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Shame On The NFL - Shame On The Whole System

Category: Sports
Posted: 09/14/14 18:42

by Dave Mindeman

I am fed up with the rhetorical bullsh*t from the NFL. Here's what you do.

Ray Rice - (Ravens) Suspended -pending a conviction, banned from football for life.
Ray McDonald (49ers) - Suspended - pending conviction, banned for life.
Adrian Peterson (Vikings) - suspended for a year. Application for reinstatement pending court results. If convicted, banned for life.
Roger Goodell - Fired.
Greg Hardy (Panthers) - has been convicted, so he is banned from football for life.
Jerry Richardson (owner of Panthers) - returns award for domestic assault awareness. Fine of $1 million given to a domestic abuse charity. Suspended for one year.
Steve Bisciotti (owner of Ravens) - Same penalty except he didn't get an award.

New rule. Any NFL player convicted of a felony, banned for life.
New rule. Any owner unwilling to immediately address a personnel problem, suspended for 1 year.

The NFL seems to believe that they are above the law. Above the court of public opinion. That rules do not apply to them.

And they have the gall to dictate the rules of financial agreements that apply to them as exemplified by the Vikings stadium.

This is ridiculous. The NFL is the 1% of the 1% who are wealthy enough to play fantasy football with real players in a real league. And they also believe their fans are mere $$ signs that maintain this obscenity.

NFL football has players who are abused with violent play. They have owners who defraud their fans, their governments, and their cities. They have players who are protected when committing violent crimes. And they have a large portion of a fan base that forgives it all for the sake of keeping their spectator sport going.

It is all too ridiculous for words. And if people are going to be OK with how this is playing out, then shame on them. Shame on the fans, shame on the participants, and shame on the sponsors.
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PAC Influence - Which Is Worse. Peterson Or Kline

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 09/14/14 16:49

by Dave Mindeman

The Republicans are attacking Collin Peterson in the 7th because he takes too much money from unions and AG PACs. Here's the graphic going around:

http://www.mnpact.org/sblog/upload/peterson.jpg

The assumption must be that Collin Peterson accepts that money and does their bidding.

But does he?

Here is some union ratings for Peterson's voting record:

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - 57%
Unite Food and Commercial Workers - 71%
American Federation of Government Employees - 53%
AFL-CIO Lifetime Score - 75%
SEIU (2012) -66%

AG POLICY:

National Farmers Union - 50%
American Farm Bureau - 50%
National Association of Agricultural Employers - 66%

Not exactly a 100% record. Has the PAC money influenced Peterson? I guess it would be hard to say - and that is probably the way it should be.

For the 2013-14 cycle, Peterson has raised $785,050 from PACs. And the Republican Party is criticizing Peterson for taking that money and supposedly doing their bidding.

But they won't criticize John Kline will they. How about Kline's record?

Kline has taken $882,132 from PAC's.....over $60,000 coming directly from For Profit College PACs. And we all know how much he sticks up for the For Profit College industry.

So why isn't the Republican Party as concerned about John Kline's voting record and PAC money as they seem to be about Collin Peterson?

I'm certainly not going to defend Rep. Peterson. There are questions to be raised about his positions, but as for being influenced by money? It sure doesn't look like it.

The real culprit in money influence is John Kline. But you will never see that graphic about Collin Peterson being done in regards to John Kline. And that is because the Republican Party doesn't really consider it wrong - it's a matter of who gets away with it.
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John Kline: Discrediting The Attacker

Category: John Kline
Posted: 09/14/14 15:14

by Dave Mindeman

John Kline's campaign reacted to his selection by Bill Maher as the worst of Congress in typical John Kline fashion:

"Minnesotans are tired of sleazy and slimy politics, but DFL candidate Mike Obermueller certainly isn't. Maher saluted 9/11 terrorists and called our troops 'cowardly,' he repeatedly has degraded Christians and calls them 'schizophrenic,' and he repugnantly compared special-needs children to 'dogs,' yet Mike Obermueller promotes this behavior essentially naming Maher as his campaign manager," Young said in a statement.

Here are some points to remember....

1) Maher has never even mentioned Kline's opponent, Mike Obermueller, even once. In his Esquire interview, Maher stated that he doesn't even care who the opponents are in his #FlipADistrict campaign. His focus will be John Kline. All Obermueller has done is announce the result....so for Kline's campaign to say that Obermueller "promotes this behavior" or "essentially naming Maher as his campaign manager" is kind of a desperate attempt to link Obermueller to Maher's tactics. Maher has had nothing to do with Obermueller's campaign. He has never spoken to him up to this point and probably couldn't have given you his name prior to the final announcement. But Kline has to try.

2) Some of the Maher statements that the Kline spokesman referred to are from years ago. The "cowardly" remark was from a dozen years ago and he was referring to military tactics, not the troops. And frankly, Maher's comment was a reaction in agreement with contraversial conservative commentater, Dinesh D'Souza's statement to the same effect. And it is no secret that Bill Maher is an atheist who criticizes religion (not just Christian) for a lot of the problems in today's world. But the comments criticized came during Maher's run of a show called Politically Incorrect which ran on TV and cable from 1993-2002. After his show was cancelled in 2002, he received a Los Angeles Press Club award for championing free speech in America. He is a controversial person - but I can't say that he has been criticized for definitions of rape or been indicted for bribery or political coercion. John Kline consorts with those types of people all the time.

3) The statement is right about one thing. The American people are tired of sleazy and slimy politics - the kind of politics that takes money from lobbyists to promote corporate protections. The kind of politics that uses the power of the chairman's gavel to wipe out corporate accountability. The kind of politics that allows campaign donors to control the agenda. Yes, they are tired of that and so is Bill Maher. And that is why he looked for the Congressperson that people would most want to get rid of - and it was John Kline's name that came to the top of the list.

When John Kline gets uncomfortable he brings out the insults. When he feels threatened, he attacks the attacker. That is what is happening here. In a way, it is a good sign that Kline lashes out. It means he is feeling some heat and is finally a bit worried.

You can look for a lot more Kline propaganda in regards to Bill Maher. You notice that he never talks about the substance of what Maher accuses Kline of doing. Kline doesn't talk about his own way of doing things. And that is probably because what Kline does is impossible to defend. So it is important to make Bill Maher the issue. Make the one pointing out how Kline operates as the real problem.

When John Kline feels a little exposed, this is what he does. We will be watching it all unfold.
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