Since I started this blog, I’ve dedicated three posts to the issue of oral sex. In these posts, I discussed the attitudes and perceptions of oral sex and at the end, I’m always asked, “but why?”. In other words, why do girls perform fellatio? Why do men perform cunnilingus?
The answer, at least to me, would have been obvious; it’s a part of holistic sexual pleasure. However, to those who can find no justification for it whatsoever, it obviously would seem untenable, unacceptable even. So I decided to push the envelope some more. I’m going to devote this entire post to people who engage in oral sex giving their justification and reasoning. I declare it… The Bowaz Confessions.
As Jamaica draws closer to the 50th anniversary of it’s independence, there are several elements of our government that require immediate attention and reform. If we mean to establish ourselves as a truly sovereign nation, we must rid ourselves of the British method of doing things; especially where that method has not been effective in our political reality. I’ve noted that increasingly the Upper House of our parliament, the Senate, has failed to perform as it should, has been abused by the Prime Minister and has displayed shameless partisanship. It is against this backdrop that I am calling on the new administration to move swiftly to begin a comprehensive reform of the Senate.
It was with a sense of uncertainty that I travelled to the 2nd staging of the Jamaica Blog Awards, held last evening at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Veritas, my experiment in writing, had been nominated for five (5) awards, Best Entertainment Blog, Best Current Affairs & News Blog, Best Jamaica Focused Blog, Best Writing on a Blog & Top Blog Post for 2011.
I’m thinking about a million things in a dark space, in a small space. This isn’t the way I thought it would be. When I conceived it so many years ago, I was supposed to be sure by now…but I’m not.
I’m watching it all as if from a distance and as I watch the fear that I’m a disappointment and a failure is slowly consuming me and I can feel my mind willing me to fight, but I can’t, I have no fight left in me.
I have failed.
The funny thing is that everyone else thinks otherwise. I’m supposed to hold immense potential and I’m supposed to have great promise, I don’t though. You’re wrong.
You don’t see the inside of my happiness.
I’m slowly retreating into myself. Nothing matters anymore. The last thing that I had to hold on to is over. I debate, therefore I am. That’s what I’d tell myself. It’s over now, so there’s nothing from stopping the darkness.
A dark space, a small space.
I can still remember the ads from the 2007 campaign, “Jamaica needs a change now!”. They were catchy, pointed and relevant; Jamaica was flirting with the Labour Party and it’s promise of change. Many boldly declared that “me and mi neighbour, voting for Labour.” Bruce Golding had been an incredible Opposition Leader, he brought us Trafigura, a motion of no confidence, slammed corruption, poverty, the state of the economy and shredded the record of the PNP administration of the preceding 18 years. All seemed set for a better Jamaica, and then it went horribly wrong.
“You would not have 18. I will not give the country a breakfront.” – Portia Simpson Miller (May 2011)
This was the response given by then Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, when asked whether she would appoint 18 members to a Cabinet, should she form the next government. Only a few months later, the Prime Minister has named a 19 member Cabinet (20 including her) with an accompanying price tag of $111, 349, 381; that does not include the salary of the Attorney General. This is according to figures released by The Sunday Gleaner.
The new Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has appointed the largest executive branch in recent history; naming a stunning 19 Ministers and 8 Ministers of State. This is surprising considering Mrs. Simpson Miller, then Opposition Leader, had blasted Bruce Golding for naming an 18 member Cabinet. Even more curious is the reasoning behind the large executive.
The polls said it would be close, the pundits opined that it was anybody’s race to win; but when the dust settled on Thursday night, Jamaicans made one thing explicitly clear, this is PNP country. In what was a stunning electoral upset, the Opposition People’s National swept the ruling Jamaica Labour Party from power in spectacular style, winning 42 of the 63 seats in the House of Representatives.