Laws and Outlaws

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm Outlaws are what cowboys called criminals in the American Wild West. Generally they were the band of robbers, rustlers, and killers on the run. In the Philippines, we call them LGU heads, legislators, and presidents. That’s a joke, eh? Well, maybe. A lot of people in the Philippines don’t respect … Continue reading

Free speech and cancel culture

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Free speech is the idea, enshrined in laws, that people ought not be restrained in what they say because ideas help social development. But free has an asterisk attached that says free also means responsible. You can’t make bomb jokes in an airport, or threaten someone with physical harm … Continue reading

“Back to the USA!”

Analysis and Opinion By Joseph Quilious America Two factors have coincided to promote a change here at the blog. One is that the Philippines is entering its formal election cycle. The other is that I’ll be a criminal in the Philippines soon if I continue to write as Joe America here. Well, the first of … Continue reading

Unity or diversity? Oh, my!

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm My response to would-be autocrats calling for unity is a sneering, dismissive shake of the head. They really mean enforced loyalty to THEM, not a collaboration that respects diversity. The Constitution does not demand that kind of unity, you know. Indeed, it promotes diversity. It has a whole section on … Continue reading

Reply 1986

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar ” . . if you can hear me, reply. 1988, time of my youth . .” is part of what Deok-Sun, the female main character of K-Drama Reply 1988, says at the end of that series, a nostalgic look at a neighborhood of Seoul back in 1988, when people still … Continue reading