“I have to agree. Coming into a completely new team, off an injury year, and doing what he's done there? I find it far more impressive than what Brady has done (which is still very impressive, no question).”
“IF the Pats handle the Niners and the Hawks get past Buffalo, it will be huge, otherwise ... not so much (but still a great game).”
Devin Campbell on Dec 17, 2012 at 12:04:11
“Damn, who popped my balloon!”
Labor Party on Dec 14, 2012 at 22:48:48
“Niners are one and a half games up.........if the Pats handle them and Seattle squeaks out an unpredictable game over Buffalo.....................
Seattle would then go up by a half game over the Niners with a win at home but also have to face one of the most dangerous teams surging right now. (St.Louis) the following week. (SF should be able to handle the Cards.)
Might be the only time this year I will be a Tom Brady fan.”
“It's nice to look at objective measures, agreed. Two comments, though:
1) There is still a lot of subjective realities that simple stats can't capture.
2) Every attempt at this kind of statistical analysis will produce different results because it depends so much on which factors are used and how much weight each is given. For example, another version of this can be found at: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2012/week-14-dvoa-ratings. This one has the top 5 as: 1) NE 2) Seattle 3) Denver 4) SF 5) Green Bay.”
drmwlau on Dec 14, 2012 at 17:31:05
“NFLresultsranked uses two bottom-line (result) inputs: teams and their scores. The only subjective element is the decision to equally weigh scoring and win-loss records in a combined comparison. The DVOA ratings are at the opposite end of any spectrum of versions. It subjectively chooses many contributing factors to use and, subjectively, how much weight each is given. Did you visit the original link and see the transparency? That is its worth, not any claim to superiority over subjective versions.”
“True, but what Leahy is proposing is a first step. The political will to move to legalization at a national level just isn't there yet. Even this proposal will probably not succeed this time.
The impact of the lobbies is minimal for states that have an Initiative mechanism. That was the method used in Colorado and here in Washington. There didn't seem to be a lot of money or organized opposition to the Washington law, by the way. There was actually more resistance from the Medical Marijuana community. They complained about the DUI provisions of the law, but it was clear they were mainly interested in protecting their current business model.
I'm not a lawyer, but wonder if the Equal Protection provisions are really this broad. Certainly, there are a lot of existing state laws that differ from one state to another. The existence of the death penalty, for example, seems far more basic than the right to smoke pot, yet states differ widely on that.”
WowFolksAreDumb on Dec 13, 2012 at 14:53:25
“The death penalty would be an extreme example, of course, but that's a punishment, not a law, like the prohibition of alcohol was and the prohibition of cannabis is. As far as I know, equal protection is very broad. If the federal government protects your right to (A), then states cannot outlaw (A). If cannabis is taken off the federal CSA, state level controlled substances acts have to be amended and probably would be once someone forces their case into a superior court, creating the legal precedent. Odds are, that same courtroom drama would play out in dozens of appeals courts until, like alcohol, a constitutional amendment is created. ”
“Kodachrome came out in 1935. Certainly it was more expensive than snapping digital pics, but not prohibitively expensive. You did have to pay Kodak to process it ... it was to complex a process for a hobbyist. Kodak came out with Ektachrome in the early 40's ... that could be processed by the photographer.”
“So if, as you say, your "spineless GOP leaders are only good at asking for money and doing nothing" - and far be it from me to argue the point - why are you working so hard to put them in charge of the country?”
mommamia526 on Nov 20, 2012 at 23:14:55
“I think she has been charged with a task, and is working for someone. or a group of people. She charges probably for her *time*, and for the loud noises she makes.”
“That's an awfully fence-sitting argument for a "libertarian" If he's a true libertarian he might still be opposed to using pot, but he should not be opposed to legalizing it. This is a classic "nanny state" issue.”
ranchero42 on Nov 20, 2012 at 22:54:11
“Rand is either afraid of soundbites coming back to haunt him around election time; or that critter on his head has him overheated and rambling. Not sure about the "fence-sitting" comment, however -- I've fanned perfectly reasonable sounding posters in the past -- then I had to un-fan them when their intemperate dark side started showing up as comments in the Activity file ...”
“When it comes right down to it, how many of these politicians do you think really believe what they say they believe? How many actually care about abortion or gay marriage or big vs. small government or healthcare? How many of these politicians that regularly invoke the name of god actually believe in god.
Obviously, I don't know, but I'm betting not many. A solid code of ethics, a moral compass, and (in particular) a tendency towards honesty are not traits that are conducive to success in politics. They believe what they believe and say what they think the voters want to hear, even if there is no connection between the two. I think politicians have the desire to say what people want to hear so deeply ingrained that they don't even have the concept of truth. If the truth works, fine ... if lies work, just as good. Truth, to them, is irrelevant.”
HRH on Nov 20, 2012 at 22:39:52
“They're just playing to their chosen constituencies. Like those charlatan religionist preachers
Toe the party line, or join the unemployment line.”
Nov 17, 2012 at 16:11:49
“Driving impaired is driving impaired. I think a better question is why the laws are so much tougher on drinking and driving than they are on drowsy and driving or texting and driving or or ...
There is mounting evidence that use of a cell phone, particularly texting, while driving is as dangerous as drinking, so why aren't those people getting their licenses revoked, going to jail, etc.”
RTIII on Nov 19, 2012 at 13:49:56
“I'm all against impaired driving, but I can tell you that some people's "impaired driving" is vastly superior to others "unimpaired driving" simply because some people have "how cars work" wired into their brains and other people are so superficial "they couldn't find their way out of a paper bag." And, of course, it's all to a matter of degree as well.
However, "I think a better question is why the laws are so much tougher on drinking and driving than they are on drowsy and driving or texting and driving or or" - that's easy: MADD.”
“I don't believe our Constitution allows for secession. It does allow for emigration though.
Didn't John McEnroe once say that Paris would be a great place if it wasn't for all the French people? That might be true of places like Texas and Mississippi too.
Polls and petitions like this don't mean much. Even if secession based on majority vote was legal, there is a big difference between signing a petition because you didn't get your way and actually going to the ballot box and voting to leave your country. Let 'em vent for a while ... they're still working though the phases of grief.”
“It's really up to us to decide if we are willing to support a company like this with our hard-earned dollars. Yes, maybe they can save us a nickel here and there, but at what cost to society. My decision is an easy one.”
GaPony on Nov 16, 2012 at 20:47:44
“"We" cast the die several years ago when we all welcomed Walmart to our towns and witnessed our small businesses close their doors. We affirmed our willing participation in Walmart's rule as we watched our favorite manufacturing industries move operations to China in order to meet Walmarts obsessive demands for cheaper wholesale pricing.
The enemy isn't Walmart. The enemy is us, the American consumer. The jobs we sacrificed were our own, all for the sake of saving a few cents. Now we're stuck, I suppose. We killed off the American manufacturing base, the mom & pop stores, and we're putting our food chain in jeopardy. Walmart rules the world and there's no place to run.”
ehcraven on Nov 16, 2012 at 20:43:44
“SRob, this is right thinking in my opinion. Vote with your wallet. Shop small. Shop local. Buy better and buy less. You will be happier with the purchase and you will be supporting your local small business community.”
Nov 16, 2012 at 13:12:25
“All Obamacare does to these businesses is level the competitive playing field. Now the restaurants that already took the responsibility to provide basic health care to the employees can compete evenly with those who did not. Isn't that level field all we really want? If he chooses to explicitly add the 5% rather than including it in the prices, that's his decision ... probably an extremely poor one from a public relations standpoint, but his decision.
Remember that minimum wage workers still get sick and still go to doctors and hospitals, even if they don't have medical insurance. When they can't pay those medical bills, who do you suppose it falls to?”
“If you want to bench Sanchez, put in McElroy. The odds of McElroy turning into a legitimate NFL starting QB are low, but still much higher than the chances that Tebow will. No matter how you slice it, the Jets need to look for a new QB (draft, trade, or free agency). Sanchez might be worth keeping as the backup, though it's tough to go from starter to clipboard holder. Tebow is an athlete but not a quarterback. Unless he's willing to change positions and state publicly that he no longer is pursuing a QB job then I think the Jets would be nuts to keep him and any other team would be insane to pick him up. Any skills he brings are far overshadowed by the circus that comes with it. I think the Jets brought him in for the press coverage ... they got it, but now I'm not so sure they want it.”
“Typical. Sportswriters love stats but seemingly have no clue about cause and effect. Yes, it could be that they won those games because they decided to have McCoy carry the ball a lot of times and lost the other ones because they decided to throw more. It's more likely, however, that they ran McCoy a lot in winning efforts because they were in control of those games and wanted to burn clock and threw a lot in the losing efforts because they were playing catch up.”
“Really, what else can Mitt tell them. Remember, he's speaking to a group of 1%'ers who shelled out BIG $$ to buy the Presidency and all the power and influence it grants. It turns out ol' Mitt was selling them a pig in a poke when he put the office up for sale to highest bidders. That might have worked well for him, but it turns out it wasn't his to sell ... it is the property of the American people.
So, now his only choice is to tell them that someone else bought it first. They don't understand anything else. The rich in this country whine about entitlements, but only those they see going to the 99%'ers ... not their own. They feel that wealth entitles them to anything money will buy (no matter the harm to anyone else) and that money can buy anything. They definitely believe that their wealth entitles them to buy the influence required to milk the 99%'ers out of everything they have. Their opposition to entitlement is just another of the Big Lies ... like "the rich are the job creators"”
Dried Squid Vendor on Nov 16, 2012 at 20:48:41
“Oh dear! You have decoded them. Now they will have to change the codes (easier than changing their demands.)”