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  1. Looks like he's got less grey hair now. Does he or doesn't he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure.
  2. I'm assuming we won't be seeing any tweets from Trump or announcements from Kris Kobach about election fraud in North Carolina ... other than to try to pretend that the election was "stolen" from Harris. https://news.yahoo.com/north-carolina-board-votes-to-hold-new-house-election-over-absentee-ballot-fraud-213703280.html FTA: The North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the state’s Ninth District after overwhelming evidence of vote tampering. ... After hearing testimony all week, the board — which consists of three Democrats and two Republicans — ruled that absentee ballots were illegally collected by Harris staffers. A spokesperson for state Republican Party told Yahoo News that candidates would file to run in a new primary prior to the special election. Republicans initially objected that Democrats were trying to “steal” the election with claims of fraud, but over the last several months evidence accumulated that a Harris consultant had sent workers to collect absentee ballots and destroy them or fill them in for the Republican.
  3. Don't know, but you get recruitment letters from Harvard if you live in Montana and Nevada and have SAT scores of 1310. 1270's not far off. Heck, George Bush had around 1200 and got into Yale.
  4. https://news.yahoo.com/ex-trump-adviser-stone-tells-u-judge-abused-201322232.html Looks like Stone wasn't nearly the wisea$$ that he usually is while appearing before the court today to explain his most recent post. I have to imagine though, given his persona, that he regained his bravado as soon as he left the courthouse. FTA: "I abused the order," Stone told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson during a hearing to examine whether he violated his bond conditions or should face greater restrictions on discussing the case in public. "I am kicking myself over my own stupidity," Stone said. "Your honor, I can only beseech you to give me a second chance," Stone said. "Forgive me the trespass." He apologized to the judge.
  5. So then you do agree, at a minimum, that some of their groups are hate groups. I would take their designation for those that I also feel are hate groups for the same reason that you would consider some of them to be.
  6. So if you question some, then I suspect that you don't question others that they identify as such? If that's the case, then why all the rigamarole earlier?
  7. Kind of like with polio eradicated, doctor's had to find other sources to get paid right? Or with one gang eradicated out of an area, the police had to find another one? You make it sound like these various terror groups are made up. My guess is that victims of a synagogue bombing don't really care whether the bomb was from a neo-Nazi, a Klansman, or an ISIS-claimed vest-bomber. Similarly, a person like James Byrd really would have cared less whether his attackers were Klan, Aryan Brotherhood, CKA, or any other dozen white-supremacist groups. Along those lines, anti-abortionists and politicians that cater to them really don't want Roe overturned because it'd be bad for the movement and some re-election campaigns.
  8. So you are agreeing that the numbers were gamed? The number's not all that important ... just interesting that someone obfuscating story content by going after the source would be so "comfortable" with sporting a less-than-honest accounting of "reputation" ... whether gamed personally or not.
  9. Salary? Most crime comes down to a couple of big buckets ... money and passion ... and money's the bigger bucket.
  10. Yep ... it's in the Saggy Bottoms strip mall ... although to make it sound classier, they refer to it as a dance mall. 😀
  11. No need to enlighten you my good man. Yep ... so meaningless that you found a way to game them.
  12. Yes, by all means, let's ignore the FBI stats or the input from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino in the article to take a shot at the SPLC. If you've got contradicting/contrary numbers, then by all means please post them.
  13. Just in yesterday evening ... https://www.voanews.com/a/us-hate-groups-hit-record-number-last-year-amid-increased-violence/4797147.html FTA: American hate groups had a bumper year in 2018 as a surge in black and white nationalist groups lifted their number to a new record high, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report issued Wednesday. The Alabama-based legal advocacy organization recorded 1,020 active hate groups last year, up 7 percent from 2017. The previous record tallied by SPLC was 1,018 in 2011 amid a white extremist backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president. The increase was driven by growth in both black and white nationalist groups, the SPLC said. The number of white nationalist groups jumped from 100 to 148, while the number of black nationalist groups — typically anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ and anti-white — rose from 233 to 264. ... Hate crimes have followed a similar trajectory in recent years. After falling for three consecutive years, attacks on blacks, Jews, Muslims and other minorities increased by 30 percent in the three-year period ending in 2017, according to the latest FBI data. The uptrend continued into last year, with hate crimes in America's 30 largest cities surging by an additional 10 percent, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. The majority of hate crimes are nonviolent, but some incidents were deadly. White supremacists in the U.S. and Canada killed at least 40 people last year, up from 17 people the year before, according to the SPLC's tally. While most bias-motivated offenses are not committed by members of hate groups, the perpetrators of hate crimes draw inspiration from ideas put out by hate groups, said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project and author of the report. [emphasis in last sentence of the article is mine]
  14. That's the part that I'm trying to figure out. I'm not trying to stereotype or tie any particular group to this guy's speech. I'm trying to gauge how much he represents a canary in a coal mine or just a lone cuckoo. I think he's much more in the realm of the former rather than the latter. As for the 20,000 out of 350M. In a Night At The Garden, that was 20,000 that showed up and, as the director pointed out, if you have that many in plain sight, there's clearly plenty more behind the scenes and in support. The question is what might they be willing or able to put in action. In 1926, only 50,000 Klansman marched through the streets of DC in an organized parade, but it's estimated that the Klan had a membership of between two and five million at that time ... up from roughly a million three years earlier and 100,000 four years earlier. Those 2-5 million members had millions of non-member sympathizers too and it's readily apparent what that kind of membership/non-membership was able to do in the following years. Perhaps there's nothing to his rhetoric, although I'm frankly not willing to take that kind of chance given that I've seen first-hand what it leads to.
  15. I'd consider it much less of a risk economically and more of a concern politically. All kinds of jokes about AOC and Sanders turning the country into Venezuela, but these kinds of actions, tied to national emergencies, potentially take us closer and closer to state-owned oil, state-owned manufacturing, etc. Historically, we looked back at Truman's failure to have the government take control of the steel mills with a sign of relief and an assurance that the balance of power works. I'm feeling a bit less confidence nowadays with Congress seemingly willing to abdicate many of its powers and a potential for weakened confidence in the judiciary.
  16. ??? This kind of stuff has been happening quite often. Two or three years ago, two kids were skipping elementary school in South Carolina and blamed it on a Black man who tried to kidnap them on the way to school to throw police off of the fact that they skipped. The man of course didn't exist. Remember Susan Smith drowned her own two sons and then blamed it on a Black man who she said carjacked her car with her kids in it. Remember the Pitmans who were shot to death in their house and then their house was burned down? Their grandson said that he'd escaped from the Black attacker ... except that he'd killed his grandparents himself. Remember during Obama's first election campaign against McCain when one of McCain's campaign volunteers claimed that she'd been assaulted by a Black man who carved a "B" in her face and told her that she was now going to be a "Barack supporter." Of course, there was no attacker. There was also the guy with the pregnant wife that claimed that a Black man jumped in the car and shot his wife to death while he was driving the car. Turned out that the husband killed his own pregnant wife for the insurance money. The lady who claimed that she and her kid were kidnapped by two Black men turned out to have taken her kid to Disneyworld having swindled her company out of over half a million dollars. These are just the quick ones that I recalled, but there are lot more that happen like this, but I just don't recall the details off the top of my head. This kind of thing is pretty much cliche' at this point.
  17. Most may, but unfortunately it's folks like this guy that don't ... https://www.yahoo.com/news/coast-guard-lieutenant-accused-murder-plot-scale-rarely-seen-country-223900168.html FTA: In a motion filed Tuesday, U.S. attorneys said Christopher Hasson, a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard who has served at the service’s headquarters in Washington since 2016, had a hit list of targets, a cache of guns and a series of communications with white supremacists. The first sentence in the motion imploring the court to detain Hasson pending trial: “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” ... On Jan. 17, Hasson allegedly compiled a list of targets including a number of Democratic politicians and left-leaning political commentators. The names on the list include “Sen blumen jew” (presumably Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,) and “poca warren” (presumably Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.). There are also references to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a long list of additional Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. The list also includes likely references to a number of House members (Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.), television hosts (Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes of MSNBC, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo of CNN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and the Democratic Socialists of America. On the same day he finished the list, the court filing says, Hasson completed the following Google searches over the course of three hours: “what if trump illegally impeached,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” “where in dc to congress live,” “civil war if trump impeached” and “social democrats usa.” Hasson’s alleged online searches for pro-Russian, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi literature, along with draft emails recovered from his email offer insight into what prosecutors describe as extremist views. “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” Hasson allegedly wrote in a draft email to “acquaintances” last June; in the email, he appears to outline a stream of possible ways — ranging from biological attacks to bombing/sniper campaign” — to violently fight back against “Liberalist/Globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples esp white.” “It seems inevitable that we are doomed,” the email continues, with Hasson soliciting ideas for how he might “enlist the help of another power/country,” such as Russia “or any land that despises the west’s liberalism. Excluding of course the muslim scum,” conceding, “I don’t think I can cause complete destruction on my own.”
  18. Don't know about large volumes, but I'm sure that it probably speaks for some on the left. My question wasn't about large volumes, but simply a response to a question that asked "Must he speak for anyone?" My question was "does he speak for anyone." Just like in A Night At The Garden, if you heard Fritz Kuhn without seeing the accompanying footage, you might be lulled into acting like he's an outlier and even ask "Does anyone believe the same" or "Seriously, he's off his rocker and an outlier" until you see his speech along with the imagery. As the documentary's director said, " But while the vast majority of Americans were appalled by the Nazis, there was also a significant group of Americans who were sympathetic to their white supremacist, anti-Semitic message. When you see 20,000 Americans gathering in Madison Square Garden, you can be sure that many times that were passively supportive." My question about, "does he" speak for others is merely suggesting that I doubt this is a single lone voice and that there are perhaps "many times that are passively/actively supportive."
  19. When I worked out in industry, we had a dual system for time entry and billing entry. The developers, who were paid salary, would submit the standard timecard which basically amounted to signing their name, but it was like pulling teeth to get them to enter their time in the system that tracked projects and billing time ... as well as non-billed time. They would always eventually get around to putting in their time, but it might be 3-4 weeks before they'd update the billing system. One day in late November, a memo came out from the CEO that stated that on-time entry in the billing system would now be tied to end-of-year bonuses ... didn't fill it in on time, forget the bonus. Entry rates went to near perfect within the week.
  20. NFHS says deaths are down compared to just recently. Whether it's a couple of blips or not remains to be seen, but the points compared to the past seem lower. https://www.nfhs.org/articles/injury-risk-lowest-in-history-of-high-school-football/ FTA: The NFHS has been writing and publishing its own rules in football since 1932, and the organization has had an unwavering focus on risk minimization. However, by the late 1960s and early 1970s, the number of deaths in high school football had accelerated, with a high of 35 in 1970. In 1975, spearing was outlawed and several other equipment and safety-related changes were put in place and the number of fatalities dropped significantly. In 2016 and 2017, there were only two direct deaths each year compared to an average of 20 annually in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moreover, as opposed to 50 years ago, today playing rules are in place at the high school level to manage a student who exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion. Thanks to these guidelines and state laws in place, the incidence of high school players incurring a repeat concussion has been greatly reduced. In addition, practice restrictions and contact limits have been adopted by all member state associations.
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