Ms. Miller, I'm not a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party member. Yet.
And I certainly can't speak for TEA Party members, or noodle-back Republicans for that matter, but I can answer your questions from my perspective.
1) Do patriots shut down the government, wreaking havoc on the economy and business? No ma'am, Senator Harry Reid and President Forked-Tongue do. And both ideologues will do it again if they're ever given another opportunity. Book it, ma'am.
2) Do patriots throw millions of Americans and elderly off food assistance? Short answer: No, and they never have.
3) Do patriots try to undo the law that provides health care for tens of millions of Americans, including them? Absolutely!
Especially when said so-called law was conceived behind closed doors by agenda-driven ideologues, kickbacks paid for congressional votes, enacted without one opposing party vote, and the Coup de Grace: a president intentionally lying to the American people about decreased insurance premium costs ($2,500.00 savings per year), keeping our doctors, "period", keeping our insurance policies, "period", just to ensure the law's passage and him getting re-elected. I could offer you many more examples, madam, but you get my drift.
4) Do true patriots hate the president of their own country? An unequivocal NO!
I don't "hate" liars, ma'am I just lose all respect for them. But look, when the President of the United States of America stands up and lies to me repeatedly (read: Operation Fast & Furious (gun running, dead U.S. agents), IRS Scandal (why weren't the conspirators arrested?), Benghazi Massacre (video tape incited, remember? wink, wink), Obamacare, et cetera...) we are way beyond the classic hate innuendo and accusation mole hill - we've arrived at the impeachment plateau, in my opinion.
And the way I see it if anyone truly hates America, then they can always exit the country via borders or boats. It's not that hard to leave.
Best regards, madam...
I'm still always so surprised with the Lionel fans...did people truly follow the team while he was the coach? He just about cost us the first round series against the Clippers by himself. He's tough on the guys, and sometimes it was a plus. But to sit here and act like he was a great coach is ridiculous. Joerger is every bit as good, if not better. People want Joerger to be like Hollins, but why??? Obviously Joerger has had some bad breaks in terms of injuries, and everyone experiences that, but I'm confident he'll be a good coach.
As for the tanking argument, I have a hard time buying it. We can be right around (maybe a little below) .500 by the time Gasol comes back (look at our schedule). If that is indeed the case, I believe we can grind out enough wins to grab a 6-8 seed. And honestly, I think we can go toe-to-toe in a 7 game series with ANYONE in the West. Obviously the Spurs have our number of late, so avoiding them would be advantageous, but I like our chances (healthy) against anyone in a series.
I actually am a fan of the strategy of tanking, just don't think it makes sense for a team with so many quality players to take that route. You think TA, Zbo, Conley, Prince, Miller, etc. are going to let us be bad enough truly tank?
Think about it like this: By most accounts, there are 5-7 potential studs in this draft. After that, it's a good draft, but the strength is at the top. If we can't guarantee ourselves a top-5, or even top-7 pick, is it worth it? Of course not. And honestly, with the amount of teams that will be tanking their tails off to get those good picks, I don't think we'll be bad enough to get there, so we end up kind of wasting the season.
Are we going to win a championship this year? Highly unlikely...but it will probably always be unlikely unless things break the right way. Playoff runs are going to be what's fun about the Grizzlies. Yes, everyone wants championships but how many different teams have won them in the last few years?? If we have any shot at the playoffs any given year, I think we have to go for it - because those are successful seasons for us! Don't get spoiled by the last three years, playoff appearances are awesome and there are plenty of teams wishing they had them. I say no tanking, let's grind out as many wins until Gasol is back that we can and see what happens.
Dumpster on fire.
Well, Nelson Mandela did write a book once titled "How to be a Good Communist".
Nonetheless...here's the quote of the day from the above blatantly biased rant:
QUOTE: "[h]ow are all these childish American politicians going to look as they continue trying to do anything and everything they can to derail President Obama's every move."
If there was anything "childish" it was on full display at the Nelson Mandela memorial by our Forked-Tongue-in-Chief revealing his narcissism and total disrespect to the world by snapping his "selfie" pics during the eulogy of a man he'll never measure up one iota to.
Did Carter, Clinton or Bush do anything childish, disrespectful or sophomoric? Nope! Are we really sure Bill Clinton didn't do anything to embarrass America? Yep. (Even Clinton knew not to shake the hand of a communist iron-fisted petty tyrant)
Well, did Senator Ted Cruz do anything childish, disrespectful or sophomoric at the Nelson Mandela memorial? Nope.
However, Senator Ted Cruz was apparently the only American politician at the memorial with enough spine and courage to walk out on Castro II's speech. But I'm sure one could find one or two communist and/or collectivist ranters who would label Senator Cruz's action as "childish". Right, Mr. Sampson?
Thanks for the laugh Mr. Sampson. I'll be sure to pass this link on...LOL !!!
Cats, please read this, by those wacky communists at Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/20…
Agreed it would be tough for Lionel Hollins to win with this roster. . . . but he does have a track record of doing two things:
1. He would adjust the style of play to fit the available players. You'd need a perimeter attack mostly with this roster, and use Jon Leuer as a stretch 4 type player. Mike Conley would be having a Kyrie Irving-type season -- as in, a green light to score or distribute as the team's primary option.
2. He would yell, fuss, cajole and trick his players into banding together as a unit and playing hard every night.
At best, a Lionel Hollins led team would maybe have squeaked out 3 more wins so far, for a record of 13-8. But those losses would have been much closer, and our squad would be much more fun to watch.
@ CL Mullins
It is true the ANC was militant and was supported by the Soviets. When asked how prison had changed him he answered he had matured. Upon his release he no longer believed in in militant vengeance, but reconciliation. Winnie did not, it cost them their marriage.
Our opposition to the spread of Communism during the cold war had us getting into bed with some bad people and regimes, across many administrations. Reagan regretted his veto, that was overridden, of sanctions against South Africa and did indeed send a Black man as our Ambassador to South Africa.
People of good conscience could disagree with our policy toward the priority being to oppose Communism at all costs, as I did at the time in regards to South Africa.
What torques my tater is those, who wish to judge those decisions not through the tough circumstances of the day, but through the "it is so easy" vision of hindsight. They too often haven't a clue it was those hard and sometimes wrong (IMO) decisions that freed many more humans than it helped subjugate.
You can't have it both ways. Judge ye not, lest ye be judged and thou shalt not kill. Now, one who purports to be a devout Christian would abide by these words. But, of course if you, as a Christian are admitting that this is a secular government, then I can understand that.
The middle class have been losing income growth for the last 20 years or so. It just didn't happen under Obama's watch. Yes food stamp usage increased, but, to the extent of the job losses due to the economic problems that happened under George Bush's policies. The day Obama was sworn into office, the nation was losing 750,000 jobs per month. Snap benefits is based on income, so, the more people that are thrown out of work, the more that will qualify for snap benefits. Consequently, when the unemployment rolls go down, you also see a decrease in Snap benefits paid out, which, by the way, was published yesterday about how Snap recipients has gone down. I guess you missed that one because it was not reported in the conservative media.
Making investors richer has always been the mantra of the gop, going all the way back to Hoover and reinforced by Reagan. The mantra is that if you make investors richer, they will invest and create more jobs for the poor and moderate income. Well, yes, Wall Street and the investors made out like gangbusters, but what did they do with the profits. They salted away their money in places like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, etc. Then they went out, using tax credits to create a bunch of jobs, OVERSEAS.
So, thecatsmeow, all of this can easily be assessed online. Please give us some sources, neutral, that go along with your post?
Mandela was no communist. He was a man trying to free his people, the original people, 80% of the population from a form of slavery.
Once the U. S. abandoned him, he took help from wherever he could get it. Once the shackles of slavery had been removed, he ruled his county and modeled it on a democratic republic with capitalism as its economy.
It was no different than the 13 colonies, ruled by a monarchy. They asked and received help from France, another country that was ruled by a monarchy. No different than the U. S. during WWI, allowing itself to be aligned with Russia, a communist state.
CL, you must need a drink about now?
C'mon. Look around the world, nobody has to stoke the flames of acrimony.
Mandela was a communist revolutionary and BIG Castro fan. Next y'all will be putting white trim on Fidel's Red suit, sitting on his lap and calling him Santa. By the way is this guy immortal or what? (nice to be arguing with you again)
He was a c-o-m-m-u-n-i-s-t. I guess you forgot that while you were so busy with the anti apartheid movement.
You really think there is a way to win with this current roster?
The NBA is a player's league. The Heat and Thunder aren't great because of Spoelstra and Brooks. Greg Popovich may be a great coach, but how good is he without Tony Parker and Tim Duncan? When those two aren't healthy or aren't playing, he's not so good anymore.
This team is missing its best player, a best player that is one of the few in the league who is probably his teams biggest impact player on both the offensive AND defensive ends of the floor. There is no level of magic that's going to turn this team, minus Gasol, into a contender.
Z-Bo, as mentioned in the article, has to face the opposing team's biggest and most athletic big man every game now, which is bad for him. With Gasol in the line up, Z-Bo gets a lot more freedom to operate, and he gets more favorable match ups, like David Lee for example.
Hollins did deal with injuries during his tenure. He dealt with a Rudy injury, though the argument should be made that Rudy's injury made the team better. He also dealt with a Z-Bo injury. The key for that injury was Speights being available and playing at a high level in Z-Bo's stead.
There is nobody on this roster who can take the place of Gasol and no one on this roster who can take the place of Conley. Hollins never had to deal with lengthy injuries to either of those players.
This article is nothing but a gutless attempt to keep the flames of acrimony at a fever pitch at the expense of the memory of a man who preached reconciliation. It is shameful.
Anyne who thinks Lionel Hollins would win with this roster is ion crack
Yikes! Devon has a white 1961 Gibson SG guitar exactly like mine. Wow! What a great guitar - it plays like "buttah..."
It's more of a reflection on you and your character when you put out this kind of garbage when a United States senator says something inspiring about a great man. Think of all the positive things you could have written, but......
This is a great article but it is missing a key component. The front office!!!! I know they are kicking themselves in the butt for letting Hollins go because of the ir pride.
A sure sighn of a great Head Coach is dealing with adversity gracefully, knowing your plsyers, and grooming your bench. Say what you want (and this is coming from a person who was not a fan at first of Hollins), but he knew his team. Every person that came off the bench knew their roles. I cant say that about this coach.
Its very painful to watch. This coach has two options: 1) Stay the "yes man" and lose like we are & get fired or 2) Grow balls go out on your own groom your team become a real coach in the NBA & get fired anyway. Either way his time has started ticking!!!! TAKE OPTION 2 coach!!!!!
I agree with you on the "gateway" theory. I don't believe there is any physical linkage between marijuana use and other drug use, never has been.
My point was that the ONLY link I could see at all is that most people that would try harder drugs are the types willing to take the risk on any other illegal drugs. That's why I hope someone is going to do some research on the impact of legalization in Denver to help disprove the theory.
Once you remove the legal barrier to marijuana use, I think they'll find that it has no closer correlation to cocaine or heroine use than drinking beer.
I am of the belief that before I die, probably before I retire, I will smoke legally in my own backyard. In the meantime, for me personally, I haven't done it since college, because the legal barrier stops me. It's not a moral thing for me, so much as it's a risk I simply don't need to take given my current position. Remove the legal risk, and I'll use it as often as I drink a beer.
I definitely think it would be a great way to inject both money and jobs into the economy though, and I think Denver will see that impact quickly.
I would not want to be the head coach in this scenario. Only two starters. And not knowing who's going to show up for a game with the balance of the roster. Ugh….If I were Joeger, I'd go on the Disabled List, too.
A team trying to find an identity under a new coach early in the season had key injuries completely derail anything they were doing.
At this point, and with the West SO tough, and with the draft SO stacked, it may make sense to just tell Gasol to take the rest of the year to recuperate and rest, and tank it up.
Gasol already plays too much with his national team in the offseason. Give him a year off. Let's lose some games, get a high draft pick, and we'll be set to go at it again next year, possibly with a third building block to place around Gasol and Conley for the future.
And the war on drugs continues…42 years and counting, and what do we have to show for it?
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