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Monday, 02 November 2009 10:51


A Cup O’ Kapeng Barako



I don’t have any idea at all.


For almost like half an hour now, I’ve been sitting here in front of my computer, looking at the blank screen, trying to think of the word that would untangle my jumbled-up ideas on what to write about, but that word wouldn’t come . . . 


I think writing those past four stories of what I’ve seen of the “Land of ‘WaWa We’,” kind of drained me out.  I feel kind of empty right now.


Then while I was flipping through my beat-up notebook full of doodles and scratches of unreadable notes, I came across an email from a reader that I’ve printed and inserted between the pages … and quoting it here en toto, it reads:


Dear Sir,

I always enjoyed reading your column.  I like it with a sense of humor.  Looking forward this weekend again and I will read your column.  Thank you!

Teresa Toledo


From the way it was written, I think a young girl wrote that letter.  And yes, it was awkwardly written, but I think this young girl’s missive is awesome and inspiring. 


And, I am humbled.


For pro-bono columnists like me, whose labors, are labors of love, that’s indeed, awesome and inspiring!


So, with gratitude in my heart, I wrote Teresa:


Hello Teresa,

Thank you so much for reading my column.  It makes me so happy to know that you read my column and you like the humor that I inject now and then in my stories and that you’ve taken the time to write to tell me about it.  For columnists and writers like me, feedbacks and comments from our readers are our rewards, and we welcome them.

Any time you wish to make a comment again on any of my stories, please feel free to do so.

Take care now, Teresa, and once again, thank you and God bless.

Jesse Jose


M oving on … Before I began to write this column, I had a phone conversation with my Bestpren.  We talked about a lot of things.  She asked me: “Ano ba ang topic ng column mo ngayon?  WaWa We na naman ba?”


“No,” I said, laughing.  “Tapos na ako diyan.  I am moving on to Barack naman.”


ON BARACK OBAMA: So moving on … we heard that Barack Obama is failing.  Failing big. And failing everywhere: Foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed.  Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame . . .


No, I didn’t write that.  It’s an excerpt from an article titled, “Another Failed Presidency,” written by Dr. Geoffrey P. Hunt, who is a social and cultural anthropologist and writer for American Thinker. 


Do I believe that?  No, I don’t.  I think it’s hogwash.  But those writers who were quoted in that excerpt are all within their rights to say their opinions.


I, too, have something to say to Mr. Obama: So, when, Mr. President?  When will your deeds match your words?  All those people who worked tirelessly to get you elected are getting tired of waiting . . .


You promised them jobs, but that didn’t happen yet.  You promised them health care for all, but that didn’t happen yet.


You promised them that there won’t be any more wars that America will be involved in, but as America prepare to draw down troops from that quagmire that was the war in Iraq, you have plans on committing more troops to another quagmire that is the war in Afghanistan.


Yes, Mr. President, you promised them a lot of things that are not happening!  America’s satisfaction with the way things are going has hit a six-month low, Sir!  NOT only that.  The federal deficit has also hit the $1.43-trillion mark! And that’s more than the total national debt for the first 200 years in the history of this country.  Hey, Mr. Obama, what’s up?    


ON FOX NEWS: Moving on … Do y’all know that the White House has declared war on Fox News. 


White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”


Senior Adviser David Axelrod declared that Fox is “not really a news station.”


And, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel warned the other networks not to be “led by and following Fox.


“Or else . . .”


Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist, said that Fox News is a “singular minority in a sea of liberal media . . .”


In other words, in a sea of Obama lapdogs, like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and MSNBC, Fox News stands alone.  The number-one lap dog among the news anchors of the liberal media is, I think, Brian Williams of NBC, followed by that motor mouth of a news commentator on MSNBC, named Keith Olbermann.  His “Countdown” days are numbered.


ON COFFEE: Moving on … According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, big-time coffee drinkers, those who downed more than six cups of coffee a day, have a 29 to 54% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes.  Sipping only one to three cups per day ain’t gonna do it, they said.  It must be at least six cups.  And decaf coffee has no value. 


The researchers said that coffee contains potassium, magnesium and anti-oxidants that help cells absorb sugar . . . 


So, okey ngarud, talk to y’all later.  I am gonna have my Cup O’ Kapeng Barako now and watch Fox News’ prime-time evening report.  JJ # # #


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