How do you know when Roger Clemens is lying?
Now, I know you expected me to say His lips are moving, or something like that, but, no, that would be too easy and, frankly, I've never been known to take the easy way - even when it was really, really obvious and served the same purpose as the hard way. I'm not saying this isn't a character flaw...
Anyway, the answer is: When he cites genetic history as a reason why he would never take steroids, then uses his step-father's heart attack as an example.
Did you miss that? Go back and read it again.
His STEP-father's heart attack is genetic history?
Not unless his mother married either one of her relatives or one of Clemens' father's relatives.
Way to go, genius. What's next? Are you going to try to tell us you didn't really play for the Yankees, the proof being that your neighbor is a Detroit Tigers fan?
Lies, lies, lies.
And the media didn't press him on the issue, but then again, that seems to be a trait they've lost. Let's take the whole Carrie Prejean, Miss USA California thing-a-ma-jigger. Consider this story (thanks Iowahawk).
Gay Marriage Opponent Topless Photos Released
Scandalous, right? I mean this is just horrendous!
Is it really, though? Here's the picture:
Pretty funny, huh? Well, the truth of the matter is, President Obama's view on gay marriage is the same as Prejean's, yet the homosexual community thinks the man is their savior, but led by Perez Hilton, vilifies Prejean.
Let's compare the responses side by side:
Prejean: We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised.
Obama: Okay..I was going to paste a quote here, but everything I found was a video and, man, is that guy long-winded..especially when skirting an issue. In a nutshell, he supports civil unions that have all the rights of a marriage, but believes a "marriage" by definition is between a man and a woman.
What's the difference? Did Prejean say gays should not be allowed the rights of a married couple? Where is Perez Hilton's outrage against the President?
Now, before you get all righteous on me and accuse me of being all the things Hilton accused Prejean of being, I point you back to my blog of November 7, 2008 Proposition 8 - Have We Not Learned a Thing?
That's right, I'm a straight, white, Christian, conservative male who -gasp- doesn't have a problem with gay marriage!!! Now, many of my conservative readers will NOT agree with me, but guess what? That's okay! We have the right to express how we feel in this country and everybody is entitled to their opinion...
...which is exactly what Prejean did. She could have given the politically correct answer, but she stood by her beliefs. Though I do not agree with her, I cannot fault her for having convictions. This is a religious issue for her, but as I pointed out yesterday, it is unpopular - and often ridiculed - in today's society to have strong religious beliefs. How is THAT not bigotry? If you hold certain religious beliefs you should be ostracized?? Is she advocating violence? Is she saying gays should not have the same rights? No.
Now, the L.A. Times wrote a piece yesterday saying the Miss California organizers believe Prejean hijacked the pageant to spread her views on gay marriage. How does this make ANY sense? The contestant, who doesn't know the questions they will be asked or which judge will ask them, somehow managed to position herself in a way to get Perez Hilton to ask her this question? Or is it possible she was asked a question and she just answered honestly?
Let's look at the converse situation. Perez Hilton knows all about Prejean. He knows the schools she attended, her religious upbringing and viewpoints, etc. from biographies and previous pageants. Is it possible that he positioned himself to question Prejean, knowing she would either answer it favorably (in other words give the politically correct response) or she would answer it honestly giving him a chance to attack her and bring the issue of gay marriage to a national stage?
Of the two, I have to believe the second theory has more credibility. I'm not saying that's what happened, but if the pageant organizers are going to make such an outrageous claim, both sides should be considered.
Ah, two sides to news. Remember when that existed?
J.E. Braun is the author of Paranoia, a 9/11 survivor's tale. 10% of profits from the sale of Paranoia will go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (www.ttof.org). For more information, visit www.jebraun.com.
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