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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most Hated Sports Teams on: July 16, 2017, 10:25:41 pm
NCAAF:  Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Kansas State
NCAAB:  Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, UNC, UConn
NFL: Philadelphia, Washington, NY Giants, New England
NBA: Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers
MLB: New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox
NHL: What's this?
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trumpís 2020 reelection campaign paying Trump Jr.ís lawyer on: July 16, 2017, 04:54:00 pm
I wish we had more information as to where the funds came from.  If the funds from the Trump campaign were raised by donors, and thus taxpayers, then that amounts to misappropriation of funds, in my book.  If the funds from the campaign were directly from Trump himself, I am fine with it and have no problems.  I wish the administration would be more clear as to who provided the campaign this money in the first place, but I'm afraid with the gross lack of transparency coming from this White House, I might as well be asking a chain-link fence to morph into a wooden fence on its own.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Let's say Trump gets primaried... on: July 15, 2017, 07:13:43 pm
Pence wouldn't challenge Trump.

Excellent point.  I get the tweets from not only the President, but the Vice President, sent to my Twitter Account and text messaging every time they type 140 characters and the Vice President seems to rave about how pleased and proud he is to serve under this President.  He seems to be happy in his job and happy with his boss, so I don't see him challenging him in the next election.  The only time Pence would run for the GOP nomination would be for the 2024 cycle if and only if his boss won re-election.  If his boss loses re-election, I can see the Vice President retiring from politics.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Let's say Trump gets primaried... on: July 15, 2017, 03:46:41 pm
President Trump will be re-nominated if he runs.  He seems to already be laying the groundwork for a 2020 re-election bid, so I think the odds of him running again are pretty good.  If there is one thing everyone should have learned from the entirety of 2016 is never underestimate President Trump.  Everyone thought his campaign was DOA in the primaries, and guess what?  He cruised to the nomination.  Everyone thought Hillary would crush him in the only poll that matters on Election Day (Electoral College?  Everyone was embarrassingly wrong.  As soon as he can get Russia behind him and can focus on running the country, he can start gaining some traction.  Also, as long as the Democrats stay in complete obstruction mode and not coalesce around a unifying message for the voters, this does nothing but help his re-election chances.  Democrats needs to face the music, as long as there is a Republican House, he will not be impeached and as long there is a Republican Senate, he will not be removed from office.  They need to get used to the idea that he will be in the White House for the duration of his term and start rallying around a message.

Sorry for the long post, just got long-winded a bit!
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of alt-right Disney on: July 10, 2017, 04:08:44 pm
I prefer the Alternative Disney group on Facebook to any alt-right Disney.  Quite humorous stuff that I dare not share on my feed so as not to poison the minds of the Disney lovers on my friends list.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Today is my last day in the 20s on: July 10, 2017, 04:06:13 pm
Oh f**k, not this again...

Don't worry, Kal.  Update will be confined to AAD.  There will be none of that here.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Age When Your Parents Got Married on: July 10, 2017, 04:03:37 pm
Dad was 20, Mom was 19.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old were your grandparents when you were born? on: July 10, 2017, 04:01:11 pm
My maternal grandfather had just turned 57 when I was born.  He passed when I was 9 years old in 1991.

My maternal grandmother had just turned 56 when I was born.  She is still going strong at 91.

My paternal grandmother was 61 when I was born.  She passed a month before my 14th birthday in 1996.

My paternal grandfather was 60 when I was born.  He passed when I was 14 also in 1996.

My dad was 30, mom was 29 when I was born.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 09, 2017, 11:41:37 pm
Don't live nor ever been to OK, but Inman and Edmondson both seem to be quite electable (and heavyweights)?

Also just researched on Mike Cornett, seems like a fine and sane guy with little ties to Trump?


Either Inman or Edmondson could very well win the race with as much as everyone, including a lot of Republicans, dislike Mary Fallin.

Mick Cornett has said very, very little about President Trump, whether in support or disagreement.  He has exclusively been focused on being the Mayor of Oklahoma City and is running for Governor of Oklahoma.  To my recollection, he has rarely even mentioned Governor Mary Fallin either in support or disagreement.  He doesn't want to ruffle too many feathers, which I think is smart.  There's no doubt he voted for both Trump and Fallin in their respective general elections, but he has mentioned very little about either one of them.

The most controversial thing he has done is just recently proposed extending our MAPS city construction and improvement bond sales tax that was first implemented over 20 years ago, but without allocating a single penny or fraction of a penny to education.  This is after the voters rejected SQ 779 last November which would have implemented a penny sales tax to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise.  He wants to raise our taxes to pay for city improvements, but not to pay our teachers.  This is the main reason I hesitate to vote for him for Governor.  I'm afraid he will prioritize the cosmetics of the state over necessities like education.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Today is my last day in the 20s on: July 09, 2017, 09:43:52 pm
Hey, young pup, I'm 35 and while I feel old most of the time, mostly in terms of culture, I have actually gotten quite a bit healthier in the last 16 months thanks to losing nearly 80 pounds.  I actually think my body has gotten younger in the last year and a half even as my biological age continues to increase.

I feel much healthier at 35, and even younger, than I ever did in my early 30's.  If you can keep yourself healthy and feeling young, you'll be alright.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 09, 2017, 09:38:59 pm
Scott Inman just came to our house. Seemed like a nice guy.

I really would like to meet him.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 09, 2017, 02:35:34 pm
Oh hey welcome back. This is and probably will be Likely R at best for Democrats for the majority of the race, but Inman at least keeps it somewhat alive.

In most cases, including this one, you're probably right with the Likely R prediction, but with the vastly unpopular administration of Gov. Fallin, especially in her second term and the sad state of education in our state and the inability/lack of want of the state legislature to raise teacher pay (an issue very personal to me as I am currently in school to become an elementary teacher), this is the best chance for a Democrat to win.  Also, keep in mind who Mary Fallin's predecessor was - Democrat Brad Henry.  Before him was Republican Frank Keating, but before him was Democrat David Walters.  So, we have actually been alternating between Republican and Democratic governors.  Personally, I would put the race as Lean R for the time being just because of our voting bloc.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 08, 2017, 09:53:07 pm
Rooting for Mick Cornett

He would not be a bad governor.  He's done well by the people of Oklahoma City.  He is our longest-serving mayor, having been in office since 2004.  He has helped grow this city tremendously and, really, exponentially, and played a key role in bringing the Seattle Supersonics to town 9 years ago.  He took us from an oil town only to a bustling tourist city with lots of stuff to do.  He has been instrumental in bringing businesses and jobs to this city.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 08, 2017, 09:37:30 pm
Hoping Edmondson wins the primary, I think he'd have the best shot of winning aside from Boren, who isn't running.

Any of these are better than Fallin though.

I'm personally hoping for Scott Inman.  You're right, though, any of these are better than Fallin.  I am proud to say I did not vote for Fallin in either 2010 or 2014.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Oklahoma Governor 2018 Smorgasbord on: July 08, 2017, 06:13:08 pm
Republican Governor Mary Fallin is term-limited (Hallelujah!) in 2018, and there is a litany of candidates already lining up to take her place in both parties.

Here are the candidates in both parties who have either formally declared or are considered potential contenders:

Republicans:

Declared
Mick Cornett - Mayor of Oklahoma City
Gary Jones - Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector
Todd Lamb - Lieutenant Governor
Gary Richardson - former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and Independent Gov Candidate in 2002

Potential
Jim Bridenstine - US House Representative - District 1
Ken Miller - Oklahoma State Treasurer
Bob Mills - Businessman

Democrats:

Declared:
Drew Edmondson - Former Attorney General
Scott Inman - State Senate Minority Leader
Connie Johnson - Former State Senator

Potential:
Kenneth Corn - Former State Senator
Mike Turpen - member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and former Attorney General

Declined:
Dan Boren - Former US House Representative - District 2
Joe Dorman - Former State Representative

Libertarian:

Declared:
Rex Lawhorn - telecommunications technician
Joe Moldonado (aka Joe Exotic), zookeeper
Chris Powell - candidate for Oklahoma County Clerk in 2016
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2016 on: September 04, 2016, 08:10:32 pm
I was very disappointed in the performance of my Oklahoma Sooners.  We've got a lot of work to do and now have to run the table the rest of the way to have any shot at returning to the CFP.  Call me skeptical, but with Ohio State coming to town, plus TCU and an improved Texas squad, I just don't see it.  A lot of the Big 12 had a pretty lackluster day with the only real good game coming from Oklahoma State, but that coming against a JV team in SE Louisiana in Stillwater.  That's hardly an indicator of how things will go for them this season.  The only teams in the Top 10 that really did their job like they were supposed to were 1 Alabama, 6 Ohio State, and 7 Michigan.  Clemson had all they could handle from Auburn, Florida State goes tomorrow night against 11 Ole Miss, 5 LSU succumbed to an unranked Wisconsin team.  8 Stanford didn't exactly blow Kansas State out of the water and App State almost upset 9 Tennessee on Thursday.  10 Notre Dame is in a dog fight with Texas tonight and just gave up a touchdown as I type this late in the first half to trail 21-14.

It was hardly a weekend of impressive wins by the big dogs unless if you were from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton/Kaine First Joint Appearance Megathread on: July 23, 2016, 12:43:24 pm
Hey, guys, long time no see!!  Can I just say that while I am an ardent Trump supporter and cannot and will not vote for Hillary Clinton, I do genuinely like Tim Kaine for a number of reasons.  He makes me not fear a Clinton presidency as much.  He seems to be moderately-liberal on most issues, definitely to her right and thus way to the right of Obama and Biden.  The only major beefs I have with him are his support for Common Core and the TPP.  On Common Core, Mike Pence is not very good with education, so that issue is really a wash between the two number twos.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: MSNBC to have Kasich, Trump, Hillary, Bernie on Wednesday from 7-11pm ET on: March 29, 2016, 10:08:56 pm
Without Cruz, this entire shindig is useless then.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN Milwaukee, WI Republican town hall @8pm ET **live commentary thread** on: March 29, 2016, 09:02:28 pm
I thought he had a great night.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN Milwaukee, WI Republican town hall @8pm ET **live commentary thread** on: March 29, 2016, 08:33:42 pm
If Trump is going this hour, then what point is there in watching the Kasich hour?  Cruz has a point he is probably not even qualified to make it to the contested convention ballot...
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN Milwaukee, WI Republican town hall @8pm ET **live commentary thread** on: March 29, 2016, 07:14:00 pm
I wish Anderson would let him finish his sentences.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Freak States Holy Saturday results thread (1st caucuses begin @1pmET) on: March 26, 2016, 09:46:00 pm
My fb feed is filled with "BERNIE ABOUT TO BEAT THE SHRILL"

"THE WITCH IS DEAD AFTER TONIGHT"

Ugh

You see, Trump is not the only off-color campaign in the race.  Other candidates have questionable supporters, too.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Ted Cruz Support Donald Trump When Trump Wins the GOP Nod? on: March 26, 2016, 08:36:52 pm
There is absolutely no way that the highly principled and pillar of honesty and integrity, Ted Cruz, would ever vote for the sniveling coward and pathological liar Donald Trump.

But if he's a pillar of honesty and integrity, wouldn't he hold to his pledge to support the party's nominee, even if it's Trump?


Fair point.  However, a highly principled individual could not, in all good conscience, vote for an individual like Trump who preaches hate, bigotry, racism, who advocates killing babies and toddlers, and who calls women fat pigs and dogs.

Whatever one may say about Trump's behavior, this "issues" were "issues" at the time the whole crew of GOP hopefuls signed a pledge to support the final ticket, one they criticized Trump for hesitating before signing.  Now, with Trump looking more and more like the nominee, look who are the ones not wanting to support the ticket.

Trump may be rude and crude, but a sniveling coward he is not.  Trump has dealt with the voters honestly, and in good faith, regarding the issue of party loyalty.  He has indicated that he would support the ticket so long as he was not deprived of the nomination unfairly by the GOP Establishment.  And I think most reasonable people understand what that means.

On that issue, the sniveling cowards were the folks who had no intention of ever supporting a Trump ticket.  They signed the pledge, then said "Trump's not going to be the nominee." when asked the question of "What if it's Trump?".  That's where Cruz is today.  Frankly, I'd have much more respect for Cruz if he came out and said he couldn't personally vote for Trump after what he's said about his wife, and I think most Republicans would, so it begs the question of why he, and other Republicans, are still playing patty-cake with the issue. 

There's no more "What if it's Trump?".  Right now, it's GOING TO BE TRUMP barring highly unlikely events and/or very ugly machinations at the GOP convention that will likely result in alienating most of Trump's supporters.  Is Rubio really going to endorse Trump?  Is Jeb?  Is Kasich?  If these guys don't ever intend to do this, they need to say this now, because if the entire GOP field of candidates can't bring themselves to support Trump as a nominee on philosophical or moral grounds, shouldn't those Republicans who haven't voted in primaries hear that from them NOW?

Trump may be Cro-Magnon man with his manners, but he's been far more honest than Cruz and the rest of the pack, including Kasich.  Think about that for a minute before telling me I'm full of beans.



THANK YOU!!!  You are absolutely correct!!
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Ted Cruz Support Donald Trump When Trump Wins the GOP Nod? on: March 26, 2016, 08:12:57 pm
Things may be personal now, but at the end of the day Ted wants to defeat Hillary, so yes he'll support Trump.  He may not actively campaign, but he'll definitely support Trump.  The Supreme Court is on the line and Ted doesn't want to risk a 5-4 or 6-3 liberal court for the next 30-40 years just because of a personal attack.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Freak States Holy Saturday results thread (1st caucuses begin @1pmET) on: March 26, 2016, 07:56:20 pm
When will we know Hawaii?

CNN said midnight ET before they switched to regular programming.  We've still got about 3 hours until results start coming in there.
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