unlesshe has an injury that's not currently public knowledge and that is readily treatable in the short-term , I think we are seeing the end of Peyton Manning's career. The question is how long it will take him and the Broncos organization to recognize this. and if the team realizes it before Peyton comes to terms with it, will they be willing to bunch him?
It is evidence of how those whose support Mr Trump is vying for viewed what he said. And I am sure it is reasonable to conclude that, since Mr Trump is a media savy individual, that he knew exactly how it would be seen by his a good portion of his target audience. So he basically got away with telling a Hispanic to go back to Mexico and can defend what he said as it is not the literal meaning of his words, only the strongly implied ones?
There are a number of conservative Christian Universities and Colleges in the United States. If the individual in question was so concerned about being exposed to material that would be offensive to their faith they could have chosen to attend one of these institutions. They instead chose to atend a secular University where they knew that they and their family had to know that they almost certainly would be presented with material as part of their education that would be highly uncomfortable to those who hold to a narrow Evangelical Christian worldview. This is yet another example of conservative a Christians seeking opportunity to impose their beliefs on everyone else. All that we are missing is the claims of being persecuted when others object or the University doesn't comply with their demands (and I suspect this will come)
The last really good Browns teams were in the mid to late 80's during the Bernie Kosar era. Since then Cleveland has been a on-going train wreck and a black hole for the careers of both players and coaches..
Remember that in 2012 Herman Cain lead the field for a time but was effectively out of the picture by the time we started approaching the Iowa caucouses. Voting is so far away right now the people aren't genuinely considering who they would mark their ballot for. Polls at this stage are going to reflect who has managed to get the public's attention. Such attention is a fleeting thing. Trump has been able to seize it by virtue of having the strongest name recognition of any GDP candidate besides possibly Mr Bush due to 30 years as a public figure, including a stint as a reality TV star. He's also managed to be entertaining in a way the other occupants of the clown car can not even come close to.
I frankly doubt he's all that serious about becoming president either. It's another publicity stunt in a long serious of such escapades, similar to how Mr Cain's 2012 run was a thinly veiled promo campaign to sell his books. Sure, if the twists and turns of US politics kept Mr Trump a contender when we get to the meat of the actual race that he would go with it, but that's not what this is about. To win a presidential nomination, much less the white house, you need not only money but to build organization. The serious candidates, like Bush and Walker are doing that hard behind the scenes work while Trump steals the headlines but they will be the ones bashing it out for the nomination when the winter of 2016 roles around.
Now, I would not put it past Mr Trump to stage a independent run. He has the personal resources to do so and had aforementioned high profile wouled give him a chance to be a factor in the race, if not a threat to take the white house.
I have not done any serious genealogical research in my family. One of my cousins on my mother's side has, though, and generously shared much of what she has found. Most notable finding is that we have an ancestor that came over in the Mayflower. we know that branch originated in Scotland but don't have details.
In my father's side, no one has done any research to my knowledge. Family lore says that one of our ancestors was a Hessian mercenary brought over by the British to fight in the revolution and who stayed in the country after the war. that's about it for interesting stuff from my genetic past.
I'm rereading the series (actually listeNing to the audio books this time through. While it's not the topic of this post, I just want to say how incredible James Marsters is as the nwrrwtor). While I shared your concern when reading the books, most were read rather spaced out. When listening/reading them in close proximity I've been struck by how present the passage of time actually is. Butcher achieves primarily through two factors. First, he makes frequent reference to the season and the weather, which highlights that we are at often at a different point in the year than the last insrallment. Second, we see changes in Harry in response to him processing the events of the previous book. While I would like to see more changes in the supporting characters, I suspect this is somewhat intentional. Harry doesn't age at the same rate as non wizard humans, and Harry being often clueless, may not fully realize how much the lives of those around him are shifting.
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Its makes perfect, if rather vile sense, given the history of state politics. Outside of Milwaukee and Dane County (the greater Madison area) as well as a few enclaves of blue collar democrats in industrial areas such as LaCrosse and Janesville, WI is a very conservative state and has been for at least my life-time (the past 40 years). There are few remnants of the old agrarian progressives that were a vital part of state politics from the early part of the 20th century left. So the Republicans have spent the last 40 or 50 years telling their base that Madison and MIlwaukee liberals are harming the state. I grew up in a conservative rural household and remember even when I was little the vitriol my father would spew about the evils of Madison and Milwaukee liberals. And hearing similar sentiments from many of the people in the community. Certainly those two areas made it a challenge for the GOP to move their agenda forward and even in this era where they control state government completely, have kept WI purple, if not blue, for presidential and state-wide elections ( yes, Walker has won the governorship 3 times but the Dems failed to run a good candidate. We have gone democratic in every recent presidential election and Tammy Baldwin won a senate seat rather handily). The resentment for these two cities runs very deep. Now they have unrestrained power, its not surprising to see the GOP take out their hatred. They aren't going to get traction in either area anytime soon, so punish them instead. Make the people who refuse to vote your way suffer for it. Vile but it fits well with the history. Its Walker throwing red meat to the base as well as probably satisfying some of his own resentments, Its the Beast in campaign rut, to borrow a phrase from Spider Jerusalem.
Its makes perfect, if rather vile sense, given the history of state politics. Outside of Milwaukee and Dane County (the greater Madison area) as well as a few enclaves of blue collar democrats in industrial areas such as LaCrosse and Janesville, WI is a very conservative state and has been for at least my life-time (the past 40 years). There are few remnants of the old agrarian progressives that were a vital part of state politics from the early part of the 20th century left. So the Republicans have spent the last 40 or 50 years telling their base that Madison and MIlwaukee liberals are harming the state. The two big cities have often been treated by the GOP as the other, the enemy. They have been seen as the one factor keeping the state from being theirs. And now that the GOP holds all the cards in state government, those who have been fighting the political battles for the past few decades seem to see it as pay-back time. The GOP is not likely to ever get much traction in either Milwaukee or Dane County, so the idea is to punish the citizens of those areas both as retribution and as a tactic to try to erode the democratic hold on those areas. Yes, its awful and horrible. Its also not surprising from the WI GOP
The first sentence is not invalid. It may not be correct, but that is something we won't be able to evaluate until the election has run its course. The rest of this statement is simply false.
First, the democratic party is not opposed to the primary system. The fact that they Mrs. Clinton has had such a commanding lead from long before the race even started taking shape publicly has everything to do with a unique historical situation and nothing to do with the party wanting to avoid a primary. They had a competitive one back in 08 which saw the expected front runner out-maneuvered and defeated by a relative new-comer, who would then go on to win the general election. Clinton has worked very hard for 8 years to secure her position and gain control of the levers of party power to try to block a repeat. She has very high name recognition, is married to an ex-president, has extraordinary fund-raising resources, has held several high offices ( US Senator and Secretary of State), and had a very long time to put her game in place. The chances of another candidate ever coming along with a similar pedigree and set of advantages is remote at best. There certainly has never been one previously. While I am not Clinton fan, I can understand why anyone who might have a real chance at the nomination has stayed away, simply not wanting to waste their political capital as well as considerable effort in time, in a campaign they would almost certainly be crushed in. This isn't a standing policy of the democratic party and to say otherwise is to fail to understand the historical context.
Two, the Republican primary so far is not a real race with real ideas. Its a contest with a bunch of B candidates each trying to prove they have the most pure conservative. To date the only Rubio and Paul even have to be taken semi-seriously and I doubt either of them have the legs to survive the primary. Meanwhile, the real candidates, Bush and Walker, sit the freak show out, building enormous war chests and spending a great deal of time courting the donors and power brokers who will actually decide who gets the nomination (yes, I have said Walker would not survive the rigors of the primary, but after watching the Republican field build, its become clear that however bad a candidate he is, the competition is worse). This is not a race about ideas. We are being allowed to watch the side-show while the real race is taking place in back rooms between unannounced candidates.