Welcome to my first day of radiation treatment for my vocal cord cancer. By the time you read this I will have finished my 7th today, and then 21 more to go. The first day right up to the 7th was a breeze. No after affects at all, feeling good. In fact, I joined the gym here and decided to lose some weight if I could as my gut was getting bigger. Too much eating, damn those buffets and going out to dinners. Hey, the food is so good and so many choices. But, I figured that enough was enough and I had to try stay in shape or die of a heart attack on the table. In fact, I told the technician that the table they laid me out on was like the ones they embalm bodies on in the funeral parlor. I thought each time I was laid out they were going to have a priest on stand-by. In the back of my mind I remembered that my Oncologist, Dr. Maria B. Quisumbing, a nice looking Filipina, nice smile, told me that I should eat well and not lose weight because I would have a very sore throat later on in my treatment. Then my radiation oncology doctor (Brian Lawenda, 21st Century Oncology) told me the same thing. Hey, I’m from New York, stubborn, right. I figured I paid 90 dollars to join this super gym here for three months, I had to use it. I was going to go three times a week but or more but after three straight days, I stopped, started again, stopped again. Then a few days ago I started up and was kind of proud of myself. Plus I was cutting down on my eating and for breakfast was putting down a “smoothie” with all sorts of fruit mixed in. Well, on the 29th I go in for radiation and the technician weighed me and I told her I was trying to lose weight and was going to the gym. Holy shit, man did I get my ass chewed out. She told me in no uncertain terms, ABSOLUTELY NOT!” She said I had to gain weight, no exercise, or very limited. She was very specific and then told me that pretty soon I would not be able to eat much because my throat would be burning and extremely sore and that it would last through the end of the radiation treatment and at least a month or more afterwards. She said I had to eat, fill up on carbs, etc., and if the doctors found out I was trying to lose weight they would be quite upset. This time the message got through to me and I began to realize that these easy first couple of weeks with no ill effects would not last. I was set to be quite unhappy in the very near future. Now my son has stopped bugging me to lose weight and Priscilla, of course, told me “I told you so”. So, shit what could I do? After treatment we went to the original Pancake House at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel/Casino where I went for the piggies in the blanket and a tart with strawberries and whipped cream. For supper I made sure I reluctantly ate three scoops of ice cream. Tomorrow, banana splits will be consumed, steaks, roast beef, spaghetti, lasagna, etc., will follow. I will be in shape for radiation, as well as a heart attack, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, swollen feet but hey, if I croak and they give me an autopsy the doc will say, “he died, but damn, he sure did eat well before hand.
So, there I am, on the table with my personalized mask they made for me. The good news is I get to keep that mask and can use it for my Halloween haunted house on 31 Oct. The lady who chewed me out is Karen from Kansas, pictured with me on the table. They make them tough in Kansas, but really, she is very nice and has a good personality. What I appreciate so very much is the many readers of this column that have taken the time to send me encouraging notes. I can’t list them all but some names I did chat down; Tony Power, Graham Le bherz, Robert Harris, Mark Strother, David Albright, Dennis Shima, James Owens, Al MacDermid, Christopher Von Deppe, David Williams, Earl honeycutt, John O’Connor, Jimmy Walden, Paul Grace, Tom Deasey, members of the Rotary Club of Club Centennial, some of the ladies of the Thi Hi Club (Text Messages), Keith Heit, Shane (Gentlemen’s Club), Victor Dufort, Chuck Guinn, Stu Sherman, Jimmy Collins, Tony Sorrentino, Walter Menecke, Charlie Barnes, Jim Winterbottom, Nick Teta and so many, many more. It really has helped to keep my spirits up.
As you know, any trip to Las Vegas would not be complete for me until I met with “the old guys” at the BX food court. This time was even more special as they were so supportive with their advice and good will. They are good friends and it is always such a pleasure to see them and their wives. As you can see, we kept the wives at a separate table this time so they could have their own chit-chat while we guys could, as usual, relive memories and remember those members that are not around to be with us anymore. From left to right we have Walter, Jack, Charles, Ray and Jim. Additionally, not with us at the table but still sending regards to “Rhino” living in Virginia who is married now.
When I was here in April I wanted to see two shows, “They Jersey Boys” and “Terry Fator” but was not able to do so. This time, while my sister was here from New York visiting me she treated us to the “Jersey Boys” and it was a terrific show, every seat filled. Then I returned the favor by treating her to the “Terry Fator” show which was equally good but in a much different style. I was a fan of Terry ever since I saw him as the winner on the America has Talent show a couple of years ago. It may seem like I am here for a vacation instead of medical treatment but what happened is that I arrived on 26 Jul had my first doctors appointment on the 27th and then appointments with other doctors and tests. After that I had to wait two weeks for the radiation to start. Naturally, I was not expecting this to take so long but it appears that this is the normal process and they are very careful with the preparations leading up to the actual treatment.
Now, bear with me. I am inserting a picture here of a wonderful senior lady who hails from Montana. I don’t know if I have any readers from Montana but I had
the opportunity to have a spontaneous meeting with the jovial Betty Dutch from Montana outside of the Casino where we had just seen the Jersey Boys show. I was sitting on the bench waiting for our car when these three ladies came up and I started joking with Betty. Telling her to sit down next to me and she could be my girlfriend for the night. It was all in fun and we all had a few laughs. Betty’s husband had passed away recently and she told me how they used to get out of Montana every year during the winter season. I forgot to ask her which town in Montana she hailed from but we took some pictures and I am pretty sure she has no knowledge of this column but I wanted to include her picture anyway. Now, she is a bit senior to the ladies I usually give a hug to in the Thi-Hi but by golly, I think we both had a bit of fun neither one of us will forget. Take care Betty Dutch, thanks for the memory.
My goodness, this is one hell of a long opening for the month of September. Let me make one announcement before I get into the rest of the column. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS I WILL SKIP A MONTH. THERE WILL NOT BE AN OCTOBER COLUMN. I DO BELIEVE I WILL NOT FEEL UP TO IT AND I PROMISED MRS HORSE THAT I WOULD TAKE THE MONTH OFF. I SHOULD BE BACK IN TIME TO GET BACK ON COURSE IN NOVEMBER. ALL THOSE WHO PAID IN ADVANCE FOR THEIR ADS WILL BE EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL MONTH. THE DOCTOR HAS TOLD ME THAT IT WON’T BE AN EASY MONTH FOR ME SO NOW IS AS GOOD AS TIME AS ANY TO TAKE A BREAK. HOPE YOU FOLKS WILL UNDERSTAND.
Hi Harry, I have been reading your newsletter for years but never have I even though about writing to you, but when reading the March one today a name popped up. The piece by Norman Weston From Blackall Qld. If you don’t know, Blackall is right in the middle of Queensland and as I have never been there I will stand corrected on that. I guess it’s a small outback Qld town so when I saw the name Norman Weston from there it must be the same guy that I done my cooking training with when we were in the National Service (army) in 1970. We were good mates over the 3 months course and only ever seen him once after that when we when through jungle training center in Canungra.
I looked up his name in the Qld white pages and a address and phone number was there. Well it is not so easy for me to ring him as I now live in Dumaguete City Negros Or. I am not sure how you go about things like giving out email addresses, but if would be so kind to give me his it would be much appreciated so I can drop him a line.
I first came to the PI in 1979 and spent a lot of time here in the early ’80′s until I got married in’87. I always moved around the islands but spent a lot of time in Balibago (AC) but Dumaguete was my favorite place and I always knew that some day I would finish up living here. Keep Smiling, Greg Cuke. (Sorry Greg, I do not keep the Email addresses but am putting your comments here in the hope that Norman will respond to me and I will send him your address, eh, if I don’t lose it)
Now that the NBI is arresting Americans, and others, merely for being a customer in a bar, why would any tourists ever come here again?
And it’s not surprising that the US Embassy didn’t do anything of any substance. They could not care less what happens to a citizen/taxpayer. When an American is arrested, he is entitled to a visit from an Embassy/Consulate representative. The customer most certainly was arrested, having been shipped from Angeles to Manila and held in custody for 19 hours. We also need to know what to do in such a situation. Call Attorney Duro? Call the Mayor? Call the Philippine Tourism Agency? Call the US Embassy (ha ha)?
On the other hand, we shouldn’t have to know what to do. Why is it suddenly against the law for a tourist merely to be a customer in a bar? That is absurd, and defies logic and common sense. Thanks for publicizing this extremely rotten way to treat a visitor to the country. Tourists should now be warned to stay completely away. I wonder if this warning will be added to the next Department of State bulletin — to not only be aware of terrorists, but also to be aware of the Philippine government, too. John Sanders (John, I am hoping that with the reorganizing of the ABAC and the negative publicity the CIDG received that the incidents of illegally detaining customers will not be repeated. At least we can hope so. It was a stupid thing for them to do)
Dear Horse, a travelogue or road test in answer to your request for inside news on Babydolls, Pattaya. I was once an avid Philippines addict but have not been since Xmas 1999, brought the new century in at Premier Hotel [Jocelyn where are you] and I often stayed at Fiesta Garden and was great mates with Bluey Richardson until I barfined his ex girlfriend and brought her back to the hotel. Anyway to Pattaya, Sodom and Gommorah by the sea, Babydolls is a big bar, managed by Ricky, a very affable and competent old school Englishman,from the time when that meant something.The girls and staff seem to stay a long time,which says a lot for the management and it pays off with a relaxed attitude in the bar. Entering the bar to the left is a double gym mattress with two girls on it naked, armed with dildoes and vibrators and customers seated around it offering advice and help. Next is the main stage with about fifteen girls, probably two naked, half topless but all wearing Very Short skirts and no knickers. Further in is a very large Jaccuzzi with a shower with two girls in it naked of course, shooting blocks of ice into unwary watchers drinks. I have barfined two girls from here, beutiful girls with great attitudes. Another bar not far away is Windmill with a similar format but a smaller bar and the management and staff are not so welcoming. Both of these bars are only metres from Secrets, a glorious bar but no monkey business there. I suggest anyone visiting also go Pattaya Beer Garden which sits out over the bay, and soi six much like Subic City (Calapandayan] in days of old [Be still my foolish heart] Cannot close off on Pattaya without mentioning Tims bar on second rd always a good place with continuous rock and roll on a big screen. Harry ,I hope at last I get to the good news, I have had cancer three times, prostate cancer and Lymphoma twice. They were all very early stage and have been treated successfully so far which says a lot for early diagnosis. Horse, I do not know if I will make it over to the stable because I am obviously involved in Pattaya, and the P.I. is getting very negative press these days, but if I do I will bring you some white onions and tomatoes like you aint seen before, regards Bill Buqem. (Man, that is a very interesting description of the “Baby Doll” bar and if I can ever get to Pattaya without Mrs Horse I would certainly love to check it out. To think that the authorities here get so hyper about the very sedate entertainment on Fields Ave. We are only R rated here)
Hi Harry, Just read the current “Harry the Horse”. Very sorry to hear of the cancer problem, however I believe you are in the best place for the most successful treatment. Remember we members of the Knights of the Brown Ring “KOBR” can survive anything. Remember the old fun days we had. Am enclosing a photo of some us getting ready to celebrate Australian Vietnam Veterans Day here at Whyalla RSL Club which is August 18th. Keep on reporting, RAY “1 STOP”. (Oh boy Ray, I certainly remember those Saturday fun days. I was glad to hear from you and am inserting your picture here so your many friends here can have an update on were you are. I hope to be back in AC sometime in Oct, my treatment should be finished by then, I hope)
Harry, Good Day Sir! I am writting this to let you and your readers know that Angeles is not the only place in PI that foreigners are being targeted by criminal groups. Hopefully our city’s situation will get some outside help as did Angeles in the CIDG clean up! I am ex- US coastie and have settled here in Alaminos City, Pangasinan from Big Island Hawaii since 2005. My wife is from a nearby town. We were lured here by the business friendly promises for investors by the then incoming administration, as were most of the other foreign investors here! I have been reading your great columns ever since. This is my first time to contact you, and I wish it was over a better subject! This is a Tale of Two City’s of sorts! One city with Law and Order for the local Filipino investors and another city with open season on the foreign investors! I own and operate Hundred Islands Ocean Sports here in Alaminos City with my wife of eleven years and our two children 4 & 6. I shipped my equipment along with Parasailing and Sport fishing boats from Hawaii at great expense (customs fees), and we also purchased a place to do business here on the waterfront in Brgy Lucap, Hundred Islands, I like most of the foreign business owners here we have invested allot of money into our PI business. Many residents say the Alaminos City administration seems to have turned a blind eye on a politically / police connected criminal group that has been operating extorting money from foreign business owners for over two years now. Alaminos City residents have brought complaints and facts as to this groups criminal activities to the attention of the city Mayor, Administrator, and Chief of Police,but to date nothing seems to have been done to address this evidence of lawlessness in their city. This is leading many residents to believe the group enjoys immunity! This group has demanded payment of money from several foreign owned hotel / resort / tourist related businesses saying it is owed commission and saying their establishments will be either bombed or burnt to the ground if not paid to them! I was told one such case involved an elderly lady in her 70′s and owner of a resort hotel here being intimidated to the point that some say she ended up paying (hundreds of thousands), in what some here call ” The Ransom to do business in Brgy Lucap, Alaminos City. Another form of intimidation being used by them is to file false charges against the foreign business owners and then demand extortion money to be paid so the false charges are dropped. I have personaly been charged with Attempted Rape from one of the groups girlfriends. In her orginal Bargy Blotter she stated that I “Touched her shoulder and forced her to hug me” ! Then in the Brgy complaint she changed her story to “He touched my breast” . Then they filed a police report with their police contacts that changed again to ” He held my shoulder with his right hand and then held a knife to my throat and with his lefthand felt me all the way down to my vagina and attempted to rape me! Well if you read this police report carefully you realize I would need three hands to acompish what they claim! Needless to say they have contacted me numerous times saying if I pay them 500,000 peso the case will go away!! Since I have refused to pay the extortion money they have filed a case against my wife, also Grave Threat. It also started out in a Brgy blotter the same way, only claiming that my wife said “she will call the police and they were liars!” When the complaint was elevated to the Alaminos City police, no less than the Chief of Police himself assisted them with and signed the report, where once again they changed their story to harbor a more serious charge! What seems to have many residents beliving that this group is operating under immunity, is the fact that no matter how obviously false and fabricated the criminal charges filed by this group are, the prosceutor’s office seems to follow their lead and resolve the cases in the favor of the gang members. The alledged leader of this group carry’s a CIDG ID card with his picture on it and a 45 Cal. and he uses both to intimidate everyone here. This card was given to him by one of his CIDG PO 3 contacts, who also on one occasion alledgedly discharged his firearm 16 times in a one hour period during a drinking sesson on a sunny Sunday afternoon at a local resort owned by the alledged gang leader. This was done in the heart of the Alaminos City tourist wharf area. The then Brgy Capt who witnessed the shooting incident from my adjoining property called the PNP who responded. The mayor, city administrator and chief of police were immediatley informed in writing (attached with certified police report) of the incident. To date over one year later it would seem nothing has been done! Only a PNP letter asking for a conciliation meeting has been issued (Blue Wash!) These 16 bullets had to land somewhere within the crowded tourist area, thank God no one was hit and injured or killed. As you can see these criminal elements are not limited to Angeles they are alive and well in Alaminos City also. Please Reply if you receive this! Aloha James O’Brien (This is one of the most disturbing messages I have ever received. To me, it is a horror story and reflects all that can be worrisome for foreigners who decide to invest and live in a third world country with a reputation for extreme corruption. This is far beyond any such activity in AC, thank goodness. I would think that Mr. O’Brien and his fellow associates must go beyond the authorities in Alaminos to get any kind of justice. To write of such occurrences in Alaminos City certainly reflects the frustration and hopelessness felt by James. I think I am fortunate to not be an investor in Aliminos City, a location which make Angeles City seem like the Vatican).
I received the information below from good friend Victor D. This is something the Mayor should be reading as well as the American Ambassador and even Hillary Clinton and all the other folks that like to paint Angeles City as “sin city”. I never heard of any local businessmen or government officials taking the time to help the ladies here with their medical problems. This lady, Crystal, though being deaf took a job as a dancer in the Det. 5 Club and was able to meet a customer that went out of his way to help her regain her hearing. There were no strings attached, just an act of kindness and also with the help of Daddy Danny, the owner of the Club. Normally, acts like this from customers and even Club owners are never mentioned publicly, and believe me, there have been many such acts over the long years the Clubs have been here. I am very pleased to be able to pass on this information to the readers of this column. Thank you Danny for your permission allowing me to do this.
“The best news ever!!!! Crystal….our deaf mute girl can hear now! One of our customers took her to a hearing specialist to see what her actual problem was. Well it turns out her left ear could be fitted with a hearing aid. Her right ear can still not hear. He paid for transportation, food, and lodging for her and her grandmother to go see the hearing specialist several times. He than paid close to 35,000 pesos for the actual hearing aid. 5 days ago she heard her first sounds. It will be a couple of months before she can learn simple sounds and maybe with the right therapy will be able to talk. She’s like a little baby hearing sounds for the first time in her life. So guys be careful what you say to her….hahaha.”
I think you might want to visit Danny at the Det 5 Club to say hello to him and, of course, Crystal. The club is open from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (sometimes later), Local drinks….60 pesos, Lady drinks….115 pesos ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT!!!!!!!! How To Get to Det.5? Det.5 is located right next to Candy Bar. If not familiar with Candy Bar than as you are heading towards Perimeter once you pass the Petron gas station you will see Sunset Gardens Hotel. Keep going past the hotel (which is rather long) and once passed look to your left. You will see a group of bars starting with Sunshine Bar. Than you will see TripleXXX followed by Bare Assets and then finally Det.5.”
Harry, I sent a message through the board, but not sure if you got it or not. I read in your latest column about the guy trying to get an extension for his VISA to stay longer than 21 days. There is an easier way to do the process rather than go to BI in Manila. A person can have this done before leaving NAIA, before you get to passport control, if they go to the far left side (the OFW counter) there is an open door right before you reach the counter, go inside there and they will find another counter and there you can have your extension completed, takes all of about 15-20 minutes and cost 3000php. You can obtain a 60 day extension right there on the spot, then you just simply go through passport control and BAM you are done. Hope this helps the readers. Thanks, Andrew Tewell.
Hello harry i would like to tell you about my trip to Angeles city its been 2years from my last trip and all I can say Angeles city is not what it was… ladies drinks 300p or more. I believe this alone has changed the girls attitude (girls make 100p per drink or more) and now the Koreans arriving in the 100s every day and many studying there and working i found the girls are now more picky than ever. I am 47 years old, some will say i look young for my years…. the best time i had was the girls i met from the Filipina heart which i thought was a bit of a risk but was not the case. All were better than any bargirl the bars like honey kos, touch of class, eruption, are still the go but that walker street, forget it. i arrived there on the 29th of june, just after the raids, maybe that had something to do with it or could it be angeles city is like an old bar girl who just had her hey days and now showing her age. i also found most girls wanted to leave after the deed, I like that anyway cause i can just go and get more …but i know most guys don’t like the girl leaving early. Like i say, i have been coming to angeles since 1989 from the age of 25, i cannot work it out but angeles city seems to have lost its flame, maybe it is time to find something new. Graham R. (Graham, Yes, AC has changed. The town has grown, the rules have changed and for sure, attitudes have changed as well. It is not all bad, one has to adjust to the times and there are still good times to be found and that special lady can still be right around the corner. But those old dirt roads, small shanty bars, cheap booze and women are gone. The entertainment is still available but it is now “R” rated. I cannot predict the future but for now, well, AC still beckons and for many visitors the trip is still worth the money. Come and enjoy it before it changes too much)
Hi Harry, just writing to thank you for finally making the climb up the stairs of Gentlemans club. I am a recent convert to the joys of pinay girls, june last year was first trip to Phils, and only discovered this great establishment by chance. On the flight from Bundaberg to Brisbane I was lucky enough to sit beside Shane’s sister who told me all about her brother & his club (well maybe not all) Anyway, the trip was to meet a girl I had met online (that’s another story for another time) but long story short, thought I should catch up with a fellow Bundy boy so I went to the club & now it’s my favourite drinking hole anywhere, would love to buy it if I had the money, checked out a few others around Phils while I was there. Also thanks for the photo with my new girlfriend sitting right in front. If you managed to talk with Lyn I’m sure you will agree she is a great catch & I know I am very lucky to have met her. Unfortunately due to a disasterous year thanks in no small way to the floods at Christmas I have not been able to get back there but I am hoping to return soon & bring Lyn back home with me. Wish me luck. Good luck with your treatment in the US, I will make an effort to come & see you on my next trip. Keep up the great newsletter. Jeff E. (I guess if I had the money I would buy into the Gentlemen’s Club as well. It is a turn key purchase and I believe it will give a good return on investment. I certainly hope you can make it back here in the near future and wish you success in your Lyn project. I expect to be back in AC by early October if all goes well.)
Harry, gday mate i have been reading with interest the goings on in angeles & i have a opinion. i think the bars are now suffering from their own success. When i managed mistys between 1999-2001 the bars were simplistic, small with a lot of charm..the most popular bars in those days were champagne,la bamba, roadhouse, illusions, mistys etc.. i remember when neros was being built it was going to change the image of fields forever ..i was right it was the first of the mega bars soon followed by blue nile, Camelot,, golden nile etc.,,the dancers became more like cabaret dancers very hi tech..in short angeles entered the 21st century..the one thing i learnt when i managed there was to keep a low profile, always to respect the locals & always remember we were visitors in their country.. in my opinion the more high profile the bars & hotels are the more they come under the attention of the locals…it also is obvious that its only us dopey westerners who are politically correct about human rights, im sure the koreans don’t care about that rubbish also the internet does not do the place any favors, im afraid i think we have seen the best of angeles.. trying to turn it into a las vegas style holiday destination has failed. It will soon be a destination for koreans only….mick mares (Ah Mick, to some degree I agree with you and will be curious to see how things develop here. Right now I am more concerned with the dollar rate to the peso. Fortunately there are some smaller bars to visit, especially along Perimeter Road and some nice sports bars have come along. I have noticed that the Koreans seem to have decided to move their interests closer to Fields Ave. I hope that remains at a snails pace)
More Villa Sol Drama-
This is an Email to John Casey, resident, Villa Sol: John, my name is Ron Gilbert and I have been living in Villasol for more than five years and like many residents am not happy with the way the VHRAI administration is treating its” members.” I have just read briefley the Philippine Regulation Act No. 9003 under which VHRAI is supposed to operate.
There is no doubt that a Waste Management Plan is legal and from what I can understand it is to be formed by or under the the control of the City or Municipality [Page 14 of act 9003]. Page 37 of the act under “Authority to Collect Solid Waste Management Fees” states only the fees related directly to the plan ” Collection of Solid Waste” are to be collected. I could find nothing in the act which gives these people the power to charge for -gates-lighting, security or anything else they may think of in the future.
If you look at the large sign on the side of their garbage truck you will see where they say that they are working under the Philippine Regulation Act 9003. Hoping this little bit of info will be useful, Ron G.
Email from John Casey – Villa Sol Resident: A meeting of the Association has just finished and the Barangay Captain or any City Council Members did not attend despite our being told they would be present. The question of the City Council
resolution was brought up and we were told not to mind that because the City Council listened to one side only. We offered to pay the P100 for garbage collection as we did before but the Association wants to inspect our property to see if we can afford the P350 as they insist on pushing their security service. I do not understand how they can insist the residents ignore a City Council resolution and demand that
the council members or baragay officials come to their meeting to be told the other side. I would think that they should attend a City Council Meeting and speak there. I am thinking of asking Willie Rivera about it as he has a seat on the council. We would attend a meeting but I can not find out where or when they are held. Perhaps Willie can inform me Monday. They are claiming 450 members and we know from
discussions with people working with the Association that many are in arrears and have no intention of paying anymore. They are far from a majority in the subdivision and their suggesting that we ignore a council resolution tells how they operate. They use their corporate papers as a justification to do as they please and the law be damn.
Some residents are letting the garbage pile up and the smell is horrific and they are refusing to let their wealthier neighbors pay their fees as they want to stand on principle. While not the uprising I was hoping for the “Resistance”grows steadily. On security they want to limit vehicles while allowing unabated foot traffic at all hours.
This is security? Sounds like a load of BS to get money out of the residents. They admitted they started this corporation with insufficient funds and are relying on dues from the members whether said members are willing or not. They also admit that denial of garbage collection is used as the only way to get members to join.
Harry, The Homeowners and Residents Association is indeed legal as we have checked their paperwork and all is in order. We do not wish to dissolve the organization as we would rather ignore it. It is the way they conduct their business that is disturbing. The notice of their
meeting was in Tagalog and not English as I believe is required of
legal notification and I was unaware of the importance or purpose of
the flyer that was put on the gate. The act of denying essential services to coerce one into buying a unnecessary service is blatantly illegal and will not stand the test of law. Having legal corporate
papers and a Mayors permit does not allow one to operate in any manner one wishes in pursuit of wealth. It is quite possible that lacking success in another round of visits to City Councilors and the Association we may have to bring charges and seek a TRO. John Casey.
Hey Harry, Another great time in Angeles City, thanks for all you and your staff do. I hope things are going OK in your treatment. On my last day I was approached by the American beggar scum. Amazing that in a place where the people are so poor there are jerks like this ready to steal from anyone. I have attached a picture, hope you will put it in your column, I wish we could get the word out to more people, I am sure some sucker gets sucked in to his lies often. Not sure if telling the police would have helped, you know I am still learning the ropes in the Philippines. Thanks, Dave W. (Thanks Dave, I try to get updated photos of this character and I see he is using his lady with a kid in his scam and she tries to hide her face. Folks, do not give any money to this charlatan, he is a lying con-man. The police will not do anything because he has not broken any laws. One day he will mess up as he has been known to threaten people but so far no one has pressed any charges against him. He is one evil asshole that keeps trying to change his physical image)
Harry, Many thanks for all your hard work in putting togeather your monthly news report. I’ve visited Angeles many times and regreat that I haven’t visited your establishment, but that will change on my next visit. I’m a fan of your news product and appreciate the effort you put in it to inform the public at large. You are the man an May God bless and keep you safe. V/R Walt Meyers San Antonio, Texas. (Walt, go Texas, I love San Antonio, home of Lackland AFB and stores with great hot sauces for sale. Thank you so much for your good words. After my radiation treatment the Horse might be a bit hoarse but I am determined to continue with the column, even while here in Vegas. I enjoy being here again but you better believe that I will be glad to get back to AC, hopefully in early July. Meanwhile, I will enjoy the good weather, food and entertainment here. But, for sure, I miss the good ladies that I get to interact with in the AC Clubs and my many friends there. Thanks for writing)
Harry, last month I asked you the whereabouts or history- of a one- Shane Rickie. I was correct, he did work as a manager for several bars in Angeles – Balibago. Sadly, due to this kind of work, and the excess alcohol he consumed, he died from liver problems, about 5 years ago.
One of your readers, emailed me with this information. It came as a shock to me, to receive the email. Your reader was one of Shane’s best friends. Well, I showed the email, to my friend – who happens to be Shane’s son. But, through his mother’s second marriage, he had not seen his father for many, many years. My friend was so happy, and could not believe that I had obtained the information. It has given him, some closure. I was not able to find out where Shane is interred, but I was able to find out his wife’s name, and where she works. Hopefully, I will track her down.
So, from me and my friend, a very big thank you. Your news letters are very powerful, and it is apparent , they are compulsive reading for locals and ex- pats alike. John O’Connor. (John, I am so sorry that the news could not have been positive instead of sad. I am pleased that my message resulted in bringing you up to date and that it reached his son. I surely do thank the man who wrote you with the information that was able to bring a closure to a mystery. It is results like this that encourages me to continue with my column and I am so proud of those readers that are able to respond to queries from readers such as you; Thank you John for the update.)
Harry, just ran into an american black man panhandling near hensonville jeepney terminal. middle aged, about 6’2″. Carrying a back pack. First time I saw him. jim q. (Jim, maybe the recession is hitting some expats and this begging shit is catching on. I may give it a try when I get back in order to get back some of the money I spent on this trip. I could start up a “Expats Beggars Union” and redistribute their earnings into my pocket.
Harry, I meant to send this email to you last month, but my Comclark connection was broken. You may not remember me, I came to see you last January, we sat talking in your dart room whilst you ate dinner. I might stick in your mind because I was conversing with your staff in Tagalog. I wanted to know the contact details of Blue Nile’s owner, you didn’t have them at that time. I went on to tell you how a Blue Nile waitress had stolen 500 peso from my change after I’d paid with 1000 peso bill. When I pointed out the discrepancy, three other waitresses appeared and said they had all witnessed me give her 500 peso. I asked for the manager and was told there is no manager, only a mamasan. I bring this up now because the mamasan treated me in exactly the same way Kurt Gieger describes in Crystal Palace in your July issue.
It wasn’t that I wanted to complain to Blue Nile’s owner, I couldn’t really, the thieves refused to let me see their ID. I just wanted to tell the owner what was going on in his business.
Bar owners invest millions in these clubs and a small minority of bad people can ruin it. A simple solution would be to make every waitress write the amount given on the back of the drink bill and show it to the customer. In R&B and Klub Bossa the customer has to sign each drink bill. These two places are owned by Filipinos, who obviously know how to avoid these problems.
The most offensive and humiliating part of this experience was the attitude of the thieves. They smiled at me as if to say, “go on, do something, and we’ll have the police lock you up, then you’ll have to pay us to get out, or we’ll have you kicked to within an inch of your life, like that poor guy outside Dollhouse”. Whenever I’m invited to go barhopping now, I always say, “sure, but I’m not going to Blue Nile”,it’s a shame, I was a regular customer there and I’m sure I’m only one of many victims.
To summarize Harry, I don’t want people to see this as negative criticism, it’s not, I’m just trying to help. If bar owners would put in one of the above systems it would benefit everyone. Take away the temptation to cheat and steal, that’s my message. Regards, Paul Grace. (The owner of the Blue Nile is an Australian named Larry. He is a nice guy who I am sure would listen to you. I think that if I gave a thousand peso note to a waitress, based on your experience and others, I would emphasize to the waitress that this is a one thousand peso note and make sure others heard me. That might help but I can acknowledge that all too often customers are victims of short changing and not only in the bars.)
Harry, my last visit to Clark was in 2005. I stayed at a place called Kokomo’s. They had in room computers. Not any more though. Do you know of any hotel that will provide a computer in the room. I do not own a laptop. I do not want to use the computer in public view. Gideon. (Sorry Gideon, I do not have that information. I will put your question into my column and see what replies I get).
ATTN ALL TOURISTS TO ANGELES CITY: Greetings from Jeannie,
The ABC Hotel has been known as a high class hotel, not only in Angeles City but all over the world. Aiming to provide high class comfort with convenience, it is situated at the heart of world renowned entertainment district and easily accessible anywhere in the world by the presence of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. With the success of ABC Hotel, it is but proper to put up more rooms to accommodate more valued guests who “only live once”. With almost 2 years in the making, The ABC Tower was built. The new tower is outfitted with 40 luscious rooms never before seen in the world. With controllable mood lights for the bed, separate shower with round tubs, 40” LCD TVs, sound bar, walk-in closets, high-speed internet access and computer desks among others, we’ll make sure that this feels like home away from home. We are proud to say that we are the only hotel that has high water pressure that could fill guest’s tub within 2 minutes. Also, full-length windows let the sun in for natural light and offer panoramic views of Mt. Arayat, Mt. Pinatubo and the Zambales Mountain Range.
In addition, very well-trained staff will make guests feel welcome and at home upon checking-in until they check-out. We set the bar in assuring the best customer service to guarantee a memorable stay that will make want to come back again and again. If you have questions about this, feel free to email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 63458922222 or 09175118685. We are looking forward to greeting you to our first class hotel and making sure your stay at the ABC will be a memorable one. Jeannie Quizon, Sales and Marketing Officer, “You Only Live Once…” Angeles Beach Club Hotel
Harry, My last visit to Clark was in 2005. I stayed at a place called Kokomo’s. They had in room computers. Not any more though. Do you know of any Hotels that offer in room computers or laptops for customer use. I do not want to use the computer in public view. Gideon - firstname.lastname@example.org (Gideon, off hand I do not know which hotels offer that convenience but as promised have inserted your question here so people can respond to you directly. When I return to the PI I plan to make my spare laptop available to guests when needed. Most of my customers bring their own laptops when traveling but there are exceptions)
For USAF Military Retirees: I was able to go on base and get my new ID card that no longer has my social security number on it. Instead it has a DOD number and I was told that in the near future, everyone must have this new ID card even though retirees do not have an expiration date. One thing I did not know is that in the near future to gain access to any base the guard will swipe you card through some sort of box to allow entry. No doubt this will slow down traffic entering a base but if you do not have the new ID you will have to stop at Pass and ID to gain entry. I was glad I was able to get my ID here instead of in the Philippines where I am sure the procedure will be a bit more inconvenient to attain.
After reading your column for a couple years, I finally had the opportunity to stop in for a couple drinks and a game of pool with my fiance’ and one of her girlfriends who lives in AC. We happened to be visiting another girlfriend of my fiance’ sari sari store on the corner, Wil-Mark, when I noticed the sign for your establishment above the trike stand. While we were waiting we strolled down the alley and into the Blue Boar Inn. I can tell you that I have never tasted a colder SML in all of my trips to PI. The waitresses were very nice and welcoming. You have a fine establishment and I just wanted to thank your for your monthly column . Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a clean bill of health. David - Tampa, FL (Hey Dave, so sorry I was not there to greet you. At least you found my “stable” and my staff took good care of you. I am sure you will be back again for another visit and I sure hope I am there to greet you. Thanks for the good words)
While cleaning up my desk at home prior to leaving for Las Vegas (No easy task), I came across a poster that someone must have brought to me from Australia, but I forget who or when. Anyway, it was a notice for “Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice – Just What the Doctor Ordered”. On one side it had a poem of which I will give the first stanza only – “You may have heard of Wollombi, it isn’t all that far, where the locals praise a recipe (t’was once served in a jar) The blend is quite exceptional – “Or such is their excuse”, to drink the potent liquor, known as “Jungle Juice”. The other side explains that you can drink it straight or mix it and drinks such as Shag, Tarzan, Wombat, Lady Jane, Sweet Surprise, Jungle Jump, and others are offered. These delights are offered up at some place called the Wollombi Tavern, 2994, Great North Road, Wollombi NSW, Australia 2325. Now I am bloody curious as to what this juice is like. So, for you lads that ask me what you can bring me from Australia, in addition to cherries (oh how I love them), strawberries, you can now pop over to the Wollombi Tavern and bring me back some “Jungle Juice”. I guess I better go to my NSW map and see if I can find out where the hell Wollombi is, I have never heard of it before.
Hello Harry ! Thank you for your latest Edition of your Newsletter… and for putting so much efforts into informing all of us about what is going on here in AC and in the PI… Your Newsletter is always a great read… ! Regarding a question from one of your Readers, I would just like to inform you, that here at the Lewis Grand Hotel we have not only a non smoking room, but actually a whole non smoking floor (our 4th). Just wanted you to know this, in case that somebody might ask you about this again… Hope you can use this bit of information…
That was information I received from the Lewis Grand. Additionally, before I left AC I was able to be in contact with Dave Crowe from the Wild Orchid and was told that they also have non-smoking rooms. If any other hotels in AC respond to me about non-smoking rooms I will be glad to add that information as well.
This is something you folks who live in the Angeles City area might want to note. I have had a few folks ask about a reliable moving company. This is who JUSMAG and State use here in the PI.
Marichu Dela Cruz, Commercial Freight Services Inc. Moving and Warehousing Division. Warehouse II, Irasan Complex, Irasan St. cor. NAIA Ave. San Dionisio, Paranaque City, Metro Manila Philippines, Tel. +632 8297990, Fax. +632 8203092, e-mail: email@example.com, website: www.cfsharp.com.
An off-duty police officer is the main suspect in the killing of an 18-year-old Norwegian tourist of Filipino descent outside a bar in a Manila suburb where he tried to stop a fight, the chief investigator said on Wednesday. Police said Mikael Troy Johansen Rasay had left the bar with friends early Sunday when he saw a commotion across the street and tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman. Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the Quezon City police, said that Rasay, who stood 6ft 3in and with an athletic build, knocked the man down in a fist-fight. A second man also fought with Rasay but the Norwegian teenager also knocked him down, Marcelo said. Gunfire rang out moments later, and witnesses reported seeing another man chasing and shooting Rasay and reloading his pistol, he said. He said Rasay slumped to the ground after he was hit three times in the back with two of the bullets exiting his body. Marcelo said the suspect escaped in a car. Rasay died of his wounds after being brought to a hospital and another person was wounded by a stray bullet. Investigators recovered about a dozen spent shells from a 9mm pistol at the scene.
He said the man who was wounded and a security guard at a nearby establishment were able to identify the gunman from a picture obtained from the national police headquarters. A woman companion of Rasay was expected to also identify the suspect, who is a Manila officer.
Marcelo told the Associated Press the police will file a murder complaint against the suspect. State prosecutors will conduct preliminary investigations to determine if there is enough evidence to bring the case to court. Rasay’s father, Joseph Troy Rasay, urged the suspect to surrender. “We want to know why he shot my son in the back. Mikael was unarmed,” he said. “He made sure my son was dead by shooting him in the back.” He said his son is the eldest of his three children and was a college student in Oslo. He said his son was fond of his home country and arrived on 16 July for a vacation and was scheduled to return home to Norway on Monday.
“He said, ‘Papa, … I want to show my friends in Norway how beautiful it is in the Philippines’” he told the AP. Dozens of friends and relatives have flocked to the Rasay family home in Tanza township in Cavite province near Manila for the wake.
(This is another example of out of control policemen abusing the privilege of being issued weapons. All too often these ego maniacs in uniform are involved in murdering innocent civilians. I hate to say this, but being a good Samaritan in the Philippines is not a good idea. Never, never get involved in any altercation involving Filipinos, especially if they are drinking. Hell, they even kill each other over silly arguments much less a foreigner.) http://www.guardian.co.uk/
Comments to Neil (RoadSlut) – Neil. let me clarify something to you. At one time I was given a password access to the AC2 message board. It was given to me by the lad that is now in jail in the US. Regretfully, I did not use the password for some time and then when I tried to use it, it did not work. To date, I have not taken the time to go and see Ron to get a new password. Hence, I do not have access to the AC board. When I return in Oct I may have to try and take the time to visit Ron and get access again. But, for a very long time now, there have been a couple of people that send me information that they think would be of interest to me, especially those charming words from you. Last month you did take a lot of time to write a part 1 and 2 summary of what I had written in my Aug column. I found those comments quite interesting. Right now I will not be specific but because I will be here for radiation treatment until sometime in Oct I will wait until that time to print all of your comments and try to answer some of them. Why wait until then, well, it will be hard for me to fill up an October column if I am not there. It was hard enough to get material for Sep but fortunately, some of the material I planned ahead for before I left AC. Neil, some of your comments were a little hurtful and others I could see where you were coming from. Let me say a couple of things. One, I am not worried about others being in the spotlight and me losing any sort of “status” with my column.
There are some things going on now in AC that I do not write about directly but try to hope that some readers can read “between” the lines. I know my status as a “foreigner” here and the difficulty of trying to work with City officials and the police but this is my “home” and has been for many years and yes, you and I have seen, together, the good and the bad with ACTA and the frustrations we went through. Believe me there were some good accomplishments but things did go downhill in the end. The ABAC is another story and for now, that is all I will write about that subject. I will try to be a bit more specific in Oct. It is true that you have your opinions and I have mine and maybe the two will never meet on common ground but I will continue to try and write my way and hope that the information I pass on is beneficial to those readers who like my column and, I guess, even those who do not like it. Like in show business, you can’t please everybody in the audience but that does not mean you don’t try. (Update: I was informed that the AC Message board banned Neil (Roadslut) from the board. I guess his commentary offended more people than just me. There are many good uses for the AC board, regretfully, Neil represented a minority that brought out a negative element.)
- Jimmy, it turned out to be a hoax he is back on again, LOL.
This is applicable only to those US miliary folks in the States and military retirees. It came to my attention the Home Depot stores offer a 10% discount to those people in that category. Here in Las Vegas I did have some shopping to do there and was able to avail of the discount. Hats off to the Home Depot management, as O’Reily would say, “they are patriots”.
Last month the “temporary” president of the Angeles Bar Owners Association of Angeles City (ABAC) invited the General Manager of the EuroAsia Hotel to a meeting. The manager was not available as she had another meeting to attend so she sent two of her staff and they were surprised to find that they were the only persons in attendance. They were greeted by the ABAC President and another person, supposedly, with unofficial close ties to City Hall. The meeting was to discuss the possibility of Hotel EuroAsia becoming a member of ABAC and paying a monthly fee. But, when it was discovered that the Manager was also the President of the Hotels and Restaurants in Pampanga (HARP) the discussion turned quite serious. It was suggested that HARP could pay P25,000 a month to ABAC for various expenses to include law enforcement expenditures. The only problem was the two staff members became nervous as they could not discuss such details and felt a bit threatened. They were told that the bars were already paying P25,000 and Hotels should pay as well since their business depended on the bars. This was not exactly true as the ABAC members were paying various voluntary membership fees and only the “big six” were paying the larger amount. There had been discussions by the board to approach the Hotels to bring them, voluntarily, into the ABAC and to set a fair membership fee. What fees to ask for was still up for discussion and of course it was realized that any hotels agreeing to join would have to know exactly how the ABAC funds were being spent. Complete accountability would be required. HARP itself would not be paying any fee as this organization does not represent all hotels and restaurants in town and only collects administrative fees. So, it appears that individual hotels will be approached for ABAC membership and of course, restaurants should be included. In fact, all businesses in the entertainment area should be included since, at this time, the Clubs are the main reason for tourism in Angeles City, like it or not. But, ABAC must take a gentle approach, not a threatening approach to the various business owners/managers. It will be interesting to see how this latest membership “campaign” works out.
Hi Harry, My site is in Bacoor Cavite, only 6K from the boundry line of Metro Manila & Cavite. Here in Manila there is one biker bar the Mad Dogs hang out at called the Handle Bar Bar. I am not a member of any club as I don’t have the time to ride as much as I would like. I will be catering to the local bike clubs & already have quite a few Westerners that want to use my place as their hang out. the more the merrier! We are just outside Metro Manila. I can see the condos in Manila from my site. I am building this place myself (No Contractor) so I am there everyday working the crew. We hope to open in late October if all goes well. If you have any suggestions or contacts that could help us please feel free! I’ll be the first one to say I need all the help I can get! James Mixon, Hard Riders Bar and Grill.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
PORT TOWNSEND, Washington — An American man has been charged with raping a 22-year-old woman he lured from the Philippines with the promise of marriage.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that 48 year old Patrick John McAllister was released on $100,000 bond after his Aug 5 arrest. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Friday on 41 counts of rape and sexual assault. McAllister’s lawyer, Lance Hester, says he will plead not guilty.
Investigators say McAllister was introduced to the woman by a relative, visited her in 2008 and later told her he wanted to marry. She arrived in March 2010 and was brought to McAllister’s home. She said she was raped and assaulted for more than a month until she escaped.
The investigation took more than a year because of language difficulties. (AP) (A Filipina with a language problem? That seems strange. I inserted this story as an item of interest in that it all seems a bit strange. It took her a month to escape??? I guess this could be one of those warnings to local ladies here in the PI looking for a better life and also a warning to foreigners coming here looking for that perfect lady. Both parties better do their homework because the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Sure would like to know how this case turns out.)
New life for Roy’s Pub? – I sure hope so. When Roy opened his pub here in AC it was an instant success. When Clive took it over after Roy passed away it remained a very popular pub that was a joy to enter. It was a wonderful place to unwind, chat, enjoy decent food, and meet old friends as well as make new friends. Sadly, after Clive, well, it just kind of went down the tubes. The glow faded and has remained so for a couple of years. But, now I am excited and hope that the old Pub will regain its popularity. Why am I optimistic? Because I received the following Email:
Hi Harry, This is John Wood, manager at KINGS HEAD formely Roys Bar. The owner David Lewis, asked me to try to re establish the pub & i started yesterday. I used to know Roy & later Clive when he took over. Look forward to meeting you if you have time to call in. (John, when I return in Oct I will certainly drop in. I guess it was time for a name change and hopefully a step in the right direction. You enjoy a good location and occupy a very nice building. I am very excited about your news and I am hoping that you bring back the glow to this wonderful, historical pub. We need the Kings Head to succeed as a location where gentlemen can gather for a drink or two in a location that wives and girlfriends would not object to. Never the less John, feel free to bring back the cute, friendly waitresses as well, it helps the “glow” , oh yes, don’t forget the good food as well.)
Subic news: This was passed on to me. I am not that familiar with the “Towers” project or the golf course: ”Did you know:
1. the towers bldg in subic is no longer building the condos. the korean owners took down payments from the prospective buyers then ran away with the money.
2. the korean lady who bought the golf course in subic for php2million, took a loan for php5million then ran away”.
Explain missing vehicles, 40 locators told
By Robert Gonzaga – Inquirer Central Luzon
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—A top customs official on Friday gave 40 Subic locators a week to explain how 1,800 imported secondhand vehicles had vanished while under their custody.
“We are requiring these locators to account for the missing vehicles in their yards. They have to submit documents to explain where these vehicles are now, or else face charges,” Errol Albano, chief of the Bureau of Customs at the Subic port, told the Inquirer.
The missing vehicles were part of the 2,907 used cars inventoried by officials in 2007. These were placed in storage yards by their owners after the government banned the sale of imported secondhand vehicles. The ban, contained in Executive Order No. 156 issued by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2007, was in compliance with new tariff agreements that took effect that year.
However, a new inventory, conducted by the Bureau of Customs and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, could no longer account for the 1,800 used cars, Albano said. Explain missing vehicles, 40 locators told. (Some folks are running around with a lot of money in their pockets and some connected folks are driving some nice cars. Maybe they just miscounted)
Big News! The best news taking place in Subic last month was the retaking of marriage vows of Ron and Elsa Chesley. It was done on the beach and followed military procedures. Believe it or not, Ron’s uniform, taken out of mothballs, still fit him. I was supposed to be there but my medical problem forced my departure to the States. Naturally I have to include a few pictures so we can all share in this romantic moment. Ain’t love wonderful!
I heard that the American Legion Post 123 suffered a robbery within their building in which many expensive items came up missing. They suspect that an ex-employee was the culprit. They are now offering up their pool table for sale. I am a member of this Post but have not visited there since they moved from their location near the RAO. A long time ago I suggested that Post 123 and Post 10 join together at the Post 10 location on Perimeter Road. Recently the Post 10 folks completed an extensive renovation project that has improved the interior of this building 100%. I wanted to visit there to check it out but my unexpected trip to Las Vegas prevented me from doing so. I have heard that the consolidation of the two Posts is being discussed. I firmly believe that this will be a good thing for the members and I hope that politics will be set aside so this combining of Posts could be accomplished.
Hi Lafayette, my name is SMSGT Retired Lewis Nunley. I am writing to ask a favor of you as chaplin of the VFW. I was stationed at clark between 1984 and 1987, but was TDY there in 1989-1990 on several occasions. At that time I met a lady named cynthia florentino who worked at the bonanza hotel as a clerk who I fell in love with and got engaged. I was then assigned to a base in England where I tried to get her a visa, but it was dissaproved and because of that we broke off the engagement because she could’nt get a visa. I have often thought about her and her kids throughout these years and wanted to ask if you could go by the bonanza hotel and find out any contact information about her. Again my name is Lewis Nunley, also known as Ron, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My address is: 28367 Center Ridge Rd, Apt B-21, Westlake, Ohio 44145 and my phone number is 216-789-5965. I would appreciate anything you can do and may God richly bless you. When I was stationed there I was in AGS weapons working on F-4′s. When I met Cynthia, I was back in the motor pool TDY with cope thunder. This is a picture of her and her oldest daughter.
This was sent to me by Lafayette Donaldson, VFW Chaplain asking me if I could get this in my Sep column. It is my pleasure to do so. A lot of years have passed since Lewis last saw this young lady and I would expect the odds to be a bit low on anyone locating Cynthia or remembering her. But, this column reaches a lot of folks and, well, maybe someone will see this who knows Cynthia and get the word to her. Lewis, do me a favor, if contact is made, let me know. Good luck buddy. Oh, by the way, the Bonanza Hotel was renamed as the Ponderosa Hotel.
My goodness, over time I have received so many Emails about Congressmen not paying into social security and their getting full pay retirement benefits after serving only one term. The last one on this subject was forwarded to me from Eugene Wilson along with an extensive list of addressees. For the information of those folks who might consider forwarding me more Emails on this subject —- Please, pretty please read the following:
I get so many Emails about the social security and retirement of Congressmen – It is NOT TRUE: Read the following:
|Is it true that . . . Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security and when they retire they receive a pension equal to their congressional salary for the rest of their life?|
The answer is no. All members of Congress pay Social Security taxes in the same amounts as they would if they were employed in the private sector at the same salary level. The amount of a congressional pension varies and depends on years of service, age at the time of retirement, and salary.
The facts: The confusion about Social Security probably results from the fact that before 1984, Senators and Representatives did not participate in the Social Security program. Like all federal government employees at that time, members of Congress were covered by a pension plan, called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), that did not require payment of Social Security taxes and did not provide Social Security benefits. In 1983, Congress passed a law (P.L. 98-21) that required all federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. The law also required all members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because the CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal employees, called the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which does coordinate a federal pension with Social Security.
Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. They are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80 percent of his or her final salary. As of October 1, 2000, the average annual pension for members of Congress who have retired under CSRS is $52,464, and $46,932 for retirees under FERS-only or both FERS/CSRS.
Read a report that provides more detail on retirement benefits for members of Congress.
The Fat Boys are on their way here again. Fun time, especially if you get to see the weigh in at Phillies, Friday evening, 2 Sep. The big event is on Saturday 3rd September from 9am to 6pm – food and beer available and there are teams coming from all over Asia to raise money for the Bahay Bata Orphanage and the PRFU development fund. There are celebrity rugby players attending also and a charity dinner in the evening. We also have a charity golf day on the Friday 2nd which is open to all. Any inquiries please contact me direct on this email! Regards, Ross, <email@example.com>
Darts competition at Phillie’s Sports Grill on 13, 14 and 15 Sep. This is a biggie for Dart fans and even those that are not familiar with the sport. You will be able to watch some of the best Filipino players coming out of Manila, various provinces and of course Angeles City. You will also see some Expat players from Barrio Barretto and Angeles City. I am sorry I could not make the poster bigger so you could read the details but it would take up too much room. So now you haver to drop in a Phillie’s to get the details or visit the Phillie’s web site. I hate to miss it as I enjoy the sport very much and enjoy watching the players, especially the women. This is one sport where the women can kick some ass and I don’t mean just other women. This is a first for Phillie’s and I hope it all goes well. It should be exciting and there should be a hell of a lot of players competing for a share of that P100,000.00. That my friends, is a very decent prize fund.
Military veteran Dick Jones died on the morning of 21 August after a long fight with cancer in Jacksonville Fl. Dick was well known here in the Angeles City Expat community. It is with great sadness that we pass on our condolences to his family.
Dick was born February 7, 1943 in Alabama, he graduated from Vero Beach High School. He was a Vietnam Vet and after 20 years’ service he retired from the Air Force. He went on to work as a superintendent for American Battle Monument Commission where he spent the majority of his time overseas, Tunisia, France, Philippines. After his second retirement he spent his time between the Philippines and traveling around the United States in his RV. He is survived by his wife Mayen Jones, son Lawrance Jones, daughter Alexandra Paul and grandchildren Camdyn and Sophia Paul.
Dick was Past ABMC superintendent in the last 21 years overseas
* DIST CLARK CEMETERY CHAIRMAN – DICK JONES
* DEPT CLARK CEMETERY CHAIRMAN – DICK JONES
30 MAY – Post Commander Albert MITCHELL and Post JVC Dick JONES attended Memorial Day Service at American Cemetery in Manila.
17 MAY – Post Commander Albert MITCHELL and Post JVC/Cemetery Chairman Dick JONES met with CDC President on Clark Cemetery MOA/Lease renewal.
Junior Vice Commander Dick Jones attended a working breakfast with Filipino American Memorial Endowment (FAME). The breakfast was held at the Post Home.
* Clark Cemetery Chairman – Dick Jones
Junior Vice Commander: Dick JONES
* VFW BOOSTER CHAIRMAN: Dick JONES
* SHIRT READER: Dick JONES
* BLANKET BUM: Dick JONES
Post JVC Dick JONES and Post Members attended the District VII Meeting in Baguio, hosted by CDR Chick PARSONS Post 124.
Post JVC Dick Jones and Post Members visited the Children’s Blind School in Baguio, sponsored by Kuto Pup Tent 7. A large donation of peanut butter, mayonnaise and jelly, donated by Post and Pup Tent Members, was presented to the school.
8 FEB – Post JVC Dick JONES and Post Members attended CDR Chick PARSONS Post 124’s Golf Tournament and Fun Day at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City.
8 JAN – Post JVC/Cemetery Chairman Dick JONES recognized Mr. Albert MCFARLAND and the National Funeral Directors Association of Korea for the donation of a casket-lowering device to the Clark Cemetery.
2485 Life Member Barry BARKER, long-time Director of the Veterans Administration Office in Manila. In attendance were Post JVC Dick JONES and Post Roving Ambassador Jerry PRINZ.
Post JVC/Cemetery Chairman Dick JONES purchased a much-needed new KIA truck for cemetery maintenance.
Shane (Shakey) Stevens – Another sad story that depicts the difficulties encountered by some Expats who choose to live here without sufficient funds. The following newspaper article explains the passing of a man who had dreams that now, will never become a reality:
“ANGELES CITY: An Australian was found lifeless hanging inside shower room of a hotel room here the other day. Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono, Angeles city police director, identified the victim as Shane (Shaky) Stevens, 55, jobless, of Don Cornelio St, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga. Harley Milsop, 55, a friend of Robert’s, and manager of Fiesta Garden Hotel located along Jake Gonzales Blvd, barangay Malabanias here, said he found Robert hanging— a polo shirt wrapped around his neck and tied to the pipe of the shower curtain inside the bathroom area of room 1 of the hotel. Milsop told police that Robert came to the hotel at 8 am on August 20 and asked for a free one-day stay because he had no money. Milsop said he discovered the body at around 10:15 a.m. on August 21. Meanwhile, Robert’s live in partner, Anna Marie Pasco, 39, said that she and the victim had a quarrel over money matters on the night of August 19 in their house. Robert then left their house and failed to return, Pasco said.”
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES
I posted this in my August breaking news but am including it here for those that might have missed it. I am hoping that by the time I have to publish I will have some updates as to the status of “Daddy Jimmy”.
Some P10 million worth of high-grade cocaine was seized from suspected big-time drug pushers, including an American, during a buy-bust operation last Sunday night in the city. Two kilos of cocaine were confiscated by the combined team of the Taguig City Police and the Philippine National Police Anti- Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force(AIDSOTF) headed by Supt. Leonardo Suan from the suspects identified as Jose Gibson, Jimmy Albert Joaquin and Edilberto Ty, both of Samar. The suspects were arrested at the basement parking area of Market Market mall at Global City in Taguig. The P10-million cocaine deal involved the pushers and the poseur buyer who was a member of the AIDSOTF. Suan said he believed the drugs were part of the big volume of cocaine which was th rown out of the sea coast off Samar to evade arrest from pursuing US Drug enforcement agents while at sea and was later fished out by some fishermen. Suan also disclosed the drugs were seized from the American who said it was his first time to do an illegal transaction. The three suspects were immediately brought to the office of the AIDSOTF at Camp Crame to undergo interrogation after making a coordination with the Taguig Police chief Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinaryo. Meanwhile, Taguig City Mayor lauded the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pushers. The PNP AIDSOTF said there is no let-up in running after drug offenders in the city. SOURCE: The Daily Tribune.
TOURISTS OF THE MONTH
These are two distinguished visitors to my stable who popped in before I left for the US. Naturally, I was grateful for their visit as I told them, “Great, now I have my Sep visitors”. Of course, my problem is that I did not plan for Oct but I will try to figure something out. Meanwhile, back to Darren and Greg. They are both from Perth Australia and Darren (R) was on his first visit to Angeles City. He has made many visits to Thailand over the years but this time Greg was able to talk him into checking out the Philippines and Thailand. He works in the mines and that underground work must make him dream about the ladies he left behind in Thailand. Now, no doubt after having met some new ladies his dreams will be enhanced. When I talked to him he was already planning his return trips to AC. He did want to pass on to a couple of co-workers in the mine, Wally and Aaron, that they had no idea what they were missing. He said they have not lived until they visit Angeles City. Naturally, I had to agree with him 100%.
OK, time for Greg. He has been here many times and was busy visiting old friends from Australia who make AC their home. I did not take many notes about Greg because I spent so much time talking to Darren. It is not that Greg was boring, in fact he was quite interesting and a true gentleman. It was just that I always get a kick out someone who has been here for the first time. Both were staying at the Swagman which is always a super hotel to stay in that has been a favorite of Australian visitors for many years. Thanks for stopping by guys, hope to see you again and I need a follow-up to see if Darren fell in love during his first visit.
MY FIRST “CUPID” SUCCESS
Oh boy, I am so pleased with this story. For years I have been putting in my “I would if I could” pictures and also “special ladies” once in a while. Last year my friend Peter C. asked me to write about his sister in law who was a very special lady. She was a young psychologist that somehow had remained single into her 20′s. After learning her details I figured that this lady would be a fine catch for any man. She is good looking, educated, sweet (yes, I was able to meet her) and nearly too good to be true, sort of like my wife, Priscilla. Well, in no time at all a very wise Australian wrote to her and in no time at all, Cupid shot an arrow straight into his heart and by golly, it hit Beverly as well. Now they are getting married in Sep. But, I am so disappointed as Priscilla and I had planned to make the trip to Darwin to attend the wedding, my first trip to Australia, but this darn cancer thing came up and I am stuck in the US until Oct. But, let me pass on the words of Rick Drake.
Hey Harry, Rick Drake here….we met while i was over in August…i am the guy who responded to your article on Beverly (Peter and Bernadette’s sister and brother-in-law ). Anyway i would just like to thank you for that article and my GOOD FORTUNE at contacting her…she is a beautiful and gracious young woman and i am very smitten with her….So much so that she has just spent last 3mths with me here in Darwin Aust…
I have asked her to marry me…she has agreed and we plan to marry around September 2011…if you are able to make it here would love you and your lovely wife to be guests of honour at our wedding…( you have plenty of time to organize things ??….lol ) c’mon over and have a look at Darwin (we’ll throw another shrimp on the barbie for you! lol). Any way i have included a few pic’s for you …thought you may appreciate the update on your “featured article” from i think the July 2010 issue. Cheers Rick and Beverly. (I am so sad. I think I have a few readers from Darwin and would have had a chance to meet a few lads while there as well as fill up the old stomach with a bunch of shrimp right off the “barbie”. See guys, keep checking out those ladies I write about and one day you might get as lucky as Rick)
Bar Codes - This a tidbit that I found to be interesting. When shopping check out the bar codes on the packages, no matter what the front says. The first threenumbers of the bar code tell you what country the product comes from. What are they? Here you go —690 – 692 = China, 00 -09 = USA and Canada, 30 – 37 = France, 40 – 44 = Germany, 471 = Taiwan, 49 = Japan and 50 = UK. I kind of think if you search for 00 – 09 in order to buy USA you will be shit out of luck on so many things that you would have to run around naked, have no electronics, no TV’s and a miserable life. You would have to be as old as me to remember when this was not true. Speaking of shopping, my son has been getting on my ass since the day I arrived about “High Fructose Maple Syrup” and that I should avoid buying anything with this ingredient. He claims that this is one of the reasons Americans are getting so damn fat and are unhealthy. I, initially, ignored him until I started looking at the ingredient listing on food labels and discovered that he is right. It is in nearly everything that we eat. I was amazed, you can hardly get away from it. It is in cereals, bread, soft drinks, and so much more. It is predominantly an added ingredient in the US. Now, in the supermarkets if you look closely many food items are listed as “High Fructose Maple Syrup free”. I am passing on this information to make my son happy, and, well, he has kind of convinced me that I have been eating a lot of unhealthy food unknowlingly. Check it out for yourself.
THE JOLLY FROG
This is a bar that many tourists will never see because of the location. It is not on Fields Ave and not on Perimeter Road but way up in the Friendship area just before you reach the Friendship bridge, on the right had side of the road. We local Expats know about it and some tourists that make the extra effort to explore a bit. I am telling you now, make the effort. It is owned by the same fine lady who owns the other “Frog” bar but this one is bigger and has easier parking access.
I was able to stop in a couple of weeks before I left for the US and it was great to return after such a long absence. It was early in the afternoon and there were only a couple of other customers which is to be expected. I think they start to get busy around 4 PM but I did not mind as I enjoyed being the center of attention. The ladies were up dancing and having a good time so I decided to see if I could find my “I would if I could lady”. I succeeded in doing so but will cover that right after this. The room is large, comfortable and has a pool table. I don’t think they have a pool team but must admit, I forgot to ask. The prices for drinks and entertainment are on average with most of the Clubs in town. The ladies are very friendly. What interested me is that they were putting the finishing touches on an adjoining bar which looked like it was going to be a very nice addition to this complex. At the time a name had not been chosen but I know it is open already and I will have to provide an update when I get back. I appreciated that the owner gave me permission to take some pictures after the Mamasan on duty called her. So now, you know the location and name of this bar so try to check it out, it is too good a place to be overlooked.
I WOULD IF I COULD
See, I told you I found my thrill at the Jolly Frog! Meet Aprilyn, 23 years old and a charming, personable lady standing only 4’11″ tall. Man, I love short, petite ladies who are also good looking. This honey had been working only for two months and comes from Bulucan. She has a 2 year old daughter and Mom is a high school graduate. She has four sisters, her mom and dad both work. She loves music and likes to sing and watch TV. I asked her what she does on her day off and said she goes to see her daughter, Ruhkeiamae; Ruhkia for animation and MAE for the month she was born, May. Her dream is to find that special guy who will love and care for her and her daughter. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Yes, this is the dream of so many of the ladies that work in the Clubs and quite often those dreams do become a reality. I kind of think that dream might come true for Aprilyn. She would consider a man 32 and above, but how far “above” is negotiable. She did not have an Email address but her cell phone number is 0919 525 2363. Just another sweet reason to visit the Jolly Frog, I can’t wait to make a return visit.
NEW GARBAGE TRUCKS FOR ANGELES CITY AND VILLA SOL?
Not hardly but wouldn’t it be nice? I was fascinated by this garbage truck picking up the garbage in Las Vegas. The operation required only one man, the driver who has one hell of an easy job. This guy does not even have to get out of his truck other than when necessary to move the cans to their proper position when necessary. Imagine, no smell, no mess and the driver goes home as clean as when he started his shift. Now, compare to the smelly shit that goes in the open trucks in AC and the stinking guys that have to go home at the end of the day smelling like real damn bad. If one gets too close to a garbage truck in AC you can nearly pass out from the fumes. The driver of this truck got all bent out of shape when he thought I was taking his picture, he got an attitude. Maybe he was an ex movie star down on his luck. The picture was taken on Horizon St, off Desert Inn Road. You’ve got to admit it is a big improvement from the old days. Maybe AC will have such a truck in 30 years or so. If Villa Sol had a truck like this the residents would not paying the new collection fees (smile).
GOOD FOOD AND GREAT NEW FRIEND
There are many good things to write about Las Vegas but two items always please me when visiting here. One is the availability of so many great places to eat and the other is that there are many people from the Philippines living here. This gives Mrs Horse and I the opportunity to see many friends and to meet new ones. On this trip a friend in Angeles told us to give a friend of his a call with the hopes that we could get together. Her name is Rhemy Suarez, a beautiful woman who did take the time to visit us and we became good friends.
Even though meeting for the first time it turned out that Priscilla, ah, I guess it is time for me to use my wife’s real name, Vina and Rhemy clicked together especially after finding out that she and Vina had common friends here. Rhemy went overboard with bringing us homemade cookies (Great cookies) and Filipino food with her when she came to the house and one night treated us to a fantastic Italian meal at a very popular restaurant here named Buca di Beppo at 412 East Flamingo Road. A reservation was required and I could see why, the place was packed. It was wonderful, I loved the decor and the pictures on the walls. The food, well, absolutely out of sight. The portions were large, the service great, the atmosphere reeked of Italian smells of good food that put one in a festive mood. I could not believe how big the place was as I took a walking tour through all the various main sections. I even checked out the kitchen and everyone was full of smiles and did not mind my taking pictures. Rhemy was great and we were so please to have met her and hope that our friendship will last for years. Hopefully we can play host to her the next time she visits the Philippines. Meanwhile, for those of you living in Vegas and those planning on coming for a visit I can highly recommend this restaurant but you have to make a reservation first or be prepared for a long wait. It is really popular. Even super chef Chris at “C” Italian in Angeles City would want to eat here. Many thanks to Rhemy for introducing us to fine dining experience.
GREAT PLACE FOR BREAKFAST
OK, I know there are a hell of a lot of places to have breakfast in Las Vegas but my favorite, based on price, service and location was Gee Bee’s Bar & Grill at 8560 Las Vegas Blvd. I never would have discovered this place if not for my son. It is close to where he is living, not far from the South Point Casino. He has a friend working there, Mariam, waitress, who attended the same High School as my son, Chapparel way back when. Yes, it is a bar and grill but the restaurant has a large eating area and they do feature a full menu but I have to go with their breakfast. We went there quite often after my radiation and believe me, the price is absolutely appealing to my half Jewish nature with a bit of Scotch/Irish thrown. Additionally, the servings are BIG and we never left there hungry. I definitely like the place and will miss it when we return to the Philippines. Mariam is a hell of a lot of fun to talk to as she has a great sense of humor. The place kind of sits by itself and can be easily missed I guess you kind of have to live in this area to be a regular customer but if one day you happen to be heading out of town towards California, via Las Vegas Blvd., stop in there for breakfast or lunch. Remember, the price is right and so is the food. Leave a good tip for Mariam and tell her Harry the Horse misses her.
Here in the US it is now 5 PM, 31 Aug which means I am late with this column for the guys in the Philippines. This means I have to stop here, right now, and send it off for publication. Chuck should be getting up pretty soon there in AC and will put the finishing touches on get it uploaded. My neck is sore, my fingers are stiff and Mrs. Horse keeps asking me “are you finished yet?” so now I can make her smile again. I did leave off a few items I wanted to include but will put them in my November column. For sure though, if something comes up I will put it in my breaking news so even though I am taking a month off I can’t completely get away from the column. Again, thanks for all the support of those who wrote me, your messages mean a lot to me. Special thanks to my sister who took the time to visit me. She works at Jamaica Hospital in Queens and I keep try to getting her to retire but at 76 she is still dedicated to the job and hates to take any time off, she just loves the place. To all those people who suffered the effects of Hurricane Irene, my sympathies go out to you but I do see how once again, citizens come together to help each other and that is an American tradition no one can take away from us. Soon the “Horse” will not be doing much talking, eating or writing but for sure, no one, so far, has forgotten to be kind to Horses. Have a good September.
HTH POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART
Democracy & Demise of USA
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. >From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
“ The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary of The USA follows:
Born 1776, Died 2008 It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1
YET OBAMA STILL WON THE ELECTION ??????
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the ”complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
Do not argue with an idiot.
He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Maxwell Winward LLP
100 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7RE
Tel: +44(0)20 7651 0000 – Fax: +44(0)20 7651 4800 – Web: www.maxwellwinward.com
(This was sent to me and whether you agree or disagree one must admit that it is an interesting read. The amnesty issue is right on. Obama and company are hell bent on adding hundreds of thousands of hispanic voters to the Democratic rolls as well as TNT Filipinos and other Nationalities that are living in the US illegally. The recent executive order by the President, bypassing the Congress, changing the review process for illegals in the US is the first step leading to amnesty. Our present administration is sending a message, do not bother coming into the US legally, just come in the back door and nothing will happen to you. I stand by my conviction that if anyone, of ANY Nationality comes into this country illegally he or she has NO RIGHTS what-so-ever. According to some of my readers, this makes me a racist. So be it, I am a “radical activist concerned in saving the United States (racist). Damn proud of it too!)
This was interesting, check it out: Subject: Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFL). Please listen to Ted Poe. He tells it like it like it is!!! Http://youtu.be/Tv59PJ30WeM
Bet you thought you’d never see this in your lifetime. A lady in Monte Vista, CO had this dollar bill. This is her story. You don’t think we’re in a war. What thoughts come to mind! These are starting to show up around our country!
After dinner she took a $1 dollar bill out of her purse and displayed it on the table. Underneath the words “In God We Trust” someone had stamped the dollar bill in red ink—NO GOD BUT ALLAH. We asked her where she had gotten this dollar bill. She said it was part of her change in Alamosa, CO. We took a picture of her dollar bill. If anyone tries to give you one of these dollar bills as change, please refuse it and ask them to give you a dollar bill that has not been defaced. (This should not come as a surprise as the US is being flooded with Muslims that hate America and our Christian way of life. I don’t mind sharing God’s but Allah is a long way from being the only one)
My sister forwarded to me a website for the “Gary Null” progressive radio show. In this segment he interviewed a lady named Susan Lindauer who I found to be quite interesting. I have, over the years, listened to many conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Towers and I was never a believer that our Government contributed to that attack. Yes, I knew that the Commission investigation was a joke and that there were many unanswered questions, but yet, I sided with our Government. Now, after listening to Susan, I have doubts and a certain fear. While here in the US I will look for her book and give it a read. I am not saying that what she says is the truth or not, but, well, I don’t know. Read on and form your own opinions.
Guest: Susan Lindauer
Susan Lindauer is a former U.S. Intelligence Asset who covered anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up to the invasion. Independent sources have confirmed that she gave advance warning about the 9/11 attack. She also started talks for the Lockerbie Trial with Libyan diplomats. Shortly after requesting to testify before Congress about successful elements of Pre-War Intelligence, Susan became one of the first non-Arab Americans arrested on the Patriot Act as an “Iraqi Agent.” She was accused of warning her second cousin, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Secretary of State Colin Powell that War with Iraq would have catastrophic consequences. Gratis of the Patriot Act, her indictment was loaded with “secret charges” and “secret evidence.” She was subjected to one year in prison on Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas without a trial or hearing, and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging to shut her up. After five years of indictment without a conviction or guilty plea, the Justice Department dismissed all charges five days before President Obama’s inauguration.
She is the author of a recent book “Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 911 and Iraq”
Title: The Gary Null Show – 08/25/11
I did not write the following comments but it does present “food for thought”, without using food stamps:
This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX Nov 18, 2010
Put me in charge . .. .
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for
Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans,
blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want
steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women
Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test
recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and
piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get
tats and piercings, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?
You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your
“home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be
inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or
you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of
trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We
will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo
and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”
Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of
the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before
you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,”
consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for
doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least
attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system
rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will
voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t
welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
My son told me to google “three gorges dam” today and I was surprised that I did not know about this monster Chinese project. I was amazed. I was already aware of their Catamaran aircraft carrier that is under construction and will be far superior to anything the US has on the water now or in the future. They have also been able to shoot down one of their own space satellites and still have the capability to send men into space. Gee, isn’t it great that Congress and Obama are looking at greatly reducing our military budget and at the same time talking about putting US troops into Libya. Oh yes, and now our stupid Labor Secretary, Solis, announces that a pact has been signed with Mexico and other countries that equal pay will be given to immigrants no matter how they entered our country. Yes folks, it is a waste of time money and energy to try and come into the US legally. By the way, get your kids some Chinese language lessons, they will need it.
CAN YOU GUESS WHY BILL CLINTON WOULD LIKE MICHELLE BACHMANN SO MUCH? GUESS!