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2017 New Year Statement

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:00 Mike McGuire
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2017 New Year Statement

Rising Sun is a unique business established just over 22 years ago and inspired by sweat, hard work and the desire to be self employed. We sell protective gear to people who don’t want or need to be protected. These customers would rather be on the training floor sweating and bleeding than being comfortable, or sitting on the sidelines, or resting at home. Our customers want to live life to the extreme.

Rising Sun offers gear for women too of course, particularly those who’d rather be training for a fight than baking cakes. Take a look at our gear if you’re the kind of lady who likes the smell of cordite, engine oil, or a sweaty gym. After all, impact knows no gender.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:57

What's On The Horizon?

Thursday, 24 March 2016 19:51 administrator
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What’s on the Horizon?

I recently had this video forwarded to me from the NRA. There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that rarely makes the “lamestream” media. This video touches on some of that.

So here is your waiver. Ignore the blatant salesmanship in this video and the personal endorsements. But listen to the overall message. Also, yes this is American, but we are virtually the same with minor differences in government, law etc. Never the less, Canada is a welfare state and when the fecal matter hits the rotating turbine, guess who will start rioting first when the government can’t provide their “free shit”.

Our world is a fluid environment, ever changing. As this is being written, Brussels just had a terrorist bombing. Things were just starting to get normalized after the Paris bombing, and now this activity is front and center again.

Locally, our economy is tanking after a year of NDP rule in Alberta and 5 months of Liberal rule nationally. Over 30,000 unvetted refugees have been brought in to the country and the Liberals have tripled the national debt. Alberta’s energy sector has been squashed and the government wants to institute a tax on “nothing” called a Carbon Tax. When will Canadians have had enough? The government is putting us out of work, hence the welfare state, yet at the same time, they expect everyone else to pick up the slack via taxation to pay for everyone else’s free shit. We currently pay over 50 percent of our salaries in some form of tax. What will be your breaking point, 60 percent, 70 percent, or 80 percent? Then what? A tax revolt?

Last year a major electrical line was damaged in a storm. As a result, it had to be shut down for repair meaning the other major lines in the province had to pick up the slack. We were very close to seeing a major power outage in the province. Didn’t hear that in the media did you? What will you do when the grid goes down?

The current iteration of Liberal leadership is throwing our national sovereignty out the window. They are importing refugees at a furious rate and at a horrendous monetary cost to this country. Look at what is occurring in Europe as a result of this same mentality of immigration. What will you do when there are riots in the streets or a terrorist attack occurs (again) on Canadian soil?

You need to address these issues and make a cognitive decision to be prepared for the sake of yourself and those close to you. If nothing happens, you haven’t lost a thing. Food and supplies can still be utilized and you will have been smarter for the experience and not stressed out from being unprepared. Have a listen.

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You Just Don't Get It

Thursday, 03 December 2015 18:46 administrator
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So the Liberal Numbnuts Progressives got their wish; Trudeau 2.0. You people are so ignorant of what makes this world go around, it is unfathomable. All you want is more “free shit” and for the government to hammer the so called “one percenters”. Well, the one percenters are the ones who create jobs! A free enterprise system works and has worked for centuries. When those people don’t make money, they won’t invest more in to business so that they can create more jobs which typically results in more profits for them and the cycle continues. You don’t get it.

Every single year, more and more progressives are voted into various levels of government and every single year our taxes go up at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Because, you see, “free shit” isn’t free. Someone has to pay for it and hence increased taxes. Oh and lets’ not forget that all of this requires a bigger more bloated government to administer the free shit. So more taxes to pay for that. When will it be enough? You pay 50 percent of your income to various levels of taxation. What will be the breaking point for you, 60 percent, 80 percent? You just don’t get it.


Terrorism In Canada

Friday, 24 April 2015 17:07 administrator
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Today a judge in Alberta granted bail to Omar Khadr, a convicted terrorist and killer of US Soldier SGT Speer. The Khadr family has been embroiled in terrorism for decades. The fact that this man was born in Canada and holds a Canadian passport does not lesson the impact of his actions. Read the timeline and judge for yourself. Also ask yourself why such a double standard exists in this country. If you or I were to stand in front of the media and spew hatred towards this country, religion, and way of life, we would surely be charged with a hate crime. Yet Omar Khadr's mother and sister have done just that repeatedly and received no sanction what so ever. This whole case stinks of political correctness gone horrendously wrong. The facts speak for themselves. An American soldier, I believe he was a General in fact, was commenting on a US news show some time ago and he actually called Omar the "Rock Star of Guantanamo" because he had a known and confirmed killing and his older brother and father were killed fighting Nato Forces. It was this persons opinion that Omar would be a rallying point of young wanna-be jihadists in North America. Hopefully we don't see that come to fruition. On the other hand, are you OK with your tax dollars being spent to support this man (a convicted terrorist), his mother and sister, and also his handicapped brother (injured while fighting)? We are not supportive of that in any fashion.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 17:29

2015 New Years Greeting

Friday, 02 January 2015 15:56 Mike McGuire
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2015 New Year Rant

Well folks, in some respects 2014 really sucked. There were a number of terrorist events, we had a couple soldiers killed in Canada, on home soil, by terrorists. Then there was the scourge that is ISIS in the middle east. As if that wasn’t enough, there was also that Ebola thing, nothing to see here folks, just people bleeding out of their eyes. And the various governments wondered why we didn’t “trust” them to get the job done. I believe it was Ronald Reagan who jokingly coined the phrase,” we’re with the government and we’re here to help”. Then while everyone was watching Putin take over Crimea and start up the cold war again, and Obama was cowering on the golf course, our own government was quietly and subversively stripping us of some more rights. A death by a thousand cuts?  Yes 2014 was indeed an interesting year.

But here we are at 2015! This year marks our “20th” year in business. In August of 1995 we officially opened our doors even though Rising Sun operated as a home based business for a time. Call it luck, hard work, or just plain stubbornness, but we are still here. It really has been a wild ride. We have made many acquaintances, met quite a few celebrities, and yes even gained a few haters. We have been threatened, robbed at gunpoint, had numerous windows broken by a domestic terrorist, and even had someone try and burn the building down. We have dealt with personal health and injury issues that on occasion saw us putting a closed sign up on the door, but you guys kept coming back, kept supporting us.

During these past 20 years, we have garnered invaluable experience in the area of martial arts apparel and training gear. As the martial arts world has changed, we have changed and adapted with it. In some cases we have led that change. We were the first retailers in Canada to carry Tapout and UFC branded gear. Today we deal with over 30 distributors / manufacturers and stock over 3000 different lines of product in our little store. In fact we (Mike) were instrumental in MMA becoming sanctioned in Edmonton when Mike was recruited by the Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission to expedite that process. We were only the second jurisdiction in the country at the time to legally sanction MMA events.

We led the way in bringing notable martial artists to Edmonton for training seminars exposing literally hundreds of local martial artists to some very high calibre training. We supported hundreds of club activities and functions, tournaments and MMA events. We supported local law enforcement and military and assisted or trained numerous personnel in this area and across North America. We established our own sub division known as Rising Sun Tactical that has also taught self defense, impact and edged weapons concepts as well as advanced firearms instruction. We’ve been on TV, in papers and magazines and even mentioned in some books. We’ve worked close protection for the wealthy, sports figures, celebrities, and even a former President of the US. We’ve worn many hats.

Numerous people have approached us for our technical and tactical experience looking for assistance. Sometimes, we were more like the neighborhood barber where people could just vent and get a load off their chest.

Yet by all standards we are not even considered a small business. With 2.1 employees, we are a micro business. We receive zero respect from the government that taxes us to death, or the banking institutions that want our business, but won’t offer anything in return to “micro business” owners.

But here we are, 20 years in. It really is amazing how fast the time has gone by. We’d like to say that we’ll be here for another 20 years but logistically that probably won’t happen. We don’t have enough room in here for Dianne and I to move around on power scooters. But hopefully Rising Sun as an entity will still be around. In any event, thank you all for allowing us to be of service to you and allowing us to be able to call ourselves entrepreneurs. We wish you all the best for 2015 and in whatever endeavours you pursue in your future.   

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2015 18:49

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