Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ni Hao, Lu Laoshi!!

Everybody give a big Palousitics "Howdy and Ni Hao" to PARDner Dr. Chris Lupke. Chris, as you may remember, is spending this year at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica and enjoying the "small-town atmosphere" in Taipei, Taiwan, a city with a metropolitan population of 6 million.

Of course, being 6,500 miles away for the next year is not stopping Chris from writing letters to the editor, having a Town Crier column, or calling on me to stop my "character assassination of long-standing members of the Pullman community, to apologize for his anti-social behavior, and learn to present his views in positive ways, regardless of what those views are, that would serve to restore dignity to the debate over Pullman’s community issues" on the Daily News website. The kind of dignity, I suppose, that Dr. Lupke "restored" with these comments in the March 31, 2005 issue of The Inlander.
And all that is what gets Chris Lempke, a member of the Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development (PARD) so wound up.

"They're ass——s," he says. "The standard they're setting is if you don't compete in the same way Wal-Mart does, you'll go out of business."
But my favorite quote from Chris was this from the Daily News website last week:
But you aren't going to intimidate me, Forbes. You can publicly call for me and PARD members to be "run out of town," as you have (verbatim quote), but I'm still here. I don't know who's army is going to help you run me out, because I'm not budging.
Run out of what town, exactly? Still where? Budging from where? Taipei? Looks like you're already WAY out of town. But please keep checking back for your daily dose of "lies and slander."

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Satanic Mechanic said...

Sorry this comment is late. Here is an interesting question for Chris since he is in Taiwan:
Do you believe Taiwan or the Republic of China is an independent nation or a renegade province of the People's Republic of China?

April E. Coggins said...

I'm curious to know if Chris Lupke is sending in letters to the editors of the Taipai newspapers equally contemptious of Chinese goods and the American retailers who sell the goods. Or is his contempt for Chineese products and their workers solely for American consumption?