THE DAILY GLEANER COMMENTS (OCTOBER to DECEMBER 2010)

These posts were made using the pseudonym Mistermel from Oct to Dec 2010.

Making mountains of molehills

Published: Thursday | October 28, 2010 3 Comments and 0 Reactions

mistermel      6 hours ago

It may be making mountains out of molehills Mr. Hill but there is a principle involved. The PM did say he would consult with the Opposition Party on the terms of reference and failed to do so. Consequently, this gave the Opposition Party an opportunity to raise critical comments about the Commission of Enquiry (COE). It also cast the shadow of speculation as to the motive for not consulting the Opposition. I believe the reason for this is that Mr. Emil George would have been rejected as Chairman of the COE because of his longstanding relationship with the party (he is their go to lawyer).

Peace shattered, Pastor upset over MoBay killings

Published: Saturday | October 30, 2010

Mistermel      8 hours ago

It is alarming that these gunmen are able to roam the island and commit their barbaric acts with impunity. Based on these frequent murders by gunmen it appears that every young man who is not employed has a gun and travel anywhere they chose to go to commit their crime. It is also alarming that the government (and this includes the Opposition Party because they are an extension of the government) has not given this serious problem of gun violence top priority. It seems like they have totally left it up to the police to deal with this problem. The police, however, cannot do it on their own thy need the support of the government.

Instead of the government doing a knee-jerk reaction like they did with the State of Emergency to suppress the mob disorder from the Dudus affair, they need to implement laws that will exact severe punishment for gun crime. To begin with the death penalty (I would prefer a more humane form like lethal injection) needs to be reinstated. I believe the death penalty will provide some deterrence to this barbaric crime. With the death penalty reinstated there should be laws that will require the death penalty for anyone killing a person in an unprovoked or unjustifiable manner. Likewise there should be a mandatory death penalty for the murder of a police officer. And then the assets of these gun criminals and their family members who support them should be seized. These measures may appear to be extreme but I firmly believe that if they are implemented you will see a dramatic reduction in gun crimes. 

Implementing these extreme measures to solve the gun crime problem is going to get all kinds of criticism from groups like Jamaica for Justice. However, these gun criminals cannot be allowed to kill and terrorize people with blatant disregard for the law and the sanctity of human life. The political leaders must find the courage, the passion, and the bipartisan effort to disarm these gun criminals and put an end to their barbaric behavior.

Prime Minister of Jamaica to clear extradition hurdle

Published: Monday | November 15, 2010

mistermel      12 hours ago

I do not understand why the PM still finds it necessary to make excuses in the way he handled the Dudus extradition matter. If there was indeed a breach of Jamaican law for which no remedy existed within the law and no remedy existed within the court why did he find it necessary to covertly retain the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips (MPP) law firm to try and get the US attorney General to withdraw the extradition order? Instead of disclosing the legal issues that he claims prevented from honoring the request he engaged in a cover-up scheme that only after it was exposed he was forced to admit the lie about MPP involvement.

Now that a Commission of Enquiry (COE) has been put in place, the PM should keep his mouth shut about the Dudus affair. By making statements now he could prejudice or influence the COE. Although the COE is not a litigation process the PM should know that when parties are involved in litigation they should not offer comments outside of the litigation process.

As egregious as the Dudus affair was I am still amazed that the government has not seen it fit to take real measures to prevent this unfortunate event from happening again. The Dudus affair was just the manifestation of a greater problem we know as garrison politics. It is from garrison politics that the nexus between dons and politicians was created. In essence the politicians to preserve their power base crated this Frankenstein monster which corrupted the entire political system. This is the real problem that needs to be corrected. The Frankenstein monster needs to be destroyed and this can be done with legislative reforms such as impeaching politicians who have ties to dons or gang members from the garrison constituencies or who engage in corrupt and unethical behavior that is linked to them.

Dudus ‘heir’ among most wanted

Published: Wednesday | November 17, 2010

Mistermel      10 hours ago

These wanted felons don’t live isolated places by themselves and cannot survive on their own without getting help from family members or supporters. Considering that Jamaica is a small place and that there are no far region that you can go to hide you would think that these felons should not be too hard to find. This makes me conclude then that they are getting protection and safe haven from e family members, friends, or supporters. Isn’t there a law that prohibits people from providing help to felons? . This law should be used to prosecute these people who aid and abet them.

Concerning Dudus heir the government needs to make it impossible for people like Dudus and his so called heir to organize or control gangs. Anyone who wants to function as a community organizer (which is what the dons claim they do) should be licensed to do so. This would require them to disclose information as to the nature of their operation and who are involved in it. The government must get smart in how to solve these problems.

Government of Jamaica stands by Robertson

Published: Thursday | November 18, 2010

Mistermel      11 hours ago

This is another serious problem that the government is reacting to in a non-challant manner. Whether the allegation is true or not it is a serious allegation and demands a serious response from the government. For Mr. Vaz to say “What I can clearly state is that this Government cannot continue to respond to allegations and the call for resignations because that would be playing into these characters’ hands,” shows lack seriousness and is confusing. in one breath he is responding to the allegations and in the next breath he is saying that they will not respond. added Vaz.

I would have expected the government to make a statement to the effect that if the allegations turn out to be true the minister will be relieved from his ministerial duties immediately and leave it at that. The more they try to do damage control (which is something they are not good at as evidenced with the Dudus affair) the more they expose their nakedness.

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Vomit Government      6 hours ago in reply to Mistermel

“Government cannot continue to respond to allegations..” That sounds like dictatorship to me.

EDITORIAL: Hard road to rebuilding citizens’ trust in JCF

Published: Saturday | November 20, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

I am not going to say that the police force is a well trained professional unit because they are not. However, I believe that a lot of the allegations made against them when the cut down a wanted man or a person who defies them are exaggerated and sometimes simple not credible. Jamaica has a growing sub-culture of young men who roam the streets and kill at will. These young men are supported by members of the community they live. When they are killed these are the people who protest and raise their voice of police brutality. I am sure everyone who is familiar with these young men knows their lifestyle and their involvement with crime. Yet these same people are not likely to report them to the police or to turn them in. This is the unfortunate reality the police have to deal with and even a well trained professional police unit would have

their hands full in dealing with this kind of situation

Colombia to help Jamaica fight organised crime

Published: Saturday | November 20, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

While Jamaica needs all the help it can get to address the growing problem of violent crime, I would say that the Jamaican government needs more help in cleaning their house. Unless the corruption of the political system is cleaned up nothing else will matter. When politicians become corrupt then other problems like crime, drug trafficking, illegal firarm use, and indiscipline flourishes. The Dudus affair has shown us how corruption in the political system allows dons and illegal activities to flourish.

Mistermel      11 hours ago

Neither the JCF nor anyone should be patting themselves on the shoulder for the reduction in crime especially for the month of October. There are still a lot of gunmen roaming the country and terrorizing people. The problem of violent crime in JA is an insidious one that seems to have its roots firmly established. Statistics applied to this problem offers no real solution and at best is only a morale booster or an opportunity to gloat. Strategic actions are desperately needed to eradicate the roots of these violent crimes. These strategic actions must be planned and implemented by the lawmakers. Unfortunately, no one seems to care about implementing strategic measures that will make it difficult for gunmen to operate. There are plenty of things that can be done but the weak political leaders who themselves have been compromised by corruption lack the courage to fight crime.

That Honourable House

Published: Friday | December 3, 2010

Mistermel      12 hours ago

I don’t believe that Jamaicans pay much attention to their constitution. And I don’t believe that the majority of MPs and lower level politicians have ever read this document. I have never read or heard a Jamaican politician make referene to the constitution and that is why I don’t think they are familiar with this document. Because of the lack of familiarity with the constitution it appears that from time to time this document is violated by the very politicians who swear to uphold and defend the constitution. Based on the level of corruption in politics today a lot of politicians are not honoring teh constitution.

‘My priority is the party’: Vaz looks ahead at election victory for party

Published: Sunday | December 5, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

Considering the serious problem affecting the country it is disheartening when a politician say that their priority is to the party. To me it is an insensitive statement or it is that politicians like Mr. Vaz is too wrapped up in their cacoon of self interest. The priority of every politician should be to make Jamaica whole. When and aged clergyman is gunned doen on a busy street in Montego Bay politicians should wake up and realize that the country is heading down a path of destruction. These politicians must start realizing that Jamaica must be the first priority not the JLP, not the PNP, not the NDM, or any other political party.

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Hot seat for Golding? PM could be among witnesses to face west Kgn commission

Published: Tuesday | December 7, 2010

Mistermel      9 hours ago

The PM is lucky he is not appearing before a criminal hearing. Afterall trying to protect a criminal or a person that is wanted on criminal charges is illegal. This is what the PM did when he ordered the Manat, Phelps, and Philips law firm to squash the Dudus extradition order. He is also luck that Jamaica does not have the same disciplinary standards like the US because if it did the PM would have been impeached and booted out of office.

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True dis…..if only we Jamaicans were more of the law…..bruce would be out of office long time

Jamaica Labour Party shows ‘new face’

Published: Tuesday | December 7, 2010

Mistermel      9 hours ago

This new look or new face of the JLP seems like an oxy-moron to me. These are the same people who are members of the JLP party who are in lock-step with the current manifesto of the party. Recycling old party members to new positions cannot be described as new face or new look for the party. A new look or new face would be someone from outside the organization who would be bringing in new ideas and a new vision that would not help just the party but the country. Jamaica desperately needs new political leaders that have the vision and courage to tackle the difficult challenges.

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I don’t agree that new face and new ideas need to come from outside. A few years ago Goodyear Jamaica had a TQC slogan that said ‘ the problem of the world cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them’. With that statement what the JLP needs to do is change the level of thinking to problem solving from problem creating. This is not to say I am blaming them for the Jamaican situation but their management method seems to be one of holding strain until the worst is past then things will be good but this will just not work. The old maxim we should remember is ‘if we fail to plan, we plan to fail’.

EDITORIAL – What role for the PNP’s Integrity Commission?

Mistermel      9 hours ago

The PNP Integrity Commission is a joke. How can an organization have an integrity commission when the majority of its members have no integrity to begin with? A recent news report titled [Investigate all garrisons, their gangs and MPs , Jamaica’s third party wants action from prime minister (Jamaica Observer ,Saturday, December 04, 2010)]
showed that the PNP and the JLP top politicians all preside over garrison constituencies. What this means is that these politicians are perpetrating a corrupt political system that that produced notorious dons and thugs like Dudus. So how can they have any integrity how can they be expected to fight the violent crime plaguing the country when they allow a system that breeds crime to thrive?

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Jamaica at critical crossroads, says Christie

2010-12-09 09:12:34 |

I concur with Mr. Christie. There is absolutely no political will and no political leadership to deal with the problem of corruption and violent crime. Both the PM and the Leader of the Opposition party has not shown any desire to wanting to tackle these problems. They squandered a good opportunity with the Dudus extradition case all because they have been snared in the web of garrison politics. All the top PNP and JLP politicians including the PM and the leader of the opposition are MPs for areas that are well known as garrison constituencies.  

Today, 1:00:23 PM

     Mistermel     
Jamaica is indeed at a critical cross roads as Mr. Christie has suggested. Unfortunately, our political leaders don’t seem to realize this. How can these political leaders go to their beds at night and sleep well considering that they preside over a system that is corrupt and breed violent crime?. Has their hearts and conscience been hardened by this corruption? We cannot just blame them, however, as we the Jamaican people are also responsible for allowing them to get away with their failure to implement corrective actions to deal with the corruption and crime. Jamaicans must put politics aside and demand better from these politicians. At the end of the day blind PNP and JLP allegiance is not going to save JA. We must wake up and fight for a better JA where people can live without fear of criminal thugs and where political corruption is not tolerated.

Today, 1:02:18 PM

     Mistermel     
As a follow up to my two previous posts, I make the point that the political leaders don’t care about the serious problems of violent crime and corruption. Recently an 80 year old clergy man was robbed and killed on busy Montego Bay street during business hours. One would expect this barbaric act to draw the outrage of people and get the attention of the political leaders. To date I am not aware of any reaction from the political leaders. It is mind boggling that at a time when JA experiencing such serious problems as corruption in the political system and gunmen slaughtering innocent and vulnerable people with impunity that the political leaders continue to function as if it is business as usual.

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EDITORIAL – More questions about Up Park Camp

Published: Friday | December 10, 2010

Mistermel      12 hours ago

The plan to relocate the Jamaica Defense Force is not justifiable and not economically feasible at this time. There is no report to show what specific development would be made to the land; how this development would be financed; what strategic significance would be gained from the relocation; and how much it would cost the government to do this relocation and build a new JDF facility. All these are issues that should be determined up front. At a time when the economy is in bad shape there can be no justification for the government to even consider this proposal at this time.

At a time when Jamaica has more urgent issues to resolve it is mind boggling that the government is willing to move ahead with low priority but costly projects. The government’s energy and time should be focused on finding solutions to the barbaric gun crimes that is not conducive to the development programs. If you free up the land space at Up Park camp who is going to do any development there under the current climate of violent crime? The government must first clean up this crime mess and the political corruption that tarnishes their image. Foreign investors are certainly not going to feel comfortable doing business in a country that has a reputation for violence and corruption.

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Robertson probe making headway, says ACP Green

Published: Friday | December 10, 2010

Mistermel      13 hours ago

What I like about this news is that the police now seems to have some degree of freedom in investigating cases involving politicians. In the past political interference would have derailed any investigation of a high level politician in the government. This is encouraging news as the police must be free to perform their job without bias and political interference. No one is above the law and that includes the PM. Any high politician who commits a crime should be prosecuted like any other citizen and punished if found guilty. Part of the reason the police might be repelling any political interference is that the politicians are too corrupt. No one wants to make a deal with a corrupt person or a corrupt organization unless they are corrupt also. I believe the current commissioner is a man of integrity and is trying to clean up the image of the police.

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Public Affairs: It’s a nutraceutical, not a drug

Published: Sunday | December 12, 2010

Mistermel      14 hours ago

The article Dr. Lowe is responding to me conveyed the impression that the nutraceutical product would be part of the cure for cancer. While I did not read the article in the Gleaner I read the one in the Observer. The Observer article stated that the drug available nutraceutical form (semi-purified) would be available in a reduced dosage. This certainly implied that the drug was being offered in the neutraceutical form as a treatment for prostate cancer. If Dr. Lowe is now saying that the nutraceutical form will not be a treatment for prostate cancer then the media articles are misleading and could easily be interpreted as a marketing strategy. Dr. Lowe should now realize that when you give information to the press about scientific or medical development there is a good chance that it will not include all the pertinent technical details and this is what leads to confusion. The proper medium for Dr. Lowe’s discovery of a drug for prostate cancer treatment is a medical journal.

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Like most commentators in this media, you make assumptions, most of which are incorrect. Some are just plain silly. Read the article again, then ask some questions. You might get it then, or not. doesn’t matter.

Rick

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Mayhem high in May Pen

Published: Sunday | December 12, 2010

Mistermel      14 hours ago

May Pen like other cities in Jamaica that deteriorated during over the past three decades are good examples of urban blight caused by several factors. The primary factors include lack of urban management and development, a corrupt political system, and crime. The corrupt political system and crime are correlated to urban development because such development is not a priority to corrupt politicians. I guarantee that if you visit any of the garrison constituencies you will find all kinds of social problems, infrastructure decay, and lack or poor institutional services. The problem of crime is that it paralyzes growth and development.

Members of the community become too fearful and are afraid to do anything to drive criminals out or turn them in to the police. Consequently the criminals take over and the town goes to pot. Cities like May Pen have probably double their population and with no urban planning and development to facilitate the population growth mayhem, chaos, and other degradation sets in.

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I agree…this madness is a norm in Jamaica, African countries etc…for some reason black nations are plagued by government negation. “Greedy selfish politicians”….Of course every country has it’s urban issues….America has ghettos too, however more infrastructures are in place and police response is better. Some of the ghettos that plagued the news in the USA and are considered dangerous are like safe havens to what I’ve witnessed in small Jamaica. It is so sad that the Jamaican government and people can emulate all the nasty lifestyle of Americans, but cannot emulate the good points that American/Canadian gov established. BET…”blinging“, sexual lewdness etc is what most of our citizens are worried about. The are not concerned with community building; to form groups that publicly call out our government officials on their lack of focus. In Jamaica, in many instances if you report a crime to a police officer, in minutes that same police officer is passing that information on BACK TO THE CRIMINAL, they are about friend and company. A friend of mine was being abused by her husband, he busted her nose, she went to the station after he left and made a report…within the hour he return and ask her if she’s a idiot “weh she guh down a di station guh seh” because all the officers were his brethren and since he had status no body cared what he did. He threatened to kill her if she went back. She called me in shock.I had to send her to the top Superintendent in half-way tree & help her to escape the madness. It’s a criminal cycle going on within the JA justice & political system.

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Marcus Garvey ll      7 hours ago in reply to Tvf

Tvf:
It is fair to conclude that you have not been reading newspapers and following the news on television in America. You have not heard much about the racism and other ills levelled at police in America?

You think that only Jamaica and African countries suffer from the ills in question. How do you explain the wonders taking place in London, Greece, Ireland, Italy and other cetres ruled by Europeans? I do read and listen to international news daily. It makes a differnce…!

Jamaica soft on drugs – Cuba

Published: Wednesday | December 15, 2010

Mistermel      11 hours ago

This news should not be a surprise to anyone. Most people already know that corrupt political system has rendered the government and the opposition party impotent in effectively governing the country. Cuba is right in their claim that Jamaica is too soft on controlling illegal drug activities. I would add that they are also soft on fighting crime and corruption. The Jamaican people recently witnessed the most egregious act of corruption and inability to govern effectively with the Dudus affair. To date no one has been held accountable for this sordid mess and no real change has been implemented. The other problem is the almost daily killing of innocent people by the Barbarians we call gunmen. Recently an 80 year old clergyman was robbed and gunned down during business hours in Montego Bay. I have not heard or read of any politician condemning this evil. What is it going to take for our political leaders to wake up from their catatonic state? Is this really good governance and good leadership? I don’t think so.

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EDITORIAL – The WikiLeaks demand more than hubris

Published: Thursday | December 16, 2010

This WikiLeak about Cuba claiming that Jamaica is soft on drug is yet another of the serious allegations and problems that have dogged the Bruce Golding government in recent months. The primary ones being the Dudus affair, then the James Robertson story about him wanting to get someone killed, hiring a hit man, and now the WikiLeak information. Regardless of whether these allegations or problems are true (and at this stage we no one is true) the conclusion that a reasonable person can draw is that we have a government that is corrupt, ineffective in governing, lacks good leadership, and don’t have a clue of what to do to fix the social problems affecting the country. And it is not just the government that has these problems; the opposition party is riddled with these same problems. Both the opposition and the government preside over a political system that they have corrupted by their indulgence in garrison politics. At this stage they show no resolve to correct this problem. And if they are unable to correct the corruption problem they are not going to be able to fix the problem of gun violence and drug trafficking.

With a government and opposition that are both impotent in taking action to fix the social problems the prognosis for Jamaica is not good. At this stage I don’t believe the government has the will or courage to fix any of these serious problems. There is a way to get them to wake up from their catatonic state though and that is for Jamaicans to tell them what they want. They are our servants they are working for us so we have a right to tell them what to do. Jamaicans whether they are PNP or JLP should be marching in the streets demanding action from the government. We should be demanding that they implement measures to dismantle the garrison constituencies. Measures to severely punish gun criminals including reinstating capital punishment and life sentence for crime involving the use of a firearm must be implemented.

There are plenty of things that can be done to stop the madness that is happening but we have to nudge the weak and spineless political leaders to start behaving like political leaders they are suppose to be.

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Updated: Jamaican Government responds to WikiLeaks report

2010-12-16 12:16:30

Does the buck ever stop at the PMs desk? Anytime there is a problem that the government is accountable for he blames some other entity. With the hiring of the Manat Phelps & Phillips law firm to squash Dudus extradition he blamed his party. With the proposed relocation of the Jamaica Defense Force he blamed the soldiers. Now he is blaming the police for Wiki Leaks report by saying that the officer who headed that unit and who had been assigned in 2006 was replaced and the unit was reorganized and renamed the Transnational Crime Narcotics Division. What kind of leader is the PM when he cannot take responsibility for national problems that happen under his watch? Jamaica deserves better than this. We need leadership to fix the serious problems of gun violence, political corruption, and drug trafficking.

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Don’t mess with my reputation- Latibeaudiere

Published: Thursday | December 16, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

I can’t comment on Derick Latibeaudiere performance during his tenure as the BANK of Jamaica (BOJ) governor. What I am going to comment on is the pattern of the government resurecting old issues that mightor might not involve corruption and ethical problems. We saw this with Trafigura and now this issue with the former BOJ governor. Is this an attempt to balance the corruption score so that as a result of the Dudus incident? I would rather the government implement measures that will put an end to corruption of politicians and other public officials. When they do this then they can go after anyone that is unethical and corrupt.

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Jamaica knew about Cuban concern – Gov’t

Published: Friday | December 17, 2010

Seems like there was a disconnect between what the PM knew and what the Minister knew. How could the Minister in his comments given before the PM not know about the head of the unit within the JCF was replaced and the unit was reorganised and renamed the Transnational Crime Narcotics Division. Was thsi agency and the reorganization in response to complaints from Cuba? To me it seems like this agency and its reorganization had nothing to do with complaints from Cuba and that is why the Minister did not mention it. So where does that put the PM? Is he lying to do damage control to his embattled administration? I wouldn’t be surprise if this is not the case because when you are covered in corruption everything you do and say is tarnished by this corruption.

Dog-hearted – As cops hunt Dog Paw, triple murder draws anger

Published: Monday | December 20, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

I don’t know what it will take for the weak political leaders to get some courage and implement tough mesures to put an end to the insanity that is reported here. My God! 40 criminals invade a community and kill people (including an innocent 6 year old boy) that easily. You would think that the fainthearted political leaders owul react and say something…anything that will condemn this madness. When are they going to express their outrage and show that they will not allow this madness to continue?

I am convinced that the reason why the politicians are reluctant to condemn the barbaric gun violence is that they have sold their soul to the devil. They did this bo forming a bond with dons who control the criminals and thugs in the garrison constituencies. You have a PM who came to the defense the notorious don Dudus so what does that tell you? I wonder how these politicians sleep at night when so many Jamaicans are being gunned down by the very criminals that they support through their affiliation with the dons. This is why the political leaders are afraid to condemn the gun violence they are afraid of the dons and the backlash it will cause to their political career. It is time Jamaicans wake up and demand action from these spineless and corrupt politicians

Jamaica will bounce back from recession – Orane

Published: Monday | December 20, 2010

Mistermel      9 hours ago

It seems like everyone is gone stark mad in that they are completely ignoring the serious social problems affecting the country. How can anyone talk about economic development when the country is a cess pool of corruption and brutal violence from out of control gunmen. Would you build a house near a landfill or dump? Ofcourse not you would clean up the place first before you think of any development. So why is it that the business leaders and political leaders completely ignore these problems and talk about economic development as if these are normal times and good times for such development. With so many criminals running around with guns it is only a matter of time before anarchy sets in. It is full time that we all call for the measures to disarm these gunmen and bring and end to political corruption. Only then will there be real economic development.

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Glenn Smith      2 hours ago in reply to Mistermel

Mmmm… To add to your points. Minor problems eventually add up… add up to colossal problems that are hard to manage.

I suggest our standards are to blame… What we let slide by. It is in our blueprints, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, laws, regulations, mandates, etc. (hint, hint). Be slack… expect slack results.

Mistermel      5 hours ago

Let this political corruption and lawlesness continue and companies like Grace Kennedy will be history. No ccorporate company is too big to colapse when the foundation of the society experiences a seismic shift as a result of the corruption and unprecedented gun crimes ravaging the country. The country is running amok with unbridles political corruption that is facilitating various social problems. Just recently we heard the PM in what appears to be a campagn speech that the recession will be over in the next quarter. Now we have Mr. Orane parotting the PM with the same optimism. The social problems affecting the country is not good for economic recovery or development and Mr. Orane as head of a large corporation should know this.

I thought they’d kill me next’ – Man recounts escape as police publish ‘Dog Paw’ pics

Published: Tuesday | December 21, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

Mr. Linton listen to me now…I strongly suggest that you surrender to the police now. I know you are afraid to die and that you have a lot of fear about dying. You have this fear because you are a very young man who have a lot of years ahead of you to enjoy with your children and with your woman or women. But you chose a path of crime that no doubt resulted in the loss of life for many people. Before you surrender I sugest that you try and find spiritual enlightenment and ask the Almighty Creator of all living things for forgiveness. Also ask forgiveness from the families of victims that you have caused harm to. Mr. Linton it is your destiny your call. If you chose not to do these things then the next time your picture appears in the paper you will be a dead man.

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junior Miller      2 hours ago in reply to Mistermel

I love this comment,well said.

Mistermel      1 hour ago

Do you know who I blame for all these young gunmen who are terrorizing the country? I blame the corrupt politicians and the political leaders for creating what is symbolically a Frankenstein monster. They did this ostensibly by allowing garrison constituencies with dons to be a part of the political system. But guess what the dons are criminals and control the criminals and thugs in their communities. These dons turn out the votes for the corrupt politicians and that is why we had a Prime Minister who tried very hard to defend him from being prosecuted by the most powerful country in the world. When you have Dudus living the high life and controlling thugs that is what breed crime.

What we have then in JA is an evil and corrupt political system that encourages young men like Mr.Linton to turn to crime. These corrupt politicians have sold their soul to the devil and that is why they are unable to fight this evil. Evil cannot prevail against evil only righteousness can prevail against evil. Our political leaders may pretend that they are righteous by going to church are invoking the name of God but they are like the Anti Christ – they have the mark of the beast on their forehead by their actions and behavior. It is not too late for them to be transformed though. Remember how Saul who was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians had his transformation? These politicians and political leaders can be transformed also and do what is right for the good of the country and for their soul.

WIKILEAKS: McKenzie tried to prevent Coke extradition

2010-12-22 09:54:08

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This opens another can of worm on the Dudus saga. If the Wikileak report about the role of the Mayor Mckenzie in trying to block the extradition of Dudus is true then this is very damning and disturbing. It would also be intersting to know if the mayor acted independently (again assuming the report is true) or if he was acting as an agent of the Jamaican government

     Mistermel     
This seems to be a family tradition of always blaming some other entity for their problems. The PM has a penchant for doing this and now we see his wife doing the same. re there any other family members we can expect to hear from?

House seeks easier path to hanging

Published: Wednesday | December 22, 2010

Mistermel      11 hours ago

This is probably one good reason why Jamaica needs to become a republic with its own sovereignty. At this stage of our development we should not be letting foreign laws and influences take precedence over our destiny. I don’t necessarily like hanging as a means of executing a convicted murder it is a primitive method. I prefer a more humane if you will method like lethal injection. Regardless of what method is used, however, there are some barbarians who are savagely murdering people and I think they should be executed using any method.

I find it interesting that the Amnesty International ad to stop the execution of Troy Davis is placed immediately below this report. This is an attempt to influence people against the death penalty. Human rights group like Amnesty International and Jamaica for Justice should focus more and real human rights abuse and not interfere with the execution of people who have forfeited their life by taking another life. Governments have a right to execute people who commit murder if that is the law. If Jamaica was executing criminal gunmen who savagely kill innocent people I guarantee you would not have all this gun violence in JA today. Some people are going to say that capital punishment is not deterrence to murder. Ask Dog Paw who is afraid to die.

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EDITORIAL – A constitutional absurdity

Published: Wednesday | December 22, 2010

Mistermel      10 hours ago

The honor and privilege of serving as an elected member of a government or political organization is not a trivial matter. When you are charged with the responsibility of running the affairs of a country the question of allegiance and loyalty must be considered. The question of dual citizenship and commonwealth citizenship are interesting questions. While some countries might have lenient requirements that allow these citizens to serve as elected officials there is a valid concern for allowing this. That concern is that you cannot have allegiance and loyalty to two entities. To put it another way you cannot serve God and mammon and you cannot be faithful to your wife if you have a mistress. The potential for betrayal, corruption, and unethical behavior is always present when you are allegiance to two masters it is as simple as that.

While I understand and appreciate the point made about the Jamaican Diaspora I do not believe that such citizenship limitation would weaken the construct of a Greater Jamaica. The Jamaican Diaspora will always play a role in the affairs of Jamaica and they do have a right to do so regardless of their citizenship. The bottom line is that anyone seeking political office in Jamaica should be a citizen of Jamaican only.

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Jamaica, no problem

Published: Thursday | December 23, 2010

Mistermel      6 hours ago

Too bad that the PM, his wife, and the mayor cannot be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. I am not a legal eagle but my guess is that no Jamaican laws were broken when they tried to prevent the extradition of Dudus. Maybe they broke US laws but US laws do not apply in Jamaica. What a pity and what a shame when people who are entrusted with high responsibility to among other things fight crime do the opposite.

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EDITORIAL – Mr Golding’s final court

Published: Friday | December 24, 2010

Mr Editor.
I must say , it seem that your sorrel had have too much rum in it!…
I don’t know how you can say this with a straight face that our, “Jamaican judiciary, whose integrity remains unimpaired”,

How can you say that when you and the world see what the head of our judiciary did in the coke case?.. Up until now our DPP never to my knowledge try to even see what if any charges that should be laid against the Prime minister and others . with exception for the Rev Al MR Miller who was a broker in this matter. who the DPP use as a scape goat!..

If our Judiciary was unimpaired as you say. ‘ then the Attorney General and the DPP should see clearly that the REV Al Miller should be free of all charges!..
and Mr Golding should be charged with at lease obstructing justice!..


There is no way we can ditch the privy council until we the people of Jamaica really grown up and mature enough to ditch the monarchic and become a true independent state where we can have our own institution with the utmost integrity and respect free from any kind of influences, political or otherwise!.

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Mistermel      3 hours ago in reply to noshel

My sentiments too Noshel. The performance of these politicians is totally unacceptable and must be called out at every opportunity. Jamaicans should noit allow incompetent politicians and people who pretend to be political leaders destroy their country because of their selfish power craving appetite. Innocent and vulnerable people including police officers are being brutally murdered by gunmen at will and the political leaders still refuse to do anything. They have made no attempt to correct the corruption of the political system that they created in the first place. It is a national disgrace and shame for these political leaders to allow the evils to persist

Mistermel      7 hours ago

The first paragraph of this editorial touched a raw nerve with me. Mr. Golding is a vacillator because he has a penchant for saying things but not following through. If you are going to be strong and firm political leader you have to be decisive. You have to let people know where you stand and why you stand for your position. I have noticed then when he says something and if it becomes controversial he backs away by finding excuses or blaming others. Case in point the relocation of the JDF and many other things he has said. Perhaps it is in his nature to be a vacillator and that is why he left the JLP only to rejoin. Mr. Seaga also commented about Mr. Golding being a vacillator and cannot make a decision. My belief of political leaders that like to vacillate is that if they do not make good leaders and they lack vision. As a result they are not likely to implement effective measures to resolve serious problems.

On the issue of replacing the UK based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ); the PM has not made the case for wanting to make this replacement. Does he want to do this because it would reactivate the death penalty in Jamaica? This would probably be a good justification if the other islands are on board with the death penalty. The issue with the UK Privy Council appears to be it is a slow process and therefore likely to slow down the judicial process in Jamaica. Related to this is the question of how many people are on death row and when was the last time a condemned prisoner was executed? These are the kind of details that Mr. Golding should be providing. Also, is the replacement of the UK Privy Council going to help fix the problems of corruption and escalating gun crime in Jamaica? If not Mr. Golding should forget it and make it a priority to deal with these issues the priority

Violence bad for tourism – Melville

Published: Friday | December 24, 2010

Mistermel      56 minutes ago

Jamaica has been blessed with people who have brought us recognition and glory. I think of Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, Herb McKinley and many more in every posible field you can think of. Unfortunately, there is one group of people who hs brought nothing but shame and disgrace to our beautiful country. These people are the politicians who represent the government and the opposition party. Thet have become so corrupted that I don’t believe you can find ten politicians who has integrity. The unprecendented wave of gun crimes and corruption is definitely not good for Jamaica and will only get worse if the politicians do nothing.

Cops stay strong after death of colleague

Published: Friday | December 24, 2010

Mistermel      17 hours ago

All these criminals and thugs running around freely savagely killing people with impunity ..what does that tell you? It tells you that there is no political leadership in Jamaica. I am sorry to be bashing the government but it is the truth. the political leaders are weak and afraid to implement tough measures to stop the madness. When criminals are bold to the point that killing a police officer is nothing then no one is safe and life is cheap. Why can’t the political leaders see this and do something? Are they too corrupt and have they sold their soul to the devil? Jamaica cannot continue down this path of failed leadership in the government and in the opposition party. Why do they allow criminals to run loose and spread mayhem and destruction? I am so disgusted with these incompetent politicians who have alowed Jamaica to sink to this low level of corruption and unprecedented barbaric crime.

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So true, I totally agree with you. These so called leaders continued to fail us time and time again, but yet we still vote them in…

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EDITORIAL – A call to accountability

Published: Thursday | December 30, 2010

Mistermel      5 hours ago

I concur with the first paragraph of your editorial; however, I believe the full accounting for the actions of the security forces during May’s state of emergency is a secondary matter. I say this because the security forces did what was necessary considering the resistance they encountered. The Golding government has not demonstrated accountability in what led to the egregious Dudus escapade. For example they have not acknowledged or seems to recognize the serious problem of how their participation with dons have corrupted them and their ability to function effectively. Neither have they shown any resolve to correct these problems. It is not a coincidence then that we have trickledown corruption in the society and rampant gun crimes. Mr. Golding and his government must be held accountable for these problems and for his failure to adequately address these problems.

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‘Locally made ammo an explosive danger’

Published: Thursday | December 30, 2010

Mistermel      4 hours ago

Again the main reason why these problems exist is because the political leaders are a part of the problem. They are the ones who have allowed crime to escalate to level it is today because of the garrison constituencies they have fostered and their association with dons. If you sleep with dogs you are going to get fleas. It is as simple as that. If the politicians were not corrupt they would not tolerate gun crimes and they would have implemented strong actions to eliminate most of the gun problems like this one long ago.

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EDITORIAL – A resolution on jobs and energy

Published: Friday | December 31, 2010

Mistermel      4 hours ago

I am amazed that no one seems to understand that crime and corruption are the two major problems that are holding back Jamaica from making the kind of progress it is capable of. You simple cannot build prosperity on a foundation that is anchored in corruption and crime. If there are any resolution that the Prime Minister needs to make they are to resolve to eliminate corruption from the political system and reduce or eliminate the violent gun crimes. My resolution is to keep applying all the pressure I can until I see reasonable and meaningful changes in the area of crime and corruption. We simply cannot allow these kinds of problems to destroy our beautiful island. God bless Jamaica and give her leaders wisdom and courage to fight the evil that is destroying our country.

With 2011 drawing ever so close, The Gleaner yesterday asked local figures to reflect on the past year

Published: Friday | December 31, 2010

Mistermel      3 hours ago

From my vantage point my 2010 WORST list would include the following:
1) The Dudus debacle which involved all kinds of political malfeasance.
2) The barbaric murders of innocent and vulnerable people like the 80 year old clergy men; children; and police officers.
3) The damage caused by tropical storm Nicole
4) The increasing number of scandals from the government and the opposition side
5) The inability of the government to implement effective measures to fight violent crime and eliminate corruption in the political system.

My BEST list is a little more challenging because I really cannot find much to categorize as special. Most of the achievements if there were any were not unique or especial. Fortunately, just before Christmas one event stood out at it was the Downer family feeding 250 homeless people. Oh! one more thing, Mr. Christie’s (the Contractor general) courageous stand against corruption.