Well, the veil drops away a little.
This from msnbc: The cool "foot print" fireworks that "marched" across the city during the Opening Ceremonies were a fake - computer generated footage
"We have shed our blood in the glorious cause in which we are engaged; we are ready to shed the last drop in its defense. Nothing is above our courage, except only (with shame I speak it) the courage to TAX ourselves." --James Madison, 1782