Super Bowl Depends on Officiating

The winner of today's game will depend on officiating. That's much of what's wrong with football today. In general, there is no objective reality. We're told nothing is real until it's been reviewed and interpreted-only then do we know if we saw what we saw. 

But specifically the outcome of this game will depend on whether or not the Seahawks secondary is allowed to hit receivers beyond the 5 yard limit, hold, and hit receivers prior to the catch. 

The Seattle secondary has become the Lebron of the NFL. They're reputation as "the best" secondary seems to have earned them the honor of having the rules bent on their favor. 

Put simply. If the game is called honestly - the broncos can't lose.  If it's called the way the rest of the playoffs have been called - the broncos can't win. 

Just wanted to be on the record before the game. 

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What Motivates the GOP on Immigration?

It just doesn't make sense.

The GOP is pushing "immigration reform" - code word "amnesty." The end result of which will increase Democrat voter registration by millions. 

The theories abound. We're told we must "get the issue off the table."

Why?

It will only be replaced with the next issue we'll be told we have to "get off the table."

Some believe that the GOP are acting according to the whims of wealthy industrialist donors who want cheap labor, and they'll be rewarded with patronage positions after they're voted out of office.

Maybe.

But we wish to pose yet another theory.

Lets call it the "Brady Quinn Syndrome."

Apologies to Mr. Quinn - who by all accounts is a fine person and an outstanding athlete, but...

Brady Quinn entered the NFL with great fanfare and expectations. He's just never been able to be the number one quarterback. He's had a 7 year NFL career. Rarely takes a snap, or a hit; makes tons of money; is still a hometown hero and generally enjoys all the benefits of being an NFL player. He also never gets the blame for the loss, never has to do a post game press conference and probably isn't even that concerned about concussions.

I can't help but feel like the GOP leadership just prefers to take a back seat to the Democrats, never risk having to defend their policy choices, and enjoy the enormous trappings of power that accompany be a House or Senate member. Decades of gerrymandering make the majority of the seats safe, with the only danger being a Tea Party challenge.

Not surprisingly, the only time the GOP leadership shows any degree of hostility - it's to potential Tea Party challengers.

So, again with apologies to Brady Quinn, the GOP seems to be seriously afflicted with "Brady Quinn Syndrome."

 

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Wake up folks, ObamaCare Website isn't Broken

News Flash - The ObamaCare website ISN'T broken.

- and they won't fix it. 

Sure, they'll proclaim it "Fixed" and trot out some fools who've signed up, but the site will continue to be plagued with errors and a compliant media will dismiss all complaints as some sort of radical fringe "deniers."

This is how Government allocated commodities work.

When Governments own the factors of production, as in Soviet era Russia; first the Government requirements are met, and the consumers get the result. Take it or leave it, what ever it is.

The ObamaCare web interface was designed to collect, parse, and aggregate user data for the benefit of Government FIRST and deliver health care options to the user only after the primary goal was achieved. The Government will not change its priority and the site will never function appreciably better.

Getting ObamaCare will become the U.S. equivalent of getting commodities in the Soviet Union. Get in line early, stay late, pay high prices - and be thankful for what you've got.

Get used to it America - you voted for it - now deal with it. 

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GOP Bungling "Unemployment Extension" issue - as usual

Just when I think the GOP has found the last way to be on the wrong side of a political issue; they find another.

Today the Senate will take up the issue of extending unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. The fact that this is an absurd policy has nothing to do with the reality that the political optics are being bungled, once again, by the GOP.

Rather than simply oppose the extension on principal, they need to adopt the following position:

We regret that the dismal performance of the economy due to the destructive policies of this administration make it necessary to once again extend this "temporary measure," until we can correct the devastating economic policies of this administration. 

... or something like that.

But again, that's probably too much for which to hope.

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Boehner has the Winning Hand - Will He Play It?

Despite the heroism of Ted Cruz, the battle of ObamaCare will take place in the House - not the Senate.

Even before the House has finished drafting its latest funding bill (CR) the Senate and Obama have declared that they will not accept it and will force a so called "Shut Down."

Boehner and the house GOP have a winning hand to play - if they'll play it. When the Senate rejects the current CR, the House should wait a few days and let the "shutdown fury" play itself out a bit. Take the time to reiterate that Obama and the Senate have two Bills on their desk to fully fund Government, but refuse them. 

Despite their positioning to the contrary - it is Democrats, not Republicans that will face mounting pressure to cave. The House should submit a third and final CR something like this:

-Fully fund Government at existing levels

-Fully Fund ObamaCare Immediately

- Remove all individual penalties for not participating

Once the third and final CR is passed, the GOP will point out that the ObamaCare bill remains 100% in tact, and if it's as great as they say it is - people will enter the system voluntarily. This is the American way, and a true "pro-choice" position. In the face of mounting pressure to re-open the Political Patronage Distribution system we call "Government," It's hard to imagine that there won't be a few defectors to the "Pro-Choice" side.

Boehner should also add, that this is all we're going to do - if we want to leave the Government running in a state of "essential services only" until the 2014 elections - Fine. Let the people vote on whether or not they want to be forced into ObamaCare. 

If we can't win that argument - we're not going to win any others anyway.

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