WHY AM I FORCED TO PAY FOR THIS?

I have a confession to make. If I’m on a plane and I see a group of 20-something Middle Eastern men sitting together, I get nervous. Maybe not nervous enough to get off the plane but definitely nervous enough to pay attention to how often they use the bathroom.

Here’s another confession. If I see a group of 20 something Swedish men, I don’t get nervous.

If that gives you the right to accuse me of being a bigot. I plead guilty.

Juan Williams was fired by NPR for making the confession that I just made.

I never listen to NPR and wouldn’t if I were in solitary confinement at Sing-Sing, and I often wonder why I’m forced to pay for it.

Why do we want the government to have a radio station? I get 150 stations on XM, why does the government need to take money from me for another one?

I don’t listen becasuse NPR is ridiculously liberal, but I wouldn’t want to pay for it if the government hired Rush Limbaugh to run it.

The predictable, knee jerk, politically correct, gutless, liberal reaction to Williams’ perfectly logical and understandable statement should tell you all you need to know about what goes on at NPR every day.

De-fund it.

THE HUMAN RACE IS DOOMED

We have no chance. The human race can no longer exist on the planet when someone can move in next door to a restaurant and then get the local government to order the restaurant to remove the ventilation fan because of the offensive smell of bacon.

It happened in the world capital of political correctness, the UK.

It would be pathetic enough if a Muslim, who chose to live near a restaurant complained about smelling bacon, but the guy who complained said it was because his Muslim friends didn’t want to visit him any more.

If his Muslim friends are immigrants, somebody needs to explain the meaning of the word assimilate to them or tell them it migjt be a good idea for them to stay in the country where they never had  to worry about the horror of someone having bacon and eggs in te morning.

DYING A SLOW DEATH

I haven’t watched one at bat in the baseball postseason and and have no intention of doing so.

If I don’t see it on the highlights, it didn’t happen.

Apparently there are millions and millions of other people doing the same thing.

The NFL is killing MLB in the TV ratings.

NFL regular season games are getting twice what baseball playoff games are getting.

Post season baseball is better than regular season football, if you like baseball.

It’s obvious that fewer and fewer people are interested in baseball.

Think it has anything to do with the fact that it’s October 20th and people are into the things that come with Fall? You know, crisp, sunny days, jackets, football?

People are in the mood for football. It’s in the air.

They might also be into watching the new network shows. Even hockey could be eating away at those ratings. There are a lot of baseball cities that have NHL teams and they all have all their games on local TV.

It’s cold outside and it’s 9:00 before the first inning is over.

This is just another sign that baseball is dying a slow death. It’s going to take a long time, but there aren’t any kids staying up until midnight to watch the Phillie and the Giants.

The best moments of the year are happening when they’re asleep.

Not exactly the best formula for creating new fans.

In a lot of cities, there are entire generations that have not felt like their team was a part or Major League Baseball. When the post season comes, they feel like they’re outside with their noses pressed against the window watching a party and they aren’t invited.

After a while, you walk away and find something else to do.

MLB is a long way from being on its death bed, but the symptoms of a fatal disease have been there for a while.

SMOKE THE DEBT

California is considering the legalization and taxation of marijuana.

And, according to a study done by the state, the tax revenue that could be generated by taxing weed would be way more than what the state brings in from the wine business.

California is a mess because it is the model for what Barack Obama would like to have for the entire country.

Too many people on welfare, ridiculously high taxes and lots of illegal immigrants.

There are also a lot of pot smokers out there and they’re going to keep smoking it whether Arnold gives them permission or not.

Taxing it seems like a pretty good idea. I think we have way too many taxes now, but consumption taxes are the only good ones because we get to choose whether we want to pay them.

If you want to see how well the War on Drugs is going, watch an episode or two of Boardwalk Empire on HBO. It’s going about as well as prohibition went in the ’20s.

Let the potheads smoke and as they get higher, the state’s debt might go lower.

Maybe more people would make the switch from alcohol to marijuna.

If nothing else, it would reduce the chances of someone throwing up on you at a football game.

GIVE HARRISON A HOCKEY HELMET

Quick question: If James Harrison were wearing a hockey helmet instead of a football helmet, would we be having a discussion about whether he was guilty of helmet to helmet hits on Sunday?

The NFL is having serious discussions again about head shots and lots of analysts are worried that they are going to take more hitting out of the game.

And they’re all missing the point.

It’s the helmets, stupid.

Remember those leather helmets they used to wear? They were used to protect the player from being injured.  The better the helmets got the more dangerous the game became.

I’ve written here a few times that eliminating the face mask would greatly reduce or eliminate shots like the ones that Harrison took on Sunday.

The helmets are so good that there is no fear of being injured if you use them as battering rams.

Again, they started out only as a protective measure.

Ever seen a rugby match?

There’s a lot of tackling going on there and no blocking. A defender actually has to wrap a ball carrier up and tackle him and nobody is diving into piles head first. No helmets.

They’re always looking for ways to make the helmets more protective and all they’ve succeeded in doing is making helmets that can withstand the force of another helmet.

What if  NFL players started wearing hockey helmets? Their heads would be protected from knees, elbows, forearms and the ground, but they wouldn’t need to protect them from the other helmets because nobody would be stuoid enough to think he could get away with turning himself into a missile without getting hurt.

I’d be willing to bet that smaller, less protective helmets would reduce the number of head injuries.

And, by the way, I get tired of hearing how those head shots–legal or otherwise–show what a tough guy Harrison is.

You know who’s tough? Joshua Cribbs for being willing to go over the middle and expose himself to those hits. When does Harrison ever have to worry about taking a hit like that?

I don’t think it tales a lot of toughness to hurl yourself head first at a guy who’s been teed up and can’t hit back.

Remember, we’re talking about a guy who’s been known to beat up women.

It took a much tougher guy to get in the way of, say, Marion Motley, with no face mask and a flimsy helmet. A player had to actually, you know, tackle the running back.

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BARRY BONDS’ SHRINKING TESTICLES

Remember Barry Bonds? The guy who looked like he could play point guard for Pitt when he was a Pirate and the Michelin Man when he was a Giant?

The U.S. government released its list of witnesses for Bonds’ perjury trial scheduled for March.

The list includes Bonds’ former girlfriend who is ready to tell the world that Barry’s testicles shrunk.

That’s one of the many signs of steroid use that she will testify that she saw.

Jason Giambi will also testify for the government.

I think the government is wasting its time with the steroid investigation because I don’t care if Bonds wants to inject gasoline into his veins. It doesn’t affect me one little bit. But, if there is going to be an investigation and people are put under oath and they lie, they should go to jail.

And, aside from Mike Vick blowing out his knee, nothing could make me happier than seeing Barry Bonds go to jail.

I started believing that Bonds was juicing in 1995. I know that most people believe he started in 2000, but I saw how much bigger he was in ’95 and had some of my media friends laughing at me when I said I thought Bonds was taking steroids.

I think he took it to another level in 2000 but he was a juicer several years before that. He didn’t pass the eye test.

I haven’t seen him lately, but I’ll bet he looks a lot thinner when we see him on trial in March.

Bonds is fortunate that there is no law against insulting people’s intelligence because he would get a life sentence for expecting anybody to believe that he got that ugly naturally.