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To me this video is picture perfect for the mindset of the one percent.  The comments are
awful as well.  As the Sophia from the Golden girls would say, Picture it...Ranger Stadium..Arlington Texas......"It's all about me and what I have and you don't".
http://cooldudestuff.com/...

I cannot see how any grownup would gloat and show a little three year old a ball that was heading his way and his little dreams were shattered when he didn't catch the ball.  They hear him and see him crying as they smile and admire their stupid catch.  I read comments where people were saying, Good for them..this is entitlement nation.  Kid needs to learn he was not entitled just because he cried.  My favorite selfish comment was, The parents did the right thing letting him cry..some people get the breaks.  It was fair.  Couple should not have given up the ball just cause someone weaker cried for it.  Why not just paint a big sign over your head and say LOOK, I am bigger, stronger and better than you.  America, baseball, hotdogs, and no compassion.  Why didn't they give the little one the ball?  Not because he was crying because it was a game.  Because grabbing and snatching seems to be a way of life.  I see the couple as Wall Street and bigCorporations and the little boy as the middle class or 99 percent.  What made me so ticked was showing the ball admist his tears and showing him like, "Look what I got and you don't".  I hope she is a republican and I hope it turns into an ad.  It speaks volumes.  

Adding to the shocking behavior, the couple proceeded to take pictures and pose with the ball while the tot sat in his father’s lap crying.  Even the announcer thought it was vile and said the couple was “rubbing it in the kid’s face”

couple irepresents big banks and corporations.....ball....equals opportunity....posing with ball while child crying equals No compassion..

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:36:49 AM PDT

  •  I saw that... (5+ / 0-)
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    Yes, it fits the stereotype of the "1%" to a tee.

    (enhanced by pure, unadulterated dickishness)

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:49:08 AM PDT

  •  That this is even newsworthy is worse IMHO (6+ / 0-)

    ABC had the kid's family on...come on..sigh

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:50:13 AM PDT

  •  I don't know roseriter...it sure puts a face (8+ / 0-)

    on greed and selfishness and that pic speaks to me as a person who had their house stolen from them.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:53:36 AM PDT

    •  Some things are just stuff that happens- that (6+ / 0-)

      grownups put a spin on it these days just shows how divided we all have become. No one gets everything they want and kids have to learn that, not to mention catching or not catching a baseball is something that happens all the time- I've seen two men have fist fights over these baseballs in the stands-  OY!

      making a mountain over a molehill is too much sometimes.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:01:44 AM PDT

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      •  I think the whole things says so much (6+ / 0-)

        the people claim they were unaware of their surroundings but they clearly show their prize to the kid.

        Was this kid entitled?  No..did the couple with their trophy care that their good fortune hurt a little person...No

        Did people perceive the couple as mean spirited...yes.

        I think people got worked up not because of the literal sense of a baseball but the shallowness of prized positions and the pain of someone with lesser abilities to achieve.  To me this is what the story is about..Not the baseball but the nation of unaware and not caring.  that is the story

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        by Vetwife on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:14:27 AM PDT

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        •  Nope - completely disagree (3+ / 0-)
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          Now I'm not defending the actions of the grown-up couple, it was kind of jerkish. But I wouldn't compare them to the 1%. The 1% steal, cheat, and exploit the labor of others for their own greed. These people just got a ball that bounced their way. They didn't have a ball, now they do. It's really not the same. Now if the outfielder threw five balls out there and this couple hogged all 5 maybe you might have case. Might. Still nobody died from starvation or lack of access to healthcare here.

          On the other hand, I have two young children. If they were throwing a fit over not getting a ball I probably wouldn't allow the couple to give it to them, much less go on tv and complain about it. I didn't see the interview they gave, but if they were whining about it I'd have to conclude the behavior of the parents here is worse than the obnoxious couple. Sometimes you get a ball, sometimes you don't.

          Run for office. It's fun!

          by Alfonso Nevarez on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:24:42 AM PDT

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          •  Which isn't that far removed (0+ / 0-)

            from what happens in normal life:

            These people just got a ball that bounced their way. They didn't have a ball, now they do.
            One day, you're a random kid. They next, you inherit your father's millions, and claim that it's due to your business expertise and your hard work.

            "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

            by CFAmick on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:52:38 AM PDT

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  •  Unfortunately assholes permeate every strata (7+ / 0-)

    of economic class.

    Today, strive to be the person you want to be.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:57:09 AM PDT

  •  They weren't gloating, just oblivious. (1+ / 0-)
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    link

    While the debate reached the masses, it was something Leonard said he hadn't even realized happened.

    "My fiancee Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger's baseball game together," he wrote in a statement.

    Leonard said as a soon-to-be large combined family of seven, that he and Shannon understand the emotions of a young child at a game.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:13:10 AM PDT

  •  I am conflicted about this one... (6+ / 0-)

    Personally, I would have just given the ball to the child.
    But that's just who I am.
    And the couple did look so self-absorbed, not aware of the suffering around them.
    On the other hand, the child is not entitled to the ball.
    You know, he is not crying because he is hungry, cold, is an orphan or has no where to live. He is sitting there with the loving arms of his parents around him at a ballpark.
    I would have been a bit unsympathetic to my son (or daughter) crying for something that didn't belong him. This is a teaching moment for mom and dad.
    Or you know what? Jr may grow up to be just as unaware and indifferent as the celebrating couple.

    •  I Wouldn't Say The Boy Was "Suffering"... (2+ / 0-)
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      I see children crying in public all the time.  I don't assume that they are suffering.

      And when I was raising my children I certainly didn't give in to them everytime they cried.

      The ball sailed over three large men before it was caught.  It isn't like the boy was in the front row and the player was tossing it directly to the boy.  

      I can't figure out why stuff like this goes viral.  I will probably be excoriated for my comments and someone will send my coments around the world and I will become known as a cold-hearted SOB.  Oh, Wait, my kids thought that growing up.

  •  Somewhat analogous, but (2+ / 0-)
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    I really wouldn't go as far as you.  It's just a baseball, and no, the kid wasn't entitled to it.  The guy was, however, a complete horse's ass for not giving it to the kid.  It's just a friggin' baseball.

    No, he shouldn't give it to him because he cried. F that.  He should have given it to him because it was the right thing to do, before the kid started crying.  Yeah, the guy was greedy, unfeeling bastard.

    I have a larger problem with thinking of the kid as the 99%.  Look, it wasn't the big guy vs. the kid.  The kid was there with his father.  If the father had caught the ball, the kid gets it; so the "competition" for the ball wasn't as one-sided as it's being portrayed.  Secondly, the father paid the same for his seat as the guy next to him.  There's no income disparity there.  His dad could just buy the kid a friggin' ball; it's not the other guy's problem.

    Lastly, the 99% aren't crybabies.  We don't want the 1% to just give us money because we're crying.  We don't want handouts, we want justice.  We don't want valueless trinkets, and we won't just go away.  We don't want rewards we didn't earn, but we do want the full benefits of our hard work.  Our feelings aren't hurt, we're mad.  I don't see a crying child as who we are at all.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:13:08 AM PDT

    •  This! Plus the fact that the baseball means a (3+ / 0-)
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      whole lot less to them than it would to the kid.  It would be a treasured memento to the kid where the couple will probably either give it to one of their kids (gee, thanks, a baseball?) or they'll put it on the shelf.

      The 99% don't want things to have them (which is the motivation to the kid), but we do want things to be fair.  In the game of life, it's fair that everyone has a shot for the ball, and they didn't take it away from the kid (like the 1% pride themselves for doing), so I don't feel this is the best analogy.  

      Still, I hope the kid gets his own baseball some day.  I've never caught a ball at a ballpark.

    •  This deserves its own diary: (3+ / 0-)
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      Lastly, the 99% aren't crybabies.  We don't want the 1% to just give us money because we're crying.  We don't want handouts, we want justice.  We don't want valueless trinkets, and we won't just go away.  We don't want rewards we didn't earn, but we do want the full benefits of our hard work.  Our feelings aren't hurt, we're mad.

      Wish I could rec this a million times.
  •  The 1%ers are not in the stands with everyone else (6+ / 0-)

    They are in the sky boxes with the owners.

    Those in the regular seats are the 99%ers fighting over the scraps (foul balls).

    •  ROFL that is true.. (3+ / 0-)
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      It is not about giving into the kid.  It is to me about self absorption and totally unaware or uncaring of what is happening.  People are not alert.  People seem to only care about how they feel and no I think I would have handled it differently had I caught the ball.  I would have said, Mom, Dad,
      we have enough excitement this week, why don't you take this

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      by Vetwife on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:38:25 AM PDT

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    •  Yea I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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      Without knowing anything about the couple who kept the ball, how can anyone say what income bracket they are in?  Doesn't change the fact that they were completely clueless about what was going on in their immediate surroundings.  How could they be completely unaware of a crying little boy SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO THEM!

      And no, the little boy wasn't "entitled" to the ball, but it would have been the right thing to do for that couple to have given him the ball.

  •  the couple (1+ / 0-)
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    They look like rah-rahs, you know the people from high school that were self-absorbed and only thought of themselves.

  •  omg srsly? (2+ / 0-)
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    The 99% are babies who are throwing tantrums because they didn't get a baseball?

  •  Why would adults care about a (1+ / 0-)
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    random baseball?

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:50:58 AM PDT

  •  Ok ,,the one percent was an analagy (1+ / 0-)
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    It is not about the baseball..Damn......It is about how aloof
    people are to situations around them and don't seem to care.
    Are they 1 percent?  Probably not.  They IMO are the kind that
    think they are or will be. You don't actually have to have money and influence to act so self absorbed.  My God the tea party crowd only on social security haven proven that.  It is an attitude.  Maybe I should have been more clear.  Yes the kid will have to get used to bigger people can get their first.  Stronger people can finish first.  Rich people will have better this or that.
    Yes the kid has to learn all of these things.  I just think it is a shame he has to start learning at age 3.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 11:24:13 AM PDT

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