Gone Fishing

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Gone Fishing means the fisherman will be back soon or back in a flash. It doesn’t mean the man went looking for fish. To enjoy fishing all a man has to do is throw his line in the water and see what bites. The joy is in the nibbles, the pull and the wriggling, not in the catch. Gone fishing is about relaxation and rest; a welcome break from the routine. In my case that means no bikinis, short skirts or crashing servers.

See you in a few days or less, which ever comes first.

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Here is the Deal, Pat


Here is the deal, Pat. I will vote for you so that you will win the next elections and continue to be the Big Cheese. By winning elections you will have the power to prevent both you and your friends from going to jail and enjoy the safety of a dedicated security detail. How does that sound? But – there is always a “but” – I want money for nothing, chicks for free and a tee-shirt. Deal? No back stabbing this time, ok. I am glad you are a man of many words.

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The Global Climate Wake-Up Call

“On 21 September 2009, at more than 2600 events in 135 countries across the globe, we joined together to issue a deafening wake-up call to world leaders on climate change. The breadth and creativity of events is breathtaking, and our message broke through to leaders and international media. ” avaaaz.org

Trinidad and Tobago was listed as having one (1) activity and it was listed as:

The Climate Wake-Up Call Hike-A-Thon

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 PM
Place: Lopinot Main Road, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
Host:  Heather-Dawn Herre

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God for Trinidad and Tobago

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The Secretary of the IRO said “In times like these, and not just what is happening in Trinidad and Tobago, but all over the world, prayer is one of the ways by which we can communicate with God and let him know what we feel … We have to let him know our troubles and he will find a way,” This statement is further proof that even his followers and those in the God industry realize that our God is not as powerful as believers first imagined since he doesn’t know how you feel unless you tell him in a day of prayer set by the IRO. But he  is a Trini since he is snoring on the job.

By His repeated inaction, the God of Trinidad and Tobago has sent a clear message he doesn’t care about the murder rate, traffic jams, floods, plastic bottles, property taxes or even kickbacks. The IRO, the pinnacle of wisdom in the country outside of Cabinet, is again calling for a day of prayer to heal the nation that is sick of taxes and being severely beaten by bandits at home on Tuesdays. Because of inside information, the IRO is 100% certain that God requires a certain number of people to pray and if that number is achieved then, and only then, he will snap in to action – just like a politician.

“In the beginning, the world was without fault, but now, our country is in a period of darkness and turmoil and we need to pray,”  said another illuminated member of the IRO. This truth is so obviously obvious I wonder why we just don’t pray all day instead of bad talking the Minister of National Security, the Integrity Commission and even the President with a nasal voice and little brain.

“If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God?”
George Deacon.

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Jumbie’s Watch and Trinidad and Tobago Bloggers

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Comments from Jumbie’s Watch have made the printed Trinidad Guardian, probably not for the first time but it is the first time I noticed. Keep it up, Jumbie!

This wasn’t supposed to be a promo for Jumbie’s blog, which I regularly visit, but when a blogger‘s comments are featured so prominently in the printed daily newspaper then there is  cause for celebration.   Jumbie is on the outside looking in and he sees local happenings in sometimes a different light to those on the inside stuck in traffic. What may also surprise and excite Jumbie is that his comments were posted very close to a photo of The Minister of Finance.

I think blogs are the new media and it is not concentrated single source media but scattered and diverse. Not all blogs will find favor with everybody but blogs build communities and collectively, they can be a force to recon with. Global Voices has that concept and I think it is the right one. I am not suggesting blogs will replace traditional media but it brings a different life to issues that may never have been represented before.

I regularly visit many blogs by local bloggers but don’t always comment because sometimes I just don’t know what to say that would add to the blog. Sometimes I am just too tired. There are probably millions of blogs out there but I prefer local bloggers since  they are easier to relate to even on foreign topics. I list some of the blogs I regularly visit  in no particular random, alphebetial order below. I know when there are list the ones not listed are sometimes offended but the list is not complete and will be updated as I remember and/or shouted at by friendly, disgruntled bloggers.  Getting a point across is what bloggers should always try to do.



Four Fingers and a Thumb 2.0


The Freedom Chambers


Jumbie’s Watch

Lifespan of a Chennette – chennette.net

Lyndersay Digital

The Manicou Report

Mauvais Langue


Words Unspoken

Wuzdescene – a take on life in T and T!

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Tax is a Citizen’s Best Friend

taxesWhenever taxes are increased or new ones created people fuss, forgetting taxes are paid by the people, to the people, for the people. Taxes are used to run a country not ruin it and without taxes like personal income tax, VAT, import duty, corporation tax, oil, gas and property taxes we would have poor health services, a high murder rate, traffic jams, corrupt leaders, clogged courts and tall empty buildings built in one location due to the fragile ego of an incompetent leader. Without taxes we would have frustrated citizens accessing basic services like collecting January CXC forms for stupid children, applying for passports, getting “free” health care, parking, and foreign exchange at the banks. Taxes are for the good of the people and not for businessmen to buy apartments in Miami or BMWs for the Johnny-come-lately contractors who support the ruling party and nothing else. Taxes are increased by Governments not to tax the people but because the Government loves the people and needs more to do even less.  Without taxes there is no power and without power it’s harder to get away with stealing, or as Jumbie rightly said, ‘tiefing.’

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Starbucks and Doubles

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The security guards at Piarco are sure AA rechargeable batteries are the enemy while in the US the TSA is on the lookout for chocolate chip cookies and little bottles of hotel shampoo. On some days they even throw a tantrum over conditioner. All this is a waste of time since neither battery nor hair cleaner will bring the US to a standstill but halting the shipments of Starbucks will. Everything stops without Starbucks. If you want to know what life without Starbucks would feel like to an American just imagine no channa in Trinidad.

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