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Posted by Bill Herndon on Apr 1st 2017
Is that my REAL driver’s license? Yes, it just came in the mail. The pasta strainer is me exercising my “religious exemption to wear head covering” as a Pastafarian (aka “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”).
Do I wear this when I’m driving? Only when I want to embarrass my wife (and yes, #MyWifeIsASaint for putting up with me).
Is this a “joke”? No, while there are people that certainly see it as a jovial expression of rights, it’s not specifically meant as a joke. I’m actually very proud to live in a country where I could do this.
The United States Constitution recognizes a number of rights. One of those (1st Amendment) guarantees the US Government isn’t going to take sides in deciding which religions are “real” and which ones are “silly”. I’m sure we could all come up with a list of “religions” that fall into one or the other category, and certainly everyone’s list would be different. But myself and a lot of other people think that’s not the job for any government.
Sadly there are places in the world that you could be jailed or killed for not believing in the right “version” of a particular god.
A lot of people have made sacrifices to be sure that we here in the United States have a government that respects many of our rights. I’m guessing none of them had this exact thing in mind, but it is a very palpable example that we still have these rights.
Please take a moment and reflect on what we have. Don’t take your rights for granted. Vote and ESPECIALLY make yourself heard to your representatives. Don’t let the lobbyists and special interests be the only ones they hear from.
Remind them they have a direct hand in a safe future for you and your children and you’re holding them accountable.
Not every body weight exercise is automatically good for you. A nice video here showing you the ones that you SHOULD NOT be doing! Some pretty obvious like V-ups or jumping on concrete, but a nice reminder for us all that you have to watch what you're doing or you spend more time in "recovery from [...]
The evolution of martial arts is a vast topic that can't be fully explained in one simple blog post. You can, however, get the general idea by learning the difference between Bujutsu and Budo. Many of you might practice one of the nine Budo martial arts: Judo, Kendo, Jukendo, Kyudo, Sumo, Karatedo, Kenpo, Aikido or [...]
Here's a great list of 10 "Fitness Laws" that you should pay attention to - regardless of your workout style! Worth a click just to scroll through and give yourself a few reminders of stuff "...I know I should be doing."
Who were the ninjas? Did they really exist? You might think it's a silly question to ask, but some people actually believe they're just a myth. And in some ways it's true. But don't get too upset or confused! The ninjas did very much exist and they were actually [...]
Just like the outlaws of the Wild West, the ninjas of feudal Japan have become highly romanticized in today's culture and are now popular characters in movies, books and games. In many film portrayals, the ninja is meant to never be seen by enemies until they make themselves known, and is [...]
If you're new to MMA or any martial art, it can be difficult to know where or how to start. Follow these five beginner tips as you get started so you can feel more confident about your MMA training: 1. Find the right gym As a beginner, it's very important that you feel comfortable in your training [...]
Rash guards have become increasingly popular for martial arts usage. Here are some of the more obvious reasons you're going to want to wear one.Most rash guards wick sweat The wicking of sweat benefits both you and your training partner. Instead of the sweat simply dripping down onto the mat or your partner, it gets wicked [...]
Finding a martial arts school is easy. In any major town, you can probably find a school every few blocks. The issue is finding a school that teaches quality martial arts.Price and Credentials Obviously, prices can vary greatly depending on the style and the teacher's credentials. Unless a particular instructor is very famous, it is usually [...]
Israel's national martial art, Krav Maga, is taught worldwide to various sorts of people, including militaries, various police forces, and normal civilians.Examining the roots of Krav Maga Krav Maga was founded by Imre "Imi" Lichtenfield. Previously trained as a boxer and wrestler, he grouped up with other Jewish martial artists in order to fend off his [...]