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1. The lottery is a tax on people who are bad at mathematics.
2. The various state government-run lotteries raked in nearly 70 Billion dollars last year.
3. The various state governments control education curricula.
4. The various state government education departments are implementing Common Core mathematics.
A new year, a new start, blah, blah, blah. Everyone is doing lots of deep self reflection but me. I'm having a pity-party. I'm 38 years old and just like everyone else, my life has taken a completely different direction than I had planned. Most have been really good changes in my life but...I've got a bit of envy for the 2016 beginning female shooter.
In 2008, I started going to the range weekly after our house was broken into and I was told to get armed. This was the second time my home had been violated in my life and I was done being a victim. I traded my chalk for a revolver and insisted we go to the range every week.
Now I've worked in IT since 1998. I work in IT because I don't like women and I prefer to be around men. I have no girly talents when it comes to my physical appearance and never have. I wear jeans and polos every day. My friends tease me that "homeless" is one of my hairstyles. Thank God baseball caps are required when shooting. Although I don't have a large collection of shoes, I do have more holsters than shoes. I carry in the same spot but some holsters just work better with some activities or clothing.
Over the past eight years, I have been one of the women trying to bring more women into the shooting sports. When I first started shooting, I was always the novelty or token female at the range. No matter where we were, I was the ONLY female shooter. I'd like to think I didn't have a chip on my shoulder but I'm sure I did.
Only one range ever treated me badly but lots of gun stores did and wouldn't talk to me until Knitebane showed up. Anytime there was a female only shooting event, I would attend. I joined every female gun clubs in my area that my schedule allowed. I didn't want to be alone and that was my only motivation! I met a handful of women who where more advance than me but most had even less experience than I did or no curiosity to learn more than they had to. At times, I was like that too.
There were multiple events that pushed me to learn more. Very few were flattering. I often learned due to the kindness of strangers but I had no goals and learning was sporadic and inefficient.
In 2014, I became an NRA Basic Pistol instructor because one of my rare female friends didn't want to be the only female in a class of 30. That got me into volunteering at NRA Women on Target events as often as I can where I get women to shoot a revolver or semi-auto for the first time.
As a couple, Knitebane has been a huge supporter of my passion to educate women. He is known for his female friendly attitude which prompted a local ladies group that I'm not even part of to make him their Chief RSO! He's going to become an instructor before you know it.
I hadn't planned on keeping the NRA certification, it was just to help out a friend but I forgot how much I love teaching. I've taught GED Math classes, college computer classes, riding instruction, and dog training. The Ah-HA! moments are a little different but they're still there and it is addicting.
In 2015, I took The Well Armed Woman Certification course and have a quota to meet of students I work with each year plus my own minimum training requirements. It has actually been a good kick in the tush and the women are all very, very supportive. Most were tomboys and almost everyone has the same motivation - to empower other women to take charge of their own safety, encourage newbies to commit to the training and time it takes to become proficient, and make sure no one has a bad experience (like most of us did) when they first go to the range - the exact mentor we wish we had when we first started.
As I work at becoming a better instructor, with Knitebane as my RSO, I see that my beginner students have a much easier start than me. It is positive, it pushes them but doesn't overwhelm them, they have clear goals for at least the first six months to a year as we work through the NRA Winchester Marksmanship Qualification program, and they are all smiles at the end of the day. I look at their groupings and compare it to where I was a year after going to the range weekly (and paying for one on one instruction) to where they are after just ONE or TWO afternoons with us and...IT ISN'T FAIR!!!
To be honest, I love it when a woman puts her trust in me to show her that guns are not scary and that she can do this. I love that she will have opportunities that I did not have. I love that women are focusing on training for self-defense, not just getting a gun because their husband bugged them to. I love that they are having fun and being supportive and encouraging to the other women around them because it's really fun to shoot like a girl.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.
Happy Birthday, Marines!
Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
Harpier cries:--'tis time! 'tis time!
Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.--
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
O well done! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i' the gains;
And now about the cauldron sing,
Live elves and fairies in a ring,
Enchanting all that you put in.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
The GOP establishment, from whom come such blessings as John McCain, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran; the so-called conservative press, the sold-out bloggers and the GOP ueber alles bootlickers
Washington, D.C., 20005
The Hobbits, The Crazies, the TEA party, the black middle class, the white middle class, the legal immigrants, the overtaxed, the overregulated, and all those who aren't in your big ruling class club
Anytown, USA, 65552
To all whom these presents come, greetings;
Be it known that by virtue of ignoring your official constituents in favor of The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, La Raza, The Euroweenies, The State Department, Fannie Mae and The Muslim Brotherhood;
We have decided that the GOP as it currently exists no longer serves us (if it ever did).
Therefore we send you The Donald, not to make peace but to make war, war most righteous with all of its glory and horror.
We send him not to praise you, but to bury you.
We send him as a harbinger of the Sweet Meteor of Death.
We throw the Holy Hand Grenade of Queens into the Big Stupid Tent.
We don't care if he wins the presidency as long as you lose. Yes, we've become just as petty as you.
You remind us that he holds none of our values, yet fail to realize that we understand that you don't either, even though during elections you say you do.
You insist that he will bring chaos to the presidency as if the last 16 years haven't already been chaos.
You complain that he has no foreign policy experience while Iraq and Syria burn, Russia invades Ukraine, Europe is swamped with young, male, Muslim "refugees" and Iran gets the bomb.
You scream that he's beholden to Big Business as if any of your candidates aren't.
And then you demand that we provide you with reasons as to why we support him.
Have this instead:
Oh, and take this with you when you go:
knitebane@bunkerbox:~$ ping newhorizons.nasa.gov
PING newhorizons.nasa.gov (18.104.22.168) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from newhorizons.nasa.gov (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=1 ttl=253 time=19223905.15 ms
64 bytes from newhorizons.nasa.gov (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=1 ttl=253 time=19224113.23 ms
64 bytes from newhorizons.nasa.gov (188.8.131.52): icmp_seq=1 ttl=253 time=19224023.54 ms
64 bytes from newhorizons.nasa.gov (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=1 ttl=253 time=19224079.04 ms
64 bytes from newhorizons.nasa.gov (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=1 ttl=253 time=19223994.37 ms
--- newhorizons.nasa.gov ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 108003998ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 19223905.15/19224023.07/19224113.23/0.091 ms
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.