Wednesday, August 8, 2007

liars, cheats, and desperados

a) In shocking news, Meat and the WADA have opened an investigation against... Alberto Contador. Stunning. After receiving documents from Werner Franke, they have decided to review materials all over again. This piece reminds us all of the fact that Franke was not only censured by the German courts, but also acted in defense of Danilo Hondo... who did have a positive drug test in front of him (and was subsequently found guilty).

b) In a related story Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run breaking Hank Aaron's long-standing record. Meat was nowhere to be seen, heard, or smelled. Alex Massie has a few interesting things to say. *

c) A mystery rocket hit the Georgian town of Tsitelubani. Now, how the Russians can deny it was them when the missile failed to explode and landed in a potato field, I have no idea. I guess it's better to deny that you can't manufacture reliable high-tech weapons than to admit deliberately antagonising your former republic. I was checking out Kommersant, Russia's Daily Online, to see about coverage, clicked on the 'CIS Countries' section, and immediately discovered just how much antipathy Russia and Georgia have for each other:

[Russians] now know that 1 million Georgians live in Russia illegally and squeeze $1 billion per year out of the federal economy and send it home to Georgia. Moreover, Georgians are the backbone of the Russian criminal world and they control the big casinos where Russians are stripped bare and poisoned with poor quality wine.

Hmmm. This is starting to sound like current US immigration policy... wonder if any missiles fell on Tijuana recently. The article goes on to name Finland as one of the members of the axis of evil... sorry, circle of evil... and recommends that amongst other things evil can be dispelled by a) charging sauna users with immoral behavior and b) no longer using the sports term 'finish.'

I can't tell whether the article is actually serious or not. How one would name Norway, Moldavia, and Mongolia as legitimate members of a 'circle of malice' is a little beyond me. But then again, I was one of the 8million watching sheepdog trials on TV.

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