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Poll: Should Kids Compete In Mixed Martial Arts?

Posted by Casey on March 27, 2008

Drudge had this story about little kids competing against one another in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) … better known to the laymen as ultimate fighting. The article did its best to butcher what MMA really is by distorting facts, and interjecting myths about the sport.

Ultimate fighting was once the sole domain of burly men who beat each other bloody in anything-goes brawls on pay-per-view TV.

But the sport often derided as “human cockfighting” is branching out.

The bare-knuckle fights are now attracting competitors as young as 6 whose parents treat the sport as casually as wrestling, Little League or soccer.

The changes were evident on a recent evening in southwest Missouri, where a team of several young boys and one girl grappled on gym mats in a converted garage.

Two members of the group called the “Garage Boys Fight Crew” touched their thin martial-arts gloves in a flash of sportsmanship before beginning a relentless exchange of sucker punches, body blows and swift kicks.

No blood was shed. And both competitors wore protective gear. But the bout reflected the decidedly younger face of ultimate fighting. The trend alarms medical experts and sports officials who worry that young bodies can’t withstand the pounding.

There are several things wrong about the paragraphs above.

  1. The “burly men” comment shows just how clueless the author is. Clearly they haven’t heard of Royce Gracie.
  2. The author states that the “bare-knuckle fights” attract kids. There are no bare-knuckle fihgts in sanctioned MMA matches. The fighters use gloves, and other gear, similar to what boxers use.
  3. Then there is the blatant lie that the kids began to “sucker punch” each other as the fight began. Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t an author only use words for which they know the meaning? Let me help this poor sap out. The dictionary defines ‘sucker punch’ as: to punch (a person) suddenly without warning and often without apparent provocation. Better luck next time chump … the kids were well aware of what was going on. There were no sucker punches.

The article continues on to talk about the back and forth between parents and doctors who are overreacting, and then outlines how the sport has changed over the years. I won’t bore you with any more details. I see the opposition to the kids competing as the same thing as overprotective parents who think karate only teaches kids to be violent. The parents in the article compare MMA to wrestling, and that’s the best analogy to use for the ignorant. The only concern should be whether or not the children fully understand, and have the maturity, to properly apply a submission hold. This can be solved by banning certain submissions in kid’s competition. My opinion doesn’t matter, however. What do you think? Take the poll by clicking the link below.

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TMZ Needs To Stay Out Of Politics, Because They Have No Idea What They Are Doing.

Posted by Casey on March 25, 2008

I like TMZ, I really do, as long as they are picking on celebrities. Lately, TMZ has attempted two forays into politics … an area they have little experience, and even less intelligence.

First, they attacked the military for wasting money on finding the remains of lost US military personnel. Apparently TMZ thinks WWII is “ancient history.” Tell that to the families of those who’ve lost loved ones.

Now they are conducting themselves with the integrity of William Jefferson, and the maturity of a temper-tantrum throwing 2 year old with ADD.

With 301 days left in office, George W. Bush posed for pics with the Easter Bunny as part of the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.
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Meanwhile, the U.S. death toll in Iraq reached 4000 on Sunday.

Uh huh? So President Bush hugging the Easter Bunny while hosting an annual event for children is somehow tied to the extremely low casualty numbers of the Iraq war? Brilliant piece of hard-hitting journalism there TMZ. If I didn’t know better … I’d say it sounds like your staff is still suffering from a writers’ strike.

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US Troops Censored In Minneapolis

Posted by Casey on March 25, 2008

Uncle Jimbo is there with the story.

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Maryland Looks At In-State Tuition For Illegals

Posted by Casey on March 25, 2008

And the illegals are making their opinion well known.

Examiner:

A crowd of mostly immigrant high school and college students rallied at the University of Maryland campus Monday in support of legislation that would provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from a Maryland high school.

There is some good news however. The turn out at the rally was lower than expected (about 60), and similar legislation has failed since 2003.

Of course, the Democrats are leading the charge on this issue as well.

“The vast majority of these kids were brought here by their parents,” said Del. Saqib Ali, a Montgomery County Democrat. “We shouldn’t penalize them for the actions of their parents.”

Ali added that a country willing to let illegal immigrants fight in its wars should also offer them “full and equal access to higher education,” especially when their children will most likely be born in the United States.

Guess Ali never served in the military, because that isn’t how things work. Illegals don’t get to serve in the military … immigrants with permission do. If an illegal is caught serving in the military … they’re in deep trouble. It was a nice try though. If you change the definition, you change the argument.

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Poll: Is Spending $52 Million To Find Remains Of Missing Soldiers A Waste Of Money?

Posted by Casey on March 24, 2008

After TMZ made a big stink over the military spending money on finding lost US military personnel, I figured I would ask all of you what you think.

That’s why I put up a poll on the top left sidebar of this blog for you to vote on. Next time I’ll use an html poll service so I can paste it directly into a post. I’m still learning WordPress so please bare with me.

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Iran Attacks Kurds In Iraq

Posted by Casey on March 24, 2008

As you recall, Iran was just caught helping the insurgents again in Iraq by the US military. Now they are attacking our allies, the Kurds, inside of Iraq as well. Iran is doing everything they can to provoke us at this point. The only question is will it work, and if it does how much of a response will it receive?

LA Times:

Iranian artillery shelled three border towns in northern Iraq where Iranian Kurdish rebels are believed to be operating, an Iraqi Kurdish official said Sunday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Kurdish protesters lobbed stones at police and soldiers in southeastern Turkey in a fourth straight day of clashes that have killed two people and injured dozens.

The shelling hit the towns of Marado, Razda and Dolakoka and lasted about two hours, said Azad Watho, a top official in the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniya.

Watho, the administrator of the towns, said the shelling had targeted the fighters of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PEJAK, but had no more details.

Tehran had no immediate comment.

Eventually, the US is going to have to address the Kurd situation better than we’ve done up to this point. The region is too volatile to allow the Kurds to get into skirmishes with Turkey, and Iran. Even though the Kurds may have a point, and these incidents only involve small factions in most cases.

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This 5 Year Old Has More Courage & Patriotism Than Most Anti-War Fruits.

Posted by Casey on March 24, 2008

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Get ready for a tearjerker. I talked about this on my show last week, but have been busy so I hadn’t blogged it yet. I want to introduce you to the youngest soldier ever in the US Army, and he’s already made sergeant.

KDHNews:

Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted.

Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald’s food. The child’s parents laughed and told him to make another choice.

“He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier,” said Melissa Heminger, Gaven’s mom. “I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald’s, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3.”

This was all part of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation program, and they deserve some major props. Gaven has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. While most kids, and most adults, would make a wish for some selfish ‘feel good’ experience (nothing wrong with that) … this kid modestly chose some fast food, and then chose to serve others. We should all consider ourselves extremely fortunate if we ever meet another adult willing to put others before themselves. Yet here is a child facing a potentially fatal disease, and he still chooses others before himself.

The Army didn’t skimp on the training either … they sent this kid to war. Gaven, like his brothers in arms, showed the enemy just what America is made of.

After his promotion, young Sgt. Cox gave a proper Army salute and was given a mission.

“All right, Sgt. Cox, your mission is to go through that gate, ride a horse and kill five enemies,” said Sgt. Christopher Gaines. “Are you ready?”

His 8-year-old sister Jade shouted, “Let’s get them!”

After defeating the “enemy” on horseback, the country’s youngest soldier got to do what most never get to do: Gaven flew a Longbow helicopter.

Well, sort of.

He was granted access to enter a trailer-sized home that was made for training helicopter pilots.

After being seated in the middle of five large rectangular screens, Gaven put on his helmet, equipped with a radio and a microphone.

Eric Fremming, a retired Army aviator who now teaches soldiers how to fly via simulation, began telling Gaven’s father what was going on.

“Right now, we got (Gaven) flying in Iraq,” Fremming said, while pointing to a 12-inch monitor. “When (Gaven) sees some bad guys, he can start shooting.”

After a few seconds, Fremming points to the screen again.

“Oh, wait. Yup, he’s engaged the enemy,” Fremming said.

The simulated machine gun noise overpowered the training area.

“He’s the youngest soldier I’ve ever trained,” Fremming said. “This is just like flying a $40 million Longbow.”

Yet the simulation was just a taste of what was to come as Gaven got perhaps the best gift the Army could give him: an actual ride in a Black Hawk helicopter.

On two fields of battle … Gaven closed with, and destroyed the enemy. Where so many others have failed to display integrity … he has made Americans everywhere proud. So proud, in fact, that he even has his own holiday named after him.

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Suburbia News:

During the Crandall City council meeting Thursday, March 6th 2008, the city council passed a Proclamation making March 14th, 2008 Gaven Cox Day. Gaven, who is 5 years old and has leukemia, is a recipient of a “wish” from the Make a Wish Foundation. Due to the steroids that Gaven was given prior to starting treatment, Gaven had food cravings so his initial wish was for McDonalds! When explained to him that he could make a bigger wish, Gaven, who has wanted to be a soldier since he was three, wished to become a Soldier for a Day. Today, The City of Crandall held a celebration for Gaven on Main Street and they pulled out all of the stops.

Representatives from the Make a Wish Foundation, the Army Reserve Medical Command in Seagoville, CISD, officials from the city and more showed up for Gavin’s send off. The Fire Chief, Tim Atkins, picked Gaven up in a fire truck and drove him to Main Street for the festivities. Tim Brewer opened in prayer and Quincy Roan sang the National Anthem. The rally featured members from the 94th Combat Support Hospital and other tenant units within the Seagoville Army Reserve Center who appointed Gaven Joseph Cox as an Honorary Corporal. The Crandall Volunteer Fire Department also appointed Gaven as an Honorary Firefighter.

When I told the story on my show, my co-host was crying. I’ve been getting emails about the story ever since with much the same reaction.

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Just A Little More Evidence That Saddam Did Have Extensive Ties To Terrorism.

Posted by Casey on March 21, 2008

Only the worst kind of idiot thinks that Saddam had no ties to terrorism, or al Qaeda. I have covered this topic extensively on my show (more so than any other talk show host), and on my other blog before I moved here. Even if you are gullible enough to believe that no WMD’s were found, even after Duelfer told you how extensive Saddam’s programs were (see ‘quotes you should know’ on top right of this page), no media outlet has ever denied Saddam’s ties to terrorists. Yet there are still a bunch of simpletons out there who think Saddam never assisted terrorists in their anti-American efforts.

I will not rehash it all here because it has been exquisitely done in two posts over at PM. Read this post first, and then read this post.

Posted in Iraq, MSM Lies, Terrorism | 1 Comment »

Montel Williams Has Harassed & Attacked Military Families. Now He’s Being Honored By The Navy?

Posted by Casey on March 20, 2008

I was just as shocked as some of you when I heard this. How can a man who has attacked family members who support the war be honored for supporting military families?

Defenselink:

To recognize his continuous support and recognition of sailors, Marines and their families throughout his 17 years on television, the Navy presented its Superior Public Service Award to Montel Williams yesterday in New York during the taping of his long-running program’s final show.

Navy Capt. Kenneth J. Braithwaite II, a rear admiral selectee and director of Joint Public Affairs Support Element Reserve, presented the award to Williams on behalf of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. The Superior Public Service Award is the second-highest award presented to civilians by the Department of the Navy.

The Navy has no shortage of heroes to honor lately. Apparently it’s not Montel’s recent actions, but his previous actions that got him the honor of which he was bestowed.

During annual holiday shows in his television program’s long run, Williams has reunited deployed sailors with their families. In 2006, he and a production crew flew to the Navy Central Command/5th Fleet area of responsibility to tour Iraqi oil platforms and meet with deployed sailors aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

His program frequently has featured guests from nonprofit organizations that support service members to highlight their efforts. Throughout his 17 years on televisions, Williams continuously shared with audience members and viewers the importance of supporting the military and recognized sailors’ personal sacrifices in service to their country.

I used to watch Montel when I was a kid, and went to school with a girl who was his neighbor. She said he was a dick to everyone in the neighborhood. I’m well aware of Montel’s past efforts with military families, and his own military service. However, his recent actions were the exact opposite of his previous positive dealings with military families. It’s Montel’s recent behavior that should have been considered before this award was presented to him.

In case you’ve forgotten Montel’s recent attacks on military families … perhaps this will refresh your memory.

One year ago, Montel invited military families onto his show. The families were told the show was about deployments and the effects they have on military families. Sounds like one of Montel’s traditional positive segments on military families, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case … it was a trap. I’ll let one of Montel’s victims explain it to you in her own words.

The trouble started during the second taping, when we learned that Montel’s agenda with military people wasn’t what it had been portrayed to be when our group was invited to attend. And as military families have been burned so often by unscrupulous media members (I’m not attacking the ones who work professionally here!), we probably should have sensed it from the beginning. We were going to be ambushed.

As soon as the opening tape began to roll, hubby and I were uncomfortable. Montel was using this episode to discuss the debilitating illnesses some military members have suffered from anthrax inoculations. Using footage with the flag and men in uniform, Montel referred several times to military members being “guinea pigs”, repeated several times about the mandatory vaccine which he presented as going to everyone with no one being able to refuse it.

Keep in mind this is from the mouth of a military spouse, not a third party observer.

When the military group attending pointed out that we were very uncomfortable with the way Montel was presenting this issue, we were told to bring these points up at the microphone. I did right before one break, but the flurry of activity and the back it up motions and the replaying of the music made it seem as though my valid counter-points were going to be cut and not included. Other family members asked for a more balanced presentation during break times.

But it got worse. The show was being presented in the most scaremongering fashion possible. There was only attention given to the worst cases. There was no attention given to those who had experienced no adverse affects, or only the mild swelling and soreness around the injection site, even though we had people like that present with us. There was no mention about the actual percentages such reactions actually occur in. And there was no mention of those, like an EOD friend of mine, who actually requested the vaccine and makes sure to keep it updated.

Finally, we all got up and left during a break before the taping was over. And I should probably add that there was a quite acrimonious exchange with Montel that resulted in one person being escorted out by the show security (who were very polite and professional, for the record). I did say, “You told us this was going to be about deployment, Montel!” to which the reply was, “Please, just leave.”

You can read the full post on the event here. If you do a search for this topic you will find hundreds of bloggers posting on the issue. This despicable behavior on Montel’s part would not be the last.

The next month Montel would strike again. Confederate Yankee wrote about another military member who had been treated less than pleasantly by Montel on his show.

For Frasier, the sharpest memories are of moments that never made the air from the show taped in New York.

When she told Williams she was treated well by the Department of Veterans Affairs, he seemed to lose interest and moved quickly to another segment, she said.

During a commercial break, though, he gestured to her and commented, “This soldier’s not going to complain,” Frasier said.

She was whisked away to the airport and never spoke again to Williams, she said.

In other words, Montel was only looking for military personnel who wanted to complain about how they were treated, and wasn’t at all interested in those who had a pleasant experience. There were more exchanges in regards to these stories posted here as well.

These blatant attempts to portray the military in a negative light should have been enough to disqualify Montel for this “honor.” Lying to military personnel and their families, ambushing them on national television, not presenting their point of view, editing out comments they’ve made, and plainly harassing these great people is nothing to be rewarded. Montel was honored for lifting up the military and their families, but what about his actions in deliberately tearing them down in an effort to discredit the war?

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Sadr Admits He’s A Pussy, & He Failed To Change Iraq.

Posted by Casey on March 20, 2008

For those of you who have actually paid attention to what has been happening in Iraq since the invasion, this is not a surprise. Sadr had to call a cease fire in the first place because he got his ass kicked. At last he has finally admitted that he failed in his mission.

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