landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|1 day 9 hours ago||I'm going to suggest a movie||
I'm going to suggest a movie that's not exactly a traditional war movie, and I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but it's good, and I just saw it yesterday at a friend's house: Bridge of Spies.
It stars Tom Hanks as insurance lawyer James Donovan, tasked with defending a Russian spy that nobody else wants to defend. To the chagrin of nearly everybody else, Donovan defends him to the best of his ability, through appeals, all the way to the Supreme Court.
Later. when Gary Powers' U2 plane is shot down, a plan is developed to exchange the Russian spy for Powers. The situation gets complicated by an American student held by the East Germans who Donovan also wants to get released. There are no car chases, gunfire, or anything like that, but it does capture the Cold War mindset, deception, and intrigue quite well.
A friend who visited East Berlin several times in the 1960s said the scenes of Berlin looked accurate to him.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Yesterday morning I saw two||
Yesterday morning I saw two separate shoppers at he local Sam's here in Oklahoma wearing Michigan T-shirt. I usually only see someone around here sporting the block M once every few months.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Singletary was one of the||
Singletary was one of the names floated by sports radio talking heads here in Oklahoma. They suggested the most likely scenario will be a one-year coach until there's a clearer picture of any NCAA sanctions or other ramifications. They also mentioned that at the last Big 12 coaches meeting, Briles was sitting in a corner by himself while everyone else was chatting.
|5 days 2 hours ago||In the early 80s, the EMU||
In the early 80s, the EMU bookstore had a postcard for sale with an image of the water tower that a guy made using a pin hole camera:
|5 days 18 hours ago||I hear you Don. When my||
I hear you Don. When my father died at age 81 it was a blessing. His altzheimer's had advanced to a point he could no longer be properly cared for at home, even with live-in help. We were at the point where some kind of nursing home was the only option. He watched his mother die of altzheimer's and he said that was what he feared most, losing his ability to funtion mentally and ending up institutionalized.
As we get older, we begin to develop medical issues and ireminders of our mortality. It sucks, but for many of us, worse than dying would be clinging to life while incapacitated with no hope of recovery.
|6 days 21 hours ago||I suspect Starr is gone, but||
I suspect Starr is gone, but he and Baylor are working out some kind of financial agreement.
|1 week 11 hours ago||She had trouble with the||
She had trouble with the strap-on?
|1 week 1 day ago||I guess everyone posting so||
I guess everyone posting so far is too young to remember Ron Johnson, the Michigan running back from the 1960s who set several records and was the first African-American captain for the Wolverines.
|1 week 1 day ago||Be careful what you wish for.||
Be careful what you wish for. I'm not a big NBA fan, so most of my comments here are based on what I've heard on the local sports radio here in Oklahoma City.
This is not the same Thunder team of past seasons or even this regular season. Most of the local radio hosts predicted the Thunder to lose to San Antonio in 5 or 6 games.
The bad (regular season and past years):
The Thunder this season led the league in losing games where they had a 5 point or more lead in the 4th quarter. Westbrook was responsible for a lot of that with his playing hero ball. He generally had more turnovers than assists in 4th quarters and jacked up a lot of 3 point shots (which I think he only hits at about a 22% rate). Durant also tended to go hero ball and would throw up shots while double or triple teamed. The Thunder were also horrible at defense, one of the main problems being Westbrook. He had a bunch of triple doubles this season, but some of that was achieved by resting on defense. Game after game, the player he was defending had scoring highs for the season--not that hard to do when you're wide open. His one effort at defense seemed to be the attempt at a steal, which would sometimes work, but more often take him completely out of a play.
The good (this post season);
It could be the change in coaching (Billy Donovan is now OKC's head coach), or it could be Westbrook and Durant have decided they really want a championship, and their old style of play isn't going to get them that, but the Thunder are playing much better now.
One reason is that Westbrook has decided to play defense, and both he and Durant aren't as prone to reverting to hero ball.
Another reason is the emergence of players beyond Durant and Westbrook, most notably Steven Adams. He's a 7 foot tall 22 year old New Zealander who has only played 5 years in the US, three of those in the NBA. He he's athletic and has developed over the last half of the season into a really good NBA center, who is outplaying almost everyone he is matched up against (and also one of the reasons McGary has barely seen the floor for the Thunder this year). There are other role players who have stepped up their games as well.
TL/DR: The Thunder team in the playoffs is much better than the Thunder team of the past.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I had a child with the||
If I had a child with the aptitude and desire to play football, I would have no problem with that, assuming the coaching staff was competent and didn't have the "win at any cost" mentality.
Football is a great avenue for some kids to earn college scholarships and get them into schools they otherwise would have a hard time getting into because of academic standards, economics, or both.
Obviously, the longer players are exposed to concussions, and the harder the hits, the greater liklihood there is to be problems. Most kids are never going to play in the NFL. I'm not saying there is no danger, but I would think the danger is reduced, in some cases significantly, by not playing 10 or more years in the NFL. Add to that, that most of the NFL players who have had their brains examined during autopsies were also from an era (and some claim this is still ongoing, despite the testing now in place) where substantial abuse of steroids and other PEDs was commonplace. I would think that users of steroids would be at a higher risk not just CTE, but other physical and mental damage as well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not at all. He just took it||
Not at all. He just took it to another level with the number of camps.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||At the time, his dad was an||
At the time, his dad was an assistant at Stanford. Here's a quote from Harbaugh about his recruiting. It doesn't seem like he was highly regarded.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My only experience is from||
My only experience is from the renter's perspective. We rented a house that was about 20 years old, so as you can imagine, there were several issues that cropped up over the 3 years we lived there. The biggest problem, though, was Rick, the handyman the management company used. My wife started referring to him as Rick the Incompetent. He claimed to be a plumber, and he could do most simple plumbing jobs. The problem was, he had a way of wasting time. I remember calling the management company once about a toilet that wouldn't stop running. So Rick shows up the next day, I show him the toilet, and he says he doesn't have the part, which was typical for him. He's driving around in a van that says such and such plumbing on it, but doesn't even have a basic toilet repair kit on board. So he leaves to go to the hardware store. About an hour later, he returns and fixes the toilet. So, he spends about 2 hours total on something that should have taken 15 minutes. The worst, though, was his claiming he could do jobs that he had no real idea how to do, like retiling the shower after the shower pan leaked. He screwed that up royally, ending up a shower floor that didn't drain properly. I can only imagine how much his incompetence ended up costing the owners (not to mention inconvenience to us) with jobs that dragged on or had to be redone. He was just lazy, not too bright, and had convinced himself he was a jack of all trades.
Another one of his idiocies that I remember was a job he dragged out and couldn't finish that day (it was 5:00 or 5:30, his quitting time), so he said he would be there "first thing in the morning." He finally rolls in the next day at about 10:35. I said, "I thought you said you'd be here first thing in the morning." He responded, "this is first thing in the morning."
After we moved out the owners sold the house to flippers who went through correcting a lot of Rick the Incompetent's "fixes" and some other underlying problems and cosmetic updating that had been neglected through the years.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Tonic, seltzer, simple syrup,||
Tonic, seltzer, simple syrup, vermouth, lemons, limes, and olives
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You're right. Someone is||
You're right. Someone is making "huge, sweeping, dickswinging points" in this thread.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This whole thread is based on||
This whole thread is based on SEC fans sowing their ignorance through crowing and gloating about Harbaugh "getting a taste of his own medicine" because Saban is showing up to the SMSB camp. Others have already pointed out the lunancy of this response. Yes, Saban is a great coach, but that certainly doesn't mean he or the SEC fans are above ridicule when they're acting like fools or hypocrits.
This is what fanbases do. They make fun of their opponents, especially when the material is so readily supplied. I'll point and laugh anytime an Alabama, OSU, or Sparty fan, player or coach says or does something silly or stupid. Winning a lot of games doesn't place them in some honored state where they're beyond ridicule or criticism.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not sure Houston would||
I'm not sure Houston would ever be given a fair shake at joining the Big 12. Schools like Texas, Texans A&M, Oklahoma, do not really want to dilute their prime recruiting area by giving another Texas school a boost.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The short paragraphs are||
The short paragraphs are normal in news writing. It's a visual aspect that corresponds to the narrow columns used in print versions of newspapers.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, that's some crazy shit.||
Wow, that's some crazy shit. Then again, to believe the victims of Sandusky aren't really victims is not that far removed in craziness from those who believe either Sandusky is the only one who bears guilt, or Sandusky, the president, AD, and several others are guilty, but somehow St. Joeseph is the single individual who bears no guilt at all. It's as if these crazies believe the mural of him with a halo is a literal representation of him and it really doesn't matter how much evidence there is that at a minimum JoePa's gross negligence allowed a pedophile to continue raping children for decades; in their minds he's the lone key figure in all this who bears no responsibility.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It wasn't a real job per se,||
It wasn't a real job per se, but when I was about 7 years old, my brother and sisters and I would do a bit of yard work for my grandparents (my dad mowed the lawn because we were so young). What I remember most was my grandmother plying us with lemonade and cookies while my grandfather groused about kids these days. One of his favorite refrains was "when I was your age I worked from sun-up til sun-down for 25 cents. I was never quite sure if what he was telling was true, but given that he was born in January 1900 on a farm, it's likely he was doing manual labor before the age of 10.
Later, I did snow shoveling and yard work for neighbors from about age 12-16.
At 16, I got my first "real" job: a busboy at a Sveden House buffet. There were almost never any tips. Ever since then, I always tip well unless I get really crappy service.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This seems like a hoax. Why||
This seems like a hoax. Why is nobody else reporting this?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Those tasked with making all||
Those tasked with making all the travel arrangements have their work cut out for them.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||If I'm not mistaken, in most||
If I'm not mistaken, in most parts of the country that is the law already.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It might not be all that||
It might not be all that unusual for both parents to get cancer. Both of mine did. My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001 and died 9 months later. She was just 65 years old and otherwise in excellent health. My father survived gall bladder cancer but 10 years after that went into remission he developed stomach cancer. By then altzeimer's was already taking a heavy toll, and we were at a point where he would have had to go to a nursing home. At age 81, it was his time.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||As Stephen pointed out in an||
As Stephen pointed out in an earlier post, it really sucked when ND already had that tune up game while Michigan was playing its first game of the season. That initial game of the season helps reveal weaknesses that can be addressed that are not always apparent just from practice.It was a pretty big advantage for ND.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Scary stuff. Partners are||
Scary stuff. Partners are often the saviors of men it seems. I know my wife has saved me in various ways through the years by being a check to my ego, negligence, or idiocy, nothing nearly as extreme as you went through though.
For many of us, it does seem part of our DNA to want to soldier on, tough it out, not want to bother anyone with our troubles, and that sometimes creates bigger problems down the road.
Thank you for posting this. Who knows, it might just stay in people's minds enough to cause at least a few people to stop ignoring a medical condition that's not getting any better.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||When my wife was pregnant||
When my wife was pregnant with our first child, she insisted we would need something better that the beaters I always had, so we bought our first new car, a Cutlass Calais. The marketing geniuses at Oldsmobile were throwing the label Cutlass on three completely different models at that time, the Supreme, the Cierra, and the Calais. I'm sure their intent was to enhance the lesser models with a name that had a proud history, but the net effect was the name was so watered down it lost what ever cache it ever had.
The worst part of buying the car was the idiot salesman. He told me, "you know, Oldsmobile is the Cadillac of General Motors." It also became clear that in my 20 minutes or so investigating the car, I knew more about it than he did. I bought the car despite the salesman.
In those days, my sister-in-law had a Cordoba, which is a great name, and even though by the time she owned it, it had seen better days, none of us could resist pronouncing the car name like Ricardo Montalban did in the commercials with its "rich Corinthian leather."
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The Ivies don't offer merit||
The Ivies don't offer merit based scholarships at least not for undergraduate. Their scholarships are all needs based. So being one of the top math students in the nation would get you nothing financially but neither would being one of the top football or basketball players. Obviously being tops in your area opens up the possibility of acceptance, but it doesn't add any financial help. I know Northwestern also has (or at least used to when my daughter was applying) no academic merit based scholarships.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Jake Rudock will get selected||
Jake Rudock will get selected before Cook and Sparty heads will asplode.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We had to put one of our cats||
We had to put one of our cats down yesterday. Sixteen years is a good long life for a cat. Still, it hit my wife especially hard because she was my mother-in-law's cat so was a connection of sorts between my wife and her mother, who died 15 years ago.