24 Apr 2015

Ramblings of an incoherent mind

In a previous post, I linked to a video in which Vernella Alleyne-Toppin (aka ‘Shoppin Toppin’) gave a rambling, incoherent speech akin to Therese Baptiste-Cornelis. After reading two articles in the newspaper today, here and here, I can only conclude that she is suffering from a mental illness

The evidence points to it... What I see are more ramblings which, on the face of it, can lead to further legal action by those mentioned in her statements. It seems this particular politician does not learn.

“It’s interesting because the PM, Minister of Local Government, Leader of Government business, AG, many, many of my colleagues said to me...you have not done anything wrong, you cannot apologise”.

Alleyne-Toppin however noted: “The first time I saw my credit card statement was on the Express. Now my lawyer is Om Lalla and he has outlined all of what could happen, and when we were just about to go to court with it, he became the candidate for somebody else. So I put that on hold because Trinidad and Tobago is such a small place...But he said you are going to make millions of dollars here...,” she said.

She said Fuad Khan kept telling her “they say you have to apologise; the country is calling for you to apologise...One weekend I was so overwhelmed, the pressure was great. I was on papers 42 days straight in the Express, my husband was sick...I don’t know about stress...I say OK, say you’re not an arrogant person, you’re a humble person, don’t let people feel you don’t want to apologise...Then my daughter came and she said, ‘Mummy for your peace of mind, she say let us write an apology. So we crafted it, so that it said basically, I apologise for the circumstances surrounding the issue of the credit card. Because I felt that my constituency...was hurt. The Alleyne family was hurt, the whole Toppin family was hurt,” she said.

Alleyne-Toppin expressed her pain over the TOP’s position on the issue. “I have been to a meeting where there was supposed to be an election, I see it mash up...and nobody has been brought before the Disciplinary Committee. Yet Stanley put out a statement to the press that he, that the TOP condemns my alleged abuse. I had never abused the card.”

I’m sure many of these people will, in the course of the  next few days, be scrambling to disassociate themselves from her and her statements. The more she speaks in public, the more she embarrasses herself and the government she is part of. I look forward to the next saga in the series.

22 Apr 2015

Covered!

This tree looks beautiful, all covered in spring flowers.

Morality, Restraint and the Law

This morning, like a light bulb flashing in my  head, I had a ‘what the!’ moment, after reading several bits and pieces of news online. Many of the articles I read were about relatively minor things – common sense things as it were – being regulated by law, when a little restraint on the part of the public could have averted the need for the long arm of the law reaching out.

Take for example:

The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago has seen need to legislate and make it an offence for a “person to drive or operate a motor vehicle while having in the cabin area...an opened bottle, container or vessel with any alcoholic beverage”. The mischief this is meant to deal with is obvious… those macho souls who drive with a bottle in one hand and the other on the steering wheel.

After a boat carrying 700 migrants sank off the coast of Libya, (400 migrants drowned in another incident just the week before), the editor of the Sun David Dinsmore, and columnist Katie Hopkins who described the migrants as ‘cockroaches’, have been referred to the police for “incitement to racial hatred”.

Her words were: “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit “Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984”, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors”.

These are just two of the many instances where common sense and a little restraint can go a long way, but because the moral compass of those involved is a bit skewed, we have the long arm of the law being wielded as a baton. In other words, if they can do it on their own, the law will force them to do it… toe the line so to speak. I say, “Good on the law.”

19 Apr 2015

Spring is in the air

Took these photos on a walk yesterday.  Lovely weather made it a wonderful, calming stroll.

11 Apr 2015

Shot in the Arse

A woman police constable (WPC) attached to Barataria Police Station had to be rushed to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope yesterday after she was shot while performing duties at the station.

At about 1 p.m. yesterday, the WPC, who is attached as a Special Reserve Police officer, was seated in the charge room of the station taking a report when a loud explosion was heard.

The officer felt a burning sensation to her buttocks and leg and she soon realised that she had been shot.

The injured officer was then rushed to the hospital, where she was treated by doctors on call.

Police sources said the bullet had penetrated her buttocks and lodged in her ankle.

Senior officers from the division, including Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Boxhill and Superintendent Trim, visited the station following the incident and ordered that an investigation be launched to determine the cause of the shooting.

They were then expected to visit the injured woman at hospital.

Police sources said that initial enquiries indicated that a licensed firearm at the station had been accidentally discharged.

Investigations are continuing.

The above is the entire article from the Express. The highlighted parts will explain my title. (^_~)

It does raise some questions though. For example, looking at some of the details, I observe she was seated. The bullet penetrated her backside and lodged in her ankle, meaning it had a downward trajectory. The question then arises, where did it come from? Some smartass will say “a gun” at this point, but there is a certain mystery here that needs an answer. Did the bullet come from a fellow officer’s gun? Or, did she have it tucked in her waist at the small of her back (do police have a ‘small of the back, given their rotund shapes?), and it went off, blasting a hole in her derrière?

If the first situation, then how did a fellow officer manage to fire a gun in a charge room? Carelessness? Deliberate maliciousness? If the second situation, why was the gun not holstered and the safety on?

But here’s the bothersome thing… if a person is seated in a chair, and the bullet comes at the buttocks, how does it end up in an ankle? I mean, the ankles are not in alignment with the butt, under the chair so to speak. Just picture a person sitting, or try it yourself. That bullet would have to go through the WPC’s bottom, through the chair and into the ankle. This story doesn’t make sense.

I note that the article did not present any in-depth, probing questions by the reporter to the authorities and investigators. We must be satisfied with “initial enquiries indicated that a licensed firearm at the station had been accidentally discharged”.

Still, it’s hilarious and I make no apologies for finding humour in the situation… I’m a Trini, I can laugh at almost anything.