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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom ! Luv’ ya !

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. ( She’s also my best friend . )

 

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My musings at 1:30 AM

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Chillin’ at 1:40 AM , March 31, 2019 .

 

Yesterday, March 30, was my Dad’s  birthday.

 

I haven’t “watched ” the news  for about 3 months now.. I am tired of all the political burlesque   that’s going on here in the US and around the world. Like,  what the heck  happened to Venezuela? It’s like an  apocalypse over  there … empty shelves at grocery stores,  Mickey Mouse money… almost a million Venezuela Bolivars for one cup of coffee ! ….  and a  million per cent  inflation rate. ( I watched it YouTube, BBC Channel )

 

On the homefront,  I’ve turned into a political zombie. …. I’m  more like a  ” deadma “ , I think.  What’s a ” deadma ” ?  It’s a common Filipino slang word coined from 2 English words  ” dead malice ” . A person is  deadma  when he/she  feels, looks, and acts unconcerned about what’s going on around him/her,. ( or fiddles while Rome burns, as the saying goes. ) . However, I’m only deadma  on the outside.  Inwardly, I’m judging….. Yes , judging ,  but  in the most sensible, reasonable ,  logical  and most fair manner  as possible.

That’s the  reason why my politics has   slid from far left  to just a bit left of center.  Extremism is toxic. Anything  taken  in excess is poison.  The only thing  that has not budged  is my position on environment and guns, and my  unwavering disgust with  you – know -who…

 

I know exactly when the slide towards the center started. It started right after the 2016 US presidential elections.

 

That’s all. Don’t hate me.  Bye , and peace.

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A rant , not in English…. nice to be bi-lingual.

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The United States of America is a nation divided……. divided between those whose minds and hearts reflect the beliefs and values (  if any) of the current president, and those who do not .

 

Lower House  is now under Democratic Party control . Thank goodness for small mercies.

 

Pero,  baka   mas  grabe  pa si  tRump  ngayon. Segurado ako mag- jurumentado  na  yan .   Ahhh,  buti na lang talo si Kim Davis, ( Booo !! ) yung tarantado at hipocrita  na nag -refuse magbigay ng marriage license sa gay couple.  Pero,  s’ya  mismo  4  beses na kasal .  Ay,  Dios  mio,  ang kapal  ! ! ! Sige,  punta ka na sa  kueba mo,  gaga , bobo, bruha  !  Tapos, yung  taga- Florida,  nag- boto ng sobra na racist.   Eh, kahit gusto n’yo  para ng California, ( may Hollywood Blvd. pa ?? He he ) , ‘di pwede, kasi   di kayo ” cool”. Kelan pa naging cool ang racists ? Aber ? Pero, siempre, hindi lahat, huh.  Big hugs and hearts  to blue Floridians. Malas  talaga,  ‘di ba ? Hu, hu,hu.  Pati Georgia, malas . Tsk !  Akala ko, medyo Okay na.  Wala rin. Sobra na Red.      Congrats sa Wisconsin.  Na- boot out n’yo si Scott Walker. ! Yey !

* sigh *  Pula  o  asul.. ( red or blue )   …..  Grabe.

 

Brown at  minority ,  nasa California ako. Suerte …. Walang duda , miserable and life namin kung kinuha ni  Papa yung trabaho sa Alabama, ha ha ha.  * shivers*

 

It’s nice to know another  language ( Philippine language ).  I can write,  unfiltered, every now and then.  I’m not being rude, though…. just trying to spare your  sensitive, refined feelings.  Ignorance is bliss, ‘di ba ???  He he…… I wonder if any non-Filipino can get the gist of  what I just wrote above. Hmm….  Let me know in the comment section.

 

Okay, ciao ! Babayooooo ! !

 

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The Geek In Me Arises Again

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As the title says, the geek in me rises again.  I just bought a video game titled  God Of War 4, one of my all – time favorite video games.  This is why I’ve been AWOL  on WordPress  these past few days.   When I play, nothing can interrupt me, except work, of course..  In fact,  I’d rather play my  favorite game than date a hot guy.  ^__^    ” Ren, you bailed on him ???  You kidding ? ”   Me:  “He can wait…. Kratos  can’t. ”

 

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The game is heart attack difficult.  My character had to die more than a dozen times before I could figure out the way to defeat an enemy boss.

 

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I know some of you are thinking…. ” what’s so good about video games , and why do  people indulge in such unproductive , make – believe stuff ? ”   Those who love to play are the only ones  who can understand. But do you know  seniors  at retirement homes are actually encouraged to play video games ? Video games are almost all about strategy , quick  responses and reflexes, so when they play, they get to exercise their mental  and physical  faculties.  Do video games  make people dumb? I don’t think so.  It’s only when people do everything  excessively that  makes it a bad thing. Anything done in excess is bad.  Any food consumed  in excess is toxic, even water.  That’s the first thing a student  learns in Toxicology.  Don’t believe  everything that you read  especially those written by celebrities and science ” journalists”.

 

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There are so many bloggers here on WordPress who are so good in writing  down their motivational, spiritual, and  inspirational thoughts ….. and then they   let out they are  rabid  admirers and supporters of  that person  temporarily living at  the White House.   I don’t care who they support and admire…. it is their right. They can  be admirers of Hitler  and Mussolini for all I care, or  secret members of the Klu Klux Klan.  Each to his /her own.   But Jesus, Mary and Joseph,  don’t  talk and preach about honesty, integrity, truthfulness, kindness , fidelity, and all these saintly virtues ,as if they all come from their hearts  and the heavens, when , in fact, they all come out of their asses.

 

You :  Wait… what !  Where did that come from, Ren ?  Isn’t this post about God of War ?   Me : Well, my thoughts do tend to meander… from video games to politics, so don’t judge.

 

Alright, back to video games…..

 

At first , my gameplay is awkward and clumsy, ( sorry, Kratos )  but  I’m getting so much better as the game progresses…. not badass yet, but I’m getting there.  ( I always GoW on Hard Mode.  I love to savor each and every hard -earned victory. )

 

Well, that’s it.  I’m going to  post my review of the game on my anime/manga /video games blogsite  @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

I hope to finish this very soon.  In the meantime,  my blog reading will take a back seat while video game playing  takes the front seat.  I’m on Cloud 9.

 

Bye and peace to all ! !

 

 

 

Are We There Yet ? Don’t Worry….. America Is Not There , Yet.

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Fascism and Authoritarianism are words that are now being thrown around  to describe the administration of the current president of the US.  I had a lengthy conversation with my parents   regarding this matter, and though they are not experts on fascism and authoritarianism,  they did live under dictatorship/authoritarianism in the Philippines  for 16 years.  Not only that, they joined the underground opposition and fought bravely  against the dictatorship , until  Dictator  Ferdinand Marcos and his family were kicked out of the country in 1986 through the People Power Revolution.  As the cliché goes, been there, done that.

 

 

So, I asked my parents, “are we there yet ?”  Their verdict :  NO, because luckily, check and balances are  firmly entrenched in American  democracy.  However,  there are hints that POTUS is trying to undermine  the powers of   the Legislative and Judiciary, especially that of the Legislative by bamboozling the members  to rubber stamp the laws  he wants passed, doing away  with  the ethics commitees , or asking the Department of Justice officials investigating him, ” Are you on my team ? ” If not, you’re fired. ( Notice to non- American readers….. POTUS means President of the United States.)

 

What then is Authoritarianism ? Simply defined, it is a government where power is centralized in one leader. It is safe to assume  that  the leader or president can pretty much do whatever he or she likes, with no constitutional accountability.

 

POTUS is indeed corrupt,  morally  bankrupt, shamelessly unethical, but, to his credit, he is  not  authoritarian. Not yet, anyway.

 

Going by the definition of Fascism,   POTUS is not a Fascist, either , and though there are signs  of fascism ,  my parents think  there is no chance he will ever be one.

 

What is Fascism ? This form of government was started by Benito Mussolini in Italy.  His right – wing authoritarian  government  , supported by armed militia called ” blackshirts ” (  similar to Hitler’s brownshirts ) was , unfortunately, also supported  by  grassroots movements ( peasants, urban poor, even the middle class )  that turned  violent on those who were caught in the middle. So what are these signs of fascism that my parents are hinting at ?  This administration is , without a doubt, a right- wing government, and by all accounts,   is  being supported by people  of  the   ” white supremacist  ” types as Neo- Nazis, the Klan, anti- immigrants , anti- gays,   and , despite POTUS’ un-Christian values and behavior,  has an unwavering support of    Evangelicals.    It is, however,   these white supremacist groups ‘ predilection for violence ( they openly carry high powered weapons at their rallies ) and this president’s public call to ” take care ” of those who protest at his rallies (  ” don’t worry, I’ll pay for your lawyers ” )   that we should pay attention to.  It is akin to Philippine Dictator Ferdinand Marcos’  military knocking on doors of  anti-Marcos  people in the middle of the night and taking them away , never to be seen again. Filipinos called this ” salvaging “.  (  my parents had  to ” hide ” at one point ) .  It is fascism when there are political  human rights violations perpetrated by the powers-that be. Though it is unfair and inaccurate  to compare POTUS to Philippine President Marcos,  the image of  the white supremacy rally at Charlottesville nevertheless  has  a chilling effect on my parents’ sensibility.

 

There is one ” ism”  that I have not heard of that can very well  describe this  presidency.  It’s called Populism. What is Populism? According to Wikipedia,  it is a political philosophy supporting the rights and powers of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite. This definition  seems to describe the political philosophy  of the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party is also about Social Security, clean air and water, protection of the environment, affordable health care, protection of workers , LBGTQ rights, etc.    But for decades,  the Republicans have been spreading false narratives that the Democratic Party is all about unfeterred  immigration, ( code for brown skinned immigrants who are rapists , criminals, Musim terrorists ) dole-outs, welfare ,( code for African -Americans ) ,  coddling the ” lazy ” poor, ” they will take away your guns” thing and free stuff.  POTUS  is able to articulate  what has been festering on everyone’s mind in a straight, politically incorrect, and brash manner.

 

Populism is not only a political philosophy, but is more a rhetorical style wherein Potus, in his demagoguery and rhetorics, clearly  divides the citizens between the elite and the masses….. the elite are the liberal academe/  inteligencia/ bleeding heart Democrats/ the OTHER, ( either non-white or non- Christian )  and the masses   are those who don’t fit into the former category (and that includes the rich and Wall Street )   POTUS speeches have endeared him to racists , to those who fear the surge in immigration and increase in foreign -born citizens who don’t share the  true American value,   and to white, ” hard- working ” blue -collar workers who are traditionally Democrats, but who now feel the party has either forgotten them, or they’ve been put on the back burner, only to be called upon during election time.

 

So, what exactly is the president of the U.S.?

 

After a long discussion with my parents  , I am of the opinion that  the current President of the United States is a POPULIST.

 

This is all for now. Peace and stay cool.  And thank you for reading.

 

Bye !

 

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Breaking my silence, but not enough

Hello, there !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

I haven’t done any blog reading ….. well, maybe 10 blogs a day this week, and these last 2 days, none at all……, and Cassie, MBBBF,  can attest to this. I haven’t been feeling well these last few days that even my boss had to let me go home  ( bad timing,  there was no one to take my shift so my boss had to do my work ) .  My cough sounded terrible , , my eyes were watery, my joints hurt, and though I had a slight fever, my hands and feet were icy cold. Weird.   Last Wednesday, I was called for a jury duty. I went despite being sick, and hoped the judge wouldn’t select me. I  usually don’t get selected because of my father’s job.  He works with law enforcement, and no, he’s not a cop nor a warden, ^_^”.  We get asked about this stuff,  so, I was sure  the defendant’s attorneys would eliminate me, assuming wrongly  there was  going to be some bias against his client.  Sure enough, I was sent home, thank goodness.  This is not always the case though , because my sister was selected  to be a juror despite the personal info.  Why was she selected ?  Well,  99 % of the people who were asked by the judge  gave the wrong answer. My sister was the only one who got it right. Okay, so the judge asked each potential juror  whether the defendant present in this court  was guilty or not.  Everyone answered they didn’t know……. my sister was the only who said the defendant was innocent.  And folks, that’s how it should be… innocent until proven guilty .

 

Another thing……. US Attorney General  Jeff Sessions just scrapped  the commission established by the Department of Justice and  the National Institute of Science and Technology  to engage independent forensic experts to improve the reliability and authenticity of forensic evidences .  Sessions scrapped this… these “meddling  scientists “, he said.  He said he would instead just get an in-house adviser.  Folks, I have a college degree in Forensics Biology, specializing in DNA Analysis,  and even if I know that Forensics analysis  is the most reliable evidence by far,  this cannot be attained with garbage evidence .  ( contaminated , etc. ) We have to be sure that the person we are sending to the gallows is  truly guilty.  Now, don’t ask me if I’m pro- death penalty  or anti.

 

I haven’t made any political statements for quite a while.  I ‘m so overwhelmed by the almost daily  screw-ups coming from the White House….. oh,  pardon me, from Mar-a Lago…. that I ‘ve decided to zone everything out.  I mean, that guy spent 25 days of his first 100 days golfing on his   resorts and visiting his other properties. Meanwhile , taxpayers spend  $ 3 M each time he stays at Mar-aLago, not to mention the $$$$$$  the government spends to maintain his New York’s Trump Tower, because Melania lives there.  Add the $$$$$ we spend every time his sons go abroad on private business. (  Hey, first family is protected everywhere they go, right ? )

 

Of course, these are just small , shallow corruption issues.  What I should be more concerned about is the abolishment of  the Environmental  Protection Agency ( EPA ) , Department of  Education, the repeal/rejection of Affordable Health Care Act ,  defunding of all agencies that take care of the needs of  the people…. ( Meals on Wheels, PBS subsidies,  Sesame Street, the arts ).Meanwhile , that man  is so ready and eager to make tax cuts for the rich.

 

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I wish .

 

Okay, this is it for now.  Check out my anime/manga /video games blogsite at http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

We’re in a Freakin’ Twilight Zone

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, Hello !

I am sure  some of you have seen and watched this video that I’ve posted here. Normally, I wouldn’t post such  a video, because in the first place, I myself do not know what to make of this, but this is an interesting and abnormal  time,  so …….

Anyway,  do watch if you haven’t yet.  It’s Bill  Maher’s  outrageous  political pitch for  THE NOTORIOUS  H.R.C.  Warning:  mind the graphic and colorful language.  My folks and I cringed , but it did bring the Iglesias  household down, on the floor, laughing our ass*s  off.

 

 

Maher’s exposition sounds bad,  but I find it hilarious.  Sometimes, the way to fight  out- of- this- world accusations  is to own it.  (  Filipinos used to be called  Flips here in the US. So, Filipinos  fought  it by calling themselves Flips….. the racist name calling  stopped.  )  Sweet Grandma Hillary……  Trump, the lying, con man  Tweeter warrior  has nothing on you.

By the way, Tim Kaine, her VP, did  missionary  work with the Jesuits and stayed in Latin America for 2 years, and that’s where he learned to speak fluent Spanish…… he was also a civil rights lawyer for 17 years.  So, yeah, Hillary pals around with Lucifer.

This is all for now.  Thank you for reading.

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