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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Still no water.
May and friends were sent home packing when they came back, since they "disappeared" the day after Christmas without permission, so Dita is stuck doing everything with one outside helper.
All the clothes have to be washed by hand.
Some of the boys are not here: Don't know if they are fired or just home for the holidays.
New year already.
I must be depressed, because I don't want to work...the thought of seeing one more patient just makes me want to go back to bed.
So I am happy doing nothing on my "retirement", except for some guilt I am fine...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

We just got home from Angi's son's wedding, and had a wonderful time.
We stayed over in the historic Manila Hotel, and had a good meal and party last night and then a wonderful buffet this morning. It went on my credit card, but I don't care .
Then why am I angry tonite?
Well, partly because I didn't sleep well last night, and partly because I am coming down with a bad chest cold and coughing. And partly because my step son is so nice...but today he fired the maids again, because they went home for a sick child, and took two days off...
REasonable, yes...but while we were gone, no one fed the dogs, and the wash was not done for three days...he moved the wash machine to upstairs and there is not enough water pressure.
So yes, he had justification to fire the maids...but that leaves our cook to do all the work. Not to mention that poor people working for two dollars a day for rich people who have five computers and bought a 700 dollar air conditioner for the meeting room, and who just spent 80 dollars on a night out, well, I get sick at heart.

And tonite, they have the Christmas party...and we were told" They are waiting for you"...except we are eating already, and that means more time for the poor people to wait to eat...then we get over there, and voila, first prayer and sermon and silly games then you can eat...
So I left and said I wasn't into prayer...and then LOLO insisted I go (he's there to give money and presents to all concerned...Daddy Warbucks)...
But I said I was sick and begged off....

Alas, I have a temper and say what I feel, hurt feelings and then don't hold a grudge. They are passive aggressive, and sweety nicy to your face then screw you big time...I've worked with too many nurses who were the same way, and you know what? most claimed to be "christian"...it's enough to make you an athiest...



Why not eat and games at the same time? Yes, they make sure our employees are their cult or a similar strict protestant religion, but the construction workers are subcontracted.
So I walked out and said I was not good for prayer...

Monday, December 26, 2005

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Banality of Evil (screed)
Hannah Arendt coined the phrase "the banality of evil" at the trial of Adolf Eichman...many people, not reading her book, criticized her, saying killing 6 million Jews could never be called banal.But what she really noted in her book was that a man who was certified "psychologically normal" by psychiatrists, and who was, by all reports, a loving husband and father nevertheless could do his work without passion and arrange the killings of millions...Her book is a sad documentation of the collapse of morality against killing Jews in Europe would make needed reading today, as Jonathan Tobin reports on the "moral equivalence" found in Spielburg's movie on Munich........"In a Time magazine story on his movie, Spielberg said the insertion of a fictional conversation between the leader of the Israeli team and a PLO operative was essential to his vision of the film. In it, the Arab speaks of his longing to recover his family's dignity and property that he claims they lost to Israel.Without this and other elements that serve to break down the legitimacy of killing the men behind the attack on the Olympics, he says the film would not have been worth making. What Spielberg seems most proud of is the fact that those who seek to destroy Israel - and either slaughter or scatter its people - are not "demonized." They are, he insists, "individuals. They have families."TO WHICH we can only reply, "So what?" You could say the same of the 9/11 hijackers, as well as the operatives of Hamas, and Fatah (from whom the members of "Black September" - a front for the PLO - came) who have cut down Jews in pizza parlors, bus stops and at Pessah seders. And even go on and include the German villains of Spielberg's World War II films.But the problem with this film isn't just an obsessive refusal to be judgmental about terrorism or the tedious speechifying that overwhelms the action. There's something even more insidious at play here.The main character, the Israeli agent Avner (played by Eric Bana), doesn't just lose his marbles because of a mission whose efficacy might well be debated. Spielberg's Avner rejects not merely a policy but Israel itself, which he abandons for the apparently more humane confines of Brooklyn, New York.Spielberg even uses an image of a still-standing World Trade Center to punctuate a scene in which Avner rejects Israel to lead us to falsely think 9/11 might have been avoided had America also abandoned the Jewish state. .....And, if you aren't old enough to remember the REAL Munich massacre, here are the details...LINKPre-dawn gunshots in the Olympic Village. Muffled shouts as Palestinian terrorists burst into an apartment and seize Israeli athletes. A corpse tossed onto the sidewalk as a macabre calling card and another sportsman bleeds to death. A horrifying massacre hours later.These tragic events of the 1972 Summer Games are recalled in Munich, Steven Spielberg's new film about Israeli hit squads avenging their compatriots' deaths. The assault at the Olympic Village, which affected so many lives and still triggers disturbing flashbacks, heralded a ruthless new brand of international terrorism.From the moment the raid began at 5 a.m. on Sept. 5, 1972, to the shootout during a botched rescue at a suburban airfield around midnight, this traumatic incident violated every norm of common sense and decency....There was an excellent Hollywood film about this, and "made for TV" movies about the killing of elderly Leon Klinghoffer, and even a film about the flight attendent who survived THIS hijacking...The fact that Italy released the killer of Mr. Klinghoffer (who lived free in Baghdad until the evil Americans took over that country) and the fact that Germany just released the killer of an American sailor killed in the above mentioned Hijacking says a lot about Europe, and the fact that the first major film about 9-11 has yet to be released, and will be directed by Oliver Stone says a lot about Hollywood...As for Hollywood, Lileks' satire says it best LINK-------------------------------Update: As I have said in other screeds, I feel it is morally acceptable to kill in defense of life, and that includes execution (even covert execution) to prevent terrorists from killing again, especially given the (above) proof that "jailed for life" means nothing in certain european countries...
However, if there is an alternative that protects the innocent (like jailing for life) I am against the death penalty...
Tolkien's line, that we should not deal out death unnecessarily, is true...because terrorists can turn to peace, and repent of their actions...
DeValera was to be executed for the 1916 rebellion, but spared because he held an American passport, and later he was the one who rejected violence and guided Ireland to freedom...A similar leader who turned from violence was Nelson Mandella...
Of course, they were more into revolution than terrorism, but even the worst terrorist can repent...
Those who know the history of the west are familiar with Geronimo...who was a terror to Anglos, Mexicans, and non Apache Indians. He was captured and jailed for life in Fort Sill...yet he repented and because a Christian before the end of his life...
So the worst terrorist can repent and find God...there is always hope for repentence...

Friday, December 23, 2005

let's see.

Today we picked up our dresses for Angie's daughter's wedding in Manila...a formal gown.

I must say the design fits me, as does the color, and it FITS, i.e. taylored.

First time for me.
I did have a bridesmaid gown for my college roommate's wedding, but it was premade and only altered...and my wedding dress? well, Fred kept putting the wedding off, so I didn't buy one until the last minute, and got an "on sale" brocade top with a polyester chiffon skirt, which didn't flatter me but was at least fancy.

This is camel "cafe au lait" in chiffon over satin, fits like a glove (i.e. if I slouch, it pulls and wrinkles)...
Alas, I don't own a strapless bra...will probably use duct tape (just kidding)..
And it makes me look and feel beautiful.

Not bad for an ex tom boy who feels better in jeans and teeshirt...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Let's see...

Chona has arrived, so I have a credit card once again.

She is "remarrying" her husband on Friday: for their 25 th anniversary, they will have a blessing of their marriage in church.
Chano offered to hold the post Christmas feast.
Lolo is getting up at 3 am to go to 4 am Mass...I am not going, partly because I can't face the world at 4 am and partly because church is very crowded for the "missa de Gallo" and I tend to faint in crowded churches, especially when fasting, and partly because I am in a dry spiritual time...partly made worse by all the rigid religion here, including daily prayer services....

We now have DSL so I am spending too much time on the computer...

Oh well...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

We have some foster children of one of the pastors here for a few weeks helping us...

I just treated one for an infected bugbite on his leg...probably from working in the garden...which is why I wear long slacks all the time.
On my main blog I posted a NYT article about 20 percent of people getting 80 percent of the mosquito bites...that's me...

Monday, December 12, 2005

I'm overblogging because I'm bored.

the "culture wars" are still raging, and although most people love Narnia, a few are dissing it....

Ironically Andrew Greeley has the best take of it: It uses the Catholic imagination (or in the case of CSL, the Anglican imagination) to retell the good news...

Similarly, the death of Richard Pryor, whose pain filled life was obvious to all who loved his humor, reminds me of purgatory, where he will be healed of pain before accepting heaven...

Leaf by Niggle is a good story about purgatory...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

My Monty Python post as "Advent meditation" was a joke.
You see, my step son belongs to a cult in the "prosperity gospel" ilk, which says if you do the right thing, God will reward you...

The paradox about God is that stuff we think is awful (sickness, death, going broke, getting fired, etc.) may turn out to be the best thing for our own spiritual growth...

The lesson is: All things work for the good for those who love God and hold to His purpose"....

So the Monty Python skit is very very funny, because all the greatest of the warrior knights are killed for not answering a simple question right...

And it's the King, who knew a piece of trivia, who wins...

If one takes the "joke" concretely, it means that little Wart was stuck memorizing useless information in school, like the names and characteristics of various birds...and at the time, he did not know this trivia would save his life...

Similarly, sometimes something minor we do ends up having a huge effect for good or evil in our later life....

But we might not realize it until we hit heaven...

Friday, December 09, 2005

Unlike the 46,000 citizen soldiers who helped rescue 80,000 people from Katrina and provided them food, water, shelter, and medical care, the news is gushing tears all over the fact that some yuppie singer was killed 25 years ago...Sorry, 25 years ago I had just come back from fleeing from an African country in the throes of a revolution, and couldn't care less if a boy whose paranoid schizophrenia was percipitated by his drug use killed a pop icon whose legacy is some good music and, alas, the promotion of drug use in his songs....as the Chippewa would say: What goes around comes around.Yes, I know this is a mindless predjudice, but I'm like my mother...once I was playing Wagner, and she made me stop...I asked why, since it was classic music...because it's Nazi music she replied and that was that.Wagner was not a Nazi, but Nazism thrived on his mythology. And Lennon's mythology of peace led to the boat people and the killing fields of Cambodia...and the Strawberry fields led to thousands if not millions of people trying drugs, with dire results to society...-----------------------yup, I know: Lighten up...gotta find a cup of coffee......coffee....

Monday, December 05, 2005

Well, they are tearing off the roof...dead mice are falling out of the insulation...

Kuya decided that the maid we just hired has to work 7 days a week (she spends one day a week with her husband and child)...

Then he wonders why he can't keep help...

My asthma is terrible because of all the dust...but Lolo is fine.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Just a little musing on language.
While the conference on "submission" was being held, one of the speakers was a minister who spent his whole life in upper middle class Conneticut and came to Manila to teach Philippinos how to be Christians...(except for the smelly squatters, he likes manila...guess he never read about Dives and Lazarus)...

So there they were talking about the bible, and he said the King James version was the only translation to use, and it was a gift to God's people...
duh...Guess non English speakers don't qualify as God's people.
So of course, I interrupted and pointed out that even in the USA, people don't understand that translation, and they may misunderstand it, because words have changed meaning...and then I pointed out the famous line: "Suffer the little children to come unto me"...

Well, shortly afterward I left, since I have a sharp tongue and was wearing out my welcome...
But when I pointed out that line, it came to mind the line in LOTR where Aragon is with the king of the dead...
"the dead do not suffer the living to pass"..." you WILL suffer me"...grab throat, pull out sword...oh you're the king, duh..

So maybe I am wrong: Kids who saw LOTR might understand that word now.

Ironically, when I looked it up in the book, it was not there. Actually, Eowyn said it to Aragon, and he said the second line back to her.

As Shippey points out, the language and emotions and mind set of Rohan is that of Anglo saxons, and the language used is deliberately antique to mirror the ideas and culture.