Thursday, December 10, 2009

NFL WEEK 14 PLAYOFF BOUND?

Two WOWS, does that Raiders victory seem a little less surprising? And I won on every pick last week! What a let down in Pittsburgh, I LOVE IT!The Browns dominated the line of scrimmage with 8 sacks. The play-maker and wide-out Joshua Cribbs, tore the Steelers up all over the field with a some big runs and returns, he is just a player. PAY THE MAN! The playoff picture got a little clearer on Thursday night but the perfect teams still look to be on a collision course. Look for the perfect teams to stay perfect this week.


At Houston -6.5 Seattle

The Seahawks defeated a tough 49ers defense in a tougher divisional game. Houston is out of the playoff hunt like Seattle. These seemingly meaningless games are not. Players are playing for their jobs and for pride. The Texans will be pumped up by their home crowd. Schaub and the Texans started the season off great but have faltered under the pressure of competing for the playoffs. Houston will play relaxed and spirited at home. Texans by two touchdowns.


At Indianapolis -7 Denver

The Colts have found ways to win games they should of lost. This is the mark of a champion, winning games when teams think they have them beat. I see another Manning comeback. This is going to be a great game. The under looks great, I see both teams kicking a lot of field goals in the first half, maybe a special teams play will change the out look in the second half, either way Manning will own the fourth, colts by a field goal.


At Minnesota -6.5 Cincinnati

The Bengals have the same identity of the Vikes, run the ball, punish the opponent every play and take their chances down field. Last week the Vikings seemed complacent and out of rhythm. The Bengals took care of the lowly Lions lat week. The Bengals and Ochocinco seem to be clicking and on a mission. Their head coach has them playing inspiring ball but the Vikes are coming off a loss and are at home. Vikings by a field goal.


At Dallas -3 San Diego

Dallas is coming off a tough loss against division rival New York. San Diego is fighting for the the AFC West and will be ready on the road. Look for L.T. To have a big day. Romo has struggled in December and it will continue this week. San Diego by a touchdown.


At Baltimore -13.5 Detroit

13 and a half points are a hefty load in the NFL. Although the Ravens will win this game the Lions will keep it very competitive. The Lions are playing for pride and the Ravens are hanging on for their playoff hopes. The Detroit offense might put op only a field goals but the Ravens will falter around the red zone and this will keep the game close. Ravens by six.

LAST WEEK: 5-0

SEASON: 38-26

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Does America Have A Representative Democracy?


I ask this question in a pivotal time for the United States of America. Millions are unemployed, one in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. I once again, I need to thank Elizabeth Warren and her article, America With out a Middle Class. Does a democracy lets its citizens crumble they way America has the past 30 years? Over the past 30 years the costs for food car clothing and appliances have all went down. The cost for housing, health, child care have increased by more than 100%, taxes have increased only 25%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics disclosed manufacturing jobs as a share of total employment has steadily decreased since 1948 from 27.5 to 6.9 in 2008. There is a correlation between American manufacturing, or lack there of, and of the decline of the American middle class.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted under a democratic president. I see this as the reason why democrats lost power after Clinton. They abandoned their base for campaign contribution from companies who shipped well playing jobs and environment respecting businesses away from America. The Democrats deserved to loose power because they did not represent and protect the people who put them in power. I see this happening again if our trade policies do not change. The easiest example of what to change is was reported by Healthy Stuff. Toxins like lead, mercury and arsenic other substances that have been proven to be dangerous to humans and the environment are in a third of the most popular children's toys in the United States.

Some of todays news was distrusting, not only do we have institutions too big too fail but to big to punish. Bought and sold for corporate democrats are trying to derail bank reform, these same leeches have ensured credit card will continue to take advantage of consumers. There was some inspiring news today, Alan Grayson told Dick Cheney to shut the fuck up! Small businesses are standing up to insane secret derivative trading and a kid got his tongue stuck on a pole like in my favorite holiday movie.

When America stopped making stuff, opportunity for the average American worker switched from fair wages and health care to flipping burgers and being abused by heartless, trans-national corporations. I might be just jaded by my experiences at Best Buy and Hollywood video or I might hold some insight as to why these corporations sought to destroy the American middle class. But the American middles class is not the only victim. The nations whose resources and workers are exploited by heartless corporations are being trampled on. If the Obama administration does not work to reverse these conditions and achieve actual results their base will abandon the Democrats again. With no other party to turn to will Americans will flee in search of a real representative democracy, reclaim theirs or just write in Simpson's characters for public office.