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Wednesday, 15 August 2007 07:56

Mag-dyok muna tayo.

So finally we’ve found out that last year Mr. Bush was successfully treated for Lyme disease. But according to Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd, "the president was said to be mystified, as he’s more of a lemon guy."


Okay … now that Karl Rove, "the Brains of Mr. Bush," had also called it quits, I wonder what we’ll find out about him. What lies and what crimes, unknown yet?

And, how will the "puppet" survive now without the "master puppeteer"? The dismal failure of the Bush Administration, is Bush’s, but Rove mapped out the road that brought him and this nation to this decline. Instead of "Brains," I think the name, "Turd Bloosom," befits him more.

Buh-bye, Karl Rove. On your way out of the White House, don’t let the screen door hit you where the dog should have bit you.

Umm, honest, I didn’t say that "buh-bye and dog" part. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has that for his lead in his column this week. And I thought it was a beautiful lead. Simple, truthful and straight to the point.

Okey ngarud, I wanna be serious now. This piece was sent to me more than a few times by different people. The last one who sent it was my dear cuz, Manny Belbis of Chicago, who asked me: "Any comment on this Australian law? Do you agree?"

Here’s the piece:

A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his misters made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown.

Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by Parliament.

"If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," he said.

In a separate nationally-televised speech, Prime Minister Howard said: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, must adapt. Take it or leave it. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individuals or their culture …

"I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia. However, there are a few things that those who have recently came to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national dignity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle.

"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

"We speak mainly English, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Japanese, Rusian, or any other language. THEREFORE, if you wish to become part of our society … LEARN THE LANGUAGE!

"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.

"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that we accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us…. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.

"This OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about OUR FLAG, OUR PLEDGE, OUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, or OUR WAY OF LIFE, I highly encourage you take advantage of one great Australian freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE."

I told my cuz that "I totally, completely, and absolutely agree with this Australian law …

"And, therefore, the practice of raising the Philippine flag on the streets of Chicago or on any street in America, to celebrate Philippine Independence Day and show KUNO our loyalty and patriotism to the country that we already left behind for good … is to me, a STUPID practice. And that practice should be banned. There should only be one flag in America that should be raised, and that’s the Star and Stripes."

My cuz fired back: "I don’t agree with that. The flag is only a symbol of the country where we came from. We Filipinos accept and adhere to the laws of this land. We do not reject the customs and tradition of this country. We pledge allegiance to its flag, we pay our taxes, we assimilate with mainstream America, we embrace its three forms (branches) of government, we do not preach its destruction. Pare ko, we love our adopted country, but we must not also forget where we came from." (Signed) Manuel.

I replied: "Pare ko … Well said. But how come we are the only ethnic people who are doing this practice in America? To me, that shows that we have NOT fully integrated yet into mainstream America. Mga taga-barrio pa rin tayo. I don’t see the Japanese, the Chinese, the Koreans or the Italians or the Jews raised their flags here in America to commemorate their country’s Independence Day …

"I really think that in this country, there should only be ONE FLAG, ONE LANGUAGE, ONE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE … just like in Australia. That’s my stand! America is our country now. She takes good care of us. So let’s give her our complete and absolute loyalty.

"The Philippines? Yes, of course, let’s remember her with fondness. But we must now cut the restraints of her umbilical cord, so we can leave the barrio behind."


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