Tour De Disgrace

I have a good friend who is a cyclist.  My husband likes trail biking.  This year’s Tour De France should be called Tour De Disgrace.  Not one, not two, but three of the riders in the race were booted out for cheating via drugs & doping.  Two of the teams involved completely withdrew, leaving a wake of suspicion that the entire team is dirty.  In Spain, physician-led doping ring was busted implicating dozens cyclists among hundreds of athletes in other sports. 

My personal feeling is that cycling is becoming the poster-child for this since the EU reports more of this sort of thing.  We know that US Football is one of the worst sports for this sort of thing.  First the NFL implement anti-drug, anti-steriod, and anti-lots of other stuff rules.  Then it was the NCAA – the college athletes – implementing it.  Now, local school districts are implementing it for high school and junior high athletes.  What’s next?  Testing kids in kindergarten?  Where does it all end? 

I think that it will end up with us genetically engineering athletes for a specific sport.  All we need are some parents unscrupulous enough to do it.  Particularly some that want the big pay day that comes from having a child in the NBA or NFL.  Maybe it will be in a third world country and it will a soccer player.  I don’t know where it happen.  I’m only betting that it will.  Teams are already turning a process called phenotyping – selecting people to participate in a sport not based on interest or previous experience but because they possess a specific set of quantifiable physical attributes.  Given our swift progess in unraveling the human genome, it’s only a matter of time. 

Importing Stuff From China

It’s one thing to import steel but we’re importing food, medicine and all kinds of stuff from a country that has very poor controls on what they feed their own populace much less send off for export.  We’ve all heard the stories about the melamine in the wheat and wheat products that killed several pets.  As much as I know people miss their pets, thank god it was only pets.  It could easily have been children.  I don’t know if you know anything about Melamine but here’s what makes it fatal.  It is a trimer – a reaction product – of cyanide.  When it’s ingested it turns into 3 cyanide molecules. 

They recently had an incident where ground up cardboard was being used to supplement the meat in food being sold by street vendors.  Now the latest is that they’ve seized tons of fake drugs, including drugs for life threatening conditions like malaria, diabetes, and influenza.  What happens to the people who take these?  Well, since they don’t actually have any active ingredients, you don’t get any benefit from taking it even though you pay out the ass for something that’s supposed to save your life. 

Cop Busted for Pot Brownies

In what is surely a record setting-level of stupidity, a Michigan police man stole pot from the evidence room.  He and his wife took it home and apparently made brownies out of it.  After eating the brownies, they became convinced that they were dying and called 911. 

If you really want to, you can follow the link and listen to the 911 tape.  I don’t think anyone ever died from eat pot brownies.  The real kicker is that his only punishment is to be allowed to quit his job.  Had you or I or anyone else done this, we’d be in jail and up on charges.  Tampering with evidence, theft, possession of a controlled substance, and probably a few other things, as well. 

He’s a police man, after all.  He’s supposed to be setting an example for the community.  He’s supposed to be held to a higher standard when it comes to abiding by the law.  He’s supposed *not* be doing that sort of thing in the first place.  For him to do this and not be charged with every thing that they can dig up to toss at him is just unconcionable.  I come from a long line of city, state, and federal law enforcement.  The worst thing you can do, the most sure way to become a pariah, to have your very name become anathema to everyone is to be a dirty cop.  A cop that steals evidence is a dirty cop. 

Frankly, I think that this shows that the rest of the police department there is probably corrupt and all doing the same thing, since they don’t seem to be too upset about this.  I don’t know why Michael Celeski, the chief of police, hasn’t done something about it.  I know that the police chief here wouldn’t tolerate such a thing.  I also don’t know why, John O’Reilly, the mayor or any of the members of the city council haven’t stepped in and demanded that something be done.