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  1. gottaplan

    The Ohio State University Buckeyes Football Discussion

    Interesting recap but the running game is so frustrating to watch. The box recap from last week's game shows 39 carries for Weber/Dobbins but it seems like they are too late to establish the run with designed run plays... they have run/read options but those seem to get blown up more often than not. When we had Cardale Jones and Zeke Elliot, it was the perfect 1-2 punch. Pound the ball, draw the defense up/slow the pass rush, then passing game is open/hit receivers in man coverage for big plays. Instead it seems like we have fits & starts to get offensive rhythm, fall behind in the down & distance, forced into passing situations, get full blitzed... defense sits on short routes.. Haskins is making great plays in spite of this but it's still tough to watch. Defense is equally frustrating to watch. Secondary seems to be trying too hard to implement schemes and keeps getting caught out of position allowing big plays. Can't underestimate what the loss of Bosa has meant to the defense but it doesn't feel like we have a standout LB or two like we've had in prior years either.... Really need to keep getting better as year progresses and hopefully stay healthy I agree with Urban - this team has not come close to it's potential.
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    So assuming Kavanaugh gets confirmed, what's the first court session look like with cases for review?
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    I don't think an extended investigation is going to uncover anything more than we already know or have heard so far. The situation with Dr. Ford still stands at a he said/she said. For some, that's enough to block his nomination. For others, he's innocent and it's a smear job. What is known is the guy was a bit of a lousy drunk when he was younger, ran around with some dopey friends. But his personal life appears to be pretty clean the last 30 years. Unfortunately for all, his nomination seems to be inevitable. Most of this investigation was probably just for show so a few Senators could save face. The real open question for me is how this affects the midterms and voter turnout.
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    GOP, 1998: Bill Clinton lied under oath. He has to go. GOP, 2018: Brett Kavanaugh committed the *perfect* amount of perjury. Lied about all the right things. Achieved optimal perjury. Come on now, are you really gonna go there? "I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN"?
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    McConnell mocks story on Kavanaugh throwing ice during bar fight: 'Talk about a bombshell' https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/409451-mcconnell-mocks-story-on-kavanaugh-throwing-ice-during-bar-fight-what-a Mitch must be feeling confident
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    Yeah Citizens United has been a big setback for entire political process on all sides
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    "Demand Justice" is a nonprofit that was formed in early 2018 to oppose Trump's federal court choices -they are behind most of the organized media, messaging and fund raising to oppose Kavanaugh. The group is led by Brian Fallon, former press secretary for Hillary Clinton in 2016 campaign. "Demand Justice has begun to target justices on President Trump’s short list of potential Supreme Court nominees. This initiative, according to Fallon, could grow to a potentially seven-figure campaign should a vacancy emerge on the Supreme Court—as many speculate may soon happen. Interestingly, Demand Justice does not stop at maligning President Trump’s court picks. They also actively criticize Democratic legislators for not doing enough to stop the confirmation of these nominees, perhaps showing that party affiliation is not enough to stay out of their line of fire." https://capitalresearch.org/article/demand-justice-how/ https://observer.com/2018/07/liberal-activist-groups-protest-trump-scotus-pick/ “These are very sophisticated campaigns that target individual senators [and are] almost surgical in nature,” said Jonathan Turley, constitutional law professor at George Washington University Law School. “Most of this is ‘dark money,’ designed to evade easy identification as to donors and interest groups — and that applies on both sides.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/liberal-activists-embrace-dark-money-in-supreme-court-fight/2018/07/27/0b21582c-902a-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html?utm_term=.9bdd9f21f909 Obviously this group was formed to oppose any Trump Supreme Court nominee - but I can't help wondering, would we be seeing the same level of tactics and efforts spent for one of the other 3 candidates? Seems like the opposition research was already in place regardless who the nominee ended up being...
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    FBI has interviewed Mark Judge https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/01/fbi-interview-mark-judge-855524
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    I get that of course a former FBI director would be expected to think like this, but something about it (especially the last line) still rubs me the wrong way (wholly independent from the Kavanaugh hearing and possible investigation). I get that it's only natural for a cop to have inherent suspicion of anyone who doesn't want to talk to a cop. And in this case, that suspicion might even be justified. But sometimes people have non-criminal reasons for not wanting to talk to a cop. I think this takes the conversation in a different direction, but going back to Comey's full comments, he seems to be taking a jab at both Republicans (dumb to put limits on this investigation) and also Democrats (we absolutely CAN conduct a good investigation in 1 week)
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    Long winded diatribe but some fun facts in here by Former Director Comey: "The FBI Can Do This" https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/30/opinion/james-comey-fbi-kavanaugh-investigation.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion "Although the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process, the F.B.I. is up for this. It’s not as hard as Republicans hope it will be. F.B.I. agents are experts at interviewing people and quickly dispatching leads to their colleagues around the world to follow with additional interviews. Unless limited in some way by the Trump administration, they can speak to scores of people in a few days, if necessary. They will confront people with testimony and other accounts, testing them and pushing them in a professional way. Agents have much better nonsense detectors than partisans, because they aren’t starting with a conclusion. Yes, the alleged incident occurred 36 years ago. But F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory. They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory. They also know that little lies point to bigger lies. They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper. Once they start interviewing, every witness knows the consequences. It is one thing to have your lawyer submit a statement on your behalf. It is a very different thing to sit across from two F.B.I. special agents and answer their relentless questions. Of course, the bureau won’t have subpoena power, only the ability to knock on doors and ask questions. But most people will speak to them. Refusal to do so is its own kind of statement."
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    what are the chances we'll hear more about the emails that were circulated that backed up Ramirez' claims of Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at Yale?
  12. gottaplan

    The Trump Presidency

    This is a fruitless exercise. We showed many reactions of conservatives here when Obama said he might actually meet with the leaders of Iran, North Korea, etc. The mere mention that he'd be open to talking them was a bridge too far. Of course, Trump meeting with Kim was the greatest thing in the world. They feel no shame. They don't care about hypocrisy. I wouldn't exactly call it hypocrisy when Trump has said in no uncertain terms he'd wipe Iran & N. Korea off the map if they continue threatening actions. Obama obviously said no such thing. I think everyone can agree Trump's negotiations are very different (bizarre) but he's certainly not afraid to be tough with these bad actors.
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    If she had gone to the police the next day, we wouldn't be having this debate. At this point, the location & date of the party hasn't been established and Dr Ford's only supporting evidence are therapist notes and conversations with her husband, many many years later. Again, not saying she isn't to be believed, Im saying highly unlikely this will ever be a "case closed". I do think Lindsay Graham's remarks yesterday about the way Dr. Ford's identity was leaked was very interesting. He basically said it had to have been the California congressman, not Senator Feinstein, do we know who that is?
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    While Dr Ford seemed credible by nearly all standards, it's hard to believe this guy was a huge perv in his formative years, then went 30+ years with no issues...? I guess my point is - I can't see any additional FBI investigation turning up anything conclusive. And it'll never "clear" Kavanaugh of anything and it won't definitively implicate him either. And honestly, neither side will be satisfied. The left will still have their "yeah but"'s and the right will still feel he was a victim of a targeted smear campaign...
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    Flake isn't even running for re election is he? Senators are 6 year terms - how many are even up for re election in a swing vote state?
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