Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Silly Season

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'. - Larry Hardiman

The Silly Season is an English phrase that alludes the time when Parliament in closed and there is a shortage of news to report. The Dailies are then force to fill up their paper with news that normally would not be used, because it was of no national importance. Such news would include a cat caught up in a tree, random acts of violence, crazy people's protests etc etc.

It would seem that with the closing of the year most news here in the Philippines seem to belong to news fit for the silly season. Yes, some maybe of national importance - however, the obvious futileness of the act makes them defacto silly season stories.

Garcillano and other related hearings - He never will admit what the opposition wants him to admit. Such hearings - televised and endlessly discussed on TV and in nearly all political blogs - are an act of futility. An unnecessary sprint for a race that already has been run. The only value in it is entertainment - coming from Garcillano, the Legislators and self-styled pundits. In a way it is a doom of sorts for our legislators - condemned to act out this investigation ad naseum. The nice thing about it is you can just turn off the telly and look a other blogs. There are exception to these behaviours - there are blogs and bloggers who are intelligent enough to see the Emperor's New Clothes. One them is Sassy Lawyer.

Abat forms transition government - Abat and his supporters must have lost their marbles. Its a danger when an individual and his group start to believe their own hype.

Coup rumors - If it happens then it happens. Fortunately, I did not receive such a message. It is interesting though that most of the news about a coup came from politicians. Again, it seems that they are playing a part and cannot stop. How appropriate.

Congress and Senate has not yet ended its season, it would seem though that silly season has started ... or it never ended?


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