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11 April 2007

Murat is RANKED (United States Cycling Federation rankings)

Your USCF Criterium Master Standings
1 Rank in your zip code (02893)
9 Rank in your state (RI)
Rank in your riding age (36)
89 Rank in 5 year age range (35-39)
103 Rank in 10 year age range (30-39)
Overall Rank (out of 3,345 competitors who are 30+)


Sean said...

Congratulations Murat!

Speaking of races, can you start a posting about the elections in Turkey? I was hoping that we would discuss some of the issue brought up by this article:

I have never followed elections in Turkey before, so I am very interested in how the process works, which is clearly a lot different than how it's done in the US.

Noel said...

Good for you , Murat !! Congratulations !

Murat Altinbasak said...

Sean, I am severely lacking in knowledge of Turkey's elections, but I don't believe it's THAT different. More likely that it's more different from the process used in Armenia. How much do you know about it?

Noel, you're a true balcony person. Thanks.

Sean said...
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Sean said...


I was hoping you or one of the readers could enlighten us. Major difference, in my opinion, is the fact that the elections are supposed to be held this month, yet, we still don't know who is running. In the US, all the candidates declare about 2 years in advance.

Second major difference: I think the party with the most seats picks one of their members to be the President. In the US, as you know, we directly vote for the President (using the electoral college).

I just found out today that Armenia may have something similar to what Turkey has. My problem with this type of system is that it limits the Presidency to a small number of possible people, namely, the heads of the major parties. No one else, not even the party people with less power, has a chance of ever getting elected.

I guess one could say the same about the US elections -- a person without billions of $$$$ has no chance of winning, however, at least the process is more open.

I think this example will illustrate the reason for my uneasiness. Let's say Party A and Party Z are the two most popular parties. People like Person B from Party A, but they hate Person C from Party A. When they go to vote, they may vote for Party A, thinking that Person B is going to be "selected" the president if Party A wins, however, after winning, Party A puts Person C, the one the people hate, as the president.

I guess the people are voting for the platform, not the person and his or her personal views on the issues. Makes me uncomfortable.

The other thing that really bothers me is the control that the Turkish military has over the civilian government. See the article in my comment above for more on this. This will never be allowed by the EU.

zazoo said...

hocam çok iyi bence sıralama olarak, bisikletforumdan da takibediyoruz, bol pedallı günler:)

Anonymous said...

Sean said...

I was hoping you or one of the readers could enlighten us.

Why don't you enlighten us on how the Armenian elections process works. You could post it on one of your two blogs, your "This is NOT my Armenia" blog would be perfect place for such a discussion.

Murat said...

More likely that it's more different from the process used in Armenia.

And you would be correct. However Sean should know that already, should he not. After all he does have a blog called "This is your Turkey" and another called "This is NOT my Armenia" One would think that he is well informed about the political workings of both countries.

Aftermath: Crowds rally, traffic diverted as Echmiadzin citizens support Harutyunyan and Hakobyan
The three-day old parliamentary campaign has turned the city of Echmiadzin into a battleground in literal as well as figurative means.

Groups shouting “Ha-Kob!” and “Sus-San” gathered today outside the court of first instance of the Armavir region (the Echmiadzin judicial seat), in support of Hakob Hakobyan and Susanna Harutyunyan, candidates in the May 12 elections.

Sunday, the first official day of campaigning, Hakobyan’s car was fired upon, and Harutyunyan’s campaign office burned, in events that are being blamed on rivals, while the rivals are calling the incidents staged stunts intended to gain sympathy for the two victims.

Sean said...


thanks for promoting my blogs.

I hope that you will stop leaving trash around on this and other blogs, including mine, and start having serious discussions. By the way, using other people's names fools no one.

Anonymous said...

Sean said...

thanks for promoting my blogs.

Your welcome.

NHRider said...

Hey, this was about cycling rankings.

Hey Murat, I'm ranked too: (Of course it's only Cat 5, but still...)

Your USCF Criterium Cat 5 Standings
1 Rank in your zip code (03304)
6 Rank in your state (NH)
16 Rank in your riding age (43)
85 Rank in 5 year age range (40-44)
160 Rank in 10 year age range (40-49)
547 Overall Rank

Gulay said...


There is simply no comparison between the US and the Turkish presidential elections. The Turkish one os relatovely straightforwrd and involves elecing a President who has some limited powers whereas the US presidential race is so much not an exercise in democracy that it hurts. Basically the person with most money wins and gains immense poer in the US. IN Turkey the preseidential post is important but the country chooses to not waste zillions of dollars on irrelevant mud slinging campaigns etc. etc.

Remember that Turkey is a democracy (albiet through the in my opinoin flawed proportioanla representation system) where power resides in the Prime Minister and not in a body of unelected but handpicked yes men that surround the US President. The system in the US was set up to explicitly stop the possibility of "dictatorship" be it by Monarchy or President, hence the limitation on tersm and the checks and balances brought in by the Senate and Congress. You have to remember that the US political system grew out of the existing Colonial Adminsistration and so in some respects exhibits aspects of the Westminster system. First past the post wins a seat, two chambers. As well as some major differnces that reflect the reasons behind the split from the UK. In place of the monarchy (with very limited powers) a President but no Prime Minister. In some respecte Turkey's system is more similar to the UK than the US hence the very different emphasis on the Presidential elections. Remember that Germany and Italy also have Presidents as do most countries in Europe that do not have a consitutional Manarch as Head of State but can you name them?

The Husband in behalf of Gulay.

Oguz said...

Jesus! Congrats! You should represent Turkey in international races...

Infidel said...

Daaaaamn, Murat. Congrats!... Time to beat the other 8 guys in your state. What do you think?

You know something? I've always liked cycling, but I never got attached to it until I started reading your blog. And now, every time I hear anything about professional cycling I think to myself "What Would Murat Do?" I'm sure I'm not the only one in this...

My point is that we, as your readership, are very proud of you. Tebrikler!