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  • 'The Olympics has destroyed womanhood': Columnist provokes storm...'chestless, manlike' competitors

    08/09/2012 8:19:19 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 181 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Turkish newspaper columnist has been heavily criticised after writing an article which said the Olympic Games is destroying the female figure. The piece - called "Womanhood is Dying at the Olympics"... soon spread around the world by saying the Games was distorting women's bodies .... 'Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. 'I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers.' He added that the appearance of many female Olympians was 'pathetic'. Following the publication of the article, Mr...
  • Olympic anti-China conspiracy afoot? Some Chinese think so

    08/09/2012 8:06:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/09/2012 | William Wan
    BEIJING — China may lead the Olympic gold medal tally in London, but some Chinese still apparently believe the rest of the world is ganging up on their country. Several Chinese state-run media outlets alleged Wednesday that a conspiracy may be afoot in London following a string of controversies involving Chinese athletes. The latest incident to infuriate the Chinese occurred this week when judges awarded a Brazilian gymnast gold over the largely favored Chinese competitor Chen Yibing, known in China as the “King of Rings.” “Anger grows over alleged Olympic bias,” blared the front page of China’s government-owned Global Times...
  • Olympics Offer More Proof that Central Planning is a Bad Idea

    08/09/2012 5:26:29 AM PDT · by Tallguy · 6 replies ^ | 8/9/12 | Simon Black
    (Snip) There’s only one way to buy London Olympic tickets– through the ’official’ office that’s controlled by the government. They’ve even solidified their monopoly by making it a CRIMINAL OFFENSE for individuals to resell Olympic tickets. The concierge at my hotel, an affable Italian named Paulo, explained to me that the police even came around to warn (i.e. threaten) him against helping hotel guests find tickets. Paulo directed me to the government’s official website so I could buy tickets the legal way. I quickly found out how Byzantine it is– there are all sorts of ridiculous hoops to jump through;...
  • Standing ovation for hijab-wearing Saudi woman athlete as she finishes Olympic 800m heat

    08/09/2012 3:39:54 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | Adam Shergold
    'They say in the Olympics it's not the winning that counts, but the taking part. And that was certainly the case this morning as Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, was cheered every step of the way in her 800m heat. In the end, she completed the two laps of the track nearly 45 seconds behind the winner, but her participation alone represented an historic moment. Attar completed the two laps of the 800m in a time of two minutes 44.95 seconds, nearly 45 seconds behind the leader Dressed in a...
  • The little miracle girl of the velodrome: Laura Trott becomes double Olympic champion aged just 20

    08/09/2012 3:36:57 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | David Williams
    'She is the new darling of the velodrome. But few who watched 20-year-old Laura Trott race to gold for the second time in three days will realise how her very presence on the Olympic track is a minor miracle in itself. The blonde 5ft 4in cyclist from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire is lucky to be alive after she was born a month prematurely suffering from a collapsed lung, leading to six weeks in intensive care. This led her to suffer from severe asthma as a young girl for which doctors advised her to start swimming to strengthen her body. She was eight...
  • Sneers from the French, whining in Oz - how other nations view the London 2012 Olympics

    08/09/2012 3:14:11 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | Daily Mail
    'While the British have been overwhelmed by the record breaking success of Team GB, what do the rest of the world think about the London Olympics? Here, the Daily Mail looks at a cross-section of the foreign press coverage...'
  • Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese: 'I had the whole Gulf Coast behind me' (Mississippi)

    08/08/2012 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | AP
    ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — After leaving the most important decision of her career up to her persuasive mother, Gulfport's Brittney Reese knew there was only one place to start looking when it was time to celebrate her Olympic gold medal in the long jump. Reese claimed one of the three gold medals the U.S. track and field team won Wednesday night at the London Games, becoming the first American woman to win the Olympic long jump title since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. "It's a surreal moment," she said. "I got very emotional — you do when you're representing your country....
  • Parkinson’s sufferer arrested in Leatherhead for ‘not smiling’

    A MAN arrested during the Olympic cycling road race says he was detained for "not smiling". Martial arts trainer Mark Worsfold, 54, was arrested shortly before cyclists passed through Leatherhead on July 28 due to "his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course", according to police. But Mr Worsfold, who had been doing a Taekwondo demonstration in Red House Gardens, said officers told him he was arrested because he was not smiling – and he added that his face can seem expressionless due to his Parkinson's disease. "I was sitting minding my own business," he said....
  • NBC Uses Olympics to Promote Sitcom on Same-Sex Couple Seeking Surrogate-Hatched Child

    08/08/2012 1:35:45 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/7/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( – NBC is using its coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games--programming sure to be watched by many children around the country--to promote a new sitcom about a same-sex couple seeking to have a child gestated for them by a surrogate mother. NBC’s ads promoting “The New Normal,” and it story line about two homosexual men pondering hiring a women to have a baby on their behalf, reaches about 35.6 million viewers during Olympic broadcasts. The network has enjoyed higher ratings than expected and the most of any other summer Olympics from outside the United States since the 1976 Montreal...
  • Aussie Sports Minister Concedes Defeat to British Counterpart

    08/08/2012 11:34:18 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 August 2012 | BBC
    Australia's sports minister is set to don a Team GB shirt and take to the water after resigning herself to losing a wager with her UK counterpart about who would win more gold medals.
  • The 1904 Olympic Marathon May Have Been the Strangest Ever

    08/08/2012 10:13:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    America’s first Olympics may have been its worst, or at least its most bizarre. Held in 1904 in St. Louis, the games were tied to that year’s World’s Fair, which celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase while advancing, as did all such turn-of-the-century expositions, the notion of American imperialism. Although there were moments of surprising and genuine triumph (gymnast George Eyser earned six medals, including three gold, despite his wooden leg), the games were largely overshadowed by the fair, which offered its own roster of sporting events, including the controversial Anthropology Days, in which a group of “savages” recruited...
  • N. Korea fires at Australian paper's 'naughty' medal tally joke

    08/08/2012 5:34:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/08/12
    N. Korea fires at Australian paper's 'naughty' medal tally joke SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Wednesday chastised an Australian newspaper that jokingly named the communist state as "Naughty Korea" in its London Olympics medal standing, calling it a "rogue paper" that hampered the Olympic spirit. The rare response came after the Brisbane Metro, a regional paper based in eastern Australia, labeled the North as such while describing the rival South as "Nice Korea" in its Olympic medal table. "This is a bullying act little short of insulting the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and progress, and politicizing...
  • Sir Chris Hoy wins sixth Olympic gold medal with keirin victory

    08/08/2012 3:29:54 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 8th August 2012 | Matt Slater
    Sir Chris Hoy claimed a sixth Olympic gold medal to become the most successful British Olympian of all time. Having won gold on the first night of the track cycling in the men's team sprint, Hoy's triumph in the keirin was the perfect finale for Team GB. Hoy's six golds take him past rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave's five. And with a silver from Sydney 2000 as well, he equals Bradley Wiggins's record total of seven medals.'
  • Mitt speaks the truth: Media condemn as gaffes Romney's honest statements on foreign policy

    08/07/2012 6:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | James Kirchick
    Before Mitt Romney even stepped back onto American soil, the media had already concluded that his overseas trip was “gaffe-prone.” This narrative reached its peak at the end of Romney’s weeklong jaunt to Britain, Israel and Poland, when, following a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, the traveling press corps began shouting at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as he walked back to his car. “What about your gaffes?” one of the journalists bayed. “He’s the prince of verbal pratfalls, overseas and at home,” Democratic political consultant Bob Shrum wrote in the Daily Beast. Such conclusions...
  • Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte: Why Families of America’s Olympics Athletes Are Broke

    08/07/2012 5:51:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/07/2012 | Kevin Fallon
    Gabby Douglas is America’s newest sweetheart. She’s also its newest millionaire. Her mother, however, is broke. The 16-year-old gymnast, who became the first black gymnast to win the all-around competition last week in London, stands to make between $1 million and $3 million a year in endorsements, and has already agreed to plaster her infectious smile on the Kellogg’s corn flakes box. Douglas’s forthcoming gold-medal payday makes a new revelation about her family all the more shocking. Natalie Hawkins, Douglas’s mother, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in Virginia, court documents show. The Chapter 13 filing reveals roughly $80,000 in...
  • Israel Olympics Widows To IOC: "Shame On You" - Petition Eyes London Closing Ceremony

    08/07/2012 5:45:55 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 14 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | August 6, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Israeli Olympics Widows To IOC: "Shame On You" - Petition Eyes London Closing CeremonyBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- August 6, 2012 ... The terrorism which marked the 1972 Munich Olympics as the "bloody Olympics" still has a grip on the London Olympics today. But rather than witnessing guns, knives and grenades by Palestinian terrorists, we now have a front row view of the IOC being held hostage by Arab political terrorism. Eleven Olympians were murdered in the 1972 Games but one would never know it by attending stadium events in London which are broadcast to billions worldwide....
  • Ann Romney’s horse won’t win an Olympic medal

    08/07/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 37 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/7/12 | Holly Bailey
    Ann Romney's horse Rafalca won't win a medal in the dressage competition at London's Olympic Games. But Romney, the wife of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, still praised her horse's "fabulous" performance. "It was wonderful," Romney told the Associated Press' Nicole Winfield after watching her horse compete Tuesday in London. "She was elegant and consistent again. We just love her."
  • Serena Williams responds to her gangster dance critics: 'I don't care'

    08/07/2012 11:49:28 AM PDT · by illiac · 63 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 8/7/12 | LBSports
    <p>Serena Williams caused a mini-controversy when she celebrated winning a gold medal in the women's singles at the London Olympics with a gangster dance.</p> <p>The dance, which has been referred to as a "Crip Walk," was technically more likely a "Blood Walk." Regardless, she was flogged by many for her celebration.</p>
  • Black ‘Idiots’ Respond To Olympics Champ

    08/07/2012 11:16:57 AM PDT · by ZULU · 53 replies
    Daily Rant ^ | August 7, 2012 | Mychel Massie
    Color is the bugaboo that we just cannot escape – even and especially when it should be the least important thing discussed. Which brings me to the discussions that the ignorant, race-mongers are having pursuant to Gabby Douglas. Miss Douglas has won two gold medals at the London Olympic Games. But in her case, winning two gold medals isn’t enough. The obligatory focus on the color of her skin by the politically correct, is sickening, but the ridicule she is receiving from blacks punctuates the statement made by Rev. James Manning that “black people are honorless, incorrigible idiots.”
  • Olympic Political Correctness (Why I take offense at the 2012 London Games)

    08/07/2012 7:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2012 | John Fund
    The London Olympics features 302 events. But this year there clearly is a new category: racial sensitivity. These Olympic Games are rife with examples of people taking offense, and it’s time to discuss some guardrails and guidelines before political correctness takes over completely. First, some behavior on the part of athletes is clearly out of bounds. After Swiss footballer Michel Morganella’s team lost to South Korea, he said on Twitter that his opponents could “go burn” and were a “bunch of mongoloids.” That’s hardly sporting behavior, and he was sent home for insulting the dignity of the Korean team. Beyond...
  • Liberals to Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell: Shoot yourself

    08/06/2012 11:06:33 AM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies ^ | 08/16/2012 | Joe Newby
    Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell - a trap shooter who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games - is also a trophy hunter. After she published pictures of herself with animals she killed, liberal anti-hunting activists expressed their hatred on Twitter, with some calling on her to shoot herself, Twitchy reported Sunday. One person wrote Cogdell, saying: "please go shoot yourself in the knees. YOU ANIMAL MURDERER!! you're a disgusting human being. (sic)" Another wrote: "kill yourself please ! (sic)" Others suggested violence against Cogdell or her family, Twitchy noted. "I really hope the olympic games do something about...
  • First Known Photo of Michael Phelps

    08/06/2012 10:10:51 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 34 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 08/06/12 | Joan Varga
  • For North Koreans, Olympics has larger meaning

    08/06/2012 7:44:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    DW ^ | 08/06/12 | Benjamin Mack
    For North Koreans, Olympics has larger meaning One of the most surprising stories of the Olympics' first week was the four gold medals won by North Korea. The athletes' achievements have inspired a nation - depending on who you ask. One thing is certain: for North Korean athletes, winning has a special meaning. "As an athlete I believe by winning the gold medal I was able to glorify my nation and give support to the people of my nation, so I am really happy," judoka An Kum Ae told reporters after winning gold in the 52-kilogram category on July 29....
  • Ryan Lochte says he NEVER has one-night-stands after mother said he does...

    08/06/2012 5:11:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2012 | Laura Pullman
    A mortified Ryan Lochte is desperately exercising damage control after his mother claimed on national TV that he only does ‘one-night-stands.’ Now both the swimming star and his mother have tried to clarify that she meant to say that he only takes girls on dates as he doesn’t have time for a serious relationship. ‘She meant since the last four years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn't really have time for a relationship,’ he told Us Weekly on Friday.
  • After that spectacular opening show, this is the mini London Eye that will bring the curtain down

    08/06/2012 5:18:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2012 | Arthur Martin
    Next Sunday’s closing ceremony looks as if it will be just as spectacular as the opening showpiece. Models of London landmarks will provide a backdrop to the two-hour event, including a 30ft ferris wheel, symbolising the London Eye, and replicas of Tower Bridge, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral. Most will be wrapped in newspaper print featuring references to works of art and literature. One headline comes from the opening line of William Blake’s poem The Tyger.
  • Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt's win... but none of them in America

    08/06/2012 5:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2012 | Staff
    An estimated two billion people around the world saw Jamaica's Usain Bolt thrash his rivals to win gold in the men's 100m final - but none of them were in the U.S., as NBC declined to broadcast the historic moment live. Bolt sailed through the semi-finals before successfully defending his Olympic title - against a field that included three Americans - at 4.50pm EDT. But, not for the first time this Games, NBC took the controversial decision to hold off broadcasting the hugely popular event until prime time, leaving millions of track and field fans outraged.
  • Usain Bolt is a class act

    08/05/2012 7:17:30 PM PDT · by krb · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | August 5, 2012 | NBC
    Check out the ad hoc performance of the fastest man on the planet, Mr. Usain Bolt:
  • NBC taken to task for awkward segue (Imagine if Fox had done this!)

    coming for NBC. Taken to task for their tape delay, talking over the opening ceremonies and a garden variety of other missteps so far during their broadcast of the 2012 Olympics, they now have to deal with this: After Bob Costas paid tribute to Gabby Douglas's gold-medal glory, saying, "But there's some young African-American girls out there who tonight are saying to themselves, 'I’d like to try that too,'" they immediately went to an ad featuring a monkey doing gymnastics.
  • NOURIEL ROUBINI: 'The London Olympics Are An Economic Failure As London Is Totally Empty'

    08/05/2012 2:05:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/05/2012 | Gus Lubin
    Economist Nouriel Roubini is tweeting doom about the London Olympics this morning. From @Nouriel: UK policymakers scared so much folks before the Olympic that London is a deserted city: non-olympic tourists are away; londoners are gone! The Olympics are an economic failure as London is totally empty:hotels, restaurants, streets. They scared all off with crowd excess warnings By scaring every1 to stay out of London with warnings about too many people coming here it turns that London is totally empty, a zombie city RT @Notgiamatti The Yogi Berra effect! Nobody goes there, it's too crowded. The West End - usually...
  • George Stephanopoulos Botches Olympics Sweetheart Gabby Douglas's Last Name - Daniels?

    08/05/2012 12:19:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | August 5, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Gabby Douglas just captured America's hearts with a stirring victory as women's gymnastics all-around gold medalist at the Summer Olympics in London. Despite this, George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week Sunday actually botched her name calling her Gabby Daniels (video follows with transcript and commentary): George Stephanopoulos Botches Olympics Sweetheart Gabby Douglas's Last Name - Daniels? GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Overall medal count right now, neck and neck. Gold medals, US over China 27 to 25. That's on the gold medals. Tied in overall medals, 55 each with China. Van, let me go to you, your best moment of the week. VAN...
  • Forbes Picture Captures IOC President Jacques Rogge Wearing Official Palestinian Olympic Shawl

    08/05/2012 11:59:54 AM PDT · by forty_years · 6 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | August 5, 2012 | netWMD Staff
    ... The best excuse Rogge has mustered [for refusing to hold a moment of silence commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes] is that a commemoration wouldn't be appropriate. He apparently forgot about the moment of silence for the besieged city of Sarajevo at the start of the 1984 Winter Games. And the moment of silence at the close of the 1996 Games for victims of the Centennial Park bombing. And Rogge has certainly forgotten the opening of the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. A tattered American flag recovered from the World Trade Center on...
  • Serena flubs crowning moment

    08/05/2012 11:13:54 AM PDT · by safetysign · 66 replies
    fox sports ^ | 08/05/2012 | Reid Forgrave
    She was in the city of kings and queens. People were sipping champagne and eating strawberries and cream. And Serena Williams had just ascended to the throne of tennis, becoming the second woman after Steffi Graf to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold in singles. Over the previous 63 minutes on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon, Williams had absolutely obliterated the Russian superstar Maria Sharapova. She’d death-stared down the blonde, leggy Barbie doll, sending lasers down the line, making Sharapova lunge all over the court, hitting left when Sharapova was running right, and then, with a...
  • Petition to IOC for Moment of Silence For Israel Victims During London Olympic Closing Ceremonies

    08/04/2012 2:31:48 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies ^ | August 4, 2012 | Miranda Flint
    New Yorker - Israeli Starts Petition to Encourage IOC to Observe Moment of Silence During Olympic Closing CeremoniesBy Miranda Flint When the International Olympics Community (IOC) refused to honor the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre with a moment of silence, during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, many protested against the decision. In Greater New York, JCC Rockland began a petition, hoping to gain enough signatures to convince the IOC to reconsider its decision. Joel Leyden, President of Leyden Digital PR, noticed the petition, but, he told Jewocity, “At first I didn’t think much of it.” There was...
  • Olympic Vanity - Are the Chinese women at it again (Spoilers)?

    08/05/2012 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    If you happened to have recorded the China v South Korea Wms Volleyball Match for future viewing there are spoilers below.
  • Al Michaels: fearless NBC welcomes London Olympic challenge (Reason for no live coverage)

    08/05/2012 9:06:34 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 42 replies
    Guardian ^ | 29 July 2012 | Robert Booth
    NBC has calculated that the TV audience for the Olympics in the US is 56% female, and this conditions what it calls its "storytelling model" of presentation.
  • [*****] wins men's singles Olympics tennis gold (Spoiler alert)

    08/05/2012 8:45:18 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th August 2012 | BBC News
    'Andy Murray captured the biggest title of his career with an emphatic victory over Roger Federer in the Olympic men's singles final at Wimbledon. Murray beat the Swiss world number one in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4, on a raucous Centre Court. The 25-year-old Scot had never beaten Federer in a best-of-five-sets match and lost to him in the Wimbledon final. He is the first British man to win the Olympic singles gold medal since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. Murray plays the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson later on Sunday. The pair face Belarusian top seeds Victoria Azarenka and...
  • Rafalca Delays VP Pick (Olympic Horse)

    08/04/2012 4:59:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | AUG 3, 2012 | William Kristol
    Almost two weeks ago, I speculated on Fox News Sunday that Mitt Romney would announce his vice presidential pick early next week, on August 6 or 7. It was, if I may say, a reasonably well-informed forecast at the time. But I didn't take into account the existence and importance of the redoubtable Rafalca, the Romneys' equestrian Olympian, who's apparently made it to the final dressage round on August 7 in London. Ann Romney, understandably, wants to be there to see Rafalca do his thing. But she also, of course, should be at the vice presidential announcement and the subsequent...
  • London 2012: British spectators 'wow' Olympics

    08/04/2012 4:30:53 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4th August 2012 | BBC News
    'Olympics organisers have praised British spectators for coming out in force to support the London Games. Locog said there were more than half a million spectators at Olympic events on Friday including 221,000 at the Olympic Park in east London. Spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle said athletes and officials had been "wowed" by the response of the British public. Locog said there had been 4.4 million spectators at the Olympics so far, including the cycling road races, and more than one million visitors to the Olympic Park. Some 51,000 tickets were sold online on Friday. Ms Brock-Doyle said: "We always knew we...
  • Great Britain savour golden day

    08/04/2012 2:43:53 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4th August 2012 | BBC News
    'Great Britain claimed six gold medals and a silver on Day Eight of the London Games to enjoy their most successful day at an Olympics in 104 years. The rowers started the celebrations with gold in the men's four and the women's lightweight double sculls. The women's team pursuiters added track cycling gold in the London Velodrome. Then Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah capped a historic day by winning the heptathlon, long jump and 10,000m at a jubilant Olympic Stadium. Saturday's stunning series of successes keep the host nation third in the medals table with 14 golds, behind...
  • Charles Krauthammer: The media missed Romney’s overseas triumph

    08/04/2012 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 3, 2012 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer
    At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London’s preparations. The response confounded and agitated Romney supporters because it was such an unforced error. The question invited a simple paean to Olympic spirit and British grit, not the critical analysis of a former Olympic organizer. Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed. The mainstream media decided with near unanimity that the rest of the trip amounted to a gaffe-prone disaster. Really? The Warsaw leg was a triumph....
  • Modern Ruins of Euro-Socialism's Rot: 8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay

    08/04/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2012 | ELENA BECATOROS
    8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay There's still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens' northern fringe. Frogs. They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool's murky waters. The athletes village itself has fared somewhat better, turned into housing for workers. Eight years after the 2004 Athens Games, many of the Olympic venues Greece built at great expense remain abandoned or rarely used. They are the focus of great public anger as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and nearly...
  • NBC forced to apologise after ill-timed ad features a monkey doing gymnastics..(trunc)

    08/04/2012 11:59:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    NBC has become the centre of a race storm after airing an ad featuring a monkey performing gymnastics, right after showing the performance of Gabby Douglas, the first African-American to win Olympic gold. The network has since apologised for the advert's poor timing, explaining: 'No offense was intended.' The controversy ignited as sportscaster
  • Vote - Are Women's Beach Volleyball Uniforms Too Sexy?

    08/04/2012 9:56:20 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 102 replies
    There is a controversy brewing at the London Olympics and it doesn't involve judges, steroids, or tanking matches (we're looking at you Badminton) - it involves bikinis. Critics are claiming that not only are the women's beach volleyball uniforms too sexy, but that photographers seem to be focusing an inordinate number of their images on certain parts of the female anatomy. Are the Olympics women's beach volleyball photos too sexy? That is the claim being made by some people who find that too many pictures of these female Olympians are filled with crotch shots and close-ups of women's derrieres in...
  • Vote - Are Women's Beach Volleyball Uniforms Too Sexy?

    08/04/2012 9:56:10 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 14 replies
    There is a controversy brewing at the London Olympics and it doesn't involve judges, steroids, or tanking matches (we're looking at you Badminton) - it involves bikinis. Critics are claiming that not only are the women's beach volleyball uniforms too sexy, but that photographers seem to be focusing an inordinate number of their images on certain parts of the female anatomy. Are the Olympics women's beach volleyball photos too sexy? That is the claim being made by some people who find that too many pictures of these female Olympians are filled with crotch shots and close-ups of women's derrieres in...
  • Spanish Olympic athlete to enter seminary after London games

    08/04/2012 7:10:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 3, 2012
    Carlos Ballve, athlete on Spain's Olympic Field Hockey team. Madrid, Spain, Aug 3, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El Pais, even though he always considered himself a believer, it was only in 2005 that he became aware of the importance of God in his life....
  • U.S. Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas: ‘I Give All The Glory to God’

    08/03/2012 5:39:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/03/2012 | By Michael W. Chapman
    Gabrielle Douglas won the gold medal in the all-around women’s gymnastics event at the Olympics on Thursday and in a post-win interview said that “all the glory” for her win goes “to God.” She also tweeted her thanks to God, stressing “may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Gabby Douglas, 16, came in first for the gold medal on Thursday after superior performances on the uneven bars, the balance beam, and the floor exercise mat. This was her second gold medal at the games and she is the first African American woman in Olympics history to...
  • London Olympics 2012: August 3 results (SPOILER ALERT)

    08/03/2012 2:59:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/03/2012 | Matt Brooks
    SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE NEWS. Don't scroll down if you don't want to know....
  • German rower leaves London after reported ties to neo-Nazis surface

    08/03/2012 11:39:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/3/12 | Maggie Hendricks
    Nadja Drygalla, a German rower who already competed at the Olympics, is on her way home from London a bit earlier than she intended. Drygalla decided to leave the Games after reports surfaced that she is connected to a neo-Nazi group in Germany.
  • The Olympics Called A 'Complete And Utter Disaster' For London Businesses

    08/03/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/03/2012 | Ashley Lutz
    London businesses are seeing a drastic drop in sales as natives avoid leaving their homes during the Olympic games. From restaurants to hotels, everyone's hurting, reports Samantha Conti at Women's Wear Daily. “The Olympic Games have been a complete and utter disaster. The shops are empty, the bars are empty, the restaurants are empty,” Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said in the Daily Telegraph this week. He also said that taxi drivers have seen a 20 to 40 percent drop in their income this month. And WWD profiled a retailer that was disappointed by Olympic...
  • London Olympics' $1.6 billion investment in dhimmitude and political correctness

    08/03/2012 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coacvh is Right ^ | 8/3/2012 | Doug Book
    If cowardice and political correctness have resulted in endless capitulation to the whims of Islamic groups in the United States, imagine the concessions “granted” by organizers of the London Olympics to the more than 1 million Muslims living in the British capital! Here are some of the ways in which the “relentlessly dhimmi IOC,” (International Olympic Committee) has indulged Muslim nations and athletes: Against all previous Olympic regulations, female Saudi judo participants are now permitted to compete in Hijab, regardless of rules which had banned any use of head coverings for safety purposes. The Olympic Village has dedicated areas for...