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I will not bash Pacquiao, I will fight his ideals

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
February 22, 2016

Last week while I am on hiatus, the Filipino pride Manny Pacquiao said that gay people are worst than animals because animals know to have sex with just the opposite gender. Obviously this does not went well with the gay community in the Philippines and around the world. His sponsor Nike had pulled out. 

First of all I want to say this the Philippines have laws protecting free speech. He has a right to say his opinion. He has a right to say that in a private conference. The Philippines like America has freedom of religion. He can believe what he wants even if he is a public official, look at Ted Cruz. 

If you ask me, of course I do condone what he said from the bottom of my heart. But the thing is we should support free speech no matter what. Free speech is not only for people whom you agree with, it is also for the people that you do not. There is a Supreme Court. case it came from Ohio, were in the KKK wanted to do a protest rally on a Jewish town. The Supreme Court said that the police has no right to arrest them unless there is an eminent threat of danger. So even the KKK had a right to say what they want. 

Of course his argument is wrong, there are plenty of gay animals. In fact there a hundred plus animals that exhibit homosexual behavior, Including Rams, lions, dolphins, bonobos and penguins. I can not get over why people do not call him on that. Not the “gay rights is a Human rights” (bla bla bla). Of course gay rights is human rights what are you talking about. But how can you change people’s hearts if you are not fighting them on the issues, right?

Lastly, Manny Pacquiao has just been a victim of a fundamentalist religion and that we should pity him for not using his mind and he is barely a high school graduate. Finally, I want liberals to write about free speech for those they do not agree with. 

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Edward Snowden and The NSA spying programĀ 

By Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

October 23, 2015

In the first CNN democratic debate the moderator CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked the candidates a simple question. The question is, Is Edward Snowden a hero. Edward Snowden of course is this employee from the National security agency. Who after obtaining some ‘classified documents went to Hong Kong and talk to journalists about how the US government is violating people’s right to privacy, hens the US fourth amendment​


According to American Bill of Rights the 4th amendment protects from unwanted searches by the government. When the US government was ask about Snowden the government said that Snowden is a traitor and should be back in the country. The US government is violating its own laws. The NSA is doing some unconstitutional stuff. The government is saying that it is for your own good. Wow, you are spying on people from around the world.

The Republican Party is not a Conservative party. A conservative do not want a government involvement with their personal lives. The NSA spying program is the best example of why the Republican Party, I do consider as authoritarian party. Spying really, of course it is unconstitutional. It is in the 4th amendment.  

To answer the question I post on the title, Edward Snowden I think is an American hero, and should be given by president Obama a amnesty. It is so obvious that illegal what the NSA, is doing, it is unconstitutional. The NSA is spying on people and should be removed from the US government, Period. To be honest I do not know what the fuzz is about.

Finally, while I want Edward Snowden out of hiding to face the law that they say he broke. (the espionage act). I understand why he can not come back, because of the judgement he might face in the process. Lastly, Conservatives will often talk about ‘standing up for American principles’, this is what that means.

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U.S. Constitution Friday: What constitutes freedom of speech

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
 Is there a right that is more American than freedom of speech. This is one of those rights written as an amendment to the constitution, this is what makes America great. In most countries freedom to say what you want it, and when you want to say is sadly not always granted. But what are the rules regarding free speech? What if there is a war, what if you disagree with the government and the law.

 You are intitled to you’re own opinion, you are not intitled to your own facts. This encapsulate what freedom of speech is all about. You can say what ever you want to say, whether it’s true or not, like what Donald Trump said, that president Obama is not a natural born U.S citizen, Because this is not true, in fact Obama is born in Hawaii, Hawaii is a state of the United States, making him a natural born U.S citizen.  

 In other countries like France, if what you said is wrong or factually incorrect or hurtful, You can be charged with libel, a civil offense. Like what happen in the wake of the attack on the cetitrical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where in Fox News said that there are a lot of ‘no go zones’ in Paris. The mayor of Paris threaten to sue Fox News for libel but back down.   

So what the is exemption to free speech in America, one is when in time of war, usually your habas corpus will be gone for the time being. Or when you are inanimate of danger to others, for example, you shouted bomb at an airport or at any public space, you should be arested. 

        Lastly, even though we have a right to say what is on our mind that does not mean that we need to. A little bit of decentcy will come a long way. Finally I want to repeat what I said earlier, you may be intitled to your own opinion you are not intitled to your own facts. 

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Second amendment: the right to bear armsĀ 

Joaquin Tenedora Forte

             In the recent shooting in Virginia were in a news team was gun down live on air. It reignited an ongoing debate on guns and gun control in America. The debate seriously started when children were slaughtered at an elementary school in NewTowm Connecticut. The second amendment stated that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. But guns should be regulated at least.

           ‘A well regulated militia, necessary for a free state a right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed’. This is the exact wording of the 2nd amendment to the United States constitution. It has a weird wording. It is a litle bipolar because the first part is saying ‘a well regulated militia’ (military) while the last part is saying the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Really, what I sense is the founding fathers cannot make their minds in this issue, because of the culture of violence back then.

          The issue is people are dying because of a luck of gun control in America, more than thirty thousand people each year. More than any other industrialized nation on earth. If that Many people died due to terrorism, America would invade every other country in the world. I could not believe that statistic. 
           What Annoys me the most is America is not taking guns seriously to actually do something about it. When a shooting happen they will talk about gun control, then move on to something else. Americans are just use to it.

       The solution of course is gun control that is universal background checks, making sure that criminals and the mentally ill do not get any access to guns, (closing the gun show loophole) and banning high capacity magazines, how moderate is that. That will never happen in America not until something big happens, until then we are stuck. 
         The proposals will not happen because of corruption, Conservatives that is (the Republican Party) is bought by the NRA and gun manufacturers. And the Democratic Party is week on issues especially gun control, after Sandy Hook were in 90 percent of American people are with them. The democrats proposed a bill and after only one filibuster they did not try it again.
        Lastly, I just want to remind everybody that twenty young students and six educators died in a elementary school in Connecticut in 2012. And in America thirty thousand people die each year due to a luck of gun control. If that’s not enough for you, I don’t know what’ will happen next.

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