Thursday, March 20, 2008

Where to Begin

In a pot-meeting-kettle moment, or an early April Fool's prank, we learn courtesy VeloNews that the UCI is suing Mr. Pound for defamation about its anti-doping efforts.

The case is in Switzerland, which we presume has more plaintiff-friendly defamation laws than the United States, where this wouldn't pass the laugh test.

"I don't make the news, I only report it." - Jean Shepherd, frequently.

10 comments:

Ali said...

Maybe if we can get them both together, some rash individual may feel inclined to recreate the gunpowder plot ... hint, hint !

("Eightzero") said...

Will the Nazi Frogmen(tm) be called to testify? Will jury voir dire include questions about their virginity?

snake said...

ha ha ...

yah, and do us all a favor dick and don't fight it. it will just cost us taxpayers money. innocence is overrated anyway.

jrdbutcher said...

You just can’t make this stuff up!

It does bring to mind an analogy between UCI/WADA and Congress/Ollie North. With UCI/WADA we have serial defamers, on both sides. Back then, we had serial liars, on both sides.
(Ollie North’s crime was lying to congress, the consummate liars club)

I enjoyed the laugh. Oh, the irony!

Gary O'Brien said...

And Pound will say to McQ:

"You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Pat McQuaid? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Wigginses and you curse the Landises. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a syringe and go collect a sample. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!"

jrdbutcher said...

If only Dick Pound had the bravery and honor of a Marine, even a fictional one gone astray…….

Gary O'Brien said...

Of course, you're right. It was the wrong comparison. This is probably more apropos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6q37n7GDCY

jrdbutcher said...

gary o'brien,
No, I thouroughly enjoyed your adjustment to the narrative from A Few Good Men. Imagining Jack spout about UCI as Dick Pound was a good time.

jrdbutcher said...

love the stooges too.

Cheryl from Maryland said...

Love the Mr. Shepherd quote. As he titled one of his books: In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.

We know some we don't trust.