Branding the Olympics

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I couldn't disagree more on his comments regarding the Lillehammer. I find those designs to be similar to Athens in 2004. Which is when Athens designs were highlighted at the end, they don't look so revolutionary to me given their similarity to Lillehammer's ten years prior.

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Well, aren't they just assholes

There's no other way to say it:

Catholic Charities President and CEO Edward Orzechowski sent a memo out to employees yesterday informing them that spouses’ who have already been enrolled in the health plan would continue to receive care under a grandfather clause, but that new employees or newly married employees would no longer be eligible to obtain coverage for their spouses through Catholic Charities.

The change goes into effect today. The District of Columbia will begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning on March 4.
And they're doing it at time when health care premiums are beginning to sky rocket. What was that video I saw a couple weeks ago? Oh yeah, the Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world. Sums it up for me.

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The Daily Dumbass: "tired of the whites getting shafted"

Dude, sometimes what some people write really amazes me. Like this chick who freaked out over little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt having short hair. From LaineyGossip.com:
Lainey,

Obviously you can’t see what’s going on because you are too busy worshiping Brangelina but they are abusing the white child in favor of the adopted ones, classic neglect. Angelina hates Shiloh and she feels guilty that she gave birth when she could have bought more of the multi race ones. She is doing this on purpose to make the African American one feel better about herself. But Lainey what is the cost? Shiloh has no identity now. Her parents won’t allow her to have one because they are forcing her to be a lesbian to represent the minority groups. It’s important that she has a voice. There are a lot of people in the US who are tired of the whites getting shafted. Oh and save your breath if you call me a racist. I’m just calling it like it is. I respect different cultures so why can’t they respect us?
Gee, I know a pair of twins that weren't allowed to have long hair (such as longer than shoulder-length hair) until they were in fifth grade because their mother said it was "easy" and, well, their mom is a short-hair person. They're white. Their mother is white. I don't think they were "abused" or "neglected" as this dumbass's statements seem to infer because they had short hair.

But this is the statement that really gets me:
There are a lot of people in the US who are tired of the whites getting shafted. Oh and save your breath if you call me a racist. I’m just calling it like it is. I respect different cultures so why can’t they respect us?
Right...there's no racism in her email. *eyeroll* She's not a racist, just a white supremacist. Notice the difference? (Yes, that is sarcasm.) What she wrote reminded me of a blog post I read last summer during the big health care dust-up of August '09.

Summed up in a nutshell in this tweet:
@DavidOAtkins DuBois had it figured out 75 years ago: Poor/middle class whites draw a psychic wage from being white.
But here's the more complete version:
The "psychic wage" of being white stipulates that because they are white, they are superior in station and there is no moral problem with them receiving services--a paradox brilliantly explored by my brother shortly after election day. (Incidentally, this same concept of the "psychic wage" is a large factor in why bigots claim that same-sex marriage will destroy straight marriage: it's all about the psychic wage of being superior because one's heterosexuality.)

One of the key pillars of the so-called psychic wage has been, simply put, that the highest office-holders in the land were white, and nobody but whites stood a shot in hell at winning it--especially when it came to the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States.

And now that the Presidency is not an exclusive club for those of purely European heritage, the key pillar of the racial psychic wage has crumbled to dust.

So I want you to imagine a scenario. Imagine you've gone through your entire life believing you're superior. You're better than everyone else. You belong to an exclusive club. It's the root of your self-identity--and despite whatever is going on around you, you know that whatever else happens, you're still a member of the club that gives you a status higher than anyone else but your fellow members. And then one day, that club is gone. Imagine the angst. The fear. The passion and energy. You'll do whatever it takes to try to reconstitute that club--no matter how crazy it is to any outsider, and you'll oppose the people who took your membership away, no matter what it is that they're doing, just because of what they did to you.

That's what this is about.
Indeed. That's what this chick means when she says "why can't they respect us?" Really, how are "whites getting shafted" or not being "respect[ed]" because the child of a celebrity has a pixie hair cut? How fucking insecure do you have to be? Last I recall, if you have respect for yourself, then you'll be able to show respect for other people. If she actually "respect[ed] different cultures," then none of the above would be a problem.  "Julie," the chick who wrote this email doesn't live in a world where "whites" are suffering from a lack of respect, as far as I can tell. She lives in a world where status is no longer determined by skin color.

Boo fucking hoo.

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