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A Rose By Any Other Name May Not Smell As Sweet

You have probably heard by now that our government, in all its infinite wisdom, has decided to stop purchasing condoms from its long-time supplier in Alabama.  The United States government is the largest purchaser of condoms in the world.  And it should be.  It needs a large and ready supply for its biggest customers - those who attend government schools!  It is a wise, caring and watchful government that takes care of its constituents, of all ages, and, soon, at nearly all levels of education!

And, at the expense of American jobs, from whom will this wise, caring, and watchful government be purchasing its annual 500 million condoms?



Yes, that wonderful trading "partner" who now provides breakables that didn't used to be, mercury and lead where they should not be, e-coli where we don't want it to be, hydrogen sulfide gas where we didn't think it ever would be, computer worms and viruses in games we would not imagine they could be, well, this is fun and I could go on...

BUT ...

Are you sure you want the Chinese producing something we really don't want to fail?  Are you sure...!!!

When I was a kid, the term "Made in Japan" had all kinds of jokes associated with it.  Well, this trading "partner" is no joke.  Why is our omniscient government doing this?  The "old" rules, by the "old" government, used to stipulate "American Made" for government-purchased things.  The stimulus bill (I know, I know, but that one would be too easy...) does not stipulate such!  And, and this is a big and, Alabaman condoms cost 5 cents apiece.  The Chinese condoms only cost 2 cents!  Imagine the savings to us, the American taxpayer!

Our vernacular will change:

"Chinese take out" with a new meaning will replace "Chinese take out" with the old meaning.  Chinese restaurants will have to change their signs for fear of advertising the wrong thing.

"Practicing safe Chinese" will be the new government oxy-moron.

The medicine cabinet will be the new China town.

"All the tea in China" will be replaced by "All the C in China."

The game Chinese Checkers will frighten tweens.

Chinese junk will no longer refer to a boat.

Chinese lantern will no longer refer to a collapsible, paper lamp!

The Chinese will not want everything they make to be stamped "Made in China."

Imagine all the Great Walls of China that will be constructed when the failure-rate statistics for these babies get out!

And the phrase, "Hey, honey, feel like some Chinese tonight?" will become its own, cute, new little expression.

My recommendation:  Don't be oxy-moronic!  PRACTICE SAFE CHINESE!  Just say no...

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • March 24 2009 08:28PM


Jay - This blog really resonated with me. I have long felt that the United States in ruining itself by out-sourcing. Our pride has gone by the wayside in favor of quicker, cheaper, and easier. Evidently, quality isn't as important as quanitity - a mantra that would make the entrepreneurs born out of the Great Depression roll over in their graves! The Middle Class is what societies should be based around, and the Middle Class is what works hard and makes our gadgets and widgets - the larger the better. Isn't this why the Roman Empire fell? Because the Haves got bigger, and the have-nots got bigger, but the Middle Class just phased out? How many more pets need to die from melamine poinsoning, or how many more children need exposure to lead in the little Disney applique on their PJs, or how many more e-coli breakouts do we need? Great post. Sorry to rant, I seem to have misplaced my soap-box! Cheers,

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Posted by Amy Zender over 10 years ago

Amy - I'm with you!  Sounds like you would rant just as much by reading my two previous posts on China...

Bellingham?  You must know my friend Nutsy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago


Posted by Joel Barth (Northwest Capital Advisors, Ltd.) over 10 years ago

Joel - cheaper isn't usually better...

Chinese - well, ever better?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

In terms of this being a real estate website, would Chinese Condominimums be appropriate?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

Jay, unpredictable as usual.  Funny, should we call the office of condominiums to lodge our protest.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 10 years ago

Charlie - condom-minimums might not be the word...!

Jack - only if they contain Chinese drywall.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

I don't think that is such as good idea. Different post I have to admit but informative information!

Posted by Randy King (Prokore Inspections) over 10 years ago

Randy - information is information.  This will hit the news - some places already have it.  I got a private message from a nurse in CA who says that years ago there was a shortage of rubber gloves.  So they supplemented them by purchasing rubber gloves from China.  The gloves kept breaking so much they found it necessary to double glove.  Soon they just gave up and stopped using them.

Take the hint...  as a home inspector, you are no doubt aware of all the CPSC warnings about Chinese pirated products that look like ours but in seriously inferior quality.  Take Square D breakers for instance.  This is serious stuff.  I think we need to wise up, don't you?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

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