CULLMAN, AL—Growing increasingly frustrated as he tried out different entry points on the fruit, local man Alex Overton struggled to pierce an orange peel with his fingernail Monday, all the while firmly under the impression that he could kill someone if he had to.
"My stance on violence is … complicated. Starting with a conversation I had decades ago with a friend. Him – “I’m a pacifist. I’m just not non-violent” Me – laughing.
Him -“I’m serious. I honestly believe violence doesn’t solve anything. But sometimes you have to use it.” Technically speaking he’s right. Violence doesn’t ‘solve’ problems. It doesn’t make things right. Mostly it’s negotiation, compromise and working things out that does that. Violence, not so much."
"What we teach in Conflict Communication and Violence Dynamics is there's:
Talking to Talking with Treating with Talking at Shutting down conversations
Problem is 'talking at' does have a legit basis. It's how we teach in this culture. Unfortunately, if that isn't the roles it's an insult. You'll find a lot of people who claim to be trying to 'talk with' people are actually 'talking at.' It comes across as 'shut up and accept what I'm saying about you.'
The other problem is a lot of 'educated' folks have forgotten how to 'treat with' people from different tribes. That's a very formal and polite method of talking and behaving when both of you are capable of shooting each other in the face and you're trying to keep that from happening." Marc MacYoung...
Learn from Experience By-Proxy. In this case from Rodney King.
"A topic like this needs a STRONG headline. But it’s an absolutely important topic to write about. I have noted it before, but I think it needs readdressing, because sadly, I still see way to many people thinking that it will never happen to them.
I have been practicing martial arts professionally for more than two and a half decades. I started teaching Karate at 16. As a young adult I spent several years outside some of the roughest nightclubs in the world. Over that period, I was conservatively in no less than 300 physical altercations — that’s 3,5 fights every month for 7-years straight. That’s outside of 27 years of hard sparring, which accounts for no less than 40,000 rounds (although it was likely more). Throw in the ageing process, and now in my 40’s — what do you have?" ...
A topic like this needs a STRONG headline. But it’s an absolutely important topic to write about. I have noted it before, but I think it needs readdressing, because sadly, I still see way to many people thinking that it will never happen to them. I have been practicing martial arts professionally …
"As a cop there really are very few trained and disciplined crooks that can actually fight. All of them understand the street, talk shit while you move inside and then throw a haymaker followed up with monkey rage wild swings or kicks to the head if the haymaker connects. This has been my experience anyway, not just from personal fights but responding to people who have been beat up at the bus stop."
OK on my way home tonight I saw an altercation. I pulled the car in and observed, as I did so it became more violent. I was already calling the police. Once connected I gave precise location, description, violence escalating and as I did so the group went to the ground behind a low wall.
I was patched through to officers on route, other people were joining the melee. I told police I would deal with it but they asked me to stay on phone.
So we have a guy on the floor being pinned down quite aggressively by 4 others, one in particular is hurting him and as I watched started to grip his throat. I asked what has happened, guy on floor junkie shoplifter caught and challenged is/was using aggression and intimidation to try and get away, he has allegedly threatened to stab the guy who is holding his throat with a dirty syringe......