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NeFrog in the Kitchen Sink

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    God save us....

    It always bugs me that simply winning an election even by 1 vote gets construed by the winner as “the people have spoken” in favor of the winner when I reality only a little more half the people of spoken in favor of the winner. It’s as if the losing half don’t exist. Heck even in 60-40 elections there is a higher percentage of people who voted for the loser than the percentage of men attending TCU, for perspective.
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    Bowl Eligibility

    I think we win one of the three L games above. Probably lose one of the others for a 6-6 season.
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    God save us....

    I’m a center-ist. Actually a whole offensive line-ist.
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    It's Tceh Week (and a half)!!!

    Yeah. I don’t think he is the answer although I’m fine with seeing what we have with him.
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    It's Tceh Week (and a half)!!!

    Young QB and young OL is not a good formula for success. I have no idea how we could have been ranked to start the year with that combo. They will get better but tough to be a good team with those handcuffs. Give me an experienced line and QB and young skill players any day over the opposite.
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    God save us....

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    God save us....

    Such as what?
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    God save us....

    Good point. Do we really want to criminalize an individual's choice of a difficult ethical dilemma? Let's keep working on ways to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and make it easier for women to choose to bring a pregnancy to term. Providing better pre-natal and post-natal support for women and children seems like a place to start.
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    God save us....

    As far as the “two tracks” for abortion, some of the “what ifs” that might make a pro-life person pick the other track are: - life of the mother - rape (including date rape) - incest - intrauterine demise - major fetal abnormalities (e.g. anencephaly) - major chromosomal abnormalities - safety of the mother (abusive relationship) - mental capabilities of the mother (e.g. mental retardation) I really don’t know how I would choose on any of these if I was a pregnant woman, let alone how anyone else here would choose. Which is why I’m pro choice. I’ll let the mother with guidance from her family, doctor and her God decide which track is the least bad one.
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    God save us....

    I bet that's not true. Not that you don't have a consistent underlying philosophy, but that nobody should wonder what your opinion is on a given issue. There are all kinds of ethical "what ifs" that can change some peoples (but not others) opinions just by tweaking one variable in the discussion, and I don't even know if an individual knows what those what ifs are before being presented with that choice. I've been watching "the Good Place" on Netflix and they had an episode dealing with the runaway train ethical dilemma. It's symbolic, in my eyes, of this discussion. You might choose one of the tracks, but there could be variables that make you choose the other track. Sometimes ethical choices are not straightforward with competing virtues or vices, neither of which is absolute. As hard as it is for an individual to decide where they stand on an ethical dilemma, I think it would be impossible to predict what someone else will think.
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    God save us....

    Why not? Every issue is different and the weight of a particular value might be different for different people. For example, with regards to the virtue of life, a lot of pro-lifers in the discussion of abortion are also pro-death penalty because other factors outweigh their respect for human life. There is no absolute value that trumps all other values. Still, I think that most people have similar values and and virtues that they can respect about the opposite opinion. It is just that with the tough ethical discussions without an easy answer, we weigh them differently and come to different conclusions.
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    God save us....

    I think that’s part of the life virtue.
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    God save us....

    Each side has a core universally embraced value- an inalienable right, if you will- as a core of its position- Life on one side, Liberty on the other. Everyone respects all human life and everyone agrees that we should have the liberty to control our bodies and that Government shouldn't be making decisions for us. Each side tends to minimize the value on the other side in the analysis, but truth is almost all of us have a deep seeded respect for both values. It's a tough issue where the scales tip one way or the other at different points for different people, but I do think a productive discussion starts with acknowledging the other side's core value.
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    God save us....

    That was a Dumas comment.
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    God save us....

    First off as a preface, I don't expect the SC justices should not hold political opinions or be politically unbiased. Of course they will have their personal opinions on political topics. But I do agree Ginsburg should have kept her opinions to herself. And she admitted that. That was a mistake. But there are a couple important distinctions. What she said was relatively benign- "I don't like him and I hope he's not elected President" type stuff. What he said was more paranoid, bringing up Clinton payback conspiracy theories. And more importantly, he's saying it during a hearing to determine his judicial appropriateness, not off the cuff remarks. I actually supported the guy and thought he seemed fine when Trump nominated him. Seemed well qualified, fairly broad support and while conservative, a reasonable legal perspective. But after his sniffling diatribe, he convinced me he is way too partisan, clearly harboring a deep seeded, almost paranoid distrust for the left. Plus he played way too fast and loose with the truth for my liking. He was in a tough spot, but if that revealed his true character, it isn't a high enough character for the SC, in my opinion. That said, he is clearly embarrassed with his behavior (penning an op-ed basically saying he was a schmuck). He definitely enjoyed having some support from liberal leaning legal minds and knows he lost a lot of that respect. I could see him going out of his way to be impartial, perhaps even more than if this whole thing hadn't happened. If that is the case, could he actually ironically end up being a swing vote the other way on a controversial case or two? Probably wishful thinking on second thought.
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    God save us....

    Collins to vote yes, so looks like he will get confirmed tomorrow. Likely vote is 50-49 with Manchin voting yes and the dude at his daughter's wedding not voting. I guess if Manchin changes his mind, McConnell would keep the vote open for him to get back for a 50-50 vote. 50 votes shooting up the betting markets as most likely outcome one way or the other.
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    God save us....

    Murkowski votes no, Manchin and Collins yes on cloture. Murkowski comments make it sound like she won't vote yes on final vote. Collins leaving it open for announcement this afternoon. But even if she votes no, if Manchin and Flake vote yes will be confirmed at 50-50 if the Senator at his daughter's wedding gets back in time. WH thinks they have the votes, FWIW. Betting markets showing a rapid increase in shares for 50 votes last 2 hours: https://www.predictit.org/Market/4602/How-many-Yea-votes-will-Kavanaugh-receive-in-a-confirmation-vote-by-Oct-31
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    God save us....

    Yeah I read that and agree. And now that he is going to be confirmed (and probably would have even he hadn't gone hyper partisan and hypo truth-isan), he just looks bad. How can any Democrat or liberal presenting a case before the SC really expect him to be impartial after saying what he said?
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    God save us....

    I think Democrats are running pretty hard on keeping Obamacare and expanding Medicaid and many arguing for a Medicare for all. Even the moderate Manchin is aggressively defending Obamacare (with a gun, no less!):
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    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    Impressive. Three national top 100 players.
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    God save us....

    https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/571936/ Mirrors my thinking on this difficult issue of what to do with Kavanaugh.
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    God save us....

    According to Trump and many Republicans, she gave a "compelling and credible account". She probably can't prove her allegation- certainly not the beyond a shadow of a doubt or even to the preponderance of the evidence thresholds, but this isn't a criminal or a civic trial. This is a job interview to a lifetime appointment in the highest court, and I think "compelling and credible" is probably enough to look for another candidate (and there are plenty of qualified conservative candidates our there). His partisan and nonjudicial behavior further makes him a poor candidate. It also appears he was also less than truthful about his drinking history and he immaturely asked a female Senator if she ever blacked out when she asked him about his history. Sure he was under a lot of stress and partisan pressure, but my spidey sense is telling me much of his response was because there is a "truth" he doesn't want to get out. If he did assault her, I actually don't think he remembers it, but I do think there is something there he knows that he is hiding.
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    God save us....

    Interesting article about sixteen candles, the 1980s and date rapes: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17906644/sixteen-candles-rape-culture-1980s-brett-kavanaugh
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    God save us....

    Thought he was convincing as well, at least so far. So if lying is out from both, we are at mistaken identity versus drunk and forgotten. It's a tough one. Prob does need an FBI investigation. Prob need to hear from Mark Judge and the others under oath. Holes in her story, but his absolute, no wiggle room denials also could be an issue.
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    God save us....

    Been watching off and on. In person her story is even more emotional and compelling.
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