Our man on the spot II

Our Man on the Spot #2

Modified AR-15 courtesy of Wikipedia.

Modified AR-15 courtesy of Wikipedia.

As for the marketing of the AR-15, semi-auto rifle made famous in recent days, Tom Diaz author of “The Last Gun” says, “It speaks to the fact there are a lot of young men in the U.S. who will never be in the military, but feel that male compulsion to warrior-hood.”

On the other hand, Ted Nugent, who said of the President Obama’s ideas about curtailing gun violence, to Pierce Morgan of MSNBC (Jan. 4, 2013) that he wouldn’t give credence to anything at all “The scammer in chief,” had to say but he knew, “that an armed society is a police society.” (Polite society, he said he meant to say.)

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Fight Night at Colusa Casino can be found in Sam Edward’s Highway 20
Love Songs.

Another way of describing the protagonists in this debate can be found in the narrative “Fight Night at Colusa Casino.” As County deputies at the venue box office checked for weapons and correctly dated tickets. Inside were the tattooed camp followers of The Generation Kill invasion force, perhaps too smart to volunteer, but more than able to levitate to America The Beautiful.

OPEN CARRY

One of the “Open Carry”- affiliated salesmen, a Glock on his hip at the MSNBC event with Pierce, was overheard at a gun range in Texas, to say to a cameraman:

“You better be armed for the next cataclysmic weather event you people in The East like to predict because we’re keeping immigrant pythons downs here and sending you two-legged immigrants. You’ll find in the next hurricane it will be nice to have a Bushmaster (AR-15) riding shotgun and keeping the ‘emotionally diverse,’ as you like to call them – we call them mobs – on the street, or as in Katrina, on their side of the river – and not in your showroom or your storeroom.”

A FROG TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

Alexis de Tocqueville said about America in 1830, “Though there are rich men, the class of rich men does not exist, for these rich individuals have no feeling or purposes, no traditions or hope in common… (however) if ever a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy again penetrates into the world, it may be predicted that this is the gate by which they will enter.”

Alexis de Tocqueville courtesy of Wikipedia.

Alexis de Tocqueville courtesy of Wikipedia.Alexis de Tocqueville said about America in 1830, “Though there are rich men, the class of rich men does not exist, for these rich individuals have no feeling or purposes, no traditions or hope in common… (however) if ever a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy again penetrates into the world, it may be predicted that this is the gate by which they will enter.”

MITT AGAIN

Mitt Romney, who did time in France proselytizing for Latter Day Saints, is reputed to have said in passable French,

“One Frog I’ve read is de Tocqueville, who knew that the USA is a nation of merchants you can’t count on to vote, even if a shopkeeper, so you’ve sometimes got to herd them toward their own self-interest. Of course herds need to stick together. It’s natural selection, my friend, and forgive my French, but you don’t fuck with mother nature.”

A PERVERSION OF CHRISTIANITY

The Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Rev. J. Edwin Bacon Jr., says,

“There’s a culture of fear in America, a perversion of Christianity which has turned it into a religion of fear, which it of course is not.” (Times, Dec. 14, 2012)

Even Mitt was heard to say off the record, and off mic, that he thought that the heavy hitters of “Born agains” would inevitably drive the most weak and disabled – those who usually have government subsistence – into the open arms of modern day LDS.

AND GUANTANAMO AGAIN

The Times reported that Col. James L. Pohl, the military judge at Guantanamo who is overseeing the prosecution of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four others accused of conspiring in the September 11th attack, granted a request by prosecutors to treat anything the detainees say about the CIA interrogations as classified. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Off the record he said to reporters,

“It’s that old Vegas maxim: What’s said or done here, stays here.”

BUSINESS AS USUAL

The business sections of major newspapers, as they drop foreign correspondents as fast as the Dow, have become good reading. Check out Gretchen Morgansen and many others.

“We can learn there are many institutional investors who have so perfected the art of looking the other way, that they make bystanders at a New York subway platform standing by ‘when shit happens,’ look like the models of social responsibility.”

MANNY’S LAST FIGHT

However, there’s still the sports section. Greg Bishop wrote on Dec. 30, 2012:

“Juan Manual Marquez ended his fight with Manny Pacquiao with a concussion and a broken nose. He climbed into the ring looking less like a boxer and more like a body builder.”

“He recently has been trained by Angel Guillermo Heredia, an admitted steroid dealer. But Marquez has long been an experimental kind of boxer – early into his career, he drank his own urine during training.”

Romney, never to miss an opportunity, visited Pacquiao, a member of the Philippines legislature, before the fight and told him: “I ran for President. I lost, but it was one of the best nights of my life.” (Times) He never clarified which night, his or Pacquiao’s.

STEUBENVILLE OR DELHI

Asked about a rape case involving several Stuebenville High School football players, at an out of control party (Times, Dec. 16, 2012), Police Chief William Macafferty said about the numerous do-nothing bystanders: “If you could charge people for not being decent human beings, a lot of people could have been charged that night.”

THE DAILY BUREAUCRAT

As to the role of paperwork – files and such – Matthew Hull in “government of paper,” says, “to control the movement of the files is to control the issue.”

He cites an example of this as positive effect when Charles Hippolyte de La Bussière, a French government cleric, who, in 1794, purportedly saved hundreds of people from the Guillotine by dissolving the relevant paperwork in Paris public baths, or as one version of the story has it, eating it.

TURN IN GUNS FOR CASH?!

Oakland, Calif. residents, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, waited in a long line of cars (SF Chronicle ) to turn in guns, some with flowers in the muzzle, for Christmas cash.

READING IN BED RISKY BUSINESS

Reading in bed probably does not rank with fishing in the Bering Sea, but it has recently qualified as a risky activity because “bed bugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds – in library books.” (Times, Dec. 6, 2012)

ROBOTS AND ROBBER BARONS

Paul Krugman (Dec. 10, 2012), said:

“The economic pie isn’t growing the way it should … capitol is doing fine by grabbing an even larger share at labor’s expense. Technology has taken a turn (robots) that places labor at a disadvantage … robber barons on one side, robots on the other.” (Times, Jan. 27, 2013)

START THEM YOUNG

In an interview Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said it’s necessary to bring young people into shooting sports.

“Start them young,” one report concluded. “Manufactures should target programs toward youth 12 years old and younger.”

In another report, according to the Times, the authors warned against using human silhouettes for targets when trying to recruit new shooters. “Bait and switch,” one official said to the reporter. “You guys with all your firearm safety stuff and not pointing a firearm at another human, unless you intend to shoot, take a lot of the fun out of shooting sports.”

“If the industry is to survive…” Junior shooters editor Andy Fink, wrote, “gun enthusiasts must embrace all youth shooting activities including ones using semi-automatic firearms with magazines holding 30-100 rounds.” (Times)

SHOOT ANYTHING THAT MOVES

Tammy Duckworth, newly elected U.S. representative and double amputee after the helicopter she was flying in Iraq crashed, called them “chicken hawks” – those, who in this day and age, say it is not necessary to have served in the armed services to be a patriot and know when we should go to war.

For, as they, the chicken hawks, told this reporter, “You only have to read ‘Kill Anything That Moves‘ to know that, of the hundreds of thousands U.S forces killed in Vietnam, the vast majority was from high altitude bombing, Agent Orange, napalm runs, or agitating a farmer or fisherman to reveal himself, by running from the helicopter hovering overhead proving he or she had something to hide, and deserved to be one more gook gone. Kill them all and let God sort them out.”

 

 

 

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Two for one special! New books by Willem de Thouars and Sam Edwards

Two for one special! New books by Willem de Thouars and Sam Edwards

Eureka Productions is announcing a new special, available only at its website. For a limited time, Willem de Thouars’ new autobiographical A Journey Through Time and Sam Edwards’ Highway 20 Love Songs are available together for $15.99 plus shipping, which is more than a 30% savings. Both books are normally $24.99 plus shipping.

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A Journey Through Time

By Willem de Thouars

A Journey Through Time Book coverWritten in the unmistakable voice of Kun Tao Silat master Willem de Thouars, A Journey Through Time is an autobiographical reflection of de Thouars’s combined lifetime passion for martial arts, history and philosophy. The great grandson of a Dutch tea plantation owner and his African American wife, Willem de Thouars inherited a complex cultural legacy. As the grandson of a skilled Silat practitioner, he was also uniquely positioned to partake in the rigorous martial arts training found in Indonesia. A Journey Through Time chronicles De Thouars’s over six decades of studies and observations of both eastern and western martial disciplines.

De Thouars, like a Kendang dancer or circling Bagua practitioner, weaves his personal odyssey into the larger theater of human migration, trade, and conquest in the island nations of Indonesia. The reader is taken though de Thouars’s boyhood in the Dutch East Indies, internment during Japanese occupation (1942-1946), displacement upon Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch, relocation to the Netherlands, and subsequent immigration to the United States in 1960.

The reader comes away with a richer understanding of the origins of Willem de Thouars’s style of Kun Tao Silat. A Journey Through Time represents the bounty of what life has taught de Thouars, including his devotion to the natural world, which is joyfully depicted in his animal illustrations found throughout the book.

About the Author

Willem de Thouars’s skills as Kun Tao Silat master and teacher have made him a sought after instructor at international martial arts seminars. Originally from Indonesia, he has lived in the United States since 1960. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Joyce.

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Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Price: $14.99 U.S.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615710743
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Highway 20 Love Songs

By Sam Edwards

Highway 20 in California inspires much; in this case, author Sam Edwards has masterfully crafted a collection of love songs presented as autobiographical verses and images. Numerous provocative photographs illustrate titles such as, “A Shortcut Through Purgatory,” “Ruminations,” “Memorial Day,” a mixed martial arts tract called “Fight Night at the Colusa Casino,” “The Bloody Island Massacre,” and an ode to a master blacksmith. Highway 20 bridges the old world with the new, which is both troubling and inspiring. Fans of Keroauc will appreciate Highway 20 Love Songs.

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Paperback: 54 pages, full color
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615710352
ISBN-13: 978-0615710358
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches

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Highway 20 in California inspires much; in this case, author Sam Edwards has masterfully crafted a collection of love songs presented as autobiographical verses and images. Numerous provocative photographs illustrate titles such as, “A Shortcut Through Purgatory,” “Ruminations,” “Memorial Day,” a mixed martial arts tract called “Fight Night at the Colusa Casino,” “The Bloody Island Massacre,” and an ode to a master blacksmith. Highway 20 bridges the old world with the new, which is both troubling and inspiring. Fans of Keroauc will appreciate Highway 20 Love Songs.


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By Sam P. Edwards

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RAP PSALM is a poetic rumination on modern life by Sam Edwards. Themes of religion, spirituality and modern living are punctuated with amazing black and white artwork. The CD / MP3 audio is performed by Brendan Gourneau Sr. at Makoche Recording Studios, Bismarck ND. Rap and jazz fill the background while Brendan reads with intensity and clarity.


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By Willem de Thouars

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Written in the unmistakable voice of Kun Tao Silat master Willem de Thouars, A Journey Through Timeis an autobiographical reflection of de Thouars’s combined lifetime passion for martial arts, history and philosophy.

The great grandson of a Dutch tea plantation owner and his African American wife, Willem de Thouars inherited a complex cultural legacy. As the grandson of a skilled Silat practitioner, he was also uniquely positioned to partake in the rigorous martial arts training found in Indonesia. A Journey Through Time chronicles De Thouars’s over six decades of studies and observations of both eastern and western martial disciplines.

The reader comes away with a richer understanding of the origins of Willem de Thouars’s style of Kun Tao Silat. A Journey Through Time represents the bounty of what life has taught de Thouars, including his devotion to the natural world, which is joyfully depicted in his animal illustrations found throughout the book.

About the Author

Willem de Thouars’s skills as Kun Tao Silat master and teacher have made him a sought after instructor at international martial arts seminars. Originally from Indonesia, he has lived in the United States since 1960. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Joyce.


A Cowboy Named Emmet 

A Death Song of a Son Who Missed the West

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“I have the cd and book version. I LOVE both. The audio is reminiscent of a 1940s radio broadcast, the voice is a masterful village story-teller (Sam Edwards) weaving some kind of magic. And, FOR ME this work is magic. It speaks to a love for the tangible feel of the elemental west. It invokes the windy heat driven rise of a fragrance not to be duplicated for sale in department stores – the smell of sage, horse sweat, leather, tobacco…”

 


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An All American Boy is tell-all of growing up in the 1950s, when the author, Sam Edwards, joined the Army only to get into the kind of trouble at Fort Bragg that nearly cost him years in a military prison.

What else could you expect from, as they used to say, the product of bad blood? Sam’s great, great, great grandfather, before his election as the ninth president of the United States, vowed to annihilate the great Iroquois Chief, Tecumseh, and his democratic confederation of tribes, “even into babes in arms.” He kept his promise. Sam’s uncle, as security chief o thef CIA, was engaged in domestic spying decades before it was fashionable. To top things off, he administered the CIA sponsored attempt by the Mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro with poisoned cigars.

Sam himself has several times tested the constitutional integrity of the republic by his consistent lack of foresight. While in the army, his arrest for grand larceny-not grand ideas-called up the heroic actions of the military lawyers who had previously defended the Korean War turncoats to challenge the uniform code of military justice when in conflict with the constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial. An All American Boy is the precursor to Sam’s previous book, The Last Days of The Empire.


In the Last Days of the Empire

Watching the Sixties Go By on Greenwich Village Time, A Bartender’s Tale.

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“Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of downing a cold one in a NYC bar, and are either too young to have lived through or too old to remember the 60’s, this book allows you to experience the drug and alcohol fueled time of change like no history book can. In the Last Days of the Empire” is worth the purchase just for the cover alone. After reading it through again I plan on framing it, seriously. This brilliantly honest observation of life in NYC during the 60’s is a free flowing timeline that covers historic events in a light you’ve likely not seen before.”

The Last Days of the Empire is the witness, and confession, of a citizen in the 1960s, who failed to take the actions the times required. Sam Edwards was on the winning side in a landmark case that was attempting to keep the underground press, filled with “obscene content,” off the newsstands. And he was a hell of a bartender for being young and callow. He listened well and he put it all down for us to remember the times.


 

The Great American Light War

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A cautionary tale in screenplay format, the Great American Light War originally appeared in New York University’s “The Drama Review” in 1968 under the pen name D. Melmoth.



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