If you're unfamiliar with the outlines of the NFL farce that culminated in the "Inaccurate Reception" during last night's Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, here's a summary of how the sales team from your local Foot Locker came to officiate the most watched sport in America:
In a move that would make 19th century robber barons blush, the NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to make the most profitable professional sports league slightly more profitable by gutting the pensions of the regular referees, locking them out until the union agreed to the demanded concessions. As it happens, the cost of accepting the referees's bargaining position comes to a very modest additional $100,000 per team per year, but NFL owners have never been willing to put a price tag on their desire to snuff out any whiff of unionism beneath the heel of the Job Creators.
Tags: Conservatives, Football, Scott Walker, Sports, Unions
* Jimmy Kimmel talks about Snoop Dogg's compelling arguments for Obama.
* The Rumpus interview with David Rees.
* President Obama's bear hug photograph, improved.
* The Chicago teacher's strike is getting a little too personal.
* Sarah Palin speaks loudly and carries a big broom.
* Rachael Harris talks to Marc Maron on WTF about everything.
* Chris Brown is an inspiration to George W. Bush, among many others.
* A survey of the genius that produces conspiracy theories.
* You crazy kids. Let me go. Let me…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Tags: Daily Links, Education, George Bush, Jimmy Kimmel, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Rahm Emanuel, Sarah Palin, The Onion, Unions
Excited for the opportunity to yell at wealthy donors instead of measly interns, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is slated to leave his honorary position as co-chairman of the Obama campaign to focus on fundraising for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by two former Obama aides. It's a good thing he doesn't have some other job requiring his attention…
According to statistics compiled by the Tribune, there were 366 homicides in Chicago from the start of the year until Sept. 2 as compared to 282 for the same period last year. The numbers of shootings increased from 1,547 to 1,704 over that span.
This morning, the police are investigating a spree of weekend shootings that left at least 11 people wounded and 2 dead. Or as it's known in Chicago, Monday.
But give Rahm a break. All too often we forget all the Chicagoans who haven't been murdered on his watch. Like the kids still going to Chicago Public Schools…
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After insulting the British by suggesting that their Olympics may be a touch less awesome than the ones he organized in Utah and insulting the Palestinians by claiming that Israel's superior culture was responsible for its economic strength vis-a-vis the Palestinians, Mitt Romney alighted to Poland, which luckily has no easily exploitable stereotypes that can be turned into crude jokes.
Amazingly, instead of complimenting the Polish Air Force on its development of helicopter ejection seats, Romney held his tongue and attended a meeting with former Polish president, Solidarity co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa, in Gdansk. According to the pool report, the anti-communist union leader has fully embraced capitalism, since his side-light now includes writing copy for motivational posters found in gyms and offices…
Walesa: "I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov Romney, get your success — be successful!"
It's always nice to win the endorsement of a Nobel Peace Prize winner who didn't need to take time out from presiding over two wars in order to pick up the award.
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Tags: Mitt Romney, Poland, Unions