Not much time for an entry today. To either ruin or inspire your day, depending on your political alignment, there’s the writing duet of Bel Cunanan and Emil Jurado who are warbling and croaking, respectively, the official, authentic, Palace party line on, you know, the conspiracy thing, which was defended with operatic fervor by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in the Senate yesterday (Paeng has an, uh, graphic response to her speech that’s neither kind nor diplomatic). You can’t beat Newsstand for brevity (with a punch) in summing things up:
That [her speech] is not an argument; that is merely the residue of a very public meltdown.
Dong Puno doesn’t exactly toe the Palace line, but does brood, rather darkly, that some sort of life-and-death struggle is going on. My former teacher Alex Magno reports on Bangkok envy (which I’ve felt, too), but I’m not convinced about his assertion that the Thai PM doesn’t do grandstanding or indulge in politicking. At least Magno didn’t resort to that tired old refrain, “you know, the Thais have a king, maybe we could do with one, too…” Tony Abaya is playful, today, waxing positively Grimm (Brothers, that is) in the imagery of his column (mixed, uh, symbolism, or is it metaphors aplenty: the President as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, FVR as the wicked witch from Sleeping Beauty, toy soldiers, and even a pterodactyl!).
Heres Report A and Report B on de la Salle Brother Dizon quitting the charter change consultative commission (an interesting tidbit from Report B: “Lorenzana also said that a one-month debate between federalists led by Abueva and supporters of a unitary government led by Cebu Governor Pablo Garcia will take place to achieve better proposals for the Charter amendments.”). The Inquirer editorial takes a look at the Senate President’s woes and proposes an Antidote; Senators, however, seem to be getting weak in the knees; Sen. Ralph Recto sees the Senate President’s impending doom.
I’m sure you’ve heard of that old favorite topic for idle high school and college conversations: that the Smurfs were Communists, right? Finally tracked down a site with not one, but two, articles on the subject. My favorite Communist blogger writes a charming blog entry on penguins inspiring continued class struggle. I liked the documentary very much, too, by the way.
Belated readings and news department: Read Red’s Herring on executive orders, Hail Mary passes, the Federalists and such; and Another Hundred Years Hence launches his own movement.