So I’m trying to enjoy my morning breakfast. I figure a look at the sports section will be far more useful than reading about Celebrity Obama – whose already claimed victory as president of the whirled.
Yes, the gods are laughing.
No better way to fuel the opposition – and lose – than to ACT like you’re already the elected one.
This was a passing thought as I made my way to the stats on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – er, Rays, baseball team.
While noting that the Rays won last night over the A’s, holding onto their first-place lead, I came across an article accusing the Chinese women’s gymnastics team – the gold medal winners – of cheating.
Now that is a true first – and it’s unprecedented.
No one has EVER lied in the Olympics before about anything. No one has ever taken steroids. No one has ever blood doped. And so this outrage is truly, well… outrageous.
How dare the Chinese lie. We Americans would never think of doing such a thing. Nor would the Russians. Nor the British. It’s only the French who would do such a thing.
Fact is, if the Chinese lied about the ages of three of their gymnasts, it’s not a big deal. It only matters if they get caught. Then it’s a big deal.
But I think the Chinese have some wiggle room on this one, even IF they lied.
Here are three factors that can help them squirm free:
1. The Lunar calendar.
Based on the calendar we use here in the U.S. – we’re younger than we should be. If we switched to the Chinese lunar calendar, we’d be older. These young girls, unknowingly were posting their ages based upon the lunar calendar.
2. Bump Birthday.
In China, when you are born, you are already a year old. And each year, on January 1 of the solar calendar, you automatically advance one year. This means that although my birthday is in May, on January the lst I am already another
3. Past Lives
One thing we are not allowing the Chinese haggle room on is the concept of “past lives.” In most of the world, everyone agrees and accepts reincarnation as if it’s a fact. So who are we to say that older beings from the past aren’t inside the body of these young girls. And how can we fault the body for being too young when the spirit is much older – and wiser.
Maybe Celebrity Obama or Senator McCain can help us solve this one. Perhaps they could devote some of their gabillions to an advertising campaign that will lead to hope instead of dope.
It would be a sad day for these girls if they were underaged and were from the U.S. They’d be stripped of their medals and then some.
But in China, that evil totalitarian state, how much you want to bet that these girls will be national heroes, even if they get stripped of their medals.