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  1. No, the law has yet to fail with Trump. It's not proceeding according to your timeline, but it has yet to fail. Moreover, I submit that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the law represents a cure. The GOP could have kept Trump off the ballots if they'd really wanted to, but they were willing in their quest for power to permit idiocracy to serve them up a useful idiot a few final times before dismantling it.
  2. Thing is, though, this has been more or less always true, likely worse over the course of the nation's history. We have always been at some risk from the morons in our society. And, no matter how good we get public education, or family values, or whatever the fuck, we're always going to be at some risk of the morons upending everything. What failed here were the political systems, i.e. parties, that allowed a dickwad like Trump anywhere near a ballot for anything beyond dogcatcher, if that. An irony of all of this is that the morons present their largest threat via democracy. The founding fathers realized that and installed certain features, like the electoral college, as a backstop against ti. But due to high concentrations of morons in populous states, e.g Texas, the EC wound up reinforcing the morons.
  3. The Jews are doing it, right Steve?
  4. Well, a big part of Archie Bunker was that his casual bigotry was put on display in such a way that it made it obvious to everyone how wrong it was, even if it was not generally malicious. Lear made him somehow into a self-parody without turning him into a complete clown. Tons of credit to O'Connor, as well, but that duo was remarkable. My Dad never laughed so hard in his life as watching All In The Family. But even as a little kid, maybe having used AITF as a teaching moment, I was made aware that Arch was wrong.
  5. Until WWII, reserve officers (non-academy) were generally regarded with contempt, regardless of their "origin." Of course, that was utter silliness, as proven by WWII, which could not have been won without reserve officers. But yeah, reserve officers come from all over the place. Even 100% military schools like The Citadel and VMI are ROTC programs.
  6. An additional possibility is that QE's injury, which has made him wary to run (or instructed not to or both) and not get hit hard, has forced a greater degree of pocket presence than he has exhibited previously.
  7. Good article on the immunity opinions in lawfare. https://www.lawfaremedia.org/article/two-court-rulings-on-presidential-immunity-move-the-trump-cases-forward Contains this: While Trump may try his luck with an appeal, this opinion is unlikely to be significantly disrupted going forward. The Supreme Court tends to respect unanimous cross-ideological rulings from the D.C. Circuit, and the judges on this panel command respect across the political spectrum. So on its own terms, the case is important because it significantly clarifies where there is, and where there is not, an opportunity to sue presidents on the basis of conduct taken during their time in office. In particular, it seems to widen the possibility of suits against presidents, contending that—at least in the D.C. Circuit and at least for now—the president cannot assert immunity where a contextual analysis of the conduct shows it to have taken place in the president’s private capacity as a candidate for office. The people at lawfare are neither blindly optimistic nor pessmistic and this about the Supreme Court is certainly historically true, and even recently true with the current court. This refers to the civil immunity holding in Blassingame, not Chutkan's ruling. But assuming a similar panel of the DC Circuit upholds her reasoning, there's probably not a high likelihood that the Supremes reverse, or even accept cert.
  8. Maybe he's one of those dudes that needs to decide if he's actually injured or not.
  9. Seems weird. Maybe he wasn't as injured as we thought?
  10. It is impossible to know. I don't think most coaches go into it for egotistical reasons. At the initial levels, it's much like teaching, I think. But yeah, ego can intervene once success is attained and maybe is something of a prerequisite for success. But most people who attain sobriety are in a bit of a quandary. Their lives have gotten messy, some of their life choices, including bit things like career have become questionable. Something you hear a lot in AA rooms and in discussion among addicts is this: Your best thinking so far has gotten you here, maybe it's time to try something different. So, just about everyone in recovery considers whether their "old job" is compatible with sobriety and what they really ought to be doing. And, sometimes career changes follow. But sometimes they don't. Most everyone probably takes a stab at resuming their old career with some new approaches to it that come with sobriety and sometimes it works out swimmingly, sometimes it doesn't. This includes careers like lawdog, where sometimes being an asshole dickface is part of the job, or can be. The newly sober lawdog has to consider and find out whether the job can be done well, and with reduced stress, without being an asshole dickface motivated by ego and insecurity. I think Sarkisian found himself in that spot and Saban's "rehab program" was the ideal place for him to discover whether he could continue to coach on a "new paradigm" so to speak. And it seemed like he could. It would appear, outwardly, that Sarkisian is succeeding with this new paradigm that is less ego-driven and more akin to the teaching aspects of the job, the "being of service to others" aspect that is so critical to maintaining recovery and sobriety. ETA: Sark was going to be a better person as a result of recovery. Whether that better person could be a top-flight HFC at a top-flight program remained to be seen. It seems like he's putting it together in a way that his recovery is positively influencing his coaching. That was not a sure thing.
  11. We are a better team than last year across the board and a much better team than the Alamo Bowl team without RoJo and Bijan. I'm not sure UW has made the same kind of improvements. But their O is definitely formidable, especially considering our vulnerability there. But I think we're actually a bit better there, certainly more effective up front, and I'm not all that sure UW is a whole lot better than what we saw last year. I think we're definitely a better-rounded team.
  12. Although depression is often co-morbid with alcoholism (alcohol is one of the finest CNS depressants known to man, to boot), that vulnerability and humility is an express teaching and goal of AA and most recovery psychology. You hear a lot of talk about honesty in AA and recovery. At the first pass, that is quit lying to cover up your drinking and misbehavior. At the second pass, it's quit lying about anything so as to avoid guilt. At the third or fourth pass, it's quit lying to yourself and to other people about who you are and what are your character defects, it becomes all about humility and authenticity and the integrity is just along for the ride at that point. And, as a result of that, you come to understand that you are really no better and no worse than your fellow man, even when in your cups (to think otherwise, even negatively, is just vanity), and that you can be honest, open and accountable and acceptable to yourself and to anyone else who matters. And then, then you have it mostly knocked.
  13. Man, I went back and looked at some of those presser videos from recently that people have been rec'ing. The humility and authenticity of that guy just oozes. I can't think of another coach like that. That, I am relatively certain, is a by-product of sobriety: you can talk about tough stuff, answer hard questions without bluster, without resorting to cliches and deflections. It's remarkable. And, I bet that it is so unconventional that it takes players some time to adjust to it and respond to it.
  14. Man, the humility and authenticity just oozes off him like no football coach I have ever seen. Probably takes players a minute or two to get used to that.
  15. Yes, your initial premise is accurate. But, some of the thinking changes that accompany getting sober might not be compatible with the coaching of Division 1 football. So many (successful and otherwise) coaches are such fringe personalities these days, you kind of wonder if it doesn't require a personality disorder to succeed. And, even if it doesn't require a personality disorder, reconciling past job behavior or traits with sober behavior or traits can be a challenge, including a challenge to sobriety so I was a bit worried for Steve. But I'm glad he's having this success and I hope it continues.
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