OBAMA LOSES OLYMPIC BID

Republicans across the country cheered as the news broke yesterday that the Olympics won’t be held in Chicago in 2016, in spite of President Obama’s high-profile trip to Copenhagen to speak in favor of the windy city.

Likewise, people in Brazil cheered as it was announced they won the bid for the 2016 summer Olympics. They see the Olympics as an opportunity for national prestige and a much-needed boost to their economy.

Republicans saw the Olympics as an opportunity to damage Obama and took to the airwaves. What effect their negative views on holding the Olympics in Chicago had on the IOC we may never know. But this much is certain. We didn’t just lose the Olympics for 2016, America has lost any serious chance to host the Olympics for the foreseeable future.

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How Dare the President bid for the Olympics!

There has been much ado, of late, concerning President Obama trying to procure Chicago as the 2016 Olympic site for the United States of America.  Chicago, they say, is just part of the dirty Obama/Chicago Machine.

Let’s see what that dirty, liberal, Marxist, communist, Fascist, hippy President had to say about it:

Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

11:35 A.M. CST

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the members of the 2016 Chicago bid to get the Olympics. Listen, Mr. Mayor, you and your committee have put together a great plan. It’s a plan that will make America proud.

They say that the Olympics will come to Chicago if we’re fortunate enough to be selected, but really it’s coming to America, and I can’t think of a better city to represent the United States than Chicago.

This is a well thought out venue. There will be — the athletes will be taken care of. People who will be coming from around the world will find this good city has got fantastic accommodations, great restaurants. It will be safe.

And so I — this country supports your bid, strongly. And our hope is that the judges will take a good look at Chicago and select Chicago for the 2016 Olympics.

Thank you all.

END 11:36 A.M. CST

Oh, wait, that wasn’t President Obama who said that, it was President Bush,  on January 7, 2008.

Must have been something to do with the tens of thousands of jobs that would be created over the next eight years and the millions of dollars that would be injected into this craptastic economy by dozens of countries worldwide.  We definitely don’t need that!

Nevermind.

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China, beyond the games – Small Hands: Child Labour

“It’s a good thing to grow up in the warm embrace of your family. I really want to go home.”
“I will love you forever, Mum and Dad.”

“This place is death.”

(A child’s graffiti, near a polypropelene factory in China)

There are two tables crammed into the tiny workshop, along with two electric fans and a VCD player. The children start work at eight in the evening, and when there is a lot of work, the shift may be extended. After midnight, when the children get verysleepy, they turn on the music, and everyone nods their heads while singing along…. While sewing on the beads, the children’s hands are stuck by the needle dozens of times each day and their hands are full of calluses. Because their eyes cannot leave the needle and the bead, the children have all developed “panda eyes” – they cannot open their eyes wide, and are always complaining that their eyes hurt. There is a small first-aid kit in the factory, full of the painkiller analgin. After long periods of night work, many of the children suffer headaches, to the point that they cannot work. 13-old Liu Yiyi takes analgin two or three times each evening.

The quote above and the description of the working conditions of children in China are taken from:

Small Hands: A Survey Report on Child Labour in China
China Labour Bulletin
(http://www.clb.org.hk)
September 2007

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Countdown to Bejing: Amnesty International Video – Working to Protect Human Rights

When the Olympic games were in Moscow in 1980, half the world boycotted them, because of the Afghanistan war. The constraints and dependencies of today’s globalized economy forbid such a stance. President Bush will attend the opening ceremonies and McDonald’s is busily sponsoring the games, as are others from around the world.

Economic interests have never been in the best interest of Human Rights.

My family and I will boycott the games. Although we are sports fans, we will not watch the coverage and we will not buy products from sponsors. This will have little impact, of course, but they say the movement of a butterfly’s wing can cause a hurricane.

Watch Amnesty International’s video:

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