The summer States sojourn saga

The summer States sojourn saga
JISHOU, HUNAN — As promised, here’s a summary of this year’s sojourn in the USA, accompanied by a few photos to document the adventure. Before I get started, I’d like to welcome Medium readers to Wheat-dogg’s World. Today I discovered there was a WordPress plugin to post to Medium automatically. If all goes well, this post will be the first to appear on my Medium feed. For new readers, I should explain that I’m an American teaching English in Hunan, China. Every year, my university pays for a round-trip ticket to the USA, and I usually go back in the summertime for about four weeks to visit my family and friends, and sometimes even work in some touristy things, like visiting Pikes Peak. (See photo above.) As I live in what you could call flyover country in China, traveling abroad requires a trip to a regional airport and a flight to an international hub, like Shanghai or Beijing. If you factor in all the taxi, bus, subway and plane segments, it takes about a day to get from Jishou to where any member of my family lives in the USA. (As yet, no one lives near an international hub airport.) ...

Bem feito, Rio de Janeiro! 3

JISHOU, HUNAN — The International Olympics Committee picked Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, placing the Games in South America for the first time in history. That’s a good thing, and Rio can be congratulated for a job well done (bem feito). Photo gallery of happy cariocas. Chicago coulda been a contenda, but it was cut in the first round of votes. Folks in the Windy City were understandably disappointed. In fact, the whole USA should have been disappointed, except … Michelle Malkin: “”Chicago and Tokyo eliminated. No Obamalypics. Game over on Obamalympics. Next up, Obamacare.” Rush Limbaugh: “The worst day of Obama’s presidency, folks. The ego has landed. The world has rejected Obama.” Newsmax.com: “ChicagP//n3D!” Glenn Beck: “Please, please let me break this news to you. It’s so sweet.” Then he went on the report the happy news that Chicago (a large city in the USA, by the way) didn’t make the first cut. WTF? Right-wing flacks must look at everything through their magic I Hate Obama™ spectacles blinkers. Where others see bad news for Chicago, they see only good news for “their side.” While other commentators should express outrage, or at last disappointment, at Rio winning the spot, ...

Chicago Tribune endorses its first Democrat for president

You could have hit me with a feather and knocked me over. The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Democrat Sen Barack Obama (D-Illinois), for the presidency, breaking a 161-year tradition. Next, Christopher Buckley, author and commentator for the conservative National Review — the magazine his father founded, will be endorsing Obama. Oh, wait, he did that already. Nevermind. In both cases, paragons of conservative Republican values broke ranks and defected — if only temporarily — to the “other side.” The Trib’s editorial board and Buckley join the ranks of several other notable conservative voices who have abandoned the sinking ship of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Trib, in its endorsement, praised Obama for his intellectual rigor, calm, measured demeanor, and ability to mend fences and build coalitions. It said he would make a fine president. As for McCain, the paper pulled no punches in criticizing him and especially his campaign. Recalling the reasons why the Trib has always endorsed either the conservative candidate or the reformist candidate, it says, The Tribune’s decisions then were driven by outrage at inept and corrupt business and political leaders. We see parallels today. The Republican Party, the party of limited ...
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