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« on: Jan 13, 2010 at 14:25 »

Ree-fucking-donkulous.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 13, 2010 at 14:54 »

A country that's been through hell most of its history.  Per capita wage is something like $2 a day, lowest in N. or S. America.  One in 8 kids grows up an orphan.

I had a buddy back in HS that I lost track of until a recent reunion, and have been keeping up with on FB.  Gave up an unstaisfying career back in the 90s and chucked it all, went to Haiti with a church group to do some charity work, and found his life's calling.  Set up a couple of organizations that helps Haitians lift themselves out of this shit.  Married a Haitian woman a little late in life and has 2 beautiful kids.  They spend about half their time outside of Port au Prince and the other half outside Miami.  Everyone was freaking out on FB, but his brother said the family appears to be OK.

I've spent a lot of time the past few years thinking about giving back, the bigger picture of life kind of stuff, and I keep thinking about what this guy has been able to do.  It's pretty humbling, actually.  He's posted occasional videos with stuff in Haiti: his humble house there, kids in dance groups, street vendors with paintings...  There's a simple beauty to the place and its people that I can't exactly explain, and it's sad that they have to endure the everyday tribulations they do, much less something like this.

I look back on the things I bitch about: having a nagging chest cold, Steelers missing the playoffs, cold weather... and sort of snaps me back to the big picture.

If you pray, pray for these people.  And maybe even pray for them if you don't, just by way of keeping them in your thoughts.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 13, 2010 at 15:42 »

Finny, do you have some contact info that you could send me?  I've already started making some calls to people about organizing a trip to go down there.  Any info would be appreciated.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 13, 2010 at 15:57 »

Finny, do you have some contact info that you could send me?  I've already started making some calls to people about organizing a trip to go down there.  Any info would be appreciated.

I'll send you his info when I get home.  I don't know if his group will be actively doing emergency aid, or if it will be better to go through more visible channels (e.g., Red Cross), but I hope to have some updates soon.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2010 at 18:33 »

Preach: email sent.  No contact with John as yet, power is out in Haiti, but info is there if you can reach him.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 08:00 »

Typical Pat Robertson.  Blames the victims, said the Haitians made a pact with the devil 200 years ago.

Does anyone still believe that Robertson is a man of God?
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 09:32 »

Typical Pat Robertson.  Blames the victims, said the Haitians made a pact with the devil 200 years ago.

Does anyone still believe that Robertson is a man of God?

(CNN) -- Pat Robertson, the evangelical Christian who once suggested God was punishing Americans with Hurricane Katrina, says a "pact to the devil" brought on the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Officials fear more than 100,000 people have died as a result of Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

Robertson, the host of the "700 Club," blamed the tragedy on something that "happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it."

The Haitians "were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever," Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. "And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

Native Haitians defeated French colonists in 1804 and declared independence.

"You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other." Robertson has previously linked natural disasters and terrorist attacks to legalized abortion in the United States. Soon after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 and wreaking unprecedented devastation on New Orleans, Louisiana, Robertson weighed in with his own theory.


Die slowly in a horrible grease fire you piece of shit.  Asshats like you are slowing down the evolutionary process.

Edit:  forgot to mention, the "true story" quote is epic.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 09:49 »

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 10:47 »

Mostly been following this online, and NPR radio.  Was flipping through TV a bit at one point.  On CNN, Larry King was covering the crisis.  On Fox, Sean Hannity had two blonde chicks, and the three of them were yucking it up pretty good over the Democrats' impending doom in the mid-term elections.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 12:12 »

Typical Pat Robertson.  Blames the victims, said the Haitians made a pact with the devil 200 years ago.

Does anyone still believe that Robertson is a man of God?

Robertson's a douche.
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 14, 2010 at 12:39 »

A country that's been through hell most of its history. 


Well, duh, they made a freakin' pact with Satan!
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 15, 2010 at 06:13 »

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That's religion for ya.

Sorry if this is overly defensive, Otis, but do not lump all into the cesspool created by a few and their followers of that "ilk."

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Does anyone still believe that Robertson is a man of God?

Frighteningly, someone still does--but he never was.

This guy should be removed from the airwaves.  I'd like to see an angry mob of Christians protesting outside of his little fortress in Virginia Beach.

My "intelligent" response to his comments would be, "WTF???"
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 15, 2010 at 07:54 »

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34866253/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake

I think this is much more the response that is needed, especially by those who claim to be followers of Christ.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 15, 2010 at 08:44 »

Get my email, Preach?
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 15, 2010 at 14:09 »

Yeah man, I got it.  Thought I had already replied.  Thanks for the information!
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 18, 2010 at 15:38 »

My friend John visits his friend Koulou in Haiti.  His house -- his entire life's equity -- is gone.  But he is grateful to be alive.

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 18, 2010 at 15:45 »

Here John speaks about the spirit of the people as they clean, bury, and rebuild.  It's amazing that these folks have such an indomitable spirit.  He says the reports of looting and fighting were not something he really saw.  All this tragedy as children play joyfully and noisily nearby.  Also, he and his wife have only enough water and money for a day or so right now. 

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« Reply #17 on: Jan 18, 2010 at 15:51 »

The smell of burning bodies...

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John, his wife Merline, kids and in-laws, and their house in Haiti, which (on day 2) they do not sleep in...

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« Reply #18 on: Jan 18, 2010 at 15:57 »

John's description of the earthquake, the dust cloud, the exodus.

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 20, 2010 at 12:48 »

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That's religion for ya.

See my post on the "firepatrobertson" comment in this forum. The man is an f-ing idiot.
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 22, 2010 at 17:39 »

The latest from my friend John...  This one is a bit longer, but it has some valuable info on what Haiti Partners (his one group) is doing to facilitate aid in Haiti.  They need a truck and Internet connectivity, which he explains.  They're pretty close with the truck, but if anyone here is looking to contribute more to the Haitians, please check out John's organization's site.

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Here are the updates I've been posting, plus a few more.  If you're interested, there are some very sober and intelligent reports.

Here is the donations link.  They're really close to getting the truck, from what John's said.  If you want to donate specifically to the truck or to the Internet hookup, send the donation, then email John to let him know where the funds are to be directed at john@haitipartners.org.

Also, the IRS will allow you to write off contributions for the Haiti disaster on your 2009 taxes, so long as you contribute before 2/28/10.  Donate now, get your tax break now.






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« Reply #21 on: Jan 23, 2010 at 02:31 »

Thanks, Finny, for posting all of this.
Your friend John is a hero.

I'm proud to say that I knew George Clooney back in 1976, and he helped raise a bunch of money tonite.

I'm doing what I can.  Wish I could do more.
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« Reply #22 on: Mar 29, 2010 at 22:49 »



I'm proud to say that I knew George Clooney back in 1976


Wait.  What?
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« Reply #23 on: Apr 18, 2010 at 11:11 »



I'm proud to say that I knew George Clooney back in 1976


Wait.  What?

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« Reply #24 on: Apr 19, 2010 at 19:02 »



I'm proud to say that I knew George Clooney back in 1976


Wait.  What?



Leigh was a stand-in for Blair on Facts of Life

Actually, it was Mrs. Garrett.  She was quite the cougar.
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