Posts Tagged ‘olympics’

Are you fucking kidding me:

President Obama believes that awards and medals won by Olympic athletes should be exempt from income taxes, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.

The move means Obama would back legislation by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that would exempt the athletes’ winnings, which award $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver medal and $10,000 for a bronze medal.

Look, I honestly couldn’t care less whether or not Olympic prizes are taxed. Republicans (and a lot of dems) have spent the past 2 years bitching about how complex the tax code is and about all the special exemptions targeted at whatever interest group but now they all want to come together to add another special exemption? The real kicker is that this is what congress is doing right now? We currently don’t have a federal budget, half of our economic policy is up in the air, oh and unemployment is still really high. But yea, a small tax cut for Micheal Phelps is totally the most important thing to do right now.

And the amazing part is that Rubio was probably inspired to this by that asanine Fox News story about how the olympians would throw their matches / events to avoid taxes. (for more Fox fun, note that after Gabby Douglas became the best gymnast in the world, all Fox could come up with to say was to question her patriotism because there weren’t enough stars on her leotard).

This is becoming one of those weeks that makes me want to throw thugs every time I read the news. There’s just so much stupid.

Edit: This is becoming one of those weeks that makes me want to throw things, not thugs. Throwing thugs would be exceedingly difficult and would likely end badly for me.

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They’re Deranged

I shit you not.

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Leave NBC Alooooooone!

Andrew Sullivan highlights this critique of NBC’s Olympic coverage:

At the centre of controversy was NBC’s attempt to leverage maximum revenue from the Games, for which they paid almost a billion dollars, by foregoing live coverage of high-profile events. Instead, it intends to footage on time-delay during evening prime time, when brands will pay a premium to advertise. The tactic may very well be the most lucrative for NBC, but it’s the least satisfactory for viewers, and seems to blithely ignore the advent of the internet era. It meant, for example, that Saturday’s titanic swimming clash between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte wasn’t broadcast in the USA until several hours after it took place. Adding insult to injury, NBC had already announced the result on its own evening news bulletin.

Of course they time delay. If they showed the events live, most people would not be able to watch because they’re at work, so NBC plays them in prime time. It’s called prime time for a reason. I understand the frustration with the horrible commentary, sappy stories, and NBC spoilers, but come on. The time delay is nothing new and it’s totally reasonable. I think they would have been wise to devote one of their subsidiary channels (NBC Sports or something) to live coverage, so those folks that were able to watch live could do so, but the majority of people will only be able to watch in prime time, so showing things in prime time is entirely within reason. As to the complaints about social media spoilers, well, is it really that hard to not check your Facebook for a day? Hell its all just instagrammed pictures of common objects asking you to click “like” if you recognize the common object anyway. 

I’m not saying NBC’s coverage is awesome (Ryan Seacrest, really?) but the time delay is just such a non-issue, if you ask me. Which you didn’t. But I told you anyways, because it’s my blog dammit. 

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I was going to write something about this Romney quote regarding his wife’s horse, which will be competing in the Olympics:

I have to tell you, this is Ann’s sport. I’m not even sure which day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well.

What a dick. Kevin Drum nails it:

This was painful to hear. I mean, what would any normal husband do if his wife were involved in an Olympic competition, even one he personally found boring? He’d attend! He’d cheer! That’s what married people do. But Romney has been taking some flak for being a rich dude lately, and he’s obviously calculated that being associated with a multi-million dollar sport —and an obscure, sort of prissy one at that —wouldn’t do his campaign any good. So he threw his own wife under the bus. Mitt Romney is willing to be whatever the electorate wants him to be, and apparently he crunched the numbers in his head and decided that America’s heartland voters didn’t want him to be associated with his wife’s sport.

It’s really contemptible behavior, even for a guy who long ago decided he’d do anything to become president. The first time I read that quote I recoiled, and I still do a day later even after I’ve seen it a dozen times. What a gutless little weasel.


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“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power.”

Mitt Romney, 2002

So we can drop the “you didn’t build that” idiocy now, right?

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To be fair to Mitt Romney, when he was organizing the Olympics he did not, to the best of my knowledge, deploy a fleet of battleships.

So there’s that.

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On today’s episode of Olympic Security Theater:

Thousands of Army troops have been told to prepare for duties at Games sites and given “notice to move” orders – bringing the military presence at the Games to 17,000 to meet any shortfall from G4S, the company charged with providing security for the Games. G4S is contracted to provide 10,000 guards for the London games and is being paid £284m to do so.

The Government has now put an additional 3,500 troops on standby to provide security at the Games. The presence of Games guards dressed in military uniforms is unlikely to go unnoticed by Olympic visitors; the potential for an overbearing security presence has been a talking point in recent weeks. Air-based missile defence systems will sit on civilian roofs and some of the navy’s largest battleships are in position in east London and at the sailing venue in Weymouth, Dorset.

17,000 troops, surface to air missiles, and battleships?! Holy fuck, are we defending a relatively small section of London, or invading a country? Battleships and SAM sites! Because the terrorists have a large tank battalion, a sizable Navy, and a fleet of heavy bombers that we will have to defend against. I’m pissed about the idiocy of this, and I’m not even British!

Battleships! Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ, really?

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The Brits are better at security theatre than us:

The Ministry of Defence is considering placing surface-to-air missiles on residential flats during the Olympics.

An east London estate, where 700 people live, has received leaflets saying a “Higher Velocity Missile system” could be placed on a water tower.

A spokesman said the MoD had not yet decided whether to deploy ground based air defence systems during the event.

The TSA, not to be outdone, is expected to announce they will be placing tanks in airport checkpoints.

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