In a publicity stunt so ridiculous it could have been cooked up by Glenn Beck, former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has suggested that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe build a lighthouse on the disputed Pinnacle Islands. This move, he claims, would help break the political stalemate that Japan and China have been sitting in for the last year, thereby improving the situation, somehow.… [Read more]
It’s the end of a week that’s ‘one for the books.’ Endless news coverage has reminded us that we’re living in times during which not much can be taken for granted. It has been exhausting.
The week brought a vote by the House of Representatives to invade citizens’ privacy on one end, and a win by the National Rifle Association against all voices in support of sane gun control legislation on the other.… [Read more]
The old adage “generals always fight the last war, especially if they’ve won it” applies not only to the military and war, but to almost all aspects of human conflict and interaction, such as diplomacy. Paradigms often change right underneath the noses of so-called “experts” or policymakers.
In regards to foreign policy, in the late ’90s, while everyone was staring through the prism of the Soviet-U.S.… [Read more]
Throughout most of his campaign, as well as during Monday’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney has taken strong, uncompromising stances on an array of countries for supporting terrorism or tyrannical actions and policies. Yet during Monday night’s debate, there was one country where Romney seemed to take a 360 on in regards to this “zero-tolerance” approach.
Despite illiberal policies and continued support for fanatical terrorist groups by factions of the government and military, Romney strongly warned against any type of weakening or severing of U.S.-Pakistani relations.… [Read more]
You know how people say the only stupid questions are the ones not asked…
In this case stupid question are the ones unasked in the media, because we all know how smart people with “J-School” degrees are. “J-Schools” are journalism schools that evidently teach their students about ethics and being smarter than everyone else about everything. … [Read more]
The Diplomat from China was waved through the back entrance to the White House, just like a hundred times before.
Since President Romney took office things have been great for the Chinese. The invasion of Taiwan took place and the country was securely absorbed with the mainland. Over 250,000 Taiwanese died fighting the invasion, but the island is slated to become a resort for the new Mainland’s middle class.… [Read more]
Despite his empty-chair-talking tendencies, I still remain a fan of many of Clint Eastwood’s movies. And one of my favorite Eastwood scenes occurs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force where Clint observes “Man’s got to know his limitations.”
I only wish more people heeded this advice.
Most recently, the Romney campaign has been peddling the asinine idea that riots in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, etc.; the rise of the Muslim brotherhood and similar Islamist organizations; and the even the whole damn Arab Spring is the fault of (you guessed it) President Barack Obama.… [Read more]
Through most of my life I have considered China a country of good health and healthy habits; I thought of it as a place where everyone is always eating vegetables, drinking tea and practicing Kung Fu to stay fit. However, the reality is much different from what you would imagine. Many in China engage in one of the dirtiest habits you can think of….… [Read more]
Part Two: Canada’s New BFF –China!
The last time out, I explained to America why China is such a swell new Canadian ‘Best Forever Friend’. The former Mao men have no compunctions about buying up other countries national resources, whether farm land in Africa or scoring an ever-greater stake in the gift that keeps in giving, the Alberta Oil Sands.… [Read more]
Growing up in the midwestern region of the United States, I dealt with tornados and floods. Then, spending the majority of my adult life in Florida I dealt with hurricanes and fires. So when the locals told me that a typhoon was on its way, I was thrilled to be able to add this natural disaster to my list.… [Read more]
The Ballad of Canada’s Oil Patch (with apologies to the sainted Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and all fans of an old ’60s fave, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’)
- Tell ya little story ‘bout a man named Steve
- Canada’s Prime Minister, the best you can believe!
- He lived the dream of a true North strong and free,
- Selling crude to the Yanks for a whopping royalty!
If you are going to travel to China you need to know about the Chinese entertainment that is available to you. Although the larger cities have bars and dance clubs like most cities in the United States, the smaller cities lack this type of nightlife. However, one type of nightlife is a must in every city and town in China and on almost every corner it is KTV, better known to us as Karaoke TV.… [Read more]
By the time you have read this article you will have most likely heard the controversy over the U.S. Olympic teams’ uniforms being made in China. Although most of the U.S. seems alarmed and shocked by this, I can’t say I’m surprised…
Most people seem to think of China as this monolithic force that’s stealing U.S.… [Read more]
Today I checked the weather; the temperature reached 40.5 C/104.5 F. The local news report says it is the second hottest day in China — but I would have known it was dangerously hot just by looking at the people. Let me explain. In China, when the weather becomes unbearable many of the people get red marks all over their backs, necks and faces.… [Read more]
When people think about Chinese people, many things come to mind — and a lot of those thoughts are stereotypes. Some stereotypes are based in truth, however I am here to debunk those that are not and some of the ideals that people assume about the people of China. As an American living in China married to a local Chinese man, I classify myself as some sort of self-appointed expert on some of the things regarding the locals here.… [Read more]
You have been thinking about it for years, ever since you saw those first poorly-dubbed martial arts movies. As a kid you even tried to imitate the moves and accidentally kicked your brother in the head. Oh, wait that was me. You love the dragons, the watercolor art, the Great Wall, the haunting but beautiful music and now you are going to do it.… [Read more]