February 16, 2010

LKL last night! Sean Penn on his trip to Haiti

Posted: 05:09 PM ET
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Joe G. (Illinois)   February 16th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

What were the Haitians doing before the earthquake? And what are they doing now? I would describe the situation as a pitchfork “End-of-the-road situation.” A most beautiful/loving/merciful situation. It just goes to show.. Some people want to go to Disney Land.. Others staring face to face with God’s mercy.

John W. Truscott   February 16th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

To: Larry King and/or Anderson Cooper

I have been conducting collection drive for orthoped and porstetic devices to go to Haiti. All of this was to be processed through a group that is located in NYC that had assured me that the crutches, canes, walker, artificial legs etc would be going to Haiti the last week of February. Now, they are backing away from this "assurance" and I too am not happy. We have 175 pairs of crutches (and dozens more coming in); 155 walker and more coming in too; 15 aritificial legs; 75 canes and dozens of Velcro leg braces etc. Can any one at CNN connect me with a reputable group so this mission project may be completed and those poor people receive them? Doctors Without Borders had recommended that I contact this other group, A Leg To Stand On, which now is just not functioning. Anderson Cooper is pleading for such items... HOW can we get them to Haiti ASAP???
PLEASE respond. Sincerely, John Truscott

Tess   February 16th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Good job Sean Penn. God bless you.

James   February 16th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

@John Truscott,
As a starting point, you might consider contacting Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics at their main number on their website. They have an initiative underway for Haiti and have several drop-off locations around the country.

Peggy Hinaekian   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I like Bill Maher but he was very vulgar on his show yesterday. Also he made fun of moslems and Christians but left out the Jews. Is he afraid of sounding anti-semitic? But he already is since Arabs are also semites which most people don't seem to know.

David Mann   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET


With Religion (Darwin's Theory) and Global Warming; you say the science is settled, there should be no further debate. With Medicine; you constantly disagree with Doctor's recommendations.


David Mann
Atlanta, GA

stephen hammonds   February 16th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Question for Bill Mahr

does he have an idea how ong he is sees himself doing the Bill Mahr show?

Trisha Springstead RN   February 16th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

I would really like to know what Bill thinks of Allopathic Medicine and the Drug company Cartels. Diet, Suppliments ect are being taken down by the FDA and John McCain is behind this insanity.
Thank You for being who you are.

Trisha Springstead RN   February 16th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

Are you behind Legal drug dealing, if so you need to read natural news more.

Lynette Camara   February 17th, 2010 4:45 am ET

Bill Maher was dead wrong that the news is covering Haiti too much although I do agree with some of his sub-bullets on the subject. I agree that just showing one story repeatedly and only highlighting the most sensational ones (such as the story of the missionaries charged with kidnapping) does not do anything to help the cause of Haiti and does in effect amount to 'disaster porn'. I also agree that there are lots of terrible things not being covered all around the world that should be like the Congo.

That does not mean that we shouldn't pay attention to the Haiti quake. I personally learned a lot from watching the media's coverage of the quake. To my shock I learned that just as with Katrina aid is not getting to the people fast enough, despite the fact that so much money was raised to help it somehow does not show up in real results on the ground. I learned that more may die from disease and hunger than the quake itself. I also learned that right now, a drug-resistant strain of TB is brewing in Haiti that could obviously spread around the world. I only wish that story would have been covered instead of the missionary story some of those times, because that is important to us all.

The fact is that the current system in place to handle disasters all around the world is completely dysfunctional, and needs to be changed. We are taught to trust certain things but have been learning since Katrina that the systems we grow to trust are actually broken. The media, CNN in particular's coverage of the quake has done a wonderful job revealing the problems in the world to the general public so that we can help change them and make it better for the future.

sheila crone   February 17th, 2010 8:05 pm ET

Well, old Bill doesn't recognize that his responses to religious groups and people who help others as anything other than a joke. He is pitiful and doesn't know it. I would ask him if it's possible for him to tell a joke or make a serious comment without insulting someone. He's pathetic. He calls himself a comedian, but he makes no comedy except at the expense of someone else.

I don't know how much Sean Penn is worth or many of the dogooder hollywooders, but I think that they could make a real impact financially if they were to put their money where their mouth is. If there is sincerity in these comments, show us your works, not your mouth.

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