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Winston Barnes was “out” today and Norman Lawrence and Yvette Marshall filled in for him. They had a very interesting discussion about rastafarianism and Ethiopia.

A good part of today’s show centered around a very stupid and offensive comment made by a politician. On Sunday August 19, 2012, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Implication? If a woman gets pregnant then it was not rape. “Legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.

Alison Piepmeier of the CofC Women’s and Gender Studies program rightly noted:

I don’t have to tell you that Akin is wrong. Around 32,000 women a year become pregnant from rape. But his comment is worse than just an inaccuracy. He’s bolstering the stereotype that women really don’t get raped that often. Even worse, he’s championing the viewpoint that these rape victims are women who “want it” but then change their minds once the sex act is completed. These women — the liars — are to be differentiated from “legitimate rape” victims. Because, you know, we only need to be concerned about “legitimate rape.” SOURCE

Unfortunately this dumb politician is not alone in his belief. There are others who share his view and who seem to be part of this “anti-women” agenda.

As some callers pointed out it is insulting to their mothers, sisters, daughters and any female close to them.

WORTH READING: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Akin’s ignorance is hardly unique

From today’s show it was very clear that it is very important to know the status of your driver’s license. It is not good enough to assume it is in “good order.” Identity thieves can get access to your personal information and rack up charges and tickets in your name.


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Today’s show covered talks about the London Olympics and USA politics.

Last Thursday at the London Olympics, Jamaica swept the 200 metre finals: GOLD Usain Bolt 19.32,s SILVER Yohan Blake 19.44s BRONZE Warren Weir 19.84s. On Friday Jamaican women finished second in the4x100 m relay behind the USA. On Saturday Jamaica placed third in the Women’s 4x400m Relay and first in the Men’s 4x100m Relay. The relay was won in a new world record time of 36.84 seconds.

One caller thinks that the success at the London Olympics and the 50th anniversary of independence should count for something like building the brand called JAMAICA.

Watch men’s 4x100m relay here



Mr Barnes opened his show with the observation that his audience includes people living in Jamaica who listen online. This was related to a phone call he received last Wednesday from a caller in Jamaica. He also mentioned the 50th anniversary celebration in Jamaica. Mr Barnes also talked about the tragic car accidents over the weekend. (According to the Sun-Sentinel “crashes by out-of-control vehicles have taken seven lives — including three members of a single family and two church leaders — in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.”)

Most of the calls for the day focused on the Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday to rule in favor of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and false advertising.

Once caller pointed out that the GOP candidate Mitt Romney put in place a health care system similar to the Affordable Care Act while he was governor of Massachusetts. That health care system is working and covers about 98% of the state’s population of 6,587,000. The caller mentioned some of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act:

  • Insurance companies cannot deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Children up to age 26 can stay on their parents insurance policies if not working.
  • Insurance companies are prevented from placing caps on certain coverages

The caller also mentioned that it is strange that Mitt Romney would campaign against a health care system that he endorsed while he was a governor and one that is actually working. That system prevents people from rushing to the emergency room for any illness and then sticking other people with the bill.

Regarding false advertising, one caller referred to an ad that promises to pay your light bill for free in exchange for your personal information. Florida Power and Light is aware of the scam and has posted the following on their site:

Bill Payment Scam Alert

There is a bill payment scam affecting customers that is actively spreading through social media and word-of-mouth. We believe this is part of a nationwide phishing scam. Scammers are telling customers that a third party, in most cases the Federal Government or President Obama, will pay their utility bill in exchange for their personal information such as social security numbers and personal banking information.

While customers may have received information from friends or the internet instead of the scammers themselves, we urge all customers to never use banking information that is not their own. Unauthorized use of account information is illegal and any payment applied to utility bills will be reversed. Also, customers who use unauthorized banking information to pay their FPL bill will receive a letter stating their payment was invalid and will still be required to pay their bills.

We have notified authorities including: the State Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the U.S. Secret Service Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force. If you think you may have been a victim of this scam, you may also contact the authorities listed below:


In his opening remarks Winston Barnes mentioned the harm of mixing alcohol with medication. He shared a few time-honored suggestions:
a) don’t share prescription drugs
b) store medication in a safe place (away from children and in at the recommended temp.)
c) discard of prescriptions when they expire

Mr Barnes mentions that sometimes people who get anxious before a flight take medication to calm them down and then make the mistake of drinking alcohol while on the flight. He mentioned that people have passed out and vomited on long flights after taking medication before the flight and having a “drink” during the flight.

Some of the highlights from today’s show:
1. Another Florida teen is missing. According to news reports she is 17 year old Jade Beneby from Delray Beach. She left home for the bus stop at 6:30 and texted at 7:05 that she is in trouble. Another text stated that she was in the trunk of a car. The caller wondered if volunteers will be reluctant to help because of what happened when with the missing Miramar teen.

UPDATE: Teen found in hotel in Hialeah

2. Drug use is a part of the entertainment industry. Many singers admit they get nervous before going on stage and some use drugs to help deal with their anxieties.

3. One caller wanted to know if the President can do something for the young men with arrest records who are being denied jobs. Mr Barnes pointed out that the local government at the state and county level are better positioned to help with that issue.


Hooked for life – Celebrities choose drugs to stay the course

Mr Barnes opened up with mention of the funeral for Whitney Houston which was televized at midday on Saturday. Mr Barnes found some things that were similar to the church he went to while in the Bronx.

Most of the day’s callers gave their opinions on the life of Whitney Houston and the funeral. Whitney’s drug use was also part of the conversations.

In his opening remarks today Mr Barnes talked about the recent robberies involving postal workers. He also repeated certain points that he made in his commentary earlier in the day, that is, companies taking advantage of people’s ignorance or fears. He mentioned the practice of some companies of giving customers receipts that fade in a few weeks. Today’s technology is capable of producing ink and paper that can last for years.

One caller told of a call she received stating that she won millions and need to send $250 by Western Union to Jamaica before she receives her prize. When the caller was told “My husband works with the CIA…” the caller hung up. Mr Barnes mentioned that there are US agents in Montego Bay right now investigating fraud cases involving Jamaicans and US residents.

Another caller pointed out that there are clever crooks that will send a check to you, have you deposit it and ask you to write a check to the sender against the deposited amount. Days after you have sent back a thousand dollars the bank inform you the check was fraudulent and you are out a thousand dollars. The caller also mentioned a new check cashing law that allows checks to clear much sooner than before.



The Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21) was signed into law on October 28, 2003, and became effective on October 28, 2004. Instead of physically moving paper checks from one bank to another, Check 21 will allow banks to process more checks electronically. Banks can capture a picture of the front and back of the check along with the associated payment information and transmit this information electronically. DETAILS

In his opening remarks Mr Barnes spoke about Hurricane Rina that is currently south of the Cayman Island heading towards Mexico. He also mentioned that Florida Power and Light (FPL) was given approval to raise $196 million on the backs of consumers for projected work on nuclear power plants. This will add about $2.00 per month to customers’ bills starting January 2012. Mr Barnes also noted that a federal judge temporarily blocked Florida’s new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits, saying it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

NEWS ITEM: State regulators OK FPL’s nuclear rate hike of $1.87 a month for typical customer

The first caller related his recent experience with rebates. He bought motor oil from an auto parts store and tried to redeem the rebate but he was missing an important “document” that could be found in the bottle cap. Unfortunately he threw the caps away when he changed the oil in his vehicle. Mr Barnes told him that it is part of the marketing strategy to made it difficult to comply with the terms of the rebate redemption unless you read the fine prints; just another way that companies take advantage of consumers.

Another caller shared her experience with loan modification. She lost $2500 to attorneys who promised to modify her loan. She ended up in foreclosure and the attorneys wanted an additional $1000 to get her our of the mess they help create. Mr Barnes recommended that she report the company/law firm to the Better Business Bureau, the consumer affairs division of the state of Florida. He suggested looking for the toll free number in the front of the phone book. Also he suggested reporting the attorney(s) to the Florida bar.


From the U.S. Department of Treasury here are a few things you should know about loan modification:

  • The mortgage to be modified must have been originated on or before January 1, 2009.
  • The home must be an owner occupied, single family 1-4 unit property (including condominium, cooperative, and manufactured home affixed to a foundation and treated as real property under state law).
  • The home must be a primary residence (verified with tax return, credit report, and other documentation such as a utility bill).
  • The home may not be investor-owned.
  • The home may not be vacant or condemned.
  • The Interest Rate Floor for modified loans is 2%.
  • The modified interest rate must remain in place for five years, after which time the interest rate will be gradually increased 1% (100 basis points) per year or such lesser amount as may be needed until it reaches the Interest Rate Cap.
  • There are no modification fees or charges borne by the borrower.
  • Loan modification programs are subject to the fair lending laws, and servicers and lenders should ensure that they do not treat a borrower less favorably than other borrowers on grounds such as race, religion, national origin, sex, marital or familial status, age, handicap, or receipt of public assistance income in connection with any loan modification.

SOURCE: Home Affordable Modification Program Guidelines (U.S Dept of Treasury)

Winston Barnes kicked off his program today with the matter of advertising in schools. Mr Barnes’ concern is who really is benefiting or where is the money going? He also mentioned the controversial action of Florida Governor Rick Scott who published the salaries of public university professors throughout the state.

The average salary of full-time Florida university professors is $80,879 which is actually lower than the national average of $86,653.

One caller informed Mr Barnes that his cousin Claude Sang Jr of the Jiving Juniors died in Jamaica at age 71. Subsequent callers went back in time to re-live the memories of the group led by Derrick Harriott. Their hits include “Sugar Dandy,” “over the River” and “Lollipop Girl.”


1. The history of the Jiving Juniors “began in 1957 when Derrick Harriott and Claude Sang Junior entered and won the Vere John’s Talent Hour, performing as Sang And Harriott. After their initial success the duo enrolled Neville “G Bobs’ Esson and Roy Robinson to perform as the Hurricanes although this venture was short-lived. Following the Hurricanes” demise, Harriott and Sang re-emerged as the Jiving Juniors with Valmont Burke and Winston Service. The group immediately found themselves in the limelight when they released “Lollipop Girl”, which was originally recorded as an exclusive for the Thunderbird sound system in 1958. The following year they re-recorded their debut with an official release produced by Duke Reid that was credited to Claude Sang And The Jiving Juniors. The Jamaican hit led to a series of releases including “Dearest Darling”, “I Love You” and “I Wanna Love You”. Inspired by the group’s popularity Reid’s rival Coxsone Dodd at Studio One invited the Juniors to record with him at his Brentford Road studio. The group remained with Dodd from 1960-61 and enjoyed hits with “Hip Rub”, “Beautiful Doll”, “Oh Pretty Girl” and “Over The River”. The group also enjoyed international sales when the UK-based, jazz orientated Starlite label released “To-woo-up-to-woo”, “Lovers Line” and a hit in combination with the Caribs, “Slop’n’mash”. By 1962 Harriott had decided to pursue a solo career which inspired Sang to recruit a new line-up to record a handful of unreleased tracks in New York. Sang was accompanied by his brother Herman alongside Maurice Winter, Eugene Dwyer and Jimmy Muldahaye. The group was unable to maintain a high profile although they remained a popular live act performing their earlier hits.” SOURCE:

2. “Arguably one of the biggest groups of the pre-ska era was the Jiving Juniors, led by Derrick Harriott. Formed while they were students of Excelsior and Kingston College, the Jiving Juniors is best remembered for chart-topping hits like Lollipop Girl, Over The River and the all-time favourite Sugar Dandy.”

“While Derrick Harriott went on to become one of reggae’s most consistent hit-makers, topping the charts as late as 1985, and business entrepreneur, the rest of the Jiving Junior disbanded and dispersed to lead a more quieter lifestyle. Derrick Harriott is the only member of the Jiving Junior currently residing in Jamaica. Group members, Eugene Dwyer, Herman Sang and Maurice Winter live overseas.

“Migration was responsible for the break up of the group in 1964”, says Harriott, the former lead singer and founder of the group. “Sang, who used to work with the Esso Standard Oil here in Jamaica went to live in Canada, where he continued to work with that company, singing part-time at weddings and other social events. Maurice Winter also resides in Canada, while Eugene, whom I saw up to last Christmas, lives in Miami”, Mr. Harriott told Showbiz.”

“Derrick Harriott, who earlier went to live in New York, founded a New York version of the Jiving Junior consisting of Claude Sang Jr., Valman Burke – son of cricket umpire Perry Burke and Winston Service.” SOURCE: Jamaica-Gleaner

Another caller gave a useful tip for closing your bank account. If you account has say $450.32, go to another bank – preferable a credit union – and open an account, request that the money in the old account be transferred to the new account. Take out $450 and leave the $0.32. The old bank will eventually close that account.

This suggestion was made after a few customer were arrested in NY and CA for closing their account and protesting at the same time.

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