“Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.” – Will Rogers
I read the eight thousand words 42nd anniversary message of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines just for the hell of it. Hell is an apt description for the experience of laboring through the annual pastoral letter from the native communist party hierarchy, that perennial pathetic reaffirmation of faith in Marxist economics, Leninist politics, and Maoist armed struggle.
“Don’t you have better things (more…)
But before I go, the Oakwood boys have been amnestied, the Morong 43 are out, Webb etal have been acquitted, so why are the Alabang Boys still in jail for an arrest, search and seizure operation that did not follow procedure?
Now comes a howl about error-filled banknotes.
From the Inquirer
The reverse side of the new 500-peso bill features a rare native bird—the blue-naped parrot, with its red beak incorrectly rendered in yellow and its tail feathers underneath colored green instead of yellow.
A map on the same bill—which also carries portraits of Mr. Aquino’s late parents—mislocates Palawan’s Saint Paul’s subterranean river that has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site.
“Yes, they have made a very big booboo on the parrot,” said Jon Villasper, a cartographer who is also a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
“Aside from that, they misplaced Tubbataha Reef by around 400 kilometers and Batanes is not on the map. I believe they also misplaced Saint Paul’s subterranean river,” Villasper told Agence France-Presse by e-mail.
“Just like scrapping the ‘Pilipinas Kay Ganda (Philippines What a Beauty)’ slogan, let’s scrap the new peso notes as well!” Lawyer Ghelynne Avril Del Rosario said.
Yes guys, people use bank notes as maps. Stupid nitpicking fucks!
Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia (ret.), the former AFP comptroller accused of plunder, worked out a deal with Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez. (more…)
Just when the public was beginning to take a second look at the SC’s suspicious decision on EO1, the Webb acquittal comes out.
Magaling! Not only is the SC good at finding loopholes for GMA, it also understands news cycles.
“Just ‘coz you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” – George Carlin
Two years ago, I wrote “You can’t hide the smell of shit by covering it with a piece of paper.” It was in reaction to the Supreme Court allowing executive privilege to be used as a means to conceal criminal activity.
Today, I’m saying it again because the Court just used the constitutional clause on equal protection to keep criminal activity concealed.
When will the Court learn that covering the smell of shit with a piece of paper is an exercise in futility? (more…)
It has been said that the reason for the boycott was to save a couple of drug mules from the death penalty.
Consequently, someone asked why is it in our national interest to save drug mules?
The answer to that is because our country abolished the death penalty. The death penalty is not in our national interest. Barbaric forms of justice are not in our national interest. And so as a civilized country it is incumbent upon us to frustrate barbarians at every turn. It is our national interest to advance civilization.
There are countries in the world, Canada for one, that will not extradite people who are in danger of being sentenced to death. They, in effect, harbor criminals.
Why is it in their national interest to harbor criminals?
Because enlightened countries will not abide barbarism, even if it means giving safe haven to criminals.
Now a word on the Nobel Peace Prize. Henry Kissinger won that prize because of the Vietnam peace accord. The fact that America was forced to sue for peace after its carpet bombing of Hanoi and its illegal invasion of Cambodia failed to stop the North Vietnamese seems of no import to the Nobel awards committee. That should tell you something about the integrity of the award.
Overheard in the Batasan
Ano ba yang nobol fis fries, para ba yang fis bol?
There is an old Tagalog saying, “Kung gusto, may paraan; kung ayaw, may mahahanap na dahilan.”
The ponente and the separate opinions of the other justices are online here.
Read all of them and then let’s see if you ever get a good night’s sleep again.
“I got a new dog. He’s a paranoid retriever. He brings back everything because he’s not sure what I threw him.”—Stephen Wright
IRAN’s presidential adviser, Esfandiar Rahim Maschai, has an interesting take on WikiLeaks’s “Cablegate,” the humongous docu-dump of leaked classified US State Department communications. He told the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, that the US government is (more…)
Why is it that when totalitarian governments suppress information it is wrong but when liberal democracies do it, it becomes okay? (more…)
Sometimes patriotism can go too far