We're still awaiting details on the terrorist who killed three people in Colorado in Colorado at a Planned Parenthood clinic, but I think its important to remember that this guy killed more people on US soil than ISIS has.
I'm not sure how the civilized world should respond to this, but I'm leaning towards UN intervention, in a manner similar to the Korean War (although that war didn't end ideally). I don't think there is any reasonable way to destroy this menace without boots on the ground, and yes, I know that military meddling lead to this end in the first place. This is one of those situations where we actually have a degree of common cause with the Russians, so a multinational ground force to seize ISIL's safe havens and hunt down its leaders, much like we occupied Germany and hunted down Nazi leaders. For a start, we know which buildings ISIL uses in Raqqa for its public functions (courts, administrative, etc). Time to strike those public symbols of authority.
Dr. Carson wrote that Costa was "an extraordinarily successful real estate developer" and "a man of his word. ... I could literally trust him with all of my earthly possessions and rest assured that I would get them all back with interest." Other than his wife, Dr. Carson wrote, "there is no one on this planet that I trust more than Al Costa."
The context for the laudatory comments, though, was Costa's sentencing on one count of health care fraud....
Five years later, the Associated Press reported, Dr. Carson said that those convicted of health care fraud should go to prison for at least a decade and be forced to forfeit “all of one’s personal possessions.”
Costa, by contrast, got two years of probation, a $250,000 fine and $44,579 in restitution.
Obviously, just because Costa committed fraud doesn't mean that Carson is guilty of Costa's crime, but it does reveal that he holds his close friends to a different standard. This, along with the lies in his autobiography and associations with another questional business certainly call his judgement into question.
Let me start off by saying that I do not like the wildcard format, but I understand that when you have three divisions, it is necessary to have a wildcard. I like two wildcards even less, and I hate the one-and done system MLB instituted for the wildcard teams. I think a three game playoff is much more desireable.
That said, I saw an interesting proposal for MLB to seed playoff teams based on record. Under normal circumstances, seeding teams probably doesn't make too much sense, but we're faced with an interesting situation this year...the teams with the three best records in baseball are all in the NL Central.
Full disclosure: I'm a Pirates fan, but I'd feel the same way if the situation occured in any other division (except the American League, because the AL doesn't play baseball, they play a bizarre, mutated version). The Pirates and the Cubs would be division winners if they played in any other division, in either league. The Pirates won 98 games, the Cubs won 97. Usually, that's enough to win a division, except the incredible Cardinals won 100 games.
Now, I'd have no issue with the Cards besting the Bucs by two games, if it weren't for the wildcard. The Royals, Rangers and Blue Jays are all guarenteed a spot in a playoff series with worse records. The key here, in my mind, is SERIES. The baseball season is played largely in three and four game series between teams. Deciding a playoff on a one-and-done game just rubs me the wrong way.
For example, the 86-76 Astros defeated the 87-75 Yankees yesterday. The Astros advance, the Yankees go golfing. A three game series is a better test (and I can't stand the Yankees).
According to the Post-Gazette, Metcalfe, The Shame of Butler County, invited a well-known racist, Robert Vandervoort to testify on pending (and unnecessary) legislation to make English the official language of the Commonwealth. Vandervoort has ties to numerous white nationalist and racist groups such as American Renaissance and the Council of Conservative Citizens.
Arch-conservative Rep. Darly Metcalfe, R- Cranberry, no stranger to controversy, created a stir Thursday when he asserted on the state House floor "a white nationalist... is a lot different than a white supremacist" and appeared to defend having invited a man with alleged white nationalist ties to testify before his state government committee earlier this week.
Mr. Metcalfe was responding to comments by Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Philadelphia, who said she felt silenced unfairly in Mr. Metcalfe's state government committee Monday during a hearing on a bill to make English Pennsylvania's "official" language....
Sure Daryl, the guy only speaks glowingly about racists like Jared Taylor and makes common cause with the CCC, formally known as the WHITE Citizen's Council, famously described as "the uptown Klan" is just a white "nationalist," and not a white "supremist." Care to clue us in on the distinction Daryl? In your own words, instead of those scripted for you by ALEC?
Troglodytes like Metcalfe who invite bigots like Vandervoort to pollute Harrisburg with their hate have no business holding elected office, hence why I lable him The Shame of Butler County. How can the denziens just to our north tolerate such a boorish buffoon representing them?