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Subject: Testing
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Date Posted: 17:44:09 09/01/08 ()
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Subject: THE ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA FACTOR.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 17:43:58 09/01/08 ()
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THE ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA FACTOR.PLEASE LEAVE EBILLEH OUT OF IT.
For sometime now,I have watched with abiding concern the cynical recklessness with which the anti Alpha Saidu Bangura forces are bent on dragging the entity of Ebilleh into a needless dispute.
Let me make it patently clear that I am in no way speaking for the gentleman as he is very capably of defending himself in every aspects of life.
The fact of the matter however, it is totally unfair on the part of those who continue to lump the organization and the gentleman together in the on going internecine.Ebilleh has nothing to do with the dispute at all.
You can continue your battle royal with him without dragging the entire organization into precipitate commitments.
The Ebilleh organization is a very good entity that has done tremendous good in this community and they do not deserve such negative publicity.Also,Alpha Saidu Bangura is not the organization itself and special care should be taken not to project him as the organization.Ebilleh organization has no control over what a member doesin his or her private life.The fact of the matter is that some of us are getting very bored to utter extinction with the constant linking of the organization and Alpha Saidu Bangura in what ever truck you may find your selves in with him
Enough is enough.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Testing
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Subject: The Teen Daughter Of McCain's VP Pick Is Pregnant.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
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Date Posted: 16:37:16 09/01/08 ()
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I have been reliably informed that the seventeen year old daughter of Sen. John Mccain's VP pick, (Gov. Sarah Palin) is pregnant. I am sure that will tell all sensible people a lot about the kind of mother Gov.Palin is.Gov.Palin wants to compare herself to Sen. H.Clinton but it interesting to note that
Sen.Clinton's, daughter is an an adult but she is wise enough to understand that It is morally wrong to be pregnant when you are not yet legally married.
I believe that the people of the USA will start to examine the leadership qualities of Gov.Sarah Palin by using her family as her first constituency.
If you can not run your home efficiently, I dont think you can run a state or country well.


Subject: Please open an new and alternate forum
From: KABS KANU
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Date Posted: 16:31:42 09/01/08 ()
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I am advising members of this forum and Sierra Leoneans online to try to open a new and alternate forum to get around this problem of the NO-NAME-MENTIONED agreement.

It is easier to have a forum. Just go to http://www.hwforums.com and see what I am saying.

I am getting tired of what is going on. I delete 15-20 posts and ban an average of 3 IPs a day for attacks on the Awareness Times lady. I am under tremendous pressure . People are putting me under too much pressure to keep these attacks from this forum. It is difficult because the more Sylvia attacks the APC and President Koroma, the more responses she elicits from supporters of the party and the President.

I want to encourage you to start a new forum to ease the problem from my shoulders. You can have your own forum. Just go to the url I gave you.

I hope somebody will carry out my advice.


Subject: Re: Please open an new and alternate forum
From: PLEASE OPEN A NEW AND ALTERNATE FORUM
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Date Posted: 16:33:22 09/01/08 ()
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Correction.


Subject: THE EBILLEH CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND THE PDDA.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 15:28:54 09/01/08 ()
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THE EBILLEH CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND THE PUJEHUN DISTRICT DESCENDANTS ASSOCIATION:EXAMPLES OF PARAGONS OF ETHICAL AND MORAL EXCELLENCE:
The entities Ebilleh cultural,organization inc,and the Pujehun district descendants association are two organizations in the community that any true Sierra Leonean wishing to contribute his her own quota toward the task of nation building will like to belong.
They both epitomizes moral excellence,good governance,strategic sense of mission, accountability,hornesty of purpose,and above all,community services.
PDDA held their biannual dinner dance just this past Saturday and it goes without saying that all the funds wqill be remitted back home to help rebuild the lives of the citizens of the Pujehun localities.Not a single cent will be spent on buying a political job from the administration.Also,the leadership and his staff will account of everything raised right on the floor of the event even before it comes to close.I am sure Dr.Nuni did the same so no member will be left in doubt as the whereabout of the funds.That is example of honest ,moral,responsible,and dedicated leadership.
In the Ebilleh organization,through hard work,sincerity of purpose,objectivity,and a sense of cleary defined mission,they have become the bacon of hope in the religious life of this community.Now Muslims all over will have a place to break the fast and fellowship with one another free of cost.I can not conceive of anything more sacred and god fearing than that to invite fellow muslims all over to fellowship with one another in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
God will continue to bless the good intentions ob both the Ebilleh organization and the PDDA for their selfless services to mankind without asking for any gratification in kind.
If other organizations are truly desirous of acquiring the same dimension of moral excellence of this two organizations,they should copy from what they are doing because they lead by examples.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: THE EBILLEH CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND THE PDDA.
From: WHO DO YOU FEAR; ALLAH/QURAN OR EBILLEH ?
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Date Posted: 15:38:23 09/01/08 ()
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ARE THE EXECUTIVES GOING TO RESUME DRINKING ALCOHOL AND
SOME SMOKE JAMBA AFTER RAMADAN ?????

SAIDU BANGURA WROTE:-
If you decide to fast this coming Ramadan, I pray that you will
understand that after the holy month of Ramadan, you must never
again smoke JAMBA and drink ALCOHOL-

SAIDU SHAITAN:-
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.


Subject: Twisting the Legacy of a Mumu - ANOTHER POWERFUL PIECE
From: FOR ALIE FORMEH
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Date Posted: 15:19:35 09/01/08 ()
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ALIE FORMEH, HERE IS SOMETHING MORE TO GET YOU UP IN TWISTS... THIS LADY WILL KILL YOU OH. SHE IS SUCCINCT AND ABLE TO PLAY WITH THE QUEEN'S LANGUAGE MASTERFULLY. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THIS ONE BELOW? ANOTHER POWERFUL BLOW AT YOUR APC PARTY HOODLUMS? WARM HEART NOR MIX OH.

Twisting the Legacy of a Mumu
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
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One of the reasons why I termed the erstwhile Tejan Kabbah Government of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), as a Mumu Government (A Mute, Silent Government) is because that Government will go down in History as being a Government made up of components that hated each other so much that those components preferred to stay silent than to defend each other. In his latter days, Tejan Kabbah ran a Mumu Government and as should be expected, the legacy of a Mumu can be twisted at will since a Mumu cannot speak to defend itself. I wrote many pieces on the sad Mumu nature of Kabbah’s Government which are all on record.

One such piece related to the so-called "attack" on Ernest Bai Koroma and Charles Margai in Segbwema, Kailahun on August 30th 2007.

The complete silence of Tejan Kabbah’s Mumu Government towards making an official reaction to that day’s unprovoked attack by Ernest Koroma and Charles Margai’s hoodlums on peaceful Sierra Leonean citizens of Segbwema, is one reason why that Government perfectly fitted into the clothes of a "Mumu Government".

I see God’s creature writing for Standard Times Newspaper under one pseudonym is taking advantage of the Mumu nature of the SLPP to promote the false APC propaganda that Ernest Koroma came under attack in Segbwema last year. As my favourite Kailahun uncle, Dr. Sama Banya would say: BUNKUMS! What happened in Segbwema on Thursday August 30th 2007 was an unprovoked violence unleashed by hoodlums led by Ernest Koroma and Charles Margai.

Unlike Prof. Kelfala Kallon who guilelessly thought "Joe Sawan" was an existing human being, I do not exchange ideas with yellow-bellied cowards hiding behind pseudonyms but let it be clearly stated for the records that there was NEVER an attack by the SLPP on Ernest Koroma & Charles Margai in Segbwema. Koroma & Margai got stoned in Kenema after, (having committed ARSON in Segbwema), their convoy drove back to Kenema.

In Segbwema itself, rather than the lies of the duo coming under "attack", it was hoodlums, all decked out in black and wearing head bandanas with USA stars and stripes, led by Ernest Koroma and Charles Margai who attacked innocent people holding up anti-APC placards in Segbwema. It was APC and PMDC hoodlums, led by Ernest Koroma & his ally Charles Margai, who burnt down the then-ruling SLPP’s Party Offices in Segbwema town on that day in question. They did this in consonance with the armed police officers detailed to their convoy.

The pro-opposition propagandist at the time, Ms. Katrina Manson, a white foreign lady writing for Reuters International News Agency had a field day filing BLATANT LIES to Reuters as she was living in a land where the ruling party Government was made up of Mumus. I still recall my amazement that the Reuters report Katrina Manson sent over the wires purportedly from Segbwema on August 31st 2007, went unchallenged by Septimus Kaikai’s Ministry of Information and so became accepted as factual! I felt so bad for the poor SLPP supporters in Segbwema but I did not say anything as I am not an SLPP member and those who own their SLPP party were at the time too busy undermining each other to stand up for each other.

Now, to the quoted remarks by President Tejan Kabbah in Kailahun Town in mid July 2007. These were remarks made after he had toured the SLPP Party Offices in that town and the home of the Chiefdom Speaker which had been stoned and vandalized by supporters of the PMDC in that town. Kabbah returned from Kailahun with tears in his eyes at the vandalism by the PMDC but in typical Mumu style, his administration did sweet nothing to have the Police bring the PMDC perpetrators to book and since the Police Hierarchy by that time had switched sides and since the Mumu Government was not saying anything, the poor people of Kailahun suffered with no redress. Records show how a delegation of Kailahun people went to bitterly complain to Tejan Kabbah at this laid-back attitude towards their plight at the hands of the then-opposition political parties.

In his final days in power, Kabbah led a Mumu Government.

However, my 36 years on this earth has taught me that History has a way of putting everything into perspective and letting the chips eventually fall into place. Who ever would have thought that Zainab Bangura, David Tam-Baryoh and David Carew in less than ten years of December 1998 and January 1999, would have been rubbing soldiers with Leatherboot, Akim, Shekito Tarawalie and Chernor Ojuku Sesay at State House?

Zainab and the two Davids were very vocal proponents of preferring to wage continuous war against the AFRC/RUF even when it was clear that the populace was suffering as a result of the un-winnable war; the populace suffered because the clever military skills of the likes of Akim and Leatherboot adjoined with the behind-rebel-lines penmanship of Shekito and Ojuku were no match for the ECOMOG and Kamajors!

At that point, anyone (including yours truly who was by then in the USA), who called for peaceful dialogue and co-existence with our AFRC/RUF compatriots got tainted and smeared with all sorts of wicked, wicked lies by these very proponents of ceaseless war who are now co-existing with Urine Throwers up at State House. What an irony!

However, I have learnt in my 36 years on this earth that Time has a way of deleting lies, enhancing the truth, putting everything into perspective and allowing all liquids to find their proper levels.

My experience with life therefore gives me the fullest confidence that despite the Mumu nature of the last days of Kabbah’s Government, the SLPP Government of 2002 to 2007 will one day get the glory they deserve for their stewardship to this nation.

The Mumu nature of former President Tejan Kabbah’s Government (with its Mumu Minister Septimus Kaikai) will go down on record as having caused one of the biggest damages ever to the standing of their Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). I say this because the SLPP Kabbah/Berewa Government of 2002 to 2007, in my opinion, remains to be one of the finest Governments that this country has ever lived under but the silence of propagation of its successes makes it hard to burnish the SLPP’s credentials of that period. What a disservice to the SLPP’s standing! What a disservice Kabbah and Berewa caused to their own legacy!

SLPP’s Mumu Government had its faults no doubt but it promoted the freedom of its citizens in a manner never before enjoyed in this land. Tejan Kabbah’s Government of 2002 to 2007, never attacked the basic human rights of its people in the manner in which Ernest Koroma’s Government has been doing since its September 17th 2007 inception and even prior to September 17th 2007 as evidenced by APC’s unprovoked violent attack on the SLPP in Segbwema, Kailahun on August 30th 2007.

As for the planted media articles against the people of Kailahun, independent minds are watching them carefully as they appear to be laying a prelude to an even more sinister game plan.

So, once again, based upon the words uttered by President Ernest Bai Koroma in response to an obvious pack of lies from his APC Kailahun delegation, let me again say how frightened I am for this Nation under Ernest Bai Koroma’s leadership. No Joke!

Ernest Koroma is exhibiting a dangerous trait: an inability to co-exist with legitimate dissent. Koroma’s style of leadership is frighteningly getting to look just like Siaka Stevens’ own! No Joke!

The APC of Ernest Bai Koroma is desperate to silent criticisms and is setting the groundwork via false propaganda to justify their planned crack down on legitimate dissent.

May God Almighty Protect this Land of ours. Amen.


Subject: Re: Twisting the Legacy of a Mumu - ANOTHER POWERFUL PIECE
From: KABS KANU
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Date Posted: 16:13:18 09/01/08 ()
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Some of you cause all the problems on this forum. Don't worry. Your IP is gone.


Subject: Re: Twisting the Legacy of a Mumu - ANOTHER POWERFUL PIECE
From: Larry G.
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Date Posted: 15:24:29 09/01/08 ()
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Alie Formeh will not know how to handle this kind of article. He is too angry and jittery right now to be coherent.


Subject: THE REAL ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS IN SIERRA LEONE.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 14:47:59 09/01/08 ()
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THE TRUE ENEMIES OF PROGRESS AND DEMOCRACY IN SIERRA LEONE.
Let me begin by saying how honoured I am to be given space in both the Awareness Times and this current organization through which I am able participate in wide range of discussions pertaining to the collective efforts of or society in harmony with the legitimate aspirations of the April 27,1961, man.
For the privilege of being able to do so,I wish to thank Kabs Kanu and management,as well as Dr.Sylvia Bladen and staff also albeit her organization seems to have vanished into sinister circumstances.
I have over the course of time,gleaned lots and lots from the various postings ranging from the frivolous to the most fundamental character which nonetheless are very useful,informative,and superbly intellectualized.
That said,I am however constrained by sheer force of moral circumstance to comment on the other aspects of the various writings that I consider very disturbing and therefore constitutes strategic threats to the very citadel of our commonwealth.
The rigid ideological dogmatisms fundamental intolerance of opposing view points,and the us versus them mentality on the part of most forumnites are fundamentally troubling to say the least.
I must warn my fellow citizens except we all embrace the constitutional liberalism,the rise of democracy I am afraid will only about hypernationalism and warmongering.In given scenarios like those,we will be inundated by leaders with immense popularity but as the same time very authoritarian as we are beginning to see in the leadership of Ernest Bai Koroma.We cannot allow situations to arise where our leaders are transmogrified in to mythical figures part Robin Hood and part Che Que Vara.
The entity of the USA finds itself marching from the boulevard of progress to the avenue of success primarily because of the divergence of view points as enshrined in the preamble of their constitution.In our quest to create a just and egalitarian society in which the April 27,1961,man is given impetus,we have to apply pressure on the self serving politicians who enjoy the privileges of the society even as they unduly exploit their sheer coreligionists ignorance of it.
From what I have been able to glean since joining both establishments,I it is my considered judgment and candid opinion our politicians from Sir Milton to the current leadership are not so much the enemies of progress and democracy but the hypersensitive citizens seeking all manner of favours from the politicians and in the process they have become prone to fanatical irrational indestructible beliefs,Nixonian in philosophy,McCarthyite of the opinion they hold of fellow Sierra Leoneans,absolutistic in the conviction of the correctness of their opinion,disdainful of inconvenient truth,fundamentally dismissive of views that hardly dovetails their thinking.
Genuine criticisms of administration policies such as the plane load of cocaine and weapons,and the pay hikegate are considered anti APC or politically partisan to the extent they are brazen enough to question one’s patriotism even though the constitution is very clear on the right of free speech.
I have always supported the SLPP especially the one in the excellent tradition of Sir.Milton Margai.Since Sir Albert took office in May 1964,I have never let my guard down about infractions of constitutional principles.My criticisms of the of the Tejan Kabbah SLLP on my part has been very unrestrained.There are moral imperatives for the strident diatribes of the Stevens/Momoh APC led administrations and the current dispensation for number of reasons:
Under the Siaka Steves rulership,:
1.The fabric of the society was turned upside down.
2.Kleptocracy was institutionalized.
3.Politics became the avenue for quick and unjust enrichments on the part of the political operatives.
4.The political process was rendered hopeless.
5.The character of the society disintegrated.
6.The logic or norm of lawlessness became an all too familiar scenario.
7.Police terriorism,judicial intimidation,electora fraud were the norms of the society.
8.Mediocrity was on the rise as were exemplified by the appointments of imbeciles in the likes of “Kotor Abdul Karim ,Momodu Munu and the miscellaneous collection of others to sensitive positions.
9.The power and influence of Paramount chiefs were rendered impotent on account of inordinate interference of party functionaries in chieftaincy matters.
10.Academic institutions were rendered meaningless.
11.The combat readiness of the armed forces was gravely undermined thereby putting the national security in strategic jeopardy.
12.While the bank accounts of the politicians grew fat,workers went without compensations for months in blatant disregard for their plights.
13. Financial indiscipline as were exemplified by the provincialgate and vouchergate scandals became very rampant.
14.Basic infrastructures collapsed.
15.The character of the society disintegrated,giving rise to expediency,lip service,condescending elitism,and attitude of benign neglect on the part of public officials.
16.What elephant projects that resulted to loss of river of money became an eye soar everwhere.
17.Bribery,greed,graft,inefficiency,avrice,replaced the former straightforwardness ,enthusiasm,zeal,and patriotism that were once the hall marks of one’s citizenship.
18.The society was on the total brink of collapse.
19.The body politic unresponsive to the quagmire facing the nation through inaction.
20.Nation afflicted by self doubts and hopelessness.
THE Momoh/Conteh administration did nothing to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.They instead compounded the problems with their promotion of ethnic hegemony with membership of the Ekutay as the only way forward to prosperity.Those who were steadfast in their refusal to be part of the cabal were left to their own designs.
The Kabbah/Demby/Berewa political trinity did not fare well any better than the APC onaccount of fundamental and strategic lack of clearly defined sense of mission and planlessness which only exacerbated the sufferings of the masses.
The Rrnest Bai Koroma administration was supposed to usher in a new era of hope for an already thoroughly demoralized society.It has however turned out to be a huge disappointment riddled with all kinds of financial corruptions,and menial disputations.There is also a fundamental lack of leadership sa have been demonstrated in so many fronts by aides who arrogate to themselves the right to initiate critical decisions affecting the commomwealth that truly should be left to the political leadership.They blatant disregard for the constitutional leadership of Ernest Koroma has now taken a sinister dimension to the extent it does not only challenges his executive authority,but threatens the very survival of the nation.These are the basis for the unrelenting attacks on him by most of us in general and Kutubu in particular because he is too beholden to parochial groups at the expense of good governance which our detractors simply refuse to see it from this prism and are thus inclined to call it anti APC and unpatriotic.
The irony of the matters are that they find practical expressions in the fundamental contracdictions,tabernacle of hypocrisy,and Orwellian double speak on the part of our compatriots in the diaspora.
They obtusely however see nothing wrong criticizing the policies of George Bush who they ofter refer to inderogatory terms.Some have even gone to the extent of questioning his political legitimacy while others have simply dismissed him as a “nattering nabob of negativism”,and agent for reactionary politics bent on dominating the world.My take is that if our compatriots are very comfortable criticizing leaders like Mugabe,Kibaki,Bush,Putin, etc etc,there should be no attempt to restrict those of us who see the Ertnest Bai Koroma administration as pernicious to good governance regardless of whether it was legitimately elected or not.Mere electoral elections hardly immunizes a government from just criticisms at all.
There are most of our compatriots who are of the opinion that one’s patriotism is enhanced and sustained by refusal to speak out against wrong doing on the part of the politicians.In that regard,they turned deaf ears,and blind eyes to infractions of principles.They would rather prefer to soliloquize infractions in the inner most recesses of their palatial surroundings.They prefer to flatter the passions of the politicians in order to obtain their favour,and gratify their revenge for fear of their contempt.In one’s contribution to the national interests,there should be no fear to incur the resentments of the detractors.
That explains why I have always criticized the Ernest Bai Koroma not out of pique but simply on account of the fact that this is an administration that is tilted toward totalitarian control at the expense of democratic and constitutional prescr1ptions.
The real enemies of progress and democracy in Sierra Leone are those who would want all of us to tow the line by singing the praises of their masters.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: THE REAL ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS IN SIERRA LEONE.
From: TAKE A BREAK FROM DUMPING CRAP
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Date Posted: 14:52:54 09/01/08 ()
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Mohamed Kutubu, can
you take a break from
dumping one long
crap after another on
this forum? Damn!


Subject: Re: THE REAL ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS IN SIERRA LEONE.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 15:03:53 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
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Just turn off the site and then you dont have to worry about me expressing my right to free speech.Plain and simple.


Subject: Re: THE REAL ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS IN SIERRA LEONE.
From: Larry G.
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Date Posted: 15:15:16 09/01/08 ()
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You are another person I like on this forum. I also miss the Awareness Times Forum but maybe the madam will reopen it for us again one day and explain the reasons behind the sinister closure of that forum.


Subject: Give back to Mama Salon
From: Love Salon
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Date Posted: 14:14:52 09/01/08 ()
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If you do not have anything to give back to Mama Salon, don't wish to distabilize it. Now, Sierra Leoneans don't care about your degree, but your contribution towards the developement of the land we love call Salon. Please read link below and see the kind of people we are look up to. Shame on una den book man way nor get natin for gee Salon, but plunder en wealth.

Six Billion Leone Ultra Modern Hotel Opens In Makeni
Saturday, August 30, 2008 - Read view of visit Sierra Leone correspondent..

Makeni was about to benefit from probably the best hotel in Sierra Leone!
Wusum Hotel, located along Teko Road has 51 rooms and 5 chalets (each with 2 rooms).
The chalets are fully equipped with a kitchen, dining area, the living rooms with 50inch plasma TV set and modern Italian furniture. Each chalet is equipped with a 19 inch wireless broadband laptop.
The also has a conference centre, wine bar/bar/night club (APEX), 3 swimming pools, business centre (with good Internet speeds) and they are planning to do car rentals from within the compound.

Beautiful
It will also house Eco-Bank in Makeni. Every room is air-conditioned, comes with a double bed, fridge and safe. It's a beautiful hotel.
It isn't officially open until later in the year, but some areas are open for business.
As even more people told me about it and I came to learn that this was the work of Vincent Kanu, former Managing Director of NP.
Another Sierra Leonean contributing positively to the tourism industry.
I eventually paid a visit to the hotel a few weeks ago and it lived up to all the hype.
The hotel is fantastic, but more than that I was comforted that maybe Sierra Leonean entrepreneurship is not dead.

Give Something Back
This hotel could comfortably sit in Freetown, that would have been the safe choice, but being born and schooled (St. Francis Secondary school) in Makeni, Vincent Kanu thought he'd give back.
Make no mistake, he's a businessman who prior to the Wusum Hotel project spent all his career in the oil industry (over 40 years).
He also worked for Agip Spa, Italy, BP, before retiring in 2005 as Managing Director of Sierra Leone National Petroleum Company.

Private Sector
He is a private sector man through and through.
When asked what his inspiration was he replied:
"Several factors - foremost being the moral obligation to pay back. I was one of the few lucky students who benefited from three scholarships from the district and it is only fair that 'I GIVE BACK TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S
During construction and for two years, 94 people were employed and currently we have a hotel staff strength of 32.
Nationalism is important Nobody will develop our country if we don't do it ourselves.
Donor countries,will encourage us to wake up, but it is left with us to decide our own future. By such ventures we are enhancing the capacity of the tourist industry, without which real economic growth will not be achieved."
Amen.
When asked why Makeni, he went on:
"Makeni is a hub with a massive tourist potential which had to be unlocked. With no modern hospitality facilities, this potential is unachievable."
Damn, I like this guy! He's on to something here. The North has enormous potential for Eco-Tourism which as yet is largely unexplored. If the Lungi-Rogberi road is constructed, this would mean that you could go straight to Makeni and comfortably spend the night before heading off on Eco-Tourism adventures.


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Subject: Did our oldman former president Kabbah lie...?
From: SORIE Jawara
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Date Posted: 14:07:47 09/01/08 ()
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Pa. KABBAH: "Sierra Leone has no business to be poor, we have everything so why extreme poverty?" Pa Kabbah was roostering in Guinea, enjoying donations ,early morning sati gbeh, afteroon lafidi and good evening peela in peanut butter soup in a mandaneka style."My fellow Sierra Leoneans, when I return , I will undertake developmental programs and eradicate poverty, every Sierra Leonean should have a home in Sierra Leone" Did this happen? Remember , in many traditions it is prohibited for young people to say Pa lie, so say it in a clever way if pa lied.


Subject: Re: Did our oldman former president Kabbah lie...?
From: No
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Date Posted: 14:15:38 09/01/08 ()
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Sorie, the answer is big NO, but even that the hartless beast said he had no regret for his 11 years of crass incompetence.


Subject: Sierra Leone, NOT Kailahun, Is The Time Bomb
From: BRA ENVIABLE
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Date Posted: 13:44:26 09/01/08 ()
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Partisan journalism is at it again at Cocorioko! Over the weekend, Cocorioko's front page intimated that a delegation from Kailahun was at State House to formally complain about the harassment of APC supporters in the just-mentioned district. In tune with its biases, Cocorioko picked up the story with a sanctimonious tone, lecturing Sierra Leoneans about the dangers of violence and the need to avoid anarchy! Cocorioko's love of nonviolence sounds too deceptive to believed. When APC thugs recently ran wild like locusts, attacking the opposition with malignant intent, Cocorioko had to be stung with criticisms before its editorial board could say a single word in condemnation of the violence. All of a sudden, the same Cocorioko has equipped itself with the eyes, and indeed the journalistic ethos, to see and condemn "anarchy" after an APC delegation came to State House with a protest from Kailahun. What a journalistic cheek to have!


The real "time bomb" in Sierra Leone resides in Ernest Koroma's loss of presidential control over a country that has since relapsed into lawlessness. Ernest Koroma is either a conniving skunk, or an apathetic president, unable to exert control over Sierra Leone. As a result, thugs of the ruling party can attack and sack opposition party premises in full view of the police. The mere fact that Kailahun is home to SLPP and APC rivals, makes that district politically attractive. How many SLPP candidates have the audacity to run for local government positions in Makeni, Magburaka and the environs beyond Tonkolili? "None!" is the unmistakable answer to that question. APC strongholds in Bombali and Tonkolili are no-go areas, and SLPP supporters who venture into those dens do so at the risk of being killed.

The Kailahun Court Barray, Kailondoh's sacred grounds in olden days, liberally bears APC and SLPP political posters, a democratic feat yet to be imitated in Bombali and Tonkolili. Please leave Kailahun alone!
Any patriotic journalist with an eye for the truth will admit that the real time bomb in Sierra Leone ticks in tandem with Ernest Koroma's lack of will to lead the nation. Koroma is all but a captive of selfish hardliners within the APC. Until President Koroma breaks loose from that straitjacket, violence in Sierra Leone will continue to be what Donald Rumsfeld once referred to as "the new normalcy."

Kailahun has at least matured enough to allow its rivals exude loyalty to the APC without spelling death in response. SLPP mayoral aspirants in Magburaka? Pigs might fly the day it happens!


Subject: Re: Sierra Leone, NOT Kailahun, Is The Time Bomb
From: The Realist
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Date Posted: 14:55:16 09/01/08 ()
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Mr. Enviable,when Kabs Kanu delivered you that blow last week that finished you, I was one of those who thought that the Rev. gentleman killed a fly with a hammer. But now I see why the Rev. used strong words on you.You are too biased. This weekend's Cocorioko is the best example of what journalism should be in Sierra Leone and in any place where there is democracy.
Kabs is not biased but it will take a non-partisan observer than the likes of you to notice that . Did you read the article Kabs wrote asking for investigations into the alleged threats on the life of Dr.Sylvia Blyden of the SLPP ? Did you read Kabs Kanu's interview of SLPP John Benjamin ? Oh yes, you did, Mr. Enviable. All of these articles negated the ones you are complaining about. Try to be fair to other people, Mr. Enviable. When you party has a tabloid like THE NEW PEOPLE that publishes nothing but lies, you look hollow , bra, when you pick a fight with the more-balanced and more responsible Cocorioko.Do you want us to change your name from Cry Baby Bra Enviable to the HOLLOW MAN ?


Subject: SIERRA LEONE, Not KAILAHUN, IS OUR TIME BOMB
From: BRA ENVIABLE
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Date Posted: 13:38:36 09/01/08 ()
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Partisan journalism as at it again at Cocorioko! Over the weekend, Cocorioko's front page intimated that a delegation from Kailahun was at State House to formally complain about the harassment of APC supporters in the just-mentioned district. In tune with its biases, Cocorioko picked up the story with a sanctimonious tone, lecturing Sierra Leoneans about the dangers of violence and the need to avoid anarchy! Cocorioko's love of nonviolence sounds too deceptive to believed. When APC thugs recently ran wild like locusts, attacking the opposition with malignant intent, Cocorioko had to be stung with criticisms before its editorial board could say a single word in condemnation of the violence. All of a sudden, the same Cocorioko has equipped itself with the eyes, and indeed the journalistic ethos, to see and condemn "anarchy" after an APC delegation came to State House with a protest from Kailahun. What a journalistic cheek to have!

The real "time bomb" in Sierra Leone resides in Ernest Koroma's loss of presidential control over a country that has since relapsed into lawlessness. Ernest Koroma is either a conniving skunk, or an apathetic president, unable to exert control over Sierra Leone. As a result, thugs of the ruling party can attack and sack opposition party premises in full view of the police. The mere fact that Kailahun is home to SLPP and APC rivals, makes that district politically attractive. How many SLPP candidates have the audacity to run for local government positions in Makeni, Magburaka and the environs beyond Tonkolili? "None!" is the unmistakable answer to that question. APC strongholds in Bombali and Tonkolili are no-go areas, and SLPP supporters who venture into those dens do so at the risk of being killed.

The Kailahun Court Barray, Kailondoh's sacred grounds in olden days, liberally bears APC and SLPP political posters, a democratic feat yet to be imitated in Bombali and Tonkolili. Please leave Kailahun alone!
Any patriotic journalist with an eye for the truth will admit that the real time bomb in Sierra Leone ticks in tandem with Ernest Koroma's lack of will to lead the nation. Koroma is all but a captive of selfish hardliners within the APC. Until President Koroma breaks loose from that straitjacket, violence will continue to be what Donald Rumsfeld once referred to as "the new normalcy." Kailahun has at least matured enough to allow its rivals exude loyalty to the APC without spelling death in response. SLPP mayoral aspirants in Magburaka? Pigs might fly the day it happens!


Subject: JOSEPH BANDABLA DAUDA AND MUSA SUMA TWO STRANGE POLITICIANS.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 12:03:28 09/01/08 ()
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JOSEPH BANDABLA DAUDA AND MUSA SUMA.
Joseph Bandabla Dauda (Jam Body For Development)the once History major FBC educated,and UK trained Lawyer turned APC politician was in great haste to get to the political top
Correspondingly,he joined forces with the APC body politic in general and the Ekutay Hegemony in particular which eventually paid off handsomely when he was elevated to one of the Vice Presidential positions in the Momoh administration.
In the politics of his native Kenema District,he became the Tamba Juannah of the region letting his constituents know that it was either the APC politics or no politics at all.
At the last Kenema Agricultural show before they were shunted aside by the Strasser hurricane ,he was the grand marshal of the march past of the citizen’s rally to welcome Momoh.
He vowed that Binkolo will be his second home.
The question is where is JBD in the new dispensation?Was he only paying lip service to maintain his place on the political high table?
As for Musa Sumah,the citizens accorded him the privilege to serve them but he became the Lord and Monarch of their destiny when in league with Stevens,and Jamil,they devised their own method of banking he funds of the SLPMB.
According to their diabolical plan,the funds were held in Sumah’s private account,which became the trio’s personal ATM at the expense of the poor farmers who got nothing in return for their Agricultural produces.
The Ministers of the Christian faith at ecumenical services commemorating the funeral rites of the departed have always opened the services with the following injunction.
“WHEN YOU LIVE,YOU LIVE ON TO THE LORD,AND WHEN YOU DIE YOU DIE ON TO THE LORD.For it is certain you brought nothing into this world,and it is certain you will return with nothing.”
Applying that dictum in Sumah’s case,I was not at his funeral service but will like to safely assume that he was not returned to his maker with a dime.
The question I am left on the horns of a dilemma to ponder over begs to know with all the ill wealth he acquired at the starvation of his fellow mankind while on earth,”WHAT DID HE PROFIT WHEN HE GAINED THE WHOLE FINANCES OF SIERRA LEONE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SUFFERING MASSES AND DIED WITHOUT TAKING A PENNY WITH HIM.”?
I am curious to learn about both gentlemen if any one cares to educate me to the effect as enquired .
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: JOSEPH BANDABLA DAUDA AND MUSA SUMA TWO STRANGE POLITICIANS.
From: Bangso
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Date Posted: 13:47:43 09/01/08 ()
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Most of what U will hear about Suma is hearsay. When Suma left the SLPMB it was millions of pounds and dollars in the Black. Suma made his money by buying and selling coffee and cocoa on the world market for dollars which no farmer or exporter could do as SLPMB was the sole exporter then(that I acceed was wrong).
The SLPMB started to go down hill when the idiotic Momoh govt was convinced to open up the market to the likes of James international. The then head of the SLPMB had a field day with the politicians emptying the bank accounts.
These facts I know as I have seen the final accounts of the SLPMB the year Suma left. Talk of Suma hold SLPMB cash in his accounts so he could cream the interest are all lies. If they were true KPMG and Pernell K F directors would have been locked up.


Subject: Re: JOSEPH BANDABLA DAUDA AND MUSA SUMA TWO STRANGE POLITICI
From: WHO DO YOU FEAR; ALLAH/QURAN OR EBILLEH
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Date Posted: 12:35:35 09/01/08 ()
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KUTUBO WROTE: -

“WHEN YOU LIVE,YOU LIVE ON TO THE LORD,AND WHEN YOU DIE YOU
DIE ON TO THE LORD.For it is certain you brought nothing into this
world,and it is certain you will return with nothing.”

SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG



Subject: To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant
From: Pregnant
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Date Posted: 11:39:28 09/01/08 ()
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To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant

By Steve Holland 11 minutes ago

ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.


Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us," the Palins' statement said.

"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.

The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple's privacy.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," the statement concluded.

MCCAIN KNEW

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter's pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.

In the short period since she was announced last Friday, Palin has helped to energize the Republican Party's conservative base, giving the McCain camp fresh energy going into the campaign for the November 4 election against Democrat Barack Obama.

McCain officials said the news of the daughter's pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called "mud-slinging and lies" circulating on liberal blog sites.

According to these rumors, Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in May to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin's child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother.

A senior McCain campaign official said the McCain camp was appalled that these rumors had not only been spread around liberal blog sites and partisan Democrats, but also were the subject of heightened interest from mainstream news media.

"The despicable rumors that have been spread by liberal blogs, some even with Barack Obama's name in them, is a real anchor around the Democratic ticket, pulling them down in the mud in a way that certainly juxtaposes themselves against their 'campaign of change,"' a senior aide said.


Subject: Gambia humiliates Sierra Leone 4-1 in U17 CAN soccer qualifi
From: Shame
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Gambia humiliates Sierra Leone 4-1 in U17 CAN soccer qualifier

Banjul, Gambia - The Gambian Under-17 national football team Sunday defea ted their Sierra Leonean counterparts 4-1 in the African nations' cup championship qualifier here.

Saikou Gassama put the hosts on victory path with his 37th minute strike and both teams later squandered penalty chances in the first half.

The Sierra Leoneans equalised in the 44th minute through Ahamed Kanu but barely five minutes into the second half, the Gambians went up 2-1 with a strike from Ebrima Bojang who was to double his strike in his debut for the national team for the fourth goal (in the 86th minute) after Slikan Manneh's goal for the host's third goal.

The return leg will be played in Freetown in two weeks time.

Banjul - 01/09/2008

Pana


Subject: Re: Gambia humiliates Sierra Leone 4-1 in U17 CAN soccer qualifi
From: Chiefdom Council of Elders
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"...The return leg will be played in Freetown in two weeks time."
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

EASY SOLUTION..."wine and dine" the referee and linesmen...release SIX prostitutes on them...give them a few "worthless Leones"...SCORE "THREE CROOKISH GOALS" on the Gambians...AND THEN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND...REMEMBER "Zone Two" in the 80'S?


Subject: Gambia U-17 Thrash Salone
From: Footballer
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Gambia U-17 make fiery start
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The Gambia Under 17 team ,yesterday, began their quest for a place in the 2009 CAF Under 17 championships finals with an emphatic 4-1 victory over visiting Sierra Leone at the Independence Stadium.

The Baby Scorpions woke up from a lackluster start to earn a big enough first leg advantage ahead of the return leg in Freetown.

Ports Authority’s Saihou Gassama opened the scoring for the baby Scorpions with only 2 minutes played. The home side could have doubled the advantage in the 25th minute if striker Alasana Camara had converted a penalty after the visitors handled the ball in the area.

Sierra Leone, who were reduced to ten men in the 45th minute after the sending off of Zuma Issa Kamara, went ahead to restore hope three minutes into the second half.

Samba Kanu pierced through the Gambian defence to slot in the equaliser, but his solo effort only proved to be a consolation when the home side later rallied and poached three second-half goals.

Real de Banjul’s Ebrima Bojang slotted in the second in the 54th minute before substitute Mbemba Simaka drove home the third in the 76th minute. Bojang, much of whom was not seen in the first half, grabbed his second of the day through an artistic shot to seal the tie at 4-1.

The Gambia will now travel to Freetown on September 12 for the return leg with the winner proceeding to meet the winner in the Ghana - Libya clash in the final qualifier phase.

Already Ghana have an edge over Libya after the Black Starlets emerged 3-0 winners in their first-leg meeting on Saturday.


Author: by Nanama Keita


Subject: Ramadan Mubarak! First Ramadan lecture: The fleeting time
From: Cocorioko's Special Imam
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Date Posted: 03:36:15 09/01/08 ()
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Asalamoalaikum! This surah is one which deserves thorough meditation and afterwards serious introspection.After reading one can decide whether to stay in the material world or in the real world of humbleness,simplicity,righteousness and straightforwardness.

Al Asr

1-IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE BENEFICIENT, THE MERCIFUL
2-BY THE FLEETING TIME
3-MAN IS SURELY IN A STATE OF LOSS
4-EXCEPT THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND DO GOOD WORKS AND EXHORT OTHERS TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH AND THOSE WHO EXHORT OTHERS TO ENDURANCE


Interpretation:

Armed with these definitions and your own inner guidance, you can create your own poetic rendering of surah al-'Asr... just go through the surah word-by-word, inserting the definition of each word that seems to speak to your heart, such as:

For the glory of Allah, the Merciful One Who is endlessly Beneficent, and Who Graciously rewards those who live in Divine harmony,

1) There is no time to waste!

2) Truly any person has strayed from the [straight] path

3) unless they believe [in Allah], do works of righteousness, encourage one another by means of divine Truth, and encourage one another through patient perseverance.


Subject: Who speaks for Ebilleh
From: Olushola
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Date Posted: 00:53:02 09/01/08 ()
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The Constitution of Ebilleh Cultural Organization, Inc.

(A State of Maryland non-profit Corporation)

The Preamble:

Cognizant of the need for unity and the desire to foster good relationship, brotherhood and sisterhood among ourselves and other nationals, we the members of Ebilleh Cultural Organization, Inc. in the United States of America hereby commit ourselves to this constitution.

Article One:

Name, Motto, Color and Language.

Section One:

Name:

The name of this Organization shall be Ebilleh Cultural Organization.

Section Two:

Motto:

The motto of this Organization shall be peace, unity and respect for all members.

Section Three:

Color:

The official color of this organization shall be olive green.

Section Four:

Language:

The official languages of this organization shall be Yoruba, Creole and English.

Article Two:

Aims and Objectives.

Section One:

1. To foster understanding among all the descendants of Fourah Bay, Foulah Town, Funkia and Aberdeen in the United States of America and elsewhere.

2. To coordinate and foster activities beneficial to the organization.

3. To galvanize ourselves in promoting financial and social programs of the organization.

4. To contribute towards the development of Fourah Bay, Foulah Town, Aberdeen and funkia communities and cooperate with these

Communities in Sierra Leone.

5. To protect the interest and well being of all members in good standing and provide a medium for the discussion of common interests.

6. To come to the aid of members in good standing in situations of emergency.

7. To develop programs designed to educate our children in the United States of America about our Aku Mohammedan culture and tradition.

8.

Article Three:

Membership.

Section One:

1. Membership of the organization shall be open to all descendants of Fourah Bay, Foulah Town, Aberdeen and Funkia as well as those men and women who share and sustain the cultural tenets of these communities.

2. Spouses of members in good standing shall also be considered members.

3. Approved members shall pay an enrollment fee of $25.00 and a $10.00 monthly due before final action by the general assembly.

4. Honorary membership shall be accorded to persons who demonstrate genuine interest in the affairs of the organization.

5. There shall be a yearly rebate of $100.00 contribution to be paid on or before the June sittings of the general assembly or a $120.00 yearly contribution to be paid no later than the November sittings of the house.

Article Four:
Rights, Duties and Obligations.

Section One:

1. Every member of the organization shall be accorded fair and equal treatment in accordance with the principles laid out in the constitution.

2. All new members shall complete a probationary period of six months and shall also include a mandatory attendance of 50% of all general meetings, fulfilling all financial obligations and shall not hold office for the duration of the probationary period.

3. No member shall engage in activities or conduct so blatant as to bring the organization into disrepute.

4. Any member found wanton in his or her obligations to the organization shall be penalized.

5. Members are obligated to host a general meeting.




Article Five:
Administrative Organs.

Section One:

The administrative setup of the organization shall comprise the following organs:

a) The General Assembly

b) The Executive Council

c) The Standing Committees

2. The General Assembly shall be the highest legislative organ of the organization. It shall exercise veto rights over the initiatives of the executive council and shall require a simple majority to override all executive decisions.

3. The executive council shall be responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization.

4. The president shall be the Chief Executive officer with enforcement powers. The president shall be assisted by the executive council.

5. The standing committees shall serve as an auxiliary force to the executive council. The president shall appoint the heads and members of the committees subject to the approval of the general assembly.

Article Six

Duties and Obligations:

Section One:

a) The President

1. Shall be elected by the entire general assembly.

2. Shall be the official representative and principal spokesperson for the organization

3. Shall appoint and dismiss cabinet members, committee heads and members with the approval of the general assembly.

4. Shall be a signatory in all financial transactions on behalf of the organization.

5. Shall set up ad hoc committees as and when necessary.

6. Shall call emergency meetings upon consultation with the secretary general.

7. Shall delegate official duties to any member of the organization as deemed fit and proper.

8. Shall submit his / her letter of resignation to the general assembly.

Section Two:

b) The Vice President

1. Shall be designated principal assistant to the president and shall assume the office of president when it becomes vacant.

2. Submit his / her letter of resignation to the president.

c) The Secretary General:

1. Shall be the head of the secretariat and chief of staff.

2. Shall be responsible for recording and presentation of the minutes at meetings.

3. Shall notify members of all meetings, dates, places and time.

4. Shall be a signatory for all financial transactions on behalf of the organization.

5. Shall be the director of communications on behalf of the organization.

d) The Assistant Secretary General:

1. Shall be designated the principal assistant to the secretary general and shall assume the office of secretary general as soon as it becomes vacant.

e) The Financial Secretary:

Shall be the custodian of all financial records of the organization and
Shall monitor and record all financial transactions accurately.

Shall apprise members of their financial obligations on a monthly basis.
Shall receive funds on behalf of the organization and shall promptly hand over such funds to the treasurer for banking purposes in a lawfully authorized institution of the organization’s choice.
Shall be one of the official signatories for all financial purposes.
Shall compile quarterly financial reports.

f) The Treasurer:

1. Shall be responsible for making all deposits on behalf of the organization.

2. Shall receive all monies from the financial secretary and deposited in the organization’s account no later than three business days upon receipt.

g) The Social and Organizing Secretary:

Shall serve as the organization’s chief of protocol with the responsibility of managing all social as well as ecumenical activities on behalf of the organization.

h) The Asst. Social and Organizing Secretary

Shall serve as the principal assistant to the Chief of Protocol and shall assume the office of social and organizing secretary when it becomes vacant.

i) The Whip:

1. The whip shall be the chief law enforcement officer of the organization.

2. Shall assist the president to conduct all meetings.

3. Shall enforce all disciplinary actions imposed on members by the organization.

Article Seven:

Qualification for membership of the executive branch and committees.

Section One:

1. A candidate for any office in the executive council, committee chair or members of committees shall be in good financial standing before appointment: Such claim shall be verified by the general assembly.

Article Eight:

Terms of Office:

Section One:

1. The president shall be elected every two years.

2. There shall be no term limit for the office of the president.

3. Executive council members and committee heads shall hold office at the pleasure of the president.

Article Nine:

The Electoral process:

Section One:

1. The President subject to the approval of the general assembly shall appoint all executive members, committee heads and members with the exception of the audit committee members.

2. Administration officials shall be removed from office only with the consent of the general assembly.

3. Only members in good financial standing shall exercise voting privileges.

4. Nominations of candidates for the office of President shall be held one week prior to voting.

5. Voting shall be held in the November meeting of the organization.

6. There shall be a public inaugural event of the new administration in January of the ensuing year.

7. There shall be a smooth transfer of authority from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration. Such transfer of authority shall include official documents, assets and property belonging to the organization one month after the Presidential election.

8. The office of President shall be open to all members in good standing.

9. Candidates shall be at least thirty years of age.

Article Ten:

Finances.

Section One.

The Finances of the Organization shall be derived from the following sources.

Fundraising events

Registration fees

Monthly dues

Community donations

Disciplinary Fines.

Section Two:

All monetary claims against the organization shall be submitted with relevant authentic and verifiable supporting documents to the treasurer for settlement.

Section Three:

Expenditure in excess of $500.00 shall be submitted to the general assembly for approval before disbursement.

Article Eleven:

The standing committees of the organization shall be.

The Religious affairs and education committee:

This committee shall comprise all the clerics and elders of the organization. One of its members shall be designated chairman by the President subject to the approval by the general assembly. The committee shall officiate at all religious gatherings on behalf of the organization. The committee shall be in charge of the school.

The Audit committee:

This committee shall comprise of three members. This committee shall be appointed by the general assembly. This committee shall be independent of the executive branch. This committee shall examine all financial transactions entered into on behalf of the organization. Shall conduct audits at least twice a year. Shall submit their findings directly at the following sittings of the house.

The Ad Hoc committee:

Shall be constituted by the President as and when necessary.

Article Twelve:

Rules governing the conduct of meetings.

Section One:

1. Members shall speak in turn only after duly recognized by the chairman.

2. The chairman shall be in full control of the agenda and shall present items for debate as deemed expedient.

3. The chairman shall allocate equal time to each member on any particular topic under debate.

4. Only members in good standing and whose financial obligations are not in arrear for 90 days shall be eligible to participate in general meetings including the acts of raising motions and casting votes.

5. Visitors, non-members and observers shall only participate in general meetings at the discretion of the chairman.

6. A member shall not interrupt a speaker unless it is to correct a procedural error and only if it determined that such interruption shall be helpful to the smooth running of the meeting.

Article Thirteen:

Disciplinary Action:

Section One:

1. Suspension, fines or expulsion of any member shall result from the following infractions of principles of the organization.

2. Potential conflict of interest

3. Disruption of organization’s meetings in any way.

4. Physical violence at any gathering of the organization.

5. Vulgar expressions, derogatory remarks and repulsive comments uttered at any Ebilleh function.

6. Flagrant disrespect of any member.

7. Fraudulent conduct in the organization.

8. Criminal misappropriation of organization funds.

Section Two:

Penalties:

1. The organization shall reserve the right to initiate criminal prosecution against any member for theft of any kind.

2. The President shall bring to the attention of the general assembly activities of any member at variance with the legitimate aspirations of the organization.

3. There shall be a $10.00 fine imposed on any member for disorderly conduct at meetings. All such fines shall be paid promptly.

4. Any member who without any valid reason or lawful authorization repeatedly fails to attend meetings for a period of six months and does not honor his or her financial obligations for the period in question shall be dismissed from the organization. However, if he or she wishes to return to the organization, there shall be a $300.00 fee for the readjustment of membership status to be paid in full before acceptance.

5. There shall be a $100.00 surcharge as service fee for the use of the organization’s prestige and good offices in any given situation.

6. Penalties for violating any provision in the constitution shall range from fines to expulsion from the organization.

Article Fourteen:

Amendments:

Section One.

1. Proposals to amend the constitution shall be made in writing to the President specifying articles are to be amended.

2. Proposals for amendment shall be signed by at least two thirds of the members in good standing.

3. Proposal shall be signed, voted on by the general assembly and shall have two-thirds majority before enactment.

Article Fifteen

Quorum:

Section One.

1. A minimum of ten members shall form the quorum for general meetings.

Article Sixteen

Indemnity of officers:

Section One.

1. Executive and appointed members shall be indemnified from legal prosecutions in the discharge of their duties.

Dated: 10/18/2002

Alpha Saidu Bangura, Chairman

Aunty Saudatu Cole, Committee counsel

Alpha Kutubu Koroma, Secretary



Subject: Re: Who speaks for Ebilleh
From: FEAR ALLAH AND THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT
To: All
Date Posted: 03:50:44 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
ARE THE EXECUTIVES GOING TO RESUME DRINKING ALCOHOL AND
SOME SMOKE JAMBA AFTER RAMADAN ?????

SAIDU BANGURA WROTE:-
If you decide to fast this coming Ramadan, I pray that you will
understand that after the holy month of Ramadan, you must never
again smoke JAMBA and drink ALCOHOL-

SAIDU SHAITAN:-
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.


Copy to:
EBILEH.ORG

EXECUTIVES OF EBILLEH ORGANIZTION SEE SAIDU SHAITAN POSTING


Subject: Re: Who speaks for Ebilleh
From: Midlands Gbada Man
To: All
Date Posted: 03:02:50 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-228-230.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.228.230

Message:
"To foster understanding among all the descendants of Fourah Bay, Foulah Town, Funkia and Aberdeen in the United States of America and elsewhere".

Is this not what we are criticising both at home and abroad? If this is an organisation for Sierra Leoneans why restrict your activities only to four areas and the the worst of it areas that do not include the provinces?
Why are you guys still living in the past of promoting regionalism? No wonder it is an SLPP off-shot.

Is yoruba a tribal language in Sierra Leone? Please grow up and free yourselves from Nigerian cluthes!

By the way can you guess the age of Alpha Saidu Bangura?


Subject: Expel Saidu Bangura from Ebilleh NOW
From: Olushola
To: All
Date Posted: 00:56:01 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
3. No member shall engage in activities or conduct so blatant as to bring the organization into disrepute.

4. Any member found wanton in his or her obligations to the organization shall be penalized.


Subject: Re: Expel Saidu Bangura from Ebilleh NOW
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 14:43:56 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.227

Message:
Olushola, I am one of the people who drafted the Ebilleh constitution, therefore, I will always abide by it.
I have been in the Ebilleh Jamat for almost TEN(10)years as a very valuable and active member. The entire membership will tell you that I will never put my jamat into disrepute. I had proved to my brothers and sisters in Ebilleh and the Sierra Leonean community that I am a devout Muslim and I will always conduct my life in-accordance with the tenets of Islam because that's how I was raised and that Is all I know.
If you have evidence/proof that I did anything outside the constitution of Ebilleh,please, come out clearly and present yourself and your proofs to the jamat. Rest assured that the jamat will investigate your case without favour or ill-will.
But, If I decide as of my right to post anything that I am know Is true on this forum and some people fit guilty, instead of dealing with me, they decide to attack Ebilleh, I am sure you and all sensible people will agree with me that , that is dead wrong. Ebilleh has nothing to do with my actions on this forum. All the good and sober minded people who read my posts with open minds, understand that point. Please do not forget that the right Rev. Kabs-Kanu had made it clear many times, that views expressed on this forum are not views of any organization or institution, they are personal view expressed by the writers. I will always put my correct names(ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA) on all my posts for the following reasons:
(1) I am sure that whatever comes from me, Is true and I have sufficient proof to justify it.
(2) I take full responsibility for my actions.
(3) I will never have NO REGRET for my actions therefore I will never apologize to nobody.
I did it yesterday, I am doing it today and I will do it again tomorrow only because it is right. People must enjoy doing the right thing because it is the RIGHT THING TO DO.
It is very unfortunate that some people like you, can not see that massive difference between Alpha Saidu Bangura and the Ebilleh jamat.(I hope and pray that you and your friends on this forum will understand my points).
I will always continue to serve the Ebilleh jamat with distinction till I die. Nobody will be able to take me out off my beloved JAMA EBILLEH.


Subject: Re: Expel Saidu Bangura from Ebilleh NOW
From: WHO DO YOU FEAR; ALLAH/QURAN OR EBILLEH
To: All
Date Posted: 15:15:47 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
ARE THE EXECUTIVES GOING TO RESUME DRINKING ALCOHOL AND
SOME SMOKE JAMBA AFTER RAMADAN ?????

SAIDU BANGURA WROTE:-
If you decide to fast this coming Ramadan, I pray that you will
understand that after the holy month of Ramadan, you must never
again smoke JAMBA and drink ALCOHOL-

SAIDU SHAITAN:-
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.


Copy to:
EBILEH.ORG


Subject: From a desperate pessimist:And If Obama Loses?
From: Culled from real clear polics.com
To: All
Date Posted: 00:34:33 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
August 29, 2008
And If Obama Loses?
By Patrick Buchanan

DENVER -- After the phony roll call vote was taken here to formally nominate Barack Obama -- a roll call that did not remotely reflect the true delegate strength of Hillary -- the media exploded in an orgy of celebration about the historic character of the moment to which they had just been privileged to be witness.

"The first black presidential nominee ever of a major party in history!" was proclaimed. Coming on the 45th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Barack's nomination is being hailed as the last great step forward in the long march to equality and justice in America.

The moral pressure to join the march of history is enormous.

Nor is it unfair to say that some journalists here are obsessed with the issue of race in this campaign. There may be wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising tensions with Russia, a falling regime in Pakistan, and reports of U.S. and NATO warships headed for the Persian Gulf, but here it is all about the first black ever nominated for president.

During the primaries, Bill Clinton was charged with racism by liberal Democrats for saying that Barack's claim to being consistent on Iraq was a "fairy tale" and for implying that Barack's victory in South Carolina was no big deal because Jesse Jackson had carried the state twice.

Here at the convention, the media watched Hillary and Bill's speeches with a commissar's care -- to ensure they not only embraced Barack but "validated" his credentials to be president. Should they not go all out for Obama, we are told, the Clintons are dead in the party.

The psychic investment in Barack's candidacy is immense.

So great is the moral pressure to conform that John Lewis, the young hero of Selma Bridge, buckled and recanted his endorsement of Hillary. And that act of disloyalty and betrayal, a capitulation to race solidarity, is regarded as praiseworthy.

Black radio has become a cheering section for Obama. Every GOP ad mocking Obama is inspected for racial motives. Campaign books that portray Obama as a radical or phony are denounced by people who have not even seen them. The thought police are out in force.

Michelle Obama's speech about her upbringing and beliefs -- crafted by Barack's hires -- is said to be the last word on what a mainstream patriotic woman she is. But why, then, would she have taken her two lovely daughters to be baptized by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and to listen on Sundays to his racist rants against America?

Abroad, we are told, Europe and the Third World are awaiting the moment when America turns her back on her racist past and elevates this black man to the presidency. The subtext is that this is not just a political contest, but a moral test for America.

Indeed, many have begun to see this election in solely racial terms, an issue of whether racism once again triumphs in America, or racism is buried one and for all.

Questions arise. With this immense moral and emotional investment in a Barack victory -- by 94 to 1 in one poll black America is behind him -- what happens if the nation decides he is too radical, too inexperienced, too callow, too risky to be president?

What happens if the American people reject their marching orders and say no to Barack and black America? What happens if all the hopes and dreams, hype and hoopla, end in disillusionment?

Would the defeat of Barack Obama be taken as an affront to black America? Could we be in for a time of deepening racial division rather than healing? Could we be in for a long, hot autumn like the long, hot summers some of us recall from 40 years ago?

One black preacher here suggested as much to me.

Should that happen, the people who have framed this election as a contest between morality and racial justice on one side, and the clammy hand of America's racist past on the other, will bear the same moral responsibility as did the advocates of mass civil obedience for the racial riots of the 1960s that followed.

Barack has just shot 6 points ahead of McCain. But he has not yet closed the sale. And to prevent his closing of the sale, the GOP must raise doubts in the public mind as to whether he is really a man of Middle America or the closet radical of the Rev. Wright's congregation who said of Pennsylvanians that they are bitter folks, who cling to their Bibles, bigotries and guns because the world has left them behind.

No candidate has ever been nominated by a major party with fewer credentials or a weaker claim to the presidency, or more doubts as to his core beliefs. If Obama wins, the country could be in real trouble. And if he loses, the country could be in real trouble.

What the media celebrate today, they may rue tomorrow.


Subject: A Very Important Public Notice.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 23:24:40 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-105.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.105

Message:
The Ebilleh Jamat based in Maryland, will be preforming TARAWEEH PRAYERS during this holy month of Ramadan at our new community center,3307 Hubbard Rd, Hyattsville,MD. starting at 9 pm everyday.
An open invitation is extended to all Muslims(people who totally submit themselves to the will of God).
COME ONE, COME ALL and enjoy the blessings of the month of Ramadan.
Please, dont forget that the Almighty ALLAH says in sura Baqarah(chapter 2, verse 153 of the holy Quran):
YAA-'AYYUHALLAZIINA 'AA-MANUSTA-'IINUU BIS-SABRI-
WAS-SALAAH,'INNALLAAHA MA'AS-SAABIRIIN.
Translation:
O you who believe! Seek Help With Patient,
Perseverance and Prayers: For God Is With Those
Who Patiently Persevere.
I pray that God will accept the prayers of all Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan. Amin.


Subject: Re: A Very Important Public Notice.
From: WHAT PRACTICES CONSTITUTES AS MUSLIM ?????
To: All
Date Posted: 04:09:13 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO
MR.
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.


COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Re: A Very Important Public Notice.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 09:24:23 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
Are wan for soraw, but are dae fraid dee doctor ee bomb


Posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 31, 2008 at 09:14:36:

In Reply to: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) ! posted by EBILLEH INTEGRITY AND CREDIBILITY LOST on August 31, 2008 at 00:18:27:


"...SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG"
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Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA



Subject: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 22:02:59 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU


Posted by Alie Formeh Kamara on August 31, 2008 at 20:06:22:

In Reply to: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU posted by KABS KANU on August 31, 2008 at 08:08:21:

"With all due respect to you, Kabbs Kanu, I see no reason why you would not permit a response to your article entitled " Death Threats and Persecutions: We Call for Investigations into Publisher's Claim" By writing the article you have injected yourself into the issue and any Pro APC response will likely discredit Sylvia Blyden's allegation and dismiss it as a political fray. By the way, no one knows more about what Sylvia Blyden is capable of than yourself who had faced the evil wrath of that woman in the past.

I dont see how you can say, this time arround, that no one is allowed to write about Sylvia Blyden on the forum when you yourself is calling for an investigation of her allegations.

I understand perfectly well where you are coming from with your argument and your apeal for an investigation. As a servant of the Lord, you will be remiss if you fail to speak out after reading about a death threat. And as an Editor who shares something in common with other editors you feel obliged to stand by your peers in times of agony and distress, especially to combat undue hardship to members of that profession belonging to your Union.

But just as you were enumerating instances of past foul play on Editors to justify your apeal I am very certain that you are fully aware that the Editor, Sylvia Blyden and her News Paper, have a troubled history and her activities makes her very vulnerable and liable to judiciary proceedings.

Oh! and let me remind you that every instance of foul play on Editors you noted were not foul plays by the APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma. I can say emphatically that every government reserves the right to bring to court cases where in an Editor knowingly writes an article that is false or is negligent in reporting stories that are false but that harms the government.

Sylvia Blyden's story can be summed up as follows:

GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONARIES PLAN TO KILL SYLVIA BLYDEN. THEY HAVE GIVEN ORDERS TO SEARCH SYLVIA BLYDEN'S RESIDENCES AND BUSINESSES ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 AND TO PLANT EITHER COCAIN OR SOME ILLEGAL DOCUMENTS SO AS TO HAVE A REASON TO ARREST AND JAIL HER. WHILE IN JAIL THE POLICE WILL KILL HER.

Sylvia knows the source of the information. She says the source is usually credible. She points to one instance when the source appeared credible and concluded that the information given to her about the government's plot to kill her is therefore credible.

Here is an advise I have for Ms. Blyden. It comes from an old saying that ' If you can't stand the heat get out of the Kitchen'.

Just so that Ms. Blyden does not misinterprete my advise to her, I will clarify it by saying that if she wants to be a Reporter she should strive to be a good one. A good Reporter reports the news objectively and when they give opinions their expressions are different and they own them.

Many Reporters, especially Reporters in Sierra Leone are not adequately trained. They often find themselves in hot waters on the other side of the law for statements they made that may cause havoc on another person or institution.

Governments cannot continue to look the other way when Journalists flagarantly misrepresent the truth in such a manner that the act undermines or discredits or has the potential to cause damage.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden is treading on a thin line and a slippery slope with her Awareness times Newspaper which in my opinion is a partisan newspaper and appears to thrive on anti-APC articles. I believe that her overzealousness in defaming the APC is the culprit and it is taking precedence over her objectivity in reporting the news. This sometimes makes her scared.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden has every reason to be scared because her compulsion to write and discredit the APC government under false pretexes appears uncontrollable.

If the Reverend, Kabbs Kanu, cares about Ms. Blyden perhaps he should counsel her.

If the Police plans to have a search warrant on September 1, 2008 as alleged by Ms. Blyden I beleive that they would do so legally. The Sierra Leone Police Force has come a long way in professionalism. Lets give credit where credit is due.

The decision to jail Ms. Blyden is in the jurisdiction of the courts and because such matters are maters of public information, we will all learn the reasons why.

I realize that it will take a while for people to make the distinction between acts of the Executive branch of government and those of the Judiciary because the distinctions were blurry under the former government.

The APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma, is commited to democracy and fully respects the divisions of authority between the branches of government.

Any respectable government will treat the allegation of a murder plot seriously because it casts a bad shadow over the government as a muderous government. Let us suppose that Ms. Blyden is called in for interrogation so that the truth be told. And if Sylvia Blyden fails to reveal her source of information or even to cooperate she can be in a lot of trouble.

One question I would like to ask readers is whether it is okay for Reporters to call a government a murderous government without substantiation and yet not been liable for it.

If Ms. Sylvia Blyden, after taking stock of her activities, is scared that her compulsion to defame the APC by reporting fasle news is catching up to her, this allegation she has made is very likely to put her in the hot waters that she is trying to escape."

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

ALLIE FORMEH KAMARA, THANKS FOR A VERRY BRILLIANT ARTICLE!



Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: Larry G
To: All
Date Posted: 14:41:26 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
I dont see anything brilliant about the article. I see a jittery party supporter though scared of a very brilliant lady giving his party a good run for their money.

Sylvia Blyden is running circles around the APC and coming out looking pretty good too.

Alie Formeh's response is jittery. Does he really think Sylvia Blyden cares or fear being called in for questioning "AGAIN" by the APC??? ... and making her even more populare than she already is? Ho ho. Think again Alie Formeh


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 15:00:34 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
So that is what she is looking for ? Popularity ? You SLPP have a problem.


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: Larry G.
To: All
Date Posted: 15:33:24 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
Do I look SLPP to you? Why do you say that?


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: LONG TIMER
To: All
Date Posted: 14:04:35 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
Because unlike you, it is Kabs Kanu who will suffer when the dogs are let out. I don't even know why Kabs Kanu is tempting fate by allowing you to break RULE NUMBER ONE: Don't attack Sylvia Blyden on this forum.


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 15:23:20 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
What do you mean that I will suffer if the dogs are let out ? You don't really know what is going on. I am being restrained that is why I am going easy. Even this response to you will not go down well with those restraining me. Though I will be mindful that I am a Reverend, please do not test my resolve.Your response is very provocative to me. I will listen to all those advising me to go easy only to a point.If I get pushed beyond endurance, the real Kabs Kanu will come out and you don't want that, do you ? Don't forget too.I have lots of supporters I am restraining every day. Some of them are angry with me, like the man who was angry with Jesus when he drew his sword at the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas and his demons approached and Christ told him to withdraw his sword because he does not fight like that. I will listen only to a point but if anybody takes advantage of me, I will fight right back. Like Samuel Doe once said to the students in Liberia : "If they push me, we shall spoilt it and then later on sit back and fix it " . This time, anybody who abuses my wife will pay a dire, dire price and I mean every word of it. Call it a threat if you want. If the person does not pay a price this time, my father was not LAMINA TOGBANGAY.

And did I hear you say tempt fate ? You must be in dreamland. Try me and see.

I have been deleting articles on Sylvia Blyden until the whole thing has become ridiculous.Every day, I delete a total of 15-20 posts on average. Some of the posts are very bad and do not need to be posted here. Some are not bad at all. They are responses to some of the things Sylvia is writing against President Ernest Koroma and the APC, which are prompting responses from supporters.I feel bad for these supporters because they actually have a right to respond to articles by Sylvia Blyden. If we say that we live in a democracy, it is not fair to these people ( Who do not cuss; do not call names; are not disrespectful ; are clean in their expressions and are only questioning some of the controversial things she is writing) but we have to delete them because of the "NO-NAME" agreement. If you see articles here on Blyden, it is because I get tired deleting. I don't live on this forum .I have a family to feed.I have work I do. I am doing my best but I don't want anybody to take advantage of my goodwill.

Let us stop putting out provocative posts, please ! ! !


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: LONG TIMER
To: All
Date Posted: 15:37:12 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
I WAS MERELY TRYING TO DEFEND YOU THAT THE ONES URGING YOU ON NEVER GET BURNT BUT ONLY YOU GOT DE-FAMED. SORRY BRA FOR ANY MISUNDERSTANDING.

NUFF RESPECT BRA.

BRA, NA FOR OBEY YOU YONE RULE ANYWAY.


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 16:20:26 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Nobody is urging me on. I want you guys to recognise my efforts. I have been trying my best to delete Blyden articles. You all know that , but since she keeps writing against the APC and her enemies keep getting agitated and they are responding in droves, I am finding it difficult to cope with the flood of attacks. You know that in America, we are not idle. We work hard for our money.When I am at work, it is not possible for me to see many of the posts. People who make nonsensical and veiled threats should understand this. I am in a very difficult situation.


Subject: And another thing.......
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 15:34:08 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I want to advice all those agitated by Sylvia's articles but their posts are being deleted on this forum , to try opening their own forum. It is not difficult to start a new forum at all. Just go to http://www.hwforums.com.Any one of you can have a forum if you want. You can learn how to manage it and cut it when the thread is long.We are not able to carry your posts because people are putting me under too much pressure and tension not to allow you to post stuff about Sylvia Blyden. Try having your own forum, guys.


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: Haji Med Kay
To: All
Date Posted: 13:17:53 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: inetgw-65-pri.nhs.uk at 194.176.105.45

Message:
Mr. KAMARA,

You are totally right, this woman is an enemy of peace and needs to be dealt with by the law to teach her to be objective. I guess she has being promised something by the SLPP therefore does'nt care about the nation. Am sure God will soon send her a baballah dissaster for trying to distabilise our nation.


Subject: Re: THE SYLVIA BLYDEN ISSUE, KABS KANU NOW IN A THIGHT NOOSE!
From: LONG TIMER
To: All
Date Posted: 14:07:32 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
KABS KANU, PLEASE DELETE THESE PSOTINGS ATTACKING SYLVIA BLYDEN AS AN ENEMY OF THE PEACE. ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE BAN THE IP OF HAJI MED KAY.

LONTA


Subject: DECENT REWARD FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF KUTUBU KOROMA!
From: General Moshe Dyan
To: All
Date Posted: 21:37:58 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
KUTUBU KOROMA NOW LIVING UNDER "MARTIAL LAW"


Posted by forum observer on August 31, 2008 at 00:10:00:

Posted by General Moshe Dyan on August 26, 2008 at 20:54:24:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 09:46:52:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA


Subject: He is planning his exit strategy, hehehehehe
From: forum observer
To: All
Date Posted: 21:54:15 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
next time before you openly declare war get an EXIT STRATEGY

Posted by forum observer on August 26, 2008 at 10:16:06:

In Reply to: "DOC HAS FINALLY LANDED A SUCKER PUNCH" posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 10:01:29:


"I have thought it expedient to openly declare war on Charles Curtis-Thomas on three key reasons.
1.To continue highlighting his pattern of academic fraud through plagiarism." (Kutubu Koroma)
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I need to beat this illiterate "mende boy yah" into a pulp, so that "ee go know say me and him nor dae nar dee say level"!

Let me tell you about the last advice my dad gave me before he died, he said:

"BORBOR, YOU SEE DIS WORLD YAH, IF ENEBODY FU... WIT YOU, FU... WIT AM BACK, IF NORTOSO, EVEN WAY UNU DIE AND GO HEAVEN OR HELL EEGO WAN FOR FU... WIT YOU BACK"!

And then my dad went on to give me an example about LAZARUS AND THE KING. He said, "...Lazarus use to pick crumbs that fell from the king's table and ate it. The King died and was buried. Lazarus also died. Note that the Bible NEVER said that Lazarus was buried! The King went to HELL and Lazarus went to HEAVEN. The king was thirsty and because he was use to underestimating Lazarus, the King saw no one In Heaven "to tekeh" to bring him water but Lazarus. The King said, 'Angel Gabriel bo tell Lazarus for bring me wata yah'. My dad concluded by saying, "If Lazarus bin don fu... wit dee king way dem dae nar dis world, ee nor bin for CRASE ask Lazarus for bring wata for ram way ee see Lazarus nar Heaven"!


"So do yah, allow me for beat dis illiterate mende boy yah way dae still wear PEECES PEOOTO" to a pulp!

(Chiefdom police)


Subject: "WE ARE NO ANGELS"!TO ERR IS HUMAN AND WE MAKE MISTAKES TOO!
From: Charles Curtis-Thomas, SECHN, BSN, RN,MD (Hons.), MPH
To: All
Date Posted: 21:22:20 08/31/08 ()
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Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

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I N S T I T U T E O F M E D I C I N E

Shaping the Future for Health

TO ERR IS HUMAN:


BUILDING A SAFER HEALTH SYSTEM

Health care in the United States is not as safe as it should be--and can be. At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies. Even using the lower estimate, preventable medical errors in hospitals exceed attributable deaths to such feared threats as motor-vehicle wrecks, breast cancer, and AIDS. Medical errors can be defined as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. Among the problems that commonly occur during the course of providing health care are adverse drug events and improper transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, suicides, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers, and mistaken patient identities. High error rates with serious consequences are most likely to occur in intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency departments. Beyond their cost in human lives, preventable medical errors exact other significant tolls. They have been estimated to result in total costs (in­cluding the expense of additional care necessitated by the errors, lost income and household productivity, and disability) of between $17 billion and $29 billion per year in hospitals nationwide. Errors also are costly in terms of loss of trust in the health care system by patients and diminished satisfaction by both patients and health professionals. Patients who experience a long hospi­tal stay or disability as a result of errors pay with physical and psychological discomfort. Health professionals pay with loss of morale and frustration at not being able to provide the best care possible. Society bears the cost of er­rors as well, in terms of lost worker productivity, reduced school attendance by children, and lower levels of population health status. A variety of factors have contributed to the nation’s epidemic of medi­cal errors. One oft-cited problem arises from the decentralized and frag­mented nature of the health care delivery system--or “nonsystem,” to some observers. When patients see multiple providers in different settings, none of whom has access to complete information, it becomes easier for things to go Errors…are costly in terms of loss of trust in the health care system by pa­tients and dimin­ished satisfaction by both patients and health profes­sionals.

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Types of Errors

Diagnostic Error or delay in diagnosis, Failure to employ indicated tests Use of outmoded tests or therapy Failure to act on results of monitoring or testing Treatment Error in the performance of an operation, procedure, or test Error in administering the treatment Error in the dose or method of using a drug Avoidable delay in treatment or in responding to an abnormal test Inappropriate (not indicated) care Preventive Failure to provide prophylactic treatment Inadequate monitoring or follow-up of treatment Other Failure of communication Equipment failure Other system failure SOURCE: Leape, Lucian; Lawthers, Ann G.; Brennan, Troyen A., et al. Pr e-venting Medical Injury. Qual Rev Bull. 19(5):144–149, 1993. wrong. In addition, the processes by which health professionals are licensed and accredited have focused only limited attention on the prevention of medical er­rors, and even these minimal efforts have confronted resistance from some health care organizations and providers. Many providers also perceive the medical liabil­ity system as a serious impediment to sys­tematic efforts to uncover and learn from errors. Exacerbating these problems, most third-party purchasers of health care pro-vide little financial incentive for health care organizations and providers to im­prove safety and quality. Health Care System at Odds with Itself The Quality of Health Care in America Committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that it is not acceptable for patients to be harmed by the health More commonly, errors are caused by faulty systems, processes, and conditions that lead people to make mistakes or fail to prevent them. care system that is supposed to offer healing and comfort--a system that promises, “First, do no harm.” Helping to remedy this problem is the goal of To Err is Hu­man: Building a Safer Health System, the IOM Committee’s first report. In this report, issued in September 1999, the committee lays out a compre­hensive strategy by which government, health care providers, industry, and con­sumers can reduce preventable medical errors. Concluding that the know-how already exists to prevent many of these mistakes, the report sets as a minimum goal a 50 percent reduction in errors over the next five years. In its recommenda­tions for reaching this goal, the committee strikes a balance between regulatory and market-based initiatives, and between the roles of professionals and organi­zations. One of the report’s main conclusions is that the majority of medical er­rors do not result from individual recklessness or the actions of a particular group--this is not a “bad apple” problem. More commonly, errors are caused by faulty systems, processes, and conditions that lead people to make mistakes or fail to prevent them. For example, stocking patient-care units in hospitals with certain full-strength drugs, even though they are toxic unless diluted, has re­sulted in deadly mistakes. Thus, mistakes can best be prevented by designing the health system at all levels to make it safer--to make it harder for people to do something wrong and easier for them to do it right. Of course, this does not mean that individuals can be careless. People still must be vigilant and held responsible for their actions. But when an error occurs, blaming an individual does little to make the system safer and prevent someone else from committing the same error. 2
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Strategy for Improvement To achieve a better safety record, the report recommends a four-tiered approach: • Establishing a national focus to create leadership, research, tools, and protocols to enhance the knowledge base about safety. Health care is a decade or more behind many other high-risk industries in its attention to ensuring basic safety. This is due, in part, to the lack of a single designated government agency devoted to improving and monitoring safety throughout the health care delivery system. Therefore, Congress should create a Center for Patient Safety that would set national safety goals and track progress in meeting them; develop a research agenda; define prototype safety systems; de­velop, disseminate, and evaluate tools for identifying and analyzing errors; de­velop methods for educating consumers about patient safety; and recommend ad­ditional improvements as needed. Funding for the center should be adequate and secure, starting with $30 million to $35 million per year and growing over time to at least $100 million an­nually--modest investments relative to the consequences of errors and to the re-sources devoted to other public safety issues. The center should be housed within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which already is in­volved in a broad range of quality and safety issues, and has established the infra­structure and experience to fund research, education, and coordinating activities. • Identifying and learning from errors by developing a nationwide public mandatory reporting system and by encouraging health care organi­zations and practitioners to develop and participate in voluntary reporting systems. Under the mandatory reporting system, state governments will be required to collect standardized information about adverse medical events that result in death and serious harm. Hospitals should be required to begin reporting first, and eventually reporting should be required by all health care organizations. This system will ensure a response to specific reports of serious injury, hold health care organizations and providers accountable for maintaining safety, provide incen­tives to organizations to implement internal safety systems that reduce the likeli­hood of errors occurring, and respond to the public’s right to know about patient safety. Currently, about a third of the states have mandatory reporting require­ments. Voluntary reporting systems will provide an important complement to the mandatory system. Such systems can focus on a much broader set of errors, mainly those that do no or minimal harm, and help detect system weaknesses that can be fixed before the occurrence of serious harm, thereby providing rich infor­mation to health care organizations in support of their quality improvement ef­forts. To foster participation in voluntary systems, Congress should enact laws to protect the confidentiality of certain information collected. Without such legisla­tion, health care organizations and providers may be discouraged from partici­pating in voluntary reporting systems out of worry that the information they pro-vide might ultimately be subpoenaed and used in lawsuits. Health care is a decade or more be-hind many other high-risk industries in its attention to ensuring basic safety. Voluntary reporting systems will pro-vide an important complement to the mandatory system. 3
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The process of de­veloping and adopting standards also helps to form expectations for safety among pro­viders and con­sumers. Medication errors now occur fre­quently in hospi­tals, yet many hos­pitals are not mak­ing use of known systems for im­proving safety… • Raising performance standards and expectations for improve­ments in safety through the actions of oversight organizations, professional groups, and group purchasers of health care. Setting and enforcing explicit performance standards for patient safety through regulatory and related mechanisms, such as licensing, certification, and accreditation, can define minimum performance levels for health professionals, the organizations in which they work, and the tools (drugs and devices) they use to care for patients. The process of developing and adopting standards also helps to form expectations for safety among providers and consumers. Standards and expectations are not only set through regulations, however. The values and norms set by the health professions influence the practice, train­ing, and education for providers. Thus, professional societies should become leaders in encouraging and demanding improvements in patient safety, by such actions as setting their own performance standards, convening and communicat­ing with members about safety, incorporating attention to patient safety in training programs, and collaborating across disciplines. The actions of large purchasers of health care and health care insurance, as well as actions by individual consumers, also can affect the behaviors of health care organizations. Public and private purchasers, such as businesses buying in­surance for their employees, must make safety a prime concern in their contract­ing decisions. Doing so will create financial incentives for health care organiza­tions and providers to make needed changes to ensure patient safety. • Implementing safety systems in health care organizations to en-sure safe practices at the delivery level. Health care organizations must develop a “culture of safety” such that their workforce and processes are focused on improving the reliability and safety of care for patients. Safety should be an explicit organizational goal that is dem­onstrated by strong leadership on the part of clinicians, executives, and governing bodies. This will mean incorporating a variety of well-understood safety princ i­ples, such as designing jobs and working conditions for safety; standardizing and simplifying equipment, supplies, and processes; and enabling care providers to avoid reliance on memory. Systems for continuously monitoring patient safety also must be created and adequately funded. The medication process provides an example where implementing better systems will yield better human performance. Medication errors now occur fre­quently in hospitals, yet many hospitals are not making use of known systems for improving safety, such as automated medication order entry systems, nor are they actively exploring new safety systems. Patients themselves also could provide a major safety check in most hospitals, clinics, and practice. They should know which medications they are taking, their appearance, and their side effects, and they should notify their doctors of medication discrepancies and the occurrence of side effects. 4
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Progress Under Way The response to the IOM report was swift and positive, within both government and the private sector. Almost immediately, the Clinton administration issued an executive order instructing government agencies that conduct or oversee health-care programs to implement proven techniques for reducing medical errors, and creating a task force to find new strategies for reducing errors. Congress soon launched a series of hearings on patient safety, and in December 2000 it appropriated $50 million to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support a variety of efforts targeted at reducing medical errors. The AHRQ already has made major progress in developing and imple­menting an action plan. Efforts under way include: • Developing and testing new technologies to reduce medical errors. • Conducting large-scale demonstration projects to test safety interve n­tions and error-reporting strategies. • Supporting new and established multidisciplinary teams of researchers and health-care facilities and organizations, located in geographically diverse lo-cations, that will further determine the causes of medical errors and develop new knowledge that will aid the work of the demonstration projects. • Supporting projects aimed at achieving a better understanding of how the environment in which care is provided affects the ability of providers to im­prove safety. • Funding researchers and organizations to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate new approaches to improving provider education in order to reduce er­rors. Casting its net even more broadly, the AHRQ has produced a booklet of practical tips on what individual consumers can do to improve the quality of health-care services they receive. The booklet focuses on key choices that indi­viduals and their families face, such as choosing doctors, hospitals, and treat­ments, and it stresses the importance of individuals taking an active role in se­lecting and evaluating their care. (The booklet is available on the organization’s Web site at www.ahrq.gov.) In efforts focused at the state level, during the past year the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened leaders from both the ex­ecutive and legislative branches of the states to discuss approaches to improving patient safety. The NASHP also helped lead an initiative to better understand how states with mandatory hospital error-reporting requirements administer and enforce their programs. (A report on this initiative is available on the organiza­tion’s Web site at www.nashp.org). In addition, the Agency for Healthcare Re-search and Quality has contracted with the National Quality Forum to produce a list of so-called “never events” that states might use as the basis of a mandatory reporting system. Among activities in the private sector, the Leapfrog Group, an association of private and public sector group purchasers, unveiled a market-based strategy to improve safety and quality, including encouraging the use of computerized physi-5
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With adequate leadership, atten­tion, and resources, improvements can be made. cian-order entry, evidence-based hospital referrals, and the use of ICUs staffed by physicians credentialed in critical care medicine. Professional groups within the health-care community also have been ac­tive. As but one example, the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) held a joint meeting on “Collaborative Education Models to Ensure Patient Safety.” Participants addressed such issues as the effect of the relationships be-tween physicians and nurses on patient safety, the impact of physician-nurse col­laboration on systems designed to protect patient safety, and educational pro-grams to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration to further patient safety. (A report on the meeting is available on the COGME’s Web site at www.cogme.org.) Pulling Together Although no single activity can offer a total solution for dealing with medical er­rors, the combination of activities proposed in To Err is Human offers a roadmap toward a safer health system. With adequate leadership, attention, and resources, improvements can be made. It may be part of human nature to err, but it is also part of human nature to create solutions, find better alternatives, and meet the challenges ahead. For More Information… Copies of To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System are available for sale from the National Academy Press; call (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313 (in the Washington metropolitan area), or visit the NAP home page at www.nap.edu. The full text of this report is available at http://www.nap.edu/books/0309068371/html/ Support for this project was provided by The National Research Council and The Commonwealth Fund. The views presented in this report are those of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America and are not necessarily those of the funding agencies. The Institute of Medicine is a private, nonprofit organization that provides health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences. For more information about the Institute of Medicine, visit the IOM home page at www.iom.edu. Copyright ©2000 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to reproduce this document in its entirety, with no additions or alterations 6
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COMMITTEE ON QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA WILLIAM C. RICHARDSON (Chair), President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI DONALD M. BERWICK, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston J. CRIS BISGARD, Director, Health Services, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Atlanta LONNIE R. BRISTOW, Past President, American Medical Association, Walnut Creek, CA CHARLES R. BUCK, Program Leader, Health Care Quality and Strategy Initiatives, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT CHRISTINE K. CASSEL, Professor and Chairman, Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City MARK R. CHASSIN, Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Policy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City MOLLY JOEL COYE, Vice President and Director, West Coast Office, The Lewin Group, San Francisco DON E. DETMER, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management, University of Cambridge, UK JEROME H. GROSSMAN, Chairman and CEO, Lion Gate Management, LLC, Boston BRENT JAMES, Executive Director, Intermountain Health Care, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, UT DAVID McK. LAWRENCE, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Oakland, CA LUCIAN LEAPE, Adjunct Professor, Harvard School of Public Health ARTHUR LEVIN, Director, Center for Medical Consumers, New York City RHONDA ROBINSON-BEALE, Executive Medical Director, Managed Care Management and Clinical Programs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Southfield JOSEPH E. SCHERGER, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of California at Irvine College of Medicine ARTHUR SOUTHAM, Partner, 2C Solutions, Northridge, CA MARY WAKEFIELD, Director, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, George Mason University GAIL L. WARDEN, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit 7
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Study Staff JANET M. CORRIGAN, Director, Division of Health Care Services, Director, Quality of Health Care in America Project MOLLA S. DONALDSON, Project Codirector LINDA T. KOHN, Project Codirector TRACY McKAY, Research Assistant KELLY C. PIKE, Senior Project Assistant Auxiliary Staff MIKE EDINGTON, Managing Editor KAY HARRIS, Financial Advisor SUZANNE MILLER, Senior Project Assistant Copy Editor FLORENCE POILLON 8


Subject: A rebutal to Kabbs Kanu on Sylvia Blyden
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:08:54 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-228-115-228.albyny.east.verizon.net at 96.228.115.228

Message:
With all due respect to you, Kabbs Kanu, I see no reason why you would not permit a response to your article entitled " Death Threats and Persecutions: We Call for Investigations into Publisher's Claim" By writing the article you have injected yourself into the issue and any Pro APC response will likely discredit Sylvia Blyden's allegation and dismiss it as a political fray. By the way, no one knows more about what Sylvia Blyden is capable of than yourself who had faced the evil wrath of that woman in the past.

I dont see how you can say, this time arround, that no one is allowed to write about Sylvia Blyden on the forum when you yourself is calling for an investigation of her allegations.

I understand perfectly well where you are coming from with your argument and your apeal for an investigation. As a servant of the Lord, you will be remiss if you fail to speak out after reading about a death threat. And as an Editor who shares something in common with other editors you feel obliged to stand by your peers in times of agony and distress, especially to combat undue hardship to members of that profession belonging to your Union.

But just as you were enumerating instances of past foul play on Editors to justify your apeal I am very certain that you are fully aware that the Editor, Sylvia Blyden and her News Paper, have a troubled history and her activities makes her very vulnerable and liable to judiciary proceedings.

Oh! and let me remind you that every instance of foul play on Editors you noted were not foul plays by the APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma. I can say emphatically that every government reserves the right to bring to court cases where in an Editor knowingly writes an article that is false or is negligent in reporting stories that are false but that harms the government.

Sylvia Blyden's story can be summed up as follows:

GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONARIES PLAN TO KILL SYLVIA BLYDEN. THEY HAVE GIVEN ORDERS TO SEARCH SYLVIA BLYDEN'S RESIDENCES AND BUSINESSES ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 AND TO PLANT EITHER COCAIN OR SOME ILLEGAL DOCUMENTS SO AS TO HAVE A REASON TO ARREST AND JAIL HER. WHILE IN JAIL THE POLICE WILL KILL HER.

Sylvia knows the source of the information. She says the source is usually credible. She points to one instance when the source appeared credible and concluded that the information given to her about the government's plot to kill her is therefore credible.

Here is an advise I have for Ms. Blyden. It comes from an old saying that ' If you can't stand the heat get out of the Kitchen'.

Just so that Ms. Blyden does not misinterprete my advise to her, I will clarify it by saying that if she wants to be a Reporter she should strive to be a good one. A good Reporter reports the news objectively and when they give opinions their expressions are different and they own them.

Many Reporters, especially Reporters in Sierra Leone are not adequately trained. They often find themselves in hot waters on the other side of the law for statements they made that may cause havoc on another person or institution.

Governments cannot continue to look the other way when Journalists flagarantly misrepresent the truth in such a manner that the act undermines or discredits or has the potential to cause damage.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden is treading on a thin line and a slippery slope with her Awareness times Newspaper which in my opinion is a partisan newspaper and appears to thrive on anti-APC articles. I believe that her overzealousness in defaming the APC is the culprit and it is taking precedence over her objectivity in reporting the news. This sometimes makes her scared.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden has every reason to be scared because her compulsion to write and discredit the APC government under false pretexes appears uncontrollable.

If the Reverend, Kabbs Kanu, cares about Ms. Blyden perhaps he should counsel her.

If the Police plans to have a search warrant on September 1, 2008 as alleged by Ms. Blyden I beleive that they would do so legally. The Sierra Leone Police Force has come a long way in professionalism. Lets give credit where credit is due.

The decision to jail Ms. Blyden is in the jurisdiction of the courts and because such matters are maters of public information, we will all learn the reasons why.

I realize that it will take a while for people to make the distinction between acts of the Executive branch of government and those of the Judiciary because the distinctions were blurry under the former government.

The APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma, is commited to democracy and fully respects the divisions of authority between the branches of government.

Any respectable government will treat the allegation of a murder plot seriously because it casts a bad shadow over the government as a muderous government. Let us suppose that Ms. Blyden is called in for interrogation so that the truth be told. And if Sylvia Blyden fails to reveal her source of information or even to cooperate she can be in a lot of trouble.

One question I would like to ask readers is whether it is okay for Reporters to call a government a murderous government without substantiation and yet not been liable for it.

If Ms. Sylvia Blyden, after taking stock of her activities, is scared that her compulsion to defame the APC by reporting fasle news is catching up to her, this allegation she has made is very likely to put in the hot waters that she is trying to escape.


Subject: Re: A rebutal to Kabbs Kanu on Sylvia Blyden
From: Black Jack
To: All
Date Posted: 21:55:35 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: wramsey32@yahoo.com
Entered From: ip72-193-141-201.lv.lv.cox.net at 72.193.141.201

Message:
Alie, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. I mostly agree with your post, and I totally agree with your first paragraph. I must point out that ALL S.L. newspapers are partisan.

"Just so that Ms. Blyden does not misinterpret my advise to her, I will clarify it by saying that if she wants to be a Reporter she should strive to be a good one. A good Reporter reports the news objectively and when they give opinions their expressions are different and they own them."

The above quote applies to ALL journalists. Of course, no journalist should print any story, or any allegation without substantiation from a reliable source. BUT, these days many nwespapers don't bother themselves with substantiation, checking the facts, etc.
Dr. B. has threatened others with libel suits and she should practice what she preaches, and this also goes for ALL other journalists as well. Black Jack


Subject: Re: A rebutal to Kabbs Kanu on Sylvia Blyden
From: Larry G
To: All
Date Posted: 14:44:32 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
I think Sylvia Blyden runs one of the best news outfits in Sierra Leone. I am yet to hear of any proven false report she has published. She seems to be more together and more factual than the whole bunch of partisan newspapers around. I respect that woman hugely. See how she demolished the Kailahun delegation of liars? It got poor Alie Formeh all in a twist


Subject: Re: A rebutal to Kabbs Kanu on Sylvia Blyden
From: LONG TIMER
To: All
Date Posted: 14:05:22 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
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What about the fury of a man scorned? (wink)


Subject: APC-North America: Time for togetherness
From: APC DUMBEH
To: All
Date Posted: 19:24:13 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
APC-North America: Time for togetherness
- Monday 1 September 2008.
Commentary


By Essa Thaim-Kurugba, Maryland, USA.


This commentary is not to squabble over what happened or is happening in APC-North America political circles.

As far as I am concerned, it will be wiser and better to explore respectable discourse that would propel the APC party towards a second term victory rather than harassing the party’s administration.

The restoration of high-quality political discussions is what I think is necessary at this point in time to continue to promote the excellent image of the party.

About 15 years ago, disunity and political apprehension perverted the APC with little or no option but to succumb to atrocities perpetrated by disgruntled opposition politicians through the rebel incursion.


However, that civil unrest emerged and was prolonged purely as a result of the fact that the APC party itself was internally chaotic based on political sycophancy and hypocrisy.


Non-politicians and innocent civilians paid the heaviest price for the blunders of the politicians. Specifically, family members of APC politicians and affiliated ethnic groups were the first group of Sierra Leoneans targeted and persecuted by the rebels.


Later, the same ethnic groups and affiliates of the party were also persecuted by the then NPRC military junta and subsequently brutalized by Kabbah’s SLPP government. The nation suffered many years of uproar in the hands of hard-nosed governments because they claimed that the APC party must be punished for disregard of authority, power thirst, miscarriage of justice, political greed and the struggle for who is who and who should control what.


Apart from the above warped propaganda, many peeved and egocentric politicians demonstrated eagerness for supremacy with intentions to destroy the leadership of the party. Their fretfulness and opinionated thirst for power resulted in their image as cut-loose politicians.

In the final analysis, their insensitivity overwhelmed their political ambitions, which gave birth to the party’s social and political problems that fueled the war against APC members. Please remember that the rebel war started as a war against the APC. Later, it was described as a civil war but it was more about trying to eliminate all groups associated with the APC in order to prevent them from participating in the politics of Sierra Leone. This mission did not of course meet with the success intended but it hurt and brought immense suffering to almost every Sierra Leonean. The rebel war was intended to hurt and destroy all APC supporters but it ended up hurting every Sierra Leonean including those who planned and executed it.


Why then should Sierra Leoneans so easily disregard the mayhem, human rights abuses, maladministration and discrimination that the nation had experienced for so many years?

Is it because they intend to poison the APC again as a result of their self-centeredness and desire to destroy the party once again?

Sierra Leoneans(especially APC supporters in North America) should not encourage conflicts of interest that will disorganize the APC as it had happened even before the recent elections that returned the party to power. Rather, politicians should encourage respectful divergence that should be channeled in various ways either through cultured petitions or by revisiting the constitution to identify what was or is not applicable or central to the constitution or create clauses intended to make room for what seems to be absent.

Conventionally, protest is the mechanism of change. If there is no protest there will be no change. Although rebellion or protest bring about change, yet healthy and non-chaotic protest is always preferable.

In the history of world politics, there has never been an election without problems. It’s only the percentage of problems and how they impact fairness that should always be at the center of discussions. The next thing to do is to find common ground to negotiate and compromise what was right versus what was wrong.

The mumbling, grumbling and character assassination that is going on after the recent APC North America successful elections should come to a halt instantaneously in the interest of party unity. What would endless squabbling bring to any organization intended to promote socio-economic and political stability in a war ravaged nation? Nothing, absolutely nothing, except sending the nation into another political dilemma that may perhaps plunge the nation back into turmoil that no one wants.

It’s time to unite and support the present administration, bring in new members, continue to raise funds for the party and be prepared for the next general elections. Avoid fostering conflicts, but try to bring new dreams of unity to the party’s political bosom.

Being bitter critics of your own party will slow down the party’s efforts if you don’t suggest feasible solutions after your criticism. Politicians should control their anger by assessing their behavior and by being able to precisely defend their options. Saying yes or no to one thing creates an avenue for the respondent to give reason/s for their side of the coin. It is better to accept defeat and secure dignity than attempting to combat democratic decisions that will later on taint your image.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a confrontational commentary directed at anybody but a call for a spirit of togetherness among us all.

Let’s come together to build our nation.


Long Live the APC Party & APC-NA Executives,


Long Live Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and


Long Live the People of Sierra Leone.


Subject: Forgive former president Kabbah..if he did anything wrong..
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 15:11:40 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: sotie_jawara@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-72-75-65-228.washdc.east.verizon.net at 72.75.65.228

Message:
Many people are still bitter about some of the terrible blunders Kabbah made during his golden era as president of Sierra Leone.For him , his era was golden because it was ok , no wrong deeds and some people benefited .Today former president Kabbah has let the cat out of the bag so that people can understand.Many people don't have to be in classrooms to be lectured about good qualities people must have to be good leaders.In the case of former president Kabbah , we now know from him that he was pushed in politics at the highest level..Lead A Nation. May be only his ex wife(deceased..may her soul rest in peace)saw the defaults . She was prepared to exit until her husband's politicking game was over, but she could not do that because it was not allowed in marriage.No wonder , the old man had a nice lolipop by his side in case honey would not come from the legal end.If pa Kabbah was pushed into something he never had on his agenda, what do you expect? The job was too big for him so the result was poor performance.You know it is sometime difficult for big men to apologize for errors made , but we can read between the lines, the blame should be thrown somewhere. If an unskilled pilot is forced to pilot a plane during unfavorable weather who should be responsible for a severe crash crush? Can the many victims forgive former president Kabbah? Oh yes, pa Kabbah is smart, Keep your TRC until I am out , apology for wrong deeds will be heard from a president of another party. I hope president Koroma will deliver a decent speech and redeem Pa KABBAH WITH HIS PEOPLE.


Subject: Re: Forgive former president Kabbah..if he did anything wrong..
From: Black Jack
To: All
Date Posted: 22:02:22 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: wramsey32@yahoo.com
Entered From: ip72-193-141-201.lv.lv.cox.net at 72.193.141.201

Message:
SORIE, A pilot who is not qualified to fly a certain plane should refuse to fly it.
Kabbah's apologies do not obsolve him from his crimes and misdeeds. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." I, for one, accept his apology... BUT he must pay for his wrongdoing. Black Jack


Subject: Re: Forgive former president Kabbah..if he did anything wrong..
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 03:28:13 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
Entered From: pool-141-156-215-196.res.east.verizon.net at 141.156.215.196

Message:
Black Jack, Ok but he has invaded all the blocks and he is acting pa wise.


Subject: COCORIOKO A NWSPAPER OR A SPIN MACHINE FOR APC?
From: sory kandia
To: All
Date Posted: 13:06:34 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 68-243-52-20.area7.spcsdns.net at 68.243.52.20

Message:
I am asking this question after reading an article with the headline "COCAINE TRAFFICKING WAS GOING ON IN SIERRA LEONE BEFORE THE APC CAME TO POWER".Do they have to follow the same path which help to defeat the SLPP?This is just like saying this government is not responsible to fix a bridge which started crumbling during the last administration.If am not mistaken was is not the president who said zero tolerance on corruption?and lastly is this an admission by cocorioko that this government knew all about the cocaine?I want honest discussion not distraction please.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO A NWSPAPER OR A SPIN MACHINE FOR APC?
From: Black Jack
To: All
Date Posted: 22:14:17 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: wramsey32@yahoo.com
Entered From: ip72-193-141-201.lv.lv.cox.net at 72.193.141.201

Message:
sory, We ALL know that cocaine trafficking was going on long before this Admin. was elected. It seems that the APC IS following the same path.

You were not mistaken, the Pres. said, "zero-tolerance on corruption. EBK talks the talk, can he walk the walk??? "Actions speak louder than words."
I think this Govt. knew about the cocaine. Coco is a partisan newspaper, just like ALL S.L. newspapers.

Are the recent elections "free and fair" because B. Stevens says they are??? Black Jack


Subject: Kabbah The Crook
From: Sidonluk
To: All
Date Posted: 12:17:59 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-137-227-214.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.137.227.214

Message:
A bird’s eye view of recent developments reveals a no end in sight of the kapu-kapu mentality of the failed captain renown to be the first to abandon the ship of state in times of trouble.

It's sad that with all its woes and the reputation of being one of the poorest nation on the face of earth, those expected to look for strategies to get Sa Lone out of the dismal abyss of destruction are the very monkeys that are gnawing at the what is left of the national cake.

After ravenously devouring everything on the dinner table, it's a shame for Kabbah to still want the crumbs of what is left for the ordinary man to survive.

Emerson, in his Berbor Belleh lyrics, made it clear that Sa Lone is not a farm. It is past high time that this direputable failed leader realised that his kind of greed will not take the nation forward.

As if the people had not learned from his deeds at SLPMB, when he and his cronies blamed gluttonous rats of Freetown for the disapearance of over 20 tons of rice he was custodian of, Sa Leoneans went and made him head of state.

Wisdom lies in avoiding the pitfalls of history. Fools die because they simply ignore the lessons of yesterday and go on repeating the errors of the past, pretending, as it were, that history has never existed.

As a nation, Sierra Leoneans need to be reminded that if Kabbah talks like a crook, runs like a crook, and acts like a crook, then he is a crook. After all, he who steals chickens as a child will steal cattle as an adult.


Subject: Re: Kabbah The Crook
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 15:22:08 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.119.26

Message:
People do change over time. Hard times and bad conditions do not favour beauty. If you put a hungry man in a place full of chickens, he will no doubt have one for a meal if there is no one to ask.

Kabbah's case is a different case. Kabbah has gone down in our minds as the greatest crook we ever had. He deceived all who thought he will change and amend the mistakes of his past. he turned a blind eye to that golden opportunity. Had he made the country a better place, you will no doubt believe that a man who stole a chicken as a child will steal a cattle in his adulthood. He really let us down. I still believe there is hope for him if he cease from manipulating others to continue the pilfering of our state funds and property. He can easily set up a reform home for boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to leave a legacy that he was not able to leave during the hight of his career.

He is an unrepentant man!!


Subject: I Thank God For given Us The Holy Month Of Ramadan.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 11:49:40 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-105.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.105

Message:
My brothers and sisters in Islam, the Holy Month of RAMADAN will start tomorrow Monday, September,1st 2008.The Almighty Allah says in Sura Baqarah(chapter 2, verse 183 of the holy quran):
YAAA-'AYYU-HALLAZIINA'AAMANUU KUTIBA
'ALAY-KUMUS-SIYAAMU KAMAA KUTIBA 'ALAL-
LAZIINA MIN-QABLIKUM LA-'ALLA-KUM TATTA-QUUN.
Translation:
O YOU WHO BELIEVE! FASTING IS PRESCRIBED TO YOU
AS IT WAS PRESCRIBED TO THOSE BEFORE YOU, THAT
YOU MAY LEARN SELF -RESTRAINT.
In the above verse the almighty Allah made it clear that fasting is not for everybody. Fasting is only for those who believe in God( meaning those who always stay away from all the things that are HARAM -unlawful in sight of God).
The prophet Mohammad(pbuh) said "Allah gave Muslims( people who totally submit themselves to the will of God) the holy month of Ramadan so that Muslims can make an agreement with God". In this agreement, Muslims must assure Allah that they will always worship him faithfully and sincerely. After the Ramadan, Muslims must never allow the enemy of mankind, Satan to over come them.
I wish all my Muslim brothers and sisters a very
HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL MONTH OF RAMADAN.
I pray that the Almighty Allah will accept the fasting of all Muslims the world over.
RABBANAAA 'AFRIG'ALAYNAA SAB-RANW-WA
SABBIT 'AQDAAMANAA WAN-SURNAA 'ALAL-
QAWMIL-KAA-FIRIIN. Amin.


Subject: Thanks to the Iscandri family for your education
From: One SLPP, Many Cannibals
To: All
Date Posted: 12:30:09 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-228-230.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.228.230

Message:
This is why you must be grateful to Pa Iscandri or else you would have been languishing in ignorance and illiteracy by now. The Pa did a lot of you so be grateful which is an Islamic duty itself.Allah does not like the ungrateful.


Subject: Re: Thanks to the Iscandri family for your education
From: Now I know it's Alieu Iscandari
To: All
Date Posted: 13:23:35 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Now I know Alieu Iscandari is the man posting as One SLPP, Many Cannibals. He is attacking Alpha Saidu Bangura with a moniker he uses on this forum.


Subject: Re: Thanks to the Iscandri family for your education
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 15:50:02 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
I have never used any moniker to attacck anyone on the forum. This is not me and thats the end of the story. I do not respond to positive stories abnout God with Insults. Please do not associate me with your nonsense and denigrating behavior.

Ramadan Mubarrak

Ramadan kareem


Subject: Contace # for Kabs Kanu-Urgent
From: Scc
To: All
Date Posted: 11:23:07 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: sekqueen@gmail.com
Entered From: c-71-204-75-233.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 71.204.75.233

Message:

Can someone please give me the contact number or e-Mail address for Kabs Kanu.

Thanks a Bunch


Subject: Re: Contace # for Kabs Kanu-Urgent
From: kabbskanu@aol.com
To: All
Date Posted: 11:25:25 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
kabbskanu@aol.com or kabbiekanu@yahoo.com.


Subject: Re: Contact # for Kabs Kanu-Urgent
From: scc
To: All
Date Posted: 11:24:37 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-71-204-75-233.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 71.204.75.233

Message:

Can someone send me the contact # or e-Mail address for Kabs Kanu

Thanks


Subject: Solomon Musa and Prez Koroma
From: Mess
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:10 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
For a man who talks tough when it comes to corruption to be sitting next to Solomon Musa is shocking. Solomon Musa now leads a kailahun delegation to state house and has audience with Koroma.

President Koroma is acting like a dumbeh, and he is deceiving the people of salone. Corrupt men like Solomon Musa should not be encouraged, but they should be kept far away from the presidency. A man is judged by the friends and people he mingles with, and to see Prez Koroma encouraging solomon Musa is disturbing. The president has being a disappointment in the past year, and he continues to show us that he talks too much, but does not act at all.


Subject: Re: Solomon Musa and Prez Koroma
From: Sam Maskita Bockarie
To: All
Date Posted: 03:22:02 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: longhorn1978@live.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
"If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas" It is crystal clear that these folks were in state house to feed Ernest Koroma with lies that will cause chaos in Sierra Leone.


Subject: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 07:38:19 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Do we need permission to respond to your front page article:

"Death threats and persecution : We call for investigations into publisher's claims"

I ask this question because the last time I responded to an article on your paper which subject was Sylvia Blyden, my post was deleted in no time.


Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 08:08:21 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h164-44-67-4.chubb.com at 164.44.67.4

Message:
My brother/ sister, that is a question I asked too when I was writing the article ? Can people respond to it on the forum ?

I wish to ask for forgiveness from all of those whose posts were deleted, though they did not use violent or abusive language but just sought to express their feelings. Because of past unpleasant events and the drive to avoid a recurrence , this forum and the AT Forum are forbidden from writing derogatory things against the publishers of the two newspapers. As soon as you post, I begin to receive calls and letters of complaints from all over .I am under pressure to avoid a recurrence of past events. The callers and complainers are right most times because some of the posts are uncalled-for and malicious and we can't have them on the forum . Also, I can't keep even the decent ones because of the "No-Name" agreement and the tendency for responders to go overboard. The AT Publisher too, frankly, is committed to the agreement.

Please try to understand. You may not write something very objectionable but those responding might violate not only common rules of decency and fairness , but our own forum rules and regulations.


Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:06:22 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-228-115-228.albyny.east.verizon.net at 96.228.115.228

Message:
With all due respect to you, Kabbs Kanu, I see no reason why you would not permit a response to your article entitled " Death Threats and Persecutions: We Call for Investigations into Publisher's Claim" By writing the article you have injected yourself into the issue and any Pro APC response will likely discredit Sylvia Blyden's allegation and dismiss it as a political fray. By the way, no one knows more about what Sylvia Blyden is capable of than yourself who had faced the evil wrath of that woman in the past.

I dont see how you can say, this time arround, that no one is allowed to write about Sylvia Blyden on the forum when you yourself is calling for an investigation of her allegations.

I understand perfectly well where you are coming from with your argument and your apeal for an investigation. As a servant of the Lord, you will be remiss if you fail to speak out after reading about a death threat. And as an Editor who shares something in common with other editors you feel obliged to stand by your peers in times of agony and distress, especially to combat undue hardship to members of that profession belonging to your Union.

But just as you were enumerating instances of past foul play on Editors to justify your apeal I am very certain that you are fully aware that the Editor, Sylvia Blyden and her News Paper, have a troubled history and her activities makes her very vulnerable and liable to judiciary proceedings.

Oh! and let me remind you that every instance of foul play on Editors you noted were not foul plays by the APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma. I can say emphatically that every government reserves the right to bring to court cases where in an Editor knowingly writes an article that is false or is negligent in reporting stories that are false but that harms the government.

Sylvia Blyden's story can be summed up as follows:

GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONARIES PLAN TO KILL SYLVIA BLYDEN. THEY HAVE GIVEN ORDERS TO SEARCH SYLVIA BLYDEN'S RESIDENCES AND BUSINESSES ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 AND TO PLANT EITHER COCAIN OR SOME ILLEGAL DOCUMENTS SO AS TO HAVE A REASON TO ARREST AND JAIL HER. WHILE IN JAIL THE POLICE WILL KILL HER.

Sylvia knows the source of the information. She says the source is usually credible. She points to one instance when the source appeared credible and concluded that the information given to her about the government's plot to kill her is therefore credible.

Here is an advise I have for Ms. Blyden. It comes from an old saying that ' If you can't stand the heat get out of the Kitchen'.

Just so that Ms. Blyden does not misinterprete my advise to her, I will clarify it by saying that if she wants to be a Reporter she should strive to be a good one. A good Reporter reports the news objectively and when they give opinions their expressions are different and they own them.

Many Reporters, especially Reporters in Sierra Leone are not adequately trained. They often find themselves in hot waters on the other side of the law for statements they made that may cause havoc on another person or institution.

Governments cannot continue to look the other way when Journalists flagarantly misrepresent the truth in such a manner that the act undermines or discredits or has the potential to cause damage.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden is treading on a thin line and a slippery slope with her Awareness times Newspaper which in my opinion is a partisan newspaper and appears to thrive on anti-APC articles. I believe that her overzealousness in defaming the APC is the culprit and it is taking precedence over her objectivity in reporting the news. This sometimes makes her scared.

Ms. Sylvia Blyden has every reason to be scared because her compulsion to write and discredit the APC government under false pretexes appears uncontrollable.

If the Reverend, Kabbs Kanu, cares about Ms. Blyden perhaps he should counsel her.

If the Police plans to have a search warrant on September 1, 2008 as alleged by Ms. Blyden I beleive that they would do so legally. The Sierra Leone Police Force has come a long way in professionalism. Lets give credit where credit is due.

The decision to jail Ms. Blyden is in the jurisdiction of the courts and because such matters are maters of public information, we will all learn the reasons why.

I realize that it will take a while for people to make the distinction between acts of the Executive branch of government and those of the Judiciary because the distinctions were blurry under the former government.

The APC government of His Excellency, Ernest Koroma, is commited to democracy and fully respects the divisions of authority between the branches of government.

Any respectable government will treat the allegation of a murder plot seriously because it casts a bad shadow over the government as a muderous government. Let us suppose that Ms. Blyden is called in for interrogation so that the truth be told. And if Sylvia Blyden fails to reveal her source of information or even to cooperate she can be in a lot of trouble.

One question I would like to ask readers is whether it is okay for Reporters to call a government a murderous government without substantiation and yet not been liable for it.

If Ms. Sylvia Blyden, after taking stock of her activities, is scared that her compulsion to defame the APC by reporting fasle news is catching up to her, this allegation she has made is very likely to put her in the hot waters that she is trying to escape.



Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: Larry G
To: All
Date Posted: 14:28:54 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
Alie, you are a silly man. Do you think Sylvia Blyden cares if your losing party take her in for questioning and make her more popular? Go and do your homework well.

That lady is running circles around you and your party and coming out looking pretty good too.


Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: LONG TIMER
To: All
Date Posted: 14:08:34 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
KABS KANU, OBEY RULE NUMBER ONE AND BAN THE IP OF ALIE FORMEH KAMARA

LONTA


Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 11:23:02 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Brother Kabs, your concerns are absolutely legitimate and I feel your pain. However, don't you think there's a better solution to this problem than compromising the very essence of this forum?
Bear in mind now Bra my party, the APC party, is being accused of a very serious crime and there's no better place for Sierra Leoneans to discuss this issue than here at Cocorioko. Also bear in mind that not allowing us to discuss this issue here will only isolate this forum from serious minded forumites like Brabanx, Allie Formeh Kamara, King Loggy, Uman Lappa, Bra E, Candido, Two Brains, Kutubu, History professor, Iscandari amd many, many more forumites. Please Kabs reconsider this and allow us to discuss this issue.
If you have to reintroduce IPs, delete obstructive postings, or banned unfit and destructive mebers, so be it. But please don't allow the good to suffer for the bad.


Subject: Re: QUESTION FOR KABS KANU
From: Chiefdom Police
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:19 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
"...but our own forum rules and regulations."

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

DID YOU SAY THE "FORUM RULES AND REGULATIONS"...HMMMMM....RULES AND REGULATIONS!


Subject: Former president Kabbah should donate his benefits...
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 05:34:48 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
Entered From: pool-72-75-100-211.washdc.east.verizon.net at 72.75.100.211

Message:
President Ernest Bai Koroma and former president Tejan Kabbah are close brothers or they are now like father and son. This relationship has been made clear by pa Kabbah , but to him some Sierra Leoneans are trying to destroy the very good thing God has created.It is now easy for president Koroma to ask his fatherly friend to help him clean the big mess left behind. President Koroma should ask pa Kabbah to donate his benefits to the government. Pa Kabbah and former vice president Solo B. should forget about money and help in the cleaning process. The donations will be highly appreciated by many Sierra Leoneans.They are true honorable Sierra Leoneans.Honorable Sierra Leoneans , sorry for Sierra Leone and the poor .


Subject: Re: Former president Kabbah should donate his benefits...
From: two brains
To: All
Date Posted: 06:24:31 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Dear Sorie

Can you confirm if the pensions Tejan Kabba had proposed for his retirement is legal and accepted by the koroma govt. If that is so, then I would appeal to parliament to revoke this attempted day light robbery by the greedy Tejan Kabba. If members of the law making body did not revisit and throw out this naked stealing, then their jobs will be on the line in the next general election because the amount of pensions awarded is obsence and unjustified even if Sierra Leone had the money to be awarded to a man who had once stolen from the poor of Sierra Leone and now has a double UN pensions, a lump sum and have accessed to unlimited private medical treatment any where in the world paid for by his former employer the UN.

Frankly Sorie, what every decent Sierra Leoneon with fairness and moral standing should be discusing is for Tejan Kabba not to receive such pensions at all.

In fact I would suggest that Tejan Kabba release some of his UN pension and other resources he covertly looted from Sierra Leone to provide social amenities to the victims of his policy that allowed the RUF/AFRC to evade Freetown in January 1999 and killed/maimed the people.

If Tejan Kabba has any conscience and compassion then he should at least set up a charity or donate substantial money to build houses for the old and the street children who are victims of his stupid policy of antagonising our national army. Tejan Kabba should pay back the money he stole from SLPMB to the people.

But how can this fellow do that, Tejan Kabba do not respect anyone. He even said that he would rather govern a country with no human being in than allow the RUF to govern. This is the man who also said that he has no regret for his 11 chaotic years of misrule.

You mentioned Tejan Kabba's friendly relation with Earnest Koroma. This is typical way Tejan Kabba operate, he has a record of ingrating his way to safety and get what he wants from even his perceived advisory.

One SLPP MP told me that they tried to make Tejan kabba accountable but they could not get the support of the APC MPs because he is seen to have helped them come to power.

But Tejan Kabba is still not out of the wood.



Subject: Re: Former president Kabbah should donate his benefits...
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 13:10:32 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
Entered From: pool-72-75-65-228.washdc.east.verizon.net at 72.75.65.228

Message:
TWO BRAINS, it is an indirect way to say do not pay him and force him to help build the nation he destroyed.We all know former president Kabbah destroyed Sierra Leone, but many people do not see it that way and they still hail him. Like I ironically stated before "the head of the satans is honored by many Sierra Leoneans. This can be seen though the excuses " promoting peace" at the bitter expense of others.Let us pray justice is seen and done in Sierra Leone.Thank you.


Subject: Re: Former president Kabbah should donate his benefits...
From: Samibelle Bayoh
To: All
Date Posted: 09:11:16 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: kadie.bayoh@gmail.com
Entered From: 213-4-106-116.rad.tsai.es at 213.4.106.116

Message:
Ok then Sorie, so that means that all of the theaves in Sierraleone including the former president should do the same, isn't it? Because I do not believe must of the people in power, you can call them how you like: Kabbah or Koroma, it's the same for me. Because how can you explain that a littered person like Koroma after seen what is happining in Sierraleone opts for increasing his salary in a 1.000%. Is that logic??
I mean, we should critize the good and the bad of everyone, but do not pick a head to discredit him or any other person. Tell Koroma to do something for the country first, as for me it is the main thing right now. It is shameful!


Subject: Re: Former president Kabbah should donate his benefits...
From: Three Brains
To: All
Date Posted: 09:23:21 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Heehhehee, two brains resurfaces again. Chez Winston is a disgrace. You need help, you liar.


Subject: Death threats and persecution
From: Haji Med Kay
To: All
Date Posted: 05:06:39 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-159-184-24.range81-159.btcentralplus.com at 81.159.184.24

Message:
KABS, I agree with your arguement completely despite the fact that this Sylvia is a danger to our nation. I must remind people of what dangerous speakers/writers can do to a society. I refer you all to Julius Ceaser's friend's speech after the death of Ceaser.

I am a supporter of freedom of speech but that freedom must not be abused, it must not become incitment. There is no doubt that Sylvia is a cancer in our midst and am afraid until she is dealt with seriously by the laws of Salone, the future of our nation will remain very dark.

She needs to declare her paper a mouth piece of the SLPP then every one will understand why she is saying all these nonsense. Most of us will like to read articles about what is happening in our beloved nation but those articules must be impartial and in the best interst of the nation. Moreover, most of her articules are tribalistic in nature, that is something we don't need.


Subject: Re: Death threats and persecution
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 05:32:07 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.162.122

Message:
Sylvia, to me is not dangerous! Those afraid of Sylvia are more dangerous. Every human has a selfish gene - just take a look at yourself now and how you wish to have it all and all tio come to you. that is humanity natural. Only through time that you understand the consequencies of selfishness that you grow above it - you will see it as petty - and adopt altruism. Believing that if all around you have, you will be safe and secure.

Going back to Sylvia, she has her agenda and those afraid of her are playing into it. The best for them is to present counteractions against any publication they believe is been spiced up or provocative. To put her in harms way is like putting a knife on all of us. It could be you tomorrow; your uncle the next; my mother the next. We have to discourage all who believe we have to settle scores through violence. Sylvia like many is using the only weapon she has and they have to be imaginative and inventive to cut her to size. Aside that I absolutely abhor their alternative - killing her would not solve the problem. Another, like Sylvia will emerge. you cannot solved something by eliminating the thing but by adopting a transformational process - look and see from where she is looking and seeing.


Subject: The Kanji Daramy Compensation
From: Hashim Daboh
To: All
Date Posted: 04:32:39 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: Gboyama@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: host86-164-57-51.range86-164.btcentralplus.com at 86.164.57.51

Message:
Ah salone, what has God wrought ! Are we as a people really serious about our being as members of this changing global environment . I hate to be negative ,but my answer is no . Imagine Ernest Koroma willing to further compensate Kanji Daramy not for being an exemplary civil servant or whatever title Tejan might have bestowed on him ,but for his day light looting and subsequent wrecking of SALPOST- reference Tejan Kabbah's commission of inquiry on the activity of that corporation few years back.
You see why others think that state looting is not only a normal practice ,but a seeming competitive enterprise where the best looters can be further compensated for their wit and courage to fleece the poor dying public with impunity.
For God's sake can someone remind Ernest that the Kanji Daramy whose obese state compensation Awareness Times and other potential benefactors are now belligerently legitimizing was not only one of Kabbah's caboodle or a front member of the mehadji club ,but a Sierra Leone civil servant found wanting by Kabbah's self created commission of inquiry into the collapse of SALPOST . This begs my question- is Ernest not a full blown combination/hybrid of Tejan and late Shaki .His is Shaki with his mundane tolerance for political violence ( something Tejan never allowed ) ,and Kabbah's morbid tolerance of corruption and indifference to any public concern of the poor state of affairs. Or is Ernest worst than his predecessors ?
For now lets see if Ernest is really serious about his half broken promises to the electorates . Let Kanji's so-called gratuity from the state be frozen until proper investigation/inquiry is made into his state of managemnt of SALPOST with the Kabbah's commission of inquiry report being a reference . But is Ernest REALLY UP TO THE PLAY . Kabs can you sing along on this .
Has Ernest's APC ever made any relative comparison between the rotten state of SIERRATEL and the blooming mobile phone business in the country . Has the ACC ever made public shareholders of these mobile phone companies . And can anyone tell me the relationship between mobile phone companies shares and the past Kabbah and current APC leadership . Are we really thinking or just a nation of jokers.


Subject: Re: The Kanji Daramy Compensation
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 05:18:58 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.162.122

Message:
Hashim, we are indeed a sad lot. Sad! Not because we are cursed but because we do not have freedom of self-esteem. majority of our people have bootlicked all their lives and therefore owe so much to the few who used the country's wealth to buy their allegiance. That is how sad our nation is.

I have refused all my life, favours from these politicians. Reason being they give you some little help and they believe they have permanently imprisoned your conscience. We need to move away from such thinking. When I do good to anyone, I do not expect good in return. You can turn back and curse me and I will not call you ungrateful. How can we allow such to continue in our society and we do nothing about all these abuses other than talk! Talk! And Talk.

We need to help free the esteems of our people. Everyone is so afraid! Afraid of what? That the man will stop giving your money for life; when in reality he will not live forever.

A very nice story about one Hon Ibrahim Sorie (IS), a senior APC Parliamentarian. At a time in his life, he was sponsored by the late Sheriff Kebe (SK) (RIP). SK was an APC MP, representing a constituency in Kambia. There came a time when this young scribe, IS, through the influence of Abdul Karim (AK), booted out SK from Parliament. This was the worse violence I saw in my life back then. AK thought he had himself a 'peggy boy' to control because he had used state resources to help in IS's election victory. A time came and he wanted the baton from IS and showed him something he will never forget. Whatsoever you do to another, the same will be done to you. IS is still there - over twenty years now. Soon someone will have to take his place. Life should be cyclical and not static as the way the few greed and selfish charaxcters among us want it to be.

Our people need to adopt a new thinking. Ifr Jack is a minister, know that he isa serving you and you have a right to put him in his place if he attempts to step out.

I was a very conscious youngman when in Sierra Leone. My anger towards abuse of authority by the very few who are suppose to serve us made me a visitor at so many police cells and even Pademba Road. It all started when I was 13 and it all ended when I was 18. I did not allow any of these few state employees to mess with the laws that govern us. In those day I had a method of physical confrontation and insults. Now, I handle things differently.

Niothing is forever, we are mere mortals that only pass once on this earth. Whilst passing let us try to use our strength to make others comfortable for a better society.

Sierra Leoneans need to understand that the very few were given birth to just the same way as them. many came from poor backgrounds. If they can do it! With time and hardwork, you can do it.


Subject: Re: The Kanji Daramy Compensation
From: SUSPECT
To: All
Date Posted: 13:11:15 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
Another suspicious piece of nonsense from this fellow finds its way here.


Subject: Re: The Kanji Daramy Compensation
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 13:33:58 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-152-125-223.range86-152.btcentralplus.com at 86.152.125.223

Message:
The forum will judge you. I cannot understand your fixation of pure envy. The I help you and did not succeed now ashamed to come back to ask for more help? Do not worry, I am not the type - I am very forgiving but will not forget actions by detractors for they will never search for the light but to plunge others into their misery. You are indeed a miserable sod and will pray that God help you to stop your nonsensical attacks on a very ordinary person who only speaks his mind. If your father or mother have stolen and the curse is upon you - put it into prayers. our God is a merciful God and will remove the curse of your father and mother from you. I say this because only a cursed individual will continually attack the innocent whose only weapon is their outspokenness.

Kneel down and pray to God. I cannot help you but only pray as well for you. Understand that I have never taken a position of authority in my country. I left when I was in my late teens but remained in contact with the communities I left behind. It pains one to see your likes hiding behind flimsy rhetorics. One thing I have noticed is that you do not respond to questions.

May God have mercy upon you.


Subject: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Weekly Parrot
To: All
Date Posted: 03:41:34 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.162.122

Message:
British High Commission Funds Training For APC/SLPP Radio Staff
Posted by Santigie Kamara on Aug 29, 2008, 11:43



The British High Commission in Sierra Leone has provided funds to the Independent Media Commission IMC to train staff of both the ruling APC and SLPP radio stations in a bid to enhance professionalism, and decorum in their operations.

In a press release issued out by the IMC on the 24th August 2008, it indicates that the training will be organized by the commission in collaboration with the Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bay College. According to the release, the training came as a result of several complaints and unsavory comments from the public against the output of the two political radio stations, which had prompted the public to call on the IMC to ban both stations but the commission in its wisdom decided to give the two radio stations the opportunity to improve on their performance by organizing a training programme for their staff.

It further states that a –three- day residential training has been planned for ten staff members from each of the two radio stations which will commenced on Monday 1st to end on Wednesday3rd September 2008 at the Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bah College.

The vice president, Hon. Samuel Sumana will deliver the open address; while one of the IMC Commissioners, Alhaji Dr. Abu Bakarr Kargbo will give the welcome address and introduction of chairperson.

The training will include amongst others an overview of the IMC, its mandate and how it works, developing of radio programme. Participants are expected to discuss a joint APC/SLPP radio programmes on an agreed topic and jointly undertake a radio discussion programme at the Radio Mount Aureole studio for nationwide broadcast.



Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: two brains
To: All
Date Posted: 06:38:43 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Trust me weekly parrot, this is a complete waste of the British tax payers money. The level of political sycophancy, corruption, idiocy, fanaticism and dependency on politics by Sierra Leoneans cannot be obviated by any form of training in radio journalism in Sierra Leone.

If DFID continue to use my tax in such a reckless manner, then as a British tax payer, I have the right to protest to Gordon Brown because I believe it is a total waste of my money.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 07:41:11 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.180.127

Message:
Two brains, I do believe the training will help them in understanding their responsibilities and what they should expect from the public. From what has been happening with the two radios, they depend on membership contributions to help sustain them. What will happen in this situation will create avenues for sustainability. For peace sakes, the funds are worth every penny.

I pray you understand the importance of what impact they will create to review your protest stance. One thing you can do to satify yourself will be to contact DFiD to send you the criteria they used to fund the radios. Theyn will send what you'll ask and will be happy to receive your comments.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: two brains
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:58 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Dear Chez

I note your advise but it did not vitiate the point I put accross, mainly that Sierra Leoneans need to be discipline and tolerant in order to go foward.

You are very well aware of the millions of British pounds spent to train the Sierra Leone police to an international standard, to carry out the law enforcement duties with profesionalism that that its deserved.

After all these training, can you tell me the Salone police is any better than they were before that training.

The police force is still not independent, they are still controlled by the executive, they are still inefficient and incompetent, they are still very corrupt and unbale to deal with political thuggery. In short, our police force is still politicised and unprofessional.

You would agree with me that all the above were part of the training provided by the British police Chief in Sierra Leone.

Whilst I respect your views, I am not in sympathy with them.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three Brains
To: All
Date Posted: 09:55:45 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Keep talking to yourself Winston. You need help. You are a digrace and a thief. Sierra-Leone should stay far away from your likes. You are a dangerous man. What a disgrace.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: two brains
To: All
Date Posted: 10:10:07 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Dear three brains

I am addressing you as you described yourself, so I demand you do the same. You have failed to accept the fact that you cannot stop me saying what I think, by tagging me as Chez.

You should understand by now that I am not Chez and have never been, so there is no point using abusive languages. It is like shooting a baboon believing it was a monkey.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three Brains
To: All
Date Posted: 10:15:22 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Keep lying to yourself, Winston. At least some of us know your character. Each time you open your mouth to talk, some of us will look at you with disdain.You are a liar and a thief.

Keep playing your games here. You are a dangerous Sierra-Leonean, and salone must never put you in any position of trust. You lack honesty and trust, and you are a common criminal. ou are a fool.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 19:08:23 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.142.66

Message:
Unlike you, I tend to use my God given talents to be very creative. Just as i always say - The tiger does not go about proclaiming his tigritude. i will leave you to your pathetic condition. You or your family may have squandered so much from the coffers of the nation that you have become so disorientated about the loss of ill-gotten wealth that you cannot stand criticisms of their actions. You are a pathetic soul and will always remain in the dark. I am proud of what my parents did for so many of you hobbos now jealously parading with malaise. Non of my parents well gotten earnings was spent on us save for our schooling in Sierra Leone. Time will tell us oneday who is hopeless! I have never begged for any office in Sierra Leone. Yes, I will love to serve my country under conditions that I believe to be appropriate. Your detraction does nothing to deter me from criticising your mentors you come on this forum to insult people of. Try, at least to defend them and we will know where we are wrong. I was present when your Tejan Kabbah, through late Thaimu Bangura (RIP), robbed a man hustling to get a contract on Diplomatic oil supply. Kabbah never honoured that contract and the man committed suicide as the money was not his. I was not the only one present. His treachery was revealed to me by late C P Foray (RIP), in the presence of a renowned writer. The late Sir Banja (RIP), in the presence of a colleague of mine, expressed his disappointment of Kabbah. I was privileged to have seen and heard a lot about your mentor. I was banking on the fact that we are all capable of changing our character with the given opportunities. I was led to believe that kabbah will look at his past and try to correct the mistakes of the SLPMB saga. I do not easily give up on any individual. I always leave room for change. Listen, hobbo, you have nothing on me as I am not on trial here. Go tell your mentors that I am ready to face them anytime anywhere. Not that "Once a man, twice a child". I am living my manhood now and will someday bedcome a child again. I have to live my manhood well. As a child, I made so many errors - now a man I have to becareful not to repeat my childhood errors. You need proper tutoring about life.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three brains
To: All
Date Posted: 19:34:54 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Winston,

please save us from your Kabbah labo labo. I am saying that you are two brains, Adu Conteh Sarrkom, Bobnsonmans, etc and you are telling me about Kabbah? Are you ok? You are a sick, deceitful little idiot, and you deserve to perish in hell.

You are a liar, hiding behind handles here to attack others, stir up tribalism(lying that you are mende), and all other bull crap. You need help, and you should go seek it now.

You are a thief and a liar. I do not give a crap about your fight with Kabbah. Take it up with him, you disgusting dishonest little liar.Salone does not need liars and thieves like you. You are a pathetic man


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Sam Maskita Bockarie
To: All
Date Posted: 06:07:36 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: longhorn1978@live.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
So what if he is mende!!!! what crime did he commit?? You are the very folks fanning the flames of tribalism & hate Shaiiiiiii Una Blowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 02:48:53 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.241.157.83

Message:
I can see hopelessness in you. Will just shut you out now. You have nothing to respopnd except use my words again ijn an insulting manner. You cannot even place them properly. Save yourself the embrassment - you jealous and envious sould with nothing to do - when I was young I would have called you a good for nothing parasite. This is because of your nincompoopery on the forum.

I wonder why Kabbs and the forum administrators are saying nothing about your baseless accusations.

I accussed your mentors and parents of the rape of our nation's resources. I am proud of the conduct of my parents to their coubntry. Are you proud of yours. You call a man a liar, thief, dangerous, dishonest, and you are not able to support your allegations with evidence. You are indeed a hopeless and helpless chunneh. You need to go back into your mother's womb to be reborn - you may be able to decipher the difference of talking for talk's sake and actually putting talks into action. Go enter the womb again and be reborn!!


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three Brains
To: All
Date Posted: 07:18:55 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
OK, Winston Two Brains, you are a useless man. People should be very careful when dealing with your likes. You are hopeless and wirthless. You are lower than a dog. You need, help, liar.

Shameless fool. Keep on keeping on. Judgement day will come.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 08:16:10 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.183.200

Message:
What seems to be your problem you sob!! Now you are getting serious to call me liken me to a dog. I love dogs and I believe a dog is more intelligent than your hopeless and helpless self. A dog will know who to attack - and will only do so when provoked. I am going to flush you out into the open to show the world that you are the offspring of the thieves that wrecked our country and its economy. Only the offspring of a thief will senselessly attack one that is angry about the way your fathers and mothers destroyed that which we should all be feeling happy about. Do you think I am happy to see the sufferings in so many of our future minds? I am blessed and carry a lot of burden because of God's blessings. Had your fathers and mothers served our country honourably, you will not hear a word of anger from me but praises. You sick mind is failing you if you believe that by baselessly attacking me will keep my trap shut - you must be mistaken. Tell the forum who your father or mother is and the forum will know that they are the sick dudes that placed us at the bottom of the Human Developement Index.

You need a life, I have a proper life that you are so envious of. With the blessings of God, I travelled by road from Freetown to London with no passport and arrived unscarthed. You are mere joke and your kind of detraction is something I am used to. The only difference is that I know not this enemy. If I know you I will just shame you and let you live for that is all that is good for you. You guys have empty the coffers of our economy and you do not want us to talk about that.

Tell me something, what have you got on me that you are so afraid to say on the forum. Say it and the devil will be ashame.

You are a wasdte of time and space - what contribution are you really doing to humankind or this simple forum? Zote!!

Take a break and tell you the bosses of your thieving father and mother that I cannot handle that mad man. I am really mad at the way your parents wrecked our economy - do they not know what it is to be honourable. That being honurable brings nobility and nobility begets wealth.

I believe I am a honourable and noble man. I lack nothing that I want. I recieve gifts from all over the world for my simple understanding that extends to reaching out and untapping the minds of matter. My job, through time has been to turn positive mind waves into matter. It will be hard for me to do that to you as the negativity in you is so great. I will have to unwind that negative force embedded in you to transform that to a positive charge. Whacko! I am more Whacko than you. I am the good, the bad and the ugly. Tuppit kaaabai!


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three Brains
To: All
Date Posted: 08:44:50 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
You are the son of a bitch, you wretch Winston two brains Adu Conteh. You are less than a dog. You are a liar and a thief. Salone deserves better than dogs like you.

You hopeless wretch. You will perish in hell. U freaking lying Son of a bitch.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 08:56:27 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.183.200

Message:
My mother, Madam Ya Alimamy Yillah, is a very fine woman and free to walk the street of Sierra leone. She came to visit us last year and should be getting ready again to visit us. Show us who your mother or father are and I will tell you where they are hiding. they stole from us and now they have nothing to show for it. Their offspring is out here on this forum attacking those they stole from. Shame on you sob!! Your fixation will not stop me from flushing you out. you will come out of the handle you are hiding. There is no comfort in the truth and the pain I intend to inflict on you is immeasurable. Hopeless and helpless hobbo.

I am aware of the time I waste responding to you. I find pleasure in doing so now because for a long time you have been on a crusade and I want to end this today - if it takes weeks; I am ready to go with you.

I may be taking breaks from you and please do not think I am running away from you. there are other more important stuff to deal with like - venting the anger on your thieving father, mother and their bosses. Two-faced lying hypcritical backstabber.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three brains
To: All
Date Posted: 09:04:16 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
You son of a bitch adu Two brains sarrkom bobsonmnans conteh. You are just pathetic. Why do you lie so much? You are a dangerous crook, and salone shold never trust bastards like you.

You are just a freaking joke. What a stupid idiotic liar. God is watching your lying ass, and you will pay the price. Two brains Winston, you are just too pathetic. You do not deserve to be among decent folks. You are a worthless son of a bitch.

May God have mery on your bastardized soul.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 09:07:21 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.183.200

Message:
You are really serious and hurt. I can see that now. That is how I am going to flush you out. Will try to do so other stuff now and will come back to you later - hopeles and senseless.


Subject: Re: SLPP/APC Radio gets funding
From: Three brains
To: All
Date Posted: 09:22:11 09/01/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
heheheheh. I am hurt? Definitely not, son of a bitch. I just exposed your lying ass as the one posting as two brains, adu conteh, sarrkom, bobsonmans etc. I wanted to expose you as a liar, that's it.

You pretend to be fortright, but you are one dishonest man. Your actions here say it all. People should stay the heck away from you. Your likes are not welcomed in salone. You are pathetic. You wrtech.


Subject: What a country of thieves!! No mercy for the people
From: Puhneta
To: All
Date Posted: 03:39:24 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.162.122

Message:
Missappropriation Of Public Funds......Solomon Berewa Writes Alpha Timbo For Le 3 Billion To Light Freetown
Posted by on Aug 29, 2008, 12:18

Prior to the 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary elections huge amount of money was spent, some meaningfully and some meaninglessly. Most of the country’s revenue generating ministries, parastatals and departments did not escape the spending spree of political parties, notably the ruling SLPP to canvass the electorate. Money was one of the key weapons used to attract voters than programmes and policies. One government ministry that suffered severely as fund meant for specific programme was altered is the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, whose political head was Mr. Alpha Timbo. At the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Social Safety Net programme has almost collapsed and objective not achieved as fund from the scheme was used other than its purpose.

The Social Safety Net is a parallel scheme to NASSIT. Its focus was how to take care of the aged and those with disabilities who are not part of the working class that can save for their retirement.

Several workshops and consultations had been held over the past years with elders including paramount chiefs and the Labour Ministry officials. Under the administration of Mr. Alpha Timbo, documentary evidence has revealed that funds provided by donor agencies, Italian rice aid, banks and other humanitarian organizations were diverted on the instruction of the then vice President, Mr. Solomon Berewa. The Ministry of Energy and Power was reportedly used as the conduit to transfer some of the funds on the pretext of purchasing of oil for the provision electricity to light the city of Freetown. On the 18th July, 2007 Vice President Solomon Berewa wrote a letter to Mr. Alpha Timbo “I have been informed by the National Commission for Privatization and the Ministry of Energy and Power that the generators are now in a position to provide a higher level of electricity provided adequate fuel is available. Having explored all options, including the option of using the Strategic Fund, Government has decided to borrow from the current reserve of the Social Safety Net”

In addition to this instruction, Mr. Solomon Berewa wrote “An emergency plan to ensuring continuous electricity supply for the next five months has been prepared with the participation of all relevant Parties and was to have been funded by the Peace Building Fund as part of the support to the Power Sector. Unfortunately, the decision by the Fund has now been postponed for emergency measure. I am therefore instructing that L3billion (Three Billion Leones), of the Social Safety Net Fund be released for the purchase for fuel supplies for the National Power Authority…”

With this instruction from Mr. Solomon Berewa, Candidate for the SLPP Presidential election, four cheques were signed and monies withdrawn from account number 002-218929-10-00-01. Cheque number 151143 for Le 800,000,000.00- dated 25th July, 2007, cheque number 151146 dated 1st August, 2007 for another Le 800,000,000.00- cheque number 151147 dated 16th August, 2007 for Le 800,000,000.00- and cheque number 151148 dated 16th August, 2007 for Le 600,000,000.00-.

In addition to this amount of money withdrawn for the five months electricity supply another Le1, 400,000,000.00 was also requested for the purchase of Marine Fuel oil and Lubricants for two weeks.

On the 13th August, 2007, Mr. Foday Mannah wrote a letter to the Managing Director of NASSIT, c/o 35A Lightfoot Boston Street requesting for the Le1, 400,000,000.00 which was questioned in a footnote “The total of this loan was for Le3.0 Billion. What was the other Le1.5+ Billion used for?

Although, this huge sum of money was released, however the electricity supply for the five months which the money was withdrawn from the Social Safety Net did not materialize. The question now posed by concerned members of the public is, what was the Three Billion Leones used for since the five months electricity supply to the city of Freetown was not feasible. (See more details next edition)


Subject: Re: What a country of thieves!! No mercy for the people
From: Haji Med Kay
To: All
Date Posted: 04:40:42 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-159-184-24.range81-159.btcentralplus.com at 81.159.184.24

Message:
I am sure this is one of the reasons any normal thinking Salone person will understand why the past regime must be investigated. I believe embezzling public funds in this manner is killing and supects should be charged with treason.


Subject: The outcome of Cocorioko's boxing matches
From: One Country, Many Cannibals
To: All
Date Posted: 02:32:44 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-226-52.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.52

Message:
1)Dr.Curtis v/s Kutubu Koroma-Kutubu floored helplessly by upper cut; could not get up after six counts.Re-match expected

2)Eddie Grant v/s Jacob Kanu-Eddie won by a technical knockout after Jacob was rushed to hospital and is still yet to make an appearance

3)Kabs Kanu v/s Bra Enviable-A classic and deadly knockout in seventh round that left Bra Enviable out of action for more then a week now

4)Alieu Iscandri v/s Alpha Saidu Bangura-Match stopped by referee in the ninth round as both were bleeding all over their faces.Re-match expected

5) Chez Winakabs v/s Dr. Nahim-Draw.Dr.Nahim is at the moment nursing a broken jaw while Chez suffers from a swollen face.Re-match expected


Subject: We are still waiting for the Zimbabwe emails
From: Taveh Gutu
To: All
Date Posted: 02:13:10 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-226-52.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.52

Message:
Ee look lek say dem mail yah nor go kommot tay gron geh yaiye. Du yah una tell da careless goalkeeper for publish de mail dem, we wan see dem now now.


Subject: KUTUBU KOROMA NOW LIVING UNDER "MARTIAL LAW"
From: forum observer
To: All
Date Posted: 00:10:00 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
Posted by General Moshe Dyan on August 26, 2008 at 20:54:24:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 09:46:52:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
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Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA


Subject: I JOIN HILLARY CLINTON IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO TUBBS JONES
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 22:20:45 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
Hillary Clinton's moving tribute:


Yesterday, we lost a colleague, a friend, an inspiration, and a champion for all of us. I am deeply saddened by the death of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. She was my friend and my sister. She made me laugh, smile and fired up my spirit when I needed it most.
She had a light that shone for the world to see within her and a fighting spirit safely stowed behind her disarming smile. Stephanie had so much integrity and a fiery intelligence that enabled her to become a one-woman force for progress in our country.

Stephanie was a tireless worker, giving a voice to the voiceless and always combating injustice. Stephanie spent much of her life fighting for all Americans and to ensure that everyone had the most precious right - the right to vote.

All of us who were lucky enough to know her and love her can only strive to be as much like her as we can -- to be as passionate, as loyal, as hard-charging, and as joyful every single day.

Stephanie was one of a kind, and we will miss our friend forever.

My family's deepest condolences are with Stephanie's son, Mervyn, her family, and her many loved ones, friends, supporters, and her beloved Ohioans. It is during this tough time that we look back and remember all the memories and blessings that Stephanie brought into our lives. If you have a thought, a story, a prayer, or condolences you would like to share, you can visit our website today so we can rejoice together in the friendship and love that we have for Stephanie. All the notes and memories we gather will be sent to her family on behalf of our extended family.

Send in your thoughts and memories about Stephanie.

Thank you,
Hillary

John Morgan :: Rep. Stubbs Jones Dies From Aneurysm

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

GOOD NIGHT STEPHANIE, WILL SURE MISS YOUR SMILE, REST IN PEACE.


Subject: Re: I JOIN HILLARY CLINTON IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO TUBBS JONES
From: Shabba
To: All
Date Posted: 23:31:20 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-226-143-114.hsd1.in.comcast.net at 98.226.143.114

Message:
Great tribute - Stephanie truly embodied courage and loyalty, especially at a time when it was unpopular among black politicians to support Hillary. Stephanie will be surely be missed.


Subject: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: Chiefdom Raray Boys Dem
To: All
Date Posted: 19:02:02 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Posted by Daniel Bangura on August 29, 2008 at 19:57:10:

In Reply to: ...and an appropriate response! posted by forum observer on August 29, 2008 at 19:31:16:

I can tell a Creole Boy on this forum started this.
Like he always does with the Mendes, he came on the forum and called Country people "primitive."
And then there was a response.
I dont know how a Fulla Tong Boy so confused can call country people primitive. Alieu Iscandari is a very pathetic man. From calling Mendes cannibals to labeling country people "primitive."
Saidu Bangura is right. Alieu Iscandari needs help.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Re: ...and an appropriate response!


Posted by ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER ? on August 30, 2008 at 05:30:48:

In Reply to: Re: ...and an appropriate response! posted by Daniel Bangura on August 29, 2008 at 19:57:10:


-Saidu Bangura is right. Alieu Iscandari needs help.

DESPICABLE ATTEMPT TO IMPLICATE! DO IT AGAIN, I DARE YOU, I
DOUBLE DARE YOU ! :-

SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG"


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: zakmal
To: All
Date Posted: 21:09:47 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
Entered From: pool-71-178-202-84.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.178.202.84

Message:
I hope you would desist from dragging the Ebilleh Organisation in to your dispute with Alpha Saidu. You asserted that the executive of this organisation does not meet your moral standards.What proof do have to make such accusations? Please unmask yourself and let's talk. You've made a very broad and false accusation against the executive of this fine outfit so better be ready to prove your accusation beyond all reasonable doubt. This forum should be used for positive exchanges not to settle petty differnces with Alpha Saidu.I've made this point to Alpha Saidu privately but it seems that my advice fell on deaf ears. I am taking this oppurtunity to ask you once again to take your dispute directly to Alpha Saidu and leave Ebilleh out of it.In the meantime we are awaiting the proof you are so certain about.


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJI'UN
To: All
Date Posted: 00:12:10 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
AL-ANBIYA 21:18
NAY, WE HURL THE TRUTH AGAINST FALSEHOOD, AND IT KNOCKS OUT
ITS BRAIN, AND BEHOLD, FALSEHOOD DOTH PERISH!! AH!! WOE BE
UNTO YOU FOR THE FALSE STATEMENT YE ASCRIBE US.

YOUR CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY AND THAT OF THE EBILLEH
ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN TARNISH AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO
MAKE THESE STATEMENTS ON THE EVE OF RAMADAN WITH
CONVICTION, MAY ALLAH HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL. SILENCE
WOULD HAVE BEEN SUFFICE FOR THE CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY OF
EBILLEH. ANYONE CAN BE CONTROLLED OR DISCIPLINED. IT IS YOUR
DUTY (EVEN IF YOU MIGHT BE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS COMPUTER
LITERATE) AND THE REST OF THE EBILLEH EXECUTIVES TO TAKE
MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT SAIDU SHAITAN ADHERE TO THE
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPALS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT. YOU CANNOT
HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. BY HIS REPRESENTATION OF YOUR
ORGANIZATION THERE IS AMPLE EVIDENCE FOR LITIGATION. YOU AND
OTHERS HAVE SAT BY AS BYSTANDERS IN NUMEROUS OCCASIONS
WHEN SAIDU SHAITAN HAS EVEN GONE AS FAR AS STATING THAT THE
PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE DOES NOT EVEN KNOW WHO HIS FATHER
IS. DO YOU KNOW THE RAMIFICATION OF HIS ACTIONS ON YOUR
ORGANIZATION,AND THE NAME "EBILLEH". DO YOU SEE ANY OTHER
ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN ESPECIALLY WITH AKU TIES IN AMERICAN
BEING LAMBASTED THE WAY SAIDU SHAITAN IS. EBILLEH
ORGANIZATION IS A REGISTERED ENTITY WHICH CAN BE LIABLE. THERE
ARE MANY EVIDENCE. E.G. VIDEOS, ETC ETC, WHICH SHOWS EVIDENCE
OF THE ASSOCIATION RELATIONSHIP WITH SAIDU SHAITAN. WORD OF
ADVICE,TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT; YOU AND THE REST OF THE EXECUTIVES
SORT OUT THIS MESS; SAIDU SHAITAN.

MORALS:
CONCERNED WITH PRINCIPALS OF RIGHT AND WRONG BEHAVIOR AND
THE GOODNESS OF BADNESS OF HUMAN CHARACTER.
CONCERNED WITH OR ADHERING TO THE CODE OF INTERPERSONAL
BEHAVIOR THAT IS CONSIDERED RIGH OR ACCEPTABLE IN A
PARTICULAR SOCIETY. HOLDING OR MANIFESTING HIGH PRINCIPALS
FOR PROPER CONDUCT.

THIS IS THE WORLD WIDE WEB THAT CARTERS TO THOUSANDS NOT A
WEEKEND SHINDIG THAT CATERS TO A FEW THAT CONGREGATE AT
THE BAR.


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 23:40:07 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-105.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.105

Message:
Alpha Mahmoud, once again I advice you to stop responding to people who do not post with thier right names because it shows that they cowards. Don't ask them to come up with any proof because they do not have any proof,they only talk because talk is cheap.If people want to know anything about Ebilleh, I encourage them to come to us , we will examine thier backgrounds very well, if they meet our requirements, we will happily accept them as members. Ebilleh is not a tribal organization, It is a community Institution for every qualified person.


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: EBILLEH INTEGRITY AND CREDIBILITY LOST
To: All
Date Posted: 00:18:27 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Are wan for soraw, but are dae fraid dee doctor ee bomb
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 09:14:36 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
"...SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG"
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA




Subject: Re: Are wan for soraw, but are dae fraid dee doctor ee bomb
From: Chiefdom Police
To: All
Date Posted: 09:46:21 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
"...Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA"

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

WE DAE WATCH YOU...ONE FALSE MOVE...DEE BOMB GO BEGIN WHISTLE!


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: NASARA; LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE.
To: All
Date Posted: 19:49:01 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
.


Subject: Re: TROUBLE NAR EEGBALEH (Ebilleh) !
From: Chiefdom Council of Elders
To: All
Date Posted: 20:29:43 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
"NASARA; LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE..."

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

AGBA OH!


Subject: The Next Vice President Of The United State?
From: Republican
To: All
Date Posted: 18:20:14 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:

Sarah Palin: Sisterhood of the Traveling Catsuit

Or close enough.

Forget the women’s vote. Do you think she’ll get the men’s?

She might even get Biden’s after he sees this.


Subject: Re: The Next Vice President Of The United State?
From: Shabba
To: All
Date Posted: 23:47:55 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-226-143-114.hsd1.in.comcast.net at 98.226.143.114

Message:
Your posting is so typical of the male chauvinist. The fact that you posted this trash shows your bias and disrespect for women – your posting is not funny, it just shows how shallow minded you are, not to mention your ignorance on diversity and the progress woman have made and continue to make ... frankly it is insulting.


Subject: Re: The Next Vice President Of The United State?
From: political
To: All
Date Posted: 00:23:18 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip24-251-7-215.ph.ph.cox.net at 24.251.7.215

Message:
Welcome bro. Question for you. Did the governor pressure the commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law? Is there an active investigation over this?

If so why McCain in God's name choose such person to represent the republicand party? Don't you think if this is true it is a big disgrace for the party? What has this revelation has to do with feminism? Stay blessed as you try to answer these questions.


Subject: Govt. Spin Doctors And The Supply Of False Information
From: Kemoh Cocaine
To: All
Date Posted: 18:09:17 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Premier News

Govt. Spin Doctors And The Supply Of False Information
(Friday 29 August, 2008)

With Theo Nicol

The other day, one Minster was complaining that the media is concentrating more on the negative stories about Sierra Leone than the positive ones.
His grouse was that they do not report or do not celebrate all the great things the President has been doing since he assumed office almost a year ago.
First of all I do not agree with the Minister that the media is only emphasing the negatives and avoiding or down playing the positive things of our Government.


I believe that we in the media have done a lot to report the activities of the President and even those of his Ministers. The problem is that the media departments of the President and even the Ministers do not take publicity seriously and they most times do not tell the truth. And serious journalists are always suspicious of information that is clearly doctored. And when the reports are published, they do not always toe the same line as the official ones.
A case in point is the resignation of the president's ex- secretary, James Sanpha Koroma recently.


The spin doctors in the President' office, Alpha Kanu and Sheka Tarawalie, assisted by David Carew, the Minster of Finance, had called us to an emergency Press conference at the beginning of the week to announce the resignation of the ex-secretary, but had been very economical with the truth as to why the man resigned.


The next day, the various newspapers published their own findings as against the official version given to us by the Presidential and Public Affairs Minister.
So, in such a case, the Government spokesmen are likely to believe that the media is only reporting the negative sides of every story because they were hoping that every newspaper was going to publish their own version.

We can only promote our country when those in authority give us genuine information that we can appreciate and then relay.


Journalists do not manufacture stories. They are not fiction writers. They report events and statements made by important personalities. And most importantly, they analyse information before making them public.

Let us go back to the Sanpha Koroma resignation story which I commented on last Wednesday in this column. Dr. Abass Bundu phoned in to disagree with me on some of the issues I raised in the article. He said he thought the article was unlike me.


As I told the diplomat and ex-Minister of foreign affairs, my take on the issue is that Sanpha resigned, according to the Government, and that was impressive.


Now if the Government lied to us that the man resigned when he was pushed to resign, that is another kettle of fish. And if Sanpha and the President had a shouting match before the man was asked to resign, which is the public's version of the story which was not what the Ministers of Government, David Carew and Alpha kanu told us.


But for the sake of argument, let me take another stand on this matter and ask some few pertinent questions.


If it is true that Sanpha Koroma or his boys took a very important document like a Statutory Instrument to parliament to discuss the increase of the President's salary without the knowledge of Sanpha and the consent of Mr. President, is it not right for us to assume that something is fundamentally wrong in the President's office?
Secondly, if the secretary to the President could do things on his own without the consent or approval of his boss, then is it not right for me to ask who is in charge at State House?


In other words, is the President fully in charge or are other personalities taking advantage of the gentlemanliness of Ernest Koroma and doing just what they like?

These are questions we should not ignore.


And if I should go back to the original topic of discussion, if a journalist reports something like this and then insists that because of the information given to him by State House, he concludes that the President is not in charge, is it right for any Minister to claim that the journalist has written a negative story about Sierra Leone or about the President?


I think that the answer to this question should be a simple NO.


Journalists report what happens and what they believe could have happened or what is said.
That is why it is important that the managers of Government information do their best to tell true stories to the Press. If they don't, the media will always get the truth from inside sources. That truth sometimes embarrasses the Government.


It is the duty of Information Managers in Government to manage public information, not to twist them and tell lies. Once the truth is told, that is what will be published. And what is published is most likely what the public will believe.
That is my view


Subject: Re: Govt. Spin Doctors And The Supply Of False Information
From: Taveh Gutu
To: All
Date Posted: 01:30:33 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-226-52.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.52

Message:
Then why do you retract stories or make rejoinders or apologise or make u-turns most times? Do you think readers take the Salone media seriously anymore?

The Salone media is being reduced to Archie's comics level by some journalists who are guided by emotions rather than logic.Most times they fabricate stories in a sign of vindictiveness against certain personae they envy or hate.Go to the Awarenesstimes web page and see childishness and incompetence at their worst.Sometimes it makes one wonder whether the editor is in her right senses or not for allowing the publication of mediocre articles in her paper.
Another example is the Standardtimes which is obsessed with indulging in tarnishing and smearing images with all the confidence in the world without giving two hoots to the authenticity of claims.The editor sometimes make sweeping conclusions without even cross-checking or carefully analysing data. Salone journalists are becoming big jokers day by day.


Subject: 10th Accused Paralyzed In Prison?
From: Kemoh Cocaine
To: All
Date Posted: 18:07:15 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
10th Accused Paralyzed In Prison?

Premier News

(Thursday 28 August, 2008)
By Abu Bakarr Munu & N’fa Alie Koroma

Sources at the Maximum Pademba Road Prisons (Clarkson House) yesterday intimated Premier News that the 10th Accused in the on-going alleged Lungi International Airport cocaine plane saga, Mohamed Sahid Sesay is suffering from partial paralysis.


This was also confirmed yesterday when the case came up for hearing at Magistrate Court No. 1, presided by Principal Magistrate Deen Tarawallie, with the 10th Accused Mohamed Sahid Sesay and the 15th Accused persons Alusine Kamara who collapsed in the dock during the last hearing, were both absent at yesterday’s court hearing.


State Prosecutor G.J. Soyie acknowledged receipt of a medical report for both the 10th and 15th Accused and submitted that he is seeking further clarification in respect of the medical reports to which Defence Counsel for the 10th Accused, Roland Wright stated that there is no need for further clarification because according to him the report speaks for itself.


This led the court to call in the Prison’s Medical Officer, Jonathan Prince Dixon.
The witness said he is a trained and qualified nurse and that he is an assistant to the Prison Medical Officer.


He said his responsibility is to assess prisoners when they are ill, treat them and make referrals to his boss when their conditions are serious.
He said that the reason for the absence of both the 10th and 15th Accused persons was because they are currently admitted at the Pademba Road Prisons hospital.


Asked whether he is the one who issued the reports, he replied in the negative but that he relied on them as they are authentic and therefore tendered them in court.


He informed the court that he was representing his boss.


The Prosecution pointed out that since the nature of the report is above the Assistant Medical Officer, his boss should be in court.


Magistrate Deen Tarawallie in that respect, stated that the prosecution can subpoena the medical officer.
Defence Counsel, Roland Wright, argued and submitted that the 10th Accused should be admitted at the 34 Military Hospital because according to him the Pademba Road Prisons lacks both the facilities and personnel to treat the accused, if that is the opinion of physician specialist.

State Prosecution G. J. Soyie objected on the grounds that exhibit A1, referring to Mohamed S. Sesay is limited as the report does not express admission outside the prison and went on to argue that the report only recommended that the accused be examined by a physician specialist and submitted that the accused be treated in the Prison Hospital.
Soyie further stated that there is no evidence before the court to show that the facilities the defence is referring to are lacking.


He said if the submission of the defence is granted, it will be a potential security risk for the accused to be admitted outside the Pademba Road Prisons.
Roland Wright responded that he did not see the risk because the accused was charged for the crime of breaking a wire-mesh fence and that he would not like to see the Prosecution coming with a death certificate to the court on the next adjourned date.


Another defence Counsel Chrispin Fio Edwards on behalf of the 15th Accused, Alusine Kamara, also applied for the accused to be admitted outside the prison as he believes that there is no cardiologist to treat the accused in prison.


The Prosecution again objected saying that a cardiologist can still be brought to the Pademba Road prisons and treat the accused. Principal Magistrate Deen Tarawallie over-ruled saying that the state can seek the services of specialists who can administer treatment to the accused persons in prison.
Bail was again refused for all accused persons and the matter adjourned to Wednesday September 3.


Subject: ‘Unjust’ to Cocaine Suspects?
From: Kemoh Cocaine
To: All
Date Posted: 18:04:09 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
APC Government is ‘Unjust’ to Cocaine Suspects - Ahmed Sesay’s Brother Complains to HRC in Sierra Leone
By Farouk Oumar Sesay
Aug 29, 2008, 18:30 Email this article

10 Walpole Street
Freetown
August 27th, 2008

The Chairperson,
Human Rights Commission
Wellington Street,
Freetown.


Dear Madam,


INHUMAN TREATMENT AND VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF DETAINEES


We write to draw your attention to the inhuman treatment and violation of the rights of people detained at the Pademba Road Prisons in relation to the plane load of cocaine seized at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi. These violations have also been extended to the family members of the detainees.

The national outcry against the detainees has been used as an excuse to trample on the rights of people and a leeway for executive intrusion in the process never before seen in Sierra Leone even in treason cases. These inhuman treatment and violations include the following:

§ Administrative bulwarks prevent defence lawyers from having access to their clients.
§ The lawyer client confidentiality is punctuated by security personnel who hover over lawyer client meetings.
§ Harassment of defence lawyers leading to withdrawals from the matter
§ The denial of family’s access to the court room to witness the trial of their relatives
§ The treatment meted out to them in prison could be deduced from the treatment of their lawyers and relatives – twenty three hours lock up etc
§ The refusal of bail by the court even when it is established that the suspects are entitled to bail if they meet the criteria
§ The denial of access to medical treatment to 10th accused, Mohamed Sesay and other detainees, resulting in the collapse of the fifteenth accused in the court room.

We believe the Human Rights Commission was formed to protect, defend and promote the rights of the inhabitants of this country; and that violation of the rights of anyone warrants the attention of your Commission.

Our country was governed by the rule of law way before the plane of doom landed at Lungi Airport; to change our laws and procedures to suit events is exactly how not to run a state.

The breaking–all–rules approach of the Government in the cocaine case is unjust. Once we allow this precedence of executive intrusion into judicial and prison processes to take root its extension to non-cocaine matters in the future is a foregone conclusion. Nothing emboldens autocracy, miscarriage of justice and anti-free society than bad examples from the past.

I lead this protest some may say because among the suspects is a family member. Let me assure you that most importantly I hold the belief in the famous dictum that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". And there is public domain evidence of my stance for justice for all persons irrespective of circumstances.

We are therefore kindly asking that your office demonstrates that it is concerned about human rights in this country and is mindful of its obligations to account to citizens by investigating and commenting on the wrong and right of the following:

· The refusal of bail for the category of crimes for which suspects have been charged.
· The usurpation by the executive of the judiciary’s discretion to grant permission to family members to visit suspects in jail
· The refusal to allow suspect to access appropriate medical facilities.
· The holding of suspects in solitary confinement for 23 hours

Faithfully
Oumar Farouk Sesay

CC: Campaign for Good Governance
CC: Forum of Conscience
CC: Network Movement for Justice and Development
CC: National Forum for Human Rights
CC: The Ombudsman
CC: The Press
CC: Amnesty International
CC: Sierra Leone Bar Association
CC: Sierra Leone Association of Journalists


Subject: Should the running of African countries depend so much on it
From: Tamara Peters
To: All
Date Posted: 15:21:25 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: canlinkdsm.eds.com at 205.239.196.6

Message:
Should the running of African countries depend so much on its Leaders?

(Friday 29 August, 2008)

With Tamara Peters

I've always been of the opinion that Africa's leadership failures stem from the fact that we rely on individuals instead of systems. With every new African leader, we have to hold our breath in the hope that this one will be the 'saviour'. We live in fear that we may get another evil dictator or an apathetic leader who does nothing to improve his country. It would appear that all the good work done by previous leaders can be undone in a short space of time depending on the type of ruler we are blessed or cursed with. In the Western world on the other hand, leaders are for the most part figureheads who operate within well established systems that guarantee the smooth running of any country regardless of its size. Shouldn't we be moving towards such systems in order to ensure our country's future?

Recalling people's reaction when our President was elected, I can't help but conclude that we Sierra Leoneans view our leaders as our savior. People who voted for President Koroma became such staunch supporters, in an almost religious sense. Many people couldn't even fathom his possible failure as a leader and a fanatic few were willing to pick up arms to defend his honour. The post election scenario reminded me of an encounter I had with a born-again Christian who accosted me asking if I knew Jesus. Wanting to play devil's advocate (no pun intended) I asked him if he woke up the next morning and received conclusive proof that there was no Jesus what his reaction would be. It was as though he suddenly developed acute deafness in both ears as he ignored my hypothesis and just kept on repeating his question as to whether I knew Jesus. The fanatic in my opinion is someone who cannot question his beliefs in order to confirm or as the case may be reject them. This approach is perhaps necessary for religions to survive but surely they have no place in politics.

Whilst I recognise that every country deserves a good leader, I still believe that as Africans we need to recognise that they are just men or women. Their powers are granted by us ordinary people, they have no divine authority and should be questioned and removed if they do not do the job we elect them to do. We should also realise that like us they are fallible, they will make mistakes and it is probable that they will not make remarkable changes, only inroads. Across the Atlantic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has the same zealous support from people who believe he will move mountains and put the world to rights. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on which side of the fence you sit on, Mr Obama will operate within a system of governance which was created centuries before he was even born. The result is that the damage or good he can do as leader is limited even with all the goodwill in the world.

In Sierra Leone as in most African countries leaders can wreak havoc if they so choose, like Nigeria's Sani Abacha or Uganda's Idi Amin, they can undo decades of development in one fell swoop. They can also like Ghana's Jerry Rawlings or Gambia's Yaya Jammeh develop their countries beyond recognition, creating infrastructures that their citizens once only dreamt of. But why give one man so much power? Would it not be safer for our country's futures to ensure that regardless of who our leaders are, we can continue to rest assured that our countries will continue to exist and improve in years to come; that our children can plan for their future instead of living in constant fear of another military coup or another megalomaniac who could care less about his citizens?

Certainly, we want to be inspired by our leaders but if we get a less than inspiring leader like George W. Bush or Joseph Saidu Momoh at least we can be content when there is a democratic governing system in place that they will do little or no harm. In such governing systems which do not necessary have to mirror the West, we are at the very least guaranteed a future. They also provide an incentive for people to work hard and to invest in their country because the fear that a self-serving tyrant like Zaire's Mobutu will not have the opportunity to destroy all the fruits of their labour.
The all important question is undoubtedly who will take the initiative to establish such systems? As it's in our interest as Sierra Leoneans should we not be taking the initiative to guarantee a secure future regardless of the man at the top's dreams aspirations and most importantly his personality?

source : http://www.premiernews-sl.com/detail.php?id=103


Subject: Re: Should the running of African countries depend so much on it
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 17:43:48 08/30/08 ()
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In the same spirit as Tamara Peters and Chez Winakabs Europe let me take this time to do something we Sierra Leoneans rarely do, which is to recognise and acknowledge good acts by our leaders that deserve commendation so as to fuel the engine of change and motivate our leader to do more.

I will like to express my profound support to and admiration for the APC government's crack down on criminals defrauding the state including ghost teachers, fradulent NGO's, and ghost workers at government offices. This effort is in line with His Excellency, Ernest Koroma's election pomises and
a pathway to greater national savings as well as a deterrence to other's engaged in similar activities.

I implore the Government to stay steadfast in this endeavor in order to clean up the mess inherited from the past SLPP government.

Sincerity and commitment in the exercise of the duties of the office of President is a key factor in reviving the economy and His Excellency Ernest Koroma is doing an excellent job.

As more and more crackdowns take place it becomes more and more self evident that the past administration was negligent in their duty to govern properly.

Similarly, I salute the APC government's effort to empower the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) so that they excersise their duty to the fullest including cracking down on any government official caught embezzling government revenues. Embezzlement has become a panacea that must be put under control.

Empowering the ACC sets the APC government of His Excellency Ernest Koroma apart from its Predecessor, the SLPP government of past President Tejan Kabba. It shows the seriousness of the APC government in combating corruption as opposed to the lip service past President Kabba displayed in this endeavor.

In keeping with his campaign promise that there would be no sacred cows in his administration, the President released his Transport and Aviation Minister due to complicity in the recent cocain crackdown. We must commend the President for that move and pray for him as he makes these tough decisions, amidst warrantless criticisms from spineless politicians.

May God continue to bless His Excellency, Ernest Koroma and to guide him every step of the way.


Subject: Re: Should the running of African countries depend so much on it
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 16:23:13 08/30/08 ()
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The systems are there to protect us from bad governance. What is lacking in our systems is the implementation of these systems of governance. The few that the systems gives power to govern blatantly flout the laws of the 'systems'. You see the catch 22! Though there are systems to make sure bad leaders do not abuse their office, the people are powerless to correct these abuses by the few. Education of the people about the systems that govern them; the roles of the systems, the people's responsibilities to the systems, the systems' responsibilites to the people are lacking. Ideally, all forms of education provide individuals with values and skills needed to live peacefully with each other. This education can help respond to our need to belong to a fine society. Education that includes informal socialisation in the family, the media, and culture; formal schooling; and religious education can all have the potential to foster love of country and people.

The systems need to be interpreted in every facet of our communities. A true leader can help power the translation of the systems even if his people are dumb.


Subject: Re: Should the running of African countries depend so much o
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 23:35:08 08/30/08 ()
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Greetings. I am sure I am not missed but thank God I am still alive. I am disappointed in Sierra Leone. I am at the point of giving her up. That is not a joke and I have nothing to loose.
Tamara Peters, let me first and foremost, thank you for your interest in change. Had it not been this burning desire, you would have kept quiet. However, you see that change is possible therefore, you ask questions so that we try to track down the reasons why there must be this change.
In response let me say that in all fairness, blames are not levied in the right place/s due to the fact that the real truth is unknown.
It is fair to blame leaders for a destruct when they meet a refined or well organized system/s and steer such a system in another direction. But is it fair to blame any African leader for problems prevalent in African countries? If so please tell me which African leader came to power in a stable, well organized nation or through peaceful means and met a viable economy? Most leaders who take power either meet a huge debt or meets a country that has just stemmed from a brutal war, or ascended to power by deposing, what most claim to be "dictators". So rather than steer in continued prosperity, African leaders have, for the most part, if not in all cases, steered with the prospect of ushering development but in difficult reconstruction atmosphere or do so in turmoil. In such cases, the tendency for development in the right direction to be achieved is hardly feasible. Are African leaders to blame for the many failures or are there other factors in play that thoughts are not given to, are missunderstood or are overlooked?
The First world, like Africa, had a start, most of which were rugged. In Europe, we had several wars: the Creamean War, the Great War, the French Revolution, The American War of Independence, the American-Mexican War, The American Civil War to name a few. Wars, be them religions or inter-territorial conflicts but there were turmoils that slowed development, especially in the Fifth to Twelfth Centuries. However, the developed world had an envy for ideas, the ability and the favorable conditions to intermingle and share ideas, befitting a reformation that is enjoyed today was loved. The key areas for the spread of ideas could be easily reached, transporting ideas from Britain, Rome, Spain to name a few, was feasible and they took advantage of such endeavors no matter how difficult they were. Most died in such endeavors. The Elite in these nations loved their nations and shook to usher-in these changes in a peaceful and vibrant manner for most of them, though most of their leaders were most unwelcoming of these ideas but businessmen and women, the ordinary peopler and religious leaders joined hands to embrace these renovative ideas therefore, most of the political leaders had no alternative but join-in. Writings of people such as William Shakespeere and in latter years, John Locke, Emanuel Kant, Montesqueue, Dante to name a few; Martin Luther and others staired-up the love and admiration forthe Arts, music, Literature, Democracy, reformed religion through which they shared appreciable ideas that helped to bring a change of mind in the leadership community and in their societies as a whole. Besides, they had the facilities to enable this intermingle. But guess what? They had a people who were interested in ideas and change therefore, had to come. This is why they had voyages and made discoveries. People invested in the aforementioned idealistic practices; it had to gain grounds. Though these ideas, as was used by some in the most of dubious ways yet, they were bold and facilitated to make these moves. From that unset, one realizes that Africa was handicapped.
By the seventh Century interest in invention and Science had developed in most of the now developed countries. By the Twelfth Century, we were in chains and have continued fighting for independence to the sixties if not to this day.
However, history will tell you that before the understanding could be established in European and in the Americas, most of these countries got at very difficult and combatant starts. But the willingness to embrace ideas was there and it was very helpful to them and the idea to stand shoulder-to-shoulder for a common interest was also there so change and development had to come.
In our case, we are still struggling, trying to understand what politics is, what constitutes respect and how to get it, where can we find the lucrative avenues besides politics has been our biggest enemy, and as such, we induce hate and destruction of those we envy the most. But the fact remains that a majority of our communities are illiterate or semi-illiterate and even when we presume to understand and cater for others, we do so with self-interest at the core of such an agenda.
By and large, if there is to be change towards good governance, peace and prosperity, the people must prove that knowledge is power by embracing and encouraging such knowledge and encouraging such people to share such knowledge to benefit from them. Knowledge is not only schooling (formal education) but the encouragement in the Arts, Music, Writings and other forms of creativity.
I am a fervent believer that dependency breeds abuse and self-liberation is only possible when we liberate our minds and the minds of others in a civil and concise manner. Governments are not the answer but a change of mind and attitude towards what's real development and the means towards such developments are by embracing and encouraging them is what is the set back not the governments because, as I mentioned inter-ally, all governments meet huge problems in disorganized fashion. They have to secure themselves first, organise or try to organize their systems before they start real developmental projects, which in most cases are interluded with fracass.
Note: those who have families that can support them from abroad hardly think of governments right? Those will never willingly jump on vehicles to campaign for political parties or fight wars if they are not coarsed. But there are those who are always looking for ways to prey on the weak and the innocent because there talents have no or little values in our communities. If change is to come, we must first and foremost, change our thought patterns and put our priorities straight, understanding that together, we can rise.


Subject: Re: Should the running of African countries depend so much o
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 02:44:29 08/31/08 ()
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Bambay, we surely missed you! Bambay, take Senegal to be an example of a stable democracy aside the Cassamance problem that has not affected their democratic/political transistions. Senegal is an envy!


Subject: Re: Should the running of African countries depend so much o
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 22:35:16 08/31/08 ()
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Brother Chez, thank you for your patriotism. Your love for me is not about me but it Sierra Leone. Let us take a moment and think. What would it mean if a Sierra Leonean wins a Golden Globe nomination and award or wins the Nobel Peace Prize or NFL? Sierra Leoneans would be proud woun't we? But will we be proud if a Sierra Leonean gets an acclamation for loosing the worst?
Senegal is an envy, I agree. Leopold Sedar Sengor, is an Icon that all Africans leaders should and must emulate. The leaders who followed after him are no exception. But think about it; Senegal is still a Third World Country. They have a long way to go because if all Africa does not do well, Senegal is not doing well. In the eyes of the International Community, that comprises NATO, THE G8 and other organizations, every one of these countries are doing well. The Hispanic community is doing well. Senegal has been involved in making peace between Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans, Ivory Coast and the Ivorians, Liberia and the Liberians. The story goes on-and-on-and-on. Think of the Congo, Tanzania. If they fail, Senegal has faIled, the West African Sub-rejoin has failED and so has the entire Africa.
Is it the leaders, is it the populace or is it outside forces?
Our people say that a witch or wizard can never enter one's house if one in your house does not open. As proud as we are about Senegal, let us hold it, and pray that one day, a train will covey people from Senegal to Ghana, from Ghana to South Africa and so on and so forth, where trade and knowledge will be shared Africanously instead of guns, convoluted ideologies and corruptive ideas.
I am just from a party and will not like to talk too much.
Have a blessed day bro.


Subject: In the Case of The New Vision VS Ernest Koroma, We the Jury
From: Chiefdom Council of Elders
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Date Posted: 15:05:54 08/30/08 ()
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FOWARD WITH THE TIMES


The New Vision Newspaper Admits Publishing False Reports

Posted by Standard Times on Jun 23, 2008, 07:50



The case between the Office of the President and the New Vision newspaper about the latter’s publication of a front-page story stating that President Ernest Bai Koroma had spent over one million dollars flying to African countries alone came up again today at the offices of the Independent Media Commission in Freetown.

Presidential Press Secretary Sheka Tarawalie and the Managing Editor of the New Vision A.B.S. Massaquoi represented their respective institutions. During the previous deliberations on 3rd June 2008, Mr. Massaquoi had insisted he stood by the story and would provide the evidence to the commission. When asked to do so today, he produced a self-typed document titled “Presidential and Vice Presidential State Visits Overseas Excluding Air Tickets”. The Managing Editor insisted that this was all he had to corroborate his story.

Chaired by Commissioner Christo Johnson, the Complaints Committee was quick to add up the figures presented by Mr. Massaquoi (who did not present a total) showing that the overall sum according to his document was far below what he had published in the first place. Apart from that, Mr. Massaquoi was reminded that the story he originally published never mentioned the Vice President’s trips and should not have been included in a case about the President’s travelling details. Mr. Massaquoi was also reminded that his story had said the expenditure of over one million dollars was on the President’s trips to African countries alone, while in his presentation he had included trips outside Africa. Furthermore, Mr. Massaquoi’s attention was drawn to the fact that President Koroma, since his inauguration, has never travelled to Mozambique (for which his document had claimed the President spent $ 70,000) nor to the United States of America (for which he documented two trips of an expenditure of $110,000 and $ 20,000 respectively), nor has the President travelled to Dubai (for which he claimed an expenditure of $75,000). It was also brought to Mr. Massaquoi’s notice that he had included expenditure on a trip to Japan which in actual fact happened long after the publication in question.

Even if what the Managing Editor presented were true, it would have still been summed up to a total of $725,000, which was certainly below the sum his newspaper had all along insisted to be true.

The Office of the President had earlier presented figures of the overall travelling details of the President totalling less than $300,000. And it has always been insisted that all presidential trips had absolutely been in the best interest of the country with regards the benefits the citizenry would accrue thereon or thereafter. The Office of the President has also always stated that the President has never received any per diem for all his foreign trips.

When asked to say a few words before the Complaints Committee could make a judgment, the Managing editor of the New Vision belatedly admitted having published false reports and regretted publishing them, and he said he would not have published them if he had known the truth. He also admitted not being able to contact the State House Press Secretariat before publication.

The Complaints Committee, indicating that they would have to reference how the Media Code of Practice had been breached in a story involving the highest authority in the land, is expected to come up with a judgment within the next few weeks.

THE PRESS SECRETARIAT,

STATE HOUSE, FREETOWN



Subject: Some Good News: Private Equity in Sierra Leone
From: freetownboy
To: All
Date Posted: 14:57:21 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: noreply@freetownboy.org
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The article in the link is about a private equity fund called manocap that invests in small to medium-sized agriculture, fisheries and light manufacturing enterprises. As I've said in the past - let's focus on what really matters - providing jobs, health and a good future for all Sierra Leoneans. Everything else is fluff.


Subject: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 14:20:28 08/30/08 ()
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Posted by Bandajuma Boy on August 30, 2008 at 12:53:44:

In Reply to: No one should be banned posted by History Professor on August 29, 2008 at 08:52:46:

Prof,
You should be angry at the manner by which this thing started. How long have you been on the forum. Have you seen the personal attacks on alieu iscandari and his family? What do you say about that? If Saidu had been banned and that ban enforced then this craziness would not have occurred. It was Saidu that posted about how he thanks allah and in that very same post, proceeds to insult Alieu and his family, which was an act totally antithetical to the subject matter of his post. These attacks against5 Mr. Alieu Iscandari and his family have continued because many of us found it amusing and entertaining. The truth is that there is nothing amusin or entertaining about insults levied against a family by a crazed young man intent on creating chaos within the community. If all of us including you mr prof would have come down on the side of right over wrong, then this would not have happened or continued to happen. Do you know that this has been going on for almost two years? Have you ever seen Alieu or any member of the Iscandari family respond to him? No other people do and these are people who are just as nasty as Mr Bangura. Now what shall we do? Let our forum go to the dogs or rein in this so called FAKE ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA?

Its hypocritical to come in at the last minute to try to create peace after you have sat idly by and failed to speak truth in the face of the continued harassment and public ridicue of Mr Iscandari and his family. Did you add your voice of reason when the onslaught started? Not once did I see your post on that.

I implore you to go back to the begining of the post, read what Mr. Iscandari Posted and then take a look at the very next post and read what Mr. Saldu Bangura posted. Now judge for your self who is at fault for the degeneration of the post. I am not moslem but the facts posted were interesting to people of all religions and that post was desecrated by the nonsense of Saidu Bangura.

Let things take their toll.


Subject: Re: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 00:49:27 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-105.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.105

Message:
Curtis, you have proved to the whole world that you are a very unfair person, SHAME ON YOU. If you dont want God to punish,please, ask me to send you all the posts between Alieu and I from the start of this fight, three years ago. I want you to see who started the insults and why. Why In this world would you think that Alieu has the right to insult me and my family, and expect me to bow down and kiss his toes?
I encourage you to go look at the last post from Alieu and also look at my response with an open mind. You will see that all what I did was to thank God for letting Alieu of all people talk about him, THE ALMIGHTY GOD. Alieu, went to write about the holy month of Ramadan, I replied by asking him, if he is ready to stop all the UNGODLY things he has been doing, to serve God faithfully. What crime did I commit for speaking the truth?
Curtis, I know ALIEU ISCANDARI far more than anybody else on this forum, therefore, whatever I say about him is true and correct. ALIEU knows that and his entire family also know that. I am not attacking Alieu and his family, I am only bringing out the truth. All the things I am saying about Alieu , are thing that I have sufficient evidences to prove at all times, before any body.I am a devout Muslim, I know about the holy month of Ramadan( I take it with all seriousness).
Your statement that Alieu is not responding to my posts in not true. Alieu knows that all what I am saying about is true, therefore he is responding to me under different monikers. If you want me to prove that to you, please contact me.
Finally with respect, I ask that you stop insulting me. I am sure you are older tham me, therefore I will hate to disrespect you. But, dont forget that RESPECT-Is not something you demand by acting wrong. Respect-is something you command by acting right. Once again I am kindly asking you to stop insulting me.
Since you do not know the truth about the vendetta between the Abdul Iscandari family and I, I advice you to stay away from it. I call on all members to this forum to be witnesses to my respectful appeal to you. LONTA.


Subject: Re: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Bandajuma Boy
To: All
Date Posted: 16:00:13 08/31/08 ()
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Message:
saidu Please post all of the posts where Alieu Iscandri or any member of the Iscandri family has insulted you. How much you want to bet that you do not have any such posts and proof. Do you really know Alieu Iscandri? Have you ever lived in the same house with him?

Go look up the meaning of the word Vendetta and see what it says. Are you really ready for a fight to death on the issues that you speak of? You better chill out before you drop of a heart attack, or worse develop some disease which your hate would spread all over your body and you will be NO MORE.


Subject: Re: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 09:34:24 08/31/08 ()
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"...Finally with respect, I ask that you stop insulting me. I am sure you are older tham me, therefore I will hate to disrespect you. But, dont forget that RESPECT-Is not something you demand by acting wrong. Respect-is something you command by acting right. Once again I am kindly asking you to stop insulting me.
Since you do not know the truth about the vendetta between the Abdul Iscandari family and I, I advice you to stay away from it. I call on all members to this forum to be witnesses to my respectful appeal to you. LONTA."
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Dear Mr. Saidu Bangura:

I appreciate your response. I want you to know, here and now,THAT I HAVE NEVER SAID OR WRITTEN ANYTHING ON THIS FORUM THAT CAN BE CONSTITUTED AS "INSULTING YOU". The article that is reproduced above was not orginally written by me...try and put things in perspective.


Subject: Re: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Response
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Date Posted: 14:25:49 08/30/08 ()
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Posted by History Professor on August 30, 2008 at 14:15:22:

In Reply to: Re: No one should be banned posted by Bandajuma Boy on August 30, 2008 at 12:53:44:

I have been reading the forum for over a year now and have seen this hateful feud emerge over and over again. I do not know either of these men, nor do I fully understand what has gone on between them. I cannot speak to right and wrong because I have seen accusations spewed from all directions. I am aware of the original posting and the good intentions behind it this time. Unfortunately, it became a means to start the ongoing war of words over again.

I have seen insult from both sides of this personal conflict, often from third parties writing on behalf of one or the other. A couple of months back I do recall horrible things said about Saidu Bangura on what was supposedly the weekend of his wedding, when he was not even on the forum. So how can banning just him solve things? I don't recall if Alieu Iscandari was the poster, but if not, then someone else who is on his side. Anyway, it is pointless and the forum is not the place to resolve personal conflict. If the issue is political disagreement, then fight it out on in those terms without getting personal.

I agree with you that the language used is not amusing or entertaining. It is unbecoming of gentleman, who may one day play important roles back home. You ask, why have I said nothing before? Because, what can I have said? It does not involve me and is none of my business. I have grown weary of the forum at times because of it, and returned later when things cool down, and interesting important issues again come to the fore of discussion.

One of the things I love about this forum is the interaction (when its positive) of people from different occupational, political, and regional backgrounds coming together to speak their minds freely. There are many smart people with ideas and knowledge to share.

The freedom of the forum ( a virtual democratic public sphere) carries risks of abuse of course; it is up to each participant to exercise self-control and remember there is a human being, a child of God, on the other side of that fake name. I try always to keep this in mind, and respect everyone, even those I don't like and disagree with. And I have been tempted to say something nasty in the past when certain names of people I respect and/or love have been dragged through the mud. But it is pointless to do so as it only makes it worse.

I don't believe banning one person will resolve anything (though this is none of my business) because abuse is not limited to this particular feud. I have seen many others, under various monikers, resort to irrational outbursts and mammy cuss when political rivalries and the subject of government corruption are on the table. In fact, any discussion on this forum can rapidly degenerate into insult, threats, and profanity. I guess some find it is easier to do than respectfully engage in reasoned debate.

Yes, I posted this time because I thought that the least the people responding to the thread could do was to separate it from the sacred name of God so as not to spread the insult to more innocents. That is all.
I am now sorry I posted on that thread; I should have just left it to take its course as you said. My apologies. Weary....

Everyone wants peace, prosperity and democracy for Sierra Leone, at least they say so. How will this ever be real if those who are in the best position to make a positive contribution to Salone cannot even be peaceful on the forum?

Stay blessed.


Subject: Re: I VOTE FOR A "RESTRAINING ORDER" ON SAIDU BANGURA
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 14:32:58 08/30/08 ()
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"...Everyone wants peace, prosperity and democracy for Sierra Leone, at least they say so. How will this ever be real if those who are in the best position to make a positive contribution to Salone cannot even be peaceful on the forum?"
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BRILLIANT CLOSING ARGUMENT! MOVING COMMENTARY!


Subject: Banning should only be a last resort
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 15:14:16 08/30/08 ()
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I think banning should only be resorted to in the most extreme cases, because, like censorship, it is undemocratic and not conducive to free debate.

The only deserved banning of an individual in my time on this forum was that of the crazy guy whose endless repetitive postings stifled all other meaningful discourse, here and on the other forum. He obstructed the free flow of discussion and thus had to be banned.

But another more recent banning has detracted from the lively and intelligent character of debate on this forum, the banning of Jacob Kanu. I know he has been permitted and urged to return, by his foes even, but has not done so. I don't blame him, he has moved on to enlighten others elsewhere. But this is a sad outcome for those of us on this forum who so enjoyed engaging and learning from him.

Anyway, with this in mind, I just think that banning should not be imposed too frequently, only when there is no alternative.


Subject: Re: Banning should only be a last resort
From: Tuckwamee Thampion
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Date Posted: 23:23:18 08/30/08 ()
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"I think banning should only be resorted to in the most extreme cases, because, like censorship, it is undemocratic and not conducive to free debate."

Professor, personal attacks stifle debates particularly when those personal attacks are persistent, appear to be motivated by hate rather than any other emotion, and occur with absolutely no provocation whatsoever as has been the case of Saidu Banguras attacks on Alieu Iscandri and his family. Any reasonable person and I am sure that you are, would agree that these set of facts as I have stated above clearly provide grounds for the most extreme sanctions on this forum.

" just think that banning should not be imposed too frequently, only when there is no alternative."


If any situaation calls for banning, this movement to permanently ban Saidu Bangura is gathering a storm except of course if you see an alternative to his persisten personal attacks. Do you? Will you be willing to talk to him about that? Then you would be about the 50th person who will have made that effort. Has he changed his behaviour? No. He has personally attacked the Presdient by making claims that his Father Sylvanus Koroma is not his actual father. Maybe you would call that political speech but in our African culture "dat nar Fityai". Please join the movement to have Alpha Saidu banned from this forum of civilized sierra leoneans. He is uncivilized, uncouth, has no respect for other peoples families and none for his own mother or his family. If he is the best that SLPP has to be their PRO then God almighty save that party.



Subject: Re: Banning should only be a last resort
From: dumbeh
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Date Posted: 23:08:08 08/30/08 ()
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I dont think Jacob has gone. He is most likely using another "false face" or "foll face".


Subject: Nigerian muslim boss sentenced to death for having 86 wives
From: Tala Muhammad
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Date Posted: 14:10:30 08/30/08 ()
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Why we passed Fatwa on Islamic preacher with 86 wives –Imam Ashafa

Written by Emeka Mamah, Kaduna
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Mohammad Nureen Ashafa is the Imam of Ashafa Central Mosque, Tudun Wada, Kaduna; Vice President, Ashafa Mosque Foundation, as well as the Co-Executive Director of Interfaith Mediation Centre of Muslim-Christian Dialogue Forum, also in Kaduna.
He spoke to some media organisations on the implications of the death sentence [fatwa] passed on octogenarian Islamic preacher, Mohammed Bello Abubakar, by the Jama’tu Nasril Islam [JNI], for marrying 86 wives contrary to Islamic injunctions.
Excerpts:

Do you support the fatwa passed on Mohammed Abubakar for admitting that he has 86 wives?

I strongly support the JNI fatwa. In Islam, if somebody claims to be a Muslim, he professes Islam and he wants to act in the name of Islam, then he has no legitimacy to marry more than four wives.
In Koran Chapter four, God made it very clear.

You are free to marry women of your choice; you can marry two, three, or four. However, if you feel you cannot do justice among them, marry only one wife. This scr1ptural text is not ambiguous.

This is a direct instruction from God, so, anything that negates that injunction is not allowed. You cannot marry more than four wives. There is room for concubine in Islam. And that is why you see some royal fathers have four wives and they have concubines.

The history of concubine has to do with slavery, if you had women who are in your possession as slaves. This is because in those days, people bought slaves. It may no longer be fashionable in modern times but the law is still there.

If you have women as slaves, they can have children for you but you have to protect them, and give them the same honour you give your wives, though they are not legitimate wives. But Islam says if you want to be a man of honour, then give the slaves their freedom. This also goes to show that the institution of concubine is discouraged within the Islamic framework of social justice.

So, if somebody says he has 86 wives, and he claims to be a Muslim scholar, there is nowhere in the history of Islam that such a thing is accepted. Prophet Mohammed had more than four wives, he had nine wives but he had the wives before the law on limitation on the number of wives a Muslim can marry.

Traditionally, there was no limit to the number of wives a man can have. Islam took into consideration certain needs, social and emotional, sexual urge, all these are part of the things a woman needs in marriage. It is injustice if you do not provide these adequately for the woman. If she is commit adultery, what happens to her?

So, how do you share 86 wives in a year? It means that you cannot meet some of the women more than once in a week. In fact, it may not even be possible because we have 52 weeks in a year. So, if you see one every week, the others have to wait till the next year to take their turns. What is the legitimacy? There is no legitimacy for that in Islam. It is an abuse on the rights and dignity of these women. It is an abuse on the sanctity of woman-hood. It is an abuse to marry 86 wives in the name of Islam.

He can do that in the name of culture because there is no restriction on the number of women a man can marry, in most of the traditions.

He initially had two wives in Lagos but he claimed he saw a spirit telling him to marry as many wives as possible. No spirit controls a Muslim, it is God. This is unacceptable in Islam. I do not call for his head to be chopped off. There are so many of them who do a lot of stupid things in the name of Islam. Women have rights, they have dignity and honour. Islam respects the dignity of women. If you cannot do justice to four wives, Islam says marry only one wife.

The truth is that the norm should actually be monogamy because it may be difficult for a man to treat four women equally. But, in exceptional cases, it is polygamy if you are strong. I am a polygamist because I have two wives and I try to give equal justice to the two of them. It is not enough for me to say that because I have enough money or houses then I should marry a third wife. A woman needs emotional satisfaction. That affection is part of the rudiments of marriage.

How does the man with 86 wives satisfy the sexual and emotional needs of these women?

And the man is about 80 years old and the law of diminishing returns has caught up with him. If he were to be a younger person, then we may conclude that he takes Viagra or other stimulants but here we have a man who is about 83 years old having 86 wives.

One of the things that can nullify any marriage in Islam is when a man is not able to satisfy his wife sexually. If a man cannot meet the sexual needs of the wife, the woman is free to demand the dissolution of that marriage. It constitutes an abuse of Islam for any Muslim,anywhere to marry more than four wives.

But there are insinuations that the JNI did not follow the due process before giving the fatwa verdict and, again, there are no indications that the women are complaining that the man does not satisfy them as a husband?

In Islam, before a sentence is passed on an accused, he must be given the opportunity to defend himself. That is one. But there are certain things that somebody does that you no longer need to take evidence from anybody. Islam is based on oral and physical evidences. Islam does not accept pictorial evidence because an artist can manipulate a lot of things. The law says do not marry more than four wives but, here, a man says himself that he has 86 wives, and then under the Sharia, he is guilty. It is like a man who publicly declares that he committed adultery, he becomes liable and does not require further evidence to convict him.

The man said he has 86 wives, so, the fatwa committee does not need to sit him down to take evidence. The JNI gave the verdict based on the man’s confession that he has 86 wives.

He said the eldest wives are over 70 years old. He said so, and the television showed some of the wives, children, his house and so many other things.

Moreover, the JNI has offices in most parts of the north and in Minna. He claims to be a Muslim, so, the JNI does not need to meet him physically because he made the statement. If you say you have 86 wives, then JNI said he should no longer wear the toga of Islam, given his level of inconsistency with the Sharia law.

He has become a non-Muslim, given the level of his in conformity with the dictates of Islam.
The issue is not whether the women complain or not but it is about a golden rule. Of course, the women may not complain.

The issue is that he claims to be a Muslim and he ran foul of the law which says he should not marry more than four wives. If he were a traditionalist, he is free to marry as many women as he desires and nobody will complain. If a Muslim girl dresses half naked and begins to walk the streets, as a Muslim and an Imam, I have the right to caution and call her to order but if a Christian girl does the same thing, I do not have the right to talk to her because she is not a Muslim.

If a Muslim takes a bottle of beer and starts drinking in my presence and he claims to have a right to do that, I would take a cane and flog him right there if he is a member of my mosque because he is messing up the moral values of the Muslim community. The Islamic culture is unique because there are rules that guide the behaviours of a Muslim. That is why there is no compulsion in joining the religion of Islam.

A man has a right to decide to become a Muslim but he may not be free to just renounce the religion the moment he is in. There is no compulsion in Islam. You do not force people to come into the religion. However, when somebody willingly comes into it, it is not easy for him to say that he is leaving it.

He ought to have known the consequences before coming in. It is like being a citizen of America and tomorrow you say I am no longer an American citizen, I am now an Afganistan and I hate America.

You start condemning America. Will America let you go? It is treasonable felony because you have no right to be a citizen of Nigeria and sabotage the nation.

Islam has the same system within the religion. If a Muslim commits an act of treasonable felony, he is bound to get the capital punishment. If the man is taken to the court and claims to have forgotten that he is expected to marry not more than four wives, the court may tell him that since he admits that it is wrong, he should leave all other women, give them compensation and let them go and retain only four women. So, he has to release 82 of the women and select the best four. The children are his as long as somebody else did not help him to sleep with the women. He has to protect these children and give them the best. But if he dies now, who takes care of those children? One hundred and seven children? Who will take care of them? Should I help do that?

The answer is definitely no, because I have my children. If what that man does is in the name of Islam, he is very wrong. He should come out to defend himself. He should renounce 82 0f the women and hold on to only four. If he does that, he has a better future.

But several Emirs and other rich Muslims have more than the prescribed four wives. If this man did not speak, nobody would have known. Are there mechanisms that the JNI can use to determine those who flout the law and perhaps also sanction them?

If you have more than four wives and you do not say it, the Sharia would not know anything about it. If you do not confess that you have more than four, nobody dares say anything because you have your privacy and your privacy is well protected in Islam.

You do not intrude into the privacy of others and that is why if you claim or suspect that some-one sleeps with a certain woman without having actually caught them in the act, you will receive 40 lashes.

So, if anybody has more than four wives, either as a king, politician or businessman, as long as he does not come out openly to say so, it is left for him and his Lord. A day will come when he will account for his misbehaviour.

There are four basic principles of marriage. There must be the interest across the parties. You do not hijack a woman and give to a man.

They must be interested in each other. There must be love. There must be acceptance by the families of the couple.

There must be legitimacy of the dowry and there must be that willingness on the part of the man to satisfy all the emotional needs of the woman, within the Sharia.


What is the implication of the fatwa proclaimed on this man?

It simply means that he is a persona non grata as he is no longer recognized as a Muslim. People call him a Muslim leader but this fatwa has removed that title from him. He is no longer recognized as a Muslim and he does not represent Islam in any way. Whatever he does negates the principles of Islam.

A Muslim is free to do anything he wishes to do as long as whatever he does is not inconsistent with the Sharia law. If he does anything that does not conform to the principles of Sharia, the Sharia puts a bar and says you cannot cross. You cannot live in Islam with that.

Must he be killed because it is believed that fatwa means that he must be killed?

That is a different matter entirely. Fatwa simply means opinion on very controversial issues affecting the Muslim Ummah, in order to check certain excesses or behaviour that may pollute the image of Islam in the eyes of the world.

Fatwa is the Islamic position on certain issues. In his own case, the fatwa does not mean he should be killed. But the content of the fatwa determines if he should be killed.
But even if the fatwa says he should be killed, that does not mean that one person should go and kill him.

He has to be taken before the court of law and the court will give a verdict after giving him some time to defend himself. Except in a situation where he says he is not going to defend himself, that he did it.

In Islam, there are certain behaviours equivalent to treasonable felony and can warrant capital punishment. No individual has the right to execute such punishment; it has to be done by a constituted authority that is the Sharia court in Islam.

The leadership [JNI] has given an opinion; it is now left for him to be taken to a court of law for him to defend himself.




Subject: Re: Nigerian muslim boss sentenced to death for having 86 wives
From: SORIE Jawara
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Date Posted: 13:21:52 08/31/08 ()
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This is entirely unfair and inhumane.If he married the women he committed no crime , they are his legal wives in the sight of God.Why destroy the life of a man who did no wrong.There are so many men doing worse things and they claim to be muslims.


Subject: FASTING, FOR A CHRISTIAN, IS A REQUIREMENT,NOT AN OPTION!
From: Charles Curtis-Thomas, SECHN, BSN, RN,MD (Hons.), MPH
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Date Posted: 13:32:29 08/30/08 ()
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Fasting, as I would define it, is voluntarily abstaining from food for spiritual purposes.” Sometimes people fast not only from food, but also from water; however, that is the exception rather than the rule. Fasting from food only is exemplified in the fast of Jesus in the wilderness before He began his public ministry. Matthew 4:2 says this: “and after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.”

Clearly Jesus did not abstain from water for those forty days because anyone who has fasted from water will become thirsty before they become hungry. So then, the fact that the scr1pture does not say, “He became thirsty,” but just states, “He then became hungry,” indicates that Jesus abstained from food but not from water. Note that physiologically, Jesus was like ANY human being, subjected to thirst and hunger (and to pain, emotions, etc., for that matter) like any human being!

Fast seems unfamiliar and even frightening to many people, yet this attitude is strange. Fasting was regularly practiced by God’s people throughout the bible. Fasting is also an accepted part of most other major world religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. I was introduced at a very young age to fasting, but I have never been able to fast past 3pm. My father, Samuel Beresford Lumpkin Thomas, was a “Lay preacher” and he consequently ran a strict Christian home. I can vividly remember “fasting” on every Good Friday. As is customary in most Creole homes, and I suspect the same is true of other tribes in Sierra Leone, every child had his/her own “dish” where food is placed. If you found (if you will) food in “your dish”, then by definition the food was left there for you. On Good Friday the entire household fasted, but my mother would have “dished-up” (i.e. put everyone’s food in their respective dish) by midday. By 1pm I could not tolerate the hunger anymore and would “watch the coast” to make sure no one was watching and I would go to the kitchen and “steal” some of my food from my dish and ate it and wipe my mouth clean. By 3pm, when fasting should end, my dish would be empty. We would “break fast” by praying and then everyone would scramble to the kitchen to grab their food------everyone but me, that is. I always found an excuse not to go to the kitchen with everyone. For many years I was under the mistaking impression that no one knew of my little “fasting trick”. Years later the news was broken to me that the entire family knew all along of my “fasting trick”.

Primarily, the purpose of fasting is self-humbling. It is a scr1ptural means ordained by God for us to humble ourselves before Him. Throughout the Bible God requires His PEOPLE TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES BEFORE HIM. One important feature of these scr1ptures is that the responsibility to humble ourselves is placed upon us. We cannot transfer that responsibility to God. Consequently, to pray, “God, make me humble,” is unscr1ptural, because the reply of God in scr1pture is always, “humble yourself.” Examples of this include:
***** “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:4)
***** “Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”(James 4:10)
***** “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

In the Bible God has revealed to us a specific, practical way to humble ourselves. David reveals that fasting was the way that he employed to humble his soul, or to humble himself: “I humbled my soul with fasting…” (Psalm 35:13). We know, historically, that for 3,500 years the Jewish people have always observed YOM KIPPUR, the Day of Atonement, as a day of fasting. We also have the New Testament authority for this. A passage in Acts that describes Paul’s journey to Rome by sea says: “much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the FAST.” (Acts 27:9) ‘The Fast’ mentioned here is the Day of Atonement.

I believe, and I am standing, if you will, on both limbs here, that the essential nature of fasting is renouncing the natural to invoke the supernatural. The most natural thing for us to do is to eat. When we give up eating, we are deliberately turning away from the natural by turning to God and, by definition, to the supernatural. This has a huge or deep significance.

Fasting was part of the life and ministry of Jesus and of the New Testament church. Before Jesus entered His public ministry, there were two critical experiences through which he passed. The first was when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and He was endued with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit for His ministry. BUT, Jesus STILL did not IMMEDIATELY go out and begin to minister!

The second experience was FORTY DAYS of fasting in the desert. He abstained from food and focused on the spiritual. Apparently, during that time, He had a direct, person-to-person conflict with Satan. Through His fasting, He emerged victorious from the first conflict with Satan. This illustration would seem to indicate that fasting is ESSENTIAL in our lives if we are to be victorious over Satan. If Jesus had to practice fasting for victory, I do not see how any of us can claim to achieve victory without the same practice. Did I hear you say, “Preach, my friend, preach”? O.K. then, lets continue because right now I am full of the Holy Spirit!!

Notice the result of fasting in the life of Jesus. Luke 4:14 states: “Jesus returned to Galilee IN THE POWER of the Holy Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside.” There is a very significant difference in the two phrases used. When Jesus went into the desert, the Gospel says He was “full of the Holy Spirit.” But when He returned from the desert after forty days of fasting it says He went “in the power of the Holy Spirit.” In other words, it is one thing to be FULL of the Spirit; it is another thing ALTOGETHER (“dat mean say wan word”) to be in the POWER of the spirit. From the time of His baptism onwards, the SPIRIT was there. But it was His fasting that RELEASED the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through His Life and ministry without hindrance!

I want to point out that the works Jesus did began with fasting. It follows then that if we want to follow in the other works He did, it seems logical to me that we MUST begin where Jesus began…”and dat nar—unu excuse me tongue speaking---” WITH FASTING!

Note that fasting is not an option for a Christian, but a requirement. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus: “But WHEN YOU FAST, put oil on your head and wash your face…” (Matthew 6:17-18) Notice one very important little word. Jesus said, “WHEN you fast,” He did not say, “IF you fast.” Had He said “if,” He would have left open the possibility that we may not practice fasting. But because He said “WHEN”, He obviously assume, indeed requires, that we should practice fasting!

Finally, and I in no way intend to sound exhausted,the theme of the Sixth chapter of Matthew is three main Christian duties: GIVING to the poor, PRAYING and FASTING. In connection with ALL THREE of them, Jesus uses the same word “WHEN,” He never says “if.” In verse 2 He says: “When you give to the needy…” And in verse 17 He says, “When you fast…” He never left open the option that WE would not do these three things. He put giving, praying, and FASTING on an equal footing!


Subject: What makes a GOOD LEADER?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 13:29:29 08/30/08 ()
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Please share with me that which I believe we all should aspire to have or do for the betterment of our nation. The original of this piece was compiled by a teacher in the philippines, written in the author's native language 'Tagalog'in 2004. I have made changes to the whole without compromising the sense it conveys.

1. Character

Character is one of the best assets for a leader. If you want to become a good leader as well as an effective one, encourage yourself to nurture your character. For your character will cover and protect your reputation! James Legget once says, “Reputation is made in a moment. Character is built in a lifetime.”

2. Affirmation

A leader should and must understand that his people have an innate need to be treated like a human being, to be special, to be valued most. Tomas Carlyle reminds us “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.”

3. Avoid Criticizing

A true effective leader has no time in criticizing, mocking as well as insulting the individuals for their mistakes and failures. They are busy in improving themselves and helping the lowly ones.

4. Learn to control his temper

A true and great leader knows how to manage his temper as well as his tongue in times of a volcanic eruption. Always remember this; people will lose their honour and respect if you are a hot – headed individual!

5. Team Work

Is an essential component as well as the best ingredients in leadership. Andrew Carnegie, the author of the book “How to Win Friends and Influenced People asserted” expressed that “ It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone”.

6. Mentoring

A leader cannot be qualified to be called leader without followers. To enable you to become a true, great effective leader, you should learn to become a follower too! Encourage, motivate, nurture and train your flocks to become good great leaders in the future. Always remember this, people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did...but people will never forget how you made them feel!

7. Vision

To become an effective leader you should have always a vision for your people. The Word of God exclaims “Without vision people will perish.” So remember, the true effective leaders are visionary!

8. Risk

A true, great and effective leader is not afraid to take risks. Stan Toler commented “Leaders are willing to pay a price. They’re prepared to barter what they have for what they might gain. They’re motivated more by the prospect of success than by the fear of failure. They’re adventurers. They’re not willing to stay on the porch”.

9. Motivation

A True and great leader is always busy motivating as well as inspiring others. Stan Toler argued, “The best leaders are those who can inspire others to reach for something greater than themselves”.

10. Selfless

A true and great leader is not selfish. He is ready and with wide open hands to help his flocks in time of needs. Let us always remember that we shall pass through this world but once, any good therefore that you can do or any kindness you can show to any human being let you do it now. Do not defer or neglect it, for you shall not pass this way again!

11. Build a better you

A true and great leader is busy in continuous improvement of his attitude, character, talent, skills as well as relationship with other people. He is not wasting his time in idleness. Every minute is important for him.

My quest to always learn has taken me to remote parts of the world. I have listened to great people speak and read principles and ideals of living as a human being. Such has made me think of myself as a very understanding person and with time could prove to be a force to help motivate others. I entreat all to hearken to the above, first compiled by Moises P. Reconalla, a the School Guidance Counselor and Working Students Supervisor at North Davao College, Panabo City, Philippines.

Moises want you to have this special message.

VERBATIM:

Sufi Bayazi says this about himself: “I was a revolutionary when I was young, and all my prayer to God was … “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As I approached middle age and realized that half my life was gone without changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to… “Lord, give me the grace to change all those who came contact with me. Just my family and friends, I shall be content.” Now that I am an old man and my days are remembered, my one prayer is “Lord, give me the grace to change MYSELF.” Had I prayed for this right from the start, I should not have wasted my life. Wish you many blessings to come and God Bless!


Subject: Re: What makes a GOOD LEADER?
From: Kalos
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Date Posted: 21:23:20 08/30/08 ()
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You are one of the forumites that make it impossible to completely abandon this meeting place
because of your eye-opener contributions. Sometime last year columnist George Will made
reference to Reconalla and lauded his Motivation and Inspiration writings. Reconalla’s article
“There Is Always Room At The Top” is one of the best I have read in a long time.


Stay blessed, I am very proud of your country-first attitude.


Subject: Re: What makes a GOOD LEADER?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 07:29:10 08/31/08 ()
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Thank you Kalos! There is always room at the top but it is very lonely! 'Country First' is what will see Sierra Leone become the envy of the region. Stay blessed too!


Subject: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 11:49:25 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
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Message:
THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE.
The assignment I will love to undertake without baiting an eye lid is for a windowless place to be provided just enough to hold Tejan Kabbah in there and do to him what Mr.Putin did to hostage takers some years ago.
I should stand guard over him while a poisonous gas is turned on ,and see him slowly suffocate to death as a means of revenge for all the unpardonable criminal offenses he has committed against the commonwealth of Sierra Leone as exemplified by his latest involvement in an illegal pay hike for him self while the ordinary citizens staggered to abject poverty and unspeakable misery.
This fellow has committed enough egregious financial crimes against the nation since his mediocre performance days as Permanent Secretary in Government Ministries to his failed presidency.That is the only way to forget about him.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: New Spokesman
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Date Posted: 13:51:20 08/30/08 ()
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Message:
A blogger calling himself Diharrea Mouth cautioned you last week..

"It appears that the frequency of fecal evacuations from your big mouth would some say land you in big trouble..."

People in agreement with that writer,would not hesitate to ask what gives you the licence to publicly threaten the safety and well being of a former Head of State with such brazen impunity for the rules of law?

How do you convince others to justify invective diatribes such as.....


"The assignment I will love to undertake without baiting an eye lid is for a windowless place to be provided just enough to hold Tejan Kabbah in there and do to him what Mr.Putin did to hostage takers some years ago.
I should stand guard over him while a poisonous gas is turned on ,and see him slowly suffocate to death as a means of revenge"

..... not as simple threats you make, but provocative and plain free speech?


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: two brains
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Date Posted: 15:30:59 08/30/08 ()
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Message:
I support the position of Kutubu. Tejan Kabba is simply taking advantage of the stae of affairs in Sierra Leone. The chap knwos that our people are dirt poor, a situation he Tejan Kabba contributed throughtout his negative service in Sierra Leone. Beside stealing from the SLPMB, which the our people make their living from, Tejan Kabba threw 11 years of opportunity to creat a better Sierra Leone. What we witnessed is that Tejan Kabba reverted to his old habit of crimanality and greed.

How can someone who is certainly a multi millionare largely due to his shady deals, habitual stealing and earning two huge UN pensions, including free private medical treatment anywhere in the world, illegally hiked for himself and his concubines a pension from Sierra Leone's broken economy and proceeded to harassed state house to reward him a pension which our country cannot afford.

I am absolutely convinced that Tejan Kabba lacks moral fibre and certainly inhuman, selfish, greedy and dislike the progress of others.

I would like to see Tejan Kabba face a competent legal enquiry over his 11 years of misrule so that once and for all he can be reveal as a failure and probably the greatest conman Sierra Leone was gullible and unfortunate enough to have as a leader.


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: General Moshe Dyan
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Date Posted: 14:07:26 08/30/08 ()
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Message:
A blogger calling himself Diharrea Mouth cautioned you last week..

"It appears that the frequency of fecal evacuations from your big mouth would some say land you in big trouble..."

People in agreement with that writer,would not hesitate to ask what gives you the licence to publicly threaten the safety and well being of a former Head of State with such brazen impunity for the rules of law?"
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

DEE ONE BALLS-MAN KNOW OOSAI EE DEE CARRY EN YAP-YAP:

In Reply to: "So do yah, allow me for beat dis illiterate mende boy yah! posted by General Moshe Dyan on August 30, 2008 at 12:56:57:

Posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 09:46:52:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
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Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 13:48:00 08/30/08 ()
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You folks are just bunch of hypocrites!were you not quite aware of the criminal records of this man,before you tagged him the leadership of your party?Your lust for power and greed motivated your impetuous decision.You are as guilty as the old reprobate.The ramifications will haunt you as well.


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: two brains
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Date Posted: 15:49:33 08/30/08 ()
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Sorry Sir

It is not all of the SLPP, some of us knew that Tejan Kabba was never going to be a good leader and was by all analysis unsuitable to lead the SLPP and Sierra Leone.

People like the late Rev Paul Dumber, that true blood SLPP, and many prominent SLPP opposed him.

Charles Margai and Shirly Gbujama tried to raise the issue of the commission of enqiure, which described Tejan Kabba as a crook and dishonest man who should never be entrusted with position of authority in Sierra Leone but they were flagged down.

In some way you are wright when you reminded us that we knew of Tejan Kabba's criminal past but they still elected him. The doller has a lot to do with that. Poverty is causing people to sell their birth right in Sierra Leone.

This is the saddest truth which fellow like Tejan Kabba thrives on and get their own way in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: Chiefdom Raray Boys Dem
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Date Posted: 13:54:42 08/30/08 ()
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"...were you not quite aware of the criminal records of this man,before you tagged him the leadership of your party?"
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"NOR MEN DEE ONE-BALLS MAN", hehehehehehehehehe


Subject: "So do yah, allow me for beat dis illiterate mende boy yah!
From: General Moshe Dyan
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Date Posted: 12:56:57 08/30/08 ()
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In Reply to: "DOC HAS FINALLY LANDED A SUCKER PUNCH" posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 10:01:29:

"I have thought it expedient to openly declare war on Charles Curtis-Thomas on three key reasons.
1.To continue highlighting his pattern of academic fraud through plagiarism." (Kutubu Koroma)
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"I need to beat this illiterate "mende boy yah" into a pulp, so that "ee go know say me and him nor dae nar dee same level"!

Let me tell you about the last advice my dad gave me before he died, he said:

"BORBOR, YOU SEE DIS WORLD YAH, IF ENEBODY FU... WIT YOU, FU... WIT AM BACK, IF NORTOSO, EVEN WAY UNU DIE AND GO HEAVEN OR HELL EEGO WAN FOR FU... WIT YOU BACK"!

And then my dad went on to give me an example about LAZARUS AND THE KING. He said, "...Lazarus use to pick crumbs that fell from the king's table and ate it. The King died and was buried. Lazarus also died. Note that the Bible NEVER said that Lazarus was buried! The King went to HELL and Lazarus went to HEAVEN. The king was thirsty and because he was use to underestimating Lazarus, the King saw no one In Heaven "to tekeh" to bring him water but Lazarus. The King said, 'Angel Gabriel bo tell Lazarus for bring me wata yah'. My dad concluded by saying, "If Lazarus bin don fu... wit dee king way dem dae nar dis world, ee nor bin for CRASE ask Lazarus for bring wata for ram way ee see Lazarus nar Heaven"!


"So do yah, allow me for beat dis illiterate mende boy yah way dae still wear PEECES PEOOTO" to a pulp!

(Chiefdom police)


Subject: Re: "So do yah, allow me for beat dis illiterate mende boy yah!
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Date Posted: 13:01:15 08/30/08 ()
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Posted by Mohamed Kutubu Koroma on August 26, 2008 at 09:46:52:

Doc has finally landed a sucker punch! What next Kutubu?


Posted by One SLPP ,Many Cannibals on August 26, 2008 at 03:22:53:

In Reply to: NUROSES (Sic) (bad English "SPOKER")! posted by CHIEFDOM CLASS SIX STUDENT on August 25, 2008 at 19:19:10:

"Doc has been a shade lucky this time to landed this sucker punch.Had it not been for absence of the letter E in NEUROSES it would have been an own goal but it seems the gods are on your side this time."
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Well, way for do...de man nar doctor...are cam wit yap-yap...and waka right pan dee man him sucker punch.

Fellow, dee man deal wit me well, well. Bo dee man disgrace me bad, bad wan. Are dae go hide nar me HOLE before ee lego other 20,000 lbs laser-guided bunker-penetrating bomb. I get for go quick, are yerri de bomb dae whistle, and dee bomb kin drop anytime.
MOHAMED KUTUBU KOROMA
Washington, D.C. USA



Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 12:04:38 08/30/08 ()
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LOL!! It won't do him no good. He will corner you by making you fell pity for him. That is his style - self-pity. I think it was in 1989 - can remeber the date though - was talking to Kabbah on the form (he was in Guinea then). He came on the phone and thank me saying "my son thank you so much, what do you what me to do for you?" In earnest, i felt so sorry for him and said I want nothing that he should just believe that God will take him back and that he should go to Lungi and send a Christmas message to his people as Johnny paul Koroma had just sent his the previous days.

The man is a master con artist. See how he treated all the people that helped put trust in him to lead the party - he made them a hopeless bunch to their graves.

God will deal with him in his own time - no one escapes the hand of the Master Merciful.

We meet again on issues that eat us up!

Stay Blessed!!


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: baller
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Date Posted: 12:02:23 08/30/08 ()
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Is that you have to say about Tejan Kabbah? If this was EBK you write about two page long of boto bata innuendos about him or any member of the present and past APC. We are watching you mr. academia, we knew you know a lot about the past administration, but you continue to refuse to repudiate their conduct.


Subject: Re: THE ASSIGMENT I WILL LOVE TO UNDERTAKE AGAINST KABBAH.
From: bobor
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Date Posted: 12:09:00 08/30/08 ()
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Is that all you have to say about Tejan Kabba? if this was EBK, you will write about two pages long of boto bata about him, or any member of the present and past APC. We are watching you mr. academeia, we knew you you know a lot about the past administration, but you continue to refuse to repudiate their conduct.


Subject: How soon can the SLPP understand conflict transformation?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 11:41:32 08/30/08 ()
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HOW SOON CAN THE SLPP GRASP THE UNDERSTANDING OF CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION?

Conflict, we all know, is normal in human relationships, and conflict is a motor of change. If this motor of change, I now call, conflict, is not greased properly in order for the other components of the motor to function properly, the future is bleak.

The party conflict happened for a reason and what did we do to address the conflict? I was not in Sierra Leone to have gotten firsthand information on the matter. To this day, know one has given me a response on the issue to show that the matter was over. It is still brooding. Everyday, I here aggrieved party members pointing fingers at one another. I am equally guilty of this attitude, as I had to reject Joe Will’s call of support for the forthcoming SLPP UK/Ireland Chairmanship just on the face of flimsy evidence that Joe Will did become a PMDC sympathizer. The difference in my rejection was only to the highest office at our chapter and not his membership. Such prejudice is harmful to the party. The party should focus on developing a body that will help in its conflict transformation. Just as I said above, “conflicts happen for a reason”. How far have we gone to give-up the idea of covering up the changes that are really needed? Quick solutions to deep social-political problems usually mean a lot of good words but not real change. What have we learn from the conflict that saw the breakaway of a great number of our membership.

Many of us point the fingers at Kabbah and Berewa. In part we are right in doing so but on the whole, we are dead wrong. To allow the few to pull the wool over our faces means, we were BIG FOOLS. For party’s sake some of us could not turn our back on the party. Yes I tried to influence another concern but for lack of a strong inner circle, I unashamedly, went back into the fold.

Kabbah we all know is a treacherous character with the prejudicial undertones of disgust for every good Sierra Leonean. Kabbah, we all know, saw the vacuum in the SLPP leadership. The late Abdul Hassan Kabia (RIP) was the ideal candidate but for his trust in Kabbah, we came to have the greatest con game ever played in the history of Sierra Leone politics. Kabbah was a big con!

Yes we had peace, that was inevitable – with or without Kabbah, the Sierra Leone People were ready for peace. Peace has to be embedded in justice. Justice was not done to us by bringing a selfish thief back to run the affairs of our state.

I have always respected the Robin Hood, an outlaw in England, type of thievery! As a child, I fantasized being a Robin Hood. As one of the romantic heroes of the Middle Ages England, the people adored him. Whether he was a living man or only a legend is uncertain. Old ballads relate that Robin Hood and his followers roamed the green depths of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham, in the centre of England. There they lived a carefree life, passing the time with hunting the king's deer, and robbing the rich. They shared their spoils with the poor and never injured women or children.

Kabbah and his cohorts on the other hand were shamelessly engaged in robbing the poor to satisfy their ego. To hear that Kabbah whinges for a pension to the extent that it brings about a national scandal is not surprising! Kabbah’s greed and selfishness makes him the worst leader of out time.

The SLPP needs to focus on a perspective that understands peace as embedded in justice. This perspective should emphasis the importance of building right relationships and social structures through a radical respect for the views of one another. The party needs a revamp – I mean a thorough overhaul to benefit from constructive responses. The grievance of members should not be taken lightly and a form of non-begrudging policy be adopted to enable us seek constructive change.

The PMDC breakaway was treated with complacency. What lessons have we learned from their breakaway? The party needs to engage in constructive change efforts that include, and go beyond, the resolution of specific problems. The party needs to understand the verifiable realities that conflict is normal in human relationships, and conflict is a motor of change. So we need to transform ourselves to provide us with a clear and important vision. We need to do this to bring into focus the horizon toward which journey – the building of a healthy party by way of having healthy relationships even with dissenters. This goal is very important to propel real change in our current ways of relating.

The idea of pointing fingers at dissenters should be transformed to bring sanity into the party fold. No one is free from the experience of conflict. Two young siblings with no experience of social independence encounter a disruption in the natural flow of sibling relationship. They notice and feel that the other is not doing right. I have seen this sort of conflict firsthand! The party has to start looking as well seeing the transformational process involved in uniting the party.

Only last week, I became a victim of bigotry from a so-called ‘true’ member of the party questioning my loyalty. I say bigotry because as an enlightened human being I can sense any prejudicial undertones from a bigot. The so-called ‘true’ member really angered me. As a Temne, I felt offended but with equanimity, I placed him in, what I would term, the right frame of mind he should always try to be in – the reasoning frame. This so-called ‘true’ member has always irritated me. Even in times of crisis, he would openly distract my suggestions and not replacing them with anything. He sends the signal that I did not belong and whatever you do makes no difference. How low-minded this so-called ‘true’ member is?

The party is a national party and those who think their devilish and divisive minds can win us an election, better start packing their bags to secede from the national politics and go into their tribal lobes to run Sierra Leone. Such people like my so-called ‘true’ member sicken me. Do I ignore this individual? No!! I confronted him where it happened and made it known to him that he should learn to look as well as see from others’ standpoint. Our party needs to reach out to those that have gone away and explain to them the risk of bringing them back into the fold into high offices. We should reason with them and let them reason with us; that coming back is a very joyful thing but to usurp by stealth is inappropriate for the transformational process.


Subject: Re: How soon can the SLPP understand conflict transformation?
From: SUSPECT
To: All
Date Posted: 15:30:32 08/30/08 ()
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You are not a true SLPP. Even your entry into SLPP is suspect. Your words are suspect. Your criticisms are suspect. In other words, you are a suspicious character


Subject: Re: How soon can the SLPP understand conflict transformation?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 15:52:35 08/30/08 ()
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I pity those who write without making things clear to one. I do not understand your meanings of the following:

a) "...not a true SLPP"

b) "...entry into SLPP is suspect"

c) "...words are suspect"

d) "...your criticisms are suspect"

e) "...a suspicious character"

Fill me in to understand what you mean. Do not be afriad. Speak out and I will respond to you. Such baselessness makes no sense to me. Tell me what you expect from a true SLPP! Tell me also the words a true SLPP should utter! Morestill, tell me what you did not understand!


Subject: Contact
From: Haji Med Kay
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Date Posted: 06:05:03 08/30/08 ()
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Entered From: host81-159-184-24.range81-159.btcentralplus.com at 81.159.184.24

Message:
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, I am trying to get in touch with a Fatmata Seasy probably living in the US. She was born in Baomaconta but schooled in Kenema.


Subject: Mugabe honors Zimbabwe's Olympic gold medalist
From: Interesting story
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Date Posted: 09:14:35 08/30/08 ()
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Shows the complexity of national identity, sense of belonging and loyalty. With all the negative press on Zimbabwe and its policies, this white swimmer voices her pride in showing the world that there is "good in Zimbabwe," proclaiming she could never be "anything but a Zimbabwean." Mugabe for his part praised her as a "true Zimbabwean." She received a hero's welcome and $100,000 reward.

Cheers,
History Professor


Subject: Re: Mugabe honors Zimbabwe's Olympic gold medalist
From: POLITICS 101
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Date Posted: 09:19:57 08/30/08 ()
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What's Mugabe have under his sleeves this time?
Appeasing the white farmers?


Subject: A mentally ill EDITOR
From: Haji Med Kay
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Date Posted: 05:57:24 08/30/08 ()
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Sylvia Bylden is suffering from PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA according to the symptoms she is exihibiting. Secondly it is quite clear to you all that she is so narrow minded that she can not tell the difference between a pro-party paper and an idependent one, what a shame for some one who claim to hold a degree.

If anyone wants to kill Sylvia, may be its because her dealings are subject to investigation. Who will wnat to kill a hopeless sinner like her?. A woman who care not for the state of our nation and does not care about the damage her writing will do to the people of Salone. Even lay people like myself can tell that the papers she is accusing to be pyo-APC are not, except you are short sighted like her or someone who cannot tell the difference between your left from your right like she is.

I think any part of Salone that tries to bring another form of suffering to our people should be wiped off the face of this universe. May be Tom decieded to contest for the leadership of Kailahun District council so that it will be easy for them to plan and implement chaos. Well we saw that in the past in Pujehun, it will not work this time. EBK, if you can't handle the situation please let me know.


Subject: The nitty-gritty of the State House saga:Sanpha and Kabba!
From: Culled from the Patriotic Vanguard
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Date Posted: 02:39:14 08/30/08 ()
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Sanpha Koroma , a name associated with controversy
- Thursday 28 August 2008.

Commentary

By Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Freetown.

Sanpha Koroma is no longer Secretary to the President, a post equivalent to that of Chief of Staff at the White House.

This is the third time he has fallen out with governments. The name Sanpha Koroma has therefore been associated with controversy. There has been a lot of media hype over the incident that led to his resignation. Opposition papers have been quick to link the president with it even though Sanpha Koroma took full responsibility for what happened. In fact the documents bearing the correspondence between his office and parliament plainly speak for themselves. This is a matter of res ipsa loquitur (the facts speak for themselves).

During the reign of president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, a bill for an increase in the salary of the president and vice president up to Le 25,000,000 (twenty five million leones) per month was initiated but was never passed in parliament obviously owing to the immense unpopularity of the government at the time.

This bill was kept till 2008 when Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was no longer in office, but has been pestering the government for his benefits. It was as a result of the correspondences between Kabbah and Sanpha Koroma that a letter from Sanpha Koroma’s office signed by one of his assistants was sent to parliament and even copied to the head of cabinet for the payment of Kabbah’s benefits. A second letter was also sent to parliament but was signed by a different assistant. This is the crux of the matter.

Now some questions: First,why did Sanpha not sign the letters? Second, why did two different people sign two different letters pertaining to the same matter when the second was part of the first? Prior to the bill that was introduced during Kabbah’s reign, there was a law making provision for retired presidents. When Joseph Saidu Momoh asked for benefits under that law the Kabbah regime issued a release that such provisions could not be made because of the economic constraints the country was facing at the height of a civil strife.

Momoh was therefore offered a lump sum of Le 900,000 only. Today Kabbah too is out of power and he wants benefits. What brought about the problem was that instead of he being compensated under the old law, the bill that was initiated during his reign but not passed in parliament was quickly gazetted without consulting the president on the correspondences that had taken place prior to the gazetting of the bill.

But why should it be so? I have been in journalism for donkey years and have seen governments come and go. I knew Sanpha Koroma when he was younger. He was Managing Director of the National Development Bank. It was there that he first fell into trouble with government. There was a liquidity crisis in the country and the government passed an Economic Emergency regulation forbidding businessmen to be in possession of an amount above Le300,000. It happened that the government at the time owed Nir Guaz, commonly known as SCIPA ( which was the name of the Israeli’s company) twenty seven million Leones (a lot of money at the time). The money was paid through the National Development Bank, and Sanpha koroma was not expected to pay all that money outside the banking sytem.

But surprisingly, the money was paid and transported by a hired company called Allied Trading Company which the prosecution in court at the time revealed was owned by one Hadson Taylor and Sanpha Koroma himself. The money was "arrested." But before the police could blow their whistle, “p-e-re-i-p!”, it was through the BBC that it was learnt that Sanpha Koroma had entered the United States without a passport.

He returned after a number of years and opened a private bank called Union Trust Bank. He has a reputation of being strict, arrogant and controversial. He is however surprisingly always lucky to get out of trouble.

The relationship between Sanpha Koroma and Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is very intimate. It was Sanpha Koroma who sponsored Ahmad Tejan Kabbah’s election in 2002 and not surprisingly, he was appointed Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone after Kabbah won. But again, it happened that president Kabbah received an anonymous letter alleging financial impropriety in the Bank and Sanpha Koroma was indicted by the Anti Corruption Commission. He fought the matter tooth and nail and won. He was awarded a substantial amount in pound sterling but never got his job again.

When Ernest Bai Koroma became president the fityest person appointed was later removed in favour of Sanpha Koroma. This time he is in trouble again but surprisingly or not surprisingly he has got away with it by just resigning and taking responsibility.

The question people have is whether the money involved in the benefits scandal is just twenty five million or more is involved. This question is asked because the wording of the bill states that the payment was in retrospect, taking effect twelve years back. If it is in retrospect and Koroma is only in power for a few months why should he be in haste to put it into effect when the man out of office was in a position to benefit more?

Kabbah would have gained not less than two million dollars and Berewa would have got the same. There are people who are already making insinuations that this is not a new game. It has been happening in past governments and that was how people make fat commissions. Some even insinuate that a smart person could have netted six hundred thousand dollars commission without the knowledge of president Koroma.

Others observe that owing to the intimate relationship between Sanpha Koroma and Kabbah, the former could have taken the risk to bail Kabbah out of his economic conundrum. It has also been asked: If Kabbah wanted such fat benefits why did he refuse to give them to Momoh even though the law made provision for it? And why does he not get his benefits under the law in which Momoh was paid his benefits? Did Sanpha Koroma not know that there is an old law under which Kabbah could have been paid? Why mislead parliament to pass a law initiated by Kabbah just to compensate Kabbah?

Unfortunately for Kabbah, the opposition which had wanted to embarrass the government leaked it to BBC. But the casualty in the end was Kabbah’s man, Sanpha Koroma. But one journalist had once described Sanpha Koroma as a man with “nine lives”.

He can survive any trouble and board any new government train. For those who had not seen the bill it is easy for them to believe the media propaganda that president Koroma wants a pay increase. It sounds illogical for a man to initiate a pay increase that benefits his rival more than him. But Sanpha, who caused the problem, is now in a corner licking his wounds, but the blame is being thrown at someone else (president Koroma) by the opposition media. Sierra Leone politics is interesting.

Photo: James Sanpha Koroma. A cat with nine lives?


Subject: Re: The nitty-gritty of the State House saga:Sanpha and Kabba!
From: Bock Jah
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Date Posted: 04:57:59 08/30/08 ()
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What i am puzzled about is the fact that Kabba who is retired wants to live like a president by having a driver, cook, Gardener, cleaner etc at the expense of tax payers.
The pension system should be no different from other schemes we have seen in the developed world.Kabba should realise that when you seize to be president you return to ordinary life.
In my view in order to have a fair system the pension of former presidents like other schemes should be linked to earnings during their time in office and should take into consideration other pensions they are already recieving.
It is unfortunate that this issue was not handled well by state House but Kabba is a greedy and selfish man who cannot be rewarded for failure.


Subject: Re: The nitty-gritty of the State House saga:Sanpha and Kabba!
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 11:56:07 08/30/08 ()
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The few among us, because of low self-esteem, are taking light the grave calamity this fickle-minded Kabbah is taking our country.

A week before the general elections (GE), a close relative of mine showed me a picture of EBK and Kabbah in a late night meeting of the two. He told me that Kabbah would not see EBK lose the GE. He pointed to me certain facts that were unbelieveable.
Kabbah is dangerous and EBK should be warned not to entertain Kabbah, a man full of treachery.

Kabbah will have to pay dearly someday. I have not seen any individual who practices treachery succeed to eternity - he will feel ablazed before his calling to the other world.

What sickens me is how these people are so fickle-minded - always forgetting history and think life and its affluence is permanent. I want to live and die with nobility and honour. Yes you may have detractors who will do everything to taint you - just don't wane your moral standards - you and your children and theirs will reap the rewards of upholding justice and respect for human rights and life.


Subject: RAMADAN KAREEM
From: Sheku Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 02:04:01 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: kabiasheku@yahoo.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
As we enter into the Holy Month of Ramadan I wish all my Sierra Leonean brothers and Sisters a peaceful ramadan. May we observe this month with utmost piety that we may receive the blessings of almighty GOD. Insha Allah all the good things we desire for our country will be granted. Remember our leaders in your supplications during this month and pray for the peace of Sierra Leone.

Ramadan Kareem


Subject: ...And that is the definition of an educated individual.
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 23:14:01 08/29/08 ()
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"...San Francisco: I've heard Obama writes his own speeches. Did Obama write that speech himself?

Robert G. Kaiser: He did, and I can't tell you how impressive that is to cynical old reporters like me. Washington has very few personalities left who read their own books, do their own thinking, write their own speeches. But Obama not only reads the books, he writes them--and his speeches.

Chuck Hagel is another senator who does this; it can happen on either side of the aisle, but I wish it happened a lot more often!"


Subject: KAILAHUN COCONUT-HEADS ARE AT IT AGAIN
From: APC
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Date Posted: 22:43:55 08/29/08 ()
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Kailahun District said to be sitting on a timebomb
Written by Joseph Kamanda
Saturday, 30 August 2008


A Kailahun district delegation that included women and led by Mr. Solomon Musa last week launched a protest to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House about harassment and intimidation by supporters and officials of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party ( SLPP). Members of the delegation complained that their people were being molested by Paramount Chief Mohamed S. Banya and the SLPP operatives.

Watta Vandi, one of the members of the delegation, informed President Koroma that farming activities had been brought to a standstill by the Kailahun District Agriculture Officer Philip Conteh, who happens to be a cousin of former Finance Minister John O. Benjamin, one of the alleged troublemakers in Kailahun. .

She said that rice seedlings which were supposed to have been allocated to them for this year's planting season, was withheld by Conteh because of their loyalty to the ruling APC party and they were told that had they voted the SLPP back to power the seedlings would have been given to them.

Mrs. Vandi said they were told by the district agriculture officer that in whatever election conducted in the future Kailahun people should either vote SLPP or "go to Makeni. "

"Our children, husbands and relatives are always being mercilessly beaten up by SLPP men, arrested and detained by the police because of our support for the APC . All chiefs and government officers in Kailahun district are pro-SLPP", she revealed., "And they are making life very difficult for us, the APC supporters ".

Mrs. Vandi further disclosed that all the problems in the district were being orchestrated by Dr. Sheku Sama Banya, John Benjamin, John Karimu, Tom Nuyma, Vice Chancellor College of Medicine and Allied Health Science, Professor N'gevao, and former Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, Patrick Foya.

Also expressing similar concerns to President Koroma was another aged woman, Jeneba Momoh, who recalled that they were intimidated by SLPP stalwarts in Kailahun recently after the local council elections on orders from the Paramount Chief Mohamed S. Banya, the younger brother of Dr. Banya.

According to Mrs. Momoh, P.C. Banya has instructed all section and regent chiefs in Kailahun district not to vote APC in any election held in the country and if any chief defies his order he or she will be arrested and detained by the police for insubordination.

She implored President Koroma to kindly empower APC people in Kailahun as there are so many young and aged people in the district who normally stand behind the party during election campaigns but are being harassed by local authorities and the police on a daily basis.

"As a Party in power, APC people needs to be empowered in Kailahun" she demanded and maintained that the Kailahun district chairman elect, Tom Nuyma is also bent on threatening people in the district as he normally tells them that he is a warrior and would rather prefer to work for the SLPP than the APC government. She said that for the APC to take full control over Kailahun, Mr. Lamin Vonjo N'gobeh needs to be fully empowered and supported.

Ahmed Musa Massaquoi said the victory of the APC in both the General and Local Council elections had become provided cause to SLPP people in Kailahun District to take the law into their hands and that P.C. Banya has informed all section chiefs and traditional leaders not to support the APC government as the SLPP will come back to power after the first five years term of office of President Koroma.

P.C. Banya, according to Massaquoi, has recently dismissed and suspended some chiefs for not supporting the SLPP in the concluded council polls .He added that the chief went an extra mile and beat up and undressed chiefs for failure to take directives from him in support of the SLPP.

Like other members of the delegation, Massaquoi also blamed problems of the district on Prof. N'gevao, John Karimu, John Benjamin, Dr. Banya, Tom Nuyma and Patrick Foya adding that P.C. Banya also instigated SLPP Toughs to stop farming. Also ongoing road works in a village call Small Makeni in Kailahun were simultaneously brought to halt in the district.

Responding to the complaints, President Koroma said the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, had informed him about setbacks on agriculture in district, which was one of the reasons that prompted the meeting.

He said another group from Kailahun has recently met him and expressed similar concerns especially conduct that have to do with the unacceptable conduct of the National Revenue Authority officer and the police.

President Koroma said that those who are not in governance have nothing to lose which is why some people want to distract the attention of government from what it is presently focused on . The President stated that as a responsible government "we have a lot of development projects to implement and the people of Kailahun should recall that APC did so many good work for the district".

He said the Minister of Energy and Power, Haja Hafsatu Kabba, has done a survey in Kailahun and identified waterfalls for the construction of a mini-hydro electricity for the district. The President disclosed that towards the end of the rains contractors will start works on the roads and by 2010 all roads leading to Kailahun will be completely tarred. "We want to maintain peace since we came to power but if some people do not want to be peaceful at all, there will be a time when we will enforce the peace. "

Probably referring to S.S. Banya, John Benjamin, John Karimu, Tom Nyuma and others , the President warned that those who are not law -abiding were very small and "if they don't want peace we will isolate them". He added that the Agriculture Minister was also not happy about the interruption of farming activities in Kailahun.

He appealed to the delegation to exercise patience and wait until changes are effected in the deployment of Police commanders in the whole country . The President further assured the delegation that his administration will ensure that agricultural activities were resumed in the district.


Subject: Re: KAILAHUN COCONUT-HEADS ARE AT IT AGAIN
From: PLANNED CRACKDOWN
To: All
Date Posted: 23:04:40 08/29/08 ()
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I THINK NOT. TAKE A LOOK AT AWARENESS TIMES


Subject: Re: KAILAHUN COCONUT-HEADS ARE AT IT AGAIN
From: APC
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Date Posted: 00:03:10 08/30/08 ()
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"The thinly veiled threats the Head of State was reportedly making in reaction to what I strongly believe to be nothing other than a pack of lies from his APC Kailahun delegation left me feeling dismayed and for the first time yesterday, I feared for Sierra Leone under the leadership of Ernest Bai Koroma. No Joke!" - Sylvia Blyden, Awareness Times

I AM INCLINED TO BELIEVE JUDAS INNSTEAD OF HIS ADOPTED DAUGHTER, SYLVIA BLYDEN, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO ANYTHING APC.


Subject: Re: KAILAHUN COCONUT-HEADS ARE AT IT AGAIN
From: APC
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Date Posted: 01:07:13 08/30/08 ()
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Solomon Musa and the rest of his Kailahun delegation to Prezo Koroma probably is made up of Temne, Limba and Creole residents of Kailahun who will never support the APC. This, at least, is what Worworliwor will like for you coconut-heads to believe. On the flip side, it is also an insult to progressives among the major tribes of Kailahun who are not monolithic thinkers.



Subject: BEHAVIOR OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH, BEHAVIOR!
From: Chiefdom Raray Boys Dem
To: All
Date Posted: 18:14:21 08/29/08 ()
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Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!


Posted by Settler on August 29, 2008 at 12:45:45:

In Reply to: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted! posted by kontri on August 28, 2008 at 15:51:46:

When you hear the drums beat, you know the natives are restless. What's up Kontri boy? I got you jumping like a traumatised encaged bush beef. We are like rail lines running parallel, that will never cross. Remember you were the ones who sold us to the white man in the first place, and upon our return, we tried to impart into you what we learnt from them. Unfortunately you people have thick skulls, and are still dazzled by bright blinkers. some of you are still obsessed with the mirror, even after its taken taken from infront of you, you're still gazing in the distance. Damn jackass."


Subject: Re: BEHAVIOR OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH, BEHAVIOR!
From: Sick man
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Date Posted: 20:16:36 08/29/08 ()
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Curtis , get help from a psychiatrist. You are not well.


Subject: ...and an appropriate response!
From: forum observer
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Date Posted: 19:31:16 08/29/08 ()
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Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!


Posted by Kontri on August 29, 2008 at 15:54:58:

In Reply to: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted! posted by Settler on August 29, 2008 at 12:45:45:

Now I know you are a slave.
Slaves are insecure,
and must talk tough
in order to make themselves
feel good. When the white
man was screwing and sodomizing
you in the plantations,
you lost
all sense of identity.
Now that the white slave
master is no longer sodomizing
you, jealousy against the
PURE African is what you need
to motivate you in self-hate.
With all sort of rapist blood running
through you thanks to gangs of
racist rapist White slave masters who
used to sodomize you, feeling
inadequate will forever be part of your life.
Today you will be a Hausa man, tomorrow a Yoruba, the next day a madinka, and the following week whatever African mask you can grab. What's up with that?
And you think the white man is ever sorry that he raped and owned you like a dosmetic animal?
Heck no. Wake up, my dear slave, and stop missing your
rapist White master. It shows you are still a slave.
Confused and sodomized bastard."


Subject: Re: ...and an appropriate response!
From: Daniel Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 19:57:10 08/29/08 ()
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I can tell a Creole Boy on this forum started this.
Like he always does with the Mendes, he came on the forum and called Country people "primitive."
And then there was a response.
I dont know how a Fulla Tong Boy so confused can call country people primitive. Alieu Iscandari is a very pathetic man. From calling Mendes cannibals to labeling country people "primitive."
Saidu Bangura is right. Alieu Iscandari needs help.


Subject: Re: ...and an appropriate response!
From: ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER ?
To: All
Date Posted: 05:30:48 08/30/08 ()
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-Saidu Bangura is right. Alieu Iscandari needs help.

DESPICABLE ATTEMPT TO IMPLICATE! DO IT AGAIN, I DARE YOU, I
DOUBLE DARE YOU ! :-

SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Read again!!!!!!!!
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 20:11:16 08/29/08 ()
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Posted by Chiefdom Raray Boys Dem on August 29, 2008 at 18:14:21:

Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!


Posted by Settler on August 29, 2008 at 12:45:45:

In Reply to: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted! posted by kontri on August 28, 2008 at 15:51:46:

When you hear the drums beat, you know the natives are restless. What's up Kontri boy? I got you jumping like a traumatised encaged bush beef. We are like rail lines running parallel, that will never cross. Remember you were the ones who sold us to the white man in the first place, and upon our return, we tried to impart into you what we learnt from them. Unfortunately you people have thick skulls, and are still dazzled by bright blinkers. some of you are still obsessed with the mirror, even after its taken taken from infront of you, you're still gazing in the distance. Damn jackass."


Subject: WEEKEND LESSONS
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 17:10:50 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
I wish you all a very wonderfull week end,mainwhile here are some lessons to take away home after bussy weeker days:

1.Three things in life once gone never come back
A. WORDS
B.OPPORTUNITY
C.TIME.

2.three things in life never sure:
A.DREAMS
B.SUCCESS
C.FORTUNE

3.three things in life that makes you a great person:
A.HARD WORK
B.SINCERITY
C.SUCCESS

4.three things in life are most valuable.
A.LOVE
B.SELF RESPECT
C.TIME

5.three things in life must not be lost.
A.PEACE
B.HOPE
C.HONESTY

6.three things in life that destroy a person.
A.GREED
B.PRIDE
C.ANGER.

i wish you all good time and blessed week end.
cheers


Subject: Re: WEEKEND LESSONS
From: Tolongbo
To: All
Date Posted: 06:29:18 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: soribabureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.81

Message:
Mr. Salifu, I thank you for the ween-end lesson. I really enjoy it. I would like to testify to you that the 6th point in your lesson has indeed been prevalent in a huge section of our population.. Greed , Anger .. Pride each is plaguing the moral fabrics of our nation.

Allah will rescue us if we change our way of life. God save Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: WEEKEND LESSONS
From: SORIE Jawaras
To: All
Date Posted: 17:40:00 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
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Message:
Salifu, Thank you for the great lessons.


Subject: Who brought the witch hunters in ..justice for presi.Koroma
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 14:52:14 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
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Message:
Many people are trying to bully Young president Koroma, but these bulliers are failing to understand Koroma is smart and he will not allow disgruntled elements to disturb his thinking and make him act irrational. Is president Koroma attempting a witch hunt strategy to destroy the opposition through the ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION? Disgruntled elements should blame former president Tejan Kabbah because he created the ACC with the help of the British, he made this clear and condemned the ineffectiveness of his created body. What wrong is President Koroma doing as far as the commission is concerned? How will corruption be challenged and defeated without reorganizing the body( as done)and enpowering it so that it will function efficiently and effectively? Is this a witch hunt against the opposition or previous government ministers? Free president Koroma and arrest former president Tejan Koroma for bringing in witch hunters to catch the witches and semi cannibals.Remember what Kabbah said," ..in the first place corruption was endeminc in this country.To mention the word corruption is taboo.........I begged them (the British)so that we can set up the ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION". Who brought the witch hunters in....? OOPS , pa Kabbah has bought a nice trouble again with his mouth .


Subject: Re: Who brought the witch hunters in ..justice for presi.Koroma
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 12:31:55 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
No one is bullying earnest. One thing I believe is that he has detractors and also has angels around him. If he plays the national card, I find it very hard to see how our party will campaign to boot out his regime. He is no worse than the previous regime of kabbah. Kabbah is a selfish and unrepentant being.

Siera Leone needs a leader!! What makes a good leader? These questions we should dwell on for two years before the calling of elections - the understanding of what makes a leader will help salvage our nations decline. In the history of mankind, the success and fall of a nation lies upon the leader. Today, you seldom find a true and a dedicated leader doing their job well in the service of their nation. Many leaders nowadays, very sad to say, are there for the sweetness of the office and not glory of being honourable. Money, power and recognition are a better combination if achieved through honour and nobility.

Our country has suffered because of some selfish leaders! To become an effective and great leader is one of the most painstaking kinds of job. That’s why I believe we should try to understand and disseminate the understanding of what makes a good leader.
I hope to someday share with my fellow citizens what I have learned through my personal readings from the profiles as well as the writings of the great men of excellence and valour. To give you some tips enable you to become also a man of excellence, a man of honor, a man of dignity as well as a man of power! Now, read carefully the following and apply it to yourself. A great teacher once says, “Teach me and I will forget, show me and I will remember; allow me to do it and I will learn.” The above wise teaching crowns it all about knowledge. If we apply this in our everyday lives, we will not faail in anything. How many of us have been deprived from childhood just because of indifference? So many young mind that would have propeeled our nation to glory today. Where are some of these deprived individuals - many dead, some in the streets of our towns and villages suffering mental problems. We need to have leaders with visions and character.

Remember, action speaks louder than words! A true and effective leader is a doer; not a talker. Let us see EBK doing things and dwelling on 'THE BLAME GAME'!!


Subject: Re: Who brought the witch hunters in ..justice for presi.Koroma
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 04:42:46 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: soriejawara@verizon.com
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Message:
Chez, your posting makes a great deal of sense, I hope Koroma will put on that leadership cap and do things as a leader.Thank you.


Subject: Re: Who brought the witch hunters in ..justice for presi.Koroma
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 07:26:10 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Thank you too for understanding my sense.


Subject: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 13:25:39 08/29/08 ()
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(From Wekipedia)

Governor Sarah Palin

11th Governor of Alaska
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 4, 2006
Lieutenant Sean Parnell
Preceded by Frank Murkowski



Born February 11 1964 ( 1964-02-11) (age 44)
Sandpoint, Idaho, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse Todd Palin
Residence Wasilla, Alaska
Alma mater University of Idaho
Profession Journalist
Religion Christian: Assemblies of God
Sarah Louise (Heath) Palin (IPA: /peɪlɪn/) (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate for the November 2008 election.

Palin was elected governor in 2006 after defeating incumbent governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary and former Democratic governor Tony Knowles in the general election. She gained attention for publicizing ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders. Before becoming governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996, was elected mayor of Wasilla in 1996, and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2002.

On August 29, 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose Palin to serve as his running mate. She will be the first female vice presidential candidate representing the Republican Party and the second female vice presidential candidate representing a major political party, the first being Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. She will also be the first politician from Alaska to run on a national ticket in a campaign for president or vice president. Palin was the youngest person, and the first woman, to be elected governor of Alaska.


Early life
Palin was born Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Sarah (née Sheeran), a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and track coach. She has English, Irish, and German ancestry. Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant. The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family regularly ran 5 km and 10 km races.

At Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska, Palin was the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was the point guard and captain for the basketball team. She helped the team win the Alaska small-school championship in 1982, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds, despite a stress fracture in her ankle. She earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play, and was the leader of team prayer before games.
In 1984, after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, Palin finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant which won her a scholarship to help pay her way through college. In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics. She married her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin, on August 29, 1988, and briefly worked as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as a commercial fisherman with her husband.

Pre-gubernatorial political experience

locat1on of Wasilla, AlaskaPalin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged and defeated the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes. The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed. Palin kept her campaign promises by reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes by 60%. She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin. Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.
In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in mid-term to become governor, Palin interviewed to be his possible successor. Instead, Murkowski appointed his daughter, then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.
Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest. After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.


Governorship
In 2006, Palin, running on a clean-government campaign, executed an upset victory over then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles. Palin said in 2006 that education, public safety, and transportation would be three cornerstones of her administration.

When elected, Palin became the first woman to be Alaska's governor, and the youngest governor in Alaskan history at 42 years of age upon taking office. Palin was also the first Alaskan governor born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She was also the first Alaskan governor not to be inaugurated in Juneau, instead choosing to hold her inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. She took office on December 4, 2006.

Highlights of Governor Palin's tenure include a successful push for an ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. After federal funding for the Gravina Island Bridge project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending was lost, Palin decided against filling the over $200 million gap with state money. "Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on 'federal dollars,' as the state does today."

She has challenged the state's Republican leaders, helping to launch a campaign by Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to unseat U.S. Congressman Don Young and publicly challenging Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the federal investigation into his financial dealings.
In 2007, Palin had an approval rating often in the 90s. A poll published by Hays Research on July 28, 2008 showed Palin's approval rating at 80%.


Energy policies
Palin's tenure is noted for her independence from big oil companies, while still promoting resource development. Palin has announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisors, to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska.
Shortly after taking office, Palin rescinded thirty-five appointments made by Murkowski in the last hours of his administration, including the appointment by Murkowski of his former chief of staff Jim Clark to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority. Clark later pled guilty to conspiring with a defunct oil-field-services company to channel money into Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign.

In March 2007, Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope. Only one legislator, Representative Ralph Samuels, voted against the measure, and in June Palin signed it into law. On January 5, 2008, Palin announced that a Canadian company, TransCanada Corp., was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant. In August, 2008 Palin signed a bill into law giving the state of Alaska authority to award TransCanada Pipelines a license to build and operate the $26-billion-dollar pipeline to ship natural gas from the North Slope to the Lower 48, through Canada.

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates. She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly and eliminate the gas tax.

Social issues

Palin during a 2007 speechPalin is strongly opposed to abortion and supports capital punishment. While running for Governor of Alaska, Palin supported the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in schools, however, she noted she would not use "religion as a litmus test, or anybody's personal opinion on evolution or creationism" as criteria for selection to the school board.
She opposes same-sex marriage, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination. While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with an Alaskan state Supreme Court order and signed them into law. Palin disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling and supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter. Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii. Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.
Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to the partners of gay state employees. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.

Matanuska Maid Dairy closure
When the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Matanuska Maid Dairy, an unprofitable state-owned business, Palin objected, citing concern for the impact on dairy farmers and the fact that the dairy had just received $600,000 in state money. When Palin realized that the Board of Agriculture and Conservation appoints Creamery Board members, she simply replaced the entire membership of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The new board, led by businesswoman Kristan Cole, reversed the decision to close the dairy. The new board approved milk price increases offered by the dairy in an attempt to control fiscal losses, even though milk from Washington was already offered in Alaskan stores at lower prices. In the end, the dairy was forced to close, and the state tried to sell the assets to pay off its debts but received no bids.


Budget
In the first days of her administration, Palin followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet purchased (on a state government credit account) by the Murkowski administration. The state placed the jet for sale on eBay three times. In August 2007, the jet was sold for $2.1 million.

Shortly after becoming governor, Palin canceled a contract for the construction on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) gravel road outside of Juneau to a mine. This reversed a decision made in the closing days of the Murkowski Administration.

In June 2007, Palin signed into law a $6.6 billion operating budget—the largest in Alaska's history. At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to nearly $1.6 billion.

Public Safety Commissioner dismissal controversy
Governor Palin is currently under investigation by an independent investigator hired by a legislative panel to determine if she abused her power when firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Walter Monegan as Commissioner of Public Safety and instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he subsequently turned down. Monegan alleged shortly after his dismissal that it may have been partly due to his reluctance to fire an Alaska State Trooper, Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly McCann. In 2006, before Palin was governor, Wooten was briefly suspended for ten days for threatening to kill McCann's (and Palin's) father, tasering his 11-year-old stepson (at the stepson's request), and violating game laws. After a union protest, the suspension was reduced to five days.

Palin asserted that her dismissal of Monegan was unrelated to the fact that he had not fired Wooten, and asserts that Monegan was instead dismissed for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he "did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues. Palin acknowledged that a member of her administration, Frank Bailey, did contact the Department of Public Safety regarding Wooten, but both Palin and Bailey say that happened without her knowledge and was unrelated to her dismissal of Monegan. Bailey was put on leave for two months for acting outside the scope of his authority as the Director of Boards and Commissions. Commissioner Monegan received no severance pay, though at the same time another dismissed Commissioner, Charles Kopp (who served only 11 days) received $10,000.

In response to Palin's statement that she had nothing to hide, in August 2008 the Alaska Legislature hired Steve Branchflower to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal, though lawmakers acknowledge that "Monegan and other commissioners serve at will, meaning they can be fired by Palin at any time. The investigation is being overseen by Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who says that the Palin administration has been cooperating and thus subpoenas are unnecessary. The Palin administration itself was the first to release an audiotape of Bailey making inquiries about the status of the Wooten investigation.


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: zakmal
To: All
Date Posted: 16:12:45 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
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Message:
This post would be useful to those who are predispose to believe that all republicans are stupid or only achieve greatness because of their DNA. She is our Margaret Thatcher and I know this fact would drive liberals crazy. She hailed from middle class roots unlike the blue blood democrats who would never speak of their priviledged upbringing. They pretend to be with


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: Mohamed A. kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 22:17:05 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
Entered From: ool-457951c4.dyn.optonline.net at 69.121.81.196

Message:
Poor Ronald Reagan must be rolling in his grave. The GOP has wasted eight years on a fellow who turned out to be the worst commander-in-chief in the United States' political history, and now Macain is showcasing Alaska's playboy bunny as his running mate? Has he been taking his medications daily as adviced by his physician? Desperate to keep up with Obama's movement for change, its momentum being felt across the country, has forced the Republicans to go for broke; gambling on Palin to retain the White House, whose political accomplishments are not even realised by everyone in her home state. The self appointed maverick's move just upgraded Obama's chances of becoming president from, probably to most likely. Let the GOP keep dreaming, with the insulting notion, that they will attract huge numbers of Hillary's supporters soccermoms and independents just because they have chosen a woman as their presidential candidate's running mate. They will have to ask themselves what went wrong when Obama is declared the president-elect late november 4th into early november 5th.


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 16:54:43 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.247

Message:
Alpha Mahmoud, do you really believe that all democrats had a privileged upbringing? What can Gov. Sarah Palin offer to the ticket? Please, bring out her record.
MA SALAM.


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: OJUFINI SESAY RARAY GIAL
To: All
Date Posted: 06:51:23 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Saidu your mother is a prostitute and a whore. She still drinks Alcohol and dance bondo with her mafalay. You are one hell of a bastard child. Is your wife still the slush that she was. do you sleep with her and piss on the same bed you sleep on. the fight is on.

JSK


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: zakmal
To: All
Date Posted: 19:13:02 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
Entered From: pool-71-178-202-84.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.178.202.84

Message:
Alpha Saidu Governor Palin is a consistent conservative who believes in lower taxes,less government regulations,individual liberty,free markets,strong military and most of all pro life.During her tenure as governor she has fought corruption in her own party and that's courageous.She is not akin to go with the political wind as some weak spine politicians. Her executive experience far exceeded that of the chosen one and his running mate who belong to a club of one hundred in the senate with no executive experiences to mention.
Why is it that only democrats are qualified to govern this great country? Present day democrats are nothing but apologists for America's influence and greatness.The democrats of the past like John Kennedy,Harry Truman,Hubert Humphrey,Lyndon Johnson Sccop Jackson and many more would find it very hard to identify themselves as democrats today. These were great men who believe that America should be the most powerful nation in the world and they promoted policies that ensure that goal is attained.John kennedy lower the marginal tax rate from 72% to 35% inorder to grow the economy, he also challenged the soviet union instead of folding like a two dollar suitcase.He tried to pass the first civil rights law but was stifled by his fellow democrats. It was Lyndon Johnson who was able to get the civil rights law passed with the help of republicans against a filibuster by democrats headed by Al Gore's father and Robert Byrd.
Alpha Saidu I hope you would agree with me that our thought procsss should 'nt be monolithic. I am a believer in individual liberty,free markets and a strong military unlike present day democrats who would sit idly bye and allow a terrorist out to declare war on America in 1996 and did nothing,our embassies attacked in Africa in 1998 nothing was done,our USS Cole attacked in Yemen in 2000 also nothing was done. Of course the terrorists were emboldened by your golden boy Bill Clinton's inaction and the end result was 9/11. It took a great man like George Bush to stand up to these evil doers and they are now hiding ib=n caves where they belong.


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: Shabba
To: All
Date Posted: 00:02:55 08/31/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-226-143-114.hsd1.in.comcast.net at 98.226.143.114

Message:
Great points you have made, and I bet you some folks still do not get it ... you are so right! I am happy to see a fresh perspective that is independent and someone who is not just going for what is the flavor of the day and the most popular thing that everybody else is getting into. Diversity is so important.


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: New Spokesman
To: All
Date Posted: 15:07:19 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-68-159-71.nyc.res.rr.com at 74.68.159.71

Message:
Sarah Palin only conflates the inexperience ...Mr.Mc'Cain has been criticizing Obama for... flat on the table.........

Interestingly,almost twenty years after Democrats had offered Ms.Ferraro the same opportunity to represent women a heartbeat away from America's Presidency!....

But the Real Deal is that forty five years after Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech,History seems to be moving on the side of Obama as his messianic movement becomes more difficult for adversaries to strategically derail...


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: History Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 16:46:17 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-70-156-41.nycap.res.rr.com at 74.70.156.41

Message:
Here is some early pundit analysis of McCain's choice, along the lines of what I said (first) on the forum this morning.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080829/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_veepstakes_analysis


Subject: Re: GETTING TO KNOW MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE, SARAH PALIN.
From: New Spokesman
To: All
Date Posted: 14:27:21 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-68-159-71.nyc.res.rr.com at 74.68.159.71

Message:
The fact that Mc'Cain seems to be responding to Obama's message puts him at a disadvantage....in an election where the electorate is already attracted to change...

It is interesting to experience the strategies that Obama's opponents employing to combat or redefine the issue of change he has made popular in American politics today......


Subject: SARAH PALIN- once pretty hot for a right-winger
From: History Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 17:40:07 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-70-156-41.nycap.res.rr.com at 74.70.156.41

Message:
Here is a link to her snaps in Vogue magazine way back when she was a beauty pageant queen, MIss Alaska. Real presidential material, hmmm.

http://kodiakkonfidential.blogspot.com/2007/12/sarah-in-vogue.html


Subject: How are YOU
From: Bahron
To: All
Date Posted: 13:13:41 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-137-227-214.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.137.227.214

Message:
Nora Peters
Reply-To n_peterss603@yahoo.co.uk
To n_peterss603@yahoo.co.uk

MY DEAR
HOW ARE YOU ?

I know this letter may be a surprise to you as we have not known before,do not be worried because you were reliably introduced to me and my family has good
intentions contacting you.

My name is MRS NORA PETERS the WIFE of MR EMBE PETERS of Zimbabwe who was recently murdered with other whites in the land disputes violence in Zimbabwe.

My LATE LATE was among the few blacks Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the KILLER SQAUDS of the ruling government of President Robert Mugabe for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the whites and this crisis and the cold blooded murder reports, were communicated to the whole world through BBC, CNN.

This land problem arose when President Mugabe introducing new land Acts that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some blacks.

Before the death of MY FATHER, he deposit the sum of US$15 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS With a security and finance company based here in South Africa for safe keeping as if he for saw the looming danger that could erupt from the farm struggle from Zimbabwe.

I have meet with consulting financial expert who humbly advice me that the best way for realizing and safe guarding this fund without South Africa authority being after the money or the knowledge of Zimbabweans government who has tactically frozen my Father's wealth. Hence the need to involve a foreigner.

My reason of contacting you dear is based on the above stated fact: I am saddle with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where the money could be transferred upon redeemed from the security company.

I want to effect the transfer of the fund in a beautiful country where people will not know us and for good investment. Please if you are interested in helping us secure this money morally and financially.

We will give to you 30% of the total sum,60% will be for my family's investment in your country while 10% will be used for all expenses that might be Incurred during the process of the transaction.If you are willing to help me kindly contact me THROUGH MY EMAIL ABOVE.


Thanks as i wait to hear from you.
Yours Sincerely,

MRS NORA PETERS,

for the family.





Subject: Re: How are YOU
From: Sheku Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 06:17:49 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: kabiasheku@yahoo.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
These scams are damaging the reputation of Sierra Leoneans, me and my CEO have received a whole lot of these scams, as a patriotic Sierra Leonean i always ask them for a copy of there passports and to my amazement they produce ficticious and forged copies of Sierra Leonean Passports that doesnt even look Sierra Leonean As Doc says be aware


Subject: Re: How are YOU
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 15:55:49 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
" O GOD THIS SAME IDIOT SEND THE SAME MESSAGE TO ME,SHE PRETEND TO BE A YOUNG FEMALE BASED IN IVORY COAST AND SEND ME TWO OF HER PICTURES". I AM SUPRISE HOW WILL SUCH PEOPLE MAKE IT UP IN LIFE.


Subject: Re: How are YOU
From: Be smart
To: All
Date Posted: 16:11:29 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-211-234-131.asm.bellsouth.net at 68.211.234.131

Message:
Can't you clearly see this as a 419 scam.....don't fall for this, not even the pictures are real.

lonta!


Subject: Re: How are YOU
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 16:54:41 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
Here is another nasty sent few minutes ago in my box.

THE DESK OF MR DIALLO.

AUDITS & ACCOUNTS DEPT
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.

Dear Friend,
Greeting's to you and your entire family!
I am MR DIALLO, a banker with the above mentioned bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in West Africa, holding the post of the Audit & Accounts dept. On December, 25, 2003, one Mr. Lech Phillip, a Krakow Poland National, An Astute Business man of international repute, a contract with ecowas country, whose endeavours spans various areas of Business interest, (Real estate, contract and Farming .etc) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at ($10,200,000.00) Ten Million, two hundred thousand United States Dollars) for twelve calendar months in my Bank Branch.

Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his company that Mr. Lech Phillip. was aboard the AF4590 plane, which crashed December, 25 2003.
After further investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin proved fruitless.
On further investigation, it was discovered that Late Mr. Lech Phillip, did not declare any next of kin or relatives in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work here in our Bank. The total sum, ($10,200,000.00) is still in my bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. All efforts to trace and locate his next of kin proved abortive.

In accordance with the country's banking laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of 5 years, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin , such money will be revert to the Burkina Faso government treasury if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim of the fund. Consequently, It is upon this respect, I seek to present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to the late Mr. Lech Phillip, since no one will come up for the claim.

Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you by mail the ADB Bank "Next of Kin Payment Application Text Form" as well as detailed information on how this business would be carried out.

The money will be shared in the ratio: 60% for me, 40% percent for you. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, as I will use my position in the Bank's here to perfect this business transaction & secure Approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.

Please be informed that your outmost confidentiality is required. If this interests you, I want to remind you of the confidentiality of this Transaction at hand whatever your decision is.
I await your urgent response,and fill those question below to enable us proceed this business onward. Thanks Your Full Name............................
Your Sex.................................
Your Age.................................
Your Country..............................
Marital Status......................
Your Occupation..........................
Your Personal Mobile Number....................
Your Personal Fax Number...................... As soon as i receive your postive respond i will send you the text of application which you will use to apply in my bank as next of kin.
Thanks.
MR DIALLO.Audits & Accounts Manger


Subject: Re: How are YOU
From: My advice
To: All
Date Posted: 17:10:15 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-211-234-131.asm.bellsouth.net at 68.211.234.131

Message:
Pls try not to even open such e-mails, instead use the DELETE key. Being in banking industry, I have seen it all.


Subject: Sounds like "identity theft", be aware and beware!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 15:23:14 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
“IDENTITY THEFT” IS ALIVE AND WELL!

In our “rat race and dog eat dog” world, there are a lot of people out there waiting for the slightest opportunity to rip you off. No part of the globe is free from such elements…from Sierra Leone to Nigeria (and a very large number of these crooks are found here), from the USA to hell, from Bogotá to Bermuda, you will find these people. They will steal your identity and “live” like you. In other words, you have a “twin partner” that you do not know of! No one, other then the Lord thy God, knows the exact figure of identity thieves that are out there. The inception of the internet has made this multi-billion dollars industry attractive to many.

Life, especially in the Diaspora, can be very busy indeed leaving us very little time to think straight. In the course of a very busy day, you can write a check at a grocery store, charge a ticket on your credit card to go to Freetown for Christmas, rent a car to “show off” at a “society wedding”, mail your tax returns, change your service provider for your cell or mobile phone, order Viagra from Canada on the internet, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you do not give these everyday transactions a second thought…BUT IDENTITY THIEVES WILL!

“SO WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?”I hear you ask. Identity theft takes place when someone “knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, or in connection with, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of the law”. Under this definition, a name or social security number is considered a “means of identification”. So is a credit card number, cellular telephone electronic serial number, or any piece of information that may be used alone or in conjunction with other information to identify a specific individual.

Identity theft is a very serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years…and thousands of dollars trying to clean up the mess the thieves have made of a good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, buying a car, or housing, or even get arrested for crimes they did not commit. Humiliation, anger, and frustration are among the feelings victims experience as they navigate the process of restoring or “rescuing” their identity. Despite your very best efforts to manage the flow of your personal information or to keep it to yourself, skilled identity thieves may use a variety of methods to gain access to your datum or data.

Now that I have put you in a perplexed state of mind, and some of you can feel your heart hitting against your ribs, and you are also sweating uncontrollably, and you are also having difficulty breathing, especially if you have stole lots of money from the Sierra Leone Government and hid it in a foreign bank, I can hear you ask nervously, “how do these identity thieves get my information?” Before I proceed, allow me to get a good laugh, hehehehehehehehhahahahahah (oh yah, me side dae art!). That was funny!

Identity thieves can get your information from business or other institutions by:
***** Stealing records or information while they are on the job.

***** Bribing an employee who has access to your records.

***** Breaking into these records by means of an “internet spy”

***** Conning information out of employees.

***** They may steal your mail, including bank and credit card statements, credit card offer, new checks, and tax information.

***** They may rummage through your trash, the trash of businesses, or public trash dumps in a practice known as “dumpster diving”.

***** They may get your credit reports by abusing their employer’s authorized access to them, or by posing as Landlords, employer, or someone else who may have a legal right to access your report.

***** They may steal your credit or debit card numbers by capturing the information in a “data storage device” in a practice knowing as “skimming”. They may swipe your credit card for an actual purchase, or attach the device to an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) where you may enter or swipe your card.

***** They may steal your wallet or purse.

***** They may steal personal information from you through Email or Phone by posing as legitimate companies and claiming that you have a problem with your account. This practice is known as “Phishing”, (pronounced Fishing) online or “pretexting” by phone.

Again, I can imagine some of you continuing to shake like a leaf and sweating like a goat, especially if you have salted Sierra Leone Government’s money in a Swiss account, as you breathlessly scream “Lordamercie oh” and ask in a whisper, “so, how does identity thieves use my personal information?”

***** They may call your credit card issuer to change the billing address on your credit card account. The imposter then runs up charges on your credit card account. Because your bills are NOW being sent to a different address, it may be sometime before you realize there is a problem…many times it may be tooooooooooooooooooo late to shout “GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”!

***** They may open new credit card accounts in your name. When they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bill (would you blame them?) the delinquent accounts are reported on your “credit report”.

***** They may establish phone or wireless service in your name.

***** They may open a bank account in your name and write “bad checks” on that account!

***** They mat counterfeit checks or credit or debit cards, or authorize electronic transfer in your name and DRAIN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!

***** They may file for bankruptcy under your name to avoid paying debts they incurred under your name, or to avoid eviction!

***** They may buy a car by taking out an auto loan (you got it right) IN YOUR NAME.

***** They may get identification such as a driver’s license issued with their picture, in your name. This is the scary part. They may get involve in an accident and flee the scene of an accident. You might be home one Sunday morning getting ready for church and softly singing “ amazing grace how sweet thou art” while you hungrily await your “big okaylay fufu wit eat-broke-plate” as it warms up in the microwave. And before you could remove the food from the microwave the Police might kick down your door and Arrest you (falsely) for FLEEING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT! NO! You will not be allowed to sample “you fufu and eat-broke-plate” before being carted away by the police.

***** They may get a job or file fraudulent tax returns in your name.

***** They may give your name to the police during an arrest. If they do not show up for their court date (and would you blame them for not showing up?), a warrant FOR YOUR ARREST IS ISSUED IN YOUR NAME. This time make sure you finish eating your “fufu and beetass” before the police gets to your house!


Subject: THIS "PRINCE JOHNSON STORY", I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 12:42:10 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor got acquainted at Pademba Road Prisons : Prince Johnson tells TRC
Written by Cocorioko Newspaper Limited
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor-- Ex- rebel leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively-first met and got acquainted with each other at Sierra Leone's Pademba Road Prisons, another former rebel leader , Liberia's Prince Johnson , told his country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission ( TRC ) on Tuesday.

In a marathon testimony that held Liberia spellbound whole day, Prince Johnson, one of the key figures in the Liberian war which spilled over into Sierra Leone , said that Charles Taylor was detained and jailed at Pademba Road Prisons when he returned to Freetown, where he had first lived , to plead with the late President Joseph Saidu Momoh for Liberian rebels being trained in Libya to use Sierra Leone as a transit point to enter Liberia to overthrow the then dictator, Ge. Samuel K. Doe.

Prince Johnson, who threw many bombshells at the hearing, said that after he was jailed Charles Taylor was given 25 lashes everyday by prison officers in Sierra Leone. Then he became acquainted with Foday Sankoh, whom the Liberian rebel said was then being detained by President Momoh for planning to stage a coup. During the course of their friendship in jail, Mr. Johnson continued, Sankoh substituted for Taylor and received the 25 lashes every day in sympathy for the would-be Liberian rebel chief. It was at this time that Sankoh vowed to overthrow Momoh's government on his release.


Subject: Re: THIS "PRINCE JOHNSON STORY", I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!
From: New Spokesman
To: All
Date Posted: 14:48:01 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-68-159-71.nyc.res.rr.com at 74.68.159.71

Message:
Of Course Sankoh was jailed by Stevens but he was never incarcerated by Momoh...

How could he when during Momoh's era Sankoh benefited under Bambay's patronage!...

Just goes to show how misinformation can be misused!.


Subject: Re: THIS "PRINCE JOHNSON STORY", I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!
From: dumbeh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:09:59 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:

Prince Johnson is not normal. All former warlords are not normal. All these guys are drug addicts or psychos. Dont believe anything they tell you.


Subject: Re: THIS "PRINCE JOHNSON STORY", I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!
From: Liberiaman
To: All
Date Posted: 13:17:46 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 195.95.130.244

Message:
He is our Senior Senator from the Nimba County.So imagine, what kind of legislature do we have??It is worst than yours.


Subject: Re: THIS "PRINCE JOHNSON STORY", I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!
From: SORIE Jawara
To: All
Date Posted: 13:06:08 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: sotie_jawara@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-72-75-81-204.washdc.east.verizon.net at 72.75.81.204

Message:
Dr. Curtis Thomas, You are not the only one questioning or disbelieving that Johnson story. Who will administer such treatment. I hope some prison records will be examined. Why Foday Sankoh never mentioned that in all his statements? The disgusting thing about the entire calamity is why Gaddaffi is honoured by Liberia's lady president and our presidents ,ex and present. A man who helped trained wild beasts and released them to cause damages is still honoured? But, it is justice and profitable for some. Good day


Subject: CHANGE: Faces in US Politics
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 12:04:38 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: static-71-249-186-75.nycmny.east.verizon.net at 71.249.186.75

Message:
After listening to Senator Obama yesterday I thought getting so far shows changes. This morning I read Lady Governor of Alaska being running-mate for The Republicans. Good news for women and all who pray for a level playing field. Again I reminded myself that it was The Republicans who appointed two African-Americans to the Post of Secretary of State.
The US Experience is really interesting...
I hope someday SLPP and APC will clean up to face the wind of change blowing across the world.


Subject: ANOTHER VIEW: MCSAME SIGNS HIS DEATH WARRANT
From: KING LOGGY
To: All
Date Posted: 12:30:37 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
I can now say, with all certainty, BO is the next president of the United State. Anyone willing to bet his family farm?


Subject: Re: ANOTHER VIEW: MCSAME SIGNS HIS DEATH WARRANT
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 12:52:31 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-137-227-214.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.137.227.214

Message:
Obama blew it the minute he chose Biden.


Subject: Investigating The Minds Of Salone Leaders
From: Haji Med Kay
To: All
Date Posted: 10:40:49 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-158-46-51.range86-158.btcentralplus.com at 86.158.46.51

Message:
Who knows exactly what goes on in the minds of our leaders past and present, when they see other countries developing and ours marching backwards?. I have heard from people like S.S.Banya, Abdulai O. Conteh and Spencer but these are just the wrong people to say anything. These people and many more can not turn round and point at any good thing they have done for our nation in their past positions. Now S.S.Banya is held bench on spreading tribal hatered assisted by the great Sylvia Blyden. Trust me, our nation can do well without people with divisive views.


Subject: The Future Of Our Great Salone
From: Haji Med Kay
To: All
Date Posted: 10:21:09 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-158-46-51.range86-158.btcentralplus.com at 86.158.46.51

Message:
Fellow citizens,brothers and sisters please lend me your ears. As a man who is strongly considering becoming an active politician, I think we all have to put aside the outcome of the last elections and start debating issues of great importance. The fact of the matter is that if two people contest for one post, the inevitable result is one of them is going to loose and the other wins. Lets don't allow politicians to continue to divide us for their selfih gain(s),remember united we stand and divided we fall. Of course multipatism has a lot of merits but only if people are willing to engage in a healthy competition as oppose to spitefulness. I am a Temne by tribe but grew up in Kenema and owe a lot to my brothers in the east for what I am today. Whilst in Kenema, I saw a lot in the form of dicrimination but when the great J.B.Dauda (Jam Body For Development) came to power, the whole township was united and within a short period of time there was development.

One thing I am particularly worried about is our constitution. It stupilate that presidential elections has to be won by a certain persentage as oppose to the idea of the majority carries the vote. I think we should change the section/clause in question, winning by even one vote should be enough as run-off elections are not only expensive but a good way of fanning tribal flames.

Brothers and sisters, I think its time for us all to move on in the best intrest of our SWEET SALONE. Remember you may naturalise in another contury but I believe in actual fact you will still remain a foreigner. Mama Salone needs us all especially those of you who had scholarships from home. It is time we start talking about what went wrong in the past elections and make suggestions about how to prevent those wrongs from reoccuring.

I love you all and look forwards to having a benefitial discussion with you.


Subject: WHERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 08:49:53 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
WHERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
I hope my readers please mitigate whatever irresponsible claptrap that might contain here because I am not a constitutional scholar but just a lay man trying to under the separation of powers in our “representative democracy”.
My understanding is that there should be three co equal branches of government with checks and balances in Sierra Leone.
With that understanding,we should by now have a very vibrant opposition in parliament acting as watch dog for the citizens.
It does appear to me however that we have a legislature in place that exists only on paper and totally incapable of performing its legitimate constitutional duties.
Since Ernest Bai Koroma came to power courtesy Kabbah’s manipulation and conspiracy to save his skin,there has been all sorts of infractions of constitutional principles that the house in general and the opposition in particular has hopelessly failed to cope with its unprecedented challenges.
Let us take just two examples to buttress the point.
The illegal landing of a plane with drugs and weapons.
The pay hikegate by Ernest Koroma in collision with the master of greed,graft,and corruption,Tejan Kabbah.
One would have thought that a very serious minded and dedicated legislature will conduct hearings into matters of such import to determine whether national laws have been broken and referral made to the Attorney General’s office for criminal prosecutions.Non of that has happened.
The question is what sort of parliamentarians do we have in the country?
I am really curious to know.
I begin to wonder whether most of those parliamentarians have the education and expertise to be in parliament in the first place which is very doubtful considering the background of most of our friends who were with us in the USA who are now in parliament.I wish I can be saved from the horns of this dilemma .
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: WHERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
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MKK your concerns about separation of powers within our constitution is a very serious one indeed because there is no separation of powers. I broached this subject in this forum earlier about the ineffectiveness of our parliament. What we have in sierra leone is a presidential sysytem that allowed the presidency to wield unecessary power and influence over the remaining branches of government,the judiciary and the legislature. As long we have an unelected speaker of the house the parliament would remain toothless.In any democarcy the legislature controls the purse strings of the country,not the case in sierra leone as the presidency controls everthing under the sun. A recent example was the cocaine saga where the parliament and its leadership was supposed to be in the lead in passing legislation that would tightned the anti- drug laws of the land. Instead they had to wait for the presidency to send a certificate of urgency for their consideration.The budget of the legislature is also under the control of the presidency an arrangement which exposes members to undue pressure from the presidency.The judiciary can only be independent when it is headed by the chief justice and not the attorney general/minister of justice.
In my opinion there is no significant role for the parliament under the current constitution which empowers the presidency to make nearly all the decisions regarding the governance of our country.The parliament is therefore useless at this time unless the constitution is revisited to empower the other two branches of government. In the absence f any changes our country would remain a pseudo democracy.


Subject: Re: WHERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
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"Since Ernest Bai Koroma came to power courtesy Kabbah’s manipulation and conspiracy to save his skin,"


You guys are still living in denial.You have to deal with the trouncing you got from your so-called underdog EBK in 2007 or live painfully with it!


Subject: Re: WHERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
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Sir,you are missing the point.
The pattern of unacceptable conducts on the part of this administration since taking office are the issues here.
With the possible exception of you who dont know that Ernest bought the presidency from Kabbah to be speared another Beoku-Betts type investigation,it is obvious that Koroma's presidency lacks legitimacy,Albeit it is a matter of conjecture.
The fact of the matter is that you have an opposition party that is so much smitten by moral cravenness,that they have lost all legitimate claims to representation in the country.That explains why Ernest continues to ride rough shod over the constitution.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: ROBERT KAISER ET. AL ANALYSIS OF OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
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Analysis: Obama's Acceptance Speech

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Robert G. Kaiser: Good evening. On an unusual night in American political history (to say the least), we'll spend an hour or so discussing Barack Obama's acceptance speech and the presidential campaign. I would also like to post the commentaries of readers who would like to share their reactions to the speech. If this interests you, prepare a coherent paragraph or two or three and send it in as a question. I'll post them, often without any comment of my own.

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Helena, Mont.: I cannot understand why being able to communicate ideas to the electorate is considered to be a weakness on Obama's part. The "yes he can give a good speech, but there's no substance" theme is pretty lame, as far as I'm concerned. How else can a president lead in a democracy, if not by the ability to persuade people to follow him/her? Obama has proven that he has the ability to persuade people, which means he does have leadership qualities. I became a supporter because he talks to the American people as adults -- not some stereotype that I never recognize. I guess being popular and having capability to communicate complex ideas -- not 30-second sound bites that mean little -- are not any indication of leadership in this day and age?


Robert G. Kaiser: Coming at the end of that quite remarkable speech, your comments resonate with me. I've always found the best political rhetoric to be engaging and provocative in the best sense. Odd perhaps but true, some of the best rhetoric I've heard in modern times came from George W. Bush, particularly in his first term, when he had brilliant speechwriters. Good rhetoric helped him mobilize the country after 9/11 in ways I don't think he could have done it without that rhetoric.

Anyhow, thanks for posting. You sent in your comment before you'd heard Obama's entire speech, but it turned out to be entirely apt.

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Baltimore: Wow. I'd say if the goal was to show his toughness and look presidential he hit the nail on the head. Thoughts?

Robert G. Kaiser: I agree with you. I honestly think, at first blush, that this was one of the very best speeches I have heard in 45 years in the newspaper business.

However, I know from too much experience that my own reactions are often quite different than those of others--one reason I'm hoping for some good comments from all of you tonight.

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Stockholm, Sweden: Mr. Kaiser, thanks, as always, for these chats. Yours are one of the few I still read since moving here. I have read the text of the speech but had no chance to view it being delivered by Senator Obama. What was your overall impression?

Robert G. Kaiser: I too read the speech before hearing it. You'll be able to watch it leater here on our website, on Youtube or somewhere else, and I strongly recommend that you do so. I thought the speech was much more powerful as delivered, because he seemed so very forceful.

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Williamsburg, Va.: I thought three things: Firstly, Obama was very, very negative -- he attacked McCain early and often. That surprised me. Secondly, he finally got into some specifics on his plans. Some of it was misleading, like tax cuts for more than 95 percent of American workers -- I'm pretty sure that his definition of "worker" doesn't include me. But he had some meat on the bone. Thirdly, from the media descr1ptions of his oratory skills, I expected the love child of William Jennings Bryan and Marthin Luther King Jr. He was kinda, I don't know, good ... but nothing really magical. But I'm an independent, and naturally suspicious of politicians.

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks for an interesting and thoughtful post.

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Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thank you, Bob for doing this. I love your insight. My two cents: I loved the speech -- especially about the Republicans owning their failure. I also loved when he said he would look at the budget line by line and begin to strip the unnecessary spending. I also loved the direct answers to the McCain attacks. Two thumbs up -- I'm so excited.

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks.

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Arlington, Va.: Is it unusual for a nominee in his acceptance speech to call out (as it were) his opponent so specifically? I rather liked the directness, but don't recall that being done very frequently. Thanks.

Robert G. Kaiser: I wish I had the sort of memory that would allow me to answer this concretely. I have a distinct recollection of Michael Dukakis's speech in Atlanta in 1988 in which, I think, he did a real number on eight years of Republican rule (the two Reagan administrations). I may be wrong. I do remember Reagan in Detroit in 1980 giving a very strong speech attacking Democrats and Carter, but again I don't have details in my head. Let's both look it up tomorrow.

I think the strength of the speech was unusual.

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Newark, N.J.: The stadium venue worked like a charm. There was a sense of real energy there -- and it was clearly a break from tired old political convention. But ... I'm not sure his message was really much of a break with the past. Starting with his video intro where we're told he had a "childhood like any other" ... uh, a mixed race child of a black African and white Kansan, abandoned by his father, grew up in Indonesia before being shipped off to Hawaii to live with his grandparents? That's the new normal? And the policies really were pretty standard fare for the left. Higher pay for teachers, punish the wealthy and corporations, end the war, blah blah blah.

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks for this. I too cringed at the childhood like any other. Don't know who made that film--does anyone know who it was?

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San Francisco: I've heard Obama writes his own speeches. Did Obama write that speech himself?

Robert G. Kaiser: He did, and I can't tell you how impressive that is to cynical old reporters like me. Washington has very few personalities left who read their own books, do their own thinking, write their own speeches. But Obama not only reads the books, he writes them--and his speeches.

Chuck Hagel is another senator who does this; it can happen on either side of the aisle, but I wish it happened a lot more often!

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Detroit: What do you think were Obama's most salient points?

Robert G. Kaiser: I think you should decide that for yourself. Sorry.

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Silver Spring, Md.: One thing struck me tonight as a big difference between the candidates. When McCain attacks Obama, it comes off as petty and angry, but Obama somehow was able to go right at McCain, challenge him and still come off as above-the-fray and presidential. I think it is very tough for any candidate to criticize an opponent and still seem noble. What did you think?

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks for this. Obviously, your predilections color your conclusions--I mean this in general, not just in your case. But I'm not surprised at your reaction.

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New York: I feel like this speech was almost a direct challenge to McCain next week ... and I think McCain is awfully awkward in delivery. How does McCain compete?

Robert G. Kaiser: Mark Salter, McCain's alter ego and co-author (at least) of his books and speeches, has been working on McCain's acceptance speech literally for weeks, knowing it was extremely important. I suspect McCain has spent much of this week getting ready for his big moment next week. Lots of people will have low expectations like yours, because McCain has no history of great speechmaking. But I've never seen a bad acceptance speech; the Dukakis speech I referred to earlier, in 1988, was quite terrific, even though Dukakis proved to be an utterly ineffectual candidate. Personally I expect McCain to do quite well.

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Helena, Mont.: One of the things that makes Obama such a good speaker is his cadence. His words and delivery have a rhythm that is pleasing to the ear -- it just makes it easier to listen to him. I think we would find him reading the telephone directory to be easy listenin'.

Robert G. Kaiser: Well, let's not test your hypothesis! But thanks for posting.

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Minneapolis: Robert, I was struck by the omission of the Rev. King's name from the speech. Do you believe Sen. Obama deliberately was avoiding having the press frame his candidacy through the lens of civil rights?

Robert G. Kaiser: I interpreted that as a literary device. We all knew who the preacher from Georgia was. I don't think much of your theory.

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Re: Williamsburg, Va.: I think you need to go watch Obama's earlier speeches (especially the one on race) for your William Jennings Bryan oratory. That wasn't the point of tonight -- the people who love those talks already love Obama. Tonight was about making him less scary, apparently to the people in this country who don't think or get nuance, or that there are two sides to every issues and very rarely are things absolutely right or wrong

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks for the comment.

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia: What kind of advantage will Sen. Obama's volunteer network give him over McCain's? will it make him be able to counterattack faster than McCain could, etc.?

Robert G. Kaiser: The volunteer network is most relevant to registering and then turning out the vote in November. And it looks today as though Obama will have a very big advantage because his organization is so big and so effective.

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Miami: What did you think of his "energy independence in 10 years"? That seems just wildly optimistic. Is there a plan behind it, or are we all walking to work now?

Robert G. Kaiser: I think this was an echo of JFK: A man on the moon in ten years. I am not an engineer or scientist, I don't know how realistic the idea is. I do think we are in for real and meaningful changes in the way we live over the next decade. In Miami you'll probably have to give up air conditioning.

Just kidding.

I hope. For your sake!

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Salem, Ore.: The really surprising thing about this election so far is that McCain -- who was written off early as computer-illiterate, is running circles around Obama by launching quick-response YouTube ads. I remember months ago that the media lauded Obama for his Internet fundraising savvy, but I haven't heard mention of McCain's surprising turnaround. Which points did Obama make tonight that you think will appear in the next McCain ad? I think there are a few treasures in there that McCain wouldn't mind repeated.

Robert G. Kaiser: Geez, I don't see those circles. Obama has been ahead in polls for months. In the daily Gallup tracking poll he opened up a six point lead as of yesterday. Do you think this is all about attacks? IS that all that matters?

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Vistancia, Ariz.: The issue of temperament is interesting and is going to spark a lot of heat. How should McCain respond?

Robert G. Kaiser: Sorry, no advice to candidates will be given here.

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Atlanta: I thought it was a strong speech, but not as inspiring as the Iowa or New Hampshire speeches -- but that was not the point. The willingness to address gay marriage, guns and abortion was striking -- as was his decision to call out McCain on negative campaigning. Most of all, though, I am glad he tied the night back to the Rev. King; I was afraid he'd avoid that as "too black." But the Republican post-speech comment was sad at best, and if McCain's news is another rich white guy, then I do not envy him his task in St. Paul, Minn.

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks. I missed the post-speech Republican comment, but I'll try to find it.

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Wilmington Del.:"Looking at the budget and stripping unnecessary spending" would be a good line of attack for McCain. After all, Obama soaks up earmarks like Ted Stevens on a bender. McCain doesn't do earmarks. Couldn't McCain make an ad saying "hey Obama -- I know where you can find some unnecessary spending ... start with yours."

Robert G. Kaiser: Don't think you have your facts straight. Obama's earmarks are modest, a tiny fraction of Ted Stevens'. But any earmarks are an opening for McCain, to be sure.

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These guys know what they're doing: Robert: Beyond the brilliance of the speech both in content and delivery, the one thing I take away from tonight is that Obama and the people working for him have a clear understanding of how they want to run this campaign, and the skill to execute it properly. Think of the many "problems" and "challenges" he faced going into this convention: Clinton and her PUMAs, his "celebrity" status, his declining momentum, the arrogance of holding the final speech in a stadium, and add to it the "Temple of Obama" stage set. Were any of those problems in the end?

If he hasn't destroyed the myth of celebrity status, he has weakened it badly, and the setting looked great and the stadium gamble paid off. Finally, while all of this was happening, his campaign is busy registering voters and opening campaign offices all across the country (and, oh yeah, raising millions of dollars). At some point the media must recognize this is a different breed of Democratic animal, and so far it's working.

Robert G. Kaiser: I think serious journalists long ago recognized how good the Obama operation is. Experienced political reporters--our wonderful Dan Balz, for example--have been writing about this for months. It's the best-run campaign we've seen in a long time.

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Los Angeles: Robert, were you surprised at how much criticism of McCain was included in the speech? It was quite a contrast with Kerry's speech in 2004, which was quite positive.

Robert G. Kaiser: And Kerry lost. I see repeated indications that the Obama campaign considers Kerry's shortcomings in 2004 are a kind of guidebook of things NOT to do. Giving a predominantly positive acceptance speech may have been one of them.

Remember how that speech began? With Kerry's silly salute, saying "reporting for duty"? Oy.

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Toronto: Too much anto-McCain too early, and then too definitive on things like ending oil dependence in 10 years (really, really misleading). Failed from that perspective. Lots of things the GOP can rip into, and some of it will be valid.

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks.

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Washington: I am a cynical long-time Washington resident, Washington Post reader, and consider politics theater and no more ... but this guy is unbelievable. I am 39 and never have seen anyone like him -- he's better than Clinton. It is truly remarkable to me that he is not running away with this election already.

Robert G. Kaiser: and thanks to you too.

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Burke, Va.: I'm an independent who generally votes Republican but who is looking at Obama very closely. A few thoughts I would appreciate your feedback on. One, his rhetoric (no negativity indended) was excellent, but does he have the specifics to back it up? Every politician at every level of government says they will cut waste, but "waste" is hard to find, and so much of the budget is taken over by entitlement programs that no one wants to touch. Also, keeping jobs in the U.S. is a great idea, but how? Will we just end up being disappointed when it's time to turn words into actions?My heart was stirred by his words at times, but he also seemed to lack some critical judgment that keeps this from being a great speech. For example, the line "guess what, John McCain, we all put America first" was a wet blanket over the previous words, which were quite beautiful and stirring. And using words at the end referring to hope in Jesus Christ and applying them to hope in a political process I thought personally (as a Christian) fell flat. Just my thoughts ... it was at least a solid B-plus!

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks. I don't think I can provide "feedback" to your reactions, which are entirely legitimate, and are entirely yours. On the specifics, in my opinion the federal budget is filled with silly expenditures and waste, all of them favored by various interest groups and hard, but not impossible, to cut. There are features of the tax code that encourage shipping jobs overseas in some situations; they could be changed.

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Austin, Texas: Apart from the speech, what did you think of the convention overall? I thought it was strong.

Robert G. Kaiser: The convention certainly helped Obama. Remember all the drama (much of it utterly phony) about the "split" in the party? The anxieties about the Clintons? all that has been dealt with now. Biden seemed to go down very well with the Dems, and that's important--McCain will not be able to make as popular a choice for Republicans, because he doesn't have such a beloved figure available to him. Women I have talked to thought, as I did, that Michelle Obama did a strong job on Monday night. Yes, a good convention for the Dems--not decisive, not the last words, but a big help at this stage.

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Pittsburgh: I was not an Obama supporter at first, but I've watched this convention all week. After the acceptance speech tonight, I am convinced that Obama is exactly what this country needs at this point, on many levels.

Robert G. Kaiser: Interesting. Thanks.

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Utah: I am very impressed - the man can really deliver (and write!) a speech. But I have to admit that I was most impressed by the diversity of the audience, as seen from the TV cameras. I assume there was some manipulation of audience shots ... but I don't think I've ever seen an audience at a political event that so genuinely looked like a crowd on an everyday American city street.

Robert G. Kaiser: Far as I know the networks are totally free to make the pictures, they aren't manipulated -- at least not by the organizers of the convention.

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Not Energy Indpendence: Obama said that the U.S. will not use oil from the Middle East in 10 years, not be free of foreign oil -- two very different things.

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks.

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San Jose, Calif.: Obama took the gloves off tonight. He attacked McCain and basically called him an out-of-touch coward -- but you can bet he'll cry like a girl when he gets hit back, like he did with the Ayers ad.

Robert G. Kaiser:"cry like a girl?"

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U.S.: Great resource for past nomination acceptance speeches Reagan mentioned Carter quite a bit, and Clinton did a number of times with Bush.

Robert G. Kaiser: I don't have time to check your link, but really appreciate this. thanks.

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Reston, Va.: Sure, it was a well delivered speech -- but it's meant for the people that are already sold on him. Me? I'm not. Sen. Obama wasn't selling to me. I saw good execution in the speech, but I'm in the boat that there was no content to sway someone. And what do all those people with the signs ("CHANGE" above "www.barackobama.com")want to change Sen. Obama's Web site to? Seems like a sensible Web address, no?

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks.

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Kansas: Sooo interesting to watch this speech with our 16-year-old son, then to quickly catch the brilliant "Daily Show" parody of the intro video, which ended with Obama as the face of Pangea! Us Baby Boomers were cynical but impressed. Our son's reaction was that this was the guy I wanted -- he was the one him. He didn't care anything about his race -- to him he was capable. Much as I love Springsteen, my son shook his head at the convention's closing song -- "that's so '80s." The youth vote will be generate formidable energy from tonight.

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks.

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Washington: After seeing the shots of Obama's daughters in the stands, watching their father and watching themselves on the jumbotron, I can't help but think their adorableness will win the election for him. That is one beautiful family!

Robert G. Kaiser: Geez I hope you're wrong! Is that a basis for winning an election?

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Newport News, Va.:"New politics for a new time"? He spent half the speech trashing McCain and the Republicans, and now he's post-partisan? I think this speech was thrilling to Democrats and annoying to Republicans. Did it really move the bar with those of us in the middle who frankly are disappointed with both parties? I think it opened my eyes to Obama, but I'm just starting to pay attention to this race. It ain't over...

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks for this.

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Arlington, Va.: How do you think McCain will respond to Obama's speech? And what do you make of the ad McCain ran tonight? My first thought after seeing it was that Democrats will say McCain was being smarmy and patronizing. On the other hand, Republicans will say he was being gracious. Which is it?

Robert G. Kaiser: Wasn't it obviously, palpably gracious?

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Boston: How does Obama's campaign organization differ from Bush's much-lauded operation? You say that it's the best you've seen in a while -- what has Obama improved upon (not in policy details obviously, just the organization)?

Robert G. Kaiser: Bush's operation was good, but primitive compared to Obama's, which involves, thanks to its mastery of the new technology and the enthusiasm Obama has generated, hundreds of thousands of volunteers already.

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Stone Mountain, Ga.: I just stumbled on this site -- a lovely idea! I found McCain's congratulatory ad and Obama's declaration that he would criticize policies not character rather novel for a presidential election. Everyone's tone seems to be more focused on the big issues than in any election I've been alive for. Do you political analyst types now have a new yardstick for measuring campaign successes with, or are you too cynical?

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks for this. I'm not sure what you mean by "new measures." I think the basic measure of success is unchanged and unchangeable--who wins. Politics in America has included nasty negative stuff from the very beginning. Like you, I certainly prefer the substantive, but it's a free country.

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Cincinnati: As a Democrat, I loved it, but I did cringe at all the attacks on McCain. Now it's kinda hard to complain about McCain's attacks. Obviously Obama has decided he won't be John Kerry -- just taking the Republican hits -- but my dad always said: "Don't mud-wrestle a pig. You'll just end up getting dirty, and the pig likes it." In this case, are the Democrats sure they can go toe-to-toe in a gutter fight? It certainly looked like Obama picked a fight tonight, particularly the line about McCain being afraid to find Osama bin Laden in his cave.

Robert G. Kaiser: thanks for posting.

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Columbia, Md.: I am black. I watched the speech with many friends and relatives, including my 92-year-old mother. Most of us had tears streaming down our faces at the end. Mom said through her tears "I am just so thankful I have lived to see this day." The rest of us said "amen." Hokey but true. It was amazing.

Robert G. Kaiser: I'm sure you had a lot of company in the wet-cheeks department. I talked to a lot of distinguished black historians at the time Obama clinched the nomination last spring and wrote a piece about their belief that history had been made, as it obviously had. I covered the March on Washington for The Post--I was a summer intern that year. What an amazing story of progress black America has been able to write since then!

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St. Paul, Minn.: What are Obama's credentials for executive leadership? He appears to have had lots of opportunities but no achievements for those opportunities, except for the nomination tonight. I'm not a Hillary Clinton supporter, but it occurred to me during the Democratic primaries that if Clinton had as slim a resume as Obama, she would have been laughed out of the primaries early on. I have to conclude that the Democrats spotted a good-looking guy with an exotic background who could speak well, and decided to rush him to the top.

Robert G. Kaiser: Obviously Obama has a relatively thin resume, but I urge you to ask people in politics you may know about his executive skills. In my experience, politicians of both parties are extremely impressed with the campaign Obama has run: no leaks ever, no backbiting among the staff, quiet purposefulness, sticking to their plan even when arm-chair critics assail them for this or that failure or shortcoming , etc etc. To me this is relevant experience for a president. So many of the chief executives I have covered--most of them, actually--could no sooner have run a campaign this well than they could have pitched for the Yankees.

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Washington: Some readers seem to believe that Obama was "trashing" McCain; I wonder if others who are just tuning in to the campaign believe the same. For me, I saw someone disagreeing on the issues and defending himself from some truly ridiculous charges -- but then again, I watch the cable news shows...

Robert G. Kaiser: My condolences. Thanks for posting.

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Roanoke, Va.: I watched this man accept the nomination while thinking of the five or six black children whose parents sent them to my (otherwise white) sixth-grade class in the 1960s in Virginia -- they called it "freedom of choice" ... I call it courage. I'm so glad I lived to see this. And I want this man representing us on the world stage. As for the speech, I like it when he gets tough -- anybody questions Democratic patriotism gets their nose bloodied, damn it.

Robert G. Kaiser: Thanks.

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San Luis Obispo, Calif.: What changes would you like to see made in national media coverage for this historic election?

Robert G. Kaiser: I wish I could spend half an hour answering this one! The quality of coverage of politics has not risen in recent years. The opinionated blovating on Fox and MSNBC is sad for an old school guy like me. And sad is a diplomatic adjective! The networks' evening news shows are much weaker than they were 10 and 20 years ago, as are the correspondents (many fewer now) who cover the campaigns. I was on the McCain campaign for two days last month and there were no staff correspondents on the plane from any of the three major networks. Each had a young producer on board, a serious person but not one who will ever be on the air. And many of the big papers that used to cover elections have given it up or cut way back for economic reasons.

There are some good new online outlets, but few have serious resource to really cover an election.

It's not a pretty picture. And it will probably get worse.

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New York: I will vote for him, but frankly I was surprised at how flat his speech and delivery was. I read he was trying to play down his great presentation skills, but I felt that he played it down too much. I know he can give a rousing speech; tonight's was not it.

Robert G. Kaiser: People are wonderful, they can react so very differently to the same event. Thanks for this. I've been listening out of one ear to the commentary on television, and there is remarkably broad consensus among the talking heads that this was a great speech. But their reaction is no more valid than yours, it's just theirs.

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Robert G. Kaiser: This was a great exchange. Thanks to all who took up my invitation to craft your own comments. I'm signing off now because it is late, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to post them all, but I gave you a good cross-section.

I'll be back in a week after McCain's speech. Please come back then.

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Interesting comments from the WP blog, thanks for posting. What really amazes me though is the constant accusations that Obama was negative and to heavy-handed in attacking McCain. Nothing could be further from the truth; these people should read this forum to see what real personal character-bashing attacks are really like. Or they could go back and read the attacks on McCain launched by the Bush campaign back in 2000.

It seems to me that he was very respectful of McCain (more than he deserves in fact) as a person, former soldier, and senator, and his "attacks" were rightly aimed at Bush policies and the Republican "vision for American" in general. Is this not what political contenders for office are supposed to do? He must condemn these wrongheaded policies in order to stake out the democrats as a real alternative. What do people expect? For Obama to praise these failed policies? Then there is no point in having two parties or candidates.

As a matter of fact, there has been a constant refrain since the 1990s (especially among democrats) that there is little substantive difference between the two parties. Wishy-washy democratic political leaders who were so fearful of being labeled "liberals" (as if it were a dirty word), or more recently, "unpatriotic." squirmed and flip-flopped nervously to try to speak as much like the Republicans as possible to "win the middle ground." It is clear that this has been a failed and losing strategy, and I think Obama clearly demonstrated last night that he will stand up with pride for democratic principles.

He came across as firm and patriotic, set a high tone rather than a negative one, and made clear that once the Republicans put their negative race politics into full gear, he will respond forcefully without stooping to their low tactics that pander to the basest elements in America. He did much to dispel the spinelessness and sterility that has plagued the center-left since Reagan became president. He was tough, inspiring, and he brilliantly articulated the concerns of most Americans. It is uncanny how he and his family invoke the memory of JFK. And whether or not elections should or should not be decided by looks or aesthetics (R. Kaiser did not like the comment of one respondent who complimented Obama's family as a powerful political asset), the truth is that the beauty and grace of his family could not have failed to awe Americans, and in our advertising culture, will be very persuasive indeed. I consider myself as having a healthy skepticism when it comes to these things, but I was still carried away by how beautiful they all looked last night!

Other comments pointed out that the tempered tone of his speech last night failed to reach the heights of passionate oratory he has given adoring crowds over the course of the campaign. Actually, I suspect there is a strategy in that as well. McCain has a reputation as a hothead (his face turns from old man white to pink when he gets angry) who easily loses his temper. Obama exuded a measured and manly self-assurance and wise statesmanlike posture that signals his trustworthiness at the helm of the worlds biggest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. He presented himself as one who can be trusted not to make rash impulsive statements or take actions that carelessly jeopardize human lives and fragile international situations.

This man looked very presidential last night, and by the Grace of God he will indeed be the next president.


Subject: Re: ROBERT KAISER ET. AL ANALYSIS OF OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SP
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 18:50:59 08/29/08 ()
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"Interesting comments from the WP blog, thanks for posting."
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Thanks for thanking me. I want you to KNOW THAT I VERY MUCH VALUE AND APPRECTATE YOUR INVALUABLE PARTICIPATION ON THE FORUM. TO SAY THAT I HAVE LEARNED SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FROM YOU WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. Thank You.


Subject: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 10:17:49 08/29/08 ()
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Well. here it is. No doubt a naked ploy to steal away those female Hilary supporters who would sacrifice political principles to a feminist agenda. Disgusting and ridiculous! I hope really hope American women don't fall for that. There are pending accusations of abuse of office and nepotism against her as well.

McCain said to choose Alaska gov as running mate
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080829/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_veepstakes


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: zakmal
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Date Posted: 11:06:50 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
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Prof I can sense your despair of the pending defeat of your candidate the chosen one Barack. One thing you should have known prof that all these so called feminists are all pretenders and fraud. Hillary never epitmozes what feminism was all about as she sold out her so called feminism long time ago by putting up with all the shenanigans of her beau. Where were all the feminists when acussations and an eventual admission by the beloved one Bill Clinton that he harrased Paula Jones.They were all silent as political expediency trumps feminism in their books.Not all women are liberals/feminists and just so you know not all women are anti-republican. This election is now up for grabs as John Mccain has just made a masterstroke.
Stay blessed Prof.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: Percy Crowther
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Date Posted: 11:41:50 08/29/08 ()
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Zakmal, you have to admit though that Hillary still still holds sway over a very big chunk of the feminine vote. I am sure that Paula Jones and Monica are yesterday's story as far as most females are concerned. Whether those females would transfer their loyalty to Hillary over to Barack is another question given the acrimonious primary campaign. Before McCain's choice, I was not even sure Barack was a shoo-in. This just makes it an uphill battle for him.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 12:50:34 08/29/08 ()
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Here is a rundown of her resume. Could you believe, she just had her fifth child in April!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080829/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_veepstakes_palin


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: Percy Crowther
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Date Posted: 13:01:57 08/29/08 ()
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Prof, is it a crime to have children? what does that have to do with her ability to govern? One of Barack's heroes, late Robert Kennedy had more than five children, yet I never heard anybody criticising him. I am sure you are not a sexist. Please, let us relax and enjoy politics at work. I am sure it will be a refreshing change from what has been reported went on at the APC convention in Maryland last weekend.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 14:38:37 08/29/08 ()
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I am certainly no sexist and I would prefer a high-ranking public official that has children to one who does not. My comment about the fact that she just had a baby was meant to register my surprise that someone with a newborn could take on a job as VP, which is beyond a full-time job.

She is obviously an accomplished, well-respected and popular woman in her state. But considering this is a pro-life republican, the type who always tout family values and the need for mothers to spend quality time in the formative years it seems quite contrary to take on political responsibility at this time. Having babies of course does not affect a person's capability to govern, but VP is beyond a full-time career.

So I apologize for any misunderstanding of words written in haste.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 12:05:20 08/29/08 ()
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An uphill battle maybe, unless McCain's perceived master stroke backfires in his face. He has repeatedly insisted that Obama lacks the experience to be president in order to position himself as reliable on foreign policy and national security. This man is 72 years old with one foot in the grave and the other resting unsteadily on a banana peel, ha! It is the height of hypocrisy and incredulity to now claim that this political nobody, whose experience in government amounts to 2 years as governor of Alaska and, prior to that, two terms as mayor of some icy backwater in that state as qualifying her to take the reins if he slips on that banana peel!

It is in fact an insult to the intelligence of American voters to have picked her. Obama's campaign should play on this somehow, though there are risks in doing so: the potential alienation of woman independents and wavering Hilary dems, who would no doubt miscontrue such legitimate concerns into something sexist; of course the media would lead the pack.

I just hope people will see this stupid maneuver for what it is: a desperate act by an old man without a plan. It is insulting to women and intelligent feminists that he chose this woman for VP simply because she is a woman, a token who is clearly not qualified to be president.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: zakmal
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Date Posted: 13:04:25 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
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With all due respect Prof you are being very unfair to Sara Pailin's achievements. She was a councilor of her county council prior to being elected Mayor which is a executive position. She manages a budget,manages personel prior to her election as a governor of Alaska. I disagree with your analysis that Alaska is a backwater state ,i now wonder what was your reaction when golden boy Bill Clinton was nominated from that well developed state called Arkansas. Governor Pailin's experience in gorverning far exceeds the chosen one Barack whose experience comprised of one hundred and forty three days in the US senate and a few years as a so called community organizer. Barack and his Vice's experiences cannot match this woman's in any category except for his vice's so called foreign policy experience which includes turning on the US military when things went south on a mission he voted for. Where is the profile in courage? Hilary is only qualified because she is married to the golden boy and I was the happiest when the chosen one have her vanquished. Governor Pailin's achievements are beyond reproach in all the offices she has held uptil now and this is a fact her detractors may have to deal with. See you at the inauguration in January 2009 in Washington,Dc by God's Grace. John Mccain's age should not be an issue in this campaign and with regards his other foot in the graveyard that's up to the Almighty.Stay Blessed Prof. As i mentioned in my earlier post democrats and liberals don't have a lock on feamles and minorities any more. Folks are now awakened to the scam that has been perpetrated on them for generations by these poverty pimps and so called do gooders.


Subject: Re: McCain's pick- who the h*ll is she?!!
From: Percy Crowther
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Date Posted: 12:48:05 08/29/08 ()
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Prof, the last thing Barack wants to bring up is lack of experience because they will throw it right back at him. Also, I do not think his cry of racism that he so successfully levied against the Clintons is going to work this time around and with no caucuses or proportional splitting of delegates (this election being winner takes all for electoral votes), pray tell how is he going to pull it off.


Subject: Symbolic Power of words- Kab's piece on Obama
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 08:35:02 08/29/08 ()
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After reading NYT and UK news organs that covered the crowning moment of the Democratic convention, I naturally wandered to Cocorioko's main page and forum, as usual, to peruse the coverage of the event. I was enjoying Kab's upbeat article on the significance of this moment in American history when I came across a string of words that sent a chill of fear down my spine.

"The question "Where were you when Barak [sic] Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for Presidency ? " will ever reverberate around the world."

My intention is not to criticize Kab's praiseworthy piece, but I was a bit surprised to see those words from the pen of a man so attuned to US political culture. That question in that sequence of words long ago entered the realm of popular historical cliche, evoking in the the minds of many Americans, particularly older ones, the most tragic event of 20th century political history: the assassination of JFK. It is often said that no one alive at that time could ever forget where they were when the president was shot. To see those words written cannot but call to mind the haunting fear so many Obama supporters probably harbor but rarely voice: the fear that some racist group or individual will harm him (Please God protect him).

Again, I mean no disrespect to the editor, and am not looking to nitpick, but I could not help but imagine what the reaction would have been if some American news source wrote those words, particularly a Republican leaning one. Shocked readers would bury the editor with letters of complaint for such a choice of words.

But then again, context is everything, and such meaning does not attend those words for a Sierra Leonean readership. Just thought it gave an interesting opportunity to highlight the contingency of meaning on context.


Subject: Re: Symbolic Power of words- Kab's piece on Obama
From: Historian
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Date Posted: 09:35:34 08/29/08 ()
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The expression you mention is not unique to the event of 1963. It has been used in relation to the Pearl Harbor bombing that propelled the US into WW II and a few other momentous American events. Still, your point is well taken.

Not sure about the stretch to evoke fears of racial violence against Obama. The Kennedy, ML King, Wallace, Reagan, Pope J. Paul shootings suggest that gun violence against political or other public figures crosses racial lines. So it's hard to argue that the risk to Obama is limited to racists. In truth violent misfits who target public figures do so for many reasons. Let us pray that they don't succeed in the future.


Subject: Re: Symbolic Power of words- Kab's piece on Obama
From: History Professor
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Date Posted: 10:03:17 08/29/08 ()
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Historian, Your point about Pearl Harbor is a good one, of course an equally memorable event for Americans that never even crossed my mind. But I think it is the many striking associative parallels between Obama and Kennedy -- their youth, the hope they inspire, their eloquent oratory, democratic affiliation, the barriers broken through (religious and racial), and the very close relationship Obama has with the Kennedy family-- that gives the words that kind of symbolic force; indeed, I have heard people say so many times over the past year that Obama is the new Kennedy, and Michelle beautiful, elegant and accomplished like Jaqueline Kennedy was in her day. Very striking similarities.

Your second point about militant groups who target public figures crossing racial lines is also well taken. But I think that race could never be ignored as a main motive behind such threats from the violent fascistic groups that are out there today, and in this particular context. It was reported during the convention that CNN has received such threats, but I do not know their origin.

I am with you praying that he will be shielded from all harm, that the Secret Service will do its job. Better yet, that no one will even attempt translating such hateful thoughts and threats into action.


Subject: OVERTHROWING A DICTATOR HARDLY LEADS TO DEMOCRACY!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 05:56:27 08/29/08 ()
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NO! OVERTHROWING A DICTATOR NEVER LEADS TO DEMOCRACY!

I firmly and irrevocably abhor TYRANTS AND DICTATORS; this is based on one of my guiding principles that “without freedom of thought and speech there can be no such thing as wisdom and progress”. So then, who is a dictator? From my point of view, and I am standing on both limbs here, a “dictator” is a head of state who exercises arbitrary authority over the lives of his/her citizens and who cannot be removed from power through legal means. This definition presupposes the absence of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to a free and fair trial, freedom to choose elected representatives, and the freedom to disagree with their government.

History is replete and teeming with examples of dictators that have been removed from power by different means that cannot be termed “legal”. Such illegal means include:

***** Foreign Invasion: many people when confronted with atrocities and human rights abuses committed by dictators respond by urging other countries to invade the dictator-run nations, overthrow the tyrants, and organize elections. The case of Iraq and Uganda comes to mind.

***** Rebel and Foreign Armies together: dictators have also been overthrown by foreign invaders working in concert with local rebel armies. An example of this is when in 1979 Tanzanian army joined forces with Ugandan rebels and drove Amin out of Uganda and replaced him with an equally dictatorial Milton Obote. I love Milton Obote for one reason; the man knows how to “melt away” when ever there was a coup against him. It is a great intellectual lost when Obote died WITHOUT writing a book that should have been appropriately titled “How to survive a coup”!

This section will not be complete without paying glowing tribute to Joseph (sorry, not Momoh) Mobutu. Supported by Belgium and the CIA, he seized power in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1965. He was a colorful character who changed his name in 1972 to “Mobutu Sese Seko Koko Ngbendu Wa Za Benga”; translated this means “The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, will go from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake.” I probably need to change my name on this forum to that! I vividly remember a picture in my favorite “WEST AFRICA MAGAZINE”. The picture had Jean-Bedel Bokassa standing next to Idi Amin Dada and the caption was “idiosyncrasy bordering insanity. What a caption!

***** Rebel Armies Alone: Many times rebel armies depose dictators with only material support from out of the country. Notable examples of this include Samuel Doe of Liberia, Charles Taylor of Liberia, NPRC, AFRC, and NRC of Sierra Leone. General Idriss Deby of Chad is another example.

***** Coups and Assassinations: Dictators are often overthrown by coups or simply assassinated.

***** Nonviolent Popular Uprisings: There is no question that, when successful, overthrowing a dictator through a nonviolent popular uprising is the most effective method ensuring that a country makes a successful transition from a dictatorship. This presupposes that when the dictator is removed there is no power struggle which can again lead to another dictator assuming power.

I want to again ask the question: DOES OVERTHROWING A DICTATOR LEADS TO DEMOCRACY? The answer is a resounding NO! Let’s do a survey to buttress that point:

***** UGANDA: Idi Amin: overthrown by Foreign and exile invasion, died in exile in Saudi Arabia. Country still under dictatorship.

*****CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Jean-Bedel Bokassa: 1966-1979: overthrown by a coup, which was backed by France, Was exiled in France, returned and spent six years in prison. He died later a free man. Country under pseudo-democracy.

***** EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Francisco Macias Nguema: 1968-1979: overthrown by a family coup, and was executed. Country is still under a dictatorship.

***** CHAD: Hissene Habre: 1982-1990: overthrown by rebel army, was put under house arrest in Senegal. Country still under dictatorship.

***** LIBERIA (1) SAMUEL DOE: 1980-1990: Overthrown by rebel army and was executed. The country was then under an elected dictatorship.
(2) CHARLES TAYLOR: 1997-2003: Forced to flee to Nigeria where he was “crooked” by the Nigerian authorities. Currently imprisoned, and the country now under "emerging democracy".

***** ETHIOPIA: MANGISTU HAILE MARIAM: 1977-1991: Overthrown by rebel army, exiled in Zimbabwe. Country still under a dictatorship.

***** SOMALIA: SAID BARRE: 1969-1991: Overthrown by rebel army, died in Nigeria. Country still ungovernable.

***** DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: MOBUTU SESE SEKO: 1965-1997: Overthrown by Foreign invasion and rebel army. Died in Morocco. Country is currently divided with an ongoing war.

***** IRAQ: SADDAM HUSSEIN: 1979-2003: Overthrown by foreign invasion. Was eventually hanged. Country has a pseudo democracy with an ongoing war.

***** IRAN: MOHAMED REZA PAHLAVI: 1941-1979. Overthrown by nonviolent popular revolution. Died in Egypt. Country still under dictatorship.

***** SOUTH KOREA: PARK CHUNG-HEE: 1961-1979: Was assassinated by the Korean CIA. Country still under pseudo democracy.

***** HAITI: JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER (Papa Doc): 1971-1986: Fled after popular uprising. Exiled in France. Country currently under pseudo democracy.

***** PANAMA: "STRONGMAN" MANUEL NORIEGA: 1983-1989: Overthrown by Foreign invasion and imprisoned in Florida (I’m unable to determine whether he is still imprisoned!). Country is currently under democracy.

***** ROMANIA: NICOLAE CEAUSESCU: 1965-1989; Overthrown by a revolution and was executed. Country currently under democracy.

***** SERBIA: SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC: 1990-2000: Overthrown by election/ popular nonviolent uprising. Died in prison. Country currently under democracy.


As can be seen, overthrowing a dictator, especially in Africa, hardly ever leads to democracy!


Subject: Re: OVERTHROWING A DICTATOR HARDLY LEADS TO DEMOCRACY!
From: SORIE Jawara
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Date Posted: 13:46:07 08/29/08 ()
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Dr. Curtis Thomas, What many people call dictatorship is borrowed language , it is used effectively in Africa by foreign agents and internal forces to get rid of leaders .What happens in the end is a worse individual replacing a leader and people cry back for the dethrowned leader. Obote,Nkumah and others were kicked out because external forces were able to use insiders but after the excercises they backout.We still have this going on today. We can now see how one man fooled a powerful nation and how a powerful nation used few people to distabilize a nation.I don't know when changes will be made but like you stated, "overtrowing dictators hardly leads to democracy" .


Subject: Re: OVERTHROWING A DICTATOR HARDLY LEADS TO DEMOCRACY!
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 15:29:54 08/29/08 ()
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Mr. Sorie Jawara:
As usual, I appreciate your comment. Have a safe weekend.


Subject: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: Forum Police
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Date Posted: 21:26:47 08/28/08 ()
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We know who you you are.We are tired of banning and restoring your IP. If you however try to interfere with other people's right to free speech, we will be constrained to ban this IP. We don't understand where integrity comes in when everybody has a right to listen to other versions.


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: umufaali
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Date Posted: 09:59:16 08/29/08 ()
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Please guys have some respect for ip address privacy, hackers can use he or she ip address and hack in to their computer. Mr. Kabs Kanu please stop people from publishing ip address on this forum.


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: 84.54.30.6
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Date Posted: 16:54:42 08/29/08 ()
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My "IP" of 84.54.30.6 as published here is the IP of the main ISP service provider in Sierra Leone (COMIUM) so anyone posting with an Comium connection or anyone using the numerous Internet Cafes using Comuim ISP will have the same IP of 84.54.30.6 as me. Let them ban 84.54.30.6 and ban half of Sierra Leoneans on the Net.


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: 84.54.30.6
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Date Posted: 09:45:53 08/29/08 ()
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Go ahead and ban it...


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: KABS KANU
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Date Posted: 21:33:50 08/28/08 ()
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Forum Police, you should not have deleted her post. I was quoting State House sources. You should have left the post so that people would have seen what I am saying that many Sierra Leoneans are not good listeners.


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: 84.54.30.6
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Date Posted: 09:47:46 08/29/08 ()
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You are a very interesting man. So, I am now a "her"?

I am still asking you: WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY?????


Subject: Re: Warning to 84.54.30.6
From: SLPP
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Date Posted: 10:51:31 08/29/08 ()
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Don't worry. He will have "integrity" when he praises the SLPP.Only people who align with SLPP have integrity.


Subject: KABS KANU HAS GONE OVERBOARD WITH APC-MANIA
From: Angelina
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Date Posted: 21:20:29 08/28/08 ()
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REVEREND KABS KANU IS EVEN ACCUSING THE NEW VISION NEWSPAPER OF HAVING SPIES AT STATE HOUSE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY PUBLISHED A GAZZETTED MATERIAL. I REPEAT, A GAZZETTED MATERIAL!!!! AYE KABS KANU, WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY BROTHER? GONE WITH THE WIND??????????

READ THE MAN CALLED KABS KANU
The sources agreed with COCORIOKO and STANDARD TIMES that there were spies at State House who were serving the opposition. They wondered how THE VISION newspaper got the documents and alleged that spies may have handed over the documents to the press. They however wanted to assure the public that in good time these spies will be exposed.


Subject: New Jersey Prez of APC Aziz speaks out about convention
From: Santigie Kamara
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Date Posted: 18:39:04 08/28/08 ()
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mednabe@aol.com
To: APC-Worldwide@googlegroups.com
Sent: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 4:05 am
Subject: (APC-Worldwide) Re: Hello All...

Sulaiman,Indeed you have a right to be angry The elections were flawed .The convention itself was disorganized, manipulative, and ultra rigged.

The main concept of having the Hon. Secretary General of the APC Party to witness the proceedings at the convention was undermined by the Ambassador and his crony Nanette Thomas, the self appointed arbiter of the convention rules .She whose state chapter does not have the required number of members to constitute a chapter took it upon her self to deprive APC members with legitimate membership from being seated as delegates at the convention.

Nanette and the Ambassador's unholy alliance in support of the Washington Chapter members eroded the sanity of the convention. Nanette literally made delegate badges for ordinary members of the Washington Chapter, their parents, friends and acquaintances and allowed them to vote for Osmann and Leslie with impunity. With only 25 delegates seated at the convention, they turned out to be over 80 .

At some point I had to forcefully stood up and counted them and or weeded out some fancy ugly women whom they gave badges to vote. Double voting was the order of the day. Worse still, the most salient part of the convention .....the ratification and adoption of the Bye-Laws was not undertaken.

Nothing was mentioned about it and the Mighty double standard cronies could care less as long as Osmann and Leslie were elected Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. So the rogue team have no legitimate document to work with. The new executive is a sham I cannot believe they voted for somebody who is literally a mumu as against a versatile and tantalizing Ajibu Tejan Jalloh. The tenacity and human nature of Ajibu alone could have made him the most effective Organizing Secretary the APC United States Branch could have imagined .The man is completely handicapped for that position

The whole set up is a shame and its beyond pardon . However, if this team is all the Ambassador and his cronies could produce for the APC Party in the United States, honestly I am not impressed. Folks, I called the branch United States Branch because Canada is no longer aligned with us . They have formed their own Branch so it is prudent we change our name with immediate effect.

Regards, Med. Aziz Nabe


Subject: Re: New Jersey Prez of APC Aziz speaks out about convention
From: dumbeh
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Date Posted: 13:26:46 08/29/08 ()
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I have a question: why did you guys take part in the election when you knew it was flawed from the beginning? so there would have been no complaints if you had won? do you take us to be fools or what?


Subject: Re: New Jersey Prez of APC Aziz speaks out about convention
From: zakmal
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Date Posted: 21:04:00 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: columbusw@gmail.com
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Brother Aziz take heart at what occured during the just concluded elections of the APCNA. Your narrative of what transpired is typical APC as suggested by the late Agba Satani that the APC has ninty nine ways to win an election. Nanett and her gang were just following the scr1pt that was gathering dust in the attic.


Subject: APC IS KNOWN BY ALL TO HAVE BROUGHT THUGGRY TO S/L {FOR TRU
From: krio boy
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Date Posted: 20:25:02 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: krioboy@yahoo.com
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I came to hear about the thuggry when APC was about to come to power.SLPP has never responded to provocation by attacking APC offices.


Subject: RE.,WE NEED EBK TO TALK ON THIS ISSUE OF SAMPHA&KABBA
From: bagbo
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Date Posted: 20:13:58 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: bagbo@limba.com
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This can not only be according state house sources.The presedent himself need to talk and clear the air.I am not sure sampha will just take upon himself to ask for that.


Subject: THE APC NORTH AMERICA CONVENTION – A DEMOCRATIC FAILURE
From: Patrick A Conteh
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Date Posted: 16:36:02 08/28/08 ()
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THE APC NORTH AMERICA CONVENTION – A DEMOCRATIC FAILURE

Most people believe politics is a racket, a dirty game, or a disgrace. The conduct of the recent APC North America Convention and Notional Executive Elections has not only successfully reinforced that notion; it should also raise eyebrows amongst other political parties in Sierra Leone. The conduct of the recent APC NA convention should serve as warning that, if allowed to stand, the APC WILL NOT relinquish power in Sierra Leone under any circumstance or at any time soon even if they loose elections.
If the APC Leadership of President Koroma allows the newly undemocratically elected APC North America Executive to remain in office, then SLPP, PMDC and other parties should concede the 2012 General Elections in advance. Whether the APC wins or looses, they will not follow our democratic laws of Sierra Leone. If a party cannot respect (does not respect) its own constitution and bylaws then why should anyone believe they would respect the constitution of Sierra Leone?

The SLPP and Democracy

Unlike the APC, who refused to concede many elections in Sierra Leone until booted out of power by the NPRC in a violent coup in 1992, the SLPP conceded the last General Elections very peacefully. The SLPP North America Branch also recently held democratic, Free and Fair Elections here in North America without a single complaint from contestants or their large and growing membership. One might want to believe that Sierra Leoneans residing in North America, who have witnessed how a true (American) democracy works, should know better, and promote democracy.

Diaspora Sierra Leoneans, particularly those residing in Western Nations and have witnessed real democracy, must take the lead in influencing our leaders’ potential for undemocratic tendencies back home. If the election or SELECTION of the new APC NA Executive is not overturned, then the APC government in Sierra Leone would most certainly do the same in 2012. I am afraid that the undemocratic elections of the APC North America held on Saturday, August 24, are a preview of what is to come in 2012 and beyond.

All other political parties in Sierra Leone must prepare to counter a possible repeat of the same undemocratic elections in Sierra Leone. One is baffled most that the APC Party Secretary General, Mr. Victor Bockarie Foh was present at the convention. Independent observers saw no efforts made by Mr Foh to stop the trashing of the APC constitution or its byelaws.


THE CASE AGAINST THE ILLEGAL AND UNDEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS

A Failed Preparation for the Convention.

Despite several months of preparations, the convention committee did not locate a suitable venue to hold the elections without interruptions. On Friday, August 22, delegates and members of the APC North America were disgracefully evicted from the Nativity Hall on Georgia Avenue in DC. There was a conflict in schedules because the hall was also rented to other people for a private party.

The registration and nomination of contestants had been scheduled to take place from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm but proceedings started late. By 8:30 pm, the custodian of the hall turned the lights off, screaming at everyone (including Ambassador Stevens, Victor Foh
E.T. Kamara. Patrick Ojohn and delegates) to vacate the premisises. This action caused the whole process to go behind schedule so the registration process was moved to the next day August 23rd.

The Conduction of the Convention

Mr. Olu Beckley, Chairman of the Convention Committee ignored protests from contestants in order to have the elections completed as pre-arranged. The newly appointed Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Mr. Patrick Ojong, (based on private interviews with disgruntled APC members) are the architects of these disgraceful elections here in America. The most telling matter is that I I am a registered SLPP member but was recruited to vote for Mr. Osman Conteh, Leslie Allen and all those camp, courtesy one Miss Nanette Thomas.


Unfair Treatment, Discrimination, and Bias.

Without according the same privilege to other contenders, the Convention committee allowed Mr. Osman Conteh to address the gathering without any reprimand from the chairperson. Mr. Conteh seized the excellent opportunity to campaign to delegates because as a candidate, Mr. Conteh also sat with the convention panel so he simply grabbed the microphone to continue his campaign. It would be more interesting to make clear that other contenders for the Chairmanship were not accorded the same opportunity. In normal circumstances, all executives should have been dissolved prior to the convention.

Ambassador Bockarie Stevens’ Behavior

On Saturday, the 23rd things seemed to have gone smoothly until about 2:15 pm, when Ambassador Stevens informed participants that the convention would move to another locat1on. The surprised and disappointed delegates attempted to ask questions but the Ambassador was evasive and abrupt in response to his fellow APC comrades. Like a military dictator, with an ugly frown and a visible frustration, he rudely told his audience that he was answering no questions and that; everyone should simply pack up and get out.

By then, the Ambassador had arranged for another hall (the Mirage Hall) about 30 minutes away. Despite the disrespectful tone of the Ambassador, the enthusiastic APC delegates proceeded to the new hall. By 3:00 PM, most of the delegates had arrived at the venue as had been instructed by the Ambassador. Unfortunately, a large number of them lost their way and could not make it to the hall, thereby giving an unfair advantage to the DC-Metro aspirant and delegates who are familiar with the area.


Nanette Thomas: the Iron Lady and Convention Dictator

Nanette Thomas, a relative of Leslie Allen (vice chairperson) and supporter of Osman Conteh (chairman) was responsible for printing delegate badges and ballot papers. She openly showed her (bias) support for Mr. Conteh and her cousin Leslie Allen. At some point, she was openly asking delegates to vote more than once, so they gladly voted for Mr. Osman Conteh, Mr. Leslie Allen and others in their camp.

Ms. Thomas was also printing delegate badges and ballot papers when voting was in process. Like the Ambassador, Miss Thomas was abrasive and sometimes rude to delegates as she threatened to disqualify entire chapter delegates from participating in the voting process. The involvement of Miss Thomas is clearly a conflict of interest that posed an unfair advantage to the opposition candidates. Some delegates were so angry that they revealed a personal secret that the Ambassador has a very close relationship with Nanette Thomas. With these revelations, the other contenders were clearly placed under the mercy of Ambassador Stevens, Patrick Ojohn and Nanette Thomas.


Protesting the Breaking of the APC Constitution and Byelaws

Prior to the commencement of voting for the Chairmanship, one of the candidates Mr. Unisa Kanu of Atlanta, Georgia, protested that Mr. Osman Conteh was not eligible to contest the elections because he is from the Washington D C Metro area. The Washington Chapter had two consecutive chairpersons in the names of Raymond Kabia and Hon. Alimamy Koroma.

Guess it right, that as the results clearly show, Mr Kanu’s protest was blatantly ignored. Ironically, he had also protested that Mr. Abu Bangura who was inadvertently nominated for Vice Chairmanship and Chairmanship, with required fees fully paid for both positions, was honored. Mr. Abu Bangura was disqualified and if Mr. Conteh were also disqualified, Mr. Kanu would have been rendered unopposed and duly elected the Chairman of the APC North America.

Without further delay, here are the relevant sections of the APC Byelaws, which were clearly violated.

ARTICLE III: AIMS, OBJECTIVES & PHILOSOPHY
TO PROMOTE MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW AND TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE THE GENERAL INTERESTS OF THE APC AT ALL TIMES

ARTICLE VII: LEADERSHIP & PARTY HIERARCHY
NO CHAPTER SHALL PROVIDE A CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF BRANCH CHAIRMAN FOR MORE THAN TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS.

If President Ernest Bai Koroma is serious about promoting democracy, the rule of law and progress in Sierra Leone, then he must act now to resolve the shameful conduct of his party’s convention and elections in North America. Failing to do so, might leave us with the strong belief that, he (EBK) will do the same come 2012.


Subject: Re: THE APC NORTH AMERICA CONVENTION – A DEMOCRATIC FAILURE
From: two brains
To: All
Date Posted: 17:18:04 08/28/08 ()
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"The most telling matter is that I I am a registered SLPP member but was recruited to vote for Mr. Osman Conteh, Leslie Allen and all those camp, courtesy one Miss Nanette Thomas."

Patrick do not think you are making a political point against the APC. Similar undemocratic practices has always marred the SLPP London branch election.

I know for sure that severals dozens who regularly votes in the SLPP UK branch elction are not genuine party members. The SLPP is geographically narrowed in the south east borough in pecham. Any one is registered just to vote. These included APC supporters and even foreigners have been known to vote in the London election.

One sr. brother of VP Sam Sumuna who resides in London was a registered member of SLPP whilst he was also an APC. This guy was extremely distructive in SLPP meetings.

The SLPP will be holding its elction in october, they are busy manipulating the electoral rigistration. They take a bank loan to register even their numerous concubine to vote. What a shame. It is not APC alone that does this.


Subject: Re: THE APC NORTH AMERICA CONVENTION – A DEMOCRATIC FAILURE
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
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Date Posted: 17:14:22 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
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Message:
Thank You very much my brother, Patrick for bringing out to the whole wide world the undemocratic way the APC conducted its last elections in the USA.
APC na APC.
Oh God, teach the entire membership of the APC how to respect their laws and treat thier members fairly and equally.AMEN.


Subject: Setting the record straight
From: Researcher
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Date Posted: 13:03:49 08/28/08 ()
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The United States of America’s double standards

After two terms of the Bush regime, what was once a respected member of the international community today conjures up two gut reactions in the hearts and minds of the international community: sullen hatred due to Washington’s shock and awe tactics or sheer disrespect due to the two-faced and utterly hypocritical nature of its foreign policies.

Having a man (and regime) such as George W. Bush (and his lobby) in charge was always going to be a risk, for here is a figure (and a big-business pressure group) who belongs to the rich clique of corporate elitists who basically do what they want and if they make a mistake, daddy and his cronies handle it. Such is the notion of the law they grow up with.

Law, for these people, is something to be manipulated, to be broken if necessary because they know that in the hands of well-paid professionals, the law can be turned on its head, whatever the crime, from a misdemeanour such as misbehaving at a baseball match or killing someone while drunk behind the wheel of a car. Daddy handles it.

Therefore it comes as no surprise to see George W. Bush flouting the international law one minute, by recognising the Serbian province of Kosovo as an independent state and then lecturing Russia on how to handle two cases which do have a claim to statehood, namely Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Take about double standards, talk about one two-faced confused son of his mother.

How much longer does Washington have to humiliate itself with this sort of charade? How can anyone in Washington be taken seriously if its President can look the camera in the eye and say with apparent conviction that Kosovo can be independent and Abkhazia and South Ossetia cannot?

The problem is, as we have seen, the manipulation campaign in the western corporate media backs up such absurd notions and packages them as fact. How many western European and north American readers belive that Iraq was all about 9/11 for instance? We even had Jeremy Thompson of Sky News asking the US troops while crawling up their backsides with a mock American accent (“Hi, you guys!”) if they were looking for revenge for September 11th when they entered Iraq.

We had Sky News (again) and other media outlets recently failing to report the Georgian Armed Forces’ act of slaughter of 2,000 Russians in South Ossetia, or even manipulating photos, trying to make the Georgian atrocities look like they were perpetrated by Russia.


Subject: Re: Setting the record straight
From: New Spokesman
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Date Posted: 14:51:46 08/28/08 ()
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Lets focus how international affairs impacts our national interests......and in (your own words)..by "Setting the Record Straight"

You allege that George Bush flouts International Law .....But in "setting the record straight", Sa Lone government allowed American Prosecutors to lead the Special Court, despite George Bush adamant refusal to make USA be subjected by any International Jurisdiction.............

.and Sa Lone jurists and commentators like yourself appear to have had no issue with such a one sided arrangements with the Bush Government ................

Maybe Sa Lone needs to emulate more of Bush policies by launching a full scale Invasion of Guinea because of the violations at Yenga......

Of course Kosovo,Georgia are US Interest but I am lost at what becomes Sa Lone interest in the Caucus and other remote areas of Europe?


Subject: Re: Setting the record straight
From: Researcher
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Date Posted: 17:05:36 08/28/08 ()
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"launching a full scale Invasion of Guinea because of the violations at Yenga"

Are you kidding me? Now, where is a donor dependent country barely rising from the ashes of a diamond war going to find the resources to launch such an invasion?


Subject: Re: Setting the record straight
From: New Spokesman
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Date Posted: 10:30:15 08/29/08 ()
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Message:
To sum it up my Interest is clearly defined ie Sa Lone...and you seem to worry much more about far away places like Georgia that defines difference of our interests!.......do more research and try to understand my inference to Yenga regarding Sierra Leone National Interest!....


Subject: Notes on Ramadan
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 12:18:16 08/28/08 ()
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Bismillahir- Rahmanir –Raheem.

In the Name of Allaah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Asalaam Alaykum FAMILY AND FRIENDS,

Ramadhaan Kareem to you all around the world.

Please take time your time to read “SAWM” Ramadhaan the essentials.

Kindly forward to all Muslims around the world.

We pray that Ramadhaan will be a blessing for you, your family and friends Insha’Allah.

A message from the Holy Prophet Muhammad may peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him (pbuh) on Ramadhaan.

O People! The month of Allah (SWT) has come with his mercies and blessings.

This month that is the best month in the eyes of Allaah (SWT).

Its days are the best of days, its night are the best of nights, and its hours are the best of hours.

This is a month you have been invited by Allaah (SWT).

You have been given the opportunity in this month to receive the honors from Allaah (SWT), the Merciful.

In this month if you fast as ordained by Allaah (SWT), every breath you take has the reward of Tasbeeh, and your sleep has the reward of worship.

Your good deeds are rewarded more than usual, and your duas are accepted.

Therefore you must invoke your Lord in earnest, with hearts that are free from sins and evil, and pray that Allaah (SWT) May help you keep the fasts, and to recite the Holy Qur’an.

Surely the person who in this month does not receive the mercy and benevolence of Allaah (SWT) is most unfortunate.

O people! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires.

Make it free by invoking Allaah (SWT) for forgiveness.

Your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before your Lord for long intervals and make it lighter.

Anybody who does not annoy others in this blessed month, Allaah (SWT) will keep him safe from anger on the Day of Judgment.

Anybody who treats well his relatives in this month, Allaah (SWT) will bestow His mercy on him on the Day of Judgment.

Whoever offers sunnat prayers in this month, Allaah (SWT) will save him from Hell.

Whoever, in this month offers one wajib prayer; the angels will write the reward of seventy such prayers that were offered by him in other months!

What is Raamadhaan?

It is the ninth month of the lunar calendar which Muslims follow.

Ramadhaan starts upon sighting the crescent of Ramadhaan or (if the previous month) Sha’aban is completed as 30 days.

Fasting in Ramadhaan is obligatory, according to the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the consensus of Muslim scholars.

Allaah (SWT) has prescribed fasting and made it obligatory upon all nations.

He said: “O you who believe! Fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you become Al- Muttaqoon” (the pious). (Al Baqarah (2):183)

Fasting in Ramadhaan is one of the five pillars of Islam

If fasting was not a great act of worship, and the rewards thereof were not so great, Allaah would not have prescribed it on all nations.

Allaah has blessed the month of Ramadhaan with numerous advantages and virtues over all the other months.

This is the month in which the Glorious Qur’an was revealed.

Allaah (SWT) says “The month of Ramadhaan in which was revealed the Qur’an.”(2:185)

In one of the odd nights of the last ten days of this month is the Night of Decree (Night of Lailat –ul-Qadr or night of Honour and Excellence) in which worshipping Allaah (SWT) is better than a thousand months (97:3)

This is the night in which first passage of the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Since worship and devotion in that is better than 1000 months of worship. Angel Gabriel (as) and other angels descend to the earth in that night invoking blessings on those who are worshipping Allaah (swt)

Rhythms of life and habits during this month is different from other months of the year because two to three meals are consumed within a short period of time.

The first meal might be taken immediately after sunset (Iftar)

The second meal is taken around three hours later (dinner),

The last meal is usually taken shortly before dawn (Sohour)

During Ramadhaan the believers get busy seeking Allah’s mercy, forgiveness and protection from Hellfire.

The month of Ramadhaan is divided into three parts:

The first 10 days is for Mercy.

The second 10 days is for forgiveness.

The last 10 days is protection from Hellfire.

The thirty chapters (the complete book) of the Holy Qur’an are completed by the 28th Night of the Holy month of Ramadhaan with duaa.

Ramadhaan is the month for renewing our commitment with our Creator. It is the spring season for goodness and virtues when righteousness blossoms throughout the Muslim communities, if we combine all the 11 months, they would not add up to the blessings of Ramadhaan.

Every year Millions of Muslims throughout the whole world will observe fasting during the Holy month of Ramadhaan.

During Ramadhaan the believers (Muslims) are prohibited from taking any food, beverages or oral medications, smoking and abstaining from sexual intercourse, from sunrise to sunset, with the intension of drawing closer to Allaah (SWT)

It has been reported by the way of Abu Hurayrah (raa) that the Prophet (pbuh)reported that Allaah (SWT) said in Ahadith Al-Qudsi: “All services of the son of Adam are for him except fasting. It is for Me, and I will reward him for it.”

The word “SAWM” means and implies a specific act, that, is “to worship Allaah” (SWT), abstaining, with intension to please Him the All Mighty Sole Creator, Sustainer, Provider and the one in whose Hand is the disposal of all affairs. Everything stands in need of Him, but he stands in need of none. He is the Only One Who is worthy of being worshipped. He has the beautiful names and perfect attributes.

Ramadhaan offers every Muslim an opportunity to strengthen his Iman,(faith) purify his heart and soul, and to remove the evil effects of the sins committed by him

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhaan with firm belief and hope of a reward (from Allaah SWT), his past sins will be forgiven,” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allaah (SWT) multiples the reward for the good deeds performed during certain special occasions, such as during the month of Ramadhaan. There are also specific good deeds that are highly recommended during Ramadhaan.

Performing voluntary prayers at night and performing Umrah during Ramadhaan are such deeds.

Fasting itself has numerous virtues. The Prophet (pbuh) said:

There is a gate in Paradise (Jannah) called Ar –Rayyan, and those who observe fasting (Sawm) will enter through it. It is said “where are those who used to observe fasting? They will stand up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry, the gate will closed and no one else will enter through it”(Al- Bukhari and Muslim)

The wisdom behind Fasting.

Fasting is a great act of worship the Muslims performs by turning away from thier own desires in order to please their Lord , hoping for His reward.

Common sense dictates that one would not give up desired things except for the sake of more desirable ones, in this case the pleasure of Allaah (SWT), which is the most sought after desire.

It is also a means of achieving piety and righteousness. The Prophet may peace and blessings of Allaah (SWT) be upon him said: “He who does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allaah (SWT) needs not refraining from eating or drinking” In other words Allaah (SWT) does not accept his fast.

The heart , through fasting, is inclined to maintain its tenderness since the desires are not sought, but rather shunned, and thus the heart tends to be more receptive to the words of Allaah (swt)

The rich person will, through fasting, be more appreciative of Allaah’s graces and bounties. He also will suffer the deprivation the poor and needy experience under normal circumstances. Thus he will be motivated to help them. Fasting helps depress pride or egoism and maintains humbleness. Moreover, fasting has health advantages by means of decreasing the intake of food and relaxing the digestive system.

Great is the wisdom of Allaah, and the great are his Graces!

Among the virtues of fasting is that it is a means for atonement of sins. It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah may Allaah be pleased with him, that Allaah’s Prophet may peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him said, “ He who observes the fast of the month of Ramadhaan out of sincerity and hope for the reward from Allaah will have his past sins forgiven”

Of all the good deeds, Allaah has favored fasting to be greatly rewarded by him and distinguished it with prestige when it is observed with pure intension to please him alone.

Fasting is so meritorious for a believer that he will have two occasions of joy.

The first is at the time of breaking his fast, when he enjoys the bounties of Allaah (SWT) because he has favored with Allaah’s mercy to observe the fast, while others have been deprived of this great blessing. He will rejoice in the second occasion when he meets his Lord and enjoys the abundant reward for having observed fasting. In addition to this, fasting intercedes with Allaah on behalf of the believer on the Day of Judgment.. (“Fasting and the Quran intercede for the servant on the Day of Resurrection.

Fasting will say: O my Lord! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him and the Quran will say: I prevented him from sleep at night, so accept my intercession for him. So their intercession will be accepted.”)

The virtues of the last ten days of Ramadhaan and Laylat Al Qadr

It has been reported that the Prophet of May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him used to put extra efforts in devotion in the last ten day

When to Begin Fasting

The first day of Ramadhaan can be confirmed by the following:

1> By sighting the moon on the night of the 29th of Sha’ban (the month which precedes Ramadhaan). When the new crescent (moon) is sighted, the fast becomes an obligation on him following day from dawn to sunset.

Allaah’s Messenger (saws) said:

“Fast when you sight the moon (of Ramadhaan) and break your fast when you sight (meaning the moon for Shawwal, which comes after Ramadhaan).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2> By completing thirty days of Sha’ban, in which case the following day will be Ramadhaan. Allaah’s Messenger

(saws)said: “If you were not able to see the crescent of Ramadhaan, then complete the month of Sha’ban as thirty days.” (Al –Bukhari and Muslim)

Who must Fast

The obligation of Fasting is mandatory on a person who has fulfilled these requirements: He or she must be a Muslim, sane, must have reached the age of puberty, must be healthy, and not in a state of travel;

People who are insane, physically ill minors (under the age of puberty) travelers, menstruating women, pregnant and women experiencing post childbirth bleeding and breast feeding mothers are all not required to fast.

Fasting is not obligatory for the insane because of their inability to understand what they are doing. Allaah’s Messenger (saws) said: “The pen that records deeds and sins is lifted from writing for three people: the insane until they regain sanity, those who are sleeping until they awaken, and the young until they reach puberty.”(Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmithi)

Those who must make up Missed Fasting

The ill person who is sick, but not terminally ill, is allowed to abstain from fasting and is required to make up for missed days. Allaah (SWT) said: “But if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number of days should be made up from other days.”(2:184) Those who are not obligated to fast must pay compensation.

Elderly men and women, the terminally ill and all those in comparable situations who find it difficult to fast are allowed

to abstain from fasting. They do not have to make up for missed days, but are required to feed a poor person a Mudd of food for each day of fasting that they missed.

Allaah (SWT) says:” And as for those who can fast but with difficulty (e.g. an old person, etc.) they have a choice either to fast or to feed a poor person for everyday of their missed fast).”(2:184)

The Essential Elements of the Fast

Making intention in the heart to fast during the preceding night . Allaah’s Messenger (saws) said:
“ Whoever does not make intension to fast before Fajr (dawn) (i.e. the preceding night ) will have no fast.”(Ahmad Abu Dawud and At-Tirmithi)

· Dua for Intend (Niyah) to keep fast :

· I intend to keep fast today in the month of Ramadhaan

2. Fasting starts at dawn (about an hour and twenty minutes before sunrise) last until sunset.

Allaah (SWT) says “... And eat and drink until the white threat (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the

Black thread (darkness of the night), then complete your Sawn (fast) till the night falls.” (2:187)

What does not invalidate the fast. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “If somebody eats or drink forgetfully then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by Allaah (swt).” Narrated Amir bin Rabi’a, I saw the Prophet (pbuh)

Cleaning his teeth with Siwak while fastingso many times as I can’t count.

The Recommended Acts of the Fast

1. Eating the Suhur meal, which is a breakfast (eating and drinking) eaten during the latter part of the night until dawn

with the intension of fasting.

2. Hastening to break the fast at sunset and breaking it by eating some dates or sipping water.

3. Invoking Allaah (SWT) while fasting, especially when breaking the fast.

· Dua for breaking the fast

· O Allaah, I fasted for you and I believe in you and I break my fast with Your sustenance

Acts disliked During the Fasting

1. Exaggerating while rinsing your mouth and cleaning your nose disliked during performing Wudhu (ablutions for

Prayer).This action might allow water to enter the person’s stomach and thus spoil your fast.

2. Kissing and embracing the wife or husband with sexual desires (i.e. fondling, etc.) are disliked.

3. Tasting food or drinks without a valid excuse is disliked.

Actions that Void the Fast

1. Intentionally eating and drinking.

2. When someone swallows water during Wudhu.

3. Injections that nourish the body.

4. Ejaculation by masturbating, fondling the wife or looking at her with sexual desire.

5. Wet dreams or uncontrolled ejaculation, they do not break the fast because they are not intentional.

6. Intentional vomiting.

7. Those who intend to break their fast will have their fast voided even if they do not actually eat or drink anything.

8. Reverting from ISLAM.

All of the above mentioned acts require the fast to be made up for.

However, there is one act that voids the fast and requires making up for the missed days and paying a compension for atonement:

Having sexual intercourse intentionally. The compensation in this case entails freeing a believing slave, and if unable feeding sixty poor persons from what one usually feeds his household.

Acts permissible for the Fasting person

1. The fasting person is allowed to bathe and submerge himself in water to cool off.

2. One is allowed to wake up while in a state of sexual impurity (such as after sexual intercourse or wet dream)

During Ramadhaan and thus take a bath and begin fasting.

3. Eating, drinking and having sexual intercourse with wife during night of Ramadhaan until the Adhan (call to pray)

for Fajr prayer is also allowed.

4. Using the Siwak (tooth stick for cleaning the mouth) for the fasting person during the day or the night is allowed.

5. Taking any permissible medicine that does not reach the stomach or nourishes the body is allowed (i.e.

Eye drops skin medicines etc.)

6. Tasting food is allowed (for the who is must do so due to necessity), proving that none of it is swallowed.

7. Wearing perfumes and smelling good scents is also allowed.

Things Forbidden to a Fasting Person

Fasting person must abstain from the following evil deeds and speech:

1. False speech.

2. Vain speech and foul language.

3. Anything that is irrational and unrealistic

4. Every action and word expressing sexual desires or its connotations.

5. Whoever attempts to quarrel, dispute, utter obscenities and foul words, or is harshly abusive, then a fasting person must show perseverance and patience towards such evil doer. A fasting person must abstain from arguments, disputes and hostilities, and face those situations with a polite moderate composure. To avoid such Quarrel, the person observing the fast should say he or she is fasting and avoid the quarrel.

6. Lying and doing evil deeds are prohibited and must be avoided refrain from telling lies and engaging in vain arguments.

Meritorious Acts During Ramadhaan

The night prayer or Taraweeh Prayers

Allaah’s Messenger Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him has encouraged offering prayer at night regularly, this is known as the night prayer (Qiyamul –Layl or Tahajjud).

During Ramadhaan this prayer is also called Tarawih. It is allowed to offer the Tarawih at anytime starting from the conclusion of Isha (Night) prayer until Fajr (Dawn) prayer.

The Prophet (pbuh) always prayed eleven Rak’ahs (units of prayer) for the optional night prayer, whether it was during

Ramadhaan or any other time of the year.

Tarawih is a voluntary prayer by which a true believer intends to seek the pleasure of Allaah (SWT) and draw nearer to Him. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “whoever performed the night prayer in Ramadhaan with sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Al- Bukhari)

Zakat is obligatory charity . It is a fixed portion of the wealth and property that a Muslim is obliged to pay yearly for the benefit of the poor in the Muslim community. The payment of Zakat is obligatory as it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is the major economic means for establishing social justice and leading the Muslim society towards prosperity and security.

Every Muslim who owns a fixed minimum amount of wealth (called Nisab) and satisfies certain other conditions must pay Zakat.

The Qur’an mentions Zakat in many places , For examples Allah (swt) says: “Take Sadaqah (Obligatory charity) from your wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allaah for them. Verily, your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allaah (swt) is All- Hearer, All- Knower.”

Giving Charity and Donations

One of the good deeds of this blessed month of Ramadhaan is charity and benevolence, which is more virtuous than during the other months. The goal of giving charity and donations is to attain the pleasure of Allaah (SWT)

Increasing one’s Recitation of The Holy Qur’an

The blessed month of Ramadhaan is the month of the Qur’an in which reciting the Qur’an according to one’s ability is strongly recommended.

The Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) recited the Qur’an with the utmost concentration and deep contemplation of its meanings. For Ramadhaan is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. Allah (SWT) says:

“The month of Ramadhaan, in which the Qur’an was revealed; a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).”(2:185)

Everyone must endeavor to the best of his ability to fear Allaah (SWT) with a conscious heart. In order to generate such a fearful mind, the best method is to recite the Noble Qur’an with due concentration, understanding, and contemplation of its meanings. Moreover, while reciting the Qur’an, he should reflect upon the supreme Omnipotence and absolute Majesty of Allaah (SWT)

Seclusion in the Mosque (I’tikaf)

One of the special deeds of Ramadhaan is I’tikaf. Performing I’tikaf means to confine oneself in seclusion in a mosque for the purpose of worshipping Allaah alone, leaving every worldly and personal affair.

The mind of the person who observes I’tikaf concentrates exclusively on the goal of pleasing Allaah (SWT)

He is engaged in various types of worship, repentance, beseeching Allaah’s forgiveness. He offers as many voluntary prayers as he can, saying words of remembrance and invocations, etc; to Allaah (SWT). In this sense pracing I’tikaf is a combination of many acts of worship.

Searching Lailat-ul-Qadr or Night of Decree ( The Night of Power, Honour and Excellence)

The Night of Decree or Laylatul –Qadr is the more virtuous and meritorious than one thousand months.

It is the night of Ramadhaan in which the Glorious Qur’an Kareem was brought from the highest heavens down to mankind.

Allaah says in he Noble Qur’an: “Verily, we have sent it this Qur’an in the Night of Decree (Al- Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night is better than a thousand months.” (97:1-3)

This night occurs every year during the last ten days of Ramadhaan; it is one of the five odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhaan. The only thing that is clear concerning its time is that it occurs during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan.

Many scholars hold the view that it fluctuates from year to year between the odd nights of the last ten nights.

This means that one year it may occur during the 21St night ( for example) the other year it may fall on the 27Th night .

One of the possible reasons behind its concealment is that a true believer should endeavor in worshipping Allaah during those odd numbered nights so as to attain all rich reward and virtue of that tremendous time.

Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) has described its superiority and said:

“Whoever prays during the Night of Decree, with firm belief and expecting a reward for it, his previous sins are forgiven.”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The least thing that should be done in the night of Lailat-ul-Qadr is to pray ‘ Ishaa’and Fajr in Jamaa’ah (Collectively), Prayer , recitation of the Qur’an and supplication are highly recommended acts of devotion.

One of the recommended Du’aa in that night in to say:

Allhumma Innaka afu-won tuhibbul-afwa fa ‘fu’annee (Al-Timidhi)

( O Allaah ! You are major pilgrimage to Makkah).

Forgiver who loves to forgive so forgive me.)

Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) enjoined the payment of one Sa’ of dates or one Sa’ of barley as Zakatul –Fitr on every Muslim, slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the Eid prayer.”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The best time to pay Zakatul- Fitr is the time from dawn until just before the Eid prayer on Eid Day (the first day of the month following Ramadhaan 1st of Shawwal) However, those who give it before the Eid (i.e. a day or two before the Eid) have properly fulfilled the obligation. Those who give it away after the Eid prayer, it is considered as voluntary charity (Sadaqah) only.

In

Performing Umrah in the Holy month of Ramadhaan

Performing Umrah (lesser pilgrimage to Makkah) in Ramadhaan is especially virtous because it is equal in reward to Hajj (The

The Prophet (Pbuh) said:

“Umrah in Ramadhaan is equal reward to Hajj- or he said equal to performing Hajj with me” (Al –Bukhari and Muslim)

Zakatul-fitr

There is a Zakat payment due at the end of the month of fasting, called Ramadhaan.

The day that is due is called Eidul Fitr, which is the day of celebrating the end of the fast month.

One of the Prophet‘s Companions named Ibn Umar may Allaah be pleased with them both, said:

other words it is not counted as Zakatul-fitr.

What should be given as Zakatul- Fitr

The Prophet‘s (pbuh) companion, Abu Sa’eed Al- Khudri may Allaah be pleased with him said:

In the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) we used to give Zakatul –Fitr on behalf of the young and old, the free man and the free slave, as one Sa’ of food, or cottage cheese, or one Sa’ of barley, or one Sa’ of dates or one Sa’ of raisins.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Wisdom Behind Zakatul- Fitr

Zakatul- Fitr purifies the fasting person from whatever shortcomings, such as foul or unnecessary speech, that he might have indulge in during his fasting.

It also saves the poor people from the humiliation of asking people for help on the day of the Eid .One of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Companion named Ibn Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with him said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) enjoined Zakatul –Fitr as a redemption for the fasting person from unnecessary or foul speech and as food for the poor.”

(Abu Dawud AND Ibn Majah)

The Recipients of Zakatul-Fitr

Zakatul-Fitr is paid to the same eight categories of people who are eligible to receive the Zakat on the wealth; Zakat is only for the Fuqara (poor), and the Al –Masakin (the needy who do not collect funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam) ; and to free the captives; and to those in debt; and for Allaah’s cause ( i.e., for Mujahidiun- those fighting in a battle for the cause of Islam), and for the wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allaah. And Allaah is All- knower, All wise. “(9:60)

Eid Al- Fitr

At the end of the fasting month of Ramadhaan we celebrate Eid Al –Fitr (the lesser Bairam)

The Voluntary Fast

Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) has encouraged the Muslims to fast the following days:

Six days during the month of Shawwal (the month that immediately follows Ramadhaan)

Fasting on Mondays and Thursday.

Fasting three days of every lunar month. In the Islamic calendar they are the 13th, 14th, and 15th.

Fasting on the 9th day of Thul Hijjah- the Day of Arafah –for those who are not performing the Hajj.

Fasting the day of Ashura, which is the 10th day of Muharram. It is preferred that the Muslim observes fast on the 9th day and 10th day of Muharram or 10th and 11th day, in contrast to the practice of the Jews who used to fast this day also (10th Muharram)

Days that the Muslims are not allowed to fast.

During the two Eid ( i.e. the festival of the Day of the Sacrifice on the 10th Thul- Hijjah, and the Day of Breaking the Fast on the 1st day of Shawwal) Fasting the day of the Doubt which is the 30th day of Sha’ban

Have a good and Happy Ramadhaan and Happy in Eid Al- Fitr insha’Allah.

We pray that Ramadhaan will be a blessing for you, your family and friends, Insha’Allah and may Allaah (SWT) reward you for all your good deeds, forgive your sins and we have all our duas accepted and granted in this world and we all meet in paradise, Allahuma Ameen!



Subject: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 14:45:05 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.245

Message:
Alhaji Mohamed Alieu Iscandari, I hope the Almighty Allah will take away the heart of stone from you and give you the heart to flesh, so that you will fast this year for the first time in your life.
If you decide to fast this coming Ramadan, I pray that you will understand that after the holy month of Ramadan, you must never again smoke JAMBA and drink ALCOHOL. The significance of fasting in Ramadan is for Muslims(people who submit themselves to the will of God), to ask God to forgive their sins and be willing not to commit any more sin.Please, keep in your mind the fact that, ISLAM-Is not a LIP-SERVICE,you must be ready to translate your belief into action. Above all, ISLAM- is a way of LIFE.
If you decide to fast this year, I pray that the Almighty God will REFORM and DIRECT YOU.AMINA.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Hamid
To: All
Date Posted: 06:31:17 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Saidu are you on medication boy


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Aminata Dukulay Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 00:30:48 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Aye Saidu Bangura watin da man do you wey you wan for cuss am for natin. You wae you mama day werr mafale for dance bondo drummer. you way you granny isatu die im yai open nar meresin man ose, nar liberia border. You way you granny isatu en you mama den kin drink tay eny kine man kin falla dem nar you wan for cuss people dem nar ya so? Ar tink say de forum day cam close soon becos from now on nar you mami im baksie ar day cuss every monin way ar wake. you bastar pekin way you mama nor born you good.

da raray gial way you marrade nar im day mek you day kak now. nar way de gial nor kno say you mama im ose nar day dem meresin man dem day cam tap. soso FETISH EN JUJU NAR UNA FAMILY. NAR DAT YOU BIN WAN FOR BRING CAM to me sister way we banja you dorty en smell rass. Dis bastar pekin ya so.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 14:54:35 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.247

Message:
Aminata, shame on you for the describing your mom on a public forum.I am happy a lot of sensible people on this forum advice me not to response to you because you do not have any respect for your mother, therefore, you want me to you join in insulting her. Since, I am totally different from you, I will never use abusive language in public.I am better than that, I will not play into your satanic hands.
Once again, I encourage to give me the chance to meet you in person so that I can rehabilitate you for good. But, because you are a useless coward ,I know you will not come out. As long as you continue to be afraid of me, I will not deal with no more because it is a waste for my precious time.


Subject: I am describing OJUFINI RARAGIAL MOTHER OF SAIDU
From: Aminita Dukulay Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 19:13:48 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: dukulaysesay@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
No Saidu you got it all wrong I was describing your maother OJUFINI SESAY A WELL KNOWN FREETOWN RARAY GIAL WHO SLEEPS WITH ANYONE FOR MONEY. I am also describing your grandmother Isatu sesay who was so drunk at times that she scattered her ass in public for the world to see. Now you know who I was talking about


Subject: Re: I am describing OJUFINI RARAGIAL MOTHER OF SAIDU
From: Mammy Curse Detector
To: All
Date Posted: 23:11:26 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
Kabs, the forum needs your attention. The MC Detector is beeping loudly


Subject: Re: I am describing OJUFINI RARAGIAL MOTHER OF SAIDU
From: WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING.
To: All
Date Posted: 06:53:20 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Re: I am describing OJUFINI RARAGIAL MOTHER OF SAIDU
From: OJUFINI SESAY RARAY GIAL
To: All
Date Posted: 06:48:33 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
go down the forum and scroll and read the following thread and see ho it started.

http://www.hwforums.com/2179/messages/77249.html


Subject: Re: I am describing OJUFINI RARAGIAL MOTHER OF SAIDU
From: Aminata Dukulay Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 06:30:45 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Well Kabbs has nothing to do with this situation. It was clear here that sombody needs to have their mothers name on post for who she is. Alieu Iscandari posted something on Ramadan he gets his mother, family and himself insulted. We are going to put a stop to this and fight fire with fire. Saidus mother Ojufini is a RARAY GIAL. She tried to break up the home of PA KOMEH of Independence school. Ended up having a baby by the man on the way to breaking up the family. SAIDUS BROTHER IS PETER KOMEH AND HE IS AN ENGINEER IN FREETOWN. SAIDU ON THE OTHER HAND IS A HALF BAKED DISRESPECTFUL SON OF A BITCH WITH NO (ZERO) EDUCATION WHO IS A WELL KNOW MIKE HUGGER AND SARA BAT IN OUR AREA.

SAIDU WANTS TO CURSE. LETS GET IT ON. WAE E MAMA NOR GEH CONTROL OVER IM DROSS ALL MAN DAE FALLAH RAM LEK FOLL.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: EBILLEH SPOKESMAN: YOU DREW FIRST BLOOD
To: All
Date Posted: 18:08:14 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: IDIOT
To: All
Date Posted: 00:20:50 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
HEY stupid boy why dont you learn how to behave your stinking self. iscandaris post on ramadan did not address you why did you choose to insult him. do you have a fixation on him you small di#k man, en pissabaide man. next time you attack his your family comes up for grabs.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alhaji Tunde Deen
To: All
Date Posted: 17:54:11 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Saidu I have come to the conclusion that you could not live without some input from the Iscandari family. Your constant attacks on Mr. Iscandari shows this. Psychologically speaking, you see Alieu Iscandari as where you want to be in life, but your constant hating will never get you there. Please dont talk about God. How much alcohol was at your wedding? Do you know that a good muslim must never serve alcohol. And to get down to the ebilleh style, Nar you mama im wiriri e day cut for smoke. Basta adamadi lek you.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 19:13:51 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.245

Message:
Alieu Iscandari(don't call yourself Alhaji Tunde Deen), you are the only rude and unbought up person you will use such words on this public forum. You can not run or hide from me because I know by name,by nature and by character. Stop using fake names, they do not save your sick and useless self. Because you do not have respect for the mother "Dorty EBUN", THE WITCH ( who killed your sister ), you do not have respect for any other mother.
Alieu, even kids do not want to be like you because they have been told about your ugly history and they have seen you misbehaved to thier mom. I never wish to be like you, a drunk, jamba smoker, tiffman and an agent of Satan.
The number one( # 1) BASTA ADAMADI in this world is your father- ABDUL MULTABIL ISCANDARI-A man born to a mad Mandingo woman who failed to show him his true biological father. Thanks to PA T. Iscandari who adopted him and get him to his sister, aunty Marie of Foulah Town.
I was born and raised as a devout Muslim and I will continue to be a devout Muslim till I DIE. I know that will annoy you because you were born and raised as a disbeliever.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alpha Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 00:24:11 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA Your mother OJUFINI SESAY is a known prostitute in sierra leone. YOU WAY YOU MAMA IM BAKSIE NAR PARKING LOT NAR UNA KIN WAN FOR TALK.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alhaji Tunde Deen
To: All
Date Posted: 21:48:21 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Alpha Saidu, you can say anything that you would like to say about the iscandari Family, they are from Foulah Town and I am from Aberdeen. What surprises me is that our ebilleh organization allows you to be amongst them when you have unleashed such an onslaught on one of their own brothers. They should be ashamed of themselves. As for you, you come from a family of drunks and FETISH. More later. Now go ahead and insult the iscandaris thats you business. For now I am about to tell you how your mothers cunt was all over the place in her hey day thats why she now stinks like a rotten fish.


Subject: KABS YOU NEED TO STOP THIS WICKED MUD SLINGING
From: Sheku Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 08:26:59 08/30/08 ()
Email Address: kabiasheku@yahoo.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
I wonder if you guyz are what you claim to be, even you Aku pekin and non Aku's throwing all sorts of mamie cuss on this forum. is this the intention of this forum??? decent people will just shy away from this forum coz it encourages profanity


Subject: Re: KABS YOU NEED TO STOP THIS WICKED MUD SLINGING
From: JIHAD AL-LISAN; QURAN. AN EYE FOR AN EYE; BIBLE.
To: All
Date Posted: 09:18:20 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
YOUR CHICKEN HAVE COME HOME TO ROAST.

SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: Alpha Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 17:48:15 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I have warned you not to talk about God on this forum because you are NOT of God now get lost you kaffir? BTW is your wife still the drunk that she is? How about your mother? How about your father who has not accepted you as his son? I know someone that was screwing your wife and he still smacks her ass even after you have been married. How does that make you feel. From the word going on around here you cannot satisfy her sexually because of your small dick and big stomach. What do you say about that. How about the Gbene in your lips doesnt that come from the alcohol you used to drink?


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
To: All
Date Posted: 15:51:01 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
-If you decide to fast this coming Ramadan, I pray that you will
understand that after the holy month of Ramadan, you must never
again smoke JAMBA and drink ALCOHOL-

SAIDU SHAITAN:-
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.


Copy to:
EBILEH.ORG

EXECUTIVES OF EBILLEH ORGANIZTION SEE SAIDU SHAITAN POSTING


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROAST
To: All
Date Posted: 20:24:22 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-179-108-126.dc.dc.cox.net at 70.179.108.126

Message:
SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: DIG DIG
To: All
Date Posted: 19:22:41 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: ABU@ AOL.COM
Entered From: pool-71-191-88-235.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.191.88.235

Message:
sahidu stop, show me one among the women you have dated in the US who does not drink alcohol. Even your present wife is an omolay sucker. I have proof to show that you were soliciting alcohol from your friends,you said you do not want to used your money to buy alcohol but we know it was a lie because you still have to pay the dee jay. i saw you offering people alcohol.


Subject: Re: I Thank The Almighty Allah.
From: History Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 07:35:14 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Everyone who responded to this thread after the first two posts should really have changed the heading of the thread. The gutter-level insults and profanity in those posts should never come under a heading written initially in praise and thanks to God/Allah. How shameful and desecrating for such words to follow the name of God.

I think the thread should be deleted as an affront to religious sensibilities during the holiest month of the year for Muslims. I am not a Muslim, but still find it offensive. Shame!


Subject: BAN SAIDU BANGURA NOW
From: Chemistry Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 08:32:51 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
You are right. Bad things happen when good people say nothing. Alieu Iscandari posted an interesting and informative article on the meaning of Ramadan. As a non Muslim, I appreciated the article for the wealth of information it has. This Moron Saidu Bangura comes out of the blues and makes a personal attack on him. For the life of me I do not see the reason for the atack. We all have sat own and said nothing. This saidu person must be very angry and it is the kind of anger that destroys people, (himself). Most of all i kindda think that he needs Therapy more than anything else because this guy does have some mental problems. It may be funny to many of us but I am sure the Iscandari family and their supporters do not find this assault on our sensibilities that funny.

What Kabbs Kanu must do is to ban this saidu fellow from ever posting on this site any more. He is unbelievably rude and untrained. He does not appear to come from a home where good values are taught. Sometimes I wonder what type of homes some of these peoplel come from. I hear he was selected to be the spokesperson for the SLPP north America. If this is true then the SLPP does have a long way to go in becoming a very effective opposition.


Subject: No one should be banned
From: History Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 08:52:46 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I don't think anyone should be banned, only the thread deleted as it serves no useful purpose and stands on record as an insult to God and the faithful. Some might say this is censorship, but I disagree. It is just bad enough to insult women and families for personal vendetta on a public forum, the aim of which is to respectfully and constructively debate the political and economic problems and future of Sierra Leone, but to profane God's name with such slander is simply going too far.

No one should be banned, but why not raise the discourse to acceptable levels. And if this is simply a personal hatred between two people, don't use the forum as an arena to settle private scores.


Subject: Re: No one should be banned
From: Bandajuma Boy
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Date Posted: 12:53:44 08/30/08 ()
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Prof,
You should be angry at the manner by which this thing started. How long have you been on the forum. Have you seen the personal attacks on alieu iscandari and his family? What do you say about that? If Saidu had been banned and that ban enforced then this craziness would not have occurred. It was Saidu that posted about how he thanks allah and in that very same post, proceeds to insult Alieu and his family, which was an act totally antithetical to the subject matter of his post. These attacks against5 Mr. Alieu Iscandari and his family have continued because many of us found it amusing and entertaining. The truth is that there is nothing amusin or entertaining about insults levied against a family by a crazed young man intent on creating chaos within the community. If all of us including you mr prof would have come down on the side of right over wrong, then this would not have happened or continued to happen. Do you know that this has been going on for almost two years? Have you ever seen Alieu or any member of the Iscandari family respond to him? No other people do and these are people who are just as nasty as Mr Bangura. Now what shall we do? Let our forum go to the dogs or rein in this so called FAKE ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA?

Its hypocritical to come in at the last minute to try to create peace after you have sat idly by and failed to speak truth in the face of the continued harassment and public ridicue of Mr Iscandari and his family. Did you add your voice of reason when the onslaught started? Not once did I see your post on that.

I implore you to go back to the begining of the post, read what Mr. Iscandari Posted and then take a look at the very next post and read what Mr. Saldu Bangura posted. Now judge for your self who is at fault for the degeneration of the post. I am not moslem but the facts posted were interesting to people of all religions and that post was desecrated by the nonsense of Saidu Bangura.

Let things take their toll.


Subject: Re: No one should be banned
From: History Professor
To: All
Date Posted: 14:15:22 08/30/08 ()
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I have been reading the forum for over a year now and have seen this hateful feud emerge over and over again. I do not know either of these men, nor do I fully understand what has gone on between them. I cannot speak to right and wrong because I have seen accusations spewed from all directions. I am aware of the original posting and the good intentions behind it this time. Unfortunately, it became a means to start the ongoing war of words over again.

I have seen insult from both sides of this personal conflict, often from third parties writing on behalf of one or the other. A couple of months back I do recall horrible things said about Saidu Bangura on what was supposedly the weekend of his wedding, when he was not even on the forum. So how can banning just him solve things? I don't recall if Alieu Iscandari was the poster, but if not, then someone else who is on his side. Anyway, it is pointless and the forum is not the place to resolve personal conflict. If the issue is political disagreement, then fight it out on in those terms without getting personal.

I agree with you that the language used is not amusing or entertaining. It is unbecoming of gentleman, who may one day play important roles back home. You ask, why have I said nothing before? Because, what can I have said? It does not involve me and is none of my business. I have grown weary of the forum at times because of it, and returned later when things cool down, and interesting important issues again come to the fore of discussion.

One of the things I love about this forum is the interaction (when its positive) of people from different occupational, political, and regional backgrounds coming together to speak their minds freely. There are many smart people with ideas and knowledge to share.

The freedom of the forum ( a virtual democratic public sphere) carries risks of abuse of course; it is up to each participant to exercise self-control and remember there is a human being, a child of God, on the other side of that fake name. I try always to keep this in mind, and respect everyone, even those I don't like and disagree with. And I have been tempted to say something nasty in the past when certain names of people I respect and/or love have been dragged through the mud. But it is pointless to do so as it only makes it worse.

I don't believe banning one person will resolve anything (though this is none of my business) because abuse is not limited to this particular feud. I have seen many others, under various monikers, resort to irrational outbursts and mammy cuss when political rivalries and the subject of government corruption are on the table. In fact, any discussion on this forum can rapidly degenerate into insult, threats, and profanity. I guess some find it is easier to do than respectfully engage in reasoned debate.

Yes, I posted this time because I thought that the least the people responding to the thread could do was to separate it from the sacred name of God so as not to spread the insult to more innocents. That is all.
I am now sorry I posted on that thread; I should have just left it to take its course as you said. My apologies. Weary....

Everyone wants peace, prosperity and democracy for Sierra Leone, at least they say so. How will this ever be real if those who are in the best position to make a positive contribution to Salone cannot even be peaceful on the forum?

Stay blessed.


Subject: Re: No one should be banned
From: Chemistry Professor
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Date Posted: 19:08:03 08/29/08 ()
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I have closely followed this e mail trend for the past year and if there is any hatered it is coming from the bangura fellow to Iscandari. I havent seen Iscandaris name on any post her against the Bangura fellow. Iscandari is not the only person he attacks, he has a penchant for debasing serious discourse with personal attacks. I say lets ban him and keep our sanity on the forum


Subject: Re: No one should be banned
From: ANYONE THAT SLEEPS WITH DOGS, MUST RISE WITH FLEAS.
To: All
Date Posted: 05:43:25 08/30/08 ()
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SAIDU SHAITAN: -
ALL THE PRESENT EXECUTIVES OF THE EBILLEH ORGANIZATION DRINK
ALCOHOL AND SOME SMOKE JAMBA; if you live in glass house don't
throw stones, LONTA.

SINCE SAIDU SHAITAN WILL NOT ANSWER,I PASS THIS QUESTION TO MR
KUTUBU KOROMA OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF EBILLEH ORGANIZATION
OUT THERE. SAIDU SHAITAN IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SPOKESMAN,
AND A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.

COPY TO:
EBILLEH.ORG


Subject: What you are going to do when the hammer comes falling
From: The Hammer
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Date Posted: 17:58:21 08/28/08 ()
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You can tell when the Hammer comes down who arse will get bloody. This boy saidu someone needs to teach him a sweet lesson and come down with a hammer on his overweight arse.


Subject: The real Dr.Curtis busted!
From: Original Krio Boy
To: All
Date Posted: 11:40:47 08/28/08 ()
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So our learned doctor who has been masquerading as a krio is not krio at all! It has been discovered that he is an ordinary Lokkoh; not even a noble one like Kabs.Lol.Inferiority complex at work here.
Man being raised by a krio does not transform you into one.Be proud of being a Kontri.


Subject: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!
From: Settler
To: All
Date Posted: 15:16:23 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: settler@yahoo.com
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Bra you know say we nar dem wate man!. If there was any way for those bush rats to transform themselves, ALL of them would have denounced their primitive origins to become creoles. "Way dem day cunt coacoa, make casada nor role cam day" Damn unto whom I swear.


Subject: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!
From: kontri
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Date Posted: 15:51:46 08/28/08 ()
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Kontries who want to be creoles do so out of ignorance. I see that Mr SETTLER's mentality as a slave tells him after the whiteman, he as a former slave comes next. This means the white man really messed up your mentality. You remain a slave in your twisted mind. Talking of primitive, who is more PRIMITIVE than a former slave admiring his white slave master. Bra, let's come together. Associating yourself with the slave master to look down on other Afrians makes you primitive. H-e-l-l-0!


Subject: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!
From: Settler
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Date Posted: 12:45:45 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: settler@yahoo.com
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When you hear the drums beat, you know the natives are restless. What's up Kontri boy? I got you jumping like a traumatised encaged bush beef. We are like rail lines running parallel, that will never cross. Remember you were the ones who sold us to the white man in the first place, and upon our return, we tried to impart into you what we learnt from them. Unfortunately you people have thick skulls, and are still dazzled by bright blinkers. some of you are still obsessed with the mirror, even after its taken taken from infront of you, you're still gazing in the distance. Damn jackass.


Subject: Re: The real Dr.Curtis busted!
From: Kontri
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Date Posted: 15:54:58 08/29/08 ()
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Now I know you are a slave.
Slaves are insecure,
and must talk tough
in order to make themselves
feel good. When the white
man was screwing and sodomizing
you in the plantations,
you lost
all sense of identity.
Now that the white slave
master is no longer sodomizing
you, jealousy against the
PURE African is what you need
to motivate you in self-hate.
With all sort of rapist blood running
through you thanks to gangs of
racist rapist White slave masters who
used to sodomize you, feeling
inadequate will forever be part of your life.
Today you will be a Hausa man, tomorrow a Yoruba, the next day a madinka, and the following week whatever African mask you can grab. What's up with that?
And you think the white man is ever sorry that he raped and owned you like a dosmetic animal?
Heck no. Wake up, my dear slave, and stop missing your
rapist White master. It shows you are still a slave.
Confused and sodomized bastard.


Subject: This is wortyh Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Brabanxx
To: All
Date Posted: 09:22:48 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
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Message:
Sierra Leone: Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title



Concord Times (Freetown)

27 August 2008
Posted to the web 27 August 2008

Sahr Morris Jnr.


Sierra Leonean striker, Sallieu Bundu aka Little, playing in the United States of America in the USL Second Division Championship has helped his club; Cleveland City Stars win this year's championship.

Bundu was on target for his club after defeating Charlotte Eagles 2-1 in the title decider match as they went on to clinch the USL championship.


The Sierra Leone striker got his name on the score sheet in the 39th minutes after he stole the ball from an Eagles' defender on the left flank and sped his way into the box before firing a rocket shot past Eagles' goalkeeper.

The goal was redemption for Bundu, who had an apparent goal earlier waived off with a controversial offside call, which appeared on replay to be erroneous. According to the club website, Bundu's celebration will cut short after the striker received a called-up to join the national team, Leone Stars for their World Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea on September 6. The 24yrs old striker was born in Freetown, but fled the country at age 15, together with his mother and siblings to Guinea as they were escaping from the civil war which his father could not survive. After five years of living in Guinea, Bundu's brother won a US immigrant visa in the Green Card Lottery, allowing the family to settle in the United States and on April 10, 2008, he signed with the Cleveland City Stars after impressing head coach Martin Rennie in a trial.The striker in his first season with the club netted 8 goals in 19 appearances.



Subject: Re: This is worth Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Brabanxx
To: All
Date Posted: 09:25:34 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
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Message:
The headline should have read "Re: This is worth reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title"


Subject: Re: This is worth Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 09:55:27 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
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Message:
You guys who made you the Alpha and Omega of academia?
Dont you ever realize that most of the mistakes are due to typing errors?You give the impression that you are educated from the university of UTHOPIA,HEAVAN CAMPUS where everything is 100 percent perfect.
It is the same moral arrogance and self serving opinion that are the problems for the likes of Abdulai Conteh and others who think by merely going to Cambridge university they are all that.Look at how they screwed up things in the country with their so called degrees from where ever they got them from.
It was very silly,misguided,stupid,ignorant,vainglorious and very rude to have injected your self in the gentleman's piece.The only person who cares for what ever your standing in academia is your house hold if any because apparently they are the ones you have to write for.
Perhaps you want to return to Sierra Leone to help clean the debris created by your equally educated friends.Next time keep your opinion to your self as we are not enamored of it.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: This is worth Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: two brains
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Date Posted: 11:49:39 08/28/08 ()
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kutubu

A month ago, a professor of English at a UK university suggested that spelling mistakes are logical and should be accepted as correct. Some on this forum picked on others spelling mistakes. As you said, many are due to typing errors.


Subject: Re: This is worth Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 11:48:57 08/28/08 ()
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GADDAMN do you read before you write? The man was making a corection to HIS OWN damn post. Do you have a problem with people with an education? Give your self a break write less and READ more.


Subject: Re: This is worth Reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: one brain
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Date Posted: 12:05:04 08/28/08 ()
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Ok SABBIMAN, one of my brain is fatigued, so I have deployed the other. I will be very potent. My problem is not reading but not allowing myself a decent sleep these days.


Subject: Re: This is worth reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Budu
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Date Posted: 09:58:14 08/28/08 ()
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Kutubu, Brabanx was correcting his own typo. He is a good guy. Take it easy, sir.


Subject: Re: This is worth reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 10:19:04 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
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Message:
In that case sir,please accept my unqualified apology and sincere regrets for the harshness of my reply.
Thank you very much sir.


Subject: Re: This is worth reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 11:42:56 08/28/08 ()
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Message:
Mr. Kutubu, you know I use to like you... but after the harsh words levied towards such an upright man, I must demand a second apology from you sir. The gentle- man is a fine man, very modest, unasuming and yes! an interllectual power house. Please give that which i ask.


Subject: Re: This is worth reading-Salone Striker Clinches U.S. Title
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 19:59:07 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
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Message:
I have offered sincere and unqualified apology and i will ask him again to accept this one.I dont know whether he was the same person who decided to correct himself.Again sincere apology.
MOHAMED kUTUBU kOROMA


Subject: Salone - A country, a people caught in an evil catch 22.
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:19:19 08/28/08 ()
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Message:
OK.... lets give it another try..
This time from a Sierra Leonean's perspective..
And this was before all the major blunders

===================Read on==================

Will the APC Change the System?
By Sulaiman Momodu – January 05, 2008

I gathered that since last year, Pa Koroma is yet to declare
his assets as promised. Also, he had declared that no
parliamentarian will be converted to ministers. Observers say
the number of parliamentarians being converted is gradually
on the increase.

As we were about to cross over the border from Sierra Leone to Liberia with
my thoughts fixed on a number of things I have to do including going back to
my mass communication books, a heavily built unfamiliar man said to me
with a warm handshake, “Thank you very much the other day.”
“Thank you for what?” I asked a bit puzzled.
“I was at the bus station in Kenema the other day …the corruption you
spoke about… I still remember you,” the non-Sierra Leonean said (More on
this later).
Confronting corruption had always come naturally to me because I see it as
injustice when we don’t speak out the truth. And against the backdrop that
fighting the ills in society is key to our country’s development, I consider the
war against the many vices that have stunted the country’s growth as the
civic responsibility of all Sierra Leoneans regardless of one’s profession.
Coming to power following the expressed desire of voters for a positive
change and through the blessing of the grouse that split the Sierra Leone
People’s Party (SLPP), President Ernest Bai Koroma has understandably
made the fight against corruption his top priority. It is early days yet to
critically analyse Koroma’s rule. However, based on my snap visit to the
country, the first since the APC came to power, it is clearly a daunting task to
change a chronically corrupt system, which the same APC (or old APC?) had
created with devastating consequences for the nation. Here are the highlights
of my visit.

After resisting the temptation to drive home – thanks to the deplorable road
conditions from the Sierra Leonean border town of Gendema to Bo/Kenema,
I decided as always - to use the public transport – at least the drivers are
better familiar with the terrain.

Leaving Monrovia at dawn, I was on the road from Monrovia to Freetown via
Kenema with some expectations to see slight positive changes - changes that
the SLPP, a party that had apparently taken the voters for granted had
woefully failed to bring to the people. Reflect for a second. If there is any
party that had all the opportunity to improve the lots of the people, it was
the SLPP, which enjoyed an abundance of international goodwill, but which
abused everything and insulted the intelligence of the people, who took risks
with their own lives for the restoration of democracy; many souls were lost in
the process. The rest is history.

Although I am convinced that the SLPP should have changed the story of
Sierra Leone, it still does not dispute the fact that the APC is the godfather of
corruption and bad governance. So, crossing over the border with the ‘new
APC’ in power (with many old APC faces though), I was greeted by the same
old ways of doing things. Commuters with all valid documents are
constantly ‘robbed’ by security, health and immigration personnel and woe
betide you if you don’t have the necessary documents. While some
personnel order commuters to pay for the ‘crime’ of having correct
documents, others euphemise it by forcefully asking for kola, cigarette, cold
water and other names that the ‘old APC’ had taught them. As if the
disgusting and reprehensible method of operating at our border is not
enough, the next nightmare for commuters is the public transports that ply
the routes. Unlike the well-tarmacked road on the Liberian side from Bo
Waterside to Monrovia, the highway on our side is a historic disgrace to put
it mildly. Deplorable with giant potholes all the way, it is believed that
money meant to pave the road was pocketed by the ‘old APC’.

Travelling along the border routes, one would not help but notice that
drivers have a passion for overloading their vehicles with passengers always
seen hanging on the canopy like monkeys. “Why are you overloading your
vehicles?” I asked some of the drivers. Their excuse? They are constantly
harassed by the police and immigration officers along the way and without
overloading; they will end up returning home with nothing. Perhaps, instead
of driving in fully air conditioned cars with tinted glasses and sirens at full
blast, some members of the APC leadership should get down to the
grassroots and see things for themselves.

Observation is one of the best means of information gathering. Along the
way, it appears there is an unwritten covenant between drivers and the
police. This is how it is done. During their shuttles, drivers usually stop few
metres to the police checkpoint. When the driver stops, those on top of the
vehicle climb down and walk pass the checkpoint. Sometimes the drivers
would stop in full view of the police. Next? The driver or his apprentice
walks into the police booth or they retreat to out-of-sight and the handshake
is done. The driver or his mate comes back running to the vehicle and the
police officer comes out smiling. Business transacted; driver crosses the
checkpoint; excess passengers get back on top of the vehicle; the journey
continues. Call it the best practices of the police on which Britain and other
partners had used enormous resources to train. Don’t forget that following
the declaration of Pa Koroma as winner of the presidential elections, the
police, accused by the SLPP to be biased, were seen openly dancing and
rejoicing. The SLPP says a police van was seen taking away items looted
from their office. Only God knows what has happened to that investigation.
So far though, the main achievement of the police within the 100 days of APC’
s rule is that they recently opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in Koidu,
killed some and injured many others – a blatant display of
unprofessionalism.

Before approaching immigration checkpoints, the drivers usually ask for one
thousand leones from each passenger and make it clear that it is for
immigration officers. Any passenger (like me) who rebels is told to come
down at the checkpoint for the necessary screening.

As we drove towards Kenema, we stopped at the Immigration office in
Zimmi. Here, I bought a Celtel sim for Le8,000. When asked why Le8,000
instead of Le5,000, the seller replied that he had to pay transportation fare to
Kenema to buy the sim from Celtel. Seconds after we drove off, I realised that
the sim was not working. The following morning, I went over to the Celtel
office in Kenema. After some technical explanation by a Celtel staff, my sim
was replaced. About why people in rural Zimmi had to buy the sim for Le8,
000, I was told by a fair-complexioned Celtel staff called Alex that he took the
sim cards to Zimmi the previous day and that no agent pays transportation
fare for anything. This might seem as insignificant profiteering; but tell me,
how can the APC change the system when the psyche of most people is one
ingrained in corruption?

When the SLPP lost the presidential elections, party supporters started
pointing accusing at everything and everybody. Some musicians (who barely
understand how government operates), were among the accused persons for
the SLPP’s fall from grace to grass for their political lyrics. Hearing that some
musicians will be performing at the Capital cinema hall in Kenema, I
squeezed in some time for it. Scheduled to start at 10pm in a place where
sanitation is virtually non-existent –filthy floor, stinking toilets, dilapidated
seats – the musical show did not start until about 2am. And as if all those
inconveniences were not enough, the artist that most people had paid to see
on stage did not perform and there was no explanation or apology from the
organizers. A similar episode had happened in Kenema before when
Emerson ‘borbor belleh’ Bockarie failed to perform at the Kenema town field
and youths went berserk destroying millions of leones worth of property.
Thankfully, this time the youths only grumbled but did not violently react.
Granted that our musical industry is booming - thanks to Jimmy Bangura,
whose contribution in this direction is commendable – I must say that several
youths are now going into the musical industry as a shortcut to fame and
quick wealth. Unfortunately for some, they do not have any voice and talent
for music and I honestly think they should look for other things to do. Let
me add at this point that most of those who performed that morning seem to
have fallen in love with love songs than politically charged lyrics. Why? I
don’t know.

After spending a day or two in Kenema, my next destination was Freetown.
The new fashion in Kenema is that vehicles leave for Freetown at night. The
first vehicle of the well-known Abess leaves at 10pm and arrives in Freetown
by 3am. I really do not comprehend the rationale for this night travel. For
Government buses, they leave by 5am. But to secure a ticket, you have to
sacrifice your sleep. In view of this, by 1am, I braved the cold harmattan
wind and went to the bus station along Hangha road. Some passengers were
already in the queue; I was number seven. As more passengers queued
behind me, a young man walked over to me and requested to talk with me.
“I am number one in the line. Give me Le2,000 and take my position,” he
said. I have never ever hesitated to question corrupt practices at government
bus stations. This time was no exception. “That is corruption,” I told the
young man and asked him to leave the queue. He suggested that corruption
is a way of life in the country and that I can even call the police. After 4am, a
bus officer started selling the ticket. After lots of pushing and shoving, I
finally succeeded in getting one. From seventh in the queue, I was number 30
in the bus.

Arriving in Freetown, I could not help but see some people donning T-shirts
with the inscr1ption, “Goodbye Kabbah tiger,” in apparent reference to
former president Kabbah’s government, which popularised tiger generators
after consistently promising to provide regular power for about 11 years in
office (some months spent in Guinea). Reading about the restoration of
power to Freetown should be good news to all Sierra Leoneans and I was
excited at the prospects of enjoying 24 hours electricity. Ironically, in most
areas where I saw people with the “Goodbye Kabbah tiger,” I saw the tiger
generators fully at work with the usual blackout in most parts of the city. Do
I say I was a bit disappointed?

Coming to power with the fullest knowledge that corruption is an endemic
disease in the country, President Koroma had told the nation and the world
through the BBC that even his own family members will not be spared... My
take on this is that, it is typical of all African leaders to invariably talk
fighting corruption. But in most cases, corruption either fights back and
defeats the African leader, or, they themselves usually end up in courts over
corruption charges. Examples abound. To jog your memories, former
president Kabbah several times spoke about corruption that it almost
became a song, if you like. Is it Koroma’s turn? Kabbah almost always spoke
about change of attitude. In his New Year ’s Day message, I heard President
Koroma talking about “change of attitude” . Is he beginning from where
Kabbah stopped? Come to think of it, while former president Kabbah was
constantly talking about fighting corruption, everybody knows that he was
condoning it. At the same time, while Kabbah was talking about change of
attitude, he was busy disastrously manipulating things in the SLPP which
led to the demise of the party. So, when our leaders talk about corruption
and change of attitude, what do they actually mean? Does corruption only
mean taking money illegally? I will dwell more on this in future.

With a new man in the most enviable position in the land (which I do not
envy any way), the success of President Koroma is the success for all Sierra
Leoneans. Good roads, regular power services, good transportation and
other communication systems etc will not only be for APC supporters alone.
But let us pause for a moment. Upon coming to power, President Koroma
said that he was going to call up a press conference to declare his assets in
two weeks (Reference, BBC Africa Have Your Say) and that all his ministers
were going to do the same. Anxious to know how much is the president’s
assets; I gathered that since last year, Pa Koroma is yet to declare his assets as
promised. Also, he had declared that no parliamentarian will be converted to
ministers. Observers say the number of parliamentarians being converted is
gradually on the increase.

Let me emphasise that the desire of some of us is not to seek political
appointment or ‘lay-belleh’ for jobs as professional sycophants do, but as
well-meaning Sierra Leoneans, we just desire the best for our country. But
the question remains: will the APC change the system?

To conclude, I am convinced that a positive change will come if our
leadership fully demonstrated a leadership by example – no contradictions; a
change will come if our leaders learn from the many mistakes of their
predecessors and above all, a change will come if we are also ready to
embrace radical changes and there are no double standards in governance
and square pegs in round holes all in the name of political compensation.
The question again is: will the APC positively change the rotten system that
it had created? Your guess is as good as mine. I wish all Sierra Leoneans,
who sincerely mean well for our country, a very peaceful and prosperous
2008.


http://www.wesalone.com/apc/apc_pg14_momodu_010508.html


Subject: Re: Salone - A country, a people caught in an evil catch 22.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 09:42:15 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
Mr.Candid opinion,the qualitative excellence of this piece cannot be over emphasized.
Some people think that by objectively analyzing the problems of the country one is anti government which is simply not the case.
I believe those who look askance at the problems of the nation and pretend all is well and good are the true enemies of progress and the nation as well.
One guy has just questioned what my contributions are toward the nation's socio economic and upliftments simply because of my assessment of the current trend of things.America continues to advance to heaven because the citizens are free to point out the misdeeds of their government be it republicans or Democrats without having their patriotism impeached.
As long as we continue to pay lip service to our problems,we will remain like that for good.
Once more sir,thank you for your honest assessment of the current situation in the country.The likes of you are true patriots of the nation.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: Salone - A country, a people caught in an evil catch 22.
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:56:12 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Author was one Mr Momodu...

Will the APC Change the System?
By Sulaiman Momodu – January 05, 2008

I just found it on the NET and thought it needs wider circulation..

I posted a blog yesterday from an American fellow and forumites nodded that his perspective was skewed.. so i hunted a salone perspective.. and there it is..

A lot of or people are fallign for the "It is out time" or "nah we man" mentality..
There is no graver danger awaiting us than that path to nowhere..


Subject: Re: Salone - A country, a people caught in an evil catch 22.
From: Mohamed A. kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 17:26:59 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
Entered From: ool-457951c4.dyn.optonline.net at 69.121.81.196

Message:
Candid Opinion i could have sworn that the blogger was an englishman. I simply lost my cool after glancing through his opinions; and i posted a few unfriendly words in response. I realised that i went after the wrong target, when i saw your post above this afternoon. I hope the brits won't wring my neck the next time i am visiting my peeps in their country.


Subject: Re: Salone - A country, a people caught in an evil catch 22.
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:14:28 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
An American, working for the UNDP on a sustainable gabbage disposal solution for councils in Sierra Leone..

He was frank and to the point and almost all he said was true, regardless if his ancestors where slave barons, or cattle ranchers, or mango pickers..


Subject: GEORGIA NOT RUSSIA PROVOKED THE CRISIS:APOGOGY TO MR.PUTIN.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 07:57:21 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
GEORGIA AND NOT RUSSIA PROVOKED THE CRISIS:MY SINCERE APOLOGY TO MR.PUTIN FOR CALLING HIM THE NEW STALIN OF THE ERA.
Sometimes in international crisis,it helps to wait for all the facts to come in before one takes side on given situation.
That is exactly what I should have done following the invasion of Georgia by Russia and I should have been restrained in my diatribe of the Russian political leadership that I condemned in very harsh terms by branding Mr.Putin as the new Stalin of the era.
Now that the facts are available,it is crystal clear that Mr.Mikheil Saakashvilli provoked the crisis hoping that the USA will come to his aid militarily should Russia be forced to respond in kind.
I went with the flow from the western press without the benefit of reading the other side of the story.In that regard,I owe Mr.Putin and the Russian people my unqualified apology and will go so far to state that Russia justifiably acted in self defence against recklessness actuated by imperialist territorial land grabbing.
To that end,Mr.Saakashvilli should pay serious political price by losing his office for creating the atmosphere that resorted in mayhem against the defenceless citizens of Georgia he betrayed through recklessness.
Again,my sincere and profound apologies to the political and the entire citizens of Russia for the undue castigation of Mr.Putin for writing something without waiting for the full facts.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: GEORGIA NOT RUSSIA PROVOKED THE CRISIS:APOGOGY TO MR.PUTIN.
From: Analysis
To: All
Date Posted: 05:45:13 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 41.205.26.250

Message:
It is a pity that USA is forcing Russia into this, because of their resistance for European antimissile system.What is really worst, is whilst Americans are just talking about genocide and destruction in Georgia, Sarkozy(in order to please Bush)is hell bent in forcing the EU and other allies to turn against Russia.I did not know that Sarkozy is as silly as he looks.


Subject: Re: GEORGIA NOT RUSSIA PROVOKED THE CRISIS:APOGOGY TO MR.PUTIN.
From: political
To: All
Date Posted: 16:04:06 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 207.108.136.238

Message:
So what did the OTHER SIDE says that makes you to conclude this?


Subject: Re: GEORGIA NOT RUSSIA PROVOKED THE CRISIS:APOGOGY TO MR.PUTIN.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 07:58:56 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
IT SHOULD READ MY APOLOGY TO MR.PUTIN.


Subject: FOR KABS
From: WISE ONE
To: All
Date Posted: 07:02:57 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-44c7e83c.dyn.optonline.net at 68.199.232.60

Message:
HELLO REV, PLEASE STOP WHETTING OUR APPETITE WITH YOUR PSEUDO NEWS. YOU PROMISE US INTOTO VIEWS ON THE COCAINE SCANDAL BEING GOOFED UP. I WAS HIGHLY ANTICIPATING THIS EXPLODING INFORMATION BUT NO UPDATE NOTED ON YOUR WEB PAGE.
ALSO YOU SUGGESTED APC LEADERS SHOULD BE LEADING THE LOBBYIST FOR SIERRA LEONE... WHAT A JOKE!!!!.
STOP MAKING UP STORIES AND ASSUMING IT TO BE GENUINE NEWS. YOUR PAPER HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY.


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 07:39:58 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
Then you can have your own newspaper if you are not satisfied with the free service rendered to you.


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: Alimamy Mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 16:37:39 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: Omans@yahoo.ca
Entered From: 53515272.cable.casema.nl at 83.81.82.114

Message:
It is not for free. You are doing it for political appointments. Your boss had it not been that God made him handicap because of his under hand nonreligious deeds by engaging in maligning others unjustly while pretending to be a man of God should have long ago taken his job as Director of whatever he was given at state house as payment for spreading the lies and shame against innocent people all in the name of hate and tribalism. Nar now una no say for oppose unjustly e hat, nar di smoke wu nar see so. When you stop advertising the service as online newspaper from Sierra Leone, then it becomes personal. Wuna sidon wut una Ekutayism, salone nar we all yone


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: Lyndon Tommy
To: All
Date Posted: 18:19:17 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
I live in New Jersey and know Kabs more than you . To say he is handicapped is not true. If you think he is handicapped, bring your sister to him . When he is finished with her, you will applaud him. Kabs Kanu is not unfortunate to have diabetes.He is very lucky . Count the number of Sierra Leoneans who have suffered stroke or heart attack in America and you will see that Kabs God loves him. You don't know the man.He is one of the holiest preachers.Ask those closer to him like Foday Mansaray .


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: Tee hee
To: All
Date Posted: 21:20:54 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
And Kabs was known for taking "good care" of women during his pagan days . Hehehehehehehehe


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: FOR KABS
To: All
Date Posted: 09:23:24 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-44c7e83c.dyn.optonline.net at 68.199.232.60

Message:
ARE YOU KIDDING!! ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY BECAUSE SOMETHING IS FREE, IT SHOULD HAVE NO QUALITY. WOW SALONE MAN IDEAS.


Subject: Re: FOR KABS
From: Osman Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 18:33:14 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
If for quality, there is no newspaper like Cocorioko. If Cocorioko is doing bad for supporting a party, why are you not condemning The New People or Awareness Times for supporting SLPP ? When will you stop being biased against something because it is supporting the APC? Kabs Kanu has 2 Masters degrees and a law degree .What can Ernest Koroma offer him that his education cannot give him in America ? If he accepts an offer from EBK, it is only for the sake of patriotism. You know how much Kabs is being paid as a teacher in America ?


Subject: THE POLITICS OF BETRAYAL BY FRIENDS.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 06:18:10 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
FOREIGN AFFAIRS:THE POLITICS OF BETRAYAL.
IBRAHIM BADAMASI BABANGIDA VS.MUHAMADU BUHARI:
August 27,1985 in the politics of Nigeria will always be a sad for for General Muhamadu Buhari.
This was the day his friend General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida conspired with the likes of Sani Abacha the coup merchant of Nigeria, Ibrahim Alfa and ended his leadership in the country which in it self was achieved through the overthrow of the second civilian administration of the country since independence headed by a former school teacher Shehu Shagari that lasted only from 1979 to December 31st,1983.
The question is why is it that friends in politics always betray each as we saw in Sierra Leone on the part of Tejan Kabbah when he sold out the SLPP to save his skin ,Ghana where Akufo betrayed Acheampong,Vatsa versus Babangida,Garber versus Gowon,Bio versus,Strasser,Juxon Smith versus Blake,Bangura versus Stevens so on and so forth?
The answers are self doubts,lack of self confidence on the part of those who indulge in such politics,over ambition,jelousy,greed,graft,avrice,and plain arrogance.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: Culled from Standard times
To: All
Date Posted: 05:54:05 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-226-207.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.207

Message:
.Sanpha Koroma in Act of Betrayal
Posted by on Aug 25, 2008, 13:51

If anyone tells you that ex-President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is not instrumental in the current APC led government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, just dismiss the message from the individual with the back of your hand. It is now becoming very clear that with some men around President Ernest Bai Koroma, ex-President Kabbah is getting all that he needs, from classify information to financial information that would benefit him. Over the years, ex-President Kabbah’s has enjoyed numerous benefits from the state. Even before becoming President of the Republic of Sierra Leone he has enjoyed significant benefits from the state.

It is only the coco-coffee scandal that sent him away from the borders of this country when he was one of Sierra Leone’s Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Trade. His sojourn to the Western world did not deprive him in anyway from enjoying state benefits even against the deplorable economic situation the country was enduring. He became President in 1996 in a country he ran away from after the 1967 Beoku Betts Commission of Enquiry that exposed him as one of the alleged key players in the coco-coffee deal.

Barely months after he had taken exit from the Presidential throne of the state, the ex-President has become very instrumental in securing astronomical end-of-service benefits in the form of Pension, Gratuities and others and has advocated for similar benefits to be extended to his spouse.

In 2003, realizing that he was going to relinquish political power in 2007; a bill known as the Benefit Act 2003 was put together. The bill makes provision for pensions and other benefits for ex- Presidents, vice Presidents, their staffs and spouses. 40% of the total monthly salaries of Le 25 Million, Le20 Million should be paid to the ex-Presidents and vice Presidents, 75% of pension to be paid to their spouses after death for a period not exceeding 12 years from the date of death (benefit similar to the United Nations, which the ex-president is currently enjoying after the death of his wife Mrs. Patricia Kabbah)

Ex-President Kabbah, since his retirement has been bombarding the office of the Secretary to the President, Mr. James Sanpha Koroma requesting for payments of Pensions Gratuities and other related benefits. But what could be referred to as a clandestine approach was implemented by ex-President Kabbah using few individuals at state house that are close to the seat of power to realize the fulfillment of his dreams.

Sources close to the office of the Secretary to the President, Mr. James Sanpha Koroma has intimated this press that the ex-President was doing business with a handful of President Koroma’s employee without the President knowing anything about it. Correspondences over the past months and weeks between ex-President Kabbah and some staffs at the Secretary to the President’s office have been making their way to both sides without official briefing done to President Dr. Ernest Koroma, thus keeping him in complete darkness.

On the 24th June, 2008 as a result of constant pressure, mounted on the Clerk of Parliament to get Parliamentary blessing; Mr. Victor A. Kamara wrote a letter to Mr. James Sanpha Koroma explaining to him thus “…Pursuant to Section 4 of the State Salaries, Pension, Gratuities and other Benefits Act 2003, which states that “Any assessment by the Committee under this Act shall be submitted to the President for his consideration and transmission thereafter to Parliament with his comment, if any” and he added, “ I have been directed to seek your gracious comments on the matter for onward submission to Parliament…

In response to this letter, the Secretary to the President, Mr. James Sanpha Koroma without holding consultation with his boss replied him to go ahead in a letter dated 10th July, 2008. In another letter dated 18th August 2008, Mr. A.A.Cole wrote a letter to the Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Civil Service and copied the former President, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah “… Consequent upon the publication in the Sierra Leone Gazette No.38 of the Statutory Instrument No 11 of 2008 dated 7th August, 2008…it is requested that you kindly initiate action and expedite the payment of Pensions, Gratuities and other benefits to the former President and Vice Presidents as stipulated in the Schedule therein…”

The payment of ex-President Kabbah has attracted wide range of criticism and allegation of dishonesty of some officials working at State House.

Last Friday 22nd August 2008, James Sanpha Koroma was reportedly frog-marched to President Koroma’s office to throw light on what had been taking place behind the curtain between his office and ex-President Kabbah that has put the Presidential office in disrepute. Koroma was reportedly dumbfounded.

Today, Standard Times learnt that President Koroma will be calling the key players including his secretary, Mr. James Sanpha Koroma to a meeting where he is going to lash out at them and would warn them that decisions relating to the governance of the state are to be taking only by him. Mr James Sanpha Koroma would be reminded of his duty which should not be outside the knowledge and directives of the President. He would also be told how a country should be run and that the buck stops at the President table.

The meeting as speculated by some staff at State House would be a very serious one, which might lead to internal transfers and arrangements. A source at State House was quoted to have said that “President Koroma has come to realize that some people working in his government are undermining his administration for him to look bad to the people” If this is so, the President has come to realize it very late.

As at press time Standard Times has learnt that James Sanpha Koroma has tendered his resignation letter to President Koroma



Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: Yes
To: All
Date Posted: 07:53:34 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Yes he is, he has even planted Sullay Daramy on President koroma.


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: How Concern
To: All
Date Posted: 08:32:40 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-70-20-197-79.phil.east.verizon.net at 70.20.197.79

Message:
How come you can figure that out and HE Koroma, Hon Alpha Khan and others can't? That really says a lot.


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: yes
To: All
Date Posted: 09:23:47 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
Because I have two brains. If one fails, there is always a back up. I know Sullay very well and knows how he operates. I will be worried if I was EBK.

If Sullay had to choose between Kabba and president koroma, his personal loyalty will be with kabba.


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: How Concern
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:46 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-70-20-197-79.phil.east.verizon.net at 70.20.197.79

Message:
There you go! So you can figure that out and HE and his men can't, that tells a lot about the quality of the guys at the helm of things in SL. My friend , Sullay is not the problem. He can be tranfered or worse fired if HE so desired. But if HE keeps him (Sullay), then one or more of the following is/are true:

1) that Sullay is doing a good job

2)that HE appreciates 1) above

3) that HE does not know what he (HE) is doing

4)that HE knows that Sullay is the mole and he (HE) does not care...which will be a big mistake

5)that one is relatively "smarter" than the other.Please do not ask me to even guess.

6) that you do not know what the ... you are talking about.


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: You too
To: All
Date Posted: 10:04:13 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-234-171.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.234.171

Message:
Me man, you forgot to mention that your reason #6 also applies to you, don't u think?
6) that you do not know what the ... you are talking about.


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: How Concern
To: All
Date Posted: 12:21:43 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-70-20-197-79.phil.east.verizon.net at 70.20.197.79

Message:
I rest my case. I "see" that broad smile on your face. I guess I made your day. What are "friends" for?


Subject: Re: Was Kabba using State House people to undermine EBK?
From: alieu sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 05:56:37 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
“An Adversary to His Excellency? It’s Not Possible!” Kabbah Speaks On Salary Saga .


The former President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has yesterday at his palatial Juba Hills private residence, granted an exclusive interview to this medium during which he has de-cried attempts to promote the existence of an “imaginary wedge” between himself and the sitting Head of State Ernest Bai Koroma by a section of the media.

“President Ernest Bai Koroma is the President of Sierra Leone and ever since he was sworn in, I have given him nothing but support, respect and the honour due to him. Similarly, he has accorded me the same. He gave me his direct phone number and I have access to him at any time I wish to see or speak to him. I have invited him to my home and he has been gracious enough to visit me. During my wedding party, he consented to make a speech in honour of me and my wife,” the former President said adding, “Me being an adversary to His Excellency? It’s not possible!”

President Kabbah was obviously displeased with some published allegations in the media that he was behind clandestine moves to make Ernest Koroma unpopular through the use of alleged “spies and moles” who have allegedly infiltrated into the Office of the President.

“I want no more position of power or influence in this life. Except for my occasional international assignments, I am not looking for any job or position so why will I fight Ernest Koroma?” Kabbah queried.

Reiterating his position, Kabbah said he considers his relationship with Ernest Koroma to be “very good” and “not at all strained.”

“Whenever I have information of pertinence to His Excellency, I telephone him directly or I put it down in writing for his attention,” Kabbah said.

Kabbah used the opportunity to confirm the authenticity of the letters we published from him to State House yesterday. The source from which Awareness Times obtained the correspondence between Pa Kabbah and State House was not the former President. However, during frank discussions, President Kabbah confirmed that our yesterday’s published text of his letters to State House were “accurate and genuine”.

“I was very surprised to see my letters in your newspaper. Initially, I was a little concerned but after I saw the content of some of the other newspapers especially the Standard Times, I was relieved that your own newspaper’s journalistic skills had led you to uncover those letters of mine. I am relieved because you publishing my letters helped to neutralize the damage that Standard Times desired to cause,” Tejan Kabbah confidently said.

Pa Kabbah, in deep thought reiterated that he was not an adversary to anyone but saw himself simply as “an elder statesman in Sierra Leone”.

“What I have been trying to do since my retirement is to position myself in such a way that I can be seen as a credible mediator if there is any problem in the country. The lately efforts to paint me as some kind of enemy of the current State House has been troubling to me and I am appealing to those taking that position to cease and desist,” former President Kabbah ended with an appeal.


Subject: APC-NA- PRO....DAMN
From: Yoni Boy
To: All
Date Posted: 05:36:35 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
By Essa Thaim-Krugba, PRO, APC-NA.


After the elections at the recent APC North America Convention, some of our comrades still refuse to get it.

The APC members at that convention spoke loudly by displaying their democratic weaponry. Uncorrupted and untainted executive members were democratically voted into their respective offices. These were not hand picked people.

My message for political observers is that, if one succeeds to empower ego, and one is not willing to concede defeat, that will lead one to the most self destructive thing imaginable. Only greedy, ravenous and avaricious people with criminal intentions refuse to accept a clean defeat.

I have to make myself clear, very precisely: Today’s world is full of video games, we spend little time together, it is hard for some families to find time together. Please snap out of the APC Convention, concede defeat and move on to unify the party.

Bird watching with our kids is one way to get some fresh air, snap out of it and spend time together with them. Please try it.

Bird watching? Trust me, you will forget that I do exist. In Sierra Leone, we go fishing, watch movies or go to the beach but in this country, please, please go try bird watching. Bird watching has a lot going on for it when it comes to doing it as a family event. It is done outdoors, so everyone gets a bit of fresh air and some exercise. It is also inexpensive, not like convention registration fees which are not refundable. Most importantly, it provides you with a lot of time together to talk, laugh and think about picking up the phone to call and congratulate some of the good friends, unify members, not divide them.

When our kids go out to play video games, it is fairly amazing that we do not hear more about hand injuries with kids. The rate at which they play video games and pound those buttons is pretty amazing. I will avoid jumping into the debate on the content of video games, but what is clear is, kids need to get out more instead of sitting in front of the television or computer.

All of us APC members have to let it go and let peace reign. While kids may be spending endless hours playing video games, parents are equally busy reminiscing over the good old days with friends. From working to running errands, weekend political meetings, caucusing at someone’s backyard, these hardly seem like days off anymore. Heck, it is hard to find time to sit down together as a family just to have dinner and forget about all the political sagas. This is time for other people. You have served your term, try to save your breath, relax and wait for the 2010 cross fire elections.

Conclusively and to the best of my knowledge, bird watching solves all of these problems nicely. Try it. Bird watching is a hobby, not a sport. This means there is a lot of time to just be together. You might see a lot of birds, but again you might not. Bird watching with our kids is not really about seeing birds. It is about being with our kids, talking to them and just spending time together. This means you need to leave all the backbiting, bad-mouthing, spitefulness and the cell phone or blackberry at home and hit the road.

I am appealing to you all my friends, please take your kids out to the parks for bird watching. Stay out of politicking for now, be good fellows, concede and stay out of mischief and be happy.

As you can see, this is not a political statement. My aim here is to make you smile and relax and forget about politics a bit. Go bird watching. Try it, you will be glad you did.

discuss


Subject: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 04:59:54 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Why is it that the APC foot soldiers on this forum cannot communicate without lacing their messages with insults? The fact that they hijack other people's messages with meaningless arguments does not bother me. What taxes my sense of judgement is their proclivity toward insults. The man known as "Salifu Papa," for example, rants and spews insults over every topic. Perception, they say, shapes the beliefs and opinions people hold about those in the spotlight. The APC brothers on this forum are making the impression that they are incapable of using reason to communicate points and messages. Almost every thread on this forum has expletives derailing thought-provoking debates. Why are you guys behaving like the uneducated brothers being manipulated in Freetown to wreak havoc against opponents?


With few exceptions like Fen Plaba and Uman Lappa, most APC brothers on this forum behave as though they have pint-sized brains, hence the inability to read, analyze and respond with cogent arguments. There is nothing I enjoy more than a forum frequented by tenacious opponents with admirable abilities. "History Professor," for example, sounds so mannered and level-headed that ideological clashes with him can only leave you thoughtfully edified. Not so with the chest-beating APC men on this forum! Beautiful Cocorioko has unfortunately become a place where APC supporters with {apparently} low levels of intelligence take solace in insults. I am saying this without restraint because incivility can only be tamed by describing it in forthright terms. I hope the APC brothers turn over a new leaf by using reason, instead of insults, to communicate.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: HASSAN KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:02:01 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: KAMSON10@HOTMAIL.COM
Entered From: 1e.f1b7d1.client.atlantech.net at 209.183.241.30

Message:
Bra E,
I have not at any point in time insulted or abuse anyone on this forum. I have occasionally accused you of being a tribalist but to no uncertain terms that i have used profanity. In fact it has been the other way round when Jacob Kanu your mentor/hero started using insulting words against me. I had to put a stop to that. Bra E i am using my real name on this forum and as such i cannot taint it. The nature of my upbringing and my profession preclude me from behaving in a way ward manner I therefore take strong exception to the general statement that all APC people on the forum are not civilized and that they cannot contribute to the various topics without being rude. You need to refine whatever point you want to make


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 11:03:28 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Bra E, I am a member of the APC and I have never responded to you with Insults. You and I are on the Phone at least once a month. Why then do you paint all of us with a broad brush. Isn't this the same as people painting all Mendes with a broad brush which was the subject of your post aout two weeks ago? I take objection to that.

Stay Blessed


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 13:46:36 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ln1-39-9l5m491.gsu.edu at 131.96.89.177

Message:
Alphaa Alieu, Kabor.
Please accept my apologies for not putting you in the same class as the right honorable gentlemen, Fen Plaba and Uman Lappa. Your brand of APC soldiering is civil, and far from being uncultured as seen in the case of those who respond to political attacks with insults. If I decide to insult everyone who politically attacks the SLPP, for, example, I will end up "doing insults" for a living. The truth of the matter is that political attacks, no matter how severe, should not be treated with insults. I think it takes some little amount of sophistication to know that.
Stay blessed, Player.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Joke of the Year
To: All
Date Posted: 15:32:38 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.57.163

Message:
Bra E, did you really make this statement about "it"?

"Your brand of APC soldiering is civil, and far from being uncultured as seen in the case of those who respond to political attacks with insults."

Maybe not to you personally, but to Mendes in general. You are joking, right?


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Idiot
To: All
Date Posted: 20:06:19 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
The man is an idiot.He is complaining about insults but his foolish comments invite the insults. What do we do to big men who talk nonsense in public ? This shows that the idiot does not know what he is saying.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: The real IDIOT
To: All
Date Posted: 00:14:23 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
hey I am the real Idiot and you cannot co opt my moniker without my permission, you stupid IDIOT.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Yaya Fanusie
To: All
Date Posted: 23:42:28 08/29/08 ()
Email Address: saigobe@lanset.com
Entered From: pool-71-179-186-95.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net at 71.179.186.95

Message:
You Paw Paw heads should spend your time and resources getting investments for Sierra Leone.
Yaya Fanusie


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Feathers are dey ruffle.
To: All
Date Posted: 11:18:24 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
It's akin to painting all SLPP, "not Mende".
This post had no tribal dimension.
Well until Iscariot painted it with a broader brush.

That said. Blowmind don, lets move on.

It is true that you are composed and mature.
It is also true that you just acknowledge that YES our APC brothers need anger management class.
You slyfully excluded yourself from that.

No harm no foul. You deserve not to be included as a member of the task force.

Keep on keeping on Mr Iscandari.
We should all be our brothers keepers. Even our Mende brothers.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 11:45:03 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Me feathers ruffle? Naw. I fight battles everyday some big some small, all equally as important. And I agree with you we should all be our brothers keepers even the mende folks (Just quoting you) But you missed the thrust of my post. Just a couple weeks ago Bra E posted angrily, and I supported him then, that some people were posting that ALL mendes were cannibals. I agreed with him that the mende tribe should not be painted with a broad brush. Now the same bra E commits the same offences that he so vehemently opposed not so long ago by painting all APC members with the same broad brush. All I did was call him on it. No harm no foul. I see nothing wrong with that. Wheres the tribalism in that?


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Feathers are dey ruffle.
To: All
Date Posted: 12:28:06 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
If non was intended then we will assume the matter be laid to rest. My apologies.

I was just saying the topic trust was on APC vs SLPP forum members. Who do we all think could better use an anger management seminar?


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: dumbeh
To: All
Date Posted: 14:56:16 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:

This has nothing to do with anger. It's about APC responding fiercely to the verbal violence of the SLPP. If you guys think APC cannot fight back you are making a sad mistake. It's just tit for tat. I have been observing the two partes' supporters. slpp was having a field day attacking and insulting until apc decided to counter-attack. Now slpp is crying like a baby.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Truth
To: All
Date Posted: 10:16:05 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-234-171.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.234.171

Message:
Bra Enviable, every time you write you make me believe what many say about your bias. your piece insults APC 'foot soldiers' but you dont see yourself as an insulting SLPP foot soldier.

To tell you the truth, you are a big part of the problem you lament. When you come to realize that, there will be that much less of the problem you complain about.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Mohamed Barrie
To: All
Date Posted: 10:15:35 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: ncsneak@aol.com
Entered From: 24-181-27-97.dhcp.smyr.ga.charter.com at 24.181.27.97

Message:
That is the way they behave in Sierra Leone.They always try to create chaos.Review all their posts.Insults all the way. They have lost it.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: One SLPP, Many Cannibals
To: All
Date Posted: 09:39:21 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c83-248-226-207.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.207

Message:
It is said:When gentility fails brutality prevails. If you think you are an SLPP Sokobanah who can just come to Cocrioko and bash people while thumping your farmer chest you should think again.No APC Sokobanah will let you go scott-free anymore.

And by the way who gave you the audacity to categorize forumites into intellectuals and non-intellectuals?


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 05:41:17 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
"Why is it that the APC foot soldiers on this forum cannot communicate without lacing their messages with insults?"

IT IS THE ONLY FORM OF COMMUNICATION COCONUT HEADS LIKE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: Arie Wutehteh
To: All
Date Posted: 07:22:59 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: srvwinisa003.wf.uct.ac.za at 137.158.152.206

Message:
Quite interesting. The question gets answered with the reason for the question in the first place by APC.With yet more insults and abusive language.

This forum presents a unique window through which the characters of the memberships of oposing political opinions can be assessed.

It is easy to see which side has more substance and intellect.

Unfortunately they are all sierra leoneans so we can only hope that with time the infleunce of those with exemplary characters can be role models that impact the lives of our less respectable compatriots.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: You are mistaken
To: All
Date Posted: 20:10:42 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
The posts show an incorrigible opposition that just would not accept defeat but behaves like crybabies whole day.


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 07:21:00 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
WELL SAID-Use French to communicate with the French,English with the English,Portuguese with the portuguese,then at the end of the day there will be a dialog which will lead to a consensus.DEEPEST REGARDS


Subject: Re: OUR MISBEHAVING APC BROTHERS
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 07:12:16 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
WELL SAID-DEEPEST REGARDS


Subject: Pedro's latest tribeometer readings
From: Pedro Da Cintra
To: All
Date Posted: 04:40:02 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-226-207.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.226.207

Message:
Well folks Pedro has been busy testing his new invention for reliability,repeatability,sensitivity and accuracy.The following results were obtained from initial tests carried out during the last eight days.
The responses of the subjects that have been included in the test will determine the accuracy of the instrument.

Please don't brand me a tribalist. I have only been driven by curiosity.

RESULTS:
1)Jacob Kanu-Typical Mende

2)Fen Plaba-Typical Temne

3)Kabs Kanu-Reading showed 70% Lokko and 30% Temne

4)Eddie Grant-Typical Temne

5)Bra Enviable-Reading showed 80% Mende and 20%Madingo

6)Sheku Kallon-Reading showed 50%Mende and 50%Madingo

7)Angthorf-Typical Temne

8)Mohamed Kutubu-Reading showed 60% Mende and 40% Madingo

9)Dr.Curtis-Typical Lokko.No Krio traces found

10)Chez Winakabs-Reading showed 95% Temne and 5% Mende probably due to ancestral linkage.

NB
Typical means 100%


Subject: Re: Pedro's latest tribeometer readings
From: Olu
To: All
Date Posted: 16:48:43 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: OluWK@gmail.com
Entered From: 53515272.cable.casema.nl at 83.81.82.114

Message:
Some corrections, Kabba Kanu is Limba % (PATERNAL)and 10% Loko, Chez Winakabs is 90% Temne and 10% Soso from KAMBIA


Subject: Re: Pedro's latest tribeometer readings
From: political
To: All
Date Posted: 16:09:22 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 207.108.136.238

Message:
And Alieu sesay?


Subject: Re: Pedro's latest tribeometer readings
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:32:56 08/29/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
alieu sesay's paternity and maternity roots unknown.His appearance in the shores of our land still remains a fact finding


Subject: Re: Pedro's latest tribeometer readings
From: that is funny
To: All
Date Posted: 06:44:09 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-44c7e83c.dyn.optonline.net at 68.199.232.60

Message:
actually Dr Curtis is 100% creole.


Subject: The stupidity of men
From: Gbordor
To: All
Date Posted: 00:57:29 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.144.110.155

Message:
Last year we were dancing on the streets of Freetown when the results
of the run off election was declared. The goverent of Tejan Kabbah that
was weak and full of empty promises was out and the new dynamic
goverent of Ernest Koroma was going to bring us change and
development. The peace that had been achieved after our long fought
civil war was finally going to be solidified and Sierra Leone was going
to be one happy place to live. My joy was pure and orgasmic.

That day I remember coming back tired and exhausted and met my
grandfather sitting behind the house. "Grandpa, why are you not out
celebrating?" I asked. "Boy," he replied, " I've heard it all, seen it all
and my dancing days are over. We danced for the Margais, Stevens,
Momoh, Strasser and Kabba. The only thing all that dancing did for me
was to give me a bad hip. You can dance though, may be your dance
will pay you better than mine."

I thought then that Grandpa was a grumpy old man, but now I'm
starting to wonder if I too just had my last dance. The problem with
President Koroma is that he is allowing prejudice and tribalism to blind
him to the enormous goodwill the majority of people had for him. What
puzzles me is why a man who won a popular election in which the
outgoing administration was accused of regionalism and sectionalism
adopt the same practices at twice the same rate as those before him.
I am really starting to doubt the national credentials of our leader. The
fact that he only feels comfortable with people from his part of the
country or those that contributed enormous sums to his campaign
shows the kind of stupidity that has kept Sierra Leone down and kept
us perpetually divided.

Prejudiced people usually hide their incompetence by surrounding
themselves with sycophants. Ernest Koroma talks about attitudinal
change, but I sincerely doubt if a man that has displayed so much lack
of judgement in a short time even fully comprehends what the phrase
means. If our President continues down this path of non inclusion, our
country is bound to continue down the narrow path it has always
followed while others surge ahead.



Subject: DESPITE THE " WAR", YOU CAN STILL PUT THIS ON MY TOMBSTONE!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 22:11:31 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-255-102-206.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 96.255.102.206

Message:
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers (human beings) live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

As a Nurse and as a Physician, the question of “being human and living well” often erupts and I have often been called upon, if you will, to make a ruling. Here is my ruling on “being human and living well”.

It is the nature of “being human” that we make mistakes, that we occasionally offend one another, and that we sometimes fail in our efforts to “live well”. Genetics, temperament, environment, and habit may each play a role in our clumsy behaviors. Nothing, however, exceeds the fact we are, first of all, human beings. Fundamentally, “being human” is what we are designed for. It is our genetic self, much like the automobile we drive away when we pay only the base price.

For a human being to “live well”, however, requires something more. It implies physical, emotional, and spiritual health, none of which carries a particularly high price tag. It has to do with our desire to rise above GENERIC LIVING AND ABOVE OUR DESIRE TO SIMPLY EXIST! It implies at least a measure of physical fitness. It involves emotionally healthy relationships, intimacy, and genuine forgiveness. It involves connecting with a God who says: “Here I am. TRUST ME. WE NEED EACH OTHER. I hope you will let Me be part of your life.”

A wise and loving God created within us the gifts to succeed and the ability to fail (I have experienced both of these two attributes first hand!). As human beings, we do plenty of both. Out of the balance of success and failure, however, we derive character, humility, integrity of mind and spirit, and we experience both joy and grief. “Living well” is not so much about success or achievement, nor is it about the absence of humiliation or sadness; we need a copious amount of those experiences. Living well spiritually, emotionally, and even physically is all about process. We golfers have a saying: “it is not how you drive, it is how you arrive.” In other words, the process between the tee and the green is what matters.

“Living well” is about correcting mistakes while trying to avoid their repetition. “Living well” is about apologizing to those we offend while trying to avoid repeated offenses. “Living well” is about making choices that reduce the magnitude, frequency, and consequences of our failure

“Living well” is to view, to behave, and to respect all others as we would have them view us, behave toward us, and respect us. This is the plain and simple golden rule of a human being’s life WELL LIVED. It is Christ’s life reflected in our lives…

…And yes, folks, you have my permission, YOU CAN PUT THIS ON MY TOMBSTONE!

Charles Curtis-Thomas, SECHN, Dip. Druggistry, BSN, RN, MD(Hons), MPH (Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health), is a Sierra Leonean-born Physician residing in the USA. He is also the Director of The Center for Medical Education and Advancement, College Park, Maryland, USA. You can email Him at RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM


Subject: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 20:49:24 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
ERNEST KOROMA IS AT THE CENTER OF THE MYRAID OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS ENGULFING THE NATION:
Ernest Bai Koroma,the insurance smooth talking salesman turned president courtesy Tejan Kabbah/Ernest Koroma quid pro quo has been at the center of the myriad of problems that has almost enveloped the nation.
However,with little tinkering of Shakespearean couplets,he has managed to escape blames because there are always designated fall guys whose necks will be placed on the chopping blocks when things veer off course in order to save him.
In that regard,he has become the political quartet of Richard Nixon,Stevens,Kibaki,and Mugabe all combined on account of the fact he has perfected the act of deception by becoming a first class practitioner of Machievallian politics in the tradition of Siaka Stevens particularly.
The following points will help evaluate my assertions to the effect.
1.He came to power promising to run an administration free of “corruption”.Aside from the fact that he is surrounded by a miscellaneous collection of aides awashed in greed graft,avrice,and rapacious conducts such as Dauda Sulaiman Kamara,Alpha Kanu, and others,like his friend Ahmad Tejan Kabbah,he has yet to tell the citizens the whereabouts of funds provided by the UK government to help restore clean,healthy,and pipe born water supply.One of two issues he campaigned on.
2.While he pointificates the virtues of the citadel of free speech as a vital component of democracy,his lackeys Alpha Kanu and I.B.Kargbo saw nothing inherently wrong when they silenced the the SLPP radio station because of its refusal to capitulate to hopeless propaganda political broadsheet tailored in a manner to meet the idiosyncrasy of Ernest Koroma.Following the international cry for its reopening,he shamelessly journeyed over to the studio to glow in the lime light marking its formal re opening using the political chicanery of preservation of national unity.
The way he politicized the cocaine issue by unduly injecting himself in investigative matters that could better be left to the law enforcement officials.Of course it turned out to be nothing more than a sub text for obstruction of justice.The citizens are yet to see a tangible result to the effect.Kemoh Sesay in the mean time became the fall guy in the melodrama.
3.Reeling from the political heat from the disingenuous self awarded pay hike while the ordinary citizens on whose shoulders the wheel of the economy turns suffers in abject poverty and unspeakable misery,Sanpak Koroma was made the scapegoat and the fall guy for an immoral act that is without conscience,which for all intent and purposes had his knowledge,participation,and endorsement.
In a blatant attempt to cynically divert attention from its inherent existential crisis,he suddenly announced intention to crack down on the logic of lawlessness that has permeated the political ferment of the society.The question is why now?.
Let us take the case of his wife’s inordinate meddling in the conduct of Foreign Affairs albeit she has no Foreign Policy back ground.
Except those who are blind to the most obvious facts of life and are incapable of conjecturing the motive behind that.Just should in case people don’t know,it is another way to globetrot foreign capitals with hat in hand for funds that will eventually funneled into their secret holdings.
Zainab Bangura is kept on the job more for cosmetic reasons because she is no threat to the cynical money making mission of Bai and Sia Koroma as exemplified by a foundation in her name.
Ernest Koroma like Stevens thinks rightly or wrongly that the citizenry are fooled by egalitarian and window dressing statements on mundane issues when the go gets rough.
The long and short of the debacle facing the nation has to do with the fact that it is either Ernest Koroma does not know what is happening around him,or he is simply part and parcel of a mechanism tirelessly dedicated to deceiving the populace.
The obvious answer is all of the above.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: Re: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: Joe Gbandawai
To: All
Date Posted: 22:11:56 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-172-29-64.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.172.29.64

Message:
Kutubu Koroma, what have you contributed towards the socio-economic develpoment of our beloved country? Just curious to know. Thanks


Subject: Re: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: one brain
To: All
Date Posted: 16:17:55 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
It seems to me that after the consistent distruction and failure by public officials, who have held responsible positions and jobs in Sierra Leone, should be the inditees and not diasporans like Kutubu who is making honest living in a competitive, diciplined and civilised professional way.

But for the irresponsible and reckless thieving of those people, I am sure Kutubu and many of the diasporans would have prefered to live and work in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 05:42:02 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
That is a matter i prefer that you figure out for your self and draw what ever conclusions you wish to arrive at in that context.


Subject: Re: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: KATHEGBEH
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:40 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lgrt-78.dhcp.umass.edu at 128.119.230.78

Message:
Answer the question or just list one or two contributions you've made to Sierra Leone. Let me help you:
1. You narrate political history to Sierra Leoneans

2. You use big words to help people learn new words; oh! I forgot the third (3.) one is: you confuse people with your words.

4. May be you are honest and fearless. Therefore you are role model in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: ERNEST KOROMA AT THE CENTER OF THE LOGIC OF LAWLESSNESS.
From: Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 10:34:36 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: mohamedkoroma49@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-241-236-103.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.241.236.103

Message:
You know,i am now leaving for work but i thought i should spend the few minites i have to address one thing.
The guys who put the entire english words together left us the users with a choice.
1.You have the choice to use the ones you are comfortable with as long as they are carried out in proper context and perspective.
For example if you tell me that when i tale the 495 going Rochville,i should exit at the sign that says 355,means the same as leave where it says 355.On the contrary if you ask me to exit on it but you really mean to tell me to continue on the 495,then you are guilty of misuse of words.
Finally,there is what is called subconscious and conscious.
Most of us,keep lots of vocabularies in the subconscious so that they will be availabe when ever needed.The day big words are sanctioned not to be used,be rest assured that you will never see it written anywhere by me.That is all for now until 9pm when i will be back.Thank you very much.
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma,
USA.


Subject: On The Foreign Blogger's Negative Report
From: Retired Banker
To: All
Date Posted: 20:40:06 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: client-86-24-1-195.bmly.adsl.virgin.net at 86.24.1.195

Message:
Candid Opinion, thanks for sharing the UN official's negative blog on S.Leone. But you appear to believe the GOVERNMENT is the main cause of our continued bottom-of-the-ladder status;
QUOTE
"We contry alaki.. and it is continuing down that same abyss.. even though a NEW government was elected that promised us reform.. and we did vote for them only for them to hussle us.."
UNQUOTE

However, the blogger has a better insight:
QUOTE:
"It is amazing how politics can destroy a nation. Sometimes I wonder whether the government here is actually needed to keep the country intact.
"It is so hard to work in a country where locals continually disrespect each other, disrespect foreign aid workers, and have no sense of national pride, national unity, or national identity. How can you respect a country that doesn’t even respect its own citizens? How can you respect citizens who do not even respect themselves?
UNQUOTE

This blunt appraisal supports my previous observation that Sierra Leone is dysfunctional because there are no 'Sierra Leoneans'.
What we have are regional/tribal clans vying for power under the guise of political parties.
No development can take place because there is no 'National' interest.

I repeat my plea from the post linked below:
"Instead of the pointless bickering that dominates this forum, people need to decide if they want to be 'Sierra Leoneans' or remain part of regional
clans. If the latter is the case, then we should stop pretending we have a national identity and start debating either a loose federation of regions
or outright self-determination (as in the Balkans). Otherwise, we might wake up one morning to discover our beloved country has disintegrated into another Somalia."


Subject: Re: On The Foreign Blogger's Negative Report
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 22:37:05 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip98-169-0-228.dc.dc.cox.net at 98.169.0.228

Message:
True..
The thing is... i feel the same way...

Sometimes i really sit and wonder, why do we need a government..
I think they cause more problems for us than they solve..


Subject: Re: On The Foreign Blogger's Negative Report
From: Sheku Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 03:12:11 09/01/08 ()
Email Address: kabiasheku@yahoo.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
This is fact


Subject: Our Misbehaving APC Brothers
From: BRA ENVIABLE
To: All
Date Posted: 19:59:17 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Why is it that the APC foot soldiers on this forum cannot communicate without lacing their messages with insults? The fact that they hijack other people's messages with meaningless arguments does not bother me. What taxes my sense of judgement is their proclivity toward insults. The man known as "Salifu Papa," for example, rants and spews insults over every topic. Perception, they say, shapes the beliefs and opinions people hold about those in the spotlight. The APC brothers on this forum are making the impression that they are incapable of using reason to communicate points and messages. Almost every thread on this forum has expletives derailing thought-provoking debates. Why are you guys behaving like the uneducated brothers being manipulated in Freetown to wreak havoc against opponents?

With few exceptions like Fen Plaba and Uman Lappa, most APC brothers on this forum behave as though they have pint-sized brains, hence the inability to read, analyze and respond with cogent arguments. There is nothing I enjoy more than a forum frequented by tenacious opponents with admirable abilities. "History Professor," for example, sounds so mannered and level-headed that ideological clashes with him can only leave you thoughtfully edified. Not so with the chest-beating APC men on this forum! Beautiful Cocorioko has unfortunately become a place where APC supporters with {apparently} low levels of intelligence take solace in insults. I am saying this without restraint because incivility can only be tamed by describing it in forthright terms. I hope the APC brothers turn over a new leaf by using reason, instead of insults, to communicate.


Subject: Re: Our Misbehaving APC Brothers
From: cross breed
To: All
Date Posted: 20:34:50 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: ABU@ AOL.COM
Entered From: pool-71-191-88-235.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.191.88.235

Message:
BRE E, WE RESPECT YOU BUT SHOW WAYTIN YOU BUK DON DO FOR SALEONE. WE KNOW WAYTIN MAKE WUNA VEX.


Subject: sanpha koroma
From: juliet buck
To: All
Date Posted: 16:57:36 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: julietbuck@hotmail.com
Entered From: ppp-70-244-36-70.dsl.hstntx.swbell.net at 70.244.36.70

Message:
why are we losing good people in this administration?


Subject: Re: sanpha koroma
From: Okada
To: All
Date Posted: 01:36:24 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 194.78.45.187

Message:
Juliet, please do not worry about our brother Sanpha.He is very much in the Government and will enjoy a more powerful position.For now, it was important to convince the international community that President had no clue about salaries.So stay in peace.


Subject: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Thaim Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 16:45:08 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
This is very true, dear.Essa Thaim-Kurugba is making a mockery of the APC. We cannot continue to defend the indefensible. I think a big, evil wind blew over the APC last Saturday when they elected this new executive. This executive seems to me like a bunch of illiterates. I was born APC and I will never leave the APC for any other party. I am however worried about the calibre of the people the APC has elected to run the North American Branch. If any one does not believe , read the nonsense the Secretary-General Abdul Bero Kamara wrote in the APC World-Wide. You are talking about Kurugba ? Read Chief's posts on the APC Forum. It is a shame that the APC can do no better than elect imbeciles to such sensitive posts in America.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: HASSAN KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:22:20 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: KAMSON10@HOTMAIL.COM
Entered From: 1e.f1b7d1.client.atlantech.net at 209.183.241.30

Message:
Thaim Kamara,
We blame people like you who distance themselves from the PARTY. Your presence would have made a difference but you decided to wait and cry the Party on a public domain. Try to attend meetings so that the imbeciles will not occupy those positions next time


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Ariogbo
To: All
Date Posted: 18:50:49 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-248-197-124.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 69.248.197.124

Message:
"If any one does not believe , read the nonsense the Secretary-General Abdul Bero Kamara wrote in the APC World-Wide. You are talking about Kurugba ? Read Chief's posts on the APC Forum. It is a shame that the APC can do no better than elect imbeciles to such sensitive posts in America."


THIS IS ONE OF THE LETTERS - APC SORRY O!!!!

Dear Mr. Iscandari,
I received the email you sent out to selected few. Two things surprised me, first, you didn't sent me the email and I assumed you were either scared of my response back, or you didn't want to trigger my insulin level, or could be a combination of both.(laugh) All the same the email came to me through a third party. It makes me feel good when a high profile lawyer like Mr. Iscandari is avoiding a confrontation with me. Nevertheless,on a more serious note, I was flabbergasted and disappointed at you. However, before I start launching my bazookas, let me respectfully lay my premises by asking you these million dollar questions: (1) Where were you on the day of the election (2) Before the election were you awared that Osman Conteh and AB Bangura of the Washington DC chapter were going to contest for the chairmanship? (3) Prior to the election were you awared that it was in contravention of the by-laws for Washington DC to send contestants for the Chairmanship, privy to the fact that the past chairman was from DC?

Regards
Abdul Kamara (CHIEF)


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Clowns, Clowns, Clowns
To: All
Date Posted: 19:18:23 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
These guys are clowns. Look at what he wrote to Alieu Iscandari and tell me how such a man can communicate the party's message. Den boy yah 2 illiterate for hol public position.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: padi padi
To: All
Date Posted: 00:03:17 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 24.129.18.73

Message:
NA YOU DEY BEAT, NAR YOU DEY DANCE


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 16:59:52 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
"IMBECILES ARE BETTER THAN CRIMINALS,THEY WILL NEVR DESTROY A NATION NOR WILL THEY PLOT AGAINST THE SUCCESS OF THE POOR.THE SO CALLED EDUCATED ONES IN AFRICA AND SIERRA LEONE IN PARTICULAR ARE THE ONES MAKING THINGS VERY DIFICULT FOR THE SUFFERING MASES. ALL THEIR EDUCATION IS SPENT ON MANIPULATING VOUCHERS AND PRACTICING SELF SEEKING CULTURES. WE ARE JUST TIRED OF THEM ALL.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Owaiiii...sniff sniff.....eh eh.. Osaiiiiiiiiiii.. sniff
To: All
Date Posted: 18:55:31 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip98-169-0-228.dc.dc.cox.net at 98.169.0.228

Message:
SALIFU...

I think you forgot to add Victor Foh in there somewhere..


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Reality
To: All
Date Posted: 18:36:08 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.168.16.157

Message:
Salifu, the complexities of modern governance may be lost to those of
you who view education so negatively. The reason why most people
ask Kabs Kanu for his opinion on many issues has nothing to do with
his wealth, his tribe or being a Reverend, it is because agree with him
or not, he sounds and come across as an educated man.

We need and pray for honest people in Sierra Leone. However to
manage a modern economy, we need honest and well educated
people. To have a bunch of dishonest intellectuals will not do, neither
will a bunch of honest half educated individuals. This propensity to
belittle education should no longer in this day and age be a hallmark of
the APC or any other party.

Government represents more than party loyalty. It involves international
diplomacy, development of economic principles and models, instituting
principles to tackle poverty, infant mortality, human capital development
and many other things. To think that we would belong to a country
where education is ridiculed is one of the greatest regrets of my life.

Brother, Japan has no gold, coffee, diamonds, bauxite of rutile and the
only natural product it is endowed with is fish. The only reason it is
ahead today and a major world economic power is because it's people
embraced education and valued science and technology. They are
honest, but highly educated. Illiteracy should be tackled and
eliminated, not worn as a badge of honor. I will argue you on this topic
any place and every time if you choose. You people just like to talk
about the few educated politicians who have let you down. You fail to
mention the thousands of educated Sierra Leoneans who succeeded
in turning Sierra Leone in the past become known as the Athens of
West Africa.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 09:16:04 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: at 83.229.112.21

Message:
Mr reality, if you can just have a re-think and try to understand my points you will not take me to japan. the whole truth of the matter is, these people have moral discipline and they take it as a priority very similar to the arab world.We are kicking against moral discipline which is the other defination of education.
(selfishness,greediness,manipulation,dishonesty,fuggery, and many other nasty concepts)
I mean these are the basic values we must ensure to put as our top most priority.

Do you think the arabs are crazy when they mame and burnt their citizens when found guilty of such crimes? no but because they know the danger behind it.This is the fact we africans are always running away from.

Let me give you a typical example: The lebanese community here in sierra leone are in minority, almost all of them are semi-ilitrate,but look at the margine and make your judgement and then you will realise that manners maketh man.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: HASSAN KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:46:31 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: KAMSON10@HOTMAIL.COM
Entered From: 1e.f1b7d1.client.atlantech.net at 209.183.241.30

Message:
Salifu Papa,
I know we want to defend our party, but there is no way i will go against Reality's assertions about education. The success of any country highly depends on its human resources, that is the educated people. A look at EBK's appointments tells you that he cannot run the country with semi-illerates. What we need to do as a party is to allow people with certain skills to occupy certain positions. Frienship shouldn't prevail when it comes to sesitive positions. We need to revisit the bye-laws in order to make the necessary changes. I stop so far since i don't have the power to fight a comrade in the struggle


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 07:36:25 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
What is your definition of Education and relate it to good leadership?Most of you folks especially Sierra-Leoneans are obsessed with education as the only tool or instrument for good leadership,and not taking into account,patriotism,accountability,honesty etc.


Subject: Re: For Musa Kamara
From: HASSAN KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:49:16 08/28/08 ()
Email Address: KAMSON10@HOTMAIL.COM
Entered From: 1e.f1b7d1.client.atlantech.net at 209.183.241.30

Message:
Musa Kamara,
Plese send me an email at kamson10@hotmail.com.


Subject: Re: They are a bunch of illiterates and imbeciles
From: Tee hee
To: All
Date Posted: 18:06:40 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
"Illiterates and imbeciles ". Tee hee.


Subject: Why Are They Called "Mercedes"
From: Socratic method
To: All
Date Posted: 14:24:40 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Why Are They Called "Mercedes"
No, Mercedes was not the name of Otto Benz' daughter. In the late 1890's Emil Jellinek, formerly attached to the Consulate of Austro-Hungary, was living in France. He was fascinated by an early French three wheeler and the possibilities of this new mode of transportation. Then he heard about improved cars made by Daimler Motoren in Wurttemburg, Germany.
He went to the factory and in 1897 bought one of the cars. He was an imperious and forceful gent and made certain demands as to performance for the factory to follow if they wanted his order. He soon bought more Daimler's for his friends and in this way became the Daimler dealer in Nice, France.

In 1899, Jellinek entered a custom built Daimler in a race near Nice. Owners often gave pet names to their cars in contests. Jellinek named his entry after his daughter, Mercedes. The Mercedes won its first race.

In about 1900, Jellinek gave Daimler an order for 36 cars but stipulated that his cars must have priority of production and that they all must bear the name "Mercedes". Since this was about 30 percent of the entire year's production, Jellinek's demands were met.

A short while later, the factory decided that the name "Mercedes" was better than "Daimler" for marketing in places like France. So they began using the Mercedes name on all production cars. Mercedes herself died when she was only 40 years old but her name has become forever linked to some of the world's finest cars.


Subject: Sampha Koroma
From: Kombey
To: All
Date Posted: 13:30:23 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: dele25@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-70-17-78-251.res.east.verizon.net at 70.17.78.251

Message:
I wonder at the judgement of President Ernest Koroma. When you appoint ex civil Servants whose time has long come and gone, what do you expect? Sampha (I knew him when he was the at the NAO happily going by the name Jim ie before Temnelization)and others of his ilk have gone about the business of running the country as their personal property in the days when the Press was nozzled by Stevens. It is either he fell on his sword for his Leader or Ernest participated in the scam and was busted. It has always been the fear that having been out of office for so long the APC would be desperate for financial gain. I choose to believe that Sampha could not have acted on his own. I saw him at State House last month and he was in and out of the President's office like a yoyo. 'Ernest get u act together' This cookie is crumbling fast


Subject: Re: Sampha Koroma
From: QUITE CORRECT
To: All
Date Posted: 14:11:20 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
It is either he fell on his sword for his Leader or Ernest participated in the scam and was busted.


Subject: Socialist APC!
From: Reality
To: All
Date Posted: 13:19:30 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.168.87.118

Message:
I have been too busy over the past few months to visit my favorite
forum, but have been following developments about Sierra Leonean
politics in USA. Off course, both the APC and SLPP NA have new
executives and Dr. Jah and Victor Foh of the SLPP and APC
respectively flew in to legitimize both elections and give credence to
both elections.

Yesterday I was browsing through Cocorioko when I came across the
press release by the new APC NA PRO Essa Thaim-Kurugba about
APC being socialist and democratic.

Reading the painfully mediocre press release suddenly made me
realize why Sierra Leone, and by the extension Africa, is in such poor
state. To think that APC would choose this joke of a writer out of all
the sober intellectual in the party to be the spokesman is plainly mind
numbing. When I was reading the semi literate word juxtapositions
passing for a press release, I first thought something was wrong with
me, because I could not understand a sentence in the entire release.
After reading the article three to four times, I suddenly realized that the
problem was not mine, this guy was just nuts, a fraud posing as an
intellectual.

Siaka Stevens once said, "you can pretend to be ill, but if you are ill,
you can never succeed at pretending to be well. Essa dresses like an
intellectual, looks like one, tries to write like one, but he is not one.

My appeal to APC NA is to have someone vet this guys press releases
before he publishes them. Democracy thrives when the electorate is
enlightened. This guy is a threat to public enlightenment. If the party
can pay for him to start some writing classes, I will be grateful.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 13:46:22 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
Mr.Englishman,English language is equivocal to those who can quivocate it.By the way,are you proud of your tribal language?I hope it is not mende.When Africans will have their senses intact?We keep on adoring foreign,colonial and slavery languages instead of us to develop,adore and be proud of our mother tongues.Any group of people or nation that is not capable to read,write and communicate properly in its language,is not yet FREE.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: How Concern
To: All
Date Posted: 15:24:01 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-70-20-197-79.phil.east.verizon.net at 70.20.197.79

Message:
So let the APC PRO write in themne ... or forever remain to be vetted in all his releases for the APC. Lontha kha de-bai.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: Practical
To: All
Date Posted: 13:26:53 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
The PR man for the APC is the latest joke and comedy on the internet. The man is an illiterate, but with APC, who cares?


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 13:51:51 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
But Essa is far better than your so called semi-illiterates,kabba,berewa,saffa,banja etc,who plundered and drained our nation to the gutters,financially and morally.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 15:51:44 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
I don't think whether we trust these so- called educated elite as our political heads any more. If we the APC mistake to in coporate these folks, the people will begine to look at us the same "criminals" that form the bulk of the SLPP danchall party. We just need commited and honest people that are capable of making the difference. You just sit and wait with your education while serious people put things together, and after you will realise that to read and write is just aspect of life.

"PA KABBAH AND SOLO BEE WITH ALL THEIR EDUCATION FAILS TO GIVE US ELECTRICITY, UNTILL ERNEST KOROMA WHOM THEY SAID IS NOT TOO EDUCATED AS YOU ARE ACCUSING OUR MAN NOW, CAME AND WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR FACES"


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: Dehunge
To: All
Date Posted: 16:10:08 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-72-83-110-223.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 72.83.110.223

Message:
You APC guys stop been defensive. Do not take all criticisms as an attack on the Party. Some of us are sympathizers of the party. The truth is Kurugba is the wrong person for that position. I hope Iscandri succeeds in invalidating the recent election. I am sure Kurugba will not win that position again.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: dumbeh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:47:30 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:

Isacandari is not stop enough to try to fight against people who have been democratically elected. He might just get a very tough APC fight on his hands, that he will regret later.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: dumbeh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:49:46 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Isacandari is not STUPID stop enough to try to fight against people who have been democratically elected. He might just get a very tough APC fight on his hands, that he will regret later. It's like what Berewa tried to do after the APC victory. I trust Iscandari's judgment.


Subject: Re: Socialist APC!
From: Thaim Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 16:40:29 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
This is very true, dear. We cannot continue to defend the indefensible. I think a big, evil wind blew over the APC last Saturday when they elected this new executive, which seems to me like a bunch of illiterates. I was born APC and I will never leave the APC for any other party. I am however worried about the calibre of the people the APC has elected to run the North American Branch. If any one does not believe , read the nonsense the Secretary-General Abdul Bero Kamara wrote in the APC World-Wide. You are talking about Kurugba ? Read Chief's posts on the APC Forum. It is a shame that the APC can do no better than elect imbeciles to such sensitive posts in America.


Subject: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 13:04:06 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.152.21.30

Message:
They have lost their political handle and now financially they are drowning slowly but sure.God is Great.This is just the begining of their long awaited nightmare.The blood of the innocent Sierra-Leoneans who perished under your watch is and will continue haunting you.The funds allocated for the state and to improve the lives of ordinary Sierra-Leoneans squandered by your evil bandits is also taking its cause.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 11:06:31 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.73.72

Message:
Sheku, this is no doubt to me! Were leaders are full of greed and selfishness, the main body becomes bankrupt. Take a tally of the wealth some of these 'leaders' have to see the pathetic situation they've left the party. The ordinary members, whose toil and sweat, put together funds to run the party have to bear this brunch. It is sad how the likes of kabbah, Berewa, Maada Bio and others who had greatly benefitted will allow us to wallow in threats of bankruptcy! I sometimes ponder how their consciences work? This is another lesson to learn!


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: Sheku Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 07:50:57 08/31/08 ()
Email Address: kabiasheku@yahoo.com
Entered From: 213-165-36-138.zajoulnet.com at 213.165.36.138

Message:
Well Brother we need to focus on massive fundraising campaign Brother we need ideas to move the party forward Keep posting Man

Cheers


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 17:32:22 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.243

Message:
Musa, you have the right a express your opinion but you also have a moral obligation to make sure that you speak the truth. For your information the SLPP Is doing fine and good financially and morally.
Rest assured that the RECORDS of our country will always show that the SLPP is only political party that can lead with a ZERO tolerance for corruption and the party that will always be transparent and accountable to its people.
Don't forget that the SLPP created the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) to fight corruption (which will always be the order of the day in every APC led government). When president Koroma said he will formulate a commission of inquiry to investigate all past government officials, the SLPP welcome that because we believe in accounting for our stewardship.
Very soon the SLPP will begin to teach the APC how be transparent and accountable.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 17:50:55 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: s100-masq.iptelsl.net at 83.229.112.20

Message:
"the SLPP is only political party that can lead with a ZERO tolerance for corruption and the party that will always be transparent and accountable to its people" This statement is shamefull mr. why are you truning down the truth? Even little children in the street can give their story about past odds.Just come with your lessons, and we will keep answers for you.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 18:41:22 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.243

Message:
Salifu, I will never speak anything besides the truth.Please, do not talk only because you think you will score political points. Say things that you can prove beyond all doubts. Don't forget that corruption is a serious crime, therefore before you accuse somebody of been corrupt you must have enough evidence.
I challenge you to come out with your proves to show that the SLPP is corrupt. Forget about empty talk, justify your words, If you fear God.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: OJUFINI SESAY NAR RARAY GIAL
To: All
Date Posted: 06:54:28 08/30/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
THATS THE WORD AROUND WASHINGTON DC THESE DAYS. She has a dishonest son called ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA, who belongs to EBILLEH A DRINKING AND JAMBA SMOKING ASSOCIATION.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: Alpha Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 10:59:35 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Salifu Alpha Saidu does not have any credibility. He was chosen by the SLPP for his insults not his intellectual prowess because he has NONE.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 08:40:12 08/28/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 83.229.112.21

Message:
Mr Alpha,if i did i am just wasting my time,even at the moment of typing your post, your second thought is telling you the truth that the SLPP devastated this country.
But time and time will tell.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: DIG DIG
To: All
Date Posted: 20:26:52 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: ABU@ AOL.COM
Entered From: pool-71-191-88-235.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.191.88.235

Message:
SAIDU i fell sorry for you. you do not know how the slpp operate or what they used to do while in power, what about the ghost teachers? what happened with MOMOH PUJEH WITH STOLEN MONEY AT THE AIRPORT? you want to know have a decent talk with ABDUL THORLU BANGURA.


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: In god's name
To: All
Date Posted: 13:28:31 08/27/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 82-45-255-9.cable.ubr03.enfi.blueyonder.co.uk at 82.45.255.9

Message:
God said the wicked shall perish for their wicked deed. The SLPP will suffer for stealing from the poor and living our country without light. Amen


Subject: Re: THE SLPP IS BROKE
From: SALIFU PAPAH
To: All
Date Posted: 16:01:58 08/27/08 ()
Email Address: sabbok2003@yahoo.co.uk
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Subject: Where would you rather be IF
From: SOCRATIC METHOD
To: All
Date Posted: 12:45:22 08/27/08 ()
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If there was a world war between NATO,V. Russia and China that including their interests in Africa, would you rather stay in the US or relocate to Africa? And Why


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