But Russia went straight for Free Syrian Army (FSA)-branded, American-supported, nationalist rebels. One explanation is that...Putin intends to humiliate the United States and leave no room for doubt that this is a Russian victory at America’s expense.
[Hung Hsiu-chu] said on a political talk show on Monday night that if she loses by a landslide in the Jan. 16 election “it would not look good for [KMT Chairman] Eric Chu (朱立倫) either.” [emphasis added]
“If you are doomed to lose whatever you do, you might as well let your freak flag fly.”
Sure, nominating kookspoliticians of dubious electability might feel good if they promote views hardcore elements of the party strongly adhere to. But as I see it, the problem with "letting your freak flag fly" is two-fold:
First, nominating radicals poses the danger of splitting a political party -- something we're already hearing murmurs of in both Britain and Taiwan.
And second, in doing so, a political party sends the electorate the message that the party in question is fundamentally unserious and not to be trusted near the levers of power.
Not being either a British Laborite or a Chinese Ultranationalist, I'm entirely comfortable with both of those consequences.
“I want to make changes to the party I belong to,” Hung said with tears in her eyes on Saturday.
...there is no room (and no need) for Hung to step back, especially if her goal is to foil the growth of the local factions within the party, which could lead the KMT away from its “core [unificationist] values.” She has little to lose, too, except a KMT founded on expedient coalitions, and she is obviously willing to trade a big KMT for a smaller one with stronger faith. [Emphasis added]
"Then, Mao sent his Army to resist U.S. aggression and aid Korea to fight the Americans in the Korean War..." [Emphasis added]
If it's a Joe Hung column, one expects bizarre Sinofascist Big Lies, and Hung fails to disappoint:
"...rising China...may turn out to be the true caretaker of the United States to keep world peace." [Emphasis added]
Yeah sure, Comrade Historian. That could happen.
But only if Beijing can exercise enough self-control to abandon its belligerent threats against its neighbors and drop its illegitimate territorial claims against Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and India.
Oh, and resist the temptation to manufacture any NEW territorial claims...
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor William Hsu (徐弘庭) has threatened to take legal action against [about 400] netizens who posted vitriolic replies on Facebook after he [suggested Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had a special sexual relationship with another man].
...the Chinese travel agency organizing the tour demanded that the Taiwanese travel agency stop showing anti-Communist documentaries on tour buses carrying Chinese tourists, ... [and] it also demanded that Taiwanese guides refrain from expressing points of view different from their Chinese clients. [emphasis added]
Fortunately, the Taiwanese Tourist Bureau told the CCP to get bent. Whether it would respond similarly under a Hung Hsiu-chu administration however, is a question we will fortunately never have the misfortune of ever having to answer.
This strikes me as a little mean. KMT presidential contender Hung Hsiu-chu's religion is her religion, and if it brings her comfort during difficult times then I can't find it in myself to belittle her for it.
The mandarins of Taiwan's Kuomintang do like to go on about how Confucian agnosticism is the one and only true path to public policy decision-making. So I eagerly await to hear their sneers now that one of their own has abandoned their central article of faith.
“Read [the sutras], pray to a bodhisattva, but also be a bodhisattva,” Hung said. “In the face of Taiwan’s populism and hypocrisy, maybe I should also be a Vajrapani [warrior-attendant to the Buddha] that safeguards virtuous values.”
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu’s (洪秀柱) campaign team yesterday said that Hung would return to her normal schedule today, ending the “temporary break from daily campaign activities” she announced late on Wednesday night.
[But even] KMT spokesperson Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) mocked [her recent Buddhist-related Facebook] post, saying, without specifically referring to Hung, “[are we going to have] a union of religion and state now?”
Evidence her own party has stopped lampooning her behind her back, and does it now directly to her face.
When I first heard of Hung's bid, I regarded her warily. She wasn't one of the KMT's heavyweights - but then again, Bill Clinton wasn't a Democratic heavyweight back in '92. And, similar to Clinton, there was something admirable in her willingness to throw her hat into the ring against near-overwhelming odds.
But within a week or two, she astonished everyone by stating that she couldn't rightly say that the Republic of China actually existed.
A baffling admission, from one wishing to be president of that supposedly non-existent country!
Since then, her campaign has descended into a clown show - her 15% approval rating testifies to that. Apparently, a sharp tongue ≠ political smarts.
Look, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the KMT after the misrule of President Ma Ying-jeou. A competent Kuomintang candidate might have managed a close (but face-saving) loss. Who knows what a brilliant one might have done?
If there's any lesson in all of this, it's that competitive party primaries are indispensable for discovering who party nominees truly are. Because had Hung Hsiu-chu been tested in debate with other KMT presidential hopefuls, her gaffes would have been made and pounced upon.
And she would have been quickly winnowed from the field.