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Congratulations to ALL the excellent high achieving athletes in The Summer Olympics 2012.

YOU ALL HAVE MADE THE WORLD PROUD!  

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Brilliant athletic stars as Gabby Douglas, Serena Williams, Sanya Richards Ross, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Oscar Pistorious, and so many more are inspiring, uplifting, encouraging, and setting example of discipline, courage, perseverance, peace, dignity, and self respect for people around the world!

Thank you ALL!

“Gabby Douglas of USA Won Gold In Womens All Around London Olympics, 2012″

Published on Aug 3, 2012 by 

“Gabby Douglas wins gymnastics Olympic gold in historic fashion.

American Gabby Douglas, 16, sparkled as she rose to the apex of her sport, winning gold in the all-around to follow her team gold.
Gabrielle Douglas of the United States soared over the balance beam apparatus during her gold medal performance in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Thursday, August 2, 2012.

Gabrielle Douglas of the United States soared over the balance beam apparatus during her gold medal performance in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Thursday, August 2, 2012.

David Eulitt / MCT Women’s gymnastics individual all-around finals Photo”

 

“Serena Williams Olympics 2012 Highlights”

http://youtu.be/Wng4lCZsSGI

Published on Aug 5, 2012 by 

“Sorry for the poor video quality, but you know, youtube does not allow Olympic videos, I have tried my best. Thanks for watching. If any trouble caused, I am sorry!

WIMBLEDON, England – As Serena Williams stood atop the medal podium, her career Golden Slam complete thanks to an Olympic rout, the gusty wind on Centre Court blew the U.S. flag off its pole midway through the national anthem.

Old Glory came to rest in front of the Royal Box.

“It was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy,” Williams said.

Williams wore a smile herself after she became only the second woman to achieve a Golden Slam, winning the most lopsided women’s final in Olympic history Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1.

The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in six matches en route to her first singles gold medal. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.

It took the No. 3-seeded Sharapova 45 minutes to win a game, and by then she trailed 6-0, 3-0. Williams dominated with her serve and repeatedly blasted winners from the baseline, taking a big swing with almost every stroke despite the windy conditions on Centre Court.

Williams said the tournament was the best she has played from start to finish.

“I was so focused here,” she said. “I remember I was serving and I was thinking: ‘Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You’re at Wimbledon, you’re on grass, you play great on grass, pull it together, just win this.’ And that’s what I thought about.”

The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won at the Olympics in 1988 after sweeping all four major titles.

“Growing up watching her, I always liked her,” Williams said. “Having a chance to be mentioned in the same name – I always thought, ‘OK, one person I’ll never be mentioned in the same name is Steffi Graf. She’s done everything.’ ”

Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman. She’s the first player to achieve a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.

And she’s not done in London. Williams and her sister Venus, pursuing their third gold in doubles, were scheduled to play in the semifinals later Saturday.

Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam in June by winning the French Open, but Williams beat her for the eighth consecutive time. The most one-sided previous women’s final was in 1920, when Suzanne Lenglen of France beat Dorothy Holman of Britain 6-3, 6-0.

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the bronze by beating No. 14-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova’s loss allowed Azarenka to retain the No. 1 ranking.

Williams took charge of her final from the start, sweeping the first eight points. The crowd wanted to see a contest and saved its biggest cheers for the rare occasions when Sharapova won a point.

Mostly she was lunging or whiffing as the ball whizzed past, or caught off-balance trying to block back shots at her feet. Williams finished with 10 aces, 24 winners and only seven unforced errors.

“She’s playing incredibly confident tennis,” Sharapova said. “Her shots were very powerful.”

There was no giving up by the Russian, one of the most dogged players on the women’s tour, but there was no letup from Williams.

“Against Maria, if you give her any hope, she’s trying to come back,” Williams said. “She won that one game and I could see her pumping her fist, and I was like, ‘Oh boy, here she comes.’ It was really important for me to almost go out there and just do everything.”

When Williams ripped a return winner for a 2-0 lead in the second set, she screamed, “Come on!” as if trying to jump-start her game.

She had a similar outburst two games later after whacking a winner to erase a break point, one of only two she faced. She was broken just once in the tournament.

At 15-15 in the final game, a spectator shouted, “Don’t give up, Maria.”

One point later, someone else hollered, “Maria, I still want to marry you.”

Soon Williams closed out the victory with her 60th ace of the tournament, then let out a long scream. After shaking hands with Sharapova, Williams hopped a dozen times on the grass she loves, waved and then hopped some more.

Williams was still hopping as she put on her Team USA jacket for the medal ceremony. Then she began to dance.

“I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that,” she said. “I don’t even know where the dance came from.”

These days, no one can match her moves.”

“Usain Bolt Record 9.63 Usain Bolt electrifies Half Way Tree in Olympic 100m final”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWJ7DSLxPs  

Published on Aug 6, 2012 by 

Usain Bolt

“Usain Bolt proved yet again he is the fastest man in the world, winning gold in the 100-meter dash on Sunday. His mark of 9.63 seconds set an Olympic record, and despite a slow start out of the blocks, he made up for it, blowing by the field to easily beat everyone to the line. Countryman Yohan Blake taking silver at 9.75 seconds and American Justin Gatlin the bronze at 9.79. It was Bolt’s consecutive gold medal in the 100, having won in 2008 in Beijing.

Watch CNN’s Becky Anderson, Linford Christie and crowds in London react to Usain Bolt’s win in the men’s 100 meter dash.

Bolt, 25, the Jamaican world record-holder and defending Olympic champion, exploded down the track at London’s Olympic Stadium and won the gold medal in the 100 meters Sunday night in a blazing time of 9.63 seconds.

The mark broke his Olympic record set in Beijing — 9.69 — and was just .05 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at the 2009 world championships.

So, was Bolt bluffing us this year? He had suddenly become vulnerable, losing in both the 100 and the 200 to 22-year-old training partner Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials.

Bolt’s starts were sluggish. His back was an issue. His hamstring was an issue. Some critics even said his partying might be an issue.

Sunday night, there were no issues.

He got out of the blocks fine — not great, but fine — and found himself, in Lane 7, slightly behind U.S. veteran Justin Gatlin, a sensational starter, in Lane 6.

But as soon as he got his incomparably long stride going, the 6-5 Bolt caught Gatlin, passing him and everyone else.

“Bolt was Bolt,” Gatlin said. “He’s a great runner. He’s 6-5. That adds to his success. You have to try to neutralize that.”

Good luck with that.

It was an eye-opening, jaw-dropping performance after so many months of speculation that the Bolt Era in track might be in decline.

“He’s an unbelievable sprinter,” said Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Richard Thompson, who was seventh. “The entire world thinks he’s unbeatable and right now he is.”

Blake, in Lane 2, finished in 9.75 to claim the silver medal. Gatlin, 30, the 2004 Olympic champion who served a four-year doping suspension that ended in 2010, finished in 9.79 for the bronze.

“It means so much to me,” Gatlin said. “It was a great race. One for the history books. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

 

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Horror in Wisconsin.  America… why does this continue?  Why?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/08/05/statement-president-obama-shooting-wisconsin 

“Statement by President Obama on the Shooting in Wisconsin”

“President Obama today released the following statement on the tragic shooting in Wisconsin:”

“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.”

 

“Police: 7 Dead in Shooting at Wis. Sikh Temple”

http://youtu.be/ZQheToQbi1c

Published on Aug 5, 2012 by 

“At least six people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, authorities said. The suspected shooter was later killed in exchange of gunfire with police. (Aug. 5)”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sikh-temple-shooter-was-military-veteran-who-lived-nearby/2012/08/06/648d8134-dfbd-11e1-a421-8bf0f0e5aa11_story.html 

“Sikh temple shooter was military veteran who lived nearby”

 

** MotherJones.com MUST READ!

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map

“A Guide to Mass Shootings in America”

“There have been at least 57 in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally.”

—By , and 

Updated: Sun Aug. 5, 2012

 

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Under the Obama administration private sector employment has increased for 29 straight months.  Under a Republican led Congress, government employment has decreased for the same timespan.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/06/642561/chart-government-1968/

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT NOW AT LOWEST POINT SINCE 1968

“The public sector, comprised of federal, state, and local government employees, has now cut more than 680,000 jobs since 2009, the worst three-year period on record. Without those public sector cuts, the unemployment rate would be a full-point lower.”

 

>> How can a sound, smart nation lay off hundreds of thousands of Teachers, and compete globally in the highly competitive global economy?

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/03/635501/america-teachers-job-losses/

America Has Hundreds Of Thousands Fewer Teachers Than It Had Three Years Ago

By Travis Waldron on Aug 3, 2012

 

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