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In an update, Mr. Goldfarb was reminded by a reader that in the summer, Iranian pro-democracy activists asked to have the building turn its lights green — their cause’s chosen color. A Wall Street Journal report to which Mr. Goldfarb linked said the request was denied because, according to “those familiar with the building’s practice” the ownership “avoids taking sides in political disputes.”

Richard Burger of the Peking Duck blog defended the lighting, saying, “China has done bad things, and it’s done good things, like all countries. China has its fair share of atrocities, injustices and a considerable legacy of repression and injustice. But China is not Nazi Germany, they are not a nation of deranged Maoists, and they happen to be one of the linchpins in the global economy that keeps America afloat. They happen to be moving in the right direction, despite some infuriating steps backwards. We all know the story, we all know the bad stuff and the good stuff.”

Mr. Burger then warmed to his preferred subject — opposition to conservative “inbred stupidity.”

“So when I see Americans go insane over the Empire State Building turning red and yellow to mark the 60th anniversary of the PRC, I have to say it’s simply nuts. We recognize China, we trade with China, we work with China — our fates are tied together, perhaps inextricably. Seeing the outpouring of hate and paranoia from the right-wing blogs, while predictable. is a good reminder of the prejudices many in America bear toward our No. 1 trading partner, and of our ongoing inbred stupidity when it comes to scare words like ‘Red China.’”

Sign loves Obama (not)

A billboard along Interstate 70 near Blue Springs, Mo., drew national media attention last week for strongly implying that President Obama is a communist.

The red sign, nestled among a score of commercial and other messages, features a prominent hammer and sickle and reads, “How do you like your change now? Obama-nation. They are coming for you! The Taxpayer. 1st & 2nd amendments are in jeopardy. Live free or die.”

Conservative blogger Left Coast Rebel decided to have some fun with the item by listing reactions from hypothetical passers-by and adding others as readers suggested them. Highlight included:

“Which Wall Street corporate interest paid the $$$ to have this put up? (Michael Moore)

“Raaaaacism! (the entire media/Democrat industrial complex)

“What is that weird sign with the curvy thing? (public school student)

“That’s racist … but that’s not what I said. (Jimmy Carter)

“The sign should be red and yellow! (managers of the Empire State Building)

“Yeah, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! (Kanye West)

All love ACORN

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