I did not quite know how to react  upon reading this New York Times article.  Is this a progress or are we back to the era of Red Guards?  Hard to say.

It does sound like a good idea, upon first hearing it.  Excessive drinking at Chinese banquets is no news.  Accidents caused by drunk driving never decline, despite measures taken by authorities.  And I have a vague idea why this is the case.  My friend owns a bar in Chengdu, every night the customers drive to the bar to get their daily dose of booze, and drive back half drunk.  I asked why the traffic police didn’t line up outside the bar and fine the living crap out those drunkards.  (Pardon my language, I hate drunk drivers.)  “Well,” he told me, “Because I paid them for not coming.” 

I wonder how effective this Booze Squad can be in long term, simply because I am not sure how long Mr. Li could weather the pressure and power play.  How long would the senior officials take him seriously and comply to the rules?  How long till they dig up some dirt of Mr.Li’s?  I guess the most important question is: how powerful the officials who are backing up Mr.Li.  Yes, I am afraid the rule of people is by large still the norm in China.  

But then this other question pops out: is this a violation of personal privacy?  However wrong it is to drink during working hour, is Big Brother approuach the only solution?       


Ms. Dowd is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist.  She has been writing about the White House and its occupants since the Regan era. 

Mrs. Clinton is a democratic contender for the top job.  She has been losing voters since her brainy husband invited himself to the race.  Clearly, he doesn’t want to be remembered as The First ‘First Husband’.  “Not cool.  What would Monica think of me then?”

Ms. Dowd’s here to offer some advice: “Sunny beats gloomy. Consistency beats flipping. Bedazzling beats begrudging. Confidence beats whining.”  That’s also a great advice for us all.  Life is full of politics, don’t you agree?

Coincidentally, I am reading Ms. Dowd’s new book “Are Men Necessary?”.  Not surprisingly, she understands politics between the sexes very well.  From feminist to sexist, from Barbie to Sex and the City, from Cosmo girl to Playboy, she’s seen it all.  Sexual realities and absurdities elegantly discussed in that biting, provocative, hilarious tone of hers.  She has easily made Oscar Wilde the ladies’ man by referencing him every other page.  (Clearly, dear Oscar knew a thing or two about hetero relationship.)

I think I’ve just found myself another Art Buchwald.