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Dark Wizard

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  1. I love a good Hawaiian pizza, it is my go to. The sweet pineapples go well with the salty bacon and ham, and throw a couple banana peppers on there for good measure to add some tangy spice and you have a perfect pizza. It's not for everybody, but pineapple is a widely accepted pizza topping, as it should be. 

  2. Tomorrow morning, while all of you are getting ready to go to church, go to work, or preparing for Easter dinner, I will be crying. 10 years ago, tragedy of an unthinkable proportion struck Virginia Tech. My home, my community, my everything. 32 students and staff were heartlessly gunned down in West Ambler Johnston Hall and Norris Hall. Just today, I walked past Norris Hall with my best friend, we looked over and tried to picture that morning. The loss of innocent life, the horror. Those victims were me, they were in my major, they shared common interests, they ate in the same dining halls and lived in the same dorms. 


    I ask that tomorrow you take a moment to remember, and to never forget how special our lives and the lives of those around us are. 


    For those that are not familiar with what happened, or wish to have a better understanding, I would suggest reading this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/16/AR2007041600533.html


    I will leave you with this from First Lady Michelle Obama. Many of you might only know of Virginia Tech as the place were the largest school mass shooting (at the time) took place, but I urge you not to. 



    "But the truth is, graduates, there will always be folks who make assumptions about you based on superficial things like where you’re from, or what you’re wearing, or how you look. There will always be folks who judge you based on just one thing that you say or do; folks who define you based on one isolated incident. And here at Virginia Tech, I know you all know a thing or two about what that’s like. 

    But you also know that in the end, people can only define you if you let them.  In the end, it’s up to each of us to define ourselves. It’s up to each of us to invent our own future with the choices we make and the actions we take. That’s why Norris Hall is now the home of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, and West Ambler Johnston Hall will soon be reopened as a new residential college. That is why this year, on April 16th, you started attending class again, choosing to honor their lives by moving forward with your own.
    And that is why, when you all are out there in the world and you meet someone and you tell them that you’re from Virginia Tech, and they say, “Huh, isn’t that the school where” -- I want you to interrupt them right there and say, “Yes, it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the country."  That’s what you tell them. You tell them, "Yes, it is the school where students are passionate about serving their country and supporting each other. And by the way, which also has the best campus food you’ll ever eat."  Who can say that?
    You tell them, “Yes, it’s the school where we produce graduates who are leaders in their industries, and pillars of their communities, and who carry their Hokie pride with them every day for the rest of their lives."  You say, “Yes, that is the school I attend.  That is Virginia Tech.”


  3. I am not a fan of the action, not just the rollout, but the action itself. With that said, I think Trump was within his right to do it based on the law. I don't see it as a "Muslim Ban" though I do find it troubling that Christian minorities get preferential treatment (though I am not personally sure on the constitutionality of it). I think my personal problem with the Executive Action lies in the fact that the President (any President, not just Trump) has the wide sweeping authority to essentially dictate government policy. One of my current reading interests in Patrick Henry, and he hit the nail on the head with his critique of the Presidency as it is enumerated in the Constitution. His argument is he would rather have a King because kings have defined limits on their powers in a Constitution, but the President seemingly does not. He asserts that the framers assumed benevolence in the Executive Branch, and while it might work well in times of benevolence, when people who are self interested ascend to the office it could get messy. 

  4. Yeah I'm glad that everybody died in the end, that was the fitting end. It was very slow in the beginning, but I am still in awe of the storyline. I mean we all just kinda dismissed how they got the Death Star plans in IV, at least I did. Brilliant, simply brilliant. 


    And I agree, VII seemed unimaginative. 


    Plus the popular vote doesn't matter if Hillary wins the right states.

    Democracy in action


    Don't get me wrong, I agree with you, but its a matter of fact. I don't think anybody looks back upon George Bush as an illegitimate  President, but he did lose the popular vote in 2000. It is simply a function of our Republic. 

  6. Some of the most accurate polls in recent history have trump up nationally.


    With that said, I don't know how you can discredit the vast number of polls saying otherwise. Plus the popular vote doesn't matter if Hillary wins the right states. 

  7. The majority of debate viewers already are solid for one candidate or another though, so it is hard to tell what will happen in regards to this. The media took it and ran, but does every American know the ramifications of such a statement? Who knows :P

  8. I actually think Trump did very well in the debate up to the point where he refused to say that he would support the outcome of the election. No matter who you vote for, the fundamental underpinnings of a Democracy is peaceful transition of power, and Trump seems to be ready and willing to support a transition that is not peaceful in the case that he loses. 


    My thought is, if Al Gore can concede, Donald Trump has no basis to claim the election outcome was not fair. 


    The man is like a gold fish, and losses his train of thought then instead of gathering himself just spouts out more nonsense that was in no way related to the original nonsense he was spewing. 


    I have to agree with you there, he never stays on topic and doesn't answer the questions. Though I didn't support Trump from the start, I rather him over Hillary. Gary over both of them, but I feel like he dug himself a hole with the whole Aleppo situation, and being unable to name a foreign leader.


    I'm not going to defend him on that one, but I will say that he owned up and accepted the fact that he didn't know. That is what advisors are for imo. He has a vision of foreign policy and he will surround himself with knowledgeable people who can help him fulfill that vision. I feel as if Trump doesn't have a vision beyond "Make America Great Again."

  10. I could not disagree with you more. I thought he was erratic and un-presidential. While this doesn't mean that Hillary was Presidential, she was just a better grade of lousy when compared to Trump. Trump ranted and raved across the stage about everything, spitting baseless claims and brining in things at random points. The man is like a gold fish, and losses his train of thought then instead of gathering himself just spouts out more nonsense that was in no way related to the original nonsense he was spewing. 


    Overall I was disgusted that the moderators tolerated and promoted this kind of debate. This was a town hall debate with people supposed to be asking the questions. All around I thought it was awful. Our Presidential candidates are awful, the news media is awful, and social media is awful. 


    I remember looking at the 2012 debates between Obama and Romney and thinking that politics had hit its lowest point, then last night all I heard was about grabbing female genitals and erasing emails. This isn't politics anymore, its entertainment. 

  11. Arizona @ San Francisco Correct

    New England @ Cleveland Correct

    Philadelphia @ Detroit Incorrect

    Chicago @ Indianapolis Correct

    Tennessee @ Miami Incorrect

    Washington @ Baltimore Incorrect

    Houston @ Minnesota Correct

    New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Correct

    Falcons @ Denver Correct

    Cincinnati @ Dallas Incorrect

    Buffalo @ Los Angeles Correct

    San Diego @ Oakland Correct

    New York Giants @ Green Bay Correct 

    Tampa Bay @ Carolina

  12. Week 1 Results:



    Week 2 Results:



    Week 3 Results:



    Overall Results: 25-23 (52%)


    Week 4 Predictions:

    Miami @ Cincinnati Correct

    Indianapolis @ Jacksonville Incorrect

    Tennessee @ Houston Incorrect

    Cleveland @ Washington Incorrect

    Seattle @ New York Jets Correct

    Buffalo @ New England Incorrect

    Carolina @ Atlanta Incorrect

    Oakland @ Baltimore Incorrect

    Detroit @ Chicago Incorrect

    Denver @ Tampa Bay Correct

    Los Angeles @ Arizona Incorrect

    New Orleans @ San Diego Correct

    Dallas @ San Francisco Correct

    Kansas City @ Pittsburgh Incorrect


    New York Giants @ Minnesota