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Thursday, September 07, 2006


The Shih Ming-teh train wreck: approaching the curve

"Have a care, Rabadash," said Aslan quietly. "The doom is nearer now: it is at the door: it has lifted the latch."

As I have noted repeatedly, Shih Ming-teh's penchant for outlandish remarks was bound to land him in trouble, and sure enough, the last couple of days there has been an outpouring of silliness.

In recent days Shih Ming-te has lashed out at the DPP, saying it was worse than the CCP. This morning the pro-Green Liberty Times reported that he had said that the Chen Shui-bian government has less legitimacy than the Chiang Kai-Shek regime had. He is also involved in a spat with several of his former comrades over whether he had visited prostitutes, and has criticized Reverend Kao, who sheltered him during the days when he was on the run from the government after it smashed the 1979 Human Rights Day protest. The pro-Blue UDN reported today that the pro-Blue China Times had warned Shih that it would better if he kept his mouth shut. Nice thought, that.

Stay tuned. Shih's former wife Linda Arrigo warned us what would happen back in August in her open letter: "I think it was this ineffectuality that left him to seek the limelight with statements that were striking but not team-coordinated....." Not team coordinated is right.


At 7:43 AM, Blogger Jason said...

You know, its ironic that he's still going through the trouble of calling this a "sit-in", what with all the Taiwanese news reports pretty much predicting Violence and Mayhem for Friday. My favorite news piece from ETTV today has to be a toss-up between the CGI-generated evacuation of Chen Shui-bian should the shit hit the fan and the nubile young telebimbo reporter modelling the latest in cynical populist ploy fashions, including sunshades, goggles, and an electric mini-fan.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Taiwan Matters said...

Well, it starts today. So we'll see.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Wulingren said...

I was in Danshui all day today. Did they continue despite the rain?


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