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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Democracy? Curling?

That's the message with which I was curiously greeted on the District of Columbia Olympic Committee's (DCOC's) home page. Apparently, a group of advocates for DC voting/representation/statehood rights (their precise agenda is a unclear), all of whom have tragic nicknames, believes the best way to advance their cause is to petition the members of the International Olympic Committee to allow entry of a DC "national" curling team. While I could certainly think of more fitting events for a DC team given the proclivities of area residents (oh, I don't know, skeet shooting?), that's beside the point. The point is that I question whether or not this type of effort is the most effective manner to acheive a very worthwhile goal. I mean, U.S. history offers several examples of more effective and practical means by which oppressors can be vanquished...

Still, you've got to admire their creativity. Patrick Henry would be proud.

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