Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
But when I first saw this picture, I noticed something wrong. First, the Missal appears to be at the Gospel side of the Altar and the Chalice in the middle, i.e., the Altar is set-up for an ad orientem celebration of the Mass, which is not typical of the average Novus Ordo Mass.
Next, the altar is an abbey, i.e., in a monastic setting, which traditionally had very austere settings for worship as illustrated by sanctuary of the aforementioned abbey.
I dunno, perhaps she could find another picture out there since this altar is certainly not a good example of "cold emptiness in worship" that she alledges.
For our country, I propose the term "AIWAC" or "any idiot with a cellphone". AIWACs are very active in "texting" (pardon the technical terms, hehehe) radio stations sharing their idiocy and ignorance for the public to know, if the public is smart enough to know them. The thing is, when it is aired on TV or radio, the idiocy is turned to something credible and grave. I understand that the volume of SMS messages that inundate radio stations would be impossible to sort for things that are totally idiotic. But in a way, I am heartened and relieved to believe, despite the current lack of numeric evidence apart from the anecdotal one, that most radio listeners are idiots and those that share and applaud the media's way of think are also idiots.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Having the chance to compare the news coverage between DZBB and DZMM is really worth something. Everyone should have the chance. For one, one would be able to notice DZMM's [especially of Ted Failon's] condescending tone, prejudging the hostage-taker and even the cops, who understandably, got the details of the case wrong initially. But Failon and Sanchez smirk at this, suggesting incompetence of the part of the cops, who just happened not to share in Failon and Sachez's omniscience. I would pay to see Failon's face when he was reminded by Ducat of his insolent, mocking tone when he interviewed him in a previous occasion. Sta. Cruz, meanwhile, knows Ducat personally and gives us a good background of the guy. He says he's no weirdo [though I plainly disagree with this] and that he's actually a wealthy guy predisposed to helping the poor folks at Tondo.
It is no wonder then that DZBB's slogan is "Walang kinkampihan. Walang kinikilingan. Serbisyong totoo lang." Roughly translated as "Not taking sides. Without favoritism. True Service Only," which is somewhat an innuendo against DZMM's obvious bent towards their own pet prejudices.
This case reminds me how, back in school, when we had discussions of the wrongness of "the end justifies the means" or "doing evil that good might arise", we would be amused by the fact that men have always done so without realizing the gravity of their actions. Then we look at the real world and be awed by the fact that we have learned nothing.
In many ways, Mr. Ducat is no different from Fr. Panlilio. Both have taken to despair and have decided to justify their decisions for the good they hope to obtain. I'm not challenging their aspirations, but their means are certainly objectionable.
In Mr. Ducat's case, it is objectionable for the obvious reasons. In Fr. Panlilio's case, the objection comes in his "casting pearls [his priesthood] before swine" [in its literal rather than idiomatic sense]. It tells a lot about the man who might actually believe that "saving the province of Pampanga from supposedly corrupt people is a greater good than having the faculties to actually summon God upon the altar.
Anyway, it appears that Mr. Ducat is a wealthy guy who owns several businesses, at least according to Rene Sta. Cruz of DZBB. And Senator Revilla is supposedly his kumpare. Weird...
Anyway, in another station, it is revealed that hostager-taker Jun Ducat is a known personality who has repeatedly ran for government office but failed to win. Senator Revilla happens to know the guy too.
Victims are 25 or so young kindergarten kids who are held hostage in a tourist bus by, believe it or not, their own teachers.
Ring leader, in tearful words, is demanding that the kids be given free education until college. He'll surrender after that.
The weirdness of it all...
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread." He said in reply, "It is written: 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you and 'with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'" Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me." At this, Jesus said to him, "Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Gloria Arroyo = Friend and ally of George W. Bush
Gloria Arroyo = Evil, bad, abuser of human rights, and all around villain like George Bush, yada, yada, yada...
Isn't the Lefty mind, especially the European one, very logical? So logical!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Although, I doubt Senator Madrigal is another lefty. I think she's just there for the political mileage.
First, a Democrat-dominated [read Lefty] US Senate committee investigated so-called extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.
Second, a Duth group calling itself the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal found the Arroyo adminstration "guilty" for extra-judicial killings. And "People's [insert word here]" is a red flag for a Lefty group.
Hmmm... Would any outsider ever consider the possibility that many of those who pushed for the "investigations" and testified in those tribunals are [surprise, surprise!] Lefties? I wouldn't would you?
Friday, March 23, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
These guys love reporting "corruption" in the government. I for one would be more suspicious of corruption in media (Let's have their bank accounts opened!). It's there, but they won't let you know it. They wouldn't want us losing trust and confidence in them, right?
Monday, March 19, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
All I can say is "WOW!!!"
I hate abbreviated vestments, especially the "fiddleback" chasubles. But I'll make an exception for this one. It's amazingly beautiful! Apprently, it's from John Paul II's town:
Wawel Cathedral’s 500-year-old chasuble ranks with the world’s top masterpieces of Gothic needlework. Its relief-like three-dimensional scenes from the life of St. Stanislav, Krakow’s 11th-century bishop-martyr and Poland’s patron saint, embroidered with unbelievable precision and realism, match the best sculpture of the late 15th c. Naturalistic features of tiny heads and detailed faithfulness of depiction (complete with open wound on the saint’s skull where sword struck) are truly stunning. And masterly, dramatic composition arrests attention.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Sigh... Talk about hiding behind a veneer. Hypocrites!
Monday, March 05, 2007
The term has been a buzz around Philippine media these past months, when some activists and journalists getting killed. Groups representing both blame the government for their deaths. Thus, they use the term "extra-judicial killing" to imply that the government has a hand in their deaths. But is the government alone capable of these things? If circumstances present themselvs (hopefully not), perhaps I would be capable too.
Of course anyone's death is a sad and unfortunate thing, especially if it is violent. But all the protests and denunciations give me the impression that these guys think that they are excused from death because of their status. Farmers, accountants, soldiers, children, wet market vendors, butchers, high school students and others die just as much as them but they shouldn't suffer because they're "journalists and activists?" Wow!
I for one think, it's over the top. Lots of people, including me unfortunately, would love many of these journalists and commies to meet their just ends soon, mercifully. Many of them style themselves liberators and advocates of the poor and oppressed. I for one think they're simply highly successful manipulators of the poor and knaves who have been handed a hugely unbalanced share in influencing the hearts and minds of many Filipinos with their tempting tongues. Knowing this full well, they corrupt the power in their hands. Corruption is not the exclusive property of politicians.
I'm sure many ordinary Filipinos have been victimized by journalists and communist activists. I'm sure people felt swelling hatred and impatience against journalists when have been slandered by them in public. I'm sure the lefties have had their fair share of enemies within their organizations or people they ticked-off when they try to impose upon them their Communist agenda.
So when another one these people bites the dust and then their colleagues call for the of "extra-judicial killings", cynicism overwhelms me. I'm sure they're thinking they're next. I certainly hope so. God have mercy on us all.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Controversy has erupted over pictures of Communist Party founding chairman Jose Maria Sison partying with sexy star Ara Mina in the Netherlands. I couldn't care less about Sison, but why would a communist be celebrating Christmas in the first place?
Anyway, Sison reminds me of another devil-tongued idiot, Eliseo Soriano.