Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Not so great expectations


As expected, after a year or so in office, it can now be said that this is a mediocre presidency. Which is all well and good. You read that right, it is all well and good. That is as much as I expect from government. To at least temper greed and corruption. To at least not be so incompetent. To at least not have scandal after scandal on the news. That the constant news hounding this president is the identity of his latest date, which is actually non-news, is really good news.

Maybe it is because I never expected government to solve my problems. To find me a job. To feed me. To provide each and every solution to my day to day struggles. My expectations is for government to get out of the way of business. To let business thrive on it's own, without being hampered by red tape and corruption. That is the least that government can do. And I believe this government is on its way.

There will be no great accomplishments. But no great scandals, either.

Remember that there was never really a great prime minister nor a great chancellor of Japan and Germany, respectively, that led them out from the devastation of World War 2. It was Sony, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, etc. It was private citizens doing honest labor in the private sector that lifted those two nations to greatness once again.

It is not up to PNoy to lift this nation out of poverty. It is all up to you -- PINOY.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Magka-alaman na


Ugaling Pinoy, ayaw ng away.

Lalo na kung ito ay mga tao o institusyon na dapat (daw) ginagalang. Salaula, bastos, walang modo, yan ang mga tawag sa mga taong hindi marunong gumalang, ayon na rin sa ating kultura. Magandang ugali sa kabuuan. Pero hindi sa lahat nga pagkakataon. Paano na lang kung talagang mali ang institusyong dapat igalang? Hindi ba dapat, paminsan-minsan dapat rin silang kontrahin? Debatihin?

Father, mawalang galang na po, pero hindi ako sang ayon na hindi dapat turuan ng reproductive health ang mamamayan. Hindi ko sinasabi na wala kayong karapatang ihayag ang utos ng Diyos (ayon sa inyong paningin) sa inyong mga taga-sunod, ngunit, responsibilidad ng gobyerno na bigyan ng tamang edukasyon ang ating mga mamamayan sa paraang siyentipikong family planning.

Sila, sa huli, ang mga mamamayan mismo, ang pipili. Walang pilitan. Sila ang magdedesiyon ayon sa kanilang konsensya, at hindi dahil sila ay mga mangmang na hindi alam kung ano ang alternatibo.

Kaya sige, ihayag ninyo ang inyong position. Ihahayag naman namin ang amin. Magdebate. Magtalo-talo. At ng sa ganun magka-alaman na.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

End of the world


I didn't catch it in the news, but apparently the world ended a few hours ago. So how was it for all you?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thou shall not lie


The Church is shooting themselves in the foot by employing a Machiavellian tactic in their fight against the RH Bill. The RH Bill is not about abortion, it says so right there in the bill itself. The RH Bill is about educating the masses and giving them the tools to make an informed decision on which contraception to employ -- not force them to use any contraception, mind you, but just give them the education to make an informed decision. Why the big lie?

I would, honestly, give the Church's argument serious consideration, if only they would not be so desperate and employ a strawman fallacy argument, and employ it so poorly. I've stopped listening to them entirely. Really? You all think this is still the 16th century and people can not think for themselves? If there is any logic to your position, why not stand on those legs and present that to the people? Talk to me. Present me your position. But please, do not lie to me.

I am not an expert on the bible, I would never debate with a priest of what is and what isn't written in the bible. But I believe, somewhere in there, it says that "the truth shall set us free".

Be careful what you wish for


You might just get it.  Remember that, Juan Manuel Marquez. You wanted this third fight with Manny. You chased after it. Now you are going to get it.

But in fairness to the Mexican great, you know this is going to be an exciting fight. Not a Joshua Clottey or a Sugar Shane Mosley farce. So, let's get ready to rumble!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

That was the main event?


Shane on you Sugar for that Mosely disappointing fight. Somebody hold the man's paycheck! He auditioned for "Dancing with the Stars" and didn't come to fight. Give everyone a refund. I want my 3 hours back.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Unarmed


I don't understand all the fuss with the little detail of Osama Bin Laden being unarmed when he was shot and killed by US Navy seals. What's the big deal?

This reminds me of my favorite scene in the best, I believe, Western movie ever made, "Unforgiven". An Oscar winning directorial effort by Clint Eastwood, who also played the main character, William Munny.

I will not go into the other details of the movie. This is not a movie review. Just one scene; William Munny (Clint Eastwood), just found out that his best friend,  Ned (Morgan Freeman) was killed by the town sheriff (Gene Hackman) and his deputies. William Munny, the meanest, most vile murderer the West had seen, was out for revenge and sought the men who had killed his friend -- alone. He found himself outside the town saloon, looking at the corpse of Ned leaning inside an upright coffin and with a sign that read, "this is what happens to assassins around here". Inside the saloon, the town sheriff was organizing a posse to track down William Munny. They needn't look far, as William nonchalantly comes in through the front door with a double barrel shotgun at the ready.

"Who's the fellow that owns this shithole?" William matter-of-factly asks. The supposed posse of around 20 men were all surprised. No one dared move. No one even dared speak. William had to repeat the question before the owner of the saloon finally answered, "I do, I own this place". William asked the others to move out of the way then, without fanfare or uttering another word, shot the saloon owner dead.

"You just shot an unarmed man!", finally, the town sheriff protested.

"Well...", in a raspy deliberate tone as only Clint Eastwood can deliver a line, "he should have armed himself, if he was going to decorate his saloon with my friend."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Smart sucks


Just when I thought I had found gold with Smart phone and web services when my Smart Bro finally allowed me to play tournaments in Zynga poker (just two weeks ago), now comes this, I can not register for their Unli services. Not just that, I can not get balance inquiry on my phone (since last night). I can not reload my Smart Money from my BPI account. In other words, Smart sucks! And it is sucking my load at the ridiculous rate of 10 pesos per 30 minutes. And oh, it sucked my girlfriend's unli phone load for 2 days -- frustrated she has now switched to Talk and Text.

I tried filing a complaint on their website, you know what happened? ERROR message! What's up Smart? The least you can do is inform your customers if you are experiencing technical difficulties and promise to reimburse us for all that lost load. That is, if you are smart. Which I doubt.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Me and the Pope Mobile



That's me in the foreground, a little drunk in a town fiesta I invaded last weekend, trying to fake a picture of me getting on board the Pope Mobile. Angle wasn't quite right, and we didn't have the time to make several attempts. That is as good as it gets. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Good riddance


Just about now, one Osama Bin Laden is finding out that no 72 virgins await him in the after-life. Yay!

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