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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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Presidential Election :11/3/2020- Trump the Impeached vs Superplanner Lizzie & some other Dems

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I'd support guns with bump stocks, and guns that can be converted to full auto, legally or illegally. That leaves hunting rifles, handguns, shotguns. Also, there should be bans again on high capacity magazines. And sporting guns.

 

Edited to add: I mean bans on those items. Sorry, forgot the word bans.

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Beto is moving the overton window and the public is right behind him in its views. 

 

The NRA is pretty much confined to primarily white, rural districts at this point. Having a F from the NRA was a + for every house Dem in a swing suburban seat. 

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4 minutes ago, LadySkinsFan said:

I'd support guns with bump stocks, and guns that can be converted to full auto, legally or illegally. That leaves hunting rifles, handguns, shotguns. Also, there should be bans again on high capacity magazines. And sporting guns.

 

I agree that we are having this conversation backwards (and this isnt to add to the gun control debate, jus an observation).  This would be a different conversations if it was clarified what guns we should have the right to have, not jus throwing what guns people shouldnt have. 

 

When you say "handgun, shotgun, hunting rifle", I've floated around that feeling for a while and would support it.  That's the kind of specifics we need, because theres a ridiculous amount of technicalities regarding types of firearms and all the overlapping leads to people being afraid it means all of them, it doesnt.

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3 hours ago, Llevron said:

I didn't think Buttigieg had a chance up until recently. Pretty interesting to see how he has risen. 

Rising,  he's been doing the opposite.

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1 hour ago, LadySkinsFan said:

I'd support guns with bump stocks, and guns that can be converted to full auto, legally or illegally. That leaves hunting rifles, handguns, shotguns. Also, there should be bans again on high capacity magazines. And sporting guns.

Do you mean you'd support banning those guns?

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Nobody with any sense believed the Dems anyway....good on Beto for not lying like he did last year. :pint:

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1 hour ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

Do you mean you'd support banning those guns?

 

Yes, I forgot the word bans. Edited my post.

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6 minutes ago, LadySkinsFan said:

 

Yes, I forgot the word bans. Edited my post.

Wasn't trying to be a smart ass (for once). I just read and re-read it and was thinking "that can't be what she means.... can it?"

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3 minutes ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

Wasn't trying to be a smart ass (for once). I just read and re-read it and was thinking "that can't be what she means.... can it?"

 

An unfortunate side effect of my stroke is that I sometimes leave out words when I write, usually the most important ones needed to get my point across.

 

What's worse is that I write better than I speak because aphasia shows up more when I speak.

 

No offense taken! My omission needed corrected.  Thanks!

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17 minutes ago, LadySkinsFan said:

 

An unfortunate side effect of my stroke is that I sometimes leave out words when I write, usually the most important ones needed to get my point across.

Well, now I feel like not a smart ass but a jackass for bringing it up.

 

But don't worry, I fell like one or the other about 90% of the time.

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Please don't feel that way. I need to edit more carefully before I hit the send key. I have frequently gone back and edited my post because I either left something out or wrote it wrong. I keep forgetting that I don't write as before. I don't expect all of ES community to know of my limitations!

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3 hours ago, twa said:

Nobody with any sense believed the Dems anyway....good on Beto for not lying like he did last year. :pint:

I wonder what could have happened between last year and now that would have made him change his thinking on the subject 🤔

 

edit... oh yeah, it was when all the people from his home got mowed down. Way to be a dick.

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9 hours ago, Sacks 'n' Stuff said:

I wonder what could have happened between last year and now that would have made him change his thinking on the subject 🤔

 

edit... oh yeah, it was when all the people from his home got mowed down. Way to be a dick.

 

His mind is clouded.

better to be a dick than a idiot.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/why-college-students-could-draw-new-attention-in-2020-their-turnout-doubled-for-the-midterms-study-finds/2019/09/18/7a32ca42-d981-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html

 

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College students across the United States more than doubled their rate of voting between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, according to a study published Thursday by Tufts University — a dramatic spike in political engagement that could draw unprecedented attention to these voters in next year’s presidential election.

The study found that 40 percent of students who are eligible to vote cast ballots last year, up from 19 percent in 2014.

Census Bureau data has shown that turnout rose in nearly all demographic groups between the two midterm cycles, but it rose most sharply among young adults. The Tufts study shows the turnout spike was particularly stark among college students — an extraordinary level of engagement for voters who typically stay home in nonpresidential elections.

 

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College educated voters, especially women, hate Trump with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It's an interesting gamble by the GOP to double down on non-college educated voters just as an entire generation of educated young people are becoming politically engaged.

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Great takedown of Nate Silver and the horse race culture of media coverage of politics. I hope people in this thread listen to it, especially since many of us practice this same mentality.

 

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Nate Silver tell us Joe Biden’s inconsistent political beliefs are, in fact, a benefit. They’re “his calling card” and evidence he “reads the room pretty well”. Venality, we are told, is “a normal and often successful [mode] for a politician.” Insurgent progressive groups like Justice Democrats shouldn’t call Biden out of touch with the base because, Silver tell us, “only 26 of the 79 candidates it endorsed last year won their primaries, and only 7 of those went on to win the general election.”  

 

On Twitter and his in columns, high-status pundit Nate Silver, has made a career reporting on the polls and insisting he’s just a dispassionate, non-ideological conduit of Cold Hard Facts, just channeling the holy word of data. Empirical journalism, he calls it. But this schtick, however, is very ideological - a reactionary worldview that prioritizes describing the world, rather than changing it. For Silver - and data-fetishists like him - politics is a sport to be gamed, rather than a mechanism for improving people’s lives.

 

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12 minutes ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

But this schtick, however, is very ideological - a reactionary worldview that prioritizes describing the world, rather than changing it. For Silver - and data-fetishists like him - politics is a sport to be gamed, rather than a mechanism for improving people’s lives.

 

I listed to the first 10 minutes but couldn't get past the host's dripping sanctimony (see, e.g., "schtick," "data-fetishists").  What is wrong with a journalist/pundit describing the world as he sees it rather than trying to change it?

 

Yay, hot takes. 

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26 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

What is wrong with a journalist/pundit describing the world as he sees it rather than trying to change it?

Because a) it isn’t saying anything b) it has influenced people to see politics as a game.

 

And Nate’s takes, and others like him, are super flimsy and change with every poll. It doesn’t contribute much to our discourse and probably harms it.

 

Look at commentary in politics now. Instead of asking for ideas and positively impacting things, we get people beholden to numbers that change every week. 

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Politics is a game. It's a popularity contest. We (the general public) don't vote because people are the best qualified or the best candidates. 

 

But whatever.

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4 minutes ago, The Evil Genius said:

Politics is a game. It's a popularity contest. We (the general public) don't vote because people are the best qualified or the best candidates. 

 

But whatever.

 

And that is the problem.

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7 minutes ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

Because a) it isn’t saying anything b) it has influenced people to see politics as a game.

 

And Nate’s takes, and others like him, are super flimsy and change with every poll. It doesn’t contribute much to our discourse and probably harms it.

 

Look at commentary in politics now. Instead of asking for ideas and positively impacting things, we get people beholden to numbers that change every week. 

 

God forbid someone's views change with new data. :ols:  Their takes change because voter's opinions are not static.  

 

538 has a particular space in the political media ecosystem.  I don't think anyone at 538 has minced words about what they do.  Again, it reports on what is happening in the world, that's what journalism is supposed to do.

 

Also, a lot of the stuff you post comes from a pro-Bernie tilt, and I can't help but think that 538's obvious bias against Bernie (that's snark) may be at play here.

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Bernie folks don't like data because it often doesn't align with their worldview. People who explain data then become someone to take down.

 

Attacking someone who runs regressions for a living because they aren't a crusader in your political fight is the height of stupidity and is something straight out of the Trumpian playbook. Do better.

55 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

I listed to the first 10 minutes but couldn't get past the host's dripping sanctimony (see, e.g., "schtick," "data-fetishists").  What is wrong with a journalist/pundit describing the world as he sees it rather than trying to change it?

 

 

In the Bernie-bro world, you are either a social justice crusader or a neoliberal shill getting duped by the fascists. 

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