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Sarah Palin wonders if US action in Libya is a squirmish

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the March 31st, 2011

American intellectual Sarah Palin shared her thoughts on US intervention in Libya with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.

    “I haven’t heard the president state that we’re at war. That’s why I too am not knowing — do we use the term intervention? Do we use war? Do we use squirmish? What is it?”

Watch video here

What is a squirmish anyway?

And now a word from Dubya

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the March 31st, 2011

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(Lifted from the Smirking Chimp)

Nuke ‘em

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 30th, 2011

“Making plutonium and fission products just to boil water (which is what a nuclear reactor does) is not a prudent approach to electricity generation.” – Arjun Makhijani, nuclear scientist

    (While I’m waiting for the trial of Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez)

    ME: Are you for switching on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

    SEN. MIRIAM SANTIAGO: It is alarmist to say we cannot have a nuclear power plant because look at what happened in Japan. We have to wait (more…)

Lagman blames Noynoy

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 29th, 2011

House Minority leader blamed President Aquino for not pushing hard enough for the passage of the RH BILL.

    And the word war continues on RH front
    BY WENDELL VIGILIA

    THE leading proponent of the reproductive health bill at the House yesterday said the Catholic Church is one of the “principal culprits” of violence against women for continuing to oppose the enactment of the reproductive health bill and “(propagating) misinformation on modern family planning methods.”

    House minority leader Edcel Lagman said the two other “culprits” are the Aquino government for “procrastinating” on the passage of the RH measure, and the husbands and men “who impose themselves on their wives and partners in the absence of any viable family planning method.”

Nanampucha naman Edcel, noong linggong nakaraan dakdak ka ng dakdak na pinakikialaman ni PNoy yun impeachment ni Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez. Ngayon dumadakdak ka naman kasi hindi nakikialam si PNOY sa RH Bill.

Ano ba talaga ang gusto mo, manahimik si PNoy o makialam? Di naman pwede na gagalaw lang siya kung kailan convenient sa iyo. Bwiset!

I am sorry daw

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 29th, 2011

Willie Revillame the controversial host of the game show Willing Willie issued an apology after being showered by criticism for humiliating a little six year old boy on his show. View here.

Here is Revillame’s apology:

    Mr. Willie Revillame, the producers of “Willing Willie” and TV5 sincerely and deeply apologize for the segment of the show featuring 6-year-old Jan-Jan Suan which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste. We wish to stress that there was never any intention to humiliate or abuse Jan-Jan or any contestant on the show.

    “Willing Willie” is a program that was conceptualized to bring joy and hope and shine the spotlight on ordinary Filipinos. The program aims to provide a venue for everyone to show their talents, tell their stories and make their dreams come true. This is the thrust of everyone involved in the program, particularly its host, Willie Revillame.

    Like most contestants on the show, Jan-Jan, accompanied by his aunt, joined the program to showcase his talent and play in a game segment in the hope of bringing home big prizes. He has performed in the past in school programs and mall contests, and his performance in “Willing Willie” was completely voluntary and with the blessings of his parents.

    He appeared to be sad or even in tears, not because he was being forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was “serious” and he was playing a role. He did not want to smile because of his missing upper front teeth and because of the presence on the set of former basketball player Bonel Balingit who Jan-jan thought was a scary “giant”.

    Again, TV5 and Wil Productions express profound regret for any insensitivity on their part, and wish to thank all those who have expressed concern. We are always grateful to be reminded of our obligations to the viewing public. In turn, we hope to make clear that the objective of the show has always been to bring joy and hope to Filipinos, whether they are participating on the show or viewing at home.

Nag sorry ba? Para nga, di ba? But wait…I smell sulfur…did a lawyer type out the apology?

    “He appeared to be sad or even in tears not because he was being forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was “serious” and he was playing a role.”

What is the sentence saying?

Jan-Jan was crying on the outside but really happy inside. The viewer was drawing baseless conclusions from Jan-Jan’s demeanor. The boy was a seasoned performer. He was “playing a role”. Crying while sexy dancing was his shtick.

Sa madaling salita, “The viewers were only imagining things, Your Honor.”

    “He did not want to smile because of his missing upper front teeth…”

He would have been smiling if not for the missing teeth.

However, the apology also stated “He has performed in the past in school programs and mall contests…” . So maybe performing toothless was not all that new to him.

    “…and because of the presence on the set of former basketball player Bonel Balingit who Jan-jan thought was a scary “giant”.”

So Balingit should apologize for showing up on the set and scaring the little boy. Maybe Balingit can show his sincere apology by asking Vicki Belo to make him shorter or maybe someone should get a restraining order on Balingit forbidding him from being within 100 meters of children or maybe TV5 should be reprimanded for allowing giants to roam their premises. But Willie cannot be faulted for Balingit’s presence or Jan-Jan’s fear of giants.

    “Again, TV5 and Wil Productions express profound regret for any insensitivity on their part,…”

Teka muna the whole tone of the apology is that there was no intention to humiliate the boy, that he appeared voluntarily, that he only looked sad for every other reason except for feeling humiliated or picked on. So why are Willie, Wil Productions, and TV5 apologizing for insensivity? Para naman I am sorry na ni Gloria ito, “wala aking ginawang masama pero sori na din.”

And then Willie brought out Jan-Jan’s parents to say they did not force the boy to join the talent showcase.

    Mom: “Napakasakit po sa magulang na na cha-child abuse ang anak ko. Dahil ‘di naman naming tinuturan ng masama ang anak ko. Gusto n’ya lang po sigurong mag-artista kaya gusto niyang sumayaw, guminhawa buhay namin,”

    Dad:“Kagustuhan ng anak ko ‘yon, gusto niyang sumikat, mag-artista…sinuportahan ko lang yung anak ko…’yon ang gusto n’ya eh ”

So Jan-Jan made them do it.

PUNYETANG BATA KA! IKAW PALA ANG MAY KASALANAN NG LAHAT NG ITO!

Sige mag sori ka sa mga magulang mo at lalung-lalo na kay Willie whose only sin was to create a show that would “bring joy and hope and shine the spotlight on ordinary Filipinos.”

Bit by a mosquito

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 27th, 2011

It’s all over the internets, how Philippine Star columnist Carmen Pedroza was bit by the Mosquito Press last Saturday.

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For those who missed her column, this is what she wrote:

    I would have been among many other Filipinos who would have said the same thing, but it is just as well that a Harvard study beat us to it. “The causes of this gullibility include the inability to question information and an over-reliance on interpersonal sources,” says the study.

    “For Filipinos, a tsunami warning from the government does less than a mother’s directive to avoid the sea because of syokoys (mermen),” it notes. The Harvard Institute of Socio-Political Progression (HIS-PP) did not just say Filipinos were gullible, it said it was the first among “the world’s most gullible races.”

    This is a serious allegation we should not ignore. For those who do not have access to the internet I found this item in a blog called “The Mosquito Press.” It may seem like a trivial source but according to the authors the study involved “content analyses of over 500,000 historical documents from 300 different societies. So we better take it seriously.

    “What’s curious about the Filipino condition is that despite a respectable literacy rate, many of its people still believe that condoms cause cancer — or that Appolo Quiboloy, CEO of Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. is the son of God,” said the report.

    We are gullible because we are not able or do not question information. We prefer to believe what other persons tell us.

Even if you didn’t know that Mosquito Press is a faux news blog like The Onion, you would still wonder.

Christ almighty, the study claimed it analyzed the content of 500,000 historical documents from 300 different societies and you tell your readers, “So we better take it seriously.” Joskopops, Misis, anong hinithit mo na naman?

So you would think the Cha-Cha lady will just own up and admit she was fooled. But no. HELL NO! Nobody fools Carmen Pedroza.

So here’s what she wrote the following day:

    MISCELLANY: Whether or not there was such a study by Harvard that “Filipinos are the most gullible people on earth” is less the point than whether it is true that Filipinos are gullible most of the time. This gullibility is especially harmful during elections. The Mosquito Press (according to Wikipedia, the name assumed by Philippine Collegian during martial law) has thought of a clever way to teach Filipinos not to be gullible so I put it up as the title of my column yesterday.

Really? Actually the point is Pedroza should have learned a lesson:

    “The causes of this gullibility include the inability to question information and an over-reliance on interpersonal sources.”

I can’t get over the fact that she fell for the story, that she didn’t even bother to Google “The Harvard Institute of Socio-Political Progression (HIS-PP).”

HIS PEE-PEE na nga eh hindi pa niya naamoy? You just got pissed on, lady.

I’m still in pain from the steaming hot coffee I blew through my nose after I read her column and the “correction” she made the following day.

Well, I guess it’s too much to expect Pedroza to admit to being had. After all, she is one of the greatest hoaxes around. That’s what the Supreme Court called her People’s Initiative for Charter Change, remember?

What’s the Joker going to do?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 24th, 2011

I’m one of those who believe that Sen. Joker Arroyo will vote to acquit Ombudsgirl Merci Gutierrez. However, because there are six separate impeachment charges to vote on, Joker might find it difficult to acquit her on the charge that she betrayed public trust in the Mega -Pacific scam deal. Why?

Read on.

    Press Release
    Privilege speech of Sen. Joker Arroyo
    October 4, 2006
    CRIME COMMITTED WITHOUT PERPETRATORS

    The Supreme Court ruled that the Mega-Pacific Comelec automation contract was null and void. The Senate likewise found the contract null and void. The Ombudsman, in its Resolution, agreed that it was null and void.

    Despite the unanimity that the contract was null and void, why did the Ombudsman deviate sharply in respect to the remedy urged by the Supreme Court and the Senate? A capsule review of the Supreme Court and Senate findings will shed light (more…)

Who would’ve thunk?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 22nd, 2011
    More than two-thirds of the members of the House voted to impeach her.

    Who would have thought it possible that so many of the members of the House would vote to impeach Ombudsman Gutierrez? Not I. Especially not after reports surfaced that the Iglesia ni Cristo was throwing its weight behind her. (more…)

210 yes; 47 no; 4 abstain

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 22nd, 2011

That’s the score on the impeachment complaint against Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez.

Newsbreak’s prediction was way off the mark.


    “To be sure, LP will get around 120 votes to pass the impeachment articles today, lawmakers from the minority conceded to Newsbreak.
    That’s more than 94, the one-third of the 284-body that’s required in the proceeding.

    “But it’s also short of the 150 votes that justice committee chair LP Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. (of Iloilo) announced they already had less than two weeks ago. They had wanted to show that they could muster the votes of more than half of the chamber.

In fact more than 2/3 of the members of the House voted for impeachment.

The House has done its job. It’s now up to the Senate.

Will the Senate let the people down?

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Jinggoy versus Mrs. Ligot (UPDATE)

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 21st, 2011

At the tail-end of this morning’s Senate hearing on corruption in the AFP, Mrs. Ligot, wife of alleged plunderer Gen. Jacinto Ligot, turned the table on Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

Kasi naman this Jinggoy was pursuing a method and line of questioning that only happens in the movies. He thought that he could trick Mrs. Ligot into answering seemingly innocuous questions then pounce on her so that she breaks down and makes a dramatic admission of guilt in the end.

So there was a short back and forth between them towards the end of the hearing. Mrs. Ligot called Jinggoy “honorable”, in a very cool but sarcastic manner. And Jinggoy went, I don’t want to cite you for contempt for not answering my innocent questions but you are forcing my hand. To which Mrs. Ligot replied, you know my lawyer told me to invoke my rights whenever you ask questions related to my pending cases but you still keep asking me to answer those questions even though you already know what my answer will be. So it was like a mother talking to a pesky brat.

Today’s hearing ended up like one of those movies where I found myself cheering for the bad guys because the good guy is a grandstanding asshole and a nincompoop to boot.

(UPDATE)

Missed this exchange between Jinggoy and Mrs. Ligot

    “Mukhang confident na confident kayong sumagot,” Estrada said.

    “Naka-Valium po ako,” Mrs. Ligot answered back.

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