Right now I’m supposed to be in exile and solitude, studying the works of the Philosophers and mastering my techniques, but I have to it leave now. I have to confront this fuckery. The fuckery in question is that which appeared on the front of the Jamaica Observer, i.e. Male jogger gang-raped. Now before, we go through the story and pick apart the the bullshit, let me declare my stake in this.
I jog there.
Four days a week. Including that Monday morning , from about 4:20 in the the morning, to 5. And I didn’t see no women helping no man bleeding out his ass (excuse my double negatives). On Tuesday, i.e., the day after the alleged incident, I had a day off from work, and when I went out,I did not hear about any such incident from my friends in the adjoining communities of Meadowbrook Estate, Patrick City, or Duhaney Park.This is rather odd, as the last rapist in our community, was easily identified and very well known, having done his campaign of rape and pillage on the poorly lit Daytona Avenue section of Patrick City. So for a man to have had been gang-raped, and no news or gossip of it for two days is rather odd in our community.
Bu enough of that. We constantly hear about a Gay Agenda, but does the Jamaica Observer have an agenda of its own? Look at the story and tell me this –
1. Who are the confirmed, named sources?
2. What is the name of the author of this story?
3. What time did this occur? It had to be very early, seeing that we are in summer, and the sun rises at 5 in the morning.
4. What was the model and make of the car that was used?
5. When he was (no doubt) carried to the hospital, which hospital was it , and who was the attending physician?
One will get no answer to these questions, indeed because the point of the Observer story is not to give answers, but mainly to instill pictures. One of those pictures is that of some poor bastard,of regular build, sitting down naked, sobbing softy to himself, while a small pool of blood spreads steadily outward from his anus. It could be any one of us. Here are the quotes from the article:
“He was found by some females who were shocked and even more surprised to see that he was bleeding heavily from his rectum,” one man, who said he assisted in untying the victim, told the Observer.
And above that:
A group of joggers reportedly found the victim naked, with his hands and feet bound, sitting on the sidewalk at the foot of the hill close to Perkins Boulevard.
Now that I have ordered the article in that order, we can see how the story is falling apart. The man has been raped to the point where he is bleeding, not from his sphincter, but his rectum, yet he is able to sit down? Let me tell you about this time when I was at KPH, and this guy was , well, “clogged up.” The guy was lying down on the bed to my left, when I see two big orderlies draw the screen, leaving just the silhouettes of the two 250 pound men holding this poor guys legs open. Then I see the doctor go with the glove on his hand, hear the Fwipm! – and then one of those screams from the horror movies like “Friday the 13th.” That guy was on is belly for two days, and that was from one finger.
So how could this guy be sitting down, after getting gang-raped?
They say the guy parked his car at an apartment complex and went jogging. The only apartment complex is Perkins Estate – a gated community. That means the only way you’re getting in or, out is if someone who lives there knows you, and can buzz you in. Yet the Observer could find no one who could help them with this story? None of the passers-by could find one offf these people to help him? This does not include the various KingAlarm private security vehicles and public transportation that regularly pass by in the mornings while I, and others jog.
So why would the Observer publish an obviously fake story, backed only by anonymous sources, with no official or named sources, or any byline? After seeing Sunday’s equally sensationalist Observer headline, a friend of mine thought that the Observer had decided to stop competing with the Gleaner, and had decided to compete with Star, for the much larger readership. While both the usual Star leader has much in common with the discussed Observer article – the problem is deeper. My friend assumed that the Observer was in the journalism business. It is not.The Observer is the in the propaganda business. Propaganda relies on hate to motivate people to to take (usually violent) action.
There are two hates that the Observer exploits in its propaganda campaign. The first is the irrational hatred of homosexuals that is espoused by very loud groups of Jamaicans.
I’m sure most of you have realized by now that all of the recent stories about homosexuals by the Observer are thinly disguised opinion pieces that have to do them engaged in crime, banditry, corruption , or their second exploited hatred – the PNP.
I think it is fairly obvious that the Observer has a very serious problem with the Simpson-Miller administration. That is quite alright. Bu instead of relying upon rational arguments rooted in logic, economics, history or common sense, they have instead decided to create a “Gay Menace.” It is a strategy that is working, at least in getting website hits. Just look at how the web hits rose yesterday, and how the Comments just piled up.
But what the Observer is trying its best to do is to create an instinctual association in the Jamaican people’s mind between Homosexuals, Criminals, and the PNP. They seem to be succeeding in associating criminals with gays. Now, as the below quote shows, they are now moving towards associating the PNP with the previous two.
Murdered People’s National Party (PNP) activist in Montego Bay, Kenley ‘Bebe’ Stephens, was a known member of the homosexual community and one of the western city’s prominent cross-dressers, who was also connected with the criminal underworld, police said.
Stephens was fingered in the illegal lotto scam, the stealing of electricity, among other illegal activities. He had strong connections in the ruling PNP, as he was one of the main fund-raisers in that part of Jamaica, and was recently elected vice-chairman of the party’s West Central St James constituency, headed by state minister for industry, commerce and investment, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, who is also MP for the constituency.
The move from Journalism to Propaganda by the Observer is a troubling one. It means that a very large media organization has abandoned any hope of using rational arguments to fix our problems and address its audience, and now only sees its audience as a herd of sheep to be tricked and manipulated into doing the “Right Thing”. This is a story with many troubling antecedents,including one society similar to ours, that had a rapidly devaluing currency, mass unemployment, virulent right-wing minority with a mastery off propaganda techniques, and a hedonistic middle class that did not take political activity seriously. History shows us how that worked out. We can only wonder how it will work out for Jamaica.