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  1. Went to the Saturday giants stadium show completely last minute, spur of the moment. I had absolutely zero faith or was a hot as hell day but my friends convinced me to come to their tailgate at 8pm. Pregame, they go in, I gotta find a ticket. Strangely couldn't find any scalpers. This show is sold out and had been a hot ticket but hearing appetite in the lot got me charged up. I figured let me take a chance and go to the box office. Guy asks me where I want to sit. Now I know they had pit packages for like 600 he tells me he has a seat upstairs for 100. But that's REALLY Prohibatively far at the new giants stadium. I ask him what else, he tells me for 130 I can be in the lower level. I jump on it and head in. Now, talking the folks around me, they all bought day of, so it must have been a ticket released that was being held for sight lines. It was basically across the end zone, right between the uprights. Absolutely perfect view. As for the show, they were blow away fantastic. Axl sounded almost "too" good so it wouldn't surprised me if he was supported with some sweetening but they were just fantastic. The band is tight, duff is a great quarterback, and slash just, let's say this, that guitar was meant to fill stadiums. Loved the set, love Chinese democracy the track but could have done without the other tracks. I actually like coma but the performance petered. Crowd was definitley 35 plus on the whole and it seemed to run out of gas 2 hours in after sweet child. They didn't go on until after 10 so after a day of drinking the audience near me was shot and there was almost an hour to go. But they kept the show energy high. Paradise city under a cascade of fireworks... Just awesome. Great show, highly recommend. If they were still in the north east I would road trip to see more shows. As it is I'd love to go to LA in the fall. Hope they're on good terms and do it again, because they're onto something special and literally sound better than ever
  2. It looks like you're seeking a reason to stay with her. Stay with her. You should have carte blanche for side action now
  3. I was under the weather last night and I'm catching up on the convention, but my two big takeaways.... -The father of the Muslim Solider, Khizir Khan, with the possible exception of Biden, was the best, most effective speaker at either convention. You can keep Bill's absurd fairy tale and Obama's compelling delievery, but Mr. Khan spoke with such simple elegance, grace and passion, that I don't see how Trump could rebuke him. Love that dude. He did more than anyone has in the past 14 months to convince me to pull the lever for her -She should steer clear of the "he's a bully" stuff.... does she think there aren't going to be bully's amongst the global players she deals with.
  4. To the first bolded... no. That works in the first term, during the first campaign. He had 8 years to fulfill a promise, a goal, an imperative even. I dont doubt its a challenge, but his failure in this regard is substantial with ongoing and far reaching effects. I guess we differ on where to apply the urgency of the inevitable. Healthcare was and remains a terribly terribly thorny issue in the states. But I disagree with you on the second bolded... the Obama I drew from was as much rooted in hope and change and restoration of our global image, a promise that we would be better perceived in the world community and end this war. There was never gonna be a good time for healthcare any more than the there was ever going to be a good time to exit the region. But again, I don't know if its the ego or avarice of him or the US, state department, whoever, but its seems to me, some jerk from afar, that the better statecraft would have been to stabilize whatever tribal leader could grab the brass that would best work with us. Instead we pursue the square peg in the round hole of democracy in that region. If people want and fight for democracy, I support them and would support them with force or presence if necessary, but that simply hasn't been the case. So I guess I reject the notion that he HAD to do healthcare, as part of a mandate but ignored the other elements of ending war and bridge building as a much broader portion of his mandate. Healthcare, on the heels of 2008, ramroded through, sold with lies. Your flippancy in respect to the wholescale rollback of civil liberties is incredibly shortsighted. Healthcare, as our country is established, is not a right. Your rights against search and seizure were seen as so vital they were put into the foundation of this nation. Of course I have great sympathy for those with exisiting conditions, I have been touched by this in my family myself. But that is just some of this country, the rollback of our rights affected us all. And from the guy that promised us the "most transparent administration in history".
  5. His initial campaign was built largely on the frayed and damaged reputation of the US the world community, largely due to a policy of interventionism and implied imperialism. We were told this lead to insurgency and unrest. A not unreasonable concept. My issues are two fold 1. I was lied to 2. The half in half out engagement. Be an iron fist and annex it all or get the hell out. Now, a full annex is crazy to me, so we are left with disengament. Or a smarter engagement. This is probably a much longer post but it's hard to count our successes in the region. But I will say this, dumping democracy on patricarchal theocracies has been a losing bet for a long time. These issues matter though as we have absorbed thousands of casualties, the dead and the wounded in these engagements and hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded civilians in these engagements. You talk about a self fulfilling prophecy of bred insurgency. Saying nothing of the human damn decency of not continuing a conflict without end I'm not saying it would have been easy but this guy sold easy. So he bears the weight of what he offered. The healtcare issue I take is due to the speed and poorly structured nature of it, it has always struck me more as a president needing a program for his legacy than a country needing a program. Again, it was passed and framed through deception. You don't care about paying more? Fine. The not the issue, we are talking about the salesman here. He need not worry about legacy though, because his is secure. Because he will always be known as the guy who given the chance to push back and defend American civil liberties did nothing. Transparency? Still waiting for that one. You ask what would he have to have done to be a great president? Taking a stand there would have been a big start. That's substantive change, not chasing the white whale of health care.
  6. He did not articulate this when he ran in 2012. One time liar then? wait til I break it to the commander in chief these decisions, all executive actions, are out of his hands
  7. Who moved the goalposts to being one of the greatest of all time? I would settle for mediocre which he has failed to be. He is not without his positives, he navigated a very tenuous 08 well, although we traded big oil for big finance in terms of influence to do it. I just don't know what message I'm supposed to take from tonight. These are serious times and we can't afford someone like trump but he America is and has always been great and things are looking great when I talk about my legacy? It's a tone deafness that ignores that things aren't great for many if not most in this country. And Obama acts like he's in the gallery. He's had 8 years to get a crack at this and he's proven minimally competent. And this is from a guy who voted for him twice and went to the first innaguration.
  8. I am down on Obama but I would enthusiastically vote for Joe. Let's not forget we only have gay marriage because of him. O wasn't going there. Instead we are left with This clown faced shrew nightmare leaving this fool trump with an open look
  9. Believe it or not, it wasn't always that way. And if it is true, it makes Obama a liar. Twice.
  10. He ran for office twice on a notion of ending this war. We are 4 full administrations into a war time. A generation of children, American and in foreign war zones, have lived their entire life at war. With no end in sight, with no goal line, with no objective. Do you think there's any chance the recent ring of terror we've seen at home and abroad has anything to do with this? All under a spectre of meta data collected and a litany of potential civil liberty violations. Where it mattered to me, he governed like a republican and not even a good one. At least a republican wouldn't have shoehorned a half ### health plan on us, again, sold to me as "you'll keep your plan, your costs won't go up they'll go down if anything" which turned into me paying 33 percent more for 3/4 of the coverage I used to get.
  11. 8 years of hope and change. Well, hope in one hand, as they say
  12. Exactly. If he governed as all as spoke we be a lot better off.
  13. So is this where we ignore obama's unchecked civil liberties abuses and excesses under his administration and get charmed like the fat girl at the bar at 2am who's finally getting attention at closing time?
  14. Ha... From O, the guy who brought you "the most transparent administration in history"