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I have proven that I can put sentences together in a meaningful manner for money at one point in my life. So why, oh why, did I fail what is clearly a basic english class?

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here are some signs of the Privilege:
you never repeatedly get pulled over for routine traffic stops in your neighborhood
routine traffic stops never involve more than one police cruiser

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Hair Talk

January 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Let’s talk about hair, specifically dreadlocks and some of the questions that are asked on a fairly common basis and how they can be construed.

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The number one reason I can’t be a boss – I have simple expectations – you’re getting paid, do your job, if you can’t or don’t want to you do the job find a new one.

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On Tuesday I’ve decided to help the Republican party help chose a candidate.

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Apropos of something

February 14, 2012 — 1 Comment

once again another valentine’s day rolls around and marriage equality is still a big issue in a lot of places. put aside your flowers, candy, romantic gestures, and dinners, the feast of st. valentine’s is about sacrifice.

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red assed baboons

January 16, 2012 — 1 Comment

After close to a decade of disenfranchisement, I have the opportunity to vote in the 2012 US Presidential election and by my thinking my choices are severely limited.

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Farewell Mr. Jobs

October 6, 2011 — 4 Comments

My boss died today. And although there are numerous more eloquent eulogies out there, I thought I’d add one more to the growing pile of accolades.

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This weekend during trips to Cincinnati and Chattanooga we managed to put a little over 1,000 miles on a Chrysler 200. With that amount of time in the car, I thought it would be a good idea to document the experience.

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how low can we go?

September 1, 2011 — 1 Comment

As an expat, I was trying to avoid making a public comment on the state of emergency in Trinidad. I’m not there, haven’t been there for a while, so I have no real concept of what’s going on a daily basis.

And here comes the ‘but’

One of the things I’ve always been proud of is good or ill you can say your piece and they’re always people who would. You don’t have to like them or what they were saying but they could and often times did.

In 2003 Trinidad was tied for 5th with Denmark in the World Press Freedom index and it was moment of true pride for me. Since then we’ve consistently slid down the ladder and in the 2010 index, we lay sandwiched between Latvia and Poland in 30th.

To compile this index, Reporters Without Borders prepared a questionnaire with 43 criteria that assess the state of press freedom in each country. It includes every kind of violation directly affecting journalists (such as murders, imprisonment, physical attacks and threats) and news media (censorship, confiscation of newspaper issues, searches and harassment). And it includes the degree of impunity enjoyed by those responsible for these press freedom violations.

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2010
How the index was compiled

I thought I would be content to keep my mouth closed and let the state of emergency pass and for the government to realise what an abject failure that particular exercise was until this showed up in my news feed. Really, we’re keeping company with Egypt and China? For all the wrong reasons no less? Drafting legislation to deal with the regulation and monitoring of social media? Have these people been paying attention? What kind of backward, ignorant, clueless thinking is that? Oh wait, it’s the same kind of thinking that brought the state of emergency into play in the first place.