Daily Archives: July 21, 2008

New York Times Censors John McCain’s Editorial… So Barbados Free Press Prints It

Barbados Free Press Supports Barack Obama… However…

Long ago, Barbados Free Press announced our support for Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America.

Not that any of us can vote for Mr. Obama, but if we could, we would. Nobody is perfect, and we disagree with Barack Obama on several key issues, but in the end between HILLARY! and Republican candidate John McCain, we would vote for Obama.

Yes, the racial component is part of Obama’s allure. We would like to see a person with darker skin sitting in the White House. There. We said it… but at least we are honest about it.

Enter the New York Times

Last week the New York Times published an editorial by Barack Obama. We didn’t read it, but that’s life.

This week, John McCain submitted an editorial to the New York Times and they rejected it!

The editor at the NYT who rejected it was David Shipley… a former speech writer for President Bill Clinton.

Hey… the New York Times is sounding more and more like that lapdog of a newspaper, the Barbados Nation News.

So… as much as we support Obama, we support free speech and the democratic process even more. Shame on the New York Times.

Blogger Matt Drudge broke this story, which you can read here.

Here is the editorial by US Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain…

Editorial By John McCain – Rejected by the New York Times

In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.” Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of hope, but considerable hard work remains to consolidate our fragile gains.

Progress has been due primarily to an increase in the number of troops and a change in their strategy. I was an early advocate of the surge at a time when it had few supporters in Washington. Senator Barack Obama was an equally vocal opponent. “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there,” he said on January 10, 2007. “In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

Now Senator Obama has been forced to acknowledge that “our troops have performed brilliantly in lowering the level of violence.” But he still denies that any political progress has resulted.

Perhaps he is unaware that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has recently certified that, as one news article put it, “Iraq has met all but three of 18 original benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress.” Even more heartening has been progress that’s not measured by the benchmarks. More than 90,000 Iraqis, many of them Sunnis who once fought against the government, have signed up as Sons of Iraq to fight against the terrorists. Nor do they measure Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s new-found willingness to crack down on Shiite extremists in Basra and Sadr City—actions that have done much to dispel suspicions of sectarianism. Continue reading

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Barbados Police Give Up On Enforcement, Surrender To Drug Dealers – Charges Laid Down 91% Since 2005!

One More Reason Why Commissioner Dottin Should Resign

The Royal Barbados Police Force does not publish statistics, explanations or any information that would allow ordinary citizens to readily assess the performance of their police and make comparisons with previous data or other policing organisations.

Professional policing organisations like Metropolitan London publish annual reports online that contain clearly defined objectives, measures and targets – as well as performance indicators so that citizens can be informed. (Metro London Police Annual Reports here)

The Metropolitan London Police know that they must be accountable to the ordinary citizen if they are to maintain the organisation’s effectiveness and community respect.

Not so for the Royal Barbados Police Force under Commissioner Dottin.

Under Commissioner Dottin, the RBPF doesn’t even publish it’s own mailing address, station addresses, email addresses or fax number on the web. (RBPF website here)

United States Government Releases Barbados Police Performance Data!

Seeing as how the Royal Barbados Police Force won’t make performance statistics available to citizens, Keltruth Blog found another way to obtain the data: through the Government of the United States.

Apparently, if Barbados wants to participate in certain international programmes (with the grant money, of course), then it must make data available to foreign governments that it refuses to publish for Bajan citzens.

Way to go, Keltruth Blog!

For the story of just how pathetic the RBPF level of performance has been for the past three years, and to read the US State Department report, head on over to Keltruth Blog and read Barbados Drug Crime gets Worse but Drug Charges down by 91% since 2005!

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