I don't like writing about politics because it's hardly ever pleasant, but all the discussions we have at breakfast have to spill over and some will end up here.
In our household, my dad starts the day at 4. My mom and I straggle along shortly thereafter (everybody else sleeps until 7am at the earliest). We read our respective Bibles while having tea or coffee and some early morning pan de sal (rolls) and then my dad turns on the TV tuning in to Fox News as he awaits the first screening of Glenn Beck's show (there's a replay in the afternoon - oh and you might as well know that every American in my family is a Republican... I wish it were that simple in Philippine politics too. I remember when things were more black and white: the Marcos side was bad and the Tita Cory side was good. I didn't even bother to count how many presidentiables there were in the last elections.). Anyway, lately our talks have mostly focused on what's going on in America (and the world, actually) and how this could possibly figure in the end times prophecies. Obviously, this morning, we're following the shutdown countdown on various channels. So today, there has been mention of sabotage, Donald Trump's little inquiry, reminiscences of the Clinton era shutdown (my dad was in the States at that time), Gog and Magog, Israel's situation (I recall saying at one point, "Do you think Netanyahu is the one to make that pact with the antichrist? I hope not. I like Netanyahu."), the complete lyrics of the Star-spangled Banner, the Chinese and European players in the NBA (me again: "What do you mean Tony Parker is a French national?" I apparently was the only person in the world who didn't know this, hmph.)... And then my mom felt she had to go through pretty much the same discussion with one of her sisters in California and phoned accordingly. They went from the shutdown to a report of how my young cousins did in the past school year... At this point, I got up from the table and went online. After this, I will get some real breakfast with the late risers.
Does anybody else start their day like this?