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.