Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lance Armstrong: Cancer Survivor and Cheater?

This week's Sports Illustrated has a pretty scathing article about cyclist golden boy, Lance Armstrong. In short, Armstrong is under federal investigation and could face charges against him of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking and defrauding the US government.


Directing the government’s investigation is the Eliot Ness of Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) inquiries, Jeff Novitzky. Remember him? He famously brought down BALCO Labs and Olympian Marion Jones.

If you haven’t read the article it's worth a read. Lance Armstrong maintains that he will be vindicated. But after reading all of the allegations from so many people closely involved with US Cycling and Armstrong himself, it's easier to believe that from 1990 to 2009 US Cycling was a very dirty sport and everyone that was affiliated with the teams is guilty. Armstrong and his lawyer would rather throw around words like "discredited" in the direction of anyone who is cooperating with the investigation or who has made public statements regarding his alleged use of PEDs.

I know, I know…but, Armstrong is a cancer survivor and his foundation raises so much money for cancer research. If he cheated, surviving cancer doesn't make him any less of a cheater. Also, Floyd Landis is quoted in the SI article as saying: "Lance told me that [Dr. Michele] Ferrari had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that". File that quote under: things that make you go hmmm. Also, yes, I’m aware that no one believes anything uttered by the "discredited" Landis.

This article confirms my feeling that Lance Armstrong is the Barry Bonds of cycling. Speaking of Bonds, Barry Bonds he’s facing perjury charges (thanks to Novitzky's BALCO investigation). If Bonds was a cancer survivor would baseball fans feel any different about him? No. We wouldn’t.

As a lifelong Orioles fan (go ahead, laugh) I grew up watching Cal Ripken, Jr. play. If the Orioles had a game, Cal, Jr. played in it. In good seasons and in bad, like when the O’s started their season 0-21 and his father Cal, Sr. was fired as Skipper…Cal, Jr. continued to play. He played in 2,632 consecutive games, all with the Orioles. Cal, Jr. played in all those games during the so-called "steroid era" in baseball and was never associated with the use of any PED. If he had been, my heart would have shattered.

Remember how outraged we were during the 2008 Summer Olympics when the Chinese girl's gymnastics team beat our girl's team with their toddler underage squad? They cheated. And while I do think that cheating is cheating, period; using PEDs in an endurance sport like cycling seems more beneficial than in a sport that also involves physics and hand-eye coordination like baseball. Seriously, anyone can ride a bike, including me. I've never tried hitting a home run out of Giants Stadium but I’m pretty sure that I couldn't even if I was on roids.

And while I understand that US Cycling isn't exactly Major League Baseball, Lance Armstrong has catapulted himself from US Cyclist to some kind of American hero. So while we as Americans may not care much about the ins and outs of cycling we should care about someone who may have duped us into thinking that he’s one of the good guys.

Cross-posted at Pundit League

Monday, January 24, 2011

You are Formally Invited Down the Rabbit Hole with Duchess Rebecca

Hey kids! Guess what? Nope. Guess again? Nooooooo. Okay, okay...stop begging, I'll tell you...

Yours truly will be live on these here the kids say...oh they don't say that anymore, who cares...anyway as I say saying and writing (it's called multitasking also shaddup) Thursday night at 11 pm CT (that's stands for "central time" dummy) I will be debuting a live *gulp* show on Brad Wyman's ustream channel, WYTV. [hint: that's called a name drop, that means you should Google him]

My show, "Down the Rabbit Hole with Duchess Rebecca" conceptually, is the would be love-child if The View (ABC) and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo) made a demented thirty-fun-year-old-baby. Sounds awesome, right?

Do you have questions for me? Well by all means, tweet me @duchess_rebecca, Facebook me, email me or if you'd like to send me something good, please do:

Duchess Rebecca
PO BOX 13332
Des Moines, IA 50310

I'm super excited and supremely nervous, tune in to watch me make a big fool of myself in a most fantastic way live this Thursday night (9 pm PT, 11 pm CT)/Friday (12 am ET).

Watch or die. No...really, no promises...I am very powerful.

Quiz: Will You Be Watching American Idol?

Quiz: Will You Be Watching <i>American Idol</i>?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

Ten years ago, this week, the internet was forever changed with the January 15, 2001 launch of With over 3.5 million English language entries, Wikipedia has become the go-to place for information. Some teachers frown on or flat out forbid the use of Wikipedia as a factual source for information because anyone may edit any page. But, I say hogwash...actually I say something else but this is a family show...Wikipedia is the cat's pajamas!

Where else can you find:

...famous people that share your birthday? it a fruit or a vegetable?

...the side effects of Vicodin?

...the lifespan of a hamster?

...the Weight Watchers PointsPlus formula?

...the traditional gift for your sister's 12th wedding anniversary?

...recipe for a Flirtini?

...the administrative capital of Sri Lanka?

...all of the Green Lantern bios?

...a list of NFL individual player records?

and so much more, all in one place???

Birthday cheers, Wikipedia!

h/t Major Garrett

Cross-posted at Pundit League

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Stalking for Dummies

Like having your personal information on the web such as home address and telephone number, age, information about your home and more? All in one place? Well have I got great news for you! There's a new(ish) website,, that shares most of your private personal information for free or the whole kit and kaboddle for under $40 a year. Creeptastic!

I visited spokeo, typed in my name and hit enter. My jaw dropped as not only my home address showed up and not one but three views of my home. *waving* Hello, creepers! Also available, my home phone number, house value, household income, credit score and much, much more! How dare they not share my shoe size, at least then, my stalkers could send stylish gifts. Hrmph. Oh well. I didn't freak out, because thanks to a friend's Facebook status update, I knew how to remove my listing. Many thanks, Katy!

Here's what YOU need to do, asap:

1) Go to - their site must be very busy today, be patient, you will want to remove your listing

2) type in your name, city and state

3) The next page will have your info, go to the top of the page and copy the url address

4) at the bottom in small print, click "privacy" - this should take you to a new page

5) paste your page's url address, enter your email and the security code given

6) check your email and click the confirmation to remove yourself

You're Welcome!

According to Snopes, this is only half the battle. They're still going to sell your info to third party members a la Facebook. But hey, maybe now that creepy guy on Twitter won't show up at your crib with duct tape and chloroform.

PS If you do find my address, I wear a size 39 (or an 8.5).

Cross-posted at Pundit League