Archive for September, 2010

Saving Private Ryan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Many people are familiar with the excellent Tom Hank’s movie Saving Private Ryan. If you haven’t seen this movie then I highly suggest that you watch it, the opening battle scene is probably one of the most realistic you’ll see in the movies.

What you may not know is “Saving Private Ryan” is one of the drills covered in Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) training offered by Blauer Tactical Systems. This drill re-enacts a scene from the movie where an American and German soldiers engage in hand to hand combat with the outcome determined by the one holding the knife. In the PDR drill you practice the principles of the SPEAR System defending against a knife attack with you on the ground and the attacker on top, never a good situation to find yourself.

The purpose of the drill is show the student the strength of the SPEAR, and how by using this a smaller person can hold off an attack by a larger aggressor. I won’t go into full detail of the SPEAR System in this post as one could write a chapter or two in a book on the concepts of the SPEAR System, but what you see in the drill is that by keeping the elbow angles at an outside 90 and thus engaging the extensors the defender can generate a large amount of strength, enough to hold off the attack and giving them time to mount a counter defense. In the video the two people in the drill are of similar size, so it is hard to see how the effective the technique really is for self-defense. Having witness live drills where the defender was a small woman and the attacker a much larger male, all I can say is the technique works.

This is just one drilled covered during the training offered by Blauer Tactical Systems. You can learn about training opportunities in your at the PDR Team site.

The Religion of Peace

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Or so claim many Muslims that follow Islam. No doubt they believe in peace as long as you follow their rules and beliefs. Failure to do that, well they might kill you.

Take for example Molly Norris, a cartoonist in Seattle, Washington. That is she used to be Molly Norris and used to live in Seattle, but since she started a satirical  “Everybody Draw Mohammed Page” page on Facebook (since removed by Facebook, cowards), she has had to go into hiding. The religion of peace doesn’t take kindly to people drawing pictures of Mohammed, violates their religious beliefs. For doing this, Norris had to move and change her name because Anwar al-Awlaki called for her assassination.

As I’ve said before, there are moderates Muslims, there is no moderation in Islam. Imagine if a priest in the Catholic Church called for the assassination of someone that made a satirical page on Facebook about Jesus. People would be in an uproar, liberals would be having a major fit. Not so with Islam, don’t want to offend them.

Think about that.

Thoughts on 9/11

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

9 Years ago today, the world changed when planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the passengers flight United 93 fought back. I still get a swelling of emotions when watching the replays of the day, the towers coming down, listening to the names of those who died recited. Close to 3000 people died that day, innocent lives killed by those who didn’t lose sleep over this for in their eyes none of us are innocent.

One thing to remember is the type of people that launched this attacked, the believers in Islam and the destruction of those that refuse to bow to them, are still out there and would do something like this again if given the chance. There are moderated Muslims, there is no moderation in Islam, remember that.

One thing that irks me today is the conspiracy theory idiots, yes idiots, seem to think this is a great time to remind us all that our government was behind this event. As I said one word describes them, idiots. Take this from Dan Thompson on his Facebook status update today:

“would like to remind everyone to remember 9/11/01. Remember Building 7, remember the black boxes that “disappeared”, remember the lack of Air Force response. Question the “Official Story”, for it is riddled with inconsistencies and outright falsehoods. Remember. We must ask, always: Cui bono? Who benefitted? Remember. And ACT.”

The main thing riddled with holes and inconsistencies is the “evidence” put forth by these people. I could go point by point and show how people like these are off in their statements, with actual evidence, but it would fall on their deaf ears. For those of you that want to take the time to read up on this then check out the article Popular Mechanics did a few years ago on the myths surrounding 9/11. If you are really interested, Popular Mechanics expanded their original article into a book. The Learning Channel also put out a DVD on the collapse of The World Trade Center that is worth watching.

The biggest error the conspiracy idiots, err theorists make is the cherry picking of information. They’ll take 10,000 pages of documentation, hours upon hours of video and audio transcripts, and pick out that one paragraph or 10 seconds of videos that “proof” their case while ignoring the other 99.99999% of the data that doesn’t.

And in the Things That Don’t Make Sense Category

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Just got a new car a couple of weeks ago (2010 Hyundai Accent for those interested) and how to go through the whole insurance process. While doing this I took a look at my driving record the insurance company was using to rate me (provided by them). Two speeding tickets, and one at fault accident for under $1000. Something didn’t seem right there. The speeding tickets were legit, but the accident was one where I was stopped at a light and someone rear-ended me, and ended up having my car totaled. I was trying to figure out how that was me being at fault for under $1000 so I called my agent.

My agent went over things and said yes, that didn’t make sense and he would contact the issuing insurance company (Progressive). A couple of  hours later I hear back from him and the verdict was it is cheaper to have an “at-fault” accident on my record then a no-fault one. So somehow it makes more economic sense for the insurance company to list me as being fault instead of not being at fault? I’m still puzzling over that logic.

The Gorilla Pit

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

If you live in the Mentor, Ohio area and looking for a place to get into shape then checkout The Gorilla Pit. The Pit has some great coaches, Ty Phillips and Jay Ashman are just a couple of people at the Pt that will work with you to develop a fitness plan to meet your goals.

I’ve been following their programming on Facebook and their website and like what I see. I know where I wold be training if I lived in the area, The Gorilla Pit.