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And While I'm Riled Up. . .
Whether the stories are true or not -- and I guess it's looking more and more like they are at least partially true, since even my friend Steven is having doubts -- the outcry over Barry Bonds's alleged "cheating" and his failure to own up to it is another example of how ridiculous our mediascape has become. Last time I checked, the Bush Administration was responsible for cheating and lying of a whole other order of magnitude. It's one thing to taint the record book, if that's what Barry did. It's another entirely to deliberately deceive the people you are supposed to be serving in order to send thousands of Americans and many, many more Iraqis to needless deaths that are only proving to destabilize further an already unstable region. It will be a great day indeed when the military has to hold a bake sale to buy WMDs and sanctimonious columnists stop looking through the wrong end of the telescope. I've never been less proud to be an American. And I haven't been too proud for a long time.

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From: fredoluv Date: March 8th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know if you need to stop there really.

Barry Bonds may have used steroids...but at least he's not Hitler!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, right. I mean, the number of absurd assertions to be made is absurd. But, seriously, which do you think is a bigger threat to our national identity, Barry Bonds or George W. Bush?

How are you, BTW? I thought of you while in Louisville.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dude, the sanctimonious columnists you refer to are SPORTS columnists. What else should they be writing about?

Yes, I agree that more time needs to be spend on lying of real consequence, such as Bush's lies, but aren't you playing a shell game just like the media?

You can't claim that the sports media or national media needs to focus on something else just because you don't like the results of the focus.
You and I both know that that there is a ton of coverage of sports, most of it unnecessary, but there is a book coming out on Bonds and it is news. It's not like Bush is saying during news conferences, "Hey, forget about Dubai, etc, what about Bonds?" The shitty coverage of Bush still continues, although not even close to being critical enough, but that shouldn't let Bonds off the hook.

They way I feel about Bonds: He never got caught. But he's a sack of lying shit.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They aren't all sports columnists. I just hate that ESPN guy with the name I can't spell. Always have. If you read up on the last several years of writing on the steroid scandal, you'll see plenty of political posturing about our nation's moral=muscle fiber.
tommix From: tommix Date: March 8th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's true, especially given all the bullshit about baseball as the national past-time, blah, blah, blah. I also hate all that shit about the purity of the game. I think Steven is right about baseball never being pure -- his thing about spitballs and the tweaking of the game.

But, like Steven, there is something about being lied to that seems upsetting.

tommix From: tommix Date: March 8th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Shit, that anonymous message is obviously me!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Totally. I pegged you in an instant.
tommix From: tommix Date: March 8th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My hate precedes me.
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