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Friday, April 02, 2004
  Friday April 2 10:30 pm

Just when you think the Lien/Song team can't come up with any more idiotic ideas, they do. Now, apparently they want to count ONLY the votes cast for President Chen and Vice President Lu. Not only can't they keep the same tune, then they change their tune, it sounds more and more idiotic. Can anyone come up with a single good reason to ONLY count the Chen/Lu votes? It is becoming increasingly obvious to all that the Lien/Song team has no sense or moral or ethical foundation and that all they are doing is grasping at straws.

The High Court has given President Chen and Lien Chan five days to mutually work our arrangements for a recount. One of the main stumbling blocks regards which ballots to count. As mentioned above, the Lien/Song team don't want to count their own ballots, only the spoiled ballots and those cast for President Chen. Perhaps they are worring someone may uncover some cheating on their own behalf? Hmmm. One must wonder!

The Pan-Blue's are continuing to stretch this out so they can have more protests, but in fact, this is receiving increasingly less attention in the Taiwanese media as they see them as being increasingly irrelevant. They are threatening more protests, including on April 10th, then the Pan-Green plan on holding a belated victory celebration.

China once again claims that a Taiwanese independence bid would be disasterous for Asia.

``If Taiwan's independence ploy succeeds, it would have a disastrous effect on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and Asia Pacific,'' Li said. ``That's not what we want to see.''

The fact is that Taiwan is already independent and is governed by its people with a government chosen by the people. The big threat to Asia's stability is not only China's threats to Taiwan, but threats regarding the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (which are rightfully Taiwan's) as well as the South China Sea's Spratly Islands (which are rightfully Viet Nam's and the Philippines'.)

Taiwan is once again applying to become an associate member of the World Health Organization. China claims that Taiwan is not eligible, but this is another Beijing bald-faced lie. Yes, as Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it is not eligible for full membership. However, it most certainly IS eligible for associate membership, just as the Palestinian Authority, the Vatican City and the International Committee of the Red Cross are associate members. Fortunately, many in the United States see the justice of Taiwan's annual bid to join the WHO.

Another article.

An editorial asks a very poignant question. Are Lien and Song fit to be leaders?

Hah!!! Taiwan is planning on developing a missile program in order to make China think twice about a possible missile attack on Taiwan. The proposed missiles would be able to reach China. As Taiwan has space capability (Taiwan has sent two satellites into space), it certainly has the capability of making short and medium range missles.

The ChiCom mouthpiece is always worth a look, if only to see how rediculous and obvious their propoganda is. Notice how the word 'election' is in quotations!

And the middle electors have never been in such a quandary.

Actually, post election polls show that this is not true. They generally believe that President Chen won and resent the recent behavior by the Pan-Blue alliance. 
Thursday, April 01, 2004
  April 1 10:30 am

Wasn't in Taichung most of the day yesterday, hence no entry. I am going to start by showing my extreme bias in favor of the world's greatest sport, soccer. After the first match in the Asian First group stage, I was thinking this was going to be a complete exercise in futility for Taiwan's national team. Losing 8-0 to Palestine in Qatar is not a good way to start the qualifying campaign. However, yesterday's 1-0 loss to group favorites Uzbekistan is a great result. No, Taiwan will not go through to the next round, no one expected that. However, if Taiwan can grab a draw or a victory from the next four matches - home matches again Iraq and Palestine as well as road trips to Uzbekistan and Iraq - this would be a great victory for Taiwan's national team, which has actually made a bit of a rise in the world rankings.

The U.S. has just approved the sale of advanced radar equipment to Taiwan in order to provide early warning in case of a Chinese missile attack. Great news. This will also put the Pan-Blue alliance on the defensive in the Legislative Yuan. They can't be seen as blocking funding for this or they will hand the pan-Greens yet another weapon in the upcoming Legislative Yuan elections this December. I can't wait to see China's reaction to this one.

While Chen is satisfied to accept the results of any future recount, the Pan-Blue alliance, not satisfied with one, are now preparing another lawsuit to completely cancel the election and to hold a new one. Hmm... You lost... live with it. When you lose, you don't get to come back and play again. Gee, I wish the Red Sox could claim.... hey, game 7 was sooooo close, an extra inning home run. Let's play game seven again. I bet we could win a rematch. Yeah, as a BoSox fan, I would love that. It doesn't work that way Lien. Sore Losers.

Someone prepared an interview with Mr. Lien. I wish I can say that I wrote it, but here it is.

Interviewer: Hello Mr. Lien.
訪問者:連先生您好。
Lien Chan: It's Dr. Lien.
連戰:是連博士!
Interviewer: OK Doc. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
訪問者:OK,博士。你不介意我問您一些問題吧?
Lien Chan: Only if they're nice questions.
連戰:只要是好的問題我都不介意。
Interviewer: I'll try. What's the basis for your claim that the election was unfair?
訪問者:我會盡我所能的。針對您所提出的選舉無效一案,最基本的原因是什麼?
Lien Chan: I lost.
連戰:我輸了。
Interviewer: Anything else?
訪問者:還有其他的原因嗎?
Lien Chan: Well yes, the fake shooting inspired more voters to vote for Chen ShuiBian?
連戰:當然有,因為那假的槍擊事件使得很多選民都將票投給陳水扁。
Interviewer: How do you know it was fake?
訪問者:您怎麼知道那槍擊事件是假的?
Lien Chan: He got more votes.
連戰:因為他得到比較多的票。
Interviewer: More than what?
訪問者:怎麼個多法?
Lien Chan: More than me.
連戰:比我多。
Interviewer: But do you seriously think that someone would take the risk of shooting a bullet, at a moving car, through a glass window shield, hoping it would only go 10cm into the flesh, without killing the guy, and then escape?
訪問者:但是您真的相信有人會冒這麼大的風險,在這麼多人群裡,朝著一部正在移動的車子裡開槍,並且在子彈穿過了玻璃之後,希望不要殺死這個人,只要穿過這身體10公分就好,然後再逃跑?
Lien Chan: Yes. All Chinese people are good at shooting because they have 2 years military service.
連戰:是的,所有中國人對於射擊都很在行,因為他們都有經過兩年的軍事訓練。
Interviewer: I see (?). How about, if you had won the election, would you also have called the election unfair due to this shooting?
訪問者:這樣…那如果說,您今天贏了這場選舉,您還會堅持槍擊案件所引發的選舉不公嗎?
Lien Chan: Of course not!
連戰:當然不會!
Interviewer: Why not?
訪問者:為什麼?
Lien Chan: Because I would have won.
連戰:因為我贏了。
Interviewer: But you didn't. Do you agree with a recount of the votes?
訪問者:但是現實並不是如此。您同意重新驗票嗎?
Lien Chan: Only if I win.
連戰:只要是我贏,重新驗票不是問題。
Interviewer: So, if you don't win the recount, will you still insist the election was unfair?
訪問者:所以如果重新驗票的結果您仍然沒有贏,您還是會堅持選舉無效囉?
Lien Chan: Yes.
連戰:是的。
Interviewer: And if you win the recount?
訪問者:假說結果是您贏了呢?
Lien Chan: Well the election will have been fair then! Duh!
連戰:廢話!那選舉當然就是公平的啦!
Interviewer: Let's say there is another election and you lose again (for the third time). What then?
訪問者:恩。今天若您又加入第三次參選,仍然敗選,情況會如何?
Lien Chan: In that case it would have been an invalid election.
連戰:這樣的話,又將會是一次無效的選舉。
Interviewer: Why?
訪問者:為什麼?
Lien Chan: Because I'd have lost again.
連戰:因為我又會再輸一次!
Interviewer: How many more elections do you want to have?
訪問者:您還希望要有多少次的選舉?
Lien Chan: Only until I win.
連戰:直到我贏為止。
Interviewer: Do you still believe in Democracy Mr ... em, Dr. Lien?
訪問者:您還相信民主嗎,連先…ㄜ…連博士?
Lien Chan: Chinese people are not suitable for Democracy. The wrong person always wins.
連戰:民主這東西本來就不適合中國人,所以不應該贏的人總是贏。
Interviewer: Thank you for your time Dr Lien. I suppose you need to get going to the demonstrations now.
訪問者:連博士,謝謝您撥空做這場訪問。我相信您還要為遊行的事傷腦筋。
Lien Chan: Oh no. I have a golf game tomorrow morning, so I need my sleep.
連戰:噢!沒的事,我明早還要去打一場高爾夫球,所以我今天得早點休息。
Interviewer: Goodnight Dr Lien. Have a good golf game and I hope you win.
訪問者:晚安連博士,祝您有一場不錯的球賽…也希望您能夠贏得勝利。
Lien Chan: Oh yes, I'll win. Golf with my subordinates is much more fair than an election.
連戰:噢,我當然會贏。跟我的部屬打球比選舉要來的公平的多呢。

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. This is my chance to plug Forumosa, an online community of people who live in Taiwan or who love the island country.

I heard that more than a dozen noise complaints and fines have been issued against those continuing the protest at C.K.S. Memorial Hall. THey don't care that local students have mid-term exams and that they are continuing to disturb patients and medical workers atr nearby hospitals.

The Taipei City government has announced that long rallies will be temporarily banned after the permit for the ongoing rally at CKS Memorial Hall ends on Saturday. Let's see if they demostrators actually leave. That could be the next flash point to keep an eye on.

Lies of the past haunt the KMT.

The KMT continues its warnings if it doesn't get the recount it wants, there will be more protests, this time on April 10. What more do they want. THey have filed suit, President Chen has agreed with the recount and has filed documents in its support. Are they trying to blackmail the judiciary to order a recount? Some respect for the rule of law. So typical.

I regularly participate in a Chinese "Nationalist" forum. Some of the comments on here are in complete disdain of anything remotely resembling democracy.

From sjalesho:
I think separatists such as Lee Teng-hui, Annette Lu and Chen Shui-bian should be indicted for treason or subversion and losing all their rights, also be excluded from elections. They want to destroy the ROC. Destroying your own country seems to me the highest offensive a citizen can make. Does the ROC protects itself from being overthrown and destroyed? Why do the separatists get a free hand? Isn't this illegal? I'd rather have the ROC for another 100 years than the "Republic of Taiwan" within a few years time. Wanting to destroy your own country seems to me the highest offense a citizen can make.

There are others where that came from. Gotta go for now though. More later. 
  April 1 10:30 am

Wasn't in Taichung most of the day yesterday, hence no entry. I am going to start by showing my extreme bias in favor of the world's greatest sport, soccer. After the first match in the Asian First group stage, I was thinking this was going to be a complete exercise in futility for Taiwan's national team. Losing 8-0 to Palestine in Qatar is not a good way to start the qualifying campaign. However, yesterday's 1-0 loss to group favorites Uzbekistan is a great result. No, Taiwan will not go through to the next round, no one expected that. However, if Taiwan can grab a draw or a victory from the next four matches - home matches again Iraq and Palestine as well as road trips to Uzbekistan and Iraq - this would be a great victory for Taiwan's national team, which has actually made a bit of a rise in the world rankings.

The U.S. has just approved the sale of advanced radar equipment to Taiwan in order to provide early warning in case of a Chinese missile attack. Great news. This will also put the Pan-Blue alliance on the defensive in the Legislative Yuan. They can't be seen as blocking funding for this or they will hand the pan-Greens yet another weapon in the upcoming Legislative Yuan elections this December. I can't wait to see China's reaction to this one.

While Chen is satisfied to accept the results of any future recount, the Pan-Blue alliance, not satisfied with one, are now preparing another lawsuit to completely cancel the election and to hold a new one. Hmm... You lost... live with it. When you lose, you don't get to come back and play again. Gee, I wish the Red Sox could claim.... hey, game 7 was sooooo close, an extra inning home run. Let's play game seven again. I bet we could win a rematch. Yeah, as a BoSox fan, I would love that. It doesn't work that way Lien. Sore Losers.

Someone prepared an interview with Mr. Lien. I wish I can say that I wrote it, but here it is.

Interviewer: Hello Mr. Lien.
訪問者:連先生您好。
Lien Chan: It's Dr. Lien.
連戰:是連博士!
Interviewer: OK Doc. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
訪問者:OK,博士。你不介意我問您一些問題吧?
Lien Chan: Only if they're nice questions.
連戰:只要是好的問題我都不介意。
Interviewer: I'll try. What's the basis for your claim that the election was unfair?
訪問者:我會盡我所能的。針對您所提出的選舉無效一案,最基本的原因是什麼?
Lien Chan: I lost.
連戰:我輸了。
Interviewer: Anything else?
訪問者:還有其他的原因嗎?
Lien Chan: Well yes, the fake shooting inspired more voters to vote for Chen ShuiBian?
連戰:當然有,因為那假的槍擊事件使得很多選民都將票投給陳水扁。
Interviewer: How do you know it was fake?
訪問者:您怎麼知道那槍擊事件是假的?
Lien Chan: He got more votes.
連戰:因為他得到比較多的票。
Interviewer: More than what?
訪問者:怎麼個多法?
Lien Chan: More than me.
連戰:比我多。
Interviewer: But do you seriously think that someone would take the risk of shooting a bullet, at a moving car, through a glass window shield, hoping it would only go 10cm into the flesh, without killing the guy, and then escape?
訪問者:但是您真的相信有人會冒這麼大的風險,在這麼多人群裡,朝著一部正在移動的車子裡開槍,並且在子彈穿過了玻璃之後,希望不要殺死這個人,只要穿過這身體10公分就好,然後再逃跑?
Lien Chan: Yes. All Chinese people are good at shooting because they have 2 years military service.
連戰:是的,所有中國人對於射擊都很在行,因為他們都有經過兩年的軍事訓練。
Interviewer: I see (?). How about, if you had won the election, would you also have called the election unfair due to this shooting?
訪問者:這樣…那如果說,您今天贏了這場選舉,您還會堅持槍擊案件所引發的選舉不公嗎?
Lien Chan: Of course not!
連戰:當然不會!
Interviewer: Why not?
訪問者:為什麼?
Lien Chan: Because I would have won.
連戰:因為我贏了。
Interviewer: But you didn't. Do you agree with a recount of the votes?
訪問者:但是現實並不是如此。您同意重新驗票嗎?
Lien Chan: Only if I win.
連戰:只要是我贏,重新驗票不是問題。
Interviewer: So, if you don't win the recount, will you still insist the election was unfair?
訪問者:所以如果重新驗票的結果您仍然沒有贏,您還是會堅持選舉無效囉?
Lien Chan: Yes.
連戰:是的。
Interviewer: And if you win the recount?
訪問者:假說結果是您贏了呢?
Lien Chan: Well the election will have been fair then! Duh!
連戰:廢話!那選舉當然就是公平的啦!
Interviewer: Let's say there is another election and you lose again (for the third time). What then?
訪問者:恩。今天若您又加入第三次參選,仍然敗選,情況會如何?
Lien Chan: In that case it would have been an invalid election.
連戰:這樣的話,又將會是一次無效的選舉。
Interviewer: Why?
訪問者:為什麼?
Lien Chan: Because I'd have lost again.
連戰:因為我又會再輸一次!
Interviewer: How many more elections do you want to have?
訪問者:您還希望要有多少次的選舉?
Lien Chan: Only until I win.
連戰:直到我贏為止。
Interviewer: Do you still believe in Democracy Mr ... em, Dr. Lien?
訪問者:您還相信民主嗎,連先…ㄜ…連博士?
Lien Chan: Chinese people are not suitable for Democracy. The wrong person always wins.
連戰:民主這東西本來就不適合中國人,所以不應該贏的人總是贏。
Interviewer: Thank you for your time Dr Lien. I suppose you need to get going to the demonstrations now.
訪問者:連博士,謝謝您撥空做這場訪問。我相信您還要為遊行的事傷腦筋。
Lien Chan: Oh no. I have a golf game tomorrow morning, so I need my sleep.
連戰:噢!沒的事,我明早還要去打一場高爾夫球,所以我今天得早點休息。
Interviewer: Goodnight Dr Lien. Have a good golf game and I hope you win.
訪問者:晚安連博士,祝您有一場不錯的球賽…也希望您能夠贏得勝利。
Lien Chan: Oh yes, I'll win. Golf with my subordinates is much more fair than an election.
連戰:噢,我當然會贏。跟我的部屬打球比選舉要來的公平的多呢。

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. This is my chance to plug Forumosa, an online community of people who live in Taiwan or who love the island country.

I heard that more than a dozen noise complaints and fines have been issued against those continuing the protest at C.K.S. Memorial Hall. THey don't care that local students have mid-term exams and that they are continuing to disturb patients and medical workers atr nearby hospitals.

The Taipei City government has announced that long rallies will be temporarily banned after the permit for the ongoing rally at CKS Memorial Hall ends on Saturday. Let's see if they demostrators actually leave. That could be the next flash point to keep an eye on.

Lies of the past haunt the KMT.

The KMT continues its warnings if it doesn't get the recount it wants, there will be more protests, this time on April 10. What more do they want. THey have filed suit, President Chen has agreed with the recount and has filed documents in its support. Are they trying to blackmail the judiciary to order a recount? Some respect for the rule of law. So typical.

I regularly participate in a Chinese "Nationalist" forum. Some of the comments on here are in complete disdain of anything remotely resembling democracy.

From sjalesho:
I think separatists such as Lee Teng-hui, Annette Lu and Chen Shui-bian should be indicted for treason or subversion and losing all their rights, also be excluded from elections. They want to destroy the ROC. Destroying your own country seems to me the highest offensive a citizen can make. Does the ROC protects itself from being overthrown and destroyed? Why do the separatists get a free hand? Isn't this illegal? I'd rather have the ROC for another 100 years than the "Republic of Taiwan" within a few years time. Wanting to destroy your own country seems to me the highest offense a citizen can make.

There are others where that came from. Gotta go for now though. More later. 
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
  March 30 2:55 pm

Well, the opposition has finally filed an appeal of the election count. The High Court has assigned three judges to hear the case. However, it is possible that this could still take months. If the judges actually have the votes, how long to you think that will take? There is conflict in the reporting. Some say that the judges would actually do the counting, others say that the judiciary would supervize the recount and that they would recruit people to count the ballots as on election day. Only time will tell as to what the judges decide.

The KMT is still trying to get President Chen to issue a "State of Emergency" decree. There is no state of emergency, save for what the Pan-Blue caused with last weeks demonstrations and riots. Now, things are calmed down and a political solution following the rule of law can be arrived at.

Unfortunately, Dominica has established diplomatic ties with China after the Chinese bought their recognition with a $112 million dollar aid package. Frankly, Dominica should have held out for more. Eventually, Taiwan is going to have to assert its own identity. China, who for so long accused Taiwan of playing dollar diplomacy, is doing exactly what they accuse the Taiwanese of doing.

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu is in damage control mode concerning the Terrorist Chen poster that was used here in Taichung a few days prior to the election.

U.S. experts have arrived in Taiwan to help with investigators who are looking into the attempted assassination attempt of President Chen the day before the election.

Chou Yi, the legislator who led a truck into a police barricade on election night and said that people should storm the Presidential Office to unseat President Chen has been charged with treason. GREAT!!! This kind of behavior, especially from a legislator, is completely deplorable and he should be charged, and if applicable, convicted. He needs to spend a long time in prison. 
Monday, March 29, 2004
  Monday March 29 10:55 pm

Jackie Chan has become a political commentator. In Shanghai, he criticized Taiwan's election as being one that "people will talk about it for 100 years." He continued, "it was a shame. Not so good to look at. I was very upset and couldn't fall asleep." Well, it isn't your country, is it. It was the China loyalists that you seem to side with that made the situation here bad to begin with. You sleep in the ChiCom bed Mr. Chan. Don't expect this person loyal to Taiwan to watch your movies ever again!

Mayor Ma finally acted like a mayor rather than a KMT political hack in finally removing the protesters from one of Taipei's busiest streets and to C.K.S. Memorial Hall. Fitting that they should rally for the destrustion of democracy in Taiwan at a place designed to honor a man who denied it to the Taiwanese people for decades. THere were rumors that they would go to Chungshan Stadium, but there is a World Cup Qualifier between Taiwan and Uzbekistan there on Wednesday.

After a week of protest, Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidental office was completely trashed. Garbage everywhere. THey needed to use pressure cleaners in order to get the junk off the street! Disgusting!

As for the lawsuits that were mentioned over the weekend. THere have been numerous reports that the Lien-Song camp would file suit today, however, I have yet to be able to confirm whether or not that has actually occured.

Here is another instance of bad reporting.

A recount in Taiwan's hotly-disputed presidential election could happen within a day or two, after President Chen Shui-bian agreed at the weekend to his opponents' demand.

There is no way it will happen within a day or two. Once the judge orders it, people will have to be found to count more than 13,000 ballot boxes throughout the country. Local speculation is that this weekend is the earliest that such a count could be managed, but this coming weekend is an important holiday weekend for many people. It may be hard to find the tens of thousands of people to forgo Tomb Sweeping for an election recount, especially considering that teachers, who are generally expected to assume this kind of duty, are going to still be justifiably miffed at the way they have been denigrated by the Pan Blue camp during this entire controversy.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and Society Committee strongly condemned Lien and Song this weekend. They held a prayer meeting and added that "Lien has stirred up trouble because of hatred. If he has doubts about the election, he should make complaints through the law, not use crowds to put pressure on our democracy." Absolutely right. Although I am Catholic and not Presbyterian, I applaud them for speaking the truth on this matter.

The Pan Blue supporters have taken their propoganda campaign to California and Washington D.C. in the United States. No one cares anymore. Most Taiwanese are disappointed and upset at your antics. Public esteem of Lien and Song have plummeted over the past week according to both analysts and media polls.

Sadly, while Lien and Song continue to press for a recount, unlike President Chen, they have said nothing about acceptance of the results of such a recount. They want their cake and eat it too. I think President Chen is being INCREDIBLY gracious to agree to a recount and agree to accept its results when the losers in the election will make no such pledge. It is this kind of hypocritical behavior that is causing the Taiwanese public to lose respect for these formerly respected politicians.

An excellent editorial by the English language Taipei Times. Highly recommended reading!

 
Sunday, March 28, 2004
  Sunday, March 28 5:10pm

Well, I must say that the last 24 hours have surprised me. I was expecting some major problems. It seems that DPP supporters for the most part heeded the advice of DPP leaders and stayed home while the Pan-Blue supporters protested. There were minor outbreaks of violence yesterday, but nothing like what happened on Friday evening at the Central Election Commission.

Same thing early this morning when riot police moved the demostration from the Presidential Square to CKS Memorial Hall. There were many who had to be dragged away and there were some minor scuffles with police, but there seemed to be no major incidents. This is a refreshing change from Friday evening.

However, I just saw something very troubling on TV. One of the News channels was interviewing a nearby students expressing his concerns, as well as concerns held by many other students, concerning the noise of the protests. While he was being interviewed, three pan-Blue supporters physically assaulted the students. Police had to separate the Pan-Blue thugs from the innocent student.

Let us summarize the constituencies that the Pan-Blue alliance has alienated the past week.

1. Teachers. Pan-Blue accusations have offended teachers, as they are the ones who by in large run the election process. They are the workers at each of the more than 13,000 polling stations throughout the country. Teachers have expressed their anger at Pan-Blue charges that they didn't run the election as they should.

2. Riot Police. They haven't had a good night sleep in more than a week. They have had trucks rammed into barricades, eggs, paint, and other objects thrown at them. They have had sticks shoved in their faces, not to mention the occasional fist fight. All of this, and the past few days have seen miserable weather in Taipei City.

3. Students in the area of the demonstrations. Those who live on campus haven't been able to sleep for the past week. They took Technical School exams this weekend with the noise in the background. Students at schools like the Taipei Number 1 Girls High School and others have mid term exams this week. They may not be able to vote now, but four years hence, many of them will be able to vote. I wonder how many will vote Blue after this?

4. Nearby residents and those who regularly transit the area. Not being able to get a good night sleep for more than a week and the mess it is causing to local traffic is more than a mere nuissance to those who live in the area.

5. Doctors, nurses and patients at two local hospitals. Don't think I need to elaborate on this one.

Any more suggestions on constituencies that they have alienated? Email me if you have any ideas.

President Chen has agreed to a recount, something Lien and Song for some reason neglected to tell his supporters. Gee, I wonder why. The truth doesn't matter to these people, does it. He has also agreed to meet with Lien and Song on Monday.

Here, you will see that there is no evidence for the claim that the Pan-Blue led the polls by five to ten percent prior to the assassination attempt. In fact, it was split, with most well within the margin of error.

An editorial calling for relying on legal mechanisms to settle the dispute.

Well, hopefully things will continue to settle down. Now that Lien and Song have had their little rally, perhaps now they and their parties will stop stalling and actually put their words into action and make this recount happen and end this whole affair. However, after CHen is confirmed the winner in the recount, something tells me that the Lien-Song camp won't accept it. Stay tuned. This isn't over yet. 
Saturday, March 27, 2004
  Saturday March 27 10:30 pm

Well, we made it through the day without any major violence. I heard that there were some minor scuffles, but nothing compared to what happened last night.

I received this email from a friend of mine in Taipei. While the English is a bit choppy, I didn't edit it because I think it is important to let his voice be heard. The passion can definately be felt, even if the grammar is a bit off.

Whatever you r doing, please dont forget the glorious fruit

of Great Democracy we've been working on for so long time.


Everyone has the right to support or veto, which is the most powerful doctrine

of any Democratic country.


But please..

stay rational

away from impulses

hold the goal

avoid things we cannot take


Pray for Taiwan.


President Bush congratulated President Chen on his re-election victory today. As usual, CHina, acting like the petulant little child it often does, criticized the United States for this gesture.

"We are resolutely opposed to this US gesture, which is mistaken and constitutes an interference in Chinese internal affairs...," a foreign ministry statement said.

"There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is a part of it," said the statement posted on the ministry's website.


The Taiwanese government has basically been telling the Beijing government to stuff a sock in it. THis is none of their business. It is Taiwan's internal affair.

From the same article, Hong Kong political analyst sees obvious pitfalls in China's current "strategy."

Political analyst Joseph Cheng, from the City University of Hong Kong, said China appeared to be trying to discredit Chen.

"There is a certain tendency to continue to show support for the opposition and to try to discredit the Chen Shui-bian government. Now that the election is finished, you see them revert to this kind of tactics," he said.

"This is probably not wise because if China is counting on the United States to exert pressure on Chen Shui-bian and to ensure he will not take unilateral action to change the status quo, then it should not engage in this kind of meaningless polemic," he said.


The next thing is what happens next. Ma Ying Jiu, the KMT mayor of Taipei, promised that the protest would be over at 6PM and that everyone would be shuffled over to CKS Memorial Hall. As of an hour ago, there was still a pretty massive crowd at the Presidential Office. Now, he is apparently saying that by tommorow morning, the Presidential Square will be empty of protesters. WHen pigs fly I say.

Sadly, many students were taking national technical school entrance exams today. Imagine trying to take an exam with all of that disturbance. I also feel sorry for the students at Taipei Number 1 Girls' High School who had to prepare all last week for this week's mid-term exams with all of that racket. Something tells me that they will all have to deal with that this week as well.

President Chen was just speaking on national TV. He said, once again, that he has no objections to the recount. He invited Lien Chan to file the lawsuit. President Chen would then file a brief not contesting it, freeing up the judge to issue a quick order to conduct the recount.

There is the potential that things could settle down in the next 24 to 48 hours. Only time will tell. After a week of totally disregarding the rule of law and civilized society, one can hope that the losers in this election will calm down and realize that Taiwan is a democracy and that the rule of law reigns here, not the rule of a petulant mob. 
  Saturday March 27 10:30 am

Well, it was ugly yesterday, hopefully it won't be worse today. The weather is positively AWFUL in Taipei ity today. Hopefully that will keep many people at home.

I just saw on TV that many students in the area are fed up with the constant demostrations. Many students have exams today, and high school students in the area have mid-term exams this coming week. Numerous petitions are circulating to get the demostrations to end no later than ten each evening. Somehow, I don't think that is going to happen.

Also, from TV, Taipei mayor and KMT political hack Ma Yingjiu has said that todays parade and demonstration WILL end at 6PM. Something tells me that he won't have the heart to send the riot police against the protesters at 6PM. If he does, we could have a real mess on our hands. Damned if you do, damned if you don't if you are Ma Yingjiu. Upset your own party people if you send in the police like you should, upset the good residents of Taipei who made you mayor in the first place if you don't. I wonder how Lee Yingyuan would have handled the situation if he had somehow been able to beat Mayor Ma.

THis is a fairly decent article from The Australian.

But senior KMT spokesman Su Chi distanced his party from such comments, saying: "I think we should remain calm."

"Unless we are provoked into it I think we should do everything to avoid violence," h said.


What do you mean, "unless we are provoked." Were you provoked last night when your supporters stormed the Central Election Commission? The pan-Green side has been incredibly restrained. However, as a Pan-Green supporter myself, how much longer can you expect us to just sit and watch while you pan-Blue thugs try to steal the democracy that Taiwanese have worked so hard for.



Taiwan has responded to Beijing. This is none of your business "Communist China."

"Communist China has no reason to criticize our internal affairs. It is crudely interfering in our internal affairs," the policy-making Mainland Affairs Council said.

"We are doing our best to maintain cross-Strait stability and have not interfered in communist China's internal affairs. We hope communist China can fully respect our laws."



Rumors are flying about the Pan-Blue alliance wanting to stage a coup, either by getting support in the military or by getting support from Beijing. Honestly, do you think any Taiwanese will support you after this? The masses will rise up against you so fast that you might not have enough time to get on boats to China to escape.

Well, if the shit does hit the fan, my wife and I have discussed plans on how to try to stay safe. What happens today is going to in large part determine if in fact the shit may indeed hit that fan.

TAIWAN JIAYOU!
PAN-GREEN JIAYOU!
A-BIEN JIA YOU!
 
Friday, March 26, 2004
  Friday March 26 10:30pm

What I saw on TV this afternoon really scared the heck out of me. The Central Election Commission is required by law to certify who won the election. It is a duty that they are required by law to fulfill. Pan-Blue protesters were protesting this impending annoucement. Then fought with police for well over an hour. Many broke into the Central Election headquarters and began destroying computers and other equipment on the first floor of the building. It was a riot that was honestly and truly out of control. There was blood on several of the rioters as they got into scuffles with police. Eggs and other object were being thrown at will. A Mandarin language news channel used the words "egg wash" to describe what happened to the CEC building. With the KMT trying to get hundreds of thousands of people to Taipei tomorrow, I am VERY frightened as to what might happen. Click here to see an article in Chinese along with some pictures.

As further evidence to be frightened is a threat issued by a PFP legislator by the name of Chou I. He said that only a revolution can succeed in overthrowing President Chen's government. Great, you can't win a democratic election, so you need to stage a coup d'etat?

"We need to storm the fortifications," said Mr Chiu. He said demonstrators should ram through the police barricades in front of the presidential office. "You cannot conduct a revolution if you think about your public image. Only with open conflict will we be able to scare Chen Shui-bian."

The KMT seems to be beginning to realize that this militant approach is self-destructive.

KMT lawmakers with mostly locally Taiwanese constituencies argue the opposition alliance should seek a compromise with Mr Chen as soon as possible. "We will forever lose those voters who make up the majority of the Taiwanese people," said a KMT legislator, who asked not to be named. Political analysts said a serious power struggle was raging within the alliance and the KMT was held together only by a threat to expel any member who openly challenged the protest against Mr Chen.

THe only thing one wonders is whether or not it is too late. With hundreds converging on Taipei tomorrow, it won't take a lot for tensions, which are already at a fever pitch, to completely spill over into chaos.

Another thing to be concerned about is Beijing's reaction. Of course, this is Taiwan's internal affair, but those of us who live in Taiwan are used to the unjustified claims that Beijing has on this country. They have constantly said that if Taiwan was in a state of internal disorder, they would invade, to intervene "on behalf of the Taiwanese people," or some similiar nonsense. Well, that threat seems to be one step closer to fruition in the wake of today's protests.

" Taiwan compatriots are as close to us as flesh and blood," said the spokesman. "We will not sit back and look on unconcerned should the post-election situation in Taiwan get out of control, leading to social turmoil, endangering the lives and property of Taiwan compatriots and affecting stability across the Taiwan straits."

A thinly veiled threat to all 23 million people who live in the beautiful country of Taiwan. That should be a message to the pan-Blue nuts, STOP THIS!!! You are only giving China the excuse to do what they have wanted to for decades. Though, this would certainly draw the United States in because no one could argue that it would be due to Taiwanese "provocation."

I am finishing this blog with my daughter, who is celebrating her four-month birthday today, looking on. I hope I don't have to explain to her about a war that happened when she was just a baby.




 
  Friday March 26 2:30 pm

Now, the pan-Blue is really trying to do something that should be unacceptible in ANY democratic society. They are trying to pass through an amendment in the Legislative Yuan that would postpone any election if any candidate was injured within seven days prior to the election. The proposal is to make this provision RETROACTIVE to this election, meaning that if it is passed, there would be another election. If you can't win an election, then change the law AFTERWARD so you can have a new one. The love democracy? I think so, ONLY if they win.

The above situation is made in the English language Pan-Blue mouthpiece, but they somehow forget to mention the retroactivity provision. Surprise, surprise!

A Taiwan News piece questions the entire idea of a retroactive law, something which is barred in the United States by its Constitution.

A Pan Blue KINDERGARTEN director were encouraging his teachers to vote no on a CNN poll in which a question was asked, "Do you think the Taiwan election was fair or not.?"

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) told Huang of a kindergarten director in Taipei County who asked his teachers to take part in a poll on the CNN.com Web site and vote "No" to a question on whether the presidential election was fair.

Inexcusable behavior, especially as many of the teachers most likely have limited to no English skills.

The DPP insists on maintaining the rule of law while the KMT wants the president to declare a State of Emergency, so he can DICTATE a recount of the votes. There is no emergency here in Taiwan save for that the Pan-Blue camp is trying to instigate here in Taiwan.

Supporters of the opposition say that relying on legal processes are too slow and amount to a stalling tactic of President Chen's. They have demanded that President Chen activated an emergency decree so that a recount can take place immediately.

Meanwhile, though the Chen camp has agreed to the recount, the KMT blocks the legislation so they can still have an excuse to hold their rally tomorrow. Cynical, aren't they?!

The Pan-Green camp, maintaining the moral high ground, has urged its supporters not to interfere with tomorrow's Pan-Blue rally/

A Taiwan News editorial imploring Taiwanese to ignore Blue violence.

I was watching TV earlier and saw two disturbing scenes. One, a girl who was wearing green, was being accosted by Pan-Blue demonstrators. It is unclear if she was wearing green because she supported Chen, or more likely that green is the uniform color for students at the Taipei Number 1 Girl's High School. Typical Pan-Blue thuggery.

Another, people holding ROC flags (one of the symbols of Pan-Blue support) were caught on camera destroying a public bulletin board in Taipei City. Didn't catch a reason as to why.



 
  Friday March 26 9:10 am

The crowed at the illegal protest in Taipei seems to be getting smaller. I woke up about three hours ago and the crowd seemed a fraction of the size of Monday's. Furthermore, the local news media is paying little attention to them during the daytime hours, hinting that the media realizes that they are little more than a pathetic tool of the Pan-Blue alliance and realize that the real news is being played out elsewhere.

The Legislative Yuan will get together again today to hammer out details of a recount law. I expect the KMT to continue its delay tactics as I, and others according to a Chinese language email I got from a friend today (sorry, this blogger doesn't support Chinese characters), don't believe that the KMT and PFP really want s recount.

Also, to show that the international media doesn't really consider this a major story anymore, I have checked the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Australian, the Times of London, Tokyo's Asahi Newspaper's English language website all have nothing today, nothing at all.

Le Monde of Paris has an article, but as we can see from the article:

Pékin de notre correspondant

Their "correspondant" is reporting from Beijing! Regardless, it is a fairly balanced article. It tells that Lien believes it is an injustice:

L'opposition du Kouomintang (KMT) a opté pour une ligne dure dans sa mise en cause de la réélection de justesse - seulement 30 600 voix d'avance, samedi 20 mars, du président sortant Chen Shui-bian, chef du Parti démocrate progressiste (DPP, issu de la mouvance indépendantiste insulaire).

However, it also reports that CHen has agreed to a recount and proposed a revision of the election law before the Legislative Yuan.

M. Chen avait proposé que le Yuan législatif (Assemblée) révise la loi électorale afin de rendre possible un nouveau décompte à brève échéance dans l'hypothèse où l'écart des voix séparant deux candidats à la présidence est inférieur à 1 %. Cette révision, qui serait appliquée à titre rétroactif au scrutin du 20 mars, aurait permis de s'affranchir de la lourde procédure judiciaire existante au terme de laquelle la Haute Cour dispose d'un délai de six mois pour statuer sur une plainte.

It has been reported here in Taiwan that attendees get free food, something that has been seen on TV the past few days, along with talk that they get 500 New Taiwan dollars to be there and 1500 New Taiwan dollars to recruit people to be there. THis shows that while the KMT may be the world's richest party, they can't get anyone to support them anymore unless they pay them. The only think keeping this party on life support right now is the fact that they have pilfered so much money from the Taiwanese people over the decades.

If you are watching this on CNN, they continually refer to Taiwan's legislature as a Parliament and the members of the Parliament as either "government" or "opposition" lawmakers. As Taiwan's sytem is a Presidential System and NOT a Parliamentary system, this nomenclature is incorrect. Taiwan's legislative is officially known as the Legislative Yuan. The legislators should be referred to as "majority" and "minority" party legislators, as in the U.S. In fact, the President's party, the DPP along with its ally, the TSU are currently the minority party in the Legislative Yuan, while the Pan-Blue alliance of the KMT, the PFP and their tiny ally the New Party are the Majority in the Legislative Yuan.

One comment on another piece of news. The landing of several Chinese on what the Japanese call the Senkaku Islands, or the Diaoyu Islands here in Taiwan. Like to Taiwan, China has no legitimate claim to those islands. They are historically associated with Taiwan. As China's claim to Taiwan is garbage, so it it's claim to the Diaoyu Islands, which rightfully belong to Taiwan, NOT China and NOT Japan. 
Thursday, March 25, 2004
  Thursday March 25, 10:00 PM
The Hitler image has returned to the Pan-Blue rhetoric. Look at this picture taken from the demonstrations in Taipei. And people wonder why many people can't take them seriously. This link also has various other photos taken at the illegal rally in Taipei. It is worth a look.

Two comments on this CNN article.

One, at least report the margin correctly. It was 0.288 percent, NOT 0.1 percent.

Two, an exerpt from the article:

"The election in Taiwan region is a local election in China," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan told CNN earlier this week.

BS!!!! China has no authority here whatsoever. Have you ever heard of a free and fair election in China?!?!? YEah, what a joke.

I have more comments, but I shall save them for the morning. It is bedtime.

Wan'an!!! Taiwan JIA YOU!!!
 
  Thursday March 25 2:12 PM

I am piping mad at our mayor right now. The local Lien-Song campaign headquarters issued a flyer with the images of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. This is perhaps THE most distasteful ad I have ever seen. KMT officials are now defending this ad in the face of a DPP lawsuit.

Despite this criticism, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) officials yesterday continued to defend the campaign poster, describing the poster's inclusion of photographs of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda terror figurehead Osama bin Laden as "creative."

"We want people to know that Chen is dangerous, that his actions are those of terrorism," said Lin Poh-jung (林柏榕), convener of Hu's Taichung City KMT campaign headquarters.


Truly despicable.

The High Court just delt the Pan-Blue a legal blow. It seems that the Pan-Blue camp didn't follow the rules. How typical.

The Central Election Commission has made preparations for a recount. Once it is legal to do so, they will be ready to go. The only people blocking that now are the Pan-Blues.

Will the KMT make up their minds. First, they want President Chen to order an administrative recount. Now, they want a recount by the judiciary? Then, there is no more need for the protests in front of the Presidential Palace, right? Leave it for such logic to escape the Pan Blue.

If should be obvious to all what is happening here. THe Pan-Blue alliance doesn't want a democratic end to this. They don't want to recognize that the majority of the people didn't vote for them. They want to hold another election, and another, and another, until they win. To them, the only acceptable democracy in one in which THEY are the winners. 
  Thursday March 25 9:00

The illegal demonstrations in Taipei are now in the 106th hour.

How seems like a good time to summarize the demands of the Pan-Blue and point out their inconsistencies with their actions.

The Pan-Blue say that they want a recount. Fine, given the margin of victory, a recount in certainly justified. However, under current Election Law (passed by the KMT), there is no provision for a recount. THey say that they want President CHen to order an administrative, something that is not within his authority. Even if he wanted to overstep his authority in this area, he can't because the ballot boxes are all in the custody of the judiciary and have been sealed. Why is this? Because the Pan-Blue filed a lawsuit in the High Court. The Pan-Blue won't withdraw the lawsuit, so as this continues, the Executive (Chen) doesn't even have access to the ballots because they are in the possession of the judiciary. Furthermore, when the Pan-Greens propose an amendment to the Election Law in the LEgislative Yuan, the Pan-Blues start a fight. Dear me. Does this sound like a party that REALLY wants a recount?!?!?

I have engaged in a conversation the past couple of days with someone who claims to be an American who has lived in Taiwan for 17 years. Either he is an American who has been completely brainwashed by the KMT, or he is really a KMT supporter or agent. I don't normally like to paste negative comments from emails, but this guy is just to rediculous.

I see you have been severly brainwashed by the thugs behind the DPP. I
feel
sorry for you. Lien I agree is not a good man also but Chen Shui-Bian
is
going to only turn Taiwan into another Zimbabwe. Chen is a Racist. and
I
hate Racists, my wife hates racists. I would much rather have a thug
for a
president than a racist.

End of argument. You are doomed with your brainwashed mind.


For those who don't know who Mugabe is, he is the President of Zimbabwe who took the land away from whites a couple of years back. Comparing Chen to Mugabe is sick. Chen believes that we all have equal rights, unlike Mugabe. Only ignorance can lead someone to come up with this conclusion.

Why does Chen not allow 200,000 police and military vote? Why does he
not
allow a recount? Chen is stealing Taiwan from one group of people (the
people that disagree with him) and giving it to his group of people....
That is dictator to me.....


This one has been completely debunked. It was only about 13,000 who couldn't vote, and that was due to rules passed by the Pan-Blue controlled Legislative Yuan.

The KMT has no freedom, it is up against a dictator madman that doesn't
even
salute his own flag. They are up against an administration that wants
to
erase history, deny they are the Republic of China. If Taiwan is not
The
Republic of China how did they occupy the China seat in the UN for over
20
years. Typical dictator move is try to erase history and brainwash
people to
thinking they are like him.


If the KMT has no freedom, why do they (along with the PFP) hold a majority in the LEgislative Yuan? THat is amazing for a party with no freedom? Why are the mayors of the largest and third largest cities in the country (Ma Yingjiu and Hu Zhiqiang respectively) members of the KMT. Silly and absurd, that is what this is. As for erasing history, it is the KMT who tried to erase much of Taiwan's history and identity during decades of martial law. Those were the good old days where the KMT used the public schools for their brainwashing of the Taiwanese people.

Mass riots are the only way to fight a dictator, it ended the Chaing
dynasty
dictatorship, it ended Marcos's false democracy dictatorship, It ended
the
east bloc dictatorships. IT WILL END THE CHEN DICTATORSHIP.


First, a comparison to Mugabe, then a comparison to Marcos. Wow! This guy has a few loose screws. Then a comparison to the East Bloc. Does this guy know history? Obviously not if he is comparing CHen to these guys. If anyone deserves that comparison, it is the KMT after their decades of martial law and dictatorial rule over Taiwan.

What is your meaning behind "most Americans support Chen"? Is that
supposed
to mean something? Chen is a dictator...The Robert Mugabe of Asia! If
he is
allowed 4 more years Taiwan will stagnate, Taiwan will become China's
little
pet Cuba!


Another comparison to Mugabe. Comparing Taiwan to Cuba is absurd. In the case of Cuba, the Cuban government illegally seized land owned by Americans and American companies. Cuba is poor and Communist. Taiwan is free and wealthy. China is dependant on Taiwanese for foreign investment. In fact, Taiwanese investors are China's largest source of foreign investment. If China decides to chill relations between the two countries, those investors can go to countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and the Thailand. In fact, that would be preferable as those countries are democracies and, especially in the case of Indonesia, are rich in natural resources.

He claims his name is Trace Gomez . If you do send him an email, be polite. We don't want to be guilty of feeding his paranoia about the Pan-Green and its supporters.

There is another weblog out there, posting a bunch of garbage. Enjoy. BTW, I have posted some responses under my real name, perhaps a mistake. I will use my online name from now on - Ludahai. 
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
  Wednesday March 24 9:20 pm
Not much new in the way of news. However, I have a few things that I have learned this evening.

Regarding the referenda. The KMT legislature passed the referenda law in a way that it was doomed to failure. The refernda ballots were separate from the presidential ballot. Furthermore, if someone forgot to vote in the referenda, and then realized it after leaving the voting area, they were not permitted to re-enter to cast their ballot, this despite the check-in tables for the presidential and referenda ballots were separate and distinct. Furthermore, when the KMT pushed for the boycott, they eliminated somewhat one of the hallmarks of most democracies, the secret ballot. If you saw someone going to vote in the referenda, you know they probably voted for Chen. If they ignored it, they likely voted for Lien. In this underhanded manner, they undercut the most sacred reason for the private ballot. If the referenda were on the same ballot as the presidential race, people could have boycotted the referenda, yet those who voted it could have maintained secrecy in their preferences. SHAME ON THE KMT.

Another comment with the referenda. One of my student's parents purposefully hid her referenda notification form from her. Fortunately, the notification was not necessary to vote in the referenda, however, this shows the lack of honesty among those in the pan-Blue. By hook or by crook, whatever it takes to win, that is the motto of the Pan-Blue.

A comment concerning the controversy over the spoiled ballots. It was confirmed to me this evening that indeed new standards were used in identifying spoiled ballots and that the standards were indeed more stringent in the past. Who passed the new rules? The Pan-Blue controlled Legislative Yuan, of course. They make a new rule, then they want to blast the enforcement of that rule. So typical. 
  Wednesday, March 24 2:45 pm

Well, the demonstrations continue. I have just gone through some of the morning papers. Two of them have a picture of KMT legislative whip Liao Feng-te with his hands around elderly DPP legislator Lin Feng-hsi during yesterday's fight that was started by the KMT and PFP in the LEgislative Yuan.

I want to focus on international coverage for a few minutes. It has been quite awful. This Blog is both more complete and more accurate than anything I have seen in the international media.

From an Italian Newssource:

The Xinhua news agency says that China” is carefully following all developments” and that the “country-dividing” referendum failed to receive a minimum number of votes. Some articles pointed out that the international community has cast doubts on election results and is against Taiwan’s independence.

In internet chat-rooms harsh criticism has been directed at Chen Shuibian and his separatist policies. “Everyone knows he rigged elections,” said one on-line chatter. “We should give up on the dream of peaceful reunification and begin preparing ourselves for a military strike,” urged another. (MR)


http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=525

WHat "country dividing" referndum? Taiwan is not a part of China. Of course, this Italian source seems too cowardly to point that out. Apparently the banter of Chinese chatters is also newsworthy? Of course, nothing from the majority of Taiwanese voters who voted for President Chen. I guess the winners just don't make news.

From an AFP article:

Chen's victory by less than 30,000 votes has triggered protests and a stock market slump of nearly 10 percent on the island off southeast China. The opposition has filed a lawsuit demanding a recount and the High Court has ordered the 13,700 ballot boxes to be sealed in case.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040323/wl_asia_afp/taiwan_vote_040323143612

Ummm, excuse me? It isn't the Chen victory that led to the plunge in the stock market, but rather the continuing protests and rallies, not to mention the violence of Pan-Blue supporters on Saturday night. Of course, one can expect the French to get the information wrong, so that is no surprise.

From CNN:

The major opposition Nationalist party met Wednesday to press their case for an immediate recount of the vote, won by incumbent President Chen Shui-bian.

The Nationalists want Chen to use an emergency decree to trigger a recount of the vote, which Chen won by a margin of 30,000 votes or just 0.01 percent of the ballot.

But Chen's ruling Democratic Progressive Party would prefer to pass a bill amending the election law to allow for a recount, a process that could begin as early as Thursday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/03/23/taiwan.recount/index.html

Of course, no mention that the president has no authority to call for a recount on his own authority as well as no mention of the fight started in the Legislative Yuan when the DPP proposed a law that would make a recount legal without having to go through six or more months of litigation.

Another AFP story:

The opposition blames its defeat on a high number of spoiled ballots, a series of voting irregularities and what it claims was 200,000 military and police being barred from voting because of a higher state of alert prompted by the shooting.

Chen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) denied the charges and blamed the 337,000 invalid votes -- about three times higher than during elections in 1996 and 2000 -- on a group of activists encouraging voters to cast a million spoiled ballots in a protest over the dirty campaign.


http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040324/ts_afp/taiwan_vote_040324035017


Of course, they don't tell you than in reality, only about 13,000 soldiers didn't get to vote, and that because of laws passed by the KMT.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2004/03/24/2003107518

They got half of the story on the spoiled ballots correct. Another reason for the high number of spoiled ballots was the new rules passed by the KMT-controlled Legislative Yuan.

Lee Tseng-tsai, secretary-general of the Kinmen County Election Commission, said he believes that the high ratio mainly resulted from a revision to the President and Vice President Election and Recall Law that was passed by the Legislative Yuan last October.

According to the new provision, a vote is valid if the stamp is made in a box above the photo of the candidate. In the past, a ballot was valid if the stamp was made over the candidate's name or his or her ballot number.


http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2004/03/24/2003107527

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/24/international/asia/24TAIW.html

The above linked NY Times article makes an interesting point that the KMT seems to have lost wind of. The judiciary has control of the ballots, making it impossible for President Chen to order a recount, even IF he wanted to go beyond his authority to order one.

A CBC article:

The president's Democratic Progressive party wants to pass a bill that would amend the law to trigger a recount when a candidate wins by less than one per cent of the vote. The governing party said the law could be applied retroactively to Saturday's election.

The opposition has yet to accept the proposal but discussions are continuing.


Why not mention that the Pan-Blue alliance started a fight with it was proposed before the Legislative Yuan? The KMT does not want this law. They want to declare this who election null and void.

The reality of the situation here is this.

The Pan-Blue camp clearly does NOT want a recount. They want the who election cancelled and to have another in its place. They don't have a good reason for it, so they stick to their rediculous assertion that the assassination attempt was staged. They have nothing to stand on. As time drags on, the moderate masses in Taiwan continue to see how rediculous this exercise is and the peril that it is putting the country in. Some Pan-Blue officials are already beginning to see the danger here. However, the leaders of the Pan-Blue movement are currently berift of all of their senses (if they had any in the first place) and are currently plunging their respective parties into ruin. If they in fact do destroy their political parties in this course of events, I have one thing to say to you. You won't be missed!

 
  Wednesday, March 24 9:45 am

Well, the illegal demonstration continues into the 76th hour. I have received several emails from friends in Taipei telling me how disgusted they are with the situation. Some of them tell me how they are disgusted with the Pan-Blue antics.

From one email sent to me:

Democracy shouldn't like this ( all Pan Blue do after losing election).

I'm gratified that my first vote wasn't wasted.

I hope sincerely that our president can recover his health

and Pan Blue could stop those silly,stoupid......whatever
"protestation"


From another:

this really piss me off!

chaos in Taipei has been continuing , i think you know it from TV and news.

some of my friends who go to the schools near presidential office complained that the whole area is in a mess, and

that they cannot even enter their school from the front door!

i expected the demonstrations died down soon two days ago, but now i just cant measure my angry!


I, of course, will not identify who they are except that they are Taiwanese who reside and study in Taipei City.

I had another conversation with my friend who is a teacher and a poll worker last night. She made two VERY important comments to me that I will share with my readers.

1. The Teachers Union is VERY upset with the allegations made by the Pan-Blue camp. The vast majority of the poll workers are teachers who are literally conscripted to do the task, meaning some of them don't get to go to the polls. THey are angry, and rightfully so, that their honesty and ability to count the votes has been so denigrated. If I were a teacher, I would certainly think twice before I ever voted for the Pan-Blue again.

2. It would be NEARLY impossible to cheat in the election and the KMT has offered no evidence or even theories as to how this was done, except for the patently absurd allegation that they staged the assassination attempt. Three witnesses are required before the ballot box is sealed in the morning to ensure that it is in fact empty. Anyone who wants to be there at 4PM when the ballot box is opened can be there. Each ballot is open to public scrutiny when it is pulled out of the box and the vote count in each of the 13,000 plus precincts is absolutely 100% public.

I saw a report on TV that said that a recount could now be held on Saturday at the earliest. Actually, President Chen has agreed to a recount and sent members of his party to the Legislative Yuan yesterday to propose such a measure. THe Pan-Blues started a fight. They are delaying this because they want an excuse to hold a rally on Saturday.

Another piece includes the allegation that 200,000 military personnel weren't allowed to vote. The Ministry of National Defense says only 13,000 weren't allowed to vote, pretty normal considering the constant tensions with China. Again, yet another pan-Blue distortion.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/03/23/2003107379

Let me provide some definitions for those not familiar with Taiwan politics.

Pan-Green: Parties that support Taiwan's continued independence and forging a national identity for the Taiwanese people. There are two parties in the Pan-Green alliance. The DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) is the leading party and is Chen Shuibien's party. They grew out of the "Dangwai" (Outside the Party) movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s during the last decade or so of martial law. The other is the TSU (Taiwan Solidarity Union). It was created by former President Lee Tunghui after he resigned as leader of the KMT.

Pan-Blue: Parties that still cling to the identity as Chinese. There are three parties in this alliance. The KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) is the party that subjugated the people of Taiwan for decades. Among their crimes against the Taiwanese people is the massacre of some 28,000 people in 1947 and decades of "White Terror". This is the party of Lien Chan. The second is the PFP (People's First Party). This party was founded by James Soong (Song Chuyu) following his independent bid for the presidency in 2000. He agreed to run as Lien's vice-presidential candidate despite his getting twice the number of votes that Lien Chan received in the last election. The third is the NP (New Party). This party is now pretty insignificant in the Taiwanese political landscape. THey advocate immediate unification with China. THey have fallen from 24 seats in the LEgislative Yuan in 1995 to merely one today.

Hopefully this will give the reader a casual understanding of Taiwanese politics today. Keep in mind that because Taiwan's is a Presidential system, it is possible for the other camp to be in control of the legislative branch (properly called the Legislative Yuan - NOT Parliament). In this case, the pan-Blue camp does indeed control the Legislative Yuan. 
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
  Tuesday March 23 5:10pm

Not a whole lot to add here except that I have heard that a report in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said that China's People's Liberation Army (sic) had been ordered to combat alert and that they should be ready to attack Taiwan is the situation worsens. I can't confirm this as I don't subscribe to the newspaper, but if true, is further warning that the actions of the Pan-Blue alliance is putting all 23 million people of Taiwan in peril.

If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to email me at ludahai@yahoo.com. I will try to respond to any questions on this blog that are asked. 
  Tuesday, March 23 1:35 pm

More political developments here in Taiwan. The DPP (President Chen's party) proposed an amendment to the election law (written entirely by the KMT) that would allow for an automatic recount in any election where the margin of victory was less than one percent. A perfectly reasonable amendment. The KMT/PFP reaction to this? The Pan-Blue members of the Legislative Yuan started a fist fight when the amendment was proposed before the legislative body.

More Pan-Blue atrocities. They have brought back the infamous flyer from last week with the pictures of bin Laden, 9/11, and Hussein. THey have changed the message, but the quote from the terrorist and dictator are the same. This is intolerable. How can a party responsible for this kind of ad be expected to be trusted with leadership.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/photo/2004/03/23/2003114861

The Chinese language Liberty Times has a picture of a car smashed by Pan-Blue protesters, another of a girl having to negotiate barriers put in place because of the protesters in order to get to school, and yet another of the traffic snarl caused by the protest.

A TV news report this morning said that it would be Thursday at the earliest that any possible decision on a recount could be made.

Lien has demanded that President Chen order a recount. He doesn't have the authority to do that. The KMT wrote the election law. Why am I not surprised that they have no desire to abide by it and further, begin a fight when a perfectly reasonable amendment to that law (which would have prevented this who fiasco were it in place a week ago) has been made by the DPP.

The Pan-Blue are planning a rally and parade in Taipei on Saturday. THey say that they will plan the route so that it won't disturb students taking exams on Saturday. However, where is the consideration for students in the schools near the protest who are preparing for those exams? There is none of course. Furthermore, due to very legitimate fears of violence, schools in the protest zone are reporting two to four times as many absentees as usual.

With every passing day, the KMT only shows themselves to be the thugs that open-minded people in Taiwan already knew that they were. We should all thank them for showing the entire country their modus operendi so that in the future (beginning with this December's legislative elections), the people of Taiwan will realize that the DPP and the TSU (the Taiwanese Solidarity Union) are the true home and future for Taiwan and all those who love this country. 
  Tuesday, March 23 10:25 am

Not much has changed since my last entry. Demonstrations still going on in Taipei and things seem pretty peaceful, in stark contrast to the weekend.

The KMT has listed nine reasons that there should be a recount. I will comment on each one.


1. Polling station No. 772 in Chingtao Borough of Hsiaokang District erroneously reported 968 ballots that voted for Lien as for Chen, and 428 ballots that voted for Chen as for Lien. The pan-blue camp claims it has complained to the city's election commission but has received no response.

I have heard this claim, but as of yet, they have not provided any evidence. Why wasn't this complained about at the time. All counting is done in the open. Every ballot is held up to public scrutiny. The count is also done publically, and is held to public scrutiny.


2. At polling station No. 408 in An-sheng Borough in Kaohsiung City's Sanmin District, three people discovered that someone had taken out ballots in their names. They were issued new ballots but the earlier three ballots were unaccounted for.

They should not have been given new ballots. Is this enough to call for a whole new election?!? How would this affect a recount?


3. At a polling station in an elementary school in Kaohsiung's Tsoying Township, a ballot that voted for Lien was mistakenly reported as for Chen. The mistake was corrected after objections from two local councilors.

Right, the mistake was corrected. This is one of the reasons that the process is so open in the first place. No reason for complaing here.


4. At a polling station in Kuanghua Borough, in Kaohsiung City's Kushan District, the presidential and referendum ballots were counted simultaneously, in violation of the electoral rules.

A violation of rules, yes. Does it affect the outcome, absolutely not.


5. At a polling station in Minhsiao Borough in Kaohsiung City's Chienchen District, a voter used fingerprints in lieu of a seal but the polling station administrator and ballot monitor did not sign their names.

According to a friend of mine who is a poll worker, this is perfectly legal. Again, no reason for complaint.

6. A voter in Tsoying claims that ballots bearing seals next to the number "2" -- instead of the square above "2" reserved for seals as required -- was counted as invalid while ballots marked in the same way for number "1" were counted as valid.

Why didn't this voter complain at the time. This is the reason that this is an open process.

7. Polling stations No. 332 in Kaohsiung City and No. 837 in Kaohsiung County counted the presidential and referendum votes simultaneously, in violation of the rules.

As in number 4, shouldn't have been done, but has absolutely no bearing on the ultimate outcome of the election.

8. Polling station No. 837 in Kaohsiung County counted more than 100 invalid ballots.

Once again, did anyone complain at the time?

9. The pan-blue camp claims it has heard that the President Chen, Vice President Lu and close colleagues frequently held secret meetings at a monastery in Nantou County. It also claims that followers from that monastery had told them that Chen was planning to create a shooting incident on March 19 to boost his election chances.

Again, no evidence and just more evidence that the Pan-Blue is reaching and can't accept losing. In the highly unlikely event that this is true, it wouldn't show in a recount. Impeachment, perhaps, but this wouldn't matter ina recount.

If this is the best that the KMT can come up with, I would be VERY surprised if the High Court orders a recount. This is a testament to how open Taiwan's election is and the fact that each and every step if public and open to scrutiny.

Kudos to Taiwan. Perhaps the U.S. can learn from the transparency in the Taiwanese electoral system.

Perhaps the KMT can just go back to vote buying.

The KMT action is now affecting Taiwan's economy. THe stock market fell 455 points (6.67%) yesterday and has fallen another 250 some-odd points this morning. THis is mostly if not entirely due to the political situation. Stock markets throughout Asia and the Europe and North America followed suit. People were speculating that the DPP would be bad for the economy, but we now know the true colors of the Pan-Blue camp. THey don't care about Taiwan's economy. THey just care about getting their hands on the grips of power again. Something tells me that if they had gotten it, they would have found a way to not give it up again.
 
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