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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       
Burgold

Anthony Kennedy announces intention to retire from SCOTUS

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Putting another far right ideologue could irreparably damage the United States of America. We already are seeing the fruits of a think tank level partisan Supreme Court. The likelihood of the Democrats retaking the Senate is quite small and so we could see a completely unchecked Trump. This is really, really bad.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/special-report-supreme-court-justice-anthony-kennedy-announces-retirement/

 

 

 

 

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As bad news as this is, and it's potentially devastating to this country, Kennedy had already drifted far from his swing vote ways of late.    Hard to believe that the SC voted in favor of Gay Marriage with basically the same people (exchanging Scalia and Gorsuch) a few years back.

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Just now, Cooked Crack said:

None of that no voting during an election year nonsense

 

Dems need to throw what weight they have around on this one. 

 

2 minutes ago, Zguy28 said:

OMG THE END IS NEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bye:

 

/hyperbole

 

I know its going to get a bit silly with the reactions. But your post here makes me think you dont understand exactly what is on the line for us. 

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Let's not forget that Ginsburg is definitely in her waning years.  We'll be lucky if she holds out for Trump's entire first term.  I don't think she lasts through 2020 if Trump is re-elected.


If Robert Mueller has something up his sleeve, July 1st would be a great time to reveal that ace card.

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7 minutes ago, visionary said:

As bad news as this is, and it's potentially devastating to this country, Kennedy had already drifted far from his swing vote ways of late.    Hard to believe that the SC voted in favor of Gay Marriage with basically the same people (exchanging Scalia and Gorsuch) a few years back.

 

Kennedy is a Reagan appointee and conservative on all issues except privacy (which includes gay and abortion rights).  He ****ing wrote the opinion in Citizens United.

 

That said, Trump will almost certainly nominate someone terrible that doesn't even give a **** about the law, just votes hard right every time. 

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7 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

None of that no voting during an election year nonsense

 

McConnell has got to be trolling, right?

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Supposedly Trump will pick from his previous list.

1 minute ago, DCSaints_fan said:

Say goodbye to Roe

 

highly unlikely, though addressing what Roe punted on is coming even w/o a change in SCOTUS.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

None of that no voting during an election year nonsense

 

If only Kennedy had held on for a little while longer to test the GOP.

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Hopefully the Justice that Trump nominates turns out to be a liberal.  It happens from time to time..so.

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1 minute ago, Elessar78 said:

Justice Michael Cohen or Justice Eric Trump?

 

Ted Cruz :headbang:

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1 minute ago, twa said:

 

Ted Cruz :headbang:

 

I'd rather have the orange nominate you over creepy Ted.

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Would be funny (at first) though if some celebrity were to talk Trump's ear off and get nominated to shock everyone.

 

 

Judge Sly.

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Just now, visionary said:

Would be funny (at first) though if some celebrity were to talk Trump's ear off and get nominated to shock everyone.

 

Image result for giuliani

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1 minute ago, spjunkies said:

 

I'd rather have the orange nominate you over creepy Ted.

 

I do look good in a robe

2 minutes ago, visionary said:

Would be funny (at first) though if some celebrity were to talk Trump's ear off and get nominated to shock everyone.

 

Kayne West?

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It ain’t hyperbole. It’s understatement. Checks and balances is the best idea the founders came up with. We have seen this Congress is a bunch of lap dogs without any backbone whatsoever. SCOTUS was the only check left and even if they have become overly partisan there was still some hope of Constitution-based rulings. If we get another think tank ideologue that’s out the window. 

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1 minute ago, Burgold said:

It ain’t hyperbole. It’s understatement. Checks and balances is the best idea the founders came up with. We have seen this Congress is a bunch of lap dogs without any backbone whatsoever. SCOTUS was the only check left and even if they have become overly partisan there was still some hope of Constitution-based rulings. If we get another think tank ideologue that’s out the window. 

That cuts both ways.

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Elections have consequences.  Swing of the court wasn't enough to convince enough voters in battleground states to pick Clinton.  I wonder if there are more single issue voters against Roe than for.  In any event, Roberts may swing to preserve Roe, but undo any meaningful protection under Casey (which would be a worse result politically for pro-choice because people will think that abortion is still legal, when in all practical effect, it won't be).  

 

So will GOP allow abortion in case of rape or health of the mother?  If all abortion is murder, I'm not sure how you can justify that distinction.  A parent can't abuse a child because the child was conceived as a result of rape nor can a parent pluck an organ from their child for the parent's benefit right?  

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