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  1. Ram23

    The Trump Presidency

    But really - the walls on your house don't do much good if you aren't inside routinely, indirectly enforcing the space inside the walls as "yours." All physical security measures ultimately serve as deterrents and obstructions, not standalone impenetrable defenses. If someone wanted to break through a typical house wall, they could do it in minutes with a sledge hammer. If they wanted to get into a commercial building it would take a bit longer. If they wanted to get into a bank vault, it would take more sophisticated tools and strategies. Etc. Etc. None of these walls are impenetrable - but I think we'd all agree it's best that the bank keep pallets full of cash inside a vault, instead of out in the open with some guys watching over it.
  2. Ram23

    Toxic Masculinity

    Personally, I refuse to go out of my way to watch a commercial - so unless I'm subjected to viewing this one in entirety without my affirmative consent I won't comment. Besides, I have a beard and have no use for anything but scissors and a 99 cent Kroger razors to keep the edges clean.
  3. Sending a bill to the Senate that Democrats know won't be voted upon because it does not meet the requisite requests is indeed an obstruction. It's all for show and does nothing but waste the time of everyone involved. That's time that could otherwise be spent coming to an agreement with the President and Senate Republicans.
  4. Ram23

    Let's talk about the weather!

    Cincinnati was also over 55 inches in 2018, third all-time. There are plenty of years in Cincinnati with near record rainfall amounts around 50-55 inches, however 2011 was a crazy outlier of over 73 inches: https://www.weather.gov/iln/Top10_Pcpn_2018
  5. Democrats are holding these workers hostage to get what they want. All they have to do is approve a budget with some sort of funding for border security and Trump would sign it. They won't, not because they disagree with the concept - there are countless quotes from all sorts of House Democrats stating they support more border walls and fences - but because they don't want to lose the argument. This was the very first opportunity for House Democrats to work with the president and come to some sort of compromise - they failed miserably. At this rate it's likely we'll end up with Trump declaring a national emergency and building the wall anyways.
  6. Ram23

    US Illegal Immigration

    Oops: CNN’s Jim Acosta mocked for accidentally proving that border walls work https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cnns-jim-acosta-mocked-for-accidently-proving-that-border-walls-work CNN’s Jim Acosta was mocked across social media on Thursday for posting a video that was meant to downplay President Trump's claims of a border crisis -- but ended up supporting his argument that border barriers improve security. “Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about,” Acosta said while reporting from the southern border. “But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger.” Media watchdogs were quick to point out that the CNN reporter’s video helps prove Trump’s point that a wall or barrier along the Southern border could help prevent illegal border crossings.
  7. That northwest corner of downtown/southwest corner of OTR is by far the easiest and cheapest place to park in the basin. Within about a 5 to 10 minute walk you can actually find plentiful free street parking - something that can't be said for much of downtown.
  8. ^ Well, yes, I suppose - the government is shutdown primarily because "The Establishment" is dysfunctional. As a matter of fact, we've seen both the Republican and Democratic political elites descend into relative chaos in the wake of Trump's anti-establishment stances. This shutdown is just one example of that chaos. Hopefully we see more productive results in the future - things like Cruz's term limit bill are good starts.
  9. It's not a veto-proof compromise if all parties necessary to execute it aren't in agreement. If the person responsible for bringing the issue to a vote is not pleased with the alleged compromise, it's not worth the paper it's written on. Additionally, some politically moderate folks may justifiably feel that such a hiccup is quite an indicator of an inefficient establishment.
  10. That didn't work so well for air traffic controllers the last time. Such a strike might very well give Trump a good opportunity to emulate one of America's greatest presidents. Plus, whether or not the blame is on Republicans, or Democrats - the result is that the average swing voter continues to be fed up with "the establishment." It is Congress, after all, that can neither produce a budget Trump will sign nor come to a veto-proof compromise.
  11. Ram23

    In The World: China

    While global deals, agreements, and accords typically exclude developing nations from environmental restrictions - we're seeing that those nations are in fact responsible for some of the world greatest environmental problems: 90 percent of ocean plastic waste comes from Asia and Africa https://www.earth.com/news/ocean-plastic-waste-asia-africa/?fbclid=IwAR2XpTo_TqOvxYFAAetG_i6-Ao63ICmDaJ0eILv2DrhvTwEDcmDVY19KG1w It’s been estimated that around eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, and now a new study shows that 90 percent of that can be traced back to ten major rivers in Asia and Africa. The world’s plastic problem has quickly become a plastic crisis and around five trillion pounds of it is currently in the oceans. The worst polluter was the Yangtze River in China, which sends 1.5 million tons of plastic to the Yellow Sea every year.
  12. One source I read had the September '18 expenditure on food stamps at $4.7 billion. Another source says $84 billion is budgeted for FY 19. So, let's assume the number of folks in the program varies month to month and the average expenditure is somewhere between $4.7 and $7 billion per month. Interestingly enough, the amount of money Trump is requesting for border security is about the same amount the government spends every single month on food stamps, without any hesitation. That really puts it into context.
  13. Ram23

    Electric Cars

    I won't pretend to speak for anyone else, but if I had to guess, I assume they're protesting preferential treatment of electric car drivers over the common man. Free charging, preferred parking spaces, government subsidy, etc. I don't have a dog in this fight, though. I'd probably have an electric car if I didn't live in the city in a location I have no choice but to park on the street.
  14. Ram23

    Cincinnati Bengals Discussion

    You do have to wonder what his presence on the field does to offensive players, though. The guy has no qualms about wasting away tens of thousands of dollars if it means he gets a chance to knock someone out. The Steelers seem to have him figured out and bait him into dumb plays, but most teams do seem to avoid him to an extent. That said, the Bengals have always taken a chance on skilled players with character issues. Mixon is another example. I like it - it reminds me of Huggins at UC in the glory days. As for money - something that's rare in Cincinnati is seeing any of our local stars out flaunting it. I saw Joey Votto in his Lamborghini once, years ago, but that's about all I can recall. But Votto level salary is on a whole other level that even good NFL players can only dream of.
  15. If you have a library card, you can login and access their database of Cincinnati Enquirer issues. I think this link will work if you're logged in - it's just to a search of "Seventh Presbyterian Church fire," limited to the 1970s: https://search-proquest-com.research.cincinnatilibrary.org/hnpcincinnatienquirershell/results/612F9080CE0D4230PQ/1?accountid=39387 There's a good article on the front page of the January 2, 1971 paper. I found another article from 1977 about the church being rebuilt, that mentions no one was ever charged for the fire, which was suspected to have been arson.