Chinese pollution has caused Ethiopia’s marathon world record holder to withdraw. These sentences of the UK Times Online article got my attention:
A quarter of Britainâ€™s top athletes suffer from exercise-induced asthma and some might wear face masks during training and competition.
….. The International Olympic Committee has said that it will postpone or cancel endurance events if conditions pose a danger to athletesâ€™ health.
(Haile) Gebrselassie, whose marathon record is 2hr 4min 26sec, called on China to deal with the pollution problem, which he feels will be â€œa hazard to athletes, seriously affecting their performancesâ€.
Unfortunately for Mr. Gebrselassie, it’s a bit too late for that. How was this issue not considered when the IOC decided to award the Games to Beijing?
Patrick Poole e-mailed me about this announcement: “CAIR-Cincinnati Joins FBI Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.”
Hey, that’s great. Now the feds will get co-operation from Muslims concerned about terror plotters and hate-crime fabricators in their and our midst. Right?
Uh, maybe not. As to hate-crime fabricators — This is not a helpful precedent.
As to helping rat out terror plotters, the question is whether CAIR-Cincinnati somehow differs from CAIR’s national organization, which has been described by those who know much more about these things than yours truly — people like Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadra — as an Islamist front group. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas-funding trial. What has been learned from that trial is outlined here.
The fact that the Cincinnati announcement comes from CAIR’s national web site is not reassuring.
There are many reasons why the GOP is often called The Stupid Party. What George Bush and Dick Cheney may end up doing to undermine 2nd Amendment rights may be reason enough to permanently change “GOP” to “SOP” (Stupid Old Party).
Make that SDP (Stupid Dead Party).