Feds strike out. Again.

The book American Icon is a tedious takedown of Roger Clemens as it regards his use of performance enhancing drugs. I read it in 2009, not too long after it was released.

American Icon, as Hillary Clinton might say, is what it is: a vast patchwork of leaks and insider information provided to the writing team (Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O’Keeffe, and Christian Red) by government insiders (the anti-doping gurus from the FBI who wasted a similar amount of time and money on Barry Bonds).

And now, about three years after the book’s publication, a jury has cleared Clemens of all six of the perjury charges he faced.

Is Clemens innocent of PED use? Almost certainly not.

Was his trial (let alone his re-trial, which happened “because the government showed jurors evidence that he [the ruling judge] had deemed inadmissible”) a good use of taxpayer money? Absolutely not.

What is the Clemens’ trial a good example of? Humanity’s general fear of loss (of esteem, money, etc.) and a concurrent desire for gain (career, monetary, prestige, etc.), especially when someone else is paying the bills. (And believe it or not, the Justice Department is a subset of humanity.)


About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on June 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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