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November, 2016

  • 13 November

    But where was Lincoln’s log cabin?

    I fussed as we circled round to the visitor’s center, hop­ing I’d find it tucked some­where. Of course, it wasn’t, as I later learned because it’s in Hodgeville, Kentucky, where he was born, now a living farm. How then could Hild­ene’s “Gilded Age” opulence fit into what I knew of Lincoln’s beginnings? I later realized that the contradiction between what …

  • 6 November

    The hard truth on soft corruption

    Only smart-ass law­yers, hucksters and politicians have the gall to split hairs, in­voke quantum physics they do not understand and eventually create razor-thin fine distinc­tions between hard and soft corruption. As if there really was a great and discernible dif­ference for the people who are its victims. Hard or soft, cor­ruption is corruption. The stat­utes make no distinctions and neither …

  • 6 November

    The return of Edwin Lacierda and US dependence

    Social media observers say there has been a significant rise in the number of rants in the internet against President Duterte during and after his visit to the People’s Republic of China.

  • 6 November

    ‘The end is near’

    An ominous phrase, indeed, if referenc­ing noxious clumps of both real and figurative debris, which for months, have gotten more and more bloated from wars both with weapons and rhet­oric the world over, especial­ly, one tilting on a friable bal­ance, the US—where from an ad featuring both presidential candidates in a highly toxic race for the White House I borrowed …

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    For want of a battle

    For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost,” is the penultimate phrase of a short nursery rhyme and an old crusted idiomatic expression that illustrates the distorted trade-offs among choices that people make where they effectively surrender greater causes in pursuit of one lesser and more insignificant. The rhyme starts off with, “For want of a nail, a shoe is …

  • 30 October

    Turning around regrets

    Or more like retrieving a limb or heart chamber we realize we’ve left behind, which soon metamorphoses into a bunch of regrets, long after we’ve settled into our seats on a flight to another country, where with bursts of Facebook happy-face emoticons, for millennial and youngish septuagenarians, that is, we would begin a new life. 

  • 23 October

    The salacious sex standard

    The issues and challenges affecting the United States in its presidential derby that the country and the rest of the relatively lesser Free World has somewhat adopted as the model of the ideal democracy and whose society many have subconsciously held as the model to emulate, at least in its perfect, upstanding, squeaky clean and antiseptic Hollywood Donna Reed Show …

  • 23 October

    When lawbreakers are lawmakers

    As we write this column, the media have just reported that the Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day suspension of incumbent Muntinlupa Rep. Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon over graft charges in connection with the multibillion-peso pork-barrel scam.

  • 23 October

    Not really what you can call a crisis

    When the cold creeps in not quite imperceptibly, nay, in a dramatic way—with leaves turning red and gold, then fall, as in a storm from furious gusts—you would imagine us, belting out Nat King Cole’s haunting, “Autumn Leaves.” Or like new arrivals, you might find us scooping fallen leaves unabashed—some would even send these home glued in albums; an aunt, …

  • 16 October

    It’s the economy, stupid!

    Stock market sound-byte analysts cannot be faulted. Theirs is not exactly the deepest bag of marbles.