That is not a real racket…that is the flimsiest supermarket paddle ever. They’ve been using carbon fiber and exotic composites in table tennis rackets since at least the 80′s.
December 22, 2013 at 8:43pm
Um, there is a little difference between respectfully disagreeing on the morality of homosexuality and not hating homosexuals, and saying that someone should be peed or defecated on.
December 18, 2013 at 2:57am
I think Happy Holidays is appropriate for the general public because there are several holidays converging on this time of year and you just don’t know who you are talking to when it comes to a stranger. Merry Christmas is better if you know someone is a Christian beforehand.
July 9, 2013 at 3:32am
This is funny, but not, at the same time.
July 2, 2013 at 11:28pm
As someone who is now living and working in a godless, secular society developed over the past several generations here in China, secularism is poison to a society. Trust me, we do NOT want to go down that path. Anyone who has been here for more than a short vacation knows what I am talking about. Europe, which has lead the way on secular transformation of society, has seen awful trends in its societal metrics.
Even if you are not a believer of any religion, these quantitative facts substantiating societal erosion by secularism should be alarming.
What? He flees to HK so he supposedly has ties to the PRC now? Give me a break…
It just looks like the government is trying to make this guy’s life a living nightmare, and that is something every American needs to push back on. The day people fear the government to a degree where the repercussions dissuade them from doing what is right will be the end.
I am not saying this guy is a traitor or a hero, and I am not even saying he has or doesn’t have connections with China, but going to HK alone doesn’t put him on the guilty side of any of that in itself.
April 25, 2013 at 11:00pm
I am both a cyclist and someone who drove a good bit in SoCal and I think the first incident involving the punch must’ve been provoked by the car driving needlessly dangerously around the bicycle. Cars in southern CA don’t really take the care to spare a bit of margin for cyclists. If the car brushed by the cyclists needlessly closely, it could’ve sparked the first confrontation. If it sounds like I am taking the side of the cyclist, it is because I am. I can’t really think of a scenario under which the cyclist would provoke the driver first. This is why I do not ride on the roads in CA and stay on the trails, and take extra care if my mountain bike ride involves any sections of road.
"a bit of margin for the cyclists" almost caused a head on for me tonight.
April 18, 2013 at 11:21pm
Maybe they should’ve come here illegally instead, that way the system would fight tooth and nail and keep them here.
April 18, 2013 at 2:34am
I don’t know, and I don’t think many people do either, because the things I do know such as some of my economic viewpoints are based on a foundation of years of study and involvement. I have no such background with climate science and I see no credible consensus view in public. I also don’t see either side with compelling enough evidence to truly bury the other.
My gut feeling is that there is some man made component in the way climate changes, but I do not know what proportion that is. Thus, I am not ready to accept policies that will most definitely lower the standard of living of my country to address a threat I can neither quantify or verify that my response will have any effect on.
Aside from that, I am just annoyed at how many laymen, in climate science terms, talk with such conviction as if they really know, especially the left, who do this all the time across even more issues, as just completely regular people who somehow think they’re on “the side of science”.
April 14, 2013 at 10:52pm
In the defense of the Chinese I don’t really think they care….this was more just smiling and nodding in my opinion…
April 14, 2013 at 10:21pm
You really think what she is doing is -easier-?? Just look at how quickly you scoff at the idea that someone actually put their family before themselves. Now -that- is the weak and easy response. She should be commended to the max for doing the hard thing to make things work, and I am sure a lot of what she is articulating is her discovery that she is discovering a lot of new, positive responses in her relationship dynamic as a result of her approach.
January 4, 2013 at 11:43am
Wasn’t Sandy aid split into two bills because the first one couldn’t pass due to Republican opposition to the pork inside it? There was no problem passing the first bill which was composed primarily of emergency aid the second bill is the one that is laden with pork and thus should not have been passed. I think most of the aid in this bill is long term and loosely tied to the disaster.
Every bill passed that raises the deficit is suppose to include cuts somewhere to offset the increase.
Also, the repulicans wanted this bill to include raises in the National Flood Insurance premiums to make it solvent and self sustaining in the future. Homeowners insurance covers wind damage but not floods. Most of the damage done in this and quite frankly most hurricaines is due to flooding. Most mortgage companies requre someone buying a home in a flood plane to purchase flood insurance, but only upto and including the ammount of the loan. This will not cover any equity or personal property such as stoves, washers and dryers, beds etc. It is up to the homeowner to purchase a higher ammount of flood insurance, which 96% do not. The premiums for flood insurance are not high enough to sustain the program and thus the taxpayers are once again bailing out a failed program.
As for the rest of the bill passed in the Senate it contains so much that should be paid by real estate taxes in the area affected. Rebuilding roads and bridges in New Jersey should not be the responsabily of those living in Kansas. Other cities and towns must pay for local roads out of thier own real estate taxes. Why does New York city think it's subway system updates need to be paid for by the rest of the country. JMHO
January 2, 2013 at 3:01am
You guys are too hard on Boehner. Obama’s political maneuvering was masterful this round. There was no way he could “win”. None of the names thrown out there would’ve been able to extract any better of a result.