Friday, February 27, 2009

There Are Stupid Questions

I hate UConn basketball. In fact, I generally dislike the state of Connecticut. It's East New Jersey to me. But their head coach, Jim Calhoun, has become a personal hero of mine...

Backstory: The state of Connecticut, which runs UConn, has a budget deficit of $1.35 billion. So some (German accent) Kinderliberal (child liberal) wanted to ask Coach Calhoun - who makes $1.6 million a year - to consider giving part of his salary back.

Some remedial math for the reporter, and the two CT State Congresswomen who want to punish Calhoun for losing his temper at a stupid question. If Calhoun gave back ALL of his salary, that would represent 0.12% of CT's budget gap. Or, in term's of spending in a year, Calhoun's salary is equivalent to what Connecticut overspends in 0.43 of a day, or 10 hours, 23 minutes.

I'm not going to mention the name of the "reporter" or the names of the two Congresswomen. The reporter is a wannabe Gonzojournalist who thinks it's 1967, or maybe even 1767 and he's in a constant state of struggle against government oppression. And the two Congresswomen seem to be after statewide/national attention, and a piece of the 15 minutes of fame pie.

We seem to have a problem against success in this country, especially in the past few months. Jim Calhoun makes a lot of money, but he's also one of the best basketball coaches in the world. He's one of 7 people in history to have 800 coaching wins. Because of him and their basketball program, UConn is known far and wide. Their program brings in revenue that funds other programs at the University, athletic and academic. They bring prestige and noteriety to the school.

If you don't think Calhoun deserves $1.6 million, then scold the University for paying him as such.

Bob Stoops is an employee of the State of Oklahoma, and he makes $6.5 million. Louisiana pays Les Miles $3.75 million. The State of Florida pays Urban Meyer $3.4 million, and Bobby Bowden $2.5 million. But let's go back to basketball. Tubby Smith draws $2.1 million from Minnesota. Rick Barnes gets $1.8 million from Texas. And Ohio pays $1.75 million to Thad Matta.

Does Jim Calhoun DESERVE $1.6 million? That's not up to me is it? Nor is it up to some snively Hartford punk. That's up to the person who is PAYING HIM $1.6 million! Disagree with it? Take it up with the State, or the University. But asking a successful man to give back money because the people who pay his salary can't balance a checkbook is UN-FUCKING-AMERICAN!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Pretty much the entire world has seen the Smart Guy, Rick Santelli and his famous rant...

But this Stupid Guy deserves some air time, because nothing can discredit an argument better than an idiot's support.

Point #1: Santelli wasn't on some "Wall Street floor." He was actually on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, on South Wacker Drive, in Chicago. And those guys behind him aren't the big bonus financial fat-cats we all love to hate, they're the working class traders who work 10 hour days, carrying out the trades of those financial fat-cats.

Point #2: "He [Obama] has political capital, and he's spending it." Barack Obama was NOT elected dictator, czar, or king. Questioning the President and his policies is part of responsible citizenship. And the only thing Obama's been spending is my money and your money.

Point #3: My favorite argument from this genius was that we should pay for people's bad mortgages in order to prevent them from dragging us out of our houses, beating us, and taking our food. Now, I know 99.999% of people who participated in these bad mortgages wouldn't do that, but this clown thinks that they would. And the threat of such robbery is sufficient reason to give people money. Isn't that called a protection racket?

Point #4: "We know you were the bastards that caused this." If anyone ever asks for an example of oversimplification, quote this. This current crisis was caused by EVERYONE. Wall Street, Main Street, the SEC, the Fed, Greenspan, Bush, Clinton, the Democrats, the Republicans, everyone who ever lied on their mortgage application, everyone who ever didn't double-check mortgage applications they approved. But everyone wants to blame somebody else, and it's become all too fashionable to blame the rich and successful.

Point #5: "You pukes in a suit outsourced our jobs and now we lost our houses." Actually, the first 2 years of those adjustable rate mortgages passed, and those small interest payments turned into massive ones. Defaults lowered house prices, preventing refinancing, causing more defaults.

Point #6: "When we run out of hope, we're coming to your house." Doesn't this guy seem like a character from early 1990s WWF wrestling?



It's been nearly 40 months since I've used this blog. My original idea for this blog was "Why not start a political blog?" Then running a Boston sports blog, writing for school, and life took up all my time. That's why not.

But I'm so concerned and outraged about the state of America these days. The country is in the hands of economic know-nothing know-it-alls. The economy is shit. Any upcoming recovery is imaginary and only forestalling the inevitable unless the fundamental structure and functioning of the economy completely changes. Barack Obama is a fraud and is Nancy Pelosi's bitch. Civil rights in California (of all places) are being denied. Sean Penn and his Uberliberal wannabe Communistas haven't been removed from their holier-than-thou pulpits.

America isn't dying, and maybe it isn't even sick. But it's developing some bad habits. 20, 30, 50, 100 years from now, we're gonna be behind the 8-ball. Maybe this blog will still exist in the future in some form, and I want to be remembered as "That obscure writer/philosopher known simply as 'Rob' who foresaw the collapse of the American Empire." Either that or "That obscure writer/philosopher whose ideas saved America."

Hope. Change. Yes, We Can.