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Thursday, April 15, 2010


I don't think I've ever been spammed in the comments before.  I've gotten hate mail, I've been berated, I've received nonsensical comments that proved my point, but until today.  A comment that not only made no sense, but seemed to be a link to an ad.  Reject!

Overdid on the bike ride Tuesday, as a result I hobbled all day yesterday.  last night POP!  and the knee is fine now,  old joints, one never knows what they'll do...pun intended.

Today there's rain in our forecast so if I can ride it'll have to be soon, unfortunately I have to deal with the IRS, and finalize stuff from the teaching gig.  Also I have to devise a few questions for a test tonight.

So there may be no riding until Saturday.  Not my favorite day to ride, weekend warriors out everywhere.  It's like New Years eve, amateur night. They're all out there in their spandex gray hair sticking out from under their  helmets huffing and puffing up an eleven degree incline, and riding three abreast along the trail.  Ya' know I love 'em.

In fact while I was researching this I am across a short blog post on website from some guy in Indiana.   he found a blog on dutch cycling culture and re-posted from them.

While reading about Dutch Bicycle Culture at Willothewisp Blog, I came across this bit about Bike Helmets (and Lycra)... Awesome, really just the best.

I hate bike helmets as they are truly worthless ,really just a way for a few companies to make some cash. Pretty much all the safety legislation that causes helmet laws around the world originates from helmet manufacturers. Most all the research shows that helmets on cyclists are pretty much worthless ans some indicates that they may actually do more harm than good by transforming direct impact to rotational impact ,which is much more traumatic. Anyway, Here is the most excellent commentary from Holland.

This is extremely important; do NOT wear a helmet. Three types of people wear a helmet on a bike in Holland;

1. The English.
2. North Americans.
3. The mentally afflicted.

The English and Americans wear helmets because in their worlds common sense no longer rules and people must be safe from their own actions at all times. Also it is a well known fact that when Americans fall off a bike they fall on their heads, why this should be we do not know. God gave us each an ass, in fact he appears to have given many Americans more than one ass each and yet they do not use them, you have to wonder why. On the rare occasion a Dutchman comes off their bike we fall on our well padded behinds (and it’s ALWAYS the fault of a German motorist).

The only time you need to wear lycra when riding a bicycle is when you are a speed rider at a velodrome or riding in the Tour de France, there is not any other occasion when lycra and bicycles should be mixed together.

I never wear lycra, well not completely true I  do put on the padded shorts under my regular shorts so my ass isn't sore the next day.  But I see way too many people out there sporting lycra and those very special clickety-clicky shoes that clip onto the pedals which I am certain help those seniors add smiles to their miles.  Or maybe that's just the Trek store that's smiling when they go to the bank.  

Oh!  and the Catholics are at it again.  Those fuckers never disappoint when it comes to spewing hate and misinformation around the world.  today it's:

Top Catholic exorcist: Pedophiles tempted by Satan, not possessed

From Morgan Neill and Hada Messia, CNN

- "The devil tempts everyone -- people in politics, in economics, in sport. And naturally, he tempts, above all, the religious leaders, so you shouldn't be surprised if the devil tempts those in the Vatican. That's his job."
Father Gabriele Amorth isn't speaking metaphorically when he says that. The 85-year-old priest means people can be tempted and literally possessed by Satan.
"It's not my opinion: I'm saying that if you believe in the Gospels, you believe in the existence of the devil, in the devil's power to possess people," he said in an interview with CNN.
The faithful believe "that there are people possessed by the devil, and ... in the power of exorcism to liberate from the devil," he said.
And as the chief exorcist of the Roman Catholic Church, it's his job to expel the devil when someone is possessed. Amorth, the founder of the International Association of Exorcists, has performed more than 70,000 exorcisms in his career, he estimates.
But there is a difference between possession -- where the devil takes hold of someone's body and actions -- and temptation, where Satan lures a person into doing evil, he said.
As a child abuse scandal sweeps across Europe, with accusations being made against priests in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, Amorth said the pedophiles are tempted, not possessed.
He has never done an exorcism on a child molester, he said.
"I have carried out exorcisms on some priests who had been molested by the devil," he said, without going into details.
"But cases of pedophilia exorcised, no. ... Pedophiles are not possessed by the devil, they are tempted by the devil," he said.
"They don't need exorcism, they need to be converted, to be converted to God, that's what they need. They need to confess, they need true penitence, true repentance, that's what they need. They're not possessed."
But no one is too strong a believer to be possessed, said Amorth, who is employed by the Roman diocese.
"Nothing occurs without the permission of God, and he allows even holy people, even saints, to be possessed by the devil," he said.
But, he added, he sees no evil in the Vatican today: "I just see good people in the Vatican. People of prayer, holy people, I don't see any evil." 

And so it goes:

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