Yep...time for them to go. No subsidized mega-arena in Renton. Pack up your shit and head for Oklahoma City. And good fucking riddance.
It's correct name is Americans United to Preserve Marriage. Bauer runs it. It looks like Ward donated at least $250K in 2004 (see F.E.C. image 24038523190, p4 of the 9/27/04 filing at this FEC link. (I've only looked at the first report.)
Aubrey Mclendon, cofounder with Ward of Chesapeake Energy, is also a major donor (same page of that report) . Also see this AP story for one view of their political contributions.
re that AP story, ex R-OK Senator Don Nickles is now on the board at Chesapeake Energy.
Josh Feit: "Ö which should make the Stormís lesbian fan base queasy enough."
Hey, I'm a Storm fan and season ticketholder, and I'm not a lesbian. I'm not even a woman. I don't mean to be Mr. Political Correctness here, but gosh, Josh, I got queasy reading the above phrase and the headline. As a Storm fan, I am all too aware there is a disproportionate number of lesbian Storm fans, and I obviously have no problem with that, but the kind of shorthand identification at least in the headline telegraphs "women's basketball = lesbian sports entertainment."
Huh. So I guess this anti-gay-marriage connection is non-news for the 100% heterosexual male Sonics fan base. (Roll eyes.)
Anyway, I'm probably just a little touchy this morning on account of lack of sleep.
Actually, when I read the headline, "Bad News for Seattle Storm Fans?," I thought it was some real bad news, like the OKC ownership group wanting to disband the team or try to let it die of neglect. In the long run, this is probably good news for Storm fans because it will provide that much more impetus for the Storm to be sold off to local investors when the Sonics inevitably depart for OKC.
Gee, another pro sports organization in the pocket of extreme right wing wackos. Like that has never happened before. Are you people actually shocked they are giving money to these sort of pricks??!!
I hear ya. I meant that the Storm has a big lesbian contingent among its fans... which, obviously, makes this story relevant.
Acknowledged, Josh. I can't be too hard anyway on a fellow "Agent Zero" fan.
Jillbert is the man.
McClendon, was also a big contributor to the Swiftboat campaign against John Kerry in the last Presidential election. The Sonics and there rightwing owners can leave for Oklahoma anytime....they will not be missed.
McClendon, another Sonics owner, was also a big contributor to the Swiftboat campaign against John Kerry in the last Presidential election. The Sonics and their rightwing owners can leave for Oklahoma anytime....they will not be missed.
Why does this matter? All rich people are basically evil, otherwise they would not get as rich as they are... (only a small exaggeration). The new owners of the Sonics are a bunch of conservatives from OKC, of course they have a warped view of the world.
Oh and the article should really be called "Good news for Seattle Storm Fans" because there was a legislative hearing last night in Olympia where 35+ Pro-Multipurpose Arena WA voters wanted to speak in front of their state government in support of the Arena while only 1 (the PAID hotel lobbyist Chris Van Dyke) wanted to speak against it.
The fact of the matter is most of you people that are against this issue know nothing about it. You don't like sports so you don't want to be taxed. There are a lot of sports fans in this city that would be crushed if the only teams that have ever won a National Championship for this city left. We care enough to organize and drive down to Olympia to make sure our voices are heard.
I'm glad the ignorant people here don't.
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