It doesn’t matter who occupies the white house….

One thing that has become frighteningly clear to the masses is that it really doesn’t matter who occupies the white house. Whether the candidates have been chosen, groomed and financed into the position, or perhaps visited, blackmailed and coerced to do so after attaining the position, they (the “elected” officials) eventually must do the bidding of certain interests and agendas that have existed way before their election. I believe it is this disillusionment that has set the stage for the uprising we now witness. The irony, in other words, is that it is the very election of a Black president (with an agenda for change that hasn’t seemed to manifest) that has contributed to the rejection of government and the entire economic system that is occurring on his watch. Fault not the man. There are bigger forces at work. 

The futility of Suppression: Why attempts to quell the revolution simply hasten its eruption.

Reports out of Wall Street indicate that many people are convinced that cell phone communication during today’s shut down of the stock market were blocked.

The police, once believed to be there to “serve and protect” are discovered to be tools of the 1% when they raid and pillage the Occupy encampments and attack the protesters.

Paypal, once believed to be an independent, autonomous, non-political entity reveals itself to be a government tool in their freezing of Wikileaks’ account.

Politicians, once believed to be elected by and there to serve the interests of the electorate, are shown to act outside of the law and are reigned in by the courts as acting unconstitutionally.

The irony of these various acts of suppression by the forces that seem is that they increase the very sense of frustration that sparked the uprising.  

The alleged collusion on the part of cell phone companies, the police, the mainstream media, Paypal (and other companies), as well as  the politicians, identifies them as “the enemy.” The growing sense that there’s nowhere to turn, and no other alternative but all-out revolution simply grows.  

Occupy Wall Street, The Uprising goes viral! Bob Marley would be proud!

I’m very fortunate to be here in New York–ground zero of the Occupy Wall Street Uprising, and the flashpoint of the global day of protest. I’m glad to be witness, participant and documentarian of this insurgency, protest and revolution in thought and action. It’s exciting, encouraging, and inspiring!

Part of my support is simply adding my blog voice to the throngs. Here are some photos of the encampment at “Liberty Park” in New York of a few weeks ago, and this popular viral shot of Dorli Rainey, the 84-year old who was pepper-sprayed by the Seattle Police.

Today is the International Day of Solidarity, Day of Action in which protests, demonstrations and occupations are occurring all around the US and in other locations around the globe.



Zuccoti “Liberty” Park in lower Manhattan, before the recent raid by NYC police

Zuccoti “Liberty” Park in lower Manhattan, before the recent raid by NYC police

Dorli Rainey, 84-year old pepper-sprayed by Seattle Police
Stay tuned for more!

This is the Uprising” lp cover

Check out the lyrics of “Revolution” by Bob Marley, from the Natty Dread LP

Revelation reveals the truth – revelation.
It takes a revolution to make a solution;
Too much confusion, so much frustration, eh!
I don’t wanna live in the park (live in the park);
Can’t trust no shadows after dark (shadows after dark), yeah!

So, my friend, I wish that you could see,
Like a bird in the tree, the prisoners must be free, yeah! (free)

Never make a politician grant you a favour;
They will always want to control you forever, eh!
So if a fire make it bun (make it burn, make it burn)

And if a blood make it run (make it run, run, run),
Rasta de ‘pon top, can’t you see?
So you can’t predict the flop!

We got lightning (lightning), thunder (thunder),

brimstone (brimstone) and fire – fire (fire, fire);
Lightning (lightning), thunder (thunder),
brr-brimstone (brimstone) and fire – fire – fiyah!

Kill, cramp and paralyze all weak at conception;
Wipe them out of creation (creation), yeah-eah! (creation)

Let righteousness cover the earth
Like the water cover the sea, yeah! Yeah!

Gourmand Awards for the category Culinary Travel? Yes, you heard me!

No, I haven’t won yet! However, I never would have imagined that I would be entered in a cookbook competition, but someone from Gourmand contacted me and suggested I enter The Coffepot Cookbook in the Culinary Travel portion of the annual Gourmand Cookbook contest ! 

According to their website, last year, a total of 154 countries participated in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010. Categories include TV Celebrity Chef, Innovative, Entertaining, Bloggers, Guides, Cookbook of the Year, Best Cover, Design, Sustainable, Health and Nutrition, Children and Nutrition, Culinary Travel, Easy Recipes, and more! 


Jamaican in Macau!

Now, before you get too excited….and before I get too far ahead of myself, I am NOT in Macau. However, like any true and wise revolutionary, I do have an undisclosed number of face doubles, stand-ins, stuntmen, body doubles, affiliates and certified guest hosts to “sub” for me should the need arise. (I do, however, perform all dating and romantic assignments in house. These are rarely subcontracted.)

With that said, my friend Ron, the interim Jamaican on Saipan, whom faithful readers will recall from Friends in High Places…skewing the distribution and [SaipanTribune story:]There are more Jamaicans on Saipan was in Macau recently and took a few photos

While I’m away, I’ve even given Ron–as stand-in Jamaican– the keys to my secret hideaway on Saipan! Don’t get too comfortable, buddy…