Falcon Ben

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  1. Bad joke about being an atheist... ETA: I was commiserating with the other atheists living in the south.
  2. Lol. First of all, as I understand them, the protests aren't about slavery; they're about police brutality disproportionately occurring in black communities. Second, the argument advanced above strikes me as naive. Third -- ROFLMAO -- look at the audience, FFS. That's a suburban Target on a Saturday. Fourth -- General disclaimer that, as a white dude, I am not trying to speak for the BLM movement and do not -- despite my sympathy -- understand the struggle from a first-person point-of-view.
  3. I'm taking a knee is solidarity.
  4. How about the fact that upholding the law is there job? Go ahead and prosecute people who obstruct justice (lol...I've got a name we could start with) for all I care, but those who are getting paid to enforce the law should be, you know, required to do so. And if minority communities hadn't been subject to decades of harassment and mistreatment by the police, they probably would be more trusting of the cops and willing to drop a dime.
  5. Thank you for your service and that statement. However, I'll make one slight correction: This is not a first-amendment issue. And I say that as someone who is firmly on the side of those protesting.
  6. I know you're kidding, but that is a significant portion of the problem. Were it not for "good" cops looking the other way, "bad" cops wouldn't be able to get away with douchebaggery as often.
  7. I forget, when was Kap in the news for committing a violent crime?
  8. Thank god. It's about time these guys shut the **** up and stopped protesting police brutality. Don't they realize that if they'd just stop being black they wouldn't have to worry about anything? 'Murica.
  9. Am I reading it correctly? You can't even try to return a ball that reaches the endzone?
  10. FFS. I'm guessing he meant "respectfully." AB is a very well-spoken fella.
  11. Another point (and thanks for the thoughtful and reasoned discussion, btw): I'd wager that many of the athletes who are given full rides would struggle to even be accepted by the more prestigious schools. Sure, they must have the grades/scores to be accepted, but that's a lower bar than many non-athletes must clear to be accepted. So, in that sense, they are being compensated above and beyond the level that students on academic scholarships are compensated (both get the value of the scholarship, but the athletes also get the benefit of being accepted to the school that would likely reject them, were it not for sports).
  12. That's a reasonable argument, but I'd argue that those on academic scholarships are also adding value to the university -- that's why they offer the scholarships in the first place (obviously, third-party funded scholarships are different, but to my knowledge, there aren't many third-party-funded athletic scholarships). For example, if UGA decides that they want to give me a full ride to go study ecology, they are betting that I'll do well, get good grades, contribute to the field, and help improve the perception of the institution over the long term. Ultimately, the problem is that we treat colleges like minor league systems. While I have no problem with college students playing sports, I'm sure that a significant portion (likely a majority) of the students on athletic scholarships for football wouldn't set foot on a college campus (at least, not a Division I school) were it not essentially mandatory. I'd just rather that colleges were used for learning academic and vocational skills, while developmental leagues could be used for improving athletic skills. They're two completely different things.
  13. Obviously. And a scholarship to UGA, UF, UCLA, etc. is going to be worth ~$50k (give or take). I'd say that qualifies as payment.
  14. How do you think these kids (many of whom are quite poor) afford to go to a Division I school?
  15. A significant number of college athletes (especially those playing football and basketball) are already paid for their skills and labor. I don't know why people don't understand this.