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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter 11.5.2010: Our Islands In Prayer | Weary Politics | Native Americans | FlashPoint | De Happenings | More

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Dearest On-Line Family and Friends:  Special Greetings To All Of You!!!

To all my family and friends from the Islands who are suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Tomas; we at Arious pray that your life returns to its normal state  soon.  Hold on…be strong…be patient…be helpful and supportive to others, and be godlike in all you do as you clean up and rebuild your lives after this storm.  To the ones who are mourning the loss of life, our hearts and prayers are with you!!!

Terrible Hurricane Tomas [the Atlantic season’s 12 hurricane] swept through the Caribbean over the past weekend with very heavy rains and winds reaching approximately 100 mph.  From all accounts Tomas created major havoc and left behind quite a bit of damage. 

I absolutely agree with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; it certainly seemed a light was shinning on [my] the lovely twin islands, because it was spared a full-blown hit from Tomas this past Friday and Saturday (10/30 & 10/31.)  My Mom informed me that the rain did however cause some flooding in the Northeast and South of Trinidad, as well as along the coastlines. In fact, there were landslides reported in the city of Toco; as well as some downed power lines.  Tobago on the other hand had some flooding; as well as landslides, and received some damage to the water system causing a shut down to several local Water and Sewage Authority facilities.  Ultimately causing many citizens in several cities to be without water  (LOL…hum, but then again what’s new?  Water shortage or no water at all has been a serious problem in Trinidad and Tobago for some time now.)

In Barbados the storm struck as a tropical storm with [reported] gusts of 75 mph winds, and many areas were impacted severely.  Hurricane Tomas barreled through the country and toppled utility poles causing extended power outages, downed large trees causing roads to be blocked, and brought down many communication lines.  Tomas also blew roofs from homes and caused more than 500 homes to be damaged quite badly.  Additionally, there was no running water for some time.

St Lucia got hit pretty badly as well, and declared a “State of Emergency”.  Unfortunately, several citizens lost their lives [14 confirmed so far].  The island sustained 21 hours of constant rain beginning on Saturday (10/30) and lasted throughout Sunday (10/31).  Tomas ripped roofs off a hospital, a school, and toppled a stadium.  Additionally, telephone power is out throughout the island.  Tomas’s rains caused roads to be washed away, and caused landslides and mudslides.  Needless-to-say, there were no electricity [I understand 80% of the electricity has been restored, though].  Most importantly, as recent as yesterday the Government of St. Lucia declared a water emergency, since the main water source that provides water to the Island has been declared inaccessible due to massive landslides.

I understand in Martinique thousands were without power, and streets were flooded.  Many tree branches were down as well.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines received high winds from Tomas [75 miles per hour winds]; that tore off roofs from hundreds of homes and left over 500 houses seriously damaged.  Power was lost, plus lots of flooding caused landslides and fruit trees to be damaged.  As a matter of fact,, I understand there are no banana trees left standing in the northern part of the island.  Roads were severely damaged, and small bridges were blown away. Several schools were damaged; as well as the coastline.  Thankfully, NO LIVES WERE LOST (per the reports)!!!

At this point, Tomas has moved across the Caribbean ocean, and have been dumping a lot of rain on islands in its pathway.  Currently, there are heavy rains and approximately 85 mph winds in Haiti (the rain actually began in Haiti around 4:00 pm on (11/4/2010).  From all reports Haiti will certainly not get a direct hit from Tomas (THANKFULLY); but inches and inches of rain is expected to fall there for several days.  Actually, they expect approximately 15 inches.

HAITI…OH NO…Not another disaster again.  First the Earthquake, recently the outbreak of the epidemic Cholera, and now this!  Plus surprisingly to me, I discovered that approximately 1.3 million Haitian people are still living in tent camps in “Capital Tent Cities", and have been there since the earthquake took place back in January.  Moreover, the people are being ordered to evacuate their tent camp and move to higher grounds, but sadly they have NO WHERE TO GO! 

You know what’s baffling to me is that these Haitian people are still suffering badly, and are living in tents.  Once I spoke with my husband [Todd] on this subject, he indicated that the 90 Billion dollars collected for Haiti has not reached Haiti yet (which was confirmed by President Bill Clinton some time ago).   

[And to think of the hating we endured over this same issue, and specifically this exact topic.  Folks in our community felt it was necessary to bash us badly, tear us down, got plain nasty, and talked about us in every negative manner possible, regarding this exact issue.  

Here it is a few months later and precisely what we said, is what is transpiring.  What concerns us more is why did all the help, fundraisers, events in the name of Haiti stop, since apparently these people are still suffering.  

In truth, where did the funds go from what was raised in our area?  It’s such a sad situation, and one that sickens me.]

Anyway, as many of you know our families and friends from these islands absolutely need our help, and the best thing to do is to contact your local Embassies and your trusted individual community associations to give your support and whatever help you can give.  As the old saying goes “Be your Brother’s keeper” in this special time of need.  Also, keep all the islands in Tomas’s part in your prayers: Bahamas (Southeastern), the Turks and Caicos, and Cuba (Guantanamo Province).  


In recent years politics has become increasingly intriguing to me; but honestly I find myself being weary regarding the process, and consequently hating it quite a bit.  It’s so “cut-throat”, plain nasty, and I find the people fighting for these elected positions are in it for their own personal gain.  Plus they are very hateful and will do anything to get the position. 

Funny, that my husband Todd has this dream that I go into politics; but umm, I don’t know!!! I would love to, but for me to succeed it looks like I have to change quite a bit (change to someone who I am not).

Well, as you know in the past few years I have been commenting about politics, and of course I must share my thoughts with you regarding the Mid-Term Elections that were held this past Tuesday (11/2/2010).  I’m sure by now you know Democrats kept the majority in the Senate, and the Republicans won the majority of the House.  Therefore, NO MORE Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; it’s now Republican John Boehner; which frankly terrifies me.  For one; he appears to always be inebriated, and when I listen to his speeches he seems to be having a personal fight with President Barack Obama and Nancy Polosi.  I swear the hate illuminates right through him!

The way I look at it (which I have stated on other social forums) President Obama was fighting very hard for every change he tried to make, even when the Democrats had the majority of the house; so what would be different now?  President Obama would just have to fight harder…right???

Mr. Boehner…Boehner…Boehner…good ole Boehner stated a day after the elections that he/they (the Republicans) will make sure President Obama is a 1 term president, and he/they intend to “dismantle” the Health Care Bill, among many other nasty statements regarding President Obama.  He further stated the American people repudiated the current Administration’s policies (the democratic party policies.)  Additionally, he promised to restore the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.  Personally, I wish the hating would stop, plus it bothers me that he/they feel they need to solely focus on the abomination of this Health Care bill and even President Obama.  I must agree there are several parts of this Health Care Bill that disturbs me; and must be scrutinized and fixed, but dismantling is ridicules. And besides there are many other issues and problems in America that is far more important than the Health Care Bill; that they need to work with President Obama on fixing.

It is obvious these Republicans forgot, as well as many American people that as a result of our votes President Obama won the elections unanimously and walked directly into this awful mess  HE, NOR HIS PARTY CREATED IT, instead Inherited it!  We voted for him because we were sick of the craziness with our government, and their policies [the Republican policies]; and needed...longed for a change!   Indeed, it was the Republicans who took this country into the dreadful state it was in, and is STILL in today.  

Honestly though, 2 years trying to fix this awful mess is unheard of!  Moreover, trying to fix the bottomless pit of problems and issues President Obama inherited [practically alone] with a constant fight; results in nothing being accomplished.  It sickens me that the blame is on the current administration!  We must remember that President Obama is trying to clean up and fix 8 years of the madness that took place in this country [Created by the Republicans/Bush Administration].

At times I am so baffled that the voices of the Republicans have so many outlets to speak; they have always had a great opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, criticize, complain, and even convey  their hatefulness.  However, there is no place in the media that my voice can be heard; actually the voices of the people who elected President Obama, ~~~ so that we can openly express ourselves, as well as our thoughts and opinions ~~~ ultimately, so that we can be heard like the Republicans!!!.  Oftentimes, I wonder why is this, why their voices can be heard and not ours???

What I do want to point out, and for you to keep in mind is: when we heard President Obama speak on his campaign trail, and what I recall motivated us was the fact that he identified with our issues and problems.  Furthermore, many of us clearly heard him state: "WE CAN FIX AMERICA TOGETHER".  He absolutely made us feel we were included, and we trusted him to deliver CHANGE to these United States of America.  Therefore, WE HAVE GOT to have patience; because to me he is working hard on what he promised.  We too must stop fighting him.  We must stand up behind him, give him all the support he needs, work with him, and most importantly [again] be patient.  Remember nothing can be fixed overnight, especially this awful mess the Republicans created and President Obama inherited.  (1.3 trillion deficit, two wars, rising unemployment and unprecedented crisis in our banking system, etc...etc...etc.)

Back to good ole Boehner for a minute, who is just speaking, and speaking and speaking.  He stated in another speech that he promises on behalf of the new House Majority to reduce the size of government, create jobs, and fundamentally altering the way the Congress conducts its business.  Whoop-ti-do; don’t these statements sound familiar? An echo of the things President Obama stated during his Presidential campaign, and along his Presidential path.  The bottom line here (which is so very apparent) the Republicans are like little spoiled brats who have been stomping their feet, crying and sulking over everything they lost (this election) and they have been fighting very hard (by any means necessary) to get their way; and most importantly, to take back control!  To restore America...restore honor to America! 

I listened to President Obama’s Press Conference after the elections recently, which was humbling, and saddened me greatly.  It had me wondering why he is not more like President George W. Bush who stated loud and clear “I am the decider...I am the commander in chief  I however though, pretty much understood his mindset.  Besides, my husband Todd reminded me today good ole Mr. Boehner is the 3rd person in line to become President if something would happen to President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.  Um…hum...interesting, it all now makes sense.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRESIDENTIAL LINE OF SUCCESSION.

I have always kept President Obama and his family in my prayers, and I will continue doing so.  Actually, we all must do so, especially since we are living in such scary times.  I close my thoughts on this Mid-Term elections by using a few lines from one of Reggae Singer Beres Hammond’s popular song:: “Come Down Father".  

Wish it never had to be, the way I see, this world running.  

Shouldn't have to be, cause now every man's cup is filled with hate and overflowing.  

Father, a nuff tings a gwan round ya, it's wickeder than before!

....     ...     ...     ...     ...

Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!. “Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!. “Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!.  


Did you know November is Native American Heritage Month?  INDEED IT IS!!!!

We at Arious join in paying tribute, commemorate and celebrate the significant contributions the "First Americans" made to the establishment and growth of the United States.  We especially recognize the rich ancestry and traditions of the Native Americans..."The First Americans." The story of the Native Americans is a heartbreaking one to me.  These people have been in America from the beginning of time (it seems), and they have been rubbed, killed (slaughtered), driven from their land (displaced), which was blatantly stolen from them.  Plus a whole lot more they have endured throughout time.

Below I added some historical facts on these strong and courageous people.  (Courtesy of: All About History.org)  Please read and pay your tribute to "The First Americans".  To read President Barack Obama's Proclamation for Native American Month -  PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Elvarado Sanchez designed this 2010 Poster.  He is currently attending Mount San Antonio College in California,

Native American History - Early History
The History of Native Americans is both fascinating and in many ways, tragic. Estimates range from about 10 – 90 million Native Americans inhabited America at the time of the European arrivals. They had lived in the land many, many years before white man set foot on their soil. It is believed that during the ice age, they had traveled a land-bridge across the Bering Sound, from Siberia into what is now Alaska. They had gradually migrated across the land and southward into Mexico and beyond. The name “Indian” was given them by Christopher Columbus who mistakenly believed he had landed in the Indies.

They have been labeled Indians, American Indians, and the now preferred Native Americans. They migrated to all regions of the land and were formed into many different tribes or nations. These were a people who adapted well to their particular regions and made wise use of all natural resources available. They believed in respecting the land and the abundance of gifts it offered. They became proficient fishermen, hunters, farmed crops such as corn, and built homes with whatever available resources their territory provided. Some of these included animal skins, sun-dried brick for adobes, or lumber for long houses depending on the regions.

Native American History - Native Americans and the Europeans
The Native Americans of the east coast met the new 16th and 17th century visitors from Europe with enthusiasm. They regarded these bearded white men as strange but were delighted with the steel knives, mirrors, copper kettles, and other intriguing novelties. The indigenous tribes were more than accommodating and hospitable. Without their aid, the first waves of settlers would not have survived in the land they knew little about.

But in time the Europeans disregarded all respect for the valued land and resources and instead displayed insatiable greed and arrogance. The Europeans soon pursued their intent to conquer this new continent with brutal attacks and invasion. The Native Americans soon realized that the invaders would arrive in overwhelming numbers, as many “as the stars in heaven.” Initially, the people of this land tried to co-exist with the Europeans. But many more problems arose. With all their intriguing gadgets, the white men brought deadly diseases to the Native Americans.

The colonists and explorers brought measles, smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, and many more devastating diseases. This drastically diminished the Native American population and annihilated entire villages. In addition to this, the arrogant attitude of the ever-growing whites led to the Indian Wars, the Indian Removal Act (1830), and in 1890 one of the worst massacres ever -- Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Here warriors, women, and children alike were ferociously slaughtered by the U.S. Cavalry. The U.S, government began Relocation Programs and the now famous Trail of Tears march where hundreds of Cherokee died from starvation, exposure, and illnesses. The Native American peoples were not only reduced in number but taken from their homes, stripped of their customs, and even forbidden to speak their native languages. Their children were taken from them and sent to schools to “civilize” them, forced to abandon every aspect of their heritage. In January 1876, the U.S. government forced them to live on ‘reservations’ where the majority of Native Americans still reside today.

Native American History - The 20th Century Native Americans
Some consider Native Americans as a resilient people. The Indian Citizen Act of 1924 offered official citizenship to the Native American tribes. This was partly due to the heroic service of many of them in World War I. Others like Jim Thorpe, Sequoyah, and Sacajawea have represented their people with greatness. There are well over 500 recognized tribal governments currently in the U.S. They are self-governed and considered to be sovereign nations of people within America. There are currently more than 2.48 million Native Americans, according to the 2000 census bureau.

While most still live on the reservations, they are considered some of the most poverty-ridden areas in the United States. Unemployment is 5 times higher than the general U. S. population, according to the 2002 Bureau of Indian Affairs. As with many defeated, oppressed people, they have suffered tremendously from the plagues of alcoholism and suicide. These were once a vibrant and resourceful people. They have been robbed, humiliated, and removed from all they knew. Though many have tried through the centuries to civilize, Christianize, and Americanize the Native American people, there are organizations today that recognize the important heritage of these nations. For example, Wiconi International says “we want to see Indigenous people come to know and experience ultimate freedom, and deliverance from the powers of darkness that still prevail in lands and communities…”






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As much as we try to attend every event; from time to time things come up and we simply can't.  Hence, us not being able to attend PanMasters 25th Anniversary Celebration (Unfortunately)!  I understand it was a great event, and the performances were excellent.  Per the words of Pan Masters member: Mrs. Elizabeth Caesar below!

We started the concert with a drumming session and chant that included the tassa group and each band member with a percussion instrument. We went from the dressing room, down the side of the theatre, out into the foyer, and down the center isle unto the stage.

The audience was on their feet dancing and cheering all through the procession, and we had standing ovations after every selection! Robbie [Robert Greenidge] was in fine form as usual, and everyone was in awe of his musical skills.

See some of the pictures below (Please click on each to enlarge photo):

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By the way, I would like to wish everyone in lovely Trinidad and Tobago) a happy Diwali!!!

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Have an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more with you next week.

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