Exactly one time in my life have I ever been involved in a political event and that was in college when I worked with a group who was lobbying for Veterans rights for Filipinos who fought under American command in World War II. During the war, the U.S. drafted Filipinos (the Philippines was a territory-type situation at this time) to fight the Japanese in WWII. obviously their contribution was appreciated and the president promised them veterans benefits. Except later, someone else decided that since none of this was documented that it seemed right to rip them off. So there were these thousands of Filipino veterans who fought in American uniform during WWII who were denied V.A. benefits like.... oh I don't know, pensions and medical care. I am really happy that today, the yahoos in the government finally got it together to recognize the 18,000 who are still living and reinstate their benefits. And it only happened because some of the older republicans who apparently are the only ones left who remember the war and what it means to be decent and honorable, broke rank with their party. It never fails to amaze me to see how stupid govt. officials can be with military policy (i.e., it's illegal to pick vegetables in this country without immigration papers, but for some reason it's okay to join the military without legal papers?) but today I am excited. A SHOUT OUT TO THOSE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN who DID THE RIGHT THING!
Also, on Top Chef, Dale Talde got props for making a killer Halo-Halo. It was an awesome day for my Pinoy peeps! Mix it up people! Mix it up!