John Nery, opinion writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, wrote an article criticizing the journalist ethics of a TV news anchor turned politician turned TV news anchor again. [READ HERE]
Excerpts from Nery’s article:
The Vatican announced that it will host an AIDS conference to clarify the Pope’s controversial statement on condoms.
Msgr. Jean-Marie Mpendawatu, undersecretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said the one-day conference will put to rest any questions about the Church’s stand on condoms.
PHL now only nation in the world without divorce; Malta gives in
05/29/2011 | 09:46 PM
VALLETTA – Staunchly Catholic Malta approved the introduction of divorce, backing the move by a small majority in a referendum.
“The referendum outcome is not the one I wished for, but the will of the majority will be respected and parliament will enact legislation for the introduction of divorce,” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said in a video statement on Sunday.
The vote was seen as a test of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church in a country where 72 percent of people say they go to Mass on Sundays and nearly all marriages are held at the altar.
The Mediterranean island of 400,000 people was one of only two countries not to allow divorce – the other being the Philippines. The last country to legalise divorce was Chile way back in 2004.
Early results from Saturday’s referendum showed a majority backing divorce of between 52 percent and 54 percent.
The Divorce Movement declared victory and the anti-divorce movement conceded.
Opposition leader Joseph Muscat had said changing the law was a vote for modernity and a chance for those with broken marriages to start afresh.
Gonzi had said divorce offered “no solutions” and called for better preparation before weddings so that the “value of an indissoluble marriage is bequeathed to the young.”
Divorce legislation was proposed in July last year by Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, a member of Gonzi’s own parliamentary group.
It provides for people to become eligible for divorce after four years of separation.— Reuters/MRT, GMA News
“Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences go, it’s one of the best.” - Woody Allen
Archbishop Oscar Cruz wrote an editorial arguing that the Reproductive Health Bill is a misnomer and that it should be renamed Sex Bill 4244. Because all he could see in the bill was sex, sex, and more sex. Or as he puts it, “Take away the dear trimmings and endearing niceties from the Bill and this is its fundamental tripod: Sex. Safe Sex. Sexual Methods.”
Well, yes Archbishop, if you put it that way, the RH Bill is indeed about sex. But there’s really nothing wrong with sex…unless you find sex filthy.
The archbishop is not condemning sex. He knows that to do so would be anti-life. No sex, no new life. Besides someone who crusades against sex might be mistaken for an advocate of cloning.
What the archbishop does not like is sex without fear or worry. (more…)
“If God had intended us not to masturbate he would’ve made our arms shorter” – George Carlin
Two congressmen have not allowed the raging controversies of the day to distract them from serving their El Shaddai constituents. I’m talking about the two Buhay party-list representatives, Irwin Tieng and Mariano Michael Velarde Jr., co-authors of House Bill 4509: “An act penalizing the distribution, possession with intent to distribute and production of any device for the physical stimulation of human genitals for anything of pecuniary value and providing penalties for violations thereof.”
“I do not expect too many debates or public hearings on the measure,” he said. “It would be downright embarrassing to oppose the bill.”
“Yes, unfortunately there’s an issue larger than just banning sex toys involved here, ” she replied. (more…)
Rep. Edcel Lagman is the lead proponent of the RH Bill.
Former president Fidel V. Ramos launched a “purple ribbon” campaign to support the RH Bill.
The Catholic Bishops conference launched a “red ribbon” campaign against the RH Bill.
Why are the loudest voices in the RH Bill debate coming from men who can’t fuck even if they wanted to? And even if they could, who would want to fuck them anyway?
Instead of the usual unattractive suspects, I propose a televised debate on the RH Bill between fuckables in purple and fuckables in red. And then the audience gets to vote whether or not they will wear purple or red ribbons during sex.
“The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he’ll fight and die for it.—Francis Crick, Nobel Laureate
Without a doubt, Osama bin Laden was among the world’s most dangerous men. Much of the world cheered his death, seeing it not only as justice served but also as the beginning of the end for faith-fueled terrorism.
In the words of columnist Teddy Boy Locsin, “Obama has crushed the head of the snake with a rock. A snake is not a lizard whose severed tail will regenerate. But even a lizard’s head will not grow back, let alone a snake’s. Osama bin Laden was the lifeblood (the money), the brains, the soul, the spirit, the animus, and the hands-on executioner of the Islamic jihad—and he is dead…The conflict will intensify in the Middle East, divisions will be sharper, but the terms of engagement clearer: it will be between right and wrong with nothing in between, like those enemies of mankind, al-Qaeda.”
Yes and no, Teddy Boy. Yes the head of the snake was crushed, no the terms of engagement are not clearer. The US moved the goalposts and with that the terms of engagement are changed. (more…)
When Left is Not Right
By Mario M. Galang
The Russian October Revolution happened in November, not October. Our own EDSA Revolution covered practically the whole of Metro Manila, not just EDSA. What makes names like these stick, defying reason? Convention.
By tacit general agreement, those series of student protest actions and surrounding events that began in the first quarter of 1970 and unfolded far beyond have come to be known as the “First Quarter Storm.”
Socialist leader Cesar “Sonny” Melencio insists on logic: the actions didn’t just happen in one quarter but throughout the few years that followed, so the name is a “misnomer of sorts.” Thus the title of his book is Full Quarter Storms: Memoirs and Writings on the Philippines Left (1970 -2010). “Full” not “First”, he suggests—apparently failing to notice that his substitute word only makes the name and, ergo, the book’s title, contrived and confusing.
But Melencio offers far more than a substitute for a “misnomer.” (more…)
Some Americans are up in arms because Obama has not released photos of Osama’s partially blown-off face.
Trump wants proof. He sent a team of divers to the Indian Ocean.
Sarah Palin wants a copy of the pictures so she can hang them beside the stuffed mooseheads over her fireplace.
The Tea Party is hopping mad that Republicans have shifted their attention from gay porn sites to searching the web for Osama’s photo.
Meanwhile, Fox News is still pursuing Elvis sightings.
The truth is Obama is waiting for a tape or video of Osama claiming he is alive and well, hiding in the home of some islamo-fundamentalist Pakistani general.
That’s when Obama will release a photo of himself holding Osama’s head on a stick.
President Obama’s message to birthers…
“Rush Limbaugh said yesterday that Obama never would have tracked down bin Laden if it weren’t for George W. Bush’s policies. Although in fairness, Obama never would have even been elected if it weren’t for George W. Bush’s policies.” –Jimmy Fallon
“Apparently, members of Al Qaeda are online slamming the U.S. I don’t understand why the terrorists are so mad about Osama bin Laden’s death. Everybody in Al Qaeda just got a promotion.” –Craig Ferguson
“Last night the Dalai Lama implied that the killing of Osama bin Laden was justified. I think his exact quote was, “I love all living things, but that guy was a dick.” -Conan O’Brien
“Osama bin Laden’s death has been in the news all day. Leftish stations are going, ‘President Obama saves the world.’ Stations on the right are going, ‘Obama kills fellow Muslim.’” –Craig Ferguson
Last Easter, the man occupying the Senate seat won by Koko Pimentel, expressed disappointment with President Aquino.
“The President is a friend, but he has no clear vision for our country. He has no 2020 agenda. FVR had a Philippines 2000, while P-Noy has none, not even for 2015… I support his anti-corruption, but after that what? What else is new?” – “Senator” Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Philippines 2000 was just a slogan. The Asian financial crisis demonstrated quite clearly that Philippines 2000 didn’t have (more…)