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Nothing Like a Friday Night

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Wow … I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I’ve had such a long week, I wanted Friday to come so bad and it’s almost like now it’s here and I’m not prepared for it.

So … what am I going to do tonight? Definitely watch The Ity & Fancy Cat Show! It is the best local comedy show I’ve seen since Oliver at Large and Titus … yes, nothing after those came close. Ity and Fancy are taking “almshouse” as we would say in Jamdown to a new level. There “How Would You React” segment going to get them in trouble … I believe so fi real. Dem cyaan do dem tings dere inna Jamaica where people tek dem tings so serious. It’s just like Twin of Twins getting arrested shortly after the release of their “Stir It Up, Volume 7” CD … all because people cyaan take a joke any more. I’m sorry but I just have to laugh at jokes being made at Vybz Kartel’s Gaza and Movado’s Gully … I find it all so hilarious!

Anyhoo, onto more serious things. To my Jamaican peeps, what do you think about all this excitement being created about the fact that the National Security Minister had to be flown to Miami to do surgery allegedly to remove his gall bladder? To my other Caribbean folks, this has sparked a debate about the government’s confidence in the health care system in Jamaica, coming about because of the incident. All this being discussed in the public domain. I thought to myself, we’re becoming more and more like CNN every day … sensationalizing every single thing that happens it’s ridiculous. As someone who had their gall bladder removed right here, I want to believe that the gall bladder story is just a conspiracy theory and that he really went because of serious intestinal issues that required more expert attention … not that I really accept it but … let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.

I think the highlight for me this week, was an article in the Sunday papers, both of them in fact, on the front page, an interview with our Police Commmissioner, Rear Admiral Hartley Lewis, calling for political unity on the crime issue … In a nutshell, he talked about the fact that the 2 major political parties are not willing to come together to tackle the issue head on, as one doesn’t want to help the other to win another 5 years in Gordon House. How many people have to be murdered for them to realize that the only people who win are the criminals? How many more mothers will have to bury their sons and daughters, grandsons and nieces, before they realize that the only people who pay the price are the victims? I’m so sick and tired of the political rhetoric on this matter that I no longer pay attention to them when they talk about what they are going to do. I admit, I see baby steps in that they are seriously tackling the matter of corruption in the police force. Never before in our history have we seen so many policemen arrested, tried and convicted for corruption charges. It is a refreshing new paradigm shift for the country. Many more like that and a few politicians added to the list will definitely raise my confidence 0.5 of a bar in the Justice system.

So many other things of interest have happened, but I think I’ve been serious enough for one night that I’m supposed to be relaxing.

Blog peeps, enjoy the weekend for those who read this before this weekend is over and for those who read it after, you can apply it to the next applicable one. Giving you one of my favourite throwback tunes to start the party … Bless up.

Sister P Again!

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In yet another PNP Presidential race, Portia Simpson-Miller has shown her longevity in retaining her seat as the President of the People’s National Party (PNP).  The results are as follows:

Vice Presidents

Harry Douglas 1,722; Sharon Hay Webster 1937; Wyckham McNeil 2,016; Joseph Witter 2,037; Fenton Ferguson 2,153; Noel Arscot  2,166; Derrick Kellier 2,302; Angella Brown Burke 2,562

President

Peter Phillips 1,959; Portia Simpson-Miller  2,332

Dear Sister P, let this challenge be a message to you.  You may be loved by the people, but that is not all it takes to run a party and a country.  You need to surround yourselves with people who will enhance your leadership, persons who will support you unconditionally, persons who will give you the right advice, persons who also have the country’s interest at heart.  This is no time for you to become complacent.  You were challenged, and valiantly so.  The fact that you have emerged victorious again, should be a signal to you of what you need to do in the future.  You could have easily lost this election, so thank your lucky stars that you have retained yoru presidency.  If you have any hope of being the head of the government of this country again, take heed.  One of the first things on your agenda should be to get rid of those persons who you have around you that are doing neither you or the party any good.  I have a few suggestions of those you could get rid of … I’ll email these to you personally.  While I understand the “woman time now” mentality that you have promoted and that seems to be on the lips of every one, remember that you need men too.  They may not be as smart as us women, but they do have a great contribution to make.  Stop being so pig-headed and LISTEN to the wise ones around you.  You will not be right all the time, and there is nothing wrong in admitting you were wrong or you didn’t know something. As you continue to lead this disunified, constant bickering, scandal-ridden, losing streak party, I wish you all the best.  If you should ever need a consultant to give you some pointers on how to lead the country, I would be more than happy to offer my services to you free of charge … yeah, right … a wheh yu tek dis ting fa?  We can discuss my fee later.

Sincerely,

CD