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The Morning Grumpy – 1/3/13

Filed under: Morning Grumpy

All the news, views, and filtered excellence fit to consume during your morning grumpy.

1. Twenty years ago today, the Buffalo Bills pulled off the greatest comeback in NFL History, beating the Houston Oilers in overtime 41-38 after overcoming a 32 point deficit. The game is a mythical event in Buffalo history and even though the game wasn’t sold out, roughly 420,000 people claim to have been in the stands.

I was not at the game, but I was listening to the great Van Miller broadcast the game on the radio – just an incredible memory of my adolescence. It’s been years since I’ve heard the broadcast and I thought I’d never hear it again, but local media historian Steve Cichon of WBEN put the broadcast up on his website last night so that we could all relive the magic of that day. I suggest you take a few minutes today to reminisce about those magical Bills teams and enjoy the dulcet tones of one of the greatest play-by-play announcers in NFL history. Damn, I miss when the Bills were awesome, don’t you?

2. Looking to get your act together and improve your productivity in 2013? Allow me to recommend some tools and browser plugins that will limit your social media consumption and/or improve your attention and focus.

I’m a big fan of this app:

TrackTime – Audit how you’re spending your time on your computer.
This good-looking app tracks everything you do on your computer, spitting back out a sort of “attention audit.” How much time are you spending in Firefox? How many hours a day in your email client? What are listening to on iTunes? If you let TrackTime run in the background, it builds these patterns into a lovely rainbow-colored timeline of your online life. Its most effective use is as a sort of  wake-up call: If your daily timeline shows you shifting between apps and tasks every 2 minutes or less, you know there’s a problem. For Macs only.

There are some great tools available to make you more productive, so there is no excuse for being a time wasting slacker. Get more done, be better.

3. What do former Sabres owner Tom Golisano. the Government of Norway, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have in common? They’re amongst the top lifetime donors to the Clinton Global Initiative, donating between $10-25MM.

4. Matt Taibbi on the biggest Wall Street/political scandal of 2012.

“If it’s true that the 16 biggest banks in the world were fixing global interest rates, then it’s hard not to argue that that’s not the biggest financial corruption case in history,” Taibbi says in a web exclusive for Current TV. “I fully expect that we’ll find out in the end that American banks were involved in this scandal.”

And the band played on…

5. The differences between Democrats and Tea Party lunatics is largely informational, not ideological.

Actually, the vast majority of Tea Party backers agree with the vast majority of Democrats in their opposition to cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The main difference is that the Tea Party backers seem to believe that there is some other area of government spending, other than defense, that can be cut back to reduce or eliminate the budget deficit. Of course this is not true.

This is all a nice way of saying that Tea Party supporters are stupid, by and large. The Republican party has become a regional party buried in the deep south, leaving the rest of the country to design ways to work around the unhealthy, uninformed and broadly confused electorate found in the southern “taker” states.

Fact Of The Day: Jesus is mentioned more often in the Quran than Muhammad while Mary is mentioned in the Quran more than the New Testament.

Quote Of The Day: “Much of what we see depends on what we are looking for.” – Phil Callaway

Video Of The Day: “The N Word” – Louis CK

Song Of The Day: “Strictly Game” – Harlem Shakes

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  • Jesse Griffis

    #1: Reading, listening…brings tears to my eyes. We need a team to be proud of in the worst way.

    #5: Now you’re just being mean. They’re not stupid (necessarily), they’re self-interested and wishing for something they probably can’t have. Their jobs have been outsourced, their public schooling education was a joke, and they don’t have the time nor inclination to waste their lives arguing cogently about politics. They just know something is wrong and were (originally, anyway) focused on the spending side, since as “everyone knows”, taxes suck. Belittling them by calling them stupid is unfair, IMO.

    Spending by governments at all levels around the western world is unsustainable. Raising taxes can’t cover it. Acceptance of this fact and its uncomfortable implications (ie, entitlements like Medicare are gonna have to get reined in) is going to take time.

    • Mike_Chmiel

      “They just know something is wrong”.  Correct -they know something is wrong and they are too stupid and/or lazy to figure out what it is.  Generally, they default to the “black people on welfare are raising my taxes” line of thinking.

      Stop making excuses for people with low information.  Their ignorance is entirely their fault.  People who preach “personal accountability” should be held accountable for their ignorance, especially if it affects the national discourse on any policy.

  • #5 – I don’t think “stupid” is the word. More “lacking a sense of proportion”. I know many Tea Party types who sincerely believe that PBS, TANF, and HUD make up the majority of the US budget, and that all of their hard-earned tax dollars are being squandered on people who refuse to work.