Ron DeSantis Rose By Trafficking In Racist, Islamophobic Conspiracy Theories

He has defended the Three-Fifths Compromise around slavery and said ISIS may be recruiting from Black Lives Matter.

By Amanda Terkel

The morning after Florida’s primaries, Rep. Ron DeSantis ― the state’s newly chosen GOP candidate for governor ― went on national television and used a racist dog-whistle to comment on his opponent.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said of his Democratic challenger, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black. 

The comment shouldn’t have been that surprising. DeSantis tried to be the most pro-Trump candidate in the GOP primary, even running an ad about how he teaches his kids to love everything about Donald Trump, and the president has used plenty of his own racist dog-whistles

But beyond his embrace of the president, DeSantis has made a name for himself by promoting conspiracy theories that are trumpeted by the radical right and play into racial stereotypes. On four occasions, he has spoken at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has touted white Americans’ role in freeing black people from slavery and said that “the country’s only serious race war” is against white people.

“Liberal media are doing everything that can to help Andrew Gillum win this race and that includes writing stories that elicit racially charged fears and emotions. We not only reject your storyline, we condemn your entire narrative,” said Stephen Lawson, DeSantis’ communications director.

Here are some other conspiracies DeSantis has embraced:

ISIS may recruit from Black Lives Matter protests. 

In 2016, DeSantis agreed with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto that he was worried the terrorist group ISIS could be recruiting from Black Lives Matter protests. 

“I do worry about it, in the sense that reaching out to them doesn’t even have to involve brokering a meeting between some terrorist recruiter and somebody who’s disaffected,” DeSantis said on Sept. 22, 2016. “It could simply be exposing people to different propaganda that you see on the internet, on social media sites. … So it’s definitely a problem, and ISIS I think has proven themselves to be pretty sophisticated at capitalizing on some people who have some underlying issues.”

The Founding Fathers weren’t racist. 

In 2011, DeSantis wrote a book called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama. In it, he excusesthe Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted a black person as only three-fifths of a whole person to determine congressional representation.

DeSantis defends the Founding Fathers for agreeing to the compromise because “counting slaves as less than a full person for purposes of representation benefitted anti-slavery states.”  

Allowing slaves to be counted as three-fifths of a white person gave slave states extra representation without having to actually allow black people to vote

Islamophobic conspiracy groups have merit.

Over the years, DeSantis has promoted himself with the help of figures who peddle Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. In 2014, he did an interview on Frank Gaffney’s radio program. Gaffney founded the Center for Security Policy, which the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.” In 2017, DeSantis spoke at the annual conference of ACT for America, another group that pushes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. 

DeSantis has also pushed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, an idea the Trump administration supports and people like Gaffney champion.

As Shadi Hamid at the Brookings Institution has noted, “There is quite literally not a single American expert on the Muslim Brotherhood who supports designation. Moreover, there is no plausible argument to be made for labeling the group a terrorist organization, at least according to the relevant legal criteria, as Will McCants and Benjamin Wittes lay out. They sum it up quite well: designation ‘would be illegal.”

American values are declining in the “age of Obama.”

In 2008, conservatives seized on a clip of a black woman named Peggy Joseph saying that if then-presidential candidate Barack Obama won, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s going to help me.” 

There’s nothing remarkable about Joseph’s comments. People always vote for politicians because they believe they will make the country ― and often, their own personal lives ― better. Certain candidates may have policies that could put more money in their pockets or lead to better representation.

But DeSantis talked about Joseph ― and Obama’s campaign ― as if they were radical departures from “the principles that the country was founded on.”

In a 2011 speech, he said that with the Founding Fathers, “you think of things like, ‘Give me liberty or give me death’” and “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

But, he added, in the “age of Obama … you have people like that woman who voted for Obama, who said since Obama was president, she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.”

The right wing has long tried to claim that Obama secretly supports communism ― an un-American value, of course. In his 2011 book, DeSantis gives credence to some of these theories. He writes that Obama had a “mentorship” with “Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American communist writer with bitterly anti-American views.” 

“He certainly would not have discussed Davis in Dreams From My Father had Davis’ council failed to make an impact on him,” DeSantis wrote.

The Washington Post looked at Davis and his relationship with Obama, and wrote that Davis “was indeed associated with the Communist Party” but was not a “hard-core Communist who spied for Soviet leaders. He was critical of American society, but not America as a country.”

DeSantis, in his book, also implied that Obama’s mother was a communist. He notes that one of her high school teachers said she would ask questions around the Cold War like “What’s so good about capitalism? What’s wrong with communism? What’s good about communism?” He also cited the fact that one of her classmates referred to her as a “fellow traveler,” which is sometimes used to describe someone who is communist. There’s no proof Obama’s mother was a communist either. story originated here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ron-desantis-racist-islamophobic-conspiracy-theories_us_5bc4ca80e4b01a01d68d4daa


A Little Less Dogma All Around Doesn’t Hurt

Macabre scenes from that fateful train crash.

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.

Scenes from the crash



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.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/observer-central-news/railway-corp-supports-development-of-kendal-crash-site_145041?profile=1606

Graphic, yet indelible imagery from that fateful event.



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]

ME
Memorial/recreational park !!!
In other words, build a park for sound-systems to blare and semi-nude bodies to gyrate.
Why not?
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 indirectly.

JamaicanDawta Mike Beckles 

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?Ahitschoo ah kuntri it deh?

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?

These dramatic images say much more than words ever could.


Then came the real smart ones…

Nikanta JamaicanDawta • 
Nikanta speaking to me through someone else.

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 conceptualize decades ago. At the time when this occurred it was the worst train disaster of that time with over 200 persons losing their lives dozens of families affected to date. I often heard my grandmother lament about that incident my neighbour had lost his mother and yet outside of that growing up I hardly ever heard anything formally about the Kendal Crash we reverie nothing in this country that’s why our relics and most of our historic buildings/monuments look like crap.


Now after correcting some of the misspellings I responded.

ME

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.

JamaicanDawta Mike Beckles • 

I agree with you on this one, Mike. But yuh no know how di ting go: appeal to which paat yuh get votes.

ME 
Precisely!

So far so good right?
Naaaa.

Nikanta Mike Beckles 

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.

ME

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?

Nikanta Mike Beckles 

FYI You sir seem to have less of a clue as to what a brain actually does and I am presuming it has do with your lack of oxygen intake after all there isn’t much decent green spaces left in this country to assist you with that (which is what I am more in agreement with so if you want to call it a MEMORIAL PARK…what the hell ever). I for one don’t give a hoot about what politicians recommend and clearly, you don’t give a hoot about anything really except to open that space in your face.

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.
Really?

ME…

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 its paw out of the tiny hole, but the monkey would not let go of the prize and so it went, the trapper would catch the monkey, paw still trapped in the pumpkin.
If only it let go of what it initially grabbed…….

You are that (monkey)

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

SOE’s And ZOSO’s Lacks Necessary Viscosity Needed In Crime Fight



The rollout of armored personnel carriers and the blanketing of communities like Grange Hill In Westmoreland with security personnel bodies are cool optics and all, It may even be spectacular to some people who have never seen a spectacle like that in those parts of the country. 
In fact, the massive rollout of governmental power as it is may even save some lives as local shottas are forced to lay low for a while until they figure out the logistics of moving around undetected to ply their macabre trade.

Ultimately though, I believe like everyone else the government knows that this strategy wears thing really fast.  The bodies of police officers and soldiers alike begin to grow tired and weary, and criminals eventually adapt to the security presence and figure out ways around them.
There is a precedent for this, despite the massive deployment in St James,  murders dissipated in some areas but flared up in others, and occurred even in the areas of the state of emergency(SOE).
I hate to say “I told you so” but Stevie Wonder could have seen that coming.


Sure the Administration has to do whatever it can to stem the bloodlettings. Failure to do so would amount to an abdication of its core function.
Unlike the Opposition PNP which criticizes the SOE’s and ZOSO’s initiated by the administration simply for the sake of political expediency, my response is about sustainability.



Many years ago I accompanied a friend to a place in the St Ann hills.  I drove my precious little VW Golf which was leaking engine oil from an engine which had long past its prime. Unmindful of the calamity we were placing ourselves in, we went anyway, despite the oil leak and the clatter and clunk from a dying engine.
We had a grand time and later that night we decided to head back to Kingston.
I started my old jalopy and the clanking sounded louder than it did earlier that day. We got out of the car and looked underneath where all of the oil made a meandering pattern in the red St Ann dust. The last guy who looked at the oil leak had forgotten to tighten the drain plug.
There was no service station around and we had no engine oil.

I thought about using cooking oil as a substitute after plugging the drain with cloth and other stuff but the only shop opened at that time of the night had no cooking oil. A grizzled old regular standing nearby suggested  we use “Syrup.”……….. >Syrup?
The lady at the shop had syrup, so strawberry syrup it was.
The syrup had enough viscosity to take us to Kingston. I can just imagine the party those engine parts had at the sweet treat, nevertheless, the sweet treat had to be purged from the engine and replaced with the actual stuff which is guaranteed to produce the desired results.
So back to the less tasty engine oil went my old Golf, sorry engine parts the party is over.

The initial sugar rush to the citizens who are delighted to see government forces, wears thin real quick when their movements are constrained, businesses are forced to close early and parties become a thing of the past.
I am not criticizing the administration for doing what it must, a-la these stop-gap measures.  The political opposition certainly has no moral authority and definitely no standing based on its precedent of failure.  When the PNP criticizes the government as it has been doing, it makes its motives rather suspect, as it has been complicit in the criminalizing and destruction of our culture.



So what is the solution?
The solution lies not in the show of force but in a resolute show of resolve beginning with new laws.
Let the bleeding heart frauds who opine on every issue from behind their grilled fortifications chat to their heart’s content, that’s what they do.
Let them pontificate about human rights and let them yap about policies and protocols befitting Scandinavia.
The Government has a responsibility to secure the nation, and Jamaica certainly isn’t Scandinavia.

The greatest threat to the nation’s security is not the little-disjointed gangs running around with Kalashnikov rifles, it is the pontificating frauds who shape public policy with data and direction they pull out of their collective asses.
There must be a strengthening of the nation’s gun laws, as the security forces battle to find the weapons those with the predisposition to bring guns into the country find new ways to avoid detection.
The guns the security forces recover must, therefore, be seen as a mere fraction of the weapons and ammunition flooding the country from the United States, Hatia and Colombia via the drug trade.

PM Andrew Holness



The fight must be a government to Government interaction.
As a young police officer, I spent countless hours in the bushes of Westmoreland and other parts of the country destroying Ganga fields because Ronald Reagan wanted then destroyed.
Jamaican Ganga was getting into the United States and many Jamaicans were getting rich from the weed.
Jamaican gangs across the United States had used their new found wealth to create mayhem on the streets of many  US cities, it was not enough to make money they embarked on a system of wanton violence never before experienced in cities like New York and as far away as Anchorage Alaska.
The United States took the necessary steps to correct the madness through the passage of laws like the RICO statute and the “three strikes you are out”, laws.
Many groups criticized those laws and they admittedly weren’t perfect, but they worked. Problems with those laws arose when law-enforcement and prosecutors chose to inject race and other considerations into their applications.
Nevertheless, the unavoidable consensus is that those laws worked to remove those threats from the equation. 

It is now time for Jamaica to demand that the United States work collaboratively with Jamaican law enforcement, not just to stop the guns coming in, but to trace the shipments from the US to their sources and bring the shippers to justice.
Jamaican law enforcement must also exercise better investigative techniques which are not confined just to the recovery of the shipment and the adrenaline derived from knowing those weapons will never reach the hands of murderous thugs. They must be focused more on techniques which follow shipments to those who receive them.

Even if the foregone is instituted, those who flout the nation’s laws and wreak havoc on the society can simply walk out on bail when arrested. Jamaican judges are mini-gods accountable to themselves.
Unless the Bail Act is redone it’s all for naught.
Subsequently, there must be legislative changes which take from the hands of conflicted judges the ability to grant bail for certain categories of violent crimes. 
Yea, yea, guilty until proven innocent balderdash, tell that to the victims of violent crimes and their families.
Tell that to those who had their loved ones snatched away from them because some punk has a gun and want to demonstrate his power.
Tell that to the mothers who see their daughters violated corpse lying in bushes because some moron decided that no meant yes.

Before a nation builds out its ideas of a modern society and embarks on the perfection of the rights and privileges its inhabitants desire and to which they are entitled, it has to do the hard work of first creating a nation in which the rule of law is sacrosanct.  
That hard work begins with a constitution and a set of laws which protects the innocent and punishes the guilty.
As long as Jamaica continues to allow the unpunished assault of the weak and innocent and simultaneously protects the rights of the guilty there will be no turn around from this dilemma the nation faces.   






Soldier Busted With Illegal Weapon/ammo

The police are reporting that a team of officers arrested and charged a JDF soldier, 26-year-old Orane Samuels and seized a  9MM Pistol S/N G23151 with a magazine and twelve (12) 9mm cartridges.

Samuels

Officers reported that they were conducting routine enquires and patrol in the Crescent district area of St Catherine when Samuels was spotted acting suspiciously. 
He was stopped and searched and the weapon taken from his waistband.

According to the police, their investigations have revealed that the Soldier has been in possession of the weapon since the period between 2015 and 2016, as he claimed to have found it at Logan Lane in Linstead during that time.
The Military was informed.

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.

Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke Guilty Of Murder In Laquan McDonald Shooting

A jury also found the officer guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery in the teen’s killing.

By Andy Campbell

A Cook County jury delivered a verdict in the murder trial of Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged in the 2014 on-duty sho

A Cook County jury delivered a verdict in the murder trial of Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged in the 2014 on-duty shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

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.

Police: Major Gun And Ammo Find

In a successful coordinated operation between the police and Customs departments, Wednesday evening at Berth 7, a barrel with sender listed, (name withheld)  and receiver listed as (name withheld) was scanned and anomalies were observed.



A detailed check of the barrel which included grocery items revealed 9 Pistols, 1 Uzi Submachine Gun, 26 Magazines and Ammunition listed as follows 100- 5.56, 100- 7.62, 50- .45, 130- .40 and 243- 9mm rounds were found.

Two men were held in connection with the seizure (1) Desmond Matthieu o/c Bramwell age 43 years, Taxi Operator of #3 Barrett Avenue Kingston 13 and (2) Jevaughn Richards o/c J or Flintstone age 24 years-old,  unemployed of #88-100 Spanish Town Road Kinston 13.

The contraband along with the two detainees were handed over to C-TOC which will be conducting further investigations.


Despite slights and disparaging statements from the Minister of National Security Horace Chang, the Police continue to do good work for the people of Jamaica.
Sure there are bad actors among the police as there are bad actors in Gordon House and everyplace in between.

Nevertheless, finds of this nature bring home the stark realities of the effectiveness and importance of police work and how lives are saved as a result.
Yet no one bothers to stop and thank these brave and dedicated men and women who work tirelessly and without fanfare to keep the nation safe.

Police Corporal Busted In Gun Find

Corporal Miller


In a snap operation carried out by members of C-TOC  in the Myers Lane area of Newlands Saint Catherine a policeman, Cpl. Devon Miller, 52 years old, attached to the Operations section of the Saint Catherine South  Division was intercepted driving a blue Toyota Corolla motor car and signaled to stop.

The car was searched and an AK47 rifle with serial number tampered with a magazine containing 15 7.62rds and a Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number PT915 were found in the trunk of the car.

The licensed firearm in the possession of  Cpl. Miller, a Taurus 9mm  was also seized. A pair of license plates were found in Miller’s car as well. A second man 18-years-old Edward Forbes, was also arrested. A third suspect fled the scene and is being sought by the police.
Investigations continue…..
This article has been updated to include photograph of the suspect since publication.

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.

Female Cop Visciously Murdered In Her Own Home




The Police are reporting the murder of District Constable Mellisa Edwards- White, 43 years old, attached to Crime Stop a resident of  Farmbroke Avenue, Patrick City, Kingston 20.

According to the reporting, the decedent was murdered between 7:30pm and 8:50pm Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Police reports indicate that the brother of  Mrs. Edwards left both the deceased and her husband, Mr. Barrington White, o/c “Barry” o/c ” Drops”53 years old, a Taxi operator of the said address and went to a nearby premise.

On his return, he discovered the house securely locked and his call to his sister’s cell phone went unanswered.
He then went to the back of the house and looked through a window and he discovered the mutilated body of his sister lying face down on the bedroom floor in blood and called the police.

On the entry of the police, the body of Mrs. Edwards was discovered to have multiple chop wounds to the head, face, and hands. A blood-stained machete believed to be the murder weapon was found on the bathroom floor.

Baltimore Residents Weren’t Lying About The City’s Corrupt Police Force

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By Julia Craven

It’s a shame no one believed their truths about how law and order falls on the heads of black citizens


Baltimore told y’all.

They said it during West Wednesday rallies in memory of Tyrone West, a black man who died during a 2013 traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. They said it when victims who had been paid to keep quiet still chose to speak out about police violence. They screamed it at the top of their lungs after unarmed Keith Davis Jr. was shot in the face by a city cop in June 2015. Maybe you heard when they burned police cars after Freddie Gray died in police custody in 2015. Or maybe when they talked about their certainty that no officer would be punished in Gray’s death.

On Monday, a federal jury actually found two former Baltimore police officers guilty in a major corruption case. Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, former members of the city’s now-disbanded Gun Trace Task Force, had been charged with racketeering and robbery.

Six other officers on that task force had already pleaded guilty on similar charges. Four of them had testified against Hersl and Taylor, proving once again what many black folks in Baltimore had known for decades: The Baltimore Police Department is a disgustingly corrupt example of how law and order falls on the heads of black citizens.

Testimony in the corruption case revealed that officers would drive their patrol cars toward groups of people, provoking them to flee, in order to justify unwarranted searches. They carried toy guns in case they killed an unarmed person and needed to plant something. They planted drugs. They tracked some of their targets with illegal GPS tracking devices. They robbed civilians. They sold drugs and guns. They put in for overtime hours even when they weren’t working and pocketed hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. They levied “taxes” on local drug dealers.

“Yes, cops take money from drug dealers. Cops rape. Cops lie in their reports,” University of Baltimore professor and Baltimore native D. Watkins wrote last month for Salon. “Cops beat people. Cops sell drugs. Cops threaten citizens. Cops intimidate other cops. Cops are gang-affiliated; they’ll snatch a blunt out of your hand and smoke it, hide extra guns in the dope house, aim their pistol at you for fun, plant drugs on you, make you sell drugs for them or with them, make you rob and steal, and then expect to be called ‘hero’ no matter what they’ve done. Politicians from every side — from those as progressive as Obama to those as racist as Trump — break their necks to co-sign their hero status.”

In light of the latest revelations, a Maryland state lawmaker has even called for disbanding the city’s police force, citing the dissolution of the Camden, New Jersey, police department in 2013. “The decision came in the wake of record high murder rates and an extremely inefficient police budget ― both of which are problems that Baltimore City currently faces. It was a bold, nearly unprecedented decision, but it worked,” said Del. Bilal Ali, who represents part of Baltimore.

A 2016 Justice Department report described how officers in the Baltimore Police Department routinely abused residents’ civil rights, targeted black individuals, performed unconstitutional searches, retaliated against individuals and failed to hold cops accountable for misconduct. The report said that the department was racist “at every stage of [its] enforcement actions” and that these practices “erode[d] the community trust that is critical to effective policing.”

In 2016, the No Boundaries Commission and the West Baltimore Commission on Police Misconduct, two local advocacy groups, released their own report detailing the abuse inflicted on residents of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood by police. Fear of law enforcement’s retaliation was so great that only 39 of the 450 residents who spoke with researchers were willing to be quoted, even under a pseudonym.

“It used to be that if you did something illegal, they patted you down, they arrested you, and they locked you up,” one resident told researchers. “Now, they don’t even arrest you; they just take you in the alley and they beat you up. It doesn’t matter what you do.”

Another resident said that one “officer picked me up and slammed me on my face, took my backpack off, and threw all my books out, and when they didn’t find anything kicked me in my stomach. I was just happy they didn’t lock me up and bounced.” (If this sounds crazy, please note that according to testimony in the corruption case, Gun Trace Task Force supervisor Sgt. Wayne Jenkins thought men over the age of 18 with bookbags looked suspicious.)

The report also took statements from people had witnessed officers robbing drug dealers.

But it shouldn’t take a federal trial, a federal report, a new local report or really any institutional confirmation to convince people of the way that many police departments ― including those outside Baltimore ― take advantage of the most vulnerable citizens. The people of Baltimore have been saying this stuff for decades. Yet it required a Justice Department investigation and a trial involving almost cinematic incidents of corruption for other folks to believe them. That itself is part of the problem.

Maybe, Watkins suggested, Freddie Gray’s death might not have gone unpunished in a country that wholly accepted the premise that cops are not always heroes, but often damaged individuals who readily harm black (and Latino, LGBTQ and other marginalized) citizens.

“How might a case like this have changed public perception around Gray’s death?” Watkins wrote, referring to the corruption trial. “Even though they stopped Gray for no reason and then he died while in their custody, people still saw them, at worst, as heroes who made a mistake. Because if all cops are heroes, those cops couldn’t have done anything intentionally malicious to cause Freddie Gray’s death, right?”

They told y’all.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baltimore-police-department-black-people_us_5a84adb8e4b0058d5565a2d3




“Glorified Security Guards,” What?

Horace Chang Minister of National Security

Several years ago former Senior Superintendent of Police Renetto Adams called for the disbandment of the Jamaica Constabulary Force( JCF).
At the time I found the arguments of Adams curious given that he never called for its disbandment throughout his rather lengthy service.

I doubt there is a single Jamaican who has passed through the JCF who doesn’t believe that there are serious structural flaws within the Agency, as is the case with all of Jamaica’s public bodies.
Nevertheless, the work put in by police officers is second to none, the risks are exponentially greater than that to which other categories of workers are exposed and the hours are far more than required of other workers.

Over the years there have been far too many fuck-ups by some people wearing police uniforms, operating under the umbrella of police officers but are worse than those who never took an oath to protect and serve.
As a consequence, even the worst lowlives who should be locked away and the keys discarded have had negative things to say about the force.
Despite this, however, a larger majority have done tremendous work, sometimes separate and apart from the call of duty to ensure that we still have a place we can call a country.
No one else, no other category of workers have contributed more, bar none.

No real dedicated police officer gets up and goes to work believing they are security guards.
Despite poor pay, abject working conditions and the disgraceful lack of resources and support, they soldier on and produce the best results they can, given the circumstances.
They do so while exposing themselves and their families to retribution, something the Island’s politicians could never understand as they are in public service only to serve themselves and the interest of their families.

That is the reason that the comments of Minister of National Security Horace Chang have stuck in my throat like a chicken bone.
In seeking to make the case for the disbandment of the Police force as it is constituted, Chang stated that they inherited a glorified security guard company, speaking of the JCF. 


For the record, I do not care to hear any responses about context.
Sure the PNP has held office for longer periods of time than the governing JLP, but that does not excuse the JLP of any of the problems plaguing the country or the police force.
Both political parties are equally as guilty in advancing the breakdown of the rule of law.
Contrary to their twisted perceptions, disbanding the force or creating quote: Jamaica’s own police force” is a stupid idea bourne out of not knowing their asses from their heads.

Changing the designation of the police force to “police service” will certainly stop the killings in the country. (sarcasm dripping here).
As I have stated for many years, this peripheral stuff is not going to fix anything.
Jamaican police officers are going to have to come from Jamaica,  a country of imperfect people like everywhere else in the world.
Fix the Government, train equip and compensate the officers, hold them accountable, educate the public on the benefits of obeying the nation’s laws, create the necessary legislative framework and get the fuck out of the way.
It is not rocket science.


There is no redemptive context in which the Minister of National Security can refer to the JCF as a glorified security guard company in a non-pejorative way.
The sacrifices and the efforts made daily, their shed blood and the dedication of police officers ultimately disqualify politicians, least of all Horace Chang from speaking about them in the negative.

Any incompetence in the JCF must be laid at the feet of incompetent, criminal supporting politicians and their criminal supporters.
If Horace Chang wants to change the training regimen of the police force, “I say go ahead this is long overdue,” source modern policing techniques from countries which have good police departments.
Ridiculing the men and women of the force is not smart, it is imbecilic.


My spilled blood in 1988 was not as a security guard, glorified or otherwise.
I was a police officer working to uphold the laws and securing the peace and security of Jamaicans.
The men and women of the JCF deserve more respect from the population and they damn sure deserve more respect than they are receiving from piss -ass low-life politicians like Horace Chang.

Rapist Found Out The Hard Way These Women Were Not Going To Cower In Fear

At About 10:45pm Thursday the 27th of September 2018  two American women(names withheld) vacationing in Jamaica, were attacked by a lone assailant in their hotel room #1001 at the Riu Hotel Iron Shore Montego Bay Saint James.

The women were both in their room at the hotel when a man armed with a handgun entered the room through the balcony door. The man held them at gunpoint and forced them to have sexual intercourse with him.
He raped victim #1 and whilst raping victim#2 she managed to disarm him and fired two shots in his direction, hitting him to his upper body.
The suspect ran from the room onto the balcony then jumped to the ground and made his escape. The police were alerted and upon arrival, a 9 mm Glock 17 with serial # DTN201 with a magazine containing 16 cartridges was handed over to the police. The scene was processed by the scene of crime detectives.



Jamaican Man In Georgia USA Severs Wife’s Neck In Dispute

30-year-old Jermaine Jones o/c Jay and his wife 47 -year-old Opal Fern Christian Jones in happier times.

The husband of a woman found “brutally stabbed multiple times” Wednesday night in Clayton County was arrested in connection with her death, the sheriff’s office said.

Jermaine Jones, 30, called 911 and “allegedly said something to the effect that he had just committed a heinous crime,” according to the agency.

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers found Jones’ wife, who has not been identified, at a Springview Drive home in Forest Park with “her neck cut so severely that her head was nearly severed,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday in a statement.

A witness identified Jones as the suspect, officials said. He tried to stop Jones but ended up “fleeing for his life,” according to the statement.

Jones had allegedly fled as well to a location on Holiday Boulevard, where he made the 911 call. Authorities took him into custody at that location without incident. The sheriff’s office said his clothes were bloody.

According to Clayton County court records, Jones was booked on a charge of malice murder. He is expected to go before a judge on Friday for his first appearance.

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Jay and Opal in happier times

Police: Son Of Gangster Joel Andem Busted In High-powered Weapons And Ammo Find


The Police have reportedly arrested and charged 16-year-old
 Pamayo Joseph Andem, o/c “Fefee”, o/c “Tommy”, 16 years old, Student of Land Lease, Papine, St. Andrew.
The arrested teen is rumored to be the son of imprisoned gangster Joel Gangster
Andem was allegedly taken into custody in relation to the seizure of One (1) AK47 rifle, fitted with a magazine containing twenty-seven (27) 5.56mm cartridges.