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In Topic: Deflate Gate

30 January 2015 - 08:03 AM

And now here comes SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE. 




"...the first detailed, experimental data on how atmospheric conditions might have reduced the air pressure in footballs used by the New England Patriots in their victory over the Indianapolis Colts nearly two weeks ago."

In Topic: Golf Talk

30 January 2015 - 07:41 AM

Yesterday I played Slammer and Squire at the World Golf Village.   A friend had a friend who had a coupon so we got to play really cheap.  It was a really fun day. 


It's what I would call a resort course, not hard at all, with wide open fairways so you can pound the ball off the tee.   I think they set it up to make sure people enjoy the experience.  After all, it's the World Golf Village so they want to make sure the guy from out of state enjoys himself. 


I played pretty well (for me) on the front nine, but on the back nine, my short game let me down as usual.  The closer I get to the hole, the worse I get.  Next time I go to the practice range, I am going to spend an hour working on short putting, 6 feet or less, and I'm going to keep working on that until I master it, because I am wasting all kinds of strokes missing short putts.  

In Topic: Golf Talk

30 January 2015 - 07:34 AM

Love to play. I'm just horribly inconsistent at all aspects.  I have outings when I'll be good with the wedges or the putter, but I've never had any formal training -  and I could use some help sorting out grip and an outside-in swing tendency with the longer clubs. 


I very rarely play more than 9 or 10 times a years with a half-dozen trips to the range mixed in, so….  kinda hard to pull it together.


My lowest score is a 91.  


Hoping that all changes when I move to FL in a few months.  :thumbsup:


If you move to the Jacksonville area, you will be in a golf mecca.   There are more golf courses per square foot here than anyplace else in the world, and greens fees can be pretty cheap, depending on where you play, of course.  

In Topic: The Tail that Wags the Dog

29 January 2015 - 07:14 AM

Can someone explain to me in an easy to understand way the deal with Israel? Why we fund them and why everyone seems to hate them? It's hard to find an answer that doesn't get complicated. 


They are powerful politically because of the bipartisan nature of their support.    A lot of the people who support them have support for the state of Israel as their top priority, and those people are spread across both political parties, which makes an unusual cocktail of one-issue voters spread across both parties.   Jews have voted mostly democratic, and evangelicals have voted mostly republican, and those are the two groups that support Israel the most, and that makes both policial parties very reluctant to be seen as not supporting Israel for fear of alienating part of their base. 


The hatred comes from two other very divergent groups: Anti-semites on the one hand, and on the other hand, people who think Israel is just playing us for patsies as they put settlements on more and more land, land they have conceded in the past is not theirs to take.  But they're taking it anyway by settling Jews on occupied land.   Add to that the war with the Palestinians, where the Israelis are seen by some as not caring about civilian casualties and lots of innocent civilians have their homes destroyed and their children killed and it winds up on TV. 


If you look at the history of it all, anti-semitism ran so deep prior to WWII that even the United States would not take Jewish refugees trying to escape the Nazis, so they wound up going to what at that time was called Palestine.  Large waves of Jews went to Palestine before and after WWII, and they started advocating the creation of a "Jewish state."   Of course, this created a lot of friction with the Arabs who lived there, and in 1948, a civil war was fought, which the Jews won, and the Arabs were expelled from what became the state of Israel.   That's the Palestinian cause- they want to get their homes and property back, which they say was illegally stolen from them. 

In Topic: Koch Brothers political network set to spend $889 Million on the next pr...

28 January 2015 - 01:40 PM

I might by misunderstanding what you are saying here but I am pretty sure that is exactly what congress and the SCOTUS said. That money is speech and corps are people so anyone and everyone can spend as much as they want. 


It's a pile. It's not speech it's controlling of elections. The first amendment was never intended to imply as such, IMO.


If you own a newspaper you can say whatever you want.   There is no dispute about that.   But why should unlimited free speed be restricted to people who own the media?   Why shouldn't people be able to buy advertising space and say what they want?   What's the difference?    And why should we single out "corporations" and restrict the way they spread their political beliefs?   A corporation is just a bunch of people who have pooled their money and distributed shares.   Why would that kind of entity be subject to restriction on their free speech?  


Here's the First Amendment: 


"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


Nowhere in there do I see the words "unless it's a corporation or a rich person."  


I'm sorry, life isn't fair.   Some people have a lot of money, and they can buy what they want, including advertising to spread their beliefs.   Any restriction on that goes against the First Amendment.