Olympic Sexism

While women are more visible at the 2012 Olympics than any past games, there are still cries of “sexism.”

Michael Phelps Breaks Olympic Medal Record; Greatest Olympian Ever?

Michael Phelps today won his 18th and 19th Olympic medal, breaking the old record held by gymnast Larysa Latynina. Does this make him the greatest ever?

London Olympics Censorship

Nick Cohen dubs this year’s London Games the “Censorship Olympics.” Had he called them the “London Censorship Olympics,” the “2012 Censorship Olympics,” or titled the piece “Censorship Takes London Gold” he might have faced civil or criminal penalties.

Canada Beats USA in Overtime for Olympic Hockey Gold

Team Canada beat Team USA 3-2 on an overtime goal by Sidney Crosby. A shame for Team USA, which outplayed expectations, beating Canada in the early rounds and arriving undefeated in the gold medal game. It’s a rather odd tournament structure for an undefeated team to face a rematch in the championship game against a […]

NBC Olympic Coverage: Congressional Action Needed?

Senator Herb Kohl is pressuring NBC to open up online access to its Olympic coverage. A Democratic senator criticized NBC on Friday for its handling of online access to the Vancouver Olympics, calling it unfair and restrictive. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, wrote NBC Universal Chief Executive […]

OTB Radio — Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will talk about ObamaCare, Toyota’s woes, the Olympics, Joseph Stack, and other news of the week.  We’ll be joined at 6:00 by David Weigel of The Washington Independent to talk about CPAC, the state […]

Bronze Better Than Silver?

It seems that Olympic third place finishers who win a bronze medal are happier than second place finishers who win a silver. When Shannon Bahrke won bronze in women’s moguls Saturday, she hugged first-place winner Hannah Kearney so tightly that she almost knocked her U.S. teammate over. Under the cloud cover of Cypress Mountain, Ms. […]

USA Hockey ‘Support Our Troops’ Helmets Violate Olympic Spirit

The goalies for the U.S. Olympic hockey team have been told to remove slogans on their facemasks. U.S. netminder Jonathan Quick will be ordered to remove the slogan ‘Support Our Troops’ from his helmet for contravening Olympic rules on political propaganda, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Monday. Netminder Ryan Miller, Quick’s team […]

Politics of Spite

Paul Krugman continues to demonstrate that brilliance in one field doesn’t necessarily translate into sound insights into others. He’s upset that some Republicans took pleasure in President Obama’s embarrassment in not landing the Olympics for his adopted Chicago and their cynicism in positioning themselves as the defenders of Medicare in order to fight his health […]

Chicago Won’t Get Olympics

CNN is reporting that Chicago has, along with Tokyo, been eliminated from consideration for the 2016 Olympics.   Apparently, Oprah and Obama weren’t enough. Chicago was eliminated in the first ballot of voting for the 2016 Olympics on Friday, a stunning defeat for the city that was expected to be one of the two finalists. Not […]

Dept. of Silly Analogies

John Cole comments on Michelle Obama’s pledge to “take no prisoners” as she helps her husband fight to get the Olympics for Chicago: You know who else hosted an Olympics? Hitler. Just saying… QED.

Quote of the Day – Money Editions

“Just because Usain Bolt sets a world record every time he runs doesn’t make the other runners slow.” – Mark Cuban, explaining why income disparity isn’t a problem. While it’s a great line, it’s actually a poor illustration.  Races and records are zero sum games.  Bolt’s winning the Olympics and setting a new record deprives other […]

Obama Lobbying for Chicago Olympics

When I saw the headline “White House lobbies for Olympics in Chicago” at Memeorandum, I was prepared to write about the abuse of power and the bringing of machine style politics to the Oval Office.  One has to read a bit into Ken Vogel‘s Politico piece to think otherwise. The Obama White House is playing […]

Inauguration Scandal: Music Not Live

Taking a page from the Communist Chinese Olympics, the Obama inauguration featured truthy music.  Daniel Wakin blows the doors off this travesty in a NYT exclusive: It was not precisely lip-synching, but pretty close. The somber, elegiac tones before President Obama’s oath of office at the inauguration on Tuesday came from the instruments of Yo-Yo […]

Networks Fear Obama Blowout

While the liberal media might be cheering for Obama — McCain joked that “it’s going to be a long, long night at MSNBC if I manage to pull this thing off” — their bosses are hoping it doesn’t happen so quickly as to spoil the show. Paul Friedman, CBS News senior vice president, said he […]

The Western Media Respond to the Beijing Olympics

As I suggested over the weekend now that the Games are over and the correspondents happily back from their sojourns in China covering the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Western media are singing a somewhat different tune than they were while the games were in progress. L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace. Yesterday a story in the […]

Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympic Athlete Ever?

I am a fairly recent convert to the sport of swimming. I’ve gotten into it as my son has gotten more involved in the sport. Tonight Michael Phelps has become one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Olympians of all time by  becoming the only Olympian to win 13 gold medals over the course […]

Legalize Sports Cheating

John Tierney and Megan McArdle argue that we should let athletes use whatever performance enhancing drugs they want since some will cheat regardless of the rules and because our definition of “fair” competition evolves over time. The response to that, though, is obvious: many of these drugs are dangerous and legitimating them all but mandates […]

Mainstream Media Obsessed with Sex, Sex, Sex!

Cernig is outraged at the sex-obsessed American press. I am now officially disgusted with America’s insular and navel-gazing punditry. En masse and on a bipartisan basis the media, commentators and bloggers have decided that the Edwards Affair story is more important than events in South Ossetia. What happened, folks, did your minds cloud over at […]

Olympic Stabber Attacks Coach’s Family

A bizarre and shocking crime has turned the opening day of the Olympics into tragedy. A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the U.S. Olympic men’s volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics on Saturday, team officials […]

American Olympic Favoritism

Megan McArdle offers a defense of Americans from the charge that Americans are only interested in Olympic sports in which Americans are strong medal contenders, noting that we’re a large country with established team sports loyalty and so forth.  It’s all true. More fundamentally, though, I reject the premise that Americans’ America-centric view of sports […]

White House Press Corps Detained in China

Demonstrating the public relations prowess for which they’re known, Chinese authorities detained the White House press corps for nearly three hours upon its plane landing in Beijing. The flight crew of the Northwest Airlines 747 had been expecting to park at a VIP terminal, but after landing was instead directed by the control tower to […]

Chinese Terror Cops Get Segways

This story is a few days old now, but Noah Shachtman‘s post is the first I’ve seen it: Chinese elite anti-terror police officers are wheeling into action ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics on two-wheeled scooters.  Members of the country’s armed police unit practised on the Segway models that have been re-named ‘Anti-Terror Assault Vehicles’ […]

Bush: Skipping Olympics an ‘Affront’ to China

President Bush reiterated his intention to attend the opening ceremonies in Beijing and stated that doing otherwise would be an “affront” to the Chinese people. President Bush said Sunday he does not feel the need to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics to state his opposition to China’s human rights record. Skipping the […]

Homosexual Sets World Sprint Record

Tyson Homosexual ran 100 meters in a wind-aided 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials today, in what would have been world record time. I mean, Tyson Gay. Leftie People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch blog reports that, In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don’t like, it looks like the web-geniuses […]

Obama Overexposed?

Jeralyn Merritt is upset by the news that Barack Obama is thinking about running ads during the Olympics, perhaps spending up to $4 million. At some point, aren’t voters likely to feel the ads are intrusive? Or at least start rolling their eyes? I’m getting angry that every time I click on a news site, […]

Clinton Wins Puerto Rico, Obama Closer to Nomination

Hillary Clinton won yet another primary today but, thanks to the Democrats’ Special Olympics-style delegate allocation method, Barack Obama edged closer to the party’s presidential nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton cruised toward a largely symbolic victory Sunday in Puerto Rico’s presidential primary, the final act in a weekend of tumult that brought Barack Obama tantalizingly close […]

McCain’s Vice Presidential Candidates

John McCain is vetting potential vice presidential candidates over the holiday weekend, Adam Nagourney reports for the NYT. Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a one-time rival for the Republican nomination, have all accepted invitations to visit with Mr. McCain at his […]

Let My People Go

Seen on a beat up Hyundai Sonata driving in to DC this morning: A bumper sticker reading, “Let My People Go! Free North Korean Refugees in China Before the Beijing Olympics.” That’s rather wordy for a bumper sticker, frankly.

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is well versed on removing hanging chads. Wizbang is looking for the best man. Wyatt Earp is runnin’ on a wing and a prayer. Public Pondering is a little stiff in a public forum. Cowboy Blob is on a mission from God. Willisms is surprised its alive. Right […]

Oscar Pistorius, Double Amputee Olympic Sprinter

As incredible as it sounds, a man with no legs will be able to compete as a sprinter in the 2008 Olympics.

Boycotting the Olympics (Because it Worked So Well for Jimmy Carter)

Erick Erickson and the gang at Red State join forces with Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi to implore President Bush to boycott the Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies. We know some on the right who tend to view the world mostly in economic terms will disagree with us. Yes, we recognize that China is a large […]

What Will We Do About Tibet?

The Chinese government continues to put down anti-government demonstrations by Tibetans both in Tibet and in China proper: The flagship newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party called Saturday for efforts to “resolutely crush” anti-government demonstrations by Tibetans, while Beijing urged people to turn in those on a “Most Wanted” list of 21 protesters. As Chinese […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Fruit Of The Loon Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Michelle Obama Finally Proud of USA

Michelle Obama spoke these words in Milwaukee yesterday: What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done […]

Wonders Never Cease: Double Amputee Barred From Olympics For Having An Unfair Advantage

Oscar Pistorius was born without fibulae and had both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday. He has now made a permanent mark on sports history – but of the most unlikely sort: An athlete with no legs has been banned from this year’s Olympic Games because he has a “significant advantage” over […]

Shaolin Monks Bow Out of Kung Fu Tournament

The monks of the Shaolin Temple, made famous by the 1970s cult classic “Kung Fu,” have bowed out of next year’s huge kung fu tournament. Kung fu master Shi Dechao can swing his 22-pound “monk’s spade,” an ancient Chinese shovel, like a majorette twirling a baton. His lightning punches, in a style the ancients called […]

Is the UN to Blame for its Failures?

Joe Nye, the premier soft power theorist, defends the United Nations from its critics from the Right, arguing they don’t understand the value of international legitimacy. After the failure of the League of Nations in the 1930’s, the UN was designed to have the Security Council’s permanent members act as policemen to enforce collective security. […]

Luciano Pavarotti Dead at 71

Opera great Luciano Pavarotti has died after a long bout with cancer. Luciano Pavarotti, opera’s biggest superstar of the late 20th century, died Thursday. He was 71. He was the son of a singing baker and became the king of the high C’s. Pavarotti, who had been diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer and underwent […]

Presidential Experience

Steve Benen challenges Matt Bai‘s assertion that Barack Obama “would set a new precedent for inexperience in the White House.” In fact, he believes Obama “fares quite well when compared to his 2008 rivals” and provides this table for years in elected office by next November: * Obama: 11 years (7 state Senate, 4 U.S. […]

LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner Becoming Christine

Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner is about to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.

Chicago Is USOC’s Pick

The U. S. Olympic Committee has picked the city of Chicago as its candidate to bid for hosting the 2016 Olympic Games: WASHINGTON — An effort that came as something of a surprise when it was initiated a year ago produced another surprise Saturday, when Olympic ingénue Chicago beat Games veteran Los Angeles to become […]

Supreme Court Debates ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’

The High Court lived up to its nickname yesterday during oral arguments in a case about whether high school students have a free speech right to hold up ungrammatical banners, off school grounds, which possibly advocate marijuana use. The Justices were having a good time, as is WaPo’s Dana Milbank. As Ken Starr told the […]

Romney GOP Default Candidate?

Some analysts think Mitt Romney could back into the Republican nomination, reports CSM’s Linda Feldmann. The latest polling out of states with the earliest nominating contests, which begin in a year, shows Mr. Romney in single digits. Even in neighboring New Hampshire, he comes in fourth, behind Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who won the […]

Caption Contest Winners

The It Feels So Good When I Stop Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Gay Runs Fast

I don’t care much about track and field unless it’s the Olympics (and not that much even then, now that the Cold War is over). Still, this headline is rather amusing: “Gay sets sights on 200 meter record.” OTB Sports

Caption Contest Winners

The Cardinal Sin Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney has found how to keep his sang-froid. Wizbang is partying in Chocolate City. Willisms has a Boehner. The Right Place shows Teddy’s Ninja skills. The Man has Steve Ballmer at it again. Bullwinkle has more sports […]

Finland Eliminates Americans in Olympic Hockey

Finland has eliminated Team USA from this year’s Olympics. Strangely, I hardly care. Ironically, the last time I truly cared, the American team beat the Finns to win the gold medal.

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