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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by badgerfellow » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:45 pm

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels win the men's basketball title, 71-65 over Gonzaga (no heroics this time, so they may not ask about it).

Redemption for the Heels (and grats heelsrule!). I don't really care about either team, but kinda wanted Gonzaga to win. I feel like I just watched the 2011 Final Four all over again. Gonzaga! Oregon! Wow, South Carolina!...but actually who wins the title? The usual blue blood. It would be nice if the mid majors of the world ever cashed in, instead of forever being 'that team that lost to _____'.
Yes! This game reminded me of UConn-Butler as well. Oofta.

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xxaaaxx wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:43 pm
University of North Carolina Tar Heels win the men's basketball title, 71-65 over Gonzaga.

Redemption for the Heels (and grats heelsrule!)
And grats to me (literally lifelong UNC fan...as I said in another thread, I was named after there in honor of my parents dating while attending AND the earliest shirt I ever remember wearing as a toddler was a UNC one that said 'RAMbunctious') as well! :mrgreen: Very, VERY needless to say, feels incredibly good after last year. Neat coincidence: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Heels' 1957/first ever NCAA win.

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Post by earendel » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:03 am

Matthew and Otto have been officially retired as names for hurricanes, to be replaced by Martin and Owen. BONUS: hurricane names are reused every 6 years; Martin and Owen will be used in 2022.
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Post by Blue Lion » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:07 pm

Insult comic Don Rickles has died. He was 90. Rickles honed his act in Las Vegas, and was an honorary member of the Rat Pack. His breakthrough came on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He is also known for hosting the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.

Many years ago, my parents saw Rickles perform in Vegas. They said that after the show, he treated the audience members he insulted to dinner.

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Post by alietr » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:51 pm

The Senate voted to use the 'nuclear option', changing Senate rules to remove the ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominees.

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alietr wrote:
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The Senate voted to use the 'nuclear option', changing Senate rules to remove the ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominees.
All over a vote to replace a justice who was approved 98-0. How times have changed.

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Post by Volante » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:03 pm

Speaking of Damien Hirst...he is still out there being Damien Hirst with "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable" opening soon at the Pallazo.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to- ... ectacular/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/damie ... iew-918074

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Post by MarkBarrett » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:48 pm

If the Cubs could win the World Series then I guess this could happen as well.
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Post by Bamaman » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm

Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.

Our new governor will be Kay Ivey, who will be Alabama's second female governor after Lurleen Wallace. Ivey previously served as state Treasurer, where she made a mess of the state's prepaid tuition plan. (luckily I had not invested in that).

Bentley's resignation means the head of all three branches of our government have been forced from office this term. The Speaker of the House was convicted of ethics violations last year. Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended when he ordered county probate judges not to allow same sex couples to marry.

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Post by dhkendall » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:57 pm

Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.

Our new governor will be Kay Ivey, who will be Alabama's second female governor after Lurleen Wallace. Ivey previously served as state Treasurer, where she made a mess of the state's prepaid tuition plan. (luckily I had not invested in that).

Bentley's resignation means the head of all three branches of our government have been forced from office this term. The Speaker of the House was convicted of ethics violations last year. Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended when he ordered county probate judges not to allow same sex couples to marry.
If I"m not mistaken, neither female governor was elected in their own right either, correct? (Lurleen I know was George's wife, and took over when he left the governor's office (either evicted for being George Wallace or, because the universe is never fair, dying in office - I honestly don't know which.))
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Post by Volante » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:34 pm

2017 Pulitzers have been announced
http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2017

Peggy Noonan won for Commentary.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:47 pm

Volante wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:34 pm
2017 Pulitzers have been announced
http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2017

Peggy Noonan won for Commentary.
Nooooonan! Nooooonan!

I was hoping this would be Steve Sack's year. Ah, well.

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Post by davey » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:04 pm

Volante wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:34 pm
2017 Pulitzers have been announced
http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2017

Peggy Noonan won for Commentary.
Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, this year's fiction winner, has already appeared on J!, last month.
Lynn Nottage's Sweat, the drama winner, is likely to.

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Post by 9021amyers » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:29 pm

dhkendall wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:57 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.

Our new governor will be Kay Ivey, who will be Alabama's second female governor after Lurleen Wallace. Ivey previously served as state Treasurer, where she made a mess of the state's prepaid tuition plan. (luckily I had not invested in that).

Bentley's resignation means the head of all three branches of our government have been forced from office this term. The Speaker of the House was convicted of ethics violations last year. Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended when he ordered county probate judges not to allow same sex couples to marry.
If I"m not mistaken, neither female governor was elected in their own right either, correct? (Lurleen I know was George's wife, and took over when he left the governor's office (either evicted for being George Wallace or, because the universe is never fair, dying in office - I honestly don't know which.))
At the time, the governor of Alabama could not serve consecutive terms. George Wallace couldn't run, so his wife was the next-best thing. (She's the one who died in office, which spoiled Wallace's plans temporarily.)

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Post by IronNeck » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:39 am

Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.
What I find most comical is the hypocrisy. In October of last year, Bentley noted he "could not" vote for Trump over the latter's sexual comments. The words were too much for him, but apparently, stealing (not "misusing", but stealing) taxpayer money to cover up one's sick adultery is perfectly fine.

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Post by 9021amyers » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:43 am

IronNeck wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:39 am
Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.
What I find most comical is the hypocrisy. In October of last year, Bentley noted he "could not" vote for Trump over the latter's sexual comments. The words were too much for him, but apparently, stealing (not "misusing", but stealing) taxpayer money to cover up one's sick adultery is perfectly fine.
(Whispers) "I don't think he really didn't vote for Trump."

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Post by IronNeck » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:01 am

9021amyers wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:43 am
IronNeck wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:39 am
Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.
What I find most comical is the hypocrisy. In October of last year, Bentley noted he "could not" vote for Trump over the latter's sexual comments. The words were too much for him, but apparently, stealing (not "misusing", but stealing) taxpayer money to cover up one's sick adultery is perfectly fine.
(Whispers) "I don't think he really didn't vote for Trump."
Irrelevant. As a governor, he made a big spectacle out of how he could not possibly vote for Trump, and Trump should drop out, and how Trump had no chance of winning. All of which has a much larger influence on the electorate than whatever he did with his individual vote.

Anyways, are you defending his hypocrisy?

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Post by 9021amyers » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:42 am

IronNeck wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:01 am
9021amyers wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:43 am
IronNeck wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:39 am
Bamaman wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Alabama governor Robert Bentley will resign later today. He quits just as impeachment hearings began today to investigate his use of his office to cover up his affair with a married staff member who is 29 years his junior. He has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and will avoid jail.
What I find most comical is the hypocrisy. In October of last year, Bentley noted he "could not" vote for Trump over the latter's sexual comments. The words were too much for him, but apparently, stealing (not "misusing", but stealing) taxpayer money to cover up one's sick adultery is perfectly fine.
(Whispers) "I don't think he really didn't vote for Trump."
Irrelevant. As a governor, he made a big spectacle out of how he could not possibly vote for Trump, and Trump should drop out, and how Trump had no chance of winning. All of which has a much larger influence on the electorate than whatever he did with his individual vote.

Anyways, are you defending his hypocrisy?
I expect nothing less than hypocrisy from Republican politicians to the point where the only surprising thing about the Bentley scandal is that he isn't getting off scot-free.

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Post by Volante » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:14 pm

While a little commentary is okay now and again, let's leave full fledged discussions out of this thread, please.

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Post by Bamaman » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:37 pm

9021amyers wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:42 am
I expect nothing less than hypocrisy from Republican politicians to the point where the only surprising thing about the Bentley scandal is that he isn't getting off scot-free.
He is.

He plead guilty to two misdemeanors. One for a $50,000 personal loan he made to his campaign in November 2015 but did not report until this year. The other was for using $8,912 in campaign funds to pay legal fees for his advisor/girlfriend.

Neither is really a big deal in the grand scheme of things and neither would have forced him from office. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended and received a year's probation.

He waived his right to a security detail after leaving office. Under state law, former governors get a security detail for five years. (I have no idea if any of them actually exercise this right).

He waived his right to a state pension. A law was passed in 1977 to give governors a pension, though the law was declared unconstitutional in 1977.

He has to pay $100 ($50 a charge), plus court costs, to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

He has to pay $5,000 for not reporting the loan and $2,000 for converting the funds to the legal fees.

He has to reimburse his campaign fund the $8,912 in legal fees.

He has to surrender his $36,912 in campaign funds to the state.

He must perform 100 hours in community service at a medical facility. (He is a licensed physician).

He may never again seek or hold public office. He is 74 so that was unlikely to begin with.

So he writes the state a check for $16,012 plus court costs, does some physicals for poor people and he walks. He is rather wealthy (he only took a salary of $1) so this is no is deal financially.

All this for using the authority of his office to threaten people who tried to expose his affair. Good riddance to this jackass, he should be in prison.

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