No logic in politics or pro football

I see gasoline is up to more than $3.50 a gallon, which means I’ve got to get ready for another round of telling people why not buying gas on May 15 won’t devastate oil companies.

Before I get there, let me warm up by talking about some other things that seem to be going against logic:

n If you’re a man, and you’re arguing about something women do or don’t need … it’s probably a good idea to ask a woman first.

Rush Limbaugh’s caught in an uproar right now because he used the words “slut” and “prostitute” to define a woman who testified in favor of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control and other contraceptives.

He’s lost sponsors, and apologized for the use of those words, which he used as conclusions to the idea that providing women with birth control is paying them for sex.

The women I know, Republican or Democrat, aren’t happy with that double standard — the one where Viagra has been covered by insurance for a decade, but paying for birth control pills is unacceptable because we’re “paying women to have sex.”

The nonsensical argument is that Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction, a medical condition, while birth control is a lifestyle choice. Colorectal cancer’s not a lifestyle choice; it’s a medical condition. So are ovarian and endometrial cancers. As are ameorrhea, hypermenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. So, too, are irregular hormonal cycles. Viagra doesn’t treat or reduce the risk for any of those medical conditions. But birth control does.

n The NFL is in an uproar over allegations that the New Orleans Saints had established a “bounty” program, by which players were rewarded $1,000 if they caused an opponent to leave the game and $1,500 for a “cart off” if a player didn’t leave on their own.

Columnists have argued that Saints officials should be suspended, fined and even fired, because nobody would take the NFL seriously when it says it cares about player injuries if they handled the Saints with slaps on the wrist.

Sports fans have argued that football’s a rough game, and that evidence shows other teams were doing the same thing, so why should the Saints be punished more aggressively?

Here’s the question I’m asking: Why didn’t players think with their pocketbooks and say no? Sure, it’s nice to get a $1,000 or $1,500 bump in the check every so often (or, so I’ve heard). But it seems risky when you’re doing something that can get you fined or even suspended.

The league minimum salary in 2011 ranged from $375,000 to $910,000, depending on years of service. Since it’s a 16-game season, you’re making at least $23,437.50 a game. You’d have to injure at least 15 guys to make enough “bounty” money to cover a one-game suspension, and you’d probably face some discipline if you just happened to injure that many guys.