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The Red/Blue Switcheroo (Continued)

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After the people of Chicago dodged that big ball of corporate welfare and eminent domain called the Olympics, their victory was celebrated by several Republicans— partly for the petty reason that a president of the opposing party had asked the Olympic Committe to bring the games to Chicago, but also for the very good reason that having the Olympics in your hometown really sucks. Opportunistic or not, they were on the right side of the issue; my only sorrow at the committee's decision comes from my sympathy for the citizens of Rio.

Here's how the right's reaction was headlined on the liberal site Talking Points Memo:

Conservatives Revel In America's Olympic Defeat

In the article below that title you'll find another reference to right-wingers "reveling in America's defeat." In the comments beneath the story, the words bandied about include "unpatriotic," "un-American," "Anti-American," "traitors," and even—let's hope this last one was meant ironically—"Why do they hate America?" You have to scroll halfway down the page before anyone brings up the costs the games would have imposed on the average Chicagoan.

Apparently a lot of Democrats are discovering their inner jingos. Give 'em another year in power and they'll start burning Dixie Chicks CDs.

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  1. Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.

    1. Jesse Walker apparently doesn’t understand the concept of sockpuppets helping spread a line that probably started at MMFA, ThinkProgress, the HuffPost, Journ-o-list, or at the DNC. They’re just playing a little game.

      And, the reason why I’m happy about Chicago losing out is because of corrrruption. That’s something Malkin has discussed, and that would have been a perfectly valid thing for others to harp on.

      Meanwhile, a group that supports the same thing as Reason has an entirely different explanation for the loss.

      P.S. More people probably saw last night’s tea party recruitment pitch than attended the DC march.

      P.P.S. In case anyone replies to this, their responses will almost assuredly be ad homs, thereby conceding my points and showing the childish, anti-intellectual nature of libertarians. Dozens of comments here have shown that the phrase “fascist libertarian” isn’t an oxymoron.

      1. Ooh, that reminds me: We need an “ignore this user” button. Can that be done, o mighty squirrel?

        1. Isn’t there a plugin thingie or summin for that?

      2. STFULW!

        Finally, I have arrived.

      3. You think Chicago lost because of corruption? Lol, Rio is more corrupt than Chicago, dummy. However, Rio ? uma cidade bonita, and Chicago is a dirty, stinky, craphole that is uglier than Henry Waxman on a bad day. Oh, and learn to spell corruption and then STFU.

        1. Actually, Chi is a great city. It’s problems include that mentioned above, the cold, and the fact that it’s flat. I’m a fan of elevation change in the same way that others are fans of whatever lesser things they’re fans of.

          P.S. Is the Kochtopus secretly funding JFo’s various appearances as part of a TeaParty recruiting drive?

          1. STFULW!

            They were not bidding for the winter Olympics, they were bidding for the summer, when it is hot and icky there.

            1. It is hot and sticky in Rio during their summer as well. I know this, because I’ve been there.

          2. And the Chicago River already looks like bad tea.

            1. Yes, to the extent that plain old water is a particularly bad attempt at tea.

        2. Chicago is the number #1 architecture city in the US.

          I’m glad it lost so Daley and Obama didn’t get to set up their crooked buddies with more money. That’s the reason Obama went.

          1. Do you actually believe the president spent his extremely valuable time, energy, and prestige just to make a few of his friends a little money? Let’s be serious here.

            1. He owed people lots of favors and a few might even have some dirt on him. Millions of dollars is not pocket change to the members of the Chicago Machine.

        3. You must not have been to Chicago since the stockyards left the south side. Probably the cleanest major city (~250,000+ population) in the US these days.

          Now, if you want to quibble with the use of tax payer dollars to spray clean downtown sidewalks practically every night, go ahead.

          Plus, as JB notes, the architecture. The politics are dirty, but the city itself is clean and beautiful.

          To also respond to Suki’s uninformed comment, contrary to the notorious winters, Chicago has a very temperate climate in the summer (e.g., most days are not going over 85 and humidity is not unbearable), particularly on the lakeshore.

          That being said, I couldn’t be happier Chicago lost out on the Olympics. I would have wanted to kill myself on my commute every morning if they got the games.

      4. Am I the only one that is amused by LW’s victim complex with the disclaimer he always puts in his posts?

        1. The only person who isn’t amused by LW’s victim complex is LW himself.

    2. Who left that tag open?

    3. Jesse Walker apparently doesn’t understand the concept of sockpuppets helping spread a line that probably started at MMFA, ThinkProgress, the HuffPost, Journ-o-list, or at the DNC.

      I’m pretty good at spotting sockpuppets, Chris. And you’re lousy at it, to judge from all the false accusations of sockpuppetry you’ve levied here at Hit & Run.

  2. Plus ca change, plus ce la meme chose

  3. Let’s talk about this hideous orange to blue switcheroo in the Reason color scheme. I miss the orange. This blue color is cold and boring.

    1. Seriously…..

    2. the color switch was temporary. The preview and email address link features are on the way.

      1. Appeasement is not the answer. Just ack Chamberlain.

        1. Just < s >ack< / s > ax Chamberlain.

  4. Did Caruso just make a wry comment and put on his shades? [The] Eels’ “Old Shit, New Shit” can also musically sum up what’s going on.

    Speaking of color switching, why am I looking at blue links right now? Is that a temporary tie in to Walker’s article, another glitch in the site or the loss of a signature look?

  5. Give ’em another year in power and they’ll start burning Dixie Chicks CDs.

    They probably already do. They all talk like they’re against piracy, but let’s have a look at their PCs, hmmm?

  6. They probably already do. They all talk like they’re against piracy, but let’s have a look at their PCs, hmmm?

    They all talk about the evil corporations too. You know, the ones lining up to support the cap and trade giveaway and the mandatory insurance revenue stream.

    Screw threaded comments! Where the hell is Preview?!

    1. Screw threaded comments! Where the hell is Preview?!

      Yea maaaaan!

      1. Screw threaded comments!

        1. Nail threaded comments! Or is superglue better?

  7. What in God’s name made the Powers That Be think fluorescent blue was preferable to the old orange?

    This is an unacceptable “switcheroo.”

    1. The orange is back. Squirrel answered your prayer, but the prayers of J sub D go ignored.

      Perhaps JsD offered the wrong shrubbery for tribute?

  8. Why should I bother to type in my E-mail address when it no longer is accessible to others?

    Fix that! I have met people by clicking on their name and sending them E-mail.

    Fix that! Screw threaded comments! Where the hell is Preview?!

    1. Is this working with Chrome yet?

    2. They probably want your email address so they can pass it along to Lonewacko when he sues them for libel.

    3. Yeah ppl send me e-mails sometimes…

      And

      Screw threaded comments!

    4. JsubD
      Why should I bother to type in my E-mail address when it no longer is accessible to others?

      Fix that! I have met people by clicking on their name and sending them E-mail.

      J sub D’s a cyberstalker?

      AND, Just to let my feelings be known:

      Screw threaded comments! Where the hell is Preview?!

      1. Great! Remind writer buddy John about his Hamas girl stalker when he finds this. An interesting night of instant messaging is in store I see.

    5. I have met people by clicking on their name and sending them E-mail.

      That’s why they disabled it.

      I keed! I keed!

  9. You people have complained every time they’ve changed the layout here. You’ll get used to it eventually, and then complain the next time they change it too.

    1. Voice of Reason

      DRINK!

      1. It’s Sat. If you want to catch me before I start drinking, you have to post way before 4:36pm.

  10. Agggh, the Olympics, whatever. Frankly, it’ll be a far bigger triumph if we can land the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

    Even better, nobody’s gonna have to steal my money to build a bunch of stuff for that one. They just bring in the soccer teams, plop ’em in a few of our stadiums around America, and let us become awash in hot Brazilian and Dutch chicks. It’s a much better deal.

  11. You people have complained every time they’ve changed the layout here. You’ll get used to it eventually, and then complain the next time they change it too.

    I only bitch about changes for the worse e.g.

    I have met people by clicking on their name and sending them E-mail.

    Fix that! Screw threaded comments! Where the hell is Preview?!

    You may placidly accept the degradation of a beautiful thing, I don’t.

    1. Hey, hey
      Ho, ho
      da new format gotta go!

      Anybody have a catchier chant?

      1. 2,4,6,8!
        Bring back the preview button before it’s too late!

        Burn baby, burn baby, burn baby, burn!
        The preview button must return!

        NO PREVIEW BUTTON, NO PEACE!

        1. We’re here, we’re queer, we want a preview button and orange trimmings.

  12. …my only sorrow at the committee’s decision comes from my sympathy for the citizens of Rio.

    Ah, they’ll make up for the money they’re going to lose with all the kidnapping ransoms.

    1. Where would you rather live? Gaza or Rio?

      1. Rio, you are joking, right?

        1. It is a make fun of MNG thing. He is one of the insecure ‘male’ types who tried to pick on me when I started posting here.

          1. Not sure who he is, I am new here… He is from Gaza???

            1. No, but a few of us wish he would go there. Any time any writer talks about some really bad shit in the world he jumps in with “Would you rather live there or in Gaza?” as if the only discussion should be about Gaza until that is fixed. And his ‘fix’ is Israel surrendering and marching into the water, not Gaza behaving like a good neighbor.

              Something else I like about writer buddy John’s books. He has the Gazans of the future behaving, not wasting their allowance fucking with Israel, being productive. If I didn’t know better I would think he writes that way just to mess with MNG, but that’s not it.

  13. You may placidly accept the degradation of a beautiful thing, I don’t.

    I usually masturbate while watching it.

    I can’t fap to this.

    1. They call them blue balls for a reason.

      1. Sorry, that was idiotic.

        What I should have said is, “Orange you sad that you’re going to have blue balls?”

  14. …my only sorrow at the committee’s decision comes from my sympathy for the citizens of Rio.
    For a developing nation trying to shake its third world reputaion, successfully hosting the Olympics may be a good idea. S. Korea may indeed have actually benefitted long term by hosting th ’88 games in Seoul.

    This obviously does not apply to Chicago, London or Paris. For those places it is merely ego gratification for the wealthy and well connected at the expense of the average Joe.

    1. I don’t think I would refer to Brazil as 3rd world. Brazil is a very wealthy country and their economy has experienced a lot of growth over the last decade. They are not first world yet, but are moving in that direction. However, the contrast in wealth to poverty there is much greater than in the US.

      The people of Brazil are very excited about this, in a way that most would not be here. Rio, while beautiful, has a lot of crime and poverty. It’s going to be interesting to see how Brazil handles this. I think they will put a lot of effort into it, but it is going to be interesting.

      1. And they love to drill their own oil.

        1. That too…

          1. Brazil has a bright future and always will, as they say.

            1. They have a pretty flag.

  15. My pervious would have looked much better if this site had fuckin’ preview!

    1. Why is everything defaulting to Italics now? Is it just me? I haven’t drank that much yet…

      1. Squirrel fixed it. All hail Squirrel!

  16. In one of the articles I read this morning, it was pointed out that some IOC apparatchiks were apparently concerned by the possibility of large numbers of foreigners (athletes and spectators) running afoul of America’s border crossing paranoiacs.

    ps- Ow, my eye!

  17. Conservatives Revel In America’s Olympic Defeat

    Who’s a surrender monkey, now?

    1. Conservatives revel in ‘Obamas’ Olympic defeat. No way is it a loss for America. I would be embarassed to host a world event in the ugliest city in America.

      1. You must not have visited Baltimore yet.

        1. I fucking live there. Baltimore is Eden compared to Chicago. Well, I am stretching a little…

          1. Well, actually, I do not live in Baltimore City, I work in the city. I have been warned repeatedly by co-workers not to move into Baltimore City.

            1. Where would you rather live? Gaza or Baltimore?

              1. Could I just have someone blow themself up and kill me in Baltimore? That way I don’t have to travel all they way to Gaza to die.

                1. Maybe of you borrow some money from the wrong people and fail to pay it back?

        2. Hey! Baltimore is awesome. Corrupt and crime-ridden? Yes. Ugly? No way. Unless you are judging it solely based on its slums, an episode of The Wire, or the Orioles’ record…

          1. The inner harbor and some other areas, like the area around Charles street, Fells Point, and Canton are beautiful. But the slums are extensive. It’s almost impossible to go from any one point of interest to another in the city without going through one of the many slums. I’ll take Baltimore over Chicago any day. For one thing, the winters in Chicago are horrible, pretty mild in Baltimore.

      2. Try visiting Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, El Paso….

        Chicago has some ugly parts but the nice parts of that city are beautiful.

        1. Try visiting Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, El Paso….

          Crap, you beat me to it.

      3. Second time you’ve said something like this. Did Chicago ass rape you? Did it fuck your sister in the mouth?

        1. 3rd time is a charm, Chicago sucks!

  18. “How dare you question my patriotism.”

    (delivered in a bored Sheryl-Crow-“Hit it”-opening-to-“All-I-Wanna-Do” voice).

  19. There is a sense Schadenfreude at Obama failing to impress with his mere presence the effete, arrogant, internationalists that make up the IOC. These were the sort people who are supposed to love the USA now that Obama is our leader.

    1. Is that a good or a bad? Please clarify.

      1. If it makes more Americans realize that its not worth it trying to suck up to the internationalists, then its a good thing.

  20. Conservatives Revel In America’s Olympic Defeat

    Fuck you, TPM, while I revel in Obama’s defeat, and the defeat of the idiot nation that elected him.

  21. Apparently a lot of Democrats are discovering their inner jingos.

    Actually, anti-globalization is really popular with them Democrats.

    1. Anti global economy, perhaps, but how do they feel about a global government to “regulate” the global economy?

      1. Anti global economy, perhaps, but how do they feel about a global government to “regulate” the global economy?

        I know this one! They heart it. But it is UNworkable.

  22. I really fucking hate partisans. Reallllllllly fucking hate them.

  23. My attempt to fix the italics tag has failed. Miserably.

    1. Mine too, way at the top.

      1. style=’text-decoration: none;’ Pleeaaasseeee, make it stoooppppp…..

  24. With the tag open it seems like everybody is whispering. It reminds me of being in a library.

    1. It gives everybody that air of self importance that people who constantly quote others reek of.

      1. Hey, I constantly quote others! What else are you supposed to do on a discussion forum?!

        1. I was talking about people who rarely use their own words and respond with quotes of others, not to quotes of others. Feeling a lil insecure about your banter?

  25. <blink> testing some more</blink>

      1. Missed by that much.

  26. Great. Now let’s see if someone can put a strikethrough on all the comments.

    1. See above. Your turn. BTW, strikethrough works now.

  27. At least this time around we can watch it at a normal time well at least us on the East coast can.

  28. I think they may be an hour later than us… or maybe that is only in the North East of Brazil, not sure….

  29. I think they may be an hour later than us… or maybe that is only in the North East of Brazil, not sure….

    They use the metric system, so it’s different.

    1. Actually, I am right, it is 7:13pm in Rio now, 6:13 in Balmer, hon.

      1. Or, ? sete e treze minutos no Rio Agora, and in Balmer, hon, is 6:13.

  30. Okay, who broke the internet this time?

  31. Oh, great!

    Now we have italic server squirrels.

    1. Would you rather live in italics or in Gaza?

  32. I thought this thread was dead? Italics server squirrels revived it?

  33. Resistance is futile.

  34. KHAAAAAAAAAAAN!

  35. Obama has a secret plan to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago yet, it’s not over yet…

  36. How about we don’t let Republicans attend the Olympics? And we can conscript them to build the Olympic facilities. Oh, and confiscate their property, too. That’s expeditious.

    1. How about we don’t let Republicans attend the Olympics? And we can conscript them to build the Olympic facilities. Oh, and confiscate their property, too. That’s expeditious.

      Slavery is so current Asia and Africa.

    2. Something Garrison never mentions is that he’s in hollywood now because we ran him out of town on a rail in 1974. In case you were wondering, yes: he was the kid who would insult the other kids on the playground so they’d kick his ass. It was all the attention he could get.

  37. Someone fixed it. Thank you Squirrel!

    1. OMG! The Italics conspiracy of 2009 has ended. Bush was behind it all along, I know it, him and Rummie. Rummie was the mastermind of it all. Squirrel was just a sock puppet of Rummie.

  38. How about this: Change the “reply to this” link to say “reply to this (x number of replies)”. When you click on the link to reply, all of the replies for that particular comment appear as they are now.

  39. I say we replace the Olympics w/ Republican on Republican gladiatorial fights to the death.

    1. Put it on pay-per-view and you’ll be farting through silk in no time just from the revenue you’d get in the Castro district.

  40. Nope, is not interesting enough. Better yet, Liberal death match 2010. Nazi Piglosi vs Hitlary Clinton.

  41. Well, libertarian on Republican or Democrat death matches would be interesting if both sides were permitted to bring whatever weapons they currently own.

    In a Godzilla vs Bambi kind of way, that is.

  42. I recall listening to Garrison when I was a teenager. A friend of mine, actually still a friend of mine, was a big fan and wanted me to listen to a tape of a reading he did for PBS of Lake Wobegone. It was my first exposure. I remember thinking, without knowing anything about the man’s politics, and being an apparatchik liberal myself back then, ‘some one who suppresses his imagination to the extent this is the distilled crap that surfaces must be a horrible human being on the inside.’

    I nailed it the first time.

  43. Aw. Your concern for the citizens of Chicago is so sweet. It’s sweet like a big candy apple. It’s transparent, however, like the skin of a sour grape.

  44. Well probably it was better for the Olympics to go to Rio. They needed that more than the Americans.

    http://next-world-war.blogspot.com

    1. Out of curiosity, why do you hate the people of Rio more than the people in Chicago?

      The Olympics are an economic disaster to the residents of the cities hosting them. While the elites profit from the corporatist subsidies and contracts flowing out of the events, the middle classes are hit with higher taxes and the poor frequently have their neighborhoods razed to make way for the stadia.

      Hosting the Olympics has all the attraction of having a plague of locusts land on ones fields.

      I’m happy the people of Chicage dodged a bullet. But the people in Rio in no way deserve the royal screwing they are about to get.

      1. The Brazilians are totally stoked about this. Of course, they love any excuse they can get to party in the streets for days, weeks…. But, I am concerned about them. Lula wanted this for prestige, but I am seriously concerned about how they handle this. Maybe they are going to get bulldozers and just plow all the favelas off the hillsides surrounding the city to make room for for half the population from Sao Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza… plus the rest coming from all around the planet. I would be more than a little apprehensive about this if I lived in Rio. I think I would just rent my place out and get the hell out of there until the smoke clears.

  45. Perhaps people in the Chicago area should concern themselves less with the Olympics, and more with this:

    http://www.dailyherald.com/sto…..&src;=

    Representative Bean is on the Financial Services Committee where HR 1207 now resides, so it would behoove her to explain her position on HR 1207 to her constituents in the 8th District. Clearly, her constituents deserve to know where the Congresswoman stands on an issue of such manifold importance.

  46. The Olympics in Rio: $8 billion.
    The dumbstruck expression on the faces of the Chicago boosters: Priceless.

  47. Wow, the good ole switcheroo. Unreal man.

    RT
    http://www.complete-privacy.net.tc

  48. This is people reveling in a giant FUCK YOU to Obama.

    These Leftist fetuses are just upset people like taking a dump on their messiah.

  49. Why do progressives hate brown people?

  50. It’s interesting that the same words crop up, that the Republicans used when to defend their wars (the other side is un-american, un-patriotic etc.). Are those democrats really that stupid that they don’t see the irony in this?

    1. No they aren’t that stupid.
      They think the elctorate is too stupid to notice.
      They may be right.

      1. Never assume malice when incompetence is a sufficient explanation.

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