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March 25, 2009 1:06 pm  

good infromative article about the estates of stx in the current stx trader,oh and you can add cindy morse to the list of STX homophobes


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March 25, 2009 1:40 pm  

Yep TRW...hence the flag combo.


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March 25, 2009 1:47 pm  

I like Terrence Howard too, TRW...sucks how he got canned from IronMan and replaced with Don Cheadle


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March 25, 2009 1:56 pm  

ah never knew the flag thing chris, i'm at a better copy right now eating candy with the ladies and typing away,just walked past the brewpub and the planters on the side of the brewpub are filled with beer bottles and plastic cups,now someone spent good money on the plantings and the mulch and the labor,why is it so hard for a bar business to keep the place clean


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March 25, 2009 4:26 pm  

ok back from the meeting so i'll go to work now so the waitress can go home sick,lol


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March 25, 2009 7:07 pm  

I like Terrence Howard too, TRW...sucks how he got canned from IronMan and replaced with Don Cheadle

yearasta, methinks that don cheadle is one of the most underrated actors in hollywood today. terrence howard is good as well... i've enjoyed him in a few movies.

i have iron man on my netflix list, but it lists terrence howard in the internet movie database page, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371746/fullcredits#cast.

...could this be a sequel or something you are talking about?


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March 25, 2009 7:29 pm  

Don't get me wrong...I love Don Cheadle...but apparently Terrance Howard was the first one signed for Iron Man, so his pay was higher than everyone else, even Robert Downey Jr. (rumor has it). He stuck to his guns on the same pay for the sequel so they decided to ax him and go with Don cheadle.


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March 25, 2009 7:58 pm  

http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-life/living-green/staticslideshowdailyg.aspx?cp-documentid=18681851&imageindex=13

I hope you guys can open this website. It is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time. It's not really a new idea, people in the VI are actually already doing it, but this takes it to a new level.

Oh yeah, what am I talking about??? Using recycled shipping containers to build homes. If the link I posted above doesn't work for you, you can check it out on MSN's home page today.


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March 26, 2009 2:14 am  

*needs to get over to stx so's she can really have something to say she did on stx today...*


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March 26, 2009 2:01 pm  

so if you read leonard pitts column on hate in the avis today or the daily news yesterday,based on the info in his column you could define our constitutional convention as a hate group,just something to think about


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March 26, 2009 4:18 pm  

Did you know that there is a clause in a public housing lease that forbids guns. How about a suprise lockdown of public housing and a search for guns and warrants? I bet the Feds would help with that.


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March 26, 2009 4:58 pm  

Bombi, tho it does state no guns, you still can not do illegal searches, sadly we must comply to the laws! Even if the criminals do not.
But I hear ya & wish something could be done!!!
(And charges STICK)


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March 26, 2009 5:50 pm  

well done with work and am heading home,dropped my computer off to get fixed right this time,it never worked right after computer solutions got done with it. Adavis you can come here and do the tan tan off road 4wheel drive jeep tour i have a freebie for myself but have never done it.


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March 26, 2009 6:11 pm  

Bombi I would be interested to know how you would go about doing a surprise lock down of a whole housing community?


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March 26, 2009 6:30 pm  

National Guard, like in Watts back in the 80's.


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March 26, 2009 7:26 pm  

greetings

i think it would behoove ones, if ones want to get to the root of the problem, to redirect the intensity of focusing on neighborhoods with large populations to try and slow down the vibes. (because a certain amount of drugs and guns are always going to be around any neighborhood in any city of the world)

in my humble opinion, the greater focus should be on who the big dawgs are, because that is where the supply of guns, drugs and money originates. how bout a stake out of them? and stop the madness before the stuff either bumps up on shore or trickles through because of the inattentiveness of customs agents and airport staff to the islands? what about investigating the police who is perhaps a bit lax in what he sees and does not see?

you get the whole root of a tree out of the soil and you can see a lot further.
you find the strongest weed in the grass, take care to get rid of it, and slowly there are hardly any new weeds growing.
another thing...

if the government is not going to do their part in trying to solve the problems of miseducation, education, and job training...then perhaps it is up to the local populace as a WHOLE to network and come up with some possible solutions.
a few examples would be:

example #1. start a strong campaign to encourage young men in particular, to get their GED's...it will take time and dedication and will not happen overnight.....perhaps a group could be formed that would be willing to donate a few hours a week to work with them in preparation for the test. oft times, there are underlying problems that no one knows about that caused a young man to quit school. the preparation could be done at the library or a rec center...somewhere very public. perhaps if ones did not want to assist in the preparation for the test, they could just be there....like a group of men casually standing about to imply security without being so obvious. who knows, maybe one might even begin to understand these young people. not by judging, but by being.

example #2. what i find in the present day youth, is that many times they have not had good guidance, or loving and caring examples of parents. not all parents of course. i am talking about all over the usa and uk and caribbean. you can have a loving parent whose youth goes wrong, but more times that not a youth makes mistakes that become habits when they have no guidance. a mentoring program does not cost alot...other than time volunteered by others.
youth in this time are influenced by videos and music, television and movies.
it is a sad state when music is made where young men call young women bitches and hos and the young women in videos dress as if they are going out for a stroll to pick up a john. when youth see these images, and hear the words constantly, it becomes the norm. this is in any race...ANY RACE...ANY RACE...it is NOT JUST A BLACK THING.
the example of rap music is being given, because we are reasoning about youth.
so mamas that had babies when rap and heavy metal first started, have raised youth whose musical preferences run along the same lines as their parents (because there was no major easing into rap from r&b or from rock to heavy metal....it was as if BOOM!, one day it was there....r&b and rock were suddenly things ones my age listened too....there was no in between time...it's been rap and heavy metal ever since that are the most popular with youth) it is because of this that i think the F you attitude has developed in the youth of today. perhaps if they had more guidance and ones would listen to the things that interest them and the things they reason about when they are not on the street having to be tough to survive, it could make a difference. just talking sometimes helps, to know there is someone to talk to that does not judge them.
young men need to be taught they can dress fashionably with out the sag, as this will not get them a job, and just the sight of a sag intimidates most adults. it is not seemly, in my opinion, to be able to view a young mans undergarmets.
on the other hand, young women need to be taught that they can be in high fashion without showing their thongs or their underplumbing when they bend down or over.
mentoring mentoring mentoring......
things like that.....
not pipe dreaming, i grew up in newark so i know tough, but, we should, as a people embracing global unity, NEVER give up on the youth.

job skills need to be taught too.

example: volunteer hospital personnel training young men and women on a volunteer basis, the basics of being a CNA....how to care for the elderly, how to bathe, dress and feed them if need be, to assist in said tasks with the mobile....etc. etc. etc.

i think, and this is just me, that if the continentals and the locals come together at a grassroots level, without judgment or preconceived ideas of one another, and look at the big picture here, which is to save the youth.....that week by week things will start happening and just maybe some good vibes can come out of a bad one. it will take a bit of time, but it can be done.

again, finding the root of the problem oft times is the main solution.

just chatting is all.

blessings
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March 26, 2009 7:32 pm  

i think, and this is just me, that if the continentals and the locals come together at a grassroots level, without judgment or preconceived ideas of one another, and look at the big picture here, which is to save the youth.....that week by week things will start happening and just maybe some good vibes can come out of a bad one. it will take a bit of time, but it can be done.

You are dead on Sis!


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March 26, 2009 7:42 pm  

Sure thats great but statesiders make up less then 4% of the population. Until the majority of the population gets off island time it ain't going to happen.

I don't blame the governor or the police, when we live on such a small space the island should have a strong voice, but it doesn't. We can't even get witness to show up or testify. Everyone just wants to get along and get by like things have always been done. I would never have kids here, scared enough someone will try to poison my dogs to get to my stuff.


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March 26, 2009 8:48 pm  

I wish everyone would go back and read the first 3 pages of this thread. A happy place among all the doom and gloom. A place were people in the Virgins Islands told of day to day experiences in their lives. We have threads about crime constantly, rotten schools, rotten government and all kinds of hate and discontent. This was a thread were some people wouldn't even post because it was just too happy or they hated my JJ stories.

I love raising my child here. Don't tell anyone but I often don't lock my doors at night. I never lock my car ever. I go to Ha'Penny beach ALONE. I pick up people when they are pointing down the road. I venture out of the east end and even go to Fredricksted. I take walks alone without my big dogs or a stick. The nicest most helpful, kindest, gentlest people I have met here are black, West Indian, Afro Caribbeans, locals, natives or whatever you want to call them. The ugliest have been drunken white transplants. I have never felt more welcome or accepted any other place I have ever lived. This is a nice place that has problems just like every where else in the world. Some worse and some better. Believe it or not whites and blacks do work together here to make it a better place.


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March 26, 2009 9:33 pm  

Very Well Said Tam....that was awesome!


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March 26, 2009 10:19 pm  

Women's Coalition, Boy Scouts, The Roseway, CASA, St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, Boys and Girls Club, Band Practices, SEA, Youth Soccer, Swim Clubs, Sailing Clubs, .... the list goes on and on of organizations in this community that have programs specifically designed to help the youth of this community. Grassroots efforts of many kinds , especially many available this summer, target our teenage youth. The court system had several programs last year that specifically targeted youth at risk. GED prep courses are available through several sources but are often poorly attended. Point is..... the programs ARE here and have been here a while... and yes.... whites and blacks are already working together in these organizations to make a positive difference. ( I know... I've volunteer'd in many of them since 1998)

However... I can say that there are not enough local (black) role models to fill the need. We need more local volunteers, especially male volunteers.... willing to donate their time and their effort, to help give these young people positive examples they can relate too. Sadly... too many of the volunteers in these organizations today are ... old, white, women... like me :)... and today's youth really wants to listen to people they can relate better to... that they can see themselves becoming. So... parents, aunts, uncles, businessmen, senators, Dr.s, Lawyers... people in our community... reach out and help... find a way to volunteer your time to our youth. This summer there will be lots of youth programs in need of community volunteers! Be one!

So, we have severals active organizations that reach out to our young people and realize that they are our future... Most of these are non-profits and are reliant on volunteers... most of whom right now are predominantly white and elderly. I'd like to see more local people or all ages working with our non profits, volunteering their time, contributing their knowledge, serving on the boards and working to make our community even stronger. That would be a great step forward!

The thing about St. Croix that I love the MOST.... is the sense of community. We have a great community here. Join it!


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March 27, 2009 8:52 am  

Sista:
and stop the madness before the stuff either bumps up on shore or trickles through because of the inattentiveness of customs agents and airport staff to the islands?

And you expect customs agents and airport staff to protect the shore line how exactly?


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March 27, 2009 11:28 am  

I'm withTami. Yeah I see the bad and want to critize but I live here for a lot of the same reasons. We continentals don't have a very loud voice but as Islandtyme suggested, we can become involed and be subtle, positive influence influence.


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March 27, 2009 2:10 pm  

i love it here warts and all


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March 27, 2009 2:11 pm  

Tho we stateside transplanted white folks are what just 4%...........of that 4% how many have given up their stateside DL,for the VI DL, registered to vote & have become involved in the island's youth? We are quick to run out & save a crucian puppy, but what about a child?
We complain about how the roads, crime & politics are here.......how many actually vote?? Does anyone volunteer for soup kitchens, pick up trash along the roads or beaches? Gone to the Queen Louise home for Children??
We want the locals to get more involved?? Start in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and form friendships& neighborhood watches, talk to their children. That's the grass roots Sis was talking about.
Joining a structured organization by paying your dues is not the same, but I guess it makes your conscience clear?
This place is one of God's most beautiful creations and it's up to EVERYONE no matter your background, religion nor skin color to keep it, maintain & improve it.
This thread may have been started to talk about all the wonders of island life, but sticking your head in the sand ignoring the ugly won't make it go away..............matter of fact, ignoring a festering wound will allow the infection to spread.
Now go on with your lives, but perhaps this time lead by example, coz if you really want change, it starts with each one of us!


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