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Good news for panda-lovers (bad news for the rest of us)

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know there are two things I don’t like, above all the other things I don’t like:

  1. Government-owned sport utility vehicles
  2. Pandas

“Oh, look at the panda, it’s so cute! See how it lolls around uselessly? It ate 50 pounds of bamboo today and barely has enough energy to scratch its adorable little nose! And it’s too stupid to learn how to mate! Oh, how I love pandas!” Yeuuccch. You’re with me, right? Right.

As half of my Twitter followers are pointing out today, today brought some bad news for us clear-thinking pandaphobes everywhere. The WSJ Washington Wire reports:

On a day full of carefully choreographed events to announce incremental progress on thorny political and economic issues in the U.S.-China relationship, one big diplomatic issue has been put to rest: the pandas can stay at the National Zoo.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for 10 years. And with today’s agreement, they can stay for another five, Secretary-General of the China Wildlife Conservation Association Zang Chunlin announced.

Wow, what a coup. J.P. Freire calls this wonderful feat of diplomacy “Obamagotation,” and adds, “So China gets to continue copyright infringement and manipulating their currency. We get two pandas.” Hey, at least it’s not three.

Boo, pandas! Booooooo!!!

Jim Treacher