Monday, September 28, 2015

Right Wing Fears

This just about says it all.

Friday, September 25, 2015

John Boehner -- Quitter

He will not be missed.  He was SUPER ineffectual and allowed Ted Cruz to become the de facto Speaker of the House.  Probably the worst decision made by Boehner was to effectively remove earmarks for money to individual districts, thus allowing Congressmen to thumb their noses at him with no threat of reprisal.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Whose Butt?

We haven't had a "Whose Butt?" in a while, so some clues:

-- butt art itself gives a clue
-- appeared as a guest star on Nickelodeon show several years ago
-- Ben Affleck once was asked many questions about her during a media tour
-- appeared in one of the worst-grossing very wide release movies of all-time.

And, she is unbelievably built.


Jessica Simpson September 2015
There has always been a lot of body to the girl.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ted Cruz - Natural Born Citizen?

The most hilarious thing about the whole deal is the Republicans were TRYING to claim Obama was born outside the U.S. to one U.S. citizen - his mom.  We KNOW that Ted Cruz was born outside of the U.S. to one citizen - him mom.  That is his official statement of his citizenship!

So, summary, Obama = black skinned = non-citizen.  Cruz = lighter skinned = citizen.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

George W. Bush v. Hillary Clinton

1) Intelligence failure and refusal to act upon threat of airplane-based terrorist actions results in the death of 2,600 people on 9/11/01.

GOP Reaction -- "George W. Bush, he kept us safe".

2) Intelligence failure and failure to see warning signs causes 4 deaths at Benghazi.

GOP Reaction -- "Criminal act by Clinton.  Disqualifies her from office; their blood is on her hands."

That is all you need to know.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RIP Moses Malone

As stated elsewhere in the Blog:

1) My #16 best player of all-time.

2) One of 8 guys to win 3+ regular season MVPs and a title.

(The 8 are, in order, based upon my rankings:  Jordan(1), Wilt(2), Kareem(3), LeBron(4), Magic(6), Russell(8), Bird (13) and Moses (16).

-- Was once tossed out of a high school all-star camp for being too good (no one could compete against him).

-- First player in modern era to go from high school to pros (ABA Utah Stars).

-- 13 time all-star selection

-- 4X first-team all-NBA, 4X second team all-NBA as a center, 2X first-team all-defense

NBA/ABA Combined List top 10s

2nd in made and total free throws, 1st in offensive rebounds, 5th in defensive rebounds, 3rd in total rebounds, 7th in points, #2 in offensive rebound percentage, 5th in total rebound percentage.

Despite having only one title, is one of 25 players listed at as having a 100% Hall of Fame likelihood.

Caused of Death -- high blood pressure and being big, old and overweight -- died in his sleep at age 60.

RIP big fella.

Top 3 Katy Perry Pics

We had a tie for 3rd, so I will delete my vote for the tied spot and we end up with:

3rd Place, mostly naked Katy:

2nd Place - Cooking With Not Much On Katy:

And Our Winner, "Hands Down" the most popular pic:

Thanks to all who voted.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

12 Best Katy Perry Pics -- Vote on Your Top 3 (NOT a click-through!)

When you are discussing 12 just awesome Katy Perry photos and trying to pick the "top 3" I will concede that this is a tough task. But, I will set this criteria -- if you had 3 Katy Perry photos to take with you into the wilderness and you could never come back and see Katy Perry again, or ever get another picture, and the other 9 had to be burned in front of you while your eyes were held open so you had to watch, which 3 would you pick? Vote in the comments section.  I will post no more blog entries until the 15th or until I get at least 5 comments - which ever is later. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Why I Believe Tom Brady Will Eventually Lose On Appeal

The recent victory for Tom Brady provided by Judge Richard M. Berman, begins its legal analysis with this quotation:

"Although judicial scrutiny of arbitration awards necessarily is limited, such review is
sufficient to ensure that arbitrators comply with the requirements of the statute at issue." Gilmer v. Interstate/Johnson Lane Com., Ill S. Ct. 1647, 1655 (1991) (quoting Shearson/Am. Express Inc. v. McMahon, 107 S. Ct. 2332, 2340 (1987)). "The deference due an arbitrator does not extend so far as to require a district court to countenance, much less confirm, an award obtained without the requisites of fairness or due process." Kaplan v. Alfred Dunhill of London, Inc., No.  96 Civ. 259 (JFK), 1996 WL 640901, at *7 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 1996)."

It is rather clear that the good judge stated how he wanted the result to turn out and then instructed his clerk to find ANY case law (even 20-25 years old) that supported that ruling.  As recently as 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Oxford Health v. Sutter explained that an arbitrator's ruling should almost never be overturned:

So long as an arbitrator "makes a good faith attempt" to interpret a contract, "even serious errors of law or fact will not subject his award to vacatur."

Under the FAA, courts may vacate an arbitrator’s decision "only in very unusual circumstances." That limited judicial review, we have explained, "maintain[s] arbitration’s essential virtue of resolving disputes straightaway." If parties could take"full-bore legal and evidentiary appeals," arbitration would become "merely a prelude to a more cumbersome and time consuming judicial review process."  Here, Oxford invokes §10(a)(4) of the Act, which authorizes a federal court to set aside an arbitral award "where the arbitrator[] exceeded [his] powers." A party seeking relief under that provision bears a heavy burden. "It is not enough . . . to show that the [arbitrator] committed an error—or even a serious error." Because the parties "bargained for the arbitrator’s construction of their agreement," an arbitral decision "even arguably construing or applying the contract" must stand, regardless of a court’s view of its (de)merits.

So, the real question for the Second Circuit on appeal is whether there are two sets of standards for arbitration -- one for football arbitration and one for every other type of arbitration.  All arbitrators will get the benefit of the doubt, even if clearly wrong.....unless that arbitrator is Roger Goodell.

The fact of the matter is that the NFLPA bargained for arbitration.  Arbitration, by its very nature, allows a lot of terrible decisions to stand.  That is the entire theory of arbitration -- you agree on someone or some panel of people to tell you what your legal rights are.  They may be wildly wrong, but a court isn't going to overturn that result so long as the arbitrator tried to be fair.  As the Supreme Court added, arbitrator decisions generally get upheld whether "good, bad, or ugly."  If this isn't the rule for NFL players, then the courts should simply say that is the case - when they agree to allow The Commissioner to be an arbitrator they can still say he decided wrong. 

I would imagine that if  the NFL just simply argues the proper legal standard to the Second Circuit that the NFL will prevail. 


Friday, September 04, 2015