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February 24, 2015

Breaking the 4th wall (momentarily) [I’ll leave this up top for about a week – updated with video!]

Hi, all. Nothing political to say here. Just popping in to make a request of those of you who might be interested in helping out. If you follow me on facebook, you’ll know that Satchel took 4th in championships this year (in one of the top two competitive divisions in his age group), and as a coach I’ve identified the areas of his game we need to tweak to get him to the top of his craft. To that end, I’ve picked up a couple of pieces of equipment designed by Carl Adams, BU’s long-time coach, a Dan Gable teammate, and two-time national champion in his own right (which set me back about $1200), and I have one more to purchase to complete the set (another 600 or so) and have all the equipment I think I’ll need to allow Satch to drill on his own (finding partners outside of the gym is tough, particularly for someone his size; being able to drill without a partner is invaluable; and I’m using the equipment to train my own self ;)).

I’m currently looking to pick up a last batch of instructional videos from Championship productions as I start Satchel on a more rigorous study of the sport. His natural ability is amazing; now he needs to learn the mental aspects of the sport and study the subtleties that will allow him to master certain series, moves, and chain techniques. And who better to learn from than some of the sport’s most successful participants, who share their signature moves, their most important motivating insights, and speak to the preparation that it takes to succeed?

And success isn’t just about winning.

To that end, I’m looking to raise $600 to purchase the DVDs I think will carry him through the next several years of his training.

In about a week he begins training with NCAA Division 1 Champion Ben Cherrington (Boise St, 20-0, 2006) and NAIA All-American and celebrated UFC wrestling coach Leister Bowling, a CO State record holder for pins and takedowns, as a charter member of their newly-formed Colorado Top Team Wrestling School. This is a year-round program that will train Satchel to compete with the kids who travel to out of state tournaments and wrestle year round, some of whom he’s already beaten, such is his potential.

I’ll be acting as an assistant coach, but between the equipment, USA Wrestling memberships, tournament fees, and the school’s tuition, I’m in no position just now to cover everything.

Let me stress that this attempt to raise the money for Satch’s instruction is my way of making sure I do everything I can to provide him with the advantages as an athlete my parents were never able to afford me, despite my having been a very good baseball player.

Contributions are entirely voluntary and I hold no ill-will towards anyone who doesn’t wish to contribute so much as a penny. But if I don’t ask, I most certainly won’t get any help, so I figured what the hell. Alternately, if you’d like to purchase one of the DVD series rather than donate any funds, email me and I’ll send you the list of the ones I’m looking to pick up, all from Championship productions (in whose catalog Satch has appeared).

As a measure of thanks, I will post here on Satchel’s wrestling exploits and, once we’re in position to get new phones with more storage, will start posting videos of his matches. It isn’t politics, I realize, but many of you have been here for a long while and I know appreciate the personal aspects of this site as much as you do the political ones.

Thanks in advance!

Jeff and Satchel

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Amount raised: $520

Amount remaining: $80

Thanks:

Daniel K!
Geoff B!
John B!
Roy M!
Darleen!
Stephen L!
SW!
Squid!
Tim K!
Evan C!
Tim H!
LMC!
David J!
Mark L!
Jonah C!

updated:

Some vids to whet your patronage whistles!

Satch puts on a riding clinic, tiring out his opponent until he turns him for the fall:

Here, he uses his Twister to dominate a highly-ranked Brighton wrestler:

Satch at 49lbs vs a 67lb kid in an exhibition match:

This week at practice, Satchel pinned our team’s “Grappler of the Year” Award Winner (Satch won the inaugural “Iron Man” Award), who at 88 lbs. is a good 30 lbs heavier than he. He just has to take the intensity he shows in practice and bring it to the tournament mat. This will happen as he becomes more confident in his skills and spends less time thinking and more time simply reacting and chaining, having trained his body to recognize where his opponent’s openings will be. Against practice opponents whom he knows, he goes full blast.

17-0 Tech Fall in last year’s regionals. He was first trying out his tilt, to limited success. He’s since improved on it.

Once again, thanks to all of you who have contributed. I’m going to pick up this piece of equipment sometime in the next few months (I should have my Mom’s funeral and burial all paid off by then), which — along with a customized Iowa Snap Down Machine and a Takedown Defender — will be all he needs physically to be able to drill on his own or with me. Sadly, because of our size differences, I can’t really show him much by practicing with him on the mat.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:52am
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February 27, 2015

#ObamaNet was passed yesterday but social media is obsessed with #TheDress ? [Darleen Click]

Secretary of State Lurch Kerry is hotfooting it to Iran to avoid Bibi, the Me-Too wing of the ruling party is bending over for Obama, and the IRS is still lying about Lois Lerner’s emails.

But hey, let’s obsess about a cellphone picture (which are generally badly white balanced to begin with) of a dress with strong backlighting.

It took me all of 15 minutes to pull the pic into Photoshop CC, apply Camera Raw filter, make temperature and black/white corrections based, not on the dress, but on the black/white graphic print fabric next to the dress and VOILA!. The dress is blue/black. Case.closed.

Now, let’s talk about Eric Holder’s declaration of using his last few weeks in office to “lowering the standard of proof” needed in civil rights cases.

Because gutting due process for political ideology is working so well for male college students, right?

Posted by Darleen @ 12:22pm
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February 27, 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy [Darleen Click] UPDATED

He was 83

The actor died Friday morning at his home in Bel Air, California, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed to the New York Times. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In February 2014, Nimoy revealed his lung disease diagnosis and urged his fans to quit smoking via Twitter (although he had quit 30 years prior).

“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now,” Nimoy wrote to his followers at the time. […]

In his portrayal of Spock, a pointy-eared half-Vulcan, Nimoy become synonymous with the catchphrase of the Starship Enterprise’s chief science officer: “Live long and prosper.”

However, in 1977, Nimoy published an autobiography titled “I Am Not Spock.” Then, in 1995, he published another, titled “I Am Spock.” He also published poetry and shared it with his fans on Twitter.

He was always a class act.

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Oh for the love of …. Obama makes the death of Leonard Nimoy about himself!

ARGH!

Posted by Darleen @ 10:56am
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February 26, 2015

Feds take over the Internet [Darleen Click]

If you like your internet, you can keep your internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry.

The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan — a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote.

On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an “open, unfettered network.”

But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone.

Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet.”

Further, he accused the FCC of bending to the will of Obama, who last fall came out in favor of such a sweeping regulatory plan.

Pai said the FCC was reversing course from past positions for one reason: “President Obama told us to do so.” […]

Fellow Republican member Michael O’Rielly called the plan a “monumental and unlawful power grab.”

Republican lawmakers, as well, blasted the proposal as an antiquated solution that would hurt, not help, Internet innovation.

“The Obama Administration needs to get beyond its 1930s rotary-telephone mindset and embrace the future,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.

While the broadband industry is expected to sue, Republicans in Congress said they will try to pass legislation scrapping the rules, although it’s unlikely that such a bill would be signed into law by Obama.

The FCC is “promising” not to use some of the powers granted it under Title II towards the Internet … Like price controls and regulation of content.

Yeah, right. Just like the IRS would never use its powers to intimidate and harass the Enemies of The Administration.

Posted by Darleen @ 2:13pm
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February 26, 2015

The indomitable Camille Paglia [Darleen Click]

Agree or disagree with the good doctor, Prof Paglia is one fearless lady with a depth and breadth of integrity matched by few. Excerpts from an interview:

Identifying yourself as a “dissident feminist,” you often seem more at home with classical Greek and Roman paganism than with postmodern academia. How has this reality affected your public and professional relationships?

I feel lucky to have taught primarily at art schools, where the faculty are active practitioners of the arts and crafts. I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. University faculties nationwide have lost power to an ever-expanding bureaucracy of administrators, whose primary concern is the institution’s contractual relationship with tuition-paying parents. You can cut the demoralized faculty atmosphere with a knife when you step foot on any elite campus. With a few stellar exceptions, the only substantive discourse that I ever have these days is with academics, intellectuals, and journalists abroad.

In your view, what’s wrong with American feminism today, and what can it do to improve?

After the great victory won by my insurgent, pro-sex, pro-fashion wing of feminism in the 1990s, American and British feminism has amazingly collapsed backward again into whining, narcissistic victimology. As in the hoary old days of Gloria Steinem and her Stalinist cohorts, we are endlessly subjected to the hackneyed scenario of history as a toxic wasteland of vicious male oppression and gruesome female suffering. College campuses are hysterically portrayed as rape extravaganzas where women are helpless fluffs with no control over their own choices and behavior. I am an equal opportunity feminist: that is, I call for the removal of all barriers to women’s advance in the professional and political realms. However, I oppose special protections for women, which I reject as demeaning and infantilizing. My principal demand (as I have been repeating for nearly 25 years) is for colleges to confine themselves to education and to cease their tyrannical surveillance of students’ social lives. If a real crime is committed, it must be reported to the police. College officials and committees have neither the expertise nor the legal right to be conducting investigations into he said/she said campus dating fiascos. Too many of today’s young feminists seem to want hovering, paternalistic authority figures to protect and soothe them, an attitude I regard as servile, reactionary and glaringly bourgeois. The world can never be made totally safe for anyone, male or female: there will always be sociopaths and psychotics impervious to social controls. I call my system “street-smart feminism”: there is no substitute for wary vigilance and personal responsibility. […]

In your view as a classicist, what can the ancient Romans and Greeks teach us as human beings?

Following my culture-hero, Oscar Wilde, I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art “teaches” us anything. It simply opens up our vision to a larger world—or allows us to see that world through a different lens. Greco-Roman culture, which is fast receding in American higher education, is one of the two foundational traditions of Western civilization, the other being the Judeo-Christian. These traditions twined about and influenced each other for centuries and produced the titanic complexity of the West, for good and ill. To ignore or minimize the Greco-Roman past is to put intellectual blinders on—but that is exactly what has been happening as colleges are gradually abandoning the big, chronological, two-semester freshman survey courses that once heavily emphasized classical antiquity. The trajectory is toward “presentism,” a myopic concentration on society since the Renaissance—a noble, humanistic term, by the way, that is being ruthlessly discarded for the blobby new Marxist entity, “Early Modern.”

Holy Mary, Mother of God … if we could only clone her throughout our university system …

Please read the whole thing.

Posted by Darleen @ 12:15am
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February 25, 2015

“MSNBC host: I hope Trayvon Martin ‘whooped the s**t’ out of Zimmerman” [Darleen Click]

Yes, Martin brought his fists to a gunfight … didn’t anyone tell Melissa how that turned out?

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said Monday that she hoped that Trayvon Martin “whooped the shit out of George Zimmerman.”

Harris-Perry’s remarks came Monday while speaking during Cornell University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture.

… even Holder’s racialist DOJ couldn’t find any evidence with which to railroad charge Zimmerman.

Melissa is such an intellectual force to be reckoned with —

The talk took place in the university’s Sage Chapel and had an audience of roughly 250 people. Harris-Perry reportedly used a fair amount of vulgarity in her speech, which Review Editor-in-Chief Casey Breznik said better resembled “an hour-long comedy routine.”

During her talk, which she began by taking a selfie, Harris-Perry declared her view of democracy—namely that it “is for losers”—to be “hot shit,” said Dr. King was “the one great voice, like Beyoncé”, and cracked jokes about the Tea Party, George W. Bush, Southern black culture, and the weather.

Rock on, dear.

Posted by Darleen @ 1:28pm
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February 25, 2015

Leftism is the most dynamic, and jealous, religion of the 20th & 21st Century [Darleen Click]

In California, it means stripping university students of any competing religious club – especially Christian.

When Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo hosts its annual Open House this April, during which campus clubs typically greet and recruit prospective visiting students, one longtime mainstay at the university will be conspicuously absent: Cru.

The Christian club will not be allowed to set up a table and pass out fliers, or meet and greet guests. It’s the same at Chico State, where Cru will not be allowed to showcase itself during the school’s annual fall recruitment drive. They’ve also been forbidden from hanging up posters in freshman dorms.

Gone are the days when Christian student clubs at Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo, Chico State – and the other 21 Cal State universities across California – are allowed to set up shop in the quad and recruit.

This school year, CSU administrators labeled campus Christian groups that refuse to allow non-Christians to lead them “discriminatory.” As a result, Christian clubs at Cal State universities that refused to change their constitutions and check boxes saying they would allow non-Christians as leaders have been officially derecognized by their campus communities.

They’ve been scrubbed from campus websites and directories. They cannot take part in events that help campus clubs recruit new members and gain visibility. They are charged a more expensive, outsider fee to rent rooms on campus – straining their already tight coffers. They’ve lost a chance to receive a portion of student fees collected to help clubs on campuses thrive. […]

“The effects of [the policy] severely reduced the ability of Christians and other religions on campus to practice their faith and be an integral part of the CSU community,” said engineering senior Matt Susank. “Not only does that speak against the mission at Cal Poly but of higher education and it is in a way discriminatory towards our ability to do that which is a huge part of campus life.”

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Leaders of Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as the two other Christian clubs at San Luis Obispo that were derecognized – prayerInterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Chinese Christian Fellowship – have insisted that they couldn’t allow any non-Christians to be leaders.

“We have no issue with anybody of any kind of race, religion coming to our weekly meetings and being a part of who we are,” San Luis Obispo Missionary Leader Jamey Pappas said. “It’s a question of who’s going to be leading our students in a Bible Study, mentoring them individually, or deciding what kind of content goes into our weekly meeting, and we want people who agree with what we’re about.”

Chico State’s Otto told The College Fix to stay instated they would have had to change their constitution and check boxes saying they agree with the new all-comers policy, titled “Executive Order 1068.”

“As a faith-based organization, there are things within our constitution that we feel strongly in order to preserve our message and in order to do what we feel called to do,” Otto said. “Our leaders have to not only be able to execute these roles, but also live them out in certain ways.”

Greg Jao, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s national field director, said that the message the executive order sends to religious organizations is troubling.

This is a government actor reaching directly into the leadership function of a religious organization and telling us what the criteria religious organizations should use,” Jao told The College Fix. “And that’s pretty unprecedented.”

Why not?

For the Left all questions of life are to be resolved by The State and the Anointed Dear Leaders who know better than you do how to run your life.

Get used to it, Skippy, if America’s rulers don’t give a fig about Christians and Jews being slaughtered by Islamofascists, what makes you think they care about all you icky god-botherers at home?

That First Amendment is SOOOOOO over 100 years old.

Posted by Darleen @ 1:19pm
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February 24, 2015

Western Exceptionalism [McGehee]

Of all the world’s civilizations, past and present, none is more critical of its own history than the West.

Does it get overdone? Carried to absurdity? Lead all too often to a spiral of moral equivalency? Hello, McFly! The impulse to “more is better” is as human as hagiography (for the uninterested, that means ‘the opposite of hypercriticalism’). In the history of Western progress, though, the willingness to question the assumptions, decisions and outcomes surrounding major events has been a profound contributor. Compared to other societies, only the West has held itself even remotely to the standards it has professed, with unofficial voices openly and with relative liberty, challenging official ones.

When progressives dismiss the notion of American exceptionalism, they normally do so from the perspective that Americans and Europeans aren’t sufficiently different to justify the concept, yet the Western history from which America springs is itself exceptional. The circumstances of our founding could not help but distill this Western exceptionalism even further.

At least until now. You see, Rep. Keith Ellison is right about one thing: Rudy Giuliani’s remarks do indeed say that Barack Obama is “not one of us.” Obama’s policies are aimed not merely against American principles, but Western.

It is as if Rome had declared Hannibal its emperor.

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February 23, 2015

Jesus v Muhammad [Darleen Click]

I don’t know how I missed this one before, but one of the better of the Steve Crowder videos …

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February 23, 2015

“We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims” [Darleen Click]

We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face. The fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and the Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.

So says DHS Security Secretary Jeh Johnson …

In the meantime, The Obama administration would like you Jews and Christians to know that you can go f**k yourselves.

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