I went off on a dumb ass tirade a couple of weeks ago, and albeit 90% of the readers agreed with me I paid the most attention to the 10% who took exception to my point of view. I was angry that once more the Philippines was singled out as a terrorism capital of the world by my home country (USA) and my US Embassy was quick to e-mail me and tell me that I was in mortal danger. Whilst everyday allowing thousands of unsuspecting European and British tourists to land at the airport in Orlando Florida to visit the Mouse Factory which was also , the recent site of a major act of terrorism. Then, while I was in the hospital last week there were 3 more terrorist attacks in the US over one weekend, but because of the verbiage used to describe those attacks by CNN, they could have been work place incidents.
Now since I cannot control the direction any article might take but I I will say this. From now on, I will not answer any comment that takes a political point of view one way or the other I’ll allow our readers to do that. Because as a liberal or a conservative either way, you are as right as your media outlet said you are. And I’ll let you pick your own direction.
While rereading my article “Tener Cojones” it occurred to me that it was pretty much my fault that it went in the direction it did, as I wrote it while angry, without thinking through all the ramifications! I won’t be doing that again. This is not the reason I migrated to the Philippines over 20 years ago. But as I said above some of those 10 % got me to thinking that this was the very reason I settled in the Philippines to live in the first place, to live among a people who were above the fray and not concerned with what folks on the other side of the lake thought about how they should be required to think. I had lost sight of that and went Loony Tunes Political. Also it was an insult to our readers on LiP, I find the funny side to life here in the Philippines and point it out, and I’m going back to that format and if I stray, please hammer me as hard as you can in the comments section!
Now; something I’ve been threatening to do for years and just did is to turn off Fox, CNN, BBC or any other media they try to influence me with. Paul is no longer involved; and the same distance is now between Washington DC and me here in the Philippines: which is one country (The US of A) and most of the Pacific Ocean. That’s a much better buffer zone than we had in Vietnam at the DMZ,
Last week I mentioned my friend and former boss had refused an operation for his colon cancer, staying true to what I believe, I sat with him and we discussed both his and my opinion. He elected to go with his opinion, I elected to remember he is a friend and to shut up now and respect my friend’s opinion. We finished the day under his mango tree, drinking sweet tea and telling lies about all the ports we’ve visited together. This is the type of day I plan to repeat over and over again in the future. But that subject I went to see him about is closed forever. And no matter who wins the next US election, as long as they deposit my earned retirements into my account every month they can live the way they see fit. And NYC is welcome to its 62 identified genders, but it helps me understand why Boston is Number One this year American League Playoffs.
BTW there is always extra space under that Mango Tree. If you feel like joining us…Sweet tea or a cold beer? Funny stories about life in the tropics, and Bi-Polar means you live close to the equator!