08 August 2008

I wonder who'll win the gold in scowling

Today marks the opening day of the No-Fun Olympics, that long-awaited extravaganza of repression, paranoia, and smog held in the most grotesquely-inappropriate venue since 1936. A veritable occupation force of police and guards is on hand to ensure that nothing unpleasant will happen -- and that nothing pleasant will, either. The host bears, not a torch, but a chip on the shoulder:

I'm afraid that a "coming-out party".....may have completely different meanings in the eyes of the Chinese. The main obsession of the Chinese government, shared by a lot of the Chinese people, is to wipe out, once and for all, the humiliation imposed on the Middle Kingdom by the West in the last two hundred years. "Beat it," not "welcome," should be the main theme.

This sounds like almost as much fun as my last migraine. But at least I didn't have to buy a ticket for that.


Anonymous handmaiden said...

Great post! I loved the title. >;(

All eyes will be on Beijing.

A part of the Olympic philosophy, taken from here:

According to this philosophy, the good sportsmanship, sense of fair play, and respect for fellow athletes that is developed through participation in sports teaches men and women of different races, religions, and nationalities to work peacefully together in competition toward common goals. The Olympic Movement works to expand such lessons beyond the sports arena in the hope of promoting peace and a sense of brotherhood throughout the world.

08 August, 2008 06:20  
Blogger mendip said...

I view the Olympics as little more than a mix of a rather corrupt form of big business entertainment and a weird propaganda showcase for intellectually and morally bereft and authoritarian regimes over the decades, (China, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Utah, etc...)

08 August, 2008 13:32  

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