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Range day

Range day!!!! @ SureShot

Who wants to go?

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Targets @ 100 & 200 yards
We need better binocs for spotting
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Little brother sighting in his EBR

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Yes it does

Hating a hater makes you a hater.

Self righteous, but still a hater.

It is the hate that is the problem regardless of the target.

Oh btw, if you do it out loud it also outs you as a friggin’ idiot.

And when you label me a hater and start hating me, start at the top and read it again.

what if – education

In the first installment of the what if I were King? series [here] I listed areas I believe need drastic improvement.

I think, as King of the U.S., I’d need to focus on several areas of past greatness which are currently catastrophic failures:

  • education
  • economy
  • ethics
  • individual liberty
  • government
  • public defense

Today’s focus will be public education.  I know of no reason why our country cannot rank first on the planet in education. Is this my ultimate goal? No, I think we can improve until we are the best and then we can get better. So ranking first is merely a milestone.

Note that private education I consider to be a business and as such falls into a different category.

The Question:

What is the purpose of public school?

The Answer:

inform and instruct.

  • reinforce history, culture and society.
  • teach how things work.
  • develop thinking, logic and reasoning

The Problem:

We must understand that several generations of school children have now been wasted. Our schools, for whatever reason, have been teaching memorization rather than teaching understanding. Because of this we have graduates with poor, if any, reasoning skills. All they are capable of is regurgitating what they see or hear. Couple this with the fact that the things they listen to are themselves repetitions of things and we get a horrible mish-mash of non reasoning, non thinking people treating opinion as fact. These graduates are now in the work force, and many as teachers are repeating the mistakes of their predecessors by teaching the only thing they know: memorization.

We’ve been using schools to teach children WHAT to think rather than HOW to think. This stifles new ideas, creative thinking and independence.

The transition will not be easy. It will involve work and sacrifice. Some aspects of my plan will involve funding.

The Solution: k-12

Using public school is a privilege, not a right. Teachers are not police and school is not a detention facility. If a child can not sit in a classroom without disturbing the class, then that child will not be allowed in that class. The line between participating and disturbing the class is a fine one and I’m sure will be a case by case issue depending on subject matter and time allowed. Now, that being said, since we are encouraging thought, questions, reasoning, understanding, etc the teachers will need to be able to explain and reason themselves in order to interact with the students. No doubt we’ll have to have more teachers, better training and better tools for them to use.

No more multiple choice tests. Penmanship, grammar, spelling and expression of thought will be emphasized again. Every class is spelling class, not just for one period.

Classes will be taught in American English, not Spanish, Arabic, Ebonics or anything else ‘your culture’ demands. This is the USA and our culture as Americans, uses English. As citizens we should be concerned with the culture HERE. (We covered the non-citizens go home concept in a previous post.) Our culture is such that we pick and choose the usable parts of all the cultures and toss the garbage out. Obviously additional cultures, their history and languages will be offered as necessary parts of a well rounded education but as electives only.

Flags will be displayed and students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance (National and State). This allows them to take pride in their nation, and serves to reinforce unity as well as remind students of their culture, history and heritage.

Teachers will be paid better and will be held to higher standards. Placing oneself in a position of authority and providing an example for people, requires commitment and dedication. One’s salary should reflect this responsibility. However, the consequences of bad influences can take lifetimes to reverse and the potential damage is huge. Teachers (and all authority figures) should be held accountable. Abuse of authority should result in loss of authority.

Perhaps I should take a moment to define ‘Authority Figure’. In short, any public figure with disciplinary power over another, e.g. police, teachers, elected or appointed officials, clergy, etc. You’ll notice, I’ve excluded parents, doctors, and lawyers from this list as I consider this to be privately used authority. Abuse of public authority would preclude any future position of public authority, i.e. clergy convicted of child molestation would not be employable as a teacher.

Competition and achievement. There is no participation trophy for life. Learning to deal with adversity, failure, competition and other life lessons is part of growing up. Taking competition out of our children’s lives only sets unrealistic expectations for adulthood. No more of this no student left behind crap, you can move on when you’ve achieved what’s required for advancement. Lack of effort and failing grades will be cause for removal.

Life skills. Students need to graduate with various skills in order to function. Students will learn the constitution, governmental process and structure of our Republic. Students will learn how to deal with lawyers, doctors and bankers. They will learn how to read insurance, loan, mortgage, business and medical documents. In order to function in today’s society graduates must know how to deal with advertising, media and political propaganda and make informed decisions.

School funding. I am going to say that Government should get out of the school business. This is a bit of an over-simplification. Public School implies public money, public access and public responsibility. Each community would have control of the public schools, funding, staff and facilities. There would be some government oversight of teacher qualifications, in an effort to maintain high quality and consistency, but no federal tax or other involvement beyond training teachers in the necessary skills. Again, not what to teach but HOW to teach; different people learn in different ways and our schools need to be able to adapt. Bear in mind that Federal taxation will be cut and cut hard so there the members of each community will have more control over their spending. We’ll see more on this in other sections of my giant rant instructional document.

The Solution: colleges and universities (again divided into public and private)

Each State will be in control of public colleges and universities. Federal involvement will be limited to maintaining instructor qualifications.

Citizen priority. No institution will enroll a foreign student before a U.S. student. All U.S. students are equal; no more minority quotas. Students will be prioritized and enrolled by entrance exam score.

Retention. Students unable to maintain passing grades will be dropped. Disruptive students will be dropped. Dropped students may then re-apply but priority will be given to new students. Someone is waiting for that spot, use it or lose it.

No more scholarships. Get a job. Save your money. Obviously if someone wants to donate to your college fund that’s fine. But no more so called ‘free rides’ for one trick ponies. A well rounded education is the goal. If you want to play football while you do that, go right ahead.

No more tenure. A probationary period is fine, rewarding seniority is fine, but experience is not a guarantee of employment. Keep up to date with training methods and keep your performance at acceptable levels or, like everyone else, you’ll be replaced by someone that will.

I think we’ve again reached the too long to read (TLTR) point .. and I’m hungry … so see you next time on what if I were King

what if

What if I were King?

I mean what if I was sitting around with a bunch of my college buddies and one of ’em said, “Dude you could be King.” What if a couple billionaires happened to overhear and they thought, “I’ve got enough money to make that guy King.”

I’ve got no real track record, I can read a teleprompter, I can wear a tie and shiny shoes, I can even salute the military, shed a tear now and then, look solemn when things go bad, smile and wave at the sheeple. Hmmmm. I could be King!

I think there’s a lot broken. So there’s a lot to fix. That’s pretty simple, right? I hear people complaining all the time about this and that. Finding broken things is easy. Fixing them not so much maybe but most of the time when I complain about things I try to have a solution. I mean, really, isn’t it just useless whining to bitch about something if you don’t have a better way (or at least a different way) of doing it?

So, again, what if I were King?

I think, as King of the U.S., I’d need to focus on several areas of past greatness which are currently catastrophic failures:

  • education
  • economy
  • ethics
  • individual liberty
  • government
  • public defense

In preparation:

First, I would embrace the concept that fixing things sometimes comes with great cost. Great effort, great sacrifice, great commitment are required to achieve great results. I think our forefathers achieved great results and we should strive to as well. Its fairly common opinion that this country has great potential and c/should be great.  It is also common opinion that we are currently underachieving.

For years now our country has been behaving in much the same manner as a teenager having a party. At first its a blast, no limits, no supervision, everyone getting along and all is well. Unfortunately, as time passes, things begin to unravel, someone shows up uninvited, someone spills something, a fight breaks out, something gets broken. As the party goes on, you find yourself running in circles just trying to stay ahead of what is rapidly becoming a catastrophe. Eventually the realization sinks in that your parents will find out and there will be hell to pay at some point.

I do not think the price will be cheap or easy. I do not think it is beyond our reach. I do not think we should make our children pay for our mistakes. I think we need to suck it up, tighten our belts and get to work. It is our mess and we should clean it up. There is nothing right or just or fair about avoiding our responsibility. The price may be dear, but it is our price to pay.

If I were King,

Second, bring the military home. It is their job to guard our nation, its borders and the people within them. It is not their job to protect citizens of enemy nations, while Americans are undefended. I would prefer, if a war must be fought, to fight on foreign soil. However, we can not continue to ignore our own borders and security.

If I were King,

Third, non citizens go home or become citizens. (The after-party cleanup can not begin until the guests are gone.) It is a harsh concept in many eyes, I’m certain, but it is necessary. We need to fix things here and we will continue to fail if our energy and resources are not focused HERE on US.  Take note that becoming a citizen includes the following Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

If you want to pitch in and help, fine. Ignoring our laws and abusing our hospitality is not help. We welcome anyone willing to support and embrace our way of life.

[pause]

I’m sure I’ve long since reached the point of ‘too long to read’, it is late early and the man who could be King needs some sleep before he fixes the above list of catastrophes.

more to follow…

Range Day

New Shooters at the range before the safety class

New Shooters after the safety class

I ran the stapler and the targets. DogHouseDan ran the firing line.

The PaperTargetArmy took heavy casualties.

that word

Communism

you keep using that word …I do not think it means what you think it means….

Do you red blooded, American, home grown commies not understand?

Do you realize the first thing that the Communist party will do if it gains power?

They’ll make you all go to work.

morons.

 

department of education department

 

“sir, we don’t need to know the amount, we just need to know how much it is”

“sir the IRS has different definitions about taxable income than we do, here we use our own criteria”

“sir the amount you actually get from them is not the same as the amount they give you.”

 

and before y’all say it … that WAS the supervisor…

 

Sir I can see here in your file where you sent us the documentation last year…

its the same

yes sir so if you could just send us the one for this year

its the same one

right just send it to the address on the form

you already have it right there in front of you .. its the exact same piece of paper

no sir, we need the one for THIS year

its the same one why do i need to send you something you already have?

and around and around we go ….