Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Otp Newsbeat

Monday, June 02, 2014

OTP - June 2014: Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war’s death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.

Bitter Mouse Posted: June 02, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 4613 comment(s)
  Beats: otp, politics, stupid ideas

Saturday, May 03, 2014

[OTP - May 2014] House stadium funding package advances with Cuban baseball player provision

A bill that would enable professional sports franchises to compete for sales tax subsidies cleared a major hurdle Friday, winning overwhelming support in the Florida House.

The tax breaks would be available to professional football, basketball, hockey and soccer teams, as well as professional rodeos and NASCAR-sponsored events.

But baseball teams would have to stay on the bench — unless Major League Baseball changes its rules about Cuban baseball players.

Lawmakers added the stipulation in response to media reports that Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig had been held hostage by human traffickers while trying to establish residency in Mexico in 2012.

Under Major League Baseball rules, players from Cuba must live in another country before they can become free agents. Cuban players who come directly to the United States are forced into the amateur draft, which limits their salaries.

“Major League Baseball [has] inadvertently created a market for human smuggling and the unequal treatment of Cuban baseball players,” said Rep. José Félix Díaz, R-Miami, who introduced the provision with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. “We’re not going to give away our taxpayer dollars until this ill is corrected.”

In response, the MLB issued the following statement: “While the sponsors of the bill in Florida blame MLB policies for the role of human smugglers, they do not provide any support for their premise that Cuban players must rely on traffickers to defect to countries other than the U.S. such as Mexico or the Dominican Republic, but would not need the assistance of traffickers to reach U.S. soil.”

 

Tripon Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 4455 comment(s)
  Beats: otp, politics

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam S
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogVICE: Baseball Erotica #1: John Smoltz and Tom Glavine
(2 - 3:16pm, Jul 30)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3730 - 3:16pm, Jul 30)
Last: The Good Face

NewsblogRed Sox trade rumors: 'Very good chance' John Lackey and Jon Lester are traded - Over the Monster
(6 - 3:15pm, Jul 30)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogESPN: Twins Sign "Out Of Nowhere" Prospect
(69 - 3:13pm, Jul 30)
Last: Bitter Mouse

NewsblogCardinals To Acquire Justin Masterson
(6 - 3:12pm, Jul 30)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogABC News: ‘Capital Games’: How Congress Saved the Baseball Hall of Fame
(63 - 3:11pm, Jul 30)
Last: Booey

NewsblogPosnanski: Four theories about Hall of Fame voting changes
(1 - 3:07pm, Jul 30)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogMASN TV Contract Pits Selig vs Nationals vs Orioles
(32 - 3:06pm, Jul 30)
Last: donlock

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-30-2014
(8 - 2:58pm, Jul 30)
Last: The Chronicles of Reddick

NewsblogSOE: Minor League Manhood - A first-hand account of masculine sports culture run amok.
(88 - 2:56pm, Jul 30)
Last: A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2014
(18 - 2:47pm, Jul 30)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogValencia traded to Toronto
(15 - 2:47pm, Jul 30)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(134 - 2:39pm, Jul 30)
Last: NJ in DC (Now unemployed!)

NewsblogPosnanski: Hey, Rube: Phillies pay dearly for Amaro’s misguided loyalty
(4 - 2:38pm, Jul 30)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogThe Untold and Insanely Weird Story of A-Rod’s Doping Habits (and why MLB quietly banned EPO, cycling’s drug of choice)
(1 - 2:33pm, Jul 30)
Last: Lars6788

Page rendered in 0.8852 seconds
51 querie(s) executed