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Politics / Re: Middle East Wars
« Last post by Solon on Today at 01:44:26 PM »
One significant fact that seems to evade our consciousness in the West is that ISIS kills vastly more Arab Muslims than Europeans or Americans. We know that, but it doesn't seem to register. The latest example is the horrific killing spree in an Egyptian mosque. If ISIS will murder worshipers  in a mosque, its adherents will resort to any depravity.

As they flee Iraq and Syria, ISIS killers return to their original homes or migrate to new areas. This is the result. ISIS is not a religious movement, it is a nihilistic death cult. Still, it appeals to people who want revenge regardless of how many innocent victims are murdered.

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In the deadliest attack on civilians in Egypt’s modern history, Islamist militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque on Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshipers as they fled the building, killing at least 235 people and wounding at least 109 others.

The scale and ruthlessness of the assault, which occurred in a small town in the insurgency-racked Sinai Peninsula, sent shock waves across the nation, not just for the number of deaths but also for the choice of target. Attacks on mosques are rare in Egypt, where the Islamic State has targeted Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims but avoided Muslim places of worship.

The militants are fleeing Syria and Iraq, but their nihilistic thirst for violence and carnage is undimmed. This is not a pseudo-religious movement but a death cult. 

The attack injected a new element into Egypt’s volatile stew because most of the victims were Sufi Muslims, who practice a mystical form of Islam that some extremists deem heretical. And it underscored the failure of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has insisted he needs to crush political opposition to combat the threat of Islamist militancy, to deliver on his promises of security to ordinary Egyptians.
Militants Kill 235 in Attack on Sufi Mosque in Egypt
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/24/world/middleeast/mosque-attack-egypt.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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General Discussion / Re: Podcasts
« Last post by Solon on Today at 01:08:25 PM »
There is a crew of political progressives who have created several popular podcasts since January. Pod Save America is the flagship podcast (2 times each week) of Crooked Media. Several 20 somethings from Obama's first administration, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer are the main voices in a growing list of podcasts that push a liberal political perspective. Pod Save The World, With Friends Like These, Pod Save The People, Lovett Or Leave It, are posted weekly and more are on the way.

I listen to these to on a regular basis.

Pod Save America is R rated for language. These guys go after Trump and his minions full blast. They joke around too. Jon Favreau does the commercials straight while Lovett interjects dumb remarks to disrupt him. It's a new commercial shtick that makes the ads go down better.

Pod Save The World is a foreign policy podcast based on interviews with players from all political persuasions. It falls in line with the more traditional interview show. Last week, for example, the guest was Rob Malley, a Middle East expert, who gave background on the situation in Lebanon and the bizarre resignation of the Lebanese PM during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
 
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General Discussion / Re: Podcasts
« Last post by Solon on Today at 12:45:55 PM »
Thanks for the info, Skinsguy.

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General Discussion / Seasons Beatings
« Last post by superman on Today at 10:29:33 AM »
Ahhh, the joys of Christmas shopping and how low adults can act like. Seasons Beatings 2017!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/huge-black-friday-brawl-inside-11577982

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Movies and Television / Re: Netflix
« Last post by Solon on Today at 04:10:50 AM »
I couldn't give up on Westerns after finishing Longmire, so I watched Godless. I liked it much better than expected. I am usually a harsh judge of contemporary Westerns.  Godless was definitely loaded with modern social perspectives but had old school themes running through it. It even pays homage to Shane. The weird part is that it was filmed in Turkey, but I never had a clue until I read the credits.
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Politics / Re: Mueller"s Russia Investigation: First Indictments Filed
« Last post by Solon on November 23, 2017, 08:38:08 PM »
Is Flynn flipping? That is the question that has been under review for as long as Bob Mueller has been the special counsel. We appear to have an answer. YES, he is.

The reasons should be obvious. His contacts with Russians are more extensive than previously known; he has potentially accumulated enough problems from both his dealings with Russians and Turks to face multiple indictments; and his legal costs are already beyond his means to cover. Worst of all, he has even put his son at risk of an indictment for failure to register as the representative of a foreign government--one of the charges Flynn himself faces.

Recently, Trump's lawyers began talking about setting up a fund so the billionaire could provide financial assistance for White House aides who couldn't afford their legal bills. That offer emerged after it became known that RNC cash and left-over funds from the campaign were being used to pay for Trump and Junior's legal fees while every one else had to pay out of their own pockets. If Trump puts a penny in the "fund" for somebody else, I will be very surprised. Meanwhile, Trump's lawyer announced yesterday that Flynn would not be getting any financial assistance. He wasn't the only one. They also refused to give any assistance to anyone who is indicted. The smuck Papadopoulos, who thought he was protecting the president when he lied, was thrown under the bus for a second time by Trump. There is no one who does loyalty like Trump.
 
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A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn informed an attorney for President Trump this week that he can no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, a sign that Flynn may be preparing to cooperate in the probe, people familiar with the investigation said.

The call from Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner to Trump attorney John Dowd came Wednesday evening and is a potentially ominous sign for Trump and his close associates. Before this week, Kelner had been strategizing with lawyers for Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among others.

The split suggests that Flynn, who has been a top target of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team, may be looking to share information with the prosecutor and his team.

Flynn’s lawyer shuts down communications with Trump’s team, a sign he may be cooperating with Mueller probe
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/flynns-lawyer-shuts-down-communications-with-trumps-team-a-sign-he-may-be-cooperating-with-mueller-probe/2017/11/23/75de75ea-d09b-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_flynn-625pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.240b376af2a1
 
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Politics / Re: The Republican Threat To Children
« Last post by Solon on November 23, 2017, 08:04:14 PM »
The incompetence, or is it indifference, is astonishing. For two decades CHIP has been a bipartisan cause. Now, suddenly, THIS Republican-controlled Congress has turned its back on what should be a simple task--renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program. The existing authorization expired on September 30. It's not as if there hasn't been time and opportunity to act. What is wrong with these people? Have they lost that last ounce of compassion? Have tax cuts for the rich become so overwhelming that a Republican Congress can't be bothered with sick kids who are about to lose, what is for many, life-saving health care? 

According to the article below, five states will run out of funds by the end of December. This was known in September. Given the generous vacations our legislators give themselves, there are only a few legislative days remaining in which to act.

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Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year.

Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for CHIP, as the Children’s Health Insurance Program is known. Nearly 9 million youngsters and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide receive care because of it.

Many states have enough money to keep their individual programs afloat for at least a few months, but five could run out in late December if lawmakers do not act. Others will start to exhaust resources the following month.

The looming crunch, which comes despite CHIP’s enduring popularity and bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, has dismayed children’s health advocates.

“We are very concerned, and the reason is that Congress hasn’t shown a strong ability to get stuff done,” said Bruce Lesley, president of Washington-based First Focus, a child and family advocacy organization. “And the administration is completely out, has not even uttered a syllable on the issue. How this gets resolved is really unclear, and states are beginning to hit deadlines.”

States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/states-prepare-to-shut-down-childrens-health-programs-if-congress-doesnt-act/2017/11/23/01a6169e-ba7d-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_chipfunds-530pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.fa8f7f2e9bae

Even I knew about this in September and even posted about it. Not one Republican Congressman has an excuse for this horrible failure of public responsibility. They need to act as soon as Congress reconvenes.
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Sports / Re: ESPN TO CUT $80 MILLION IN SALARIES IN UPCOMING LAYOFFS
« Last post by LpMv2407 on November 23, 2017, 11:37:10 AM »
paid big money for monday nfl games and the ratings have taken a dive this year.
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General Discussion / Re: Off Track Betting Coming back to Henry County
« Last post by LpMv2407 on November 23, 2017, 11:35:21 AM »
Dutch Inn...?

http://www.vabred.org/application-for-a-fourth-otb-approved-by-the-virginia-racing-commission-at-its-tuesday-meeting/

Didn't Henry County already have this before? How did that turn out?

it turned out pretty great actually. the reason it closed was the state and the organization didn't renew their agreement. if there are no races, there is no reason to have an OTB. this is also a different group i understand than colonial downs.
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