It’s All Going To Be OK: The Zoo Pandas Signed a Five-Year Extension

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Talking crap about us, pandas?Why do we suddenly see members of Congress referring inanely to nerdface Hu Jintao, the weakest leader in the history of the People’s Republic of China, as a “dictator” and a murdering “gangster”? Our pandas have been SECURED. That’s right, Washington, your pandas have signed a five-year extension, so you can rest assured that your mediocre zoo will continue to be somewhat used for something other than as a jogging track. “The pandas may be a cultural attraction we had to borrow from China, but everything in Washington is borrowed from China, and we need something to put on our Metro cards.” But despite the free speech grandstanding, if China suddenly becomes a democracy we probably will lose the pandas, haha.

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.

The current agreement officially expired in December, but an extension of the pair’s stay was expected. There is an official signing ceremony of the extended research agreement scheduled for Thursday morning at the National Zoo.

Did the pandas put little America jerseys over their business suits like sports players do at the announcement of their signing?

But yeah, like we said, those pandas are totally headed back to China if it becomes a democracy, because the people probably don’t like us having them. (It’s called “populism.”) Pandas are a precious resource over there, because they’re even better than children at making toys out of plastic and lead. [WSJ]

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  • KathrynSane

    Maybe this will finally inspire certain wingnutty segments of the population to follow in the pandas' footsteps and decide they are just too damn fat and lazy to reproduce.

  • The_Great_Gazoo

    Five more years of panda porn? This is indeed good news!

    • Gay Mexican Intern

      No, it's not, really.

      • DoktorZoom

        The culprit was subsequently sentenced to yiff in hell.

  • Crank_Tango

    Well how else can you refer to a leader of an actual communist country after all the shit they've said about barry?

    wait, you were talking about actual pandas? I just thought it was some kinda racist term à la george jefferson…

  • OC_Surf_Serf

    Couple of furry mammals ≠ the manufacturing base of our country

    • BaldarTFlagass

      We got the pandas, they keep the pesos.
      Yeah, that seems fair…

      • DoktorZoom

        Pandas? We don' have to show you steenking pandas!

        (Everybody knows
        That the world is full of stupid people)

        • BaldarTFlagass

          Glad my obscure reference to my boy Roger Clyne did not go wholly unappreciated.

          • DoktorZoom

            "Panditos" is a great song

          • BaldarTFlagass

            I can't wait to see them perform it live in Puerto Penasco again this June.

    • MistaEko

      Give it a few more years and it will.

      • prommie

        In a few years, we'll be eating the pandas, and the rest of the lions and tigers and bears, right before the cannibalism starts.

  • harry_palmer

    Not surprised that panderers are here to stay in Washington. Wait, what?

  • angryclownspawn

    I can't believe the GOP is on board with these obviously foreign pandas taking our panda's jobs. Next thing you know they will be spawning anchor panda babies and such.

  • thefrontpage

    It's long past the time to simply end these unneeded, expensive, ridiculous, moronic, dumb and stupidly over-hyped dog-and-pony shows known stupidly as "state dinners" that are held moronically at taxpayer expense. They are expensive, they are unneeded, they serve no real purpose.During a time when an estimated 1 million people are expected to lose their homes in 2011, when unemployment is sticking steadily at about 13 percent, when people are losing their houses and their jobs, when people are living in despair, when our cities are literally crumbling, and we're wasting billions on overseas wars, that is no time to be holding these dog-and-pony shows. If some rich folks want to get together, then pay for it yourselves. Otherwise, the stupid tradition of "state dinners" should come to an end, effective immediately.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      They could just hang out and watch some b-ball at the White House, maybe the Rockets are playing, and call out for some Chinese.

      • mereoblivion

        Call out for Chinese? So Hu and his cronies are Jewish?

    • notreelyhelping

      Sorry…what? I was looking at something shiny over here.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Tell that to the White House kitchen staff & other employees.

    • prommie

      You didn't mean to post this here, did you?

    • SayItWithWookies

      Someone didn't like his fortune cookie.

    • DoktorZoom

      (Look, if you're going to crosspost this to multiple threads, then I'm going to crosspost my reply. Apologies to anyone sitting through it twice)

      Eliminating these dog-and-pony shows (which happen fairly rarely; this is only the third for this administration), we could cut almost as much from the deficit as we would by reducing paperclip and rubber band waste by the Defense Department.

      Not that I'm really a fan of lavish state dinners, but in the big scheme of things, they're a pretty minor thing, and the cost of taking some kind of action to bring them to an end (meetings, figuring out alternatives that wouldn't cause a diplomatic kerfuffle, even paying the costs of laying off the chefs and staff and all that) would eat up a good chunk of any savings. It's sort of comparable to the notion that if Bill Gates drops a $20 dollar bill, it makes more sense for him to not pick it up, since he could make more money in those two seconds by continuing to whatever meeting he's headed to.

      Also… Please proofread for redundancies in the future. There's simply no excuse for writing "dog-and-pony shows" twice in a single paragraph.

      • jim89048

        It's like I tell some consultant friends of mine–they'd be homeless, or at least unemployed, if their clients would just avail themselves of or whatever more dependable service Cisco offers, but sometimes everyone just feels better meeting face-to-face, expenses be damned.

      • natoslug

        Yeah, some of haven't been to Tijuana in years, so redundant reminders of dog-and-pony shows just stings, man!

    • Texan_Bulldog

      Lighten up, Frances.

      • thefrontpage

        Dog and pony shows. Dog and pony shows. Dog and pony shows. Dog and pony shows. And they're nothing but…dog and pony shows.

    • WhatTheHolyHeck

      Those state dinners are costing the taxpayers $200 million per day! I totally learned that on Snopes.

  • Texan_Bulldog

    They're okay with the bears staying over here because Pandas are probably literally (channeling Joe Biden) the only living creature the Chinese won't eat. (I've probably been watching too much Bizarre Foods & No Reservations.)

    • prommie

      Are you sure they won't eat them? Or is it that Pandas are the only animal they won't eat when anyone is watching? I mean, these people eat bird-spit, they go nuts for snake blood, I find it completely impossible to believe that they wouldn't eat a panda, if noone was watching, anyway.

      • moralturpentine

        Prince Philip approves this comment. "If it has got four legs and is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."

    • DoktorZoom

      Maybe they'd eat a dog-and-pony show…

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    I’d like to see some geneticist combine a panda, a koala bear and some C4 to make an incredibly irresistible bomb that no one could keep from hugging. We’ll make billions selling it to Israel, South Korea and Disney.

    • PsycWench

      But would it cause a pandemic?

  • horsedreamer_1

    Stick it to 'em, Terry!

    • Terry

      Tai Shan and I share the same birthday (different years). Each year since he was born, my little nieces would insist that we sing Happy Birthday to both me and the panda. I don't mind sharing. :)

  • _MISS_T_

    Haha the attitude to Pandas is so dismissive and cool in Washington compared to my town. when our pandas arrived from China, the streets were lined with welcome signs and panda decorations and a billboard officially welcoming them. Pandas. That probably spent the journey sleeping off the flight. Our famous chocolate maker makes panda shaped chocolates (still!) as tribute. I'm too embarrassed to say what town on this planet spent so much tax money on worshipping furry animals.

    • mereoblivion


      • _MISS_T_

        Less bombs and browns

        • mereoblivion

          Okay, Yellow Knife.

    • jim89048

      Reminds me of the first Tut exhibit in San Francisco. At first, everyone was all excited. Before too long, it was all "boy king go home". Meh.

      • sarjo

        Get outta here, Tut! You too funky!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Hey, they like our Buicks, we like their pandas — there's no accounting for either one.

  • ttommyunger

    Considering our track record, they'll be lucky to get their fucking bears back alive. Seems America as a whole has had the Midas Touch in reverse the last few years, and I'm not talking mufflers here.

  • LesBontemps

    Free Butterstick! Or Shitty, whatev.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Nice, and the ground squirrels are locked up too;

    we just need to get Knut into rehab.

    • Worthly Wokette Skum

      What would this nation do without its spermophiles?

  • Beowoof

    Now that they're under contract for 5 years, Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan called and wondered whether they can throw a ball.

  • Serolf_Divad

    How can we be sure they're not actually Chicom sleeper agents?

  • freakishlywrong

    Great. Now I can't stop singing ♫Sexual Harassment. Paaandaaaa ♪♪. I really can't. And I'm at work.

  • DoktorZoom

    Too many members of Congress are just in the pocket of Big Ailuropoda.

  • Come here a minute

    Should have gone for the draft picks instead. Washington D.C. has got to have the dumbest bunch of owners in the country.

  • Clancy_Pants

    Let's get it on!

    • DoktorZoom

      Behind the Zoo Door, Part III

      The Devil in Miss Mei Xiang

      Panda Does Her Sisters

      I Am Curious (Black and White)

  • DaSandman

    Can we send the Chinese Boner and Cantor in trade? Hell, let the pandas run the Repug party, they can't do worse then Michael Steele

  • GregComlish

    Currency manipulation makes me a Sad Panda

  • SorosBot

    Why does it suddenly seem like AMC is back?

    • Monsieur_Grumpe

      And the Pacer?
      Be still my heart.

  • JackDempsey1

    I've seen the DC pandas, which are cute in an American way as they lazily roll around in their own filth. I've also seen pandas in their natural habitat in Sichuan province. They spend most of their time assembling electronics. Get the government off our pandas' backs.

  • mereoblivion

    Why don't the pandas appear in "Experience China"? (Times Square, six thousand three hundred times in the next three weeks, peoples!) They couldn't have made it any more ridiculous or insufferable than it already is.

  • DoktorZoom

    Did ya hear about the new corduroy pillows? They're making headlines nationwide

  • tcama

    Actually, the people do want us to keep the pandas. See, it's the People's Republic of China, so everything the republic does is, per se, the will of the people. Ergo, ipso facto, ad nauseum, et cetera.

  • MinAgain

    But what does Kung Fu Panda think about this?

  • Mindblank

    When 99% of your diet is a single crop, you're not long for this earth for good reason. Goddamned, nearly-extinct bears.

    • prommie

      Like humans and GM corn?

  • Kidneys4Sale

    What would be the effect on his Presidental aspirations if the rumor was circulated that China only lets us keep these ones bacause Newt Gingrich sullied their honor?

    • GOPCrusher

      Newt's got enough baggage. Panda fucking probably would just bounce right off.

  • deleted1961190

    If you substitute "Sarah and Todd" for "Mei Xiang and Tian Tian" the story gets much more interesting.

  • OneTrueLiberal

    As do most TrueLiberal Wonketteers, Franklin and I celebrate the pandas as a perfect metaphor the racial makeup of our current President.



    • Amo_of_Bogio

      Barry is Chinese? Huh…

  • Amo_of_Bogio

    Chinese expat living on borrowed time?

  • SilverFox

    My girlfriend is pretty sure they are Chinese spies dressed in panda costumes. She swore she one of them smoking a cig and reading the Post a few summers ago. I'm starting to buy it…

  • LionelHutzEsq

    Sure, the Panda's are cute, but did they really need a 1/2 hour special on ESPN where they went back and forth on making their decision of which zoo they were ending up at?

  • Redhead

    If they have a baby panda while living at the zoo, would the teabaggers/Orly Taitz ask for the baby's birth certificate? I mean I know they hate half black, half white, sort of foreign sounding things…

  • WriteyWriterton

    So the pandas and the zoo avoided arbitration? Just shows why they didn't use Drew Rosenhaus. He'd have had them doing one-armed push-ups in their driveway for ESPN "reporters" until no zoo was willing to touch them, except at a HUGE discount.

  • Negropolis

    China's stealing our intellectual property like a thief in the night, but, hey…Pandas! Oooo, shiny/sparkly! Maybe in a few years, when Hu is President of Chimerica, he can send over a piece of the Great Wall we can gawk at in our local musea.