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  1. As I wrote earlier, because Prince was so private, I have heard nothing of a drug problem, but again, addiction is a *****. If this turns out to be the end of a long history of use, then it is still the same. If he was addicted to drugs whether for pain or just to feel better, I believe he did so just to function as a person. Many people do so, however if his use was escalating and he was obtaining drugs illegally, most would say, and I agree, he should get help, but that option will lead to the justice system or a sudden cessation of the drugs he needs just to feel good enough to function. This is all too much speculation for my comfort, but unless there is some odd combination of drugs and high levels of the heavier drugs, I would still put Prince in a different category than other overdoses. Why? John Belushi, for instance. was drinking alcohol and had is girlfriend inject him with a mixture of two heavy duty narcotics. He was not just trying to function or get rid of pain or did he carefully increase his dosage as he needed to. He was into the drugs purely for the thrill and high, he took a gamble for a better unique drug experience, and it killed him. At this point, I will just wait for the toxicology results to make any judgements.
  2. I am not one to defend cases of drug overdoses especially those of the recreational kind. I have no sympathy or respect for the likes of Jimi Hendrix or John Belushi or Chris Farley or any other who has overdosed on recreational drugs. They chose to do lethal levels of drugs they had to know were dangerous. However there is a new danger emerging that does get more of my sympathy. We should wait to judge until final results are in, but the addiction to prescription drugs and their overdoses is something quite different than the old school drug overdoses. Addiction of any sort are hard to beat weather it is alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. I have seen those addictions in my family. Alcohol and smoking killed my mother. Smoking killed my father and three of his brothers. Alcohol killed my grandfather, and none of them were bad people, just people that got hooked on something they thought was almost harmless at the time. Once hooked, there are chemical pathways that are affected. Will power is not always enough. In the case of prescription drugs, I have personally seen medications prescribed for a medical reason, and quickly grow into an addiction. My brother's father in- law has hip pain, and got hooked on oxytocin, and his need for more oxytocin got messy. I myself had to battle alcohol, and still battle trying to quit dipping snuff. I have an inherited a genetic predisposition to easily become addicted to nearly anything. One night of drinking when I was a teen, and I was a heavy weekend drinker for nearly thirty years. A friend offers me a dip of Copenhagen when I am sixteen, and I am still hooked trying to quit three decades later. Such quick addiction happens to some people. Some can have a drink or a bout with drugs and never do it again, others can never stop again. It is why I worry for my daughters ever trying alcohol, especially my oldest, who has my personality. She has not gone down my path of partying. She has it together. She is going to Montana State next year for a civil engineering degree. She is so much more together than I was, but I fear one night of partying could derail everything, so I warn her over and over. Even when one is not prone to addiction, it can come quickly with drugs, legal and illegal. That is where the problem is. Once an addiction of any kind has set in, couseling is not what is needed. In my opinion, correcting the chemical imbalances that were there and the new ones created, have to be addressed. Though this may sound a bit contradictory, it was only after my doctor prescribed me Adderall that my cravings for alcohol ceased. I mean, my desire for alcohol immediately ceased, and five years later, I have never missed it or even wanted a sip. To appreciate that statement one would have to know how much alcohol I consumed, like my wife. I obviously had an imbalance that was corrected by the medication. I take it only as prescribed, and have never had to increase it, and my doctor constantly monitors me. Though I despise a medical industry I believe wants us sick so they can treat symptoms with drugs, the fact is, with a good doctor, medications can work, but the goal should always be to find the ultimate cause for the need for the drugs, and correct the problem. This needs to be of more emphasis in the medical community. I always ask this question. Name one disease or disorder that has been cured by the medical industry. The answer is none. We have drugs to treat symptoms of diabetes, depression, epilepsy, and so many more, the effectiveness of which is debatable, especially with anti- depressants, but no cures. Prince's doctors, if overdose is the case, failed him. If they were responsible and monitored him properly they should have seen a growing dependency that needed medical attention, not more prescriptions. Chemicals were getting out of balance and needed correcting. Prince, himself, might have been in pain that was not addressed and then that becomes his choice, risk death or stay in pain. Neither is a good option, but the pain, not physical addiction, might have pushed his drug use. It was the choice my brother's father in-law was making. The point of all this, addiction comes in many forms. Unfortunately, the attitude that the addicted choose to be addicted prevails, so counseling and will power is the prevailing treatment, while in my life I have seen that correcting the chemical imbalances that promoted the addiction is much more affective. If pain is the cause of ones escalating drug use, I do not have much knowledge there, so I just do not know what could be done. Correcting what is causing the pain seems to be the answer.
  3. Quite a coincidence from the song that hit number one in September 1984. Possibly his last foray was to leave us with exactly this. Maybe he knew he was dying, and instead of calling for help, got to the elevator. Maybe he believed strongly in what he wrote in that song or maybe he just wanted to leave us with just such an ironic, cryptic ending.
  4. Prince was simply one of the most talented, if not the most talented, musician of the rock era. He could play all instruments. He could write. He could perform, and of course, he could be controversial even though he was one of the most reclusive rock stars of all time. His obsessiveness with sex in many of his songs was simply his trademark, and who could forget the artist formerly known as Prince fiasco? He was right in that battle, but his protectiveness of his stuff also ran into obsessiveness. He rubbed me the wrong way by not allowing his videos on You tube. Nevertheless, when I was sixteen, Purple Rain ruled the summer. I am playing his three disc greatest hits right now. So many memories, so much talent. From "Little Red Corvette in '83 to "When Doves Cry" playing over and over the summer of '84, to me and my wife dancing, among other things we did, to his song "Erotic City" ten years later. He also wrote and produced hits for others. He simply could do it all. As I wrote, he was reclusive and private beyond most others, so most of us know little about the man, including any drug problems. I will not speculate beyond saying it would be odd for him just to die, though without doubt, the flu is no silly little illness. It can kill. Either way, any way, my life has a soundtrack. All the songs I have heard have memories. They follow my life as I have lived it, recounting both pleasure and pain, and without Prince's contributions to my life's soundtrack, it simply would not be the same. RIP Purple one.
  5. Grits is correct on penalties, definitely, but there is a new coach in town. That takes some adjustment, and considering that, I see overall improvement. It takes time to correct every thing that was wrong. It was just last year we were saying Smith put a leash on his players by emphasizing not getting penalties. We said it made them afraid to play, well it seems now that is not the policy. It will take some getting used to, and bone head penalties are still a no, no, but honestly, I believe the only reason the Falcons are not undefeated is a rash of turnovers. Yes, it may mean a lack of discipline, or it could just be one of those things that will work itself out. I have no inclinations that this team is going to win the Superbowl, but who would expect such in a coaches first year, but I do know two things. The offense can move the ball and score if it stops shooting itself in the foot, and the defense is improved. The Falcons did not give up 52 to the Saints. Give this team some time to grow and gel together, and let us then see what we have. Quinn may build something more solid for long term then Smith did. Smith was great early, but he did not build solid for the long term.
  6. There are some good points here, but one cannot deny that in both the Saints' and Bucs' games, the Falcons moved the ball quite easily but turned the ball over numerous times on drives that would have surely produced points. Some of the turnovers were ugly, but I believe if the Falcons had not committed such egregious turnovers, both games would have easily been won. The thing that really gets me is most of these turnovers come from the part of the game we take for granted, on snaps, hand offs, and Julio not tucking the ball away. These are turnovers that really should not be happening at all.
  7. Yeah, I think the sideline reported quoted him as saying it was the worst defensive half of play he had seen all season. He did not specify if he meant only the Falcons or the whole NFL, but Smith would never do such a thing. I have no problem with what he did, because I believe sometimes you have to put some fire under that a$$.
  8. No argument here, but let us give the offensive line some credit here as well. They did an outstanding job against a good D line. The running game opened up a can of whoop a$$ and started passing it out.
  9. The fact Romo was out really, to me, had little baring on this game. Dallas scored 28, which would win many ballgames. The difference here was the Falcons outstanding offensive performance, and two specific things I was happy to see reappear that have long been missing from the Falcons offense 1. Along with the great overall running game, the short running game, long absent, finally reappeared. The Falcons ran the ball in three times, and were able to get short yardage plays for first downs. 2. The last scoring drive was tremendous. It has been a long time since I have seen the Falcons take the ball with the lead and a chance to finish off an opponent and actually do so. No three and out, the Falcons ran down the clock and finished with a touchdown, not a field goal, and basically closed the game. That was great to see. The defense recovered, but these two areas, to me, were the most exciting to watch today. They were also the most sorely missed.
  10. Exactly, no game should be taken as a gimme. There are still 22 guys on the field who can make plays, besides, I have seen the Falcons, too many times to count, allow a back up or never was QB look like a Super Bowl MVP.
  11. In my opinion, the fourth quarter comeback/ final drive statistic is, like most, not a tell all statistic. It can be a good thing or a bad thing. When your team has been behind or is in a close, back and forth game, winning on that last drive is good. However, if your team was ahead by a fair margin and in control, loses the lead, and has to somehow salvage a victory that should not have been so hard to obtain, then that, to me, is bad. To me, once in control, good teams rarely ever lose it. Sometimes teams have tough, close games and a QB has to fight for victory all the way to the end, but never should good teams regularly have control of a game, lose that control, and have to struggle to win it at the end.
  12. I agree, one can look at the running game last year like a house destroyed by a tornado. Look at the spot where the house was the next week, even the next month, and one could probably say it just does not look any better, yet work has been done, progress has been made, and it is better. However, building it back completely and making it look like a house again will take time. The Falcons' running game is the same. Most of the debris has been cleaned up and some reconstruction has been started, but it will be a little time until it will look completely like a running game again. Yet, work has been done, progress has been made, and it is better.
  13. Easy there, Dan Quinn has barely got unpacked yet and we already have all these comparisons and assumptions. Let the man have at least a half a season before we begin tearing him down. In the end, you may be right, but at the moment, you are acting in haste, making judgments without a body of evidence to work with. I sure am glad you never had access to our nuclear weapons.
  14. First, we are numbered by the federal government through our social security number. Second, labeling something a conspiracy theory is a tactic to destroy credibility. I have watched a couple of documentaries on 9/11, and they ask legitimate questions that need explanation, as do most conspiracy theories. My point, if we just accept the explanations we are given, and allow other explanations to be labeled conspiracy theory, we give the government or corporations or anyone a tool to hide their unsavory activities in plain sight. The more crazy the action the more likely one is to get away with it. Simply do what you want, and if the truth emerges, label it a conspiracy theory, whala, it immediately loses credibility. I read that the most important step in covering up something is the immediate and repetitive dissemination of ones version of the story in the days after an event has occurred. Psychologically, this allows ones version of the story to take the quickest and strongest hold in people's brains. Now, think back to such events and research. I would bet the explanations we believe were the first ones given, and were reported over and over in the first few days. I am not saying a good number of conspiracy theories are true. I am saying we should not dismiss all conspiracy theories as lunacy for we very well, and probably have, overlooked a few that are actually true.
  15. I rarely go to theaters. The price to see movies is just more than I am willing to pay, but I am going to make an exception next weekend and go see Everest. The reviews have been favorable, if not overwhelming, but I am going for the story. On that, I read a review from an expert on the '96 disaster, Nick Heil, and he said that even though Hollywood has added its usual improvisations, the movie does tell pretty accurately the story of what happened on Everest that May in 1996. He summed it up this way. "It’s fairly accurate. Obviously, they had to compress some things, move some things around even take some narrative or creative liberties with the storytelling for dramatic purposes. This is not a documentary. This is a Hollywood feature film. Some things are fictionalized. Some things are stretched a little bit and they needed to do this in order for the story remain coherent and for people to follow the characters along, and really to sort of maintain the integrity of the narrative but as far as what actually went down on Everest in 1996 these events are true." With that, my expectations are high. I just hope I am not disappointed.
  16. I have to admit last week I was sure Mike Smith was still the coach, especially with the second half lethargy that hangs around like herpes and the Falcons having to hang on to win a game that should not have been so hard to do. Yet, this week I saw more creative plays and a second half of football much better than last week. Here is hoping to see continued improvement in these areas.
  17. The time outs were an either/ or, either the Falcons have about a minute and a half and two time outs or about three minutes and no timeouts. It is all in what they believe is the best situation. At least Quinn used his time outs in a helpful manner. If Smith were still here, he would have saved the timeouts and used them during the Giants drive.
  18. I wish I could believe this thread was popular for the quality of the presentation and its informative nature, but I know that the Deisel fiasco is the real reason, and knowing that is just so disheartening. However, with the movie coming out, it is relevant again.
  19. It has never ceased to amaze me how foreigners get and appreciate America so much more than those who live here. Since so much time is spent whining and complaining about this great nation, I thought some positive was in order with the the fourth of July coming up. America is not perfect, and never will be, but she is a **** sight better than any other on earth. We have many people trying to destroy her from within, but she is strong and determined, and she will survive. I, however, cannot say this better than this Australian says. PROUD AMERICAN Letter from an Australian to America: Here's why I love you, USABy Nick Adams Published July 03, 2015 FoxNews.comFacebook73 Twitter11 livefyre12 Email Print Margaret White, 5, waves from her porch as floats and marchers assemble for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Sausalito, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (AP2012) It’s December 1985 in Sydney, Australia. Two parents are at wits’ end. Something is not right with their 16-month-old child. For months, they have visited doctor after doctor. No one can tell them what is wrong. On the night before Christmas Eve, with their child more unsettled than unusual, they head for the emergency room at Children’s Hospital. The ward is nearly deserted, but there is one overnight doctor – a young man with a smiling face and an accent. As he looks the child over, the smile evaporates: “I think your son has neuroblastoma. Get him in for tests first thing in the morning.” Next day, the parents’ worst fears are confirmed. It is Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer. The parents were mine. The child was me. The doctor, it turned out, was an American. The cause of neuroblastoma remains unknown. Only 1 in 100,000 children get it. Notoriously difficult to diagnose, the tumor has usually spread by the time it is. At Stage IV, an infant has just a 5 percent chance of life. For three years, I underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an operation. In 5,000 years of recorded human history, there has been no nation even resembling the United States. The American model has offered, and continues to offer, a greater chance for dignity, hope and happiness for more people than any other system. Through the healing hands of God, the master physician, I defied the odds and lived. The instincts of the American doctor, fresh out of college, only in Australia for an internship, just in time, were crucial. So I haven’t only studied American exceptionalism. I’ve lived it. In fact, I’m alive because of it. NOW PLAYINGFox News anchors on why they're proud to be Americans Never autoplay videosAmerican exceptionalism is often derided as a phrase of partisan polemics, or worse still, a mere hypothesis, or even a myth. But it is an incontrovertible reality, however unwelcome or unpalatable this might be to those whose ears are attuned to a different siren. In 5,000 years of recorded human history, there has been no nation even resembling the United States. The American model has offered, and continues to offer, a greater chance for dignity, hope and happiness for more people than any other system. As Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister, put it: “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.” Lady Thatcher was right. The philosophy is one of individual liberty, free-market opportunity and belief that it's all a gift from God. America is the best idea the world has ever had, the greatest value system ever devised. What are these values that make America exceptional? Individualism, not collectivism. Patriotism, not relativism. Optimism, not pessimism. Limited government, not the nanny state. God, not Caesar. Faith, not secularism. E pluribus Unum, not multiculturalism. Life, not death. Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Goodness, not moral equivalence. America is about being bold, not bland. Brave, not meek. Striving for greatness, not mediocrity. Tellingly, all of these values are aligned with what today is called a conservative outlook. On every single count, traditional America both viscerally and ideologically sides with conservatism. America thus represents the greatest impediment to leftist aims, and it becomes the prime target of the progressive movement in all its manifestations. It is easy to love America simply for the enemies she makes. American success – by design, not accident – is the most significant refutation of leftist ideals. That’s because America has fostered a society that allows its citizens the widest latitude for creativity and innovation. It rewards success without government approvals and bureaucratic interference. It embraces religious faith, aspiration and risk. As a result, the people of America have been the most enterprising, market-oriented, individualistic and averse to taxation and regulation that have ever walked the earth. America has also shown uncommon valor against the sword of tyranny. She has frosted the neighborhoods of tyranny and oppression, by freezing the sweat and chilling the bones of men harboring such aspirations. From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iraq, America has spread more freedom and fought more evil than any other country, expending enormous treasure. Put simply, the world is a better place for America being in it. This is not to say America is perfect. She’s not. But she is the best thing we have. People still cross oceans to get to this country. They are as willing as ever to empty their life savings to get to America, legally or illegally. They are as prepared as ever to sell the shirt on their back just to feel the American winds of freedom and opportunity. Nowhere else can so many come with nothing and achieve anything. So I’m convinced that an American renaissance is not as distant, or as impossible, as many speculate. But neither will it roll in on the wheels of inevitability. We must revitalize an informed patriotism across the land. We must recover a common recognition that the principles of freedom and responsibility found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are in every American's self-interest, irrespective of identity politics. This must become again, as it once was, the lens in which all Americans view cultural choices, political candidates and public policy. Saving America requires bringing intellectual ammunition to the battle of ideas. Too many people have forgotten or never learned what makes America exceptional – and you cannot advocate what you cannot articulate. Since almost losing my life before it began, I have firmly believed God saved my life for a particular purpose. Is it a coincidence that I have been drawn to the United States for as long as I can remember? Is it chance that it was an American doctor who diagnosed what others had been unable to do? Is it accidental that the dreams in my heart all involve America? As a man of faith, I don’t believe so. Today, at age 30, I proudly call myself an Australian by birth, a Texan by honorary appointment (thank you, Rick Perry) and an American by choice. I love America because it is confident, competitive, courageous, faithful, idealistic, innovative, inspirational, charitable and optimistic. It is everything as a nation that I wish to be as a person. That’s why I am devoted to helping achieve an American renaissance. After freedom, inspiration is America’s greatest export. To me, as it was to Churchill, America is the hope that banishes all hopelessness. As Americans, you should never be intimidated into mediocrity or cramped into submission. You’ve been given so much more. For the sake of the world, you must remain the dream-makers and the dream-keepers. Australian Nick Adams is a best-selling author. His next book “Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness,” with a foreword by Sean Hannity will be released in February 2016. A regular on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, C-SPAN and nationally-syndicated radio, Adams has received several state awards, being appointed an Honorary Texan by Governor Rick Perry in 2013. He is the author of book: The American Boomerang (2014). He can be reached on Twitter@NickAdamsinUSA. His website is www.nickadamsinamerica.com.
  20. Agree, even though those of us not in the court room do not see and hear the whole trial, what evidence did get out, seems substantial. Really, his lack of intelligence, or extreme arrogance, showed with this crime. A person committing murder cannot leave so much evidence that links him to the victim and expect to get away with it- or maybe Hernandez did. Either way, in today's world, where we say athletes and celebrities get away with murder, and at times, it seems like they do, I am sure there are more than a few believe that themselves. However, if they are arrogant, or stupid enough, to completely ignore discretion, and leave a substantial amount of evidence for the prosecutor, they will just as easily find themselves in prison.
  21. This is the simple thing. We can keep using white people as the reason for all that ills blacks, yet nearly 150 years after slavery and 50 years after the civil rights movement, many of the same problems are being dealt with, and until someone in the black community realizes that the problems are cultural, we will deal with them for another 50 years. Rap music and the thug culture needs to go so black males can have more positive influences in their lives. Fathers, education, science, there are so many successful black people who cannot get the attention that the rappers and athletes do. 50 years of affirmative action, favorable access to education, welfare, and other sorts of programs has not done it. However, the bigger problem coming is when Hispanics and Asians acquire a whole lot more power within the next 25 to 50 years. The white guilt thing cannot be used against them, and they will probably be a whole lot less sympathetic to blacks complaints. There is a closing window, and if things go the next fifty years like the last fifty years, things could get worse for blacks. Call me whatever name you like, but a new breed of black leadership is needed desperately. Yes, a cop murdered a black man. He should go down, and he will, but acting like that is the panacea of what ills some parts of the black community is naive and just ignorant. Get it done now or the future majority may not be willing to even care.
  22. I appreciate that, but the post above your's pretty well explains that. As you know, alternative view points are not tolerated much, so one gets harassed and insulted until you just go find something else to do. I do realize when I stop posting, it is exactly what they wanted in the first place. They want to dominate opinion here, and the more of the people like me they can run off, the better. I try to pop in now and then, but I am hardly inclined to get back into those old, ugly, insulting "dialogues" anymore.
  23. I, again, want to point out that black females are the least represented demographic in this country. Black people and leadership are so misguided that black thugs shot by cops get more support and voices then black females who are far more deserving of a voice. The Atlanta cheating scandal has bothered me ever since I saw all the photos with all the black female teachers, who are being prosecuted under RICO, a law designed to take down the mafia. They face major jail time, and the one who was in charge is dead. I believe most of these teachers to be good people who were forced to do something by higher ups and are being prosecuted to send a message, but I think it is just to harsh. As if this is the only district that has cheated. No, I do not condone cheating, so why does it bother me? Well, this is why. These women are hardly dangers to society. They cheated the kids, but these women are redeemable. They contributed to society. Sending them to prison for this would really do nothing but remove good people, who did not commit violence of any sort, who did not steal anything, who were simply put in a bad position by those in power, from a society that needs them. Contrast that to the black males that have been shot of late who were not only not contributing to society, but most likely just taking away from it. Despite the fact all had records, or had been suspected of criminal activity, or had warrants, they got screaming voices and protest on their behalf. They got support as if they were pillars of the community, and I know these black females wish they could muster only a fraction of that, but no one seems to care. How screwed up is that????
  24. I do not think they are. What we get is the media publicizing white cops shooting black men, but the police interact with, I would guess, thousands more people each day of all colors without an incident. No one pays attention to that, despite the fact that the sheer number of people the police interact is bound, statistically speaking, to have a few end badly with either the cop or the person they are dealing with ending up hurt or dead. I read stories of white suspects being shot by police with little fanfare to follow. I am not naive, there are cops who do think certain ways, including black cops. Do we think a black cop going into a redneck meth house would not have a stereotype of those inside? A white cop surely would. They are cops, but they are human. They deal with nothing but bad people day in and day out. I have said many times, that there is not enough done to aid police in keeping a healthy mind whatever color they may be. White cop, black cop, Hispanic cop, it does not matter. A darkness can set in when all you see is the worst in humanity all the time. As for Slager, I think he just snapped, pure and simple. There is nothing on this earth that would have most professional law enforcement think they could put eight bullets in the back of a person and explain it away. Color might not have had anything to do with it. Slager might have just been ready to go off, and Scott just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and after the struggle on the ground, Slager's rage took over.
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