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  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/24/2011 7:28:26 AM PDT · 509 of 534
    leilani to luv2ski
    Yeah, sad for Andy, but, wow, did Cadel earn this one and iike you said Andy has plenty of time. So fantastic that the Land of Oz finally gets the honor, too.

    I've only one minor quibble and it's that I'd have preferred Voelker had the privilege of stepping up to a podium in Paris today somehow.

    But hopefully, he'll get lots of endorsement contracts in compensation for his heroic hard work serving as the Energizer lapin of the TdF this year.

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/22/2011 9:28:06 AM PDT · 457 of 534
    leilani to Eurotwit
    Holy $%*&! Are you and your family okay?
  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/19/2011 9:00:51 AM PDT · 317 of 534
    leilani to kevkrom
    Yeah, I thought today's stage was fun too especially with that mischievous Thor once again showing his true colors as a SINO*.

    Plus it looks like Alberto's strategy of keeping his powder dry to allow his banged up knee time to heal may be paying off - it seems to have recovered enough to have let him make up some of his lost time today.

    And if he didn't overdo it on this stage, maybe he can rouse a couple of members of the snoozing Schleck clan from their family naptime & stage a rootin-tootin' shoot-out up the Galabier & L'Alpe d'Huez.

    (Or maybe that wascally SINO Thor can steal it away from the lot of them when no one's looking! Heh-heh.)

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/16/2011 8:00:55 AM PDT · 276 of 534
    leilani to Eurotwit; West Texas Chuck
    Ha, Roy and Moncoutie - and the French media who thought they had the stage win in the bag one way or the other - didn't even know what hit 'em, did they?

    But I think in all the commotion yesterday maybe the God of Thunder must have gotten a couple of his consonants confused, because he sure looked to me like the God of Plunder raiding down the Col d'Ausbique to snatch the spoils of victory right outta the hands of the French natives.

    So Euro, since it's a local number for you, maybe you should call that Viking Ship Museum in Oslo & tell 'em they need to update their exhibit. Because even though those cool longships used to get the job done pretty well back in the day, the preferred mode of transportation for invading Norsemen these days seems to be a Cervelo S5.

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/15/2011 1:02:22 PM PDT · 267 of 534
    leilani to All
    **s p o i l e r **

    Whoaaaaaaaaaa, Thor! Ride 'em Norski cowboy! Yæï -Håø, Yïppië-kây-yåï-yö!

    Most fun stage so far this year. What would you call what he just did there? Cuz it sure wasn't cycling. More like, Saddle Schüssing?

    Whatever, it looks like TdF needs a new jersey competition for King of the Slalom. Who knew that boy was such a hotdogger?

    And perfect timing for a daredevil stage win like this, too, since he's in negotiations this very weekend for a team to call home next year. Give that man a raise, Garmin!

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/11/2011 1:22:04 PM PDT · 209 of 534
    leilani to leilani
    The website Cyclocosm looks at the statistics to see if the 2011 Tour de France really has been more dangerous, and concludes it hasn't & that the 2003, 1997 and 2007 races were actually harder hit:

    [T]his years race hasn’t been as brutal as you might expect in terms of sending riders home. Through nine stages, 2011 is just a touch above the 15-year-average, and well below what you’d expect for such a full field. Certainly the GC contenders have been overrepresented in the early departures, but that higher visibility doesn’t necessarily reflect a more destructive event... It’s certainly felt like a more dangerous race, and viewer reactions (mine included) have helped foster that sense. But looking at the numbers, it’s pretty clear that reaction is not reflective of a greater number of crashes, but more a result of a greater public awareness of and affection for the athletes involved.

    It may be that we're just seeing more of the crashes captured in more spectacularly vivid fashion on camera this year. And it also may be that everybody (players, race commentators & fans at home) have been seriously spooked after Leopard Trek's Wouter Weylandt died at the Giro two months ago. He was the first rider to die in a major tour since since Fabio Casartelli was killed in the 1995 TdF - a lot of the riders in this Tour were toddlers when that one happened. Everyone's on edge since the Giro, so our perspective on the crashes is magnified by that.

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/11/2011 1:15:39 PM PDT · 208 of 534
    leilani to luv2ski
    What I don’t really understand is what else [investigators] can learn from interviews beyond watching the video

    Even though the crash does look like a typical move somebody makes when they're startled by obstructions in the road (drivers instinctively turn the wheel toward whichever hand is dominant), I'm still hoping somebody did an immediate blood alcohol test on the driver.

    I hate to say this, but when I first saw the crash and rewound to try to make out the sign on the car & saw it was a France 2 vehicle, I instantly thought of Princess Diana's crash. The investigation showed her French driver had ingested an ungodly amount of booze in her Parisian hotel's bar downstairs right before she stepped into the car that night.

    Evidently Hooglander & Flecha's respective teams are doing their own investigations to be sure their riders' interests are served and at least one of 'em is not ruling out legal action. Via UK's The Guardian, Team Sky May Sue Over Flecha Car Crash

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/11/2011 8:56:40 AM PDT · 198 of 534
    leilani to luv2ski
    Didn't see his Dad, but if anybody knows how hard these guys train to get to TdF it's a parent. Must be every bit as excruciating for the father as it is for his son.

    But aside from the disappointment & the anger, surely he also has to be damned proud of his kid. Hoogerland looked like he'd been mauled by a mountain lion, but he got right up and into the race again, with his sliced & diced flesh and bike shorts flapping in the wind and finished what he began.

    Now that's a true competitor.Very impressive.

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/10/2011 7:09:23 PM PDT · 182 of 534
    leilani to deport; luv2ski
    That team car driver needs to be banned from the rest of the tour. - deport

    He did get expelled this afternoon. Via CyclingFan:

    The ASO made a statement after the Tour de France stage, about the incident. “Following the accident which occurred at the 167 kilometers mark … involving the riders Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland, vehicle Euro Media numbered 800 has been excluded from the Tour de France.”

    Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme was furious about the unforgettable incident and explained his feelings about the day.

    “I announced on Radio Tour, which is the channel everyone should be listening to, that all cars should pull to the side and give priority to the team cars,” said Prudhomme.

    “The car previously received the order from the race direction not to pass and let the Europcar team manager get through to the breakaway to give Thomas Voeckler the bottle he was asking for.

    “They did not take that order into account … and caused the crash of both riders. This behavior is intolerable.”

    Via VeloNation, the riders' team managers are weighing their options:

    The driver is the second to be thrown off the Tour, with a motorbike pilot sent home after a stage four incident involving Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank SunGard).

    For now, both Sky Procycling and Vacansoleil are delaying their comments. Dave Brailsford said the team wanted to wait. “After the stage everyone's emotional now. We'll look at the situation tomorrow and we'll take the matter forward then.”

    Vacansoleil said in a statement that it too would think over things. “After the horrible accident of Johnny Hoogerland and Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) in the 9th stage of the Tour de France the managment of Vacansoleil-DCM will discuss what has happened tomorrow with the parties involved. No further comments will be made today so that they are not based on emotions,” it stated.

    Hoogland himself seemed pretty sanguine about it, though- at least at first. Via Cyclism’Actu (roughly translated from the French over there):

    "We can be happy to be alive, it's horrible. I don't want to blame anyone, because no one ever does things like this on purpose. Those who drove the car must already feel terribly guilty, and I'm sure they'll apologize. In any case, Juan Antonio [Flecha, other the cyclist who got whacked by the car] came me to apologize. This shouldn't happen, but there's always a risk. "

    That comment may have been before it sunk in & before he wept at the polka dot ceremony, however - so heartbreaking, luv2ski.

    And so infuriating!

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/08/2011 12:28:59 PM PDT · 124 of 534
    leilani to PeteB570

    Absolutely agree. It’s that dynamic combination of all the rich visuals which makes it so compelling -and so wonderfully festive- to look at.

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/08/2011 12:17:43 PM PDT · 122 of 534
    leilani to luv2ski; Baynative
    What an interesting tale of cycling from one who knows! Please share more of your racing experience!

    I'll second that, luv2ski. You really do have a knack for storytelling, baynative. I was just looking for that cool story you told us about meeting Phil Leggett one year (that was you, right?) but couldn't track it down in a search just now to give a link to it.

    Seems like the best sports writing IMO is the kind that does tell a good story. You ought to consider covering races as a freelance when you retire. Then you could travel to TdF and maybe as a sideline take over for Didi when he retires!

    He is getting up there in years. Somebody's gonna have to do something soon about appointing a successor. ;-)

  • Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/08/2011 12:07:25 PM PDT · 121 of 534
    leilani to Baynative
    I've been enjoying all the kinetic displays this year too. Are there more of those than there used to be or were they always out there in the fields & they're only now choosing to show more of them to TV viewers?

    And so many gorgeous shots of all the Loire châteaux aujourd'hui! Showcasing the scenery is how you can get more female eyeballs to your coverage, Versus.

    [Speaking of which, j'espère que vous avez eu la chance de voir tous ces belles images du paysage fantastique, dearly departed RighteousMomma (AKA JusteMaman?), wherever you are out there in Zotland!]

  • America Has No Voice At FOX: Refuse To Air Bachmann's Speech Tonight (CNN will)

    01/25/2011 12:41:23 PM PST · 82 of 116
    leilani to USSR Didnt Fall
    Is there any question in anybody's mind that CNN is not in the right's corner after their shameful coverage of the Tucson massacre?

    Then ask yourself the question: why would this known leftist outlet which has been attempting to falsely smear all conservatives & the Tea Party as freaking mass murderers for pete's sake be so very hot to trot to air the Bachmann response?

    Could it be that if Bachmann diverts attention, dilutes the message and diminishes the impact of the Ryan response, she confuses the public by creating cacophony out of the opposition's case and all the members of the public out there whom we need to persuade in order to make real conservative change in this country will be left with really only one message (from the POTUS & speaking for all lib dems) which will achieve a clear & unified and therefore more powerful & persuasive resonance?

    Barack & ALL the Dems in DC & across the country will be coming out with a single 'mission statement' for the public to digest tonight.

    As it is, even had Bachmann not self-servingly chosen to insert herself into the mix, we'd have been at a severe PR disadvantage in getting our message accorded the same level of importance as his by the biased MSM.

    But now thanks to Bachmann, and at a very critical moment, we're stupidly divvying up into separate little teams and sending out a divided, confusing defense against the Democratic power establishment's unified offensive line.

    THAT's why CNN is more than thrilled to air Bachmann's attention-diverting response. By giving the press the hand-engraved invitation to cover the divisions among Republicans rather than a cohesive message itself, Bachmann actually helps the MSM's very good friends in this White House & at the DNC.

    Sure, lots of US would like to hear what she has to say. But we're already well & truly convinced Obama and the Dems are sending the country to ruin. It doesn't matter for us whether she turns our alternative to the Dem agenda into a muddled, cacophonic mess because we ALREADY FRIKKIN' GET IT!

    But it sure as hell does matter if the rest of the country whom we need to convincingly communicate our message in order to pull this nation back from the brink of disaster gets distracted & confused by what we're trying to say. We just don't get many opportunities like this to speak in unison to the nation with a clear persuasive voice, and Bachmann is inexplicably trying to piss it away!

    So no, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Fox was the only cable outlet fair enough to the conservative side to give us the most strategically advantageous opportunity possible to deliver our response to the millions of people who need to hear it. And I for one will be eternally grateful if, unlike CNN, FNC decides NOT to sabotage the clarity of the opposition's case right after the leftlib dem one the Prez gets to make by himself tonight holding a much bigger megaphone than ours. And I'm not even a fan of FoxNews - haven't watched 'em except on election nights in years!

  • The Case Against Lance Armstrong

    01/22/2011 1:57:14 PM PST · 27 of 32
    leilani to patriotspride; Ready4Freddy
    I’m going to believe him, until it’s proven otherwise.I’d like to believe that in spite of the prevalence of drug usage , even in this sport ,there’s still that person whose genes give them a natural advantage over other competitors.

    Yeah, innocent until proven guilty for me too, because otherwise what's the point? Also, if as we keep being told, everybody does it, he must have had some kind of natural advantage to keep beating the pants off his fellow dopers, no?

    I'm not naive about pro-cycling, I'm not inclined to think Lance is an angel, I don't have a vested interest in his innocence and I've been prepared for the smoking gun against the man to land on my FR ping page via Ready4Freddy for a long time, but it Just. Never. Comes. The Feds' case certainly isn't helped that all the same people who've been making make the same charge against him for ten years are totally creepy & have really weird axes to grind.

    And to this day, I just cannot get past the idea that a doctor - indeed any competent medical professional of sound mind who'd received any training at all - would ask a patient sensitive questions for inclusion in his history (and make diagnostic judgements & treatment decisions based on the responses received) in front of a gaggle of various & sundry & familially unrelated hangers-on during a football game.

    Yet that's what Frankie & Betsy (and if we are to believe Greg LeMond, Stephanie McIlvain (sp?) on alternate days) have claimed: one of his cancer docs asked (and expected to get an honest answer from a patient) all these uncomfortable, highly private & potentially incriminating questions in a public place with all of all those people leaning in & listening intently enough to memorize the patient's confessional answers. Uh-unh. No sale.

    The only thing really new I can see in this article was the "charge" about the Baxter HemAssist clinical trials until I deconstructed the 2 paragraphs (last graphs on page 5 at the SI link) wherein the authors actually try to pin it on him.

    There isn't the faintest glimmer of a suggestion there exists any actual record of him participating in the trials of which they are even aware. Only that 1) Someone who is not named in the article allegedly said Lance was "interested in Baxter, whatever the hell that means. 2) Baxter at one time was conducting trials of the drug Hema-Assist which could be of benefit to cyclists. and 3) It's possible that some of the drug which went out of production after the trial was canceled might - might! - still be laying around and are therefore in (oooh) danger of perhaps - perhaps! - being stolen by a conniving Texan who possibly - possibly! - rides a bike for a living, but, oops, the researcher associated with the clinical trial says they're likely all still accounted for. Er, never mind.

    I mean, that's an awfully thin pretext to oh-so-casually invite your readers to infer that Armstrong was actually benefiting somehow from the purloined stuff in competition, SI. The very WORST form of yellow journalism. Textbook, in fact.

    And the thing is, SI isn't just casually slandering Armstrong with this HemAssist charge. He'd have to have been in cahoots with the manufacturer and/or the director &/or unethical lab managers of the clinical trials to get his mitts on what was then an unbanned substance for non-medical reasons, so SI is essentially defaming all their reputations too based on the unbelievably wispy 'evidence' that someone allegedly told the fed investigators that at one time "Armstrong was interested in Baxter." Wow. Just wow.

    So good going Selena! You managed to learn absolutely NOTHING from your much-criticized "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" coverage of the Duke LAX players. Amazing accomplishment.

    Based on the evidence you've just given us of your professional incompetence, may we infer YOU are now in all probability also ingesting illegal substances which have impaired your journalistic judgement so severely that you actually signed your name to this dreck?

  • Why Marco Rubio's Election Would Be the Most Important One for Conservatives

    11/01/2010 6:38:55 PM PDT · 43 of 56
    leilani to La Enchiladita

    You too, La E. (see above post). Thanks for fighting the good fight here, too.

  • Why Marco Rubio's Election Would Be the Most Important One for Conservatives

    11/01/2010 6:36:55 PM PDT · 42 of 56
    leilani to AuH2ORepublican
    I don't come to FR much anymore mostly because of all the threads with thoroughly demoralizing comments like some of the ones here, but I wish I could reach into my laptop screen right now & hug that post of yours. Mmmwack! <---big sloppy wet kiss right there.

    Who would know better how to restore the American Dream than someone who had a front row seat for the first 18 years of his life watching his Mom & Dad living it?

    Good luck tomorrow, Marco!

  • FReeper Carolinamom has passed [Funeral services information at post #224]

    11/01/2010 11:42:11 AM PDT · 210 of 242
    leilani to swheats
    Peace to her family and I miss Howlin.

    Boy, I do too. FR is missing a lot of its brightest & most distinctive voices. But wherever she is now, I hope she's still calling 'em like she sees 'em. Some people at FR resented that for some reason, but she's definitely one of the smarter ones on our side.

  • FReeper Carolinamom has passed [Funeral services information at post #224]

    11/01/2010 11:32:39 AM PDT · 209 of 242
    leilani to aphid

    That photo of the gorgous peonies she had grown that you posted here, aphid, was just such a wonderfully sweet & uplifting addition to this thread - especially since we all learned thatCmom had been workiing in her beloved garden before she died. Thank you.

    My condolences to you & all her friends at FR & at other forums online. I know that every one of you will cherish those moments of heartfelt camaraderie you were lucky enough to share with her.

  • FReeper Carolinamom has passed [Funeral services information at post #224]

    11/01/2010 11:28:14 AM PDT · 208 of 242
    leilani to DollyCali

    I am so sorry to hear about CarolinaMom, Dolly. Prayers that all of her kids will keep strong through their grief, especially with the shock of losing her so suddenly.

    I’m also sorry you won’t get to finally meet her in this life as you’d both planned, but maybe your Mom can keep her company until you get the chance later (tho’ much later!)

    I hope your Mom’s memorial was just as blingy as she’d have wanted and that you and your brother were able to enjoy sharing memories with all the people who loved her yesterday.

    Gosh, it’s been a sad year, hasn’t it?

  • Armed Gunman spotted at Texas A&m University [Update: replica weapon]

    10/28/2010 3:01:14 PM PDT · 51 of 111
    leilani to christianhomeschoolmommaof3

    Not just Laura but her father-in-law GHWBush 41 and wife Barbara are also supposed to be there right now for an exhibit opening at his library (about a mile from Rudder Tower where the possible gunman is being sought.)

  • Tropical Storm Richard

    10/21/2010 1:54:22 PM PDT · 33 of 39
    leilani to numberonepal
    That GFDL model is no good.

    Darnit, and that's the one that had the best chance of looping around and knocking El Jefe Fidel on his big fat culo, isn't it? :-)

    (Glad the Cuban people aren't likely to get hit since that model is faulty, though; they seem to suffer more than any on the planet from the ravages of huracánes.. They need a break - a decade long break at least!)

  • Tropical Storm Richard

    10/21/2010 10:00:46 AM PDT · 22 of 39
    leilani to dirtboy
    Hurricanes generally don’t hit Texas this time of year, the prevailing winds tend to push them off to the Northeast. Western Florida and the FL Panhandle need to be watching this one.

    That's what all the models seem to say also, thank heavens for us. Not so good for the western FL peninsula though.

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    10/14/2010 4:42:36 PM PDT · 62 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Does WADA decide if he's disqualified as champion or UCI, I wonder?

    But en cualquier caso the dude's still tostada.

    Just cut out the middlemen & give the yellow jersey to Andy yourself, already, Alberto!

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 1:44:14 PM PDT · 49 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Here's another good find, also very balanced, over at

    Ross Tucker & Jonathan Dugas: Alberto Contador tests positive for clenbuterol - thoughts and conjecture

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 1:39:44 PM PDT · 48 of 63
    leilani to Hot Tabasco
    Yeah, that's what cracks me up when people come on forum threads (not just here at FR) & say "Nobody here is interested in threads about "x", they shouldn't be posted." But the topic certainly piqued their interest enough to take the trouble to click it on & even post a response letting everyone else know about their thoughts on the topic, no?

    Besides which anybody who says cycling has nothing to do with politics doesn't know cycling very well - or politics for that matter! ;-)

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 12:49:25 PM PDT · 45 of 63
    leilani to All
    In re the issue of the incredibly minute quantities found, Velonation has a pretty balanced article posted with a possible explanation NOT in Alberto's favor:

    Rasmus Damsgaard, the founder of the anti-doping system used by a number of teams, including Contador’s Astana team until last year, is one that does not believe in the Spanish rider’s innocence.

    “If the data is correct then it’s most likely that it is a ‘Landis’,” Damsgaard told Danish TV station TV2 via SMS. “It would suggest that he has received a transfusion of his own blood, taken out a few months earlier when he used clenbuterol, which he has gotten back into his body.”

    They also quote Andy Schleck's twitter page:

    “What a crazy day in cycling with the news about Contador,” he said via his Twitter page, “ I only heard about it in the press I hope he is innocent and I think he deserves the right to defend himself now.”

    Classy boy & such a sweetiepie.

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 11:26:21 AM PDT · 42 of 63
    leilani to leilani

    PS) I don’t know why google thinks your qualifications for expertise in the matter are superior to mine. Harumph! ;-)

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 11:24:40 AM PDT · 41 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy

    This is funny. I was googling about clenbuterol being banned for livestock and your post at #33 came up. You are now an internet expert on drug additives allowable under EU regs,just thought you’d like to know. Congrats!

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 11:21:33 AM PDT · 40 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Not sure about the 2009 pdf. Still looking and there's a lot of conflicting info about whether or not it's legal in the EU for non-pig livestock. (Pork definitely, though.)
  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 11:07:00 AM PDT · 38 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy

    oops, meant to ping you for the above post.

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 11:05:55 AM PDT · 37 of 63
    leilani to leilani
  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 10:45:22 AM PDT · 35 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Evidently Alberto C held a press conference today. Here's his version:

    "The organiser of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon came to the Tour and our cook asked if he could bring some good meat.

    "This person bought this meat in a shop (in Spain) on the way to France. I don't know where the shop gets their meat supply from.

    "He arrived that day and on the afternoon of the 20th (July), a day before our rest day, the meat was cooked."

    Contador said he was not the only rider to eat the meat, but that he was the only one of those who had who was tested on July 21.

    "(Alexander Vinokourov) went to the (doping) control with me, but he hadn't eaten the meat," said Contador, who will ride for Team Saxo Bank next season after deciding to leave Astana.

    "Of all the other riders, none went through the control.

    "I told all of this to UCI.

    "The UCI understands perfectly what has happened. This is a different case because it's a clear case of contamination, incomparable to any other clenbuterol case.

    "It's such a minimal amount that it is only possible to come from a food contamination. And in terms of performance it would not be any use at all - any expert can confirm this."

    Where did you get the info that it was banned for livestock in the EU, R4F? Not doubting, I just want to confirm.

  • Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test

    09/30/2010 9:53:28 AM PDT · 32 of 63
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Hmmm. Very strange. As everybody's already pointed out, these guys are not only tested throughout the tour, they're tested throughout the year. And he tests positive during a recovery day, but "his urine sample had a “very small concentration” of the banned drug."? HUH???

    I'm no fan of Contador's but I think I'm gonna need “further scientific investigation before any conclusion [can] be drawn,”too.

    From R4R's NYT link: "Traces of clenbuterol have been found in nutritional supplements...The swimmer Jessica Hardy missed the 2008 Olympics after testing positive for the drug; she said she had taken a contaminated supplement. An arbitration panel later ruled that her claim was true and reduced her two-year ban to one year."

    And here is a another story backing the notion that he ingested contaminated meat:

    Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's claim that bad meat is to blame for his positive doping test is entirely plausible since clenbuterol is commonly given to animals destined for human consumption, experts say. The drug is often used to speed up growth in animals, including chickens, cows and pigs. Clenbuterol is usually stored in the liver or muscle tissue.

    I mean, if you're gonna cheat, are ya gonna do it with trace elements of a banned substance that wouldn't do you any good in those quantities?

    They had absolutely no business even provisionally suspending him &/or releasing this story unless they had the goods on this guy, even if he is a cabron. Cycling officials are way too cavalier about gratuitously harming their athletes' reputations without foundation.

  • Suicidal student's 4 shots terrorize UT campus

    09/29/2010 2:13:39 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    leilani to expat_panama
    Remember that the architectural centerpiece of the campus is the tower whose top floor was a student lounge. That was until a sniper took it over and killed a few dozen people, and the reason he killed so many was the slow reaction time of the police in putting a lid on things. My daughter missed classes that day because all students got a cel text telling them to stay away, and I'm glad

    Hmmm. Are you talking about the Charles Whitman massacre? That's the only major shooting I'm aware of at UT. (Not counting suicides. UT has always been plagued with them, just as all large universities are.)

    1966 was way before my time, but I don't think text messaging was as popular in Austin back in those days as it is today. ;-

  • Lance Armstrong Reportedly Tied to Performance-Enhancers in Recording

    09/17/2010 4:58:04 PM PDT · 52 of 52
    leilani to All
    From the article: Greg LeMond has reportedly given prosecutors the taped conversation with McIlvain along with tens of thousands of documents corroborating evidence against Armstrong.

    Tens of thousands? TENS OF EFFING THOUSANDS?

    Good God almighty, LeMonde is a very, very, very sick man.

    Who knows if LA doped, but it's OVER dammit. Despite extensive testing, he was never caught during competition, his career is now over, and this is what the Feds are spending tax money on to prosecute?

    The American people haven't been able to get the DOJ to even look at prosecuting ongoing voter fraud, rampant voter intimidation & blatant suppression of civil rights right under their collective noses, but boy howdy Uncle Sam is going to drain the US Treasury proving what a sports promotion organization tried obsessively for a decade to prove but somehow never could - a freaking FRENCH sports promotion company, at that.

    It's a bicycle race, for heavens sake, & the alleged doping they're investigating, if it occurred at all, occurred a decade ago & a continent away.

    Our tax dollars at work, people. Uneffenbelievable.

  • Lance Armstrong Reportedly Tied to Performance-Enhancers in Recording

    09/17/2010 4:48:29 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    leilani to green iguana
    This is old news - old as in Frankie Andrieu’s wife told this story a long time ago. It is known. It was in 2006 and Lance was discussing his post cancer treatment with EPO and steroids with the doctors who proscribed the treatment. All the cycling entities and WADA have known about this for a long time. It means nothing. - green iguana

    Yes! And didn't the Doc himself contradict what Betsy A. (& evidently this Oakley rep too, depending upon to whom she speaking & in what year) said they were even talking about at all?

    All of which comports with somebody else's point upthread that it would be very strange for a medical professional to quiz a patient on their history with illegal substances with a crowd of all these non-related people in the room listening in.

    Even before the HIPPA regs came into effect, it would have been professionally unethical to do that, not to mention a waste of time, since any answer a patient might give under those circumstances is not guaranteed to be fully truthful.

  • Tour de France champ Laurent Fignon dies at 50

    09/01/2010 8:14:55 AM PDT · 20 of 21
    leilani to Cagey
    Not taking anything away from LeMond, but technology on LeMond’s part was a big part of the reason Fignon lost that final time trial.

    Fignon complained for the rest of his life that LeMond's newfangled handlebars were out of regulation & gave the American an unfair advantage which cost him his win.

    But Fignon may have sabotaged himself too. I either read or heard from Phil or Paul once that someone actually sat down & did a few calculations and figured out that Fignon's trademark (at the time) ponytail flapping in the wind would have caused significant enough aerodynamic drag over the length of the tour to have cost him those infamous 8 seconds to LeMond.

  • Freeper Congressman BillyBob has died

    08/22/2010 4:42:46 PM PDT · 982 of 1,079
    leilani to DollyCali
    Oh darn, what sad news, Dolly. John Armor was a veritable institution on this forum. It must be especially painful to his family to have lost him right after he made it over the biggest hurdle.

    But gosh! His was certainly a life well-lived, wasn't it? After reading the snippets of his bio on this thread just now, it's clear he was a go-getter who had passion for life and for his country and wasn't inclined to just sit on the sidelines and let others called all the shots for either one.

    My heartfelt condolences to you & all the other people on this forum who grew to love & respect their 'representative' Congressman BillyBob (R-Free Republic) and who will surely miss his contribution to the give & take here. He was irreplaceable.

    And thanks so much for making such a lovely thread so that all CBB's friends here could pay tribute & say goodbye, Dolly.

  • Religious, Comments

    08/17/2010 5:46:33 AM PDT · 219 of 288
    leilani to learner
    [Religious posts] should be shunted to some separate page

    Um, they ARE shunted to a separate page. I don't see them.

    Your vanity isn't clear. You've been here for over a decade & you haven't yet figured out that you need to set your browsing criteria to filter out all but the articles you prefer to read? You sure you didn't leave off the modifier for your screen name? You know, the one that starts with SL and ends with OW?

    Or are you insisting in this post that FR should be pre-configured to automatically cater to your unique preferences and, unlike other Freepers, you alone should not be required to expend the minimal effort required to configure the articles you see on the front page when you click on the Forum to comport with your own interests?

    In which case perhaps we should try to break the news to you gently today: you're really NOT that special, kid.

  • Founder Of Reaganomics Says That "Without A Revolution, Americans Are History"

    08/17/2010 4:54:51 AM PDT · 44 of 88
    leilani to piasa
    Exactly. Ronald Reagan himself would be very surprised to discover that the far left has taken to calling Paul Craig Roberts "The Father of Reaganomics" in order to bolster Roberts' cred for all of his support for their nutty paranoid & anti-semitic conspiracies, including 9/11 trutherism. He was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy for less than a year (1981) during which time he helped work on the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. Not even a frickin' Under Secretary. That's it.

    Ah, but now he's been miraculously promoted to the "Father of Reaganomics" by the Michael Moore crowd on the loony left & to some extent the gullible far right who were either too young during Reagan's Presidency & haven't read their histories of Reagan's political career very well or they were/are too stoned to figure out they're being thoroughly bamboozled here by people who are NO FANS OF REAGAN.

  • Team Radio Shack Developments (Ongoing Thread)

    08/05/2010 3:21:59 PM PDT · 239 of 240
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    Is this the first time they've convened a Grand Jury for this? What I find rather curious is they're investigating doping activity on the US Postal team which dissolved in 2004. Is the statute of limitations for this 7 years or something? Is that why they're putting the pedal to the metal on it now, marshalling so many resources for it & leaking to the press all this stuff to pressure other riders?

    I long ago prepared myself for the possibility Lance would get nailed. He's innocent until proven guilty but I'm not naive. I've just always kinda compartmentalized it by rationalizing that if everybody's been doping like everybody keeps saying (& now confessing), then all that means is he won 7 times by riding on a level playing field 7 times.

    I'd be more surprised - and disappointed - about Big George for some reason, though. Don't have any idea why it would be different for him, it just is.

    Sprinter & green jersey winner Petacchi, incidentally, invoked the Italian version of the 5th amendment the other day during a meeting with prosecutors there who are investigating him for doping.

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/29/2010 5:11:58 PM PDT · 1,229 of 1,232
    leilani to Ready4Freddy; All
    Just in case somebody hadn't seen this, it seems Contador is taking his diva act on the road & leaving Team Astana reportedly over a dispute over salary & for his unhappiness with repeated equipment failures which plagued the team during important races, including the cheapo team radio which went out during his final TdF TT, but mostly over the dispute on salary, as Ace might put it.(I'll bet Team Radio Shack got a big kick hearing about all their problems with electronics!)

    Also in that article is something I hadn't heard which will dash the hopes of all of us here who'd hoped he might sign with Radio Shack:

    It is unclear who Contador will race for in 2011, but Bjarne Riis's team, set to lose Schleck to a new Luxemberg squad, looks like the most likely destination for the Tour winner. Sky have already said they have no interest in signing the Spaniard.


  • Team Radio Shack Developments (Ongoing Thread)

    07/27/2010 4:09:00 PM PDT · 230 of 240
    leilani to Ready4Freddy
    "Prosecutors "aren't going to charge somebody with doping," said Mike Straubel, an attorney at the Valparaiso University Sports Law Clinic in Indiana, who represents athletes. "They are going to charge somebody with a secondary offense of fraud in some fashion—perjury or lying to a federal investigator."

    TRANSLATION: An ambitious prosecutor wishing to garner publicity for himself by going after celebrities can still get his name in the papers & burnish his CV even if in the end he only wins the mickey mouse tacked-on charges.

    If you initiate an investigation not to seek justice for a crime committed, but to to trap somebody for lying to authorities during the investigation itself, you still get just as rich & famous as the attorneys who pursue suspects with the intent of actually proving that the very alleged crimes which precipitated the investigation did indeed occur.

    Kinda makes ya feel all warm & fuzzy inside about our federal justice system, doesn't it?

    Gee, it's just too darn bad Ironman doesn't have a fishing expedition component in its competition. Looks like Lance will be getting a lot of practice for that in before Hawaii if he does indeed decide to enter.

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 9:34:51 AM PDT · 1,207 of 1,232
    leilani to patriotspride

    PS) that must have been one of the true thrills of a lifetime to see that first win in person. Were you able to catch it anywhere before Paris that year?

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 9:32:37 AM PDT · 1,206 of 1,232
    leilani to patriotspride
    Good spot as the peleton has to slow down to make the curve, and then stretches out for awhile giving a good view of the individuals and teams.

    Yes. Even better on the statue itself if you wouldn't get hauled in by the gendarmerie for hanging off of it. I always wonder how they're getting that camera shot on Versus. You notice this year that corner was packed with Norwegians there to see Thor win. (sniff-sniff)

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 8:59:53 AM PDT · 1,203 of 1,232
    leilani to patriotspride; RighteousMomma

    Yep, that’s Jeanne d’Arc, RighteousMomma’s personal statue -she used to live not far from it.

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 8:48:31 AM PDT · 1,201 of 1,232
    leilani to leilani
    Poor Thor. Cavendish isn't even human.

    The officials had to screen bikes for hidden motors this year? Maybe they should have checked Cav's for a rocket booster!

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 8:23:28 AM PDT · 1,200 of 1,232
    leilani to All
    Gosh, at the rate they're going we'll be here until 12:00 PM.

    As in 1200 hours.

    As in 1200 posts!


  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 8:23:03 AM PDT · 1,199 of 1,232
    leilani to RighteousMomma

    They just showed it!

  • Tour de France *** 2010 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/25/2010 8:19:29 AM PDT · 1,198 of 1,232
    leilani to RighteousMomma

    Have you seen your statue yet?