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  • Customer shoots, kills hatchet-wielding man in Burien (WA) convenience store

    03/13/2016 3:03:29 PM PDT · by llevrok · 19 replies
    A customer shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man attacking a clerk at a convenience store Sunday morning in Burien WA About 5:45 a.m., a masked man about 40 years old walked into a 7-Eleven store near South 110th Street and 8th Avenue South and swung a hatchet at a customer, said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West. The man then went behind the counter and attacked the clerk. Within seconds, a customer pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker, likely saving the clerk’s life, West said. The customer, in his 60s, buys coffee from the store almost...
  • VANITY - Letter to the Governor of Virginia on decision to withdraw Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

    12/22/2015 5:08:27 PM PST · by Jonah Hex · 22 replies
    n/a | tonight (22 Dec 15) | self
    Subject: Sir, you are wrong with regard to your CCP order Sir, with all due respect, you are wrong in your decision to unilaterally withdraw CCP reciprocity with other states. While you may have concerns about their meeting Virginia's standards, the correct method of resolving a dispute is to talk about it first. Instead, you've slapped 26 other states across the face with your decision. As a result, you've now placed Virginians...VIRGINIANS, SIR... at risk of retaliation from other states when they subsequently withdraw their reciprocity agreements with Virginia. In effect, you've placed law-abiding VIRGINIANS at risk of breaking laws....
  • Why States Should Boycott the Federal Clean Power Plan

    04/22/2015 7:26:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 21, 2015 | KENNETH C. HILL
    Better for states not to comply with the EPA’s plans than to go along and absolve the feds of accountability for the mess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) set off a firestorm recently when he advised states not to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Yet that advice isn’t as radical as his detractors make it sound. As a state public utilities commissioner who deals with the effects of federal regulations on a regular basis, I also recommend that states not comply. ... While the short-term effects may be painful, the long-term consequences of submitting...
  • Hillary Can’t Delete This [Another In The "Congenital Liar" Series!]

    03/15/2015 9:31:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | March 15, 2015 | DAVID FEITH
    Hillary Can’t Delete This As Secretary of State, Clinton says she stopped at nothing to get a blind dissident out of China. That’s not what he remembers. By DAVID FEITH March 15, 2015 This book won’t help Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. Its author, Chen Guangcheng, is the blind Chinese human-rights lawyer who in April 2012 escaped rural house arrest and sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The ensuing diplomatic tussle over his fate was a high drama that Mrs. Clinton touts as an accomplishment of her tenure as secretary of state. It reminded her of the “responsibility...
  • CCP “contagion” fears spark derivatives debate

    11/13/2014 9:41:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    banking technology ^ | 13 November, 2014 | Elliott Holley
    CCP “contagion” fears spark derivatives debate 13 November, 2014 Written by Elliott Holley Controversy over the handling of derivatives dominated talk at the Mondo Visione Exchange Forum this week, where panellists contested the value of interoperability and whether CCP contagion might bring down the financial system. “Regulators should absolutely not allow interoperability for derivatives,” said Philip Simons, head of OTC derivatives business at Eurex Clearing. “It creates systemic risk. If one clearing house goes down, it would result in contagion as it would bring down all the others. CCPs are phenomenally under-capitalised. They could easily fall over.” Simons added that...
  • World Journal: Shooting of Chinese-American Family Related to Security Official

    04/17/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | Lu Chen
    The apparent murder of a Chinese-American man, along with three family members, at his home in Houston, Texas, this January was recently said by an established overseas Chinese newspaper to have some connection to the former Chinese security official Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of an intense corruption investigation.
  • Exclusive: China seizes $14.5 billion assets from family, associates of ex-security chief: sources

    03/31/2014 9:11:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/2014 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard
    Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China's biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou's relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been briefed on the investigation, told Reuters. The sheer size of the asset seizures and the scale of the investigations into the people around Zhou - both unreported until...
  • The Man Who Wasn't There (Secret Coup in China)

    02/26/2014 12:43:05 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/25/2014 | Isaac Stone Fish
    It was an easy story to miss. On Feb. 22, the Beijing newspaper China Business Herald, citing an anonymous source, reported that PetroChina International Vice President Shen Dingcheng had been missing for weeks. As a single point of data, the story means little. But the disappearance of Shen (which dozens of other Chinese news outlets covered) is likely another piece of the still unfolding and maddeningly opaque saga of Zhou Yongkang. Shen, it turns out, served as Zhou's secretary for part of the 1990s. Formerly one of the most powerful men in China, Zhou ran China's state security apparatus as...
  • Southwest Virginia circuit court clerks concerned over GOP request for gun permit records

    06/11/2013 6:02:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier, via ^ | June 10, 2013 | ALLIE ROBINSON
    The Republican Party of Virginia's request for the records of concealed handgun permits across the state were met with concern Monday by several Southwest Virginia circuit court clerks, with one seeking an attorney general's opinion. "The request itself poses several important legal questions," said Jack Kennedy, court clerk for Wise County and Norton. He and other clerks in the area received a Freedom of Information Act request from Anthony Reedy, the state GOP's executive director, asking for a list of concealed handgun permit carriers in each jurisdiction. Kennedy outlined his legal questions in a letter sent Monday to state Attorney...
  • China considers delay of key party congress: sources

    05/08/2012 2:24:00 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/2012 | By Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards
    China's ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalize a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered in much doubt. But any delay in the congress, no matter the official reason, would likely fuel speculation of infighting over the remaining seats in the nine-member politburo standing committee which calls the shots in China. [....] Delay could also further unnerve global financial markets...
  • Cold Case Posse - Obama's Birth Certificate Investigation - Sheriff Joe Arpaio MCSO (Video)

    03/10/2012 12:50:18 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 79 replies · 1+ views
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | March 04, 2012 | The Tea Party Tribune
    The Tea Party Tribune was welcomed to record this "Historic Press Release" video for the Cold Case Posse and other investigative entities. ..
  • Chinese telecom firm tied to spy ministry--CIA: Beijing funded Huawei

    10/13/2011 6:21:35 PM PDT · by casablanca · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10.13.11 | Bill Gertz
    A U.S. intelligence report for the first time links China’s largest telecommunications company to Beijing’s KGB-like intelligence service and says the company recently received nearly a quarter-billion dollars from the Chinese government. The disclosures are a setback for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s efforts to break into the U.S. telecommunications market. The company has been blocked from doing so three times by the U.S. government because of concerns about its links to the Chinese government. The report by the CIA-based Open Source Center states that Huawei’s chairwoman, Sun Yafang, worked for the Ministry of State Security (MSS) Communications Department before joining...
  • Conflicting plans contributed to break-down of Boehner and Obama talks

    07/23/2011 9:12:01 AM PDT · by casinva · 13 replies
    Keith Hennessey Financial Blog ^ | July 23, 2011 | Keith Hennessey
    Budget talks between President Obama and Speaker Boehner fell apart yesterday (snip) (Obama comment) It is hard to understand why Speaker Boehner would walk away from this kind of deal. (End of Obama comment) I actually think it’s quite easy. The President backtracked in private negotiations this week, demanding bigger tax increases after the Gang of Six, including three conservative Republican Senators, released a plan that raised taxes more than the President had previously demanded. (snip) While it is an aggressive tactic, there is nothing “wrong” with moving backward in a negotiation. It is likely to anger the counterparty, and...
  • Say "Goodbye" to the Dollar

    04/15/2011 5:47:32 AM PDT · by JRNyquist · 52 replies · 1+ views ^ | april 15, 2011 | Jeff Nyquist
    .. inadequacies and deficiencies of the existing international monetary and financial system.. In 1998 Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, a strategist and master spy, conceived of an economic alliance between Russia, India and China. The purpose of this combination was to counter the international influence of the United States. By now it should be apparent that Russia and China intend to launch an attack against the U.S. dollar. Do we yet realize that such an attack is possible? And have we reckoned the political consequences?
  • Party Animals

    10/12/2010 3:04:21 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 2010 issue | Joseph A. Harriss
    The question is, how do they do it? They starved some 35 million Chinese in the late 1950s during Mao's disastrous Great Leap Forward. They threw the country into social, economic, and political chaos in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution terror purges of the 1960s and '70s. They massacred pro-democracy student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Today their arbitrary arrests and denial of free speech and association continue. So how does the Chinese Communist Party, despite methodical oppression and denial of basic human rights, retain its implacable rule over one-fifth of humanity? With the implosion of the Soviet...
  • PLA admiral’s speech raises questions in the US

    06/09/2010 11:33:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 57+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 6/10/2010 | William Lowther
    A senior Chinese admiral delivered a three-minute “rant” to 65 visiting US officials in Beijing last month, in which he said that US arms sales to Taiwan proved that Washington viewed China as an enemy. Since then, US diplomats and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have tried to portray the remarks by Rear Admiral Guan Youfei as at odds with the thinking of the rest of the Chinese government. But in a Washington Post report published on Tuesday, Post reporter John Pomfret interviewed a wide range of experts, officials and military officers in China who indicated that Guan’s speech...
  • Foxconn suicides: capitalism and Marxism treat people like animals(globalists & chicom)

    06/05/2010 7:43:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Asia News ^ | 05/31/10 | Wei Jingsheng
    05/31/2010 13:07 CHINA Foxconn suicides: capitalism and Marxism treat people like animals by Wei Jingsheng The great dissident analyzes the series of suicides in the Guangdong factory and points the finger at the Chinese social system, which transforms businessmen (even Western) into devils without morals, cancels labour rights, morality and democracy in the name of profit. The collusion of business and media in the West. /snip The theory of Karl Marx was really not so good, as it brought a century disaster to the human race. Yet, to the least, Karl Marx was a person with some sympathy. Should he...
  • Why English Should Be the Greatest Weapon Against Censorship in China

    01/25/2010 4:58:34 AM PST · by robertvance · 7 replies · 429+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 1-25-2009 | Robert Vance
    Anyone in China who has the desire to access a blocked website can do it with relative ease – and for free. There are literally hundreds of services that can bypass the Chinese censors. The key to all of this, as I have already alluded to, is the ability to read English. The Chinese government may be very efficient at erasing politically harmful Chinese content off the web and out of reach of even proxies, but it has little control over English content that is posted in other countries. Or even in its own country – where the best way...
  • Clinton and Obama Show Big hypocrisy on China policy

    02/27/2009 5:53:40 AM PST · by robertvance · 4 replies · 421+ views
    The Vance Report ^ | 2/27/2009 | Robert Vance
    My suggestion to Secretary of State Clinton? Why don't you scratch the "global climate change crisis" baloney out of your agenda and replace it with something that is far more realistic and important? President Bush used every chance that he had, including his trip to Beijing last August, to pressure Beijing on its human rights policies and so should you. While the effects may not be tangible, our pressure on Beijing regarding human rights does make a difference.
  • Concealed Carry Permits Are Life Savers

    01/26/2009 1:55:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 2,511+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 01/26/2009 | Rep. Cliff Stearns
    The right to bear arms is more than a Constitutional right: every human being has the natural unalienable right to self-defense. Cicero said 2,000 years ago, “If our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.” The U.S. Constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all 50 states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. Right to carry laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry concealed firearms for their own protection. So many liberal politicians and...
  • Despite Apology, Porn Still Readily Accessible on Google China

    01/09/2009 6:20:19 PM PST · by robertvance · 5 replies · 407+ views ^ | 1/10/2009 | Robert Vance
    It was very nice of Google to apologize to China this week for allowing ’smut’ links to appear in its search listings. The question is, did Google actually make any effort to modify its search listings in China? Search results for the word ’sexy girl’ causes one to wonder if Google was simply giving lip service to the Communist giant...
  • Is Mao Zedong Really the Most Famous Man in Chinese History?

    11/25/2008 9:18:35 PM PST · by robertvance · 51 replies · 1,089+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 11/26/2008 | Jean Chesterton
    The students who do not quickly shout out the name 'Chairman Mao' bring up other notable names in Chinese history such as the ancient philosopher Confucious and China’s beloved first premier, Zhou Enlai. A few students have even mentioned Deng Xiaoping as China's most famous person since it was he who opened the doors and pushed China down its present path of development.
  • Why National Day in China is not About Mao Zedong

    09/30/2008 9:33:34 PM PDT · by robertvance · 40 replies · 561+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 10/1/2008 | Robert Vance
    Today is National Day in China. On this day, 49 years ago, Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China founded the People's Republic of China with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square. For most Chinese people, however, this day is not about Chairman Mao nor is it about the triumph of the Communist Party. Today is a day of rest in China; this national holiday is an opportunity to travel or to spend time with friends. While the day may be politically charged in Beijing and some other big cities, most Chinese people that I know are not so interested...
  • Concealed carry permits gain popularity

    09/10/2008 11:59:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 540+ views
    KOB-TV ^ | 09/10/2008 | Shelton Dodson and Joshua Panas
    The chances of running into a person who is legally concealing a firearm is increasing in New Mexico. That's because there has seen a 63 percent increase in people getting their concealed carry permits in the last year. As expected, mostly men have concealed carry permits in New Mexico, but the number of senior citizens who carry guns is surprising. In the five years that New Mexico's concealed carry law has been around, more than 11,000 men have held a license. But women are being certified as well. One out of every five licenses are being issued to a female.
  • Why English is the Language of Chinese Prostitutes

    09/06/2008 11:56:34 PM PDT · by robertvance · 27 replies · 196+ views ^ | 9/7/2008 | Robert Vance
    "Quite a few of your English students are prostitutes," a friend told me today as she recounted a conversation that she had with her hair stylist recently. "The guy who cut my hair told me that many of your training center's female students come to him two or three times a week to get their hair done before they go to work." She went on to explain that according to the hair stylist, some of my students sell their bodies at night in local hotels where there might be as many as 200 prostitutes gathered in one establishment. Other students...
  • What Puzzles Chinese People About Governor Sarah Palin

    09/02/2008 10:30:09 PM PDT · by robertvance · 117 replies · 370+ views ^ | 9/3/2008 | Robert Vance
    Most of my Chinese friends as is the case with many Americans, know very little about Governor Sarah Palin, John Mcain's choice for running mate in the 2008 Presidential Election. When they do learn more about her, there is one aspect of her life that will undoubtedly catch the attention of many people here. Earlier this year, Governor Palin gave birth to a baby boy despite the fact that doctors told her that he would have Down syndrome. Making the same choice in China is nearly unheard of. If a Chinese mother finds out that her unborn baby is afflicted...
  • What Barak Obama Can Learn from the CCP

    08/28/2008 9:16:42 PM PDT · by robertvance · 3 replies · 115+ views ^ | 8/28/2008 | Robert Vance
    Someone needs to introduce Senator Barak Obama to Chinese President Hu JinTao just as soon as possible. I am sure the two would get along just fine. After all, if Mr. Obama is elected President of the United States in November, there is much that he can learn from the Communist Party, especially in the area of censoring free speech...
  • Is It Time for Federal Reciprocity of Concealed Carry Permits?

    08/10/2008 10:50:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 879+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 08/08/2008 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    Like a lot of people down here in Texas, I keep a gun close at hand. This usually means one in my vehicle and one on my person. I’ve kept one in my vehicle for nearly two decades and one on my person since 1998, when I got my first concealed carry permit. It’s hard to beat the protection that my concealed carry permit affords my family and friends, even if they aren’t armed. The fact that I am armed means they are safer when with me whether they realize it or not; and everything from annual FBI crime numbers...
  • President Bush Should be Applauded for Slamming Beijing on Eve of 2008 Olympic Games

    08/07/2008 8:07:50 PM PDT · by robertvance · 8 replies · 119+ views ^ | 8-7-2008 | Robert Vance
    These strong words coupled with President Bush’s visit to Beijing send a powerful message to the CCP and to the rest of the world; President Bush and the United States will participate in the 2008 Oympic Games but they refuse to ignore the dire human rights crisis that is taking place in China. President Bush is not attending the Olympics to appease Beijing; he is attending so that he can have one last opportunity to pressure Chinese president Hu JinTao, who unlike President Bush, still has a few years left in office. While President Bush and President Hu have had...
  • Should We Feel Sorry for Olympic Press Chief Kevan Gosper?

    While I wish I could feel sorry for Gosper, there is just one problem. Every time he opens his mouth, he seems to be defending or at least speaking for the Chinese government. Yesterday, for example, in response to criticism about the Internet censorship he said "that we are not working in a democratic society, we’re working in a communist society." He continued by stating that "this is China, and they are proud to be a communist society." Really? Did the IOC not know that China was a proud "communist society" when it bestowed the Olympics upon Beijing eight years...
  • The IOC Becomes an Official Accomplice to the CCP in China

    07/31/2008 5:55:49 AM PDT · by robertvance · 7 replies · 103+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 07/31/2008 | Robert Vance
    If it was not already, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is now officially an accomplice to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and all of the Chinese government’s attempts to censor free speech and block personal freedoms in China. According to a report from Reuter’s on Wednesday, “some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted on Wednesday.” Cut a deal? There was no deal. The IOC ‘rolled over and played dead’ just like it has been doing since it bestowed the Olympics upon Beijing 8...
  • Why the Dalai Lama Is Important For All of China

    07/26/2008 9:00:37 PM PDT · by robertvance · 4 replies · 156+ views ^ | 7/27/2008 | Robert Vance
    Personally, I do have some mixed feelings about the Dalai Lama. While I do not buy into all of the conspiracy theories about links between him and the CIA or his involvement in the recent Tibet uprisings, I am not convinced that his organization is as clean ‘as the driven snow’ as so many would like to suggest. I realize that he won a Nobel Peace Prize some years ago, but after it was bestowed upon Al Gore last year, I lost faith in the value of that distinction. No matter how peaceful of a man he is able to...
  • Why China is No Longer a Communist Country

    07/25/2008 2:46:56 AM PDT · by robertvance · 212 replies · 747+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 7/24/2008 | Robert Vance
    While Mao’s body has been amazingly preserved since his death in 1976, it seems that his spirit has not survived the test of time. He may lie in eternal peace inside his Mausoleum but the world around him has changed considerably; China is no longer the gray and drab country that it was during Mao’s time. It is now a place where people can dream and then go out and make that dream come true. It is not like the old days. People other than just high government officials can drive cars. Chinese people can do business and store up...
  • 7 Gunned Down in Darfur as Sudan Government Visits China

    07/10/2008 6:44:14 PM PDT · by robertvance · 2 replies · 166+ views ^ | 07/11/2008 | Robert Vance
    In the end, the Chinese government does not really care about the escalating violence in Sudan. As long as its investments and workers in Sudan are protected, it views the human rights issues as an internal Sudanese matter. In fact, the CCP is most likely sympathetic to the Sudanese government; after all, China has also been a victim lately of what the CCP would consider to be international ‘meddling’ in the case of Tibet. The CCP’s failure to promote positive change in Sudan is simply a manifestation of its own failures in China. Until China can improve the human rights...
  • How Money Threatens to Reunite China and Taiwan

    07/04/2008 2:23:29 AM PDT · by robertvance · 1 replies · 137+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 07/04/2008 | Robert Vance
    "We know that reunification with China is inevitable," a Taiwanese friend told me recently. "The economy in Taiwan is not so good and many of our jobs are being transferred to China," he explained. "Taiwan will have to cooperate with the mainland in order to maintain a healthy economy." My friend told me these things with little conviction in his voice. While the Chinese government has consistently claimed that most Taiwanese people are in favor of reunification with the mainland, my friend, like many others I have talked to around the world, has stated that the vast majority of Taiwanese...
  • Does China Owe an Apology to the World?

    06/27/2008 1:58:56 AM PDT · by robertvance · 2 replies · 122+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 6/27/2008 | Robert Vance
    China has always been very quick to demand apologies from countries that say or do things that “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” This year, companies like Carrefour and CNN, and people like Nancy Pelosi and Sharon Stone have experienced the wrath of the Chinese public when their actions or words were perceived to be inflammatory or damaging to China’s reputation. Is it now not time for China to issue an apology of its own for hurting the feelings of the world with the statements that were made by Comrade Zhang in Tibet? After all, the 2008 Olympic Games,...
  • China Declares War on an Old Nemesis

    06/24/2008 7:33:56 AM PDT · by robertvance · 10 replies · 62+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 6-24-2008 | Robert Vance
    My initial reaction to these strong anti-corruption measures by the CCP is “Hats off to Beijing!” It would appear that the CCP is taking these widespread allegations, which have existed from almost Day 1, very seriously. My second reaction, however, is a little more cautious. It is incredible to me that the Chinese government was able to investigate over 1000 allegations of corruptions in less than 2 months. Such a process would have taken at least 6 months if not a entire year to be completed in the United States. Hopefully, in its new found zeal to fight corruption in...
  • Megalomaniac mayor shooting from the hip (Seattle mayor wants to ban concealed carry from city)

    06/20/2008 1:05:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 262+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 11, 2008 | ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr.
    WHEN IT comes to a city plan to keep concealed weapons from public places, Felix Arena, proud gun owner, has a few thoughts. First, he says, state law gives him the right to carry concealed firearms with a permit. So what gives Seattle the gumption to trump that? Second, he says, the plan would be hard to enforce unless the city wants airportlike security in parks and other properties. Wands and metal detectors cost money and are a hassle for crowds. Third: "It's just bulls - - -," Arena summed up during a break from his checker job at a...
  • Is China Ready for Barak Obama?

    06/17/2008 9:34:20 AM PDT · by robertvance · 7 replies · 108+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 6/18/2008 | Robert Vance
    Why is it so difficult for them to conceive of a black man in charge of America? The answer is quite simple. When Chinese people think of America, they think of the color white. Chinese women use umbrellas in the sun to keep their pale skin while both Chinese men and women try to change their hair color to blond or at least something lighter. Chinese people know all about Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys but not so much about Bill Cosby, Martin Luther King, and Oprah Winfrey. The fact that someone other than a...
  • The new accessory: weapons, openly carried

    06/10/2008 3:29:13 PM PDT · by XR7 · 86 replies · 483+ views
    Crosscut ^ | 6/10/08
    While Seattle worries about concealed weapons, a new fad in the West is to pack and carry you pistol for all to see...
  • Why the No Bag Policy in China is Working

    06/05/2008 11:00:13 PM PDT · by robertvance · 7 replies · 111+ views ^ | 6/6/2008 | Robert Vance
    What makes this environmental policy different than others in China? Quite simply, most stores in China, while they may have initially protested the policy, are more than willing to comply. It is not as if the plastic bags that stores doled out to customers were ever really free of charge. The costs of the bags were passed along to the customers in the prices of items that they purchased. Under the new policy, a store can now charge money for plastic bags that the customers were most likely already paying for. The stores can also profit from the sale of...
  • Where Is the Dignity of the United States?

    06/03/2008 11:45:43 AM PDT · by brityank · 19 replies · 1,153+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Jun 03, 2008 | Stephen Gregory
    Where Is the Dignity of the United States? Events in Flushing show Uncle Sam in a compromising position By Stephen Gregory Epoch Times Staff Jun 03, 2008 For over two weeks now, organized mobs have harassed Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing, New York. For over one week, we have known that those mobs have been incited by the Chinese Consul General for New York, Mr. Peng Keyu, yet Peng has not been expelled. The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) released a tape on May 23 of Peng talking with one of its investigators. In...
  • The Three Gorges Dam and the Earthquake in China

    06/02/2008 10:10:39 PM PDT · by robertvance · 7 replies · 164+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 6/3/2008 | Robert Vance
    The lack of confidence that some of my Chinese friends seem to have in their government comes as a surprise for me. After all, it would seem that by now, Beijing should be an expert at providing assistance for displaced people. We are talking about a government that recently has completed the Three Gorges Project, the world’s largest dam, and in the process has had to relocate up to 4 million people. Many of these people, by no choice of their own, were sent to brand new cities that the Chinese government quickly constructed as the dam’s resevoir began to...
  • Where is the China Earthquake Donation Money Going?

    05/29/2008 8:29:55 AM PDT · by robertvance · 15 replies · 90+ views ^ | 5/29/2008 | Robert Vance
    “I don’t think that the donations are getting to the earthquake victims,” a friend of mine somberly told me recently. “A few of my friends came back from Mianyang recently,” he explained, “and they told me that the earthquake survivors were not being given enough food and water.” It was feared, he said, that the much of the money was being pocketed by local officials or being used to fund activities that were unrelated to the tragedy in Sichuan.
  • The 1-Child Policy Debacle in the China Earthquake Aftermath

    05/26/2008 8:56:33 PM PDT · by robertvance · 11 replies · 109+ views ^ | 5/27/2008 | Robert Vance
    While it is a good sign that the government will allow affected families to have more children, I wonder how Chinese people feel about the wording of this policy exemption? The underlying message behind the government’s announcement seems to be that “we know that your injured son or daughter may be now completely useless so we will allow you to have another try.” In addition, the fact that Chinese parents in the region will not have to continue paying fines on dead children that the Chinese government never wanted to see born in the first place can hardly be construed...
  • Is there a Link Between Tibet and the China Earthquake Response?

    05/18/2008 6:58:38 AM PDT · by robertvance · 9 replies · 122+ views ^ | 5/18/2008 | Robert Vance
    So why else might the CCP be more willing this time to share information with its citizens and the world? One word says it all. Tibet. Does anyone remember Tibet? It is a province in South Western China that up until last Monday was basking in the world spotlight as Tibetans and their supporters attempted to portray what they view as ‘cultural genocide’ and ‘religious opression.’ No one that I know of is suggesting that the Chinese government somehow artifically created the earthquake to take the world’s attention off Tibet and human rights or that they are happy with event....
  • How State Council Decree 492 Affects the Earthquake Aftermath

    05/15/2008 7:28:57 PM PDT · by robertvance · 2 replies · 73+ views
    The Chinese government’s decision to allow the seemingly unrestricted flow of information out of Sichuan this week in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake has surprised many. However, the general assumption that the Chinese government ‘all of the sudden’ decided to pursue a policy of transparency and openess is incorrect. This decision was in fact made last year when the State Council passed the People’s Republic of China Ordinance on Openness of Government Information.
  • Ethnic Repression in Tibet Masterminded by Faceless Trio

    03/22/2008 7:38:35 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 393+ views
    TimesOnline (U.K.) ^ | March 23, 2008 | By Michael Sheridan
    The architects of Chinese repression in Tibet are three senior bureaucrats little known to the outside world but destined to be the focus of condemnation from human rights groups in the months ahead. China preserves the facade of an autonomous regional government and has paraded its ethnic Tibetan figureheads over the past week. Chinese researchers say they are political nonentities. The real mastermind of Chinese policy towards the restive ethnic minorities is a 67-year-old lifetime communist functionary named Wang Lequan. Wang has proclaimed himself to be the top terrorist target in China. Nominally, he heads the party in Xinjiang, which,...
  • Do we need guns at Paradise?

    03/05/2008 8:36:13 AM PST · by XR7 · 81 replies · 287+ views
    Crosscut ^ | 3/5/08 | Knute Berger
    How do you feel about allowing loaded guns in our national parks? Do you feel the need to pack heat while wandering the wildflower meadows of Paradise on Mount Rainier? Are you determined to protect yourself against overly aggressive squirrels at Hurricane Ridge? As you may have heard, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has agreed to modify existing rules that prohibit people from carrying loaded weapons in the national parks. The new rules will be ready for public comment by the end of April [289K PDF]. The push comes from the U.S. Senate. Fifty senators added their signatures to...
  • UMBC Students Turn Tables On Liberal Teacher: Westminster, MD., Dec. 08-2007

    12/09/2007 12:25:19 PM PST · by trooprally · 62 replies · 1,288+ views
    Dec. 09,2007
    Lurker Bill, BufordP and I arrived at Westminster fresh from the corners at Olney about 20 minutes late. But that still gave us an hour and a half standing with Eagles and fellow FReepers PatrioticMarineMom and RockerMom2MyHero. PatrioticMarineMom (the organizer of this Gathering/FReep) and RockerMom2MyHero (co-organizer) had already been there for about 25 minutes, getting honks, waves and cheers from passing supporters. And when we arrived, we received a warm welcome from the Westminster Eagles and the passing supporters. The five of us received the honks, waves or shouts of support from almost every passing car. Being in the old...