Posts Tagged ‘Democrat

21
Apr
09

This Bobolee Is Getting A Serious Beating, Boy!

Yesterday morning, the hit counter on my blog stood at 25,000 hits.  I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least!  At this sentence, the count stands at 25,106 unique hits.

boboleepicture

A Good Friday Bobolee in Trinidad.

[Guanaguanare: The Laughing Gull]

This is a major milestone for me, and for my blog.  Actually, this is my 2nd attempt at blogging.  I used to have a MSN Spaces page at one point in time (http://spaces.msn.com/bluesoapbox was the URL) which I discontinued as I didn’t feel too comfortable sharing my inner thoughts and feelings with the whole wide world at the time.  What got me started again was the 2008 US Election campaign.  I was really appalled some of the things that were being said (and done) during the campaign, and at the same time, I was really captivated by Barack Obama.

A few friends and I were discussing the campaign issues online and one posted a Slate picture slideshow entitled “The Soiling of Old Glory”.   Those pictures invoked memories of a trip I’d made to a Southern US state in the 1990’s.  Those memories helped me write “The Day I Met Jim Crow”, a recollection of the day I met Jim Crow for the first time.  That’s the most widely read and referenced post on this blog to date, with close to 1300 views to date.

I’m really fortunate to have made a few acquaintances thru this second blogging stint; acquaintances I hope turn into friendships as time goes by.  My blog stats tell me that my blog posts have been read from as far west as Alaska to as far east as China.  That really… I don’t know… has me in awe?  I really don’t know how else to describe it… how that makes me feel.

My blog will be a year old on May 24th.  With any luck (and time) I’ll share some more facts and figures then.  In these eleven months (approx), I also started Bobolee Pix, a space for me to share a few of my pictures.  I’ve been stymied with my photography efforts though: someone sniped my camera last month and I haven’t gotten myself a replacement as yet! 😕  Really a shame… I loved taking photos, and my camera and I had just gotten used to each other’s quirks.  I hope the new owner likes it as much as I did! 😕

I’m not a learned scholar, an author, a writer, or a journalist.  Just a simple dude with an opinion (and a way with words, apparently).  I have to warn you, I’m not always able to post as I like due to my real-world commitments!  I wish I could do nothing else but share my thoughts and observations with you each and everyday… and I probably could, but I’ll have to leave my currently well-paying 9-5!  At least, now with my Twitter feed,  we can still share and communicate thoughts on a more impromptu and frequent basis.

Thanks a lot for visiting, thanks a lot for linking, thanks a lot for critiquing, and thanks a lot for sharing!

thank-you

Peace and Rice,

jw

10
Nov
08

Obama Election Victory Cartoons

Taken primarily from:

(Thanks to Frolin & DefCon)

Enjoy and celebrate!

Peace and Rice,

jw

01
Nov
08

Obama, Powell and the Caribbean Connection

As most of you know, I was “out of it” for a while due to some real world work and other committments.  While I was mainly off the Internet for those few weeks, I got so busy that I even fell behind on reading my local newspapers and watching local news stories on TV.

I wasn’t completely out of it, however, as I did my best to check my news reader to skim the headlines, but not much else.    Today, I picked up last Sunday’s Trinidad Express (Oct 26th 2008) newspaper, and randomly flipped it open to page 4 where I saw this:

[Also posted here]

Now I’d heard and read snippets of Powell’s endorsement, but I had *no idea* that the soldier in question was a Trinidadian.  Like Powell, I was taken aback by the hateful language emanating from the McSame-Failin campaign.  All those shouts of “terrorist” and “kill him” sent chills up my spine.

The thing that gets me is that, with few exceptions, the people who are calling for Obama’s head and calling his policies “socialist”, “communist” and “marxist” are overwhelmingly CHRISTIAN.

If Jesus were on Earth today, I’m sure he’d beat them like they were snakes disguised as moneychangers in a temple.

My condolences to the Khan family.  We just celebrated Eid earlier this month in TnT.  I’m sure Kareem was missed.  He is the 2nd (dead) Trinidadian soldier who’s made an impact on the American political scene.  I’d mentioned the first, Kendall Frederick, in my post “Who Are These Jokers, Anyway?”

Kendall got killed by an IED, too.  He was on his way to getting his citizenship papers regularised when the bomb exploded as his convoy passed.

The general was quite right in my view to call out the Republican party for not doing enough to stop the name calling, the race baiting and the fear mongering.  They’re encouraging it deliberately, and that’s wrong.

Trinbagonians are a blessed people.  We’re tolerant of almost everyone and anyone I can think of, with very few exceptions.  Muslims have played very important roles in our twin-island state.  They’re politicians, policemen, doctors, lawyers. They play a part in every facet of our lives.  Even our last head of state (the President) was Muslim.  When he died, a lot of people mourned. He was regarded as a good man by all.  This is not to say that we don’t have problems with each other as a nation — of course we do.

Ashley Todd

Ashley Todd

The thing that gets me about the American religious far right is that they seem just as extremist and fanatical as any of the Muslim terrorists that they love to attack (if not more so, given the lengths they’ll go to smear, right Ashley?)… and they do everything in the name of Jesus!

Jesus was (is) the ultimate man of peace, love and respect for one’s fellow man. Jesus was (is) all for “sharing the wealth”.

Faced with such bigotry and hate from his supposed followers, if Jesus were to come back now,  what would He *really* do?

Dvorak Uncensored

I never imagined that Trinidadians had such a major role to play in the US elections.  I’m sure quite a few people would’ve changed their minds following Powell’s endorsement of Obama and strident criticism of the G.O.P.  For all we know, that swing could make the ultimate difference when the votes are tallied on November 4th.  Powell wouldn’t have made the stirring endorsement without the contribution of that fallen Trinidadian soldier.  It carried more poignancy, more weight, more consideration than it would had he made the endorsement earlier in the primary season, when it was clear that Obama had enough votes to be declared the Democratic nominee.

Its even more apt when you consider that Powell himself is a Caribbean son, having Jamaica-born parents.

As I’d mentioned in tail end of my post “The Day I Met Jim Crow”, Powell had only to let out that he was *just considering* running for President when he was besieged by enough death threats to make his wife change his mind.  Obama has had to endure all manner of threats against his life since he started getting closer to the prize.  Let’s not trivialise it… Powell is just as much of a “war hero” as McCain, if not more so.  He was injured in wars, and saw the effects of war first hand.  He’s directed troops to fight against enemy troops in dangerous encounters.  He helped shape Bush’s foreign and national security policies, until he resigned in 2004.

Powell’s opinion is not to be scoffed, or taken lightly.

As a Caribbean man, while I’m truly sorry for the lives that were lost, I’m proud to say that I’m glad we made a considerable difference in shaping the future direction of the American political landscape.

We helped change the world.

Boblee Pix: VOTE !!!

The future of many lies in the hands of the American voter…

American Buddhist Perspective

American Buddhist Perspective

Vote!

Please Make The Right Choice!

Peace and Rice,

jw

27
Oct
08

I Didn’t Vote For Obama

I was reading my email yesterday, when I came upon this gem on a web forum.  I don’t know the original author, but I think he makes a good case for his reasons as to why he didn’t vote for Barack Obama.

As is my usual custom, I posted interesting and related links where I thought they’d be appropriate.  I also included a few pix from my photoblog (Bobolee Pix) as well.  I spent some time working on it this weekend, and I think it has a fresh, new look.  Hope you like it…

~~~~~ 😯 ~~~~~

[Source]

I’m a middle-class white guy living in Jacksonville, Florida.  I’ve got a wife and two kids.

Because the kids had no school today, I took a vacation day from work, and took the kids downtown to vote early.  Fifty-nine minutes later, two smiling children and I proudly sported “I Voted” stickers.

But I didn’t vote for Obama.

I voted for my ancestors, who believed in the promise of this country and came with with nothing as immigrants.

I voted for my parents, who taught in the public schools for decades.

I voted for Steve, an acquaintance of mine from Kentucky (killed by an IED two years ago in Iraq).

I voted for Shawn, another who’s been to Iraq twice, and Afghanistan once, and who’ll be going back to Afghanistan again soon — and whose family earned eleven bucks a month too much to qualify for food stamps when the war started.

[Bobolee Pix: Friendly Advice]

I voted for April, the only African-American girl in my high school — it was years before it occurred to me how different her experience of our school must have been.

I voted for my college friends who are Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and yes — Muslim.

I voted for my grandfathers, who worked hard in factories and died too young.

I voted for the plumber who worked on my house, because I want him to get a REAL tax break.

I voted for four little angels from Birmingham.

I voted for a bunch of dead white men who, although personally flawed, were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, and used a time of great crisis to expand freedom rather than suspend it.

[The Onion]

I voted for all those people and more, and I voted for all of you, too.  But mostly, I voted selfishly.  I vote for two little kids, one who has ballet in an hour, and once who has baseball practice at the same time.

I voted for a world where they can be confident that their government will represent the best that is in this country, and that will in turn demand the best of them.  I voted for a government that will be respected in the world. I voted for an economy that will reward work above guile.

[Bobolee Pix: Vote!]

I voted for everything I believe in.

Sure, I filled in the circle next to the name Obama, but it wasn’t him I was voting for — it was every single one of us, and those I love most of all.

Who else is there to vote for?

~~~~~ :mrgreen: ~~~~~

Leave your mark. The future depends on it.

Peace and Rice,

jw

05
Sep
08

What If The World Could Vote?

What would happen if the world could vote in the US presidential elections?

November 4th 2008 the American people will choose a new president. The president of the United States of America is the most powerful person in the world.

We would like to know who would be the next president of the United States of America – if the world could vote!

[Straight Talk]

In the presidential election in 2004 122,267,553 people voted. 6,500,000,000 people did not.

Our mission is to get more people to vote than voted in the last election. Mission impossible, we know, but still, wouldn’t it be great to see what the whole world thinks?

If we are to have any chance of reaching that goal we need your help. Tell all your friends around the world about http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com.

So go ahead. Let’s see who would be the next president of the United States of America – if the world could vote;)

Cast your vote

If the world could vote?.

02
Sep
08

Pray for Diarrhea

All I can say is… *muffled laughter*

That video came from John From Berkeley, who commented on my post “Isn’t It Ironic?” a few seconds after I’d published it!  I was amazed that it got read and commented upon so quickly!

Tongue in cheek, John says:

Focus on the Family published a video that actually asked people to pray for rain during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. That’s as dumb (and heretical) as asking people to pray for diarrhea during John McCain’s speech.

Would it be wrong to ask people to pray for diarrhea?

In his comment, John says:

If you got upset when Focus on the Family asked people to pray for rain, now it’s our turn. There’s only three days left to “Pray for Diarrhea!”

Pray for Diarrhea

Check it out, it’s a hilarious parody of Focus on the Family’s video! Don’t forget to send it to everyone you know. We only have three days left!

So… get cracking!!!

Pass it on!!!

🙂

Peace and Much Love,

jw

P.S. } Here’s the original video from “Focus on The Family”:

29
Aug
08

Dream Fulfilled?

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

I know, I know.  I’ve been AWOL for awhile now… but I’ve been doing a lot of watching, listening and thinking these days, so forgive me my absence. 🙂

I watched Obama’s nomination at the convention on Wednesday, and at the moment it became clear that the roll call would be stopped, I felt my eyes tear up a little bit.  Just a little bit.

I looked on… in awe… as I saw weights *lifted* off people’s shoulders.

I was moved at the sight of two grown men weep tears of joy… never thinking that they would be alive to see the day.

I saw something else though.  Been seeing it for quite awhile, as I’m sure most of us have.

Frustration.  Dejection.  Disbelief!  The Democratic Party is splintered, and despite the best efforts of the Clintons, the DNC and Obama, those wounds will take a long time to heal… if only because the frustrated are particularly and pretty stubborn.

What was that about a house divided against itself, again?

The election in 2000 was close, very close.  Gore lost by 5 electoral votes.  FIVE.

I really hope those willing to cut off their noses to spite their faces put their knives away, and do the right thing: support the Democratic Party Candidate.

08
Aug
08

Dazed and Confuffled

[From Rolling Stone]

! Update !

[Fifth From The Bottom]

[John McCain checkmated by… John McCain]

[McCain Versus Vietnam Vet]

30
Jul
08

Badge? What Badge?

[via Pundit Kitchen.  Frolin, thanks!]

😆

Anyway, while I still have your attention, check this out…

Trinidad Noir; Publishers: Akashic Books
edited by Lisa Allen-Agostini & Jeanne Mason
Mystery/Fiction Anthology | A Trade Paperback Original
ISBN-13: 978-1-933354-55-2 l 300 pages | $15.95
Forthcoming: August 2008

http://www.akashicbooks.com/trinidadnoir.htm

The Caribbean provides no shelter from the delicious terror of the Akashic Noir Series.

Brand-new stories by: Robert Antoni, Elizabeth Nunez, Lawrence Scott, Ramabai Espinet, Shani Mootoo, Kevin Baldeosingh, Vahni Capildeo, Willi Chen, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Rian Marie Extavour, Keith Jardim, Jaime Lee Loy, Darby Maloney, Reena Andrea Manickchand, Judith Theodore, Tiphanie Yanique, and others.

Trinidad Noir delivers all the crime a reader expects from Akashic’s Noir Series: murder, kidnapping, rape, drugs, prostitution, theft, extortion, and more. Yet in fictionalizing crime in the real crime setting of Trinidad, [the] acclaimed authors … have created a decidedly literary noir collection.

These authors’ quality characterizations, plots, and styles concurrently reveal the country’s darkness and its appeal with an unexpected and gratifying result: In their captivating and occasionally humorous stories, the Trinidad that emerges is as intriguing and contradictory as the island and its people. Trinidad Noir is as much a delightful crime romp as it is an expose of the seedy side of life.

Lisa is someone I went to University with (she did English Literature, while I was an Electrical Engineering student).

If I’m not mistaken, this is her first published work as an editor.  She’s written for a variety of publications [Trinidad Guardian, Caribbean Beat] for many years, and I even had the privelege of playing the lead role in a small play she wrote when we were final year students!

You can pick up the US edition of the book at the publisher’s website, and/or at Amazon.com.  The Caribbean and UK editions are yet to be released [I guess the major difference between would be the spelling?].

And, yes… I still am on hiatus!  I just had to pop-up to lend some support to a peep!  😆

I’ll be back, though!

Peace and Much Love.

jw

11
Jul
08

Grab These Nuts

Damn.

I was all prepared to write about how Fox is waging a nasty, nasty campaign against Michelle Obama, today.

I was going to talk about how they were going to do whatever they could to paint her as an angry, bitter, unpatriotic, ungrateful, uppity, terrorist loving, black baby momma.

I did some reading and research and even found a nice video to share with y’all in my spare time…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

But noooooo……. Jesse Jackson had other plans…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Jesse Jackson on Obama’s Nuts“, posted with vodpod

Man… to say I’m disappointed is the understatement of the year!  But I’ll get over it…

😕

How the hell could a seasoned, media savvied politician, pastor and former Democratic presidential candidate… NOT know that he was miked and that it was possibly turned on???

😕

If he’s losing his mind, this could be the tell tale sign.  I’m sure a lot of folks feel that its his nuts that should get cut off, apology not withstanding.

Anyway, peep this.  This was shown on Saturday Night Live waaay back in March this year when Obama was still jousting with Billary for the Democratic Nomination…

[redlasso id=”505eaef0-2425-49aa-a5e1-f7d694a1d70d”]

When I first saw it in March, I didn’t understand it.

Now, with Jesse expressing a fervent desire to cut Obama’s nuts off, I can see clearly now!!!

Too bad they couldn’t send him to Lower Zambuta for real!!! 😆

Peace and Much Love.

jw




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