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BY JOVE!!! OBAMA CARE SURVIVES

Sat, Jul 29, 2017

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BY J E SOLOMON
His agenda was OBAMA CARE to destroy
The electorate he entrapped with a decoy
One that received excitement from its genesis —
Obama care, Muslims, immigrants our nemesis
We’ve got to send them all back home
His plans he claimed were awesome
They would make America great as well
What exactly they were he couldn’t tell

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“You’re Cordially Invited”

Tue, Jul 25, 2017

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Excerpts From “You’re Cordially Invited”

BY J E SOLOMON
You’re cordially invited
For a trip into my mind
But beware of one thing
That you’re only a visitor
Only there to observe
Not to post anything

There’s a lot you may see
My past, and my present
The values I hold dearly
The ideals that I live by
My peculiar inclinations
Towards the spiritual, (more…)

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Snoring and the Marriage Bed

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

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BY J E SOLOMON
“Sleep is fundamental for your health and wellbeing, and if you’re not getting enough, your relationship may suffer …. Many people actually sleep apart — the Queen and Prince Philip among them — and find their marriage much happier for it,” said Dr. GABRIELLE MORRISSEY, a relationship expert. (more…)

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UNDER HIS WATCH I WALK

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

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BY J E SOLOMON
Under His watch I walk
Each and every step
No matter the terrain I’m safe
Rain and storm notwithstanding
I’m always guided and protected
Angels with radar afar watching
By day under the Sun
By night while I sleep
This, my adversaries know
And dare not come nearer
Lest an aura of vibration
Hovering like a storm
As of a hurricane
They’ll have to encounter
And be torn asunder
Or be crushed to death
This, my adversaries know
Wherever I may go
And so, to this day
As has been from childhood
Fear and me, always apart
Farther than the skies above
Making me dauntless
As the Divine Spirit itself
For that which is within
Is greater than that without
For thus says the Father-Mother, God
And this, my adversaries must know.

June 2017: All rights reserved

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J A Kufour, Not This Time, Please

Sat, Jun 24, 2017

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BY J E SOLOMON
To openly attack people I hold in high esteem is not something I normally would do. However, when facts are twisted intentionally not only to misinform but to destroy a person’s well-deserved achievements, then I refuse to be gagged.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana is reported to have told leaders of the International Democratic Union (IDU) that Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, “destabilized the peace of the country and also plunged the country into chaos” and also led the country into “poverty it had never known before.”

He’s also alleged to have stated that “the country tasted true democracy only after 1992 when we were ushered into the 4th Republic.” Is Mr. Kufuor telling us that in the 2nd Republic under the rule of Dr. K A Busia, a government in which he was the deputy Foreign Minister, Ghana didn’t have a true democracy? The then Progress Party government was a direct off-shoot of the erstwhile United Party, the opposition group that forced Kwame Nkrumah to become the dictator he was.

Nkrumah had his faults. He grew intolerant of opposing ideologies. That’s very true. He was, unquestionably a smart dictator, a visionary incomparable to any of his peers and the most brilliant mind ever to emerge on the African political scene. His capacity to see through insidious manipulations by neo-colonialist powers was unmatched.

His successes became increasingly uncomfortable for his adversaries, who obviously had no answers to his meteoric rise and growing popularity at home and internationally. Factors that raised the image of the African in the eyes of the world, especially with regard to Ghanaians abroad.

In desperation, the opposition chose the path of violence and unconventional tactics to bring him down. Lies, vicious lies packaged through propaganda and fear mongering among the populace, became the modus operandi of the opposition. They were determined to cause his disaffection by any means fair or foul. Regardless of the consequences.

To accuse Nkrumah of “plunging the country into chaos” and leading the country into “poverty it had never known before” is unacceptable. These statements attributed to Mr. Kufuor have touched on an emotional button within me that cannot be reset or silenced. And so I venture to defend the man reckoned to be Africa’s greatest statesman.

Why would I even elect to defend Nkrumah? This was the leader under whom my own maternal uncle was put into jail. H H Cofie Crabbe was jailed along with Tawiah Adamafio and Ako Adjei for their alleged roles in plots to overthrow the government. The three, members of Nkrumah’s government, somehow, were implicated in the 1962 Kulungugu bomb attempt on Nkrumah’s life. There were reported bomb explosions at CPP rallies in Accra that maimed innocent citizens. And those were the works of opposition members, some of whom colluded with dissidents from outside to procure the grenades used in the bomb throwing.

In the midst of such violent attacks, did the opposition expect Nkrumah to be politically soft?
Any leader in his shoes would have taken the same steps he took, like the Preventive Detention Act enacted in 1964, to ensure a smooth running of governance.

If ever there was chaos in the country, it surely started with the desperate and lawless actions of the opposition as mentioned earlier. The military coup of February 1966 came to add to the chaos. The emergence of the military on the political scene elevated military personnel participation in areas where previously the police were solely in charge. Military-cum-police mounted road blocks soon became noticeable. There were public beatings of civilians accused of breaking the law.

Ultimately, it was the Progress Party that benefited from the 1966 coup and Mr. Kufuor became a deputy Foreign Minister under Victor Owusu. The then National Liberation Council banned all members and party functionaries of the Nkrumah regime, making them ineligible to form political parties or hold public office. The move presented the Progress Party with a neatly paved road to political incumbency. Mr. Kufuor and his government didn’t see the banning of CPP members from politics as “undemocratic.”

With political power virtually handed over to them on a silver platter, the Busia administration callously deported nationals of other West African countries, mainly Nigerians, some of whom had been born and bred in Ghana, married in Ghana and also raised children in Ghana. Children who, like their parents, knew nothing about Nigeria to call it their home. Yet they were forced to leave. Some of those Nigerians who owned stores and had properties were forced to under-sell or abandon their lifetime possessions amid looting by some heartless Ghanaians.

Hither to, Nkrumah had tried to open up the country’s borders with her neighbors. A move in direct consonance with his United Africa dream. And so it wasn’t a surprise that other West African nationals found Ghana a place to reside in.

The misguided deportation order sowed the seeds for future economic chaos and poverty in Ghana. In 1983, Ghanaians who had escaped economic hardship and migrated to Nigeria were similarly deported back home. This was a time of severe drought, scarcity of food as well as goods. Interestingly, Mr. Kufuor didn’t seem to remember the harsh economic realities of that time, one that aptly fits the description, “poverty like never known before.”

Ghana, our dear country, has been wounded several times in the past. It had bled, and still bleeds from the wounds inflicted by self-seekers and political adventurers who believe more in personal wealth acquisition than the collective wealth acquisition of the whole nation. What we need at this crucial moment are words that unite us, not words that ignite emotions and excite resentment. Mr. Kufour, if you’re bereft of words that inspire and unite, please keep quiet. Ka w’anu tum.

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Ty Stephens & The Soul Jazz Rock Trumpets Jazz Club

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

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By J E Solomon
Last Saturday, April 22, 2017, I returned home from enjoying a night at the Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair, NJ, where Ty Stephens & The Soul Jazz thrilled the audience. It was whaao!

During a short break, Ty walked up to greet the audience. He spotted me behind one of the tables and walked up to give me a hug. As we were talking, a lady sitting nearby confessed to Ty, saying, “You made me shed tears while u sang the last relationship song.” Ty himself acknowledged that he saw two ladies in the front row wiping tears off their cheeks.

It was a night to remember. My very first time at this club and I’m gonna go there again when the Soul Jazz makes another appearance. Sometimes it’s appropriate to follow one’s mind. My inner voice had literally been “disturbing” me with reminders to attend this particular event. I’m too glad I did. The music, the entire performance, and the coolness of the place made it all very pleasing.

Music, soulful music, sometimes can raise one’s spirits moon high. Such was my experience.

This is what I’ve come to realize. People who have more compassion in their hearts for humanity than the love for money and material wealth, do have the power to change the world. The power of selfless love, Divine love, transcends everything — race, ethnicity, creed, color, politics, religion, etc etc.

The world needs your love. Be a champion for peace and love for the sake of all humanity. Develop an open heart, open mind and open arms, and you’ll experience the extraordinary joy and beauty of love without boundaries.

The other members of the Soul Jazz band are: RICHARD CUMMINGS, Jr (piano/music direction)
RON “Rondew” MONROE (bass) ROBERT (RT) TAYLOR (guitar) SIPHO KUNENE (drums)

— Saturday, April 22, 2017

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