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Davidson Deac II

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#3334927 The Middle Aged White Guy

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 26 April 2015 - 02:23 PM

What kind of shorts are acceptable now? I find I wear shorts less and less often.

 

I find I wear them more and more.  Especially on the days I work from home.  The advantage of getting older is you don't give a crap what people (other than your wife) think about what you wear. 

 

I do hate sandals though.  Hate walking in the damn things.




#3324697 Whatever you gonna hear from candidates over the next 18 months

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 17 April 2015 - 11:11 AM

I rarely listen to it anyway.  Most campaigning is about trying to be most things to most people, and is mostly useless in determining a candidates true feelings about an issue.   Take debates for example.  About the only thing they provide is an opportunity to contrast and compare both candidates side by side under fairly intense scrutiny.  Their answers to the questions are largely irrelevant. 




#3323584 Ricky Proehl... WR coaching genius or overrated?

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 16 April 2015 - 02:45 PM

What stats were you looking at? These show similar numbers but it was slightly higher in 2014.

 

http://www.sportingc...ats/drops/2014/

 

You are correct, i had the numbers backwards. 




#3323450 Judge slams robbery victims for child's fear of black men

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 16 April 2015 - 12:43 PM

At three years old, a child can communicate. They understand the basics of language etc. A dog that cannot talk or smile and cannot assure a kid that they wouldn't bite them as opposed to a human being.

 

But their fears tend to be more instinctive than based on reason, and not rational. 

For example, my own son was very scared of mascots such as sir purr when he was 3 years old because of a dream that he had.  The fear lasted until he was 7, although the fear was less pronounced at 6 or 7.  At 7, he would just avoid contact with the character instead of running away like he did when he was three.  It continued at some level even after I showed him that the mascot was just a person in a costume and a couple of the mascots spoke to him and assured him they were safe.  A small child's fears are not always rational, and the ability to communicate doesn't always matter.  




#3323369 Judge slams robbery victims for child's fear of black men

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 16 April 2015 - 11:40 AM

You're not really comparing the interaction with a dog with human interaction are you?

 

Irt how a three year old child might react, the analogy is useful. 




#3322990 Judge slams robbery victims for child's fear of black men

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 15 April 2015 - 09:14 PM

I had wanted to make a thread about this. This to me is very controversial and just emphasizes the importance of having someone like you in power. The judge to me should have sentenced the dude to prison and not given him probation. He may deny it but that statement from the parents played a role. He said clearly he was offended. Now the guy who committed the crime gets a second chance. How many minorities have had no luck in court rooms because there was no minority judge to have any empathy towards their plight? This is an example of what we call privilege.

 

Having said all this, it is an absolute shame that the parents continue to coddle such bigotry. He posed an important question to the parents. What if the guys who invaded the house were white, would she suddenly be afraid of white men? Most likely no. All forms of hate have to be taught and that is exactly what the parents are tacitly doing.

 

We don't really know what the parents do.  We don't know if they coddle or don't coddle.  The statement was an attempt to influence the judge to dish out a harsher sentence.  They might have embellished, many people would do so in a situation such as that.  If that is the case, it seems to have backfired. 

 

And I don't agree that all forms of hate have to be taught.  Sometimes hate or fear is learned through experience, and you have to be taught not  to fear or hate.    If this child was not around that many black people, it would be somewhat natural for a fear of blacks to evolve out of this incident.  She would have to be taught not to be fearful or hate.  And teaching her that might take a while.   

 

Fwiw, regardless of color, anyone that breaks into a home and points the gun at the owner should go to prison, end of discussion. 
 




#3322319 Chris Christie wants to end Social Security payments to high-income beneficia...

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 15 April 2015 - 10:01 AM

Awful idea. I agree 12.4% is high, but doing away with the system is a bad idea. You're going to have a lot of grandmas on the street. Problem is a lot of people CAN'T save for retirement so they think as will be enough. Anyone under the age of like 50 that even expects to see a ss check is an idiot though.

 

Why?  I have read this before, but mostly just on message boards written by people who don't have a basic understanding of how the system works, or people with some political agenda to push.  Social Security is not going to go completely insolvent unless the entire country collapses into some type of weimar republic situation.  There may come a time when benefits will have to be reduced, or retirement age might have to be delayed, but the thought that it will just completely dry up at some point is ludicrous. 




#3317868 The Rand Paul Smear Campaign

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 10 April 2015 - 08:31 AM

I can get behind Rand. If he runs on his libertarian record and doesn't pander. I would be sick to my stomach if I had to vote for Hillary if the other side keeps offering nothing but same old same old

 

So in other words, you would support him if he ensures beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would lose?  I don't see that happening.  Most people who run for president actually want a shot at winning and realize they have to appeal to a variety of people in order to have that shot.  Appealing to a single group (especially one as small as the libertarian sect) doesn't make for a successful campaign. 




#3313755 If Frank Kaminsky would have said what Andrew Harrison said about him... NSFW

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 06 April 2015 - 03:58 PM

Here is an idea, if people stopped saying and doing racially insensitive things then no one would talk about it

 

 

If wishes were fishes, we would all cast nets.  :)

 

People are flawed, so ain't gonna happen. 




#3309737 Not to Be Outdone: NC Religious Freedom Bill

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 02 April 2015 - 09:40 AM

We don't know if the courts will or will not rule in favor of a compelling state interest, which is what I was saying.  I agree that some people think this law says something explicitly that it does not; but it may open the door to discrimination on religious grounds. I think that is something that needs to be addressed.

 

Ask and ye shall receive. 

 

http://www.indystar....-lgbt/70766920/

 

 

Business, civic and sports leaders who have strongly called for a fix to the divisive "religious freedom" legislation flanked Indiana Republicans as they announced sexual orientation and gender identity will be explicitly protected in the new law.

 

 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis said at a press conference at the Statehouse that leaders will present the proposal to lawmakers at 9:30 a.m. after speaking with corporate and civic leadership this week.

 

 

 

"It was never intended to discriminate against anyone," Long said. "That perception led to the national protests we've seen."

 

Peterson said the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" will appear in state law in context of anti-discrimination for first time.




#3308617 Not to Be Outdone: NC Religious Freedom Bill

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 01 April 2015 - 11:47 AM

New Speaker Tim Moore seemed to really be hedging on this bill. I know Speaker Moore a little bit. It will be interesting to see if this even goes to committee.

 

Yeah, I don't see it going anywhere.  The governor has already spoke against it, so to speak, and its going to be seen as a negative when it comes to creating a business friendly environment.




#3308374 Someone explain the: Iran/USA Agreement/Treaty issue.

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 01 April 2015 - 09:31 AM

Claims and evidence are two entirely different things. 

 

As Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and GWB have so starkly demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt to the American people and the rest of the world.

 

The fact remains, international inspectors have yet to find any evidence of an attempt to build a nuclear weapon by Iran.

 

The intelligence agencies and the inspecting agency have said there is no evidence that Iran is currently trying to build a bomb.  There is however, evidence gathered by those same inspectors that they have or are working on some of the key elements necessary to build a bomb.  Once you can get enough enriched uranium, or develop the capability to manufacture it quickly, then the  capability to build an actual weapon is not far off.  Preventing them from having the capability to build a bomb is the primary purpose of the negotiations.

 

It might be hypocritical for us to have the bomb, but tell Iran they can't have it.  If we are talking about cruise missiles, or bombers, or fighters, or some other conventional weapons, then those accusing the Western nations of being hypocritical might have a legit point.   But when it comes to Nukes, I think most rational people are ok with being hypocritical.  The more these weapons spread, the more likely they are to get into the hands of someone less rational. 

 

You, or someone else mentioned the tight control of the weapons during the cold war, and the MAD theory.  Its interesting to note that during the Cuban missile crisis, after the Soviets agreed to pull the weapons out of Cuba, there are reports they discussed leaving some tactical nukes in the hands of the Cubans.  But as they discussed the issue with Castro, they realized he was too unstable to allow him to possess them.  If its true that the Soviets didn't trust Castro even though he and they knew his island would be incinerated should he choose to use Nukes on the US, why should Western nation be ok with Iran having them.  Iran has many of the same issue as Cuba had, with the added potential of religious fanaticism. 




#3299678 Falkland islands war is brewing... Argentina vs. UK

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 25 March 2015 - 09:42 PM

Oh, Putin won't attack Falkland directly but he can sponsor invasion by Argentina who indeed have a claim to this land.  UK will not go into all out war with Argentina, they will just sanction them and refuse to do business with em, exactly what Russia wants in a way.  All Argentina have to do is send 2,000 troops and 20 tanks against 40 UK troops and UK troops will surrender.  They will take over the land with no shots fired... Just like in Crimea.  Putin invaded Crimea with 3,000 soldiers against Ukrainian military that had 120 troops... 120 troops surrendered and were sent home.  No one got hurt. 

 

Putin then can sign a lease agreement with Argentina and make Falklands his for a small fee. 

 

The UK would absolutely fight to keep the Falklands.  Any UK government that allowed them to fall would face a vote of no confidence in a matter of days.  And UK defenses are far more robust than they were in 1982.  A full strength regiment of well trained and equipped British infantry, along with a squad of Typhoon fighters, and SAMS.  They can be reinforced quickly, and the Royal Navy can have nuclear subs there in a matter of days.

 

The most advanced fighter in the Argentinian AF is basically the same fighter they used in 1982.  The British would be able to control the air and sea around the Falkland's.  With no land border, you can't win a war if you can't control the air and sea. 




#3299156 Patriots ineligible receiver play is out

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 25 March 2015 - 05:22 PM

Its illegal as of today.  Ill use sufferage as an analogy here.  It used to be legal to tell a woman or a black person they cant vote until the constitution was amended.  Does it mean it was right before the amendment?  Thats up to you, but it was "legal"

 

This is not going to end well. 

 

That analogy only works if the Patriots were allowed to do it, but no one else was. 




#3298429 WalterFootball's Mock for the Panthers: March 24, 2015

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 25 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

I doubt we are taking a tackle with our first pick now that G-Man has stated he views Oher as the teams starting LT. He may draft one but it won't be until later and he will likely compete for a job at RT his rookie season.

 

I think if there is a OT available that G-Man feels is worth a first round pick, then we probably will  grab him regardless of how the team feels about Oher. 

 

Unless of course there is some other player available that G-Man thinks is even more worthy of a first round pick.  Could be a DE, WR, Safety, etc...  :)

 

http://www.charlotte...le11035514.html

 

 

“I’m not going to discuss about what we’re going to do with Byron,” general manager Dave Gettleman said last week at the NFL scouting combine. “Again, we’re going to draft the best guy. And if we’ve got five stud guys at that position and we’re sitting there and that position has the best guy, I’m taking him. You can look at me like I’ve got brain damage, but I’m going to do it.”