Gratitude to Nelson ‘artist’

by Peter Thompson – submitted as a letter to the editor of the Nation newspaper and circulated on social media.

Nelson statue defaced on the eve of Independence Day.

THE LAST SUNDAY SUN Editorial, No Good Reason To Deface Statue, is a lost opportunity for Nation Publishing to contribute positively to a conversation among Barbadians about the history and future together of those who are categorised as black or white. Make no mistake: this controversy is about nothing less.

It is not sufficient for our premier national newspaper to hide behind what reads like a schoolmarm’s condemnation of the bad behaviour of splashing paint on the statue. This is not about the paint; it is not even about the statue. This is about who we are as a people.

The perpetrator is not from among the elite, but their misspellings aside, the handwritten placard they left is perfectly eloquent: “This RACIST white supremacist who would rather die than see black people free stands proudly in our nation’s capital NELSON MUST GO!! Fear not Barbados the people have spoken. Politicians have failed us. HAPPY INDEPENCE (sic).”

I was born to privilege and I have led a privileged life: Harrison College education, a postgraduate degree, a Canadian passport as well as a Bajan one. It humbles and shames me that it was left to a person with none of my advantages in life to speak this truth to power. I hope that they read this so that I can express my gratitude. Thank you.

Talk about race

We have been trying to talk about this since before Independence. The Mighty Gabby sang about the pain that it causes more than 30 years ago. What will it take for us to have an honest conversation about history and race in Barbados? This perpetrator splashed some non-toxic, environmentally-friendly paint that caused no permanent damage at all and took less than three hours to clean off. Are we waiting until some impassioned fool imitates the Irish who took high explosives to their statue of Nelson?

Your editorial complains about “distortions previously fed to us that [. . .] generate extreme feelings among some sections of our people”. Someone who didn’t know better might conclude that the placard contained distortions – it does not.

Yes, there are distortions circulating on social media and Nation Publishing should have set the record straight: no, Nelson did not own slaves or engage personally in the slave trade; yes, the statue was erected to celebrate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar by racists who believed in white supremacy; no, Trevor Marshall’s assertion that “all researchers today regard Horatio Nelson as one the main factors why the British slave trade was not abolished in 1790, but in 1807 after his death in 1805” is not supported by the evidence; yes, Nelson was a racist believer in white supremacy, as were the vast majority of his British contemporaries, even among those supporting Emancipation.

We have witnessed an outpouring on social media seasoned with anger and pain. The largest ingredient was the lack of knowledge and understanding of our history. Among the conversations that I engaged in there were a few which gave me great hope – where I interacted with white Bajans who started out vehemently opposed to moving the statue and making comments that veered into overt racism, but after a dialogue agreed that the statue was in the wrong place, was offensive to their fellow Bajans, and should probably be relocated to the museum with appropriate interpretive signage to explain the context of its existence.

I think it is the duty of Nation Publishing to pay attention to this national conversation beyond a facile condemnation of defacing the statue. We need you to bring professional journalism to the critical issues that are being discussed. Examine the issues; talk to the experts; analyse the pros and cons.

This is a matter for public education, but it will not be solved by staging an opinion poll or a popularity contest. These are issues of right and wrong that strike at the core of who we are as a people, as a nation.

We need you to take a stand. Please lend your authority to the cries to do what is right and relocate the statue of Nelson to a more appropriate venue.

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  • his money or position won’t insulate him from criticism from this quarter.

    BUT THIS QUARTER IS OFF LITTLE IMPORTANCE
    ‘THIS QUARTER’ AINT EVEN SAYING A PANG IN BARBADOS`

    RE I missed the post where “Yardbroom” mentioned his marital status

    YOU HAVE APPARENTLY MISSED A LOT OF THINGS
    and I can’t remember anyone disparaging him because of who he was married to
    PERHAPS YOU HAVE EARLY DMENTIA…BUT I DONT…AND I DONT NEED TO LIE ON BU ABOUT ANYTHING……NOR ANYWHRE ELSE

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  • @Gazwerts,
    You are right about John. Three exams over two freaking years. We did our A levels in ONE year. If you could not pass the three exams in one year, Lynch did not send you up. So what does that make me? About TWO Barbados scholars. Not many black people could afford to pay and keep their children in sixth form for two years with other younger siblings to educate. Those so-called scholars need pulling down a peg or two. Two years to pass three exams. Two freaking years and they think they smart. cheupse.

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  • LISTEN TO THIS PIECE OF SCUM
    @Gazette, if a man bright, he bright! Some fellas n gals can bring that all together in a three day run to validate dem brightness; some don’t.

    NO ONE AT THAT LEVEL CAN BRING IT TOGETHER IN A THREE DAY RUN YA JACKASS
    EVEN THE BEST HAVE TO PREPARE
    IN FACT THE BEST GENERALLY PREPARE BEST DESPITE THEIR ABILITY

    BUT dem three days of course have diddly sqat to do with the scholarship of life.

    WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP OF LIFE YA ASS

    RE It does means tho that this scholar has some disturbing views and (

    DISTURBING VIEWS TO WHOM ……BU SCUM LIKE YOU

    ARE YOUR VIEWS SO SSTELLAR

    2) that outside his field of study he displays a pitiful lack of reasoning and logical thought.
    HOW DO YOU KNOW HE NOT BAITING WANA BE’S LIKE YOU
    YOU TINK YOU KNOW BOUT REASONING AND LOGICAL THOUGHT

    DO YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST MEN CAN ACTUALLY CONDESCEND TO TALK SHIT AT THE LEVEL OF THE BU SCUM LIKE YOU

    YOU ARE AT YOUR ZENITH

    Does John enhance our discourses on race and politics; does his colleague??

    JACKASS I DO NOT KNOW BOUT JOHN BUT I CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT TO ENHANCE ANY DISCOURSE ON RACE OR POLITICS
    I JUST TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO TALK SHITE LIKE SCUM LIKE YOU
    PRIOR TO THIS I MOVED AMONG MEN WHO WERE ENGAGED IN SERIOUS PERSUITS

    I HAVE NO INTEREST IN RACE OR POLITICS FOOL
    NOW GO AND JOIN YOUR SET

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  • RE Scholars (in their field of expertise or out) are really supposed to ‘take us to the moon ‘: using their superior intellect to improve and enhance.

    BYTHE WAY PUNK I HAVE DONE THAT WHEREVER I HAVE WORKED….DAMN WELL SO
    RESULTING IN MUCH ENVY
    I LIKE TO SIT AT THE BACK WHEREVER AND WHEN PUNKS LIKE YOU HAVE OPINED, I SPEAK
    BUT WHEN YOU DEALING WITH SCUM AND PUNKS LIKE YOU HOW CAN YOU TAKE MORONS TO THE MOON WHEN THEY ARE BETZPAENIC

    HOW DO YOU IMPROVE AND ENHANCE ANYTHING FOR IDIOTS

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  • Hercules had a prophesied birth,a divine father and mortal mother and at the end of his life uttered the words”it is finished” before ascending to Olympus.
    Osiris was born of a virgin,was hailed as king,rose from the grave and went to heaven.
    The early Romans had a pagan god Attis,born Dec 25th,crucified and rising again on a Sunday,200 years before the story of christ.
    Dyonisius,greek god and son of zeus was also born on Dec 25th of a virgin mother,healed the sick,turned water to wine and was resurrected from death to save mankind.
    December 25th celebrated a week long Babylonian festival of Saturnalia,Saturn being the sun god.

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  • John, this is your lark fah sure but I can enjoy a laff too so let’s tarry awhile ye. First tho a REALITY check to your 7:56 PM crazy commentary.

    NY is a Dems bastion. Its VERY unlikely ANY Republican can win a Senate seat there unless there is the same type of seismic eruption seen in the Repub bastion of Alabama. Your remarks of Trump targetting Gillibrand re upcoming election are …well …!?!?.

    Sen Gillibrand attacked Trump by calling for his resignation. The fool retaliated with a demeaning comment.

    The same Gillbrand has made sexual harassment a major aspect of her senate career since ’09. She often was in the news beating up on military officials re sexual misconduct in the armed forces, for example…in short tackling this issue in some significant ‘sacred cow’ institutions. In many regards Trump is – dare, I say it – a God send for her drum beat on sexual harassment.

    She even went after Bill Clinton recently and said that in THIS current climate she would have also called for HIS RESIGNATION. Some of her fellow Dems ripped her to shreds for that, too.

    You are simply talking bare shiiiteee!…But then, YOU are the same guy who said on December 11, at 2:06 PM:

    “People put Trump down as a fool but I keep seeing him out thinking, out maneuvering and out gunning his supposedly highly superior opponents so I know he isn’t a fool… and he doesn’t show any malice and vindictiveness … but he cuts straight to the core and leaves his opponents in tatters…… Pocahantas was Trump at his glorious best!!”………. This guy is out of the ordinary, not saying any paragon of virtue, but just something very, very different.”

    Should anyone take YOU seriously with such jokes….you definitely having fun!

    Btw….

    1) Malice: the intention or desire to do evil. 2) Vindictive: having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge.

    He calls elected officials by childish monikers for purposes of revenge or desire to harm BUT yet he’s not vindictive or full of malice…. 🤔😲.

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  • It’s all politics and politics is a nasty game!!

    When did that change?

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  • So what does that make me? About TWO Barbados scholars

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Welcome to the club!!

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  • If perchance I met Trump close up I would tell him…..Donald Trump,I have two words to tell you.The last one is Off….would you like to hear the first?

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_E._Sweeney

    Disputed domestic violence report[edit]
    On October 31, 2006, the Albany Times Union reported that it had obtained a document stating that “[t]he wife of U.S. Rep. John Sweeney called police last December to complain her husband was allegedly ‘knocking her around’ during a late-night argument at the couple’s home.” The responding officers filed a domestic incident report. The report states that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife “by the neck” and pushed her around the house.[40]
    On November 2, 2006, the Albany Times Union reported that on October 31, John and Gaia Sweeney said they would give the New York State Police permission to release a report about the incident. They said that the report was inaccurate but have not disputed its contents.[41] On November 17, 2006, the Times Union reported that there were two versions of the domestic violence report that had been prepared by the State Police, one that was sent to them, doctored and lacking details, and the original report.[42]
    On July 22, 2007, the Albany Times Union reported that Gaia Sweeney, who was contesting a divorce action by her husband, said that he was often verbally abusive and at times physically abused her during their marriage. She also said that a statement she made on the eve of last fall’s election, denying marital abuse, was “coerced”. Sweeney denied that he had been abusive; he had recently obtained a judicial order of protection against his wife.[43]
    According to the Times-Union (July 22, 2007):
    “Sweeney’s first wife, Betty Sweeney, of Schaghticoke, stood up for her former husband in a telephone interview …
    “‘I’ve known (John) all these years and I never observed any kind of behavior like that towards me or anybody else,’ said Betty Sweeney, who had three children with him.” [43]
    The State Police captain who wrongfully leaked the disputed Sweeney domestic violence report was demoted weeks after the November 2006 election.[44]

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  • LISTEN TO THE JACKASS BRAY ONCE MORE AS HE SEEKS TO DEMEAN THE ISLAND SCHOLAR

    But then, YOU are the same guy who said on December 11, at 2:06 PM:

    “People put Trump down as a fool but I keep seeing him out thinking, out maneuvering and out gunning his supposedly highly superior opponents so I know he isn’t a fool… and he doesn’t show any malice and vindictiveness … but he cuts straight to the core and leaves his opponents in tatters…… Pocahantas was Trump at his glorious best!!”………. This guy is out of the ordinary, not saying any paragon of virtue, but just something very, very different.”

    Should anyone take YOU seriously with such jokes….you definitely having fun!

    BUT WHAT JOHN DESCRIBES ABOVE IS WHAT TRUMP DID TO WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE PRESIDENCY, AND HAVING DONE SO HE HAS CHARTED THE WATERS WELL THIS YEAR DESPITE
    THE RINOS AND NEVER TRUMPERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
    THE SHITBAMA HOLDERS
    THE DISHONEST FBI AND DOJ
    THE MAINSTREAM FAKE NEWS MEDIA
    ET ALITER

    HILARIOUS

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  • The biggest purveyor of fake news is the man who constantly intones “fake news” about any articles or news report critical of him, the man lies like a rug. He got Sean Spicer to lie on his behalf (remember Inauguration day crowds?) and the present flunky Sarah H-Sanders lies daily. He even had his Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly lie about Congresswoman and when a newspaper furnished evidence that Kelly was telling falsehoods he disappeared in the wood work and the afore mentioned Sanders said “that is how he remembered it” or words to that effect.

    Of course, Kelly’s upbringing may have conditioned him to insult black people (empty barrel)

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/21/lawrence_odonnell_gen_kelly_did_not_go_to_school_with_people_who_looked_like_congresswoman_wilson.html

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  • Another opinion on the Jones triumph over Moore. The fact that so many stayed away from the poll is a revelation on its own.

    A blow to Trump-style politics? A look at what led to Doug Jones’s win in Alabama

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Too late for trump to change his lowlife style of politics now, 68% of the population wants him gone and arrested, it is now being said the Moore loss in Alabama clears the way for sexual charges to be brought against the orange anus….

    ….the women who asked congress to intervene and investigate him will bring him down, they have the proof and the power.

    Down he will come, no one needs demons around anymore, they have roamed the earth for 500 years, time to chase them away from real humans.

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  • David, as has been said before. Thank you for your awesome blog.

    The ole Bajanism is that the further up the monkey climbs dem more of it’s dirty bambsie is shown, correct.

    Well senor I applaud you for exposing the very unclean, uncouth bambsie of some folks.

    You can always get out of the gutter but never as easy to get the gutter out of the soul.

    Screaming and ranting on your or WH premises shows off their gutter sniping….

    Nah broughtupcy, atall, atall.😂

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ de pedantic Dribbler December 13, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    The sad crazy thing about this hypocrite called John is that his fanatical admiration of Trump is at complete odds with his express Quaker beliefs.

    Whatever Trump stands for or practises is the antithesis of John’s Quakerism which should be relabeled as John’s Quackery.

    Unless John can reconcile his moral dichotomy we shall forever see him as a fraud and a passing-for-white devil hiding behind the false veil of Christianity.

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  • @Dee Word

    Birds of a feather flock together, usually!

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  • I did not ask for the Barbados Exhibition (’74) and Barbados Scholarship (’75), they were given me.

    One day I got a phone call and then a letter followed!!

    Up to now I don’t know what the requirements were except to work hard.

    Last thing on my mind during summer holidays was that.

    I applied for a Dutch Government Fellowship and was awarded it.

    My education right through to post graduate level was free, no student loans, returned home after 5 years studying with no commitments … free as a bird and went to work.

    Got the exact work I wanted and loved every minute of it.

    Traveled the globe, learnt new technologies, implemented them and had a ball.

    God blessed me with ability and showed me how to use it.

    He blessed me with a family that valued faith in God, education and discipline and gave me love.

    Those were the simple idealogies of the Barbados in which I grew up.

    If I make you vex because of the gifts God gave me, it is really God you need to take up your cudgel with, not me.

    …. and if you are vex at Him because He gave me gifts, you should see the gifts He gave my siblings and others in that generation who grew up with similar idealogies!!

    You will only become more vex and miserable.

    Look at the blessings He gave you and rejoice and give Him thanks.

    I enjoyed Chariots of Fire and always remember researching the verse at the end “them that honour me I will honour, ….. and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed”

    http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/2-30.htm

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John December 14, 2017 at 9:18 AM
    “Traveled the globe, learnt new technologies, implemented them and had a ball.
    God blessed me with ability and showed me how to use it.
    He blessed me with a family that valued faith in God, education and discipline and gave me love.
    Those were the simple idealogies of the Barbados in which I grew up.
    If I make you vex because of the gifts God gave me, it is really God you need to take up your cudgel with, not me.”

    So why don’t you show your gratitude by volunteering to solve that national stink bomb in the making on the South Coast?

    Why should the country look overseas at clearly an unaffordable forex cost to solve this problem when within lies a fountain of expertise in the brains of our BU John who is not only a ‘john’ by name but also one by ‘nature’?

    You would not only receive official national recognition in the form of a much deserved knighthood to be dubbed the genuine Sir John the saviour of Little England but also be adhering to that Biblical injunction of ‘Helping Others’ aka Noblesse Oblige.

    “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

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  • reBirds of a feather flock together, usually!

    well demonstrated by the morons on BU

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  • RE“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

    MILLER YOU DONT BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE OR THE GOD OF THE BIBLE….SO WHY QUOTE IT

    RE So why don’t you show your gratitude by volunteering to solve that national stink bomb in the making on the South Coast?

    WHY SHOULD HE
    ARE THEY NOT SUFFICIENT KNOW IT ALLS ON BU CAPABLE OF DOING SO

    YOU AND DE PEDANTIC DRIBBLER AND OTHER BU PUNKS SOUND LIKE WUNNA GOOD AT CLEANING UP SHITE

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  • @ Georgie Porgie December 14, 2017 at 9:53 AM
    “YOU AND DE PEDANTIC DRIBBLER AND OTHER BU PUNKS SOUND LIKE WUNNA GOOD AT CLEANING UP SHITE…”

    Jesus have mercy, GP! That was too lowe(e) a blow. But here is our ‘loving’ riposte:
    The difference between GP, the ‘john’ of BU and the rest of us “BU PUNKS” is that we see Cleanliness as being next to ‘Go(o)dliness while you, John and his ilk are like the Biblical Pharisees.

    “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

    So you see, GP, even the devil called Trump can quote scripture.

    “Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?
    But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.
    Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?
    And they had nothing to say.”

    So GP & Co, just, please, close the door to the’ john’.

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  • JACKASS

    YOU ARE QUOTING THE TEXT OUT OF CONTEXT AND MAKING IT A PRETEXT

    HILARIOUS

    IT IS TRUE THAT YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL AND YOU HIS CHILD CAN QUOTE SCRIPTURE

    IT IS ALSO WRITTEN THAT THE DEVILS FEAR AND TREMBLE

    YOUR TIME IS COMING SOON

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Another poverty stricken, welfare state, Kentucky.

    This racist clown drew pictures of Obama as a monkey.

    Guess he kpfound out who the monkey really was now.

    “GOP lawmaker from Kentucky accused of molesting teenage girl commit suicide
    Merz McLaren POSTED ON DECEMBER 13, 2017

    “A Kentucky state representative accused of molesting a teenage girl has killed himself, according to WDRB.com in Louisville.

    Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican, reportedly shot and killed himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, Ky. The gun was recovered by police, according to WDRB.

    The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an expose on Monday detailing allegations that Johnson forced himself on a 17-year-old friend of his daughter after a New Year’s Eve Party in 2012.

    Johnson denied the allegations on Tuesday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He said the accuser was a member of his church, and that the claims were, in part, politically motivated.

    “This is an assault on all real people, there’s no perfect people and you get into office and all of sudden political hacks come against you and start accusing you after you’re in office,” he said, according to the Courier-Journal.

    Johnson also acknowledged that he messaged the woman on Facebook in January 2013, saying that he did not remember what happened the night of the alleged encounter and that he had been “drugged” at a local bar.

    He said later on that he did remember what happened that night, and denied ever entering the room where the girls were sleeping.

    After the allegations were reported on Monday, Johnson faced calls to resign from his state House seat.

    Kentucky State Police did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Nigeria is getting many enslaved Nigerians out of Libya, a work in progress.

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  • @ Georgie Porgie December 14, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    GP, next time you find yourself in front of a mirror ask yourself why did your god Yahweh create the DEVIL.

    Was it to find something meaningful to do with his limitless time after doing everything else in 6 days?

    Or was it to laugh at his frail creatures called humans?
    How does your Yahweh ‘idle’ the days away since he kicked his sidekick out of heaven?

    Or is he still at war with another rival called ‘Science’ while he and his make-believe nemesis Lucifer have a drink of ambrosia laced with devil soup watching the battle between the religious nutters slaughter one another to his kingdom come?

    Maybe your man Trump is the real antichrist to usher in Armageddon when the three branches of the Abrahamic faith commit religious hara-kiri just to show Jesus died for nothing.

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  • RE Maybe your man Trump is the real antichrist to usher in Armageddon when the three branches of the Abrahamic faith commit religious hara-kiri just to show Jesus died for nothing.

    TRUMP WILL NOT USHER IN ARMAGEDDON
    AMERICA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ARMAGDDON
    READ THE RELEVANT PASSAGES IN EZEKIEL
    REMOVAL/DEPARTURE OF TRUMP HOWEVER, WILL PAVE THE RAPID RISE OF THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL BE LED BY THE REAL ANTICHRIST

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    This is what happens when you appease racists, you end up being the idiot when they banish you….next house negro to be booted will be the dummy Carson,

    “Omarosa Manigault Newman says that she saw and heard things during her year-long stint in the White House that made her “very uncomfortable”.

    When asked about claims that she had conflict with other staff over President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence and his endorsement of Roy Moore, Ms Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice”, said that she could not go into specifics, but that she did not like everything she saw.

    “As the only African American woman in this White House as a senior staff and assistant to the President, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people,” Ms Manigault Newman said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

    Ousted Trump aide ‘escorted from White House by security’
    The question is based on reports that Ms Manigault Newman had become increasingly frustrated with how Mr Trump has handled issues concerning race.

    That includes Mr Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville in August when a white supremacist allegedly drove a car through a crowd of peaceful protesters, killing one person. Ms Manigault Newman was also reportedly upset with Mr Trump’s handling of NFL protests, in which mostly black athletes knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and race inequality in America.

    More recently, Ms Manigault Newman reportedly told a friend that she was uneasy with Mr Trump’s endorsement of Mr Moore, who lost his bid this week for Senate in Alabama.”

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  • So why don’t you show your gratitude by volunteering to solve that national stink bomb in the making on the South Coast?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you think about it, I am ….. just like Greenland …. and an even bigger stinker bomb!!

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  • RE next house negro to be booted will be the dummy Carson,
    HOW DID THE RENOWNED NEUROSURGEON BECOME A DUMMY OR A HOUSE NEGRO
    HILARIOUS

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  • So, what are the requirements for getting a Barbados Scholarship?

    In my day it was quite different, few if any were awarded.

    In my immediate family there were three awards.

    My sister got an Exhibition with 3 A levels, 2 B’s and a D, Languages.

    I got an Exhibition 2 years later with 2 A’s and B and a Scholarship the following year with 2 A’s and a B.

    In the year I got an Exhibition with three A levels a girl at QC got a Scholarship in the Arts with two A’s, the only scholarship that year.

    I think the Arts took precedence back then.

    And it is understandable … first they are not as straightforward as science, a lot harder and second, Tourism was a big deal and languages was considered important.

    I think also the student’s record at school over the years also counted … continuous assessment.

    Dame Elsie Payne wrote of my sister in a recommendation in her final year at QC …. ” in all the time I have known her she has never come anything but first in form”.

    I don’t know how it works now but about 7 years ago I went to a family celebration of another scholarship in my extended family.

    I met a lot of other scholars from the same form, all colours, and their parents.

    My observation was that they all had strong caring families.

    I have no idea as to their religious persuasion, but after their obvious commitment to work hard and use their talents, family seemed to me to have been the common ingredient in success!!

    The other thing I noticed was they seemed to be a closely knit group who worked together and enjoyed each other’s successes.

    In my era it was a pretty solitary process.

    To me it seemed as though no one thought about scholarships back then, just about getting through the process and getting as good results as possible.

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  • Government awarding Scholarships and Exhibitions was just something that happened.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    GP…Carson excels at neurosurgery. …no doubt…other than that, he is a goddamn idiot, else he would not be working under anyone less educated than himself.

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  • OK SO NONE OF THE FOLK WHO ARE WELL EDUCATED BAJANS SHOULD WORK FOR THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT THEN

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  • I did my O levels in 1964 and A levels in 1965. In those days scholarships were awarded to students in government schools only. Lynch used to get athletic scholarships for good students who were also athletes and he bummed others from businesses like Plantations Ltd., and DaCosta & Mussons among others. At that time he was Mayor of the City. I was looked at, but did not have a foreign language. I flunked French at O level. I blamed Lynch. We had a lady from Martinique right up to form 5 when he brought in someone he had sent to France on a scholarship. I could never balance his accent with Mme. Patience.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Not if ya more intelligent than the dumb ass ministers …

    ….. they have to get rid of trump because of his lack of knowledge and all round idiocy….same thing is happening on the island, 10 years worth of idiots in parliament…look at the outcome, shit floating in the streets.

    You cannot work for stupid people, you end up lowering your own intelligent quotient. ..

    GP…you of all people know it, you been there and done that..

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    So remind us again why you took your vast medical knowledge and brilliant ideas to US instead of letting it and you stagnate in Barbados….GP

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  • Madame or Mademoiselle?

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  • Disregard, not an Mlle!

    Slipping, long time since I did French

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  • Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service December 14, 2017 at 3:22 PM #
    So remind us again why you took your vast medical knowledge and brilliant ideas to US instead of letting it and you stagnate in Barbados….GP
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Sometimes it is better to keep quiet and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and prove it!!

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  • John December 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM #

    Is there a Quaker doctrine on the cult of narcissism?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    John…bare in mind that GP has not answered, also bear in mind that when he migrated to US there was no jackass called trump there…standards were much highe…in US, I should know. .

    ….., but there were still miseducated dumb asses in parliament etc in Barbados, all brainwashed and misguided…that is why he had to leave, ask him yaself..

    By the way,..I doubt you would get 3 Cape subjects in today’s scholarship or exhibition scholarship requirements. ..let alone the 8 required grade 1s…..if I were you, I wont be so proud of ya own mediocrity.

    The fact alone that you can only impress Hal should tell you how foolish ya are.

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  • Hal Austin December 14, 2017 at 3:54 PM #
    John December 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM #
    Is there a Quaker doctrine on the cult of narcissism?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not as far as I know but from my reading the early Quakers had no doctrine on anything but believed in silent contemplation.

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  • So, let’s get back to Nelson and his words and see if we are any closer to understanding what he meant.

    We know Wilberforce’s “hypocritical allies” were his political allies, William Pitt the Younger etc and in a time of war, unpopular decisions were taken.

    Just to recap his statement: “…I have ever been and shall die a firm friend to our colonial system. I was bred as you know in the good old school, and taught to appreciate the value of our West India possessions, and neither in the field nor in the senate, shall their interest be infringed while I have an arm to fight in their defence or a tongue to launch my voice against the damnable and cursed doctrine of Wilberforce and his hypocritical allies, and I hope my berth in heaven will be as exalted as his, who would certainly cause the murder of all our friends and fellow subjects in the colonies; ”

    The scholar, Richard Drayton has flatly stated the document in which the statement appeared had NOTHING to do with slavery!!

    What did Nelson mean by friends and why did he differentiate between friends and fellow subjects?”

    We all know he died by the sword as he had lived by it …. Biblical so what did he think about death?

    “My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied. – 10 March 1795.”

    http://www.napoleonguide.com/aquote_nelson.htm

    A full decade before his death he is pretty clear in his thoughts on death.

    … and “I have ever been and shall die a firm friend”.

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    http://biblehub.com/john/15-13.htm

    Same thinking a decade later as he chased down his elusive enemy, the French who he faced at Trafalgar!!

    So isn’t that what the Nelson is saying …. he is all about self sacrifice for his friends.

    And then you walk to the Cenotaph …… same thing, this November we would have heard again “Greater love hath no man …”

    And then we get to the Fountain …. What is its message located as it is right outside Parliament’s front door?

    It commemorates the 20,000 plus dead Bajans from the cholera epidemic of 1854!!!!!

    It commemorates another pipeline, not the one on the South Coast, which was laid from Benn Spring in Newcastle Woods to Bridgetown to overcome the threat sewage made to our water supply.

    The message of Sir Hilary is pure evil, meant to distract us from our true heritage.

    It is informed by flawed scholarship.

    Which of our National Heroes laid down his life?

    The fictional General Bussa, a figment of the mind of Sir Hilary perhaps?

    The closest is EWB … his name could have been on the Cenotaph with his friends as a reminder of the Greatest Love man can muster.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “Generations of Imperialism has stained our history as a species, which is an inbred method of acquiring wealth for Capitalistic nations.

    IMPERIALISM CRIMINALS’ ,It is a crime to;

    1.invade countries and steal their resources,

    2;finance and plan terror

    3;create lethal viruses

    4;promote & supply deadly Drugs for non existing HIV

    5:Use the medial to report bias in favor of Rome/The Crown/columbine

    6:Control the weather and creat intentional suffering

    7;Pay only for those studies that promote population control .

    8:Promote & sell vaccinations that actually damage all users and have NO benefits what so ever..

    9;Educate the masses with disinformation and install fear in all..

    ..THEY ARE HITLER..
    Generations of Imperialism has stained our history as a species, which is an inbred method of acquiring wealth for Capitalistic nations.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “Caribbean sugar is close to a sticky end

    A century and a half after slavery ended, the plantations are closing

    Print edition | The Americas
    Dec 14th 2017 | TRINIDAD
    IN ITS 18th-century heyday cane grown in the Caribbean and cut by African slaves provided Britain with nearly all its sugar. The masters of this brutal trade made enormous fortunes. But it has seen 200 years of decline, accelerating after slavery ended in 1838. Now the region is wondering how it will cope after a policy change by the European Union which could finally bring down the curtain.

    Today, the English-speaking Caribbean produces under 0.3% of the world’s sugar; Brazil grows nearly a quarter. Many islands have abandoned cane for more profitable activities. Trinidad closed its last sugar factory in 2007, and a gas-related boom took up the slack. St Kitts shut its last factory two years earlier, after the debts of its state-owned managers approached a third of GDP. A railway that trundled cane now carries tourists. St Kitts’s new staple is passports for foreigners, sales of which finance an opaque development agency, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

    Four Caribbean countries retain their taste for the sweet stuff; altogether, the industry employs more than 40,000 people. But even where it survives, sugar is in trouble. In Guyana 5% of workers still cut cane. But the state-owned sugar company has been losing money since 2008, and exports are expected to plunge by nearly 40% this year. Nearly half the people on the payroll fail to show up regularly. The ruling coalition, which relies on voters of African origin, has laid off 3,500 workers who are mostly of Indian descent; this risks inflaming racial tension. The government has put three of its six sugar estates up for sale. There may or may not be bidders.

    Jamaica has privatised, de-privatised and re-privatised its failing sugar estates, selling three to a Chinese company in 2011. The buyer now complains of low productivity and an awkward government, and says growing sugar is easier in Africa. In Barbados sugar accounts for only 0.2% of foreign-exchange revenues (down from 55% in 1946), but the government says it hopes to revive the industry with a new $270m factory on the site of an old one. The project has now been blocked by an environmental lawsuit. Only in Belize, where sugar provides a quarter of export earnings, does it seem to have a future. Last year a Guatemalan firm opened a factory there producing high-value white sugar.

    The region’s wrinkled terrain and volatile weather make it hard to compete against the mechanised sugar operations of Brazil and Australia; average costs in the Caribbean exceed the world price. Britain long offered the industry tariff protection, which was formalised by a Commonwealth Sugar Agreement in 1951. After Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, it ensured Caribbean producers had access to the club at high guaranteed prices. This mollycoddled outdated practices, like harvesting by hand.

    The EU has been reducing protection since 2005; first it cut the guaranteed price, then abolished it. In October the EU ended quotas which had limited the beet its farmers could grow. Output of European sugar is likely to surge, depressing world prices.

    To avert catastrophe, Jamaica’s growers propose that Caricom, a group of 15 mostly English-speaking Caribbean countries and territories, should slap a tariff of 40% on sugar from outside. But with many regional economies either stagnant or wrecked by storms, the 7m people affected will balk at a policy that will raise the cost of biscuits and fizzy drinks, consolations which need lots of imported sugar.

    This article appeared in the The Americas section of the print edition under the headline “Nearly sweet nothing”

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  • The EU has been reducing protection since 2005; first it cut the guaranteed price, then abolished it. In October the EU ended quotas which had limited the beet its farmers could grow. Output of European sugar is likely to surge, depressing world prices.
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    Sugar in Barbados has nearly always been financially subsidized …. but for purely economic reasons !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hitler and Mussolini were creatures of the left!!

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  • @John in the quest to validate your scholarship on this matter you unnecessarily attempt to invalidate that of Hilary Beckles.

    Yet you then make quite inaccurate interpretations as underpinnings of your assertions.

    If you can make such possible errors when they need not be made does that NOT invalidate and call into questions your interpretations on the keys matters of this historical review!

    Your assertion that “The scholar, Richard Drayton has flatly stated the document in which the statement appeared had NOTHING to do with slavery!!” is DISINGENUOUS and thus as a key aspect of your statement makes you argument totally suspect and misleading.

    Why don’t you simply ask Drayton what he intended to convey by his statement before using his words to support your pronouncements. This is a modern world and he should be easily available on FB, email or other social site.

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  • Why don’t you simply ask Drayton what he intended to convey by his statement before using his words to support your pronouncements. This is a modern world and he should be easily available on FB, email or other social site.
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    Because I can read!!

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  • BARBADOS SLAPS DOWN MORON AND ILLITERATE WANNABEE WITH FOUR WORDS…..MURDAH

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  • Of course, an informed cynical reader might argue that the point of the letter was to suck up to Taylor in the hope of a nice fat cash gift from West Indian planters for Nelson having scared off the French navy, the question of slavery itself was not central to the document.
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    These are RB’s words on Facebook as quoted in the blog!!

    I would agree I have paraphrased his “the question of slavery was not central to the document” to “absolutely nothing to do with”.

    Readers can judge for themselves if I have done Richard Drayton a disservice!!

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  • … or if Richard Drayton, scholar that he is, has done Barbadians a great service by letting them know something they did not know before!!

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  • @ Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service December 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM
    “In Barbados sugar accounts for only 0.2% of foreign-exchange revenues (down from 55% in 1946), but the government says it hopes to revive the industry with a new $270m factory on the site of an old one. The project has now been blocked by an environmental lawsuit.”

    Environmental lawsuit what? The only environmental lawsuit of any import is that situation playing out on the South Coast. Just let one tourist fall sick from the shit floating around and you would see a real lawsuit in action.

    That’s just another ‘get-out’ ploy similar to the Hyatt which has turned into a Priapus of worship by scammers to bilk taxpayers by way of consultancy fees and kickbacks.

    Sugar is dying and only awaits a disconnection from its life-support equipment providing fluids in the form of government subsidies which will have to go through the window under the pending IMF arrangement.

    Moreover, the sole factory is operating on a prayer and a rusty spanner which can at anytime fall into the monkey works and call a final halt to the shambolic game of mismanagement and political football.

    Which overseas lender would take up $270 million in whichever dollar currency and invest in an industry with no viable future or prospects of repayment?

    Stinkliar the clown prince of smoke and mirrors politics has been trying to pull off this heist against the taxpayers since 2012.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…hahaha, Miller we just gotta wait, give them a minute.

    They act like the outside world, the real world, does not know what’s happening on a little rock, sugar is dead…they can only fool the Bajan populi.

    It is dishonest to say that Bussa is a figment of Beckles’ imagination, the British museum has an old letter that mention’s BUSSA as leading a slave rebellion in Barbados, it was written by the governor of that day, it was not Beckles said it, the british are the ones identified an African named Bussa, everything else is fairytales and nancy stories…unless they got proof…which they don’t.

    ….when the fraud historians want to make up lies to misinform Bajans…they even ignore the british who have information about what happened back then.

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  • @John, the examination of ANYTHING requires careful and diligent rigor .

    Your rephrase of Drayton’s word is careLESS and inputs a COMPLETELY different meaning to a reading of his authentic words.

    That you would then throw up another canard as you did at 10:57 is ridiculous.

    No one disputes that you can read. Just seems that many others here who can also read find your analysis to be badly skewed.

    In which RATIONAL context can the meaning “absolutely [have] nothing to do with [slavery] ever be the SAME as “the question of slavery was not central to the document”.

    So of course you did a grave and intentional disservice by taking the meaning and intent of the man’s word totally out of context.

    Steeeupse.

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  • Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

    3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

    4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

    5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

    6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

    7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

    8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

    9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

    10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

    11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

    12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

    13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

    14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

    15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

    16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

    17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

    18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

    19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

    20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

    21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

    22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

    23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Georgie Porgie December 15, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    GP, we really didn’t want to do this to an innocent like you but we had no other choice but to ‘outnumber’ you.

    Now it is up to you to decide who plagiarize from whom and who ‘out-myth’ whom and when.

    But please don’t trust the Jewish writers for they are from among a people who had no compunctions about selling out their own mythical Jesus and whose descendants had no second thoughts of morality in their overly active role in the Atlantic slave trade.

    The Egyptian Horus-Osiris/Assyrian-Babylonian Bel-Marduk Myth Parallels to the Christian Jesus Myth

    The Annunciation of the Birth of Horus 1. The Annunciation of the Birth of Jesus
    The Immaculate Conception/Impregnation of a Virgin by God(s) 2. The Immaculate Conception/Impregnation of a Virgin by God
    The Birth of Horus 3. The Birth of Jesus
    The Adoration of Horus by Three Kings/Magi Bearing Gifts 4. The Adoration of Jesus by Three Kings/Magi Bearing Gifts
    Horus was the son of Seb, an earthly father 5. Jesus was the son of Joseph, an earthly father
    Horus stayed with his mother until the age of twelve 6. Jesus stayed with his mother until the age of twelve
    Between the ages of twelve to thirty there is no record of the life of Horus 7. Between the ages of twelve to thirty there is no record of the life of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew/Mark/Luke/John/Acts)
    At age thirty, Horus was baptized by Anup 8. At age thirty, Jesus was baptized by John
    By his baptism Horus was transformed into the beloved and only begotten Son of the Father, the Holy Spirit, represented by a bird 9. By his baptism Jesus was transformed into the beloved and only begotten Son of the Father, the Holy Spirit, represented by a dove/bird
    The Arrest of Bel 10. The Arrest of Jesus
    The Trial of Bel 11. The Trial of Jesus
    A Priest/Judge Asks “What is his sin?” 12. Pilate Asks “What evil has he done?” [St. Matthew 27:23]
    The Judgment Against Bel 13. The Judgment Against Jesus
    Water Is Brought to the Building for the Washing of Hands 14. Pilate Washes His Hands [St. Matthew 27:24]
    The Scourging of Bel 15. The Scourging of Jesus
    A Criminal Condemned to Die with Bel Is Released 16. Criminals Are Condemned to Die with Jesus; Barrabas Is Released
    Bel is Led Away to the Mount (a sacred grove on a hilltop–a hill for the kill) 17. Jesus is Led Away to Golgotha (a hill called The Skull–a hill for the kill) [SeeNote 1 below]
    Bel is Executed [Bel is “Bound/Caused to Perish”–Most likely Crucified]-Osiris is Executed/Killed. 18. Jesus is Executed/Crucified
    A Commotion: A Riot Begins in a Nearby City 19. A Commotion: An Earthquake, the Renting of the Veil of the Temple, The Dead Rise, and Walk and Talk with the Living
    Bel’s Clothes Are Taken Away 20. Jesus’ Clothes Are Taken Away
    A Burial Garment Is Put Onto Bel’s Body 21. Jesus’ Body Is Wrapped in a Burial Garment
    Bel Is Taken to a Tomb 22. Jesus Is Taken to a Tomb
    Bel Goes Down into a Mountain/into the Underworld 23. Jesus Descends into Hell (The Apostle’s Creed)
    Women/Goddesses Seek Bel at the Tomb 24. Women Seek Jesus at the Tomb
    Bel Is Resurrected/Osiris is Resurrected 25. Jesus Is Resurrected

    With this many parallels to the Jesus myth found in Egyptian/Assyrian-Babylonian myths—25 in all, the chances are excellent that the Jesus myth is a copycat Christ myth.

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  • The message of the Square is one of LOVE.

    It reminds us of the greatest LOVE a man can muster and that is to sacrifice his life so that others may live a few more hours, days or years.

    And yet there is a far greater LOVE.

    God gave us his Son and accepted His Son’s sacrifice for the redemption of all mankind so all mankind could live forever.

    The message of the Square as beautiful as it is can be corrupted, just think about what is going on over these past 20 years.

    God’s LOVE for us cannot.

    It needs no physical monument as a memorial because It is alive in each of us who choose to accept It and It is available for all mankind …. completely free.

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  • And now for something different
    GF Handel

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  • YOU GONE OVER THE HEADS OF MOST HERE ON BU SIR

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  • THAT AINT TOOK MUSIC OR JUMP AND WAVE NOISE
    THAT IS CLASS FROM ONE OF THE TWO BAROQUE COMPOSERS

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  • Every December my CD of choice is: Messiah Arias and Choruses with LSO under the direction of Sir Adrian Boult featuring Joan Sutherland, Grace Bumbry, Kenneth McKellar and David Ward.

    Here is one from a different performer

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  • Theophlius Gazerts

    It went right by me. No twerking no costumes, no wukking up… What BU coming to?
    A good/great night to all (that includes Hal) 🙂

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  • Theophlius Gazerts

    @VH
    Kinda missing ya.
    Think you are wrong on most things, but I like to see all BUers pitching in.
    You don’t have to hug and kiss me; just make a comment and I will think you are all right. Might not like your ideas, but I wish you well.

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