"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
Cleveland's President was quoted as saying "we want to be the Oregon of the NFL." A picture perfect example of why he is not qualified to be the Browns President. Also, they are Proud" that they are the only NFL team with their city printed on the uniform front. Huh? You know who writes their city or college name prominently on the front of their uniform? Teams with no history, no equity, and no brand. This tells you all you need to know about the disfunction in Cleveland IMO. Sorry, don't know how to embed pictures.
as part of "violent rape culture infested football" and associated with "racist militarism".
Soon thereafter the same leader was revealed to have vandalized Omar Mahmood's off-campus apartment door, according to the former Michigan Daily columnist who was fired from the Daily for his satirical article Do the Left Thing that appeared in the Michigan Review.
"campus is already a hostile place for Arab/Muslim students"
Apparently so, at least for Omar Mahmood as described by Jonathan Chait
Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus. The students, who were recorded on a building surveillance camera wearing baggy hooded sweatshirts to hide their identity, littered Mahmood’s doorway with copies of his column, scrawled with messages like “You scum embarrass us,” “Shut the fuck up,” and “DO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!” They posted a picture of a demon and splattered eggs.
Mahmood reported that he has known the identity of the vandals all along, but had hoped to reconcile, but said he couldn't hold back any longer in the wake of Khalil’s statements about campus hostility toward Muslims.
Zeinab Khalil, a recent UM graduate, Muslim, and progressive activist who won numerous distinctions during her time on campus, including an award named for Martin Luther King, Jr., thinks it’s the former. A UM group’s decision to screen the film American Sniper offended the sensibilities of some Muslims, including Khalil, who claimed on Twitter that the campus “is already a hostile place for Arab/Muslim students. In one tweet posted on April 9th, she despaired
“Spent 4 yrs at @umich doing anti-oppressive work; admins used me to educate campus. this is what i get in return as exhausted/exploited alum.”
In a sense, she’s right. UM has indeed proven to be a hostile place for at least one Muslim student: Omar Mahmood, whose off-campus apartment was vandalized last December by a trio of women who pelted his door with eggs and left him hateful messages because they didn’t appreciate a satirical column he'd written mocking trigger warnings and microaggressions.
Who perpetrated this act of intimidation against a Muslim student? It was Khalil herself, according to Mahmood, whose account is supported by the testimony of other students, video footage, and emails obtained by Reason.
Khalil was assisted by two others, according to Mahmood, who are also recent graduates and progressive activists in the UM Muslim community.
Mahmood has known this all along—the amateur criminals were caught in the act on the apartment complex’s surveillance video and are identifiable to those who know them—but he says he didn’t report their names to the media in hopes that they would reconcile with him privately. They never did.
In the wake of the controversy over American Sniper and Khalil’s statements about campus hostility toward Muslims, Mahmood says he couldn’t hold back any longer.
MOD EDIT - I know people won't like locking this, but there are a fair number of people who are not handling themselves well and I really don't want to send anyone to Bolivia today. I am in too good a mood for that. -LSA
So after my thread last Monday (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-motorhead-monday ) had fans of a band wishing we were talking a different kind of heavy metal, I thought I'd move this week's thread, change the alliteration and throw out another car topic. Last week I asked about the car that you've most wanted to own that you've seen in person. This week:
Your dream garage. What 4 cars populate it? Why?
Totally OT here, but because it happend in Michigan, I wanted to share it. Fortunately the dog will make a full recovery.
I'd really love to meet this asshole in a secluded alley somewhere. It's your dog, yes. You have the right to put it down if you feel that's best. But you take it to a god damned vet and do it humanely, asshole! You couldn't even find a damned shotgun to do it properly? An arrow?
Asking for some advice from the crowd regarding a college savings strategy. I have some extra cash that is earmarked to college expenses for my kids and was hoping for some advice re: 529 plans VS Roth IRA. I am fairly knowledgeable re: 529 plans and Roth IRAs:
- Roths have very limited contributions per year (5500/yr), but I doubt we'd really exceed that. 529s are effectively limitless re: contributions.
- Roths have flexibility: Roths can be used toward retirement if we don't end up using it for college, but I seriously doubt we won't use it for college. 529s are penalized if not used for college.
- Roth contributions are not tax deductible, 529 are in my state
- Roth earnings are taxed if withdrawn before age 59.5 (we would be 50-52 when the kids finish college) even if used for college. 529s are not.
- Roth doesn't count against you re: financial aid, but 529s are (how much? slightly AFAIK)
- Roths withdrawn for education expenses are subsequently counted as income for the child one year later... so it's better to hold off on using a Roth until Sr year. 529s don't have this issue AFAIK.
I'm just wondering how to judge my situation specifically before I solicit advice from my advisior whom I anticipate will push their Roth product (of course). Short summary:
- we have 2 kids about 10 years from college age. Total income less than 180k.
- we have about 70k saved in various 401k-type thingss for retirement.
- we are close to our maximum yearly 401k contributions (~10-12 out of 16k max or so per year) and have a modest pension in place at retirement.
- we are appropriately insured, as are the kids re: life insurance.
- No high interest (CC) debt.
- the NYS 529 plan is universally considered among the top 5 529 plans available, given that it's a vanguard product and very low expense fees (0.16-0.17%)
- I feel better diversifying our investments not only from our advisor's products, but also from the market. If a pre-paid option like the Mich. Ed. Trust were available, I'd prefer that. Just a bit gun shy about having so much retirement AND college funds linked to the market.
Thanks very much in advance.
Based on something like 5 years of mostly-lurking, I know 11W is not anyone's favorite here. However, I thought this was a particularly good article, especially in light of the immense consternation Wisconsin's loss on Monday caused on the board.
My personal favorite portions:
Conference pride started as southern bullshit and then infected the rest of the country via ESPN bullshit and lucrative television contract bullshit.
As for the non-southern regionalism bit, it's bullshit. Ohio State's national title win is a boon to Ohio State alone. Had Wisconsin beaten Duke Monday the spoils would have been all theirs. Conference pride is delusion wrapped in hubris.
Undoubtedly, this gives away my personal feelings on the matter.
I'm also a UVA fan, and I often hear my classmates talk about ACC pride, which I am not a big fan of either. That isn't to say I would never root for a fellow B1G or ACC school - it's just I wouldn't root for them just because they were in the conference.
For example, I did root for Wisconsin to win against both UK and Duke, but that wasn't because they were in the B1G - it's because I have an utterly irrational dislike of both of those teams. If it had been Wisconsin vs Florida, OTOH, I would not have had strong feelings either way; if forced to pick, I'd honestly have gone with UF, because Wisconsin's style of play is irritating (and yes, I fully recognize the hypocrisy of that as a UVA fan. What can I say? That's what make sports fun - I can be a total hypocrite and not feel bad about it!)
Anyway, I'm interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on this.