Archive for December, 2007

Seeing Wodehouse in Politics

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Wishful Thinking, Lunatic!

Some chowderhead is predicting that global warming will fold the red state areas in a few years and end red state influence in politics and save America from the Right:

So what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles.

Mr. Fu suggests, Mr. Lindroff, that you best pray to your big, fluffy Earth mother that this does not happen. Far from just disappearing we will be pouring into the “safe” blue states. You think that Mexicans come across the border in droves? Just wait until a bunch of red-necks start immigrating into your neighborhood with their rifles and shotguns, pursuing the fleeing game populations. As the song says, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Herr Comrade Communist!

Mr Fu is in a feisty mood tonight boys and girls. When will you Leftists learn, we will not just fade into the woodwork? On the Right you are dealing with a huge number of military personnel, engineers, tradesmen, craftsmen, hunters, farmers, and others skilled in surviving the situations that you sissy boys only see on TV. When push comes to shove we will not go gently into that good night. Best not be between us and anything we value when TSHTF.

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Analysis Indicates Fred

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God Protects Children, and the Foolish

It is great that the Dominguez’s were rescued and are alive, mostly intact.  It is really great that they have faith in Christ Jesus.  But they need to get a little more education before they venture out of the house and get going on that trip to heaven.  It *is* a miracle they survived, given how utterly clueless and unprepared they were.  Nature is pretty unforgiving about stupidity, fortunately God is not so callous.  He is pretty keen on advocating the acquisition knowledge and wisdom.  Try to invest in both.

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Protecting Americans, At Home and Abroad

The United States Navy to the rescue.  Typical Navy, running around saving everyone. 😉

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Harry Reid — Politician

Politician rates somewhere lower than your friendly neighborhood crack dealer in the hierarchy of undesirables.  This bit reports on his keeping Congress in session over the holidays to avoid Bush making recess appointments.  I loved Reply #3:

Reply 3 – Posted by: glcinpdx, 12/19/2007 9:44:41 PM
Ha, #1, I was thinking of him as a creepy little worm. Either way, Reid is a class A slimeball. NOW, if the Pubbies had any stones, they would have a couple of Republican senators show up and demand a quorum call, and seeing no quorum present, move to adjourn and outvote the Dim 2 to 1.

Jeff Sessions?  Richard Shelby?  Care to take a dump in Harry’s chair while he is gone?  Sweet home Alabama!

Mr. Fu will even supply a list of names to Bush for whatever positions he wants filled.  We can shut’em down with the best of ’em.  Mr. Fu has some guys that would make serious hanging judges.

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Loss of Shame

Where did honor go?

We forge ahead with our day to day routine, bumping into each other along the way like in pinball machines back in the day when you could manually feed all five balls into play.  Mr. Fu thinks that many people are quite courteous, perhaps most.  But there is a growing red tide of impolite, inconsiderate, unthinking humanity out there.

We were headed down the road last evening, some one in a van pulled out in front of one of the cars ahead, causing the car to roughly apply the brakes and honk.   The car continued down the road about 500 feet, slowed for a left hand turn, then swerved across the lane in front of an oncoming vehicle, causing the third vehicle to slam on their brakes and honk.  How much people forget in the intervening 500 feet.

FOGHORN describes a quaint family scene, right out of Shogun or something:

A total failure, all around. One of those meals where you apologize to your family with red-faced shame, then retire to a corner, light a candle, apologize to your ancestors, tie a sash around your forehead, and open your belly with a knife.

FOGHORN is getting to be a rare bird indeed.  He did not create the elements leading to a disastrous meal, but he still felt shame that it did not turn out well.  Too many people would just pass it off onto someone else, and would not “take ownership” (a little corporate lingo) of the situation.

Shame, remorse, kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, self-respect and honor are traits that lubricate the frictional interactions of human beings.   Too many lack the capacity for these traits, and they drive the shrill pitch of man grating against man to an even more unbearable whine.  Each break in the chain makes it harder for the decent people to recognize each other and accentuate the positive.

Mr. Fu regards one of the great Yankee sins was the elimination of dueling.  When the smallest slight could be raised to the level of killing one another, it makes it easier to apologize for the slights.  Sure, some decent people would be getting gunned down.  But how many decent people would be gunning for the abusive miscreant?  More than they could withstand.  Mr. Fu knows plenty of good, honest pistoleros that would cut a bloody swath through the ne’er do wells of our society.  Mr. Fu would pledge his sword to that cause.

And certainly the idea that you could be gunned down for spouting off a stupid opinion would likely stifle the free expression of stupid opinions.  We could use a lot more of that.  Mr. Fu included….

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Looking Out For a Conservative

Google offered this to Mr. Fu in his Gmail:

http://www.mikehuckabee.comSearching for a conservative? Learn more about Mike Huckabee.

Funny, the more Mr. Fu learns about Mike Huckabee, the more he keeps searching for a conservative.

Sunday evening someone asked Mr. Fu if he was a liberal or a conservative.  Mr. Fu replied that he was a restorative, as there was not enough left to conserve, he thought that we should restore the country to match more closely with the ideals of the Founding Fathers.  This idea had much support.

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Eerie FOGHORN Moment

Reading through FOGHORN’s latest, he writes about the Jack Benny radio show.  He describes several characters from the show, and relating that some of the extras may be familiar.  Mr. Fu read through “since you can hear the fundamental bone structure of every Warner Brothers character in his timbres” and thought, ‘he is going to mention Frank Nelson.’  Sure enough, later FOGHORN links to Frank’s wikipedia entry.

THE KAT and Mr. Fu were discussing Frank Nelson on Saturday after one of his several appearances in I Love Lucy. Very eerie indeed.  Perhaps James has recently joined the overmind and Mr. Fu was not informed?

He also features a Christmas favorite, JinglePixie, including creepy pictures that remind Mr. Fu of the Cymbal Devil Monkey:

Greetings. I would be charmed to play a song for you on my cymbals… in exchange for your IMMORTAL SOUL.

In exchange your immortal soul indeed!  Welcome to the overmind, James….

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Bad Laws, A Reaction

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.
Daniel Webster

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Tired Girl

NURSE BETTY said, “My dead is brain.”

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Minnesota Dumb Question Standard Answer

FOGHORN encountered the standard answer:

They grinned, shook their heads, handed me a Hamm’s.

Oh, and good advice, that not driving on thin ice thing. For those without the background in the frozen lands of the north and west, there is something really exhilarating about being in the middle of a large frozen river when the ice expands and you hear that expansion crack rolling towards you.  Then suddenly a split in the ice runs right between your legs and continues downriver.  Awesome….

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Martial Arts

RUNNING GUY was curious why Mr. Fu’s blog did not contain more information on martial arts. Mr. Fu has been remiss in writing on the arts martial. Probably because Mr. Fu has not been training very much for a long time. Except for bouts with CLONE RED that kind of resemble the battles between Clouseau and Cato.

So, to address the issue, Mr. Fu will answer the question Mr. Fu is most asked about martial arts: What is the best style?

Excellent question, Grasshopper. The best style is the one that works for you. The one you will stick with and will practice regularly. Now, after that we can talk about the strengths and weaknesses of various styles. Mr. Fu has studied Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Moo Gong Do, a touch of Kung Fu, Isshin Ryu Karate, Yamabujitsu, Shin Negare Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Keet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jujitsu, he has not studied all martial arts. He has experience with several instructors and has been in the business a while, even ran his own school for three years. But keep in mind, he does not know everything about the martial arts, nor will he pretend to know everything. These are just his opinions.

Going back in time, Kung Fu Steves exhibit the traits that make bad martial arts styles, flashy techniques, especially kicks above the waist, and a belief that one style is the end all-beat all style. Now, there is no single style that is “the best” overall. Some are more comprehensive than others, and some are just to narrowly focussed to be useful. Now when Mr. Fu talks about utility he means what is going to work on the street. That is where the rubber meets the road (or where your face hits the road, depending).

Just to lay it out, to get full coverage for the street you are going to need at least two styles. There are some singular styles that if they were broadened a touch and added some “live” training to them would be enough on their own. Four styles come to mind that might be enough on their own if stretched (there may be others, make your argument for them): Krav Maga, Hapkido, Jujitsu, and Jeet Kune Do. But for full coverage without too much running back and forth, Mr. Fu would recommend Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu. Or heck, just about any decent Mixed Martial Arts (Mr. Fu hates that term) school ought to cover all the basics.

Bruce Lee was right, you have to cover the ranges: out of contact, kicking distance, punching distance, clinching, and ground work. Just to warn you, clinching and ground work are tough. Most styles do not even bother to really get into these because it requires real knowledge on the part of the instructor, and real commitment on the part of the students. But dollars to donuts, if you are a great kicker and puncher, a street fighter is either going to walk away (probably what you want) or he is going to grapple. If all you studied to this point is what the stand up punch and kick styles teach (let’s call these Tae Kwon Do [please don’t get into a street fight if you only studied this], some karate styles, and only boxing, plus some others) if the guy grapples you are probably screwed. You did not train for somebody grabbing you the way he is going to grab you.

Now if you mostly trained to kick high, like in Tae Kwon Do, if the guy even looks tough just hand him your wallet, your testicles, and another internal organ of his choice. That will be far less painful. Are there Tae Kwon Do guys that can fight? Sure there are, but Mr. Fu has encountered so many highly ranked Tae Kwon Do guys that could not fight that he asks that you really get a second opinion on your skills before going outside.  There are several lessons here: 1) don’t kick over waist high in a street fight, 2) you will fight as you practice, 3) there are a lot of instructors that have no idea how things can really work (not saying they are bad or stupid necessarily, just uninformed).

Mr. Fu left his school behind as the bad ass choker of PUNKTURE whom Mr. Fu choked out with his gi belt. He went to study at a real mixed martial arts school and promptly got his ass handed to him. From first to worst in about ten seconds. A humbling experience no doubt. Seek out those humbling experiences, there you will learn something.

The lesson ultimately is: don’t let your ego get in the way of learning something, even if it means learning you are not top dog. Like Hiro Protagonist says, paraphrased, you think that if you just dropped out and trained you could be the biggest bad ass. Trust Mr. Fu, many guys have already done this and are bigger bad asses than you. But this does not bother Mr. Fu, he is backed up by fire power, friendly relations with law enforcement, and money to hire lawyers. Yes, some of you could kick Mr. Fu’s ass, but he will make sure you are the bad guy, and then you can prove how tough you are by going through the sausage grinder of the Alabama law enforcement and criminal court systems. Mr. Fu did not spend all of his time in the gym and in physics or math classes. He took history, and read Machiavelli.

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American Anti-Utopia?

But which is it? Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World? From yesterday’s link, Roger Kimball has a point and a quote from Tocqueville:

The state’s near monopoly on instruments of violence is merely one token of a much broader and deeper calculus of control. Tocqueville got to the nub of the issue in his famous paragraphs, in Democoracy in America, on “Democratic Despotism.” Where old-fashioned despotism tyrannizes over men, democratic despotism infantilizes them. Such despotism would, Tocqueville writes,


resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves… . It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living? … [This power] extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; … it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.

Food for thought, no?

Yes! Welcome to Brave New World! You can grind people under the heel of a jack boot, but eventually they tire of that and will shrug it off. But the possibilities of distraction are endless. Environmentalism = Social Justice = Fordism. Religion may be the opiate of the masses, put the members of some congregations do not even know they are in church.

The Leftist says, “I am good, you are not coming up to the standard of good, but I am exempt from that standard.”

The Christian says, “I am bad, I am forgiven for being bad because of the sacrifice of Jesus, with His help I am trying to come up to the standard of good, and this is what the standard is.”

If you have ever heard differently, you did not hear it from a Christian.  Which opiate do you prefer?

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The Divide and the Incompatibility

Roger Kimball made a nice  point:

But behind the panoply of motivations there is, I suspect, this fundamental philosophical divide: On the one side are people who see that we live in a free society, understand that freedom is not free—that it can often be quite an expensive quality—and who understand further that preserve freedom requires that individuals stand up for themselves, physically as well as in other ways.

On the other side of the divide are people who see that we live in a free society, who may also understand that freedom is not free—they, too, might admit that it can often be quite an expensive quality—but who wish to cede important parts of that responsibility to the state. The former are likely to be small-government, low-tax supporters of the Second Amendment. The latter are likely to be big government, high-tax critics of the Second Amendment.

Mr. Fu can understand the impulse to let the state handle some things.  But it is the nature of freedom versus a big government that is at least a big question mark, if not always a sure sign of less freedom.  Mr. Fu also suspects that the divide is also between those who accept the responsibility and consequences of living in a society with “freedom of” versus those who are not as ready to accept responsibility and consequences of living in a society with “freedom from.”  “Freedom of” costs and requires little, while “freedom from” can break the bank from just a few bad cases and requires a tremendous police force to compel compliance.

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Self-Defense

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Sorry Gun Grabbers, You Are Wrong

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Worth a Look

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Turning Off of the Road to Serfdom

Roger Kimball has an excellent article on gun control. A commenter, Mike, shows us the real direction to take while the Leftists stride down to slavery:

Mike :

Andrew’s comments pretty well sum up what seem to be the true feelings of many gun control advocates:

“there are a lot of stupid people in America and allowing them to carry a gun will only make them stupider”

This attitude underlies a lot of what currently passes for liberalism: contempt for the actual written constitution, and for a large portion of the American public. along with the shame these elites feel from the unwelcome association citizenship forces on them

“Thanks for making my country look like its full of uncivilized country bumpkins.”

Surely there is more than a suggestion here of eagerness for a technocratic state that would dispense with 18th century legal relics (the 2nd amendment, the electoral college) and relieve these “bumpkins” of their guns, and their remaining political power. Then judges selected from the best law schools could rule us.

But why do these “liberals” assume such an all powerful state, with a monopoly on arms, would always favor them? Maybe they should read some Roman history.

Dec 7, 2007 08:51 AM

Thanks for the summary, Mike! Spot on….

Frankly you gun grabbers should be more concerned about the people driving your way in the opposite lane.  Are you going to ban cars and gasoline too?  Because no one has to break into your house to kill you with a firearm when a couple of gallons of petrol thrown around the perimeter of your house will likely catch you unawares at 4 AM.

 

 

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NIE Crock

Analysts trying to make policy.  One more of Bush’s failure was to purge the government of Clinton cronies.  One more reason not to trust this latest flap over the NIE:

An unnamed International Atomic Energy Agency official, quoted in the New York Times, saying that “we are more skeptical. We don’t buy the American analysis 100 percent. We are not that generous with Iran.” When the IAEA is tougher than our analysts, you can bet the farm that someone is pursuing a policy agenda.

When anyone in the UN is tougher than you, you are a fumbling wussie.

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