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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:22:01 PM »
Anyway, once the republicans get their tax cut, they'll probably be more willing to countenance impeachment, or perhaps resignation.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:20:42 PM »
I've asked some lawyer friends of mine whether anything illegal--other than lying to intelligence agencies/government officials--has happened.  Their answer was no.  Unless they received something of value from Russian agencies, and it isn't clear that information about Clinton counts as that.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:09:09 AM »
Spurs?

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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:47:30 PM »
A powerful piece, originally written as a response to Sandy Hook, but unfortunately just as relevant today:

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2012/12/15/our-moloch/

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General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:43:02 PM »
There is the third verse of the US national anthem, which is arguably racist:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/its-time-for-a-new-national-anthem-or-none-at-all_us_59ced0c8e4b0f3c468060eb2

"No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave" ― “The Star-Spangled Banner,” third verse

 Francis Scott Key [author of the anthem], a slave-owner, was at best a white supremacist that saw black bodies as valuable tools. He was the district attorney for Washington, where he defended slavery against abolitionists in the case U.S. v. Reuben Crandall. He once famously said that black folks were “…a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.” At worst, he was someone who gloated in the deaths of black bodies. According to Associate Professor Jason Johnson of Morgan State University, “Essentially, Francis Scott Key was happy to see former slaves, who had joined the British as part of their Colonial Marines, getting slaughtered and killed as they attempted to take Baltimore…he’s essentially saying to these terrible, ungrateful, black people, this is the consequence of standing up against the United States.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:02:25 PM »
He can try, but they'll find a way to overrule him.   Judges are good at this kind of thing:

Just last week, a black criminal defendant in Louisiana was denied his constitutional right to an attorney because the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled six to one that he hadn’t really requested a lawyer when he told police during questioning: “I know I didn’t do it. So why don’t you just give me a lawyer, dawg, ’cause this is not what’s up?” The willfully ignorant justices ruled that the defendant had asked for a “lawyer dog,” not a lawyer, so he had not invoked his right to counsel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/opinion/slavery-kelly-civil-war-compromise.html

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: October 23, 2017, 05:12:29 PM »
Be nice if they got rid of the CGI tiger and that ridiculous fake medieval court.   

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:58:19 PM »
Is that ongoing J70? I thought that was a July 4th thing.

They should have 'Piss' written on them.

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Didn't that whole "America in a can of Bud" thing start when some non-American country bought Budweiser?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Black Ball
« on: September 28, 2017, 02:23:08 PM »
I don't think the author has ever watched an NBA playoff game.

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General discussion / Re: North Korea Crisis
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:42:12 PM »
Here's some historical context to the issue, giving the North Korean rationale, going back to the Korean war:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html?utm_term=.cdda99c0eb01

And here's some stuff on the annual war games that the US holds, which apparently involve a "decapitation unit" for taking out the North Korean leader.   

I have been reading about this, I read that the decapitation crowd were South Koreans.

http://epaper.bostonglobe.com/BostonGlobe/article_popover.aspx?guid=4f38ec2c-f2a6-407f-84be-4e2921d2298b&source=next

You're right.  The US do annual wargames, but the so called decapitation squad is S.Korean.

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General discussion / Re: North Korea Crisis
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:00:50 PM »
Here's some historical context to the issue, giving the North Korean rationale, going back to the Korean war:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html?utm_term=.cdda99c0eb01

And here's some stuff on the annual war games that the US holds, which apparently involve a "decapitation unit" for taking out the North Korean leader.   

http://epaper.bostonglobe.com/BostonGlobe/article_popover.aspx?guid=4f38ec2c-f2a6-407f-84be-4e2921d2298b&source=next


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GAA Discussion / Re: Cork fans flying the confederate flag
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:23:46 PM »
This kind of double standard is fairly common.  I've gotten used to Irish guys in NY referring to Irish people as Paddys.  Damien Dempsey does it too.  But if a British Tory Party member used that term to refer to us....

Another example is how the gay community co-opted the word 'queer' (and indeed 'gay') to refer to themselves when such terms had originally been derogatory terms used by straight people to refer to them.  There would have been a time (maybe that time is still now) when members of this community would have regarded it as OK for themselves to use these terms, but not OK for non-gays to use.

Language evolves every day.

Yep.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cork fans flying the confederate flag
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:42:29 AM »
This kind of double standard is fairly common.  I've gotten used to Irish guys in NY referring to Irish people as Paddys.  Damien Dempsey does it too.  But if a British Tory Party member used that term to refer to us....

Another example is how the gay community co-opted the word 'queer' (and indeed 'gay') to refer to themselves when such terms had originally been derogatory terms used by straight people to refer to them.  There would have been a time (maybe that time is still now) when members of this community would have regarded it as OK for themselves to use these terms, but not OK for non-gays to use.

 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Time to Split Dublin
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:55:12 AM »
Yep, be careful what you wish for, lads.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:39:17 AM »
It's quite tricky.  Games against last place teams don't count.  But for some of the groups, last placed teams may change between now and the end of the groups.  That could result in big point swings for second placed teams in some of the groups.
 
Keep an eye on this page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(UEFA)#Ranking_of_second-placed_teams

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