Adam Eran 
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Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

A little context might be helpful. KJ was instrumental in getting a quarter-billion dollar subsidy for the NBA Kings to stay in Sacramento. The City gets the stadium, so no property tax revenue, and absolutely no control over the Kings, so in spite of a $9 million hole in the City's budget, it has no leverage if the Kings decide to extort *another* stadium from the City (this new one is the second such act of extortion).

JFYI, professional sports has an anti-trust exemption, so it can charge monopoly rents. Heck, Al Davis has extorted financial concessions from both Oakland and Anaheim for the Raiders.

Most hilarious of all are the commenters calling KJ "liberal" -- you know, sympathetic to working people. This entire scheme is an enormous gift to the plutocrats who own the Kings. Forbes reports that since the stadium's approval, the Kings are worth roughly double what Vivek Ranadive and his merry band of plutocrats (over)paid for them!

Not enough? David Cay Johnston reports that 75% of George W. Bush's net worth comes from a stadium deal in Arlington TX. Yep, KJ is liberal all right...and I'm the queen of England!

One more bit of business: The entire Sacramento oligarchy (from news media to elected officials) conspired to suppress an initiative requiring a popular vote about this stadium deal. The stadium would almost certainly have lost, too.

So... Pie in the face? I say KJ is luck it wasn't a guillotine.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/28/2016 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

...and to all the vengeful people commenting: Really? This is what you believe? Kill the hippies!...?

Just FYI, because of such vengeful sentiments, the U.S. has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of its prisoners. That's right. If we were an *average* nation, four out of five of the people currently behind bars wouldn't be there.

But it prevents crime, right? Nope. Canada has exactly our demographics, and incarcerates (per-capita) at 1/7th our rate. Canadian and U.S. crime have differed only insignificantly for the last 50 years.

But it scares the addicts straight, right? (Because lots of drug war prisoners).

Again, nope. Actual medical treatment produces better outcomes at 1/7th the cost.

See...you can have better housing, better education for your kids, better infrastructure...lots of things. Or you can have the fruits of your vengeful anger, and lots of vengeance wreaked on our outsized prison populations.

That's your choice: anger or prosperity. There isn't a third option.

So...is it really that important to be right? Do y'all get a toaster or some or other prize I don't know about?

Please. It was a pie, not a hand grenade. Let's have a sense of proportion.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/22/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Oh yes, and one more thing: KJ has terminated his "promising" political career because one too many under-age women came forward claiming he made unwelcome and aggressive sexual advances.

You simply can't find more callow opportunists than KJ and his wife.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/22/2016 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

For a little context: KJ was instrumental in getting the NBA Kings to stay in Sacramento. To do this, he persuaded the City's plutocracy to subsidize the stadium to the tune of a quarter-billion dollars. He and his political pals also suppressed an initiative that would have required a popular vote on the thing (polling said it would go down to defeat).

So...I guess not everyone in Sacramento was glad they got a stadium jammed down their throat.

...and this doesn't even mention his wife, the Marquesa de Sade...er, I mean Michelle Rhee.

Both of these people are wastes of protoplasm. Sorry hippie punchers, it's just so.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/22/2016 at 4:02 PM

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