Monday, February 13, 2012

Catholics, abortion, Obama, HHS, and more on the news roundup.

Well, this has been an interesting little month. Active readers to this blog know that I am the Catholic Examiner for Examiner.com.  Which means I basically report what people say. A lot.

And there is a metric ton of stupid every day when it comes to subjects like "Catholics."  Seriously, I typed it in as a search term on Twitter a few times, it was like spelunking into a troll cave. And this month, it got even worse.  Or better, if you want to view it that way -- I got a lot of writing done.  However, while I usually have a Catholic review at the end of the month, this month already requires a massive column dump.

 It started simple. In Obama to churches: drop dead, I reported that the government program commonly known as Obamacare was going to be making Catholic churches pay for abortions, and sterilizations, and contraception, even though the church preaches that all of those are immoral.  And, since the first one was "Drop dead," I had to be a smartass and follow it up with Churches to Obama: and on the third day, we struck back. -- there is a petition against Obama's little mandate.

 After that, I figured I should ask a common question -- didn't the church support Obama? And Obamacare?  Not only that, but wasn't Obama pro-abortion before he ran for the Oval office? So, I asked if the Church is still gullible after all these years? The next predictable FAQ ... why is the Catholic church against abortion, and contraception, and all the other stuff.  What is the big idea, after all?  So I had to call it the Catholic church, abortion, and natural law ... you'll see what I mean.

And then Nancy Pelosi earned her thirty pieces of silver ... in this case, she came out to stand with the Catholics ... who supported Obama, declaring it an act of courage to stand against the church. Let's just say I used The Princess Bride a lot. Given that this is consistent with her stance for her entire career, I had a lot of people asking if Pelosi was to be excommunicated.  It was a little sarcastic. Even my editor caught up on it.

He who takes the Catholic vote takes the election. Guess who ... may not?  I ran some electoral math on the 2012 election. You might be surprised at the problems here.

After a while, as you can imagine, this got kinda stupid. And I was tired of all of it.  So, I discussed the Million-dollar ripoff of the New York archdiocese -- and you thought the priests were the problem. I then did a brief examination of Occupy wall street and the revenge of the Vatican ninjas -- just when you thought you were safe, huh? Then Proposition 8 was overturned -- my only note there is that it might be a little soon to pop the champagne.

Then the government did something stupid, and the Army censored the Catholic church over the issue of -- you guessed it -- Obamacare.  Oy.  

And then, Chris Matthews stood with Catholics against Obama ... and that was strange.  And what was even stranger? So were a lot of other people in the news media, and I covered that in my News roundup: Catholics and the HHS mandate.  Then, even  Rand Paul defended the Catholic church .... and he's not even Catholic!

Then, last Friday, there was a press conference.  I listened, then wondered: Has Obama compromised on churches? The answer .... probably not.  But you'll have to read that and decide it yourself.

Be well all.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Self defense review, November, 2011

A self defense review, covering my time with Examiner.com as their NYC self defense Examiner.


I started off this month with my last -- as in final -- article on Occupy Wall Street. I've had it with these people.  Not to mention that I wrote the article the day before the OWS were told that, no, squatting is illegal, and we're taking your tents away. Thank you.  If you ever wanted to know the problems that local business had with Occupy Wall Street, just click here.

If you ever wanted to scare off attackers, or at least make yourself look like a target that would give them trouble, you might want to try here.  You even get a song with it.

I've mentioned more than once that, well, accidents happen.  When you're attacked, and you must defend yourself, someone could die.  You should avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes, well, accidents can happen.  My friend Carlos helped me out with this one.

And, after I stole more than a few good lines and articles from this book, I decided to do a little review of The Special Forces Guide to Unarmed Combat.  It's surprisingly useful.

And, just for fun, I did a nice little article on how to Survive Black Friday.


I hope you all enjoy.

Self defense review: how I spent my 9-11

I've had two previous self defense reviews. One, when I first started my job at Examiner.com, and another a little more recently, which covered current events all over the place.

This one may be a little more laid back.

In retrospect, I should have mentioned the Krav Maga seminar, on September 11th, 2011. But, to be honest, I didn't know how many people here would have been interested.


However, never fear: I did a four-part review of it for Examiner.com anyway.

There was one part that reviewed how to use The Stop Kick to nail someone charging a third party, even though they may be armed. Trust me, I got kicked in the chest so often, my teeth rattled, and I had a shield.

You do this to an actual attacker, it's gonna suck to be them.


Then there was the choke... in this case, "the choke" is just a simple matter of t-rex arms.... you'll see what I mean.

And, of course, there is the inevitable gun defense.

And learning how to take down a guy holding someone hostage.

And, there's the latest in fashion: Bulletproof clothing.

When Examiner.com suggested I try something to do with 9-11 .... well, I did my best, and called it, simply, New York ten years after 9/11. Original, no?


Some people like to discuss how they can be perfectly safe ... I mention it here: How can I be perfectly safe? Again, another original title.

I briefly talked about How to spot a concealed weapon, a fun little article.

And ... well, there was a little incident lately in NYC's West Indian Parade, which led me to discuss Surviving a shootout, and an encounter with the NYPD

That one's a long story, I think.

And, that is it.

Although it has occurred to me: if anyone has an actual question about self-defense, feel free to ask in the comments below.  I'll be sure to try and answer you.

Be safe, all.

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Self defense review: Pens, situation awareness, improvised weapons, Oslo, DSK

You might remember a while ago, I posted a list of articles I have written for Examiner.com, about self defense in New York City.

I'm still writing for them, and it's still around.

Pens as weapons. (EDC Tools) A pen is an Every Day Carry tool.  Do you want to know how it can be used as a weapon?

Top ten "improvised weapons." This article pretty much means what it says.

Are you a target? Situational awareness Some people are natural born targets, mainly because they don't pay attention.  Could this be you?

Meeting people from online in real life, part one and part two  -- the title says it all.  After experiencing one or two dates where women have no problem at all accepting a ride from me, it says two things: on the one hand, I have a nice face, and people think I'm trustworthy. On the other, some people might be a little too trusting.

Self defense in New York. Again. Or: Killing people isn't fun. This covers a real life incident that explores the rules of engagement for defending yourself in New York.

Self defense and Child Obesity -- pretty much what it says.

Can New York City become Oslo? After someone tried to blow up Norway, I decided to focus my attention there for a while.

How to Spot a Suicide Bomber in 12 steps.  If you've been on this site a lot, you know this one already.  If not, enjoy.

DSK and Rape. I analyzed the rape charges against a French bureaucrat in New York, and I came up with a conclusion. And that conclusion is that there should be pain.

Levi Aron, Leiby Kletzky, and "stranger danger."  In New York, a little boy was killed, and dismembered.  The real danger would be bringing back an old practice that did no good the first time around.

Oslo, Abdo, a tale of two terrorists. This was the week that everyone tried to blow stuff up.  And I went nuclear in response.

Dealing with a stalker ex.  After listening to several female friends complain about these incidents, I decided there should be a how-to guide.

How to survive a bar fight in five easy steps Exactly what it says.

Parking lot safety. Hunting in the Urban Wild. You are the prey.

Purse-snatching defenses. They want your bag. You're going to hurt them.

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Self defense: October, 2011

October was a really weird month for me, truly. And how is that difference from any other month, you ask?

To start with, most of my self defense review materials turned out to be comedies.


Taking this month in chronological order will probably make the most sense.

To start with, I discovered a new Women's self defense, every Sunday.in Manhattan.  It's Krav Maga for women -- which is actually more advanced than going for straight, plain-old Krav Maga, believe it or not. It has to be for some of the techniques to be effective.

And then, of course, there was the little incident of Barbara Sheehan, battered women: which is always a problem.  In New York, you can't kill anyone and get away with it. That includes if you kill someone in self defense. Even if a jury let's you go, the New York District Attorney's office will find some way to throw you in jail, without remorse.

But, then again, the odds of that happening are more likely when you consider that Barbara Sheehan shot her husband with his own gun while he was shaving, after she just came back from her next door neighbors. Click the link to read more.

After that, things got a little weird. Yesterday, I covered the latest in Catholic Conspiracies, with Occupy Wall Street.  I also did several articles about them kicking around.  I not only did articles about protection from them, and how dangerous they may or may not be (answer: mostly harmless) but how they can protect themselves -- both from each other (ie: how NOT to have your $5K laptop stolen), and their own stupidity (eg: DON'T ATTACK THE POLICE!!!!!).

I also discovered that the same people who brought you last month's self defense seminar has a new one: knife and stick defenses.

And last, but not least .....


Okay, I have to deal with a lot of strange stuff in New York. That's because it's New York.  Nothing here is really "normal" here.

And then there's the CDC creating the Zombie Preparedness kit ... and the comic book for it.

I can't make this stuff up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

How Did This Get Past The Libbies?

There's a movie coming out November 5 that I think everyone should see. It's called Jarheads, and it seems to be one of the only (probably the only) movie that seems to give an honest, non-bias depiction of people in the US Military, specifically the Marine core in this instance.

I really hope...I want Liberals to go crazy and protest over this movie. I want them to find a reason to picket outside theatres. Say it's offensive, say it glorifies the Marines and the violence going on in the Middle East, say it doesn't take into consideration the complex social and cultural structure of the people over there and that it's a film made simply to support Bush's evil agenda thought up by his evil brain Karl Rove.

I will revel in your whining. Laughing and mocking you as I walk into the theatre to see the movie opening day. I've had enough of your Liberal propaganda movies. Time to see a decent military movie for once. These guys deserve to have at least one movie that doesn't make them seem like heartless, kill-crazy psychos.

Now don't let me down Sam Mendes, or I swear I'll kick your ass.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A Bit Pretentious?

Today I've been looking through colleges and such. A pretty much uneventful happening, until I came upon this campus event at the College of New Rochelle:

Apparently in the past month, CNR held what they called "Sleep Out 2005". This event consisted of a bunch of the female students from Campus Ministry and other Christian service groups sleeping out on the main lawn in a bunch of cardboard boxes for one night. The purpose of this was experience for one night want many homeless people in America have to go through every night. They even had a man who was once homeless come and tell them stories of his experience of being homeless.

What a pretentious crock of bullshit this is. Even the speaker, who is featured in one of the pictures looks like he can't believe what these people are doing. These airheads are attempting to "understand" the plight of their homeless brethren by sleeping out in cardboard boxes one warm autumn's night?

Let's list what's wrong with this shall we?

For starters, this seems like something from the blissfully p.c. ignorance of the 1950s. Wasn't there anyone on that God forsaken campus who saw the political incorrectness of what these chicks were doing? How wrong it was? Out of all the liberals on campus, none of them spoke out? Opps! Sorry, I forgot, it was most likely the liberal assholes who thought this was a good idea to begin with. You know, to get in touch with the other people's culture.

Next week these same girls are going to dress themselves in burkas and have their labias mutilated. So that they can better understand the culture of some of their brethren in the Middle East. Anyone want to join?

Secondly these girls had access to working toilets, sinks, food, pillows, blankets, good clothing and had chaperones to watch over them. This is NOTHING like what true homeless people have to go through. It actually makes a mockery of their plight. Like being homeless is a hardship someone can easily experience in the comfort of their own backyard. Why don't they do this again in the middle of January with no pillows, no blankets, old clothing that can barely hold together let alone keep out the cold, and then hold the whole thing in the middle of Central Park. All by themselves without any campus security to keep them safe. Oh, and they should only have a minimum amount of food before doing this. Maybe attend their own soup kitchen so that they get a true sense of their brethren's plight.

I hate when people do this. They try to experience other people's lives, but don't do it thoroughly. You know what? It's not a joke, it's not cute, and it does not put you "in touch" with those who are less fortunate then you. If you went up to a homeless person and told him that, he will smack you and then rob you for your money. Wanna know why? BECAUSE HE'S POOR! And your mocking him and his situation. You deserve what you get. I hope he makes you lose a couple of teeth, that way you know what that feels like too.

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