was good to be home for a while.
was given the chance to witness the legalization of the "abominable
act" of same sex marriage – which of course will lead toward
Hell and the rampant practice of sodomy and oral sex. And the introduction
in Minnesota, the 44th State to do so, of the "conceal
and carry" gun law. More people with guns on the streets seem
to lead to a decrease
are truly unique in the world. We walk the streets enshrouded with
our own sense of independence and freedom. We (supposedly) have
the freedom to walk an individual path devoid of outside help and/or
influence: we all do our own thing and the least amount of dependence
translates into the greatest amount of strength. It also means Americans
feel safer carrying concealed weapons. We have become
so divided; we embody the Panopticon.
how so many people can live together, oblivious of each other, even
despising each other and still be seen as one country, indivisible.
And, of course. under God. The same God who punishes homosexuals
through His faithful servants on earth. How are we any different
from the Taliban, when we imprison
people for private sexual acts?
the More Free?
often field questions concerning freedom (and everything else) in
China from friends and relatives. Chinese have a saying (surprise!)
loosely translated as: The Emperor has his laws, the people have
their loopholes. What Americans consider corruption, Chinese consider
Americans consider freedom, Chinese consider threats to national
is evidence of a freer society in the US, as far as I am concerned,
but I also found myself discussing the differences between Article
23 in Hong Kong and the PATRIOT Act in the US. In terms of content,
not much difference – if anything, the PATRIOT Act makes it very
clear what the vaguely worded Article 23 would have the government
major difference is that the PATRIOT Act was passed in record time
with little opposition.
Americans should note that 500,000 people took to the streets July
1st in Hong Kong to protest a law that carries stiff
sentences for sedition and the publication of seditious material
and Beijing responded.
The Bush Administration trampled all over worldwide protests
against the Iraq war, and now faces the lies it told to get "your
average American Joe" behind the war effort. It's is interesting
that in Hong Kong now under the administration of a government
noted for shutting down papers, sacking reporters and editors, jailing
dissidents and executing others – there is a thirst for civic participation.
As a society, the people of Hong Kong rose up and said No. Could
that ever happen again in the weary US?
suppose the US has the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else
sinister Arabs hide as an excuse to curtail freedom, but Hong Kong
has the specter of Tiananmen over every mass demonstration. The
demonstrations in Hong Kong are eerily similar to those in 1989
– calls for resignation from indignant protesters, splits in the
leadership, international attention and the fear of economic repercussions
keeping the government (relatively) honest. The protester in Hong
Kong even called up Old Wang
Dan and asked his opinion on the matter.
Markets Will Save US
while back I wrote a column about the curious tandem rise of supermarkets
in China and open air markets in the US. The Farmer's Market in
Minneapolis still meets every Thursday. Granted the majority of
the stands are run by Hmong,
but there are enough locals packing home-made beef jerky and not
guns. Americans who would usually pass each other without a glance,
hurrying to someplace really important, rubbed shoulders and haggled!
It was beautiful.
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Sex in China
Behind the Thrones
When to Lie, Know When to Shoot Straight
Like War, Huh?'
Beautiful Morning for a War
Power Moves Abroad
Safest Place in the World
off the Fence
and Nods and Handouts
Straddling the Fence Just Right
Count on China
Christmas from China
Believe the Hype
Incoming Hu Era
Theory Is a Smokescreen
Make You Play Bad Card'
Future of East-West Rapprochement
Legacy: The Forgotten Rebellion
the Chinese Smile
China Can Disregard US Anger
the World: What the US Fears
Billion Problems For China
New Post-9/11 Status
Room for Growth
Back in the USA
Missing the Boat?
Sweep 'Em Off the Streets
Chinese Embrace Progress
War May Reveal New Superpower, Part II
War May Reveal New Superpower
Chance for a New Friendship?
as a Way of Life
Markets or Supermarkets
Towards World Significance
on the Road to Capitalism
American in China
the Street in China: A Report