Friday, October 03, 2008

Irregular Report 27

Here and There

Rant presents a discussion about Floyd Landis' recently filed Federal lawsuit between Judge Bill Hue and "DirtRoadie". A must read for those into the case.

Basil Chesterton Sinclair got Greg LeMond to consent to an interview for his blog after LeMond's "appearance" at an Interbike Lance Armsrong news conference last week. The uncut transcript is posted with some comment about a "fearful" Floyd Landis:

Even Floyd Landis, after what he did to me last year, I have empathy for him. I don’t believe he’s a bad person. I feel he acted out of fear, most likely threatened like a lot of people have been and had to go one way. You could tell just by his actions. And you read that in Tyler Hamilton’s deal

Racejunkie writes about a bunch of recent cycling stories that have little to do with actual competition, but lots to do with court action and doping cases, past and present.

WADAwatch is back from his summer hiatus and writing about the ASO among other tidbits. Welcome back Ww.

The Ig Nobel prizes are out, and

the medicine prize was awarded to a team at Duke University in North Carolina who showed that high-priced placebos work better than cheap fake medicine.

This is known by all the doping witch-doctors. Always choose brand name Obecalp™!

At, one of Landis' harshest critics seems to have had a minor paradigm shift, after having run down the federal suit since hearing of its filing:

Okay, I read Floyd's filing. These are my conclusions:

1.) U.S. federal court probably does have jurisdiction.

2.) U.S. federal court still might not want get involved though because it would involve nullifying the contract Floyd signed with the UCI that specifically waived any right to appeal (Chapter 14, Rules 289-291) and if they were to appeal, it should still probably be done in Switzerland, where BOTH PARTIES agreed it would be done.

3.) CAS is an extremely corrupt system and the lawyers in the CAS pool are basically white-collar criminals running their own court syndicate where one hand washes the other. It's a pay-to-play system. But I already knew that years ago because the IOC controls CAS and WADA and it's only about protecting their money interests and TV image with sponsors. It has little to do with justice for athletes.

The sections in the brief that show almost outright corruption and egregious incompetency and Rules violations are on pages 24-26, 32-33, and 61-64.

4.) Floyd and his fellow cyclists are still idiots for knowing all this and still agreeing to take out a license with the UCI and thereby agreeing to be subjected to CAS oversight. So I will not be donating to his defense in the near future since he keeps going back to shack up with his abuser - the UCI and CAS.

5. Cyclists should unionize or they will continue to get beatings like some kind of trailer park meth-head.

Velo Vortmax writes about the return of Lance and about Floyd Landis' lawsuit filed in the federal courts last week. VV has some good questions and also wonders just what would happen if the federal courts somehow ruled in Floyd's favor.


whareagle said...

"I mentioned that the UCI was corrupt two years ago prior to Floyd’s positive and I got two letters from Pat McQuaid saying he was going to sue me for slander. Thank god my attorneys, they just sent him a copy of the First Amendment and the Webster’s dictionary definition of the word ‘corrupt.’ They said, hey, if you wanna sue Greg for slander, come to the US. It wouldn’t stand up. "

Huh, well Greg, if you hadn't made so many vituperative threats to me regarding slander over the phone a year ago, maybe sent me a letter instead, I would have had the ability to calmly reply to you in such a way.

You're the thug.

dfolson said...

TBV - Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Other riders in my area have not been so lucky lately.

Riders will pay tribute to bicyclists killed in recent Twin Cities bicycle-automobile accidents, including two in Minneapolis, one in St. Paul and one in Blaine.

By TIM HARLOW, Star Tribune

Last update: October 3, 2008 - 12:29 AM
Members of the Twin Cities bicycling community will stage a solemn ride Saturday to pay tribute to the four riders who have been killed in accident in recent weeks.

The Memorial Ride to Honor Fallen Bicyclists will begin at 11 a.m. at Snelling and Summit avenues in St. Paul, where Virginia Heuer Bower was struck and killed by a vehicle last Saturday. Riders will gather near a ghost bike festooned with a flag, sign and other mementos that well-wishers have left at the site of the accident in her memory.

Ghost bikes, which are painted white and left near the scene of an accident to commemorate a cyclist who lost his or her life in a traffic accident, are a relatively new phenomena in the Twin Cities, said Jeremy Werst, who runs the online forum and is helping organize Saturday's ride.

During Saturday's 13.6-mile ride, participants are asked to wear black shirts with orange ribbons tied to their handlebars or arms, Werst said. The ride will begin at Heuer Bower's ghost bike, then cross into Minneapolis and head west down Lake Street to Excelsior Blvd. and W. 32nd Street, where Jimmy Nisser was killed on Sept. 11. Police are still looking for the vehicle that hit Nisser, which paint chip analysis shows was tannish-gold/light brown. The vehicle's make is either a Dodge Ram pickup truck made between 1998 and 2000 or a Jeep Grand Cherokee made between 1996 and 1998, police said.

From there the ride will head northeast on Hennepin to the ghost bike memorial for Nicholas Morton. He was killed Sept. 23 at 5th Street and Nicollet Mall.

At each stop, people can leave flowers, messages and engage in a moment of silence.

A separate ride also will take place Saturday to the site where Dale Aanenson died Sept. 22 in Blaine. A photo shoot of bicycle commuters will follow at 3 p.m. at Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis. That photo is designed to bring attention to the high number of people who bike to work.

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nahual said...

It gives me cause to wonder, does a LeMond bicycle get twisted also as it ages?

jrdbutcher said...

1. LeMond is a saint. Throughout his lifetime, he has never done anything wrong. Since he started riding, it’s been all about love of the bike. The UCI is evil (he might have that right?). Anything negative that has happened to Saint Greg is a direct result of something that was done to him. Saint Greg has never done anything, or failed to do something, that should have caused him a negative consequence. Saint Greg knows scientific geniuses with a full understanding of the physiology related to physical potential in professional cyclists. Because he knows them, he also fully understands what few of us can understand about a pro cyclist’s potential to win races. It’s all about genetics and the formula can’t be fooled, except by dirty dopers. Saint Greg says he had the highest genetic potential, so he was the best of all time. So his theory basically states that through a random genetic gift bestowed upon him by his parents, he won the VO2 max lottery and anyone that bettered his cycling performances is a dirty doper. Makes the head spin. Kind of sorry I took the time to read his drivel.
2. As with the rest of his case, I continue to hope for the best for Floyd while expecting the worst and the worst usually happens. If for no other reason than the pattern, I have my doubts that U.S court in California will decide it has jurisdiction. I’ve read the filing and the related documents TbV has generously supplied to us from his hospital bed. It reads as it the court in California should have jurisdiction as it narrowly attacks USADA’s 100k award and certain points of fairness related directly to the CAS hearing. Again, Floyd and his attorneys have demonstrated how the deck is stacked.
3. Hopefully Judge Hue and racejunkie will move their discussion over here to TbV. Always enlightening.
4. I’m also wondering if there is anything remotely similar that the judge who will rule upon jurisdiction has ruled on in the past? The biases of the players will likely have at least as much influence as the pertinent rules, regulations, and laws

jrdbutcher said...

I meant to refer to DirtRoadie, not racejunkie.