Davidson Deac II

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  1. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic Apple has removed all civil war games from the App Store   

    Lee didn't despise slavery, although he did say that he would be willing to give it up in order to preserve the Union.  He fought for the South for one and only one reason, that being that he was more loyal to Virginia than to the US. 
     
    Loyalty to the state over the nation was not uncommon in the first 80 or so years of the US.  Many Northerners had similar loyalties.  Had they still been alive, its probable that many of the founding fathers such as Jefferson, Madison, and Washington would have went with Virginia when she left the Union. 
     
    Personally, I am not fond of trying to project our own sense of right and wrong on figures in history.  The reality is that slavery had a long history, and it took some longer than others to realize that its time was coming to an end. 
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    The initial seven states did.  The other four only left after Lincoln called for troops to suppress the rebellion. 
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  3. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic More IS Attacks   

    Personally, I think that the formation of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other groups started with the rise of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, and the Collapse of the Ottoman empire.   While I wont say the rise of these groups was inevitable, looking back a hundred years or so with the benefit of hindsight, it certainly seems obvious that its been coming for a while.  Of course, many of our own policies didn't help matters. 
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    I spent a few years studying clandestine operations, and imo, people tend to greatly overestimate the impact an outside power such as the US has on events such as the Arab spring.  An outside power can provide weapons, money, guidance etc..., but more often than not its the citizens of a particular nation or region that are the driving force behind these events.  The US cannot create rebellions out of thin air.  There already has to be an air of discontent within a region before such an event will take place. 
     
    Saying that the Arab Spring was a clandestine US operation is similar to saying that the American Revolution was a clandestine French Operation designed to weaken the United Kingdom.  The French played a role, no doubt about it.  But Americans were the driving force.  And in the case of the Arab Spring, the US role was far less than that of the French in the revolution. 
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  5. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic UNC releases the NCAA's NOTICE OF ALLEGATIONS   

    Haven't seen a lot about it, but I think the far more significant event in all of this is the accreditation punishment.  UNC is one miss-step away from losing its accreditation as a college.  While that is highly unlikely to happen, just being so close has got to sting, both in the faculty and the state government.  We can talk about the unfairness of the NCAA rules, or what Duke did, or some other school, but when you start discussing accreditation, it gets really serious for UNC.  A school that was ranked in the top 30 schools in the country academically has been put on probation by the agency that accredits them.  They (either the University or NCAA or both) have put the hammer down on this one. 
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  6. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissal From Duke Tied to Sexual Assault Allegations?   

     
    They could have made the accusations and then transferred to another ACC school and been treated as hero's. 
     
    My comment is partially tongue in cheek, and I understand their fears, but if they were that concerned about backlash, there are certainly options. 
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  7. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissal From Duke Tied to Sexual Assault Allegations?   

    I am no fan of Duke or Coach K, but so far there really isn't any evidence they handled this incorrectly. 
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  8. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic Dick Vital won't call the UNC/DUKE game   

     
    He hasn't been a knowledgeable breath of fresh air since 1995.
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  9. Davidson Deac II added a post in a topic One thing I think most of us can agree on   

     
    I love the NFL and College Basketball about the same, but to me, the NFL is better on TV while college basketball games are the best live sporting event to attend. 
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    One thing I think most of us can agree on
    There are few live sports events that are more exciting to attend than a College Bball game.  Whether you are a Duke/UNC/NCSU/Wake fan or a fan of some other school, very few things match the intensity and excitement of a close, hard fought college bball game.  My favorite sports event to watch live is ACC basketball.  I love football and enjoy attending baseball games on occassion, but nothing quite matches a College Bball game. 
     
    I have attended most of the Wake home games this year, and with the exception of the UNC game, all of them have been nailbiters that came down to the end, and fortunately Wake has won quite a few of them.  The Miami game Wednesday was fantastic. 
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