Poor Josh Duggar

Did he have a paid Ashley Madison account, or was it someone's idea of a joke back in 2013?

Frankly, back then he was only known as a spokesman for the Family Research Council, not as an accused child molester. So if it's not him, it's someone who knew his name and had a sly sense of humor. But they used a valid credit card that took subscription charges for months, so the identity of the Ashley Madison subscriber ought to be verifiable.

Oh, the schadenfreude. The weird "family values" of the Duggars are a never-ending source of embarrassing detail.

Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account
In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating o…

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My work schedule changed today so I had time to do a morning trainer ride

It's not far, not fast, but felt good.

I'm signed up again for #TourdeCure Chicago in June 2016, and I'm challenging myself to raise $3000.00. This year the route starts in Aurora from the riverside park.

If I raise $1500.00 by January 1, I will bite the bullet and ride 65 miles on the road route -and I hate road riding! However, it's fully supported and I'll be with a LOT of friends.

See more at http://gchallenge.ridewithginny.com

Morning Indoor Trainer 08/11/2015 – Ginny Gibbs’s 4.5 mi bike ride

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On My Wish List: Liv Flourish 2 Available Soon in US

This bike, which was recently featured in Bicycling Magazine, is now on my wish list. And now, it’s finally been announced in the US, with prices that seem to be lower than the article predicted! The MSRP is 580.00 on the Liv/Giant website, and it’ll be available at my local bikeshop(s). I’d have to do less to set it up for what I want it for: utility errand rides and cafe runs during daylight or early evening hours. I’d probably ruin it by adding a rear rack and baskets or panniers, though.


The Flourish comes with more gearing options, with three rings up front and a 7-speed Shimano IGH rear derailleur. The Flourish 2 ($620) that Sherman showed us comes with an oversize wicker basket that’s big enough to hold a full daypack and a cushioned leather spring saddle that helps smooth the ride. The swept handlebar enables you to hold on while sitting up (though the steering takes a little getting used to, it’s quicker than a flat bar), and fenders shield you from road splash. And because sometimes you don’t always remember to bring a light for your commute, or you end up staying out later than you think (like we did yesterday), I was excited to find that the Flourish 2 has a built-in lighting system: There’s an integrated rear blinky light and a headlight powered by a dynamo hub that lit my way to the bar and then home. Pricing starts at $360 for the Flourish 4 (no lighting, fenders, or chain guard) and goes up to $620 for the Flourish 2. Several color options are available, too.

Via: 2016 Liv City Bikes are Cute, Comfy, and Fun

No Contact Means No Contact

While looking for something else I stumbled across this post, which reminded me of an old roommate who had to go full no-contact with her abusive mother. It also reminded me of a recent girlfriend who had a narcissistic ex-boyfriend.

In both instances, I wasn't as supportive as I could have been, but at least the second time I got more of the gist of why "no contact means no contact."

Should I need to remind myself again, sticking this here to be left till called for.

The Art of No Contact: Part 1

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The Federal Bureau Of Investifartion Wants YOU

As Jezebel notes, it's just about the best typo of all time (and the Boston Globe Twitter account has the best auto-correct in the universe).

Well, Here It Is, the Best Typo of All Time
Jezebel has done its own investifartion and obtained an early version of the video in question:

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Welcome Home, Bud

Excuse me, something in my eye now.

WWII Army Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder, home, finally, after 73 years – Chicago
Pvt. Bud Kelder’s last letters to his parents are heartbreaking. The Schurz High School graduate volunteered for the Army before the United States entered World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Within hours, Japanese forces invaded the islands. He wrote to his worried parents …

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Tour De France: Brushes and Clogs

Some of the Guardian's race commentary is quite humorous, if you're following the live updates.

Tour de France 2015: stage 13 – live! | Sport | The Guardian

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Armstrong: We All Rode In An Unfortunate Era

Lance Armstrong, riding #OneDayAhead of the #TourdeFrance with a group of amateur cyclists for a leukemia charity, reminds the press that almost no one of his time was clean.

He manages to take a nasty swipe at people currently working in the press corps, team staff, team management, and more. Yes, no one was clean, Lance, we get it, but you lied and denied for years.

It would be better if Lance were riding one day behind, through all the cow pats and road oil and advertising debris the Tour leaves behind.

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Daniel Teklehaimanot: Overcoming Obstacles

Daniel Teklehaimanot: Overcoming Obstacles

Daniel Teklehaimanot profile: A pioneer of African cycling
Eritrean overcomes challenges to wear the Tour’s polka-dot jersey

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Sportsmanship in Stage 4

On stage 4 at the Tour de France, Tony Martin rode a teammate's bike to win the stage and the yellow jersey, the first of his career. He thanked his teammates profusely by name for their hard work and support. He and his mates, including GC contender Mark Cavendish on Etixx-Quickstep were overjoyed.

Chris Froome gracefully conceded the win, noted that he's still in a great position, and then thanked his teammates profusely by name, especially Richie Porte, who blew himself up in the first half setting the pace. He and his Sky teammates remain rock-solid, always ready to jump out ahead and drive the pace.

Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador rode the last 30km on a broken rear rim, and finished well up in the standings, remarking that there was not time to change the wheel. He's also a big GC contender.

France's favorite, local son Thibault Pinot, had a terrible, no good, very bad day. He suffered a roadside mechanical and lost his sang-froid, yelling at hapless mechanics and helpless teammates, waiting for a team car to bring up a replacement bike. Further down the road, he had a meltdown, dismounted, and pounded his replacement carbon bike into the pavement in frustration.

Quoted in the official Le Tour site, he blamed bad luck, tall teammates, and the fact that his team car was in 13th position… which is due to the team's poor position overall, and as the GC contender of that team, something he can do something about. Morale on the French FDJ team must be in le donjon tonight.

"Dejected after the cobbles stage which saw him lose 3:23 because of a mechanical problem, Thibaut Pinot invoked bad luck and the 2013 Tour which was also an ill-fated one for him.

”I had a mechanical and then it went full gas. When incidents pile up… It was the same in 2013 and it looks like it's going to be the same again. It's a shame,” said the third in the 2014 Tour.

”I could have received assistance but who from ? Mathieu (Ladagnous), who is much taller than me ? It's sure that when you have car number 13, you must expect to wait for your car a long time,” he added.

”Now I will try to recover with time. I'm going to finish the Tour and try to prove that my talent is still there,” he said."

Wow, who would you like to drink a glass of wine with at the end of the day? Not Pinot… ;)

Tour de France quotes: Martin digs deep for yellow jersey
Stage 4 reaction from Froome, Contador, Pinot and Trentin

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