There Is No Lance

Washington ParkI’m no Lance.  You’re no Lance.  There is no Lance.

Since early childhood I have lived by the creed, before you judge someone else, “put yourself in the other person’s shoes.”  I am a cyclist, albeit, a sorry ass one at best.  Sadly I will never be compared to the elite cyclists one speaks of, in the same breath, with Lance Armstrong.

I am and will remain a huge supporter of Livestrong.  The work Livestrong does for cancer victims is excellent and incontrovertible. The organization and the people behind it, sans Armstrong, are absolutely amazing.

Even before Lance’s true confession, I have tried to put myself in Lance’s shoes.  First and foremost, it becomes extremely difficult, unless you have been diagnosed, been treated and lived with a life threatening cancer.

There are many of Lance’s detractors who have never had cancer, let alone been on a bike seat, or experienced the extreme sport of competitive cycling or can even begin to appreciate his inimitable brilliance and determination.

Still there will be many of Lance’s detractors who have been diagnosed with cancer, so thank God, I’m at a distinct disadvantage here.  I can fall back on the fact I have one sister who is a breast cancer survivor, another sister who is battling breast cancer as I write this.

I am here to say, I have a serious problem with many of Lance’s detractors who have never experienced his amazing journey from serious life threatening testicular and brain cancer to recovery.  Back to trying to put myself in Lance’s shoes, as a cancer survivor, in his case, it was nothing short of being raised from the dead.

The problem is he had already doped.  He already knew how to dope.  He knew the culture of doping in pro cycling.  He knew other elite athletes in his profession were doping.  So he doped.  Somehow he won.  It was off to the races.

His genius and competitive furor brings to mind Steve Jobs and his achievements in cycling why competing with co-conspirators were immeasurable.  If you have read the book or studied the life and work of Steve Jobs, the comparison to Steve Jobs, is to say Armstrong is also a complete asshole.  It begs the question, is ruthless determination, the price one must pay to celebrate incomparable success?

The saddest of all, for me in this and for other cycling enthusiasts is the effigy of a championship cyclist.  We may never know.  How tragic.  Lance will never know.  We will never know if he was truly a great champion.  If in fact, if there was someone who rode clean, who could remotely challenge Lance, will we ever know who the greatest cyclist(s) in the history of the sport is, truly?

I will say this, if they were complicit in any way, they aren’t going to receive a pass.  If they were innocent and Lance rolled over them, he needs to make it right.  I would hope he would.  If not, he’s still the biggest loser, because this is one of his only means of redemption.  The other, is to protect and nurture his love for his family, especially his children.

I can’t remotely place myself in Lance’s shoes when it comes to his admonitions, accusations and confessions.  Lance was larger than life.  For a time, Lance’s achievements were larger than his lies.  No more.armstrong confession

In the end, none of his perceived success either on the pro circuit or in his work for charity can be applauded.  Neither can it be easily and lightly be disparaged and denigrated.  Why?  Simply, no one can ever possibly imagine, or conceive to “put yourself in Lance Armstrong’s shoes.”  Lance Armstrong is an enigma.

I’m no Lance.  You’re no Lance.  There is no Lance.

What I know for certain is we can Livestrong!

2012 – You’re Dead To Me… Part Three – You Didn’t Build That!

The Real One Percenters - Small Business People

The Real One Percenters – Small Business People

Pants on Fire! Where’s Politifact When You Need Them?

The Tampa Bay Times Thursday July 26th, 2012 issue, posted this front page headlines…

“Tampa businesses criticize Obama at Romney event, but live off government work.”

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If it takes you 25 years of sweat equity running a ‪small business to make it into the 1% don’t you think there should be a waiver from the Obama administration on his tax on everyone who makes $250,000 or more?

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The Endangered Species, Entrepreneurs, a.k.a. Small Business Owners

President Obama is disingenuous when he says he is championing small business and the middle class.  Most small business owners are Sole Proprietors, Limited Liability Corps (LLCs) or Sub S Corps.  I own a Sub S Corp.  President Obama knows the challenges I face.  He is counting on you, the voter, to lump small business owners like me into his campaign to denigrate the high income earners in this country.Hug

The Regulatory Tidal Wave – Vote Early and Vote Smart

The current path for our country includes tax increases and a tidal wave of more than 4,100 new federal regulations with a calculated cost of a half-billion dollars. This is a reality looming in Washington that has not been pushed to the forefront of discussion as “pending” under the current administration. It is impractical to think that businesses large or small can continue to hire employees without some semblance of predictability on taxes and regulations.Capture

Small Businesses – Over Regulated? Thousands of Community Banks a.k.a Small Businesses May Disappear!

Many community banks and credit unions are small businesses too and are subject to the same laws and regulations facing big banks.  The Feds have closed down 10 of our FI customers, costing them their jobs and costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues.  Speaking to many of our contacts at these FIs, most closing could have been avoided.

According to several of these sources, the Feds come in at the end of business day, Friday and take over the bank.  One source, described it similar to be treated as a criminal as she was forced to stand outside her cubicle while they accessed her PC.  She was kept there until after midnight.

Recently, an expert on financial services stated “there will be no de novo (startups) financial institutions due to the steep financial requirement and regulations.”

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As the number of community banks and credit unions shrink we are forced to seek new markets.  An added burden to  already burdensome economic conditions.  While the Obama administration panders  to big business, big union and advocates big government, small businesses continue to bear the brunt of over regulation.

This is the official government “fair warning” website regulations.gov.  Be afraid!  Be very afraid!

 

Obamacare – In “Exchange” for Your Freedom

obamacare exchangesObamacare is government run healthcare in “Exchange” for your freedom.

There’s likely a Big Government run Healthcare Exchange coming to a neighborhood near you.  Well…maybe not.  View the video State of Uncertainty (fast forward to about 55 seconds).  What a cluster and huge waste of taxpayers dollars!

From what I have read in the 644 page document, Final Rule State Healthcare Exchanges called SHOP, from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the final rules that address small business are still up in the air.  Here’s why…

It takes a pack of lawyers to make comments like this…

“Consistent with the scope of the Exchange establishment and eligibility proposed rules, this final rule does not address all of the Exchange provisions in the Affordable Care Act; rather, more details will be provided in forthcoming guidance and future rule making, where appropriate.”

“The final rule does not address all of the insurance exchange provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and additional rules will address those, according to the rule.”  

Huh!!?? My interpretation of the final rule, “We’re all going to get screwed!”

Obamacare is a lawyer’s dream!  In a country  as litigious as the USA and a law this broad, full of waivers, waivers that award Obama fund raisers), exceptions and rules yet undefined; instituting this law is insanely apropos?!  Forever  and beyond, the justice system will be buried with lawsuits!  Small businesses will suffer, who can’t afford lawyers and who can’t afford the paperwork explosion.

In the meantime, Big Brother is just getting started!  Wait until you have to drag your ass into a government run gym!

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“SHOP may want to fulfill additional functions outside the scope of the proposed rule in order to offer employers a streamlined experience when managing their employee benefits. These commenters’ proposed that the SHOP sell other types of insurance, administer COBRA on behalf of participating employers, administer flexible spending accounts, assist small employers in setting up Section 125 plans, and oversee wellness programs.”  “We will take these comments into account as we consider future guidance on the offering of other products on the Exchange.”

Let’s get a sense of how many people that might affect. Today, over 90 million Americans, or 75% of all working Americans, are employed by firms that have 50 or more employees.

Not to mention the cost to small businesses.  With the average annual cost of employer-provided health insurance premiums for Single coverage set at $5,615, employers will only avoid Obamacare’s employer penalty head tax of $3,000 for their employees who earn more than $59,105 per year.

As an owner of a small business with thirty-five (35) full-time employees (FTEs) and counting, to fifty (50) do I want to grow my business?!  I think…NOT!

“What is and always will be my greatest creation is you.” Iron Man

idea capitalist – some of my recent favorite tweets – 01-2013

Our first Kiss

idea capitalistidea capitalist ‏@ideacapitalist – @TonyaW66 Thanks for the great pic! I’m captioning it, “Our First Kiss!” or “Looking forward to a moment of silence.” pic.twitter.com/AWsL9rrW
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ideacapitalist – Can you visualize the Obama’s in this picture of the President and First Lady in this photo?

Can you visualize this President and First Lady in this photo?pic.twitter.com/ASMwD8hm

Tammy HaysTammy Hays ‏@tammyjohays – Has anyone checked George Washington’s grave lately….thinking he may be face down by now.
idea capitalistidea capitalist ‏@ideacapitalist – BILL CLINTON NAMED ‘FATHER OF THE YEAR’ – When he said, “I did not have sex with that woman,” he was probably talking about Hillary. Sick society. http://bit.ly/VOdtcB
CraigéCraigé ‏@CraigR3521 – Maybe Mitt needs to send his binders full of women to the White House.
CraigCraig ‏@bitslaw – Krauthammer: Gun Bans Are Placebos, “It Doesn’t Hurt Anybody And You Feel Better” http://ht.ly/2uc99P
Chris RyanChris Ryan ‏@thestreeter – If these politicians REALLY cared about us, they’d mint a coin valuable enough that none of had to work again. Selfish bastards.
ANNA RANDANNA RAND ‏@OBAMA_CZAR – Biden talked about Obama taking action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking.”

@OBAMA_CZAR  Just think of how many lives he would have saved if maybe he hadn’t shipped an assload of guns to the Mexican cartel?

idea capitalistidea capitalist ‏@ideacapitalist – I never understood how you could get your cake/eat it too, until Obama started his war on job creators. Lesson learned. we hate millionaires
Melanie JonesMelanie Jones ‏@MsMelanie –

HILLARY’S HEALTH ISSUES: When a reporter asked Bill Clinton, “How’sHillary’s head?” He replied, “Well………. she’s no Monica.

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idea capitalistidea capitalist ‏@ideacapitalist – Can you get excommunicated for tweeting the Pope? I’m waiting to find out. IC Tweet 2 to Pope Benedict

2012 – You’re Dead To Me… Part Two – Reflections

June 2012

Cody and Tug - Lazy dayzEyes wide open… Reflections In the darkest hours of the night, when sleep should prevail, without prejudice, without mercy, questions pour into my head.  I lie awake and I wonder…

Tallahassee Fire Dept Extrication Team 911

Tallahassee Fire Dept Extrication Team 911

May 2012

“If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche  I made a point to take my two young daughters to NYC shortly after 911 even though they missed the ascent to the top of the Statue of Liberty for security reasons, they were able to ascend to the top of the Empire State Building.

April 2012

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Governor Rick Scott

The Tampa Bay Times “Scott Bashing” on the Wrong Track… The Tampa Bay Times in the editorial section of the 04/10/2012 edition AGAIN trashes Governor Rick Scott on the issue of rail.

r-CUSTODIAN-large570Have You Hugged Your Building Custodian Today?  Leadership begins with mutual respect.  The leaders I respect the most lead by example.  Politicians, pundits and the media can go around trying to divide people into haves and have-nots, but there’s really no divide between most of us. 

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