All Time Low

“We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal.” — John F. Kennedy

Regardless of who wins the election a few things are clear.

  1. The people who voted for the winner will be happy and continue to defend their candidate regardless of good or bad performance. The good will be I told you so and the bad will be blame on everyone else for not letting the new president accomplish goals.

2. The people who voted for the loser will continue to cry foul (rigged election, voter fraud, etc) and continue to attack the winner and all who support the new president. Hillary is a killer crook who belongs in the big house not the white house, Donald is a sexist, racist, and so on.

3. The conspiracy theorist will continue with the man behind the curtain pulls the strings and the president holds no power so it really doesn’t matter who the president is anyway.

4. The media will continue with attacks on the party opposite of the signature on their paychecks, which ensures we never get any real news or facts as to what is actually happening.

5. The internet will continue to have equal stories to support both sides of the coin so whether you a heads guy or a tails guy you will be able to easily find information to back your stance. The problem is most of the info is bogus like the sites that publish it.

6. Far to many people get their information from memes. Most memes are created by people with a specific agenda. So whether it’s political, health related, or my favorites; quotes (the same quote on 6 different memes crediting 6 different authors) the accuracy of that meme all always be questionable at best.

I’m going to stop counting now because this can go on for ever, but here’s what I will say.

I’ve been voting since 1984. I’ve seen quite a few elections from local on up to presidential in that time and I’ve never seen anything like this current election. Election campaigns should be focused on 1 thing and 1 thing only; the issues facing the office of which the candidate is running for, and how that candidate will tackle the issues to best serve the people he/she is representing. Unfortunately no campaign in the history of this country has followed that simple criteria. Go back to day 1 and you will find attacks on opponents has always been the norm. However, I think this current presidential campaign has turned it up a notch.

Now what has changed over the years is the size and presence of media. Included in this is ALL media, television, radio, news papers, magazines, and internet. Included with the internet, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, blogs, pod casts, Youtube, and everyone and their mother has a personal website now-a-days. While this is great it also creates the overabundance of false information. Satire websites by the dozens writing off the wall articles that the majority believe to be real news stories (this to me is the most scary of all).

Now here is the biggest issue of this current election and something I have never seen before. People disagree, everyone has their own opinion on everything and that’s good. Debate is good, you may get me to see things from a perspective I’ve never seen before which in turn will change my mind on a subject or a the very least get me to respect it even if I continue to disagree. Debate or have a conversation, a civilized debate or conversation; but that’s where this has taken a dramatic turn.

On Facebook in the past 6 months or so I’ve seen friendships end, strangers, complete strangers who have never met or talked and know absolutely nothing about each other venomously go at each others throats. Why? Because they have different opinions on who would best run this country, all civility has gone straight to hell.

Here’s a few things to think about. How hard is it to be respectful of someones opinion whether you agree or not? How hard is it to think before you speak? How hard is it to just be kind to each other? Remember once you say it, you can’t take it back; so does it really need to be said in the form of disrespect or in an attacking manner. Just because my views differ from yours does not make me blind, ignorant, uninformed, or whatever other names every is calling each other.

It’s really mind-boggling how so many adults are acting like 5th graders over the current political landscape. I feel in the long run we all basically want the same thing. Peace, health, wealth, and happiness for ourselves and friends and family and everyone else we share to planet with.

It all starts from within.

Bottom Line: Everyone has their own truth. Regardless of the election outcome, if we continue to act this way we all lose.

 

 

“Oh no I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough”

 

 

Peace

 

 

BJJ Tournament Rules

It seems like every week a new grappling federation is popping up and holding tournaments. I think this is both good and bad. Good in the way that our sport is growing in popularity, and bad because with this growth usually comes the watering down of the original intent of the “art”. The original intent of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was self protection, self protection in the way that a smaller person could defend themselves against a lager attacker. The original intent of Tae Kwon Do was self protection, typically meeting force with force with defensive maneuvers and punching and kicking. With the popularity of Tae Kwon Do tournaments the rules slowly began to change. First the punching began to fade then the contact began to fade. When I trained in TKD we fought when we sparred, there was contact and if the fight went to the ground as most fights do you’d better know how to fight there as well. We didn’t go for points for one simple reason; if you get attacked your attacker will not stop attacking because you scored a point.

While I feel that sport martial arts are good it’s the rules that water down the martial art itself. Traditionally speaking, if you got a black belt it meant you could fight and defend yourself, now if you get a black belt in a martial art designed for competition that meaning isn’t necessarily true. A lot of black belts today have a false sense of security due to the sport aspect of the what they are learning.

Now here’s the issue I have with all the grappling tournaments that are popping up every week, each one has a different set of rules, and much like what happened to TKD this is watering down BJJ. More and more schools have a sport based curriculum (if they have a curriculum at all) and this takes the self protection out of the art. While I agree that for children there are certain things that need to be modified in both training and competition for safety, however adults need to train the art as it was meant to be. Therefore as an adult in competition there should not be limits on the moves and submissions that are (or least least should be) part of every adult BJJ academy curriculum. I realize there is no easy answer to this issue, however I feel it needs to be addressed.

 

To be continued…

Peace

 

Things to Ponder

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  1. If you are not a productive contributor to society shut up. Stop complaining, stop giving advice, stop discussing politics/religion/health/music, stop saying how the government is fucking the people, just stop…..
  2. If “they are poisoning us; they’re poisoning themselves as well.
  3. Things happen in this world. Not everything is created by the government/new world order/illuminati or whatever else you want to call it. Not everything is a conspiracy or a cover up.
  4. The government is not trying to take your guns away from you. Gun control doesn’t mean gun confiscation.
  5. It’s easy to push the blame, you have more control than you realize. I’m in the situation I put myself in, so are you.
  6. Proper diet and exercise go hand in hand. However, a good healthy diet with minimal exercise will yield more positive results and health than exercise and eating a garbage diet.
  7.  All food is “real” food. The saying “eat real food” is stupid. It should be “eat natural food”.
  8. No GMOs.. Sounds good, right? Do you use a microwave, smoke, drink alcohol, milk, or soda, eat fast food, or processed food, canned food, use anti perspirant/deodorant, This list can go on forever.
  9. How do you know that vegetables you grow are not GMO. Do you really know where those seeds came from.
  10. Dana White, love or hate him but know one thing that’s for sure; you would not have MMA without him. Think what you want, but he saved the sport and made it what it is today. Also you can complain all you want about fighter pay but they make the choice to fight and know what is going in, and don’t compare it to boxing because most boxers make less. They are business like any other, the CEO makes millions they guys who do the work make a few thousand. Right or wrong…
  11. You’re in competition with no one but yourself. Wake up, work out, eat, work, relax, go to sleep, repeat.
  12. If you hold a door for someone and they don’t thank you who cares, if you’re holding for the thank you you’re holding it for the wrong reason.
  13. This I’ve said before, It’s better to be politically correct than mean.
  14. You go on Facebook and tell the American people they’re “sheepole” and better wake up, meanwhile you’re getting your info from a source just as skewed, so what’s the difference. Going onto a social media site and spewing your holier than thou bullshit just makes you an aggressive, pompous ass. What you fuck are you doing to make change for the better?
  15. I’ve also said this. Music: there is no good or bad, it’s personal. Music makes everyone feel something different. I happen to like almost any music, I like new rock, and country. Just because a certain music is complicated it’s not better than a simple 3 chord pop song, it’s just different; just because I happen to like simple music doesn’t mean Mr. prog rock or jazz in more educated musically.
  16. I try to be the best me I can be, I may not be doing so good, but I’m trying the best I can…

 

That’s all for today. Live you life the best you can and Be Happy.

 

Peace

 

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10-1-2015 A Day to Remember

Today I got my new concealment holster. Coincidentally today there was another school shooting at a community college in Oregon. Every time something like this happens both sides of the gun argument come out swinging, using a tragedy and the deaths of innocent people to further there agenda; mostly in hateful manner.

The anti gun side uses this to say see, we need stronger gun laws to prevent these tragedies, the pro gun side say “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. As you can tell from the first sentence I wrote, I own a gun. That being said I feel there should be strict gun laws, anyone with a drivers license shouldn’t be able to walk into Walmart and buy any firearm they choose. At the same time it shouldn’t be impossible either. A back ground check and here’s your permit.

The good guy with a gun stopping the bad guy with a gun scares the shit out of me. Thats just what you want, bad guy starts shooting people, good guy or 2 or 3 or 4 or: well you get it, pulls out his gun and starts shooting back, bullets are flying no one even knows the bad guy from the good guy at this point, the police show up and the mess that ensues is the stuff of horror movies.

What bothers me most about this is the media using this to attack. I was listening to a radio show and this was being blamed on the president, thats completely ridiculous, sure be annoyed by the fact he immediately uses this to push his anti gun agenda but to blame him, come on. The other thing that I’m sure we’ll be hearing shortly is that this never happened, you know like Sandy Hook, a hoax carried out by the government to control the people. I don’t even want to get into that lunacy.

Anyway I scored a sweet Blackhawk Serpa holster and double stack mag case which means I can’t wait to go to my next tactical shooting session. If you shoot and you’ve never taken a firearms safety class or any tactical shooting classes I strongly recommend you do. By the way New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and I and many of my friends own firearms and we train together often. Some of my shooting buddies are strong advocates of using their firearms for home defense as well as the sport side of shooting. I personally keep my weapons locked away in my home and they wouldn’t be an option in home defense. Call me crazy but I feel safer this way.

In closing here’s a few more things

  1. In case you haven’t noticed World War 3 has started already.
  2. We’re going to blasted by a hurricane; again.
  3. I just finished filming 3 shorts and am in the editing process.
  4. Im starting a web series in November.
  5. Im in 3 awesome bands.
  6. Donald Trump is a modern day P.T. Barnum.
  7. It’s better to be politically correct than hateful.
  8. You don’t have to believe in God to be a good person.
  9. I have the best girlfriend there ever was….

 

Peace

 

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Remember that? We learned that when we were kids. What happened? In this politically correct world we live in it seems the rolls have reversed.

First of all the term, “politically correct” is an oxy-moron in of itself, but that’s another subject all together.

This week a fighter, I repeat a FIGHTER, Nate Diaz made the following comment. “I feel bad for Pat Healy that they took an innocent man’s money away and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest fag in the world.” Now in the article on this story they omitted the word “fag” and replaced it with (homosexual slur). Really, you can’t even use the word the man used when reporting the story. Here is a better question, why is it even a story in the first place?

So the UFC, a fighting organization and UFC president Dana White, the man who became famous on the Ultimate Fighter as the guy who couldn’t say more the 3 words without fuck being one of them fined ($20,000) and suspended (90 days) Nate Diaz for a fighter tweeting that another fighter is a fag. Oh yeah and they launched an internal investigation. Are you kidding me?

This is the statement released by the UFC. “The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.”

Really Dana? Wow, seems hypocritical to me, but what do I know.

One thing I feel pretty certain about is that knowing Nate, he won’t be issue any apologies; nor should he have to.

So Nate I hope you learned a lesson from this. You can go in the cage and beat the fucking piss out of that fag Bryan Caraway, just don’t call him a fag…\
Fucking Stupid……………

I thing the bottom lines is this.

You can be as HATEFUL as you want to be, just be sure to choose you words carefully….

Peace