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What Exactly Do the Police Unions Want From de Blasio?

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

      The man is trying his best. I don't know what they expect from him. He speaks to them for 2 hours and then Patrick Lynch says 'Well actions speak louder than words?'       What I don't get and none of the de Blasio bashers can explain is that while they feel the Mayor has somehow wronged them horribly what exactly was it that he did? It seems that it's certain words he has spoken. They apparently didn't like his campaign for Mayor because he called for the end of stop and frisk even though Lynch and the unions also criticized stop and frisk as 'quotas' being imposed on officers.       They didn't like when he talked about his son and when he was critical of the Eric Garner grand jury decision. In the minds of Lynch and his union buddies this somehow constitutes a war on police. Somehow it's 'hate filled rhetoric' to question anything the police do.    ...

Contrary to the Ny Sports Media, John Mara is not too Patient

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     With the emphasis on too. I notice that the sports writers all framed Mara's press conference as laying down a 'win or you're done' scenario. I'm not so sure that this is what he said. In any case. He said he 'didn't disagree' that next year is a 'Win or else proposition for a lot of people in the organization.'      Maybe that's what he meant. In any case I think that there is too much hunger in the media for 'Win or else propositions.' All the writers in today seem to think that Mara has been perhaps patient to a fault and they all want to emphasize that this year is win or else-they had baptized this past year the same thing of course.      Here's Mike Vaccaro:     "There are more than a few Giants fans for whom the Mara Way — on display Tuesday with the official retention of Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese — is a frustrating way, a body-at-rest-tends-to-stay-at-rest endorsement of status quo. They are entitled...

Is Jon Stewart Past His Expiration Date?

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     When I first came across this title question in a Slate piece my first reaction was while not exactly 'getting my gun'-as in the old saying 'when I hear the world culture I get my gun'-at least to reach for my bullshit detector. I mean often you get this alleged for liberals from a friend-presumably a liberal too-who seems to be trying to help not liberals but conservatives.       What made me rethink it and at least give the post a chance was that this was also a suggestion of Barney Franks-that liberalism needs to 'get over the snark' of Stewart and Stephen Colbert, et. al.        "Barney Frank spent a whopping 32 years of his life as a U.S. congressman, and retired at a time when his party’s chances of retaking the House majority looked pretty grim. So when the onetime representative of Massachusetts’ 4th District announced in 2011 that he was calling it a career, I couldn’t really blame him. All the same, I...

What Two People do Americans Admire Most?

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

      If you answered President Obama and Hillary Clinton, you'd be right.        http://www.gallup.com/poll/180365/barack-obama-hillary-clinton-extend-run-admired.aspx        If you check that link you'll see there's a very cute picture of the two of them back when she was Secretary of State-I seem to recall some tabloid stories that he was cheating on Michelle with her-obvious hooey but they really did become very close friends and it's great to see.. This is not a new story.         "Americans continue to name Hillary Clinton as the woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most, and name Barack Obama as the man they admire most. Clinton has held the top women's spot in each of the last 13 years and 17 of the last 18, with that streak interrupted only by first lady Laura Bush in 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks. Obama has been most admired man in each of the last seven years, beginning...

Is New York City Now a Police State?

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     This is what you have to wonder with the spectre of them publicly turning their backs on the Mayor of New York City. My old buddy and Diary of a Republican reader checked in with some real concerns:      "Im really getting concerned about the behavior of cops..... everywhere. There seems to me to be no real interest in reigning it what looks like a policy of giving them a gun and letting them decide when to use it. They are not allowed to be questioned, they continually fall back on how "dangerous" their job is and act as if citizens should just STFU or they are gonna see what police brutality looks like. "        "This, to me, IS the key issue of our time. This is how the neoliberal nightmare gets its chance to fully come to fruition. Once municipalities are starved of tax revenue and services are privatized, formerly public employees are now personal care assistants for the plutocrats. These cops will take their marching...

David Duke Calls Steve Scalise a Fine Family Man

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Mike Sax 2 Comments

     Talk about damning with praise. Usually you hear about 'damning with faint praise' but in this case this is praise period is damning and the more praise the more damning.       Here’s an endorsement House Majority Whip Steve Scalise probably wasn’t looking for and doesn't want. In a comment to The Huffington Post, white nationalist and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke called the Republican congressman “a fine family man and a good person.” Duke was responding to a recently unearthed story that revealed Scalise had given a keynote address at a 2002 event hosted by the neo-Nazi’s white supremacist group.       http://www.mediaite.com/online/former-kkk-grand-wizard-david-duke-calls-gop-rep-scalise-a-fine-family-man/      Scalise is trying to claim that he just didn't realize he was speaking at a David Duke bash back...

The 2014 Giants: What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     Superficially this team's not only didn't have a better record than 2013, it was actually worse as the G-Men slip from 7-9 to 6-10 giving them their second straight losing system-worse year since 2004, Coughlin's first year-and the third straight year out of the playoffs.        Still, the feeling ending this year is quite different form last. Quite honestly, I already feel like I can't wait for 2015. Eli Manning had what arguably was his best season ever at least statistically, and the emergence of rookie phenomenon has totally changed the conversation around the team. What looked like such a disappointing season 5 weeks ago, now ends with optimism with the thought that next year a healthy Victor Cruz will join Odell, Eli, Randell-and Larry Donnell who certainly had his moments at tight end this year-remember that early Redskin game?     I think most fans as well as players were very glad if not relieved to hear that Coughlin will...

Carolina Panthers Prove That Sometimes a Loser Can Win

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

      Remember that Bee Gees song: 'how can a loser ever win?'       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sN05AMV9gY       Finally the Carolina Panthers give us the answer: play in the NFC South.  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014122800/2014/REG17/panthers@falcons#menu=gameinfo%7CcontentId%3A0ap3000000451007&tab=recap       So now you have the 7-8-1 Panthers hosting a playoff game with the 11-5 Cardinals coming to play next Saturday. I know it is what it is-you can only play the schedule they give you in the division they put you in but something seems askew here.      Six weeks ago the Cardinals were 9-1 and at that point were the NFC number 1 seed. To be sure what killed them was Carson Palmer's injury followed by Drew Stanton's injury. Meanwhile the Panthers were 3-8-1 and on a six game losing streak-and including the tie a seven game winless streak.     However, they came...

Democrats vs. Republicans: Who Has the Advantage Going Forward?

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     Greg Sargent among other liberal pundits has written a lot of doom and gloom scenarios about the Dems future prospects. Thanks to things like gerrymandering, out of state money from ALEC, etc, some voter id laws that are intended to make it harder for Democratic voters to vote and some bad rulings from the SJC like gutting a significant part of the Voting Rights Act, the GOP has done very well in the House in recent years and also at the state level.        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/11/11/can-democrats-get-their-act-together-at-the-state-level/        Still one thing that I think Sargent does is to believe the hype a little too quickly. The GOP allegedly to hear him tell it seems to have a lock on the House for the next 20 years give or take.       "As I noted this morning, anyone who cares about the future of the Democratic Party needs to ask whether the...

The Brownback Effect Hobbles Supply Siders

Posted on: December 26th, 2014 by Mike Sax No Comments

     Sumner is crowing about the alleged embarassment Keynesians in Brazil.       :Back in 2012, Paul Krugman did a post praising the “New Economic Policy” in Latin America, which focused on reducing inequality.  A few weeks later he singled out Argentina and Brazil for special praise: Just to be clear, I think Brazil is going pretty well, and has had good leadership. But why exactly is Brazil an impressive “BRIC” while Argentina is always disparaged? Actually, we know why — but it doesn’t speak well for the state of economics reporting.      "And it’s true that these countries had shown some impressive growth.  But that was more than 2 and 1/2 years ago.  How do things look today?  Obviously things are going downhill rapidly in Argentina, but what about Brazil?  Here’s The Economist: IN 2005 a debate raged between the two most powerful figures in President Luiz...

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