Playing silly games

27 07 2015

I have not been shy about my dislike for Boston.

Hell, I even had one of the main characters of my first novel smack down the joint.

But this, this I can respect:

Boston’s troubled effort to host the 2024 Summer Olympics has come to an end, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday.

“We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement. “Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.”

. . .

Monday’s decision was met with relief from the broad coalition of residents who have been fighting the bid since the beginning. “We were very pleased to hear the news that the USOC has finally decided to pull Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics,” Jonathan Cohn, co-founder of the opposition group No Boston 2024, told ThinkProgress via email. “This victory for the people of Boston is the result of tireless work of numerous activists and residents across the city, region, and state speaking up against this anti-democratic land grab.”

The orneriness of the Hub of the Universe was finally put to some good use.

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3 responses

1 08 2015
P J

A similar vote took place way back in the early ’70s in Denver. The movers and shakers tried to convince us mere mortals that spending millions of tax dollars for a two week tournament so that elite athletes could show their skills at our expense while millionaires sold and/or leased their worthless land to the ruthless crooks who ran the Olympics. We, the people, rejected the attempt overwhelmingly. The money folks, of course, decried our ignorance and tried to explain that we were confused by the wording on the ballot issue. Fat chance, that. They were the ones who wrote it to make a yes vote against the Olympics while a no vote was a pro-Olympics vote. The tricksters were fooled. Most of us could read.

1 08 2015
1 08 2015
absurdbeats

Wait, they wrote a ballot in which yes was no and no was yes?

And they thought the people were stupid?

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