I relished rubbing elbows, especially with beers or whisky, with top radio commentator Ruel Camba (extreme right in the photo) - the former Joseph Goebbels of the Provincial Information Office under then Governor Victor Agbayani’s administration.
When I was a “moonlighting” (I was then a passionate political science professor) a gratis column writing jobs for Regional Examiner and Pangasinan News 20 years ago the first big time media guy who called my name “Mortz” when I bumped into him in the election of the rambunctious Pangasinan Press Club held at the Dagupan City Council's building I attended was the George Clooney's haired Ruel.
20 years ago, I and Ruel could discussed the anatomy of a beautiful woman, 20 years hence, son of a gun, we preoccupied ourselves discussing (and he even discussed them in his No. 1 rated (according to his source at Nielsen Media Report for 2014) radio program) the nitty gritty of the political experiences of versatile former U.S Speaker of the House Tip “All Politics is Local” O’Neil , the view points of No-Spin Zone No. 1 U.S cable TV talk show host Bill O’Reilly, the chaebols (big business families) of economic juggernaut South Korea, the psychological transformation of a Yale University kicked out and blue collar worker Dick Cheney for being a “trigger happy” military advocate's Neo-Conservative.
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Without Book Sale Bookstore that sells in the mall old and new hard covered political and military books, I and Ruel would still be discussing the anatomy of those pretty women in the universities and honky tonks of the city.
Baka sabihin ninyo na binobola ko kayo dito, ito ang nabasa ko that would be good read for government officials. Cheney, in his book Dick Cheney: In My Life written by his wife Liz ( an English teacher and a journalist) said that his lesson in government from being the goffer, er, clerk of former Congressman Don Rumsfeld (another Neo-Con warrior that waged war to Afghanistan and Iraq), one of his idols, in the late 1960s, from being the Chief of Staff of former President Gerald Ford, from being a Congressman of his State Wyoming, and from being a former Defense Secretary of then President George HW Bush that government officials in the executive department could take a lesson. Here’s the excerpt:
“But the month after I took (as Defense chief) office, I learned an important lesson about the difference between sharing your view when you’re a member of Congress and sharing it when you’re secretary of defense. Appearing on CNN’s Evans & Novak, I said I believed Gorbachev (former USSR Secretary General for the sake of the trike drivers who read this column) efforts would “ultimately fail.” I hadn’t been off the air long when I got a call from Jim Baker (Former Secretary of State) telling me I was out of my lane, that my comments, now that I was a member of the administration, would have a direct impact on relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, Jim was right. I wouldn’t make that mistake again”
Forgive me if I add another excerpt here that made me mentally ejaculate when I was reading Big Dick’s book:
“Every year, for example, I (as Secretary of Defense) tried to kill the V-22 Osprey, a Marine Corps aircraft, but the Congress funded it. The Marines had decided before I became secretary that they needed something to replace their Vietnam-era helicopters. The problem was, instead of buying new helicopters, they decided they needed the Osprey, which would take off and land like a helicopter, but once airborne its rotors would swivel so it could fly like a conventional airplane (to the village idiots that read this column, Osprey was that three U.S turbo powered planes that escorted U.S President Barrack Obama when he went months ago to Malacanang after he disembarked from the Air Force One at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – emphasis mine).
Cheney added that the there were several problems with this approach. The tilt-rotor technology was difficult to develop and the cost was at least double that of a conventional helicopter. By the time, he said, he arrived at the Pentagon; the project was significantly behind schedule.
He said he kept knocking the Ospreys out of his budget every year.
“Years later, when I was a vice president, I landed in Air Force Two at New River Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where a large contingent of V-22 Ospreys is based. As I disembarked from my aircraft, the Marines arranged for two of their Ospreys to do a flyover, very low and very slow, right over my head. I smiled at the gentle reminder that the United States Marines Corps had prevailed in the battle of the Osprey”.
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