Posts filed under ‘Free Speech’
Okay, as a general rule I try to avoid television. And as a concrete rule I avoid Desperate Housewives type programming. But apparently Teri Hatcher (used to be hot, then turned into a shoe) plays a character named Susan Mayer who was talking to a gynecologist about herpes or something, i’m not sure what… but anyway… The Daily Tribune (of the aforementioned Philippines) quotes Desperate Housewives:
“They hear aging, brittle bones, loss of sexual drive…,” said the doctor who was cut midway by Mayer.
Mayer said: “Okay before we go any further, can I check those diplomas because I want to make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Big, Freakin’ Whoopedeedoo”. I concur.
The Daily Tribune then goes on to quote Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Claro Cristobal who is quoting Philippine Consul-General to Los Angeles Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon:
“The Philippine medical profession is highly regarded all over the world as evidenced by high demand of Filipino healthcare professionals in many countries, including the US.”
Now, this may or may not be true. I do not know, neither do I care. Now let me tell you about my big but.
If it is true then you should really have nothing to worry about, so stop crying.
The Daily Tribune continues:
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, for his part, also yesterday said the government will ask for an apology because what happened was a clear case of “racial slur” against Filipino professionals.
“Yes, I think we should in behalf of our Filipino professionals. That’s a racial slur. We are being belittled. Our professionals have proved themselves enough here and abroad…I think we have to criticize it, their attention can be called,” he noted.
The Palace official, however, stressed the development does not reflect the impression of the US government on Filipino professionals.
“I don’t think it is reflective of the attitude of the US government,” Ermita said.
Well, I would say that it is more of a slur against Philippines Medical Universities than it is against their “race”, but whatever…
Also, why did the US government even come up in this discussion? Does Mr. Ermita think that US programming is ran by the government? Again, whatever…
OR: Free Speech on sale for $20.95
Picture this: You’re in a library and you see a book that has viewpoints that differ from your own. Do you:
a) Check out the book to compare/contrast your own viewpoint
b) Respect other peoples beliefs, and leave it alone
c) Steal the book, send a check to the library to cover the cost then go to another library and do the same.
Well, if you’re familiar with the stories I post about then you already know that the lady in this story chose ‘c’.
JoAn Karkos stole copies of “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health” from two libraries in Lewiston and Auburn, Maine because she was “horrified” by the content and now she refuses to give them back. JoAn later sent a check for $20.95 and a letter to each of the libraries she robbed.
Does she think that the libraries will just blow it off? Does she think that they can’t get another copy of the book? Does she think that a patron of free speech won’t hear about this and donate a dozen copies to each library? Who knows? She’s not that bright!
I will bet you $11.75 (the amount of money currently in my pocket) that she is a nut from the religious right who believes that “Thou shalt not steal” doesn’t apply to her because she is doing God’s work. It’s becoming more plain every day that god and hypocrisy go hand in hand.