Tuesday, July 31, 2012

WARRIOR FIRST

"FIRST A WARRIOR, OR ALL ELSE IS FOLLY"
EDITORIAL by Bradley J. Steiner
from CLOSE QUARTERS:
THE PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE
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“First a warrior, or all else is folly”
—Anonymous

OUR late friend, the kenpo-karate expert John McSweeney, often quoted the above statement. It was from John that we first heard it. It is appropriate to the thesis at hand.

It is not at all popular today to advocate the warrior spirit and warrior skills for the private citizen. Yet those who insist that “only the police” or “only the military” should in fact be in possession of arms and be training in lethal close quarters combat skills, are advocating a position that is nothing less than tyranny.

The right to self-defense when the individual’s person, property, rights, or dignity is being violated by any entity — individual, group, government, or “official” organization of any description — must be recognized as an unconditional absolute, or there is no real freedom and there are no individual rights, at all. It is preposterous and intellectually insulting and offensive to say that someone has the right to his person, his privacy, his property, and the prerogative of deciding that which he will do in life and how he will live, and then in the same breath to mutter that his right to protect and to defend all or any of this is “limited” or is subject to the permissions and approvals of some “higher human authority” — emperor, ayatollah, king, queen, potentate, fรผrer, prime minister, presidium, committee, collective, proletariat, or president, etc. That people have bought this latter bullshit since the species first came out of the trees is merely a confirmation of their stupidity, uselessness, and — in general — lack of any capacity to appreciate that which their nature requires for living as human beings on earth. It does not alter the irrevocable fact that any situation save that of POLITICAL FREEDOM and PERSONAL AUTONOMY is, as far as any creature deserving of the designation “human” is concerned, evil.

This principle is, we maintain, an absolute. It is valid regardless of the  degree to which one cares to put it to the test. Thus, a schooyard bully and a thug government differ only in degree, not in quality; and both must be dealt with in the same manner: by applying self-defensive force. The right to employ and to apply such force must always be held to be unconditional and absolute, or true civilization cannot exist.

The private, free citizen of a properly run constitutional republic that is built upon the premises that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America gave us, has an absolute and unconditional right to defend himself, his family, his home, his community, and his nation. He does not “derive” this right from some collection of disgusting, law-degreed, scumbag, powerlusting, psychopathic, greedy, inexcusable bastards who managed to con the sea of braindead window dummies all around him into voting them into office. The only legitimate “office” that may properly be held by anyone in a government such as the one that used to exist in the United States of America, is an office dedicated to the protection of those rights — Natural, Human Rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — guaranteed to be recognized and upheld by the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights.

In a free country the PRIVATE CITIZEN is supreme. Such law enforcement officials as may need to be employed are the servants not the masters of the citizenry. It is they (the servants) who derive their “right” to be armed and to use weapons from those whom they serve; it is not the other way around — i.e. the way it is today. The citizenry — in a free nation — may decide to disarm the police. Only in a tyranny may the police act to disarm the citizenry.

As for the military, the Founding Fathers established the right system. Never ought the military in a free nation to be used against the citizenry. N-E-V-E-R.

Obviously, things are now upside down in this Country. When they were predominantly rightside up (ie prior to 1960) an essay such as this one could never have been inspired, and would never have been necessary.

Every human being has the right — the EQUAL right — to defend himself. No innocent individual human life is “more entitled” to be defended than is another. And in order to exercise that right, every individual has the right to acquire, maintain, and when and if necessary use the skills and the tools with which defense of himself and those whom he loves may be undertaken.

Some careful thought will demonstrate that in a feral world (and we live in a very feral world) those who lack the skills and the tools with which self-protection may be implemented are at the mercy of any predatory individual(s) who chooses to employ force in order to violate others physically, and/or in order to take or to destroy the property of others.

The conclusion, therefore, that indeed, one must first of all be a warrior, or all else is folly, can be seen to be very logical. What good are rights without the power to defend them? Of what use or good is it to BE “right”, when you lack the ability to defend your position against those who are “wrong”?

First a warrior, or all else is folly.

One final thought about the “Rights of Man”: It is crucial to comprehend that these rights exist for all men, everywhere, and for all time. These rights can be violated (as they have always been in the Western European, Eastern European, and Asian socialist states), or as they are now being flagrantly violated and trammeled in the United States of America. But they are absolute and they are the proper estate of every human being — acknowledged and recognized, or not. This was the thesis of our Founding Fathers in America, and the Document that they authored (not to “provide” man’s rights, but to recognize them as unalienably inviolate) — the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights — may be shredded and burned, but that in no sense negates, abridges, or even remotely affects the TRUTH of those Rights of Man being his; and being his forever and for all time.

It is these facts that stand as sanctification for every man’s right to be a warrior first, with all of that which his so being implies.

More: YOUR “being a warrior first”, dear reader, is, when you ponder the matter, much more than your prerogative. It becomes, when you take your status as a free man seriously, your obligation.

--Bradley J. Steiner [Steiner is a colleague of John Perkins and President of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation]

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Chief Arvol Looking Horse Speaks of White Buffalo Prophecy



Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. The leader of the Lakota Dakota Nakota Oyate, the great Sioux nation, is a man with a vision.


A Great Urgency: To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.

As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc¹I Maka), and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse sees a great danger threatening "Grandmother Earth" and a great hope for restoring her wholeness. So he is calling all nations to prayer of any kind in an effort to return the planet to balance, the people to spirit. I asked him why this path is the right path to take. "A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous," Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. "We are in a time of survival," he said. "But we don't want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit." Disconnected souls are hurting others without even knowing they are hurting others." Those being hurt include animals, trees and waterways. The Sioux have an inclusive worldview, but it was not shared by the transplanted Europeans who undertook genocide on Indian land, culminating in the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890. That final brutality broke the "hoop" binding Indians together; however, Sioux prophecy foretold that in a hundred years the people would be reunited. Although surviving tribe members and their descendants were stripped of religious freedoms (returned to them only 32 year ago by the U.S. government), the rituals were kept and the prophecy not forgotten. So the Sioux nations set out on horseback to "mend the broken hoop" of their nation in 1986 at a sacred site known to non-Indians as Devils Tower or the Great Horn Butte; their ritual went on for four years and concluded in 1990, 100 years after Wounded Knee. During the course of that long ritual, Looking Horse was surprised by a vision that came to him of peace and unity that included not only the Indian nations but all the nations of the world, each gathering with ritual plants around sacred fires on every continent. The Sioux chief felt called to oversee a much broader mending. But who was going to listen even to the chief of a people largely ignored in the country where they lived? "It's everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we're going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. We're asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray." "Sioux Indian chief calls all nations to action on June 21"



by Juliane Poirier

Music gifted by Tony Gerber

jacob devaney

Sunday, July 1, 2012

LOCK and LOAD

Act of Valor Quotes:


“for all those who have been down range, to us, and to those like us, Damn Few.”

“You live your life by a code, it’s your shoreline, it’s what guides you home.  And trust me, you’re always trying to get home.”

“No one’s stronger than a man who can harness his emotions and his past.
Use it as motivation to write the most important letter of your life.”

Chief Tecumseh Poem


At the end, it had this amazing poem by Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh.

The poem moved me very deeply and the first friend I spoke with today also mentioned the poem so I had to find it and share it. I hope it encourages you, lifts your spirit and helps you to strive for the greatness that you were created for. Respect others and demand that they respect you. Work hard to beatify the things around you.
- Wayne

With that I give you Tecumseh

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.