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Suji to Seoul

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Bethel, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: Nanjing, China
Member since: Mon Aug 25, 2008, 01:43 AM
Number of posts: 1,921

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Mount Sterling Police Department Shut Down; Officer Accused Of Using Taser On 9-Year-Old Boy

Source: Huffington Post via AOL News

A small-town Ohio police department was shut down Friday after a cop allegedly used a taser on a 9-year-old boy, and the police chief kept quiet about it.

Details about the taser incident on Tuesday are few, but the Coshocton Tribune reported that the officer had been called to a Mount Sterling apartment where a child was refusing to go to school.

At some point, the visit became hostile and the part-time officer allegedly used a taser to subdue the boy. The police chief is accused of hiding the incident from village leaders.

City officials suspended Mount Sterling Police Chief Mike McCoy for three days, leaving the village without a police department. Meanwhile, the office's computers and weapons were seized, and state investigators are probing the incident, 10-TV reported.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/11/mount-sterling-police-shut-down_n_1337953.html?1331507475&icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D142586



Early, Huff Post referred a suspect as a Thug. Here, they say the officer is "accused."
First sentence. Apparently the word "suspect" is passe.

There is no bias in reporting these days.

BTW, officer should be under arrest for assault with intent to commit bodily harm. A nine year old boy refusing to go to school?
Posted by Suji to Seoul | Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:02 AM (27 replies)

Ex-Pat in China (Open Letter to Teabaggers and Freeptards) - Chinese Schools are better than ours

We've heard it all the time. Chinese students are kicking the crap out of ours. Look at their test scores. Look at how many scientists they produce.

Part 2 of my open letter to Teabaggers and Freeptards. Remember, we anti-American slobs hate America. Those patroitcs citizens love America. . .but apparently hate Americans.

The next time someone points to some Chinese student and says “that’s what we need to turn out from American Schools” maybe you should understand the truth here. First let’s look at the SAT’s where the Chinese are supposedly beating us. They aren’t. The SAT is not given in China so any Chinese student who takes it was (a) hand selected as the best China has, (b) been trained for two years how to take that one test (in the Senior year of High School to the exclusion of all other course work).Meanwhile, American students take the SAT in addition to a full class schedule, not in place of it.

Next, let's look at that course load and how it is taught and received by the students. In American schools it's simple – do the work or fail. Fail enough and you repeat the grade. Not in China. To advance a grade all you need to is breathe in and out and have a birthday. To pass a course you don't have to study – in a Chinese classroom at any given moment about half the students will be fast asleep. About a quarter will be doing other things – of course having nothing to do with school work – usually texting each other. Their idea of taking notes is taking a telephone picture of the blackboard. The brain is completely disengaged. In some schools attendance in class is optional. Why is it like this? Simple – Little Puyi gets to critique the teacher based on how amused he is in class, not how well the teacher teaches or how much he learned. So, Puyi has no incentive to learn. Knowing whatever grade the teacher gives will be erased by the Headmaster and replaced with one more to Puyi's liking. Puyi's parents don't care because Puyi is “taking” the course. Taking it is more important and more prestigious than passing it. It's all appearance. All smoke and mirrors in a Chinese school. Achievement means nothing because according to the doctored report cards all Chinese students, living, dead or just brain dead, are genuises.

At the beginning of the year Chinese students are given an impressive pile of textbooks which they pile on top of their desks so mom and dad can see how many books Puyi has. At the end of the year there will be thick dust and cobwebs on those books. Chinese students come to class without pens or notebooks because none of them take notes. The students are taught to memorize, not think. Place any average American high school student against an average Chinese high school student of equal age and academically the American will wipe the floor with he Chinese. BUT... the Chinese student is in school from 7AM to 9PM 6 days a week... and learning NOTHING. How many hours do you have to sit in a barn before you become a cow? This is the educational system you want to copy.


So, come to China, teabaggers. This is your Ayn Randian wet dream!
Posted by Suji to Seoul | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:16 PM (8 replies)

Ex-Pat living in China (Open Letter to Teabaggers and Freeptards)

I am writing a series about living in China as I have been here for over four years now. I just bought myself a German Shepherd puppy and am relaxed into a rather nice life here.

But this edition to my exploits is NOT for you anti-American scum at DU (and I add myself to that list). This is for the true blood, patriotic, motherhood and apple pie, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrap, where's Obama's birth certificate Teabagger and Freeper crowd. . .the ones who love America but hate Americans.

This is for you, my level-headed friends. I found the perfect place for you to live where you can enjoy all your Ayn Randian ideas.

Here is my sales pitch to you:

An Open Letter to the Tea Party and American Conservatives

Imagine, if you will, a country where there is:

No Obamacare
No Obama
The Fair Tax is the law of the land
The Income Tax code is simple and the forms are easy to fill out
The IRS is as toothless as a plate of Jello
There is a complete Laissez Faire free market
No Labor Unions
No Government involvement in Business, Health Care, Labor matters or pretty much anything else except national security.

Do you like what you see? If you do, then maybe you should leave the Socialist USA and head to the Tea Party Heaven – Communist China.

No Obamacare

Yep – no Government mandated or sponsored health insurance here in China. In fact, the health insurance industry itself is pretty useless. In China, when you need health care you go to the hospital. A doctor checks you out, gives you a list of medicines, supplies and procedures you will need and you take that list to the hospital cashier. There you simply hand over cash – to pre-pay for all your medical expense. No such thing as an “assignment of Benefits” here. You pay for it all – up front. You then take the receipt back to the doctor who then actually treats you. If you admitted to the hospital you repeat this process the next day, and every day until you are discharged. If you don’t have the cash, you don’t get health care – it’s that simple. If you die, you die. Your next of kin will have to pay your medical bills if they want your body though.

No Obama

He’s not President here.

The Fair Tax is the law of the land

The Chinese Government’s principal source of revenue is the Value Added Tax – or the “Fair Tax” as it is called in the USA. It is a National Sales Tax that is added to the price of goods as they are manufactured.. You don’t see it, you don’t even see it – it is part of the retail price you pay. After all, we only protest about taxes we see – Income Taxes, Property Taxes, Retail Sales Taxes, Payroll Taxes. If it’s simply a part of the price of what we are buying we don’t see it – but we pay it anyway.

The Income Tax code is simple and the forms are easy to fill out

The Chinese income tax is so simple there ARE no forms to fill out. Wages are paid monthly and taxes are assessed on your monthly wages and are withheld by your employer. No deductions, no credits, no exclusions, no carry-forwards, no recordkeeping. No forms to fill out – ever.

The IRS is as toothless as a plate of Jello

I asked a Chinese CPA about the tax costs of operating a business in China. He asked me how much tax I wanted to pay. I answered “none”. He said “OK, done.” I asked if the government ever audited a company’s books to see if they are paying the correct amount of tax. He asked me “what’s an audit?”

There is a complete Laissez Faire free market

No price controls here. Very few laws regulate business or the market.

No Labor Unions

You read right – in the Worker’s Socialist Paradise there are no labor unions, because Chinese workers never had it so good. They have a minimum wage law, but no Workers Compensation Laws, no Unemployment tax or Unemployment benefits. There is a Social Security tax but (see the toothless IRS section) contributing to it is voluntary and unenforced, so it is seldom done.

No Government involvement in Business, Health Care, Labor matters or pretty much anything else except national security.

These stories you heard about how the Government runs every facet of your life in China are pure fiction. The government has little to do with people’s everyday lives, and there is only interaction with the government during some extraordinary event, like a birth, death, marriage, move from one place to another, or ask for some government benefit like a passport – but that is no different than the USA, isn’t it? As far as labor matters are concerned, once again, the government doesn’t get involved. What you and your employer agree to is fine. If the boss decides not to pay you one month, your options are quit, sue him (and lose your job) or suck it up and hope you get paid next month. No Department of labor to run to like in the USA.

So, my Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Bag friends – the next time you want to complain about the Socialism of the USA just remember – you are free to leave and you will find Communist China much more to your philosophical liking.
Posted by Suji to Seoul | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 01:56 AM (32 replies)

Super Tuesday lessons learned

1: The Republicans will continue eating themselves.

2: The Republican circular firing squad will continue because none of the four remaining will ever quit or shut down.

3: Because of the Republican circular firing squad and cannibalism, Republican voters will be more disillusioned and apathetic about their "stellar candidates.

4: With the circular firing squad, cannibalism and apathy, Obama can just shut it mouth, be presidential and earn victory in November.

5: With all of that, Teabaggers will suffer the most at the polls, as they rely on blind anger to get them votes. apathy hurts them!

I don't know about the rest of you, but this one mighty fun primary season. I enjoy watching the GOP self-destruct like this.
Posted by Suji to Seoul | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 PM (11 replies)
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