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US Olympic torch relay descends into farce
TimesOnline.co.uk ^ | 4/10/08 | Chris Ayres

Posted on 04/09/2008 7:03:45 PM PDT by melt

The Olympic flame’s procession through San Francisco drew world-wide ridicule when the torch-bearers ran only a few yards before disappearing into a warehouse, only to re-emerge on a bus half an hour later.

After furious clashes between Free Tibet protesters and pro-China demonstrators, the authorities seemed to panic and abruptly changed the route, cutting it by half and scrapping the closing ceremony.

What Chinese Olympic organisers have called a “Journey of Harmony” quickly became the mystery tour of the missing flame. By 1.20pm local time — 20 minutes after the scheduled start— even the TV news helicopters had lost track. Then the runners were glimpsed at last for a brief moment, only to vanish into a warehouse on Pier 48 seconds later.

Eventually the torch-bearers, flanked by their Chinese minders in blue shell-suits, got off the bus and posed for photographs before jogging down Van Ness Avenue, their destination unknown.

To add to the confusion American officers in blue track suits almost identical to their Chinese counterparts also made an appearance, mingling with the battle-hardened “flame-guards” from Beijing.

The city’s Mayor defended the decision to scrap the original route by citing security fears. “We assessed the situation and felt that we could not secure the torch and protect the protesters and supporters to the degree that we wished,” Gavin Newsom said.

“I think it’s cowardly. If they can’t run the torch through the city, it means that no one is supporting the games,” said Matt Helmenstine, 30, a teacher carrying a Tibetan flag.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; china; hidout; olympics; olympictorch; torch

"Disappearing into a warehouse, only to re-emerge on a bus half an hour later."

Somehow it's fitting. The Olympic 'flame' arrives in San Francisco--- only to be "in-and-out of the closet"...

1 posted on 04/09/2008 7:03:46 PM PDT by melt
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To: melt

The “pro-China” students are all Chinese thugs/spies.


2 posted on 04/09/2008 7:05:26 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: melt

San Francisco democrat politicians are so incompetent, they couldn’t properly manage a McDonalds Restaurant for 15 minutes.


3 posted on 04/09/2008 7:07:38 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: melt

Awarding the olympics to China was a grave mistake IMO. This torch thing isn’t the farce. The farce was awarding these games to a nation like China in the first place.


4 posted on 04/09/2008 7:08:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: melt

I’m not sure which will be more interesting. What occurs inside the Olympic events or outside.


5 posted on 04/09/2008 7:08:53 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
San Francisco democrat politicians are so incompetent, they couldn’t properly manage a McDonalds Restaurant for 15 minutes.

On the contrary. The city would do very well managing a McDonalds since both are very pro homosexual.
6 posted on 04/09/2008 7:10:40 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: melt
Oh how sweet it is.

In San Fran, no less.

City of gays, gaggles and Gavin.

Back in the early 60's when I first visited San Francisco, on may way to being stationed in Japan, I fell in love with this beautiful city.

Of course, that changed when I returned from Nam in 67 and received a less than "hospitable" welcome.

Hey, Gavin, how do you like them apples now? Tee hee hee!

Couldn't happen to a nicer Moonbat and the Socialist Capital of the U.S.

7 posted on 04/09/2008 7:11:13 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: All

I was disappointed watching Fox news today and hoping to see the torch relay, but after a half and hour I gave up


8 posted on 04/09/2008 7:11:25 PM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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To: melt
This little light of mine,
I'm going to let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm going to let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Hide it under a ChiComm? NO!
I'm gonna let it shine!
9 posted on 04/09/2008 7:13:27 PM PDT by rabidralph (Hillary is the MSM's Bimbo Eruption.)
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To: Man50D

The chinese will never have so many eyes watching what occurs.


10 posted on 04/09/2008 7:14:24 PM PDT by healy61
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To: DoughtyOne

The IOC and the UN seem to be run by the same people.


11 posted on 04/09/2008 7:14:32 PM PDT by rabidralph (Hillary is the MSM's Bimbo Eruption.)
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To: melt
"US Olympic torch relay descends into farce,"

Yes, farce is one of the kinder words to describe San Francisco

12 posted on 04/09/2008 7:14:33 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Sometimes you need to change to remain the same.)
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To: Poetgal26
I was disappointed watching Fox news today and hoping to see the torch relay, but after a half and hour I gave up

Murdoch's wife is Chinese.

13 posted on 04/09/2008 7:16:14 PM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Gotcha....
I didn’t know that


14 posted on 04/09/2008 7:17:11 PM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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To: healy61
The chinese will never have so many eyes watching what occurs.

Turnabout is fair play since they will have all their eyes watching visitors.
15 posted on 04/09/2008 7:17:21 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: rabidralph

It does seem like it doesn’t it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised that members have shifted back and forth before either.


16 posted on 04/09/2008 7:18:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: melt
Look at this lovely, liberal comment after the article from John in San Fransicko:

"It's funny that so many people are organizing to protest the killings in Tibet while the U.S. government is bombing innocent people in Iraq every day. The U.S. government is building A WALL along our southern borders. And the U.S. government has killed more people in the world than China has ever done. This country needs a revolution."

Barf!

17 posted on 04/09/2008 7:20:18 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: melt

Wonder if all those people who payed for the chance to run with the torch will get a refund?


18 posted on 04/09/2008 7:21:52 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: DoughtyOne

Just wait till they fail to stop the rainfall. LOL, See how suddenly it becomes “Bush’s Fault”


19 posted on 04/09/2008 7:22:33 PM PDT by meanie monster
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To: melt
Witness one of the world's strangest battles...

The Communist Chinese vs. the Communist Homos!

20 posted on 04/09/2008 7:23:24 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: fso301

And his major partners are Wahhabis...


21 posted on 04/09/2008 7:24:39 PM PDT by Spouting Horn (Terrorism is a tactic. Our battle should be waged against the Shariah and Jihad.)
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To: meanie monster

LOL... no doubt.


22 posted on 04/09/2008 7:25:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: melt
"Two hours before the Olympic flame began its undignified trek through the deserted streets and freeways of San Francisco, The Times witnessed the tension between pro-Tibet groups and Chinese demonstrations, some of whom had reportedly been bussed in by the Chinese Embassy.

The authorities in San Francisco faced a different problem: more than a third of the city’s residents claim some kind of Asian heritage. Many of them took to the streets in support of the Chinese Government — raising the spectre of violent confrontations.

No doubt, Bill and Hillary contributors and/or Chicom supporters and possibly agents.

WTF is this country coming too?

Moozies, Illegal Aliens, Chicom supporters, etc., ad nauseum, all not only unwilling to assimilate but extremely anti American and deliberately undermining our freedoms.

Makes me glad I'm a Seasoned Citizen, but my heart goes out for future generations as I fear from what this country will look like in 20 - 30 years---IF it survives.

23 posted on 04/09/2008 7:26:07 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: PetroniusMaximus
The Communist Chinese vs. the Communist Homos!

You friend, win the Grand Prize on this thread for originality and humorous accuracy. LMAO

24 posted on 04/09/2008 7:30:12 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: melt
US Olympic torch relay descends into farce

It's a shame.The Bay area is dominated by Asians, they are the Demonstrators. Just another Immigrant group that wants to fight a war in their home country from a safe place at the "Fireplace", in this case America.
Get your feet wet and fight it in China.
25 posted on 04/09/2008 7:35:06 PM PDT by modican
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To: PetroniusMaximus

a commie flaming feet fest!


26 posted on 04/09/2008 7:47:42 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: modican

Fight it in China. No way. They want the Americans to do the fighting; being the policeman of the world and all that good stuff.


27 posted on 04/09/2008 7:53:36 PM PDT by Fishing-guy
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To: melt
"May the Olympic flame never expire." --Adolph Hitler


28 posted on 04/09/2008 7:54:15 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: melt

The olympic games are for everyone, not just China. These people harassing the torch carriers are disgusting. And yeah I do despise China too, but this is not the way to protest.


29 posted on 04/09/2008 7:56:42 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Fishing-guy

The Mayor of Atlanta should organize and apply to the Olympic Committee to replace China with Atlanta only about 2 months later.

The China Olympics will be a joke.


30 posted on 04/09/2008 7:57:02 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: melt

San Francisco punted. While sneaking down back streets and alternate routes the dignity of the event was removed. Fear won. Bullies won.


31 posted on 04/09/2008 7:58:54 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Travis McGee
.....1936, The best organized Games ever.

32 posted on 04/09/2008 8:22:23 PM PDT by modican
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To: melt

Who to root for? The Lefties protesting the Olympics in Communist China? Or the Lefties supporting the Chinese Communists?

Or should we remain neutral and let the Lefties destroy each other? This is like Stalinist Russia.


33 posted on 04/09/2008 9:10:43 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: FormerACLUmember

Agreed. I was on site and would love to post my detailed review but I’m not sure how to do that here since it’s not a media report.


34 posted on 04/09/2008 11:13:35 PM PDT by KingofZion
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To: DoughtyOne
Awarding the olympics to China was a grave mistake IMO. This torch thing isn’t the farce. The farce was awarding these games to a nation like China in the first place.

I think they did it on purpose to bring China's problems into plain view. Putting China's problems on the world stage for a few months might invoke some change...

35 posted on 04/09/2008 11:24:08 PM PDT by Getsmart64
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To: melt

Aint this the same city that hates the United States military?


36 posted on 04/09/2008 11:26:12 PM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: Getsmart64

Do we learn nothing from the past? Seriously.

Did the 1936 games change Hitler into a gentle loving leader?

What planet did the IOC members come from, that they didn’t know governments like 1936 Germany and 2008 China don’t base their actions on world opinion. They expect to own the world in a decade and a half. Why would they care to change minds through selling out their goals, when they plan on changing them by opression in the near future.

China rules by iron fist today, and it will in 2508.


37 posted on 04/09/2008 11:28:58 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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