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

Have you hugged your DDS combatant today?

By JoeAm There are a lot of provocations around these days, social media visits from trolls and the presidents who hire them. I have learned that it is futile to engage people who are on a mission to confuse the conversation or poke people in the eye. I do admire the sophistication of the best … Continue reading

“Gooooooood morning, Philippines!”

I’ll add this third song on the yellow theme. The US went through a social revolution during the 1960’s with a raising of her compassionate conscience. This song shows why, and how. It could today be dedicated to Boracay.  

SONA? Better to ask the farmer.

Comment by Chemrock on the prior blog, adapted from this old joke or that . . . Stable, growing economy : You have 2 cows. They have been producing 20 pints of milk daily since 2010. The government says they helped you to increase the cows’ lactation. You squeeze like hell but the cows are … Continue reading