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    Estate Taxes

    Hey M.E, There are indeed gifts you can give your children ($11,000) tax free per year, and there is also a way to provide special needs trusts, but the fact is, no matter how rich you might think you are, a debilitating disease can incur a nearly unfathomable amount of cost. My father has...
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    Estate Taxes

    I didn't read the replies to this since I have a definitely biased point of view. My dad worked really hard his whole life to pass down a legacy to his kids. We might fall into that small bracket. To me, that inheritance means I don't have to worry about my autistic son ever worrying about his...
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    Applying Your Techniques While On The Ground

    Hey MJS, long time! I've seen this debate take many forms, but it's still the same. Since doing some BJJ, though, I have some insight. BJJ is derivative of JJJ, which was initially devoloped as a form of fighting for samurai who had lost their weapon, but were fighting against armored...
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    Hate America?

    I see what you're saying now, but maybe you can see how I lost your point in context. Our actions are what we are. This administration has diminished us. We voted this guy in A SECOND TIME. Bush, and his people, especially his people, are self-serving megolomaniacs. And as a democratic...
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    Hate America?

    I don't think Dems equate hating America with their issues with our administration. They are, after all, part of the same machine. I do agree with you that they lack a true voice and identity in policy or solutions. How the hell is the unwillingness to wave the flag equate to the desire to...
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    Hate America?

    Most of us on MT are Americans, and for the most part, we all love our country. It's our home. How can any of us hate it? Perhaps we hold a different vision of what it should be, which is our right. And I am ashamed right now. The discussion of this topic is justified if you think blind...
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    Who got some?

    So I heard a statistic a ways back. Apparently patriotism+fireworks= gettin' some. To the degree that more people have sex on July 4 than any other day of the year. Personally, I ignored the obvious signs from my wife and decided to catch up on email. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Oh well, who...
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    Violence in video games.

    Damn, you must be on the night shift, since I was just off to bed, but I'm enjoying the conversation. Yes, I'm saying that simulated actions in the virtual world do not equate to a will to do the same in real life. I played dungeons and dragons way back when, and I still haven't cut someone...
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    Violence in video games.

    I'd like to see a citation of those studies. And the backgrounds of the subjects. There are so many variables there. And if a teen is plugged into video games all day long, there is a more serious parenting issue there. The media tends to mislead us. If it bleeds, it leads. The facts are...
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    Violence in video games.

    "Back in the Day" they said that the Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin I was listening to would incline me toward violence and immorality. We only had Pong and Atari back then, so video games didn't come into play. To use a RMCRobertson term, it's a shibboleth. We feel comfort in thinking that...
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    Submissions has killed MMA

    Whether to tap or not is up to the athletes. Hopefully the refs can step in at the appropriate moments, but those moments are really hard to discern when it comes to locks. Of course the same techniques that can deliver pain taken a step further can deliver permanent damage.
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    Submissions has killed MMA

    Sorry, this is one of the few times I haven't read through the entire thread before respondng, but I feel compelled to respond immediately to this. Basically, you're corresponding a sport, and a very regulated and specialized sport, to a style of fighting. When I think of MMA, I think of...
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    Lobo's avatar game

    Is that Lenin?
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    Tgace in motion

    Very nice, Tom!
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    Cheap Shameless Thread

    Hey, I got no props for my first degree!!!
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    Fakes, Frauds and Wanna BeeeZZZZ

    The testimony of his supposed teachers is troubling, as is always the self-designation of "grandmaster". That said, look up Hwarang do in a search on this site and you'll find lots of interesting stuff about that organization giving a bum rap to those who leave the organization. Since Martial...
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    The Clinch

    At least in wrestling, the clinch is what I'd call the point of "strongest negotiations". Very nuanced moves followed by a strong technique can get you places fast. Combined with MMA moves, this is probably the most dynamic range, I think. It's important to remember that this is where you can...
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    Tiger Balm

    Did you go to high school near "Porky's?"
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    Tiger Balm

    Like it, but Icy Hot is cheaper and better.
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    Lobo's avatar game

    That's got to be a waxwork of him. If not, well, that's as creepy a portrait as any of his most far-out paintings. The most common picture I've seen is the one of him with his mustache waxed up high with daisies on the ends.
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    "choke points"

    I agree with most of your points, if you read my initial post you'll see that I was talking about choke points as a tactical advantage. However, the Sjambok is a weapon designed for crowd control out-of-doors. It's not a very good indoor weapon since it requires whipping and has no thrusting...
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    Taekwondo = defense?

    I hear you, I only have my own experiences to formulate my judgements. I'm sure there are exceptional TKD practitioners out there as well as schools that teach a more rounded and practical curriculum.
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    Martial arts - what is it good for?

    BWAhahaha. You're only constrained in the art by your own limitations. Training in a particular pursuit diminishes your capacity to fight? That's just silly. You can "do" basic math, so why mess with algebra, calculus, or statistics? You can get by with the basics, but it's the nuances...
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    "choke points"

    I'm talking about a pretty specific demographic--my friends--who rarely stay out past midnight in Boulder or Longmont, Colorado. Amongst our little group, there's been two break-ins in the past year. Our age and habits probably reduces the crime levels. This area is regarded as a hippie...
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    Taekwondo = defense?

    OK, I know I'm reaching shameless post-whore levels here, but I just re-read your initial post (and others) and the whole multiple-attacker scenario finally registered. You did the right thing. Defending yourself against three or more attackers usually only works on film. The Russians and...
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    Taekwondo = defense?

    If I could do it all over again... Wrestling Kenpo Systema Jiu-jitsu Wait..that's what I've done... Consider this, grasshopper... take pebble from hand. .
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    Taekwondo = defense?

    All respects due to you, the martial artist truly represents the art, however, every street experience I've had with a TKDist left me the winner (three fights, twice with the same guy). I did get beaten once in a tounament by a TKD'er, but he was damned good and there was no opportunity for a...
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    Taekwondo = defense?

    People on this forum are probably getting tired of this old saw--because your question is one that is often asked--but one of my easiest street fights ever was against a TKD black belt who was sober, and I was dead drunk. He tried to kick me in the head with a roundhouse, I ducked and scooped...
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    It's Hot.....

    I've got central air and a pool. It's also not been out of the seventies all week. GRRRrrrr. A lot of people out here use swamp coolers since the humidity is usually very low.
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