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To: pabianice

Yes, and recalling my own past, we sometimes lost it and started beating each other up. But then at the end of the day we apologized and made up.

As far as I was concerned, I only had so many good friends, and I didn’t want to lose them.

One part of controlling your temper is to lose it every so often, and then pay the penalty—and learn to control it better.


2 posted on 12/17/2012 9:20:36 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Interesting.

The thought of installing electrodes in the video game controllers makes me LOL!

7 posted on 12/17/2012 9:25:21 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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I don’t buy the video game argument. I’m a “gamer” and play such PC games as Battlefield 3, Medal of Honor, Borderlands, Duke Nukem, Assassin’s Creed, etc. I also play strategy games such as StarCraft, Tropico, Red Alert, etc. And finally, I play MMOs such as World of Warcraft, EVE Online, etc.

I’ve been a gamer for decades. I played Atari and Nintendo when they came out in the 80s. I’ve played D&D. I played cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, Americans and Russians when I was growing up. I’ve played with cap guns, water guns, slingshots, and paintball guns.

I also grew up in a single-parent home, but I was raised in the church. I was raised by a morally upright mother who regularly punished me and expected As and Bs in school. I wasn’t given anything for good grades, they were expected. Going to church on Saturday night/Sunday morning wasn’t debatable. Going to catechism class wasn’t debatable. Going to school wasn’t debatable.

These days, kids are left unsupervised in front of trash televisions with hundreds of channels, most of them peddling dreck. Kids are left unsupervised with wide-open wireless network connections and laptops or tablets to use as they see fit. Kids are left without parents, without God, without a moral or ethical compass. They are left to socialist public schools preaching reliance on government and not once given the opportunity to excel on their own. If they do so, they are smacked down and told that it’s not “fair” to the rest of the students.

When I was in 3rd grade, my mother was told that I was reading at a 6th grade level. My teachers asked if it was okay for me to be taught after school for advanced reading and composition. By the time I was in high school, I’d read Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Twain, Emerson, etc. It wasn’t considered “unfair.” As a matter of fact, my teachers were overjoyed by my interest in learning. They’d say they wished other students took education so seriously. Now, teachers are forced to teach to a federal curriculum that bores many students, because they teach to a lowest common denominator. They don’t challenge the dumb, they dumb down the intelligent.

That’s where I see this all went wrong. This “hyper-intelligent” kid wasn’t challenged. His idle mind was able to run free with delusions of grandeur. Instead of being challenged intellectually, he decided to challenge authority with force and died in the process.

In the case of Newtown, I blame the kids teachers. I blame the system. I blame a lack of morality. I blame a lack of God in the public square. Everything the liberals and progressives have pushed for the last 100 years has destroyed the moral, ethical, intellectual, and emotional fiber of this nation. Unfortunately, it would likely take twice as long to rebuild it.


11 posted on 12/17/2012 9:35:55 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Cicero
When I was a kid, we spent most of the summer (and much of the late spring and early fall) playing baseball without adult supervision. Since I grew up in the far north, some of these games lasted until nearly 11 p.m. when it finally got too dark to continue.

We seldom, if ever, had enough kids to play nine on a team. So the catcher was almost always furnished by the batting team and he doubled as the umpire to call balls and strikes.

It worked pretty well because if he wasn't fair about it, we'd get our revenge the next inning.

I usually got to play the coveted position of pitcher. Not because I was necessarily better than the other kids, but because I had the sense to buy two or three baseballs when the local hardware store was marking prices down in November. If you owned the ball, you were the pitcher. However, if you were having a bad day, you'd cede the position to another boy and take your spot in the field.

I'm certain we got more at bats in an average day than a kid in modern adult supervised youth baseball gets in a whole season, including practices.

17 posted on 12/17/2012 9:48:32 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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