Monday Open Thread

On this date in 1976 Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for $12 million. Turner sold the Braves in the mid-’90s in a package deal including his cable empire in which he cleared $500 million. Forbes valued the franchise at over $600 million last March.

50 comments to Monday Open Thread

  • Coffee, coffee cake and condolences! :-(

  • Scott M.

    10 degrees here…felt bad until I saw the Minneapolis temp,-24!

  • Scott M.

    Guess Lars better start dancing…no wait,he’s a Lutheran!

    • There comes a point where it’s just bloody cold, and the numbers stop mattering. I suppose it makes a difference in how fast you become hypothermic, but really it’s just another day in the icebox. You bundle up and pray the car will start.

  • Scott M.

    Obama’s war on faith

    The Goofass In Chief stepped in it when he messed with nuns!

  • Scott M.

    Reefer Madness

    The stupidity of our drug laws is beyond belief.

  • INFJ

    We need another mind altering drug so we can bear to live in this awful country, alcohol isn’t enough. :)

  • So that’s why baseball’s smelled (relatively) better since the mid-90s. Eh, at least Turner paid Maddux well enough. Greatest pitcher these eyes will likely ever see.

  • >>Evidence isn’t an issue when your entire ideology trains you to come to a politically useful conclusion, then work backwards.>>

    BarryO, if you haven’t read him already, please meet Kurt Schlichter. I realize you’re the teacher in your day-time (and coaching, and parental hours), but please prepare to be schooled.

    • BarryO

      Bwaahahahah. It is funny, because of your inability to see the two sides of the coin. Do you feel like this description is a caricature? If so, then it is also because the conservatives are guilty of the same type of stereotyping as they portray liberals.

      On a more serious note, I have been thinking about your age-old questions: Why do areas with larger concentrations of people in a smaller space tend to vote Democrat? Why do minorities tend to vote Democrat when historically the Democratic party was not sympathetic? Why do younger people tend to vote Democrat? What does the Democrat party represent to these people that the Republican party does not?

      The answer to me is obvious (although I am sure it will raise the hackles of Threedonialand). Empathy. I absolutely believe that people in both parties have it. I think both parties have good, quality people with genuine good intentions at heart.

      In the present day social-political realm, Democrats philosophically represent the people who are more empathetic toward others unlike themselves (ethnically, culturally, etc.), while Republicans philosophically represent the people who are more empathetic toward others like themselves.

      I’m still mulling it over, but that’s it in a nutshell. It answers the questions above and the idea that historically the parties may have represented something else. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. The question is which others are we open to understanding. Studying history and man’s development, those able to empathize with others different from themselves progressed by extending inclusivity and adding diversity. Those who were only comfortable empathizing with those like themselves (ethnically, culturally, religiously, etc.) stayed insular in their thinking and conservative to their approach socially in fear of diluting their strengths.

      I think the Civil Rights Movement for the Democrats and Nixon’s southern strategy of 1964 for the Republicans cemented the social-political exchange from one party to the other of the label progressive and conservative.

      • Texacalirose

        What a crock of shize. Get the frickin’ government programs out of our lives and we the peepul will determine our plights. And no, I’m not an anarchist; we need a military and a highway system for it to use to mobilize, etc. Both parties are filled with self-serving politicians. Progs promise and deliver more programs, more free stuff that I have to pay for. Democrats’ “empathy” is bread and circuses.

      • Scott M.

        I’ll give you credit,Barry…you think,unlike most Marxists

        • At least he likes to think he’s thinking, whereas I’m convinced BarryO only likes to raise our hackles from the short length of his shackles. He also seems to have been away from the LA area for too long, because Schlichter paints no caricature with his encounters with local Dems. BarryO’s attended a Republican Party Animal event, too, so he knows damn well the majority of people that night were nothing like the left’s caricature portrayals of us.

      • Oh, God, you’re serious? If any leaders, from either side of the aisle, truly had empathy for We the People, they’d get government as removed from our personal lives as possible (while adhering to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, natch) instead of implementing policies which enslave the citizenry to the State. That you continually fail to recognize it’s the Dems’ leaders far more than the Repubs’ wanting to keep people chained to dependence on said State, well, I’ll remain baffled.

      • Texacalirose

        And another thing: this “ethnically, culturally” shize is a set up by the progs so that they can ride the racism sled. What? You don’t accept your neighbors’ raising chickens in their dining room because that’s how they do it in their “home” country? You.are.a.racist.then., not because their practice is contrary to health codes in place to prevent the kind of diseases that overwhelm their “home” country, but because their race is different from yours. Yep, allowing our country’s strengths to be diluted by every third world and socialist dictator mind sets that are responsible for the suffering and deaths of millions of people who risk their lives to immigrate here is not a conservative’s value. White people are good.

      • Texacalirose

        Where did I go wrong? My younger Sun has struggled to support his young family and until recently, he could have qualified for WIC and EBT and more. But oh, no. He wouldn’t do it. Must be because he’s white. He’s worked his a$$ off and stacked canned goods all night and emptied trash cans on the set. He’s now a supervisor at his company. Must be because he’s white. No empathy.

      • Nothing you say, Barry, explains why that I, as a bona fide poor, white guy, still persist in voting conservative! I take no handouts, nor will, and yet I find there are as many, or more millionaires on the left as on the right. The ones on the right give to charities like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, while the ones on the left give to George Soros takeover of the world!

      • Matt Helm

        When you donate your own money to help people, it’s empathy. When you take money away from others to give someone else, it’s redistribution. I don’t see the empathy in punishing people by getting them kicked off their healthcare plans; denying the Americans in Benghazi help and then lying about the motivation for the terrorist attack that killed them; spying on everyone; using the IRS to target and punish organization that don’t agree with you; or just taking a lavish vacation on the taxpayers dime and letting your wife stay there extra nights because it’s her birthday … a gift that he didn’t have to buy. Where’s the empathy in those examples of failed leadership.

      • JimmyC

        In many ways you’ve hit the nail on the head, Barry (although I would argue that Democrats don’t really care more about anyone, but that’s a moot point because they are perceived as such, and perception is reality.) In fact, when the exit polls came back from the 2012 election, they showed that people preferred Mitt Romney over Barack Obama on every single political issue- the economy, national security, and so on. The only thing that Obama beat Romney on was that he was seen as caring more about people than Romney. And that, all by itself, was enough to win.

        What it comes down to is, conservatives solutions work but are hard to sell, and liberal solutions don’t but are easy to sell. If you’re trying to get an obese person to buy your food, it’s a lot easier to sell them cookies than broccoli. You’re going to like the guy who sells you cookies a lot better, so much so that you might convince yourself that he cares more about your health than the guy selling broccoli.

  • Scott M.

    Turner looks like the half wit that he has always been.

    • No, they’re lucky Manziel is leaving. A&M’s superiority is largely mythological created by ESPN. A&M was 9-4. Texas was 8-5. A&M’s defense sucked — HARD. Duke scoring 48 points on you? That was embarrassing. 30 being given up to Oregon? That’s a respectable defensive effort unsupported by UT’s O.

      NO… it is way too early to tell whether or not A&M is superior. Manziel leaves and the defense is still there. I think they’ll be fine to be sure, but I’m always wary of any storyline pushed by ESPN.

      Big 12: OU, OSU, Baylor, UT, a getting better TX Tech, K State, WVa, etc. It’s a strong conference. I’d like to see the SEC come out of its hidey-hole and put up or shut up — in September and October, etc.

    • Yeah, because playing Texas worked so well for the aggies the last time they tried it. It was A&M that chose to sever that relationship. Go run your suck someplace else.

      It must be noted as well that Texas played almost all season with the 2nd string quarterback who didn’t have anywhere near the tools of the guy he replaced due to injury. Something A&M will have to look forward to.

      Manziel is in for a rude awakening in the NFL, look at RGIII who was/is a better quarterback…it’s going to be ugly for him.

  • Matt Helm

    “The fact that we are here
    today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership
    failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.
    It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from
    foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal
    policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and
    internationally. Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’
    Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto
    the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt
    problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama,
    March 2006

  • Texacalirose

    Has anyone ever seen Floyd & Miss Berrie in the same room together? LOL

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