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26  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Great Americans on: April 17, 2014, 11:38:55 AM
Medal of Honor recipient returns to active duty; hero of 2009 ambush rejoins Army
By Douglas Ernst -The Washington Times Thursday, April 10, 2014

William Swenson

Only months after receiving the nation’s highest award for valor, Capt. William Swenson has left the civilian world and returned to active duty.

Capt. Swenson, who left the service in 2011, will be assigned to I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., The Army Times reported.

On Oct. 15, 2013, Capt. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for his bravery during a 2009 ambush in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

With little air support, the soldier repeatedly braved enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of those killed in action. His actions on Sept. 8, 2009 helped save lives on a day when five Americans, nine Afghan troops and an interpreter perished.

“Today, I stand with the Medal of Honor,” he said during his award ceremony, The Army Times reported. “But this award was earned with a team. A team of our finest: Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and our Afghan partners, standing side by side. And now, that team includes Gold Star families who lost their fathers, sons and husbands that day. This medal represents them. It represents us.”
27  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Presidential Candidates 2016: 10 Democrats Who Might Be the Next Nominee on: April 17, 2014, 11:34:04 AM
Hillarious that neither that panel of lib 'political analysts' nor HILLARY HERSELF could even come up with any answers.

I mean that just speaks volumes, doesnt it?

Of course none of it even matters at all. Hillary could strangle a puppy to death on the white house lawn and the media would just admire how 'humane' she was at killing it..and her ratings and her fanbase would be unchanged.

lol.  True. 
28  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Tennessee atheists win right to distribute literature after schools give Bibles on: April 17, 2014, 11:33:08 AM
Irrational atheists. 

Group files complaint against Tigers
Updated: April 17, 2014
By Andrea Adelson |

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lodged a letter of complaint to Clemson, charging coach Dabo Swinney and his staff with "unconstitutional behavior" at the public university.

Among the concerns outlined in the complaint by the FFRF, based on information obtained from an open records request:

• Swinney personally invited James Trapp to become team chaplain -- in violation of the Constitution and university guidelines on hiring chaplains -- and gave Trapp access to the entire team for Bible studies.

• Swinney schedules team devotionals.

• Swinney has organized transportation for coaches and players to "Church Days."

University spokeswoman Cathy Sams issued a statement saying the school would evaluate the complaints raised but believes Swinney and his staff are not violating the separation of church and state guaranteed in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

"Participation in religious activities is purely voluntary, and there are no repercussions for students who decline to do so," the statement read. "We are not aware of any complaints from current or former student-athletes about feeling pressured or forced to participate in religious activities."

Swinney is not being made available to comment, but he has been outspoken in his religious views. In December, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Swinney tells recruits on visits, "I'm a Christian. If you have a problem with that, you don't have to be here."

In the same report, former safety Rashard Hall told the publication, "If you're there, you're going to know Jesus, you're going to know verses in the Bible -- it's weaved in the culture. There's a drawing-in towards Christianity."

Two years ago, then-Tigers receiver DeAndre Hopkins asked permission to be baptized in front of coaches and teammates in a cold tub after practice. The story went viral after assistant coach Jeff Scott tweeted a photo of Hopkins sitting in the tub.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., wants the school to direct Swinney and Trapp to immediately stop team prayers, sermons, Bible studies and "church days" for players, train staff about their First Amendment obligations, and monitor compliance.
29  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: All things LA Lakers on: April 17, 2014, 11:20:18 AM
Is D'Antoni fired yet??
30  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Presidential Candidates 2016: 10 Democrats Who Might Be the Next Nominee on: April 17, 2014, 11:14:51 AM
Video || Epic Diss! Obama Won’t Endorse Biden as Biden Looks On
by KEITH KOFFLER on APRIL 17, 2014

This is absurd. The man says, right in front of Biden, that he can’t support him.

Take a look at this. It’s completely ungracious. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Joe Biden who sneered and laughed his way through his debate with Paul Ryan, who suggested Republicans are so racist they want to re-enslave African Americans, deserves nobody’s graciousness.

But from President Obama’s perspective, Vice President Biden is the man who has been with him every day, been in on almost every meeting and decision, and been loyal and docile toward him as a chocolate labrador. Sure, he makes mistakes, but that’s not his fault. He was born a nincompoop.

To actually say, with Biden standing there, that “we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state” who might also run suggests previously unknown degrees of coldness of blood.

From an interview by CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett:

I’ve got somebody who I think will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history, and he has been . . .  a great partner in everything that I do. I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer.

Whoever the Democratic standard bearer is, is going to be continuing to focus on jobs, making sure that our kids are getting a great education, making sure that we’re rebuilding prosperity from the middle class out in this country – and I am very much interested in making sure that some of the stuff we’ve gotten started continues.

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31  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Another Bush in the White House? on: April 17, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
Jeb Bush’s wife, family issues key to 2016
By KATIE GLUECK | 4/16/14

If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he’ll have to defend his family’s controversial political name.

But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all.

Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case.

Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.

Donors also wonder whether Bush is willing to subject his family and their personal lives to the inevitable scrutiny that comes with a national campaign. Two of his children have been in the news in past years for arrests linked to drug problems and public intoxication.

So while the buzz picks up around Bush, the donor class’s new questions about old issues are a sign of not only the dynamics of a potential Bush campaign, but of how seriously a key establishment group is taking the idea of a Bush bid.

“The issues have been brought up by the press and others in the past, and the family issues may well be brought out again,” said Al Cardenas, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, who headed the Florida GOP while Bush was governor. “If these matters are brought up, it would hurt him, not politically but personally. He has to make up his mind whether that’s a burden he wants to bear.”

A top Republican bundler with ties to the Bushes described the rising concern among those lobbying Jeb Bush to enter the race that his wife’s opposition will keep him from running.

“One of the things on the list of why he won’t run has always been the belief that she is opposed to it,” the bundler said. “As you’re moving closer to when people have to make decisions and Jeb is doing some of the things he has been doing, there has been more chatter around it, if for no other reason than there is a huge number of Bush Rangers, Pioneers — whatever the hell we were called along the way — who remain effectively frozen waiting on Jeb to make up his mind.”

People in the Bushes’ inner circle are being lobbied to make the case directly to Jeb Bush’s immediate family, the bundler added.

The former governor’s concerns about his family’s privacy are thought to have played a role in his decision to skip the 2012 presidential race. One Republican donor recalled that the chatter back then among GOP rainmakers was that Bush would ultimately skip a run because his wife didn’t relish the idea.

“They thought he wouldn’t do it because of Columba…[that] has not changed,” the source said.

Bush, the son of one president and the brother of another, would be a favorite with the GOP establishment, though he faces steeper odds among grassroots activists who detest his moderate views on immigration. He has said that he will likely make a decision on whether to run for president by the end of this year, and that he will pursue it only if his family signs off and if he can run “joyfully.”

Comparisons are often drawn between Bush and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. The latter was popular with Republican elites in 2012, but ultimately chose not to run for president, citing the “interests and wishes of my family” amid a complicated situation with his wife and children.

Bush’s spokeswoman did not offer comment for this story. But just last week, Bush spoke movingly of his 40-year-marriage and his relationship with his wife, whom he first met while on an exchange program in Mexico, her native country.

“I saw her face, and I fell in love. I can’t explain it, but that’s the way it is,” the 61-year-old said at a Connecticut GOP dinner last week. “You’re going to have to trust me on this one. And for 40 years we’ve been married and it’s (been an) incredible joy. She doesn’t get much attention in the political world because she’s pretty normal, actually…”

He added,“Forty years of marriage for me is a big darn deal, and I love her very much.”

Ann Herberger, who has served as a Bush family fundraiser and remains close with the former governor and his family, said Jeb Bush would no doubt make sure his immediate family is on-board with a run, while also talking to his parents and other close relatives.

“Gov. Bush, he has a tough spine,” Herberger said. “Really the first hurdle he’s got to get over is, he’s got a very good life now back in Florida, Mrs. Bush is loving being back in South Florida. Can he do this joyfully?”
32  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: 16 for '16: The Most Talked-About Potential GOP Presidential Candidates on: April 17, 2014, 11:12:02 AM
Paul, Rubio Lead Potential Republican 2016 Contenders in Spending
Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014

Groups supporting Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio lead the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in spending money and investing in possible campaigns this year, more than 20 months before the first votes are cast in 2016.
No politician has yet declared his or her candidacy, but first-quarter fundraising numbers submitted to the Federal Election Commission and released this week show backers of Rubio and Paul spent several hundred thousand dollars to help both senators in the first three months of 2014.

Kentucky Senator Paul's RANDPAC group spent over $580,000 in the first quarter, much of it on fundraising, consulting, and travel expenses as the first-term lawmaker crisscrossed the country spreading his libertarian message and courting groups that do not traditionally support Republicans.

Paul has built a national infrastructure largely on the back of his father Ron Paul's network from previous presidential campaigns.

Rubio, a Florida senator who has fallen out of favor with many in the party's right wing over his support of immigration reform, has been one of the most active contenders since 2013.

The freshman's Reclaim America PAC raised over $530,000 in the first three months of 2014, and spent over $375,000. Much of that money went to consultants and data analytics teams that could help Rubio if he chose to run for president.

Other possible candidates have been meeting with donors and operatives to set up potential campaigns, but have not been as publicly active as Rubio and Paul. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has no similar political committees, for example, while groups associated with Texas Senator Ted Cruz have not raised or spent as much.

Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demonstrated his own fundraising acumen by leading his Republican Governors Association to a $23.5 million first quarter but he has no federal groups raising money for a possible presidential run.

On the Democratic side, a network of independent organizations has been laying the groundwork for a campaign by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The first quarter saw increased activity by Priorities USA Action, the primary fundraiser for President Barack Obama in 2012, which now stands behind Clinton.

The group, which is led by Obama's 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina and is expected to be the Clinton campaign's main money vehicle, spent over $535,000 in the first quarter despite not actively fundraising.

It had earlier come under fire for not doing enough to support Democrats in 2014 elections, and it sent $250,000 to the primary PAC supporting congressional Democrats - House Majority PAC - in February.

Last week Ready For Hillary, a super-PAC urging the former first lady and senator to run by building up grass-roots support, announced it had raised more than $1.7 million in the first quarter. That brought its fundraising haul to over $5.75 million since launching in 2013 - despite a self-imposed cap of $25,000 per donation.

Clinton holds a considerable lead over other potential Democratic presidential contenders in preliminary polling. (Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
33  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Ex-Homeland Chief Napolitano: No Mercy for Edward Snowden on: April 17, 2014, 11:10:41 AM
That traitor isn't in prison yet??

Snowden Makes Stunning Appearance On Putin TV Interview In Apparent PR Stunt
APR. 17, 2014

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on Thursday at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised call-in with the nation.

Snowden's appearance gave Putin the opportunity to defend Russian surveillance, implicitly gaining Snowden's approval. Considering the tightly controlled circumstances of the rogue agent's asylum in Russia, the appearance has been widely seen as a PR stunt.

David Herszenhorn, a Moscow-based reporter for The New York Times, called it a "stunning in-your-face move" by the Kremlin.

Snowden asked Putin: "Does Russia store, intercept, or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals, and do you believe that simply increasing the effectiveness of intelligence or law enforcement investigations can justify a place in societies rather than subjects under surveillance?"

Putin said he would answer by talking as one professional spy to another, noting his past as a KGB agent and Snowden's past in the NSA before he leaked thousands of documents exposing U.S. surveillance programs.

"Our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law ... " Putin said, according to a translation by Russia Today. "You have to get a court permission to stalk a particular person. We don't have a mass system of such interception. And according to our law, it cannot exist.

"Of course, we know that criminals and terrorists use technology for their criminal acts, and special services have to use technical means to respond to their crimes. Of course, we do some efforts like that. But we do not have a mass scale, uncontrollable effort like that. I hope we won't do that."

Putin added that Russia doesn't have the monetary or technical capabilities of U.S. programs.

Snowden's public appearance in Russia will likely add fuel to some U.S. lawmakers' claims that he has more extensive ties with Russia's government than he would like to admit. Mike Rogers, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said last month that Snowden was "supporting, in an odd way," the Russian expansion into Crimea.
34  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: April 17, 2014, 11:03:40 AM
Sorry for the tard post, the point is what type of consumption? chronic? acute? oral, inhalation. I think there is little consequence to an adult using it occasionally like alcohol.

There simply isn't enough information nor can we control for all the nuisance variables in this case. Any drug that has an endogenous receptor that is so intimately tied to brain development could have an impact.

I would argue it's problematic in healthy kids. Does that clarify? then based on the disorder, intractable seizures respond to CBD then no I don't think it's problematic.

The US has a patent on medical marijuana for NEUROPROTECTION. The study is inconclusive and has too many confounders. Chronic and responsible use has different effects as well.

Do you know the effects of drugs on the developing brain? ssri? benzos? far greater impact.

You said you read the study?  This is from the first sentence of the article:

"Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time, according to a new study by Boston researchers."
35  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: April 17, 2014, 11:01:59 AM
Republicans for amnesty.  Shocking. 

Will be interesting to see if she runs.
36  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Bloomberg to donate $50 million to gun control candidates/efforts on: April 17, 2014, 11:00:53 AM
Says the person devoted to following a fairy tale of zombies, invisible men and talking snakes.   Roll Eyes

It's not nice to talk about President Obama like that. 
37  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: WSJ Columnist: Nominate Rand Paul Because GOP Needs 'Another Humbling Landslide on: April 16, 2014, 07:27:44 PM
Not sure what I think about his chances.  He is apparently more viable than his father, but like his father, I'm not sure he has a 50-state appeal of any real depth.
38  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Carson: White House wanted me to apologize for 'offending' Obama on: April 16, 2014, 06:48:16 PM
The book except apparently says the White House wanted him to apologize.  The message was sent through the organizers.  That is exactly how it works.  The president isn't going to pick up the phone and call him.    

Same thing happened a while back when someone had the audacity to write something that was entirely positive about the First Lady.  Someone from the White House (or affiliated with them) contacted the paper.
39  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: The Blue Wall does not exist on: April 16, 2014, 06:19:49 PM
Testilying.  Credit to Alan Dershowitz:

The word testilying and its meaning have been publicized by defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, notably in a 1994 New York Times article, "Accomplices to Perjury," in which he said:

As I read about the disbelief expressed by some prosecutors... I thought of Claude Rains's classic response, in Casablanca on being told there was gambling in Rick's place: "I'm shocked—shocked." For anyone who has practiced criminal law in the state or Federal courts, the disclosures about rampant police perjury cannot possibly come as a surprise. "Testilying"—as the police call it—has long been an open secret among prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges.[3][4]
40  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Rich people rule! on: April 16, 2014, 05:56:34 PM
Money rules.  Always has, always will. 
41  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Tennessee atheists win right to distribute literature after schools give Bibles on: April 16, 2014, 05:56:07 PM
Of course this is not representative of all atheists, but it's funny as heck anyway.   Cheesy

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42  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Carson: White House wanted me to apologize for 'offending' Obama on: April 16, 2014, 01:32:02 PM
Reminds me of this.  He doesn't like being challenged, asked tough questions, etc.  That's why he cherry picks his interviews. 

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43  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: April 16, 2014, 12:52:33 PM
Yes I have read the study, the brain develops into adulthood. This isn't some revelation, many substances have negative effects.

There are also studies highlighting the lack of long term consequences, this study isn't causal also.

So smoking marijuana is "problematic" (your word) up to age 25? 
44  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: April 16, 2014, 12:05:16 PM
Use in children or developing brains is problematic, so is alcohol, it's a moot point.

"Forty Boston-area young adults aged 18 to 25, many from Boston University, were selected for the study."
45  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: April 16, 2014, 11:54:45 AM
Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users
By Kay Lazar  | GLOBE STAFF   APRIL 15, 2014

Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time, according to a new study by Boston researchers.

Other studies have revealed brain changes among heavy marijuana users, but this research is believed to be the first to demonstrate such abnormalities in young, casual smokers.

The Boston scientists also found that the degree of brain changes appeared to be directly related to the amount participants smoked per week.

Researchers did not study whether those changes were linked to corresponding declines in brain function, but lead author Jodi Gilman, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School and a brain scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said such abnormalities in young brains are reason for concern.

“This is when you are making major decisions in your life, when you are choosing a major, starting a career, making long-lasting friendships and relationships,” Gilman said.

The findings, published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, come amid an increased debate about the long-term effects of marijuana, as a growing number of states legalize the drug for medicinal and recreational use.

Forty Boston-area young adults aged 18 to 25, many from Boston University, were selected for the study. Researchers used scans to measure the volume, shape, and density of two regions of the brain — the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala.

Half of the group said they used marijuana at least once a week, and the other 20 had not used the drug in the past year, and reported using it less than five times in their life.

Among the group that did smoke, the median use was about six joints per week.

Scans revealed that the nucleus accumbens was larger in marijuana users, compared with nonusers, and its alteration was directly related to how much the person smoked. The nucleus accumbens is a hub in the brain that is involved with decision making and motivation. Structural changes were also seen in the amygdala, which is involved with emotional behavior.

These changes, Gilman said, may be evidence that the brain is forming new connections that encourage further drug use, “a sort of drug learning process.” The study did not address whether the brain changes are permanent.

The results are similar to animal studies that show when rats are given THC, the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana, their brains also form new connections, indicating an adaptation to the unnatural level of reward and stimulation from marijuana.

Other scientists not involved in the study say its small size makes it hard to extrapolate to the general population. But they also said the findings may help explain what happened to the brains of participants in other marijuana studies that demonstrated behavioral and functional changes, but did not use scans to identify potential brain abnormalities.

“Anything that underscores that there may be structural changes in the brain [from marijuana use] is important,” said Dr. Staci Gruber, an associate psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School and a director of brain imaging at McLean Hospital.

Gruber’s studies of marijuana smokers have focused on those with longer, more chronic use and have found that those who started smoking at earlier ages, while still in their teens, are less able to perform certain reasoning and decision-making tasks, compared with those who started later in life.

Stuart Gitlow, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, said the Mass. General study provides much-needed “hard evidence” of brain changes that appear to match the changes in cognitive skills — thinking and reasoning — that other researchers have demonstrated in marijuana studies.

“We’ve known that people who use marijuana when they’re younger tend to have cognitive abnormalities, but this gives us direct evidence,” he said.

“It’s fairly reasonable to draw the conclusion now that marijuana does alter the structure of the brain, as demonstrated in this study,” Gitlow said, “and that structural alteration is responsible, at least to some degree, for the cognitive changes we have seen in other studies.”

Earlier research has shown different brain changes linked to alcohol or other drug use, such as cocaine.

Dr. Hans Breiter, a coauthor of the Mass. General study, said there are still many unanswered questions about the potential long-term effects of these various chemicals, especially if people use more than one drug. One of his earlier studies, for instance, showed that the amygdala region of the brain shrank with cocaine use, while the new marijuana study suggests an increase.

“Most drug users use more than one drug,” said Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“Cocaine users use opiates, and most marijuana users also drink,” he said.
46  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Carson: White House wanted me to apologize for 'offending' Obama on: April 16, 2014, 11:53:22 AM
Does not surprise me one bit.  Amazing how the most powerful man in the world can be so insecure. 

Carson: White House wanted me to apologize for 'offending' Obama
Published April 15, 2014

Conservative sage Dr. Ben Carson is claiming the White House was offended by his now-famous keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and asked at the time for an apology call to President Obama -- which he didn’t make.

The anecdote is found in Carson’s upcoming book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.”

Carson, who became a conservative sensation after the address, was highly critical of the direction of the country though he never blamed the president, who was sitting just a few feet away.

“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson wrote in the book.

“But within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”

The passage was verified Tuesday by publisher Sentinel, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

Carson, a former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, also suggests in the book he has no plans to run for president in 2016 unless called by God. However, he has placed third in two recent straw polls and is being courted by the well-funded National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
47  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Niners on: April 15, 2014, 12:39:39 PM
I think that mainly has to do with the physicallity differences between the two sports. A young athlete has to have that physical maturity after age 20 to endure the rigors of pro football. But I think the same argument should be made for pro basketball too which supports Barkley's opinion.

I agree.
48  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Niners on: April 15, 2014, 12:24:06 PM
LOL.....Earning millions of dollars will always trump an education. I do agree with your opinion of athletes with degrees not getting in trouble with the law.

An interesting parallel is the NBA. Charles Barkley's opinion is that college basketball players should stay at least 3 years, if not try to attain their degree. No more high school players jumping straight to the pro level or no more one and done college players. He thinks the quality of the NBA games would be much better because the rookies coming in would have a much more defined skill set to their game and would be more physically mature. I agree with this.

Unfortunately, this will never happen either. The only NBA player with a four year degree that I can think of that is a true superstar(or at least used to be) is Tim Duncan. He's 38 years old and a 17 year veteran. What does that tell you? lol

There are others in the NBA with degrees, but they are not necessarily superstars:  Grant Hill (recently retired), Derek Fisher, Shane Battier, J.J. Reddick, etc.  What you typically find is the same kind of person.  Unlikely to see those guys at a night club at 3 a.m. with a loaded weapon in their pocket. 

I agree with Barkely too.  They do it in the NFL (must be three years out of high school).  Don't see why they cannot do it in the NBA. 

But I doubt anything changes. 
49  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Niners on: April 15, 2014, 11:58:09 AM
I guess this isn't as a bad as the first headline, but what the heck are they doing in a hotel room at midnight with one drunk/high naked female on the bed??  Idiots. 

And this cuts directly against what I just said about college degrees, because Kaepernick graduated from Nevada.   Undecided

Report: Lockette called 911 after woman refused to leave apartment
Posted on April 14, 2014
by Eric Branch   

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette made a 911 call at 12:03 a.m. on April 2 after arguing with the unnamed 25-year-old woman at the center of a Miami police investigation that also involves 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Quinton Patton, Andy Slater of 940-AM in Miami reported today.

According to a Miami police incident search report, Lockette called from the Viceroy Hotel after the woman, who was lying naked on Kaepernick’s bed, refused to leave. In response, a Crisis Intervention Team was summoned to Apt. 4710. The woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by the Miami fire department.

According to the program’s web site, Florida’s CIT is a “police response program designed for first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness including those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders.”

In a Miami police incident report taken on April 3, the woman says she blacked out after drinking shots and smoking marijuana in the players’ company and woke up in a hospital bed. The woman said she blacked out when she was naked on a bed, where she had been with Kaepernick. She said they did not have sex, but had done so in the past. The woman was reportedly given a rape test at the hospital.

On Friday, Kaepernick, on Twitter, blasted an initial report that claimed he was being investigated for sexual assault.

“The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I’ve seen are completely wrong,” Kaepernick said. “They make things up about me that never happened. I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up …. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.”

The players have not been charged with crimes. The investigation is being conducted by the Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, which investigates sexual battery and other serious crimes.

Today, a Miami police spokesman said he had no update on the investigation.


Charges are “not likely” to be filed today against 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith after he allegedly made a false bomb threat at Los International Airport, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said. It’s possible, of course, that charges will be filed later this week.

Smith is already scheduled to appear in Santa Clara Superior Court on April 29 regarding a DUI arrest and three felony weapons charges stemming from last year.
50  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Niners on: April 15, 2014, 11:55:18 AM
The thing about the life training is that these atheltes, especially the rookies, do receive life training at these rookie symposiums. Whether it's financial advice or advice from police officers reagrding the law, the guys do get exposed to these realities from the very start. It's up to them as to whether or not they want to heed these advices or think they are above all that. There is a % of the world population that are just plain stupid knuckleheads and always find themselves in trouble. A small number of pro athletes can and will fall under that %. These are young men who are about to earn millions of dollars and have no idea how to mentally prepare for that.

What ever happened to being just plain stupid or crazy? Enough with the excuses for his behavior or any other knucklehead.

A few hours in a meeting will not compensate for a failure to provide a kid with proper training during his formative years.  It's too late already. 

My pie in the sky solution is to make a college degree a prerequisite to playing major professional sports.  Will never happen, but it would prevent a lot of this stuff IMO.  Look at the knuckleheads in professional sports.  How many of them have college degrees?  I've never looked at the percentages, but I'd be willing to bet the overwhelming majority of professional athletes who actually finished school rarely show up on the police blotter.   
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