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Labor dispute in progress!   This column has not been fact checked.

Good officiating is just as important in American politics as it is in the NFL and some curmudgeonly columnists will not be surprised if the Presidential Election ends with a call by the referees (or Supreme Court?) that gives the win to someone who was an ineligible receiver.  

Rush Limbaugh early in the week was cackling with delight over the furor the poor officiating by the replacement referees over the weekend (and the Monday night Sea Hawks vs. Greenbay game) had generated among football fans.   Uncle Rushbo was gleefully asserting that the dispute points out the underlying fault in the liberal argument that the replacements are equal to the referees with years of experience.  

It is a clever way to make the central issue (for Uncle Rushbo) seem to be that inexperienced rookies make excellent examples for the principle of giving quota hires the same priority as more qualified job applicants.  

That, in turn, is a slick way of diverting the focus away from the idea that (economic) might makes right makes sense to the one percent.

It seems quite likely that Uncle Rushbo wouldn't want to read any commentary that makes the assertion that the team owners might (metaphorically speaking) wanted to do to football fans, players, and bookies, what the Republican politicians would like to do to America's voters.  

Since a goodly number of media owners seem to relish the opportunity to cozy up to Uncle Rushbo and the team owners, it could be that there was an unwritten edict is in effect in the mainstream media to ignore the arrogance and greed of the team owners and focus on the ineptness of the scab laborers.   Didn't Ayn Rand advise team owners involved in labor disputes that "winning isn't everything . . . it's the only thing!"?

Americans have traditionally supported the underdog and so folks like Uncle Rushbo derive a certain level of perverse pleasure when the conservative punderati have to defend the poor persecuted minority of people who own sports franchises against the unwashed rabble who are howling like a crowd at the gladiator games to see the team owners eaten alive by high tax rates.   It is up to the likes of Uncle Rushbo and the Republican politicians to come to the defense of the one percenters.  

The Billionaires for Bush organization has morphed into Billionaires for Wealthfare and is recording their antics for posterity online.   Has a spokesperson for that group been a guest on Jon Stewart or the Colbert Report show?   If not; why not?

Speaking of cash bonuses for debilitating hits, are the TV networks giving out any bonus money to the cameramen if they record vignettes of people reduced to tears?   We have noticed that lately CBS Evening News does seem to be helping reinforce the conservative selling point that Obama has failed by showing someone crying each night because they can't cope with the contemporary American economic situation.   It kinda seems like the managing editors are specifically sending the news reporters into the field to get shots of weepy women saying they don't know how they are going to feed their kids and pay for college.   Did they show that kind of melodrama journalism back when George W. Bush was President?  

Do network owners bother to get involved with the story selection process?   Would it build ratings if we had Ed Murrow interview Marilyn Monroe on "Person to Person"?

Do Americans want celebrity gossip or do they want a full explanation of what happened to Harold Holt?

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, recently made a comment about the Republican Party in the USA being taken over by "cranks and crazies."   Did Fox News run any story about that bit of international criticism?   If not, why not?

Stanford University released a study, titled "Living Under Drones," that asserted that the American drone bombers were spawning a great deal of resentment in the Middle East because of the high number of civilian casualties they caused.   The authors of the study seemed to be implying that the carnage would motivate future retaliation against the USA and thus prove that President George W. Bush was accurate in calling the conflict the "Forever War."

President Obama was quoted as saying that the drones attacked high value military targets and that civilian casualties were "exceedingly rare."   Will Uncle Rushbo validate Obama's claim or will America's anchor side with the Muslims and dispute the President's claim?  

Didn't Reich Marshal Hermann Goering assure journalists during WWII that the V2 buzz bombs were only used against military sites and that very few Brits were being sent to the hospital (or morgue) as a result?

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