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  1. When blaming the victim is such a common response (see the ridiculous logic above), the result is that victims are often hesitant to take action immediately. By participating in victim blame, you contribute to this cycle, so you've got that going for you. Bingo!!!!! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  2. I for sure know how to handle/deal with it too.... but question is, should we have to? Should we continue to? All because we can deal with it doesn't make it right and mean we SHOULD deal with it and just allow it to happen. I'm glad she's able to cope, but she shouldn't be in a position to have to cope/get over it. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  3. Forcing yourself on a woman is just something rude/crude to get over. No big deal here! But socialism..... good god!!! Better watch out!!!! You really think that is worse than sexual assault??? I bet you wouldn't say that if the assault was done to your wife, daughter, etc. I've never even come close to being PA in all my years here, and I rarely use language like this...... But people who think like this, you (not directed towards Ron necessarily but towards everybody who keeps responding to this issue like this) can go fuck right off. Sorry, not sorry. How dare you (and others) normalize and/or trivialize sexual assault like that. Women are NOT upset about talking about pussy. I work with almost all men in my profession and I can hang with the best of them using language like that. What I am upset with is the use of it with regards to speaking of FORCED groping of it. He could have said vagina and I'd be just as upset. It's not the words we're upset with, but the actions he was talking about. Just think about that for a second. Would you be fine with your wife's pussy being grabbed forcibly? To have somebody put her up against a wall, slam their tongue down her throat and just grab her pussy without consent or solicitation. Because the guy has power over her and can do whatever he wants. You OK with that?? I mean, it's just simply rude/crude locker room type stuff and she should just get over it, right?? I don't care if you still vote for Trump. That ship has already sailed. But with regards to this ONE issue, please do not twist it. Please do not trivialize or minimize it in your brain to rationalize your support for Trump still. At least be willing to step up and say this is pretty screwed up and it's not right, but I am still voting for him otherwise. If not, you then normalize something that a LOT of women have gone through, probably including your wife and daughters if you have them. It's disgusting. Sorry for the rant. I don't post in here that often anymore, but I couldn't let this one go. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  4. Group Member DZ's sign a pledge that they say they will follow certain standards, but they are rarely (if ever) held to these standards from what I've witnessed. 100% truth here. It's our duty as a community to ensure we're all doing what we can with respect to this though, both as members and at our home dz's if they are group members. But you're right, obviously there is no policing here. But what does self policing get us? We try to follow standards that keep us out of trouble, especially with the FAA. And why is that good for all of us? Because one bad apple can ruin the fun for the rest. I am assuming this TI was at least manufacture rated and/or in the process of putting the paperwork in for a rating he just got. If not, then I think you'd be hard pressed to find a group member dz commonly doing business like this. Why? Because it's not up to standards/regulations and could not only get that dz in trouble, but could get the FAA now putting magnifying glass on the sport all together. So, while things like that aren't actively policed by a USPA rep or employee, I feel like they are actively policed by our community. .... at least I hope Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  5. While I think he could have worded it better, I don't think he was wrong. It's true that USPA dz's are held to certain standards and requirements. So you expect to get that at a USPA affiliated dz. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  6. ::cough:: and having a hot meteorologist wife ::cough:: Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  7. If I had a dollar for every time you said this in the last 6-7 years or so. Coincidentally starting around the same time Obama was starting to run for president. How long is long enough to wait for the shit to hit the fan before really calling your BULLSHIT? Seriously. Another 5 years? 10? FFS! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  8. Like others said, don't rush the belly and back flying. I did and later regretted it a lot and after 15-20 hours of tunnel time, had to go back and spend some time on my belly/back to help with some of the transitions and HD stuff. It really does give you a good base for what you need to build everything else off of and so many people rush through it, myself included! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  9. I actually did the same exact thing on my first chop. When I got back to the field I landed next to my husband and I said, "should I just pull this now or walk in and admit the shame that I didn't pull it and wasn't sure if I had to even though the RSL beat me with a clean reserve?" So, I suffered the shame since it was something I obviously needed to go over and relearn. In the end it all works out though. Good on ya! :) Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  10. Funding can't make up for lack of positive parental involvement, which is the larger issue. Correct! I'm a perfect example of this. I went to the smallest public school in the state of NJ. High percentage of poor students on free lunch program and everything. I want to say our school was probably at least 50% african american. I was poor, went to a small poor school, had the same bum programs that everybody else had, but I had great parental involvement. I had to work twice as hard when I got to college, taking a few levels down of pre reqs for all of my math/physics classes because what I had in middle/high school just did not prepare me for what I was taking for a meteorology degree. Having the parental involvement and good influence there kept my head on straight and put me on the right path to be able to put the work in and get through what I had to at a difficult university in a difficult program. This element is definitely key! Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  11. Let's see: 1. Scotty was a personal friend. 2. Scotty was also my lawyer on some FAA stuff. 3. I am 75 yrs old. 4. I joined PCA in 1964. So who is ignorant? Jerry Baumchen D-1543 Well then you should have recognized what I was saying instead of trying a weak one-upmanship. Ummm... You were saying that Jerry was young and therefore ignorant. Because you seemed to think that the line Scotty used was his own, when anyone who's taken any sort of poetry knew perfectly well it was Dylan Thomas (even me, which is saying something). So you: A - Have no clue who Dylan Thomas is. B - Have no clue who Jerry Baumchen is (How much jump gear have you invented?) And you called him ignorant. Hence the Professor's comment about the irony meter exploding. You all are boarding on ridiculous. First, I have no knowledge of Dylan Thomas. I am ignorant regarding him. Second, this is a skydiving forum and I made reference to a skydiving article authored by a well known sport parachutist. Jerry took a cheap shot. I gave him the benefit of the doubt thinking he was too young to know. Therefore, he had justification for being ignorant about the article. I know you guys just love to bust my balls but this one just ain't getting it. This would probably be a good point in time to give up, admit you were wrong, apologize for naming somebody as ignorant when they called you correctly on it, and go on your merry way. You're getting the ball busting now because you're doing the opposite and digging your heels in even more. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  12. That right there is laughable. Guns are indeed a CONTRIBUTING factor in mass shootings. As far as gun laws, the gun buyback in Australia seems to be working quite well. Total number of homicides down in both number and per capita. Guns used in robberies down per capita. Cost of guns on the black market have skyrocketed, putting them out of reach for many criminals. the root problem is not guns It is a symptom And I do not give a fuck about any other country and besides There are stories out there refuting your links but it really does not matter Not giving a fuck about other countries and examining what they're doing and results they're getting out of it is one of the problems with staunch pro gun people. You should give a fuck. Why not examine other data sets and see what is working in other places and question if it could work for us? That is like 4 Jewish deli shops in a 1 mile radius all having different business models. 3 are successful and 1 is not. You don't think that one shop is not going to stop and think to examine the other business models and question why it's successful and his is not and then maybe apply some changes to his to see if it's as successful as the rest? Of course he will. I highly doubt he's sitting back going, "I don't give a fuck about the other shops. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing because it's obviously working." Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  13. No it won't. At least not any more than right leaning press will be hard on Democratic candidates. Seeing the world with your eyes wide closed again Just not agreeing with you. The Republicans suffer from the same problem as the Canadian Conservatives, just to a larger extent. The centre right has been unable to uncouple themselves from the far right. The left has done a better job of that. The result is that the centre right constantly has to deal with far right candidates making statements which make them totally unelectable. As an outsider looking in, the current crop of Republican candidates is pretty laughable. But then, your political landscape has become so incredibly viscous, why would anybody want to throw their hat in the ring? the right in the US has not moved to the right The left however has been on a constant journey If you do not agree Tell me sir Where has the republican party MOVED to the right? Answer? You can not name one as is has not moved It appears to move because we got guys like Sanders so far left he cant even see the right. You are generalizing and still failing at making your point I don't think he was saying the party has moved to the right, but instead the candidates who are center/right have not done as good job separating themselves from the candidates who are far right. As an independent looking for that center/right candidate, I would have to agree with him. If they can get a candidate to take hold of a spot center/right without any non-sense taking over from the far right, the republicans might have an electable candidate that people, including young independents, will listen to. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  14. I was very much not innner city and very much had one mother and one father in a traditional family unit. I grew up on welfare and free lunch. Poverty does not discriminate when it comes to the family unit. Funny enough, I think if you look up the statistics, it's mostly traditional families that receive government aid. And if memory serves me correctly, aren't they mostly from red states? Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  15. Like others have said, a lot of times it's not personal. I spent a LONG ass time doing mostly solos when I was learning to freefly. I didn't want to be that guy to ask to get on a jump that was over my head and be a drag, so most of the time I didn't even ask. Every now and then somebody took me up out of the goodness of their heart, and that was great, but I wasn't expecting it and didn't think they were an asshole if they hadn't done it. I am not entitled to go up with these people. I knew I needed to put in the time and effort like they did to get to a point where not only could I be there and functionally freeflying with them to make it a really fun jump and not ruin it, but to also be there doing it SAFELY. So, what did I do? I put in the time. This took me years. Like, 5-8 years. I did lots of solos, put in a ton of tunnel time, did camps for my skill level and got some coach jumps. I'm at a place now where I am comfortable, and I jump at a dropzone where the culture is to pay it forward. I am not saying every dropzone is like this, but we have culture of jumping with the upcoming jumpers once we're in a place to do so. People did it for me when I first got out here 5 years ago, and now I do it for others without thinking twice about it. Now, does that mean I am going to go up on every single load with you? No, obviously I need to still be working on pushing my current skill set and having fun jumps with like freeflyers. But, that doesn't make me an asshole for the times I say I can't jump with you. Put the time and effort in and it will eventually come. Maybe not tomorrow, but eventually you will be there. Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
  16. How about we do what other countries are doing who don't have this problem? What are they doing differently that causes the stark incredible difference in violent gun death and incidences? Apologies for the spelling (and grammar).... I got a B.S, not a B.A. :)
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