Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bread and Circuses (Circi?)

I thought Congress had completely lost its sense of perspective when it devoted its scarce time to holding hearings on steroids in baseball last spring. That was reinforced when there was talk of charging Raphael Palmeiro with lying before Congress (a privilege apparently reserved for Administration Officials and nominees to the Supreme Court). None of that prepared me for this, though. Arlen Specter (Nutjob, PA) believes Terrell Owens has been treated unfairly by the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL and further thinks this is a matter of such weight that "It's a restraint of trade for them to do that, and the thought crosses my mind, it might be a violation of antitrust laws."

So a man who began his public life by advancing a theory that a single bullet fired from a cheap Italian rifle could pass entirely through two adult men, breaking numerous bones, and emerge intact (somehow showing up on a stretcher in the hospital) is, in his dotage, focusing on whether an overpaid spoiled athlete has been treated unfairly by his employer.

I'm so glad that there's not a war or widespread corruption among Republican members of Congress to take up his time and attention.
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