Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Linda can see China from her office!

While zipping around Connecticut with her busload of ever alert staffers, Linda McMahon has frequently made reference to the WWE having an office in China, as if that in itself would lend itself to foreign relations experience.

Last Saturday morning she made the error of mentioning the World Wrestling Entertainment office in Shanghai, in front of someone who actually knows something about China and speaks fluent Mandarin.

Link to YouTube Video here.


  1. I have more foreign relations experiance than she does due to my interactions with my local Chinese restaurant.

  2. I'd be interested in knowing if, like Walmart, McMahon's WWE offices in China have the communist party on site?

    "Wal-Mart Workers in China Set Up Communist Party Branch

    By MEI FONG (Wall Street Journal)
    December 18, 2006 8:11 a.m.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer and an icon of American capitalism, said local employees have established a branch of the Communist Party at its China headquarters.

    The party branch was set up in the office in the southern city of Shenzhen where Wal-Mart runs its fast-growing China business, said Jonathan Dong, the company's spokesman in China. The latest branch, which was inaugurated Friday, follows the establishment of similar party organizations in five Wal-Mart stores across the country since August, Mr. Dong said.

    Other multinational companies operating in China also have party branches, and analysts say they generally don't interfere with such companies' management. The party's constitution requires that any company with more than three party members among its employees set up a branch.

    Still, Wal-Mart's acquiescence to the party cells – a decade after it opened its first store in China – reflects a stepped up effort to ingratiate itself with a country that it sees as increasingly vital to its future growth. The establishment of party branches follows a similar retreat for Wal-Mart in July, when the company – which has remained largely union-free elsewhere – caved to strong pressure from China's All-China Federation of Trade Unions to allow union branches in its stores. The government-sanctioned union has quickly spread to almost all Wal-Mart's Chinese stores.

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    Since then Walmart has opened more communist party branches in their stores. Or is it the communist party that is opening up more Walmarts? Hard to tell the difference these days... It's like trying to tell the difference between the real grassroots Tea Party activists and the GOP operatives trying to co-opt the movement.

  3. >>It's like trying to tell the difference between the real grassroots Tea Party activists and the GOP operatives trying to co-opt the movement.

    There's more of them; it'll be the other way around which is okay with most of us, we could use the help.

  4. Should I ask which "them" you are talking about when you say "most of us"? Just for clarification.