Saturday, January 23, 2010

NFL Play Offs: Conference Championship Week




With the Supreme Court ending representative democracy last week people are looking for things seemingly fair. Sports is that thing, all the rules have been set up to be fair and everyone has a equal chance of winning. Life and democracy is not like this. Thats why people love sports it gives them the illusion of fairness. Two games left to determine the combatants in the Super Bowl. Three games left to make a little money. The over riding theme through these playoffs has been the quarterback position. Even in New York, Mark Sanchez has protected the ball and not let his play disrupt the great defense on the other side of the ball and let his running backs carry the Jets to their demise against the Colts. Jets coach Rex Ryan has not asked much of his young quarterback and it has worked beautifully. The Jets are the story right now, seemingly knocked out, only to get back into contention and storm into the AFC Championship game. The Colts, Saints and Vikings expected to be here. Favre and Brees, an epic match of titans in the football world. The craziest thing, my preseason Super Bowl Pick, Manning v Favre, Clots Vs Vikes is alive and seemingly going to come true.


At Indianapolis -8 NY Jets

The Jets proved they can stop anyone on defense. This game will be closer than many think. Manning will not take control of this game, neither will the Jets. The Jets will try and run to control the ball and waste clock, keeping Manning from getting into rhythm. If the Jets force Manning into a couple of turnovers and Sanchez protects the ball, the Jets might be in position to win but Manning has been on fire and looking to roll into his second Super Bowl Victory. The Jets keep it close but Manning and company is too much for the Jets.


Indianapolis 24 NY Jets 20


At New Orleans -3.5 Minnesota


The battle of great quarterbacks. One finishing his long career, the other mastering his craft in his prime. Both teams has been playing stellar defense. Minnesota has more play makers and Pro Bowlers than the Saints but New Orleans has been functioning on high gear as a single unit. The under looks good but these quarterbacks can easily put up some pints if the defense makes a mistake. Both of these defenses do not make mistakes, especially at this points in the season. Whoever gets a turnover, it might spark them to a victory. Sadly the NFL season is ending. It has been a great year, I made a little money, lost some and the football was absolutely fantastic. Time to gear up for basketball, college and then the pros!

New Orleans 27 Minnesota 30

LAST WEEK: 3-1

SEASON: 48-39




Thursday, January 21, 2010

THE END OF DEMOCRACY?

The Supreme Court is the most powerful branch of the government. They took action to so African Americans could go to the same school as white kids. The right in the country wants to believe the Supreme Court does not legislate from the bench. Clearly they are supporting corporations, it is a clear quit pro quo. This decisions changes law, and undid centuries long worth of campaign finance restrictions. The movie Idiocracy seemed too far fetched but as I see the political discourse continue to degrade into playground language I fear for our Republic. If this does not wake up America, I see our country becoming the biggest third world country and very similar to the movie Idiocracy. The Supreme Court decision today is a harbinger of future America.


Many questions came to mind today when I heard of the latest Supreme Court decision. Time to leave America? Does America have democracy? Has America taken a huge step towards totalitarian, corporate controlled fascism? Is this the greatest threat to America since the Bush family?Time to double down efforts to reform? Is it a fire sale in the United States government? Are we the ones being sold? Is this the end of democracy?


The Supreme court just decided the next elections by lifting restrictions on corporate money. The way it has worked since the early 1900's, was the corporation had to give money through a political action committee with limits around 10,000 per committee. Limits have been removed! A corporation can give unlimited AMOUNTS OF MONEY!


The opposition party in America is clearly corrupt and working against Americans.

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC, serves as an affirmation of the constitutional rights provided to Americans under the first amendment," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in a statement.


The democrats are supposed to be on our side but this is becoming more unlikely as everyone loves the fucking money! With Obama and the democrats trying to get shit done, the entrenched interests have armed themselves for the war. K-Street has a record year. It has been easy to see how money has affected the health care debate. The Of course lobbying increased when the President was deciding how many troops to send to Afghanistan. The President needs not just to on board this populous train but needs to engineer this and rally the troops. But again he is looking for bipartisanship. This decision might be so deplorable, he might find support from a few Republicans. Senator Olympia Snow, of Maine, voiced her displeasure with the Supreme Court decision.


"With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," said President Obama in a statement. "It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans... That's why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision."


What can we do? Check out Free Speech for People, a campaign to fight against corporate control over elections. Bold Progressives have started a get tough campaign, urging democrats and the President to act boldly on all issues. Mother Jones has a more detailed report of the Supreme Court decision. We can call our representatives at CallCongress.org and ask them to support Alan Grayson bills to limit corporate money in public policy. If you are wonkish and want to read the decision you can find it here. The President will be talking about the state of our nation next week. The mood should grim and dire as the forces working against us are winning. Health care reform seems doomed as the Republicans picked up another seat in the Senate this week. This fucking clown, no the people of Massachusetts are the fucking clowns, or are the people who believe in democracy are clowns? Either way many of us are feeling shitty, hopeless but still engaged and fighting for a chance.




BUT WITH CLOWNS LIKE THIS ABOVE BEING ELECTED TO THE SENATE I THINK WE ARE FUCKED!