February 8, 2014

Russians win Olympic fashion parade by rejecting unisex

The Russians won the Opening Ceremony parade of nations fashion contest by simply rejecting the unisex orthodoxy for national uniforms. Just about every other country dressed both its male and female athletes identically, which can work at the Summer Games because that athletes aren't wearing all that much in the way of clothes. But, at the Winter Games, everybody has to march into the stadium in heavily insulated winter wear, so females curves get buried. 

This may appeal to some athletes on the women's ice hockey team, but not to most women. My experience with skiing in California over the years is that snow bunnies generally wear the most skin tight clothes possible without general frostbite setting in.

(In general, the Winter Olympics are noticeably less lesbian than the Summer Olympics, due to a number of factors: if the premiere sport, figure skating, didn't exist, it would be invented by the Disney Corp. to sell more merchandise to Daddy's Little Princesses; the smaller number of team sports; and the general association of winter sports not with school but with expensive vacations.)

If on top of the insulation, you insist upon dressing the male and female winter athletes in the same exact clothes, it makes for a thoroughly unsexy look. Thus, the American squad all wore patriotic ugly Christmas sweaters that kind of looked like a Fourth of July family reunion where all your aunts and uncles decided it would be the cutest thing to make everybody wear the same bulky red-white-and-blue sweaters to attend a very chilly fireworks show in Juneau, Alaska, or something.

A few Eastern European countries dissented from unisex dogma. The Czechs at least gave the boys and girls different colored hats. The Poles were subtly but elegantly varied with the men in gray and white, the women in white.

The Russians went all the way and dressed the men in some sort of dark pea coat-like militaristic thing to make their men look strong in the upper body, while their women wore long fake fur coats nipped in at the waist and flaring over the hips to make them look sexy. The Russian's execution of this basic concept -- make our men look manly, our women look womanly -- may have been less than ideal, but in the Culture War going on in Sochi, getting the basic concept right is a win for the Russkies.
   

95 comments:

Anonymous said...

>>Steve Sailer wrote
"""The Russian's execution of this basic concept -- make our men look manly, our women look womanly -- may have been less than ideal, but in the Culture War going on in Sochi, getting the basic concept right is a win for the Russkies."""


Still have a Super Bowl hangover so haven't tuned in to the games, but what you write is interesting.

You don't think that America couldn't have done that for the Winter Games?

No?

Seriously?

Like anyone would put up a squawk?

I mean, don't the PC Powers that be have bigger things to care about, such as making sure that Russia continues to get chastised for daring to not let a particular minority dictate to them how to run their games? I mean, since they are the host country and all.

Well, good for Russians for setting some fashion standards. Who would've thought it?

Perhaps its all that ballet and figure skating that Russia has excelled at in the past that makes their nation get the femininity thing more or less correct.

We could learn from this example.

Anonymous said...

Steve Sailer:"The Russian's execution of this basic concept -- make our men look manly, our women look womanly -- may have been less than ideal,"

Less than ideal is putting it mildly. The idea of these Russian uniforms is a hell of a lot better than the reality. So, an "A" for effort, I suppose.

As for the US uniform, what in God's name was Ralph Lauren thinking? His design for the London games might have been boring, but at least it was tasteful. This Winter outfit looks like something a team of drunken grandmas might have cobbled together.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the opening ceremonies, I found it laughable at what the NBC commentators said during the show. At one point they were telling us how geographically large Russia was, and that was one of the reasons why Putin wanted a strong, central government.

Of course they were saying many things to try to make Russia look bad. But that one got to me because we all know that NBC, and the rest of SWPL elite, also want a strong, central government. Somehow I doubt it is because America is so geographically large.

ben tillman said...

Here are some nice curves at 50 below zero:

http://www.weather.com/travel/breathtaking-photos-coldest-city-world-20140128

And:

http://s.imwx.com/dru/2014/01/bdc97bc1-31bd-41aa-9adf-0fa67ff40ffa_980x551.jpg

And, yeah, they're in Russia, so the Russians know it can be done.


Anonymous said...

Russian men and women. The female outfit is a variation on the theme of Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), the granddaughter of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian version of Santa Claus. The men's hats are traditional Russian ushanka hats, though unusually colored.

Anonymous said...

There's some bizarre stuff going on there. The Irish are marching off to war, the French look like they have toilet paper stuffed in business suits, the Canadians are going for that classy RCMP look, Japan is wearing laboratory coats, Germany is *trying* to look bad, and the USA has already been commented upon enough, but you just *know* they smell like moth balls.

I actually think the winners are those like Argentina who seemed to forget to design special uniforms, and had to run to Russia's equivalent of K-Mart at the last minute for some polyester specials.

Anonymous said...

I think the US uniforms are only the 2nd worst. Bermuda wins by a mile (shorts and flip-flops.)



Anonymous said...

Steve Sailer:"A few Eastern European countries dissented from unisex dogma. You can attribute some of the downfall of Marxism to its inability to generate enough wealth to meet the needs of the women of the Marxist countries to look good."

Yeah, the late Sir John Keegan once commented about how tough the Soviet era was on the aesthetic sensibilities of Russian women....

Hunsdon said...

One of the things I noticed---and liked---about the opening ceremony: the Chinese marched in with both Russian and Chinese flags. I thought that was classy---showing courtesy to the host country, and doubtless politically expedient as well. ("Hey, the Americans may give you a thumb in the eye, but that whole Sino-Soviet split is so 20th century.")

POTUS seemed to be going out of his way to be a jerk when interviewed before the opening ceremony actually kicked off.

The Belgian uniforms were hideous. The Irish and Ukrainian uniforms were great if they were going to be fighting a war.

Daniel said...

I give my vote to the Swedish delegation.

ben tillman said...

I think the US uniforms are only the 2nd worst. Bermuda wins by a mile (shorts and flip-flops.)

Worse than the German costumes?

Rohan Swee said...

On that note, have you checked out the Russian Olympic beer cans?

Hunsdon said...

Anonydroid, 5:11 PM said: I think the US uniforms are only the 2nd worst. Bermuda wins by a mile (shorts and flip-flops.)

Hunsdon said: Not just shorts: Bermuda shorts. And not flip flips, either: but dress socks and dress shoes.

While to American eyes it seems silly, it is a proud feature of Bermudan culture. If you had to do professional work in a tropical climate, you might think about the advantages of the Bermuda short.

Does it look any sillier than a kilt? (And I support kilt wearing.)

Anonymous said...

During the Cold War, Americans used to make fun of Soviet fashion, accusing them of lack of creativity and choice. Ralph Lauren's ugly Christmas sweaters on the US team appear to indicate a role reversal.

Anonymous said...

"While to American eyes it seems silly, it is a proud feature of Bermudan culture. If you had to do professional work in a tropical climate, you might think about the advantages of the Bermuda short."

Yeah, but it is the *Winter* Olympics.Couldn't they make an effort and go with Bermuda capris at least?

Funny how the last 2 Winter games now have been based in the warmest cities of the host countries (Sochi and Vancouver). Maybe the descending hordes of media and tourists really don't like freezing their a** off for a few thousand dollars?

Right now it is 60% outside (in CA) and I need to turn up my thermostat.

Anonymous said...

"During the Cold War, Americans used to make fun of Soviet fashion, accusing them of lack of creativity and choice. Ralph Lauren's ugly Christmas sweaters on the US team appear to indicate a role reversal."

2/8/14, 5:53 PM

----------------------------------

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMUfxVJVQ

Now the United States is the nation with a surfeit of fat, slovenly, unattractive women.

Auntie Analogue said...


The U.S. outfits are fine by me, except for those utterly un-American 1920's-30's Soviet shlem-budionovka-style knit caps that seem to have come into vogue in the U.S. in the last twenty years.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Russians outfits.

But Sweden did the same thing and equally well (but the color blue was darker so it was not as noticeable). The women had very chic long blue coats on, while the men had long navy car coats.

Something similar to this

http://olympicfanatic.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/sweden-hm1.jpg

Sorry Steve, but all us Russia Philes need to be a little more unbiased.

Anonymous said...

My apologies to Bermuda: it was the Cayman Islands who had the shorts and flip-flops (and heavily-tattooed legs). Somehow I mistook one snowy mountainous former British possession for a current snowy mountainous British possession.

http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/slides/photos/003/539/083/hi-res-8e1459b932a7151841c60db89be5ff93_crop_north.jpg?w=630&h=420&q=75

Anonymous said...

>>Hunsdon said:
""POTUS seemed to be going out of his way to be a jerk when interviewed before the opening ceremony actually kicked off.""


Hunsdon did you really say that? I guess you did.

First the whole Bill O'Reilly interview and now this! How can he possibly recover? After all, he'd much rather be ticked off by the fact that Russia's not being very PC about....and the fact that his Amnesty legislation hasn't passed.

And when is March Madness gonna start anyway? That's when you see the inner sportsfan come alive in BO, when he gets to fill out his brackets!

Anonymous said...

OT
Hannah Kearney just gave the most un-PC sportsman/woman post-event interview since,well,Richard Sherman.

She is a 27 year perennial American winner in moguls, who just won the Bronze. The gold and silver went to a pair of (hot, younger)Canadian sisters.

Kearney won the Gold in Vancouver, and was favored this year. In her interview, she cried throughout, correctly said that her best years were behind her,that a Bronze was a loss, and that the Canadians didn't beat her.

None of this "I am happy to be part of the Olympics; I am proud to receive the Bronze; I am so happy for the gold and silver girls." Nope. Instead, she basically said "I am a loser; my life is over; I am the best - they just got lucky".

And the podium shots (flower ceremony immediately after the event): wow!

http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/pages/slidegallery.csp?cid=57516133



Anonymous said...

It's called a uniform Steve. This seems pretty basic. If a neo-con had used this argument for why Team Israel had the best uniform you'd be making the opposite argument. Who whom indeed.

Anonymous said...

One of the things I noticed---and liked---about the opening ceremony: the Chinese marched in with both Russian and Chinese flags. I thought that was classy---showing courtesy to the host country, and doubtless politically expedient as well. ("Hey, the Americans may give you a thumb in the eye, but that whole Sino-Soviet split is so 20th century.")


I'm sure the Russians will remember that when the Chinese roll into Siberia. I know I'm am going to gleefully call my Congressman to tell him that American isn't the world's police man and by assisting Russia we will only make the conflict worse. I just hope Pat Buchanan is alive so we can observe him making a third about face towards agressive, interventionist foreign policy like he backed during the cold war.

as said...

Japan's costume was very drab.

Steve Sailer said...

Dressing the entire Japanese team in lab coats as if they were in Sochi just to collect urine samples for steroid testing was intended to psych out the other nations' athletes.

Svigor said...

It's called a uniform Steve. This seems pretty basic. If a neo-con had used this argument for why Team Israel had the best uniform you'd be making the opposite argument. Who whom indeed.

We learned it by watching you.

anony-mouse said...

Maybe they're trying to live down their past history of entering very pharmaceutically manly women in previous Games?

Maybe they've figured a way of making high-T women look very high-E?

John F said...

Here are some of Russia's top female athletes posing, with a good deal of success, in lingerie and swimsuits:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550897/Off-piste-Russias-female-Olympians-Russia-goes-Sochi-charm-offensive-scantily-clad-photo-call-athletes-youve-never-seen-before.html

This seems like a subtle and plausibly deniable way for Russia to say, with all the world watching, "our women are the most attractive". 9/10 players agree, I am informed.

"This may appeal to some athletes on the women's ice hockey team, but not to most women."

Here are two of the best female hockey players in hockey-loving Russia:

Anna Prugova (age 20)
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/02/03/article-2550897-1B2A70AF00000578-755_306x423.jpg

Svetlana Kolmykova (age 25)
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/02/03/article-0-1B2A704700000578-751_306x423.jpg

Anonymous said...

I kinda like the patriotic Christmas sweaters.

Anonymous said...

I just hope Pat Buchanan is alive so we can observe him making a third about face towards agressive, interventionist foreign policy like he backed during the cold war.

What about face?

anAmerican said...

Personally, I'm cheering for the Russians and Chinese.

As Reverend Wright once said: God bless America? No! God damn America!

Anonymous said...

In that case we should have dressed Apollo Ohno as a SAT proctor to psych out the Koreans. Sure he's not competing but it would have been great.

Anonymous said...

"Thus, the American squad all wore patriotic ugly Christmas sweaters that kind of looked like a Fourth of July family reunion where all your aunts and uncles decided it would be the cutest thing to make everybody wear the same bulky red-white-and-blue sweaters to attend a very chilly fireworks show in Juneau, Alaska, or something."

The American uni wasn't just disappointing. It was downright ugly.

Anonymous said...

It's called a uniform Steve. This seems pretty basic.

It really is basic: in many sports and military services, uniforms for men and women are different.

wiseguy said...

The return of Russia to its Christian roots has been one of the more pleasant geo-political developments of the past few decades. However, the real game-changer will come about if China turns into a Christian country.

Anonymous said...

>>Steve Sailer said...
"""Dressing the entire Japanese team in lab coats as if they were in Sochi just to collect urine samples for steroid testing was intended to psych out the other nations' athletes."""


Could've been more effectively accomplished by dressing the men as Samurai's from Kurosawa's 7Samurai or Yojimbo.

The women, of course, could wear period Edo period Kimonos.

Hunsdon said...

Anonydroid at 6:52 PM said: I'm sure the Russians will remember that when the Chinese roll into Siberia. (snip) I just hope Pat Buchanan is alive so we can observe him making a third about face towards agressive, interventionist foreign policy like he backed during the cold war.

Hunsdon said: You're going to have to break that one out for me. Do you mean Buchanan favors the Russians, or the Chinese? From context, it implies you think he'd support the Russians, but that wasn't how it played out in the cold war.

Hunsdon said...

Anonydroid at 6:35 PM said: Hunsdon did you really say that? I guess you did. First the whole Bill O'Reilly interview and now this! How can he possibly recover?

Hunsdon said: Yes, in some circles, the President's loss of my favor is like unto when Cronkite first said the Vietnam War was unwinnable.

Corn said...

"One of the things I noticed---and liked---about the opening ceremony: the Chinese marched in with both Russian and Chinese flags. I thought that was classy---showing courtesy to the host country, and doubtless politically expedient as well. ("Hey, the Americans may give you a thumb in the eye, but that whole Sino-Soviet split is so 20th century.")"

I could be wrong but I thought I saw some of the Japanese delegation waving Russian flags as well.

Feh said...

Those German uniforms are the worst!

Are they TRYING to look gay???

Themus Don said...

Interesting symbology in the opening ceremonies. The Russians seem to have celebrated their European past, as well as their Communist heritage. There was not any visions of Multiculturalism or Globalization there. It was certainly a statement (or propaganda), and of course it was directed at Europe and the US/Canada.

Anonymous said...

It's simple Pat B loves him some military industrial complex as long as he gets to pick the targets. Then when he feared his faction was losing control of the Republican Party he turned into a dove (not before first beating the war drums against Slobodon then switching because the neo-cons wanted Sloby gone). When China invades his new favorite country Russia he will be banging the war drums for us the oppose "Stalinist" China just like he wanted American boys to dislodge "Stalinist butcher" milosevic.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous2/8/14, 8:01 PM
It's called a uniform Steve. This seems pretty basic.

It really is basic: in many sports and military services, uniforms for men and women are different.

Military yes sports no. Look this is pretty simple Russia was the only country that did it that way including a lot of other countries that adhere to traditional gender roles like for instance the Islamic republican of Iran. Honestly this crowd could watch the Russian bobsled team go down the track on a snow mobile and ask why all the other stupid countries used that silly bullet shaped device.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous2/8/14, 7:41 PM
I kinda like the patriotic Christmas sweaters.

I did to but I think the Jeremiah wright poster pretty much summed up why you are in the minority here.

Anonymous said...

Buchanan supported a strong US policy, such as NATO membership, during the Cold War because communism was an existential threat to the US. But Buchanan, other paleos,and even President Eisenhower always believed NATO was a temporary alliance that should be ended as the Europeans got back onto their feet. Twenty years after the fall of the USSR, with the EU having a greater population and GDP, it is more than past due to end NATO. I don't fault Buchanan for not wanting to continue supporting NATO.

The bogey man today, islamists, are not the threat that the USSR was. To contain them doesn't take a NATO alliance, or endless wars in third world hellholes trying to spread women's rights, gay rights and democracy. Rather we just have to keep them out of our countries.

I don't see any contradiction in Buchanan's views. He seems to be an American firster, and his positions have changed as the threat to the US has changed from a worldwide communist takeover to an immigration driven population takeover.

Anonymous said...

It's simple Pat B loves him some military industrial complex as long as he gets to pick the targets. Then when he feared his faction was losing control of the Republican Party he turned into a dove (not before first beating the war drums against Slobodon then switching because the neo-cons wanted Sloby gone).

Buchanan I believe, was against Milosevic in 1991 in the midst of the overthrow of the Eastern European communist states. Milosevic was seen as a communist leader trying to keep together a multicultural collection of nations in the face of a strong nationalistic tide to break apart Yugoslavia. He was against the US supporting Milosevic in this effort.

Later when it came to Kosovo, that was different. Kosovo was not a separate nation. It was an historic piece of Serbia being ripped away and the US had no business in supporting this. Buchanan never argued that we should have backed Serbia. Rather he argued we should have not intervened against Serbia.

Anonymous said...

Interesting symbology in the opening ceremonies. The Russians seem to have celebrated their European past, as well as their Communist heritage. There was not any visions of Multiculturalism or Globalization there. It was certainly a statement (or propaganda), and of course it was directed at Europe and the US/Canada.

Both Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union were empires with multiple cultures and nations within them.

Anonymous said...

Hannah Kearney just gave the most un-PC sportsman/woman post-event interview since,well,Richard Sherman.

She is a 27 year perennial American winner in moguls, who just won the Bronze. The gold and silver went to a pair of (hot, younger)Canadian sisters.


Mogul skiing is another stupid sport that shouldn't be an Olympic sport. It should be at the X-Games at best. It's so stupid.

Anonymous said...

Look this is pretty simple Russia was the only country that did it that way

No. Sweden also had them different.

out of the past said...

Interesting post, Steve, but ...First, the US women looked as pretty or prettier than the other women, U.S. fashion choices may go wrong now and then and US has a lot of faults but caring too little about looks is not one of them. Second, long ago (and not so long ago) I dated a very sweet Greek-American woman, ditto a French-American, Swedish-American, and Irish-American (just to name the ones with both parents of the same ethnicity, most other women I dated were pure American to me), and I could not care less about the clothes the winter sportswomen wore last night, the ladies from Greece, France, Sweden, Ireland and and America brought back very nice memories for me. Finally, Every Woman Who is Young and Healthy and Active (and not on drugs) has nice curves. Not Most, but Every.

Anonymous said...

http://www.vdare.com/articles/weekly-standard-wakes-up-acknowledges-immigration-income-impact-sailer-strategy

out of the past said...

Wise-guy at 8-03 said China becoming a Christian country would be a game changer ... there are already many millions of Chinese Christians in China(and there have been many since the Tang Dynasty). There are also millions more overseas Chinese who are Christian. Let's be hopeful about that part of the future ...

Mr Drab said...

"The Russian's execution of this basic concept -- make our men look manly, our women look womanly -- may have been less than ideal, but in the Culture War going on in Sochi, getting the basic concept right is a win for the Russkies."

The Slavic East is probably the last hope for traditional European civilisation. The West is falling apart under the weight of aggressive feminism, multiculturalism, one-worldism, anti-Christian secularism, selfish individualism and the rise of the moral-free permissive society.

Maya said...

"The Slavic East is probably the last hope for traditional European civilisation"

So the prognosis for European civilization is terminal, then?

Maya said...

The American sweaters are cute. I'd wear one on a crisp winter day.

I wouldn't read too much into the Russian uniforms. They re both cultural references, one of them to a beloved winter holiday character.

But when it comes to the trend of the second world women (those from Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America)putting a lot more effort into their appearance, trying to make themselves look ultra feminine with excessive make up, stilettos and skin tight brand name clothing (if they can afford it), I think you misunderstand reasons for it.
As far as I remember from adolescence, the good looking, popular kids weren't the ones who resented wearing silly gym uniforms and dorky sweaters their grandma knitted. It was the awkward looking kids who got bummed out by the prospect of a stupid knit vest or drabby choir uniform. It's insecurity that drives the Second World to obsess over image. The First World is a lot more comfortable in its own skin.

Maya said...

"The return of Russia to its Christian roots has been one of the more pleasant geo-political developments of the past few decades."

Gimme a break. So they built a huge golden church in the middle of Moscow. And the president gets blessed by the Patriarch there, and also uses the premises to hide his whores, literally.

The masses are as ideologically christian as they used to be ideologically communist. That is, not at all. They used to like alcohol and loud dancing. Now they like alcohol and rap music. Oh, and when they get drunk and bash each other's faces in, they do it in the name of the church instead of in the name of the communist party. And that small layer of well behaved, polite, socially conservative folks acted exactly the same during communism. They still avoid disorderly conduct and adultary, and they still get abortions.

Cheers!

weepy warriors said...

By accident I caught the short post-event interview with USA bronze skier Kearney, actually a self-pitying spectacle which made me want to puke. Yet another entitled Ivy League brat who can't get a grip on reality--seems as if they're churning these out at an industrial pace.

CW said...

Yep, the Slavs will fix it, cuz they've done such a bang-up job on their own civilization out there.

Steveosphere panic said...

Hoo boy. The German outfits were really atrocious. Nothing screams "inferior civilization" like yak-hunting jackets w/ pajama bottoms.

Sean Burgess said...

A good overview here:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1952463-2014-sochi-winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-grading-each-countrys-uniform/

Some (strong) disagreements to be sure but generally on the mark.

Sean Burgess said...

My favourite? Glad you asked! In terms of actually spending my own money on something for walking around or waiting in the lift lines at Whistler or Gstaad, it'd be the Belgian uni.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1952463-2014-sochi-winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-grading-each-countrys-uniform/page/10

Anonymous said...

"I'm sure the Russians will remember that when the Chinese roll into Siberia"

This is a ludicrous prediction to make, and yes I have heard of this before, China is not looking for lebensraum and unlike America it has capable leaders that know making war with Russia is much more expensive than simply trading with them. Then there is also the matter that a full scale invasion will likely involve nuclear weapons being used by Russia.

But lets hypothetically assume China invades Siberia, first lets examine the two main drivers of US foreign policy, they are': defend Israel and spread the PC ideology to every corner of the planet. Since China running Siberia does not harm Israel, and Russia is everything that the politically correct hate, America will either remain neutral or secretly push that Russia concede Siberia in the name of world peace.

Anonymous said...

"the general association of winter sports not with school but with expensive vacations."

It's not clear that in most of the world sports is associated with schools.

Winter sports may be more heterosexual simply because the male and female participants hang out more together.

Anonymous said...

to the guy who thinks you invade Siberia for lebensraum. No silly you invade for raw materials like the Chinese are greedily slurping up all over the world. And point is not what the US will do but what the Russophiles will demand that the US do in defiance of their recently adopted dovish principles.

Chubby Ape said...

I'd really recommend that people check out the show the Russians put on for the opening ceremony; it really was impressive. Skip the speeches and the entrance of the athletes if you want but it's worth it to see the show itself. I noticed the Bolshevik era was introduced as something sinister and ruthless. It was followed by a moment of literal darkness and then the post-WW2, post-Stalin revival is shown. Very interesting show to watch for it's political and cultural messages.

Anonymous said...

The sweaters look like they were knitted by Dale Earnhardt Jr's grandmother.

Anonymous said...

"To contain them doesn't take a NATO alliance, or endless wars in third world hellholes trying to spread women's rights, gay rights and democracy."

GAYTO

Anonymous said...

"Both Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union were empires with multiple cultures and nations within them."

In the US, multi-culti requires lots of non-whites.

Anonymous said...

"The Slavic East is probably the last hope for traditional European civilisation"

"So the prognosis for European civilization is terminal, then?"

Even Chechen Muslims are white.

Anonymous said...

Potemkin Olympic Village

Anonymous said...

"I'm sure the Russians will remember that when the Chinese roll into Siberia"

"This is a ludicrous prediction to make, and yes I have heard of this before, China is not looking for lebensraum and unlike America it has capable leaders that know making war with Russia is much more expensive than simply trading with them."

Problem isn't 'rolling in' but dripping in. A dripping faucet can fill a tub in a few days.

Rohan Swee said...

Hannah Kearney just gave the most un-PC sportsman/woman post-event interview since,well,Richard Sherman.
[...]
In her interview, she cried throughout[...]

None of this "I am happy to be part of the Olympics; I am proud to receive the Bronze; I am so happy for the gold and silver girls." Nope. Instead, she basically said "I am a loser; my life is over; I am the best - they just got lucky".


It wasn't "un-PC" or PC. It was NC - No Class.

Are you suggesting that there's something admirable about being infantilized and ill-bred?

Anonymous said...

Bermuda has a Winter Olympics team??? That should be the real story.

Anonymous said...

Tangential to the discussion is the Anglo-sphere press's sniping and carping about the accommodations at Sochi. One might expect it from spoiled, teenaged girls, but not from globe-trotting male journalists.

cipher

RonMexico said...

Anonymous-mouse said, "Maybe they're trying to live down their past history of entering very pharmaceutically manly women in previous Games?

Maybe they've figured a way of making high-T women look very high-E?"

That was more East Germany that was willing to use their sprinters and swimmers as lab rats.

As for Hannah Kearney, she is highly competitive and was very disappointed. The interview was honest, not Ivy League entitled. If she had been celebrating a gold like the hot Canadian chick was, the press would have hammered her for that. Damned if you do...

leftist conservative said...

but, steve, a unisex culture is all to the greater good of the economy. Because growing the GDP means getting everyone in the USA to work, and sexual clashes in the workplace is not going to help grow the GDP.

GDP uber alles!

What is ya, some weird kind of commie?

jody said...

ice hockey is the premier sport.

it's also the only real sport at the winter games. the rest are non-sports.

Anonymous said...

"don't the PC Powers that be have bigger things to care about" - no they don't.

Anonymous said...

Inconvenient truth for Jews.

Under communism, many Jews took part in the massive destruction of Russian culture and the mass killing of Slavs. Millions of Slavs were killed whereas pogroms against Jews had claimed only 1000s of lives. Also, 50,000 Russian churches were demolished under communism. But Jews would only like for us to remember how the USSR became 'antisemitic'.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/feb/20/what-beautiful-mess/?insrc=toc

"A knowledgeable Russian lazing around in the grass, sniffing clover and munching on boysenberries, expects that at any minute the forces of history will drop by and discreetly kick him in the ass. A knowledgeable Jew in a similar position expects history to spare any pretense and kick him directly in the face. A Russian Jew (knowledgeable or not), however, expects both history and a Russian to kick him in the ass, the face, and every other place where a kick can be reasonably lodged."

Never mind that Soviet Jews kicked over 10 million Christian Slavs to their early graves.
Jews kick historical memory that doesn't serve their interest into the dirt. No Jewish guilt over anything.

Another inconvenient fact of history is that many more Slavs than Jews were killed by Nazis and that Slavs did the brunt of the fighting, killing, and dying to defeat the Nazis. If not for Slavic heroism, Nazis would have won.

Slavs suffered from both the bolshocaust carried out by Jewish communists and the genocidal war waged by the Nazis.

But Jews want to portray themselves as victims of all: Holocaust by Germans, pogroms and 'antisemitism' by Slavs, and golfocaust by American wasps(rich Jews were not admitted to fancy country clubs in the past).

Just because Putin reined in the Jewish robber baron oligarchs and because Russia bans homosexual parades and homo propaganda in schools, Putin and Russia are smeared as the new Nazi state by Jewish oligarchs who control western media.

Mr Drab said...

Chris Roach:

Russia has so far put on a beautiful Olympics, and the opening ceremony was both dazzling and dignified, an expression of national pride, but more subdued than the heavy-handed Bejing Games.

And yet there are Russia haters everywhere, especially in the West. They are rooting against the success of this Olympics and applying double standards–knocking Russia’s infrastructure for example–in ways they would never apply to African, Asian, or Latin countries. And they hate Russia for the very reasons conservatives should like it: Russia has taken a stand for Christianity and against the fanatical anti-family gay agenda, Russia is one of the sole European nations with some ethno-national pride, and, more generally, Russia is now a normal country not totally destroyed by corrosive political correctness.

Yet Google makes a rainbow their monicker, just so we know where they stand. And even so-called conservatives are trashing Russia for its censorship because of its popular law preventing gay recruitment of children and related propaganda.


Russia Haters

The modern liberal West is utterly warped and perverted.

ben tillman said...

"Both Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union were empires with multiple cultures and nations within them."

In the US, multi-culti requires lots of non-whites.


77% of Russia is in Asia. Obviously, much of that landmass is uninhabited, but still there are plenty of non-Whites.

Anonymous said...

ice hockey is the premier sport.

it's also the only real sport at the winter games. the rest are non-sports.


No way. Traditional skating, skiing, bobsledding, etc. are the real sports at the Winter Olympics.

Team sports that are professional entertainment spectacles, like ice hockey, soccer, basketball, etc., should not be Olympic sports.

ben tillman said...

Dressing the entire Japanese team in lab coats as if they were in Sochi just to collect urine samples for steroid testing was intended to psych out the other nations' athletes.

Ha ha. That's pretty good.

Anonymous said...

In the US, multi-culti requires lots of non-whites.

In Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, the "multi-culti" consisted of Muslims, Central Asians, Siberians, East Asians, Eskimo types, etc.

Anonymous said...

"In Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, the "multi-culti" consisted of Muslims, Central Asians, Siberians, East Asians, Eskimo types, etc."

One big difference is the relative lack of guilt-mongering. Russians haven't been made to feel that they owe anything to Central Asians, Caucasus natives, etc.

Also, until the 1990s the historical core of Russia was overwhelmingly ethnic Russian. The fall of the Soviet Union produced a similar effect to other decolonizations - the new Central Asian and Transcaucasian states descended into war and mismanagement (yes, even compared to Yeltsin's Russia) and millions of their people, most of whom knew the Russian language, fled to Moscow and other Russian cities.

So the historical core of Russia isn't as homogenous as it used to be. The guilt-mongering is nowhere near Western levels though.

Cail Corishev said...

The American sweaters are cute.

I'm impressed that they appear to have decorated their own sweaters with yarn, shapes cut out of felt, and a hot glue gun. Great demonstration of old-fashioned American craft and frugality!

Anonymous said...

Yep, the Slavs will fix it, cuz they've done such a bang-up job on their own civilization out there.

Cut the Slavs some slack. Have the Slavs ever had a period like the West where they weren't being invaded or ruled by hostiles? The Slavs have had to hold off bad guys from the East, South and maniacs from Europe. While Western Europe was undergoing a renaissance, many Slavs were under the Ottoman boot. Fortunately they did not convert and remained true to their faith, or Western Europe might have come under the Ottomans. The Slavs also endured decades of Marxism, and the fact that today they retain more of traditional European culture than the Western Europeans is a testament to them.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one here wishing Russia had won the Cold War?

With socialism being increasingly rammed down our throats by an increasingly authoritarian P.C. regime, it's getting difficult to argue that the Cold War was a victory for freedom.

At least we'd have been spared anything unisex...

Matra said...

It wasn't "un-PC" or PC. It was NC - No Class.

The contrast with the French Canadian sister who finished sixth couldn't have been starker. She was delighted for her sisters winning gold and silver and I'm sure she would've loved to get bronze yet Kearney turned her nose up at it.

Anonymous said...

Spot on! The "damn Russkies" (tm), or I suppose Putin, delivered a terrific beat-down on the West in their Opening Ceremony. From the outfitting of their Olympians to the skit about re-population (two kids for every girl!) by married couples, it was a delight to view. And the aesthetic of Russian Culture on display mocked beyond recovery the London Olympic OC. Ballet & Classical music? A salute to & encouragement of parenthood? By *gasp* White folks? No wonder the Western Media focused on a small glitch in the Olympic Rings. Nothing to see or ponder here, people! Move along! No matter the number of medals the Russian athletes earn, the Opening Ceremony was pure psychological Gold Medal.

Anonymous said...

About Hannah Kearney, the moguls bronze medal list:

She is not Ivy entitled; she is taking freshman courses at Brown at age 27.

Her interview was the most graceless I have seen in any Olympics, though the MSM has not pursue that angle. Even in non-Olympian venues like pro sports or your office, those finishing second or third suck it up in public.

She was a whining, self-pitying sore loser. Her commercial opportunities were scarce to begin with, and now they are none.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm not holdind my breath on China become Christian, too much of Christianity today is pretty rootless, the Russians like the old fashion Eastern Orthodox which means the highest life is to forgo material things, live like a hermit and forgo sex. Eastern Orthodoxy biggest christian heros. Simeon the Elder that live on a pillar for 50 years is the hero of Eastern Orthodoxy, a lot of folks here don't think of the lots of forgo the material world of Eastern Orthodoxy which was at its height in Late Antiquity after Constantine brought Christianity within the political sphere.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 2/9/14, 10:24 AM -

I won't deny that there is a tendency among some liberal Jewish writers to weaponize history, but you are doing the same. There is no nuance in what you write. For instance, not all of the early Bolsheviks were Jews. Jews were certainly overrepresented among the Bolshevik leaders, but most ordinary Russian Jews were not Bolsheviks. Also, the horrible Jewish experience in Russia goes back before the big pogroms to the establishment of the Pale of Settlement and severe restrictions on livelihood and freedoms. Besides the pogroms, there were the repressive May Laws and sequel legislation which ground the Russian Jews down further. During the Revolution, the Red and White sides both targeted Jews, though the anti-Communists were the more hostile of the combatants. In summary, the Russian Jewish experience was consistently awful for a very long time, which is why so many Russian Jews emigrated between 1890 and 1920. That situation also politically radicalized some of those who stayed put.

Anonymous said...

Russians like the old fashion Eastern Orthodox which means the highest life is to forgo material things, live like a hermit and forgo sex.

I doubt there are that many Christians in the US who are as devoted as these Orthodox. Yevgeny Rodionov was only 19 when he refused to take off his cross and convert. The Chechens then beheaded him. The Orthodox are proud of their martyrs, and living where they live, this still happens in modern times.

Roderick said...

Jody, the ski and snowboard cross events are real sports by absolutely any standard. They are like charioteering on snow, genuinely dangerous, utterly exhilarating and not decided by judges.