Sunday, December 09, 2007

A Call for Unity

Last week, MP Magazine Publisher and Unity March co-organizer Ed Probst posted on another blog that I am "rude and a faker. You are a spoiled brat and I can see right through you, and so can a lot of other people, you pretentious little smegma-infested twit. Born with a silver spoon in your mouth... LOL! Anyway Devillo, I am not going to waste my time on you."

He followed that up by writing, "On another note, resurrecting your modeling career is about as asinine as trying to convince people you aren't a pretentious, egotistical jerk. Devillo, rejection is hard, but deal with it. I pray you will find some desperate woman wanting a green card. Or your money. Anyway, I don't pray for you, because you are a hopeless case. You are evil, a liar, a scam artist, and I got no love for you."

Today he wrote a Letter to the Editor calling for Respect, Love, and Kindness.

You can't make stuff like this up. Don't you just love Saipan?


Copies of MP Magazine can be picked up at Joeten.


Pragmatic Plato said...

Yeah. I was taken aback as well.

Why be kind and gentle when he is doing such a great just being truthful and blunt.

Boycott Porky's!


The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

The Boycott Porky's thing is getting old. You are free to comment on this blog, but I will not allow another comment with the Boycott Porky's signature line.

Please get a life.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Must be something you said, Angelo. The guy claims he is praying for me.

Maybe he thinks if he can get a conversion at the high test pump, then things will flow more smoothly over in the self serve savior line. (:-))

Votewise '07 said...

You got my attention, Angelo, so I had to go check out the original posts on Middle Road. Whew! What a massive string of comments, much of it far afield from the original topic.

Anyway, I'm glad you concluded this post on an uplifting note and included a link to MP magazine's website.

After all, subsequent to the items you quoted, Ed did post the following:

I apologize for some of my remarks I made last night. Apparently, alcohol and blogs don't really mix. But what I'm telling you right now is from the heart:

You have a good thing with the Beautify CNMI and you are doing some wonderful things for our island. But you have hurt people, people I am very close to. I'm growing weary of it.

All I ask is that you be nice to people. Yes, I'm a hypocrite because I said some nasty things to you, but I sometimes get caught up with the Old Testament's teachings of "An eye for an eye."

If you truly want to make a difference, start being sincere and kind and don't demean or insult people, because it's going to come right back at you.

I am open to criticism and I accept it. But I have always lived up to my sins. I have always asked for forgiveness when I have done wrong. And I have great respect and admiration for people who are humble.

None of us are perfect. We all have our imperfections and idiosyncratic tendencies. But we all need to be kind. And yes, this applies to me too.

New Rule: Let's attack the issues instead of each other.

And how do you do that thing of linking directly to the comment you want?

Ian said...

What is this about a modeling career?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Not only did I link to his website, but I also bought a copy of his magazine.

His magazine is very good. I recommend purchasing one.

I had no idea Ed held such animosity towards me until those drunken comments were made.

He has some misconceptions about me that might be dispelled if he actually took the time to speak to me. I am very open about my life. Anybody who wants to know something has only to ask.

Like I said, I've never spoken to the guy more than twice and both times he was asking me to write for his magazine.

I doubt he'll be asking me a third time.


Clicking on the time stamp for the comment will create a unique url directing you to that specific comment.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...


He was referring to a post that I wrote a very long time ago. It was so long ago that I couldn't even find it.

I linked to the Bodies on Fire post from 2006 instead, because I joke about modeling there, too.

That reference to my modeling career just tells me that he has read my entire blog.

He might think I'm an asshole, but at least I'm an entertaining asshole.

Thanks for reading.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Oh wait, I found it. The title is:

Angelo Villagomez: A Model, Idiot

It is a Zoolander reference.

bigsoxfan said...

Ah. I thought the model reference was to the pictures of you on the beach with the towel, just after you returned from Thailan. It just isn't safe to leave the house these days. Mark Scease

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Yeah, those pictures were pretty brokeback. Thanks, EJ.

bigsoxfan said...

Found a link to some great fruit cake pictures. Just in time for the holidays. Thanks for the clue on the time stamp. By the way, I do not advocate violence, unless you are on a scotter.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Are you in a Middle-aged Mongolian Scooter Gang?

bigsoxfan said...

Middle aged indeed. Now, that is a touchy subject. Otherwise, you don't even want to think about riding a scooter here, or a bicycle, and give serious thought to driving a car.

I meant to pin you down earlier. What happened to your jeep? Mine had a front wheel fall off while my brother and nephew were involved in a low speed chase in suburban NH. Loose lug nut, or so they say. What's your story?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

My Jeep broke.

I'm waiting on parts.

I hope to have it functioning again by 2008.

Want my advice? Buy a Honda. I've had great luck with my two Hondas.

My first car was an 88 Honda Civic. It had over 200,000 miles on it when I was done with it. My second Honda was a 2004 Civic Hybrid. It got about 50 mpg. I loved it.

If I had stayed and Florida and not sold it, it would be paid off.

bigsoxfan said...

My best friend in high school and I co-owned a 70 ish civic, his mom owned a '73 pinto station wagon. One of my sisters worked with the two of us, about a thirty minute drive away from home. She had a free ride and the shotgun seat, but had to operate the windshield wipers with a coat hanger. How I miss the simple days. How my sister doesn't miss the odd thunder shower.

If my jeep isn't running ever again I'll send you the odd part.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

I've got a Rodeo I could let you use, Angelo. Same one Mark used for a while. Might keep the rain off your laptop.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

The scooter drivers in Vietnam were crazy, too.

There was never a clear road in which to cross. You had to just walk slowly and hope that they would weave around you.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I'm been reading up on some of the things the Unity marchers have been doing since Friday:

-They are accusing Cinta Kaipat of sponsoring the Labor Bill so that she could get a job at Labor and take under the table bribes.

-They are attacking KSPN for not providing enough coverage.

-They are attacking Walt Goodridge and Christine Parke for not speaking publicly about the March (what do they have to do with the March?)

-They attacked anyone who estimated that that under 10,000 people participated, including the middle road bloggers and me.

The most telling thing from all this is something I read on Dengre's latest diary on Dailykos.

Here is the link, scroll to the bottom:

Here is the quote:

“We rode the stories of these workers to victory in 2006”

That tells me that this is about electing Mainland Democrats to office, not actually helping the situation.

That is really sad. I really supported Dengre when I first started reading his stuff, but it has become apparent that his agenda is getting rid of Republicans (not necessarily a bad thing), not helping the people of the Marianas.

dekada lawyer said...

Angelo -

I just now noticed your Dec. 11 comment here on things "the Unity marchers" allegedly have been doing since the march.

There are some flaws in your reasoning (and case) that are troubling because they tend to infect the main portion of your blog also.

Who are the "they" to whom you are attributing putatively bad behavior? Other than dengre, who was not a marcher, you identify no one specifically.

As for dengre, you quote him out of context to support an entirely specious argument that his campaign is about electing mainland democrats not about helping workers achieve social justice. Indeed, the argument is so specious it is probably actionable defamation.

Dengre worked to get Democrats elected so as to gain ground on issues he is passionate about, paramount among these being reversal of the ugly legacy of Ambramof and attaining social justice for workers in the NMI. Dengre has never said he was about "helping the people of the Marianas," but the truth is that resolution of the CNMI's dismal human rights reputation, liberating NMI workers, and bringing stability and integrity to labor and immigration matters (on which businesses and the economic prosperity depend) emphatically will help the people of the Marianas.

This truth of dengre's position is abundantly clear his "Saipan Sucks! And so do you, me and your candidate!" -- the whole point of which is an expression of his frustration with congressional Democrats for their removal of the enhanced status provision for long-term alien workers from H.R. 3079.

The quote you provide came very nearly the end of the diary your reference. With it, dengre is speaking to Democrats with a call for those Democrats to stand up and act in solidarity with the Unity marchers. And you try wilfuly to turn this on its head! Shame, shame (even if you are doing it only to try to spark controversy).

As for your other "issues," there was a discussion in another blog puzzling over what could possibly possess Cinta to so determinedly push the passage of her so-called Labor Reform Bill monstrosity (even, reputably, to the point of crying in discussions with her colleagues).

One poster recited several provisions in the new bill granting broad discretionary powers to hearing officers (powers that pose inherent conflicts of interest on the one hand and probably run afoul of constitutional protections on the other)and made the legitimate point that an abundance of discretionary powers of this sort create opportunities for graft in the person possessed of the power. The writer also speculated about Cinta's possible return to Labor as a hearing officer based on Cinta's own public statements.

I came in and pointed out that I doubted Cinta would write the bill with such a design in mind, but that she does have biases and a preference for bureaucratic power that she probably does not recognize in herself and which make her a poor candidate for hearing officer.

As for KSPN's coverage, I am not aware of anyone making any public statements; however, there are some substantial questions KSPN needs to answer. Initially, they sent a reporter and camera to each press conference. They further informed the organizers that they intended to film the entire march and rally and then rebroadcast in its entirety during the following week, much as is done with Liberation Day parades, election debates, and other significant events. Then suddenly, they stopped showing up and provided only superficial coverage of the event. No explanation of the sudden about-face was ever forthcoming. This is both corporate and journalistic irresponsibility, and KSPN needs to answer these serious questions as to how this came about.

I am not aware of anyone attacking anyone for estimating fewer than 10,000 participants. I have no idea how many participants there were, but good authority exists to conclude that more attended than were at the Martin Nievera concert, and that the 10,000 attendance figure for the concert was grossly inflated.

I am also not aware of anyone attacking Walt Goodridge or Christine Parke. What are you talking about?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

That was all stuff I've read on the blogs. It's not worth even looking for the links, especially now that Taco Bell is open.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

...and you don't refute anything I wrote. You just repeat them.

At least we agree.

dekada lawyer said...

About Taco Bell?

Nah, I still think issues of economics, governance, social justice . . . and the environment are still important.

Nice piece you did on Taco Bell, though. They should be paying you.

I even went there today . . . and found the place almost as packed as you did.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I confess, I went there again today.

And as for the Internet stuff, all I'm trying to point out is that you have some snarky friends who utilize the Internet. They aren't helping you.

dekada lawyer said...

Ah, snarky. I love that word. I well remember a comment by a former law clerk (name withheld out of respect for privacy) to me in reaction to reading a news story on a certain Superior Court decision that did not paint me in a favorable light: "The law clerks over there sure are getting snarky . . . ."