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  1. One last note, I feel there will eventually be a law enforcement pull back, so to speak. It is getting to controversial and tough for them to do their jobs. Management may try to negate risk by pulling back police patrols, but this will only hurt black neighborhoods who need protection. I would definitely remove white officers from policing majority black neighborhoods for the time being. Too much tension is building, and because blacks will obviously not trust white officers, the effectiveness of their job will go down, and the chance for many more tragic confrontations will increase. I support this officer getting what he deserves for murder, and I also demand professional, ethical policing, but remember, there are still a whole lot more bad guys out there that do not wear badges. My fear is, if we attack, scrutinize, and criticize police until we make the job so unattractive no one wants to do it, we will lose good cops, have fewer cops, and the bad guys will have a free for all.
  2. Thoughts . First, this cop is guilty of murder. No doubt about it. Even without the tape, he would not be able to explain eight shots in the back. Second, this incident is nothing like the other recent ones, because in those cases, the evidence leans toward the cops story. In this case, the evidence does no such thing. Third, despite this, no one has given me an incident involving a completely innocent black male, with a clean record and no warrants, say picking up litter or helping an old lady across the street, getting shot. Scott had a warrant for not paying child support, and that a pillar of the community does not make. No, he does not deserve to die, but when one sets up circumstances to cross with police, things can go wrong. This cop will go down for murder, but I think Scott would rather be alive and just doing what was asked would have allowed that. Obey the law, have a clean record and no warrants for your arrest, obey the officer, and I promise you the chances of getting shot go nearly to zero. For this stuff to end, both sides have to straighten up their act. Cops have to act professional at all times and shoot when only necessary. Blacks have to stop the antagonizing tactics toward cops. All that said, before I would ever say there is a epidemic of cops shooting blacks, I would like context on the whole. Meaning, I would like to see the numbers of blacks shot by white cops, blacks shot by black cops, whites shot by white cops, and whites shot by black cops. We are not getting the whole story from the media. We are getting publicized cases seemingly meant to create hostility between blacks and whites.
  3. See it how you like, but this law is more about a brewing backlash. People may be reaching their point on the gay thing, and I believe there is going to be a push back. The gay movement is getting too arrogant, and nothing more shows that then "The Fosters", a show my daughter used to watch, that felt it perfectly fine to have two thirteen year old boys kiss. Gays have a lot of supporters, but many of us are tiring of their in your face tactics. Human nature makes people resist when being forced to do something even if it is where they want to go anyways. My point, every time gay groups harass a business owner or display yet another gay character on TV, I think it does much more harm than good. Such actions turn off some their supporters and move them to indifference on the issue. Which, in the end, would mean fewer people would even care or have motivation to protest such laws as Indiana's on their behalf, and having such people on their side is what has helped them make gains. Expect more laws like Indiana's. People are becoming tired, indifferent, and even angry over this issue, and things could get slightly worse for gays, at least in the short term.
  4. A firefighter is a public service, publicly paid for. I have always said any and all publicly funded services, either fully or partly, or those getting paid to do work for the government cannot discriminate all, in any way, period. What we all pay for we shall all have access to. My above argument only applies to private property, businesses, etc.
  5. Your arguments are solid and certainly ones I cannot refute. I simply, and constantly, grapple with trying to find an equitable middle ground that protects the rights of all parties involved. I can swing at times. In the early nineties, I defended homosexuals when I thought the religious right was getting a little too pushy and seemed little concerned with other's rights, so now I chafe a bit as homosexual groups do the same. Yet, you have convinced me with your comment that there certainly may be a supportable argument for allowing the government to make refusing service illegal. I care only for equal protection of rights. I do not condone nor promote discrimination toward gays or any group or demographic, but neither do I like other's rights trampled on in the process. I, like many others, support a free society for all people, but that society is not free when one group is left surrendering liberty for others. Disagree or not, we all have rights, however, your valid points will be in mind as I grapple with this issue in the future.
  6. The word discrimination is a purposely loaded word. Many use this word as a tool of extortion, and these same people ignore people's right, people's freedom, to associated with those they chose. The Constitution says we are all created equal, but it does not say we must be forced to accept or associate with those we do not want to. Everyday we all chose who we associate based on a wide and varying criteria. We "discriminate". if you wish, against others. We chose everyday who we wish to associate with and believe it to be acceptable and a person's right to do so, yet enter race or sexual orientation, and all of the sudden that right fades to the back. We have a fundamental right to associate with those we chose, however, this is simply ignored at convenience by those who wish to force their will on others. Personally, I would not turn down a paying customer whether they be homosexual, black, red, or whatever color or creed, but I do defend the right for others to chose who they associate or do business with. It is easy to protect rights when you agree with them, but the real test is can you support the rights of those you disagree.
  7. Shock is definitely a word I would not use here. Why is anyone even watching NBC to get news. I mean, after they doctored the Zimmerman 911 tapes, one would think that even though other media outlets completely ignored this massive abuse of the public trust, people, themselves, would have enough sense to at least switch the channel to something with a little credibility.
  8. At times like these I just wait to see what happens. I make no assumptions a new coach is a sure thing or a bust. Time will tell me all I need to know about the choice of Dan Quinn. That said, I like the choice, but I will love or hate Quinn until the results are in. Quinn starts with no higher nor lower expectations then any other coach the Falcons have hired, save the disastrous second hiring of Marion Campbell. I try to keep it real, so to speak, because Quinn could be as great as Bellichick or as bad as the aforementioned Campbell. As they say, the proof will be in the pudding
  9. Dan, I want a dynasty like the Patriots...You feelin me..... ok, ok, no fist bump, but you're feelin me, right?
  10. For those who care, I liked the early one by the tax filing site with a twist on the Revolutionary war and the Liam Neeson one. My wife likes the Taken movies, so she loved that one, and she got teary eyed at the Bud commercial where the horses save the dog.
  11. I see the board is in preseason form. The Ryan debates are early. They usually do not appear , at the very least, until he loses that first coin toss. After that, a thread is soon to appear criticizing him for calling heads when the toss ended up tails. Of course, then we have to hear how Ryan will never be an elite coin toss caller.
  12. That is another baffling part of the game that would have been the debated bonehead call had the Seahawks won. Either Bellichick had a brain freeze or he is much more brilliant than we have the ability to understand. I mean, he seemed oblivious to the clock, and if he was worried about conserving time he would have called timeout with about 50 seconds. That would at least give him the option of letting Seattle score and give Brady a fighting chance at a miracle, but as you mentioned, once the clock was down near 20 seconds, his options were limited, and calling a time out then would be nearly useless. Bellichick, I suppose, decided to show his balls instead of his brains and chose to let his defense win it or lose it. Bravery and stupidity can easily be confused for one another, depending on your outcome, but fortunately for them, it worked.
  13. I agree with the hire. Whether the Falcons could have done better will only be told in time, but Quinn's hire met one of my criteria. He is a coordinator off the staff of a Super Bowl champion team that has a history of consistent success. I never want the head coach of such a team. I want the hungry coordinator. Now, we just had a DC as head coach that absolutely failed to ever field a stifling defense. I hope Quinn focuses on his strength, because our offense is sufficient enough to win a championship. I do not care which side of the ball a head coach comes from, but I do expect whichever side he comes from to be the strongest part of the team. A team can win a championship with either a strong defense and a just sufficient enough offense or a strong offense and a just sufficient enough defense. Which combination that is usually, but not always, is dictated by the background of the head coach. I expect Quinn to field a much better defense. One of my biggest problems with Smith was his inability to field a really strong defense despite his background as a defensive coordinator.
  14. People debate the play call, well, because they need someone to blame or something to be angry about, but Carroll did not throw the ball or get blasted out of position by a charging corner. Wilson threw the ball in a bad spot and the receiver was really weak in his attempt to go get the ball. As usual, if it works, your brilliant if it does not, your an idiot. What if they ran into the Patriots stacked line and Lynch fumbled? Well, everybody would be calling Carroll an idiot for running the ball into such a bad situation. Give the Patriots their credit. They had an excellent game plan that worked. They deserved to win. They intended to exhaust the Seahawks pass rush with a lot of pass plays. Many early were short, but they were intentional, and they did, indeed, where down the Seahawks rush. Which, of course, allowed Brady to drive down for two scored to take the lead late. To me, the last play was karma at work anyways. The Seahawks were only down there because of that fluke of a catch that was part skill, but mostly luck, The gods were just trying to even things back up.
  15. I would not dare read this thread completely. I know what to expect with all the Michael Moore proxies that post here, so I would surely just get upset. However, I am hoping the success of this movie and the obvious tiring of Hollywood's self loathing American act, will end a generation of bad movie making. Hollywood has got lost in sending a message, not entertaining or telling a story. For years those like Michael Moore have tried to persuade us all to hate ourselves for being Americans with the garbage they produce. The propaganda films pushed out by Moore and Clooney and Stone and many others do not make money, and it enraged them that a movie with an objective, even positive, portrayal of America made money. Why this could convince movie studios to put out more of the same and threaten years of hard work they put in beating down America. I mean, studios want to make money, and they may finally realize Americans would like to see a few positive movies about America for a change. Also, with the turnout to American Sniper, and the backlash at idiotic comments, it is apparent they failed to get us to hate ourselves. These movie makers did little more than waste money and nearly kill Hollywood.
  16. This turned out to be nothing. Further investigation determined the items were just Mike Smith's packed bags.
  17. This is my thinking as well. Blank, being an astute business man, did not want any possible scenario that might swell support for Smith. Blank wants to make a change, and even though the Falcons did not deserve a playoff birth anyways, firing a coach who just got you there can be more difficult. Now, the issue is dead, and Blank can easily do what he wanted to do probably since Smith screwed the pooch against the Browns.
  18. This is an issue I actually support Obama on. Twenty years later, and these sanctions, relics from the cold war, are still around for reasons I have never understood. Cuba and Castro lost its bite after the Soviet Union collapsed, yet we have Republican cold war nostalgics and exiled Cuban dissenters still dictating policies on Cuba to the entire nation. In the mean time, I read about a year ago that China is investing money in Cuba. Getting rid of these sanctions and improving relations with Cuba is long over due. Ninety miles off our coast, why we would not want to invest there and make them a friend has always seemed illogical to me, and continuing such antagonistic policies are extremely short sighted. If we do not open up to Cuba they will let others in, and speaking on human rights complaints will be easier if we were on speaking terms.
  19. This story is absolutely true. As Ferguson goes up in flames once again, let a story of one man from 22 years ago rebuild faith. My late mother loved this story, and though it may sound almost like a Hollywood script, it is true. In April 1992, I bought a new Ford Ranger. The purchase left me broke until payday, more on that later, but more was going on. In April 1992, the Rodney King riots broke out. I had grown up around black people, but on that day, things were turning ugly in me. I was 24 years old, and simply put, the visions of the riots were really having an affect on me. The lawlessness, the disregard for law and order, the large groups of people who seemingly had no regard for society or its people, and the vision of Reginald Denny being joyfully beaten down in the street, were sprouting an anger I had not felt before. The visions of unbridled violence was too much to take, and on that day, I was truly becoming, not racist, but a true bigot. I might have eventually cooled off, but God, fate, or just pure coincidence would have its say in the matter. What happened next still makes me wonder to this day. As I mentioned, I bought a new Ford Ranger, so I was broke. I was at work that day, and we had been watching the second day of the riots. which only infuriated me more. It was payday, and I needed the money, so I left at lunch to go cash my check. My tank was on E, and though I knew how far that would take me in my old truck, I assumed it would also be enough in my new truck to get me to the bank. I was wrong, and I ran out of gas. Already angry, and now out of gas, I begin to walk. It is still several miles to my bank, and it is warm, and then a car pulls up beside me. It is a black guy about my age. He asks me if I ran out of gas. I said yes. He asked if I needed a ride. I did not even think very long. I replied yes, and I got in to his car, despite the fact, under most circumstance, black or white, I would not do so. I, as well as he, surely had the events in Los Angeles in the back of our minds. Despite my own anger, should I worry that he might really hate white people at that moment. Should I fear he was going to seek retribution against a white guy all alone on a road, but really, there was no apprehension at all. It seemed not to matter what had and was transpiring in LA. I explained my situation, that a ride to my bank is what I needed because I had no money to get gas. He said, how about I buy you some gas and bring you back, which he did. We talked about a few things. He said he just had a feeling it was the right thing to do, and he did buy me some gas and returned me to my truck. I asked how to get him the money back, and he said there was no need to. Just do someone else a favor. Now, you can believe in God or not, but that this experience would happen on this particular day, when my animosity for black people was growing, is nothing short of some kind of divine intervention. That a black person would offer me help on this day, and I would accept, on this day, is remarkable. It was as if God or fate went out of their way to be sure I understood there were good black people I was grouping with the bad, to show me my anger at an entire race for the acts of a few were not justified. My anger seemed to just fade away, and the very generous acts of this black gentleman have never been forgotten. It may not have only been me that fate was working on. This black gentleman may have had the same kind of feelings growing in him, and maybe helping me, was a way to work that out. There are just so many components to this experience to consider. When I told my mother this story she welled up in tears. It was her favorite story, and she made me tell it several times. Yes, I do criticize some aspects of black culture that I think are destructive, because I believe it holds many back from what they are capable of, but do not think for a minute I believe all blacks are bad. I have no reason to.
  20. After responding to yet another idiotic attack from google. I will post that response here for you all to read, so my side can be heard. Whether you agree with me or not, I have always been respectful and tried to add to the board, but I simply am not going to come here and have this idiot keep hounding me like some obsessed teenager. I am not a racist in any form, and I have tried to ignore him as much as possible, hoping those who have read me enough know the truth and recognize him for what he is, but that is tiresome. I have never reported him for harassment, assuming the administrators would do something about him in time. I guess that will not happen. I hate having to acknowledge the idiot at all. It makes me think he has accomplished his goal, and I guess he has. Anyways this not some grand farewell or a ploy for attention, but I know everyone on this board has seen his comments, and I need my chance to at least tell my side, thus as part of that, here is my reply to him in another thread. You are dumb, Google. There is just no way around it. You and MFk are simply stupid. Like most liberals you do not even understand the meaning of the words you use so irresponsibly. When you throw around the word racist so cavalierly, you have perverted the meaning and left society no term to differentiate actual racist like the KKK, neo- nazis, black panthers, or arian nation. Unless you like clumping those groups, who actually believe non- white races are inferior and should be eliminated with those people who simply discuss things or criticize or just use bad judgement. It is really maddening that people like you are the reason no one pays attention to the word racism anymore. That reason is explained in the children's story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." No one pays attention to the word, because though there was as time the word referred to actual racist groups, like those I mentioned above, who presented a threat, most now believe you are just using the term to label a person who did criticize a person wearing their pants down on their butts. That, as if white teens would not be criticized for the same. For the record, I have never uttered a racist word. I do not think I am superior to blacks. I do not want them eliminated, and I have never said anything to imply that. I have had many discussions on black issues and made criticism, but if anyone has paid attention, I have criticized white people just as much, but what you idiots keep labeling as racism is definitively not, and only a indoctrinated moron would not know the difference. This reckless use of the word racism is the reason no one can talk things out. Everybody is scared to death to offend someone and be labeled. It puts a chill on free speech. The lack of intellect shown by you, and liberals in general, in discussions on race is the reason the conversations have been dumbed down or avoided all together, thus, assuring that black and white people will never be able to talk things out. It is almost as if liberals do not want racial harmony.
  21. You are dumb, Google. There is just no way around it. You and MFk are simply stupid. Like most liberals you do not even understand the meaning of the words you use so irresponsibly. When you throw around the word racist so cavalierly, you have perverted the meaning and left society no term to differentiate actual racist like the KKK, neo- nazis, black panthers, or arian nation. Unless you like clumping those groups, who actually believe all non- white races are inferior and should be eliminated, with people who simply discuss things or criticize or just use bad judgement. It is really maddening that people like you are the reason no one pays attention to the word racism anymore. It is a moral told many times in the children's story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." No one pays attention to the word, because though there was as time the word referred to actual racist groups, like those I mentioned above, who presented a threat, most now believe you are just using the term to label a person who did criticize a person wearing their pants down on their butts. That, as if white teens would not be criticized for the same. For the record, I have never uttered a racist word. I do not think I am superior to blacks. I do not want them eliminated, and I have never said anything to imply that. I have had many discussions on black issues and made criticism, but if anyone has paid attention, I have criticized white people just as much, but what you idiots keep labeling as racism is definitively not, and only an indoctrinated moron would not know the difference. This reckless use of the word racism is the reason no one can talk things out. Everybody is scared to death to offend someone and be labeled. It puts a chill on free speech. The lack of intellect shown by you, and liberals in general, in discussions on race is the reason the conversations have been dumbed down or avoided all together, thus, assuring that black and white people will never be able to talk things out. It is almost as if liberals do not want racial harmony.
  22. Although it may be noble in spirit, a coach who quits does not make himself look good. Smith may even believe it is time to go, but he will most likely stay until he is fired because quitting sends a message that he cannot handle the pressure when things get tough, and that is not a good reputation to have if one wants to coach in the NFL again. Being allowed to resign instead of being fired is done many times as a favor in the ordinary world, but in a few instances, like sports, sticking with it until you are dismissed looks better on you. Expect Smith to stay until Blank tells him to go, and really, I have never expected him to resign. It is just not something done that often by coaches, if ever.
  23. As I mentioned before, the defense is somewhat to blame, but teams today are so efficient at running the two minute offense, leaving a the other team with as little time as possible is becoming a standard procedure in the NFL. That timeout allowed Cleveland to get the ball back with 44 seconds and three time outs, needing only a field goal to win. Even bad teams would find that a favorable situation.
  24. I think a few hit it. He panicked. He probably was worried about a long field goal and wanted enough time to assure they got an attempt, but there was plenty of time. That is the instinct thing again. Cleveland was sure to call a time out, but they would have probably waited a few more seconds to do so. Those seconds and using just one of their time outs could have made the difference. The next play was a bad call, and they ended up kicking the field goal from right there anyways. I knew there was too much time on the clock, especially with three time outs. Smith should have just trusted Ryan and not tried to micromanage. He should have just let his players win or lose the game on their own.
  25. With such an action, Blank is obviously sending a message. What that message is and who it is intended for, however, is not so obvious. The message could be to the fans and media that he is there to support Smith at a time the fire is getting its hottest, or the message could be to Smith that Blank's patience is wearing thin and wants to hear the reasons for the latest loss for himself.
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