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June 18, 2004

Open Thread

If you want to discuss Misters Reagan and Moore, use this space.
As Howie would say - Peace.

Posted by afinta at June 18, 2004 04:19 AM


RE: President Reagan. There are Americans like me, who suffered through the dismal embarrassing years of Jimmy Carter's administration. Frankly, I believe he is a fine, decent fellow, and smart, but one of the poorest leaders in picking cabinet members and nave and way too trusting of our adversaries and allies alike. When Ronald Reagan was elected, I was amazed... and then intrigued, and finally proud. He was not just another pretty vacant face from Hollywood. He stuck to his principles. He impressed the world, some positively and some negatively.... but he was a LEADER. Someone once said that the key to failure was trying to please everyone. I believe that President Reagan held the key to success. Was he perfect? Hell no. Did he create positive change in the world, hell yes. There are those who awake each morning believing that America is bad and has something of which to be ashamed. Some of these folks, like Mr. Michael Moore, will twist facts and fiction to their benefit and financial gain. I pity those folks. I am proud of my country. America is filled with some of the most generous people on earth. I'll be damned if this nation will abdicate its leadership and direction to a pathetic group of nations that cannot make a decision or defend itself. God bless America. Screw France and the United Nations, and those peace-loving Muslims who continue to kill innocents. America is nowhere near perfect, but isn't it amazing how many Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Africans, and Lord knows who else is trying to get here to stay? The Virgin Islands remains one of my favorite places, but my next vacations will be to Monument Valley, Napa Valley, Jackson, Wyoming, and Maine. I plan to spend my money with people who appreciate me and Americans. Damned straight. One of my friends raises cattle and crops. He told me that one should never criticize a farmer with his mouth full. Some of America's critics are quite well-fed and free to use the Constitution. JSS3.

Posted by: JSS3. at June 20, 2004 12:42 AM

Dang fine post JSS3. Very well stated, and I freaking agree with you 100%. That Michael Moore is one well-fed fat slob S.O.B. I'd say.
You are a well respected member of the usvi forum community, and many will read this post. Thanks for making my day!

Posted by: CS at June 21, 2004 01:55 PM

Who is CS ???

Posted by: Anthony at June 21, 2004 02:24 PM

Why I am, of course. Just a fan of the esteemed JSS3. Am I in trouble, Anthony?

Posted by: CS at June 21, 2004 04:08 PM

No! No trouble at all - I just don't recognize the handle. Do you use the same on the forum? I moved this conversation over here so people can say whatever they wanted to about the topic, so feel free. I wish I just had more time to mix it up here myself!
Thanks -

Posted by: Anthony at June 21, 2004 04:12 PM

Yes, it's the same as the travel forum :) I wanted to delve(sp?) deeper into the nice site and was perusing the Coconut when I saw the thread. I've got just about three weeks until honeymooning on St. Johnny, but am not one to post my departure time to the second.... so I don't post too terribly often.
Thoroughly enjoy daily visits to the site -- Keep up the good work!

Posted by: CS at June 21, 2004 04:25 PM

Anthony, go ahead, post... MAKE MY DAY! I can wear criticism like a shiny medal! Man, I sure am sorry we won't meet this summer. But I plan on stalking Ronnie and MsChuy! Looks like plenty of forum-folks will be in the USVI during July. "CS" will be hobnobbing at Caneel on Honeymoon.... if I were doing that, I'd want no interruptions with scurrilous individuals! And now, I'm back to work with whining clients. Later, JSS3.

Posted by: JSS3. at June 21, 2004 04:49 PM

No No No JSS, Caneel is too blue for my blood. I mean, I'll splurge for my lady, but at THOSE prices, no I won't. I ain'ta part of that crowd anyhow. Ok, so Gallow's is not a villa, but it's not Caneel either, and it does have a honeymoon package. I've heard good things about it, anyway.

Posted by: CS at June 21, 2004 05:23 PM

Amen, Brother Stew. Gallows is going to have to put with me in about week and a couple of days. It's a good place, hoisting a glass with Stew at the Beach Bar will be a thrill as we go back into our childhood on Ventura Blvd, but naturally he had the opportunity of a good "boys school".

Posted by: allan at June 21, 2004 09:31 PM

Allan, I didn't think I'd be THIS busy just before departure! Seems as tho' stuff is getting on a fast-track when the last few months have been slo-mo! AND, I'm trying to co-ordinate 5 couples of Derelict Traveling Krewe members besides meeting my forum-friends while there. BTW, you'll recognize me in the Beach Bar.... I'll have the American Flag on my T-shirt! G'nite Mate, JSS3.

Posted by: JSS3. at June 22, 2004 12:29 AM

yeah, talk about busy!!!! If you're good boy, I'll show you how to take a laptop & cell phone, make your clients back home think you're in the office and take orders.

unfortunately, when the business is "I", it's difficult.

Posted by: allan at June 22, 2004 01:33 AM

Hey JSS3 - I think MsChuy is closer to you on the political spectrum. I am a screaming left wing liberal libertarian socialist. Unfortunately what I remember most about Reagan was his firing the air traffic controllers and Iran/Contra.

Posted by: Anthony at June 22, 2004 02:23 PM

As a President, Reagan made a great actor...uh,uh just ask mommy.....No one questions his loyalty and Americanism......they question his actung ability tho.....don't know why, he played opposite a monkey just fine....before and after the presidency.....JMHO......

Posted by: CariBerrt at June 22, 2004 04:52 PM

Oh yeah, it's like a tennis match... back and forth. However, after Reagan - as dumb as he was, the whole world won the Cold War, and the mass-firing of the traffic controllers scared the Commies senseless, and prevented wide-spread illegal union strikes here. Then Clint Eastwood made an ape movie and was elected mayor of Carmel, which he cleaned up. As I stated before, Pres. Reagan was no where near perfect, but he just accomplished SO much more than anyone else I can think of. I just think like a "cowboy"... independent and self-reliant and proud of my country's hard-fought freedom. A lot of blood was spilled for us to whine and complain. And that's my short opinion, JSS3.

Posted by: JSS3. at June 22, 2004 08:57 PM

"Then Clint Eastwood made an ape movie and was elected mayor of Carmel, which he cleaned up."

You are a national treasure sir. LOL! Thanks for always bringing the humor around...

Posted by: Anthony at June 22, 2004 09:00 PM

LOL...Now that was funny Stew!! I wasn't trying to goad you my man, just inject a little humor here and there. I am pretty much a-political when it comes to conversations.....two things I learned you don't discuss with friends...religion or politics. I learned that in Nam.....you get get serious hurt doing that....LOL..wish we were going to be on St. John at the same time......will miss having a drink with you!

Posted by: CariBert at June 22, 2004 09:10 PM

Lemme tell y'all.... I'm goin' to be 60 - humor is an essential. I don't know where the time went, but it's been okay. I still feel 18 and a half in my mind, and girls, their mothers and grandmothers all look GREAT to me. The body is giving me fits. I'da not run as much (or as far) if I'da known it'd hurt like this now. Cortisone will be my injection drug of choice next week, then it's all "island time" and V A C A T I O N ! My clients can whine and bitch and cry to my recorder! We have an excellent Derelict Krewe this year, and I'm looking forward to putting faces to forum names. Y'all will recognize me.... I'll be standing just to the RIGHT of Darth Vader, politically-speaking.

Posted by: JSS3. at June 23, 2004 01:02 AM