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Water Cooler Ed. 2

Welcome to the second edition in the series of the Water Cooler. This feature will highlight what’s hot, topical and up for discussion. Here we go.

Politics

Last week Barack Obama called a special meeting in the house to discuss his health care reform bill. Oh how we love having this debate, to divide us all. Obama has lost and is still losing the health care debate issue. If we are not suffering from Alzheimer’s then we should remember Obama called a special press conference to talk about his health care bill. Well, that did not work. His attempt failed in that press conference because the media was not debating his position on health care instead they left discussing his stupidity comment about the police force and his colleague after not having the details before him.

This time someone or something would have taken the spotlight; so said so done. Republican Joe Wilson in the middle of Obama’s speech shouted – You lie! This outburst came at a time when Obama was making the point that illegal immigrants would have no space in his reform bill.

Later that evening Rep. Joe Wilson issued a personal apology to Barack Obama, which he accepted. You would think this issue would be put to rest since the two parties involved have spoken about the issue and have moved on. But no, we must politicize the event and make it an issue when it isn’t. As history will tell us, the opposing party is always a pain for the government; it will take a miracle for both to agree on a controversial topic because of their different beliefs. In speeches like the one presented by Obama one should have expected boos, nays, and other outbursts.

The democrats have used this opportunity to seek political points and it may work for the short term. After all, they are desperate now to for some needed boost. They want to censure Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst if he doesn’t deliver an apology to the house. If I were Rep. Joe Wilson I would not. I am not endorsing what his actions. What he did was uncalled for. The democrats have seemed to forgotten their lewd and nasty outbursts in the State of the Union speech delivered by Bush. Oh how we saw that as normal and acceptable but when anyone opposes the ‘mighty to save’ Obama people are out of place and must be punished. It would not be for too long before you heard the word race. Black publishers are tooting that popular word. Why is it racists to call out someone on an issue? It isn’t. What would be racist is if Rep. Joe Wilson had said ‘you lie boy’, that would have been a racial comment.

Bigger Issue

Black groups in the US are now pushing for a boycott of South Carolina – where Rep. Joe Wilson is from. Can you believe it? An American group boycotting American products – have you ever of this? If this isn’t misguided tactics, un-American and stupidity at its highest, tell me what it is. At this time when the American economy needs a boost and an injection of a stimulus package they are planning to kill it. Is that the only way they could punish a man for opposing Obama? It would appear that governments around the world are seeking other ways to express their disagreements apart from heated debates. They are fighting and acting worse than Rep. Joe Wilson. Is this the future of political debates in the house?

Travel

Jamaica is a beautiful place filled with spectacular locations and lovely views of the ocean around it. On my trip to the second city and the city that visitors love Montego Bay; I took some pictures that were simply amazing (the actual view). I do not know if that transpired on camera, that’s another issue. Take a look!

View from a Club Ambiance Hotel

View from a Club Ambiance Hotel

From the car - Ocho Rios

From the car - Ocho Rios

On The Hip Strip Montego Bay

On The Hip Strip Montego Bay

Inspiration

We face obstacles and trials in our lives daily. How we approach and tackle them is critical. Are we facing our trials with fear or are we facing then head on? Life is a journey. Today, make the decision to face your trial head on whether it is self-esteem issues, other personal insecurities. You will be successful and come out a roaring champion. Let today determine your tomorrow.

Vacation in Jamaica

We will all agree that life’s stresses and issues will cause us to take a well deserved break. People take vacations and a break from their busy schedules to de-stress and recoup from their myriad of problems. Wherever our vacation location might be it is all in aid to help us relax and ease the burden of life a little. Millions of people come to Jamaica every year and enjoy our scenic attractions and resort areas visiting the wonderful locations that make this island unique and beautiful, even if you’re here for business. For the citizens that live here for the most part most have not visited all fourteen parishes to enjoy what many tourists come to get a taste of.

Long Bay Portland

Long Bay Portland

I have lived here for 22 years and now I can proudly say that I have been to all fourteen parishes. The parishes I had not visited were Portland, St. Mary and St. Thomas. To justify why I didn’t visit these areas of the island was that they were out of my reach and I had no real reason to visit or to be there. I took a well deserved trip to these parishes and I must say how beautiful they are. For the first time I was proud of my country. We all know where that statement came from. Many people know Jamaica for the wonderful locations, beaches and the hotels.

After seeing these parishes I have come to the conclusion that if most Jamaicans take the time to appreciate what we own (the entire island) we would feel happier about our country and about ourselves. We were named the third happiest country in the world. I can only think we could be number one if Jamaicans knew their island paradise. We have not seen our island, the culture in its entirety so we cannot appreciate it. We are only concerned about living our own lives. For most people living in Jamaica they have only seen the parish they currently live in and maybe the parishes surrounding it. This is not only unique to Jamaica. Many other places in the world like the USA, most people have not travelled to other states and have the opportunity to embrace what life is like for others.

Not all of us can afford to take a vacation though, and take time off from work to see areas they have not seen. It took me 22 years to experience that. If you are financially stable and can take that trip, I would advise persons to take a trip and get to know something different.

Most visitors to the island would have been to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril. If you visit Jamaica especially Portland and St. Thomas you would know that they are coastal parishes. The views were breathtaking. I was in awe for the entire time. I couldn’t believe I was in Jamaica because I have not seen these parts before. They were not the places you would typically see on television or even in the media about Jamaica. The rich blue sea, clear white sands, and beautiful shores were captivating.

A vacation is not only used to de-stress and enjoy the views but you are forced to think on life. This is an important aspect I think because we ought to analyze where we are in life and where we want to go. Taking moments to mediate and finding time for you is critical. You may be happy or sad about some aspects of your life; you must however, endeavour to be grateful for the gift of life amid all the happenings of life.

The Trident Castle Portland

The Trident Castle Portland

So as my vacation comes to an end I am indeed happy I took it. Life is not always on that perfect path but moments like these help you to see things in perspective and assist you in making the right directions. The views I had will always be etched in my mind and the future I have will always look bright. This vacation was well deserved. Yeah!

michael-jackson-neverlandI thought I would never blog about Michael Jackson again but his life is so mind boggling to me that I find this man intriguing. I am flabbergasted writing this blog eve now because the power that his life lived I don’t know if any artist will ever experience what he did.

Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 along with his family visited Jamaica in 1975. In this article I have research and dug up all the photos I can source with his images to bring alive the experience of his trip here in Jamaica. Jamaica is known is internationally for reggae, and when Jamaicans or anyone for that matter thinks of reggae Bob Marley comes to mind. Many young Jamaicans like me grew up listening to parents singing Bob Marley’s songs but never had an opportunity to see him live or even experience him alive; but Michael Jackson did. I guess many Jamaicans are jealous of that.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

I cannot imagine the musical legend of Bob Marley meeting Michael Jackson the star of the Jackson 5. In recent interviews politicians who were around when Jackson came to the island stated that they saw the love in Jackson’s eyes for animals then. Below you will see Michael petting a bird which is such an amazing image to look at especially when you reflect seeing Jackson with his monkey ‘Bubbles’.

The Jackson 5 went on to perform here at our National Stadium entertaining the huge crowd that came out to see them. The entire family was clearly here in Jamaica as photos will reveal Katherine and La Toya. The image to me that is most striking is the photo with him on the tree with all the men. Living in Jamaica, a third world country every where you go may not be the first world image you see. However little Michael is able to sit with those who he has never come in contact with and is able to look right at home; he fits right in.

I am touched by Michael Jackson, his music moves me all the time. His memories will forever live on in our hearts.

Reggae Sumfest 2009

This is an annual festival that takes place here in Montego Bay, Jamaica which features only the top Jamaican artistes with a blend of international recording artistes. In the past Dentiny’s Child, Keyshia Cole, T-Pain just to name a few has graced the stage. This year the festival will feature Neyo, Toni Braxton among many local artistes.

However, this year could see a refreshing act. The Jackson family will be here for the festival and they are working with the family to try and get the brothers to perform. There is no word yet on whether the sisters will be here but clearly after hearing the huge buzz and hearing the location; this may change their mind. The media has confirmed Katherine the mother will be here vacationing with the children of MJ.

We cannot wait to have them here! Its 1975 all over again but MJ will be here in the form of his kids.

Bob Marley and Katherine

Bob Marley and Katherine

Michael chillin'

Michael chillin'

Bob Marley with Michael Jackson (try and spot him)

Bob Marley with Michael Jackson (try and spot him)

MJ with a bird in Jamaica

MJ with a bird in Jamaica

He was a Star

He was a Star

On that Tree

On that Tree
Jackson 5

Jackson 5

MJ - look in the centre.

MJ - look in the centre.

MJ and family member

MJ and family member