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Jon Gruden said recently that Tebow has remade his fundamentals considerably since he was last in the league, and could now be a viable NFL quarterback.
He's in the best shape of his life?
The world's ultimate meritocracy is going to let one of the best running backs to ever walk the Earth stay unemployed because he's gay? In 1989?
Forgot to say earlier that we're also talking about the league that drafted one black quarterback before the fifth round between 1936 and 1984.
I concede the question of Sam's draft round to Ron, whom one should rarely be on the opposing side of. That said, I still think he gets drafted in the 4th or 5th by a team with an edge rusher need - say Atlanta or New York - if he's not openly out of the closet.
Washington and Florida Democrats took the unusual step of endorsing an independent candidate for Florida's 13th Congressional District at the last minute on the filing deadline day. Now they have egg on their faces after independent Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, surprisingly dropped out of the race Tuesday, again draining Democratic hopes of challenging GOP Rep. David Jolly in a Tampa-area swing seat.
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Just two months ago, Democrats may have been slightly favored to capture the seat held for decades by the late Rep. Bill Young, who died late last year. But despite fielding former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, a fundraising dynamo who came into the race with high name recognition and benefited from millions of dollars in outside group spending, the party suffered a narrow defeat in the March special election against Republican David Jolly.
It's only gotten worse from there. Sink declined to run again in the fall despite a concerted recruitment effort, leaving the party to turn to Jany, a former Republican who had to run as an independent because, under Florida law, he hadn't been registered as a Democrat long enough. In an effort to help Jany, party leaders pressured local NAACP chapter President Manuel Sykes, a Democrat, to drop out of the race, leaving no one on the party line.
Now Democrats don't have Jany either, and those they pushed out the way on his behalf don't sound eager to jump back into the race.
Jany's departure from the contest leaves Democrats with few options in a district that now looks increasingly secure for the GOP. Sykes told National Journal he is unlikely to get back in the race because of how the Pinellas County Democratic Party treated him when asking him to drop out. County Party Chairman Mark Hanisee, he said, left him a voicemail saying he would be "persona non grata" if he stayed in the race.
"I don't want to get mixed up with party leadership," Sykes said. "Even if they smile at me, I know it's not sincere. I don't feel comfortable."
What? Good lord, SBB.
Yes. Deathbed. The scene in question occurs in the war. The two former friends have fallen apart having become romantic rivals for Clara Bow's character. Both of them are fighter pilots in WWI. Dude 1 gets shot down and is presume dead. Dude 2, remorseful for having lost his friend while still being on the outs over the girl, goes up looking for a fight. He finds a German plane flying his way and shoots it down. He lands to collect a trophy (?!), at which point he is convinced by the locals to go over and see the man he shot down. Turns out it was his old buddy, who had stolen a German plane and was attempting to fly it to freedom. Dude 2 had totally killed his former best bud, Dude 1! The entire "bed" scene, which ends in a kiss, is them coming to terms of forgiveness and reconciliation before Dude 1 ups and dies from his wounds.
Many truly professional analysts far more experienced than anyone on this board find the combine worthless, do they not?
Many truly professional analysts far more experienced than anyone on this board find the combine worthless, do they not?
he was a 3rd/4th/5th/6th round prospect before the combine, which he completely bombed. it wasn't just that he was mediocre, it was that there was literally not a single thing he did well. 3rd percentile in height, 29th in weight, 1st in hand size, 29th in 40 yard dash, 7th in bench press, 1st in vertical jump. everything he did there was awful by NFL standards. there was not a single redeeming measurable to come out of his combine performance.
Gellman declined comment on the latest congressional investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
But Panetta and Morell, noting the attack has been subject to many investigations already, said they welcome the latest one in the House.
"If you look at the polling numbers a not insignificant percentage of the American people still have questions," Morell said.
Morell, who said he already has testified four times about Benghazi, said he is 100 percent confident the upcoming investigation will show that allegations "the intelligence community politicized its analysis" are false.
Panetta, a former Central Coast congressman and Democratic Party stalwart, said there needs to be an investigation to lay out the full story to the public. "The problem has been sometimes bits and pieces of information keep coming out" that raise more questions, he said.
"Obviously there is a concern whether it's going to be a political effort to target an issue for a campaign," Panetta said. "I hope Democrats participate, and it really is a legitimate effort."
ESCAPE from a German prisoner-of-war camp was not just a bid for freedom. It was a way of humiliating the Nazis, and distracting them from the war effort. But for William Ash it was more than all that: it was an addiction. He made nearly a dozen escape attempts, ranging from the elaborate (tunnelling out from latrines) to the simple but audacious (bolting when a guard’s back was turned).
Most ended in the “cooler”, the punishment cells. He did not mind the isolation: his mind was free even if his body was not. He recalled swathes of poetry from his school days in Texas, and wrote a novel (torn to shreds by a vengeful guard). Mostly he let his thoughts roam over fanciful escape plans. “I catapulted myself over the wire on a giant rubber band, I burrowed out through the walls like one of the mites in the German cheese, I soared on home-made glider wings,” he recalled.
It was during one such spell, in the infamous Stalag Luft III, that he heard the sirens blare, marking the discovery of the ill-fated mass breakout known as the “Great Escape” . But he decried suggestions that he was the model for Virgil Hilts, the American pilot played by Steve McQueen in the Hollywood film of the exploit; he was no good at riding a motorbike, he said. ...
He did not condemn those who cracked under the strain of camp life. But he disliked grumblers at its rigours. Though camp food was indubitably poor, the prices were more than reasonable, he said reprovingly. And laughter and shouting were the best answers to the vagaries of the universe. His posh counterparts thought their years at Britain’s best boarding schools were good preparation in evading authority amid privation. But his own resilience, and skills in finding blind spots and ruses, came from life as a hobo, riding freight trains during the great depression, dodging the “bulls” (railroad police) and scrounging food. Fastidious inmates shunned the gritty “Klippfisch” (dried cod); he gobbled it. He’d known real hunger.
He was achingly close to success when, having found a boat on the Lithuanian coast, he was too weak to haul it into the water. He chanced his luck with some nearby farm workers. They looked at him with sympathy, but then one replied dryly: “We would love to help you but we are soldiers of the German army and you are standing on our cabbages.” ...
After the war he went to Oxford, and rose up the BBC, becoming its man in India. When his increasingly left-wing politics (including brawls with the fascists in London’s East End) ended that career, he became a notable expert on radio drama and a mentor for young writers.
Unable to join the mainstream Communist Party because of his idiosyncratic views, he ended up in the Pythonesque world of British far-left politics, as a founder of the tiny Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist). As well as novels and a bestselling memoir, he wrote books on Marxism, and, in 1974, “Pickaxe and Rifle”, in praise of Enver Hoxha’s benighted and isolated Albania. The regime there was so hardline that it termed Soviet Communism a revisionist fraud. Strangely, he seemed not to see that the workers’ paradise he lauded so quixotically was another prison camp run by bullies.
This is one of the least talked-about parts of having one party that is actively working to endorse values that you find morally repugnant. Without a remotely palatable Republican candidate that can make it through the primaries, the standard for the Democrat opponent becomes outrageously low.
Obama has done some things that I'm not at all happy with, but there's really no viable alternative. Basically, until the Republicans divorce themselves from the religious fundamentalists, the anti-science interests, and catering to the ultra-wealthy, they're more dangerous to me than anything the Democrats can do.
Maybe Lincoln, but I don't think you have to look too far to find abolitionists who likewise didn't think he was a true believer...
If you actually go back to what I wrote, you'll note again the explicit difference I drew between depiction and context. Andy, as is his wont, plucked one of many details out and noted its ... context. (*)
"really not a romantic kiss, reverberating more with the desperate love between two dear friends who are about to be separated by death...[but] unconsciously started the process of opening up America's rigid moral attitudes at the time."
And even that's misleading; it's not as though two people can't do things on a "deathbed."
I was going to look for some new political topic to post, but the top story on Google News is something about Justin Bieber mugging a woman at a miniature-golf course to get her cellphone.
the 2014 moralizing about how we must care about the Michael Sam kiss
There are plenty of people who read the scene like I did.
Clinton wasn't "really" impeached.
The two guys in Wings didn't "really" kiss.
No one "really" cares about the Michael Sam kiss.
people like Sam literally can't conceive of earlier times being more sophisticated
It's certainly faux-sophisticated, what with all the knowingness and snark -- but things like knowingness and snark are typically cover for understood or suspected deficiencies.
There's literally no one here that agrees with you.
Question-begging "authority" at that, suffering from the same tautologies desperately proffered by Sam and Andy. The statement is self-negating -- if the culture in fact had the "rigid moral attitudes" the professor suggests, it would not have reacted so blithely to the things we know were depicted on its movie screens.
When all else fails, appeal to "authority."
It's infotainment 101.
You've made this point a few times-- has it been granted or even acknowledged yet?
Nobody, but absolutely nobody, was out in the sense that Anderson Cooper, let's say, is unproblematically out today. The 2010s bear utterly no resemblance to the 1920s in terms of public acceptance of gay affection.
The very existence of a distinct "homosexual" identity is less sophisticated than the fluidity described by GregD.
How can something be both infotainment AND something nobody cares about?
I think more or less sophisticated is a problematic way of looking at it.
The very existence of a distinct "homosexual" identity is less sophisticated
WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.
The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. The report also found that rising sea levels are putting people and food supplies in vulnerable coastal regions like eastern India, Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at risk and could lead to a new wave of refugees...
Pentagon officials said the report would affect military policy. “The department certainly agrees that climate change is having an impact on national security, whether by increasing global instability, by opening the Arctic or by increasing sea level and storm surge near our coastal installations,” John Conger, the Pentagon’s deputy under secretary of defense for installations and environment, said in a statement. “We are actively integrating climate considerations across the full spectrum of our activities to ensure a ready and resilient force.”
The better example is the reaction to Renee Richards in the late 1970s.
An "iconic moment." "Long remembered."
I was going to say, aside from the furious controversy over her eligibility to play, Richards was indeed hardly noticeable.
I didn't say a word about the extensiveness of the coverage of Sam and Richards and have not said a word about the extensiveness of the coverage. I was talking about the content of the coverage. The content is significantly different -- for the reasons already noted.
ESPN debuted on September 7, 1979.
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