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Why Lance Armstrong has my sympathy
TheDailyCaller.com ^ | 01-16-2013 | Laurie Dhue

Posted on 01/17/2013 12:08:06 PM PST by TexasCajun

Consider this: You and I have now won the Tour de France as many times as Lance Armstrong.

In case you need a quick recap: After more than a year of investigating, in June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. In August, it stripped Armstrong of all competitive results from August 1998 on, and announced that he was banned from competitive cycling for life. In October, the sport’s governing body, UCI, accepted USADA’s recommended sanctions. By early November, nearly all of his sponsors had dropped him (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack and Oakley). In mid-November, Armstrong resigned from the board of directors of his foundation, Livestrong. Yet despite all this, and even though 26 of his former teammates have offered damning evidence against him, including several who admit to doping with him, Armstrong hasn’t publicly admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs.

But that’s about to change because of — who else? — Oprah. The AP is reporting that Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in his recent interview with Oprah, which airs Thursday night on OWN. I’ll be watching not just to see an admission of guilt, but to see an admission that he’s an addict, just like me, and needs help, just like I did.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/16/why-lance-armstrong-has-my-sympathy/#ixzz2IGSzjkei


TOPICS: Humor; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: addiction; armstrong; dhue; lance
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I also abused a substance to “improve” my life. Mine was alcohol, but the effect was the same. And of course there’s the denial, which most of us addicts engaged in for years before getting help and which in Armstrong’s case seems rather epic.

1 posted on 01/17/2013 12:08:13 PM PST by TexasCajun
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Many people assume that steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are not addictive because there is no “high” associated with their use. But there is, according to Dr. Bienenfeld. “Once you try it and it works, you’re expected to perform at a higher level,” he told me. “You taste success and victory and there is definitely a high that comes with it. You realize that you need to keep employing that external enhancer in order to keep winning, otherwise you’ll just be with the herd.”
2 posted on 01/17/2013 12:09:50 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

POS Armstrong needs to return all of the money he took from the US Postal Service in sponsorship fees or go to jail for fraud.


3 posted on 01/17/2013 12:10:07 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: TexasCajun

He had a good run. He lied. He destroyed people who pointed out his lies. He got destroyed. Karma.


4 posted on 01/17/2013 12:10:34 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: TexasCajun

Yep Lance is an addict... now he can get his titles back under the Americans with Disabilities Act.... Maybe a nice Handicapped placard for his bike.


5 posted on 01/17/2013 12:12:27 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: TexasCajun

Not guilty.


6 posted on 01/17/2013 12:12:41 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: TexasCajun

Thats she’s not,,


7 posted on 01/17/2013 12:14:39 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: TexasCajun
Lance Armstrong's Olympic medal stripped away by IOC for doping
8 posted on 01/17/2013 12:15:07 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Praying for you, Laurie.

Him too, I guess.


9 posted on 01/17/2013 12:18:27 PM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: jimbo123
Not letting this POS hide behind Obama's gun-grabbing & Notre Dame's Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend Hoax!

The USPS has spend 30 Million sponsoring Lance over the years.

The USPS is considering suing him and could get treble damages.

10 posted on 01/17/2013 12:19:58 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

He doped/cheated. So did everyone else in cycling.

He lied about it. So did everyone else in cycling.

When he got caught, he denied it. So did everyone else in cycling.

When called to task for it, he used every option available to him the harass, threaten, and smear his accusers. Okay, maybe not like everyone else in cycling, but few have ever had nearly as much to lose as Armstrong did.

It doesn’t excuse him. It doesn’t make him a “good guy”. i just don’t think he’s the dastardly villain he’s being portrayed as — just no better or worse than every other cheat in the sport, who reacted in proportion to what he stood to lose. Frankly, the best punishment is for everyone to ignore him.


11 posted on 01/17/2013 12:20:04 PM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: TexasCajun

Remind me again, how many Americans is Armstrong responsible for killing in Benghazi???


12 posted on 01/17/2013 12:20:54 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: TexasCajun

When I first heard about Armstrong’s interview with Oprah, I was completely shocked. Who knew she still had an audience?


13 posted on 01/17/2013 12:21:32 PM PST by YourAdHere (January 21: Lets pray for rain, bitter temperatures, cold winds, and gray skies in Washington.)
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To: TexasCajun
I understand the point that Dhue is trying to make, but I think she's wandering way out of her true area of expertise.

First of all, I don't think we even know yet with certainty exactly what drugs Armstrong was taking. Secondly, I'm not aware of any research showing that things like HGH and the types of testosterone-boosters that most athletes typically take are "addictive". Comparing them to excessive use of alcohol strikes me as misleading and fallacious.

14 posted on 01/17/2013 12:24:45 PM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: TexasCajun

I wonder if he’s ever going to bay back the US Postal Service all the money they put into sponsoring him so that they might be able to make their retirement plan payments.


15 posted on 01/17/2013 12:25:34 PM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: kevkrom

Armstrong needs to pay back the millions in sponsorship dollars he stole from the US Postal Service or go to prison for fraud.


16 posted on 01/17/2013 12:25:37 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Wow. It looks like a lot of us are on the same page.


17 posted on 01/17/2013 12:26:30 PM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: TexasCajun

The only substance I use to improve my life is caffeine. That doesn’t mean I have tried others. They didn’t work.


18 posted on 01/17/2013 12:27:54 PM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: TexasCajun

He left his wife after she stayed with him through his cancer. For me that said a lot about him.


19 posted on 01/17/2013 12:28:19 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: TexasCajun

My problem with Lance isn’t the PEDs, his whole sport does it. My problem is the character assassination he used to defend himself. That’s unforgivable.


20 posted on 01/17/2013 12:29:15 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: kevkrom
Lance stole and cheated his way to fame & fortune.

If there were any non-doping cyclist, he did indeed steal what should rightfully be theirs by his cheating.

He defrauded sponsors & charities to the tune of multi-millions.

If only Lance had hired Rusty Hardin like Roger Clemens.

21 posted on 01/17/2013 12:29:29 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: jimbo123
Armstrong needs to return all of the money he took from the US Postal Service in sponsorship fees or go to jail for fraud.

And then the labor unions need to be thrown out of the USPS. No matter how bad Lance Armstrong has been, it doesn't even come close to the evils of union thugs, especially the goons "working" for the Postal Service. Without the corrupting influence and featherbeddding of unions, a stamp would still look like this:

In all candor, in an ideal world, the entire USPS would be consigned to the scrap heap of history. Mail and parcel delivery is far better served by the private sector but there are some Constitutional complications to overcome with abolishing the USPS.

22 posted on 01/17/2013 12:29:29 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Delta Dawn

Hillary will ‘plain it all to us next Wednesday.


23 posted on 01/17/2013 12:31:14 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Our grandson fell in love with Laurie before and at the time he started to talk.

His mom would park his high chair in front of the tv and Fox News was usually on.

At that time Laurie Dhue, was a regular on Fox.

Our grandson would watch her and smile, even if he had been crying before watching.

His first word was Mama, then Daddy, then he surprised everyone shouting ‘Lauri “DO”’, when he saw her on tv or wanted to see her.

A few months, later when he was more verbal and more demanding he would stand up in his crib and yell, “Watch Lauri DO!” until his mom would get Fox on. As soon as Luari came on he would smile, sit down, watch her and drool. His mother joked that his Dad did the same thing.


24 posted on 01/17/2013 12:33:26 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Tagline space for rent to pay for some of my extra taxes the next 4 years!)
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To: jimbo123

In my opinion, the Postal Service shouldn’t even be in the “business” of sponsoring professional athletes at all. This is a quasi-governmental agency with a near monopoly that is losing money in the billions and has to raise postal rates about every six months now. It’s wrong to squander OUR MONEY on this sort of nonsense.


25 posted on 01/17/2013 12:36:12 PM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: TexasCajun

Heck with Lance, I am sick to death of him. He is one more liar that needs to go away.

Screw you, Lance. Go away. You are just another liar spoiling the country.


26 posted on 01/17/2013 12:36:36 PM PST by dforest
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To: kevkrom

He’s a freakin’ liberal so he’s guilty of being devastating to our country from within!

Hang the POS!


27 posted on 01/17/2013 12:36:56 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: TexasCajun; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

A black transvestite I once knew, a very funny guy, sometimes addressed people saying “Miss Thing” or “Miss Dhue”!


28 posted on 01/17/2013 12:37:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Daveinyork; jimbo123
Experts: Lance Armstrong confession could cost him tens of millions

A Justice Department official told NBC News some lawyers in the civil division are pushing for the government to join a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010.

The suit is under seal but published reports have said that Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis brought it on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, which sponsored the team and paid out $30 million in fees.

If successful, the suit could compel Armstrong and other defendants to pay back that money plus $60 million in damages, with up to 30 percent going to Landis. Federal involvement in the suit could improve Landis' chances.

29 posted on 01/17/2013 12:39:10 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I know that Miss Dhue, like all talking heads, can read having to read a teleprompter for living, but when did she learn to write?


30 posted on 01/17/2013 12:39:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: jpl
In my opinion, the Postal Service shouldn’t even be in the “business”...

Fixed it! :-)

See my post a few back on this matter. And yes, I know of Article I: Section 8: Clause 7 in the Constitution. I favor a strict interpretation that allows Congress the power to only designate facilities but would allow free enterprise to perform the job of mail handling and get it out the role of inefficient government bureaucrats and their evil union allies.

Lawyers?

31 posted on 01/17/2013 12:42:58 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: TexasCajun

My jock/felon is better/faster/stronger than your jock/felon/


32 posted on 01/17/2013 12:44:40 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: TexasCajun

For the life of me, I can’t understand why the USPS sponsored a cycling team in the first place.

$32 million, over 4 years....to sponsor a sport that is really only popular with their customers a few weeks out of the year.

Wow.


33 posted on 01/17/2013 12:45:57 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Our grandson would watch her and smile, even if he had been crying before watching.

Me too Grampa Dave.


34 posted on 01/17/2013 12:46:30 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: jpl

I wonder...did Armstrong take these drugs continuously? Or only in the run up to big races.

If Armstrong was able to abstain from use when not racing (and to pass drug tests), I wouldn’t exactly say he was addicted to the drugs. Rather, I’d say he was addicted to winning.


35 posted on 01/17/2013 12:49:14 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: TexasCajun

GUILTY!

36 posted on 01/17/2013 12:49:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: jimbo123

To prevail in a lawsuit the USPS would have to prove damages. What are its monetary damage? None of his former sponsors have a case.

Armstrong is an ahole, but that is a different issue.

He will have liability to those he defamed and to the media outlet he successfully sued for defamation.

In the world of cycling, his actions were nothing out of the ordinary, he just avoided getting caught longer than most.


37 posted on 01/17/2013 12:49:54 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: jimbo123
Armstrong needs to pay back the millions in sponsorship dollars he stole from the US Postal Service or go to prison for fraud.

Sounds fair. What about every other doper who pushed a pedal and took sponsorship money to do so?

38 posted on 01/17/2013 12:50:22 PM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: TexasCajun

This just in:

Tour de France officials have finally found a “clean” winner for the 2003 tour. Jeremy Koutsis was just 8 years old when he was randomly selected to ride in the prologue that year as a publicity stunt for one of the tour sponsors.

” Since Jeremy was not tested he must be presumed to not have taken any performances enhancing drugs” said one tour official. The official also said they would be monitoring Jeremy for the rest of his life for any deviations in his performance. “ Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the race.”

In a related story the US testing agency that nailed Armstrong indicated they had procured an Eddie Mercks’ hair sample from an old photo album and would have a startling announcement in the coming weeks.


39 posted on 01/17/2013 12:52:09 PM PST by waredbird
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To: re_nortex
And yes, I know of Article I: Section 8: Clause 7 in the Constitution. I favor a strict interpretation that allows Congress the power to only designate facilities but would allow free enterprise to perform the job of mail handling and get it out the role of inefficient government bureaucrats and their evil union allies.

The Constitution authorizes Congress to set up post offices, it doesn't mandate that it do so.

40 posted on 01/17/2013 12:53:52 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: TexasCajun; a fool in paradise

What a wonderful world! I’ll never buy any Armstrong’s LPs any more!


41 posted on 01/17/2013 12:55:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: TexasCajun

Laurie, you didn’t go after people who told the truth about you or lie about it for years. It’s not the substance abuse... people know that happens. It’s the repeated covering up of it while he was competing.


42 posted on 01/17/2013 12:56:23 PM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: TexasCajun

Lying, cheating, deceit, corruption, self-serving interest, tactics of personal destruction aimed at critics or those tyring to get to the truth resulting in people getting harmed. What is the big deal? We see our government do this every damn day.

Nothing to see here, move on.


43 posted on 01/17/2013 1:02:42 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: TexasCajun

FULA
Yes, Laurie Dhue me. . .


44 posted on 01/17/2013 1:02:54 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: jimbo123

That seems unlikely because, when the sponsorship was underway, Armstrong was seen as a hero and the Postal Service benefitted from their association with him.


45 posted on 01/17/2013 1:06:18 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: TexasCajun
Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to steal from the rightful winners.

Laurie Dhue thinks alcohol helped her career in the same way?

She's delusional.

46 posted on 01/17/2013 1:07:56 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: TexasCajun

If he cheated, he cheated.


47 posted on 01/17/2013 1:11:46 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TexasCajun

I believe the USPS or any organization that sponsors cycling are enablers. Much the same as all the sportswriters and MLB enabled and turned their blind eye to the juiced up ball players circa 1990s into the 2000s.

All these sponsors knew that cycling was then and always has been dirty but now they want plausible deniability just like the sportswriters now are so pious by punishing the people they cheered on while they were performing unbelievable feats.


48 posted on 01/17/2013 1:21:45 PM PST by waredbird
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To: TexasCajun

I believe the USPS or any organization that sponsors cycling are enablers. Much the same as all the sportswriters and MLB enabled and turned their blind eye to the juiced up ball players circa 1990s into the 2000s.

All these sponsors knew that cycling was then and always has been dirty but now they want plausible deniability just like the sportswriters now are so pious by punishing the people they cheered on while they were performing unbelievable feats.


49 posted on 01/17/2013 1:21:45 PM PST by waredbird
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To: lacrew

That’s what I thought too. How could the USPS even afford to sponsor a little league team much less a pro cycling team? Aren’t they suppose to always be so strapped for money?


50 posted on 01/17/2013 1:28:50 PM PST by texaschick
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