Olympian or Politician? Make Up Your Mind.

Uncle Volodya says, "If you have the power to change the world for the better, you should do it. That's why people who do nothing are idiots, but idiots who do nothing are life-savers.”

Uncle Volodya says, “If you have the power to change the world for the better, you should do it. That’s why people who do nothing are idiots, but idiots who do nothing are life-savers.”

The latest Olympian to shoot off his cakehole to the world and bray his catastrophic ignorance is Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury. He tweeted earlier, although he has since taken it down, his extreme disapproval that ‘doper’ Yelana Isinbayeva had been elected to the IOC.

Isinbayeva, a three-time world champion and current world record-holder, double gold medalist for the Russian Federation and widely assessed to be the greatest pole-vaulter of all time, has never failed a drug test. Ever. But you can sort of see where ignorant know-nothings like Mark Tewksbury get the impression that everyone in Russian Track & Field is a zombie dope freak. Because of the just-as-ignorant McLaren Report, in which he and his pals on the ‘Independent Commission’ more or less acted as stenographers for Yulia and Valery Stepanov (who were paid $30,000.00 by WADA as a ‘fleeing fee’) and Grigory Rodchenkov, the central figure in Russian sports doping who is very likely parlaying it into a state-sponsored program to save himself. Grigory Rodchenkov, who previously referred to the members of the ‘Independent Commission’ as “three fools who do not understand how the Moscow lab works”.  But because his testimony was needed for political reasons, which are helping the United States of America humiliate its old and now lifelong enemy, Russia, McLaren deemed him to be credible anyway although his preliminary report assessed the exact opposite. Why? Because up as far as the preliminary report, Rodchenkov was denying everything. By the time the final report was thrown together, at just the right time to slap a national Olympic ban on Russia but leave them not enough time to undo it , Rodchenkov was singing like a canary and confessing to everything.

Confession is apparently not only good for the soul, it is also good for politically-motivated hack jobs which lack the weight of independent verification, setting in motion a rush to judgment that suits the regime-changers of North America and NATO, and feeds the hungry press a sensational story which is immediately assumed to be fact.

WADA and its foot-in-mouth-breathing soldiers would have been wise to sense, in the election of Isinbayeva, an attempt to back away from the precipice McLaren and his buddies are trying to drag us over. WADA no longer enjoys the confidence of the IOC, because it is comprised of partisan zealots who are willingly in the service of a political agenda, at the expense of sport. You can be assured that legal action will follow the Olympics, and if McLaren cannot get his ducks in a row by then, a whole lot of people are going to have egg on their faces.

So let me give you some advice, as a taxpayer who helps fund your spoiled and cosseted pursuit of sport in your discipline. If you’re at the Olympics, bully for you. You have been selected to represent your country. In politics? Check your paperwork; I’m pretty sure nobody ever asked you to perform in such a capacity. Next time you see the Foreign Minister of your country doing wind-sprints, or a tricky dismount from the horizontal beam, you can assume there’s some crossover.  Until then, keep your fucking political opinions to yourself. You’re there to swim, or run or jump or whatever. Let’s get that in perspective, what say? You’re not the discoverer of fire, or the wheel. You’re not the composer of a timeless symphony or the rescuer of a child from a burning schoolhouse. You can swim or run or jump faster or higher or further than anyone else who is involved in this competition. You are living proof that you can be the best at something, and not have a clue about anything else.

Richard McLaren does not have proof of who in the Russian Federation is a doper and who is not. What he has is witness testimony from three people who were themselves earhole-deep in doping,  and have fled their country. The IOC would not consider the election of Isinbayeva to the IOC if they were even optimistic that McLaren’s report rests on solid proof.

Everybody in the world has had it up to here with the behavior of pampered athletes abroad, from finger-wagging to rest-room-door-smashing to making up bullshit stories about robbery to sounding off about events from a dataset of zero. Stick to what you know, and the next time you’re tempted to step out of that circle, think again. Think of everybody in your country with a zipper over their mouths, and follow suit. If somebody asks you a question about your sport and your personal place in it, feel free to enlighten everyone. If you are asked a question or feel moved to publicly comment on something that is not your specialty, remember your mother’s advice; if you can’t say something nice, shut the fuck up. I’m sure she didn’t say it quite that way, but you can extrapolate a little for the times. Use your head for something other than keeping your Nicki Minaj ball cap from shrinking.

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1,875 Responses to Olympian or Politician? Make Up Your Mind.

  1. TruthSeeker says:

    “Who will stop Putin?”…another lame article by the Beltway rug.


    Interestingly, but the author is not answering her own question. The whole thing has a whiff of resignation.

    • Cortes says:

      I disagree.

      Ms Rubin is alluding to Henry II of England:


      Sinister in the extreme.

      Just as well no one has (to date) put out a dog whistle against Ms Rubin…

    • marknesop says:

      Well, it has a whiff of ‘Elect Hillary Clinton, who will speedily use the American military to restore our former glory”. But that’s all implied, because Jennifer Rubin is as conservative a Republican as it is possible to be. It’s full of her usual connecting of dots which bear no relationship to one another – when the USA wants more clout in the Black Sea and South China Sea, is it really pursuing ‘regional interests’? Really? Of course not, and the fucking mess the world’s in now is largely a result of Washington’s unrestrained freedom of action. If Putin wanted to establish a Russian naval presence in the Great Lakes, do you think Washington would let him get away with declaring a regional interest? Hardly.

      Jennifer Rubin is an example of the entire political class that has to go before the USA can begin to recover, because she sees nothing whatever wrong with Washington subjugating other nations to its will by force and making them hosts to American businesses, for their own good.

  2. Cortes says:

    An entertaining take on the recent revelations about whitewashing of drug taking by WADA:


    • marknesop says:

      Can’t wait to read it, but I must first point out that this is the 130,000th comment, and you are a winner of one of the tin soldiers. I will be in touch with a list of what’s left of the set. For the 150,000th comment I will give away the Putin T-Shirt; it’s this one, black as shown.

      Congratulations on your win!

    • Chinese American says:

      The article focuses on the Williams sisters, but Simone Biles’s ADHD claim, and WADA’s granting of the TUE in her case (for a whopping four years, until 2018), is even more obviously suspect. From what I gathered, she did not merely “have a positive test in August”: all four of her drug tests at Rio, taken on the days when she won three of her golds and one bronze, were positive. Yet no one would have known if it weren’t for the hackers. The drugs she was allowed to take had obvious effects on gymnastic performance–one of their main points was to improve concentration–violating one of WADA’s stated rules for granting TUEs. And of course, the over-diagnosis of ADHD (and the ways people abuse it) has long been a well-documented problem in the US.

      • marknesop says:

        Exactly – just like Sir British Cyclist; if you pump enough drugs into virtually anyone, you can make them a champion. Drugs which coincidentally enhance performance are not supposed to be used to help professional athletes overcome their problems with concentration or asthma so that they can win medals, and I don’t see much difference between ‘I can’t breathe well enough to win cycle races’ and ‘I’m not fast enough’. Well and good if you’re going to apply that standard across the board, but that is demonstrably not the case, as witnessed by Efimova being booed for taking an over-the-counter cold medication. WADA’s grief with Russia seems to be that Russian athletes did not ask for WADA’s permission to cheat, while American athletes did and were approved. WADA does not object to cheating so much as it objects to cheating over which it cannot exercise the power of permission. And judging by medal wins, it looks as if WADA would be likely to deny Russian athletes permission anyway.

  3. Moscow Exile says:


    Russian anti-corruption boss alleged to have €300mn in Swiss banks, after $120mn found at his flat

    And in this morning’s KP off that really nice Mr. Lebedev himself:

    Александр Лебедев: «Деньги из России выкачивают миллиардами. А такие “полковники” – обслуживающий персонал»

    Alexander Lebedev: “Money pumped in billions from Russia. And these “colonels” are the operational staff”

    From our banking system over the past ten years there have been stolen approximately $100 billion. Of this money, about a dozen bankers have $20 billion: Sergei Pugachev of Mezhprombank, Andrei Borodin from Bank of Moscow, Anatoly Motylev, associated witha Globex” and “Russian Credit”, and others (for details, see a Rating of “KP”). They feel really fine now, living abroad. Then there are the smaller cases, where there has been stolen not $2 – 3 billion from a Bank, but a hundred million. This was done, of course, by organized groups, many of which plundered not just one Bank.

    • marknesop says:

      Well, then, confiscate it. Do I have to think of everything? You would imagine no crook in Russia would be stupid enough to stash money abroad.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      And mind you all don’t forget!

      All the above mentioned bankers who have amassed millions are innocent of all charges made against them by virtue of the fact that by definition any person accused under due process of Russian law is, by definition, automatically innocent, more especially so if such persons have been labelled in the West as a “Putin critic”.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        By the way, I wonder where “former KGB spy” Lebedev got the readies to purchase a London newspaper?

          • Moscow Exile says:

            And who pays for the running of this loss maker, together with the London Evening Standard, both officially joint-owned by him and his son now, I think.

            In March 2012, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians with an estimated fortune of $1.1 billion. That fortune has apparently since declined. But how about this:

            In 1995 this bought the National Reserve Bank, a small Russian bank which was in trouble at the time. The bank subsequently grew rapidly to become one of Russia’s largest banks. It and the Alfa-Bank were the only two out of the ten biggest Russian banks to survive the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Among the bank’s assets are:

            11% of the main Russian national airline Aeroflot.
            44% of the Ilyushin Finance Co, that owns a significant share of Russian aircraft-building industry
            significant parts of Sberbank, Gazprom, RAO UES
            The bank is the core of the group of companies holding National Reserve Corporation, that according to Lebedev’s personal site owns around US$2 billion of assets. In 2008, Forbes estimates Lebedev’s fortune higher as US$3.5 billion, but as of July 2013 he dropped out of the billionaires list and is no longer considered to be a billionaire.

            Source: Wiki

            He stated in 2012 that he was going to sell off his assets in Russia.

            All monies squeaky clean?

          • marknesop says:

            Awwww….look at that. It even made a KGB man smile.

    • marknesop says:

      Now, see, this is good, of course. When corrupt officials are caught red-handed, they should be punished hard and publicly for their violation of the trust vested in them by both the public and the government. But a part of me says, what about Serdyukov? Why is the hammer falling on Zakharchenko, but not on Serdyukov? The latter’s case was seemingly at least as ironclad, his doxy’s apartment was crammed with stolen goods. But…nothing. I remain very disappointed with that decision.

  4. Moscow Exile says:

    Well I never!

    Who would ever have thought it?

    МВФ выделил Украине транш вопреки возражениям РФ

    The IMF has allocated the Ukraine a tranche despite the objections of the Russian Federation

    The Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund have made a positive decision to allocate the Ukraine tranche to the amount of one billion dollars.

    In the future, when in compliance with programme criteria, the Ukraine will be able to count on a tranche of $ 1.3 billion and another two billion dollars in February 2017.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      It’s because Russia repeatedly violates the Minsk Agreement, in’it?

    • marknesop says:

      Lending into arrears is always a terrible policy…except when it isn’t. Break out the salo, there will be celebrating and horn-blowing in Kiev tonight. Of course this is another gift to Ukraine, because they will never in a million years pay it back. And having once buckled, the IMF will not likely balk at further ‘lending’ even if Ukraine shows no signs of carrying out ‘further reform’.

      The IMF has taken its swing, and is now firmly stuck to the tar-baby, for good or ill. Considering Ukraine needs, at a minimum, more than $70 Billion to get itself back to where it was before the crisis, a Billion here and there are drops in the bucket, and will not contribute materially to the lifestyles of ordinary Ukrainians. It will, however, have Poroshenko dancing the fat jig, because it is a signal that the IMF will not penalize Ukraine for refusing to pay its legitimate debt to Russia.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Does anyone think Wiggins will be de-knighted, undubbed or whatever?

    • marknesop says:

      Why should the Russian government intervene to ‘make it stop’ if there’s nothing to it, and there’s no story here, all above-board? Why should the athletes who competed in Rio ‘suffer apprehension’ if they were all clean?

      Prednisone is only detectable for about a day, so an athlete would stand a fairly good chance of it not being detected. But I am curious as to the extent a TUE allows the athlete to use it. Just once? As needed? Is the presence of prednisone in a sample going to be ignored because the athlete has a TUE on file?

      This site is extremely helpful if you are an athlete interested in taking steroids but not getting caught, and is openly contemptuous of the testing process. “Of course, many athletes who are tested are only done so for show, and if that’s the case, well, it really doesn’t matter what you use. In any case, for show or a legitimate test, if you understand steroid detection times there’s really no reason for you to have a problem”. But some steroids, particularly the testosterone compounds, are detectable months after use.

      Prednisone, for one, has indeed been scientifically tested for efficacy against asthma, and was proven effective. But using it makes it possible for an asthma sufferer who would otherwise not be able to compete professionally deliver a medal-winning performance. Is that ethical, really? Paralympians are allowed to use prosthetic limbs, but are they allowed jet-packs? Maybe if you are a chronic asthmatic you should not be a professional cyclist.

  5. Moscow Exile says:

    Бывший командующий Центрального командования США стал советником украинского правительства

    The former commander of U.S. Central Command has become an adviser to the Ukrainian government

    According to the French Bulletin “Intelligence Online”, the former head of the U.S. Central Command, John Abizaid, has been appointed as a Pentagon adviser to the Ukrainian government on reforms of the armed forces and the Ministry of Defence. He will be supporting former Chief of the General Staff of the Land Forces of the British army, Nicholas Ralph Parker.

    [above] Joint exercises by American, Latvian and Ukrainian soldiers, 2016

    After retiring from the armed forces of the United States, General Abizaid was until 2005 the head of the management board of the security firm Blue Hackle. He was also a member of the advisory board of the company USIS and in charge of intelligence gathering.

    Glory to the Ukraine!

    And just look at them performing!

    • marknesop says:

      Give Poroshenko long enough in government, and he will have assembled enough governments and armed forces commands under his own auspices to take over and colonize several neighbouring countries. Perhaps that’s his plan, to make up for the disappointing loss of Crimea.

  6. Moscow Exile says:

    Tweedly Dum and Tweedly Dee?

  7. Moscow Exile says:

    Boycott the criminal regime! Boycott of the elections!

    And then, you see, because all we kreakly will not have voted, the election result will be invalid, as the count of votes will not represent the opinions of all citizens.

    The only valid election result is the one with which we kreakly agree!

    And if we do not get our way, we will skweam and skweam until we are thick and make a thorough anti-social fucking nuisance of ourselves — so there!

    I am boycotting these elections.

    We are not a herd of cattle.

    Boycott the elections!

    • et Al says:

      How bizarre.How does disenfranchising themselves make their claims about the election being dodgy legitimate? It’s not as if ‘the regime’ has stolen their votes?

    • marknesop says:

      Yes, there’s nothing more democratic than refusing to vote. That’s why democracies insist it is every citizen’s duty, I suppose, and in some countries it is mandatory. Not in free Russia, though. Thank you, kreakly.

      The count of votes never represents 100% of the electorate; there are always people who do not cast a ballot, for reasons of their own, and more than 60% is considered a spectacular turnout. None of those elections has ever been nullified for that reason.

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