Lloyd Lofthouse

Recently US politicians discovered that the uniforms of the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony were made in China and protested publicly (after all, it is an election year and surveys show that 44% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of China). Source: Politico.com

“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said when asked by ABC News today, “If they have to wear nothing but a symbol that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.” Source: ABC News

An American Company, Ralph Lauren Inc, provided those uniforms for the US Olympic team. USA Today, reported Ralph Lauren’s response to Motor-Mouth Harry Reid.

Ralph Lauren’s corporate headquarters is in New York City. However, its products are sold worldwide and they are made…

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  1. merlin says:

    LOL!! Where’d you find this? Bashing the chinese not a good idea when many that are moving here are bringing their entire bank capabale of buying entire states. Also, not a bad idea paint a red flag on the Olympians as it would be seen as a return to the roots of the Olympics when people wore barely nothing in order to decrease air resistance in the races or make it harder for an opponent in greek wrestling to get a good grip.

    • ABC Yahoo ran the political posturing/anger as a news piece then I did some research digging for interesting facts.

      Here’s another fact. Chinese coming to America on student visas and attending US universities are spending about $4 billion annually in America because there are so many of them.

      I wonder how many jobs that generates since they have to eat, maybe pay rent, buy clothing, go out sometimes to dinner, see a movie, etc?

      • merlin says:

        From helping sis move into ISU to attending graduation w/ mom, there was quite a lot more chinese. Not only that, but their family comes over for graduation. Amazingly a lot of them are top students either in sciences or business. I think about half the business class consisted of chinese women. I was kicking myself for never applying for ISU instead of those 2 extra years learning hardware and networking at the local community college. At least the good thing that came out of it is that I learned just how complex the computer and the coding needed for programming is.

        Also made a new friend from Egypt that lives near Giza and because of my kindness trying to act as translator between her broken english and the teacher, she invited me to visit Giza. Yippee!!! I’ve always wanted to visit…but after watching too many mummy horror films and not having the stomach to even walk into the Egyptian section of the nearest Museum, maybe Egypt is not the best idea. Great history, astonishing theories and mysteries, but I’m not one to walk into a burial crypt with the body still in it.

      • Egypt might not be a good place to visit right now. From what I’ve been reading the Egyptians are not happy with America and Americans.

      • merlin says:

        Yea, visiting there is a tough issue because a lot of the extremists started there. I think it was Osama’s right hand mand or something actually began his extremist thoughts in Egypt which landed him in prison. I just remember somebody big of the group started in an Egyptian prison similar I guess to Hitler’s extremism that led him to jail and after being released martyrdom among the Germans.

        Anyways, had a wonderful movie last night even though my mind kept thinking, “this would be a good place for a man to rob you at gunpoint just as they did the lady a wk ago down the street. So many people all they have to do is put a gun at the back of your head and nobody would probably notice in the dark theater. What would you do? Would the Batman movie be your last image of life?” Woke up this morning, and looks as if my mind was going through another “warning” phase last night. Not the first time, probably not the last time. Dont know why, maybe because humanity is connected even if across vast distances?

      • I’m working on a post about the shooting near Denver now. However, it will appear on one of my other Blogs since there is nothing about China in it.

      • merlin says:

        No offense, but we really like to blow things out of proportion. Somebody dies in a car accident nearly every week. A psychopathic maniac that prepares for war with full body protection, tear gas grenades (assumption from reports), assault rifles, and a wired apartment….it still seems so strange that he’d casually walk out the back, lay down his weapons, and even inform the authority that his home is wired. Something definitely wrong, and to connect this with China, I’d try to look at it from the perspective of “What would China do?” Obviously they’d try the guy, he’d be convicted of murder (no way of defending a plea bargain), he’d be ordered to pay up thousands for the deaths, taken out back on the firing range, and Batman would be labeled as banned material.

      • What you say is true about car accidents. Car-Accidents.com says that about 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States–one death every 13 mintues. In addition, in 2003, there were 2.9 million injuries and more than 40,000 die annually.

        http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/stats.html

        For a comparison to war:

        In Vietnam (1955 – 1975, twenty years) 58,220 U.S. service members died in the conflict. For the same number of years in the United States, more than 800,000 died in vehicle accidents. Yet, there is no protest.

        And what about handguns in the US:

        Approximately 6,500 homicides were committed using handguns in 1999; since there were roughly 70 million handguns, the chance of any particular gun being used in a homicide is very low.

        The findings of a 1993 study by Gary Kleck, found that as many as 2.45 million crimes are thwarted each year in the United States, and in most cases, the potential victim never fires a shot in these cases where firearms are used constructively for self-protection. The results of the Kleck studies have been cited many times in scholarly and popular media.

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