by Carl, 01/20/2014, 9:12 AM

11 Responses to “Open Thread 1/20”

1. SJ spews:

WTF does it mean when some white guy from Ballard says: “Richard Sherman is a walking example of the difference sports can make, of how one man can channel fierce intelligence and an almost frightening competitive fire into something productive and riveting. He is precisely the type of person you should cheer for.”

You sound like a spectator at the Roma Games praising Spartacus!

2. Very Severe Conservative spews:

Obviously, the people hurt in the crosswalk shouldn’t have been walking. Why couldn’t they just drive to where they wanted to be? It’s their own fault, they should have looked out for the cars. What do you want? a Nanny state?

3. SJ spews:

Did anyone see Paul Allan accepting HIS NFC award? Funneee … seemsto me that >>I<< pay the effin taxes that supports the Hawks! How come Mayor Ed wasn’t there? Are Paul and his gladiators afraid of gay mayor cootiesZ?

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2 Exactly! Sidewalks are for driving on, not walking. See video below. If you don’t have a car, you’re poor, which makes you useless human scum. Drivers who run over pedestrians are performing a public service.

Probably the next items on their agenda are hijacking school buses and shooting up elementary schools.

5. Roger Rabbit spews:

When some people can pay $628,000 for a bottle of whiskey, I don’t want to hear anyone bitching that taxes are too high on the rich.

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

Some media outlet or other reported this weekend that the world’s 85 richest people are as wealthy as 50% of the world’s population, i.e. they own as many assets as the world’s poorest 3.5 billion people.

The math is pretty simple. If the poor ever decide to redistribute the wealth by ganging up on the rich, those 85 people will each have 41,176,471 peasants with pitchforks surrounding their mansions. I hope for their sake they have some canned food and bottled water in there, because they won’t be going anywhere.

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

It’s inconceivable that 7 billion people will allow a few hundred people to hog all the world’s income and wealth for themselves, but that’s where things are heading. At some point the existing order comes to be seen as illegitimate, the masses decide to try something else, and the status quo gets overthrown. You simply can’t have a contented world with that kind of wealth disparity. Capitalism, contrary to the claims of its most ardent proponents, is not self-correcting. It may be a great wealth-creating engine, but it’s also a wealth-concentrating system. In the past, this tendency was kept under control by government support for unions, anti-monopoly laws, and heavy taxes on high incomes and huge estates; but with those controls weakened, the aggregation of wealth and political power are spinning out of control. I have no idea where this is going, but if something doesn’t put the brakes on it, I’m sure the end result won’t be pretty. The last time this happened, we got two world wars, an apocalyptic depression, and Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Hitler.

8. Deathfrogg spews:

The contemporary American answer to the old National-Socialist German Workers Party is becoming more brazen in their choices for National offices. This guy is completely nuts, but an awful lot of people think he’s the best choice simply because he can mouth the same platitudes and rhetoric with a pretty face and self-important demeanor. Plus, he’s WHITE.

Everyone who uses physical appearance and self-promotion as the sole metrics to judge character should easily buy into this rhetoric. His entire campaign really seems to be based in the fact that he’s a high school graduate. Never mind that he’s in arrears the State of South Carolina for several tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes, and owes nearly half a million to the banks for a failed trucking business. He’s a HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, and that makes him TeaPottie Gold.

He can read and write and does figurin’ n everything! He’s a “Christian”! He’s a GENIUS! Gawd awmighty he’s come to save South Carolina from them dahkies and Jews whut runs the commie Federal government, and he’s a-gonna showz them whut fer bah gawd.

Thus, we could very well see a Democrat sitting in the Junior Senators chair there by this time next year. I should buy popcorn futures, this campaign is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Two die-hard racist Republicans clawing each others eyes out for a seat in the U.S. Senate in a State that is still fighting for relevancy 150 years after reconstruction, but still doesn’t seem to realize that they lost that war.

9. No Time for Fascists spews:

And here’s a thoughtful viewpoint on Richard Sherman, unlike the knee jerk reactions….

Firstly, we’re talking about a 25-year-old who came out of the streets of Compton, California. Sherman graduated from one of the worst school districts in the United States, one that boasts a high-school graduation rate of 57 percent. In a country where 68 percent of all federal and state inmates are lacking a high school diploma, you could say Sherman avoided a horrifying fate. But to say he “got lucky” or “escaped” would be foolhardy. He didn’t “just graduate,” either. He finished with a 4.2 GPA, second in his class, and went on to Stanford University, one of the most prestigious places to get an education in the entire world. He busted out in a rocket ship. He went from a world of gang violence and drugs to everything that Palo Alto and Stanford University represent.

So now, America, let’s talk about Richard Sherman in the NFL. Let’s talk about the Stanford graduate from Compton who has never been arrested, never cursed in a post-game interview, never been accused of being a dirty player, started his own charitable non-profit, and won an appeal in the only thing close to a smudge on his record.

Not saying he’s a prince among men, but it’s amazing to watch the racists freak and the so called “rags to riches” types also freak when a poor black guy does well. As the article put it “He taught us that we’re still a country that isn’t ready for lower-class Americans from neighborhoods like Compton to succeed.”

10. Ekim spews:

At some point the existing order comes to be seen as illegitimate, the masses decide to try something else, and the status quo gets overthrown.

In France they used the guillotine to separate the status quo from their heads. Problem is this usually causes other issues.

11. Roger Rabbit spews:

@10 All policies have side effects.