Somehow When I saw this scene from On the Waterfront

I never thought of Women’s Olympic Badminton

Badminton pairs expelled from London 2012 Olympics after ‘match-fixing’ scandal

apparently money was not involved

The International Olympic Committee has taken unprecedented steps to tackle match-fixing in the London Games, with president Jacques Rogge describing it as the biggest threat to the integrity of the Games.

There is no suggestion of any betting associated with the matches, but the fact players appeared willing to manipulate results is arguably more corrosive to the reputation of the Games.

Who knew that badminton had a seedy underside to it?


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“You’ll give us victories then, you think?”

“We do” said [Captain Charles] Stewart, “and not upon irrational premises”

“Which victories,” [President James] Madison mused aloud, “Will give us ships; for with victories Congress will supply them faster than they can be lost”

Fletcher Pratt: Preble’s Boys Commodore Preble and the Birth of American Sea Power 1950

Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.

Matthew 25:20b

On of the basic truths of Capitalism, the thing that makes it successful is the act of investing capital for a return.

Some investments are in established companies, others are in startups. Like any investments some of will fail but if one invests wisely, looking at facts and not at hype, investments particularly in startups will bring a strong return.

Political Capital works the same way as Sarah Palin is demonstrating.

Politicians tend to be very careful, they don’t like to risk offending one side or the other. In particularly they don’t want to risk taking on the powers that be over something as quixotic as principle.

Sarah Palin is not of that kind.

During the 2008 Race Sarah Palin earned political capital with the voters. She spoke plainly and honestly and won her base over. After the campaign she wrote her best selling book and she and her family found themselves comfortable.

She could have sat back, after all her books and TV series were popular and profitable, she could have held court and been courted by pols all over the country and been a standard visit on the “Pay homage to get elected” tours.

Instead she took her political capital and invested it.

When the rest of the right (with the notable exception of Rush Limbaugh) were in dead panic over the popularity of Obama, she spoke out hitting Obama.

When the Media was hitting the tea party and some in the GOP were gun-shy she embraced them.

When the entire media (and many Republicans) were in a dead panic over events in Wisconsin she went to Madison and spoke in his defense.

And she stuck her neck out both supporting candidates like (Deb Fischer, Ann Marie Buerkle and Renee Ellmers and Kelly Ayotte

She even on occasion supported establishment candidates that the tea party did not (John McCain & Orin Hatch) taking the risk of a backlash.

And now we see Texas. There was a time that Ted Cruz was a longshot. Gov Perry and the establishment were behind his opponent. As late as Monday the MSM described the primary as “tight”…

…and the rest is history.

The most significant piece of that history? Sarah Palin endorsed Ted Cruz back in MAY.

Now THAT’s a return on an investment.

Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that. The MSM can pretend her capital doesn’t exist, but you’d better believe Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte and dozens of members of the congress who received that capital when they needed it know it is there and when and if she needs to draw on that capital, I suspect they will remember it.

If that’s not Capitalism I’d like to know what is?


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