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  • Oh, Those Magical Royals

    Author Administrator

    It's that time of year again. Yes, the time where words like "pitching" and "hitting" get replaced with phrases like "they've got that magic" and "fairy dust". Last night at as I was watching the Royals cash in on that "magic" and finish off their sweep of the Angels I saw a sign in the stands that read "We have always believed. Now everyone else does." Cute sign. Realistic? No. After all, it was just a month ago that Royals Manager Ned Yost ripped into the Royals fans for not showing up to games. In fact, the Royals ranked 25th in the league in attendance this year. So no, you haven't always believed, Royals fans, and I don't believe now either. Magic and fairies can be fun. This is baseball.

  • How Donald Sterling Will Beat The NBA

    Author Administrator

    First off, to be clear I am not a lawyer. I am an over the road truck driver. While this may make you want to be quick to dismiss my observations here, hear me out first. If at the end of the article you still want to dismiss me, feel free. If, however, this article leaves you thinking that I make some valid points, come back and read this first paragraph again. A truck driver, not a lawyer, came up with this. Donald Sterling will be represented by lawyers, not truckers. I'm willing to bet that they can do at least as good a job making a case for him as I am doing right here, and I would even go so far as to suggest that they might do better. Hard to imagine, I know, but it is possible.

  • NBA and Race Relations

    Author Administrator

    The verdict is in. Donald Sterling is banned from life from the NBA. He cannot run his team nor attend his (or any other NBA) games or any NBA meetings. Furthermore, new Commissioner Adam Silver has announced that the league owners will be meeting to vote on taking the Clippers away from Sterling. He also claims to have talked to a few of the owners and claims that he has the votes. Wait a second... I thought this guy was supposed to be a genius lawyer. Way to plead guilty to collusion before the deal is even done and open the door to the Sterling antitrust lawsuit that will allow him to keep his team. But I digress.

  • Donald Sterling is a racist, but...

    Author Steve Parry

    Yes, this is the topic of conversation for the day. Did you hear what Donald Sterling said to his girlfriend? He should lose his team. All over sports talk radio, and even into the mainstream sources, this is all I hear. What's my opinion on it? Sports talk show hosts are idiots. That's my opinion on the matter. I say this for two reasons. 1, these are guys whose very living depends on their ability to exercise free speech, yet they want a man to lose his livelihood for expressing an unpopular and undesirable opinion. Catch the irony here? But that aside, there is a much larger issue at hand. To be specific, I am speaking here to Evan Cohen, Steve Phillips, Dan Patrick, and Adam Schein. Would any of you hosts care to swim up from the bottom and deal with the real issue at hand here?

  • JFK Conspiracy Theories

    JFK Conspiracy Theories

    Author Administrator

    Two conspiracy theorists die and go to heaven. St. Peter tells them that Heaven is a place of all knowledge, so they can each ask him one question and he will reveal the answer to them. The first one says "Who killed John F. Kennedy?" St. Peter says "Lee Harvey Oswald." The other says "Who was he working with?" St. Peter says "He acted alone." The two of them look at each other and say "Wow! The coverup is bigger than we thought!" But seriously, what keeps this stuff going? Some would say the evidence. Other would say mental illness. I myself am unsure, and I have a hard time really focusing on this one as I didn't live through it. This article is pretty much a starting point for me and a note to self. Steve, debunk this one.

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If Not Now, Whom?

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Republicans Vs DemocratsAs the Federal Government nears a potential shutdown, many members of the media wish to focus on which party will get the blame from the American people. The politicians seem to be all ready to cater to this wish by pointing fingers back and forth across the aisle. Once again, in typical bottom feeder fashion, the disease is overlooked in an attempt to cure the symptoms. Public opinion is important to the politicians, and public attention is the goal of the media, leaving the few of us who care about what is actually happening to dissect the story and work our way to the bottom. The right says the budget should have been passed last year. The left says the Republicans are trying to use the budget to score political points. Which side is right? Both. Here is how President Obama put it today.

 

"It would be inexcusable of us to not be able to take care of last year's business ... when we are this close, simply because of politics,"

Now let's face it. I am clearly on the right, and I should probably stomp my foot and feign righteous indignation at the Presidents assertion that my side is trying to score political points out of this budget deal. I'll spare you (and myself) the indignity. We are trying to score political points. We are trying to de-fund public broadcasting, planned parenthood, and a host of other left wing pet projects. Yes, that would be a political score for us.

On the other side, yes the budget should have been passed last October. Yet to pretend that the point is that the Democrat controlled House, Senate, and White House were derelict in their duty is to miss the point. The real point is why did they not pass a budget last year. Politico reported on this a year ago and said the following.

Indeed, some Democratic insiders suspect that leaders will skip the budget process altogether this year — a way to avoid the political unpleasantness of voting on spending, deficits and taxes in an election year — or simply go through a few of the motions, without any real effort to complete the work.

Republicans responded then with a letter to then Speaker Pelosi, urging her to put forth a budget proposal. I quote from that letter here.

While we may disagree on a number of issues, one issue we can all agree on is that our nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is unsustainable. The gap between revenues and expenditures, already large by historical standards, is only going to become larger over time. The longer Congress waits to deal with this fiscal imbalance, the more difficult the choices become to solve this problem. The time to start making decisions about our long term deficit is not some time in the distant future, but now.

The purpose of the Congressional budget is to create enforceable parameters within which Congress can consider legislation dealing with spending and revenue. In the absence of a budget, there would be virtually no procedural enforcement mechanism to constrain spending in either the House or the Senate. Especially in an election year, this would be an open invitation for Congress to increase spending to unprecedented levels.

In the current environment, prudent fiscal discipline is more important than ever. As we have seen in countries such as Greece, failure to adopt sensible spending restraint can have catastrophic implications.

Now, let's look at this realistically. At the time Republicans stood to gain big in the House and the Senate in the upcoming elections. Was it playing politics to ask the Democrats to pass a budget before they increased their power? Of course it was. If the Democrats had forced their members to vote through an unpopular budget in October, it would further increase Republican gains in November. The Democrats, well aware of that, decided to focus on "whom" as opposed to "when". Is the headline making sense yet?

This was a calculated political decision by the Democrats to try to protect their ranks, and the budget was thereby passed off to after the elections. Yet they still had a chance to pass this budget after the votes were cast. Having lost part of their majority in the Senate and all of it in the House, they once again sacrificed the budget to their political whims. Knowing that controversial issues that score points with their base (like repealing DADT and passing the DREAM Act) would be hard to have addressed in their newly shaped political future, they focused on these issues rather than the budget in the closing days of their majority session.

Now today, President Obama comes out and accuses the right of playing games and trying to score political points, and I'm supposed to shy away from that charge and give in to his demands? You had better think again. The Democrats already got their political payoff from the games they played with the budget, and now we are supposed to pass on ours?

Mr President, why don't you stop acting like a spoiled child and man up? You got to play your political games with the budget last fall, now it's our turn. If you don't like how your hand played out, that is not mine nor the elected Republicans problem. You can go throw your little temper tantrum in a secluded room of the White House if you like, but when the lights go out you are lying in the bed that you made. Quit crying to the American people like we are some kind of push-over mommy who will make the neighbor kid play nice. It was a bitter pill when we swallowed it, but we did. Now it's your turn. Enjoy!

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