Saturday, October 30, 2010

Questionable Headline: RP Still Seen As Corrupt

You can see the headline. Here is the story. The reason why I find this worthy of saying a few words is the one word in that headline. "Still"

If you don't get me now try these hypothetical headlines:

Mount Everest Still Highest Mountain.

Grand Canyon Still Breath Taking.

Casablanca Still A Classic.

Michael Bolton Still Cheesy.

Willie Revillame Still Produces Moronic TV

The word "still" implies there is or was a chance that the status quo is threatened. Otherwise why say it that way?

It would take armaggedon of incredible bibilical proportions to change the status of the Grand Canyon or Mt. Everest. Casablanca is safe as long as movies like Twilight keep coming out. Michael Bolton once wrote for Kiss. Willie's new show by all indications is not CSI.

Nothing has happened here in the last twelve months to warrant that simple word "still". Unless you count not hearing sirens while on the road. To at least get you out of here in an optimistic and pleasant mood. Enjoy the song titled the same as our key word. Done by the band of a guy who I think is Nicole Richie's dad.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Don't Vote for Lita If You Live In Dasmarinas Makati

For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

Lk 14:1, 7-14

Katring (typhoon) is upon us. I drove through it to get to where I was going late this afternoon. While going to my destination I passed through the main artery of Dasmarinas Village which is Pasay Road. It is the widest street there. Apparently not wide enough for a certain pompous politician who lives on Pasay Road. Granted the term pompous politician is actually redundant. I am not good at estimating size but I estimate Dasmarinas Village to be about one and a half square kilometers. The relevance of the size I will get to in a while. For everyone that tells you that everything is on the Internet I could not either find the size of Dasma nor could I even get the name of that arrogant hen who is hoping to get voted in on Monday.

Us motorists have enough troubles trying to negotiate our vehicles through a typhoon and that Lita knob instructs her vans ( I estimate between 8 and 12) to double park outside her humble abode essentially disrupting the flow of traffic on one side of the street. Why does someone need that many vans in a constituency of that size?? The cost per day for those vans won't make sense with elections at this level. But this is the Philippines. Where the suckers are abundant during election time.

Let me attempt to read the mind of this battle axe:

I Lita of Dasmarinas Village will be facing an election in two days. There is a storm and vehicles in my community are having a challenge getting around. But that is not my concern. It is more important that I draw attention to myself by inconveniencing my community. I will have my vans carrying my hideous likeness block the main road. Can't these people see that I am doing it for their own good? I will compromise their safety because I have an election to win. I am running for public office and I will serve them by getting in. I will get in by getting in their way. There is no other way to get my own arrogant a@@ into office.

I will be bombastic like Manny Villar and use 12 vans with my own ugly mug adorned on them to attract votes to myself like sailors to a sleazy bar. Overkill is the way to go. Worked so well for Manny Villar. All of you are too dumb to see through it anyway.

For those of you who do not live in this hag's territory and don't feel you can relate, here is how you can. Vote against cretin like this. Support people who are considerate of their community and not those who look down on it as insects to be stepped on. To serve one must be humble. This bozo sure ain't.


Tags: Elections, Barangay, 2010, October 25, Kagawad, Councilor, Manny Villar, politics, politicians

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bacon Mysteries

One of the great mysteries in my life.

In Animal House (1978) Kevin Bacon was a college Student.


In Footloose (1984) Kevin Bacon was a high school student.

Things like that keep me up at night.


Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10 Is A Fraud

"Because Time Won't Give Me Time"- Time (Clock of the Heart) Culture Club

I want to thank all of you making a big deal out of 10-10-10. Even if I am not one of you.You actually made me think. The following like anything else in this blog is originally from me. One of the sports cliches when a pitcher hits 100 wins is "it's just a number". And it's true, it's one more than 99 and one less than 101. 10-10-10 is just a number. With one difference from my sports analogy. The first win in that hundred was really the first win. Jan 1 0001 was not the first day leading up to 10-10-10. There were many days before that. It's almost like playing a game lasting many centuries but only deciding to keep score Jan 1st 0001. The other points did not count but the ones from now on count.

Hopefully that part is common sense and easy to understand. That there were days before what we consider the first day of the first month of the first year. Now here is something I doubt you thought about if you consider 10-10-10 sacred or any other symmetrical date. Sept 9 1999 or August 8 1988.

Back in 1582 Pope Gregory took scissors to what we know as the calendar. The basic premise being the year was not exactly 365 days long. The actual length of a year is 365.242 days So based on the calculations at the time of Pope Gregory they decided to correct what they consider as "calendar drift". They did this by removing October 5-14, 1582 from the calendar. Ten days that never happened.

I heard this concept watching an educational show on TV in my high school years. The fact I can still recall that gives me hope that senility is not entirely upon me. Based on this fact (see links below), it is indeed true that 10-10-10 is just a number. So man do I feel silly celebrating last Sept 2. (90210)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Interpersonal Relationship Lessons From A Show About A Serial Killer

"all the homes that we were building
we never lived in
could be better (could be better), should be better
lessons in love
if we lose the time before us
the future will ignore us
we should use it, we could use it
lessons in love "
- Level 42

The crazy little thing about lessons in love is you never know where you will find them. There is a scene in the TV show Dexter where

suspect Christine Hill


Detective Debra Morgan discuss "Daddy Issues".

I don't know about you but there are times in my life that I have felt betrayed. Like a lot of things in my life and in this blog, maybe it's just me. Any relationship in life is based on balance. Where both parties are comfortable with expectations. When that balance is upset, I believe is what brings forth the feelings of betrayal. Like what we used to do as kids. Marty and I would play on the seesaw and when I was up at the highest point my brother would leave his seesaw seat only to have me crashing down.

Now in adulthood it seems like at times other adults have done the emotional seesaw with me. Leaving the seat only to have me on the other side, in a position of trust crashing down. I do not rule out that I may have also done it to others.

Debra in the two minute video explains how reaching equilibrium freed her. It may not be right or it may not be wrong. But in the past, that is how I coped. No more seeking approval from someone you were not going to get it from. Those times I have coped , I achieved equilibrium all right. By matching levels of apathy. Maybe it's a cynic's version of "If you love something let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. "

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"- Eleanor Roosevelt

I am sure we all have our different interpretations of that quote. At times when you feel down and are blaming it on someone else. How you would feel better if they felt differently about you. Remember the Roosevelt quote and remember the two minute climax to the movie Labyrinth which I have included below.

As usual thanks for reading. As for "Daddy Issues" any resemblance between that show and my life is probably a product of your imagination, or mine.

 ( No power ) (Level 42)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Insecurity Or Conviction Revisited

Part of how life works. Authors , columnists, talk show hosts, preachers and others have ideas that they all want to impart on others. Once in a while they make enough of an impact that the people they impart that to that those people keep it going. That's why the teachings of Christ, Confucius , Marx all survive to this day. Others kept those ideas going.

Once in a while there will be an idea that is essentially the same but comes at you from two entirely different directions. I relayed such an idea back in April and I defined the concept as conviction. I got it from one of the more influential books I ever read. Robert Pirsig's Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Influential in the sense that it framed my thinking over the years. The idea goes something like this: people who are yell loudest about a cause do so because that cause is in doubt. So sometimes what might be seen on the surface as complete conviction is either a way of concealing insecurity or convincing oneself.

In April I connected that concept to the campaign of Noynoy Aquino. Lot of people so crazy about him and I could not find any rational reason for it. Well, my personal view as stated back then was they wanted to convince the doubters through sheer fanaticism. Forget reason and logic. Noynoy himself could never be concrete so in his campaign he was just abstract. Talked about destiny, eliminating corruption and his dead parents. Flashing the "L" sign which I still don't see the significance to him personally. Toting the color of cowardice. Ultimately either to the brilliance of his campaigners and/ or the sheer ignorance of the Filipino electorate this superficial strategy worked. Noynoy will be in the international microscope and will be a source of pride or shame since we elected him. Either way we get the government we deserve. You can read more about that here:

In the months before someone I know remarried. His mantra was " insert fiance's name here is so galing." Galing is Tagalog for incredible. From my viewpoint not too many in my family seem to echo that sentiment. The question is was he trying to convince himself more than he was trying to convince us? So apply the ideas in the second paragraph to this anecdote. All I can say to that is if you will continuously voluntarily fall on the sword for somebody or something, you will eventually gross some people out.

Finally the reason for revisiting the topic. Colin Cowherd who I often quote here has his version of the exact same concept. Of course expressed very differently from Pirsig.Yet he describes with a different analogy exactly what Pirsig describes religious fanatics are. Exactly what I describe about "galing" people. When he talks about Chicago Bears fans and insecurity in the first minute of the audio it is exactly what I experienced with Noynoy backers pre election. When asked about his deeds that make him worthy of the position of President the typical Noynoy supporter was better off being asked about the nuclear fission. You might have gotten a better answer. It's an insecurity that is ironically revealed more the louder most cultures get when they trumpet or defend certain things they see that are representative of their culture. Whether its sports teams or nationalities. That has always been a common theme in this blog. All the flag waving over Manny, Charice and Arnel. All the gnashing of teeth over the depiction of Filipinos in comedies. Often when Filipinos cry out sorrowfully how they are depicted in international comedies all they are doing is exposing their own double standard. That loudness is fueled by INSECURITY.


Note: Colin audio available in Multiply version of this post or

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