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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

John Rocker, American hero? Hm.... No

First thing, let's be clear that New Yorkers don't care for John Rocker, the one-time Atlanta Braves closer known for his insensitivity to things like diversity and alternative lifestyles.

But the is taking the retired pitcher, who is now an occasional columnist for a conservative blog, to task for his statements about guns and Jews under Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Here's what Rocker wrote, noting as he introduced the idea that few things in life are certain, except we can all agree that one of them is: "the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would have never taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler's Germany had the right to bear arms and defended themselves with those arms."

The New York Daily News also highlights the 1999 comments that started Rocker's descent into becoming a national joke and eventually a has been, his dislike of NY Met fans and concerns about public transportation in New York in general.

No matter what you think of the gun debate issue, tossing the Holocaust and the stripping away not only of gun rights but all political rights, property rights and human rights from Jewish people in Nazi Germany is not relevant here today. Not at all. Just as when people compare their mayor, their governor, their president or their boss to Hitler is so very wrong, this too is stepping way over the line in terms of taste and logic. 

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