• "The Portlandian" - January 8, 2019 edition

    From Terry Hall@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 10 22:05:45 2019
    XPost: alt.fan.tonya-harding, alt.skate.figure

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    The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

    January 8, 2019 Edition - SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    (C) 2019 Portland Ice Skating Society
    http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************

    Welcome to the first edition of "The Portlandian" for the New
    Year. Today, we remember the 25th anniversary of an important
    event in Tonya history. We also check out some photos on
    Instagram that Tonya has posted, hear descriptions of some
    encounters with Tonya from her fans (including one famous one),
    finish up our Tonyaween coverage, and visit an alternative
    universe.

    Most importantly, we will present a link to a site that provides
    some important information about the events of 25 years ago,
    information that we think clears Tonya of any involvement in a
    certain imfamous event.


    IT WAS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY...

    Today we celebrate an auspicious occasion - it marks the silver
    anniversary of Tonya's 1994 National's win. And this time she
    didn't need to pull out the triple Axel either to top the podium.
    Skating to a Short Program of music from the film "Much Ado About
    Nothing" and a Long Program of the theme from "Jurrasic Park",
    Tonya won her second National Championship, confounding the
    expectations of the skating establishment, who viewed her as a
    washed up has-been on the way out.

    Of course, it was also the 25th anniversary a couple of days
    earlier of another "incident" which would come to overshadow
    Tonya's second National's title, and naturally the media has
    chosen to revisit that, particularly given that this month will
    also see the Nationals return to Detroit for the first time since
    1994. Although it will no longer be at the Joe Louis Arena, which
    is scheduled for demolition, it will take place at Little
    Caesar's Arena, about a mile away from Joe Louis.

    Anyway, you can read their regurgitations below. Phil Hersh does
    the obligatory rehash, though he does have an interesting quote
    by Brian Boitano, who says:

    "In retrospect, it was good for most of us. It catapulted
    skating to another level of interest, one that it will never
    get back to. I was able to work at a high level for many more
    years to come."

    http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/01/04/nancy-kerrigan-tonya-harding-attack-25th-anniversary/

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/almanac-the-nancy-kerrigan-tonya-harding-scandal/

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12186635

    https://www.villagevoice.com/2019/01/04/who-tonya/

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-michigan/michigan-history/today-in-1994-skater-nancy-kerrigan-attacked-at-detroit-ice-rink

    Mercifully Christine Brennan has not put in an appearance,
    limiting herself to tweeting a link to her 20th anniversary
    article from 2014. Or you can read our own version which we did
    at the same time instead:

    http://pdxiss.org/port86.htm

    It seems hard to avoid the conclusion that the USFSA were not
    ignorant of the significance of choosing this location on this
    anniversary, no matter how strenuously they will likely deny it.
    With public interest in figure skating in the doldrums, they no
    doubt took the "any publicity is good publicity" philosophy -
    while at the same time continuing to deny Tonya her place in
    figure skating history.


    NEW ANALYSIS CLEARS TONYA

    It is with this in mind that we are pleased to present the
    following very lengthy essay by Tom Mahon of the case against
    Tonya. And he shows conclusively that it doesn't stack up. It's
    one of the most thoroughly-researched, in-depth analyses of the
    evidence we've seen - it totally demolishes the case against her.
    It does what Tonya's legal team would have done had the case gone
    to trial.

    http://mahonblog.com/b14jan26.htm

    In particular, Mahon shows that Tonya could not have possibly
    made the phone calls to the Tony Kent Arena in Cape Cod - and
    therefore could not possibly have written Nancy's training times
    on the so-called "Tunee Can" note - the supposedly critical piece
    of "evidence" that is often cited as "proof" of Tonya's
    involvement.

    Why? Because Tonya had no idea how the phone number of Tony Kent
    was obtained. She told investigators that she obtained it from
    the USFSA when in fact it was actually obtained from directory
    assistance. Tonya would have no incentive to deliberately lie
    about how she obtained the number - and every reason not to to
    make her story credible. The only conclusion is that Gillooly
    made those calls and then pressured Tonya to take the heat, as he
    knew he would struggle to come up with a legitimate-sounding
    reason for having made them himself. Unfortunately he failed to
    brief Tonya on critical details, like how he got the number, so
    she was forced to guess, and got it wrong.

    Evidence by Tony Kent employees also contradict the idea Tonya
    was involved. Bear in mind that since Nancy was the current
    national champion calls about her training schedule were common
    from fans. Such a call was received by rink employee Tim Daley on
    the date of the 28th of December from a woman who wanted to know
    Nancy's practice times so that she could get a poster signed. The
    problem is that Daley said the call came in around 19:00, way
    later than the time of 17:19 that the calls from the Harding/
    Gillooly house were made according to the phone records.
    According to Gillooly, Tonya, having obtained the practice times
    and hung up the phone, then said "the stupid bitch gave it to
    me!" - implying that she had spoken to a woman.

    Accordingly, Tonya cannot possibly be the person Daley spoke to,
    unless you accept that Daley made a huge error in recalling the
    time and that at least part of Jeff's description of the call is
    a lie, fabricated to make Tonya look bad. Nobody has ever found
    out who took the earlier call from PDX and the gender of the
    caller - we have only Gillooly's word that it was Tonya.

    Tony Kent employee Deborah Kennedy recalled two calls sometime in
    the last week of December about Nancy's training schedule within
    minutes from, she believes, the same person - but they were from
    a man. (Mark Starr, "Another Skate Drops", Newsweek, 1/31/94).
    Could these be the calls that actually came from Portland?

    On Jan. 3, another call is made from the Harding/Gillooly house
    to Tony Kent, also at 14:19 Portland time or 17:19 Boston time.
    Rink employee Yvonne Lackenby says she remembers a call coming in
    that day around quarter past five from a male caller inquiring
    about Nancy's practice times. Given the closeness of the times
    she must certainly be referring to the call from Portland and
    this again points to Gillooly, not Tonya, being the caller.

    The house of cards that constitutes the "case" against Tonya
    collapses. Twenty-five years on, it's time to cut the crap, and
    let her skate again.


    FESTIVE GREETINGS FROM TONYA

    Tonya has been busy on Instagram over the past few weeks.

    Tonya has posted a couple of festive photos for her fans on
    Instagram recently, featuring herself in suitable attire getting
    into the Christmas spirit:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Br1dfbAH-BS/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Br1OwoWH0d5/

    And no, I don't know why she's got a bird on a piece of paper
    stuck to her Christmas tree. But hey, she's from Portland, and
    they put birds on things!


    WOKE UP THIS MORNING, GOT MYSELF A GUN...

    Tonya has also posted a couple of pictures from her time at the
    Chicago Sports Spectacular recently on her Instagram feed.

    1) Tonya with former NFL running back Emmitt Smith:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BqRQ9jlHphe/


    2) Tonya with cast members of The Sopranos:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BqRO4hKHGyt/

    Insert the obligatory joke about somebody getting "whacked"
    here...


    REMEMBERING THE ALAMO

    Several fans have also posted pictures of their encounter with
    Tonya at the Alamo Drafthouse in South Lamar back in August. And
    it's the same story that we've seen and heard many times before -
    that people who meet Tonya in the flesh are pleased to discover
    how pleasant and personable she is.

    Multimedia producer Alyssa Vidales posted a few photos and a
    description of Tonya's Q&A session:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BmjnrotnfIp/

    August 17 2018 - 01:29

    Watched I, TONYA for the first time with an audience. And the
    @therealtonyaharding. Some Q&A takeaways:

    Tonya said the song shed skate to today would be "Only God
    Knows Why" by Kid Rock, "...because Hes the only one whos in
    my head."

    Did she ever say *that* to a judge? "I never told anyone to
    suck my d**k [like Margo Robbie does in I, TONYA], but I will
    someday. Im just saving it."

    Tonya said she still has the fur coat she got to appear
    "posh" at skating competitions as seen in the movie, but no,
    it was store bought & not made from rabbits. She also said her
    godmother, who was in the @drafthouse audience, still has the
    mink coat her dad sold his car to buy her.


    Natasha posted a picture of herself with Tonya:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BmpTC3IAqh2/


    Austin-based artist and scientist Grace Musser had this to say:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BmoqnTUARj4/

    August 19 2018

    So happy that I got to watch the @itonyamovie again this week
    and meet @therealtonyaharding @drafthouseaustin. Ever since I
    first saw the movie and learned about her story, she has
    become one of my heroes and someone I look up to who inspires
    me every day. I similarly came from a humble background, and
    being a woman there is a whole set of additional hardships for
    me to face, especially in paleontology/biology. Tonya is
    especially inspiring to me as she has gone through so much and
    still accomplished what most people thought was impossible
    while remaining such a genuine, positive and wise human being
    despite the attacks and bs of so many. Thank you again
    @therealtonyaharding for sharing your story and helping me
    stay motivated to do my best as a scientist and visual artist
    while prioritizing the people that I love in my life.

    Great to see that yet more Tonyaphiles are being recruited every
    day!

    And in case you are wondering, yes, that carpet is the same as
    the one in "The Shining".


    WONDER WOMAN MEETS A REAL WONDER WOMAN!

    Meanwhile, Olivia over at the WeTonya Facebook group has come up
    with a video in which Margot Robbie tells of an encounter with
    another Tonya fan.

    We all know that Tonya is a wonder woman. But when the actress
    who plays Wonder Woman on screen, Gal Gadot, met Tonya she
    initially thought that Tonya was Margot's mother! And freaked out
    with excitement when she discovered who she really was!

    https://www.facebook.com/WeTonya/videos/284595855739345/

    It's an understandable mistake - Tonya is so good-looking for her
    age it's not surprising that people would think she's related to
    Margot, one of the world's most glamorous women.


    TONYAWEEN - PART 3

    Last year's Halloween produced a plethora of "I, Tonya"-inspired
    costumes, ranging from the good:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpp5R1nABeO/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpnrUvGD2_Y/ (is that "Jeff"
    creepily like the real one or what?)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpnhVr-DYKR/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpbEHTdnMY6/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpB7o2QiIY4/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe1kUCBluO/

    to the bad:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpPI-w6lHIS/

    and the definitely ugly:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpm4y3dAZJX/

    to the just plain bizarre:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpdVGlalpy3/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpoEzGBjlF2/

    In our birthday issue back in November we posted some links to
    these that we found on Instagram. Since then, we've come across
    truckloads more, way too many to list here, so we've just dumped
    all the links to these honorable mentions up onto a page on our
    site that well just call "lookalikes" for now:

    http://pdxiss.org/lookalikes.htm


    YOU ARE NOW ENTERING... THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    Finally, since we've now had the 25th anniversary of you-know-
    what, let's indulge in a little speculative history. Tonya's had
    plenty of "alternative facts" written about her over the years,
    but here's some of a different kind. What if Tonya was the one
    who had been clubbed? This alternate universe story postulates
    what might have happened:

    http://archiveofourown.org/works/13539687

    And let's face it, given the USFSA's attitude toward Tonya, it
    doesn't seem that far-fetched.

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    VISIT THESE GREAT TONYA WEB SITES:

    PortIce - http://www.pdxiss.org
    David House - http://www.tonyaharding.org
    Charlie Main - http://www.charliesweb.com/tonya/tonya.html
    Puppetboy - http://www.usapaul.net/tonya/
    Valerie Smith - http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/LilHam.html
    Swan Lake - http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html
    Blades of Gold - http://members.tripod.com/tmhfan/index.html *****************************************************************

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  • From Fritz Owl@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 10 10:43:12 2019
    XPost: alt.fan.tonya-harding, alt.skate.figure


    Most importantly, we will present a link to a site that provides
    some important information about the events of 25 years ago,
    information that we think clears Tonya of any involvement in a
    certain imfamous event.


    Sometimes prosecutors will throw everything they can, to what sticks.

    Even computer hackers have faced. When I ran my online radio station, I did cover, and there was one hacker who could be callde the Tonya Harding of computer hacking, because of the charges they threw against him, until he entered a plea bargain.
    Just like Tonya, prosecutors were planning everything they had again Barrett Brown, to see what would stick. It would have interesting if that case had
    gone to trial.

    Just like I would have liked to have seen Tonya Harding's case come to
    trial, and see what charges would have stuck, with all the counts they were going to throw at her.

    I would have loved to have seen what charges would have stuck. if either
    case had gone to trial.

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  • From Fritz Owl@21:1/5 to Terry Hall on Fri Apr 5 22:04:11 2019
    XPost: alt.fan.tonya-harding, alt.skate.figure

    "Terry Hall" <e-mail_@ddress_classif.ied> wrote in message news:q171vo$1jcm$1@gioia.aioe.org...
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    The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

    January 8, 2019 Edition - SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    (C) 2019 Portland Ice Skating Society
    http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************

    Welcome to the first edition of "The Portlandian" for the New
    Year. Today, we remember the 25th anniversary of an important
    event in Tonya history. We also check out some photos on
    Instagram that Tonya has posted, hear descriptions of some
    encounters with Tonya from her fans (including one famous one),
    finish up our Tonyaween coverage, and visit an alternative
    universe.

    Most importantly, we will present a link to a site that provides
    some important information about the events of 25 years ago,
    information that we think clears Tonya of any involvement in a
    certain imfamous event.


    I can say that her children will really pay the price for it. There is no
    way any children of hers will EVER get a fair shake from judges if they ever become figure skaters, as they will look at who their mother is.

    I also base this on what happened in the recent college admissions cheating scandal, where the daughter of one of the actresses indicted lost her job as Sephora, even though she had no knowledge and will never be charged.

    Based on that, I think all children of Tonya will be in a similar situation where they will NEVER get a fair shake from judges, if they do ever become skaters. The judges will deliberately give them low marks just for being Tonya's children.

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