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Olympic Open

Well, no, I have not been following them, and could frankly care less about the Games of the 30th Olympiad,  but I suppose some of you may be enthusiastic about them,  so here is an open thread to talk about the events (or anything else for that matter).

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I can't work up any enthusiasm either, Zoy. It's hard for me to enjoy a competition between pharmaceutical companies.

August 3, 2012 at 17:26 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Boxing has just been atrocious to watch... especially after sitting through this complete farce. Just watch the USA lose their last boxer in another joke of an outcome. The ref accidentally started to raise our fighter's hand as the US boxer started to celebrate only to realize (to the shock of both) the fight was won by the other competitor. Boxing is just as much as a fix in the Olympics as it seems to be in real life.

Watching Gabby Douglas win gold was great though. My girls are big fans. They were all a bit disappointed when Shawn Johnson announced her retirement and that Miss Nastia wasn't going to be competing either, but I think they found a new hero in young Ms.Douglas.

Still waiting for the soccer playoffs, more female volleyball and track & field to get going full steam... I really don't need to see anymore swimming. Seriously, it's been swimming overkill.

August 3, 2012 at 19:00 | Unregistered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Schadenfreude time again. Here we see what is causing a lot of squirming over at NBC's executive suite. Bob Costas does a nice tribute to gymnast Gabby Douglas, which switches immediately to a commercial featuring a monkey on gymnastic rings. Deliberate, no, I can't believe it was. But stupid, oh yes, staggeringly so. Apparently NBC has far more than its share of morons in charge of their Olympic coverage. They've done a horrible job of coverage, and now this as icing on the cake.

Anyway, back to the schadenfreude. I'm quite entertained whenever a leftist TV network is hoist by its own petard. The continuing fallout from this bit of idiocy should be good. Well, not nearly as good as it would be, had some idiot at Fox done the same thoughtless editing job. But the double standard aside, this is still a lot of fun to watch.

August 4, 2012 at 07:44 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

Watched a little ping pong. Other than that I've been too busy with other things too watch the Olympics. Primarily I've been watching paint dry and watching my grass grow. Just don't have the time.

Clint Eastwood just made my day. He has come "out of the closet" backing Romney for President. I guess when you have as much power in Hollywood as he does you can do anything you damn well please. Would be nice if a few more - and there must be a few more - "Hollywoodites" followed his lead by being a little more vocal in support of Romney.

August 4, 2012 at 08:36 | Registered CommenterTijuana

A very important and interesting 5 part interview on foreign policy with Fouad Ajami & Charles Hill over at Nat Reviews "Uncommon Knowledge." This link lands on part 5. 1-4 will download to your PC when you click on them and play in your media player. At least they do on mine. I hope you take the time to watch them.

August 4, 2012 at 09:06 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Oh, for cryin' out loud. Talk about crapping on the dinner table, and here comes Salon (and some jealous unnamed teammate) trying to dim Gabby's star by attacking her faith. The anti-faith left never rests, and never fails to degrade itself whenever possible.

Disgusting. And I say that as someone with no clear beliefs of a religious nature, but only a tremendous respect for someone of faith like Gabby. No negatives here at all for Gabby, despite the nose-in-air efforts of the disgusting naysayers.

August 4, 2012 at 09:37 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

It sure takes a lot of courage to attack a 16 year old girl... one with a bright future ahead of her. A far brighter future than that of any Salon JournoLister(s)... who apparently get "unnerved" by the mere mention of God (insecure much?) and "would like her more if she were not so, so, so into Jesus.” Man, I sure wish Gabby could be more like Barack!

"Hi, I'm Gabby Douglas and I won gold medals at the Olympics"
"Wow, that's AWESOME! You're such an inspiration! Can we have your autograph? "

"Hi, I'm ________ and I spend my life hating the right wing and bitch about it at Salon."
"Uh, that's cool I guess... do you do highlights there as well or do you just cut hair?"

Bitter jealousy... it's fun to point it out and laugh at.

August 4, 2012 at 10:09 | Unregistered Commenterskinnydipinacid

"Obama adviser: Jobless rate is really 8.254%"

It just sounds so much better than 8.3%

August 4, 2012 at 11:20 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Barack Obama rebuking Hillary Clinton in February 2008:

Don’t tell me that words don’t matter. ‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words?"

All the claims this bullshit artist has made, I would run everyone of them back on ads with a endless loop if I was the RNC. That may be in the offing but for now with the polls starting to move against Obama they may be holding it back for the right time.

August 4, 2012 at 11:28 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

LOL, yeah the 2nd ammendment isn't going away anytime soon. Watch granny bring the shit on five hoods trying a smash n' grab in Garden Grove, CA.

August 4, 2012 at 19:31 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Obama's approval ratings are below 50% in 37 states, according to Gallup. He won half of those states in 2008. Impending doom for The One? We can hope so, for the sake of our country.

Of course, it's still puzzling and troubling that the man has a positive rating in 13 states. We will continue to be in trouble, with or without The Lightbringer in office, as long as ignoramuses vote.

Leftists would never win one single election if not for their ability to drag the masses of clueless useful idiots along with them. It's all part of the plan, keeping ignorant people ignorant, raising and "educating" more ignoramuses each generation, and getting as many of them as possible to be helpless and dependent upon the government teat.

August 5, 2012 at 07:31 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

"Lindsey Graham: Harry Reid is a liar 'and quite frankly making things up."

Now were talking. Sometimes ole' Lindsey can come through and say the right thing.

August 5, 2012 at 20:52 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Ruh roh. Obama won Indiana in 2008 (much to my chagrin as a Hoosier). But today, it's Romney 51%, Obama 35% in Indiana. Good sign for Indiana's common sense, good sign for November, good sign for the country's future if this holds.

August 6, 2012 at 07:00 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

It's just too bad that there's no way for Clueless Plutocrat to really embarrass Reid and prove what a liar he is.

August 6, 2012 at 10:05 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

Dingy Harry Reid embarrasses himself again. Now he's out there pulling out all the stops to help the Chinese energy firm that his own son just happens to represent. But I'm sure there's nothing to see here. [insert rolling eyes] Reid is a leftie Democrat, after all, so ethical standards simply don't apply to him.

August 6, 2012 at 10:42 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

From the Weekly Standard;

"According to his official White House schedule, "The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are no public events scheduled." Just one month ago, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, took the week of July 4 to vacation. That vacation was also spent at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.. Biden's second week-long vacation in as many months is likely to fuel speculation that President Barack Obama is considering dropping the veteran politician from the ticket this election. Biden's frequent errors and gaffes in office and on the campaign trail have been the source of much consternation for the Obama administration, and have resulted in strong calls for Biden to be dropped from the ticket."

The internal polls for Obama must be brutal for them to consider this because as we all know "Joe the Imbecile" serves the purpose of making Obama look smart. The VP debates of "Joe the Imbecile" vs. a Rubio or Ryan would be high comedy watching Biden recite his yarns from the 20th century.

August 6, 2012 at 10:48 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

By the way, everybody, have you all noticed that Winnie the Resident Genius has unearthed the little-known fact that Romney has a lot of money? The plutocrat reference is really quite cute.

Outstanding detective work. And, as we all know, making lots of money is a crime, and that alone should prohibit Romney from seeking office. How dare he?

I'm gonna write in the name of some poor schlub who has never succeeded in life, because we all know that such folks are noble and worthy.

August 6, 2012 at 10:52 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

If only some way existed for Clueless Plutocrat to show up Harry Reid and demonstrate how unfair this awful baseless gossip is! I wish there were such a coup de grace that could be administered. If only we had such a world! Life is so UNFAIR sometimes, ain't it?

August 6, 2012 at 11:06 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

Tom “Wrong” Miller's frequent errors and gaffes on the BL Rag board and on the campaign trail have been the source of much consternation for what used to be called the conservative cause, now more accurately characterized as extremist Birther wackos, and have resulted in strong calls for Tom Miller to be dropped from the ticket.

The internal polls for Clueless Plutocrat must be brutal for them to consider this because as we all know "Wrongway" Miller serves the purpose of making even Tijuana, Grayrider and Redbeard look bright (relatively speaking). The debates of "Tom the Wrong " vs. a Choy or a kwAwk would be high comedy watching Tom Miller recite his preposterous, long-discredited yarns from the 13th century.

August 6, 2012 at 11:14 | Registered CommenterWinston

Again, we see Winnie the Frother wasting far too many words to say a simple: "You're all doo-doo heads!"

Do try, Winnie, in the future, to avoid such ghastly wastes of bandwidth.

What you could do is to post a simple "!" that would serve the same purpose as all your lengthy incoherent ramblings. Don't worry; we'll know what you mean.

Relax. Chill out with a few episodes of Bubble Guppies or Octonauts.

August 6, 2012 at 11:46 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Strange how a well-known man like Mitt Romney who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics, Governor of Massachuchetts and now Presidential candidate would escape the eye of the IRS for all these years by not paying his taxes? Now normally not paying taxes is a resume enhancer for a job within the Obama WH but if Reid's charges are true, why hasn't the IRS arrested Romney?? Could their records show after yearly audits Romney's taxes are paid and by inference the Democratic Senator from Nevada is a lying little weasel? If the stature of man could be any smaller than Reid's it would be hard to measure. Be hero Harry, make our day, show the MSM your source(s) and secure the Presidency for Barry in 2012.

August 6, 2012 at 11:58 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Mimicing a Thomas Miller voice: I see another leftwing occupy dirty hippy took out his gun and went on a shooting spree in Wisconsin. How can Obama live with himself when he inspires such violence and hatred?

Back to kwAwk voice: Yes Winston. Harry Reid is so mean! Doesn't he know that Mitt Romney is compeletely helpless and has no way to defend himself against Reid's scurrilous charges?

I mean the accusations against John Kerry were fair! All he had to do is jump in his Time Machine with the Washinton Press Pool to show them in person that he did deserve his medals! Karl Rove was a paragon of goodness and virtue unlike those rotten Democrats.

August 6, 2012 at 12:25 | Registered Commenterkwawk

Aww, KwAwk, don't let those Indiana poll numbers depress you so much. Look forward to 2016, when you can run Madam Hillary against President Romney.

August 6, 2012 at 12:33 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Strange how a well-known man like Mitt Romney . . . would escape the eye of the IRS for all these years . . . why hasn't the IRS arrested Romney?? Could their records show . . . the Democratic Senator from Nevada is a lying little weasel?

If only there were some way to find out! Oh, well. I guess it’ll always be lost in the shrouds of unknowable mystery.
Mimicing a Thomas Miller voice: I see another leftwing occupy dirty hippy took out his gun and went on a shooting spree

Ah, Tom. Often wrong. Never in doubt.

Redbeard, I think you can call Utah and Wyoming wrapped up, too. So there's twenty electoral votes right there! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

August 6, 2012 at 13:02 | Registered CommenterWinston

I can’t wait for the Retardicans’ Tampa convention to get underway, showcasing such popular public figures as Rick “31%” Scott, Dick “Gonorrhea” Cheney, George W. “Catastrophe” Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Casey Anthony, Michael Vick, and . . . what’s that you say?

I particularly enjoy having the Extremists tell us what a mistake it is for Democrats to have America’s Most Popular Ex-President™ headlining.

August 6, 2012 at 13:25 | Registered CommenterWinston

Well, you know the old saying. As Indiana goes, so goes Indiana....

Read it and weep Red...

August 6, 2012 at 14:55 | Registered Commenterkwawk


The link you have is the same one that RCP is posting today that shows Indiana leaning Romney. It's more than likely landslide Romney but your point is??????? Has it come to libs that they celebrate states that are only leaning Romney?? LOL.

August 6, 2012 at 15:18 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

No matter what site you go to the wet-the-pants reaction to Obama losing in the polls has the left in hysteria. See Winston's post above for an example. Another $100+ million month for Romney with the Obama campaign likely spending more than they took in again. At least Barry doesn't mind fu++ing up his campaign monetarily like he’s done to the country.

August 6, 2012 at 15:23 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

TM - I think that RCP doesn't classify a result as solid unless the candidate breaks 50% in the aggregated polling. Note the same link shows Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as Leans Obama yet Obama has commanding leads in both states.

Romney is getting $100MM in a month because the right wing donors are looking at the electoral college map and starting to panic.

August 6, 2012 at 15:31 | Registered Commenterkwawk

Speaking of conventions; please oh' please demwits & Barack Obama ( one in the same) give Nanacy Pelosi a front and center speaking spot. Here she is on "Conservatives Want Kids to Get E-coli." LOL.

August 6, 2012 at 15:35 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Romney is getting $100MM in a month because the right wing donors are looking at the electoral college map and starting to panic."

I'll just let this one float out there for it's brillance. Romney's campaign coffers from month-to-month are increasing because he's losing. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

August 6, 2012 at 15:38 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Isn't it funny how liberals suddenly love the electoral system, especially when they find one that favors a Democrat lead (lol) ? Oh how the times have changed in just 12 years.

Of course back then Joe Lieberman was considered a viable VP choice for Democrats.

Not exactly a 180 degree turn... more like a 270 degrees... just going farther left.
(or as liberals like to call going left... "moving forward")

They're sense of direction almost rivals their math skills.

August 6, 2012 at 17:17 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Isn't it funny how liberals suddenly love the electoral system, especially when they find one that favors a Democrat lead (lol) ? Oh how the times have changed in just 12 years.

My opinion hasn't chaged about the electoral college. I've just learned from the 2000 election that the electoral college is all that really counts. The popular vote is nice, but it means nothing.

In anycase Obama is pulling ahead in the popular vote too.

August 6, 2012 at 18:30 | Registered Commenterkwawk

Lieberman was chosen as being a conservative Dem in order for Al Gore to distance himself from Clinton a little bit. Al Gore lost.

August 6, 2012 at 18:31 | Registered Commenterkwawk

"Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact," Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview.


August 6, 2012 at 18:34 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

Nancy Pelosi accidentally had her brain sucked out in a plastic surgery gone awry.
There. You heard it from somebody. Now you can say it's "factual".

It's up to her now to prove she has a brain.
So far she's convinced nobody.

August 6, 2012 at 19:55 | Unregistered Commenterskinnydipinacid

This is around a 40 second clip of the US Women's final goal against Canada. Takes a while to load, but worth it.

I like listening to a good Futbol announcer, this seems to be a good one.

August 6, 2012 at 21:11 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

Poor libs, they either generate their own polls to show a 9% margin for dems or they refuse to acknowledge that election after election shows "likely voters" is more accurate than "registered voters" and that "registered voters" continuously over-estimates dem strength by 5%. Gallop has Obama 46% and Romney 45% based on registered voters which is closing. That means Romney is up 4% and strengthening with "likely voters." Oh' the horror for demwits!!

August 6, 2012 at 22:23 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Good points, Tom.

KwAwk, you're correct, of course, that the Indiana polling is just for Indiana, but you seem to want to ignore the larger picture. If The One has slipped so dramatically in Indiana, it does not bode well for him in other states. Indiana is not an isolated island, nor an anomaly, but a bellwether of the political climate.

Duff, I like good "futbol" announcers. :-)

August 7, 2012 at 06:39 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Don't we all remember that nip n' tuck Scott Walker race in Wisconsin where on the eve of the election "registered voters" showed it down to 1%. How did that end up; +8% for Walker?? LOL.

August 7, 2012 at 06:58 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

This Ramirez cartoon is a classic. LOL.

August 7, 2012 at 07:18 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

I like Ramirez cartoons.

This was one of my favorites: It was used with a Hot Air article.

August 7, 2012 at 09:22 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

Redbeard- One of my favorite soccer announcer clips is on a compilation of "own goals" by a player named Frank Sinclair.

From You Tube, announcer uses phrases such as "leaps like a salmon", "that's unforgiveable", and "the completely unnecessary back-pass".

I had shown this vid to my team in my last season as the high school head coach, 2009. When one of our opponents scored an own-goal my players were all mimicking this announcer's comments about Frank. Fun times.

August 7, 2012 at 09:37 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

Great announcer.

Poor Frank. Just like a leftie, he seems to be having some difficulty understanding that own goals are bad things.

August 7, 2012 at 09:48 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

I see even using "registered voters" Gallup only has Obama's approval rating above 50% in 12 states and D.C. Wow. That means he likely loses the other 38 states. In those 12 states there are a number that have him only at either 50 or 51 percent. His home state of Illinois is 51%!!

August 7, 2012 at 12:13 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Being an old curmudgeon, part of my job is to look for the dark lining in a silver cloud. Despite Obama's richly deserved falling poll numbers, it's depressing that even 10% of the population could possibly support the man.

With or without Obama for the next 4 years, this republic is in serious trouble, due to the millions of idiots and ignoramuses out there who continue to buy into false leftist promises. Throwing Obama out will be only a holding action against rapid deterioration. Nothing will improve markedly unless we return to actually educating the population, and insist upon honest and erudite media.

August 7, 2012 at 12:26 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Shooting-themselves-in-the-foot time over at the DNC. Apparently Jimmah Cahtah (known prior to 2008 as the Worst President in History, but now only second worst) will address the Dem convention. That will certainly help cement Obama's popularity across America.

All the DNC dunces need is to provide another photo op of Michael "Fat Bastard" Moore sitting next to Carter, as they did at their 2004 clambake, and the scenario will be perfect.

August 7, 2012 at 13:19 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Obama states he graduated from Columbia in 1983 with a degree in Political Science and Pre-Law. Do you know of the 400 graduating seniors in 1983 with the same credentials not one can ever remember a guy named (at that time) Barry Soetoro? Drudge has a guy who swears Obama never went to Columbia. He knew everyone, was very good with faces & names and "Barry Soetoro" is a complete mystery to him.

Curious. Maybe now we understand why Obama won't reveal his 1983 Columbia transcripts??

August 7, 2012 at 13:42 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Careful there, Tom. You might be guilty of RA-A-A-A-cism there, simply by questioning the missing past of The One.

Start the timer - the lefties will be along carrying Harry Reid's "some guy told me" water at any moment, in hopes of diverting attention.

August 7, 2012 at 14:04 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

KwAwk, you're correct, of course, that the Indiana polling is just for Indiana, but you seem to want to ignore the larger picture. If The One has slipped so dramatically in Indiana, it does not bode well for him in other states. Indiana is not an isolated island, nor an anomaly, but a bellwether of the political climate.

The larger picture is that while it is possible in theory that the Indiana polling could be a bellweather of the political climate, looking at the actual data of the political climate shows that it just isn't the case. In fact Obama's job approval is remaining steady, even among wingnuts, who disapproved of Obama's performance as President in unison going back to November 2008.

August 7, 2012 at 15:08 | Registered Commenterkwawk

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