Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Vegas Fund Raiser and Potluck-Friday, July 11

If you are in Vegas please c'mon by.

Swim party and potluck on Friday July 11 to raise funds for my mom's cancer treatments.

So bring a dish, a bottle of booze and your contribution!

You can send money to the addresses below and RSVP to the numbers listed below or just
call Dusty Directly at 702 812-1209 and bring your contribution to the party!



Contribute here;

Antioch Church of Las Vegas
Put Dusty on bottom left of check and mail to:
3825 Melody Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89108


Or contribute directly:
Dusty Buckel Enterprises,
Bank of America of West Sahara
routing - 122400724 - account # 501001703274
(If you have a Bank of America account you can do it online in about two seconds)

July 11, 2008 (7-11) at 7P to 11P
YOU are invited for a swim party and pot luck, with live entertainment.
RSVP Darlene Mea
tvdarlene@gmail.com
For more info contact Darlene Mea at 702-227-8393 or 702-477-5110 tvdarlene@gmail.com

Press Release below;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Giver needs to Receive, to LIVE...

Las Vegas, NV. July 3rd – Dusty Buckel, a Las Vegas local resident for over 29 yrs is in Stage IV Cancer of the Lymph Nodes and does not have health insurance.

"I have been been graced with health most of my life, so I lived life fully as a giver, here to help, and now I am humbled to the position of having to ask for help, to live."

Dusty Buckel is many things to many people not only in Las Vegas but around the world.

Along with being an Ordained Minister, known to thousands as Rev Dusty.

Dusty has had her own radio show & television shows, An Opportunity to Make a Difference for years; is the originator of of Secret Santa which provides toys, food and necessities for hundreds of Las Vegas families every year, as well as helping stranded mothers off the streets and helping our Vets with clothing and counseling.

Dusty engages donors to give namelessly, selflessly. All who know Dusty have been graced by her extreme presence and drive to help those who need help on many levels, body, mind and spirit... Dusty lives to Give...

The stories are many, and those of you that know her or have been in connected with her, either through a real estate transaction, past president of Commercial Marketing Group in LV, Church, or on an outing in Sedona, AZ, knows the grace of this woman.

Now Dusty needs medical treatments for Stage IV Cancer of the Lymph Nodes. She has been receiving "Intelligent Medicine" out of the country and needs to continue the therapies or she will not survive. We are asking the community – please GIVE TO LIVE for DUSTY, NOW. The cost of treatment is $21,600.00 for 3 week stay to detoxify her blood, strengthen her body to help itself in destroying the cancer cells.
The hospital ~ "Bio Science Research Institute" is dedicated to the CURE, not just treatment. Centro Medico Excel, (a hospital in Mexico, owned by a San Diego cardiologist) has 4 of it's 15 story floors. Dr. Carlos Bautista is Dusty's doctor along with world renown cancer specialist, Dr. Donsbach. Contact: Gosela (Dr. Bautista's Assistant) 619-519-6374 for more information.

"This is a complete humbling experience, asking for help, but I choose to live.",

says Dusty who is always Responding to Miracles!
dustylasvegas@gmail.com

Make your tax deductible donations to:
Antioch Church of Las Vegas
Rev. Peter Gang is a client/friend of Dusty and is glad to help.
Put Dusty on bottom left of check and mail to:
3825 Melody Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89108.

or a contribution directly to:
Dusty Buckel Enterprises,
Bank of America of West Sahara
routing - 122400724 - account # 501001703274

July 11, 2008 (7-11) at 7P to 11P Dusty's family of friends and associates are invited for a swim party, pot luck, with live entertainment. RSVP Darlene Mea @ tvdarlene@gmail.com

For additional info please contact Darlene Mea – 702-227-8393 or 702-477-5110 – tvdarlene@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kent Snyder, RIP, You Will Be Missed

On Monday, I heard the sad news that Kent Snyder had passed away. Kent was a friend of mine, and that news came as a real shock to me. The last time I saw him in person was when he attended my graduation from law school in 04. I never expected that to be the last time. Life really is short.

Kent was a good man. The word that comes first to my mind when I think of him is "integrity." He was a man of great integrity, and from that came deep, deep courage, wisdom, kindness, and commitment to what he believed in.

He is one of the few people I have ever known who I would trust my life or the lives of one of my children to without question. He passed the "fox-hole" test, as in could you count on this man to watch your back and never desert you if you shared a fox-hole in war. I would have shared a fox-hole with Kent without question, because, though he was a very calm, quiet man, I knew he had the heart of a warrior, and had already made peace with life and death, and I knew that his first thought would be to doing what was right, in any situation, and that he followed through, every time.

His was a life sincerely and passionately dedicated to the cause of liberty. For all the time I knew him, his every waking moment was spent in that cause. In fact, as Ron Paul noted in his comments about his passing, Kent pushed himself so hard during the campaign that it affected his health. He literally gave his all for the cause of liberty.

I have lost a friend, to whom I often turned to over the years for sage advice and wisdom when I was feeling down, and the world has lost a warrior for liberty. Me and my family will miss him, and we send out our condolences to his family. God bless you Kent, and see you on the other side.

- Stewart

Below is what Ron Paul had to say about Kent:


In loving memory of Kent Snyder

The Freedom Movement has suffered a great loss. Kent Snyder, chairman of my presidential campaign, lost his tragic battle with pneumonia last week. Kent was a true lover of liberty. He was an American patriot. He was my friend. And, he will be missed.

Kent was a gentle man who carried himself with quiet dignity. While soft spoken, great inner strength lay behind his kind blue eyes. He was filled with conviction, and principles of decency, loyalty and respect ran to his core. Those fortunate enough to work closely with Kent were touched by his integrity and old-fashioned American work ethic. Stories of his youth in Kansas and lessons taught to him by his two greatest influences, his mother and father, were often shared with friends and colleagues. During difficult times, Kent was always a calm at the center of the storm.

I first met Kent in 1987 when he, as a young man in his late 20's, served on my first presidential run. Over the next twenty years, we worked together on countless projects in the name of Freedom. It was Kent, more than anyone else, who urged me to run again for president last year. I was skeptical, but he was much more confident that the time was right. Without Kent, I don't think it would have happened. Though he was an optimist, in the end, even he didn't expect what we achieved.

Like so many in our movement, Kent sacrificed much for the cause of Liberty. He sidetracked a blossoming political career when he chose to work for a third party candidate. He walked away from a lucrative career as telecommunications executive to work for me in Washington when I returned to Congress in the late '90's. Ultimately, he sacrificed his health as he worked tirelessly around the clock on our presidential campaign, ignoring the pleas of his doctors to pull back.

Kent poured every ounce of his being into our fight for Freedom. He will always hold a place in my heart and in the hearts of my family. We deeply mourn his loss.

I hope we can celebrate Kent's life, the wonderful man he was, the tremendous success of his contribution to the cause of liberty, and the bright path he helped blaze to a future where freedom springs alive once again. Kent should be remembered with every victory we achieve as we move forward together. Without Kent Snyder, the fight for liberty would not be where it is today. We all owe him a great debt.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

the Nevada State GOP Platform Rocks! Repeal the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act; Repeal Real ID; Repeal the Federal Reserve Act ...

Nevada State Republican Convention Passes A Truly Constitutionalist Platform!

Note from Stewart: You may have heard that the 2008 Nevada State Republican Party Convention ended in a controversial manner, with a surprise "recess" at 6pm, just when us state delegates were about to finish voting for our national delegates. I will have a few things to say on that soon, but first I'd like to point out one very positive outcome of the Convention - the Nevada State Republican Party Platform for 2008-2010. Before the controversial recess, the delegates at the State Convention voted to accept the platform as written and proposed by the platform committee. That vote was overwhelming. And that platform is beyond a doubt the most liberty friendly, constitutionalist state Republican Party platform in the entire nation. No doubt it is not perfect, but it is most certainly the very best that can be expected at a Republican Party convention during the Bush Administration, with John McCain as the presumed nominee of the party (this platform attacks sacred cows of Bush - the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act, and sacred cows of McCain - McCain/Feingold).

But I want to make it clear that it was not "Ron Paul people" who wrote that platform. It was CONSERVATIVES. I was on the platform committee and I can tell you that us Ron Paul supporters were not anywhere near a majority (maybe 1/4, if that) on the committee. I know for a fact that there were people on the platform committee who were not Ron Paul people, who in particular disagreed with Ron Paul on the war, but who still believed in core conservative ideals like obeying the Constitution, smaller government, and US sovereignty. It was a great experience to see those kind of people do the right thing, and it gives me hope for our nation, and made me actually proud to be a Republican again after years of disappointment.

I hear through the grapevine that the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee are livid with outrage over this platform. Good! Serves them right for abandoning traditional conservative Republican principles, like obeying the Constitution. I'm proud to have played a small part in pissing them off. Now maybe they'll take a moment to reflect on just exactly what about this platform makes them so angry. Is it too conservative? Too constitutionalist? Too much in favor of limited government? And what does that make them? Well, as for the McCain people, maybe it was plank #11 - "We demand the repeal of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 ..." That is McCain-Feingold! Ah well, that's what they get for trying to push a fake conservative on us.

-Stewart Rhodes


I'll give some more of my thoughts down below, after the text of the platform. But without further ado, here is the 2008-2010 Nevada State Republican Party Platform in its entirety:

Nevada State Republican Party Platform 2008 - 2010

Preamble:

We believe that government is instituted solely to secure the life, liberty and property of the citizens of the country, that the Declaration of Independence defines the philosophical foundation of the country, that the Constitution of the United States is the basic law governing the existence and operation of the U.S. Federal Government and the first ten amendments describe its limits, and , as Thomas Jefferson said, that the government that governs least governs best.

Federalism & Limited Government

1. We support less government, less taxes, less regulation and more self determination.

2. All legislation, Federal Agencies, and public servants must adhere to a literal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and as instructed by the Tenth Amendment, in conjunction with Article I, Section 8.

Patriotism

3. We recognize the importance of the national values expressed by our flag, anthem, pledge-of-allegiance and other patriotic symbols that define us as a nation and we believe that the words, “in GOD we trust,” should remain on our currency and the words “under God” should remain in our Pledge of Allegiance.

Taxes and Government Spending

4. We support reform of Social Security, including establishment of private retirement accounts and prohibiting use of its funds for any other purpose. All citizens shall have the right to opt out of the system, but the government must honor its commitments to those who have paid, are legally in the U.S., and remain in the system. We propose the abolishment of the Windfall Elimination Tax when computing Social Security Benefits. We oppose Nationalization of Healthcare.

5. We urge the Nevada Legislature to cut spending and avoid new taxes to encourage strong economic growth. We support the Nevada Constitutional Requirement of a 2/3 majority legislative vote to raise state taxes. We support balanced state, local and federal budgets. We oppose unfunded mandates, Riders, Ear-marks and Set-asides at both the state and national level. We support the permanent elimination of the Federal Death Tax.

The Economy

6. We support a strong private minerals industry. We support the Nevada Mining Association endorsed reform of the 1872 mining law and strongly oppose any laws, regulations, ordinances or any other legally binding actions that diminish the ability of the minerals industry to discover and or access minerals and mine them.

7. Fires are increasing because of the lack of livestock grazing. Therefore, livestock grazing shall be increased immediately on Federal Lands.

Education

8. We support a parent’s right to choice in education including vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling. We also support the elimination of the U.S. Dept. of Education. We further oppose requiring licensure for parents who choose to home school. We support the elimination of the No Child Left Behind law and require the State of Nevada to replace the No Child Left Behind concept.

Family Values

9. We affirm the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of each human being from conception to death and oppose cloning complete human beings. We support the private development of adult stem cell research and we support all efforts to stop human trafficking. We support the definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman.

The Environment

10. We support initiatives to maximize the development of America’s domestic oil, gas, coal, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear resources, and the development of alternative sources of energy to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. We support granting local government more authority in decision-making regarding water rights within their jurisdiction.

Legislation

11. We demand the repeal of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 and reaffirm the right of free political speech. We support legislation to require full disclosure of all donations made to political candidates.

12. We support the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the return of the power of minting and coining money to the Congress of the United States as so stated in the Constitution. In addition we demand a return to a gold and/or silver backed currency as provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

13. We demand that electronic voting only be allowed when uniquely numbered receipts are provided to the voter and results are made publicly available showing simultaneously all votes comprising the total by receipt number.

The Litigation Crisis

14. We believe in informing juries that it is their power and duty to decide on both the law and the facts as they apply to each case so that justice is the main priority. We support election of judges.

Immigration

15. We welcome legal immigrants from all nations, cultures and races. We demand strict enforcement of all immigration laws by all levels of government. We demand that the federal government secure our borders. We do not support amnesty, government benefits or other special treatment for aliens who have or will enter the United States illegally. We support English as the official language of the United States and the printing of government materials in English only.

National Defense and Veteran's Affairs

16. We support all of our men and women in the military who are serving both in the United States and around the world and the missions of all U.S. troops around the world. Be they active duty, National Guard, or reservist, they have our highest admiration and respect. We support honoring veterans with education benefits and we support a strong Veterans Administration subject to strong oversight and audit, to assure veterans and families receive the care and support as promised.

Constitution, Bill of Rights and Protection of Rights

17. We believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution was intended to prevent a state-sponsored religion rather than a separation of God from public life. We affirm that the Second Amendment protects an individual right which should be enforced as strictly as the rights protected by the First Amendment.

18. We support repealing the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act. We support repeal of the federal act requiring a national ID card or other required identity papers providing government with “big brother” intrusion into constitutional freedoms.

US Sovereignty & trade

19. We support the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations. We demand that Nevada join Montana, Idaho, Utah and other states in opposing the North American Union (NAU) in withdrawing from the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), withdrawing from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that Congress resume their duty of regulating Commerce with Foreign Nations.

Public Lands

20. We oppose Federal legislation regarding public lands including wilderness in Nevada counties unless approved by the county.

END


More comments from Stewart:

Well, there ya go. That is the kind of platform you get with a room full of Nevada Goldwater Conservatives who were in about 95% agreement with us Ron Paul folks. The only real point of disagreement was the Iraq war.

Sure, there were a couple of "pragmatist" neocons who really had no respect for the Constitution, but they were vastly outnumbered by people who DID care about the Constitution and who could be convinced of the proper constitutional position, and once they agreed, they had no problem at all with voting for a staunch constitutionalist plank.

Jury power is just one example. Some of the folks there had just never heard of the full power of a jury to judge the law as well as the facts, but after I explained the history of the jury to them, which has always had the power to "nullify," they understood and supported it. And I got crucial back-up from another lawyer on the committee who, while he disagreed completely on Iraq, was 100% in agreement on jury nullification.

And the same went for repealing the Federal Reserve Act, for getting out of the U.N., NAFTA, the SPP, etc. Most folks on the committee were in complete agreement on all of those issues, and I believe they were a good representative sample of the convention as a whole.

So, those are not "Ron Paul planks." Those are "constitutionalist planks." It was a group of constitutionalists on the committee who first voted for them, and then a bunch more constitutionalists in the rank and file at the convention who overwhelmingly voted for the whole platform.

I have no doubt that Ron Paul's campaign has educated many people on crucial conservative positions, and that education aspect is starting to really have an affect (that the party elites cannot control) but it seemed to me that the rank and file conservatives in Nevada were already pretty well versed in core constitutionalist positions. Us Ron Paul people did not have to do much "convincing" at all.

On the committee, I certainly did not have to do much. Committee members had already expressed support for each of those planks - I just explained a few questions folks had on the Constitution, told them the history of jury nullification, said a bit on the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act (and how it applies its definition of "unlawful combatant" to citizens too), and helped a bit to remind them that being a conservative means being a constitutionalist. Not a very tough job, really, as they were already about 90% there. Truly Salt-of-the-Earth conservatives. A great bunch of people.

And for the record, Las Vegas lawyer Richard Scotti was fantastic as the fill-in chairman of the committee. A sincere constitutionalist and patriot, willing to listen and open to hearing new ideas, very fair, and very much interested only in doing what was right. His leadership was crucial. He deserves the praise of all Americans, as do the rest of the committee. Now if we can just get the rest of the GOP up to speed!

For Liberty,

Stewart Rhodes

Monday, April 14, 2008

Revitalizing the Militia of the Several States - the Spirit of 1775



OK, now it is time to get back to some serious topics. Below is an excerpt from a most excellent and thought provoking article on the Militia by Dr. Edwin Vieira, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School, among other things. I urge you to read it in its entirety and to give it the serious contemplation it deserves. I then urge you to not just think, but to act, and to do your part, and take your place, in revitalizing the militia of the several states, which, as Dr. Vieira reminds us, is "necessary to the security of a free state." I have been thinking about this vital topic for years now, and am very pleased to see I am not alone. I will share some of my thoughts on this subject over the next couple of days, but for now, please read this:

19 APRIL 1775 vs. THE D.C. GUN CASE

By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
April 14, 2008

NewsWithViews.com

From what I have heard, the oral argument in the Supreme Court on the District of Columbia gun case suggested that a majority of the Justices just might discover an “individual right” “to keep and bear Arms” in the Second Amendment, and on that basis might declare the District’s draconian “gun-control” laws to some degree unconstitutional. Such a decision might lead to further victories against “gun-control” statutes and ordinances in other jurisdictions. Yet it might prove instead to be a Trojan Horse, because it could come down larded with so much judicial mumbo jumbo about “reasonable regulation” and “compelling governmental interests” as grounds for “gun control” that the Second Amendment would be left guaranteeing less of a “right” than of an occasion for endless legislation and litigation. Well, one can only hope for the best—but at the same time one ought to prepare for something less.

My concern is what happens if the Justices somehow do rule favorably on the “individual-right theory.” I suspect that such a victory—after the champagne runs out—will have the perverse result of putting all the pro-Second Amendment people and organizations to sleep. With their personal “gun rights” apparently secure (at least for the time being), they will not be worried about how correctly to construe the Amendment, and how really to enforce it, even though this country needs that construction and enforcement now more than ever before.

The inescapable fact is that whatever “individual right” “to keep and bear Arms” emerges from the D.C. gun case will not provide “the security of a free State” at which the Second Amendment aims. True, tens and tens of millions of Americans possess firearms and ammunition; and perhaps large numbers of these firearms are suitable for Militia service. But the armed individual, simply as an individual, is not enough.

All too many individual gun owners are not even aware of each other. Although some are members of firearms ranges or gun clubs, hardly any if them are organized for anything akin to Militia purposes. They are not members of specific units. They have no designated leaders. They lack systems for communications within or among units, or among individuals for that matter. (Where, for example, is the gun-owners’ equivalent of a “Neighborhood Watch” against local usurpation and tyranny?) Even within their own neighborhoods, among families and friends, they make no attempts to insure uniformity or completeness of equipment. They lack sufficient, and often necessary, education and training. They have prepared no plans to deal with various contingencies, let alone have assigned tasks to be carried out in anticipated emergencies. More crucially, they do not understand their constitutional status, purpose, and especially authority. Many, if not most, of them have no idea what they would be defending with their “individual rights” “to keep and bear Arms”—other than, perhaps, simply maintaining possession of their own firearms for purposes of possible self-defense. So, absent direct attacks on their own persons, how many gun owners today, anywhere, no matter how serious the crisis confronting the rest of society around them, would exercise their “individual rights”? Or could effectively do so? And to what end?

Oh, common Americans may be individually insulted, even outraged, by “the insolence of office” that increasingly characterizes rogue public officials at every level of government today. They may rightly resent, even intensely, the contempt with which such obnoxious officialdom treats them. They may correctly see their and their families’ present financial positions and future economic security being destroyed by the debt-currency schemes, speculative bubbles, and bailouts engineered by the Federal Reserve System and its clients among the low life of high finance. They may be subject to endless harassment by the tax Gestapo or the mentally jack-booted thugs in other governmental agencies. They may even have been the bloodied victims of para-military police brutality. But so what? Now what? They do not know what to do, or how to do it—or perhaps why.

Even if some of these isolated and ignorant individuals could somehow come together here and there in the midst of a crisis that sufficiently rocks society’s foundations to wake and shake them up, they would constitute only armed mobs, not even “militia” in the generic sense, and certainly not “Militia” in the specifically constitutional sense. Moreover, the very few who are already organized, and who do train, as “private militia” lack constitutional authority—and often, if not usually, envision themselves as outside of and antagonistic to “the government” (rather than as the ultimate embodiment of “government”). If these few individuals stood up with their “individual rights” against the trained and ruthless enforcers deployed against them by a police state, they would be branded outlaws or “terrorists”, demonized by the big media, deserted by their fellow citizens, and quickly picked off and packed off to morgues or detention centers.

Such a scenario, of course, is the exact opposite of the true Militia model, and of actual Militia experience in American history. When thousands of Militiamen appeared outside of Boston, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775, were they acting solely in pursuance of an “individual right”? Did “the embattled farmers” fight only as individuals? Were they just a lawless mob? Was their victory at the Battle of Lexington and Concord the lucky result of martial anarchy? Of course not.

Very few “civilians” (in the purest sense of that term) were involved on that fateful day. Most of the men who mustered were members of Militia companies that had been training assiduously for some time theretofore. (And the ones who were not, because they were too old to be required to serve, but who fought anyway, had been members of the Militia when young.) Had not that been the case, the Militia would never have been able to assemble so many men, on such short notice, from beyond Concord all along the road back to Boston.

Neither did “the embattled farmers” fight merely as individuals. They may have employed the tactics of irregulars—neither maneuvering in parade-ground formations nor presenting a concentrated target to their enemies—but they always operated in set units, typically Militia companies, which averaged about 50 men apiece when at full complement. The Militiamen’s success was based upon organization—being called out in a systematic fashion by riders, bells, or the firing of shots; equipment—being adequately armed and accoutred; training—knowing what to do, under their designated officers; morale—being psychologically ready and confident; and especially authority—knowing that they had the legal right, power, and duty to take action, because British General Thomas Gage, and the Ministerial Government behind him, were the usurpers and law-breakers.

Read the rest here

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Clean Sweep for Cobra Kai at Tuff-N-Uff Vegas!


just as I predicted, Cobra Kai pulled a clean sweep at the Tuff-N-Nuff amateur Mixed Martial Arts event at The Tropicana Hotel in Vegas. That was not really much of a tough prediction, given their grappling talents.

One surprise, at least for me, was the stand up skills of Coates Cobb-Adams. I did not know much about him, but he is apparently a damn fine kick-boxer. He ended his fight early in the first round with a hard, hard spinning back kick that floored his opponent, who stayed down for a long time.

I predicted Chris Holdsworth would get either a RNC or an armbar from the top, and I was pretty much on target (too bad I did not have money on that bet!). Chris shot in, took it right to the ground (with a double-leg, I think), mounted, pounded on his opponent till he gave his back, and then worked for a rear naked choke, but then ended up transitioning from back control to a solid arm bar and got the tap very early in the first round. It was like a scene out of an old-school "Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Action" tape. His opponent did not have a chance. Not that he wasn't game - its just that he was up against the Faithful Young Apprentice of the Dark Lord of Jiu Jitsu (that would be Marc Laimon).

Jason Carpenter's win was also most impressive, showing not just great grappling, but also very good stand-up, great ground and pound, and very savvy ring-generalship. At one point when he slammed his opponent in the corner and began a beat down, the ref separated them and restarted them standing, apparently because he thought they were too close to the ropes (really did not make sense to me - what else is the corner for than pinning your man into it so you can tag him with no place to go?).

Well, when they restarted, Jason shot in again, picked his opponent up and slammed him down again in the corner, but then immediately picked him back up, turned, and slammed him down with authority right in the middle of the ring, as if to say to the ref "OK, how bout I put him here this time. Does that work for you?" He dished out some devastating ground control and ground and pound. Jason is more than ready for The Ultimate Fighter.

Jerry Shapiro was not able to fight because he missed some training due to an illness. Too bad. I was really looking forward to that fight as J -Shap is a heck of a scrapper and very, very fast.

Brian Kangas had the closest fight of the night for the Cobra Kai team, with a tough bout against a very game Don Stoner from RCJ Machado. Stoner was pretty darn good on the ground, and after a short bit of grappling and scrambling on the canvas they stayed on their feet for most of the rest of the fight, trying their hand at boxing,until the very end of the last round when Kangas took it back to the mat and was able to get Stone's back. He very nearly got the rear naked choke, but Stoner was able to survive the attempts to sink it in. Kangas pulled out the decision, especially with that final taking of the back, but it would have been cool to see him get the tap.

Bill Cooper fought last, against a skilled Xtreme Couture fighter, EdsilavMihoylov. It was clear that Edsilav was no slouch, but he just could not handle the overwhelming, nonstop attack and grappling skill of Bill Cooper, who slammed him hard, took the back, flattened him out on his belly, and sunk in a tight RNC for the win in what had to be maybe 25 seconds into the first round. A very convincing victory rivaled only by the speed of Chris Holdsworth's win.

Big props and congratulations to all the Cobra Kai guys and to their coach, Marc Laimon. I have heard some trash talk on Sherdog and elsewhere about Laimon supposedly not being a good MMA coach just because some of the fighters who have trained with him have lost fights (and some guys think because he doesn't fight MMA himself that Laimon cant' be a good MMA coach). Well, the performance of his team at Tuff - N- Nuff puts that nonsense to rest. He was a very effective coach with guys who stuck to their game plan. And just as he does at grappling tournaments, he puts 100% into his guys here too.

Some of the other fights were also outstanding, with very impressive skills for guys who are labeled "amateur." Some of them I would put on a par with guys who have appeared on TUF (and several way above the average). The Cobra Kai guys were most consistently of high level, but there were some good fighters from Xtreme Couture, West Coast MMA and LA Boxing (and some not so great, but hey, at least they had the stones to step into the ring, so who am I to judge - these guys were new to the game and still willing to step up, so props to em).

Matthew Contes of LA Boxing showed he knew more than just how to box by out-grappling Kimo Yadao of Xtreme Couture and winning by submission. Very impressive!

In the womens' bouts, Lacey Schuckman defeated a game Kaitie Tompkins, but not until after Tompkins very nearly secured a triangle choke (actually, several triangle chokes). If Kaitie had just a little better jiu jitsu, and knew how to keep that triangle and how to tighten it down, she would have won for sure. Lacey kept picking her up and slamming her down, loosening the triangle choke, and then got out, over and over. Someone needs to teach Kaitie how to hook an arm under a leg to stop the slam while she has a triangle locked in, and how to pull the head down to finish, and also how to use a triangle to sweep. Alas, if only Katie could train at a good jiu jitsu school for six months, then she'd have something.

She also missed a golden opportunity to sweep Lacey when Lacey stood straight up in her guard for long periods of time, with her feet right there, close to Katie, ready to be grabbed. All she would have had to do was grab those feet and push with her knees and over Lacey would have gone. Kaitie also landed in half guard at one point, but did not know how to base out and keep top position and was easily rolled off and reversed. She just needs basic grappling. If she had it, she could have won. Very frustrating to watch as my wife and I, and our kids, were rooting for the less experienced Kaitie (and because she is a Johnny Cash fan like us, judging from her Myspace page music).

The second female fight was very one-sided with a clearly more experienced, better conditioned, and better trained Jessica Halverson easily dominating Amber Molinari on the feet. Amber was game, came out swinging for the fences, and never gave up, but she lacked stand up technique and was out-boxed and overpowered and finally dropped from some hard punches. Amber has potential, but she needs some solid, no nonsense boxing training and also would of course benefit from some basic takedowns and basic grappling so she has an option of going for the ground. That one was a bit of a mis-match.

There were some other great fights, and some not so great, but for the price of admission, with twenty friggin fights on the card, this was a wonderful show. We'll be back for more!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Team Cobra Kai Fights Tonight In Tuff-N-Uff Mixed Martial Arts Vegas Debute!


NOTE FROM STEWART: OK, so politics and law is such nonsense lately that I have not bothered posting anything since March 20, when I posted about our kids' jiu jitsu teacher, Ully Gomez, fighting in his first MMA bout. I will be posting on law and politics again soon, what with the Nevada State Republican Party Convention coming up.

I've also been invited to speak to a class at Stanford University on May 1 about enemy combatant status, extraordinary rendition, torture and other fun topics brought to you by the politicians in Washington D
C. So, I will be posting some in preparation for that visit to Stanford and I will post my thoughts on it when I get back.

But for now, once again, the only thing worth posting about is MMA - at least the fighters are honest, courageous, and are willing to put their own butts in harms
way for what they believe in, which is entirely opposite from the lying, cowardly politicians in DC who's motto is "I never fought, and ducked Vietnam, but I love to send other people's kids to fight while I talk shit." Compared to the honesty, truth and integrity of MMA, law and politics is more like pro-wrestling - just a choreographed show put on for us out here in the "unwashed masses" while the actual decisions are all made ahead of time in back room deals. So, here is something worth talking about!

COBRA KAI JIU JITSU FIGHTERS TO FIGHT IN AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS TONIGHT, APRIL 12, 2008 IN LAS VEGAS!

Six fighters from Cobra Kai will be fighting in the Tuff-N-Uff Fighting Championships, at the Tropicana Hotel. Tuff-N-Uff is billing this as a California v. Nevada event.

Here is what Tuff-N-Uff has to say about the event tonight:

Top fighters in California and Nevada will square off in the first sanctioned amateur MMA event in Las Vegas on April 12th at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 6:00pm. and fights start at 7:00pm. Many fighters coming from California have trained at the legendary Pit academy with Chuck Liddell and other well known fight teams. Some of the best schools in Las Vegas will be entering fighters to fight in the Tuff-N-Uff Fighting Championships including the renowned Cobra Kai operated by TUF coach, Marc Laimon. The famous gym, Xtreme Couture will also have many competitors and they're more than ready to defend their home turf. Female fighters as well as Super Heavyweights will be slugging it out. Only in Las Vegas will you see History be made with the fastest growing sport in the world.
I don't know much about the fighters coming in from out of state, or even much about the guys fighting out of Randy Couture's Xtreme Couture gym, but I can tell you that all of the guys from Cobra Kai are serious, tough as nails, no-joke fighters, especially on the ground. Because my kids train jiu jitsu at Cobra Kai, I have seen the Cobra Kai fighters roll on several occasions and I can say without a doubt that they are tough as pit bulls. Actually, the best way to describe them is ground fighting Jedi - because they are wizards on the mat. If they can take their opponents down and keep the fight on the ground, I predict a clean sweep for Cobra Kai.

Just to put it in perspective, there was a grappling smoker a while back between students from Xtreme Couture and Cobra Kai and it was a Cobra Kai dominated massacre, kinda like an old school Gracie Jiu Jitsu invasion of a judo school or like a scene out of that Bruce Lee movie where he went in and cleaned house on the whole Karate school.

Of course MMA is not the same as submission grappling. Adding in strikes does change things up a lot. But unless the fighters from Cali are as good at keeping it standing as Chuck Liddell, they are going to find themselves on the floor for the duration, and that is a whole different world. Some liken it to being tossed into the ocean, with the jiu jitsu guy being a shark - even if you are a lion on your feet, on the beach, once you are dragged down into the "ocean" of ground-fighting, you are in the shark's element and are helpless. They don't call the rear naked choke the mateo leon (the "lion killer") for nothing.

But maybe a better way of describing it is to say that it is like being on another planet, in a different atmosphere. Unless you have spent some serious time there, and have adapted to function in that alien world, you will be like one of those guys in a sci-fi flick who has his space helmet suddenly ripped off who looks around frantically, not knowing what to do, clawing at his neck .... and then his head explodes (or implodes, depending on the sick mind of the film-maker). At least with a choke he just goes to sleep and twitches a bit.

This is an amateur event, so it is not very likely that the strikers entering it are of world class caliber, while it is a friggin fact that the jiu jitsu of the Cobra Kai team is world class. Hence my prediction of a jiu jitsu massacre and shut-out unless one of the Cobra Kai guys gets cocky and decides to stay on his feet for some reason.

One of the Cobra Kai team fighters is Chis Holdsworth, who used to train at the Gracie Academy in Torrence California but moved to Vegas last year to train and teach at Cobra Kai. Here is a video of some of his matches. The lead in music samples the soundtrack of Star Wars, which is appropriate because Chris is like the Anakin Skywalker of Jiu Jitsu, the kid has such potential:



Chris has some slick, sick jiu jitsu and has already made a name for himself on the grappling circuit (but my kids know him as the "itsy, bitsy spider" guy because while showing the kids a move he told them to walk their hand on the mat like an itsy, bitsy spider). Keep an eye on Chris. My wife predicts he will win by triangle (with those long spider legs) but I think it will be by Rear Naked Choke (RNC) or by armbar from the top position.

Another guy fighting for Cobra Kai is Jerry "J-Shap" Shapiro, who is an explosive, dynamic scrapper. He also has a mean guillotine choke, and if I had to bet money on it, I would call it as a win for J-Shap by some form of guillotine or Darce-choke. Here is a video of Jerry grappling and competing in pankration:




Next up is Bill "the Grill" Cooper, who is just amazing on the ground. Here is a video of him winning first place at the 2007 World Grappling Championships in Turkey:



Cobra Kai has three other fighters on the card, Coats-Cobb Adams, Brian Kangas, and Jason Carpenter. I could not find video of them rolling, but I have seen them on the mat and they are slick, fast, and skilled grapplers. Kangas is especially dynamic and very strong.

There are also two female bouts up tonight, which is great! I do wish the UFC would get over its old-fashioned aversion to womens MMA. Women fighters train just as hard, and many are just as tough and skilled, as the men, as has been shown by women fighters in other events, such as Bodog.
What counts is your heart, your brains, and whether you came to scrap, not what is between your legs. Heck, my nine year old daughter routinely beats all of the boys her own size in grappling, both in class and at tournaments. She is tough as nails - just ask the boys.


My daughter, Sedona, about to slap a RNC on yet another boy in class


Sedona Rhodes, first place winner, beginner gi-division, 50-59.9 lbs, NAGA 2008. In second place is her classmate, A.J (a very tough, skilled kid in his own right).

And its not just in grappling that women have shown their mettle. Female boxers, Thai-boxers, and wrestlers have been leaving their blood. sweat, and sometimes their teeth, in the ring and on the mats for decades, so I don't know what Dana White's problem is, other than being a male chauvinist.

Anyway, good to see other fight orgs are down with womens' MMA. these should all be great fights! I'll post afterwards with some thoughts.s Cobb-Adams

Here is the full fight card:

Randall Schuckman vs. David Good

Randall Schuckman
130lbs
Team Rugburn
Website

David Good
130lbs
Alvidrez Combat Grappling
WEBSITE




Coates Cobb-Adams vs Jesse Busk

Coates Cobb-Adams
185lbs
Cobra Kai


Jesse Busk
185lbs
Las Vegas Fight Club






Cuauhtemoc Gomez vs Jason Caldwell

Cuauhtenmoc Gomez
195
Team Lion Taekwondo
Website

Jason Caldwell
195
Las Vegas Fight Club
WEBSITE



Jesse James vs Jarvis Shelby

Jesse James
205lbs
Team Evolution

Jarvis Shelby
205lbs
S.B. Fight Team
WEBSITE





Bill Cooper vs Edsilav Mihoylov

Bill Cooper
160lbs
Cobra Kai
2Edsilav Mihoylov
160lbs
Xtreme Couture



1Mario Trejo vs Jason Quentero

Mario Trejo
220lbs
Team Lion Taekwondo

5
2

Jason Quentero 220lbs
West Coast MMA
WEBSITE


4

1Brian Kangas vs Don Stoner

2Brian Kangas
160lbs
Cobra Kai

5
Don Stoner
160lbs
RCJ Machado
Website


4


1Kimo Yadao vs Matthew Contes

2Kimo Yadao
170lbs
Xtreme Couture

5
2Matthew Contes
170lbs
LA Boxing



4


1John Cooper vs Jason Ordonez

John CooperJohn Cooper
160lbs
Las Vegas Fight Club
WEBSITE

5
2Jason Ordonez
160lbs
West Coast MMA



4


1Don Johnson vs Jesus Gonzalez

Don JohnsonDon Johnson
250lbs
Las Vegas Fight Team

5
2Jesus Gonzalez
285lbs
Ceaser Gracie
Website


4

1Weston Duschen vs TBA

2Weston Duschen
205lbs
Xtreme Couture
Website

5
2TBA


4



1Justin Linn vs Chris Ryan

2Justin Linn
150lbs
Xtreme Couture
WEBSITE

5
2Chris Ryan
145lbs
Legends



4



Brooklyn Huntsman vs Wayne Wrath

2Brooklyn Huntsman 145lbs
Excel Defense Studios
5
2Wayne Wrath
150lbs
Nation Kenpo
Website


4

1Jerry Shapiro vs Steve Rios

2Jerry Shapiro
135lbs
Cobra Kai

5
2Steven Rios
135lbs
Team Evolution


4


1Jason Carpenter vs Chris Chikami

2

Jason Carpenter
160lbs
Cobra Kai

5
2Chris Chikami
160lbs
Team Caique


4


1Chris Holdworth vs Daniel Garcia

2Chris Holdworth
145lbs
Cobra Kai

5
2Daniel Garcia
145lbs
S.B Fight Team


4



1Tait Lund vs Critter Mooney

2Tait Lund
170lbs
Las Vegas Boxing

5
2Critter Mooney
170lbs
S.B. Fight Team


4


1Chance Torres vs Shannon Good

2Chance Torres
185lbs
Xtreme Couture

5
2Shannon Good
185lbs
S.B. Fight Team


4


1Mark Phan vs Troy Yania

2Mark Phan
140lbs
Xtreme Couture

5
2Troy Yania
140lbs
Team One Kick
WEBSITE



4



1Lacey Schuckman vs Kaitie Tompkins

2Lacey Schuckman
120lbs
Team Rugburn
WEBSITE

5
2Kaitie Tompkins
120lbs
Five Dragons
WEBSITE

4


1Byron Fields vs Justin Rote

2Byron Fields
170lbs
Warrior Training Center
WEBSITE

5
2Justin Rote
170lbs
LA Boxing
WEBSITE

4



1Shawn Rodriguez vs Alex Memar

2Shawn Rodriguez
155lbs
LA Boxing
WEBSITE

5
2Alex Memar
155lbs
Team Skip Kelp



4




1Amber Molinari vs Jessica Halverson

2Amber Molinari
155lbs
Sapao MMA
WEBSITE

5
2Jessica Halverson
155lbs
Team Illusion
WEBSITE



4
-fight card subject to change-