There’s no Clinton in baseball?

by lestro

As part of a promo set for their 2008 series of baseball cards, the Upper Deck card company has released a series of caricatures of the presidential candidates put into famous baseball settings from history.

But after an “informal focus group” rightfully complained about the card portraying Hillary Clinton as Morganna, the kissing bandit, the company thankfully pulled the card from packs.

And rightfully so. It is a bit distasteful.

Here’s the explanation linking the two from the back of the card:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton and Morganna Roberts, baseball’s infamous ‘Kissing Bandit,’ share a similar life strategy: go after what you want and get it!” the card reads. But unlike Roberts, who would dash onto ballfields and kiss players during games, it credits Clinton for generating headlines with “her reforms, initiatives and current bid for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination.”

The company plans to re-release in May a new Hillary card (as well as Huckabee, who didn’t expect to be called up to The Show this season), but is certainly backtracking just as pitchers and catchers are reporting for Spring Training.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

“We wanted this set to be light and humorous and chronicle presidential history,” explained Terry Melia, Upper Deck’s public relations manager. “We married each candidate to a character or moment in baseball history.”

The cards (sprinkled through the regular baseball card set at a ratio of one per every eight packs) feature a caricature of each presidential candidate in a baseball role. Mitt Romney, for example, is seen as Carlton Fisk, waving his famous home run just past the foul pole in the 1975 World Series.

“The others were all male,” Melia said. “Hillary, being the only female in the lineup, we were reaching for comparisons to make.”

Well, they could’ve made her one of the professional women ballplayers honored in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

Instead they made her Morganna, “The Kissing Bandit.”

For a look at the whole series of “Presidential Predictors” (Including a guest appearance by President Bush), but for some reason missing the Hillary card, click here…

Gangster lobby makes NH Senate an offer they can’t refuse

by lestro

I have never taken out a payday loan and have only been in a payday lender one time while looking for a money order. I do, however, live pretty much paycheck to paycheck and lord knows i am one family illness or blown gasket from needing a quick couple hundred bucks.

Payday loan establishments are often labeled derisively as “predatory lenders” and while there is some truth to that, the industry is being unfairly targeted across the country.

The idea is simple: Borrowers in need of a quick influx of cash borrow somewhere between $100 and $500 for a short term, usually until the borrower’s next payday. The cost of such two-week loans run between $15 and $30 per $100 borrowed, but if you miss the payment interest and fees really start to pile up, not to mention fees on the bounced check you gave the lender.

But, of course, if you don’t have enough in your paycheck to survive to week’s end, a payday loan can provide a quick influx of cash, but since you are short as it is, paying it back from the next check tends to leave one even shorter for the next pay period, trapping the borrower under continuously compounding mountains of debt.

The commercials show actors, mostly minorities as they industry realizes that, like liquor stores, the best way to drum up business is to put these places into struggling neighborhoods often populated with minorities. The well-dressed actors talk about needing an advance for a new apartment or a couch or a car repair or something and of course shy away from the whole compounded mountain of debt thing.

The practice is legal in 37 states. But because of the revolving door into and out of these establishments, many of those states are seeking to either highly regulate or outlaw the practice, choosing to blame them as a source for continued poverty instead of recognizing them as a symptom of a much larger economic disparity and issue. Read more of this post

morning cartoons

by twit

aw, how sweet:I call him Baby Poo. He calls me, ‘Bitch, get over here.‘”

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