Posts Tagged ‘flame torch’

Coca Cola Versus a Fierce and Foxy Black Woman – Your Genocide Olympics 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

News of the day:

Chinese torch officials have been warned their paramilitary “flame attendants” will be arrested and hauled away if they touch an Australian during the torch relay. 

So that’s clear. There’ll be no manhandling Down Under in the name of “protecting the sacred flame” or whatever job description these Men in Blue have.  

But check out this scene on the streets of San Francisco a few weeks back – at least one member of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) got in a physical altercation with an American citizen, Majora Carter.

Apparently, the handler (a Chinese woman who sits in a car and issues commands via radio) of these so-called “goons” didn’t get the message they weren’t to assault Americans during the visit to San Francisco. Wonder why…

Desmond Tutu, Richard Gere, and Majora Carter all happy as clams under the watchful eyes of Fake Bono during a pre torch-relay shindig in San Francisco


mcdolley via Flickr

Anyway, Coke now takes a dim view of the activist they recruited for the torch relay:

A Coca-Cola spokesman, Kelly Brooks, said, “It’s unfortunate that Ms. Carter used an invitation to participate in the torch relay as a platform to make a personal political statement. We firmly believe the Olympics are a force for good that celebrates the best in sports, and we are proud to support the Beijing 2008 Olympics.”

Were the 1936 Olympics “a force for good” also? It seems Coke might have had hand in that fiasco as well.  We’ll all just have to ponder that one.

But it turns out that Majora signed a “code of conduct” that prohibited torchbearers from displaying political or religious signs.

So what’s Coke’s next move? Extradition to Atlanta, Georgia? Rendition to Beijing? How are they going to make Majora pay for speaking out, because after all, you know, she signed a piece of paper.

The world wonders.

Here Come the Men in Blue – Olympic Torch Run “Flame Protection Squad” in S.F., CA

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Well here they come, the paramilitary Flame Protection Squad, direct from the People’s Republic of China. They’re a little secretive and they’re partial to the color blue,  so it’s like the Men in Black meets Blue Man Group.

These Chinese flame guards have sparked controversy all over the world. Why? Let’s hear from torchbearer and international mega-babe Connie Huq when she ran with them a few days back in merrie olde England:

“They were very robotic, very full on, and actually I noticed them having skirmishes with our own police and the Olympic authorities before our leg of the relay, which was confusing. They were barking orders at me, like ‘Run! Stop!’, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, who are these people? They kept pushing my hand up higher when I was holding the torch, so they were … interesting.” 

Wujing in the hiz-ouse:

diamond geezer on the Flickr

Just who are these “burly henchmen,” labelled “thugs” by Lord Coe during an unguarded moment? They’re just the People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) and probably they are the best of the best, so that means some of them could be from Beijing S.W.A.T. or the Snow Wolf Commando Unit. Groove on their sweet arm patch. Nice doggy:

Even if they aren’t snow wolves,each one of them could probably kick all of your asses, so don’t mess with them tomorrow. Rumours of them being all at least 190 cm. in height (6′ 3″) might be a bit of an exaggeration, but they’re like an army of Jack Bauers without the cowboy attitude.

Elements of the lower ranked levels of the San Francisco Police Department are already speculating on whether this unit of the People’s Armed Police is actually armed when on American soil. Good question. Regardless, they’ll do what can to protect the Olympic flame tomorrow. It should be interesting.