Pls RT my "pledge" to contact @grovernorquist &members of Congress who have signed his pledge not to raise taxes. You do not have to sign it. Just retweet it. Here it is. If your Senator or Representative has signed Grover Norquists' pledge ask them. "Which pledge means more the one to uphold the Constitution or the one not raise marginal tax rates?" Retweet the pledge.
For fun here is th website http://www.atr.org/taxpayer-protection-pledge
So the fantasy season is in full swing. Here is some advice for you if you are interested. This is not intended to be advice for Roto leagues. Unfortunately many of the people you drafted expecting big things from are not producing. I actually have two of those players on my bench right now: Adam Lind and Jeff Francoeur. I am running out Lucus Duda at first base because Lind has been so poor. I am not in a panic. I call it the Tori Hunter principle. Last year I was able to hold on to Tori Hunter while he was terrible. When he finally got going my patience paid off and he helped carry me to the playoffs.
That is not to say you shouldn’t work the waiver wire. But you need to be careful not to act rashly: I wouldn’t drop Lind to try to catch lightning in a bottle for a week. When you drop someone you have to tell yourself that as soon as you drop him someone will pick him up.
I also do not care about the %owned stat. I am more interested in finding players that help my team. For instance if I see that my team is weak in steals I look for a guy who can bolster that stat. I do not care if only 2% of leagues own him. I care that he can help me.
Finally, I will tell you do not try play the matchup game if you have two guys you want to play but can only play one. Choose one and send him out for a series. Give him three or four games. How many times have you put a guy in who 4-4 the night before only to see him go 0-3 and the guy you sat goes 2-3? That’s frustrating but avoidable. When possible stick to guy for at least a series or two.
If I wanted to Destroy America: I saw a video that is making the rounds on Twitter, “If I wanted America to Fail”. Honestly it aggravated the hell out of me. I have been thinking about the theme of if I wanted America to Fail. It is an interesting theme and now that I have thought about it I have some ideas I would like to share.
If I wanted America to Fail I would:
1. Convince the population that the government cannot do anything correctly and push to privatize the most basic functions of government like education and prisons. Instead of inculcating the values of our society at schools we could make sure that corporate interests are taught to our young citizens. Privatizing prisons allows private interests to lock up those who do not agree with them. It subverts the justice system. Prisons are about removing people from society who have committed some crime not creating profit through misery.
2. I would start a race to the bottom for wages. Some of you out there are earning $8/hour without benefits. Some of you out there are doing much better. Those of you doing much better need to work for less. Because the less you make the more people can work. You have the right to be exploited by business and you are not using that right.
3. I would scapegoat the powerless in our society like the poor and immigrants making Americans fear them. Though almost everyone reading this is the part of an immigrant family. That family may stretch back 10 years or 100 years.
4. I would make sure that power was concentrated in the hands of a smaller and smaller group of people. I would do this by convincing Americans that it is in their best interest to have the absolute wealthiest pay less and less while using the government to redistribute wealth upwards out of the hands of average Americans into the hands of that smaller and smaller group. This concentration of power is not simply money but information.
5. I would seek to create a smaller and smaller group of companies that report the news.
6. I would seek to slow down the flow information on the internet by passing laws that restrict what can be said.
7. I would convince the population that the one thing that government does well is keeping the machine of war well oiled. I would make sure that a larger and larger portion of the country’s wealth goes into the war machine while telling Americans that we can’t afford to help those who are weakest in our society.
8. I would roll back voting rights. America has for over 200 years consistently expanded voting rights. I would convince Americans that previously scapegoated immigrants were ruining our democracy and pass voter ID laws making it more difficult for the poorest to vote.
9. I would convince Americans that if you fail it is your fault and the government will not help you. But when a corporation fails the rules of the game are different we must save the corporations at the expense of the individual.
10. I would do all of these things to convince the population to consistently vote against their own interest.