Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ultimate Explosion!!

Interesting how a weekend can feel better when the M's win two of three against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, brought to you by Thunderstix. Basically, ever since the Angels won the World Series and their fans were admitted into "most annoying ever" pantheon status, beating them is just a little sweeter than, say, taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, which has "kick the puppy" status. Now they are 3.5 games out of first in an AL West Division that is looking remarkably similar to the NL West of last season. Total mediocrity. However, we do have two exciting young players in AAA that I can't wait for later in the year. Snelling and Adam Jones both are just ripping it up, although I would like to see Jones take a few more walks. The power and defense are both there.

Kudos to perennial favorite Lookout Landing for making both Colin and I laugh out loud for the TGI Friday's reference in yesterday's game recap. I think we can safely say there isn't a better Seattle sports blog right now than LL.

I think yesterday's game recap in the Seattle PI was written by either an intern or a monkey, because it sucked. Case in point: "Everything about Emiliano Fruto is big. Big hands. Big feet. Big body. Big head, even. What can't necessarily be seen at first glance is this: Big heart."

You have got to be kidding me. At least they didn't mention his reproductive organ. Still, this has to be one of the worst, kitchy, cliched openings one could possibly write. "Big head, even"? My high school English teacher, alter ego my mother (to the Mom-Cave!), would shake her head in disgust while scribbling the hated red ink over the page.

There was another part of the article I particularly liked. "He (Fruto) got the word of his promotion at 1:30 a.m., when he was still on the computer, figuring he'd have time to sleep later."

Riiiiiight. And what was Fruto doing on the computer at 1:30? Everquest? The curiously addictive Web Sudoku? Just wondering...

Art Thiel has another must read article about the Sonics financial situation today. Read every word. Hang on the artfully put together prose. Enjoy how different it is than the crap above. Thiel does come out in favor of moving the team to the suburbs. I'm finding it more difficult to understand how even to make an NBA franchise work in this economic climate. I'm a Seahawks season ticket holder and even I think going to an NBA game is too darn expensive, especially to sit in a small seat and listen to bad techno for three hours. I don't think either moving to the suburbs or facelift work on Key Arena is going to be anything but a band-aid. There are some revenue streams that can be tapped by the team that should be, like getting 100 percent of the revenue from luxury boxes. I just haven't heard a single plan yet that makes the Sonics a financially competitive franchise for the next five years, much less ten. I think our situation here is the tip of the iceberg. Look for more situations like Portland to appear in the next season or so.

Finally, thought I would do something for kicks, because it's May and nothing of note is really going on (this does include the NBA playoffs, which have, by and large, been a dull affair punctuated by poor outside shooting and shoddy reffing), so I'm jumping aboard with the Frinklin and Fred show and answering that liberal survey.

Note: Colin and I ABSOLUTELY hate people who bring politics into sports discussions. Sports is a uniter for cities. I can be a Hawks fan and that jackass Tin Man from Friday can be a Hawks fan and we have a point of common interest. Therefore, the below is purely because I'm bored. It is not meant to influence anyone. Anywhere. Like my opinions would do that.

1. Undo the bankruptcy bill enacted by this administration
No. I'm with Frinklin. Personal responsibility (i.e. not getting that fifth credit card) has to be taken into account here.

2. Repeal the estate tax repeal
I'm torn on this one. My family isn't well off by any measure, and this repeal really helped us when a family member recently passed away. So using this as a "damn the wealthy" populist movement isn't going to sway me. However, if it is a good priority to balance the freaking budget, then we should make the move.

3. Increase the minimum wage and index it to the CPI
Nope. The economic impact of increasing the minimum wage has been pretty well established. Indexing would be interesting. I'm reminded here of Stroker and Hoop (funny Adult Swim show) and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, which pays "A Living Wage for all our Living Workers" and then hires zombies.

4. Universal health care (obviously the devil is in the details on this one).
And this is why Democrats piss me off sometimes. Of course the devil is in the details. Every single friggin' detail I've ever seen, like Kerry's plan, would have been some of the most ill-conceived gibberish ever. Still, no one likes to see anyone without the ability to see good treatment, so I would support a realistic plan.

5. Increase CAFE standards. Some other environment-related regulation.
Like any environment regulation would ever actually work. If it was anywhere near the Kyoto Treaty, we should treat it like Gil Meche.

6. Pro-reproductive rights, getting rid of abstinence-only education, improving education about and access to contraception including the morning after pill, and supporting choice.
What exactly is improving access to contraception? Would this include vending machines in schools? Also, what exactly does pro-reproductive rights mean? Is that the new code word for pro-choice? If so, I think I'm for this, even if I might change my mind tomorrow. Improving education seems a stupid part of the above statement too. I think there's plenty of education out there, unless we want to take a clue from South Park and have it brought into kindergarten.

7. Simplify and increase the progressivity of the tax code.
The above should be a goal of every living human on the face of the earth. Not sure what "increase the progressivity" is. Not sure what "progressivity" is, although it does take an impressive amount of letters.

8. Kill faith-based funding. Certainly kill federal funding of anything that engages in religious discrimination.
Ah yes, the Democratic party, hating Christianity since 1805. And you wonder why the ignorant yokels in JesusLand don't vote with you? Take, for example, Project Nightwatch here in Seattle, run by a minister locally helping the homeless. Good liberal organization. You would take funding away from him because it is faith-based? Christ (oops). Throwing around the "religious discrimination" stuff seems odd too, because I think many would then interpret that as "life style" discrimination.

9. Reduce corporate giveaways.
Yes, although this seems like another random populist movement.

10. Have Medicare run the Medicare drug plan.
Because Medicare has been such a smashing success already let's throw more responsibility at them. That would work great. At the same time, let's install Isaiah Thomas as head of Medicare.

11. Force companies to stop underfunding their pensions. Change corporate bankruptcy law to put workers and retirees at the head of the line with respect to their pensions.
Between the "higher minimum wage", "larger pensions" and "stop outsourcing (just throwing it in there from the last election)" liberals probably aren't part of many businesses making a profit. Let's face it, more government oversight on an issue like this is probably not a great idea.

12. Leave the states alone on issues like medical marijuana. Generally move towards "more decriminalization" of drugs, though the details complicated there too.
Yes on marijuana, although I see Fred's point that it could get odd from state to state. To that I say, God Bless America, that we can have different laws in different states. Also, Pauly Shore would know where to go to find anyone who thinks he's funny.

13. Paper ballots
My gosh. I can't believe this is important enough to even make this list. Seattle should know as well as anyone after our governor's "election" that paper ballots include just as many conspiracy theories as voting machines. Also, those evil Republicans would just find some way to steal that election too.

14. Improve access to daycare and other pro-family policies.
Isn't the idea of daycare actually an anti-family policy since it was created to replace the normal family structure? Also, what does improving access entail? Are we going to have federal daycare scholarships? Other pro-family policies cracks me up too.

15. Raise the cap on wages covered by FICA taxes.
This is probably one of the first real decent ideas on this whole damn list. FICA is a greedy bastard, and he can really hurt small income dudes. As long as those dudes don't then move to a state that legalizes marijuana and blow it all on that. Help the economy, man!

16. Marriage rights for all, which includes "gay marriage" and quicker transition to citizenship for the foreign spouses of citizens.
If this includes anything legislative, then absolutely. If this is "file lawsuit after lawsuit until a judge finally rolls over" then no. Let the people decide.

Anyways, this was educating for me. I'd like to have seen a few better ideas (all that devil in the details crap annoys me). I think I see 10 No's and 8 Yes' in my list, which is about right on my leanings.

Back to sports tomorrow!

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