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Monday, July 25, 2005

Tour de Lance

From USA Today:
"Lance is an incredible inspiration to people from all walks of life, and he has lifted the spirits of those who face life's challenges," Bush said Friday.
"Funding is tough to come by these days," [Armstrong] says. "The biggest downside to a war in Iraq is what you could do with that money. What does a war in Iraq cost a week? A billion? Maybe a billion a day? The budget for the National Cancer Institute is four billion. That has to change. It needs to become a priority again.

"Polls say people are much more afraid of cancer than of a plane flying into their house or a bomb or any other form of terrorism. It is a priority for the American public."
For once, aWol is right. Lance Armstrong raised my spirits with that quote! Of course, I agree with what Eli at Left I says:
I'm sure that the families of the tens of thousands of dead Iraqis, Americans, and others, and the hundreds of thousands of seriously wounded might disagree that the money is the "biggest downside", but that fact that Armstrong not only understands the corollary of spending hundreds of billions of dollars on war, but is willing to speak out on the subject, is a good thing.
Unfortunately, according to Eli, only USA Today mentioned Lance's Iraq quote. That's one more mention, it seems, than Canadian soccer star Dwayne de Rosario got for his quote condemning the US attack on Afghanistan right after he had scored the game-winning goal for the San Jose Earthquakes when they won the 2001 MLS Cup. ABC cut de Rosario off pretty quick, but he got the message out. Unfortunately, Google seems to indicate now that it never happened. This post is, in part, an attempt to rectify that!