The Chinese Government is making athletes attending this summer's Olympics sign a "non-criticism" oath. Mao-inspired hair or not, this pisses me off. Will the brain surgeons who thought it was a good idea to hand them the Games please stand up? The sailing event is going to be a farce, as the place where it's being held (Qingdao) is known to have no wind. After many days spent sailing in rain but no wind, I've conclusively proven to myself that you can not, in fact, heel the boat just right and have the falling rain act as a substitute for wind. Maybe pollution works better than rain. They will find out in Qingdao.
-20 to the Brits for agreeing to force their athletes to sign this. Also to the Belgians and Kiwis. Weak.
The Olympics in general seem to be getting less important. Maybe this started after my favorite ex-presidential candidate was caught buying the Games for Salt Lake City. Maybe it's just one of the many things that I'm becoming over-jaded (to keep with the Chinese theme - get it?) about as I age.
BTW, I'm not anti Chinese people, and I'm DEFINITELY not anti-Chinese movies. 'Hero" and 'House of Flying Daggers' are as good as it gets, especially the girl who plays Mai in Flying Daggers. She is one bad mujere. The Chinese Government, on the other hand, is a farce, a shell, a shadow, a chimera. Ridiculous.
Maybe Paolo Bettini will win the road race and adorn his kit with pollution grey stripes?
Did everyone vote today? I didn't. The Maryland primaries are closed. No libertarians allowed. I think I'll change to independant. I still won't be able to vote in primaries. Voting in this one would have been easy for me, in either party. As imperfect as they are, and as little hope as I have in the office of the President being able to effect positive change (I think the Beltway is a one way street that goes downhill), I at least like one candidate from each party.
Alas, none of this will help me in my quest to deliver a Kanye-style overlong acceptance speech at Poolesville. The trainer and I have an appointment for a 90 minute very low effort spin tonight. It is actually these mellow boring workouts that I find the hardest to do. Far more interesting to bash one's brain in.