published Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Haiti

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

17
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
alprova said...

Watching the coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been tough. I fully admit that I've had to turn the channel more than a few times over the past couple of days.

My mind wanders now and then, imagining the magnitude of such a tragedy if it were ever to happen here. Other than to donate money to fund rescue and recovery efforts, there's not much else that I can do to assist the people of Haiti. At the same time, I feel guilty for being thankful that my loved ones are safe and sound tonight.

Imagine for a moment, here in the Chattanooga area, a situation so severe that time will not allow the dead to be counted, identified, or given a proper burial. Imagine the shock of being snug and comfortable in your home, instantly transformed to that of being displaced and totally without shelter, food, or water. And if that was not bad enough, imagine your entire family other than yourself, gone in an instant.

That is a reality that many Haitians are enduring at the moment. It's very hard to imagine it ever happening here in our area.

As heartbreaking as it is to witness what I deem to be a most heinous instance of human suffering, statements made by a couple of famous Americans regarding the people of Haiti, have me wishing that God would reach down from Heaven and b**ch-slap them, until their heads ring like a church bell.

Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh may well have offered to date, the most outrageous comments that have ever emanated from their lips.

Robertson authoritatively stated on-air that the people of Haiti have been cursed by one thing after the other because when Haiti was a French colony, rebels "swore a pact to the devil," saying, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French. "True story..." he said, "And so the devil said, 'Okay, it's a deal.'"

Limbaugh, buoyant after realizing that his heart did not attack him while on vacation earlier this month, took opportunity to use the disaster to attack President Obama.

"Everything this president sees is a political opportunity, including Haiti, and he will use it to burnish his credentials with minorities in this country and around the world, and to accuse Republicans of having no compassion."

Rush topped that off with, "we've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."

How do either of these men look themselves in the mirror each day? Have they no shame?

My prayers go out to all those in Haiti. May the hand of God guide all those who are there on the ground to help restore a totally devastated country from the ruins, and comfort those in need.

January 16, 2010 at 2:51 a.m.
nucanuck said...

(Our) Horrific Tragedy!

America and the world are rallying to help as best we can in a soul wrenching disaster in a place we don't normally think much about. But should we?

Haiti has been an unofficial American Protectorate for the last hundred years...the poorest place on earth.

White Americans sojourn briefly to Haiti by the thousands to do God's work,while America,as a country,has intervened politically,but kept aloof commercially. Reading various accounts of Haitian history brings nothing but sadness.

After this news cycle will anything change?

January 16, 2010 at 3:05 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

alprova, is Pat Robertson doing anything to help Haitians? alprova, did some Haitians during the 1790s in fact make the deal Robertson mentioned? (I don't know that Robertson knows what the devil said.) alprova, do Jesus Christ and the Bible and Christianity and the experiences of some people teach that there really is a devil? alprova, does the God to whom you pray care about what the devil does, and care whether people line up with the devil or with Him? alprova and Andrew Lohr, does this apply to Chattanooga as well as to Haiti? Are some of our problems our own fault? (I know some of mine are.)

I have heard from a Haitian that saying "voodoo" there is like saying "Western culture" here.

This is not to say that God sent the quake because He's mad at Haitians. He's slow to anger, but he is not mocked; as a man soweth, so shall he also reap (Galatians 6). Don't get Him started.

As for Rush, I am reminded of Thomas Sowell's definition of liberal "compassion": buying votes with tax dollars. Has Haiti in fact already received a lot of US tax-paid aid?

January 16, 2010 at 6:34 a.m.
rolando said...

alprova, we DID have such a tragedy here...several times, in fact, with the most horrendous one at the Twin Towers. Not to discount Okla City or Katrina or 1907 Frisco or 1988 Oakland/Frisco or any of the other catastrophes we have suffered.

You [and nucanuck] are guilty of a 411 -- overacting.

Did Rush actually say that? If so, it was quite discerning of him...and accurate.

January 16, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.
rolando said...

Good "cartoon", Clay. Thanks.

It says so much without actually saying anything...but you know that. Again, thank you.

January 16, 2010 at 7:50 a.m.
woody said...

Pat and Rush aside, (far aside, please) that which has happened to the Haitians is 'off the map'. I would ask that we attempt to keep politics out of this discussion, but I know too well that will not happen.

That said, and as sad and "horrific" as all this has been and continues to be, it is sadder still to say, and I believe rightfully so, many survivors of what has taken place are still better off than most who lived and died under the rule of "Baby Doc."

Keeping those in my prayers and thoughts, Woody

January 16, 2010 at 8:21 a.m.
woody said...

And...lest I forget..

May the last name of "Dooley" now become synonymous with Tennessee football........

Woody

January 16, 2010 at 9:04 a.m.
EaTn said...

There will be plenty of time later for radio and tv mouthpieces to make inappropriate comments about what will probably become one of the most massive natural disasters. Without their help New Orleans survived and so will Haiti. Help from Americans in the form of massive govt relief down to those who donated $10 on their cell phones says more about who we are than those who use this incident to put us down.

January 16, 2010 at 9:31 a.m.
alprova said...

Woody stated: "Pat and Rush aside, (far aside, please) that which has happened to the Haitians is 'off the map'. I would ask that we attempt to keep politics out of this discussion, but I know too well that will not happen."

With all due respect Woody, my inclusion of their comments has nothing to do with politics. Neither are politicians. These are two people who take to the air on a daily basis for the sole purpose of infecting minds.

January 16, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.
alprova said...

AndrewLohr wrote:

"alprova, is Pat Robertson doing anything to help Haitians?"

I have no idea what that man is doing. What he needs to do is to die and meet his maker. Enough is enough.

"alprova, did some Haitians during the 1790s in fact make the deal Robertson mentioned?"

I have no idea if the aforementioned event did take place. What I do know is that if it did, not one person in Haiti today is responsible for it or deserves to be held accountable for it.

"(I don't know that Robertson knows what the devil said.)"

Well gee....he quoted Satan. Isn't that enough for you?

"alprova, does the God to whom you pray care about what the devil does, and care whether people line up with the devil or with Him?"

I would never attempt to speak for God. I fail to understand why anyone in their right mind would ever attempt to do so.

"alprova and Andrew Lohr, does this apply to Chattanooga as well as to Haiti? Are some of our problems our own fault? (I know some of mine are.)"

Look, nothing that the people of Haiti have done last week or a couple of hundred years ago has an bearing on the shifting of the tectonic plates underground, that is unless a video surfaces on YouTube, capturing the entire population of that nation hopping up and down repeatedly, minutes prior to the earthquake.

"I have heard from a Haitian that saying "voodoo" there is like saying "Western culture" here."

What's your point? Does your version of "God" selectively extinguish "non-Christians" on a daily basis by targeting them with natural disasters?

"This is not to say that God sent the quake because He's mad at Haitians. He's slow to anger, but he is not mocked; as a man soweth, so shall he also reap (Galatians 6). Don't get Him started."

Believe what you wish. My God is not vengeful. My God loves everyone equally and long ago vowed, according to the Bible that I read, to never interfere in the affairs of earth, allowing us free will until our last breath is taken.

"As for Rush, I am reminded of Thomas Sowell's definition of liberal "compassion": buying votes with tax dollars. Has Haiti in fact already received a lot of US tax-paid aid?"

What does that have to do with anything at all? The fact is that NOW...TODAY...all of those dollars mean squat. The fact is that there are tens of thousands of people STILL trapped in rubble or dead, tens of thousands without basic human necessities needed to sustain life. They are dying by the minute and will continue to do so for weeks to come.

The last time I checked, the citizens of Haiti do not vote for US politicians. So you, Rush Limbaugh, and Thomas Sowell, and anyone else with that ludicrous mindset can all pounce salt, keep your dollars, and pray that it will pay your way into the afterlife of your own imagination.

January 16, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.
champ1 said...

Well said Clay....

January 16, 2010 at 12:58 p.m.
rolando said...

Sending cash to our government and its government controlled "charities" to forward to Haiti is pouring sand down a rathole. That money ALWAYS ends up in politicians' pockets, the banks in Switzerland or the Grand Caymans, etc.

Forget the American Red Cross, too. Google their use of tsunami/Katrina collected funds.

Those who wish to directly contribute cash, food, clothing, etc should see their local charities that are already active in Haiti and have been for years. That way the stuff actually reaches those at the bottom of the food chain who really need it. If you don't know what those people are doing, shame on you. Get involved before disaster hits, as it always does.

Incidentally, the Haiti death toll won't even be in the top 10 natural disasters, much less the worst [which was a 1931 flood in China -- toll, 1-4,000,000 people]. The 1918 flu epidemic killed from 40 to 100,000,000 people...now THAT was deadly. One hundred thousand in Haiti [if that high] pales in comparison.

Anyone notice the slums and the people living there did MUCH better than those who lived in the upper class neighborhoods where houses fell down all over the place. Poetic justice there, or something...

January 16, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.
Clara said...

What a "cartoon" to come back to after more than a month.

I'm crying! I'm willing to go down and take blood pressures, test the blood sugar of diabetics,and give them insulin shots. For the rest I'd be physically handicapped and in the way.

I recently learned how to purify water without boiling in case it rains and if there is newspaper and baby shampoo available.

I don't want to give money to the Red Cross as I have had several experiences with THAT bureaucracy. Perhaps to the Methodist Aid Program. That has proven successful in the past.

As for Limbaugh and Robertson... I read of their foolish remarks several days ago. Pitiful (human?) beings.

Alprova... Thank you! I wonder who else even thought about tectonic plates and natural forces, and the fact that years of bribery, conivance, lies, and mismanagement in building shacks with no real earthquake protection was the real cause of the overwhelming death and injury figures. Even the cathedral and the President's residences and offices were demolished.

I have been looking at earthquake maps of Puerto Rico and weekly, there are 6 or more minor earthquakes, (2 or 3 on the Richtor scale) on Puerto Rico or the surrounding waters.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/295_20.php (Puerto Rico)

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/290_20.php (Haiti, San Domingo, and Puerto Rico.

Look at the Aleurtian Islands, part of the "Ring of Fire."

January 16, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
Oz said...
January 16, 2010 at 8:44 p.m.
alprova said...

Clara wrote: "Alprova... Thank you! I wonder who else even thought about tectonic plates and natural forces, and the fact that years of bribery, conivance, lies, and mismanagement in building shacks with no real earthquake protection was the real cause of the overwhelming death and injury figures. Even the cathedral and the President's residences and offices were demolished."

You're welcome Ma'am. I'm ignorant when it comes to the history of Haiti, but I do know that the country is extremely poor and with few, if any resources that would allow it to thrive, even with decent oversight of a functioning Government.

I've read much over the past few days and it appears that there are many people who were working to bring industry and jobs to the nation. Disease and poverty have raped the nation, leaving tens of thousands of orphans with no hope for a decent life unless they are adopted.

Haiti is going to need long term assistance to fully recover from this disaster. They need more than people interested in adopting orphans.

Sending money and supplies are temporary solutions. Those people are eventually going to need jobs. They need industry. They need a purpose for living. Hopefully it will happen now that they are rebuilding from the ground up.

January 16, 2010 at 9:03 p.m.
alprova said...

Oz wrote: "Danny Glover's remark was not exactly brilliant either."

No they weren't. In fact, it was extremely ignorant. I've always like the man, but to blame this disaster on any failure to reach agreement in Copenhagen, is grasping for atoms.

January 16, 2010 at 9:14 p.m.
rolando said...

re: Glover's inane comment:

Can anyone expect anything different from an actor? All they do for a living is mouth someone else's words.

Gee, maybe he read it off a teleprompter, ya think?

January 17, 2010 at 3:10 a.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.