Archive for January, 2007

Top 10 Must-See Spots in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

January 30, 2007
Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica, has the most attractions in the western Caribbean, as well as some equally enticing night spots. Ocho Rios is now a choice getaway spot for vacationers.

Here are the top 10 must-see spots in Ocho Rios

10. Ocean 11

Owned by businessman Manley Bowen, this ocean-front property, comprising bar, restaurant and coffee museum, is a must-see. Ideally located beside the Urban Development Corporation pier, Ocean 11 is a favourite for cruise passengers and hotel visitors. And now that it boasts Latin night on Thursdays and its signature event, karaoke night on Tuesdays, Ocean 11 is a major part of the town’s tourism offerings.

9. White River Valley

Surrounded by lush green vegetation and an ambience to die for, White River Valley is your ideal getaway spot, especially for couples yearning for some quality time. If you are all about picnics, river tubing and horseback riding, then look no further.

8. Fisherman’s Beach

Fisherman’s Beach is Ocho Rios’ version of Helshire Beach in St. Catherine or Little Ochi in St. Elizabeth. Bluntly put, no other place in Ocho Rios offers quality authentic Jamaican seafood.

Whether you are a lobster, crab, fish, conch or sea-cat lover, Fisherman’s Beach is definitely the place to go. Nestled neatly between the Island Village Shopping Centre and the Reynolds’ Pier, it has come a long way in its aesthetic appeal to visitors.

7. John Crows

If you are into enjoying your meal at a streetside caf� while listening to a steady flow of local music then this is definitely the place to be. Clean, exciting and blessed with a top class atmosphere, John Crows is now a major hot spot. Like Fisherman’s Beach, it is one of those ‘new kids on the block’ that should be around for a very long time.

6. Ruins at the Falls

Now here is a quality place that is hard to ignore. When you talk about location, ambience and natural beauty, it’s not difficult to see why this establishment is considered one of the best that Ocho Rios has to offer. It continues to be the first choice reception spot for newlyweds.
5. Prospect Plantation

Wherever you find camels, ostriches, horses and enough wild life to make you believe you are somewhere in the tropics, then that has to be a must-see. No, it’s not east Asia or Africa; it’s Prospect Plantation in Ocho Rios, where nature in all its splendour awaits. While this place has not done much by way of local advertising, visitors will be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful a tour of this property can be. It is fun, it is exciting and an experience that visitors will not soon forget.

4. Dunn’s River Falls

Still one of the most popular attractions in the Caribbean, Dunn’s River Falls is a favourite for locals and tourists.

3. Margaritaville

The real happening spot in Ocho Rios is Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Owned by two of the brightest business minds in the country, Brian Jardim and Ian Dear, there is no doubt as to the establishment that commands the bulk of the nightlife in Ocho Rios. Always very innovative, Jardim and Dear have created a top class signature attraction that has served the resort town very well.

2. Hard Rock Caf�

While the jury is still out on this new establishment, it should be able to outclass its competitors in terms of quality and international appeal. I suspect the best is yet to come from this internationally renowned restaurant and bar and if anything, it has raised the bar in terms of quality attractions. If you haven’t been to Hard Rock Caf� yet, then hurry, it’s worth going miles to see.

1. Dolphin Cove

This is without a doubt the number one attraction in Ocho Rios today. And with the new expansion on the verge of being completed, it’s difficult to see how anyone can compete with Dolphin Cove.

Other Places to See:

Spring Gardens Seafood Bar and Grill, Bi Bi Bips, Evita’s, Mama Marley’s, Jerkin at Taj, and Coconuts.

Written by Garwin Davis, of the Gleaner (Jamaica)

See you in Jamaica

January 29, 2007

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January 29, 2007

Hon. Roberto Gonzales
Attorney General
U. S. Department of
Justice
Washington, DC 20530

Re: Hostage taking of Sami Al-Arian by USDOJ

Dear General Gonzales:

I am a Republican candidate for the United States Senate and I am very proud to run on the Republican ticket. Nevertheless, I believe the policy of DOJ towards the Palestinian national movement is self-destructive and counterproductive to the foreign policy interests of the United States.

I am therefore writing to ask that you direct that Sami Al-Arian, who is essentially a hostage and political prisoner of DOJ, be freed forthwith. I would prefer that he be allowed to remain and live in the United States with his family.

1. The Palestinian national movement and DOJ

Regrettably, due to supporters of Israel within the United States, DOJ has been used as a bludgeon to criminalize and destroy the Palestinian national movement (“PNM”) here at home. The results are evident to anyone: Palestinian nationalism is stronger today than at any time in the past. The United States’ Middle East standing has never been lower. Israel has never been more endangered. To quote Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” America has steadfastly been its own worst enemy in the Middle East.

Criminal prosecution is an entirely inappropriate vehicle for supporting Israel. In Palestine, Israelis are not the victims; they are aggressors who have carried on a brutal occupation for forty years.

And yes, as a result of the occupation and Israeli state terrorism, Palestinians have responded in kind. Members of both sides are killing each other, although Israelis have killed many more Palestinians than vice versa. I guess some Israelis in their military junta of a government think that if they commit enough atrocities the Arab population will give up and go away. That�s what a racist Israeli government official proposed on his recent visit to Washington.

I don’t expect either side to leave.

I fail to see why the United States should subscribe to, endorse or otherwise aid and abet in this Israeli insanity. If Israleis really wanted peace they would free prisoners, open borders and take risks for peace, not claim they are trying to avoid risks for peace.

Peace is a risky process and making peace will be a difficult business, as we are painfully learning in Iraq.

2. DOJ’s prosecution fiasco in Tampa

During the Al-Arian trial I wrote columns predicting Sami would be found not guilty, and stating that he was, and is, “my friend.” I have not met Sami but he was a guest on my talk radio show Andy Martin’s America (not currently on the air). The Al-Arian trial was a political circus and even in “conservative” Tampa the prosecution backfired and embarrassed DOJ at home and the United States abroad.

Using every dirty trick in the book, as overzealous prosecutors have been known to do, DOJ was unable to convict Al-Arian, and then made a deal to release him at a defined date. DOJ has now broken its promise. Using civil contempt as a tool to harass people and to avoid agreements entered into in good faith besmirches DOJ.

3. The real war against terror

Almost every American supports the war against terror, and realizes that we do have violent psychopaths who want to do us harm. I was in New York on 9/11/01 and I know the consequences. We should focus on our real enemies, such as Al Qaeda, and not seek to demonize our natural allies, such as the Palestinians.

I have reported from and analyzed the Middle East for 37 years and before me my British family roots in the region go back over 100 years. In short, I have some basis to express informed opinions.

It is a mockery of international intelligence for Secretary of State Rice to flit around saying she wants to “discuss” peace when the parameters of Palestinian/Israeli peace have always been known. In 2000, I advocated the Andy Martin Peace Plan,” which can be retrieved from PRNewswire. If only President Bush would read and listen.

Moreover it is apodictic that “peace” will not automatically and immediately lead to “peace” and nonviolence. Radial rejectionists on both sides will seek to sabotage efforts towards peace that are supported by the vast majority for Palestinians and Israelis. So any peace process must recognize that violence will endure, even after peace. That is why former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s demands that violence end before he would discuss peace were a sham and charade.

4. Why multiply failures with more failures?

DOJ failed in prosecuting Sami Al-Arian, and you have failed to win the worldwide battle for public opinion. The world knows that Israelis occupy Palestinians, not vice versa. It is U. S. cluster bomb units, paid for with American tax dollars, that were used to massacre innocent Lebanese last year. And it was ridiculous when Condi Rice went to Lebanon to express crocodile tears for what our Israeli puppets had done. America has a positive role to play in the Middle East. But in seeking to brand the PNM as a criminal organization the United States detracts from that role. DOJ’s approach has not succeeded and it will not succeed.

5. Offer to serve as a hostage in Al-Arian’s place

If you want to hostage, so that militant pro-Israelis will be able to pretend that they are accomplishing something by corrupting the administration of justice I offer to stand/sit in Mr. Al-Arian’s cell. Throughout history, down to the recent freedom of Nelson Mandela, criminalization of national independence movements has failed abysmally. So I offer to sit in Sami’s stead as a hostage to the PNM. My incarceration would be as useless as his, and my unjust imprisonment as a hostage to pro-Israel prosecutors would be just as much of an embarrassment to the United States. But at least it would be clear that DOJ is corrupting the grand jury process and engaging in political theater, not legitimate prosecution.

If you love your country, as I know you do, and as I do, it is time to end the insanity of criminalizing the PNM, and to free Palestinians being held both by Israel and the United States. Welcome, don�t imprison, them.

In time, Israelis will discover or admit that “peace” is a two-sided exchange, not a one-sided demand for capitulation by the opposition.

We can and should work for peace in the Middle East. You could strike a strong blow for peace by apologizing to Mr. Al-Arian and inviting him to remain in the United States. I think the risk is well worth it. Ironically, it has been my experience that most Israelis would be able to make peace with Palestinians if only the extremist outsiders stopped goading on militant elements inside the region. You have the power to free Sami. Just do it.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR
UNITED STATES SENATOR

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U-Roy – The Very First Dancehall Artiste

January 29, 2007
U-Roy (born Ewart Beckford September 21, 1942) is a Jamaican musician also known as The Originator and Hugh Roy. He was born in Jones Town, Jamaica.

U-Roy’s musical career began in 1961 when he began DJing at various sound systems, eventually working with King Tubby. Tubby was then experimenting with his equipment, in the process of inventing dub music. With U-Roy as his most prominent DJ, King Tubby’s new sound became extraordinarily popular and U-Roy became a Jamaican celebrity. He recorded Dynamic Fashion Way, his first recording, in 1969 for Keith Hudson and then worked with almost every producer of the island: Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Bunny Lee, Phil Pratt, Sonia Pottinger, Rupie Edwards, Alvin Ranglin and Lloyd Daley.

In 1970, Jamaican singer John Holt became enamoured of U-Roy’s technique. Working with Duke Reid, U-Roy’s fame grew through a series of singles, including Wake the Town and “Wear You to the Ball”.

U-Roy’s success continued throughout the 1970s, most famously with the album Dread in a Babylon with its iconic picture of him disappearing in a cloud of cannabis smoke while holding an enormous pipe, and a song called Chalice in the Palace, fantasising about smoking with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace. He had become one of the island’s biggest stars by the early 1980s, also garnering significant acclaim in the United Kingdom. His latest album is 2000’s Serious Matter.

Visit Jamaica and ask about U-Roy

See you in Jamaica.

January 25, 2007

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR JANUARY 25, 2007
INSIDE THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE, PART TWO: HOW BUSH CAN WIN THE WAR IN IRAQ AND DEFEAT THE DEMOCRATS
THE �KABUKI ARMY� ON CAPITOL HILL MAY YET SAVE GEORGE BUSH IN BAGHDAD
(CHICAGO)(January 25, 2007) The Republican Party Army of the Potomac is dispirited and demoralized. There are murmurs of rebellion in the ranks. Washington has just fallen to the Democratic Party Army. Is there no hope? Well, yes, there is.
In politics, it pays to be lucky. Just ask Barack Obama. And George Bush. Both men went from obscurity to national office due to happenstance and sheer luck. But they made it.
And Bush may be on the verge of becoming lucky again. Only this time he will have to make his own luck, not inherit it.
Republicans are trembling at the imminent passage of the �non-binding resolution� decrying Bush�s �surge� in Baghdad. Georgie, you�re a lucky boy.
The Democratic Party Army is inexorably morphing into the Kabuki Army. If you feel �Kabuki� is too stereotyping a term, please substitute the �Alphone and Gaston Army.�
Why is Bush lucky? Because if he has to have an adversary on Capitol Hill, the Kabuki Army is the best adversary possible.
�Cognitive dissonance� is the condition where someone believes one thing and does another. We might also call this the Cognitive Dissonance Congress. Or the Contradiction Congress.
Senator James Webb went on TV to rebut Bush�s state of the nation and said �If Bush doesn�t do it, we will.� Well.
Congress indeed has the power to �do it,� by law. But no one is expecting imminent passage of a law to order the troops withdrawn or to suspend funding for their mission as part of the withdrawal process. Instead, Democrats are trying to have it both ways, trying to claim a belief in the wrongness of the surge while taking limp-wristed steps to stop the same program. (This reminds me of Barack Obama’s religious beliefs, but I won’t go there today.)
Is it any wonder this weekend we are likely to see the left protesting in Washington? Against the Democrats?
We all know politicians are hypocrites. But the Kabuki Congress is taking duplicity to new levels of artistic performance. Like a carefully choreographed Kabuki dance, Democrats are simultaneously mouthing �support for the troops� and opposition, though a �non-binding opposition,� for the policy the troops are there to enforce.
The U. S. senate is confirming a new commander in Baghdad, and promoting him to four stars, while telling the good General David Petraeus that his mission is malarkey. Talk about support. And cognitive dissonance.
I feel the Democrats are about to �swift boat� themselves. And they don�t even know it. Talk about repeating the past.
If Bushie came to me (and he hasn�t called yet) I would say, �Bushie (no obsequious �Mr. President� for me), give�em hell.� Do a Truman. Attack, attack, attack. Point out the gross inconsistency and world-class hypocrisy in praising a general and condemning his mission, in saying the mission is wrong but not having the guts to stop it.
Luckily, our men and women in Iraq have more guts and, one hopes, more brains that their Kabuki Army detractors in Congress.
As Joan Rivers would say, Bushie, �Can we talk?�
I marched against the invasion of Iraq in Washington on January 18, 2003. I marched in New York. I couldn’t believe Bush would be stupid enough to invade. I couldn�t believe Powell would believe the nonsense he was being spoon fed. I couldn�t, I couldn�t, I couldn�t. But they did. And I ended up in Baghdad a few days after Saddam went undercover.
I preached from the minarets: this is wrong, and going wrong. And getting worse. I exposed corruption and incompetence. My payback: Bushie and Bremer trashed me while lifting weights together in the White House. Bremer got my award. Life�s not fair.
So why am I now predicting Bush could win his war against the Kabuki Army? Have I switched sides? Not really. We call�em the way we see�em. And right now the Kabuki Democrats (not to be confused with the Atari Democrats) look primed for a big fall–if only Bush will seize the initiative and become a bold leader.
We were reminded a few days ago that our late President Ford once said, �I�m a Ford, not a Lincoln.� It is time for a President who is a Lincoln. I come from the Land of Lincoln. I know. Just ask me.
How does Bush counterattack and defeat the Kabukis on Capitol Hill? First, just keep telling the people the truth.
Bushie, I know it�s painful. But just keep saying �I got bad advice.� Everyone will believe you because no one thinks you know anything about foreign affairs. Just say �We made mistakes. Big mistakes.� Mean it.
But then say �What the Kabuki Democrats are doing is a disgrace to America. We can and will get it right.�
And remember, you live in an American Idol era. Be entertaining, be forceful, be dramatic and most of all be persistent and repetitive. My professor in undergraduate school who got me started in politics, Louis Volpp, used to say �There is no repetition for undergraduates.� And there is no repetition for Americans. We have a short attention span. We want instant gratification. And we are lazy. We want it bite-sized and digestible. We have the attention span of (insert choice, but please abuse no animals). So say it over and over again.
Tell the people what another great American statesman (who shall remain anonymous in the interests of computer decency laws) once said: �Help is on the way.� Tell�em �I will not abandon General Petraeus and neither should the American people.� Over and over again.
Why do I feel for Bushie? Because I have always liked the man, even on my talk radio program, while I hated and condemned his policies. And, in the hour of danger and disaster, I will not abandon my president. Bushie, invite me to the White House and I will give you a big, fat kick in the butt, and say �Just do it.� And, �Be a Lincoln.�
Yes, we are in a big, big mess in Baghdad and Iraq. But the realty is that we are stuck there. The mendacious Kabuki Democrats realize that. Which is why their calls for withdrawal are always hedged with more weasel words than a Wall Street lawyer�s, such as �not precipitously� or �phased?�
Bushie, here�s how you win:
1. Attack the Kabuki Democrats as I have just stated.
2. Put an end to Palestinian/Israeli bickering and adopt the Andy Martin Peace Plan, which I first announced in 2000. Just do it. Officially recognize the State of Palestine as encompassing the 1967 borders, and send an Arabic-speaking Foreign Service Officer as ambassador to Abu Mazen, to be accredited in Jerusalem. Next week. Within hours, you will be a hero in the Arab world. �Abu Bush� will be the new caliph. We will have moved from �Help is on the way� to �Help has arrived� using the awesome powers of our Constitution. Within hours.
3. Go to Baghdad. Again. Only this time no phony turkeys and posed shots. Do a �President Reagan-at-the- Brandenburg Gate� (�Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall�) and tell the Iraqi people we have made mistakes and we will help them to recover. Be humble. Do it in person, and be sincere and at risk. You need to leave the Green Zone. (Visit my old apartment in Baghdad.) More hurrahs from the Arab world.
4. Recognize that the war you are fighting, that you hideously brought on yourself, will not be won at �Fort Apache The White House.� It will be won on the streets of the Middle East. Period. No exceptions. Be there.
5. Finally, send Vice President Cheney to an undisclosed location and lock him in a closet. The man does not help the cause. He is a hopelessly counterproductive supporter.
You can�t win the war militarily, but with the surge and bold, decisive political actions in the Middle East you can reverse field and win the war psychologically.
Then bring our fighting men and women home and hug all of them from me and from every American. We love�em.
Now about that medal you gave Bremer, Bushie.
Editorial note: Inside the Bush White House, Part Two: The Saudi Connection, was scheduled for today; that has been rescheduled for tomorrow as Inside the Bush White House, Part Three.
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. � Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience; he is America�s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analyst. Columns also posted at politicalgateway.com; contrariancommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Web sites: AndyMartin.com, AndyforUSSenator.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639

January 25, 2007

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR JANUARY 25, 2007

OBAMA �SWIFT BOATS� THE TRUTH TO HIDE HIS RELIGIOUS HISTORY

BARACK GRADUALLY AND GRUDGINGLY ADMITS TO LITTLE FACTS WHILE STILL DENYING THE LARGER REALITY

ANDY MARTIN ONCE AGAIN PUNCTURES �THE AUDACITY OF OBAMA�

(CHICAGO)(January 25, 2007) �Swift boating� is a term that came into use during the 2004 presidential election to reflect Senator John Kerry�s flaccid response to attacks on his wartime record in Viet-Nam. The term, a noun, adjective and verb, has entered the political lexicon and is usually invoked when liberals and Democrats are stung trying to defend themselves against unpleasantly truthful accusations hurled by conservatives.

Well, �swift boating� is obviously a two-way street in politics. Democrats are equally adept at hurling painful accusations at Republicans and conservatives.

I have no problem with people bringing the truth to light, digging up unpleasant facts and seeking to raise legitimate issues. For the record, ContrarianCommentary.com has never �swift boated� anyone. Our mantra is: �Just the facts, mam�m.�

Well, what are the facts? When you penetrate Obama�s smokescreen you see that he is completely paranoid about investigation and accusations concerning his religious past.

Obama lined up a gaggle of trained geese yesterday, portraying them as �religious leaders.� They promptly condemned any investigation into Barry�s religion as �despicable,� a violation of �values,� �moral standards� and �malicious.� The �religious leaders� said they were �set[ting] the record straight,� but then admitted they accepted Obama�s version of the record �at face value.� No inquiry or investigation there. Trained parrots would have been more communicative than Obama�s geese.

Two and a half years ago we reported that Obama had been a Muslim and that his family was Muslim. Today Obama admitted as much while still trying to deny the same truth. If Jack Ryan had been as slick as Obama at hiding in plain sight, Ryan and not Obama would be in the senate today.

Obama�s parents registered him as a Muslim at a Catholic school.

It is absolutely true that Obama did not �choose� to be a Muslim when he registered as such at a Catholic school. Parents make those choices for their children. But those decisions nonetheless reflect family facts and practical reality. Parental choices also have developmental significance.

Obama later transferred from a Catholic school, where by his own admission yesterday he studied the �catechism,� to an exclusive public school where the children of Indonesian leaders were enrolled and where he began to study Islam as a mandated part of his instruction. Free will? No. Fact? Absolutely.

All of these small truths were admitted yesterday by Obama and his communications meister Robert Gibbs. Contrary to what Obama claims are �scurrilous� accusations, he has confessed to the core of the Insight article and my own seminal research 2-1/2 years ago on which all subsequent articles about Obama have been based. Even Hillary Clinton began with my research. No surprise; because I was right.

Notably absent from yesterday�s dog and pony show on Obama�s religion was any mention of his quickly forgotten father and grandfather, both of whom were lifelong Muslims and both of whom named their sons Hussein, a very honorable Muslim tradition.

The bottom line: all of the factual material I disclosed in 2004 has been proven 100% correct, grudgingly and gradually admitted, or silently conceded by Obama and his staff.

But ultimately what interests me about Obama is not his religion or lack thereof. I could care less. Rather I am drawn by the fact that Barack continues to fictionalize large portions of his life, including his religious history, and steadfastly denies reality. No man with such a rich fantasy existence can be trusted in the Oval Office.

My political affiliation is not a secret. I am a Republican and generally conservative to libertarian on governmental issues while liberal on social issues. As the late Governor Adlai Stevenson would have put it, �I�ll stay out of your bedroom if you stay out of mine.� And my research manages to offend almost all shades of the political spectrum. I drive both �conservatives� and �liberals� batty. Read my past columns and decide for yourself.

In 2003 in Baghdad I performed similar psycho-surgery on Paul Bremer. He didn�t like it either. Nor did George Bush. They attacked me. But I was right and they were wrong. As a result, I probably get more than my fair share of hate mail.

Nevertheless, while my opinions and conclusions are clearly my own, as an Internet editor and investigative journalist I adhere scrupulously and impartially to the facts I unearth. And, yes, small facts can be assembled to disclose larger truths. I have been doing that all of my life.

In the case of Obama, conservatives and even liberals fail to see the critical trees for the mesmerizing enchanted forest Obama he presents as his persona: way into adulthood Barack maintained a rich fantasy life about his past, and he continued to do so when he wrote his first book, fictionalizing characters and dialog. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times castigated him for these fabrications in a review dated August 8, 2004.

As a psychoanalytic case study, I believe Obama will prove to be a basket case. But because of the therapeutic culture in which we live, the media and public are willing to ignore Obama�s dysfunctional reality in preference to his fictionalization about his history and himself. Inconvenient facts that intrude on Obama�s fantasy life are summarily erased (Father and Grandfather Muslims? Nope. Name Hussein? So what. White relatives? �Book�em Danno.� And so forth).

Investigative journalism is still about investigation; people such as Obama do not like to be either investigated or analyzed. That is why the �religious leaders� presenting themselves as Dancing Bears for Barack are apologists for his �ask no questions� approach to research and analysis concerning his background. (Their letter can be found at the New York Times blog �The Caucus.�) What will Mr. Obama place off limits next?

Yes, there is �swift boating� going on here. But the swift boats have been launched by Obama to torpedo the truth about his past.

There is much, much more to Obama�s fantasy life. As Barack struggles to place his lies about religion in a concrete crypt he opens himself to accusations concerning other fabrications and fantasies in his life. During Obama Week leading up to February 10th, we will release our CIA-style psychological profile on him; that analysis will cast more light on Barack�s supple psyche and his ability to seamlessly deny objective reality.

In the words of the Psychoed by Hughes Mearns, �As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn�t there. He wasn�t there again today. I wish. I wish he�d stay away. Mr. Obama is both the man going up the stair and the man who isn�t there. Obama wishes the real Obama would disappear so the fictional fantasy Obama can prevail. But that will not happen. Barry keeps seeing himself on the stair. And he doesn�t like what he sees.

Or, if you prefer to move from psychology to boxing, as Joe Louis might have put it, �Obama can run, but he can�t hide.�

Stay tuned. Obama Week is only a few days away.

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. � Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at politicalgateway.com; ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

January 24, 2007

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR JANUARY 24, 2007

IS �MADRASSAGATE� REALLY OVER?

MAYBE NOT

MEDIA TRY TO BURY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS ABOUT BARACK OBAMA�S PAST

(CHICAGO)(January 24, 2007) Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet politely attempted to end �Madrassagate� with a column yesterday entitled �Barack Attack Unfounded.� Sweet�s column can be combined with Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg�s attacks on �crazies� who question Obama, a man who is �so appealing to Americans who are not nuts.�

Well, is �Madrassagate� really over? No, not really.

First, the Roman Catholic Church used to have an expression, �Give us a boy until the age of 7 and we have him for life.� Childhood impressions and experiences are really important, notwithstanding attempts to suggest Obama was �only 6 years old� when he lived in Jakarta. It was still a highly impressionable age in a very unusual environment.

Second, Obama�s past is of particular interest because he has fantasized about and fabricated portions of the �facts� about his early years. It is entirely fair to say that if he distorted or concocted some parts of his autobiography in �Dreams From My Father,� he may have concocted others.

Third, CNN is hardly an independent news source for many Americans. I know, CNN likes to bash Fox news, and Fox likes to bash CNN, but the reality is that supporters of each cable channel do not trust information from the other.

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post appeared on CNN and sought to debunk the Madrassagate story as conservative nonsense. Kurtz complained about the lack of footnotes (attributions) in an article discussing Obama�s madrassa experience.

CNN�s report on Obama�s alleged madrassa years sought to extrapolate backwards, from 2007 back to 1967. It is reasonable to ask what the school was like when Obama was there, not what it is like today. CNN, moreover, added another piece to the puzzle when it disclosed that Obama went to school in a ritzy neighborhood, down the street from the U. S. Ambassador�s residence. Perhaps that is why ordinary African-Americans have never cottoned to Obama�s pretenses of street smarts. They know he�s not one of them, not genuine.

Obama, indeed, with his foreign background, is the John Kerry of the 2008 election. Both men were formed in the rarified environment of privilege and overseas influence.

Jakarta is a critical place for another reason: Obama was separated from his mother at age 10, and left Jakarta never to reside with her again. He was raised thereafter in a life of academic privilege and possibly emotional hunger, by his working class grandparents in Hawaii. Thus, Obama�s years in Indonesia were extremely formative for him. It is impossible to comprehend the man today without understanding the feelings and experiences he had while living in Jakarta. Any psychologist could tell you that. Just ask.

Sweet/Steinberg attempt to suggest Obama is being �Swift Boated� by �right-wing� columnists. I have no idea what Hillary Clinton is doing with her campaign for president but I would be very surprised if her minions have not conducted some basic background research on Obama, and checked out the Jakarta years. I am also convinced that Jakarta is one of the keys to unlocking Obama�s personality and psyche. As for myself, I hardly qualify as �right-wing� in the eyes of real right wingers; they call me pro-Muslim. But I just try to write accurate commentary.

�Swift boating� attempts to distort the facts. Legitimate research seeks to uncover the facts, and to connect them into a coherent pattern. Sometimes research leads somewhere, sometimes nowhere; that doesn�t make it evil or mean-spirited. Since Obama is a modern-day Chauncey Gardner, in the vacuousness of his comments on current affairs, knowing more about his past is extremely helpful.

My guess is that we have not heard the last of Obama�s �madrassa� years. Based on my own research, there is potentially more to come. People ignored my initial Obama disclosures in 2004; that research finally came to fruition in 2006. We are still looking. For facts. I am not a swift boat mariner.

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. � Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at politicalgateway.com; ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

BBC: The World Rejects Bush’s Policies

January 23, 2007

For a brief time following the events of 911 the United States enjoyed widespread support throughout the world. It took a George W. Bush to squander all that goodwill. It is not surprising that along with a Congressional majority and over 90 percent approval rating, the policies of George W. Bush are now almost universally reviled. A new world wide poll by the BBC suggests that US policies are almost universally rejected, denounced by majorities as high as two-thirds or more on most issues and much higher on still others.

Bush may have enjoyed a longer honeymoon with the rest of the world had he not insisted upon waging a war of aggression against Iraq, a nation having nothing whatsoever to do with 911, a nation about which Bush lied repeatedly in order to wage his war. Bush’s numbers have gone down as the war rages on and on without end and, increasingly without hope. The numbers prove that the world now views the US, under Bush, as a rogue nation.

Getting reviews as bad as those for the Iraq war is the the issue of global warming. On this issue, often denied and derided be the GOP, Bush is proven as wrong, armed, and dangerous as he was on Iraq. Bush is now escalating his failed war on Iraq but failure on global warming carries with it even more catastrophic results.

Everyone can be wrong once in a while. And almost everyone is wrong from time to time with regard to issues less critical to the very survival of the planet. It takes a particularly evil genius to be so consistently wrong about almost everything and with such dire consequences.

Ironically and tragically, it is the magnitude of Bush’s crimes that afford him a measure of invincibility. Those who are merely and routinely wrong about mundane issues are promptly sacked. Those, like Bush, who are monumentally wrong, are often promoted by a small and still powerful cabal who fear drowning in the wake of a sinking Titanic. Clinging tenaciously to power, this class of conscienceless courtiers will prop Bush up until all are swept away in the inevitable political Tsunami.

Such a political apocalypse was described by the great British screenwriter Sir Robert Bolt, whose script for A Man for All Seasons portrayed a frightened nobility in danger of being swamped in Wolsey’s wake. As the execution of Sir Thomas More proved: there is rarely a convenient escape for fence-sitters. As in a play by Ibsen, Shakespeare, or, indeed, Bolt himself, Bush set into motion a tragic dialectic with the words: “You are either with us or you are for the terrorists”.

On every issue, however, the world has rejected Bush and his divisive policies. Is Bush so stupid that he would suggest that some two thirds of the world’s population are terrorists?

It is most certainly a mistake to divide up the world into black and white, good and evil. Yet that is what Bush has done. Though he would not compromise when pressed against the wall, Bolt’s portrayal of Thomas More is that of a man who would have avoided the “either/or”, a man who would have preferred the life of the common man to that of the existential hero.

More: God made the angels to show Him splendor, as He made animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity. But Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind. If He suffers us to come to such a case that there is no escaping, then we may stand to our tackle as best we can, and, yes, Meg, then we can clamor like champions, if we have the spittle for it. But it’s God’s part, not our own, to bring ourselves to such a pass. Our natural business lies in escaping.

A Man for All Seasons, Screenplay by Robert Bolt


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January 23, 2007

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR JANUARY 23, 2007

“I TOLD YOU SO,” PART FOUR:

�THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN BARRACK OBAMA�

MADRASSA MADNESS EXPLODES, BUT CNN WON�T PUT OUT THE FIRES

[Editor’s note: With “I told you so,” Part One, Andy initiated a beginning-of-the-year series of comments on some of his columns, predictions and projections that have stood the test of time and continue to generate intense public interest.]

(CHICAGO)(January 23, 2007) Two and a half years ago, in August 2004, I held news conferences in London and New York to expose Barack Obama as a complete fraud. My news release is posted on the web, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1189687/posts, so there is no doubting the date or authenticity or content of our original research.

Since then, all opposition research on Obama has relied on our seminal work from the London Bureau, working through our special contacts in the Foreign and Commonwealth office for Kenya analysis and Chicago headquarters for political insight.

ArchPundit.com, a site that identifies itself as �the best blogger on the Illinois political scene,� now states that “Andy Martin is the guy who seems to have gotten all this started.� I should point out that ArchPundit.com is no friend of mine and gives credit only grudgingly and venomously.

When the history of the Obama fall-from-media-grace is written, our columns will have been the fuse that exploded the Obama myth and stripped the mask off Barack�s face.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg [http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/221436,CST-NWS-stein21.article] refers to some of Obama�s opponents as �crazies� and �nuts� who live in an �intellectual wasteland.�

I can�t speak for other writers and other groups, but for myself I just write the news as I see it. At ContrarianCommentary.com we go where other media are too lazy or incompetent to tread, perhaps including Mr. Steinberg.

We broke the original Obama stories in 2004 because we conducted the international investigative reporting concerning Obama�s invented family history that Chicago newspapers had failed to perform. We did the same from Baghdad beginning in 2003; those columns were the first to predict the chaos and collapse of Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional Authority; many can still be found on the web. It is an enviable track record of impartial accuracy and unerring analysis.

I don�t bear Obama any animus as a person or as a politician, any more than I take media criticism of myself personally. Neither Mr. Steinberg nor ArchPundit are drinking buddies on Friday afternoons.

Nevertheless, while people are entitled to their own opinions, they are not entitled to their own facts. We deal in facts and even those who disagree with us can�t dislodge our facts. So let it be with Obama.

So, as ArchPundit states: �Andy Martin is the guy who seems to have gotten this [Obama controversy} all started.� Well.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: Does anyone have a copy of Lynn Sweet�s Chicago Sun-Times article on Obama�s book on August 8, 2004 available to send me? I would appreciate a copy as I have misplaced my own and I can�t find it on the web.

TOMORROW: MORE analysis on Obama and why he should not be president.

CNN claims it has extinguished the �Madrassa Madness� about Obama with a report from Jakarta supposedly exploding the myths about his Indonesian education, but don�t bet on it. We will have more to say, of course. (Question for Barry: Do you still speak Bahasa?)

COMING: a CIA-style psychological profile of Barack (Barry) Obama.

And thank you ArchPundit for stating the truth. We have �gotten this all started� and we will keep adding fuel to the fire. Keep reading the controversial truth, only at ContrarianCommentary.com. �Just the facts, mam�m.�

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. � Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at politicalgateway.com; ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Patra – Dancehall Artiste

January 22, 2007
Patra is the stage name taken by Dorothy Smith, a dance music and reggae singer born on January 22, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica. She first made an impression on the US charts as a featured singer on Shabba Ranks’s song Family Affair, which hit #84 on the Hot 100 in 1994.

Her first solo recording, Worker Man, peaked at #53 later that year and hit #1 on the US Dance chart. Her second single, “Romantic Call” (#55 US, #21 US Dance), was a collaboration with rapper Yo-Yo. Her debut album, “Queen of The Pack” (#1 on the Reggae albums chart) also featured the huge hit single, “Think (About It)” (#21 US Rap, #89 US Hip Hop). Her sophomore album, “Scent Of Attraction,” sold slightly less but – hitting #2 on the Reggae albums chart – was still a success. The biggest hit was a cover of Grace Jones’s “Pull Up To The Bumper” (#60 US) and the sensual title track, featuring R&B musician Aaron Hall. (#82 US) She took a lengthy haitus from the music industry in 1996 but resurfaced nearly ten years later with her third album, “The Great Escape.”

See you in Jamaica.

Spragga Benz – Dancehall Artiste

January 22, 2007
Spragga Benz (born Carlton Grant in Kingston, Jamaica on May 30, 1969), is one of Jamaica’s most famous Deejays. He began his career around 1991. Once known to his friends as Spaghetti (tall and slim) but later shortened to Spragga. The Benz in his name comes from the sound system for which he used to work for, L.a. Benz, and it is through this that he found his way into the music business at a Dubplate recording session with Buju Banton. The famed elder DJ was slated to do 4 tracks for L.a. Benz but only voiced two and suggested that Spragga do the other two. Since he was new to recording, he freestlyed a couple of lines of what would then beome Love Mi Gun, a popular tune.

He was the boyfriend of female rapper Foxy Brown.

See you in Jamaica.