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Lost-boy Lomong to carry U.S. flag (at Olympics) (Former Sudanese Refugee)
Yahoo! Sports (Reuters) ^ | 8/6/2008 | Mitch Phillips

Posted on 08/06/2008 12:26:35 PM PDT by Pyro7480

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States chose former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong to carry their flag at Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony in a move that could embarrass Sudan and its ally China.

Lomong, who spent 10 years in a refugee camp after fleeing his native Sudan as a child, was given the honor after a vote by the team captains of the entire U.S. Olympic squad.

“This is the most exciting day ever in my life,” Lomong said in a statement by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on Wednesday.

“It is a great honor for me that my team mates chose to vote for me. The opening ceremony is the best day and the best moment of Olympic life,” added the 23-year-old, who will race in the 1,500 meters....

While Lomong will no doubt be concentrating on trying to win his race, his selection is likely to provoke extensive debate about China’s relations with Sudan.

China is a major investor in the Sudanese oil industry and sells arms to Khartoum. Critics say self-interest has led China to shield the Sudanese government from pressure over the conflict in the western region of Darfur.

Some 200,000 people have died and an estimated 2.5 million been made homeless in five years of conflict in Darfur, according to international experts....

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; flag; immigration; oldglory; olympics; refugee; sudan; teamusa
Heh heh :-)
1 posted on 08/06/2008 12:26:36 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480; NYer
Related post: From Sudan To America To Beijing -Lopez Lomong (Amazing story of survival and determination)
2 posted on 08/06/2008 12:28:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: Pyro7480

Wow. Talk about living the American Dream.


3 posted on 08/06/2008 12:29:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: Pyro7480

Lopez Lomong of the U.S. celebrates winning the men's 1500 meters race at the Reebok Grand Prix athletics meet in New York May 31, 2008. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
4 posted on 08/06/2008 12:30:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: Pyro7480

God Bless America!


5 posted on 08/06/2008 12:31:10 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: Pyro7480
(second image is Lomong taking his oath of citizenship)

His carrying the flag may even eclipse when he kicks China's butt in the 1500meter.

6 posted on 08/06/2008 12:32:05 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Pyro7480

In your face ChiComs and Islamofascists!!!


7 posted on 08/06/2008 12:32:47 PM PDT by SolidWood (Obamarxislamism, the threat to our Republic!)
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To: Pyro7480

Nice ... the US Olympic team spits in the eye of China with that one.


8 posted on 08/06/2008 12:33:41 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (A citizen using a weapon to shoot a criminal is the ultimate act of independence from government.)
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To: Pyro7480

I was hoping for Dara Torres, but this choice suits me fine.


9 posted on 08/06/2008 12:34:06 PM PDT by JeffChrz
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To: Pyro7480

I can see it now. The open borders types who like to blur the lines between legal and illegal will use this to support an amnesty. I bet Obama and McCain both use it in their campaigns.


10 posted on 08/06/2008 12:34:57 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

What are you talking about???


11 posted on 08/06/2008 12:35:55 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: mnehrling

Bernard Legat, an immigrant from Kenya, is our best bet for a medal in the 1500.


12 posted on 08/06/2008 12:36:18 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Pyro7480

Do you have a reading comprehension problem? Hear me now and believe me later.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 12:37:52 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

No need to insult me. I don’t see how the fact that he’s a naturalized citizen detracts from him carrying the flag. My own father is a naturalized citizen and he’s more patriotic than native-born liberals!


14 posted on 08/06/2008 12:40:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: Pyro7480

God bless America!


15 posted on 08/06/2008 12:40:46 PM PDT by Antoninus (Every second spent bashing McCain is time that could be spent helping Conservatives downticket.)
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To: kabar
Jennie Finch, a native-born American from La Mirada, CA is our best bet to pitch the US to yet another gold medal in women's softball.

Bring the Heat, Jennie!


16 posted on 08/06/2008 12:41:46 PM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Space may be the final frontier, But it's made in a Hollywood basement")
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To: CholeraJoe
Here is a better pic of Jennie for ya.


17 posted on 08/06/2008 12:44:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: CholeraJoe

Sorry folks, but she’s taken (not be me, but in any case).


18 posted on 08/06/2008 12:44:33 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: kabar
What the **** does this have to do with Lomong- a LEGAL naturalized citizen?

I guess I'll chalk this up to another political Rorschach test.

19 posted on 08/06/2008 12:45:59 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Pyro7480

See ... first the masks and then this. Like I said, we are there to insult them. :)


20 posted on 08/06/2008 12:46:31 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Pyro7480

I got to see Lopez Lomong run in a high school track meet a few years ago, and only heard later about his life story. Folks in central New York are justly proud of this adopted son of the U.S. of A.


21 posted on 08/06/2008 12:47:19 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: BunnySlippers

Let’s hope we “insult” them even more by winning more medals than them, especially gold medals!


22 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:28 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: Pyro7480

Is he the one from Syracuse?


23 posted on 08/06/2008 12:51:03 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Marysecretary

I believe so. His Wikipedia page says he went to high school in upstate New York.


24 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:29 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -M. Kolbe)
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To: Pyro7480
No need to insult me. I don’t see how the fact that he’s a naturalized citizen detracts from him carrying the flag. My own father is a naturalized citizen and he’s more patriotic than native-born liberals!

Being a legal, naturalized citizen is not the issue nor does it detract from his carrying the flag. My wife is a naturalized citizen and so was my paternal grandmother.

The MSM will use this to gain sympathy for ILLEGAL ALIENS and blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. McCain has done this by using the 30,000 legal permanent residents in the US military as an example of people who demonstrate that immigrants are patriotic and serve this nation. Obama likes to say we are a nation of immigrants to justify an amnesty. You can bet that both will use Lomong as the reason why we should allow "God's children" aka illegal aliens, to stay and work here, i.e., an amnesty.

This won't be the first time the MSM and the political elites use a human interest story to their best advantage.

25 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:32 PM PDT by kabar
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To: drjimmy

He lives in Syracuse now, right? I think I read about him last week and the family he lives with who has ‘adopted’ several lost boys. Wonderful story.


26 posted on 08/06/2008 12:53:07 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: mnehrling; Pyro7480

I imagine she has a bright future after the Olympics as a sportscaster, model or celebrity spokesperson. If she advertised hemorrhoid cream, I’d buy a case.


27 posted on 08/06/2008 12:54:04 PM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Space may be the final frontier, But it's made in a Hollywood basement")
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To: mnehrling
I guess I'll chalk this up to another political Rorschach test.

No, chalk this up to political acumen and experience as a grassroots activist who is deeply involved with the issue and lobbies on the Hill. I bet that we will see this mentioned by both McCain and Obama in the context of immigration and amnesty. The politicians, MSM, and groups like La Raza continually try to blur the lines between legal and illegal. Lomong is about to become their poster boy.

I have absolutely nothing against Lomong. I know a lot about his story, which has been told in some detail already prior to the Olympic trials. It was very touching when he went back home and his mother found out that he was still alive. And the white American family that acted as his parents says volumes about the kind of country that we are. That said, I know exactly how this story is going to be used by the pro-amnesty people.

28 posted on 08/06/2008 1:02:10 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Pyro7480

That’s truly lovely. What an inspiration this man, my fellow citizen, is — I’m glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves.


29 posted on 08/06/2008 1:08:15 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: Marysecretary

He lives in Tully, which is about 20 miles south of Syracuse. The family that adopted him has taken in a half dozen of the “lost boys” from Sudan. It has been fun to follow Lopez’s progress through the years, and even if he doesn’t win a medal, this is quite a capper to his story.


30 posted on 08/06/2008 1:17:25 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Antoninus

“God bless America!”

Amen.


31 posted on 08/06/2008 1:20:58 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Pyro7480

I wish we allowed more Sudanese refugees who are truly in need , unlike those we see marching in our streets, who have broken our laws and make more demands by the day.


32 posted on 08/06/2008 1:22:44 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: silent_jonny

Ping to a great non-panda Olympic story! :-)


33 posted on 08/06/2008 1:24:31 PM PDT by retrokitten (A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby)
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To: mnehrling

Yep! That guy’s Sudanese!


34 posted on 08/06/2008 1:25:47 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: drjimmy

I read about this family. Thank God for them. This is quite an honor for them as well. They’ve given him and the other boys a great chance at life.


35 posted on 08/06/2008 1:52:37 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks, Pyro. Another poster said he was from Tully, near Syracuse. The Post Standard had a nice article about them in Sunday’s paper, I think. What an honor.


36 posted on 08/06/2008 1:53:33 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: mnehrling

Career record 195 wins, 14 losses; ERA 0.4; Strikeout percentage 48%.


37 posted on 08/06/2008 2:06:05 PM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Space may be the final frontier, But it's made in a Hollywood basement")
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To: Pyro7480

bkmark :)


38 posted on 08/06/2008 2:13:08 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: aruanan

“Yep! That guy’s Sudanese!”

I thought he was American.


39 posted on 08/06/2008 2:37:24 PM PDT by urroner
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To: urroner
I thought he was American.

An American from Sudan.
40 posted on 08/06/2008 2:44:07 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: retrokitten

Thanks for the ping! I’ll include this on tonight’s Dose :)


41 posted on 08/06/2008 3:58:32 PM PDT by silent_jonny (God's Got It)
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To: headsonpikes
God Bless America!

Amen to that. I love that he was chosen as flag bearer. I gotta give credit to the folks who voted for him. As image conscious as the Chinese are, they have got to be furious that we would choose him to carry our flag!
42 posted on 08/07/2008 7:09:07 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Pyro7480
Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong

Also seen with a sign on his back which reads: "Will run for food".....

43 posted on 08/08/2008 5:11:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: CholeraJoe
If she advertised hemorrhoid cream, I’d buy a case.

Not me but I would still watch the commercial......

44 posted on 08/08/2008 5:15:03 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: mnehrling

Wow, she be smokin’ AND she be smokin’


45 posted on 08/08/2008 5:27:04 PM PDT by Enchante (If oil was botox then Nancy Pelosi would have us drilling everywhere!!! (hat tip, STARWISE))
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