The Olympicsâ€“A Dream Come and Gone
Gene Lalor | July 29, 2012
The Olympics have devolved into a cesspool ofÂ international propaganda, intrigue, andÂ cheating–not to mention a subsidized bacchanalian venue for young athletesÂ who could just as well fornicate on their own dimeÂ rather than using the 150,000 condoms (15 perÂ athlete)Â distributed by the United StatesÂ Olympic Committee.Â Â
Sandra Fluke would be appreciative of the USOC condom largesseÂ but are contributors to the USOC aware their dollars are helping payÂ America’sÂ Olympians to safely doÂ what they would do even without free prophylactics?Â Â Â
The inspiration for the modern Olympics, the ancient Greek religious/athletics festival dating to 776 B.C., was beset withÂ corruption and so, too,Â is the modern Olympiad.Â The chief difference is that today we spend billions staging the events whereas the wiser Greeks back then spent littleÂ and benefitted from a suspension of city-state wars, conflicts they resumed soon after the games.Â
Our conflicts continue during the games.
As for contraception, the naked Greek athletes were on their own but, since they were all male, the chance of procreating with their fellow athletes was less than minimal.
Aside from publicity for the host nation, there are fewÂ perks derived from hosting the modern Olympics and the potential financial liabilities far outweigh any benefits,Â a realityÂ which could reach astronomical proportions should Israeli suggestions of terrorist attacks at the 2012 London Summer Olympics come to fruition and Mitt Romney’s negative critique of security preparedness turns out to be accurate.Â Â
The admirable goals of the modern Olympiad, of buff, youngÂ athletes promoting brotherhood andÂ equanimity, of demonstrating to the world that nations could competeÂ peacefully without destroying one another, were exploded in 1972Â when Muslim terrorists murderedÂ 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at theÂ Munich massacre.
Those unprovoked attacks were neither unprecedented nor the last instances of un-brotherly Olympic behavior.Â Â Â
To wit: After being rebuffed in his attempt to ban blacks and Jews from the 1936 Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin, Adolph HitlerÂ nevertheless exploited the event to showcase Naziism and gain respectability; the 1956 Melbourne Hungarian-Russian bloodbath; the disgracefulÂ black power salute at the 1968 Mexico City;Â the boycotts of the 1980 (Moscow) and 1984 (Los Angeles) Olympics;Â the deadly 1996 bombing in Atlanta; the bribery scandals at the 2002 Salt Lake City games; the rampant cheating by the ChineseÂ in Beijing in 2008 andÂ the USSR’s customary cheating practices.Â Â
Regardless of whether terrorists again attack Olympians or whether Romney’s hints of chaos are realized, the Olympiad is a joke and this year’s edition promises to be even more of a farce based on theÂ super-politicizedÂ opening nightÂ ceremonies as well as by past performances.
Leftist Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle who directed “Slumdog Millionaire” whipped up an extravaganza whichÂ must have been applauded by George Soros, Obamacare aficionados, the AFL-CIO, NARAL, NOW, and every other liberal organization on the planet.
Boyle’s showÂ has been described asÂ ”A celebration of free healthcare, the trade union struggle, the battle for women’s rights and a fleeting lesbian kiss” and criticized in a tweet by Tory MP Aidan Burley as “The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen–more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state!Â Welfare tribute next?Â Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap.”Â
I wouldn’t bet on that, Mr. Burley!Â Â
Â Boyle, of course, denied any political motivationsÂ even thoughÂ his apolitical entertainment featuredÂ ”idyllic rural Britain being overtaken by the Industrial Revolution, a 10-minute sequenceÂ celebrating the state-run National Health Service and Britain’s first televised lesbian kiss . . . in a fast-moving montage of film and TV clips [and] dancers formed [in]Â the shape of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament badge and other performers represented the struggle of trade union movements.”Â (http://tinyurl.com/cl66ty6)
Non-political, my ass!Â I presume then that the IOC wasn’t acting PC in honoring the 52Â Brits killed inÂ Muslim suicide bombings in the 2005 attacks on London’s transit system while ignoring the Israelis murderedÂ at the ’72Â Olympics.Â
On Friday night, the Queen picked at her nails, the other Royals seemed bored, andÂ I personally can’t wait for the synchronized swimming, ping pong, and dressage competition.Â Â
Instead of the USOC foisting either the summer or winter Olympiads on the public every two years, the money would be better spent on Michelle Obama’s pet project of making fat American kids skinnierÂ or perhaps just re-stagingÂ old Olympic mud wrestling and tug of war events and then sending everyone home, without condoms.
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