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Wednesday, June 28, 2006


A nation divided?

WASHINGTON, May 11 - President Bush appears to be losing support among a key group of voters who had hitherto stood firmly with the president even as his poll numbers among other groups fell dramatically.

A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, Bush's approval rating has fallen below 50% among total fucking morons, and now stands at 44%. This represents a dramatic drop compared to a poll taken just last December, when 62% of total fucking morons expressed support for the president and his policies.

The current poll, conducted by phone with 1,409 total fucking morons between May 4 and May 8, reveals that only 44% of those polled believe the president is doing a good job, while 27% believe he is doing a poor job and 29% don't understand the question.

The December poll, conducted by phone with 1,530 total fucking morons, showed 62% approved of the president, 7% disapproved and 31% didn't understand the question.

Faltering approval ratings for the president among a group once thought to be a reliable source of loyal support gives Republicans one more reason to be nervous about the upcoming mid-term elections. "If we can't depend on the support of total fucking morons," says Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), "then we've got a big problem. They're a key factor in our electoral strategy, and an important part of today's Republican coalition."

"We've taken the total fucking moron vote for granted," says Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), "and now we're paying for it. We've let the Democrats control the debate lately, and they've dragged discourse back into the realm of complex, nuanced issues. So your average total fucking moron turns on his TV and sees his Republican Congressman arguing about Constitutional law or the complexities of state formation in the Middle East, and he tunes out. He wants to hear comforting, pandering, flattering bromides and he doesn't want to hear a logical argument more complex than what you'd find on a bumper sticker."

For Feeney, the poll is a dire warning that Republicans can ignore only at their peril. "This should send a signal that we have to regain control of the debate if we want the support of our key constituencies in the coming election and beyond. We need to bring public discourse back into the realm of stupidity and vacuity. We should be talking about homosexual illegal immigrants burning flags. We should be talking about the power of pride. We should be talking
about freedom fries. These are the issues that resonate with total fucking morons."

But some total fucking morons say it's too late. Bill Snarpel of Enid, Oklahoma is a total fucking moron who voted for Bush in both2000 and 2004. But he says he won't be voting for Bush in 2008. "I don't like it that he was going to sell our ports to the Arabs. If the Arabs own the ports then that means they'll let all the Arabs in and then we'll all be riding camels and wearing towels on our heads. I don't want my children singing the Star Spangled Banner in Muslim."

Total fucking moron Kurt Meyer of Turlock, California also says his once solid support for Bush has collapsed. "He invaded Iraq and all those soldiers died, and for what? We destroyed all their WMDs, but now their new president is making fun of us and saying he's going to build nuclear bombs and that we can't stop him. Well, nuclear bombs are even worse than WMDs, so what did we accomplish?"

Laura McDonald, a total fucking moron from Chandler, Arizona, says she is disappointed that the president hasn't been a more forceful advocate of Christian values. "This country was founded on Christian values," she says, "but you'd never know it looking around and seeing all the Mexicans running around. I thought Bush was going to bring Jesus back into the government. Instead, Christians are being persecuted worse than ever before in history, because all these
Mexicans come here and tell Christians that we have to respect their religious beliefs. So now it's illegal for children to pray in school. Soon it will be illegal for them to speak English."

Not all total fucking morons have turned their backs on the president. Jeb Larkin of Topeka, Kansas says he still fully supports Bush. "He is doing a great job. He is a great president. He is a great decider. I have a puppy. His tail sticks straight up and you can see his butthole."

And not all Republican lawmakers are concerned about the poll. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), for one, does not find it a cause for anxiety. While he agrees that his party should not take total fucking morons for granted, they "really don't have anywhere else to go. They're never going to be able to understand someone like Al Gore or John Kerry or anybody intelligent and articulate who wants to talk about substantive issues. Just try having a conversation with one of them about global warming. They'll say, 'Oh, but Rush says volcanoes consume more ozone than humans do.' I mean, they're morons! Total fucking morons!"

"They've got nowhere else to go," Alexander reaffirms with a smile, "and they always vote."

(Of course this is just parody, isn't it?)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Again Traveling

Well, I'm off to L.A. For a few days.

But here is what I have been doing that has kept me from the blog

Home made trench forge with a hair dryer blower
Heating steel,

Our new anvil at work
and beating it into shape

See you in a few days!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Music this week

I guess it must be somewhat egotistical to assume that anyone would care what I am listening to, but what the heck.

I am doing a lot of outside work this week, mostly with a back hoe to remove rocks and dirt from what will be a very nice garden. This is what is being loaded onto the old MP3 player this week to keep me company while I work.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

On the road again

Yep, I am gathering no moss.

I will be traveling to New York for the next four days and will have little computer access. I'll see you all when I get back.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Spring Gathering of the Tribes

Well, I am back from my trip, and I will tell you about that in a bit but first let me catch you up on this.

We had our Spring Gathering of the Tribes over memorial Day this year, and boy did we have fun!

We had a really good crowd, with people coming from as far away as Oklahoma.

We had a fun "meet and greet" on Friday with people renewing old acquaintances and the new folks getting to know everyone. Plenty of impromptu sharing took place over the evening.

We opened the Saturday session with me teaching a session on cane fighting as a way to teach the principle of "reinforcement" (Alas, there are no pictures of either of the sessions I taught).

People seemed to have a pretty good time with the material, though I have to admit it was a bit different than the usual approach.

The second session was taken by Chuck, who taught lower body work that dovetailed quite nicely into the theme of the weekend.

Here is a picture of Chuck laying one on Buddha's knee.

The third session was taken by Guro Buzz Smith of Maharlika Kuntaw who joined us again. Guro Buzz is one of Michigan's hidden treasures. Very few people have heard of him, relatively speaking, but you would have to go a long ways to find anyone who could match his skill at his art.

Guro Buzz and Andre

Guro Buzz lead a session in the use of the Filipino long staff. This was a real treat for everyone, as his approach is both practical and a bit different than the more mainstream FMA.

One day soon we may be able to talk Guro Buzz into doing a seminar just on his material some weekend, so stay tuned for more information.

I took the last session of the day. The material I taught was a bit unusual and is called "Indeh Besh" or "Apache knife". I chose to share this because we also had Guro Bill Anderson, who has teaching rights in several Kuntaw systems, come up from Illinois to join us for the weekend. Guro Bill has been training with a fellow named Robert Redfeather who also teaches the methods of Apache knife fighting he learned from his family.

Traditionally, there has never been a formalized knife "martial art" among the Apache. Rather, you learned from your relatives. So every expression is liable to be a bit different.

Guro Bill and I thought that it would be interesting to give people an experience of two different family traditions from the same source (Redfeather is also from Mescalero) and as far as I know, this was the very first time something like this has happened.

The stuff I learned from my family looks a lot like "ambush" knife fighting, (called "besh chaha'oh", shadow knife). It involves a lot of deception, misdirection, trickery, and "cheating", but given that the Apache were mostly outnumbered and outgunned, and fighting a war on two fronts, that is to be expected.

Anyway, everyone seemed to enjoy the material.

The nest day we started with a talk by Chuck's physical therapist, who had some good advice about how to keep healthy while training.

Then we got down to business Guro Bill introducing the basics of the "Ghost Dog" system.

Guro Bill teaching the "Ghost Dog" method of Apache Knife

It was very solid material, practical and useful. It was fun to see the parallels between his material and what I had learned. Even though there were differences, they were obviously from the same place. For me, I think I had the most fun with this just because it was sort of a "back to the roots" sort of thing.

The Group

Here is the obligatory group photo, with as good a group of people as you would ever want to train with.

On Sunday evening and Monday I worked with my local students and the ones that traveled to get here.

Carl and I
One of them is Carl, who everyone is always happy to see on account of the seriousness which he takes everything.

I am happy to report that after going over all the material he needs, Carl has been given permission to lead Silat Zulfikari groups in Oklahoma (huzzah, huzzah)

It was a good weekend and I am already looking forward to the fall gathering.