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  1. I just realized that in addition to all this school pride, I've also got a whole regional pride thing going on. Between Buffalo, Syracuse, and St. Bonaventure, it was the basketball mecca that is upstate New York that knocked out the PAC12. I'm not that worried about Kentucky either, it's all just house money at this point. No matter what happens Saturday I'll be happy. Though hopefully all 40 minutes go as well as the first 20 minutes the last time we played Kentucky (we were up 38-33 at the half against the 2014/15 Kentucky team that was undefeated until dropping in the Final Four).
  2. Fuck yeah, BUFFALO!! Told y'all they could win this one! Even I didn't expect a blowout ending with us emptying out the bench though. Feels good. Feels real good. First NCAA tournament win ever! UB!!
  3. Unfortunately looks like Trump is going to have some new ammo for the fake news fire. https://www.propublica.org/article/cia-cables-detail-its-new-deputy-directors-role-in-torture This is the primary source reporters have been relying on when talking about Gina Haspel. On the plus side, it does mean that the nominee to be CIA Director was not directly overseeing torture operations; so that's nice.
  4. Republicans already abolished the blue slip tradition in 2003 to get more Bush nominees through. It only came back in 2006 because Pat Leahy is absurdly traditionalist and was the new judiciary chariman when Democrats retook the senate. Grassley immediately signaled he'd abolish the blue slips again if needed when he became chairman in 2014, but there was no need to because it was just another tool to block Obama nominees. And once Trump came into office, blue slips were promptly ignored again; at least if they came from Democrats. (Although honestly, the blue slip tradition is barely a thing anyway. It's only existed since 1917, and has only been a true, hard-stop for around 30 years throughout that time, depending on who the judiciary chairman was.) The lesson is, fuck Pat Leahy.
  5. There is one thing; Murkowski and Collins are pro-choice. If Kennedy or Ginsburg retires they may be leery of approving a 5th justice to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Potentially at least. There's the chance Roberts wouldn't want to go that far, but would almost certainly massively scale it back).
  6. It depends. In 2014, I wasn't that stressed out. I had faint hopes about the Senate, but knew the House wasn't in play, and most importantly I knew that no matter, Obama was still going to be there to protect us from Congress. Although, thinking back, that's the only even-year election I haven't been too stressed about in recent years.
  7. I entered my bracket. I briefly considered having Buffalo go all the way, or at least hit the Sweet 16. But I decided to be a bit more realistic and just have them upset Arizona before losing to Kentucky. I legit think they can beat Arizona too, if they can play the game they want to play. From what I gather, Arizona has a slow, measured pace and relies on defense and some real tall players to win. Buffalo likes playing extremely fast and relies on really good guards to make up for their lack of height; they also just try to out-score opponents rather than stifle them. If Buffalo can get into a shooting match, and the shots are dropping the way they have most of the season, they can win. Fun fact: By RPI, Arizona's best win was against Texas A&M which is ranked #29. Buffalo is ranked #26. (Granted, Buffalo lost against Texas A&M this season, but I'm focusing on the positives here).
  8. Possibly the biggest impact so far has been Corey Gardner single-handedly preventing DOJ from changing almost any Obama-era marijuana policies by blocking almost every relevant nominee and holding some other ones hostage to ensure continued compliance (There'd be other roadblocks if it wasn't for him, but they haven't come up yet).
  9. Once upon a time here in America, no one thought the NIT would lose its spot as the most prestigious college basketball tournament. The transition to that being the NCAA happened extremely quickly. All it takes is a few of the major teams (countries in this case) to flip over, and for the revenue structure (or bribes) to be more favorable. Everything else follows extremely quickly if that happens. It doesn't seem likely in this case because of the UK's strained relationship with the rest of Europe; but if this was Germany and they tried it, I could easily see it happening.
  10. In other news, both Rand Paul and John McCain have come out against Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA Director, and on this issue I tend to believe them. So if Democrats stick together, her nomination is dead. Rand Paul also is opposed to Mike Pompeo's nomination as SecState, but I believe he is the only Republican to do so yet. Also, Pompeo did get 14 Democratic votes to be CIA Director, but that was 3 days after Trump's inauguration, when some Democrats were still hoping to be able to work with Trump (and his approval rating wasn't quite as abysmal yet). I assume he'll get less now, but I don't know if it'll be none.
  11. This race is almost certainly not getting called tonight.
  12. Buffalo's in again! (Unrelatedly, I'm drunk on bourbon street, I'll have more to say later).
  13. I was thinking post-V-E Day, but I guess that was too late in 1945, not until May, for it to have made a difference on births in 1945. So I'm not sure now. I don't know enough about troop deployments towards the end of the war, were troops already being pulled out of Europe by winter 44/45 in preparation for the expected eventual transfer to the Pacific? In which case they might've had some time back home. Or was it still an all-out push, racing the Russians to capture territory?
  14. That all makes sense to me. I can't imagine how anyone coming of political age in 1969 could be conservative (though clearly many did), and would likely have views quite different from those a bit older, who already had their beliefs solidified, or younger, who missed out on directly experiencing and understanding what was going on. I'm curious about the divide between 1944 and 1945. I imagine the big difference is in the parents, most people who were born in 1944 would've had a father either ineligible to serve in the military (too old, too young, disabled, etc.) or who had an exemption to serving in the military; whereas in 1945, there'd start to be a lot of veterans as fathers. But what impact did that have on child development?
  15. I'd only heard it was the bed. Based on Trump's many statements about body fluids in the past, I'd be surprised if he was okay with getting peed on himself.