Armstrong confesses, Obama to use executive order, and Schwarzenegger a better actor?!
Lance Armstrong has confessed to doping. The fairy tale is over. Cancel the doves and the glass shoes, his story isn't as magical anymore. If you've been on an arctic adventure or simply don't live in the United States or France, let me tell you his story:
Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with malignant testicular cancer. It had not been contained. It had spread everywhere, including his brain. He was given a death sentence by his doctors. "Well that's it bud. It's over. You've got eight months to live." He was thought to be a dead man walking, much less a Tour de France competitor.
Armstrong simply said no. No. I'm not done breathing in air. I'm not done watching TV. I'm not done laughing at the Jacksonville Jaguars. And I'm certainly not done riding my bike. He fought through numerous surgeries and did it. He overcame death. He chose life. As if this wasn’t enough he soon got back on his bike and finished his career with seven Tour de France trophies hanging on his wall.
To go from death to life is astonishing enough, but to go from death to winning the Tour de France is unbelievable. And so he became a fairy tale. He started a brand you’ve probably heard of, “Livestrong”, and with them has raised around 470 MILLION dollars in cancer research funds.
He had been accused of cheating time and time again, and each and every time he denied. He even went to say “I had cancer. Why would I go and put this harmful stuff in my body?” He went on to call some of his accusers crazy, and scarred their reputation.
And now flash back to modern day. Those who accused him were right. He was doping. All of his titles have been stripped. His sponsorships, reputation, and pride were taken with him. He has confessed.
It’s not just him though. In case you don’t know anything about cycling, EVERYBODY dopes and does even worse. Just not everyone gets busted. Six of the seven titles that were taken from Lance remain vacant because all of the runner ups in the top ten who were in line to get the title were busted of doping. Six of the seven.
I’m surprised his story lasted as long as it did. I mean all the guys beneath him were found doping, and he magically beat them all without it? He’s an amazing athlete, there is no question about that, but for anyone to beat everyone else who is cheating by itself would have been a miracle beyond compare. It's like taking a test.
You have studied and prepared, while the person next to you hasn't. There's one little difference though, he's using a smartphone to look up all the answers. Yeah, you've studied and understood the material, so you're gonna do pretty good. But the guy next to you has a smartphone. He is not going to miss a single one. What are the odds that you're gonna score higher?
This really goes to show something about cycling itself rather than Armstrong. It’s a dirty sport. There is no way around that fact. It will be interesting to see how the sport can hope to have a future if they don’t turn a blind eye. Rumors are beginning to circulate that it will be removed from the Olympics.
Obama to use Executive Order for Gun Control?
I recently did a piece on gun control and how I see the two sides, take a look if you so desire.
It has been announced that President Obama will use an Executive Order to pass legislation on gun control. He will announce Wednesday (tomorrow) what exactly this legislation will be. Vice President Joe Biden has been the leading push to get this to happen. I’m sure it will be all over the media tomorrow what in fact he does do, but I don’t like this at all.
Whenever a President uses an executive order, it should make all citizens of the United States cringe. Take a step back. Regardless of your personal views, should the President really be bypassing the checks and balances system that was put in place by our Founding Fathers? Especially to significantly modify a founding principle in the Constitution?
Look, we have a checks and balances system for a reason. Yes I know, Republicans and Democrats will never get along and it would take a decent amount of time for any legislation to be passed, but it is still the way to go. In my opinion. When Presidents use executive orders to modify the rights of the people, the people need to take a step back. Is this really the way to go?
President Bush (2001-2009) used a total of 152 executive orders over the course of his two terms.
President Obama (2009-Present) has used 125 executive orders over the course of his one. If he keeps up at this rate that means he will use 250 when his second term ends, 98 more than Bush did.
What he announces tomorrow will be the first executive order in a long time that directly deals with the rights of the citizens of the United States.
The 65 year old actor told CNN at the premier of his new movie, “The Last Stand” that his time away from Hollywood has helped him improve.
“I got older. I got wiser. I experienced certain things as governor (of California) that helped with my performance. I think I’m better today than when I left the acting field...”
Shwarzenegger a better actor: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/15/arnold-schwarzenegger-im-a-better-actor-now/
Full List of executive orders: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_executive_orders