How amusing. The bumper sticker is even less subtle.
At least Obama’s daughters weren’t scripted. Everything else was at tonight’s Democratic convention, which had all the substance of an awards show.
It’s about time Ted Kennedy received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.
Propaganda prevails, and China gloats:
The Games exposed billions of global viewers to the Middle Kingdom and its culture, furthering its “soft power” ambitions. It displayed impressive preparation and management skills, and its athletes won 51 gold medals —- far more than the 36 won by U.S. athletes. Even the air turned out to be better than many people expected.
Much of the media bought into the charade, but as Jeff Schultz observed, it was conducted on the backs of modern-day serfs.
The aftermath of elaborate Opening Ceremonies spoke volumes. There were stories of 51-hour rehearsals where participants were allowed only two bathroom breaks and two meals. Several collapsed from exhaustion or heatstroke. Some performers wore diapers because they couldn’t leave the field for six hours.
Fifteen minutes before the show, a 7-year-old girl was replaced by a 9-year-old girl to lip-synch, “Ode to the Motherland.” Zhang Yimou didn’t believe the 7-year-old was cute enough. That should do wonders for her self-esteem.
In an interview with Chinese journalists, Zhang said only North Korea could’ve put on a better show (“They are uniform beyond belief!”)
The IOC will probably give North Korea the chance. Former IOC dictator — and Franco toady — Juan Antonio Samaranch declared, “I think it is the best Olympics ever. China is No. 1.”
It must feel good, delivering a victory to Communist thugs. The IOC knew China’s record. They knew the government had no intention of changing. But money — and their own self-importance — proved more persuasive.
I’m happy for Michael Phelps and the other medalists, but I’m not proud to be an American, or “a citizen of the world.” Once again, we have failed the oppressed, blinded by pretty lights and human brushes.
About as ridiculous as comparing Madonna to someone young and talented.
Towards the end of the song, pictures of Beatles star John Lennon, former US vice-president Al Gore, Indian Mahatma Gandhi and McCain’s Democrat rival Barack Obama appeared.