Haiti Links

Best ways to send help to Haiti.

How Rush Limbaugh won the race to say something stupid about Haiti.

It isn’t just the wingnut right making a false equivalence between the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. Howard Fineman and other “mainstream” media analysts have fallen into the same hole.

Latest news: Haiti aid flow grows; feuds over reaching victims

13 thoughts on “Haiti Links

  1. “Rush Limbaugh enters race to the bottom on Haiti.”
    In the ocean of right-wing stupidity, Rush is already down there with fish shit. How much lower could he possibly sink?
    Politicizing Haiti was like drilling a well. That’s the only way you can get lower than fish shit.

    As for the equivalence between Katrina and Haiti, I can see their point.
    It’s exactly the same. Yup!
    An earthquake lasting seconds, or minutes, that devastated and flattened a poor island nation is exactly the same as a hurricane that was tracked for weeks hitting NO and causing the levee’s (that we were warned about for YEARS) to fail, devastating, drowning or flattening mostly poor black neighborhoods in a mostly poor black city IN THE US!
    And the response was identical, too – Obama in hours, Bush in a week. Btw – that’s one of the reasons why they’re criticizing Obama so hard. To make up for Bush’s non-response. Oh, that’s right! Back to Rush’s point – they’re mostly black in Haiti, and Obama is black, so that’s why he responded so fast. Lower than fish shit…
    What we do in Haiti has no relationship, no bearing to NO. None! I hope our response in Haiti is better than what we did in our own country. It’s over 4 years later and I know someone who just came back from NO and he said it looks much like it did in the fall of ’05. That’s OUR shame. We can’t save those already lost in NO, but we can do what we can, what we should do as human beings, to help those still alive in Haiti. And to bury the mountains of dead.
    Then, after 3 years of Bush’s neglect, we can go back to fixing what’s left of NO.

    And, oh yeah, one last pet peave – it’s NOT LOOTING when poor people, in a devastated locale, do what they can to survive by breaking down man-made barriers to grab some food or water, or to seek shelter. I don’t remember seeing too many poople (read – NONE) carrying 50 inch HDTV’s in NO in ’05, I don’t see any doing the same in Haiti right now.
    Can we drop the “looting” meme, assholes? Thank you.

  2. And, oh yeah, one last pet peave – it’s NOT LOOTING when poor people, in a devastated locale, do what they can to survive by breaking down man-made barriers to grab some food or water, or to seek shelter.

    C u n d gulag — don’t you know how it works? When white people do what they can do to survive by breaking down man-made barriers to grab some food or water, they are being bold and resourceful. When black people do it, it’s looting.

  3. maha,
    You’re right! I’m sorry, I forgot…
    “Look, there’s a bold, resourceful white man taking off with a 50 inch HDTV out of the window he broke at the WalMart!”
    “Never mind him. I just saw some poor-looking [email protected]@#& woman sneak some candy for her children into her purse at the same WalMart. GRAB HER!!!”
    There, lesson learned… Do I get an “A” for the day?

    • Do I get an “A” for the day?

      Yes, you’ve got it. After all, in the midst of a disaster the bold and resourceful white man needs a 50 inch HDTV so that he can stay informed of relief efforts, right? But a black woman seeking calories for her hungry children is looting, and anyway she must be a bad mother or else she would have looted vegetables instead of candy.

      It takes some effort, but if you work at it you’ll be thinking like a wingnut in no time!

  4. “… the bold and resourceful white man needs a 50 inch HDTV so that he can stay informed of relief efforts, right?”
    Or, the NFL playoffs.
    Anyway, if ignorance is bliss, I’M ON MY WAAAAAAY!!!

  5. Despite the tragic circumstances, it’s nice to see two of my favorite bloggers have some fun together. The atmosphere around the interwebs has been poisonous lately.

    I do love sarcasm. Thanks to you both, and I mean it.

  6. There’s a guy named Greg down at the marina who worked with a faith based NGO down in Haiti years ago. Greg tells me that the best thing to do is to let the NGO’s that have been in Haiti for a while handle the food and water distribution.
    Greg is currently in a huge funk over the disaster. He tells me that Haiti has enormous problems that are now blown so far out of the water that it is just awful.
    Greg told me that Port au Prince has a wicked odor when times are good, the stench must be horrific. I’d be a good candidate to go help out since my sniffer went south several years ago, plus I’m skilled at building ports and construction in general.Sadly, my financial situation took a very bad turn several months ago, so I have to sit here and feel terrible about not heading to Haiti.
    I’m hopeful that Clinton will do some arm twisting and get the 1st world to donate a bunch to save Haiti, I think Bill needs Haiti to save his legacy,and Haiti needs Bill. May he be prevail.

  7. ” may he be prevail”
    Yeah, that’s what comes out after 2 mimosas on an empty stomach.
    Don’t drink and comment……….

  8. I’m just sorry that, with my leg, I can’t help.
    If helping Haiti helps Clinton, I’m all for it.
    Hell, if helping Haiti helps George W. Bush, I’m all for it.
    Go ahead, laugh….

  9. Consider giving to Partners in Health. Dr Paul Farmer from Harvard has been training Haitian doctors for 25 years and empowering Haitians to care for themselves. Education is the key and he has educated nearly 150 doctors to work in Haiti. He has a great story written in the book, Mountains beyond Mountains.

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