Back in 1999, Sports Illustrated published an unflattering profile of John Rocker, who was then a star reliever for the Atlanta Braves and embroiled in a series of controversial exchanges with fans of the New York Mets.
On if he would ever play for a New York team:
I would retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.
On New York City itself:
The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?
What a charmer.
Rocker is, shockingly, still a total dick. After President Obama won reelection, Rock wrote an opinion piece for World Net Daily, because this is the exact kind of mindless tripe World Net Daily publishes.
In his screed, Rocker offers a close reading of this video, a 2008 interview with a woman he dubs the “ridiculed Obama prophetess.”
Some choice insights from the piece:
But if you’ve paid attention to what the Obama administration has done since the inauguration, then you should know that Peggy Joseph is the prophetess for the socialization of the United States of America.
Remember the Obamaphone? It is part of a program called Lifeline Assistance started in 1984 (for low-income people to get landline telephone service). Beginning in 2008, the service was expanded to cell phones. If you pay for your cell phone, you help subsidize this program. One million people use this service in Ohio alone, costing the state nearly $100 million a year. It’s estimated that nationwide 16.5 million use the service, an increase of 43 percent in the past year.
(ThinkProgress rightly notes that this program has nothing to do with Obama: “The idea of providing low-income individuals with subsidized phone service was originated in the Reagan administration following the break-up of AT&T in 1984. (It was expanded and formalized by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.) The program is paid for by telecommunications companies through an independent non-profit, not through tax revenue.”)
We all laughed when Peggy Joseph made her proclamations of a future without a mortgage payment. But today? It looks more and more like those gas payments are only a few months away.
And that is all we have to say about that.