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Columns - A Cup O' Kapeng Barako
Thursday, 04 February 2010 19:45

 

By Jesse Jose

A Cup O’ Kapeng Barako

 

 

So … did y’all watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address last week?  Well, I liked his tie.  It’s classy.  Red with stripes of white, it’s what you may call a power tie.  Well, he’s the man.  He wields the scepter of power.  He’s Moses.  He’s the Messiah … and all that kind of crap.

 

And, he’s truly one sharp dresser.  In the old street language of my generation, a “dude,” a “dog”, a “hip,” and a “homeboy made good.”

 

And, he’s an orator.  An eloquent, brilliant speaker.  As my wife said, “mahusay magtalumpati.” 

 

B ut back to his tie: The color of red, in Chinese beliefs, connotes good luck.  And white symbolizes death and mourning.  Perhaps the statement Mr. Obama was making there was good luck to his agenda of “change” and death to the party of GOPs, the so called party of “NO.”  Y’all know what I mean?

    

What about his message to the American people?  As Erap would say: “Same-same.”  Yep, same speech that we’ve all heard over and over during his presidential campaign.  Same B.S.  Same rhetoric.  Same old promises … and to top it, he had the audacity to cunningly blame the failures of his promises to the past presidency of George W. Bush.

 

As y’all remember, he promised JOBS, JOBS, JOBS for America, but there were no jobs to be had.  In fact, the unemployment rate, nationally, steadily rose to over 10 percent … and rising.  That STIMULUS package had been a joke!  Because as we all know, it was SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!  The great bulk of the money went to bank bailouts and to the entitlements of America’s PARASITES AND PALAMUNINS!   

 

And the spending goes on. The federal government is now spending $2 for every dollar it takes in.  America is on the fast lane of bankruptcy.  The deficit now is in TRILLIONS!  Lubog na ang Amerika sa utang because of Mamang Obama . . .

 

 “I campaigned on the promise of change – ‘change we can believe in,’ the slogan went,” Obama said.  “And right now, I know that there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change – or at least that I can deliver.  But remember this, I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone.”

 

Excuses, excuses … with all due respect, Mr. President, either you can do it or you can’t. You have disappointed a lot of your supporters, who literally idolized and worshipped you when you came into the scene. They call you, “the Savior.”  You were so full of bravura. Now it seems that that bravura has become a bunch of brouhaha, so to speak, as in ha, ha, ha.

 

As my favorite newspaper, The New York Times sedately reported: “For a president who came into office with an expansive vision, the speech represented a dialing back.  There was no sweeping new initiative or far reaching second year agenda.  Instead, Obama vowed to continue pushing bills … that he tried to enact during his first year.” 

 

In other words, nada. Practice lang. Just empty promises, once again. A yawn. A snoozer of a speech. 

 

Masarap lang siyang pakingan. And to look at.  For Obama is a good looking man, really. FOR AN HOUR, I FORGOT HE WAS BLACK, he, he, he … hey, I didn’t say that.  Chris Matthews, that “Hardball” commentator on MSNBC said that. And really, I thought Motor-Mouth Matthews was an Obama lapdog.  

 

Now, me, a lowly retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, with 20 years of active service, may I have my say, too, about this matter?  I agree with all those great intelligent leaders of our land.  It’s all true what they said and I agree with the profoundness of it all.  But do they know the REALITY of it all?

 

Mr. Obama never had served in the military and he doesn’t really know how it is in the military . . .  Same thing with Mr. Gates.  Though he heads the military as the Defense Secretary, he’s a civilian, and he’s never been in the military.  With Senator Udall, I don’t know if he had seen military service. – Jesse Jose

 

GAYS AND LESBIANS IN THE MILITARY: I perked up though when Mr. Obama called for repeal of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy near the end of his speech.

 

“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve their country they love because of who they are,” Obama said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

 

A few days later, America’s top two Defense officials also called for an end to the decade and a half “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, ECHOING the call of Obama to allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. 

 

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and head honcho of all branches of the U.S. military, said: “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”

 

“It’s my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” the good admiral added.

 

Then, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said: “We have received our orders from the commander in chief, and we are moving out accordingly….”

 

Then, in the background, Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado, dowapped, “You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight.”  That’s a good shot, Senator.

 

Sen. John McCain, that old maverick Republican from Arizona said, “Aint no way, Hosay.  We ain’t gonna do that.”  He also said that while the law was not perfect, REPEAL was too much to ask of a military stressed by two wars. 

 

Now, me, a lowly retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, with 20 years of active service, may I have my say, too, about this matter?  I agree with all those great intelligent leaders of our land.  It’s all true what they said and I agree with the profoundness of it all.  But do they know the REALITY of it all?

 

Mr. Obama never had served in the military and he doesn’t really know how it is in the military.  Living conditions and living arrangements and all that.  Same thing with Mr. Gates.  Though he heads the military as the Defense Secretary, he’s a civilian, and he’s never been in the military.  With Senator Udall, I don’t know if he had seen military service.

 

As to Admiral Mullen, he’s an officer, and I don’t think he also knows how it is within the enlisted ranks.  Officers usually get their own rooms and usually bunk in a room with another officer.  Commanders and captains and above get their own private rooms.  A top-ranking admiral, like Admiral Mullen, gets a suite, with Navy stewards, at his beck and call, waiting on him.

 

You see, in the military, among the enlisted ranks, you live in tight and confined quarters.  You sleep next to each other and on top of each other.  When you fart, those guys sleeping and living next to you, can hear and smell your fart.  There’s literally, no privacy.  And guys run around naked all the time and nobody cares. 

 

If there’s a faggot (pardon my word, but that’s how we called them when I was in the navy), looking and drooling at you, well, that would be kind of disturbing, wouldn’t it? And it would kind of create a hostile, or maybe a violent reaction, from some of the guys, especially from the machos, like me. 

 

If that had happened to me, you know, saw a faggot drooling at my nakedness and looking at me in THAT certain way, I would’ve kicked his butt and shoved his face in the commode. I mean, literally. And that’s being kind. The other guys would’ve been more mean and brutal, and laughed about it, too. 

 

That was the Navy I knew.  It was like high school. A lot of bullies around. Woe to you, if you were effeminate.

 

GAYS ON MY SHIP: But doesn’t mean that we didn’t have any gays within our midst. On the last ship I was on, the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation, on our way home from a nine-month patrol, we held what we call the “Halfway Home” show. It was an all day circus-like talent show. There were boxing matches and martial-arts demonstrations, singing and dancing.  And whatever talent you wanna put on the makeshift stage. The highlight of this show was the “Miss Constellation” beauty contest. Yes, you read it right: a beauty contest!

 

So, out came the gays on that warship.  Several dozens of them.  In their finest fineries, negligees and all.  Shaved legs and shaved armpits and all.   Red lipsticks and rogue and all.  False breasts and silk stockings and all.  And perfumed they were, too. They smelt of Jean Patou.  They all looked mighty fine.  I gawked.  The whole crew gawked.  They pranced on the stage.  They showed their sexy-looking legs. They did the Can-Can dance. They flirted. 

 

We hooted.  We whistled. We applauded. It was a riot.  Those gay shipmates of mine did it so OPENLY. There was no problem at all.  We loved them.

 

Repeal?  Repeal what?  Hey, Mr, Obama, with all due respect, sir, may I say, please don’t repeal what ain’t broke.  What you need to repeal are your broken promises na lang.  JJ 



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Comments (1)
1 Friday, 12 February 2010 12:26
Are you writing now for another publication? I don't see your cup of barako at mega scene anymore since that pacquaio crap..... please let me know where i can share your cup of cafeng barako.

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Sent: 2/12/2010 11:47:13 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
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Hi there,

Yes, I had a "fight" with the publisher of MegaScene, got tired of humoring her, and I couldn't see eye to eye with her anymore, so I stopped sending my Kapeng Barako column. It's a long story, really.

You can read my column on: www.mabuhayradio.com. Click on that, then when you see it on your screen, right on top, click on "COLUMNS." Then click on "A Cup o' Kapeng Barako." The top story on the list would be my latest story. Click on that ... and happy reading.

If you wish to comment on my stories, there's a "comment" section, where you can write in your thoughts. They don't have to be long. Three or four sentences will do. Well, thank you so much for reading my column. Take care now and have a great weekend.

Jesse Jose

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