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Rickettses show their true colors (LIBERAL SPORTS COLUMNIST GOES APOPLECTIC)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 20, 2012 | RICK TELANDER rtelander@suntimes.com

Posted on 05/20/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

The Ricketts family saddens me.

I am sorry I ever said the city of Chicago or the people of Wrigleyville should sacrifice to help the owners of the Cubs build a better and more valuable team and Wrigley Field.

I advocated that as recently as last week. I never wanted folks to open their wallets and simply give the Rickettses their cash, but I thought that the public could make some concessions and that the neighborhood could put aside its desires and be helpful in building a stadium that could improve the Cubs and, perhaps, bring new revenue to the city.

But that was before patriarch Joseph ‘‘Smokin’ Joe’’ Ricketts, the fat cat who made a billion dollars by starting TD Ameritrade, one of those financial ‘‘helpers’’ that creates nothing but knows intuitively how to skim other people’s money, was revealed as a nasty old bird who, according to the New York Times, was ready to bankroll an ugly, multimillion-dollar racial and religious Super PAC ad campaign against President Barack Obama.

Everybody named Ricketts has been scurrying for cover since the bombshell dropped, with the conservative Ricketts kids semi-distancing themselves from their father and his right-wing dirty dealings.

But the Rickettses don’t come one at a time; they march as a group, and they’re right of center by design. They bought the Cubs with the family trust, so, as the saying goes when the dowry gets passed along, Own it, kids!

Did it ever dawn on this foot-in-rich-mouth family that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was Obama’s chief of staff and that they need Emanuel’s help to float any of the bonds and tax schemes they want to refurbish their own park?

This isn’t about me liking Obama. In my opinion, he has screwed up aplenty in one term. Nor is it about me disliking Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president and the Rickettses’ guy.

It’s about me being nauseated by hypocrisy and, yes, arrogant, conniving rich people.

Hey, if religion is now on the plate — Smokin’ Joe allegedly wanted to tar Obama with the nut-ball ravings of Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright — then shouldn’t Romney’s Mormon faith also be on the table? Do we need to bring up how recently it was that Mormons said black people carried the mark of Cain and could not rise to high levels in the church? Or how Mormon founder Joe Smith discovered those critical golden tablets near a cow pasture in upstate New York, tablets that just . . . disappeared?

Dirty, dirty pool is what this is. Is it how the Rickettses play? Is that what it means to be so rich that you buy a sports franchise the way the rest of us might buy a lawn mower?

How about the fact that Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts is an out lesbian with a female partner and a child, that Obama has been called ‘‘The Gay President’’ for siding with gay issues and that conservatives haven’t been nearly as tolerant of homosexual demands?

Laura’s sexual preference was never an issue here in Chicago — until her father has made it one.

See, folks, these are the 1 percent — the one-thousandth of 1 percent, to be accurate. They don’t think like us. A billionaire can’t stomach any more taxes. His rich kids can’t stomach the concept of paying their way. They want taxpayers from a virtually bankrupt city, where employment, school and safety issues make every-day life difficult for normal people, to help their (last-place) entertainment business along. And they almost suckered us there.

The Rickettses own the Cubs. We don’t. Is that clear? If the Cubs’ value goes up, ours does not. Got it? I do.

Joe Ricketts, you are a fool. A rich fool, yes, but a fool.

And if Mayor Emanuel gives your family a dime, he’s worse than a fool.

† I WAS GOING to continue on with my Sunday Stew, but I’ve lost heart.

The problem is a philosophical one, not a sporting one.

How much money ought a person to have? To limit a citizen’s wealth flies in the face of everything that capitalism teaches us: Go out there, do something, make as much as you can.

But we all live in the same world, and those who can ignore the have-nots, saying that those on the lowest floor just didn’t try as hard as those on the top, must have seen that this isn’t true, that the deck often is stacked for and against folks the moment they’re born. Sometimes before. How would you like starting off your gestational period, for instance, with a mom addicted to smoking meth or one who is 15?

Democracy can’t make things equal. Total equality isn’t even something to wish for. It would be stultifying. But equal opportunity wouldn’t be.

I hear often from the very rich: ‘‘I pulled myself up by my bootstraps. Nobody helped me.’’

I wonder if they’ve ever heard of luck. And the charity of others.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bama; 2012; jeremiahwright; romney
Ya gotta love how this guy goes back 200 years to smear Gov. Romney but can't handle our so-called president 0bama's last 20 years.
1 posted on 05/20/2012 8:53:58 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

I was just in Chicago last week for an event honoring Bill Veeck (my dad wrote VEECK AS IN WRECK) and I met this guy Rick Telander and spoke at length. He was a very nice guy. We did not speak politics. I never speak politics to sportswriters. My father taught me that, as he was the only Republican in the bunch!


2 posted on 05/20/2012 9:02:26 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Chi-townChief
...didn't these fat cats see that Obama already threw Wright under the bus, and no one wants to see him next to Obama again? Come on, it's not like he'll be a featured speaker at Obama’s re-inauguration!

Cost of proposed ads to associate Wright with Obama again: 120 million. Having every form of liberal media demonize private citizens AND associate Wright with Obama themselves? Priceless.

3 posted on 05/20/2012 9:08:54 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Chi-townChief

All this because someone was going to release totally factual information regarding Rev Wright and his being bribed to keep quiet in 2008?

Does anyone else find this as extraordinary and Twilight Zone like as I do?


4 posted on 05/20/2012 9:10:41 AM PDT by galloway15
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To: Chi-townChief
This is what the calls for campaign transparency are all about. The leftists want to intimidate and harass anyone who dares donate to a cause they oppose.

The author says Obama has "screwed up aplenty". Total nonsense. Obama has done everything he meant to do. It just sucks for the rest of us who aren't Obama cronies.

5 posted on 05/20/2012 9:11:56 AM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2013!)
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To: Chi-townChief

These media people MUST pay lip service to the Currently-Approved Gay-Controlled Mainstream MEdia Groupthink, or they risk being banned, black-listed, and unemployed in the Obama Economy.

LIBERAL FASCISM MARCHES ON...


6 posted on 05/20/2012 9:12:31 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Hildy

Imteresting - in many of his columns, Telander sounds like a total a—wipe.


7 posted on 05/20/2012 9:13:07 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

>>I wonder if they’ve ever heard of luck.<<

The next liberal that says people with any degree of wealth is “lucky” gets a punch in the nose.

I am at the airport, starting on my all-day, twice a week, 12 hour odyessy to commute to my work which is in the middle of freaking nowhere. And then I get to put in 50+ hours a week and all day in the office on Fridays.

I wonder if this puke ever heard of “hard work.”

Getting paid to go to sports events and then writing it up, no matter how bad your work is (they have editors check you) — that is NOT hard work, THAT is freaking luck!


8 posted on 05/20/2012 9:18:51 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Chi-townChief

The day after the Broncos beat the Bears in overtime, Telander wrote a column bad-mouthing Tim Tebow and, by extension the rest of us Evangelical Christians. Three days later, he wrote another column bemoaning the cheating and dishonesty in professional sports.


9 posted on 05/20/2012 9:21:07 AM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: Chi-townChief

Is this a GIRL writing this???? Sounds like an hysterical teen-age girl.


10 posted on 05/20/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Obama has been called ‘‘The Gay President’’ for siding with gay issues

By left wing Newsweek magazine, you dumb liberal, not by conservatives.

11 posted on 05/20/2012 9:37:38 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: Chi-townChief

I am so glad I didn’t know this before I met him. He was very nice because he was a big fan of my Father’s . He actually asked me to sign the new Veeck book for him. I was very touched.


12 posted on 05/20/2012 9:37:56 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Chi-townChief
the fat cat who made a billion dollars by starting TD Ameritrade, one of those financial ‘‘helpers’’ that creates nothing but knows intuitively how to skim other people’s money

The money he's "skimming" is given freely by customers who prefer TD Ameritrade because they skim much less than brokers used to "skim".

If you want to whine about skimming, let's talk about government.

was ready to bankroll an ugly, multimillion-dollar racial and religious Super PAC ad campaign against President Barack Obama.

Racial? Because the Rev is black? LOL!

Religious? Yeah, the black Rev is religious.

This isn’t about me liking Obama. In my opinion, he has screwed up aplenty in one term.

How about some details?

if religion is now on the plate — Smokin’ Joe allegedly wanted to tar Obama with the nut-ball ravings of Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright — then shouldn’t Romney’s Mormon faith also be on the table?

It won't be on the table? Cute.

Do we need to bring up how recently it was that Mormons said black people carried the mark of Cain and could not rise to high levels in the church?

Or how recently Muslims, like Obama's dad, killed thousands of American civilians.

A billionaire can’t stomach any more taxes. His rich kids can’t stomach the concept of paying their way.

They pay their way much more than you do.

How much money ought a person to have?

You have too much Rick, I'll be over soon to even up the score.

Total equality isn’t even something to wish for. It would be stultifying. But equal opportunity wouldn’t be.

What about government making opportunity unequal?

I didn't realize you were such a whiner Rick.

13 posted on 05/20/2012 9:51:02 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: galloway15

“Does anyone find this as extraordinary and as
Twilight-Zone-like as I do?”

You are not in the Twilight Zone. You are in the era of Herr Goebbles. (It’s amazing how Progressives like to call people who disagree with them “Nazis” while they employ the very same tactics they accuse others of using; absolutely fracking amazing.)

IMHO


14 posted on 05/20/2012 10:06:05 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Impy

Chicago PING


15 posted on 05/20/2012 10:17:10 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: Chi-townChief

“It’s about me being nauseated by hypocrisy and, yes, arrogant, conniving rich people. “

In other words, it’s about you liking Obama.


16 posted on 05/20/2012 10:29:58 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Rickettses! We hates them, we do! Don’t we my precious.


17 posted on 05/20/2012 10:34:04 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: Chi-townChief
"They want taxpayers from a virtually bankrupt city, where employment, school and safety issues make every-day life difficult for normal people, to help their (last-place) entertainment business along."

How did your city get to be bankrupt, douchebag.

"I hear often from the very rich: ‘‘I pulled myself up by my bootstraps. Nobody helped me.’’ I wonder if they’ve ever heard of luck. And the charity of others."

Awww, nanny nanny boo boo...

18 posted on 05/20/2012 11:08:00 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: freedumb2003

Rick Telander comes from a wealthy family. Typical rich limousine liberal.


19 posted on 05/20/2012 12:04:34 PM PDT by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: Chi-townChief
Ricketts, a rich Conservative in the midst of a huge pack of LIBERALS.

His name could be Palin and the treatment would remain the same.

20 posted on 05/20/2012 12:16:52 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: ChiMark

“Joe Ricketts, you are a fool. A rich fool, yes, but a fool. “

Joe should answer “And I’m STILL more than YOU’LL ever be!”


21 posted on 05/20/2012 2:47:20 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: StAnDeliver
Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.
James Cash Penney

The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Samuel Goldwyn

Care and diligence bring luck.
Thomas Fuller

Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Benjamin Franklin

Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
James Russell Lowell

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.
Denzel Washington

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Seneca

22 posted on 05/20/2012 4:15:33 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Hildy
Hildy, I'm pretty sure I told you this, but I'll tell it again:

I read and re-read Veeck – As in Wreck right after it came out in paperback. I loved it. Back then, I was a big sports fan. Not so these days.

It wasn't until a few years later, after I heard Veeck actually speak, that I realized how valuable your father's contribution was to that autobiography.

23 posted on 05/20/2012 7:24:13 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Thank you very much fornthose kind words.


24 posted on 05/20/2012 8:54:24 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: EveningStar

Thank you very much fornthose kind words.


25 posted on 05/20/2012 8:54:24 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: GOPsterinMA; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Chi-townChief; BillyBoy; PhilCollins; ..

When I first heard that Cubs owner’s (technically it seems like the entire family owns the team somehow, but Joe Ricketts is not involved in it’s operation) father funded an anti-Obama ad I thought nothing of it. I knew at least some of the family was Republican (maybe not the lesbian sister), the brother was the GOP Senate candidate in Nebraska in 2006.

I was very surprised by this extreme reaction from the left. I shouldn’t have been.

Certain team owners have been big Obama boosters, Kraft the NE Pats owner comes to mind. Obama used his money to smear Republicans, sports media didn’t say a word.


26 posted on 05/20/2012 9:05:31 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

“Certain team owners have been big Obama boosters...”

That’s why I detest the Red Sox ownership and like the Yankees. I remember the assholes offering their personal jets to Kerry for a possible recount in OH back in 2004. Theo Epstein had a ton of anti-Bush comments during his time and skipped one, of not both, WH ceremonies for the two RS WS-winning teams he was the GM of. Classless.

“...Kraft the NE Pats owner comes to mind.”

Kraft, who is a big supporter of Israel, is a schmuck to contribute to Obama (or any Rat for that matter). Money doesn’t buy brains.


27 posted on 05/20/2012 9:24:31 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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