A quickie while the baby's sleeping!
A few quick links to prove once and for all that at least one new father hasn’t completely fallen off the face of the earth:
The New York Times’ Keith Bradsher, fresh off making a fantastically inapt comparison between Shih Ming-teh and Nelson Mandela in an otherwise solid article about the pantomime horse known as the Anti-Chen Movement last week, takes a refreshingly charming look at Taiwan’s current (and much healthier) obsession with pitcher Wang Chien-ming, who’s going to the ALCS... as a motherf*cking Yankee. (NYT)
The pan-blue gambit of blocking the special military budget in the Legislative Yuan continues to screw the country over in new and exciting ways: The U.S. has decided to suspend the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan until Taipei gets on the stick and passes the special budget. State of Denial, indeed, Mr. Bush.... (Reuters)
Banzai!! Ace Taiwan journo Laurence Eyton reports that the Japanese have landed on Taiwan and are here to stay... for eternity! (Taiwan Journal)
The Guardian takes a look at Taiwan’s role in the upcoming Beijing PropagandOlympics and judges things to be tense but OK... just as long as Taiwan minds its place and makes sure not to do well in any of its events.
And while we’re on the subject of sports, The United States’ women’s soccer/ football team crushes Team Taiwan 10-0 in a friendly match Sunday. I suspect the outcome would have been different if Taiwan had those F-16’s... (IHT)
That’s all for now, kids. I’ll be back on the 16th, hopefully after I get all the baby poop out from under my fingernails.
Cross-posted at Wandering to Tamshui