I'm beginning to think that the "J" in January must stand for "Judgement." Given
how January went down, most people would be hard pressed to disagree.
On January 17, 2013, former forum moderator Joble's estranged wife was found
guilty of two counts of "deliberate murder" in the October 13, 2011 shooting
deaths of Joe Gable (Joble) and Sunday Bennett at Joble's home in Helena, MT.
While sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2013, she could face a minimum of
life in prison.
In the 17 months since Joble's murder, the entire judicial process that lead up
to the conviction has often times resembled a circus. There were numerous
attempts by Joble's estranged wife and murderer to either derail or delay the
process, including two suicide attempts and delays for psychological
Finally - and at last - Joble can rest in peace, with justice having been
served. It is still hard to believe that he is no longer here, among his friends
and family. Taken from us much too early, Joble is still missed by those who
It's no secret that I'[m an avid bicycling enthusiast, as my monthly editor's
column picture has frequently depicted me on a bicycle ride. On January 17,
2013, former seven time Tour de France winner (former, since he has had all of
his seven Tour de France titles stipped by the United States Anti-Doping Agency,
and his 2000 Olympic bronze medal taken away by the United States Olympic
Committee) admitted in a televised interview with famous former talk-show host
Oprah Winfrey that he had taken performance enhancing drugs to help procure
Love him or hate him (there seems to be no middle ground), Armstrong's
confession rocked not only the sporting world of bicycling, but the entire
sporting world. Long speculated, never proven (beyond a shadow of a doubt), and
vehemently denied by Armstrong, the interview removed any questions of doubt and
removed all speculation. The confession also revealed the lies that Armstrong
had been living and espousing ever since the late 1990s.
Currently under a lifetime ban from cycling, his public confession is unlikely
to have any effect. Officials for the USADA, the UCI (International Cycling
Union), and the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) are unanimous in their decisions
to remain steadfast on the lifetime ban. Instead, they all agree that Armstrong
must testify (minimally) before the USADA, under oath, about his "doping"
activities, and give a full accounting about how the illegal activities were
carried out. It remains to be seen if that will happen.
There's a couple of common lessons to be had between the two cases of judgement
here. First, you never know when your whole world will come to a screeching
halt. Everything we hold dear and sacred - even our lives, themselves - can be
stripped away in the blink of an eye. Second, any attempt to "win at all costs"
usually bears a cost that none of us can afford to pay. 'Nuff said.
Until next month, I bid each of you serenity, peace, happiness and prosperity.