Major League Baseball Players Trying to Front-Load Contracts to Avoid Obama Tax Hikes

November 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm (Adam Dunn, Barack Obama, C.C. Sabathia, Carl Crawford, Contracts, Front-load, Greg Genske, Major League Baseball, Mitt Romney, Taxes, Vernon Wells)

It looks like major league baseball players, much like businesses, are proactively and pessimistically trying to avoid the disaster that is the looming second-term Obama economy.

Via My Fox NY:

Team executives and agents wandered into the Agave Sunset lounge at the resort where the general managers’ meetings were held in Indian Wells, Calif. Four of the six flat-screen televisions were showing election coverage, with the other two turned to sports.

President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was of as much interest to baseball’s money men as the game scores, given the millions of dollars routinely guaranteed in player contracts these days.

As free agents negotiate deals this offseason, tax policy is an area that comes up along with the usual issues. Some players are wrangling for as much money as they can get before the end of the year to avoid a take hike in 2013.

“Front-loading would make sense if at all possible as tax rates will definitely go up on January 1st on all high-income taxpayers,” agent Greg Genske said in an email. “The only question is HOW MUCH will the rates increase????”

Genske of course should be wary of the tax implications lurking for his clients in 2013.  After all, his clients currently represent nearly $100 million in contract values for the 2013 season.  Genske represents such clients as C.C. Sabathia, Vernon Wells, Carl Crawford, and Adam Dunn.

Nobody expects to feel sorry for MLB players, but the point here is that prevailing wisdom in the player agent field is to get your money up front, and get it before President Obama can take it away.

Perhaps advice we should all be following…

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These Prices Are Insane! Planned Parenthood Abortion Office Offering Black Friday Discounts

November 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm (Abortion, Black Friday, Coupon, Discount, Florida, Planned Parenthood, Pro Life)

Black Friday is always a mixture of chaos and greed to kick off the shopping season.  But this is one of the strangest sales we’ve seen today.

You’ve seen video footage of people trampling each other for phones at Walmart, gouging each other’s eyes out for toys at Target, but will there really be a major clamoring for discount, bargain-basement prices at an abortion clinic?

One facility in Florida is certainly hoping so…

Via LifeNews:

A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.

Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek noticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”

It certainly does.  Here’s the advertisement…

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Journalism Professor: Thanksgiving ‘A White Supremacist Holiday’, Founding Fathers Like Nazis

November 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm (9/11, Jeremiah Wright, Robert Jensen, Texas, Thanksgiving, White Supremacist)

This man is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.  Would you want him teaching your kid?

Via CNS News:

Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.”

Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?” he asked.

According to Jensen, Thanksgiving is “at the heart of U.S. myth-building. “But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today,” he explained.

Jensen, as the CNS News piece points out, has a long history of being a hysterical loon.  Three days after 9/11, he published this piece in the Houston Chronicle, basically stating the attacks on America were no more despicable than acts of terrorism committed by our own government.  It is a strikingly similar tone to the “America’s chickens have come home to roost” delirium spewed by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

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