In which the China blogger demonstrates his versatility.

This is a China blog (and, sometimes, ahem, a Northwest Airlines blog), and I’ve tried to exercise some editorial discipline in maintaining that focus. But, truth is, I have other interests, and it wasn’t so many years ago that I was writing about some of them. So, in a rare break from protocol, please allow…

The 2008 Minnesota Overseas/Military Absentee Ballot Follies – UPDATED

[NOTE TO REGULAR READERS: If you’re interested in how US absentee election ballots are handled, this post is for you. If not, and you stopped by expecting to see China content … might I recommend Dee Dee Pass’s excellent “The New China Price” in yesterday’s Star Tribune? A nicely reported piece.] [UPDATE 09-09: Below, Minnesota…

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According to today’s edition of my hometown newspaper, it is now illegal to sell Chinese-made American flags in Minnesota – punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a US$1000 fine. The spirit of the law is well-expressed in the lede: That American flag you’re buying in Minnesota for this July 4th will be…