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Olaf

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  1. The Pats went from an undefeated regular season where they re-wrote the offensive record book in '07, to missing the playoffs in '08. The Pats were still very good in '08 with Cassel at QB, but there was definitely a drop-off.
  2. I don't hang out in the Shark Pool much other than the playoffs and early off-season. Is there some kind of weird meta-shtick with re-posing Rotoworld material? Or is this an attempt at making Staff? It's really off-putting regardless. What's the problem with someone sharing news and firsthand quotes? Faust's posts generally contain more pertinent information than 95+% posts here that are nothing but opinion and speculation.
  3. Maybe you should leave African issues to the Africans? Ouch, that hurt... not. At least this will be a thread void of your 'common sense' Guy, it was an inside joke tweak because you seemed like a good guy and like you understood your post yesterday was ridiculous as soon as I called you on it. If I really wanted to put you on blast I would have shared the stunning turnaround you've had on discussing international matters in less than forty-eight hours. I thought you'd get a chuckle off the tweak. Apparently not. You know it is possible to be a normal human to people you disagree with philosophically? Hell, recently I've fluffed Tim's nuts twice even though I disagree with him because he seems like a good guy. Good luck with your thread about Boko Haram where we can't discuss their philosophy. I'm going to run and start a thread about Jennifer Love Hewitt where we can't discuss her knockers. "in the event they are not first generation immigrants your xenophobic comments fall completely to the floor." Ummh, no. Two reasons: 1) As I pointed out, "ultranationalist" parties are growing in Europe not just because of continued immigration, but also because European nations' struglle to fully assimilate immigrants. That struggle is not limited to first generation immigrants. 2) At least one study in Britain showed second generation Muslims in the UK to be more radical than their first generation parents. Makes sense, because the parents have a better understanding of why they left Muslim nations for Europe; and the younger generation, like America's younger generation, tend to have more radical views because youth are more susceptible to being indoctrinated into a radical belief system. Below is the study from Britain, and from my reading a similar dymanic exists in France: Another study, the Channel 4 Dispatches Muslim Survey (complete results here), one of the most comprehensive surveys to date of Muslim opinion in Britain, shows that a new generation of Muslims is being raised to be much more radical than its parents. It also shows that Muslim integration into British society has effectively come to a halt. Although immigrants to Britain usually have tended to become more secular and less religious than their parents by the second generation, the survey shows Muslims have gone in precisely the opposite direction. The Dispatches survey shows that today's young British Muslims are less liberal and more devout than their parents. Their beliefs render many of them determined not just to be different, but also to be separate from the rest of Britain. Although it is often assumed that those holding the most radical anti-Western views are from the lower socio-economic classes, the survey shows that the well-off and well-educated are just as likely to identify with radical Islam. "Complaining against policies enacted 50 or more years ago is pointless." That's an odd statement. If anything passing time gives you a better understanding of whether the policies have been successful. You no longer have to speculate because you have evidence. It's also weird because what if the policy was inherently wrong in the first place? "Hey, sorry black people, but we can't do anything about these Jim Crow laws now because they've already been in place for a few decades." Perhaps you should leave European politics to the Europeans? Odd request when we discuss world matters all the time on this board, and numerous people in this thread are discussing Muslim extremism in Europe and abroad. Plus, I'm not actively trying to change European policies. I'm telling people who don't know much about European politics because they think European politics should be left to the Europeans about the growing trend among Europeans. Finally, I have dual citizenship with a European nation.
  4. Maybe you should leave African issues to the Africans?
  5. Tim, I admire your determination to stay in your own thread for awhile, but I miss you in threads like the Charlie Hebdo thread. You being sent to your own Elba island is like telling Hugh Hefner that he can suddenly bed only one chick. It has to be tough for a prolific artist like you two to suddenly be relegated to one.
  6. There's absolutely no evidence to support your assertion. Many of the critics of Islam, Maher and Harris included, are well versed on history. I could just as easily say that the people who are quickest to jump aboard the "all religions are equally as bad" train are the same people that have the least awareness of religious history. Anecdotally, that may be true of many of the Social Justice Warriors who simply repeat what they've been told without ever examing the history, but there are no comprehensive studies that show that group does in fact know less about history than the people with a strong, polar opposite view like Maher and Harris.
  7. Let's look at a comparable situation with a longer track record then. Ferguson, MO was a solidly middle class neighborhood with average to below average crime rates several decades ago. Like Chicago and many other cities, St. Louis' poor communities began to gentrify forcing some lower income people out to more affordable living in the burbs. Ferguson began to change over in the 1970s, so a couple decades before the Chigao housing projects were closed. Realistically, we are looking at two generations in Ferguson. Have the St. Louis residents who relocated to Ferguson been imbued with middle-class habits such that they were uplifted? Or has Ferguson been imbued with the inner-city habits and been dragged down? It can be both, but which is more prevalent? The same can be said for numerous locations throughout America. For example, Washington, DC has a declining poor, black population due to gentrification. Most of those poor black people have relocated to previously solid middle-class Prince George's County, MD. Have the DC residents who relocated to PG County been imbued with middle-class habits such that they were uplifted? Or has PG County been imbued with the inner-city habits and been dragged down? It can be both, but which is more prevalent? Crime in Prince George County is the lowest in 40 years. Crime is also down in Ferguson. What is going on there is about police methods, not crime. Both of your links show the crime at it's peak after the neighborhoods had already begun conversion vs. the current level of crime. The more interesting and applicable charts would show the crime level before conversion vs. the current level of crime. Wikipedia has the following regarding the post-conversion PG County: Prince George's County accounted for 20% of murders in the state of Maryland from 1985 to 2006. A twenty-year crime index trends study, performed by Prince George's County Police Department Information Resource Management, showed the county had a 23.1% increase in total crime for the years of 2000 to 2004. Between the years of 1984 to 2004, Prince George's had a 62.8% increase in total crime. TIME had the following regarding Ferguson: How Ferguson went from middle class to poor in a generation
  8. Let's look at a comparable situation with a longer track record then. Ferguson, MO was a solidly middle class neighborhood with average to below average crime rates several decades ago. Like Chicago and many other cities, St. Louis' poor communities began to gentrify forcing some lower income people out to more affordable living in the burbs. Ferguson began to change over in the 1970s, so a couple decades before the Chigao housing projects were closed. Realistically, we are looking at two generations in Ferguson. Have the St. Louis residents who relocated to Ferguson been imbued with middle-class habits such that they were uplifted? Or has Ferguson been imbued with the inner-city habits and been dragged down? It can be both, but which is more prevalent? The same can be said for numerous locations throughout America. For example, Washington, DC has a declining poor, black population due to gentrification. Most of those poor black people have relocated to previously solid middle-class Prince George's County, MD. Have the DC residents who relocated to PG County been imbued with middle-class habits such that they were uplifted? Or has PG County been imbued with the inner-city habits and been dragged down? It can be both, but which is more prevalent?
  9. wow, thanks for posting that hack. Here's a good accompanying article to go along with that article about Chicago's housing projects being demolished... Did the Destruction of Chicago’s Public Housing Decrease Violent Crime, Or Just Move It Elsewhere?
  10. Sorry for your loss, posty Oh, look, my stalker. I find your crush on me ( ) flattering, Limpy.
  11. I have to laugh at the selective censoring on this board. The thread regarding the recent string of Christmas attacks contained no foul language, no offensive mischaracterizations, and linked only to reputable news articles. I guess it's OK to have threads which draw attention to certain situations, but not to thers. Same as Day 1. Carry on.
  12. Police work is incredibly difficult, but not considering which demographics are most likley to attack you based on experience and statistics seems dangerous on one side, and potentially deadly on the other.
  13. You dont think there is an extra layer of caution/awareness that needs to be taken if you're a cop? Humans can have any number of dispositions, but there are a couple in particular that are a lot more prevalent among young, black males.
  14. Tim, I like you and I think you're a net positive for this board. You're insightful, self-deprecating, and generally fair. You seem like a good person. You may find this post odd coming from me because I've been critical of you in the past, but that criticism is because, as I suggested in the criticism itself, I feel you can "be better". I'm not alluding to the more common criticisms: your post volume, your waffling, or your propensity to wear your emotions on your sleave. None of that bothers me, and I see it as you wanting to share your breadth of knowledge and opinions rather than you trying to dominate the topic. Instead, I'm alluding to you, on occasion, pumping the breaks on a debate and labeling someone a bigot or a racist. It smacks of an unwarranted personal attack similar to that you find yourself currently on the end of and not enjoying.
  15. Why? You overestimate the power of this board if you think hearsay posted here will spread like wildfire and take down the celeb. Forget it, I see your answer right above now.
  16. Travolta was my orginal guess, but I switched to Spacey when Ham said Oscar winner. I referenced three actors, and I take it back... Good guesses.Only two won Oscars and the other was nominated twice as won a Golden Globe. The guy who hit on men in the gym sauna is different than the guy who propositioned a guy I knew in the steam room in Palm Springs. The other one is an actor who won his award for dancing with a certain animal. Oh, so the sauna guy was Travolta. (Academy Award Best Actor Nominee for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction, and Golden Globe winner for Get Shorty and Grease.)
  17. Similar to what was said about Donald Brown last year before Brown outplayed Richardson to such a degree that he got the bulk of the work.
  18. Travolta was my orginal guess, but I switched to Spacey when Ham said Oscar winner.
  19. I'd say 10% would be a high percentage to come forward, given that most don't want the attention, especially in light of no hard evidence.A suggestion here for the fappers... Please don't compare which victim is hottest or cast blame on the victims. It's just gross. Wasn't one of them under the age of 18? I seem to recall reading that about a model who came out a month ago...says she was 17 or so when he began his torment. Move over, Roman Polanski. The youngest alleged incident occurred when the girl was 15 years old. A former Picture Page cast member, Renita Chaney Hill, has become the latest women to make sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, claiming he drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress.
  20. No. And Angela Leslie may be the best looking of the Coz accusers. Here's a chart of the accusers with pics. The chart doesn't include the Renita Cheny Hill who is a light skinned black lady, and the chart looks like it has the wrong picture for Andrea Constand who is the biracial Temple basketball player who Coz settled with.
  21. So did The Coz. Add Lou Ferrigno's wife to the list of women coming forward. Lou wants to Hulk Smash! The Coz. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/20/lou-ferrignos-wife-carla-bill-cosby-tried-to-sexua/#!
  22. So that's worse than raping Asian, Black or Native chicks? How much worse, please show your work in graph form. Worse? No, Cosby seems to think it's better. (allegedly)