Tonight on the way home from work I bought a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a pointless-but-super-adorable Jack Skellington singing/dancing doll, drank cough syrup straight from the bottle while listening to angry music, and made my sore throat worse by screaming at the top of my lungs. It’s been one of those days.
“The LEAST you could do was find a decent picture … “
HOW DID YOU EVEN GET THAT?!?!?!?!?
is it just me or does these pics from toddlers & tiaras look creepy as fuck
American Horror Story: Toddlers and Tiaras
In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.
The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.
In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.
That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.
Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.
And this quote doesn’t even touch on the fact that America’s entire educational system has essentially been warped into a taxpayer-funded training apparatus for the NFL - one that persists in spite of the fact that high school football has the highest rate of serious brain injury of any schoolyard activity, and that most universities lose money on their football programs. A big chunk of American football’s profitability hinges on the fact that the NFL is the only major sporting organisation in the United States that does not maintain its own farm team network.
Women’s Rights Activist Executed by ISIS in Iraq
SEPT. 25, 2014
Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.
Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.
"The tragedy of that poor boy’s life is not the realization that he’s not the grand prize he’s assumed, but that he’s not even second place."
Better no man than a man like him