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The Olympic Moment

Posted on July 27, 2012

Photo via Democratic Underground


One thing we know for certain is that the British can’t handle the truth, especially coming from an American.


Mitt Romney repeated what has been widely reported in the news, even to folks who haven’t been paying much attention, and you would think he said that Queen Elizabeth wears Army boots.

We will see how this Olympics turns out.

Private security couldn’t handle the security, so David Cameron had to mobilize his troops to provide back-up.  There were questions if the Immigration Service was going to go on strike.

And let’s face it.  London is very crowded and very expensive and pretty broke.

Romney didn’t sugar-coat things.  And that caused quite a stir amongst the British tabloids.

As long as we are on the subject of the British tabloids, let us not forget what they have done to the state of journalism in the world.  They have caused mayhem and disaster.   They trivialize important subjects, they make stars out of fools, they cater to the lowest, most base instincts of the British people and they make a mockery out of news-gathering.  And I am not even talking about the hacking scandal.

I know there is a special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K.  We speak the same language (kind of), so of course there is a special relationship.  But we also have a special relationship with the Japanese, the Germans, the Irish, the Italians, and Israel.  You can also make the case that because our largest trading partners are the Canadians and the Mexicans, that we have a special relationship with them.

And don’t forget the Australians.  I really like the Aussies.

Any how, Great Britain is hosting the Olympics, and like Mitt Romney, I hope they turn out okay.

We in America tend to focus on gold medal winners and the overall medal count, as if the gold we get in these games will somehow help us with inflation.  But beyond bragging rights, who cares if the Chinese get more medals than us.

The Chinese have a lot more people.  And by a lot more people, I mean like 750 million more people.  They should get more medals than we do.  And we should probably get more medals than the Germans, because we have more people than they do.

But the Germans always seem to punch beyond their weight.  They clean up in events that we don’t spend too much time on.  For example, in the Winter Olympics, they tend to do very well in the bobsled.

The Olympics have become big business and I think that is fine.  They have become big business because everybody fancies themselves as being able to compete at the Olympic level, and advertisers exploit that sentiment.   If I use the official toothbrush of the Olympic games, I might not be able to win the high jump, but at least my teeth will be as clean as the most talented high-jumper (and if that high-jumper happened to be British, that would most assuredly be the case).

Anyhow, if I were Mitt Romney, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over my comments about the Olympic Games.  The truth never goes out of fashion.  Except for maybe, these days.