Posts by Bruce Campbells Chin

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  • Cavs win 2016 NBA Finals Championship!

    06/23/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · 156 of 156
    Bruce Campbells Chin to PennsylvaniaMom; fhayek
    When Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Buffalo were the only two franchises that voted against the move. The Steelers later had a Browns Fan Appreciation Day, and I remember getting hugged by Steelers fans upset at what happened to us.

    So, yeah, there is a lot of sports-based rivalry and animosity. But there is also a lot of rust belt solidarity, and Cleveland would be the first city to go on the warpath if anyone tried to take the Steelers out of Pittsburgh.

    We fight so much because we're so much alike. I know a lot of folks in Pittsburgh were actually cheering for the Cavs to win.

    Oh, and that post-victory "riot" we were supposed to have? Five total arrests in the entire downtown that night -- less than the average.

  • Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right

    05/17/2016 11:30:22 AM PDT · 77 of 79
    Bruce Campbells Chin to WENDLE
    I'm not confused. You are.

    The “bankruptcy”, enforced by US bankruptcy court, will stop all creditor collection cold.

    First, it is unlikely to be a traditional bankruptcy under the code. It would be Congress creating a mechanism that has the power to renegotiate debt.

    Then a “plan of reorganization” will be quickly adopted where in exchange for USA infusion of $10- 20 billion NOW, the debts will be GUARANTEED by the USA assuring Wall Street.

    That would require Congress to appropriate that infusion of $10-20B, and if Congress were to attempt that, then I agree we should try to stop them cold. That's the legislation that should be opposed, but that's not what is being described in your article. You apparently oppose any permission to restructure even if it does not include a dime of taxpayer money or loan guarantees. And that's just stupid.

  • Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right

    05/17/2016 10:32:34 AM PDT · 72 of 79
    Bruce Campbells Chin to WENDLE; Hawthorn
    Where does the article say that Republicans want to cut checks to Wall Street, or to anyone else? You keep saying that, but when questioned, ignore the questions.

    Maybe someone will propose that at some point, and if that happens, you'll have a lot of company in your outrage. But that is not what is happening right now.

    The fear is that PR will keep trying to pay these bonds and pensions haphazardly, will have no money to pay to keep hospitals and schools running, etc., and so will then come hat in hand to Congress to stop people from dying. And then, whether your or I want it, some taxpayer money may indeed get paid.

    What needs to be done is a budget -- pay a certain amount to bondholders, and a certain amount to pensioners, and keep the government running. The pensioners and bondholders are going to have to suck up those losses themselves. That's what some in Congress are trying to do now, before we get the weepy images of dying kids on TV, and bleeding hearts pouring taxpayer dollars into PR.

    You getting all fired up about attempts to restructure that debt so that it can be handled without a taxpayer bailout is exactly the kind of thing that will make a bailout more likely.

  • Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right

    05/16/2016 10:34:51 PM PDT · 56 of 79
    Bruce Campbells Chin to WENDLE
    Naive about what? If they propose a bill that includes taxpayer funds, oppose it. If they propose a bill that permits writedowns so investors and PR pensioners share the losses, with no taxpayer bailout, that's fine. Naivete has nothing to do with it.

    This specific proposal -- according to this article YOU POSTED -- does not include taxpayer funds, so why oppose it?

    Just because you may not understand how this stuff works doesn't mean the rest of us don't.

  • Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right

    05/16/2016 7:36:29 PM PDT · 40 of 79
    Bruce Campbells Chin to WENDLE
    Take a breath, Wendle. The bill does not send any taxpayer money to Puerto Rico. It says that right in the article you posted.

    What this is about is whether or not PR will be permitted to do some form of bankruptcy, because they can't pay all their debts. Someone, bondholders, pensioners, etc. is going to not get the money they were promised. So it really is about whether Congress should pass legislation to enable a managed default/bankruptcy, or just let it fall apart piecemeal.

  • What the hell just happened in Nevada? Sanders supporters are fed up — and rightfully so

    05/16/2016 10:37:34 AM PDT · 38 of 50
    Bruce Campbells Chin to circlecity
    Again, Hillary has actually won a clear majority of ballots cast in the Democrat primary -- 12.7M to $9.6M This isn't a Trump situation where he had a clear plurality in some states but ended up with fewer delegates. The candidate with the clear majority of the votes is going to win the nomination. Sure, the whole super delegate thing stinks to high heaven, but she's clobbering him among actual votes anyway. This is Bernie's hard left special snowflakes whining because they're finding out that their votes, no matter how enthusiastic they may be, still only count for one vote. They feel they should win, so they're outraged they're not going to. It's great!

    The beauty of all this is that Hillary is being blasted by the special snowflake logic to which her campaign constantly panders. The left constantly talks about how people feel, and how that should be respected regardless of facts. Well, an outraged "revolt" by people whose candidate is getting clobbered in the vote totals is exactly what they deserve.

  • What the hell just happened in Nevada? Sanders supporters are fed up — and rightfully so

    05/16/2016 10:37:34 AM PDT · 37 of 50
    Bruce Campbells Chin to McGruff
    Actually, the funny thing about this is that Hillary actually won the most votes, but Bernie supporters packed the delegate nominating process and got more delegates. Sound familiar?

    The chair intervened to ensure that the person who got the most votes got the most delegates.

    So was that right, or wrong?

  • ‘Progressive economics strikes again!’ Wendy’s proves that the real minimum wage is actually $0.00

    05/13/2016 7:10:29 AM PDT · 34 of 71
    Bruce Campbells Chin to TigerClaws

    Pithy, memorable political phrases are worth their weight in gold, and “the real minimum wage is $0.00” is a perfect example. That’s something that should be adopted and hammered by Republicans right across the board because it is unanswerable.

  • Is Free Republic worth Saving? My Opus Part II

    05/02/2016 2:28:59 PM PDT · 202 of 280
    Bruce Campbells Chin to jazusamo
    Well, you're not banned....

    Well, no mail and prior approval of all posts. For example, I have no way of knowing if this will appear or not.

    and many times it's the way things are said.

    I honestly still don't know what it was, but that's fine. My view of the internet has always been that the people who own/run websites have the right to make their own rules.

    I was just pointing out that there is discipline of some kind being handed out, and I'm not sure the lines are clear for those who wish to continue making substantive posts.

  • Is Free Republic worth Saving? My Opus Part II

    05/02/2016 1:18:36 PM PDT · 185 of 280
    Bruce Campbells Chin to jazusamo
    There has been no one banned that I know of for stating they supported any Republican candidate but some have been banned for saying they’d vote for the Rat.

    Just so that others are not confused/misled....I'm at the kiddie table where all my posts have to be approved before being posted. I not only never said I'd vote for Hillary, but actually said I'd never vote for her. Nor have I ever said that I will not vote for Trump. In fact, I was arguing from the perspective of what Trump needed to do to bring the party together and maximize GOP support.

    The point is, I believed I was on the right side of the line, and found out otherwise. I would suggest that those who wish to continue posting here be aware that you can get banned/suspended, or whatever even if you don't say you're not voting for Trump.

    Just posting this as a courtesy to those FReepers who may not be fans of Trump but wish to continue posting here.

  • Boycott the Pro Cruz article spammers

    05/01/2016 9:20:45 AM PDT · 136 of 222
    Bruce Campbells Chin to Caipirabob; Byron_the_Aussie; IrishBrigade
    Unfortunately, gentlemen, I believe it is too late for your suggestions.

    The fact that you probably won't be permitted to read this illustrates the point.

  • Why Vegans Will Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (and Meat Eaters Won’t)

    04/26/2016 5:36:43 AM PDT · 50 of 55
    Bruce Campbells Chin to nickcarraway
    I think our vegan friendly forgot about the concept of fishing.

    The collapes of industry and nosediving population would lead to a huge resurgence in the fish population, which could be "hunted" with no noise, no real expenditure of calorie or effort, no need to protect crops from marauding humans, etc..

  • Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty

    04/25/2016 10:09:41 PM PDT · 61 of 61
    Bruce Campbells Chin to detective

    Right. And I read the district court judges opinion, and he exceeded his authority.

  • Carly Fiorina Is on Ted Cruz Shortlist for VP Pick

    04/25/2016 3:07:34 PM PDT · 91 of 144
    Bruce Campbells Chin to Rennes Templar

    This would be a smart pick for Cruz. Martinez would be a smart pick for Trump.

  • Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty

    04/25/2016 3:07:34 PM PDT · 58 of 61
    Bruce Campbells Chin to detective
    This is an arbitration, based on contractually bargained-for rights. It isn't a criminal issue, so talking about what the law is doesn't really matter.

    It's really pretty simple. The Union signed a collective bargaining agreement that gives Goodell incredible authority. So if he's judge, jury, and executioner, that's perfectly fine as long as the Union agreed to it. Which, they did.

  • Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty

    04/25/2016 11:50:51 AM PDT · 40 of 61
    Bruce Campbells Chin to FlipWilson
    In reading the lower court’s decision I was left shaking my head as the District Court judge substituted his judgment and his understanding of the facts for the arbitrators. It was as if it were a trial de novo. That is NOT, however, under the statute the role of the reviewing court.

    That's exactly what I thought as well. It's kind of sad that it was even a split panel.

    People are judging the court by what they think would be a "just" result rather than whether their decision was in accordance with the law.

  • Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty

    04/25/2016 11:42:49 AM PDT · 39 of 61
    Bruce Campbells Chin to detective

    It doesn’t have to be an endorsement of Goodell or the process. It simply has to recognize that this was the product of a contractual agreement reached by two sophisticated parties. It’s not the job of the courts to throw out contracts just because one side may have (arguably) made a bad deal.

  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 7:13:34 PM PDT · 396 of 441
    Bruce Campbells Chin to deport
    I suppose it doesn't really matter anymore, does it? The accusation gas served its purpose. Either the people spreading it know it to be false, but spread it anyway because they think it works to politic advantage, or they assume it is true without despite the lack of real proof because they want to believe it is true.

    Either way, debate/discussion is pointless.

  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 4:22:24 PM PDT · 373 of 441
    Bruce Campbells Chin to Georgia Girl 2

    Just did a search for “Cruz video”, and it didn’t come up. But if you’ve seen it, would it be that hard for you to link the thread?

  • I feel I need to break my silence on the Trump vs Cruz supporters

    04/24/2016 4:22:24 PM PDT · 166 of 171
    Bruce Campbells Chin to austingirl
    The only candidate that sunk to that level was Rubio. Cruz has never done anything like Trump's antics.

    You're right. Rubio went there because he was frustrated at Trump's unprofessional tone, and so responded in kind for a few days. That was a mistake. To his credit, I think he realized that, was embarrassed by his actions, and that's a big reason why he's been mostly invisible since exiting the race. And despite his battles with Cruz, he at least had the integrity to back him as the only remaining conservative alternative.