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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Tragedy in Haiti

And the Spin put on it.

I have been appalled to see the usual suspects using the death and destruction to try and garner political points. While the thugs on the Right have been most egregious, the Left hasn't been all that far behind.

I am pretty sure there will be a special place in Hell for people like Pat Robertson, who used the suffering and misery to manipulate his minions into giving him more money.

As usual, Jon Stewart sums it up more honestly than any "real" newscast.

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In honer of this latest foray into new depths of slime, I have started a poll to examine the one thing that I think should be on everyone's mind just now, do please vote.

And do please feel free to mention the people of Haiti to the deity of your choice, or the universe, or the clockwork mechanism that keeps everything running, or the small quiet place in your own heart. It won't hurt and ya never know, it just might help.


Sun Bear said...

Just about anything will help, at this point. I keep hoping something like this will make people come together, realize how ephemeral life is, etc, but it just hasn't happened yet. Not in a BIG, lasting fashion.

But I try to remain guardedly hopeful. I remember that first morning of the new millenium, where it seemed people did feel a sense of community, even if only briefly.

Though it seems otherwise, I know humanity isn't too stupid to survive. We survived the eruption that created Lake Toba, which was worse than anything we are familiar with on orders of magnitude. We survived the events described in Eden in the East, the book I'm currently reading - the global flooding, mega-earthquakes and monster tsunamis. I believe we'll survive the stupid decisions, too. I just wish we'd chose an easier path...sooner rather than later.

Mo'in said...

Dear Mushtaq,

Thanks for posting this. John Stewart, as always, is spot on!

Good wishes,


rivv3t said...

I was reading through, literally, hundreds of photo captions the day it finally hit me, what had happened there, and I couldn't help but noticing that the caption pertaining to President Obama's reaction ended in some tidbit of news about the gal trying for Kennedy's empty seat.

I couldn't believe it!
If it's a text robot needs to be fired.

If it's a real person um.... drug them?

Dan Gambiera said...

The best response so far has been courtesy of the Star-Tribune:

Dear Pat Robertson, I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox -- that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it -- I'm just saying: Not how I roll. You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings -- just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract. Best, Satan

Jason said...

The thing that bothers me most about Pat Robertson and Limbaugh is that people actually take what they say seriously.

Fred Bigliardi said...

Asalaam Alaikum Mushtaq.

I don't exactly mean this as a comment, but it was the only way I could figure out how to contact you. My name is Fred Bigliardi, an old student of William Sanders. We met in '03 or '04. I have drawn a great deal of insight and inspiration from your blog and I decided to start one of my own. A huge creative undertaking for the technologically impaired! If you have time to check it out, I would really appreciate some feedback, suggestions, advice, jokes or berating. Here's the link:
My hope is to focus on the mental and mind-body aspects of martial arts. At least, that is what I am working on myself and hoping to send some inspiring vibes out to the rest of the world in the process. Thanks again for your blogging. I've laughed, thought, heard some great music (Nneka especially) and been inspired.