i see from the spate of articles in todays UBP Gazette that even the editor Bill Zuill realizes that the UBP is obsolete and incapable of bringing down the PLP so they have decided that they will try and bring down the PLP. No one can argue with the importance of a FOI act but it seems kinda suspect that on the eve of the PLPs new 5 year term and the crumbling of the UBP that the gazette has decided that now is the time to launch yet another investigation into the PLP govt. - where was this clarion call in the 80s? If it were any other entity it would seem sincere but seeing that it's the UBP gazette it looks to be another attack on the PLP. I hope that when they're airing out all of this info that we find out who owns what and who is worth what and who really runs what as opposed to who sits on public boards. It seems like another stall tactic to keep the PLP govt. spinning its wheels defending itself instead of getting on with the business of running a govt. - and then in years to come they will attack the PLP for not running the govt,. properly - its' a nasty catch 22 - much like the games played on Bill Clinton by the republicans during his time in office (monicagate, white water, travelgate etc.) all while the US was enjoying unparalleled social and economic stability. It seems that with the UBP treading water that gazette is the last bastion of the "old ways". How many cops have been caught speeding?! A better question is how many blk writers are on staff at the gazette.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Posted by bermuda:str8nochaser at 10:34 AM
Friday, January 18, 2008
UBP party chairman Mr. Shawn Crockwell said that he, Kim Swan, and Donte Hunt were the kind of young black faces that will take the UBP forward with the right image and ideas. He said: "We represent the future of the party. I think we will take a leading role. Personalities make up a political party and shape a political party. The UBP has this influx of new, young talent and we can change the party from within."
if the UBP is now placing pigment over policy - isn't that what the PLP supporters have been accused of. what does this statement by the party chairman, "were the kind of young black faces that will take the UBP forward" say to all of those white UBP voters who swore up and down that the UBP was all about uniting the races in bda? This "were the kind of young black faces that will take the UBP forward" doesn't sound like they're about uniting the races.
and this doesn't sound like they are about holding strong to the much touted ideals of a united UBP:
Mr. Crockwell stressed that it would be "regrettable" if older UBP figures get pushed aside, but said that it may be necessary for the good of the party and democracy in Bermuda.
what it sounds like is that the new UBP is about getting rid of the whiteness in the UBP and posing as a blk party in order to get elected.
so the question is - is the party that kicked them to the curb after decades of support still the party that best reps white bda.
Crockwell said: "Unfortunately he [Mr. Barritt] is white, and he's a Barritt, and that could create an issue, as it appeared to with Milkman Ducky."
Unfortunately he [Mr. Barritt] is white?! what sort of racist nonsense is this?! the UBP chairman is saying that being white in bdan politics is Unfortunate.
Posted by bermuda:str8nochaser at 3:10 PM
Thursday, January 17, 2008
(The Spawning of BIAW)
Ol' Long Ears
The (pathetic)reason for
THE BIRTH OF
THE Bermuda Is Another World FORUM!
on: October 14, 2007, 04:27:47 PM »
For those of you who may not know the whole story, here's the background as to what brought about the "BIRTH" of this forum (NATION) (Bermuda is Another World)and ultimately the posting of this thread.
All of us were active posters over at another forum (hereinafter referred to as BS). Recently a number of posters had observed a change in the behaviour of Mike the Admin. Many of us put it down to perhaps Mike was unhappy that the forum was changing from a largely ex-pat Bermuda-bashing forum, to a truly Bermuda-centric discussion community which was largely pro-Bermuda.
Recently Mike had taken to attacking a number of the posters, and wielding his all-powerful weight around. His attack against Uncle Elvis and the name calling was evidence of this. Then about two weeks ago, he lashed out at Mysticman for comments he made about Laverne Furbert, which many of us felt were not libelous at all, and with her being a public figure, well within the bounds of a reasonable post. I, unaware of the pitfall that lay just ahead, agreed with Mysticman, and before we knew what had happened we were in the Shark Tank.
Despite repeated PMs and emails to Mike to explain why we were tanked without warning, we were ignored. For two days we were left with no explanation or access to appeal. During that time, I had an account I used for PMs deleted without so much as a word of explanation. This only served to escalate the tension and bad feeling. This was a total over-reaction by Mike, and as sole authority we were rendered powerless. He then taunted us and made childish statements like "I'm going out to spend the day with my lovely wife. I won't be dealing with you two for a while" or some such nonsense. Because of this treatment, we said some things, that had this been handled differently, didn't need to be said, and because of that, we wound up in The Shark Tank for even more time. Eventually, Mike released Mysticman from The Shark Tank, but I got to spend another two days there at "his master's pleasure".
It was during this time, that the seeds of another forum were sown, many posters PMd us, even though we couldn't PM back, or emailed us, and said how wrong they felt this was, and how stupid and childish Mike was being. We decided then and there to create another forum, different from BS, a forum that would be Bermudian owned and operated, and run by people who love Bermuda, not by someone who made no secret of his distain for all things Bermudian. In the next few days following my release from "The Tank" we set up Bermuda Is Another World! Many of the members of BS had already given us their seal of approval while we were in "The Tank", so we felt we would have a small, but loyal following.
We made no attempt to discredit BS, we made no statements about our feelings about the administration of BS, and many of us continued to post at BS. However the personal attacks continued, with Loki getting a severe lashing over something quite trivial. Then on Friday, October 12, I made a bunch of postings to the various blogs around the rock including Politics.bm, TheDevilIsland and The New Onion to name a few, and of course to BS. My post was very discrete, and just announced the arrival of a new Bermuda forum on the scene.
The very next day, I received a message from a member of BS who, interestingly enough was not a member of this forum, informing me that the link I had posted had a typo in it, and any attempt to follow that link, took one to BS. Assuming I had made the typo when I had originally posted, I went in and made a posting apologising for my sloppiness and retyped the URL. On reviewing that post, I saw that the same action had AGAIN occurred. SMF (the software of BS and this forum) has an admin feature called RESERVED WORD in which you can state words or word groups to be caught and changed, which is how we change “f**k” to “f*©k”. It would appear that Mike had set up a reserved word for “bermudaisanotherworld” and was removing the “i” from “is”. The amended URL pointed to BS, but at that point I wasn't aware of how that was being done, I assumed it to be something internal.
I made another post (three so far on this topic), a very polite one, identifying the problem, referencing “reserved words”, and hoping that this forum was not considered profanity over at BS. Phrasing it as a “hiccup”, I asked Mike in the politest of terms, if perhaps he could have a look at this for me, and correct the problem. I went in again some short time later, only to find that Mike had deleted all three of the posts I made to the Shark Tank referencing this problem. I didn't see what the significance of that action was (silly bunny that I am). Mike is the only person on BS who can delete in the Shark Tank. No other Moderator has that capability. Mike has been caught YET AGAIN with his hand in the cookie jar. The first time admittedly, I was speculating, not having been an admin of an SMF forum. But now I know exactly how things work being an admin of this forum, and he’s knows I nailed him. Why didn’t he just correct the situation and say “Oops! - Yes system glitch!”, and that would have been the end of it. Why, you might ask? Why indeed!
I saw that Mike was online, so I PM’d him, and simply said “Why were my three posts regarding the 'hiccup' erased”? He never answered me, and eventually logged off. This again was childish and petty behaviour, much like the tanking incident, and not only shows a level of immaturity but also is highly suggestive of someone looking for revenge. These were not the actions of a guiltless person in my mind.
Then today I received a message from a regular poster informing me he had done some research into the renaming issue over at BS, and had discovered that Mike had registered the domain name http://www.bermudasanotherworld.org/forum/ click on this link and see where it takes you! I couldn't believe that even Mike would be that infantile, but sure enough when I checked it out, it was true. He has set up the domain name, with domain forwarding to point to BS. How incredibly silly. I mean we were civilized about this, we just wanted a place to call our own. We didn't trash BS (although God knows, some of us had reason to) and some us were still avid posters over there. What is this saying to those folks? I think we know what it's saying.
Well it would appear we really didn't need to trash BS after all, Mike's doing quite a fine job of that all by himself. He's single-handedly managing to piss off just about everybody. Gee, Mike - what were you thinking? Oh, I know... you weren't! Well there you have it boys and girls, it would appear we have a mortal enemy in Mike, but it's hard to have a war if you're the only one there... We are here for us Mike... we're not here to war with you, this has nothing to do with you, or your site. We are here because we love and care about Bermuda, something you never did. We want to make a difference, not just make noise, and we are CERTAINLY glad to be free of the baggage your site name brings with it. Catch all the 'mispellers' you can, they'll soon realize they're in the wrong place, 'cause there'll be nobody posting over there eventually. You had a good run Mike, but Bermuda no longer needs your anger, or cares about your point of view, you live about as far away as you can get... and I think it's time to let it go.
Posted by bermuda:str8nochaser at 7:49 PM
Saturday, January 12, 2008
at a time when bda is enjoying a good economy and is being hailed as the most stable blk majority country in the world - it's sad that some haterz are trying to be as negative as possible - and even trying to compare us to what is going on in kenya - which is a.) racist because other than that govt. having the same skin colour as many in the plp we have nothing else in common - b.) ironic considering that many of the problems that african countries are experiencing are as a direct result of european colonial rule
what is also sad is that these scaremongers are unknowingly carrying on a racist tradition that some white bdans have been practicing for years- and guess what the sky hasn't fallen yet:
in 1902, Pastor Charles Monk of Allen Temple in somerset stood up for the rights of black people when he published accounts of the mistreatment of black laborers working at the Royal Naval Dockyard in his newspaper the New Era - Monk was quickly charged and found guilty* of criminal libel and spent 6 months in jail, - the press of the day stressed that Monks behavior and paper would threaten the "stability" of bda.
in 1920 Reverend Richard Tobbitt of the Richard Allen Church in St. Georges was the respected headmaster at St. Georges Parish school, one of only 2 high schools for black children on the island. However when then governor, Willcocks discovered that Tobbitt was a "garveyite" espousing black empowerment in bermuda, he instructed the govt. and the board of education to threaten the AME church (who ran the school) that they'd cut off funds to the school unless Tobbitt was fired. teh govt. felt that the presence of black empowerment in bda would threaten our "stability".
in the 40s dr. e. f. gordon tried to create a unified front while lobbying for fair labor practices and for Black representation on the powerful all white Labour Board thus ushering in a powerful era of union representation in bda. the govt. of the day felt that the labour union would threaten the "stability" of the island.
in 1959, dockworker joe mills formed a unified front for the dock workers under the BIU against the unfair practices of the stevedores. the stevedores engineered dissidence among union members by a.) using a smear campaign against mills and b.) encouraging the formation of a rival union, because they felt that a powerful dockworkers union would threaten the "stability" of bda.
in 1965 the BIU clashed with belco over working conditions and wages at the power company. the govt. and the press of the day attacked the BIU saying that the strike that they called would threaten the "stability" of the island.
in the 80s, while the PLP was making headway the UBP started scare-mongering about the PLP being pro communist and that they would chase business away from the island and threaten our "stability".
in the late 90s with the PLP on the verge of success - the UBP and some biz leaders warned that if a plp govt. was elected that IB would flee and that our "stability" would be threatened.
a decade later bda is a bigger player in IB than ever.
in 2007 the PLP govt. proposed laws to ensure that everyone shares in the economic prosperity of the island - the UBP and it's supporters warn that this will threaten the 'stability" of our island.
it seems that anytime blk bda asks for equality it will threaten the 'stability" of our island.
it was lie 100 years ago and it's a lie today.
Posted by bermuda:str8nochaser at 5:08 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2008
from Stu Hayward's latest babble in the Sun:
Let me say up front that I have no problem with pro-black initiatives. Every social and economic indicator reinforces the need to elevate opportunities and achievements for the black community in general. When, however, such initiatives are couched in anti-white terms or tinged with anti-white flavour, I have a problem.
hayward wears his race blindness on his sleeves but really seems to be only obsessed with making whites feel comfortable in spite of bda's poor present state of unfair wealth distribution. for me personally who's family and friends include asians, muslims, latinos etc. - it is even more obvious that seeings that hayward never mentions any races but the blk and white race that he isn't that interested or probably knowledgeable about race after all. he just knows how to make white people feel better so i guess in the minds of some he must seem pretty smart.
Hayward goes on to spout:
Any old revolutionaries can seek to advance their causes through the verbal and policy equivalents of Molotov cocktails. True statesmanship demands a less incendiary approach.
a young bdan environmentalist got to travel with mr. hayward, a former hero of the young person to an environmental conference in the Caribbean under Alex Scott's premiership where rather than offer some advice to this young bdan hayward chose instead to attach himself to the white members of the conference and do his self hating negro thing
and pls take note that under scott and smith hayward served on a govt. board yet during that time had no bad things to say about the PLP - it was only after losing his paycheque from the PLP govt. did he suddenly become a critic and pro UBP - says a lot of about his lack of credibility and true motives as is further evidenced in his
attack on the UBP while on the PLP payroll:
from the Royal Gazette - December 11, 2002
...Stuart Hayward has taken the UBPs [Mr Simmons] to task in a column published last week in the Bermuda Sun, calling him the UBP's poster-boy political hack. Mr Hayward went further, saying: "To provide an historical context, it wasn't uncommon during slavery times for a black man newly elevated to a position of power - as overseer, for example - to use the whip more often and more viciously than anyone could imagine possible."
...To find Hayward down here among us, banging his size 11 boots into the nearest UBP crotch, is a revelation - truly one of those Kodak moments someone was talking about the other day. Give that man a glass of champagne! He has earned it.
how does hayward go from "banging his size 11 boots into the nearest UBP crotch" to now himself being the poster boy for the UBPs nonsensical "can't we all just get along and keep the status quo"" race policy.
because he has no integrity.
it gets better
From the Royal Gazette Published: March 26. 2002 12:00AM
Editorial: Housing criticisms
In the wake of the revelations about the Bermuda Housing Corporation, someone, at some time, was going to blame the whole Housing Corporation problem on the media.
Earlier the same day, columnist Stuart Hayward claimed in the Bermuda Sun that the reporting of this newspaper, and its sister paper, the Mid-Ocean News, was a conspiracy to bring down the Premier.
it's seems that hayward is willing to not only support but defend the PLP as long as they keep him on the payroll. why else the change of heart. he has a column but has never spelled out why his views have so drastically changed - he now claims that the PLP has used the same "anti white" campaign election strategy for 3 elections - yet why was he not up in arms about this when he was on the govt. payroll?
and hayward finishes with this gem:
Now more than ever Bermuda needs true statesmanship to heal the wounds inflicted and widened by last month's election.
what a clueless clown. all he needs to do is go and wave at traffic in the morning and i bet they'd build a statue of him.
Posted by bermuda:str8nochaser at 8:18 AM