated but I can relate).  On the law and order side of things, many people, self identifying as conservative, see absolute submission to the government's agents as necessary.  Many confrontations with the government representatives come, not from a violation, but from being slow to demonstrate complete submission.  Any encounter with a government agent can end in your death.  This disturbs me.  Most likely, it will not because most government reps will not escalate confrontations that far  and most people will lay down and expose their bellies. 

"All those are good, however a gun or two is a serious improvement when facing deadly force threats."

I definitely agree with you here.  I guess I am in the process of trying to sort out how I can find myself in these positions and how to behave if I do.  Since I am not a LEO and I do not live in a rough area, my exposure to deadly force threats has been minimal.  Some of what I read and hear people say seems to be a bit of an overreaction.  Still, we already know that I am very underexposed and probably wrong.  Also, you hear that saying "better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6."  I am TERRIFIED of the criminal justice system and hope that if ever faced with force, my response is appropriate.  BTW, I do have guns and I do shoot them.  I just don't take them places with me.
37  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 16, 2011, 12:19:25 PM
Interesting.  I must add that conservatives are very invested in making sure you stay under the government thumb (police and many "law and order" types tend to identify with the conservative side), as well.

I do see how it probably will be impossible to see how the use of weapons breaks down.  That is too bad, but I will keep reading.

I started thinking about this because it seems to me that a somewhat fit, somewhat trained person can manage almost everything, outside of the home with smarts, awareness and maybe a blade or impact weapon.  However, it seems like home invasions would require firearms, simply because of the intention of the invader, the surprise factor and the isolation factor.  These are only my thoughts and I am not a LEO and am only familiar with certain kinds of violence which may not even cover half of the things that happen to people.  All this to say; I may have some illusions and need to get rid of them.
38  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: December 15, 2011, 12:28:46 PM
I am curious about something, and this seems to be the place for it:  In my mind, it seems that it is likely that there have been more incidents of defense with a gun in the home, and more instances of defense with some other kind of weapon out in the world.  Anyone know how that breaks down?
39  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Rattan Sticks on: November 26, 2011, 02:21:03 PM
Hello.

Sorry if I sounded like I was dissatisfied.  Far from it.  I just overestimated my hand and wrist strength.  I like the sound of what you say, though and I'll just keep at it with the Top Dog stick.  (of course I'm still going to order the Crafty model, as well).
40  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Looking for Teachers, Schools, and Training Partners on: November 25, 2011, 05:46:45 PM
I am in Austin, Texas.  Anyone on the board live and train here.  I woukd certainly like to get involved.
 Thanks, Andre
41  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Rattan Sticks on: November 25, 2011, 05:40:19 PM
Gentlemen,
I need some stick advice.  I have purchased a Top Dog model and some dvds.  That stick is thick and heavy!  Is that the size stick you fight with?  Are the crafty sticks the same diameter?  If they are a little thinner and lighter, I will purchase a pair.  I imagine i'll be able to swing one of those hard with a bit more ease.

Thanks in advance,
Andre
42  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior on: November 12, 2011, 08:22:05 PM
I want to thank all of you that posted here.  I am in my 40s and have just become interested in what you do.  I am not a long time martial artist or anything like that.  Anyway, I have a stick, I have DBMA dvds and I have a park.  Since I am in Tx, I hope to pop my cherry in a Houston Stickfighting Organization gathering and then come visit all of you.  Again, thanks for this post. 
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