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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Those damned Chinese

What's Mallard raving about today?

Michael Vick, China.

Fair enough.

I won't give up hoping for more outrage regarding Darfur or the fact that the United States is putting people in secret prisons and torturing them.


Michael said...

A Mallard comic I can agree with! I have nothing bad to say about it.

But for gosh sake Mallard, put down the paper already and help out that guy chained up next to you!

BillyWitchDoctor said...

What exactly shall we do with our outrage, Mallard?

See, our public outrage against dogfighting in general (Vick is only a single example, and we already know why Mallard focuses on him) leads to action against it.

What action do you propose against China? It's the primary supporter of our skyrocketing national debt. Its products poison our pets (as Mallard has noted previously) and our children (i.e., the massive toy recall), and we can't even emit a pip's squeak about it because they could devastate our economy without even trying. Invasion would be out of the question even if our military wasn't already falling apart trying to hold the lids down in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Try blaming the liberals for that.)

There was this liberal pundit who I always hated reading; her solution to homelessness was to give money to panhandlers, then go home and feel bad about it. She got Pulitzers for such nonsense. Tinny's the conservative version of that logic: China does bad things, so we should stomp our feet and crap our pants in impotent rage. Somehow, this will make things...better?

(And as DaveyK's already pointed out: Gitmo, imprisonment without trial, secret prisons, torture. Glass houses, Mallard. Your heroes in Washington are no better than the Chinese who anger you so. They do, in fact, remind me of the Soviet Union more than anything else. Where's your outrage there, you dumbf**k duck?)

Scanman said...

I'd stay away from Chinatown if I were Mallard. Otherwise he'll be hanging dead upside down like Mussolini in a storefront window.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Oh, hey, speak of the devil; have you read today's paper?

The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.

Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress. Shifts in Chinese policy are often announced through key think tanks and academies.

Described as China’s “nuclear option” in the state media, such action could trigger a dollar crash at a time when the US currency is already breaking down through historic support levels.

It would also cause a spike in US bond yields, hammering the US housing market and perhaps tipping the economy into recession. It is estimated that China holds over $900bn in a mix of US bonds.

I believe I mentioned "impotent rage" earlier, Mallard. You may thank the Grand Old Party and King George for putting up in this position. (But of course you will not.)