Betcha won't see this one on the mainstream media. It's currently only being covered in the Chinese media and Iowan media.
There have always been those who mistake our freedoms for licence, and think their money will smooth everything.
China News Service April 14th report, in Iowa state of the United States, 21-year-old Chinese overseas student Tang Peng (transliteration) has been accused of raping a female landlord 2 weeks ago on the pretense of wanting to rent an apartment. After being arrested, he did not admit guilt. After his parents rushed to America, they attempted to bribe the victim to change her testimony, and have also been prosecuted by the police.
[...] The other charge in this case has attracted attention. The Iowa police department's charge that Tang Peng's parents, 57-year-old Tang X [Tang Xuefan] and 49-year-old Li X [Li Qiao] (transliteration) rushed to Iowa after the incident occurred at the beginning of the month, where they had claimed they would find the woman who accused their son and "persuade" her to change her testimony to obtain some remuneration. A friend told the victim what Tang Peng's parents had said, and the police arrested Tang's parents after being informed. Comments from Weibo, the Chinese twitter:
Has to be the child of a government official or of the rich, used to running amok in China without consequences. Abroad, they won't tolerate this kind of behavior.
They think they're in China, where they can settle things with money, with connections?! Hahaha!
They really thought it would be the same as in China, where as long as one has money one has power and anything can be done. Wrong. America's laws are very sound, but as for China's laws, sigh! Nothing can be said.
Smiles, America's legal system is truly too gei li! People like this truly deserve it!
These parents have gotten used to bribing in China.
This pair of reckless parents, thinking they're still in China, where money along can settle things. The son too must be be influenced by their actions in order for him to do such a nation-shaming thing!
Strange, a domestically time-tested tried and true method not working abroad, truly strange.
Could it be, that outside China, it isn't a harmonious society?
What rich people in China can use money to take care of not working abroad shows that Chinese citizens' moral character has already reached history's lowest point. Reforms have caused China's economy to rise, yet its morals have fallen, just who's mistake is this? I trust history will show us the correct answer.
The tactics habitually used in China don't work in America????
This trick doesn't work in the United States? In China, it totally and completely works.
No matter what mistake he made, we should first protect our own compatriot. When Americans bully us, where did you all go? When they run amok in China, which one of you have stood forth for justice? What difference is this from helping the enemy and selling out your own country? As long as it is fighting the Americans, brother [referring to self] would be the first to enlist, the first to go forth. China cannot be insulted. Only knowing how to bully our own, let me see you go bully foreigners, dammit.
Ironically, Nippon is very much in a similar predicament as the US as per "Peak Oil/Resources" + GWCC - Nippon needs MORE NUKE ENERGY, NOT LESS, NOR PER THE UNPROVEN, UN-RELIABLE "GREEN TECHS" to satisfy the country's requirements, WHILE ALSO SUFFERING FROM PERVASIVE LACK OF NATIONAL PERT, POLITICAL CONSENSUS AS TO THE CAUSE, EXTENT, ANDOR REAL OR POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES, ETC. OF THE FUKUSHIMA/
IMO any stoppage as per Japan's use of NucPower is more about its FEAR OF NEW, MORE POWERFUL EARTHQUAKES OCCURING IN A GEOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE OR IMPORTANT UW REGION(S), NOT BECAUSE TOKYO GENUINELY BELIEVES IT = NIPPON DOESN'T NEED NUCLEAR ENERGY.
'Tis good PCorrectness + Media-Public Relations, + all that jazz, BUT NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SERIOUSLY BELIEVES IT.
Gays and "tomboys" have been barred from attending Saudi Arabian public schools and universities in an effort to fight the "phenomenon" of homosexuality and gender non-conformity, a report from Emirates 24/7 said.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is charged with ensuring the immediate implementation of the rules, although it remains unclear who issued them. According to the report, "instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tomboys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon."
Banned students will be required to "prove they have been corrected and have stopped such practices" in order to re-enroll in their school or university. The U.S. State Department human rights reports criticize Saudi Arabia for abuses against the LGBT community.
Don't wait up tonight to read reports from the AP or Rooters about how the American LGBT community occupied the Saoodi embassy in DC in protest...
The end of the Easter holiday and the first full week of campaigning saw Josefina Vazquez Mota reassign a campaign aide and bring on board two of Partido Accion Nacional's (PAN) heaviest hitters, PAN president Gustavo Madero and Ernesto Cordero as advisors to her campaign.
Josefina Vazquez Mota
Cordero was Vazquez Mota's former rival during the primary campaign period of the electoral process.
The news was a clear attempt to restart her campaign after a stuttering start which included less than optimum crowds at campaign rallies and at least one press gaffe.
The press gaffe, a seemingly minor one, got one campaign press worker, Karla Garduño, ousted from the campaign press office. Her mistake was typing "Tlazcala" instead of Tlaxcala, which is a state in Mexico. In a tweet she attributed the gaffe to "thick fingers."
As soon as Madero and Cordero were on board a negative campaign began, which included at least three Youtube spots attacking Partido Revolucionario Institutcional (PRI) presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto for his poor record as governor of Mexico state.
The first of the spots can be seen here. The theme of the first spot ad was Pena Nueto's broken promises, 67 by PAN's count. A second cartoon hitting on just a few themes attacking Pena Nieto can be seen here.
The cartoon's theme was repeated in another spot ad, which can be seen here, and which will likely be repeated throughout the campaign.
The cartoon's narrative is:
You know me.
P1: You know perfectly that between 2008 and 2010 the state with the highest increase in the poor was Mexico state, going from 15th to 3rd place at the national level.
P2 And you know that in only five years, Mexico state saw 922 female murders, one third of those in the entire country.
P3 Last place in education and first in kidnappings and crime at the national level.
P4 Second most indebted state in the country (after Coahuila from my friend (Humberto) Moreira) and number one in crimes committed between 2009 and 2011.
P5 Don't know anything about this? Ah, it is that between 2005 and 2010 my publicity increased 1,355 percent.
P6 Because of this you will vote for me.
As a result, PRI president Pedro Coldwell has filed a complaint with the Mexican Institutio Federal Elecciones (IFE) the federal governing body that controls elections right down to how much money campaigns are allowed to spend. He characterized the attack as desperate.
Pedro Joaquin Coldwell
Coldwell also announced at the start of the week that his campaign's auditing proposal was accepted by the IFE, word for word, as he put it, to prevent "dirty money" from entering PRI campaigns.
The campaign of Gabriel Quatri de la Torre of Partido Nueva Alianza (PANAL) was not so lucky, coming under charges by the IFE that his campaign had accepted government money, a charge his campaign has denied.
Pena Nieto in the meantime has responded to the negative ads, saying to the press he will not fall into provocations of his opponents "to devote more time to deal with themes that really interest Mexicans." He told an audience in Guerrero state his opponents make false promises and speeches that promise to make things easy, but "hardly have viability." He also said he intends to run a "clean campaign."
But not everything ran smoothly for the frontrunner. In Oaxaca state, he attended a raucous rally where many PRI supporters called him a murderer, and tried to shout him down as he was giving a speech. It is unclear why Pena Nieto was the recipient of that particular smear.
Enrique Pena Nieto
During that speech PRI supporters also attacked a reporter with glass bottles only a few meters away. It was a violent incident Pena Nieto was apparently completely unaware of.
At that rally Pena Nieto promised to consolidate the hospital network in the state.
PRI has recently had considerable problems with supporters in southern Mexican states, especially during the term of Humberto Moreira, who quit last December. Moreira's resignation came partially at the insistence of PRI militants in Tabasco state.
Meanwhile, Partido Revolucion Democratica candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador came out with a proposal he said he will implement if he becomes president, which he called republican austerity. The details have yet to be released, but Lopez Obrador has vowed to cut federal government spending to the tune of MP $800 million and to plow those savings back into the economy. He also promised to maintain the macroeconomic policies already put in place by PAN president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa to include attracting foreign investment.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Where in the Mexican government Lopez Obrador intends to cut, being that he is an old style socialist, will likely be in the defense budgets of the army and navy. He has vowed to return ground forces to the barracks as a strategy of dealing the drug cartel violence.
In his speech in Mexico City, he rejected the notion of structural reforms, osaying that reforms in critical area have always been imposed from foreign influences, and not done by Mexicans, an economic condition he says he wants to change.
Speaking of changing, Vazquez Mots was forced to change planes in Oaxaca state Tuesday after the aircraft she was using developed an unspecified mechanical problem.
Pena Nieto also has an aircraft problem, that is, if you ask Lopez Obrador. He announced Friday that his campaign was about to file a complaint with the IFE demanding PRI release data on whose aircraft he is using to get about Mexico.
In a Friday morning press conference Lopez Orbador complained that every cost of operating the aircraft to move about Mexico must be accounted for. "How much does an aircraft cost per hour?" asked Lopez Obrador
He said Pena Nieto is using helicopters and two or three private jets to move around an advance party with "up to 200 campaign workers for logistics, such as installing fences, closing streets. And that costs money... How much is the income of private jets?."
Finally on Thursday Madero tweeted a link to an opinion piece in El Universal news daily by Mexican academic Maracrio Shettino, which asks the question, how can Pena Nieto's party claim to do what PAN has not done when the PRI has frustrated PAN attempts at reforms virtually every step of the way. His answer: Either Pena Nieto doesn't know what he is doing, or he is a liar.
Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.
That's what happens when you bring the English teleprompter to Latin America. Poor Mr. Bush only has Hispanic relatives by marriage and must, it wouild seem, lack the suave intelligence of the current POTUS.
President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.
Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India.
The Maldives were a British protectorate from 1887 to 1965 and the site of a UK airbase for nearly 20 years.
The origins of the Maldivian people are shrouded in mystery (What an amazing coincidence). The First settlers may well have been from Sri Lanka and Southern India. Some say Aryans, who sailed in their reed boats from Lothal in the Indus Valley about 4,000 years ago, probably followed them. Archeological evidence suggests the existence Hinduism and Buddhism before the country embraced Islam in 1153 A.D. not surprisingly, the faces of today's Maldivian display the features of various faces that inhabit the lands around the Indian Ocean shipping and maritime routes, the Maldives has long been a melting pot for African, Arab and South East Asian mariners.
Foreign aid to Kenya has significantly increased during Champ's term, and this is yet another, blatant insult to our UK allies. The obvious bias against all things British that is repeatedly shown countered with the glowing words he offers Cameron must make people realize the depth of deceit POTUS gives daily to the American people. The bonus is the blatant stupidity displayed since he doesn't know enough basic geography to differentiate Malvina from Maldives, hence making the insult less about policy than ineptitude. Another display on the world stage of what a jerk we elected.
Uncharacteristic slip? Really? so the 57 states comment doesn't count, nor does moving various cities around in Wyoming and Colorado and who knows where else.
I am sure we could complie a not-so-short list of uncharacteristic slips by the Waffler-in-Chief.
oh yeah, give me one of those numbers for the outta office celbration Barbara, please.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.