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Dissecting a Viral Hoax: Bill Cosby’s “I’m 83 And Tired”

By N Mark Castro

Photo: Bill Cosby "I'm 83 and Tired" I'm 83. Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired. I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it. I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to. I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.. I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off? I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems. I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20's be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government. Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference. " I'm 83 and I'm tired. If you don't agree you are part of the problem!I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50′s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for so…me some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to. Read the rest of this entry

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Indonesian Elections Watch I

By N Mark Castro

With a population that currently stands at 250 million people, the potential voter turnout for the Indonesian elections will be equally impressive, with a rising 171 million eligible voters casting their votes by the time the presidential elections are held. The constituencies are spread over 33 provinces and 471 regencies, with 77 major election districts where the votes will be cast across 582,217 polling stations.

The voting public alone is almost twice the population of the entire Republic of the Philippines, one of the first Asian-country that demanded democracy through People Power.

Which is why Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election is filled with so much expectations, with various pundits proclaiming the next political savior of the country. Based on the piece written by A. Lin Neumann, he opined that the political landscape of the country has totally shifted. Indeed. But only to a certain extent. Read the rest of this entry

Deprived: The Dumbing of Indonesia

By N. Mark Castro

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In a country where recent and continuous discovery of new species of flora and fauna abound, it is indeed highly perplexing that the Ministry of Education and Culture would be the department that would initiate the scrapping of Science from the curriculum.

If at all, the Ministry should be at the forefront of defending such academic right of the students if threatened by budgetary constraints and/or pervasive and invasive criticisms of the conservative Moslems. And the Ministry should also be the first to promote further enhancement in teaching the subject to young children so that they could appreciate early the bountiful riches and natural resources with which the country is so blessed.

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Indonesia Scraps English and Science from Elementary Schools

So they can produce these?

I think that when you down the women can make you up, and I think that women can be said that “I have advice for you” that if you way up, you have to be nice to people, include the women, so when you down, women can be nice with you

And who can ever forget her?

Yes, Indonesia is a beautiful city … so let’s not turn it into this:

End of story.

Web of Lies by Sen. Tito Sotto

By N. Mark Castro

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!

Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808) and commonly attributed to William Shakespeare 

Embattled Sen. Tito Sotto is once again caught in his own web of lies. After a series of plagiaristic speeches, the senator is caught yet again for denying he authored and “inserted” the controversial Libel clause.

From the Facebook page of creative director Dennis Garcia

In order to categorically show to the world how my senator continues to exhibit his embarrassing behavior, here is the indisputable truth and the full report that appeared on the news.

In light of all these embarrassing revelations, all I can think of asking Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto is …

Why …

 

Indonesian Extremists Praise 9-11 Attackers

When idiots are allowed to roam free …

Indonesian protesters from a group called

To SBY: Mr. President, Enough!

By N. Mark Castro

Print Edition 6, 9 2012

With the complexity of the issue and the diversity of the nation, with over 17,000 majestic islands, various recognized languages, and different cultural traditions, familial obligations, and the belief in God in whatever shape or form, this is the best the Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia can say.

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Tito Sotto Did Not Plagiarize Kennedy

Here it is, the bombshell of all bombshell news. The real source of whom Senator Tito Sotto plagiarized … click.

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The Float

 

Let’s not kid ourselves, when you’re in politics, everything IS politics — whether you want to help or not, it’s because of your political office that you get to implement that. And the public — as taxpayers — compensate you for that, if not more. And since you have been given such privilege, unto you much responsibility is expected.

This is where the Communications Department becomes crucial. Whatever you do will have a message that it sends. Good intentions? What is hell paved with again? You want to help? Do you really need to be in that truck? You cannot please everybody, which is why you need to manage expectations. You want to show solidarity? It doesn’t have to be in one truck.

The mere fact that this photo has generated such intense displeasure from the public shows how ill-advised such course of action is. The Bush Administration was lambasted during Katrina not for his absence on the site but rather for his administration’s inefficiency in managing the crisis. Which is why the President need not appear on site, but rather to ensure that the relevant agencies do their jobs.

There’s actually another picture wherein relief goods and the public are kept waiting until the President’s arrival, which is quite ironic that in his effort to help, he has become the cause of delay.

And yes, it is in tragic moments like these that we need to be more vigilant with what our public servants do. Heroes are born in times of tragedy … and not promoted as heroes with press releases. And yes, the cabinet or agency members should have been deployed in other parts of the country that have been affected, and not paraded as a senatorial slate that will always be inferred, except for idiots in denial.

Actually, if there’s anyone who’s a burden here, it would be the entire government officials riding with Kris.

She’s the only one who has the legitimate right to ride a movie float.

Charlotte Setijadi

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