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  1. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: winter break over

    Dull, arguably yes. Shaky, not really. Going a bit bac. 1980s Bundesliga, Bayern also just managed to win the majority of their games by a one goal margin - quite often with some shitty penalty call going their way. There was also talk about them just being lucky (the proverbial Bayern Dusel), Gerland who joined them as headcoach for their reserve team once quipped: If you are doing that consistently, then it's no luck, it's skill. I think same can be said about Liverpool. They are pulling those narrow wins off way too often to label them as shaky/lucky. To me it seems more like they figured out how to tax their opponents and invest just enough to see them off, without running out of gas over the season. Yes, that's a shift from Dortmund (and first 2 seasons at Liverpool) Klopp. And I don't think he will go back. It'd be interesting to see how this Liverpool team reacts when teams actually seize their opportunities, personally I think they'd switch gears, when you force them to invest more into a game. The proverbial smart horse, that just doesn't jump any higher than it has to. FWIW, I think the decissive game for the season was their home win against City with the not given handpenalty against Arnold, after which Liverpool scored on the counter. If the penalty had been given and City had won that game, the season might have unfolded differently. But that's an academic discussion, and another point that will be forgotten in ten years time.
  2. Blame the game not the player. The US political two party system is mde this way. The Democrats have to accomondate the people further to the left of the political centre (than you mgiht like), while the GOP serves the right and far right of the political spectrum. You won't win a GE if you cut off a third (random number DMC might give a more accurate estimate of how big the Sanders camp actually is) of your voters. Personally I don't find the left wing of the democrats = tea party analogy particularly helpful. AOC is not Michelle Bachmann. And what DMC said about Bloomberg can also be said about Sanders. As much as you may disagree with him politically, he is not a threat to US democracy. I don'T have a dog in this fight. I just hope whoever wins the nomination will get the votes from all potential Democrat voters. I don't really care whether it's Biden, Sanders, or Bloomberg. The upcoming GE election is a vote on your very own Republic, nothing less.
  3. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: winter break over

    Arsene wept. I mean seriously, I get the nostalgia and rose tinted glasses about the not so distant United past, but United had played their fair share of meh football under Ferguson, too. And if we are honest, footballing wise Arsenal was probably more enjoyable to watch than United in quite a few of those seasons (and not just the ones when Arsenal actually managed to win the league). Same way as City are usually more fun to watch than Liverpool this season. But in ten years all the scousers will only fondly remember how they ran away with the league and clinched it in March (or even February). I bet even Soylent will have forgotten how many times he complained about Liverpool being wank, or him wanting to offload half the team two seasons before. Klopp ended the 30 year drought. Point is, it doesn't matter how United performed in Stoke on a Monday Night in 2005, or Liverpool in Norwich in 2020. Cups talk.
  4. A Horse Named Stranger

    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    Entitled millenial. Next gen gets raised old school in cages. And the only book they'll ever need or read, is The Art of the Deal. And arguably a copy of the constitution, if you choose to raise Libertarian. Once they are twelve, they get a free NRA membership card, and two M17s (in case they lose one, you know kids).
  5. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: Better Call Raul

    Can we revive bomber Harris?
  6. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: Unboldy Go There Where No Country Has Gone Before

    Spot the contradiction. Ok, gonna help out there. The UK is being stopped from revoking citizenship if it leaves the person in question stateless? (your claim not mine). The UK suggests (per your wording a mere assumption) is eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship (Bangladesh denies that if I am not mistaken). Leaving aside the guessing whether she actually is eligible for a Bangladeshi passport or not, as of now she is not a Bangladeshi citizen. So revoking her citizenship has left her defacto stateless. The British position remains legally and morally questionable. You could'Ve made that argument, if she was a dual citizen (which again she is not). But alas, logical consistency, it's so overrated.
  7. A Horse Named Stranger

    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    So Barr to be dismissed tomorrow. If you want a tip for the bookie on next AG, let's just say Jared has succesfully solved the middle East problem, so he has earnt a rest can now deal with less urgent matters.
  8. A Horse Named Stranger

    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    Just here to express my appreciation for your attempts to replace the old "why did the chicken cross the road" jokes with something more contemporary. I just assume that was the intention of that post.
  9. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: Unboldy Go There Where No Country Has Gone Before

    Don't ask me, those questions shall be happily answered by HoI, and he will surely equally happily provide legal reasons for it. To put all those faux outrage in its place. Human rights, pfffft.
  10. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: Better Call Raul

    Time for a bit of the rumour mill. Liverpool are rumoredly still interested in Werner. No idea, whether he has changed his mind about playing second fiddle to the established front three. I somehow doubt that. Bayern: Rumoredly United were interested in Tolisso. They enquired about 6 months loan. Bayern refused, because they felt their own squad lacked sufficient depth (I wouldn't necessarily share that assessment, as their central midfield feels rather overloaded). However Tolisso has thus far not really been convincing, and Bayern are very keen on signing Havertz next season. They'd like to generate some cash for that move however, so Tolisso is one of the potential sales to generate at least a part for the hefty fee. Long story short, he has until the end of the season to show why he should remain at Bayern. Similar story with Thiago (which is a bit surprising to me). They'd like to see more from him in the big CL games. Otherwise he could be out of the door too. Coutinho will (as of right now) not be bought, and he'll be back on his way to Barca, unless he improves damatically. His performances thus far have simply not justified triggering the clause to buy. Still on high on their shopping list: Sane. While his injury stopped Bayern from making a serious bid for him, that can/and likely will change next season. So the next transfer window could become quite expensive for Bayern if they really want to get their preferred targets.
  11. A Horse Named Stranger

    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Never. The only thing Söder has going for him is, that it would drive Seehofer nuts. And I'd give a penny for the thoughts of old Stutterhand Ede, about his silly little pitbull achieving what he never could. If you (porbably justifiedly) accuse Spahn of eating chalk, I am not sure how you would describe he new bee friendly Söder. Those CSU hillbillies are a reason why I support the secession of Bavaria - off you pop.
  12. A Horse Named Stranger

    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Not with Don Cherry. Don Cherry for PM. a simple mind for simpler times. I mean now that he finally lost his tv gig (after losing his mind ages ago), he has to find a new venture to air his racist racist airhead. Either him, or Ford.
  13. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: Unboldy Go There Where No Country Has Gone Before

    So you admit there's no precedent for the UK revoking the citizenship for one of its subjects? Now then, what's the big difference between Begum and some Brit who picked up arms to fight for let's say the IRA (too lazy to look who brought up the IRA).
  14. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: Better Call Raul

    Sounds credible. Ajax are financially in a position to say no, if they don't like a deal. So them saying no to Chelsea in January is pretty much in line with that.
  15. A Horse Named Stranger

    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    You lot should really consider making your senators swear that oath, too. To paraphrase a former bodyguard. So many vows, they make you swear and swear. Obey the President, protect the President, protect the country from all enemies, foreign or domestic. [...] No matter what you do, you are forsaking one vow or another.
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