The Morning Brew: The Olympics Open, Biden Draws Flies, and Mr. Pillow Offers 5 Million Reasons to Prove Him Wrong
Ready for your Morning Brew?
We’ve got Mr. Pillow, a President and a King today … plus an Olympic Heroes edition of our Friday Fun Quiz.
Olympics Get Fully Underway This Morning with Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of the #TokyoOlympics is set to kick off at 7 a.m. Eastern time. NBC will be showing the ceremonies live! (I ask the theologians among us. Is tape delay of the devil?)
COVID delayed the Games a year, and is making itself felt this year too. But finally, it’s all about the competition. Oh, who are we kidding? It’s also about the official wardrobe. Which nation’s colors and designs earn the fashion gold.
Seriously, although America-bashing athletes sometimes make it harder to root for Team USA, this is a nation that really likes to chant “USA! USA! USA!” … at least once you are away from the coasts. And we know we’ll be caught up in it at some point. It’s always a thrill to hear the National Anthem played. And every Olympics provides a bounty of heart-warming human interest stories.
We pray a safe and successful Games, not only for Team USA, but for host Japan and the entire family of nations.
Now, to get us in the mood …
Friday Fun Quiz: Olympic Heroes Edition
- This African-American track star obliterated Hitler’s superior Aryan Race bull to bits at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
- This brash American icon won boxing gold at the 1960 Olympics. And 36 years later melted hearts around the globe when, despite severe tremors from Parkinson’s syndrome, he ran and helped light the Olympic Flame at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
- This 1968 silver medal-winning mile runner is not only considered the greatest high school athlete of all time, he went on to serve five terms in the U.S. Congress.
- This guy obliterated the world record for the long jump at the 1968 Games, with what was called “The Leap of the Century,” flying a full two feet past the previous record.
- This woman overcame polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles as a child to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
Mike Lindell: I’ll Give $5 Million to Any Cyber Expert Who Can Prove My Voter Fraud Data Invalid.
Mike Lindell is throwing down the challenge. He’ll give $5 million to any cyber expert who attends his Cyber Symposium next month and proves his voter fraud data is invalid. You can buy a lot of My Pillows with five million smackers.
Lindell insists he has rock-solid proof foreign actors accessed and manipulated the November election to the tune of millions of votes. He knows when those intrusions occurred and from where.
Lindell will be holding a three-day symposium laying out the technical evidence of fraud August 10-12. And if some expert there can prove him and his cyber team wrong, they can walk away with the $5 million. And some Giza Sheets.
Mr. 80 Million Barely Fills a Few Rows in Auditorium for CNN Town Hall
Joe Biden held a town hall in Cincinnati Wednesday night, but the town didn’t show up. When I first saw the tweet showing the half-empty hall, the jokester in me thought, “Mr. 80 Million attracted less people than third-grade recital?”
What the Biden CNN town hall looks like from the back of the auditorium: pic.twitter.com/juUehd7PDu
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) July 22, 2021
Then the better angel of my nature wondered if CNN or the White House severely limited the number of people to the event out of COVID fears.
Then I realized, that can’t be true or else why is everybody crammed together? Remember the days of being separated by six feet? Those Biden magic circles during the 2020 campaign? Earlier town halls had people distanced.
Also, there’s this story at Cincinnati.com, talking about the selection process. And it sure seems CNN went searching far and wide for people to come. They reached out to labor unions, local colleges, and business associations seeking people interested in attending. Anyone? Anyone? (A Trump event, all it takes is one tweet.)
Of course, if you were watching from home, CNN made sure the camera angles made it look like the place was packed.
The New York Post asked the White House if the plan had been to limit seating. The White House told them to go ask CNN. Never a good sign when the answer could have been an easy “sure.” CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas said, “This was a typical audience size for a CNN town hall.”
(Insert your own joke about miniscule being a “typical audience size” for CNN.)
Added the Post, “She did not elaborate on the reason for the small crowd size.” Again, that should have been an easy one if keeping things cozy had been the plan.
Too bad more folks didn’t want to see Joe. They missed moments like this:
Crushing it pic.twitter.com/DI21CUSp7k
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 22, 2021
They also missed his misinformation on COVID: “You’re not going to get COVID if you get these vaccines.” Still waiting for Facebook to censor that one. And Joe derailing everything with talk of aliens and blood drinking.
In all, Breitbart counted up “Thirteen Bizarre Joe Biden Quotes From CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati.”
Twitter “Temporarily” Blocks VoterGA Account … Just Days After VoterGA Published Proof of Georgia Voter Fraud
Nobody could have seen this coming. And by “nobody,” I mean everybody. A week after election integrity organization VoterGA published proof beyond all shadow of a doubt that there was voter fraud in Fulton County, GA, Twitter “temporarily” restricted access VoterGA’s account.
Speaking of Big Tech funny business, Dr. Michael Brown has one up examining the statistical evidence that Facebook is suppressing your very own Stream. “Is Facebook Really Suppressing the Stream and Other Conservative Sites?” Read and judge for yourself.
Such Big Tech suppression is why we ask you to encourage friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to subscribe to The Stream. This gets them the Morning Brew emailed to them each week day, along with our weekly newsletter, away from the clutches of Big Tech.
Wow. Despite Lebron’s Bowing to China, China Won’t Screen His Movie.
Poor King James. He showed Communist China all that love. And China discarded him like a ripped rag doll. For three years, Lebron James has sucked up to China and spit on the USA. But in the end, China won’t allow Lebron’s new movie Space Jam 2: A New Legacy to run in the Communist country. (Perhaps they’ve seen the reviews. 30% on the Tomato-meter.)
The film cost $200 million to make and market. And though it earned a nice $31 million its first week, the box office take is expected to be around 60-70 million…or at best $100 million. Meaning, without China, Space Jam 2 could lose about $100 million.
Friday Fun Quiz Answers
- This African-American track star obliterated Hitler’s superior Aryan Race B.S. to bits at the 1936 Games in Berlin. Jesse Owens.
- This brash American icon won boxing gold at the 1964 Olympics. And 32 years later melted hearts around the globe when despite severe tremors from Parkinson’s syndrome he ran and helped light the Olympic Flame at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Muhammad Ali.
- This silver medal-winning mile runner is not only considered the greatest high school athlete of all time, he went on to serve five terms in the U.S. Congress. Jim Ryun.
- This guy obliterated the world record for the long jump at the 1968 Games, flying a full two feet past the previous record. Bob Beamon. His world record leap of 29’2” would stand for 23 years.
- This woman overcame polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles as a child to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. Wilma Rudolf in 1954.
Have a grand, Olympic-sized weekend!