Sunday, August 17, 2008

Goose Stepping Made Fun

Sunny - Hi 111 Lo 88 for Baghdad, Iraq
Sunny - Hi 100Lo 74 for Qandahar, Afghanistan
Sunny - Hi 82 Lo 60 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Waiting for the End of the World, Elvis Costello


Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics? Scooter Trash Hubby and I watched and both of us were awestruck. Wow. Amazing and yet creepy... frightening and yep... intimidating... such precision... such a massive organized group... what else can these people do?

We know the Chinese do not value human life-- their one child policy does not infer that Chinese couples "do it" once and move on with life... state sanctioned abortions are the norm. We also know that they continue to imprison dissidents. The tour of The Bodies continues to be controversial as China has never divulged how the "displays" came to their final demise.
None of the people who once inhabited the bodies in Bodies gave their consent to be used this way, and that has made some folks profoundly uneasy. Their doubts are compounded by China's record of human rights abuses, including the harvesting of transplant organs from executed prisoners.

We know that during these Olympic games they have put their collective "perfect" face forward in a little girl Milli Vanilli lip synced song... pay no attention to the imperfect girl behind the curtain... The women's gymnastics team are all at least 16 years of age... ya... right... k... What else has the Chinese government fudged to present a more perfect country-- ?

So, ya... I'm anxious... and now that Russia is beating their collective chests... I'm nervous...

2008 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony

Chinese Military Parade

Soviet Union Military Parade

The Third Reich

The last sentence from this newsreel says it all.

"…An amazing spectacle of profound significance to the world which however you regard national socialism must provoke reflections impossible to be ignored."

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

Kathleen Parker on Townhall- The Beauty of Imperfection

The Bodies Exhibition

Post-Gazette- The Bodies Controversy

Have a great week everyone!

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