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I don’t think McMegan is going to want to interview PC about this one…
Reminds me of the story about Molly Ivins writing an article about how unfair the flat tax would be, where she said that a janitor would therefore pay the same tax rate as H. Ross Perot, who made (she guesstimated) a million dollars a year. The next morning, after the paper went out, the business writers came laughing and snorting over to her desk. “Molly,” they said, “H. Ross Perot makes a million dollars a day.” Right on the heels of that, Molly’s phone rings, and it’s the operator, informing her that H. Ross Perot was on the line, calling collect.
When your union-busting campaign has lost Scott Walker….
“The protesters appear to have a high-powered friend supporting their cause. “After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tweeted on Tuesday.
This one isn’t going away.”
1) Walker has some nerve.
2) By “return the real refs” he might mean force them to return to the field at gunpoint and make them work for free.
Paul Ryan also declared that the real refs ought to be brought back, and that the scabs remind him of Obama.
I honestly thought you were kidding about that second part, I had to google it. Unreal.
Is it worth clicking on a Corner link? I’m not usually one to get out of the boat.
The owners might be counting on the fact that if the strike goes on long enough the refs will eventually get better. At some point the refs will be in conference and saying, “This play is just like the call we blew in week 3, so now we know what the right call is!”
Of course, the owners are also forgetting the true Randian solution to the lockout- agree to all the pension requests the union makes, then when those pensions start paying out declare bankruptcy and cancel the pension obligations.
You got it right the second time, so I feel a little bad nitpicking, but the conflation of lockouts and strikes (in other words “owners being greedy” vs “workers being greedy” in the public perception) is a big reason why the former is increasingly employed in other industries. It’s an important distinction.
Agreed in principle but not in degree. Since we haven’t got any Mike Royko sorts left, the result is:
Lockout coverage = “Millionaires v. Billionaires”.
Strike coverage = “Greedy dumb jocks are making money to play a kid’s game!”
Given the NFL anti-trust exemption, and the massive revenue that the NFL enjoys, it would be next to impossible to claim bankruptcy, I’d wager. Perhaps if liability claims for head injuries piled up.
Step One: Create a shell corporation.
Step Two: Transfer the moocher pensions to it, then have the corporation file for bankruptcy.
Step Three: Profit!
I dunno, but I think there’s a case to be made for piercing that veil.
Its nice that Mittster will have a job after the election…
This is a bit of quibbling, but Rand never converted anyone to her nutty ideas. She was merely better than most other sociopathic elitists at articulating them. Her followers find validation of their prejudices and belief systems in her work, but they would have believed all that crap anyway, with or without her, because that’s the way elites are.
The disdain of the elites towards labor other than their own is why slavery and serfdom have existed for millenia. That impulse has always been there. Rand merely tapped into it.
It struck me over the weekend how many people were angry about the NFL “not doing something” to fix the situation, and while bringing the old refs back was top of the list of things to do, when I mention the union and such, people had this perceptible *click* of cognitive dissonance.
Including Scott Walker
I’ve noticed a consistent reaction among many fans about the strike. People seem convinced that the owners hold all the cards because “people are going to keep watching no matter what.” I don’t think this is true. I know I am watching much less than I did last year.
It isn’t out of any kind of solidarity; it’s just not as entertaining. I channel-surf more because of the delays. If I don’t get back to the game in time and miss a play, it’s not a big deal. I’ve written off the night games entirely because of the potential for delays.
I don’t think I’m that unusual in my viewing habits. I think it’s more likely that people who talk about football a lot are more likely to be atypical in their viewing habits. The fans who speak up are probably still watching as much as ever, but I’m sure the NFL is losing a lot of eyeballs anyway.
“Demand for our product is inelastic” is true right up until the point where its not.
Ask the NHL or MLB.
The ratings for NFL Football have been consistently declining year over year in America for the past three seasons, so it’s not the refereeing that’s causing the problem, altho it might accelerate it.
What many point to is the number of serious injuries and the savagery of play. What’s the point of rooting for a team if the quality players are going to be on the DL for much of the season and thus the quality of play is diminished?
It’s not a strike.
Shorter Longer Matt Yglesias:
Scab refs should unionize so teacher-loving libtards we’ll have know choice butt two support them like they support terrible teachers.
Seriously, I don’t even dislike Yglesias, but this is Jonah Goldberg-level stupid.
If working not one but two typos into the longer was intentional, well played, sir, well played indeed.
And damn, but that was a stupid fucking tweet.
I actually worked in four, but thanks for not flagging me for overkill!
Yes you did. Did I type two? Because I meant four.
Having a typo in your resposne counting the number of typos in his reply was very brillaint. Not many poeple can typo “four” too “two”.
Maybe he was using the number pad . . .
Clearly, like MattY, you meant “to” not “two”
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