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Everything posted by Burgold

  1. America goes through phases of welcome and anxiety when it comes to the issue of immigration. Some groups seem to be welcome with open arms as Cubans were or people from Eastern Europe during the Cold War, but most groups Irish, Italian, Chinese, Latino, Jewish, Muslim etc. face varying degrees of hostility. Most seem to acculturate and/or the culture adapts to fit them within its weave. Today, we seem to be in a period of anxiety. After a prolonged recession, there was already talk in some corners about building the Great Wall of America. Now, with the Syrian refugee crisis we are seeing resistance both because of religion and a fear of terrorist extremism. The question is not only what we should do and where we should stand, but what type of nation do we want to be. Are we the nation that turned away boats full of Jews fleeing the Holocaust or are we the nation that embraces those struggling and fleeing harm and despotism. It's of course not a simple question there are economic, safety, and other factors that need to be weighed and measured. At it's heart though is the question. What is America and are we the America we want to be?
  2. I'm pretty darn liberal and very much pro gun control, but (without reading the article) this seems exactly the right purpose for a firearm. They protected their house and family. The family did not know what degree of threat the invaders posed. Was their purpose theft, rape, murder? I hate that there is a loss of life, but I can't really fault the person defending their home/family. Now, if someone can dredge up some facts from the case that I don't know about (again, very possible since I haven't read the article) I can be convinced to look at it otherwise, but for the moment it's hard for me to fault a homeowner who responded to invaders especially ones brandishing a deadly a weapon... and yes, a knife is a deadly weapon.
  3. Some of you may be setting yourselves up for a fall, but that's the fun of sports. A team that allows you to daydream, go nuts, and be a bit unrealistic. Curious to see what happens with this team.
  4. This really isn't a situation where both sides are equal. There's really pretty much only one side to hate here if there is fire in addition to all this smoke. Both sides do not work with Russia or any other foreign power to undermine or worse a US election. Only one has done that and does everything in its power to obstruct justice in the matter.
  5. I wouldn't take the "Dan hates trading down" thing to the bank. Remember the Ramsey draft and the 3 receivers in the 2nd round draft? They traded down, up, and stayed put during the Snyder/Cerrato years. History doesn't suggest there are any hard and fast rules.
  6. Are they beyond the pal because to be a part of their America you must be beyond pale?
  7. Depends what you mean? Normally it it would by hyperbolic and madness to suggest a President collided with Russia. Today, that statement is one that has a basis in reason. So so many normally crazy things are not only possible, but probable.
  8. We are near the point where language often considered hyperbolic is actually understatement.
  9. I hope you are right. I lost some faith when W was reelected. I lost a lot more faith in the electorate when Trump was elected. In a weird way, I'd feel better if Trump and Moscow actually hacked and rigged the vote. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if they did. Trump has cheated at practically everything else he has put his hands on, but as far as I know right now America has proven itself with this vote.
  10. Four years. Very likely 8. Congress is in cahoots and a near majority of the American people have proven themselves that dumb.
  11. The thing about this White House is they don't even try to create a credible version of events or to spin the facts. They tell lies a preschooler would see through.
  12. Been running like a fiend for the last few weeks. About 90 minutes three or four times a week. It's on an elyptical machine so it doesn't count as much. If we believe it I'm burning about 1k calories per session. Lost 5 to 10, but also gaining muscle.
  13. There are rulings he's been a part of which are questionable. Hobby Lobby is a big one to me that crossed the rights line and provided greater rights to the corporation than an individual, but yeah, he most likely will and even probably should be confirmed. That said, Trump's stink alone should be enough for us to question and possibly disqualify any candidate.
  14. He seems a legitimate candidate. He'll probably be another Scalia, but do we trust Trump's judgment? Do we trust Trump's motives? So many of the people Trump has chosen have already proved to be dirty or incompetent. You really want to make a mistake when it comes to SCOTUS. Besides, what we really should be asking is whether we want Moscow's choice for Supreme Court Justice ruling on our liberties and having a life term on the court?
  15. I do wonder if he has deep regrets. He played the role of a good Republican soldier and damned his reputation for this?
  16. On top of that do we really want Moscow picking our next SCOTUS Justice?
  17. The response to this may well inform us how far the stink goes. If it's just Trump then it's not all that hard and not all that bad, but you start to get a feeling that it's not only Trump and much of his Administration, but many members of Congress who've been bought. I mean this can't simply all be about Party loyalty, right? If it were and you have an erratic madman leading your country for whom (even Russia aside) you have ample evidence of corruption, criminal activity, and conflict of interest then you could give him the boot and install Pence which would satisfy justice and keep the Republicans in power. Then again, the easiest and most common political maneuver is to create a Fall guy and if they were all complicit then they might jump at that. Whatever is going on, this is not normal and it's pretty clear that the Republican Party does not serve the interests of the United States... not in their budget, not in their agenda, and not in their actions so far.
  18. This is a nice re-signing. Ty did very well when called into duty.
  19. I wonder if she's the Republican version of Hillary during Bill's Presidency. Will we see Ivanka-Care? Certainly couldn't be any worse than Trump Care, Ryan Care or GOP Care... or could it?
  20. I'd put it at 90%. Chance Trump or Bannon wrote it and submitted it to infowars? 95%
  21. If they do I wonder who's left standing. I suspect many, many people were in the know.
  22. What I heard from the hearing was that there were definitive evidence that Russia hacked the DNC, fed Wikileaks, and acted in every way they could to support Trump. What I heard in reference to Trump and Russia direct collusion was mostly "No comment."
  23. Are they dupes or accomplices. I think it's more of the latter.