Just a Little Reality-Check

Dear liberals: No matter what anyone claims, the Federal budget is 100% the responsibility of Congress. Period, full stop. Dear Conservatives: RIFs only apply to planned furloughs, not emergency shut-downs. This is not a brilliant master plan.

GWB Buys Some Pizza;*OUTRAGE*

You know, George W. Bush was not a “great” President. He got ambushed by the repercussions of Bill Clinton’s policies, and while he was trying to do what needed to be done, he was continually set upon by some very powerful powerful folks. Nancy Pelosi, architect of the current crisis, being prime among them. His […]

Historical Update

I have been trying to post some historical data regarding previous Federal Shut-downs, but it is proving impossible to find the articles for which I am searching.  Therefore, I wanted to take a moment to record some data for future use.  Before I begin, I must note that I voted for Donald Trump neither in the […]

Conversations with Oath-Breakers, 16SEP18

Him: “Civilians shouldn’t have AR-15s!” Me: Didn’t serve, or oath-breaker? Him: “I was a tank commander!” Me: All you had to say was “oath-breaker”. Him: “I am an American.” Me: Did you magically become a tank commander without swearing an oath to defend the Constitution? Or did your oath come with an expiration date? If […]

Conversations with Wannabe Despots 06JUNE18

From Twitter (paraphrased for brevity and clarity): Them: “Public businesses have to be open for the whole public!” Me: It was a private business. Them: “Conservatives never consider that businesses are supported by police and fire departments. No business is an island.” Me: If anyone had the choice to opt out, that would be a […]

Thank You, Academy…

The morning news today said that the American Academy of Dramatic Arts would be taking extra steps today to ensure that they would not repeat the mistake of having awards announced incorrectly.  Are there any steps which they could take to get some good movies made?

On Okinawa Budou

Ryukyuan martial arts were not a monolithic entity called “toudi”, any more than there is one martial art in China called “kung fu” (or more precisely, “quan fa”). There were two major schools of Ryukyuan martial arts; one based in the capital city (Shuri-te) and one based in the major port (Naha-te).*  “Toudi”, or more […]

Cannibalizing Workouts

So, I have recently started back into the arena of powerlifting, after a nearly twenty-year military-enforced hiatus.  No, the U.S. military doesn’t ban powerlifting; I am just not genetically gifted enough to train in powerlifting and do my daily military PT. In trying to break back in (at the age of 45, now), I first […]

On Film Adaptation (Inspired by Tarzan)

Look, it’s very simple. If you don’t WANT to do a movie about Tarzan, don’t call your movie “Tarzan”. Say it was “inspired by” Tarzan. Conversely, if you call your movie “Tarzan”, then make it a faithful adaptation of the source material. And since Hollywood has officially run out of people intelligent enough to write […]