April 11, 2012
For what you do, no Bud for you
Bud Selig is the commissioner of Major League Baseball. The lords of the game pay him an enormous salary to do very little. Very little.
Selig has a chair at the University of Wisconsin history department. How did that happen? Baseball owners reportedly gave $1 million to the history department to purchase a chair for the commissioner.
I started to list all the issues that Selig has failed to deal with but decided that those of you who are interested in baseball already know the issues; those of you who don't like it when we discuss sports might just skip the discussion. But of all the nonsense to date, Selig has saved the best until last. Ozzie Guillen has presented Selig a chance for a profile in courage award from ACLU, but he dropped the ball.
Guillen is from Venezuela. He said he "loves Fidel Castro." Oops! as governor Perry might say. The community erupted. What happened? Guillen was put in front of the cameras to apologize on his knees. And to top it off, he has been suspended for five games.
Did Selig step in? No, he was busy giving a speech on the state of baseball. Whoa Nelly. Are the baseball folks so hyper that they cannot live with a statement by a manager about Castro? C'mon! It would serve them right if they lose the five games played without the manager.
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One may choose to credit destruction and robbery of free speech, opinion, and voting rights, of the majority-populations of the United States either to 1.) the Supreme Court's awarding of that right to extremely huge, corporation financial boards/executives, 2.) to political ignorance/indifference of the majority population, 3.)to GOP spinners who provide sugar and pay for networks and media to shove it down everyone's throat.
The only way this will change, if it is not too late, is by a voting battering ram, born of a desire to destroy corruption by the network that is in operation for their own excessive financial gain.
Movment away from AlEC is happening. Let the boycotts go on and on; or in some cases, let the boycotts begin until we regain our country.
-hmj | Madison, Wi | April 11, 2012
What in the world happened to the 1st Amendment right to free speech! I thought any American could say he liked or disliked anybody in the world, from Hitler and Stalin to Bush and Mittens, and other Americans would defend his or her right to say it. It's a given that Ozzie wasn't very smart saying what he did in Miami, a place that's full of right-wing Cuban-American Castro haters, but he certainly has a right to his opinion. Or at least I thought he did. Maybe I'm just crazy or out of touch...
-Paul F. Bode | Hudson, WI | April 11, 2012