Monday, August 31, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
It is an awesome scam. 20+ million plus men signed up hoping to have affairs, and perhaps as little as 12,000 women were ever on-line to respond. Ashley Madison personnel created as many as 5.4 million fake female IDs, but the company was so lazy in its fraud that it didn't even bother to have someone occasionally engage the men in some harmless chit-chat and a gradual turn down.
Certainly some men had to be unhappy with paying to get laid but never getting laid, but what real alternative did they have? "Hey. No chick wants to do me! Give me my money back." Dude, you are a troll, of course no one wants to bang you. "I am a catch! I have a wife! Give me my money back." Look, we won't charge you going forward, OK? "I want my money back!" Sue us. And when you sue us, we will send a subpoena out to depose your wife on whether you lost anything by not having sex with random women.
"Oh......OK....look, just close my account." (Ashley Madison says it will, but doesn't).
Amazing stuff. Great scam. Look for a Chapter 7 filing soon.
You wonder whether AM might have been able to operate more effectively as an escort service. I mean, if you could recruit enough escorts (say 100,000) you might be able to keep up with some small amount of the pent up demand here. And the women could, if they so chose, have a date with the guy, find him hideous, and not have sex at all. (It is a dating service after all, AM is not claiming that you will always get laid - you just are supposed to find folks who want to "have an affair". It isn't AM's fault if you cannot close the deal). Of course hiring actual escorts would require the actual outlay of money, so it doesn't make for as profitable of a scam....and before the computer hack, no one ever complained that they were not getting laid.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The theory went as follows -- when there is something that will help the American working man, be for it, whether it is increased minimum wage or unionization or supporting Obama Care. If you truly want the middle class to be Republicans, then your platform should be that you will help the middle class.
As I have said before, it USED to be that a thinking man who was making $35,000 a year in a union job could look 5-10-20 years down the road and say, "Well, some day I will be making $100,000 a year. I ought to vote Republican because they won't tax me as much." And when we had labor unions and basically lifetime employment, we had a lot of happy people who just wanted to live in a law and order society where they could safely raise their kids (key American values which have always been a big pitch of the GOP -- anticrime, protect the kids from strange liberal thinkers).
"Reagan Democrats" were a lot of union folks; blue collar workers who felt that Reagan would be a strong leader who would let them live their lives while Carter was a weak-need leader who insisted that everyone turn down the heat to 65 degrees and drive 55.
The problem with being a Republican nowadays is that they stand for 3 things: 1) tax cuts for the wealthy; 2) going to war with everyone; and 3) hating minorities. If you are some guy getting out of high school and you have a couple gay friends, know a bunch of Hispanic guys and really don't want to go to war with everyone, the Republican Party offers you nothing. It used to be that a guy in Dundee, New York who graduated in 1955 could leave high school, get a union job, work for 40 years, retire at 58 and live on a pension. He never had to worry about money and he never will. How do I know this? Because my father attended his 40 year HS reunion and learned this, "These guys were not even good high school students - they all have very good lives.". That same graduating student in 2015 won't make $75,000 a year some day. He won't have a pension. He won't ever make enough that he ever pays federal income tax. When he retires, he needs Social Security and Medicare. He will probably be a Democrat.
Interestingly, this same guy will probably be very happy if illegal immigration slows. He will have fewer competitors for his job. His employer might actually have to pay him more to work.
Just a thought.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Trump, of course, is right. People who make $300,000 a year should NOT get taxed at 39.6% while hedge fund managers make $300,000,000 and get taxed at 23.8%.
That said, Trump better HOPE to God that one of three things happens: 1) he starts to decline in the polls; 2) he "evolves" on this position; or 3) he decides that he was misunderstood. Because if none of these three things happens, I honestly fear for Donald Trump's life. There is nothing more that Republican power brokers hate than a guy who will raise taxes on the wealthy. If Trump is on his way to getting the GOP nomination and he is serious about increasing taxes on the wealthy.....desperate times call for desperate measures.... GOP power brokers do not give a fuck about social issues - they use the issues for votes. Their daughters get abortions. Their gay kids and relatives get married and they attend. They love the cheap labor created by illegal immigrants. But you start asking them to pay taxes? Oh boy.
I am, in no way, advocating violence toward Mr. Trump -- as I have said, I agree with him. But Jack Kennedy took on the mob and tried to cut off their sources of untaxed income. Didn't end well for him.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Go toward the bottom.
Summary -- 1) arbitrator is entitled to great deference; 2) court cannot reevaluate the findings of fact; 3) there is no such thing as "law of the shop"; 4) Brady did it, or at least there was enough evidence for Goodell to find that Brady did it.
The most interesting thing about the brief:
-- Brady's destruction of his cell phone was not known to the Wells Report folks, but instead the Union presented that piece of information in pursuing the appeal. (Ooops).
-- Brady was asked for all texts or emails about the deflation of footballs at any time to anyone. That is why he didn't want to produce the phone -- he was texting someone ELSE about football deflation.
-- Brady could not produce his phone since it was his standard practice to destroy his phones -- except he still had the phone from BEFORE the destroyed one. Again, oops. "Well, it is my standard practice.....this one time."
The union has argued "evident partiality" by Goodell. Yeah, sure.
For those of you so outraged with Adrian Peterson's whipping of his child -- those of you who wanted him basically banned from ever working again and thrown in prison -- how do you feel about the fact that Fogle will only see 5-14 1/2 years in prison?
Isn't this the sort of behavior (systematic child porn, violations of privacy for personal and pecuniary benefit actually soliciting and engaging in sex with minors) that should result in life in prison? Just because Fogle has $1.4M to give victims, does this mean he shouldn't be put away forever?
Disgusting. Al S. - I know you have thoughts.
Monday, August 17, 2015
I would summarize it as this -- 56% of the GOP electorate is not currently following directions. They are supposed to vote for Bush and let Walker and Rubio do well enough that they can be a good VP candidate.
Instead, 56% say they will be voting for clearly unelectable options (Trump, Carson, Cruz, Huackbee, Paul). Bush is plummeting, Walker has lost 1/3 of his support. Rubio could not have done much better in the debate.....he dropped a point. Rubio's debate performance was like when Corey BRewer scored 51 points in a game -- a reporter that night asked LeBron, "So, your thoughts on CBrew scoring 51 points tonight." LeBron, "well, good for him......wait, WHAT!?!?!?!?" Rubio is never going to be that good ever again - yet, rather than reward him for his effort (and his willingness to move even FURTHER right on abortion than FoxNews thought he was), the voters actually ran away from him.
Anyway -- go Trump! And have you ever seen a guy who is around 65 years old who looks anywhere near as good as Ben Carson? Whatever secret medical knowledge he has should be ferreted out and provided at no charge to short, portly 51 year old bloggers.
The two greatest golfers of all-time are 2) Tiger Woods and 1) Jack Nicklaus. Tiger is the only guy since WWII to have a better year in majors than Spieth:
Tiger in 2000 -- 3 firsts and a 5th (8 total points, beats Spieth on wins)
Tiger in 2005 also posted an 8 with 1-1-2-4,
Jack's best ever single year was 1975 where he went 1-1-3-7.
Why is Jack the greatest ever? Look at the period 1971-1977.
Jack's total scores for those years:
1971 -- 10 (1 win)
1972 -- 16 (2 wins)
1973 -- 12 (1 win)
1974 -- 19 (0 wins)
1975 -- 12 (2 wins)
1976 -- 20 (0 wins)
1977 -- 17 (0 wins)
Did Tiger ever have a stretch of 7 years like that? No. Here is his stretch 2000-07
8, 67, 32, 78, 72, 8, (was cut at US Open, so his score would be above 80), 17.
Tiger in his best 8 years (2000-07) did have 12 major wins to Jack's 8 major wins in his best 8 year stretch (1970-77). But Jack had a stretch 1962-67 in which he also had 7 majors. Tiger will be 40 this year. By age 39, Jack had 15 majors. Tiger has 14. At ages 37-38-39 Jack had 6 top-4 finishes in majors, including one win. Tiger at ages 37-39 has had 1 top-4 finish (2013 Masters where he tied for 4th with Marc Leishman, losing to Adam Scott by 4 strokes) one top 6, and a ton of injuries and awful results.
Jack won 2 majors at age 40 and 1 at age 46. So we shall see whether Tiger can step up and get it done, or whether it is time for him to fade away and allow Spieth, Day, McIlroy, etc. to take over.
Friday, August 14, 2015
This has led to claims that LeBron is paying to put 1,100 kids through college at a cost of $41 million. I love LeBron, but people, this isn't "Scott's Tots" - he isn't going to be standing with his schlong in this hand 5 years from now hoping he still has enough money to write checks.
First -- the money is available only to kids who finish the Program. Part of the Program is getting acceptable grades and adequate standardized score results and getting through school in Akron. If you assume that 30% of the kids will not complete the program, I think you are giving the kids a lot of credit.
Second -- the money only goes to the kids if they go to the University of Akron. Assume you are a poor kid from inner city Akron and you stay in school, stay out of trouble, and have, say, a 27 on your ACT. You probably can go to most colleges for free or close to free, either on a need based scholarship or a merit based scholarship. If you can go to Ohio State or Michigan, do you want to go to Akron? Harvard or Akron? Stanford or Akron? You get the point. Assume that the kids who can go to a better school will. Let's say that is 10% of the remaining 750 kids. So drop 750 to 675.
Third -- the Foundation is partnering with the University of Akron. Do you believe that a poor inner city kid from Akron would be charged full freight for attending the U of A if he or she had stayed out of trouble, did well in school and had a decent ACT score? I do not believe that to be the case, and the U of A web site states that it awards both merit and need based scholarships up to $10,000 (tuition is currently $9,500). If LeBron approached the U of A, do you think that they screwed him and said, "Yeah, LeBron, a lot of these kids would actually go here for nothing or next to nothing, but if YOU will pay for them, we are going to charge YOUR FOUNDATION $10K/kid." I really, really doubt it. Therefore, LeBron probably said, "What would you charge a kid who was in this situation?" Around $3,500 on the average. "OK, that is what I will pay."
$3,500 X 675 kids = $9,450,000.
Fourth -- LeBron isn't paying the $9,450,000. It is the Foundation that is paying it. I seriously doubt that every dollar in the coffers of the LBJ Foundation is contributed by LeBron James. If it is, great, but generally Foundations do fundraiser and get donations, etc. Maybe not the case here, but, again, someone should at least look at the source of the funds at issue. If Dan Gilbert gives $10,000,000 a year to LeBron's foundation it is one thing. If Gilbert gives $0 it is another.
Fifth -- I doubt that anyone would be so stupid as to Michael Scott it and promise payment in the future without some clear source of payment. It is possible that the Foundation gave U of A, for example, $6,000,000 today and said, "That is it. That is all I will pay. You invest it and you agree that these kids all go for free if they want." Or you get someone like a bank or insurance company involved and buy some investment product today that they will guaranty will amount to the possible tuition payment in 4-5-6 years.
LeBron ain't paying $41M.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Obviously I have never actually met these women, so I can only go off what I have seen thus far on TV. There are really only two ways to rate a potential date -- looks and personality (some women I know would add MONEY but I am a guy, I really do not care if they are poor).
So, I rank them based upon Category 1 (which is basically personality) and Category 2 (which is straight out looks - they could reveal a love of Hitler and admiration of Sarah Palin and I could still rank them at the top of Category 2). So, here goes.
The Best Group - "Yeah, Like I Ever Had a Shot"
Ashley I. 12
I Might Go Out With If I Heard They Were Obsessed With Me.
Not At All Interested
Monday, August 10, 2015
Then Fox News is just OUTRAGED that Trump went after Megyn Kelly and suggested that she might be on her period while questioning him. Again - no discernible decline for Trump.
Fox News for 20 years has fought against intelligent dialogue. It has fought for candidates like GW Bush and Sarah Palin, each of whom did not have enough brain power to light a 30 watt bulb. "It doesn't matter, you vote for a fighter, someone who cares about you and who will try to get things done.....not some egghead. Eggheads cannot be trusted, they are too liberal."
So Trump is a fake Republican and a flip-flopper???? Hahahahahahahahaha. Who did Fox News support so hard in 2012 that Karl Rove on election night refused to believe he had lost?? Willard "Mitt" Romney. Mitt once campaigned for Senator on the basis that he was to the left of Ted Kennedy on abortion rights! To the left of Ted Kennedy. He was running, literally, against Ted Kennedy, and telling people that they should vote for Mitt if they were truly liberal! By 2012, Mitt needed to get nominated, so he called himself "severely conservative" and decided that he hated everyone, and the 47% were killing America (never mind that the 47% included retirees on Social Security and the disabled, including disabled veterans). Fox News supported him.
So I guess that Fox News doesn't have much basis for going after flip floppers.
Trump is rude? Dick Cheney, in the Senate chamber, once told a U.S. Senator to "go fuck himself." The media was outraged. Not Fox News - "politics is a tough game, not for the faint of heart."
Trump is rude to women? What have we heard on Fox News for the past 5 years as state legislatures try to take rights away from women? "It is all make believe. We LOVE women. Why would we ever try to hurt them?" Recall Rush Limbaugh's abuse of Sandra Fluke? Calling her a prostitute and saying that if she got contraceptives paid for that he demanded that she tape her sex and let him watch? Here are the top two GOP Presidential candidates' responses --
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said "it’s not the language I would have used." Fellow Republican primary candidate Rick Santorum dismissed the comments stating that "an entertainer can be absurd."
A woman went to Capitol Hill to argue that birth control is medicine and was called a whore? The response of the Fox News-led establishment? Meh.
So, Trump suggesting that an ugly woman is a dog or that a fat woman is fat is clearly way, way more defensible than actions that Fox News has swept under the rug in the past. Do they really expect their viewers to suddenly become 'overly sensitive pansy liberals" and demand that Trump go away? Come on.
Look, Fox News, Trump has beaten you at your own game. You know all of those years that Fox News has spent scaring the shit out of people and telling them to be outraged when they are asked politely not to spout hate? It worked. There are millions of Republican voters out there who do not give a fuck whether you call someone fat, ugly, on the rag, or use a racial slur. They don't care. And they believe that the greatest strength anyone can show is to stick it to all of the politically correct libs out there and speak like we used to speak in the 1970s. I.e., what the viewers call "telling the truth."
Therefore, every step Fox News takes in this direction against Trump is counterproductive. They have told viewers for years that the media is biased and that if the media tells you a candidate is dumb or rude or hates women or is called a flip flopper that this means the exact opposite -- you should vote for them.
What Fox News needs to do is simply not follow Trump. Pick three guys to feature and just hammer the crap out of featuring them. In the early 1990s, sports radio got tired of fellating Michael Jordan, and they decided that the true star of the Bulls was Scottie Pippen I heard hundreds of times, "Pippen is really the key. Pippen is really the better player." This was, of course, ridiculous, and not borne out by any review of statistics, but certain people clung to it just because they wanted to do so. It became a ceaseless drumbeat. Only Pippen's eventual failures post-Jordan ruined the meme.
Fox News should just pump the hell out of Christie, Cruz and Bush. Just follow every tiny little thing they do. Talk constantly about how awesome they are and do 1-3 hour specials on "this is Ted Cruz" or "this is Jeb Bush". Do nothing on Trump. People will eventually say, "Geez, saw a great story on Cruz yesterday. Might have to vote for him." Make Christie into the great bombastic leader of the party and replay things he has said and do a one hour item on "Speaking truth to power -- the Chris Christie Story."
Now, one might suggest that this isn't proper behavior for a news organization -- ignoring a guy who is doubling his next closest opponent in the polls. Fox News is not now, nor has it ever been, an independent news organization. Why pretend? Just promote the hell out of some of the other guys. When Trump does something outrageous, just ignore him. When one of the other guys does something outrageous, praise the hell out of him. "See, THAT is what we need!"
Provide Trump with debate questions about Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka -- no one can possibly make anything good out of those. Then ask him some questions about the other candidates -- "Of these 16 others, who are the three you most admire?" Stuff like that. No one can win a debate if you give them just deathly questions where you are just seeking useless info or info no one cares about.
Now, during debates, you are going to have to identify at least two other people to treat exactly like Trump. So, Walker is a good choice. And Fiorina or Kasich. Just ask them the exact same topics you ask Trump. Then when he complains the next day you can say, "Hey, we asked Walker the same things and he is supposed to be our darling..."
So there you go Fox News. (Stewie Griffin voice) "You're wel-come."
Friday, August 07, 2015
I am roughly 18 months older than Teague. His misconduct is like something out of "Anchorman". I mean, let's ignore his flirtatious texts (where he at first receives some encouragement and then goes on to suggest skinny dipping and describes how he would perform cunnilingus on the recipient of the texts). The report says he is in a public setting with a married woman and he goes up to her, asks if she ever cheated on her husband. When she says no, he asks if she WOULD cheat on her husband. No.
He grabs ("pinches" is the actual report) her ass 3 to 4 times. What the fuck is going on in your head here? You have been rebuffed twice, you are in public, and you decide that the proper response to your being told to go away is to grab the woman's ass 3-4 times?
Another item of interest -- at least one of the victims appears to have been most upset by the fact that the next day he was in the same room with her and did not apologize. Lesson -- if you do something really, really awful, throw yourself on the mercy of your victim and explain how sorry you are and how you hope they can forgive you. It may work.
He now is seeking counseling for alcohol addiction. Look, when I was 21 I drank 4+ beers a night for 5 straight months. 8+ on Friday night and Saturday day/night. I never once decided that it was a good idea to describe to a semi-friendly girl how I would tongue her clit, or grab the ass of a girl I wanted to have sex with (but who didn't want to have any sort of sex with me). Just because you are a drunk doesn't mean you have to be an asshole and sexual predator. I am not sure alcohol counseling will do much - some serious personal behavior counseling seems more in order.
1) Kane is from South Buffalo -- who knew? I have always hated the little MF'er and I never knew he grew up 50 miles from where I grew up. I guess I should pay more attention.
2) In the off season, Kane lives in "Hamburg" in a 6,000 square foot mansion that he bought from another rich guy after the guy took two houses and made them one.
3) I put Hamburg in quotes because Kane doesn't live in the gritty blue collar part of Hamburg that most people consider Hamburg. He lives on Lake Erie.
4) Kane allegedly got into trouble at a bar in the "Town of Evans." "Town of Evans" is about as helpful as saying "on Manhattan Island". When I was told this, I surmised that Kane was actually at a bar in Angola, which is the place inside the Town of Evans where a wealthy punk like Kane would be to drink with other wealthy dinks and wannabe wealthy folks.
5) One report has Kane drinking at Mickey Rat's Beach Club. Um, well, I guess for non-defamation purposes, I should note that my guess in #4 appears to be correct.
6) The idea that the 20-something Kane, who lives half the year in Chicago, surrounded by super hot women, would want or need to rape a woman in the Buffalo area (in what was first reported to me as "Hamburg") seems almost impossible to believe. Look, I have some fond memories of western New York, but if you are a wealthy late 20s guy, it isn't exactly the place you go trolling for hot chicks. The average woman in a Hamburg bar would be 30ish, 5-2 to 5-6 and above 155 pounds. I was confused, but then I hit upon a secret of Western NY.
7) Generally, Western NY women are really their best looking between 16 and 23. I am not sure why, but that is just how it is. There are a lot of very good looking WNY women in that age group.
8) So, my guess is that Kane went to some douchy rich kids' bar on the water and met a young girl from a wealthy family who looked hot. He then watched as she got intoxicated and took her back to his mansion and had sex with her. Probably a great deal of sex (police were supposedly looking for a video tape/camera).
9) She may be under 21.
10) She may be under 18.
11) She could be down there around 16.
As I said in item #1, I have no love lost for the guy. And he clearly showed poor judgment by trolling around a bar filled with douchy folks looking to find some intoxicated young girl. You aren't 18-22 anymore, Kane. You can actually have dates with women and maybe impress them with your house, money, etc. You don't need to find the hottest drunk chick and have sex with her on your floor.
But if you asked me to guess based upon what I know now, I would guess that the girl voluntarily went back to Kane's house, had sex with him, and then eventually told her parents where she was and they grew very upset. Her dad (rumored to be a lawyer) escalated the situation and we are where we are.
If Kane roofied or raped the girl, I hope he goes to prison forever, is castrated. and never plays hockey again. He can forfeit his nice lake home to me. But based upon what I know, I would say it is a 75% chance that Kane never gets charged with anything and the whole thing goes away.
Just my guess.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
1) Is there any position taken by the religious right in this country that you believe is incorrect?
2) Would there ever be a reason (for examine, war, national health emergency) where it would be permissible to raise taxes on those with incomes above $1,000,000 a year -- even temporarily? If so, what would that be?
3) Assuming you are unwilling to raise taxes, and assuming that growth cannot exceed 3% per year, identify $600 billion a year in spending that you would cut immediately to balance the budget.
4) Do you support trade with China, a country with a terrible human rights record and nuclear capability?
5) In light of your answer to #4, why is China a more acceptable trading partner than Iran?
6) Is the world roughly 6,000 to 7,000 years old?
7) Do you recognize that the Christians, Jews and Muslims all pray to the same God?
8) If a man in Minnesota is 51 years old and has paid into Social Security and Medicare for 28 years, do you believe that you should cut his future benefits under either program?
9 - several subparts through follow ups)
Do you believe that the Confederate Flag should be displayed by states if they so choose?
follow up 1 -- If yes, then how do you square that position with the "Pledge of Allegiance" which states that the United States flag represents "one nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE, with liberty and justice FOR ALL"?
follow up 2 -- Do you agree that the ideas for which the Confederate flag stands are not consistent with pledging allegiance to the United States flag?
follow up 3 -- If you continue to support the Confederate flag, do you believe that the Pledge of Allegiance should be abolished?
10) Are gas and oil prices too high or too low under President Obama's watch?
11) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that our national infrastructure needs $4.6 trillion just to bring it up to acceptable status. Can you identify any major U.S. infrastructure project that you would support?
12) How much would it cost to build a 1,000 mile 20-foot high wall across the border of Mexico and the U.S.? Would you build it if the Mexican government would not?
A) If someone plays well in the JV debate, can the moderators decide to give them a chance to play half of the Varsity debate?
B) If you win 3 straight JV debates, do you get to be in the fourth Varsity debate? (Like the PGA tour does)?
C) As a white female Republican, is Carly Fiorina required to make wildly inaccurate false claims and then refuse to back them up?
D) Would it be OK with Ben Carson if Rand Paul voided the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and allowed hotels and restaurants to decide if Ben Carson could stay/eat there?
E) John Kasich -- do you really believe in helping the poor or do you want to have any chance of winning?
F) To Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio - would you support a constitutional amendment that defined "natural born citizen" to include only people born in the U.S. to two parents who were both American citizens?
G) To JV Debaters -- are you embarrassed that your own party thinks you have no chance to win and put you in this shitty debate?
H) To Chris Christie -- Barack Obama, were you hugging him or merely grabbing his ass?
I) To Scott Walker -- isn't a college education basically a bare minimum requirement to getting a good white collar job today?
J) To Jeb Bush -- rank your mom, dad, siblings (including yourself) and GWB's twin girls by intelligence starting at the bottom with GWB. Go!
K) To Trump -- can you identify one positive quality that any of the 9 other people on stage have that is superior to any quality you have? You may answer, "No, none" if you would like.
L) To Mike Huckabee - Iran is basically run by a right-wing religious organization that believes that all laws should be based upon a book of religion allegedly blessed by the God of Abraham. Is there anything wrong with that?
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The dark pic is a tad fake, but the light-colored pic is real. And unless Christie is grabbing Obama's ass, he is definitely voluntarily hugging the man.
|RCP Average||7/26 - 8/2||23.2||12.8||10.6||6.6||6.6||6.2||5.2||4.8||3.4||2.8||2.0||1.4||1.2||1.0||0.4||Trump +10.4|
|FOX News||7/30 - 8/2||26||15||9||6||7||6||5||5||3||3||1||2||1||2||0||Trump +11|
|Bloomberg||7/30 - 8/2||21||10||8||7||5||4||6||5||4||4||2||2||1||1||1||Trump +11|
|CBS News||7/29 - 8/2||24||13||10||8||6||6||6||4||3||1||2||1||2||0||0||Trump +11|
|Monmouth||7/30 - 8/2||26||12||11||6||5||6||4||4||4||3||2||1||1||2||1||Trump +14|
|NBC/WSJ||7/26 - 7/30||19||14||15||6||10||9||5||6||3||3||3||1||1||0||0||Trump +4|
Now, quite frankly, I have never understood the whole Kardashian-Minaj-Azalea theme of "I am skinny but I have an enormous ass". OK, I understand it, but it isn't something that is appealing to me.
But(t) my extremely high regard for fellow 51 year old Anthony Ray (aka Sir Mixalot) means that I need to post this entry on the Blog despite my own personal tastes. Happy early birthday wishes to Mr. Ray, who turns 52 on August 12. "The Watcher" was a truly great show.
Monday, August 03, 2015
By 1978 or so, the ban had still not been lifted, but I stumbled upon Mid-Atlantic wrestling one day. It was a production put on by the NWA (I was confused by the constant references to Harley Race, the great NWA champ, who never appeared on my TV). In any event, the stars of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, in my opinion, were Ric Flair and Greg Valentine who feuded endlessly and beat the living hell out of each other. There were a lot of other wrestlers whom I would later follow out of North Carolina and Georgia. But I recall most vividly the Flair-Valentine feud.
One day Roddy Piper came into the Mid-Atlantic region. He was a terrible person, someone so villainous that you just hated him immediately. He was a great "heel."
Looking back at old clips, the shtick from 1981 or so is so tired and old that it seems like the guys are fighting over whether vanilla or French vanilla is a better ice cream flavor. Piper calls guys old and fat and they say Piper wears a dress (he always wore a kilt, thus obviously opening himself for this insult, a pretty obvious character flaw in 1981).
Piper and Flair fought against each other and fought together at times. They made a good combo, regardless of how arcane their stated differences were.
Then Piper disappeared, I know not where. Well, he turned up in the WWF where he continued his reign of being the #1 overall heel. Piper was just a guy you hated. He was loud and had a squeaky voice when he wanted to put on that affect. He liked to act crazy....but more maniacal than crazy. And he could just explode with hatred and bile, physically and verbally. His coconut to the head attack on Jimmy Snuka on "Piper's Pit" was one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen, but it was preceded with some of the most loaded racist conduct you could ever put together. Remember, this was a PG or PG-13 world, so the actual words Piper was saying weren't necessarily outrageous. It was how much he loved saying them.
I saw Piper wrestle in person in Buffalo and do a "Piper's Pit" segment live in the arena. I also saw Piper wrestle Rick Rude in 1989 at the Met Center in a "country whipping match" in which the men took leather straps to one another for 15 minutes or so (Piper defeated Rude, but both men were in awful shape by the end of the match).
Piper was a character. He really wasn't a great technical or scientific wrestler, and he really didn't have much profound to say. (The top of my blog features the sort of quotes Piper could provide -- this one from a movie, "They Live.") Yet he became so popular that I had two thumb wrestlers given to me as a gift, Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper. No one ever asked, "Who is that other guy?" Piper for serveral years was the publicity equal of Hogan.
For those too young to remember Piper, looking back at his old highlights won't do much to show you who he was. It was a different time. We didn't inquire as to who our entertainers really were. If you acted poorly on screen, we hated you. If you acted as a nice guy on screen, we loved you. We didn't dig down any further. My mom once met a soap opera actress from the late 1970s who played the evil person on her show. She told my mom how she could not walk in a mall or go to a public beach without someone calling her a whore or spitting on her. We didn't look very hard at the "acting" part of the equation. Piper took advantage of that fact. He was a bad guy 90% of the time, and while he made some turns to the good side, he could never really be effective there. He needed to be evil and maniacal to be great. And he was. He was a great, great "wrestler" in the sense that he showed up and did his job in the way that brought him and his companies the most fans and the most money.
Losing Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper in one year is very hard on a wrestling fan born in 1964. At least Ric Flair survives. But when Flair dies, I may need to take a couple days off.