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  1. Boycott Both Bengals vs. Browns Games

    Rick, as a disabled retired veteran of the US Navy, I understand your point of view. However, let me interject something... Many people are upset that NFL players (amongst other sports athletes) are not standing during the national anthem. They say that it's a sign of major disrespect to veterans, especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Indulge me if you please... The "Golden Generation", the ones everyone refers to as the saviors of the American way, did indeed fight against the tyrants attempts at world oppression from Germany, Japan, Italy, and a small smattering of others. When the U.S. entered World War II, Jim Crow segregation had permeated every aspect of American society. When black men volunteered for duty or were drafted, they were assigned to segregated divisions and often given combat support roles, such as cook, quartermaster and grave-digging duty. According to British personnel in the BEF, meals in the US Army were served with the white servicemen being served in one line and the black servicemen and officers in another. Because of black protests against the Army's treatment of its black soldiers, military leadership began to attempt to address the issue beginning in 1943, but segregation in the armed forces remained official policy until 1948. With the exception of 18 female African-American nurses who had served in World War I, the Army Nurses CorpArmyAaaa, established in 1901, remained white until 1941, when pressure from the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, and Eleanor Roosevelt , caused the Army to admit black nurses. A quota of 48 nurses was set, and the women were segregated from white nurses and white soldiers for much of the war. Eventually more black nurses enlisted. They were assigned to care for black soldiers, and served in the China-Burma-India theater, Australia, New Guinea, Liberia, England and the Philippines. So, besides the history lesson, my point is this; Black men and women volunteered to serve to fight world oppression when they couldn't escape racial suppression back home. You and I fought for the rights of ALL citizens to protest, and these black men and women, and ANYONE else who cares about people of color has the right and should be supported for doing so. I stand with them now, although I didn't at first, because I didn't take the time to walk in their shoes. It's not about respect for our vets and America, it's about the lack of respect and equality for people who volunteered to defend this country that won't treat them as equals. Just my $.02, and I'll move this thread to J & D.
  2. LOL! Generally they ask a battery of questions during during the recruitment process, including MEPS, that are packaged as "the questions to ask" before a recruit is sent to basic training. Where the real mental issues show up is during basic training, because the services break you down, and then build you up in the mold they need you to be. Its a high stress time, and that's where you usually see if someone's bats come flying out of their belfry. Of course, if you go into battle, issues come forth as well. They try to weed people out prior to battle obviously, and also why the highest stress is in the Marine Corp , followed by the Army, then Navy, and then Air Force .
  3. No idea honestly... but I would bet that it has to do with the lack of manpower, because if you add up all those countries military personnel together (roughly 840,000), it's just over half of what our military is (roughly 1.6 million). now I should clarify a couple of things.. 1. If mental stability could be established for someone transgender but NOT transitioning, I would be in favor of them serving. Even the people we have in the armed services now have to be proven mentally stable (although sometimes I wonder about who is making those judgments). 2. In the end, it's literally about the availability to be there to get yourself possibly killed. I could deal with it, but not in combat situations. Then you would have to understand that if people are in the service and cannot serve in combat situations, they make those that can have to do so longer... while the REMFs (rear echelon mother fuckers) take up the sweet safe spots all the time. Makes for bad juju in the military, believe me.
  4. Let me preface this comment with a couple of facts about me and my experiences... I am the parent of two gay children, my son and daughter are joys in my life and that has never changed and I love them unconditionally. My daughters partner is currently transitioning and my wife and I have 4 friends that are either starting their transition, are in the middle of it, and one has completed transitioning. Here's a couple of facts about you might be able to use for information; A person going through transition is mentally unstable, not only because of the mental strife they have been through their entire life, but added to that are the hormones they are taking to transition. After reassignment surgery (which IS an elective surgery) they remain on hormones their entire life. Some can get back to a mentally stable platform, but there are many who cannot. Usually it's the hormones that cause this post surgery. Another fact is that it was quoted about the cost of Viagra versus the cost of gender reassignment surgery. The Viagra that is usually described for retirees is given to those that have a physical ailment, caused by many different things, but mostly due to PTSD. It's not given so that old sailors like me can get hard for four hours and alert the media. Gender reassignment surgery costs are just the tip of the iceberg costs for transitioning. Most places demand that you start therapy at least two years BEFORE starting hormones, then the hormones for a couple of years, then surgery, then post surgery recovery, then intense therapy for an undetermined length of time, followed by hormones for life. Generally, a person transitioning would not be considered "fit for combat duty" for at least a 3 year period. So not only is the military footing the bill, but the person can't do their job for 3 years, and maybe never after that. So the Washington Times story is cherry picking partial facts to fan the flames of argument. As a person who has been in combat, I wouldn't want a transgender/transitioning person with me. Those that I know who have transitioned or are going through it say they wouldn't want to be in the military. The military is NOT like a civilian job for those that are not aware. We are there to fight and kill basically, put our lives on the line to defend this country. A person who is supposed to be there but can't be due to medical reason, mental reasons, or any other reason weakens us. So before people find yet another reason to blow shit out of proportion, think. The Stay Puft Cheetoh will give numerous fodder to go after, but the transgender issue is weak ass lame bullshit at best. Also, I started serving during the Cold War. I knew that I was serving with gay and lesbian people and I didn't give a rats ass. Most of the people I served with didn't care either, I cared if someone could do the job, period. You can't equate the military job to civilian jobs, as our stakes were much higher.
  5. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    Since this thread has pretty much denigrated to a Patriots pissing match, I'm going to move it out of this forum... Cheers Bitches!
  6. Trade McCarron to Miami?

    There's also that little thing called "fitting into a system as a pocket passer " that he ISN'T good at that would negate his athleticism. True, he does know something about winning playoff games, but if you can't operate within the system well enough to win enough football games you won't make the playoffs.
  7. Trade McCarron to Miami?

    Well the with way a number of people feel around here, we should trade McCarron and sign Kaepernick...
  8. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    I'll bet that you were a defense attorney for the Nazi's in a former life too... and you really thought they were innocent of genocide because there were no witnesses that would speak up. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if they can't speak, you can't bust! Go for it Johnny Cochrane the 1st!
  9. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    That's YOUR honest.... while I also believe that he's being blackballed by MOST of the league, we can't say that it's all of them. I am one of those that never saw him as a good QB, athletic as hell and lucky, but I would say he's 2nd tier at best. I wouldn't want him over Dalton or McCarron honestly, but then there are the many teams that NEED a QB and don't have anyone worth a damn... THEY are blackballing him. Sad too, freedom of speech shouldn't cause you to lose your job... but we all know the truth about that.
  10. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    Your perception of "the truth" doesn't mean you're right, just as the "rednecks who believe 'Murica is 1930's Munich" aren't right either. Many believe he wasn't a good QB BEFORE his protest, so does that make them racist as well? Can't have it both ways, and as sure as there are racist assholes in this world, it's just as sure that there are those who are not racist... they just disagree with you.
  11. Here is their criteria Doom; Here's our full criteria: Drafted in the third round or later, or signed as an undrafted free agent Entered the NFL between 2014 and 2016 Fewer than 500 career offensive or defensive snaps Have not signed a contract extension (players who have bounced around the league looking for the right spot, however, still qualify for the list) Age 26 or younger in 2017 You'll see a number of references to Football Outsiders stats on our list, in particular DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), which takes every play and compares its success to the NFL average based on situation and opponent, and DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement), which gives total value by comparing efficiency on each play to a replacement-level player. You can read more about those and other FO stats on this page. Many of the other stats come from Sports Info Solutions and can be found in our new book, Football Outsiders Almanac 2017.
  12. From ESPN Insiders article, http://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/id/20210765/nfl-top-25-breakout-prospect-rankings-2017-season, Every year, Football Outsiders puts together a list of the NFL's best and brightest young players who have barely played. Eighty percent of the draft-day discussion is about first-round picks, and 10 percent is about the players that should have been first-round picks, but instead went in the second round. This list is about the others. 8. Andrew Billings, DT, Cincinnati Bengals Age: 21 | 0 defensive snaps | Fourth-round pick (2016) After missing 2016 with a knee injury, Billings heads into training camp as the presumed starting nose tackle for the Bengals. He was a hell of a prospect, with elite strength and nimble feet at Baylor, where he was the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at 20 years old. He racked up 26.5 tackles for loss in his last two years of college. The question with Billings remains: Is he a nose tackle, or is he more? Nose tackles don't have a ton of value in today's NFL, and the reason he slipped to the fourth round is because scouts looked at his body and saw a two-down player. The upside for Billings' skill set is to become Star Lotulelei, with the speed and power to win in any gap and be a factor on pass-rushing downs. 9. Nick Vigil, LB, Cincinnati Bengals Age: 24 | 111 defensive snaps | Third-round pick (2016) Another of the Bengal Babies who are getting their first real chance this year, Vigil tested out highly at the combine as a line-of-scrimmage defender. Vigil's short shuttle and three-cone drill times were both in the top 10 percent of all inside linebackers over the past 18 years. His NFL.com draft profile includes this in weaknesses: "Instincts make him seem more athletic and fast than he might actually be." Sign us up for that weakness. The question with Vigil will be the muscle he's able to add to his frame, and what it does to his speed. He was a mere 230 pounds at the combine. A best-case athletic scenario might be something like Kiko Alonso with the Bills before the injuries wrecked his career. After a successful cup of coffee in 2016, Vigil was dubbed "much better" by defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in organized team activities, and should be in line for a big role in 2017. 25. AJ McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals Age: 26 | 259 offensive snaps | Fourth-round pick (2014) McCarron didn't exactly set the world on fire in his small sample with the Bengals, but adequate quarterbacking is worth something. McCarron's statistics, including a 6.9 percent DVOA on 132 dropbacks, were heavily influenced by a great supporting cast. Whenever McCarron gets his chance, you can expect some adequate game-manager type play. Nothing inspiring or worthy of a thinkpiece, but every era needs its Jon Kitna. McCarron is in a bit of an interesting dispute with the Bengals, who don't want his 2014 season to count as an accrued year for the purposes of free agency. Assuming this is just wishful thinking, McCarron may find himself as the next winner of the Brock Osweiler/Mike Glennon Enormous Contract Award. The only real problem with that idea is that those guys had big arms, and McCarron has never had that. Honorable mention G Christian Westerman, Cincinnati Bengals
  13. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    Butt, but, but... he was never CONVICTED of shooting someone or CONVICTED of being involved in a coke ring.... or convicted of ANYTHING serious. Therefore, I believe he donated the 12.3 Million dollars out of the goodness of his angel like heart.... and... and... and he donated that money to the nurse because he is sooooo thankful of her caring nature and the job she always performs... Yeah.. that's it... Pacman is a saint!!! I'm going to send all of his saintly actions to the pope so the beatification process can begin!!!!
  14. The Redeemer Speaketh!

    Anyone who STILL defends Pacman and anyone else like him are the reason that NFL owners CAN be hypocritical and continually get away with it. Pacman IS a criminal, was a criminal, and will always be a criminal. He has received preferential treatment because he is a gifted athlete and he has money. To deny that is pure and utter bullshit, and makes you part of the problem. No need to throw common sense to those that ignore it because it doesn't fit their "I'm always right and facts don't matter to me" rhetoric.

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