Thursday, May 31, 2007

A word to the Media

for their Utopian dreams of ridding the country of poverty:

"The poor will always be with us."

Something's wrong with this picture:


taken from His Emminence's blog

Cops nab bus robbers

Kudos to our cops!

I'm of the opinion that public vehicles, or even private ones, should have some sort of signaling device that would alert cops or the others when a robbery is taking place inside a bus or jeepney, not unlike the secret alarm thingy used in banks.


Imagine yourself welcoming the day when you finally wed your beloved. In the few moments while you await for the ceremony to begin, you reminisce about the days in preparation of this day. You've spent a significant amount of time and sweat planning, re-planning, and amending the new plans and then implementing them for several months before the wedding itself. You spent hours walking through malls, shops, churches, hotels, homes of friends, and others getting this and that, looking for this trinket and then talking to so-and-so. You've spent thousands of pesos for the wedding entourage's dresses and thousands more for music, decorations, flowers and the reception after the church wedding. You tried to make sure that everything's perfect, the best that you could give your beloved in this most special day. All your closest relatives and friends are there to join you and witness you process down the aisle and look to the sanctuary expecting a most glorious ceremony to be officiated by the priest. But instead you have this:

The priest wears a light, white chasuble, which is strangely dubbed as "tunic", and over which is an "outer stole". He wears no alb. His white t-shirt underneath is visible and so is his black pants. He begins in the usual manner and then "good afternoon". He reads from a flimsy pamphlet and acts in the most casual manner.

This isn't fiction. This, unfortunately, is the state of the liturgy in most parishes in the Philippine islands. In fairness, most priests don't act this way because of any malicious intent on their part but because of the overwhelming and widespread culture of mediocrity and laxity in local parish liturgies.

What irks me is that this mediocrity is often prejudicial against most Filipinos who invested so much time, money and energy to create their special day together truly special. I mean, why can't priests appreciate the couples' efforts and then complement their efforts by dressing up for the occasion with their full priestly regalia, worn properly and smartly and celebrating the liturgy with reverence? Instead, often, they reward the couples with ugly vestments, butchered liturgies, and insipid homilies.

Only in the Philippines

The radio airwaves are filled with reports of a relatively large hot pursuit operation against bandits who held up a bus in EDSA and commandeered a vehicle. One reporter mentioned that at least 15 patrol cars are involved in the chase. What's funny is that the convoy is being stalled by the North Luzon Expressway's toll gate. Yes, the cops have to pay for toll in the old manner, with bills and coins. What concerns me is some psuedo pundit who gets to write in papers accusing the cops of "over acting" when they had such number of patrol cars and cops chasing a small group of robbers.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The transport sector's asking for a fare hike...


If jeepney operators really wanted to reduce their fuel costs, they should consider making them aerodynamic or use used cooking oil for fuel.

Him again

Joel Reyes Zobel is once again ranting about the parish priest of Our Lady of Sorrows in Pasay City. The priest allegedly labelled some parishioners and lay leaders "persona non grata" [huh???] and barred them from the parish church's premises. I'm not sure how accurate Zobel reported the supposed event but I am amused at how he thinks priests have no right or authority to impose penalties upon erring parishioners. He thinks all priests should be welcoming wusses rather than pastors of souls who ought to wield that terrible stick to protect and to discipline their flock.

Poll fraud operations all over the place

Weird. I've always thought that given the public's higher awareness of fraudulent practices in the polls, experienced operators would be more careful and be more innovative in their operations. That such practices have been exposed too easily smells more of a set-up waiting to be exposed rather than a professionally executed operation.

Another activist nun

Where do they get these venerable sisters??

Photo credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer


a "media watchdog" according to one Anthony Taberna. Alas, it exists to help journalists instead of exposing their gross incompetence and ignorance.

I love geometry


The best way to catch a terrorist

is with his pants down

Hat tip Relapsed Catholic

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"The neutrality of this article or section is disputed."

Is it about politics?


Is it about religion?


Is it about philosophy?


What then?

Filipino food

Monday, May 28, 2007


from a short trip to the beach. Sunny but some spattering of rain about... More soon

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I just realized

Deo Macalma is a washed-up announcer working for a washed-up station trying desperately to gain attention for himself, and perhaps DZRH. It's no wonder then why he likes calling people names and trying to provoke all sorts of things. Naturally, being in such a state, everybody simply ignores him. Just right.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hospital Credit Database

I heard yesterday that some private hospitals are planning to have "hospital holidays" to protest a piece of legislation which they say will allow their patients to evade paying the bills they owe the hospitals. On the other hand, it is evident that the bill seeks to protect poor and helpless people from being exploited by some private hospitals. So what to do? I suggest that the private hospitals create a database that would be accessible to all of them where they could cross check their patients. Should a patient be found to be an abuser of the said law, they would be banned from using the hospital's facilities. Of course, this is, in a limited sort of way, a violation of the principle of treating patients first before checking on their financial capacity to pay, but I see this as a proper deterent against abusers of the law. It means they could only abuse the law once, and when they do, they should beware the fact that the next time they need proper medical treatment in a private hospital, they might not be admitted.

End Syrian control over Lebanon, Maronite patriarch pleads

I wonder if "Syrian occupation" is code word for Hizbullah

Monday, May 21, 2007

The 4 sins which "cry to Heaven for vengeance":

  • sodomy (perverse sexual behavior)
  • willful murder
  • oppression of the poor
  • defrauding the laborer of his just wage

What's with Lefties and Theatrics?

Everytime they have a protest action, you could expect some sort of weird stage production in the streets to symbolize this and that.

In this case, they seem to be channelling the spirits of boy bands and low-budget yawn feasts:

hat tip: Little Green Footballs

I feel weird today

I expect to be surprised later.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Manila Hotel's Kiddie and Adult Pools

Hey you Lefties

Here's your buddy Hugo Chavez being democractic. I can feel the love!

May paninindigan

I cringe whenever someone says politician so and so has no "paninindigan" or principles. This is usually BS slang for "I don't like him/her and I wanna take his place as [insert government position here]" or "He/she's not a Communist/Marxist/Socialist/etc, let's get rid of him/her."

A similar amount of cringing takes place when I hear of a politician or his spokesman claim to have "paninindigan" but trying to be so vague about his principles as to render me saying in my typically laconic way "oooookkkaayyyy..." whilst scratching my head.

But what can you expect from politics? Are principles lacking or are they simply shrouded for the purpose of keeping the political career of Mr. Politician feasible? I lean more on the latter. Everyone, I believe, has principles, it's just nobody agrees on principles and conflicts ensue on the basis of principles. And in order to minimize conflicts and for political expediency, principles or the articulation of the same is minimized.

And so it is with this in mind do I enjoy the comical affair of local politics in which groups calling for the ouster of a particular government official accuse him/her of a dreadful lack of principles when it is clear that the said politician's principles discourages him/her from doing such abandonment of responsibilities.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Foreign poll observers: We felt safer in Afghanistan

Then go back to Afghanistan and quit bugging us, stupid little pricks.

Filipinos shouldn't be getting this crap from people in whose countries people can't live peacefully as Christians or democracies are shams. At least we're passionate enough to kill in the name of Democracy and public service! Hahahaha! Idiots.


In less than 24 hours, I've blogged twice about Freemasonry. Earlier, I would have considered people who were too busy worrying about Freemasons under their kitchen sink to be clinically mad. Now, I'm worried that I might someday count myself among their number. One must understand that the Katipunan and what it did in history is concrete proof of the ability of Freemasons to directly influence and control the world around them and that their threat to the Church is not just feverish fantasies conjured up by old white men in frocks.

Freemasonry and the Philippine flag

I'm not surprised. I had been curious about its origins and the interpretations behind its symbols and devices simply didn't satisfy my suspicions.

[M]asonry played an important role in the design of the Philippine flag and that some of its symbols were meant to memorialize the Craft. These assertions are essentially plausible, for the man principally responsible for its design — President Emilio Aguinaldo — was a zealous masonic partisan.

Now I have misgivings about saluting the flag.

You'll get the leaders you want

Early results show that the Opposition is in the lead. Naturally, I'm disappointed.

The elections remind me of the time I ran for a seat in the Student Council back in High School. Originally, I had no plans of running but after the popular guys established their party and announced their candidacy, the assistant principal called me and another batchmate to a "secret" meeting and castigated us for being indifferent to school politics and urged us "good guys" to establish a party and campaign for seats in the student council. At that time, we knew that we had little chance of prevailing against the candidates of the popular party. They were the cool guys, the guys everybody knew by name, the guys expected by everybody to stick it up to the strict and tight-assed administration and win for us liberties and concessions, like more parties with girls! For students in an exclusive Catholic boys' school, that was a big deal. On the other hand, we were viewed as the nerds' party, conservative lackeys for the school administration, obviously not hip like the other guys. As expected, the popular party dominated the polls and if I recall correctly, we managed to get only one or two seats of the ten. Sounds familiar? Anyway, I wasn't very aware of the achievements of the student council at that time, apart from the interactions we had with the Paulinians of Quezon City, as I was too busy doing stuff in the part of the school. Yeah, I didn't get the student council secretary post. Anyway, the student council president at that time, distinguished, himself, along with the Corps Commander, for beating up a lower batch guy.

Anyway, the whole thing, end to end, gave me a perspective on politics and Filipino [and perhaps generic human] pyschology, which gives me little confidence in the electorate during elections and "popular" candidates. I expect to scratch my head on a regular basis in the next few years...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A new look at history

When an organization has, as its founders, freemasons; had initiation ceremonies that were copied from masonic rites; and had degrees of membership similar to that of freemasonry... Shouldn't you just call it a newly organized masonic lodge?

But I wouldn't expect any Filipino teacher calling the Katipunan just that.

I dunno how accurate this wiki entry is, but this should definitely prompt one to revisit and review history apart from the crafted propaganda of those days. Conspiracies against the Church is evidently real if you use the Katipunan as basis. It should be apparent that Masonic machinations against the Church isn't just the fantasy of old clerics.

Anyway, I subscribe to the idea that much of the "history" about the Philippines in the late 19th and early 20th century were fabrications, distortions and propaganda. Much of the conventional history taught in Filipino schools, including Catholic ones I think, treats the Spanish occupation of the Philippines as one of the darkest period of the country. Various evils and atrocities like slavery, widespread discrimination, corruption, clerical abuse, land-grabbing, etc are painted as the norm of those days. The common "history" would lead us to think that the lasting legacy of Spain in the Philippines is limited alone to the Catholic Religion and various bad habits we've acquired from our white colonial masters. And then came our saviors in the likes of Jose Rizal, the Propagandists and the Katipuneros who freed the Filipinos from the clutches of the evil white men in frocks [frailocracy].

Or was it? Knowing some of the goings-on in the world of PR, I've come to realize that this conventional history has the odor of propaganda all over, like the ones that take place in the media on a daily basis. Free media? Yeah right.

Like many of my peers, I was fed the conventional history during my primary and secondary education. Only in college, did I develop a skepticism of history as preached commonly in classrooms these days.

Three things nurtured this skepticism: my college history professor who debunked many myths about Spanish colonial times; Ambeth Ocampo's Rizal without the Overcoat; and a book, whose title I cannot recall at the moment, which recounts the work of Jesuit Fr. Matteo Ricci in China and the controversies surrounding it and the subsequent tensions between the Jesuits and Dominicans which was caused by his work.

Currently, without going into detail, I believe that the 1896 Revolution of the Katipunan was a manifestation of a larger, international movement that inspired the various uprisings in the many Spanish colonies in the late 19th century until the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's, and that it was further inflamed by the religious tensions, including that between the liberal Jesuits and the conservatively corrupt Dominicans and of course the Freemasons, and brewed further by economic and political changes in the world in those days.

Finally got that off my chest.

Fr. Z observes that

in clerical circles, expecially among clerics with clout, there is a mental divorce between what is "dogmatic" and what is "pastoral", as if those two essential dimensions of ministry are in conflict. There is a divorce between being "intelligent" and, again, "pastoral", a divorce between "authority" and "pastoral".

Pastoral comes from Pastor, meaning Shepherd. A Shepherd carries a crook which he uses to discipline and guide his flock, beating wayward sheep and pulling them with it by the neck. Being pastoral should never be synonymous to leniency. If ever, the word should mean discipline and getting beaten whenever one goes astray.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Spanish and Catholic...

pioneers of the principles of human rights. Whodathunk?

hat tip to Gerald for the hint

Mike Defensorlicious

Sorry for the lack of posts

Nothing interesting happening lately.

Friday, May 11, 2007

A crazy thought just came to me

Why not "electronic jueteng"? Just send your bets through SMS and win! I already have experience building such things already, so it won't be too tough for me. Hmmm...

Caption contest:

Benedict wows the faithful by juggling hot, glowing balls of gas.

"Reliable source"

I just heard Korina Sanchez bragging about having a "reliable source" within the PNP feeding her inside information of various conspiracies instigated by the government. Hearing that reminded me of something from either the movie "Blackhawk Down" or a documentary about the Battle of Mogadishu. It was basically that the Americans were guided to their target's location by paid, reliable informants. But the Somali militia leaders said that the loyalties of the same informants belonged to them. In other words, the Americans were being fed with [misleading] information from double agents which led to the ambush and death of so many Americans. I wouldn't be surprised then if Korina's supposed reliable informants are simply feeding her worthless propaganda. I've learned so much in the past two years about how things in the media work. It's all a matter of public relations and selling stuff. I'm just worried that she's considered credible by so many Filipinos.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Caption contest:

Young man, is this the way to the Pope?


literally, explosion. Colloquially used to mean bad body odor.

Normally, I use deosticks for preventing any trace of putok on my body, but after having tried and liked Nivea's Deodarant Spray which was freely available at the changing room of Hyatt Hotel's gym a couple of times recently, I decided to conduct trials of its efficacy and cost-effectiveness, i.e, if it'll last more than a month, to determine if I'll replace deosticks with the spray. Come on, where's your Franciscan spirit? Anyway, a day after purchasing the product for the first time, I found myself reading casually the ingredients of said deo-spray. The first three caught my attention: Butane, Isobutane, Propane. Vaguely I recalled them to be the primary components of LPG! But in fairness, the canister does have a "extremely flammable" label. Putok indeed. Boom!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Shocking humor

It's so funny to find "serious journalists" ruminating on petty issues like Gonzales and Pichay ridiculing the bugging of Cory Aquino's telephone line. It never occurred to me that a man like de Quiros would actually have a sacred cow about. If anyone is unaware of the details of the bugging, it was probably the most amateurish of all line taps. It could get anyone conjuring up images of stooges using 1970's cutting edge technology regularly changing and flipping cassette tapes to spy on the Aquinos. What reaction should then be expected of a normal and sane person after hearing of an insanely stupid thing like this? De Quiros says we should be paranoid about the government like he is. Normal folks would just laugh and joke about it.


the internet is full of crazies, idiots and people like me. I'm thankfully it doesn't get too physical.

It just occurred to me...

How can the GO call itself the Genuine Opposition when it dropped two of the original and leading Opposition personalities and replace them with newbies? How genuine can that be? Oh well, it's their party...

I could listen to it all day, fool!

The Perpetual Malcontent

your primary source for chubby chicks

I'm envious

Charles Johnson and Robert Spencer are, as usual, getting just recognition. When oh when shall I have my first hate mail?? Try harder, Malcontent, try harder.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


I was searching for free customized themes for my multiply account. I was delightfully surprised to note that several of the good ones, at least for me, were made by Filipinos. Kudos guys!

Interesting take on slavery and freedom

Adonis: I believe it has to do with the concept of "oneness", which is reflected - in practical or political terms - in the concept of the hero, the savior, or the leader. This concept offers an inner sense of security to people who are afraid of freedom. Some human beings are afraid of freedom.

Interviewer: Because it is synonymous with anarchy?

Adonis: No, because being free is a great burden. It is by no means easy.

Interviewer: You've got to have a boss ...

Adonis: When you are free, you have to face reality, the world in its entirety. You have to deal with the world's problems, with everything ...

Interviewer: With all the issues ...

Adonis: On the other hand, if we are slaves, we can be content and not have to deal with anything. Just as Allah solves all our problems, the dictator will solve all our problems.

Hmmm... I just can't put my finger on it, but for some reason, I see in Adonis' analysis of Arab culture and psyche a faint semblance of the fatalistic passiveness ["bahala na"] of Filipinos. Perhaps this is a remnant of Muslim influence in the Filipino's psyche.

Hat tip: Jihad Watch and Relapsed Catholic


Monday, May 07, 2007

Susan Roces

finds it hard to think that Binay's suspension is not politically motivated.

Think harder my dear. There are many things in this world that are both difficult to think about and certainly not politically motivated. You just need to exert more effort at thinking.

I smell a rat in Makati

The current woes hounding Makati City Mayor Binay stems from the city government's failure to remit the withheld taxes of its employees. One must keep in mind this most important detail in this particularly fresh episode of political drama.

In the usual case, the city government or any company for that matter, may withhold a portion of its employees' salaries with the intent of remitting the same amount to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The same organization, city government or private corporation, reports the amount payable to the BIR when it files its taxes and it is expected that the organization remits the payment to the BIR via a simple bank transaction. Sounds simple.

Now let's take a look at the Makati case. The BIR is trying to collect from the city government the taxes of its employees it withheld. Take note, the taxes due are that of its employees' and not the city government's. The amount is not computed by the BIR, but is determined and computed by the city government and is reported by the city government via the tax returns.

However, the city government apparently failed to remit the taxes it reported to the BIR. Under the law, an organization that fails to remit payments, despite the filing of tax returns, commits tax evasion. The city government of Makati failed to remits its employees' taxes for several years, accumulating to more than a billion pesos. And for this reason, Mayor Binay admitted that he met with Finance Secretary Gary Teves to find compromise with regard to this issue. He claims that the city will pay P200 million of the P1.1 billion taxes payable.

Well, that last part is the strangest of all and has gotten me to smelling a rat in Makati. Why should the city government negotiate something that doesn't belong to it. The BIR is merely trying to collect the taxes of Makati city government employees' taxes. Not the city government's, not Mayor Binay's, not any other official in Makati. So what gives them the right to negotiate for something that is not directly theirs? They're merely supposed to hold the money in behalf of their employees in order to expedite the collection of taxes.

If the issue is one of computation and determination of the correct amount, shouldn't that have been fixed through amendments of the tax returns with the subsequent and prompt remittance of the amount payable?

The mere fact that Binay admitted to negotiating on something for which he had no right to negotiate raises suspicion. The issue is that the tax is of the employees, and Binay failed to remit the tax which did not belong to him or the city government in the first place. Also note that it is this same city government that reported the amount in its tax returns which is now contesting the amount it reported. Strange that.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Third:

so many in the same election. interesting

Sanctity seems unachievable in the Philippines

Some thoughts:

  • To be a saint, a Filipino has to go abroad and he has to be martyred. Such was the case for Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod.
  • And in four hundred years of Christian culture, we've produced those two so far. Yes, there are others undergoing the process, but their number is small as well.
  • Japan and Korea, in a shorter period, have produced more saints than heavily Catholic Philippines.
  • Hopefully, massive migration of Filipinos abroad will help fill this shortage. I'd place my bet on Filipinos reviving the faith in Europe and getting martyred by jihadists.
  • If a Filipino who doesn't leave Philippine shores manages to get beatified, then he must be a super-saint.





Friday, May 04, 2007

Having fun

Recent talk of Global Warming

reminds me of a report published 2 years ago:

Deforestation and logging do not increase the risk of major floods, according to a new report. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for International Forestry Research (Cifor) say the evidence shows no link. Loss of forest cover does play a role in smaller floods and in the loss of fertile topsoil, it says. It accuses Asian governments of blaming floods on small-scale loggers and farmers to deflect criticism.

George Rocha has a blog!

She and I had history. Well, not really. It's more of a series of foibles on my part purely brought about by a friend and classmate who had a long time crush on her. He was her biggest secret admirer [hahahaha!] and he went as far as buying her gold jewelry for Christmas. And I was the unfortunate delivery guy who gave her the expensive gift as he was too shy [???] to give it to her personally. Partly because I was fed up by my friend's lack of guts to ask her out and partly because I was truly feeling sorry for him, I summoned all my courage to personally ask for her number. Long story short, my quest for her number ended in shame for me. Strange that I could do that to my friend's crush and yet not for my own. Ha!

Don't mind me

I'm just reminiscing...

Ever falling IQ of the media...

is Mark Shea's quip describing the observed phenomenon where the IQ of the mainstream media approaches zero whenever it is tasked to report on something that is even remotely related to religion. For some reason, they simply don't get it. And by some dumb-luck, about 45 minutes ago, the most concrete example of the ever failing IQ of the media suddenly presented itself for me to blog with much gusto.

The perpetrator is one Deo Macalma of DZRH. He is in my opinion, to put it bluntly, one of the most destructive idiots running around the Philippines. And given the fact that he has a radio program in one of the popular local radio stations, he should be considered dangerously moronic. How do these people even get to be on air?

Anyway, in his segment "Espesyal na Balita", he maligned Bishop Emilio Marquez of Lucena for being possibly the most wicked cleric in the country, as most clerics are, for acting in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Apparently, Bishop Marquez refused to give a supposed "lay-leader" a Catholic burial for being a freemason.

Imagine that! The Bishop acted inhumanely by refusing to bless the burial of a freemason! Damn that Bishop for following and enforcing the laws of the Church! Damn that Bishop for being uncoerced by that "lay-leader's" family. Damn that Bishop for later he will surely refuse letting a Muslim have Catholic burial rites!

I am sure Mr. Macalma, being our intrepid and fearless and highly intellectual journalist who on a daily basis imparts his wise insights to the common masses, would be aware that:

Under canon 1374 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Catholics are forbidden to join societies which plot against the Church. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith applied this to Masons, indicating that Catholics who join Masonic organizations are engaged in serious sin and are to be barred from the Eucharist.

Right? And that the Filipino Bishops made the following statement:

To sum up, Catholics are forbidden to join the Masonic Fraternity. Catholics who knowingly and willingly become Masons are automatically excommunicated, they may not receive any of the Sacraments of the Church; they may not act as sponsors in Baptism and confirmation; they may be excluded from acting as witnesses in Catholic marriages where such action would cause scandal, and finally Masons may not be buried in Catholic cemeteries.

Given this 14th day of January, 1954.

For the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines:

Archbishop of Cebu

Archbishop of Cagayan

Archbishop of faro

Bishop of San Fernando

Bishop of Tagbilaran

Bishop of Lingayen

(Sgd.)+JUAN C. SL50N
Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia

Bishop of Tuguegarao
Appointed Bishop of Lipa

Bishop of Bacolod

Prelature of Batanes‑Babuyanes

Bishop of Palo

Bishop of Legaspi

Prelature of Infanta

Apostolic Administrator of Ozamiz

Apostolic Administrator of Surigao

Archbishop of Nueva Segovia

Archbishop of Nueva Caceres

Archbishop of Manila

Bishop of Zamboanga

Bishop of Calbayog

Apostolic Administrator of Lucena

Vicar Apostolic of Montaïtosa

Auxiliary Bishop of Manila

Prelate of Cotabato
Apostolic Administrator of Sulu

Vicar Apostolic of Calapan

Bishop Capiz

Bishop of Sorsogon

Apostolic Administrator of Davao

Apostolic Prefect of Palawan

But why should Mr. Macalma listen to the old guys listed above. He is after the smartest and most authoritative person on the face of the earth and whatever he says on air is the infallible truth that should be obeyed and believed by all faithful Catholics. Bishop Marquez was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! And Macalma right because he's on radio!

And by the way, should anyone ask, I have a digital recording of that segment aired today.

Mark Shea sez:

The rankest atheist in the West owes almost all his basic thought categories--from the notion that being a self is good to the notion that freedom is real and good to the notion that desire and property and attachments to real Good is good--to the Christian tradition. The Christian philosophical and theological tradition affords him all the arms he uses in his revolt. And so, we find shallow Baby Boomers adopting Buddhism because it suits their individual preferences, oblivious to the fact that the whole point of Buddhism is the extinction of desire and of the self. These people aren't Buddhists. They're just apostates who have chosen a particularly stupid way to try to hide from God.

Exactly! I'll have to rephrase his words for the local context but his analysis is spot-on.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

First Gentleman orders libel raps withdrawn

But media is not returning the favor. They sound more combative against the First Gentleman, naturally since the guy's not in the condition to fight back. Just shows how much balls media-types have, or more accurately, lack.

The Pope is a terrorist

because he doesn't advocate people killing weak and infirmed people. Must be the new definition of terrorism. But I don't like L'Osservatore's tone and rhetoric either, it's too childish.

It's hot down here

I wish I've known about Urban Heat Island phenomenon when I heard the psueo-pundits on air discussing Global Warming with enviromentalists.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Some thoughts...

First, although statistical evidences are by their nature flawed, the consistent statisitical reports show a very strong appeal of the candidates of the opposition. The consistency of the statistical evidence cannot be discounted. But I am hoping for the Filipino's liking for being a consistent contrarian and vote against the prevailing trend.

Second, having casually observed the current administration, I would say that this has to be one of the luckiest, if not the most fortunate, of all Philippine administrations. Despite all the doubts, allegations, coup attempts, scandals and whatever surrounding it, it's still in power despite the fact that it could easily have crumbled from within. This is in no way implying that the operators behind the presidency are skilled manipulators who could conjure up a unifed and specific action against every destabilizing attempt of the opposition, for we've seen, at least through the lens of the media, that that assertion is surely the least accurate. The president's men could hardly be called a monolith. Many times, they won't agree with each other on a petty issue, much less on addressing a major survival issue. Funny how the seemingly immense and numerous forces forming the opposition can't topple an internally-disorganized administration. Often, at the onset the opposition has the upper hand then somewhere along the way, it's steam and unity simply whimpers and peters out. I pray that the same takes place once more.

Ever wondered...

how one hears nothing about winners of lotteries after they claim their money? I mean, if a guy suddenly founds himself in possession of a hundred million dollars, wouldn't he, if I understand human nature correctly, more visible in the public eye? He would be an instant celebrity, a jet-setter dating models, buying expensive stuff here and there, a subject of tv programs revealing his life before and after his fortune. But we never see that, do we? After the initial announcement that so and so won such and such amount, making him an instant millionaire, he suddenly disappears.

I know there are security reasons behind these and that there hundreds, perhaps thousands of other millionaires out there who are not inclined to media exposure. But given the circumstance behind a lottery-winner, wouldn't the media be all over him? Hmmm...

How about Tridentine Mass in space?

I also predict....

that a Filipino politician or media personality will cite Mexico as justification for legalizing abortion. After all, if Catholic Mexico could do it, why not Catholic Philippines? Just ignore the huge protests against the legislation, it is a very popular law after all.

Let me play prophet...

for today I predict lefties and riots all over the news.