Sunday, May 8, 2022

Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia Dies At Age 79

Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia dies at age 79—he preached a static and stale legal pedanticism that neither our language nor Constitution could carry.

Res:, preachers of "judicial restraint" might be surprised by the Court's conservative partisans' "judicial activism"...

...the reactionary US Supreme Court majority is both harmful and dangerous to America's future...resurrecting the Articles of Confederation under a ruse of "states rights" and "originalism" or its derivative "textualism" is little more than sophistry, at best...

...unsaid are the self-delegated efforts by the Federalist Society et al., RNC-GOP, and the partisan  reactionary majority on our US Supreme Court to use congressional chaos and legal sophistry to fundamentally (re)interpret laws (.e.g. healthcare, voting, religion, liberty, agencies, business, states rights etc.) underpinning the welfare state...

...novice and competent court watchers may enjoy reading or listening to The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America  by Ian Millhiser...

UPDATED 02/16/2020 Economist, Donald Trump is appointing federal judges at a blistering pace's difficult to imagine a more toxic tag for any judge than "appointed by Trump"...

UPDATED 11/16/2019 CSPAN Attorney General William Barr Criticizes the Political Left and Law&Crime, Calls for AG Barr’s Impeachment Intensify After ‘Lunatic Authoritarian’ Federalist Society Speech [...a Barr impeachment is grounded in despotic behavior more contemptible than a "lunatic authoritarian speech"] and Text of DOJ, Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention Washington, DC, Friday, November 15, 2019 [...much of Barr's talk applies faulty anachronistic reasoning, which historical constitutional documents do not support...]

 ...unfortunately, Barr has wrongly and hyperbolically compared pushback against decades of conservative dogma, ideology and doctrine as war...

...Barr needs a different "Executive" as his "Exhibit A" before labeling pushback, opposition or resistance as war...

...preferably one that doesn't ask for or accept foreign electoral help...

UPDATED 10/08/2019 AP, Divided Supreme Court Weighs LGBT People’s Rights...well, isn't Justice Gorsuch just precious...wonder if Chief Justice Tawny took heed of "social unrest" when deciding Dred Scott...

UPDATED 08/11/2019 Reuters, House Democrats Seek Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh's Records

...the earlier (2018)  lower judicial council investigating 83 complaints against Kavanaugh ended when it decided it had no authority to investigate the higher Supreme Court...not a disability for Congress with its impeachment power...

UPDATED 10/07/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice After Divided Senate Votes for Confirmation and WP, In SNL’s Cold Open, Republican Senators Celebrate Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation and NYT, Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate

Welcome Justice "Kegger" Kavanaugh to Hell and Then Some

...Kavanaugh is an unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced Supreme Court justice...

...don't forget to laugh...

UPDATED 10/05/2018 NYT, The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh; Signed, 2,400+ Law Professors!...makes you wonder who the ABA, FBI, and Federalist Society spoke with about Kavanaugh...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Nation’s Criminals Ask for F.B.I. Investigation Kavanaugh Just Got...

UPDATED 10/02/2018 NBC, Text Messages Suggest Kavanaugh Wanted To Refute Accuser's Claim Before It Became Public and NewYorker, The Confusion Surrounding the F.B.I.’s Renewed Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh and NYT, The People the F.B.I. Has Interviewed in the Kavanaugh Investigation — and Those It Has Not and NYT, Chad Ludington’s Statement on Kavanaugh’s Drinking and Senate Testimony

...when you begin removing the wrapping around a carefully packaged Kavanaugh you discover misleading statements, dissembling,  lies, lack of candor, and earlier contact with potential witnesses...sounds like our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. and its Republican Party schlepps in the senate...

UPDATED 10/01/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Would Not Be Confirmed If FBI Probe Shows He Lied To Senate Committee, Jeff Flake Says and NYT, Democrats Denounce Limits on F.B.I.’s Kavanaugh Inquiry as a ‘Farce’ and USAToday, Brett Kavanaugh Was 'Belligerent and Aggressive' Drinker, Yale Classmate Says and Vox, Why Kavanaugh's Accusers Can't Remember Everything and NYT, Judge Kavanaugh Is One Angry Man and Slate, You Don’t Have to Be a Person With Alcoholism to Be a Problem Drinker

...Kavanaugh is an unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced nomination to our Supreme Court made by our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al...both are boorish, bullying belligerent liars...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Jeff Flake Announces Retirement from Humanity and Merrick Garland Says He Enjoys a Nice Lemonade Now and Again

UPDATED 10/03/2018  Bloomberg, Trump Orders Kavanaugh FBI Probe After Senate Delays Confirmation Vote (only after some senators required probe)

and NewYorker, E-mails Show That Republican Senate Staff Stymied a Kavanaugh Accuser’s Effort to Give Testimony and WP, Sen. Kamala Harris Refuses To Vote, Democrats Walk Out of Committee Room (kudos to the junior senator from California et al.) and NYT, American Bar Association Urges F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh, as Jesuits Withdraw Endorsement  and Vox, All-Male Senate Judiciary Republicans Tap Arizona Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell for Thursday’s Kavanaugh Hearing and Vox, Report: Senate Staff Asks Brett Kavanaugh About Fourth Misconduct Allegation and Atlantic, Lindsey Graham’s Furious Defense of Brett Kavanaugh and Atlantic, Kavanaugh Goes Nuclear

...the Republican's hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh is little more than their sham (Senator Graham (R-S.C.) and Kavanaugh doth protest too much) efforts to continue efforts to cram-down another unfit justice...but as Bob Dylan might say "The Times They Are A Changin'"

...appointing a female proxy prosecutor to conduct questioning for the majority committee of elderly all white male senators is a wonderful metaphor for a devolving and obsolete Republican Party...

...yes Senator Graham (R-S.C.), if you stand in a line awaiting your turn to sexually assault an impaired women you are a "gang rapist", whether you actually sexually assault the impaired women...your "righteous indignation" without the required FBI background investigation and thorough vetting is meaningless...

UPDATED 09/26/2018 WP, Kavanaugh Nomination: Third Woman Comes Forward with Sexual Misconduct Allegation

UPDATED 09/24/2018 Federalist, Fourth Supposed Witness To Kavanaugh Accuser’s Alleged Assault Indicates It Didn’t Happen and WP, Kavanaugh Accuser Will Testify Thursday in Front of Senate Judiciary Committee and NewYorker, Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years and NewYorker, After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn’t a Big Deal

...the "Federalist" is arguing a criminal case that doesn't exist and likely will not exist...

...nor is this a "he said-she said" or "innocent until proven guilty" case... is she says with 91-98% veracity that she was sexually mistreated in a nation, which has a historical pattern of ignoring, dismissing, and mistreating women when they report sexual mistreatment (unsurprisingly, resulting in significant underreporting)... a national policy on sexual mistreatment of women (and men) our nation must clearly, loudly, and continuously broadcast to our women (and men) that anytime you are sexually mistreated and report you will be believed, full stop...regardless of who your assaulter is...

...Blasey's assertion that she was sexually mistreated by Kavanaugh are enough to end his bid for a justiceship returning him to his judgeship on the DC Court of Appeals...

...conduct a fair investigate of the allegations of the sexual mistreatment and end his judgeship, if reasonable...

UPDATED 09/20/2018 Vox, The Fight Over Reopening The FBI Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh, Explained and NYT, Everyone Deserves Better Than This Senate Spectacle and WP, Republicans, Be Forewarned: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Options and Intercept, Attorney Sent Letter To Chuck Grassley And Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing To Speak About Brett Kavanaugh

...FBI interviews into the background of candidates for public trust positions is de rigueur...conflating these interviews with a criminal investigation mischaracterizes their purpose... (also, National Background Investigations Bureau)

..."cramming down" Kavanaugh amid ongoing sexual assault allegations is likely to further accelerate an already fast declining Republican Party (some might say already imploded) and decaying Supreme Court of the United States...

UPDATED 09/09/2018 Slate, I Wrote Some of the Stolen Memos That Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About and Salon, Merrick Garland asked to probe perjury allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and Vox, The Brett Kavanaugh Perjury Controversy, Explained By 4 Legal Scholars

UPDATED 09/07/2018 NYT, Brett Kavanaugh Hearings: Takeaways From Day 1 and C-SPAN, Senator Schumer on Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

..."educated" is just one attribute and not the most important, which "qualifies" a person to sit on our United Supreme Court...Judge Kavanaugh lacks some of those other attributes...if Kavanaugh cannot answer a "hypothetical" whether a president can self-pardon for crimes committed before or during their presidency, maybe he can articulate a "hypothetical" in which a president can self-pardon...

...Kavanaugh is "independent" like our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. is a "truth-teller"...imagine our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. as a "unitary executive" and Kavanaugh joining Scalia's dead dicta to tell us that we cannot subpoenaed, indict, prosecute or otherwise get rid of our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. so long as it occupies the Executive Office of the President of the United States...

...kudos to Senators Kolbuchar, Coons, Harris, Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Booker, Flake, et al...their questioning has begun to show pursuit of an imbalanced democratic governance agenda underpinned by dogma, drivel, and doctrinaire...or as the Chief Justice might say, gobbledygook...

...not only must the Senate decline to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it must await the renomination and senate vote on Judge Merrick Garland, before filling any vacancy on the Supreme Court...

UPDATED 07/10/2018 NYT, Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court and Reuters,  Top U.S. Senate Democrat Vows To Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick and NYT, Conservative and Liberal Groups Gird for Battle Over Kavanaugh Image and CourthouseNews, Trump Picks Kavanaugh to Replace Kennedy on High Court

...Judge acolyte of the deceased Scalia, Federalist Society protege, and docent of the "originalism" dogma docket is highly unlikely to do well a primary duty of an active justice, complement court credibility...

...without credibility what is a court's announcement that a business baker can decide whether to deliver cakes into the steam of commerce based on his interpretation of the gospel according to Jesus...makes the constitutional interpretive efforts of originalism seem stupendously scientific...

UPDATED 05/22/2018 CLR, Reclaiming the Constitutional Text from Originalism: The Case of Executive Power

UPDATED 04/18/2017 Onion, Rookie Justice Gorsuch Assigned To Supreme Court Overnight Shift

UPDATED 04/08/2017 AP, Senate Democrats Secure Votes To Block Gorsuch The minority Senate members need not apologize for filibustering the Gorsuch nomination.

He's "mainstream" while attending Federalist Society meetings with its claimed membership estimated at 70,000 (6/7th lawyers and 1/7th law students)! However, such a small clique or core cabal of lawyers committed to pursuing an extreme libertarianism (aka neo-anarchism) is hardly representative of "mainstream" America, especially if they wear black robes on our Supreme Court.

It is not clear if criteria of the ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee's rating considers such a stagnant, extreme, and dogmatic2 judicial temperament in a justice of our Supreme Court?

UPDATED 03/20/2017 Bloomberg,Why the Supreme Court's Approval Rating Is Sliding and C-SPAN, Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, Day 1; Live

Efforts to disguise libertarian dogma and doctrine (aka neo-anarchism) in black robes is likely to backfire while seriously harming our Supreme Court and nation.

UPDATED 02/02/2017 Reuters, Trump Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch seen in the mold of Scalia and NYT, In Judge Neil [M.] Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style and WP, Key decisions from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Justices who pretend they can interpret our frabjous1 Constitution within today's context are preferable to those who pretend they can interpret it within yesterday's context.

UPDATED 03/21/2016 NYT, John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

Mr. Chief Justice, wonder if the Court's increasing patina tarnish (some might say sully or disgrace) is related to the politician requites?

UPDATED 03/17/2016 WP, Initial thoughts on President Obama’s decision to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

UPDATED 03/05/2016 NYT, Supreme Court Nominees Considered in Election Years Are Usually Confirmed
PBS, Justice Antonin Scalia's Funeral Mass
Roll Call, Justice Scalia Lies in Repose at Supreme Court
Oyez, Supreme Court Virtual Tour, Including Captions for Chief Justices' Busts in Great Hall The casket appears to be traverse the bust of Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, Great Hall-Middle West. USN, Supreme Court In Memoriam Associate Justice Scalia

WH, Watch President Obama Speak on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia
NYT, Justice Antonin Scalia: His Life and Career


1. Feel free to spend time studying literature, poems, law, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Through the Looking Glass etc. as needed to interpret yesterday's (circa 1871 CE) context of "frabjous" or grab today's context from Google.

2. Dogma by definition is stagnant and not an element in the desirable set of attributes required of any lawyer, much less a nominee lawyer to our Supreme Court. An ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee, which rates a dogmatic lawyer "well qualified" is either unaware of the dogma or evaluating the nominee as "well qualified" to enforce an implicit agenda.

Horrifyingly, it is possible that the the ABA Federal Judiciary Standing Committee is ignoring the dogma and evaluating a Supreme Court nominee as "well qualified" to enforce an explicit agenda?

Last Updated  May 08, 2022

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Recycling Myth

"... In all, Reuters examined 30 projects by two-dozen advanced recycling companies across three continents and interviewed more than 40 people with direct knowledge of this industry, including plastics industry officials, recycling executives, scientists, policymakers and analysts.

Most of those endeavors are agreements between small advanced recycling firms and big oil and chemicals companies or consumer brands, including ExxonMobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Procter & Gamble Co (P&G). All are still operating on a modest scale or have closed down, and more than half are years behind schedule on previously announced commercial plans, according to the Reuters review. Three advanced recycling companies that have gone public in the last year have seen their stock prices decline since their market debuts..."--Reuters--


ScienceMag, Production, Use, and Fate of All Plastics Ever Made (2017)


UPDATED 04/19/2022 PopSci, Microplastics have officially been found in our bodies. Here’s what that means for human health

UPDATED 10/28/2021 Reuters, Trash and Burn

Reuters, The Recycling Myth Are the above "endeavors" just industry talking-points, which increase plastic pollution?

Updated April 19, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Unscientific And Other Wacky Sh*t Out Of Texas

Originally Published May 17, 2017; Last Updated April 07, 2022; Last Republished April 04, 2022:

Professor Thaddeus Schmidlap
Wacky Sh*t Out of Texas Updates:

...the creation of a wacky conspiratorial crusade on a Texas size scale...

...why intentionally permit people during a pandemic to randomly spew harmful viral particles that inflict carnage on others before they voluntarily get vaccinated or involuntarily get infected and thereby vaccinated...

...essentially the US Supreme Court and Texas Court are mandating vaccination with carnage when vaccination without carnage is available...and that is truly some wacky shit!

Those interested in law may enjoy reading an earlier opinion by Justice Harlan on mandating vaccinations (smallpox in this case)...from the Library of Congress - JACOBSON v. MASSACHUSETTS, No. 70, Argued December 6, 1904, Decided February 20, 1905 (1M pdf)

Johns Hopkins with Bloomberg Philanthropy is offering a free Coursera course on how to talk with parents about the Covid-19 vaccines - starts 27 Jan 2022. seems easier to not "check out" a book than ban it...but that may no be wacky enough for Texas?

...kudos to President need to wait for hedge-funds to start investing in syndicates before deterring wacky policy for upending women's choices about childbirth...

...the Supreme Court's zealots (aka "conservatives") appear to be pursuing a path of irrelevancy or martyrdom and oblivion depending one's perspective...

UPDATED 08/06/2019 WP, Officers on Horseback Led A lack Suspect Through the Streets by Rope. The Chief Apologizedm

...WTF, a slang abbreviation that our citizenry are asking a lot during white nationalist governance of the unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. and GOP-RNC cum RAG (Ruse, Artifice, Gimmick) Party Senate...

UPDATED 03/29/2019 NYT, Demands for Adam Schiff’s Head Highlight Chasm That Only Widened With Mueller’s Conclusion, wonder what Representative Conaway (R-TX 11th District) will "call for" after the entire Mueller Report is provided to Congress and made public and he's read it...he will read it before talking about it, won't he...?

UPDATED 03/26/2019 WP, Trump administration Asks Court to Completely Invalidate Obama’s Affordable Care Act [Pelosi Statement on House Filing Opening Brief in Health Care Lawsuit, While Trump Administration Argues to Destroy Entire Law and Pelosi Statement on 9th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and CMS, Health Insurance Exchanges 2019 Open Enrollment]

...kudos to the House of Representatives for intervening in Texas v USA and introducing legislation to ensure Americans have affordable comprehensive healthcare coverage...billionaires' budget burdens and religious zealots' myths about female reproduction are of quaternary or quinary concern, if they are of any concern...

...after nine years of listening to the GOP/RNC cum RAG Party lies about providing Americans with affordable comprehensive healthcare, even goddess Clementia is calling bullsh^t... (the latest RAG Party efforts to "disrupt", aka destroy obamacare)...

UPDATED 03/01/2019 NYT, A Times Square Billboard Hits Ocasio-Cortez on Amazon. She Hits Back

...billionaire Bezos (Amazon) builds jobs in New York like billionaire sports team owners and others build stadiums, golf courses, and arenas, with rent-seeking at the public's cost...'s going to take more than billionaire sponsored or funded billboards, rent-seeking, monopolies, addictive products, and chants of "disruption", a euphemism for the gimmick of cannibalizing existing assets...

...expectations for and of our billionaires significantly deviate from the requirements of a leading 21st century nation...

...don't forget to laugh...

UPDATED 12/19/2018 Reuters, Federal Judge [District Judge Reed Charles O'Connor] Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional and CourtListener, ORDER granting Plaintiffs partial summary judgment (Ordered by Judge Reed C. O'Connor on 12/14/2018) (Judge Reed C. O'Connor) (Entered: 12/14/2018) and CourtListener, Docket for Texas v. United States of America (4:18-cv-00167) District Court, N.D. Texas

...the judges opinion has no immediate impact on is important for our citizens to continue enrolling in and using Obamacare...the goal of comprehensive healthcare for all our citizens will face obstacles, even if some are a bit using the 2017 tax law mostly benefiting our wealthiest citizens to declare healthcare for our poorest citizens unconstitutional...believing if you topple one domino you topple them all...

UPDATED 09/27/2018 WP, A Black Student Refused to Recite the Pledge of Allegiance — Challenging Texas Law Requiring It

...really!, we're still  forcing our Pledge of Allegiance onto our children?...the history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance...

UPDATED 10/25/2017 NPR, 'Jane Doe' Has Abortion In Texas, After Battle With Trump Administration and ACLU, Court Orders Trump Administration To Stop Blocking Young Woman’s Abortion and SanAntonioCurrent, Trump Administration Blocks Legal Abortion for Undocumented Texas Minor in Federal Care and WP, An undocumented teen is pregnant and in custody. Can the U.S. Stop Her From Getting An Abortion?

It's unclear why our religious zealots' dogma and lunacy is able to interfere or impede a women's healthcare, period?

UPDATED 10/16/2017 Reveal, Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education
and HoustonChronicle, Denied

States rights and libertarian zealots often substitute dogma or inferior, and nefarious state solutions in lieu of superior federated solutions, which cut harm to their residents and our citizens (e.g. secure health, education, shelter, and nutrition). Such is the damage of  the zealots' dogma!

UPDATED 10/07/2017 HoustonChronicle, Texas Manufacturer of 'Bump Stocks' Halts New Sales

A corporation does not have a constitutional right to place into the stream of commerce any sh*t, addictive, or harmful product a snake-oil salesman labels "innovative".

UPDATED 09/18/2017 Fox, Pastor Jeffress Talks Day of Prayer for Harvey Victims

Texas religious zealot Robert Jeffress thanked god for giving us the "gift" of, Trump! 

Ah, can we return god's gift or re-gift it to another nation, which is "praying for unity", say Caracas, Venezuela (elev. 2,953')? 

Instead of "a day of prayer" let's have "a day of good government" that sends seed money (say $100B) to help the residents of Galveston (elev. 6.89'), Texas City (elev. 9.8'), and Beaumont (elev. 16.0') et al. 

Do not attach a "prayer", but a reminder that good government leadership is not a gift from god, but extraordinary citizens with the ability to consult geospatial specialists or elevation maps when regulating the building of Texas structures, especially residential structures!

UPDATED 09/01/2017 NYT, Blocking a Bad Immigration Law in Texas
UPDATED 08/14/2017 TexasTribune, Senate approves bill restricting abortion insurance and Texas Legislature Online, Bill: HB 214  

Requiring women to pay a separate and addition premium for their reproductive healthcare (non-emergency abortion) is bizarre.

UPDATED 06/09/2017  NYT, Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House and USNews, Financial Choice Act Looms Over Dodd-Frank's Future

Our citizenry will recall the last time a federal lawmaker from Texas proposed wacky financial sh*t we got Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, which overturned the Glass-Steagall Act that enabled our cannibal-capitalists to blow up the global economy; we're still recovering from the financial  catastrophe of 2007 Great Recession!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Kudos President Biden, NATO, and Heads Of State

Kudos to President Biden, NATO, and Heads Of State on the March 24th statement...

...(full statement by NATO Heads of State and Government)...Yes, China and other nations must choose between changing the international system by force or abetting others and participating in that international system...perhaps NATO, UN et al. can regularize the process for routinely and quickly disconnecting nations from the international system ("dis[russia]nification") choosing change by force?


"... For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power..."--President Biden--

Our international community and its heads of state must implement the processes and procedure necessary and sufficient to enable more explicit condemnation (e.g. "...Tragically, President Putin's actions have reduced his future to a cage and coffin...")  of a rogue colleague, who has invaded another nation without provocation or justification; pathologically lied, implicitly threatened nuclear annihilation, bombed civilians, starved villages, destroyed hospitals, obliterated culturally significant objects, silenced opposition, and etc. 

last updated 03/27/2022

Monday, March 21, 2022

Hey Senator McConnell Your Partial Mea Culpa

Hey Senator McConnell your partial mea culpa is ineffectual and disingenuous.  You and your party have spent the past four plus years fomenting a fanciful insurrection instead of saying "enough"! Your party's platform and deviant behavior has exclaimed strongman, insurrection, deceit, duplicity and dictatorship. Forget the mea culpa. Immediately dissolve and replace your party!

Those interested in the playbook, which seems universally followed by all strongmen, including the failed 45th President of the United States of America will enjoy reading Ruth Ben Ghiat's book, Strongmen. (NYT book review, Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump)



LP, Which Side (A Democracy or Pinkerton Plantation Police Power State)

Those interested in learning more about the South's ongoing efforts to perpetuate its Pinkerton plantation police power will want to browse and read the stories at: Library of Congress, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938

Last update: 03/21/2022

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Elite Women Cyclists Racing Like Men

Recently, elite woman Australian cyclist Carlee Taylor demonstrates that women race just like the men (minus ubiquitous doping1)—unfortunately, the camera did not stick around to record her unbelievably determined race reentry.

Reminds me of multiple Grand Tours winner Bernard Hinault's racing determination:


UPDATED 09/14/2015 WC, The bicycling big book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding (Preview) An easy to read book for women (and men) just beginning their foray into cycling.


UPDATED 03/14/2019 VeloNews, Sagan and Olympic Champ Van der Breggen to Race Tour of California

...climber Katie Hall likely pulling for Van der Breggen...riding something like a
Specialized Women's Tarmac SL6 Expert...

UPDATED 03/07/2019 ScottishCycling, Inaugural Women’s Tour Of Scotland Announces Route With Olympic Champion Katie Archibald MBE (Three Stages - Routes) and Scotsman, 20 of World’s Elite Cycling Teams To Take Part in Maiden Women’s Tour of Scotland

Route - Stage 2

UPDATED 02/09/2019 VN, Katie Hall Launches Her European Racing Career and Strade Bianche Women Elite: 21 Teams At The Start

2019 Strade Bianche Women's Route
UPDATED 12/22/2018 UCI, 2019 UCI WOMEN'S WORLDTOUR, Road and (just in case you want to watch and ride) Canyon, Endurace WMN CF SL DISC 7.0 and GCN, Shimano 105 Vs Shimano Dura-Ace | What's The Difference? and GCN, Road Bike Geometry Explained – How To Understand Reach, Stack, Trail & More!

UPDATED 11/06/2018 UCI, 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour - Best Moments and UCI, Women's World Ranking, Individual, 2018 and Wikipedia, 2018 UCI Women's World Tour

UPDATED 10/13/2018 CyclingNews, UCI Women's WorldTeam Minimum Salary Set for 2020
UPDATED 08/10/2018 UCI, Women's WorldTour - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team - Major 2018 Sponsor Specialized - Venge Elite - 2018 and UCI, Women's WorldTour - Team Sunweb Time Trial - Major 2018 Sponsor GiantTrinity Advanced Pro


UPDATED 07/22/2018 Trek, Trek Announces New Women’s [UCI 2019] Road Team

UPDATED 07/21/2018 UCI, La Course by Le Tour de France – Highlights

(...up the col de Romme after the Giro d'Italia Rosa: 1° Tappa (TTT)- Verbania!...)

UPDATED 06/04/2018 VoxWomen, UCI Women's WorldTour - Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig

UPDATED 05/18/2018 UCI, AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 – Highlights and ATC, Stage 1 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race (with interviews)

UPDATED 05/17/2018 UCI, Women's WorldTour - Sabrina Stultiens and WaowDeals Pro Cycling (formerly, WM3)

UPDATED 04/20/2018 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour – Flèche Wallonne – Highlights

UPDATED 01/22/2018 CyclingNews, Santos Women's Tour Secures Equal Prize Money with Tour Down Under

UPDATED 01/07/2017 VeloNews, Team Sunweb Implements Independent Anti-doping Program

Kudos to the Sunweb organization and its 2018 women, men, and development squads for their determined efforts to "up their game" and leave professional cycling better than they found it.

UPDATED 12/21/2017 VeloNews, VeloNews Awards 2017: Van der Breggen is Female Cyclist of the Year

UPDATED 12/08/2017 CyclingNews, Van der Breggen's Ardennes triple named Most Memorable Women's Moment in Cyclingnews poll
UPDATED 06/15/2017 UCI, Women's WorldTour - OVO Energy Women's Tour – Highlights Stage 5

UPDATED 06/02/2017 Vox, How Bicycles Boosted the Women's Rights Movement

UPDATED 05/201/2017 Specialized, Race Reporter Ruby with Megan Guarnier

UPDATED 04/20/2017 UCI, 2017 UCI Women's WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio describes her mental and physical determination to recover from her latest major cycling injury.

UPDATED 04/04/2017 Olympic, Anatomy of an Elite Cyclist and UCI, Women's WorldTour - Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma

Road and MTB cyclist Jolanda Neff shares some laboratory performance data and Road and MTB cyclist Kasia Niewiadoma tells what happens to a novice elite rider during competition who ignores her sweating:

UCI Women's WorldTour peloton should begin publishing racers' real-time performance and imaging data.

UPDATED 01/11/2017 Velo, Megan Guarnier: The (not so) natural
UPDATED 12/22/2016 WSJ, Women's Sports: New Site Fills the Void in Coverage and Excelle Sports, Cycling

UPDATED 12/19/2016 CyclingWeekly, 37-year-old amateur rider lands professional contract with Canyon-SRAM team and EllaWomen'sCycling, Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract and CyclingNews, Canyon-SRAM’s 2017 Roster and CanyonSram, Women's Cycling Race 2017 and Zwift Academy News and UCI Road Calendar 2017 Season - UCI Women’s WorldTour - Women Elite

Currently 10 women are competing for three training slots at the Canyon-Sram 2017 Team training camp in Mallorca, Spain (Majorca for the English riders). One of the three finalists will then be selected to race with the Canyon-Sram 2017 (11th member), a tour de force in women's team time trial!


UPDATED 08/12/2016 UKMirror, Annemiek van Vleuten provides update on condition as she posts first picture since Olympics horror smash and CyclingNews, MRI reveals no further injury for van Vleuten and UCI, Final Results Rio 2016 Women's Road Race (pdf)

Pirouetting on the front wheel is a skill best performed by an elite trials cyclist, not an elite road cyclist during a 45-50 mph descent!

Rio UCI Results, Women's Individual Time Trial and (VeloNews, Kristin Armstrong wins third Olympic time trial in Rio)


Unofficial Unsanctioned Women's UCI Cycling Blog, Giro Rosa 2015
Procyclingstats, 2015, Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile (2.1) - Results
Cyclingfans, 2015 Giro Rosa Live
Wikipedia, 2015 Giro d'Italia Femminile

Other Races:

Kudos to the ASO for sending the elite women's peloton up the alps.
2017 Women's World Tour Race 10, Stage 1
World Champion Armitstead and World Time-Trial Champion van Dijk team up and pull the National Champion Majerus to a stage win—pretty classy!

Aviva 2016, Stage 1

Commentators Sarah and Hugh do a great job of informing this year's Aviva Women's Tour and decidedly more difficult and exciting racing.

Elegant Cycle Racing!
    Other Race News:

    UPDATED 08/08/2016 UCI, Van der Breggen takes the Netherlands' second straight gold in women’s Olympic road race
    UPDATED 05/201/2016 Felt Bicycle, Rio Olymics Women's Pursuit Track Cycling Team

    Felt Development, FSA, and HED team up to design an asymmetric track cycling frame (TA-FRD), which has been optimized for the Rio 2016 women's team pursuit track cycling team.

    UPDATED 03/02/2016 Velo, Preview: Women’s cycling’s biggest year ever
    UPDATED 02/27/2016 Velo, Live coverage: Evelyn Stevens hour record and Velo, Evelyn Stevens will attempt to break UCI hour record "She will use a Specialized Shiv modified for the track with a Zipp 900 front wheel and a Super 9 rear disc, and a Bioracer skinsuit." CyclingNews

    UPDATED 02/05/2016 WiggleHonda, A Chat with the Best, Eddy Merckx

    What a fantastic video and moment for women's elite cycling!

    UPDATED 01/22/2016 Velo,Australian O’Donnell breaks women’s hour record
    UPDATED 12/07/2015 Velo, 2015 Velo Awards: Ferrand-Prevot is International Cyclist of the Year
    UPDATED 10/05/2015 Road to Richmond with the US Women's Team

    UPDATED 09/29/2015 VCU Exercise Science: Professional Cyclist Evie Stevens Interview VCU ALT Lab

    UPDATED 08/28/2015  2015 Pro Challenge Women's First Inaugural Kickoff Press Conference 

    Marianne Vos and Emma Johannes are beginning to mentor the younger women riders and racers, which will significantly benefit formative women's cycling.



    1. UPDATED 02/16/2022 UPI,  Kamila Valieva had three heart drugs in system, reports say and UPI, Russian skater Kamila Valieva failed drug test; IOC wants suspension in Beijing's unclear why Russia is still invited to compete in any Olympic level competitions...the "grandpa story" is charming...

    UPDATED 09/23/2019 AP, Russia Fears Missing Olympics Over Doping Data Tampering

    UPDATED 12/27/2018 AP, Russian Anti-doping Seeks Putin’s Help to Release Lab Data and AP, Russia Prevents WADA from Finding Doping Data in Moscow Lab

    UPDATED 10/04/2018 Reuters, U.S. Indicts Seven Russian Intel Officers in Alleged Doping Scandal Hack

    UPDATED 08/03/2018 VeloNews, Hinault Refuses To Keep Mouth Shut Over Froome Case and Changing Sport ...the therapeutic use exception (TUE) is an overused and unnecessary procedure...a racer is race-ready or they're not...

    UPDATED 04/20/2018 ChemistryWorld, Corticosteroid Triamcinolone, and The Abuse Potential of Therapeutic Use Exemptions in Professional Sports and Acetylcysteine Helps Manage Lung Conditions

    UPDATED 03/26/2018 NYT, At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias

    UPDATED 03/22/2018 EuroNews, World Cycling Body Moves To Combat Motorised Doping

    UPDATED 01/25/2018 VeloNews, Amateur Rider Jennifer Schumm Banned Four Years for Testosterone

    Kudos to USADA! Usage of TUES are temporary "short duration" exception to a strict goal of no doping in competitive cycling, not a permanent or routine competitive tool.

    UPDATED 12/05/2017 NYT, Russia Banned from Winter Olympic by I.O.C.

    UPDATED 09/19/2017 NYT, World Anti-Doping Agency Clears 95 Russian Athletes and Reuters, WADA tells Russia to stop shifting blame for its doping scandal

    UPDATED 01/31/2017 60Minutes, Hidden magnets — the next big cheat in cycling?

    Can UCI President, Brian Cookson end chemical and mechanical doping in the professional men's peloton without ending men's professional cycling? Cookson's dilemma is that professional men's cycling may decline or end with and without chemical and mechanical doping, which may explain Cookson's approach of pursuing doping, but not too aggressively!

    Can the impressive professional women's peloton avoid Cookson's dilemma as its sponsorships and fan base continue a dramatic ascent?

    UPDATED 12/30/2016 Reuters, Russian officials admit sports doping - NYT

    UPDATED 11/16/2016 CyclingNews, Dekker says former Silence-Lotto doctor injected him with cortisone

    UPDATED 11/07/2016 UCTV, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports with Mark Johnson

    UPDATED 09/15/2016 Velo, WADA hack no big deal for Froome and Wiggins WADA has augmented a cycling (and other sports) doping problem with an abusive "TUEs" (Therapeutic Use Exemption) problems.

    UPDATED 08/12/2016 CyclingNews, Armitstead: People will think I'm a cheat for the rest of my life and BBC, Rio 2016 Olympics: Lizzie Armitstead defends missed drugs tests and VeloNews, Armitstead issues statement on missed anti-doping controls

    A leading professional cyclist, especially one wearing the magical rainbow jersey who provides a pattern or series of jeremiad instead of randomly drawn blood and urine samples through the "whereabouts system" should expect a lot of skepticism.

    Inside an Anti-doping Laboratory

    LiveScience, The 'Doping Arms Race': How Athletes Evade Testing As the costs decrease and automated screening efficiency using large micro-arrays increases the imaginations of cheating athletes, coaches, and boutique chemists will begin to lag. When coupled with certain, credible, and effective career ending suspensions from competition the short-term appeal to use unauthorized (i.e. noncompetitive) performance enhancing methods will begin to lag, too.

    Kudos to UKAD for its strict efforts to make sure cyclists [and other athletes] compete clean. Also, WADA Whereabouts Q&A and CleanSportsBlog, Understanding the Whereabouts System

    UPDATED 08/02/2016 VeloNews, Lizzie, we need answers [...and fast]  How does a domestic federation clear an elite cyclist that misses four three "out of competition" drug tests?

    UPDATED 07/28/2016 UCI, UCI statement on the eligibility of Russian riders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and CyclingNews, UCI confirms three Russian cyclists withdrawn from Olympic Games
    "The UCI is absolutely committed to protecting the rights of clean athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond." --UCI, July 28, 2016--
    ..not to mention preserving the sport of elite cycling...cyclists bans, exemptions, and performances across time will be more meaningful than press announcements.

    UPDATED 07/21/2016 BBC, Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games

    UPDATED 07/18/2016 Reuters, IOC vows 'toughest sanctions' after report confirms Moscow's broad collusion in doping

    UPDATED 06/27/2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Doping (HBO) Even a serious issue needs humor:

    UPDATED 06/06/2016 Velo, American cycling has a doping problem, and it’s no longer at the top

    UPDATED 04/18/2016 CyclingNews,  Bugno calls on UCI to use heat cameras to detect mechanical doping It's encouraging that the doping debate is shifting to effective and efficient methods for preventing mechanical doping. Is the biological-passport (aka b-passport) growing accuracy and precision causing the shift?

    UPDATED 03/13/2016 NYT, Wave of Positive Tests for Meldonium Adds to Doping Crisis

    It's astonishing that a sports MD would say a drug, which increases blood flows and hence oxygen is not performance enhancing. Such statements buttress the argument against team or private doctors for professional and elite cyclists—every rider uses a trained and certified doctor from the peloton pool.

    UPDATED 11/20/2015 CyclingWeekly, WADA finds Russia and five others non-compliant with anti-doping code and UCI president Brian Cookson responds to athletics doping scandal

    Heightened awareness of peloton doping, biological passports, team or individuals’ doctor's notes, or national lab countermand tests are not substitutes for independent routine, rigorous drug testing and permanent peloton disqualification of all doped racer.

    UPDATED 11/19/2015 VeloNews, Anti-doping is coming to masters and amateur racing

    UPDATED 11/18/2015 Atlantic, Can Russia Clean Up in Time for the Olympics?  Don't forget the doctors!

    Training regimens for serious amateur and professional cyclists requires input and oversight from competent sports doctors to minimize the possibility of cyclists' injury. However, this does not mean every amateur and pro team or individual riders require their own personal sports doctor.

    UPDATED 11/16/2015 Reuters, Russia proposes its athletes compete under Russian Olympic flag to evade ban

    UPDATED 11/13/2015 VeloNews, Cookson: We couldn’t run pro cycling without dopers Fine, let the men's pro-cycling peloton completely implode, if necessary to clear the ubiquitous doping and dopers! UCI can focus its resources on building a clean women's peloton.

    We'll see if the women's pro-cycling peloton can exist and thrive without the doping, dopers and their indispensable (some might say indefensible) doctors?

    UPDATED 11/10/2016 NYT, Drugs Pervade Sport in Russia, World Anti-Doping Agency Report Finds

    The Independent Commission (IC) is created by decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President following allegations of doping aired between 3rd and 8th December 2014 by the German television channel ARD.

    Independent Commission's Final Report dated November 09, 2015


    Originally Published July 10, 2015: Last Updated: February 11, 2022; Last Republished February 11, 2022: