My hometown paper’s front page perfectly captures our utter impotence in the face of the gun lobby:
Our problem with guns goes far beyond the laws that could potentially regulate them. BUT, to the extent that the gun lobby has mugged our words—defining “freedom” as the right to own a weapon, not the right to not be shot by it; “safety” as more guns, not fewer; “tyrant” as the imagined intrusions of government, rather than the ability for any gun-toting nut to be judge, jury, and executioner—a juridical response could at least establish a rhetorical zone in which we’re not held at gunpoint. Alas.
This could spell the end to any speculation that Boston may be in on the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes, although those rumors have dampened lately.
Cherington and John Farrell both stated they would be happy with having Jackie Bradley Jr. as the starting center fielder come Opening Day and given the deal that Choo is seeking, reportedly between Jayson Werth‘s $126 million and Ellsbury’s massive 7-year and $153 MM, the Sox may decide to pass on him as well.
The Sox wisely pivoted away from the bloated Gonzalez/Crawford/Dice K contracts after the 2011/2012 fiascos, and focused on a swath mid-range players who put up significantly more consistent performances (which is to say, consistent at all). It’s heartening to see them letting the Yankees pay Ellsbury too much money and not feeling the need to compete in the cold war of ballplayer salaries.
If I were better at The Maths, I’d work out a ratio between the amount a team pays a player in a massively inflated superstar contract and how much they later demand in taxpayer contributions for a new stadium to house that aging, underperforming superstar. I’m seeing a 2:3 ratio.
ADDENDUM: In response to the Colonel Drew Nilsen’s request for an example of a massive contract for a 30+ hitter ever working out, I think the closest example would be after the Sox unloaded Gonzalez and Crawford to the Dodgers. The Dodgers turned their 2013 season around *in part* due to those two and their massively inflated contracts. But this a) masks Gonzalez’s declining numbers; he wasn’t nearly as good in 2013 as seasons past, he just happened to be a decent player on a team that went on a run, and certainly didn’t contribute $25 mil worth; and b) ignores the fact that the Sox actually won the series after substantially lessening their payload.
By most indicators, today’s jobs report was cause for relief. That the unemployment rate dropped three-tenths to 7.0 without a decline in the labor participation force is especially notable; in a good number of recent reports the decline of the unemployment rate has been at least partially attributable to people dropping out of the job search altogether.
None of that, however, changes the fact that November’s labor participation was the second-lowest in the past decade, save for October:
That goes a long way toward explaining why Obama’s approval numbers on the economy are so low despite a few months in a row of modest hiring. Until that labor participation number goes up, the economy isn’t “improving” in a way that’s immediately palpable, whatever the larger indicators say.
Now, good news for everybody but Ted Cruz: “The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) fell by 331,000 to 7.7 million in November.”
The deplorable rollout of Healthcare.gov and the seizure over ”if you like your crap plans you can keep them” has distracted Obamacare’s critics in the past two months from their main narrative that the ACA is a job killer. One of their specific predictions is that the ACA’s mandate that employers provide insurance for everyone over 30 hours or pay a fine will create a part time economy. Granted, the employer mandate doesn’t kick in until next summer, but if this warning were in any way true, that part time number would be going up, not down by 330K.
Anybody remember it like this?
In the case of Syria, it was a Russian proposal for President Bashar al-Assad to turn over and destroy his chemical weapons stockpiles, an option the White House seized on as a way of averting a military strike that Mr. Obama first threatened and then backed off from.
A Russian proposal, eh?
I think this is the White House’s subtle way of signaling that John Kerry’s “oopsy-daisy, I accidentally knocked diplomacy everywhere” was more intentional than it was made to appear. Either way, pretending that Sergey Lavrov just one day up and suggested a diplomatic solution that the White House thought was a fine idea is a bit much.
What in the deep-fried fuck:
Sen. Paul had known that I used to wear a Confederate wrestling mask as part of an old radio shtick, and I still sometimes used the Southern Avenger moniker—it was my Twitter handle and appeared on my Facebook page. But he hadn’t known about the many stupid and offensive things I’d said.
Of course not. What about “conservative flag wrestling mask” or “southern avenger” would lead one to assume offensive or stupid views? That’s just silly.
The juxtaposition of these two tweets—the lower one written a day before Deeds’ son was released from a mental health facility due to lack of beds and went home, stabbed his father, and killed himself; the other posted after Deeds was released from the hospital this morning—is heartbreaking:
He clearly wasn’t sharing that NYT article just cuz.