As the housing market and associated "exotic financial instruments" (translation: shit they don't want to explain) implode, our frighteningly sketchy and chronically asleep-at-the-wheel government suddenly meets in the middle of the night to figure out how to transfer all this worthless hooey, en masse -- something like a trillion or two of anti-money -- from the investment banks who fiendishly spawned it to the taxpayers and taxpayers' children who had little to do with it.

A lot of folks are mentioning the "socialization of the financial system." But socialism is not the word you're looking for. In socialism, the profits as well as the losses would be distributed to the People.

You've probably already heard about the crazy news that flabbergasted and sent ripples of skepticism through the bike world, and annoyed Levi Leipheimer. I was happy to hear about Lance Armstrong's intention to leave retirement and return to the Tour de France in 2009, maybe just because his decision revolved around his training for and racing the Leadville 100, an event with which I'm well familiar. We're a two-buckle household over here at the Hursts. Lance didn't win the race but he stormed up the climbs in such a way that made him believe he could still stomp everyone, given a little time to shake the cobwebs out. This was his first real test on the bike since the Tour. It seems that he figured if he was going to train that hard and race that hard and kick that much ass he may as well do it in the TDF. My personal experience at the Leadville 100 was quite different. I wish him well.

I enjoyed this coverage of the race from, with interviews with LA and the great Dave Wiens, who won his sixth straight. You can see the look in Lance's eyes on those climbs. It is a familiar look.