Things Are Looking Up

Like every other normal person in American, I watched the big game on Sunday. This year I was busy with some projects so I did not attend a party. Instead, I planned to get some work done and then settle in at game time. Some people boycott the Super Bowl, believing it makes them virtuous, but those people are idiots. The game is often fun and the ridiculous hype around it is a nice weird American tradition. Plus, having a pseudo holiday the next day means people can have a party on Sunday in the dead of winter.

The thing about the Super Bowl is it is the one event that everyone watches. Even if you don’t follow sports, you watch the game because it is what you do. There are similar events like the Daytona 500 or the Kentucky Derby, but most Americans don’t plan a weekend around those. You watch them if you are home or down at the pub, even though you don’t follow these things closely. The Super Bowl is the one event that everyone talks about the next day, because you know everyone watched it, except for the weirdos.

That’s what makes it a good bellwether for the state of pop culture. For the second year in a row, TV ratings were down for the game, not by a lot, but still down. Now, when an event tends to get close to 100% viewership each year, there is nowhere to go but down, but decline is still decline. When looked at in context of the general decline in TV sports, it suggests we are in the midst of a great change in how people consume their entertainments. That’s the general consensus among the people in charge of television.

Cord cutting and streaming services are finally starting to cut into the tradition television programming. It’s not just TV feeling the pinch. Live events are also seeing a drop in attendance. It’s a little hard to get good data as there is an incentive to lie about the ticket sales by the organizers. College football attendance has been in decline, which is a good benchmark, as these events are not driven by hype or the momentary success of the teams involved. Attending college football games in a generational tradition that serves as a reunion for old college buddies and extended families.

How much of this is the availability of on-demand gaming and video services is hard to know. There’s no way to measure it. Part of it may also be changes in youth culture. Despite all the blather about sharing from Millennials, they are a self-absorbed and selfish generation, preferring not to share anything with anyone. A generation of sociopaths, who see human relations as transactional are not going to be inclined to big public gatherings or public spirited activities. It’s why colleges are in a panic. Their young alumni do not donate back to the school at rates anywhere near previous generations.

Now, people don’t change that much from one generation to the next, so it is not a good idea to blame parenting or biology for the culture change. It could also just be the pendulum swinging back toward normal. Attending big public events is a late-20th century thing. Well into the 70’s, attendance for sporting events was well below capacity and the tickets were cheap. In the 1980’s I went to Red Sox games because it was cheap. I paid five dollars for a ticket and sat among empty seats in the bleachers.

The same is true for television. Well into the 80’s, families looked at TV time as an evening activity after dinner. The obsession with television, movie rentals and gaming is a new phenomenon. The steady decline in viewership may not be be driven by cord cutting. Instead, people may simply be losing interest in these services and that is what is driving cord cutting. Put another way, we hit peak TV sometime ago and now the pendulum is swinging back. People are reassessing their expenditures on these items.

There’s also the fact that micro-publishing, for lack of a better word, is now financially viable. Anthony Cumia got fired off the sat-radio platform. Instead of groveling to get back on, he started his own show from his basement. He has teamed up with Gavin McInness and they are building out a network of shows. Mark Levin is doing the same with on-demand political chat shows. There are thousands of niche podcasters making a living as content providers. We are spoiled for choice outside the traditional platforms.

It has always been assumed that the mass media culture was a permanent feature of the post-industrial technocracy. Not only would human labor be replaced by automation, but individual thinking would be replaced by the collective mind of the media orthodoxy. It could be that what makes a mass media culture possible is always what ensures its demise. Anything that shows the potential to control the culture gets corrupted by the preachy and proselytizing. That, in turn, drives away the public into alternatives.

Regardless, the ground is shifting under the feet of our cultural masters. Cable monopolies are being forced to unbundle. DirecTV is now offering a cheaper service over the internet, hoping to appeal to cord cutters. The great unraveling will bring with it an unraveling of the business model. CNN will actually have to attract an audience to stay in business. TV shows will have to sell ads based on real viewership. Live performers will have to follow the lead of Lady Gaga and not go out of their way to piss on their audience.

Things are looking up.

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Agree with you 100%, Z-man. I do think that the polarization we’re seeing on the Internet is going to spill over into the physical world at some point. Neal Stephenson had some good thoughts on what that might look like in The Diamond Age.

Nunnya Bidnez, jr
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“Attending big public events is a late-20th century thing”

Yeah, well I remember Hitler had hundreds of thousands at his rallies…
and yet Hillary only had a few thousand at her rallies.
What’s going on?? aren’t people interested in the most important sport, politics, anymore??

Maybe it’s just the quality of the players that has everyone turned off.

Member

The post starts of telling people that they are idiots for not watching the superball and then goes on to say that declining interest in mass sports attendance and viewing is a good thing, or at least that’s how I read it. I attended one game this year because I was invited. Haven’t watched any sportsball on TV. I guess I’m an idiot who is serving in the cause of good, or something.

dave
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Oh yes, my wife and I very much appreciate being informed that we are abnormal, weird idiots. Joining our “betters” by insulting his consumers.

Just fyi, I haven’t watched a minute of the moron box since sometime in the mid-80s, although we both had season tickets to our local AAA ball club until this year.

Seems like the zman got out of bed on the wrong side.

joe_mama
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TWS
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We got rid of the television when it started dumping sewage directly into our family’s living room. Then 9-11 happened. For hours we had no idea what was going on. The internet had shut down and friends and family were all reporting different and impossible to believe events. I didn’t see the towers go down until I was at work some hours later. We all gathered in the conference room and the tech guy hooked up the cable that never had been used (we worked we didn’t watch tv) and as a group we saw the towers fall. For some… Read more »
Tdurden
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Yeah, I guess I’m one of the freaks who didn’t even know the Bread &Circuses bowl was happening a couple of days ago until it was almost over. To each his own. I hold no ill will to fans of a a game chocked full of latent homosexual BDSM. Yeah, I know, I just shit in the punch bowl. But it was hard to to notice with all of the big guys in tight pants slapping each other on the asses and all the talk about domination. I’m secure enough in my manhood to live and let live.

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No, you are not a freak. Nor are you an idiot or a weirdo for choosing not to watch the Super Bowl. In my view, one of the reasons animating the decline in attendance of big-time team sporting events is the interminable statolatry – the fly-overs, the constant salutes to the troops, the addition of god bless America to Take Me Out To The Ball Game in the 7th inning of MLB games, draping the entire playing field with flags, the security kabuki theatre, and the constant messaging of glorification of, and submission to, the state. Some people do not… Read more »
BillH
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Color me weirdo too. Maybe we can displace the alt-right with a new movement called weirdo deplorables, or deplorable weirdos, or something.

ambiguousfrog
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I’m not sure it’s going to be easier to get content going forward unless there are liberty minded people/companies providing that content. For example, I have/had Netflix and apparently they’re one of the silicon valley companies attempting to stop Trump’s recent immigration policy. What is my alternative at this point for entertainment? I have Amazon Prime, but they have a problem selling anything gun related (unless it’s airsoft) but will sell you lots of sex toys and other smut if so desired. And they also are against Trump and any H1-B visa type restraints. I don’t want to fund my… Read more »
Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

there are torrents, and there is the usenet. everything you can buy, you can get free there. two hours after CBSNBCABCFOXETC broadcast something, it’s on usenet. without commercials. in HD. every movie ever made, every song ever sung. in full cd quality. and youtube has a ton of stuff too; full movies.

if you are curious, checkout “bitsnoop.com”. type in the search box “searchers 1956 1080p” for an example. don’t bother clicking on any links though, as you have to have a client program installed to do the actual downloading.

Dan Kurt
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re: “it’s on usenet… every movie ever made” Solomon Honeypickle IV

Really. Couldn’t find The Golden Mistress (Not Porn) with John Agar and Rosemary Bow circa 1954.

Dan Kurt

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Better yet, stream with Kodi through something like a Fire stick/

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

kodi is based on torrents. it is very easy to use and very popular.

ambiguousfrog
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I thought torrents were bad and tracked by most ISP’s ? I’m hesitant to use the fire stick my bro sent me. I don’t know much about it.

Sam J.
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Another good torrent search (actually magnet link) is http://www.magnetdl.com/ You can use I2P to download anonymously through it’s built in torrent downloader called I2Psnark. It has less magnet files though than the normal torrent system. Some online torrents can be downloaded from Vuse(torrent program) users as Vuse has I2P built in. Especially if it’s a new file. Magnet files are what is being used now. They can have trackers but don’t need them. It’s a small file with a HASH of the file. These hashes are passed around between clients. Every client is also a server and they share files… Read more »
BlindMan
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I’m not ready to extend my personal boycott of target to the point of driving to Target and then shoplifting their merchandise… different strokes I guess.

BlindMan
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I bought a bunch of holsters and even a OEM glock laser/flashlight on amazon – is this a new policy? That said I feel somewhat dirty about using it given that I’m subsidizing Bezos and therefore his civlizationally subversive propaganda arm at the WaPo. If there’s an alternative that’s easy Im all for it. Generally given up trying to avoid certain companies except in the most egregious and potentially effective cases (ex: target and kellogs). However while boycotting kellogs I go to buy wheaties by general mills… aaaaaand Greg Louganis is on the box. We’re just too far down the… Read more »
LetsPlay
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Competition. That is my question. I have looked and not found anything comparable to an Amazon competitor. They have grown so huge and I use them because I can’t find anything easier to use where I can find just about anything I want with delivery options. However, I cannot understand why they offer the same product from multiple suppliers at differing prices when I thought the original idea was for them to buy in quantity for lower cost and then pass those prices on to their customers. Instead, it has become a real chore to make sure you are getting… Read more »
Sam J.
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“…I cannot understand why they offer the same product from multiple suppliers at differing prices…”

Think about it. They are preempting the competition before they even get started. By letting their competition sell on their service they get a little cut, check their prices against the competition and forestall others competing. They make it easy to compete at a small level but cut you off at a higher level.

MSO
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Commercials, I can no longer tolerate them. Television, radio or the web, all are cannibalizing themselves. Marginal content interrupted with Latin snake oil sales blinking and beeping steadily against a background of obnoxious noise.

No thanks.

Member

The medium is not the message. But the medium shapes the message; certain messages resonate in certain kinds of media.

The era of mass media was the era of the Cathedral. One to many. Preaching.

The era of the Internet allows talk-back. As such, it cannot be dominated by groupthink in the same way as the era of mass media. Hence the “alt right” and “neoreaction”.

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

the price of tickets is very high, they gouge you on parking and drinks, lots of bad behavior by the public, etc etc etc.

unless you have super good seats, the view from the couch is much better too. there is even a service that streams live broadway shows (not sure if they livestream or what).

and finally, the quality of the product is shit, whether it is movies, sporting, or musical. politics turns everything it touches into shit.

Member

Prediction – no I’m not taking bets on this –

Broadcast and cable-as-we-know-it will be gone within 10 years. Why watch programs on their schedule? Many, if not most, sidestep it with DVR currently. Who needs the hassle of fiddling with setting up the DVR when the Netflix model is so much more convenient?

What happens with the commercials? Probably go away for the most part. Pay per view or subscription, a la Netflix, for the revenue.

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The most likely thing is that the people who want to sell you stuff will become content-producers. Apple is heading this way. The digital streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are already there. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is probably the best show on the tube right now. For a lot of these big corporations, it’s not particularly hard to do. Nothing’s stopping Kraft from starting their own food channel. Or Anheuser-Busch creating Beer TV…where their beers are mainly showcased. HGTV is practically one long commercial for Lowes, Home Depot and Wayfair…nothing stopping any of them from producing original content. It’s just not… Read more »
Doug
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What a Great game! Those Pats fought back against all the odds against them and won in glorious fashion! Kraft said it right, “The Sweetest!” Us dirt people have been paying for a kind of betrayal for a long time and are beginning to realize it as such. Resistance and rejection of the statist quo is subtle but everywhere. If for no other reason than when every commercial and government entity is after the last buck you have, and they have it figured out and priced in truly what your last buck is down to the penny is, you begin… Read more »
Toddy Cat
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I’m not sure about overall cultural trends, but I know a lot of people who just threw in the towel with regard to the NFL over the whole Colin Kaepernick thing. The league has been gradually and increasingly shitting on its primary fan base of middle aged white men for over a decade now, but this year, it simply became too obvious to ignore. You could try to tune out the pink ribbons, the ignorant thuggish players, the stupid rule changes, the increasing number of downright insulting commercials, but to have Black Lies Matter rammed down your throat, when all… Read more »
Doug
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“Politicize All The Things!” Nothing is sacred to diversity. Anything Mom and Apple pie is racist or whatever. Look how NASCAR has for instance has been transformed into a SJW example of a heathen venue of nothing but white redneck racists according to the neo-bolsheviks. The Patriots winning was racist, White privilege or something. Or this latest from Twitter, where a young girl who started a comic strip on Jan 20th with some really cute lampooning and already has been banned because her humor dared to expose unspeakable truths. It’s “Destroy All The Things!” SJW mentality.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-07/orwellian-happenings-twitter-censors-trump-suspends-new-comic-strip-lampooning-liber

notsothoreau
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This. I read a number of comments on the internet about people that were tired of being preached at.

My late husband stopped watching football after one of the big strikes. To me, it’s not the same since Kenny Stabler died 😉 I did watch the last half.

Member

Well stated…

Chu
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I agree. Something has been lost along the way – football has been turned into some giant commercial for all. Much more real when it wasn’t attracting so many to the sport. Even getting the players to wear pink during cancer month was some sort of queer idea foisted upon the sport. But ‘it’s for the good of breast cancer’ they say. ugh…
Kaepernick is good for you also I suppose – he’ll make you check your privilege. haha…

Juan de la Salsa
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Years ago I was totally into watching football. Don’t know if it’s just that I’m older now and have different interests/priorities, or if the SJW infection of the game is what has turned me off. I noticed the infection years ago and it seems to have seriously raised it’s ugly head in just the past 2 – 3 years. At any rate, this was the first season I decided to completely tune it out – that crazy dude from SF making a ‘statement’ reinforced the wisdom of my choice. I had decided the Superbowl could go on without me, but… Read more »
Toddy Cat
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My reaction wasn’t anything as deliberate as a “boycott”. I just can’t take it any more.

Juan de la Salsa
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I hear ya, Toddy. I wasn’t suggesting you did boycott – just reflecting on ZMan’s point. Like you, I really can’t take it anymore. I went for the gathering of friends more than anything else, but did wind up enjoying the game. THAT game.

Toddy Cat
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Yes, seeing as how someone had to win, I’m glad that it was the Patriots.

Dutch
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The Super Bowl was the first game I watched all season. The broadcast team did a good job of just doing the game, rather than turning it into something else. The ads, well…the Tide ad riffing off of Terry Bradshaw was hilarious. The halftime show owes a huge debt to Michael Jackson. He really threw down the gauntlet for synchronized dancing and outrageous outfits many years ago. Watching the background dancing was fun, the preening and posing was embarrassing. Having a bunch of lightly paid people to cheer the thing on from the field was a neat little trick, to… Read more »
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“Anything that shows the potential to control the culture gets corrupted by the preachy and proselytizing. That, in turn, drives away the public into alternatives.” See also: the fact that nearly every SB ad was an engagement in progressive sanctimony. Revisionist, anti-immigrant, history from foreign-owned Anheuser-Busch; drippingly sanctimonious Audi ads; at least 5-6 “ads” that propagandized multiculturalism, etc, etc. I rarely watch broadcast TV. Most of it is terrible. The commercials are soft core porn (see also: those sadist Hulu miniseries ads with the red robed women). We cord cut and got the cheapest Sling (run by Dish Network) option.… Read more »
Member

OT, but could someone please please please tell President Trump to dial back his twitter truculence, teach Sean Spicer and K Conway not to fire off own goals, and stop saying obviously stupid stuff about the press not reporting terror attacks?

I don’t mind trolling the media, but c’mon. All that last did was get leftie international media opining about all the terror attacks they report, which is pretty much all the big ones and most that take place in Europe or America.

I hope the White House aims to draw the line on stupid soon.

Member

Just had to share. I have to listen to and receive many emails on this stuff at work…

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

you might want to consider TRT

Dutch
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They do well considering the MSM will jump down their throats every time they forget a dot on an i. It’s not like they are talking today about President Bush or Putin invading Korea, or about how politics “is not a job for an amateur”–Al Franken yesterday. Sit back and enjoy the show–not much you can do about it anyway. It will also really rub salt in the DC wounds if these “own-goal amateurs” pull off a success.

Member

Thanks. Just the reminder that the opposition includes Al Franken made me feel better. I forget about him for years at a stretch but when reminded of his existence I think of him as Sideshow Bob thinks of Bart Simpson.

Chuckie
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The MSM is 24/7 trying to delegitimize the President and the media is a mighty force. I imagine we’ll be seeing many tactics being used by the Administration as they try to tame the beast and encourage real journalism about the President’s real endeavors. They criticize every little & big thing he does and make up stuff, too. The ruling class wants to run him out of office and won’t stop. Really hoping for MSM to soon be replaced by rising alternative media.

Jim Maloney
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I cut the cord when I got fed up with the endless, incessant advertisements for drugs and medical devices filling every single station break. I was/am particularly disgusted in how they prey upon an aging, generally trusting generation of Americans who are led to believe the the companies actually care about them.

Chuckie
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Only the U.S. and New Zealand subject their people to the disgusting drug ads. It’s maddening. They encourage health care tourism by convincing people they have a disease that humans have probably lived with forever, things that just come and go, or just come naturally with age. Anything for a buck. I think taxpayers in effect fund the ads, too. Another example of us participating, paying, for our own demise.

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

how do you get old and not know the true nature of corporations?

Backwoods Engineer
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“The thing about the Super Bowl is it is the one event that everyone watches. Even if you don’t follow sports, you watch the game because it is what you do.”

No. I don’t. And I know a lot of other people who don’t, either. The NFL is just another anti-American organization. And besides, I don’t like football.

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

really? i thought zman was being literal! imagine my shock. thank you so much from helping me not make a fool of myself.

james wilson
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I listened to the game on radio while working. Turned it off when Hillary went up 21-0, and tuned back in for the forth quarter. Sorta like the election, or an NBA game. Watched the twenty minute rerun later on computer. BTW, my first season in Boston, 1967, seats in the bleacher were a buck, and up close to the field too. A fan took a three run fly away from Conigliaro in the ninth to cost the Boston’s the game and I was twenty feet from Tony running a Revere blue streak on this guy. He was about to… Read more »
Cryptonymous bill
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Speaking as a self-absorbed sociopath, my alma mater can eat corn the long way in lieu of my donation to their hedge fund. I have student loans to pay.

I wonder which bought the greater part of that faculty club one might mistake for the field house at Augusta National? I’m sure it was the class of ’77 kicking in a few extra bits – it couldn’t have been the annual eight-figure debt rake.

El Capitan
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In full agreement. Not a Millennial, but a transactional relation is exactly what I had with my alma mater. They offered a degree program, I ponied up what cash I could, and borrowed the rest. Took me 14 years to get it paid back. I enjoyed my time on campus, but I feel zero obligation to pay them any more money. Hell, their job intern program for juniors & seniors was as useless as tits on a boar-hog, as was their post-grad job finding service…

John the River
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Interesting sidebar to the importance of the game to the SJW crowd; http://fox4kc.com/2017/02/06/belton-high-school-student-mad-at-patriots-for-winning-super-bowl-threatens-to-shoot-up-school/ Jashon’s Facebook page (which no one has the brains to take down yet) is just what you would expect. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=728155483988248&set=a.123902304413572.21694.100003814080024&type=3 Apparently, Pat QB Tom Brady’s friendship with Donald Trump caused the entire SJW community to root for the other team. Interesting that the team (Patriots) also has been above the ‘take a knee’ BS that has infested some other teams this year. I’ve been told by friends who are into the game, that there are only a few teams with players that have kneed the National Anthem… Read more »
Harry Baldwin
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I recall Mark Levin, a few weeks before the election, telling us in his nasal, lugubrious voice that the Republicans had blown it by nominating the one candidate that couldn’t beat Hillary. I haven’t listened to him since. Has he talked about why he was so wrong?

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

he went off and formed the American Homunculus Party

Dr. Dre
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Yah — I can’t bear listening to Levin any more, either. Nasal and lugubrious AND rude! What did it for me was his slimy endorsement of Cruz up until the minute Teddy boy dropped out. BTW, just a reminder that there WAS a picture of Raphael Cruz (Ted’s father) with Lee Harvey Oswald in NOLA, Summer of ’63. The May 2, 2016, National Enquirer printed it and it was more readily identifiable online. The magazine circled in red some guy as Raphael, but it was not him. R. is elsewhere in the photo in PROFILE and his wavy hair evident.… Read more »
leverage
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Grew up watching TV almost every night with my parents and siblings after mom did the work of cleaning up our dinner and of course we were ridiculously spoiled by her even giving her a hard time for taking so long to finish and come sit down and watch. My dad was a horse racing fan and eventually owner of a few himself. He fell into season tickets for the “California” Angels and those front row seats behind home plate (Reggie Jackson came over and flirted with my mother) which had a face value of $7.50 each are now god… Read more »
Nina
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You painted a very nice picture.

Wayne Parker
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A big part in the decline in popularity of mass sports spectacles has to do with the rise in the cost of attending or viewing these events. It used to be that an average person could drop a few dollars and attend a professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball game and walk away with cash still in their pocket. Blue-collar guys on blue-collar incomes in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and first half of the 1980s could even afford season tickets without forcing their families to sacrifice much, if anything. I know this because my grandfather and his buddies from the Kaiser… Read more »
Dutch
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Back in 1986 the outfield bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium were $2 a pop. Young entrepreneurs would buy a bunch and try to scalp them to the tourists (me) at $5 a piece, as we got off the elevated subway. Something strange I saw at the NFL games I actually attended over the years, was that the fan behavior worsened as the tickets got more expensive. Maybe not the average fan, but the rowdy end of the spectrum got much more violent. And that’s not counting the Raiders games, which one would avoid like the plague, what with all the… Read more »
Chuckie
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The millennials were raised on advertisements and normalized violence; no wonder they’re sociopathic. As they grew up, everything came to be monetized so living is expensive, while at the same time wages stagnated for most Americans. There aren’t many well-paying jobs for them and they have a lot of college loan debt (from their indoctrination on useless non-thinking that’s made them dysfunctional ignorant snowflakes). They don’t have money for anything; they’re not cutting cords out of principle, they’re broke. That’s why they were so receptive to Bernie Sanders. Thank God Hillary stole the primaries from him cuz he was Trump’s… Read more »
notsothoreau
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I live in Washington state. I know exactly what a Sanders regime would be like.

Chuckie
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I feel for you. That’s coming from L.A., behind the blue curtain. Working on an exit strategy. If possible to a staunchly red state.

notsothoreau
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Me too. The problem is that I can’t seem to talk my husband to leaving the coast. May wind up in Oregon. If it were up to me, it would be back in the heartland for sure. I left CA in the 70s so I’ve been through this before.

coyote
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if you go to the Oregon coast stay south of Newport. I recommend Brookings- best climate on the Oregon coast.

Chuckie
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Has it always been this bad in the Pacific Northwest? Or has it been dormant and Trump’s election upset has removed all the masks?

Any recommendations on solid red states in the heartland?

Doug
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West Virginia. It’s seriously rural if you like that. It’s so red it is the only sate where every county voted Trump, Land and house prices super reasonable. Fertile land, super hunting, the woods are a supermarket of wild edibles. Mild winters, growing season is late March to Sept. I was raised in NH, WV is like NH when I was a kid. We bought 6 acres with a 1500 sqft house, 2 car garage, creek, $46,500, taxes are $276 a year, closing cost was $378. We logged off 4 acres of timber and recouped 10 grand. You make friends… Read more »
Chuckie
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Thanks, Doug. Yes, I love rural and am dying in dirty, concrete, expensive, militantly Left Los Angeles. I was actually considering West Virginia, prompted by your posts about the beauty of the land and the people. Sounds like my kind of place. I’m originally from the east coast and remember the lush natural glory of WV when I visited for marching band competition in high school. Also, I’m glad to have this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. Thank you.

Soviet of Washington
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The two major metropolitan areas have always been fairly populist (see Murray Morgan’s “Skid Road” for a history of some of Seattle’s early characters) , however it was basically low-intensity and due to the mostly white/Asian population base the cities basically worked. It has worsened substantially since 2000, whether due to generational shift, immigration (in DiL’s first kindergarten class a few years ago, 3 of 22 students didn’t speak ANY English and about 1/2 the rest were English-as-2nd-language) or renewed CA migration due to the growth of the SW industry. 95% of Hillary’s statewide margin came out of King County… Read more »
notsothoreau
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My late husband used to go to Candlestick Park as a kid. (His dad worked at Mare Island). He could take the bus, watch a game or two if a doubleheader, then take the bus back to Vallejo.

I think the players then were grateful for their careers. Now, it seems like they feel entitled. I know that it can’t be all players, but those are the ones we hear about.

Chuckie
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I understand a number of Patriot team members have refused to go to the White House for a celebratory meeting with President Trump. Really rude, disrespectful behavior to our President by people who should act in a way worthy of being role models. Pouting millionaires.

Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

they will be enjoying their new teams…once they are traded.

james wilson
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The difference in class is obvious. Whatever Brady’s feelings for Obama, he never embarrassed his team or his teammates over it.

Doug
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The guy has class. Something money don’t buy you.

Nina
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For me it’s important, and I feel strongly about using my voice, my dollars AND my television to reflect who I am and what I believe in. The lines of where a person or corporation stand politically are becoming clearly defined now. Simply put, you’re either with us or against us in our fight to change America’s trajectory. To be honest, that collective energy is powerful in my opinion. It contributed to the phenomenon that is President Trump.

leverage
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Whoa now Nina, ease off the trigger. Just talkin’ Super Bowl, we’re not signing up people for the “cause” here.

Nina
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LOL. Just a tad patronizing. But me like 😉

leverage
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OK. Darn it you have a sense of humor! I agree with you 100% by the way. Take care.

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Another factor in the decline in NFL interest are the changing demographics. 3rd World immigration from places where soccer is the national pastime means young people who don’t relate to the new cultures unique sport – American football. Also, being mostly Latinos, they don’t identify as readily with a sport they may find hard to imagine themselves, or their fellow ethnicists, being highly successful in. There are not many big NFL Tony Gonzalez’s walking around in Mexico, so the average shorty Pepe will only impress a Maria with sports where size doesn’t matter. Electronic soul sucking devices in general, and… Read more »
Solomon Honeypickle IV
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Solomon Honeypickle IV

got news for you; very few anglo kids watch or care a fart for, american football. it’s not a sport that is fit for families.

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Z, don’t forget the next issue. All of the good things are happening because of what InstaPundit calls disintermediation. The internet cuts out the middle man, so Cumia and McInnes can do their own thing. McInnes, by the way, is a good Brit-Canadian lad of Scotch ancestry so he’ll do well anywhere, annoying all and sundry as he goes. Anyway, the next issue. The bastards will try to close up the internet, to restrict it and indeed are this instant plotting to do so. All this freedom must, must, be stopped, so they think. OK, that’s it, I’m out of… Read more »
LetsPlay
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Well then Zman, I guess I am not “normal” or I am am in your parlance, a “weirdo.” I did not watch the Big Game this year either as I have been boycotting the NFL since players started wearing pink for the month of October “Breast Cancer Awareness” fight. But then, I also am not contributing to the RNC just because Trump won the election. I won’t support them until sleeze bags like McCain, McConnell, Ryan, and many other RINOs get out and Term Limits are instituted. To just be part of the “crowd” for entertainment’s sake is the real… Read more »
wan wei lin
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I’m not normal… didn’t watch. Checked the score a couple times just so I’d be informed for the work crowd. Heck, a few days before I had to ask who’s playing. Ignorance is truly bliss.

alzaebo
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That’s me… allergic to sports

UKer
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Many years ago I read book by Daniel J Boorstin called, I think, The Image. It’s subtitled ‘a guide to pseudo-events in America.’ I cannot recall if he talked about sports much (it was written I think in the early sixties before sports got big — no Super Bowl, Olympics pretty much a localised event — but what I do recall was a passage effectively saying that people who attended big parades for example would not get the best view, which could be better seen sat at home on TV as cameras along the length of the parade route would… Read more »
LULU
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Our regular Super Bowl party, a great party with great food and lots of adult beverages, hosted by a member friend at his very nice local country club (we pay him back), was preempted this year by a cruise he and his wife booked. Fine. We all survived. (Though we missed winning the pool money!) We had our own party of two, and had a swell time watching a very good football game. It is possible to watch and enjoy an individual sports event, without having any particular interest in who wins (or by concocting that interest if one doesn’t… Read more »
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Jeremiah
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So who won the superbowl? Yeah one of those weirdos that had better things to do with their time.

Bill
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I am proud to have been abnormal since 1987 when my last television was stolen and I didn’t miss it.
Having a desire to consume bread and circuses doesn’t make one normal, just ignorant.

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