HT Buckeye Battle Cry

This past weekend was the Minnesota Bike Festival which had several different cycling competitions throughout the metro-area. One of the major events was a criterium course in downtown Minneapolis. This 4 stage of the festival was aptly called the Minneapolis Downtown Classic. We watched with friends Kristofer and Amy and had a great Friday evening. Here are a few pics from the night – all taken with my cellphone!

Women’s Race

Men’s Race
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Maybe a slight exaggeration, but Steven Spielberg has officially quit helping China with the Olympic program due to their involvement in Darfur.

Spielberg wrote:

“I find that my conscience cannot allow me to continue with business as usual. At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”

The press release continues and says:

For me, the Olympic Games represent an ideal of brotherhood designed to bridge cultural and political divides. I am committed to building bridges between peoples and I saw, and continue to see, the Beijing Games as an opportunity to help ease some of the tensions in the world.

Darfur activists around the world are very excited about this move. This is not a boycott of the
Olympics, but an effort to raise awareness about China’s role both good and bad (mostly bad) in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of individuals in central Africa.

Dream for Darfur
has more resources and information specifically connecting China, the Olympics, and Darfur.

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I was encouraged by this article to write about the blogs I read and share why I read them, with you my readers. So here it goes!

I am a huge Ohio State fan, born and raised in southern Ohio with pretty much my entire family attending it seems pretty logical.  Each year Ohio State Football is a HUGE deal, even now as I live in the Hoosier state, I am still a BUCKEYE!  We even went to a game awhile back.

The best way I’ve found to stay up on what is happening in Buckeye Country is by reading the Columbus Dispatch’s Buckeye Blog: Blogging the Buckeyes.

During the week reporters hit on news topics concerning the team and on game day they provide snippets throughout the game. This is a little less formal than the actual news reports submitted to the paper and provides a more interactive approach to Buckeye news.

So if you are a fan of the best football team in the country be sure to check this blog out.






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Well, after demolishing fellow Ohio team Kent State, the Ohio State Buckeyes have moved themselves into first place in the polls. But more importantly, OSU is now ranked #1 in the coveted BCS standings. And we were there to see it happen. I must admit it is a little hard to beleive that OSU is #1, but they are the only undefeated football team in the country now, so they do deserve it. Tim May at the Columbus Dispatch’s Blogging the Buckeyes says:

The Buckeyes are going to be No.1 today mainly because other people did stupid things at critical moments on Saturday. Is Ohio State the best team in the country? Hey, that doesn’t matter. Winning is all that matters, especially when everybody else keeps losing.

We had an excellent time watching the scoring rampange known as a football game! We had seats in 29A Row 19 so those were very excellent seats. My sister (a student at OSU) was way up high, in the highest possible seats! So during the 4th Quarter she came down to sit with us and enjoy watching the freshmen play! Or was that the band?

I really liked what head coach Jim Tressel said when asked about the Number 1 ranking:

Our guys have done what has been needed to be done to this point in the year,
and we are pleased with that effort and progress, but not content. With the most
demanding part of our schedule remaining with five Big Ten conference games,
there is a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve improved each week, but we understand
that the only poll that counts is the last one.

I like Tressel and what he has done with the team both on the field and off. They are family and he lets his Christian values be part of the family.

Great work coach!

View more photos from the game and pre-game skull session. I have some really grainy video of the band. See them marching the script Ohio and then Dotting the i.

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I was recently encouraged by this article to write about the blogs I read and share why I read them, with you my readers. So here it goes!

Martin Dugard is a renowned author of books such as Chasing Lance, The Last Voyage of Columbus, Into Africa, and others. That is not what first attracted me to Dugard. During the 2006 Tour de France, I began reading his daily missives about traveling around France watching and reporting on the events surrounding the Tour as well as the actual tour itself.

I was hooked by his engaging style, rants against complacency, and his general discussion of running, cycling, and other endurance sports. Dugard is a professional journalist and author, who is not afraid to bare a little of his own soul and passion with his weekly daily blog posts.

I would highly recommend checking him out at his blog Training Ground.

Dugard, who is also something of an adventurer, has completed the two-week Raid Gauloises adventure race; sailed on a tall ship across the Mediterranean; and spent time in an African prison while researching one of his books.

On a miscellaneous note, Dugard lived for six weeks on the Malaysian island of Palau Tiga during the filiming of the television show Survivor. This became the subject of the bestselling Survivor: The Ultimate Game, co-written with series producer Mark Burnett.

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“Ten Reasons Why the Free World with the Leadership of America Must Boycott the 2008 Olympic Games in Communist China” by Demetrius Klitou

One) Human rights are practically non-existent in Communist China. Religious persecution, imprisonment and murder of non-violent political dissidents, torture, organ harvesting and sentences to hard labor are widespread.

Two) The lack of freedom of the press and safety risks for foreign reporters – Many foreign websites are banned from being visited within China, foreign reporters are prohibited from interviewing anyone without previous permission from the government, and the content of all broadcasting is severely restricted. Foreign news media reporters have been arrested and sentenced to prison under vague and wide-reaching security laws.

Three) The 1980 Olympic Games in Communist Russia were boycotted by 64 states, under the leadership of the U.S. Beijing is not any different from Moscow in 1980, which was also the capital of a Communist police state.

Four) Communist China constantly threatens to attack Taiwan. China’s government passed a law that explicitly calls for military intervention in response to any intention by the democratic government of Taiwan to declare independence. Military maneuvers indicate that the Communists’ military is preparing to enforce this law.

Five) Beijing has the most polluted air in the world. Studies and satellite photos have proven that Beijing suffers from extremely high nitrogen dioxide levels, vitally dangerous to the health of the athletes.

Six) China is plagued by widespread social, political, and economic unrest. A surge in huge land grabs and forced evictions by the Chinese government for reasons of economic expansion and Olympic Games preparations have sparked thousands of protests. The government has murdered hundreds of protesters.

Seven) The Chinese have been bribing and threatening large numbers of members of the International Olympic Committee. A number of U.S. Representatives, for example, Congressman Tom Lantos, have stated this on national television.

Eight) A boycott has some potential to serve as a strategy to encourage human rights in China. Only the greedy and foolish global elite think this is true the other way around.

Nine) Holding the Olympic Games in Communist China contradicts the Olympic Charter.
The Olympic Charter defines the philosophy of Olympism as the “respect for universal fundamental ethical principles” and its goal of promoting “a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

Ten) Don’t repeat the errors of 1936 when Nazi Germany was allowed to host the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games will give Communist China the same propaganda tool Nazi Germany enjoyed. Not since 1936 have the ideals of Olympics been so trampled upon.

(Demetrius Klitou is the author of the book THE FRIENDS AND FOES OF HUMAN RIGHTS. He holds a BA in International Area Studies and a MA in Diplomatic Studies. This article was originally published 6.28.06 by the China Support Network (CSN). Begun as the American response group in 1989, CSN represents Americans who are “on the side” of the students in Tiananmen Square – standing for democratic reform, human rights, and freedom in China. For dissident news, to support a stronger China policy, or get more information, click here)

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