Weekly Comments

EIGHT O’CLOCK PLANE CRASH

The news of tragedy spreads fast in The Bahamas although sometimes with a delay. The account seems to go like this on Wednesday 17th     January, six people including the pilot got on a Piper Aztec piston engine aircraft and took off for a ten minute flight to Nassau from North Andros.  The weather was bad.  Within ten minutes, four miles off Mastic Point, the plane fell out of the sky and disintegrated. Three bodies have been found floating in the waters off Andros. Hackers, our local name for illegal charter pilots, sit at general aviation in Nassau and hackers sit

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TRUMP: SHIT ASS CALLS AFRICA AND HAITI A SHITHOLE

When the news broke on Thursday 11 January that the President of the United Statas Donald Trump had described African countries and our sister country Haiti as a shithole, there was the usual outrage with which we have now become familiar with Mr. Trump as head of the United States Government. His response to our outrage was also similar. He lied. He said that he did not say it. We know from Senator Dick Durban of Illinois that he did say it. No doubt. This adds to what the Washington Post has said is some 2000 lies that Donald Trump

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MICHAEL PINTARD AND KB DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

So a group of musicians, all young men under 30, one of them a specialist in air brushing for Junkanoo, were all gathered at the Freeport Airport and they were talking.  They looked up and asked the politician standing by, whether or not he thought the Government was going to cut the funding for the Junkanoo Carnival.  He ventured that they would given the specious and lying explanation that Michael Pintard, the Minister of Culture, gave for not supporting the Junkanoo Carnival which will now be going into its fourth year.  The Minister claims, falsely, that this is foreign culture

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ISMIRLIAN’S FOLLY AT BAHAMAR REVISITED

The PLP really got itself into a quagmire with Sarkis Izmirlian who was the original developer of the Bahamar project now open and successfully operating on Cable Beach. The project was a four billion dollar investment. There are now 2500 new rooms in the Bahamian hotel inventory that has been falling for years. There are 5000 new jobs available to Bahamians. When Mr. Ismirlian first started it all seemed rosy, even though there were those who said he was simply in over his head and did not have the capacity to bring the project to a conclusion. Amongst them was

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A MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OUT IN THE GALAXY

Last week when The Bahamas was called upon to vote in support of a resolution that would have decried the sabotage of the two state solution in the Middle East by a decision made by the United States, The Bahamas punted and abstained.  It was an act of moral cowardice.  It was made in the face of a threat first by the United States President Donald Trump, he is very special, and his Ambassador to the UN Halley Barbar.  They both said that the United States would take the names of those who voted for the resolution and would cut

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THE FNM LIARS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

We suppose with Donald Trump in the American Office of President, we should not be surprised that we have someone in The Bahamas whose administration is known for its ability to lie with a straight face in The Bahamas. Hubert Minnis’ FNM administration is a set of liars. They are crude and untrustworthy people, who should be forced out of office as soon as possible. They are a national disgrace and embarrassment to this country. They have no moral conscience and are bankrupt of ideas. Nothing has demonstrated this more to us than the way they gone about this business

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Fred Smith Q C—Slime Ball Politics

Anyone who is not now convinced that Fred Smith Q C is a pretty sick individual should now be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt.  This is now time for someone to move under the provisions of the Mental Health Act have him committed to the crazy hill for the political lunacy which he has conducted over the last week. Mr. Smith showed up at the Immigration Detention Centre, obviously to make a scene and to have it recorded.  The press duly obliged. He was booted out of the facility because he had no right to be there.  The

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MINNIS IS IN BIG TROUBLE

Lies and more lies… can’t get the story straight turkey, stick a fork in him. He’s done. Seven months into the term, you have never seen a government disintegrate as quickly as this one. This is really a case of dumb and dumber. They stumble and bumble from one thing to the next. Dr. Minnis is a dead man walking. The Prime Minister himself was so despondent about this unfolding public story and the internecine fighting that seems about to imperil his own leadership of the party, that he spoke in a heart to heart with his Cabinet last week.

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BAY STREET AND THE UBP: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

The Commercial Enterprises Bill is what it is called.  We call it the Brent Symonette Bill.  Mr. Symonette is the clearest example of the fact that the dreaded and racist United Bahamian Party who was booted out for their racist and anti- democratic policies in 1967 is back 50 years later, with consent of the majority population.  The Majority Population that spoke loudly and clearly in 1967 have now walked back all of the progress that was made in fifty years by allowing this UBP and son of Bay Street boy to take over and take away all the things

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PETER TURNQUEST IS THE FNM’S ACHILLES HEEL

The PLP should for the next few months spend its time usefully picking away at the Minister of Finance and the conduct of his office.  It is clear that what is happening there does not serve the country well. One gets the impression that this crew that now runs the Ministry is running it by the seat of their pants and using chewing gum to hold it together. Nothing was more telling last week in support of our central theme than the fact that Gown Bowe, the head of the Chamber of Commerce a usually quite thoughtful and reticent public

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THE FNM’S LIES GET THEM…TRYING TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION

On Thursday 9th November, the headlines of the anti PLP newspapers The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune all led to with the stories that during the time of the PLP, there were irregular promotions for Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officers and overpayments to the officers of their salaries and then there was a report that a home business had somehow procured improperly a contract to buy weapons and ammunition for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. This stuff immediately destabilized PLPs. As soon as the radio talk shows begin beating the drums on whatever the subject is for the day, the

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MINNIS ANNOUNCES PAY RAISE FOR MPS

Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister, became the laughing stock of the country on Thursday 2 November when he announced that he would be giving all MPs a raise in pay come next budget year.  This was a significant climb down from the position that he took as leader of the FNM in 2014 when the Select Committee of the House reported on benefits and allowances for MPs.  The report was a unanimous one chaired by Dr. Bernard Nottage. The report did not make any recommendations on salaries save to say that the salaries were inadequate and were in need of

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FRED MITCHELL NOW THE CHAIRMAN

It was not until Friday 20 October, two days before the start of the convention that Fred Mitchell became a candidate for office in the PLP as Chairman. There had been speculation for days and people connected with the camp of former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe had been running a salacious campaign against Mr, Mitchell for weeks. They appeared to be allied with Fred Smith’s people over at Save The Bays. Mr. Mitchell had been on the campaign trail for months since the general election an obvious candidate for some office in the PLP but undeclared.  In the end, Mr.

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TRUMP BRINGS SHAME TO HIS NATION EVERY WEEK

It is very strange these times in the Pax Americana when the country that is supposed to be enforcing the peace has a leader who is widely and openly discounted in his own country and increasingly around the world. It has come to this. Every day, commentators in respected news organizations around the world and especially in his own country, and respected officials and leading civic leaders are calling Donald Trump, the President of the United States, a liar. They get away with it because it is the truth. This must be painfully embarrassing to the leading lights of that

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PETER TURNQUEST TRASH TALKING THE ECONOMY INTO THE GROUND

So there is this picture that was floated around last week of Peter Turnquest, the hapless Minister of Finance of the country as he sat mugging for the cameras at the meeting of the IDB in Washington D.C. He looked as proud as peacock. He had truly arrived. All the time they were complaining about travelling by the PLP and the PLP’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, it was simple All the time they were complaining about travelling by the PLP and the PLP’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, it was simple jealousy. They wanted to do it

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PETER TURNQUEST DRIPPING WITH SILLY ARROGANCE

Peter Turnquest, the Minister of Finance, does not know what he is doing as Minister of Finance. He speaks with forked tongue and with a political arrogance that is not justified by the display or lack thereof of his intellect in the present House of Assembly. He is really one of the bad news bears of the Free National Movement, having consistently talked down the economy he is supposed to be defending every day since he has been in office. The accumulation of sins was made worse by his performance in the House of Assembly on the 4 October. Mr.

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CRY BABY MINNIS

Eight year old Eugene Woodside was the 105th person murdered in The Bahamas for the year.  He was sitting doing his homework at home when a fusillade of bullets peppered his home.  He ended up dead.  His final words to his 29 year old mom on that day was “I love you too mummy”.  Another sad story. That was on Monday 25th September.   There was a video taken of the high profile visit of the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis with his whole entourage including his wife to the home of the boy’s mother.  The usual platitudes about the sorrow

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THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION LETS US DOWN

A word to the wise is usually sufficient. However, even those who are supposed to be clothed in their right minds in this FNM people’s time Government seem to have lost their reason.  We say the words of Mark Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caesar as penned by William Shakespeare: “O judgment thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason.” We direct those words to Jeffery Lloyd not personally but as the Bahamas’ Minister of Education How can you stand up in front of six hundred people, and tell a bold faced untruth that these

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MINNIS SPEAKS TOO QUICKLY ON RAGGED ISLAND

The hotel in Grand Bahama was empty.  The buffet looked sad. The trees were torn to shreds and looked like someone had gone through with a blow torch. The waiter said the buffet was so reduced because they had only four guests in the hotel since the hurricane. On 15 September when American Airlines landed, they had stopped using the Embrarer 175 and had shrunk down to the 145.  The plane was basically empty. The only passengers were the workers coming to take jobs from Bahamians at the Grand Bahama Shipyard Meanwhile the Prime Minister of Touring Hubert Minnis was

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THE HURRICANE IRMA SACRES THE BEJESUS OUT OF US

There is the hurricane. It has certain physical elements. The wind speed. The howls of the wind. The surge of the tide. The full moon maybe. The rain. The floods. Those facts are bad enough. But in the modern era there is something else at work. In the pre-Columbian days, the Arawaks, Tainos, Lucayans simply sat and accepted the weather. They knew about hurricanes because the word we are told comes from their language. Presumably they knew how to survive them because they were here at the time Columbus stumbled upon the beach in Watlings. In this modern era though

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THE BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

There you see it again, the flower of the youth of Haiti trying to get into another man’s country, our country.  This group of 53 was caught in Abaco last week and is going to be sent back.  But each year thousands make the journey from Haiti and who knows how many die and how many actually make it.  What we know is that we have a population that is afraid of being swamped by Haitians and there is a backlash in the population over it. At the same time, the nation is actually helpless in the face of it. 

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THE FNM WILL SEND THEIR MA TO JAIL

We Bahamian people in a fit of pique have elected the most cruel, hateful, vengeful, disgusting government in the history of our country. Not since the dreaded United Bahamian Party was elected to office on a crooked franchise in 1962 have we had such wicked people elected to office.  They are wicked in large ways and small.  They have no backbone and stand for nothing but money. Who can forget the tales of the female Minister of the Government who got so offended because the people in the room did not stand when she entered.  She threw down her books

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THE PLP MUST WHEN BACK IN GOVERNMENT HAVE A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO MINNIS AND HIS GOVERNMENT

Every police officer who is a part of the witch hunt in which FNM politicians Hubert Minnis, Carl Bethel and Marvin Dames are involved in locking up PLP politicians should remember the Nuremberg trials. Those trials established the legal principle that you cannot as a defence to carrying out an unlawful order say “ I was only following orders”.  Paul Rolle, the police officer who is in charge of the investigations of the so called anti-corruption unit in particular ought to think very carefully about this as he goes about his job.  There will be a day of accountability for

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STUPID FNMs AND SENSIBLE FNMs

Dame Joan Sawyer in full flight rabid dialogue There are two kinds of FNMs in this Bahamas.  There are stupid FNMs and sensible FNMs.  Unfortunately, the stupid FNMs are now in control of the country.  As a result the whole country now suffers. One such stupid FNM was someone who signs him or herself as Dodgridge Lewis on Facebook. No doubt this is a nom de plume for some phoney who wants to be noticed but we make the point using him because his views are typical of the stupid FNMs who are the masters of our fate.  They are

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THE FNM IS HEADING DOWN BURMA ROAD AGAIN

The PLP has warned the FNM government of Hubert Minnis that he is now going down a very dangerous road.  He has ignored it.  He tried to belittle the words of the Leader of the Opposition when he warned him in a letter that the treatment meted out to the former PLP parliamentarians was inhumane.  When the Leader of the Opposition told him in a statement to the country that the PLP made mistakes, he asked the Leader of the Opposition to apologise.  In an earlier dismissive statement, he said he would not meet with the Leader of the Opposition.

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THE FNM FALLS FLAT UNDER MINNIS

Picture of the Prime Minister Minnis and his Cabinet wasting time touring Atlantis which all of them had seen before (smt).  FNM cheerleader Ed Fields who works for Atlantis leads the way. Hubert Minnis’ address on Thursday 27 July was a pathetic embarrassment for the country and for his party.  He had quite a build up for what was supposed to have been his first national address to the country following the victory at the polls on 10 May.  It fell flat.  It was filled with the same bromides about transparency and his commitment to anti-corruption.  The problem is that

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WHY THE FNM HATES PLPS SO

Picture of how they treated slaves and how Ken Dorsett, former Minister, is now being treated as he was taken to court last week. Many people around the country are predicting that Hubert Minnis and his FNM Government will not stop with their political witch hunt until and unless there is a riot in this town. They want push to come to shove. It is part of that old Bahamian adage: if you don’t hear you will feel. They have six ministers of the former PLP Government they want to arrest including the former Prime Minister. Hubert Minis has always

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SATAN AND HIS FNM CABINET ARE DOING THEIR WORST

Now that Hubert Minnis and his Cabinet have their first PLP Political scalp, they must be all crowing at the rafters. They got one to parade in handcuffs. They did it in the middle of Dr Bernard Nottage’s funeral so all people were talking about was the fact that they PLP was corrupt and one of them was finally locked up in jail. The mender of broken hearts Dr. Duane Sands went to the press and said stand by there is more to come. He was followed by Marvin Dames, the inept Minister of National Security, who said the police

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MINNIS EMBARRASSES THE BAHAMAS ON HIS CARICOM TRIP

38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, Grenada L-R: PM’s Senior Policy Advisor Joshua Sears, PM’s Personal Assistant Katherine Stewart-Marsh, Minister of Education Jeff Lloyd, PM Dr. Hubert Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, and Director General of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock. The official speech at his maiden outing at the Caricom Heads of Government meeting did not say it but the country was exercised because these people who now represent us went down to Caricom in Grenada to tell the world that The Bahamas is corrupt.   That he Hubert Minnis, our new

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THE THREE DUMMIES OF THE FNM

The picture is that of three FNM Senators in the Senate. Here is what Ranard Henfield posted as being relevant to that picture on his Facebook page: “That moment when you just heard the former Foreign Affairs Minister justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to eat quality food, live in quality accommodations and travel first class at the expense of a people that are unemployed, over-taxed, who are putting grocery back at the counter, whose electricity is off, who had to pull their kids from private school and the list goes on. “I sit and wonder if they just

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