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Sweet & Sour

Hu Jintao has issued a brilliant edition to what I call “Sweet & Sour” – the kind of rhetoric that comes out of the PRC that sounds sweet and flowery at first glance, but which is a sour and distasteful statement under the hood:

“We would like to make a solemn appeal,” Hu said at the opening of the ruling Communist Party’s five-yearly Congress.

On the basis of the one-China principle, let us discuss a formal end to the state of hostility between the two sides, reach a peace agreement, construct a framework for peaceful development of cross-strait relations and thus usher in a new phase of peaceful development.”

Wow, great job at saying basically: “Bend over and surrender to your PRC masters.” Here’s another gem from Zhang Qingli, the Communist Party boss of occupied Tibet:

“Such a person who basely splits his motherland and doesn”t even love his motherland has been welcomed by some countries and has even been receiving this or that award,” Tibet”s Communist Party boss, Zhang Qingli, told reporters during the congress.

“We are furious,” Mr. Zhang said. “If the Dalai Lama can receive such an award, there must be no justice or good people in the world.”

This on the other hand is pure sour. And really, you have two types of sour: The good kind, like a lemon drop shaken and served up. And the bad kind, such as sour milk – spoiled, curdled, and nasty. This falls squarely into the sour milk category, does it not? I include it here for a bit of contrast, and also to illustrate the huge amount of pure unfiltered crap that this country is capable of spewing from the mouths of their politicians, which almost rivals our own Bush administration in its outlandishness and downright fictitious nature. Gruber provides the clarification:

Where by “no justice or good people”, Zhang means “justice and good people”.

The PRC apparently has much stronger crack than they sell here, and they’re passing it out freely at the party congress.

Update: Best law ever: Chinese authorities issued a new regulation in July 2007 that requires all reincarnations – including the Dalai Lama – to be approved by the government. Now that is funny. When people unearth this civilization tens of thousands of years from now, they will be laughing their asses off…

Flagging

In regards to the story where some U.S. vet cut down the flags where the Mexican flag was flown above the American one in Reno: Did anyone simply ask the business owner to change the flag order before someone sent camera crews and everyone got all hysterical? Maybe go over the federal and state laws with him before having a fit? Just wondering…

Everyone seems so quick to judge and condemn without having a simple dialogue without talking things through these days.

Mixed Messages

Michael Turton makes an excellent point: Why is it that the United States will rebuke Taiwan for supposedly violating the status quo between them and China by asserting their sovereignty with things I would consider entirely peaceful – i.e. requesting Taiwan be admitted into the United Nations or the World Health Organization, while we rebuke them for not purchasing hordes of American-made weaponry, then at the same time delay the sale of weapons already approved to Taiwan, all the while ignoring the fact that China has dozens of nuclear-capable missiles pointed at the island solely for the purpose of threatening to take the island by force? Never mind the fact that we don’t recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, or that our executive branch has pretty much become the hand puppet of Chinese foreign policy with regards to Taiwan…

In what parallel universe does this make sense?

It seems to me that U.S. foreign policy needs a return to principle-centered leadership. What would a principle-centered policy look like? What would be The Right Thing To Do� What would Jesus do? What would Brian Boitano do? What would you do?

I know what I’d do.

Gonzales

I see that Bush has been critical of Attorney General Gonzales’ scandal around the intent to mass-fire attorneys across the board for political reasons. But I’m going to defend Gonzales a bit here and say: Wasn’t he just following orders from the White House? It seems unlikely that he’d just stick his own neck out for something like this, and already the whole thing has been tied back to turdblossom. Isn’t it time to root these problems out at their source once and for all? Sounds like Bush is just trying to blow smoke up our kilts again…

Dark Ages

In Oregon’s Jackson County, 15 library branches are set to close due to lack of funding. How is this possible in modern America, where a county cannot afford to keep any of their libraries open?

I am a huge proponent of libraries in general, and specifically the American public library systems that have kept our population informed and educated for centuries. The Public Library is an American institution, a place where any citizen can go to borrow books and find a quiet place to read and to study. I use public libraries all the time for study purposes, and every night I show up there I can see that the building is always packed with students, professionals, housewives, immigrants, teachers, and children all looking intently for information.

It is something I’ve always taken for granted really – the library is always there. When I lived in Boston, I spent countless hours at the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square doing homework and research for my music courses. At Chautauqua in New York, I’d sit in that library every Saturday morning reading everything from Lorca poems to Hindu philosophy. Often when I travel to Albuquerque, I go and park myself in the library there to take advantage of the quiet environment and free wi-fi to get some studying done. And I visit the local libraries in my home town at least once a month to do research and homework for my current education program.

So when I hear that a county is losing all of their public libraries, it boggles my mind. How is this even possible? But then, it boggles my mind that we don’t have a national health insurance program, so I suppose anything is possible at this point. Perhaps we should all just go back to living in caves and wearing grass skirts and bearskins. If I were living in Jackson County in Oregon, I would be raising hell right about now, and looking for replacements for the current leadership that has so miserably failed these people.