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  1. Does this grown man have the ref in his pocket deducting points from the 7 year old for rule violations that aren't there?
  2. Thanks for tipping your hand in a game that was already over. I'm sure now teams will be aware of that for the playoffs.
  3. Why some say Mexico already built Trump's wall -- and paid for it Mexico City (CNN)The commander paces in front of a line of troops, preparing them for the day's mission. "We are in our country. We are in Mexico. We are enforcing our laws," he says, his voice getting louder with each point he makes. "Nobody is going to come here to trample on our laws," he continues. "Nobody is going come here to trample on our country, on our land." Soon afterward, according to local media reports, military police from Mexico's National Guard blocked a large group of migrants in Tuzantán, Mexico, who had been trying to head north. The caravan, made up of thousands of migrants largely from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, was disbanded and sent to an immigrant detention camp in southern Mexico. A video of the October 12 operation went viral and stirred a mix of reactions in Mexico, adding fresh fuel to a point critics of President Andres Manuel López Obrador have been making for months. Mexico, they argue, actually built US President Donald Trump's border wall after all -- not with concrete or bricks or steel, but with thousands of federal forces like this camouflage-clad commander and the troops following his orders. And Mexico, they argue, is paying for it. Trump: 'Mexico is showing us great respect' Yes, US taxpayers have been footing the bill for efforts to build new physical barriers at the US-Mexico border. But experts note that Mexico's massive deployment of National Guard troops over the past few months has played a major role in blocking migrants from reaching the US border in the first place. It's a point Trump himself has made at several recent events -- a dramatic change in tone from his sharp criticisms of Mexico earlier this year. "I would like to thank President López Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving, and for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border," Trump told the United Nations General Assembly last month. "Mexico is showing us great respect, and I respect them in return." A few days later, Trump told reporters he was "using Mexico to protect our border" because Democrats weren't doing enough to fix the immigration system. And last week, acting US Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan praised Mexico on Twitter, sharing a news story about the October 12 operation to turn back the latest caravan. "Mexico's enhanced border security efforts along their southern border continue to have a dramatic impact on this regional crisis," he wrote. "I just returned from Mexico where we had collaborative discussions on stemming the flow of illegal migration throughout the region." Not everyone is praising the increased collaboration. The recent video of the National Guard's response to the caravan of migrants from Central America and Africa drew backlash on social media. "We criticize Trump for his anti-immigrant stance and our National Guard is doing exactly the same thing," tweeted Mexican columnist Denise Dresser, who has criticized the troops' response to migrants in the past. In a recent New York Times column -- headlined "Mexico is the wall" -- Univision anchor Jorge Ramos noted that Trump's comments that he was "using Mexico" had riled many Mexicans. "It's true: President Trump is using Mexico. And, against all logic, Mexico is letting him get away with it," he wrote. "This has to change." Thousands of troops deployed Asked to respond to claims that Mexico is effectively paying for the wall Trump wanted, foreign ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco told CNN that migration flows have notably decreased in recent months, and that efforts continue for a regional development plan to address the root causes of migration in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. "The number of migrants presented before Mexican authorities has decreased by 70% from June to September," he said. The decrease, he wrote in a recent letter to the editor published in Mexico's El Universal newspaper, came as a result of Mexican legislative efforts and a push to strengthen the rule of law in southern Mexico. As the Trump administration threatened to impose tariffs, Mexican officials in June agreed to step up their country's immigration enforcement. The other photo that shows what's happening now at the border López Obrador has said he had no choice but to negotiate. "We represent our country with dignity, and we have nothing to be ashamed of," he said in September. "The sovereignty of Mexico is defended. At the same time, we do not want confrontation. We have a frank, open hand extended to all the governments of the world, and we embrace all the peoples of the world, and we are especially interested in a good relationship with the United States." Nearly 15,000 troops are deployed to Mexico's northern border, where they've set up 20 checkpoints, Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said last week at a press briefing on the country's security strategy. At the southern border, 12,000 troops are deployed and have set up 21 checkpoints. Military helicopters regularly conduct aerial reconnaissance in both border regions, he said. So far, Cresencio said, more than 60,000 migrants have been intercepted as part of the effort. A migrant tends to a child while surrounded by members of the National Guard near Tuzantan, Mexico, on October 12. At the same press conference, officials noted that the number of migrants seeking asylum in Mexico has increased dramatically, with some 80,000 asylum applications expected by the end of this year. Officials also touted Mexico's first transatlantic deportation flight last week. A charter flight with more than 300 Indian nationals aboard flew from Toluca, Mexico, to New Delhi, Mexico's National Migration Institute said Wednesday. 'The message on the ground' Analysts told CNN the video of efforts by Mexican authorities to block the recent caravan is a revealing window into how Mexico's shifting policies are unfolding. "The message given is that Mexico is not interested in protecting people that are in need," says Gretchen Kuhner, director of the Institute for Women in Migration, a Mexican advocacy organization. "The message given by this general is not the official message of the government, but it explains very well what the message on the ground is." Ana Maria Salazar, a former US deputy assistant defense secretary who's now a security analyst based in Mexico, says images of the operation illustrate concerns critics had when Mexico's National Guard was swiftly formed and deployed this year. "This is someone who was trained to protect the national sovereignty, not someone who handles migrants. And these are the worries in forming a National Guard so hastily," she said. "You can't expect that from one day to the next, a soldier that is trained to protect the territory against enemies of the state will now be responsible for people that are trying to cross illegally into the country. These are very different missions and this is reflected in the images and what the commander says." Mexico: US-bound migration has been cut by 30% In some ways, Salazar says, López Obrador is doing Trump's bidding when it comes to his government's handling of migrants. Such strict immigration enforcement along Mexico's southern border hasn't been seen before, she adds. But Salazar says that López Obrador, unlike his predecessors, has "so much credibility in Mexico that he can assume the political costs of this decision." In the past, she says, presidents would have been attacked for taking such steps, and international pressure would have mounted. "That pressure, which was there for former Mexican governments," she says, "has been extremely silent on the decisions of this government." In fact, public opinion toward migrants in Mexico appears to be shifting, too. A poll conducted by the Washington Post and Mexican newspaper Reforma over the summer showed a sizable majority of Mexicans felt that increased migration through the country from Central America was a burden on Mexico's economy and services. Just over half favored deporting more migrants. CNN's Natalie Gallón reported from Mexico City. CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet reported from Washington. CNN en Español's Rey Rodriguez contributed to this report.
  4. Not for nothing but the Founding Fathers would have impeached every President since the 1900s for the same reason.
  5. Dude, Trump is trolling you with those comments about being President longer and you have to name some example of where he violated the Constitution rather than a blanket statement. Also, from that same article: Scandinavians Perform Better in America Than in Scandinavia The success of Scandinavian economies is despite their generous tax-and-spend policies, not because of them. You can thank the Scandinavian work ethic for their success – not the laws of economics being suspended. There are over 10 million Americans with Scandinavian ancestry (most of which are the descendants of immigrants), and they far economically outperform their counterparts across the Atlantic. There is, unfortunately, a lack of global household income data, and thus, the most recent information available is from a 2013 Gallup study of global household incomes. They found the median household incomes, purchasing power adjusted to be the following in 2012: Norway: $51,489 Sweden: $50,514 Denmark: $44,360 The figures are the following median incomes for households of Americans with Scandinavian ancestry in 2012 are as follows: Norwegian American $62,155 (21% higher) Swedish American $62,295 (23% higher) Danish American $63,630 (43% higher) Additionally, the Census listed a group identifying themselves as “Scandinavian Americans,” who earned a median household income of $67,421 in 2012. The median household income of all Americans in 2012 was $51,371. And the real kicker? These figures are not adjusted for differences in taxation. Not only do Scandinavian Americans far outperform Scandinavians economically, but they also get to keep a larger chunk of a larger pie.
  6. This could be our second loss of the season but I give us way more of a shot than most of the people in this thread. Philly just hasn't looked that great and Wentz was especially atrocious last night in a game that their coach guaranteed a win in.
  7. Apology accepted bro. Sorry for posting your pic. Let's keep it civil and go Bills!
  8. Do you use Bowflex? I work out with bands 6 days a week.
  9. That would be nice but I wouldn't trust them. What's likely to happen is your taxes go up and you only save a negligible amount leading to a net loss.
  10. I don't even think that is true. If he WANTED to be a dictator he would be making moves to change the Constitution to favor him running for an extra term or keeping him in office permanently which has not happened nor will it. I heard the same shit when Dumb Cowboy Bush was in office. As for guns, I do favor background checks (already in place) and training classes teaching the proper use and handling of such weapons (we need work on this). Clearly if you're an ex-mental patient with a history of violent thought or actions you should not be licensed to have a firearm. Back to the Socialism topic I read a great article about the costs of such a system. In order to reach the lowest possible tax bracket of European "Socialist" countries you have to make over $500K here in the US as the tax system currently stands. Here are some tidbits: The High Cost of Scandinavian “Socialism” Scandinavian “Socialism”: The Offerings It must first be clarified that Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway) are not socialist. They are capitalist countries that impose excessive levels of taxation on their citizens to fund a wide array of social programs. Those programs include: “Free” government funded healthcare through single-payer healthcare systems Generous government funded maternal and paternal leave Heavily subsidized higher education, free of tuition to all students (and in Norway, to international students as well) Generous paid sick leave Scandinavian “Socialism”: The Cost The large welfare states of Scandinavia are not without their cost. In 2017, all three countries had levels of taxation exceeding half of every dollar earned. Taxes as a percent of GDP are: 50.7% in Sweden 53.5% in Denmark 54.7% in Norway For reference, in the U.S. taxes at all levels of government averaged26% of GDP in 2016 (and have sincebeen cut). Listen to Bernie’s rhetoric and you’d get the impression that it’s “millionaires and billionaires” ponying up most of those funds – but they aren’t in Scandinavia. While theTax Foundation found that in 2017 the top 10% of American households paid 70.6% of the taxes, there is no Robin Hood in Scandinavia. In America, an earner isn’t subject to thetop tax bracket of 37% until they earn over $500,000. While an American would need to earn eight times the average income to be subject to our top tax bracket, the figures are only 1.5 times average income in Sweden, 1.6 in Norway, and 1.3 in Denmark (source: pages 30-31). And to add a cherry to this sundae these countries are now raising the retirement ages to pay for pensions and freebies given to immigrants! Folkökningen skenar – då kan pensionsåldern höjas (Translated) Sweden's population is increasing at a furious pace, and this development means significantly increased costs to manage. This is stated in the Swedish Municipalities and County Council (SKL) in the "Financial Report" which presented on Tuesday . - From 2018, we expect the need for welfare to increase significantly faster than tax revenue, states Annika Wallenskog, chief economist at SKL. In the report, SKL warns that a number of measures are needed to close the gap between costs and revenues, which is likely to rise to 59 billion in 2021. The rapid population growth as a result of the large refugee reception last year and a childbirth approaching historically high levels are putting great pressure on the municipalities and county councils. Higher retirement age is already being discussed in the Pension Group (where most of the parties are included) and may, according to the Minister of Finance, be an important step towards balance in the economy. Several associations, such as the SPF Seniors and PRO, advocate a higher retirement age. - If you look at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65. Then you must not forget that many of those who have worked from 20 are worn out as they approach retirement age, says Magdalena Andersson. She believes that there must be a change in attitude about the elderly in the labor market. - Those who are high up in their age should have the opportunity to work longer, says the finance minister.
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