Campaign to send message to swimming organization that suspended Michael Phelps

Here's another online activism opportunity relating to the Michael Phelps incident. A major benefit of this story, and of keeping it in the news, is that the more people hear about star athletes using cannabis, the less credibility that government propaganda about the drug's ill effects will have.

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You can also call the Kellogg Corporation (at 800-962-1413) , which cancelled Phelps' endorsement contract upon the publication of the bong photo. Recent news reports indicate that more people are calling the customer hotline and complaining about what they did to the star athlete than are calling for information on the salmonella-tainted peanut food product recall.

How much fan support did Alex Rodriguez get when he admitted earlier this week on national television that he's been juicing up ever since he was playing for the Rangers? Jose Canseco reported this news several years ago in his book about bulked up baseball stars. Why should anyone be surprised that they use these substances, especially after it has proven time and time again to be a lucrative business decision?

The fact that so many people are raising their voices in defense of Michael Phelps in the same week as they are condeming A-Rod is a curious coincidence. Could it be that more than half the American population has toked up at some time in the past and know there's nothing dangerous about marijuana? Only a relatively small number of atheletes have taken 'roids, which we know have far more dangerous side effects than a little weed. That small number stand out, of course, simply because they were the major stars of the sport, and some of whom (Clemens, Bonds) would have had to retire years ago if they hadn't enhanced their abilities with these drugs. Sounds to me as though they may not be heroes or role models, but they are very crafty businessmen who made a concious decision to use these tools to extend their careers and break records that they could not otherwise have approached.

Perhaps this incident may have given the public some long overdue perspective about the War on Drugs!