Wow. Hadn’t seen this. While I’m pretty sure it’s relation to the old Eastern is just the name, I wish them well.
My dad used to work for Eastern Airlines. The movie Wall Street is roughly based on the dismantling of Eastern by Frank Lorenzo. (Gordon Gecko = Frank Lorenzo). Eastern was broken up and sold off to non-union Continental Airlines in an effort to bust the union. My dad was a victim of Lorenzo’s shenanigans. This is one reason why I am more sympathetic to unions and collective bargaining than many conservatives and less enamored by venture capitalists who strive for efficiency and stock market returns at the expense of real people. Wikipedia says Lorenzo is now a philanthropists. Probably to assuage his guilty conscience.
Yes, unions generally support the wrong party (against their actual interests IMO), and there was likely much inefficiency built into a lot of union contracts (more in reality than by design I suspect), but there is nothing inherently un-conservative about collective bargaining, and it is likely often a wise strategy. Middle class Republican hostility to unions per se (as opposed to who they endorse) is unwise. This is something Pat Buchanan understood.
If it’s true that the person who solicited paid autographs from Gurley is the same person who ratted him out (with video no less), then that joker needs a visit from some guy named Guido and should be eating through a straw for the rest of his miserable life. That would be the rattiest of rat fink moves, and calls for some old school justice.
Bellator has been getting a lot of old UFC talent. Not sure if this is just a phenomenon like TNA getting old WWE cast offs, or if it indicates some bad blood between the old talent and the UFC. Or are these folks just trying to get paid? But there does seem to be some significance to Royce Gracie going with Bellator beyond the significance of Tito Ortiz or Rampage Jackson or whoever. It suggests that there is no sense of significant loyalty on the part of the UFC, Gracie, or both.
There has been much talk about Rand Paul’s shenanigans recently: from supporting open borders, to supporting amnesty, to often sounding like Al Sharpton, to endorsing Lindsey Graham, to, basically, sounding like the exact opposite of his father. Now, some have said that Rand Paul has, in fact, become a full-fledged establishment Libertardian Inc. player. Others maintain that this is mere posture and he’s just “playing the game”. If he is just “playing the game,” to what end? His own aggrandizement?