Archive for May, 2006

Gracie V Hughes

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Tonight had to be one of the biggest nights in modern martial arts history.テつ Royce Gracie who dominated the octagon for years comes back to UFC to answer the charge that the days of Brazillian Ju Jitsu are over.テつ Matt Hughes, the undisputed World Welterweight Champion in the UFC and believed by some to be the greatest Welterweight to ever step in the octagon, represents the modern UFC fighter.

All the hype over the past several weeks led up to tonight at UFC 60.テつ Everyone had their own idea of how the fight was going to go down.テつ Many people thought Gracie would get Hughes by submission as he did with men much larger back in the day.テつ Trouble is, large doesn’t necessarilly equate to strong.テつ Matt Hughes is FREAKISHLY strong both in the lift and the punch.テつ The boy strikes like a freight train.テつ Gracie redefined the ground game with Brazillian Ju Jitsu which is designed to allow the smaller man to take care of business in a fight with a much larger man by working on the joints which, regardless of the size of the person, all share one characteristic.テつ Five pounds of pressure against the natural bend in the joint will break it.テつ I don’t care if the man is 150 pounds or 550 pounds, that elbow or knee is going to snap and Gracie became a legend in the UFC by exploiting this weakness.

The UFC has changed a bit since Gracie last fought.テつ Now there are 5 minute rounds, not an open ended fight until submission.テつ This wasn’t a surprise for Gracie but I’m wondering if he had just looked past it.テつ The fight opened with some kicks from Gracie that had me scratching my head abit.テつ I knew Gracie had some leg in his arsenal but I was surprised to see him drag them out so early in the fight.テつ I have to wonder if Gracie was trying to bait Hughes into grabbing a leg for a take down.テつ The talking heads leading up to the fight were wondering if Hughes could be disciplined enough NOT to go to the ground against the legend.テつ Hughes was an All American wrestler in college which accounts for his wicked bad strength.テつ The ground is exactly where I thought Hughes would win or lose the fight.テつ Gracie wasn’t going to go the whole fight slugging it out with him.テつ That would be a recipe for a knockout.テつ After some dancing, kicking, and a couple nice punches landed by both fighters, the fight went to the ground.テつ Hughes dominated.テつ No other way to put it.テつ I thought Gracie had a couple opportunities for the arm bar but Hughes was quick enough and\or strong enough to avoid it.テつ In fact, Hughes landed his own arm bar that looked for all the world would end the fight.テつ Gracie’s arm was clearly hyperextended but he managed to roll his elbow out enough allowing him to bend his arm out of the lock.テつ That was when Gracie made the fatal mistake of rolling onto his belly.テつ Hughes wasn’t about to let Gracie go so he ended up sitting on the small of Gracie’s back, locking his feet in Gracie’s thighs, and the thunder rolled down.テつ The dreaded Matt Hughes “ground and pound” brought the fight to an end by referee stoppage.テつ Good thing too.テつ Gracie may be a legend but he wasn’t going to take many of the bombs Hughes was landing on his head.テつ I thought Hughes was going to knock him out before the Ref stepped in.

Gracie is still a legend.テつ He definately earned that title and if you placed Hughes in the tournament style, open weight class fights from UFC 1 I’m not sureテつ he would last long.テつ Gracie fought 4 fights in UFC 1.テつ Winning each one with submissions against men much larger than himself.テつ He did it again in UFC2.テつ I don’t know of any fighter today that could duplicate that feat.テつ Johnny Unitas was a legendary quarterback for the Colts back in the day.テつ Does anyone really think he could be as good today with the defensive schemes out there? No way.テつ Gracie, like Unitas, certainly deserves the honor we pay him but he should retire from the ring and focus on training up his students to compete in the new UFC.テつ Pure Ju Jitsu simple doesn’t cut it anymore and Matt Hughes proved that tonight.

Jesse MacBeth…what a piece of work is…well…

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

With a surname like MacBeth I just couldn’t help myself.

… have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner?
Macbeth, 1. 3

Yep…he certainly has.

What bloody man is that?
Macbeth, 1. 2

Why that would be some useless piece of trash after the milblogs have gotten done with him, that’s the (rhetorically) bloody man!

Stands not within the prospect of belief.
Macbeth, 1. 3

It certainly doesn’t.テつ Maybe that’s why IVAW has dropped him like a hot rock.

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Macbeth, 1. 7

Well, he tried to hide it but fortunately the Milblogs were here and, well…

The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.
Macbeth, 2. 2

That it did.

The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
Where gott’st thou that goose look?
Macbeth, 5. 3

Amen to that!

VA Infosec nightmare

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Security Focus reports in part:

“The U.S. government warned on Monday that a database containing sensitive information about veterans and their families had been stolen, after an employee violated policy and brought the data home.”

Several things jump out at me about this.

First, and most obvious, the fact that 26.5 million identities are now exposed, mine included.

Second, the only reason VA knew this data was exposed was after the “analyst” reported the burglary to VA. I can’t imagine his horror after realizing what had happened. I’m hoping he also kicked himself for bring it home in the first place. Here’s hoping he at least had it encrypted some how but I’m not holding my breath.

Third, in their statement, the VA says this “analyst” didn’t have authority to take this home. The VA must be the most trusting Federal Agency in government. Makes you wonder what their internal security looks like. Hey VA! Ever heard of VPN? If you are going to let these people tinker with this information then at least force them to do so over an encrypted channel and leave the data where it lives.

This kind of thing makes me want to get even more draconian with my users.

Louisiana and New Orleans

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Mayor Nagan is still Mayor Nagin.テつ What more can be said about that?テつ Well, I could write up something about my thoughts on the matter but why go through the trouble when Will Collier, posting at Vodkapundit, takes care of it for me! Just a snippet:

Now it’s time for them to choose again. I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but what the heck, I’ll speak for myself and we’ll see who agrees.

Here’s the deal, Louisiana. We’re going to help you. We really are. You are our neighbors and our countrymen and our friends, and we love you today as much as we ever did, in spite of and in no small part thanks to all the weirdness and flaws down your way. It’s hard to see it from where you are, but we’re helping you now, in our slow and ponderous way. We’re not going to let it end like this.

now…go read the whole thing.テつ It’s DEAD. ON.

Judge Murtha Speaks!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

We don’t need no stinkin’ NCIS investigation!テつ No need to trouble the poor people in Haditha!テつ No reason at all to talk with the Marines in question.テつ No no no…just let Congressman Judge Murtha pronounce guilt and let’s hang’em!

November 19th of last year saw an IED attack on a group of Marines in Haditha Iraq resulting in the death of one of those Marines, a bunch of barbarians(who’s counting anymore), and 15 civilians.テつ NCIS(Naval Criminal Investigative Service) started an investigation after Time magazine interviewed some of the families in Haditha who claim the Marines killed the civilians outright and not as part of the firefight that erupted after the IED detonation.
Bravo for the investigation!テつ テつ If these Marines lost their minds and went about violating the Rules of War then nail them to the wall.テつ BUT…let’s wait for the investigation to tell us something first.テつ Judge Murtha has no right to jump into the fray right now by declaring these Marines guilty of War Crimes.テつ He hasn’t even read the report from NCIS:

Murtha’s comments were the first on-the-record remarks by a U.S. official characterizing the findings of military investigators looking into the Nov. 19 incident. Murtha, the ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee and an opponent of Bush administration policy in Iraq, said he hadn’t read the report but had learned about its findings from military commanders and other sources.

Those “military commanders” are doing no justice to these Marines either and by commenting to Murtha, if this actually occurred, they are interferring in the investigation.テつ As for the “other sources”…we all love “other sources”.テつ That’s like the neighbor hood kid’s girlfriend in that far away city.テつ Let’s hear it Judge Murtha…tell us about your girlfriend.

This guy is a real winner.テつ If these Marines are found innocent of any wrong doing will we hear a formal apology to Chris Matthews?テつ Of course not.テつ Murtha, with respect to his own military experience, is now just another “domestic enemy” these Marines swore to defend the Constitution against.

Again, if these Marines did in fact violate the Rules of War then we deal with them as harshly as the UCMJ allows.テつ Right now…that’s an “if” because we just don’t know.テつ Even if they are found guilty of this horrible act it doesn’t mean Murtha is right in speaking out now.テつ He’s a disgrace to the uniform he once wore.

My oh My! What a finicky nation we are!

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

It appears that we have gone from 66% approval of the NSA program to 51% opposition in a scant 48 hours! I understand that things happen, other information is revealed, etc when it comes to this kind of thing but I haven’t read or heard anything NEW about the NSA program since December when the New York Crimes first ran the story.

Since the devil is in the details, let’s have a look at these two polls.

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Governor Fletcher must resign.

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Well folks, here we are.テつ Yesterday the Grand Jury indicted our Governor on several misdemeanors including discrimination.テつ While these charges may not be enough to impeach him(that’s a political decision that is currently left to Jody Richards to decide) it is certainly enough to render him ineffective and, frankly, obsolete.

Fletcher’s mistakes started on day one with the forced retirements and flat out terminations of many in the Governor’s Office simply because he wanted to wipe the slate clean.テつ What he failed to realize then, and probably still to this day, is the loss of those people meant the loss of 30 years or so of executive office experience.テつ The he compounded all this by attempting to manipulate the merit system by hiring only politically favorable individuals to key posts.テつ This is a long and storied tradition in Kentucky but Fletcher’s mistake was that he wrote it all down.

His fatal mistake was something I’ve ranted about often in the past.テつ He failed to realize the political climate his administration would serve under.テつ The National scene is as fractured as it’s been in probably 150 years and the State scene is just marginally better…a slim margin.テつ He simply HAD to know that political opportunists like Greg Stumbo would be gunning for him.テつ Mr. Stumbo did just that on a SERIOUS and VERY REAL issue of the Governor’s own making.テつ Governor Fletcher’s response was that he had done nothing that other Governor’s of Kentucky hadn’t done already.テつ As I’ve said before, Governor, it’s about the appearance of impropriety.テつ Be transparent.テつ You’ve been opaque.

Nice knowing you as Governor Ernie.テつ If you have respect for the office you will resign your office and soon.テつ As if my opinion of you mattered I will give you a one week deadline.テつ This will give you the opportunity to feel out the political winds, give it “careful consideration”, and then you will do the right thing for the Republican Party of Kentucky, the Office of The Governor, and the Commonwealth at large by resigning your office.

Ole Moose Gets Life

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

It’s off to Supermax for you pal! I read the full story over on Hot Air and posted the following as a comment. Re-read it and liked it so I put it up here too. 沽

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Shooter is dead on tho. Supermax isnテ「竄ャ邃「t going to be a fun place for Ole Moose. Unfortunately there will be no Dahmer reprise either. As far as Ole Moose is concerned heテ「竄ャ邃「ll be the only one there except for the guard(hopefully a woman but it wonテ「竄ャ邃「t happen) that escorts him to his playpen for 1hr a day.

Bottom line: this is the best possible outcome considering the trial location and the initial mistake of allowing this waste of flesh access to our AMERICAN Constitution. Itテ「竄ャ邃「s not the WORLDテ「竄ャ邃「S Constitution folks. The rights expressed in there are OURS and definately not for the barbariansテ「竄ャツヲor the illegal invaders..er..aliens..er..what was it Katie told me to sayテ「竄ャツヲoh yeah テ「竄ャナ砥ndocumented workersテ「竄ャツ敕「竄ャツヲyeah thatテ「竄ャ邃「s it.

Return of the Shah!

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Over at Human Events Online they are reporting that Son of Shah is plotting a “regime change” thingy.テつ Why am I more than slightly suspect of this grand plan? Let’s look at this…

  1. Mr. Pahlavi currently lives in the US.テつ Yeah yeah so he has the freedom to move around but I don’t think his welcoming party in Tehran will be a friendly one
  2. His Revolutionary Guard buddies are probably now being beaten to bloody pulps
  3. All manner of “activists” are probably being asked politely to “just wait against this wall…never mind those men with guns…”
  4. and lastly, we all know how well “civil disobedience” will go over in Tehran

Now this leads to another, more interesting question…is this some kind of “feeler” operation? Hmmm…we certainly do live in interesting times.

CyberJihad target!

Monday, May 1st, 2006

There’s a difference between a victim and a target.テつ Targets are the recipient of some kind of an attack.テつ Victims are typically taken out of action by said attack.テつ Aaron was a target but definately not a victim.
Ya just gotta go read this guy. Last week almost 100 blogs were taken off the air while Hosting Matters masterfully fended off a DDOS attack against Aaron’s site. Naturally I had to go see what all the fuss was about…I’m glad I did. The guy gets it.