Old Manila, 1938

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Happy Naked Day


Today’s Quote: “Human beings will be happier – not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.” — Kurt Vonnegut


Finally, I holiday I can get into – Naked Day, a day devoted to the ideal of spending some time naked, alone or with others. And I have to spend the day at work and clothed. In the spirit of the day, I’m going commando.


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Philippine mothers set new record for breastfeeding
3,869 mothers breastfed their babies at 156 locations. Last year 2,738 women simultaneously breastfed in a sports stadium in Manila. The previous record of 1,135, set in Berkeley in 2005 was nowhere close. What surprises me is not so much that breastfeeding is common in the Philippines but that so many would gather together to do it.

When is the United States going to embrace the natural wholesomeness of breastfeeding? On the other hand, with 7,000 islands, thousands of miles of beaches, and warm tropical weather, you’d think the Philippines would be the perfect place for nudism yet it’s practically unheard of there. It’s hard to undo half a millennia of repression at the hands of the Spanish and the Americans.


According to the Daily Star (England), 62% of British women, 15-30, admit to flashing their breasts in public. The article did not report any trauma that may have been caused by this behaviour. Nor did the world come to an end. It’s okay to show your breasts. Tits are actually very friendly and quite harmless. I’ve never heard of a breast attacking anybody.

Beware of Billy Bob Dracula


Today’s Quote: “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” — Stephen Hawking


Here’s an interesting headline I saw on the front page of the World Weekly News:

Redneck Vampire Attacks Trailer Park
Like duh, where else would a redneck vampire look for victims? Well, I guess there’s always a WalMart Super Center, back in the automotive department. I’ve been trying to visualize a redneck vampire. He’d be wearing a Budweiser ball cap atop his mullet and he’d have only one fang. He’d probably wear a dirty white “wife-beater” T-shirt and dirty jeans stained with motor oil. Instead of residing in a scary old mountaintop castle, he’d be found in an old beaten double-wide trailer at the top of a hill. His coffin would be up on blocks.


Strippers, opponents lobby state lawmakers
Don’t the ass mongers in our state legislature have more important problems to deal with? They’re trying to pass a bill that would create a “six-foot rule” for nude and semi-nude dancers in strip clubs. The wording is such that the law would still apply even if the dancer later put on a burka after she finished her performance. She would not even be allowed within six feet of her husband. The law is suppose to restrict criminal activity. What, are there drug deals going down within six feet of strippers? This bit of legislative insanity was proposed by Citizens for Community Values, a Cincinnati-area group of self-righteous busybodies whose moral indignation seems to be the only thing that gives their lives purpose. Although you’re not very bloody likely to find me in a strip club, I’m against enacting stupid laws.


While grocery shopping today, I came across “microwave ready potatoes.” These potatoes were individually wrapped in plastic wrap and the label informed me that this spud had been washed four times. I guess regular potatoes aren’t microwave ready because you have to wash them yourself. I also found pre-fried bacon. You just put a few strips on a plate and nuke to the desired degree of crispness. That kind of makes sense when all you want is enough for a BLT or something. You don’t have to deal with the grease.


May 2nd is National Breastfeeding Day in the Philippines and they’ll be trying to set the Guinness World of Record for Simultaneous Breastfeeding. If a conservative, predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines doesn’t have a problem with public breastfeeding, then what is our problem in this country. Too many people with their heads up their assess, I guess.


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Song: Dirty White Boy
Artist: Foreigner
Album: Headgames
Year:1979

Independence Day

Warren Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr

Today’s Quote: “I am not afraid, and am always ready to do my duty, but I would like some one to tell me what we are fighting for.” — Arthur H. Vickers, Sergeant in the First Nebraska Regiment, Philippine-American War

Today is Philippine Independence Day. It was on this day in 1898 that General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Filipinos in Kawit, Cavite. Their independence was cut short by American imperialism as the United States promptly moved in and subsequently forced its new colony into submission during the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902), officially know as the Philippine-American War.

The United States graciously proclaimed The Philippines an independent nation on July 4, 1946, as promised. It’s probably one of the few promises our government has actually kept although the timing sucked. The Philippines was in the midst of recovering from four years of Japanese occupation; the guerrillas in the hills who had been fighting the Japanese became bandits terrorizing the local citizenry, the Communist Party had gained a foothold in the countryside; and the Moros were causing trouble in the southern islands. It wasn’t exactly a good time for us to say, “We promised you independence and, by God, we’re going to give it to you. Good luck. You’re on your own. By the way, we get to keep our bases until the volcano erupts and covers them with ash, making them unusable to us.”