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The Pinoy social media circuit lit up on the issue regarding NFL players demonstrating before kickoff by refusing to stand for the national anthem.

A former Philippine military officer posted a very eloquent message mixing outrage, annoyance and anger. It appears that many Pinoy avid NFL fans find the kneeling protest by NFL players a vexatious distraction to their viewing experience. They watch football to enjoy the game, not to serve as captured spectators to a political stunt.

Some don’t understand why the NFL would penalize excessive or taunting celebrations while tolerating kneeling for the anthem that many viewers find offensive.

One observer says that if Pres. Trump did not call Collin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem “those son-of-a-bitch”, the other players would not have joined in the demonstration.

But another tsismoso chimes in, don’t take son of a bitch literally. Sometimes it is used as a term of endearment. Look back what happened during World War II between the legendary General George S. Patton and a Russian general during a break in the fighting against the Germans. Here are the reported excerpts of the conversation….

Translator: The general would like to know if you will drink a toast with him.

Patton: Thank the general and tell him I have no desire to drink with him or any other Russian son of a bitch.

Translator to Patton: (Looking nervous) I can’t tell him that!

Patton: Tell him, every word.

Translator: (In Russian) He says he will not drink with you or any Russian son of a bitch.

Translator: (Very nervous) He says he thinks you are a son of a bitch, too.

Patton: (Laughing) All right. All right, tell him I’ll drink to that; one son of a bitch to another.

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Here is the bright side of life.

If you want to know the secret of staying young, in words and in deed, ask a certain Teddy Garcia.

At 86 years old, this retired Navy man plays golf like time has not passed by. His drives are longer than many 20 years younger his age. Every now and then, he scores below his age. That’s incredible.

One Tsismoso has tried to pry into his unguarded moments for a glimpse of the formula from his fountain of youth.

Here’s what one unreliable source says…

Mr. Ted, as he is called by his golf buddies, thrives on clean living. What does that mean? Of course he always wears newly laundered clothes and a well-groomed hair. He does not say bad words that require censorship. But that’s not it.

Mr. Ted is a one-wife, one-woman man. He is a model husband who comes home and stays home when his wife is home. They go to church. No drink, no smoke, No hanky panky?

The loving duo loves to go on cruise. The dance floor in the cruise ship is like their natural habitat for their romantic exercise. Watch them tango and you might remember your first love.

If you want to enjoy life as long as Mr. Ted, be like Mr. Ted.

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Where have all the flowers gone…Many of us used to attend baptisms and children’s parties, then anniversaries. One Tsismoso waxes sentimental about having to attend funeral services of friends and contemporaries.

Hoy, gumising ka sa katotohanan. Kahit na kalabaw ay tumatanda.

The Pinoy community has lost well-known personalities in the last couple of months. Attorney Julio Macaranas, one of the founders of the Philippine Lawyers Association in Metro DC passed away unexpectedly last month in Manila. His remains were transported back to Virginia for the final funeral rites this month.

Nelly Valderama, wife of the first elected Fil-Am to the Maryland Assembly, David Valderama also has made her final goodbye. For every successful man, stands a woman. For years, she was the wind for Dave’s sail.

 

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