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Not surprised Obama is helping the Yazidi - Bayou Sam
They worship Satan: [quote]Yazidi accounts of creation differ from that of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They believe that God first created Tawûsê Melek from his own illumination (Ronahî) and the other six archangels were created later. God ordered Tawûsê Melek not to bow to other beings. The...


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Calvin Coolidge made ~70% more executive orders - Bayou Sam
than Barack Obama. Calvin fricking Coolidge. Just saying. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php...


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The myth of the Caliphate - Bayou Sam
Nice article in Al-Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/07/myth-caliphate-islamic-state-20147912425476113.html [quote]Caliph or Khalifa in Arabic, is used in Islamic tradition to connote theological successors to prophets. According to Sunni Muslims, the prophet of Islam had fou...


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Review of N. Wade's book on race - Bayou Sam
[link=(http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/05/troublesome_inheritance_critique_nicholas_wade_s_dated_assumptions_about.single.html)]This[/link] is a review of the book Charles Murray famously (in some circles) and notoriously (in others) reviewed in the WSJ. The author is a...


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Cajun dude on npr - Bayou Sam
Did anyone else just hear that old bruh named Beau (or Bo) Broussard on NPR say that he didn't vote for Obama in 2008 and won't vote for Mary Landrieu because "he don't vote for black people, lady. I was raised that they have their place and I have mine"?? Yikes!...


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Moses Farrow: of course Allen did not rape my sister - Bayou Sam
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/02/05/moses_farrow_people_magazine_dylan_farrow_s_brother_says_of_course_woody.html [quote] ... Moses Farrow is speaking out to defend Allen—and accuse their mother, Mia Farrow, of poisoning the children against their father. "My mother drummed i...


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Ben Tate or Andre Brown? - Bayou Sam
Non-ppr. Brown at Seahawks, Tate at Colts. Not sure if I can trust Tate but the match-ups are clear....


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Trade thoughts redux? - Bayou Sam
nm ...


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Brandon Marshall trade - Bayou Sam
I'm going to propose trading Marshall to this guy in my league who has three top running backs and is struggling a bit at WR. The RB position for me has been a total disaster--T-rich, David Wilson, Lamar Miller, L Bell. So he has Reggie Bush, McCoy, and Forte. What would be your ranking on these?...


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Classical music fans: schoenberg? - Bayou Sam
Anyone have any particular recommendations for recordings of Schoenberg? ...


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Edelman or tavon austin? WR3? - Bayou Sam
Who would you start? Thinking Dal-STL will be a blowout, and TB's attention will be all one Edelman without Gronk. ...


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dropping bryce brown - Bayou Sam
Is it to dangerous to drop Bryce Brown at this point, for say Pierce or Fred Jackson? My league has this weird rule that you can only roster four RBs. Yes, it's dumb. ...


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New Pew poll: Muslim opinion on extremists - Bayou Sam
[img]http://www.pewglobal.org/files/2013/09/EXTREM14.png[/img] [img]http://www.pewglobal.org/files/2013/09/EXTREM13.png[/img] Another interesting fact: 40% of Lebanese Christians hold a favorable view of Hezbollah. 6% of Sunni Muslims hold a similar view (no surprise there). Christia...


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ESPN draft problem - Bayou Sam
Does anyone know how to fix keepers in an ESPN-hosted draft? My commish can't figure it out, and I have no way of doing it myself, so I was wondering if anyone could give me a step-by-step that I could forward to him. TIA....


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Why do men keep putting me in the girlfriend-zone? - Bayou Sam
nice reversal: http://literaryreference.tumblr.com/post/50677204942/why-do-men-keep-putting-me-in-the-girlfriend-zone [quote]You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts....


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More CO2 in atmosphere now than in last 3 million years - Bayou Sam
http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/greenhouse-gas-record-130506.htm [quote]The proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is set to break 400 parts per million this month, levels not seen in 3 million years, according to one of the best climate records available.[/quote] [quote...


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Chomsky-Foucault debate now online - Bayou Sam
in full. I know Chomsky usually attracts some attention in threads so I thought this might be interesting to some of you: http://roarmag.org/2013/05/chomsky-foucault-debate-full-video-subtitles/ Personally I don't think either "wins." ...


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Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas) on Jindal's creationist bill and witchcraft - Bayou Sam
[quote] Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could "lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cul...


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90 % debt threshold based on excel error? - Bayou Sam
http://www.businessinsider.com/thomas-herndon-michael-ash-and-robert-pollin-on-reinhart-and-rogoff-2013-4 Sorry on mobile andcant chat but this is too funny This is important for austerity arguments. Bad week for the tin foil hat crowd...first gold now this....


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Did anyone see Holy Motors? - Bayou Sam
I thought it was good fun and thought-provoking, although it's the kind of movie that I'm sure attracts a lot of hatred....


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Abortion in France - Bayou Sam
I know people for some unaccountable reason think it's evil to compare US policy and law to other nations, but French abortion law seems eminently sensible to me (and, interesting, it's quite similar, though not as strict, to the new Arkansas abortion law--in fact the latter is what made me think of...


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Great samurai movies? - Bayou Sam
I'm looking for new recommendations. Here's my list: Seven Samurai Throne of Blood Yojimbo Sanjuro Hidden Fortress Ran Kegemusha Rashomon Harakiri Sword of Doom Kill! The 47 Ronin Obviously stuffed with Kurosawa. But what am I missing?...


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Worst recovery in a century - Bayou Sam
And with a deficit hawk at the helm, no less: [quote]Britain could be on course for its third recession in four years after the economy shrank 0.3% in the last three months of 2012. The figures were worse than expected and could put pressure on the government to consider a "plan B" that would ...


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Runner's knee - Bayou Sam
Any advice on what to do about this? Happened about a week and a half ago. Knee is stiff and cracking, and I'm worried about damaging it further. But I don't want to get fat. ...


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Are Republicans the true Marxists? - Bayou Sam
http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/11/16/are-republicans-the-true-marxists/ [quote]Good grief. In a phone call to donors, Mitt Romney explained his defeat by referring to the “free stuff” that Democrats give their constituencies. He said that Obama’s strategy was to “give them ex...


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The Obama phone - Bayou Sam
A program started by Reagan, its current incarnation was established by G W Bush in 2008. [link=(http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/cellphone.asp)]Snopes[/link]...


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Obama's favorite books vs Romney - Bayou Sam
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9656454/US-election-2012-Obama-vs-Romney-battle-of-the-books.html Obama 1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 2. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 3. William Shakespeare’s Tragedies 4. Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch 5. Gilead by Marilynne Robin...


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Elections aren't magical; pollsters aren't liberal wizards - Bayou Sam
2008 and 2012 results mirror-images in Louisiana: Romney--1,149,054 Obama--781,733 McCain--1,148,275 Obama--782,989 The level of one's disgust, hatred, paranoia, obsession, and whatever with the president has no objective correlative with the number of votes cast. The pollsters were rig...


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Romney would've been a decent president - Bayou Sam
Seriously though, good fight. Your delusions were pathetic. JC and the rest, hopefully you will go down as the incredible hacks you always were, but for the other, more noble libertarians and republicans who are somewhat sensible, let's hope Obama doesn't go partisan hack this time around and actual...


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D+ sampling: my non-scientific hypothesis / hunch - Bayou Sam
My first assumption is that polling organization should just poll people, and not adjust their polls post-poll to reflect what they think "should be" the correct party distribution. This seems obvious to me. Ok, now why more democrats than republicans? Given how many conservatives became disg...


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