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  1. Hey, Steamin! I have no issue what so ever eliminating minstrel music. But, who plays that anymore? I never knew the history of "The Eyes of Texas" until about a week or so ago. It never occurred to me in all of my 64 years of existence. To me, it was just a snappy fight song with Texas undertones. Racist imagery? Depends on the definition of racist, to me anyway. Never have I ever, looked at a bottle of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup, and thought, well, I don't even want to think such thoughts. Traitors? Again, depends on your definition, doesn't it? Now, I don't know you from Adam, but I'l bet we've stood side by side at several games with a common bond and considered each other brothers in arms, cheering for a common goal. I'm assuming we are of different ethnic persuasions and frankly, I couldn't care less if we are. The point is, when people share a common goal, no matter what it is, we are all brothers. I look at the confederacy and their representatives strictly from a historical perspective. To me, they were brothers in arms, fighting for a common goal, whether we think it noble or not. I ascribe no moral judgement to it other than to think that the battle for states rights was noble, but the battle for slavery was not. Nevertheless, it was history, but nothing I dwell on or long for, and I know from a human and Christian perspective slavery was wrong. Dead wrong. But we have moved so far from that, haven't we? I mean, we've had our first black President, right? I'd say at least half of the voters we're white. Bottom line, I think we have common ground on many things and we don't have to throw out the baby with the bath water.
    4 points
  2. You were unhappy with responses that didn’t address your assertions so I tried to answer you directly paragraph by paragraph. I am also including some excerpts from my bio terrorism and public health textbooks as backing evidence to my statements. 1) Yes we DO know that more people are dying and they aren’t all old people. Plus - as I have said ad nauseam - it isn’t only about deaths. People are suffering from heart and kidney problems from this, in addition to lingering lung problems. “Recovered” means not dead, not free of sometimes serious health problems. 2) It is wrong to not wear a mask in enclosed public places like bars, especially if you generally don’t practice physical distancing or use a mask. It protects others from you. 3) You likely won’t die. You are more likely to just help spread the virus and not know it. Take a look at the rising cases in FL, AZ, and TX. My current city relaxed measures and people stopped wearing masks. We went from around 25 cases a day to today’s reported 192 within a week. Has been rising all week. I think you can do the math. Masks aren’t perfect but they help. The problem with your belief is that it probably affects you less than it affects others around you. The drunk driver usually survives the crash, if you get my analogy. 4) I wish I could see you at Apogee but I can’t make it. If I could, however, I would skip that beer. You are one of the people I look forward to seeing but I would not expose my family to you because of what you practice. Not this year. 5) The virus wasn’t completely avoidable but we did little to prevent its spread in the US. We didn’t have early testing capacity. We didn’t adequately try to do contract tracing of incoming infected patients from overseas. We are the most powerful nation in the world and we had advanced notice. We should have tested everyone coming from China early on and then from Korea, Europe, and a few other selected countries at a minimum. As I understand that still isn’t happening. We could have require a two week at home quarantine upon arrive with or without testing. That rarely happened. We should have encouraged masks earlier but we didn’t because we didn’t have sufficient masks for medical professionals so we couldn’t. Then masks were stigmatized as not cool or not manly or some bullshit. Our political leadership didn’t follow their own guidance and even blatantly disregarded local regulations when visiting. Not to mention downplayed the virus and it’s seriousness while pushing false curses and false hopes for vaccines. It was almost a complete failure all around. New Zealand zeroed our COVID recently and then apologized when two cases popped up. We have over a 100k dead and rising and we haven’t had a task force briefing in over a month. Simply put, we knew how to deal with this kind of thing and chose not to. I hope this adequately addressed your questions, Thomas. Stay healthy because I look forward to that next beer with you sometime. Ben
    3 points
  3. Those are your typical hiring processes for US agencies. Standard procedure: Initial application Written exam Physical exam Personal History Statement which is literally a book covering your entire life. All your family, your complete education, every job you have ever held, and your complete financial history. Oral Board interview which consists of 3-10 members of the agency you are applying with, that goes into every bit of detail you put into your personal history statement, as well as detailed questions regarding law enforcement, and then several scenario based questions in which you answer how you would handle a situation. If you pass the oral board, then comes the background investigation. Which can take months, and often includes the background investigator driving to each place of employment to personally view your employment records. If you make it this far, sometimes there will be another oral board. If i didn't properly convey how stressful they are the first time, they are basically interrogations, in which every answer you give is wrong. So after all that, comes the interview with the head of th agency, be it the chief or the sheriff. If they give the final approval, then you go take your Medical exam Polygraph And psychological exam. The process typically takes at a minimum 3 months, and that is extremely fast. I've seen the process take a full year just to be turned down. So, again, what else would you like to see done as part of the hiring process?
    3 points
  4. I’m very aware of that. Not insulting them, but if I came off that way, then I apologize. Not all counties screen as well as others. It would be interesting to see the requirements of our own local law enforcement. Minimum education requirements should be raised, imo.
    3 points
  5. The thing with La Tech is that they have two things we don’t have—a history of winning and they sit in a hotbed of talent in their state where they have little opposition. Tulane is hard to get into, ULL and ULM are clearly below them, and their winning has made LA HS coaches and parents look at them seriously. This is where the money part doesn’t bridge the gap between us and LT. We beat them on facilities, location, and academics, but they beat us at coaching, talent, and size. Their physicality has been the difference the last two years between us and them, same with UAB.
    3 points
  6. I'm not sure what we're even arguing about. I never claimed that the war didn't start over slavery nor am defending what came afterwards. I'm simply stating that slavery wasn't much of an issue to the vast majority of the soldiers. Nor did the soldiers consider themselves traitors. In their minds the situation was analogous to the Revolutionary War. I mean, I guess they were traitors in a technical sense, but no less so than their grandparents had been during the revolution. Ha! It must be so amazing to so easily pass moral judgement on a whole group of people from 160 years ago, the vast majority of whom had probably never been further than 50 miles from their homes, were little educated, poor, and yet fought bravely to defend what they viewed as an invasion of their homeland. I think it is not irrational to feel sympathy and admiration for people who acted bravely even if the governments under which they fought were unjust.
    3 points
  7. IMHO....When you watch the times Aune and Bean were in, last spring to last fall, it was obvious who was better. Aune managed to move the ball and score. Nearly ever time Bean was in he turned the ball over. I wish both the very best but the leadership and outcomes of those drives clearly show Aune is the best going into Fall camp. Aune is very athletic and has an arm as well. A QB that just likes to run doesn’t usually go well as you get deeper in the season.
    2 points
  8. We have people calling for any monument of George Washington (First POTUS and leader of the American Revolution) and Thomas Jefferson (Third POTUS and principal author of the Declaration of Independence) to be torn down. To be frank, without George Washington, we might not have a country with which Shaun King can even make such a comment freely.
    2 points
  9. i think your question is the right one. many out there are claiming for changes and to do something about it, but what more could be done in the hiring process? now i do think they should take complaints/bad choices officers make while on the job much more seriously, but i have no idea how much better departments can do when hiring someone (assuming everything you wrote is true of most departments) and there is no way in hell i would want to be a police officer...thank ya'll for doing the job that i wouldn't do
    2 points
  10. Nope. And you deduced I was rejected from my comment? You’re insinuating our NT degrees are worth as much as a degree from ITT tech? Hmmmm
    2 points
  11. Seem's like the 1977 team is being forgotten. Finished 10-1, only losses were to #16 Miss St 17-16, who later forfeited, and to #20 Florida State 35-14. Wins over SMU, Memphis, Southern Miss, and Louisiana Tech. Was ranked #16 at end of season by UPI.
    2 points
  12. Not good for anyone. Damn if this keeps up some poor kid is going to die. So worried about all this. Really want football also...
    2 points
  13. You are clearly a part of the media🤣
    2 points
  14. I'm not sure how eliminating everything is supposed to unite everyone. Unless unity isn't the goal. Just sayin.
    2 points
  15. i went back and used all my energy to parse though all you wrote...couple things...we don't know what's going to happen in september, just because you believe we won't have people, doesn't mean we wont. nascar had some fans last week and plan to have fans at talledega sunday. they also have plans to have up to 30 k at bristol on july 15. lone star park now has fans at the horses as other tracks across the nation. no fans this weekend at belmont for the derby, but don't say there are no fans at horseracing when there are fans. i have no idea what a quote of something i said is supposed to mean if you don't say anything...you're gonna have to take the time to explain it to me like i'm 5
    2 points
  16. Depending on what type, I can help you out!
    2 points
  17. Good to see coach is among the best in the nation.
    1 point
  18. We got the Jim Nantz shoutout!
    1 point
  19. Think Texas colleges will play. But if no college football.... 2021 college FB landscape will possibly be different.
    1 point
  20. Well yes. With all we go through in my line of work, there are still traitors that somehow get through.
    1 point
  21. Yeah saw that. Super close to that birdie on 3
    1 point
  22. This is actually sort of false, at least in the way it is most often argued. Usually the insinuation is the South didn't want slaves counted as people. It was actually was designed to prevent the Slave states from having even more power. The North didn't want slaves counted as people at all. The South thought they should get some representation for the population. So, when people complain about slaves being counted at 3/5 of a person, it was actually meant as a way to decrease the slave states' power in Congressional delegations, not to increase it.
    1 point
  23. Yes he is. After a tough front nine to start the tournament where he was 4 over at one point, he has been playing really well. he is -5 for the day through twelve holes and -11 for the tournament. The current leader in the clubhouse is at -13. They have been showing Munoz quite a bit. He just started his round and is -1 through the second hole and -9 for the tournament.
    1 point
  24. You do realize we have Alumni on this board who are in law enforcement so you were directly insulting them and NT
    1 point
  25. Bean will be the starter this fall. Will he keep the job?
    1 point
  26. More is needed, obviously. How many counties are extensive as you claim?
    1 point
  27. 1 point
  28. A few years old, but still interesting. https://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2014/1/27/5330708/college-football-hardest-position
    1 point
  29. tldr...too much nonsense and i don't want to talk to someone that thinks differently from me.... the above is what i got from your comment...i'll still buy ya a beer and chat with ya anytime...i enjoy conversations with those that are different from me...it's a hell of a lot more fun than chatting with someone that thinks just like me
    1 point
  30. Just win and beat out Skip. You don’t do that you should be fired for the salary you earn. Make it happen. GMG
    1 point
  31. Of course you will. It’s easy that wAy. Fight back Mississippi Rebels. UNLV folded like a Seattle folding chair☺️
    1 point
  32. I am here!! be working and trying to survive corona season!!! Seth we referring to the Grad transfer that should be announcing soon. GMG
    1 point
  33. I respect most of what you said, but that portion can't stand. That's just factually incorrect. The overarching cause of the Civil War may have been slavery, but that's not what drove the vast majority to fight (hell.. many were conscripts). The civil war only occurred a little over 70 years after the adoption of the Constitution. Folks were much more loyal to their states in those days and many still considered themselves citizens of separate little countries within a federal system. Calling them traitors isn't fair and frankly is counterproductive. Lincoln fully recognized this. Badmouthing people's ancestors isn't going to get people on your side and frankly helps poison the well of civil discussion. No. But he was unquestionably the major hero at the battle of Saratoga which was a vital victory for the patriots. I believe there is a statue of the leg he lost there to honor the part of him that remained a hero. 🙂
    1 point
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  35. Astros is taken and I would not change the name to a Native American people group, or ethnic group.
    1 point
  36. Now people want the Rangers to change their name. I'm sorry, this is getting absurd.
    1 point
  37. I noticed he averaged 6 yards a carry last season, however defensively when the defense preps all week for a QB that can run vs prepping for Mason who wasn't exactly a threat will make a huge difference should he get some game reps. I think for that reason we could keep the "competition" open as long as we can even if coach knows who his long term starter is, possibly even into the SMU game. HBU and A&M will likely both be blowouts in opposite directions so I could see Aune/Bean both getting a lot of reps in each game. I'm also not sure I entirely agree with your second point, track times are great for just knowing general speed but rarely is a guy going to have 50+ yards to sprint away from everyone without making a cut or move. From what I personally saw with Bean his cuts and start/stop speed weren't super quick and I believe that translates to a slow-ish 40 speed for a guy with such great speed over a longer distance.
    1 point
  38. This is some really scary shit when people start posting stuff like this. A very avoidable contagious disease is sweeping through the country killing more boomers than the Vietnam War ever did, due to a lack of mitigation from said country's government, and you're just gonna accept it under the premise of people die of other stuff every day?
    1 point
  39. Very true. But we beat a big12 and aac to get him. A few years ago we were losing out to sunbelt teams.
    1 point
  40. Did your grandson finally teach you about memes? This the type of people ya'll rock with...
    1 point
  41. Hearing that Seth will finally be announcing his new job at Kansas State University. #INSIDERRRRR
    1 point
  42. He finished 3rd in Texas 5A in the 100m as a Senior at Lake Ridge. He's fast. https://tx.milesplit.com/videos/288471/jason-bean-5a-100-3rd
    1 point
  43. I continuously see Bean labeled as our speedy QB, or that he has freakish athleticism, or he's a guy who could play WR for us..am I the only one who wonders where these labels came from and why he's the only one who gets them? Now, I'll admit I didn't actually see any of his game time from this past season as it happened, so my opinion is solely based on the film and facts I can find. What I see on film is a a player who is decently fast, but not freakish or breakaway speed. He has a 4.65 40 yard dash on record from HS, which is respectable but I'm not sure how much damage that could do as a college WR. Aune looks just as athletic in his HS tape, but the main difference is arm strength and that Aune gets away from pressure looking to throw while Bean looks to run. Since a few people were throwing their QB thoughts out there I figured I'd put mine out there as well and see if I was alone in wondering why we constantly describe Bean in this way. Just my opinion, and I would love to be shown something that could help me understand.
    1 point
  44. And at what point in there did I refer to having medical credentials or expertise? Again, was just providing some background as to where I was coming from and my involvement in the process.
    1 point
  45. Putting this here since it gets the most traffic
    1 point
  46. You really think we beat smut this year with Buechele back at QB?
    1 point
  47. Are the UT players burning or stealing something?
    1 point
  48. So while I am not a fan of rap music, I grew up in the 50's when Rock and Roll was considered the devil's music and was "poisoning our youth." To me the only change has been the lyrics. If you don't like it, don't listen to it .
    1 point
  49. The MBK Alliance Town Hall livestream will be available here at 4PM CT/5PM ET. We look forward to your participation.
    1 point


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