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I Love Aly Raisman

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Not just because she’s a brilliant, beautiful gymnast. But because she announced that she observed a personal moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes slain by Palestinian terrorists in 1972. The olympic committee had shamefully refused to make such a gesture. And we should all remember that the 1972 siege/murder in the Jewish olympic dorms–which received constant global television coverage, including memorable work by ABC’s Jim McKay–ushered in the current era of spectacular terrorist events. It demonstrated just how easy it was for sociopaths with a cause to get their message across on television. So thanks for reminding us, Aly, and congratulations on your performance.

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rayrice
rayrice

Aly is   a lovable Ameican Girl, and  a fine Jew. However  I do not want to c riticize    the IOC  for  not politicizingthe Olympics. The  horrible  reaction  of the Palestinean terrorists was  a  result of  Israel ( to  please  Zionist Zealots  ), has  occuppied and oppressed the Palestinean people  against  all  Internaional Law and  in  rejection of the  central theme  of the TORAH (JUSTICE). Ay has now an opportunity  to work  for PEACE  and  JUSTICE(like  a  good Jew should)

rayrice
rayrice

I love Aly  too  becase she is a fine Jewish American. However, I don't want to politicize attacks on the judgeent of the   IOC.  Maybe  they  did not want  to remind the world that  Israeli Zionist Zealots are  STILL  occupying  and oppressing Palestine  against all International Law (AND  THE  CENTRAL  THEMEOF THE TORAH "JUSTICE"), and that was the root of the horrible  reaction of  Palestineans. You have a great opportunity ALY  to work for Peace and Justice, like a  good Jew should.

michael
michael

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Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

I wish there was a moment of silent for all victims of terror, for any reason anywhere.

Apparently this is an anti-semitic statement.

Just so we're clear.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Clearly - it's also kissing up to terrorists, by pointing out all their terror. Paulejb is so far down the creek that he doesn't even notice the sound of himself drowing.

paulejb
paulejb

The anti-Semitism of the left is on display at Swampland.

Yes, Ob, Dirks and foggie. That means you.

bobell
bobell

I agreed on this thread with something you said, paule.  I hereby take it back. I don't want to be associated with your views in any way.

MrObvious
MrObvious

It's okay paulejb

 

You're either making up shiat because you simply can't interact like a human and just like to throw bombs because you expect a even worse response and can go 'SEE!!!!'

 

Or

 

you are really that dumb.

 

As for what you think about me it is and will always will be pure fantasy. Now go get a life and grow up, because no one can do that for you.

It's kind of funny tho that Rod can add his 2 cents without feeling the need to gibber about someones motives. In fact I was the first to like him for that. It shows that he has a lot more integrity than you do. Sooner or later even the rest of the righties here will figure out just what kind of bomb throwing lightweight you are.

paulejb
paulejb

MrObvious,

Why are you lefties so afraid of honoring the Jewish athletes who were murdered by Palestinian extremists? Do you fear that you might offend the savages who committed the 1972 massacre?

53underscore3
53underscore3

Citizens United money pays him to be, Mr. O.

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

In case anyone doesn't realize that paulie is a lying scumbag.

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

You don't even bother to pretend anymore that you are not a left wing troll engaging in agit-prop.

You typify the Obama supporter. Vile and despicable bomb throwers.

MrObvious
MrObvious

You don't even bother to pretend blah blah blah bomb throwers.

Ironyman strikes.

MrObvious
MrObvious

paulejb is becoming fast pathetic. Stands for nothing, offers nothing and just throws pointless bombs all around. He's like a oiled up toad that just wants a hug.

MrObvious
MrObvious

paulejb

It's alright. Sooner or later you'd twist yourself up so hard in your bS that you wouldn't know how to undo it.

I don't pity you - you don't deserve it, but I pity the people who call you their real friend. The pain you must inflict on them when you start your idiotic rants cant be worth whatever little they get out of your friendship. You're a sad, little legend in your own mind.

And you've come so unglued that I don't even feel good about laughing at you anymore.

paulejb
paulejb

MrObvious,

What is pathetic is the futile swarming of the hive. You chumps have never even laid a glove on me. 

You are thugs and cowards and I swat you like flies.

53underscore3
53underscore3

These truths are self-evident PD.

That is, except to paulejb himself...

paulejb
paulejb

53_3,

You wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit you on the arse, 53.

René Milan
René Milan

The olympic committee had shamefully refused to make such a gesture. And we should all remember.....

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012... 

In March I wrote: A few days ago it was reported that families of athletes killed at the 1970 München olympic games are (still) pushing the IOC to organize an official commemoration.  The naïve and nonsensical reason is given as: “so it will never happen again”.  Well, it hasn’t happened again, and the main reason for that is beefed up security.  It’s also claimed that the reason for the IOC’s refusal is that it “would annoy Arab countries”.  This may be so, and if it is, my response would be to let them be annoyed.  The problem with this is that being prepared to let anyone be annoyed will increase the probability of “it” to “happen again”, and thus would demonstrate the fallacy andor insincerity of the stated reason.  I remember the event and being, like many, outraged, but I don’t see why anyone not personally affected would want to commemorate it, especially 40 years later, and while feeling goaded into it.

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

Memorializing Jews athletes troubles you, Stevie? Do you hate Jews?

In case anyone doesn't realize that paulie is a lying scumbag.

Every day is Thursday.

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

Typical liberal. Goes straight to the ad hominems and gratuitous insults. In a battle of wits liberals are unarmed.

53underscore3
53underscore3

"Goes straight to the ad hominems and gratuitous insults. In a battle of wits liberals are unarmed."

Pualejb For Teh Loss!

paulejb
paulejb

53_3,

When it comes to stupid, you win the gold, 53.

MrObvious
MrObvious

It's your basic paulejb fallacy

paulejb
paulejb

MrObvious,

And Ob is just kissing up to any moron who wanders by.

MrObvious
MrObvious

That might be but at least you agree that yours was a fallacy. Progress.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

From time to time, Joe and I can agree.  Aly is a great gymnast as was all of her teammates. The one thing that makes the Olympics a great experience is that for 2 weeks every 4 years we can use sport to bring the world's countries together.   

At 40 years post the horrific murders of Munich, I remember it as tho it happened yesterday.  A tragedy the Olympics never saw before or since in my opinion.  But, the Olympic organizers did not want to honor those fallen Olympians from Munich and I am happy Aly did.  She also honored her coach of many years.  After winning the Team gold, she got off the podium went directly to her coach took off her gold medal and put it around his neck.  He was in tears.   She is a great human being.  

We also witnessed the first African-American female gymnast all around gold medalist, Gabby Douglas.  My biracial nieces were thrilled to see her compete and win.  The youngest 7 year old niece would jump, roll, twist and turn every time she saw Gabby on the screen doing her routines.  Gabby will make a great role model for American girls for years to come.    

We can all be proud of our Olympians this year.  We also need to pass a law that exempts the winners from paying the medal tax too.

apr2563
apr2563

Your statement is gracious.  Now please contact FOX and tell them to stop criticizing Gabby in particular for her team's unAmerican uniforms and lack of patriotic display.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

President Obama has already started the process of exempting the medals from taxation.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

It was ONE segment in the afternoon that discussed what happened with the patriotic uniforms that we have grown accustom to in most all the other Olympics from the past.  

The two individuals talking were simply questioning what happened to those types of uniforms.

Last night, Aly Raisman wore an outfit which was very patriotic.  Not one time did they question Gabby's patriotism or anything close to it.  They were merely commenting on how the tradition of wearing patriotic uniforms seems to have changed.  

I too wonder the same thing when I saw the Chinese made suits that everyone of our athletes wore.  Maybe next time they can have them made right here in the good 'ol USA.  Think jobs, apr2563.  Lots and lots of chinese workers were made happy, toiling away on those uniforms.  Why didn't we have them made right here?

53underscore3
53underscore3

I'll give this a like, conditionally. 

Wonder how his "biracial nieces" would feel about rusty's constant racial agitation and hatred, though.

bobell
bobell

LL -- I gave you a like for this post.  I share your sentiments, and I think they speak well of you. (I too remember Munich -- vividly.)  I do not delude myself that we are about to enter an Era of Good Feeling, but it does make me feel just a bit better to see your humanity peeking through your protective shell.  Wouldn't it be great if we could all drop the snark and treat one another with respect and dignity?  I wish I could see that.

Oh, about that medal tax -- I don't know if you're serious or just having fun, but I doubt there is such a thing, and I think items like Olympic medals are exempt from federal income tax.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

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Oh I agree bobell.  I have asked for civility in the swamp, but our friends on the left always resort to 3rd grade name calling.  Maybe you can make them stop.  

The link is for the "medal tax".  Marco Rubio is the sponsor of the legislation.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Rod

You get back what you dish out. If you want civility you get it. Maybe not from all, but you get it from the ones who are interested in a discussion instead of a food fight.

Sometimes when the bombs explode around you maybe you should duck out and be the better arsehole; otherwise your complaints about other people falls on deaf ear.

You're not exactly a prime example of baby jebus most favorite.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Civility

...says the guy who regularly insults the mentally challenged when referring to liberals.

MrObvious
MrObvious

bobell

It seems they pay a tax on their winnings. I do believe one republican brought it up and wanted a tax exemption for it and Obama said that he agreed and would sign any such legislation.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

First: good on her

Second: I think it would be a good idea for there to be a moment of silence for all who lost their lives while celebrating athletic achievement due to socio-political actions of others.  It wouldn't just cover 1972, but Atlanta and any future situation.

It could even be taken further and cover all who lost their lives while celebrating academic achievement - and cover those who died tragically due to accidents and issues in the runup to or during the games - including people like the luge racer in 2010.

paulejb
paulejb

forgottenlord,

"...socio-political actions of others."

==============================

How quaint! Such a lifeless description of the slaughter of innocents. Anything not to offend the savage Palestinian perpetrators. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

It's got little to do with that and more to do with trying to address pretty much all variations I can think of in the future.  In fact, the entire point of all my post was to say "let's not just focus on a single incident".

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

I am not a Jew but, that does not matter.

I clearly noticed that she used "Halva Nagila" as her floor routine's theme music.

Bravo!! I am proud of her and everyone who calls him or herself an American, should be proud of her and that whole multi-racial US Olympic team.

sacredh
sacredh

I noticed it too. Our Olympic team looks like America. Every race and ethnic group looked like it's there.

chupkar
chupkar

I thought the same thing first night, sacred. It totally reflected a daily image of our diversity. It is quite noticable and I loved that.

chupkar
chupkar

My diet would totally suck if we weren't so diverse. I'd still be eating just fries and burgers. Even in the midwest heartland, because of diversity I know the love of lentils and the succulence of sumac. Real Vietnamese pho and all kinds of dishes. That's a minor thing but something I"m personally really glad about. And indicitive that no matter where you live, you are being "widened". It's why the RWNs are so panicked. Like it or not they are being dragged into diversity. Even through something as small as hummus.

filmnoia
filmnoia

That diversity thing really bends the wingnuts out os shape. They keep blabbering about "wanting their country back," but it's just not their country anymore, but our resident cretins will , of course,  come here to disagree.

sacredh
sacredh

Diversity made this country great. Just locally we have Greek festivals, Italian festivals and just about any other festival you can think of. They're all very well attended and the food alone makes them worth going to. They promote understanding and give us a chance to appreciate other cultures. It's awfully hard to hate on someone if you interact with them. We went to the Greek festival recently and we were sitting there eating stuffed grape leaves and watching costumed dancers. My wife was telling me how glad she was that we got the chance to be there again. the guy on the other side of her pointed out one of the dancers and said it was his daughter. Just people being people.

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

Thanks for the affirmation.

 Only one of NBC's commentators made any mention of those facts.

However, FOX news missed that entire point as they jumped on Gabby and the rest of the team for not wearing Red White and Blue.

apr2563
apr2563

To add to their usual stupidity, they implied Gabby picked out the uniforms.  You know, like Michelle Obama, not proud to be an American.

sacredh
sacredh

Fox does like to jump on the nonsensical. She is there representing the United States. She aquitted herself very well. We should all be proud of her. Aren't the Olympics where we're supposed to put politics aside and join with other nations in showcasing the best athletes and the ideal of fellowship?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

People like Paulie will complain about the lack of black swimmers and white short-distance track runners.

53underscore3
53underscore3

A prefect demonstration, paulejb.

Right on cue.

Now what's the news about that unreported race war you keep yapping about?

paulejb
paulejb

nflfoghorn,

Cullen Jones might not appreciate your uninformed comment, foggie.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Thx Victor for your POV. 

My statement, silly as it may seem, demonstrates Paulie's schtick of one-upmanship.

But we've known Paulie long enough that he does not say what you think he's saying.  Or mean what you think he means.

Paulie has argued himself into a corner on several occasions.  We refute him on a point and he'll keep finding a new one just to "spite" us, even if it makes no sense.  IOW, he's a "Topper" (see "Dilbert").

MrObvious
MrObvious

Victor

You're wrong.

A Eskimo in Sahara would only look different, but he or she can still dance.

Where we were born is not what we were meant to be or do.

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

nf foghorn;

Paulie's point is well taken and you, like FOX news, are missing the point.

Theme of the Olympic games is "Brotherhood". Please do some research on the anatomical and cultural differences that exist among human beings and how each has unique place on our planet.