Chinese Theme Parks

They seem rather boring.

In July 2001, Jennifer Hubbert, a China anthropologist at Lewis & Clark, and Maram Epstein, a scholar of Ming-Qing literature at the University of Oregon, toured a number of historical theme parks in the People’s Republic of China. Three of the theme parks we visited, “Old Beijing,” “Grand Prospect Garden” at a park dedicated to the novel Dream of the Red Chamber, and “The Eight Wonders of the Ancient World,” are commercial. Others, such as the “Matriarchal Clan Village” at Banpo and the “Yan’an Revolutionary History Park” were constructed under the aegis of the local government. The imposing “Ethnic Minorities Theme Park, still under construction, is under the sponsorship of the Central Government.

Philadelphia Columnist – To save America, we need another 9/11

I’ll give you some of the highlights from this retchfest masquerading as an article:

ONE MONTH from The Anniversary, I’m thinking another 9/11 would help America.

What kind of a sick bastard would write such a thing?

A bastard so sick of how splintered we are politically – thanks mainly to our ineptitude in Iraq – that we have forgotten who the enemy is….

Iraq has fractured the U.S. into jigsaw pieces of competing interests that encourage our enemies. We are deeply divided and division is weakness.

Most Americans today believe Iraq was a mistake. Why?

Not because Americans are “anti-war.”

Americans have turned their backs because the war has dragged on too long and we don’t have the patience for a long slog. We’ve been in Iraq for four years, but to some it seems like a century. In contrast, Britain just pulled its soldiers out of Northern Ireland where they had been, often being shot at, almost 40 years…

What would sew us back together?

Another 9/11 attack.

The Golden Gate Bridge. Mount Rushmore. Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Philadelphia subway system. The U.S. is a target-rich environment for al Qaeda.

Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?

If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America’s righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.

Republican Congressman Against Religion in Government…

Unless it’s Christianity. Didn’t see that one coming didya?

“We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes — and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” asserts Sali.

Sali says America was built on Christian principles that were derived from scripture. He also says the only way the United States has been allowed to exist in a world that is so hostile to Christian principles is through “the protective hand of God.”

“You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike,” says the Idaho Republican.

According to Congressman Sali, the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God. He states when a Hindu prayer is offered, “that’s a different god” and that it “creates problems for the longevity of this country.”

Friday Guest Cat Blogging

Thanks to Jana for sending in a picture of her three cats:

Here are my three ‘Madagascar Long Earred Cats’ ­čśë doing what they know best – slacking.

(Left to Right: Mack, Tula, and Chyna)

Thanks to Eric and Hanneke for sending in a pic of their cat, Tommie:

First of all my complements for your site. I read it a couple of times a day and have recommended it to my friends.
I hereby send you a picture of Tommie. By the time I took this picture he was nine weeks old and after playing he fell asleep everwhere, even on Hanneke’s hand. The camera’s bleep woke him up and he gave me this real ‘dirty’ look.
We hope to see him on your cat blog some day.


I just started using TubeTV to download videos from YouTube to play on my iPod during my commute.

TubeTV is a new freeware program for Mac OS X Tiger and above which enables you to search for, save, and convert Google Video and YouTube videos to a format suitable for playback on your favorite devices.

A built in search bar and web browser helps you conveniently locate your favorite videos, or, if you prefer, jump to the current URL of your default web browser with the jump button, or paste one in directly. High quality video conversions using the H.264 codec are performed with QuickTime├é┬«. Double clicking on a converted video file will open it in iTunes allowing easy library addition and syncing to your desired device. Note that TubeTV does not interact with iTunes directly – it’s the same as importing any other video file to iTunes. Alternately, just drag a saved video file on to QuickTime Player to view it locally.