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SIR DUNSTAN ST OMER PASSES

Island’s Greatest Artist, National Flag Designer Dead At 87.

Sir Dunstan St Omer
Sir Dunstan St Omer

ANOTHER truly outstanding St Lucian has fallen. The island’s best known artist, national cultural hero and designer of the national flag, Sir Dunstan St Omer passed away Tuesday at the age of 87.

St Omer was also a former Editor of THE VOICE. A product of the St Aloysius R.C. Boys School and St Mary’s College, St Omer has left his mark in many places in St Lucia, including several Roman Catholic Churches where his huge murals adorn walls. His legacy as an artist is assured continuity through his sons, artists in their own right.

Both Government and Opposition yesterday issued statements in tribute to the man whose place in the history of St Lucia was assured when he designed the national flag when St Lucia became a self-governing Associated State with Britain in1967. The St Omer flag was retained intact when St Lucia became fully independent 12 years later.

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said of St Omer yesterday: “His passing creates a great chasm in our collective heart and soul, particularly because we know how much he loved and served his island home, and how he believed in celebrating everything that is beautifully Saint Lucian.”

Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert said: “Sir Dunstan’s contribution to Saint Lucia’s nationalism is forever embodied in the blue, yellow, white and black of the island’s most distinctive symbol – our national flag, which he created. His contribution to Saint Lucia’s national consciousness is also without question….. Sir Dunstan loved Saint Lucia and was proud to be Saint Lucian. His passing creates an enormous void in the heart of our country that will not soon be filled.”

Sir Dunstan copped several other accolades during his long life. He was awarded a Papal Medal by the Catholic Church and the St Lucia Cross by the St Lucia government on the occasion of the island’s 25th Anniversary. In 2007 the Folk Research Centre declared him a National Cultural Hero. In 2009 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of the West Indies, and in 2010 the Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) was conferred on him in the New Year’s Honours of Queen Elizabeth II.

As a young artist Sir Dunstan took instructions from the legendary Harold Simmons along with life-long friend and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. In 1946 St. Omer left St Lucia for Curacao to work with Dutch Oil; there he was influenced by Greek painter Pandelis. When he returned to St Lucia in 1949 it was to various teaching jobs, including a stint at his alma mater. He received a scholarship to go to Puerto Rico where he studied art for a year and returned home to work with mentor Simmons as sub-editor at THE VOICE, eventually replacing him from 1959-1962. Sir Dunstan worked with the Ministry of Education as an art specialist and remained there until he retired in 2000.

With life-long friend Derek Walcott.
With life-long friend Derek Walcott.

In a wide-ranging interview with VOICE journalist Stan Bishop published in THE VOICE Independence Day issue in February last, Sir Dunstan spoke about what influenced his design of the national flag. He replied: “Even before the competition, the design of the flag was in my mind already. Not that I had thought that I would be designing a flag. But I was already thinking about what I would want for it. In fact, I submitted two flags. It was the time of Black awareness, so I had a green flag with a black eagle on it. That was too radical for them. Some of my best friends told me that was too much, even though they became as radical as I was afterwards. So the authorities chose to go with the milder flag. With things like these, you cannot simply say that you achieved them; it’s just things that happen to you”

As to what kept him motivated as a painter all these years, he said: “In life, we have to make certain choices – live or die. And if you’re selfish, your ass will get burst. In order to survive, you have to have a generous purpose, somehow. For fellas like Derek and I when we were much younger, we were so fortunate that we had all the materials to work with in the direction we were going. We were emerging from colonialism and we had a nation to realize, so all the materials were in that situation. So we didn’t have to look for ideas because they were all there. But we got through that part very well and, fortunately, we had Harry (Simmons) there to tell us to look at ourselves and not Europe. So he really started the ball rolling. He was the one who started to paint our canoes and our women in their madras. I had never seen Black people in paintings before. I was also able to merge my patriotism with my religion.”

26 Comments

  1. Surah Al-E-Imran
    Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception. (185)

    1. “Every soul shall have a taste of death…”
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      Even a child knows that the soul cannot die.

      1. Again TOM TOM aka CITIZEN KANE:

        You continually exhibit the shallowness of your intellect to my great disappointment, especially when I have taken time to explain that we were dead and non existent when the Earth is first formed.

        Surah Al-Ala
        In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

        Glorify the name of thy Guardian-Lord Most High, (1)
        Who hath created, and further, given order and proportion; (2)
        Who hath ordained laws. And granted guidance; (3)
        And Who bringeth out the (green and luscious) pasture. (4)
        And then doth make it (but) swarthy stubble. (5)
        By degrees shall We teach thee to declare (the Message), so thou shalt not forget, (6)
        Except as Allah wills: For He knoweth what is manifest and what is hidden. (7)
        And We will make it easy for thee (to follow) the simple (Path). (8)
        Therefore give admonition in case the admonition profits (the hearer). (9)
        The admonition will be received by those who fear (Allah): (10)
        But it will be avoided by those most unfortunate ones. (11)
        Who will enter the Great Fire, (12)
        In which they will then neither die nor live. (13)
        But those will prosper who purifies themselves. (14)
        And glorify the name of their Guardian-Lord, and (lift their hearts) in Prayer. (15)
        Nay (behold), ye prefer the life of this world; (16)
        But the Hereafter is better and more enduring. (17)
        And this is in the Books of the earliest (Revelations)― (18)
        The Books of Abraham and Moses. (19)

        1. “I have taken time to explain that we were dead and non existent when the Earth is first formed.”
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          Who told you such things? Where you there? Why don’t you talk about things you know and stay away from the things you don’t know.
          In other words, stop pretending to be wise while you ignorant slip continues to show.

          1. Garcon, you are an amazing specimen – was I there when Dinosaurs inhabited our planet ? what a stupendous question from a bird-brain ! I hope the birds can forgive me for such an insult.

            Was I there when Dragonflies were twelve feet long and Earth’s atmosphere was 40 % Oxygen ? No, but I was there when God killed himself because he loved me so, so, much. Killed himself, because he knew he was God and taking a few days resting in Nicodemus’ tomb would be nice, while the Romans would be fooled into thinking they can kill God – HOW STUPID CAN THIS ROMAN EMPIRE BE – while Satan would be tricked and release all of you polytheist from his power – NOW THERE, I WAS.

  2. Surah Al-Waqia
    We mete out death among you, and We are not to be outrun, (60) That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not. (61) And verily ye know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect? (62) Have ye seen that which ye cultivate? (63) Is it ye who foster it, or are We the Fosterer? (64) If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would ye cease not to exclaim: (65) Lo! we are laden with debt! (66) Nay, but we are deprived! (67) Have ye observed the water which ye drink? (68) Is it ye who shed it from the raincloud, or are We the Shedder? (69) If We willed We verily could make it bitter. Why then, give ye not thanks? (70) Have ye observed the fire which ye strike out; (71) Was it ye who made the tree thereof to grow, or were We the grower? (72) We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness. (73) Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous. (74) Nay, I swear by the places of the stars – (75) And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if ye but knew – (76) That (this) is indeed a noble Qur’an (77) In a Book kept hidden (78) Which none toucheth save the purified, (79) A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. (80) Is it this Statement that ye scorn, (81) And make denial thereof your livelihood? (82) Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying) (83) And ye are at that moment looking (84) – And We are nearer unto him than ye are, but ye see not – (85) Why then, if ye are not in bondage (unto Us), (86) Do ye not force it back, if ye are truthful? (87) Thus if he is of those brought nigh, (88) Then breath of life, and plenty, and a Garden of delight. (89) And if he is of those on the right hand, (90) Then (the greeting) “Peace be unto thee” from those on the right hand. (91) But if he is of the rejecters, the erring, (92) Then the welcome will be boiling water (93) And roasting at hell-fire. (94) Lo! this is certain truth. (95) Therefor (O Muhammad) praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous. (96)

  3. Sir Dunstan was a very religious man. He knew the Lord Jesus Christ; and so by faith, he is ‘Saved.’

    1. SON OF THE REDEEMER:

      Why don’t you teach us something from your father the Redeemer ?

      Surah Al-Kahf

      Wealth and children are an ornament of the life of the world. But the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord’s sight for reward, and better in respect of hope. (46)
      And (bethink you of) the Day when we remove the hills and ye see the earth emerging, and We gather them together so as to leave not one of them behind. (47)
      And they are set before thy Lord in ranks (and it is said unto them): Now verily have ye come unto Us as We created you at the first. But ye thought that We had set no tryst for you. (48)
      And the Book is placed, and thou seest the guilty fearful of that which is therein, and they say: What kind of a Book is this that leaveth not a small thing nor a great thing but hath counted it! And they find all that they did confronting them, and thy Lord wrongeth no-one. (49)
      And (remember) when We said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam, and they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He was of the jinn, so he rebelled against his Lord’s command. Will ye choose him and his seed for your protecting friends instead of Me, when they are an enemy unto you? Calamitous is the exchange for evil-doers. (50)
      I made them not to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor their own creation; nor choose I misleaders for (My) helpers. (51)
      And (be mindful of) the Day when He will say: Call those partners of Mine whom ye pretended. Then they will cry unto them, but they will not hear their prayer, and We shall set a gulf of doom between them. (52)
      And the guilty behold the Fire and know that they are about to fall therein, and they find no way of escape thence. (53)

  4. I wish somewhere he could have infused his original GREEN idea (I would bet that his green concept related / aligned with the current Earth survival paradigm of Green engineering and decreasing our carbon footprint.
    Many countries updated the design of their flags over time. Frankly, unless a nation is making a powerfully positive reference to the indigenous folks of their country, then references to the subsequent populace is kinda vain. The closer the flags references to the land- water- mineral, flora-fauna. the more in keeping with Divine providence.
    Therefore, I strongly propose the merging and conversion of the white/black geometric shapes to one GREEN similar shape.
    I truly believe that this global focus on GREEN is even more imperative for small island nations like St. Lucia (we are both way too high octane and proof, gasoline and distilled spirits GUZZLERS).
    This would be a fitting tribute to this great statesman’s legacy:
    That we LEARNED (he was a life long teacher) from his talent and built on it a positive national tribute that places us in a global leadership position (Green awareness of our carbon footprint)
    If I were a naval commander, my destroyer escort would salute Sir Dunstan St Omer with a majestic 21 gun salutation.

    1. “If I were a naval commander, my destroyer escort would salute Sir Dunstan St Omer with a majestic 21 gun salutation….”
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      Just do a fly-over in your F-15 while son-of-man is standing on the wing.

  5. I am a cousin of Dunstan St Omer, and know of his painting when he resided in the CDC as related to me by family members.

    To understand death we must reflect on our origin, which goes back some fifty-thousand years before Allah created what we call the Universe. Fifty thousand years before Allah Created anything He Created the Pen and commanded the Pen to WRITE ! Everything that has happened, and will happen has been written in a record, the name of this Book evades me at this time – the Qur-an is said to be a paragraph in this Divine Book – it is a digital record. Of course, The Injeel/Gospel revealed to the Prophet Isa/Jesus, the Torah revealed to the Prophet Musa/Moses, the Zaboor/Psalms revealed to the Prophet David are all from this Divine record.

    When each of us is born, who our parents are, what kind of life we will live and when we will die – EVERYTHING. Who will enter Paradise, and who will burn in Hell; so a person may be the practitioner of evil all his life, worshiping false deities, then before his death he changes to the worship of the Merciful/Ar-Rahman and that person becomes an inheritor of Paradise, and another person can be a doer of good, never associating other gods with Allah, and at his last days turns to associating partners with God/Allah and ends up in Hell. Allah forgives all sins except associating partners with God/Allah.

    This action of not joing partners with God/Allah is so massive that when placed in the Scale it will sink the balance, for or against you. However, let’s look at the Earthly presence of life;

    Sura 2 – Al-Baqara (MADINA) : Verse 28

    How can ye reject the faith in Allah? Seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return.
    Translation : Eng-Yusuf Ali

    The building elements that comprises the human being is first created in the Stars; even the Oxygen that sustains life and combustion is created in Deep Space Star Super Novas. When the Earth is first formed, it is a soup-ball of molten substances. There are hundreds of other planets in our Solar Systems, and the temperature of the Earth’s surface is thousands of degrees Kelvin – THERE IS NO LIFE; NOT A TRACE OF HUMANS

    There is also NO MOON, the Earth’s Satellite that moves the waters of the Oceans and influences growing/planting our foods. At some stage in this chaotic primordial activity Earth Collides with a Planet named “Theia” traveling at velocities faster than muzzle velocity/bullet and rips out a chunk of Earth which forms the Moon some 25,000 miles from Earth. The Gravitational influences of Moon upon the Earth is enormous. A Day is SIX hours, three hours daylight and three hours nighttime as Earth spins at almost 4,000 miles per hour; STILL NO SIGN OF MAN.

    Today the Moon is 250,000 miles from Earth and the Earth spins at a mere 1,033 M.P.H. and we have Humans. The Ice Ages have receded to the Poles and we use the Element Iron, created in the Stars to build Cars and Cathedrals.

    I call you to reflect on your life and make effort to Read the Qur-an, which the Devil Worshipers have forbidden you to read. you can find the Quran here: http://www.quranexplorer.com/Quran/Default.aspx

    Surah Al-Inshiqaq
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    When the Sky is rent asunder, (1)
    And hearkens to (the Command of) its Lord–and it must needs (do so)– (2)
    And when the Earth is flattened out (3)
    And casts forth what is within it and becomes (clean) empty (4)
    And hearkens to (the Command of) its Lord–and it must needs (do so)–(then will come Home the full Reality). (5)
    O thou man! verily thou art ever toiling on towards the Lord― painfully toiling but thou shalt meet Him. (6)
    Then he who is given his Record in his Right hand, (7)
    Soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning, (8)
    And he will turn to his people, rejoicing! (9)
    But he who is given his Record behind his back― (10)
    Soon will he cry for Perdition, (11)
    And he will enter a Blazing Fire. (12)
    Truly, did he go about among his people, rejoicing! (13)
    Truly, did he think that he would not have to return (to Us)! (14)
    Nay nay! For his Lord was (ever) watchful of him! (15)
    So I do call to witness the ruddy glow of Sunset; (16)
    The Night and its Homing; (17)
    And the Moon in her Fullness; (18)
    Ye shall surely travel from stage to stage. (19)
    What then is the matter with them, that they believe not?― (20)
    And when the Qur’an is read to them, they fall not prostrate, (21)
    But on the contrary the Unbelievers reject (it). (22)
    But Allah has full Knowledge of what they secrete (in their breasts). (23)
    So announce to them a Penalty Grievous, (24)
    Except to those who believe and work righteous deeds: for them is a Reward that will never fail. (25)

  6. Where are the Bible people to enlighten us from their book?

    Surah Al-Qiyama/The Resurrection
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    Nay, I swear by the Day of Resurrection; (1)
    Nay, I swear by the accusing soul (that this Scripture is true). (2)
    Thinketh man that We shall not assemble his bones? (3)
    Yea, verily Yea. We are Able to restore his very fingers! (4)
    But man would fain deny what is before him. (5)
    He asketh: When will be this Day of Resurrection? (6)
    But when sight is confounded (7)
    And the moon is eclipsed (8)
    And sun and moon are united, (9)
    On that day man will cry: Whither to flee! (10)
    Alas! No refuge! (11)
    Unto thy Lord is the recourse that day. (12)
    On that day man is told the tale of that which he hath sent before and left behind. (13)
    Oh, but man is a telling witness against himself, (14)
    Although he tender his excuses. (15)
    Stir not thy tongue herewith to hasten it. (16)
    Lo! upon Us (resteth) the putting together thereof and the reading thereof. (17)
    And when We read it, follow thou the reading; (18)
    Then lo! upon Us (resteth) the explanation thereof. (19)
    Nay, but ye do love the fleeting Now (20)
    And neglect the Hereafter. (21)
    That day will faces be resplendent, (22)
    Looking toward their Lord; (23)
    And that day will other faces be despondent, (24)
    Thou wilt know that some great disaster is about to fall on them. (25)
    Nay, but when the life cometh up to the throat (26)
    And it is said: Where is the wizard (who can save him now)? (27)
    And he knoweth that it is the parting; (28)
    And agony is heaped on agony; (29)
    Unto thy Lord that day will be the driving. (30)
    For he neither trusted, nor prayed. (31)
    But he denied and flouted. (32)
    Then went he to his folk with glee. (33)
    Nearer unto thee and nearer, (34)
    Again nearer unto thee and nearer (is the doom). (35)
    Thinketh man that he is to be left aimless? (36)
    Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? (37)
    Then he became a clot; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned (38)
    And made of him a pair, the male and female. (39)
    Is not He (Who doeth so) able to bring the dead to life? (40)

  7. Thinketh man that We shall not assemble his bones? (3)
    Yea, verily Yea. We are Able to restore his very fingers! (4)

    What did we know about the fingers 1400 years ago when the Quran was revealed ?? Finger Prints ? we knew nothing of the science – so notice Allah in this Surah/chapter uses the finger to identify the person. The Quran is filled with such science we have only recently discovered.

  8. @ Son-of-Man “I am a cousin of Dunstan St Omer…”
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    Yeah! And I am a cousin of Derek Walcott.

    1. TOM TOM:

      You have a never-ending list of pseudonyms – you act like being related to someone is an achievement. People don’t choose their parents so stop making yourself the signature idiot of this blog which is dominated by men and women of great intelligence and reason.

      You know who else is a relative of Dunstan and my cousins ? Boo, and Winston, and Chester Hinkson. I guess you will tell me that Taylor Swift is your cousin ? Tom, please ??

      1. “… stop making yourself the signature idiot of this blog which is dominated by men and women of great intelligence and reason.”
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        Son-of-a-Fool, keep Tom Tom out of your foolishness. I’m still going through a busy tax season; you’ll be hearing from me in a couple of weeks.

        And by the way, did you include yourself among the men and women of great intelligence and reason who dominate the blog? Oh! I didn’t think so.

      2. Tom Tom:

        I went in search of you during my winter travel to the New England States, but your address was bogus. I was told that Blacks are not welcomed in Bergen County and are liable to be shot in the back by the white Christan police who enjoy murdering blacks who want to marry their pale-skinned women, or choked to death for doing business like selling cigarettes.

        Black Americans are now in rebellion against people like you who a honorary Whites, preferring to maintain the status quo siding with people like Rush Limbuagh in denigrating the African before murdering their young men while letting their women live.

        I think I had attempted to contact you from my hotel in Columbus Ohio before you went into hiding in your sister’s basement apt., lol

        Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not avail another nor shall intercession be accepted for her, nor shall compensation be taken from her nor shall anyone be helped (from outside). (48)
        And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: they set you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your womenfolk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord. (49)

        1. “I went in search of you during my winter travel to the New England States, but your address was bogus …. I think I had attempted to contact you from my hotel in Columbus Ohio”
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          First you thought that Paterson was in Bergen County; now you are making Ohio a New England State.
          Geography just isn’t your thing.; but then again this blog is dominated by men and women of great intelligence.

          1. How did you summarize that me calling you from Columbus Ohio meant that Mid-Western State is geographically located in the North-Eastern U.S.A. is beyond my ability to synchronize, yet again you are able to make A FATHER GOD + A SON GOD + A GHOST GOD = ONE, and substantiates my arguments that the Religion of White Supremacy distorts the Sense Reason.

            Allah has given the human no better gift than Reason.

            إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ

            Surely the worst of beasts in God’s sight are those that are deaf and dumb and do not reason. (8:22)

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          2. This is when Satan became the Rebel, and swore to make wrong look right.

            Surah Al-Hijr

            Behold! Thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man, from sounding clay from mud moulded into shape; (28)
            “When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.” (29)
            So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together: (30)
            Not so Iblis: he refused to be among those who prostrated themselves. (31)
            (Allah) said: “O Iblis! what is your reason for not being among those who prostrated themselves?” (32)
            (Iblis) said: “I am not one to prostrate myself to man, whom, thou didst create from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape.” (33)
            (Allah) said: “Then get thee out from here; for thou art rejected, accursed. (34)
            “And the Curse shall be on thee till the Day of Judgment.” (35)
            (Iblis) said: “O my Lord! Give me then respite till the Day the (dead) are raised.” (36)
            (Allah) said: “Respite is granted thee― (37)
            “Till the Day of the Time Appointed.” (38)
            (Iblis) said: “O my Lord! because Thou hast put me in the wrong, I will make (wrong) fair-seeming to them on the earth, and I will put them all in the wrong― (39)
            “Except Thy servants among them, sincere and purified (by thy grace).” (40)

  9. I called a brother SIR, in this blog some time ago and he admonished me NEVER to call him by this title, and he explained to me it was an insult. After I thought about it I totally agree with him, DR. OPTICAL.

    I asked myself, why would anyone want to be titled in the company of pirates like Sir John Hawkins, and Sir Francis Drake?? all pirates who enslaved Africans and made Knights – Knights of Columbus ? Awwa garcon!! I can see people like the guy who wears a thong while clothed in baby oils and Vaseline, doing the strip dance for the British Homosexuals considering kneeling at the feet of the white pirate queen an honor, but no self respecting person will accept such humiliation, SIR JOHN ?

  10. So, Tommy Kane, why are 99.9 % of accountants extremely ANAL.
    Lighten up before you gonflay
    Eat more fibrous foods, fresh fruit, whole grain cereal, clean water
    Abandon your hi rise cubicle at lunch- take in some natural Vitamin D from Majestic RA
    Walk a mile after work, preferably in a park
    Invest in a simple bike. Check out which commuter railroads allow bicycles aboard
    Take weekend day trips to a rural setting preferably a state or federal park
    Bring your laptop
    Work in the shaded outdoors for 2.5 hours (a study reveals that sitting for more than 2.5 hours is detrimental to health). Then ride your bike for .5 hour (30 mins)
    Then repeat this cycle of work and ride till twilight.
    Your efficiency /tax prep alacrity and health will reap great benefits.
    By the by
    SOM is most generous with sharing authentic verses from one of the world’s great spiritual books-
    How come you don’t share some FINANCE /TAX tips -advice to Looshans in the diaspora?
    Do you prefer that Uncle Sam get more from the sweat of their brow.
    Or that they should remain downtrodden workaholics –
    far from the light at the end of the tunnel.
    You are a tax expert and you are not sharing financial tips:
    Blogging is sharing
    Yet you take insignificant potshots at a man who shares:
    One of the apostles was a tax man and the biblical account of his lifestyle (before FELLOWSHIP WITH Christ) are as conniving and ruthless as a modern Wall Street parasite (the proverbial vulture came to mind but like SOM I would have to ask the Bird genus or is it phylum for forgiveness for such a lowly equation)
    Any who I pray that your yoga introspection exercises help you to circumvent the pathways of me-myself-and I
    so prevalent in the Wall Street Finances shark tank.
    I recalled some time aback defending the merits of a glass of red wine at dinner-on weekends.
    SOM strongly defended abstinence from drinking (albeit in its most benign form) with spiritual writings from the Quran
    As a result I did some critical thinking.
    First, I reflected on family relatives (immediate and distant) who were addicted to strong drinks and the ones who abstained.
    Then, because both groups contrasted cleanly along denominational lines I rated their practices of prayer and reading the Bible
    Lo and behold the heavy alcohol drinkers were fervent RC practitioners who never talked scriptures . On the other hand, the ones who abstained attended churches where drinking was taboo. Moreover, unlike the drinkers, a Bible was always within arms reach and most of their downtime was consumed with reading it.
    Furthermore, at rare large family gatherings the social demarcation became more apparent. The drinkers talked about the material world with such loudness, rancor and mapewee that they stimulated vexations of the spirit.
    On the other hands the non drinkers initiated and sustained lively (civil) discussions about biblical events and how they relate to current social events. They were more approachable.
    I was an active listener.
    Fast forward
    I tried SOM’s abstinence defense
    Results were stupendous
    First, I saved an average of $30-$40 (2 bottles Rodney Strong Merlot or Pinot Noir) per weekend.
    Secondly, my thinking became more energized
    Thirdly, my motivation to increase physical exercise routines was boosted
    Abstinence was a challenge but I confirmed it when I visited my favorite mega size discount store, checked out the latest prices on my favorite wines-walked out without a purchase.
    Why this testimony?
    I am a bit concerned that a smart “Looshan” like TOM TOM is getting too jaded and cynical in the early stages of cubiclelitis syndrome
    Do you know that Wall Street perfected the ‘Martini Lunch”
    Come to think of it
    Every Looshan Wall Street bank/brokerage etc worker acquaintance of mine were ACE drinkers and RC devotees. A study on denominational liberalism and its effects on hard drinking habits addictions is a useful doctoral dissertation.
    TOM TOM are you a social-light –moderate or heavy drinker?
    Beware of Wall Street cubiclelitis
    At least mount a fair literary challenge to SOM’s blogging skills by sharing some of your finance expertise?
    In closing, your F-15 wing walking “flap” did not meet the satirical bar. Why?
    The sweet aerodynamic lines of the Eagle (wing load to center of gravity/ thrust to weight ratio etc) allows it to cruise at extremely stable (think glide like a real eagle) low speeds, thus making a wing walk theoretically possible
    http://www.centennialofflight.net/essay/Explorers_Record_Setters_and_Daredevils/wingwalkers/EX13G3.htm
    The F-15 aerodynamics allow for a slower more stable platform than the aircraft depicted in photo. So, again it is theoretically possible to execute a wing walk, which nullifies your cynical comment about the fly pass salute.
    What is more disturbing and indicative of your possible episode of intoxication is the fact that the salute was homage to a great St Lucian statesman but you chose an attempt at wry cynicism.
    Please keep in mind that unlike the thin line between love and hate, there exists an even thinner blur between bookkeeping/tax preparation and EMBEZZLEMENT
    I pray you stay on the straight and narrow righteous path
    Isn’t it ironic that the person (SOM) who exalts staying on the straight and narrow
    Path with God (a guiding principle that is so relevant in your career (inherent temptation within cooking the finance books) is the one you need to align with.
    Personally, I will hustle/stowaway on the first colonization flight to Mars.
    To survive your rabid canine eat canine finance world you need a SOM –more than you can imagine.
    Till then, tallyho 🙂

    1. Boy, boy, boy; what a litany in response to my one sentence comment; anyway, I’ll take ‘Abandoning my hi rise cubicle at lunch- and taking in some natural Vitamin D from Majestic RA.’
      The rest of your litany is a direct suck-up to SOM. You are so scared to offend SOM that you are fighting his battles even when he, himself, isn’t willing to fight.

      Don’t forget, I have been sparring with SOM long before you came on the scene; and I have never found it necessary to showcase my knowledge of Taxes, Financial Statements, Mergers & Acquisitions, IPO’s, etc., etc.
      As a matter of fact, I come to these blogs to getaway from these things. I am not here to impress upon people how smart I am; instead, I am here to keep SOM in check. LOL. So Dassault, you need to lighten up a little.

  11. Tommy.
    I get it
    “As a matter of fact, I come to these blogs to getaway from these things.”
    SO, it’s all about PURPOSE, why we are here on this blog?
    I am so glad that you shared “your purpose”
    That your purpose is limited to your social-emotional domain or what my warfare college professor of psy indoctrination classified as the “dumpster”
    In layman’s terms you use this blog to jettison or relieve yourself of the press and impingements that placate your psyche as you serve the God $ Almighty Dollar $
    And pray / prey in his grand Cathedral THE MALL
    So I interrupted your long standing “Tom & Jerry” antics with the SOM and so you deploy TRIANGULATION to foil my perceived interference?
    Alright already?
    Do understand that my purpose on this blog is way beyond yours: The maintenance of a level nation building playing field for those who truly hold the BEST INTERESTS of the nation –regardless of their humble-middle or elite Social economic status background; thus, are motivated to be proactive participants in the progressive construction of this nation
    Yes the SOM and I do converge on some ideals (the glorious quest to be humble only to the DIVINE), the commitment to commit Peetar and Mayreek to intense Psychiatric services in order to arret their corrosive effect on party politics.
    As a seasoned warrior I shall utilize point of attack –wingman strategies (as in civilian terms WWF tag team maximum effect synergy)
    Nevertheless, the rhythm of your lexicon was a dead giveaway that your presence on this blog is to inspire mayhem
    Your purpose is like the fluffy topping of a Meringue pie
    Mon ami a Rocky Road Chocolate Cake with intricate layers of Cherry Chocolate fudge—ou la la- now that is enticing substance
    Returning to the pastry analogy and your meringue pie caricature
    I kinda suspect you are a euro-stlucian-on the surface
    Most euro Stlucians I grew up with had more substance than that displayed by your decadent déclassé embrace of the urban vernacular of the S word you used in your adolescent attempt at triangulation of SOM and I.
    And how extreme from the use of LITANY to the S word
    The trashy euro urbanites of NY do use it to express a wide variety of euphemisms
    Your vulgar use of the s word was smartly cloaked suggesting a bout of intoxication.
    You knew that you were descending into the gutters to coin the phrase.
    It’s all good I learn from everything!
    I will not descend from my stratospheric advantageous perch to engage you in said tormented states- after all like most of the current flocks of urbanite yuppies and too many buppies most of you are like puppies chasing a thrill.
    I do pray that your use of the S word is not subliminal codification of your own intimate fetish
    Perhaps your fetish limits your inventory of the KINDA GIRL YOU CAN TAKE TO MAMA.
    The thrill of a Rick James (late Funk Master) kinda girl is only a cheap thrill: actually these types of girls that support your perverse fetish serve your $GOD$ in more elusive rituals at the your Cathedral MALL
    They Gold dig better than Bond’s Goldfinger!
    If you ever need a quick fix on that S*** FETISH of yours , please allow me to contact a wounded in battle vet current turf duke of Herkimer Street Exotics Unlimited.
    Why this extended pacifier
    Well, my friend or foe onboard transponder is off when I swoop in to my barrel rolls to get at the vulnerable point of attack of Peetar’s Hoesie’s Sopwith Camel and his girlfriend Easy May oui Mary’s barnacle encrusted galleon
    So stay on your BiBon while watching how airborne warriors do your S*** word
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA9XSXr7_uQ
    Thrust me it’s a life or death thrill in live combat theater of operations : exponentially more mind BLOWING (pun intended) than that you can pay from any Eubonics Drama Queen
    Till then , hope to miss you at the Peetar and Mary flying circus :’)
    Tallyho

  12. Dassault Mirage;

    You must have X-Ray vision to have seen the emptiness and vulgarity of this demented character TOM TOM whose sole purpose is to spread mayhem, while contributing nothing, but you are so correct in stating, “It’s all good I learn from everything!”, these are words of wisdom, yes, observe the action of the fool who shoots himself in the head, so we do not impose such destruction upon ourselves.

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