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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Don't Cherish the 2nd Amendment and Tactical PE - Tactical PE - Good Guy "Shoots Perps Arm Off" In Foiled Robbery

 

  • Author Marc Victor
I was recently asked to write an article which would be of interest to people who cherish the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution says, "…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Few people have more experience talking to others who cherish the 2nd Amendment than me. I am the only attorney who is regularly invited to speak to groups of people in Arizona who attend the huge Crossroads of the West gun shows about their rights and responsibilities as firearms owners. Indeed, I enjoy talking to people who cherish the 2nd Amendment, and I acknowledge, agree and respect the rights of free and responsible adults to acquire, possess and sell whatever weapons they peacefully obtain. I am far more concerned about the government bearing arms than I am about responsible citizens bearing arms.

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However, I often wonder if the people who cherish the 2nd Amendment also cherish freedom. They are not the same concepts. Like everything else in the Constitution, the 2nd Amendment is subject to interpretation. Until the year 2008, it was a subject of much debate whether the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms or a "collective right" to allow the states to organize a national guard. Incidentally, I have no understanding of what a "collective right" is, and I suspect neither would any of the drafters of the Constitution. Although the United States Supreme Court determined an individual right is indeed protected, I wonder if those same 2nd Amendment cherishers would have such warm feelings towards the 2nd Amendment had the Supreme Court sided with the collectivists? Moreover, recent cases have already proven that there is no doubt the lower courts will now march toward restricting such individual right as they have with all other individual rights "protected" by the Constitution.

The 2nd Amendment, as with everything else in the Constitution, is subject to interpretation, limitation, expansion, or virtual nullification by those nine political appointees on the United States Supreme Court. How many of your rights are protected by the Contracts Clause or the Privileges and Immunities Clauses or the 9th Amendment? With a different group of nine political appointees, those could have been important sections of the Constitution in terms of protecting freedom. Of course, the 2nd Amendment could be repealed. I suspect many people would not be inclined to turn their firearms into the government for want of a right to bear arms.

I admit there is no escape from the necessity of interpreting written words. Our language and thoughts are not precise enough for perfect communication. However, we should recognize and admit the 2nd Amendment, as well as the rest of the Constitution, is merely a collection of words written on paper. By themselves, they have no power to do anything at all. The mindset of the people interpreting and enforcing those words is what matters.

I would much prefer to live among liberty minded people without any constitution or written laws whatsoever than big government loving busy bodies who live pursuant to a written constitution which grants them rights to do whatever the government deems appropriate. There is no substitute for liberty minded people, and nothing else whatsoever can preserve liberty; not the words of the 2nd Amendment or the Constitution or the congress or your favorite politician; nothing. Freedom is either respected by your neighbors or it is not. No words can get the job done.

Whether a person cherishes the 2nd Amendment is of little importance to me. I am more interested in knowing what respect, if any, they accord to the rights of others to control their bodies, their money, their property and their time. There are endless arguments, restrictions, interpretations, and outright lies anti-freedom inclined people will advance in attempts to impose their will on others.

As an example, some people, with agendas to ban firearms, argue firearms are responsible for much of the horrible violence in our society. However, as research has shown, a greater number of guns in a community does not equate to more violence. Indeed, the opposite is true as has been pointed out by John R. Lott Jr. in his book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. Nonetheless, as a consequence of the erroneous "firearms cause violence" assertion, many people will support laws from registration and licensing to outright bans on firearms.

Always ignored within the "guns cause violence" crowd, is the reality that anti-freedom government policies, not guns, are the root cause of the violence in question. Government policies which restrict freedom result in black markets where disputes are not settled peacefully in court but rather violently in streets. If a pro-freedom policy was adopted regarding drugs, the horrible drug cartel related violence, which always involves firearms, would be more akin to the peaceful purchase and sale of alcohol. I never hear about the Budweiser guy and the Miller guy breaking into violence in the streets. I suspect they don’t even carry guns. In any event, the gun is not responsible for the violence.

There are undoubtedly bad and violent people in the world who cannot be dissuaded, under any circumstances, from violence involving firearms, knives, bats, fists, whatever. However, nothing creates and nurtures a culture of violence and conflict like anti-freedom government policies.

We will not have peace in our world unless and until people realize freedom is a necessary prerequisite for peace. We should not be surprised trespassing on the rights of others often results in violence. The fact firearms are used to effectuate violence is not evidence firearms are bad. Firearms are neutral. Firearms are mere tools.

Likewise, the 2nd Amendment is neutral. It is also a mere tool. Those words can be used by freedom inclined people to protect liberties. They can also be used by people who seek to restrict liberty, forcefully impose their views on others and cause conflict. Although I cherish freedom, and all the concepts which are necessary to a free and peaceful society, I do not cherish the 2nd Amendment or any other collection of mere words.

Marc J. Victor Managing Attorney Arizona State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law Marc J. Victor is an accomplished attorney who is often invited to speak to audiences across Arizona.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

How To Boost Brainpower By Combining The MIND Diet With Exercise

 

  • Author Alex Belsey
If you are reading this article, it might be because you have noticed changes in your own cognitive health, or the cognition of a loved one who you want to support.

Cognitive decline can be caused by a number of biological, social and environmental factors, such as mental health conditions such as depression, MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) or dementia, drug and alcohol abuse, smoking status, and biological and genetic factors including learning disabilities and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

Signs Of Cognitive Decline

If you have noticed a difference in your own or a loved one’s cognitive health of late, you might have observed:

• Forgetfulness, such as forgetting appointments or dates, recent events, and conversations

• Feeling overwhelmed and/or helpless when making decisions

• Difficulty understanding directions or following conversations

• Reduced attention span

• Disorientation, including forgetting places and directions

• Disorganisation

• Impulsive behaviours

• Mood swings or differences in mood, including anxiety, irritability, and depression

• Hallucinations and psychotic features

The Role Of Diet And Exercise

Keeping a balanced diet and a regular exercise regime may help to reduce the risk of dementia by lowering the risk of associated high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.

Exercise increases the flow of blood to the brain, which helps to keep the brain functioning at optimal levels and reduces damage to brain cells. Exercise also releases chemicals which help to make the brain more resilient to routine wear and tear. In fact, evidence released by alzheimers.org.uk suggests that keeping a regular exercise regime may reduce the risk of dementia by 30%.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps to keep your brain functioning at optimal levels and reduces inflammatory markers, which may play a role in cognitive decline.

The MIND Diet: How Does It Help?

There are two diets that are particularly efficient in preventing cognitive decline: the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet.

The Mediterranean diet is high in lean protein, unsaturated fats, fish, and fruits and vegetables, and wholegrain foods, and low in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sugary foods.

The DASH diet, standing for Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension, focuses on reducing symptoms of high blood pressure (hypertension), and contains foods which are high in magnesium, calcium and potassium, and restricts foods that have high levels of sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.

The MIND Diet combines both these diets to achieve a balanced diet that is high in essential nutrients and fats, while reducing levels of fat, refined sugar, and sodium. The MIND diet also contains high levels of foods that have been found to boost cognitive health and brain function, including:

• Leafy greens, which are high in nutrients linked to better brain health, including folate, Vitamin E, flavonoids, and carotenoids. The diet recommends at least 6 servings of leafy greens weekly.

• Nuts full of fat-soluble Vitamin E, which is essential for brain health and resilience. Snack on a handful of nuts a few times a week instead of empty-calorie foods like crisps or sweets.

• Berries should be eaten twice a week on the MIND Diet. In a 20-year study on 16,000 older adults, those who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had the lowest rates of cognitive decline. Authors credited this difference to the flavonoids found in the berries, but more research is required in this area.

• Oily fish has been proven to have a positive impact on brain health and cognition. This benefit has been speculatively attributed to Omegas 3 and 6, however studies specifically on Omega nutrients have been inconclusive. It’s has been suggested that this benefit may be due to the oils and nutrients in the fish itself. The MIND diet therefore recommends oily fish at least once a week.

• Beans are high in B Vitamins, which are known for their role in promoting brain health. Participants should limit their red meat consumption and increase their levels of low carbohydrate plant-based foods.

• Wholegrains, 3 or more per day

• Poultry, 2 or more servings weekly

• Wine (optional), one glass per day

Why The MIND Diet Works

Researchers suggest that one of the ways that the MIND Diet works is by reducing levels of harmful beta-amyloid proteins, which are increased by high levels of saturated fats and trans fats.

While beta-amyloids are naturally found in the body, eating too many saturated and trans fats may cause them to build up, forming ‘plaques’ that interrupt brain cell communication and lead to cell death.

High levels of vitamins and antioxidants, however, may help to prevent these plaques from building up in the first place, so the MIND diet focuses on nutrient rich, low sugar and low-fat foods.

Antioxidants also help to prevent oxidative stress and inflammation, which are two other known contributors to the development of cognitive impairments. Following the Mediterranean Diet and DASH diet is associated with lower levels of oxidative stress, so this is also likely to be the case for the MIND Diet.

In conclusion, the MIND Diet is an evidence-based approach which builds on our current understanding of how our food affects our cognitive health.

Using principles from both the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH diet means that it has all the nutritional value of a healthy balanced diet, while avoiding the high levels of saturated fats, sugars, and sodium which may cause oxidative stress and beta-amyloid brain plaques.

Be aware however, that adding light exercise to this regime is essential to getting the full benefit out of the MIND Diet.

Article by New Frontiers Marketing for CaterQuip (https://www.caterquip.co.uk/) and Karen Hutchison First Aid Training (https://www.khfirstaidtraining.co.uk/)

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Today's Devotional: No Shame In The Gospel Of Christ

 From CDM

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16, 17).

There’s no other gospel than the Gospel of Christ. Our righteousness isn’t revealed from good deed to good deed, but from faith to faith.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

HItchFit: Bikini Pageant Competitor Gets in Shape for 40

 


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Bikini Pageant Competitor Gets in Shape for 40. And raises mental health awareness at the same time! Today’s transformation is the incredible Natalie!

Her goal was to get in great shape for 40, and she wanted a big goal. She chose to enter her first beauty pageant and get in her best shape with a Hitch Fit Bikini Plan! One of the greatest victories in this story, is not only did Natalie take home 3rd place at her first competition, she also used this platform to raise awareness about Mental Illness. She raised over $20,000 for Victoria’s Voice and the Junior Welfare Society. THAT is amazing!


Congratulations Natalie!

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Natalie’s Story and Hitch Fit Review:

“As my 40th Birthday was approaching, I decided I wanted to challenge myself by entering my first beauty pageant!

As a former NFL cheerleader and a dance fitness instructor, I am no stranger to bikini workouts and meal plans.

But, I knew strutting down a runway in 6 inch heels and a bikini would require next level training!

I’ve known Micah since high school, so I knew right away that I wanted to work with Diana and Hitch Fit.

What I love most about Micah and Diana is that they truly “practice what they preach” in terms of living a clean and healthy lifestyle. I was motivated by my weekly check-ins with Diana and inspired by their personal commitments to be the best versions of themselves, as I shared the same goal!

It’s important for me to share that I pursued pageantry as an opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness.

4 years ago I was diagnosed with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder.

PMDD is a hormonal disorder but classified as a mental illness producing symptoms such as depression, suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.

Over the last few years, I have worked hard to change my lifestyle, clean up my diet and incorporate exercise in order to heal naturally.

Occasionally, I still experience PMDD symptoms, BUT, during my 12 weeks with Hitch Fit, I experienced ZERO symptoms!

My hope is to inspire others who are struggling with their mental health to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes so that they can heal themselves as I have.”

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

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US Sports Training Camp: Soccer How to be A Great Soccer Coach

 

  • By Damilare Ilyiade
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    The success of a coach always draws the attention of the spectators far and wide, and everyone wants to know what a successful coach is doing to be successful especially when coaching has to do with handling about 23 different players who grew up in different geographical locations and with different characters. Soccer coaching, without any doubt, is a tough job, and to achieve success, you must have a lot of love for the game.

    Coaching is much more than putting together a starting lineup or conducting training sessions. If there is any job that takes all of you, it is the soccer coaching job. A lot of coaches thriving don’t see coaching as a job, and that’s one of their reasons for success. They often see it as their life. Pep Guardiola, who is one of the greatest football (soccer) coaches, once said this “Players think about themselves while the coach thinks about them even when he is not with them.” And that’s the nature of the job of a soccer coach. You study opponents a lot, and you think about tactics; you think about the effective way of using each player, you think on how to make every player happy to ensure unity within the group, which is pertinent for success. The coach always has a lot to think about, and any lag in the job of a coach means the opponents are preparing better, which is what top coaches don’t want to see happen.

    So, whether it is a recreational soccer team for young children or a World Cup champion national team, one person that you cannot do without is the coach and to become a good soccer coach, there are a lot of things that must be put in place. One of them is your knowledge of the game. Being a soccer coach is very demanding, and it takes a lot of preparation in studying and practicing.

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    Many may assume that a great player could be a great coach, but many great players have failed on the coaching platform. So being a great player helps you understand some things when you become a coach, but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be a great coach. There is more to being a great coach; you must tick a lot of essential boxes.

    And the most important question is this, what makes a great coach?

    You must have heard several coaches being praised for how they’ve helped their players improve, how they’ve made their team play brand new football. What qualities do these coaches have? What makes them so “great”?

    Claudio Ranieri on winning the Premier League: “There are so many keys to this. Humility, the strength of the dressing room, they help each other at important moments, they play with the heart, the soul, they play 11. There was a good blend. And all these are not things you achieve overnight.

    Here are some points you should look at on how to be a good soccer coach;

    1. Be Professional

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    Professionalism is the embodiment of what a coach should be. The competence of a coach must be seen by all and the coach must be able to transmit professionalism that he embodies to the players and the other staff he is working with. Part of professionalism is punctuality, the coach must always arrive early at training and in games, even before the players, this way you’ll get to set up the training sessions without wasting time.

    Part of being professional as a coach is an act of taking further steps to improve your education, take time to evaluate yourself and your work ethics and be sure it’s what your team needs. Always make your players see the need to improve continuously, a coach cannot afford to leave a training ground satisfied, no matter how hard the lads have worked. Keep encouraging the lads, keep pushing them, they need that push to be the best version of themselves. Adequate preparation and Continuous education is what makes a great coach.

     

    2. Be a Good Teacher

    One important job of the coach is to teach the players how to be more effective. 

    The coach must be able to access each player’s strengths and weaknesses, and he must take it upon himself as a duty to explain basics like passing, dribbling, shooting, and tackling to the players.

    The coach must ensure that his team keeps learning and improving their skills daily. As a coach, always remember to give clear and correct instructions during the training sessions. You can’t coach the soccer players who don’t have any knowledge about the do’s and don’ts in soccer. In teaching soccer skills, remember “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so demonstrating the drills can be so much better than oral instructions.

    3. Be Friendly but also know when to be stern and demanding

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    The first thing that every coach must learn to establish is a great relationship with his players. Being friendly with the players helps you a lot in understanding their personality and how to get the best out of every one of them. This way, you could analyze their varied emotional and mental characteristics and develop strategies that could motivate them more accordingly. But remember you can get personal but stay professional. Friendliness is a means to an end, not an end in itself. When you are friends with someone, you won’t like to disappoint them, and that’s how you should make the players see it so they can always give their best always even though you’re their friend. Don’t go to the level where you become so friendly that you forget to be a demanding coach. Your friendliness should be a means to get top quality performances from your players. Don’t fake the friendliness so that you can get what you want, be sincere, and enjoy being with your players.

    4. Always listen to your players

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    Most coaches ever forget that they are humans also, and they often go to the level where they put every responsibility upon themselves. That will not only be draining, but it will shut your players out from you, and even if everyone knows you are making a mistake, they won’t say a word to you. Being the coach doesn’t mean you must always do the talking, listen more, and you’ll find more solutions. For the team’s development, ask your player’s view after every game. As the soccer coach, you must be a good listener because every person has his own brilliant ideas to share. Always encourage your players to speak out and take what they say into consideration. Make notes if necessary, and include some recommendations in your soccer session plan.

    5. Good Communicator

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    As a soccer coach, communication is very important. You must recognize the players’ performances and achievements; you must always be there to encourage them to do better and tell them to put more efforts when they aren’t doing so well. Commend them after every game. You must also be careful of words to use because a coach, your words are powerful, and it can have a massive impact on the players and the team in general.  Communication also includes your body language. Don’t be negative with your body language during training and matches. Even when things aren’t going so well, the players often look to the body language of the coach, always be positive.

      

    6. Development

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    A coach must always pay close attention to the player’s development. Each soccer player’s development is essential. As their coach and role model, you must teach them not only soccer basic skills, but also social skills like discipline, patience, determination, and teamwork. Always put as one of your goals the development of the team players.

     

    7. Team Motivator

    The coach must always be the motivator, and he must transmit positive energy always.  As a coach, you must develop activities in the training session that will help motivate each player to do better every game. Don’t forget to remind them their goals and missions on why they wanted to play soccer and create a winning team. Words of encouragement and ways for development are very useful. Understand every player and motivate them to do better even when they are doing well.

     

    8. Ensure to be Adequately Prepared

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    The soccer coaching job is very demanding, to enjoy the process and to avoid getting exhausted quickly, you must ensure adequate preparation. Don’t forget the perfect 5 P’s of preparation. Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance

     

    9. Be the perfect example for your players

    Being an ideal example to your players works like magic. Every team needs a soccer coach that is a good role model. Players need to look up to someone they think is worth emulating. Examine yourself and ensure you are that person. Live by the standards you require from your players.

    10. lastly, provide a perfect environment for everyone in the team

    The coach must always ensure to understand the atmosphere around the players at all times. Sometimes all that is needed for a great performance is a good atmosphere. Bonding is key to success, organize picnics to ensure proper bonding between everyone in the team. Don’t show favoritism to some while you sidetrack others. Let everyone in the team feel like a member even if they don’t make the first eleven selection.

     

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    Nevertheless, you will need to showcase your strategic ability through tactical awareness. To learn more about this side of soccer coaching, Coach Kartashov's course: Become a Professional Soccer Coach is a wonderful course on the tactical side.

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    Today's Daily Devotional: Wisdom's House

    From CDM 

    “Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns” (Proverbs 9:1, NLT).

    We can build our lives on worldly philosophy or on God’s Word. It’s foolish to build on anything other than His Word.

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    US Sports Training Camp Baseball: Throwing Strikes and Playing Good Defense Equals Wins

     

    Throwing Strikes and Playing Good Defense Equals Wins

    • By Jose Ortiz
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    Winning consistently in youth sports, particularly in baseball, is more about learning how not to lose, as opposed to learning how to win. Sure, you can focus on hitting line drives, stealing bases, effective bunting or any number of other things, but more often than not, wins and losses will come down to throwing strikes and playing good defense.

    At all levels of baseball – even college and professional – far more games are lost than are won.

    This means that teams usually do more to cause their own losses than the opposition does to win them.

    Throwing Strikes

    It seems simple enough, but so many pitchers and coaches focus more on improving velocity than improving location. What good is an 80 MPH fastball that’s always out of the strike zone? You’re better off throwing 40 MPH and consistently locating for strikes.

    Before worrying about how fast a player throws or how much hook his curveball has, worry about them getting complete command of the strike zone. This means a pitcher can locate his pitch anywhere within the four quadrants of the strike zone at any time. For younger-level pitchers, this requires that they dial back the velocity a bit. Pitchers are better off focusing on command with a moderate fastball than trying to throw the heat.

    Your average youth and high school baseball lineup isn’t stacked with sluggers who can make you pay dearly for leaving a meatball over the plate. In most situations, the worst that will happen is a base hit.

    But the nature of baseball (.300 hitter is Hall of Fame material) dictates that even the slowest pitch will generally result in an out. When pitchers realize this and learn to trust their defense, they will find they have a lot more success, without the need for a blazing fastball or deceptive curve.

    Remember that pitches off the plate lead to walks, which almost always come around to score. Make players earn their way on base by consistently throwing strikes.

    Play Good Defense

    One of the worst things you can do in baseball is give a team extra outs through bad defense. Each team is supposed to have three outs per inning – when defensive errors are made, the team is essentially given an extra out to put more runs on the board. It doesn’t take a baseball genius to realize that this eventually leads to crooked numbers on the board against you.

    A defensive error not only gives the other team an extra life, it also demoralizes the pitcher and everyone else on the defense. You were about to get out of an inning and get back in the dugout to bat when a routine grounder rolled through the shortstop’s legs. Now, you have to work to get another out, naturally leading to a mental let down. It also invigorates the other team, which now has another chance to do some damage.

    Conversely, a great defensive play excites your team and your pitcher. You were about to give up a run or an extra base hit until the centerfielder made a diving catch to get you out of the inning. Now, instead of having runners on base, you’re back in the dugout getting ready to put some runs on the board. On the other hand, robbing a team of surefire runs is a great way to kill the opposition’s spirit.

    At worst, you want to have a baseball team that makes all of the routine plays and some of the great ones. Watch Coach Bob Morgan go over some of his favorite infield drills to improve defense.

    Source: Infield Play: Drills & Techniques For Infielders

    Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Wins

    In all sports, mistakes are killers. Whether it’s turnovers in football or basketball, faults in tennis or errors and walks in baseball – the more chances you give another team to beat you, the more likely they will take advantage.


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