James Arryn

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  1. NFL 2016 Week 13: Bigger, Stronger, Faster to IR

    As a former running back/returner I can tell you that the feeling you get when the ball's in the air and you're having to track it rather than peak, and there are times you can't hear your teammates, clock in your head going red...is unlike anything else...I've boxed, faced murderous fastballs, gone up in the air for a pass over the middle, etc....and nothing's like it. It goes from slow-motion to super speed in a blink, and you know it's coming and just hoping you have time/make the right first blind cut. I've had my bell rung, that's for sure.
  2. Fictional Books that can or have happened

    Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' methods often clearly anticipated reality.
  3. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    No one killed, it wouldn't even make the Onion's 'name-changed' gun attack commentary. And, for the record, are you actually saying that attacks by Muslims and/or refugees are UNDER reported in general, compared with attacks by white rednecks? Do you also think white rednecks are more likely to get pulled over, or 'randomly selected' at airports? Just wondering. Edit: there were 372 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015 alone, according to Mass Shooting Tracker. Did you see anywhere near 372 threads, let alone 3,720 about them? We sadly live in a time where shootings are only notable if the victims are famous, the deaths many or the attack was recorded in some unique/visceral fashion.
  4. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    After 9-11, did we generally respond by limiting the availability of the force multipliers attackers might use on planes...as though the implements themselves were significant factors in the danger....or did we engage in a discussion about how air travel affects mental health? I can't recall.
  5. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    That, besides serving as an ! for the raison d'ĂȘtre of the anti-gun cause you don't want to discuss, the lack of dead victims in this knife attack might go some way to explaining the lack of interest in discussing this attack, with or without bias/bullets?
  6. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    Yeah, just wanted to stay ironically symmetrical.
  7. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    If there were an attack by a redneck with a gun there would be about ten fully dead people by now. Do you see any pertinence in that distinction?
  8. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    This is really champion, when you think about it. X derides much entertainment because of the irony of a purported gun attack being absent said guns, castigates folk for not spending much time discussing said attack and completely misses the irony of the accompanying absence of casualties explains both the argument he thinks he's diminishing and the hypocritical lack of discussion he thinks he's exposing. Almost worthy of the Onion or Colbert.
  9. November Reading 2016

    Read Eightball Boogie and now reading The Lions of Al-Rassam. Enjoyed/I ng both immensely, in very different ways. Kay's really matured as a writer.
  10. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    So you wanted to discuss attitudes towards gun control and how it reflected poorly on 'the left' as long as there were no follow-up questions? Sounds entirely reasonable.
  11. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    Is coffee counted in beans, cups, or Euros?
  12. Fidel Castro dies

    HS- How did Mossadegh come to power via a coup?
  13. Fidel Castro dies

    Cuba needs to impose a system where people from some parts of the country have 2.4 times the voting power as people from others, where your race, gender and religion go a long way to determining your future career/health/lifespan/incarceration, where election zones are openly rigged to favour one party over another, where torture and war crimes are officially sanctioned and where 2 of the past 3 leaders came to power despite their only opponent garnering more votes. Then they'll be free. !
  14. U.S. Politics: 2016 Election Goes To Overtime

    Well, at least you are starting off with an open mind, unlike the 'rabid' folk you...anticipate.
  15. NFL 2016 Week 9: Once You Go Dak, You Never Go Back

    Are y'all leaving Newton out as oversight or in deliberation?