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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 26, 2015, 08:20:22 pm
What a day for Serie A! All five Europa League Serie A sides advance. And the Prem fails in spectacular fashion (again). Let's take a look at the coefficient rankings now for this season...

1) Spain 14.642
2) Italy 13.833
3) Germany 13.571
4) England 12.857
5) France 10.250


Grande L'Italia!
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: OH-Sen: Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld likely running on: February 26, 2015, 07:57:04 am
I haven't seen this much excitement for a defeat former Governor who has been out of office for 4+ years since Tony Knowles lost whatever he ran for last!
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 25, 2015, 05:21:31 pm
It's almost too hard to laugh at that Arsenal result.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 24, 2015, 10:55:24 pm
Oh, how I'd love for that double miss by Messi to cost Barça a spot in the Quarter finals. Obviously unlikely but just imagine if City get a 2-0 win in the return...

I expect a real goal fest in the Dortmund-Juve return. Should be a treat.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PA-Muhlenberg College/Morning Call: Toomey up 2 on generic D on: February 24, 2015, 10:12:43 pm
There are still people that approve of Kathleen Kane. Literally frightening.

And LOL @ the "all adults" sample. Good to know that +10 approval rating (Toomey) is actually much better.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering Senate run in 2016 on: February 22, 2015, 07:48:39 am
Guys, guys. Both would lose to Rubio.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 21, 2015, 07:39:26 pm
Phil, can you explain the deal with Parma?

Earlier today, it looked like the club had dissolved and was set to be automatically relegated at the end of the season (which was going to happen anyway this season) with each of their remaining matches being a 0-3 forfeit. However, it turns out that was a false rumor. It's really only a matter of time though.

They actually qualified for a Europa League spot at the end of last season but we're stripped of it because of financial irregularities. That's when all of this heated up. No one at the club has been paid since July 2014! Their match for this weekend has been postponed because they can't afford to operate the stadium. Their youth side was only able to practice today because the gardeners helped out in some way (don't have details). Their facilities don't have electricity so the players have been taking cold showers and keep getting sick. It's truly shocking (and no one make an Italy joke).

It's sad because Parma is a historic club.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 21, 2015, 03:32:27 pm
Yes, yes, the Barça loss is excellent.

Sadly, the Genoa Derby was called off due to torrential downpours and a total mess of a pitch.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would be your reaction if Hillary Clinton announced that she's not running? on: February 21, 2015, 08:44:07 am
Not surprised
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering Senate run in 2016 on: February 20, 2015, 09:23:28 pm
Key takeaway from that article: "According to people who spoke with her, when she sensed Obama was considering replacing her as chair in 2013, she began to line up supporters to suggest the move was both anti-woman and anti-Semitic."


Debbie for Senate 2016!
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: February 20, 2015, 08:37:36 pm
And considering my professor, who's an outspoken conservative and actually is personal friends with the fired appointee in question, said specifically that the Office of Open Records was an at-will appointment (and didn't speak out against the Wolf administration for it - just said there's a court battle), I'm fairly sure I was right about this thread being a bunch of concern trolling from the anti-Wolf crowd.

Such a good friend of the fired guy? So he didn't advise his friend to not persue the lawsuit? Sorry, I'm not putting a lot of stock in this anecdote (not that you're making it up but that your professor is inflating his relationship).
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: February 20, 2015, 07:59:41 am
Harry - you are not going to change my mind or even cause me to think.

You are not going to change my mind.  Ever.  Period.

Ha! Classic yet common sense when talking to Harry.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Toomey vs. Sestak rematch on: February 19, 2015, 10:51:33 pm
wait, did party leaders actually think Specter would do better?

There was a time when they bought the whole "He appeals to the center and some Republicans still!" argument but they didn't grasp how unpopular he became with the switch and the general mood against incumbents.

IIRC Specter's approval ratings in early 2010 were pretty awful, and he tended to do worse than Sestak in polls despite having much higher name recognition. I'm not sure whether they actually bought that line of thinking or if they were just saying it to protect their guy.

I think it was both. I believe I remember the Dem establishment pointing out how Sestak would be easily painted as too far left in a General while Specter would be able to own the center and attack the GOP for extremism. But that just wasn't going to work. The damage was done with Specter. Toomey would have won far more easily.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Toomey vs. Sestak rematch on: February 19, 2015, 10:07:27 pm
I like Vincent Hughes, going by his tone in that interview article. Populist and unapologetic, along with decently liberal seems to be a good combo. Either him or Sestak would be fine.

Yes, one of the two would absolutely be fine if you want to guarantee six more years of the same Senator. Smiley
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Toomey vs. Sestak rematch on: February 19, 2015, 09:38:45 pm
wait, did party leaders actually think Specter would do better?

There was a time when they bought the whole "He appeals to the center and some Republicans still!" argument but they didn't grasp how unpopular he became with the switch and the general mood against incumbents.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Dems still searching for Sestak alternative. on: February 19, 2015, 08:10:41 pm
"“In my estimation, if Joe Sestak is the nominee in 2016 for U.S. Senate, we will once again lose to Pat Toomey,” T.J. Rooney, the state Democratic Party’s Chair in 2010, told National Journal."

(He must not be reading the Gospel according to pbrower!)

...

"National Democratic leaders have also been approaching others about running. According to the National Journal’s report, Sen. Jon Tester, new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, reached out to Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald about pursuing the seat. And the DSCC has met with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski."

And Bob Brady is urging DA Williams to consider a run.

http://www.politicspa.com/pa-sen-democrats-search-for-alternatives-to-sestak/63930/

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But there's also a personal animus toward Sestak, known to party leaders as a political loner who defied the Democratic establishment in 2010 when he ran against Arlen Specter. That year, against the advice of party leaders, he challenged the party-switching senator in the primary—and prevailed, even though President Obama, Gov. Ed Rendell, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee were against him.

This is the real reason for opposition to Sestak, pure bitterness. Let's not insult our intelligence by pretending it's anything other than that, "party leaders". Whatever candidate they put up, Sestak will give them a spanking just like he did to Specter. And if Sestak ends up losing the GE due to unnecessary friendly fire in the primary, the "party officials" only have themselves to blame.

Oh, I'd never deny that. Of course it's a personal gripe with him. But whether it's just personal or something more substantive, it still hurts.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Toomey vs. Sestak rematch on: February 19, 2015, 07:11:17 pm
Don't know much about Fitzgerald, to be honest. Williams would have major problems in the primary since he's actually has a bit of a conservative streak. He made headlines yesterday, blasting Wolf for the death penalty moratorium. But he isn't going to run anyway.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Dems still searching for Sestak alternative. on: February 19, 2015, 06:26:35 pm
"“In my estimation, if Joe Sestak is the nominee in 2016 for U.S. Senate, we will once again lose to Pat Toomey,” T.J. Rooney, the state Democratic Party’s Chair in 2010, told National Journal."

(He must not be reading the Gospel according to pbrower!)

...

"National Democratic leaders have also been approaching others about running. According to the National Journal’s report, Sen. Jon Tester, new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, reached out to Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald about pursuing the seat. And the DSCC has met with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski."

And Bob Brady is urging DA Williams to consider a run.

http://www.politicspa.com/pa-sen-democrats-search-for-alternatives-to-sestak/63930/


19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 19, 2015, 05:25:58 pm
Napoli romped to victory in Turkey, 4-0. Cheesy

Overall, a positive day for Italian teams but Torino and especially Roma were a little disappointing. Speaking of Roma, Feyenoord fans caused chaos in many of the tourist areas of the city before the game: 28 arrested and vandalism near the Spanish Steps.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 19, 2015, 08:05:26 am
What could take people's attention away from the Sacchi drama? Some Capello comments on the matter and more! - http://m.goal.com/s/en/news/9049022?ICID=HP

Huge Europa League matches today especially with Italian vs. British matchups. Remember: Serie A is the only league with all of their eligible sides (six) still in European competition. We usually don't take EL very seriously (it isn't the 90s anymore) but this year should - and must - be different.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 17, 2015, 05:28:30 pm
Maybe he was just blaring the volume from the PSG-Chelsea match and couldn't hear what went down.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 17, 2015, 04:54:05 pm
This is weird... Twice today, there has been a News on 6 vehicle (Tulsa CBS affiliate) at my end of the apartment complex.  I believe they're still there now.  I have heard no shots or no commotion outside and there have been no emergency vehicles, and I have not seen the apartment management back on this end.  I will definitely be watching News on 6 at 1700 to see what's going on.  Peculiar.  Very Peculiar.

Are fired shots and/or commotion common in Tulsa?
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: February 17, 2015, 04:36:25 pm
Ibra almost with the winner. Meanwhile, Shakhtar get the draw at "home."
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PA-2016/Quinnipiac: Sen. Toomey (R) up 10 vs. Sestak on: February 17, 2015, 03:40:13 pm
Toomey will win.

Election is 1.5 years away. Convention is in Philly, Sestak wont go quietly.
Nobody asked him to go away, but Toomey is going to win.

Based off a single poll?

Well, based off of pbrower logic, the GOP has a better shot at winning Vermont in the 2016 Presidential election because of one poll in this race.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Dr. Phil on: February 17, 2015, 03:37:11 pm
I didn't get my PhD.
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