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Current Events / Political Discussion / Re: Rod Rosenstein about to be fired?
« Last post by Cman on Yesterday at 05:52:50 PM »
Look over here!
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No really donít click on the really important news over here: https://forum.celticsstrong.com/index.php?topic=97026.msg2559577#new

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This is apparently Dr. Fords letter to Grassley ET al. 


https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1044308581494001664?s=21


One good point she makes: sheís been off media the entire time. She sure doesnít look like someone trying to make a buck off of the ensuing circus (Ahem Avenatti, I might be talking about you).
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Off Topic / Re: Nike and Kaepernick
« Last post by Cman on Yesterday at 05:37:40 PM »
FWIW

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nike-stock-closes-time-high-aftermath-colin-kaepernick-ad-campaign-225007582.html

Wasnít their previous ATH just a few weeks ago (before any of this came out)?

So sounds like they were trending up and this had no actual effect. But Iím sure people will assume a correlation.

Sort of like Trump and basically every single statistic on the economy....
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Off Topic / Re: Nike and Kaepernick
« Last post by Cman on Yesterday at 05:36:44 PM »
apparently, the Kaep ad has boosted Nike stock by about $6B.
https://www.vox.com/2018/9/24/17895704/nike-colin-kaepernick-boycott-6-billion

If true, here's hoping Kaep got some of that, and not just a measling few 100Gs.....
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Around the NBA / Re: Perpetum Rebuildere
« Last post by greece666 on Yesterday at 05:27:36 PM »
I don't think the comparison at the beginning of the OP is fair. Demotion would not work in a closed league like the NBA.

More generally, I disagree that the issue in the NBA is bad teams; if there is an issue at all it is how to get rid of bad owners. And this is a very difficult problem to deal with in any kind of league, closed or not.
I wasn't proposing a demotion based model in the NBA, just stating the differences. Specifically regarding the lower tier teams faith in different competition. I agree that the long-term failures are owners fault, but they bought the whole thing and that's pretty much it. Except for selling the team, the only other option is a league intervention. And I am not a fan of that. In these cases the league is often in the conflict of interest. Thin Ice.
Fair enough.

I enjoyed reading your text, but I think you are a bit too harsh on these teams. For instance, Orlando was founded in 1989, and they have two finals appearances, that's p good  IMO.

Anyway, I understand this is a diversion from your main point, which was a question about the playoffs. If I were to take a guess, I'd say Brooklyn makes it first in 3-4 years from now.

Minnesota has the best roster of the five but is in the Western Conference (and we still have to know what happens with Butler), and Orlando has a nice player in Aaron Gordon and plays in the EC which again is an advantage, as far as playoff seeding is concerned.

Phoenix has Booker and Ayton but they ll have a tough competing with for the 8th seed in the West any time soon. And Sacramento is IMO the worst of the bunch, for the reasons you mention (GM, owner). I'm also not very high on their roster. IMO they are in the worst position of the five.

To be clear, the part on the five teams is just random thoughts and guesses, not anything I'm willing to argue in depth and I am fully aware I could very well turn out to be way wrong.
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Am I correct in assuming, then, that Ford did not come forward as the result of some sort of tipoff about Kavanaugh's forthcoming nomination? In other words, the timing really was coincidental?

Her initial communication (to the FBI and Representative Eshoo) was months ago but wanted anonymity.  What forced her to 'come out' publicly were leaks about her communication that were starting to tie her to it.   

The latter timing is probably not 'coincidental'.  I suspect the leaks that forced her hand were probably due to more aggressive members in some Demo's staff who wanted this out there, despite what Ford wanted.  But that's speculation on my part.

Yeah, I think you're right on that about the Dems role. Could have done more earlier, but strategically held back. Which is a huge mistake IMHO.

Well, I wouldn't call it "strategically held back".   She held back because she was terrified of exactly what has happened.   It's also hard to call it a mistake on her part when her fears proved correct.

At this point, it doesn't really matter how we got here.  All that matters now is doing a true best effort, in good faith to surmise what is true and relevant to the decision to put Kavanaugh in a seat on the nation's highest court.

Suspicions and conspiracy theories are ultimately irrelevant and red herrings.

I agree to a point.

I agree that we want to put in a good faith, best effort attempt to put in the best possible person into the SC.

If that means vetting the person for a few more weeks or a few more months, so be it. You want to get this right, when you are talking about a lifetime appointment.

On the other hand, I can understand the Rs fear. They realize there is a good chance that they will lose the House, and a small but not outlandish chance they lose the Senate. So, they are afraid they will lose their chance to put a conservative on the SC. In other words, they are afraid that the Dems will say to them "elections matter"

All that said, it shouldn't be all that political. In a vacuum, the appointment to the SC should be apolitical.

I'd sort of like to see Trump call the Ds bluff and pull BKs nomination and say, okay, let's go with Merrick Garland.

He's someone I'm fine with, but you know that a bunch of Dems would want to let that twist in the wind until after the election in the hopes they could get someone liberal.

(Note, most conservatives have said at one time or another they would be fine with Garland, so Im assuming there would be enough R support).

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Am I correct in assuming, then, that Ford did not come forward as the result of some sort of tipoff about Kavanaugh's forthcoming nomination? In other words, the timing really was coincidental?

Her initial communication (to the FBI and Representative Eshoo) was months ago but wanted anonymity.  What forced her to 'come out' publicly were leaks about her communication that were starting to tie her to it.   

The latter timing is probably not 'coincidental'.  I suspect the leaks that forced her hand were probably due to more aggressive members in some Demo's staff who wanted this out there, despite what Ford wanted.  But that's speculation on my part.

Yeah, I think you're right on that about the Dems role. Could have done more earlier, but strategically held back. Which is a huge mistake IMHO.

Well, I wouldn't call it "strategically held back".   She held back because she was terrified of exactly what has happened.   It's also hard to call it a mistake on her part when her fears proved correct.

At this point, it doesn't really matter how we got here.  All that matters now is doing a true best effort, in good faith to surmise what is true and relevant to the decision to put Kavanaugh in a seat on the nation's highest court.

Suspicions and conspiracy theories are ultimately irrelevant and red herrings.
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Good question. I don't remember, but I believe "yes" to her husband and therapist.

No, she didn't name names to her therapist.  She indicated there were four attackers, all of whom were members of Washington society.
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