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Steven Seagal makes a comeback

alexd

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PHOENIX — The self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” is joining forces with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer armed posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the controversial plan in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting in December.

The exercise is planned for Saturday at a closed school site. Sheriff’s officers will act as shooters, and 25 teenagers will play the part of students during mock scenarios involving up to three gunmen.

The sheriff’s office says Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as Above the Law and Under Siege, will lead training on hand-to-hand defence tactics, among other techniques, drawing from his expertise in martial arts.

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Arpaio’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment Friday, and Seagal representatives did not return telephone messages from The Associated Press.

Arizona Democratic House Minority Leader Chad Campbell called the plan to use Seagal as an instructor “ludicrous.”

“He’s making a mockery out of it. You’re having a movie actor train people how to protect schools?” Campbell said.

‘We’d like to think he would take something like this much more seriously’
Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, also a longtime Arpaio critic, said it’s unfortunate the sheriff, known nationally for his tough stance on illegal immigration, is using the Connecticut shooting to grab headlines.

“We’d like to think he would take something like this much more seriously,” said Parraz.

The patrols were launched at 59 schools in January. The sheriff announced this week he needs more members to continue the patrols, calling for 1,000 additional citizens to step up and volunteer.

The volunteers, dressed in uniforms and driving patrol vehicles, some authorized to carry guns after training, won’t go onto school grounds unless they spot danger, but will instead patrol around the facilities, Arpaio said.

Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s Mission: Impossible.

Arpaio has faced criticism and lawsuits claiming that his deputies racially profile Latinos during immigration patrols. Arpaio also made headlines last July when he said that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, released by the White House, was a fake.

From the national post:
Steven Seagal joins Sheriff Joe Arpaio to train armed school posse | World | News | National Post
 
“He’s making a mockery out of it. You’re having a movie actor train people how to protect schools?” Campbell said.
A movie actor that uses a stunt double when the scene calls for running. Let's not undersell Mr. Segal's talents.
 
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derek

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i remember the segal invasion, that was around the time his reality sheriff show came out. interestingly he's been hired by police forces in the past for self defence training.

don't forget he is one of the most respected aikido masters in the world. he's even trained anderson silva and lyoto machida.
 

xtcfreak

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i remember the segal invasion, that was around the time his reality sheriff show came out. interestingly he's been hired by police forces in the past for self defence training.

don't forget he is one of the most respected aikido masters in the world. he's even trained anderson silva and lyoto machida.
He is also a dick...

In line with at Whole Foods Markhet (Vancouver) and the lady in front of me says "aren't you.." and before she could get another word i, he jumps in and says "Yeah, I am that actor".

He lives in Burnaby and has Whole Foods deliver his groceries to him. He is pretty demanding, but Whole Foods will bend over backwards for him (and most customers).

Jay
 
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derek

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no argument from me on whether he's a dick or not because i've heard he is, and he's uber lame with one of the worst senses for fashion.

none of that changes the fact he's an aikido master.
 

Dialog

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For his part, Seagal frames his involvement with Tibet in much the same way that he has described his past possible involvements with international intelligence and the CIA—semishrouded, covert and intrinsically unknowable. "I was in a monastery in Kyoto," he tells us, "and met some monks from Tibet who had been tortured by the Chinese. As I was the only one who had studied herbology, bone manipulation and acupuncture, I treated them, and there was an immediate connection."

One day you're a simple bone manipulator, the next you're teaching torture victims how to get centered. It's a familiar trajectory: You almost can't swing a reincarnated cat without hitting someone who's followed this path. The audience seems unbothered by the unverifiability of Seagal's explanation. Most nod with appreciative understanding, some closing their eyes and smiling, savoring the moment like a divine chocolate.
GQ: I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha! by David Rakoff
 
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derek

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Who says he's an aikido master? him?
he's a clown for sure but the aikdo part is probably the least inflated part of his life, unlike his acting skills.

Steven Seagal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Steven Frederic Seagal[2] (born April 10, 1952)[1] is an American action film star, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan.[3] He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan.[4]

^ Britishaikido.com, Retrieved on January 27, 2008. Britishaikido.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-19.
 

NemIsis

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Gene LeBell made Seagal shit himself.
Although, I wouldn't be surprised (nor surprised there is a gag order, but if so Lebell doesn't seem to seem to be concerned as he's told a few people this).

However, I wouldn't be so quick to trust Lebell's comments. He can be just as inflated as Seagal. Much of what he says is also questionable.
 

glych t.anomaly

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Actor Steven Seagal Sued for Driving Tank into Arizona Home, Killing Puppy - Forbes



Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, right, talks with actor Steven Seagal, who was visiting the sheriff, after holding a news conference announcing his latest crime suppression illegal immigration operation sweep at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Training Academy Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Phoenix.

The story of Steven Seagal accompanying Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raid on an Arizona man suspected of cock-fighting seems almost humorous. Almost, that is, until you think about police driving into your own home with a tank and killing your dog, which is what happened when Seagal drove a tank into Jesus Llovera’s house.

Seagal told a local radio station that animal cruelty was one of his pet peeves, and since the bust was an animal cruelty bust – which apparently requires the use of several armored cars, a tank, and dozens of sheriff’s deputies in full riot gear – Seagal decided to go along for the ride…and kill hundreds of roosters and a puppy in the process.

So much for animal cruelty. It turns out, of course, that Seagal was just joining the ranks of reality TV stars, blending the line between reality and television, and the line between entertainment and justice. And now he’s being sued to the tune of $100,000 by Llovera, who is also demanding a written apology from Seagal to his children for killing their puppy.


Seagal has also accompanied Arpaio’s sheriffs in cracking down on illegal immigrants. I guess being a tough guy in the movies is just never enough.

As Sean O’Neal points out, “Here’s hoping that Steven Seagal, puppy-killer, never meets Steven Seagal, guy from Out For Justice, because that dude would be pissed.” Now that would be poetic justice, which is more than we can say for the faux justice Arpaio and Seagal handed out for the TV cameras.

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wow

just fucking wow
 
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