Are you one of those believing that President Jonathan will not contest in 2015? Or have you been sucked in too by silly
statements such as the one made by a northern political lightweight that “the north will rise against Jonathan”. Please stop
being fooled. Lets move a bit forward in the way we analyze the likely future of our dear country.Let us be more realistic
with ourselves in order to improve general discourse and perhaps influence the turn of events in our motherland.
This write-up is neither for or against President Jonathan.The points listed can be useful for or against our president.So if
you belong to either side of the fence please feel free to express it the way you see it.
WHY JONATHAN’S PRESIDENCY MAY OUTLAST 2015
1.The issue of whether he has spent 2 terms or not has not been resolved legally. If two terms equal 8 yrs there should be no
election in 2015 until he has spent 8yrs.On the other hand some might argue that each election is for 4 yrs of a presidency no
matter how many occupied the seat within the period.We might be looking at another Akinjide “two thirds” case on our
hands.If not resolved now,History has shown that the Nigerian Supreme Court hardly decides against the interest of the
2.Northern politicians except a few like those in charge of Boko Haram can easily be bought over. The governors who have
spent two terms can be promised ministerial or ambassadorial appointments. Those who are going to seek for second terms
might consider it safer to stay with a rolling train. Once the governors are trapped the battle is won for Jonathan
3. The South-Eastern politicians are not seriously preparing to challenge Jonathan.Those who are making noise or are likely
to be “settled”
4.Opposition parties within and without PDP led by Atiku,Buhari and Tinubu have no hope of unseating an incumbent
president.They are too many miles apart ideologically and would be loaded by PDP pretenders or spies anyway before they
can understand themselves.All their “strategies” will always be on PDP tables within 24 hours.As for Atiku,PDP by now
knows how to handle his case and that of IBB.In reality OBJ only has a nuisance political weight.He has no real base to use
to challenge Jonathan.In any case Anenih has been rescucitated to provide an alternate to him.
5.The PDP is made up of people with the same capitalist ideology.It does not matter whether they are from the north or
south.Their interest is not really in geography or ethnicity.It is in the languages of naira,dollars and pounds sterling.It was
so during NPN days and so shall it always be.
6.The armed forces have been “scattered” by locations,appointments and modern technology.If a coup takes place today in
Abuja it is possible to have 3 to 4 dissenting units all over the country with access to radio,tv,social media to counter such a
7.The “rebels” or “freedom fighters” from the delta will rise up again to defend the pot of soup they are presently
licking.Nigeria may therefore step backwards by another 8 yrs.Or do you think Jonathan is a fool by keeping the group
“handy”?.In addition to this,the Ijaw nation will likely rise up once again as it did during the fuel price increase
to defend their son and keep him on seat.
8.Jonathan so far has craftily avoided making deep enemies of any particular section of the country in line with Yar’adua
policies and very much unlike OBJ who created eternal enemies for himself through military policies and styles of
governance.Many of those who voted for him in some sections of the country might see him as a lesser evil even
if they cannot identify anything positive about him.
9.But is it true that there is nothing positive about Jonathan? Has the power supply situation improved in your area like
mine?. Well we may have to leave each individual to determine what his/her priorities are to decide whether some sample of
goodness is attachable to Jonathan or not.
10.My last and most important point is that INEC ,meaning Prof.Jega will rather prefer to work with him rather than against
him (will you bite the hand feeding you so well?). So where is the hope for Buhari in 2015? It is locked up in a political
suitcase.Like those of most Nigerians.
Speaking out: Piers Morgan angered 90,000 gun-lovers in the US when he spoke out about gun control
It was controlled, legal, safe and undeniably exciting. But it also showed me, quite demonstrably, that guns are killing machines.
Rarely has the hideous effect of a gun been more acutely laid bare than at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two weeks ago – when a deranged young man called Adam Lanza murdered 20 schoolchildren aged six and seven, as well as six adults, in a sickening rampage.
The Sandy Hook massacre brought back such horribly vivid memories for me of Dunblane, the worst mass shooting in Britain in my lifetime.
I was editor of the Daily Mirror on that day back in 1996 and will never forget the appalling TV footage of those poor Scottish mothers sprinting to the small primary school, many already howling with anguish at the thought of what might have happened to their five-year-old children.
It was a slaughter so senseless, so unspeakable, that it reduced even hard-bitten news reporters, including me, to tears.
And as I watched the parents at Sandy Hook racing to try to find their children, I saw the same images, the same terror, that engulfed Dunblane. And I felt the same tears welling up.
Then, 16 five-year-old children were slain in their classroom. Now, 20 six- and seven-year-olds. Beautiful young lives snuffed out before they had a chance to fulfil any of their potential. It made me so gut-wrenchingly angry.
I have four children. And I still remember the blind terror I felt when I lost my son Stanley, then aged two, for half an hour at a cricket match on a field surrounded by a small running creek. I was sure he’d drowned. But I was lucky: he finally emerged from where he’d been hiding – big, cheeky grin intact.
Every parent has a similar story. To even try to conceive of how you would feel if your child was shot multiple times in the head by a Rambo madman at school is just impossible. I honestly don’t know how you would ever carry on with life.
But my anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America.
Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, rocketed at gun stores all over America in the days following the Sandy Hook shooting.
And the country’s biggest gun supplier, Brownells, said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years.
What is behind this apparently insane behaviour? The answer is, mainly, fear.
The well-organized, richly funded, vociferous pro-gun lobby were straight out, on my CNN show and many other media outlets, declaring that the only way those schoolchildren would have survived is if their teachers had been armed. It’s been their answer to every mass shooting.
After the shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, in July – where 70 people were hit, the worst victim-count in such an incident in US history, and 12 people died – sales of guns in the state rose by a staggering 41 per cent in the following month as people bought into the theory that if everyone in the theater had been armed too, they’d have stopped the shooter. Can you imagine the scene as 200 people pulled out guns and started blazing away in a dark theater?
The gun-lobby logic dictates that the only way to defend against gun criminals is for everyone else to have a gun, too. Teachers, nurses, clergymen, shop assistants, cinema usherettes – everyone must be armed.
To me, this is a warped, twisted logic that bears no statistical analysis and makes no sense. Do you fight drug addiction with more cocaine? Alcoholism with more Jack Daniel’s? Of course not.
But woe betide anyone who dares suggest this. In the days following Sandy Hook, I interviewed a number of gun-rights representatives and grew increasingly furious as they trotted out these hackneyed old disingenuous lines.
Finally, I erupted at one of them, a man with the unfortunate name of Larry Pratt, who runs the Gun Owners of America lobbying group.
‘You,’ I eventually declared, ‘are an unbelievably stupid man.’
And that was the catalyst for the full wrath of the gun lobby to crash down on my British head.
A petition was created on an official White House website demanding my deportation for ‘attacking the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution’. This, of course, is the one that alludes to an American’s ‘right to bear arms’.
The concerted effort to get me thrown out of the country – which has so far gathered more than 90,000 signatures – struck me as rather ironic, given that by expressing my opinion I was merely exercising my rights, as a legal US resident, under the 1st Amendment, which protects free speech.
But no matter.
This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America – and I’m just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I’m British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget – Special Relationship notwithstanding.
It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on their freedom. The problem is that America’s historical love of guns means the country is now awash with them – and with gun death.
The bare statistics say it all. There are 311 million people in the United States and an estimated 300 million guns in circulation. (Between four million and seven million new firearms are manufactured in the US every year.)
Take out children from the population figure, and that’s comfortably more than one gun per person.
Each year, on average, 100,000 Americans are shot with a gun. Of these, over 31,000 are fatalities, 11,000 of them murders and 18,000 suicides. More than a million people have been killed with guns in America since 1968 when Dr Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated.
The US firearm murder rate is 19.5 times higher than the 22 next most populous, high-income countries in the world. And a staggering 80 per cent of firearm deaths in the combined 23 countries occur in America.
My campaign against America’s gun laws didn’t begin two weeks ago when Adam Lanza committed his carnage. It began a week before I went on air for CNN, in January 2011. A US Congresswoman called Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by another deranged young man at an outdoor event in Tucson, Arizona, and miraculously survived. Six others, including a nine-year-old girl, were murdered.
Hitting back: Morgan has responded to the growing petition with a series of tweets
It was a horrifying incident but, to my astonishment, nothing happened as a result. A week or so of debate and furrowed brows, and everyone went on with life.
Since then, I’ve watched in despair as the volume of gun-related massacres has escalated. (Six of America’s 12 worst-ever mass shootings have occurred since 2007, when I first came to America to work as a judge on America’s Got Talent.) And I’ve been shocked at how America’s politicians have been cowed into a woeful, shameful virtual silence by the gun lobbyists and the all-powerful National Rifle Association in particular.
The NRA targets pro-gun-control politicians on every rung of the political system and spends a fortune ensuring they either don’t get elected or get unelected. It’s been a concerted, ruthless and highly successful campaign. And to those, like me, who stand up to them, they sneer: ‘You don’t know anything about guns. Keep quiet.’
Well, I do know a bit about guns, actually. My brother’s a lieutenant colonel in the British Army and has served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. My sister married a colonel who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst. My uncle was a major in the Green Howards.
My argument with guns is not based on some universal, pathological hatred of them. I’m not a pacifist. Guns win necessary wars and defeat tyrannical regimes like the Nazis.
Nor do I have a problem with those who use guns for hunting or for sport. I also understand, and respect, how there is an inherent national belief in America, based on their understanding of the 2nd Amendment, that everyone should be allowed to have a gun at home for the purposes of self-defense.
But where I have a big problem is when the unfortunately ambiguous wording of the 2nd Amendment is twisted to mean that anyone in America can have any firearm they want, however powerful, and in whatever quantity they want.
This has led to the absurd scenario where I can’t legally buy six packets of Sudafed in an American supermarket, or a chocolate Kinder egg, or various French cheeses, because they are all deemed a health risk.
Yet I can saunter into Walmart – America’s version of Tesco – and help myself to an armful of AR-15 assault rifles and magazines that can carry up to 100 bullets at a time.
That weapon has now been used in the last four mass shootings in America – at the Aurora cinema, a shopping mall in Oregon, Sandy Hook school, and the most recent, a dreadful attack on firemen in New York.
The AR-15 looks and behaves like a military weapon and should be confined to the military and police force. No member of the public has any need for a death machine that can fire up to six rounds a second when modified and can clear a 100-bullet magazine (as used in Aurora) within a minute.
The only apparent reason anyone seems to offer up is that using such weapons is ‘fun’. One gun-rights guy I interviewed last week even said admiringly that the AR-15 was ‘the Ferrari of guns’.
Well, I’m sorry, but ‘fun’ is just not a good enough excuse any more. Not when children are being killed by gunfire all over America.
President Obama seems to agree it’s time for action. After four years of doing precisely nothing about gun control in America, he finally snapped after Sandy Hook and said he’s keen to pursue a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And he wants a closure of the absurd loopholes that mean 40 per cent of all gun sales in America currently have no background checks whatsoever – meaning any crackpot or criminal can get their hands on whatever they want.
These measures, which will be resisted every step of the way, won’t stop all gun crime. Nor all mass shootings. There are too many guns out there, and too many criminals and mentally deranged people keen to use them. But the measures will at least make a start. And they will signal an intent to tackle this deadly scourge on American life.
Obama should follow up by launching a Government buy-back for all existing assault weapons in circulation (as worked successfully in Los Angeles last week). I would go further, confiscating the rest and enforcing tough prison sentences on those who still insist on keeping one.
Either you ban these assault weapons completely, and really mean it, or you don’t.
He should also significantly increase federal funding for mental health treatment for all Americans who need it. It’s the lethal cocktail of mental instability and ready gun availability that is the key component in almost every American mass shooting.
Nor do I think Hollywood or makers of violent video games should avoid any responsibility – their graphic images can surely only twist an already twisted mind.
I will not stop in my own efforts to keep the gun-control debate firmly in people’s minds, however much abuse I’m subjected to.
And let me say that for every American who has attacked me on Twitter, Facebook or Fox News this past week, I’ve had many more thank me and encourage me to continue speaking out – including one lady who came up to me in Manhattan just before Christmas, grabbed my arm, and said firmly: ‘I’m with you. A lot of us are with you.’
I genuinely think Sandy Hook will act as a tipping point. A Gallup poll released on Thursday showed that 58 per cent of Americans now support new gun-control laws, up from 43 per cent in 2011. That’s a big jump.
The ‘more guns, less crime’ argument is utter nonsense. Britain, after Dunblane, introduced some of the toughest gun laws in Europe, and we average just 35 gun murders a year.
Japan, which has the toughest gun control in the world, had just TWO in 2006 and averages fewer than 20 a year. In Australia, they’ve not had a mass shooting since stringent new laws were brought in after 35 people were murdered in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. Fewer guns equals less gun murder. This is not a ‘pinko liberal’ hypothesis. It’s a simple fact.
In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.
Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.
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Revealed: Manchester United’s Robin van Persie’s T-shirt goal tribute was to ‘close friend’ who died 24 hours before game – as Twitter goes mad speculating over who Tchuna was
After netting his side’s second and final goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 home victory against West Bromwich Albion, star striker Robin van Persie revealed a tribute on a T-shirt.
In the hours after the game, mystery surrounded who the message ‘R.I.P. Tchuna We Will Never Forget You’ was relating to with a number of social networking websites and news sites and football forums speculating their own theories.
Manchester United Football Club have since contacted Mail Online saying that the message related to a close friend of the £24m man who had died 24-hours before the game.
Sky Sports have also reported the same line.
However, it appears Twitter and Facebook users refuse to be convinced by that information, and until the Dutchman reveals it himself, it seems the rumour mill will continue into overdrive.
Discussion on Twitter has led many to believe it is actually the name of the Indian girl who was gang raped and later died as a result of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.
While others have put forward the theory that it is the name of the Dutch linesman who was beaten and kicked to death while officiating at a junior football game in Holland.
The fact his name has been revealed as Richard Nieuwenhuizen may well dispel that theory.
Other theories put forward on Twitter is that ‘Tchuna’ was his grandpa, while some have posted that it was in fact the name of his hairdresser back in Holland.
Van Persie’s agency SEG International have so far been unavailable to confirm the true identity of the mystery name.
The former Arsenal hitman climbed off the bench to fire a spectacular 90-minute strike that sealed a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
United sit top of the Premier League, seven points clear of fierce rivals Manchester City, who sit second.
The goal was van Persie’s 16th in the league this year, comfortably the club’s top-scorer so far.
I have always wondered why some people have 50,000 followers plus while they follow 100 or just a couple in return. What makes some lovable persons so loveless in return?.You follow them but what do you get in return? Zero,zilch,nada and nothing.Looks like they always want to hear their own voices only.
I never loved Twitters until WordPress made me understand its importance as a social media express train for my blog.So i went out to FOLLOW as many as possible through some applications like TWELLOW. Result? Today i have about 1500 fellows on my FOLLOWING list whom i know nothing about and who in return do not give a damned about what i call myself!
I reached the maximum of 2000 allowed newbies by going on a train bound for nowhere.Ha!ha!ha!.Now i laugh at my own gullibility like many things you know nothing of tends to clown up your existence when the bulb lights up in the brain.Now i want to unfollow those who are not following me especially those whose demographics are not exactly related to me or what i do on the net.That is, if i follow you and you do not follow me why should your name fill up my limited space with Twitters?
At first i checked for help from Twitters and i saw a long and tedious process.Whats the need of going through the list one-by-one? But on checking the net further i saw the article below as very helpful.Some of the applications have expired but many of them are still working.Avoid those with premium accounts only or just keep to free accounts if you believe in freeware as much as i do. But please don’t use them for frivolity otherwise Twitters will apply the slap!
1. FlashTweetFlashTweet is a mass follow tool that simplifies the process of adding your twitter friends. You can see who you are following that is following you back, mass follow users based on search terms and even unfollow multiple friends at once.
Refollow helps you discover, manage, and protect your Twitter social circle.
Find out who follows whom on Twitter.
TwitTangle is a free service that helps you untangle the mess of having too many friends on twitter.
5. Tweeter Tags
Tweeter Tags makes it easy to declare your interests and find new, like-minded friends.
Helping you find great people and followers relevant to your interests.
Using twalala, you can filter tweets out of your stream by keywords and phrases or mute individuals who get a bit too chatty.
Interesting visualization of your followers and their followers.
It’s a good tool to avoid a blast of tweets from a conference you are not attending… just snooze the conference goers for a few days.
Tired of shallow e-mails from Twitter when someone follows you? Want to know more about the people who are following you? Twimailer is a free service that delivers that information right to your inbox!
11. My Cleaner
MyCleenr is a unique way to sort your friends by their last tweets.
12. Twitter Karma
Bulk management of followers and those you are following.
Tweepler Is an easy, more enjoyable way of processing your New Twitter Followers.
TweetSum does one thing and does it well: we show you at a glance who’s following you, give you the tools you need to decide whether you should follow them back or not.
Twitoria finds your friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time so you can give them the boot!
Mutuality is a simple service which allow you to make bulk operations with your account.
Find out which of your Twitter updates made people follow or leave you. Simply enter your Twitter ID in the following form.
TweepMe is the 100% opt-in group of Twitter users who all chose to follow each other on Twitter.
Twitterless tells you who stops following you and graphs your follower history over time, making this info available in a variety of useful views.
Your Twitter Ratio is the ratio of your followers to friends (or people who you follow). It is measured with the TFF Ratio (Twitter Follower-Friend Ratio).
Who are you following that’s not following you back? Who’s following you that you’re not following back? Find out!
Compare Twitter friends and followers.
Find and Follow Twitterers with similar interests to you.
With Twitter100, you can see your followers at a glance (up to 100).
Follow back people.
A new follower? Should you follow back? Find out if you have common followings with them, and which people you follow that follow them.
Everyone wants more friends. We just make it easy.
Monitor and Interact with the Twitter Hive Mind.
Before you follow.
Create and share lists of your Twitter friends.
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