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Mr. Flip's Rant

August 04, 2008

In general, Mr. Flip is in favor of getting on a high horse - though, in actuality, he'd probably do a face plant trying to dismount Big Brown.

However, even as China is subjected to the scrutiny that comes with hosting the Olympics, with stories about limits on protests in Beijing and the blocking of Web sites, let's not forget how supposedly more enlightened Western sites have prepared for the Games.

Not wanting visitors to be forced to see the unfortunate among us, cities such as Atlanta and Sydney, Australia, reportedly conducted sweeps of the homeless in advance of the Olympics. You could say officials just wanted to leave the Olympic crowds with favorable impressions and to enhance their experience at the Games.

And you could say the same thing about what they're doing in Beijing.

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