Damage control: NFL settles with refs

Greedy team owners, apparently shaken by public outrage over bad calls by scab referees during the first three weeks of the National Football League season, have agreed to let a little more of their enormous wealth trickle down to the referees union:

The locked-out NFL officials will return to work Thursday. The league announced a settlement was reached late Wednesday with the NFL Referees Association, which had been locked out for three months.

It is an eight-year deal, the NFL announced. Union members will vote on ratification on Friday.
The NFL and its referees strike a deal. Word comes two days after a controversial call made by a replacement ref in Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks game gave the story national exposure.

Thursday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore will be the first game worked this season by union members, as the league lifted its lockout.

Greg Aiello, the NFL’s public relations man, reported via Twitter at about midnight ET that an agreement had been reached…

I’m sure the TV announcers — those glib, well-groomed ex-players in extra-large suits — heaved a huge sigh of relief at news of the deal. They will no longer be in the awkward position of having to implicitly criticize their masters by pointing out that the scab refs were destroying the credibility of the league.

Footnote: Don’t you wish the American public could direct some outrage at the Republican scum who are trying to break the unions of schoolteachers, firefighters, and other essential public servants?

Jesse Ventura

This is why no one wants him on live TV. It is refreshing, however, to hear someone who doesn’t speak in spin…

Holy crap

Even for Pennsylvania, this is outrageous:

LET ME TELL YOU about a bill that’s been flying through Harrisburg with so little public input, it seems meant to screw us.

House Bill 2224 would allow political leaders to get rid of certain types of public parks any time they felt it was for the best – and “best” could mean whatever they wanted it to mean.

So they could sell off a park if, say, their borough needed cash to pay for a new firehouse. Or if a favorite developer needed a lucrative site to build townhouses. Or if they thought a strip mall would make better use of the land than a baseball diamond would.

And no matter how we yelled or threatened to vote these people out of office if they took our parks, HB 2224 would let them do it anyway. Because the bill takes away the court oversight that currently protects these parks from political whim.

I wish I were making this up. But I’m not. And I wish there were more time to halt HB 2224 so the public could debate its merits and drawbacks. But there isn’t.

To contact your senator about HB 2224, go to philaparks.org and click on “Take Action Now!” (on the right). The links will help you find and contact your senator.

Not good

For the crime of being hungry and out of work, cops in Madrid fire on protestors:

Raw footage shows chaos inside a busy Madrid subway station after riot police opened fire on protesters.  This is not going to end well once these images are disseminated in Spain. More than 50% of the population under 25 is unemployed.  Think about that.  There are approximately 2 million young people without jobs, many with a penchant for anarchy, and now they have a chip on their shoulder in the form of riot police shootings and vicious beatdowns of comrades in joblessness.

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