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View Poll Results: Will you watch the Olympics in China?
I definitely will 21 50.00%
I probably will 9 21.43%
I probably won't 7 16.67%
I definitely won't 3 7.14%
This poll is stupid 2 4.76%
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Old April 11th, 2008, 08:53 AM   #76
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baseball is still an olympic sport? Or is this the last year of it?

Ugh you are right, I forgot about that... The US didn't even have a team in the last Olympics because we were elminated by Mexico in our region. I found it strange there was no mention of a regional olympic baseball tournament yet. Now that you mention I remember them planning to eliminate baseball.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #77
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In my opinion, the time to protest or express outrage was before they got the Olympics at all.

Sorry if this has been posted.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #78
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In my opinion, the time to protest or express outrage was before they got the Olympics at all.

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No, it hadn't. I hadn't heard about it before they got it.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #79
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No, it hadn't. I hadn't heard about it before they got it.
Boycotting at this point does nothing. China is still a "most favored nation."
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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #80
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VERY interesting -- for the first time, the IOC has said that although athletes may not make political, religious, ethnic, etc. statements 'in an Olympic venue,' they MAY do so during press conferences, interviews, etc., AFTER their competition is completely over, even if they are in an Olympic facility or setting. THAT is a very big change, and it may just get me to watch, since it seems likely I'll end up making that $50 donation after all.

He also said the games are in a 'crisis' because of the protests, the growing international disapproval of China's behavior, and some problems with readiness.

meanwhile, if Bush goes to the games, he will be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympics, which is actually not the message I'd like my country to send.

Yes the protests should have been held before China got the games -- well, guess what -- they were, and that's why China was granted the games with the 'understanding' they would work to improve their human rights record before 2008.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:35 AM   #81
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VERY interesting -- for the first time, the IOC has said that although athletes may not make political, religious, ethnic, etc. statements 'in an Olympic venue,' they MAY do so during press conferences, interviews, etc., AFTER their competition is completely over, even if they are in an Olympic facility or setting. THAT is a very big change, and it may just get me to watch, since it seems likely I'll end up making that $50 donation after all.

He also said the games are in a 'crisis' because of the protests, the growing international disapproval of China's behavior, and some problems with readiness.

meanwhile, if Bush goes to the games, he will be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympics, which is actually not the message I'd like my country to send.

Yes the protests should have been held before China got the games -- well, guess what -- they were, and that's why China was granted the games with the 'understanding' they would work to improve their human rights record before 2008.
This is CHINA right? Once they have the Olympics, why would they bother changing a thing?
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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #82
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This is CHINA right? Once they have the Olympics, why would they bother changing a thing?


That's like giving a bum $20 and loaning it to him with the expectation that he will get a job and pay you back. In all likelyhood, he will probably buy some beer and some smokes with that money and hope to never see you again.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #83
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meanwhile, if Bush goes to the games, he will be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympics, which is actually not the message I'd like my country to send.

The US president attending the Olympics would be an incredible statement for our athletes which is all that matters.
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The US president attending the Olympics would be an incredible statement for our athletes which is all that matters.
Meh.
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Meh.
Whether you like Bushy or not having POTUS in the arena cheering you on on a world stage while competing for your country would be pretty damn cool.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #86
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Whether you like Bushy or not having POTUS in the arena cheering you on on a world stage while competing for your country would be pretty damn cool.
Just being in the Olympics would be awesome enough, but I suppose I see what you are saying.
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Whether you like Bushy or not having POTUS in the arena cheering you on on a world stage while competing for your country would be pretty damn cool.
I hope it can be a sign of good faith if you will that can be used in trade agreements........

I don't know what in the hell they would want from us in trade, as they make everything themselves anyway........
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Well, I agree who would expect China to change a thing -- I was just addressing the timing of the protests. They were protested initially, China told the IOC they'd clean up their act, they didn't, and the protests are back. Seems perfectly fair to me.
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Well, I agree who would expect China to change a thing -- I was just addressing the timing of the protests. They were protested initially, China told the IOC they'd clean up their act, they didn't, and the protests are back. Seems perfectly fair to me.
Yeah, I suppose.
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I cant think of a bigger waste of time. Bring the Olympics back to what it was in Ancient Greece and Ill watch. 7 or 8 main events all based on war. Skip the nudity would be ok expect for female events.
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