VIDEO: America Loses Olympics, Conservatives Cheer

  • KissTheSky

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    The "Americans for Prosperity" is a conservative group that apparently was a primary organizer of the "tea party" protests. During their meeting on Friday, the news was announced that America had lost their chance to host the 2016 Olympics. The conservative group's reaction? Cheering, squealing with glee, applause. A second wave of cheering can be heard when it's announced that Chicago was knocked out of the running in the "first wave of elimination."

    On the web, conservative bloggers were equally thrilled.
    Some "patriots."

    the video:
    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1460906593?bctid=43158474001
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 03, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    The response is overwhelmingly selfish. I have to wonder if they would also cheer if an attack like what happened on 9/11 would happen under Obama's presidency. They're acting exactly the same as the America haters acted in response to 9/11.
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    Oct 03, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    Hmmm.

    Let's compare the two.

    One, an attack that killed about 3000 innocent people.

    One, an event (in my opinion, a useless one) that typically leaves the host city with a loss after the audited financials are done.

    Yes, I would say they are EXACTLY the same.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 03, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    I didn't say the two situations were the same. I said their responses would be the same.

    Thanks, but no thanks for putting words into my mouth.


    With that out of the way, let me explain to those who can't think things through...

    When the American haters cheered, they did it because they despised some things about America and/or its leadership. Currently, many conservatives are on the record as saying they want America to fail in order for Obama to fail. If we're to be attacked under Obama's presidency, they will most likely cheer like these people did upon hearing that Chicago lost the Olympic bid because they will see it as an America/Obama failure.

    It's about how they despise Obama and they are willing and able to trample on all things America in order to defeat him. It's a case of "if we can't have it our way, no one will." That is selfishness!

  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    mike29401 saidOne, an event (in my opinion, a useless one) that typically leaves the host city with a loss after the audited financials are done.


    Glenn Beck alert....

    It's amazing at how many cities are competitive at getting to host the Olympics so that they can see a financial loss!!!
    It's amazing at how many kickback scandals occur because cities just want to host the Olympics so that they can see a financial loss!
  • olden

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    I am actually rather glad that Chicago did not win the bid for the Olympics. It is nice to see that South America has finally been recognized, and that this will be only the second Summer games held south of the Equator.

    My other, and probably the main reason, is that no host city has even so much as broken even on the games since Los Angeles, and that was done through using existing infrastructure for most of the venues. I am sure that Chicago would have done the US proud, but I am not sure that the citizens of Chicago and Illinois, and perhaps the US, would be happy diverting needed civic funds to pay billions for the construction of sporting facilities that, to a large extent would be unused or under-used in future years and still end up billions in the red. JMHO - and no I am not one of those conspiratorial Republicans, just a guy who knows how much he can afford to pay out for entertainment.
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    Oct 03, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidThe response is overwhelmingly selfish. I have to wonder if they would also cheer if an attack like what happened on 9/11 would happen under Obama's presidency. They're acting exactly the same as the America haters acted in response to 9/11.


    you know, i think they secretly would, but may publicly because of being PC condemn such an act.

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif Their brains grow smaller with each clap...
  • pelotudo87

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    I live in the Chicago metro area, and a lot of people are actually happy we didn't get them.

    People know it's gonna cost us a lot of money. Originally, Mayor Daley promised that public funds would NOT pay for the olympics, but then he had a meeting with IOC officials and ended up guaranteeing that the city would be responsible for any funding shortfalls--looks like Daley went back on his word.

    And even though it wouldn't affect me, a lot of the areas of the city where teh venues would be built are well...honestly...low income. After the games the areas would gentrify, displacing thousands of people.

    And with the city expecting a 600 MILLION DEFICIT next year, we couldn't afford them.
  • mke_bt

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    Oct 03, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    olden saidI am actually rather glad that Chicago did not win the bid for the Olympics. It is nice to see that South America has finally been recognized, and that this will be only the second Summer games held south of the Equator.

    My other, and probably the main reason, is that no host city has even so much as broken even on the games since Los Angeles, and that was done through using existing infrastructure for most of the venues. I am sure that Chicago would have done the US proud, but I am not sure that the citizens of Chicago and Illinois, and perhaps the US, would be happy diverting needed civic funds to pay billions for the construction of sporting facilities that, to a large extent would be unused or under-used in future years and still end up billions in the red. JMHO - and no I am not one of those conspiratorial Republicans, just a guy who knows how much he can afford to pay out for entertainment.


    You forgot about Melbourne.
  • vindog

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    Oct 03, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    mike29401 said



    One, an event (in my opinion, a useless one) that typically leaves the host city with a loss after the audited financials are done.



    So true....having been to Barcelona and Salt Lake City after Olympic Games were held and seeing the state of the city, especially the Olympic Villages, made me not like this traveling monster called the Olympics.

    I feel like they should use places that have the infrastructure already.

    Squaw Valley is trying to get the Winter Games again, which is just ridiculous as Tahoe, Squaw and Reno don't have the infrastructure to support it. THere is a 2 lane road going to Squaw Valley....insane.





    coolarmydude said
    mike29401 saidOne, an event (in my opinion, a useless one) that typically leaves the host city with a loss after the audited financials are done.


    Glenn Beck alert....

    It's amazing at how many cities are competitive at getting to host the Olympics so that they can see a financial loss!!!
    It's amazing at how many kickback scandals occur because cities just want to host the Olympics so that they can see a financial loss!



    It's amazing that people that run cities and countries are so moronic and proud that they feel like hosting the Olympic Games will make them more important.



    KEEP THE GAMES, BUT PUT THEM IN SMART PLACES


    or


    How about a permanent Olympic Games structure, then the IOC can upkeep and build it to suit?

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    Oct 03, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    mke_bt said
    olden saidI am actually rather glad that Chicago did not win the bid for the Olympics. It is nice to see that South America has finally been recognized, and that this will be only the second Summer games held south of the Equator.

    My other, and probably the main reason, is that no host city has even so much as broken even on the games since Los Angeles, and that was done through using existing infrastructure for most of the venues. I am sure that Chicago would have done the US proud, but I am not sure that the citizens of Chicago and Illinois, and perhaps the US, would be happy diverting needed civic funds to pay billions for the construction of sporting facilities that, to a large extent would be unused or under-used in future years and still end up billions in the red. JMHO - and no I am not one of those conspiratorial Republicans, just a guy who knows how much he can afford to pay out for entertainment.


    You forgot about Melbourne.


    and sydney
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    Oct 03, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    mike29401 saidHmmm.

    Let's compare the two.

    One, an attack that killed about 3000 innocent people.

    One, an event (in my opinion, a useless one) that typically leaves the host city with a loss after the audited financials are done.

    Yes, I would say they are EXACTLY the same.icon_rolleyes.gif



    I don't share the same reasons or sentiment as some of these asshats in the video but I will say that... I am glad Chicago lost the bid. I think their are more important things we should be focusing in on. I do not believe that Chicago would have had any of the means to support the olympics without hitting the red further than it already his in the mean time while violence in their city continues to rise and draining resources away from more serious issues at hand. I certainly wouldn't want the olympics in my city if we had those problems. I don't have a hate for Obama. I am a Democrat. I think he has the chance to make alot of great amazing changes but he lacks the direction, drive, and, i feel, the balls to get anything done. You can't just be trying to compromise from the beginning. You have to go in there with a plan already made and then let the kinks be ironed out otherwise everyone walks all over you. His problem are his own democrats which dumbfounds me because he is the party leader. If it were me, Id take them behind closed doors and be like WTF ARE YOU DOING?! I love my country. I lost the love of my life on 9-11-01 and I think anyone to even suggest that people would be celebrating a 9-11 like attack under Obama's watch is not just crazy, but stupid, ignorant, and down right un-american. It wouldn't be about our leaders anymore.. It would be about us as a people just like it was that day.
  • olden

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    Oct 03, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I did forget Sydney. So make that the third Games below the Equator.

    I remember Melbourne because the agriculture/livestock laws banned the importation of horses, so the Equestrian Events were held in Stockholm.

    My nominees for "former" events: Sychronized swimming and that Womens Running around the Mat Waving a Ribbon in Time to Music event.

    Oh - and let's bring back Cricket.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 03, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    These are the same conservative right wingers that supposedly love America and want to impose their narrow-minded, bible thumping views on us all but now they are cheering that Chicago didn't get the Olympic bid when it was one of the best cities out of the four competing cities. They love America but were opposed to its efforts to secure the Olympics. What a bunch of hypocrites. In my mind, they are traitors not patriots. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
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    Oct 03, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidThe response is overwhelmingly selfish. I have to wonder if they would also cheer if an attack like what happened on 9/11 would happen under Obama's presidency. They're acting exactly the same as the America haters acted in response to 9/11.


    It is sad, but it seems that this type of radical group probably WOULD cheer the loss of innocent American lives on American soil just because it would hurt Obama's administration, potentially. Though, such a public, gleeful outburst would most certainly distance many moderate Republicans from those groups and cause the GOP further harm. They would probably cheer in private parties.

    There is such bitter, childish hatred on both liberal and conservative sides that makes me ashamed to be associated with either side, at times. The two-party system must go. If only we could have a system which truly produced leaders and legislation that helps as many Americans as possible, rather than just the highest bidders and the politicians themselves.
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    roadbikeRob saidThese are the same conservative right wingers that supposedly love America and want to impose their narrow-minded, bible thumping views on us all but now they are cheering that Chicago didn't get the Olympic bid when it was one of the best cities out of the four competing cities. They love America but were opposed to its efforts to secure the Olympics. What a bunch of hypocrites. In my mind, they are traitors not patriots. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.


    They don't love America, the pluralistic melting pot; they love the idea of a WASP state run by theocrats.
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    Oct 03, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    jprichva saidWhy do conservatives hate America?


    I'm not so sure that conservatives hate America. They just hate when they aren't in control forcing their moral code down everyone else's throats. In their opinion, it is not America if the culture changes and stops ascribing to their strict definition of morality.

    Watching that video saddened my that people would cheer that we didn't win the Olympic bid. Granted, it is cool that the IOC is taking the games to South America. And the issue that the games likely would have been a drain on the Chicago and overall regional economy is probably a bullet dodged in the hard times we are now in.

    However, what's so sad is that they cheered simply because this was something our President and first lady were backing. They cheered because they feel like they can now call their work on this a defeat. They are looking for any kind of fodder they can use against him. It's mean spirited and hateful, to say the very least. And conservatives [read: 'Christians'] are the ones saying the stand on the side of love? Hmmm...what's twisted about that picture?
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    Oct 03, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
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    jprichva saidWhy do conservatives hate America?


    I'm not so sure that conservatives hate America. They just hate when they aren't in control forcing their moral code down everyone else's throats. In their opinion, it is not America if the culture changes and stops ascribing to their strict definition of morality.

    Watching that video saddened my that people would cheer that we didn't win the Olympic bid. Granted, it is cool that the IOC is taking the games to South America. And the issue that the games likely would have been a drain on the Chicago and overall regional economy is probably a bullet dodged in the hard times we are now in.

    However, what's so sad is that they cheered simply because this was something our President and first lady were backing. They cheered because they feel like they can now call their work on this a defeat. They are looking for any kind of fodder they can use against him. It's mean spirited and hateful, to say the very least. And conservatives [read: 'Christians'] are the ones saying the stand on the side of love? Hmmm...what's twisted about that picture?


    Stop- not all conservatives are christians and vice versa. Since you do not know the make up of the group that celebrated, you are being quite disengenous with your blanket generalization.
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 03, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    MadeNUSA saidStop- not all conservatives are christians and vice versa. Since you do not know the make up of the group that celebrated, you are being quite disengenous with your blanket generalization.



    Although it may be true that not all conservatives are christians, the fact still remains that the GOP embraced the Christian Coalition in the 1980s and have made their agenda the centerpiece of the Republican platform
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    Oct 03, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidThe response is overwhelmingly selfish. I have to wonder if they would also cheer if an attack like what happened on 9/11 would happen under Obama's presidency. They're acting exactly the same as the America haters acted in response to 9/11.


    Ok, the minute you invoke race, Hitler, or 9/11 into a conversation like this: you lose.
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    Oct 03, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    MadeNUSA saidStop- not all conservatives are christians and vice versa. Since you do not know the make up of the group that celebrated, you are being quite disengenous with your blanket generalization.



    Although it may be true that not all conservatives are christians, the fact still remains that the GOP embraced the Christian Coalition in the 1980s and have made their agenda the centerpiece of the Republican platform


    So what - this still does not prove anything.

    Not all christians were members of the coalition. Just like not all christians celebrated over the loss of the olympics. I know one christian- a close buddy of mine. I can tell you he was not a member of the coalition nor did he celebrate the loss of chicago.
  • mustangd

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    Oct 03, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    [quote]

    They don't love America, the pluralistic melting pot; they love the idea of a WASP state run by theocrats.[/quote]


    i might add to the above quote,that makes a good point, "they" also are trying to re-create a time from the past that never really existed, but, in their effort to simply their lives, they omit chunks of history to fit their world view.
    i often picture those people, having before them a puzzle, throwing out the pieces they don't like, and then trying to justify an incomplete finished product by attacking on a personal level anyone who points out the gaps in the puzzle picture.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 03, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    The radical right wing religious nut Republicans were ecstatic that Chicago and the United States did not get to host the Olympics and the subsequent economic boost that would come with it (I think that the U.S. is the only country that ever made a profit from it), for one single reason: because President Obama (Democrat) campaigned in favor of it.

    If President Obama came out against eating shit, the Republicans would eat a big old bowlful, at every meal.
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    Webster666 saidThe radical right wing religious nut Republicans were ecstatic that Chicago and the United States did not get to host the Olympics and the subsequent economic boost that would come with it (I think that the U.S. is the only country that ever made a profit from it), for one single reason: because President Obama (Democrat) campaigned in favor of it.

    If President Obama came out against eating shit, the Republicans would eat a big old bowlful, at every meal.


    Then perhaps someone should tell The Ppresident to do this

    I shall contact him right away