Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Farewell, NBA


Hey, Paul,

You touch on an idea that we were disussing here once before. Our discussion centered around this. If profit sharing is demanded to be part of the equation, how is risk sharing also going to be factored in? Taking the idea that players get people into the seats concept, if a player doesn't pan out and doesn't bring "wow", can he be docked pay? Or would it be a pure profit sharing where all the players would get a cut of the generic sharing?

I think both sides make me roll my eyes, personally. And given the detracting aspect of professional sports (surrounding sports), I've watched NBA less and less. But it does make for good conversational fodder!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Doug Wilson on the Occupy Wall Street Protest

Some thoughts from the comments that I found interesting as well....
Reading your posting, I couldn't help but think of the danger of mobs, such as the one currently outside wall street. An aimless mob without a unifying ideal is a mob quick to devolve as it percieves all to be an enemy and has no ethic to constrain. You quickly have the makings of Compton after Rodney King, or Paris with the Jacobins cutting of the heads of kings, clergy, and anyone with more than their fair share.


Hopelessness. Perpetual long term unemploymnet. the appearance that Mexican get all the jobs because the employers don't have to pay taxes on illegal wages, this really has the feel of the Bonus March of 1932. On Steroids.

It doesn't matter how many ipods the crowd has. The spirit of economic despair is real. When people feel hopeless, they will do ANYTHING, no matter how illegal to not feel hopeless. I really think that these protests are going to turn violent, soon.


Maybe. But there is a world of difference between hopelessness on the one hand, and plain old laziness and greed on the other. The fact that a lazy greedy person feels a high degree of angst and frustration over not being able to easily steal the other guy's stuff, and sells that angst as "hopelessness," does not mean that he is actually hopeless. It only means he is lazy, greedy, and immature.

These are crybabies throwing a temper tantrum, and there is little sympathy to be had for any of them. In the grand scheme of things, the very last thing any of us really want is "our fair share." We are incredibly blessed by God's providence and mercy, and the only appropriate response to this fact is constant thanksgiving. What we see here instead is a kid looking at his brother's bowl of ice cream.

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