U.S. sucks up to Russia while its Olympic commentators use gay slurs to bash American athletes

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Americans who watched the Olympics Friday night saw NBC’s opening segment, which was narrated by Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. What struck me most about the video was the fact that Americans will whitewash (or was that redwash?) Communism’s history for free, in ways the old Soviet Union mandated for its own media.

In a delivery that said, “Don’t you wish you grew up under the Soviet Union?” Dinklage intoned:

Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence. The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint. The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, its passion that endures as a more reliable record to their collective heart.”

The last time I heard a delivery like that I was in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, listening to Out of Many One,’ the film that plays before visitors go on a tour of the building. It makes sense to have a feel-good warm-and-fuzzy video about America in the nation’s capital, but it’s quite another thing for American media to romanticize Russia and its Communist past — particularly when Russian commentators describe American athletes using gay slurs.

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CNBC reports:

Dina Gusovsky: I was actually born in Russia when it was still the Soviet Union. I moved here in 1991 and then I was an anchor and reporter for Russia Today, which became RT America. So I know I thing or two about Russia.

Ted Kemp: So, they’re saying some negative things. Give us some examples. What type of things are you hearing a lot of as you’re listening to these broadcasts.

Dina Gusovsky: Well, anytime they talk about the Americans they use their favorite derogatory term, which is ‘bindorse.’  I can’t quite translate into English because we would get in a lot of trouble. The first part of it is a derogatory term about people’s sexuality. The second part of it is a version of “stupid Americans.”  They combined the two. They got creative — they combined the two and came up with ‘bindorse.’

The funny thing about multiculturalism is that its a one-way street. If you’re an American who believes “all cultures are equal” you only need to do a bit of traveling (or speak another language) to understand that the rest of the world does not extend the favor in our direction. While the Russian commentators are referring to American gymnasts as “crooked-legged girls” that walk like bears in their native tongue, American media outlets are creating schmaltzy montages dedicated to portraying an idealized Russia.

If you want to know how dangerous multiculturalism is to the long-term health of a nation, I suggest watching the explanation Mark Steyn gave on the issue to a group at Pepperdine University in 2007. I probably link to the commentary every six months…but that’s because it’s that good. Expect a full transcription sometime soon.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to peruse the work of Russian artist Andrew Tarusov. You can read more about him at The People’s Cube.

Russian pinupThe guy has talent.

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Reid: I’ll burn my socks from Datang, China because I’m an idiot

Senator Reid wants you to know that while he is perfectly okay running up trillions in debt to Chinese banker-pimps, he will not stand for Ralph Lauren’s Chinese contractors.

If you wanted to see the kind of sad-sack losers walking the halls of Congress, look no further than Sens. Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and the populist clowns calling for Olympic uniforms to be burned because they were created in China. These elected oxygen thieves are perfectly fine having turned the United States into a debtor nation to our Communist banker-pimps, but God forbid Ralph Lauren contracts out the labor to Chinese seamstresses.

Question for Harry Reid: Will you hold a press conference to publicly burn your socks and neckties, since most of them probably come from Datang, China?

Datang produces an astounding nine billion pairs of socks each year — more than one set for every person on the planet. People here fondly call it Socks City, and its annual socks festival attracts 100,000 buyers from around the world. …

[T]hese days, buyers from New York to Tokyo want to be able to buy 500,000 pairs of socks all at once, or 300,000 neckties, 100,000 children’s jackets, or 50,000 size 36B bras. And increasingly, the places that best accommodate those kinds of orders are China’s giant new specialty cities.

As the nation holds at 8% unemployment for over 30 straight months, the big concern of Harry Reid is the lack of sweat-shop type jobs available in the United States. Instead of trying to figure out a way to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit within the American people — so that we can churn out thousands of doctors instead of thousands of socks — our Senators our playing rhetorical games with the country that holds trillions of dollars in U.S. debt.

What would happen if all the Chinese, Korean and Japanese companies that have plants in the  United States pulled up their stakes because they were “outsourcing” jobs to the United States? What if all those Asian tourists and businesses that head to Las Vegas every year suddenly decided to put their money into local Chinese casinos and hotels? It would be fun to see Sen. Reid hem and haw and look like more of a stuttering buffoon than he already is.

Liberal politicians create business environments that push manufacturing overseas. They demonize entrepreneurs. They find creative new ways to stick it to producers through oppressive taxation and regulation, and then play a phony populist card when the blow back hits them in the face for all the world to see.

Remember when Senator Reid literally surrendered during the darkest days of the Iraq War? I do. Someone tell our Commie-banker overlords to push back on Reid and he’ll fold like a nice pair of cotton underwear made in China.

Defending Brent Musburger: Liberal rags go for gold in 200m race-baiting

Today, Iranians still practice their shot-putting skills by hurling rocks at women. Spike Lee recently used his Twitter feed to spread the New Black Panthers’ message of vigilante justice — until it turned out he got the wrong address and nearly scared an elderly couple to death. And yet, The Nation feels the need to target Brent Musburger. Telling.

If there was a gold medal to be had for the 200 meter race-baiting competition this year, it would be a photo finish between The Nation and Deadspin, both digging in to kick up Brent Musburger quotes from decades ago — the perfect liberal guilt trip of a beloved sportscaster just before the summer Olympics. The Nation was first out of the gates, demanding he “apologize” for comments he made 44 years ago about John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s clench-fisted medal stand protest at the 1968 Games. Too lazy to do their own research, Deadspin drafted the lead runner, piggy-backed off his liberal tripe and then lunged for the tape with a tired cliché (i.e., Musburger belongs to an “old boys club”).

Instead of covering Iranian men who practice their shot-putting skills by stoning women, Dave Zirin spends his time sifting through the sands of time to smear Brent Musburger. Here’s some of what he found:

Smith and Carlos looked like a couple of black-skinned storm troopers, holding aloft their black-gloved hands during the playing of the National Anthem. They sprinkled their symbolism with black track shoes and black scarfs and black power medals. It’s destined to go down as the most unsubtle demonstration in the history of protest.

But you’ve got to give Smith and Carlos credit for one thing. They knew how to deliver whatever it was they were trying to deliver on international television, thus insuring maximum embarrassment for the country that is picking up the tab for their room and board here in Mexico City. One gets a little tired of having the United States run down by athletes who are enjoying themselves at the expense of their country.

The 60’s were a tumultuous time in American history. There was race and war and cultural upheaval, drugs and sex and all sorts of other madness, sprayed with high-powered fire hoses and washed away with hallucinogenic drugs. You had the dueling visions of Martin Luther King (recently assassinated) and Malcolm X fighting for the hearts and minds of black America, itself an extension of the disagreements between Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois.

In one corner you have men who sought to work within the system to gain acceptance and respect, and in the other you had (in many ways) a rejection of the system and a predilection for in-your-face confrontation. A large percentage of black culture was decided upon during the 60’s, and the pivot was much more Malcolm X/Du Bois and a lot less Booker T. Washington/Martin Luther King — a conversation The Nation and Deadspin would rather not have because it’s one where they can’t avoid intellectual body blows. It’s much easier to insinuate racism and demand apologies than to have honest, frank discussions on race.

Let’s talk about W.E.B DuBois and Booker T. Washington. Let’s talk about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Or, if we’re The Nation and Deadspin … let’s not. It’s so much easier to play race-baiting games and demand apologies.

The point is, one could make the argument that Musburger erred in referencing Nazi shock troops to describe John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s form of protest, but he should never apologize for believing:

  • An awards ceremony at the Olympic Games is generally the wrong forum to take up a political fight.
  •  A philosophy of in-your-face defiance might actually fan the flames of racial animus instead of extinguishing them.

Perhaps this Olympic Games, two male swimmers will make out on the medal stand in support of gay marriage. Perhaps an Olympic sympathizer with “the 99 percent” will take a massive dump off the high dive. Perhaps a critic of President Obama’s relentless drone attacks on Pakistani tribal areas (that put Bush’s to shame) will crawl into a giant body bag during the national anthem. Who knows. And years from now Tom Cruise will narrate an ESPN awards show moment just for them, and we’ll clap and laugh and pretend it’s all so much more clear cut than it really is.

Or perhaps not, because if every Olympian who had a cause that was near and dear to their heart held a creative protest, things would get really weird, really fast.

Instead of looking exclusively to the past, let us return to 2012 and ask the question: What has become of the philosophical offspring of Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party? One could make the case that they exist as … The New Black Panthers — guys who resort to vigilantism and 10k bounties on the head of a man going through the justice system (i.e., George Zimmerman). They have friends like Spike Lee, who uses his Twitter account to foment lawlessness, only to have to apologize soon afterward because he mistakenly encourages violent dopes to harass innocent elderly couples.

To liberals, it’s always 1868, or 1968 or any racial flashpoint that allows them to act as if the United States is static, stuck in a level of bygone bigotry like it was Han Solo in carbonite. And when their racist-baiting puzzle pieces don’t fit, they smash them together like a little kid, hoping to will it so.

There is something sad about a society that goes around demanding apologies from people with the fervency of a meth head looking to score, and there’s something even more depressing about publications that spend their limited time and resources trying to destroy a good man with a sterling career — all for the sake of racial politics.

Think all of this isn’t relevant to today? Perhaps. But then again, our own President was “constantly reading” Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man back in college (indeed, a classic and a thought-provoking book). But I digress…

This isn’t a time for Brent Musburger to issue an apology. However he handles it, I’m sure it will be done with class.