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  4. The Coaching Carousel Thread

    Bogus list. No LRBWHCGMFP.
  5. God save us....

    Believe it or not, on NAFTA Donald Trump makes sense But this most unlikely ally of the Canadian left gets no credit. By THOMAS WALKOMNational Affairs Columnist Tues., Nov. 21, 2017 When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, much of what Donald Trump says makes sense. I know it’s unpopular in Canada to say this. Trump is usually portrayed here as a dangerous loon, whose protectionist views risk throwing the world back into recession — or worse. During the latest round of NAFTA talks this week, Mexican and Canadian negotiators treated core U.S. proposals as so stupid that they refused to discuss them. Instead, as Canadian Press reported, they insisted that the American side explain in detail how its plans would work — in the hope that this Socratic exercise would allow it to see the error of its ways. One Canadian industry figure mocked as absurd U.S suggestions to toughen up so-called rules of origin in auto manufacturing, noting that in the case of plastic parts, this would require knowing where the petroleum feedstock came from, which in turn would require knowing when and where the dinosaurs died. In fact, I suspect skilled trade negotiators could draft regulations as to which auto parts are deemed North American without knowing anything about dinosaurs. The essential point is that Trump’s negotiators in these three-way talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico want autos that have been accorded the privilege of moving duty-free throughout North America to be substantially manufactured in this continent. To that end, they would raise the minimum North American content in autos from 62.5 to 85 per cent. The big car companies say this is far too high. But then they would. They would prefer to buy as many of their parts as possible from low-wage suppliers in China and South-East Asia. For North American auto and steel workers, however, higher content rules could be a benefit. The point here is not that Trump’s 85 per cent is the right number. It is that his insistence on more North American content is not ridiculous. Nor is his insistence that auto production be tied somehow to auto sales. That was the theory behind the 1965 auto pact between Canada and the U.S., a pact still lionized on the left. Trump’s version would require 50 per cent of all NAFTA-qualifying autos to be manufactured in the U.S. It’s a way to staunch the flood of auto manufacturing jobs to low-wage Mexico — a flood that has been denounced by both American and Canadian unions. Again, the 50 per cent number might be wrong. But the idea — figuring a way to protect good jobs from low-wage competition — is not. On it goes. Canadians, particularly those on the left, have long denounced NAFTA’s Chapter 11, which gives foreign businesses the right to challenge sovereign governments before so-called investor-state dispute settlement panels. It has been used successfully numerous times by U.S. firms unhappy with Canadian law. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would keep some version of Chapter 11. Trump would allow governments to opt out. For critics of NAFTA, Trump’s is obviously the better option. Yet I don’t see him getting much praise. The U.S. and Canada are also at loggerheads over Chapter 19, which allows NAFTA countries to challenge one another’s trade practices before an independent panel. It’s not a strong chapter. The panels are authorized only to determine whether countries are following their own laws. In some cases when the U.S. has lost, it has responded by simply changing the law to match its practice. But Trump wants to axe Chapter 19 anyway, calling it an affront to U.S. sovereignty. Canada, meanwhile, has chosen to treat this part of NAFTA as a deal breaker and has threatened to walk away if it is killed. I am not sure who is more irrational here: Trudeau for his insistence on keeping a provision that doesn’t mean that much or Trump for his insistence on removing it. Finally, Trump would introduce a sunset clause whereby the treaty would automatically expire after five years. I can see why he wants this. It would keep Canada and Mexico on their best behaviour. Similarly, I can see why Canada and Mexico are desperately opposed. Canada has called this too a deal breaker. Maybe NAFTA will founder on the sunset clause. Maybe Canada and the U.S. will eventually hammer out far less ambitious trade arrangements in, say, agricultural products and autos. That shouldn’t bother too much those Canadians who never wanted NAFTA in the first place. And it certainly won’t bother the left’s most unlikely ally in this matter: Donald Trump.
  6. The Coaching Carousel Thread

    Good read on all the names in the mix: https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/11/22/coaching-carousel-candidates-chip-kelly-scott-frost
  7. Roy Moore

    If an ex girlfriend released that pic she could be violating the “revenge porn” law.
  8. TCU/BU: Predictions, Picks to Click and Uni Talk

    If Baylor was a 24 favorite and not a 24 point underdog, those end zones would be very very black. I'd guess there will be less than 1,000 BU fans at the game
  9. Baylor @ TCU

    Notice the author’s rather ironic name considering the subject matter? He was a TCU grad.
  10. Roy Moore

    I’m no Joe Barton fan, but I’m not sure what he’s apologizing for. Separated, consensual relationship... Utterly stupid to e-mail the pics / videos, but other than that, I’m not sure if I see a problem. But I’m not a fundamentalist.
  11. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    Done and done. They''ll be pulling for the Frogs! Thank you again
  12. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    Okay Transferred and invoiced via paypal
  13. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    Doing it now. BRB
  14. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    No problem. I need that to transfer tickets
  15. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    {please don't quote this, I want to delete afterwards} Thanks!
  16. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    whats your first and last name?
  17. Looking for 2 tickets for the Baylor game

    Emailing now
  18. Roy Moore

    Unfortunately “more coverage” doesn’t cover him up.
  19. Roy Moore

    Lol Strangely I haven’t heard anything about it being unwanted by the recipient. Gross old adults doing gross things apparently. Got to be pretty dumb to send naked pics of one’s self. But apparently it’s not uncommon these days.
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  21. Roy Moore

    I should never have clicked the "more coverage" link. Now I know there are also videos of him masturbating. Ewwww. Spare your knitting needles?
  22. Roy Moore

    Oh my f'n Gawd. I googled the story to see what you were talking about and there was a pic. I need some knitting needles to stab out my eyes. I am forever charred.
  23. Roy Moore

    Good Lord, bless the poor lady who received that old shriveled up thing on her phone. Heal her eyes, Lord.
  24. TCU/BU: Predictions, Picks to Click and Uni Talk

    Frogs 38-10
  25. Roy Moore

    Yeah, that clearly crosses a line...
  26. Roy Moore

    Joe Barton’s turn in the barrel. If anyone finds the nude pictures of him that are making the rounds, please DON’T post them here.
  27. Frog Pets

    Yeah, and I'd add no pickles, either.
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