Rightbloggers Rage Against the Democratic, Socialist, Anti-Semitic Olympics

tomt200.jpgIt's a sad fact that politics can ruin your life -- not just when you practice it as a profession, but also when you get so wrapped up in it that you can't enjoy even the simple pleasures of life unless they flatter your ideology.

Take as an example and cautionary tale the case of the rightbloggers and the London Olympics. To you and us, the Games are a pleasing diversion. But to them, for the silliest of reasons, the Games are socialism, Islamism, and all the other boogeymen they see whenever things aren't going exactly their way.

For example:

While normal people were enjoying the story of Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi, a Malaysia markswoman who competed while eight months pregnant, Michael Fell of Right Wing News denounced "Yahoo, that staunch defender of all things 'progressive'" because they "fawned all over the feel good story." Fell, on the other hand, thought it was a feel-bad story, about "the utter stupidity of European countries that are so welcoming of people who want to destroy Europe, European culture and the last vestiges of European Christianity. As in: muslims... This is a taquiyya based PR move on the part of muslims and their 'progressive' western co-conspirators."

Then there was the guy at Patterico's Pontifications who wrote, "I will readily admit that I cannot stand gymnastics, and turn it off. The created melodramatic nonsense and subjective scoring is not my cup of tea. Speaking of cups of tea, compare and contrast Obama's history of gaffes and snubs of England to Romney's."

What made them have such bizarre reactions to the Games? Maybe Mitt Romney.

The Olympics were not kind to the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, whose disparaging comments about London's readiness to stage an Olympics were hung around his neck when he visited last week -- not only by liberals, but primarily by British conservative papers like the Telegraph, and the Conservative leadership of London and the UK.

Even rightbloggers had to step back from this one, mostly assuring each other that it would all blow over eventually. "He recovered gracefully so there will be no lasting damage," said Rick Moran. "It seems unlikely that his rather innocuous comments would alienate many voters back home," agreed Erin McPike at Real Clear Politics. Etc.

Allahpundit at Hot Air suggested a little "counter-spin. After all, who wants a president who'll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they've spent the past seven years preparing." Sure, that makes sense. And maybe James Holmes's lawyer can convince a jury he was just trying to get those moviegoers to turn off their cell phones.

Some tried harder. At National Review, Jim Geraghty said Romney was right, England sucks -- they almost had a strike, and "three people who were due to work as security staff at an Olympic venue have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences." Plus they drive on the wrong side of the road, amIright! At the same venue, John O'Sullivan apologized as a Brit for his people, and claimed that "with heroic restraint Romney responded in the way that in the past an English gentleman was popularly supposed to respond to excitable foreigners jabbering over some grievance." Thank God political necessity did not require O'Sullivan to insult his own mother as well.

One-time Anglosphere enthusiast Dan Riehl told England it was "a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago for anyone to care about," and its citizens "feckless wankers," before declaring, "put a Gold Medal on that and aim it at the Queen's are."

Later Riehl said the Conservative Brits' ill-treatment of Romney "does have an element of Obama and the left's ongoing war against success in it," likened Cameron to Obama as a "ostriched plumed politician," said "Cameron looks like a petulant brat here," etc.

Even as the rightbloggers tiptoed away from the Romneyshambles, you could tell they were still rattled. One clear sign: Some of them went for a particularly egregious bit of email-from-your-grandma bullshit: A rumor that Obama might order the U.S. Olympians to dip the American flag at the reviewing stand, which they haven't done for a hundred years.

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Strangely, after Romney blazed through London no one had much interest in this one.
This did not, of course, actually happen, but Fox News' Todd Starnes headlined "Will U.S. Dip American Flag at Olympic Ceremony?" over a story that included the U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman saying the U.S. wouldn't dip the flag, "End of story. Period." (Also in the story: "FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.")

"It's an Obama World," explained Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit. "US May Dip Its Flag to British Leaders at Opening Ceremony... Admit it. It really wouldn't shock you. Its the Obama way."

"Why now?" asked Breitbart's William Bigelow about this fantasy event, and floated two theories: One, that the Obama Administration "wants to shore up its position by acting deferentially toward one of our strongest allies... Now Obama can look as if he likes the British"; and two, "to start the tradition of dipping the flag because of the next Olympic Games in the winter of 2014. Just where are they, anyway?In Sochi, Russia. That's right; if we dip the flag in London, next we'll be dipping the flag to Vladimir Putin," because Obama loves Russia or something.

Something else that made their blood vessels burst like Christmas crackers was the tribute to the National Health Service nurses in the Olympics opening ceremony.


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tieburns
tieburns

That "guy" at Patterico's is a nutcase

PrinceOfSpace
PrinceOfSpace

If they're standing up for Papachristou's rights for political expresion, why no mention of the USA at the Mexico City Olympics?

Zionist_and_Proud
Zionist_and_Proud

Europeans and Muslims are evil. They want to exterminate me just because I believe in my right to live in my homeland of Judea.

Greg227
Greg227

Interesting how you misrepresented what my post was actually about -- it wasn't a comment about Michelle Obama's Olympic visit at all -- it was actually a comment on CNN's use of "Stupid Girl" as the bumper music leading into a story on Sarah Palin.  The key line in my post was as follows -- "if they are going to hand out gratuitous insults towards Republican women, they had better do the same with female Democrats."  You know, if they want to be perceived as objective journalists -- something that clearly Roy Edroso does not aspire to.

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

"Apparently the Real Commies Are In England"

 

I guess you didn't read your history.

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

<i>with heroic restraint Romney responded in the way that in the past an English gentleman was popularly supposed to respond to excitable foreigners jabbering over some grievance.</i>

 

Do you mean someone like Cromwell, Mr O'Sullivan?

Budbear
Budbear

"the utter stupidity of European countries that are so welcoming of people who want to destroy Europe, European culture and the last vestiges of European Christianity..."

Wait a second! I'm confused. Do they despise European culture or not? Why would they regret it's destruction if it's so stupid? I guess if  the Moooslims want it then it's worth saving.

I'd bet most of these cretins haven't been any closer to Europe than the local Olive Garden. Probably never even met a European.

merl
merl

If I didn't hate those bastards so mucha, I'd feel sorry for them. They can't seem to enjoy any damn thing that can't be slanted to their point of view. They seem to be getting worse, what's going to happen in Obama's second term? Are they all going to die of ragegasms? I hope they do..

merl
merl

Does anyone remember how pissed off they were at Bush for kissing the Saudi king on the fucking lips???!!!1 I don't either.

butseriously
butseriously

When the Israeli athletes were murdered In Munich in 1972 the Olympic games went right on without a pause. The IOC refused to take observe one moment of silence even then. Whatever the grand propaganda behind they Olympics the reality is that they represent leftism and bigotry and appeasement largely influenced by the Middle East-just like the United Nations.

nothing
nothing

Their should have been a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes executed in 1972. Simply because that was the most fucked up moment in the history of the Olympics. When the Atlanta bombing is 40 years old their should be a moment of silence for that too... It should have been acknowledged. There is nothing right nor left about it.

ifthethunderdontgety
ifthethunderdontgety

"If only she'd been racist against bankers..."

 

Scree! scree! scree!

~

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

Okay, I was actually about to take a sip of coffee when I read: "And maybe James Holmes's lawyer can convince a jury he was just trying to get those moviegoers to turn off their cell phones."  I didn't spill or spit the coffee and you don't owe me a new keyboard. But I did giggle for about 10 seconds, which was a blessed, albeit brief, analgesic to this godawful Monday. Thanks.

glennisw250
glennisw250 topcommenter

Ah, yes. Chris Rock doing a standup routine in a club = Olympic Team athlete tweeting while representing her own country.

glue1
glue1

Unable to decide which group of people are more insane. I mean, truly "off." I just cannot grasp how educated adults can be so gullible? Not sure which is worse: the hard-core-right-wingnuts who make up stories based on their fears or the current DM-idolized-scientologists who worship a twit w/ a Napoleon complex.

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

P.S. I don't like your new comments system, Village Voice.

glenn
glenn

 @butseriously Yeah, right.

 

30 second of googling will get you: "The Olympic games were suspended several hours after the initial attack, but once the incident was concluded Avery Brundage, the International Olympic Committee president, declared that "the games must go on."<b> A memorial ceremony was then held in the Olympic stadium</b>, and competition resumed after a stoppage of 24 hours."

 

So, yeah, you're either a liar, a dupe for your propagandist masters, or just purely ignorant to say that no observations took place. But let me ask you this - do you think the athletes would have been honored had the IOC cancelled the games entirely and done away with everything those athletes had aspired for?

glenn
glenn

 @nothing Here's the thing - if the IOC HAD given a moment of silence for the 40 year old murder of Israeli athletes, then the right wing would have howled with indignation at the failure to remember the victims of the London terrorist bombings, claiming it to be "political correctness" fearful of offending Muslims.

 

See? If you're a right-winger, you have LOTS of things to be victimized by!

griggy01
griggy01

 @nothing What's so special about 40 years, other than that it gives you something to moan about right now?

jbrida
jbrida

 @nothing 

 

Why? I think they have been remembered, memorialized and even serialized in film. There have been other Olympics in Europe, other massacres to commemorate and other tragedies to acknowledge. If the sole connection is that the massacre happened at a DIFFERENT Olympics a long time ago, well, then isn't just it your personal preference over what's the "proper" way to mourn? 

butseriously
butseriously

@glenn they suspended the games for security reasons and began again when the "incident", as you call it, had been resolved by police action. The games began again with another opening ceremony. That ceremony was not to honor the memory of the murdered athletes but to re-start the games. By the way I don't necessarily think they should have cancelled the games entirely but I do think there should have been a ceremoney in recognition of the fact that the terrorist attack/murders violated everything the Olympics is supposed to represent.

Zionist_and_Proud
Zionist_and_Proud

Typical anti-Semite, you don't care that the Muslims are trying to genocide against us. @glenn 

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