Superbowl Sunday Open Thread [2.2.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 2, 2014

So are you ready? And who are you betting will win? Who is going to have the best ad? It is Superbowl Sunday (AKA for this matchup as the 420 Bowl), so use this thread to work out your trash talking and brag about your snacks.

More Chris Christie corruption — his supporter Haley Barbour is a lobbyist for AshBritt, a firm that does debris removal. AshBritt did debris removal after Hurricane Sandy under a No-Bid, long term arrangement that turned out to be more expensive than other local debris removal efforts. Coincidence? I think not!

Two long reads about political grifting:

From the left, the story of a 25-year old who started a PAC meant to promote an issue campaign for science and research issues, that has gone spectacularly bad.

And it was largely the brainchild of a 25-year-old wunderkind named Rory McCarron. Over the course of a few months, McCarron had turned a cocktail-napkin idea into a serious multimillion-dollar operation. It was impressive, and he was impressive: whip-smart and knowledgeable enough to make people want to join his cause, and likable and earnest enough to make people want to offer him a place to crash.[...]

But now, just a few months after the launch of Invest Again, several involved parties are coming forward claiming to be victims of deceit by the young man they once believed to be a star in the organizing world. They say they’re not sure what to believe now, other than that the organization’s resources and connections seem to be largely fabricated. McCarron, for his part, is fighting back vigorously, saying he is the victim of a smear campaign. He pins most of the blame on Kieloch, the fundraiser, and the first in the group to openly raise questions about McCarron’s background.

However this ultimately shakes out, it appears that Invest Again, a campaign and organization that flashed onto the Washington landscape with a bang, will be headed toward a similarly hair-trigger extinction. Lawyers are now involved, lawsuits are being threatened. Simply put, it’s a mess.

From the right, a charlatan who duped some top conservatives (including the National Review):

It was researching Allen Baler that finally led me to the real story behind the 4Patriots empire.

“Our philosophy is one man, one laptop, one million bucks,” Baler said during a 2011 chat with one of his marketing bros. “I just love the freedom of being able to make a nice income, to make a nice business and just be, basically, myself.” Or Frank Bates, whichever works. [...]

The industry works like this: someone has a product, someone else finds websites or ad networks willing to host ads for that product for a price, and then the host makes a little extra money for every sale the ads they put up generate. Affiliate ads are generally “tailored to particular viewers to drive traffic to the seller’s website,” David Vladeck, former Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, explained. “The point of it is to make sure the consumer ends up on the landing page of the seller.” It’s a roughly $4 billion industry in the United States alone.

The conservative Newsmax site turns out to have a key role in this kind of thing. But hey, if politics can support this level of grifting, there is officially too much money in the game.

The groundhog has officially seen his shadow and there’s going to be snow and ice apocalypse here tomorrow. Your Superbowl bets need to have a side bet on whether the kids get a snowday or not.

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  1. Jim Center says:

    SNAP/LIEHEAP Cuts target Blue States Including DE. Check out http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024427400 and the referenced DKOS page at: http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=743
    I’ve already given Carney’s office hell about this and I’ll be contacting the other two “C’s” tomorrow.
    The R’s managed to create a formula that preserves those benefits for their constituents while punishing the folks who voted D. I continue to be amazed at the lame-ass idiots who fool people into thinking that they are “real” Democrats. And then, I got to blame the idiots of the electorate that fall for the trick. Sad…

  2. jason330 says:

    That is pretty effed up. When it comes to representing the interest of Delawareans (that aren’t also multinational corporations) our congressional delegation is worse than useless.

  3. pandora says:

    I’ve been cooking all day – chili, an array of greasy appetizers and homemade cup cakes. I’ll sit with Mr. Pandora during the game, but I’ll be watching my laptop, not the game. Just not into it, but I’m a supportive partner.

    I even asked my husband, “Who are we rooting for?” He responded by asking, “Do you even know who’s playing?” Why yes, I do… sorta… because I read Jason’s post (as everyone should!). Broncos and Seahawks. Right? (Okay, I have no idea which city they hail from, but I deserve DL points!)

  4. Jim Center says:

    I’m sure the Mr will give you points for the chili! I’m doing chili also so I can give you any DL points I may ever accrue

  5. pandora says:

    We need a chili recipe thread! If you share your recipe, I’ll give you points!

  6. bamboozer says:

    Puppy Bowl, just say No! to jocks. As for the Three C’s they are a pathetic bunch, we must console ourselves in the knowledge that any R would be infinitely worse. As for Christie who knew a big fat bully could be so interesting and amusing, suspect the fun has just begun.

  7. Jim Center says:

    Bill Maher once joked, the reason that CA is getting back on its feet was that they got rid of most of the R’s. We’ve got to figure out how to get rid of all the R’s who are pretending they’re D’s!

  8. Jim Center says:

    Hey Manning, I hear that papa john’s is hiring. You won’t be able to throw the pizzas just like you couldn’t throw passes tonight, but you’ll still be able to look up to your younger brother who has won two super bowls! Maybe you ought to retire before they pull your drivers license over visual issues!

  9. jason330 says:

    I forgot about his connection with that scumbag from Papa John’s. No wonder he lost.

  10. At least Manning will deign to look at his co-workers and explain to them why they don’t deserve health insurance.

  11. Camptown Lady says:

    Pretty weak Super Bowl.

    Hey Manning, I hear that papa john’s is hiring.

    Manning’s salary this season was $18M- I think he’ll make it through the summer.

    … still be able to look up to your younger brother who has won two super bowls

    Are you saying Eli is a better QB than Peyton?

  12. Jim Center says:

    Not better, just luckier!