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If you'e willing to re-mortgage your house, you can get immediate access to the alpha.
General Discussion / Re: "Feeling Old" 2017 Edition
« Last post by Windigo on Today at 10:09:38 AM »
Not well-fondled at all. Fondling destroys the value.

I laughed way too hard at this.
Computer Wargaming / Re: General Staff now on Kickstarter
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Today at 09:54:22 AM »
Posting where?

You would know it; it's from Canada
Music, TV, Movies / Re: Jukebox Playlist
« Last post by MetalDog on Today at 09:53:48 AM »

And one of the greatest break up songs ever

Desperate times don’t call for radical measures; they call for conservative ones.

Nooooo, not conservative measures, nooooooooooooooooooooo.


But seriously, he's going up against a political culture that for more than a hundred years has not only operated on the principle that desperate times call for radical measures, but that radicals make use of desperate times to get their radical measures done. "Never let a good crisis go to waste," as the godfather of the modern American radical left, Alinsky, used to teach his disciples.

There's a flip side to this, naturally, which is that as any side successfully increases the power of the state, all sides become more worried and anxious about some other side getting that power and about themselves losing that power. And we've been seeing that anxiety increase during the last several presidential elections.
Computer Wargaming / Re: General Staff now on Kickstarter
« Last post by spelk on Today at 09:35:49 AM »
See also this forum here:
where Dr. Sidran has been talking about this project for some time.

Ah sorry, I did a search for "General Staff" and couldn't find an immediate thread.

Oh wow, a whole sub-forum in the Game Forge for it.

Well then. We obviously thought this was a good enough project for that!

Go back it you miserable blighters!  ;)

It comes with lots of Napoleonics and ACW and even Isandlwana.  :bd:
Many of the activist on the left oppose Trump in ways that I think is destructive to the Republic and the Constitution.  Some of their tactics eerily mimic those Trump used to attack the legitimacy of Obama.  This has bothered me for quite a while and I found something from the New Republic (leftist source) authored by Jonathan Zimmerman which captures my problems with many of the anti-Trump activities of the left.

Meanwhile, too many of my fellow Democrats have decided to fight Trump by questioning his legitimacy, not just his politics. And that bears an uncanny echo to Trump himself, who built his White House campaign on the “birther” lie about Barack Obama.   To be fair, I haven’t heard anyone suggest that Trump wasn’t born in the United States. But I’ve heard plenty of people proclaim that he’s not a “legitimate president”—to quote Representative John Lewis—because the Russians allegedly swung the election to him.

Wait, wasn’t it Trump who kept warning on the campaign trail that the election was “rigged”? John Lewis is a genuine American hero, and Trump is a charlatan, but Lewis’s remark was Trumpian to the core. Lewis doesn’t know whether Russian interference decided the election, any more than you do. Saying so—without real evidence—undermines not just our electoral institutions, but also the special prosecutor whom we have charged with investigating the Russian attacks on them. If we already know the answer, why bother to ask?

Ditto for the much-heard claim that fewer people voted for Trump than for Hillary Clinton, so she should be president rather than him. Under our Constitution, the person with the most electoral (not popular) votes wins. You might think it’s time to revise that practice; I certainly do. But there’s a system for changing it, which is outlined in—yes—the Constitution. Donald Trump became President under the process that has governed America since 1787. So if you say he is “Not My President,” you’re not just dissing Trump; you’re saying that the rules are illegitimate when they yield an outcome you don’t like.

Sound familiar? Again, it’s exactly how Trump operates. If a court rules against him, it’s because of the judge’s ethnic bias; if the FBI investigates him, it’s because the agency is in “tatters” and “the worst in history.” And so on.

Then there’s the Twenty-Fifth Amendment gambit, which might be the most Trump-like of all of the attacks on the president. Every time he slurs a word, the blogosphere lights up with claims that he is physically or mentally incapable of holding office.

Please. The charge is based on rumor and innuendo—Trump’s own signature idioms—rather than on fact. And it also undermines the Twenty-Fifth Amendment itself, which allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to recommend the removal of a president who is unable to function as one.
If you look at the congressional debate surrounding the amendment, which passed in 1967, you’ll see that it was designed to remove people who were clearly and unmistakably handicapped. Indeed, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy—brother of the murdered president—warned that the amendment might become a weapon for removing leaders who were physically capable but politically unpopular.

Enough already. Desperate times don’t call for radical measures; they call for conservative ones. So it’s time for everyone who loves our country—and its historic traditions—to rally behind them. If you don’t like President Trump, do what the Constitution says: Vote him out. (And if the special prosecutor finds that Trump colluded with Russia—or impeded justice—impeach him.) The best way to challenge Trump is to double down on our constitutional heritage, even as he makes a mockery of it. And the worse way is to imitate Trump, all in the guise of maligning him.
Sports / Re: 2017 Running Football Thread
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Today at 09:08:48 AM »
fun tidbit about the game, from the Navy side

It’s a pretty safe bet that Malcolm Perry will be Navy’s starting quarterback next season. He’s, uh, kind of, sort of earned it.


The 5-9, 185-pound sophomore could potentially become Navy’s biggest star since Keenan Reynolds and emerge as a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender next season. Prior to the final month of this season, he’d been best known as The Guy Who Got Pulled From The Stands To Play Quarterback.
During last season’s opener, Perry was a plebe and marched into the stadium along with the rest of the Brigade of Midshipmen, wearing his dress whites. When Navy quarterback Tago Smith went down with a season-ending injury in the middle of the game — and then third-string quarterback Zach Abey was suspended for a violation of team rules — Perry got plucked from the bleachers to dress in (football) uniform as the backup quarterback for the second half. He got into the game late in the third quarter, with Navy up big.
Computer Wargaming / Re: General Staff now on Kickstarter
« Last post by mirth on Today at 09:04:27 AM »
Posting where?
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