Rihanna, National Hero of Barbados

Rihanna

The announcement by Prime Minister Mia Mottley during the independence and republic ceremony that Rihanna was recommended by the government and accepted by the now President of the Republic of Barbados to be added to the pantheon of national heroes came as a surprise. To be expected public opinion is mixed although many appreciate Rihanna for what she has accomplished on the world stage as an entertainer, businesswoman and philanthropist.

It is instructive to to examine the criteria outlined in the Order of National Heroes Act, in particular the criteria for eligibility declared in the schedule to the Act.


Order of National Heroes

In determining the eligibility of a person referred to in section 8, the Prime Minister shall have regard to whether that person

  1. (a)  has given outstanding service to Barbados and his contribution has altered the course of the history of Barbados;
  2. (b)  has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attainment of the highest excellence which has redounded to the honour of Barbados; or
  3. (c)  has, through his heroic exploits and sacrifice, contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados and Barbadians generally.

The blogmaster will reserve opinion, for the moment.

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  • Even if Rihanna does not formally meet the requirements of a national heroine, her nomination is at least a successful act of global public relations. Just like the proclamation of the republic, which will not improve the lousy vaccination rate of the superstitious, naive black masses.

    But when I go through the criteria for national heroism in my mind, there is no question that only one person after Bussa has met those criteria: our Supreme Leader Mia Mottley. She has successfully battled hurricanes, volcanic ash, national bankruptcy, lice, cockroaches, Donville Inniss, OSA, and the DLP.

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  • Public commentary will be interestingly to listen to in coming weeks and months. The blogmaster notes the wishy washy comment attributed to the leader of the DLP in the media. From a political perspective the appointment has forced a new narrative in the public space with a general election on the horizon. Busy time for pundits.

    #youngvote
    #femalevote

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  • “Even if Rihanna does not formally meet the requirements of a national heroine, her nomination is at least a successful act of global public relations”

    Sums up the entire exercise right here

    Just observing

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  • I love Rihanna and I hope she is reading the underground to get this message xxx

    Now that the Queen Umbrella has been taken away the call for reparations is portrayed in a song called Bitch Better Have My Money..

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  • How many of the others met the criteria?

    But this is indeed an attempt to grab worldwide attention and probably to grab Rihanna herself AND the imagination of some young people, especially girls.

    Perhaps it would not have entered my mind to do this but I am not going to quibble because, after all, Rihanna IS an exceptional achiever and NEVER ceases to serve Barbados. NEVER!

    We may not be able to measure the extent to which she has changed the Barbadian story, or maybe we have not tried but I believe that as surely as Obama’s electoral win allowed black Americans to dream of becoming president, so Rihanna’s success has allowed black Barbadians to dream of global success in ways that they never did before.

    She has given our young people a dream and more importantly, a BELIEF that they too can “shine bright like a diamond” and also an example of how to remain loyal and faithful to one’s roots wherever they go.

    Priceless!

    She has convinced me! I love the gal, imperfections be damned!

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  • Advertising campaign conceptualised by spotters and skinners

    Bajan to the world.

    Barbados Rihanna Barbados Rihanna Barbados Rihanna Barbados Rihanna

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  • A reasonable comment Donna.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, to attempt the style of an oft quoted famous headmaster (maybe from your school days) : ‘Young lad , ah please remove yourself from that fence post forthwith’

    Do tell why you “will reserve opinion, for the moment”!

    Over the years of reading BU: several bloggers here offer commentary that LEAD the tone of Bajans’ public sentiment.

    So I expect that nothing from ANY leading columnists (barring political ass kissing bias) will shed greater light than remarks from wise heads here … and you are one of those heads … so get OFF the fence 😇🤦🏾‍♂️!

    I said my piece on another blog so will only add this …

    Young Ms Fenty and her advisors made a very calculated decision to ACCEPT this honour at this stage of her life.

    Thus I will surmise that just as calculated she intends to take maximum advantage of this and comport herself even more awesomely than ever before to the credit of her nation of which she is a national heroine.

    At least that SHOULD be the calculus.

    Furthermore the PM and her advisors really are brazen to have made the offer in the first place.

    If Barbados had a Freedom of Information Act whereby all govt correspondence etc could (had to) be made public eventually unless it was some dire national security concern I would have LOVED to read which advisors strongly opposed this move.

    In normal context this is posisbly reckless with very high risks — and no more rewards really than already being accrued.

    To put in context: If Malala Yousafzai was Bajan, despite her world renown; being a Nobel laureate etc … at a similarly young age I would not agree for her to be lauded a national heroine either.

    There is a time for everything under the sun, as wise heads 😇 surely counseled this PM. This was not the sensible time-in-life for such an accolade … but it was exquisitely perfect time for maximum PR …. no better scarf than one created from the ‘Savage X Fenty’ fashion house, now is there!

    This is wrong at so many levels and Lord forbid there are no ethical infractions amiss also.

    Anyhow, I done wid this.

    God Bless Bim and long may our heroes and heroines excel with superior moral fortitude.

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  • @Dee Word

    Down with the emotional and supposition argument. Let us start by offering an opinion on her eligibility based on the Act.

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  • Googled the word ” hero ” .

    ” A hero is someone who has done something brave, new, or good, and who is therefore greatly admired by a lot of people.”

    Rihanna has done something good and is greatly admired by a lot of people.”

    Barbados loves Rihanna

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Oh one minor correction … that should read : *God Bless Bim and long may our HEROINES and HEROES excel with superior moral fortitude.’

    Ladies first! 🙏🏿😇

    But @David, do u think THIS decision could have sparked that spate of MP resignations from elective-office reported in press some weeks ago!

    Afterall, what’s a hot public debate without some deep seated conspiracy prattle bring generated!

    Just saying.🤦🏾‍♂️

    I gone.

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  • Barbados, PM’s, idea of a NATIONAL HERO is definety inline with Bajan LOW MORAL thinking. What if USA, ENGLAND etc selected their NATION Hero’s using the same criteria, there would not be enough space to erect all the statues.

    The Republic downward spiral has started, stand by for the final BREAKING NEWS.

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  • David you wrote ” based on her eligibility based on the Act.”

    I read The Act you posted. There is no ” her ” in The Act.

    So is there a revised version ? I don’t like ” guessing and interpreting “

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  • @ Tron December 1, 2021 7:09 AM
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    But when I go through the criteria for national heroism in my mind, there is no question that only one person after Bussa has met those criteria: our Supreme Leader Mia Mottley. She has successfully battled hurricanes, volcanic ash, national bankruptcy, lice, cockroaches, Donville Inniss, OSA, and the DLP.
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We notice how you like to ‘equivocate’ matters by equating your Empress MAM to Athena.

    However, your Supreme Leader will be so apotheosized only when your Empress fulfils ‘Her promise to abolish the ‘social-screening’ Eleven-plus Exam and to replace it with a system of educational assessment befitting the 21st century requirement for teaching, learning and training of the country’s only future resource or any real value.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    LOL @David, I did that yesterday, senor.

    I NEVER start with the emotive … that’s not debate and decision making practicality … that’s BS. I work hard to leave my BS in the ‘bano’!

    I am not ‘supposing’ anything either.

    No living ‘tender’ age personage should be lauded as a NATIONAL heroine/hero. No. That’s not sensible nor practical.

    Excellence abounds across many a generation in Barbados and without taking ANYTHING from Ms. Fenty her world renown is not any specialized hall mark for such an honour.

    The criteria is bland (as these things can be) and numerous other people met those standards but were never so acclaimed … this was all about political posturing .

    This is NOT a critique of Rhianna… she has excelled tremendously.

    Let’s be blunt… according living folks such an accolade is a slippery slope … a very slippery slope. Ms Fenty should not have been placed on that slide in my humble opinion.

    I dun bro … as somebody gine claim soon I don’t like the lady or some other stuff best left in their ‘bano’.

    I gone.

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  • If the wording of the eligibility criteria for selecting a hero is bland as detailed on the Schedule to the Act what is the point of it?

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  • @Hants

    The comment probed eligibility based on the schedule, it was not about gender.

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  • Shit man! Wuh we frighten fuh? A few colourful Bajan cuss words. Want to bet that none of our dead heroes ever used them?

    How about some sexy sins?

    Want to bet that none of our dead heroes ever so “transgressed”?

    Anybody’s name embroiled in a murder scandal?

    I am told that one of them owned slaves!

    Shit man and again I say SHIT!

    HEROES HAVE ALWAYS HAS FLAWS!

    Or maybe we it is not her flaws we are afraid that she may expose!

    Maybe we are afraid that she may expose the Bajan breasts and backside!

    Quite frankly, I have come to the point in life where I realise that we were born naked and so nakedness cannot be as bad as we make it out to be.

    Nakedness is a distraction. It is NOT a sin.

    These days, I see past the bumper and bubbies! (That’s butt and boobs, 555)

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  • If Sarah Ann Gill can be seen as a National Heroine why not Her Excellency Robyn Rihanna Fenty?

    Are you going to wait until Rihanna dies for Her recognition as a National Heroine?

    When is Nanny Grigg going to be put on par with Bussa? Or are there no electoral votes in such recognition?

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  • Rihanna is a Sweet Singing Shining Soul Light Super ⭐ Star 🌟 Glowing Star 🌠 Shooting Star that ✨ Sparkles Bright

    A true national hero would hold a free concert for all Bajan youths under 18 or over 18 to rock and come in

    free music is the best music in the whole wide world and universe

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  • WHAT THE RH!

    Who are America’s revered FOUNDING FATHERS?

    Weren’t some of them SLAVEOWNERS?

    Did not Thomas Jefferson have a second family with one of his slaves?

    Isn’t America LITTERED with the statues of CONFEDERATE LEADERS????

    And Britain, want to take a look at their national icons and statues?

    Was Winston Churchill not a racist bastard who was responsible for the death of many Indians?

    But you dare to come here crying down black Barbadians for morality?

    How many slaves has Rihanna owned? How many people has she killed?

    The woman uses a few “bad” words and shows some pretty skin!

    You are so bigoted you can’t see straight enough to avoid shooting big holes in your own foot until you haven’t a leg to stand on!

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  • The debate is not necessary.
    See it for what it is and call it as it is.

    There is just one yardstick. At this time, Barbados has to make the most of what is available to it.

    Rhianna is the most mileage for the least gas.

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  • What criteria what?
    Mia woke up one morning and decided that she was going to name Rihanna as a National Hero(ine)?. No consulting, no discussion, no checking of criteria.
    Just, I seh I gine mek she one and dat is dat. What de ef I paying wunna fuh, mek it happen!

    Now the “spinmaster” wants to discuss if she was eligible to be selected.
    When did we discussed her nomination?

    Everyone with eyes to see, and especially Rihanna, can see this for what it really is.

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  • I get it. She is young and may make a ‘mistake’ in the future. Most people will figure out that … Rhianna is not Barbados and Barbados is not Rhianna.

    Besides, we have many things that need fixing. Becoming a Republic did not change our underlying problems

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  • Wily Coyote December 1, 2021 9:38 AM

    Barbados, PM’s, idea of a NATIONAL HERO is definety inline with Bajan LOW MORAL thinking. What if USA, ENGLAND etc selected their NATION Hero’s using the same criteria, there would not be enough space to erect all the statues.

    The Republic downward spiral has started, stand by for the final BREAKING NEWS.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You sound just like Richard Hoad dem other white racist bastards who said the same thing when Barbados became independent. Wunnuh then ran away to Australia and dem far out countries because wunnuh did not want to be ruled by a black prime minister and wunnuh wished the country would collapse.

    You white racists don’t have nothing good to say bout believe black people and think they should still be slaves and under white people rule.

    I tired of the racist foolishness you duz post to BU.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, 😂 … u are truly a awesome provocateur for debate ( as u should be).

    But to @Hants re “I read The Act you posted. There is no ” her ” in The Act.”

    The Dean and now Justice Cumberbatch advised the blog some many moons ago that ‘he’ or any male pronouns MUST be read generically to also be rederring to females in all legal docs of that type, as I imagine you remember.

    Thus I do expect you were jesting!

    So, @David I say bland to refer to the fact that the criteria is not exceedingly specific … for example it does not refer to someone on the field of battle. Rather its quite all inclusive.

    As indeed is the point of such honours … to acclaim all citizens who have done “outstanding service to Barbados”.

    I am not questioning the Act … merely pointing out that there are so MANY outstanding Bajans who could fit the criteria…. Ms Fenty is EXCEPTIONALlY good undoubtedly but others have made an awesome “contribution [that] has altered the course of the history of Barbados”, I believe.

    To repeat this is NOT about Rhianna’s achievements … it is about a wanton political publicity grab that sets the wrong long term perspectives on previously serious matters of state.

    Do you recall the haranguing over the original list of heros and heroine… the action of having Barrow’s name on the list was a major conniption !

    For practical reasons I don’t agree … I invest absolutely no emotion to such a consideration.

    Rhianna is an obviously devastatingly powerful businesswoman coupled with her skill and talent; a great role model; supreme ambassador and unparalleled national gem.

    Awesome.

    Now in modern life its necessary to infuse youth with vigor or otherwise create upliftment so she needs to be elevated to the very select position of national heroine!

    So be it. I definitely done now, bro.

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  • @MillerDecember 1, 2021 9:47 AM

    Perhaps I do have my eye on the multi-volume work penned by Martin Bernal. Anyway …

    After the abolition of the colonial exams, only one question counts for higher education: Are you loyal to our Supreme Leader, state and party? Yes or no? If you say yes, you no longer need a university exam to ascend to the highest offices of state, because the loyalty to our Supreme Leader is the highest value in our New Republic.

    Day 2 of the New Republic

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  • @David, I have nothing against Ms. Fenty and I wish her well in this new role. It is not to be taken lightly.
    However, in my opinion her personal achievements do not meet national criteria.
    It is also my opinion that she is the latest pawn to achieve the goals of MAM for recognition on the world stage. This was about MAM not even about the personal achievements of Ms Fenty. It is great PR on the world stage.
    Going forward, I hope that Ms. Fenty will use her platform to transform and take the musical genres of Barbados to the international stage and pave the way for thousands of Barbadians to become internationally acclaimed. She become bridge the same way that Bob Marley used his musical genius in music to transform the lives of those in the music industry in Jamaica. For me she now has to make an indelible mark in music on the Barbados soundscape. The apologist will say that Calypso and Spouge are not her genre but it is now the time to try for the team Barbados.

    I also think that it is time to move away from these political affiliation of honours and that a new system is put in place where public participation by ballot determines the outcome. The public will therefore not be surprised to hear who the honours are bestowed upon.

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  • @Dee Word

    Can you make your mind up- is she eligible to be elevated to national hero or not. If she is then questioning motive behind the selection is irrelevant.

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  • Zero surprise to me. The PM and Rihanna, have been tight for years. And lest we forget, the Rihanna consumer lines are big advertising spenders. In Barbados, the understanding between big spenders and the media is often referenced. One has to believe Rihanna has been instrumental in several of the PM’s international gigs. She has the clout. And they don’t ‘just happen’. This PM has not been shy in recognising those close to her, the first ‘Sir’ raised similar questions.
    I guess Rihanna may have been given the ‘Key to the Republic’ or similar. National Heroine, why not? And while the male population may not be aware, this event was off the estrogen meter, a female PM, a female President, a female Heroine of international acclaim!! Plus so many other story angles.
    The event of becoming a Republic, was well orchestrated on the global media stage. And well covered. Well done.

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  • @Heather

    You definition of Rihannas contribution maybe deemed narrow by some.

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  • A Load!!!

    This Rihanna travesty resulted from begrudging.

    Bajans???

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  • Heather December 1, 2021 10:46 AM #: “I also think that it is time to move away from these political affiliation of honours and that a new system is put in place where public participation by ballot determines the outcome. The public will therefore not be surprised to hear who the honours are bestowed upon.”

    @ Heather

    Are the persons upon whom national honours are bestowed, nominated by Barbadians?

    For example:

    “Nominations for the National Independence/Republic Honours 2021. (BGIS)”

    “Barbadians are invited to submit nominations for the 2021 National Independence/Republic Honours, to the National Honours and Decorations Advisory Council.”

    https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/nominations-for-national-independence-republic-honours/

    Just asking?

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  • Correction – HEROES HAVE ALWAYS HAD FLAWS!

    TYPOS

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  • Let me see now..
    ⭐ a global black role model
    🌟 singer business woman
    🌠 multi millionaire at 33 … wait.. billionaire ($+1.7bn)
    ✨ world’s richest female singer in 2021
    what more do all y’all self righteous sanctimonious jealous haters want or need from a young gal from the hood made good like anybody wished they could she’s probably more famous than Barbados

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  • @ NorthernObserver December 1, 2021 10:52 AM

    On Thursday, February 21, 2008, during a rally in Bridgetown, to honour Robyn Rihanna Fenty, then PM David Thompson announced she was named as an honorary Cultural Ambassador for Barbados…… and ‘government’ was also recognizing her contributions by giving her a “piece of the rock” — a plot of real estate in the Apes Hill area of St. James.

    The people who opposed it, did so for similar reasons they’re now opposing her being appointed a ‘national hero.’

    If you’re interested, read some of the comments on the following blogs.

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2008/02/21/rihanna-gets-reception-fit-for-a-queen/#comments

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/thompsons-folly-forcing-barbados-ambassador-for-culture-and-youth-upon-a-girl-named-rihanna/

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  • If you ask me, Mia is looking to cash in on Rihanna because desperate times call for desperate measures.

    If you ask me, Rihanna is smart enough to know what this is about. You don’t make billions by being naive.

    If you ask me, I would say that Rihanna would not drain the blood of Barbadians at this time by accepting $22,000 monthly without some sort of payback. I would trust her to put it to good use for the benefit of Barbadians.

    It will return multiplied.

    If it were me, I would use it to finance the education of some young people in the creative industries and a mentorship and revolving loan scheme for up and coming young entrepreneurs.

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  • Davie Davie Davie 🎶

    You opened a can of bad Smelling (blown) Sardines and de negatives are partaking..
    .

    De perfectors.

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  • Oh dear! I just told my son that Wily Coyote reminds me of Richard Hoad. Glad to see somebody else has noticed the similarity.

    These people!

    I stopped reading Richard Hoad at the time of Trayvon Martin’s murder by George Zimmerman.

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  • Barbados turning a new leaf as a Republic asnthe Template of morals and standards are being eroded
    It was only a week ago when the Name of God was being caught up.in a political whirlwind
    Now a standard set for being called a hero is being caught up in an epicenter of divisiveness
    It is so sad to see how the powers in high places can set aside their guidelines of principle to suffice a few
    Most heroes are sacrificial lambs
    Are barbadians ready and prepared for the many economic sacrifices they have to make which would in many cases catapult them to a status of heroism or sacrificial lambs

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  • I am certain that Act was revised A reading on the original Act was revised which removed some of the original content deemed necessary to be a Hero
    Replaced with govt meaning and interpretation
    All done under the noses of Barbadians in Parliament about a week ago
    So far this govt has not failed to divide a country and its people

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  • Of the Act and as amended was it done in the dark of parliament ?

    #hignoranceabouds

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  • Very hard or near impossible to overlook or ignore or downplay Rhianna humanitarian service at home and world wide
    However when govt pursue a path of tinkering with law s and Acts for self service
    Then there is a smoldering fire which must be out before the whole dam place burns to the ground
    Buyer Beware of political Wisepersons bearing Gifts

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  • Bring the facts to support government tinkered with the law or …

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  • Under the Public Order Act you are NOT ALLOWED to stand up for Black human rights, ya can be arrested for standing up for ya own rights, ya own property, ya own estate and inheritance, and for attempting to fight racism, oppression, discrimination, disenfranchisement, apartheid, thefts etc….so that indicates that there will NEVER be an opportunity for anyone to become a hero or shero under the present anti-black human legislations…UNLESS THEY ARE REMOVED permanently from the statue books…so this is the best ya will get…..until…but no one is holding their breath….because we all remember what they did to Clement Payne and in their inbred hypocrisy now pretending to honor him…

    no one from DBLP thought it was REPUGNANT to have such evil legislation in place and they ALL KEPT IT..because they know why….want to see them blaming that on UK too….oh, they can’t because they are now a brand new republic with the same Westminster constitution that NO ONE FORCED THEM TO KEEP…….some peoople thinks that is funny and are laughing hard but i don’t for one minute think it’s funny..

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  • #Artax what happens after the nomination? Where is the transparency?

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  • DavidDecember 1, 2021 12:25 PM

    Of the Act and as amended was it done in the dark of parliament ?
    Xxxxx
    In Parliament under the cloud of suspicious motives
    Now we know why
    Xxccccc

    #hignoranceabouds
    The above also applies to u

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  • @Heather

    How would you suggest the government make the process transparent? You have prefer a referendum for example? If the criteria is clear it addresses concerns bearing in mind there will be an element of subjectivity.

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  • Davie*

    Our boys walking around with British Empire Medals (Sir).

    What’s next ?

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  • This partisan BS has no end on either side. When the fiftieth anniversary of Independence was with us, a lot of people had a negative approach to celebrating that also. The partisan comments are there for anybody to read on BU.
    A republic was promised by both administrations. It has been delivered and we should celebrate it. It was the right thing to do. Full stop.
    Fifty years is a milestone of any achievement: marriage ; a fifty in cricket;birthday etc.
    Back then we should have celebrated it full stop.
    We continue to reap what we sow. Pot, all day long , calling the kettle black.
    Shameful !!

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  • As mentioned earlier….the various story angles were numerous.
    One daughter informs me, the ‘biggest’ (her take from whatever social media feeds she consumes) story is whether Rihanna is pregnant or not. Apparently, the focus of many in her burnt orange outfit, was not the missing support from one of the Savage line’s best sellers, but the way the outfit addressed a potential ‘baby bump’.

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  • Here is how govt manipulate the Gold Award Achievement Act
    Can go to.u tube to hear the full.reading

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  • I noticed in the archived comments where some people complained that Rihanna’s generosity is not confined to Barbadians and I thought, “Did Barbadians alone make her a superstar and a multimillionaire?”

    Some people just cannot think straight.

    Was not Richard Hoad’s brother one who ran off to Australia? I know it had to be one of his relatives who said my “disrespect” of the queen was disgraceful. She did not respect my right to protest. Trayvon Martin’s right to self-defence was not repected. Our right to self-rule is not respected.

    I bet the brutes hate Rihanna. She is richer than they are. And better at business.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, u caught me by surprise with “Can you make your mind up- is she eligible to be elevated to national hero or not […].”

    I believed my comments were crystally clear with no room for doubt.

    I imagine that you took what was a facetious, back-handed critique literally. As u often remind me good sir: read with context!

    So considering all I had said before… this was sarcastic facetiousness don’t u think:
    “Now in modern life it’s necessary to infuse youth with vigor or otherwise create upliftment so she needs to be elevated to the very select position of national heroine!”

    But obviously… it wasn’t clear … sarcasm can be muddled and missed fah sure!

    @Notthern, I always find your notes interesting and quite illuminating …

    Your piece above needs to be read several times and digested … I surely hope u are being as facetious as I (earlier attempted) as some of your remarks at 10:52 shout WT-RH!

    “The PM and Rihanna, have been tight for years. […] the understanding between big spenders and the media is often referenced. One has to believe Rihanna has been instrumental in several of the PM’s international gigs. She has the clout. […] This PM has not been shy in recognising those close to her, the first ‘Sir’ raised similar questions.”

    Soooo, this repeated nuisance that it’s all about money and Bdos for sale; and too that ALL ROADS lead to and from MAM … is not nuisance ‘value’ as u see it!

    And “I guess Rihanna may have been given the ‘Key to the Republic’ or similar. National Heroine, why not?”

    Why not, indeed!

    But this was GOOD … “this event was off the estrogen meter, a female PM, a female President, a female Heroine of international acclaim!! Plus so many other story angles.”

    Female power cubed, eh!

    Well orchestrated, indeed.
    Absolutely first class PR.

    And @Artax I was reflecting on that this morning and yesterday when I mentioned her being an ambassador… nothing wrong with that in the least … this is at a magnitude times 10 … absolutely different dynamic.

    The question of how an individual could be elevated to that of national heroine without (as far as I know) any national discourse/debate, parliamentary/cabinet review (publicly noted) or nothing of the sort is obviously not relevant in these heady days!

    (David, that’s sarcasm , too 😂🙏🏿)

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  • Well, well.
    BU bloggers has turned me into an old busybody. Nominated to be a hero and the BU insinuations and rumors got me googling Rhianna’s name with every other word in the English language.

    Now learning things that I do/did not care about.

    The expression “No good deed goes unpunished” though not fully applicable comes to mind.

    A Barbadian Hero is without honor in her own country. I wish I was one of her advisors, you all would be ‘tekking’ back the honor tomorrow.

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  • @ 555d ubstreet December 1, 2021 11:12 AM
    (Quote):
    what more do all y’all self righteous sanctimonious jealous haters want or need from a young gal from the hood made good like anybody wished they could she’s probably more famous than Barbados…(Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Probably???

    She is by far more famous than Barbados measured in astronomical units.

    Rihanna is a super STAR around which the country Barbados has been a mere satellite.

    As a citizen of Barbados she has certainly given back to her country far more than she took from it.

    She is the embodiment of that aristocratic principle of ‘Noblesse Oblige’.

    “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

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  • The woman’s name is RIHANNA.

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  • Copied from Facebook- Joanelle Prescod’s response to a post.

    It’s not simply about struggle when you remove the civic and self sacrificial effort that undergurds the hero and instead make it all about individual accomplishment then we start to overlook and undervalue those that stay right here and pour blood sweat and tears into the fiber of who we are. Rihanna’s success has been celebrated and will continue to be, however that designation was for those whom outside of it would have been unsung. Sarah Ann Gill would have been forgotten for her humble and sacrificial efforts to teach the slaves to read and fight for religious freedoms. We overlook Kemar Saffery a young man who lives here and is diligently fighting for our homeless at home to award someone who has more than enough praises. As a young person it actually hurts because it reinforces that humble effort and service isn’t enough. Now I must be an international force for a national award. And this discourages the nation building that we truly need. I am one who says it’s not deserved and I’m young. But it’s because I see the bigger picture, Barbadians have a habit of bypassing those who are not extremely extraordinary. Jackie Opel created spouge and loses out on this designation which is for first and foremost the nation of Barbados to a global celebrity. This is why we have some of the lowest growth rates in the Caribbean it’s not always about being a hater. Sometimes we do need to guard what is national and local and demand that the amount of LOCAL input be seen.

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  • What I have seen over the years coming to the island there is a tendency to resent people that overachieve, it seems a lot easier to accept people that come home with their tail between their legs that ones that have gone outside your shores and made a success of it. What I see here is a woman that has never failed to represent her country, gives back, looks after family and is a real rags to riches story .I know there probably is many people that are deserving of hero status ….most dead…this isnt a competition this is how do we have the most impact on the population on making a republic in a relatable way and make it special a event at the same time because for most life did not change either way. . There are many years ahead for all to be recognized but becoming a republic is looking to the future so why be dragging up people long gone there will be many years ahead for them to get their due.

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  • Changing laws to satisfy a few power brokers in society is not considered good governance
    People can see and observed the political hands involved which are meant to guide and when all is said and done the result ends with a govt having the ability to circumvent laws leading to a dictatorship
    No one has problem with a gift bent towards humanitarian causes which should be rewarded
    However the underlying issue of concerns lent itself to ask where are the merits of standards applied than a humanitarian should now be considered a hero

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  • @Heather

    Read the eligibility criteria, does Rihanna qualify or not.

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  • @DIW
    you must know by now, writing is not my forte. No need to go too deep.
    Nuisance value? I think just reality.
    the eh! was noted (even if not intentional we Canadians know eh!)
    On a serious, non facetious note, I pay only passing attention to most awards, honours etc.
    And it is very likely that whatever the stated written requirements are, they haven’t been met.
    But who cares? Ok, I see you do. But, do you think the foreign press were sending coverage to see MacDonald Blenman be installed? Or the other cultural ambassador Anthony Carter? This group is very strong at PR. And the fact Rihanna ‘would be in attendance’ was more than enough to attract the global cameras.

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  • Tell the blog how the amendment to the Act regarding the Gold Achievement Award is related to Rihanna being elevated to National Hero? The blogmaster notes it was debated in parliament and recorded on YouTube and other media, to your point about changes made in the dark.

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  • @NO

    Therein lies the problem. We have to hold government officers accountable based on what is written in the laws and approved procedures. In this case it is therefore not about Rihanna being elevated BUT whether those making the decision to appoint her violated our scared trust. What we are discussing is part of a systematic problem that afflicts the nation. This is why the blogmaster is stuck on the issue if her appointment veered outside the law.

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  • A wise government would never bestow such a heavy burden on one so young. Why jump on the band wagon. Rihanna made her fame outside of Barbados. She deserves to be left in peace.

    I can see the PR value, however she is a busy young lady. We appear to be exploitating her whilst seeking to gain brand recognition from her celebrity and business exploits.

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  • We are exploiting a 33 year old billionaires?

    Could be the elevation may drive her to raise the bar for herself and others in tow.

    #pissinthrblogmasterpocketdo

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  • Rihanna is more famous than Barbados, she makes the island famous because most people in the international arena still believe that Barbados is in Jamaica…..

    you hit the nail on the head TLSN…the name of the game is exploitation while hating…..

    i would be more concerned with if they will EVER GET A REPUBLIC CONSTITUTION…..lol…and apparaently they won’t (in the local parlance) unpick dey teet if they never get one…don’t seem the least bit concerned about what is very likely to transpire if they do not have a constitution in place that FREES THEM from neocolonialism and crypto-racism.

    Mia really knows how to play them and divert attention away from what is really happening…. forever stuck in gossip and not seeing reality…..200 years more of slavery would not cure them….lost forever..

    thieves got knight(shite)hoods and paraded around for DECADES robbing them hundreds of millions and reducing them to mere Slaves…..and they celebrated these crooks to the end…

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  • btw…i have perused quite a few republic constitutions and KNOW exactly what one should look like and it SHOULD CRIMINALIZE ALL FORMS OF racism, oppression, disenfranchisment and discrimination directed at Afrikan descents…meaning that those from other groups who violate and government officials who participate SHOULD GO TO PRISON…

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  • Mari

    Stop with the changing law foolishness
    Dem did in when they were in power with no crying from you

    It’s a tool used by both governments and is not against the law

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  • WURA-War-on-U,
    I often “……hit the nail on the head…..”
    I am like a mirror that reflects the unflattering truth and this is why I have a number of haters on BU.

    Does it concern me? Not in the least.

    Rihanna is a diamond that will be continually exploited in Barbados. Leave the young lady to come and go as she pleases. My advice to her, if I could be so presumptuous, would be to invest some of her money in her old neighbourhood.

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  • Rihanna is the new Queen of Barbados | News | The Times
    was the heading in an article today

    It is a signal Barbados is moving more towards it’s future in it’s thinking instead of being stuck in it’s past

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  • “I am like a mirror that reflects the unflattering truth and this is why I have a number of haters on BU”

    the petty haters will always be around,, they have nothing better or more uplifting to do even when their hating fails…just ignore and most times they go away never to be heard from again or just fizzle when they have reached their mental limit…

    it’s amazing what concerns people the most and it’s NOT their own or each other’s welfare, wellbeing and future………time wasters….from young i realized something was very wrong with that….until much later when i understood much better what really drives them..

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  • RiRi. Is being exploited- yes
    But she also know the value to her brand she is get from being from Barbados and being honored in Barbados

    It’s symbiotic – both parties are aware what’s going on and how each will benefit

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  • @John2

    “RiRi. Is being exploited- yes
    But she also know the value to her brand she is get from being from Barbados and being honored in Barbados”

    Xxxx

    As your blog-master would say “Spot on”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, in response to my earlier ‘Eh!” post (which has apparenrly disappeared) @Northern said “It is very likely that whatever the stated written requirements are, they haven’t been met. […] But who cares?”

    That’s the most apt reply to your query “Read the eligibility criteria, does Rihanna qualify or not.”

    It’s for the opposition and other important officials in Barbados to ask the serious questions of our PM and determine how it’s possible for such a seminal national award to be proclaimed without ANY public discussion … not even a whiff of commentary !

    Again I reflect on @Northern’s throw-away aside about the high ‘estrogen’ meter and its quite tongue-in-check reference to us discharging one queen and gracelessly anointing another.

    It took us over 50 years and lots of talk and angst to cut one link and in one fell swoop … with no debate, no preamble but with an awful lot of backroom intrigue another ‘Queen’ has been created.

    You should indeed be fixated on criteria and process, bro… but as the man said: Who really cares …. it’s MAM ‘s will be done!

    Lata.

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  • TLSN

    You often hit the nail on the head what?

    You mean you often Talk Lotta Shite Nonstop….. TLSN.

    You and the back to Africa idiot.

    How could people hate somebody they never met yet?

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  • Being declared a national superhero and given the opportunity to help and promote her nation is not exactly exploitation.
    She will grow into her role as a stateswoman on the international stage and will be used in various campaigns that she chooses to support.
    She was the highlight of the ceremony the other day and got the biggest cheer by the crowds.

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  • @Dee Word

    Your comment inadvertently was sent to spam.

    Again therein lies the issue. Barbadians are not engaged enough when it comes to governance issues.

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  • What Rihanna has achieved is significant and she has borne it publicly with grace.

    I am not going to comment on the yay or nay of her being anointed a national hero.

    However, mulling it over, then reading DPD’s contribution, it struck me that the appointment has far more to do with psychology and national identity than money.

    Of course, the brand image is part of it, we would be naive to think otherwise.

    However, the psychological significance bears assessment.

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  • John2December 1, 2021 3:46 PM

    Mari

    Stop with the changing law foolishness
    Dem did in when they were in power with no crying from you

    It’s a tool used by both governments and is not against the law

    Xxxxxx
    Changing laws to fit political purpose does not in anyway exemplifies Good Governance
    Laws should be changed which would reflect guidelines that are aligned and with purpose to make changes that
    are necessary and such changes would improve the social and economic landscape of a nation
    Not a willy nillie attempt to include a facade of pretense motives to satisfy a few

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  • “You often hit the nail on the head what?”

    TLSN…trolls can be ignorned, they have proven to be very low on mental power.

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  • Success has not gone to Rhianna Head
    Hope she remains focus and don’t allow herself to become a political toy for any and every politician to use and wind up when need be
    This hero Award is just the beginning of the modern day politician throwing toys into the political arena in order to achieve their own interest
    Seems like the days of biscuits and corned beef is over making way for Awards
    What a thing doah

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  • You flatter yourself. You could only be like a mirror in a funhouse.

    DISTORTED!

    Steupse!

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  • TLSN…trolls can be ignorned, they have proven to be very low on mental power.

    Look, everybody dun know that YOU DO THREE THINGS ON BU.

    First, you duz repeat the same shite, 24-7-365.

    Second, when you don’t be doing the first, YOU DON’T IGNORE THE TROLLS and yuh duz spend a whole day quarreling, fretting and replying to something they said to you that you don’t like, either in the morning or the day before.

    Third, you put the first and second together to tell we how long you was on BU and vague descriptions of what you think you achieved for that time.

    NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS. NOW THAT IS WHAT YUH DUZ CALL LOW MENTAL POWER.

    WATCH HOW YUH GINE FRET YUH ASS FUH THE BALANCE OF THE NIGHT.

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  • “Success has not gone to Rhianna Head
    Hope she remains focus and don’t allow herself to become a political toy for any and every politician to use and wind up when need be”

    She’s not a political animal, but this role could help to keep her grounded as she matures.
    Many rock and pop stars lives end in tragedies, especially when their popularity wanes..
    Hip Hoppers like Jay Z, 50 Cent have gone on into making films and TV Series’.

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  • @Tron December 1, 2021 7:09 AM ” She has successfully battled hurricanes, volcanic ash, national bankruptcy, lice, cockroaches, Donville Inniss, OSA, and the DLP.”

    What lice you talking ’bout? In my nearly 70 years I have never seen a louse in Barbados. I don’t even know what a louse looks like, and I am as poor, working class as you can get. However a kinswoman of mine worked in public health in the great white north and she saw lice in children’s hair all of the time.

    But we Bajans. We don’t do lice.

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  • @Hants December 1, 2021 9:46 AM “I read The Act you posted. There is no ” her ” in The Act.”

    That’s because the Act was written by a bunch of men who found it perfectly acceptable to exclude women.

    In addition some people seem to believe that great honors should only to people who are old or male or dead, and even better if they are

    OLD
    MALE
    and DEAD

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  • @Donna December 1, 2021 10:14 AM “Did not Thomas Jefferson have a second family with one of his slaves?”

    There is no evidence that Thomas Jefferson regarded the children which he begat with his black enslaved woman as family. I doubt that anyone of them could even come into his home except as servants. I would bet that none of this enslaved FAMILY ever ate at his dinner table.

    We must not fool ourseles that because a man fooped his slave woman that he loved her or her children. Similar has long happened in Barbados where the white children of the plantation would be chauffeured [black chauffer] to school, while the half white children of the same plantation owner or manager walked barefoot to elementary school.

    Tell me the truth now, has any one of you ever seen a white Bajan planter driving his white children and his half white children to the same school in the same car?

    We must stop fooling ourselves. We must stop looking at our history through rose colored glasses.

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  • @de pedantic Dribbler December 1, 2021 10:25 AM “The Dean and now Justice Cumberbatch advised the blog some many moons ago that ‘he’ or any male pronouns MUST be read generically to also be rederring to females in all legal docs of that type, as I imagine you remember. Thus I do expect you were jesting!”

    But Jeff is a man, so what did you expect?

    I would bet anything that neither you nor Jeff, nor David nor any of the men of BU would feel comfortable being referred to as she either privately of publicly.

    I think that I might start referring to all of the men of BU as she.

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  • Cuhdear BajanDecember 1, 2021 11:04 PM

    @Donna December 1, 2021 10:14 AM “Did not Thomas Jefferson have a second family with one of his slaves?”

    There is no evidence that Thomas Jefferson regarded the children which he begat with his black enslaved woman as family.

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

    Read his will.

    Did not need to do any of the things he did for his outside children.

    https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/last-will-and-testament

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  • @Tron December 1, 2021 10:37 AM “After the abolition of the colonial exams, only one question counts for higher education: Are you loyal to our Supreme Leader, state and party? Yes or no?”

    My response: Perhaps, maybe, sometimes, it depends.

    Actually I have never spent a day in my life being unswerving loyal to anybody, not to my parents, not to my siblings, not to my spouse, not to my children. I love them all, but they all knew/know NOT TO EXPECT absolutely loyalty from me.

    It ain’t happening.

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  • @Donna December 1, 2021 1:45 PM “She is richer than they are. And better at business.”

    Hee!, hee!, hee!

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  • @WURA-War-on-U December 1, 2021 3:26 PM “… most people in the international arena still believe that Barbados is in Jamaica…”

    If this is true, and I don’t believe that it is true, since a simple Google search would reveal that Barbados is NOT in Jamaica.If this is true, is it our fault that most people in the international world are too stupid to use Google or Wikipedia?

    Stupssseee!!!

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  • @John December 1, 2021 11:21 PM “Did not need to do any of the things he did for his outside children.”

    We know that the old white slavers wrote the law that deemed some father’s children inside children and some others outside children. And wrote the law to say that a father did not have to give anything to some of his children even while their were minors. That they gave themselves permission to enslave and to kill if they wished their own children

    But how can a child be outside when ALL children come from inside of our bodies?

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  • @David
    I get your point. And trust you have read the relevant documents.
    BUT….
    are we talking about laws/rules or guidelines open to subjective interpretation
    AND,,,
    if the elected run from accountability on basic requirements of several Acts/laws they are sworn to uphold, that have great clarity, how do you expect to wave the accountability flag here.
    I will say what I said re GPII…find a battle you can win.

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  • @DIW
    you interpret well so I done.

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  • Cuhdear BajanDecember 2, 2021 12:06 AM

    But how can a child be outside when ALL children come from inside of our bodies?

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

    If you knew your history you would know that his brother or nephew are also candidates for “his outside children”!!

    Logic would then dictate that they would be his outside children for which he provided.

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  • “If this is true, and I don’t believe that it is true, since a simple Google search would reveal that Barbados is NOT in Jamaica.If this is true, is it our fault that most people in the international world are too stupid to use Google or Wikipedia?”

    you do realize that not everyone is OBSESSED WITH or care anything about where any one island is located., not with the thousands and thousands and thousands to be found worldwide…some people call it geographical ignorance, ya will be shocked at how wide spread it is………you need to get out some more…or it least get out of your head sometimes…

    “However a kinswoman of mine worked in public health in the great white north and she saw lice in children’s hair all of the time.

    “But we Bajans. We don’t do lice”

    check out the so called white schools and ya will find all the lice that ya want and never knew existed, they breed in silky hair makes life easier to survive…harder in to breed in natural curly Afrikan hair, but they cause infection in our group when lice jump from head to head..

    “WATCH HOW YUH GINE FRET YUH ASS FUH THE BALANCE OF THE NIGHT.”

    i slept for the balance of the night while you spent the night on look out….low intellect, lower brain power…i got better things to do….ya have to wait for my next fret session to feel excited……they are never preplanned so ya may have a long wait….so stay on lookout…good girl….

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