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  1. Looks like it involves the following people: The President - sole decision maker, but needs some additional people to take action to make it happen Top Military Advisers (not sure why it isn't Advisors) - These people don't seem to have any power since the President can seemingly continue without their approval The person who gives the President the "biscuit", which I assume also then includes someone who creates the "biscuit" (maybe the same person who gives it to the President) Someone at the Pentagon who broadcasts an encoded message Missile Crew - compare the encoded message to previously created documentation (which had to have been created by someone or some process) If launched from a submarine, looks like there are four additional people who have to do something. If launched from land, two out of five people have to turn the key.
  2. I assume this is an accurate description of the process:
  3. Back to the article in the OP, assuming Trump does have some pathological disorders, how does that change views of everything surrounding him? I know I've seen posts here the last few years saying they think Trump has mental health issues. When I've seen those posts, I wonder if someone truly believes that, should that change what names they call him and how he's labeled? I don't know enough about these mental illnesses to know if it makes sense to both label him a pathological narcissist and sociopath while also calling him a bad/evil/horrible person.
  4. Prayer in school. I hear several Christians point to that ruling as the beginning of our country's decline.
  5. Case starting at least one more week. But, SF will be a tough matchup.
  6. I like when my kids sleepover at someone else’s house. Not a fan of other kids sleeping over at my house.
  7. At the next home game, I want to hear “MVP” chants from all 1000 redskins fans at the game when Way punts.
  8. Just saw it. Overall, I liked it. Didn’t love it, but liked it. I was expecting better. I was even expecting darker. I had some of the same questions as you. But, I kept reminding myself that this is still a comic book movie. And it’s a comic book movie being told from the viewpoint of the bad guys. Not just bad guys, but a psychotic bad guy. That’s how I reconcile the Thomas Wayne story line. In the eyes of the psychotic, Wayne is a bad person. And a psycho can stir up the masses of the poor to think the same thing. I’m not an expert on the Joker or Batman or comic books or cinema. I don’t really fully know the story lines. I haven’t even seen half of the DC movies. So take this all with a grain of salt. That’s just how I interpreted things as I was watching.
  9. Welcome to the City of Champions. That’s probably close to average. But I think we have quite a bit of year-to-year variation. We can have winters with like 1-2 inches total and others where we get a couple really big storms. Either way, expect traffic to be 10x worse for each inch of snow.
  10. I will claim to be outcome-oriented. My ideologies are formed by the belief that they work. That doesn't mean all of ideologies do lead to positive outcomes. There's a high probability that many of my ideologies don't lead to positive outcomes, or there are other ideologies that lead to better outcomes, but I'm ignorant of those facts. So, if someone has facts that prove one of my ideologies wrong, I will look like an ideologist to them. However, I'm probably only holding onto that ideology because I haven't learned that it doesn't work. I think that description probably applies to everyone. I don't know many people who have an ideology that they believe is wrong...because it would no longer be their ideology at that point; their ideology would change with the new facts they learned. Now, there are many people, probably even including me, who will claim an ideology while fully knowing that ideology doesn't lead to a positive outcome because it's a different outcome that they really care about and professing that particular ideology helps that ulterior outcome. I think that's basically how politicians work.
  11. My youngest was interested in game 4 and we watched most of the second half. He knew who several of the players. I'll be at my daughter's volleyball game tonight, but they'll likely lose in three and then I'll watch the rest of game 5 if my son is watching.
  12. Well, they play Miami this week so there should be at least one week of some hope.
  13. “Rock bottom isn’t a moment; it’s a seemingly perpetual state.”
  14. My sons have been saving money to go to a game because they know tickets will be cheaper later this season. I will probably go with them if they decide to spend their money that way. I could never bring myself to disallow them using their money that way. They are on some social media so they see all the complaints, but to them it’s still an opportunity to get to see their favorite team. We used to have season tickets and we loved going to games together. They miss that.
  15. I've had similar thoughts recently. The two things aren't really related, but for some reason the complete nonsense of this franchise has led me to start to want the name to change.
  16. In my experience, volleyball mostly does tournaments at the older ages and doesn't have regular season schedules. Younger ages will sometimes compete in local "travel" leagues against older kids, which as I said before really sucks for the older kids. Volleyball tournaments have multiple levels. Ones I've seen are Open, American, USA, and Club; in that order (Open the highest level), I think. Cheapest volleyball club I've seen is $1500 and they travel to 3-4 out-of-town tournaments (travel not included in the $1500) and do probably 8 local one-day tournaments. My daughter's club this past year was $5,000 (of which we only had to pay $500 since she played on a scholarship), $400 more for the backpack and jerseys, and then we probably paid around $2000+ for 8 out-of-town tournaments (including one in Denver - ridiculous) and another 8-10 one-day local tournaments. My daughter ended up having only 2-3 weekends off from mid December to end of May and one of those included a last-second Saturday tournament being added to the schedule that we skipped. The first one-day tournament ended up being on a Sunday where there was already about 6 inches of snow on the ground by 5 AM. We don't clear snow quickly here in the DC area. The tournament host (which happened to be our club owner) didn't cancel the tournament. We showed up at 7 AM on this Sunday after driving through several inches of snow on major roads to see that only three teams showed up (two of which were from our club). The owner didn't seem to understand why other clubs canceled and didn't come. We like volleyball. We don't love volleyball.
  17. Keim would never do that. He's way too professional. Not sure about others. What I'd like to see is some deep investigative reporting to find out what's really going on behind closed doors. For example, find out about the leak/release of this Gruden video. Such peculiar timing. Who did that? Why did they do that? Is it linked to Dan or Bruce? There are bodies somewhere in Ashburn. Okay, that may be a bit extreme. But there's dirt, at least.
  18. Yeah, like I said, I'm annoyed (and my daughter, too) with the lack of a middle ground. She played a season of "travel" (which is all local "travel" stuff). It was super cheap but the competition was horrible. My daughter was on a HS team and most of their opponents were younger (some teams even had some elementary school girs!") club teams looking to challenge themselves to prep for tournaments. She then played a club season this year. Despite her playing on a scholarship (a $4,500 savings), we still ended up spending close $3,000. It was much better competition and she grew a lot as a player, but it was too much and she didn't like how much of her time it took. So, that's the motivation. And agree about finding parents who are on the same page. I think it would be fairly easy to find some, but would probably need 10 girls. She has several friends and HS teammates who played the local "travel" league this year and it was the same disappointing set up where they had no competition. They didn't lose a set all season and almost every set was a blowout. I may reach out to a couple parents this week at their next HS game to see what they're looking for. And, you're correct, I don't have interest in coaching. I don't know enough and I'm not that good at coaching anyway. Me as a head coach would be a disaster.
  19. What are the odds he takes questions? He almost never does a Q&A session with the media. I think it was Craig Hoffman who said he's been on the beat for like 5 years and has yet to have an opportunity to ask Bruce a question.
  20. @Gally Thanks. Great info. Did you join a league? If so, what was that process/cost like? If not, how were able to enter tournaments? Did you create a legal organization? Non-profit? Or was this "off the books" and parents just agreed to chip in? Did you consult with other organizations to find out what it would take? If so, how open were they to share information to someone that was sort of trying to compete with them?
  21. My son just texted me saying that he heard the Redskins might target Tomlin in the offseason. Very innovative!