Beijing manners

This is my fourth month over four years in Beijing, so I don’t have as much cultural shock as I once did. Still, two events (one today, and one yesterday) serve to remind me that I am not at home.

First, I was given a bag of fungus as a gift.


Second, I was told both that I was too fat and not eating enough. This was within three minutes of each other. By the same people. Unless I am an incompetent anorexic, I can’t be doing both.

I am enjoying my trip to Beijing immensely. Now, off to Pizza Hut!

No, not everyone. Only you.

While Obama’s foreign policy has been brilliant, his health care policy pretty good, and his immigration policy promising, trusting Geithner is just one disaster after another

Biden says ‘everyone guessed wrong’ on jobs number

4 hours ago

WASHINGTON AP — Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration’s spending designed to combat rising joblessness.

Biden said inaccuracies in unemployment predictions shouldn’t undercut the White House’s support of the $787 billion economic revival plan that has not met the expectations of President Obama’s team. Instead, the vice president urged skeptics to look at teachers who kept their classroom assignments and police officers who kept their beats because of financial assistance from Washington.

via The Associated Press: Biden says ‘everyone guessed wrong’ on jobs number.

I trust the Communists more than I trust Geithner.