Turkmenistan Wins First Olympic Medal!

Silver for weightlifter Polina Guryeva!

Some of my readers might say: Where? Where is Turkmenistan? it is a former Soviet Republic, now independent nation in Central Asia. I am sorry not to write on this on on July 27 when it happened. I figured this was not their first medal overall and did not check against the LIST.

I am fascinated with Turkmenistan for many of the same reasons as when I wrote the article in 2016 about its close neighbor Tajikistan. It has a beautiful flag:

Flag of Turkmenistan.svg

Wikipedia says it is based on the carpet industry in its country. I still think it is majestic. Drew Binsky, a young US national has made it his goal to visit every country on earth did this neat video and this one too while in Turkmenistan. Good viewing of the capital city and nation.

But we are here to tout the new national hero and honor the nation with a victory lap and here is the national anthem.

Two articles on Polina Guryeva who won silver in the 59kg weightlifting (That is a weight class for the competitors not the weight to lift):

One from the official Turkmenistan government site and the other is from a Western news source (NBC channel 5 in Chicago).

The first Olympic silver medal in the history of independent Turkmenistan was won today by the master of sports from Ashgabat Polina Guryeva at the Tokyo Games. The student of the Turkmen State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports achieved this success in the weight category up to 59 kg, in which representatives of 14 countries competed.


Polina Guryeva has been actively involved in sports since 2011. At first she attended the gymnastics section, after which she joined weightlifting. She learned the “basics” of this difficult sport for the fair sex with her first coach Akhmed Sariyev, under whose leadership she won a gold medal at the IV Solidarity Games of Islamic Countries held in 2017 in Baku. Currently, P. Guryeva is training at the school of higher sports skills of Turkmenistan with the head coach of the national team Artur Emiryan.

The NBC 5 TV in Chicago had a nice picture of of the very happy Turkmenian weightlifter. And here is a video of the national anthem:

All pursuant to the Sanders Olympic Policy. Congrats to Polina Guryeva, Olympics medalist. She will be a national hero. Maybe on a postage stamp. Or mobbed everywhere she goes in her homeland. We’ll do the victory lap with the super flag that I bought in 1990 and will be slightly different than the present one.

The Sanders Olympic Tally

What Nations, Sandy, Could Win That Elusive First Medal?

The Wikipedia list of all the nations that have never won an Olympic medal (about 70) is found right here and there are some perhaps unexpected nations on the list: Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, both the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Honduras, Liberia, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Turkmenistan (not Turkey!).


Let’s update this post in a night or two. Look for the sequel! For one of those nations is thankfully OFF the list: Turkmenistan! They won a medal in these Olympics and I did not check the medal winning list against the master list! So we turn to Turkmenistan! Be back!

Qatar Wins First Olympic Gold Medals in Weightlifting and High Jump!!

TWO first golds in one Olympics!

We have yet another new nation to honor under the Sanders Olympic Policy: Qatar. The nation whose name would be a great Scrabble word if it was not a proper noun has won one silver and four bronze (hat tip to Wikipedia) up to 2021 but has never heard its national anthem during a medal ceremony. Not any more!

This is one reason for the Sanders Olympic Policy: To ensure that the smaller nations are not forgotten. (It is also a protest against sports imperialism caused in large part by too many pro athletes occupying the key sports such as basketball, tennis, golf and downhill skiing. [I discovered that you can be a pro fencer or pro swimmer but I am not sure how!] It also is a mild protest against over doing the jingoism for USA.)

Qatar is one of the Islamic monarchies. From nationsonline:

The country is situated on a peninsula that extends from the Arabian Peninsula approximately 160 km (99 mi) north into the Persian (Arab) Gulf, it is bordered by Saudi Arabia. Qatar shares maritime borders with Bahrain, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates.

The country covers an area of 11,586 km² (4,473 sq mi) making Qatar about 1.25 times larger than Cyprus, or also somewhat larger than Puerto Rico.

The emirate has a population of 2.6 million inhabitants (end 2016), but Qatari nationals represent only a minority. Capital and largest city is Doha (Ad Dawhah, pop 800,000). Spoken language is Arabic (official).

Then after Fares Elbakh wins a weightlifting gold medal, (here is his ceremony) Qatar wins gold again in the high jump. Here is a local Qatar news story on it.

Doha: Qatar’s two-time world champion Mutaz Barshim wins an Olympic gold medal at Tokyo in high jump bringing second gold medal for Qatar from Olympics 2020. 

Qatar’s Barshim is joint gold medal winner as he and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi cleared 2.37m without any misses and failed to clear 2.39m.

The gold medal was split by agreement of the two victors. From the BBC:

After an exhausting two-hour competition, the pair couldn’t be split, having recorded best clearances of 2.37 metres.


But in a moment of sportsmanship, they agreed to share the title, sparking huge celebrations.


Instead, they made history – it was the first joint Olympic podium in athletics since 1912.

Nice move on both athletes’ part. Here is a short blurb on the sharing of the medal. Qatar gets the victory lap with flag at home. Here is the national anthem. Both Fares Elbakh and Mutaz Essa Barshim get the Official Sanders Tout. May both of you be national heroes in your home country. Be blessed in Jesus both of you.

Get Ya Political Life!!!!!

 If you find yourself in the creek, you betta start rowin’……”


The Space Program 

A Tribe Called Quest

We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service 2016.

As a Contributor for Virginia Right, I usually begin my pieces with a quote from an emcee. It shows my extensive knowledge and catalog of Hip Hop music. The above referenced song by my Hip Hop Hero Q-Tip begins with a sample which exclaims, “It’s coming down hard We GOT TO GET OUR S*** TO-GETHER!!!!!

Crisis, crunch time, use it or lose it. It is apparent to me that America is at a fork in the road. We have to make a calculated decision quickly. And over the last week, I have had several conversations with several people. Republicans, Libertarians and Independents. I am Black, however, I am not a Democrat. I honestly believe that I am trapped somewhere in between the Libertarian and Republican parties. Like a nomadic wasteland. And sometimes I feel alone.

I have been speaking to my friends, political leaders, activists, candidates for office and co workers. I have been asking the same question of all these people. “Where do we go from here?”

Option One: With all the RINO (Republican in name only) Republicans who “say” they are conservative but “vote” in support of “liberal” and “leftist” policies our first choice is to take over the Republican Party from the ground up.

Option Two: All the “displaced” or “misplaced” Republicans and fed up enlightened Democrats (of any) can join the Libertarian Party. Former Vice Chair and Sister in the struggle Juanita Walton Billings suggests a complete overhaul of the Libertarian Party of Virginia. She has a detailed written plan she has been sharing with activists such as myself, Donna and Anthony Grebas and Elwood “Sandy” Sanders.

Option Three: Take Over a smaller party for the name. Donna and Anthony Grebas were the first Libertarians to shake my hand when I attended my first meeting of the Patrick Henry Supper Club in Richmond,  Virginia. I will never, as long as I live, forget the handshake that Donna gave me. She told me, “Welcome dear!!!” And gave me a very firm once up, once down handshake. All these years later, Auntie Donna and Uncle Tony as my children call them or “Ma” as my wife Mandy calls her are our family away from the rest of our family in New Jersey, Maryland and Texas. Donna was the former 4th CD Chair of the LPVA and Tony was at one time the Volunteer backbone of the Chesterfield County Libertarians community outreach. Donna’s suggestion with her knowledge is for defectors from the LP and the GOP we go to take over the Constitution Party.

Option Four: Brought by Major Mike Webb from Arlington, Virginia. The Major is in deep legal and spiritual warfare with Governor Ralph Northam (known to Libertarians, Republicans and Patriots as King Ralph or Governor Northern Ham) and Attorney General  Mark Herring with several Covid-19 cases in opposition to the massive government overreach. Currently, Major Webb is running for the Arlington School Board. Because of his social media onslaught (continued posting of facts, figures and evidence of his perspective) all…..and I do mean all of his social media accounts have been permanently deleted with no ability to appeal.  Major Mike suggests we create a loose group of supporters and run independent candidates across the Commonwealth leaving no district uncontested (the sucka s*** that both the Libertarian and Republican parties do when they do not locate a candidate. It is like watching a sports game with no opposing teams…..ridiculous) until we create or move into a new political home.

Option Five: In my opinion with my political nerdy-ness, my Political Science degree from Hampton University, my community activism, my grassroots connections, my business planning /communication experience and my love of God, America and family……I think we need to establish a new Party from the ground up.

Option Six: My long time brother, self made Entrepreneur and Co Host of Talks Over Drinks Markel Prines and my Truck Driver Mentor La-Brian Johnson both say we need to totally abandon politics altogether and build a strong business community to unite and tackle our problems ourselves.

I would be interested to hear what you suggest. But, sadly I know….We got to get our s*** together.

My New Heroes: The Fiji Rugby Sevens Team

Won gold again and then praised God over it! Sang a hymn!

Five years ago, in Rio, the nation of Fiji won their first medal. They got the official Sanders Olympic Tout. It was the best medal any nation can get for their first Olympic medal: Gold.

What I did not know at the time of the tout was it produced perhaps the world’s most unusual denomination of paper money: A seven dollar bill! (Here is an eBay ad for five consecutively numbered bills.)

The Fiji rugby seven team won again! The team lustily sang their national anthem, prayed after their win, and one team member raised a finger to the sky. Go to this Breitbart article for the pix and the hat tip. Here is another source: UK Guardian:

You could see it after the match, too, when they gathered in a circle and filled the empty Tokyo Stadium with a beautiful rendition of their team hymn. “We always start with our prayers and songs, and we always end with our prayers and songs,” [Coach Jerry] Tuwai said, “and that song says that our God is a loving God, and that while we always tend to go stray from what he expects from us, he still loves us, and gives us good things.” Like the gold medal, which he took off, and insisted on putting around Baber’s neck instead.

This team hid away since Easter to avoid COVID and now the island is on lockdown. But that did not stop celebrations (from Breitbart):

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation presenter Jaquee Speight tweeted: “Last Olympics we gathered in numbers, tears flowed and bells were rung. Tonight in the middle of a pandemic and (with) Fiji under curfew, pots and pans ring, fireworks go off in yards and the cheers from every house can be heard.”

So, let’s do an honorary tout for the praying Fijians. Rah for you and may God be exalted.

I think the Fiji seven team would like this, so I am doing it: This is a place to go to find out how to be right with God. Hat tip to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Bermuda Wins First Gold Medal!

In the triathlon!

Bermuda is a tiny island in the Atlantic about 600 miles from Hatteras; you can actually take a cruise ship from Norfolk to the beautiful land. It was first populated by settlers headed to Virginia who got shipwrecked. Did they miss out or did we? Here is part of the Bermuda Tourism website. Here is one cruise offer for example purposes only. Here is an article from CBS:

Bermuda just took home the gold medal in the women’s triathlon in Tokyo — making it the smallest country to win gold at the Summer Olympics. Flora Duffy earned the gold medal in the event with a time of 1:55:36.

This is the first Olympic gold medal for Bermuda, which has an estimated population of 62,034. The country is so small, it only sent two athletes to the Tokyo Games – Duffy for the triathlon and rower Dara Alizadeh. 

You only need one athlete to win gold! This is so exciting! Bermuda only won one other medal – boxing in 1976 (Clarence Hill – bronze) since 1936.

Here is the medal ceremony for Bermuda and they are a part of Great Britain so they used the national anthem for Great Britain: God Save The Queen. The celebration started on Bermuda television; here is the video. It’s great to see people excitedly celebrating that elusive first medal or first gold medal. A statue? Maybe a holiday?

Bermuda gets the victory lap with the flag, the national anthem and this tout! Congrats Flora Duffy! You are already a national hero.

San Marino Wins First Olympic Medal!

Bronze in the women’s trap shooting competition!

Well, here we go! Last night Virginia time, Sanders discovered not one but two nations won either their first medal or their first gold medal at these Olympics. Now each nation gets its own tout! Got to read the blog to see about the other nation! San Marino won bronze!

The Republic of San Marino is a tiny nation in Europe. Completely surrounded by Italy. Landlocked. Here is the Britannica account of this small and fascinating nation. Started by Christians fleeing persecution about 300 AD, one was St. Marinus, (A lay evangelist – man I like this nation better and better as I read more!) after whom the nation is named, and it is on the slopes of a mountain (Mt. Titano). I almost persuaded my father to take us there when we went to Italy. But we did cross the Rubicon – the tiny river that Caesar crossed to declare himself in rebellion against the so-called Roman Republic (which was dead by that time pretty much!).

There was another personal incident involving San Marino. In my senior year of high school we had a fun trivia contest where there would be a question read during home room and the first student who wrote the answer and took it to the room indicated for the answer got touted the next morning. Let’s see: trivia, showing off and a tout, to boot? The future blogger Sanders is all in! One day the quiz question was: World’s smallest landlocked republic. I knew this answer – wrote San Marino and raced to a nearby home room and the next morning awaited the tout! NO TOUT! I cannot remember who got it or if nobody did but San Marino was NOT the answer! The theory of the teacher in charge of quiz question said because San Marino is elected by two princes, it was not a republic.

Well, now many Americans will hear or read about the Republic of San Marino – the tiny republic of over 33,000 (not a misprint – thirty three thousand not million but thousand people live in San Marino) has its first Olympic medalist:

Alessandra Perilli came in third in women’s trap shooting behind a Slovakian and USA. Good enough for bronze (Perilli was fourth in 2012) this time. Here is a great Reuters article on it.

“We had two sleepless nights. We watched everything live and as soon as we knew that she had won a medal we were in tears,” Perilli’s father Claudio told ANSA.


“This is the first medal for me and for my country. We are a small country but very proud.”

I am sure Alessandra Perilli will be and is a national hero. She gets here at this blog in strict accordance with the Sanders Olympic Policy the victory lap with the flag (The coat of arms has “LIBERTAS” on it – got to like that!), the national anthem (here it is), and this tout. Congrats to Alessandra Perilli!

One more thing: I like the unusual spelling of her first name. I can safely predict that there will be a slight uptick in girls named Alessandra in 2021.

The Philippines wins FIRST Olympic Gold!

New National Hero crowned in weightlifting!

Now let’s remember what the Official Sanders Olympic Policy is:

If a nation wins their first gold medal or first overall medal, they get the Official Sanders Tout, their national anthem is linked here at the Virginia Right blog and a victory lap with their flag at the Sanders home.

Well, the Philippines won their first Gold medal in the 2020 Olympics in Weightlifting! Here is a news story on this:


A headline from the AOL article (hat tip to them):

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever gold for Philippines, ending 97-year drought

The headline is enough to bring tears to your eyes. Here is the report from a Philippine media outlet WITH the video showing the medal ceremony – no misbehavior – Diaz saluted her flag! It is the first time in 97 years that this anthem has been played at the Olympics!

The lap has been made with the Philippine flag in hand and here is the actual ceremony.

Diaz will likely be in pretty good shape and famous. The video in this article suggests she will receive 33 million pesos from various places. (That is about 650,000 USD) and a home as well. Also endorsements.

My salute and congrats to you, national hero, first gold medal winner for your nation: Hidilyn Diaz

Will Sandy Come Back?

The judgeship election is about to reach a climax next week and due to some unfair tactics, it is not very promising for Sandy to get a robe. The Lord Jesus can do more than all we ask or imagine! We have glorified Him in the effort so that is victory. BUT we have Olympics news!

Power of the Pen

I regularly speak to my Hip Hop Hero Barz Nice. He is part of my community of brothers. My conversations with him are always supportive, intense and thought provoking. I credit him as one of the reasons that I still still contribute to Virginia Right.

My second wife always said to me, “What are you going to do?! Be a fifty year old rapper?! You need to grow up. Did I rap? Like another one of my Hip Hop Heroes Doug Evans said on my favorite mix tape, “Everybody raps!!!!!!”

I look at Barz Nice, Big Sty and JD Haze and understand that there is space in the Hop Hop community and culture for the OG’s (Original Gangstas: what the culture refers to us older heads).

Do I still write music? Yes I do. Have I recorded anything of late? No. I have taken the talent that God has given me and used it in a different way.

I consider myself a political nerd. I read and understand things that maybe the regular Hip Hop head would not. I remember an interesting day. I was able to walk the halls of the Mariners Harbor Houses (a project development in Staten Island, New York). And on that very same day, I walked the halls of the State Capitol in Albany, New York. I was lobbying for affordable legal representation for poor and middle income New Yorkers.

I hold a Political Science degree from Hampton University. I did not get my knowledge of politics from Google. I lived and grew up in Cambria Heights, Queens, New York. I was a participant in the growth of Hip Hop. I got to watch and experience up close Hip Hop culture. It left a lasting impression on the foundation of my life.

Later, I promoted events and parties. One of my favorite jobs was an Intellectual Property and Contracts Paralegal with a firm called 99% Entertainment. My partner Carl Jackman and I realized that the music industry was “99% business and 1% talent.”

That from the amount of “no talent” having people who got record deals and made lots of money from our culture.

Well, it is 0614 hours and I just was unable to sleep. I am up just collecting my thoughts to spill out onto the page and organize my feelings. Yesterday’s message at church was taken out of the third chapter of Ephesians. Paul was writing his letter to the church in Ephesus. Even though HE was incarcerated, he wanted the new believers in Christ to remain encouraged. He used his power of the pen to spread knowledge and understanding of the church which was NOT just a building. He was part of the church even though the government had him incarcerated. And through his relationship with Jesus Christ, he had liberty, freedom and the battle was already won.

There is work that we all have to do in this life. And we all know that life is not always easy. But, remain encouraged and do what you need to in this life. For me……I will continue to write. I may pen some more music. I may even muster up the courage to call Bully one day and record. But, I realize that Barz is correct that I have a gift in the power of the pen. And that I can do damage (Hip Hop turrets is kickin’ in. I hear the “I DO DAMAGE” cut from Cool V’s Tribute to Scratching)

Cool V’s Tribute To Scratching by Biz Markie from Goin’ Offhttps://youtu.be/kdx3Nme8ywMCool V’s Tribute To Scratching by Biz Markie from Goin’ Off

Or, I can do good. I choose to do good with my pen power.