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KK, post your candidate!

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Who do I want to win?

Yes, also post whatever other things you think I was asking.

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just whenever. it's not like we're irl friends or anything.

Sorry, been interacting with our country's fantastic health care system. Bronchitis for sonofkk no. 1.

I honestly have not gone super in depth on candidate policy platforms yet.  Most candidates, other than Bernie, don't even have much beyond vague statements and the only candidate that has a comprehensive platform is Andrew Yang (who now is going to debate Ben Shapiro on circumcision?) and his platform is some good concepts (UBI, Free College) sprinkled in with half-baked tech-bro garbage
(Automatic Sunsetting of all laws???, Self-driving vehicles, "Create Department of Attention Economy", create an app to encourage volunteering, outlaw circumcision??).

I think Bernie is the most committed on stuff that will matter to me--Pro-Family, Pro-Education policies:
Medicare 4 ALL, free college (my kids probably won't qualify, but will increase enrollments at schools like K-State),
child care/early childhood education (my kids will be too old, but it is a really meaningful policy that will make a big difference)
Climate change (my grandkids are going to be War Boys)

I also think Bernie will be the best on foreign policy because he has so few pressure points. Are the Israeli's really going to call him anti-Semitic? Do you think he cares if he gets called a commie by the generals when he closes some bases or tries to rein in spending on the military? We could use with a lot less empire and Bernie seems the most committed to that idea.

I like Warren, I just think she is probably less good on each individual issue, has less of a movement behind her to advance the policy agenda.

Now, I honestly think that Bernie's agenda would be suffocated by McConnell and would stall out.  But he would put the choices in stark relief and beat a drum that would give the American people a clear choice about what is actually going on.  I can't say whether that would get the job done (I don't think it would in the short term), but it would clearly advance the ball. We went from a weak voiced defense of Obamacare under Hillary to now demanding Medicare 4 All in 4 years. So who knows?

I am interested in Boot-edge-edge, I don't think I've heard enough about his actual policies other than he is a "good guy" and very bright.

I think the rest of the bunch are all likely to massively disappoint in terms of even bothering to pushing for any reforms.
I liked this post and agree with most of it

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: travel thread
« on: Today at 05:37:10 PM »
Confirmed global entry better than mobile passport. Much faster through immigration and through customs in special GE line at hobby last night.

Still had mobile passport loaded in case
Mobile passport suuuuuuuucks

Kansas State Basketball / Re: What a downer
« on: Today at 05:57:24 AM »
Also the conference title (and 10-8 record last year) says way more about him than the elite eight

Kansas State Basketball / Re: What a downer
« on: Today at 03:07:34 AM »

Oscar giveth. Oscar taketh away. His floor is his ceiling. Most fortunate draw of all time provided a smoke screen last year.

9 seeds don't get a fortunate draw. We played 2 games against better seeds, two games against worse seeds. I'm sure you'll find this is the case for most 6-11 seeds that have made the elite 8 in the 64 team era?

You know what's odd? I hear some mention that oscar got lucky that the got to play a team who beat the one seed, but I never hear those same people talk about the misfortune of having to play a clearly misseeded Kentucky team in '14. They played the best team in the country in an 8-9'game. Just as I'm sure I won't hear the same about this year's team facing a 30+ win team with the nation's longest winning streak in a 4-13 game.

It's a total crapshoot. UK was definitely an unlucky draw. I know nothing about UC Irvine but sure let's call it unlucky.

oscar did a great job this year on a team with a razor thin margin for error because he needed to play three seniors, two of which were injury prone, 35+ minutes a game to win. The conference title says way more about the job he did than the one game fluke

« on: March 22, 2019, 06:31:09 PM »
maybe kstate will be a high seed next year.
I bet we're a 6

I was wrong!

What’s more likely:

Making the elite 8 again next year or not? 

The tournament is a giant crap shoot.  We got an enormous break with UMBC winning and turned it into a E8.  We got to play an 11 to go to the final 4 and lost.  We’ll be a 6 seed or something like that and get put out in the first or second round.

It's less of a crapshoot if you get a high seed. I think a first or second round exit sounds right next season.

I was right. :frown:


Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 21, 2019, 01:57:07 PM »
if you drive a truck and you have to park between 2 cars, most spots you can't turn into without having to back up to straighten out.  then backing out of those spots you run into similar situations in tight parking lots.  much easier backing in and then pulling out (that's what she said).

I've never seen anyone back into a spot without straightening out at least twice. I don't believe it's happened.

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:52:41 AM »
I work with a guy who overuses "Amazing!"

Like, he gets confirmation that a UPS shipment arrives and replies with "Amazing!!!"

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: travel thread
« on: March 21, 2019, 04:02:55 AM »

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 21, 2019, 03:54:50 AM »

people backing into parking spots
We agree.

im sure this is in reference to supercab dualies in suburban outlet mall parking lots, but do you know there are practical advantages?

It applies to everyone who does it and there are no advantages

Amazing thread


Had to get my expensive pair of really good Harbor Freight binoculars out - open up the box and unpack them.

I enjoyed this sentence

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: Ben Sasse
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:29:34 PM »
he might be exactly what Nebraskans want

well, he at least thinks he's not what they want.  he's putting in a lot of extra work if they like him for what he is.

I think he is the perfect candidate for Trumpers who don't want to reveal they're Trumpers because he's a brash big-city bad person. Make some noise about civility and "what we stand for" but go ahead and support all of his policies. I think a lot of Nebraskans (and Kansans) would fit into this mold.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: Ben Sasse
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:57:17 PM »
he's got to be fooling someone, right?  he got elected somehow.

he might be exactly what Nebraskans want

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: Ben Sasse
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:03:44 PM »
Sasse is just the worst (but not a surprise)

more fraud than man.

is he really a fraud when he never fools you? I guess so. Just a shitty fraud.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: Ben Sasse
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:23:18 PM »
Sasse is just the worst (but not a surprise)

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: Jussie Smollet
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:16:15 PM »
16 felony charges are an outrage. The next time DNA clears some dude who has served 25 years on death row are they going to find the cracker who took the stand with obvious bullshit eyewitness testimony and put them in jail? That crap is 1000x more harmful to individuals and society and they haven't locked any of those people up.

This is one of the first that comes to mind, I'm sure MIR is aware:

There was a very similar case more recently in Georgia.

don't know much about that case but it seems way worse than Jussie since there was a specific victim

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: University bribery scandal
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:19:57 AM »

it seems like a really great form of wealth redistribution. one kinda rich moron pays 5x more for his failson's education and 4 other students benefit.

i more comfortable with six figure amounts than the mega donations that get the donor's name on the building + the scion's acceptance. most education institutions require fancy new buildings about as much as they do their increasingly massive administrative departments

None of this money went to universities or poorer students, they were straight bribes to coaches and test proctors.

although I did hear the Stanford sailing coach funneled money into his program.

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: University bribery scandal
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:58:14 AM »
This is a very interesting subject to discuss with people irl. It's really a wildcard in terms of how people respond.

I feel like the only people truly fired up about this is a very narrowly defined group, parents of kids who they were feel like they were wronged in the selection process and already resent rich people.

I think everyone assumed how this was done, it's unbelievably interesting how it was actually done in this case though. I mean this guy had to have made millions of dollars by doing nothing more than giving someone, someone else's money. It's like The Mule come to life, but only four rich people who use their children as status symbols.
I've also seen quite a bit of reaction like this:



And while everyone kind of knew about the buy a building-get into Harvard method, the amount of outright cheating and influence of coaches is pretty remarkable in this case

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: University bribery scandal
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:31:56 AM »
I was surprised at how badly people wanted in USC. And I think there's no surprise that rich people will try to use their influence to help kids get to school, but paying for test fraud is pretty crazy. The scheme to have the coaches claim the kids are recruits is a pretty interesting/creative way to cheat.

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: University bribery scandal
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:13:14 AM »
Lmao @ #3 is that for real

ESPN had one of the coaches labeled Texas Tech on a graphic, twice, but they must have had a graphic fail because I can't find a published tie. Lots of public schools involved in this though and I just don't get that.
Pretty sure there was a UT coach

Could probably have a dumb don jr thread


Let's stay at 10.  That's good number. 

yeah. the CCG is stupid tho

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: MAGA
« on: March 13, 2019, 12:05:12 AM »

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