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November 28, 2023

Panthers fire Frank Reich after 1-10 start to first season in Carolina


Frank Reich's tenure in Carolina lasted just 11 games.

The Panthers fired the head coach on Monday after a 1-10 start to the 2023 season, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported, per sources informed of the situation.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor takes over as the interim head coach, per Rapoport.

The club later confirmed the move, announcing senior assistant Jim Caldwell will be a special advisor to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, who will resume play-calling.

"I met with Coach Reich this morning and informed him that he will not continue as head coach of the Carolina Panthers," owner David Tepper said in a statement on Monday. "I want to thank Frank for his dedication and service, and we wish him well. Effective immediately, Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor will serve as our interim head coach. Senior Assistant Jim Caldwell will be a special advisor to Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown, who will take over play calling duties."

November 26, 2023

For years, Netanyahu propped up Hamas. Now it's blown up in our faces

(Please note: The Times Of Israel is a valid and responsible media outlet. I was urged to post this piece by an Admin himself after a similar post from a less reliable source was flagged and removed -thank you)


For years, Netanyahu propped up Hamas. Now it’s blown up in our faces

By Tal Schneider 8 October 2023, 3:58 pm

For years, the various governments led by Benjamin Netanyahu took an approach that divided power between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank — bringing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to his knees while making moves that propped up the Hamas terror group.
The idea was to prevent Abbas — or anyone else in the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank government — from advancing toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Thus, amid this bid to impair Abbas, Hamas was upgraded from a mere terror group to an organization with which Israel held indirect negotiations via Egypt, and one that was allowed to receive infusions of cash from abroad.

Hamas was also included in discussions about increasing the number of work permits Israel granted to Gazan laborers, which kept money flowing into Gaza, meaning food for families and the ability to purchase basic products.

Israeli officials said these permits, which allow Gazan laborers to earn higher salaries than they would in the enclave, were a powerful tool to help preserve calm.

Most of the time, Israeli policy was to treat the Palestinian Authority as a burden and Hamas as an asset. Far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich, now the finance minister in the hardline government and leader of the Religious Zionism party, said so himself in 2015.



Much, much more at the link, really interesting.
November 19, 2023

POLL: Has the Israeli gov't response (as of 11/19) to the 10/7 Hamas terrorist attack been Fair & Measured,

Too strong of a response or Not strong enough of a response?

This poll is written to gather honest, unbiased with no 'gray area' responses.

Admins - This war / conflict has reached international proportions and cannot be constrained to the Israel / Palestine forum only.

November 19, 2023

POLL: The Israeli gov't response to the 10/7 Hamas terrorist attack has been fair and measured,

too strong of a response or not strong enough.

November 15, 2023

11 million people in South Florida face flash flood dangers


Careful out there!

A flood watch is in effect as excessive rainfall will bring totals up to 16 inches in southeastern Florida into Thursday. The intense rainfall rates could cause “highly impactful urban flash flooding.”

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

A flood watch is in effect for southeastern Florida as downpours have already unleashed heavy rain across the zone from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, triggering rapid urban flooding.

AccuWeather meteorologists warned on Tuesday that 11 million people in southeastern Florida would be at risk for flash flood dangers into Thursday, with excessive rainfall most likely Wednesday into Wednesday night.

The atmosphere wasted no time commencing the downpours. The corridor from Miami to Fort Lauderdale picked up 2-6 inches of rain Tuesday evening. More significant rainfall will persist into Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the region, adding that there is a “highly impactful urban flash flooding” threat. Ponding of water on highways is likely, especially in areas that drain poorly, AccuWeather meteorologists say.

November 15, 2023

Musical Saw, Austin Blackburn plays 'Ave Maria'

Other saw links

November 14, 2023

The Interrupters - "In The Mirror" Ska !!


November 14, 2023

Sly And The Family Stone "I Want To Take You Higher" on The Ed Sullivan Show



Kinf of a mash-up arranged song.

November 14, 2023

Bills firing of O.C. Dorsey after loss is just stupid. Teams rarely better themselves.

Sitting at 5-5, the Bills' offense has been inconsistent, unable to move the ball for stretches, lacking a reliable ground attack and struggling mightily with turnovers. Too often this season, the Bills' offense looked like an amalgam of plays rather than a cogent plan.

Buffalo's struggles have mostly come due to costly turnovers. The Bills turned the ball over four times (two INTs, two fumbles lost) on Monday night, with three pinned on quarterback Josh Allen. It marked the second game this season for Buffalo with four-plus giveaways. The Bills have 18 turnovers on the season, tied for the second-most in the NFL.

Ultimately, Dorsey, who earned a head-coaching interview during the last cycle in Carolina, took the fall for the struggles. But will the change be enough for a disappointing Buffalo club with a tough schedule down the stretch?

The Bills move forward with Joe Brady as the play-caller for the season's final seven games. The 34-year-old saw his star rise in 2019 as the passing game coordinator for LSU during their run with Joe Burrow to the College Football Playoff national championship. In 2020, he was hired by the Carolina Panthers as offensive coordinator under Matt Rhule. In two seasons in Carolina, the Panthers' offense barely got off the ground, ranking 21st and 24th in yards and points, respectively, in 2020 and 30th and 29th in 2021.

Monday night's loss signaled panic in Western New York, as Buffalo dropped to 10th in the AFC. McDermott moved to fire Dorsey hours later, looking for a spark to jumpstart a meandering Bills club.
November 8, 2023

Question: is The Times Of Israel a fair news source? Meaning, not a Right Wing news source?

Question: is The Times Of Israel a fair news source? Meaning, not a Right Wing news source?

The Times Of Israel. https://www.timesofisrael.com/

A fair news source?

The Times of Israel is an Israeli multi-language online newspaper that was launched in 2012. It was co-founded by Israeli journalist David Horovitz, who is also the founding editor, and American billionaire investor Seth Klarman.[1] Based in Jerusalem, it "documents developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world."[2] Along with its original English site, The Times of Israel publishes in Hebrew (via its own edition, Zman Yisrael), Arabic, French, and Persian. In addition to publishing news reports and analysis, the website hosts a multi-author blog platform.[3]

In February 2014, two years after its launch, The Times of Israel claimed a readership of two million.[4] In 2017, readership increased to 3.5 million unique monthly users.[5] By 2021, the paper had on average over nine million unique users each month and over 35 million monthly page views, while the paper's blog platform had 9,000 active bloggers.[6][7]

The Times of Israel was launched in February 2012. Its co-founders are journalist David Horovitz,[8][9] and American billionaire Seth Klarman, founder of the Baupost Group and chairman of The David Project. Klarman is the chairman of the website.[10]

Several Times of Israel editors had previously worked for the Haaretz English edition, including Joshua Davidovich and Raphael Ahren, and former Haaretz Arab affairs correspondent Avi Issacharoff – co-creator of the popular Israeli television series Fauda – joined as its Middle East analyst.[11] Amanda Borschel-Dan, who was the Magazine Editor of The Jerusalem Post, is currently The Times of Israel's Deputy Editor, responsible for the Jewish world and archaeology. She also hosts the paper's weekly podcast.

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