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Nov 25, 2010

A Secure Border a Country Makes

This story from Taiwan News shows Taiwan treating it's borders as if they were the borders of a country. Nothing here about getting Beijing's approval or help. Borders, language, and culture are considered to be minimal characteristics of a country. The native Taiwanese (85% of population) have a distinct language and culture apart from the Chinese. Treating Taiwan's border as something to be secured and making reciprocal visa-free agreements with other governments shows that the government of Taiwan is acting like the government of a country.

NIA, the gatekeeper of national borders

Following in footsteps of England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada, the European Union is reported to see the visa-free treatment for Taiwan clear its floor recently, a move commonly seen as a shot in the arm for substantial exchanges between Europe and Taiwan.

In response to growing demand from tourists to visa-waived countries and an array of problems following the exemption, including smuggling and human-trafficking, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has stepped up its efforts to cement the guard of national borders with a series of seminars, forums and staff training since its establishment on Jan. 2, 2007.

Click here to read the full story.


Jan 25, 2010

My Hail Mary Message to Sen. Nelson

On 12/23/2009, in the midst of taking my wife and children from Pflugerville over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother's house in Birmingham, AL we stopped in Tyler at a Subway to eat a late lunch (while tornado warnings were being broadcast). I had the impending Senate Obamacare vote on my mind being quite upset with what the Obamabots were doing up there in Harry Reid's twisted chamber. So I faxed Ben Nelson a simple message that I later revised a bit and faxed to the following (including Senator Nelson) the next day (Christmas Eve):

Sen. Michael F Bennet, Colorado DC Fax Number: 202-228-5036

Sen. Ben Nelson
, Nebraska, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9735

Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0908

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1371

Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0002

Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295

Sen. Jon Tester, Montana, DC Fax Number: 202-224-8594

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9750

Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2354

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1377

I named the MS Word doc file that I sent the efax from, Hail Mary.doc. Here is my Hail Mary message to Sen. Nelson:

The Honorable Senator Ben Nelson
720 Hart Senate Office Building

United States Senate

Washington,

DC 20510


Tel: 1-202-224-6551 | Fax: 1-202-228-0012

Dear Senator Nelson,


PLEASE, FOR YOUR OWN
POLITCAL SAKE, FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATION AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE SAKE OF THE
UNBORN,


VOTE AGAINST
THE HEALTHCARE BILL THIS WEEK.


IT WILL ONLY TAKE AWAY OUR
FREEDOM AND WILL DISTROY THE GOOD HEALTH CARE MOST AMERICANS CURRENTLY HAVE
ACCESS TO.


AMERICANS WILL
NOT FORGET WHEN THEY VOTE IN THE NOV 2010 GENERAL ELECTION. REPUBLICANS WILL
TAKE OVER THE U.S. SENATE AND HOUSE AS A RESULT!


A Concerned American Citizen,


Timothy E. Bradberry


P.S. Though I am sending this FAX independently of any other citizen, my views reflect those of most Americans according to scientific polling results (Rasmussen, etc.).


Well, Sen. Nelson didn't heed the warning and now he is paying the political price.


Click below to read John Fund's editorial, "Ben Nelson's Purgatory":

The Nebraska senator's health-care vote has killed him politically.


And here are a few more stories illustrative of the Senator's apparent political demise:

Nebraskans so disgusted with Ben Nelson they can’t even eat around him

The the "Cornhusker Kickback" termed the biggest blunder in modern history in this story:

Anatomy of Anger

And here is Sen. Nelson, the seller-out of the unborn, for 30 pieces of silver, so to speak:

Both parties must re-evaluate divisive health care reform

Oct 25, 2009

"Formosa Betrayed" - Coming to theaters near you (including in Austin) February 28, 2009

I have it on good authority that Formosa Betrayed will be shown in theaters in the Austin area beginning on February 28, 2009 (the 62nd anniversary of the 2-28 Incident in Taiwan). See press release below announcing Distribution.

1680 N. Vine St., Suite 906, Hollywood, CA 90028

| P: 323-465-8885 | F: 323-465-8886 |

info@formosathemovie.com | www.formosathemovie.com

For Immediate Release:

SCREEN MEDIA FILMS PICKS UP “FORMOSA BETRAYED” HOLLYWOOD, CA – October 23, 2009 – Screen Media Films has picked up worldwide rights to Formosa Betrayed, a political thriller set in the 1980s, which made its international debut at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Formosa Betrayed is the initial project for Formosa Films, a newly formed production company created by actor/writer/producer Will Tiao. Adam Kane (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Mercy) directs his feature debut.

Story is inspired by actual events. An FBI Agent investigates the murder of an Asian professor at a small college. Agent follows the fleeing killers to Taiwan, where he finds himself on a collision course with the FBI, the State Department, the Chinese Mafia, and the Government of the Republic of China.

James Van Der Beek plays the FBI Agent and Wendy Crewson plays a US diplomat in Taiwan. John Heard, Tzi Ma, Will Tiao, Leslie Hope, and Kenneth Tsang round out supporting cast.
Tiao, a former international economist with the Clinton and Bush Administrations, raised the funds for the $8 million project from private equity based on concept, and has nearly 300 investors in the project. Investment bank Berthel Fisher Financial Services provided completion funds.

Formosa Betrayed recently screened for Members of Congress in Washington DC, which was highly attended due to heightened interest in US-Taiwan-China relations. Film also recently won Best Picture and Best Actor for Van Der Beek at the San Diego Film Festival, and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.

In addition to Montreal, San Diego, Washington DC and Philadelphia, Formosa Betrayed has also screened at Hollywood Film Festival, New York Asian American Film Festival, DC APA Film Festival, and will be screening at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.

Formosa Betrayed is to be released in theaters in February 2010 in 15-20 North American cities.

Screen Media will rep worldwide rights and begin selling territories at the European Film Market in February 2010. Deal was brokered by Ben Weiss at Paradigm and Kevin Mills of Kaye & Mills LLP. In addition, Formosa Films and Berthel Fisher have announced the creation of a new $20 million fund, focused on television and film production. Formosa Films is already in prep on two film projects starting in Spring 2010 – JUVY, about juvenile delinquents, with Kane to direct and Tiao to produce, and THE DOORMAN about the underground goings-on of the Plaza Hotel, with Abel Ferrara to direct and Tiao to produce.

Contact:
Formosa Films
Evita Huang
info@formosathemovie.com
1680 Vine St., Suite 906
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 465-8885

October 8, 2009


Selected Formosa Betrayed Media Coverage


October 8, 2009

Variety – "’Moon’ Shines on Hollywood Festival"


October 8, 2009

Screen Daily – “HFF Announces Line-Up, Hollywood Movie Awards Nominees”

October 5, 2009

ABC Radio Australia – “New movies addresses Taiwan’s turbulent past”

October 1, 2009

Express Night Out – “Moving Pictures: Asian Pacific American Film Festival Offers Something for Everyone”

September 27, 2009

NBC San Diego – “Bang For Your Viewing Buck”

September 27, 2009

NBC San Diego – “Varsity Blues to Global Blues”