Two feet of snow fell just outside John Boehner's Washington, D.C. apartment.
Two feet of snow fell just outside John Boehner’s Washington, D.C. apartment.

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) –  Just like most Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner has always rejected the notion of global warming, opposing every single proposed legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gases that damage the environment.

Until today.

This morning, Boehner woke up to two feet of snow that fell just outside his luxury apartment  in Washington, D.C. It was a weather scenario never before seen in D.C. or anywhere else.

It was a real eye-opener for the speaker who told reporters, “It will only get worse if we do not take steps to protect our environment. When the new Congress opens in January, I will make climate change a priority in my legislative agenda.”

A global warming convert, and high profile at that. Kudos, Mr. Speaker!

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FullSizeRender (12)Makati, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) - In the Philippines, as in many countries, there are three classes of people — rich, middle class, and poor.  The gap between and among these three classes has all but widened over many decades.

But finally, Filipino housemaids and drivers have earned their own class distinction.  While they are free to interact with the rich, they are not allowed in the same elevators with their employers or bosses. They either have to use service elevators, if available, or use the stairwell.

This new social class has emerged as the Philippines continues to experience an infrastructure boom, especially in condominium buildings.

Many condominiums in Makati and other Philippine metropolitan areas have implemented a policy barring housemaids, drivers and contractors from using elevators reserved for condo owners and tenants.

FullSizeRender (13)The new class system surfaced after a memorandum from a condo property manager was posted on Facebook. The memo, addressed to unit owners and tenants, stated:

“We would like once again to request all Unit Owners and Tenants to remind their household employees, i.e., drivers, housemaids, outside contractors, to strictly use the Service Elevator only.”

“The administration office has had a number of enquiries from owners in the building on why helpers are using the Passenger Elevators when only Unit Owners/Tenants and their guests are allowed to the Passenger Elevators.”

Apparently, this is a common practice in many condos in Metro Manila.

Overjoyed with their newly-attained class status, housemaids and drivers have expressed relief that finally, they are being afforded the special recognition they have long clamored for.



File photo: Bush speaking from the Oval Office on May 15, 2006
File photo: Bush speaking from the Oval Office on May 15, 2006

Houston, Texas (The Adobo Chronicles) - George W. Bush today accused Barack of Obama of plagiarizing the Republican president’s May 15, 2006 speech on immigration.

Last night, Obama delivered a prime-time speech to announce executive actions he was taking to provide deportation relief to some 5 Million undocumented immigrants.

Bush said, “if you listened very closely to what Obama said, he practically copied my speech from the Oval Office which I made in 2006″

Both speeches touched on exactly the same themes: that the U.S. is a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants; that we need to secure our borders; that Congress needs to pass an immigration reform bill; and that what they were proposing was not amnesty.

Speaking from the Bush family ranch in Houston, George W. demanded that Obama apologize to him and the nation for stealing his words and for his lack of original ideas on immigration.

The White House has refused to comment on Bush’s allegation.

Here’s Obama’s and Bush’s speech, courtesy of CNN

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