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And the Falme is Extinguished!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It has probably already happened in London but in a few hours we will watch as the President of the IOC watches the flame die and proclaims the games of the XXX Olympiad to be closed and calls on the youth of the world to convene again four years hence in Rio Di Janerio for the games of the thirty-first Olympiad.

Notice he does not call on the member nations to send their finest bio-engineered specimens to compete in the games. He calls on the youth of the world to assemble. The Olympics used to have a purity about them. Athletes competing purely for the sake of the competition. Alsas, that has passed. Adolph Hitler envisioned using the 1936 games to demonstrate the superiority of the white Aryian. Enter Jesse Owens and several Jewish American athletes to put the kibosh on that.

Then enter television and the medal competition between the nations. I the fifties and sixties, during the cold war, the east and west were afraid to actually shoot weapons at each other so they threw athletes at each other every four years. Now all of the news outlets are obsessed with "the medal count". There are only three countries that won more medals than the American women. You know what, The US and China, and Russia SHOULD win a lot more medals than any other Country. Why? Because they have more people. Last week the news media was up in arms because the gold medal winner would over $9,000.00 in income taxes based on his win. The news media intimated the tax was on the medal. This is not so. the tax is on the $25,000.00 that the USOC pays each gold medal winner. So much for amateurism. If a college athlete wins a medal, does he forfeit his college eligibility?

The competition is amazing and the bio-engineered specimens are also but when they get to be 25 or thirty and have lived gymnastics or diving or whatever since they were 5 years old, what can they do? Coach gymnastics or diving? Breed with other divers or gymnasts in hoes of developing a super-race of gymnasts? Become a ward of the state?

We return you now to our regular programing.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 5:50PM

  the theory is good . . . competition open to all youthfrom al countries. But it definitely has run amuck . . . like so many things do as greed enters the picture.



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WOMANATWORK1 8/12/2012 3:41PM

    A capitalist, corporate venture to be sure ... doing very little, apparently, towards the goal of world peace or education. emoticon


By the way, I heard on NPR that until 1912, poetry was an Olympic sport! Now that gives me hope!!

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The Greatest Power!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

"The greatest gift that you can give to another is knowledge for knowledge is power—power to build and to dream. What you can envision in your mind you can achieve."
-Jack Podojil

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/12/2012 9:00AM

    Yes.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/11/2012 1:14PM

  I like this!

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Autumn!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sure, it's August. It's over 90 degrees out. But...football sarts tomorrow and football means Autumn! In ouur part of the country, there really isn't "football" weather until the last game of the season anyway. That is my theory as to one of the reasons southern teams do better in Bowl games than northern teams. Big Ten teams are traditionally larger than SEC teams but when you take them down to Florida and make them play ui n the heat, the smaller players who are used to playing in the heat and not the snow usually will win out. I gues the ourcome would be different if they played at Lambeau Field with the field heaters turned off. Whatever.

  
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GREENGENES 8/10/2012 12:58PM

    After 26 days of 90+ today's high of 85 sure seems like Autumn.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2012 12:50PM

  Ready for Fall!

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Eliminate the Negative!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
~Dale Carnegie

  
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HERE2BME 8/11/2012 9:47AM

    No doubt! I know so many who are like this and like to share their misery...sad.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/10/2012 8:09AM

    good quote

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ANNFONTANELLA 8/9/2012 9:56AM

    Amen!

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ANNFONTANELLA 8/9/2012 9:54AM

    Amen!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2012 8:51AM

  Yes. Right now is a very stressful time for me, but with prayer and relaxation (yoga, pilates, meditation, deep breathing).

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GREENGENES 8/9/2012 8:46AM

    No kidding. Just sucks the energy right out of you. I love the recent research showing that just making yourself smile can have a positive impact.

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WELLNESSME09 8/9/2012 8:27AM

    So true! emoticon

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Action!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold; but so does a hard-boiled egg.
~ Unknown

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/8/2012 4:18PM

    Good quote

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2012 9:54AM

  I love this.

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EVIE4NOW 8/8/2012 8:55AM

  Love it.

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