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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A uniqely Communist Olympiad
We have yet another exposed act of fakery during the opening ceremony.
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But Uncle Mo said that China was the perfect society! This cannot be! :)
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-12 11:02:12 AM
Well, he's a man of Strong opinions, after all...
Posted by: ebt | 2008-08-12 11:30:31 AM
"The Games" Message
By Stephen J. Gray
The message one can deduce from the Beijing Olympic games is this: No matter how much a dictatorship punishes and oppresses its people it will still get gushing adulation from most of the world leaders and business elites. Many of these world leaders and corporate elites pay lip service to human rights. But in today’s world, hypocrisy has replaced democracy. “Free enterprise” multi-national corporations have led the business stampede into communist China. They have large investments in the dictatorship's economy and profit from this source of cheap labor. Corporate logos fly proudly alongside the communist banners and corporate communism/fascism works hand in glove with the dictatorship.
This is a communist dictatorship that rips the organs from its own people, has a brutal one child policy, and has forced abortion. It sends contaminated products around the world and uses slave labor. Some of its people have been evicted from their homes for the games.
Shockingly, though, “In the stands as Canada’s official government representation at the ceremonies, Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson applauded Beijing’s achievement…. ‘Bravo, Beijing, on a night of memories for everyone here and watching at home. You have shown the world what can be done to celebrate the spirit of friendship and fair play.’” 
I bet the people tortured and imprisoned would have something to say about the fair play of the communist regime. And I don’t think they would be shouting “bravo.” But hey, one must not bring “politics” into the games--even though politicians and other executives are attending them.
“The chief executive officer for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver said he'll never forget being at the opening ceremonies in Beijing. ‘You could not sit there and not dream,’ he told The Canadian Press in an interview early Saturday morning in Beijing.” 
Dream it may be for some, but for those who have suffered under this bloody dictatorship it is a nightmare. But hey, one must not “politicize” the games. Let’s all pretend that human rights are not being abused in this country of the games.
“Chinese President Hu Jintao said Friday he hoped the Olympics would remain free of politics. ‘I don't think politicising the Olympic Games will do any good to address these issues,’ he said.” ‘It runs counter to the Olympic spirit and also to the shared aspirations of the people of the world,’ Hu told reporters on Friday.” 
One would think that the “shared aspirations of the people of the world” are about freedom from tyranny. But hey, I forgot one must not “politicize” the games. After all, the games are about sports, not about politics. But since politics is a dirty game I guess that's why so many political leaders are attending. They might learn more ways to oppress their own people. If they have no compunction about consorting with, and investing in, a communist dictatorship, what does that say about the principles, morality and ethics of the attendees? There is an old saying that you know people by the company they keep. And perhaps that is the message of the games.
Stephen J. Gray
August 11, 2008
[email protected] website http://www.geocities.com/graysinfo
Endnotes: http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/415216  http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/415216  http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080801/olympic_websites_080801/20080801?s_name=beijing2008
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-08-12 11:31:55 AM
Shockingly, though, “In the stands as Canada’s official government representation at the ceremonies, Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson applauded Beijing’s achievement…. ‘Bravo, Beijing, on a night of memories for everyone here and watching at home. You have shown the world what can be done to celebrate the spirit of friendship and fair play.’”
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 12-Aug-08 11:31:55 AM
Shockingly? What would you have wanted him to say? Beijing stinks, China stinks, the food stinks, the women here are ugly, I wish I was back home.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-08-12 12:56:45 PM
Heh, communists are allowed to lie. Just look at early Soviet legal theory. Truth must be put at the service of the revolution.
Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-08-12 6:19:27 PM
So we shouldn't bring politics into the games. Most countries finance their athletes and their training because they consider a good showing a matter of national prestige. That is a matter of politics so let us call a spade a "bloody shovel".
Posted by: DML | 2008-08-12 8:31:05 PM
Most countries finance their athletes and their training because they consider a good showing a matter of national prestige.
Posted by: DML | 12-Aug-08 8:31:05 PM
Very true. How much does Canada spend on summer Olympic sports?, cause right now we ain't getting much of a return on our investment. Oh yeah I forgot, we are not a summer sports country.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-08-12 8:49:20 PM
This is classic envy and jealousy at its repugnant worst. Some of the cocksucker bloggers can't stand the fact that another country can excel to this extent through hard work and will soon far surpass western countries economically, culturally, militarily, etc.
So let's resort to negativity and pity nit-picking. The fact that the west is such a sorry state of decline has to do with its own emphasis on the life of hedonism and continual orgies and partying.
Blame your lecherous divroced parents and grand-parents for your lack of success in life and your anti-depressant pill-popping habits, not the chinese.
Posted by: Jay | 2008-08-12 11:12:02 PM
Yeah, Jay, that's it. We're just jealous. We don't really care about China's record of arresting dissidents. You can find a good accounting of China's activity in that regard here:
But we don't really care about any of that stuff. After all, this is just "nitpicking."
You're a monster, Jay.
Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-08-12 11:33:09 PM
The West's sorry state of decline is a direct result of Liberalism which has dominated our society for the past fifty years.
It is the non competitiveness and underachievement philosophy that is prevalent in our schools which bring us to a "can't win but at least it was fun" scenario.
It is the abandonment of morality that has made most of feel a bit dirty IE gay parades, rampant abortion, totally lax justice, the drug culture (not my parent or grandparents either) system, Runaway multiculturalism so we don't even know who or what we are anymore.
I don't envy the Chinese or anyone else who achieves. I salute them. Most normal people do. It is envious fools like you who appear to be angry about it.
We are getting the Olympic team we paid for.
Most people no longer care about the Olympics. It just another freak show now. What was that you were saying about popping pills?
Posted by: John V | 2008-08-13 9:56:12 AM
The article in "The New American" at the url below says it all.It is worth reading I believe, and thinking about. Stephen J Gray
http://www.thenewamerican.com/node/8671Published by The New American (http://thenewamerican.com)
Posted by: Stephen J Gray | 2008-08-13 10:50:17 AM
Here is the url for article "Beyond the Olympics"
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-08-13 10:55:42 AM
Jay- China has been receiving aid from the west for close to a century. I think a thank you is in order.
About 40 years ago, when I was in grade 4, I remember a story I read in the grade 4 reader. It was a sad tale about a terrible flood in China, as told by a little girl who was caught up in the tragedy. Her family survived, and things were looking bleak until planes showed up and dropped food. The little girl asked where it came from, and was told "America". The last sentence in the story was a heartfelt reply from the little girl "I'll never forget the name America".
Kind of brings a tear to your eye doesn't it? I suppose it was written by an American.
One thing you need to remember Jay. If things get so bad, and America's back is against the wall, The Chinese might hear a new word. "KABOOM". Never doubt this, you'd be making a grave error.
Posted by: dp | 2008-08-13 11:05:43 AM
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