If only Mrs Carmona could rest a belt on “Lord Pussyfoot.” But, for more reasons than one, we know it isn’t going to happen.
The President’s House, meticulous in shipping out pre-action protocol letters and demanding apologies, was less efficient at its bread and butter business yesterday, when it messed up the swearing-in ceremony.
President Anthony Carmona, once calypsonian “Lord Pussyfoot”, swore in National Security Minister retired Major General Edmund Dillon and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi before new Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was sworn. As a result, Dillon and Al-Rawi were both subsequently re-sworn.
Rowley probably hasn’t heard that much swearing since Sharon saw his Carnival Tuesday pictures in San Fernando!
A President’s House statement described it as “a sequential error” without so much as using the word “sorry” that it is fond of dragging out of Carmona’s critics.
No big thing then. Presumably, Lord Pussyfoot puts his shoes on before his socks ever so often—just to mix up the routine.
Carmona was not the only one to hit the ole “shuffle” button yesterday.
Techno-phobic media house, the Trinidad Express, also decided to pull another gag on its long-suffering online readers today, as it published an article on a Trinidad and Tobago migrant family—Shane Ramsundar, 52, his wife, Gomatee, 48, and daughter Stantal, 23—that was sentenced to a combined total of 418 years in New York, after conning 19 Caribbean immigrants out of over US$1.8 million. Ramsundar got the maximum penalty of 235 years.
The Express told readers that the trio were sentenced on Wednesday, which, in this case, was not specific enough. The Ramsundar crime family was sentenced on Wednesday 11 January 2012.
God knows if New York prisons are as well served by the internet as Port of Spain’s Remand Yard, poor Shane might have gotten the shock of his life if he chanced across the article on Facebook.
“Another 235 years?! WTF!! But I wanted to catch the 2248 FIFA World Cup final?!”
Seriously, Express? Who runs your multi-media desk? Mr Peabody? Or the teenaged girls from “Best Friends Whenever?”
Still, it was an interesting case. Ramsundar, who is obviously as Trinidadian as bake and bujol and bobol, posed as a federal agent to Caribbean families who he then extorted for cash to provide legal status or duped into signing over their properties to him. He often warned victims that he could have them placed on the US terrorist list if they did not comply.
Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder described the family as: “the most despicable gang of criminals to ever sit in front of me.”
Clearly, Holder had never attended a meeting of Caribbean civil servants before.
“You and I know that if you did this fraud and paraded and strutted around in front of your own people, in your own country,” said Holder, “you probably would have all been hacked to death.
Mr Live Wire is guessing that Holder’s grasp of world affairs doesn’t extend much beyond the occasional Olympic track and field event.
Jack Warner allegedly defrauded the whole of Haiti as Port-au-Prince lay in ruins after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. And UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar responded by refusing to probe Warner and made him acting prime minister instead.
Ramsundar might have been Minister of the People if he had gotten his tail back home in 2010, when the US law officials arrested him.
Live Wire cannot confirm that Persad-Bissessar read about Ramsundar’s strategy of coercing gullible citizens with shake-downs, fraud and scare tactics and immediately called her campaign manager, Rodney Charles:
“If I only knew Shane was available two months ago, I woulda fire your tail!”