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It’s Not News Unless It’s Relevant

For God’s sake why can’t the Federal Court judge and the MLB hierarchy simply puts us all the fuck out of our misery concerning the ongoing idiocy of Frank McCourt and his wish to retain control of the Los Angeles Dodgers ? It now comes at a time when the beleaguered owner is seeking recourse though US Bankruptcy Courts in the state of Delaware to reach an accord with the team’s creditors. Amongst those who ae creditors of the organization are former players Manny Ramirez , Andruw Jones and at least six other players who are owed in excess of $55 million in salary and other compensation that was deferred by the front office at the time . Personally I’ve yet to meet a fan or anyone who claims they understand the business side of baseball , who seemingly understands the wherewithal and economics concerning the sport. Instead all I continue to hear is the game is pure , in its legacy and the fact that it still stirs the nation as a whole . What a crock of absolute bullshit ! Television viewership for the postseason has been declining steadily over the past decade and a half and this season has proven to be no different .

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Frank McCourt having had his divorce finalized from his ex spouse Jamie McCourt with the former co-owner receiving a $130 million settlement in terms of divesting herself of her interest (personal stake) in the ball-club. Bud Selig for his part and Thomas Schieffer brought in by the commissioner to oversee the day to day operation of the team have simply let things ebb and flow like the ripples on a stream . Personally , I’d rather see this team go belly up rather than continue to have Frank McCourt further run it into the ground ! At the same time McCourt’s fellow baseball team owners are buffoons who have simply shown very little acumen much less anything else one deem to be intelligence . or for that matter having the insight to speak openly on the fact they are at present in financial cataclysm of unimaginable proportions . Anyone who’s of the belief that the game can be self sustaining with its present business template must have their head buried under a rock ! The only reason why Bud Selig now seeks to have divisional realignment and a revised playoff format is to add to his already suspect legacy . Here is a commissioner who obfuscates responsibility and only seeks the photo opportunities that comes his way, merely keep a high profile. And the baseball fans are meant to believe that Bud Selig has been good for the game ?

At the insistence of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels somehow the St Louis Rams have acquired Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos . And as poorly as both teams have been playing from an offensive standpoint I severely doubt that the acquisition of the former Broncos’ wide receiver will revive the fortunes of this Rams’ team ! Head coach Steve Spagnuolo and his coaching staff is under a great deal of pressure to succeed in light of the positive improvements of last season . and the fact that they missed the postseason by a mere whisker , albeit that winners of the NFC West was a substandard Seattle Seahawks team that this season has been a considerable bust by any stretch of the imagination .

If anything one of the real issues facing the St Louis Rams is to protect team quarterback Sam Bradford and that duty belongs to the offensive line which itself this season seems still to be a work in progress. Through the team’s first six games of their season they have had a litany of injuries which have played their part in derailing the St Louis Rams’ aspirations . As one of the bright young talents of the NFL , Bradford has seen his star rise the moment he was drafted by the Rams in 2010 . His ascendancy and command of the game makes him a natural leader and one of the primary reasons why his teammates and the front office have placed their faith in the former Oklahoma Sooners’ player.

Now don’t get me wrong but given the disparity and inconsistency of the NFC West as a division , it is not out of the realms of possibility that the St Louis Rams even with 0-5 record the team could very well pull off the impossible by playing their way into the postseason . The San Francisco 49ers (5-1) at present lead the division but who’s to say that if by week 9 or twelve we will not have seen this team fall back into their old ways with Alex Smith struggling to keep his poise ? If anything the former number one overall pick has been a revelation this season for Jim Harbaugh , the team and for the Niners’ fan in general . Alex Smith and that of the San Francisco 49ers have been one of the more pleasant surprises of this NFL season . As to whether or not they can maintain this momentum remains to be seen .

Repeatedly , year in , year out I am aghast when the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars retains the services of Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff ! Either team owner Wayne Weaver is now suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and is completely oblivious to the fact that for the last six years this organization hasn’t come within sniffing distance of making the postseason . At the same time the long suffering fans have had to endure those years of torture and systematic ineptitude. With the organization seeking to jettison David Garrard , first year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been thrust into the spotlight as he embarks on his inaugural season in the NFL .

The AFC South is a now a division up for grabs and as we all know the win-less Indianapolis Colts may well vying for the privilege of being in the hunt of aspiring teams looking to draft Andrew Luck the consensus number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft . With Peyton Manning sidelined perhaps for the remainder of the Colts’ season it is reasonable to assume that their shot at repeating as divisional champions has been firmly laid to rest . Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff , as admirable as they have performed , it has become abundantly clear that without Manning this team become a mere caricature of itself . Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter are not the answer to the team’s woes . As this season goes and Colts embark on the remainder of their schedule I am beginning to believe that this will be one of a great deal of soul searching for the Indianapolis Colts’ front office led by Bill Polian and team owner Jim Irsay . Do they retain their four time league MVP and Superbowl MVP or look to the future in the form of Stanford Cardinals’ quarterback Andrew Luck.

As to the impending schedule of the Jacksonville Jaguars I firmly believe that Wayne Weaver has to make a decision as to the future of his coaching and that coaching staff ! Should the Jaguars fail to win when they host the high flying Baltimore Ravens at Everbank Field Stadium in Jacksonville , Florida when the game itself will be televised by ESPN on Monday 24th October 2011. Anything short of a victory for this team with an incredibly mediocre record of 1-5 and one has to consider that the front office will have to come to a decision concerning Jack Del Rio’s future .

OK so the West Coast is all in a fervent fever , as it was announced that the Oakland Raiders had acquired Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer . With the loss of incumbent signal caller Jason Campbell one could view this acquisition of as a dire need for the team . With the death of Al Davis at the age of 82 the organization enters an era where they will be without the man who made it all possible in terms of its history and resonance within the NFL . Campbell has performed admirably this season leading the Raiders to a 4-2 record within the AFC West sitting a mere one game behind divisional leaders the San Diego Chargers (4-1).

With the addition of Carson Palmer to this Raiders’ team they get a Pro Bowl quarterback and a player looking to regain the form he showed in 2007. From my own perspective I firmly believe that the Oakland Raiders were duped in this deal simply in giving up two first round draft picks (first round 2012 & again in 2013) for the Bengals’ quarterback ! Granted , such is the urgency facing the Raiders at this juncture that Hue Jackson and the front office felt it necessary to press ahead with this deal . The Cincinnati Bengals’ front office for their part divest themselves of a player who became disinterested with the organization , his former teammates and some might even say that Carson Palmer was acting like a petulant child who simply chose to deflect blame and show the leadership qualities one would come to expect of an elite quarterback within the NFL . Personally , I for one would like to see how he will perform for the team when he faces some real adversity while playing at the Oakland (Alameda County) Coliseum Oakland , California , in front of a packed crowd of rabid Raiders’ fans . As passionate as these fans are known to be at the first sign of any semblance of ineptitude on the player’s part these fans will make their voices heard with their criticism .

Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross may not have envisaged his team being so inept and lackluster but the real issue here is why does Tony Sparano remain the coach of this franchise ? He is clearly out of his depth and all of the sound bytes in the world proffered up by the coach and general manager Jeff Ireland cannot hide how bad this team really is . Acquisitions asides , the organization’s draft choices under the duo’s tenure are still a work in progress .

High profile players such as Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall have shown little if anything that would simply convince most fans that at 0-5 this team has the slightest chance of being competitive within the AFC East this season much less the conference as a whole . Perhaps even more to the point would be mediocre play of starting quarterback Chad Henne . Karl Dorrell as the team’s quarterbacks’ coach may well be trying to simplify the game for the player but clearly Henne is struggling to show his prowess on the field and with that , there is little confidence being in shown in the quarterback by his teammates .

With Chad Henne now sidelined at present due to an injury it was left to Matt Moore to helm the team this past Monday when they were the guests of their divisional rivals the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey . Suffice to say there was little to be pleased about if you happened to be a Miami Dolphins’ fan as they were subjected to seeing the team suffer its most embarrassing loss of the season losing 24-6 to a Jets’ team that feasted on an inept defense that at no time gave you the impression that they could withstand whatever was being thrown at them by Rex Ryan’s players . For the New York Jets’ coach this may well have been just what the doctor ordered as his team simply “beat up “ on the Miami Dolphins like an unwanted stepchild .

Billionaire Stephen Ross may well have felt in adding A list celebrities amongst the ownership throng of the organization would be a way of attracting more fans within South Florida locale . But at this juncture I am not so sure that the likes of Gloria & Emilio Stefan , Venus & Serena Williams , Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez can be entirely happy with the current return on their investment . Overall this game was not a satisfying one for the television viewing public or those in attendance at the stadium. Other than Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis a punt for a 102 yard touchdown there was little of anything to be satisfied about other than the result for the New York Jets and their coaching staff . After three successive losses this was something that Rex Ryan needed in order to steer the team back on track within the AFC East . Having seen the sudden rise of the Buffalo Bills (4-2) this season within the division and with the New England Patriots (5-1) apparently clicking on all cylinders from an offensive standpoint the Jets’ coach finds his team unwittingly seated in third place with a none too imposing 3-3 record .

As opinionated and self aggrandizing as Rex Ryan happens to be , he knows that if his team is make the postseason for a third consecutive year this franchise have to play with a great deal more consistency and less complacency being shown the players . Anything short of deep run into the playoffs and questions will be asked of not only of the coach but clearly of the players , such as Mark Sanchez , Santonio Holmes , Darrelle Revis , LaDanian Tomlinson and most certainly of Plaxico Burress in particular .

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(1) Who got stiffed ? FILE – At left in a Nov. 19, 2010 file photo, Jamie McCourt arrives at court in Los Angeles. At right, in a Sept. 22, 2010 file photo, Frank McCourt arrives at court in Los Angeles. The McCourt’s have reached a divorce settlement that gives him control of the Los Angeles Dodgers and her about $130 million , making it one of California’s costliest divorces, according to a report published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. AP Photo/Nick Miller …

(2) MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (left) is seen here with beleaguered Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt at Dodgers’ Stadium , Los Angeles , California . The league hierarchy are hoping with the present uncertainty as to the club’s impending future McCourt will relinquish control of the team and sell to a prospective bidder . LA Times / Reinaldo Martinez …..

(3) GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 16: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on from the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3 . Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images ……

(4) FILE – This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo shows new St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talking to quarterback Sam Bradford during NFL football training camp at the Rams’ training facility in St. Louis. The Rams promise a more unpredictable offense this season under McDaniels, with the first test coming in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson ….

(5) Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 17-13 . (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar ….

(6) Blaine Gabbert (11) of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to throw a third quarter pass behind Ziggy Hood (96) of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 16, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 17-13. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images ….

(7) Quarterback Carson Palmer, left, smiles alongside Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson at the team’s NFL football headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez …..

(8) Quarterback Carson Palmer is introduced after signing with the Oakland Raiders at the team’s NFL football headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez …

(9) Sean Smith (24) and Yeremiah Bell (37) of the Miami Dolphins knock the ball away from Plaxico Burress (17) of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images …..

(10) Roberto Wallace (18) of the Miami Dolphins tumbles over Jim Leonhard (36) and Darrelle Revis (24) of the New York Jets during their game at Meadowlands / MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images ……

(11) Tony Sparano, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, reacts during the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …..

(12) Billionaire real estate developer and Miami Dolphins’ team owner Stephen Ross is seen here with team president & GM Jeff Ireland . Since the departure of Bill Parcells as a front office executive the franchise has regressed greatly both on and off the field of play . Palm Beach Post / Greg Lovett …..

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For Half A Billion Dollars You Simply Can’t Beat Another Fucking Screw Up ……… Business 101 Courtesy of A Now Bankrupt US Government …………

For Half A Billion Dollars You Simply Can’t Beat Another Fucking Screw Up ……… Business 101 Courtesy of A Now Bankrupt US Government …………

OK so someone please explain to me how it is that the government can somehow sink $500 million (half a billion dollars) into a now defunct Fremont , California based company Solyndra that was trumpeted by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as the wave of the future in the country’s commitment to energy conservation _____ the specific use of this technology with regard solar panel and cylinders in creating energy efficient usage and products . Now comes what might be unbelievable , the company filed for bankruptcy ( Chapter 11) in the US Federal Court in the state of Delaware . Once again , more taxpayers’ monies simply sank without a trace and there being no one within the administration much less from the President’s own staff readily available to issue a formal statement . Jay Carney , White House Press Secretary , usually available to take the press’ questions on numerous public issues , himself , a well known journalist has yet to make any formal statement on the bankruptcy filing that leaves the taxpayer on the hook for this debt .

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It has been one thing for the government to use the TARP facade in assisting their paymasters (major financial institutions) in placing Obama and select GOP and Democrats in the Congress and Senate . It is now one thing to watch the eight Republican nominees seeking that party’s blessing as the opponent to Barack Obama in 2012 but it is equally idiotic to hear them each opine on the economy , with little knowledge of what’s actually happening in the real world.

Barack Obama will have a hard time explaining another misstep by this administration and even more so from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner whose department it is to oversee the government’s spending while the country’s economic monetary policy itself is dealt with by the Federal Reserve under the auspices of Ben Bernanke as its chairman. Clearly with all of the divergence in thought , ideology being placed ahead of bipartisanship and doing what’s best for the country , we are now seeing this administration and both legislative chambers simply throwing fecal matter up against the wall just to see what sticks and then using that as a legislative policy and statute. If that’s not completely fucked up then what is ?

With the none partisan Office of Management & Budget having forewarned both the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee as to the irregularities and the guaranteeing of this $500 million loan to Solyndra it appears those warnings went unheeded with legislators such as Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) championing the loan ___ stating that it would be of great benefit to the her home state of California and for the employment prospects of the residents within in the state . Well this white elephant, of all of three years has gone up in a cloud of smoke and there is simply no one willing to answer questions as to what went wrong . When the US government seeks to become a venture capitalist it speaks as to its very arrogance and their use of the taxpayers’ monies in such a case ! Now with the FBI and attorneys from the Justice Department having removed countless documents from the Fremont , California based company in the last 24 hours it remains to be seen whether or not there will be any senior executives of Solyndra indicted by the Justice Department in possibly perpetrating a felonious and larcenous act against the US taxpayer !

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Solyndra executives back out of congressional hearing

By Neela Banerjee & Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times

The solar equipment maker’s executives cite the demands of a complicated bankruptcy and a federal investigation they now face.

Reporting from Washington—
Executives of beleaguered solar equipment maker Solyndra Inc. canceled their Wednesday appearance before a congressional investigative committee at the last minute, citing the demands of a complicated bankruptcy and a federal investigation they face.

Solyndra got a $535-million loan as part of the U.S. stimulus package in late 2009 and was held up by the Obama administration as a powerful example of the kind of innovative manufacturing that would revive the economy. But in the last few weeks, the Fremont, Calif., company has closed shop, laid off most of its 1,100 workers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and had its offices and executives’ homes raided by the FBI.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from administration officials about the government’s loans to Solyndra. The company said in a statement that its executives were busy with the bankruptcy and were discussing a new hearing date with the committee.

The events surrounding Solyndra’s government backing and now bankruptcy have become a political hot potato in Washington.

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It is good to see that while the President is doing the rounds trying to sell the country on his latest posturing on jobs and the economy , he has been evasive on answering questions raised with regard to the bankruptcy filing of Solyndra . Bear in mind also that this has been the fourth such company in the past eighteen months to have filed bankruptcy proceedings due to their failure . What is it , that is said to be remiss about this all , other than a clear case of mismanagement and an over eagerness to delve into an industry still in its infancy and without there being any real due diligence being used by a number of the entrepreneurs in question ? At the same time countries such as China , Brazil and the UK , all seem to be prospering somehow but with there being accountability and clear oversight by the respective governments in question. regard to the Congress itself rather the continued asinine and infantile behavior we now see repeatedly from both sides of the political aisle . Lack of leadership ? Yes ! Lack of integrity ? Certainly ! But overall , a total lack of respect for the electorate , their wishes at large and neither of the two political parties actually seem to give a damn ! For them , it now has become all about ideology and how much money can be made at the expense of the taxpayer !

As this whole picture unravels you can be sure that the executives of this company will simply hide behind their litany of lawyers not wanting to make any formal statements on this issue . And with Congress now wishing to enact a speedy hearing to ascertain what these executives may or may not have known as to the financial well being of their company . Is anyone at all surprised to see the government once again with egg on its face ? After all these are the very same imbeciles who made sure that this deal essentially went through without much scrutiny by anyone that mattered . Certainly they failed to heed the warnings raised by senior officials not only from within the OMB but also the CBO ( Congressional Budget Office ). Once again we’re back to the same damn issue ……..” follow the fucking money trail ” and you can who made sure that things simply went ahead smoothly without there said to be any problems arising !

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What now awaits , is where the apportioned blame will be placed and who seeks to gain from this all . We may each have our own thoughts on this matter but it is clear to see that once again the government has failed the electorate and populace with its gross stupidity and naivete’ . Care to guess as to how this shit will be spun by the parties concerned ? Chime in with your comments as you deem fit and thanks as always for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) Executives of solar equipment maker Solyndra Inc. canceled their appearance before a congressional committee . Above, Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Paul Sakuma / Associated Press ….

(2) An FBI agent walks inside the Solyndra headquarters building in Fremont, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The FBI are executing search warrants at the headquarters of California solar firm Solyndra that received a $535 million loan from the federal government . AP Photo/Paul Sakuma ……

(3) FREMONT, CA – MAY 26: Ben Bierman (left) and Chris Gronet (right) explain solar technology to U.S. President Barack Obama on a tour of the Solyndra solar panel company May 26, 2010 in Fremont, California. President Obama toured Solyndra Inc., a growing solar power equipment facility that is adding jobs as they expand their operation . The $535 million loan provided by the Department of Energy is now lost with the company having filed for bankruptcy. (Photo by Paul Chinn/Getty Images …

(4) President Barack Obama is seen here with both Chris Gronet and Ben Bierman at Solyndra’s plant and headquarters in Fremont , California . Getty Images / Paul Chinn ……

(5) Former Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers (L), Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Dr. Christina Romer (2L), Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner (C) and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke (R) listen as President Barack Obama (2R) speaks after a daily economic briefing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama said the administration’s plan to purchase toxic assets from banks is a move in the “right direction” to unlock credit markets. Both Romer and Summers no longer sit on the board of the Council of Economic Advisers . Getty Images North America / Brendan Smialowski ……

(6) U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks into the White House briefing room while flanked by White House White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (R) and White House Chief of Staff William Daley (L) on April 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama addressed the media about his meeting with Congressional leaders in hopes of coming to a agreement on funding the Government to avoid a shut down. Getty Images North America / Mark Wilson ……..

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