Sunday, August 24, 2008

Uh Oh!

As I watch the last day of the Summer Olympics, I just heard the TV host tell the American audience that China increased their medal count by 59% over the haul from the Athens Games of 2004.

Uh oh!

I wonder how long it will take before a conference speaker or professional development consultant tosses out that useless Olympic statistic to demonstrate how American teachers conspire against excellence, American students are videogame-addicted zombie slackers and principals all recite from "The World is Fat," the next pop-business BS written by the physical education equivalent of Dan Pink or Thomas Friedman.

Wake up America! World dominance in rhythmic gymnastics is at stake!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Something to Think About as You Enjoy the Olympics

Here are just two articles about how the Chinese Government has refused to honor their deal to allow press freedom and abide by common principles of human rights during the Olympics. They lied, NBC who has spent billions on the games and is reported to earn over $100 million has done little to report on Chinese atrocities and the International Olympic Committee says, "Oops."

Not a single permit was awarded for the "official protest areas" set up as a Potemkin Village by the Chinese tyrants. iTunes was shut-down because athletes were able to download "Songs for Tibet." Journalists have been arrested and old ladies were sentenced to "reeducation" for being upset about their houses being taken from them to make way for the Olympics.

China's PR Fiascos: Blocking iTunes Just the Latest in Ongoing Olympics PR Disaster

China Sentences 2 Elderly Women To Labor Camp For Protest Plans

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Sweet Olympic Moment

In 1992 and 1996 I bet on the USA Olympic Men's Basketball Team and gave my Aussie friends 50 points. I won both times, but was nervous in one game when Australia came within 48 points!

I love a rout and cannot wait to see the Olympic "Redeem" Team play the world's best. I'm thrilled that the NBA players are taking the responsibility of representing our country seriously. It's great to see them at the opening ceremonies. I bet that Coach Krzyzewski urged the team to soak up the Olympic atmosphere as well as prepare for their matches. I don't remember other "Dream Teams" at the Opening Ceremonies.

While watching the Opening Ceremonies on DVR, I just saw Kobe Bryant posing for photos with starstruck atheletes from other countries. After posing for a art outstreched digital self-portrait snapped by a Russian athlete, Kobe reached out to shake hands and could be heard asking, "How do you say, 'Thank You?'"

Quite a nice Olympic moment Kobe! Now go mop the floor with Yao Ming's team!

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