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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I fear for the future of TNA Wrestling. They've never really been the match for the WWF. They've been more successful than anyone else since WCW, but they've still never reached that next level.
They got a TV deal with Spike, they put out a video game, they signed Kurt Angle, Sting, Booker T, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Bobby Lashley, Christian and now they are bringing in Hulk Hogan.
Hogan was going to come in quite a while back, but he backed out when he came to his senses and realized he would be working for Jeff Jarrett and Vince Russo, two guys who pretty much tried to humiliate him on his way out of WCW.
A few years passed. Jarrett sold the company, they got their TV deal, went to the six-sided ring, started taping at Universal Studios in Florida.
Then they managed to scoop up Kurt Angle when he hit some problems in the WWE. Then it started going downhill fast. They added a bunch of Vince's cast offs and started pushing them over the guys that they had made.
Yeah, AJ and Samoa Joe held titles, but it was Nash and Angle and Booker T and Sting that dominated.
Now word is that Hogan and Bischoff are going to be in charge.
Word is that they've told the guys to slow down their matches and work in more rest holds.
Word is that Hogan doesn't like the six-sided ring. Word is that Hogan doesn't like the writers and wants to let the wrestlers determine more of the program.
It's a good thing for him that pretty much everyone that was at WCW when it went down in flames is right there in TNA.
I miss the old TNA where a show would be headlined by Sonny Siaki v. AJ Styles for the X-division title, or Amazing Red v. anybody.
That TNA would never be able to compete with Vince on a 1 to 1 basis, but neither will the one that is coming.
Hogan is smart about the business, so are alot of the other older guys, but the business is about what is new and fresh.
I look for AJ Styles to lose the title soon, maybe to Sting, maybe to Ric Flair, maybe to Nash, maybe to Angle. He'll lose it though and then those guys will come in and dominate the top and the company will start to go down.
The ratings will probably be good for that first special, people will tune in to see Hogan for that first time.
Then they'll realize he's almost 60 and can still talk, but doesn't have much to say anymore.
Nobody really wants to see Ric Flair v. Hulk Hogan for the TNA championship. Maybe more people than want to see AJ Styles v. Samoa Joe for the same belt, but the people who will watch the first match won't stick around to see more either.
I wish TNA the best in their new direction, but I'm not optimistic about their chances.
At least I've still got a big stack of shows from the first year and really good memories, just like I do of ECW.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Republic HoloNet News
NABOO - Facing concern from Senate Democrats, Sen. Palpatine (I-CT) attempts to allay fears he will derail current Health Care Legislation.
"Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen," Sen. Palpatine told reporters Tuesday.
"There are many on both sides of this grand debate eager to turn this dispute into war. It needn't degenerate into so wasteful an outcome. Together, we have the intelligence and the reason to find an alternative solution."
After his refusal to support a public option, Progressive Democrats expressed concerns that Sen. Palpatine's cuts to the legislation would further weaken the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-EN), attempted to calm their fears.
“I have the greatest confidence in Joe Palpatine's ability as a legislator. And he will work with us when this gets on the floor, and I'm sure he'll have some interesting things to do in the way of an amendment.”
Sen. Palpatine also addressed concerns he had strayed from his position in the 2000 Presidential Election.
"I think changing your mind can be a good thing. In 2000 my running mate, Al Gore and I, supported extending Medicare coverage to those 55 to 65. But things have changed in the subsequent 9 years. In 2000 we had a surplus. Now you can see we're totally screwed.
"Also, we didn't win."
Sen. Palpatine went on to express optimism in his newfound Republican alliances.
"It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love the Democrats. I love the Republicans. But I am mild by nature, and do not wish to see the destruction of democracy. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated. And as my first act with this new authority, I will create a Grand Army of the Republicans to counter the increasing threats of the Progressives.
"All the players are now in place. It is time to initiate the end moves. The plan of many long years shall bear fruit at last!"
Monday, August 17, 2009
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I would like to voice my concern at the possibility of the dropping of a real public option for health care reform in favor of some sort of co-op, or the possibility of no public option at all.
I am from the heart of red country here in Tennessee.
Please do what is right for the country and include a real public option in whatever bill comes out of congress.
The republicans are not going to vote for health care reform.
This is not an issue where half or partial measures will do. If you do not do it now when you can make it happen we will not have the chance for quite some time to pick up where you leave off.
If Roosevelt had just decided to let the nay sayers win and had not established social security and medicare, but had went instead with a co-op to handle those two ends of his agenda we would not still be fighting to keep them today, they would not exist.
Republicans have been doing everything they can to erode public and private support for two of the most successful social programs of all time for the entirety of their existence. If they had their way social security would be privatized and ended and medicare would cease to exist.
These are the people you are FIGHTING and have been FIGHTING on this. They should not be the ones setting the agenda and the implementation.
While I agree that a feeling of mutuality and cooperation in government is important, at the end of the day you guys are the Progressives. You guys are the Democrats. Of course you have an agenda, so do they.
The public option IS the plan.
You promised health care reform, not insurance reform.
Insurance reform is important, but there will be no real Health Care Reform without a public option that cannot be bought out by private interests.
Give the Republicans the tort reform, give them a promise that the public option won't get special deals to undercut the private insurers. Compromise on those things, but give us a public option.
Give us a choice. The other guys aren't going to and never plan on it.
Republicans aren't going to vote for this no matter what, and if they do it's not the bill that you want or that America needs.
I have insurance. I also have a large medical bill that I will be paying on for at least the next two years because I had to go to the emergency room.
If you want me to be able to buy a car, or anything else that will help the economy, make it where I can go to the emergency room if I feel like I am dying and not still be on the hook for what is for me a huge amount even after the insurance pays their part.
Don't placate the people who can't be placated.
Be the President that gives us the next medicare, not just the guy who tried to get the ball rolling, the ball has been rolling for 40 years and hasn't gotten anywhere.