Saturday College Football Open Thread

Here's how my CFB year has gone - I could hit all 19 games I picked today and I'd still be under .500. I'm a bit better on the money side as I've done decently with my larger plays, but basically a disaster. But bowl season comes soon and a winning season dollar wise is still within reach. Today's picks:

Ohio State -1 (15 units) @ Michigan, Georgia -4 (4 units) @ Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech -4 (4 units) @ Virginia, Southern Mississippi @ Louisiana Tech -6, Louisville @ Kentucky +5, Iowa State @ West Virginia -14 (3 units), Clemson @ South Carolina +17, Cincinnati @ East Carolina -1, Alabama -15 (5 units) @ Auburn, UCLA +3 (3 units) @ USC, Oklahoma -7 (13 units) @ Oklahoma State, Texas A&m +6 (3 units) @ LSU, Notre Dame @ Stanford -3 (5 units), Florida State -3 (3 units) @ Florida, Mississippi @ Mississippi State +1 (3 units), Vanderbilt +18 (3 units) @ Tennessee, Northwestern @ Illinois +4 (3 units), BYU @ Utah State +3, North Carolina -4 (5 units) @ North Carolina State.

Go Gators!

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    There are hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by desertswine on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 11:25:11 AM EST
    Speaking of old grain, two grainy old videos (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 12:35:19 PM EST
    about Egyptians:

    The Bangles and Steve Martin.


    I see wonderful things... (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by desertswine on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:51:03 PM EST
    "As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, `Can you see anything?,' it was all I could do to get out the words, `Yes, wonderful things." Howard Carter, Valley of the Kings, November 1922

    Wouldn't We All Look... (none / 0) (#30)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 08:44:06 AM EST
    ...pretty dumb if there was grain found.

    Back in reality, Carson's new claim, refugees don't want to come to the US.  Good news, maybe he will STFU about it since, according to him:

    "I did not detect any great desire for them to come to the United States,"

    Another quote (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 08:55:07 AM EST
    The camps were "really quite nice"

    Jesus...shades of Barbara Bush after Katrina: (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by Anne on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:41:24 AM EST
    And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them.

    Guardian (5.00 / 2) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:18:03 AM EST
    Yes, Carson found (5.00 / 3) (#59)
    by KeysDan on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 02:31:42 PM EST
    the refugee camps to be idyllic, some parts even have electricity and indoor plumbing. Wonder if he had a book signing in that part of the camp. Carson says we can maintain those camps for expenditures for Halloween candy.  Guess the refugees will have to wait until next October for help.

    While these Republicans are entertaining, it is long past the time that they be treated in any way but for what they are....scary jokers who do not deserve the time of day, let alone consideration for any elected office.


    The editorial cartoons write themselves. (none / 0) (#51)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:38:16 PM EST
    Ben Carson pitching camp life like it's Motel Six - while standing under the infamous words, "Arbeit macht frei."

    Final: Stanford 38, Notre Dame 36. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 10:23:30 PM EST
    Conrad Ukropina's 45-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Cardinal to victory, dashed the Fighting Irish's playoff hopes, and likely qualified this thriller for consideration as an instant classic.

    And speaking of sports, ... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 10:40:18 PM EST
    ... will the NBA's Golden State Warriors (17-0)  lose a game before New Year's Eve? And will the Philadelphia 76ers (0-17) win one?

    Happy Sunday (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 03:00:38 PM EST
    Me neither (none / 0) (#22)
    by fishcamp on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 03:13:45 PM EST
    Do you think he's left or right handed?

    Hard to say (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 03:46:51 PM EST
    lol: both, i'd say... (none / 0) (#24)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 06:34:48 PM EST
    Something about that clip reminded me of Wyndham Hill stuff I listened to, way, way back in the 80s.

    Michael Hedges.

    A tough act to follow.


    Wonderful (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 06:46:58 PM EST
    I've seen Hedges before.   I'm a pretty big fan of acoustic guitar.   A it bit more pedestrian but still really cool this crossed my FB timeline today Neil Young in a BBC concert in 1971

    If you look to the left you will find the whole concert which is totally worth the time.


    Doesn't seem that long ago that both of us, (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:01:42 AM EST
    or most of us who talk here, were at the opposite focus of that song.

    "Twenty-four and there's so much more..."

    Neil Young.  What can I say?  Revolution Blues was the first thing into my head when I heard about the background of the Planned Parenthood suspect.

    "We live in a Trailer at the edge of town..."


    Never... (none / 0) (#38)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:36:24 AM EST
    ...that is pretty cool, to have that kind of dexterity and coordination...

    I am guessing he is right handed since he is holding it like a right handed player would and both necks are strung up right handed.

    Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen used to play 4 & 5 neck guitars, but never played more than a neck at a time.


    So, the odds-makers re OSU v Michigan (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 09:46:34 AM EST
    are "EVEN" or hovering at -1 or +1. Will listen, as usual to KUSC opera show and follow the game on mini. Go Blue! Maybe U of M will make the "Chick-Fil-A" Bowl!

    Most are climbing to (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 11:06:35 AM EST
    OSU -2.

    I will of course be pulling for the victors valiant for an outright win.


    The victors are trailing. Better (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 12:56:24 PM EST
    get with it.

    The Wolverines are going somewhere. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 01:39:12 PM EST
    Do they still have the "Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl" in Shreveport, LA? That game's corporatized name always just rolled of the tip of one's tongue.

    The Weedeater Bowl is now the (none / 0) (#8)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 08:51:20 PM EST
    Camping World Independence Bowl

    lol. The Colorado WeedToker Bowl (none / 0) (#9)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 09:01:24 PM EST
    ok, so nobody would show up...

    All kidding aside, that game's had ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 10:32:32 PM EST
    ... some great and entertaining matchups over the years. But as far as post-season venues go, Shreveport, LA ranks right up there with Boise, ID as a place you'd be least likely to ever find me during the holiday season.

    Donald you are right, (none / 0) (#17)
    by fishcamp on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:18:57 PM EST
    They're have been several great Independance Bowl games.  Years ago, My then wife was an Oklahoma grad and they beat Oregon.  I. Had bet her a hundo but refused to pay.  She told Jack Nicholson at a party the next night.  He came up behind me and in his best "here's Johnny" tone said "pay your wife".   I paid.

    Halftime FSU 10 Gators 0 (none / 0) (#7)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 28, 2015 at 08:47:51 PM EST
    As advertised earlier this week, thru the 1st half the Gators have no Quarterback and no Kicker.

    ESPN is not reporting (none / 0) (#18)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:28:25 PM EST
    much of anything about this game except that a LEO caught a pass.

    Had to go to Fox Sports for a story about the game.

    Update, ESPN does have a story.


    Orlando paper is reporting (none / 0) (#20)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:51:11 PM EST
    UF had Johnson and his brother on the sideline of the FSU game and may offer him a scholarship to play QB.

    For those of you not up to speed Johnson is the former FSU QB who was dismissed from the team and now is a JUCO student.


    Here's a Democrat I could vote for (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 08:09:09 AM EST
    Shortly after voting with House Republicans this month to drastically tighten screening procedures for Syrian refugees -- in defiance of Mr. Obama's veto threat -- Ms. Gabbard traveled to Paris. From there, she made the case for focusing on defeating the Islamic State in her fourth national television interview of the week.

    "My responsibility is to the people of Hawaii and the American people to stand up and fight for what is right and what is in the best interest of our country," she said in an interview Tuesday. "That has nothing to do with party politics."

    It is not exactly what Democrats had envisioned when they tapped her for stardom.

    Donald, could you?

    Admit it, Jim... (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 10:02:53 AM EST
    It wasn't just her republicanesque pandering that turned you on.  It's also the republicanesque hypocrisy of wasting taxpayer money so she could do that pandering while standing, quite literally, in the bloody footprints of Bataclan's victims.

    Look, she's a Democrat (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:08:28 PM EST
    but she's strong on defense.

    And I would guess she mirrors my often stated believe in minority/gay rights, including marriage, pro choice, LWOP, single payer health insurance...

    Looks very good to me.

    Why do you dislike her?


    And, Jim, you apparently (none / 0) (#27)
    by MKS on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 11:52:44 PM EST
    do not vote in favor of candidates that hold such liberal positions.    You say you support such positions,  but vote against candidates that hold those positions.

    She's the first Demo (none / 0) (#48)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:26:59 PM EST
    with those positions I have seen in a long long time.

    MKS, national defense is a drop dead issue with me. And all the Demos running for Prez haven't met the reqs. Same for local/state races.

    OTOH, maybe I'll be buried in Chicago when I die and can vote for Democrats for eternity.



    And you apparently gravitate toward shiny objects.

    Gets the NY Times write up (none / 0) (#19)
    by TrevorBolder on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:44:23 PM EST
    "You couldn't get a better role model," said Representative Steve Israel, who led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when Ms. Gabbard was first elected in 2012. "She reflected the diversity of the caucus and at the same time had amazing credibility on the issue of national security."



    oops, not every choice (none / 0) (#26)
    by MKS on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 11:46:11 PM EST
    works out.

    ESPN is reporting (none / 0) (#16)
    by ragebot on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 12:16:52 PM EST
    UG has fired its head coach, Mark Richt.  He was an assistant at FSU and played QB for the U so I followed his progress the whole time.  Have to say I always thought he was a decent guy.  That being said I doubt he will be out of work long.  Have to say Wayne Cochran, the blue eyed James Brown, may have said it best.

    Going back to Miami

    Tough crowd. (none / 0) (#28)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 08:00:31 AM EST
    That's a rather dubious move on Georgia's part, given that Richt won 74% of his games (145-51)over the course of 15 seasons and just concluded a 9-3 campaign. LSU may be about to do the same with Les Miles.

    Les is staying (none / 0) (#35)
    by ragebot on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:26:28 AM EST
    but most folks agree the LSU admin was very clumsy in how the let him hang in the wind.  Not to mention Franks switched his commit from LSU to UF.  Given how poorly UF faired against FSU Saturday some Gator fans are posting they want Franks to play against 'bama.

    Have to wonder if UF is still interested in Johnson, the former FSU QB who was a UF guest at the FSU game.

    Looks like UF is really trying hard to put out the dumpster fire.


    Into The Badlands (none / 0) (#33)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:06:13 AM EST
    Anyone following this?   I'm liking it a lot.


    When Into the Badlands hits, it hits hard. This week's episode definitely packed a punch from the get-go, as Quinn's army stormed the Widow's estate. As with the first two episodes, the action scenes here were top-notch, especially with them pitting capable fighters against capable fighters. The overarching storyline is also starting to take shape, as M.K. and Sunny's dynamic progresses. That said, the Quinn family drama continues to be the show's weakest aspect and was allotted too much screen time here.

    Badlands kinda reminds me of a (none / 0) (#36)
    by ragebot on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:31:38 AM EST
    China style show where the fighters are more like supermen than humans.  Also think some of the alliteration is too cute by half, like cogs, colts, and clippers.

    I think the whole point (none / 0) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:14:02 AM EST
    Is homage to China style movies.

    It's silly of course.   They all are.   What I like about it is there is more, at least in my opinion-not being a huge Kung fu movie fan-more story.  I like the story so far.   I have even seen it criticized, for example in the less than stellar tv review site PreviouslyTV, for having to much story and not enough Kung fu.  Which is exactly what I like about it.

    It's beautifully shot also.  

    I have one nit pic.   I get that the women can't fight in six inch heels but I wish they were more careful about shooting the flat shoes they wear fighting when they started the fight in six inch heels.  
    I realize this is probably a complaint only an obsessive about effects and continuity would have.   Still it bugs me.   Even if it's hardly without president.   The most famous example I can think of is Blade Runner.   When he is talking to the stripper in her dressing room she is shown putting in heels and her running shoes are clearly seen at the end.   Always bugged the hell out of me.


    Howdy, film people just see that stuff (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by fishcamp on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:04:17 PM EST
    I look at all four corners of the screen, and find mistakes all the time in movies and TV.  It's bred into us.

    Except as an extra, I've never worked in film (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by shoephone on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:31:56 PM EST
    But I notice obvious discrepancies a lot. One that always annoys me is from "The Talented Mr. Ripley." There's a scene near the end when Ripley goes to see Dickie, who's a jazz aficionado. We see a stack of jazz albums, with Miles Davis' "Tutu" in front. Problem is, the Ripley story takes place in the 1950's, and "Tutu" wasn't recorded until 1986.

    Sometimes they fix them (none / 0) (#54)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:36:30 PM EST
    One blooper that always bugged me was in Cameron's Aliens.

    In the big final battle with the alien queen after the robot Bishop has been ripped in half and she opens the airlock and everything is being sucked out.  Bishop, or the upper half of Bishop, has to reach to grab to kid as she slides by.  For a moment you could see the hole in the floor the actor was standing in.
    In more recent releases of this I've seen on cable they have digitally fixed it.


    Check it out (none / 0) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 03:31:27 PM EST
    this screen grab
    Is from a DVD I have had for many years.   Look closely at the floor under the "upper torso" of Bishop

    this screen grab
    Is from a copy of Aliens I recorded recently on the DVR.   Note the disappearing hole in the floor.


    Looks like they did more than that, Capt. (none / 0) (#63)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 05:13:34 PM EST
    The window-like grid in the upper left quadrant has been displaced vertically.  What looks like a work light has been reframed by or in the pink step-like stuff, which more or less continues from the right side, but it's weirdly discontinuous in the area of the window-like grid.  I remember the scene but can't picture what I'm looking at.  The vertical displacement of the grid is clearest relative to the position of the flare directly in line with the kid's left leg.

    I think that was me (none / 0) (#64)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 05:22:50 PM EST
    These are not full frames.   I took them off the screen of my tv with the iPad.  And I framed what I wanted to see.  One thing I really noticed is how much better the image was in HD than the DVD image.   Also the colors were quite different.

    My mistake. By screen grab I thought you (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 08:14:28 PM EST
    meant a screen capture, a copy of the video frame buffer.  

    In light of your response i'm guessing you used your ipad to take pics of the TV screen.  So the window-like grid was a reflection off the TV screen of an actual window in your house.  And the stuff that looked like vegetation was also reflected.  None of it made sense in the context of a space vessel.  But did that stop me from trying to figure it out?  no.


    Also (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 05:28:45 PM EST
    I think the DVD player is connected to the TV with component cables and the cable box is HDMI

    From a slightly different perspective (none / 0) (#49)
    by Zorba on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:28:28 PM EST
    I can't go with Mr. Zorba to any movie that features science, especially anything to do with the biological sciences and infectious diseases.
    He talked throughout "Contagion," about everything that was wrong with it.
    I mean, he notices every little thing, and has to complain about it.
    I guess when somebody has worked in a field, they're especially sensitive about mistakes they see.

    Ha (none / 0) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 03:43:02 PM EST
    Not just his field.   I remember his thoughts on the amount of gold in The Desolation of Smaug.

    I liked him for that.   This is what nerds talk about.   Mostly.


    Yes, that, too (none / 0) (#66)
    by Zorba on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 05:47:14 PM EST
    What can I say?  I'm married to a complete nerd.   ;-)

    I loved Hong Kong cinema. (none / 0) (#47)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:22:14 PM EST
    Yeah, the fights were interminable, and there was only one plot, but hey...

    Snake style battling Monkey style in a bamboo forest with fighters standing sideways on the trees?  No problemo.  It worked for me.


    Exactly my point (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:37:54 PM EST
    In this they are not.   They happen in every episode but it's not "about" that.

    Btw (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 05:50:50 PM EST
    I did notice there was no shoe switching in this weeks episode.  They managed to find shoes that looked good and were functional.   I wonder if someone else noticed it in the first couple of episodes.   It will be interesting to see if it shows up again.

    Scratch that (none / 0) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 08:19:50 PM EST
    Closer inspection revealed shoe switching.



    If You Bet Brady Would Beat the a... (none / 0) (#34)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:22:58 AM EST
    ...back-up QB in snowy Denver, you lost.

    I would like to think my post last week played some small part in last night's game with :

    Oh Yeah, F Tom Brady and his never ending wins even with a roster full of injured players.  I am so tired of hearing how good he is and great the Pats are.  He has to lose sometime...

    OK, I know I played no part, most of the credit goes to Texan's former coach Kubiak and the Broncos back-up QB Brock Osweiler.  It was glorious, and I actually turned it off at half time, only to return with 5 mins left on the slim chance Denver would make it interesting.  Boy did they deliver.  

    In any account, the Packers are not looking like the same team that went 6-0, but in all honestly, they were not a 6-0 team.  That loss put a damper on my holiday spirits, but the Bears still suck.

    Beyond the Pats, it was just as fun watching Dallas get annihilated, and the Texans won to stay tied on top the AFC South at 6-5. If only Atlanta could have beaten the Vikings...

    For the record, on the local news here there was an online survey and 75% of Houstonians think the Texans will beat the Patriots on Monday night in two weeks.  I am guessing the 25% are Dallas fans.  Of course they will beat the Pats, Brady, literally, has no one to throw to if the Gronk is out for any amount of time.  Brady's top three targets all injured: Gronkowski, Edelman, and Amendola.  

    And the Texas D is not playing around.

    The only possible upside (none / 0) (#37)
    by CST on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 09:35:12 AM EST
    I can think of is that they have the time and the cushion to let people get healthy before the playoffs.

    But even if Gronk could come back right away I'd rather have him sit out a regular season game than come back early and risk it.

    Shoot, at this point I might even think about sitting Brady, especially with the way he's getting hit because the O-Line is bare bones.  It's not just the top targets that are injured it's the protection too.  Not that he'd ever agree to that.

    That being said, I still think the Pats will win next week.  They almost never lose two games in a row.  And while Denver is a team that has given them plenty of trouble in the past, the Texans are not.

    In a weird way, I'm glad they lost this game.  I feel like a lot of the pressure is off now.  At least it's off me as a fan.


    I Get it... (none / 0) (#43)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:18:36 AM EST
    ...dumb me said the Packers needed a loss to get them back in reality and now they are not even on top the division.

    I predict the Pats beat the Eagles at home, but not the week after in Houston on Sunday Night, sorry I thought it was Monday night, it's Sunday the 13th.

    Not for nothing, but the Pats struggle at Reliant, the only 3 meetings at Reliant, never beating the Texans by more than 3:

    • 2013    W 34-31
    • 2010    L 34-27
    • 2003    W 23-20, OT

    The Pats are weak right now with their one game losing steak.  That is a joke.

    yea (none / 0) (#44)
    by CST on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:35:48 AM EST
    My mistake I got the weeks mixed up.  Still... I'm generally confident about their schedule going forward.

    If you are going to lose, losing in overtime, on the road in Denver, in the first snow game of the year, when your entire team is injured, and the game does not matter - seems like as good a way as any to do it.  At least it wasn't the Giants.

    Plus, reports right now about Gronk are that it wasn't as bad as it looked, so he might be back by Houston.


    It's Will Matter... (none / 0) (#58)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:53:31 PM EST
    ...if the Pats and the Broncos have the same records, that would put the Pats in Denver for the AFC Championship.

    Denver is one game away from a tie breaker scenario, and the Pats ain't getting anyone back soon.  The Bengals could finish with the same division schedule, 6-0, but they play Denver, which could give them the tie breaker with the Pats.


    Osweiller (none / 0) (#55)
    by christinep on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:36:35 PM EST
    In the past two weeks, I've had to repeat the name several times given that there seemed to be no earlier reason to remember that Brock Osweiller was the back-up quarterback.  This morning, everyone here in Denver knows the name.

    I can't say that the game was fun ... it was depressing followed by excruciating.  Periodically, we'd look out the window to see how much snow was falling where we live in Denver.  But mostly, husband stoically watched the whole game ... and, I disappeared with a book after the first quarter saying "I hope we're not totally embarrassed, and just lose by a little."  'Hate to be so disloyal to my team, but that attitude reflected the odds and what most people around this area really thought.  Anyway, with a little more than a minute left, husband called out "You have to see this ... they are going to win!" With a minute left, skeptical me figured that (in non-too-unknown Broncos' pattern) we could still figure out a way to lose.  I AM SO GLAD THAT I WAS WRONG.

    To see a new guy succeed these past two weeks feels good.  This guy--Brock--looks up at the stands almost starry-eyed with smiles in the snow and the pure joy was written all over. (The parents were in the stands here, just as they were after a 16 hour drive to see their son win in Chicago.)  For today, the fairy tale is fun.


    Oh, oh ...I should review spelling (none / 0) (#57)
    by christinep on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:48:48 PM EST
    Sorry Brock that I added an extra "l" to your name. 'Still getting used to the turn of events.

    IMO... (none / 0) (#60)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 03:29:52 PM EST
    ...Manning is going to have to do something spectacular to get back into the line-up, if they even planned to all along.

    And I am calling BS, the guy gets pulled right after breaking the record, then all of a sudden he's got three injuries, come on, be honest, they didn't want Manning getting walloped by the Brady.

    He is healthy enough to break records, but not healthy enough to play the game, pleaze.


    Well, maybe the foot-cast that (none / 0) (#68)
    by christinep on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 06:56:06 PM EST
    Manning was wearing last night either was phony or unreal.

    I dunno how many times (none / 0) (#40)
    by CST on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:05:26 AM EST
    I've heard this is coming... but I still choose to believe.

    In any event, there's like 7 articles in the Globe today on High Speed Rail.  They do this sometimes with certain topics, glad to see they are picking up rail.

    They've done the same in California. (none / 0) (#72)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Dec 01, 2015 at 12:13:05 PM EST
    Gov. Jerry Brown has gotten the statewide project in the ground and under construction, despite all the current naysayers who keep carping that the state can't afford it. He's countered that the state can't afford NOT to do it. The next generation of Californians will thank him for his foresight.

    NYT Profile of Ted Cruz (none / 0) (#45)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 10:50:27 AM EST
    Certainly, it is not hard for a politician to remain consistent over a few years. But in the case of Mr. Cruz, a lawyer whose first election on the path to public office came less than 42 months ago during the May 2012 Republican primary in Texas, the playbook and confidence have changed to an extraordinarily minuscule degree.

    And he's declaring the PP terrorist (5.00 / 3) (#52)
    by shoephone on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 12:59:18 PM EST
    is a "transgendered leftist activist."

    Trump, Fiorina, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, etc...The entire GOP candidate pool is populated by crooks, liars and nutcases.


    Another "loner" shoots innocent person (none / 0) (#53)
    by shoephone on Mon Nov 30, 2015 at 01:33:54 PM EST
    Muslim taxi driver shot by a$$hole passenger ranting about ISIS.

    The cockroaches are streaming out of the woodwork faster than ever.

    New CNN/ORC national poll of republicans (none / 0) (#73)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 09:42:19 AM EST
    Trump 20 points over Cruz in second 36-16
    Bush 3

    Trump Best to handle

    Economy 55
    Immigration 48
    ISIS 46
    Others single digits

    Best chance to win general election
    Trump 52 over second Rubio 15

    The Trump/Cruz ticket (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 09:44:27 AM EST
    I predicted about 6 months ago is taking shape

    What did the ex-Bush staffer say about Cruz? (none / 0) (#75)
    by jondee on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 10:06:13 AM EST
    people take an instant dislike of him because it saves time.

    A lot to unpack (none / 0) (#76)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 10:18:04 AM EST
    First, they clearly like him a lot more than Bush.  And I actually think a large part of his appeal to some is how freaking annoying he is and the fact that he drives people like us crazy.

    For a long time I never thought Cruz would get far.   Ga6th kept saying he would.  Fact is, he is rising.   He seems to be winning the Cruz/Marco fight for second place.

    He has sh!tloads of money so he is going nowhere.  He is said to have the most extensive and well oiled machine in Iowa.

    It would be unwise to underestimate him because he is loathsome.   Look who the front runner is.


    Btw (none / 0) (#77)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 11:07:29 AM EST
    If you didn't catch Donald in front of the Jewish audience yesterday you should.   "I know you understand me because you know how to make deals "
    "I know you won't support me and I know why, I don't want your money"
    Fortunately the others were no better.   Jim Gilmore happened to Schindkers List the night before.   John Kasoch told a story of his mother "Johnny, she said, Johnny if you want a real friend find a Jew"



    to negotiate the terms of the friendship (none / 0) (#79)
    by jondee on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 01:31:19 PM EST
    or to be your friend?

    I always heard (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 03:34:01 PM EST
    If you want a friend in DC get a dog.   It would probably be cheaper.

    The beauty of it all this is (none / 0) (#78)
    by jondee on Fri Dec 04, 2015 at 11:48:48 AM EST
    that Trump is too much of a megalomaniac to ever listen to advisors when that tell him to watch what he says..

    He'd rather go up in flames and burn everyone around him.