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    Remember when Israel made a big stink about the...

    Remember when Israel made a big stink about the AWACS planes we sold to Saudi Arabia? And all those F-15s we sold them?

    I guess they're pretty good at killing US residents and chopping them up,...
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    Against Tennessee, it helps Utah a bit that BYU...

    Against Tennessee, it helps Utah a bit that BYU won.

    The next two weeks, gotta support the conference.

    After that, BYU wins help the Utes, a little. (Of course, we need to take care of...
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    Great point. At different times, we all have...

    Great point. At different times, we all have devils and angels within us. We strive to let the angels predominate, and minimize or eliminate our less appealing thoughts & behaviors.

    This is...
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    Well, I've been on the outside looking in for 35...

    Well, I've been on the outside looking in for 35 years, so I have no idea what constitutes a character flaw within the flock these days, other than noting one of the locally celebrated "good guys"...
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    I'm assuming on that reaction, based on what I...

    I'm assuming on that reaction, based on what I heard growing up. We used to hear about the imminence of the 2nd Coming all the time in the 70s, but then I think that died down as we got closer to...
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    Supposedly he meant the message to go to family &...

    Supposedly he meant the message to go to family & friends, but he made it public, then it was quickly withdrawn, but with the cat out of the bag, he decided might as well go public. Ed's 64 years...
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    Minor milestone in my thesis: Ed Smart His...

    Minor milestone in my thesis: Ed Smart

    His coming out would have peeled paint off walls closer to when Elizabeth was kidnapped in 2002, but it's mostly a non-event now, which is both a good...
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    The NYT Blogcast "the Daily" has been touring...

    The NYT Blogcast "the Daily" has been touring different European countries to get a sense of the anti-EU sentiment prevalent in Europe leading up to the recent EU elections.

    France has the Yellow...
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    Trump is definitely in general campaign mode, has...

    Trump is definitely in general campaign mode, has been since Jan 2017.

    A lot can happen between now & fall 2020. Definitely some storm clouds on the horizon, economically.
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    This news isn't religious, and it's not unique,...

    This news isn't religious, and it's not unique, but that it's in Utah and being reported - at least in the Trib, perhaps not/never in the D-News - is a data point in my thesis:
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    I see the potential for authoritarianism on the...

    I see the potential for authoritarianism on the right. Some already exists and Trump is pretty explicit in his admiration for autocrats around the world, and, in the context of what I learned in...
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    Sorry for the tardy reply. Of course there is...

    Sorry for the tardy reply.

    Of course there is tension within the US left. Since we only have 2 parties, each party is a very large tent. Whether it's the economy or social matters or the...
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    I used to have a joke I'd lay out in (the right)...

    I used to have a joke I'd lay out in (the right) mixed company, about how the Founding Fathers' vision was only for white, land-owning males to have voting power, and we strayed offcourse as a nation...
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    China has presented problems for awhile. IP...

    China has presented problems for awhile. IP theft, opaque markets for foreign companies to work in, the South China Sea, etc.

    Obama was using US soft power, in extending the TPP started under...
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    That's heartening news. I'll take it! Nice...

    That's heartening news. I'll take it!

    Nice post, as usual. :)
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    That *was* a long read, JD. ;) The author is...

    That *was* a long read, JD. ;)

    The author is Russian born, which I think may help explain her strong bias toward free speech, no matter how toxic, but otherwise, I got the sense she was warning...
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    Uhhh... I think the Scandos are feeling the...

    Uhhh... I think the Scandos are feeling the Russian menace pretty acutely. They can't match up militarily, but Sweden has produced jet fighters for a long time, and I'm sure Germany is losing their...
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    Good article. One of my Econ profs, in...

    Good article.

    One of my Econ profs, in describing the landscape of the political spectrum left of Ted Kennedy - "who is not a socialist, either by his own definition, nor in the opinion of...
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    Older folks - 60+ - in my wife's hometown put...

    Older folks - 60+ - in my wife's hometown put together a "Remember when..." facebook group where they can reminisce about the past, post old photos, etc.

    Somebody posted an old photo of riverboat...
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    I agree with this assessment of the OC trail. ...

    I agree with this assessment of the OC trail.

    What will make this year really interesting is Whit knowing the offense has to continue rising, the return of Ludwig, and new faces in the kicking...
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    Sticky: Markham saying we beat out UCLA, Oklahoma State &...

    Markham saying we beat out UCLA, Oklahoma State & Texas Tech. His Twitter feed shows OSU was pretty strong on the trail.

    Assuming Devin Lloyd keeps making strides, maybe this kid is the 4th LB,...
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    This is the heart of the issue. The magnitude of...

    This is the heart of the issue. The magnitude of the Great Recession and associated decade-long recovery have put a big dent in the reputation of our economic system.
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    Hi J.D... I mean, LA. Backbencher here.... ...

    Hi J.D... I mean, LA.

    Backbencher here....

    I propose an amendment to Godwin's Law where if anyone brings up Venezuela in the context of talking about "Socialism" as defined by Sanders and AOC,...
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    Mayor Pete goes into "enemy territory", Fox News,...

    Mayor Pete goes into "enemy territory", Fox News, and criticizes a couple of Fox hosts. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/buttigieg-attacks-fox-news-hosts-fox-news-town-hall-n1007546
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    The micro cultures and accumulation of the...

    The micro cultures and accumulation of the individuals in classes can vary widely school to school, year to year. I've met several classmates from high school much later in life who said they hated...
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