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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Greg Jennings unsure about Green Bay Packers future

Greg Jennings keeps being asked about re-signing with the Green Bay Packers as an unrestricted free agent after the season. He keeps answering honestly.

The Packers’ two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver told reporters Wednesday he understands these could be his final regular-season games in Green and Gold.

“Sometimes you look on the wall and you see a lot of writing,” said Jennings, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And it’s hard to ignore that writing as a player because you never want to get caught off guard.

“The writing’s on the wall. I’m not going to walk by it and act like it’s not there.”

Jennings agreed the franchise tag would be a slap in the face.

“Yes. Nothing good about it,” Jennings said. “You don’t see Wes Welker smiling about it.

“You want your job to have some sense of sustainability, some type of foundation where you can just sit your family and know that you’ll be somewhere for a certain amount of time. Well, franchise tags give you one year. So it’s like, we have one year. I’ll be right back in this same position talking about contract situations. I’s just not in the best interest of the player to be in that position.”

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Jennings called the lack of contract talks “disappointing” but “not hard.”

“You put everything into it, and at the end of the day the only thing the organization really owes you is a paycheck. That’s it,” Jennings said. “That is absolutely it. When you get raw and uncut about it, the only thing they really owe you is a paycheck. And they can stop that if they wanted to.

“It’s a sensitive subject, a sensitive topic to talk about, but the reality is we’re going to have to cross that bridge at some point.”

That bridge is quickly approaching and it doesn’t look like Jennings and the Packers will cross it together.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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Robert Griffin III expected to start for Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins expect Robert Griffin III to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, barring any setbacks, according to sources briefed on the rookie quarterback’s medical status.

Griffin was a full participant in practice Wednesday, and the Redskins feel confident he’ll be ready to go this weekend, but he’ll be evaluated Thursday and throughout the week because of the nature of his injury. With an lateral collateral ligament sprain, there can be swelling after physical activity.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, Griffin looked good to go.

“I was able to go through a full practice, so that was good,” Griffin said. “I feel good. It was exciting to get back out there and practice with everybody — get ready for the game.”

Griffin only participated in individual drills, and backup Kirk Cousins led the Redskins’ first-team offense through team drills.

Griffin said after Wednesday’s practice that his knee doesn’t feel weak or unstable, and that he has improved on a day-to-day basis. He added that if pressed, he believed he could’ve played last weekend.

“It is frustrating,” Griffin said. “Like I said, players play. I told them in the locker room when they told me that night, I would be upset. But once we step on the field, I was all for this team and all for Kirk. That’s the way you have to approach it. You don’t take those things to the field and try to become a cancer or a distraction to the team.”

Cousins said he’s preparing this week like he has during other weeks, though the obvious difference is there: Last week, he was be readied to start, and this week, that looks less likely.

The fourth-round draft pick also understands the chance that was presented to him as he tries to become an NFL starter, somewhere.

“I view every opportunity I get as a chance to sell myself to these coaches here in D.C. and to 31 other coaches, 31 other teams,” Cousins said. “That doesn’t just mean a regular-season game. That’s a preseason game, that’s practice reps, but every opportunity I get, I want to be full prepared for those moments when they come.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was non-committal on who’d start during his Wednesday news conference. But afterward, he emphasized that he feels confident with either guy and the system’s malleability to move from one quarterback to the other seamlessly.

“That’s our system,” Shanahan told NFL.com. “We have the ability to go a number of different ways. You just got to put together a game plan that best fits each guy.”

Follow Albert Breer on Twitter @AlbertBreer.

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MMA Fighter Ray Elbe — I’m SELLING Pics of My Broken Wiener

MMA Fighter Ray Elbe
I’m SELLING Pics of
My Broken Wiener

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They say a picture’s worth a thousand words … and if that picture happens to feature a penis that was FRACTURED during sex, it might be worth a couple thousand bucks … at least that’s what MMA fighter Ray Elbe is hoping for. 

Sources close to Elbe tell TMZ … the former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant TOOK PHOTOS of his mangled manhood after his GF snapped it in half during a spirited love-making session.

As we previously reported, Elbe’s penis ripped open … sending blood spattering all over his room. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was immediately stitched up.

Elbe racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills … and now, we’re told the fighter is actively trying to shop the pics to various media outlets so he can pay for his expensive dong treatment. 

So far, it’s unclear if Ray has found a buyer … but we gotta ask …

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Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan is by common consent one of the masterpieces of political theory. Yet its greatness is hard to pinpoint. It lies partly, again by common consent, in the quality of its prose. Even readers horrified by Hobbes’s authoritarian arguments thrill to the manner of their expression. It is a prose as utterly individual as that of his contemporaries Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne and Milton – and as hard to categorise. Its darts and flashes, compressions and difficulties can call to mind the metaphysical poets, his other contemporaries. Yet metaphysical inspiration was one of Hobbes’s targets, bent as he was on the subjection of political argument to the realism of the scientific revolution, the area of thought where his prior interest lay. Anyway, the attraction of his prose can explain only so much. The impact of the work, especially on the Continent, was largely indebted to his Latin translation of it. The year of the English edition, 1651, also produced Milton’s Latin vindication of the execution of Charles I in 1649, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, another book whose literary properties dazzled readers shocked by its thesis. Hobbes was one of them. His own Latin deserved and commanded no such wonder.

more from Blair Worden at Literary Review here.

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Tiffani Thiessen — I’m DROPPING Instagram Over ‘Ridiculous’ New Terms

Tiffani Thiessen
I’m DROPPING Instagram
Over ‘Ridiculous’ New Terms

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The Instagram mutiny is underway … with a bunch of celebs already vowing to NEVER use the photo-sharing service again after the company announced a HUGE change in policy. 

Instagram has been under fire for updating their terms of use … which says users “agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

The statement pissed off tons of users — famous and non-famous — including Kate Walsh and Tiffani Thiessen .. who tweeted, “Really sad to have to end my luv 4 @instagram. Will be deleting my account due 2 their ridiculous new terms.”

And there’s more … “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke is also abandoning ship … tweeting, “Can’t believe Instagrams new policy! They r allowed 2 use ALL of ur images in advertising. Will be erasing my account shortly.”

FYI — The new terms of use do not go into effect until January 16.

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Pauly D — I’m Getting a NEW Reality Show … Not on MTV

Pauly D
I’m Getting a NEW Show
… Not on MTV

EXCLUSIVE

1217_paulyd_mtv_e_tmzSAYONARA MTV … Pauly D hasn’t accepted the network’s offer to renew “The Pauly D Project” … and sources tell us, it’s all because he’s getting poached by another network, for a lot more cash.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ … MTV — the network Pauly has been with since 2009 — wants to bring back his reality show for a 2nd season … but he’s not signing on anytime soon. 

Our sources say the reason Pauly’s dragging his feet — he’s been taking meetings with E! Network instead to discuss doing a show with them.  And we’re told … E!’s offering a lot more coin.

We’re told Pauly’s close to inking a new deal … he’s already had 3 meetings about the project … and E! is EXTREMELY interested in making it happen.

As for the show, our sources say it will focus more on Pauly’s entire life, rather than just his DJ career.

So … more gym shots?

Calls to Pauly D’s rep have not been returned.

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Megan Fox Talks “This is 40″ on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 10:50 PM GMT

Stepping out to promote her upcoming movie, “This is 40,” Megan Fox visited “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Monday (December 17).

In the film, the 26-year-old actress plays Desi, an employee of co-star Leslie Mann whose wardrobe is pretty skimpy.

Since the movie is about turning 40, the late-night host asked Ms. Fox what she thought about going over the hill: “It sounds so old to me … I try not to think about it.”

Jay also called the “Transformers” stunner out on previously hiding her pregnancy the last time she was on the show, and even got her dish on the ups and downs of the whole nine-month process.

“They sketch out the faces of a woman in labor for your husband, so that he knows when to take you to the hospital, when it’s for real,” Megan said, adding, “I was convinced that I was maybe birthing a vampire baby.”

You can check out more of her “Tonight Show” appearance in the players below!

Enjoy the pictures of Megan Fox at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (December 17).

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UFC on FOX 5’s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8’s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.

Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Easton)

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Russell: Power and influence in Canadian sport

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

At the top, you’ll find the NHL commissioner. But there’s a union organizer right behind him and a professional baseball executive, too. The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee is front and centre as are the men in the boardrooms of the CFL. Meantime, only three bonafide athletes made the cut, according to our editorial board.

That’s because power and influence in sport have, for too long, been defined by what happens on the sidelines.
 
It’s evident that money talks and those who have the power to spend it on salaries or dole it out to various national athletes and teams carry the big stick. This has become a widely accepted notion, that sport is nothing if not business.

That’s why you tend to find administrators, media moguls and major corporate sponsors on these kinds of lists. Those who pull the strings behind the scenes have a major influence on what the fans eventually see and how sport is presented.

According to this formula, those who patronize sport have little to no power. Do the power brokers pulling the strings during the NHL lockout fiasco really care about the consumer? It’s obvious that they don’t. They assume that rabid hockey fans will rush back to arenas when play resumes.

In Canada, they may be right. South of the border, in some of the swing states of hockey, well, they just might be looking at an entirely different animal.

So where does all of this leave the stars of sport themselves, the athletes? Ultimately, who has the power to create an iconic sporting moment like Lou Marsh Award winner Christine Sinclair did when she almost singlehandedly put soccer on the map in this country at the London Olympics? The answer is precious few Canadians.

Listen to how the man in charge of the Canadian Soccer Association described Sinclair’s affect on sport. 

“That award is a tribute to Christine and her teammates and all they’ve done in both our national and international sporting communities in 2012,” said Peter Montopoli, the CSA’s general secretary.

In Halifax, there is further proof of Sinclair’s influence. Soccer clinics sold out immediately once parents became aware Sinclair would be there to teach their kids.

“The enthusiasm of parents trying to get the kids into the camp, I don’t know how to describe it to you,” George Athanasiou of Soccer Nova Scotia told the National Post. “Plenty of people were begging for us to put them into the camp.”

Now that’s real influence in sport — the power to motivate young people and make them want to play. 

Further to that, who’s been a bigger game changer in hockey than Sidney Crosby? Who sells as many sweaters with his/her name on the back?  When Crosby plays, fans get excited and come to watch.

And who’s a better role model than the indomitable speed skater/cyclist Clara Hughes? Very few people can inspire Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life as she can. The same can be said of Milos Raonic, who has sparked a Canadian tennis revival because of his dramatic rise in the world rankings. 

Georges St. Pierre has turned a nation on to UFC and become a champion to millions with his victorious return from injury and to the top of a vicious and uncompromising sport.

Once quarterback Ricky Ray arrived in Toronto, the lamentable Argonauts thought of and then won the 100th Grey Cup in their hometown and captured the imagination of the country’s largest and most diverse city.

The point is this: athletes have the ultimate influence by virtue of their performances.

Only the athletes have the power to compete and to win or lose. They send the message. They deliver on the promise. They are the reason the fans watch. Real power in sport only exists because of what transpires on the field of play.

What’s On CBC Sports Weekend

CBC Sports Weekend is on the air at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday.

Cross Country World Cup action comes to Canmore, Alta., with the Canadian men led by trailblazers Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw. Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford, a Canmore native, is the last Canadian to win on the course in 2008 and is back competing on home snow for the first time in three seasons.

In Europe, the Canadian Cowboys saddle up for a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy. They’re led by reigning world champion Erik Guay, who has looked sharp in training. But they’ll have to deal with Norwegian ace Aksel Lund Svindal, who won Friday’s super-G by a wide margin.

Plus, our Big Picture panel featuring Jenn Heil, Perdita Felicien and Jonathon Gatehouse of Maclean’s magazine tackles the subject of power and influence in sport as CBC Sports reveals it’s Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport.

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Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears, claim NFC North

The Green Bay Packers couldn’t have asked for more from their Sunday trip to Soldier Field. They won their game, clinched the NFC North and — as an added bonus — sent the Chicago Bears deeper into another late-season tailspin.

Aaron Rodgers hooked up with James Jones on three touchdown passes in the Packers’ 21-13 win, but this game was about a Green Bay defense that tightened on its own end and a Chicago offense that’s at a loss for how to move the ball on plays not involving Brandon Marshall.

The Packers now have won 12 consecutive games against NFC North foes. The Bears have lost six in a row to the Packers.

The Packers move to 10-4 and will wake up Monday as the NFC’s No. 3 seed since the San Francisco 49ers escaped Foxborough with a 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots. With favorable matchups looming against the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings, the Packers still could earn a first-round bye, but they’d also need the 49ers, who are 10-3-1, to slip.

The intense race for the playoffs is in full gear. Check out the latest situation in the postseason chase. More …

As for the 8-6 Bears? It’s hard to know what to expect at this point. They’ve lost six of their last seven games and — unlike last season — there’s no excuse to lean on with Jay Cutler healthy.

Once 7-1, the Bears now need help to make the playoffs. This loss could have long-term effects on the franchise, specifically coach Lovie Smith.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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Ray Lewis to Judge — Don’t Let My Baby Mama CSI My Bank Accounts!!!

Ray Lewis to Judge
Don’t Let My Baby Mama
CSI My Bank Accounts!!!

EXCLUSIVE

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Baltimore Ravens
linebacker Ray Lewis is going for the block … against his baby mama who’s trying to hire a forensic investigator to comb through his finances — all in an attempt to squeeze more child support out of him.

You’ll recall … Lewis and his baby mama Sharnika Kelly are in a nasty battle over child support for their young son — and earlier this year Sharnika asked a judge to throw out their current agreement, claiming when she signed the deal back in 2001, Ray never disclosed his full income.

Sharnika even asked to have a forensic investigator come in and determine how much the NFL star is actually worth — in hopes to have the current $3,500-a-month order increased.

Now Ray is putting his foot down — and recently filed legal docs in Florida asking a judge to bar his baby mama from looking through his finances.

In docs, Ray argues the order established in 2001 is totally legit — and says that Sharnika had a lawyer when she signed, so if she wanted to fight it … she should have done so WAY back then.

A judge has yet to rule.

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UFC on FOX 5’s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8’s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.

Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Easton)

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