Over the last 30-years, in particular, Jamaica has lost countless amounts of money to corrupt officials in both political parties.
The Peoples National Party (PNP) has been in power for longer periods at a time including a 141/2 year unbroken tenure leaving the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) literally in political oblivion.
(1) The furniture scandal in December 1990.
(2) The light-bulb scandal in November 2008.
(3) The chandeliers scandal.
(4) Operation PRIDE scandal.
(5) Trafigura affair.
(6) The ‘Fat Cat’ scandal.
(7) Iran sugar deal.
(11) Sandals Whitehouse.
(13) Zinc (1989)
The list of theft under this party is by far too much to mention. This list only scratches the surface of the scandals in which the PNP has been involved costing the poor Jamaican taxpayers untold billions if not trillions of dollars.
The list of scandals under the PNP in my estimation ought to disqualify the party from contesting elections, if not from a dissolution of the party, then a total voter blackout.
Notwithstanding, we all know that uninformed loyalist voters literally makes that impossible.>The JLP for its part has certainly had its own [sticky fingers] problem
(2) The infamous Mabey and Johnson bridge-building bribery case.
(3) In August 2009, 50-million spent to upgrade the minister of transport and works home.
(4) Ministry of Tourism spent $8.4 million to retrofit the minister’s offices between May 2008.
The point of all this is to highlight the tremendous amounts of resources which has been pilfered, squandered, and misappropriated by the very people the Jamaican people entrusted to be stewards of those resources.
It is against that backdrop that I wish to speak briefly on news reports that Jamaica acquired a long-range surveillance aircraft, and two helicopters to patrol the Islands territorial waters.
Prime Minister, Andrew Holness told a gathering of dignitaries and officials involved with the developments that, “Jamaica has made an investment in both security and our economy. Greater security means a stronger economy”, Holness said. Imagine if all of the pilfered billions were invested in Education. Healthcare. Security. Infrastructure. Where would the Island be today in it’s slow plod to first world status?
The Prime Minister, however, has finally had a come to Jesus moment when he argued: “Greater security means a stronger economy”.
This writer has gone to great lengths to point out the fact that this Prime Minister seemingly has a particular disdain for police officers and a wider lack of understanding that the prosperity he has been promising the Jamaican people is a Unicorn, given the country’s unchecked lawlessness. Most importantly, however, Holness went on to say quote; “The government is committed to ensuring that criminals don’t take over Jamaica”.
My great Aunt always advised me to let people talk, soon enough she opined, they will reveal the truth about what’s going on in their heads. [tek time search
As a young investigator that concept served me well in my interactions with both criminal defendants and witnesses giving affidavits.
Jamaica faces from a burgeoning confluences of militia groups which are becoming more and more emboldened because of Government’s inaction.
In the numerous articles I have written, I have sought to lay out the imminent creeping danger this inaction poses to the country’s solvency and security.
The link provided above is the latest article I wrote on this imminent danger.
[Warning/address These Militias Now Or Face The Consequences Tomorrow].
The path to ensuring that criminals do not take over the country requires much, much more than the purchase of an airplane and a couple of helicopters. Nevertheless, it does go some distance toward interdicting some of the illegal guns and ammunition entering the country, if applied correctly.
Unfortunately, despite the Prime Minister’s seeming new awareness, that criminals do have the intent if not the resources yet, to take over the country, he still hasn’t fully grasped the need for structural changes to how our nation is policed.
Those changes will have to be legislative. They must include a sea change in the way those in power understand the importance of the rule of law and how that understanding is communicated to the people.
Can you imagine how much better Jamaica would be if the country spent the requisite resources going after murderous criminals as it spends going after errant cops who may have stepped over the line?
No one should be comfortable with a cop who betrays his oath. But as I have written several times before, it is simplistic and rather hypocritical to pretend that shit flows upstream.
It begins with that cup of coffee, that offer of a drink on a really blistering 96-degree day and it culminates in sweeter and more substantial gifts and the resultant expectation of something in return.
Young officers know as soon as they leave the Academy what senior colleague is on the take and they damn sure know which Superintendent is getting an envelope to look the other way.
Duties are designed around those envelopes, young officers are transferred as a result, and people behave in a manner toward the junior officers on the street based on their relationships with senior officers
It is ridiculous to expect to pay off the superintendent then lambaste the constable who accepts a cold soda while on patrol.
I am not making the case for corruption, I am merely stating an inconvenient truth.
The sad reality is that the less influential the person who errs against the law the more likely he will be seriously punished.
It is safe to assume that Mohamed Ben Mohammad bin Salman is not ever going to face a court of law and be held responsible for the death of Jamal Jamal Khashoggi
In the same vein as the barely literate constable Collis [Chucky] Brown makes a spectacle of himself and the once noble organization he has brought ill repute to no one above him m will even be forced to defend Brown’s accusations in a court of law.
Rest assured that as Brown was spilling his guts to Hamish Campbell they never sought once to read his [Miranda rights]!
It is safe to conclude that if Hamish Campbell told the barely literate Brown that he “had a right to remain silent, that he had the right to an attorney, and that anything he said would be used against him in a court of law”, as dumb as Brown is we would not be talking about this today.
If Chucky Brown was driving around shooting and killing gunmen that would not cause me to lose any sleep let me be clear.
Nevertheless, we cannot become them in order to combat them.
The truth is that all of the forces which ought to line up against criminality on the Island are arrayed against the rule of law.
The truth of the matter is that the political class the judicial class the business class and everyone in between, the Island is awash in corruption and as a result, there is no real effort to squash this cancerous bug called violent crime once and for all.
Whether the pathetic Brown is telling the truth or not is immaterial at this point. What he told Hamish Campbell at INDECOM is exactly what Campbell, Terrence Williams and those who hate the police wanted to hear. So no one would have warned him of the grave danger he was placing himself in by spilling his guts without a lawyer or a guarantee of immunity.
Whatever Chuck Brown expected, be it that he was going to receive immunity without a guarantee, makes the case that the hapless Brown was way over his head the moment he met with INDECOM and was even further over his head when he allowed himself to be conned into giving a statement, essentially making a deal with the devil.
If Chucky Brown was driving around shooting other criminals he will get his just desert, no question the courts will throw the book at him, he will never see the light of day again.
And why not? Throwing Brown in prison and throwing away the keys will be a tremendous distraction from the fact that INDECOM is not only a failure and a drag on the Jamaican taxpayers, but it will also mask the fact that the much-revered courts get to continue enjoying the presumption that it is above board.
Between the lax laws, political interference and the courts at all levels running interference on behalf of criminals it is no wonder that some cops would think just shooting the motherfuckers would be an appropriate remedy.
But police officers cannot allow themselves to indulge in the same cesspool the criminals are mired in. When we do we become them and that helps no one.
The JCF has one of the highest attrition rates of any police department I know of. There is a reason for that, the sense of not accomplishing anything, and a recognition of the barriers to law enforcement becomes clear once you are in.
Hence the mad scramble for the door. Chucky Brown may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but he was clearly not blunt enough that he didn’t know what he was doing and so he has to face the music.
He could have walked away!
One of the problems facing our country is the inability of people to think outside the box, or even allow themselves to entertain other ideas outside the opinions they initially formed on any range of subject matters.
We form opinions, and nothing else will change what we made ourselves believe, facts become mere points to be countered.
In a September 24th, 2018 Jamaica Observer Article titled: Railway Corp supports development of Kendal crash site, Chairperson for the Kendal Crash Committee at the Municipal Corporation, Angella Edwards, said that the vision is that visitors to the proposed memorial/recreational park will be able to park their vehicles and take a rail car to the area.
Find the link below.
Not a bad idea for an actual area where visitors to a shrine could honor the dead who fatefully lost their lives in that horrible crash. But why are Jamaicans so preoccupied with parks?
So I flippantly wrote the following in response to the [park suggestion]
Memorial/recreational park !!!
In other words, build a park for sound-systems to blare and semi-nude bodies to gyrate.
Nothing trumps the need to be entertained, not even a solemn event as the Kendal crash.
Like bait on a line, it did not take long for one particular fish to take me on
Castleton Gardens & Emancipation Park are recreational parks and I don’t see what you describe there. Why would you think that the Kendal site would be different
No dearest, the idea of a recreational park is okay, but in a tragic event like the Kendal train crash in which over two hundred people lost their lives in that single event don’t you think that a monument is more fitting?
I was at a loss when I read the comment too was too dumbstruck to respond. Because my thought is that this thing should have been
Now after correcting some of the misspellings I responded.
Instead of a “RECREATIONAL PARK”, how about a fitting monument which appropriately honors the dead, and takes into account the grief of the people at the time this unfortunate event occurred?
I too heard about it, the gory details and all, I would suggest that we have a fitting monument to remember the event by, not a recreational park.
I agree with you on this one, Mike. But yuh no know how di ting
So far so good right?
So the monument cannot be placed in the Park giving it a more tranquil setting while you stand there reflecting.? We so small minded when it comes to things of substance but we have no qualms about politicians spending our tax dollars on their own frivolous pursuits.
Actually, that is not an unreasonable position to take but I am thinking the cost would probably be astronomical so let’s focus on an edifice which honors those who lost their lives.
So how about something like the Lincoln Memorial, how about something like the Holocaust museum, the civil war memorial, the African-American Museum.
I don’t know something substantive, like a presidential library, just not a park.
Okay, it seems that your brain, what’s left of it, is a stuck in a permanent a state of [park], hence your obsession and preoccupation with parks.
Can you think outside what the stupid politicians propose for a change despite the blinkers?
FYI You sir seem to have less of a clue as to what a brain actually does and I am presuming it
Again I had to correct the misspellings but anyway.
Now he/she went there, (smile).
Okay, I don’t mind discussing issues but when you are losing and you decide to engage in ad hominem attacks, I take off the gloves.
The nuclear response.
I’ll tell you a little story after which it will be radio silence, my time is far too valuable.
In parts of Africa, they would catch monkeys by cutting a little hole in a pumpkin, enough to accommodate the monkey’s paw.
They would then use a special stick to loosen the gut of the pumpkin and leave it where the monkeys would find it.
The monkey would force, it’s paw into the squash and scoop all the entrails it’s little paw could hold and it would not let go.
The only problem is that with a paw full of pumpkin entrails, the monkey was unable to get
If only it let go of what it initially grabbed…….
You are that (monkey)
A jury also found the officer guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery in the teen’s killing.
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald while on duty, was found guilty on Friday.
A Cook County jury found Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder, as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery. He was acquitted of official misconduct, and a charge of first-degree murder was vacated for the second-degree murder conviction.
Judge Vincent Gaughan revoked bail and ordered Van Dyke taken into custody to await sentencing later this month.
The jury deliberated for less than eight hours over two days in the case, in which Van Dyke faced the possibility of life in prison for shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times on a Chicago street in October 2014.
Chicago police were on high alert as the city prepared for a verdict in the rare trial of an officer accused of murder for an on-duty killing. Hundreds of police were seen packing street corners and city parks. Jurors, who deliberated for five hours on Thursday and about 2 1/2 more on Friday, were sequestered by Judge Vincent Gaughan and kept at an unidentified hotel overnight.
Van Dyke testified in his own defense that he feared for his life and that McDonald was behaving erratically (an autopsy revealed PCP in his system). His defense team cited a state law that allows officers to use deadly force if it’s necessary to stop a fleeing suspect who has committed a felony while using a deadly weapon, according to Vice News. McDonald was carrying a knife at the time, but police dashboard camera footage refuted Van Dyke’s claim that the teen was aggressively swinging the blade at him.
Three other officers await trial on charges of trying to cover up the killing and obscure the investigation.
Assistant prosecutor Jody Gleason argued that Van Dyke had no right to fire even one shot, let alone 16, including several that struck the teen in the back, and while he was already on the ground. Subscribe to the Politics email.How will Trump’s administration impact you?
“It’s Jason Van Dyke firing bullets, ripping into the flesh of Laquan McDonald 16 times. That’s not justified, that’s not necessary — that’s first-degree murder,” prosecutor Joseph McMahon told jurors, according to NPR. He urged jurors to convict on first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
Van Dyke’s lawyer, Dan Herbert, compared the scene that night to a monster movie, telling jurors that McDonald had attacked a truck driver and slashed a police vehicle’s tires just before he was shot.
“When a monster turns and looks at the victim, that’s when the music starts to play,” the defense lawyer said.
Two alternative jurors who were dismissed from the trial on Thursday said they would have leaned toward finding the officer guilty of murder, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of them, a white woman, noted that other officers on scene that night didn’t use deadly force.
“Where was [McDonald] actually causing an issue that Jason Van Dyke thought that he needed to use deadly force? I just didn’t understand that,” the alternative juror told the newspaper.
My dearly departed grandfather and great aunt always said: “what cost nothing gives good measure“.
It is a parable which sounds complicated but has a very simple meaning.
If you did not pay for something, or if you do not place any value on something you most likely will be careless and reckless with its handling and care.
The malignant cancer of violence and murder in our country and in particular the murder of our women may very well have their Genesis in that parable.
My son uses my wife’s car to deliver piazza when he is home from college, no problem. As soon as he got his own car and his mom borrowed it, he went to great pains to lecture her about not getting a scratch on it.
When we pay for something ourselves or place real value on the things we have access to, or own, we tend to be far more judicious with their care.
Most actions we take lead to consequences down the road. The cheapening of life through our everyday discourse, the music we listen to the movies we watch, violent video games and in Jamaica’s case the wanton degradation some women subject themselves to are only a few of the characteristics which form the perfect conditions for the whirlwind of murder the nation is experiencing today.
At this point, I can hear in my head the fallacious arguments quote: “people get killed everywhere not just in Jamaica.
I can just imagine the Google searches to find mass killings in other parts of the world, ready to copy and paste in the rebuttal to the legitimate angst we feel at the unnecessary and wanton shedding of blood.
Defending killings is now a noble way to spend time for many.
For those concerned, not just about the run-away murders and the resultant consequences of the trauma on the nation’s children, I ask, no I beseech you, take a stand against this lunacy.
For far too long this perverse and macabre way of life have dominated our popular culture while we go on living as if nothing is wrong, or that nothing can be done about it.
If the politicians seem unable or unwilling then the people must stand up for the country we were blessed with and demand that this madness stop.
But before we do that, we need to make some changes in our own lives.
We must eschew violence and the glorification of it.
We must stop speaking it to our children. We must stop listening to the murder music and We must anchor our
Women must stop cheating on their spouses and significant others, out of greed for material possessions or sexual lust.
Men must stop believing that the women in their lives are a disposable commodity which can be replaced with another.
Many of you claim to love your children yet you kill their mothers and leave the very same children, your children, traumatized for life.
Others kill Both the women who bore their children and the children of their loins. You are sub-human, you are beneath the animals, you are monsters.
There is no escaping the stark realities of the(“materialistic bun culture,”) women who want more than the men in their lives can afford, who cheat to get material things they cannot afford.
Women who insist that the men in their lives have to steal to-be with them.
This is something I have written about for years.
Oh for the times whilst I was an officer looking real spiffy in my uniform, and the women who openly flirted with me. ” B
All this while decked out in Jewellery from ear to toes.
Where do-you think the jewelry came from?
I am not laying this solely at the feet of women as I am almost certain some will argue. Far from it, all I am saying is that much of what men do begins with what women demand, what women teach, and what women allow.
Why have sex with a man who has made no commitment to you? Why have a child with a man who has another woman or worse, several other women?
Why have children with a man who cannot stay out of jail? Why complain when you gave up your power several children ago when you had the power to say “NO”?
Many female birds will not mate with the male of their kind unless he first builds a suitable nest and decorates it inside and out, upon which she inspects it and decides whether it is good enough.
If she doesn’t like what she sees, she Flies away and its all for naught.
On the other hand, when women make demands that men cannot meet they tend to push the envelope to get what their women want. Children in the relationships observe the power dynamics playing out live what they learn.
The men who strive for material trappings through whatever means, largely tend to do so to attract women as one of their primary motivations.
This places us in the same category as the male peacock which shows off its awesome plumage to attract the female.
We have a twisted value system which glorifies and lust for material extravagance rather than places the appropriate value on life. The insatiable and rapacious desire to have the best of everything have cheapened life and turned humans into monsters.
A woman visiting the United States walked into my business-place with her elderly father, the father wanted to purchase a cell phone for her to use while she is visiting. He also needed a phone she could use when she returned to Jamaica.
She was embarrassingly ungrateful, berating her father for not having wi-fi at home in front of other customers and myself.
The gentleman explained he did not need wi-fi as he was gone all day, on his return home at nights [he explains], he watches a little television and that was that.
That did not appease her but she went on to demand that her elderly father purchase the newest i-phone. He balked at spending that much money which he seemingly did not have, or wanted to spend.[he had a flip phone]
She insisted she wanted unlimited data, so I asked her if she had unlimited data back home , she responded in the negative.
She cannot afford unlimited data in Jamaica but she berated and embarrassed her elderly father
The Christian values we were raised on have long become a topic of scorn and derision, it is fairy tales, nonsense, we are now too intellectually forward-leaning to believe in a God we cannot see.[sic]
How dare anyone place any restrictions on our lascivious and materialist pursuits?
How dare anyone expect that we respect elders, our teachers, the laws, how dare anyone tell us Jamaicans what we can and cannot do?
When we sow the wind we reap the whirlwind, it is that simple.
If you have ever donned the uniform of a police officer, a real officer who enlisted for the right reasons because you wanted to protect and serve, you understand full well, that what American police are doing to people in minority communities is not policing.
If the standard principles are to serve and protect, to save lives and protect property, then there is no way that any reasonable person can pretend that what we see happening on video after video is representative of what we expect from police officers.
When the same laws which are supposed to protect citizens and police alike are stretched to the limits and distorted to justify unjust police use of deadly force, while at the same time the reverse of those same principles is used to condemn certain segments of the society, the system is broken.
Any grainy black and white video may be used to condemn a black man of any crime in any court. Nevertheless, a crystal clear high definition color video of police officers committing capital murder, even after stating clearly that -that was their intent, we are told that we cannot believe what we have seen with our own eyes and heard with our own ears.
Many years ago a friend with whom I went to the Jamaica Police Academy asked me, how come I could be so critical of police officers? I asked him to take a look at what is happening to American policing and tell me whether that was what he did as a police officer in Jamaica?
His cheek dropped to his chest, that was the end of that conversation.
Those who tell you there are only a few bad apples, you must call *BS * to them, where are the good officers, sworn to uphold the law without fear or favor who are stepping forward to say “here is what happened”?
During my time of service, I received some pushback and unfavorable comments from a few co-workers who accused me of preferring civilians over them.
My response then was, if doing the right thing, not allowing the brutal assault of innocent people, is [preferng civillians][sic] then count me in.
How is it sustainable when the public who pays police officers salaries are terrified of police killing them whenever they come across police officers? In many instances, cops dress and behave like soldiers on a battlefield but are less careful, less accountable than soldiers constrained by the rules of modern-day warfare and the Geneva Convention.
Prosecutors, Judges, and Juries stretch the boundaries of the law in order to protect errant cops, this, in turn, results in a metastasizing effect, breeding more abuse of citizens rights in the process.
The whole concept of police as peace officers has been cast aside in America, replaced with a militaristic macho-man mentality which is characterized by the itchy trigger finger. With the female cops doing their level best to demonstrate that they have the same level of balls or more as their male counterparts. This generally ends in the death of unarmed men of color, their only crime, the color of their skin.
Rather minor infractions which ought to be ignored, or at worse, result in a mild warning, are sought out heavily utilized vehicles used as the reason for interactions. These interactions usually culminate in the use of lethal force on people of color after the police themselves massively escalate events.
Terrence Crutcher was gunned down, by wannabe tough guy cop Betty Shelby who murdered him. Mister Crutcher was gunned down and struck with tasers despite having his hands in the air, not having any weapon on him, nor in his vehicle. (Even if mister Crutcher had a weapon on him, or in his vehicle, he could not have been lawfully or legally executed because he had his hands in the air.)
Despite this Betty Shelby was charged and exonerated because a black man had no rights a white woman, much less a cop had to respect, not even the right to life.
Betty Shelby was acquitted by a corrupt Tulsa Oklahoma jury on May 17th, 2017. Despite having his hands up, having no weapon and walking away from police, Betty Shelby gunned Terrence Crutcher down in cold blood.
She told the court. “I did everything I could to stop this,” she added. “Crutcher’s death is his fault.”
Betty Shelby is a free woman, free to live her life.
Terrence Crutcher is still dead?
So too are all of the other countless black men and women who had their lives taken by unaccountable cops who know that the system will not hold them accountable.
So too has...ALTON STERLING
So too has PHILANDO CASTILLE
So too has countless others……….
What’s really shocking is the cultlike loyalty which permeates the followers of Donald Trump. Just imagine this, the personal lawyer of the president of the United States pleaded guilty to committing eight (8) felonies and named (the very same president as an unindicted co-conspirator).
Truth isn’t truth, crimes are no longer crimes and now well …. even if I did it cannot be a crime because I am not subject to the laws.
The president’s campaign chairman was convicted on eight (8) felonies on the very same day that his lawyer pleaded guilty. We are now learning that he would have been convicted on all 18 counts as charged, but for one female Trump supporting juror who would not let the evidence get in the way of partisan orthodoxy.
On the very same day Duncan Hunter Republican Congressman from California, the second member of the Congress to endorse Trump was indicted on charges that he and his wife, Margaret, routinely — and illegally — used campaign funds to pay personal bills …
All of that happened in one day …… it does not include the fact that the first member of the Congress to endorse Donald Trump, Chris Collins of western New York was indicted on Insider Trading Charges.
But the foregone does not even begin to tell the full story so here goes.
- Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigations and awaiting sentencing.
- Rick Gates, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, and Manafort protégé, on one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of making false statements to FBI agents.
- George Papadopoulos, a low-level Trump foreign policy adviser, for making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russians during the campaign.
- Alex van der Zwaan, who worked with Gates and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort while he practiced law at a large international firm, admitted to lying and failing to turn over emails to Mueller’s team in February, sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $30,000 fine did his time and is reported to be already out of the country.
Amidst all of this and without even one scintilla of accountability about the torrent of criminal indictments and guilty pleas Donald Trump did what he has done every single time he feels the walls closing in on him.
No, I am not talking about just appealing to the wretched white racists’ crowd which blindly support him, he tweeted an old right-wing trope about white South African farmers been killed and their lands taken from them.
I have asked Secretary of State
@SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
There are so many things to be said about the expropriation of land, not the least of which is that it was not a problem when the murderous Booer Voortrekkers stole the land, But the very rare instance of righting a wrong as is being considered a-la fair market price as a remedial action, is a vicious alt right trope.
This is where Donald Trump wants to direct his attention at the exact time that he was named in a federal felony plea deal as an unindicted co-conspirator.
Whether we like or believe Amorosa Manigualt-Newman is not really important. She spent well over a decade with and around Donald Trump, as a consequence, when she said he wants to start a race war her comments cannot simply be brushed aside.
South Africa has a lot of crime, yet whites in South Africa are less likely to become victims of crime largely on the basis of their wealthier status in the society.
If Donald Trump needed to dip his beak into world affairs the least he could have done is read a few pages of a book instead of watching Orwellian talking points of FOX misinformation otherwise knowns as state TV.
One of the enduring virtues of black people is that we generally are quick to forgive and forget, a virtue not found in other races to the extent it exists in us.
What he should have tweeted about this (shithole country)[sic] is the Magnanimity of the black people of South Africa(those who managed to survive), who did not kill and abuse the white minority who for decades upon decades made their lives a living hell.
Instead of trying to gin up racial animosity across the world Donald Trump should seriously worry about how to stay out of prison when Muller is finished with his investigation.
In a compelling Article on the website [Vox.com]titled [the rise of American authotarianism] Journalist, Amanda Taub wrote, Vanderbilt University, professor Marc Hetherington and University of North Carolina’s Jonathan Weiler, had essentially predicted Trump’s rise back in 2009, when they discovered something that would turn out to be far more significant than they then realized.
Hetherington and Weiler published a book about the effects of authoritarianism on American politics. Through a series of experiments and careful data analysis, they had come to a surprising conclusion: Much of the polarization dividing American politics was fueled not just by gerrymandering or money in politics or the other oft-cited variables, but by an unnoticed but surprisingly large electoral group — authoritarians.
Their book concluded that the GOP, by positioning itself as the party of traditional values and law and order, had unknowingly attracted what would turn out to be a vast and previously bipartisan population of Americans with authoritarian tendencies.
This trend had been accelerated in recent years by demographic and economic changes such as immigration, which “activated” authoritarian tendencies, leading many Americans to seek out a strongman leader who would preserve a status quo they feel is under threat and impose order on a world they perceive as increasingly alien. https://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism.
The rise of Trump reflects what I have always believed to be a response to a deeper more severe and dangerous underlying problem in the American body-politic. As a consequence, Donald Trump is merely a symptom of that more severe condition which may actually be more cancerous than the sniffles of a passing cold.
[Vox.com[ explains, How do people come to adopt, in such large numbers and so rapidly, extreme political views that seem to coincide with fear of minorities and with the desire for a strongman leader? To answer that question, these theorists study what they call authoritarianism: not the dictators themselves, but rather the psychological profile of people who, under the right conditions, will desire certain kinds of extreme policies and will seek strongman leaders to implement them.
Could Donald Trump have seen this as researchers including a Ph.D. student and a Professor named in the Vox article saw it as far back as 2009? During the 2016 Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump embarked on a systematic evisceration of his political opponents.
He used to his advantage, a simple yet highly effective strategy of utilizing names which pejoratively belittled his primary opponents, effectively making them seem smaller and weaker, vanquishing them in the process.
Labels like low energy Jeb, little Marco, Crazy Bernie,, Lying Ted,[irony be damned]Sleeping Ben, are just a few of the pejoratives he used on his primary opponents and he did not stop there. Whi;e competing for the nomination he had already carved out “crooked Hillary for the general elections. Later Lying James Comey, Pochantas,Liddle Bob Corker, sleepy eyes Chuck Todd Al Frankenstein, Lamb the sham, Crazy Joe Biden and a slew of other insulting and demeaning names were to follow.
Donald Trump for all of his shortcomings may very well be stupid as a Fox. After all how else would he have the gall to refuse to show his tax returns when previous presidential candidates dating back several decades had willingly complied with such request?
What did he see which prompted him in 2016 to predict he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and he would not lose a single vote? Or maybe wore consequentially why did he say he loves the uneducated, responding to polls which showed in 2016 that the bulk of his support was with white non-college educated older voters.
One of the narratives which came out of the 2016 elections was that there was a large chunk of voters who have not bothered to vote in previous elections. Some Democrats who would rather wish facts away simply brushed this possibility aside, I didn’t. Driving down to South Carolina using route 81 from upstate New York through the countryside of Pennsylvania, West Virginia I was stunned at the number of Trump billboards and yard-signs for the entirety of the Journey.
I pointed out to my wife that there was something going on that was not reflected in the various polls.
I expected the yard-signs in West Virginia, southern Virginia, Ohio, but upstate New York and Pennsylvania not so much. Say what you want about the unscientific nature of a yard sign poll but the erection and tolerance of yard signs in a neighborhood tell a story of its own.
On election day the lines I saw in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida Nevada and other states snaking for blocks around polling sites seemed eerily like something yet unseen.
Again I turned to my best friend, my wife and opined to her “these lines of people seem older, more determined, less diverse”, in short, not Hillary Clinton voters.
My yard sign poll was vindicated on election night. Yes, Pennsylvania went to Donald Trump.
Whether or not the Russian interference had any measurable impact on the elections of 2016 is a question which we may never get the answer to. Whether we believe that the Russians were able to change votes or not, or whether we believe that there is a large groundswell of baked in support for Trump which will silently come out and vote for him yet again in the 2018 elections is yet to be seen.
Or whether both scenarios are definite possibilities the prospect does not look good for those opposed to the rise of Trump. In the meantime, Trump speaks about his presidency in monarchistic terms, he coyly floats the idea of remaining president for life hoping to see how it will be received by the public.
Some say “ah he is just joking” I think not, he loves authoritarian figures, Kim Jung Un, he loves the way Kim’s people sit up and pay attention to him, he wants that for himself.
He jokes about being president for life as he praises China’s Xi Jinping.
He praises Turkeys, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, admires the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, glows in the dome of the orb of the brutal and callous Saudi Human rights abusers and loves Netanyahu a man who has his soldiers kill innocent unarmed civilians and aid workers in the occupied territories.
In essence, all of the actions he takes and the people he admires falls in line with his aspirations to fill the role for which he yearned and for which his support structure are prepared to see.
The sad state of affairs is that whether we acknowledge it or not the United States has already passed the Rubicon for what America had long chastised other countries.
The question for all is whether as humans who populate this planet we are prepared to accept that the United States under Donald Trump is very well on its way toward totalitarianism and becoming a fascist police state.
The images of racist assaults, both physical and verbal taking over every nook and cranny of America are evident every day. Unfortunately more and more, those who are supposed to protect the people are indeed the worst transgressors against the very people they are sworn to protect and serve.
Yet my response to some of the instances where these incidents occur is not alarmist as some other folks might be. I certainly would not encourage anyone to approach me with any form of racism.
Nevertheless. in every tragedy there are opportunities. As I said in a recent article negative things forces us to adjust and adapt to changes and events for our own survival.
Those of all species which refuses to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of our planet eventually become extinct.
The disrespect of black folk continues. And it continues to be captured on video. A black woman in Oregon was allegedly called out of her name and assaulted by a food truck owner, all because she tried to pay for her food with change. According to Willamette Week, Carlotta Washington says she was called a “nigger” by Islam Elmasry after she tried to pay for her lunch with quarters (not pennies, mind you).
In a short video provided to the outlet by a bystander, Elmasry can be seen telling Washington to “get the fuck out from here” and calling her a “stupid bitch,” after throwing a Gatorade bottle at her for confronting him.
In a portion not captured on video, Washington says Elmasry sprayed her with sriracha chili sauce, which was confirmed to the news outlet by witness Rachel Good, who said she found Washington’s shirt, face, and shoulders covered with the Thai hot sauce. “It was in my eyes and all on my skin. It was burning terribly,” Washington says. After Washington asked that police be called, Elmasry was booked into Multnomah County jail on charges of misdemeanor harassment and assault. Bail is set at $4,000.
Adverse situations are supposed to force us to make changes in our lives. We are supposed to learn new ways of doing things, “when one door is closed many more is opened“[Robert Nesta Marley]
Those doors, however, generally gets opened when we go knocking because you can bet your bottom dollar that the doors will not come looking for you.
The process of adaptation of which I speak requires a paradigm shift in the way we see ourselves deserving of respect and dignity.
Once we have arrived at the point where we recognize that we are the masters of our own destiny, we begin to recognize that if we are to survive we must take on the responsibilities which guarantee not just our wellbeing but our very survival.
We will not have full autonomy over all aspects of our lives, particularly in a country in which we are a minority but we darn sure can begin the educational process of self-preservation through self-empowerment, That self-empowerment begins with education for our children, saving our money, starting and supporting black businesses, and ensuring that we teach our youngsters the value and importance of good monetary stewardship.
The harsh treatment meted out to black people at Starbucks coffee shops, waffle-houses, food trucks and other places in which blacks struggle to be treated respectfully should be a motivating factor for all of us to get our house in order. What is stopping African Americans from having their own coffee shops and waffle houses?
In the video above the man in the food truck clearly came to this country and has learned not to respect blacks. From the sound of his accent, he clearly is not too long off the boat but he already has a business going. And what do you know blacks are there bleeding their money.
Look, it is your money spend it where you want to, but understand that when you do that what you are doing is handing over your power. Is it laziness, lack of ambition, or is it ignorance, Could it be all of the above? What would happen if Blacks retained some of the 1.2 trillion dollars we spent last year. Better yet where would we be if we spent a small portion of that money on new startups, or even sending our children to college.
Look around you Black America, in your closets, in your garage, around your necks, on your fingers, on your feet, on your backs and generally around that apartment you are renting did you really need that new pair of expensive over-priced sneakers?
Did you need all of that junk you spent your paychecks on, or do you think that maybe, just maybe you could have saved a few hundred of those dollars you squandered?
The few dollars blacks spend at black barbershops and at black hairdressing salons is mere peanuts compared to the over one trillion spent last year. The sad truth is that those monies are generally spent as part of the preparation so that black people may go out to clubs, restaurants, hotels, and other places which are generally not black-owned.
I love all people, nevertheless, we have to look after ourselves first, empower ourselves instead of begging others to accept us and treat us well.
Seventy-eight (78) years after they kicked Marcus Garvey out of this country for teaching this message the need is just as great, and the task just as urgent.
The question is whether or not this message will seep through to Black Americans and in a collective way they will begin to digest it?. Only time will tell.
Jamaica’s Justice Minister Delroy Chuck refuses to pay Lawyers to defend Police officers charged with murder over four years ago. The accused officers are still in jail even though they too are entitled to the presumption of innocence under the law.
Despite commitments from the Government that officers charged with serious crimes during the execution of their duties would be assisted with the legal fees for their defense.
Listen to commentary above.
According to local reporting, Justice Glen Brown delivered the warning after the murder trial of police Corporal Kevin Adams, who has been in custody for four years, was again stalled in the Home Circuit Court because of the stalemate over the legal fees.
Chuck sought to make it clear that the Government only offered to make a “contribution” to the cops’ legal defense.
“For the judge to say that the case will be stopped because the Government has not paid is quite out of order and injudicious. A judge is speaking out of turn and out of order for making such comments,” Chuck said.
Justice Brown shot back after instructing that the three cases – involving six policemen be placed in his courtroom on Monday. “So they have the whole weekend to do what they have to do“. “Justice Brown said.
Now there we have it.
A member of an independent co-equal branch of government doing his job as Chuck said it should be done, the only difference is that the defendants are police officers and Delroy Chuck cannot have police officers benefitting from the very policy he has put in place.
What is the number?
What is the number of dead people which will get the Jamaican Government and the full political opposition to realize that the status quo is untenable?
I pose this question to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his colleagues as well as to Dr.Peter Phillips and his colleagues on the opposition benches.
What is critical mass for you?
Our country’s population hovers somewhere around 2.7 million. Last year alone there was a reported 1600 plus killings. Many Jamaicans including some police officers believe that the numbers are much higher.
With a population of 2.7 million and over 1600 dead, the chances of getting killed on an average day in Jamaica is one in under 17,000.
Those are shocking numbers which are probably much worse when we remove the political class and the wealthy elites who have security details, live in gated communities with heavy security and have the option of arming themselves.
When they are removed from the equation it leaves a much smaller pool of Jamaicans who are actually exposed to the will of the mindless murderers who kill at will.
The crisis of violent crime facing the country is not a phenomenon unto itself, it is representative of a much larger rot of disrespect and disregard which took over the country in the early 90’s and has developed now into a society which can only be characterized as lawless.
I ask our country’s leaders this question with a heavy heart. It is difficult for me to envisage the bodies of one thousand six hundred once living breathing vivacious humans laid out side by side, dead.
I cannot mentally reconcile all that innocent dead in a situation in which there is no nation on nation conflict.
The way our leadership is looking at this issue is demonstrably not working. Personally speaking, I am tired of talking about this, I am tired of writing about it. I’m sure this is true of most Jamaicans as well, who knows what needs to be done but are not in positions to change it.
The not so distant passage of the (ZOSO) Zones Of Special Operations Act in the Island’s legislature gave many people hope that finally, the Government was doing something about crime.
The Act, the brainchild of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is tantamount to a drug fiend’s first high which dissipates rather quickly and can never be duplicated.
Many Jamaicans, including past and present police officers, were, and have been highly supportive of the Act, hopelessly clinging to anything which is being sold as a solution to the crime Monster.
This publication which is dedicated to justice and the rule of law and this writer chose to look at the long ball. As a result, I said ZOSO was a distraction which would have no real measurable effect on crime and in time would be proven to be a mere distraction by the nation’s leadership.
WHY ZOSO CANNOT WORK.
The Zones Of Special Operations Act. is simply a situation in which large amounts of police officers and members of the Military are placed in a certain geographic area. )usually, one determined to be a high crime area).
Naturally, the authorities which decide which area is to be designated a ZOSO say no one knows where the next ZOSO will be, except the Prime Minister and his tight group of national security advisers.
Unfortunately, that gives me no comfort. As a cop who spent a whole week in the hills of Westmoreland waiting for airplanes to land at an illegal strip in Montpelier, only to be approached in the bushes by one of the men we were supposed to be arresting as soon as the plane landed, and told we were wasting our time because his boss received word that we would be coming before we reached there.
That information given to politicians was leaked to criminals effectively placing our lives at risk and making a mockery of crime fighting.
ZOSO is the state of affair which ought to exist across the Island. It is the sense of freedom and security citizens should feel living and participating in their communities. However, in order to build that out, it would require an extraordinary amount of human resources which Jamaica simply does not have.
As it stands it is unsustainable because it uses up large amounts of resources in small geographic areas leaving other areas without.
Finally, criminals would be stupid to stay[they aren’t] in an area knowing it is highly likely their high crime area may be descended on by swarms of police and soldiers.
I argued that criminals would simply move to other areas and continue with their activities.
That is the reason you do not hear much talk about ZOSO anymore, mere months after it’s passage.
Since we can now acknowledge that ZOSO was a mere distraction which has no hope of transforming the crime landscape it behooves us to begin the process of looking at real solutions which will have positive effects.
I was hopeful when it was determined that Andrew Holness would be the next prime minister of our country.
After his loss to Portia Simpson Miller, I wrote an article challenging him to go out into the fields and talking to the people no matter where they lived. I challenged him to roll up his sleeves and sit with the people in every nook and cranny, eat with them and hear their concerns. Whether he read the article or not is neither here nor there, Andrew Holness did exactly that.
However, after winning the last national elections I was stunned to hear the elitist rhetoric coming from Holness.
I have zero expectation of anything positive from the leadership of the PNP, that is the reason I cast my lot with Holness.
I got a rude awakening when I heard the newly minted Prime Minister berating the JCF, telling his friends that there would be no return to the days when police would kick in doors and summarily kill people.
I was stunned at the sense of vitriol and the barefaced nature of the PrimeMinister’s defamation which was bereft of substance and was at its core a self-serving and gratuitous statement born out of malice and ignorance.
It was a statement designed to placate and quite the criminal rights lobby which has set up shop on the Island.
Ironically, the Prime Minister’s wife a newly minted member of the legislature did not seem to share those sentiments.
At least her public utterances seem to differ from those of her husband.
Andrew Holness did not need to create that chasm between himself and the police department, they voted en-masse for him allowing the labor party to sweep the elections gaining a one-seat majority in the legislature.
The Labor Party was able to keep its 21 incumbents intact and gained 11 former seats briefly held by the PNP in 2011.
The calculation to throw the security forces under the bus was an old one used by both political parties toward furthering their political agendas.
Sadly, far too many members of the Island’s police force are intrinsically tied to the two political parties, and for no good reason.
The PNP has never had any desire to deal with the nation’s crime crisis.
In fact, the previous unprecedented hold that the party had on power and the ensuing deterioration of our national culture is a direct result of the party’s hands-off approach to crime in some instances and it’s direct involvement in others.
The Government’s decision to avoid taking real and practical steps against criminals coupled with its disrespectful posture toward the police has not only destroyed the morale of the police, it has emboldened criminals and placed the lives of citizens in peril.
The present brouhaha between Minister Montague and Commissioner Quallo in which the Commissioner, we are told has been told he has to go, is another attempt by the Government to deflect from the consequences of its own failures on its most important responsibility to secure the nation.
The longer the administration takes to stop playing politics with national security the harder it is for the security forces to reverse the outcome of this policy.
The more this government and the opposition play politics is the more Jamaicans will die.
It is a sad and shocking crisis, and lack of political leadership, the consequences of which are tens of thousands of dead Jamaicans over the years as the political class panders to foreign groups much to the demise of our people.
As part of the sentence reduction program instituted by the Government of Jamaica killers of all stripes are being turned back onto the streets in alarming numbers.
One would think that with the tiny Island near the top of the list of countries with the dubious distinction of being called the world’s murder capitals Jamaica would be taking decided steps to ensure that criminals and in particular murderers are locked away and kept locked away.
Not so, the Government is actively giving away at zero cost to murderers, the ability to simply plead guilty to the murder they are charged with and receive a whopping 50% reduction in their sentences.
Naturally, some criminals who double as defense Lawyers have already found ways to further manipulate this atrocious system through the use of what is called social inquiries.
So naturally, everyone who ever commits a murder has a psychological problem. On that social inquiry report, murderers can pin their get out of jail hopes, and they do.
COP SPEAK OUT
Just recently head of the St Ann Police Superintendent Wayne Cameron spoke about judges releasing criminals back onto the streets as soon as his officers arrest them under the guise that they are entitled to bail.
He pointed to the fact that for the most part most of the criminals who are arrested for burglary and housebreaking in his area of command are indeed out on bail after having being arrested for the very same crime.
I would like to inform Superintendent that it’s not just home invasions and break-ins, the vast majority of the murders being committed across the entire Island are being committed by people out on bail having committed ….. you guessed it, murders.
Phillip Brown who killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend wrapped her body in a tarpaulin and was about to dump her in a gully before he was scared off was given a slap on the wrist. Fifteen years with the possibility of release after 10 years.
“Welcome to Jamaica where lives are good for nothing, kill at will, everything Irie mon”.
Meanwhile, 10 of the 14 people who had pleaded guilty in October during sentence reduction day were also sentenced yesterday. Among them, the laborer who admitted to killing a woman in December 2014 and hiding her body under his bed, after inviting her to his home for sex, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment with psychiatric evaluation, treatment, and counseling.
Kino Gilzene of New Haven in St Andrew had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and not murder, as a psychiatric evaluation in October under the sentence reduction initiative showed that he suffers from schizophrenia. The deceased, Sudeen Jackson, a 22-year-old resident of Braeton Portmore, St Catherine was killed after she went to Gilzene’s home, allegedly for a sexual encounter in exchange for $3,000.
Following the sexual encounter, she asked to leave but Gilzene got angry and stabbed her in her chest and neck before using a stone to bash in her face. Gilzene then hid the woman’s body under his bed and cleaned up the scene. When his sister Alicia came home, he told her a story about being held up by three men who raped and killed Jackson. The sibling buried Jackson’s body in a shallow grave the following morning but informed their mother of the incident, and she summoned the police. Both were arrested. His sister Alicia Gilzene was charged with misprision of a felony. Meanwhile, medical assistant Lorna Williamson, who pleaded guilty to snatching a day-old baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew last December, escaped a prison sentence. Williamson, 47, was sentenced to three years’ probation with psychiatric counseling.
In handing down the sentence, Justice Martin Gayle said the 47-year-old woman needs treatment. The woman’s attorney had earlier requested a non-custodial sentence. Williamson was charged with child stealing last year after the baby was found in her possession in Rollington Town on the same day the newborn disappeared. The baby girl was taken from a cot that was adjacent to her mother’s bed on Ward 11 at the hospital. Sentencing for the man who admitted to killing the Moncrieffe’s Patio Shop owner earlier this year was postponed. Omar Graham, otherwise called “Brown Man” of Alexander Road in Kingston, pleaded guilty to the murder of 76-year-old Barbara Moncrieffe and the injuring of her husband and two others. His sentencing was postponed until January 30, 2018.
When the matter was called up, the court was told that the social inquiry report was not ready. The elderly woman died after receiving several blows to her body from a piece of iron, which was also used to inflict injuries on the other victims. Graham pleaded guilty in October as part of the sentence reduction initiative, which provides the platform for individuals to enter a guilty plea and benefit from up to a 50 percent reduction on their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act 2015.
This is an unmitigated travesty and an affront to the dignity of crime victims and their families all for political purposes.
The idea that a double murderer can get 10 years is a clarion call to all murderers and would be murderers to kill because first of all they will not be killed in return, in fact, worse case all they can expect is a slap on the wrist.
This is just one more of the bright criminal supporting ideas of Delroy Chuck which will continue to make Jamaica the murder capital of the world under the guise of cleaning up court dockets.
It is now time for mandatory minimum sentences to be applied legislatively to ensure that this cavalcade of murder is stopped.
One way to do that is to remove from the hands of the Islands Judges the decision to sentence suspects who commit capital murder.
We simply have to be resolute about stopping the bleeding figuratively and literally.
The job of doing so cannot simply be left up to the overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, poorly trained police.
This requires all hands on deck.
At the moment Government is busy reorganizing the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic for better optics while the majority of the deckhands are busy drilling more holes into the hull of the sinking vessel.
The journalism legend is fed up with Donald Trump and says the office of the presidency has zero nobility left
“We’re better than this,” journalist Dan Rather told Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir on “Salon Talks,” referring to President Donald Trump and the deep divisions in American politics today.
The legendary investigative journalist and anchor has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and covered nearly every major political event in recent U.S. history: Watergate, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the jailing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The list goes on.
Rather occupied the anchor chair at “CBS Evening News” for 24 years. Now 86, he is the author of the new book “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism,” which is out this week.
What’s missing from the presidency today is “nobility,” Rather said. “Our great presidents, the best presidents,” he added, “Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Rosevelt, right on through, had a certain noble approach to the office, which we have zero of that now.”
Rather, who calls himself an “optimist by nature,” remains hopeful that America will get through these dark times. “While we’re in an extremely difficult period now, a perilous time for the country,” he said. “We need to remind ourselves, we’ve come through a lot worse before.”
But, Rather cautioned, change won’t happen magically. Read more @ : https://www.salon.com/2017/11/08/dan-rather-on-trump-its-never-been-this-bad/
On Sunday February 21st 1965 Malcolm X, Nation of Islam minister and civil rights leader was gunned down in the Washington Heights New York Audubon Ballroom as he addressed a gathering of Muslim followers.
According to historical recording of the death of the firebrand leader he was killed by members of his own Organization.
Sure there were people within the Nation of Islam who were upset by Malcolm’s response that his spiritual leader Elijah Muhammad was having affairs with young women within his organization.
Nevertheless, there were powerful forces who wanted Malcolm gone.
His message against white supremacy, police abuse and racial injustice made him public enemy number one from many quarters opposed to black empowerment.
On Thursday April 4th 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, allegedly killed by a sniper’s bullet as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee.
On the occasion of the killing of Dr. King Time Magazine said this.
President Johnson’s announcement of a major peace offensive in Asia, coupled with his renunciation of another term, raised anticipation throughout the world that the long agony of VietNam might soon be ended.
Even as that hope blossomed, an older blight on the American conscience burst through with the capriciousness of a spring freeze. In Memphis, through the budding branches of trees surrounding a tawdry rooming house, a white sniper’s bullet cut down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pre-eminent voice of the just aspirations and long-suffering patience of black America.
Throughout America’s torrid and tortured history the list of black leaders who have been slaughtered for daring to speak out is long and in some cases unknowable.
Each and every life snuffed out had the same importance as that of King and Malcolm, we honor each and every life as we do their more well know contemporaries.
The journey to peaceful coexistence based on mutual respect and human dignity have, to this day remained an elusive dream 49 years after Martin Luther King’s light was extinguished and 52 years after the fire which was Malcolm X, was doused with cruel extinguishing bile of complicity and hatred.
It wasn’t so long ago that a Gorilla nicknamed Harambe was out of necessity killed to save a little Ohio boy who slipped away from it’s mother and fell into the moat which formed part of the Gorilla’s sanctuary.
Media reporting on the incident said the child’s mother was contending with other children when the little boy went through partitions and eventually fell into the moat where he was snatched and dragged around violently by the Gorilla for almost 10 minutes before authorities were forced to take the necessary actions to save the young child’s life.
Out of that incident hundreds of thousands of people across the country signed petitions and rose up in self righteous indignation , demanding that charges be proffered against the mother of the child. The general tone of their anger was that the endangered primate should not have been killed to save the child.
As a lover of animals I was stunned at the blatant hypocrisy . These primates are endangered because of white people who believe they have a right to kill whatever and whomever without restraint now they have the nerve to decide when one may be killed to save human life.
One of he problems I had with those calls was that the outrage did not seem to bear a single iota of concern for what the mother of the little boy must have gone through while her child was seconds from death in the custody of the wild beast.
As a parent who lost a child I can imagine the absolute horror of that mother, not knowing whether she would ever get to touch her son alive again.
The calls prompted police authorities to commence Investigations and forward their findings to prosecutors who correctly said he was frankly offended at the attempts to equate the life of an animal with that of a human being. The prosecutor found no evidence of wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the mother. No charges were filed against her .
Not a single one of the persons calling for her arrest empathized with her ordeal or how close she came to losing her child .
Did I mention that the mother was black ?
Fast forward to Tuesday June 14th around 9.00 pm a two-year-old baby (2) was wading in the shallow water close to theo edge f the Seven Seas lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spain Orland Florida. when an Alligator estimated to be between 4-7 feet dragged the infant under water. The child has not been seen since. Authorities said that the child is part of a family of five which arrived there on Sunday from Nebraska.
Thus far we have heard not one single solitary word of condemnation for the mother of this child . Not a single comment about police investigations and potential jailing the mother for negligence.
We have heard no word on how many Alligators have been abused or possibly killed as they try to determine which gator may have dragged the child under.
Where are the cries and outrage from the phalanx of sanctimonious hypocrites ? What is the difference with this case.
Since no one is asking questions I will…..
Where was the mother, or whomever was supposed to be attending to the two-year-old baby?
Why was a baby wading in water out of arms reach of an adult and worse at 9.00 clock at night ?
If ever there was a case of negligence this seem to be it. The age of this infant is half that of the child which fell into the Gorilla enclave. Why is there a different standard for the black mother than the white caregivers of this child?
The younger the child the greater the level of hands on care is required.
So far there has been total radio silence , so while I am listening , I wish to bring to the fore that though there probably will never be any outcry. And though what we will most definitely see is a Over-dramatized outpouring of grief for that family’s loss we have already made our determination that those who cried for Harambe were fraudulent racist hypocrites.
We knew would be exposed in short order!
Since I wrote this story authorities have reported that the body of the child have been found in about 6 feet of water. They reported that this was made possible through the use of sonar technology.
They have also reported that at least 5 Alligators were pulled from the lagoon and they have taken steps to try to figure out which one was responsible for pulling the child underwater.
Your guess is as good as mine as to the methods used.
My friend brought to my attention this morning the comments of Dr Carl Williams Commissioner of Police as he addressed the 73rd Annual Joint Central Conferences of the Jamaica Police Federation at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St James on Wednesday.
Said Dr Williams : “People who have sat their exams and who have passed should be considered before we add more people to the pool“.
Isn’t he the Commissioner of Police?
The Commissioner of Police was responding to the candid assertions put forth by the Minister of National Security Robert Montague. Montague said “There must be a system where after you have passed your exams and you don’t get promoted after a period, the person must be called in and told what are their faults, or shortcomings,”.
Hmm ,oh well that’s a novel idea[sic].
It was then that the Commissioner revealed that of all persons who have requested to see him, about 95 per cent of the issues have to do with promotion.
No s**t , why is that such a “vexed issue“, in your opinion Commissioner ,to borrow your term?
Anyway the goodly Commissioner of Police went on to say ,“As the minister said, it is unfair for people who have done their exams to come back and do it again. And that is why no exams have taken place this year, because we have to ensure that no other bright stars come and get 98 per cent and eclipse all the good hard-working stalwarts who have been waiting for a long time,”.
Really Commissioner Williams, when did you receive this epiphany?
This has been an age old problem, a “vexed issue“, long before you joined the department, your observation would have been legitimate had you made them from the time you joined up to the rank of deputy commissioner but once you occupy the big office you have lost that right to criticize.
What have you done about it , the buck stops with you?
There has never been a better or purer system of promoting people to leadership positions than a merit-based-system.
Advancing people using any other metric is bound to end up with disastrous consequences.
Nepotism, who you know, political henchmen, brown-nosing, news carrying, sleeping with the boss and reducing themselves to yard-boys have been only a few of the qualities necessary for advancements in the JCF.
The hard working stalwarts and those with abilities to critical think were never endearing qualities within the JCF.
The JCF has an extraordinarily high attrition rate, there are several factors which are contributing that race for the door. Top of the list are poor remunerations, lack of advancement which could potentially compensate for poor remunerations, lack of support legislatively and political among others.
As a past member who actually exited the department after only ten years I understood quite well those challenges and still today have a serving member of my family who has been stuck at the rank of sergeant for over 15 years. Recently I asked him why do you stay in such an ungrateful agency , risking your life for such an ingrate population ?
He shrugged and smiled.
Over the years I argued that the Jamaican people deserved a bigger bang than that which they get for their buck. I believed then that the nation deserved to get more for the money it puts into training officers only to see them snapped up by other nations and their police departments where they shine with exemplary brilliance.
Today I do not make the same arguments , I believe the nation deserves what it gets. There is no respect for the rule of law. There is too much active support for criminals. There are too many people who are willing to side with criminals, including the judges whose jobs it is to put criminals in prison.
On that basis I actively support members of the JCF leaving as I did, so they may secure a future and live out their dreams as so many former officers of the department has done.
I am yet to determine whether there has been an audit done to determine the cost of training an officer only to see so many of them head for the door.
If some of the structural breaches are plugged maybe ,just maybe the attrition rate may be reduced.
Some of the structural issues plaguing the department are of the department’s own creation. I broach this subject with the greatest of sensitivity and caution.
I know many of our comrades from the former Island special constabulary are some of the finest professionals, hard working and dedicated.
With that said it would be naive to assume that merely bringing the ISCF into the JCF purely for numerical reasons would not have negative consequences, particularly if the JCF was unprepared to retrain them.
Let me hasten to say that a large number of candidates who served and are still serving in the JCF who were never members of the ISCF were themselves sub-standard candidates.
I make this comment with the greatest of respect for the service of the members of the former ISCF.
Bringing over to the JCF the members of the ISCF without retraining, and furthermore allowing them to maintain the rank they had was another move which Stevie Wonder could have seen would have had disastrous consequences ,the least of which is the promotion log-jam which that ill-informed aspect of the merger exacerbated.
Regardless of one’s emotional leaning on this, the practical question remaining is whether it was a prudent move to bring officers of the Auxiliary and make them supervisors in the regular force?
Simply put it amounts to the tail wagging the dog. Every member of the ISCF who wished to join the JCF should have been offered the opportunity to go to the training academy and qualify to be a regular police officer, failing which they should have been given a severance pay and allowed to go their way.
It would not have been the first time that a set of workers were told their services as it exist were no longer needed.
Good business decisions should never hinge on loyalty to or emotional attachments.
At the time of the merger I remained silent because I did not want to be accused of advocating for people losing their jobs because of any number of dredged up reasons.
Regardless, I opined to close friends that doing a merger purely for the sake of numerical strength conflicted with the forces stated goal of modernization.
The chickens are simply coming home to roost.