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08 August 2007 @ 01:22 pm
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More notes from the midst of my day.

  • Don't tell me "it isn't working." That does not begin to describe an actual problem. It describes only that you aren't happy and have decided to make me or someone like me miserable until we spend time stroking your fur and making you happy again. Tell me what the expected behavior is, what the actual behavior is, and what led to you discovering this disconnect.

  • Having spoken to numerous women and gay men over the years regarding this phenomenon, I can state with no uncertainty on my part that as far as the star-power of Madonna goes, I do not frellin' get it. She's had good music now and then over the years. Her music has a good beat and I'm sure her video choreographers mean well. I simply do not get the slavish devotion accorded to this songstress. Then again, I don't get why people are so wrapped up in/by the Beatles, Elvis, or Barbra Streisand, either, so it may simply be something that I shall never understand due to the nature of my wiring.

  • You say to me, "This man is probably guilty. He probably has done exactly what he's being accused of, and yet I still support him. I support him not just because he is accused of these things; I have his back because YOU accuse him of them." I do not get this. I find slobbering on Madonna's high heeled boots more sensible than supporting a man you think is guilty because of how society would make him a pariah. O.J. Simpson, Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, these are men who have not (yet?) been found guilty in a court of law. Refusing to demonize them on that basis makes perfect sense. "Wait for the jury," is a reasonable response. However, to say to me that you think they are guilty and yet you support them out of some sense of defiance? I don't understand your priorities. I do not comprehend how you support someone you think is guilty, holding them up like they're poor, abused people who are being unjustly treated by society. I mean, in the case of Michael Vick, let's say for instance that the Feds find him guilty on all counts. (With the evidence they've amassed, it would take legal flim-flammery from the mental and spiritual heir of Johnny Cochran to help Vick skate, here.) Will you continue to hold him up as some worthy who is being unfairly treated? Or will you look at him and say, "Well, you abused all those dogs to engage in an illegal and cruel mockery of sport, all in the name of personal fortune and a twisted reflection of glory," and accept that society might be right to call him "inhumane?" I just don't get your priorities, here.

  • Whattaburger coffee is okay, so far as fast food joe goes.

  • Not needing a Wii or Xbox 360 does not stop me from wanting one.

  • I do wish this stitch in my side would sort itself out and stop bothering me.
Current Mood: blahblah
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 8th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
The emphasis is on "yet." The New York Daily News has reported that there is still a grand jury investigation open on Bonds as of July 21st 2007; this grand jury will remain open for another six months as Federal investigators pursue their case against Bonds with an eye towards an indictment in September.

Vick has been indicted Federally and may also be indicted under Virginia laws.

So long as the indictment remains open on Bonds, I'm not sure what you want me to say. It's a current, divisive issue in society. Further along that line, the relation/grouping was first brought up in the ESPN article to which I linked.

Did Bonds kill anyone? Nope. Did he abuse animals? Nope. Did he cheat or use steroids? Don't know. Grand jury is still out on that one. Is what they're accusing him of as bad as what the other two were accused of, O.J. or Vick? Not so far as I'm concerned. If he did it, is it wrong? Yes.

Someone mentioned that, if Bonds used steroids, he's been competing against teams full of people doing the same thing. Similarly, someone said that if we wanted to wipe Bonds' record or mark it with an asterisk, we'd have to do the same with nearly every player in the last twenty years. Frankly, if that's the case, that all these players have been on performance-enhancing drugs, I'm fine with wiping all their records or flagging them all in the books. Equal treatment for all.