January 30, 2007


If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck... You know the rest!

(Source)--LOS ANGELES - Two brothers who filed a defamation lawsuit against the "Dr. Phil" show for airing a segment about their roles as former suspects (WTF??? Get your facts straight Associated Press! THEY ARE STILL SUSPECTS!) in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway should not be entitled to punitive damages, an attorney for the show said.

Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, both residents of Aruba, filed the suit in December seeking unspecified damages against talk show host Phillip McGraw, CBS Television Distribution Group and private investigator Jamie Skeeters. (Good luck getting anything out of Jamie. Those bastards are probably inadvertently culpable for his premature death, too...)

The lawsuit alleges the show altered portions of a secretly recorded conversation between Deepak Kalpoe and Skeeters to "create false, incriminating, and defamatory statements that the plaintiffs engaged in criminal activity against Natalee Holloway." (I don't think the sentences, "So, you all had sex with her? Good for you..." and "Yeah, you wouldn't believe how easy it was that night..." were false statements. They came DIRECTLY out of Deepak's pie hole! Argue the tape ALL YOU WANT...the symantics and other words used surrounding those sentences prove Deepak's response is completely logical!)

William Haggerty, an attorney for McGraw and CBS, said in court papers filed Friday in Los Angeles that widespread news reports of the brothers' arrest "serves to mitigate any damages allegedly suffered by them and bars or reduces their right to recover any damages." Haggerty also denied his clients intentionally misrepresented any fact to the brothers or acted with malicious intent. Skeeters is being represented by a separate attorney. (Looks like the AP failed AGAIN to check their facts and note that Jamie recently passed away. Why is it that we, the bloggers and those who help find the FACTS are doing this for free out of the goodness of their hearts, while some numb-nut who has no idea what is going on gets paid good money for this misinformation?!?!)

An after-hours telephone message left Monday for the attorney representing the brothers was not immediately returned. (Of course not! That's a no-brainer...)

Holloway was 18 when she disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba with classmates from her Alabama high school. She was last seen getting into a car with the brothers and their friend, Joran van der Sloot. Police spent months searching for the missing teen, but the case did not lead to any criminal trial in Aruba. (Not due to lack of evidence or blatant lies and corruption...things like that don't lead to criminal trials in Aruba!) The brothers were released from police custody following their arrest and have not been charged in the case. (But remember, they are STILL SUSPECTS!)

January 29, 2007


Notice all the Dutch Cruise Ship deals...coincidence? I've been told many times there is no such thing as a coincidence...

Deals are out there for Caribbean trips

(Source)--Cruise lines are having trouble filling cabins in the Caribbean this season. That's good news for you. In fact, this may be the best time to nab a bargain.

In a recent conference call to the financial community, Howard Frank, Carnival Corp.'s vice president and chief operating officer, admitted bookings and fares for the giant cruise conglomerate are soft.
"It's been a challenging environment in the Caribbean," Frank told analysts. The hardest hit, he said, were the shorter three-, four- and five-day cruises. To prop up corporate coffers, Carnival Corp. is aggressively cutting prices for its fleet of ships in the Caribbean, Frank noted.

Cruise specialist Rick White of White Travel in Hartford, Conn., summarizes the seascape this way: "As to the current state of Caribbean cruises for this season, it is definitely a buyer's market."

Clever, but overused and transparent marketing excuses

While Frank blames a slowing economy for slow bookings, White thinks it's over-capacity. "There are just too many beds sailing to the Caribbean at the same time,"
he explains. "There was probably a need for one more ship in the Caribbean; unfortunately, 10 lines built the ship. And they built them bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. "A ship of 50,000 tons used to be considered large--now it's simply a large lifeboat, says White. "[Norwegian Cruse Line] is building three more ships of approximately 4,000 passengers; Royal Caribbean is building ships for 5,000 passengers each. That's more than the population of some ports they visit."

Carnival's Frank, though, sees the weakness in the Caribbean as temporary. "We're convinced that we're going through a period with the Caribbean trades that will eventually turn to the better for us," said Frank.
There are no short-term solutions to the problem that he can see, he concedes, but he's hopeful the company will weather this cycle. (Cycle of what? Violence? Crime? Violence and crime = NO FUN on vacation!)

Before bargains dry up, White suggests considering these Caribbean deals that were available at press time. They include:

- Celebrity's Constellation, 11 nights from Cape Liberty to Ft. Lauderdale, Nov. 5, 2007, from $689.

- Holland America's Maasdam, 10-night round trips from Ft. Lauderdale, in April, November and December, from $649.

- Holland America's Oosterdam, 7-night Mexican Riviera round trips from San Diego, in September, November and December, from $649.

- Holland America's Zuiderdam, 7-night Caribbean cruises round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, in October, November and December, from $479.

- Princess' Crown Princess, 7 nights from New York to San Juan, Oct. 20, from $329.

- Princess' Caribbean Princess, 7 night round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2, from $449,

- NCL's Norwegian Pearl, 9 nights round-trip from Miami, February and April departures, from $559.

- NCL's Norwegian Spirit, 8 nights round-trip from New York, February through August, from $489.


The Government of the Netherlands (GON) is responsible for the defense and foreign affairs of the entire Kingdom and assists the Government of Aruba (GOA) and the Government of the Netherlands Antilles (GONA) in their efforts to combat narcotics trafficking.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a party to the 1988 UN Drug Convention, and all three parts are subject to the Convention. Both Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles are active members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

The islands of the Netherlands Antilles (NA), which i
nclude Curacao and Bonaire off the coast of Venezuela and Saba, Saint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten east of the U.S. Virgin Islands, serve as transshipment points for cocaine and heroin coming from South America; chiefly Colombia, Venezuela, and to a much lesser extent, Suriname.

These shipments typically are transported to U.S. territory in the Caribbean by "go-fast" boats, although use of fishing boats, freighters, and cruise ships is becoming more common. Direct transport to Europe, and at times to the U.S., is by "mules" (drug couriers) using commercial flights.
Drugs entering the United States from the Netherlands Antilles are not in sufficient an amount to have a significant effect on the United States.

The crackdown at Curacao's Hato International Airport on "mules,"-travelers who either ingest or conceal on their bodies illegal drugs-which began in 2002 continued during 2005. Historically, most of the courier traffic (current estimate is 95 percent) has been destined for Europe.

Aruba is a transshipment point for heroin, and to a lesser extent cocaine, moving north, mainly from Colombia, to the U.S. and secondarily to Europe. Drugs move north via cruise ships and the multiple daily flights to the U.S. and Europe. U.S. agencies reported more than 100 kilograms of heroin seized in the U.S. that had originated in Aruba. Drugs entering the U.S. from Aruba were not in sufficient an amount to have a significant effect on the U.S. As a result of the successes in Curacao during 2005, traffickers looked for other transit points in the region which included Aruba.

While Aruba enjoys a low crime rate, reporting during 2005 indicates that some prominent drug traffickers are established on the island. Additionally, Arubans worry about the easy availability of inexpensive drugs. The most visible evidence of a drug abuse problem may be the homeless addicts, called "chollars" who number about 300 and whose photographs routinely appear in publications to increase public awareness to drug abuse and to stem an increase in crime. Drug abuse in Aruba remains a cause for concern.

Private foundations on the island work on drug education and prevention and the Aruban government's top counternarcotics official
actively reaches out to U.S. sources (with their hands out for money) (Ask the US for money? Go figure....) for materials to use in his office's prevention programs. The police also work in demand reduction programs for the schools and visit them regularly.

Available drug seizure statistics for calendar
year 2005 as of 12/12/2005 are as follows:

Aruba seized 2752.265 kilograms of cocaine (this includes a single maritime seizure event involving 2040 kilograms from the MV Sea Atlantic during October 2005); 68.645 kilograms of heroin; 526.605 kilograms of marijuana; and 38 tablets of MDMA (ecstasy). Arrests: 123. The NA seized 2595.803 kilograms of cocaine; 51.610 kilograms of heroin; 682.438 kilograms of marijuana; and 270 tablets of MDMA (ecstasy). Arrests: 509.


During 2005, the NA identified links from prominent traffickers in the region to law enforcement officials, which prompted additional investigations. The NA has been quick to address these issues through criminal investigations, internal investigations, new hiring practices, and continued monitoring of law enforcement officials that hold sensitive positions.

The judiciary system has close ties with the Dutch legal system including extensive seconding of Dutch prosecutors and judges to fill positions for which there are no qualified candidates among the small Antillean and Aruban populations.




FINALLY...Beth comes out and says it like it is--THERE IS A COVERUP, and IT HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED. Let's not lose sight on the BIG PICTURE HERE. Opposers still believe it's about the island of Aruba and its inhabitants...anyone with common sense knows this is NOT ABOUT THAT. It is about the government and those that have enabled the cover-up of Natalee's death and disappearance. It is those individuals and the INSTITUTION that we are boycotting.

Wake up and smell the bullshit, people!!!

JONESBORO -- The mother of a missing 18-year old girl said Sunday afternoon that the disappearance has helped motivate her to talk about issues involving safety and visiting foreign countries. Beth Holloway Twitty -- whose daughter, Natalee Holloway, disappeared in May 2005 in Aruba and whose disappearance sparked international news coverage -- addressed nearly 400 people in Riceland Hall at the Arkansas State University Fowler Center.

Before her remarks, Twitty said her message was simple: Be mindful of everything. "My message should be a heads-up for kids," Twitty said. "Investigate the infrastructure, customs and laws of a country before going there. We sometimes think about worrying about the hotel or airfare, but there is a bigger picture."

Twitty, who received her master's degree in speech pathology from ASU, said her ordeal caused her to found an organization, called the International Safe Travels Organization, to help teen-agers and their parents investigate all issues before traveling abroad.

Twitty recalled the first days after her daughter's disappearance and the actions of the Aruban government. "We did everything we could in looking for her. There was a government coverup, and it has been documented," Twitty contended. "Yet we have remained respectful and have done the right thing."

The disappearance of her daughter received intense medi attention. Twitty said the media can help -- and has helped by detailing the stories of missing children, including two recently recovered in Missouri.

"[The media] can be a huge tool for parents," she said. "They can get the photo and information out there for people to see. It is speedy and has been incredible, with print and television. They have helped to solve many cases, and parents should always consider using them as a tool."

At the event, which was held to support the 2007 Northeast District Council of Youth Ministries of the United Methodist Church Scholarship, Twitty also discussed how her faith in God has helped her. "We have had hope," she said. "We have learned to have faith in God and learn to recognize hope. Millions of people, I know, prayed for us when the ordeal began. I can be in an airport and have people come up to me and say that I and my family are still in their prayers."

Twitty said that her organization has worked to build information about various countries and their relative safety or lack thereof. "It has become a valuable tool for young adults. It goes into in-depth issues, such as police and infrastructure," Twitty said. "We worked to create a 1-stop convenient location for the information."
She said officials at Auburn University were in the process of creating a curriculum based on information culled from sources.


Jamie Skeeters 1941-2007 - Obituary

January 28th, 2007

Jamie Skeeters, a retired commander with the Oxnard Police Department passed away suddenly Jan. 24, 2007, while away on business in Memphis, Tenn.

Jamie was born March 14, 1941, in Muleshoe, Texas, to Gladys Skeeters. He was a resident of Ventura County for more than 40 years. He was very proud to be a U.S. Marine. He served as acting gunny/sergeant from 1961 to 1966. Before joining the Oxnard Police Department, he served as director of Boys Clubs in Oxnard from 1966 through 1967. In 1967 he joined the Oxnard Police Department and rose quickly through the ranks, achieving the rank of commander in 1993. Jamie served in that capacity until May 1996, when he retired with nearly 30 years of service to the Oxnard community. After his retirement he continued on to serve as chief of police for Ventura College.

While employed with the police department, Jamie was named Officer of the Year for bravery and performance in 1972. He was a founding member of Oxnard Police Department SWAT team, Oxnard Peace Officers Association and the Oxnard Mounted Patrol. He was a member of Ventura County Narcotics Task Force and a member of the president’s special task force for narcotics enforcement in Mexico. He continued with his education, earning a bachelor’s degree with the University of Redlands.

Jamie served the Oxnard community throughout his adult life. He touched thousands of lives and was especially well-known for his wonderful sense of humor. He was truly a character and someone you didn’t forget meeting.

Midway through his career, Jamie became a licensed polygraph examiner. In 1981, he founded Security Consultant Services. This is where Jamie’s passion for truth and justice flourished. His dedication to educate the community on the importance and necessity of the polygraph was awe-inspiring. His mantra states it all, “In God we trust. All others, we polygraph.” He was a founding member on the governor’s task force against sex offenders. It was his hope that this unique approach by administering polygraph examinations on sex offenders would help locate victims of sexual abuse and assist them with the necessary support system for rehabilitation. He was a consultant for Oxnard Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Barbara Police Department and fire agencies by conducting polygraphs on prospective employees as part of the background check process and special investigations for not only the police and fire agencies but for high-profile individuals, private corporations, military JAG Unit, numerous law firms, television studios including Paramount Studios’ Dr. Phil show, Sci-Fi, Fox news, MSNBC and many more too numerous to list.

Jamie was especially proud to be a member of the California Association of Polygraph Examiners. He served as their president from 2003 to 2005, vice president from 2001 to 2002 and was a member of the board of directors from 1999 to 2005. Jamie loved this part of his career.

Jamie had many incredible experiences in his life, including being caught in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Jamie was seriously injured in that event.

He spent many years living in the Ojai area with his wife, Kay. Together they owned and operated Ojai Valley Farms, a first-class equestrian center, until recently when his polygraph career flourished.

Jamie is survived by his loving wife of over 25 years, Kay; loving daughter, Kim Skeeters; sons, Trace Giove and John Skeeters; and four beautiful grandchildren, Trevor, Morgan, Ryan and Melissa.

We deeply grieve the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and love of our life, but find great comfort in knowing he was loved by so many.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to the American Legion Ojai Post No. 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023; and/or Oxnard Police Activity League, c/o Officer Ken Klopman Oxnard Police Department, 251 South C St., Oxnard.

A celebration of Jamie’s life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, with rosary recited immediately following, at Clausen Funeral Home, 316 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, CA 93023; phone 805-646-1451. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 185 St. Thomas Drive, Ojai, CA 93023; phone 805-646-4337.

Arrangements are being handled by Clausen Funeral Home.

January 28, 2007


By Richard, Aruban Boycott Contributor

Jan Peter Balkenende

January 28, 2007

The Hon. Jan Peter Balkenende
Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs
Ministry of General Affairs
Binnenhof 20
P.O. Box 20001 2500
The Hague
The Netherlands


Emboldened by your courteous reply of August 23 to my previous letters, I am again taking the liberty of writing in regard to the case of Natalee Holloway, missing in Aruba.

You are doubtless aware that Karin Janssen, formerly chief prosecutor for Aruba, has returned to the Netherlands. She claims that she wished to renew her contract, in large part to continue pursuing the Natalee Holloway case, but that this was not allowed. Whatever the truth of her claim, her presence in the Netherlands provides an opportunity for you to hear directly about this matter from a responsible Aruban official.

No doubt it is presumptuous for me to suggest that such an interview be held, if it has not been done already, but given the urgency of the matter at hand I hope that you will excuse my zeal. Letting the public know that such an interview has been held could stimulate Aruban interest in the case and help dispel suspicions that interest in finding a solution is lacking.

The public might also appreciate your confronting Joran van der Sloot and demanding clarification of his statement that “someday, but not now” he would disclose the “truth” of what happened to Natalee Holloway.

In my view, his intransigence could indicate his presence in a law-abiding country such as the Netherlands is not in the public interest. Many Americans fail to understand why carrying out searches for Natalee Holloway has become the duty of her family and volunteers, not of Aruba. The Dutch navy has vessels stationed in the Caribbean to fight narcotics traffickers; is it not possible to deploy some of these, and the skills of their trained personnel, in a water search?

Likewise, I am sure that the family know what land areas of Aruba have been searched; a joint effort by our two nations would demonstrate that while Aruba is indifferent, the Netherlands is not. I remain grateful for your willingness to receive suggestions in our bilateral tragedy.

January 27, 2007


**Another wonderful post written by "Natalee's Freebirds"...thanks gang.

Aruba – Surely You Know?

D. HOLLOWAY: They're the last -- those three boys were the last ones with Natalee. And they hold the answers. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0506/23/lkl.01.html

JUG TWITTY: I've already faced him face to face that night. I faced his father face to face. And you can look at somebody, Nancy, and tell if they are lying or not. And he's just -- it's pathetic. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0506/29/lkl.01.html

JUG TWITTY: From the beginning, Beth and I were there that very first night. And I still believe that, of course, Joran is involved, Deepak`s involved, and the father is involved. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0507/28/ng.01.html

BETH TWITTY: "we've known from day one that Deepak and Satish Kalpoe are way deeply involved in this crime with Natalee http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0508/18/lkl.01.html

1- Aruba, surely you know the United States of America was founded on justice for all. Yet you have denied justice to an American citizen and her family.

2- Aruba, surely you know the questionable tactics used in investigating the Natalee Holloway case would be easily recognized and exposed. Yet you did them anyway.

3- Aruba, surely you know Jan Van Straten is a close friend of main suspect Joran Van Der Sloot’s father, Paulus. Yet you allowed him to continue for months as Lead Investigator of the case.

4- Aruba, surely you know the Dutch judges’ decisions were highly suspect and biased in favor of the Van Der Sloots. Yet you allowed them to stand anyway.

5- Aruba, surely you know it is never good to blame a victim for their own death. Yet you have tried to blame Natalee for hers.

6- Aruba, surely you know it is never a good idea to trash the family of a victim of a crime on your soil. Yet you trashed the Holloway Twitty families constantly.

7 -Aruba, surely you know that Natalee was kidnapped - or do you actually believe that the other "twenty" went "willingly" too?

8 -Aruba, surely you know that killers who hide from justice will surely strike again. Yet you’ve let them go free.

9 -Aruba, surely you know that Paulus held his "no body, no case" meeting on May 30, after Natalee was murdered by his son? Yet you awarded him money for his obstruction in this case.

10 - Aruba, surely you know that all those missing files and statements made by the "Dutch Boy" didn't walk away from the file cabinet by themselves? Yet you’ve held no one accountable for that.

11 - Aruba, surely you know that dropping GHB into an innocent unknowing tourist's drink, doesn't turn the tourist into "willing" and "wanting" to be kidnapped, raped and killed? Yet you’ve charged no one with these crimes.

12 - Aruba, surely you know that the rich Dutch elite in your society are the ones who benefited from this travesty of justice? Yet the framed black security guards are still considered suspects.

13 - Aruba, surely you know that Dompig was fired and never "retired"? Yet you continue to promote this falsehood.

14 -Aruba, surely you know that what goes around, comes around again? Yet you keep obfuscating the truth.

15 - Aruba, surely you don't buy Joran's story that he left Natalee "on the beach"? Your polis don’t believe that story – yet you’ve not re-detained him to try to get to the truth.

16 -Aruba, surely you know that Joran raped and murdered Natalee and his accomplices raped her too. Yet they are all still walking free.

17 - Aruba, surely you know that allowing Paulus Van der Sloot to drive himself to jail in his own car when you arrested him would send a clear message of corruption and your intent to make a farce out of this investigation. Yet you allowed him to do it.

18 -Aruba, surely you know that Natalee did not willingly go with three "Arubans" knowing that she would be kidnapped, raped and murdered. Yet you allowed your polis to attack her character.

19 – Aruba, surely you know there are corrupt cops in your dept. Yet they have faced no punishment.

20 – Aruba, surely you know the computers were tampered with. Yet you failed to have them forensically analyzed.

21 – Aruba, surely you know the missing documents from Joran’s file were taken by Paulus van der Sloot. Yet you failed to hold him accountable for that.

22 – Aruba, surely you know the Security Guards were set up. Yet you have not charged those witnesses for lying.

23 - Aruba, surely you know that you cannot drug, rape and murder an American tourist and not pay a heavy price for it.

Aruba, Surely you know we will never give up until Natalee and her family receive justice!

--Natalee's Freebirds

January 25, 2007


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our friend Jamie Skeeters passed away today. He was in his seat on a connecting flight in Memphis, TN, at the time. His lovely wife Kay asked me to pass this message on to you. Please keep her and their family in prayer.

Bob Heard, CAPE Secretary

Funeral Information

Viewing on Monday between 1400-1800 hrs
Claussen Funeral Home
316 E. Matilaja, Ojai
Corner of Montgomery & Matilaja
Tel: 805.646.1451



(Source)--Author: jim reisman (---.sea2.cablespeed.com)
Date: 01-16-07 16:20

Be aware of fraudulent and deceptive tactics/merchanside sold by KINGS JEWELERS near the cruise ship landing. Sold us a Tanzanite for $5,500.00 and on returning home had it appraised (twice), turns out to be synthetic sapphire. Guaranteed a 2 grade upgrade on a diamond, again after two appraisals, the stone is 2 grades LOWER. Complaint to the store has produced no satisfaction, claim is that US appraisers are prejudiced against Aruban jewelers because they sell such good quality for a very reasonable price.

NOT this Aruban jeweler.

January 24, 2007


Typical Aruban conduct...information for money. The worldly way...nevermind we are talking about a human being. Money is always more important, right?

January 22, 2007


Aruba Increases Tourist Investments

(With what money???)

(Source)--The Aruba tourist authorities announced Monday they will invest millions this year to improving their hotel and extra-hotel infrastructure to take a better position in the market. The digital Caribbean News opined this is a happy perspective and that Tourism and Transport Minister Edison Briesen was satisfied by these precautions and the strategy begun in 2006.

In Oranjestad, the capital, a huge condominium and commercial center will be built with a 100 million dollar investment. As for the hotel sector, in December the Westin chain assumed renewing the Hotel Wyndham for 25 million dollars.

RECENT Articles Regarding Aruba's Failing Tourism and Money Problems:

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

January 20, 2007


All I have to say is this.... WTF?????????

Children allowed in Amsterdam Gay Pride

AMSTERDAM — Children have been the given the go-ahead to participate in Amsterdam's Gay Pride canal parade in the summer.

The gay children will have their own boat with room for 30 gay children, news service NIS reported on Friday.

Gay Pride involves groups of men and women going through the canals in countless boats, often scantily clad. And with the support of gay rights organisation COC, a 14-year-old boy has taken the initiative to have a boat with homosexual children participate on 4 August. The minimum age for children to join him is 11. "From this age, there is already demand among young homos to have contacts with their peers of the same proclivity," COC said.


I've been overwhelmed by people leaving messages regarding the recent articles about missing American tourist, Joel Gove.

There have been such comments as:

Why do some of you Americans have to result trash talking Saba. That is not going to help find him. Really people!! I believe That Mr. Gove had his own agenda and his family need to come clean about his history in order to help the investigation. Don't come to Saba to spoil our home because your home is a mess!!

Why is it that most Americans come to the Caribbean if we are such savages? Why don’t they just go visit other parts of the US? Oh, could it be the reason that your lifestyles are BORING.

(...and if anyone should be considered savages it should be Americans who clearly would do anything for money!)Yeah, you have the right to think what you want but to destroy Saba’s reputation just shows how senseless and ignorant you are.

First of all, this blog has never demeaned or said anything negative about the island of Saba. Certain things that anonymous posters write are not always my opinion. The reason why I brought this tragedy was brought up is because it is another Dutch owned island and the initial statement made by a Saban official that putting up missing posters would be bad for tourism. It was merely used as a parallel to how things are not only in Aruba, but in other dutch owned islands.

I have no doubt the residents feel safe and love their island. I also am not passing judgment on the police work or whatever Saban officials have done regarding this case...not only because I do not possess all the facts of the case because there is a lack of information reported.

I realize that bad things happen everywhere, but the point of this particular post was to warn and remind people traveling OUTSIDE their country of danger. Americans don't receive the same privileges or justice in other countries. This is just another sad example.


Amsterdam cleans up its act??? Riiiight...We'll see about that...

The famous red light district in Amsterdam is a haven for organised crime, according to the city council at least. Not so, say brothel owners who are resisting the capital's crackdown. Nicola Smith investigates further. One third of the famous 'window' brothels and sex clubs of Amsterdam are facing closure after the city council recently refused to renew 33 licences in a crackdown against organised crime.

Famous as a social experiment, the red light district also has vocal critics. The narrow alleyways of Amsterdam's red light district have attracted prostitutes and their clients since the 17th century and have now become a major tourist attraction. But the council edict could change the face of the area, removing the sight of scantily clad women beckoning custom in the glow of the street windows' neon lights. City councillors say the clampdown is necessary to tackle suspected money laundering in some brothels. Some human rights groups claim the move also shows resolve to fight the trafficking of women and forced prostitution.


The accusations of links to organised crime have been shot down by the nine brothel owners set to lose their money-spinning businesses. The group is set to challenge the decision in a court case on 19 January.

Twenty of the buildings and 60 of the 'windows' are owned by "fat" Charlie Geerts, a big player in the porn industry and the red light district for decades. Last week, his lawyer Han Jahae said previous investigations had proven Geerts had no links with criminal activities and that the council's information was both wrong and out of date. "Basing such drastic action on information this old is totally unreasonable," he said.

Nevertheless, Geerts has since sold a fifth of his brothels and windows, selling three buildings with 13 rooms. The buyers were two brothers. Geerts said the sale had been planned before Amsterdam's crackdown. "I simply want to enjoy old age," he said.

Prostitutes' union

Meanwhile, the closures are also being fought by the prostitutes' union, "Red Thread", which says women could be forced onto the streets if the windows are shut down. Mariska Majoor, a former prostitute who now runs the Prostitution Information Centre, said the crackdown would hurt the women who worked legally as independent contractors renting space in the windows.

"There are lots of benefits from working in a window brothel," she says. "It is a thousand times better than being in an illegal brothel or working in dangerous circumstances on the street." "People do not take the profession seriously. It is a mistake of the local government to automatically think it is rescuing the girls," she argued.

Tourist attraction

Others, like porn film producer Hans Burger, have complained Mayor Job Cohen is making a mistake that will "ruin" the city's booming tourist industry. By some estimates, a third of all tourists in Amsterdam visit the red light district, although most just pop by for a curious look. The city's deputy mayor, Lodewijk Asscher, denied the accusation. "Amsterdam is very popular with tourists because it is an exciting and liberal city. It's much broader than just window prostitution," he says.

Asscher stressed the council wanted to target crime rather than prostitution itself. He remains "very worried" by the number of cases of trafficking in women. A number are believed to be linked to the window brothels even though these became legal in the Netherlands in 2000. "If we legalise prostitution then we have an obligation to fight money-laundering and the trafficking of women," Asscher argues. "If we don't protect the women then it's not really tolerance, but indifference."

Changing attitudes

Fear of crime — last year saw 15 gangland killings in Amsterdam — appears to be changing traditional liberal Dutch attitudes towards prostitution. The Christian Democrat CDA and the ChristenUnie (CU) parties — both of which are expected to form part of the new governing coalition — want even tougher measures, including the prosecution of men who frequent prostitutes who are working against their will.

The CU's advisor on justice policy, Jakob Pot, said his party's position reflected changing attitudes in the Netherlands. "I think more people today than a few years ago see that prostitution is abnormal, whatever legalisation of brothels suggests," he says. But others, such as Petra Timmermans from the International Committee on the rights of Sex Workers in Europe, said the Dutch were experiencing outside pressure from countries that did not understand their traditions.

"The Netherlands has decided to do things differently so it is under tremendous pressure from neighbouring countries to re-evaluate its position," she said. "People look at the Netherlands and say it is a failed experiment because not every sex worker is a millionairess."


The French gave us the Statute of Liberty...our Lady Liberty. Wonder what they'll call this statute?

The Statute of Fallen Whores?...

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam's red-light district will soon get a new attraction: a statue to honor prostitutes around the world. The statue, designed by artist Els Rijerse, will likely be unveiled at the end of March, Dutch news agency ANP reported. "In many countries, prostitutes struggle and people have no respect for them whatsoever. The statue is meant to give all those men and women strength," Mariska Majoor, a former prostitute who commissioned the statue, told ANP. ANP said the statue, made of bronze, shows a woman who confidently looks out into the world.

January 18, 2007


*Another great article sent to me by "Natalee's Freebirds". They are great at "things that make you go hmmm..." Don't forget about all these lies, cover ups and inconsistencies!


Did the Criminals Use Cleaning Fluid on Natalee Holloway?


Gammabutyrolactone (GBL)

A commonly found GHB precursor is gammabutyrolactone (GBL), also known as blue nitro, gamma-G, renewtrient, reviverent. GBL is an organic solvent used for cleaning circuit boards, stripping paint, or flavoring soy products. It acts like GHB but has a slower onset and a longer duration. Adverse effects include respiratory depression and cardiac dysrhythmia. It is metabolized in the liver into GHB but can also be made into GHB using home kits.


Prior to forensic testing being conducted at the NFI laboratory in the Netherlands and the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the Aruban Prime Minister and FBI confirmed that blood had been detected in Deepak Kalpoe's vehicle. The Aruban Prime Minister stated this finding publicly while the FBI informed Beth and Jug Twitty. It can be assumed that this confirmation was based on a Luminol test performed in Aruba.

However, such testing can provide a false DNA finding when there is the presence of certain ingredients in some cleaning fluids. The NFI and the FBI laboratories both concluded in their forensic testing of the fabric samples taken from Deepak‘s vehicle that cleaning fluid was present - not human DNA.

There appears to be a general consensus that the cleaning fluid identified through forensic testing by the NFI and the FBI, in all probability, resulted from Deepak cleaning his vehicle the morning that Natalee Holloway went missing - an incidence observed by a neighbour of the Kalpoes. Jug Twitty claims it could have resulted from ten days of cleaning.

However, could this “cleaning fluid” have been the common alternative date rape drug, gammabutyrolactone (GBL)? GBL is an organic solvent that is used for cleaning circuit boards and stripping paint.

The revealed witness/suspect statements of Joran, Deepak and Satish disclose that drinks were carried from Carlos 'N Charlies to Deepak's vehicle on the morning of May 30, 2005. Could one of the drinks containing GBL have been spilled/splattered - possibly during a scuffle? Could the GBL have been spilled/splattered while being mixed into a drink?

As GBL is a strong solvent used for cleaning circuit boards and stripping paint, it can be assumed that Deepak did not use this particular product to clean the fabric of his precious vehicle.

The report of the orginal Aruban tests as well as the FBI and NFI reports regarding findings pertaining to the samples of fabric taken from Deepak Kalpoe's vehicle should comprise part of the Natalee Holloway case file. Inquiring minds want to know if the “cleaning fluid” findings were determined to be gammabutyrolactone (GBL).

Natalee and her family deserve justice, and we will not let up until they have it.

Natalee's Freebirds


Looks like Americans aren't the only ones angry with Aruba. Some Venezuelan citizens have started their own website due to Aruba's shady business practices, transactions and lack of law enforcement due to certain island "untouchables". Hmmm...sounds so familiar, doesn't it?


Click here for their website

VENEZUELAN ACTION GROUP is composed of 14 Venezuelan citizens, organized to fight corruption, complicity, impunity, and negligence, shown by local businessmen and authorities, involved in introducing evil bias in the administration of justice in civil case related to SUN Development, Tierra Del Sol, SUN Capital.

The purpose of this Page is to make a loud and clear denunciation, about the unacceptable lack of protection and denial of fiduciary rights suffered by foreign investors (frequent visitors). We point out the HIGH RISKS present in the Island, due to lack of straight law enforcement and worsened by unfair / biased administration of justice.

A few local businessmen (founder shareholders) hold evil influences through ill-intended use of political, social and economical power, thus armoring themselves into “UNTOUCHABLE persons”.

January 16, 2007


**This was emailed to me by "a concerned blogger named 'FNJ' who felt it was necessary to "out" this person. I'm all for outing people if necessary...so here goes!


1. Scubajap moved to Aruba in 1980 to be a Scuba Instructor

"My English is very good because I am an American. I came to Aruba in 1980 to work as a Scuba instructor, the first first female instructor on the island."

Posted by: scubajap | Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 04:16 AM

2. Scubajap is a female and a mother
3. Scubajap is an American
4. Scubajap is Jewish
5. Scubajap has two children
6. Scubajap is a reporter for a newspaper and also freelances
7. Scubajap has traveled extensively
8. Scubajap has lived in Aruba over 25 years, and has ties to the Scuba diving industry
9. Scubajap was 34 when she had her daughter
10. Scubajap lived in New York
11. Scubajap has a brother who is engaged

12. Scubajap has a married sister

13. Scubajap paints on silk

14. Scubajap attended University in Ohio

1. Rosalie Klein moved to Aruba in 1980 to be a Scuba Instructor

2. Rosalie is a "she" and a mother

3. Rosalie Klein is an American

4. Rosalie Klein is Jewish

5. Rosalie Klein has two children

6. Rosalie Klein is a reporter for Aruba News and freelances

7. Rosalie Klein has traveled extensively

Rosalie Klein has lived in Aruba over 25 years, and has ties to the Scuba diving industry
9. Rosalie Klein was 34 when she had her daughter

10. Rosalie Klein lived in New York in the 70’s

11. Rosalie Klein has a brother who is engaged

12. Rosalie Klein has a married sister

13. Rosalie Klein paints on silk

14. Rosalie Klein attended University in Ohio

Does Rosalie Klein get paid to spread filth about Natalee and her family? Or is it "just personal"? Perhaps it is simply another Aruba lover focusing attention away from any possibility of a crime. She describes her intentions best, with the following post:

Of course, now it would appear I am in the middle of a real, life drama, with some real evil to battle. Perhaps that is why I feel compelled to take up arms in this propaganda war...

Posted by: scubajap Sun Jan 15th, 2006 01:42 pm


TELL US, Rosalie, how you feel about Natalee's mother. Please throw in some speculation as well, to fuel the internet rumors...

Everything is he said this and he said that or “Beth said so and so said this” and though I have complete sympathy for the women, it has also been proven her statements aren’t always reliable.

Posted by: scubajap | Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 01:22 AM


I am also American and a mother-so don't tell me I don't "feel" for Beth. I have always been sympathetic, but why does she have to lie constantly, even about little things like this? So it really makes one wonder, if she feels impelled to lie about these little things, what else is she lying about, and why?

Posted by: scubajap | Sunday, November 06, 2005 at 06:06 PM


If the Twittys hadn't kept on pushing...

Posted by: scubajap | Monday, December 05, 2005 at 09:25 PM


Bizarre indeed, as is just about everything about this case, including the behavior of the family. There are a number of other points that bear examination, but there have been roadblocks set up by the family constantly along the way............

Posted by: Scubajap | Monday, December 05, 2005 at 10:48 PM


I am sorry, I had lots of sympathy for Beth, I am a mother, and I felt for her, but what she is doing, and the people she will hurt by it is an evil thing, I don't care how you try to justify it, it is WRONG.....REally, do you think 1000 of those children are worth on Natalee?

Posted by: scubajap | Monday, December 05, 2005 at 11:26 PM


Aside from that, I have found out all these things, the lying, the shoving, long, long ago, and then in the light of that, to see what they are doing, and the people the Twittys associate themselves with and how can I find their actions defendable?....................

Posted by: scubajap | Monday, December 05, 2005 at 11:51 PM

Do you all ever feel like we're in a huge, scripted sinister soap opera? From the time Betty & crooks moved Faux News into Aruba with hours of the disappearance to the VDS' being foolish enough to travel to NYC seems like a hell of a lot of coincidences.

Posted by scubajap: Fri Feb 17th, 2006 05:38 pm


People are assuming that simply because Dave is an insurance man he had a policy on his daughter's life? sorry, I would like a bit more proof than that. Of course, who needs insurance, when you have book and movie deals? Just a thought.

Posted by: scubajap Sun Jan 15th, 2006 12:33 am


Actually, the interesting aspect of the fact that the guard had the items is simply that they NEVER were reported stolen. There is some speculation that the kids might have traded them for, well, who knows what. If he had anything of Natalee's, as far as I know, it has not been identified as such.

Posted by: scubajap Fri Jan 20th, 2006 11:37 am


I can only speculate on what I have heard, and that he is someone from the coast guard stationed out of Curacao, and was here for the night, Natalee's first or second night, and then went back to Curacao. this is from people that know him. Supposedly, he was interviewed by police, I have been told. Just a bit of seculation on my part.

Posted by: scubajap Sun Jan 22nd, 2006 11:22 am


I personally did not feel it was important as to what the fluid was, as to whose DNA it belongs to, that is another matter. If not Jug's or J2K, then whose? Does this bring someone else into the room with Natalee? someone she was kissing? just kind of an interesting loose end left hanging there, and until identified, how significant is it?

Posted by: scubajap Sun Jan 22nd, 2006 06:45 pm


I think a great deal will be accomplished by interviewing the people from MB....For one thing, I would like to see them question Natalee's roommates very carefully about all thier movements that night and get a time reference as to their comings and going from their room....There are a lot of other pressing questions, IMHO, which can only be answered by talking to those kids....I have a list of questions I would like to see them ask those kids, I sincerely hope they ask them.

Posted by: scubajap Mon Jan 23rd, 2006 11:14 am



*Here is a great letter to the "Queen Bee" written by Aruban Boycott Contributor, Richard. Great job, Richard!

January 15, 2007

Her Majesty
Queen Beatrix
Noordeinde Palace
Postbus 30412
2500 GK Den Haag
The Netherlands

Her Majesty the Queen:

Your Majesty;

It is reported that Karin Janssen, the chief public prosecutor of Aruba, has left the island upon the expiration of her employment contract and has returned to the Netherlands. This is the same Karin Janssen who, about a year ago, said “fireworks” were imminent in the case of Natalee Holloway, an American who vanished on Aruba on May 30, 2005.

It is not surprising, given Aruba’s litany of promises that turn out to be lies and pledges that are never carried out, that yet another statement by an Aruban official turned out to be empty. After all, Karin Janssen did once say that “we are getting the picture of the puzzle,” and said that it was possible to prosecute a case even in the absence of a body. Unfortunately, neither those statements nor any other have urged Aruba to take action.

I am taking the presumption of writing to urge upon Your Majesty my sincere belief that only determined action by your government now offers a possibility of solving this case.

In 2005, a team of Dutch detectives visited Aruba and said they were certain that Joran van der Sloot knew what happened to Natalee Holloway. In August 2006, Aruba asked your law enforcement authorities to take over the investigation. Dutch agents went to Aruba, collected documents, and returned home. Since then, there has been only silence.

It would be tedious to list all of the evidence that points to the complicity of at least some members of Aruban government and law enforcement personnel in a conspiracy to shield certain persons from prosecution and punishment. Allow me to cite some key items here:

--The lead investigator at the outset of the case, Jan van der Straaten, was a personal friend of Paulus van der Sloot, the father of one of the three main suspects.

--Prosecutor Karin Janssen delayed arresting the three main suspects, the persons last seen with Natalee Holloway, even as two security guards were arrested with no evidence against them other than accusations by the main suspects, who later recanted them.

--Although Dutch law stipulates that lying as a witness is a crime that bears a penalty, the many lies of the three main suspects and of their acquaintances were never prosecuted.

--The van der Sloot home, residence of a key suspect, was not searched for about three weeks, though the homes of the security guard ‘suspects’ were searched upon their arrest.

--When the van der Sloot home finally was searched, Judge Robert Wit, who was there, prohibited Aruban police from executing the terms of their warrant, which allowed a full search of the house and property, limiting the search to Joran van der Sloot’s apartment.

--Paulus van der Sloot was allowed to review and edit his son’s initial statement to police and had access to police files while the belated investigation was proceeding.

--Despite the many contradictions in the testimony of the three main suspects and of their acquaintances, a panel of judges ruled that the three could not be questioned further except on a voluntary basis. A subsequent pledge by Aruban spokesman Steve Cohen that Joran van der Sloot would be re-interrogated was never carried out.

Your Majesty, these are but a few of the issues that have perplexed and angered the American public. More than a year and a half after Natalee Holloway vanished in Aruba, her family remain uninformed as to her fate. Aruba seems indifferent to this injustice.

It is my unpleasant duty further to inform Your Majesty that this month another American tourist has gone missing in the Netherlands Antilles island of Saba. It is reported that officials of that island refused to allow missing-person posters to be displayed, citing fears of an adverse impact on tourism. This case remains unsolved as I write, but the indifference indicated by the island’s stance is highly suggestive of Aruba.

Finally, may I remind Your Majesty that the case of Amy Bradley, an American believed to have been kidnapped in March 1998 from a cruise ship docked at port in Curacao, also is unsolved despite continued reports of sightings of her in apparent situations of duress.

No American now expects honesty, integrity, or impartiality from Aruba’s government. We therefore must implore Your Majesty to ensure that your government will take active measures. It is a source of great disappointment that nothing but silence has been heard from the Dutch investigators, and has led to suspicions that no real action is planned.

Your Majesty is aware of the courage displayed by Lamoral, Count of Egmont, who to his cost defied Spanish tyranny and championed the spirit of liberty. Likewise, the families of Amy Bradley and Natalee Holloway have been pursuing justice, and defying modern tyranny, in an area of the world where Your Majesty wields extensive influence.

May I conclude this letter by beseeching Your Majesty to instruct your government also to defy the tyranny and injustice exemplified by Aruban action and inaction, and to ensure that our two peoples will stand unified in our determination that justice be done.



January 15, 2007


TRENTON -- The ex-wife of missing Trenton businessman Joel Gove is calling on authorities in the Caribbean to bring in America’s FBI to help search for him on the rugged island of Saba. Amy Gonzales said that Gove, 47, of the Glen Afton section of the city, left on a Christmas Day flight to the island, which is part of the Netherlands Antilles, a Dutch-held group of islands.

She has accused island officials of not doing enough to find Gove because they are worried about harming their image as a tourist destination.

"There is nothing new," Amy Jones, an employee of Gove’s West State Street company, Habitat Management and Design, said yesterday.

Gonzales and co-workers are eagerly awaiting the island’s police report on the missing man."They’re not finished with their investigation," Jones said. Only a couple days ago, officials asked for his credit card records, said co-worker Lynn Ashton. Once the family receives a copy of the officials’ police report, they can take it to the FBI so they can get involved in the search, Gonzales said." They’ve done almost everything they (could) do and they need help from the United States," Gonzales said. "There are better resources here."

On Dec. 27, Gove left the Hotel Elmomo in the morning, bought a bottle of water at a store at the base of Too Far Trail at about 9:30 a.m. and started his hike up the rocky trail rimmed, in part, with cliffs. Gove, a very fit and healthy man, was last seen at 11:45 a.m. by another hiker who had explored the sulfur mine and saw Gove on his way down, said Gonzales, his former wife and mother of his 15-year-old daughter Georgia. That hiker said Gove looked fine, he wasn’t distressed or sweating and was very friendly.

...The case is eerily similar to that of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway who disappeared while on a high school trip to Dutch-held Aruba in 2005.

Gove is a successful environmental consultant and herpetologist who specializes in snakes and turtles. He is also very philanthropic in that he is politically passionate, is committed to the revitalization of Trenton and children’s welfare. He has served on the board of directors for Kidsbridge Children’s Museum since 1996, said Lynne Azarchi, executive director of the organization.

To help pay for the increasing costs of the search, Kidsbridge and others have set up a special fund to which people can donate.Checks or money orders can be sent to Kidsbridge Children’s Museum; P.O. Box 4561; Chambersburg Section; Trenton, NJ 08611.



Oh my God! What will Lionel Richie do???

January 10, 2007--ORANJESTAD-Aruba will not host Soul Beach Music Festival this year. The festival is traditionally held in the third weekend of May together with Memorial Day weekend. Organizers are seeking another Caribbean destination for this year's festival.

The government has not granted subsidy to have the festival organized on the island. In previous festivals held in Aruba, the organization received subsidy of close to $1 million from the government. The subsidy is now allocated to the organization of Caribbean Marketplace, a large travel fair for tourism and business agents all across the World, to be held on the island next week.

The Soul Beach Music Festival was hosted 6 times on the island of Aruba. The intention of the festival was to entertain tourists during Memorial Day Weekend. In addition the festival attracted many tourists in a traditionally slow month for tourism.

This year's edition will be held from May 23rd-28th of 2007. The organizers will soon announce the destination that will host this year's festival. The Ministry of Tourism is counting on hosting the popular festival in Aruba next year.


January 10, 2007-AMSTERDAM-The Dutch have re-embraced the Dutch islands in the tropics. Travel agencies in the Netherlands are reporting a substantial increase in bookings to the 6 Dutch islands in the Caribbean for the summer of 2007.

Tour-operator TUI has named Curacao "the best selling destination" for the first 10 days of the year. D-Reizen, one of the largest travel agencies in the Netherlands, has reported a 10 percent increase in bookings to the Dutch Caribbean for the first 7 days of the year compared to the same period last year.

The Director of D-Reizen, Will van den Hoogen has never seen demand so high.The increase in popularity of the Dutch Caribbean among the Dutch is mainly attributed to the substantial increase in airlift to the islands. In addition the strong euro has made travel to the dollar dominated economies in the Caribbean inexpensive for Europeans. The prospects are good for tourism industries on the Dutch Caribbean islands this summer.


1. Maui, Hawaii, United States

2. St. Lucia, Caribbean, North America

3. Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

4. Puerto Rico, Caribbean, North America

5. Jamaica, Caribbean, North America

6. Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia

7. Bahamas, Caribbean, North America

8. Phuket, Thailand, Asia

9. Turks and Caicos, Caribbean, North America

10. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean