Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No Women or Children Available To Hide Behind So Hamas Had To Release A Grainy Video Of The Killing Of Two Israeli Soldiers

This Tip O' the Hat to the The Jawa Report for this post. I especially like the hot Israeli chick in the video, who's oh so perfect rear is accessorized with an M-16. Yummy!

RIP Maj Eliraz Peretz and Staff Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky.

Via Haaretz

In the events on Friday, Maj. Eliraz Peretz and Staff Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky were killed in the Gaza Strip while pursuing a group of Palestinian militants trying to lay mines near the border fence. Two other soldiers were injured in the incident, and two militants were killed.[...]

The military wing of Hamas, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade, announced on Friday that it was responsible for the killing of the two IDF soldiers and injuring two others.

In a Hamas news conference, the spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas, Abu Obeida, said that a Hamas sniper succeeded in striking two Israeli soldiers. Abu Obeida said that "the act is dedicated to the Palestinian nation, to the jailed prisoners and in honor of shahid Mahmoud al-Mabhouh."

Flag Hamas video please, IDF will thank you.

While you are at it, flag Hamas Facebook page

h/t The Sanity Inspector

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joke of the Week 2.0

Tip O' the Hat to Doug H. for this great chemistry lesson.

*****PELOSIUM *****

A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named "Pelosium." Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.

These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. The symbol for Pelosium is "PU".

Pelosium's mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons in a Pelosium molecule, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "Critical Morass".

When catalyzed with money, Pelosium activates CNN-adnausium, an element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent noise, since it has 1/2 as many peons but twice as many morons.

Joke of the Week

Tip O' the Hat to my sister Deborah K. back in The Lone Star State for this one.

How Fights Start

My wife sat down on the settee next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, "What"s on TV?"
I said, "Dust."

And then the fight started....

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My wife and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, " Do you want to have sex?"
"No," she answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
She didn"t even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."
No I said, "Then I"d like to phone a friend."

And then the fight started....

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Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife"s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And then the fight started....

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I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn"t believe it.... He was a D WARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, "I AM NOT HAPPY!!!"
So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"

And then the fight started.....

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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started...

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When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her some place expensive... so, I took her to a gas station.

And then the fight started...

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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver"s License to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.
The woman said, "Unbutton your shirt". So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, "That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me" and she processed my Social Security application.
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.
She said, "You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too."

And then the fight started...

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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
My wife asked, "Do you know her?"
"Yes," I sighed, "She"s my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn"t been sober since."
"My God!" says my wife, "who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"

And then the fight started...

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I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason took my order first. "I"ll have the steak, medium rare, please."
He said, "Aren"t you worried about the mad cow?""
Nah, she can order for herself."

And then the fight started...

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A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment."
The husband replied, "Your eyesight"s damn near perfect."

And then the fight started.....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Letter to Senator Jim DeMint

Today I received this letter from Senator Jim DeMint:

Dear Friend:

I want to personally thank you for signing the "Repeal ObamaCare Pledge" at repealitpledge.com and give you a quick update.

First, the bad news.

At 11:56 a.m. this morning, President Obama signed the health care legislation into law, turning one-sixth of our economy over to the federal government.
Congressional Democrats cheered as they watched the President sign this full-blown attack on our freedoms. It was a painful sight to see.

Now, the good news.

Minutes after the health care takeover was signed into law, I introduced a one-page bill to repeal it. While this Congress won't pass the "repeal it" legislation, it defines our shared goal and will help us distinguish between those politicians who get it and those who don't. Once we replace the Democrats who voted for ObamaCare, we will repeal the bill and start over with commonsense, free-market solutions.

I'm also proud to report that over 50,000 Americans have signed the "Repeal ObamaCare Pledge" since late Sunday night. This is a remarkable achievement in such a short time. But it's just the beginning. We plan to reach 100,000 pledges by the end of the day and keep building from there.

Please help us reach our goal by telling your friends and family to sign the pledge at repealitpledge.com. We need to get more people to do exactly what you've done and pledge to only support candidates who vow to repeal ObamaCare.

Once we reach a critical mass, we will begin working together to defeat the ObamaCare Democrats one at a time.

Thank you again for being willing to do your part to defend our liberty. Together, we will take our country back.

Sincerely,
Jim DeMint
United States Senator
Chairman, Senate Conservatives Fund

P.S. If you would like help elect strong conservatives to the Senate this year who will fight to repeal ObamaCare, please support the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Here is the response I sent to the good Senator:

Senator,

I thank you for your efforts to return freedom back to the American people. While I appreciate the bill you have/will introduce to repeal this monstrosity, it is at best a symbolic gesture. While I do not discount the need and usefulness of gestures such as this, which I will help support in any way possible, I believe that the time for gestures has, or will soon, pass. The administration, with the help of RINO traitor Senator Snowe, and Congressional Democrats have already revealed the next step in their plan to irrevocably deliver our nation into the hands of Karl Marx with their "bi-partisan" Immigration "reform" plan. Before the "Enemy Within" can cut Liberty's throat, we must start taking them apart. When a RINO rears it's head in the party, we must denounce and expel them. If we can not get, and keep, our own house in order how will we get the house of the nation in to any form of a sensible order? Next we must take apart the opposition. We MUST use any and all mean possible, short of violence, to denounce and expose the Democrats who hate America, The Constitution and all we as a nation stand for. We must begin impeachment proceedings against The Speaker, The Senate Majority Leader and The President. I put it to you this way sir, the time for soft words is past, we must now use the big stick. You have revealed yourself to be a true conservative and a leader, and have my respect, help and support. The people cry out for someone to lead us out of the dark valley of socialism. You sir, could be that leader, but no longer will WE THE PEOPLE sit idly by while the ruling class of the DNC deliver us unto evil and our own leaders talk and talk, and then when that inevitably fails say they did "all they could." The time to fight back has come, and I pray that the fight will not take the form of violence, but the American people will die on their feet before we beg on our knees. Lead us sir, but not with empty gesture. I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
Right Wing Extreme

Any thoughts on this?


Monday, March 22, 2010

Is It Time to Take Up Arms?

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
-Thomas Jefferson
United States Declaration of Independence

Sunday, as we all know, the House of Representatives passed the very controversial Health Care "Reform" bill. This is the first law in American history to require every American purchase a product, regardless of need or want, but merely to exist in this nation. Due to the opposition of around fifty eight percent of the American population to this bill, there is a pot full of seething anger and resentment. Add to this the dirty tricks that the Speaker of the House was prepared to implement to force this bill through, the dirty trick that Were used, the possible...., well let us call it bribery for lack of a better term, and the arm twisting to the point of some members of congress needing health insurance for various fractures and serious shoulder joint dislocations, and you have a very hot fire under an already unstable pot. All of this seems to me to be a recipe for disaster, and any moment the pot could boil over.

There are four ways to affect a change in government. First we have the coup d'├ętat, typically led by the military. I consider this to be the least likely scenario. We as a nation have too much control over our armed forces, and this usually happens, as the definition linked above states, in unstable countries with little experience in democratic forms of government. A particularly horrible thought about this scenario, the military typically makes for rather poor leaders of nations, and often end up as some of the most tyrannical and repressive governments ever seen on Earth. Secondly we have the little brother of the coup d'├ętat, the take over from within. This was common in the Roman and Egyptian Empires. There it was a time honored tradition to off your ruler and take their place by way of you own royal blood until such time as your successor offed you and so on and so forth. I also find this to be an unlikely scenario, though there are some who claim that Johnson took out Kennedy, but no matter. This I do not consider a change in government due to the fact that the only change is at the top, and the new administration often bears more than a strong resemblance to the last.

Our third way of effecting a change in government, is voting the rascals out of office. This I view as the most likely method of a turn over in our government. The unfortunate result of this method, is you find that you have unwittingly installed a different bunch rascals that are no better than the bums you just tossed. The fourth, and final, method is an armed uprising by the populace. Most Americans recoil in horror when this is presented as an option. They say, "We are not South America." Indeed we are not, but consider our history, an armed uprising is exactly what led to the formation of our great nation. We took our freedom from King George at the point of a musket.

Having given that mini history lesson, I feel that I can safely that America does indeed have a history of armed insurrection. So having established that armed rebellion by the people is in fact in the Nature of the American citizen, I ask you, is it time now to take up arms and revolt? Leave aside the chances of success and the bloodshed that a modern civil war would entail. I ask a reasonable question that I have not seen anywhere except for the ramblings of the loonies and the white supremacists. My opinion is that most are afraid to simply ask the question, is it time? My personal opinion is that a civil war would leave us battered and broken as a nation. This opinion I base on the results of the last Civil War we fought, and the fact that unlike last time, there would not be two distinct region duking it out such as neighboring nations do, but the fact that the likely combatants are all mixed in together throughout the nation, by and large.

I know that many would consider this sedition, but after careful study of the requisite statuates, I feel secure in my own right to ask this question. My goal with this post is to see how others feel, not to start a rebellion of my own, but to gauge the sentiment of others out there in the blogger community. While I generally dislike anonymous comments, this time I know that many will be due to a, well founded I think, sense of paranoia of our own government. With that, I declare the forum open, and leave you with this bit of video from Johnny Tremain.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

I am of Irish and Scots decent, and as such Saint Patrick's Day has deep meaning for me. Being that it is a great holiday that honors a rich culture, I thought I would share some awesome pictures and Irish music that I enjoy with you, my readers. Most of the music is Irish Punk, so be warned.


































Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In a Funk

I know that today is usually the day I post American Patriot/Hero of the Week, but I have to admit, I am not feeling it today. I have probably been listening to too much talk radio, and reading too much news about freaking CommieCare, and I think it is really starting to get me down. I see the road we are headed down and the probable out come, and I feel sick about the whole mess. I know we have to fight tyranny and socialism, but I think I am going to take a day off and let others carry the fight for a day. After all, I have been railing against CommieCare since before the election, and I am just weary of fighting this battle, and worrying about what a bunch of ass-hats are doing to my country. I WILL be doing Patriots/Heroes this week, but not until Thursday. Until Then readers, fight the good fight, call or write your congressmen and keep your powder dry.

America Rising Part 2

You all may remember the "America Rising" video that I posted here. While surfing around, I found Part 2 on The Left Coast Rebel, and knew that I had to do my part to get this poignant video out to as many as possible. So without further adieu, here is "America Rising Part 2."


Monday, March 15, 2010

Notable Quotes

Tip O' the Hat to JMK at Workingclass Conservative who posted this quote as a comment to last week's American Patriot/Hero of the Week post. I could not agree more with the approach advocated by Michael Scheuer, a former CIA operative and now an author of several books on America's war on terror.

"The problem with our approach is that we're simply not killing enough of our enemies."
-Michael Scheuer

Joke of the Week

Tip O' the Hat to G-Man over at The Pickle who emailed this week's joke to me.

I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up... She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

Her parents beamed with pride.

"Wow...what a worthy goal." I told her, "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50... Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where that crazy old homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house." She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her parents still aren't speaking to me..


A Prayer for Our President

Right now, our President is besieged on all sides by contention. He says he is making the changes necessary to make this a great nation once again despite the will of the people, because he knows what is best for us. At this time I would like to offer a prayer for The Chosen One as he goes about making the changes to our great nation that "He" deems to be for our own good. Today's prayer is taken from Psalm 109:8.

May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. Amen.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

American Patrot/Hero of the Week


It is rare that I honor a member of the Air Force. This is in no part due to their lack of bravery, but is in fact because Marines and soldiers are more often on the front lines, and therefore get the bulk of the news coverage. This week I am proud to honor Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt. I learned of this true, and heart-warming, story in an e-mail that I recently received, and I have posted the e-mail in it's entirety. A story such as this one goes to show that not all acts of heroism are performed on the battlefield. Please feel free to put it back into an e-mail and send it on, or send a link to this post. This is a story worth repeating.

John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

Monday, March 8, 2010

Joke of the Week

Tip O' The Hat to Doug H. for this weeks joke.

Fluctuations

I was at my bank today; there was a short line. Just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious she was a little irritated....

She asked the teller, 'Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?'

The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, 'Fluctuations.'

The Asian lady says, 'Fluc you white people too!'

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Please Help


Pictured above is my cat Norman. Recently Noman started limping and developed an abscess about the size of a racquetball in his leg. I have taken him to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics, but this has only helped some. It shrunk down to near the size of a golf ball, but over the weekend it ballooned up to the size of a baseball. Today he went to a different vet. This vet drained his leg, but she thinks that there is something lodged in his leg, and so it will not heal until it is removed. Both vets said he needs surgery, but this is beyond my financial means at this time. I am doing what I can, to raise the money, I sold my highschool class ring to pay for today's visit, and I am actively seeking a second job, but I fear that I will not be able to get the money together quickly enough, and will have to surrender him to a shelter to get him the help he needs, as I can not even afford to put him down, which I REALLY do not want to do, and I do not think we are at that point, yet. Neither vet has been willing to accept payments, and in this economy who can blame them. I myself have major medical bills from an injury last year, and from the birth of my youngest that we are struggling with since my wife's forty percent pay cut. Additionally my younger self, who it seemed took inordinate delight in thinking of ways to torture my older self, ruined my credit so CareCredit is out of the question. Be that as it may, Norman needs some x-rays and surgery to the tune of around four hundred dollars. At this point I am near my wits end. I have applied to a foundation that helps people and pets like us, but again, I fear help will not come soon enough. Now is where I turn to you, my friends and readers. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions that might help, please e-mail them to rightwingextreme@hotmail.com. On a related note, I have a very cool RockStar energy drink refridgerator for sale, if anyone is interested. Make me a reasonable offer, and pay the shipping and it is yours. All procedes go to help my friend and pet. Please Help!

***UPDATE***
I am half the way there! I got some of the money together, and a small loan from my sister has put me half way to getting my friend the help he needs. I have put a donation button on the top right corner of the page. I know times are hard for everyone, but if you could see it in you heart to help me and my kitty friend, and can spare a little, I would greatly appreciate it. Even a dollar or two will earn my eternal thanks. I still have the fridge for sale as well (see above). Health Update: His leg has ballooned up to racquetball size again. Tomorrow night (3/9) I am going to drain his leg again. I have been doing this between vet visits to keep him stable, and in as little pain as possible. This is only a temporary fix, until I can raise the necessary funds, but I am hopeful that my efforts, with a little help from my friends in the blogosphere, I will be in time. God Bless.

***UPDATE 2.0***
Norman goes to the vet this Wednesday (3/17). He is in good health despite being in some pain. Want to talk about Health Care? I have to take him to Walla Walla, Washington, but it is worth it because I finally found a vet that cares more about an animal's health than the almighty dollar. While the vet thinks I have enough money to cover Norman's costs, they said that they would work with me if I did not, all they want is my friend to get well, then we could worry about the money. So for there awsomeness (is that a word?) I want to send a plug out to the vet. All hail the compasionate healers of our small furry friends at Animal Clinic of Walla Walla (East). Also thank you to all who donated what they could, and for those who sent their prayers. You have all been a buoy of hope for me and mine during this troubled time.

American Patrot/Hero of the Week 2.0


As promised, I give you another hero. Dr. David Benke's quick actions saved the lives of the students entrusted to him during the recent school shooting at Dear Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado. For those who do not know, there must be at least one, he tackled a crazy man bent on killing innocent children as they departed school for the day. When he heard the gun shoots, he did not duck or run for cover, as most would. He located the shooter and brought him down with valiant disregard for his own safety. He also kept the promise to his students during a post-Columbine safety drill where he promised to stop such violence if he could. What adds to his bravery, is that this man is a math teacher, not a former policeman or soldier trained in such things. This is a moral and brave man by any and all definitions of those words. Thank you Dr. Benke for watching over the children. In a related note, another thank you to the assailants father who did not coddle his mentally ill son, or try to explain away his action. War Eagle Eastwood (the perpetrators father) said, "I don't care who you are, You shouldn't go out there and take how you feel inside of you out on anybody else." Bravo sir for your courage. The courage to condemn a mad man, especially when it is your son, is something sadly lacking in today's society.

BS Quote From Speaker Piglosi

In early remarks released by ABC, Pelosi was asked by "This Week" host Elizabeth Vargas, "When asked to grade the past year, Pelosi said, "I think I get an A for effort." - And that my friends, is as succinct a statement as I have ever heard about what is wrong with this nation. Voting present and participation trophies.

American Patrot/Hero of the Week

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima By: Joe Rosenthal

This will be the first of two Hero/Patriot posts this week. This week RWE honors the men who fought the Battle of Iwo Jima symbolized here by the raiseing of the flag on Mount Suribachi. It is a little known fact that there were two flags were flown that day, as the Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, wanted the first American flag to fly over Japaneese territorty as a souviner. Many brave men fought for our freedom, and the freedom of millions all over the world. Many, especially in this day and age forget this, but I remember. Next time you get into your car, or buy food at the grocery store, and most especially the next time you cast a ballot for your elected officials, remember the sacrifices these men paid, and that their desendants continue to pay, for our precious right. They knew the risks, and gladely paid them gladely. As a powerful nation we have a duty to bring the freedoms we enjoy to those who need, want and are willing to pay the same price we did for them. As the the great author, Stan Lee wrote, "With great power comes great responsibility." When you remember your "Rights," never forget that the overshadowed foundation of those rights is Responsibility. If you would like to know more, here is a list of Medal of Honor recipients for the Battle of Iwo Jima. I also highly recommend the book Flags of Our Fathers and The Bloody Battle for Suribachi. The former follows the lives of the six flag raisers shown in the picture above. It is look into the lives of of six brave men filled with sadness, joy and the occasional humorous story. The latter details the struggle for the mountain and island.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Nodar Kumaritashvili: Never Forget

I was just about a gnat's whisker from deleting my original Nodar Kumaritashvili post. I felt, and to some extent still do feel, that it was not as well written as it could have been. My sentiments towards the IOC remain however, so something was required to take its place. Such callousness should not be allowed unchallenged. I came across this article that mirrors my feeling in this debacle. While I endeavour to be as original as I can, time permitting, once a truth is spoken, it is not necessary to rephrase it. While I think that Dissident Voice is filled with mealy-mouthed, soft-headed, liberal nonsense, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Thank you Mr. Zirin for putting into words my sentiments so exactly. Incidentally, I have decided to not delete the post because someone thought it worthy of a comment. If someone is going to take the time to comment on my humble writing, than I guess I can not delete it.

Nodar Kumaritashvili: Never Forget
by David Zirin / February 23rd, 2010

The charter of the International Olympic Committee states that one of the Committee’s primary objectives is to “encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sports.” The circumstances surrounding the death of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili expose the charter as an absolute lie. On the cusp of last week’s opening ceremonies, Kumaritashvili died practicing on a track many believed to be extremely dangerous.

Shortly before his death, the 21-year-old Kumaritashvili spoke to his father, David, who said to the AP, “He told me: ‘Dad, I really fear that curve.’ I’m a former athlete myself, and I told him: ‘You just take a slower start.’ But he responded: ‘Dad, what kind of thing you are teaching me? I have come to the Olympics to “ try to win.’… He told me: ‘I will either win or die.’”

Kumaritashvili’s fear had been shared by other luge sliders since the day the track opened in 2008 and course designers said that it was “faster, steeper and more intense than any track in history.” United States luge athlete Mark Grimmette said the very day before Kumaritashvili’s death, “I think we’re probably getting close, too close, to the edge.” Bob Storey, president of the International Federation of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing, said of the track’s design: “That was not an engineering decision. That was a commercial decision.”

Hannah Campbell-Pegg of Australia also commented, “To what extent are we just little lemmings that they throw down this track and we’re crash-test dummies?” Even Armin Zoeeggeler of Italy, the world’s top luger, crashed earlier in the day.

The more luge sliders complained about impending peril, the less they were heard.

The IOC and the International Luge Federation (FIL) should right now be begging for forgiveness, demanding a thorough investigation, and already starting to make restitution to Kumaritashvili’s family. They should count themselves as lucky that they won’t be nabbed for involuntary manslaughter. Instead, they have chosen a path of ugly arrogance that recalls the imperious former IOC President Avery Brundage at his absolute worst.

Even for people who oversee winter sports, this is very cold-blooded.

VANOC (the IOC’s host body) and FIL issued a response with a tone of barely concealed annoyance that Kumaritashvili had to selfishly go and die. Taking a mere ten hours to “investigate” how Kumaritashvili died, they blamed him for his own death on Curve 16, writing, “There was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track.”

The subtext was, “Time to move on. Get back to work and on that track.”

The incredibly callous and patently suspect “official finding” is rooted in the true mission of the IOC: maxing out television revenue. The highly profitable niche of extreme winter sports has put pressure on the Winter Games to supply a product with ever more speed and spectacle. The result is the first luger to die on the track in thirty-four years. To slow down the games out of respect for the dead, or even to investigate how so many concerns could be ignored, would be to slow a carnival that has generated 26.4 million average viewers for the first five nights of NBC’s pretaped television primetime broadcast. (These numbers are 22 percent higher than the 2006 games in Torino.) Their argument is that they’re not at fault because they’re the IOC; therefore, they can’t be at fault.

But the IOC’s actions after the blood was mopped off the ice show that they know very well knew where to place blame. After insisting that their oh-so-extensive ten-hour investigation found the track to be safe, they had workers put up a high wooden wall just past the curve where Kumaritashvili died. They also put padding on the exposed metal beams before the finish line and they changed the men’s starting point, which will slow their speed on the track. After questioned on these hurried moves, they said that it was all done out of concern for the emotional state of Kumaritashvili’s teammates and competitors, a feint toward sympathy that even the New York Times called “bogus.”

To further make sure that we forget that the 2010 Vancouver Olympics started with death, Steve Capus, president of NBC News, has handed down a directive that the graphic video of Kumaritashvili’s death is not to be shown on any of NBC’s news programming without his permission. In addition, this policy has apparently been adopted by NBC Sports. Out of sight, out of mind. As for Kumaritashvili, his body has already been shipped back to his native Georgia. His family is grieving, his mother throwing herself on his coffin as it traveled the streets toward his home.

Now the sports pages are filled with stories about Lindsay Vonn, Shani Davis, and Bode Miller. (Nodar who?) But while the games go on, we should never forget. After all, if this is how the IOC treats its athletes, heaven help the rest of us. As the games get underway in London in 2012 or Russia 2014, remember that there is blood on the tracks.

Joke of the Week

GOTTA PEE

Two women friends had gone for a girl's night out. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers. Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to Pee, so they stopped in the cemetery. One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought She would take off her panties and use them. Her friend however was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them. She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she proceeded to wipe with that.

After the girls did their business they proceeded to go home. The next day one of the woman's husband was concerned that his normally sweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over, so he phoned the other husband and said: 'These girl nights have got to stop! I'm starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!'

'That's nothing' said the other husband, 'Mine came back with a card stuck to her ass that
said, 'From all of us at the Fire Station. We'll never forget you.''