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Life without Made in China? Fat chance
This disturbing article is about a woman who decided her family wasn't going to buy anything made in China for a year (the experiment ends this December). She found it surprisingly hard. Read on...
BATON ROUGE, LA. – Last year, two days after Christmas, we kicked China out of the house. Not the country obviously, but bits of plastic, metal, and wood stamped with the words "Made in China." We kept what we already had, but stopped bringing any more in.

The banishment was no fault of China's. It had coated our lives with a cheerful veneer of toys, gadgets, and $10 children's shoes. Sometimes I worried about jobs sent overseas or nasty reports about human rights abuses, but price trumped virtue at our house. We couldn't resist what China was selling.

But on that dark Monday last year, a creeping unease washed over me as I sat on the sofa and surveyed the gloomy wreckage of the holiday. It wasn't until then that I noticed an irrefutable fact: China was taking over the place.

It stared back at me from the empty screen of the television. I spied it in the pile of tennis shoes by the door. It glowed in the lights on the Christmas tree and watched me in the eyes of a doll splayed on the floor. I slipped off the couch and did a quick inventory, sorting gifts into two stacks: China and non-China. The count came to China, 25, the world, 14. Christmas, I realized, had become a holiday made by the Chinese. Suddenly I'd had enough. I wanted China out.

Through tricks and persuasion I got my husband on board, and on Jan. 1 we launched a yearlong household embargo on Chinese imports. The idea wasn't to punish China, which would never feel the pinprick of our protest. And we didn't fool ourselves into thinking we'd bring back a single job to unplugged company towns in Ohio and Georgia. We pushed China out of our lives because we wanted to measure how far it had pushed in. We wanted to know what it would take in time, money, and aggravation to kick our China habit.
I wonder, if it came down to war, how quickly we could resuscitate America's industry to replace lost Chinese goods.
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A holiday for all
Asia celebrates Christmas with a twist. So what do you think? Do they say "Merry Christmas" or do they say "Happy Holidays?" Me, I'm just happy they're not killing each other.
Few Asians are Christian but people across the vast continent are embracing the holiday as a great excuse for shopping, partying and even romance. Come December, Christmas lights brighten shopping streets in cities from Beijing to Colombo, while images of Santa Claus and Rudolph adorn office buildings, shops and restaurants. Shopping malls in Indonesia, the country with the largest number of Muslims, play carols like "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells" through speakers during the year-end holiday season.

"Most workers here are Muslim but we also celebrate Christmas just like we celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We are complementing each other with these costumes and ornaments," said Jakarta restaurant receptionist Lina Novianti, wearing a red Santa Claus hat. The Moslem celebration Eid al-Fitr marks the end of fasting during Ramadan.

Every year the Indonesian president and top officials attend national Christmas celebrations with church groups. In atheist China -- where Catholics banned from recognizing Rome hold secret vigils -- Christmas does not enjoy official sanction, but Christmas Eve has become one of the biggest party nights of the year for young professionals.

"Bars, karaoke halls, restaurants, they all get completely packed on Christmas Eve," Zu Min, who sells Christmas trees and wreaths from a Beijing parking lot, told Reuters. "More and more Chinese people are buying Christmas trees now."

Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, which already enjoys at least one public holiday each month to celebrate the Buddha's teachings, has also adopted Christmas, Easter, Ramadan and the Hindu festival of lights Deepvali, making it a world leader in days off. Tinsel has even been put up inside commercial aircraft that fly from mainly Buddhist Colombo to predominantly Hindu Jaffna.

"I'm a Buddhist, but we celebrate Christmas because my kids insist on it. We decorate the house and have a Christmas tree so my kids will be happy," said a mother-of-two, laden with gifts.

In Japan, Christmas Eve has taken on a meaning similar to Valentine's Day, being the time for romance among young couples. Christmas issues of Japanese magazines highlight dating hot spots, complete with hotel recommendations and discount coupons.

"We will spend the day together in some romantic place like this," said Akikazu Hamazawa, 22, a student shopping with his girlfriend at the swanky Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. For an early dose of Christmas spirit, come to Singapore, a shopping haven where lights and baubles go up in October.

"Other festive celebrations here, such as Chinese New Year or the Indian Deepvali, cannot compete with Christmas," said Siva Kumar, 25, a university student in a supermarket stocked with canned cranberry sauce and instant turkey stuffing.

"And it's not just the adults who think Christmas is big. My four-year-old niece wants to wear a Santa hat but refuses to wear the Indian sari," he said, chuckling.
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What deterrence?
Jeff Jacoby doesn't say what's to be done about Iran but at least he doesn't seem to be comfortable with the idea of living with a nuclear Iran like Larry Derfner does. I don't know who Derfner is but this comment by Maine's Michael was spot on. From Jacoby's article:
When it comes to Jews and Israel, Iran's fanatic rulers speak with one voice. "We have repeatedly said that this cancerous tumor of a state should be removed from the region," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the current supreme leader, remarked in December 2000. Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whom Western journalists strangely describe as a "moderate", explained in 2001 how a nuclear weapon would settle Israel's hash once and for all: "The use of a nuclear bomb against Israel will leave nothing on the ground; whereas, it would only damage the world of Islam." The same Rafsanjani once took to the airwaves to explain that "Hitler had only killed 20,000 Jews and not six million." Holocaust denial and calls for a new Holocaust are two sides of the same coin.
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The Menorah
I've been learning more about Jewish traditions since reading DL; with Chanukah and Christmas falling on the same day this year, I wanted to do posts about both celebrations.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
How the Tories can win Canada (and why they're losing)
David Warren has a lot to say about how the Conservatives can win this Canadian election. Unfortunately, their timidity won't allow them to do any of it. Warren says the Conservatives' best move is to highlight the courts' usurpation of the role of the legislature, and campaign to restore the authority of Parliament. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper is unlikely to stop being an equivocating wimp. Canada's Reagan/Thatcher facsimile has yet to appear on the political stage. As Warren laments in an earlier piece, the Conservatives have bet the farm on caution, once again. They give voters no reason for voting for them, because all the policies they're promising are Liberal-lite.

Adam Yoshida, quite possibly the most conservative Canadian in history, has a few great ideas and some strategic thoughts for the Conservatives. In a nutshell:

1. If you're already the minority (the loser), you can't make gains by playing defense. You have to define the issues, and refuse to allow your opponents to define them. Defense is for those who have something to lose; the Conservatives are so far down, they have nothing left to lose.

2. Victory can be achieved by obtaining 38% of the votes. You don't have to please every Liberal voter—you just have to appeal to enough voters to form a government.

3. Polls show that a good number of Canadians agree with Tory positions, yet vote Liberal out of reflexive habit. If they can be reached, they can help the Conservatives over the hump.

4. Specific policy platform prescriptions:
A. Respond to Martin's handgun-banning platform with a tough-on-crime platform: lock criminals up, deport them, and don't let them in the country to begin with. Mandatory minimum sentences with teeth for all crimes against persons. A life sentence should mean lifelong imprisonment. And the gun registry should be scrapped; all funds devoted to it should go to building more jails and hiring more Mounties.
B. A parallel private health care system should be introduced, just as in every European country, to allow Canadians to bypass government health care if they have the money.

Second, we should be honest enough to say what everyone already knows about health care: that our system is broken and can only be fixed by the introduction of a parallel private system as exists in Europe. This will, of course, cause virtually everyone on the left to scream like a detoxing junkie – let them, I say. When the Liberals hurl the “American-style�? epithet at us, we can point to France, Britain, Australia, and any of twenty other countries whose health care systems work far better than ours while offering universal coverage, often at a cost far lower than that of our system.


In a follow-up piece, Yoshida looks at seats and strategizes. In essence: the Conservatives need to win 30 seats in Ontario, and 135 seats in total, to have a real chance of forming a government. The only way to gain and hold onto sufficient popularity is to go on the offensive politically, and not relent for a moment. Here are his prescribed talking points:

Imagine a series of skilled Conservative campaign commercials which fill the airwaves and point out three simple facts over and over again:
1) A parallel system will virtually eliminate waiting lists.
2) The proposal isn’t for an “American-style" system, it’s for a system like they have in France, Britain, Australia, and virtually every other country in the Western World.
3) The only other nations with restrictions on private health care as extensive as ours are North Korea and Cuba.
Repeat those points and, frankly, there’s no real argument against the proposal beyond hysterical bleating. It’s, quite frankly, common sense. That’s why it’s been practically unanimously accepted all over the world – including in nations far more socialistic in Canada.
At the same time, it’s vitally necessary that the Conservatives make getting tough on crime a centerpiece of the final weeks of the campaign. Here, again, there are some simple points which ought to be repeated over and over:
1) A Conservative Government will bring in mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes and drug crimes.
2) A Conservative Government will abolish conditional sentencing.
3) A Conservative Government will allow for consecutive rather than concurrent sentencing.Those proposals, in and of themselves, would, if properly publicized, be worth several seats.
We can’t win this thing on points. Victory will come to us only if we are brave enough to deserve it and ruthless enough to seize it. We cannot win – we will not win – if we simply hold back and wait or the Liberals to lose.
I wish Yoshida would come to the USA; he could give the Republicans a bit of backbone.
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How many Finns does it take to annoy a country?
So it's Monday, I'm getting over the flu, I'm trying to think about nukes and peace and all the usual stuff but then I saw this article, drunk, naked and record-setting, and I thought, screw it, who needs peace, send in the Finns. (Finland's state motto - "we invented Nokia!"; Finland's state bird - a flying snowball.)

This particular Finn, "one of Norway's most annoying characters," has broken a record for number of arrests and fines and he's been expelled and barred from Norway (Norway's state motto - "we invented Opera!"; Norway's state fish - lutefisk) several times but always manages to return. So why does he keep returning to Norway, is it a better quality of snow? It can't be the fish.
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Give them a few more millions, maybe they'll like us
Support for the U.S. is surging in some parts of the Muslim world
So much for the popularly peddled view that anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is so pervasive and deep-rooted it might take generations to alter. A new poll from Pakistan, a critical front-line in the war on terror, paints a very different picture--by revealing a sea-change in public opinion in recent months.

Long a stronghold for Islamic extremists and the world's second-most populous Muslim nation, Pakistanis now hold a more favorable opinion of the U.S. than at any time since 9/11, while support for al Qaeda in its home base has dropped to its lowest level since then. The direct cause for this dramatic shift in Muslim opinion is clear: American humanitarian assistance for Pakistani victims of the Oct. 8 earthquake that killed 87,000. The U.S. pledged $510 million for earthquake relief in Pakistan and American soldiers are playing a prominent role in rescuing victims from remote mountainous villages.

Released today, the poll commissioned by the nonprofit organization Terror Free Tomorrow and conducted by Pakistan's foremost pollsters ACNielsen Pakistan shows that the number of Pakistanis with a favorable opinion of the U.S. doubled to more than 46% at the end of November from 23% in May 2005. Those with very unfavorable views declined to 28% from 48% over the same period. Nor is this swing in public opinion confined to Pakistan. A similar picture is evident in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. Again that's largely because of American generosity in the wake of a natural disaster. A February 2005 poll by Terror Free Tomorrow showed that 65% of Indonesians had a more favorable opinion of the U.S. as a result of American relief to the victims of last December's tsunami. If these changes in Pakistan and Indonesia influence thinking in other countries, then we could be looking at a broader shift in public sentiment across the Muslim world.

While support for the U.S. has surged, there's also been a dramatic drop in support for Osama bin Laden and terrorism. Since May, the percentage of Pakistanis who feel terrorist attacks against civilians are never justified has more than doubled to 73% from less than half, while the minority who still support terrorist attacks has also shrunk significantly. There's been a similar increase in the number of Pakistanis disapproving of bin Laden, which rose to 41% in November up from only 23% in May.

The important point is that direct contact with Americans on a humanitarian mission, including military personnel, has a positive impact on how Muslims view America. In Pakistan, 78% of those surveyed said that American assistance has made them feel more favorable to the U.S. America also fared much better in the opinion of ordinary Pakistanis than the other Western countries that also provided aid, or even local radical Islamist groups that made a much-publicized effort to provide earthquake relief.

That doesn't mean there isn't still more work to be done. The Muslim "street" is still not sold on specific American policies, with the poll finding the Pakistani public now opposes current U.S. policy in the war on terror by a larger margin than in May. But the overall message from Pakistan, pointing towards a potential trend in the Muslim world in general, is a positive one. By cutting out the middlemen who all too often portray a poisonous image of the U.S., direct American engagement in humanitarian assistance not only ensures its aid reaches those in need, but can also play a powerful role in marginalizing the foot-soldiers for bin Laden and other supporters of extremist Islamic causes.
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Saudis financing full rides for thousands of Saudi students
Prince Alwaleed and his Saud family cronies are offering full free rides through college, complete with living allowances, to thousands of Saudi students. Allegedly, the goal is to decrease tensions between Saudi and American society.

Sending thousands of students here with an arrogant, haughty superiority complex who don't have to work for a living isn't likely to improve the situation. Saudis already have a horrible reputation in this country; it will now get worse. Sucks for them.
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