Preparing for the big annual trip home

Preparing for the big annual trip home
JISHOU, HUNAN — In a few days, I’ll be jetting across the Big Water on my annual visit to the USA, with an added dash of Canada this year! This map will give you an idea of how busy this trip will be. 1. Arrive Chicago July 30 2. Providence, RI, to visit my son 3. New York City, to meet up with friends 4. Toronto, to visit with a Chinese friend and her family 5. NYC and New Jersey, to see my cousin 6. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to see my daughter and her husband 7. Louisville, KY, to see the rest of the family 8. Dallas-Fort Worth airport, to fly back to China Aug. 28 Three domestic flights, four train rides and one cross-country drive await me this time. I’m going to try to blog the whole while, like a travelogue. We’ll see how that goes. Hah. As the term was winding down last month, I had much more ambitious travel plans, since I had four weeks in July to kill.* My first idea was to stop in Tokyo for a few days, since it’s “on the way.” But the airlines are nefarious in their pricing. A layover of ...

Feds are smuggling 30,000 immigrant kids into states — Gateway Pundit

JISHOU, HUNAN — As another example of the tenuous hold The Gateway Pundit has on accuracy, check out this xenophobic, scaremongering headline: BREAKING: HHS Has Released 30,340 Unaccompanied Illegal Minors Across US This Year So breaking!! that it’s been going on for the last six months, but to continue with the post. According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement 30,340 illegal children were secretly released to sponsors across the United States in the first six months of this year. I’ve got some problems with the term “illegal children,” but let’s focus on the “secretly released to sponsors” aspect of this story. First of all, it’s not a secret if the ORR announces it’s happened. And second, by law, the government is prohibited from revealing the precise whereabouts of minor children. So, in that respect, there is some secrecy. Who are these sponsors? From the ORR website: We try to place the child with a parent, and if that is not possible, with a relative, and if that is not possible, with a family friend. We do not restrict placements based on the immigration status of the parent or other sponsor. All sponsors receive a background check that includes a public ...

Context is important, but not to Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft

Wheat-Dogg’s Law: Given the content of any article posted at The Gateway Pundit blog, we can assume the exact opposite meaning is true. JISHOU, HUNAN — Keeping this truism in mind, I had to wonder about this headline today at TGP: WH Lauds Sudanese Christian’s Release But Does Not Mention ‘Christianity’ in Statement Outrageous! It must be more of the anti-Christian propaganda coming out the White House these days. Obama is the Anti-Christ! No, wait, he’s secretly a Muslim! No, wait, he’s both! Two mints in one! Could it be true that the White House failed to mention that Sudanese refugee Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was Christian? Ishag had been on trial in her native country for apostasy — specifically converting from Islam to Christianity — and had been sentenced to death. Instead, Ishag and her family were released, and she arrived yesterday in Rome. The only transcript I could find of the statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, besides the text on The Gateway Pundit, was at a site called Don411.com, which publishes press releases verbatim. I had no success finding the transcript at the White House website. In fact, Hoft is literally correct: the statement does not ...

There was never a $50M federal grant for an ‘illegal alien resort’

JISHOU, HUNAN — In the aftermath of the last two days’ blog drama about the so-called “luxury resort” for immigrants in Weslaco, Texas, I decided to do some research of my own into the mysterious $50 million federal grant being bandied about on the Internet. In other words, I’m doing what The Gateway Pundit should have done in the first place. They’re the ones who falsely spread the $50 million resort idea all over the Internet this week, effectively killing a project that was costing more like $4 million. As near as I can tell, the $50 million federal grant exists only in the fevered imaginations of people who hate undocumented immigrants from Central America, and President Barack Obama, in no particular order. To recap, a nonprofit agency called Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS), which is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, planned to buy the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites in Weslaco and convert it into a 600-bed shelter for unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican border into the USA. The 3-star hotel has been up for sale since at least January 2013, and BCFS was going to purchase it for $3.8 million. It was just before their hearing with ...

Wonkette’s Doktor Zoom cites me — twice!

JISHOU, HUNAN — So, yesterday, I wrote an angry post to follow up on the previous day’s angry post about a right-wing witch hunt that killed a worthwhile children’s facility in Weslaco, Texas. Yesterday’s post was to reply to demands from the witch hunters that people like me, who were calling attention to their lies and deceptions, offer them “serious apologies” and retractions. Little Green Footballs and Wonkette were mentioned by name, while I was lumped in with “others.” Charles Johnson at LGF offered a one-word reply to apologize: No. Doktor Zoom at Wonkette has a longer reply, which to my surprise, mentions me twice. As to the much larger lie in the story, the notion that the facility was going to be a “luxury resort” that would preserve all of the amenities of an operating motel, as listed on its website, Taylor explains that lie away with all the charm and sincerity of a Milo Minderbinder: It is not our fault the currently open Palm Aire Hotel and Suites advertises (with eye-catching photographs) it has large beautiful swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, tennis courts, racquet ball courts and a spacious exercise room with 20 machines and free weights. Well, actually, ...

Thin-skinned Gateway Pundit demands ‘major apologies’ from LGF, others 4

Yesterday, I posted an angry blog about some bad reporting that sunk a worthwhile project in Texas. Today, the writer of the original article, kristinn Taylor, wrote a long blog, demanding that Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs, Media Matters and others print apologies and retractions. Herewith is my own response, as posted at Little Green Footballs: An open letter to Jim Hoft (aka The Gateway Pundit) and his loyal sidekick Kristinn Taylor, Dear Messrs Hoft and Taylor, I have read Mr Taylor’s demand for apologies and retractions from those writers who found fault with your reporting abilities regarding the now canceled Weslaco project. I am referring to this blog published today at the thegatewaypundit.com As one of those writers finding fault with your coverage (see which, Wheat-dogg’s World), I am writing this open letter to respond to your demand. Are you seriously demanding an apology for someone calling you out for your sloppy reporting? Professional journalists check and doublecheck their facts. You didn’t. You apparently cribbed from one source, KRGV-TV, and you admit as much in today’s blog. What Johnson fails to report is that I link in my article to a report by KRGV-TV posted July 14 that ...

Hypocrisy in black & white

There’s been conjecture lately about who will run for US President in 2016. I noticed some parallels between one previous candidate, and another who some say might be in the running for 2016. Here’s a little chart I made to simplify things.   Candidate 1 Candidate 2 Had foreign-born father? Y Y Had American-born mother? Y Y Lived outside the USA? Y Y Educated in US college or university? Y Y Attended Harvard Law? Y Y Elected to US Senate? Y Y Party affiliation D R Born in USA? Y N Maybe you’ve already figured out who they are, but to be clear: Candidate 1 is the current president, Barack Hussein Obama. He was born in Hawai’i, but to this day there are people who do not believe he was or is eligible to be President. Candidate 2 is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Yet, his name has been floated as a possible GOP candidate for the 2016 race. The US Constitution states only “natural born” citizens are eligible to be President of the USA. So, why do some people believe Obama isn’t eligible, and Cruz is? Take your time. I’ll wait.

Bing.com makes Jishou famous

Bing.com makes Jishou famous
JISHOU, HUNAN — Of course, Bing likes to tease you with their hints. This is the Aizhai Suspension Bridge, which is about 40 minutes from Jishou. It sails over the small town of Aizhai, which is nestled between two peaks of the Wuling Range.

Jim Hoft’s Obama Derangement Syndrome kills worthwhile project

JISHOU, HUNAN — I’m angry. I’m angry about something that happened on the other side of the world, in a city I have never visited. I’m angry at two men whose entire raison d’etre is to promulgate disinformation for political and social reasons, because they HATE the current president, and liberals, and Democrats, and anybody who is not them. With one poorly researched, inflammatory article, Jim Hoft and Kristinn Taylor killed a worthwhile charitable project even before it got off the ground. Within minutes, every right-wing media site picked up the story — which was almost 100% wrong — and the resulting publicity led the project’s organizers to abandon the plan. Weslaco, Texas, could have been home to a facility to take care of immigrant kids coming over the Mexican border. It could have gained a few hundred new jobs. It could have had $50 million added to its local economy. Not now. Because Hoft and Taylor, in their blind hatred, spread lies and misinformation, implying the project was going to be a resort of some kind for illegal aliens, complete with swimming pools, tennis courts, weight rooms, free Wifi and free cable TV. Here is their headline: FEDS TO ...

Heavy rains threaten homes, crops across Hunan

JISHOU, HUNAN — Fenghuang has been hit the hardest, maybe, but heavy rains are affecting all of Hunan. Xinhua reports more than 500 homes have been washed away by flood waters, and more than 1.15 million people are affected by flooding. Many rivers and Dongting Lake in northeast Hunan are at least 1 meter (3 feet) above flood stage. In Fenghuang, local officials shut off power at 8 this morning as a safety precaution and four hours earlier, public safety officers were moving people out of threatened areas. Close to 110,000 residents and tourists have been evacuated to higher ground, as water levels of the Tuo River have exceeded 1.5 meters (4.5 feet) over normal. The wooden Fengyu Bridge, which was built in 2008, has been washed away by the Tuo flood waters and the stone Hong Bridge has sustained heavy water damage. Both are popular tourist attractions. This page shows Fengyu Bridge in the process of being washed out, as well as other photos tweeted from Fenghuang today. Across Hunan, officials the rains have ruined close to 54,100 hectares of farmland and will result in economic losses of 940 million yuan ($150 million). We’re expecting at least two more ...

Fenghuang flooded after three days of torrential rain

JISHOU, HUNAN — The ancient quarter of Fenghuang, an hour’s drive from here, is underwater now after the Tuo River overflowed its banks after three days of heavy rain. The shopping district is closed to tourists, and power is out in most of the city along the river. I haven’t heard reports of any casualties. I was just there last week, and everything was normal. Here are some photos obtained from Baidu News. We are expecting more rain the rest of this week. The campus here in Jishou has some minor flooding around Fengyu Lake, but I am high and dry in my mountain aeyrie. So, I’m OK.

For sale: beachfront property on Mars. Contact B. Smith (R-Hazard, KY)

JISHOU, HUNAN — Kentucky State Sen. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) is stupid. By now you have heard about Smith’s now famous remarks about man-made global warming being a hoax, because … Mars. As you (Energy & Environment Cabinet official) sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change, but I will simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of. — Brandon Smith in committee, July 3 Well, many people did dispute the idea that Mars and Earth share the same temperatures. They don’t. Mars is way colder. More on that later. In a sane world, a politician making such a certifiably ignorant remark would claim he misspoke, or made an error, or offer some other lame excuse. Smith did not. He confirmed his ignorance, and corroborated his stupidity. First, he claimed that he was misquoted. False. KET recorded the ...
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