May 4, 1970: The Kent State shootings take place.
The shooting of unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University, was one of the most notorious domestic events of the Vietnam War Era. It took place in the midst of a protest which itself was a reaction against government policy; antiwar sentiment was widespread throughout the nation, particularly among young people, so when President Nixon announced in late April that the U.S. military was to conduct military operations in Cambodia in pursuit of the PAVN and Viet Cong forces (which seemed to contradict his policy of Vietnamization and détente), student-organized protests on university campuses across the country erupted. These student strikes eventually involved at least 400 campuses, although the National Guard was deployed to only twenty-one of them, one of which was Kent State University in Ohio.
The Kent State demonstration began on May 1; the National Guard was called to the campus on May 2 by Governor James Rhodes, who denounced the student protesters and claimed that they were ”the worst type of people that we harbor in America”, comparing them to Nazi brownshirts and the Ku Klux Klan. Many in Kent and across the nation agreed with the governor’s condemnation of student protests, but just as many disagreed, to varying degrees. When the shooting and killing of Kent State students made national headlines, the issue remained just as divisive, with many believing that the students had brought the violence upon themselves. On May 4, the tensions between the guardsmen and students heightened. Tear gas was used in the guardsmens’ attempts to disperse the crowd, and at some point in the confusion, for some still unknown reason, a little under half of the 77 guardsmen present began to fire into the crowd of students. The guardsmen later claimed that they had been shot by a sniper and were firing in self-defense; this claim was denied vehemently by the students, who admitted to throwing rocks, and also by the New York Times reporter who had been on the scene. The reporter also wrote:
As the guardsmen, moving up the hill in single file, reached the crest, they suddenly turned, forming a skirmish line and opening fire.
The crackle of the rifle volley cut the suddenly still air. It appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer.
Some of the students dived to the ground, crawling on the grass in terror. Others stood shocked or half crouched, apparently believing the troops were firing into the air. Some of the rifle barrels were pointed upward.
Near the top of the hill at the corner of Taylor Hall, a student crumpled over, spun sideways and fell to the ground, shot in the head.
When the firing stopped, a slim girl, wearing a cowboy shirt and faded jeans, was lying face down on the road at the edge of the parking lot, blood pouring out onto the macadam, about 10 feet from this reporter.
Four students were killed, and nine were wounded (one was permanently paralyzed from chest down). Of the four killed by rifle fire, two had not been participants in the protest. According to eyewitness accounts, the students were shocked at the fact that the guardsmen had fired upon them and even more shocked that they had fired live ammunition instead of blanks. John Filo, the photographer who captured the Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Mary Ann Vecchio and Jeffrey Miller (pictured above), also believed at first that the guardsmen were firing blanks. President Nixon expressed regret for the killings, although he suggested that the students’ disruptive activities had “[invited] tragedy”, and, according to a Gallup poll, the public agreed - according to the survey, only 11 percent placed blame on the National Guard, while 58 percent blamed the students. Eleven days later, two black students were killed at Jackson State University during an antiwar protest, though these events failed to capture national attention as the Kent State shootings did.
If ever in your life you find yourself blaming a victim for standing up and not putting there head down to follow what your told to believe remember that one day that could be you… i pray for the well being of the brave and the just. this is a big part of why i train. no matter what the circumstances one day every person no matter who they are or what they do in life will have a choice to stand up or bow their head to evil. when i stand i will be ready for whatever comes. hopefully…
Heya! here’s some teasers from my latest shoot. IchiMonji No Kamae and Jumonji No Kamae. Please share it and repost it if you can find it in your heart. Never know who may see~ on that note i got offered a job in California to do some modeling with a guy named Tom Silk if anyone know him please tell me what you know :P
I may take the job if only to go and train with my friends down in long beach at Elemental Combatives International, definitely some of the best and most dedicated guys you can meet in the martial arts world :)
NO NO NO NOT IN MY HOUSE HAHAHA!
i think that mans balls may be getting in the way of him beating that mugger to death with his own gun
Modeling Pics from awhile ago
love those martial arts gals ;)
I am so sith
A live action version of Kiki’s Delivery Service has been announced. The film will be directed by Juon (a.k.a. The Grugde) director Takashi Shimizu. Kiki will be portrayed by Fuka Koshiba, a 16 year old ice skater turned actress.
ATTENTION ALL KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE FAN NERDS
“I must help you”
“I must train you”
“I must teach you”
“Come on! Strong arms!”
Okay, THIS is my new favorite thing. hahaha
i have 2 answers.
an old zen story states then one day a young disciple asked the master “master if i train hard everyday how long will it take for me to learn everything?” the answer replied “10 years”, the young disciple asked but master what if i work very hard everyday to learn everything, how long will it take?” the master simply replied “20 years” the Disciple said “But master! What if i train VERY VERY hard to learn everything, how long will it take?” the master shook his head stating “30 years” the young student was now angry and confused and said “master i just don’t understand why will it take longer?” and the master calmly said “when you keep one eye on the goal you only ever have one eye on the path”
whenever i had set goals i failed horribly at ever actually reaching them, now a days i try to just think “hmmm, my hand stands need work. ill handstand more. my kicks are awful, ill kick more” never a goal, just remembering to walk the path.
my second answer is for when you feel you can not get ahead and have trouble breaking past a certain plateau.
- first of all practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. make everything your doing technically 100% perfect, all the way down to breathing. the second thing is to practice the little things, all the tiny little subtleties and hidden skills & practicing them over again and again and again. things like twisting your arm without moving the wrist, or if you know about Japanese sword training, wringing a towel. hope this helps :P
P.S. i find that constantly setting little tiny challenges everyday helps when working on skills I’m awful at or want to improve.
Someone…. XD tell me what this is XD