Thursday, May 26, 2005

Its All Over!!

So I thought i would be here alot more, since i was home and doing nothing anyway...but it seems that if you do nothing, then you have nothing to talk about.

Well yesterday the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) organized a work stoppage to bring attention to the levels of crime in our society. For the most part people complied but there were also some hostility to the move because many people are of the opinion that if a well known businessman had not gotten killed, they would have sat down and done nothing. Of course, whether you agreed with the PSOJ or not, one thing everybody agreed on, is that the action is not expected to lead to any new solutions or any lessening of the violent crimes. All that aside, the greatest shock to me was the fact that 600 jamaicans have been killed since the start of the year 2005. Five months....30 jamaicans a week....and the worst part is that i hear that some of these killings are just random to bring up the murder rate......NOW IF THEY ARE NOT CRAZY THEN I GUESS I AM. I hope they like it when a STATE OF EMERGENCY is declared and the same police that they complain about actually get the backative to shoot and kill; because they CANNOT believe that the powers that be are going to sit back and watch total anarchy reign....well maybe its me that does not believe that!

So what have i been doing? NOTHING....but starting next week i can start light exercises and the doctor said tennis can restart in the middle of june....You think i am happy...yes i am!!!! As soon as I am finished here I will give my coach a call and give him the good news. And that's not all, starting next week, I also go back to work. Now that i am sad about, I thought i would have been bored stiff for six weeks and dying to get back to work...NOPE, not at all, I want another week!! But i will go back and i will become stressed in exactly 2 hours...I had a backlog of stuff to clear, that i did not get through and there are a million things piling up on my desk awaiting my return.

Well I am off to grand ole Paris (figuratively) for the French Open!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Anarchy Reigns!!!

So i had this plan to make a post entiled "Are The Peacekeepers Here Yet?".....that should have been done like 2 weeks ago, but i was lazy as usual. That would have been when we were sure that all hell had broken loose and we had the highest number of murders in any one week, not to mention the west indies cricket team were making us feel like fools against the very last bastion of organized racism......South Africa.....

But that was all before this week began. Now we are absolutely sure that there is war as there seems to be an organized effort to exterminate police men, in some sort of retaliation for the killing of a "don" (community leader/head criminal) in one of our more volatile communites. Unfortunately for law abiding citizens, for whom the police is a buffer between them and us, we have to consider it a war against us as well. No matter how we berate the police ( for extrajudicial killings, bribery, general corruption), they are the force mandated to keep law and order in our society and to wrestle back power from these criminal gangs.

Three policemen and a security guard were killed in the space of about 12 hours in Kingston between last night and this morning. The only bright spot that was that two of the assasins were also killed in one incident because luckily they were plain clothes policemen nearby who saw what was happening and proceeded to engage the men in a shootout which thankfully the police won. It was reported that a 9 mm gun with 105 live rounds of ammunition, yes 105, was recovered from the men. Another policeman was killed when the police station was attaked by men with high powered weapons, and yet another who was on his way to work on his motorbike.

May God help us all!

So my question remains...... ARE THE PEACEKEEPERS HERE YET?