Explaining American Politics to a Canadian

My son Ross is visiting from Canada, and we were chatting about the U.S. housing bubble as we drove to the golf course up the road. “What bugs me, Ross, is that the government gave all those billions to the banks instead of using the money to buy up the risky mortgages and rent the […]
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The Neocon Threat: Endless War

I find it difficult to comprehend, but I have to conclude that  a significant segment of the American population wants continuous war. It’s not just the Neoconservative movement, although they are the most obvious – and the most influential. And I refuse to blame “the Jews” as so many do. American commentators seem to forget […]
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Jamaica 2011 Election Results

And the (preliminary) results are in… and the People’s National Party has won 41 seats of the 63 constituencies across the island of Jamaica making it Jamaica’s 16th government. The honorable Portia Simpson Miller will be the new Prime Minister. For the last few hours celebrations have ensued. Outside of my window I’ve heard everything […]
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Election Day in Jamaica

As I mentioned in my Christmas in Kingston post, today is election day in Jamaica and based on very strong urging from multiple friends and the complex security, I’m staying off the road today to get some much need work and writing done. Yesterday evening I walked up to the neighborhood grocery, Brooklyn, to buy […]
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Recycling through the trash

    The year where the world is predicted to come to a crashing end, is about to begin.  Perhaps absolutely fitting for not only this column, but for the political happenings of both Jamaica and the United States. Jamaicans, as I write this, are having their vote, and one cannot help the futility of […]
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Reasons Usain Bolt WILL NOT WIN Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award…according to Peter Matthews

“Well, I wouldn’t vote for him. I think Usain Bolt has transcended our sport and he has been the sportsman of the last few years, but 2011 wasn’t his greatest year,” Matthews told The Gleaner. “If you had asked me in 2008 and 2009, I think there is no question he would have been Sportsman of […]
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Christmas in Kingston

Happy holidays and seasons greeting to you and yours! As we wind down 2011, I hope you all take a moment to reflect on this year, the good and the bad and set your intentions for a prosperous 2012. I was excited to spend my first Christmas in Kingston, my new temporary home for a […]
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Book version of Jamaican in China blog NOW available for Kindle/Nook! ($2.99 introductory offer!)

CORRECTION: After doing a test-launch of the new book on Amazon’s site, I discovered that due to the huge file size of this book Amazon prevents me from selling it at $0.99 as originally intended. Even splitting it into two volumes doesn’t work. Therefore, the lowest price possible $2.99! • Now available for Kindle • […]
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