Friday, August 08, 2008

Relief, Peace, and Pests

We got relief from the summer heat in the way of thunderstorms last night. It rained all night long - yeha!
You know that this is not a political blog and that I rarely have a serious thought in my head, but I just wanted to say that I think the Olympics is not the place for protests. It is a place for athletes to come together to compete in peace. Does that make me a shallow person? I know China rates very low in human rights and something should be done, but not at the Olympics. The time to protest was before China was chosen for the venue – while China was still just a consideration. I can’t imagine what the Olympic committee was thinking. I have no problem with people protesting for human rights – just not where other people and athletes are put in danger. In this day and age those protests could turn ugly. Even people for peace are often, hmm, well, un-peaceable. Personally, I think if you have a problem with China as the venue for the Olympics, don’t go, stay home, don’t watch, don’t spend your money on the Olympics, put up signs in your yard, write your congressman, etc. But don’t bother the athletes or their families or tourist who do want to see the competitions. I want to see these athletes put away their hates, lay down their arms, come together in peace, and compete on the field.

Art:
Yesterday I had quite a few art students, which made things more fun. I love it when I have just one student, but the more, the merrier. Later I had to attend a board meeting of the Duncan Art Guild. If I get through this art show in November, I doubt I do this again. Famous last words!

The cat, Count Rugen, was a pest at art. He wanted to sit in laps and be petted. Who could resist that face? It is bad enough that Ranger, the rat terrier, begs for dog treats knowing that the art girls are suckers for fat rats. But then Rugen won’t be still in your lap or sometimes he gives little love bites. Finally he knocked over some art stuff causing everyone to jump. I tossed him outside.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

I agree. The Olympics should be a peaceful celebration of athletics, nothing political.

Kris, in New England said...

I agree as well. Sometimes the athletes make it political - and they are usually dealt with about it.

LOVE the kitteh! What a gorgeous boy.

Buck said...

Well said on the Olympics, and I agree, as well. I DO think Dubya did good with his speech about China's human rights record in Thailand, but notice he gave it in Thailand, not in China.

As far as the IOC goes (awarding Beijing as the venue)... they gave the games to the Russians in 1980 at the height of the Cold War, when the Gulag was in full-production mode and Russia had invaded Afghanistan. China getting the 2008 games is a nit, by comparison.

Good on ya for giving The Count the boot! (The Count, btw, is another of y FAVORITE muppets.)

A Soldier's Wife..... said...

I agree on all counts about the Olympics....it is not a time for anything other then what it is intended for.

Dawn said...

Well said on the Olympics Lou, I agree also

Inquiries said...

You know politicians they have to make every thing political.

Rugen is so funny. He was ousted from my lap when he decided to talk a bath in it. I think you animals know I am a sucker.

GUYK said...

Yeah, that's about what I figure about the Olympics..but I just can't get excited about them any more regardless where the games are played. Politics and drugging and scamming to win just took the pleasure out of it for me. I may watch the women's gymnastics if it is shown at a convenient time..I keep thinking that one of these days one of those gals will do a Janet Jackosn and let something fall out...