In The News…

News stories that make you go “Huh?” for various reasons:

Stallworth Pleads Guilty: If you haven’t heard the story, Donte Stallworth (hmm…only a month older than me), a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, pleaded guilty to his vehicular manslaughter charge and received a sentence of 30 DAYS IN JAIL! Let’s see…hits 59-year-old Mario Reyes on March 14th while driving his Bentley after a night of drinking at a hotel bar, killing him and taking him away from his family forever, and only gets sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which he only has to serve 24 days under Florida law. He could have been sentenced to as much as 15 years had the case gone to trial, but instead he gets 24 days in jail (not prison, mind you), 1,000 hours of community service, two years of house arrest, and eight years probation after his lengthy jail stay.

Luckily, though, he’ll be able to continue to entertain us on the field as a receiver in the National Football League, unless the commissioner steps in and suspends him, which is likely to happen. Had he not been Donte Stallworth, perhaps he would have received less favorable treatment. Methinks you can find all sorts of cases with similar circumstances where a plea deal would net more than 24 days in jail. I would look, but it really isn’t worth it.

Sosa Tested Positive For Steroids: When this story broke, my first thought was: “Why is this news?” I mean, if you didn’t think Sammy Sosa was doing something to hit a bajillion home runs, you are as naive as Bud Selig. His little hops, and sprinting to right field, who cares? He was a joke when he was playing and he is still a joke as he “waits patiently to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” Please. I don’t care if he had 6,000 home runs. He is not going to get elected to the Hall of Fame anytime soon. May be bigger problems for Sosa as if he did indeed test positive, he was lying to Congress during his testimony in 2005, and they might take a look at it.

Baseball needs to get rid of Bud Selig and move past his stewardship over the game. He, and Player’s Association head Donald Fehr, allowed steroids and other performance enhancig drugs become the rule in baseball after the 1994 strike, and it has diminished their game to the point where anybody who played during the “Steroid Era” is subject to question. Only players who have been tested in the minors since they began in professional baseball, players like Grady Sizemore, Joe Mauer, Dustin Pedroia, etc., can be viewed as “clean.”

Obama Kills a Fly: So he killed a fly. Why is this a big deal? It’s making the rounds all over the internet, and I’m sure PETA or some other animal rights group will soon be releasing a statement about it. Whatever, it’s not a big deal.

Recent Bonehead of the Day: “Woman sues Quaker Oats because she thought Crunchberries were a real berry and was eating them to get healthy.” Huh? “Reasonable” people were fooled by this? Right. This is why I hate lawyers sometimes, and the idiot cases they think they can win. So stupid…

Quick trivia: Something happened this day in the United States 15 years ago. Kind of changed the legal landscape in America. Do you know what it is? Click here to find out.

Beyond that, I got nothing. Didn’t run today, but did some time on the stationary bike and swam a quarter mile. Scale at the gym said I was 290, which would mean that I lost five pounds today. I’ll have to confirm tomorrow with the work scale; gym scale was off a bit last week when it said I weighed 285 after weighing in at 298 the day before at work.

Lots of Wikipedialinks today. Be sure to check them out.

One thought on “In The News…

  1. I don't know if you are interested in what PETA has to say about Obama and the fly that you mentioned on this blog. I donate to PETA (as well as to enviromental causes). I love and care about nature and animals more than most people as in strangers, (both meanings of that statement are true). Animals are the underdogs. I'm not vegetarian like I should be. I do go days without eating meat and when I do eat meat, I'm not a glutton. Anyways, I subscribe to PETA emails and copy and pasted their email about Obama and the fly in case if you're interested:Obama and the Fly, Part DeuxPosted at 11:06 AM | Permalink domesticfuel / CC Because we've heard from so many people who want to know more about PETA's position on "Flygate," we've decided to explore the question of "to bee or not to bee" in a bit more depth.As we all know, human beings often don't think before they act. We don't condemn President Obama for acting on instinct. When the media began contacting us in droves for a statement, we obliged, simply by saying that the president isn't the Buddha and shouldn't be expected to do everything right—if not for that, we would not have brought it up. It's the media who are making a big deal about the fly swat—not PETA. However, we took the opportunity, when asked, to point out that we do offer lots of ways in which to control insects of all kinds without harming them, including the humane bug catcher we sent President Obama. There is even a chapter in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights about how to rid your home of "uninvited guests."We have lots of other items on our agenda, as you can imagine, and PETA's focus will remain on our core issues—promoting alternatives to eating animals, opposing fur and products made from animal skin, opposing laboratories that torment animals, and fighting the abuse of animals in circus training camps as well as other overt abuses that fall within our mission statement, which states that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. We support compassion for all animals, even the most curious, smallest, and least sympathetic ones. We hope that everyone will take inspiration from Nobel Peace Prize–winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who believed that even insects were deserving of compassion and who would stop to move a worm from hot pavement to cool earth. Aware of the problems and responsibilities that go along with an expanded ethical code, Schweitzer said that we each must "live daily from judgment to judgment, deciding each case as it arises, as wisely and mercifully as we can."We can't stop all suffering, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't stop any. Our wish is for all people to act wisely and mercifully toward animals.Posted by Alisa Mullins

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