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going into a professional basketball game but you really couldn't prove it, how would you go about beating your opponents anyway?  Do you just blow off the game and see how many of the other side you can bloody and disable?  Do you try to physically take out the dirty refs?  All those options have a rather scary downside to them including hurting some innocent folks and tarnishing your reputation and legacy.  Not to mention the illegality of intentionally harming other human beings.  But gosh darn it, you're the better athletes and damn it, you're the good guys as well, right?  The cause is all important in this country where the good guys are supposed to win.

But just maybe there's an option that retains your white hat status and still allows you to win the game.

What's on your side is that the game is out there under the spotlights.  The "dirty" refs have to make sure they don't get caught for their misdeeds so their cheats have to be subtle.  They must always be judgment calls that normally have some margin of error to them even when cheating isn't going on.  

In order to win without flattening out the opposition then, you must not only play your heart out but do so more cleanly than you would normally.  When a player starts going up for a shot that you might consider contesting, you may have to let them go knowing the ref is just creaming his jeans with his whistle in his mouth.  Of course you have to be scoring in droves to make up for those shots you're letting go but, if you're clearly the better team, you just might pull it off.  

I see our current media as the "dirty refs" with the Obama team as that good guy team with all the talent that's been targeted to go down.

As far as leveling the playing field, that's an impossibility at this stage of the game.  If it's even possible to put some balance back in our corporate-owned media, it will take years and possibly decades and some very bitter battles.  

So, Obama and his bunch know the refs are crooked but they're a bad ass team and the fans are behind them.  They know the odds are stacked against them in the finals but they have that athlete's heart coupled to a set of ethics that's sure to win over the house.  They know by the end of the game, their foul total will exceed the McCain team even though they intend to play the cleanest game of their life.  A few of their key players like Kareem Abdul Wes Clark will be on the bench unfairly fouled out.  

The Refs will include Bill O'Reilly, editors of major newspapers, representatives of the Associated Press.  All of these folks are in cahoots with the league to not only make the series go the full seven games but also to have the "dirty" team come out victorious.

But guess what?  Cheating like this only works when it's close, when the teams are evenly matched and the crowd is hungry for blood.  This team Obama is lean and athletic, their minds honed in the trenches and playgrounds of South Side Chicago where the rims have no baskets.  For every erroneously awarded free throw the other side makes, they'll run past them so fast that there can be no contact and no foul and hit a clutch 3-pointer.  

The snarling refs will huddle before the the final quarter and they'll know that their jobs are on the line if they can't manipulate the game the way the owners want but yet they know the spotlights are on and crowd isn't buying their calls anymore.  Each one is met with an increasingly louder chorus of boos.  Each of them have even found themselves in awe of the Obama team moves that are happening around them and have to keep reminding themselves of the task at hand.  During the referee huddle, a mic is close enough to hear the head ref say to his coworker, "It's over."

The other team tries a last-second sub to try to distract the crowd.  It works temporarily.  "Air Barracuda" Palin comes off the bench a relative unknown, busting into the action throwing elbows and tripping the opposing players.  The crowd reacts positively at first.  Palin is young, attractive, and has a few scripted moves that nobody's seen before but, by the time a minute comes off the clock, it becomes apparent to everyone that the moves are easily defended and resemble those of the rest of the aged team - slow, physical, somewhat flashy and noisy but with very little effectiveness.  

When the final buzzer sounds the crowd goes wild.  It's truly a historic moment.  The coach, who'd been put down all season long for being too nice, too unconventional has just broken the tradition of the playoff champions being the dirtiest, the bloodiest, the ones that insist upon wearing their flag pins during the playing of the National Anthem.  

Well, this is a strange diary for a guy that is not exactly a sports nut but I think the message I'm trying to get out here is that Obama gets it.  I can feel that.  

He knows what he's up against and doesn't need us armchair quarterbacks telling how to run his team.  Our points are all valid and it can't hurt to send suggestions to the campaign email where they can be evaluated properly.  

The other side does cheat and lie.  Campaigns in the past have shown that only equal amounts of cheating and lying and character assassinations can stand up to that tactic but, for the first time in my life, the team that's trying to do what no other team has attempted, is unbelievably talented and seem to get stronger the more adversity is thrown at them.  They must know that were they matched up against equal abilities and energy, the extra cheating would end their season quickly. Yet they've gone up against these guys in the pre-season and they know they can dominate them when the game's on the line.  

Dominate them they must and for anyone that somehow thinks the debates are not going to go extremely well for our side, they simply need to review video of the major contenders in debate situations over the past few years.  The contrast is striking.  

The McCain camp will use every advantage the mainstream media gives them but, when that final buzzer sounds, it will be obvious.....They have no game.

Originally posted to artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips, recs, free-throws (12+ / 0-)

    for clutch shots down the stretch.

    "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

    by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:25:58 PM PDT

    •  kill the ref n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      •  That probably won't happen (1+ / 0-)
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        at least before the torches and pitchfork stage that hopefully we've sidestepped with the decline of the GOP.  Maybe we should just aim for tying the ref's shoelaces together.

        "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

        by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:57:17 PM PDT

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    •  If only truth could (1+ / 0-)
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      prevail!  I feel it will this time because we have been lied to soooooooo much.  I dislike my boss because he lies and I know in my heart he will get his.  I do believe that what goes around comes around.  Too bad the vocal right religious sect does not believe in this.  It is the "good guys" turn!

      "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

      by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:49:19 PM PDT

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      •  History shows that it always does (2+ / 0-)
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        eventually.  I really have this sense that we're on the cusp of one of those events when sanity comes over our country again, much as it did for a time after the country finally figured out Joe McCarthy.  There's always lasting damage but with each step we progress just a bit further.  

        Sorry about your boss.  Karma will win.

        "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

        by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:55:34 PM PDT

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  •  Diebold. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:29:44 PM PDT

    •  also only works when it's close (4+ / 0-)
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      Do they make scoreboards?

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

      by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:30:31 PM PDT

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      •  That's true (3+ / 0-)
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        only if people are watching, and have a public forum in which to shout "Cheaters!"

        Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

        by Kingsmeg on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:41:27 PM PDT

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        •  But every time (2+ / 0-)
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          ...we've yelled "cheaters!" in the past, nothing happens.

          "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

          by eyeswideopen on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 10:58:25 PM PDT

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          •  We haven't (1+ / 0-)
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            yelled loud enough.

            "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

            by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:32:32 PM PDT

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            •  In fact... (2+ / 0-)
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              We need to stop letting bullies intimidate us.  

              As I tell new teachers, the principal, or whoever they feel intimidated by, wear underwear... or maybe not.  And they have to put their pants on one leg at a time.  Nothing special about that.

              "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

              by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:45:47 PM PDT

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            •  Gore & Kerry (1+ / 0-)
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              ...were unwilling to do anything about it. Without the candidates themselves complaining about it, there doesn't seem to be much we can do.  It has to be preventative. Does Barack Obama's Vote for Change website have a complete database of all registered voters, and will it reflect the purges? He'll need to make very public announcements to the public to double check their registrations.

              Every American should be automatically registered to vote. It's a disgrace.

              "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

              by eyeswideopen on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 12:42:21 PM PDT

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            •  And in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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              Obama should recommend everyone use an absentee ballot, which they can now use. There is no way to catch the bastards in the Diebold (excuse me, Premier Voting Systems) black hole machines. Have there been any advances in plugging software holes?  As long as it's all proprietary, we're hosed.

              "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

              by eyeswideopen on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 12:45:17 PM PDT

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  •  Hey, you're just talkin' 'bout (2+ / 0-)
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    every day in the 'hood.

    I don't believe in coming in second.

    by converse on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:30:21 PM PDT

    •  So true (1+ / 0-)
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      Out of the hood came some of the finest athletes of our century, ones that didn't have to throw elbows to prove their stuff.

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

      by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:36:53 PM PDT

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      •  Let's hope that (1+ / 0-)
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        the republicans will get caught just like the refs have.  It should be an interesting season both politically and in basketball.

        "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

        by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:34:45 PM PDT

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    •  People in the hood (1+ / 0-)
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      are tired of the crap that is happening in their lives.  I am impressed at how many young women between the ages of 19 & 35 that are registered to vote this time.  I think that they finally have figured out that voting is the only true right that we have.  I teach in "the hood" and 4 as well as 8 years ago these women were NOT registered.  They are now!  Education is climbing into a pit due to NCLB and Bush.  Educators are a force to be reckoned with because of the way things are going within our classrooms.  Children are being taught how to take tests and not think for themselves.  Thank goodness we hope in OBAMA!

      "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

      by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:58:10 PM PDT

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  •  Here's to the efforts to make this win BIG! (3+ / 0-)
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    We're all registering voters, yes?

    •  Especially every 18 and 19 year old I come across (2+ / 0-)
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      It's a bit easier if you start talking to them about being drafted for McCain's wars.

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

      by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:33:46 PM PDT

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      •  I have a 19 year old and (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't want him going to war.  And I have a 15 year old who could be taken next if we don't win.  That is why it is sooooo important for me to elect Obama.

        "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

        by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:36:27 PM PDT

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  •  Barack is starting to call them out (4+ / 0-)

    He brought it up during the Olbermann interview.  He chided the press for not calling Palin and the GOPers for blatant lies in their convention.  

    If the bias doesn't go away, that won't either.  He'll continue to turn up the heat in a way that it becomes a winning issue.  

    The coverage of Palin has been such a jam job, such a whitewash, that in itself should become a story.  Opponents have made hay against Obama with isolated comments like the things going up Chris Matthews leg.  It makes a juicy story that, ironically, they've been drooling over a new celebrity candidate who is a thousand times less vetted than Obama was at the outset and they've almost completely failed to do any objective reporting about her.  Instead they've celebrated a new celebrity.  

    If the iron ever gets hot, if it's possible to turn that narrative around, Obama will hit it hard.  

    Fear is the mind killer

    by Sun dog on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:36:04 PM PDT

    •  So true. Calling them out though (2+ / 0-)
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      is not playing dirty.  It's playing honest.  It doesn't require talking about Palin's pregnant daughter.  Just sticking to the issues that are important to Americans frustrated with the last eight years gives a wealth of moves and countermoves.

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

      by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:38:38 PM PDT

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      •  Of course (3+ / 0-)
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        the thought of anything else coming from Obama is beyond absurd.  Who said anything about pregnant daughters?  That's the GOPers smokescreen so they can distract everyone and play the victim.  

        Fear is the mind killer

        by Sun dog on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:42:15 PM PDT

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        •  Didn't mean that's what you were talking about (2+ / 0-)
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          but I sense that some on here would love to go after those issues.  It's clearly a trap.  I'm still talking in metaphors.  Hard to stop you know.

          "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

          by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:45:30 PM PDT

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          •  People grasp at anything (2+ / 0-)
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            clearly there is fear involved at the thought of not winning this thing.  What is incredible is that they've managed to associate muckraking on blogs and such with Obama himself.  As though any GOPer could be held accountable for all the insane hateful and sometimes criminal garbage that comes out of their supporters on air and on the blogs.  

            We are certainly held to a much higher standard.  Just as Barack is always held to a much higher standard than his opponents.  

            Fear is the mind killer

            by Sun dog on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:52:08 PM PDT

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            •  Oh, we've all had that fear. (2+ / 0-)
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              The other outcome is unimaginable to me.  I have two teenage boys that will not fight in McCain wars.  

              I think anyone with a brain in their heads that doesn't get all their news from Rush Limbaugh knows that Obama isn't the same guy as one of his rabid fans anymore than a celebrity is the same as their rabid groupies.  

              I think in the case of the GOP though, there is an organized effort from the very top of power to disseminate hate-filled and fear-generating messages throughout the media.  The talking points are too identical each day.  I agree.  Prosecution would be extremely difficult.

              "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

              by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 10:02:32 PM PDT

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        •  Smokescreens (2+ / 0-)
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          have worked in the past... but I don't think they will this time.  I have finally convinced a friend who was a die hard Hillary supporter that she MUST vote for OBAMA.  It is the only hope for real change and we must have that or our future is very questionable.

          "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

          by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:30:59 PM PDT

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    •  PS (2+ / 0-)
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      What a wonderful 2 hour bloc of Olbermann and Maddow eh?

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence" Doug McLeod

      by artmartin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:40:18 PM PDT

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      •  Missed Rachel (2+ / 0-)
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        My Tivo catches Keith every day so I watched most of that this evening.  But I was out for the evening and had to put my babies to bed once I got home.  I set it to catch Maddow's first show on a later showing.  I'm so glad she's moving up the ladder.

        Anyone who says Air America hasn't accomplished anything can just suck on that.  She'll wind up being one of the best people in news.  

        Fear is the mind killer

        by Sun dog on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 09:45:48 PM PDT

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    •  The double standard (2+ / 0-)
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      is going to be seen in this election... if it isn't then Obama's campaign staff is NOT doing their job.  But they need to be careful not to play the game the old way but with issues.  I can't wait for the debates.  The sooner we have them the sooner we will win this election.  I don't think that McCain or Palin will be able to hold a candle to Obama or Biden... they just are not that smart, in my opinion.  In fact, I think that they are puppets just like Bush has been.

      "Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, pub. 1599

      by Lamm on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:41:05 PM PDT

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  •  Canada Olympic women's hockey 2002 (2+ / 0-)
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    No objective observer could reasonably say the refs were on the level in that gold-medal game.  But who won? :D

    **needle*rib*taunt**

  •  Well, you bring more fans to the game.... (2+ / 0-)
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    and you make a lot of noise about the bad calls, and let them know that you'll be waiting outside the gym when the games over - and if you don't like the way they called the game - you'll take 'em out (Chicago style).

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK

    by moose67 on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 10:13:54 PM PDT

  •  1972 (2+ / 0-)
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    They can put three seconds on the clock all they want.  We're still the better team.

    "While there is a lower class I am in it; while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free" -Eugene V Debs

    by RevolutionRock on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 10:45:40 PM PDT

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