Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sales Joke

Saw this in an email and did the old "copy & paste." I'm in sales, and have been on both sides of this discussion:

A young guy from North Dakota moves to Florida and goes to a big "everything
under one roof" department store looking for a job.

The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?"

The kid says "Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Dakota."

Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he'd give him a
shot, so he gave him the job. "You start tomorrow. I'll come down after we
close and see how you did."

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store
was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.

"How many customers bought something from you today?"

The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, "One".

The boss says "Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to
30 customers a day.That will have to change, and soon, if you'd like to
continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales
force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North
Dakota, but you're not on the farm anymore, son."

The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss
felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked
(semi-sarcastically), "So, how much was your one sale for?"

The kid looks up at his boss and says "$101,237.65".

The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?"

The kid says, "Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him
a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was
going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need
a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine
Chris Craft. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so
I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4x4

The boss said "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat
and a TRUCK!?"

The kid said "No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I
said, 'Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing."

Monday, April 29, 2013

Calvinist or Christian 5

If you are a Calvinist, you may or may not be a Christian. 

Do you believe in election?
• If you answered yes, then you might be a Christian.
• Calvinists believe in an election independent of faith.
• Christians believe in the Biblical doctrine that election is “in Christ;” i.e., anyone who is “in Christ” is elect, but that faith is essential to become united with Christ. Therefore, election is conditioned upon faith.

Doctrine does not affect one's salvation - belief in Christ does. However, there exists a distinct possibility that if your doctrine is false, as is the case with Calvinism, then you may never have asked Jesus' forgiveness and as a result, you may not have received salvation.

Material borrowed from this site. All edits are mine.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shift to the Left

Last fall, after the election, I had a conversation with fellow conservative "Right Minded." He stated that the results of the election showed that the climate in America has shifted toward things liberal. At the time I didn't want to believe it. There was no way that those of us who are conservative are so vastly out number.

He told me that things have changed... like they did in the early 1990's. The nation has shifted to the left inexplicably. a majority of people are OK with the idea of voting for a living instead of having to work for a living. The election was proof of this.

Now, there are still pockets of right-leaning people out there. And those right-leaning pockets outnumber in quantity the left-leaning pockets. But the sheer number of leftists in this country is growing. And to make matters worse, so many on the right are willing to accept so much compromise, that even the so-called conservative candidates are not anywhere near conservative.

Last fall, 125 million people voted for a candidate who had pushed for, or voted in favor of:
- stricter gun control, including AWBs.
- socialized health care.
- abortion.
- increased deficit spending.

About 47% (ironic number, huh?) voted for Romney, most of whom declaring their vote was for a "lesser of two evils." Enough people stayed home and did not vote such that their disgust with the (R) candidate was heard. Some of those who actually voted are still "mad" and claim that Romney would be so much better to have now than Obama... and it just isn't so.

A growing number of people like me voted for a third party, like the Constitution Party or the Libertarian Party. All told, nearly 4 million people voted third party. The Libertarian party, made up of conservatives who really like conservative values, and liberals, who similarly like liberal values; garnered the most votes at over 1.2 million.

I'd have voted for the Constitution party, but the nominee, Virgil Goode, just was not Presidential material. Plus I have some serious questions about how conservative he could really be having been a Democrat for so many years.

Some people get really bent out of shape because I did not vote for Romney. Here are some of the better lines I've heard, and a response to each:

"Romney garnered more of the conservative vote in 2008 than Huckabee did."
BS. Romney garnered more votes, but not from conservatives. I think the person who said this is suffering from Romnesia.

"You are throwing your vote away."
Tell me again why it is *not* considered throwing my vote away to vote for someone who in turn votes against my wishes in all key categories?

"Who is Gary Johnson?"
Seriously, if you investigated Barack Obama or Mitt Romney the same way you question my investigation of Johnson, you'd automatically want to vote for someone else... unless you just want free $h!t.

"Romney is severely conservative."
So said the Obama faithful who didn't want the millions of the wishy-washy to realize that Obama and Romney were clones.

"Johnson will never win"
Certainly won't as long as you vote for Obamney.

"Johnson and the Libertarian party are in favor of abortion."
So was Romney. Fact is, Johnson and the Libertarian Party are in favor of reducing abortions to only being legal in the first trimester - a policy consistent with most 1st world countries. A policy much better (in terms of fewer abortions) than what we have now. Yes, I am willing to take a small win here to push toward a bigger win later.

All in all, I think statements like these have solidified RM's assertion that people have shifted their thoughts to the left. The Republican Party certainly has. Not sure I'll vote Republican outside a local election for the foreseeable future. 


Friday, April 26, 2013

Piers Morgan Lies

A liberal lies... I know, it is to be expected. And yet again, we have it on video for proof.

Piers Morgan:
"I'm not in favor of taking anyone's guns away."
Morgan said this in a debate with Tennessee state Senator, Stacy Campfield.
Here is a link to the video.

Piers Morgan, after just having been advised that there are 300 million guns in the US, and when asked how many he felt needed to be confiscated:
"Why don't we try 300 million."
Link to the video and some facts.

I agree with Campfield's question - when is Morgan going to deport himself?


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peel the Arm

Juji Gatame – more correctly called Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame - the straight arm lock (or armbar) is one of the most widely used techniques in the grappling arts. It is called the most powerful arm lock in Judo. Rarely does an MMA event take place where a juji gatame is not used. It is widely seen in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and SAMBO tournaments. 
Due to the nature of juji gatame, it is only wise for the grappling student to study ways to defeat or otherwise escape juji gatame. In response, the grappler who wishes to secure juji gatame must develop a game plan to defeat the inevitable escape attempts. In the following sequence, we will demonstrate a method of securing juji gatame that has been used numerous times by UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, in MMA competition. This same method is standard practice at my studio - the Usagi Dojo in Mt. Juliet, TN. 
This photo demonstrates two things: A) how very ugly I am. B) A standard attempt at juji gatame. There are numerous ways to get to this position, ask your instructor for some of her favorite methods!
In the next photo, my opponent, Richard, has crossed his arms in a hadaka-jime type manner as a defense. This is a common tactic to buy some time. I have moved my leg off of Richard’s face so details of the defense can be seen. In practicality, one would never drop the leg off the face like this, unless one wanted to give up on the juji gatame attempt.
So how does one counter this defense? Simple... the “spider web!” 
Step one of the spider web is to lock the crook of your elbow to the crook of your opponent’s elbow. 
In Judo and BJJ competitions, one may grab one’s own lapel (photo 4) to strengthen the grip. 
Second step is to grab the far arm behind the elbow and tug it toward you. Sometimes, this will break the defensive grip, sometimes it won’t break the grip. When the arm is near you, cross your feet behind the far shoulder. 
Step three is to peel the arm out and finish. This step is simple, but there are two major ways it can be done – to the “north” (toward the opponent’s head at 45-degrees), and “south” (toward the opponent’s feet at 45-degrees). Which direction you go depends directly on what angle the opponent’s wrist is facing.
That’s right – the wrist. A common mistake is to tug firmly against the elbow. This is a fantastic way to waste energy Instead, keeping with the principle of “maximum efficiency, minimum effort" is to get the wrist to flex. To accomplish wrist flexion, it is necessary to follow these steps:
A) I determine which direction Richard’s wrist is facing. If necessary, I will change the hooking arm.
B) For the “north” break, I place my north arm (right arm in the photo) in a wrist-to-wrist position. 
For a “south” break, place the south wrist (my left arm in photo 8) against the opponent’s wrist.
C) Lean with the effort of the entire body until the arm is peeled free, then go back to center (90-degrees from the opponent) like in this photo. Since the entire body is used, a very small, weak person can easily peel the arm of a large, powerful man. 
Finish juji gatame as shown in the final photo. Remember – slowly apply pressure in training. Be mindful of the opponent’s thumb positioning. Also, keep pressure on the opponent’s body and head by pressing with the sides of the knees in a “butterfly” type motion. The crossed feet should be tugging the opposite shoulder toward you. 
Without a doubt, there are many finishes for juji gatame. Most of them require the proper circumstance and setup to be effective. The best benefit of using the method shown is that it is useful against many types of defenses, as well as being useful in gi and no-gi situations.
Special thanks also to my student, Sarah, who was the photographer. Sarah has used juji gatame to win more than half of her competitive grappling matches. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Liberals frighten me

Seriously, they do!

In just the past week or so:
- An Obama voter declared jihad on Boston. Bombed the place. Had shootouts with police. I think you know the rest.

- A liberal activist sent ricin (a poison) to Obama and a US Senator.

- One liberal killed 58+ babies in illegal abortions... and the liberal media will not even cover it.

Glad I have some guns... although the liberals want to take those away, too. I guess they do not want me to be able to defend myself from they themselves!


Calvinist or Christian 4

If you are a Calvinist, you may or may not be a Christian. 

Do you believe that you are born again when you put your faith in Jesus?
• If you answered yes, then you hold to a major tenet of Biblical Christianity and you probably are not a
• Calvinists believe that God must first give a person new life to enable faith; without first being made to
share the new life, they think that a person cannot believe.
• Christians argue that people are not given the gift of the new life until they believe.
• Christians hold that when a person believes, he is united with Christ and only then does he partake of
the new life and is born again; a person does not share in the new life without first being united with Christ
by faith, for “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Doctrine does not affect one's salvation - belief in Christ does. However, there exists a distinct possibility that if your doctrine is false, as is the case with Calvinism, then you may never have asked Jesus' forgiveness and as a result, you may not have received salvation.

Material borrowed from this site. All edits are mine.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

We knew it

Now we have testimony to the fact. The media has intentionally been ignoring the Kermit Gosnell case to protect abortion.

In case you have not heard, Kermit Gosnell is on trial for performing illegal abortions. He would kill babies partially born. He laughed about it. His former employees have given gruesome testimony to the fact that he would snip the spinal cord of the baby after pulling the head from the mother's vaginal area (but while the body was still mostly inside the mother).

This media commentator states that Gosnell's case has not received coverage so that they (the media) can protect abortion.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Best Sermon

If Calvinists were intellectually honest with themselves, this would be the only sermon they would preach:

"Well, god saves whomever he wants. The rest, he condemns to Hell. You have no part in your salvation. you don't even get the choice either way. So, since it won't matter, just live as you want to live. Because if god doesn't choose you for salvation, then it won't matter. And if god did choose you for salvation, then it won't matter as salvation takes care of all sins - past and present.

"So, since it doesn't matter, and since you have no choice: live as you want. No need to end with prayer here. Free hookers and blow will be available here after the service. Hope you are chosen!"


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Calvinist or Christian 3

If you are a Calvinist, you may or may not be a Christian. 

Do you believe that a person can resist the convicting power of God’s grace?
• If you answered yes, then again you affirm another one of the central tenets of Christianity, as reflected
in Jesus’ words, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I have longed to gather your children together…but you
were not willing” (Matt 23:37).
• Calvinists argue that God has determined which individuals will believe; to make their faith possible, He
calls them to salvation in such a way that their own wills are overpowered so that they cannot possibly
resist the call to salvation.
• Christians believe that God truly wants every one to believe; but when God enables a person to believe,
he does so in such a way that the individual still can resist the convicting power of the Spirit--faith is not a
necessary outcome of God's enabling grace.

Doctrine does not affect one's salvation - belief in Christ does. However, there exists a distinct possibility that if your doctrine is false, as is the case with Calvinism, then you may never have asked Jesus' forgiveness and as a result, you may not have received salvation.

Material borrowed from this site. All edits are mine.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Calvinist Corner - April 2013

Calvinism is not Biblical Doctrine. It's a human philosophy that appeals to proud-minded individuals.

Verbal gymnastics 2
Calvinists will say that we have no free will, and if we were the ones that actually made the choice to accept God and believe in Him, then that would be a "work." They say this because scripture clearly teaches that: "by grace are we saved through faith and that not of ourselves, it is a free gift of God - not of works - lest any man should boast" (Eph 2:8).

They want to somehow make faith out to be a work? Something we did to earn salvation. Accepting a gift is not a deed, it is a choice.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Irony is

Irony is a Calvinist preaching a sermon, putting it online for people to hear, then saying "I hope you are encouraged."

I mean, come on... what is encouraging about the thought of some evil god in the sky determining in advance whether you live in paradise for eternity, or are eternally tortured?


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why I am Libertarian

Why am I a Libertarian? Why not Republican? Why not Democrat?

Because I do not think the government is the solution. Most of the time, the government is the problem.

I think marriage is too important for the government to screw up. Get government out of marriage. Let marriage be between two (or more) grown individuals and their god (if they believe in one) and whomever performs the ceremony (if they want one).

Radical notion: this would mean no more spouse support, and no more child support.
EGAD! You mean a person would have to pay their own way in life?!?!?!? 

Christians: you think you want government defining marriage? That's a gamble. What are you gonna do when someone gets into power who doesn't agree with you? Then you're screwed!

LGBT's: you really should not want government defining marriage. Too strong a chance someone will get in power that does not agree with you!

If you do not want a gun, do not buy one. No laws, prohibitions or other infringements.
Self defense, and the protection from tyrannical government is too important to let the government screw it up with regulation.

Radical notion: this would mean felons, untrained people, and civilians would have firepower.
EGAD! You mean anybody could own a gun?!?!?!?

If you believe in natural selection, you know this will end well.

I believe that taxes should be simple and as free of government regulation as possible. Understand that the consumer is the only person who ever pays a tax. Businesses pass the cost on to the consumer. So strip away all regulations and loopholes and exemptions. Strip away all income taxes, death taxes, etc. Make a simple consumer tax ("Fair Tax" is a good start).

What government regulates, it destroys.
Another way to look at it: every law that prohibits Company A from doing something, is giving Company B an unfair advantage in some other way.
The government is too dysfunctional to be able to regulate anything. they haven't even balanced their checkbook in my lifetime.

The government is too dysfunctional to be able to regulate anything. This especially includes welfare, Social Security, and other handouts. Don't call them entitlements - because to be entitled means you actually deserve whatever it is. No, these welfares are handouts, plain and simple. End them all.

I can hear you now: "Oh, Usagi! The Libertarian party is in favor of abortion, and you aren't! How can you dare support them!??!?!?"
Easy, numbnuts: the Libertarian party supports limiting abortion to 1st trimester only. This would be a good first step in the total abolition of the murder of unborn infants.

You never win the war in a single battle, take each victory you can get. The Libertarian platform is better on abortion than what we currently have.

They will never win. 
Yeah, as long as YOU keep compromising and "voting for the lesser of two evils" they won't I vote Libertarian, and can sleep soundly. My conscience does not burn with the thought of having voted for evil.

Or, to put it another way: I didn't vote for the socialist, pro-abortion, gun-grabbing, leftist, big-government, crony-capitalist, war-mongering, multimillionaire. I didn't vote for Obama, either. (You can easily turn this around and say "Romney, either).

Definition of "compromise:" an agreement where neither party is happy.