I just got turned on to a real gem. I’m talking ’bout Van Halen, son. VAN HALEN! Ever hear of an old ass demo they put out back in 1976 produced by Gene Simmons? It’s rough. It’s unpolished. It’s awesome. Like most things in this world, you can find it on the glorious internets (a series of tubes). Yes, now you can have a taste too. Download it here: audioheaven-alexcro.blogspot.com
Every time I think of Gene Simmons I think about gayness. I think of gayness I think of South Park. And then I laugh. I give to you the The Red Badge of Gayness:
South Park’s Civil War reenactment, sponsored by “Jagerminz S’More Flavored Schnapps,” gets out of hand. Cartman persuades the drunken lot to defeat the northerners so that he can win a bet with Kyle and Stan that will make them his slaves for one month.
See it here: xepisodes.com
In other good news, retail sales continue to circle the drain:
nytimes.com. Oh, so stoked. Can’t. Buy. Anything.
Some things never change.
Back in the day, we used to joke that OLN was the Only Lance Network. The outfit calls itself Versus now, but the Only Lance Network remains as a multimedia collection of newspapers, web sites, blogs, magazines, video outlets and wire services for whom bicycle racing means All Lance, All the Time.
The latest from the OLN concerns Armstrong’s out-of-competition encounter with a French drug tester. At issue is a 20-minute shower Armstrong took between encountering said tester and the actual tests themselves. He and his people say it was a question of taking time to verify the tester’s bona fides; the French say it was a violation of the International Standard for Testing, which requires an athlete notified of his or her obligation to provide a sample to “(r)emain within direct observation of the DCO/Chaperone at all times from the point of notification by the DCO/Chaperone until the completion of the Sample collection procedure. …”
There is some dispute as to whether the tester erroneously approved the shower.
I’ll say there is some dispute. Fuck it. Now they’ve gone whole hog with the Tour de Lancelatest poll over at LA-LA land asks the question “Is Lance Armstrong being targeted by French authorities?” with 76% reporting (at the moment) “Yes, this is an abuse of authority.” Only 9% (including me) choose instead “No, it’s the duty of the AFLD to test riders.”
Really. Four out of five think Armstrong is being “targeted” in a manner which is an “abuse of authority” rather than it is “the duty of the AFLD to test riders.”
The AFLD is the anti-doping agency in France. It is unquestionably their duty to test cyclists. They do not exist to make crepes.
Ah, whatever. Who cares. Got this next one via email the other day. Pretty such sums it up.
Each and every time I hear Cantor speak, I feel like I’m being hustled. How long till the allegation of child molestation come to light with that guy? Coke and prostitutes? Something? Anything?
From: Dan Casey
This might be worth a fun link on dc. There’s a Virginia congressman, Eric Cantor, the #2 GOP member in the house, who recently appeared on NPR to criticize the bailout.
But OF ALL the things Cantor picked to criticize in that gazillion-billion package, what did he choose? Right — $3 million for bike paths in Washington, D.C.
The post includes a link for folks to let Cantor know what they think.
But it gets better.
There’s a subsequent post here, that notes Cantor subsequently went on the record describing the Dems’ stimulus ideas as old and tired and bad, and, when somebody asked him what ideas are better, he responded “Well, Rush Limbaugh has good ideas” or some pap like that.
And that post also notes that :Limbaugh, laughingly, on his Feb. 16 radio show, noted what great pleasure he takes in observing cyclists get doored.
Which is why, the posted is headlined: Va. Rep Eric Cantor and Rush Limbaugh: Two peas in a bicycle-dissing pod?
And then you have, what was described to me as, “Legend of Durham cycle sport, Wm. H. Puffington.”
Word. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
God Bless ’em, one and all.
From: Dr. Jon
Attachment is for our Spring Classic…it’s not for pussies. Toss that shit up on the site for all the Utah faithful.
Keep it real baby, we’ll be in AZ for Memorial Day rockin the MV and the P&T.like it’s goin’ out of style.
Here are some crash highlights of Paris-Roubaix, 2009. Fresh, fly and ultra.
One of these years I will be in that part of the world for that particular week, drunk off my ass and sleeping in ditches. Oh, the horror.
•Study: Children exposed to pornography may expect sex to be enjoyable
•List of race coverage out the wazoo
•Bike hottie from our man Jim
•DJ threatens cyclists
•The Battenkill Cometh
•Marilyn Chambers has gone to the Great Casting Couch in the Sky to do girl-on-girl with Linda Lovelace (credit to Harry O’Reems for the fine turn of a phrase.)
Over and out…by