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Well here goes the King of the Douche Bags again:
In his first public remarks on the company’s problems, Schilling told the newspaper for its Tuesday editions that public remarks by Gov. Lincoln Chafee that the state was trying to keep his company solvent were “devastating.” He said that shortly after those remarks, a video-game publisher pulled out of a deal to finance a new game.
“The governor is not operating in the best interest of the company by any stretch, or the taxpayers, or the state,” Schilling told the newspaper. “We’re trying to save this company and we’re working 24/7. The public commentary has been as big a piece of what’s happening to us as anything out there.”
F***in’ priceless. Just absolutely f***in’ priceless.
He spends his entire adult life spouting ultra-conservative philosophies, campaigns on behalf of John McCain, Scott Brown & others, supports some of the most diabolical, venomous conservatives (both here & in the U.K.) and openly attacks President Obama and the stimulus plan with quotes like this:
“There can be no question our country is in the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I also think there can be no question that it falls on us, the individuals, to find a way out of our own personal crisis.”
He then is more than happy to use said stimulus programs for his own company (via a loan guarantee program where taxpayers get stuck with the bill if a company goes under), the height of hypocrisy.
Now he has the nut sack to take a pot shot at the Governor of the state whose constituents are going to get stuck holding the tab after Schilling’s company defaulted on it’s 100 plus million dollar deal agreement.
Because the Governor dared to speak when he defaulted on those loan obligations
Yeah Curt, it’s the Governments fault for getting in the way of your bumbling ass when you were about to drop a $112 million tab on their laps.
by Craig Calcaterra @ Hardball Talk
Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the patriarch of the Ricketts family which owns the Chicago Cubs. His son Tom runs the team, but old Joe’s fortune — made founding Ameritrade — is what built the family’s nest egg.
As we’ve noted before, Joe Ricketts is quite the political activist.
He is the founder and leader of an anti-government spending group called “Ending Spending.”
Never mind that his family business asked for and received millions for a new spring training facility in Arizona and continues to ask for tax dollars to renovate Wrigley Field. He’s really, really against spending. At least spending that benefits people other than himself and his family.
But now he’s branched out and is bankrolling efforts aimed directly at unseating President Obama. Which is fine as far as it goes, but as the New York Times notes today, the kind of rhetoric he’s bankrolling is … interesting:
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.
Theory: if you specify that you need a “literate” black person — like you need to specify that you don’t want one of those many illiterate ones — you probably do need to “respond to charges of race-baiting,” because you probably are engaging in a bunch of racist baloney.
Anyway, it’s an interesting article.
And a reminder that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs is going to spend millions of his money to make people believe that Obama is an extreme radical black man out to undermine the American Way. If that’s something you believe, great. If not, perhaps a literate black man will change your mind.
Oh, and Joe: have you paid for Shawon Dunston’s college education yet? You don’t want him to be illiterate, do you?
“There can be no question our country is in the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I also think there can be no question that it falls on us, the individuals, to find a way out of our own personal crisis.” — Curt Schilling, February 2011
Turns out that 38 Studios is in real trouble. You remember 38 Studios, right?
If you don’t, a quick refresh:
Schilling started his own video-game company in 2006 (think World of Warcraft-type stuff), based it in Maynard. Four years later the state of Rhode Island offered 38 Studios a $75 million loan to move operations to that state, a move that wasn’t exactly met with jubilation in Rhode Island (the $75 million represented more than half of Rhode Island’s new job creation program).
And now it appears that 38 Studios is broke. Just three months after the company released its first game — called “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” — 38 Studios missed its latest loan payment of $1.125 million to the state of Rhode Island on May 1. That means that 38 Studios (which basically means Schilling, who has absolutely been the only face and voice of the company since Day 1) has defaulted on its loan. And if 38 Studios were to fully default on the entire loan, guess who takes the hit? Yup, the citizens of Rhode Island — which will reportedly be a $112.6 million wallop. Big government at its worst.
This is where I get lost in the tall grass.
Curt Schilling, maybe you heard, is a Republican. He’s made that clear many times in many different forums. He’s campaigned for John McCain and Scott Brown and flirted — briefly, but some leg was shown — with the idea of running for Ted Kennedy’s vacated Senate seat. And Schilling isn’t a moderate Republican, this isn’t Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins. Nope, Schilling has made his beliefs very clear — he’s a Tea Party guy, wants the government out of our everyday lives, Tim Thomas with a spiltter.
And those are perfectly legitimate opinions. As a matter of fact, I’m with him on less government all the way. But here’s the difference: I haven’t spent the last five years on a very large platform railing against government bailouts and the evils of the sitting President and then happily accepted what is surely going to be a bailout from the state of Rhode Island for over 100 million bucks.
If this was, say, 2010, and the state of Rhode Island had royally screwed up (which they did, the fault starts there) and was forced to bail out a company for $112 million there’s a pretty good chance you would have a spirited post on 38 pitches about it.
Curt Schilling could once throw a baseball very fast and very well. I believe he is a no-question first ballot Hall of Famer. Maybe there are three better postseason pitchers in the history of the sport but there aren’t five. And that means some people will listen when he talks politics, I suppose. And I don’t doubt his passion about 38 Studios. He’s devoted years of his life to the company.
But I’ve never cared what an athlete or actor or musician thought about anything outside their given profession. Others disagree and care a great deal. And it was because this was Curt Schilling — the bloody sock, the two World Series, all of it — that the folks making the decisions in Rhode Island decided to piss away $75 million dollars. Very expensive jock-sniffing and another shining example of why people should always view government with extreme suspicion.
I wrote a couple of months ago that Curt Schilling should keep his mouth shut when it came to his early criticism of Bobby Valentine. Turns out all you need to do to shut Schilling up is have his company fail spectacularly and at the cost of the citizens of Rhode Island. Where is Schilling? He was on WEEI about 30 days running during the Valentine bashing, but I haven’t heard from him on 38 Studios. Where’s that personal accountability he advocates so strongly?
And that’s the dirty little secret when it comes to Schilling — he’s got plenty of bluster but there’s always more than a whiff of hypocrisy. The two topics he’s been loudest about? Steroids and politics. He was all over the problems of steroids in baseball early on, but contradicted his previous stance while testifying in front of Congress in 2005, saying he believed there was very little steroid use in baseball. Since then, he has flip-flopped again, going back to his pre-Congress take on the issue.
That’s why he has zero credibility when it comes to the steroid issue. I hear him talk about it now and all I can think of is how he choked when put on the biggest stage (ironic, given his superb October numbers). And now he can’t talk about how much small government means to him — his actions have spoken a lot louder than any words ever could.
Just ask the taxpayers of Rhode Island. Think Schilling will be campaigning for Mitt Romney in the Ocean State this fall?
Source: Kirk Minihane @ WEEI.com