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Eric
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I am a high school U.S. history, world history, geography, economics, government teacher. I also facilitate ancient history, art history, and world history online classes. I teach at a county public alternative school for students who violate zero tolerance polices or have continual behavior issues. I started teaching in 2010 after serving in the military for 21 years.

I received my B.A. in history/education in 2010, focusing on early American history. I am a member of the following organizations:

- Phi Kappa Phi (oldest national honor society for all academic disciplines)
- Phi Alpha Theta (national honor society for history students)
- National Forensic League (speech and debate honor society)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

I am also a retired disabled Army veteran (1985 - 2006). I am a Southwest Asia veteran. I am also a former German & Arabic linguist.
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"Sic Parvis Magna" ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)

"De gustibus non est disputandum" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
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willcraft Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Could I ask a favour of you?

You are versed in the realities of war, was I correct in what I said here comments.deviantart.com/1/5328… ?

I failed to convince the person with whom I was discussing the matter, so I think I may have made an unreasonable assumption, but I'm not sure where.
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ebturner Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry. I saw this yesterday and forgot to respond. My laptop is on/off again. 

Honestly, I didn't understand it really. It's very impressive though. 
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willcraft Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ah the delights of temperamental technology. Thanks anyway.
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boshthehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Thanks for the fave!
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ebturner Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Most welcome!
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willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just wanted to say, bless you for that post on the chemical weapons, it provided me with a useful citation here: comments.deviantart.com/1/5150…

It's great that you are helping to bring such facts to the attention of people like myself, who might otherwise have remained ignorant of them.
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ebturner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Are you referring to that NYT article regarding chemical weapons? If so, you are most welcome. Glad I could be of some assistance. Particularly since I am not as eloquent or as sharp as your comments.
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willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest, I am not as eloquent as my comments make me seem. An on-line thesaurus and a spell-checking browser make my capacity to weave words appear unusually potent. The trick is not to say the same thing In the same way to frequently, rather, I force myself to vary the expressions I use. In the linked comment I tried to avoid repeating myself, even though similar phrases were needed: "Baathist regime" and "high throne" of "Saddam Hussein", for example have the same meaning in that context, but I appear more graceful of speech by diversifying the terms.

I tend to lean towards the loquacious when commenting, so I need to do this, otherwise people would lose interest halfway through. 
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ebturner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm very familiar with using a spell-checker and an on-line thesaurus. They were quite needed in college writing so many history papers. But there still takes a certain amount of skill to do what you do. Don't minimize what you're doing. As far as your "loquaciousness" goes, I would argue that it is not just your way with words that keep people reading, but also your ability to avoid ad hominem attacks that are too frequent on DA. Courtesy goes a long way and too many here do not engage in it. My mother always said, "You attract more flies with honey, than you do with vinegar." So true, so true.
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willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. jollyjack.deviantart.com mentioned something about the war in Mesopotamia, and I sought to dispel some of the falsehoods surrounding that period of history. 
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