Monday, December 29, 2014

Diggaprediction: Enjoy The Debates


 

It’s that time of the year when the prognosticators start sharing their 2015 predictions with the rest of us mere mortals.  Yes the omnipotent and omnipresent soothsayers with unprecedented data at their disposal will make political, economic, sports, entertainment, geopolitical, and even weather predictions.  Some will go bold like a 30% correction in the stock market, some will play it safe saying the San Francisco Giants will contend, some will go specific “Jeb Bush will be the front runner at the end of the year”, and some will go vague “President Obama and Congress will disagree.”

So here we go with the Diggapredictions for the insane, unstable, and those generally in need of help:

  1. Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN will focus solely on ratings at the expense of quality news coverage.  In the run up to the 2016 presidential election these networks will reach new heights of polarized political prose like cheerleaders.  The love triangle between Joe Scarborough, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush will play out every morning like a General Hospital story arc.
  2. While on network news, expect to see 40 minutes of commercials for 20 minutes of news, where 90% of the commercials will focus on over-the-counter and prescription drugs to address 24 hour erections that make your legs restless and lead to fungus under your toenails requiring you and your partner to sit in twin bath tubs.
  3. The NFL and its puppet master Roger Goodell will continue to pay lip service to domestic violence, player safety, and other issues that could threaten the money making machine. 
  4. As Obamacare becomes more ingrained and established and Americans opposition continues to move from repeal to tweak, Boehner and McConnell will have to balance and juggle the loud mouthed right calling for repeal and the moderates looking to tweak.
  5. There will be prolific sound bites and buffoonery during the presidential debates that will cause a revolving door of front runners from debate to debate. A full 18 months before the election, the circus will commence with the first debates.  Keep the clown car running folks.
  6. President Obama will be called weak, indecisive, aloof, tyrannical, socialist, anti-capitalist, anti-Israel, Muslim, anti-America, race baiter, and appeaser…all before January 3rd.
  7. Economists will be the worst predictors again.  They’ll miss GDP, employment, and inflation numbers so badly on monthly and quarterly regularity only to blame things like the weather, commodities, BRICS, Europe, and solar flares for their inaccuracies.
  8. Political infighting will not solely on the right.  The Progressive left, energized by Elizabeth Warren, will have its share of disagreements with the party leadership, especially those with close ties to Wall Street (psst that’s you Schumer).
  9. Polls Polls Polls…get ready for head-to-head polls between the parties, popularity polls within the parties, approval ratings, direction of country…more polls than all of Tampa’s strip joints.  ORC/CNN, WSJ, NBC, ABC, CBS, NY Times, Quinnipiac, PPP, Rasmussen, Sabato, Economist, and many more will inundate us with polling data and margins of error.
  10. If there’s an immigration deal, no one will get what they want and the respective bases in both parties will despair over the compromise and perceived capitulation.  If you thought deal making and compromise were difficult to begin with, watch each candidate carefully watch his words and their votes (for Congressional members) to avoid self-inflicted wounds.

Yes I did not go out on a limb on any of the above, and I probably deserve a few “No Shit Sherlocks”.  Just sit back and enjoy the show and wait for the I told you so.  The blame will be allocated, the credit seized, and responsibility avoided.  Woulda coulda shoulda will be in vogue, and many will go from being “taken out of context” to “really I was only joking”.

It’s America where the media makes sure people are entitled to their own opinions and their own facts.  When that’s the case, how can anyone ever make a bad prediction?

 

 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Festivus Tradition: Airing the Grievances




“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it!

  • Rudy Giuliani: You’ve gone from America’s Mayor to a political hack who ends up on the wrong end of PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter more than Michelle Bachmann.  But telling Fox News that President Obama has said “everybody should hate the police”, is a sign of either an irrational mind or a political ignoramus.
  • Steve Kornacki: Please get some adult eyeglasses to replace the elementary school ones you’re still wearing.
  • Phil Simms, Jim Nantz, and Joe Buck: Seinfeld was a show about nothing which equals the substance of your play-by-play and analysis.
  • MSNBC, CNN, and FoxNews: In your quest for ratings you gave us sensationalism, demographic ass-kissing, political pandering, you've created an appreciation for Al Jazeera and the BBC.
  • Elizabeth Lauten: Another political hack who thought it would be a good idea to attack Malia and Sasha to try and score some political points.
  • NYPD Union President Patrick Lynch: For stoking even more hatred and suspicion in NYC with your caustic vitriol.
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen: Vladimir Putin’s chief apologists and PR champions
  • Bibi Netanyahu and Neftali Bennett: Two Israeli politicians that are doing more to destroy Israel than Hamas ever could.
  • The Harbaugh Brothers: Belichick is no prize, but he wins consistently, while you guys just seem to bitch consistently.
  • Sepp Blatter: FIFA President and the poster child for athletic organization corruption.
  • Marco Rubio: For thinking our nation interests are seconded to Cuban-American feelings and opinions.
  • Hollywood: For making nothing but comic book and special effects garbage and forgetting us adults like to be challenged, entertained, and emotionally engaged in films.
  • Roger Goodell: Burying the truth about concussions and brain trauma is unforgiveable, but your double dealing ass covering BS on the Ray Rice and soon to be further exposed Adrian Peterson scandals show a guy that will do anything to cover his ass.
  • Dick Cheney: For spinning more lies, spewing more hate, and all the while getting rich off his ginned up war.
  • The American Electorate: You bitch about the government and yet only 36.4% turned out to vote in the 2014 midterms
  • Andrew J. Cohen & : For writing Neighbors, a  90 minute steaming pile of crap
  • American Airlines: For calling this food.

 

 
  • Diggaduh: For questioning the almighty Hoodie after the Chiefs game.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Getting some stuff off my chest


Some things to get off my chest and out of the mental inbox:

Mike Rogers (MI-R) was one of the first to call out President Obama on his vacation to Hawaii.  “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer.  I don’t think that’s enough. North Korea attacked, then threatened violence.” That’s rich from a leading member of the 113th Congress, a body that was in session for a total of 133 days in 2014.  Rogers needs to worry about his own ineptness and politicized bullshit and less about the guy who HAS kept America safe.

And then there’s Rosie O’Donnell who was selling artwork on her website claiming to be images of Gazan children, when in reality they were images from Syria.  O’Donnell initially defended her decision to sell the artwork on her website, then due to public pressure subsequently removed them.  O’Donnell is entitled to her own opinion, but she isn’t entitled to her own facts.

Which brings me to The View, featuring O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace, and Whoopi Goldberg.  This eclectic group of loud partisan opinionated voices is as bad as combining MSNBC’s The Cycle, CNN’s Crossfire, and Fox’s Fox and Friends.  Always loud and with a heavy dose of ignorance.  I caught one five minute segment on race, and that was enough.

But I shouldn't be too hard on The View, as they are just a symptom of the disease, the disease of politicization.  It seems there is not issue small enough or crisis big  enough that cannot go without it being politicized.  Now I get that politics is a full time job for many professionals and the electorate for the most part, are ill-equipped amateurs.  But everything is now politicized, and I’m not talking about solely about the big issues, I am talking about every issue: Benghazi, IRS, Cuba, Ebola, Russia, climate change, immigration, energy policy, etc.  Now, we have managed to politicize race to the extent where conservatives claim President Obama’s election ended racism and yet President Obama’s administration has made racism worse. 

Memo to Marco Rubio and Florida’s Cuban-American communities: normalizing relations with Cuba isn’t just about you.  We have fought wars with nations that we now have relations with, and spare me the human rights argument as you watch Hannity online on your Chinese made iPad. 

Patrick Lynch, President of the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association maybe the biggest jackass I have seen on TV in some time, and I watch  a lot of TV. His claim "That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor." shows how ignorance and inflammatory language by those in power is a dangerous mixture.  Of course Lynch is a political union hack who has a history of defending criminal activity by police and attacking anyone who criticizes the men in blue. 


Yes, lots of noise coming from the few that drown out the voice of the many.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Digg's Top 15, errr 16, top songs of 2014


Top 15 new songs for 2014.  You will not find Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke, or any Hip Hop on this list.

15) Tie: Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene (Hozier) & Cardiac Arrest (Bad Suns)
14) Fire (Gavin DeGraw)
13) Dark Sunglasses (Chrissie Hynde)
12) I Wanna Get Better (Bleachers)
11) Tell The World (Eric Hutchinson)
10) California [Cast Iron Soul] (Jamestown Revival)
9) You Haunt Me (Sir Sly)
8) Back Home (Andy Grammer)
7) Shut Up and Dance (WALK THE MOON)
6) New York Morning (Elbow)
5) Don’t Look Back (Augustines)
4) Drive-in Movies (Ray LaMontagne)
3) Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On (Old 97’s)
2) Ghost (Jeremy Messersmith)
1) Red Eyes (The War on Drugs)

You're all I've got to wait
You're running in the dark
when I come to my sense
Well you can see it through the darkness
coming my way
Well we won't get lost inside again babe







Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.  I call the Obama presidency successful while Bush…err not so much.



The hit Brandon Browner delivered to Ladarius Green was brutal, but of the NFL is serious about protecting players, it would mandate teams use the safest helmet and equipment available.  Until then, it’s nothing but lip service and window dressing.



 "I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues but my preference would be for players to abide by our on court attire rules." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.  Yes Mr. Silver, your contract with Adidas is more important than crucial social commentary, necessary activism, and personal expression.



Sovereign nation extremists point guns at U.S. Marshalls, but 12 year old Tamir Rice with a pellet gun is the real public threat.



Conservatives like to call themselves the law and order Americans especially when it comes to immigration.  Yet several of them seem to sympathize with Eric Garner because they view him as someone who stood up to excessive taxes.  So it appears that according to conservatives, we are a nation of laws…when it suits a political aim.



Apparently the Ebola outbreak has gone the way of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.  The media may not feel the story is still worthy of reporting, but in Sierra Leone it’s not only newsworthy, it’s a tragedy.




Frackers vs the Sheiks…race to the bottom.  But that’s good news for Americans who will see the price drops at the pump put is they will see hundreds of dollars more in their wallets which will likely stimulate the economy further.  As for the Saudis, the likely outcome of the price war is consolidation in the North American oil producers as the strong will consume the weak.