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Isn't There a War Going On?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Barry Bonds was indicted on 4 counts of perjury and 1 count of obstruction of justice today, all stemming from his gigantic head and the fact that said gigantic head made it very obvious that he is or was a juicer (oh and I guess they have some actual "evidence", too, but really, that head size pretty much seals the deal in my mind). I'm all for cracking down on cheaters and I'm glad Balco B is finally feeling some heat, but I feel I must point out the asinine nature of this: our government is spending time (and my money and yours, assuming you pay taxes you dirty tax evaders) tracking down and prosecuting big-headed athletes whose only crime essentially boils down to douchebaggery. Pardon me, Mr. President... can we please focus on resolving this hack-job of a war you have us all involved in? Oh, what's that? You're too busy talking about baseball with Senator Mitchell? No problem, I'll go ahead and let the troops know they're going to be stuck in Iraq for another few years. They won't mind so long as they can rest assured that cheaters are not allowed to prosper!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, November 15, 2007  
  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    Isn't Derek Jeter one of those tax evaders??

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    Hmmm... kinda reminds me of August 27, 2007

    "Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. He is expected to announce the decision to reporters at 10:30 Eastern time this morning in Washington."

    "The attorney general's loss of credibility not only harms him personally, it diminishes the Justice Department" said Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, a Gonzales critic who is chairman of the House Republican Conference.

    But we didn't hear much news about Gonzales that day. Instead we heard about how his Justice Department -- in shambles-- had rushed to convict...

    "Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick formally pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge Monday and minutes later solemnly apologized to the NFL, his team and the youth of America."

    just say'n this "plea deal" Vick agreed to smells REALLY, REALLY bad to me.

    Gonzales approves the torture of human beings, all be them terrorists, but all we remember is what Vick did to animals.

    I think they pulled the ole switch er OOOOOOO!!!!

  • At 8:20 PM, Anonymous grady in Ohio said…

    Shit. I wrote an excellent diatribe and it disappeared.

  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Retire21 said…

    No one cares about Arabic people so it doen't matter our soilders are dying and Arabic people are getting slaughtered.But we are still the idiots who aren't doing anything about it.

  • At 8:39 PM, Blogger ajgdrums7814 said…

    I don't condone breaking the law, so Bonds should get what he has coming to him.

    It will be a joke if baseball puts an asterisk next to his records, however. Lying in court has nothing to do with baseball. It's apparent that he took performance-enhancing drugs, but so did a lot of people. Bonds was simply the best of the bunch. Nobody is screaming about erasing Giambi, McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro, Sheffield, etc. from the record books....not because they are any less of cheaters...but because they are simply nowhere near the level of Barry Bonds as a baseball player.

    Hank Aaron and Willie Mays used amphetamines to gain an edge over their competition. Mike Schmidt admitted that if steroids were around in his day, he probably would have used him.

    Babe Ruth used to use corked/trick bats to gain an advantage. Plus there's the whole fact that he was playing against a watered-down pool of opponents since minorities weren't even allowed to play.

    The record book isn't clean and never has been. To punish Bonds and Bonds alone is a cop-out. Bonds might be a prick, but there are plenty of pricks in the HOF (Ty Cobb comes to mind). Baseball has always been a dirty sport.

  • At 5:00 AM, Anonymous T said…

    Contrary to what many Yankee bloggers believe, Politics and Baseball do mix.
    Thanks for having the stones to Acknowledge this.

    this case has huge ramifications:
    Misguided DOJ priorities; overzealous prosecutors; an attempt by the pwersthat be to restore BAseball to some mythological position of goodness and purity, etc. etc.

    As far as lying goes, well the AG of the US himself, lied before Congress.

    The US attorney who started the case, has since resigned, and has stated that the DOJ experienced some dysfunction in the past year.
    And they are going to prosecute Bonds for lying about taking a steroid. Cmon!


  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger Adrian said…

    I think your outrage only makes sense if we can't both prosecute Bonds and deal with our crushing political problems. It's not a question of can't -- it's a question of "won't" and "don't want to." It's not just the justice department, but also congress, the media and the Bush administration. And it's nothing new, either. It's just that the Iraq war throws all our latent political problems into sharp relief.

  • At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Federal prosecutors don't decide when this country goes to war. It is their job to prosecute criminals. Should we send the attorneys over to Iraq too? What does Bush, Pelosi, or any politician have to do with this? Really dumb analysis.

  • At 11:59 AM, Anonymous BB said…

    //Should we send the attorneys over to Iraq too? //

    Yes, along with anyone who voted republican in the last two presidential elections, they should send their children too.

  • At 1:45 PM, Blogger jeckles said…

    Barry Bonds had the same offer as Giambi and Grimsley where they could testify to the commission under oath and have the transcripts kept secret. He chose to continue the lie under oath with his hubris and arrogance. He deserves to be wiped off of the books. What a coincidence that his trainer that was sitting in jail was released on the same day the indictment came down.. wonder if the two are related..

    On a side note, if Selig wants to blather about how many billions MLB generated last year, he should be presented with a bill for these ridiculous tax payer expeditures. His MLB has the most at stake in these proceedings and they obviously have the money to prosecute it themselves. I sure am glad that our President was never tied to MLB so there aren't any suspicious entitlements going their way.

  • At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So I guess you are saying that the Government can't handle multiple things at once, which are handled by different powers within the government.

    Nice for our enemies to know that, this way all they need do is wait till the Bonds case starts up and they will be able to attack without fear of reprisals, at least till the case is done.

    When you go before a Grand Jury and you lie, it is a big deal. Unless you feel that its OK to allow the whole Justice department to just fold up shop. They were after Balco, Bonds lied which was the one thing not excused by the immunity he was given. He brought it on his own fat head.

    To even bring this up alongside the War just shows you to be immature and out of touch. Sorry, but mixing in the political with this is wrong.

    You've lost the respect of this reader, and I won't bother to check in again.

  • At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In addition to Anonymous, I'd note that the president or White House getting involved with telling the SF US attorney's office who to charge and not charge is what the Attorney General Gonzalez flap was all about in the first place. So, yes, the feds can do two things at once, and anyway, if it is dumb to prosecute to Bonds, then it is isn't Bush's dumbness involved.

    I would also note that the perjury alleged is related to using performance enhancing drugs. So the asterisk wouldn't relate to the perjury in itself, but to what he perjured himself over.....

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