Of Chinese, racism, and smiling

By JoeAm I was sitting in the restaurant. Four Chinese women in their early thirties, I would guess, came in and asked the Filipina waitress for guidance on the menu. These were not the loud, overbearing Chinese who sat next to us at the Waterfront Casino buffet the last time we were in Cebu. “Those … Continue reading

Bully Boys in the West Pacific

By JoeAm Democracy is an idealized form of government that has proved hard to manage because most ‘leaders’ are inept or crooked. Dictatorships or other forms of authoritarian rule are better understood by people who are not educated or who are lazy, crooked, or brutal themselves. They can’t conceptualize freedom and link it to inspiration. … Continue reading

The Philippines is down for the count . . .

By JoeAm And the count is at six. The Philippine government’s appeasement with China is one of the world’s most self-destructive historical moments. China is sitting in Philippine seas blocking Filipino fishermen from food sources and destroying the ecosystems that support fish re-generation. It is a royal disaster promising long-term devastation . . . done … Continue reading

The tweet I did not publish

By JoeAm I admire political cartoonists. They do their eloquent drawings with exaggerated features and sharp-tongued captions and people know it is an intellectual message wrapped in satire or humor. Not a personal slur. The cartoonists seldom get sued for libel. But in the Philippines, big shots are not used to being pilloried. They are … Continue reading

Trash wars and other Philippine nonsense

By JoeAm The Philippines almost went to war over trash from Canada, imported by Filipinos, and blamed on Canada. The 69 containers of nasty trash evidently sat in Customs stinking up the docks for six years and no one did anything about it. There was no reason, no money to be made in doing something, … Continue reading