Mark Cuban vs. Larry Miller

Two rich entrepreneurs. Each own a basketball team. Both have recently decided to use their powers toward causes in which they believe. One is an inspirational endeavor for the very well-being of this country. The other is a bat-shit insane exercise in misguided futility.

See if you can tell which is which:

Mark Cuban [owner of the Dallas Mavericks] has a new pet project: BailoutSleuth.com seeks to keep readers updated on how their money is being spent as part of the $700 billion bailout of financial institutions.

So far the early returns aren’t looking good. Yesterday the site’s editor, Chris Carey, wrote that the “Treasury Department put out an announcement about a major bailout-related contract with Bank of New York Mellon Corp. that fell short in the transparency department.”

The problem? Nearly all the information on compensation was redacted, leading to less than illuminating lines like this: “The Financial Agent shall receive a monthly fee —————————————.”

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Megaplex Theaters [owned by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller] will not screen the comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” when it opens nationwide Friday – once again opening the Utah theater chain to charges of hypocrisy for barring movies with strong sexuality but allowing films with graphic violence.
The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as roommates who decide to make a sex film to pay off debts, received an R rating after director Kevin Smith successfully appealed an NC-17 ruling.

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Priorities…

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