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  1. Men vs. uat

    One of the reasons it's my favorite.
  2. Men vs. uat

    "There is no better place for college basketball in American than Auburn University." - Coach Bruce Pearl
  3. Men vs. uat

    And now, a few words from the dark side: "We will not win. They want it more than us and are playing every second like its the last. Unreal their hand ball contact. Over and over again their extra effort shows." "Give credit where credit is due, AU plays VERY hard on both ends of the court. They play like I expected us to play when we hired CAJ." " Frankly, this game makes me physically sick because how Auburn played tonight is exactly what I want us to be. They weren’t the more talented team, but there was never a moment they weren’t the better team. We could never match their intensity and that is why we lost this game." "Auburn was set up for failure today and we gave up 40 and 50 per half. This was a lack of effort which is very concerning this time of year. They simply our hustled us and that should never happen at home or away." "This was the worst case game scenario for us. We just got out quicked, out shot and out played by a hobbled Auburn team. I thought it would be a tough out for us but I at least thought it would be close." "The second half surprised me. I thought Bama would stop AU's scoring but it only got worse. AU has quick, skilled players at every position and they look like they have played together for a while though they are basically about a year older than Bama's team." "It seemed like once Auburn started nailing the three's, (and the two plus ones), we just wilted. What is it with this team on the road?" And my personal favorite: "One last comment, and then I’m done piling on. I hate Bruce Pearl with a passion. I think he’s a dirty, lying, sleazeball of a human being. But there’s one area where I respect the hell out of the man, he is a master motivator. He can turn any minor negative into a driving force that unifies his team and channels every last ounce of effort out of them. He’s done it all season and he’s turned a better than average team into a legitimate final 4 contender. I wish to God we had that on our staff. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to feel like I’m watching Grant again when things go sour. Avery starts to withdraw into the same shell, doesn’t make adjustments, and doesn’t light a fire under the team when the shots aren’t dropping. In no way am I calling for Johnson’s job. I still think he’s the best man for it right now. However he’s not the motivator I thought he would be. Last week we faced a Kentucky team that was in a can’t lose game. They responded and we folded when it counted. Tonight we had a clear advantage over an overmatched squad. Instead we played right into their wheelhouse and we folded once again. The next three games are now in must win territory and none of them will be easy wins."
  4. Men vs. uat

    Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! ............PEARL!!!! Not sure if this is the cheer I thought I heard over the radio broadcast, but it ought to be.
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  6. Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it. DAVID FRUM FEB 18, 2018 As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter. Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and resentment. He interrupted his holidaying schedule at Mar-a-Lago only briefly, for a visit to a hospital where some of the shooting victims were treated. He posed afterward for a grinning thumbs-up photo op. Pain at another’s heartbreak—that emotion is for losers, apparently. Having failed at one presidential duty, to speak for the nation at times of national tragedy, Trump resumed shirking an even more supreme task: defending the nation against foreign attack. Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian persons and three entities that conspired to violate federal election law, to the benefit of Trump and Republican congressional candidates. This is not the whole of the story by any means. This Mueller indictment references only Russian operations on Facebook. It does not deal with the weaponization of hacked information via WikiLeaks. Or the reports that the Russians funneled millions of dollars of election spending through the NRA’s political action committees. But this indictment does show enough to answer some questions about the scale and methods of the Russian intervention—and pose a new question, the most important of them all. The new question is this: What has been—what will be—done to protect American democracy from such attacks in the future? The Russian attack in 2016 worked, yielding dividends beyond Vladimir Putin’s wildest hopes. The Russians hoped to cast a shadow over the Clinton presidency. Instead, they outright elected their preferred candidate. Americans once thought it was a big deal that Alger Hiss rose to serve as acting temporary secretary general of the United Nations. This time, a Russian-backed individual was installed in the Oval Office. From that position of power, Trump has systematically attempted to shut down investigations of the foreign-espionage operation that operated on his behalf. He fired the director of the FBI to shut it down. His White House coordinated with the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to misdirect the investigation. He mobilized the speaker of the House to thwart bipartisan investigations under broadly respected leadership. He has inspired, supported, and joined a national propaganda campaign against the Mueller investigation. And all the while, Trump has done nothing—literally nothing—to harden the nation’s voting systems against follow-on Russian operations. On Sunday, he publicly repudiated his own national-security adviser for acknowledging at the Munich Security Conference the most incontrovertible basics of what happened in 2016. It’s worth thinking about what a patriotic president would have done in Trump’s situation. He would be leading the investigation himself. He would be scouring his own campaign—doing everything in his power to reassure the country that whatever the Russians may or may not have done, his government owed Putin nothing. He would have imposed penalties on Russia for their outrageous acts—rather than protecting Russia from penalties voted by Congress. Above all, he would be leading the demand for changes to election laws and practices, including holding Facebook to account for its negligence. At every turn, Trump has failed to do what a patriotic president would do—failed to put the national interest first. He has left the 2018 elections as vulnerable as the 2016 elections to Russian intervention on his behalf. The president’s malignant narcissism surely explains much of this passivity. He cannot endure the thought that he owes the presidency to anything other than his own magnificence. “But wasn’t I a great candidate?” he tweeted plaintively at 7:43 a.m on Sunday morning. But Americans who cherish democracy and national sovereignty need to start discussing a bigger and darker question. Authoritarian nationalist parties across the western world have outright cooperated with the Russians. Russian money has helped to finance the National Front in France, and the election and re-election of the president of the Czech Republic. In Germany, Russia first created a hoax refugee-rape case—then widely publicized it—in an effort to boost its preferred extremist party in that country’s 2017 election, the Alternative for Germany. Russia supported pro-AfD comment in media favored by Germany’s surprisingly substantial Russian-speaking communities. CIA Director Mike Pompeo predicted to the BBC at the beginning of 2018 that Russia “will be back” to help its preferred candidates in November 2018. To what extent does President Trump—to what extent do congressional Republicans—look to Russian interference to help their party in the 2018 cycle? Most observers predict a grim year for the GOP in 2018. But the economy is strong, and selective tax cuts are strategically redistributing money from blue-state professionals to red-state parents. The Republican national committee commands a huge financial advantage over its Democratic counterpart. (Things look more even at the level of the individual candidates.) A little extra help could make a big difference to Republican hopes—and to Trump’s political survival. Nothing has been done in the past 15 months to prevent that help from flowing. You have to wonder whether the president does not privately welcome that help, as he publicly welcomed help from WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016. Trump’s own tweets reveal that among the things he most fears is the prospect of Representative Adam Schiff gaining the gavel of the House Intelligence Committee from the clownish present chairman, Devin Nunes. How far would Trump go to stop a dreaded political opponent, inside the law and outside? How far has Donald Trump gone in the past? Trump continues to insist that he and his campaign team did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election. We know that they were ready and eager to collude—that’s on the public record. (“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”) The public does not yet know whether the collusion actually occurred, and if so, in what form and to what extent. But in front of our very eyes we can observe that they are leaving the door open to Russian intervention on their behalf in the next election. You might call it collusion in advance—a dereliction of duty as grave as any since President Buchanan looked the other way as Southern state governments pillaged federal arsenals on the eve of the Civil War.
  7. Nola I can't help but notice you seem to be avoiding addressing the substantive points of my posts. Care to explain why? (As if I didn't know...)
  8. Yeah, you know, he was the CEO of the Trump Campaign and then Whitehouse Chief Strategist.
  9. OK, please explain it to me, old wise one. How does Mueller steadily rolling up Trump's associates constitute a "win" for Trump?
  10. The Trump brand is surprisingly hot in India — and the president’s son is exploiting his connections to milk this moment. Donald Trump Jr. arrived in India on Tuesday for a week-long visit, and his trip has already revealed a couple of things. First, it’s clear that the Trump administration is still embroiled in huge conflicts of interest. And second, it’s evident that the Trump brand, though toxic at home, commands surprising power in the world’s second most populous country. President Trump’s eldest son will be spending his time in India promoting Trump-branded luxury apartments across the country. He’ll be meeting with real estate brokers and potential buyers throughout the week in his family business’s biggest market outside the US. He’s also offering a special reward to Indians who buy property from him: He’ll join them for an intimate meal. Indian newspapers have been running advertisements that promise homebuyers willing to pay a roughly $38,000 booking fee an opportunity to “join Mr. Donald Trump Jr. for a conversation and dinner.” Government ethics experts in the US are appalled by that prospect, and say that the arrangement encourages Indians — especially those with ties to India’s government — to use purchases of Trump-branded property as a way to gain favor with the Trump administration. “For many people wanting to impact American policy in the region, the cost of a condo is a small price to pay to lobby one of the people closest to the president, far away from watchful eyes,” Jordan Libowitz, the communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told the Washington Post. Trump Jr.’s India visit also highlights something else: While Trump’s polarizing presidency has put a dent in his domestic businesses, it doesn’t seem to have damaged his reputation in India. In fact, the Trump brand seems to be chugging along quite nicely there. How the Trump family is profiting from corruption Trump Jr.’s visit to India not only suggests that the Trump Organization wants to lean into its investments in India — it almost seems designed to invite corrupt behavior. Experts say Junior is selling access to himself — and by proxy, to the president of the US — in exchange for buying his products. He knows that if a member of the Indian elite wants a chance to advocate for a policy that they’d like to see enacted, buying Trump property is a simple way to do it. But what makes it crystal clear that Trump Jr. wants to use his political ties to advance his business interests is the fact that he’s planning to deliver a speech on Indo-Pacific relations at an event in India on Friday. (It’s a serious affair — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be speaking at the same summit.) Unlike his sister Ivanka, Trump Jr. is not a formal member of the White House. He’s technically just a businessman running the Trump Organization on behalf of his father. But by delivering a foreign policy speech, Trump Jr. is signaling to Indians that he’s in their country as a businessman and as a surrogate for the US government. If any wealthy Indians were on the fence about whether it was worth buying a condo just to talk to Trump Jr. about, say, trade policy, the fact that he’s delivering that speech should make it seem worthwhile. Trump Jr. is sending a clear signal that he wants to talk policy.... Read the full article at: This is a terrible ethics precendent to set for the country. Trump is destroying our country just like he destroys those around him.
  11. Thanks mr trump

    That's exactly what I was thinking! Except I doubt the return will cover the ultimate cost
  12. I fail to see how the progressive roll-up of Trump associates can be termed "winning".
  13. Collusion is not a legal term so most Democrats don't expect an indictment for collusion. Besides, we already know the Trump administration attempted collusion. Even Bannon admits that: Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book "He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.” If Trump get's indicted for a crime, it will likely be for money laundering. As far as I am concerned, it will be enough to just reveal how in-bed Trump is with the Russians. The main thing is to get him out of office ASAP.
  14. Gun Control vs. Second Amendment

    I get the fantasy, but how's that supposed to work practically?
  15. Exactly. I never said it could be proven. It can't. But it obviously haunts Trump.
  16. It's possible they did. They were certainly supporting Trump and it was a very close election. You are really weird with these semantical arguments. Rigging emplies messing with vote taking and counting. Influence is exactly what it says. And Obama solicited GOP support to make this an issue. They refused and signaled they would treat it as a partisan attack.
  17. The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party The G.O.P. Is Rotting - The New York Times After the Roy Moore debacle, it's clear the Republican Party has lost its soul GOP Should Declare Moral Bankruptcy The GOP’s Moral Bankruptcy I could go on and on and on......
  18. I own a BAR in .270 Winchester, a Remington 870 in 12 ga. (w/ two barrels) and a Smith&Wesson 'Chief's Special'. (I've pared my gun inventory down to the essentials for every legitimate need.) The latter two are kept loaded. What about you, sonny?
  19. Everyone that serves Trump winds up prostituting their integrity.
  20. Well, I am sure PT approves this post, but it's a total fail. First, "rigging" the election is not exactly what the Russians are accused of. The charge is influencing the election, which they did. Secondly, Obama approached McConnel and other Republican leaders prior to the election with what he knew abou this and suggested they confront the Russians together, in a non-partisan way. McConnel told him that if Obama brought up Russian involvment, the Republicans would consider it a partisan attack. Republicans apparently care more about their political agenda than our country's sovereignty. Look it up. Educate yourself.
  21. Why should I restrict my posting to your level?
  22. It’s Clear: Donald Trump Welcomes Russia’s Subversion of Our Democracy The president’s response to Bob Mueller’s latest indictments is disturbing but all too expected at this point. For at least two years, Americans have tried to make sense of Donald Trump’s affinity for Vladimir Putin and refusal to fully acknowledge and counter Moscow’s ongoing attacks on our democracy. We’ve heard the excuse that Trump simply views the Kremlin interference story as a partisan effort to delegitimize his election. But Friday’s indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the president’s response to them, point to a more troubling and increasingly likely motivation: President Trump does not want to stop Kremlin interference intended to sway our elections in his favor. Rather, he welcomes it. The Special Counsel’s revelations provided a detailed description of part of the modern information warfare Russia has waged against our country since at least 2014. It was a highly-coordinated assault, employing foreign agents on U.S. soil as well as Moscow-based internet operatives. And yet, in response to this news, the president still couldn’t muster a forceful rebuke of Putin’s regime. Nor would he vow to hold it accountable and deter future attacks. On the contrary, he tried to spin the entire ordeal as an exoneration. This is either willful ignorance or, more likely, disloyal opportunism. That’s because, whether he admits it or not, the president must know that the story he publicly calls a “hoax” is real. We have detailed evidence of Moscow’s subversion of our democracy. But it seems unlikely that the president will change his tune and take action to counter it. On this threat, the intel chiefs unanimously agreed: Russian information warfare against us continues unabated and the Kremlin will actively work to influence our upcoming elections. Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats even warned, “We need to inform the American public that this is real. We are not going to allow some Russian to tell us how we’re going to vote. There needs to be a national cry for that.” Rather than echo this cry from our intelligence community, the president is actively obstructing efforts to stop the attacks..... Read the rest at:
  23. Perhaps when the Democrats take back the house, Trump will have his chance to testify under oath. Trump Claims He ‘Never Met’ Woman Accusing Him Of Sexually Assaulting Her In Trump Tower Or maybe it will be the Mueller investigation. Trump couldn't go 10 minutes under oath without perjuring himself.
  24. Sounds to me like you are trying to equate literal chattel slavery to metaphorical slavery. There's a difference.
  25. Most homicides don't involve a mass shooting, but assault rifles are the weapon of choice for the ones that do. Why the AR-15 keeps appearing at America's deadliest mass shootings AR-15 Model Rifle Again Used in a Mass Shooting