Posts Tagged ‘kick the can’

Leveling the Playing Field for Hells Angels

December 1, 2013

The New York Times NATIONAL Friday, November 29, 2013

An Outlaw Image But a Penchant for Litigation, by Serge F Kovaleski

According to this article, the Hells Angels sue often to protect their intellectual property, primarily their name and insignia, and to also defend their members in case of arrests and alleged crimes.  They have been classified as a “criminal organization,” along with other groups such as the Mafia by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

One of the cases brought against them recently was the result of a “shoot-out” in Chino Valley.  “…Even when the law enforcement gets the upper hand, the Hells Angels fight back in court, using prominent lawyers…”

In the above case, a judge tossed out the case after litigation, stating “the defendants’ due process rights had been violated, and concluding that the prosecution had been negligent. ‘We were able to level the playing field, which is crucial because when it comes to the Hells Angels in the system, their constitutional rights are under assault and every step,’ (the lawyer for the Angels) Mr. Gaxiola said.”

 To level the playing field makes the contest fair to both sides.  Getting the upper hand is a medieval game with hands alternately put on a stick;  the upper hand on the top of the stick wins.

Kicking the Can on the Budget and U.S. Government Default

October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

This does not come from a particular newspaper,TV or radio show, but from reading and hearing  idiomatic expressions about the lack of government initiative on pressing issues, particularly the budget and the debt crisis.

One of the terms used is “kick the can” and “kick the can down the road.”  We used to play this on one of the flat blocks in San Francisco.  The point of the game was to beat the other side by kicking the can into an improvised goal, in our case the drains at the end of the block.  Of course, one wants to win the game by getting at least one goal. One of the sentences I saw in an OP-ED stated something like “just kick the can.” in other words “do something”  If one kicks the can down the road, it usually means putting off decisions.

Dr. Seuss and the Current Political Scene

March 16, 2013

3/18/13 New Yorker, p.220



Here is a bit on Dr. Seuss and the current political scene:

 “Said John Boehner, complainer, the Republicans’ man:

‘We’ve run out of road, now we can kick the can.’

The books will not balance; triggered sequestration.

But the markets still rose, like Obama’s frustration.”

One can kick the can down the road, across the street, but who wins?

Who is Kicking the Can Down the Road?

February 10, 2013

New York Times OP-ED Friday, February 8, 2013

Kick That Can, by Paul Krugman

“John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated.  ‘ At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem’, he said Wednesday. ‘I’ve watched them kick the can down the road for 22 years since I’ve been here.  I’ve had enough.  It’s time to act.” 

Mr. Krugman believes that it would be “irresponsible and destructive not to kick the can down the road” …that fiscal austerity should wait until the economy has recovered, and the Fed can once again cushion the impact.”   

Kicking the can, for me, was a child’s game we played in San Francisco on a flat street with drains, our goals for the cans. “This was a team sport with the greatest degree of chaos–a combination of soccer and general mayhem.  A team would attempt to cross the other’s goal, body contact was not unknown and tripping was endemic.”  The Argonaut: Journal of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society,” Ken Sproul

It seems that Mr. Boehner has used the term a couple of times, as reported in newspapers.  Who is going to kick what can into what Democratic or Republican goal?  Who will be on the offense?  Who on the defense?