PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jun 16, 2013

And 6 Months LATER ? NOTHING ?

LAME DUCK President Obama , has seen about 5000 more US Citizens slaughtered as Congress refuses to assist in the means to introduce " Gun Control "! These past few days have seen the Citizens of Newtown , read the names of those lost through " Gun related Violence ", including TOO MANY Law Enforcement Personnel !

 There was some talk of the President issuing " Executive Orders " to achieve some of the necessary changes in the US Gun Culture . Not being a US Citizen , thus at risk , i have not been following the daily reports in tthe Media . However European News Reports contain enough Horror stories of Children killing their siblings and reports of Gun Merchants creating Weapons exclusively for the use of minors , to yet a general sense of the CHAOS that currently exists in the USA !

Six months ago i wrote this blog :;postID=7538911181675643071;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=14;src=postname

 After viewing the Sandy Hook Massacre and then seeing a " Shamefaced President " , quite obviously distressed with Powerful Emotions . Was he aware then , of how powerless , his actions were going to be ?

A week later i followed up with this post :

During that week the Media was full of the rhetoric of both sides of " Gun Control Issues " , indeed the NRA  people were shown up for what they are , totally uninterested in the WELFARE , of any but the shareholders of the Weapons manufacturers . Would it be needed for their Loved Ones to be VICTIMS of Gun Violence  , for them to see ANYONEELSE'S point of view ? Sad if that is the situation needed .

During January 2013 it became clear that the President would need to use " Executive Orders " to install some legislative changes in " Gun Control Issues " , not sure what came of those actions , but here is link to my blogpost :;postID=1752484819829750215;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=11;src=postname

THis post was the result of the Boston Marathon Massacre :;postID=3044177461150983061;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=2;src=postname

Still awaiting the Congress to ACT ?

Don't hold your breathe ! With the Mid Term Elections looming , and the costs of " posturing & preening , these days , YOUR beloved Candidates are oNCE AGAIN queueing for the dollars at the doors of the " DEATH MERCHANTS "!

The NRA !

President Obama appears to be reeling from one crisis to another at present , so i hope whilst he is in Northern Ireland , this week , he will reflect on the fact that , giving a Presidential Medal , Postumously to a Sandy Hook Teacher's Family , in no way mitigates their loss ! Good Intentions , though they may be , are nothing in the face of the EVIL , that uncontrolled Gun Ownership can inflict on the  undeserving VICTIMS in every type of Community in the USA .

DURING this same period , Cycling Sport has been subjected to CHANGE of a sort . We have seen the Oprah Interview Farce and as a side show the goings on at the UCI . Yesterday 15th June , in Dublin , phat mc quaid , was told by his Homeland Cycling Federation , that he is UNWORTHY of their continued support . As he seeks the 3rd , four year term in office as President of the UCI , he followed his previous path to Cycling Ireland , seeking the nomination . Due to a procedural defect , the original nomination was withdrawn , but an Extraordinary General Meeting was set in process , thus allowing the Total Irish cycling Community to intruct their Club Committees in how THEY wished their views be made known .

The EGM resulted in a refusal to Nominate , but whilst this result may look close , of the 70+ votes for phat , many were from delegates , with the right to make 2 votes . In a democracy , it is usually one man/club , one vote , but the C.I. constitution , like so many other Cycling Federations , contain anomalies that allow the "Old guard " to protect their overbloated opinion of their worth ,  Thanks to the hard work of the few , with the " Interests of the Many " in mind , the previously unassailabe ramparts , were thrown down .

Especial thanks to Anto Moran;postID=3433698163327643313;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname
 for having the COURAGE to go the EXTRA Mile also Colin Mc Grane , who instigated the call for the EGM ! Let's hope OTHER NAT. FED:s have similar courageous individuals ?

National Cycling Federations need to take note of this result , since there are many people out there thinking of their OWN Interests rather than those of their members . There is prestige in being a member of a Nat. Fed. , BUT , disregard YOUR Members , at YOUR PERIL !

Presently , there is now a " Two Horse Race " , both are long serving Members of the UCI Hierachy , thus will turn to those others of the 42 " Voting Delegates " for their support , to fulfill their aspirations . each has been reported as using OUTSIDE PR Organisations . WHO is paying for these EXTRA sources of assistance ? Why , when ONLY 42 delegates , can cast a VOTE , is it necessary to expend vast sums of money , even if it comes out of THEIR OWN POCKET ? That's a LAUGH , is it not ? 

WHAT IS NEEDED IS A NEW FACE , devoid of prior history and ambitions , perhaps so naive that there are no favours to be returned !

Not knowing much of this person , i would assume that , as a Mother with a young family , living in Australia and heading up an Important Foundation , Tracey Gaudry ( @GaudryT ) , has enough on her plate . Being elected to lead the Oceania Division of UCI in the past few months , she will have only recently been involved with the other 42 Voting Delegates . As a woman , she will have ideas about Women's Cycling , thus would have been quized by those interested in her views . With her attendence at Bergen , these past few days , there would have been the inevitable social gatherings , and as bees seek pollen , she would have found herself surrounded by the majority of the male delegates , seeking the views of a new member of their fraternity . 

Reports have been flying in Forums of a " Report " being introduced at this UCI Meeting from the USA , as well as a " Motion of NO CONFIDENCE in the UCI President " ! Currently , none of these items have found their way into the Media , but they will surface , eventually .

Today UCI has a " lame duck President " , who in recent days has disparaged ALL around him , thinking he is sounding " Presidential "!  phat , you have got to be kidding ! SHOULD you survive , into a 3rd term as President , WHO is going to work with you ?

If i was the UCI Admin Manager , and had the Power , i would be emptying phat's desk and changing the locks , so as to avoid ANYMORE damage , that is about to result from the next months of this wounded critter lashing out at ANY that stand in his way forward . The Media are going to be treated to a talkfest , with previously prohibited journos , now being sought so as to gain " Headlines " , in  fact any advantage good or bad , as long as it gets before the public .

Back in april i posted this item :

Since then many others have relayed much of the same , the process of ridding Cycling of this absurb buffoon , is still months from conclusion .

LET'S ALL , give @GaudryT , a wake up call ! Cycling NEEDS YOU , a woman with the ability to swing the BROOM through Aigle , thus giving it a Spring Clean and NEW START !

CYCLING NEEDS A BRIGHT FUTURE , you TRACEY are the person for that JOB !

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