Another doper, busted today, or well, not so much today, but sometime last year with the case finally being decided today. Story can be found here at cyclingnews.com.
Turns out that the tattooed warrior of bike racing actually did take a few drugs while trying to race Superweek (and who the hell else knows what other races he was doped up to race). Also in the failing equation, I think we have to toss one Michael “I make jeans for a living” Ball. Why? He stuck up for Leogrande last year when doping allegations were made against him by Suzanne Sonye after he had admitted taking EPO and a bunch of other stuff (see the story for more details about the drugs he was popping during races). What did Ball do in his quest to battle doping in sport? Instead of bouncing his ass back to his tattoo shop, he suspended Leogrande for 2 weeks, and then reinstated him back to the team, and then let him race again, pending the results of his doping test. Sure, he hadn’t been busted yet, but he had admitted, to the team soigneur Sonye, which in my assertion, is pretty damning. The best part of this story, is that I only can give praise to Frankie Andreau and Sonye for asserting that he did dope, and they wanted him fired. I think Andreau and Sonye did the right thing. Who was in the wrong? Yes, Mr. Ball. I mean, with a team of former, and possibly current dopers that he has, you’d think he would have fired him, taken back his bikes, smashed them in front of his house, burned his ugly kits (OK, I still kind of like the kits just because they ARE ugly, but let’s face it, they’re ugly), shredded the jeans that he undoubtedly got from Ball, and then made him leave LA permanently, sort of like how Marsellus Wallace told Butch Coolidge that he had lost all of his LA privileges in Pulp Fiction (look it up, it happened). Way to represent the sport, and your team Kayle you freakin’ doper. I’m sure we’ll hear some tired assed excuse about what “really” happened, and how you’re innocent.
Anyway, another day, another doper. It’s pro cycling. It’s going to keep happening and never end, and that’s just too bad. Thing is, I still love the sport. I can’t help myself. As cynical as I am, and can be, I still love it.
Moving on now, moving…
From the news today, what does our current President George W. Bush regret the most about invading Iraq? Turns out, he regrets the intelligence failures about WMD and Iraq. The problem with that, and the problem with the story about what he said about the intelligence failures, is the total ineptitude of our media (and the world media in general) to call his ass out on this stuff. Why? Mostly because the Bush administration culled the data and intelligence that they wanted, and excluded the data and intelligence that they wanted to of course, make the case that they wanted. And as we all know now, the case that they wanted to make was to go to war for Iraq. I still maintain he wanted to go to you know, try and do something that his Dad couldn’t achieve. Silly reason maybe? But why else would he go? All pertinent information and intelligence was telling us that there were NO WMDs in Iraq, and Saddam was bottled up, and isolated, and withering away in the desert. Of course, Bush, and his cronies, totally and completely ignored this information, and then we had the spectacle of Powell at the UN to sell the case for war. Sad, sad event in history. And our media in the US let this douchebag get away with it is what kills me. Of course, Congress had something to do with that as well, so there is plenty of blame to go around.
The other thing that kills me in his interview in the link in the above paragraph, is that this guy, has the gall, the temerity I might add, to suggest, no, actually to straight out say that the economic failure we’re looking at now, is the result of decisions that go back a decade or more. Talk about passing the buck. Let’s see George, isn’t the Republican party supposed to be about “personal responsibility” and this is the personal responsibility. See, jerkwater, what you’re trying to do is blame this mess, yes, here it comes, on Clinton. Except that, up until the bottom fell out of the market, and banks started failing (as bad as Leogrande), he was out there telling us that everything was fine. Nothing to see here, move along folks, the economy is fine. What a dick.
He of course goes on to talk about how he’s happy to have history judge what he did while he’s in office. Of course he’s happy to have history “judge” him, because in his Presidential Library, he’s going to have a staff of researchers to spin, and wash his image, and to “promote the President’s views”. In other words, he’ll have more folks lying about what he did when he was in office, instead of, you know, actually showing us what he actually did. Little rundown of what they want to do, is here. Read it and weep, no, you’ll probably weep, or get really angry, hopefully the latter.
I can’t wait for that guy to leave. We can definitely put him in the “FAIL” column.by