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    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

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May 31, 2010


tammy swofford

Regarding Oliver's phrase "disproportional use of force" I must enter the fray. When I was at Fort McCoy and doing mat training and close quarters combat training we were taught that a person fifteen feet away holding a knife could kill another human if there was not an immediate response to the threat. There are only a couple of seconds available to address the threat prior to that knife slicing into your liver (a very vascular organ whose margin can be felt under the right intercostal margin) or possibly the lung - both insults which can be fatal.

Place someone fifteen feet from you and count how many seconds until they are in your personal space. Before you count "three one-thousand" it is already too late, my peace-loving friend.

Oliver, if someone lunges at you with a knife do you consider pepper spray sufficient to avert the attack? Defensive wounds to your hands? I was taught, to fire the weapon. Now that.... is military training.

Tammy Swofford

J. S. Oppenheim

Less than two weeks after the Chomsky episode, the loony left "in solidarity" (what what, God knows) proved itself again duped, and while today is not the day, quite true, who scheduled the launch and arrival time of this boat show for the U.S. Memorial Day weekend and, right now, Memorial Day. I'd rather honor the fallen of the Civil War, one among too many wars, than lend an egrigious benefit of doubt to what I've been following into this weekend.


I don't think it's the right time for excuses now. Yes, the activists used violence. Yes, the whole bunch is not as peaceful and 'Gandhi-like' as they pretend to be. Yes, they had been warned.

But 9 people died as a result of disproportional use of force. Only weeks after the Chomsky episode, Israel once again showed the world its desire for (self-imposed) international isolation.

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