• Trash talk and recycle bins

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    ROLLY G. REYES

    ROLLY G. REYES

    FEARLESS forecast:
    De Lima: The Ombudsman’s probe will give her a chance to clear her name.

    The a before the draw?

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    Fidel Castro: born a revolutionary and died a revolutionary. I love and respect the consistency.

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    Time and again, we have been tagged as “resilient” and honored as a people ‘teaching others how to live”. Is it enough for us to bask in the glory of such labels? Are the Filipino people destined to be just that and continue to be at the receiving end of so much misery caused by neglect and incompetence whenever a calamity strikes? Should our eyes be dazzled again by index fingers pointing the blame in all directions? Should a government financed by our taxes continue to focus on relief distribution in the aftermath, while remaining inept at preventing casualties? Must we always grieve, mourn and hope as we wait to take the centerstage again as a “resilient” society and “a model of hope and faith”? We may know the answers to these but more important is how and when do we responsibly act on them. See you until the next disaster?

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    Was it coincidence that the song “Every Breath You Take” was popularized by “The Police?”

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    To refresh Imee’s memory… I suddenly remember a young sportsman and coach who disappeared and was allegedly kidnapped after a disapproved secret marriage. And the blame fell on the guy’s parents who were accused of using the kidnapping as a ploy to vilify the First Couple. Hmmm… parents kidnapping their own son just to vilify somebody? “Huwag manotoc ng baril para manakot…” (Don’t point a gun at people to scare them…)

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    Some describe me as a man with a sense of humor. Hmmm… I think I prefer this to being called a humorous man without sense.

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    A study on memories: Bad outweighs the good.

    It turns out that negative memories are more likely to be remembered over positive ones in the brain because negative events pose a chance of “danger”. This makes the body more alert to negative thoughts because they can be a lesson to help a person avoid harm. Therefore, we become extremely focused on the negative thoughts so that it becomes much more difficult to recall the positive thoughts/memories.

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    I make the major decisions in my household. My wife only decides on the minor ones: what school the children should enroll in, what bank should we keep our money, what food to eat, where to travel, where to spend the money, what gifts to send, what time should everybody be home and which events to attend. I make the major decisions like airing my view on issues like human rights, ideal membership of the UN Security Council, wars in Aleppo and Mosul, and if Russia was right in annexing Crimea.

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    Kerwin Espinosa’s effort to save his father’s memory is obvious. It is just impossible for someone his age to accept political funding for his candidacy without asking where the money came from.

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    Eureka! the best and cheapest stress reliever can be found on Facebook. They are called “unfollow, unfriend and block.” Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for being a pharmacist as well.

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    At this point, if someone calls for a rally for national unity, how come I have this strange feeling that only a few or no one will attend?

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    I am not pro-military just because I am addicted to Colonel Sander’s KFC. Gravy thoughts on a rainy day. I’m just hooked on breasts, thighs and legs…of chicken, I mean.

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    I call the shots in my household. If I say I will go to market at 7a.m., it stays. If I want to do the ironing at 9, nobody can complain. If I decide to cook lunch, it becomes an order. If I say that I will do the laundry after lunch, everyone follows. That is why I am called “The Boss.”

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    Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” says “love is blind and lovers cannot see”. These four players (1+3) sure could clearly see what they were doing and “blind” is hardly a fit description to exonerate them from wrongdoing. Meddling in private or personal relationships? Have we all gone mad? One powerful official involved in illicit affairs with her three subordinates whose wages were all paid by taxpayers– not our concern and is now called “meddling?” And we sympathize with the accused because others are “as guilty as well and everyone is a sinner anyway?”

    Yes, the connection must point to the real issue which is the collection of drug money in exchange for protection to continue the illegal trade, but are we more inclined to trash the testimonies made under oath because they all came from hardened criminals languishing in jail? And we dismiss the shame being suffered by the families of these men all because we pity the accused being “pilloried” by the “male” establishment? Then I say, let us free all of them, go back to what we were doing, mind our own business and let our children enjoy the future that we prepared for them.

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    Beatles songs on current events:
    EDSA traffic – “Eight Days A Week”
    Bilibid National Prison – “And Your Bird Can Sing”
    Marcos protester – “Baby’s in Black”
    Leila de Lima – “Boys”
    Frank Drilon – “Carry That Weight”
    Ronnie Dayan – “Drive My Car”
    De Lima to Ombudsman – “Help!”
    Drug Menace – “Here, There and Everywhere”
    NBI agent Ablen, Jr – “I Saw Her Standing There”
    DU30 – “I’ll Get You”
    Vitaliano Aguirre – “It Won’t Be Long”
    De Lima To Dayan – “Run for Your Life”
    Gordon and Lacson to PNP – “You Can’t Do That”
    De Lima to LP senators – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
    Manny Pacquiao – “Mr. Moonlight”
    Politicians and CIDG Marcos to Kerwin – “Money, That’s What I Want”
    House inquiry – “Magical Mystery Tour”

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    There are those characters who will always want to have the last say in any conversation even if you want to stop commenting and end it by saying, “I rest my case.” I purged some of them from my list the past few years along with those “one-way, self-promoting friends” who seem oblivious to our existence. I discovered mynasal congestion cured and clean air once again entered my nostrils. Being upset is good once in a while but could be deadly if it keeps you gasping for breath always. Cheers to old age and may happiness lord it over all of us.

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    “There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”
    ― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

    Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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    1. To: ROLLY G. REYES

      Dear Sir;
      Thankyou for putting me in stitches guffawing over
      your use of BEATLES songs to broil celebs and jesters
      in our midst. By the way you forgot the Yellow Submarin,
      launched to nuke PDU30- I heard skippered by a certain
      Capt. Nemo(y).

      Again , thankyou Sir and God Bless

      Truly yours,
      Ernesto Tuazon

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