Alex Rodriguez: Suspension or Lifetime Ban?


Alex Rodriguez and MLB are in a tough situation; unless MLB retroactively punishes A-Rod for tests he’s already passed they’re going to have a hard-sell justifying a permanent ban, and A-Rod’s worked extensively to get back to playing shape only to have this blow up in his face. The New York Yankees want nothing to do with him, regardless of what they’re saying publicly about the situation. A lifetime ban would save the Yanks a ton of money, as well as removing some of the tarnish from their image – ’cause everyone remembers Giambi. However, that’s too extreme, and is unlikely to happen. The bigger issue is the rampant use of peds in MLB, and how MLB is going to fix this problem.
Braun should have been suspended for 50 games. However, due to the inane press conference he held in 2012 after successfully appealing a 50 game suspension, the 60+ game suspension seems appropriate, with one exception – MLB should never have commended Braun for being a cheater.
I believe A-Rod’s punishment should be harsher than Braun’s, due to the sheer extent of abuse and A-Rod’s numerous denials over the span of years. I don’t believe he should be banned for life. A 50 to 150 game suspension would be more than sufficient. It will save face (and more than a few dollars) for the Yankees, as well as mete out a punishment that reflects MLB’s new stance on performance enhancing drugs. I believe all contracts signed under false pretense should be up for renegotiation if a player is caught using peds. It could be argued that the player’s skill set has been artificially enhanced by the drugs, and that a reevaluation is in order to allow the clubs to determine an appropriate level of compensation based on a player’s natural ability.

Slight Tangent: The Pete Rose meme
Whenever there is talk of ped-based suspensions a lot of people bring up Pete Rose. These are vastly different issues and they should never be confused. Pete Rose committed a sin far worse that ped’s, and he should never, ever under any circumstances be allowed into the Hall of Fame. He, along with the Chicago Black Sox, brought a level of shame to MLB that no ped user will ever be able to reach. How many careers did Rose affect due to his gambling addiction? How many careers were jeopardized because Rose didn’t want to pull out an injured player for fear of losing a bet? After lying to everyone for over 20 years can anyone really believe anything he says? I find it hard to believe that he never bet against his own team.

For me to believe that I would have to believe that Braun was clean in 2012. And that ain’t happening.


Terminal parenthood

In this day of conservative fervor, we need to take a hard look at the effects that illegitimate pregnancies have on our families, our cities, our nation and our planet.

Health care costs are spiraling out of control with no end in sight. Citizens have never before taken on such a burden as the crushing costs currently bearing down on society’s shoulders. While this rightfully causes outrage across the nation, we are still very fortunate. Across the world, large swaths of citizens suffer and die in silence — the victims of starvation and malnutrition. That will be our future unless we take appropriate action.

The Earth is balanced on the edge of an ecological disaster of our own making. It is one of the consequences of overpopulation. In order to mitigate the impact of our irresponsibility, we must make a stand. It is of vital importance for the future of the human race that we consider indentured servitude and parental euthanasia as solutions to our overpopulation problem.

The biological fathers of unwed pregnancies and those who father more than two children should be forced into indentured servitude for a period of 19 years or accept the full responsibility of their careless actions and accept euthanasia. We need to maintain the delicate balance of life in an effort to preserve our resources and save our species.

This way, the balance of his life debt is paid for by forfeiting his own future for that of his offspring. It would be unfair to terminate the mother’s life, as that would kill two, or more, lives, and is therefore not an option.

Not to be completely heartless, but I would accept that the father’s future could be spared if the unborn child could be adopted within a month of birth. There are many families unable to have children and allowing a good Christian couple to raise a child would be a satisfactory ending for a majority of conservatives.

If a rapist impregnates his victim, he should be expunged from society via euthanasia, as he has forfeited his very own existence. In cases where a pregnancy doesn’t result from this heinous crime, the perpetrator should be physically castrated, removing all of his sexual organs. It is best to minimize the potential impact that their genetic pollution may have on others.

In the case of twins or multiple unwanted pregnancies, the cause would be irrelevant, but the outcome would be the same: members of the father’s family would have to take on the responsibility of maintaining the balance of life in light of the biological father’s debt being greater than his means for repayment. This means their lives will be forfeit until the life-balance has been restored.

Once the father has paid off as much of the debt as he is able to then his father, the children’s grandfather, would have to accept responsibility for his son’s irresponsible actions. If, after the grandfather has either been euthanized or forced into indentured servitude all remaining debt would then fall onto the impregnator’s brothers, if he has any, before moving to his mother and finally sisters. In such situations, adoption is the best option.

In adhering to the call from the conservative voices, the sanctity of the unborn child’s rights must come before all others.

Mitt Romney’s Test: Surviving Tuesday

Mitt Romney’s against the ropes and Rick Santorum’s hoping to land a knockout blow on Tuesday before his own skeletons come to light, taking the wind out of the sails of his surging popularity, forcing him to compete with Romney on substance rather than rhetoric.

A double-defeat in Michigan and Arizona would imperil the Romney campaign, risking the perceived Republican front-runner’s chances of winning the nomination, in the process weakening the GOP’s chances in the fall elections.

Until recently tomorrow’s primaries were viewed as a stepping stone to the big show on March 6th known as Super Tuesday. In the past month Romney’s poll numbers have nose-dived, at one point bottoming out 15% below Santorum in Romney’s home state of Michigan.Romney’s Raider’s responded quickly by increasing the number and severity of attack ads and tripling Santorum’s advertising budget in an attempt to revive Romney’s hopes in his home state.

That strategy appears to be working. The race has tightened considerably, with Romney showing a slight two-point lead in both states. However, the latest polls also reveal that neither Romney nor Santorum is doing well against President Obama, who’s maintaining a double-digit lead over both potential Republican candidates in multiple head-to-head polls conducted on Monday, February 27th.

Repeated flubs and miscues by both candidates are undermining their campaign hopes.

In a speech for members of the Detroit’s Economic Club, the focus of Romney’s speech – the unveiling of his plan to increase Medicare’s eligibility age – was undermined by the following twittable quip, “I uh – I love this country. I should love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan. Uh – you know the trees are the right height, the uh – the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy Pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillac’s actually and uh – I used to have a Dodge Truck so I used to have all three covered.” That quote went viral immediately and became the fodder for satirists everywhere.

It was matched by an equally embarrassing revelation by Santorum. In a widely disseminated speech from 2008 an excited Santorum is shown telling an enraptured audience that Satan has attacked America “using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

If Santorum can pull off another sweep Romney will be reeling and possibly down for the count. However, if Romney’s Raider’s are able to revive their champion through attack ads their success may undermine the hopes for any Republican presidential candidate in the fall elections as the negativity fostered during the primaries will come to fruition in the fall’s ballot boxes.

The results of tomorrow’s primaries will determine whether or not the Republican primary becomes a veritable wasteland of negativity. A place where there are no winners, but a place where victory is awarded to the candidate suffering the fewest degrees of loss.

A Mitt and his dog

Mitt plays the role of Seamus at a town hall meeting

Mitt recreating that fateful vacation

I don’t understand all the hate being directed towards Mitt Romney. Yes, he drove from Boston to Canada with his dog strapped to the roof of his SUV. What his critics are failing to realize is that Mitt had found a brilliant solution to a terrible situation.

Mitt had just packed the last piece of luggage into his SUV when the sound of his dog yelping caused him to look up. Seamus, his beloved Irish Setter with the slow Scottish mind, was running toward the house yipping and yapping.

The sound reminded Mitt of one of those furry little soccer balls popular among the suburbanites who wanted a trained cat but settled for the closest thing they could find. As Mitt headed toward his dog the breeze brought with it a hint of the scent that had set off his friend – Rick Santorum’s skunk. Mitt realized the poor dog must have wandered into Santorum’s yard (again) and Rick had sic’d his pet Skunk, Gipper, on the poor pooch.

Rick had been threatening to do this ever since Seamus had eaten one of his children. Unfortunately neither Rick nor his wife was certain as to which child had been devoured. Mitt had brushed off the angry words of his working staff. He believed that the Santorums, being good Catholics, would simply replace their missing offspring within a year — no harm, no foul. Even the Santorums weren’t sure how many children they had, as evidenced by their creative tax returns.

There wasn’t enough time for a trip to the veterinarian, nor did Mitt want to delay his family’s vacation. Everyone was looking forward to laughing at the poor people of Canada. Mitt had planned on using the trip to teach his children firsthand about the evils of Socialism. Seamus was becoming an unacceptable delay.

The children might catch on if he replaced the dog again and Seamus Mark III arrived at the hotel after being shipped same-day from another state. That worked last summer when the kids were at band camp, but it wouldn’t work here.

Mitt had really liked Seamus Mark I and regretted the events that led up to the unfortunate accident: a luxurious yacht, a bottle of wine, and one angry swordfish. At the end of the day the score was: fish 1, dog 0.

Looking up at the sky darkening with rain clouds, Mitt had an idea.

After loading his family into the SUV, Mitt placed Seamus in his cage and then strapped the cage to the roof. As the last strap was tightened the first drops of rain, heavy and wet, began to fall.

Mitt went into the garage and looked through the dog supplies until he found what he was looking for, a bottle of Skunk Be Gone®. He returned to find the rain, which was coming down in sheets by this time, had completely soaked Seamus.

Squirting the thick liquid all over his beloved friend he worked it up to a frothy lather (something that would make Santorum smile). Mitt thought the heavy rains and his lead foot would power-wash his pooch, removing all traces of the Santorum Scent. Once they were out of the storm he hoped the 100kph winds would dry Seamus’s coat and bring it to a brilliant luster.

It worked like a charm. His children were able to laugh at scores of poor people and Seamus smelled as fresh as a warm spring shower.

Romney’s Rebound

Romney’s Rebound

The Republican front-runner Mitt Romney pulled out of a political tailspin Saturday by winning both Maine’s caucuses and the CPAC straw poll, four days after losing three contests to former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

With eighty-four percent of the precincts reporting the state Republican Chairman Charlie Webster called the election and announced that Mitt Romney had won Maine’s Caucus with thirty-nine percent of the vote (2,190), narrowly defeating Ron Paul’s thirty-six percent of the vote (1,996). Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum received eighteen percent of the vote, while Newt Gingrich, who did not campaign in the state, received six percent of the vote.

After announcing the results in Portland Webster added that “Some caucuses decided not to participate in this poll and will caucus after this announcement,” and because of this “Their results will not be factored in. The absent votes will not be factored into this announcement after the fact.”

Webster’s decision angered members of Maine’s Republican Party and some of the presidential candidates.

Chris Gardner, chairman of the Washington County GOP and a Romney supporter, was forced to postpone the county’s caucuses due to bad weather said he knew that his county’s votes wouldn’t be included in Saturday’s results, but assumed they would be included once all of the votes were tallied. “Refusal to reconsider under those circumstances would be extremely disheartening,” he said, and then added that “I trust that the party will make the right decision here. We will proceed next Saturday. We’ll have our vote and we are going to submit it to the state party for them to reconsider.”

Mark Willis, a county coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign believes that “There’s a very good chance that you’ll find that Washington County goes for Ron Paul.”

“I wish all the caucuses met today,” Paul told a large group of supporters in Portland. He said that the margin of victory was so small that “it’s almost like we could call it a tie,” and he believes that once the Maine delegates are finally assigned that “we will control the Maine caucus when we go to Tampa” (where the Republican convention will be held in August).

This win follows another Romney victory, CPAC’s (Conservative Political Action Committee) straw poll vote, earlier in the day. Romney has been trying to wrap up the nomination, but has struggled to win over the conservative base.

Sarah Palin, a self-professed conservative and Tea Party proponent, has called for an extended political battle in the selection process for the Republican nominee. She took the stage immediately following the announcement of CPAC’s straw poll results and received the loudest applause of the entire conference, beating out all of the speakers, including all of the presidential candidates. “I believe that the competition has got to keep going,” Palin said to a jubilant audience.

“We’re hearing now, we’ve all heard from these experts — ‘We’ve got to name our nominee right now, wrap it up, no debate for you,'” Palin told the crowd, “As if competition weakens our nominee.”

“And in America, we believe that competition strengthens us,” but then added that once a nominee is chosen that all Republicans should “for the sake of our party we must stand united.”

The next primaries will be on February 28th in Arizona and Michigan. Following those contests will be Super Tuesday (on March 6th) in which ten states will be holding either primaries or caucuses.

— Something to think about —

Charlie Webster’s body language appeared to undermine the conviction of his words and have led some to speculate that tampering might have occurred. This harkens back to the 2008 Missouri Republican Primary, in which large swaths of Paul supporters were disenfranchised in order to secure Senator McCain’s nomination.

Could this be why some of the Republican faithful are calling for an extended nominating process?


The Santorum Sweep Reveals Deep Divisions within the Republican Party

Mitt Romney was poised to lock up the nomination going into Tuesday’s elections. Staking his political future in the hands of delegate-rich Colorado Romney essentially ignored Missouri’s zero delegates and conceded that Minnesota’s conservative base would likely vote for Rick Santorum, even though Romney won a decisive victory there in 2008 with 41% of the vote.

The Santorum Sweep changes everything.

Romney is reeling from the losses while Santorum is scrambling to find support and funding to compete with his well-funded and better organized rival. According to year-end filings Santorum raised $2.2 million in 2011 while Romney raised $56.8 million.

“I don’t think the conservative base changes its mind day to day,” Romney told reporters, dismissing rumors that party’s conservative base is rejecting his candidacy. “The places where I campaigned actively, we got actually in some respects record support from the conservative base.”

In a meeting in McKinney, Texas Santorum told a crowd of around 600 “Nobody ever thinks I can win anything,” and that “The gift of being underestimated is a great gift.”

The main backer of Santorum’s Super PAC “Red White and Blue,” Foster Fries said on Wednesday “I think as a result of last night there seems to be a nice flow of money, suddenly people realize that he’s got a shot.”

Keith Appell, a Republican strategist, believes that Santorum’s consistency on the issues is resonating with many voters. “In a time when there is much cynicism about the authenticity of candidates, he has that box checked.”

This is being viewed by many as a major upset. It reflects the deep divisions that have fractured the Republican Party, weakening the chances that any candidate will be able to defeat President Obama in the fall election.

A recent GOP poll done by Republican polling firm Wenzel Strategies for World Net Daily found that at least 20% of GOP voters are leaning towards voting for President Obama. Only Ron Paul fared better by losing 19% of prospective GOP voters. The poll found that 54% of GOP voters, 52% of Moderate voters, and 60% of Independent voters surveyed believed that Obama had exceeded or lived up to their expectations. Here is how the candidates fared in the head to head match:

Ron Paul:  40%           Obama: 44%

Romney:   41%           Obama: 48%

Santorum: 34%           Obama: 49%

Newt Gingrich: 36%   Obama: 50%

The next major Republican Primaries are in Arizona and Michigan on February 28. Maine wraps up its caucuses this Saturday.

Romney’s Raiders shift focus to Santorum

Romney’s Raiders are setting their sights on Santorum after sinking Gingrich’s hopes in a flood of negativity. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is focusing his attention on conservative rival Rick Santorum, who is expected to win Minnesota’s primary in spite of Romney’s victory there four years ago.

In a war of attrition Santorum appears to be strengthening his conservative base within the GOP.

He said that Romney “should not be our nominee” and portrayed him as being “dead wrong on the most important issue of the day” in regards to the health care overhaul Romney signed into law while governor of Massachusetts.

Romney, who’s expected to win Colorado after back to back victories in Florida and Nevada said Santorum was “not effective” when he was serving in the senate because of his “long history of pork-barrel spending.”

For the past two weeks Santorum has been working Minnesota and the conservative areas of Colorado, while Romney campaigned and won back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada. Santorum is hoping to capitalize on the conservative shift in Minnesota with a victory, while placing a strong second in Colorado.

An invigorated Santorum showed up at an appearance in Rochester, Minnesota, going after Romney’s health care plan, which he referred to as “Obamneycare” while making clear that Romney becoming the nominee would be “a devastating thing” for Republicans who want to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall elections.

At the speech Santorum complained that Romney was turning his attack machine on him. “Any time someone challenges Gov. Romney, Gov. Romney goes out and instead of talking about what he’s for — he just simply goes out and attacks and tries to destroy,” Santorum said.

Santorum urged his supporter to “go out and talk to folks in the next 24 hours,” telling them it was their “charge” to “Talk to them about a candidate who understands what’s at stake in this election.”

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still vying for the nomination, though neither one appears to be gaining traction. Gingrich has watched his poll numbers steadily drop in the face of Romney’s negative assault. The long-term effects of Romney’s campaign tactics might undermine his chances against President Obama should he win the Republican nomination.