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  1. I made a list a few years ago as there's been so many that I figured it would be fun to keep track. Not into the whole celebrity thing much as I never ask for pictures or autographs. All celebrities I've either spoken to, interacted with, or been very close proximity to... Axl Rose Sebastian Bach Angus Young Tommy Stinson Gilby Clark Dave Navarro Frank Ferrer Val Kilmer Rihanna Samuel L. Jackson Paris Hilton Matthew Morrison Kunal Nayyar (Indian guy from Big Bang Theory) Rafael Nadal Kevin O'Leary Enrique Iglesias Adrian Grenier John Hamm Sam Rockwell Michael Sheen Carrey Mulligan Josh Brolin Hillary Swank Rob Lowe James Franco Juliette Lewis Thandy Newton David Cross Minnie Driver Justin Long Vincent Cassel Danny Boyle David Suzuki Kristina Anapau Debbie Travis All the guys from the band Glass Tiger Leslie Nielsen Gordie Howe Michael Wekerle (from Dragon's Den Canada) Eric Lindross Doug Gilmore (former Toronto Maple Leaf) Gary Roberts (former Toronto Maple Leaf) Johnny Bower (former Toronto Maple Leaf) George Armstron (former Toronto Maple Leaf)
  2. At this point, considering how Trump has handled the Comey firing and the fallout, how does anyone defend the mental/strategic capabilities of Trump? Even Nixon wasn't this bad when it came to hurting his own cause. This article pretty much sums up how terrible Trump has been, separate from policy/politics....
  3. I'll be sure to tag you in every one of my responses to him --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Another reason why I think Sanders wouldn't have done any better than Clinton had Bernie been the Democratic nominee... Sanders never got put through the ringer during the primary battles. Stuff like this, and other issues, would have come out. As bad as Clinton was as a candidate, I still have doubts that Bernie would have tipped the scales against Trump.
  4. So Trump didn't collude with the Russians but used Russian money to fund his campaign... Ummm....
  5. Turns out there are no Comey tapes. Sad.
  6. Obama's reaction to the recently revealed Senate healthcare bill: Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course. Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams. And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past. We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible. At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it. That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse. But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system. The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation. I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings? To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need. That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family. After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.
  7. Trump in Iowa tonight pitching his policies on immigration and the wall. Says he'll introduce legislation (he does realize that Presidents can't actually introduce anything in Congress, right?) that bans immigrants from receiving welfare for five years. Here's the thing: that's already the law. Believes the wall can pay for itself by putting solar panels on it. Maybe, if all the solar panels are not visible from rock throwing Mexicans. Line of the night: "I love all people, rich or poor. But in those particular [cabinet] positions I just don't want a poor person."
  8. True, there are exceptions. I think when most people think of Canadian rock/pop acts they think of Justin Beiber, Nickelback, Celine Dion, Anne Murray, and Drake. Not a list to be proud of. Rush is a band that I highly dislike but won't deny their talents (save for their vocalist). Neil Young is an amazing talent, but for me, his songwriting is what makes him legend. Having said all that, as much as I hate Nickelback, I won't deny that their song Rock Star is catchy as shit.
  9. With the exception of The Guess Who, most Canadian rock/pop acts are terrible. Kroeger is probably the worst Canadian export ever. As bad as Beiber is, he'd be my number one choice to simply go away.
  10. China would never agree to stay out of a conflict if it didn't have reassurances from the US that it would pull all troops out of a united Korea. It's highly unlikely the US would agree to those terms. The reality is that a divided Korea achieves the strategic goals for both the US and China. For the US, a stronger military presence within the South Asian Sea than they would otherwise have helps keep China's military objectives in check. For China, not having a US-allied country along its western land border is preferable to a less than controllable regime. Assuming those two goals do not change, do not expect anything dramatic to happen unless North Korea forces the issue.
  11. Georgia's 6th district elects a new Congress person today. Nice to see the race being kept classy:
  12. I don't see why anyone would buy an XB1X if they own a PC that can already handle 4K and HDR gaming. Really feels like it's a product akin to the Xbox Elite controller - it's there for people who want a premium gaming console experience. Plus it's a nice and relatively cheaper way to get 4K gaming if you're not in the market for a PC (like me).
  13. I've revised your account and went with your estimate.
  14. I believe I overheard Rand Paul on CBS this morning saying he heard, or someone he spoke to who was there heard, the shooter spouting off about health-care, but I think it's highly speculative at this point.
  15. Terrible news out of Alexandria, Virginia.