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June 13, 2012


Mad Jack

A Martha Stewart moment from the USADA. Go high profile or go home. The motto of vainglorious Javert's in every prosecutors office.



The ADN tells us that the 11 Wind Turbines destined for being erected on Fire Island as an alternative energy source, have just arrived in port.

What the story does not tell us is that the turbines were built in China (by GE) and arrived via Chinese ships.

The commenters to the ADN story seem to be angry about the Chinese part of the story, which the ADN carefully avoids mentioning, so perhaps that is why the ADN story is no longer on the Home Page or in the immediate links.

Anyhow, I believe the Federal money you lower 48 guys paid for our Chinese Wind Turbine Project was between 22 to 28 Million.

Thanks, errrrrr, Che' Che' Ni!


If one goes further back



Maybe Obama can start claiming Chinese Green jobs as part of his Glorious record.

Danube of Thought

Sure, Cheney hasn't been charged--yet. But the 24 business years aren't up yet, either.

So don't get smug.


The 15 page charging doc. http://cyclingtipscontent.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/armstrongcharging0613.pdf


Totallly off topic, but.... Oh My (via Hot Air Headlines):

We're Going to War With Syria

Looks like the left is getting pretty Neo-conish with Obama's polls falling through the floor.


Is it possible to wage war by drones?

Captain Hate

Is anybody here adamantly anti-Armstrong? I really don't care except a lot of people get stridently upset that he's doping even though they have no way of knowing that. I mean it's not like he grows like Bonds did from the size of Kenny Lofton into one of Vince McMahon's freaks. Plus the day that I invest any personal emotion in bicycle racing is probably a good time to call 911.

Strawman Cometh

Forget it, Jake. It's Durham.


((We're Going to War With Syria))

and Russia?


One thing I never understood about Lance Armstrong is that he had testicular cancer, so he had to be on artificial testosterone. So, didn't that skew all the doping tests?


The French were after him every year since he won his first Tour. The handling of his samples was proven to have broken the chain of custody. There was a 2 year Federal investigation and a Grand Jury refused to indict.

L'Equipe has had a vendetta against him for 10 years.

Landis, Contador, and a number of others were caught using the same protocols using the same substances Armstrong was using.

To beat testicular cancer that has metastasized to the brain is almost unheard of and yet this guy trained at a Herculean level. Whatever he did, it worked.

At this point it's all very sad....The anti doping agency is a friggin joke anyway. Think Flo Jo, Carl Lewis, and any number of American Olympians who were never charged. They are usually 2-3 steps ahead of the regulators.

In 1989 we had put together an anti-doping conference which included law enforcement, medicine, regulation, and some of the top people in sports. It was purposely, methodically shut down by the International Olympic Committee. They simply wanted to sweep it all under the rug.

Doping enforcement has zero credibility from my personal experience.

hit and run

So don't get smug.

"Don't backpeddle now."


Dissapointing yet not surprising;



--To beat testicular cancer that has metastasized to the brain is almost unheard of and yet this guy trained at a Herculean level. Whatever he did, it worked.--

The good news is that despite agonizingly slow progress on almost all cancers, for non Hodgkin's lymphoma and metastasized testicular cancer there have been drug protocols developed in the last few years which have a very, very good chance of actually curing them.
Lance Armstrong was one of the early beneficiaries of the new meds.


I have always been a fan of bicycle racing, but it is my understanding that everybody is on some sort of enhancement, either blood doping, or steroids and then they take enormous cocktails of chemicals to mask the cheating.


--Is it possible to wage war by drones?-

It's possible to wage war with marshmallows. I don't think it's possible to win a war with either.


Oh this will be amusing, Syria will not hold together, as the several vilayets, Homs, Aleppo, Damascus, that comprise it, of course
that was the 'talking point' about Iraq, Obama's not going to risk getting into a fourth war, this time with Russian proxies.

Strawman Cometh

non Hodgkin's lymphoma

The Mrs. has one. A fine-needle indicates B-cell, extra-nodal MALT lymphoma associated with Hashimoto thyroiditis. We'll get the surgical thyroid biopsy results on the 20th.
Our oldest (daughter with 2 yr. and 7 mo. girls of her own) had her thyroid (papillary) removed in April, then appendix 10 days later, then radiation. We kept the girls while she was radio-quarantined last week.

Though it didn't seem like it at the time, we had a care free run through all of their childhoods, now we are the WTF family.

Strawman Cometh

Mrs. is 57. The 8 year survival rate is very encouraging but I'm very concerned about the side affects.


OT: My thyroid was removed about six or seven years ago because of Hurthle cell cancer. After biopsies at our local hospital, I was sent to a larger hospital because they couldn't get enough cells with the needle biopsies at the first. The chief pathologist who did the next biopsy told me "I'm not going to deaden this." (I got a local anesthetic for the first biopsy) He stuck a large needle into my throat -- it was like he injected me with dust...he didn't, but that's how it felt. It took all of my self control not to cough, and of course I had to remain very still, lying on the table all through this. He called me a few days later and said "he was surprised--that the tumors were much more cellular than he thought at first (they were small tumors, didn't protrude, just looked like shadows on my neck) and my thyroid should come out because hurtle cell cancer is vicious."

Hurthle cell cancer can be more aggressive than other types of thyroid cancer. Surgery to remove the thyroid gland is the most common treatment for Hurthle cell cancer.

My best wishes go out to you and your family "Strawman Cometh" (sorry, don't know your name.) I'm putting your daughter and family in my prayers.

Beasts of England

Peter@10:01 - Not necessarily true. Did he have a dual orchiectomy? If so, it's likely he took artificial and/or supplemental testosterone. If a single removal, the remaining one will suffice.


``he had to be on artificial testosterone. So, didn't that skew all the doping tests?''

Perhaps not, but the French insist it unfairly reduced his wind resistance...


Holy cow Strawman, i'm sorry to hear all that. Hang tough!


Strawman Cometh, you are in my prayers. Isn't it amazing how life can seem so trouble free, in retrospect?

Captain Hate

Best wishes, SC.


Hey! Tonite is dinner with Sarah Jessica parker. Did anyone here win?

Good news, the dinner doesn't start until 10:00PM but Obama will get to the city right about 5:00 PM so all the people in rush hour traffic can remember him fondly.


The word "heroes" is in the title of this thread,so I'll post this...at 9 this morning the body of Captain John Brainard,age 26 will arrive at Bangor International Airport. The Apache helicopter Captain Brainard was piloting went down while on patrol in Afghanistan on Memorial Day. A motorcade will proceed to Newport with a State Police escort.The military funeral will take place Saturday at St.Anne's in Dexter. He is survived by his wife and parents.Heartbreaking.


Narciso @10:20
Rubio also voted wrong on the sugar bill. He is getting real bad advise from somewhere.


Marlene, thanks for that report. It is so tragic to read these, knowing that we have no plan to win, yet Americans keep dying.


Flag day today -


OT-- another lousy 1st time jobless claims-- been that way since late February. 'Bam can rattle his tin cup for campaign dough all he wants-- he is going to lose in Nov. We can only hope that after watching the results of 4 years of 'Bam and Europolypse, Americans have learned their lessons of the tragedy of socialism. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-14/jobless-claims-in-u-s-unexpectedly-rose-last-week.html


Oh! Thanks for the reminder, Janet -


enjoy Flag Day.


NK, At least it was Unexpected! Not just an ordinary report.


And he's been acting very silly of late


How did your dad, collaborating with HBO workout, yes it was what I though.

Captain Hate

Tammy Bruce has been on an anti-Rubio kick for months.


He is pushing 'the special modified' Dream Act, along with best bud Rivera, ask McCain how well that serves you.


Hydrates are the new Alan Parsons project;



Has there been anymore news on John Bryson?
That was a sketchy story.

Captain Hate

Barack "Shecky" Obama brings his "Funemployment and Staycation 2012 Tour" clown car to Cuyahoga Community College today, where the students are doubtlessly more academically accomplished than the JEF. No telling what one-liners he'll be trotting out to explain the jobless claims but there should be a packed house considering the large number of unemployed with nothing better to do than listen to him try his "picking up the tab" line again.


"Tammy Bruce has been on an anti-Rubio kick for months."

Mark Levin was against anchor babies before he was for them. Tammy may come around too.


CaptH-- so you have the Once during the day and NYC has him tonight. He'll be begging for votes in Ohio and begging for $$ in NYC. Once won't inconvenience me tonight, I take public transport, I don't think I'll run into him on the subway or Metro North.


Strawman, stay strong. Your family is in my prayers.


I like Rubio, but I don't trust him. I think he's just a tad bit two-faced. Hope it turns out I'm wrong.


Click for full size.


Good Romney ad:



The jobs report is an inconvenient albatross around Obama's neck as he tries his shuck and jive act in Cleveland today. I agree with CH in that both Obama and Sherrod Brown{ who by the way looks awful these days are going down in November. Oh I forgot Obama's comment in that regard. I mean it in the good way.No more Obama. Someone must have tod him to smile more because I saw a clip of his --it eating grin yesterday. What does he have to smile about? The economy is in the dumper and pretty soon all will know he leaked classified info{which he will claim was declassified} to the NYT for political gain. His brain trust really felt that would make him look mucho macho. Instead he has another unexpected "crisis" on his hands.


-4 today in the head to head. I will have to check but I think that is outside the margin of error. You have to hand it to Captain Titanic, when he says belay all orders full ramming speed, he means it. And dont make him have to give another speech to you or there will be consequences...

Rick Ballard


Leave it to Bloomberg to bury the actual news in the unemployment report. The 135K drop in the extended benefit rolls was the 'impact' news. It ties nicely to the drop in retail sales.

Bloomberg wins another 'stupid cheerleader' award with this one, lauding an increase in home equity levels driven by the fact homeowners are having to bring more cash to refis due to valuation drops. The other side of that story is the spike in foreclosures as banks celebrate the fraudclosure settlement.

No reason for concern though. The President has reassured us all the private economy is doing fine. Just like his reelection effort.


Prayers for your family, Strawman. Keep us posted.


Strawman: Iam praying for your wife and daughter.


Ditto, what MarkO said about the Romney ad, but you really should go to Ace's where they also have the Obama ad that was the inspiration. Wonderful to contrast the two.


Oh marlene. So tragic.

OK. I have long hinted that I had uncovered something quite alarming about what Obama was pushing involving climate change and using John Holdren and what he oversees. LUN is the post on the Belmont Challenge.

Implementing this is clearly where Race to the Top and the Common Core and the pushy accreditors are all hurtling us toward once you look at the actual implementation via engrenage between the feds and states.

When Obama alluded to climate change as a primary agenda of his 2nd term that fits in with setting this up. Political theory sorts will recognize that this functions in effect just like the ideology Stanley Kurtz believes drives Obama's aspirations for fundamentally transforming America.


Catching up reading the thread, sorry to hear what you are going through Strawman via your wife and daughter. Add my prayers to the others.


--Mrs. is 57. The 8 year survival rate is very encouraging but I'm very concerned about the side affects.--

Hey Strawman, I have a good friend with some type of non Hodgkins (he tells me that, like Heinz, there are apparently 57 different varieties).
He's in his eighth year and they can't even detect it. He does maintenance chemo every six months, but it's Rituxin or some other newer drug with not many side effects.

And the mother of our daughter's best friend had her thyroid out for cancer when she had five little ones underfoot and ten years later is fine and dandy.

If you have to get it, it sounds like your family got some of the most treatable and curable versions. Doesn't make it any more fun of course but they should both be around a good long time.


Strawman, best wishes and my prayers to you and your family.



Break down the end of this article and you know all you need to know about Rubio.

"Rubio said he's not sure why his parents waited so long to apply for citizenship. But he said describing their plight as exiles is appropriate. "Anyone who can't return to their natural country is an exile, if you can't return for political reasons."

Asked if he thought he was eligible to be president, Rubio demurred. "I'm not going to answer that because I'm not thinking about it. All I care about is my qualifications to serve in the Senate."

But his office says yes, he considers himself a natural born citizen.

Correction: Marco Rubio's parents came to the United States about three years before Fidel Castro took over in Cuba. An earlier version of this story was incorrect on the timeframe"

We learn his parents felt a natural allegiance to Cuba. We learn that he can't answer a very simple question. We learn that he is a typical politician when he gives such a diversionary answer. We learn that he has no control over his staff. And, from the correction, we learn that he has a problem telling the truth about his family history.

Obama, Warren, and Rubio. Three peas in a pod.


It appears its not just the unions whose hose is getting crimped. Geraghty has this:

Oftentimes, fundraising specialists encourage messages with a dire tone to promote a sense of urgency, to spur donors who might otherwise shrug off yet another request for money. But in MoveOn.org’s case, it isn’t likely that the warning is a pose, as the organization’s political-action fund is on pace to have its worst year since it was formed during the 2004 election cycle.

According to documents filed with the FEC, MoveOn.org Political Action raised $9.1 million in contributions from January 2011 to March 31, 2012. In that same period, the group spent $10.5 million, and it has $2.75 million left in cash on hand. With just under five months until Election Day, and additional fundraising efforts ongoing, those totals are certain to increase.

Still, it is a dramatic drop from last cycle and all the preceding cycles except one. By March 31 in the 2010 cycle, MoveOn.org Political Action had raised $18.5 million;


Less than half!

And AFSME down 60% in membership in Wisconsin after the employees were allowed to decide to join the union or not.



RickB-- for 3+ years I've warned liberal friends that the Barry,Nancy,Harry regime would badly hurt economic growth, and kill the jobs market. About a year ago they complained that the Repubs were 'thwarting' policies to add jobs, now they just say NOTHING. They know it's over-- hey we conservatives warned them-- can't help it that we were always right about the economy;

GMAX-- AFSCME dues? no surprise there, that's why the unions made walker enemy #1, they know members would stop paying w/o automatic dues witholding.


Happy 237th Birthday, Army!

hit and run

I have had the privilege of hosting two JOMers in my home. One of them is Strawman Cometh. Great dinner and drinks and conversation on a lovely summer evening out on the deck.

I'm praying for you and your family, Strawman.

And if y'all ever need anything, we're just a hop skip and a jump...

felony hit and run

Has there been anymore news on John Bryson?

I just had to post using this name at least once.


So I was wrong? We do have a felony hit and run here too? LOL


"metastasized testicular cancer there have been drug protocols developed in the last few years which have a very, very good chance of actually curing them."

I pray this is true. Our family lost a very young and vibrant man to choriocarcinoma that presented in his testes. From diagnosis to death in 41 days.

From what Armstrong went through with cancer- I don't give a shit if he doped. The idiots pushing this investigation are shameful.


This might cause some problems:

Egypt's highest court orders Parliament dissolved, says election illegitimate...


Stawman - My prayers for your family. I hope everything works out well.


And on a happier, heroic note - Matt Cain of my beloved SF Giants pitched one of the all time best perfect games last night - breathtaking.


Thinking of you Strawman. When I think of Captain Brainard's motorcade(mentioned above) and Obama's motorcade in NYC tonight,its so upsetting.November can't come soon enough!


My wife is a 10-year survivor of thyroid cancer, which was stage 3 or 4. Survival happens. My best wishes to anyone who has to go through something like this. You often find out you are tougher than you think, and more blessed than you know.


If I had to get a cancer I would want either ball or thyroid cancer. The survival rate is about 99%+. You have about as good of a chance from dying by slipping in your bathtub. Don't tell me about the one bad case you heard about because that is like Dems telling stories about broads sharing dentures means we need Obumacare.

Now pancreatic or esophageal, those are real cancers.


Matt Cain of my beloved SF Giants pitched one of the all time best perfect games last night

Congrats, it was masterful. But perfect games and no-hitters are getting to be as common as Obama gaffes.


--I pray this is true. Our family lost a very young and vibrant man to choriocarcinoma that presented in his testes. From diagnosis to death in 41 days.--

I remember you talking about that sad case Enlightened.
Choriocarcinomas are unfortunately one of the testicular cancer forms which is extremely resistant to chemo. Fortunately it is also pretty rare.
The other forms have an 85-95% cure rate.


Jane, they managed to hide this tidbit further down in the story:

The court also ruled that Mubarak ally Ahmed Shafiq is allowed to run for president in elections that begin on Saturday, invalidating a law that bars members of the ousted dictator’s party from participating in political life.

The Brotherhood were very foolish to think the Army would just let them take power through the ballot box.


Fortunately it is also pretty rare.

There are also rare forms of thyroid cancer that are more deadly. Best wishes to you and yours, Strawman.


This applies to Rubio also. Do you think he will watch the webcast?

“WATCH FLORIDA ELIGIBILITY HEARING LIVE WND-TV to provide free live-stream from courtroom of Bush v. Gore judge”

“WND-TV will provide gavel-to-gavel, live video coverage of the latest challenge to Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility in a courtroom hearing that could deny him ballot access to this all-important electoral swing state in November.

Judge Terry Lewis, best known for presiding over the 2000 Bush v. Gore election dispute, will consider arguments from attorney Larry Klayman and attorneys for the Obama campaign. The hearing will focus on Obama’s claim to be a “natural born citizen,”” as required under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

Klayman’s law firm filed the challenge to Obama’s name on the ballot on behalf of Michael Voeltz, “a registered member of the Democrat Party, voter, and taxpayer in Broward County, who was an eligible elector for the Florida Primary of Jan. 31, 2012.”

Klayman’s work is being supported by the Constitution Action Fund, a non-profit raising money for the legal challenge.

Klayman told WND that during a hearing last month on discovery issues in the case, Lewis noted that the plaintiff’s brief cited U.S. Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett from 1875 defining “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two citizens of the nation, while the Obama campaign’s arguments provided no citations.

The definition of the term is critical. Such a step has not been reached in any of the more than 100 legal cases that have been brought over Obama’s eligibility since before his election in 2008.

The U.S. Constitution imposes a special citizenship status requirement on occupants of the Oval Office. The “natural born citizen” requirement is not imposed on other federal officials. From the writings of the Founders, its apparent aim was to ensure that no person who had divided loyalties – to the United States and any other nation – would serve as commander in chief.

Klayman has argued that since Obama, by his own admission, was not born to two citizen parents, he is not a “natural born citizen” and, therefore, is ineligible to be a candidate on the state’s election ballot.

Florida’s election statutes provide broad protections for voters to ensure that the integrity of the election system is beyond reproach. One of the laws allows voters to challenge the nomination of a candidate who is not eligible for the office he is seeking.

“Obama’s briefs [said] it would be an undue burden and expense to have discovery,” Klayman said.

The judge said he wanted Obama’s representatives to cite the “authority” on which they based their argument that it isn’t necessary to have two citizen parents to be a natural-born citizen.”"


Selected not Elected

Beasts of England

@D8 - Unless I've misinterpretted your comment, I wouldn't be too cavalier about TC. When the second doctor walks through the door (as they inform you of your initial diagnosis) it's real damned cancer, tough guy. And those few days that you wait for the pathology report from your orchiectomy, to determine how far it's travelled up your chords, are not pretty. Again, I hope your post was, to a large degree, sarcastic.

@Strawman - best wishes with my prayers.

Strawman Cometh

Thank you all for your kind thoughts.
I worked two years at Purdue in an immunology/leukemia research lab in the 70's. It goes without saying they can do a lot more now.


TK, tku for your link, which led me to Alan Keyes' article. Sublime. I'm so happy to be on Earth at the same time as Alan Keyes.

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