Public Defender Could Have Simply Reported The Truth

Crime should not be politicized.
Why, because it affects us all and the consequences it imposes on society are far too consequential for us to be pulling in different directions on it.
One would think that with that in mind, the issue of how to combat crime effectively would take on an a-political tone and demeanor.
Not so, it is too shiny an object for politicians to ignore when it comes to seeking political mileage. 
Never mind that the problem is not new, that the problem is also a major issue when each political party is in office.
As soon as a party is out of office the other side becomes the worst ever on the issue.

Now, despite the foregone, It is nevertheless understood that political parties are not religious institutions.
In fact, since we can’t even place our trust in religious institutions we clearly cannot place our trust in any institutions, least of all, rapacious power-hungry political parties.
The Holness Administration has taken some steps, albeit, ones which cannot be the extent of the administration’s long-term strategy on crime.
Those steps include the Creation of Zones Of Special Operations (ZOSO), in targeted areas and the oft-critiqued limited states of emergencies(SOE’s) in a few others.
Like others, I  too have opined on both initiatives.

My take is that neither initiative can be the objective but a means to an end.
Simply put, I believe that the policy on crime should be far more bush-clearing with less decorating.
Now is the time that the dirty work of eradicating dangerous murderers from our midst must be done before installing a long-term crime policy. 
What is irrefutable, is that the temporary measures instituted by the administration are having some measure of success.
If only one innocent life is saved by these measures, there is no argument to be made(outside constitutional limits) for their discontinuation, much less when hundreds of lives are being saved.

Having a political opposition make hay out of crime is to be expected.
Having the People’s National Party(PNP) try to create leverage is nauseating, considering that it was only a couple years ago, a clueless and exasperated Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, threw up his hands and declared that the only thing which can save Jamaica from its present crime epidemic was “divine intervention.”
Now I too understand the power of “divine intervention,” but I’m also mindful that faith without works is dead and as Paul said in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.
We ask for his help then get up and do what we can to fix our situations. That is what the Government is doing.
The political opposition should seek leverage elsewhere and shun the populism it has used since its inception as a political party.
For the good of the nation, no one should want to see the administration fail on crime.
The cost is simply too great.

Since the cost in blood and treasure is too great to play games, it is important that we have all hands on deck , yes, administration and opposition alike.
What is inconceivable and must not be tolerated are moles and termites within the governmental structure, actively eating away at the foundations.
I could go on and on about how a house divided against itself cannot stand and any number of other cliches.
But there is no need to state the obvious. If there are persons within the Government who are paid with tax dollars and are working duplicitously to thwart any aspect of the Government’s objective it is important that they are removed in the interest of the country.

It is not out of the ordinary that employees in a democratic government would opine on policies they may not like.
Sometimes we put our foot in our mouths when we tread in areas we do not understand.
So I understood then, how the Public Defender could have put her foot in her mouth when she prematurely called for an end to the state of emergency in Saint James in April of this year.
Like many Jamaicans, the arguments put forward by the Public Defender are the same.
We really do not like scraping up large groups of young men and detaining them as a crime-fighting strategy.
Nevertheless, those concerns have to be balanced with the greater urgency of stopping the wanton loss of life.
See [PD’s call here]
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20180417/st-james-state-public-emergency-must-end-public-defener

Arlene Harrison-Henry Public Defender

Unfortunately, the Public Defender did not even bother to demonstrate that she understood, let alone care about the bloodshed.
Her singular focus was on the young men who may or may not be guilty of any crimes, who are picked up and have to suffer the indignity of spending a couple of days in jail.
None of us want this to be the way we fight crime, but sometimes our hand is all we have to plug the dike.
I never got the impression that officials like Arlene Harrison-Henry, Earl Witter before her, Terrence Williams of INDECOM and others sees themselves as arms of the government which ought to work cohesively for the greater good of the government’s objectives.
Instead, they operate as parts of the government which has gone rogue.
Here is what Arlene Harrison-Henry said to the media last April which clearly shows that by her own words she does not see her role and that of her office as part of the Government. 

Speaking of detainees…
 “You release them after spending three, four and five days in custody, and less than 10 percent have been charged. That has serious consequences as to whether that was lawful,” argued Harrison Henry. “Even under a state of emergency, there is a minimum threshold that [they] have to meet before[they] deprive you of your liberty. [They] have to see you behaving a certain way or committing an offense.

Mrs. Harrison-Henry’s own words are demonstrably clear that she views the security forces (an arm of government) adversarially. Even though the ill-begotten office she holds was unnecessary, she and her staff are paid with tax dollars and that makes her and all employees of that office subject to the dictates of the government.
She has no right to be running a separate operation that is antithetical to the direction in which the administration is going.
Regardless of which administration nominated her to the post, if she does not support the administration’s mandate she has a duty to resign.
She should not be allowed to subvert the policy positions of the government through the use of lies and half-truths.

The shocking reality is that the lies and misinformation that the Public Defender testified to in the parliament recently were totally un-necessary regardless of her political or ideological position.
Stating the facts about what she saw truthfully did not mean that she was not doing her job.
In other countries lying to the parliament is at least a firing offence if not a criminal one.
Lying to the nation and smearing the police made her office a joke.
Lying to the nation showed that she cannot be trusted.
The Public Defender would do all Jamaicans a favor if she did the right thing and tendered her resignation.
Failing which she should be shown the door.
Public office is about honor. service. selflessness. duty. commitment.character.
If we expect that from other public officials we must also ask the same of the public defender.
 

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Tim Scott Finally Acted On Behalf Of Rights And Justice

I generally have nothing good to say about Republicans for the simple reason that the Republican Party advances and supports literally everything I hate and hate everything I support.
On the issues of Race. Poverty. Health-Care. Immigration. The Environment.  Foreign Policy. and every other issue in between, my views are vastly different than those espoused by the Republican party.


The idea of black Republicans is even more revolting to me as I have stated in previous articles. 
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. , Trump’s Housing Secretary Ben Carson and the likes of Ken Blackwell former Ohio Secretary of state all are black men who have demonstrably acted in ways that have been destructive and particularly vicious against their own race. 

As I have said time and again the destructive nature of the Republican party makes it impossible for me to understand why any person of color would support a party which actually hates them.
Nevertheless, sometimes the ability to use a certain course to power far outweighs principles and it’s important to always remember that to each his own.
Which brings me to South Carolina’s Republican Senator Tim Scott.
Tim  Scott has been winning elections in South Carolina’s mostly white Districts from 1995 when he ran in a February 1995 special election to the Charleston County Council at-large seat vacated by Keith Summey, who resigned his seat after being elected as Mayor of North Charleston.

Scott, a former financial adviser, and businessman who owns an insurance agency, (Tim Scott Allstate) possibly did not see a path forward in politics unless he declared and ran as a Republican.
Tim Scott is the Republican US Senator from South Carolina and Tim Scott finally stood up today when I did not believe he had the balls to do what’s right.
Here is the story from our friends at @ https://www.msn.com

Senator Tim Scott

Sen. Tim Scott said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to the federal bench, assuring the controversial pick will not be confirmed. The South Carolina Republican was the deciding vote in determining whether Farr, widely accused of efforts to disenfranchise black voters, would be confirmed.
Scott’s decision comes after four days of intense drama and speculation about what the Senate’s only black Republican would do.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, made it clear earlier in the day he, too, would oppose Farr’s nomination. Senate Republicans could only afford to lose one vote and still confirm Farr. Senate Republicans control 51 seats, and all 49 Democratic caucus members were expected to oppose Farr.

In a brief statement explaining his decision, Scott cited a 1991 Department of Justice memo that was leaked just this week, days before the Senate was set to vote on Farr’s confirmation. It detailed Farr’s involvement in “ballot security” activities by the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of then-Sen. Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina.
Farr worked for the campaign in 1984 and represented the 1990 campaign as a lawyer.
Helms’ 1990 re-election campaign against former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, who is black, included charges of voter intimidation for postcards mailed to primarily black voters warning of possible arrest at the polls. The Department of Justice investigated the voter intimidation claims and settled with the Helms campaign in a consent decree.

Thomas Farr


“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said in his statement. “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.”The 1991 memo said that “Farr was the primary coordinator of the 1984 ‘ballot security’ program conducted by the NCGOP and 1984 Helms for Senate Committee. He coordinated several ‘ballot security’ activities in 1984, including a postcard mailing to voters in predominantly black precincts which was designed to serve as a basis to challenge voters on election day.”
Farr told attendees at a 1990 meeting that the need for “ballot security” measures, such as postcards, “was not as compelling as in 1984, since, unlike in 1984, the state had a Republican governor.”

In 1990, the Helms campaign sent postcards to black voters who may have changed addresses warning of “voter eligibility and the penalties for election fraud.” Farr said he did not know about the decision to send the postcards, and the memo does not state that he did.
Scott spent the past days studying this memo and speaking directly to the document’s author. He spoke to the author Wednesday for at least part of a nearly 45-minute period as his colleagues voted on limiting debate on Farr’s nomination. Scott agreed to the limit.
On Thursday, just half an hour before Farr’s confirmation vote was set to take place on the Senate floor, Scott invited several colleagues to his office to discuss the memo and hear from the author, via conference call, once again.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told McClatchy as he headed to that meeting he was still inclined to vote for Farr but as a practice always discussed nominees with Scott, especially when race has been a factor.
“Was (Farr) a lawyer representing a client, telling them what they were legally allowed to do, or was he a political consultant determining strategy and targeting? I don’t know the answer to that. It was a long time ago,” Rubio explained. “But I think that’s kind of what we’re focused in on.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, another senator at the meeting and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had earlier in the week said she would confirm Farr but was now “taking a look at this information which was not available previously.”It’s not clear whether Scott would have ultimately persuaded them to also vote against Farr, but he has a track record of being influential. 
Earlier the summer, Scott announced he would oppose Ryan Bounds, a nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who as a Stanford University student-produced writings that mocked multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity. Scott’s opposition influenced Rubio and other Republicans to also say they would vote against Bounds, resulting in GOP leaders having to pull the nominee just minutes before the confirmation vote was set to take place.

North Carolina’s Eastern District covers 44 counties stretching from Raleigh to the Atlantic coast. The population of the district is 27 percent African-American, and no black judge has ever been seated on the court. The seat has been vacant since Jan 1, 2006.

Farr was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and 2007, but never received a vote. President Barack Obama nominated two African-American women for the court, but neither received a vote. Farr was nominated for the seat by President Donald Trump in 2017 and again in 2018.

Farr’s nomination has been bitterly contested by Democrats and civil rights groups, who cited Farr’s work for Helms and more recent work defending North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers in lawsuits over voter ID and gerrymandering. A panel of federal judges said the 2013 voter ID law targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision,” striking it down.
“Thomas Farr is not fit to serve. He has a long, long history of being hostile to voting rights and voter suppression,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson, North Carolina Democrat and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Farr’s supporters, including North Carolina Republican Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, have pointed to his “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. Tillis said Democrats engaged in a “Kavanaugh-esque attempt to discredit him,” referencing the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who faced allegations of decades-old sexual assault during his confirmation hearing.
Tillis said Thursday that Farr’s backers were “still working on it” and that he was “hopeful” supporters would prevail over skeptics.
On Wednesday, Scott was signaling an openness to vote for Farr, but told reporters on Capitol Hill he was bothered that his party was “not doing a very good job of avoiding the obvious potholes on race in America and we ought to be more sensitive when it comes to those issues.
“There are a lot of folks that can be judges, in states including North Carolina, besides Tom Farr,” Scott added.

Govt. Must Pass A Smart But Resolute RT (Act)

The primary responsibility of Government is to provide safety and security to its people.
Today we do not build walls to keep out invaders because walls can be scaled, and tunnels are made under walls……
[Oh wait I spoke too soon]. I meant to say that smart leaders do not do that. I forgot that some still believe that hiding behind walls is a great defensive mechanism.
But I digress…

Trump’s border wall


The security nations provide for their citizens is not confined to keeping the peace with hostile neighbors, it includes protecting the population from threats foreign and domestic.
When the domestic threat assessment is dissected, Government must make decisions to protect the population not just from those who would willfully cause harm but from those who would recklessly and carelessly cause harm to others as well.

That is why I support the Government’s attempt at the restructuring of the Road Traffic Act.
The Road Traffic Act of 2018 was passed in the House of Representatives but was stalled in the Senate because of concerns raised by the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners.
The bill has been stalled in the Senate and according to Ruel Reid who was acting as leader of government business, the proposed legislation will be considered at a “later date”.

The reason Reid gave for the delay is that the Government wanted time to listen to the concerns of the public transportation operators and to provide clarification.
Adding, quote;”This is a great opportunity for the maturing of our democracy, where stakeholders feel that the Government will listen to them if they have genuine concerns.”
We are not in a dictatorship, we are in a democracy, and so we will value our important stakeholders.”

Ruel Reid


There is so much wrong with all this but here is the thing. 
Why would a bill be passed in the lower house without hearings and debate on the bill?
Hasn’t the ill-advised INDECOM Act taught these parliamentarians anything?
How in God’s name can a legislative body pass a meaningful bill without hearing from stakeholders, looking at data, and seeing how all of the information fits into the strategic goals of the government?

The much needed Road Traffic Act is long overdue, it will replace an archaic and outdated law which has no real teeth and does not provide the level of protection the public need today.
The transport lobby which is a highly vocal, highly disorganized and highly disruptive loosely-knit body should be heard in this, but their point of view as it relates to penalties should not hold any sway.
We simply cannot have the inmates running the asylum any longer.

The need for an updated Road Traffic law was made necessary by the very same members of the aforementioned undisciplined Transport sector. the carnage on the roads, from unlicensed taxi-cabs, dark-tinted cabs overtaking at dangerous points where such activities is prohibited. Drinking alcohol and smoking weed while driving. Speeding dangerously. And a host of other illegal activities have cost thousands of lives over the last decade alone.
The Government must bring this disruptive sector to heel.
Not only has this sector refused to obey the laws they have engaged in terrorist acts against the state’s buses by throwing rocks into the windows and setting them alight.

The Government cannot allow the very same people who necessitated the new law in the first place to determine what the penalties should be for their transgressions and utter disdain for the rule of law.
We simply cannot continue to have the law-breakers to have a say in what kind of penalty is meted out to them the law-breakers.
If there are any [irrationality] in the bill which needs fixing, that should be done.
However, under no circumstances should the lawless transport sector and their taxi-operators, many of whom are hardcore criminals, have a say in the penalties that are in the proposed law.
Good governance is about consensus, it is not about bowing down to a lobby as a previous administration did in the lead up to the (INDECOM Act).
This law is still undergoing work and has demonstrably cost countless lives and innumerable heartache thus far.
It is important that the Government get this one right and not screw up as a previous administration has on (INDECOM).
A government must lead from the front regardless of popular perceptions.
It cannot be about spitting on one’s finger and seeing where the wind blows.

Babsy Grange, Inartful But Absolutely Right

Minister Olivia Babsy Grange


We solve problems when all parties are willing to take introspective looks and see where they can be better.
We will never solve pressing issues if parties go to their individual corners convinced about their own self-righteousness.
Nowadays we can scarcely have substantive conversations about an issue if there is popular opinion supporting that particular issue.
Popular support for an issue now make that issue right,right is a numbers game, and in Jamaica’s case, that posture becomes amplified a thousand-fold to the insane.

The comments by Minister Babsy Grange that [women should not provoke their men], speaking to the serious issue of Domestic violence, has drawn righteous indignation from the hyped up pseudo-intellectuals, who always seem to have their [drawers] in a bunch about everything. 
The Jamaican tradition is steeped in the [ad hominem] if the other guy does not agree with your point of view then naturally him [a ediat].
Because of course, they and they alone have a monopoly on what’s right.

Could minister Grange have been less inartful?
Of course, she could have been!
But that is hardly the point, the idea that everyone in the family needs to do their part is a net positive, not a negative.
Challenging bullying abusive men not to beat the women in their lives does not negate the fact that women must also be challenged to lower the temperature as well.


Why is everything a zero-sum game, with only winners and losers?
Some of the greatest and most indelible opinions are dissenting opinions which challenges conventional wisdom.
I do not assume to speak for Minister Grange, nevertheless, speaking from my past professional perspective, and I say this without equivocation or fear of contradiction, that in many cases where there is domestic violence in a relationship women are the instigators.
They become the victims because more often than not they come out the worse for it.

Even if we set aside the scenarios in which women start what they cannot finish, we would still be forced to deal with the unmitigated truth of women who are inherently violent.
How many people have women, stabbed with ice-picks and knives, shot, disfigured with acid, and bludgeoned with whatever weapon they can get their hands on?
The fact that we are outraged about weak, pathetic men who assault women should not blind our eyes to the abusive and dangerous women in our midst.
Violence committed by women are less reported to authorities because men are generally ashamed to talk about domestic violence for fear of societal ridicule.
Even in court their cases are not taken seriously and in many cases becomes the subject of ridicule and laughter by female judges.


I had a conversation with a woman who was in the United States on a temporary work visa. She bragged to me just how dangerous she is.
She detailed how she used a rock to hit a man in his head almost killing him.
She talked about how she lied to him that she would help him with his hospital bills until he was well enough to leave the hospital.
She laughed that once she was convinced he would not go to the police she told him she was sorry he hadn’t died.
His transgression?
Constantly trying to seduce her!
Let us talk about violence in all its forms, including child abuse and verbal abuse. Let us stop pretending that only our point of view matters and that those with opposing views are stupid.
Let us hear the other sides of the conversation and save everyone the self-righteous indignation.

New Congress Better Make Pelosi Speaker Or Be Prepared To Be Outside Looking In Come 2020

Obama delivers speech 


The year was 2008, there was an electric dynamism in the air.
For many Americans, particularly those of African heritage, it was like Christmas in July.
No, African-Americans did not get the promised forty acres and a mule their ancestors had been duplicitously promised and denied.
No, there would be no reparations paid to them for the 373 years of slavery their ancestors endured between 1492 and 1865.
It was something less transactional but a lot more motivational.
Contrary to the thinking of most of those Americans, a black man was elected President of the United States, breaking what many believed was a shatter-proof ceiling that would outlast them all.

On Obama’s coat-tails rode a new Congress and a new Senate, all Democratic.
The new President entered 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a free hand to enact his agenda, or so he and many of the people who voted for the new president and Congress thought.
The Republicans had other ideas for the first African-American president, in fact, Mitch McConnell said his primary goal was to make Obama a one-term president.
I have tried to play McConnel’s statement over and over in my head, I imagined I was a Democrat in McConnell’s shoes and interestingly I do not find it so hateful a statement for the senior Republican in the Senate to have made.
Of course, I would have wanted a Republican President to be a one-term president.
While the new president was being sworn into office, however, a band of Republicans with nefarious intent was having a  secret dinner at a private restaurant in DC with one goal in mind.
[How to stop everything Obama attempt to do].
I labeled them [nefarious] because to those involved elections had no consequence.
To them, the will of the American people meant nothing when compared to their own agenda.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell

In a then newly published book, Robert Draper wrote that as President Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were plotting how to derail his infant presidency.
Present at the dinner were Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).
The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz was conjuring up ways to submarine Obama’s presidency.

PAUL RYAN


In two short years, the Democratic majority in the house was gone and the majority in the Senate reduced to a razor-thin majority for the Democrats.
A well-funded insurgency cloaked under the disguise of grassroots concerns would emerge in American politics as a pushback to Obama’s rise.
The Tea-Party was born, neither the Republican party nor America would be the same again.
A resurgent racism would be unleashed on the nation. We are yet to understand what it will all mean in the end.
The inevitable question then was what the hell just happened?
The reason given for the 2010 loss has been head spinning in number and variations, none of which I subscribe to.
Obama Continued pointless wars some argued.

Others claimed Democrats were outflanked by competing philosophies.  Still, others say the Democrats lost support from major corporate lobbies and financiers.
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
The truth of the matter is that Democrats did exactly what they are doing this cycle. They spent time bickering among themselves about who were blue dog democrats as against who were liberal democrats and much of what the new President could have accomplished was shelved.

Fast forward to 2018, the Democrats are powerless in the dog-house, literally shut out of Government at every level and has just been restored to some power after winning the house.
The very first thing which comes out of the new caucus which hasn’t even been sworn into office yet is infighting about jettisoning the leader who just led them back to the majority.

I don’t want to talk about Charles Schumer’s lackluster uninspiring leadership in the Senate which actually cost Democrats seats in that body.
No need to talk about Schumer giving away the store to Mitch McConnell, allowing him to place more judges on the federal bench just so he and other Democratic senators could go home to campaign.

What I want to talk about is the utter stupidity of this Democratic party and the newly elected ones in particular.
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele admitted on national television that the reason his party launched its attack on congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was her effectiveness.

Former speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi (Democrat California)



Now, I did not need to hear that out of Michael Steele’s mouth.
If Republicans go after a Democrat it always is because of that Democrat’s effectiveness. Ask Maxine Walters, Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and others.
If this lowly opinion writer can conclude that Nancy Pelosi is a thorn in the paw of the Republican Lion, why would these newly-minted elected officials not be able to understand it?
Why would these newly minted elected officials volunteer to be the [Androclus] who removes that thorn? [see Aesop fables]

Donald Trump

There is much work to be done in this 116th Congress, much more than any in a very long time. At issue is the need to work on legislation to strengthen the Affordable Care Act.
Voters chose health care as the number one issue they voted on in the recently concluded midterm elections.  
There is also the issue of the rule of law and the dire need to instill some oversight of the executive branch. 
If the Democrats are stupid enough to squander this opportunity to get to work doing what they were elected to do and decide to spend time-fighting among themselves they should be prepared to be back in the minority come 2020.
In addition to that, it is not a  stretch to imagine that a frustrated, fed up and exasperated electorate will re-elect Donald Trump to the presidency, leaving the Democrats crying in their milk once again. 
  

PM/Holness Slowly Grasping The Nexus Between Security And Prosperity

Andrew Holness Gleaner (PM)


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.
(8)Outameni scandal.
(9) FINSAC
(10) JPS
(11) Sandals Whitehouse.
(12) Netserv.
(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.(1) The Coke extradition/Manatt.
(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.
(5)Petrojam.

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 yu wi find ants gut].
As a young investigator that concept served me well in my interactions with both criminal defendants and witnesses giving affidavits. I have consistently warned of the impending danger

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.


President Obama Never Allowed The Rain To Stop Him

PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA 





World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers). Thanks to new military technologies and the horrors of trench warfare, World War I saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction. By the time the war was over and the Allied Powers claimed victory, more than 16 million people—soldiers and civilians alike—were dead.
https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history

Donald Trump the American President yesterday left for France to commemorate the end of  world war one along with other world leaders, including the French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others.


However,   Donald Trump on Saturday called off a trip to a World War I US military cemetery in France because of supposed bad weather, the White House said. After talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Trump canceled his visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Paris because of “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” his administration said.
So we have interpreted that to mean that Trump did not want his hair to get wet,  he would rather spend his time with Vladimir Putin, or both.
So we took it unto ourselves to show you what a real president does when he has important duties to perform and there is a little rain.

Nicholas Soames British MP and grandson of  Winston Churchill blasted Donald Trump

In the meantime, Nicholas Soames, a British politician, and grandson of Winston Churchill ripped Donald Trump on Saturday for canceling a cemetery visit in France due to bad weather.
“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Soames tweeted.
Trump and many members of his administration are in France this weekend to commemorate Armistice Day. Nov. 11 marks 100 years since the end of World War I.
Former top Obama aide Ben Rhodes also called out Trump for not visiting the cemetery, saying that under the previous White House there was “always a rain option. Always.”

Soames, who is a member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, included a hashtag saying Trump is “not fit to represent his great country.”

Little Marco Throws Hat In The Ring, Lets Not Count The Votes.

Marco Rubio


Yesterday the cowardly little Cuban US Senator Marco Rubio stood up in front of his intellectually challenged deplorable supporters and declared that Democrats are trying to steal the elections in Broward County.
In addition to the baseless claims he also fired off a torrent of baseless tweets making the same accusations without providing any evidence.  I guess he learning the Trump tactics.
In one tweet Rubio claimed #Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of #florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence. It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a senate seat in the US Senate% Florida cabinet.


Now it does not matter that the little twit did not bother to offer one scintilla of evidence to back up his claims, he did it anyway and at the same time, Rick Scott who stands to benefit from being given the contested Senate seat was on state TY @fox misinformation complaining about Democrats trying to steal the Senate seat.
And of course, as you might have expected the Lying dishonest criminal tweeter in chief fired off tweets about the need to end the count and move on even though the absentee and mail-in ballots are yet to be counted. 

Senator Bill Nelson , Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.



As the Governor of the state, Rick Scott also ordered a law enforcement investigation into the counting of the vote in Broward country.
As you ponder that it is important to understand that the thing which is causing these incredibly corrupt politicians to be complaining and asking for investigations is that county officials are counting the votes.

There is precious little secret to the fact that I find Marco Rubio and Raphael Cruz the two Cuban frauds in the Senate rather offensive and disgusting.
Both of those weaseling little self-hating Latinos have tried their level best to dishonor the process of immigration even though both these frauds are first-generation Americans of parents who left Cuba in search of better lives.


As despicable as Raphael Cruz is I find Rubio no less revolting from the time the little dweeb remarked that President Obama had no class for having black rappers at the white house.
The hypocritical little weasel has nonetheless been deathly silent in the face of Trump’s assault on the very foundations of the democratic principles of this country.
The levels of graft and corruption are unprecedented yet the despicable little Rubio whom Trump derided and berated in 2016 has no smart ass comment now.

Those old enough to recall the 2000 presidential elections will recall that Republicans had no problem with the fact that their goons stormed the venue in the very same Broward county in which the votes were still being counted and tabulated and shut down the vote and declared George Bush the winner even though Al Gore was ahead in the count.
George Bush’s younger brother was governor at the time.
You all remember low energy Jeb right[sic ]? 

What Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump want is to [end the vote count] and hand a Democratic Senate seat held by Senator Bill Nelson to Scott and the Governorship of the state to the clueless mini-Trump Ron Desantis by ending the vote count.
The (daily beast) Sam Stein tweeted. Marco Rubio could be working behind the scenes and even in public to try to bring some order and trust to Florida recount, instead, he’s chosen to tweet. The usually brilliant Sam Stein must have forgotten that corruption and deception are all Republicans have left.

Trump Is Scared Don’t Be Fooled, Firing Sessions Is Proof Of It

The midterms are now over and contrary to what Trump and his acolytes tell you there was a blue wave against his regime.
When you take gerrymandering, blatant voter suppression tactics and God knows what else Democratic voters are forced to go through to cast a vote, it was a terrific win for the Democratic party and a chance for the nation to pull back from this two-year nightmare that is making us all sick.

As those of us who care about the country, the rights of others, and the rule of law let out a sigh of relief that the impediments placed in the way of the democratic process did not win out, Democrats still managed to win in excess of the 23 seats they needed to take back control of the Congress even as the votes are still being tabulated in places like California.
According to experts, by the time the counting is done Democrats are expected to have raked in somewhere between 30 and 36 seats in the house.

Democrats lost a few seats they already had. In  Missouri, Claire Mccaskill went down to defeat. So too did Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and before its all done so too may  Bill Nelson in Florida.
In the meantime, the race in Arizona to fill Jeff Flakes Senate seat is locked, too close to call between  Sinema and Republican Martha McSally.
But Democrats also had some near misses as well In Florida, the race between Andrew Gillum and Desantis is still too close to call although Gillum sorta conceded.
That race is probably going to result in a recount.


In Georgia the race is so close there may very well be a runoff between Stacy Abrams, the woman vying to be the nation’s first African-American Governor and the secretary of state Brian Kemp. Per Georgia’s law, if neither candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes a runoff is forced between the candidates.
In Texas, Beto O’rourke fell short of defeating incumbent Raphael Cruz.  Nevertheless, O’rourke may be poised for even bigger and better things in the future if some in the punditry class have their way.


Overall, Democrats still stand to gain more seats in the house and it should not go unnoticed that Nevada’s Dean Heller who tied himself to Trump went down in defeat to Democrat Jacky Rosen.
Additionally, seven new governorships were added to the Dems total and well over 300 seats in state legislatures across the country.
The legislative wins in the state houses sound significant but in essence under President Obama Republicans took over almost two-thirds of the seats in state legislatures across the country.


According to (the Atlantic.com) 
Red-to-blue flips may be most significant in states such as North Carolina and Texas, where Republican legislators have redrawn congressional districts into Rorschach-test shapes that are often specifically designed to limit the electoral influence of racial minorities. They have also pushed voter-roll purges, voter-ID laws, and other voting restrictions that make it difficult for people to vote, or for their ballot to be counted. These measures also often target racial minorities, thus suppressing Democratic turnout.


So what does all of this mean for the Democrats chances going forward?
Before we answer that question it is critical that we consider the impact the Trump senate will have on the Federal judiciary for the future.
With Mitch McConnell as the leader in the SenateDemocrats lost the opportunity to appoint Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the deceased Antonin Scalia.
Judge Garland languished under appointment for over a year as Mitch McConnell thwarted President Obama’s right to appoint and fill the seat. Garland wasn’t even granted a meeting with Republican senators. Those are the people who were largely rewarded with another six-year term in the Senate yesterday. 
Such is the state of logical reasoning in the American electorate.


In the end, Trump rammed through Neil Gorsuch and of course Brett (I like beer) Kavanaugh. Two Supreme court appointments in two years.
But that does not tell the full story about the forty-something judges he is stacking on the federal bench at the lower levels, numbers of judges unprecedented by any other president.
These white men will be making the call on justice for the next forty to fifty years.

While you are scratching your head trying to find the cords which bind Trump to his cult of [deplorables] look no further than the things he is doing.
Trump is only a symptom of a deeper rot which exists in the country.
Remember his “I could shoot someone on 5th avenue and I wouldn’t lose any support”?
Ya, he may not be the brightest bulb in the room but that much he understood.
Contrary to what the punditry class tell you about wages and other crap, the fact of the matter is that Trump hates the same people they hate, so essentially when you stand with mouth agape at the things he says and does, wonder no more, he is merely a bullhorn for the racist xenophobes which are in larger numbers than many are wont to admit.

There is a stubborn racism that persists in America,  particularly in older whites who have lived insular lives, they are generally uneducated and in many cases have not ventured outside the counties and states in which they were born much less venturing to the country.
Contrary to the starry-eyed stories politicians tell when they are seeking their votes, many of these people are incredibly small-minded and xenophobic.
It is shocking to hear them talk about other human beings who do not look like them.
And guess what, the problem isn’t going away, the young ones are equally as venomous, just more dangerous.


Which brings me to what we may expect to see going forward.

(1) The 2020 Race for president will begin in earnest, rest assured the various candidates on the left and maybe on the right are already making phone calls to line up donors, as well as to test the waters to test their feasibility for the 2020 race.



(2) let us get this straight, this economy will certainly not be clicking on all cylinders as it is now (thanks Obama) come 2020.
CNBC reported on July of this year that Investors are so nervous about a potential recession that they are preparing for one.
A late-cycle represents an economy that has been growing, but is poised to fall into a recession, amid tighter credit availability, lower profit margins, and tighter monetary policy.”We are no longer long, we are increasingly nervous about this,” Roelof Salomons, chief strategist at Kempen Capital Management, said.



(3) With no great economy to run on because Trump will have damaged the economy with his misguided tariffs and an economy which has run its course, Trump will be forced to run on what he did in 2018, fear.
Trump knows quite well that there is still that constituency I alluded to which is quite willing to overlook his flaws as long as he is willing to reinforce white supremacy.
He will subsequently be forced to depend more and more on that segment of the population, a diminished base it will be but what Trump has nonetheless.

(4) If Trump finishes his first term with this new Democratic house and decides to run for reelection, it will come down to who the Democrats nominate to be their standard bearer. A wounded Donald Trump,  a Trump who quite possibly will be under impeachment proceedings will not win re-election.   


This post has been updated




What Does Sessions Firing Mean For The Muller Investigations

Just a day after losing the house of representatives to the Democrats Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jefferson B Sessions.

Former Attorney General Jefferson Sessions

Dear Mr. President,

At your request, I am submitting my resignation.

Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.

The team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order Department of Justice. We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our country’s history. We took transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination. And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed–thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country. 

I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in law enforcement all over this country with whom I have served. I have had no greater honor than to serve along them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs.

More importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law–a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration. 

I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.

Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. President.

Sincerely,

Jefferson B. Sessions III

Attorney General

For the record, if you say ” At your request, I am submitting my resignation”.you were terminated, fired.
We wait like everyone else to see what this means for this [democracy].


The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

How tired are you of hearing the phrase American-exceptionalism thrown around to deride other nations?
What is this exceptionalism you ask? After all, this term has been thrown around by Liberals like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Conservatives like lying Ted Cruz and everyone in between.

So what is it?
The website [theweek.com] a highly ranked site on Google seem to be the go-to authority on this question.
The site argues quote; “One doesn’t have to use the term to believe in the underlying concept. But the phrase has a history that helps us to understand the current hyperbolic use“.
Okay, I get that, but I never latch onto anything except when I am convinced of its authenticity, so I’m going to need more meat on these bones.

Well the site did give more and for those of you who are interested I will provide a link to that site right here https://theweek.com/articles/654508/what-exactly-american-exceptionalism
I needed a precise explanation something I can sink my teeth into and sure enough, here it is.


American exceptionalism the site argues; is not the same as saying the United States is “different” from other countries. It doesn’t just mean that the U.S. is “unique.” Countries, like people, are all different and unique, even if many share some underlying characteristics. Exceptionalism requires something far more: a belief that the U.S. follows a path of history different from the laws or norms that govern other countries.

That’s the essence of American exceptionalism: The U.S. is not just a bigger and more powerful country — but an exception. It is the bearer of freedom and liberty, and morally superior to something called “Europe.” Never mind the differences within Europe or the fact that “the world” is bigger than the U.S. and Europe. The “Europe” versus “America” dichotomy is the crucible in which American exceptionalist thinking formed.

Yup exceptionally horrific, this is what early voting looked like in LA county, the center of Democratic support in the state of California



Okay, so let me dissect this a little, starting with, “the exceptionalism of America is not a scenario in which America is compared to the rest of the world, just Europe”.
Strange, considering that America only has about five percent of the world’s population at about 325,000.000 and Europe hovers at  742,848,889.
Funny that Asia the worlds most populous continent weren’t even considered in this contest of exceptionalism.

Early voting lines in Miami Dade County, these excptional people do not seem to be waiting to cast a vote for Ron Desantis



What’s more, the identifying characteristics of this concept as far as the [week.com] sees it is that it [America], is the bearer of freedom and liberty, and is morally superior to something called “Europe.”
I don’t know where to begin with this, the Europeans, for the most part, were largely also involved in the pogrom visited on the African peoples,
In fact, most European powers at the time carved out pieces of the African Continent for their own exploitation.
But Europe had its come to Jesus moment and realized that owning other human beings was not such a good idea long before America ever did.
In fact, it may be argued that many in America today are still unconvinced about the despicable inhumanity of that specter.
There is your exceptionalism, there is your moral superiority.

Exceptionally long lines in north Miami largely black and brown people waiting patiently to vote as polling sites run out of voting forms and machines break down. Exceptional indeed.



Any system which enslaves parts of its population, all while murdering, raping, beating and demoralizing them and appropriating their history, for hundreds of years designing laws which take their humanity and their dignity has some gall bragging about moral superiority.
The idea that even as there are still entrenched forces hell-bent on preventing others from voting,  and as long as they are hell-bent on dehumanizing them by having their [race soldiers] pose as police officers, and as long as they gun down the innocent and are not held accountable then any claim of moral superiority is  meritless braggadocio.

These people of color in Florida, forced to stand in long lines do not feel exceptional. There is nothing exceptional about this.



Exceptionalism is doing, not claiming that you are. If you have to say how exceptional you are, maybe you aren’t.
America is anything but exceptional, not just on the ridiculous claim of moral superiority, but on how it treats its own citizens, (mass incarceration Prison Industrial complex. Voter suppression. State-sanctioned killings. Persecuting immigrants, while Americans walk into any country and are treated with love and respect). 
There is no exceptionalism in any of that, no moral superiority.
Ask the people in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa who have been colonized but are still unable to vote in American Presidential elections.
Colonization without representation.
Moral superiority?  
And don’t forget that all of the people living in these places are black and brown people.
Wonder why they aren’t allowed to vote?





Democracy Under Assault Worldwide/has It Ever Existed


The Definition of [DEMOCRACY] according to @Merriam Webster is this; A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. 
G
overnment by the people especially: rule of the majority, Ha, we will talk about this particular caveat later.

Democracy a concept where a small minority control the masses through force of arms

Democracy, as a concept has faced challenges by some who view it as a zero-sum game. They see it’s unsteady and irregular progress as a sign that its failings are a testament to it impracticality if not it’s lack of existence.
In fact, many in parts of the world ruled by autocratic regimes have argued that Democracy does not and cannot work.

Writing for [quora.com] in an Article titled; Why do so many people say that democracy won’t work for China, or that it only works for Western countries, Christian Kober writes.
Democracy requires sound institutions and some fundamental shared beliefs. If, for example, the military sees itself as ‘above the law’, democracy will stand on very feeble feet.”

Whose concept is this where the voices of the less powerful are drowned out by the power of money?



I
n an opinion piece titled [Columbia, proof that democracy doesn’t work] written for the New York Times  Martín Caparrós wrote;

The mechanism of representation doesn’t work. Democracy is in trouble. And not only in Colombia, of course. Voting, to which so many aspired for so long, has become a burden or has been forgotten by so many. There are reasons for this, but there’s a factor that confounds all of them: Those who elect not to elect,  do so because they don’t think they are actually electing anything.
Then they wash their hands of the matter and accept, for a while, being left out. But inevitably, little by little, they will start looking for ways in which they can exert influence. From what we see, democracy is not one of those ways”.

If the concept, as explained by @Merriam Webster is the pure explanation of the very concept to which we ought to subscribe when we think of democracy the question then becomes, have we ever had democracy?

A spectacle which was the norm after slavery was abolished up throughout the 1960’s.



If the concept of Democracy is a  Government by the people especially: rule of the majority, then it leaves precious little to the imagination.
Ask Al Gore and Hillary Clinton whether they agree with the concept of a Democracy in which they both got exponentially more votes than their opponents and ended up being the loser.
Ask the African-Americans who have struggled for the right to vote, being lynched, shot and seen their property burned to the ground simply because they dared to want to exercise their right to vote

Native-American Protesters were hit with rubber bullets and smoke grenades for standing up to protect their drinking water.


It is 2018 and all across the world’s oldest democracy[sic] in state after state, Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas, North Dakota and places in between forces opposed to the pure concept of a democratic nation have erected barriers in the path of some voters who would vote against the candidates they support.
In North Dakota, entire Indian Tribes living on reservations are being prevented from voting as a result of onerous and uncalled for state laws imposed by Republicans as a means of preventing native tribes from voting.

Police unleashed military  style assault at standing rock




A major voting hurdle for Native Americans in North Dakota used to be thought of as a kind of force of nature, sort of like gravity or sunshine: Indian reservations didn’t have named, numbered streets. And without these designations on the tribal IDs that Natives carry, they couldn’t vote in the state.
If you are a dyed in the wool believer in the concept of good over evil, right over might, and democracy over dictatorship then you are imagining that the State Appellate court upheld the lower court’s ruling which sided with the tribes.
You would also imagine that the United States Supreme Courts would side with the disenfranchised native tribes.
If you did any of that you would be wrong.

Peaceful protest  to protect their land evoked this response


According to [inthesetimes.com] 
There was no way around the problem. No residential address on tribal IDs meant no ballot box access for Native people—unless they were willing to undertake prohibitively long and costly drives and other hurdles to get an alternate ID. “It is a voter-suppression technique North Dakota targets at its Native population,” accuses OJ Semans, the Rosebud Sioux co-director of Four Directions civil rights group.

If you took the path of precedent and considered what has happened to both the Native and African-American people in America and decided that neither the Appellate court nor the Supreme Court sided with the aggrieved parties you would be right.
There is the democracy for you.

A picture speaks a thousand words


So a purist concept of Democracy may be best defined as a work in progress, maybe best defined by the Nation’s 44th President Barack Obama ” We waged a Civil War. We overcame depression. We’ve lurched from eras of great progressive change to periods of retrenchment“.

We are in one of those terrible periods of retrenchment, a dismal dark place when compared to Ronald Reagan’s mythical “shining city on a hill”.
If we have not arrived at the place envisioned by the founding fathers where all people are treated equally, is there such a thing as democracy yet?

John Adams




“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” 
― John Adams



A Fascist Won Brazil’s Presidential Election, And The Media’s Tweets Were Very Bad



By Travis Waldron

The elite media still can’t figure out how to call right-wing authoritarians what they are.



These are confusing times for the establishment media. Fascism is on the hoof, and the liberal order and its various shibboleths are under threat, among them the very notion of a free press. But how to get a handle on such a phenomenon? How does one report objectively on the cannon being pointed at one’s head?

One way would be to pretend that the cannon isn’t a cannon. That’s what we saw on Twitter Sunday night after Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest democracy, elected a neo-fascist as its new president.

Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman, is by any reasonable definition an authoritarian, a fascist and a potential dictator. He praises dictatorships and says the only problem with previous dictators is that they didn’t kill enough. He has called for killing his political opponents and said last week that he would “cleanse” Brazil of leftists, who would have no choice but to “leave or go to jail.” He calls immigrants “scum” and said members of Afro-Brazilian communities aren’t suitable for pro-creation, wants police to kill alleged criminals on sight and chose a running mate who refuses to rule out a return of military rule. His entire political career is built on violent rhetoric aimed at Brazil’s most marginalized peoples.

These are all objectively fascist, authoritarian, autocratic things to say, and Bolsonaro’s long history of espousing such sentiment suggests they are a good bet to become the fascist, authoritarian, autocratic things he will do.

And yet after the returns were in, the elite press, which we’re told is very committed to objectivity, started hemming and hawing its way around the election of a president who would gladly shutter their operations and throw them all in prison if he could.

Bolsonaro is a “divisive populist,” The New York Times said, jamming a euphemism and a category error together, the latter premised on the idea that populism is nothing more than a matter of coarse rhetoric. (As with Donald Trump, Bolsonaro’s “populist” gestures served mainly to distract from the support he was consolidating among the reactionary fancy classes.) Read more here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-media_us_5bd769f4e4b07427610a36de

Trevor Noah Urges Black People To Register As Republicans






Trevor Noah offered a hilarious scheme to fight voter suppression on “The Daily Show” Thursday. Sure, it might sound mad, but just hear him out.

 “Every black person in America needs to register as a Republican,” he said.

Noah used the gubernatorial race in Georgia between Democrat Stacey Abrams, attempting to become the first black woman elected governor, and Republican Brian Kemp as his jumping-off point.

Kemp happens to be Georgia’s secretary of state in charge of the election. He reportedly has tens of thousands of voter registrations on hold ― mostly for black voters.

So, Noah figured a little trickery might be in order
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trevor-noah-scheme-voter-suppression_us_5bc99e6fe4b0d38b5876e1c6

Trump Administration Plans Crackdown On Protests Outside White House

The administration has suggested it could charge ‘event management’ costs for protests and close 80% of the sidewalks

The White House

Donald Trump has frequently and falsely crowed about the idea of so-called paid protesters, including most recently the sexual assault survivors who confronted senators in the lead up to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. Now his administration may be trying to turn that concept on its head, by requiring citizens to pay to be able to protest, among other affronts to the first amendment.

Under the proposal introduced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in August, the administration is looking to close 80% of the sidewalks surrounding the White House, and has suggested that it could charge “event management” costs, for demonstrations.

Currently the National Park Service is able to recoup costs for special events, but not spontaneous protests like the ones that typically take place in Lafayette Park across from the White House. These charges could include the cost of erecting barriers, cleaning fees, repairs to grass, permit fees and the salaries of official personnel on hand to monitor such demonstrations, all tallied at the discretion of the police.

Naturally, civil liberties groups consider the proposals an affront to the rights guaranteed under the first amendment. As the ACLU notes, such fees “could make mass protests like Martin Luther King Jr’s historic 1963 March on Washington and its ‘I have a dream’ speech too expensive to happen”.

During the Vietnam War the federal government attempted to impose similar barriers to citizens freely assembling in protest and were sued by the ACLU. In their ruling the courts reasserted the fact that “the use of parks for public assembly and airing of opinions is historic in our democratic society, and one of its cardinal values”.

The White House sidewalk, Lafayette Park, and the Ellipse were unique sites for the exercise of those rights, they ruled, and therefore they could not “accord deference to an executive approach to the use of the White House sidewalk that is rooted in a bias against expressive conduct…”

The National Park Service has attempted to justify the proposal by pointing out that large protests, like the Women’s March, overtax their abilities, and place a heavy cost on the government. One might argue when it comes to preserving our right to protest no cost is too high.

The public has until 15 October to comment on the plans.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/12/trump-administration-plans-crackdown-on-protests-outside-white-house

Ye Loon

You simply cannot make this up.

Kanye West, with his bizarre White House meeting Thursday with  Donald Trump, gave fresh proof that the line between celebrity and politician is truly no longer a thing.

West, sitting across from the Trump at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, went into a nearly 10-minute speech, wearing Yeezy boots and his famous “Make America Great Again” hat.

Here are some of the wildest comments West made during his soliloquy:

1. “This is our president, he has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories and we have to make our core be in power.”

2. Trump “might not have expected to have a crazy motherfucker like Kanye West supporting him.”

3. West said he would potentially run for president “only after 2024.”

4. “I love this guy.” [Followed up with a hug.]

5. “The problem is illegal guns, illegal guns is the problem. Not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms.”

6. “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we have is today. … Trump is on his hero’s journey right now.”

7. “There was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman, that’s my favorite superhero, you made a Superman cape for me.”

8. “One of the moves I love that liberals try to do ― a liberal would try to control a black person with the concept of racism because they know we are a very proud, emotional people.”

9. Talking about the Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which forbids slavery: “Why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship.”

10. “I think the way the universe works is perfect. We don’t have 13 floors, do we?”

11. “Time is a myth.”

12. “You are tasting a fine wine. It has complex notes to it.”

13. “My dad and my mom separated, so there was not a lot of male energy in my home, and also I’m married to a family where, you know, there’s not a lot of male energy. It’s beautiful though.”

14. “I love Hillary. I love everyone, but the campaign ‘I’m with her’ just didn’t make me feel — as a guy.”

Trump said at one point that West “can speak for me any time he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”

When West was finished speaking, Trump told the reporters around them: “I tell you what ― that was pretty impressive. That was quite something.”

West responded: “It was from the soul. I just channeled it.”

Another wild thing that happened is that the entire world learned that West’s iPhone password is 000000. He typed it into his phone in front of live TV cameras.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the meeting earlier this week, saying that “West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner. Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.” 

Last month, West appeared on “Saturday Night Live” wearing the red MAGA hat and promoting Trump. After the show ended, he treated the studio audience to a pro-Trump, anti-Democrat rant that was booed and later slammed by cast member Pete Davidson as“one of the worse things I’ve ever seen working here.”

West, husband of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, has been extremely vocal about his enthusiasm for the president, frequently posting about Trump on social media.

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Jenna Amatulli

Republicans Perpetuated A Monumental Fraud The Consequences Will Be Everlasting

Fifty-one forty-eight, (51-48 ) the final vote of the United States Senate led by Republicans.
The vote to elevate  Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was straight Party line with the exception of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin voting [Yea] with the Republicans and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski voting no.
Pivotal to the process of Kavanaugh’s ascendancy was the hope that Maine’s wishy-washy, hand-wringing  Republican Senator Susan Collins would be a potential no.


From the offset, those opposed to Kavanaugh hung their hats on two male senators. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Both men are staunch Conservatives who vote lockstep with their party on issue after issue, both have had a lukewarm to a frigid relationship with Donald Trump and both are not seeking re-election to the Senate.

The hopefuls were of the opinion that both men were free to stand out and stand for something, that something being with Democrats in opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. 
Being unconstrained from not having to face the radical right-wing voters in their respective states, many were hopeful that at least one of the two men,  Jeff Flake would be a savior in what they construed to be an existential fight for the soul of the supreme court and for America.

But more than Flake and Corker, women across the nation, uneasy about the prospect of Roe V Wade with a potential Justice Kavanaugh on the highest court, looked to Murkowski and Collins, two female US Senators whom they believed were amiable or open to reason.

Throughout the tumultuous process, Susan Collins played Susan Collins to a “T” taking both sides of the issue, saying that Dr. Ford deserves to be heard while at the time saying that Brett Kavanaugh gave her certain assurances that Roe V Wade is settled law. 
The wishy-washy Maine US Senator was in her element, pretending to care about women’s issues while reveling in the idea that the eyes of the nation were on her.

Susan Collins


Senator Murkowski kept how she would vote to herself, many of her constituents flew down from Alaska to lobby their senator to vote against Brett Kavanaugh, as did many Maine voters to lobby Susan Collins.
Jeff Flake, seeming conflicted as to how to vote, voted to move the Kavanaugh nomination out of committee, on condition that there was one final one-week of investigations by the FBI regarding the allegations made by  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Brett Kavanaugh

But anyone with the slightest idea of the way investigations are conducted knew right away that that was a hoax.
There can be wide parameters placed around how long an investigation [may] take,  but to suggest that any meaningful followup investigation must begin and be concluded within a week is essentially perpetuating a fraud on the country.

Chris Coons, Delaware’s Democratic US Senator and friend of Jeff Flake believed every word of his friends charade when he asked for a week more so that the FBI could check out the claims of Doctor Christine Blasey Ford.
Little did Coons know that Flake’s play was nothing more than a ploy to give cover to Republicans to cut off debate and force the vote to put Kavanaugh on the court.

Jeff Flake


Flake played right into Trump and Mitch McConnell’s hands. Trump would ultimately limit the scope and reach of the Investigations while a truncated report would give leverage to Republicans who would then argue that the FBI had cleared Kavanaugh because there was nothing to Dr. Ford’s claims.
It was a terrific sleigh of hand which gave the Democrats temporary respite but a terrible heartburn in the end.

Jeff Flake may or may not have presidential ambitions but his part in that plot was masterful. He came off as a statesman who believed in process and protocol but a closer look reveals his move was a cynical ploy which ultimately gave Republicans the cover they needed to close out debate on the Kavanaugh nomination.

More women came out and accused Brett Kavanaugh of improper sexual behavior, more corroborating witnesses emerged begging the  FBI to contact them. We have a story to tell they claimed.
Unfortunately, the FBI had no interest in their truths, no interest in what they had to say.
Kavanaugh, cried, lied, and threatened Democratic senators and the nation. His temperament was a classic example of a belligerent drunk, but none of that gave Republicans pause. Instead, they doubled down on their nominee.
When the battles are being waged around a woman’s right to chose, as they surely will be, let it be remembered that Lisa Murkowski stood tall, the Republican men acted as Republican men do, Joe Manchin protected his ass over his country, Jeff Flake was true to his name and Susan Collins gave the middle finger to women.


In the end, the FBI concluded a sham investigation which did not include an interview of neither the accused or the accuser. We are told only nine people were interviewed and true to the principles of a state run by a strongman the results of the sham investigations were not made public.
In fact, Senators had very limited time to browse through the single copy of the report which was placed in a secure room in the bowels of the Senate building.

Mitch McConnell had pulled off a perfect trifecta. (1) He had blocked most of President Obama’s Federal appointments for the federal judiciary. (2) In an unprecedented move, he had blocked the ascent of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. President Obama a twice-elected President had every right to appoint a replacement for the deceased partisan Antonin Scalia and (3) McConnell had stolen the seat in which sits Neil Gorsuch, a staunch right-wing functionary appointed by Donald Trump a president who has been named as an unindicted criminal co-conspirator.


Today Saturday, October 6th is the day the United States Senate ignored the allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh and voted to advance the nomination to make Brett Kavanaugh an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice in the history of the court.
This day may be the day historians look back on and say this was the day we lost America.
Or not.

Trump


The consequences of this vote today will be lasting on the American society.
In the end, the FBI director, Christopher Wray will raise his hand and he will tell the Congress that a fair investigation was done by his agents, and it will be a lie.
Donald Trump has corroded literally every public body in the country.
One thing is certain, however, is the blatant dishonesty and lack of process with which the Republicans handled this nomination.
Scared of potentially losing the House and possibly the Senate they perpetuated a monumental fraud on the nation all in the name of politics and the perpetuation of white supremacy.
Country be damned.
And that may very well be the end result of this fraud.

Killings:/killing Of Women And Children Not An Abstract Phenom

Graphic images Emancipation park

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 beliefs to something more lasting, more enduring than material things.



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. ” Bway yu neet an cleeen an hansum eeh, but yu a police , my man haffi teef , police nu mek nu money”.
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 because she wanted the most expensive phone with unlimited data, which neither her nor her elderly dad could afford.


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.