Why are we honoring a communist state well-known for it’s human rights violations and it’s tendency to associate with anyone we don’t get along with as a matter of general principle? The AFP article (hosted by Google) certainly goes out of it’s way to make it sound like nothing special while at the same time noting that it is a special occasion.
I bet you that Google will flash a banner for the event despite the fact that they are pretty spotty on commemorating patriotic things like Memorial Day. Apologists like to say that Google in the US only recognizes “festive” occasions, but this sounds hollow:
However this policy doesn’t seem to apply to Google’s international sites, which seem to have more freedom to do these special logos. For example, Google in Australia (Google.com.au) did a commemorative logo for ANZAC Day. – Rich B. on answers.yahoo.com
Oh, on to the commie-worship segment:
NEW YORK — New York’s iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.
The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People’s Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.
The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark “Old Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day.
Just last week the tower turned bright red.
However, that was not to mark some other communist achievement, but the 70th anniversary of the film “The Wizard of Oz” in which Dorothy wears ruby slippers rather than the silver of the original L. Frank Baum novel.
This is naturally a pretty special occasion if you haven’t ever had pride in your country or totally think that Capitalism is bad. Look for full support from Michelle Obama and Michael Moore.
We may get cheap things from China and we may be on speaking terms but don’t for a second make the mistake of thinking that China is our friend.
Yes, I know that the Emp. St. Bldg. is a private building and yes it is America, where you can express your views. But years ago people would not have embraced this activity because they hadn’t yet lost all sense of history and perspective.
Et tu, poo-chute?
Note: I consider this particular tid-bit to be Steamboat McGoo bait. I will be timing how long it takes to get a nibble, starting right… NOW… 3:04.30 pm.
Now we’ll be reduced to cavity searches to get on airplanes. How else can you defend against an ass that puts explosives up his ass?
Lots of jokes came at me from co-workers on this. Some of their suggestions and some of mine…
Black Lab on Crank: Yeah, The Butcher of Lansing and I were discussing it earlier. Gives new meaning to the phrase “rip him a new…”
Bone Dry: “Thank you sir, may I have another?” Oh, wait….
LK: “I feel like my guts are about to explode.”
The Dude: It’s only a wafer thin mint….
Laconic Pup: “fire in the hole”?
LK: “You can BLOOOOOOW it out yer ass.”
ID10T Killer: Before it’s all said and done we’ll all have to be run through the X-Ray machine along with our luggage.
LK: They did that in Bruce Campbell’s movie Terminal Invasion. If they could do it, we can do it. They pass dogs through them all the time, right?
BLoC: Not so far-fetched; the scanners they’re making are getting better and better.
ID10T Killer: Something tells me you don’t want to pull this guys finger.
The Dude: And for those female terrorists……..
BLoC: The douchebomb? Please don’t give them any ideas.
LK: Now with wings…
Bone-Dry: Instead of arriving 1 hour early you’ll have to arrive 4 hours early and drink a laxative….
BLoC: This’ll be another excuse not to let people use the bathroom in-flight. Igniter in carry-on, battery in laptop, explosive charge in orifice. Take to bathroom. Some assembly required.
BLoC: Hey: health-care reform made cheap! Staff the security checkpoints with medical staffers. People get scanned high-tech-like. “Hey, this one doesn’t have any bombs, but he’s got a brain tumor that doesn’t show up on his medical records.” Send to doctor waiting on-site.
Go ahead, feel free to roll your own!
The swine flu hysteria keeps rearing it’s ugly head. Forced vaccinations in NY?
On the flip side of that equation is this fear of the vaccine, and people keep bringing up the 1970’s vaccinations for Swine Flu. Untried! and Unsafe!, they shout. “Guillain-Barré!” they say with quavering voices.
But it wasn’t necessarily the vaccine – the strong suspicion was that it was contamination, most likely bacterial, that led to the issues in the 1970’s Swine Flu episodes. Guillain-Barré results when the body creates antibodies as part of the immune system’s normal response, except those antibodies target the body’s own nerves. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infections but there are some cases where it has not been linked to any one thing. 1 to 2 cases per 100,000 people? Those are pretty safe odds.
If you are going to get hysterical about Guillain-Barré, you darn well better make a yearly thing of it every time they start a new round of vaccines – at least do your best to consistently sound silly.
In 1976, 500 people came down with Guillain-Barré. Do the math: (100*500/40,000,000) = 0.00125% of those innoculated actually contracted Guillain-Barré. Of those, there was a 5% mortality.
Normal flu shots… (100*1/100,000) = 0.00010%. Normal Guillain-Barré mortality rate is 2-3%.
Crap, more people die of the flu outright every single year.
Workers’ Porn Surfing Rampant at Federal Agency
One senior executive at the National Science Foundation spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer, records show. The cost to taxpayers: up to $58,000
Got that? Here’s the icing on the cake…
When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women.