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Open Thread: Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:12 pm

I tend not to be interested in the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t. Discuss what you like below.

78 Responses to “Open Thread: Olympics Opening Ceremonies”

  1. Mr-Potato head would like to go on record,once again
    to remind everyone that he is considered a TOY-not a foodstuff
    And he would like to remind all the starving,drooling children of his starring role in the Toy Story trilogy and u laughed alot ha ha hockey puck
    Freedom is just another word for nothing left to fry!

    pdbuttons (1ad69e)

  2. What’s all this then?!?!

    Colonel Haiku (369d4c)

  3. Well, I was with them until the National Health Service extravaganza. Also, Meredith and Matt are twits.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  4. I was going to watch it but then I realized the thrill is gone on all those individual events. If you win a gold medal, you didn’t win that, somebody else made it happen.

    PC14 (87cbf8)

  5. Greetings:

    For any and all who are trying to resuscitate or improve their critical thinking skills, I would recommend the BBC’s World News broadcast starring Katty Kay as the broad. Extra points for whomever identifies the most incidences of post-modern, multicultural, diversified propaganda.

    11B40 (c89a84)

  6. Hey! I’m pretty sure Romney was the flag bearer for the Cayman island team. Did you see that? I believe they were going to use his tax documents as fuel for the torch

    tye (8aa613)

  7. That was a real knee-slapper tye. I bet the French team had Kerry’s tax records burning in a torch, too.

    Maybe Kenya was burning the President’s college records.

    You know, except, none of the teams are carrying torches.

    Otherwise, I just can’t stop laughing.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  8. Ag – tye is more concerned with how Romney earned his money than how Obama has squandered ours.

    JD (395555)

  9. There is indeed an olympic torch ag.

    tye (8aa613)

  10. Apparently burning Romney tax records or something tye. You the laff in laff riot.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  11. Thank you! I try.

    tye (8aa613)

  12. Keep on keepin’ on tye. The amusement never ends.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  13. Bo-ring.

    Medvedev waving the Maria Shaprapova-or was he saying”Da, I hit that!”

    Bugg (403960)

  14. I can only conclude that, as a nation, Sweden is racist.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  15. Queen Elizabeth II as a Bond Girl … we saw that at the gym and were speculating about stunt doubles, and possible conversations between her and George Bush Sr. and her really jumping, but it didn’t look like a tandom jump.

    htom (412a17)

  16. _______________________________________________ The ceremony, too, reflected the deeply left-leaning sensibilities of Mr. Boyle.

    The left has screwed up so much, so it’s no surprise they’d also screw up whatever sense of Olympic tradition and ceremony is still out there.

    Eccentrically corny, flat-out dumb.

    Mark (7b2cc7)

  17. I liked the corgis. RIP Peanut (?-2010). He was a rescue dog.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  18. There is much to recommend Great Britain. But Irish kids singing “Danny Boy” on the Giant’s Causeway is really odd.The Brits have pillaged the Emerald Isle forever, but now they want to pretend the last millennium or so didn’t happen.If you’re going to recite your history and culture you could at least be honest about it and have Cromwell murdering my forebears somewhere prominent. Imagine some Scots And Welsh think much the same. But you get the Olympics and put a smiley face on it.

    Bugg (403960)

  19. Why did they have that dude from Wings singing? Was Englebert Humperdink already booked at an Indian Casino in North Dakota?

    JVW (edec8d)

  20. The Queen does a bailout.

    Romney opposed it.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  21. Poor Chicago, they could have won the gold for murder.

    mg (44de53)

  22. Humperdink! Humperdink! Humperdink! Humperdink!

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  23. 22- it must have taken a lot of guts to be a community organizer there.

    Speaking of guts, when is Romney going to man up and show us the 2.1% tax rate he was paying before he decided to run for president? Or is what he’s hiding worse?

    tye (8aa613)

  24. Is there any topic tye doesn’t try to hijack?

    JD (c56220)

  25. When they finally realized that the Industrial Revolution was being celebrated, the NBC announcers had to remind us that bad things happened then, too.

    kaf (81bcc7)

  26. Shouldn’t you be flailing around in a pool with your floaties biff?

    tye (8aa613)

  27. 26- they were narrating what they saw. And yea…. bad things did happen then.

    tye (8aa613)

  28. Berets? Who designed the US Olympic Team uniforms? Farakhan?

    nk (875f57)

  29. 19. Its neat that sh*tty little countries get to host once in a while.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  30. Their narration was awful – just let us watch and listen to the spectacle without the blabber. When she started singing along with the Stones I about turned it off.

    kaf (81bcc7)

  31. Tye,

    You definitely win the Gold Medal for winning the 100 meter sprint to stupidity. We saw you run the race on television….you were the guy in the far left lane.

    Do you plan to re-distribute your medal to the sixth place finisher ? Or will you be greedy and keep the fruit of your labor for yourself ?

    Elephant Stone (65d289)

  32. GDP goes down
    peoples’ savings rate goes up
    Dems in deep sheep dip

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  33. I will give a portion of it to the other contestants if they were a driving force behind my success. Remember you can’t win a swimming race without a pool.

    tye (4ef1b0)

  34. forget about road
    why did chicken cross teh gays?
    a New Age question

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  35. tye feelin’ froggy
    a pimple on Stalin’s ass
    useful idiot

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  36. Smells fishy here
    Romney tax returns coming?
    Poems are stupid.

    tye (4ef1b0)

  37. 5… 7… 5… keep h0pe alive, jive turkey.

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  38. teh tyena shows
    usefulness of useless t00l
    and more Clown Squeezin’s®

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  39. More of Teh Wisdom of 0bama®

    New Obama Policy… students will be disciplined according to race:

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  40. some Li’l Fred for a Saturday mornin’…

    Colonel Haiku (9d76ac)

  41. Berets? Who designed the US Olympic Team uniforms? Farakhan?

    Comment by nk — 7/28/2012 @ 6:07 am

    American classic designer Ralph Lauren designed the uniforms. Unfortunately, he had them made in China. Quite a bipartisan furor over the outsourcing embarrassment.

    Dana (292dcf)

  42. It seems that Her Majesty must’ve landed a bit wrong; the pictures of her after the jump showed her with something other than a smile on her face.

    The Anglophile Dana (f68855)

  43. And kids who can just barely sing doing God Save the Queen a capella, with sign language for the deaf? ughh!

    The horrified Dana (f68855)

  44. This is an interesting contrast: NRO has a look at why the IOC refused to allow for a minute of silence at the opening ceremonies to remember the 11 Israelis killed during the Munich games. The explanation,

    Spitzer claims that the IOC balked because 21 Arab delegations are prepared to leave the Games if a public commemoration event took place. Her response to the IOC: “Let them leave if they can’t understand what the Olympics are all about — a connection between people through sport.”

    So, the IOC caved under threat of a walkout by the Arab countries – and then we have this hypocritical nonsense from the Palestinians,

    “Predictably and unsurprisingly, Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Federation, praised Rogge’s decision in a letter, writing “Sports is a bridge for love, connection and relaying peace between peoples. It should not be a factor for separation and spreading racism between peoples.

    …not to be outdone by their hypocrisy, the IOC outdoes them,

    Meanwhile, in a case of real ICO-sponsored racism and anti-Semitism, the IOC permitted Lebanon’s Judo team to boycott training alongside the Israeli team. According to the London-based Jewish Chronicle, “Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.”

    A real bridge for love there.

    Dana (292dcf)

  45. Dana, I’ve been puzzled by that controversy because I don’t understand why we would have a moment of silence today for athletes killed forty years ago.

    I mean, I get it if it had happened since the last summer olympics, sure. And even the memorials to Sarajevo during the mid-1990s olympics made sense to me: this was a previous olympic venue being despoiled by war, right now while the olympics were going on.

    But … this event was forty years ago and doesn’t seem to be relevant in any way to this year’s olympics, other than it was a bad thing that was done to some olympians years ago. So why the push to have a memorial now?

    aphrael (24797a)

  46. iowahawkblog “Whew, that was a close one: Lebanese Olympic team gets a barrier to protect them from Jew cooties”

    iowahawkblog “Dear IOC: you know what else hurts the feelings of those 46 Arab countries? The lack of bus bombing as a medal sport.”

    Colonel Haiku (5af332)

  47. iowahawkblog “As compromise, how about 2 Olympic moments of silence? 1 for Israel, for their 1972 dead, and 1 for Arab countries, that it was only 11.”

    Colonel Haiku (5af332)

  48. I think the Olympics are in their end days, unfortunately. The political bent, even in the opening ceremony is becoming unbearably overpowering. I shudder to think what the ceremony would have looked like had Chicago “won” the 2016 summer Olympics. 10,000 suited Obamas in the field simultaneously bowing?

    Then there is the uncontrollable hatred that not only can some countries not put on the back burner for even two weeks, but instead use the Olympic stage to parade it openly. So much for honoring premier athletes and the concept of world unity and human decency. Politics and acting out have always been players in the Olympics, I know, but the instant communication and vivid as it happens coverage across the globe has seemed to magnify its damage to the Olympics recently. Most people I talk to don’t seem to be very into watching the Olympics this year.

    On the other hand, I did like the USA uniforms by Ralph Lauren–very much. I thought they were classy and beautiful. Did you notice that after three days of near universal hysterical coverage and political posturing, the “made in China” kerfuffle ended as quickly as it had started and the media just went into radio silence on the subject like they had had orders. Gee, I wonder how and why that may have happened. Oh, it’s an election year?

    elissa (ee87eb)

  49. Aphrael,

    From what I’ve read, it is precisely because it is the 40th anniversary that the request for a moment of silence was requested. IOC president Jaques Rogge has said there will be a remembrance ceremony at the Munich airport September 5th, although not all of the Israelis were killed at the airport.

    Also, as it’s the 40 year anniversary of the massacre, it’s also the 40 year anniversary of the Germans having had and ignoring a

    “tip-off from an informant in Beirut three weeks before the massacre. The informant told Germany that Palestinians were planning an “incident” at the Olympic Games, and the Foreign Ministry in Bonn viewed the tip-off seriously enough to pass it on to the secret service in Munich and urge that “all possible security measures” be taken. However, according to Der Spiegel, the authorities failed to act on the tip, and have never acknowledged it in the following 40 years. The newspaper further adds that this is only part of a 40-year cover-up by the German authorities of the mishandling of the massacre.

    Dana (292dcf)

  50. Bugg,

    While I will admit that the British never covered themselves with glory regarding the governing of Ireland, I should like to point out that before the Protestant Reformation that Irish were a constant source of worry to their neighbors because of their constant warring with each-other and general lawlessness. After the Reformation they were a source of worry because they repeatedly allowed themselves to be used by the worst elements of the Catholic Church, to foment revolution in England.

    England and Ireland have been squabbling like trailer-park trash for centuries, but the fact that Ireland lost most of the fights does not make the Irish totally innocent in the ongoing Domestic Disturbance. Not any more than the fact that the Mrs White Trash has the worst bruises means she didn’t start her share of the punch-ups.

    C. S. P. Schofield (4feea2)

  51. aphrael,

    Why this year?

    From last week’s Washington Post op-ed by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren:

    Every four years since the ’72 Games, widows of those murdered athletes have petitioned the International Olympic Committee to hold one minute of silence at the opening ceremonies to honor their memory. And every four years the IOC has refused. According to a recent explanation from its president, Jacques Rogge, “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.” This explanation is not only unsatisfactory, but it is also insulting. The Olympics are indeed a celebration, but there is a responsibility to recall past participants murdered during the Games, on Olympic soil. If the atmosphere of the opening ceremony is not fit for recalling tragedy, then the IOC must create an atmosphere that is, just as it appropriately did at the 2002 Games by opening them with a minute of silence to honor the victims of 9/11.

    There will never be a right time for this, will there?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  52. Dana, what’s special about the 40th anniversary per se? Do we need to do this at the 44th anniversary, too? The 80th?

    I’m not opposed to memorials per se, but it seems to me that there’s a risk in letting memorials overwhelm everything. 40 years isn’t a normal interval for a big memorial, so I don’t understand the desire for one today.

    aphrael (a2f252)

  53. DRJ – ah, I didn’t know that history.

    (a) There should have been a moment of silence in either ’72 or ’76, IMO.

    (b) if they’ve been asking and being told no every four years since then, that’s different than if they’d just out of the blue asked this year, and it makes their request seem per se more reasonable to me.

    aphrael (a2f252)

  54. Yes, there should be a moment of silence.

    A reminder that people, in defense of Palestine, committed a horrific act on innocent people (well, actually to free some other terrorists). To show terrorists that there is no statute of limitations on their perfidy, and that such actions damage causes that some would like to see as noble.

    I like what the Ankie Spitzer said, when Rogge said his hands were tied. “No sir, my husband’s hands were tied.” And then his brains were blown out.

    Read a bit about her husband here:

    And I swear to God, if Kman opines that the deaths were due to the police trying to overcome the terrorists, I want the insensitive Aaron-stalking creep banned.

    Can you imagine that folks like Rogge would have said the same thing regarding a moment of silence regarding apartheid during the 1980s?

    Heck, we have no trouble slandering Christians willy-nilly, but we cannot criticize the acts of terrorists without offending Muslims? What kind of decent man or woman would be offended by remembering and honoring the memory of folks killed by terrorists?

    I think we know the answer.

    But some folks are speaking out, for once:

    In related news, the Lebanese want a “screen” put up between themselves and the Israelis.

    But that appears to be okay.

    But we cannot call that sentiment what it is, apparently: racist claptrap that empowers terrorists.

    Simon Jester (52ca2e)

  55. Aphrael,

    Ask yourself this: if the Palestinians had been the victims of a massacre at the hands of the Israeli’s during Munich, and they were now the ones requesting a moment of silence, do you honestly think it would have taken this many years to get it?

    Dana (292dcf)

  56. Typically, a specific type of politic is behind the refusal. But I don’t think that is a surprise to anyone.

    In 1996, I, along with other Munich orphans and three of the widows, were invited for the first time to the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Before the Opening Ceremony, we met with Alex Gilady. Gilady has been a member of the IOC’s Radio and Television Commission since 1984 and has been the senior vice president of NBC Sports since 1996.

    I have known Mr. Gilady since I was a kid; in fact, I grew up with his daughter. He had been supportive in the past regarding our plea for a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremonies, so we arrived with high hopes. Gilady informed us that a moment of silence was not possible because if the IOC had a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes, they would also have to do the same for the Palestinians who died at the Olympics in 1972.

    My mother said, “But no Palestinian athletes died.”

    Gilady responded, “Well, there were Palestinians who died at the 1972 Olympics.”

    I heard one of the widows say to Gilady, “Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed him?”


    Then Ilana Romano burst out with a cry that has haunted me to this day. She screamed at Gilady, “How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth, ALEX!”

    I looked at Gilady’s face as he sat there, stone cold with no emotion. This man knew these athletes personally. This man led the Israeli media delegation at the 1972 Olympics and saw this atrocity first hand. This man saw my father’s dead, naked body thrown out front of the Olympic Village for all the world to see.

    Without a hint of empathy, Gilady excused himself from our meeting.

    Dana (292dcf)

  57. Dana, thank you for posting that, uncomfortable as that was to read. It demonstrates, viscerally, the dangers of partisanship in general.

    Simon Jester (52ca2e)

  58. Dana, I’m somewhat shocked by the fact that there was no moment of silence in 1972. athletes competing at the olympics were killed; of course they should be acknowledged and memorialized, at the early possible moment.

    so: i’m puzzled that it wasn’t done then. given that there’s been a failed attempt every olympics since then, i’m no longer puzzled that it’s an issue now.

    aphrael (a2f252)

  59. 1972 Munich Germany, Aphrael. There’s a little bit of political history there with the Jewish people.

    elissa (ee87eb)

  60. Dana’s “politic” link in her comment 57 also suggests why there was no Olympics moment or memorial in 1972.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  61. I think it is cowardice, pure and simple, elissa.

    Remember the opening session at the 2002? That should have made terrorist sympathizing Muslims angry. They still went on with it.

    Why not here?

    Because the IOC is cowardly. They will only take a brave stand when it will not harm them to do so.

    Simon Jester (52ca2e)

  62. My feelings towards the NBC announcers was a lot like how I feel about tye: “STFU!”

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  63. I bet that if terrorists captured, mutilated and killed members of the IOC, there would be a memorial at the next dozen Olympiads, and the only mention of the terrorists would be on the Olympic Village urinals.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  64. This is all too painfully obvious. Shame on the IOC. They are nothing more than the UN in a different setting.

    Dana (292dcf)

  65. So did Old Glory get lowered for the Queen?

    creeper (f1f686)

  66. ______________________________________________

    I looked at Gilady’s face as he sat there, stone cold with no emotion.

    I may be wrong, but I have a hunch that Gilady and the producer of yesterday’s Olympics ceremony both have similar political biases. If so, the possibility they’ll have really lousy or hare-brained ideas and decisions is upped several points on the “d’oh!” meter.

    So one struggles not to sympathize with terrorists — because they’re the noble underdogs, the sad souls from the Third World!! — instead of the imperialist, greedy Israelis, while the other likes the idea of a salute to nationalized healthcare, even in the context of an event at the Olympics.

    ‘Ya can’t make this s*** up.

    Mark (7b2cc7)

  67. On a lighter note, am I the only one who thinks women’s basketball is a waste of two good rollerderby teams? (I won’t say what men’s volleyball is a waste of.)

    nk (875f57)

  68. I’m sooooo stealing that line,nk.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  69. tye is getting kind of stalker-ish. Creepy.

    Phelps vs Lochte cannot live up to the hype in the 400m IM, but the 200 IM should be awesome.

    JD (395555)

  70. tyenas are stalkers by nature. And they have a blood-curdling, high pitched cry that resembles an insane laugh…

    Colonel Haiku (d1abfb)

  71. All women’s basketball reminds you is that the guys are way better. Not a fan of soccer, but suspect it’s kinda the same. Thanks for nothing, Title 9.

    Bugg (403960)

  72. #43 — It may be that HM’s look was because she was not allowed to jump.

    htom (412a17)

  73. God save teh ol’ grouper
    she ain’t no paratrooper

    Colonel Haiku (9a2d67)

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  75. Tye,

    You’re not educated, so you don’t know the difference between poetry and haiku.
    After all, there’s a reason Colonel Haiku calls himself “Colonel Haiku,” rather than “Colonel Poetry.”

    …but enough about the failure of the teachers unions to educate you about stanzas.

    You’re on welfare, so obviously you don’t understand how taxes work, because you only pay sales taxes when buying cigarettes, porn, and beer—you don’t earn enough money to qualify to pay income tax, and you’re not a homeowner, so you don’t pay property tax.

    Let me go all Chick-Fil-A on you and set you “straight,” so to speak.

    Government leaches off of business…business does not leach off of government.

    Without business transactions, government has no blood to suck.

    Roads and bridges are built with money confiscated from the private sector. And your food stamps ?
    Same thing.

    Ok, Tye, now go back to reading your Justin Bieber Paul Krugman newsletter.

    Elephant Stone (65d289)

  76. Now I believe those 150,

    After watching the team parade and the party atmosphere vibe, not to mention the mega hottie factor of women competitors, I think a lot of those 150,000 condoms given out will never survive as souvenirs.

    The most beautiful woman competitor I saw was from Sri Lanka. Who knew?

    Read somewhere that The Dream Team is a somewhat ironic name since the pros have deprived many an amateur of his Olympic dream.

    PC14 (87cbf8)

  77. “Women’s gymnastics” … uh, no. That’s young girls. The sport requires girls who’ve not completed puberty to do the routines.

    And of course, its continual popularity reveals the Olympics as the pedophiles entertainment.

    SPQR (26be8b)

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