FIFA World CUP 2010 – Waving Flag – K’naan ft. Nancy Ajram

This is an addictive song and video for FIFA World Cup 2010 and you would expect nothing less for the World Cup and from Coca-Cola.  The World Cup 2010 is being held in South Africa and starts in a few days. It will be available on TV in Trinidad and Tobago in HD and hopefully in English only on Directv.  Standard definition will be available on one of the local stations.

This version of the song was sung by K’naan featuring Nancy Ajram. K’naan is from Somalia and Namcy Ajram is from Lebanon. The name of the song is Waving Flag which was written by Keinan Abdi Warsam (K’naan), Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, and Jean Daval. Waving Flag or waving anything in the air is something the people of Trinidad and Tobago can identify with easily.

Waving Flag Lyrics (Original Song)

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
But Violent prone, poor people zone
But it’s my home, all I have known
Where I got grown, streets we would roam
But out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Among the hardest survival
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak
Except no defeat, surrender retreat

So we struggling, fighting to eat and
We wondering when we’ll be free
So we patiently wait, for that fateful day
It’s not far away, so for now we say

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

So many wars, settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say, love is the way
Love is the answer, that’s what they say,
But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us
Try to control us, they couldn’t hold us
Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers

But we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering, when we’ll be free
So we patiently wait, for that faithful day
It’s not far away, but for now we say

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
And everybody will be singing it
(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
And you and I will be singing it
(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
And we all will be singing it
(Ohhh Ohh Ohh Ohh)

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back

When I get older, when I get older
I will be stronger, just like a Waving Flag
Just like a Waving Flag, just like a Waving flag
Flag, flag, Just like a Waving Flag.

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Shanghai Construction takes in front

Shanghai Construction Group takes in front and welcomes the new Prime Minister

Shanghai Construction Group takes in front and welcomes the new Prime Minister

Shanghai Construction, builders of the Guanapo Church, has taken the lead by placing nothing less than a full-page ad in the Trinidad Guardian to congratulate, or is it welcome, the new Prime Minister. It stresses, with as much tact as a supposedly guilty company could muster, that it is a Chinese Government State Company and wants to maintain good relationships with the people of this beautiful country and not necessarily only the beautiful people of this country. I suppose they, the Chinese Government, want to make it known that they want to be left alone and in peace or else. It is a classic case of my Government is bigger that your Government and richer too. We will see how this plays out because there are few hundred thousand people in the country who want to know the truth and nothing but the truth about the past. It is not about vengeance but about setting the right example for citizens of this beautiful country.

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Ernest Hilaire, CEO of WICB on the state of West Indies Cricket

The WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire © West Indies Cricket Board

I thought this was one of the best assessments of the state of West Indies Cricket which was given by  Ernest Hilaire, the CEO of the WICB. His comments explains, in my view, why it is idiotic to say “we have the talent” because we really don’t. As I may have said before, talent is not just in physical ability but also in one’s sense of purpose, determination and attitude. That is why when we see a West Indian cricketer on the field sporting that bling coupled with misplaced ego, wearing that maroon West Indian uniform fans and supporters now feel a sense of shame and almost no pride inside. He did say it was going to get worse before it gets better – that has a familiar and scary ring to it – but given the current state of the Caribbean society, I think it can only get better when children are taken straight from the crib and placed into the the High Performance Centre Mr. Hilaire speaks about in the article in the Stabroker News – maybe, just maybe, I am being too drastic.  I hope WIPA is not offended by the truth but being offended seems to be one of the goals of WIPA. Here is a quote from that article:-

Hilaire said the players seem devoid of the pride that drove previous successful West Indies teams.

“I listen to our players speak, and they speak of money, that’s all that matters to them – instant gratification,” he said.

“There’s no sense of investing in the future coming from them. We are producing young people in the region that we expect, when they play cricket for the West Indies, to be paragons of virtue. That just won’t happen.”

He said: “Sometimes when you speak to the players, you feel a sense of emptiness. The whole notion of being a West Indian, and for what they are playing has no meaning at all.

“They have not been brought up with a clear understanding of what it means, and its importance. But do we blame them?”

Hilaire conceded this was a sad reflection on wider societal ills in the Caribbean.

“This is what we have produced as a region,” he said. “We as a region have some real issues and problems that are producing young men in particular, that cannot dream of excellence. “Excellence for them is about the bling, and the money they have.

“Our cricketers are products of the failure of our Caribbean society, where money and instant gratification are paramount.”

Hilaire doesn’t feel confident about the young West Indies cricketers in waiting, questioning the literacy of half the Under-19 team that finished third in the Youth World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.

He said: “I keep hearing from people, ‘Fire those [current] guys, and bring in new ones!’, but where is the new set coming from? Who are we going to bring in?”

“Somebody said to me, ‘Bring in the Under-19s. They came third at the Youth World Cup’. And I whispered that almost half of the Under-19 team could barely read or write.

“The simple fact is that we are producing cricketers who are not capable of being World-beaters in cricket. It’s just a simple fact.”

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A Just a Joke, Right?

General or President ManningThe General Elections of 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago will go down as one of the most creative in the country’s history due to the expertise citizens have developed in using Photoshop, or maybe even Gimp. I had to laugh when I saw this most scandalous depiction of our Honorable Prime Minister and even became angry that people would cast dictatorial tendencies aspersions on our democratically elected PM. Some say if he wins elections he will remove corruption from the list of crimes in our law books in order to fulfill his dream of a church in the bush. Some say he will not do that but have an amnesty on corruption for at least the next five years.  But regardless of what will happen if PM PM PM wins, I think the General outfit suits him.

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Oh Gord, We Cyah Vote Fur Dat! – Ishmael Samad

Ishmael Samad on Elections 2010

Ishmael Samad on Elections 2010

You can click on the ad to get a better read. I thought he scored some very good points and I did not see any reply from those concerned about the points Ishmael Samad made. Full-page ads are not cheap and I saw this ad twice on the newspapers. One can’t help but conclude that Mr. Samad is using his money to help save the country. I don’t think Mr. Samad is mad or an attention-seeker but just an individual who passionately believes the country should be saved.

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The Undecided Have Decided in Trinidad and Tobago Elections

Most times, I can’t help feel election campaigning is nothing more than providing an entertainment-starved public with something local to look at on TV and billboards rather than something which will sway a potential voter’s  mind. My unscientific survey suggests 99.9% of the people know even before the first election poster is plastered on the first freshly painted wall which party they will vote but the purpose of the campaign is to aggravate and bully those much revered undecideds to stop being lazy and selfish. The polls seem to suggest there are a few hundred thousand undecided voters and I do not believe this since  for the poll I took part in last week I said undecided because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and not because I couldn’t decide which jingle I preferred.

Having the right to vote in a free and fair elections,  followed closely by eating freshly prepared shrimp wontons crisply fried to perfection is what most people crave as much as sex yet there are people who do not make an effort to vote due to laziness, and in very few cases, those thugs waiting with AK47 guns and molotov cocktails on the street corner.  Just because you are never out of rum, cigarettes and carnival costumes is no reason to refuse to stand in line for hours to cast your ballot. Voting is exhilarating and there is only one thing which a man can stick his finger in that feels better than sticking it in election ink on Election Day. I know a few people who are registered to vote for over 20 years and are not Jehovah Witnesses but have never voted because they refuse to believe in proven theories such as every vote counts and Kiss is not real Bread. If the election campaigning by the various parties are successful then more than the average amount of voters will vote in 2010 for the right party.

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What The Project Manager Should Have Said

I don’t think the Project Manager, aka PM PM PM, handled the interview on Sunday very well because when he was asked about the church he bungled it. He did not come out and say…

PM PM PM: Ladies and gentlemen, I have absolutely, entirely and totally nothing to do with that church and I have no idea where these pious people get so much damn money from since I know the church owner very well and she is a poor, attractive but impassioned woman who knows very well how to beg a man. Furthermore, my dear friends, I don’t know how these Chinese people who were brought in to work on my house via an opaque Government to Government arrangement is building this church. I will have to check their work permits and see if it says For Government Wuck Only. I also find it a bit more than passing strange that on the drawing for the church a well-known, corrupt State Enterprise that I love so very much is listed as the customer. I have to talk to the honest and Honorable Minister of Security and the incorruptible AG about that. Something doesn’t look right here. Heads look like they may have to roll, ladies and gentlemen, Heads look like they may end up in jail. Next question, please, Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist. ”

How the rest of the interview actually went:

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist III: Sir, I like your tie and your jockey shorts.

PM PM PM: Is So? Thank You for kissing my ass and letting the Nation know how to do it in public.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist III: Anytime, Sir.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist II: Sir, we understand the President’s house mash up from neglect and incompetence.

PM PM PM: Is so? But in any case  the President is a mouse but that is not a problem since we were due to fix it, the house I mean, before 2020 reach.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist II: Wow, excellent answer, Sir.

PM PM PM: I know. Yuh think I easy.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist I: Apparently crime, corruption, wastage of taxpayers money, property tax, church  or seer woman are not issues for the elections. What are the issues then, Sir?

PM PM PM: Who have the best sounding jingle and so far “Only We Care” is out in front.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist I:  I agree and whole day I only humming that tune. I don’t like howPM PM PM Have to Goe” and “Goe Nah” does sound. Dem song too rude!

PM PM PM: Thank you for your honesty and intelligence.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist I: Coming from you, I can hardly contain my blushing.

PM PM PM: Thank you

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist I: So what’s in store for the Nation for the next 5 years?

PM PM PM: The same old, same old only more of the same old.

Mr. Doe-Doe-Head Journalist II: Impressive!

PM PM PM: You telling me!

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Quotes About Politics and Politicians

  • Politicians are like diapers.  They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.  ~Author Unknown
  • Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.  ~ Oscar Ameringer
  • Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man ~ Bertrand Russell
  • Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.  ~Alan Coren
  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.  ~Winston Churchill
  • Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life.  ~Elmer Davis
  • Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance ~ William O. Douglas
  • During a campaign the air is full of speeches – and vice versa.  ~Author Unknown
  • Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom ~  Friedrich August Hayek
  • If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves ~ Thomas Sowell
  • Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right ~ H. L. Mencken
  • It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.  The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.  ~George E. MacDonald
  • Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do ~ Will Rogers
  • The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is… the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.  ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 18 August 1956
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What Rowlee said bout Pathos

Pathos gets the info on Rowlee’s long awaited speech from one of his advisers.

Adviser to Pathos: Rowlee call yuh de captain of the ship

Pathos: Aye! That Good! Ah knoe he woulda see de lite

Adviser to Pathos: He say this is not the time to throw de captain overboard.

Pathos: Go on.

Adviser to Pathos: He say there will be enough time for court martial wen de ship dry dock

Pathos: Who de ass he talking bout court martialing ? Collom nah? Sometime ah doe noe why Collom doe hush he mouth.

Adviser to Pathos: No Sir, I think he was referring to you.

Pathos: God man, he start back he chuidness again. Dat man is a real ole dog yes.

Adviser to Pathos: Yes Sir, and at the end of he speech he say Uff, Uff, Uff

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Trinidad and Tobago – Proof of Development

It is election time in Trinidad and Tobago, the country that nearly became developed using a couple tall buildings, two Summits and one NAPA, thus there is a spate of road paving taking place in mostly the marginal constituencies just as it is done in the developed countries.  Around election time, the garbage collectors, on a contracted political high, hardly leave any scattered mango skin, plum seeds or empty Pringle’s containers behind thinking that is how ruling parties do it in developed foreign lands to win votes and show intelligence. Around election time CEPEP and URP workers become very visible with new reflector vests and signs that say “We only look First World.”

These poor-use-of-manpower workers work overtime by trying to cut  what is left of the burnt dry season bush and striding through the crowds during opposition meetings holding placards most of the contracted protesters can’t read or understand but say they voting for the Government because of free tertiary education. I suppose that is how it also is in developed countries and I can only imagine how the in-power Republicans must have given the US CEPEP people extra work and placard duty in the run up to the last US general elections, especially in Florida. I wonder how much roads Gordon Brown ordered to be paved in order to sway British voters to vote for him today.  I suppose 1st world leaders, like the wannabe 1st world leaders, also go on political platforms and behave like true wajangs just to create the impression in the minds of loyalist that aggression is not only a good substitute for brains and integrity, but the answer. The amount of taxpayer’s money used in developed countries to assist the ruling parties in retaining power via a media advertisement blitz must also be shamelessly mindboggling so we still have a lot to learn.

The election results on May 24th, regardless of who wins, will be interesting as it will show what the country isn’t willing to tolerate and what it treasures more than anything in the whole wide world.

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Elections in Trinidad and Tobago – Time For a Party

The ruling party is hoping that the bribe of freshly paved roads and an increase in old age pension grants will secure enough votes to win the general election on May 24th thus delaying or eliminating the need for certain big boys to go to jail. Only the gullible will think the money for these reelections schemes came from the pockets of politicians and not the pockets of citizens.  Most of the population was grateful to the Government for throwing some money their way and not throwing more money at the Malaysians, the Chinese, the Summits, the undulating stadium or other forms of corruption. The crowds at the ruling party’s and opposition partnership party’s rallies on Sunday seemed big though the Coalition’s crowd seemed larger from TV. If popular support won elections then the ruling party should be scared – it doesn’t but they are.

The competition for votes to stay out of jail is vicious and the Government seem to have made a decision to let the public know what it has accomplished via  expensive full-page ads and TV spots paid for using taxpayers’ dollars. This shows what the ruling party’s stand on integrity is but few will care.  Fortunately, the ruling party is loved by many contractors for their stance on the issue of spending taxpayer’s money corruptly.

The fallout from a general elections is considerable and if the ruling party loses the election many who are now Government Ministers will  be wondering how they will survive on no income, little skill and no Bus Route Pass. Some, who now live in mansions or hotels, may have to settle for a little town house somewhere or a big condo or jail cell somewhere else. The retention of power is not just about being in a position to meddle in things that will keep people prison-free but about losing the position of being a super bully. But these are still early days and the bullies may still end up with the power to bully any citizen they choose.

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