"What I'd really like to know is who S&P likes in the Hornets-Lakers series?"

Standard and Poors is a clown car, and I like the Lakers tomorrow. Tonight I like the Celtics, Magic and Blazers.

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    Sensible analysis of Af-Pak (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:58:05 PM EST
    strategy by "Tom Wellington", the anonymous Dem political consultant who thinks Obama should be primaried.

    Just Get the F Out!

    Shockingly....NOBODY notices that our (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:07:54 PM EST
    markets are not based on fundamentals until suddenly S&P suddenly notices.

    Gotta love artists (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:21:09 PM EST
    Republican Maine Governor Paul LePage has admitted regret over ordering his Department of Labor to remove a mural depicting the state's labor history from its lobby. ....

    Inadvertently, says the Post, the move also made the mural larger than life -- literally. Late at night on April 2, a group of three artists calling themselves "BrokeFix" visited Maine's capitol building in Augusta. Running a projector out of their car, they projected a large image of the mural onto the capitol's edifice for roughly two hours. link to video

    Apropos of absolutely nothing--but (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:23:25 PM EST
    this is an open thread--Greenwald posts a link to a profile of him in "Out" magazine.  Hypothetically, were a person such as me . to go to Rio for a month and meet a guy on the beach as cute as Greenwald's boyfriend (that's what the writer calls the guy), perhaps I'd throw it all over and move to Rio too!

    never seems to happen, does it? (none / 0) (#44)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:27:42 PM EST
    Maybe I'm trying the wrong countries...

    Haven't been to Brazil. Will never (none / 0) (#46)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:34:54 PM EST
    become fluent in Portuguese.  Loved "BF"'s comment about reading all of Greenwald's output.  

    Funny. yes, that would be a lot to expect (none / 0) (#61)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:26:08 PM EST
    of a mate.

    GG makes great points even in a human interest story. I'm glad he does take some occasional time off.


    From the files of Jaw Droppingly Dumb Ideas (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:31:47 PM EST
    Stuff that gives government agencies a bad name:

    Superhero capes for the jobless.  Read it and be amazed. I am just stunned.

    I think this new add from the DCCC (5.00 / 0) (#52)
    by Anne on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:55:28 PM EST
    is right up there in the jaw-droppingly-stupid category.

    See what you think.

    Maybe now we know what Jon Favreau's been working on.


    {head desk} (5.00 / 0) (#56)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:06:48 PM EST


    My thoughts are, they are going to try and make the Ryan plan look over-the-top bad so their compromise at the end seems palatable . . .

    of course, if they raise the age on SS, the Repubs can use this footage for their ads . . .


    I would like to see (5.00 / 1) (#74)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:05:32 PM EST
    the 70-year-olds who can still work at physically demanding jobs like construction, mining, cooking in a restaurant, being a nurse's aide or orderly, and so on.  Heck, I'm 63 and still doing a lot of cooking for my church's food festivals and other fund raisers, and I can barely do it for a couple of weeks.

    Yeah, right up there (none / 0) (#53)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:00:44 PM EST
    I am in favor of using humor...but it actually should be humorous.

    A couple of the best ads-evah (5.00 / 0) (#72)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:56:23 PM EST
    were Jerry Brown's against Meg Whitman.

    "Echo" will reverberate.  The ad splices clips from Ahnold's run for Governor with Meg's statements.  She, well, echoed Ahnold.  Just watch and enjoy.

    And there was "30 years ago."  This one had me laughing for days.

    She spent north of $150 million.  He spent maybe $20 million or so.  Message: Go away Republicans!  


    I have to admit that (5.00 / 0) (#73)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:02:18 PM EST
    I laughed my @ss off when Brown defeated Whitman.  What a disaster Meg would have been!

    Lot of substance to those ads (5.00 / 0) (#77)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:08:42 PM EST
    Echo's beginning phrase re insanity repeating mistakes of the past sets up the comparison to Ahnold....

    The ad presumes an intelligent audience....SNL could not have done better....


    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:23:43 PM EST
    Hey, I like "Governor Moonbeam."  I don't think that he's ever been in politics for himself.  California could certainly have done much worse.  While he has always been a fiscal conservative, he was against Prop 13 and has always been pro-environment, pro-gay rights, and anti- death penalty.  Heck, if he ran for President again, I'd vote for him.

    And as to Governor Moonbeam: (5.00 / 0) (#80)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:45:24 PM EST
    When will he be loved?

    If you don't like him, you're no good.

    He does travel to the beat of a different drum;

    and poor, poor pitiful Meg......


    couldn't resist.... (none / 0) (#81)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:46:20 PM EST
    who didn't have (5.00 / 1) (#89)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 09:53:59 PM EST
    A crush on her?  If she was his girlfriend,how you not admire him?

    One of my favorite records too (5.00 / 0) (#93)
    by ruffian on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 08:18:13 AM EST
    And I sure wished I looked like that in my California days. That is a beautiful picture. I have a couple of album frames that let you hang albums on your wall, and that one is in regular rotation in my den.

    I also got into Warren Zevon and Karla Bonoff through that record. Karla especially is often overlooked. She wrote many of those songs, and more, and sings them just as well. Just as pretty too. Interesting the role that luck plays in careers like that.


    Hey (none / 0) (#82)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:52:21 PM EST
    you've got a talent for it. Keep it up!

    The Left did not like his focus on (none / 0) (#79)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:43:14 PM EST
    revitalizing downtown Oakland--he should have focused on the schools, they said....

    But I dunno--I really like the new 1930s style facades--parts of downtown Oakland are really cool imo....


    OMG (none / 0) (#85)
    by sj on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:07:06 PM EST
    They have me laughing, too!  That "30 years ago" ad is brilliant, just brilliant!

    The lawnmowing was almost there (none / 0) (#57)
    by Dadler on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:12:07 PM EST
    Unfortunately, since this is establishment propaganda, we can't really stay on point for more than a brief moment, and that moment certainly won't be the last one we leave you with.

    Someone was paid a lot of money to conceive of and make this, talk about a sweet jobs program.  


    This is the state executive branch (none / 0) (#47)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:37:57 PM EST
    which turned down fed. money for high-speed rail!

    It almost makes me agree with that decision (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:02:04 PM EST
    They may have built a choo-choo train.

    Ugh.. i'm reminded of that weird (none / 0) (#55)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:05:11 PM EST
    movie with the guy from "Cheers", where he plays an almost moron who thinks he's a superhero.

    That almost describes FRASIER (5.00 / 0) (#58)
    by Dadler on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:15:33 PM EST
    Or Kelsey Grammar at least.



    Woody Harrelson. (none / 0) (#60)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:21:43 PM EST
    Can't remember the movie's name.

    I'm trying not to let my opinion (none / 0) (#63)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:28:00 PM EST
    of Grammer personally ruin Frasier for me. Love that show.

    One of the all time great female (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by CoralGables on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:26:58 PM EST
    athletes died today at age 57. Grete Waitz may have been from Norway but when it came to running she was all Big Apple. Nine time winner of the New York City Marathon, she even has a half marathon race named after her that is run in Central Park each year known as Grete's Great Gallop.

    Grete was a great marathoner before there was a women's marathon in the Olympics.

    My officemate has good friends (none / 0) (#64)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:31:32 PM EST
    in Norway that she checked in with this morning. It is a real day of mourning there. She was a national hero. 58 - way too young. My officemate said Grete used to smoke right up until the start of the race, then toss the cig aside and run the marathon.

    We were trying to think of any female athlete in America who's death would cause real mourning here. We couldn't come up with even one.


    I dunno about national mourning (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by CST on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:35:49 PM EST
    I'd put Mia Hamm up there with just about any male athlete.

    Then again, as a girl who grew up playing soccer I might have a slightly skewed perspective there.

    But it would certainly be "real" amongst a rather large peer group of soccer moms/dads/kids.


    I submit, for your perusal: (5.00 / 1) (#68)
    by shoephone on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:57:28 PM EST
    Chris Evert. A true champion, a total professional, a committed teacher, coach, and sponsor of USTA, and all around good person. Her kind of sports pro isn't popular in the U.S anymore -- we need 'em whiny, self-absorbed, and tantrum-throwing now -- but when I was growing up and learning to play tennis, Chris was the consumate female pro we wanted to emulate.

    Both Hamm and Evert (none / 0) (#86)
    by brodie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:11:04 PM EST
    are interesting picks, but soccer still isn't a major sport in the US and Hamm seems quite a ways from being a household name.  Great beer though ...

    Chris Evert once was famous, but maybe not as much as Billie Jean King or even Martina Navratilova, in a sport that was and is considered for the elite.  I too enjoyed watching her play and her steady presence on the court was refreshing at a time when that sport was being dominated by a few young whiney, tantrum-throwing players on the men's side.

    Like her boyfriend of the time, Jimmy Connors ...


    Chris Evert was just as famous as Martina (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by shoephone on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 10:14:19 PM EST
    (and Billie Jean). They were peers, competitors, and Chris won more tournaments against Martina than the other way around. When Chris got married and quit playing the grand slams, Martina stayed in the game -- continued winning her doubles championships -- and took on the mantle of promoting USTA. They are both greats of the game and legends of a bygone era.

    Billie Jean, of course, was the maverick who mentored them all.

    And not one of the women playing today can come close to matching what they accomplished, for women and for tennis.


    Bonnie Blair and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (none / 0) (#87)
    by Politalkix on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:32:26 PM EST
    On the men's side in tennis it was refreshing to watch Pete Sampras.

    I can't think of any (none / 0) (#67)
    by CoralGables on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:54:52 PM EST
    male or female that would bring that on in this country today.

    Part of that might be the nature of sport in the US which is driven by money. Also we are more team oriented which has more of us dislike someone since they are on the other team.

    Bill Rogers, possibly this country's greatest male marathon runner ever won Boston 4 times and New York City 4 times but I'd doubt one in a thousand in this country outside of Boston would know his name. And easily the best female marathoner ever in the US, Joan Benoit, would go unrecognized anywhere.


    Benoit is still going strong. She won her age (none / 0) (#76)
    by caseyOR on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:08:32 PM EST
    group yesterday in Boston. And Portland's own Kara Goucher finished 5th, a personal best time for her and a darn good finish, especially when you consider that she gave birth to her first child a scant 7 months ago.

    So sorry to hear about Grete. She was amazing.


    LOL Atrios points out (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:50:53 PM EST
    that S&P has no more insight into the workings of the Fed gov than anyone else does. I think their opinions on the NBA are probably a little more valid, since it is, after all, a business.

    Atrios is priceless (none / 0) (#91)
    by lilburro on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 11:37:42 PM EST
    I loved his "oops forgot my 9th blogiversary, please kill me" Godfather inspired horse birthday cake jpeg.  And if you can't laugh at that, then maybe Atrios is not your guy.  :)

    right track/wrong track (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:55:36 PM EST
    Wrong track at 64%. Not saying that Obama is in any real danger of losing re-election, but if that 'wrong track' number stays that high it will be another historic election.

    Time to wake up. Jobs now, please.

    McJobs to the rescue!!!!!!! (none / 0) (#5)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:04:39 PM EST
    This says a lot of the state of our (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:09:19 PM EST

    McDonald's held a similar event in its Western region last year. More than 60,000 people applied for the 13,000 positions.

    "really good news on the job front" (none / 0) (#11)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:16:46 PM EST
    quote from video . . .

    I used to have (none / 0) (#39)
    by sj on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:10:57 PM EST
    Good Morning America on while I got ready for work.  Their coverage of the "recession" and employment situation was pathetic.  Their "expert" would give her 5 minute advice on how, for example, to manage a home based business while also working part time.  Or how to use contacts and make use of your off hours while working part-time.  And cheerlead the JOBS! that were available because it was Christmas shopping season.  And where to go for COUPONS!

    All attempts at normalizing under-employment.


    Ugh. I hope Jamie Oliver (none / 0) (#9)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:10:06 PM EST
    makes a dent in the LA crap food market with his new show there.

    I love that he's doing this (none / 0) (#12)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:18:17 PM EST
    and I'm digging the time slot. Right before DWTS . . .

    It was interesting that in that poll (none / 0) (#13)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:18:51 PM EST
    Obama's approval rating was lower with women (43% approve vs 50% disapprove) than with men (46% approve vs 48% disapprove).

    We are mutha friggin sick of eating (5.00 / 4) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:20:56 PM EST
    bus tire rubber.  If he throws us under one more time it could get flat out ugly trying to get women to vote at all.

    saw a news report recently (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:23:56 PM EST
    that men are being hired over women, something about the perception of them being the bread winners. Not gonna help O with women if they can't get a job while getting run over by the bus . . .

    perhaps we should get paid for our bargaining chip status . . .


    well to be fair (none / 0) (#23)
    by CST on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:32:37 PM EST
    I remember seeing a bunch of new reports earlier that said the recession was affecting men and that they were being let go more than women (mostly due to industry factors like male dominated - construction - jobs essentially disappearing)

    So it's possible that there are simply more unemployed male candidates right now.


    Found a link (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:53:41 PM EST
    Holy Jesus (none / 0) (#26)
    by CST on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:57:44 PM EST

    Okay I take that back.  That's f*cking disgusting.


    lol!~ (5.00 / 0) (#27)
    by nycstray on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:04:02 PM EST
    I came close to throwing something at the teevee when I heard the story . . .

    Oh but MT (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:13:29 PM EST
    you're just a nasty PUMA! PUMA! PUMA!

    Let's see the under bus crap started about three years ago and then when you try to crawl out back you go!

    Obama is hoping for a radical fundy to run against. What if it's the The Donald who might be a birther but doesn't scare us like Santorum does.


    I'm clinging to my bitterness:) (5.00 / 3) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:19:05 PM EST
    And my nerf guns!  I got shot in the eye last night with a nerf dart.  I wasn't doing anything either, just standing there....collateral damage.

    My bitterness (5.00 / 2) (#38)
    by chrisvee on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:56:01 PM EST
    is the only thing keeping me warm under the bus, lol!

    You should nuggle up next to (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:37:37 PM EST
    your knitting. ;-)

    It does get a little chilly out here :) (none / 0) (#40)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:17:38 PM EST
    Have you noticed how (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:20:12 PM EST
    frequently the expression "threw me under the bus" is used now, and not just in the context of the primaries.  I expect it to be in the Oxford Dictionary soon.  

    P.S.  Does Joshua wear a "I love boobies" bracelet?  


    He doesn't (none / 0) (#48)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:38:10 PM EST
    I don't think he knows about that latest cultural/political development :)  I could be wrong though.  He has been reading a lot now, and he is very into getting paid for his grades now too so takes studying more seriously this year.  More money to buy video games with.

    My tutoree, who just turned 13, wears (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:41:29 PM EST
    the "boobs" bracelet to charter school with his uniform.  Yesterday I asked him about it and told him he had a First Amendment right to continue wearing it.  He sd. many girls in his middle school also wear it.  Somewhat unclear on expressing why he's wearing it.  Fad, I think.  

    Oh, and he took the bus to "Saturday School" to test the oft-repeated phrase from the teachers that the kids can complete their homework in two hours if the TV is off.  Correct.  But he isn't resolved to do homework sans TV.  


    IIRC the original concept of the (none / 0) (#75)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:08:24 PM EST
    "I love boobies" bracelet had to do with breast cancer awareness and 50% of all the proceeds will go Keep A Breast Foundation.

    My daughter (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by CoralGables on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:20:24 PM EST
    used to love money for grades too, but she always asked me to save it for her.

    Smart move on her part. She didn't have video games to play with, but the savings from money for grades will pay her rent through her first year of med school.


    I asked my tutoree if his parents pay (none / 0) (#65)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 04:34:47 PM EST
    for good grades  He sd. his mom doesn't believe in that, but his dad does!

    Haha (none / 0) (#37)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:55:10 PM EST
    you're funny!

    yes, but so many people hated (none / 0) (#17)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:22:16 PM EST

    Which one? (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:24:01 PM EST
    Which time? :)

    Whichever one had lower poll ratings (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:25:00 PM EST
    or vote counts that teh One, at the appropriate time.

    Basketball? (none / 0) (#3)
    by jbindc on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:56:51 PM EST
    Nah - it's hockey playoff season....

    Too fricken funny! (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:06:16 PM EST
    This is your best headline yet

    Site Violator? (none / 0) (#10)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:12:08 PM EST
    My Russian is rusty, but mivpl seems to be advertising for hooking up with russian chicks.

    Well darn it, i would have (5.00 / 4) (#14)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:19:55 PM EST
    followed that link!

    They like older men with lots of money. (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:21:23 PM EST
    Speaking as a fellow educator, I'm pretty sure they would really dig guys with our salaries.

    How is their economy? (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:23:26 PM EST
    Maybe they just want something housebroken?

    Hmm.. is it too late to click the link? (5.00 / 3) (#21)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:24:08 PM EST
    Let me try... (5.00 / 5) (#24)
    by StephenAG on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:35:36 PM EST
    "Hello? This is Peggy, yes?"

    this comment (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by sj on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:41:30 PM EST
    makes me laugh every time I read it.  And I keep reading it :)

    T.R.U.M.P. = (none / 0) (#30)
    by brodie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:08:37 PM EST
    "Taking Redirection. Understanding Massive Power."

    A Gary Buseyism from the B-lister actor from TX who has now enthusiastically endorsed The Donald.

    Mitt and Tim better (none / 0) (#36)
    by brodie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:36:34 PM EST
    hope The Donald sticks around for a while longer pretending to run.  With his birther stance, he makes those two non-takers look downright reasonable and moderate.

    You have (none / 0) (#70)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:45:45 PM EST
    to be enjoying the show though. You know and I know that Trump doesn't believe that stuff but he knows that there are Republicans that do so he's found a product to sell that the birthers are eating up.

    At least Trump is interesting and some ideas outside the box so to speak. The rest of them are all going to be on stage screeching about who loves Reagan the best and ignoring the problems that are in this country.


    He's more enjoyable (none / 0) (#71)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:54:48 PM EST
    as total political theater.  I seriously doubt that he will be nominated, or that he can win, but I really wouldn't want him as President.  Heck, I'd rather have Jesse Ventura (well, not really, but The Donald grates on my one remaining nerve).

    Well Jesse, at least (5.00 / 0) (#83)
    by brodie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:03:36 PM EST
    we know he's out there selling a tv show and related book and so much of what he says in a few of these controversial conspiracy theory areas has to be considered in that context.  Plus he's smart enough (in his own common sense way) not to dip his feet into the presidential race without understanding some of the real simple fundamental issues.

    As with abortion.  If you're going to switch positions for convenient political purposes, as The Donald has done, in order to run for a party's nomination for president, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic background of an issue that's been on the front burner for about 30 yrs.  Jesse, while no intellectual heavyweight, would have done the basic homework I suspect.  

    Not so The Donald, who today was caught on camera not understanding how a question about whether there's a right to privacy relates to the issue of abortion.

    If it somehow came down to only The Body vs The Donald, I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to pull the lever for Jesse.  Plus he's already been elected -- twice -- to public office, and managed both times not to blow up either his small town or his state of a thousand lakes.


    I'm waiting to see who (none / 0) (#49)
    by observed on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 03:40:42 PM EST
    Midnight Cowboy endorses.

    Obama as pirate. See front page of NYT. (none / 0) (#94)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 11:25:06 AM EST
    Very cute, aside from all the possible jokes (none / 0) (#95)
    by ruffian on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 04:07:18 PM EST
    His mother was so young.

    'Restrepo' director Tim Hetherington (none / 0) (#96)
    by ruffian on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 04:21:45 PM EST
    killed in Libya.

    Brave man to go into these places for the sake of keeping the likes of us informed. RIP.

    MLB is taking over the LA Dodgers. (none / 0) (#97)
    by caseyOR on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 04:38:22 PM EST
    Just got a news flash from the NY Times telling me that Bud Selig has informed Frank McCourt that MLB is taking control of the team. Apparently, Selig has finally figured out what most of us knew quite awhile ago, namely that the McCourts have been using the team as their personal ATM, and have not been acting in the best interests of anyone but themselves.

    Glad to see some action to save the team, but, geez, what took so long?

    Donald, I thought of you immediately when I read the report on this.