Thursday, April 22, 2010

This is not a parody

No shit: it's for extraordinary international leadership.


Sixth Annual CHLI Gala Dinner &
Leadership Awards
Ma Ying-jeou
President of Taiwan

Receives the
2010 CHLI Leadership in International Relations Award

Thursday, May 20, 2010
5:30 – 9:00 pm

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) will honor His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan, at its Sixth Annual CHLI Gala Dinner & Leadership Awards, held on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Each year, CHLI recognizes extraordinary leadership in the international arena through its Leadership in International Relations Award. This year, CHLI will be honoring Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, who will speak to the audience via telecast. At the same event, CHLI will present its Leadership in Public Service Award to U.S. Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana. The Featured Speaker at the dinner is U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley, Co-Chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

This event will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW in Washington, D.C. (Map) A Congressional Reception will take place from 5:30 - 7:15 pm in the Garden, followed by the dinner and awards program starting at 7:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.

To purchase tickets for this Gala Dinner, please visit the CHLI website at Tickets are $250. Corporate sponsorship is also available. Contact: CHLI Executive Director Octavio Hinojosa at (202) 347-8280 x301, or via email to

To find more information about CHLI, about the Gala Dinner, or about the Leadership Awards, please contact CHLI directly at (202) 347-8280.


Seriously, it does show how completely disconnected people in the US are from the reality of events in Taiwan (Ma is going to sell you guys out, DC, and he has basically ceased independent diplomacy on the island's behalf). Also, note that for the second time this year, President Ma of the ROC will be speaking via telecast to an audience in the US, this one made up of Congress persons. Think China will soil its linens over this one like the time Chen Shui-bian had the audacity to show up at the National Press Club in teleconference? Why am I even asking that question?
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Marc said...

I can perhaps understand why a Hispanic group MIGHT want to honor Ma, because of all the money Taiwan dumps into the coffers certain Central American nations. What I don't get is why a Hispanic org is honoring Pence, who is a hard-line anti-immigration neo-con Republican.

Anonymous said...

Can I request you get a better background image/color? It's not a good reflection of the blog's otherwise serious, insightful content.

les said...

Isn't it a little late for April Fool's gags? Please tell me this is a joke or that bribery was involved in the selection process.

Michael Turton said...

Anon, what's wrong with the color? Should I just go with flat black?

Hans said...

It has got to be one of the most outrageous news I've heard in a long time. Come to think about it, if the former Vice-Pres Lien could be invited to be a speaker in Berkeley on cross-strait, maybe this shouldn't come as such a shock.
I, and I'm sure a big portion of the Taiwanese, are getting very sick of the government "downgrading" its name to Chinese Taipei and so on. And now Ma is being awarded for his leadership?

Marc said...

"Should I just go with flat black?"

Maybe Anon is recommending something in a "blue" background...?

Thomas said...

Now now, maybe we are misinterpreting the honor. Ma is extraordinarily good at setting an example for two-faced, ineffective, sellouts everywhere.

Anonymous said...


The background image with the jagged edges just looks terrible. It's a repeating image, but it doesn't look like it was meant to repeat vertically and you get this very prominent unintentional looking border where the image repeats. The color isn't so great either.

You have plenty of photos; nothing wrong with a single color background.

I'd go with something like #EED if you wanted something a little off-white or otherwise I think a subdued yellow similar to #DD9 would work well with the green that's common in your photos/borders, though you would have to rework some of the other borders.

None of the Blogger themes are to your liking? With a prominent photo at the top and huge sidebars ;), it won't really look like anyone else's blog.