Monday, June 30, 2008

I've been cross-posted!

Not only has gravelbelly crossposted me, we've got yet another good post from him, this time with a helpful, healthily educational (is healthily even a word?) exercise of interest to the believing combatist.

Take a look!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

“Homeschoolers are only good for cleaning toilets”

Excerpt:

It’s good that Christians homeschool. We need citizens to clean our toilets and
mow our lawns. Perhaps some homeschooled Christians will be able to fill these
types of jobs. The rest will be unemployable retards like their parents.


Here’s what I want homeschoolers to do: First, reply to this article and leave a comment describing what kind of work you are doing since you completed homeschooling. Second, send this article and its link to every homeschooler and homeschool organization you know and encourage them to leave a comment at the end of this article describing what they are doing since being homeschooled. Third, I don’t want to exclude those who have graduated from a private or church-related Christian school. You can get in on this as well by adding your comments.


Look! There is Gary standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the homeschoolers!

Spencer / Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Bush welcomes North Korean move on nuclear program

*is skeptical*

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Black Belt Magazine: Interview with Kelly McCann

Greetings,

I've discussed Black Belt before, but the two articles ("Combat in the Real World," Parts 1 and 2) of the Kelly McCann interview in the June and July issues deserves a Paleo highlight.

A combatives specialist who teaches military and law enforcement, McCann is not widely known but sure seems to be one tough guy. I can't recommend these two issues (for the articles in them) enough.

Some excerpts that I personally adored:

June
"You can use a pen to stab. You can fold a credit card and use it to cut a guy's face. You can grab a soda can and rip it in half--and you'll have two knives. Even a videocassette, slung into a guy's throat, can be more effective, and quicker, than an empty-hand technique."

"...and if I have to, I'm going to gut him like a fish to save my life."

"Shoot a bullet at me and I'll shoot artillery back at you."


July

"Some martial arts teach you to love your enemy. I hate my enemy. When he attacks, I'm going to crush him--physically, spiritually and mentally--and I won't feel bad about it."

"If it's gentle, I don't want to do it. I want to give my attacker the worst day of his life."

"Defending, by its very nature, is losing. You can't win through defense. Attack, attack, attack."


Now tell me that's not spectacular?

Spencer

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My New Moniker

It is no longer only Paleo you see before you!

Forget Google! Throw away that old dusty set of Britannicas! A new tool has now burst forth upon a shocked and awed world!

Behold, I am now....

SPENCE-OPEDIA!!!!!!!*

So let it be written, so let it be done!


*Coworker endowed

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Am I ready?

*groans apprehensively*

Tommorrow I have my first CLEP test. It's for US History I, and due to some test scheduling issues this is back a little bit (I'm already past US I and II). I'm afraid I'm slightly fuzzy. I'm not overconfident...I mean, I think I'll pass okay, but still, too close for comfort for me....

Lob some prayers my way tommorrow, will you? The test is at 1:30 PM my time tommorrow.

Spencer

Friday, June 13, 2008

Manly Men and How They Talk

Greetings!

The past two days I've had some generally AWESOME conversations; manly conversations, that is!

Last night me and fellow blogger "Steph's Hubby" (formerly "army man") of Newlyweds talked for a little under half an hour over the phone. I had a blast (It's strange how much fun you can have just talking, isn't it?) as we talked about working out, guns, knives, and all that kind of stuff. (Nathan--Now do I really have to link you to his blog?--and I also talk about generally AWESOME topics, but our latest conversation was not exclusively "male," but usually they are very strictly, ahem, guy stuff. ;-D)

Today I had another fantabulous convo, although not quite as spectaculifuric. While at work I "ran into" a repeat customer, a very kind older gentleman of Irish stock (gotta love those Irish) who, last time I saw him, told me about the book he was reading at the time on General Douglas MacArthur (*cue epic theme song*). He had just gotten to the part about the beginning of WWII, so he promised to come back and tell us whether he wins the war on not. ;-P

Well, he just finished the Korean War now, and we discussed that for a minute or two. The best thing he said though, I can't repeat! Let's just say that it dealt with Truman vs. MacArthur, and my customer is (thankfully) not one of the people who sides with Truman. You may be able to guess what his description of HST was. :-D

This made me laugh, and I said "I agree! I agree! Amen to that!" as we laughed together some more. Then our discussion ranged from MacArthur's fantastic (and worthwhile) gamble at Incheon to the subject of the looks of Asian ladies. Strange turn, I know, but he had a reason for bringing the subject up at the time.

Talks like this always put me in a rocking mood. I generally prefer girls over men any day (well, still do!)--most guys I know are not the kind of person I'd want to get to know as a friend--but once in a while, I really enjoy manliness.

It's so rare these days that sometimes it's nice to just be men.

*raises glass to the warrior class*

The Paleo

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ugh!

This disgusts me!

Hayley doesn't belong in that same group. And what kind of (likely old?) pervert for AskMen.com would write this sort of thing about a girl who just turned 21?

Spencer

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Colorado is next

Get a load of this.

What my beautiful country is coming to....


Colorado Governor Signs Heinous “Sexual Orientation” Senate Bill 200
In the public debate for the biblical institution of marriage, the right to life, biomedical ethics, or any of the “life and death” policy issues which confront the freedom of this nation and the peace of the church—we must make arguments from principle! It is the tactic of the enemies of Christianity to appeal to emotions, intimidation, misrepresentations, pragmatism, utilitarianism, and relativistic ethics when undermining the influence of the moral law of God as applied to the state.

Now comes Colorado State Senate Bill 200—one of the worst pieces of legislation to be enacted by a state in years. It was sponsored by the only openly lesbian member of the Colorado Senate. It establishes the equivalent of a star chamber proceeding that could be a source of great persecution to any business or group that opposes homosexuality. The radical measures adopted by Colorado are justified on the grounds that they are necessary for “the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

The bill states:

SECTION 8. 24-34-701. Publishing of discriminative matter forbidden. No person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent, or employee of any place of public accommodation... shall publish, issue, circulate, send, distribute, give away, or display in any way, manner, or shape or by any means or method, except as provided in this section, any communication, paper, poster, folder, manuscript, book, pamphlet, writing, print, letter, notice, or advertisement of any kind, nature, or description THAT is intended or calculated to discriminate or actually discriminates against... SEXUAL ORIENTATION, marital status... in the matter of furnishing or neglecting or refusing to furnish to them or any one of them any lodging, housing, schooling, or tuition or any accommodation, right [marriage], privilege [adoption], advantage, or convenience... on account of... SEXUAL ORIENTATION, marital status... [which] is unwelcome or objectionable or not acceptable, desired, or solicited.

Ross Kaminsky of Human Events explains:

To ensure that the most aggressive “gay rights” agenda is pursued, the law creates a seven member “Colorado civil rights commission” with “at least four members who are members of groups of people who have been or who might be discriminated against because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or because of marital status, religion, or age.” These commissioners will “receive a per diem allowance and shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses...” In other words, Colorado taxpayers will pay “victim group” activists, modern-day inquisitors, to scour the state for citizens and businesses to sue.

Posted by Doug Phillips on June 9, 2008



Well, hate to break it to ya, peeps, but this ain't gonna work. Why?

...

Because you're going to have to kill me first.


Spencer

A good post

WARSKYL: The Christian Martialist & Providence

Gravelbelly does it again!

Paleo

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Awesome Ninja Skills!

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Hayley Westenra takes over the world!

Okay, so call me an impulse-buying music maniac, but my Hayley Westenra CDs came yesterday. The Japanese version of Odyssey, and her brand new one, Hayley Sings Japanese Songs (which was literally released Sunday! Think, I'm one of the very first, if not the first, Americans to get a hold of this one!).

To get The Mummer's Dance and Bachianas Brasileiras without losing My Heart Belongs to You I had to go all the way to a supplier in Tokyo (see link) to find it (with a little help on the official Hayley forums) all on one Odyssey CD.

I also wanted the Japanese song Nada Sousou really really bad, and just so happened to find it there, but on a new, as-yet-unreleased Hayley album. So, I purchased both, and they held my order, and so I got it yesterday. :-D

I haven't listened to much of Odyssey yet, but this Japanese album is fantastically beautiful.

Apparently Hayley is all the rage in the land of the rising sun, and I guess they decided to make an all-Japanese CD. It was a little confusing buying in Yen (I'm still waiting for it to hit my account to see just exactly how much it cost me! :-O) and the words on the jewel case are mostly in Japanese, including the song list, but at least they have lyrics in English, and I can get the track list in English online, the very place I bought it from.

This was yet another CD I bought for "one" song (Nada Sousou), figuring (again) that I'd like all of them. I guessed it would have the feel of the modern Japanese music I've heard while watching Asian television. I specifically remember one really good show I watched almost four years ago...called When the Battery Runs Down, about a Children's Hospital (after seriously getting into the show it suddenly ends and I find out it was only a 10-part miniseries! :-O). It had a great theme and a really good end credits song. But why I mention it is because the style of the songs was kind of what I imagined these Hayley songs to be like, and it's kind of true. I can't really explain it, they just sound...different. And I like it! It's refreshing.

Besides Nada Sousou, I love Tsubasa Wo Kudasai, Shiroi Iro Ha Koibito No Iro (the Nihongoshi version), and I Believe. Believe it or not, folks, amongst her many other talents, Hayley can apparently sing in Japanese!

There's a thing about Hayley's music, I can't really explain it. Call me completely crazy, but her music is different than most artists. It's very...emotional. It seems to connect with me on a deeper level than most music, and I don't even know why. Maybe you'll see what I mean just by listening a little, I don't know. Maybe I really am nuts. That wouldn't be so far-fetched, now would it?

In short, Hayley Sings Japanese Songs: HIGHLY recommended!

Spencer
/ Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Eastern Dragon

Hello my friends!

I'd like to introduce to you a blogger I've recently met. We seem to have a lot in common, and after finding this gorgeously amazing, jaw-dropping piece of art, I decided to post it here (with her permission, of course, :-D). So, drink it in, people, drink it in....

Eastern Dragon by *GZKoneko

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Black Belt Magazine

In answer to the questions from Stephen Boyd and gravelbelly, I need to elaborate on my comment on WARSKYLL about the Black Belt article dealing with pistol disarming.

I can't find any information online (I even tried a google search, and believe it or not I'm the first thing that comes up! :-O), so I highly recommend getting the issue itself. (It's the June issue.) Or, if either of you can't find one or for whatever reason, drop me a comment, we'll get into email contact, and I'll try to scan a PDF and send it to you.

The basic gist of it is not attacking straight on (no duh), not using the time-consuming zig-zag attack, and instead attacking in a crescent/half-moon shape (as seen from an overhead perspective).

Let me know guys, okay?

Spencer

Report: Iran protests threats from Israeli official

"The window of opportunity has closed. The sanctions are not effective," said Mofaz...."There will be no alternative but to attack Iran in order to stop the Iranian nuclear program."


Oh my gosh....

Friday, June 06, 2008

64 years to the day....

Will America ever be so heroic again?

E.S. Posthumus, Unearthed

Prepare to be bombared with His Paleoness's nerdy enthusiasm once again. ;-D

I finally broke down and purchased E.S. Posthumus's first album, Unearthed, from a secondary seller on Amazon.com. It came just the other day; talk about speedy Gonzalez shipping! And, ooh, was it worth it. :-D

I initially "discovered" this group (actually two German brothers, Franz and Helmut Vonlichten) when my Tae Kwon Do instructor ("Stonewall" I call him on my blog) played the song "Pompeii" at my yellow belt ceremony. I remembered the song from the Spider-Man movie trailer years back (in 2002 it must have been), and when I got the chance, asked him about it. He gave me the information, and I looked it up online, and thus, Paleo wast hooked! :-D

Seriously, though, the Amazon.com clips are pretty worthless. I basically bought it for "Pompeii", but you know when you can kinda tell you'll like some of the other songs on an album even though you haven't really heard them yet? Yeah, it was kinda like that. So I bought it, for just a little over $20.

"Pompeii" is one of my favorite songs now (PERIOD), "Menouthis", "Tikal", and "Nineveh" are some other great ones. (All of their songs are named after ancient cities/sites.) They're albums are very hard to find. I've looked long and hard, but finally had to go where I did to purchase it.

They're music is basically like a soundtrack. It's not a "soundtrack" to anything, a movie, or a TV show, but that's just the style of their music. Large orchestras, epic-sounding music, fantastic use of choirs, etc. Movies (such as Spider-Man) and even television shows will buy their music to use on their trailer, etc., which is why E.S. Posthumus often seems to be considered movie trailer music. For instance, the theme to Cold Case is their song "Nara".

So, if you get the chance, check it out. I liked all of the songs (literally), but especially the ones I mentioned. All four of my favorites have spectacularly epic endings. If The Warrior was a movie, then we'd have to get something like this for the trailer, seriously. Maybe the end of Menouthis, what do you say? ^_^

I can't wait to get my claws on their new album, Cartographer. *evil grin*

Spencer

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Life of a Wells Fargo Numismatist

Today something rather funny happened!

Okay, so someone who is always next to my window at work (unfortunately) is the one who usually gets the brunt of my behavior when I'm short on sleep and, what's worse, bored on top of it. ;-D

My coin collecting (should I say hoarding?) habits also are apparently somewhat...different than what most tellers indulge in (I suppose?). So today when someone mentioned "wheatie" pennies I pounced. None were to be found, but one coworker did not know what they were. Enter Spencer the Mighty Giver of Lectures!! I excitedly snatched a penny and walked over to her. (Seriously, we often have no customers in the entire building, so we have some extra time on our hands...waaay too much sometimes. :-P *que rubber bands*) However, the teller who is, uh, stuck next to me all the time dropped her head onto the counter, knowing what was coming next. :-D

So I explained to the other teller all the ins and outs of the Lincoln Memorial pennies and the old wheaties (And did you hear that the penny is in for a change? This year, I think).* I didn't have one to show her, but lo and behold the girl next to me (Let's call her Stuck Girl, whaddya say?) did! I showed the other teller, and after that almost immediately decided that I wanted this coin! 1941 freakin' penny, people! ME WANTS!!!!

So, I asked to buy it from her. (Enter the run-around. ;-P) She playfully refuses to give it to me, so I tell her I'll pay her a whole dollar for it. After a second, she decides this is not a very reasonable, and asks for a sum of twenty big ones. :-D The Other Teller quips that if I want it bad enough, I'll pay $20 for it!

So after doing this for a while, she gives in to my haggling, but won't take my dollar! That was all I had in my wallet, but she wouldn't take it. (The game continues!) Almost annoying, but really fun actually. (Sounds almost like something I would do, so as long as I got the penny, I didn't mind at all. :-D) So, I break the dollar, and show her a penny. Equal trade--right? Wrong! Now she wants a dollar instead of a penny! ARGH! I insist on the penny at this point, and I ended up getting my 1941 unmarked wheat-backed Lincoln head cent. :-) Although, if it turns out to be worth something, I have a looming threat of being robbed of it. :-D

Long story short she needed my account number for something a few minutes later, and since I don't have it memorized I pulled it up on my screen. I began writing it down...but an even better idea occured to me. I decided to extract revenge for her cruel games only moments before inflicted on this poor numismatist. :-D I grabbed a new slip of paper, and handed it to Stuck Girl. I tried so hard not to laugh (one, it would give the joke away too soon, 2, I am at work!). The number I gave her?

1234567890

Yup. ;-P

And she so fell for it! She typed it in and everything! Next she paused for a second, then made sure she knew my last name right. (She couldn't find my account! Why ever not!??) About this time I started laughing soo hard (thankfully being able to keep it fairly quiet though) that I actually cried. Okay, that was the best joke I've done in a long time. It turned out to be considered funny by more than one, even her, so it was all good. I'll tell you one thing, I haven't laughed that hard in a looong time. :-D


Dr. Paleo Ph.D, The Mighty Numismatist

*And we just got the John Quincy Adams dollar coins in today! Woot! (I can get anyone UNCIRCULATED coins, brand new, if anyone wants any. State quarters, presidential dollar pieces. :-P All Denver, of course.)

Typhoon Revisited

Ooh, that was gooood. ^_^

Anyone want a review?

Spencer

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Beginning of the End

So. Here it comes. And here we go...

I don't think I've said it here, but nonetheless I've been saying it for months. Barack Hussein Obama will win the Democratic nomination. And, alas, he has.

I can say "alas" even though I considered it a greater evil for Sen. Hillary Clinton to win the nomination because I see both events as just that; an evil. I mainly wanted Clinton to lose (as opposed to wanting Obama to win) in order to prevent a stomach-turning feminist victory, sure to be touted for decades to come.

I watched Obama's speech as I ate dinner. When Huckabee dropped out, I stopped eating. This time it was similar, yet a little different. I knew it was coming, but still, I slowly stopped what I was doing and watched for several moments. Even after I continued to eat in silence (saying very little and feeling very grim) my stomach was tight. And was I the only one to seem to catch hints of socialism in his "plans" for my country?

McCain is a strong man, much stronger than either of the Democratic candidates (or should I say the only Democratic candidate now?). But, still, I can't vote for him. I simply can't do it. To do so, in my honest opinion, would be wrong. I can't even vote for Chuck Baldwin due to the sad position of the otherwise extremely laudable Constitution party on foreign affairs (too close to isolationism, I say).

Still, if it's Obama or McCain, I hope for McCain, albeit with grim solemnity. McCain has seen the face of war; he knows what it is. He spent five long years in as a POW in the hands of this nation's enemies in Vietnam. He will defend this country, I am at least confident of that (somewhat). Obama, however, will not. What does he have to say for himself? Nothing. McCain's record? Flawed, but at least he has one.

And did anyone catch what he said about his service to America? He said, "They might think me an imperfect servant of our country, which I surely am. But I am her servant first, last and always." Mr. McCain, I humbly suggest that you give your speech writer a raise. A really, really big one.

So, this is going to be one I'm going to have to sit out. We could be in for an ugly eight years.

God, your will be done. Help us now.

In Him,

Spencer

Monday, June 02, 2008

Bronze, Brains and Blood: Special Issue



I just bought this this past week. I've only had the chance to read one article (on the Battle of Cannae) and it was fantastic. Overall the issue looks slightly less than what I usually am accustomed to (it's more of a bunch of articles on broader themes than specific battles), but I won't degrade it any as I haven't read any of those yet.

Check it out, and get it at the newsstands!

Spencer