Thursday, October 30, 2008

Since All Other Problems Are Solved....

Well, things in the financial industry seem to be running their course nicely, don't you think? The Dow-Jones was down again today, banks are hoarding their share of the $700+ billion that was "loaned" to them by the taxpayers (via a House vote and a bunch of wooden arrows), home prices are still dropping and/or unstable, foreclosures continue at a ridiculous rate (due to all of, you know, the ridiculous lending and ridiculous buying that went on when everyone was spending like a bunch of drunken sailors on crack), and executives of companies that received billions of dollars are off on partridge hunting jaunts over in jolly old England. But not to worry! Just as you would expect that they would be, your US Senators, the folks that were elected, ie chosen by the people to hold that position and serve us well through it, those US Senators of yours and mine are right on top of everything. And according to the folks at the Associated Press, that's why they have asked NFL commissioner Roger Goddell to have "more game day TV broadcasts available to local fans for free." Wait. What?

Correct. The AP reports that the NFL claims "...it provides free broadcasts in the home cities of competing teams." But the 13 Senators that are involved with this asshattery claim that "the NFL is too narrowly interpreting what is a home city." And I am claiming that the US is too broadly interpreting what is the job of a US freaking Senator, for cryin' out loud!

In a letter to Commissioner Goddell, the 13 Senators (who clearly have nothing better to do these days. You know, with all of the imminent financial collapse looming every day. What to do, what to do?) wrote that "The policy leaves behind NFL fans across the country simply because they live outside cities to which the NFL has granted franchises." Then the article goes on to give the example that the NFL does not consider Johnstown as a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' home market. As if that is supposed to make us all understand why the Senators are wasting their time on this non-issue. (Oh, Johnstown? Really? It's NOT part of that market? My God! I can't believe it! I'm so glad that my publicly elected Senator is taking care of this unspeakable and unfathomable injustice taking place in our country! You'd think we were in Darfur or something!)

"The senators want quick action so fans in every market receive free TV access to games played by their closest team or the team it has been historically aligned to." That sounds like it must have been a veeerrryyy strongly worded letter they sent off there. Scathing, I'm sure. That must have been why the NFL did not immediately make a comment on Wednesday. (Either that or they were too busy laughing.)

You have got to be kidding me. They want quick action for the freaking NFL games?! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE football! Huge fan. 49ers. (It's really not polite to laugh like that. So they've struggled! For the past 10+ years. Hey, we just got a new QB! The Sean Hill era has begun!!) And I have been a fan when I lived in an area that was not a major market, so I know what it's like to miss games. But I'm pretty sure that even if this was something that a Senator (or thirteen) should be getting involved in (which it's not), I'm thinking it could wait until other, oh, say, more pressing matters are resolved. Where does it state that US Senators are obligated or even allowed to give a crap about how the NFL broadcasts its games?!

Yeah, this is pretty much unacceptable. I will guarantee that there are issues that are more relevant to the people which they could be focusing on instead of the NFL. Who are these morons? Glad you asked! Behold! Senators who think their job is to tell the NFL what to do!
  • Arlen Specter, R-PA.

  • Jack Reed, D-RI

  • Pete Domenici, R-NM

  • Mike Enzi, R-WY

  • John Barrasso, R-WY

  • Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI (The guy's name is Whitehouse? And he's a Senator? That's like an ice cream man named Cone. Or a librarian named Bookman!

  • Joe Lieberman, IND-CT

  • Dick Durbin, D-IL

  • Patrick Leahy, D-VT

  • Ken Salazar, D-CO
  • Bernie Sanders, IND-VT

  • Wayne Allard, R-CO
  • John Thune, R-SD


There you have it. Your 13 hardworking Senators hard at work to give every American access to the NFL games on TV. A Senator makes $169,300 a year (with an extremely sweet pension deal). I don't know about you, but I'm expecting a little more from these folks for that amount. This is why things economically suck right now. Because these clowns who are supposed to be NOT focusing on NFL games ARE focusing on NFL games. What's the saying? Fiddle while Rome burns? Play a tuba while Athens crumbles? Something like one of those. If it not, then it's definitely HUA Syndrome (Head Up Arse)

I just noticed that only four of those Senators are actually from a state that HAS an NFL team. Wouldn't you think it would be the states with an NFL team whose games they are missing that would be complaining? I would. But there's only four of them and two of them are from the same state!

What is the current approval rating of our fine, soft-headed, dense-brained Senate group these days? 10%? 11%? It's something ridiculously low like that. The accurate and well-deserved low approval rating and the latest revelation that our Senators are spending their time trying to tweak the TV schedule during football season only serves for me to continue to advocate my strongly worded suggestion that, come Election Day, we start over. Vote for every single challenger to the incumbent seat. You have to admit, it doesn't sound like a bad idea. Toss everyone out! Start over! What's the worst thing that could happen? They get an 8% approval rating? Come on, you know as well as I do that if you performed that way at your job, your boss never would have put up with it and you'd have been canned a long time ago. Your elected officials should be held to the same standards. Hell, they should be held to ANY standard. Out! GET OUT!

I'll be voting for every single challenger on November 4th. Join me, won't you? Afterwards, I'll sit back and play my tuba and wait for a football game to come on a TV channel near me.

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