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February 11, 2010

LKL Blog Exclusive: Haiti's kids need help

Posted: 05:45 PM ET

By David Diggs, Co-founder and Director of Beyond Borders

On January 12th the world’s attention turned to the devastation in Haiti.  However, Haiti has witnessed a long history of devastation through negligence and exploitation.  Since the birth of the nation, Haitians suffered brutal economic trade policies and were ostracized by the world community.  The policies resulted in the destruction of rural economies forcing Haitians to leave their rural lives for urban centers in hope for a better life. Cities like the capital, Port-au-Prince became overcrowded and slum communities grew.  In these communities, children have often been the first to suffer.

With two-thirds of Haiti not formally employed, parents could not afford to feed, house and clothe their children. As a result, before the quake, an estimated 300,000 children lived apart from their parents in unpaid, domestic servitude.  These children, known as a restavèks (a derogatory Creole word meaning "to stay-with") are sent away by their parents with the hope that they will be provided access to food, education and a better future.  However this is rarely the case. The United Nations considers restavèk children as a modern form of slavery.

For the past five years Beyond Borders has promoted an integrated strategy to bring an end to child servitude. Beyond Borders realizes that the earthquake increases the vulnerability of these restavèk children. Furthermore, other displaced children are susceptible to internal trafficking and abuse. As a result, after the earthquake, a registration process for unaccompanied children began through the coordination of relief agencies.  Due to the complexity and need for contextualizing the registration process, Beyond Borders has been helping to register and collaborate with various organizations to ensure the safety of these children.

Additionally, Beyond Borders is working with rural communities to develop models that can be scaled up and replicated across Haiti to improve the welfare of children and reduce the risk that they will be sent into servitude.

To donate or for more information on the work of Beyond Borders please click here.

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Joe Dewane   February 11th, 2010 6:26 pm ET

Right after the Haiti earth quake I sent donations to unesco and red cross with my cellphone. It looks like verizon charged me $9 to donate $20. People maybe should know that the cell company is ripping us off when we try to do a good deed.


DR GARY   February 11th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

This is what I've been saying. So let the missionaries take the kids. This has been known for years. God help those poor people. Let Americans stop buying China Crap, build factories in this country and give these poor people jobs so they will want to stay in their own country. It would be a blessing to them and to us. Then they would not want to all come to South Florida.


trm   February 11th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Dr. Gary- Ms Silsby's heart was not in the right place. She was there to make money. I'm sure she would've charged an outrageous adoption fee! Those 10 missionaries??? could've stayed in the US & decided to sponsor some children from Haiti. That would've been more beneficial.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 11th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Native American Children in South and North Dakota gravely need your help with food, medicine, shelter and many of them have no power while the horrific blizzard sweeps over their reservations.

Navajo Background: "Centuries of abuse and neglect of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States has not ended. Our reservations are still like third world countries. When massive ice storms and high winds hit the reservations in the Dakotas mid January poor housing, weak heating systems, sparse cupboards, lack of warm clothing and health problems make it difficult to survive. Add to that a utilities infrastructure that was brought to its knees on the Cheyenne River Reservation when 3000 poles and power lines came down from 6 inches of ice weight also crippling the water system. Ongoing storm conditions hampered repair. The reservation has been without power since Jan. 21st and Federal funds are still weeks away".

The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Home Assistance) programs ran out of winter funding in early December.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 3:45 am ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

You are quite correct. Many Native nations continue to struggle with profound poverty even to this day. It is a tragic fate bestowed on the proud first people of this land; and often goes completely unnoticed by millions of Americans. Thank You!


joelle esther benyayer   February 12th, 2010 6:26 am ET

freedom of speech, well not so easy in south of france for me this moment, after 17 years working in newspapers var matin saint tropez,,,,an agression to make me shut up;;;;about some subjects,,,like corruption or drugs trafic or franc maçonneire make politic buziness again difficult in saint raphael ask me to live the computer all my documents, money, mobil phones, stolen no investigation of police, impossible to ask my friends journalistes to take pictures of me and my face damage;;;well what happen, Larry can you be nice to interview the french;;;;;by the way in scare some of my close friends or family have visits with some people extreme rights close to neo nazis group;;;;;some of this people got my documents...;joelle esther benyayer;;;;;;i ask to give my temoignage to american médias.


Katy D   February 12th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

I was absolutely sickened watching the young girl attacked as guards stand within inches of her and do absolutly nothing to assist or protect. Nor did any other bystander attempt to interceed, which is just as horrific! This makes me a very unproud human! Not one individual came to this girl's aide, when it is so clear that she was asking for help by walking amoung the guards at that station. What is the purpose of a guard? We give millions of dollars to help the poor Hatian's..... and yet provide nothing to a young girl standing directly in front of us – visably in need of help! What sad individuals are you all who stood and watched!


Joe G. (Illinois)   February 12th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

The situation is only natural and as such simplistically forthcoming. Just like you/me/she/they can’t expect good things to happen for America after electing Borak Obama for president. It shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise in this day and age that evil behavior never gets rewarded with God’s Blessings. But with extension of mercy as per God’s assigned measure. And so I find the all Haiti thing to be as great sign of mercy.. A lesson from God.. As is everything else in life. People might say “They have no this and no that.” But I say they that they have none of the usual distractions going on and are finding themselves face to face with God. Just who in the world wants to change things??? Just who wants to did their heels, raise their fist up high in contempt and act as their personal savior?


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

@ Joe G., and what specific evil behavior do you feel the Haitian people did?


Gerald Jolly   February 12th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

@ Dr.??? Gary,

Please explain what you meant when you said "CHINA CRAP"

Do you mean TOYOTA cars??

Do you mean American made lubricants that are killing our environment??

Do you mean tainted tomatoes and fruit coming out of California and Florida.??

Oh! I know what products you mean, are they like the more than 300,000 cribs manufactured in the U.S. that had to be recalled due to far too many infants deaths.

Do you mean fish products coming from our east coast fisheries that are so full of Mercury that new born children arebeing born without arms, legs blind and with cleft pallets??

If you bothered to ??READ?? sometimes, you would find that a survey, (althought not published) that tells us that for every product deemed as CRAP from China, you will find as many other products deemed as CRAP from the GOOD OLD U.S.of A.

GET A LIFE ????DR.GARY???


Gerald Jolly   February 12th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

@ Dr.??? Gary

Please explain, why on earth would anybody want to move to south Florida, the Capital City of bigottry, particularly if they happen to be black???

Please enlighten us lowly bloggers, (YOU ARE A DOCTOR OF WHAT)


Gerald Jolly   February 12th, 2010 7:49 pm ET

@ Joe G. Illinois.

You just had to ruin my day again Hu!

By stenching up this blog with your idiotic attacks on the "DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT" of our country.

Like PIG FACE Rush Limbaugh, you would like to go back to the GOOD OLD "BUSHWACKER" days Hu!

I'll give you this, you REPUGNANT-CANS sure are devils for punishment are'nt you???


Cajazz76:24:8   February 12th, 2010 7:56 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly

Tried to send this to you re: your interest in how I view the "Bushwacker"...and for the service you dedicated to our country.
.“Contemplate fully the complete and total cost of war, the cost in materials wasted and landscapes defaced, the cost of lives destroyed (both combatants and innocents), the cost to the futures of those sent to do the fighting and die, and those who come back internally ravaged without the hope of ever healing or returning to a normal life process, the cost to all who bear the anguish and pain of those life ending casualties and life enduring injuries, including those subsequently borne by the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives, and their children.
They all have in past wars, and will in the present and future wars, bear the scarring and the pain, as well. The cost of war is forever unpaid and, forever everybody pays for it. Consequently and subsequently, war can never be forgiven.
War, since the infancy of human progression, has been a dichotomy of insanity and sacrifice.
One can crawl deep within the hollow crevasse of human behavior and, into the bowels of man's inhumanity to man, and never understand, fully, his reasons to bring to bear near total destruction upon his fellow being and his surrounding urban and rural panoramas.
With his untoward behavior meant to inflict injury and death, or obliteration upon one another, en masse to seek impartiality, that we invariably find in postwar examination has often far exceeded justice, to right an injustice and is, too often, unnecessary when mere negotiation and compromise, or avoidance are sufficient, if properly pursued and conducted.
When we defer and protract swift actions, that we deem necessary, upon solely those who are unjust and we become remiss or reluctant to act responsibly, and, by failure to do so, we proceed to engage in war, we fail. We fail as a nation, we fail as human beings. But, it is the sanctity of life we fail to uphold and defend, then disembowel and violate, when war is waged.
It is those few whom make those decisions to commence conflict which irreversibly changes so much, for so many, for so long, who suffer as well….History written by an unknown hand will either compliment or condemn them. For, as long as conflict exists history will be created and recorded, and mankind, down through the ages, will interpret and remember it. And, as long as mankind exists history will remind, but it will not deter those who make the decisions to destroy, in the interest of a paradoxical peace, that which they and their God create”...-Cajazz76:24:8…11/11/2009…(following weeks of broadcasts by the Fox Punditry Playhouse Pal’s, regarding the increase of fresh American blood for the battlefields of Afghanistan.)
”This is a war between good and evil, and we have made it clear to the world we will stand strong on the side of good, and we expect other nations to join us. This is not a war between our world and their world. It is a war to save the world.” George W. Bush. U.S. President, Republican... (…”a war to save the world”…An oxymoron composed by one or more morons, spoken by a single moron living on another planet.)


Hannah   February 12th, 2010 8:00 pm ET

@ Joe G--what does God have to do with the earth quake? I thought he was a God of love? The great Haiti thing a thing of mercy???????? I'm certainly glad I don't think like you.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Very tragic regarding the Georgian Luger who died hours before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada. It was mentioned that this is the fastest slider in the world. Wonder if they should slow it down a little!


Cindy   February 12th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

It is so sad that the luger died today. This is not the first accident to happen on this track. This really saddens the Olympics; I can only imagine how his family feels after he worked so hard to achieve this level of performance and no doubt tough for all the Georgian athletes.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

George W. Bush: ”a war to save the world” was also stated prior to WW I and WW II. This is not a new concept! The concept is, indeed, an oxymoron with the emphasis placed squarely on.....moron!!!


michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 12th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

All we are doing is prolonging the end event sooner or latter all hells going to break loose and the nukes are going to fly .


Jean   February 12th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Larry:

It is so sad to hear that the 21 year-old man who died in training prior to the Vancouver Olympics. He had high hopes and after the Olympics to return to his homeland safe and sound. Obviously, he never dreamt his life would have ended so suddenly. I pray for his soul that it may rest in peace.
My heart goes out to his family, his friends, teammates, country people and the entire Olympic clan. It is not an easy time for them.
I am considering that since he hit a pole which did not have a protective covering, if you know what I mean, there should be some sort of protection on those poles. If there was one and a few, as in vehicles when there is an impact on the chest or head, it could protect the drivers. In this case those sports people could be protected. It may have been an avoidable accident if this pole had some sort of covering. I am hoping that the Olympic authorities consider this and do something about it so as to avoid such accidents and deaths.


Cindy   February 12th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The opening ceremonies tonight at the Olympics involving the aboriginals in Canada were beautiful. It will be sad to see the Georgian team.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

That brings up the banal concept pertaining to actual or realized intelligence. One perception of intelligence would be survival of the species. With that philosophy in mind, it would seem the human species lacks discernment!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Indeed, I share the sadness of the Olympian in the luge practice session. And I admit that I laugh out loud when I see a bob-sledder or luger crash, but there is no laughing about any serious injury or in this case a tragic death.

Why those steel posts on the high speed finishing area were not padded seems to be a major lapse in judgment. I can't count the number of sports where that wouldn't have been allowed whatsoever, much less in high speed sporting events. This tragic death should not have occurred, my sincere condolences to this young man's family and loved ones.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Yikes! Larry King is surrounded by 3-4 beautiful Cougars! And they look hungry Larry! Best be on your best behavior, these ladys look like they mean business, lol.


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

@ Dodie

You do any skiing? We have the snow, just no hills...heaviest snowfall on record over in caj's neck of the woods. I have seen he was on and left something for Gerald.


James31   February 12th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

I think the posts should be addressed immediately. I agree, A. Smith, this was a lapse in judgment, particularly given how narrow the track is.

@Cindy, I saw the Georgian team march in Vancouver. It' really unbearable for them I am sure. Very sad.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

This NATO offensive in Afghanistan sounds like a Hollywood special. Leaflets were scattered for days to the villagers to leave, they left along with the Taliban temporarily. When the American and Allied troops step and stumble into all of the IED's and booby-trapped homes, and then leave. The Taliban and villagers will return for business as usual the moment the American troops leave Marjah.

Larry King, as long as the vast Opium Poppy fields exist thru-out Afghanistan, there is NO winning the war in Afghanistan, there is NO victory that is going to be obtained. After America and its Allied troops leave Afghanistan, the Taliban will go back to business as usual and bribe the Afghanistan troops using some of the Billions they make on the Opium-Heroin business into pledging alliance and joining them!


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

@ Navajo Joe

you must be in the imperial valley or east of San Diego. We even received snow on our local 'hill' which overlooks the ocean. Yes, it has been pretty cold this year! Hopefully it will raise the ground water a little!


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Thank you Stephanie!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

@ Dodie, good evening, nice to see you online tonight, TGIF! My fav. quote tonight, the Republican wingnuts are stating "Its snowing that proves there is no global warming!"


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

@Dodie

Now you want to call me Mexican. Imperial Valley...Calexico or Mexicali?...
Where would you plant me? Actually, north of El Paso, 110 miles or so. Far enough.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Ah, you took the words right out of my mouth! I just love your conceptual philosophies! Yep, ~*~ TGIF~*~ Love those weekends!~

@ Navajo Joe

Hey, I was just thinking around highway 8. You know those Navajos... they look like a lot of races! Its hard to tell these days! How about 4 corners???


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

laughing at Larry... that is what happens when you get a bunch of women together... chatter....


James31   February 12th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

Yep, those pitiful Republicans......and then there's NAFTA.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

blackwater was caught with their pants down. oops

El Salvador has gang problems since the US released all the gang members from prison and deported them back to El Salvador.


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

@ Dodie

Close enough, born near Shiprock, N.M....lol...like the warmer winters here and the smell of cannabis from across the border. Actually, I run over to N.M. and get an Rx filled...same laws as Ca.


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

@ Dodie

I emailed caj today...haven't heard back yet....he really sent me a dozen of large 8 inch in diameter suckers and two pair of oven mitts...They came FEDEX today. Cracks me, the things he'll do to make his point.


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

@ Navajo Joe

I guess Cajazz wanted to make sure you would not callous your fingertips!

Like you, I am all for legalizing Cannabis and that should have been done in the 1960s. I wonder how much trial/criminal/court/prison costs we could have saved!


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

@ Dodie

You read caj's short expose to Gerald? He still has that ability to write from the heart. His speeches are along the lines of what he wrote, but in a much broader context. I want to ask him if there is a much longer portion attached to that that he has or is sending to Fox. He climbs the walls with the likes of those guys, we have touched on that a few times of late.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

Its no surprise that the CIA pay-rolled Xe employees formerly known as Blackwater were highly recommended by Bush-Cheney's administration, and were using prostitutes flown in from the orient on the taxpayers dime. For the CIA that is business as usual!


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:25 pm ET

Navajo Joe

He does have a gift with writing. He reaches in and extracts from the depth of his bowels. But with all gifts, it should be tempered when placing criticism on another. Obviously that night, someone triggered his rage. We leave a part of our personality and ourselves when we blog!


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

@ A. Smith

I was tired of the moderation so I placed it on this page!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Thousands of homeless veterans and American citizens do not even receive the primitive health care now going on in Haiti. They are instead turned away from doctors offices and the hospitals take and dump them in nearby alleys. Meanwhile American's shake their heads at the primitive health care being performed for the Haitian earthquake victims.


Cindy   February 12th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

@Navajo,
Please tell Cajazz hello. I notice he posted something earlier today that was deleted within minutes. He is so intelligent; I'd like to hear from him routinely.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 12th, 2010 11:34 pm ET

@ Dodie, me2, that aforementioned post regarding homeless vet's along with several others were all censored and deleted on AC360 tonight, go figure!

Other zingers that were deleted,

'Its nice to see non-Christian celebrations in Haiti taking place'

'With so much faith being displayed by the Haitian People, I imagine Pat Robertson is very angry at this time'

'With the depth of faith being shown and evident in the Haitian people at this time, you wonder about the faith in Pat Robertson.'


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

It seems to be the American way. Always with "rose colored Glasses" as long as we point our fingers at other countries, we do not have to look at what we do to our own people! Such a dichotomy in perception and I am sure I will be called an American hater for this statement as people just do not want to take a good look at this country as ultimately they will have to look at themselves!


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

@Dodie

If you feel we spent over a billion dollars in the prosecution of casual cannabis users I would says tons. Quick calculation to the conservative side reveals a billions dollars weighs in at more than 320 tons. Caj's form of ire comes out in non verbal action...that's why he has been upset and using the first amendment inferences....he's powerful in that sense. Dodie you should meet with him head on sometime. You would be taken back by his true charm...I have seen him in action...cool to the caliber of weapon he fires, his pen (keyboard)


Navajo Joe   February 12th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

@Cindy

I will..he apparently hasn't given up, but he is a ghost of sorts...never know when he'll appear...just don't let his message scare you...nice thing you said of him...


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

@ Navajo Joe

I can see your admiration of him. You are a true friend. Hopefully he does cherish you and your friendship. I cannot say I truly understand the meaning behind semper fidelis; however, I do have some idea.

Ah, Navajo Joe! you are a kind person. I am not easily swayed through charm. I like to see substance and with intelligence a kind heart!


Dodie   February 12th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

@ Navajo Joe

Yes, I could read him and new that the first Amendment would be his Achilles heel! It is why I pushed the envelope!


Cindy   February 12th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

@Navajo Joe,
His message that was deleted did not scare me; he just talked about the moderator deleting messages. I like the depth of some of his comments. Actually I think he says more with the short ones, including "don't callous your fingers." Obviously quite a sense of humor as well.

The opening ceremonies for the Olympics are beautiful; too bad all the bloggers can't experience peace this one night as the world comes together to open the Olympics. Too much to hope for I guess.

Canada is an impressive neighbor. Sadly, though, I have been thinking of the Georgian athlete all evening.


RITA   February 12th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

WHAT ABOUT INVESTIGATTING MR. PRESIDENTE OF HAITI??
THE PREVAL FAMILY (BROTHERS, CAUSINS) SHOULD HAVE MILIONS IN PRIVATE ACCOUNT IN THE USA. CAN I STAY IN THE ANONYMITY?? IF NOT, FORGET ABOUT THIS MSG.

THANKS.


Navajo Joe   February 13th, 2010 12:01 am ET

@Dodie

Semper Fidelis...USMC 'motto'...latin...always faithful...In a speech to the VA one time caj hammered home the lack of voice the armed forces, as a whole, regarding the care of disabled vets use. He said something like Semper Fidelis becomes "simply forget us" after vets leave the service...in other words he feels, like most, that the military should insist on their after care to insure potential newcomers are assured their needs will be properly attended to.Caj is disabled..guess you knew that.


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:09 am ET

@ Navajo Joe

Thank you for offering that information. I understand the language and know the definition. What I was referring to, was the depth one becomes close to another when the ultimate survival is at stake. I believe the average American, never experiencing a war situation has no true emotional concept. We can intellectualize it, but not live it!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:17 am ET

@ Navajo Joe

Your friend and I have similar perceptions. I am like a tiger and a ferocious protector of my friends. I do not have the written ability, but I can see very clearly. You strike at a friend's heart and I will bite back!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 12:18 am ET

It seemed Anderson Cooper and AC360 kept pointing the finger of corruption back to Papa and Baby doc some 20-30 years ago. Everytime I attempted to ask 'What about the past EIGHT years, forget 20 years ago', that was deleted.

In 2007 under then Bush jr., American taxpayers gave Haiti some $208 million dollars. I'm quite certain much more was given by the American taxpayers during the past EIGHT years. Where did it go? Who received all of that loot?

It certainly didn't go to Baby Doc in exile!

Who currently in Haiti received those hundreds of Millions of American Taxpayer dollars these past EIGHT years?

Doesn't the GAO accounting office have public records on this the CNN staff could check?


Navajo Joe   February 13th, 2010 12:20 am ET

@Cindy

I'm multi-tasking...feeding the cat....watching the Olympics...callousing my fingertips....lol....The visual techno efforts paid off well ...just wish they worked on those accents...I sound more mexican' then they sound para-france'....


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:28 am ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

You have me laughing! I admire your tenacity! Keep up the good work. someday, a monitor will miss your statement, and vuala ... it will be on the website for everyone to read and finally wonder... what happened in the past 8 years!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:32 am ET

@ Navajo Joe

Should I send you some bandages? lol

Love those kittys I have a couple and one continues to walk on my keyboard from time to time


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Navajo Joe

You know we wonder everywhere. Borders never stopped us! lol


Cindy   February 13th, 2010 12:47 am ET

@James31,
Welcome back; I wondered where you went. I hope Apolo takes all the golds. So who will we see in a few minutes; will it be Gretzky?


James31   February 13th, 2010 12:53 am ET

@Cindy,
We think it will be Gretzky; certainly it should be but perhaps we will be surprised with someone else. Although I think I will be disappointed if it's not him.


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 12:53 am ET

CCTV discussed How this video was born.. They said the pictures come from the Haitian students all over Haiti and they decided to make the recording using the "we are the world" music. It was very touching!


Lahiny Pierre   February 13th, 2010 12:53 am ET

In the context of creating a new Haiti, the old Haiti will return. The old Haiti that was declared an enemy of western civilizations and values. The enemy that proclaimed Black Power to the world as the POWER of RESISTANCE. The power of influence to liberate Latin America and propel abolitionists world wide.

In the haste to rebuild a new Haiti, let's become aware of the following:

Haiti will not become a model of western democracy. Haitian value system and life mode is communal. The new Haiti will not function as dictated by Haitian scholars who represent western ideologies. There's a lot of "big talk" using "big words" but the new Haiti will not be influenced by those concepts because they do not fit our make up. The outside views that Haitians are incapable need to be immediately abolished. It is important to reshape the scope of evaluation for Haiti because change is coming reguardless.

Is it so wise to pin point Haitian failure on every attempt? I live in a country where nothing works for the poor. The poor pays taxes and gets zero representation to influence. The politicians and government lie, steal, plot, extort, bribe, conspire, invade, kill, torment, torture, denigrate... yet, we do not insist on their ineffectiveness and poor judgment. Haitians always say, "Dan pouri gin fos sou bannan mi" "Rotten teeth show strength with bananas".

Who are the people who have been enjoying Haiti and its beauty? It is not the massive poor Haitians. More than 45 thousand international personnel along with well to do Haitians enjoy the best plot of land, housing, the best hotels, the beaches, the delicacies, an the resources. In this case Haiti has been functioning well! It has managed to uplift the rich and privileged while downing the massive poor. This is in perfect alliance with western ideology. The massive poor Haitian says no to this arrangement and it is best to listen and adhere.

So one cannot blame anyone for the state of Haiti because I am part a society where one does not cast blames. We do not take ownership for ill doings, only accept the awards and the bravado. Haitians are responsible for allowing the enemy to infiltrate our systems. It is Haitians who have sold over the country, it will have to be Haitians who take charge of its renewal. We should forget the international sanctions, we should forget the importation of 30 yr old frozen goods New Yorkers wouldn't even feed their rats. We should forget the destruction of the black pigs, our rice fields, or coffee, cocoa, sugar, molasses, the avocados and mangoes. Let us also forget that while we have been under major international debts, the nations that owe us reparation are primary in the list of the nations stiffing our growth.

How can one expect Haiti to mimic the organization of any other state, especially the super powers, when the ideals grounding the formation of Haiti are based on maintaining A FREE BLACK NATION. The demise of Haiti has been the struggle to maintain a free state and the influence of our most prominent western educated scholars who are obviously regurgitating "massa" language and law. In the presence of chaos, hunger, illiteracy, political upheavals, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, when one lands on Haiti soil it is love at first breath. Why? For most folks it is the first time they breathe freedom air (what is left of it). Ask any Haitian and they will say, stepping off that plane into Haiti soil, all the bills and the stress of a democratic nation go AWAY.

Debates are wonderful but they commit to no actualization of work that leads to progress. "Min anpil chay pa lou. Pise krapo enkouraje la rivye desann. Nan pami diri ti roche goute gres." The proverbial messages make up our foundation and should dictate to anyone the philosophies guiding Haitian life style. "Many hands make the cargo light. Even the frog's piss encourages the river's flow. Among the rice, little rocks are sure to taste grease."

In the community of life one is as strong as the next being.
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Dodie   February 13th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Lahiny Pierre

Eloquent Blog and exactly what I perceive. Haiti is a country rich in history and culture. No other country has the right to change Haiti. How Haiti develops depends on the people of Haiti and what they deem important! This is called.....respect!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 1:22 am ET

It's certainly refreshing to see the Canadian nation recognize and celebrate with their indigenous people. I wish America and CNN would at least focus on the desperate situation of the Native American children in South and North Dakota at this time. Many have been without any power for a full month during this heavy blizzard, most have insufficient food, clothing and inadequate shelter from this heavy storm.


Navajo Joe   February 13th, 2010 1:39 am ET

@Dodie

You read it and commented and it disappeared. I commented on its revocation and it too went to the winds....


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 1:48 am ET

Outstanding, for the first time a Women is competing on behalf of Iran in the Winter Olympics. I wish the Olympic games were held every other year instead of every 4. It seems to help bring the world together, even thou it appeared Georgia had other plans against Russia during the Summer Games.


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 1:55 am ET

Liechtensten is a country that if you blink, you will miss it!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 1:59 am ET

That is because one cannot ski Mt. Everest! That commentator is really funny!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 2:00 am ET

@ Dodie, if I recall Liechtensten has very lapse banking and nearly absolute privacy on its banking customers. Hence, a large number of large accounts are in the banks in the tiny republic of Liechtensten from all over the world. I'm certain they also had the common sense to show the FBI, IRS, CIA, NSA et al American goose stepping goon agencys the door after attempting their routine script of extortion, blackmail and threats. I guess the leader of Liechtensten told them a different version of reality!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 2:06 am ET

@ Navajo Joe

Mine was just eliminated too... so don't feel bad. We are just blowin in the wind tonight lol

@ A. Smith, Oregon

The biggest entity of Liechtensten is their banking system. It certainly is not the size of their country. If I remember correctly, you can go through the entire country within 30 minutes... Liechtensten is 62 square miles small....lol


Lahiny Pierre   February 13th, 2010 2:11 am ET

So all of a sudden CNN updates us on drug trafficking in Haiti, DR and the rest of Latin America. Absurd! This recent news update only reinforces the fact that US intention to deliver aid to Haiti is tinted with outside motives. That is why about 22,000 troops are off the coast of Haiti. 900 UN troops inside the country not to mentions US troops inside and OMG we cannot forget Brazilian troops et al...

So what if all these personnel and military folks were to really focus on relief, to focus on providing relief to the massive poor? The result would be different but they would not play into the master plan.

What is the master plan? The master plan has always been the same when it comes to providing Haitians in Haiti with international aid. "We let them starve till they riot. That only gives us more ground to stay down there and monitor the Latin American drug trade."


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 2:23 am ET

Love those fancy dancers...


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 2:47 am ET

Outstanding the Fiddler dueling with his shadow on the Moon, wonderful imagery, truely inspiring. I'll bet many American citizens for the first time in their lives got to watch indigenous people dancing and some of the star cluster animus which is brought thru their native legends and story's.


Navajo Joe   February 13th, 2010 2:50 am ET

@Dodie

Been trying to call and e-mail caj to warm some feet. No luck. He hasn't mentioned to me what has happened to him, which has to you which has happened to me. I really had about six or seven removed, all benign...Or so I thought. Makes me feel young, you know juvenile....


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 2:53 am ET

Sorry but Brock's dancing looked like he had about 2 six packs too many, reminds me of the NY dance act in reply to the Irish river dances where in NY they used trash cans and beat on trash can lids with baseball bats for drum sticks, a real class act!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 3:06 am ET

@ Navajo Joe

I had several benign removed. Well, it is their website and using their computer hard drive so I guess they have the right for what ever reason. I loved watching the Native fancy dancers. Did you get a chance to view them dance?

@ A. Smith

lol... I had the same thought....either drinking or high on that ole black magic.... The visual is spectacular. I wonder what they are using on the floor to create so many visual changes?


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 3:35 am ET

Indeed the Maple Leaf's on the floor was truly a nice artistic touch during tonights Winter Olympic opening ceremony's. As was the flashy portable stage for the Who to perform on during the recent Super Bowl. Perhaps the stencils for the lights were overhead and could only be seen by those in the Winter Olympic stadium.

I still feel the tragic loss of the luge racer should never had occurred. Even in the relatively mild speeds encountered in college and professional American football, all metal pipes are padded to specifically prevent such impacts from occurring. And of course in all high speed sporting events for 80 – 200 mph, ever more protection is simply routine and necessary safety measures already in place.

How those bare pipes in the high speed finish area were unpadded simply should not have happened and resulted in a tragic death as the 2010 Olympics begins on a ominous note.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 3:50 am ET

Gosman's singing of the Olympic song was powerful, however I kept visualizing her with a serpent wrapped around one arm and a sword in her other hand which along with her massive hair do came across as a Hindu Kali figure. A few shots of the watching crowd seemed to suggest they thought she was a little scary!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 3:55 am ET

Rick Hansen is an inspiration to us all! What an incredible feat and man!


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 4:02 am ET

That is a pretty wicked flame. quite unusual!

I am glad they did not burn the place down!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 13th, 2010 4:04 am ET

Indeed Dodie!

Well done Canada, I look forward to watching the 2010 Olympic Games as they unfold.


Dodie   February 13th, 2010 5:27 am ET

@ A. Smith

Have a wonderful evening and restful weekend! Get your ‘Game chair’ set up to enjoy the Olympic games. Beer, Coffee, tidbits and anything else that brings you pleasure!

Canada… wonderful Olympic opening… extremely visual and beautiful!


Theresa   February 13th, 2010 9:00 am ET

I as a Canadian was so sad re: the young luger yesterday I think all Canadians were saddened. But when I watched the opening ceremony it certainly alleviated some of the pain. I thought it was well done. I was not impressed with the choice of Gretzy. I think he has dual citizenship–rarely returns to Canada. There were many better choices. I wish they would've chosen Rick Hansen. I remember when he did the Man in Motion tour. He even came to my small town. In his wheel chair up the Great Wall of China. Any of the choices that walked with the Olympic flag would have been better. I'm not pro Olympics. The true meaning of the Olympics is now just a fairy tale. They're too expensive-the actual costs of the Olympics & tooo expensive for the average person to see. But they're here so,there's no sense to complain. Canada is a beautiful country full of diversity. Vancouver is beautiful-only been there once,I live in Ontario. Canada isn't perfect-but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.


Ted   February 13th, 2010 11:59 am ET

@ Cajazz

It is great to see that your hearth sits in the right place and you use your brain to make your own judgments. After spending 40+ years with our military I have seen enough brain washed "liberators" of this world!

Last night I received the news that our marines started an offensive against Helmand department and the town of Mardja with a population of 80,000 civilians. Supposedly 1,000 Taliban is waiting for our troops, the outcome my be very bloody.

On this news I viewed the movie " Black Hawk Down" describing another glorious attack by us.
During the Somalian civil war, that is still going on today, MG Garrison, commanding the US contingent, had a brilliant idea of capturing a warlord. Without informing his superior general and getting permission, he sent troops and helicopters into the capitol city, estimating the whole action will not take longer than an hour.

It became a full scale battle lasting a full day and the UN troops had to come and save our remaining soldiers. 19 our soldiers and over 1,000 somalies died in that battle and the warlord was not captured.

MG Garrison acted without permission and his little extra tour costed the life of over 1,000 human beings! Did we have the right to kill so many people on a whim?
Was MG Garrison court marshalled, his rank reduced to PVT E-1, and put in jail for the rest of his life for killing so many people?
I do not believe it, because generals never pay for their misdeeds or crimes. Nor do our politicians.

Now in Mardja we face the same problem, a city full of civilians and an adversary that knows how to fight. How many will die for nothing?!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 13th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

@Ted

Thank you so much for your response. Rarely, do I ever meet someone who has served this country, for so long, that retains an unbiased viewpoint of reality. Yours seems exceptional.

Let me share a former president's perspective. It idly touches the direction where post president's, except two, should have led their diplomatic efforts, in my lifetime.

”Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put and end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.”- John F. Kennedy, U.S. President, Democrat…

..and this which I, honestly, read from the wall of a newly constructed outhouse (laymen's terms for those reading) in the then, RVN, while 'bearing down' and seeking shelter during one of Charles' many celebratory accolades of his 'new year, 1968 ..."fighting for peace is like fornicating (not the f-word used) for virginity.-original author unknown..I know you have seen it many times, but the impact it had, in revelatory terms, changed my life. How odd!

We need not commit, in this day and age of our democracy, the lives of hundreds of thousands of young men and women for decades of conflicts that have no closed resolve.
"Eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind"-Mohandas Ghandi...'In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"-Desiderus Roterdamus Eramus. That is not to say that laws, written by man, to adjudicate heinous acts of others should not be followed, absolutely!

We will not, in any way, be recalled as victor's in either conflicts of late and present. Religious zealot's have far too much power in the final outcome in the middle east. I have lived there and through my communication with them, at all levels of their societies, know it's a futile attempt on our behalf to think for a heartbeat; we can instill our values and beliefs onto them.
When, by law and under penalty, you are required to expouse, to your God your devotion to him five times a day, it become something different. The expanse of the human mind is enveloped to the same extent as the efforts of 'washboarding'. It seems, to me, there is not, in existence, a God that cruel.

The only hope, for them, is that through the access of massive media available to the new and next generations that, which we are powerless and to accomplish by war, a viewpoint beyond ignorance.

But, the end of human existence will end in a bloody baptism before mankind can determine, on his own, that he was merely a speaking animal left solely to his own demise without the blessings of a deity and afterlife beyond cosmic energy. I assume Einstein derailed many with E=MC2.

To answer you last question, all of them...for nothing.

As putrid as the fragrance of my thoughts fills ones senses, my conclusions have been drawn from the reservoirs of my experiences and the understanding that "fear of the unknown" provided man the opportunity for his first invention...his God..A distinct pleasure to have made your acquaintance, Ted.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 13th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

It is expected that "hell and brimstone" will be cast my way, but I submit this last thought. In the final tally of the fatalities following WWII, a number that could not be accurately be compiled within twenty million deaths, would a kind and loving god not intercede? That final tally...between 50,000,000 and 70,000,000, enough to pave over Washington, D.C.'s, 69.3 square miles nearly three times with internments like those of Arlington National Cemeteries, (800 bodies per acre, 360,000 acres of casualties...using only the lowest estimate 50,000,000). Note: Arlington National Cemetery is only, at present, 624 acres, .975 sq. mi. it contains the remains of just over 300,000 men and women. Internments began during the Civil War...a war that we, as a nation, suffered the most casualties. Hope, love, charity, peace, kindness, reconciliation, forgiveness, respect..a few of all the good qualities we should strive to possess, do not a god need...We need, in man's final essay, each other.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 13th, 2010 5:36 pm ET

@Cindy
@Dodie

my warmest wishes for your happiness

@michael armstrong sr.

Do not spend time with your thoughts of nuclear exchange..."seen one nuclear war, you've seen them all"-anonymous...just pleasant thoughts should you search out...We have as a nation spent over 3 decades torturing ourselves and bankrupted our futures with those concerns...time to arm ourselves toward peace for a change....

@Navajo Joe...bigger mittens I have found...on the way. Wear them well.


Gerald Jolly   February 13th, 2010 7:59 pm ET

Cajazz76.24:8

My compliments to you.

You have really captured my attention.

Your posts are very interesting and on the mark.

If I may inquire, did you take advantage of the G.I. Bill after your service.?

I had a Proff, many years ago, by the name of Bob Louis, he was the person I most admired during my years at college.

He was from Boston, and unquestionably one of the brighest human beings I ever met. (REGRETFULLY HE HAS PASSED)

When I read your blogs it brings back memories of one of the persons I most respected in my life.

You definately rank on that level in my mind.

Once again, my sincere apologies for my past comments.

It is a pleasure toknow you, at least in print,

Thank you, I promise to be a little bit more gracefull in the future.


Gerald Jolly   February 13th, 2010 8:42 pm ET

@ Cajazz 76.24:8.

An opinion asked of you.

In your opinion, do you think the American public has been sold out to the OIL INDUSTRY, by many administrations in the past 90 years,

The reason I ask you this question is, that after doing a great deal of research on WIND POWER, I have discovered that we have had WIND POWER for hundreds of years, beginning with Wind Mills in Holland all the way to to Wind mMlls that have been utilized to power much of the needs farmers in this country have had for more than two hundred years.
I would very much like your opinion on this, because in my opinion, if we did not so depend on foriegn oil from the many nations that only wish us extermination, why has it taken our governments so long to identify those problems.
I have researched the Bush Family's wealth, and I found that 92% of their wealth is tied up in oil futures, way back when GH Bush was a member of the senate committee on energy, at which time the family divested themselves of all their holdinds and converted them to oil futures.
Your comments would be appreciated


Cajazz76:24:8   February 13th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly

As short of an answer as my verbosity allows, it's the money. With the decline of revenue from the tobacco industry, the government depends on the taxes from oil based products to function, in addition to federal, state, licensing, real estate, inheritance..etc..etc..The rest that they squander comes from 'Disney' based borrowing.

If you would Gerald, google 'national debt clock'...study that picture, click onto each amount for a description and get back to me. I have some calculations that would eat your lunch, prevent you from normal nights sleep, and ruin your sex life...Incidentally, a gallon of gasoline in most countries, of the middle east, is sold at a premium, about 35.to 45 cents per gallon. They are not taxed on it..."Allah" thingy

. The U.S. has thousands of functional wind turbines, we just consume energy at a phenomenal rate. Be looking forward to a continued friendship..

Gerald in monetary instruments the U.S. has produced over $682,000.000,000,000(trillion)..currency, treasury notes, saving bonds..etc..Our gold reserves total about $12,000,000,000,000. Those reserve grow at a rate of about $3,000 per minute...National Debt(just national..not total)grows at a rate of $3,000,000 per minute.

I have coined this statement..".We (are) a nation of vagabonds riding the rails of poverty of our own devices to our own demise"...I freely give it to you as your own...Use it however you wish....I, as of this date, remove it from use.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 13th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly

Teach your grandchildren this one word...Quadrillion...they won't need to know how to write it, or anything just the pronunciation...the word bankruptcy they will be born with.....


Gerald Jolly   February 13th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

@ Cajazz76.24:8

Thank you, you reinforce my own thoughts on the subject..

Without sounding egostitical about the subject, it's just what Iassumed your answer would be

What bothers me most is that, folks just dont get it.

What are we to do??

Let us be honest.

The American government does not fight wars for all the false reasons they provide to the American people.
They fight wars, to insure that the American Arms Manufacturing Industry continues to flurish, the industry that contributes most to the re-ellection process and donations to whatever party looks to have the best chance to win, thereby confirming their purpose and opportunity to continue with their ability to produce profit for their investors.

I have predicted that China will become the Super Power both financially and militarily by the year 2015, and every economist I have spoken to about my prediction have told me that I was wrong, because in their opinion, that will happen by the year 2012.

Do you agree??


A. Smith, Oregon   February 14th, 2010 12:00 am ET

Figures and numbers can be erased or changed for the better everyday. Currently the Republican Party are the ones using huge debt load numbers in justifying the elimination of both Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid.

For millions of Senior and disabled American citizens, that would mean foreclosing of their homes, loss of meager health care and many would be unable to even afford the most basic necessities of food and shelter.

Hundreds of thousands of Senior and disabled American citizens would DIE if their Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid payments were shut-off.

The Republican Party is pressing that to happen, Does that truly sound like a 'True Pro Life' party to you?

The Current Republican Party Goals and Actions:

Anti-Healthcare = more American citizens dieing from inadquate medical care.

Anti-Social Security = more American citizens dieing from hunger and lack of shelter.

Anti-Medicare-Medicaid = more American citizens dieing from being able to afford their medication and routine medical treatments.

Republican Party = The Party of Death.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 12:01 am ET

@Gerald Jolly

More concise to the wind energy question. Outside Livermore, Ca. is just one example of how large the wind farms are in this country. They dot the landscape by the thousands throughout this nation..

The problem is you can't tax the wind, at least the formula hasn't been proposed to Washington on just how to do that, yet. The energy produced, yes. But all other power producing mechanisms need a taxed form of energy to produce energy. It's the MONEY! Then there is the fact we consume far more energy than wind generation can sustain.

In the absence of that and other innovative forms of non-fossil fuel produced energy, Washington allows OPEC and other oil producers to hang us by our heels over the precipice of our inability to pay at the pump.

We are the breadbasket of the world, you can't eat oil, so there is the pressure if needed. A sad one to use and it will surely lead to war if utilized, but so will the lack of energy.

But make no mistake, we have fuel. We are the largest producer, with the largest tapped and untapped natural gas wells in the world. Google 'Barnett Shale', just to name the latest. The wells are being drilled and capped until the price goes up. I know they sit under my feet here in Tarrant and Wise Counties of Texas.

In the absence of those forms, Washington produces enough volatile verbal based flatulence and in the absence of wind suck hard enough to add two additional resources to suffice.

Tarrant and Wise counties here in Texas have many recently drilled into mammoth gas reserves, but this country does not have enough ways to burn it. Easy and low cost conversions are and have been available to install in older cars and better ways exist for newer ones to use it. Problem, no incentives to install the infrastructure, the pumps...etc.

The rail systems, gone by the wayside in lieu of the interstate highway system...dumbest move for a country of this expanse...Been to Europe?...You never need a car as a necessity. You probably know the secondary use of the interstate highway system was as airfields in the event of man's last futile act.

We live beyond our ability to pay that, which we technologically cannot sustain. We never have to go back to burning wood or or riding horses. We need a reread of the Declaration of Independence..."Of the PEOPLE...by the PEOPLE...for the PEOPLE... After-all, isn't it about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...life being key...

Was America that paranoid of the radiation leak at Three Mile Island to give our government the 'go ahead halt' to licensing nuclear energy power generation in this country? Look what that has put into coffers of the lobbyists in the 1980's that acted on behalf of the oil producers. Further note, the gulf of Mexico is also full of capped oil wells.

Now with inflation and the cost to rebuild infrastructure for the railroads, the high cost to begin anew the construction of nuclear power plants we are losing the largest battles (never) fought. The ones for our own survival. I haven't proofed any of this, getting a bit disgusted. Goodnight Gerald..


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 12:38 am ET

Due to corporate outsourcing, the revenue from excise taxes fell from 3% of GDP in the 1950s to less than 0.5% in 2008. Likewise, the revenue from corporate income tax toppled from 6% of GDP in the 1950s to 2.1% currently. The income tax on individuals seems to be the largest single source of federal revenue in recent years. With numerous currently unemployed, the drop might be exorbitant.

Defense contractors, military personnel, etc. all rely on federal spenditure toward war pursuance.

The conversion from oil to an unknown energy for the entire military arsenal would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. The tragic fate due to horrific loss of life in the Middle East wars seems more economically viable then finding and implementing alternate sources of energy.


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 12:59 am ET

None are more hopelessly enslaved……..

Than those who falsely believe that they are free………

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


A. Smith, Oregon   February 14th, 2010 1:17 am ET

Unfortunately, wind farms at their current stage of turbine output development do not match the immense 24hr a day / 7 days a week Gigawatts from a medium to large nuclear powered generator. Wind farms with the scope of 400+ turbines all feeding medium substations are limited to only a handful of States and sites. The greater the total number of wind farms the better, however they again at best add to the national output from present and future nuclear and natural gas powered generators.

As noted by another blogger previously Mass Cheap non-fossil fueled commercial electrical generation plants run contrary to Big Oil. Electrical mass transit high speed trains, pure electrical automobiles all would need a large increase in America's electrical grid and production capability. Obviously the entire Republican Party whose leaders are deep in the pockets of Big Oil does not want America to travel in that direction.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:17 am ET

@Gerald Jolly

China has a standing army of approx. 2.3 million....U.S. 1.19 million with reserves...Problem facing China preventing it from becoming a 'Super Power' in the near term...corruption...it's rampant, to the extreme...tiny example, the student chemist that went through an unsecured area of the Baltimore-Washington airport...causing the 24 hour shutdown or how ever many hours...what he did is just a small example of the behavior they grow up with and it is tantamount to the corruption the country is battling...it is a stigma..Economically..I can say, and the world can see, they are making it work...2010 population estimates of 1.37 billion, yes, they make it all and the country as a whole profits from Mardi Gras beads to missiles being sold to Iran. They are fiscally conservative, spending only about 12-14% of what we spend on defense...there's your answer in short, Gerald...not in the near term.....now if they all stood on their eastern shores and jumped at the same time...the probability exists they could send a wall of water across the Pacific to cause disastrous effects from California to Washington.....I see your on Dodie, hike that dress....you'll see it first...lol


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:21 am ET

@a.Smith

Your right on track, the equation is extensive and the variables many. The answers far too few.


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 1:40 am ET

Good evening Cajazz76:24:8

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) which was finally completed in March, 2009 might be our answer once we find the means to control and stabilize it. This could irradiate our world as we know it.
NIF uses powerful lasers to heat and compress a small amount of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place. NIF’s aim is to create a single (500 terawatt) flash of light that reaches the target from numerous directions at the same time within a few picoseconds. It uses 192 beams that will direct nearly two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy in billionth-of-a-second pulses to the target chamber’s center. NIF seems to be similar to a neutron star by design. NIF can generate unprecedented temperatures of more than 100 million degrees and pressures more than 100 billion times Earth's atmosphere in the target. Hopefully, we will survive long enough to develop stabilize and use this new technology! Only time will tell….


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:47 am ET

@Dodie

That's a weapon, we haven't the alloys to withstand those temperatures..don't think we ever may. But the replacement energy source for the future military arsenal has long been decided should a fourth World War be fought...men on foot, using sticks and stones...I sent this once it appears to have gone..........pffffffffftttt.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:50 am ET

@Dodie

I had earlier sent you a greeting..it's upwind a ways...Gerald has been giving me his homework assignments, I think..


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 1:57 am ET

@ Cajazz76:24:8

Yes, I read the greeting you sent to Cindy and myself! We all have questions to the future. The NIF site is in Northern California and I have seen a demonstration on the science Channel. However, no one ever knows how accurate anything is!


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:00 am ET

Maybe the best for this planet is the elimination of our species! We certainly seem to be headed in that direction! Just 'blowin in the wind' all dust! pfffffffffffff as you so appropriately stated!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:04 am ET

@ Dodie..theories and theo'rums'...time for a drink...

I think we would be drinking margaritas and playing shuffleboard on Mars before a viable energy source would be extracted from the possibilities.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:06 am ET

@ Dodies

The heat in the kitchen would drive everyone from hell.....lol


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:10 am ET

Cajazz

playing shuffleboard on Mars is a nice thought! Maybe Titan would be more amenable! One never knows what the future will bring. We have had break through in the past. China is wrapped around using solar. All homes built now have solar


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:13 am ET

Ah Cajazz... The heat in the kitchen is preferable then being tossed out in the cold!


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:15 am ET

Cajazz

Inquiry minds would like to know... what does 76:24:8 stand for. I had thought possibly August 24, 1976?


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:19 am ET

@Dodie....less the s...sorry..

Navajo Joe must have put the mitts on and found they had 'super glue' laden baggies in the bottom....haven't seen him on tonight..We did talk earlier via cell. I think I'll take a trip out to his ranch next week. Play some old Indian tricks on him, for a change.


choi , jin young   February 14th, 2010 2:21 am ET

hi ! ( I am a korean .)
I hope that the most of kids will get their aids. –red cross, unesco ,etc
and I am loving kids into my heart
we are living in solar system . earthquack is ?- outside human's ability . my god ! pray to god ....


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:21 am ET

It's a zip code....I wear a lot on my sleeves...no secrets..


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:24 am ET

@Cajazz

You are really bad and witty. lol I suspected he was trying your patience! He means well. He seems like a nice person. Difficult to have someone on here that actually knows you IRL! As I am sure you have just found out! lol


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:24 am ET

Need more clues...look up Verizon...find what city in the country was first to have fiber-optic service....


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:27 am ET

@ Cajazz

You will have a good laugh on me with this ... making myself more transparent... I had divided... multiplied... added... subtracted... made several equations with those numbers... looking for a commonality! I never even thought of something so simple as a zip code. lol


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:33 am ET

@Dodie...

Right there for all to see...


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:38 am ET

I find it unnecessary to hide where I reside. However, I live in an area that has millions of people. I am but one grain of sand along the ocean. So, I could say, Dodie92:6:04


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:41 am ET

@ Dodie

Navajo Joe is like an old shoe...can't throw 'em out....Really he's tight...kind...intelligent...understanding....long list....long ..long list..if he's playing one of his tricks I don't want to say much more...okay one more...he's clever..lol


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:42 am ET

@ Cajazz76:24:8

Rest well and enjoy your evening.

It was enjoyable to have this interaction! I need my beauty sleep at this age! lol


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 2:43 am ET

@ Cajazz

I would agree with all of the above! Never underestimate him or you! It is nice to have friends like that. You will have many good times and laughs!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:48 am ET

@ Dodie

Yes, think I'll hang up my dancing shoes for the evening...Gerald's homework assignment made by brain itch...good night Dodie...


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 2:59 am ET

@ Dodie

I lived on Ballena Bay for a few years. It was a nice place to spend that time..there was good memories taken with me from there...now with an event that will never be resolved within me, it is extremely difficult to go back and re-visit those times. Oh there's the pictures and videos, but the pain to view them is extensive...maybe I need a few more years...maybe many more...I always leave the door open with...someday...Someday we may peer inside..just not now...but ....then again, maybe... There is no hate,no ire, no angst...just hurt...and some hope...


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 3:47 am ET

@choi, jin young

Sorry I missed your earlier blog...it's nice to know you love children and will take care of them...I understand your care and concern for the children of Haiti..The nice thing about young children is that they bounce...and they'll be okay..As far as the earthquakes...your right "outside our ability"...we just have to be willing as a race, one human race, to offer care and compassion to all in those situations....A call to God? I wouldn't keep the line open too long...but look at deity as hope...prayer as possibility, miracles as man abilities to help change today what he couldn't face yesterday....


A. Smith, Oregon   February 14th, 2010 4:25 am ET

Congratulations to Hannah Kearney winning Team USA's first Gold Medal of the Winter Olympic 2010 Games in WOMEN'S MOGULS and to team mate Shannon Bahrke for her Bronze medal performance.

And congratulations to winning Team USA's first Silver Olympic medal in Short-Track Speedskating MEN'S 1,500M with team mate John Celski winning a Bronze Olympic medal in the same event.

Well Done! America's off to a powerful start in the Winter Olympics.


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 5:45 am ET

Cajazz

May the sun bring light and warmth to your soul Cajazz, healing years of enduring pain from life’s bitter storms…..
Traversing along a road filled with peaks and crevasses that lead to a new tomorrow….
Shedding the ire and pain that dwells deep within, to a sanctuary of balance, peace and hope


Schwarzgold   February 14th, 2010 11:00 am ET

Extortion Schemes-It never fails.
There are women on dating sites posing as registered nurses living in a foreign country looking to meet a special someone. Then the big question, "Can you help me?" I need money for a plane ticket home and money for helping the orphan. They even have pictures of children and all the nurses have the same line. Most are from Illinois, probably sitting in their bedroom. I was as for $1800.00 and when I refused to say yes. The person became upset and complained about the conversation gone back because she asked for money. This is going on in Ghana, Nigeria, and they will use Haiti as a soft spot during the crises there. Please donate to a legitimate organization if you want to help the kids.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

@Schwarzgold

Looking for love in all the wrong places?....lol...You can alert the FCC...if they are ignorant enough to come on line, the FCC is smart enough to backtrack to their IP (internet protocol) address and their MAC(media access control) address. For those who may not know, MAC address is how tracers on your cell phone and computers give away your home address, IP obviously just your 'puter.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

@all...bit of error above...IP's and Mac's...cover a variety of internet devices and cell tower transmitting devices...the blackberry...ipods...ipads...etc...


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

@all...

I'm not expert on IP, MAC,BIA,UHA'S...beyond super fiscal awareness it becomes....... EIEIO


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Thank You A. Smith for helping to keep those on LKL aware of our own tragedies here in the US. Hopefully, aide will be soon!

Thank You for your concerns!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 14th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

@ Dodie, thank you for your kind comments. This in no fashion undermines nor diminishes the horrific damage and loss of life in Haiti and the pressing need for food, shelter and medical aid for the Haitian people.

It does however underscore the great and pressing need for America to address the disaster the blizzards have caused the Native People in South and North Dakota. This video helps to highlight the current plight of the Native People here in America and in nearly all of their reservations from coast to coast.

President Obama is one of the few American presidents in recent history that has reached out to the Native People of America. President Obama's cabinet is actively working on a mutually acceptable cash settlement to the Native tribes across the nation for illegal land grabs and many other illegal actions on behalf of the US Govt. against the Native People of America.

It is hoped that more and more American's also reach out to the Native People of America and help them regain their footing in basic necessitys and expanding into helping them with higher education grants and scholarships. On many reservations the homes and shelters are in very dilapidated shape, medical care is practically non-existant and basic help for many are hundreds of miles from their homes.

America shouldn't continue to turn her back on the Native People of America, they are the caretakers of North America and are greatly needed to help heal our planet at this time.


Gerald Jolly   February 14th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

@ Cajazz, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your blog about corruption in China, as the reason why you believe, it is that problem that will prohibit China from becoming a true Super power.

During my seven years as an educator in Chengdu China I witnessed rampant corruption in the educational system.
Kickbacks fron Contractors that build and service buildings from lower school right up to Universities.
I witnessed the top administrator of the first college I worked at being dismissed for the theft of 7 million Yuan over a three year period, only to be replaced, by the man that fingered him, because he did not get his share of the stolen funds and he went on to do the same, and both these men never saw the inside of a jail cell.
As you probably know, every higher learning institution in China has a seperate set of offices for the Communist Party representative and his staff on campus to eversee where and how the money gets spent.
Most of the Chinese professors will accept a bribe from graduating students to insure that student will get the highest grades possible.
While at SWUFE South Western University of Finance and Economics, the Dean approached me on several occasion asking me to give out false grades for sudents from wealthy families, and I refused, telling him that I would report him to the the Minister of Education for the province of Sichuan, tha just happened to be the uncle of my dear friend the dean of foriegn languages at another University.
On an almost daily basis, government officials are arrested and even sometimes executed, if they are found complicit of a large corruption activity.
So I do concede that corruption is a very serious problem in China at almost every level of government and private enterprise.

However, I dont completely agree with your comment that this will or could be the cause that will prevent China from becoming a world Super Power.

Several years ago the W.T.O. published a report on the very subject of countries that have been found to be very corrupt, and the U.S. was named in the top three, while China figured only in the top twenty.
The countries that came under the scrutiny of the W.T.O. were not third world dictatorships or countries with very low GDP's the study was done by an independent group of people that were commissioned by the W.T.O. and the IMF.
In my opinion! the level of corruption in our country travels across the entire spectrum of businesses, from the Stock Marker, to Banks, and Insurance companies and the Drug industry, which is the reason that the corrupt American elected officials at all levels and of both parties will never act on behalf of the majority of our population, but are bought lot stock and barrel by Corporate corruptness and greed.

The sad part is that we as ordinary citizend cant do a thing about it, and in most cases are simply apathetic about the whole process of one vote one voice.
IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
Without disagreeing with your take on it, I will stick to my first comment and predict that China "MAY" be the Super Power of the world by 2015, and this will definately happen if this government and those that follw, dont stop putting our country in debt to China, at the rate they are currently borrowing from China, they dont need to do anything but collect the millions of dollars of accrewed interest day after day.
Have a great day, I truly enjoy reading your blogs and the way you deliver the goods right on point.


Dodie   February 14th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Again, thank you for your graciousness and concern for the proud first people of this nation. Many tribal members who are in a position often contribute funding, aide, physical labor, computer knowledge, education and medical necessities for the tribal welfare! Many are very thankful President Obama had the visionary means to adjust the compass when it comes to our proud first people of this nation!

nea'ese A. Smith, Oregon... nea'ese!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly

My error in assuming you meant 'The Super Power'. That is why I included the comparison of their defense budget to that of the U.S. I believe it is actually between 11 and 12 percent of the $682,000,000,000 plus the U.S. will spend this year, or around $70,000,000,000.

I have considered China a 'super power' even before they cracked fuse on their first nuclear device. Regardless of the fact they used cavalry (on horseback) charging into the blast to test the effects of radiation. No joke, they did.

Just the sheer size of their standing forces one would have to include them as, no less than number two. Due to the breakup of the Soviet Union, I feel they filled the number two spot.

*****A reread confirms I understood you correctly the first time. So let's look at the technology they lack...The air delivery weapons systems, way behind; the nuclear arsenal, far behind, that is why they aren't included in Salt talks or the like; sea delivery systems, lacking but improving, but still far behind; mobile sea and air combinations, very weak; mobilization readiness, virtually a mess;ground forces, number one.

The inability to feed a nation of 1.37 billion mouths while Ying and Yang are off to war, it's a calculation, I feel, they actually have no interest in. China, from my point of view, is really not interested in being number one in the world of warfare.

I think they know the worst place to put a 'hurtin' on someone is in their wallets. Now there, they already have our butts bruised and bloody. Call in the $800,000,000,000 they lent to us and we are at their mercy.

They haven't been around for so long unbeaten in war and gradually improving their standard of living because they want to be warriors. They put away those challenges long before we were a democracy.

I really see a China that is in the game of making China number one in living, not dying. China has learned well that to spend your fortunes, which now they are building upon, on weapons is futile. They probably have more proverbs to those sentiments than there are Chins in a Chinese phone-book.

Now back to the corruption problem..that is their war...It will last far beyond our current conflicts and has been hurting their economy and all aspects of it since the Ming dynasty. Probably long before that, as well. It is in their DNA, it has to bred out, bled out, however and whatever it takes.

Oh, I did use my educational portion of the G.I. Bill...l actually over-spent, long story, but a funny. A later time...I'm going to a quick dinner...I 'll be back to chat Gerald....It's great subject for debate.

You have very good substance with your subject matter. We'll get into their espionage efforts later, and your favorite ...education..


Cajazz76:24:8   February 14th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

@Dodie

Good evening.. I see your slippers in the corner, so you must be sitting down at 'puter. Thank you for the verses, very kind of you. bbl...


Gerald Jolly   February 14th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

@ Cajazz. Thank you.

Yes I truly enjoy bantering with you.

What impresses me most is that you know your facts and they are provable, unlike much of the banter that goes on on this blog at times.

Having spent a great deal of time in China, I do agree with your position on that sbject.

Given their quest to improve their standard of living, I doubt very much that they would ever contemplate a war, particularly a war that would be fought on someone elses soil.

Because of some high level associations I made with some Party Guys in China, I was privilidged to go to a few miltary training camps, and comparing my time in the military, the only thing negative I found was that, the average soldier, althought well trained is incapable of making snap decisions on his own.

Oh! yes about the G.I. Bill, God only knows where or what I would have done with my life.

I will forever be gratefull for the opportunity it provided me with.

Have a great evening.


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 12:06 am ET

@ Cajazz

It was my pleasure to share those thoughts with you. Your healing will be in your time when you decide. I only wanted to express how your experience has touched me!

Slippers?….probably more like tennis shoes today! It is Chinese New Year and I was involved in celebration. They enjoy celebrating as long as they can! Maybe something we should learn!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 15th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Kudo's to local American citizens and to those across America and around the world that celebrated Chinese New Years Year of the Tiger with Dragon and Lion dancers and parades in memory of the Chinese immigrants that toiled long, dangerous and hard hours to help pave the way for America's future.

Everywhere here here in Oregon, the hands of the Chinese immigrants is evident from the huge mosaic walls of stone along many road ways to the magnificent railroad tunnels they carved by hand and black powder into the granite mountains to the waterways they created to mine gold.

Happy Chinese New Year and The Year of the Tiger to each and everyone!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:00 am ET

@Dodie
@A.Smith

Gong Xi Fa Cai!...Year of the tin tiger...you paper tigers you...lol Get your carbide cannon out Dodie...just don't blow the toes off your velvet sneakers.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:03 am ET

@Dodie

Never know Joe...was up a while ago..he was giving sermon...lol...another blog site.re:. Clinton......


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:08 am ET

@ Cajazz

I assume you had delightful dining mixed with good digestion? Of course at our age, one never knows what happens with the digestion part! Just keep fingers crossed that nothing becomes a surprise!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:17 am ET

@Dodie

Well, I try to carefully, not by design, to pick my way through the menu to preclude any unexpected late night snacks...so to speak. You know where Ballena Bay is?


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:22 am ET

Cajazz

Ballena Bay is on the San Francisco bay. Having technical difficulties here so sometimes I just fall out in cyber space somewhere ... in the cold and dark and sometimes I can hang in there. Never know where I will be when I click on that cute little button...


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:30 am ET

@Dodie

Here as well...having to bounce in and out of this site to get updated. Yes, it covers the area near the Alameda (former) Naval Yard. I lived next to Stargell (as in Willy) Field. My two children were born in Oakland.


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:32 am ET

@ Cajazz

It sounds like a good time in your life, Bellena Bay. Are your two children still in that area? Its hard to visit children when they are so far away.


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:33 am ET

@Dodie

How familiar are you with Tanforan Racetrack? Primarily its history....


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:35 am ET

I am reading the interaction between Navajo Joe and Luis. Its very funny and entertaining to say the least!


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:36 am ET

Cajazz

Tell me about the racetrack? I have not knowledge about it...


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:38 am ET

Did you own horses?


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:40 am ET

I just googled it and it seems to be a Japanese camp during WWII, one of many! It was sad what we did to the Japanese Americans...


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 1:49 am ET

@Dodie

My daughter, the oldest, lives in Amman Jordan. She is an editor for Faridah Publishing. My son ..committed suicide three years ago at the age of 18, I can only handle that only by knowing he was not meant for this world. Not a single act on his behalf to ever harm anyone or anything. You would had to have known him or those who knew him to understand how gentle a soul he was..Totally devastated not only my wife, myself, but the entire community. The full impact of his death has not even hit us, yet. So, so much not said, not thought out yet. He would have gone to U.T. and therein was what I am still struggling with...Why?...I know, but it would take a while to explain. When I get it down to a paragraph I'll explain...You are one of less than a fist of fingers I have even gone this far into with...Every minute of every day for coming on three years..March 27...deep...deep...dark....pain...the hurt I was speaking of last night...


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:50 am ET

Cajazz

I am so very sorry to hear of your son. I do not think anything could be more painful for a parent. My sincere condolences to you...


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 1:54 am ET

Cajazz. You certainly have experienced your share of pain. Again, I am so very very sorry!

Is your wife's family originally from the Middle East? Are you concerned for your daughter living there?


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 2:02 am ET

@Dodie

Tanforan...was the site of the first launched aircraft on the west coast...the originating flight of the first landing on a ship..the U.S. Pennsylvania. temporary planking was laid as a runway, the first, rather predecessor to the first aircraft carrier. Yes it was an internment camp, temporarily, less than a year...some 95 or so babies born there. Today it is a shopping mall with relics of its past on view. I believe it burned down in 1982..or somewhere there abouts...just aging you.....lol...


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 2:07 am ET

Yes, a baby boomer and proud to be one and survived this long!


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 2:14 am ET

@Dodie

No, when the petrochemical construction industry went belly up in the mid 70's I went back to flying helicopter's and gave up engineering. Went to Iran..Joe as well..stayed until we got booted. After I came back I needed extensive surgery to redo repairs from a crash in RVN. It's a routine. I am back -logged by 7 required surgeries I have been delaying, for one reason or ten others. I returned to the middle east, Saudi, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Jordan until I could no longer pass a flight physical..Been retired ever since. Joe has been to Iraq and Afghanistan for numerous years and is now retired, also. That's why we have all this free time.


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 2:20 am ET

Cajazz

You must have extensive knowledge of the middle east. Surgeries are hard on a body. All that anesthesia! This must have taken a toll on you. what type of surgeries are you look at? 7 back logged as alot


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 3:25 am ET

@Dodie

You have mail...


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 3:51 am ET

Yes and responded


Cajazz76:24:8   February 15th, 2010 4:23 am ET

@Dodie

Sounds like you missed the first one....now you have three..


Dodie   February 15th, 2010 5:22 am ET

@ Cajazz

laughing! you are very funny! I found all of them...


Damballah La Flambeau   February 15th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Haiti needs Tents for the Kids


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