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Khyber53

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  1. This is probably the most dangerous game for us so far. The Eagles are hit and miss, luckily they just struck big last week. I think we'll catch them on the downswing and their offense will sputter against our defense. I do see this as a rough night for Cam, though, as the Eagles can really get after a QB when they need to. Our O-line will tell the story of the night, though, as Stewart will have his breakout game and top 100 yards rushing. Panthers 24 Eagles 10
  2. Next to the actual Panther's games, I look forward to PhillyB's weekly article when it comes to sports. A fun read, again!
  3. Well said, and that is a big problem. Foster care is also bound up in red tape (not as much). It is a case of people wanting so much to do the right thing that they just can't actually do it. Really, though, what kind of society are we if we say that protecting lives isn't as important as the convenience of not having to take care of them. We accuse to the Neo-Cons of doing this throughout their policies, from economic inequity to immigration, status of refugees, disaster relief and a host of other issues. Progressives fight for the rights of the downtrodden in each of these cases, why not fight for the rights of the unborn? Would one side give up the right to abortion if the otherside would fully fund WIC and childcare, HUD homes and welfare?
  4. You know this dog doesn't hunt right? Have you looked at the backlog for adoptions today? People are going all over the world to adopt children to either get children or go around the red tape that is clogging the system. I have a cousin who has adopted two children recently, on top of the five he and his wife already have. My Dad and Stepmom tried for over a decade to adopt, but got entangled in the bureaucracy time and again. My wife and I have discussed adoption and may do so after our children are older. You may misunderstand, but I actually greatly support public assistance to unwed mothers or those who are impoverished. I don't think we do enough for them. I also think our social services system is falling apart because it has been neglected purposefully as a political football over the years. Believe me, there are better answers for dealing with 400,000 unwanted children than simply killing them off. Wouldn't you agree?
  5. Actually, there are folks who are looking at abortion through the lens of what we know about prenatal care and fetal development. We know so much more now about the subjects than we did in 1973 that the discussion would be completely different than ever before. We know more about fetal brain development and nervous system development than they could have imagined back then. The development date at which we can delineate between protoplasm and human life keeps getting pushed back earlier and earlier in the pregnancy. Even the idea of trimesters is being pushed aside for a steadier growth rate rather than a steeply graduated scale. Once you begin to accept that human life and consciousness starts developing earlier, it doesn't take a big swing to look at the ethics of abortion, particularly as a method of birth control or parental lifestyle maintenance. Many medical professionals in the prenatal field (such as gynecologists, obstetricians, etc.) will not perform abortions just for this reason, over and beyond any religious beliefs they may or may not have. Removing a piece of undeveloped protoplasm is one thing, actually ending a human life is another. Where Planned Parenthood is running into major problems is something that shouldn't be a surprise to people. It stems from a medical practice using business sense to make its ethical decisions. After decades in the business and providing fetal tissue samples to research firms, it became de rigeur to start really mining this revenue stream. As they did, the requests from their purchasers became more precise and specific as to damages to the fetal material, or specific parts of a fetus that were to be undamaged. That all makes sense. but to then see a Planned Parenthood practitioner/manager negotiate like a meat supplier and discuss the fetuses as just a marketable product, it's no wonder that people got up in arms. When you talk about having to preserve the craniums and the difficulty of not damaging fetuses during the dispatching as they squirm, it really drives the point home to people. There's no wonder that at the least people are finding it distasteful. If you look at how they are discussing this clinically and without emotion or remorse, then weigh that against scientific evidence and their own unintended admissions to fetal movement/response/awareness, you have to step back and really think about the ethics of this whole thing we've been protecting as a woman's right. Women certainly deserve full and complete rights, but maybe this argument was dragged into the field of rights long ago without any regard to sound medical science on the grounds of both our own ignorance at the time and a certain level of political expediency.
  6. Not all who oppose abortion oppose it on religious grounds.
  7. Pay the man! (I mean PhillyB, somebody ought to have you on staff as a sportswriter!)
  8. The Town that Feared Sundown, now there's a scary movie. The prototype for Axe Murderer films.
  9. The team has gone through a lot this week with changes on the defensive line and saying goodbye to a couple of familiar faces. The weather here has been terrible as well, and even though the game is in Florida, those NC practices have probably been pretty wearing and not as complete as they normally would. We're playing a team that hasn't been a threat in some time and that many are regarding lightly. They've also got a rookie QB and an apparently soft offensive line. And that's why we have a tough game ahead of us. We're trying to mesh new moving parts under less than perfect conditions while facing up against an opponent that shouldn't give us trouble. It's a classic trap game. I hope that's not going to be the case. My gut feeling is that we're going to come out and fall behind early, then dig in and claw our way back to a tight win. Look for a repeat of last week, but a closer score. Whereas Nawlins had a great day passing and a lousy day on the ground, Tampa will run well but their passing game will be their downfall. Carolina 23 Tampa Bay 18
  10. Can you wear scuba gear and a football helmet at the same time? The way it is looking, our DL will be using purely swim moves to get at their QB. Cam should practice his Aquaman pose.
  11. PhillyB, that was masterful! Great article, great read and just well done throughout! Cheers!
  12. My theory is that GRRM will make HBO wait for that last book. And they will, because the anticipation will be the best advertising that anyone could ask for.
  13. I can't make a good argument against this lineup. It's a good one for today, this year, and it would sew seeds for the years ahead.
  14. Hey, we only have so many seasons of Panthers football to watch in our lives. Why write one of these off before it ever starts. Who are we, the Browns? We made it into the play-offs last year with a frikkin' losing record. If we can do that, we can do anything! Cry if you want to, but I won't give up until they close down the season officially. And until we get mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, I'm still pulling for us to win the Super Bowl. If you don't go into a season like that, then what the hell are you watching football for? Go play Madden.
  15. We lost a second year wide receiver, a good one, but still just a second year wide receiver. Someone who wouldn't have gotten a shot will get one this year, now. Last year, Cam didn't have Smitty, so he had to look for Benjamin. This year he doesn't have Benjamin, so he will have to look for whoever will lead the WRs. A good QB, with his contract, his experience, can make it work and can become better because of it.
  16. Okay, let's get a grip here. We're adults but people are whining and crying like babies about how unfair it is and woe is me we are going to suck. Bull. It is a real shame that this kid got hurt and I really hope he heals up quickly and well. I want to see him back on the field next year. However, this year did not and will not hinge on Kelvin Benjamin. While he had a great freshman effort with him, there was no guarantee that he wasn't going to have a sophmore slump. And remember, we had a better record the year before he got here than we had last year. Games are won by solid defense (which we have in spades), ball control on offense and the play of the quarterback. Having great WRs is a luxury, but a great quarterback can make average receivers look great. This is going to be Cam's chance to shine and step into the level of greatness we know he can achieve. Kelvin out this year will test us and if our guys really work at it, they will succeed. And it will make for a better team next year. So quit your crying. If there ain't no crying in baseball, there sure as hell shouldn't be in the bleachers of a football stadium.
  17. Here's to hoping what happened was just a painful but very temporary injury. If not, he'll have access to the best in the business to get past this, along with Thomas Davis' unbelievable amount of practical experience in rehabbing this kind of thing. Good players often get to come back, good teams struggle through injuries. Great players are sometimes made by an incident like this, and great teams rise above adversity. Still sucks, though.
  18. Are we seeing him working with ST any? Looks like the kind of kid you find reasons to put him on the field as often as you can.
  19. Peppers will be the first HoF player we can hang our hats on. Whether you still harbor bad feelings toward him or not, he was still the biggest game changer that has ever played for the Panthers. Pep, in his prime, did things on the field that left announcers speechless. He took over and changed games. He was that unstoppable force that someone can easily get up and champion when it comes time to do HoF selections. There will be a ton of sports writers in that room making those decisions, and they've all had numerous opportunities to write about something Pep either did for their team or to their team. He'll go first ballot. I'd love to see SS in the Hall, but let's face it, he is going to be the guy that fans are going to have to clamor for for years before he gets in, He created too much bad blood with the voters. He's great, he's astounding and we all still love the guy, but his rep outside of here and Baltimore isn't so good.
  20. Two other possibilities include: 6. Oher really wants this year to work and realizes there isn't much competition behind him. He could be taking it easier to keep any chance of injury down in the off season. 7. While the DE can pin his ears back and charge, Oher can't put his full strength or meanness into effect in training camp. While he might maul someone in a regular season situation, in this drill he can't put a full hit on a teammate, especially when he is one of the new guys. I say give him a chance. He'll be better in protection when there is something important on the line.
  21. Not sure if it has been mentioned yet, but if you haven't read Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, you should. It's the most fun book I have read in decades. Fantastic. His next book, Armada, is coming out in two weeks. It should be a smash hit. Trust me on Ready Player One, this is a book you'll read and re-read.
  22. Sure looks good on paper, and the group has a much better feel to it. Plenty of reason to be optimistic. Won't know for sure until they take the field in week 1, but I think we might be onto something good here.
  23. No, the modern American economy was NOT built on the idea that people should be paid a living wage. That was how the economy was built from 1945 to 1976, when we were the world's leading economy and manufacturer. That was 40 years ago. The modern American economy has been built on destroying that notion. It espouses ideas like "it restricts the freedom of the worker to tell them how little they can work for" and that finance is more important than manufacture. In the new economy, labor is a necessary evil -- one that can be pursued elsewhere more cheaply thanks to how little it costs to ship goods globally. Our economy has forgotten that there is a difference between profit and capital, and it applauds the idea of reaping the most profit for the littlest investment. Our modern economy, the one we live in today, is short-sighted, marginalizing and Machiavellian if not downright evil. Your rights as a worker or producer are being eroded every day, just as those of the small business person will be on the chopping block next. Our economy is run with a level of care, forethought and wisdom that seems more like Ken Jeong's character Mr. Chow in The Hangover. And in the end, they just look back at us and ask "But did you die???" IKEA is on the right path, so is Costco. But they are rare, rare, rare in this world. Will the IKEAs win out before we end up like France in 1789? Which will happen first, living wages for all or "Let them eat cake"?
  24. Rodeo is right. The fur was found to be used for "fake fur" collars on parka type jackets around the hoods. Remember when those were really popular? Turns out real dog fur was cheaper than making the fake stuff. And yes, they do skin them alive, they use wire collars and harnesses to keep them standing, so that it is easier on the skinner. China has a completely different set of attitudes about animal life than we do, both in law and in how individuals see it. The farmers markets in a Chinese city would be a horror show for most of us. But it is their culture, just like the bush meat that is popular in Africa (often times monkey or gorilla meat), or guinea pigs in South America, snails in France and Portugal. It is a cultural thing and we're trying to teach ourselves that all cultures are valid and should be accepted. Some cultures, I have more trouble accepting than others, though. China's incredibly low value placed on any life bothers me to no end.
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