Those Opposed To Too Much Government Also Should Be Heard:

watchful eyes
watchful eyes

Yesterday I wrote about the need for the Jamaican Government to stop pussy-footing around and recognize law-enforcement for  it’s value to the country. Even as I believe passionately in the rule of law and it’s necessity in society. I am also viscerally passionate about the right of individuals to being secure in their persons. The points raised by those opposed to cameras in public spaces are legitimate concerns that warrants serious discussion and debate.The challenge for law-enforcement particularly in large Metropolises is, how to balance a healthy respect for individual freedoms and privacy while at the same time making sure they are able to keep residents safe. Criminal terrorist have to get it right only once, Law-enforcement has to get it right a hundred percent of the time to avert disaster. Even as I extol the virtues of CCTV as one more tool in the fight against crime and terror, I also believe that we should watch those who we commission to watch the criminals. The Police state is not something any of us except those with sinister motives want. As such we must be vigilant in ensuring that even as we acquiesce to present day necessities, we  should guardedly protect the traditional freedoms we hold dear. Terrorists who exert their will through fear, does not stop trying to kill and maim simply because we cannot figure out how to balance privacy and security. As evidenced with the situation in Jamaica, Special Interest  groups squabble over small stuff criminals simply show their disdain by shooting out the cameras placed there in down-town Kingston.

it's important to have eyes in major cities today
it’s important to have eyes in major cities today

The distrust that citizens have of Government and it’s Agents that they will do the right thing with footage harvested from CCTV cameras, is a legitimate concern. Government Agents, the world over have never failed to abuse the trust placed in them. Even in the United States some politicians introduce Bills that if passed into law would seriously limit the role of Government in people’s lives. Irrespective of other sinister motives they may harbor, they understand as well as anyone else the need to hold Government accountable. So for interest groups in Jamaica who are opposed to CCTV cameras, I suggest you call your elected representative and let them know you want legislation which protects the innocent from predators , even as we ensure that Government does not tamper with our freedoms and privacy.


Gang Warfare Rages In Jamaica:

This is a continuing in a series of blogs I will write on the saga of the escalating crime situation in Jamaica. Yesterday I pointed to the utter incompetence of the country’s national security minister Peter Bunting. Bunting came to the post totally unprepared.  Speaking at the Police Elleston Road Facility, during a weapons destruction event, around the second week of February the minister said he was informed at another event that if crime was lowered it would help the economy !!!!

Really Peter ? You have to be told this ? how utterly dumb and ignorant are you?

Today the Opposition Jamaica Labor Party blasted Bunting for recent statements he made accusing the JLP of not implementing a crime policy drafted in 2007. Delroy Chuck Opposition spokesperson on national security blasted Bunting’s statements as arrant nonsense and pointed out that the policies were not only implemented they were  improved upon.

 

Bunting and Chuck

(Observer Photo)

Jamaican Cops in action

THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has dubbed Security Minister Peter Bunting’s accusation that the party failed to implement a crime policy drafted in 2007 as rubbish. Bunting made the claim during a press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday and drew the ire of the JLP.

“Minister of National Security Peter Bunting stated that the previous government failed to implement a policy drafted in 2007. The Opposition said that this is arrant nonsense and a poor excuse by Bunting for the present failures,” the JLP said in a release.Read more: http://jamaicaobserver.com

Chuck went on to say:

“In respect of legislation the draft of the Anti-Gang Legislation was sent to Bunting and other stakeholders in 2011 for examination and comment. No comment was ever received from Bunting or the PNP and they are only now claiming to be examining this important piece of legislation,” Chuck said.

A total of 165 murders have been tallied by the police since January 1 and yesterday Bunting outlined a raft of short and long-term measures the state would be implementing to collar crime but the JLP said Bunting’s response to the spike in murders and shooting is unacceptable.

“It is patently clear that the portfolio of National Security is beyond the capabilities of Bunting and that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller must immediately re-examine the assignment of this portfolio, as an increase of even one murder or shooting over 2011 is unacceptable to the Jamaican people,” the JLP release said.

Anyone who follows these blogs knows I am no fan of Delroy Chuck but “wow” I couldn’t have put it better myself. The only problem with Chuck’s statement is that there is an implicit suggestion in it that Portia Simpson Miller is intellectually capable of  understanding that Bunting is a dud. And even if she could understand it, she would not have the will or understanding of the need for change.

WHAT BUNTING AND THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO DO IS TO SUGGEST THAT THE  SPIRALLING CRIME RATE  IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JLP AND NOT THEIRS.

  Bunting and the PNP could not address the document the former government sent them ,they were too intent on protecting the criminals in their garrison communities.Remember they voted unanimously not to give police more time to root out terrorists after the fall of the Tivoli empire. The fact is  they have six times more garrison communities than the other party and they had an election to win. In the meantime Bunting and his party has leaked information to the press that they have no confidence in the abilities of Commissioner Ellington to do his job. Word on the streets is that they planted this information to once again blame the police and deflect blame and responsibility  for their failures.

Commissioner Ellington Chief of defense staff  Major General Anthony Anderson and Bunting(observer photo)

It will be a stretch for this latest strategy of the PNP to be effective, Ellington has simply been one of the most effective commissioners in modern history not only in reducing crime but in eradicating corrupt cops from the department. A 40% reduction in crime is very significant , then again does the average  Jamaican understand this? In the mean time Bunting looks into the face of the commissioner and tells him his job is safe .

Bunting, who was speaking during a Jamaica House press conference, insisted Ellington enjoys the confidence of the PortiaSimpson Miller-led administration.”He has been successful and we expect him to continue that success and he will have the support of myself as minister and the administration.”

Since last week, word has been going around that the administration was not pleased with Ellington and the leadership that he provides to the JCF. Persons close to the Government have claimed plans are afoot to replace Ellington, who was appointed to lead the JCF under the previous Jamaica Labour Party government. jamaicagleaner.com

In the image above Jamaican cops are seen in action under the caption “Gang conflicts raging” in the (Jamaica Observer) Those conflicts will continue to rage in the absence of a serious once and for all piece of legislation that puts criminals in prison and throw away the keys and a police force that is allowed to do its job lawfully without favor or affection , malice or ill will.

Peace.

 

 

Weasly Democrats/Disgusting Republicans

A major thrust of republicans under the presidency of President Barack Obama is to oppose everything he proposes, period!! It makes no difference that the president’s policies are for the good of the country , including the very same racist hypocrites who wear the republican label, the strategy is the same oppose, oppose, oppose. Not one republican is willing to step outside that narrative and be different, they act unilaterally as a caucus in  objection to the president of the United States.

Not so long ago I recall democrats lining up to sign on to controversial legislations that literally shreds the constitution hypocritical republicans swear to believe they believe in.  Legislations like the Patriot Act  literally takes away significant portions of the rights of Americans ,, yet it received support from democrats some of whom admitted they did not even bother to read the voluminous bill, a bill which stripped away the rights of the very people they represent.

Bush knew exactly what he was doing after the September 11th terror attacks, he made sure that the attacks were kept fresh in the minds of Americans as he systematically stripped away more and more of their rights,. No one bothered to remember the old adage ” never give up your rights for security as you will end up with neither”.

The point though is the solid wall of opposition to this president on the sole basis of race, exasperated by the shameful and the silent acquiescence of democrats who sit on their hands and asses as this president is pilloried from all quarters with lies, smear insults and racial caricatures.

It does seem that the economy is getting better, republicans are talking about social issues, wedge issues as they are refered to, gay rights, marriage equality, prayer in schools, contraception, this issues they like to talk about.  As I stated in recent blogs, republicans are now desperately searching for an issues  that will stick or have some resonance going into the general elections,there are scared stiff they are losing the economic argument.

Fleisher              Rove

It’s not unusual to see hacks like Ari Fleisher, and Karl Rove old hand from the Bush Administration on television disrespecting the president, and distorting his record. I am particularly offended by Fleisher a political who never saw anything wrong with anything Bush did, but now make a living as a contributor on MSNBC which he and others like him castigated as left-wing media, because people like Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow told the truth and set the record straight. I will refrain from assessing Rove he is simply not worth it, to relate to him is to elevate him.

Fleisher would be well reminded to remember his own lies in what is now common knowledge as it relates to the Valerie Plame outing by operatives within the Bush Administration. Had a democrat done what they did that administration would have been brought to its knees and all involved, would have been thrown  in prison.

HERE COMES THE LILY LIVERED DEMOCRATS WHO STAND FOR NOTHING

But of course I digress, this morning the lily livered cowards that pass for democrats were out joining with republicans in pushing against the president against the recent directive given to catholic institutions to provide Contraception coverage in health insurance for women in their employ.

This is an issue which is about women’s health, of course Catholic bishops are contending that this forces them to pay for something which is against their teachings and conscience. Mark you this is not a directive to the church about something which happens in the church , it is about businesses operated by the catholic church. In essence the catholic church wants to be exempt from providing women in it’s employ who may not even be catholics from getting contraception in their health care package , a move which forces them to pay for something which they would be afforded by other employers.

THIS IS A LIST OF THE DEMOCRATS WHOM HAVE NOW SIDED WITH REPUBLICANS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT ON THIS ISSUE

Sens
Bob Casey
Joe Lieberman
Joe Manchin
Ben Nelson
Bill Nelson

Reps, John Larson, Dan Lipinsky, Gerry Connolly, and former governor Tim Kaine.

Bob Casey of PA , Joe Leiberman of CT, Joe Manchin WV , Ben Nelson NB, Bill Nelson FL. These are your US Senators whom have quickly joined with republicans and the catholic church to fight against women’s rights.

Even as these so-called democrats try to protect their sorry hides , republican senator Jim Demint of south Carolina had this to say at their c -pac gathering in Washington DC. Listen to Demint here, outside the :

JON MEACHAM: Senator, you’ve been in Washington now for 12 years. Actually more, sorry. Have things changed in a palpable, tactile way in terms of getting things done from when you came in?

DEMINT: Yeah, I think they are more polarized. And it’s a contrast I try to make in the book because we really no longer have a shared vision. I mean, I know from business that you have people coming from different directions, they can work together if they have shared goals and a shared vision. But now we have the tension between those who want centralized power, government control of education, health care, transportation, energy, and Republicans, who are I think finding their footing around their core principles of we need to devolve power out of Washington, we need to decentralize, because that’s what makes America work, is the bottom-up approach.

So saying to compromise now, and I use this analogy a lot, is just like a coach telling his team to go out and work with the other guys and cooperate with them. The Democrats are there to beat us. Every policy that they introduce is to centralize power. They are completely incapable of cutting spending because their constituency is based on dependency on government and those who want more from government.Msnbc.com/morningjoe

Here ladies and gentleman is the reason nothing gets done, these people do not represent your interest.

Game Change?

Rick Santorum pulled a hat trick in Colorado, Minnesota. and Missouri, obliterating his rivals last night. losing is never painless, but “ouch” this has got be be most painful for Mitt Romney. Mister Romney’s campaign has everything going for it.  So the talking heads in the main stream media tell us. Romney has  lots of money,,organization, and establishment support, he also has super pac support which pours even more money into massive advertising campaigns aimed at any and everyone in the path of their candidate. There is just one teeny-weeny problem the campaign needs a good candidate.

RomneySantorum

There seem to be a core dis-satisfaction at the heart of the republican party with Mitt Romney. We were told Romney was the inevitable candidate for his party’s nomination, the next in line, the one who waited his turn, now the republican party want to play by a different set of rules. This is not fair to mister Romney after all he has changed his views to fit his party, he has changed from a pro-choice, pro-civil union, pro-gun control, pro-health care mandates in order to be called a “conservative”.

How could this happen to a good man like Governor Romney? This man ought to be the Bain of envy of all 99%s . He is rich, married to the same woman for decades, has wonderful children, a (christian,) actually not a christian, a mormon, but you know what I mean!!!  right? In so many ways Romney is the all American guy, the guy you want to emulate, so what is the problem? How can his party pull the rug out from under him when he seemed destined for a coronation? Why is the republican party still searching for a different suitor even as the wedding day draws nearer and nearer? Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich. Sarah Palin, Herman Caine, Donald Trump, Tim Pawlenty,Ron Paul, Chris Christie, Daniels, Jeb Bush et al, Conservatives continue to date even though the wedding of convenience between itself and Mitt Romney draws closer. What is the reason why conservatives continue with this cheating, Romney for all intents and purposes has done all that is required of him, lets stop with the cheating and get the wedding underway.

The truth is, Ronald Reagan the holy grail republicans hitch their electoral waggon to, arguably could not get nominated for president in this republican party. Reagan raised taxes, maintained  budget deficits, added trillions to the national debt and granted amnesty to illegal aliens. You tell me where would Ronald Reagan be in this party of Eric Cantor, Michelle Bachman, and Jim Demint?

Romney despite his wealth, would be a good fit for the democratic party, he is at heart, pro-choice, deep down he is for common sense gun control, he deep down believes whether we agree with gays or not, they have a right to protections under the law, and his mormon faith is actually not scoffed at in the democratic party. The  Democratic party has come around to being the inclusive party that believes in tolerance, there is only one problem with Romney and the democratic party, he doesn’t seem to care about the poor enough, he feels they should be allowed to languish in their state, he also believes the very poor should be aided to remain in poverty. Romney said he wasn’t concerned about them they have  a safety net , and if it was broken he would fix it. “WOW“.

Romney in his honesty stated categorically that he did not care about the poor, then when he realized how horrible that sounded he attempted to establish some degree of balance ,he went on to say “I don’t care about the rich , what I care about is the middle, the heart and soul of America”. Maybe if Romney understood that some of the poor were once in the middle class, and with a good job they could climb back to where they were,he would care, but Romney a man estimated to be worth a quarter of a billion dollars cannot understand that and as such he is content to let the poor remain where they are.

So now the republican party has dated everyone, now it’s Santorum turn, one gets the feeling that the party is holding it’s nose on this date with this  latest suitor. It seem to me the republican party knows and understands the inevitability of this arranged loveless marriage between herself and Willard Mitt Romney , and as the pre-arranged August wedding approaches she is determined to have as many illicit affairs she can before succumbing to the hoe-hum boredom of a life with a man she does not love.

It is a long way untill the November elections, republicans will throw any and everything at president Obama, they will launch a scorched earth attack the likes of which we have never seen, those who thought the elections of 2008 that saw the elcction of Barack Obama was turbulent and divisive will be in for a surprise, this election will be a lot like some third world countries, divisive cantankerous, and downright dangerous.

Republicans simply do not believe democrats should govern America, they have demeaned and demagogued the last three democratic presidents in a way that seem completely removed from the way the last three republican presidents have been  treated. One is seriously left to wonder where America is going with this level of polorization? The country has already gone through one civil war.

 

America’s Continued Shame:

 There is a common thread that  runs throughout all players in the Republican party which has at its core a concerted attempt to pretend that President Barack Obama is not  president of the United States. Republicans have long attempted to sow scorn and disdain on the intelligent left, in an  attempt to paint them as Elitists, out of touch and far removed  from the American reality, “other”. 

They have sought to develop a narrative that is “aw shucks” arguing  that a president should be a laid back person in the mold of say Ronald Reagan or George Bush the 43rd president. They sell the merits of a president who one would want to have a beer with. They have been successful in demonizing and labeling  Democratic candidates like John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis as Massachuset liberals, making the word liberal  a nasty stain and a negative caricature. Of course two of the architects of that demagoguery  Newt Gingrich and  Bush’s brain, Karl Rove, are still a part of the political landscape. Gingrich is  involved in a faltering political campaign against chief nemesis Mitt Romney,while Rove heads up a powerful super pac that collects tens of millions of dollars from wealthy donors like the Koch brothers and casino mogul Sheldon Alderson to fund right-wing candidates in their quest to destroy Obama. Incredibly Gingrich is now whining shamefully, his complaints?  Negative campaign  ads from Mitt Romney’s campaign and super pac. Spit in the sky it falls in your face.

The narrative somehow  places conventional wisdom on its head, it convinces large parts of the country particularly the southern states  that educated people are somehow un-American. By this reasoning they have managed to convince large swaths of the population that people who play by the rules, gets an education, raise  a family, and live a decent drama-free life, are somehow not American. Throw a black guy in there with a Muslim sounding name and the aforementioned attributes and this guy must be from Mars.

These are the same intellectually challenged folks who argue that (Global warming is a hoax), This is the (drill baby drill) crowd which argues for unrestrained drilling for oil and natural gas without a single thought for the environment. Anyone who dare mention the need for clean drinking water, clean air, and the need to protect the eco system is castigated as the enemy and an example of what is wrong with America.

There are those who pretend that what we are seeing happening in this country is just the common nastiness of American politics playing out. They are quick to point out that president Bush was treated rather badly by the left.

Really?

I just refered to the former leader of the free world as “president Bush”.  When was the last time a republican refered to our president as president Obama?  The lunatic fringe of the republican party has convinced some of the most intellectually challenged among their base that this president is not really the  president.

As we have seen from the  moronic failed attempts of the birther movement led by egomaniac Donald Trump and others, to that woman in Florida who told  Rick Santorum she does not refer to the Obama as president Obama, because he is not really the president. She went on to tell him she wonders why someone doesn’t get him (reffering to the president) out of there.  To which  the equally moronic Santorum responded “I am trying to get him out of there myself”.

The mindset of the lunatic right imagines,  if they are able to convince their equally lunatic supporters that Barack Obama is not the president of the United States, somehow he will not be seen to be. Their strategy is tantamount to removing the number 44 from the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and hope we will not notice we missed a number.

Throughout history only 44 men has been so honored to be called president of the United States, many has sought that office, many have failed , to date we have only had 44 men attain that lofty position, 43 white men, 1 black man. That historical fact will never be eliminated from the annals of history.

That there are people in this country who possess  such blatant mental retardation to somehow want to suppress the fact that a black man has attained what they said we couldn’t do is testament to our fortitude.  After 300 years of slavery, lynching, rape, , jim crow ,and everything that they could throw at us, the indomitable spirt of our people has shone through all the adversity to accomplish what some can only dream about.

                                              

Sarah Palin                                                                                                                            Newt Gingrich

The disrespect that has been shown to this president has been astounding, and has been nothing like we have seen before. MSNBC Martin Bashir commented that republicans never fail to refer to Sarah Palin as Governor , even though she was unable to complete a single term as governor of Alaska, they  also never fail to refer to Gingrich as Speaker, even though he was ran out of congress on ethics violation charges. Yet they are adamant in calling the president Barack Obama, a man who won by a large plurality of the votes and the electoral college to become the 44th president of the United States.

This nastiness is nothing new, we saw elements of it in the race between Hillary Clinton and Obama in the primaries , we saw the signs , we saw the despicable racial caricatures, we heard the neanderthal remarks, and they were coming from Democrats.

The more it seemed Barack Obama was going to be the nominee the nastier the attacks became. Thanks to the intervention of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California after Obama secured the nomination it appeared that the hatchet was buried between Clinton and Obama. I am still not convinced that either Hillary or Bill Clinton voted for Obama.

What we saw happen between Clinton and Obama was indeed small potatoes when Sarah Palin was injected into the conversation. She came with a brand of nastiness that we have seen metastasized  into what is now a despicable scorched earth brand of politics, that seem hell-bent on total destruction of the opponent and win at all cost.  I personally thought that the inflammatory nature of the vitriol surprised even the man at the top of the then republican ticket, John McCain.
Sarah Palin it appeared, did not receive the memo that black people were emancipated, her entire demeanor and tone suggested she felt this black man belonged on the plantation, many argue it was her intellect or lack thereof which was at play here. Having seen and heard her during the campaign influenced me to lean toward the latter argument.

Most Americans who love their country and respect her institutions  including the presidency, find it offensive the way this president is characterized and treated in general. If you ask the president he will most likely parse and brush it aside as insignificant, that is what is to be expected from him he is not expected to speak about it, Obama, in order to be elected president of his own country had to pretend he was not a black man, in essence he had to pretend for the consumption and benefit of the illiterate to be water, colourless!!

Neither Jessie Jackson nor Al Sharpton adopted this posture , there is no evidence that either gentlemen were even capable or desirous of adopting that posture, and as such we will never talk about presidents Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton. This fact is not necessarily an indictment on Mister Obama , he sought to use a different path-way to get to where he wanted to get to, we may argue with the path taken but I seriously doubt that anyone would argue with the results.

I think where mister Obama may have been a little naive’, to borrow a term from his former democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, is where I presume he felt that after winning the presidency America would have been transformed into a post racial society. This naiveté’ may have emanated from Mister Obama’s ethnicity, being the offspring of a white mother and a black father. The president is all to willing to point to his white family members, republicans are equally as quick to say we don’t care. President Obama being from Hawaii probably never heard about the one drop of black blood rule which has long been part of jim crow laws and institutionalized racism in America.

The unfortunate truth about mister Obama’s post racial society is that for the most part, it is a figment of his imagination. As Dr Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a country where little black kids and little white kids played together over 40 years ago, we have seen the kids playing  together but the racial hatred persists. We have to face the sad truths that we cannot legislate morality, we cannot legislate humanity, we cannot legislate respect, we cannot legislate Godliness. As the world witnessed those black students walk through a gauntlet  of hateful , jeering people in little Rock Arkansas, despite the presence of federal troops, we must come to grips with the realities that neither federal troops nor federal legislation will change the reprobate minds of those whom are predisposed to hate.

                                                     ap obama jan brewer nt 120126 wblog Exclusive   Obama Says Encounter With Arizona Gov. Blown Out of Proportion

                                                                                         THIS WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN

ABOVE IS THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA JAN BREWER, WITH HER FINGER IN THE FACE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT PLAYS IT DOWN AS WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM HIM. HOWEVER THIS IS THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL CRASS, AND BORISH DISPLAY IMAGINABLE FROM SOMEONE WHO IS NOT FIT TO WIPE HIS SHOES. A DISPICABLE CLASSLESS MOMENT ONE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY , A STAIN ON THE STATE AND THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA.

No other president and his wife has been more circumspect and dignified in the way they have comported themselves whilst in the White House, than Barack and Michelle Obama. In fairness, President George Bush and his wife Laura were wonderful ambassadors in that regard. I personally liked president Bush and his wife Laura, even though I disagreed with most if not all of mister Bush’s policies, Laura Bush was a smiling level-headed human being of impeccable character. Thank you Laura Bush for standing up for Michelle Obama when the wolves were out to devour her.

There is a definite strategy to this disrespectful demonizing of president Obama, not only is it geared toward an attempted de-ligitimization of this president but there is a more sinister message inherent in the strategy. One has to ask what prompted that man to open fire at the White House with an AK47 rifle recently? What is the reason for the rise in hate groups, including neo-nazis, skinheads, and anti-government militias  in the United States as reported by the FBI.

Let me be clear, the palpable disrespect is not only confined to president Obama, it may have been amplified under his administration but it sure isn’t confined to him . There are a long line of self hating  Uncle Tom  Negroes who seem all of a sudden to have crawled out of the wood-work to speak negative disparaging things about the president, I don’t have to name them they know themselves. These uncle toms were silent during the Bush years, too scared to open their mouths about anything for fear they would be sent to Gitmo.  Now they are out in full force criticizing this president. None is more painful to listen to than Florida congressman Allen West.

Here’s what he had to say recently  over the weekend.

  “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table.” He added, “Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”est said at a Lincoln Day Dinner for the Palm Beach County GOP,

Allen West.Florida congressman:

Then on Tuesday January 31st. Allen West attempted to walk back his Uncle Tom moment of idiocy, telling Soledad Obrien of CNN that what he was pointing to, was that he was somehow in awe of a nation that allowed a poor boy from Atlanta Georgia to reach the heights he has reached.

 Clearly Congressman Allen West is incapable of containing his glee of becoming a Colonel in the United States Army and now a US congressman, so he kicks the ladder away that he climbed to the top on, so no one else could climb up as he has.

I wonder what congressman Allen West would have done if he was born to a white mother and a black father who was a student from a different continent, then his parents divorced  and he was made to move to live in another country on another continent , with  his mom and a new husband , then brought back to live with his grand parents, struggling to define who he was, but ultimately attending Occidental college in California, Columbia University, and Harvard Law school and be the Editor of the Harvard law Review. Then spend time working to improve the lives of others in community organizations, then becoming a State Senator, then a US Senator, and finally becoming the president of the United States of America . And did I mention receiving a Nobel Peace Prize? All accomplished in under 50 years.

If Allen West a congressman, is willing to banish the most powerful man on the planet, the most powerful man in the United States Senate  the most powerful woman in the US House of Representative, an  established congresswoman and DCC chair from America, what would he do to us ordinary nobodys had  he accomplished what Barack Obama has accomplished?

During slavery slave owners used divisive tactics to keep slaves in check, some were told they were different than others, usually those who worked in the big house were made to believe they had some kind of leg up over those in the fields. This strategy worked in ensuring that a free flow of information was forthcoming to “Massa” in the big house . That tactic helped to keep slavery in place for over 300 years.

Today we see that divide and conquer still works with many who share the same skin color with us, if nothing else. This is evident in black folks whom are more than happy to disrespect his own brother in order to please his masters. The  more things change the more they remain the same. It’s in every aspect of black America, Allen west is  so overjoyed that white Floridians voted him into office he cannot contain his glee, in his hurry to shuck , jive and please massa, he disrespect others and kicks the ladder away, not willing to allow another poor person climb up .

Pathetic!!!

 

THEN THERE WERE 4:

Did you watch the Florida Republican debates? well too bad if you didn’t because this was one of the best comedy shows I have seen in a long time.

There are only four men left in the running, and by the way they are all white, not that it’s crucially important to you but considering that the country has become so diverse I would have thought that the Republican Party would field a better non-white candidate than Herman Caine, but that’s just my opinion , you may have a different view.

                                                                                               CANDIDATES

(1) Ron Paul:

This lively older gentleman seem like a lovable grandfather who speaks in circles, he is witty, funny and really has a great platform that resonates with well with younger more idealistic voters, his challenge is, is the support he has enough to convince the Republican establishment to adopt parts of his platform into the republican general election platform?  Dr. Paul a medical Doctor and congressman  from Texas really is a libertarian, he favors small government and argues stridently for individual rights, republicans for the record favors states rights not individual rights. The largest handicap to Paul’s breaking through the glass ceiling in his party, is his belief that America’s military should not be used in foreign interventions, he wants all wars ended and all of Americas service members abroad brought home. This does not resonate well with The neo-cons in the republican party.

(2) Rick Santorum:

Rick Santorum two-time United States Senator from Pennsylvania is an ultra conservative who believes strongly in the protection of the state of Israel,he argues for a super powerful military and stated unabashedly that he would not cut a penny from the pentagon’s budget, even has he argues vociferously for cuts in sectors that impacts the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us. Santorum a devout Catholic is bullish on Immigration , he seem to talk himself into rages of anger as he addresses the causes he believe in, one wonders if Santorum’s  totalitarian all or nothing views, are not his greatest impediment to being taken seriously, and by the way even though he claims he is a devout christian Santorum is a liar, he categorically claimed he did not say black people while addressing the topic of food stamps in Iowa, when there is ample video evidence that he did just what he says he did not do, I can understand a thief, I can always protect my valuables from a thief , I absolutely cannot stand a liar.

(3)Newt Gingrich:

Newt Gingrich former Republican congressman from Georgia and speaker of the House of Representatives for four years of the Clinton Presidency, a man widely believed to be a gringe, and a sour-puss. Republican establishment operatives believe Gingrich if nominated by the Republican Party would be a train wreck for Republicans come November. Many believe if Gingrich is nominated , not only will President Obama be returned to the White House, but it would be a disaster for down ticket candidates on the ballot all the way down to municipalities. Gingrich throughout his political carrear has been bedeviled with accusations of infidelity and has even been accused to have served his wife with divorce papers whilst she was in a hospital recuperating from an illness. Gingrich has vehemently denied these accusations, Gingrich has been married three times. In fairness to Newt  it is not out of the ordinary for someone to be married multiple times, the disconnect is not with the amount of times he was married but with the reasons for the three Marriages. There are other baggage in Gingrich’s background including his  threats to lock down the Federal Government over budget talks with the Clinton White House, many argue that it was a egomaniacal temperamental outburst from Gingrich because he was not invited by then President Clinton to the front of Air Force One neither on the way to, or back from Israel where they attended the funeral of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Gingrich had all but agreed that he was peeved at the President and as such decided to punish the whole country because he was slighted. Gingrish was harshly criticized bu many even in his own party for being childish and petty.

(seattle suntimes.com)

 Gingrich is also accused of hypocrisy for persecuting President Clinton for a sexual dalliance with White House Intern Monica Lewinsky while he was also cheating on his wife. According to Marianne Gingrich Newt’s  second wife when she brought up Gingrich’s hypocrisy to him, he reportedly told her,” people should do as I says not as I do”. That air of superiority has been a part of Gingrich’s persona to the point Santorum accused him of always being grandiose. In the end Gingrich was literally ran out of the House of Representative by his own caucus over ethics violations. His arch nemesis Mitt Romney likes to remind everyone of the latter on the campaign trail.

(4)Willard Mitt Romney

 Then  there is former venture capitalist and ex Massachuset Governor Mitt Romney. Mister Romney did very well for himself  in the business world, as a result he has pegged his presidential campaign on his experience and successes  in business, he brags that as a venture capitalist he has created over a hundred Thousand Jobs. The problem with Mitt’s strategy is that experts are coming out of the wood-work explaining that what Romney did at Bain Capital, as a venture capitalist had everything to do with gutting businesses, taking all Bain could get then forcing the company into bankruptcy,and nothing to do with job creation.Texas Governor and former republican candidate characterized what Romney did as quote ” vulture capitalism“end quote. interestingly enough Romney does not talk about his record as governor of Massachuset one of the nation’s most liberal states.One wonders whether Governor Romney feels the nation will simply ignore that he is running as a conservative after being the Governor of one of America’s most liberal states. President Obama has repeatedly said his Federally mandated health-care plan was crafted from Governor  Romney’s health plan in  Massachuset. Romney has vehemently argued that he would not have imposed his plan on the entire country, whether this will gain traction in a general election I don’t know, what I do know is that it makes it increasingly difficult for Romney to draw a sharp enough contrast between himself and president Obama in an election year when the country is deeply polarized and the republican party has been pushed far to the right by the tea party. Romney’s republican rivals for the nomination are not making it any easier for him, Santorum in particular , has made it the cornerstone of his attack on Romney. Santorum feels that sooner or later Newt Gingrich will implode and he will be seen as the conservative alternative to Gingrich, hence he continues to plug away at the connection between president Obama’s health planned dubbed Obama-care and Mitt Romney’s plan in Massachuset dubbed Romney-care.

                                                                                                    CONCLUSION

While the president was crisscrossing the country talking to workers about income inequality, and highlighting the inherrent injustice  in the tax code which has Warren Buffett paying a lower tax rate than his secretary, republican mega millionaire Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich and the rest of the republicans were arguing about who had millions invested in Fannie May and Freddie Mac, or who would have a colony of Americans living on the moon by 2020 ,never mind we are broke and borrowing money from the Chinese to pay our bills.

President Obama has positioned himself as a champion and a fighter for the 99%, whether his freshly populist message will resonate with a public weary from a sluggish economy, lay-offs, and forclousures is yet to be decided,there are many events  which may beat Obama in the fall of 2012 , Europe melting down, Israel attacking Iran, a terror attack on the homeland, a major blunder on Obama’s part and  a plethora of other events. If none of the aforementioned happen, President Obama will be guaranteed another term in the white house  if this is the best the republican party can do.

Race To The Bottom:

What is it that makes  so may republicans such racist repugnant liars ? I am not saying that all people who vote for that party are racists or indeed liars, but damn have you heard the things they say about President Obama? How do they feel that this path advances the history or the integrity of America? The fact is this is exactly what they did to Dr. King in this country, now every lying republican gets up on stage and invokes the name of Dr. the reverend Martin Luther King. In fact some of them voted against a federal holiday in honor of Dr. King.

It does seem to me that republicans are engaged in a race to the bottom, many Americans white and others readily agree and attest to the fact that slavery was an ugly blight on America, many readily agree that Jim Crowe was a shameful scar. People not stuck in the past who have the benefit of education are ashamed of people like Bull O’Connor, George Wallace, and a plethora of other faces of the shame of America. I almost feel ashamed as a member of the human race for people like that woman in Florida who had this to say to Rick Santorum:

I never refer to Obama as ‘President Obama’ because legally he is not,” the unidentified woman told Santorum. “He constantly says that our Constitution is passe and he totally ignores it, as you know. He does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim. And my question is, why isn’t something being done to get him out of our government? He has no legal right to be calling himself President.”http://www.youtube.com

Rick Santorum is  irrelevant and desperately looking for some traction  so when  asked by Journalists why he did not correct the woman he responded thus.

Why do you guys ask these ‘gotcha’ questions, like it’s my job to go out and correct everybody who says something I don’t agree with?” Santorum said to reporters after the event. “I don’t think it’s my responsibility. Why don’t you go out and correct her? It’s not my responsibility as a candidate to correct everybody who makes a statement that I disagree with.”(abccnews.com)

Here’s a fact for Santorum and that woman in Florida who claim the president is a muslim, Article 6 of the constitution says that there shall be no religious test for public office, and yes that includes the Presidency, and while we are at it , it is fundamentally un-American for anyone to be discriminated against because of their religion.

Prehistoric ignorant relics of the past and their candidates who take dead babies home and plays with the corpse, some support priests who molest little boys and think it is ok as long as the Pope blesses it. They must be stopped and the filthy rancid rhetoric they peddle shoved into their faces. They have the nerve to suggest that this president is dividing the country with the politics of envy, some nerve. When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency he took with him a torrent of good will , as a result of the good will people felt towards Obama, they also gave the House and Senate to democrats. Not since Bill Clinton’s first term did democrats have such power in Washington. if Barack Obama was a European style president as the talking points of the republican party suggest, would he not ram through his agenda? For over a year Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and the Executive Branch, this president made repeated overtures to republicans to work with him to move the county forward. He did so to the extent that many in his own party thought his level of benevolence and commitment to bi-partisanship was antithetical to their objectives. Many in the president’s base was mad as hell at him for what they construed to be weakness for his continued overtures to republicans. Time and again The president tried to work with house republicans only to have his overtures rebuffed and his hand slapped away. I for one thought that his  continued attempts to work with republicans was weakness, and the president lost some of the belief I had in him. This I might add is the feeling of a lot of people I talk with.

 

President Obama delivering the state of the Union Address/Raleigh Telegraph photo:

One may not like the politics of former president George Bush, but he was decidedly focused on what he wanted accomplished , and democrats were not going to obstruct his agenda. Americans like their president decisive , they attribute decisiveness with strength, it may not necessarily be correct but that is how we judge strength. In the end president Obama have been forced to use executive orders to get anything done. This is exactly what the racist lunatic right wanted from the beginning, they begun to label Obama as “other” from the start, as they engaged on a campaign of obstruction, probably never before seen in this country. Many, probably including the president would like to cover their eyes to the stark realities of the reason behind this assault.

RACE

What would compel chief Republican curmudgeon Mitch McConnell to say that his number one priority is to make the president a one term president?

What compels lunatic fringe nut wind-bag  Rush Limbaugh to say he hopes the president fail?

I could go on and on detailing the rancid,vile and vitriolic language that is a staple of literally all republicans whenever they disagree with the president, but you get the picture. These are people who claim to love their country, they wrap themselves in the flag and berate others with faux accusations of not loving America, yet they say they want the president to fail, these people are traitors , they are quite willing to see their country destroyed because there is a black guy at the helm of the Executive branch of Government. There are other curmudgeons , it is instructive that the only black member of the supreme court, associate justice Clarence Thomas does not see  fit to attend a joint sitting of congress for the state of the nation address from the president of the United States.

Bush appointee Samuel Alito has aligned himself squarely on the side of the neo-cons on that body , a body where all Americans once felt they had a chance to get final and impartial justice. This group now consist of Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas. To his credit Chief Justice Roberts irrespective of his politics have chosen not to play those games. One would have thought that Someone like Mitch McConnell’s job would have been to serve the people of the state of Kentucky and the nation and not to settle private hatred or to indulge in spiteful tit for tat initiated by the right-wing fringe.

I can understand Tim Thomas goalie of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, or NASCAR’S Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart crassness in not turning up to the white House to be congratulated by President Obama. This is to be expected from those two sports, anyone surprised by that is divorced from reality in America. The tradition of sports stars getting invited to the White House to be congratulated by the sitting president is a time-honored tradition, members of sports teams are usually thrilled to get invited to the white House to be congratulated by the president, irrespective of their politics. It’s respect for the presidency, its respect for the president. Opting out demonstrates a gutter coarseness that is reminiscent of what would have been expected  of the period between slavery and the 1960’s.

What I cannot understand is the disrespect and lack of civility of the likes of Colorado Republican representative  Doug Lamborn who did not show up for the state of the Nation address by president Obama. As I point to these republican hacks who will inevitably be mere ignoble footnotes in history, I  must pivot and use this oppurtunity to segue and pay my respects to Arizona Democratic  congress-woman  Gabrielle Gifford,  a truly patriotic America who turned up to listen to the country’s chief executive tell the country about the state of affairs and where he intends to take the country.

See more here: (abcnews.com)

 

 The brave and indomitable Gabrielle Gifford.

Congress-woman Gifford was critically wounded when an assailant shot her as she attend a meet and greet in her district.Several people were killed and injured in that assault and even though critically wounded from a bullet to her head Mrs Gifford fought her way back and valiantly showed that she would not be defeated by terror. A true American hero if ever there was one.

SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS

Pompous self-aggrandizing Newt Gingrich and flip-flopping liar Mitt Romney trot from state telling republican primary voters that when the president talks about fairness in the income tax structure in this country he is actually engaging in class warfare. This is irony of the worst kind, because republicans are the party that is locked in a struggle with the White House over not raising taxes on average middle class and working Americans,but refuses even to approach the table to discuss repealing Bush-era  tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. If ever there was class warfare in this country this is it, the arrogance of republicans and those who pay to put them in power to take care of their interests and the insulting notion that if we continue to make the super rich even more rich we will all be better from the crumbs that fall off their tables. The fact is it has been tried since Nixon to Reagan to Bush and still we have not seen where that works, the truth is the reverse is true the poor gets poorer and the rich gets richer. Experts declare there are over two trillion dollars in the hands of rich business people, yet we do not see them rushing to hire, so that people’s lives can be better in this country. conversely when we put money into the hands of average people they go out and spend that money , it creates jobs, brings more money into the treasury, and invariably finds its way back to the top as it always does. That’s the way to empower people not to make them beggars waiting for crumbs from the tables of the rich.

While the republican machine was gearing up to disrespect where they should disagree if warranted, the president of the United States was issuing orders to US Navy seal team 6 to go rescue two Americans held for ransom in Somalia by pirates. Navy seal team 6 is reportedly the same elite team of seals who eliminated Osama Bin Laden. We give the Seals the greatest respect they deserve and as president Obama says his detractors should learn from these heroes on how to work together to build America. Republican candidates running for president and the surrogates who appear on cable television parroting the lies they adopt as talking points doesn’t even have the integrity to give credit where credit is due, do they think that all Americans are totally stupid/ Do they not know that despite a struggling economy people are cognizant of the fact that Osama Bin Laden is dead: most of Al Qaeda’s top operatives are dead: Libya is liberated without one American life lost: three million jobs created and the economy pulled back from the brink of the precipice: General motors and Chrysler saved from bankruptcy and returned to profitability after just 3 years , contrary to what Mitt Romney Vulture Capitalist said should be done: Romney said they should be allowed to go into bankruptcy. Never mind the total destruction that would have been wrought on state economies. The list of accomplishments of this president is astonishingly incredible considering that he is working with a racially obstructionist congress.

                                                      WHERE IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING?

It’s impossible to see what the strategy is for the republican party going forward,they have repeatedly disrespected black people and as a consequence they have literally given up on winning any significant portion of the black vote. To his credit Former President Bush our 44th President made overtures to the African-American community as well as the Hispanic community, this was not followed upon or encouraged by his party after he demitted office. With the exception of a few uncle tom self hating blacks there really is no black support for republican candidates that would make much of a difference.  Newt Gingrich famously stated that Spanish is the language of the ghetto, he is now trying to woo latino voters in the state of Florida, he should find it an uphill battle with Puerto Ricans living in that state, but it will probably be a wash taking into consideration the Cuban-American population in Florida that gnerally align itself with Republicans. Recent indications however indicate that there are significant shifts in the latino vote in Florida as there is a sizeable influx of more democratic leaning Puerto Ricans and other latino immigrants from other countries. see story here: (huffingtonpost.com)

Mitt Romney has stated stridently he would veto the dream act if he is elected president. The dream act if passed would have allowed children of immigrants who entered the country illegally with them as babies to go to school and become assimilated into American society. Despite the fact that these children could not seriously be punished by anyone with an iota of brain-cell in their cranium, republicans call it amnesty and has steadfastly refused to support this piece of common sense legislation. As common sense as this bit of legislation is, there is an even bigger issue which will develope into a serious and untenable problem as time progresses. Children who are not able to go school to get the education they need,so that they may  live out their God given talents will be angry. they will be angry because the only country they have ever known has distinctly said to them we do not want you here , we do not want you in our schools, and we do not care about you. these will be some very angry people who will invariably feel that their lives have been severely hampered, America will have a problem with these people and  better be prepared for the consequences. Dogma and ideology cannot be that important that  it eliminates intelligent discourse, or limits common sense decisions. If America has learned anything it should be that America got great because of it’s immigrant community, it’s diversity, and it’s constant stream of fresh energetic crop of hard working immigrants entering it’s shores, not despite it. President Obama made that absoloutely clear in his recent state of the union speech. As a River becomes a raging  inferno from the multutide of tributaries and streams that dumps into it, so does America continue to grow from the constant infusion of talent , intellect, and energy. Given a chance republicans would build a wall around America close her ports to all but white people and take America back to the dark ages of slavery. they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Where are the Colin Powel’s and the Chuck Hagels , where is even John Mc Cain who told that woman “no maam, no maam he is a decent family man, citizen we just have disagreements ?(youtube.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stolen Jeep?

Yesterday I told you the truth about  (JEEP) the crash programme acronym the  Government of Jamaica rode to power on December 29th of 2011.

Today we learn there is a problem with the design of JEEP, in that the Labor Party now say the blue print for the programme was theirs.

According to Samuda, the Ministry of Finance had initiated a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), following upon which a memorandum of understanding was signed on December 5 last year by the Ministry of Transport and Works, National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to implement a comprehensive road maintenance programme on the northern coastal highway from Negril to Port Antonio.“Participating in the signing were the then minister of transport and works, Shahine Robinson; the acting head of NSWMA, Colonel Allan Douglas; and Earl Patterson, [acting] CEO of the NWA,” Samuda said..jamaicaobserver.com.

It this story is true and from all indications it is, then the Jamaican people just got duped. I am not sure what the impact this programme will have on the country’s unemployment, what I do know is that the longer this programme lasts the worse off the country will be. There are indications the Government wants this handout programme to run for two years , it is imperative that the government lay out with specificity what the cost will be before one gully is bushed or one drain cleaned. It is important that the people are aware of how much in the hole they will be for this with nothing tangible to show for it.

The cleaning of drains,or the removal of growth from gullies should be either addressed with resources in the solid waste budget, or should be done with a set-asides, which deals specifically with those functions. Those functions are important for security reasons, as well as protection of the environment.  However as important as they are those functions cannot be paid for with borrowed money.

How will this Government square what is a  transparent act of pork barrel give-away with lending institutions which will stridently demand cuts in the public sector in order that the country may qualify for loans? I warned that this party was not a changed party, I warned they had no new ideas, what they were obsessed with was attaining power. If this is the best this party has to offer the country then Jamaica is in for a serious time going forward. The tragedy in all of this many as can be seen from the blog posts feel that this is a net positive for the country, of course most of our people are inherently incapable of making informed decisions without the distortion of political taint.

Countries that want to be solvent must operate like well run businesses and  homes, most businesses and families are not allowed to carry  deficits. If the electricity,water cable, or phone is not paid for it gets turned off. The same rules should apply to government, I am not advocating turning out the lights , but governments should live within their means. If one continue to throw money into projects which yield no returns on those investments it’s just a matter of time before he runs out of money. This is as simplistic as it gets, do not throw borrowed money away doing what ought to have been done with normal resources from regular taxation.

The  PNP clearly had no plan to run on with the exception of the Emergency Employment Programme. The question is ,if as the Labor party stated it was their plan all along and that the funding for it would have come from the (IDB) borrowed money , but not money siphoned from Infrastructural developement, why did the former Government not activate the plan? Whether this fiasco was dreamed up by the JLP,or the PNP is immaterial  it does not matter. Whether it was dreamed up to get votes,ease the unemployment problem, or as we have seen thus far, payment to be doled out by politicians to party hacks, it will be one more nail in the coffin of our country that will sell us down the destructive path of servitude to the resurgent Chinese.

JEEP = CRASH PROGRAMME:

Jamaica’s newly elected Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told that country she is ready to launch certain aspects of the Jamaica Emergency employment Programme (JEEP) .Miller rode to victory on the promise she would be using this programme much vaunted by her party, to produce jobs for unemployed people in the country. Simpson Miller addressing members of the executive council of her party told them that she would likely launch certain aspects of the programme on Wednesday of this week.

Simpson Miller                                                                       Azan: MP’s to select JEEP employees. Jamaicagleaner.com

Miller went on to say that the roll out would likely see 700 hundred jobs created over seven parishes that’s 100 jobs per parish.

What is the criteria that will be the qualifier for securing those jobs?

What kinds of jobs will they be?

Will the jobs, irrespective of kind or quality, be doled out to party hacks?

One hundred jobs per parish will not ease the chronic unemployment in the country, it is however a step in the right direction. The source of my worries is not with how many jobs will be created, or who will get those jobs, important though those two considerations are.

                                                                                         HERE’S THE PROBLEM:

In January, the Government held talks with China regarding re-directing money from funds loaned for the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme towards JEEP .

This is astounding in my estimation, it is arguable a bad policy that Jamaica have been pursuing when it decided to borrow money from China as part of its developement goals, the fact is China is awash with cash and as part of any loan guarantee demands that countries borrowing its money actually use some chinese workers on projects in order to put Chinese workers to work.  This is sound policy for China , it lends  money, collects interest on its money, and puts its workers to work, it is a win , win for China. There is really not a lot of choice in this regard as unpalatable as it is for Jamaica as it is for other countries like the United States. The Chinese have the cash and we need money.

                                                                                           AS BAD AS IT IS THOUGH

: As bad as borrowing money from the Chinese and employing their nationals is, it is particularly alarming to me that now these funds will be misappropriated from doing tangible infrastructural work that will be part of the catalyst that must propel Jamaica into the first world. Let me say this, this is clear and unequivocal crash programme disguised as something else, it will be disproportionately given to PNP supporters as payment for their vote, and to buy vote for future elections, this is vintage PNP strategy, this JEEP programme is different in  that we will have used the Chinese’ money we will have nothing to show for it , no roads no bridges, and we will be slaves to them for this money.

The country’s Transport and works Minister Richard Azan revealed that Members of Parliament will play what he called an integral part in selecting employees of (JEEP). Are you kidding me? I have been warning long before the elections of 2011 that Miller has no understanding of how a market economy works , she understands very little about what is required to prepare the country for the 21st century , as such it would be impossible for her to come up with ideas or strategies which would propel the country into the 21st century. Miller understands the politics of the 70’s, patronage politics, garrison politics, nepotism, (her family members in her cabinet) she cannot help herself that is who she is, the only problem is that her time has come and gone. I stated in no uncertain terms that this much hyped JEEP would be nothing more than a return of crash programme, as an Elementary school student in the 70’s, I was a witness to history, I saw the Armies of PNP supporters sitting on walls, riding around on motorcycles, and leaning on brooms, waiting for their cheques for doing nothing . Manley bankrupted the country with this money give-away to PNP supporters .Miller is here to finish the destruction.

CRASH PROGRAMME WORK CAN NEVER BE THE SOLUTION TO OUR COUNTRY’S DILEMA, IT IS PAYMENT FOR VOTES PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

As I pointed out on many occasions in these blogs this is what Portia Simpson Miller was up to, it was what she campaigned on , it is politics at its most base, most crass and most parochial. It wa designed to pay for votes, it is not a serious attempt at job creation, it is a budget busting give-away. Money in JDIP will eventually run out, after all it is not an infinite source, borrowing to build and repair infrastructure is something we can live with. Infrastructure built and maintained is an asset, Politicians doling out  borrowed  money to party hacks as payment for voting for them is the most despicable act the Miller Government could visit on the Jamaican people. Those who voted for this government are not fools, many people are hungry or without  jobs. To someone without a job or food on the tables  it is rather appealing when someone promises  the prospect of a job. This approach however is an affront and a slap in the face of Jamaicans. On the face of it there seem to be  legitimacy however when looked at in a historical perspective there is a lesson all of us must have learned from the mistakes of the past . Those who forget the mistakes they made are bound to repeat them.

Portia Simpson Miller have had 4 years after her party lost to the labor party to avail herself to the realities of the 21st century, crash programme handouts and “sharing mangoes with the rest of the world” cannot be the path  forward for Jamaica. We live in the age of information technologies , math and science must be in the forefront of what we teach in our schools and universities. If our young people are going to compete in the world political leaders must understand that our people must be educated and prepared for the jobs in computer engineering, research,and writing software programmes.

If the monies to be used for JEEP was not borrowed money I would still have problem with the return of this programme to Jamaica . It is an affront and an insult to the intelligence of all Jamaicans, and is nothing more than a cheap insulting abuse of the Jamaican people by corrupt manipulative politicians who take the Jamaican people for absolute fools.

 

 

 

Is This The Best Republicans Have To Offer ?

The Republican primaries are on in earnest, the only woman who entered the primaries exited after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses, Iowa of course is the state in which she was born. I always wondered about Michelle Bachman and her iron-lady approach but I’ll come back to her later .It seem that after all of the candidates have had their brief romance with republican primary voters the field is down to  Romney , Santorum, Paul, and to a lesser extent Gingrich , the latter   is now waging a kamikaze campaign against  Romney for his negative ads against Gingrich in Iowa, which literally knocked him out of contention for the Republican nomination . Gingrich pretty  much knows he cannot win the nomination but seem quite willing to go down in flames , taking Willard Mitt Romney with him.

I predicted the implosion of Herman Caine long before he actually imploded and pointed to the reasons he would implode, the truth of the matter is that republicans cannot stomach powerful black people, yes ,, yes I know , what are you talking about? the last republican administration had powerful black people , remember Powell and Rice? Yes I remember Powell and Rice very well , Powell was shut out of Bush’s inner circle and literally lost the President’s ear for the greater part of his tenure as Secretary of state. Dick Cheney won that tussle, Powell lost most of the luster and shine he had as the sole member of Bush’s administration who could garner any respect in the world when he told the United Nationsthat Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and that the Iraqi’s were operating mobile labs which they moved from place to place to avoid detection . Powell’s grave briefing came replete with maps and graphs detailing how the Iraqis were deceiving the world while at the same time were in possession of weapons that could result in a mushroom cloud. Wooooo I shudder just thinking about it , well we all  know those were figments of the imagination of the hawks in the Bush administration who wanted war at all cost and would not be stopped in their drumbeat and march to war with the people of Iraq.  later as that lie unravelled the narrative became one of Regime change. Those outright lies and distortions has cost America countless billions in treasure, thousands of service men and women killed and maimed and nothing to show for it, make no mention of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were killed for no other reason other than they were living in their own country. The narrative is now that the Iraqi people were liberated and are better now that Saddam Hussein their president who was hanged, is gone. Never mind that the Iraqi people never asked for help in removing their supposed despotic leader.Dick Cheney in his book lampooned both Powell and Rice with a kind of disrespect that one would expect to hear  leveled at a Democrat, in his book Dick Cheney forgot all about Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment , “never speak ill of another republican” other so-called black republicans have been treated hardly any better Michael Steele was booted as head of the Republican National committee immediately his party won back the House from democrats in 2010.

Powell

But I am not here to talk about black republicans and their follies today, what I really want to talk about are the republican candidates. I must say that even though I am repulsed by Republicans, and I have no stomach for Democrats , I do admire Ron Paul for his libertarian philosophy. I too believe in small government, and less or no military interventions in foreign lands,I am not sure of some of the people who support Doctor Paul who seem to believe in segregation, in fairness Dr. Paul stood up at the debate saturday night January 7th and declared Dr. King and Rosa Parks to be his heroes for standing  up to segregation, none of the other jokers standing on the stage offered a single word in support of Paul’s full-throated declaration of love for Dr. King, and Rosa Parks. Whether Dr. Paul’s statements reflected an epiphany or reflected a departure from views he originally held is immaterial in my view. The fact that he had the conviction of character to make that statement in that forum I thought was a courageous act.

Paul

Of course Ron Paul’s comments came while the newest darling of republican primary voters Rick Sontorumhas determined that he would get noticed that he would disrespect African-Americans as much as possible if that is what it takes to get noticed by the nut jobs on the right. Santorum clearly said in relation to welfare at a lily-white event in Iowa “I don’t to make  black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money , I wanna give them the opportunity to go out  and make their own  money”. Never mind that 84% of welfare recipients in the state of Iowa are white, and Santorum wasn’t even asked about black people.http://www.youtube.com/watchv=yYSPqsVRMtg&feature=player_detailpage

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Sontorum

Quite the opposite to Ron Paul’s bravery , Santorumlied outright about being caught between two sentences, two thoughts, two words,he said quote I have watched the tape and I am quite sure I never said black ,no one in the room heard me say black people ,end quote. As a former detective I tell my wife all the time that the best way to get real truthful information from criminals is to let the perp speak with as little interruption as possible from the interviewer, criminals will tell on themselves given a chance. Even if we allow lying Santorum to convince us that he was caught between thoughts , why would black be in his thoughts at the time the issue of welfare come up? The truth is that is their narrative, they found out during the Clinton years and Newt Gingrich’s contract on America that the bulk of welfare recipients were actually white middle age women, despite this hate mongers like Santorum and others continue to wage this campaign of falsehood and lies.I have watched and listed to the tape over and over and over numerous times and the only thing I came away with is how could Santorum come away from watching this tape and claim that he did not say black people. He revealed himself to be  nothing more than a despicable racist liar. Maybe voters should take a closer look at this freak fringe candidate who wants to wage war on other countries, take away a womans right to choose , discriminate against gays and lesbians, and give away corporate welfare to the filthy rich and large corporations. This guy is not only dangerous but freakish.

Most of us have respect admiration and love for women , we cheer when women accomplish feats that were once thought to be only achievable by men, we love them , they are our wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers,aunts , teachers and our nurses, we love them because they comfort us, we have grown accustomed to her loving tender care , but we also make the grave mistake in believing that they would take that caring tender touch to leadership positions in politics or  business. Many have felt the hands of a female bosses and have no such misconception. Michelle Bachman it appeared, felt that she should launch a campaign of disrespect against President Obama from day one of the president’s term, her approach was to refer to the president as Barack Obama no mention of the title “President“Even the most ardent haters of former president Bush acknowledged him as president. This approach by Bachman served as a template for the rest of republican whack jobs when referring to the president not to refer to him as President Obama, but as simply Barack Obama. Make no mistake that disrespectful  approach is another in the series of acts aimed at de legitimizing the president which followed the failed brither debacle which revealed proponents as ignorant racist neanderthals.

It is common now even for members of the media, except when they are reporting the news to summarily refer to the president as simply Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation possibly in the history of this planet, gets no respect. yet any small town mayor is duly refered to as mayor followed by his or her name, even an alleged racist sheriff  from Arizona is given massive airtime and addressed by his title even though he is under federal investigations for all kinds of breech of conduct violations as it relates to detainees and how they are apprehended and incarcerated.

 

Bachman

Willard  Romney the candidate that says anything what each crowd or interviewer wants to hear said recently , “We have been fighting over the last three years to make sure that this president does not get to enact his agenda”. This is in line with Mitch McConnell’s statement that his primary function is to ensure that president Obama is a one term president, the grand pooba of republican , wind-bag Rush Limbaugh said at the onset of president Obama’s term he hopes the president fails, never mind that if the president fails the country fails, how does republicans who pretend to have a monopoly on patriotism explain these diametrically opposing positions. The real problem with the comments of snake oil salesman Mit Romney is that he stated categorically that he and others have been fighting to ensure that the president’s agenda does not get enacted, referring to John Huntsman being in China carrying out the agenda of the Obama administration. I have just one question regarding this statement , wasn’t the president elected to exactly enact the agenda he put forward to the American people? If the answer is yes, whose interest does Mit Romney represent if he does not want the agenda of the vast majority of the American people who elected Barack Obama enacted?

With The first primary of the season coming up Tuesday January 10th  in the Granite State of New Hampshire and South Carolina fast approaching it seem there is hardly any competition left for Willard Mitt Romney. Romney has been running for President for the last 6 years, he has lots of money , and his super pacs are spending millions more without Romney having to declare where the money is coming from. In all fairness democrats president Obama also have super pacs that raises and spend money on his behalf.

Romney

Mitt Romney has been able to assail president Obama’s record without any pushback from the lily liveried democratic party that has steadfastly refused to stand with this President. The media for its part has been complicit in letting Romney get away with not taking questions from the press, and not asking questions of him that are meaningful on the rare occasions they have a chance to question him. He has been allowed to continue to recite the same tired old attack lines against the president , cliché after cliché without being forced to defend the myriad flip-flops he has done on literally every issue, one moment he is on record for a woman’s right to choose the next he is pro-choice, one moment he is for civil unions, the next moment he is not. For this guy it simply is a matter of where he is and to whom he speaks. He is like liquid , he takes the shape of whatever container he is poured into. Is that what America wants in her President?

It will be interesting  to see what the winner of this carnival will run on as the economy is rebounds, because as sure as night follows day they dare not open their mouths about foreign policy with this president. I am just not sure hatred of Barack Obama and obstructionist tactics will be enough to win for Republicans.

Disingenous Hypocrites!

 

Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller did not concede the General Elections of 2007 to Bruce Golding even when it was clear that she had lost. As a matter of fact Golding was  obviously still smarting from that slight as he brought the matter to the fore at a JLP rally prior to the December 29th election. Miller for her part retorted that she had treated Bruce Goling cordially during his tenure as Prime Minister. Never mind that Golding never accused her of incivility toward him during his tenure  as PM, he specifically spoke to  what he saw as a departure from established protocols. Conversely Miller launched a vulgar broadside of a tirade in which she vowed not to concede anything, and pledged to be the worst nightmare of the newly elected Government of Bruce Golding.

She did not leave it there, she started with an immediate campaign to delegitimize the new Government by having the rapacious phalanx of trial lawyers associated with that party file motions in the courts challenging the legitimacy of some members of the Labor Party who held dual citizenship to sit in Parliament. Jamaica’s constitution expressly prevents anyone with dual citizenship from sitting in the nation’s parliament. The JLP with their share of lawyers must have know that this would be a potential problem that would not stand, and if they did not know this, probably were not ready to take the reins of government despite being in the wilderness of opposition for an unprecedented 18 1/2 years. As a result of the PNP’s challenge a few members of the new administration were in fact decertified by the courts and found ineligible to sit in parliament. Each parliamentarian decertified was returned to parliament in by-elections . Interestingly the PNP also had members who were in contravention of that section of the constitution.

CABINET

As soon as Golding announced his 18 person cabinet Portia launched a broadside against the Prime Minister, lambasting him as being extravant in having an 18 person cabinet when the country was struggling. The Irony of that piece of hypocrisy was that the country had just handed leadership to the Labor Party , after the PNP’s 18 1/2 year run. Being that as it may, one would imagine that Queen Portia fresh from her coronation would be reminded that she had criticized Golding for having a too large cabinet.

So what did Portia Simpson Miller do? A day after her coronation, she went ahead and named a 19 person cabinet.

A 19 PERSON CABINET?

                                  Golding

(Jamaica gleaner photo)

How does this new Government explain this or is it even true? Well see for yourselves.

Cabinet ministers

1. Dr Peter Phillips
2. Peter Bunting
3. Roger Clarke
4. Ronnie Thwaites
5. Lisa Hanna
6. Robert Pickersgill
7. Fenton Ferguson
8. Anthony Hylton
9. Derrick Kellier
10. Noel Arscott
11. Dr Omar Davies
12. Wykeham McNeill
13. Phillip Paulwell,
14. Dr. Morais Guy
15. Horace Dalley
16. Natalie Neita Headley
17. Senator A.J Nicholson,
18. Senator Mark Golding
19. Senator Sandrea Falconer

State ministers

1. Luther Buchanan
2. Arnaldo Brown
3. Sharon Folkes Abrahams
4. Ian Hayles
5. Colin Fagan
6. Richard Azan
7. Damion Crawford
8. Julian Robinson

Yup it is true, this is the new and improved People’s National Party, this is the party that has just been returned to power, shameless, unconscionable, and off to the races, there will be no outcry because this party cannot do any wrong for the mass of the people, the elite that supports them, or those who benefits financially. the  PNP elites have the gift of gab they will somehow try to pull the wool over the eyes of independents and labor party supporters who will most certainly have a problem with this hypocrisy.

Republicans now in the primary stage of selecting a candidate to run against President Obama, are hoping that the American economy will continue to be lethargic come next November’s election, they have nothing else to run on but a stagnant economy. They are betting against their country so they can defeat one man because of his race. After all they cannot speak about foreign policy which was their strong suit, for decades they were able to paint Democrats as weak on foreign policy, when the truth is their foreign policy was one of unnecessary saber rattling, bellicose language when addressing those they did not like and waging wars overseas that were totally unnecessary, and inadvisable, and which ended up literally destroying the American economy.

Republicans cannot talk about foreign policy because Obama got Bin Laden, and brought the troops home from Iraq, he saw the demise of Khadafy and arguably restored America’s credibility abroad to the extent that is possible, depending where one is referring to. The latest Jobs number showed 200,000 new jobs created last month and true to form the GOP candidates will give the president no credit for the continued good  showing on the economic front, Santorum stupidly claimed the good job numbers suggest that investors are taking the hiring plunge because they believe the Republicans will take the white house. Snake oil salesman Willard Romney said the economy is doing better despite the policies of president Obama. I thought the comments of the others were inconsequential as they will not be the nomine for that party.

President Obama has literally pulled the American economy from the brink of disaster and has presided over steady growth which saw 3 million new jobs created in the private sector, yet his reelection is far from assured. As is the situation in Jamaica where the labor party returned the economy from sustained negative growth despite a horrible world recession to three quarters of positive growth but was unceremoniously kicked out of office, Obama runs the risk of being a one term president because of myopic voters with short term memory.

Portia’s logic.

Miller response to questions as to how she explained the size of her cabinet when she criticized Mister Golding’s cabinet size said this, quote” “I have added some young persons so that they can begin to understudy the seniors. What I am trying to do now is succession planning.
“I am dealing with succession planning. And, if you check my size and the number of people that won elections for the People’s National Party, it is quite different from Mr Golding’s”

This bit of simple minded nonsense would be comical if it wasn’t so insulting.  One would have to conclude that there is a correlation between the amount of seats won by a party and the amount of ministers ,  junior ministers, and ministers without portfolios  nescessary.The PNP won 42 seats in the House of Representatives to the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) 21 seats.
In 2007, Golding’s JLP won 32 seats to the People’s National Party’s 28 in the then 60-seat House.
Miller either believe that there is a connection between the two or seriously have a serious disdain for the intellect of those who can actually think for themselves.

There has always been an attempt on the part of the cultists who support that gutter party to try to link people who do not ascribe to their dependency syndrome as somehow anti-Jamaican or anti-poor people. That narrative has served the PNP well since it’s inception, they have mastered the art of fake caring, fooling the uneducated masses into believing that they have their interest at heart . By using scarce taxpayer’s funds they have for decades worked at the craft of buying loyalty through freebies and patronage. Today what they have is a frenzied massive horde of cultist followers who really beleive  they are messiahs. Never mind that there is nothing that that party can point to outside of handouts, that would reasonable make the argument for the frenzied almost drug crazed like support they receive.

The truth is most of us come from really poor backgrounds, we are ambitious people who once just wanted to work, acquire an education, have children, and give them a better life than we had. After the socialist/communist rhetoric of the 70’s which stipulated that those who didn’t like their nonsensical policies should hop onto one of the five flights a day to Miami the psyche of our nation changed for the worse. Not only did those people leave , so did their capital, so did investors, but worst of all most of the skilled and educated proffesionals took flight. Many people simply walked away from their beautiful, homes in fear for their lives, those homes were promptly captured by PNP goons and. Such was the indoctrination of the poorer masses that those who worked hard and accomplished, were evil capitalists who should share what they have with those who sat on their rear ends and did nothing. The Jamaica of today is a direct result of that hogwash redistributionist garbage.

The architect of that debacle Michael Manley returned to Jamaica at the end of the 1980’s with his tail, between his legs, armed with  mea culpa, and was promptly returned to office by the cultists. Ironically the campaign song the PNP used against Edward Seaga throughout the  70’s was a song by George Nooks called” my father born ya” Manley left for greener pastures during the administration of Edward Seaga, and returned only to once again seek power, after he attained the power by once again being returned to office, he left due to failing health this time to England where he lived until he passed away. Seaga, lambasted, berated, ridiculed , and scorned as an outsider who wasn’t born in Jamaica, have  not left during all the losses he took a the hands of the cultists, and still resides in Jamaica.

 

Seaga 

The successful class warfare that the people’s national party has engaged in over the years has driven away tremendously talented people from Jamaica’s shores, created a nation of dependent people and has set our country back so far smaller countries like Barbados are very close to first world status with no indications if our people will ever see a first world unless they emigrate. Once again all of the old corrupt orange clad gangsters are back at the tiller, having another go around for their friends and associates benefit at the expense of the illiterate masses.

Manley


 

 

The JLPNP On Crime!

Below are two excerpts  from the manifestos of the Jamaica Labor party and the People’s National Party of Jamaica as usual we choose to show you the evidence tell you what we think , but we also understand that you are much smarter and much more capable of assessing the information, and informing  yourselves. This information mas made possible by the Jamaica Observer.com.

                                                                   THE JLP ON CRIME

IN putting forward its plan to continue its drive to reduce crime, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) noted that high crime has created a society bogged down by fear to the point of being under productive and less patriotic. It also pointed to crime creating an atmosphere that has put off foreign visitors and investors. Claiming credit for a 36 per cent reduction in major crimes since 2007, the JLP said it had already begun improving the effectiveness of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) by improving its mobility; enhancing the physical infrastructure and strengthening its human resource capacity and effectiveness. It also said it had been enhancing the Ministry of National Security’s programme for social intervention, crime prevention and community safety since it took office. The JLP administration has identified 10 initiatives on which it intends to focus in its next term, should it be returned to office at the polls. Efforts will be focused on deepening the implementation of community policing including increasing police working partnerships with residents, the private sector, schools, tourism and farmers. There will also be greater police involvement in diversion and management of youth at risk of offending, youth deemed uncontrollable, youth operating at the lower levels of gangs or who have committed low-level offences, the manifesto sets out. Another pillar of the JLP’s anti-crime plan will be the establishment of what it calls “resourced multi-agency response organisational networks, focused on crime prevention and community safety and capable of supporting social intervention and other crime prevention initiatives, primarily at the parish level”. The JLP says it will work to increase citizens’ trust in the police even as it continues its transformation of the culture of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) through the culture change committees and workshops set up earlier this year. Additionally, the party says it intends to oversee a merger of the Private Security Regulations Authority (PSRA) and the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA), a recommendation of the Public Sector Transformation Programme. The Police Services Commission (PSC) and the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) are also to be merged, creating a new Police Authority. “This new arrangement will also see the commissioner of police (while maintaining ‘operational responsibility’) being held to account for the exercise of his functions and those services the police force provides to the public,” the JLP manifesto outlines. This new entity will enjoy the constitutional protection afforded to the present Police Services Commission. The authority will also be responsible for monitoring the implementation of policies relating to the management of the police force and the management and use of financial and other resources. It will, in addition, monitor and assess the performance of the police and their effectiveness. In terms of border security, a second-term JLP administration would expand the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Border Management System and strengthen the agency’s investigative capacity to end corruption in the citizenship application process. The JLP is also promising to strengthen the Department of Correctional Services (DCS); regularising the transfer of responsibility of remand from the JCF to the DCS in lock-ups. The mobility of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to be strengthened by the procurement of troop carriers, patrol vehicles, administrative vehicles and utility-type vehicles of which an estimated 200 are needed. The Maritime Awareness and Response Capabilities of the JDF will also be boosted.

                                                                           The PNP on Crime

THE Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), if given the mandate to govern the country come Thursday, has said it will pursue a three-pronged approach to national security in order to effectively address the scourge of violent crime.It cited in its manifesto, presented two weeks ago, that for many years Jamaicans have lived under the threat of violence and criminality on a scale that has negatively impacted the national psyche and stymied economic growth and investment. The party said it intends to try to fix that by focussing on three areas: making institutional improvements, targeting organised crime, and fostering greater trust of law enforcement among the populace. Specifically, a future PNP Government, the party says, will strengthen the human and institutional capacity of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with the intention of ensuring it maintains high professional standards. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is also to be a major focal point for a PNP administration which has said it is already pushing for the establishment of a Police Management Authority (PMA). This new body is intended to be a statutory authority with jurisdiction over the constitution, management, administration and regulation of the police force. The PNP noted that setting up this new agency will require the repeal of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Act, the Special Constables Act and the District Constables Act. Other legislative measures will need to be undertaken in order to transfer the functions of the Police Services Commission and the Police Civilian Oversight Authority to the PMA. This move is part of plans the Opposition says it has to further modernise the police force. This modernisation will entail targeting organised crime which, according to its manifesto, is something the PNP said it has a proven track record of fighting. The party pointed to what it said were “some highly publicised interdictions and interventions, without any external prompting”. “In recognising the typical transnational character of organised crime, the previous PNP Government embarked on a deliberate policy of co-operation between local law enforcement bodies and international enforcement partners, to ensure the extradition of criminal ‘dons’ to countries with evidentially stronger jurisdictional claims against them,” the manifesto reads. “This has always been done without any compromise to our sovereignty; and in practical acknowledgement of the enormous resources available to transnational criminals; but, with an unrelenting resolve to secure their conviction by all available legal and constitutional means.” In putting forth its plans to deal with crime, the PNP said it intends to reduce distrust between citizens and law enforcement, which, it noted, “goes hand in hand with the ‘informer fi dead’ subculture”, and makes effective policing very difficult. The PNP, if it forms the new Government, has said it will seek to change this subculture “by changing the approach of the leadership of the police to one which embraces service, accountability and a de-centralisation of authority,” reads the document. As such, the party says, the JCF will be repositioned as a civilian law enforcement organisation. Special units capable of dealing with situations of extreme violence are to be set up to operate in tandem with the JDF. A new PNP administration has also committed to overseeing the development of a tertiary-level Forensic Science Programme to provide training for a professional cadre of forensic scientists and crime scene investigators. This, it said, will help law enforcement to keep pace with the challenges of increasingly sophisticated criminals. The PNP, in recognition of the rate of recidivism in Jamaican prisons, said it will focus on rehabilitation, re-socialisation and re-training of inmates. Additionally, it said it intended to help equip them with conflict-resolution skills, as well as focus on the improvement of conditions in correctional facilities.Read more at jamaicaobserver.com

 It’s interesting to see that both political parties now have a strategy to fight crime, during my 10 year tenure in the JCF I sw first hand the dis-service being done to the country because of a sustained lack of commitment to crime eradication, and the suppression of violent behaviour. As a result we have seen at least two generations emerge who see violence and criminal behavior as a viable and acceptable way of life, the country also stand to lose another generation of toddlers to crime, violence, and carnality, a generation with no values or morals.It’s interesting to see that come election time the Jamaica Labor Party through the National Security minister is now telling the Police that he will be looking out for their interest . Where was the Minister when the Government of Bruce Golding disrespected public sector workers by refusing to  have the appropriate high level negotiators who can actually make decisions for the Government meet with workers. This despite the fact public sector workers had contracts that were binding.

The other party, the PNP in my view is a treasonous party to Jamaica , when the statement above is looked at there is nothing in there for law enforcement officers, what it offers is to further erode their authority to do their jobs , create another oversight  agency to further complicate matters , does nothing to reduce or even address crime, create animosity ( see INDECOM) further burden taxpayers, and increase crime. This however is nothing new for them , this treasonous, anti-lawenforcement excuse for a party refused to vote in support of our police and military the time they needed to do their jobs by extending the limited state of emergency (SOE) .

Let me be clear in no other country in the world (not a rouge state) would this be tolerated , irrespective of their politics, Government and oppositions alike understand the need for the rule of law to be paramount, after all if the rule of law is usurped and anarchy takes its place what will opposition parties looking to gain state power preside over. The People’s National Party has been a blight and a scourge on the Jamaican Nation and will continue to be for as long as there are more low information people looking for handouts.

I have lots more to say about these two statements put out about crime by both parties time however does not allow me that luxury today, election day. Go out and vote and vote for our country’s future.

 

 
 

 

Queen Portia !

Portia
Portia

One cannot fix what one does not understand to be a problem. Jamaica’s  People’s National Party as a party  never fully understood the concept of free market . They  built  their party on populism and the charisma of their leaders.

The problem with the People’s National Party is not that they do not mean well, it’s not that they do not care, the problem is the methodologies they employ in their stated quest to improve the lives of Jamaicans actually has kept the poorest people enslaved in their own poverty. I was not around at the time of Norman Manley , but my curiosity about history has revealed the true nature of Manley’s contribution to Jamaica and the populism he used to deliver said benefits. Norman Manley’s popularity and populism and that of his son Michael gave birth to an almost cult-like genre of the Jamaican population that persists to this day despite the PNP’s short-comings, and corruption over the last three decades. One could reasonably argue that the cult-like loyalty the mostly poorer underclass have for the PNP , something the Jamaica Labor Party can only dream of , is anchored  largely in their inability to understand that real change in their lives will come only through hard-work, sacrifice, and national pride.  National pride by the way does not mean wearing communist red, saluting with clenched fist, or from those who run around calling each other comrade but has never read a line of Lenin or Marx’s philosophy. Today.Today despite the fall of the Berlin Wall resulting in the reunification of an impoverished communist East Germany with a thriving West Germany over two decades later, the breakup of the former Soviet empire,  and the death of communism as an organ of  empowerment, the PNP is still stuck advocating the same regressive communal policies that caused those occurrences in these larger geographic locations in the first place, policies they have since discarded and are now racing to catch up with the rest of the industrialized world which opted for free market policy, trusting in the ingenuity of their people to drive growth and development through their God-given talents.

Miller

The People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller recently chided  Prime Minister Andrew Holness for stating that Government really cannot be the prime creator of jobs.This criticism ought to have been a warning to an informed populace that this person may mean well but lacks a basic understanding of what really is required to change the dynamics in the country , which will in turn affect their lives in a positive way. Alas Jamaica does not have an informed population, what we have is a deeply dived people who bleed red/orange or green when they are cut. Government’s job is to provide a safe environment, that includes adequate infrastructure which in turn gives people a chance to get the education they need in the field of their choice to better their lives. How can government which does  earn revenue largely through taxation be the engine that drives sustainable job creation or growth? Unfortunately the PNP is still enshrined in the socialist/communist  dogma that is embraced by only North Korea , even Cuba is looking to move to a market economy. Portia talks about China , bragging that the PNP embraced China when it was not popular to do so , well the truth of the matter is that the PNP did not embrace China for it’s now diversified capitalist economic push , they embraced China on ideological grounds . Holness missed an opportunity to drive this fact home, chalk that up to his youth. In the 21st century the PNP is still referring to themselves as comrades, that train has long left the station the only ones who hasn’t realized this is them.

As I have alluded to in these blogs time and again when asked what her priority would be if elected Prime Minister Miller stated that she would endeavor to collect mangoes that we cannot eat,process them,eat what we can and share the remainder with the rest of the world . a supporter of Miller famously stated in a blog that Miller is respected and loved all around the world . I thought about that claim as I reminded myself that in the same way countries do not share friendships they share common interests, women laud each other compliment each other,celebrate each other, praise each other, claim to support each other for no other reason but that they are women. On the world stage political leaders tolerate each other. In an apparent open mike foul up recently at a gathering of world leaders, French President Nicholas Sarkozy reportedly told President Obama he couldn’t stand Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he was a liar, to which Obama retorted “You can’t stand him , how do you think I feel having to deal with him every day”? I am sure both gentleman warmly greeted and chatted with Mister Netanyahu earlier that day.

THIS IS REALLY WHAT’S AT STAKE

It’s the silly season in Jamaica. Once again Jamaicans allow themselves to be whipped into a frenzy in support of one of the two political gangs that take turns ruining …. I mean running Jamaica. This happens every four or five years despite protestations from many that they do not see neither the winners or losers in their communities after the elections untill the next cycle comes around. So the stories have started coming in about the stoning of busses filled with people on their way home from a meeting held in Mandeville Manchester called to announce the date of the elections. There are also reports of one man being shot and killed after that same meeting, I mean, seriously people?

Portia and comrades having a good time
Portia and comrades having a good time

The Jamaican Dollar fluctuates somewhere between 83-85 to one US$ this means the dollar is really worthless, even in Jamaica traders and peddlers ask for US dollar in payment for goods and services, inflation has driven the price of food and other consumer goods through the roof, crime corruption and terror are rampant.These are just some of the issues plaguing our once beautiful paradise. Many argue they don’t care what’s going on Jamaica is nice, and I concur of course our country the beautiful land of wood and water is just as beautiful, if of course one chooses to ignore the fact that too many of our trees has been cut down so we have smaller rivers and streams as a result of less rainfall when compared to three decades ago , but I digress.

It is not the country it’s always the people.

The Observer Editorial of today Tuesday December 20th praises RJR for not airing the JLP’s advertisement showing Portia Simpson Miller ranting and raving about not being afraid of  quote “no bwoy, nu gal, nowhere” .

RJR right to suspend Portia tracing ad.jamaicaobserver.com.

The people will judge Mrs Simpson Miller as to her character, as they did in 2007. The JLP needs to have a little more faith in the good sense of the Jamaican voter.Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/RJR-right-to-suspend-Portia-tracing-ad_10425588#ixzz1h71GkP2o

In his Editorial the writer went to pains to try to absolve Portia of responsibility for the words coming from her very lips.

These comments were not untrue quotes assigned to her maliciously, they were not doctored and damn sure are not incorrect , yet this opinion shaper went to lengths to convince voters that quote ” The people will judge Mrs Simpson Miller as to her character, as they did in 2007. The JLP needs to have a little more faith in the good sense of the Jamaican voter. What a load of crock the actions of children from as far back as grade school now forms part of that child’s permanent record, it determines what high school or college that child is accepted into , it determines what that child will be when he/she grows up , yet somehow the words and actions of Portia Simpson should be ignored and covered up. Portia Simpson Miller has allowed the ghetto to shape her as much as anything else, as a young detective I observed her in front of the Whitehall Avenue school roll and bawl in the middle of the streets because her red bandanna wearing thugs were not allowed to steal ballot boxes from the school, never mind that her constituency is bordering Spanish Town Road, and White Hall Avenue is in Saint Andrew North. Whatever we do in life follows us for the rest of our lives Simpson Miller is no exception. Gary Allen and others are nothing more than little Gods in their little ponds in Jamaica , small fish in their little holes making decisions of what people are allowed to hear and what they aren’t allowed to hear , fortunately there are choices now , people do not have to listen to RJR now do they?

WHY NOT A FIXED ELECTION DATE?

                Jamaicans will go to the polls on December 29th 2011.

December 29th is a significant milestone for me as that is the date of my birth. I have a problem with Prime Minister Holness calling elections on my birthday, I’m not happy about that kind of madness on my special day. Ok that was a joke, but seriously though over the years I have added my voice in the call for fixed election dates. It seem juvenile and almost childish for something as serious and Jermain to our country’s stability as elections to be left to the whim and fancy of one person. I am yet to hear a reasonable argument  that supports the status quo.Conversely it has been a tool for Prime Ministers to use when it suits them , and at a time when the polls are in their favor.

In the greater scheme of things it really is not as serious as some who argue against it would have you believe, at least in my mind , and I would be open to hearing and assimilating more arguments in support of our position. It is important but for me it does not parallel the need for constitutional reform and a complete de-annexation from Britain. I do believe a date certain would be more beneficial to the financial markets and the business sector, neither of which particularly likes disquiet or uncertainty. It seem to me it would also cause those handling the people’s business to bring greater stewardship and professionalism to their jobs, unless of course they choose to commit political suicide.

One thing is certain as a specie we continue to give up freedoms that made our lives fun and interesting, the latitude a prime Minister has in calling elections within a certain time but not a specific date will  probably be taken away because of the gamesmanship that has become synonymous with that latitude. Simple luxuries like having a cell phone in one’s car has been abused by those who talk and text while they drive , has attracted significant penalties to those conveniences.

So as we pay a price for talking/texting while driving, our Prime Ministers may very soon lose the latitude of being the decider of when elections are called.

OF GARRISONS CONCESSIONS AND DEBATES

I want to bring a couple of thoughts to the attention of Jamaicans and others who have an interest in whats going on in our country.

                                                                           THE QUESTION OF THE GARRISON MARCH

                                                                                  

Gleaner photo

The first is the offer Prime Minister Holness has made to the leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller to walk in some communities characterized as garrison communities or zones of political exclusions. There has been many and varied opinions on whether this proposed symbolic gesture will accomplish anything. Some have argued that time has passed and what is needed now is concrete action. Those are legitimate arguments,but are not arguments that negates the positive outcome for the country that would emanate from people living in the inner cities and all over Jamaica to see the top two political leaders walking and talking as friends. Some have argued that Bob Marley brought Manley and Seaga together yet polarization  persists, what they fail to understand or acknowledge is that events  would have potentially been vastly different and many more lives lost had that event not occurred. We are not going to try to nuance that to death what we will say is that if it doesn’t hurt whats the problem in doing it for the country? To date Mrs. Simpson Miller has not seen fit to engage this new Prime Minister in the hand of fellowship that he extended to her, choosing to attach a bunch of prerequisites before her participation in any march.

PORTIA’S NON CONCESSION TO BRUCE

                                                                           

                                                                                                               Bruce Golding

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding lashed out at Portia Simpson Miller at the JLP conference at the National Arena on Sunday November 20th. In an address Golding lashed Miller for what he characterized as a breach of protocols established by all former Prime Ministers gone before in calling  the winner and conceding defeat when they lost .Golding went on to say that the media had grown impatient with him not arriving at the  Belmont Road Head quarters of the JLP on the night he won the election. he stated he held back from going to Belmont Road as the normal concession phone call did not come from Mrs. Simpson Miller.

Mrs. Miller for her part shot back that she had always treated Mister Golding with respect throughout his time as Prime Minister , and emphasized that she even attended his inauguration. She stated that because of the closeness of the race and other issues which she intended to address in the courts she decided not to concede.

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   Portia Simpson Miller

Supporters of Mrs Miller contend this is sour grapes on the part of Golding, and that this is in the past. Is it

On the night after she lost the elections Portia Simpson Miller in a rather bellicose and belligerent speech stated that she would concede nothing to the labour party and that she would be their worst nightmare. Presumably Mrs Miller was referring to the dual citizenship issue with three of the JLP’ candidates which was an issue as far as the constitution of the country is concerned. Jamaica’s constitution clearly states that anyone having allegiance to a foreign power cannot sit in Parliament. The PNP which Miller heads also had candidates that had dual citizenship. Mrs Millers arguments are legitimate but did not preclude her from conceding to the Prime Minister elect whilst letting him know that she intended to see the matter through in court.

In fact conceding victory in no way takes away her right to challenge the results of the election in a court of law,neither does it prevent her from receiving her just redress should a court find in her favor. The fact is it was a bad decision ,one which I am sure Portia regretted.

 POLITICAL DEBATES

There is still substantial squabbling going on about the format of debates by the candidates, or even whether there should be any debates at all.  The newly installed Prime Minister has indicated his willingness to debate the leader of the opposition before a national televised audience.  Now granted there is no law that dictates that candidates seeking the highest elected office in the country should debate. It should not be a problem for anyone wanting to lead the country to let people know how they will handle the job. Detractors of the debate that everyone seeking a job has to interview for that job , sometimes doing two or there interviews in the process before being seriously considered for that position. What makes politicians any different? no wonder when they are elected they believe the laws do not apply to them.

From all indications Mrs Miller would like a debate where she is a part of a team of  candidates where she can be shielded by her colleagues, the leader of the country must be  smart and  assertive he/she will have no cover in serious international negotiations, Portia must debate the issues one and one with Andrew Holness and let the chips fall where they may, she does not get to say what she will or will not do.

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Why Portia Cannot Relenquish Garrison.

 

 Conventional wisdom amongst Jamaicans is that ever person from Jamaica sees politics through green or orange lenses . Even the most casual comment or observation in a public forum draws the most stark and angry attack.

For decades after our so-called independence our people have slaughtered each other to keep politicians in office, this is true of supporters of both political parties, having spent a decade on the front lines dodging bullets from the weapons both sides supplied to young uneducated and vulnerable youths, I am not particularly endeared  to either political gang. At the same time I am rather intolerant of fly by night village lawyers who have opinions based on nothing more than party allegiance. Having spent so much of my life living and working in Jamaica I am acutely aware of the challenges inherent in  trying to change or alter the opinions of  many Jamaicans, the truth is too many are lost to ignorance, arrogance, or both. As a nation, the next best thing is to try to impact the children in a positive way in an effort to change the mindset going forward  if the country is to be competitive, or even maintain some resmblance to a democratic nation going forward. I read several blogs and publications daily, some of them includes the Jamaican daily and other publications from the United States and other parts of the world, on the occasions where Jamaicans are allowed to comment, I am always disappointed by their inability to separate themselves from the blinkered handicap of the narrow parochial constraints of PNP,JLP politics. Clearly the Orange and Green has evolved from a fungus that was visible from the outside to a disease that is now in their blood stream. Those of us who dare point out the problems  associated with their political idols are attacked as  supporter of the other side, even if one has a record of pointing to the problems of both sides. It is inescapable then to avoid being labeled a partisan, so I am prepared whenever I write to be labeled a partisan as long as the  arguments I put forward are supported by data and facts.

Miller      

As I have said previously, knowing this makes me resolute about not worrying about the cynics, and the critics, I remain committed to working  with and discussing  ideas with intelligent open-minded Jamaicans in the diaspora and at home.

Holness

On Sunday October 23rd  39-year-old  Andrew Michael Holness was installed in a ceremony at Kings House as Jamaica’s 9th and youngest ever  Prime Minister. Holness gave a lengthy speech littered with observations and vision for the country. One of  the things he said he would do is ask the leader of the Opposition to walk with him in a symbolic show of unity toward dismantling (Garrisons), zones of political exclusions,with a view to ending garrison politics once and for all in Jamaica. Garrison Politics has been a shameful blight on the country.

WHAT ARE GARRISONS ?

 

gar·ri·son

noun

1.

a body of troops stationed in a fortified place.
2.

the place where such troops are stationed.
3.

any military post, especially a permanent one.
verb (used with object)

4.

to provide (a fort, town, etc.) with a garrison.
5.

to occupy (a fort, post, station, etc.) with troops.
6.

to put (troops) on duty in a fort, post, station, etc .(source dictionary.com)
A garrison in the Jamaican sense fulfill all of the characteristic components stipulated in these definitions,in Kingston and Saint Andrew, as also Saint Catherine, these zones of political exclusion litter the landscape, and as it would for an opposing army breeching a garrison as stipulated above, the consequence of such actions willful or unwitting will almost result in death. The difference between  Jamaican Garrisons and the fortifications mentioned in the definition is that the garrisons in Jamaica do not need walls, however the lines of demarkation are fiercely guarded by well armed punks with high-powered weapons, and a seemingly unending supply of ammunition supplied by their benefactors. The leader of the political Opposition famously said her constituency has no walls, in her mind the absence of a wall means it isn’t a garrison! We’ll get back to that.
                                 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A GARRISON IN THE JAMAICAN SENSE?
 The year 1980 saw one of the greatest period of political upheaval in Jamaica’s history, over 800 people were reportedly killed as a result of political violence, these numbers attributed to any other country would be characterized as civil war in proportion, not so in Jamaica, killing is a way of life, it is accepted , promoted in  music, glorified in the media and on political campaign stumps. Killing and maiming is a celebrated way of showing one’s girth and clout in the streets, this violence begets more violence in order to sustain itself,  the result up to the end of 2009 by police statistics is over 1600 murdered in a country of under 2.8 million people. So what is a Garrison in the Jamaican sense ? Well after Jamaica was unceremoniously cut from the apron strings of England her colonial master, our people were asked to govern themselves after hundreds of years of colonial domination, the country received no reparations for the assault and abuse , Jamaica like other former colonies was simply cast aside to fend for itself. Scarce resources like housing, and jobs became a bargaining chip for politicians to dole out to those who showed allegiance to their  political party depending on which party is in power, in other word a pseudo colonial dependency , just on a different scale.
This manipulation of scarce resources for political gain created enmity between the factions aligned to the two political parties ,the (PNP)People’s National Party the brain child of  National Hero Norman Washington Manley whose son Michael Manley as Prime Minister was to lead Jamaica through its roughest political period, and the (JLP) the brain child of his cousin Alexander Bustamante, also one of Jamaica’s national heroes.
Norman Manley a Queens Counsel british trained lawyer and Bustamante a street savvy Trade Unionists are seen as the founding fathers of the country after Independence, many older Jamaicans developed a love and undying allegiance to both men depending on their beliefs many would die for them, as that generation passed a more militant generation of politicians emerged in the persons of Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, the political rhetoric was ramped up and became more bellicose, this hardened the positions of both camps, and their followers became more violent, the lines of demarcation became more stark, and as before many would die for them  and many has killed for them. It became commonplace for public funds to be used by those in office to take care of those who did the grunge work to put them in power, this created a vicious system where people saw their very survival, their very ability to be able to afford food as tied to their party getting in power and staying there. Needless to say those on the opposing side are quite prepared to do what it takes to expel those in power and install their benefactors. Politicians of both parties were more than happy to deliver the means for the people to kill others who were opposed to their brand of politics, as a result the streets were flooded with guns and entire areas became  no go for anyone even suspected of being a supporter of the other side. An innocent exercise as the wearing of the wrong color can get one riddled with bullets.
Criminal thugs who deliver  votes to the political representatives by means of intimidation, arson, rape, and murder became a part of the culture ,they are  accepted celebrated and revered, refered to as community leaders, and even Dons, when in truth these men were little more than murdering punks who preyed on the innocent and the defenseless. they received Government contracts even though they knew nothing about construction or in most  cases had no training in the discipline for which they received the contracts, this has become a cesspool of corruption and an immense drain on the scarce resources of the country. Jamaica is in debt to the tune of Billions of American dollars, yet the average person on the streets has no way of measuring how those monies they, their children and their children’s children will have to pay back has positively impacted their lives. As we speak the Contractor General Greg Christie is fighting a losing battle in getting both parties to enact legislation giving teeth to the office of Contractors General , which would enable him to effectively investigate, issue subpoena and arrest transgressors in the awarding of public contracts. They steadfastly refuse to give him and future CG’s that power, the fact is they are the ones who are benefitting from these nefarious and disgusting acts of thievery that is bankrupting the country and are not about to grant anyone the power to arrest them or quote”stop dem food”.
As time progressed the thugs who run the communities on a day to basis realized they really did not need the politicians for anything more than political cover from law enforcement, this resulted in a dangerous flip in the balance of power between the don and the politician, the tail was effectively wagging the dog. The Jamaican film Shottas parodies the situation perfectly, the proliferation of illegal drugs , marijuana and cocaine changed the dynamics in the 1980’s and 90’s many community enforcers became rotten rich men who needed no  handouts from politicians and as such did not have to listen to them. they controlled the politicians, handed out treats to community members, whilst at the same time exerting tight control over the people living within these communities,the control included rape of their children boys and girls, many people sent their children from their communities and reported them missing to the police in order to save them from vicious sexual abuse at the hands of community enforcers. The power created an aura and a mystique of invincibility than caused one Don to over-reach, which may have culminated in the untimely departure of a Prime Minister from Office. He found out too late that his ability to protect an enforcer did not extend beyond Jamaica’s shores.
                                                                                                              Golding
Being a Garrison member of Parliament has several perks, some of which means never having  to worry about relinquishing power, constantly feeding at the public trough. receiving un-earned national honors, constantly being showered with adulation and praise, and all that politician has to do is pretend to care and offer platitudes to members of the constituency. There is no one that this characterization fits more  than the leader of the opposition Portia Simpson Miller, she insists there are no walls in the constituency of south-west St Andrew she has represented for over 35 years, from majestic Gardens to Whitfield Town, to the bottom of Maxfield avenue, west along Spanish Town Road the rot and decay is palpable, I am told the constituency was a pristine place pre-Portia, however the brand of politics she brought to that area has turned the area into a ghost town that remains so to this day, it has however kept her in office, notice I omitted the word “elected” .She and her husband has also been bestowed with the high honor of “Most Honorable”. Only in Jamaica.
This brings us to the Prime Minister’s symbolic gesture to Miller, a letter asking her to walk the garrisons with him, a first step that would show that there is no need to kill each other in the name of politics.
Miller hesitated, I presumed untill someone must have coined a response for her, in response here’s what she told the Prime Minister, Quote”a mere walk through the communities would not achieve the desired outcomes ,while I am not opposed to participating in the tour with the prime minister, such an initiative should be supported by a programme of social transformation.”
Hah preconditions ! Simpson Miller has been in representational politics from I was a child, she has risen to the top of the food chain to being Prime Minister the highest elected office in the land. Even though she attained the Office the same way Holness did , by default she was in office for two years.  She has been a part of several PNP administrations , the last  lasted for 181/2 years.  Throughout all of this she never saw fit even when she had the ultimate power as Prime Minister of the country to effect change, Miller was unable to show the necessary leadership that would affect social transformation.
Andrew Holness has been in office for all  of 3 weeks, yet Portia Simpson Miller wants him to ensure  social transformation before she can agree to a simple and symbolic walk of unity.
Portia Simpson Miller has represented the south St Andrew constituency since Andrew Holness was  4 years old, today the people in that constituency who may have survived the killings and poverty that is the norm there are worse off than they were 35 years ago before the arrival of hurricane Portia. Miller has had the leadership reins of the country and we have seen nothing to point to that would cause us to believe she understand the challenges of the twenty-first century or has the requisite skills to navigate the complicated waters of international diplomacy necessary to secure funding, and developement for our people.
Social transformation is important, it was important when Miller entered the political game, it is important today, but it certainly will not be achieved overnight, neither will launching a so-called initiative change the circumstance of people needing intervention in their communities. A leader must be able to attend to several things at the same time, a symbolic walk through the garrisons and a social intervention programme are not mutually exclusive, they can be accomplished simultaneously, (ride and whistle). This leads us to the conclusion that Portia Simpson Miller talks the talk but when the time comes for her to walk the talk she is nowhere to be found. It is imperative that the Jamaican people and more so those who are encapsulated within those zones of exclusions understand that their future is, as it has always been, in their hands and their hands alone. Neither Sister P nor Prince Andrew has the solution to their problems, people living there for over 50 years have seen Andrew Holness come into this world and attain the office of Prime Minister at the tender age of 39 and their circumstance remains the same , it is time for them to shrug off the bondage of allegiance they have to both parties and decidedly carve a path for themselves and their children.
 As I have stated  before, Garrisons are the same as slavery, those caught within the psychological walls of those communities are deprived of  the everyday amenities others take for granted. clean drinking water, affordable housing, education,health-care, clean air, proper police and fire services, these are some of the most basic things that most people take for granted but are absent from most garrison communities, in Jamaica garrison communities and the police have a needless acrimonious relationship that is built on distrust of each other, a distrust fomented and fed by the very politicians who represent  the garrisons.
Poverty is not hereditary, it is not genetic, people from the rural parts of the country has proven that, left alone to be all they can be Jamaicans from all parts of the country have escaped poverty , and have risen to the halls of power and the zenith of success in Education and Business,  cows do not feed and wait for the grass to grow under their feet so they can eat again, they keep  moving, no one should allow geographical boundaries set by others who do not live within those said boundaries to dictate how they live their lives. Untill people educate themselves and make politicians like Simpson Miller persona non grata (not welcome) in their communities they will continue to be beholden to the dictates of those invisible walls. And yes Portia your constituency has walls you are just unable to see them.
Andrew Holness if he is serious must understand that the change he seek will not come from the likes of Simpson Miller ,the old guard,they were schooled in the old ways , they are a part of the problem ,not the solution , if progress is to be made the train must be rolled around them,begin with a massive program of mobilization to a national awakening, love of God pride in country and duty to our fellow-man , if you can inspire the nation you will have a chance to make difference,do not wait on Portia, or you wait in vain , Portia is the Garrison, the garrison is Portia.
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The Implosion Of Herman Caine:

 My comments are not scientific ,and should be viewed within the simple prism of an ordinary person with a plethora of opinions and nothing more. My comments are supported by data where practicable , but should not be confused with anything scientific or sophisticated. I am not a trained Journalist and as such my statements must be assimilated in the organic context in which they were intended.

On  October 12th 2011 I  posted a blog about black conservatism in America as I saw it from my lay perspective.

The post was titled Black Republicanism in America, I made the bold statement then that Herman Caine Former God father piazza CEO  would not be the Republican Nominee for president. My  statements were bold ,because other than the narrative I laid out in that post I had no inside information that would otherwise cause me to come to that conclusion.

                        Herman Caine                                                  Rick Perry                                      Mitt Romney

For those who are not regular readers of my blogs this would be a good time to go back to that blog and acquaint yourselves with the comments in that post. I was really angry at Caine for running around the country disrespecting hard-working Americans who are finding it hard to find work or make ends meet. Caine stated without equivocation that it was no one’s fault but their own,referring to out of work Americans. This represented ,at least to me the most arrogant ,egomaniacal disrespect that could be heaped on the middle class in this country. This represented what has become common-place behavior  for those on the extreme right in their rapacious disdain for the middle class.

Herman Caine strutted around making grand statements  about things he did not take time to acquaint himself with.   He stoutly declared  he would not be the flavor of the month when his poll numbers started heading north,and those of Michelle Bachman were rapidly heading toward the south pole.   It would have served mister Caine well had he availed himself to the fact that China tested their first nuclear device from as far back as the 1960’s . It would have been useful if Caine knew that China’s economy is intrinsically tied to ours and it is in their interest to have us as a trading partner, rather than an enemy. Caine would have been well served had he known that the Chinese have made no move despite their humongous army and military might ,to extend their geographical borders militarily. Mister Caine would have been well served had he understood that sending warships to the Persian gulf to agitate a war with Iran is a bad idea for world peace , and serves no useful purpose but to further the financial interest of the super rich and the military industrial complex. MisterCaine would have been well served had he not demonstrated contempt for his race and the travails we have endured,  simply because he has accomplished some financial stability.

It is no surprise then that as I predicted that Caine was destined for failure, that the inevitable implosion of Herman Caine has began.I have heard a lot of adjectives used to describe Caine usually flowery ones from the patronizing  whack jobs on the right . They mostly refer to him as a smart likeable guy,ok ,I am not about to say whether he is likeable or not, I have never met the guy, I have read that he attended college and did pretty well for himself as a business man, but smart?

How smart could Caine be if as head of God fathers piazza he was accused of sexually harassing  female subordinates ,the case was settled,he’s running for president of the United States and (1) did not expect the story to come out , and (2) did not have a prepared response? Did someone say he was a smart guy? I beg to differ!

                               Newt Gingrich                                   Charles   Krauthammer

Come on Herman which is it ?you went from not knowing about any sexual harassment,to having a vague recollection of an incident,to there was one instant where  you were standing next to a woman and you said to her “you are about the same height as my wife” to you know of  no pay out, to knowing that a payout was made , but you hoped it wasn’t much , to it was just the equivalent of a few months salary, which is it? Sexual harassment claims are a common occurrence in the work-place some are true , some are fabricated for monetary reasons.It is understandable that under all circumstances if an allegation was made that in the interest of the company the matter would have been settled, whether Caine was guilty or not, there is no winning when one gets accused of these kinds of charges. I have no knowledge of mister Caine’s guilt or innocence,but I understand his desire to keep the incident out of the public’s domain,in the interest of his family and his campaign.

But here is a novel idea , how about when asked about the issue, Caine had looked into the camera and said to the reporter, “Yes as head of the restaurant association of America there were allegations of sexual harassment made against me by lower level staff members of the company ,these kinds of things happen ever day and companies have devised ways to deal with them, one such way to deal with them is to offer the accusers some money to make the matter go away,one may argue it is extortion , but when you have a reputation to uphold you do not want to get bogged down in a messy court case to clear your name, it’s the nature of the beast”.

Mister Caine the smart business-man/politician did not do this, he proceeded to  deny and obfuscate. Charles Krauthhammer noted conservative icon stated that Caine seemed to be winging it, in reference to nonsensical answers Caine has been  giving on the stump to simple questions. And of course faced with the bubbling cauldron of a scandal that this matter has now inevitably morphed into, Krauthammer could not resist asking the bonanza question of Caine on (Fox misinformation) quote ” Do you believe that race has anything to do with this seeing you are a black conservative)? Caine’s  response floored me, Quote “Yes I  think so but I have no evidence to support my belief”. Really ?……Ok, so how does race plays into this as far as Caine is concerned ? First one would have to assume that the information was leaked by someone white, who has an interest in  seeing  Caine destroyed, surely Democrats would surely like to see Herman Caine matched up against Barack Obama, so that rules out the democrats.This brings us back to the present class of republican clowns , Caine’s friends. Caine has now blamed a staffer in Rick Perry’s campaign who worked on a previous campaign of his , Caine  stated emphatically that it had to be that staffer who leaked the information as he had confided that information to him when he was in his employ. Needless to say that former staffer appeared on   national television  and debunked the notion that Caine ever told him any such thing ,which made it impossible for him to be the source of the leak, Perry also denied that he had any knowledge of the allegations of sexual harassment in Herman Caine’s past.

These developments have revealed Caine to be either petty , a liar or both. If as he claims, Caine told that former staffer of the allegations against him when he was in his employ, how could he tell reporters he had no knowledge of any allegations of sexual harrasment against him? This has led me to say something I take no pleasure in saying, Herman Caine has proven himself to be a liar. Herman Caine has fallen on his own sword faster that even I had imagined, this is karma personified.  I believed he would fizzle, and trust me fizzle he will, I just never thought it would be as a result of anything in his past, I truly believed he would be forgotten soon, as a result of the fact that the present version of what obtains for the republican party, beholden hook line and sinker to the ultra right, and mired in a ideological purity search, are unhappy with the standard-bearer Mitt Romney, and are as a result searching for an alternative. Hence their brief romance with Bachman , Perry and now Caine. I’m not opposed to Herman Caine solely because of his politics . I am opposed by his politics, but I am more revolted by his crass elitist disregard and disrespect for the middle class. He has demonstrated a brand of craven disdain, attributable only to  the present day republican party, and their fellow supporters on the fringe right, who believe, “I made it, damn everybody else”.

One would have thought someone like Herman Caine, a product of middle America of African American Ancestry, who witnessed his parents toil to send him and his brother to good schools so that they can experience the American dream, would have a greater appreciation for the working class . Caine has artfully removed the lynchings , Jim crow, Bull O’Connor dogs and cops, segregated water fountains restaurants and other amenities, separate but equal,and all of the travesty and shame visited on black Americans, effectively erasing those atrocities from African-American history as if they never happened  or continue to happen. Yet he has the temerity and gall to attribute his present troubles to racism. This is the same Caine who said he saw no racism at tea party rallies, some of which were little more that glorified Klan rallies.

Herman Caine cannot be allowed to have it both ways, he has disrespected the black community, but wants to claim racism where none exists. Herman Caine the novelty, has no more use for the black community than Clarence Thomas does. A president Caine would  be a disaster for the black community, As such our community should not allow him to hide behind us, using us as cover to accomplish the goals of the far right, goals that do not line up with our aspirations. As a matter of fact his goals and aspirations do not line up with the 99% of working people in this country.