You, my average imaginary fan, must be wondering why I did not update this blog for so long. It has been five years and you probably thought that I was either dead or in prison. No such luck. I was not even depressed or ill and I didn’t update it due to boredom. Yes, blog boredom. It could be that social media allowed me to vent and disagree easier than a blog but I am not fed up with social media, or as our Prime Minister calls it, antisocial media. I agree with his description but in social media, if you want hate and destructive arguments then you will find it and too easily at times. I have blocked people, unfriend others and even taken down posts because it was causing turmoil among followers. Well, I am not here to lament social media too much but hope to restart my blog. Just wait and see if I can get into the habit again. TTYL
The Acting Police Commissioner has assessed the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago and feels the best, or possibly only solution is God. I could only imagine how the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security must have recoiled when they heard this assessment by the enlightened Crime Specialist. One hundred and one things must have flooded their minds such as:
Should we train Police Officers in the art of prayer?
Should criminals also be taught how hear the prayer and then yield to It?
Can we seek an audience with the God and if He does give us an audience will he accept TT$ for an intervention.
Who is God’s local agent and how much commission does he take?
Why does God allow good people to be murdered and bad ones to hold public office?
Should we pray for God to do the right thing; doesn’t He already know?
Is it that God is sleeping while Port of Spain burns?
Is He really a Trini?
Can He provide written and verifiable testimonials from happy customers as the country cannot afford to throw scarce tax dollars on pies in the sky?
On the bright side of all this was the correct statement by the Prime Minister that he cannot put a policeman in every bedroom because that would incur a high wage bill due to overtime, I assume. The Prime Minister quite rightly observed that women should choose their man or men with care. He was unfairly condemned for this but his main failing was to point out how to do so. The Prime Minister should have also said that there are so few good men around and that these few good men should be shared among the many good and fit women. The Prime Minister should have used the opportunity to reveal that the Government was compiling a list of the good men for all women, good and bad, to choose wisely from.
Murderer in Trinidad and Tobago seems quite common with over one killing happening every day. It is reported that every year about 28 people are murdered per 100,000. Exactly how many murderers there are in that group of 100,000 is still unknown to the police. The actual number of murdered victims is likely to be more as the people reported missing, and also those that are missing but not missed, cannot be included in the final tally of victims.
I have said in the past that there are hardly any murders where the crime was not planned. Yes, there might be an opportunistic murder say during a high resistance robbery or in the heat of an argument where the one with the poorer argument also has access to a gun, pointy knife or cutlass under his car seat. All other murders are planned and a large percentage have their roots in the drug trade and their money laundering spin-offs. The quest for money and all the land and women it can buy is the root of many murders.
As murder is now a well-developed skill set of criminals it seems murderers for hire aka assassins are easier to come by. It now seems that a highly aggrieved and vengeful individual can, for a less than a tidy sum, hire an assassin to send a message, or even eliminate the competition. The good thing about murderers in Trinidad and Tobago is that very few of them are caught so the assassin trade looks like a very promising career. This is not something I encourage but I can hardly avoid observing. Show me a murderer in Trinidad and Tobago and I will show you a free man.
Like the majority of the population, I often wonder which is the best Chinese chopper to buy since the variety available on Amazon is enough to confuse the most stable of minds regardless of the 7% low oil price tax. Not having a Chinese chopper or Vetsin in my kitchen for a number of years I decided ask the experts, namely the cooks at many of the almost countless Chinese restaurants in the country springing up like CEPEP gangs. What I didn’t realize was how not passionate these cooks are about what they chop things with. “Is just ah wok” one of them told me. One of the cooks I spoke to asked not to be identified and said” I just buys them on Charlotte Street. Sometimes I buys half a dozen wontime.” When I pressed him for a brand he looked confused and said Levi. He then showed me one of his choppers and the device had no brand name but only the words “made in China, where else” stamped on one side. The chopper looked dull and confused, much like the cooks who used them. Several other Chinese cooks were not as helpful and thought I just wanted to get them deported. I told them in this country the furthest they will get deported to is Tunapuna.
I eventually gave up on the “local input” and realized that the reviews on Amazon will be more helpful. Naturally, I went with a cheap one with scores of good reviews. I will soon be the proud owner of a multipurpose chopper wastefully bought with scarce US dollars the Minister would prefer go to the party financiers.
Just over one million citizens are registered to vote in the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago today. This election season has been a hard, uncomfortable and a wasteful time for most citizens except for mike men, jersey men, stage providers, political songsters and political paraphernalia providers. By 10:00 p.m tonight most of the writing will be on the political wall and a victorious party will emerge setting off fireworks disturbing dogs, cats, birds and the losing party. So one party will win and one party will lose, one party will be appointed the official plunders while the other will look on in envy. Regardless of which party wins Jack Warner will lose and that is the one victory the country can celebrate together. Mr. Warner is a bitter man who has enough money to be uniformly miserable for the rest of the life he chooses to have.
Despite who loses, I will continue to go Movietowne twice a month and avoid chicken fried in old oil and once a month if the dollar is devalued. Politicians in Trinidad and Tobago are all about smoke and mirrors, creating the illusion of hope and despair and never talking or dealing with the truth. If a new party, the PNM, comes into power then their revenge on the old party will be brutally executed while attempting or pretending to attempt to steady the economy. If the Peoples Partnership wins then they will be sure to continue their nepotism and favoritism and blunders as if the last five years never happened. This is the hope the country has to look forward to tonight.
Fortunately, I don’t have to listen for the results and commentary by biased and ignorant “Political Analyst” on both sides of the divides as the sound of fireworks from my neighbor, or no sound at all will tell me who won. It is a no-win-no-win situation.
People and economist are saying that Trinidad and Tobago is living beyond its means and that is contributing to the drain on foreign exchange in the country. This was no doubt made worse in the short term by the flood of back-pay to public servants. Also, our spending habits such as buying too many cars and flooding “skyboxes” with goodies all year round is no doubt a big drain but I can say from observation that the forex drain from buying imported cars far outweigh the purchases via individuals’ skyboxes.
But the real cause of this drain is too much disposal income due to heavily subsidized basic needs such as water, electricity, prescription medicine, gasoline, laptops, GATE and canned foods. If we were to pay a less subsidized portion of these items then there would be less money to make the unimaginative big time importers of everything even less imaginative and innovative. The motto of these companies seems to be “just bring it down and it will sell.”
Everyday you see oil prices sliding downhill worse than Jack Warner’s reputation. Everyday you see countless ads urging us to buy in order to be happy. Banks, a big beneficiary of the big disposable incomes due to big government subsidies, are all too willing to make it happen with a loan of your choice. The Minister of Finance hinted that they are concerned with how the reduction in government subsidies will affect the most vulnerable. The most vulnerable has always been the politicians’ pet and best friend so it is always in political parties interest to have as many most-vulnerable as they can create as democracy is one man one vote.
I am anxious for the elections to be over with and I do not envy the next party in power as something drastic will have to be done quickly to prevent our thin-walled economic bubble from bursting. Sink or swim, Kamla or Rowley, I want this thing called General Elections to be over so we can pay attention to the more serious things in life like the economy and how much de Government goe give we.
After reading the interview in the Daily Express today with Flow’s CEO I can’t help come to the conclusion that Flow is a sleazy and even corrupt organization. Imagine they were selling channels they had no rights to for five years and use the excuse they did not know who to pay – yes five years. This is like renting out a house you do not own to people and pocketing all the money because you do not know who owns the house. That is a crime, Flow. Flow had to be either stupid or corrupt and since they are making millions I don’t think they are stupid.
Does Flow know that DirecTV does not behave in this type of underhand and sleazy manner as Flow and DirecTV is now gaining subscribers at a fast rate due to having a superior product at better prices than Flow – honesty pays. All I can conclude is that Flow was playing a waiting game because they know how ineffective the telecom authorities were. Flow was gaining customers with stolen channels and now they are exposed and embarrassed for being big time thieves they are all over the place making feeble excuse after feeble excuse. What a big pack of corrupt jokers. As a customer I don’t want any rebate, I just want to see heads roll, or even flow. That would be satisfying enough. Anyway, I do have some questions for Flow
(1) If the telecom authority (TATT) did not step in would you still be carrying those channels?
(2) Do you think you misrepresented your channel lineup to customers by giving them the impression they were paying for these channels as you were also paying for them?
(3) Is Flow’s corporate policy to steal and not get caught?
Skamla vs Rowdy is the best way to summarize the 2015 General Election in Trinidad and Tobago. When a friend from foreign asked how everything was shaping up I had to ask what things. I am probably not as enthralled by the political parties with proven track records as plunderers, and mismanages as the rest of the population so I might just throw away my vote and ask for Jack to be our next Prime Minister. Don’t puke yet since Jack, as sleazy as he looks and probably is, is the real thing. He can’t hide his past as it is in the media, and blogs all over the world as well as YouTube. You see we know Jack only cares about us because he has dedicated much of his current life to sinking the monster he created, Skamla and trying not to go to jail in the U.S. We know where he stands even if he stands in quicksand. With Skamla and Rowdy you don’t know for sure who is pulling the strings but we are confident the strings are being pulled by unknown forces probably with devious and more devious agendas.
The problem is that Skamla had over five years to be better than Manning and you would have thought that would have been easy but she made this into the hardest job in the world. It should have been so easy not to be mad and run the country sanely but she blew it with bad choice after bad choice. As for Rowdy, I am not afraid of him as Skamla and her minions tell me I should be but I am afraid of several of his visible and invisible followers eyeing the spoils of the land. I am afraid of the typical PNM unfairness waiting to be be unleashed just as the Partnership unleashed theirs over the last five years.
Power is addictive as cocaine and currant rolls so the People’s Partnership need their fix and so does the PNM. When they ask us to vote for them they are asking us to help them and a select handful of people to become dignitaries who will watch down on us with the scorn they think we deserve probably because we were dumb enough to vote for them.
In short, I want a government to be fair, to not thief, to make logical decisions, to get rid of Port of Spain as a place of work, to stabilize the supply of foreign exchange, to lock up the Mr Bigs and to not have to worry about Government created drama featured in every Sunday newspapers. From what I can see this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
I have a theory which says that a Government must be changed every five years as this is the only way to put the breaks on the corruption juggernaut they have nurtured and cared for during their term in office. If this juggernaut is not stopped then the corruption wave will continue to grow at an exponential rate and by the end of a second five year term it will become an out of control Godzilla. In other words it will become we culture. Also, by putting a new party in power the corruption dollars and favors would have been shared between the very select few and fortunate of the party in power. This is a type of proportional representation that was quietly proposed by the vibrant corrupt sector of our blessed land.
Unfortunately both the proverbial and actual man-in-the-street will be out of pocket by the total amount amount of corruption dollars that is pocketed by the few and fortunate. It will not matter which party you vote as the tax man doesn’t discriminate and 99.999% of all citizens will have to fund both the unelected and elected corrupt.
Like cockroaches and the poor, the corrupt will always be with us only the color of their jerseys may be different. Don’t be fooled by highways and railroads as your vote is not about that. Your vote isn’t even about getting a better quality of life or a reduction in crime or an increase in parking spots in Port of Spain. Your vote is about corruption and only corruption, everything else they say is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of choosing our evil.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the coup attempt in Trinidad and Tobago and it is a sad and constant reminder of why we should have canned foods in our cupboards, money in our pockets, gasoline in our tanks and paid up cell phone bills.
Recent events such as the Dana Seetahal murder in 2014, the Life Sport Program, the arrest of no less than eleven people over the weekend for the Dana Seetahal murder more that a year ago, the violent prison break at the Royal Goal on Frederick Street last Friday, the killing of two of the three escaped prisoners and the surrendering of the third on Sunday may not even be connected as I have not done any data mining to see if there might be a pattern to connect the dots of the events. Of course if you look hard enough there might be a pattern but coincidences do happen. All I can say for sure is that there is at least one Mr. Big out there as eleven men cannot hate a Senior Council that much.
Trinidad and Tobago is a comical place and it’s not just because the name of the country is so long there is not enough space on many of its own official Forms to accommodate its spelling. No, it is funny because of the amount of people who operate in their own little vacuums all over the place. People who swear their vacuum is the the right vacuum and the best one. Take the so-called Debates Commission vacuum. This Commission is trying to get at least the two most likely potential leaders to debate “issues affecting the Country” on the same day. When I read the daily hullabaloo in the content-starved daily media about the ups and downs of staging this sideshow you would swear this Great Debate would be very influential in influencing the public in deciding which hangman will pull the leaver. Grow up Debates Commission, this is Trinidad and Tobago where people decide which party they voting long before they are even conceived. Besides, politicians always say the the nicest things possible when General Elections is in the air so who needs this sweet talk and cheap talk moderated on live TV by people who most likely don’t even know what the daily life in Biche or Icacos is really like or that these towns even exist. Just tell us who the major shareholders are for each party and we good to go.
In my opinion it’s easy to identify an idiot by the statements they make and politicians are people who generally make stupid statements which the public is not aware are stupid statements. This is so because the public often make these same statements and, through the grace of god, they are not burdened with the ability to even realize this.
However, the healthy minister of health, probably due to a big gut reaction or lack of blood flowing to the brain at the time, unfairly turned the fragile public opinion against Chinese people of Trinidad and Tobago with his pronouncement on the dog-skinning video making its way on social media. This is unfortunate as it seems Mr. Minister was too trigger-happy and probably let his personal biases loose in public as election fever grabs political candidates by their proverbial real balls and squeeze at regular and frequent intervals. The results of this frequent squeezing being the senseless utterances by the numerous and professionally senseless politicians of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is sad to think that despite his lack of a properly wired brain Mr. Minister might be a candidate in the upcoming general elections and sadder that he might still be as popular with the voting public despite strong evidence proving he is the second leading candidate for Country Idiot with Jack Warner being number one for some time now.
The dog-skinning video is sick but even sicker is the Minister’s love for hate. One video dose not a case make, unless you are an idiot, of course.
It is the election season in in Trinidad and Tobago once again and like Christmas of late, I just can’t seem to get into the spirit. Also like Christmas, I have only just realized there is no Santa Clause and too much ham is not good for you. A General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago gives the country hope but with the certified bunch of jokers (politicians) offering themselves to the public like a desperate prostitute on a Friday night on the Avenue, there is little good to hope for. Tempting after a gallon of rum but deadly for your health. Still, we must exercise our civic duty and vote for, not the best party for the country but the best party for you.
Election season is a time when we must forget the past and think about our future, according to failed politicians and the political parties they represent. For me, I can’t forget the past so I think the future is mostly hopeless. But God is a Trini and loves us for our pan, jam, whine, Shark and Bake, and Ali’s Doubles. But, God and love aside we must make our finger count on Election Day so I have thought of a few issues that may sway a voter to one of the many political parties burdening the public with a choice.
Here are the issues which politicians must have a firm view on else they will be branded wishy-washy or spineless:
(1) Legalizing of marijuana
(2) Legalizing of Gay marriages
(3) Repeal of blasphemy laws
(4) Jack Warner
(5) The insanely low price of gasoline
(6) The insanely low price of electricity
(7) The insanely low price for water
(8) No land and building tax
(9) Keeping people dependent on handouts to get elected
(10) Selling shares in a political party and paying dividends in the form of government awarded contracts
(11) Board members lying about qualifications
(12) Selecting incompetent Board Members and the reappointing them
(13) Making lawyer friends rich for no good reason
(14) Science and mathematics education
(15) Scientific research
(16) The glut of ACCA, Management, MBA and LLB graduates
(17) The shortage of science, mathematics and engineering graduates from real Universities
(18) The useless Information Technology degrees from so-called higher learning institutions (UWI is the only one with a real IT degree)
(19) The intolerable light pollution situation
(20) Victimization of people who look like they from the other party
(21) RaspberryPi in schools
(22) God and atheist
(23) Shortage of affordable housing for middle income earners
(24) Middle income earners
(25) Under employment
(26) Murder, corruption and box drains
If I can think of more I will post them. Ideas from readers are also welcome.
Local personality, charming politician, and football fiend, Jack Warner, said to his tens of thousands of followers and detractors last night at the airport that corruption built,”I’ll be back.” Mr Warner, a self-made self-terminator, was about to get on a flight bound to a land not too far away. He was accompanied by armed security guards who will ensure he gets to his final destination safely.
Many were sad while many were glad. “You could say what yuh want, Jack could run he mouth,” said one supporter clad in a spent-green tee-shirt. A detractor dressed in bright yellow swore a little too casually about how Jack used to be good until he turned green. Panday, a one-time very close friend and an almost-enemy of Jack, and now a career political dead-horse, said he wanted to hug Jack but felt he might get, or even be, carried away. Ramesh, another popular, fulltime dead-horse and professional opportunist thinks Mr. Warner was misunderstood by those who liked him and fully understood by investigators.
A noticeable chunk of the general election economy will be seriously hit by Mr. Warner’s sudden departure as mike men, tee-shirt makers and green paint suppliers start to count their losses. When the leader of the Opposition was asked to comment he simply said “I told you so.” The Prime Minister did not immediately return calls for a comment from this blog but shortly after released a brief statement saying “Jack Who?”
It takes two to fuel corruption, the corrupter and the corruptee and just like the chicken and the egg no one knows for sure who came first but many are glad they are both here. I often wonder what Trinidad and Tobago would be like without corruption. Would there be as many high-price condos, Benz, Beamers, Jaguars, Audis, Porsches, Range Rovers, highways, box drains, flights to the US, high foreign exchange demands, happiness and scantily clad women on the scene. Would there even be a national stadium much less a big abandoned one down South. Would the churches even get as much forgiveness money and the millions to thank their gods for the wealth?
Corruption is a striving industry in Trinidad and Tobago and it is many things to many people and everything to some politicians. It is the way some public servants can face wealthy business men without the shame of overdue mortgage payments and middle-class poverty hanging over their heads. Corruption is possibly nature’s way of leveling a playing field or building an airport. It is always good to speak out on corruption and probably almost as good as getting away with it. The institutions to prevent or discourage corruption in this country are incorruptible and without the boosterless brakes they provide, corruption would not be as sophisticated as it is today.
The politicians like to suggest on the political stage that without corruption there will be more money for schools, teachers, poverty and drugs but without corruption there might not be a single person willing to get into politics. Corruption brings hope to not only the politician, the businessman, and the public servant, but to the nation and the better investigative journalists. Corruption not only feeds us, it entertains us on Sunday. It provides legal fees to half-dead lawyers and their lawyer friends. It gives the underpaid lawyers in the DPP’s office more work than they can handle. It is probably the predicted growth in the corruption industry which prompted the building of a huge law school down south. Corruption is addictive and any attempt to stop it will cause bribes to be paid to unstop it. Like fleas and ticks corruption is nearly impossible to get rid of and sucks our blood to stay alive.