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Political Soap…..

I have lost my confidence in this government, as do a lot of people. But that doesn’t mean I’d trust those anti- Arroyo groups either. And with personalities coming from the different political spectrum, theirs is an alliance of convenience…. with their own selfish political agenda. I really doubt if these folks can work effectively together once they (hopefully not) set up a junta. I mean, come on… get real. Representatives from the right, left, and center working together? If I remember it correctly, former president Aquino tried that after she assumed power in 86, and it failed miserably. The internal squabbling never ceased…. strange bedfellows indeed.

Well, so far they haven’t succeeded in setting up a junta, yet. Their call for people power last week went pfft! Not surprisingly, it was largely ignored. I guess the old Cory magic has lost it’s luster after all. They tried again without success last Sunday , after a disgruntled Marine Colonel, who was also implicated in the attempted coup, decided to commandeer a fully armed battalion to show his dismay at the sacking of his commanding officer ( tsk! there goes discipline).

He then surrounded himself with civilian ‘volunteers’ ( who looked more like goons to me) and called on the people and the clergy for support. WTF does he need the priests for anyway? Confession? Oh he’s probably just covering his sorry ass since he was about to be detained for treason.

And now comes this article in Time Magazine Asia about that recent coup attempt by the military that would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the EDSA revolution. As expected, the principal players are now denying their involvement… yeah, right.

After 20 years, the public is getting tired of these calls for people power. They have become numb and cynical… like yours truly. But I doubt if these people will stop though, the lure of power (and money) is so strong that they will stop at nothing to bring down this government. And the current resident in the palace sure ain’t gonna give it to them on a silver platter…

Personally, I don’t believe that these so-called saviours will be any better than the one we have sitting in Malacanang calling the shots. So while the nation is in a political whirlpool, it’s business as usual for us working stiffs. And why not? We all have to bring home the bacon and pay the bills don’t we? Those opposition guys calling for people power aren’t gonna pay it for us… and neither will this government.

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Monday humor….

Just thought I’d share this for a laugh or two this Monday to start off another week of rat race and political turmoil (If you happen to live here that is). God knows how much we need to keep our sense of humor in these turbulent times. But be warned, if you’re one of those sensitive, politically correct individual who’d easily get offended, go read something else… like a children’s book. Many thanks to azlynne1972 for this joke:

How Moses got the 10 Commandments….

God went to the Arabs and said, “I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.

The Arabs asked, “What are Commandments?”

And the Lord said, “They are rules for living.”

“Can you give us an example?”

“Thou shall not kill.”

“Not kill? We’re not interested.”

He went to the Blacks and said, “I have Commandments.”

The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said, “Honor thy Father and Mother.”

“Father? We don’t know who our fathers are.”

Then He went to the Mexicans and said, “I have Commandments.”

The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said “Thou shall not steal.”

“Not steal? We’re not interested.”

Then He went to the French and said, “I have Commandments.”

The French too wanted an example and the Lord said,”Thou shall not commit adultery.”

“Not commit adultery? We’re not interested.”

Finally, He went to the Jews and said, “I have Commandments.”

“Commandments?” They said, “How much are they?”

“They’re free.”

“We’ll take 10.”

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Oh btw that wasn’t the only one I snitched from lynne, I also got this link and generated myself a word cloud based on my blog. Can you see your name/blog nick in there somewhere?

Ok, now I guess it’s back to the rat race and political crisis. Have a nice day everyone…

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Interesting times….

Sitting here in front of my computer pondering about this day and the events that are happening around me. Well, except for the fact that I AM using a computer and blogging, I feel like I was back in 1986 during the first EDSA people power revolution. It’s deja vu actually, like I’ve seen this before… damnit, I have.

Crap! Has it been 20 years already? I have to look for the old pictures that I took when I went to the Malacanang Palace (out of curiosity) with a couple of friends a few days after that historic day. At 25 years old, I was then full of hopes and dreams for this country… should have known better than to trust politicians.

20 fucking years, and we’re back on the street trying to unseat an unwanted and unpopular president… looks like we haven’t really moved on since 86′. Malcontents in the military are starting to get creative again no thanks to that former coup plotter turned ex senator, and now this guy is in hiding after being implicated again in this latest coup attempt. Geez, they should’ve buried this bastard decades ago but instead, those stupid voters elected him to the senate. Whatever happened to the hopes and dreams of the people for this country after they kicked out a dictator and his family? Are we just recycling tyrants now?

In a speech in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 7, 1966, Robert F. Kennedy said, “There is a Chinese curse which says, “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times…” Well, he could have been referring to this country because we sure are living in an interesting time, and the fact that this country seems to be cursed with stupid/corrupt politicians, petty tyrants, and equally stupid voters. We’ll see what happens next…..

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The next AI?

And now for the lighter side… Last year, on American Idol 4. I predicted from the very beginning during the auditions that Carrie Underwood would be the next AI. Well, what do you know…. I was right. So this year, I’m making another bold prediction (As if I am a psychic). This early, ( yeah, yeah I know it’s too early) I have a gut feeling that Katharine McPhee will be the next AI. Why not? Even the judges and especially the usually acerbic Simon Cowell can see it. But, that’s just me…. so who’s your bet?

Note: Crap! I hope I didn’t jinx her with this post….

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The issue about those caricatures hasn’t died down yet. In fact, it is still raging in the Muslim world and it looks like a line has been drawn. On one side, the Danish government standing firm on its principle. And on the other, an upset… no, angry hordes of Islamic fanatics calling for blood to be spilled.

If you think that there have never been any images depicting the prophet before all this brouhaha, well think again. I found this while surfing the web for more articles on the Mohammed cartoons….

Mohammed Image Archive

Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History

Controversy over the publication of images depicting Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has erupted into an international furor. While Muslims worldwide have called for a boycott of Denmark and any other nation whose press reprints the cartoons, Europeans are trying to stand up for Western principles of freedom of speech and not cave in to self-censorship in the name of multiculturalism and fear.

While the debate rages, an important point has been overlooked: despite the supposed Islamic prohibition against depicting Mohammed under any circumstances, hundreds of paintings, drawings and other images of Mohammed have been created over the centuries, with nary a word of complaint from the Muslim world. The recent cartoons in Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it’s just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized.

This page is an archive of numerous depictions of Mohammed, to serve as a reminder that such imagery has been part of Western and Islamic culture since the Middle Ages — and to serve as a resource for those interested in freedom of expression. (Please note that the Arabic name “Mohammed” has over the years been transliterated into Western languages with several different spellings — some of which you’ll encounter on this site — including Mahomet, Muhammad, and Mohamed.)

The images in the Mohammed Image Archive have been divided into the following categories; click on these links to view the images in each section:

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed in Full

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed with Face Hidden

European Medieval and Renaissance Images

Miscellaneous Mohammed Images

Book Illustrations

Dante’s Inferno

French Book Covers

Satirical Modern Cartoons

And for those who haven’t seen the infamous cartoons….

The Jyllands-Posten Cartoons

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Oldies but goodies?

Have you ever wondered how some celebrities would look like in say…. 30 0r 40 years from now? Assuming that the scientists still hadn’t come up with a formula for the fountain of youth (I’m sure these guys will be the first to snap it up, IF it comes out) in the year 2040, this is what they would look like…. theoretically.











Thanks to my cousin in San Diego, CA for sending me these lovely pics.

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Customer Dis-service…

I don’t know where some companies get their people who man the customer service counter. Either they lack training or just simply… ignorant. Like last Saturday, I went to one of Smart communications branches in a mall in order to inquire further about their wi-fi broadband internet services. I was thinking of switching to wireless and I need to know the pros and cons of their services. Anyways, here’s how it went:

Me: Good afternoon Miss, is this where I can inquire about your wireless internet?

Customer service: Yes sir, how can I help you?

Me: I just need to know about your monthly rates and how much I need to pay upfront. And also, how long it will take before you install the wi-fi antenna, so I’ll know when I can discontinue my present dsl connection.

Customer Service: Oh, you already have a dsl connection?

Me: Err, yeah I’m not happy with their lousy dsl service that’s why I’m switching to wireless.

Customer Service: But sir, we don’t accept applications from people who already have dsl connections from other providers.

Me: What??? What’s wrong with already having one?

Customer Service: Sir, don’t you have a lock-in period in your present account?

Me: Yeah, so? what’s that got to do with my applying for another one? That’s my problem, not yours. It’s between me and the provider….

Customer Service: As far as I know, we don’t allow that…

Me: (WTF???) That’s crazy! I have never heard of such thing even with other providers…

Me: Besides, I’ve already talked to one of Smart communications’ sales rep when they were having a promo about a month ago in the mall’s lobby, and they were even trying to encourage me to switch services and sign up (I almost did btw). They didn’t say anything about any restrictions…

Customer Service: Umm, well if you really want to, then you can discontinue your dsl services with the other company first before you apply for the wi-fi services.

Me: Then what…

Customer Service: Then in 3 days a contractor will go to your place and check if your area is in a ‘hot spot’. If it is, he can already install the wi-fi antenna.

Me: Let me get this straight, you want me to discontinue my dsl account with pldt before Smart can tell its contractor to come to my place…

and check if it is in a ‘hot spot’?

Customer Service: Yes sir…

Me: So if the contractor finds out that it isn’t…. I’m screwed, I won’t have any more internet connection??? *visibly irritated*

Customer Service: Ummm…..

Me: *Standing up* Thank you for your time….. THIS IS REALLY STUPID!!!!

And to think, this company is aggressively promoting its wi-fi services…

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