Thursday, May 6, 2010


Deja vu, all over again? Seems like just yesterday at a speech by Senator John Kerry, University of Florida police officers used a taser to subdue an "unruly" questioner, a 21 year old graduate student, Andrew Meyer...from whence came the infamous quote, "Don't tase me, bro!" Just this past week though, a 17 year old Philly (fanatic?) at Citizens Bank Park was tased by a police officer after he stupidly ran out onto the field. In both cases, the usual suspects (who protest ANY sort of police brutality) remained silent...hmm...

Oh the latest incident, there were a few columnists who questioned the propriety of "shocking" a 17 year old kid...when in all actuality, he could have been easily corralled with anything less than a Keystone Kops-style pursuit. But for the most part, the talking heads at ESPN and other sports outlets weren't the slightest bit hesitant in their unending praise for the way "authorities" handled this extreme danger to public safety. Same with the national media.

Perfect...I believe this melding of sports and politics...not to mention sports commentary and political punditry...segues nicely into the Arizona story and the debate which focuses on the new immigration statute recently signed into law by the governor and how this law is racist in both intent and implementation...even though it has yet to be enacted...and it's actually similar to CURRENT federal law...but why let a few facts ruin a good argument, right?

Even the NBA has gotten into the act. That's right, Arizona's entry in the NBA Western Conference semi-finals, the Phoenix Suns, in a show of solidarity and (they say) respect to Mexican Americans, decided to wear jerseys which were changed to read, "Los Suns," rather than "The Suns." Now, let's put aside for a moment that the word "sun," actually translates to "sol," en Espanol (uh, in Spanish). Now, wouldn't calling themselves "Los" Suns actually be disrespectful? Moving on...

But, while Jesse, and Al...and others...are quick to denounce the "new" Arizona law and (even) offer support for innocuous actions like the "Los Suns" jerseys, they are mum on the tasering of the two individuals mentioned above. Both national and sports media, gaga over the "Los Suns," action, gave little if any notice to the use of excessive force at the Philadelphia Phillies baseball stadium. In fact, on the Dan Patrick Radio Show earlier this week, Dan and the fellas were dismissive of the incident in that, "hey, the kid was trespassing and he got what he deserved."

With that in mind, I have an that should keep both sides (of the immigration debate) completely satisfied. Simply, arm all Border Patrol agents with Tasers and without question, just "tase" anybody crossing the southern border without proper documentation. Whoa! Wait a minute...I'm not being discriminitory. I mean ALL Border Patrol agents, even (especially) along the Canadian border. Geez, I hope they get Steve Nash....go Spurs!!

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