Holiday Greetings, From The Chamber

December 18, 2008

I just thought I’d mention that my activity will be a little light around here, with all the hustle and bustle and whatnot.  But don’t worry, I’m still checking in when I get the chance.

Anyway, here’s one of my rare open threads.  But if the holiday season isn’t a sufficient topic of discussion in and of itself, I’ll take the liberty of adding a little entertainment in my own style…

So, since I was in the mood for some classic kung fu from the ’70’s, I’ll present the final scene from The Mystery Of Chessboxing (aka Shuang ma lian huan), where the infamous Ghost Faced Killer meets his demise. 

I know its cliché, but they just don’t make ’em like this anymore.  Too bad, really.


  1. It looks like the sound effects alone are worth the price of admission. Is there something rejuvenating about Kung Fu that no matter how old the Kung Fu master gets, he can still kick ass?

    Anyway, thanks for this Xmas nugget, Chen. Reminds me of happy days in my childhood when I used to watch “Kung Fu” every Thursday night as Kwai Chang Caine walked through the wild west trying to be peaceful until the cowboys would push him one step too far. I used to wake up every Friday morning and recite some Master Po or Master Kan wisdom to my mother. So, in return of your gift of this YouTube clip, I shall give you some wisdom that I found on the web.

    ‘Master, do we seek victory in contention?’ -disciple Caine
    ‘Seek rather not to contend.’ -Master Kan
    ‘But shall we not then be defeated?’-Caine
    ‘We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives.’-Master Kan

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Glad you like the clip. This was some of my best work really. I used a brand new leather couch and a custom made set of flat paddles. One had precisely drilled holes in it to get that air rush sound. The couch was very soft after shooting too.
    Happy Holidays

  3. This board is dead as a cricket in December. I need to leave some crappy comment to stir things up a bit.

    I don’t think any of these Kung Fu types you’re showing could whip Mr. Miyagi.

    Kung fu is used to take a chaotic mind and turn it into a flourishing garden of thought. It doesn’t appear to be working for any of the libs I know. The only thing flourishing in the garden is weed.

  4. You truly are a romantic Tex.

  5. They dont make them like that anymore ,they make them like this: http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxQ-2gR1DU

    Who is to say what is better unless you are more into this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY&NR=1

    Then its clear.

  6. barry,

    You truly are a romantic Tex.

    ♥♥ I know ♥♥. Everybody loves me here…especially General Chen, Rutherford and Lex (my secret admirer).

  7. Not fair, you’ve forgotten me.


    Happy holidays!

  8. they are very energetic….

  9. Is it too much to ask for a Merry Christmas?


  11. LOL, leave it to Tex to turn Kung Fu into an attack on liberalism.

    If I weren’t so full of the holiday spirit, I’d point out that Master Po, blind as a bat, could kick Tex’s ass from here to China and back.

    But of course, since I am overbrimming with holiday cheer, I’ll keep that observation to myself. 😉

    By the way, looks like we’re gonna have a white Christmas this year. Sure glad the money we spent on that Christmas sled won’t be wasted. That’s the one good thing about this time of year is no matter how financially strapped you are, you try to make it a special time for the kids. Seeing them light up on Christmas morning actually makes you forget for a few moments how royally screwed you are. 🙂

    Ho, ho, ho everybody!

  12. “R”,

    I’m getting so old, I had to look up who Master Po was. Good memory “R”! Being you and I are the same age, I’m ashamed to admit I couldn’t remember that character name to save my life. Now you’ve one upped me, you should find yourself proud.

    Like exercise, mocking libs is good for the soul, so I make it a point no matter the subject, I find some lame excuse to shoot at a lib. Sheer enjoyment!

    And Rutherford, I’m glad you’re full of Christmas cheer as I believe all leftists should enjoy life, though few ever seem too. They always seem to stay in the perpetual stage of tantrum. Now if you want to be of good cheer for the rest of the year, I would be happy to explain how sometime, no matter the financial situation.

    Merry Christmas to Rutherford and his family and best wishes for a joyous 2009. Really! I think you too capable to be down forever. You too General and thank you for letting me use your board to harangue.

  13. solar1-

    Naturally, I have a thread about that: Merry Christmas, When It Ain’t Christmas

  14. Just to make a Christmas comment:

    Do you know that I’ve seen “A Christmas Story” at least 100 times and still think it is the funniest movie ever made.

    I always pictured Rutherford like Ralphie.

  15. Received this email and I assume it is true. Long read but definitely worth it. Sorry to go O.T. General…

    Dear Employees & Suppliers,

    Congress and the current Administration will soon determine whether to provide immediate support to the domestic auto industry to help it through one of the most difficult economic times in our nation’s history. Your elected officials must hear from all of us now on why this support is critical to our continuing the progress we began prio r to the global financial crisis………………….As an employee or supplier, you have a lot at stake and continue to be one of our most effective and passionate voices. I know GM can count on you to have your voice heard.

    Thank you for your urgent action and ongoing support.

    Troy Clarke
    President General Motors North America

    Response from:

    Gregory Knox, Pres.
    Knox Machinery Company
    Franklin, Ohio

    In response to your request to contact legislators and ask for a bailout for the Big Three automakers please consider the following, and please pass my thoughts on to Troy Clark, President of General Motors North America.

    Politicians and Management of the Big 3 are both infected with the same entitlement mentality that has spread like cancerous germs in UAW halls for the last countless decades, and whose plague is now sweeping this nation, awaiting our new “messiah”, Pres-elect Obama, to wave his magic wand and make all our problems go away, while at the same time allowing our once great nation to keep “living the dream”… Believe me folks, The dream is over!

    This dream where we can ignore the consumer for years while management myopically focuses on its personal rewards packages at the same time that our factories have been filled with the worlds most overpaid, arrogant, ignorant and laziest entitlement minded “laborers” without paying the price for these atrocities…this dream where you still think the masses will line up to buy our products for ever and ever.

    Don’t even think about telling me I’m wrong. Don’t accuse me of not knowing of what I speak. I have called on Ford, GM, Chrysler, TRW, Delphi, Kelsey Hayes, American Axle and countless other automotive OEM’s throughout the Midwest during the past 30 years and what I’ve seen over those years in these union shops can only be described as disgusting.

    Troy Clarke, President of General Motors North America, states: “There is widespread sentiment throughout this country, and our government, and especially via the news media, that the current crisis is completely the result of bad management which it certainly is not.”

    You’re right Mr. Clarke, it’s not JUST management…how about the electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making people wait on them for countless hours while they drag ass…so they can come in on the weekend and make double and triple time…for a job they easily could have done within their normal 40 hour work week. How about the line workers who threaten newbies with all kinds of scare tactics…for putting out too many parts on a shift…and for being too productive

    (We certainly must not expose those lazy bums who have been getting overpaid for decades for their horrific underproduction, must we?!?)

    Do you folks really not know about this stuff?!? How about this great sentiment abridged from Mr. Clarke’s sad plea: “over the last few years …we have closed the quality and efficiency gaps with our competitors.” What the hell has Detroit been doing for the last 40 years?!? Did we really JUST wake up to the gaps in quality and efficiency between us and them? The K car vs. the Accord? The Pinto vs. the Civic?!? Do I need to go on? What a joke!

    We are living through the inevitable outcome of the actions of the United States auto industry for decades. It’s time to pay for your sins, Detroit.

    I attended an economic summit last week where brilliant economist, Alan Beaulieu, from the Institute Trend Research, surprised the crowd when he said he would not have given the banks a penny of “bailout money”. “Yes, he said, this would cause short term problems,” but despite what people like politicians and corporate magnates would have us believe, the sun would in fact rise the next day… and the following very important thing would happen…where there had been greedy and sloppy banks, new efficient ones would pop up…that is how a free market system works…it does work…if we would only let it work…”

    But for some nondescript reason we are now deciding that the rest of the world is right and that capitalism doesn’t work – that we need the government to step in and “save us”…Save us my ass, Hell – we’re nationalizing…and unfortunately too many of our once fine nation’s citizens don’t even have a clue that this is what is really happening…But, they sure can tell you the stats on their favorite sports teams…yeah – THAT’S really important, isn’t it…

    Does it ever occur to ANYONE that the “competition” has been producing vehicles, EXTREMELY PROFITABLY, for decades in this country?… How can that be??? Let’s see… Fuel efficient… Listening to customers… Investing in the proper tooling and automation for the long haul…

    Not being too complacent or arrogant to listen to Dr. W. Edwards Deming four decades ago when he taught that by adopting appropriate principles of management, organizations could increase quality and simultaneously reduce costs. Ever increased productivity through quality and intelligent planning… Treating vendors like strategic partners, rather than like “the enemy”… Efficient front and back offices… Non union environment…

    Again, I could go on and on, but I really wouldn’t be telling anyone anything they really don’t already know down deep in their hearts.

    I have six children, so I am not unfamiliar with the concept of wanting someone to bail you out of a mess that you have gotten yourself into – my children do this on a weekly, if not daily basis, as I did when I was their age. I do for them what my parents did for me (one of their greatest gifts, by the way) – I make them stand on their own two feet and accept the consequences of their actions and work through it. Radical concept, huh… Am I there for them in the wings? Of course – but only until such time as they need to be fully on their own as adults.

    I don’t want to oversimplify a complex situation, but there certainly are unmistakable parallels here between the proper role of parenting and government. Detroit and the United States need to pay for their sins. Bad news people – it’s coming whether we like it or not. The newly elected Messiah really doesn’t have a magic wand big enough to “make it all go away.” I laughed as I heard Obama “reeling it back in” almost immediately after the final vote count was tallied…”we really might not do it in a year…or in four…” Where the Hell was that kind of talk when he was RUNNING for office.

    Stop trying to put off the inevitable folks … That house in Florida really isn’t worth $750,000… People who jump across a border really don’t deserve free health care benefits… That job driving that forklift for the Big 3 really isn’t worth $85,000 a year… We really shouldn’t allow WalMart to stock their shelves with products acquired from a country that unfairly manipulates their currency and has the most atrocious human rights infractions on the face of the globe…

    That couple whose combined income is less than $50,000 really shouldn’t be living in that $485,000 home… Let the market correct itself folks – it will. Yes it will be painful, but it’s gonna’ be painful either way, and the bright side of my proposal is that on the other side of it all, is a nation that appreciates what it has…and doesn’t live beyond its means…and gets back to basics…and redevelops the patriotic work ethic that made it the greatest nation in the history of the world…and probably turns back to God.

    Sorry – don’t cut my head off, I’m just the messenger sharing with you the “bad news”. I hope you take it to heart.

    Gregory J. Knox, President
    Knox Machinery, Inc.
    Franklin, Ohio 45 005

  16. Its a true email, its all over the interwebs.
    Well that settles it, not his or other management who is to blame its all the UAW`s fault.

  17. barry,

    Whether true or not, what the man says about the UAW is absolutely correct. Deny all you want – the results speak for themselves. And nobody in their right mind (which probably rules you out) can deny this:

    Yes it will be painful, but it’s gonna’ be painful either way, and the bright side of my proposal is that on the other side of it all, is a nation that appreciates what it has…and doesn’t live beyond its means…and gets back to basics…and redevelops the patriotic work ethic that made it the greatest nation in the history of the world

  18. OT-

    I can’t believe that I lost my fantasy football championship game by 1 point. One point. I’m going to be tormented for life now, especially because I decided to start Thomas Jones over Deangelo Williams. What a nightmare.

  19. I dont know anything about the UAW or its corruptions, wich i assume there are.Just as there are corruptions in the poelpe trying to abuse the economic downturn to blame it all on the “others”, those that howl the loudest are to blame themselves.

    But hey we live in a hypocritical world and if you dont be hypocritical youself the”other guys” have the edge.

    Not a train of thought that gives me much hope for the future.

  20. The reason why the Big 3 are uncompetitive is simple. It has nothing to do with cars. Nothing to do with quality. Not even anything to do with wages. It’s retirees. It’s really that simple. Nobody thought people would be living so damn long so the retirement package is killing them. You guys want to fix it? Kick a bunch of old folks out of the package.

    Hey, I can understand why the South is pissed at us Northern union states. Our unions ate our young. Fair enough. But where is the outrage for 95% of the rest of the bailout???? THE MONEY IS GONE! It’s like the Joker burned it all. The unions should be a god damn side bar right now in a long fucking conversation on how a small group of New Yorkers swindled America. CEO’s are getting subsidized bonuses on a scale that could pay for an entire organized labor shift for a year!!!!!

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