Saturday, April 16, 2011

Before and After

So, Barry Bonds has been convicted of obstruction of justice, and got a mistrial on three perjury charges. At least one commentator makes a pretty good case that the obstruction charge is kinda bogus, but it's pretty clear that Bonds wasn't really anxious to come clean, in any forum, on the matter of his steroid use. Personally, I don't care much if Bonds used steroids. As an adult he should be allowed to assume the risks of such things. I understand the league has an interest in policing this, and if I were a player I would resent having to take steroids to compete with those who do. It's wrong, given the league's ban, because it's cheating. But, what the hell: they're professionals -- they're in it for the money; there are powerful perverse incentives in that setup. Indeed the whole professional sports industry is rather perverse with its elevation of semiliterate lunks to demi-god status, its obscene rewards for negligible societal contribution. But I don't lose any sleep over it.

What does get me is that the entire Bush administration was and continues to be a spree of perjury and and obstruction, and nobody's on an eight-year witch-hunt to put any of them away for their countless lies, obfuscations and amnesiac episodes. Maybe if they were black.


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