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       It's not enough to just say you're tired of it, frustrated or bored, I think you need to explore why. I owe that to myself as much as any random reader who happens upon this blog. It's one thing to complain that there is a behind the scenes select group that is manipulating this whole process and that we're all just being manipulated, led and played, it's another thing to prove it. It's one thing to notice how similar the candidates are on things like Israel and the War on Terror and yet be able to prove that it's not the uniform will of the American People. However, the trick is convincing us that even though a majority of us disapprove of the War in Iraq, that still we want to see this through with honor. That's where the old stand by "Support the Troops" come in handy. So now we'll "pause" our way to success in Iraq, never ever agreeing on just what success in Iraq means or offers the Iraqis, USA or the world. Loopy logic rules the day in Politics and is that because Al Qaeda is chameleon like, mobile and loopy too? I suppose..
      So Joe Biden comes on TV and tells me that the USA must stay in Iraq and demand the political solution make process. He praises our military of course, though a cynic may wonder why it's taken our troops 5 years to achieve what, 80% of Baghdad sort of secure? Please just ignore the IED's and market bombings and Iraq is no bigger problem than just a stalled election recount. I suppose it's irrelevant asking why or how Turkey, now bombing someone or something in Northern Iraq, is expanding peace, stability, liberty and freedom to the Iraqis? It must make sense to somebody, me? Well, somebody.
       But the good news? Shrillary is back. Talk about chameleon powers. "Shame on you Barack Obama!" she wails and whines. The indignation rises and the frustrated "parent" emerges scolding the young upstart candidate who's kicking her azz. Now all of a sudden debates are important to Hillary Clinton. I remember back when she was the inevitable next president she was working deals to exclude inconvenient presidential prospects from debates. She can't blame lack of face time as the reason for her troubles, I have seen more than enough of her. She could pull a Castro and be on TV 24/7 but does anyone think that will make them decide to finally actually like her? But to be fair, my political fatigue encompasses way more than just her and of course Bill.

      Obama wants to bomb Pakistan. McCain wants to stay in Iraq and chase OSama to the gates of hell. Hillary wants to be the Commander and chief to do what, bring world peace by restraining America's military from all this foreign intervention and adventurism? No, Hillary wants to re invade Afghanistan and conquer that country again and she too wants to "fix" Iraq. If Obama wants to bomb Pakistan, I'm sure Hillary wants too as well. My point, not much peace being talked here, just a lot of criticism of the Iraq strategy, but not one wants to simply quit throwing good money after bad and get the hell out of there. But enough of that, at least we all know what the next too many years are going to be like.

      My political fatigue is especially enhanced by the Mitchell report on so called performance enhancing drugs in Baseball. I have never in my life seen a more meaningless contrived issue being used as a club to beat down selected successful people in a vocation. Let's start with the basic assumptions which have been blown all out of proportion in this tempest in a teapot scandal. It's been lost in all this that HGH and Steroids are used by most athletes to enhance healing and recovery from injuries more than anything. I'm not sure why that is wrong or has all of a sudden been labeled cheating. Let's agree for minute that these drugs can actually slow down the effects of aging, how can that be considered cheating anything but father time for few years? This witch hunt has grown old and I for one am not on board with it or fooled by it.

      So why has the Government gone after baseball and it's best known stars? I mean besides because that's where a whole lot of money is? Where did all this come from? The biggest so labeled crimes with any "merit" are that some people may have lied to the Government during this intrusive witch hunt. This is one of those stories that definitely has hidden motivations for these selective persecutions. Notice I said persecution, not prosecution. Whatever Barry Bonds did or didn't do, one thing we do know, his pursuit of history made billions of dollars for baseball, baseball ownership and the media that covers it all. His trial and persecution is a bonanza for his lawyers and of course the media. Roger Clemens has done as much for baseball as anyone. His story is legend. Franky his legend is bigger than his 2 rings and 7 Cy Youngs. It was ownership that kept making him offers and delaying his retirement, probably 2 years longer than he should have. What's to made of this?

       Is Government that afraid of successful individuals who perhaps are not quite close enough to the Fascist clique? Is corporate baseball sending a message to it's players that "we can make you, we can break you"? Is ownership getting some kind of revenge for having to pay so much to Barry, Roger and others because the public wanted them in the game and they(Players) knew it and bargained accordingly?(You might think Micheal Jordan here too) I'm guessing there's some truth in all that I'm saying. One things for sure, the rich hate sharing power. Government and the rich that own Government hate to see individuals(outsiders) getting too big for their britches and they always will seek a lever to be able to take such people down a notch if not all the way down to their knees.

     By the way it's worth repeating, you can't just take an HGH or a steroid, go back to bed and wake up stronger, bigger, faster and more competitive. There is no magic pill.  These medicines or evil drugs if you prefer the Government's trendy demonizing label, can only assist in building bulk in a very strenuous work out regimen along with weight lifting. HGH or steroids will not enhance abilities, such as hand eye coordination, running speed, endurance, durability or over all immunity and health or just natural athleticism in general. It's all still mostly genetics, talent, hard work, opportunity and last but not least, luck that combine to make a successful athlete.

      One thing's for definitely sure, Government can't clean up it's own house much less go out and fix the house of baseball. Or Iraq for that matter. Political fatigue indeed. Who can blame me?

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