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Family and Friends:
do hope everything is wonderful in your life, and in your world!
The madness continues here in the
United States! Yet another
huge fight is currently taking place between the Republican and Democrat
“nut jobs.” Pardon
my bluntness when I say AGAIN, the fighting continues between the “idiots”
we voted in office to represent us…THE PEOPLE.
I’m I crazy, but don’t these idiots realize we elected
them/place them in office so that they can fight for our rights, our
wants, and our needs?????
Gees…why don’t these
Politicians realize it’s not about them, that they were not placed in
office to fight for their own personal agenda; moreover, they were not
placed in office to fight their personal war with the sitting President.
It’s about us (THE PEOPLE). WE placed them there
with our votes; WE pay their salary with our tax dollars, and WE expect
them to represent us and fight for us…the citizens of these United
States. My goodness,
their egos are absolutely “off the chain!”
It should be quite obvious by now, that I am talking about the fighting
that is currently taking place with our elected officials; and President
Barack Obama regarding raising the debt ceiling (14.3 Trillion)
before the United States default on its debt obligations.
And ultimately result in a major financial catastrophe, along
with significant global repercussions.
(Deadline: August 2, 2011.)
Oh dear, the rhetoric I am
hearing from the Republican Party is making my head spin.
Why is it that they refuse to acknowledge, and accept the fact
that President Obama inherited this debt; as well as all the problems we
have been enduring in this country?
He absolutely didn’t create it…he walked into office with
everything in disarray!
Frankly, it is beginning to get
maddening for many around the nation because clearly since President
Obama has been in office nothing in this Government can get done without
a fight ~~~ where he is challenged; fought; treated like crap; and
furthermore, disrespected publicly to the highest degree.
In fact, never in the history of this country have I seen any
other President endure the kinds of madness this President is tolerating.
Further, I am so ashamed of the
racist faces I see among our Congressmen and Women who make up our
Government; and it disturbs me greatly that one of them challenged our
President publicly for the world to see some days ago over the raising
of this debt ceiling. Truly appalling and so very dangerous!
Well…some days ago I was
relieved to learn that the phones in Congress are ringing off the hook
regarding complaints from many in America who wish for the fight to end
regarding raising the debt ceiling.
I’m glad they heard clearly what the President said on Monday
night (July 25, 2011,) when he spoke to America via his
Prime-Time televised "Address to the Nation" regarding
this very important issue; and the fight he is getting from the
Republican Party. Some of
his words still ring in my head!
“The American people may have
voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a
dysfunctional government. So
I’m asking you all to make your voice heard.
If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit,
let your member of Congress know.”
From my understanding President
Obama is absolutely in agreement and wishes to “cut, cap and
balance” (Words stated by the Speaker of the House John Boehner as
he made his disturbing speech following the President’s.)
However, the fight is really about how this is approached and
accomplished. Which is just
a stupid fight in my opinion.
- Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit
next year and thereafter.
- Cap -
Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a
path to a balanced budget.
- Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution -- but only if it includes both a spending
limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition
to balancing revenues and expenses.
What’s the big deal folks? As
President Obama Stated: "...In
the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine. Since the 1950s,
Congress has always passed it, and every President has signed it.
President Reagan did it 18 times. George W. Bush did it 7 times..."
Therefore, why is it a fight, and such a grueling public fight
for President Obama to raise it [with his terms~~~that he feels is right
for the American people...the people that voted him in office?]
Somebody...Anybody feel free to
correct me here…[school] me on this issue…please!
Below I have added some of President Obama’s speech so you can get a
clear understanding of the fight that is currently taking place within
our Government regarding this important issues (raising the debt
ceiling). Please do read!!! Note: By clicking below where it says "CLICK
HERE TO SEE VIDEO AND ENTIRE WRITTEN VERSION OF THE ADDRESS"
you will find I have added the video, as well as the entire written
version of President Obama's Address. Additionally, in an effort
for you to understand both sides; I have included Speaker of the House
John Boehner's opposing response to the Presidents Address To the
Barack Obama Said:
...The debate has
centered around two different approaches.
The first approach
says, let’s live within our means by making serious, historic
cuts in government spending. Let’s cut domestic spending
to the lowest level it’s been since Dwight Eisenhower was
President. Let’s cut defense spending at the Pentagon by
hundreds of billions of dollars. Let’s cut out waste and
fraud in health care programs like Medicare -- and at the same
time, let’s make modest adjustments so that Medicare is still
there for future generations. Finally, let’s ask the
wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to give up some of
their breaks in the tax code and special deductions.
This balanced approach
asks everyone to give a little without requiring anyone to
sacrifice too much. It would reduce the deficit by around $4
trillion and put us on a path to pay down our debt. And the
cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on our
economy, or prevent us from helping small businesses and
middle-class families get back on their feet right now.
This approach is also
bipartisan. While many in my own party aren’t happy with
the painful cuts it makes, enough will be willing to accept them
if the burden is fairly shared. While Republicans might like
to see deeper cuts and no revenue at all, there are many in the
Senate who have said, “Yes, I’m willing to put politics aside
and consider this approach because I care about solving the
problem.” And to his credit, this is the kind of approach
the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was working on
with me over the last several weeks.
The only reason this
balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is
because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are
insisting on a different approach -- a cuts-only approach -– an
approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest
corporations to contribute anything at all. And because
nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scale, such an
approach would close the deficit only with more severe cuts to
programs we all care about –- cuts that place a greater burden
on working families.
So the debate right
now isn’t about whether we need to make tough choices.
Democrats and Republicans agree on the amount of deficit reduction
we need. The debate is about how it should be done..."
HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO & THE ENTIRE WRITTEN VERSION OF THE
PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON JULY 25, 2011!
I urge you to read, listen, and
share with me your thoughts. Additionally,
I really want you to pick up the phone and call your Congressman and
share your feelings on this issue as well.
Summer is truly heating up, and
so is our area. Nuff
events to attend; and the vibes are slowly, but surly beginning to get
right. First, let me start
by briefly saying a few words about the Trinidad and Tobago Working
Women’s Committee Fundraiser for DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. that took
place last Saturday (July 23, 2011.)
Well, of course we
attended; and I must say it was truly an elegant affair!
I was happy to see so many from our community supporting the
Carnival. The food was
fantastic, and the drinks WoW were delicious.
It was wonderful to see our
Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador To The United States - Dr. Neil Parsan in
attendance. And I was even more ecstatic to see some
wonderful people who have been in my life over the years; and who are
absolutely FAMILY to me. I
must say to Aunt Zilla it was great seeing you…my dear!
Gill, and even cousin Aneeka, did quite a lot that evening to
make sure everything was right/perfect at this event.
Finally, to Aunt Deanne and the rest of the Working Women’s
Committee…you all did a magnificent job [as always].
Below is a message I received from Chairperson Deanne Samuels
regarding the event.
Friends & Supporters:
On behalf of the members of the Trinidad and Tobago Working
Women's Committee, Annette Achille, Patricia St. Hill and
Patricia Phillip; we say thank you for your overwhelming
support last Saturday evening.
You helped us to accomplish our goal and in the interim, you
seemed to have had a good time.
Again, THANKS!! and we hope to see you soon.
weekend is the début of the special event “FLASHBACK”; specifically
taking place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ The Brentwood Restaurant in
Brentwood Maryland. "FLASHBACK" is the brainchild
of our “FlashPoint” creator/contributor Hollis Lashley and his
partner Kenny Turner. Mr.
Lashley described this event beautifully last week, and below are some
of his words. CLICK
HERE TO READ ALL.
Join Mr. Lashley and his partner for a night of memories as they go
back in time exploring music and culture.
This is one you don’t want to miss!
"Flashback" is not a fete to make money, although
that would be welcome.
It is a celebration of an era of
Pride, Innocence, Cultural relevance, Creativity, Togetherness,
and the willingness to continue to forge
relationships built on our firm foundation of a knowledge
of the past which we need to teach our young, and to remind
ourselves that we have come from times of drinking from the wine
of astonishment, and eating from the fruits of our powerful
"Flashback" is to come
together to reminisce, to dance as we used to, to hear the old
music which we have thrown in a corner, to revisit forgotten times
and occasions, to give a little fatigue and picong, to eat cooked
food instead of fast food, while we leave our self importance in a
large trash bag outside, until we are ready to leave.
"Flashback" is therapy without the $90.00 an hour
HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION OF "FLASHBACK."
The excitement continues as we
explore different cultures with the sounds from the “French
Caribbean”. Hum, I’m
sure you are aware that the music of the Caribbean is diverse and there
is a lot more to just reggae and soca/calypso.
Zouk is another music form created in
the Caribbean, and I am happy to let you know that it will be showcased
in our area.
on Thursday, August 4th, 2011; the Legendary, World
Renowned & Undisputed # 1 Zouk band “KASSAV”
Will be performing for the very first time at the Crossroads
Entertainment Complex, 4103 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, Maryland.
CLICK ON THE FLYERS FOR ALL THE DETAILS. SPECIFICALLY FOR
TICKET OUTLETS CLICK ON THE FLYER ON THE RIGHT!
HERE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT THE TALENTED AND WONDERFUL BAND
This is a perfect opportunity to
experience another form of music~~~out of the Caribbean.
If you want to check it out let us know so
you can be our guest. Tickets are limited, so contact us immediately
(first come first serve.) firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, August 7th, 2011, the
most anticipated concert and festival of the year hits our area - The
"Love Within Music Festival" Featuring Reggae Star
Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Sharon Tucker and Dj Inferno.
HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FOR THE "LOVE WITHIN THE MUSIC
Join us to experience Reggae
music at its best and celebrate Jamaica’s Independence [the
birthplace of Reggae music.]
As you are aware we are currently
giving a few tickets away for this fantastic show.
Beres Hammond with
his “Love Within The Music Festival” featuring Wayne
Wonder, Sharon Tucker, and more.
place at Crossroads Entertainment Complex on Sunday, August 7,
OUR 2ND WEEK OF OUR TICKET GIVEAWAY CONTEST TO EXPERIENCE "THE LOVE
WITHIN THE MUSIC FESTIVAL"!
NOTE: Two (2) tickets will be given out this week, next week,
and the week of Beres's concert.
The following 2 questions
are extremely easy for
you to answer. Kindly CLICK
HERE TO LOG INTO “Crossroads Restaurant & Lounge” Profile
to submit your answers, via sending an e-mail directly from their
NOTE: If you are a member of the fascinating social network
(mycaribbean) then just log in. If not, you must sign up to be
able to enter Crossroads page to submit your answers via e-mail.
[Signing up is easy! Just look to the top right of the
page, and click on the message “Click
Here To Join.” Follow
the few simply instructions, and you will enter the “Crossroads
Restaurant and Lounge Profile Page”.
the right of the page towards the top, and click on the “Send
A Message” button.
In the subject box add the following: "My Answers to
the July 22nd trivia questions for the Beres Hammond
Ticket Giveaway." Proceed
by placing the answers to the questions in the body of the message,
and hit the “Send” Button
located far below on the left.
QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK - July 29, 2011 are:
What band was Beres the lead singer off in the 70's?
What is the name of the famous Reggae Superstar Wayne Wonder
started his career singing with (in the early 90's), and who he
remained good friends with throughout the years?
submit your answers no later than by Tuesday, August 2nd.
We will announce the winners on next week’s E-Newsletter, and
we will contact the winners. Again,
The Winners from our last week Ticket Giveaway is: S. Deabreu and C. Riley.
is getting close to the deadline for vending at the "Love Within
The Music Festival", so if you want to vend just send us an
e-mail to right away to: email@example.com,
and/or you can send your inquire to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
“FlashPoint” writer/contributor – Author Hollis Lashley has
shared an interesting piece with us this week for his weekly “FlashPoint."
See his words below and check out his this week's "“FlashPoint."
Also, don't forget to attend Mr. Lashley and his partner's event
"Flashback" this Saturday, July 30, 2011.
All & the Arious Family: I just
thought that this was an interesting piece which should be shared with
you our readers. The intention is not to be judgmental, but to give
our political and non political nationals an opportunity to think for
themselves. This is an opinion expressed on a blog, and it is only
featured on Flashpoint
Love for Trinbago!
Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
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inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
Betrayal of the African Vote
reshuffle or realignment of portfolios by the Honourable Prime
Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar is a clear betrayal of the
African vote from the national community.
of the Honourable Prime Minister do not reflect a master stroke
from one who professes to be the Mother of the Nation but rather
reflects the biases of both gender and race within the People’s
In spite of
the well-crafted responses offered for this realignment of
portfolios, one cannot ignore the fact that all the critical
ministries are now headed by Members of Parliament of East Indian
as we know them speak for themselves:
of Health Dr. Fuad Khan
of Science Technology and Tertiary Education Mr. Fazal Karim
of the People and Social Development Dr. Glen Ramadharsingh
of Public Administration Ms. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
of Energy and Energy Affairs Mr. Kevin Ramnarine
of Education Dr. Timothy Gopeesingh
of Foreign Affairs and Information Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan
of Transport Mr. Devant Maharaj
of Local Government Mr. Chandresh Sharma
of Finance Mr. Winston Dookeran
of Housing and the Environment Dr. Roodal Mooilal
of Legal Affairs Mr. Prakash Ramadhar
of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs Mr. Vasant
of Community Development Mr. Nizam Baksh
of Planning, Social and Economic Restructuring Dr. Beau Tewarie
of the Attorney General Mr. Anand Ramlogan
the facts. Regardless of what the Honourable Prime Minister
wishes for us to think, the realignment of her Cabinet represents
the marginalization of the African community and a
misrepresentation of what was articulated on the People’s
Partnership platform, which promised equality and justice in
governing the affairs of this country.
strange that African Members of Parliament headed the two
ministries from which major portfolios were excised and these two
portfolios were placed under the control of East Indian Members of
Parliament. The facts do not lie:
The portfolio of URP was removed from the Ministry of Labour and
Small and Micro Enterprises headed by Mr. Errol McLeod and
was placed under an East Indian Member of Parliament, Mr.
Chandresh Sharma, Minister of Local Government; and
The portfolio of Transport was removed from the Ministry of Works
and Transport headed by Mr. Jack Warner and was placed under an
East Indian Senator, Mr. Devant Maharaj in the Ministry of
Transport set up to facilitate his rise to the position of
What is even
more bemusing is that the two major work intensive labour
portfolios, CEPEP and URP are now under East Indian Members of
Parliament whose focus all lie south of the Caroni Bridge.
Of all the
changes the latter is the most confusing since prior to the
realignment the Honourable Prime Minister indicated that change
would have been based on performance. It is confusing for
anyone to understand how the best performing Minister could have
his Ministry split in two while Ministers whose performance
received very little ratings in the multiple polls published
in various media could have portfolios added to their Ministry.
I am speaking specifically here to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
and the Minister of Local Government.
therefore is not an act of betrayal against the African vote, well
clearly I do not know what is. What I do know though
is that come 2015, the Prime Minister must perform miracles to
convince the African community that her politics is not built on a
race relations platform which alienates the African people.
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Hollis Lashley, Author,
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