January 13, 2010 archive

Ya know, she does look kinda Jewish!

I’ve seen an awful lot of human evil over the years, especially the last 10 or so.

This one has to rank right up there in its sheer depravity.  

And because I know that someone, somewhere, is laughing about this, thinking it’s truly a good joke.

See this girl?

Well, she’s being exploited by a Jewish organization that is trying to raise money for their “cause”.    Their supposed cause is to help out “poor little Israeli children”.  

Their site is here complete with the word “SHOCKING”, in red (of course) flashing hypnotically at the top of the screen.

What’s so bad about this?  People raising money to help poor children?   How is that so bad?

Well, because they’re using the face of a Palestinian girl, a poor little girl at her brother’s funeral in Gaza, in Palestine.   The girl is Palestinian and the girl’s brother was slaughtered by Israel.

As you can plainly see here.  (WARNING:  If you don’t want to see some extremely upsetting images, don’t click on this link)

You can see one of their ads here, on the Haaretz.com page:

I guess she looks kinda Jewish.   Jewish enough to exploit.    If her brother wasn’t dead, maybe they could have used his picture, too.

Not sure why they didn’t use this picture.   She looks kinda Jewish also, in fact a lot like the one they did use:

Or this one!   She could be Jewish, and sure could use some help, no?

I mean, c’mon, Meir Panim, why not those?

Lowlife human scum.  

One of the most evil things I think I’ve ever seen.

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From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Horror in Haiti quake as up to 100,000 feared dead

by Clarens Renois, AFP

33 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Haiti’s prime minister Wednesday warned the death toll may top 100,000 in a calamitous earthquake which left streets strewn with corpses and thousands missing in a scene of utter carnage.

Hospitals collapsed, destroyed schools were full of dead and the cries of trapped victims escaped from crushed buildings in the center of the capital Port-au-Prince, which an AFP correspondent said was “mostly destroyed.”

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN the final death toll from the 7.0 quake could be “well over 100,000,” as an international aid effort geared up in a race against time to pull survivors from the ruins.

Haiti: US Kakistocracy In The Caribbean

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This essay was first printed in The Dream Antilles on March 23, 2008.  I’m republishing it here, because it might help in putting the horrific events in Haiti in perspective.

This morning’s NY Times has an extremely strange story about Haiti.  The premise is that things are now so bad in Haiti, that some Haitians wish they still had Papa Doc or Baby Doc Duvalier back as their military despot:

But Victor Planess, who works at the National Cemetery here, has a soft spot for Mr. Duvalier, the man known as Papa Doc. Standing graveside the other day, Mr. Planess reminisced about what he considered the good old days of Mr. Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, who together ruled Haiti from 1957 to 1986.

“I’d rather have Papa Doc here than all those guys,” Mr. Planess said, gesturing toward the presidential palace down the street. “I would have had a better life if they were still around.”

Mr. Planess, 53, who complains that hunger has become so much a part of his life that his stomach does not even growl anymore, is not alone in his nostalgia for Haiti’s dictatorial past. Other Haitians speak longingly of the security that existed then as well as the lack of garbage in the streets, the lower food prices and the scholarships for overseas study.

Haiti may have made significant strides since President René Préval, elected in 2006, became the latest leader to pass through the revolving door of Haitian politics. But the changes he has pushed have been incremental, not fast enough for many down-and-out Haitians.

The article is worth reading in its entirety, primarily because of its conceit that Haiti, seething on one end of the island of Hispaniola in the midst of the US sphere of influence in the Caribbean, has developed its present dystopia all by its lonesome self, without any assistance worth mentioning from its gigantic hemispheric neighbor, the United States.

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Do you know one?   Perchance your mother, father, brother, or sister is a person you would characterize as lovingly protective.  He or she maybe an individual who works to shield loved ones from harm.  This fine fellow or femme plots and plans in an attempt to prevent any crisis.  People come to depend on caring souls such as he or she.  Indeed, you may be the cautious crier who actively expresses concern for the health and welfare of those you treasure.  It is a tough task, but you, or someone in your life may have assumed responsibility for the well-being of another.  Surely, someone must keep us safe and sane.  One never knows who might lurk or linger in the halls, bathroom stalls, on a plane, boat or train.  Credentials must be  checked.  If family and friends cannot safeguard us from the crazies and fanatics certainly, our sweet Uncle Sam will.  

4:53 Updated

UPDATE:  Change you can believe in from the Miami Herald:

The Obama administration is temporarily suspending deportations of undocumented Haitian nationals who are in the United States, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday at a news conference in Miami.

But there are no immediate indications from the Obama administration that it would grant Haitian nationals Temporary Protected Status in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake.

Better known by its acronym TPS, the immigration benefit is given to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot safely return to their countries because of armed conflicts, natural disasters or other emergencies. Those eligible for TPS are allowed to remain in the United States.

The approval of TPS has been long sought by Haitian activists and South Florida lawmakers.

On Wednesday, South Florida’s three Cuban-American Republican members of Congress — Reps. Lincoln and his brother Mario Diaz-Balart, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, sent a letter Wednesday to President Obama requesting immediate humanitarian aid for Haiti and TPS for Haitian nationals in the United States.

“How much does Haiti have to suffer before Haitians in the United States are granted TPS,” Lincoln Diaz-Balart told El Nuevo Herald in a telephone interview Wednesday. “The reason TPS exists… as an option for the President is precisely for moments such as this in Haiti.”

4:53 is the official time noted that the earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday. Right around the time that TheMomCat and I were casually commenting here. Weird.


It is still unclear how many have been killed in the earthquake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, but aid agencies fear thousands are dead.


My daughter and I said some special prayers last night as we snuggled in our warm bed. Empathy. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head of what it must be like for the people there. What a dreadful deep dark night they were facing. Even though there weren’t many photos out yet, I could only begin to imagine. Having been through Hurricane Ike here a couple of summers ago, I at least know the frustration and dismay that comes with no power, no communication, no relief. But we were fine. Can’t even begin to compare. We were able to camp out in (and outside) our old funky but sturdy home, get in our funky little  car and drive back and forth to The Pod for government issued emergency water and supplies, and listen to our Emergency Weather Radio. A walk in the park for us. I cannot comprehend this…

Bodies on the streets

Aftershocks rattled the city of 2 million people as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares singing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets to see if a loved one was underneath. Outside a crumbled building the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile.


Haitian President René Préval told the Miami Herald that he had been stepping over dead bodies and hearing the cries of those trapped under the rubble of the national Parliament building, describing the scene as “unimaginable.”

“Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed,” he said.

Préval issued an urgent appeal for aid.

Tens of thousands of people appear to have lost their homes and many perished in collapsed buildings that were flimsy and dangerous even under normal conditions.

“The hospitals cannot handle all these victims,” Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles, a former senator, said as he helped survivors. “Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together.”

msnbc source with pics and vids


DoD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference

This past week a conference opened, from the 10th to the 14th of January 2010, to discuss the growing suicide rate among our military and veterans community.

This is an extremely important issue, the Mental Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress as to War, that should be right up there along side never starting one except as a Very Last Resort when all else fails and to always plan an exit strategy as we should have done in Afghanistan after 9/11. Bringing in any and all support functions, promised rebuilding monies, NGO’s, government agencies gear to help rebuild including those in the military, in Afghanistan’s case after toppling the government that supported the criminal terrorist who carried out the devastating attacks on our country. Iraq should never had been allowed to happen!

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Haiti – The West’s Dirty Secret


Our friend TheMomCat is flying into Haiti, probably even as I type this. I wish I was with her. I wish I could have used this fat useless brain I was given to go to Medical School and be, like her, A Doctor Without Borders. I want to help. I could do things anyway, I know I could, even if it is clearing rubble.

Lady Libertine, aka Sally Panic has worked with refugees and given me a great source for overview on the lands from which they hail. You can tab through different sections at the top, and the page turner is in the upper right hand corner.


Haiti is the asshole of the Western Hemisphere, and basically we just don’t care here. Instead we travel to the Dominican Republic and try not to notice the armed militias on the walls dividing the two, not think about the slums just beyond the Vacation Condos.

Haiti / Dominican Republic:


Haiti / Dominican Republic:


And when Haitians come to our shores for relief?


Little relief is sent there after hurricanes, and now their meager homes were totally demolished by a major Earthquake. At least that got some attention from the World.

So What Do We Know About Haiti?

Perhaps I’ll do a Science Supplement later but this morning my mind is elsewhere.

Haiti is half the island of Hispaniola, larger and slightly to the right and South of Cuba on your map.  The Haiti part of it is the fishhead looking thing with Port Au Prince, the capital, located near the base of the lower jaw.

The epicenter was 10 miles to the Southeast and six miles deep.

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Just a quick note-

Got an email from TheMomCat that says she’ll be leaving for Santo Domingo in the morning, and going from there to Haiti.

If you didn’t know TMC is a member of Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders) and had already been planning a trip to Haiti soon.

As I said to her-

Good luck.  Do what you need to.  I hope you get a chance to relax and check in, but don’t worry about us.  We’ll be right here in the tubz.

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