In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. OR you just get LeBron to come back.
Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals, its a good time to remember the notorious open letter piece of shit owner Dan Gilbert posted on the team’s site after LeBron James’ left for the Miami Heat…
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
Why the idiocy? Sure, Reagan is a whitewashed God in the GOP, but the only LIVING choices are painful for Republicans: Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Carter.
They clearly cant admit that Obama, Clinton or Carter were any good — and likewise can’t tie their campaigns to the universally-worst W Bush or the tax-raising, 1-term HW Bush. So how did they choose?
Donald Trump: “I really talk about a president who died relatively recently, Ronald Reagan.”
Bobby Jindal: “Obviously I think the greatest president of my lifetime is Ronald Reagan.”
Ted Cruz: “I’ll leave that for the people to decide. Certainly the greatest president of recent generations is Ronald Reagan.”
Ben Carson: “I don’t know. I’d have to think about that one for a long time.”
Rick Santorum: “Probably a Bush.”
Rick Perry: “Bye y’alllllllll!”
The answer is clear: the best living president has been dead for a decade. Sigh.
In a discussion at Georgetown, President Obama called for an end to the horrendous narrative that all poor people are lazy leeches – and called out Fox News for their part in perpetuating the horrible stereotypes to push their agenda…
There’s always been a strain in American politics where you’ve got the middle class, and the question has been, who are you mad at, if you’re struggling; if you’re working, but you don’t seem to be getting ahead. And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And, look, it’s still being propagated.
I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu—they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, “I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone”—or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative, right? That gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress—which is much more typical—who’s raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so if we’re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like, and how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.
President Obama headlined another great White House Correspondents Dinner, but it was his use of his Anger Translator, Luther, (Keygan Michael Key, from Key & Peele) that stole the show.
Obama held no punches as he lambasted Republican Congressmen, the 2016 GOP field, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Dick Cheney and others – but he saved his most biting and vitriolic jabs for climate change deniers.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies absolutely nails the ridiculousness of the America gun culture and the issues of gun control.
A couple highlights:
In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth, and the Australian government went: “That’s it! NO MORE GUNS.” And we all went, “Yeah, all right then, that seems fair enough, really.” Now in America, you had the Sandy Hook massacre, where little tiny children died. And your government went, “Maybe … we’ll get rid of the big guns?” And 50 percent of you went, “FUCK YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS.”
You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.
By the way. Most people who are breaking into your house just want your fucking TV! You think that people are coming to murder your family? How many fucking enemies do you have?
Seriously, watch Jefferies’ whole rant.
(h/t to the folks at Vox for bringing this awesomeness to my attention.)
Sure there are aspects of the law that need to be tweaked, but unfortunately our Congress would rather destroy the Affordable Care Act rather than fix it. Obamacare-haters made a living (and got elected) with false apocalyptic “predictions,” but now refuse to admit how horribly wrong they all were (I put predictions in quotes because they knew it was complete bullshit when they offered them).
For the record, stock prices did not fall, they’ve skyrocketed. Jobs haven’t diminished, they continue to rise at the highest rate since the recession. Premiums didn’t soar, insurers didn’t go out of business, hospitals aren’t going bankrupt, America didn’t explode and the world didn’t end.
Yet morons still continue to lie about the benefits of Obamacare, and their idiot followers repeat the false anti-ACA bullcrap like a mantra.
So for those of you who care, I am reposting a great article (after the jump) debunking all those false predictions and providing real facts for your knowledge pleasure – as well as a video (above) of President Obama himself calling out the lying liars.
“According to figures released today, Wall Street bonuses totaled $28.5 billion for 2014. That sum is double the combined annual earnings of the more than 1 million American full-time minimum wage workers. (Thanks to Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies for this analysis.) The size of the Street’s bonus pool was 27 percent higher than in 2009, the last time Congress increased the minimum wage. The bonus pool exceeds the amounts needed to lift the wages of all 2.9 million restaurant servers and bartenders, all 1.5 million home health and personal care aides, or all 2.2 million fast food preparation and serving workers up to $15 per hour. Had the $28.5 billion in Wall Street bonuses gone to minimum wage workers (who, unlike Wall Street moguls, spend nearly every dollar they make), the U.S. economy would get a boost three times larger than that provided by the bonuses.”
Money that could lift the ENTIRE economy, is going to a few people who decided to give themselves bonuses instead of the workers who make them their fortunes.
Isn’t it nice that we continue to allow these same people to pay billions to ensure the election of politicians who will ensure this continues to happen? Fuck the workers, because its only the rich bosses/shareholders who make Amurika great, amiright?
“COME ON, YOU DIDN’T EXPECT ANYTHING DIFFERENT, DID YOU?”
A group of 47 Senators sent an open letter to Iran’s leaders to warn that any nuclear peace deal made with President Obama could/would be undone when he leaves office in two years.
Want to guess which political party all 47 Senators belong to?
Not to be outdone on the Embarrass America front by House Republicans who invited a foreign leader to mansplain foreign policy and scream “Your President is Wrong!” to a joint session of Congress, these saboteurs Senators took this unprecedented (and possibly treasonous) step to push their Party’s foreign policy and threaten explain our Constitutional Process:
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.”
“The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen, and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.” (Full text here)
Rather than offer any viable policy alternatives, this letter instead tells Iran (and the world) that the United States couldn’t/wouldn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Even worse, it gives Iran an out to blame the US government if a deal falls apart.
Senator Bob Corker, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee (who is pushing legislation to ensure that Congress has a meaningful chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement), refused to partake in his Party’s stunt. He explained: “We’ve got a bipartisan effort that’s underway that has a chance of being successful, and while I understand all kinds of people want to weigh in…[it would not] be helpful in that effort for me to be involved in it.”
President Obama obviously wasn’t thrilled: “It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition.”
Vice President Joe Biden’s comments perfect sum up the unprecedented partisan idiocy:
“In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which Senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the President does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them. This letter sends a highly misleading signal to friend and foe alike that that our Commander-in-Chief cannot deliver on America’s commitments — a message that is as false as it is dangerous.
“The decision to undercut our President and circumvent our constitutional system offends me as a matter of principle.
“If talks collapse because of Congressional intervention, the United States will be blamed, leaving us with the worst of all worlds. Iran’s nuclear program, currently frozen, would race forward again. We would lack the international unity necessary just to enforce existing sanctions, let alone put in place new ones. Without diplomacy or increased pressure, the need to resort to military force becomes much more likely — at a time when our forces are already engaged in the fight against ISIL.”
To underscore Biden’s point, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif properly dismissed the letter as having “no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy.”
“It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress — and while no agreement has been reached — some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.”
“I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement ‘with the stroke of a pen’ … it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.”
To be clear, its perfectly acceptable for our officials to have differences about foreign policy, as well as differences on whether or not Iran is to be trusted – but this is NOT how to go about it. This rant isn’t about policy or ideology – it’s about doing things the correct way.
Regardless what you think of the President, negotiating with foreign leaders is the President’s Constitutional responsibility. This Congress (and their lackeys) absolutely refuse to accept that Barack Obama was overwhelmingly elected President…twice.
These obstruction/sabotage tactics usually reserved for undermining domestic legislation are being utilized to neuter our President, destroy the White House’s Constitutionally enshrined authority over Foreign Policy, and risk pushing dangerous world adversaries away from this (and any future) bargaining table.
If these partisan idiots really cared about anything other than trolling/humiliating our President, non-treasonous mechanisms already exist (such as Corker’s legislation) to force Congressional input on the Iran nuclear deal.
Even if the situation was so dire that unprecedented Senate interference was absolutely necessary — all 100 (or at least a strong bi-partisan majority) should have signed on.
But this FAIL was all about attempting to score points for one political Party, not America.
These disgusting excuses for public officials can’t process the idea that regardless of which party wins the seat, they’re supposed to represent the best interest of ALL their constituents – not just the partisan blowhards who wrongly assume that “standing up to the President” is Congress’ only job.
Both Houses of Congress belong to ALL of America, not just a single party or the financial backers who fill their campaign coffers.
It’s a shame that the (allegedly) most educated and advanced People in the world continue to embarrass themselves – and Constitutional Democracy – by electing officials who care more about their respective Party than the People and Country they represent.
Is it too much to ask for these idiots to be punished by the electorate? Of course it is.
In the mean time we need to deal with the fact that half of our government hates the President (and his Constitutional authority) way more than it hates the idea of sending your children to war with a nuclear Iran.
For a President who’s delivered a number of powerful speeches, this ranks near – or at – the very top. Obama’s words truly encapsulate everything those brave marchers fought for, everything our nation stands for, and everything we should fight for in the future. Wow.
From paying homage to those who fought and made this country what it is, to clarifying the American dream too often drowned out by politics and hatred, to reminding us all what we take for granted, and how to ensure everything we hold dear as a nation…this amazingly quotable speech is one of those rare orations you never want to end.
It’s a shame that too many Americans will ignore these words because of their unfettered disgust for our President, because I doubt any American would disagree – or not be moved – by the content of this speech’s character.
Be warned, goosebumps and tears might result.
Please, please, please watch this speech. I’m about to watch again.