Tuesday, February 21, 2017

‘The Patriot’ News

Raising the Special Need

Friday, July 6, 2012 15:14

The bedazzled Inspiration telethon that converted our anxiously sensitive social guilt into shiny tokens of selfless awakenings was a success. It hit every sentimental high note of a God fearing nation which is already predisposed to consume any feel good story in supersized amounts. This very component of Belizean culture which ...

Crying Numbers

Thursday, March 17, 2011 17:47

As I sat on my dusty verandah, watching the traffic selfishly zip by, my attention  was high jacked by a neighborhood delinquent who boisterously parked his taxi  mid street. Before he could get to the worn jail bars on the Chinese vendor’s shop, he looked back at his two young ...

White Velvet Gloves

Thursday, July 1, 2010 22:34

The anecdote as relayed in old wisdom is that you cannot cook a frog using boiling water. The parabolic metaphor teaches that the unhappy critter will unfailingly remove itself from the pot, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger ...

This side of the Kinel

Friday, June 18, 2010 7:34

Graduation season has coincided with the open season for Jaguars. Yap, right on cue like acne break outs at the starting line of pubescent anxiety, the reckless juvenile energies of excess, relief and rebellion  are already revving their under-aged engines. Proudly accommodating parents who have been tickled to ecstasy by having ...

Games People Play

Thursday, June 3, 2010 22:47

“Oh the games people play now Every night and every day now Never meaning what they say now Never saying what they mean.” Lyrics by Joe South As a child my uncle would sit all his nieces and nephews in a golden circle flickering with only the glow of an experienced kerosene lamp.  Moving hypnotically ...

Pussyfooting: Operation Jaguar

Thursday, May 27, 2010 22:06

It is high noon. Navigating down the swing bridge on a day when the weather decides to be as stubborn, indecisive and oppressive as the current reign of this UDP administration is no easy task. Yeah, despite the fact that the sky was ominously overcast and the sun seemed to ...

G- Unit Ambassadeur et Plénipotentiaire

G- Unit Ambassadeur et Plénipotentiaire

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:39

As the intoxicating bass speakers thumped into the sweat filled backs of the hypnotized crowd, only the dew water of morning and the foreplay of after party bliss must have been on the minds of Putt Putt patrons. But ...

The Senator and the Sycamore tree

Friday, April 16, 2010 7:50

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16 I had to clean out my ears. What is next? Truly, what is next? Imagine that ...

The Prodigal Garland

Friday, April 9, 2010 1:24

Wow! No. Not again. This year’s Cross Country garland has eloped, riding  off in the cradling handle bars of  a foreigner just like ten of its last twelve siblings. Trust me, not one Belizean is going to be turning the pages of their Simon Quan calendar for the next three ...

La Representación Amable de Segregación Racial

Friday, March 26, 2010 0:16

It is as if every week, some member of this “village idiot”  government makes  their commitment to contract athlete’s foot in the far reaches of their tonsils public. Maybe it is not so innocent, maybe it is the case of the monkey that  is climbing so high that it exposes ...