Tuesday's HOT MIC
Are we having fun, yet?
More people behaving badly, but not in the sexual harassment way:
From the Los Angeles Times:
The Hall of Fame suggested publicly Tuesday what it has long signaled privately: It does not want Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to be elected.
There can be no other conclusion. After a half-decade of hearing the Hall of Fame maintain a diligent facade of professing to trust baseball writers to make their own judgments, voters awoke Tuesday to a letter emailed by the Hall of Fame, signed by the vice chairman of the Hall, with this message: “Steroid users don’t belong here.”
What Joe Morgan wrote in his letter is not a new sentiment for him. If he wanted to speak out, as is his right, the Hall of Fame should have gently advised him to do it on his own time. But perhaps the Morgan letter is better viewed as the latest and most honest step in the Hall’s apparent campaign to minimize the chances that Bonds and Clemens could be elected.
In a simpler, less-juiced time, these two would have been some of the easiest shoo-ins for the Hall in their first year of eligibility, which was five ballots ago. However, PEDs left a taint on statistics-obsessed baseball that may be worse than any other sport. I know of no baseball fans outside of San Francisco or Barry Bonds' living room who think that he would be the home run king without drugs.
Bonds was a slim, athletic, brilliant hitter in his early MLB days in Pittsburgh. He seemed to grow three extra sets of shoulders after he got to San Francisco. Had he not "miraculously" sprouted all of that muscle he'd already be in the Hall, most likely acknowledged as one of the greatest hitters of all time, but probably not as the home run leader.
As the Times article says, this is the Hall's "most honest step" in this saga. The approach thus far has been simply to not talk about it, which just makes the elephant in the room gain about a ton a year.
A lot of people are having a bad week this week as the sexual harassment bloodletting continues. One such person is writer-actress-producer-activist Lena Dunham, who recently defended a former writer on her show "Girls" after he was accused of rape.
Dunham, of course, once tweeted: "Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don't lie about: rape."
"Apparently 'Believe All Accusations' really just means 'Believe All Accusations made against people we don't like'," quipped Ace of Spades.
Now a writer who has known Lena Dunham since college says in addition to be a massive hypocrite, she's a big, fat racist, to boot.
Author Zinzi Clemmons, a writer for Dunham’s online publication "Lenny Letter," has quit, citing what she called the notoriously liberal actress' “well-known racism.”
Clemmons said that their social circles overlapped back at college but she “avoided those people like the plague because of their racism.”
She explained: “I’d call their strain ‘hipster-racism,’ which typically uses sarcasm as a cover.”
This is what it looks like to watch a once great civilization die:
I wish they'd make up their minds about exactly what it is that will drown us in the future:
In liberal havens like Los Angeles we have been filling gigantic recycle bins for decades but that apparently isn't helping that much.
One would like to assume that methods of getting rid of waste will not remain the same and that rapidly changing pace of science and technology will adapt.
What would a day without an apocalyptic doom article at WaPo or The New York Times be like?
We'll just have to wonder.