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  1. 3 hours ago, Loch Ness Monster said:

    Would agree it's more about punishing young women for sex. Women with money will still terminate any unwanted pregnancies though. Unwanted poor kids will place stress upon society.

    Blue states should make laws that any out of state resident seeking an abortion who’s family is above poverty line will need pre-certification screening via Planned Parenthood.  If your family is registered republican or found to have donated to republican candidates or causes within the last 5 years, you will be extradited to your home state and denied services.  

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  2. 3 hours ago, henrygandorf said:

    the gop sees pardons like get out of jail free cards in monopoly.  you don't want to have to use it, but it's nice to have just in case.

    there are folks right now who have them and if they never see charges, we'll never even know about it.

    Wait.  There are people with secret, undisclosed pardons?   Pardons are not subject to Freedom of Information?

  3. So BK has multiple US Marshalls parked around his home 24/7 who's very  presence is enough to make a would be assassin pick up his phone and call the police on himself and stop the spree of (checks notes) exactly ZERO assassinations of US Supreme Court justices since the founding of the republic.   What exactly are we supposed to do to protect them more??   

     

  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/podcasts/the-daily/uvalde-buffalo-gun-control-california.html?smid=url-share
     

    Was listening to this the other day and it makes a interesting point.  Gun control laws are like a slice of swiss cheese.  Any one law has lots of holes allowing gun advocates to continually claim “that law wouldn’t stop this particular situation”  or “ that one law wouldn’t end all gun crime!”  But stacking multiple laws (slices) together,  accumulated over time and targeted to different parts of the issue, those holes are greatly reduced to the point of making a meaningful impact.

     

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    California Has America’s Toughest Gun Laws, and They Work

    As in the “Swiss cheese model” of Covid prevention, a lot of small measures add up.
     

    The grotesque toll of gun violence is again being debated in Congress. As Luis Ferré-Sadurní and I reported over the long weekend, states are not holding their breath.

    Particularly this state: In ways that have tended to be underreported, California has significantly lowered gun deaths, Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, an emergency room doctor and longtime firearm violence researcher, told me this week.

    “For the last 20, maybe even 25 years — except for the two years of the pandemic, which have increased homicides and suicides across the country — our rates of firearm violence have trended downward,” said Dr. Wintemute, who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento. “And this has been at a time when most of the rates in the rest of the country have gone up.”

    California’s rate of firearm mortality is among the nation’s lowest, with 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2020, compared with 13.7 per 100,000 nationally and 14.2 per 100,000 in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported. And Californians are about 25 percent less likely to die in mass shootings, compared with residents of other states, according to a recent Public Policy Institute of California analysis.

     

    I asked Dr. Wintemute how California is different. Here’s a lightly edited excerpt from our conversation, which took place on Memorial Day after his emergency room shift:

    Just a couple of weeks ago, California had a mass shooting. By what measures are our policies a success?

    You have to look at it on a population basis. We do have more mass shootings in California, but we’re also by far the largest state. I looked a while ago at the rates of firearm violence across the 21st century — homicide and suicide together — and the rest of the country was up, but California’s rates were so far down that the average was flat.

    We always hear that nothing works, that even California’s strict gun laws are ineffective.

    That’s because we evaluate policies one at a time, in isolation. The results for one policy might be mixed or even negative. But what California has done over a number of decades has been to enact a whole bundle of policies that I think work in synergy, to measurable effect.

    It sounds like the “Swiss cheese model” public health experts have used to address Covid.

    Yes. The idea is to prevent the holes in the policies from lining up. But if we rank the states, California’s rate of firearm violence ranks 29th out of 50 states for homicides and 44th for suicides.

    Can you share some examples?

    California has done a lot to prevent high-risk people from purchasing firearms. We’ve broadened the criteria for keeping guns out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness. If you’re convicted of a violent misdemeanor in California, you can’t have a gun for the next 10 years; that offense has to be a felony in most states.

    We require background checks, and not just from licensed retailers; in most states, purchases from private parties require no background checks or record keeping of any kind. We have a system, that we’re evaluating now, for getting guns back from “prohibited persons” — people who have been convicted of violent crimes or who are facing domestic violence restraining orders. And we enforce these policies, unlike a lot of other states.

    What else?

    In the early 1990s, cheap handguns — “Saturday Night Specials” — were almost entirely manufactured around Los Angeles. It was a few companies making upward of 800,000 cheap handguns a year. So the state imposed standards for design and safety. One of the companies has since gone to Nevada. The rest went belly-up and no one else has come in to fill the gap.

    What about gaps?

    Every time California sets a new standard, the gun industry tries to outwit it. Unregulated ghost guns have become immensely popular here, precisely because we’re such a tightly regulated market. And the state program to recover guns from prohibited people has never had the level of funding it needs to do the whole job — there are only about 40 trained agents for the whole state and a backlog of at least 10,000 people whose guns need to be taken.
     

    Overall, what could the rest of the country learn from California?

    The lower the prevalence of ownership, the lower the rate of firearm violence — that’s been one of the most robust research findings for decades. Rates of gun ownership are lower here, in part because of this bundle of state measures. In the United States overall, something like 25 percent to 30 percent of individuals own guns. In California, it’s about 15 percent to 18 percent.

     


     

     

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  5. 16 hours ago, Pescado_Rojo said:

    As a guy newly back in the dating pool for the first time in 23 years, they are on all the dating sites too. I actually call out "No Trumpers" in my profile, and they all feel compelled to message me and tell me I sounded great until they saw that. Really Karen? You don't think I saw your profile with your "Let's go Brandon" shirt and AR 15 and didn't just keep scrolling? 

    I completely understand, but if done correctly, and with appropriate precautions and exit plan in place, bat shit crazy is sometimes exactly what is needed

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  6. "When you ask Patterson a question about how Texas players are looking or progressing, the most he says is:

    “I don’t know if anyone thinks they’re roster is everything they want it to be. But we have some good players, and I think we have good kids.

     

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  7. 8 hours ago, RomaVicta said:

    This is private property!

    Oh, wait. It's really not, is it? 

    Every journalist in Texas, as well as every citizen in Uvalde, should line up on that public property and wait to be arrested for "trespassing".

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  8. Oh boy, we got him now boys.  He has ten days.  Ten.   That's it!   If he doesn't comply in ten days he will get a really really sternly worded letter giving him another ten days under DIRECT threat of a third sternly composed letter, a official memo, and possibly an angry voice mail.  Oh Jordy is shitting his pants now!

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  9. 33 minutes ago, Teryor said:

    https://theathletic.com/3343013/2022/05/31/diamonte-tucker-dorsey-texas-transfer-portal/?redirected=1

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    Until the phone starts ringing, you don’t actually know how it’s going to go. That’s one of the many things Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey understood about how the transfer process actually works in college football.

    More than 1,900 FBS scholarship players and another 1,100 from the FCS level have entered the transfer portal over the past 10 months. Many of them are realistic about what happens next. Many are not. That’s one reason why, at the end of an All-America season at James Madison, the linebacker didn’t test his luck by putting his name in the portal in the winter.

    “I didn’t want it to blow up in my face,” Tucker-Dorsey said. “You could go in and there’s nothing there. You never know. That really could’ve been a reality and my life could be completely different, so that’s something I had to really seriously think about. You don’t know. It’s a risk.”

    He watched his buddy Antwane Wells Jr., James Madison’s All-America receiver, go through this in January. Within a week, Wells was committed to play in the SEC at South Carolina. Tucker-Dorsey knew the wideout would have no problem finding a new home. But Wells had three more seasons of eligibility. Tucker-Dorsey is about to be a sixth-year senior. He has just this one shot.

    Two weeks ago, he made his move. The first offer that came in? Texas. Now he’s heading to Austin for his final season. It’s one heck of an opportunity for a player who couldn’t convince Power 5 programs to offer him out of high school in Virginia. It’s also a big payoff for a more unusual approach. Tucker-Dorsey waiting so long to transfer worked out well. In his case, based on how his rapid recruitment played out, it might’ve been wise of him to be one of the last guys to hit the portal.

    The 5-foot-10, 215-pound linebacker has always had to fight the “undersized” label during his playing career. He says that helped make him a realist from the start. “I understood it,” he said. “I understood that I didn’t necessarily fit the landscape of college football at this time.” He understood, too, that it only took one offer to get in the door.

    The Lake Taylor High standout figured Virginia Tech would be the one. He’d taken so many visits to the in-state school and believed then-defensive coordinator Bud Foster really did like him. But the Hokies didn’t offer. Wake Forest’s coaching staff told him to come to their camp and they’d decide on his offer after that. After sizing him up in person, they also passed. There was plenty to like on his junior tape, including multiple clips of Tucker-Dorsey knocking helmets off of running backs’ heads in the first minute. He was proud enough of the violence displayed in his senior highlights that they’re entitled “The Purge” on Hudl. How hard he played was clear to see. James Madison’s staff saw it and gave him his chance.

    “I was always grateful for that,” Tucker-Dorsey said. “All you need is one. I got that one and look what I turned it into. Early on, when I was going through the process and everybody else was getting offers, it was in my head. I was thinking about it a lot. But once I got my JMU offer, I didn’t care. I was going there and I was going to make a difference. And I did that.”

    But not right away. Tucker-Dorsey spent his first two seasons in the program on scout team. He had a lot of learning to do about scheme and playing defense at the college level. He admits that, early on, he used to hate watching film. He didn’t understand what he was watching. He thinks back on those early days and remembers a poor performance in fall camp and the final scrimmage going into the 2018 season. The coaching staff left him off the depth chart.

    “Like I said, I’m a realist. I knew why,” Tucker-Dorsey said. “I wasn’t mad about it. I knew going into my junior year, I couldn’t make those same mistakes. I’m gonna look myself in the mirror, better myself and see what I’ve got to fix. It was never an ability problem. I just had to get on the field.”

    That is the juncture, too, where so many college football players decide to hit the eject button. If they haven’t played much in their first two years, impatience sets in and the portal looks even more appealing. It’s certainly common for a player in that predicament to transfer out (and often down) just to get off the bench. But Tucker-Dorsey recognized the downside.

    “I’m not a guy that likes change, especially when there’s a question mark behind it and no guarantees,” he said. “I was definitely not taking that route at that time. When you have no film and you’re an undersized guy, that wouldn’t have been the smartest thing for me.

    “You’ve got to really take it seriously. It’s not just gonna happen for you. You can have all these people in your ear telling you how good you are and you’re this and that. But then when you get to college and you’re not playing, you can’t still be listening to the outsiders instead of listening to the people who matter — your teammates and coaches — who’re telling you what you can improve on and how to get there. That was the biggest thing, locking in and understanding I can do a lot more. Once I did that, that’s what flipped the switch for me.”

    He still had to wait another season for his shot. He didn’t make the two-deep in 2019, either, but tried to make the most of the limited defensive snaps he got for a Dukes squad that played for the FCS national championship. His hard work finally paid off in 2020. The Will linebacker job opened up, and he went out and won it, started every game and was their second-leading tackler and a second-team All-CAA selection.

    That breakthrough season wasn’t just validation, after four hard years, that he could be a starter. He says it gave him confidence that he could become a dominant player. And that’s what everyone saw in 2021 as the second-team All-American put up 116 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four interceptions for a 12-2 Dukes squad that reached the FCS semifinals.

    When asked to name the game from last season he’d want everyone to watch, Tucker-Dorsey doesn’t hesitate. It’s the first-round playoff game against Southeastern Louisiana. Eight tackles, five pressures, a strip-sack on a blitz off the edge, an interception and then one more for a 43-yard pick-six against Cole Kelley, one of the top QBs in the FCS.


    When the season ended, Tucker-Dorsey didn’t want to leave. He loved his time at James Madison, but he spent several months thinking about where he needed to be. James Madison is moving up to play in the Sun Belt this fall but, due to the FCS-to-FBS reclassifying process, can’t play for the conference title or even go to a bowl game. That was a factor worth weighing. More importantly, though, the linebacker recognized these next six months are of the utmost importance if he’s going to get a shot at playing in the NFL.

    “That’s the biggest reason,” he said. “I’m trying to change my life and my family’s life. I’ve gotta put myself in the best position to do so.”

    He went in the portal on May 17 and the offers rolled in, with Ole Miss, Florida State, UCF, Auburn and Texas A&M joining the race with Texas. Because he waited until after the May 1 one-time transfer deadline, Tucker-Dorsey will need a grad transfer waiver to play right away. He also put James Madison in a tougher spot to go sign a replacement. But the recruiting process he experienced was so much more straightforward.

    “Nobody was reaching out to me if they didn’t really want me,” he said. “At this time of the year, spring ball has already passed. There’s no window dressing or stuff like that. Everybody is genuine and meaning what they say.”

    Texas, in search of a linebacker for months, put the full-court press on Tucker-Dorsey with its entire coaching staff treating him like their No. 1 priority. His official visit, six days after entering the portal, sold him on their plan and how seriously they wanted him. Their defensive staff sees him as an experienced, versatile chess piece who can effectively play coverage, stop the run and bring pressure. Going through spring ball with the Longhorns would’ve helped, but the super senior isn’t nervous about this transition. The way he sees it, this shouldn’t be tough once he gets the terminology down.

    Tucker-Dorsey was able to make it this far as a player, from two-star recruit and little-known backup to FCS All-American, by staying persistent and remaining a realist. As he packs his bags for Austin, though, it sure is tempting to be an optimist.

    “I weighed my options out,” he said, “and came to the conclusion that life is about taking chances. I just felt like I’ve got to take one.”

     

    Thanks for posting that article.  I am excited about this guy.  He may be undersized and all that but he is hungry, has the right mentality, and has 1 shot to make his mark.   He is gonna play balls to the wall and leave it all out every game he plays.   Colt is the last player I can remember that played like that for us. 

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  10. 21 hours ago, Ojo Rojo said:

    I was in Port O'Connor for Memorial Day Weekend and there are a couple of beaches accessible only by boat where lots of people gather. There are "Let's Go Brandon" and Trump flags flying from boats aplenty. You get the scene. I overheard one conversation where the guy said, "I think the Democrats were behind COVID. I wouldn't put it past them."  He was dead serious. So we have that going for us, which is nice.

    Dem 1:   We need to do something big to regain relevance.  How about we convince all the members of our party in the Senate to overturn the filibuster so we can pass popular legislation like voting rights, background checks for gun purchases, and protect abortion rights? 

    Dem 2:  That is way to difficult and complicated.  Instead we should recruit the top scientific minds in the world to bioengineer an incredibly virulent man-made virus that will cause a world-wide pandemic and cause a global shutdown for multiple years, and kill millions cause that will help us beat Trump in 2020.   This project will require 100's of billions of dollars in funding, and  we need to do this in complete secrecy and need to prevent any of those those thousands of scientists and their assistants that we recruited for this project from ever talking to anyone, including their family members.  If even one person talks to the press or law enforcement, we may get blamed for this, but i think we can manage that risk.

    Dem 1:  It's fool proof!

     

     

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  11. 1 hour ago, Al Bundy's Napoleon Hand said:

    I love both cities but that's more a case of an SA inferiority complex than an Austin superiority complex in much the same way Houston is to Dallas. One city bristles at the mention of another, the other one doesn't really realize they're engaged in a rivalry. Occasionally semi-entertaining.

    I spent my entire childhood in Houston.  I never heard anyone say anything about A rivalry between Dallas and Houston until I went off to UT and met some guys from Dallas.  It was very strange.  Kinda like when I got my first job and a group of aggys said something to me about being a “tea sipper” on my first day.  I had no fucking clue what whey were talking about.

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  12. Note sure what some of y’all  think an extra  2 inches and 15# is  gonna do if you are always out of position.  If being a bit smaller helps him get to the ball carrier quicker and slow him down, even a bit, that is lightyears ahead of where we were last year.

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