SPENDING YOUR RETIREMENT FUNDS…

Posted by Bill (not IB) | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 | Sports | 44 Comments

OK, sports fans – you tell me:

“Are Vikings-Packers tickets worth $411 apiece?”

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune has an article to help you determine how much you should spend on sports tickets. Nowhere does it address the issue of affordability; instead, it focuses on such things as:

“The key advice to fans from Chris Leyden, an analyst at ticket reseller SeatGeek.com, is to be patient, because ticket prices drop for 90 percent of sporting events as the game approaches.

That was the case for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2014, the highest-priced ticket in recent Minnesota history. The average listing price a month before the game that July was $842 for a ticket. That dropped to $531 the day before the game.”

What a bargain – going from 116 times the Federal minimum wage ($7.25) to a mere 73 times the minimum wage. Can you see all the Wal-Mart workers lining up to take advantage of such a “falling price”?

“What typically happens is that as we get closer to the game and sellers get nervous that they might not sell their tickets, they tend to lower the prices to make sure the ticket sells, since they would prefer something over nothing,”he said.

Right. Selling tickets for a mere 200-300% markup is a poor business model; if you can’t get 5 times the face value, you’re taking a massive loss. Just because there is literally nowhere else for fans to turn to if they want tickets provides carte blanche to stiff them for not exorbitant, not extravagent, but unconscionable prices.

Just once, I’d like to see a major media outlet take the time to fully document the cost of attending a major-league football game. The tickets, service fees, parking, programs, refreshments, etc. – all the costs, both obvious and hidden.

And then match that up against the incomes of various middle-class occupations – plumber, auto mechanic, dental technician, …

How many just plain “ordinary people” can ever hope to afford going to a football game without making it a “lifetime experience” – saving for years, and having just a single opportunity?

When various communities vote to build new ultra-mega-hyper-arenas for sports teams, does ANYONE ever take the time to determine how many of the residents affected will have a chance of attending a game without taking out a second mortgage, cashing in their IRA, or getting a payday loan?

I really don’t understand. To me, the prices being charged are so far above reality that I can’t conceive of anyone paying them. Yet games are sold out all the time, and there are waiting lists for season tickets.

Who are the people buying these tickets? Where does the money come from? How do they justify the expense involved in about 4 hours of “entertainment”; and if your team of choice craters and fails to so much as score a single point, can you really say you’ve been “entertained”?

I used to go and stand along the edge of the fairway at a local golf course and watch the players. There were folks of all calibers; duffers, decent amateurs, real players, and pros. Cost: $0.00 In fact, by shagging lost balls you could make some money while you were at it.

Is there any way to watch a pro football game for nothing at the arena? You can’t even enter a parking lot for free, much less get inside the ultra-mega-hyper-arena. And can you imagine if you tried to shag footballs kicked out-of-bounds?

Finish the following sentence: “If there is justice and fairness in this world, owners of pro football teams will have to . . .”


GOD AND MAMMON

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 117 Comments

John EllisEveryone is well aware that just because a person hates The Ego doesn’t mean that he or she would dry hump Lady Macbeth at his or her first opportunity:

Most of my #NeverTrump cohorts roll their eyes at the fallacious harangues from Trumpkins claiming that not voting for their guy is a vote for Hillary. That assertion demonstrates either a desperation similar to that of rats on a sinking ship or a lack of understanding of formal logic and situational ethics. But, I’m not here to excoriate Trumpkins, because some of them do make a good point.

Frequently reviling one candidate creates the risk of appearing to favor the other candidate (although, to be fair, my entire opening paragraph of this #NeverTrump article is anti-Hillary).  I do understand the desire for those of us in the #NeverTrump crowd to produce more #NeverHillary articles. I mean, if one of the awful candidates is going to be dogpiled, it’s only fair that the other awful candidate gets rhetorically squashed, too.

With that acknowledgment, let the record show that I am as solidly #NeverHillary as I am #NeverTrump. Like Trump, there are too many reasons why I do not want Hillary as POTUS to name, much less detail, in one article.

Except that this year, that principle doesn’t apply.

Let me see if I can explain this to you, Dumbass, er, John.  There are two, AND ONLY two, candidates who can be elected to the US presidency this year.  One of them is Donald Trump.  The other one’s Hillary Clinton.

There are no other possibilities.

None.

I don’t know how old you are, John, but I suspect that you’re pretty young.  Because more often than not, most US presidential choices are and have always been between Bad and Less Bad.

Like 2012, for example.

So go ahead and “vote your conscience,” big dog.  Just as long as you realize your vote helped elect a woman hell-bent on the destruction of the American republic.

But vote for or write in whoever the hell you want because that’s what’s truly important.

That you can sleep at night.

 


IF TWITTER HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING,…

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Stupid People | 5 Comments

…it’s taught us to NOT immediately utter whatever dumbass thought pops into our heads.

Or it should have, anyway.  Eyes to see, ears to hear and all that.


REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 7th, 2016 | Pro-Life | 36 Comments

“Pro-life, Catholic Democrats.”  We hardly knew ye:

Observers of the abortion debate may feel a little whiplash watching the roll out of Tim Kaine’s vice presidential nomination. His position on abortion has changed over the years, and multiple times just over the last few days. He was for the Hyde Amendment before he was against it, but as of Friday morning, he was claiming to be in favor of it again. He is trying to square a circle in his attempts to line up his supposedly “traditional Catholic view” on the issue with Hillary Clinton’s position of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. Perhaps the impossibility of reconciling the two is what accounts for Mr. Kaine’s flip-flops during the past week.

Running for governor 11 years ago, Mr. Kaine invoked his faith in opposition to abortion, supported pro-life laws and promoted adoption as an alternative to abortion. In 2008 he said, “I’ve supported restrictions on abortion, not all on the left have appreciated it, but I think it has been important to do that because there’s a moral gravity, I think, to abortion as an issue that has to be respected.”

However, Mr. Kaine’s respect for the moral gravity of the issue seemed to completely dissipate when he moved up to national office. In the Senate, Mr. Kaine’s voting record received a crystal-clear 100 percent score from the abortion lobby. He even voted to allow late-term abortions, opposing a bill to ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

Tim Kaine “evolved” still further once he was under consideration for VP, knowing how dogmatic the Democratic Party has become and how unqualified he would be in the eyes of Hillary Clinton if he retained any shred of defense for preborn lives. To improve his resume he quietly co-sponsored pro-abortion legislation in the Senate that would wipe out all state abortion restrictions, including those he signed as governor.

He even privately agreed to support Hillary Clinton’s agenda for taxpayer-funded abortions. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager went on CNN to announce Mr. Kaine’s shift on the Hyde Amendment. “He has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde Amendment.”

Yet Mr. Kaine continues to maintain that he has a “traditional Catholic personal position.”

Timmy?  Insofar as you and people like you don’t seem to have a single religious principle that you won’t enthusiastically repudiate for secular political gain, best of luck on Judgment Day, “Christian.”  Because, in the immortal words of the Alan Parsons Project, I wouldn’t want to be like you.

Judas.

Not everyone that sayeth unto me, “Lord, Lord,” and all that.


MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, August 6th, 2016 | Neat Stuff and Ideas | 19 Comments

There’s still hope for the United States:

Xavier University is winning the hearts of campus pizza lovers with a recent addition to a residence hall.

The university put a Pizza ATM in Fenwick Place that serves up a fresh, restaurant-quality pizza in minutes. The bonus: it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We were looking for a way to solve this problem of having a late-night pizza option on campus,” Assistant Vice President Jude Kiah said. “This meets our students where they’re at in their residence hall.”

Kiah said this pizza vending machine was a cost-effective and innovative way to make students happy and satisfy their cravings. The machine’s cost was $55,000.

“We like the idea of being first and innovative and trying something new,” he said. “There’s one Pizza ATM in the U.S. and this is it.”

God bless America.


PASSENGER PIGEONS

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 4th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 24 Comments

American “journalists.”  Pretty much the same thing.  CNN’s Carol Costello desperately tries to get a parent of one of Lady Macbeth’s victims to focus on what’s truly important:

Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed during the Benghazi attack, appeared on CNN Tuesday. CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello repeatedly badgered him about Donald Trump’s feud with Khizr Khan, and whether Trump should apologize. Transcript below, via CNN.

“I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones as well as to the American public,” Woods said.And I’m sure when the election comes out next year, they’re going to have to make the decision, who should they vote for, based upon who will do the best job of defending this country.

COSTELLO: Right.

WOODS: And I think the whole reason …

COSTELLO: Do you, do you think, Sir …

WOODS: … Clinton proved at Benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees. So how could she possibly protect 330 million Americans at home?

COSTELLO: Do you think that Mr. Trump should apologize to Mr. Khan?

WOODS: You know, I really don’t know what’s been said. I haven’t seen a T.V. set since last Monday or Tuesday … 

COSTELLO: So Eric Trump is saying that his father sort of apologized by calling Khan’s son a hero. And that Donald Trump has also sacrificed for this country.

WOODS: Well I would agree with what Mr. Trump said, definitely Khan was an American hero. He was a patriotic American, and he was also a moderate Muslim.

COSTELLO: But should Mr. Trump apologize?

WOODS: You know, like I say, I don’t know what he originally said, and I don’t know what he’s said since then. I — I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the American public. You know, she’s …

COSTELLO: Do you …

WOODS: … in fact, she’s even doubled down and called us liars. Which is not appropriate at all. Because like I said, either she’s lying …

COSTELLO: Who are you endorsing this election?

WOODS: Well my son would still be alive if Mrs. Clinton was performing her job properly, as Secretary of State. So in good conscience I cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son. There is only two choices, and obviously I support Donald Trump.

And the main reason is because national security, as well as the economy, are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next November.

COSTELLO: And just the last question I’ll ask you, do you wish that Mr. Trump would stop talking about the Khans now?

WOODS: You know, when Hillary Clinton on several occasions, has called the Benghazi victims’ families liars, would that be — should she apologize for that?

That exchange, ladies and gentlemen, is why so many of us have to depend on foreign news sources to find out what’s really going on in our own country.


COMING ATTRACTIONS…

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 4th, 2016 | Vast Right Wing Persecution | 6 Comments

…of a Hillary Clinton presidency, part the second.  Be careful what you wear.


IN LOCAL NEWS…

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 | Local Politics | 23 Comments

Here are some takes on the recent Missouri primaries FWTW:

(1) The Show-Me State may have a “Donald Trump” of its own.  The GOP candidate for governor this fall is one Eric Greitens, a Racist Exploiter Of Africa Rhodes Scholar and former Navy SEAL who has never run for any political office before.  I like the kid’s chances; he’s only 42 and current Attorney General Chris Koster, his Democratic opponent, is about as exciting as old linoleum.  Greitens’ only downside is that he’s from St. Louis and Missouri gubernatorial candidates from St. Louis don’t often do that well out-state.

(2) Current Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder of Cape Giradeau aimed too low, finishing a distant third in the Republican gubernatorial primary despite endorsements from people like Dana Loesch and, believe it or not, Rush Limbaugh, who actually recorded at least one campaign spot for him.  Kinder should have saved his resources for a run whenever Claire McCaskill’s term is up because he’d be pretty much guaranteed a US Senate seat.

(3) Much has been made that Missouri Republican primary voters outnumbered Democratic primary voters by something like four to one.  Is that significant for the fall?  Anticipating John, I don’t think so.  The Republican races had interest to them, accompanied by lots of nasty TV and radio ads.  On the other hand, the Democratic races here were all foregone conclusions; compared to the Missouri GOP, the local Donks barely ran any ads at all.

 


SCHADENFREUDE

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 | Blogging | 4 Comments

You’d have to have blogged for a long time to understand this and it’s REAL inside blogball anyway but it’s actually more than a little disturbing how much I am enjoying this story.


(NOT) CHRISTIAN PORN

Posted by Bill (not IB) | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Stupendous BS | 12 Comments

In writing up a comment for my latest post (Transgender debunked…) I did some research to make sure I was making accurate statements. I recalled a number of arrests for homosexual activity in the White Rock Lake park area in Dallas, and wanted to be certain my memory was correct. Thanks to Google, I found:

Cruisers Beware, Vice Officers are Watching

As I was getting ready to close the tab with that item in it, I noticed an ad:

“This May be the Sexiest Religious Calendar Ever (Huffington Post)

The image that went along with the ad was very disturbing, but I had to find out – who is this, and what’s it all about?

So, I went to the page advertising the calendars: Calendars ( BEWARE not safe for Work; many of you may prefer not to look. Suffice it to say – pseudo-clergy, leather, bras, whips, thongs…)

I have just one thing to say: If the same thing had been done using Islam and Mohamed as the subjects, can you imagine the response? I’m sick and tired of Christians being treated as the [no pun intended] whipping boys of the religious world. I’m angry enough to know I shouldn’t say what I’m thinking, but I assure you, there’s a stream of invective waiting to be hurled that makes Clark Griswold’s rants seem like a beatific hymn.


TRANSGENDER DEBUNKED IN 11 WORDS

Posted by Bill (not IB) | Monday, August 1st, 2016 | LGBT+54 | 28 Comments

I wish I knew the exact source of this quote; I came upon the basic phrase at Small Dead Animals. It’s the perfect refutation of all the concepts involved in so-called “transgender surgery” (I have taken the liberty of expanding it somewhat for clarification):

“Cutting off your arms and legs doesn’t make you a snake”


PANTS ON FIRE

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 1st, 2016 | Presidential Election | 49 Comments

Let’s put it this way.  If Donald Trump takes down the pot this November, the worst that can happen is that he’ll be a bad, one-term president and this country’s survived plenty of those.  But if Ms. Early-Onset Dementia gets the nod, the entire national edifice will crash to the ground within four years.


NEWFOUND RESPECT

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 1st, 2016 | Presidential Election | 7 Comments

Guess which American political party will stop blaming the Koch brothers.


ANN ALTHOUSE DOES THE WORK SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 1st, 2016 | Presidential Election | 9 Comments

In this case, endure an interview with Hillary Clinton.


COMING ATTRACTIONS…

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, July 31st, 2016 | Presidential Election | 30 Comments

…of a Hillary Clinton presidency?  Thanks to the socialist “revolution” initiated by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, a once-happy and prosperous nation that sits on the largest proven oil reserves in the world, is now an economic basket case:

Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries — rare commodities in their home country. 

Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It’s a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world’s largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border.

You have to go some when even Zimbabwe’s looking pretty good.

The IMF forecasts Venezuela’s economy will shrink 10% this year, worse than its previous estimate of 8%. It also estimates that inflation in Venezuela will catapult to 700% this year, up from the earlier guess of about 480%.

The numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. Venezuela is deep into a humanitarian crisis — people are dying in ill-equipped hospitals and many live without basic food items. Venezuela can’t pay to import goods because its government is desperately strapped for cash after years of mismanagement of its funds, heavy spending on poorly-run government programs, and lack of investment on its oil fields.

So what is Caracas’ answer to all this?  Slave labor.

A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour, said Amnesty International.

“Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food. They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their “contracts” will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or they will be allowed to go back to their original jobs.

Seriously.  All The Ego has to do to take down this pot is to find some audio or video of Lady Macbeth saying nice things about Hugo Chavez and then spend the rest of the commercial describing life in today’s Venezuela.

Ballgame, thanks for playing, as they say.

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