by Cato Rand
So I am ﬁnally recovering from the post Super Bowl depression. As a San Francisco 49ers fan it was certainly disappointing to lose in the manner in which we did. I certainly donʼt mind losing, but I prefer to be soundly beaten by the opponent. I really do not like when the team i support commits hara-kiri (hara-kiri: Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai). The niners dug themselves into a large hole (they were down 28-6) – which they have been doing much too often – and despite getting to within 5 points and with ﬁrst and goal at the 7-yard line, with just over two minutes of game time, could not punch it in. The four plays they called from the 7-yard line were as inept as I have seen recently.
I think the niners more lost the game than the Ravens won the game. So for us niners fans we will see if next year can be better. History is certainly not on our side, as few teams make it back to the big dance having lost the year before. Super Bowl XLVII also illustrated why American football is just the greatest game in the world – the drama generated cannot be matched by any other game. Maybe Test cricket.
Happenings in Jamaica.
I wish the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would ignore most of the recent “enemy of the state” comments made by Prime Minister Simpson-Miller. Getting into a tizzy over her comments is just not worth it. Jamaica we know is really People’s National Party (PNP) country, and the JLP will not win the war of public opinion. Too many persons stand ready to rationalize just about anything the PNP in general, and Mrs. Simpson-Miller in particular, says or does.
By the way, does the Prime Minister believe that someone wishing to invest millions of dollars is going to be simply persuaded by the comments of the Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition and not do his/her due diligence? Does the Prime Minister really believe that she wrapping herself in the Jamaican ﬂag and declaring that Jamaica is a great place to invest is enough to convince someone to put his/her money down?
I note a recent letter to the Jamaica Gleaner labeling as racist recent comments by British former Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green. I think RightFromYaad will have to do a post on racism, as it seems that any comment by a non-Black person about a Black person that is not complimentary qualiﬁes as racism. I wonder if the writer deems former crime-ﬁghter Renato Adams agreeing with Mr. Green as also racist.
Jamaica now has a new game changer – extracting rare earth metals from bauxite waste! Voila! How quickly the fortunes of Jamaica can be reversed – if you listen to persons such as Parliamentarian Mike Henry and tourism mogul Butch Stewart, a few chains of asphalt is all it takes (with the extension of runway at the Ian Fleming Airport). I wonder if this game changer will be similar to that previously foreseen by former Prime Minister Patterson. Mr. Patterson saw involvement in reconstruction in earthquake ravaged Haitii as a game changer for Caribbean economies. I would certainly like to hear his thoughts some 3 years hence.
Speaking of Haiti, some 25 Haitians recently landed on our shores. I suspect that these are true Haitians and thus unlike that mute Jamaican male who was shown on local television a few years ago. It is very sad that we have persons in our society – including police personnel and journalists – who would mistake the ʻspeechʼ of a mute person to be French or Haitian creole.
It is good to see the Jamaica Public Service mounting an effort to disconnect illegal customers. This I suspect will be a Sisyphean task as the illegal connections will be reestablished shortly after the JPS crew has disappeared around the corner. The sad truth is that the average Jamaican cannot afford utilities. It’s interesting to hear some of these citizens who have been disconnected suggesting that they are wiling to pay a ﬂat rate. Maybe this can be a game changer for the JLP come next election as they try to show that they are more for ʻpoor peopleʼ than the PNP.
And ﬁnally to close the circle on the Super Bowl – that Volkswagen ad. Please don’t tell me that there are Jamaicans who believe that this ad can lead to a windfall for our island home. Jamaica is not even mentioned by name. If we did not have boom times after the exploits of Bolt et al at the last two Olympics and two World Championships with a global audience watching, the Jamaican ﬂag in full display, and Jamaica mentioned by name umpteen times, then I cannot fathom how this VW ad is going to translate into dollars. But then I guess it’s all part of the ‘magical thinking’ that sad to say is just too pervasive in our country especially among our wordsmiths. I guess they get a warm fuzzy feeling from their perception of Jamaica as a cultural superpower. To the contrary, I would rather our island be a cultural featherweight so to speak, and our people can fullﬁl their dreams in a country that is peaceful, progressive and prosperous.
Cato Rand is a Black Jamaican of Libertarian and Conservative persuasion. He is a fervent believer in Capitalism, Freedom and the principles outlined by the US Constitution and it being applicable to all peoples, including Jamaicans. He is a strong advocate for the limited role that a government should play in the lives of people.