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By mlq3 Posted in Daily Dose on October 13, 2007 75 Comments 1 min read
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Winston Churchill, in a moment of reflection, once told his wife, “We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.”

My class on Opinion and Editorial Writing submitted their final exam, and I think they did a good job. They had to write, edit, and layout an Op-Ed section. Naturally, I’m very proud of them all.

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  1. What a difference seven years makes! Bush earned the Iraq war and Al Gore earned the Nobel Prize. A well deserved award. In the end, Al Gore was vindicated.

    The Republicans and Supreme Court did America an injustice by voting and placing Bush into office. Bush will be remembered as one of the most incompetent presidents of all time no matter what happens in Iraq

    Life has a funny way of making things right! Karma is the great equalizer

  2. The Pinnochio Test on Spins (“Believe it or not”)

    “The Philippines is the most democratic country in our region. We have no tolerance for human rights violations at home or abroad.” GMA Speech in the UN General Assembly; Sept.28,2007

  3. “Connect the dots….”

    The CYBERED project requires the DepEd to team up for the project with Tsinghua Tongfang Nuctech Company (Nuctech). Hu Haifeng,( the 35-year-old son of Chinese President Hu Jintao,) is president of Nuctech.

  4. MAV, Wow, its no wonder then why Gloria wants those deals to push through. Could China be one of the reasons Gloria is still in power ?

  5. “Not only administration congressmen but also at least one local government executive were given money after attending separate meetings with President Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang on Thursday.

    Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio, a Catholic priest, on Saturday said a Palace staff member dressed in a barong tagalog handed him a brown paper gift bag containing P500,000 as he was walking toward his car.”

    GMA:What a way to govern!

  6. Could China be one of the reasons Gloria is still in power ?

    No, it it is because of the spineless, gutless and brainless opposition who only work for their best interest, gaining media mileage among them. Sheesh.

  7. We don’t have a political opposition in this country(i.e,no principled opposition).It’s not like Republicans versus Democrats or Labour versus Conservatives.

    What we have is always the “INs versus the OUTs”!

    What’s the difference of GMA/Enrile/Defensor Santiago/Puno
    versus Villar/Cayetano/Madrigal/Lacson?

    Answer:Nada!

    WE ,the people, are the opposition!

  8. There are many national leaders aspiring for the Presidency in 2010 (assuming no foul moves by the “incumbent”).The most prominent names at present are Villar, Roxas, De Castro, Legarda and Gordon. All these personalities have charisma, the political experience, the exposure at the national level and the required funds/political machinery.

    Assuming these are the most probable candidates, I would ask myself one very simple but important question: “Who is the honest politician(hopefully, this is not an oxymoron) among them ?”

    Considering the national traumas associated with the incumbent president and her immediate predecessor, this country desperately needs a leader of true integrity. We need a president who is TRUSTED by the people.

    We need a President who can stand there, look at us straight in the eyes and give us the terrible, awful, sad truth. For once, we would love to have a president who doesn’t throw his or her spin-doctor rhetoric at us.

    He or she would see the truth as a non-negotiable necessity .He or she would see full-disclosure and transparency as a tool of a functioning democracy and not an enemy to his or her plans.

    Is this asking too much from a President?

  9. “He or she would see the truth as a non-negotiable necessity .He or she would see full-disclosure and transparency as a tool of a functioning democracy and not an enemy to his or her plans.”

    Sometimes, they start out that way, along the way they may stray from the straight and narrow, but there could be two things that will keep them in line, God and censorship.

  10. Censorship by the people, thats where tranparency comes in. I don’t think great leaders make themselves, they’re greatness is also molded by their constituents whether directly or indirectly.

  11. Winston Churchill, in a moment of reflection, once told his wife, “We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.”

    I actually like this quote. Our leaders have to be ordinary people like us but have this uncanny ability to bring light.

  12. “Our leaders have to be ordinary people like us but have this uncanny ability to bring light.ramrod”

    True! Unfortunately,we haven’t had inspiring leaders like a Nelson Mandela or a Gandhi or a Lee Kuan Yew.

    Maybe Ninoy.

  13. Right now Manolo and Sonny Trillanes are an inspiration to me. They both have the guts, the intellect and the principle. I hope they run in tandem in 2010 if the have the age qualification and it doesn’t matter which one shd vie for pres or VP.

  14. MAV and others, Good leaders are sometimes molded by their followers and most of the time by the people that surrounds them, their advisers.

    There were many examples of them, some were born leaders, the likes of Abe Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, Ramon Magsaysay, but there were others that were made good by their good advisers, Ronald Reagan had very good advisers guiding him, George W. have a not so good in Karl Rove, plus the Special Interests influence of his vice President, that he ended making blunders after blunders. He may declare that he is his own man, but he does have enough knowledge of the world affairs that he still rely on his advisers.

    For GMA she was smart enough with Money not a problem, to hire the best there is, and with the help of unprincipled and for sale politicians from every level, she was able to stay in power and may leave the Country with another Very Dark Mark as her legacy…

    Sorry, posted this on the other very long thread by mistake.

  15. ramrod :

    Censorship by the people, thats where tranparency comes in. I don’t think great leaders make themselves, they’re greatness is also molded by their constituents whether directly or indirectly.
    ————————————————-
    conversely, their “corruptness” is also molded by the pinoy. kahit saan, trained na sa corruption ang pinoy. kung ano ang puno siya ang bunga. magagalit na naman ang mga marcos loyalist, but it all started with marcos – the ‘in your face’ corruption. at the other blog, may nagsasabi na huwag na raw balikan ang nakaraan. si gloria daw ang kalaban ngayon. but what’s happening now is what has happened in the past. sino ba ang unang namigay ng envelopes full of money? ano ba ang pagkakaiba ni esperon kay ver? sayang. may momentum na sana ang pinas mula kay cory hanggang kay fvr. hindi man tuluyang nawala ang mga ‘salot’, at least there’s a sense of moving forward. tapos naupo si erap. i don’t care if he’s an actor or what not, pero sinayang niya ang kanyang pwesto sa history. ang pinoy, the ‘people’ is mostly to blame. magmasid ka, corruption is all over the place. bakit ganun? once a pinoy goes abroad, he/she immediately follows rules. pero sa sariling bansa, kesehoda. hindi na nakikita ang guhit sa kalye.

  16. justice in waiting, Mav, ramrod and others,

    Great Leaders are born great and some are molded by the people that surround them, their advisers and some are turned into greatness by the a given situation and circumstances…Abe Lincoln was a born great leader, reinforced his greatness by the situation during his time as he presided the long and bloody conflict within his nation.
    Dwight Eisenhower was both great by birth and by his advisers, as he proved by being a great military leader and civil leader.
    Ronald Reagan, like Ramon Magsaysay may not be the great intellectuals, but great leaders are destined to led, not invent something miraculous or design a vehicle to Jupiter.

    Now we have George W. whose quality is unknown, but considering he is surrounded by people of special interest in Dick Cheney (haliburton guy) and also by Karl Rove, who can win elections and the reason why he stays as the top adviser, some kind of payback, then it is no surprise of his blunders after blunders.

    Closer home, we have the current PM, Steven Harper who when taking over the leadership of his Conservative party, many political pundits accuse as George W. puppet. Won a minority and the fear of him being a firebrand rightist, who many believe will sell out the country prove unfounded.

    He has courted ethnic votes across the country, ramped up support for the military, shifted focus on the environment and championed a get-tough approach to criminal justice. He also got the approval of the disenchanted province of Quebec by declaring the province a Nation within a Nation which Quebec by all intent and purpose was already one except by name.

    And again pundits will say, that he is showing greatness because he has a Minority and may revert back to what they suspected once he wins a Majority; time will tell as we most of the time realized Our Leaders greatness long after they are gone in the scene and sometimes by their Legacies…

  17. Now we have George W. whose quality is unknown
    ———————————————–

    unknown? as he said, he is the ‘decider’. no matter how you look at it, kahit saan mo ilagay si dubya, decisions niya o hindi, we already knew him.

  18. DinaPinoy: “…kahit saan mo ilagay si dubya, decisions niya o hindi, we already knew him.”

    ****

    Mas maganda, sa kubeta mo, DinaPinoy, ilagay si Dubya.

  19. Drucker said just before he passed away that he failed to write the one business management book that he would have titled ‘Managing Ignorance.’

    Taken to a broader perspective ‘politics’ is about managing the different levels of ignorance. When I use the word politics in this perspective I mean political economy.

    There is no other perspective for politics except that.

    Churchill became a brilliant war leader but a lousy peacetime leader. He was the last Prime Minister of the British Empire and witnessed the turnover to the American Empire. He and George Keenan laid the foundation for what would become the rationale for the Cold War.

    Today it is the American empire that rules the global commons – the seas, the air and space. Never in the history of the planet has an industrial-military complex dominated the world through a unitary monetary system – the dollar.

    Under the Romans through to the British Empire it was gold and silver. The British pound sterling got its monetary standard from a pound of silver.

    The American monetary standard is based on the faith in the industrial-military power that supports the political economy.

    Full faith and credit. The entire planet runs on credit.

  20. The Cat
    ” No, it it is because of the spineless, gutless and brainless opposition who only work for their best interest, gaining media mileage among them. Sheesh.”

    Addition friend. it is also because of the spineless and overbrain and overcautios middle class who only work for their best interest, and their overbloated egos. So Gloria is still in power. I want to puke.

  21. frombelow :

    The Cat
    ” No, it it is because of the spineless, gutless and brainless opposition who only work for their best interest, gaining media mileage among them. Sheesh.”

    Addition friend. it is also because of the spineless and overbrain and overcautios middle class who only work for their best interest, and their overbloated egos. So Gloria is still in power. I want to puke.
    —————————————————-
    kung hindi tayo part ng opposition, hindi rin tayo kasama sa middle class, saan ba tayo, upperclass? “spinemore” ba tayo?

  22. I am a big fan on Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) who is a trying to get the nomination to be the GOP presidential candidate. (Google “Ron Paul” if you do not know him). Although some people dismiss him as a second tier candidate, he has a hige following on the Internet and I for one am impressed by his integrity. I often wish that we have someone like him in the Philippine Congress; someone who votes in accordance to the Constitution, who does not entertain lobbyists and special interest groups, who is consistent in such a way that you can predict which side he will vote on because of his track record.

    Is there anyone in the Philippine Congress who is like Ron Paul?

  23. “Is there anyone in the Philippine Congress who is like Ron Paul?” Octarino

    Ikaw naman oh, syempre wala noh. of course none, noh.
    Ang saya-saya, noh. Tuloy ang cash gift-giving noh. We are all happy,noh.

  24. I’d like to believe that we are the opposition, the people who are not for the present administration and are growing exponentially. The visible opposition, senators, etc., they themselves are in confusion as to who are real opposition.

  25. It’s going to take strong stands to overcome the manufactured distractions and distortions.But for so long as the spin doctors and a compliant media keep bringing up more spins,we need to do more to neutralize the power of their spins.

  26. “Taken to a broader perspective ‘politics’ is about managing the different levels of ignorance. ”

    HRVDS,

    Some people will squirm at your attempt to relate Drucker to government related issues. They would have us believe that management/leadership in the corporate setting is not applicable to government. Perhaps Financial aspects of government is also different from corporate? Do these two use different accounting procedures? Is transparency and accountability not applicable to politics? If I listen to their line of argument sometimes I feel like I’m in a different planet.

  27. “conversely, their “corruptness” is also molded by the pinoy. kahit saan, trained na sa corruption ang pinoy. kung ano ang puno siya ang bunga. magagalit na naman ang mga marcos loyalist, but it all started with marcos – the ‘in your face’ corruption”

    Dinapinoy,

    I agree with you. There’s a book titled “Closer than Brothers” by Al Mcoy it chronicles the way Marcos politicised the military that led to its corruption and facist like orientation.

  28. “at the rate the repartees between two gma rarahs ungs are taking place, i say it’s coming from one schizo. stylometrically telling.” inidoro

    could you present a mathematical formula to aid this archaic conjecture of yours? or shall we say, another case of a misled and hoodwinked conclusions. if you know the proponent of this blog (i guess you know mlq3), he’s the one who can put to rest all these brouhaha and hullabaloo. it all boils down to, well, tsismis (which is a common as air these days). why don’t we talk something with substance and not more on hearsays (are you a fond patron of the buzz? of boy abunda fame?) mok mok

  29. i am neither pro-gma nor anti-gma, my allegiance is to my convictions and what i think is right. i have misgivings and i also have some praises to the present administration.

  30. “could you present a mathematical formula to aid this archaic conjecture of yours? or shall we say, another case of a misled and hoodwinked conclusions”

    stay free!

  31. “i have misgivings and i also have some praises to the present administration.”

    bibith/tiliiling/other aliases:name your misgivings,at least one (be honest)

    stay free!

  32. “bibith/tiliiling/other aliases:name your misgivings,at least one (be honest)

    stay free!”

    i am tililing – nothing more, nothing less. bibeth is presently in the dfa at the moment. some misgivings:

    the inability of the government to run after tax evaders. if this is done properly, there’s no need to the vat increase.

    the inability of the government to curb illegal smuggling all over the philippines. i saw once a container filled with candies but in the middle of the van was a 2006 bmw750i. the candies was good camouflage.

    the ineptness of the different government offices, both lgu and national to give the best service to the common filipino like myself. mok mok

  33. so karah also know bibith the way tililing knows her. and after someone asked if karah and lailow are both one and the same, karah disappeared and so did bibith and resurrected as Eng..just as complicated as the money changing hands among our corrupt politicians…

  34. “bibith/tiliiling/other aliases:name your misgivings,at least one (be honest)

    stay free!” mav

    i did not give one. i did not give two. i gave three

  35. “so karah also know bibith the way tililing knows her. and after someone asked if karah and lailow are both one and the same, karah disappeared and so did bibith and resurrected as Eng..just as complicated as the money changing hands among our corrupt politicians…” shylock

    funny. funny. funny. i am harry. i came to know karah only in here. whether i know bibeth or engeng is i think none of your business (read my lips). and why, it’s the first time i saw you sn in here, concealing your identity?

    i would have wanted to know karah thru the owner of this site. i did email mlq3 for karah’s email add but the former said that it’s up to me to know her email add and that he can’t help me with that request. confirm this to mlq3 since your detective skills is unsherlock-holmes-like to tell it to your face. it’s karah i want to debate with.

  36. HRVDS,

    “Some people will squirm at your attempt to relate Drucker to government related issues. They would have us believe that management/leadership in the corporate setting is not applicable to government. Perhaps Financial aspects of government is also different from corporate? Do these two use different accounting procedures? Is transparency and accountability not applicable to politics? If I listen to their line of argument sometimes I feel like I’m in a different planet”.

    ramrod, when it comes to municipal governments, corporate management is right in place as municipal and city government mostly concern with monetary policies. But with Federal and Autonomous member Provinces or States, all the transparency and accountability are no difference than in Corporate world as these are all covered under the Criminal code, but it also involves Fiscal policies which slighly differs from the corporate world. That is why cities such as New York and other major North American Cities are better if governed by experience CEO or business experience leaders.

    And could be the reason why Party Politics are not allowed for Municipal Governments…

  37. “Arroyo renews call for Charter change.Panel formed to draft federalism ‘roadmap’ by 2012”

    Here we come again! she really wants it hat bad after 2010!

  38. “Amid talk of impeachment at the House of Representatives and alleged bribery by Malacañang of lawmakers and local officials, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has revived her call for Charter change.INQUIRER

    Oh Mrs.Gloria Pidal,here you come again with your dreams and schemes to perpetuate the Pidals beyond 2010!

  39. so if you are harry and karah and tililing or not why blew up? hehehhe..

    just like you, coming in here in different colors, everyone is also entitled to change color just like the vermilion..and sherlock holmes did a few misses even just as a fiction..as what some of us (including me) are just as fictions… bye and out….

  40. MAV,

    If PGMA intention of proposing changing the system of Government from Unitary to Federal system other than an attempt for better governance, then an extra-judicial means of removing her would not be far to follow…

  41. “so karah also know bibith the way tililing knows her. and after someone asked if karah and lailow are both one and the same, karah disappeared and so did bibith and resurrected as Eng..just as complicated as the money changing hands among our corrupt politicians…”

    multiple personalities!”all in one!”

    stay free !

  42. now i understand why people in here act the way they do – it’s because of extreme paranoia. i am laughing my heart out with all of these scuttlebutt.

    no wonder the hate gloria club never prospered it’s because it was founded on mere gossips and rumors.

    the next time, i’ll change my sn, i’ll try to ask permission from all the people in here. funny if not abnormal.

    an advance notice, my next sn would be mokmok.

  43. To Tililling,karah,bibith,lailow,harry,eng.eng2(all rolled into one).et al”multiple” personalities:

    When I conceived the Luli Arroyo Internet Brigade, I saw a long fight ahead. I pictured sleepless nights replying point by point to every destabilizer-with-an-internet-connection. I looked at the task ahead, and despaired.

    The reactions to the people’s overwhelming non-reaction have come in two flavors – “Gloria’s people are working against us to keep us down”, or “Fuck the middle class, they can’t take a hint.” Neither of which are even close to the truth. But, brigadiers, we want them to keep believing this. We want them to keep believing that the Luli Arroyo Internet Brigade has been largely responsible for the utter silence that greets them every time they enter a Starbucks in a black shirt. We want them to believe they can “rearrange the furniture” around an apathetic middle class. The greater the gulf between the opposition and reality, the more successful we shall become!

    Stay vigilant, my agent – in time, the opposition, for all intents and purposes, will BE the Luli Arroyo Internet Brigade!

    Love and kisses,

    LULI A. (My Mommy right or wrong!)

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