Archive for June 2007

Are any of our leaders competent in the Art of War?

June 28, 2007

What is said about the waging of war?

Is it to be preceded by a string of falsehoods, misrepresentation, and some outright lies meant so scare people into a jingoistic frenzy?

Is it meant to drum up fears in the hearts of our countrymen so that we can, as Scott Horton says, “Wage our own jihad against the brown people of South Asia? It does appear to be such things have happened and are continuing to happen.

How is it that leaders lead people in war?

How did the ancient masters of warfare really wage war?

In the Art of War teacher Tzu says that, “When you engage in actual fighting, if victoryis long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.” So, do not engage in lengthy campaigns or you will ruin your soldiers chances of actually winning.”

Moreover, Sun Tzu warns us all that, “…when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.”

Is this not what is exactly happening to the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Chairforce  now?

Of course it is.

Today’s military is being led by politicians, many of whom were too scared to fight in Vietnam so they got deferments, who are too willing to sacrifice the lives of other people.  China is a vast, beautiful, brilliant and very friendly nation. Why is it that we have so many “leaders” in this country trying to scare people into not liking the Chinese? We could never defeat the Chinese except in a nuclear war.

Is that what we want?

None of the scholars I talk with want that, none think it’s a good idea nor do any us think it should be what our government calls our “foreign policy” vis-à-vis China.  But these are the foolish mistakes made by foolish men and women who have a very limited knowledge of history and warfare.

There is a very good local talk show host, Tony Macrini, who came up with the idea that the next time these same folks who are calling for “war” against _____, fill in the blank, we should dispatch the 1st talk show host brigade. And see how fast they turn tale and run…again. 

Finally, what can we take from teacher Tzu’s lessons on Waging War?

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on. 

Therefore in war it is only those who are competent are who should lead.”

Alas Sun Tzu warned us that, “In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.”

Where is such a leader today?

Will we ever escape from the perpetual war for perpetual peace?

The only fighting chance that real Patriots have is Dr. Ron Paul.

Where will this country be in the next 5 or 10 years?

Will we let corrupt politicians and military leaders take us to war with Iran, China, or Oceana?

These are the times that try men’s souls. This dear citizens is when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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Wow…what a night

June 28, 2007

Training was pretty intense tonight. We trained about 2 1/2 hours tonight.

First of all I want to good job to all of you.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the work. We mainly working our way through many submissions; we worked from the guard to securing the crooked guard and working two arm bars from it. We also worked the person in your guard escaping and off of that being able to get them right into a triangle choke. We worked another technique from getting the crooked guard and the person stacking you and then you grab either the near or far leg, sweep your legs and get them on their back and you’ll be in full mount. Therefore being able to get up and work on taking care of business on your feet.

We also trained more than an hour on receiving push kicks, hallowing the body to receive it and returning kicks of our own. Obviously I was working with and implementing many Wing Chun techniques off of the kicks and from the submissions escapes. Some of the guys were amazed to see the things they were learning. The hallowing of the body is a principle we have in Wing Chun called “Head Like Glass, Body Like Cotton, Iron-like arm bridge.”

Also, there is a big show coming up on the 15th of July up in Richmond.

More from today’s headlines:

Justin Raimondo adds several more contusions to the already abrasion-riddled head of the modern day conservative heroes, i.e. warmongers here.

From Lew Rockwell dot com today Gary North points out an old snap shot of America via the eyes of Chairman Mao. In 1956 Mao offered this view of America:

“In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe the United States is nothing but a paper tiger.”  Read the rest here.

White House, Cheney’s office subpoenaed Good. I hope they remember to make the list of charges longer. I hope they make it like Rudy Giuliani rackin’ up the charges against Michael Milken back in the 80s. The sad thing for the president and the V.P. is that the charges against them have real merit.

Mastering the Art of War

June 27, 2007

Over my many years as a martial artist
I have always found that you cannot
rely on force to truly change an
‘enemy’s’ mind.

A true warrior knows that no peace is
won on the battlefield.

It is critical to understand this point.

I am astounded that so few, in positions
of leadership in our government and our
population at large,
have even the slightest familiarity
with this principle.

If you consult the most often quoted
and most misunderstood book on warfare,
Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, you find grotesque
and offensive abuses at the hands of the
modern State apparatus.

In his section on Attack By Stratagem
Tzu Laoshi (teacher Tzu) points out,

“The best thing of all is to take the
enemy’s country whole and intact.

Hence to fight and conquer in all
your battles is not supreme excellence;
supreme excellence consists in breaking
the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

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When folks ask me about my the style of
martial art and what I teach I often tell them…
I teach the art of fighting without fighting.

Have you ever heard of this style before?
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Furthermore, Laoshi Tzu reminds us that,
“…the worst policy of all is to
besiege walled cities.” And that,
“The rule is, not to besiege walled
cities if it can possibly be avoided.”

Teacher Tzu goes on to point out that any
leader who is unable to control his own
frustration and irritation will,

“…launch his men to the assault like
swarming ants, with the result that
one-third of his men are slain,
while the town still remains untaken.
Such are the disastrous effects of a siege.”

One of the worst things of all is that
the Art of War is used as a standard text
at the CIA, the FBI, and at the United States
most prestigious military academy, West Point.

Worse still, tens of thousands of
civilian and military leadership seem not
to have even a passing familiarity with this
most important text.

As the teacher of War admonishes us…

“If you know the enemy and know yourself,
you need not fear the result of a
hundred battles.

If you know yourself but not the enemy,
for every victory gained you will
also suffer a defeat.”

And the most disastrous of all…
“If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,
you will succumb in every battle.”

Arm yourself with wisdom of
laying plans, strategy, knowing people,
generalship, tactical dispositions,
the use of energy, and how to attack strong
and weak points before you ever begin to
consider the waging of war.
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Words of Wisdom:

The Stoic Cicero was fond of saying,
“An unjust peace is better than a just war.”

Consider its many meanings.
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Lead the way,
Matt Shannon

Today, yesterday and for the foreseeable future

June 26, 2007

If you’ve not read the latest from Seymour M. Hersh in the New Yorker Magazine then you need to read this article. More than 8,000 words Mr. Hersh describes in painful detail what happens if you are one of the brave souls who stands on principle and speaks out against the lemming mentality.

More that is worthy of note from Lew Rockwell.com Charlie Reese pointed out yesterday that, “As for defense, defending our space is easy and cheap. As another mark of imperial stupidity, the rulers of the empire can’t even do that while they fail overseas.”

The will…

June 26, 2007

The will should be made single-minded, unregressing, for a long time.  Then someday you will surely know the ultimate goal of ineffable enlightenment.

            If, on the other hand, the mind retains likes and dislikes, and your feelings indulge in prejudice, then even if you have a determined spirit like that of the ancients, I fear you will never see the way.

Give it up for BJ Penn

June 24, 2007

As soon as BJ Penn entered the Octagon last night I knew he was going to win. To be completely honest I thought he would win anyway and I think he won the first fight.

Moving on…

When BJ came out and I saw how focused he was…it was only a matter of time for Pulver.

Jens Pulver is a very talented fighter. But te sad thing for him is that for five years BJ Penn has been waiting to set the record straight. Pulver made his entire career from his victory over Penn. From the inital victory, to his return to coach one of the teams on the ultimate fighter, and now this whole time he was using the fame he gained against Penn to keep him going.

But more important than any of the fights, while enjoying the show, and the party-goers company I was with, I noticed BJ Penn’s shirt.

Did anyone else notice his sovereignty t-shirt?

The first thing I thought was…Does he even know what that means?

Then I thought…wow…Penn is wearing a shirt that supports States’ Rights?

Unbelievable!


Who would have thought that Penn would have come out with a shirt that was for Hawaiian freedom from external control?


As Professors Thomas J. DiLorenzo and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. point out we should spread the words, and their meaning, interposition and nullification.


Every time you have the chance to speak to a friend or family member try and work these ideas into your conversation with them. Keep in mind these might not be good ideas to talk about at work since you may be fired for your “radical” views.


And keep in mind that Separation of Powers is Only Half the Story.

This will move you…

June 24, 2007

Whenever you view this video…think of your responsibility as a citizen of this country.