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Area of an Ellipse Calculator
It's easy to calculate the area of an ellipse because it's similar to calculating the area of a circle ecept instead of Pi times the radius squared, its Pi times the long axis times the short axis. More ...

Code For a Basic 2-Column Fluid Webpage Layout
In this article, I provide simple code for a 2-column webpage that does not use a table, but does use some of the latest HTML5 semantic elements. One nice thing about this design, besides the fact that it uses minimal html code, is that it creates a fluid layout. More ...

How SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Works
SSL is a security protocol standard that encrypts communication between a web browser and a web server. Any organization that uses their website to transmit, receive, store, or display confidential or sensitive information such as passwords, credit card or bank account numbers, social security numbers, and so on, needs to use an SSL Connection. More ...

Regular Expressions Intervals
Regular expression intervals tell us about the number of occurrences of a character in a string. Curly braces are used to define a precise count of how many occurrences you are checking for. More ...

Inkscape Exercise: Draw Photorealistic Sphere
Although Inkscape is a 2D drawing application, it is quite capable of drawing photorealistic 3D images. To demonstrate this capability, in this article I show you, step-by-step how to draw a photorealistic sphere. More ...

Windows 10 Shortcut to Turn Laptop Camera On or Off
To prevent hackers from sneaking a look at you, turn your laptop camera off. This article shows you how to place a shortcut on your desktop that you can use to quickly turn your laptop camera on or off. More ...

Digital Logic Transfer Characteristics
In the real world, gates don't transfer logic levels instantaneously. The time it takes for electrons and holes to move through the semiconductor material (called propagation delay) in CMOS are less than 100 ps (pico seconds), but there are other delays caused by resistance, capacitance, and inductance. More ...

WebSQL is an API built-in to Google's Chrome web browser that allows you to use JavaScript to create and manage SQL databases. It's mind-boggling to me that you can create and manage an SQL database with nothing more than your web browser. More ...

Inkscape Text Kerning
Although Inkscape might be considered a vector drawing application, it is also a powerful typographical design program. Actually Text Kerning is not a good title for this article because in it I will cover all the different typographical adjustments you can make in Inkscape. More ...

In this article you learn how to create a database using only a basic text editor along with any web browser. You won't believe how simple and powerful this method is. The database we design will have powerful features. More ...

Basic Inkscape Text
This article just touches on the basics of using text in Inkscape. Through the use of gradients, filters, and textured fills, what you can do with text in Inkscape is just about unlimited. More ...

Easy CSS 3D Text Effect
You can give high-visibility to specific text on your webpage by giving it a 3d effect. Using the CSS text-shadow property You can easily turn your text to 3D. More ...

Fiber optic cable can be damaged by placing too much tension on the cable or bending the cable excessively during installation. Excessive bending or too much pulling force can permanently damage the fiber by causing micro cracks. More ...

SVG Basic Shapes Tutorials
This is an introduction to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and tutorials with examples on how to use simple code to draw basic shapes. More ...

The Truth About the Second Amendment

In 1775 many Americans were members of clubs called "militia" that met a couple times a year for training. These militia men carried their own firearms and made their own bullets because the states and Congress didn't have the revenue to pay for them.

That's why in 1789 when Congress added the bill of rights to the constitution it included the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Unless you believe that the Founders' knowledge of grammar and sentence structure was suspect (and what right-thinking person would think that?), the Second amendment, though it does employ a peculiar and sometimes awkward construction called an "absolute," is actually a very straightforward call for the establishment of an armed militia when necessary. It has nothing to do with individual gun "rights" except in that context.

Second Amendment does not guarantee gun rights

Why did Congress not address the rights of individuals to own guns? Because in 1787 when the Bill of Rights was written, most Americans were farmers living in wilderness areas with bears, mountain lions, Wolves, and unfriendly Indians. No one would think to question an individuals right to own a gun. Even today, in states like Alaska, it would be unwise to travel in wilderness areas without a gun.

I am a Vietnam War veteran with with a ribbon for marksmanship with the M16 riffle.