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October 13, 2005

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There had to be at least 10 diaries swallowing the story whole as well as a very angry post at Americablog. It makes me cringe when I see people who attack papers like the Times take a NewsMax article ar face value.

Yeah, I read some of that stuff and was reminded of the Pogo cartoon about seeing the enemy, and he is us.

Someday some English graduate student is going to write an entire dissertation on the significance of a bunch of manly Republicans choosing to make their prime target of projection the strong intelligence wife of the philanderous former President.

I'm assuming you meant "mainly Republican" and not "manly Republican," although it could obviously work both ways, once you define your terms.

One person didn't even recognise snark in my comment about "Bullet the Blue Sky" being a pro military song.

Huh? I thought they were pro-war! They named that album war, Bono used to march across the stage and into the audience with a flag of some color or another...huh, who'd a thunk it!

next, Bono will issue a statement denying that he dissed HIllary, and Ann Coulter will refuse to believe it!

seriously, I believe that many on the Right have an unconscious understanding that they are being spoon-fed lies and propaganda, and to avoid massive cognitive dissonance, they tell themselves that it's the same or worse on the Left, and that, of course, the Bill, Hillary and the Democrats are behind it all.

Oh jesus holy shit. First of all, brilliant post. Just genius. Now to make millions of people read it and understand it. Second of all, humankind is just fucked. We are fucked.

on the other hand, those of us who read political blogs hour-by-hour and watch cable news have something wrong with us already. there is clearly some inner void we are trying to fill with all this second-by-second commentary. it is not surprising that we swallow a lot of it without digesting when we're this hungry for information and this eager to have something to say about it.

one could ask, what is missing in our lives that makes us so hungry to read and be read, and to hear and be heard? fill that void and you'll kill the beast.

Ah, screw it. We're never going to learn.

Nobody at Daily Kos (or, heaven forbid, in the newsrooms) recognized the luxury-box-as-fundraiser scheme from the headline-making Jack Abramoff scandals?

Really?

Jack who?

Seriously, I should point out that while I know of other skybox fundraisers, there's nobody I know of who managed to bill themselves so many times as good ole' Jack, who paid himself for the catering, etc.

those of us who read political blogs hour-by-hour and watch cable news have something wrong with us already.

HA. I'm selfishly glad you are obesessed, because your work is so good. Pace yourself though, so you can write the ultimate novelistic magisterial narrative later on!

For myself, I find if I just cut out almost all cable news - which I can't justify watching anymore anyway - I feel much calmer and hardly less well informed. I can obsess at my own pace. And it cuts down on the TMJ and chest pains.

emptyWHEEL's work is so good, i'm just an emptyPOCKETS.

ACK. Sorry. Again.

By the way, this does make for a fascinating investigation of "the system," if you're interested.

I mean, what is it, precisely, that separates what Rick Santorum and Hillary Clinton (and eveyrone else engaged in this widespread practice) is doing from plain old ticket scalping?

I'm sure that in states with anti-scalping laws there are exceptions for charity and/or political fundraising. And while everyone can understand why there's a charity exception, isn't the only reason there's a political exception because... politicians wrote the law?

what is it, precisely, that separates what Rick Santorum and Hillary Clinton ...is doing from plain old ticket scalping?

'It's not illegal when a politician does it!'

Of course it is scalping. I'd guess the owners of the stadiums like the set up the way it is now, though. I think they make large profits on those skyboxes, so they like to keep em full. In fact, new stadiums always seem to have as many more skyboxes as they can cram in. What a metaphor for the hardening of class divisons in the US! Maybe someday, there won't be any regular seats at all; it will be ALL skyboxes. It will be the suburban apotheosis: you can be at a live game, but still feel like you're in a car.

I think this type of scalping is probably encouraged by the teams who build those stadiums with skyboxes. They know it's not typically individuals who purchase those, it's usually corporations. And the ability to use them for charitable purposes helps them offset the cost.

It's a vicious circle.

Like most so-called 'premium' items our business taste-makers have been so enamored of selling us in the past decade or so, those skyboxes are a dandy profit center for the teams/stadium owners. If they weren't, new stadiums wouldn't have so many more of them. Yes, a vicious cycle, but a cycle which is itself travelling a linear path in one direction.

I believe the proposed plan for the new Giants Stadium includes an entire side of the field completely made up of enclosed luxury boxes. And several football franchises have been season tickets-only for years. You can no longer buy a gameday seat and take the kids out to a game.

Jack Abramoff's luxury box at the MCI Center made an interesting case, though. Bought it in his own name, he did. Or at least, that's the name plate he had put on the door. Very interesting. Made sure everyone entering knew whose guest they were.

Luxury Boxes,great Idea.
you don't have to look for the Gangsters,Corporate Criminals and crooked Polititians in the crowd,you know where they are,makes it much easier to "get" them,without endangering the crowd. ;-)

Hi,
I read what your article said about me and it is not true. Although i gave money to two political groups during the election it does not mean i am anti-gay or pro-nuclear. It simply means that i supported a political group (527)that supported Bush for president. I don't think it is fair to judge people you don't know and it seems you have jumped to conclusions that could not be further from the truth. My very close cousin was gay and he died of AIDS and i loved him very much and i believe that every human being is made in God's image and deserves love and respect. For this reason i am also pro-life. I am not against womens rights, i am just saddened by how many little innocent children are terminated every day and i think it is a major injustice that should be stopped ... and this is why i support Rick Santorum. Although we may not agree i respect other peoples points of view and i am open to learn and consider other ways of looking at issues. I hope you do the same. I wish you well.

Hi,
I read what your article said about me and it is not true. Although i gave money to two political groups during the election it does not mean i am anti-gay or pro-nuclear. It simply means that i supported a political group (527)that supported Bush for president. I don't think it is fair to judge people you don't know and it seems you have jumped to conclusions that could not be further from the truth. My very close cousin was gay and he died of AIDS and i loved him very much and i believe that every human being is made in God's image and deserves love and respect. For this reason i am also pro-life. I am not against womens rights, i am just saddened by how many little innocent children are terminated every day and i think it is a major injustice that should be stopped ... and this is why i support Rick Santorum. Although we may not agree i respect other peoples points of view and i am open to learn and consider other ways of looking at issues. I hope you do the same. I wish you well. -Sean Wolfington.

As a wiser man than I once said,"no matter how thin the paper ther are always two sides". To judge a man on just one meeting is to miss the man. I reccomend to all who find them selves as self-appointed judges and jurys to take the time and wisdom to look at the good people do . not for their own gratificaiton ,but for the good of the less fortunate that cannot speak for themselves. love and truth are the only absolutes.Let them guide you as you decide wich path to follow.

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