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The Hangman is dead, long live the Hangman!

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The Hangman wins; we lose playing
the game of Saddam Hussein
‘An Offering To Life’ by CamillaI was the Hangman in the hanging of this bloody dictator.30 December 2006. At about noon Manila time, CNN announces that Saddam Hussein has been executed. The manner of execution? I circled the noose around his neck, then tripped the switch that locked the trapdoor beneath his feet – you’ve seen it in the movies. The violence that Saddam Hussein as a hangman has done to his people you have not seen in the movies. There’s no art in both types of violence; there’s only the science of it all, the technique, the methodology, the hardware (the killing machine) and the software (the killing decision). I should know; I am the Hangman. He died in my hands.How did Saddam Hussein live? He lived according to the law of Saddam Hussein, according to his he.art, the he dominating the art, the heart split. The Law of the Hangman visited on the Hangman. There is no heart in it, only science.How will the hangman…

We.

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I, Specimen.By Frank A HilarioI, the hangman of Saddam Hussein, the one who would be king of kings of Iraq. Iraq – Mesopotamia – the world’s first civilization. He would not be hooded, so he was not; he would be an eyewitness to his own execution, so he was. I circled his neck with the hangman’s noose, and in the next instant, I activated the gallows, and he went from here to eternity. Iraq would not be the world’s last civilization.We shall not forget. Whatever Saddam Hussein’s crimes were, they were not against his own people, but against humanity, human life. We shall remember his vision for his country was limited by lust for power that brought privilege beyond responsibility, the symptom of an unwell mind. We shall record he wanted to harness nuclear energy as it represented ultimate power. We shall put in writing his art was without heart. We shall recall at the height of his best, what we saw was Saddam Hussein descending to the level of Saddam Hussein at his worst. We shall et…

We.

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I, Specimen.By Frank A HilarioI, the hangman of Saddam Hussein, the one who would be king of kings of Iraq. Iraq – Mesopotamia – the world’s first civilization. He would not be hooded, so he was not; he would be an eyewitness to his own execution, so he was. I circled his neck with the hangman’s noose, and in the next instant, I activated the gallows, and he went from here to eternity. Iraq would not be the world’s last civilization.We shall not forget. Whatever Saddam Hussein’s crimes were, they were not against his own people, but against humanity, human life. We shall remember his vision for his country was limited by lust for power that brought privilege beyond responsibility, the symptom of an unwell mind. We shall record he wanted to harness nuclear energy as it represented ultimate power. We shall put in writing his art was without heart. We shall recall at the height of his best, what we saw was Saddam Hussein descending to the level of Saddam Hussein at his worst. We shall et…

Contrary Christmas.

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A Conspiracy Of Pagans/LoveBy Frank A HilarioIN OFFENSE OF CHRISTMAS, 2000 years before Christ: The story of Christmas goes back to malevolent times. Historically, celebrating Christmas begins its history from idolatrous Babylonian, Egyptian, German, Roman, Scandinavian fertility festivals – the factual origins of Christmas are that of wicked spirituality.Sincethe celebration of Christmas has been intellectually challenged, since Christmas is the grandest and gayest and goodwillingest Christian act in all the world if you ask me, since Christmas was instituted by the Roman Catholic Church and that makes it a gargantuan responsibility, since the Philippines is 80% Catholic and the only Christian country in Asia, and since the United States is predominantly Protestant and is not listed as one of the major Catholic countries in the world by ratio of believers to population, we Filipino Catholics should play a starring role if the Church is to successfully define and defend the world’s Co…

To the Hinderers, too

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Merry Christmas All, Considering Its Pagan Origins!Hinderer: I like the sound of that, which is a synonym for killjoy, spoilsport. You can be sure it's the liberal-minded, the ones who claim being free of bigotry, that are the hinderers when it comes to celebrating Christmas.The Hinderers point to the pagan origins of Christmas rituals, now established as parts of Christian tradition, and they are correct. But when they point angrily and call us crazy, those of us who believe in Christmas and accept in belief all those rituals, they are wrong.First, they are wrong because they are angry with sin in their hearts:If you are angry, let it be without sin. The sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil a chance to work on you.’ Ephesians 4: 26-27When they are angry with sin, they are (or they become) self-righteous, which is never right. They don’t want to listen to others; they don’t want to think they’re wrong, honest but wrong.Second, they are wrong because those Chri…

Merry Christmas?

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Consequently, Merry Christmas!The debate rages on to this day, more than 100 years after his martyrdom on 30 December 1896, as to whether Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, did in fact renounce his Roman Catholicism and become a Protestant in effect, without being baptized? That’s a big question; this time, I just want to talk about Rizal’s Christmas in relation to Rizal’s Christ, when Rizal was merely drifting from Catholicism to Protestantism.In his time, did Jose Rizal, emerging non-Catholic, celebrate Christmas? I thought he didn’t, until I checked the correspondence. I found two references to Christmas Day, and the two reveal much of Rizal’s idea of Christmas and of Christ. Apt image from CodenameShaider who captions it ‘Colors Of Christmas’ (flickr.com/). Rizal’s Christmas is as colorful as his life, except that his Christmas does not revolve around Christ as God. That takes color off myChristmas.This is part of his letter of 24 December 1886 from Berlin to his friend…

That Certain Smile.

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Merry Christmas? Pagans,
Romans & Countrymen:
Lend Me Your Smiles!21 December 2006, Manila time. It’s 4 days before Christmas as I write these lines. I feel particularly glad. I’m very well, thank you! Apt image from Scroop who captions it ‘Santa Claus Fixed Our Christmas Lights’ (flickr.com/). I like the smile; it tells me, 'I wish you love.'That certain smile tells me of more smiles, as I will show you.Surfing the Internet, I learn that with Christmas, we are celebrating a feast that began more than 2000 years before, not after the birth of Christ. Meaning, it’s not Christian, it’s not holy, it’s pagan. How do you like that? I love it! It's worth many smiles.No, he isn't smiling when Studio Melizo (2006, holidays.net/) tells me Christmas is more than 2 times older than the birth of Christ, whose name it carries and for whom we celebrate the date. He says most of those Christmas things we observe can all be traced back to the people of ancient Mesopotamia. Mesopotam…

The next Prayer Rally.

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The Next Prayer Rally I Shall AttendThere were big plans for the 17 December Sunday Prayer Rally at the Rizal Park (the old Luneta) right where there is always a beautiful view of the sunset at Manila Bay. (Sunsets in the tropics are always magnificent, more so in the Philippines, I say.) The organizers called it a ‘Watch & Pray Rally,’ which Susan Ople described as a ‘gathering of citizens concerned over the incessant efforts to change the Constitution through improper means’ (14 Dec, susanople.com/), the same which Leslie Ann Aquino said was ‘a prayer rally of thanksgiving’ (17 Dec, mb.com.ph/). Somebody was misinformed? Leslie Ann noted that the original goal of the rally was ‘to protest the moves of administration (read: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) allies at the House of Representatives to change the Charter through a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass),’ but this was changed when the House archived the Con-Ass resolution. They were going to hold rallies in Manila and other key cities…

Love Is/Not Simply This

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Love Is/Not The Christmas MessageWhat is my Christmas message this year, 2006? I have already given it, and their number is legion. Read any of my messages in my blogsites, or articles published by the American Chronicle, Each one is a Christmas message.So we turn to the apt image by Lemoox who captions it ‘Love Messages 2’ (flickr.com/), meaning that it is part of a series. (You can visit http://flickr.com/photos/lemoox/ to view the series of photographs.) You will see why I call it ‘apt image’ if you notice that the obvious suggestion is that of a human holding a camera to the face. The human is decorated with many messages of many colors. One implication is that without man (embracing woman), there cannot be any messages. Another implication is that there cannot be any love without involving a human. Still another implication is that there are millions of love messages bombarbing each one of us everyday.I said love is the Christmas message, didn’t I? The question is: What is love? …

'My loving heart'

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'Constant Beating Of My Loving Heart'
Tony Meer surely can speak for himself, which he does very well, thank you, in his autobiography, A Lawyer’s Fate & Faith (2003), in all of 499 big pages. Image is an Epson Stylus CX3700 scan of the front cover of the book jacket, which I cropped. (You may want to see what I said of him, the essay below this one.Not counting the Introduction, his book has 13 chapters which he calls ‘parts’ – to each his own. The number is to tell us he is not superstitious – in fact he is happy a child was born on the 13th of December 1923, and that that child was born at all. That accident of birth became Tony Meer.The table of contents of his book:
By Leave Of Court (Introduction)
How Do I Begin? (Part One)
The Jesuit In Me (Part Two)
My War, World War II (Part Three)
Return To Legal Eternity (Part Four)
A Maelstrom Of Memories In The Practice Of Law (Part Five)
The PLDT Story (Part Six)
I Remember (Part Seven)
My Jaycee Days (Part Eight)
Manila Polo Club (Part…