Why is what I ask? Lance has been facing charges for doping for many years from just about every known bicycle organization to the US courts. And has never been found guilty, nor has any prosecutor ever gave any solid evidence that Lance doped up. Yet they still continue going after his man! WHY?
Just months after the U.S. Attorneyâs Office in Los AngelesÂ ended a years-long investigation into doping allegations by Lance ArmstrongÂ without bringing criminal charges,Â the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal charges against him,Â alleging that the former cyclist engaged in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998-2011.
In a letter dated June 12 and obtained byÂ The Washington Post, USADA alleges that Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids, and masking agents, and distributed and administered drugs to others.
USADA is an agency that oversees anti-doping in Olympic sports. It has the authority to bring charges that could lead to suspension from competition and the rescinding of awards, which means these chargesÂ could cost Armstrong his seven Tour de France titles.Â Â However, the agency lacks the authority to bring criminal charges.
Armstrongâs publicist released his statement today:
I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence. Any fair consideration of these allegations has and will continue to vindicate me.
From : wapo
This is the civility from the left! They go on twitter and use the crudest, foulest, language to attack anyone on the right!
-I wish I could go up to Bristol Palin & be like âyour moms a dumb bitch. She needs to die.ââ
-Bristol Palin is a whore. â Ima Boss
- Iâve always been against fighting, but Iâd really like to punch Bristol Palin in the goddamn face!! @heyiitsemilyy
- why does bristol palin get a tv show? what did she accomplish besides being a slut? #SMFH @Rumaldo7x
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens.
More broadly, Paul’s bill is aimed at preventing “unwarranted governmental intrusion” through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker.
“Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued,” Paul said Tuesday. “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”
The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent “imminent danger to life” or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.
The bill would also give Americans the ability to sue the government for violating the act. And, it would prohibit evidence collected with warrantless drone surveillance from being used as evidence in court.
Obama Has Taken CIA Out Of Interrogating BusinessâŠ
The Obama administration has taken the CIA âout of the businessâ of interrogating high-value terrorists and the lack of data is endangering the U.S. security, according to former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose A. Rodriguez.
If U.S. intelligence or military personnel capture a senior terror leader today, no system is in place or facilities set up where he could be questioned, said the 31-year agency veteran who was awarded several medals for his intelligence work before retiring in 2007.
âWe are out of the business of doing that,â he said of terrorist leader interrogations in an interview with the Free Beacon. âWe donât have anywhere to take them. If you capture a high-value target outside the war zone, where [are] you going to take them? They are not taking prisoners in Guantanamo, [and] the black sites have been closed.â
When U.S. special operations forces recently captured a terrorist in Sudan, the only place he could be questioned was aboard a Navy ship at sea, he said.
âSo we donât have anywhere to take them, but even if we did, we are restricted by the Army field manual, so we are basically out of the interrogation business.â The manual restricts all interrogations to tactics outlined under international rules for questioning and treatment of prisoners of war in conventional conflicts.
Rodriguez, author of the bestselling book Hard Measures, also said he and fellow CIA colleagues were disgusted by President Obamaâs 2009 speech in Cairo asserting that U.S. officials were guilty of torture for harshly questioning terrorists.
In an editorial Monday,Â JezebelÂ condemnedÂ Bulgarian magazineÂ 12?sÂ recentÂ âfashionâ spreadÂ depicting graphic violence against women. (Heads up â the photos in these links are particularly graphic. Also Not Safe For Work).
Anyway, the editors ofÂ 12Â caught wind of the criticism and attempted to defend their editorial decision in a letter they sentÂ JezebelÂ late Tuesday night:
We areÂ 12 Magazine, and we feel like we need to answer to the
questions raised in various articles online, concerning our beauty
editorial âVictim of Beautyâ.
First of all, we would like to say we are happy that our shoot
provoked an international discussion, at some scale.
It is also important to say, that we do NOT support violence of ANY
kind, and this is NOT a shoot glamorizing, or encouraging, or
supporting violence against women.
We believe that images such as ours can be seen from various angles,
and we think that exactly that is what is beautiful about fashion and
photography in general â that anybody can understand it their own way,
and fill it with their own meaning. Where some see a brutal wound,
others see a skilful work of an artist, or an exquisite face of a
That being said, we do understand why some accuse us of promoting, in
a way, violence, but we do not agree with that, and we think that it
is very narrow-minded way of looking at the photographs.
And after all, isnât it true that we see brutally wounded people all
the time, in real life â on television, in the news, in movies,
videogames, magazines and websites, and they are all very different,
but alike in one thing: some are real, some are not. And fashion
photography is an imitation of real life, sometimes realistic,
sometimes delicate, other times grotesque, or shocking.
In closure, we are provoking even further discussion by asking you and
your readers just two questions:
1. How would you perceive those photographs, if they were accompanying
an campaign against domestic violence? Would you still think of them
as disgusting or you would praise them as brave and thought-provoking?
Worth the think, isnât it?
2. What would you say if those where bespoken men, carefully groomed,
but still, terribly injured? Probably nothing, and quite frankly
thatâs a bit sexist.
Huben Hubenov and Slav Anastasov
Editors in Chief
Needless to say, the âsexistâÂ JezebelÂ writers werenât impressed.
From : jezebel
ThisÂ infographicÂ breaks it down for us â how much is Dad worth?
Prosthetic legs areÂ no longerÂ one look fits all.
TheÂ ugliest man on YouTubeÂ is a pretty sweet guy.
What itâs likeÂ to live in one of Americaâs poorest countries.
An insurerÂ wouldnât cover a wheelchairÂ for a New Jersey toddler who couldnât sit up on his own due to cerebral palsy.
Bath salts canât turn you into a zombie, but they can seriouslyÂ mess with your head.
Just typical Useless Nations boondoggle…..
The U.N. is funneling millions of dollars worth of tradable carbon credits to corrupt nations worldwide, including Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Uzbekistan in an attempt to encourage clean energy projects in the developing world.
The U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is defined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol. Western European countries fund energy projects in the developing world in order to obtain Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs), tradable credits that enable Europeans to count foreign emission reductions towards their own domestic emission reduction targets.
âThe CDM started from a page and a half in the Kyoto Protocol,â said David Abbass, a spokesperson for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. âIn the beginning they thought there would be maybe 600 projects, but now there are over 4,000 projects.â
Iran, Uzbekistan, Sudan, and North Korea are among the more than 70 countries currently hosting CDM projects.
Iran, with 16 separate CDM projects, brings in around 4.8 million CERs, worth about $26 million, every year, despite numerous U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Uzbekistan, dominated for the last two decades by the autocratic Islam Karimov, hosts 20 different CDM projects, with a combined annual value of over 7.5 million CERs, or roughly $40 million.
Sudan, whose president Omar Hassan al-Bashir came to power via military coup over 20 years ago and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur, is on the receiving end of two different CDM projects, with a combined annual value of over 180,000 CERs, or almost $1 million.
North Korea is hosting seven hydroelectric dams, which may generate over $1 million in CERs annually.
Texas senator John Cornyn called into question the intelligence of Attorney General Eric Holder earlier today in a radio interview. âDo you think Holder is smart?,â radio host Laura Ingraham asked Cornyn. âI have not been impressed with his intelligence,â Cornyn responded.
The radio spot followed-up on Cornyn telling Holder in a Senate hearing yesterday that the attorney general should resign. âYouâve violated the public trust in my view by failing to perform the duties of your office. So, Mr. Attorney General it is with more sorrow than with regret and anger that I would say you leave me with no alternative but to join those who call on you to resign your office,â Cornyn directly told Holder yesterday.
Cornyn addressed the reason for that incident today with Ingraham.
âThe cover-up is frequently worse than the original offense,â Cornyn said referring to the Fast and Furious scandal. âThe original offense was letting 2,000 high-caliber weapons walk without surveillance by the ATF and the DOJ. One border patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed with those weapons. And thereâs been a cover-up almost ever since by the Department of Justice, including Eric Holder.â
Funny, this is a news station that not one has had mention of Fast and Furious until today.
NBC Reports GOPâs Demand for Holderâs Resignation But Strangely Omits Their Cause of Action.
Earlier this year, GM announced a new partner: French automotive giant PSA Peugeot Citroen (Peugeot). While many are still speculating about the financial implications of this trans-Atlantic alliance, there is no doubt that from a foreign policy perspective, it is problematic, and raises numerous questions that GM is unfortunately refusing to answer.
My organization, United Against Nuclear Iran, learned of the GM-Peugeot partnership earlier this year, as well as GMâs subsequent acquisition of a 7 percent share of Peugeot. This concerned us greatly, since Peugeot was actively doing business in Iran â a nation run by a brutal regime that is allied with al-Qaida, has killed dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, plots terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, and is illegally pursing nuclear weapons.
The facts are beyond dispute: Peugeot is partnered with Iranâs Khodro Group, a subsidiary of an entity â IDRO â controlled by the Iranian regime and associated with Iranâs brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Over half a million Peugeot vehicles were sold in Iran in 2010 alone, making Peugeot the leading foreign auto manufacturer produced and sold there. Peugeot has more expatriate employees working in Iran than any other western company.
UANI respectfully raised these concerns in a March 9 letter to GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, asking that GM âuse its influence and leverage to compel Peugeot to immediately end its business in Iran.â
âIn the event Peugeot does not comply,â we added, âUANI calls on GM to end its partnership with Peugeot.â
In response to UANI, a GM spokesman, Greg Martin, told Agence France-Presse that Peugeot has âhalted its business dealings with Iran.â GM also told the Wall Street Journal that Peugeot had âmade the decision to suspend the production and shipment of material into Iran some time ago.â
These would ordinarily be welcome and reassuring statements. However they simply do not jibe with reality.
According to industry data, in the last year, ending March 19, nearly half a million Peugeot vehicles were produced in Iran â some 38,000 in the final month alone. On April 15, a report out of the Middle East read, âIranâs largest carmaker Iran Khodro Company branch in Fars is scheduled to produce 15 thousand Peugeot Pars sedans.â Another, on April 19, said that Peugeotâs Iranian partner âhas not yet received any official announcement from Peugeot indicating a halt in their mutual cooperation.
No word yet on what companies that gave to obama campaign will receive these funds.
As part of the Obama Administrationâs blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department today announced new investments that support American leadership and global competiveness in manufacturing. The Energy Department awarded more than $54 million â leveraging approximately an additional $17 million in cost share from the private sector â for 13 projects across the country to advance transformational technologies and materials that can help American manufacturers dramatically increase the energy efficiency of their operations and reduce costs. These projects will develop cutting-edge manufacturing tools, techniques, and processes that will be able to save companies money by reducing the energy needed to power their facilities. These projects are a part of the Administrationâs strategy for investing in emerging technologies that create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. companies in todayâs global markets.
âBy investing in breakthrough technologies that can drastically reduce the amount of energy consumed during manufacturing, the Energy Department is supporting President Obamaâs blueprint for an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers,â said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. âWhen it comes to clean energy, our motto should be: âInvented in America, made in America, and sold around the world.â The projects announced today will improve the competitive position of U.S. industry and help manufacturers produce more while saving energy, saving money and protecting our air and water.â
Beheaded George W. Bush On HBOâs Game Of ThronesÂ Their excuse for using a head of Bush? Uh, there were no other heads available. Right! Anyways, go here for someone’s take on this story. Funny. Now go HERE….