Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Canadians and Beisbol

A clever way to take advantage of the losing 48 percent of America:

An American T-shirt company has a solution for their fellow citizens who want to vacation in Europe without having to answer questions about U.S. politics -- pose as Canadians.

For $24.95, T-shirtKing.com offers the "Go Canadian" package, full of just the kind of things an American traveler needs to leave their country and its politics behind.

There's a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian patch for luggage or a backpack. There's also a quick reference guide -- "How to Speak Canadian, Eh?" -- on answering questions about Canada. Click here for the rest of article.

And now a brief rant on something I don't understand at all...Why would anyone in their right mind be in favor of the government passing legislation aimed at curbing illegal drug use in baseball? For those who missed it, Sen. John McCain the other day claimed Congress will require changes by law if MLB doesn't act on its own.

Now it appears that baseball's brass and the players' union will eventually come up with a deal on its own, but how weren't McCain's comments just laughed off and the man immediately shown the door? Everyone took the guy so seriously about this, people actually thought it made sense. Are we still letting him say whatever he wants because of the whole P.O.W/second head thing?

Look, I like my government like I like my women: really big, very mouthy and always wanting to do the right thing even if it means butting in. But even I think this is an egregious waste of time, and more importantly, a dangerous precedent to set. Who's to say that Congress won't then rule, say, journalism an all-important profession that kids look up to and people spend their money on and require mandatory drug tests for everyone in the industry? Do we really want to move toward a society that allows government to infringe upon my right to smoke drugs just because it views my profession differently than others? That makes no sense to me.

I have a pretty feeble mind and maybe I'm not grasping the entire concept of why Congress has an "in" with baseball here...maybe I'm missing something (MLB's anti-trust exemption, perhaps), but I just have no idea why Congress would be allowed to stick its dirty nose in baseball's business. Baseball will figure this out, and if it doesn't, fans may walk away, and if they do, revenues will dwindle, and then everyone on both sides will come back to the bargaining table. That's the way it works.

Then again, I have zero faith in MLB and the MLBPA meeting to put the sanctity of the game and the welfare of the fans before anything else...so let's just blow the whole thing up and start over.

Drug are bad, stay in school.


At 2:26 PM, Blogger stephie said...

School is bad, stay on drugs...

I don't understand how the American people can let the government try to control everything through drug testing. It's ridiculous and quite frankly more than a little scary. Each industry should take care of itself. Next thing you know we will all have to line up once a week as a nation and piss in a cup. Or, more scary... hair testing!!!! "My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty..." Yeah, right... Let freedom ring, my ass...

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Preach on sister...couldn't agree more.


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