Allow me to brush off some of this crankiness before I get on with my weekend. Why am I cranky? Let’s see. I’ve been fighting off a cold this entire week, the temperature fluctuates between 35 at night to 75 during the day (which probably explains why I’m getting sick), and it’s fully dark when I get home from work now.
Bite me, west coast people. I don’t want to hear about how it’s a perfect sunny 75 degrees and has rained approximately 6 minutes over the last two months in the Los Angeles area. One of your baseball teams has been sent home and you still root for Kobe Bryant. Live with that.
Yeah, I’m in that kind of mood. In order to purge this ink black mood, allow me a few rants and rages to make myself feel better.
I may apologize at the end of this, but chances are I mean every word of it. For the moment.
- Fox Sports sucks! I don’t mean the channel, I mean the network bozos who create the LCS playoff schedule. Philly and L.A. play tonight, then play again tomorrow afternoon at 4:35. Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Rays don’t kick off until 8:37ish (8:40 too exact?). So the two teams that play tonight have less than 24 hours before they play again AND one of those teams has a fan base on the opposite coast. This means everyone in L.A. (except French) will be working during the entire game. Brilliant! Makes perfect sense.
What a prediction? Game 1 tonight goes into extra innings (something ridiculous like 22) and everyone plays game 2 asleep on their feet. THEN they have to get on a plane and fly 3,000 miles.
Say it with me: What. The. Fuck!?
It gets better. The Sox – Rays open on Friday night, play Saturday night, then play Monday at fucking 4:30. I know it’s Columbus Day but I’m sure there are many people like me that don’t fucking get Columbus Day off. Therefore, I’ll catch the last half of the game while I work and fight my way home on the subway during the first half.
Fuck you, Fox. You suck and are ruining playoff baseball.
- By the way, French, your two entries in 24 hours were a welcome return. Although I had high hopes for the ‘Issuance of Gag Order’ entry until I realized it was about baseball and not about oral sex. Talk about a let down.
- Please tell me Tim McGarver is covering the Dodgers – Phillies series. I would like nothing more than McGarver having to interview Manny after he’s named the NLCS MVP.
- I sucked it up and watched the debate and wound up more frustrated than ever. As far as I can tell there is virtually no difference between these two candidates besides what to do about Iraq, slight differences in health care coverage (McCain – none, Obama – status quo) and abortion. McCain’s attempt at humor were terrible in a pin drop quiet, very awkward kind of way. Plus, every time he talked and moved around I couldn’t help but think of Quasimodo.
Obama seemed the more calm and collected of the two. He sat still and barely moved even when McCain was criticizing him on some obscure voting record. McCain, on the other hand, would often laugh quietly when Obama said something he didn’t agree with and seemed to be taking notes the entire time. I’ll bet he was writing ‘John Obama’ in different styles with flowers and unicorns and stars and hearts. He secretly loves Obama and wants to be him.
- Let’s get back to these little criticisms during the debate for a second. Two or three times McCain said of Obama ‘He’s voted 94 times to raise your taxes’. I thought at the time ‘Is that true?’ and came up with a brilliant idea.
You know that guy on ‘Pardon the Interruption’? The one that comes in near the end of the show to point out any misstated or incorrect facts the hosts uttered during the show? I think he should be part of all future debates. Maybe not that exact guy (although I think it should be), but some fact checker that will announce to the audience and anyone watching on television ‘Yes, that’s true. Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes’. Or ‘That’s incorrect!’ or something. Politicians have become so untrustworthy and full of shit that I don’t believe anything that they say.
Most politicians – and this is especially true in debates – seem to think they can say anything about the other guy regardless if it’s true. They just want to score points. But would they be the same if there was a fact checker on site to yell ‘Bullshit!’ when they make something up? I’m betting no. In fact, they’ll be more apt to stick to some form of the truth if they run the risk of being called out in front of the world.
- By the way, that statement by McCain about Obama voting to raise taxes is NOT true. Want to know how I know? Because CNN has a great site that verifies and issues verdicts regarding what each candidate (and their wives, if needed) say about the other.
For example, on Tuesday Obama said: ‘You've heard a lot about taxes in this campaign. Well, here's the truth — John McCain and I are both offering tax cuts. The difference is, he wants to give the average Fortune 500 CEO a $700,000 tax cut’.
Is this true or just more political bullshit?
According to CNN’s Fact Check: ‘What the statement considers a tax cut would be renewing President Bush's current cuts, which are scheduled to expire by January 2011. McCain has said he would push to renew those cuts, while Obama wants to let the cuts run out for the wealthiest Americans and offer new ones to people who make less money.’
The verdict is entered as ‘True, but Incomplete’.
Here’s another one:
During a campaign stop on Wednesday, McCain said of Obama ‘as recently as September of last year, he said that subprime loans had been — quote — 'a good idea,” ‘
Really? Let’s run a fact check:
‘McCain is citing a statement Obama made during a September 17, 2007, speech in New York. While the words he quotes are technically accurate, McCain is taking them out of context from a statement that actually was criticizing abuses in the subprime sector.
"Subprime lending started off as a good idea — helping Americans buy homes who couldn't previously afford them … ," Obama said. "But as certain lenders and brokers began to see how much money could be made, they began to lower their standards. Some appraisers began inflating their estimates to get the deals done. Some borrowers started claiming income they didn't have just to qualify for the loans and some were engaging in irresponsible speculation. But many borrowers were tricked into glossing over the fine print." '
This is a great tool to weed out as much political double speak as you can. And there is a lot of it. I’m up to my eyeballs already and it’s not even Halloween.
- One more rant about the debate and I’ll stop. Both were asked about how they would deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan and both of them gave basically the same answer: We need to pressure them to take care of any terrorist training camps themselves, help when and if we are asked, but reserve the right to invade said country if they are unable or unwilling to attempt to capture the terrorists themselves.
They used different phrases and terms, but the idea was the same. Only they wound up getting into a heated exchange about it. Even interrupting Brokaw twice to make another point. But the most passionate moment of the night regarded a subject they fucking AGREED ON!!!
You wonder why I hate politics? Yeah, fuck you, political process!
- Like I need more to be pissed off about. Seems that eighty five billion dollar ‘loan’ given to AIG won’t be enough. They’re asking for another $37.8 billion and have already blown through $61 billion of that initial 85. Here’s a question: Are the same idiots who ran the company into the ground still the ones deciding what to do with this money? If so, OUT! Get them the fuck out! I own a part of that company and want these morons out of power. No severance package, no golden parachute (golden shower given to them by 250 million outraged Americans will be considered), and no free lunch. You get a hand in the back and foot in the ass. My ideal scenario would be to remove them like Axel Foley was removed from that swanky hotel.
(NOTE: I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the clip of Axel getting thrown through that glass window and couldn’t find anything. Everything in the world is online except the one clip I wanted to enhance the comedy on my blog. Fuck you, You Tube!)
- If that weren’t enough to boil your blood, this should do it. AIG spent $440,000 on a nice, relaxing retreat at a California resort after they received the bailout money. You can see the entire hotel bill here. AIG released a statement that basically says ‘Oops, our bad!’
‘This type of gathering is standard practice in the industry and was planned a year advance of the Federal Reserve's loan to AIG. We recognize, however, that even activities that have long been considered standard practice may be perceived negatively. As a result, we are reevaluating various aspects of our operations in light of the new times in which we operate.’
Gee, ya think? They didn’t think reevaluating ‘aspects of our operation’ should have been underway when they discovered they were going bankrupt?
And, maybe….just maybe…the fact that they consider this kind of extravagance a ‘standard practice’ is why they are now owned by the U.S. Government.
Fuck you, AIG dopes!
Nope, not feeling better. Time for beer.
Today’s distraction: The Adam (fuck it, I’m still Pacman) Jones experiment took a predictable turn. Unsurprisingly, the Cowboys are saying this does not violate the behavior clause in his contract. He will play on Sunday. Let’s see if they discipline him on a bye week.