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Pitcher who took $7 million for nothing decries “welfare leeches”

Jul 31, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

UPDATE: Braden has contacted me on Twitter, taking issue. He says that he does not believe all welfare recipients are “leeches.” Rather, only those who use drugs and receive public assistance are “leeches.”  He has not explained to me how that squares with his desire to “test the welfare leeches” for drugs. Because, if they’re only leeches once they use, why are we testing them? We already know they use!

Braden is a pitcher, not a writer, so it’s possible that he merely mistyped and demanded that something else be done with “leeches” besides testing them. And that the testing not be for “leeches” but for the good people who have fallen on hard time. So that we can determine if, in fact, they are leeches.

9:14 AM: One can believe that the welfare state as currently constructed is not the best way to help those in need and/or is not the best use of resources. That’s just a matter of philosophy and politics and values and stuff and reasonable people can disagree without being rude and insensitive.

Unemployed pitcher Dallas Braden, however, is not interested in philosophical debates:

Pretty big talk for a guy who took nearly $7 million from the Athletics for a grand total of three starts between 2011 and 2012.

Oh, wait: you mean there were extenuating circumstances there? His inability to pitch those years was because of injury and not because he was some lazy leech sucking off the teet of some rich benefactor without doing anything in return? That he actually would have preferred to work for his money but simply was unable to due to the hand he was dealt? But that’s impossible! I am told by people like Braden himself that everyone who is paid without having to work is an awful bum.

In other news: there are some people from the 209 who live on government assistance. I wonder what they think of their crusading superhero and lord protector.

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  1. jmig320 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM


    • jmig320 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      …and I’m not being facetious. I think I might have heard of this guy but just don’t recall anything about him.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Google “Get off my mound,” and you will get all kinds of info on his most “famous” moment, including videos.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        I’ve googled get off my mound, but those ladies look nothing like the pic provided….

    • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      You know, the guy who threw a perfect game and has sucked terribly since…and who apparently knows nothing at all about the welfare system?

  2. barrywhererufrom - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    How about bailing out the tax know the sucker that fiance Fannie and Freddie the tool of social engineering that started the economic crash. Maybe we can bubba Clinton and Andrew Cuomo to make some reparations for the community reinvestment act and Cuomo suing banks in Texas and winning the lawsuit forcing banks to give out these toxic know those same loans that were guaranteed by tax payer money..let’s get right on this.

    • duvisited - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      You don’t know things.

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I am beginning to think this is where the activism is headed next– they got their Gay Marriage –now themes like this one– that is totally lame –was the plan all along with the Zimmerman indictment –it purposely went to trial after the SCOTUS decision– now the paid trolls are working off an outline to scrounge up themes like this and Riley Cooper— to keep the narrative alive like they dug up gay slurs by people on a weekly basis when that ordeal was being marketed— this is just another step in the pathetic Progressive monolith of incremental intrusion into your emotions and thoughts– their smug manner and pathetic pandering is all a part of the plan– just don’t point out their own flaws– they are elites and drunk driving charges for them –like Sam Donaldson’s get swept under the rug and are not discussed— meanwhile they can post what they desire like Yahoo calling Alfred Morris stupid for not recognizing Bryce Harper in a picture and calling him Tom Brady this week

  3. frank35sox - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Because someone makes lots of money, they are not allowed to have an opinion on social issues? F- all you ignorant liberals. Hell f- all ignorant d-bags, but lets be honest, it’s mainly you liberals.

    • clemente2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Yes, let’s be honest—or call our uninformed and moronic comments honest to see if they can pass by people with meatloaf brains…ah, yes, that works! Hey, Fox News!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      How’s that, ignoring all the evidence that what he’s saying is bullshit working for you?

    • yahmule - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      I find it fascinating that there are people who believe screaming “liberal” like its some kind of insult is a proper substitute for having an educated opinion.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Since “someone” is a singular noun, you wanted to use “he is not” instead of “they are not.” And there are quite a few grammar errors in your last sentence, but let us focus on the fact that let’s is a contraction of ‘let us.’ As such it necessitates the use of an apostrophe, you ignorant d-bag.

  4. eagles512 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Well it is kind of an insult when you listen to “liberals” who preach openness to new ideas but yet are by far the most close minded group. (In general-obvious exceptions on both sides)

    • yahmule - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      “By far” the most close minded group, eh?

    • notsoshook - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Keep drinking the FOX koolaide.

      • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        a total cliche —as all progressive are

  5. courageousdeer - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Dallas Braden and many of the comments on this post express their outrage and/or disgust that there are people out there who actually attempt to cheat the government’s public assistance programs. It saddens me greatly that they have no corresponding outrage at the fact that we live in a country where millions of people require this kind of assistance to survive.

  6. Rick Cosmo - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    huge news

  7. The Grand Occident - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    People who receive “relief” for more than a year ought to be rendered incapable of reproduction. Failure to take this measure is a big reason why America is falling apart.

    • yahmule - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Would it still be a violation of Godwin’s Law to call this spaten a spaten?

    • oruacat2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      That’s fine with me, so long as we include farmers, bankers, corporations, defense contractors, homeowners who utilize subsidized federal insurance programs, etc, etc

      Some of you think that unemployment benefits and food stamps are the only two forms of welfare that exist.

    • anxovies - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      What about people who scam the financial system, cost the American taxpayer billions and receive 9 figure bonuses? Should we cut off their pee-pees too?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:37 PM


  8. hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    whatever they pay Craig Calcaterra… I will do it for free–

    he hasn’t a clue about how to generate opportunity

    I suspect he had a family member get him his position because it certainly didn’t come the conventional way– or he would understand Barden had potential -showcased it at some level and earned a contract–

    Craig Calcaterra’s personal opinion on Barden and Barden’s take on the welfare state should be nothing to anyone

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Except for this comment, my comment below stands: Useful pawns like you enabled an African-American to be elected President of the United States TWICE IN A ROW. I don’t blame “LiL” gw bush-League as much as useful idiots like you.

  9. jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    There are many level headed Conservatives who I respect on these blogs. Hence, I will refrain from spreading the poison that is politics in America.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Way more freakin’ right wingnuts.

  10. chill1184 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:24 AM


    Ah the “libertarians are just secret liberals who just want to smoke pot” tactic. Such a classic, did neocon chickenhawk Jonah Goldberg teach you that one? I’m actually surprised you didn’t go for the Somalia argument. Its cute really how conservatives love just using the drug war like it’s the sole issue that libertarians care about. Maybe you conservatives should worry about getting their own house in order before throwing stones. Oh wait never mind, conservatism was never about liberty, like liberalism its all about power over others and having the state jackboot under your control.

    Guess what the same reasoning that you cons use for the drug war is the same reasoning liberals use for gun control. Its not just gun control, its the national security state and the military industrial complex (both which conservatives happily cheered on while their thugs were in power). But hey dont let me stop you hitwithafade and the rest of you conservatives here in your “libertarians only want to smoke pot” insults, we’ll just continue to expose conservatism for what it really is; statism that carries a bible.

  11. dexterismyhero - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    What about baseball?

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