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  1. Swindled from the Miami taxpayers? Right. You need to acquaint yourself with the terms of the M-D hotel bed tax. It's 6%. 1% of the 6% is dedicated to sports facilities. Now, stop staying in M-D hotels so that you can avoid being "swindled." Whatever the precise terms of the deal were, this was money raised with verbal assurances from team management to not do what they just did this past offseason. They never would have gotten the stadium built without such promises (and, you know, shame on the city government, too, obviously). It was a huge waste of money that could have been spent on something else, and now Miami has a nice new stadium for a baseball team that most of the city hates. That's utter and total horse hockey. The city and county aren't in the business of relying on "verbal assurances" from anyone. The precise terms of the deal are in writing. There are a number of contracts related to the stadium and none of them says anything whatsoever about how much the Marlins will spend in any given year or over any period of years on players. And no, they couldn't have spent it on "something else." The other option was not to do the deal at all -- not to obligate future hotel bed taxes -- and watch the Marlins move elsewhere. Well, no, it's not utter and total horse hockey. Look, man, if you still support Loria and the Marlins, that's fine by me. I'm not trying to change your mind. I'm just explaining to you where I'm coming from. I find these people morally repugnant and this was the last straw. I can't root for their baseball team. Feel free to disagree, feel free to explain WHY you disagree, but...you know...do it nicer, man. I have a very sensitive disposition. As to your points, I agree with you that verbal agreements are ridiculous. What matters is on paper. And this is why the government is to blame as well...maybe even MORE to blame. But Loria and Samson were undoubtedly misleading to both the government and to the public when it comes to the payroll issue, and while they didn't do anything illegal, I'm not arguing they should be thrown in jail. I'm just saying I think they're gross and can't root for their baseball team. And, yes, the alternative to the stadium tax may have been no tax at all, and I had a feeling this would be your response, and you're probably right. It's still wasted money that could have been spent on something else, if not by the Miami government, then by the tourists whose pockets Loria dipped his hands into. I didn't say it had to be spent on schools.
  2. Swindled from the Miami taxpayers? Right. You need to acquaint yourself with the terms of the M-D hotel bed tax. It's 6%. 1% of the 6% is dedicated to sports facilities. Now, stop staying in M-D hotels so that you can avoid being "swindled." Whatever the precise terms of the deal were, this was money raised with verbal assurances from team management to not do what they just did this past offseason. They never would have gotten the stadium built without such promises (and, you know, shame on the city government, too, obviously). It was a huge waste of money that could have been spent on something else, and now Miami has a nice new stadium for a baseball team that most of the city hates. And--not that anyone cares--but I have stayed in Miami-Dade hotels, as have many of my relatives. My sister got married at the Four Seasons downtown less than 2 years ago, and given that most of our family chose to make a long weekend out of it, we should probably have been given naming rights. Doobakus Stadium has a nice ring.
  3. I cancelled my MLB Extra Innings package and have no plans to attend any games this year, so that pretty much answers the main question of this thread. I no longer identify myself as a Marlins fan, but having grown up in Miami, I guess I'm still interested in the team, just not from a wins and losses perspective. I'm still checking the spring training scores, but I don't really care who wins. If Loria reinvests some of that money he essentially swindled from the Miami taxpayers, then I will have to reassess the situation. Or if they get a new ownership. But my plan for now is to root for whatever team Stanton gets traded to, so I'm actually kind of hoping that happens sooner than later.
  4. I decided after the Blue Jays trade that I would become a fan of whatever team Stanton ends up with, whether that's this season or 4 years from now. I hope they trade him, so I can expedite that process.
  5. Le Batard's spot on commentary: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/14/3097779/miami-marlins-and-fans-a-history.html Apologies if this has already been posted, but I didn't see it.
  6. There's no way you can defend this deal on purely baseball terms. I can understand, if you don't live in Miami, and you don't have the same connection with the city, then I can see how this could be just about baseball for you. But this is about a lot more than baseball. They should break that stadium into pieces, sell off the parts, and provide tax refunds for all the people that were forced to hand over some of their hard-earned money so these assclowns could buy a few more yachts. Yes, all of these guys are overpaid. But that's what you do when you spend on free agents. You overpay. You pay more than every single other team in the MLB is willing to pay for a player. Practically by definition, when you sign a free agent, you overpay. If you trade away every player who makes more than they're worth, you're going to have a hard time fielding a competitive team. That stadium was built on a promise that there would be some level of commitment to putting a competitive product on the field. They lied to us and stole our money, and to me that is unforgivable. I will continue to cheer on a few individuals, like Stanton and Lomo, but I hope this team crashes and burns next year. Empty seats and blowout losses. We deserve a measure of revenge.
  7. I don't think I've posted in about 4 years, but I've remained a fan over that time, and have been a fan since about 1995, when baseball returned from the strike. I can no longer be a fan of this team or spend another dime in support of this team as long as the current ownership remains in place. Miami is my home, and I will leave the door open to return when these guys get run out of town. But I'm not sure where I go next from here. This move is DISGUSTING. This goes way past the previous firesales. Way, way past. Those firesales may have felt like a slap in the face back then, but, frankly, the term "market correction" was not entirely inappropriate. Attendance was pretty low. Sure, the franchise made a butt load of money through profit sharing, but that was just the Marlins fleecing Major League Baseball. Now they've managed to fleece the city of Miami. During the worst economic slump in most of our lifetimes, they took $360 million from Miami taxpayers to build their stadium. We went along with this, in part, because they made us a lot of promises. They promised to field a competitive team. And then, in less than a year, they tore the team to shreds. If you are a citizen of Miami, if you have any municipal pride, I have no idea how you can continue to root for this team under this ownership. I mean, no offense, but they just played us all for a bunch of idiots. Look...they've already won. They played us for idiots, and they won. That money is gone, and we're not getting it back. This franchise is now worth three times what Loria payed for it, and much of that is because of this new stadium, which he tricked us into paying for. If you're OK with that, fine...continue to support this team. I will not go to another game and will not watch another game until this disgusting ownership is gone. And, as for Loria...how much money is enough? This man was ridiculously wealthy before he ever got into baseball, and now he's wealthier still. But at what cost? How much money is it worth to destroy your integrity and become a villain? I will never understand the motivation of such a man. Have another yacht, you doughy prick.
  8. Season 2 is really the love or hate season. Most people either rank it first or last. I've never seen anyone rank Season 3 as first, so I generally think of that as the "worst" season. It's my least favorite anyway. McNulty is hardly in Season 4, you'll be pleased to know.
  9. Mabdul Doobakus

    Juno

    How are the lengthy discussions on music and film assisting with her maturation? That consists of the bulk of her visits. It sounds like you guys are reaching a bit too much. Again, my complaint is that Cody is trying so damn hard to make the film "hip" through the dialogue and hipster art form references that major characters are left underdevoped. Who is this film about? Bateman? Page? The confrontation between the two is a rather inefficient means of serving the maturation at hand. As I've said numerous times now, if Cody were actually focused on writing the core narrative rather than over-writing to suit her personal interests, the film would have worked much better. I would clock those visits as somewhere between like 7-12 minutes. I'd be curious to know just how much time you feel was devoted to this stuff. The conversations about music and film showed they had a lot in common. And they weren't that lengthy, at least not as I remember it. This is in many ways the same disagreement we had earlier, where you said the film was just loaded to the brim with pop-culture references, and I said the pop-culture references were mildly annoying, but that just weren't that many of them for it to be a big deal.
  10. Mabdul Doobakus

    Juno

    If she didn't have any interest in Bateman than the repeated visits to his home and the discussions on music and film were highly unnecessary (only Allen has been able to make such dialogue work). If Cody's intent was greater than to plug her own entertainment tastes and wanted to portray his own maturity on account of Juno, then I feel this film was severely misguided. The relationship between Juno and her boyfriend is reduced to nothing. It's underdeveloped to the point where it is puzzling that the father has zero displayed input or concern for the destiny of his child. This is just one mess of a screenplay. For such a short feature there is no solid reason to delve that much into the third character other than to simply to drop pop culture reference after another. Juno is not a static character by any means, but Cody took a wrong turn from my vantage point. I agree that the relationship between Juno and her BF is very underdeveloped. It's almost not developed at all. But I don't understand this point about Juno's visitis to the House of Bateman being unnecessary. It feels like you wanted the script to do something that it didn't do, and so you're calling it unnecessary because it didn't fulfill your goals for the movie. But those scenes seemed necessary to the goals of the person who actually wrote the movie. I thought those visits played a role in developing both characters, and the House of Bateman served as Juno's refuge during these troubling times. We saw that she felt more comfortable there than anywhere else, and then we saw what happened when that comfort was taken from her. Those visits definitely set up the maturation of her character.
  11. Unless there's some missing context to those quotes, that should be the end of his candidacy. Amending the Constitution in God's image is unconstitutional in itself.
  12. Mabdul Doobakus

    Juno

    I thought Juno was being naive and couldn't pick up on the fact that Bateman's relationship with her was starting to reach a very inappropriate stage. To me, Bateman either had a thing for Juno specifically, or his interactions with Juno helped him realize that he was just in the wrong relationship, and that there were other people out there--and other lifestyles--that would be better suited for him. There was a line early in the movie from Juno's stepmom where she warned Juno that it was inappropriate for Juno to drop in like that on a married couple's home, and I thought the stepmom's concerns more or less foreshadowed what we saw play out in the film. Juno just didn't get it. But I don't think Juno had a thing for Bateman; she had just found someone she liked to hang out with.
  13. Who down there is going to Langerado? Bought tickets yet? I was leaning toward just doing one day since I'm bringing the wife, but I can't decide which day's lineup is better. I may have to drug her and make her stay for the whole thing. :thumbup If I go, it'll be on Friday, but it probably won't happen.
  14. post your sh*t www.myspace.com/666dag Are you the screaming guy? How long can that guy keep that up for?
  15. Well, I'm sort of moving towards a band. Couple of jam sessions in the last month, but we're still getting our ish together. I have recorded a bunch of solo stuff, though, of which a small sampling can be found at www.myspace.com/mabduldoobakus Just got a new amp for the holidays, which records ever so much better than the crappy $99 amp I was using, so I've been working on some new stuff. Just listening to some of the old stuff, it sounds really shrill in comparison.
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