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Placing little or no value on life

This week my pet peeve is the sharing of a gun amongst the killers and would-be killers in Bermuda! I will admit to being a little late picking up on this one. I've been a bit disturbed and distracted by my own life and challenges. However, word on the street is that the going rate for renting a weapon of mass destruction in Bermuda is $1,000! More on this after the Top 20.

Holding at #1 it's

What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake. This is yet another hit by the reigning and current Queen of Pop. It's a catchy hip hop track with a hot and pulsating beat.

Shifting gears to dance music, which DJLT really likes. Climbing to #2 is

Firework by Katy Perry. This hit is all over the place. I was rolling down South Florida's Atlantic Coast with my pitney (Jamaican patois for child) earlier this week and heard it blaring in the bars and clubs, which were busy at noon with DJs banging tunes, thanks to all the Spring breakers who still go to Florida for their March break! Tumbling to #3 is

Like A G6 by Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev.

Improving #4 is

Grenade by Bruno Mars, who is one of the best new artists in the business. Up to #5 is

Hold It Against Me by Brittney Spears. Slipping to #6 is

Raise Your Glass by Pink. Falling to #7 is

Bottoms Up by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj.

Improving to #8 is A

ston Martin Music by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michelle. Soaring to #9 is

Memories, by David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi. This is a monster track which has a rolling beat with catchy lyrics. I've been trying to get people to download it for me but good help is hard to find these days! Down to #10 is Rihanna's dance anthem

Only Girl In The World. Up to #11, is

Who's that Chick? by David Guetta featuring Rihanna. These two were smart to hook up the Queen of Pop with the hottest DJ re-mixer-producer in the game!

Up to #12 is

Moment For Life by Nicki Minaj, a former essential new tune by the hottest female rapper in the game. Improving to #13 is

Higher, by Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy, another former essential new hit. Ke$ha's hit

We R Who We R falls into the #14 spot.

Climbing into the #15 spot is

Fall For Your Type by Jamie Fox featuring Drake. Slipping to #16 is

Can't Be Friends by Trey Songz.

Advancing to #17 is Rihanna's current hit,

S&M. This is the first track on her CD and I'm shocked that it took this long to get into the charts. It kicks and is a great track to begin a CD. Improving to #18 is

Better Than Today by Kylie Minogue. She still looks great and the song is hot. On its last legs and down to #19 is

Louder (Put Your Hands Up) by Chris Willis. Tumbling to #20 is

DJ Got Us Falling In Love by Usher featuring Pitbull.

Now back to this week's word How to get a weapon of mass destruction in Bermuda in 2011

I confess yet again here to this year being a 47-year-old fogey, who is admittedly somewhat detached from the realities of life on the street in Bermuda. But thank God our still beautiful little Island is small enough that all one has to do is ask a few questions, go to a few websites and you can quickly get up to speed on what's happening. Or you can read this article JLOL! Or you can get it from someone who is 60 but still paying attention, as I did this week.

So we've had a number of shootings, killings, murders on our little rock over the past few years. People want to go on like this has never happened before, but the reality is that we have come full circle. We had the Buck Burrows and Larry Tacklin hangings back in the 1970s, and for the record, the jury is still out on proving beyond reasonable doubt that they hanged the right two dudes or that they found all the killers in that case! But that's fodder for another article, another day, another week, another time.

But here we are, some 40 years later and we're back to shooting sprees! But apparently our modern day gangsters are either clueless, lacking in creativity, cowards, or smart; such that many of them don't actually have their own weapon, but rent it from Mr So-and-So, to handle their shooting business, whenever the need arises.

Apparently, the cost to 'rent' a weapon is $1,000! No questions asked, get your own ammo, etc, whatever! Is that all my life is worth? $1,000? Don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to raise the price of drugs by suggesting the broker-renter charge more, but this is basically saying that killing anyone with that gun is not that big a deal. That's the message being sent.

So the moral of this story is that a human life is only worth $1,000 and one can surmise with reasonable logic that these people place little to no value on life theirs or anyone else's. Life is meaningless. You live, you die, no big deal. Next question?

I can't think like that. I do value life. Don't get me wrong; it isn't perfect, but a wise, older gentleman once had a cool quote that goes like this, “Life sucks; but you wouldn't want to miss it.”

In any event, here's to hoping that our local thugs will soon learn that life does have meaning, everyone's life does, and that they should respect everyone's right to live once they are put on this planet.

Nobody died and made drug and gang thugs gods! It is not for them to determine who lives or dies. They have committed the ultimate sin against God and mankind. For this they will be judged.

But those who are still alive still have a chance to turn their lives around. Here is a cry, a plea, for them to do the right thing, turn their lives into more positive, sustainable, lawful activities, and one day they just might live long enough to see their kids graduate from high school, or, God forbid, even college.

I further hope that all current gangsters will stop history from repeating itself and be the ultimate leaders who end this senseless violence and gang activity, for once and for all!

These dudes also suffer from short-sightedness in that they don't realise that if they live by the gun, they too will die by the gun. In Bermuda, it could be the very same gun! Can we please have peace in Bermuda; not war? Please? ... DJLT.

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Published March 11, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 11, 2011 at 8:55 am)

Placing little or no value on life

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