Editorial

BENNETT MINNIS THE FNM JACKASS IS AT IT AGAIN

So some Long Islanders made sure that we got a copy of the latest bit of nastiness from the jackass of the century in The Bahamas. This time he was calling the broadcaster Clint Watson names because he tried to do his job  as a journalist on the road post curfew at night last week.  Despite the law giving him the right to do so, the Police including the police commissioner refused to let him on the streets,  This is the man Bennett Minnis, a Board member of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, who called the PLP’s leader a  black

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BARRY GRIFFIN PLP VICE SAYS: WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

24 March 2020  I write to offer some suggestions to the Task Force.  While the measures being implemented by the government are a good first step, we should be concerned that the package presented thus far doesn’t fully appreciate the urgency and the gravity of the situation for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. In fact, Marlon Johnson is in the press today saying that the economic fallout from this pandemic is far worse than the government’s initial projections.  From a policy standpoint, here are my suggestions on what the PLP should be advocating:   ·      Focus must be

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A Victim Of Covid 19 Hysteria Complains

I never post on social media; however, I find it necessary to do so at this point.  Pictures of myself, my sisters, and a friend have been circulating on social media with a lot of incorrect information.  This post is to clarify much of that.  First and foremost, NO ONE IN THOSE PICTURES HAS BEEN TESTED FOR COVID -19 as of March 18, 2020, at 11:58 am. Additionally, we are all also not presenting ANY symptoms thus far.  Had we been tested and confirmed positive, this post would be non-existent.  Regardless of the results, we would have done the responsible

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HOW WILL WOKERS GET PAID?

Atlantis Casino, Atlantis Hotel. Bahamar, Sandals, Resorts World Bimini and smaller properties in between are all closed. They have no customers. So the workers have been told to go on unpaid leave or take  a  holiday. This is a total income collapse. Who is going to pay to help keep these people in food?

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THE FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO FNM DOCTORS

The political community is amused because it is clear that the Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands and the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis are not getting along. The political community was awash with back chat about how the Prime Minister Dr. Minnis ordered the Public Hospital Authority to to take any instructions from Dr, Duane Sands, the Minister of Health on this corona virus matter.  At the press conferences, the Prime Minister has led the way to the obvious annoyance of the Minister of Health. The Minister is left standing or sitting by in silence. People say the disquiet

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WHEN THE US GOES CRAZY THE WHOLE WORLD GOES IN THE LOONY HOUSE

You know that you cannot dream this stuff up. There is the American President Donald Trump, excoriated by his own people as being a simpleton, under prepared, incompetent but entirely vain if not crazy, saying in the midst of the corona virus crisis, that he should have been in public health because he knows so much about it.  He claimed the scientists were amazed.  He said he should have been in that kind of work instead of running for President. Lord help us.  How long? We have made the point elsewhere that all reason seems to have gone out of

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TWIT MARVIN DAMES TAKES UP THE WHISTLE CHALLENGE

Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security, showed what a twit he really is and how unfit he is for office, by joining the FNM trolls on Facebook, in seeking to ridicule Philip Brave Davis for his suggestion that the state ought to distribute whiles to women as a means of raising the alarm when face with a threat of an attack.  Mind you Mr. Davis was only quoting from the FNM platform. This business of the whistle seemed terribly funny to many people but it only showed their ignorance and one of the ignorant ones is the Minister of

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MINNIS PLAYING TO XENOPHOBIA

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced in the  House of Assembly on Wednesday 26 February 2020 a task force to track down, arrest, detain and deport illegal migrants.  He said in the House that we must take our country back.  This of course is shameless pandering. There is a reason the illegal migrants are here and the main reason is they do the jobs in the economy that Bahamians do not want to do.  But the real problem isn’t the illegals. The problem is that class of Haitian children born here who have no status and want to stay here. 

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Grand Bahamian Sums Up The People’s Time

From a Grand Bahamian on FB *From the Heart* So let me get this straight…. You want to come to Grand Bahama to have a ‘Community Meeting’ (aka Rally) at FNM Headquarters after coming into office on a pack of lies and leaving us to die… 1. You gave yourselves the first few months as vacation after saying the country was about to collapse; 2. Your first order of business was to attempt to give yourselves a pay raise whilst saying the country was broke; you did however give yourselves gas allowances; 3. You had to admit that the VAT

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REV KEITH RUSSELL RESPONDS TO FNM CRITICS

Some folks that I have encountered down at one of Freeport’s unofficial parliaments argue that my writings, or political rants as they called them, do not display my Christianity. They don’t seem pastoral. After all, a Pastor is supposed to display neutrality and offer comfort to people. It is unchristian, they say, to be calling persons idiots and morons and buffoons and clowns. You don’t sound like Jesus. What would Jesus do? Your writings don’t sound biblical. Why don’t you use more biblical language since you are a Pastor?  It all gave me pause. I listened and considered and prayed.

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THE NYGARD AFFAIR

The Tribune, Save The Bays and the Free National Movement were in a thrall these last few days on the propaganda run about Peter Nygaard and the PLP. The PLP has issued several statements answering each FNM statement in turn. It is clear that this latest matter with Peter Nygaard is an FNM inspired matter.  The writ is badly drafted and full of irrelevancies. The FNM proposes to use it to its advantage. Peter Nygard has no relationship with the PLP and the PLP has no relationship to him. We will continue to ask the PLP to commit when it

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THE STUPIDTY OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

Just when you think that the Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie has exhausted the supply of stupid, prejudiced and insensitive things to say, he is able to surpass the one he said before. The latest is he now wants to ban cussing on the internet and for the parliament to impose fines on people who curse on the internet. This is what he told the House of Assembly when it last met on Wednesday 19 February 2020. The internet is something that you access voluntarily.  If you don’t want to view its contents, then don’t. Of all the things,

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THE CHILD AT WATER AND SEWERAGE STRIKES BACK

Adrian Gibson MP, Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, was called a child by the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis.  Mr. Davis was having a bit of fun at Mr. Gibson’s expense when Mr. Davis went to visit the workers at the site of their strike on Friday 14th February 2020. While there he said that Mr. Gibson “this child” was running the Corporation.  That didn’t go well with the FNM.  They said that Mr. Davis didn’t like young people.  That came from that joker who is the head of the Torchbearers Carlyle Bethel. Some of our own

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THE FNM Q.C.’S APPOINTED BY MINNIS

First Hubert Minnis has been packing the courts with his FNM friends.  So justice is not what it ought to be, soon it will turn out to be for FNMs only. Now he further perverted the system by  choosing a largely FNM corps to join the ranks of the Queen’s Counsels.  This is supposed to be the elite of the profession of law which allows you to charge double and to wear a long wig in court. The lawyers long for it and it is a prized plum. Unfortunately, the way the law is set up, it is a political

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MINNIS TRYING TO ATTRACT THE GRASS HEAD VOTE

Unfortunately for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis smoking grass is not gonna help him get re-elected.  He has been in the press lately and just as recently as 5th February 2020 espousing in the House of Assembly the wonders of a policy to decriminalize possession of grass and  letting people out of prison who are imprisoned for minor offences.  This is all a cynical campaign to gain votes.  If you remember, the last campaign he put out this teary eyed video which sought to portray him as a man of the poor.  He was not telling the truth.  Even though he

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THE CORONA VIRUS: RACISM, TRADE WAR, NO CIVIL LIBERTIES?

The talk du jour these days is the corona virus that is supposed to be spreading exponentially from its discovery in China about a month ago. The news is it has killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands. The Chinese Government is accused of being sluggish in response. Its ubiquitous President Xi Jinping has said nary a word, at least, according to the US media that dominates our information systems. In The Bahamas we have banned travelers who have come in  from China and who have come in from the last 20 days.  They grab you at the airport and

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FOREIGN MINISTER WASTING TIME PLEADING TO THE U.S.

So the United States  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had the foreign ministers of Jamaica, The Bahamas, St Lucia, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize and the Dominican Republic over for tea. They met in Jamaica on Tuesday 21 January 2020 and in this round table discussion, the US pressed their support for the overthrow of the Government of Venezuela and the support of the present OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro for re-election.  The re-election takes place in June in Nassau.  The Bahamas supports the overthrow of Venezuela’s Government and supports Mr. Almagro’s re-election.  The government is wrong on both

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THE STRANGE CASE OF THE JUNKANOO RESULTS

So the Junkanoo results this year remind you of the saying “ not every good-bye is gone”. On Boxing Day 2019 the Junkanoo Corporation (JCNP) announced that the Valley Boy’s  A Group had won the parade. They did so by a hair’s breadth. The Saxons were hard on their heels.  The Corporation said that the results were unofficial.  The Saxons appealed the results.  Under the agreed procedures, the Saxons appealed. Last week, the Corporation announced that the appeal was successful and that the result now conferred the winning laurel on the Saxons. The Valley was incensed and in a fit

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BAD SERVICE IN THE BAHAMAS AT AIRPORTS AND ON AIRLINES

The traveller’s in The Bahamas are not well served by the airlines that fly them around, nor by the regulator that is to be looking after their safety.  Flights on each of the airlines are late routinely.  They keep passengers waiting without explanation and there is no explanation at all for late departures. What folks can’t understand is why a plane that has been sting on the tarmac all night waiting for the flight  departure at 6:30 a m or 7 a m cannot leave on time? Why can’t they stop cancelling flights at will or abandoning their schedules just

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SHARON TURNER WRITES ON A VIOLATION OF TRUST | 27 January 2020

Originally appeared in the Nassau Guardian The governing Free National Movement (FNM) launched its bid for re-election last week on a foundation of disinformation, misleading some of this country’s most disenfranchised communities in a telling signal that the Bahamian people could be in for a political period marked by desperation and untoward attempts to maintain power at any cost. A fundamental violation of trust was executed by government at its event in central New Providence, which set a tone for the remainder of the term that the administration is not only unwilling to heed the fervent calls of Bahamians for

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SO MINNIS LAUNCHES HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN So Minnis launches his campaign huh! Nothing can save him

The following statement was issued by the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party about the fake Town Hall meeting held by the Prime Minister at which he then announced was the launch of his re-election campaign.  This sent some PLPs into a tizzy calling on the party to get in the field and to get candidates ratified. The party has never been out of the field. If Minnis is bad, let him call the general election now.  It is clear he will not.  He will not call the election before 2022 and if you listened to what he actually said

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JOHNNY RODGERS IS WRONG ON EXCHANGE CONTROL

Dr. Johnny Rodgers was in a  sense to the manor born. He is now a successful businessman, built on top of a successful career in eye medicine.  He is the son of another Doctor Rodgers.  He has two well to do sisters both successful in their own rights having retired from the public service. On top of that he is a Bahamian citizen with political ambitions.  He ran for the DNA once and funds them with money. Given his antecedents, he cannot be a PLP ever. But the UBP , to which his antecedents would cause him to aspire, do

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EVER TRIED REACHING AN RBC MANAGER?

Have you ever tried to reach someone at a Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada or Finco in The Bahamas?  You should try it for yourself even if you are not “a client” as they say of the Bank.  You dial a number in Nassau and someone in Jamaica picks up the phone. You are told that the  people manning the phone are busy and cannot speak to you so hold on. You can hold on for up to thirty minutes and ultimately most people give up in disgust we can imagine. This is banking in The Bahamas.  As

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MARVIN DAMES PUTS HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH ON C O P

The Progressive Liberal Party has asked several times for the resignation or dismissal of Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security. The cry first came out because he was condemned judicially by a magistrate for interfering in the case against Frank Smith, the former MP and Senator.  He has also shown time and again that  he is intemperate and just not generally fit for the job. He simply talks too much for one. It’s that talking too much that calls for us to say it again. He must resign or be dismissed. Things are so bad between the PLP and

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BRIAN MOREE AND THE GOVERNOR GENERAL COLLECT A TITLE

The pompous Brian Moree, who is now the Chief Justice of The Bahamas, ( god help us all ) is now Sir Brian Moree.  Now that he has the knighthood, he can probably retire and go back to his practice. For good measure, the Governor General C A Smith now has another title to add to his collection as well. He is now Sir Cornelius.  All by writ of Her Majesty the Queen. In 2020, we are still doing this nonsense.

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MINNIS SAYS HE HAS SEVEN YEARS ( DREAM ON BROTHER)

In his New Year’s statements to  reporter Leandra Rolle of The Tribune and published in 2 January 2020, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that he has seven years to fulfill his campaign promise to fulfill his campaign promises. This is chutzpah of the highest order.  He is clueless as to how unpopular the Government is and that he has not a  chance of hell in getting his mandate renewed. What a hapless hopeless Prime Minister.

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THE AMERICANS FOMENTING WAR AGAIN | GILBERT MORRIS COMMENTS

(Editor’s note: The U S President Donald Trump ordered the killing of the general of another country with whom it is not at war. This is a serious issue. Gilbert Morris, the public commentator, writes a thoughtful reflection.) Gilbert Morris comments on Facebook:2 January 2019 THE SHADOW MASTER…! Whomever reads me knows, I believe diplomatic strategy and geostrategic understanding lie at the centre of a nation’s capacity to defend itself; and requires persons of insight, uncanny ruthlessness and gracious élan, to carry out a nation’s objectives.  The man below was a shadow master with the qualities and skills mentioned above

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