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Gangs Armed With Machetes Loot Port-Au-Prince
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Posted on 01/14/2010 6:02:55 PM PST by traumer

Central Business District Resembles Hell On Earth As Bodies Pile Up And Armed Men Battle Over Food, Supplies

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CBS) The earthquake aftermath has brought out the best and worst of the people of Haiti.

Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly.

The looting appears to be isolated to Port-au-Prince's old commercial center. It's an area that under normal circumstances would be filled with many shops, markets and a few homes. But on Wednesday it was a completely different scene.

It looked like a war zone.

Some of the buildings were on fire. Smoke was everywhere and there were bodies in the streets, many just quake victims lying where they were when the magnitude 7.0 blast hit.

What made the situation that much more tense was sightings of gangs of young men with machetes. On Wednesday they were seen getting into stores and taking all the supplies they could carry. The armed men were seen marching up and down the streets with machetes raised and the competition among the gangs turned quite fierce.

Fights between gangs were seen on the streets. Machetes were flailing and it was impossible to predict what would happen next.

There was no sign of police or any kind of law and order.

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KEYWORDS: aftermath; banglist; earthquake; gaydivorce; haiti; haitianearthquake; haitianlooters; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; looters; looting; machetes; portauprince
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1 posted on 01/14/2010 6:02:56 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

There was chaos.....which is unusual?


2 posted on 01/14/2010 6:04:17 PM PST by gaijin
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To: traumer
yes and Haitian government regroups to shake down the world.
3 posted on 01/14/2010 6:06:42 PM PST by dalebert
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To: traumer

Fights between gangs were seen on the streets. Machetes were flailing and it was impossible to predict what would happen next.

There was no sign of police or any kind of law and order.

Well, those things have a way of working themselves out.
Natural selection, etc. Probably just unsettled youths
trying to “find themselves”. A little midnight basketball
and they’ll be fine.


4 posted on 01/14/2010 6:06:48 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: traumer
I do hope the relief teams will have adequate protection.

Hear that Camp Lejeune is sending a bunch of Marines.

Sounds like they're going to need them.

5 posted on 01/14/2010 6:07:48 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: traumer
Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly//// Wait for it........ Wait for it.......Bush's Fault!
6 posted on 01/14/2010 6:07:56 PM PST by ColdOne ( Besides going to a church for Bidens mothers funeral, Has he gone to Church yet?)
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To: tet68

Ask the people in that city, would you rather have
a policeman’s phone number or a gun?


7 posted on 01/14/2010 6:08:24 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: traumer

Me and my Dad were wondering how long before that started to happen.


8 posted on 01/14/2010 6:08:56 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: traumer

See previous post “Haiti: enslaved by its dark history”

This was a UK lib siting historical data that AGREED WITH ROBERTSON.

Haiti has a spiritual problem that only a massive change to Jesus will solve.

Don’t send $$$ to secular organizations.


9 posted on 01/14/2010 6:09:18 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: traumer

Only one way to deal with this sort of thing: shoot to kill. After a while, the yutes will get the message.


10 posted on 01/14/2010 6:10:22 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: traumer

I honestly hope we have enough overwhelming force on the ground to prevent mass hysteria and panic.

Time for the Airborne to do some field exercises.


11 posted on 01/14/2010 6:11:25 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: tet68
The only firearms I saw down there were pistol gripped shotguns owned by the military and security. Those guys were born with machetes in their hands, though, and they take each other out with them a LOT.

BTW, there ain't no 911 or fire department.

12 posted on 01/14/2010 6:11:24 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: traumer

Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly...

I wonder if the government would describe this as ‘unexpected’.


13 posted on 01/14/2010 6:11:35 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: traumer

I hope all Americans who are helping are armed to the teeth. And that they are unafraid to shoot to kill.


14 posted on 01/14/2010 6:14:15 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: tet68

>>Ask the people in that city, would you rather have
a policeman’s phone number or a gun?

In third world places like Haiti and New Orleans, the cop is probably going to rob you too!


15 posted on 01/14/2010 6:16:40 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: Dallas59

Wifey and I mused over that day before yesterday....of course we’re veterans of the SoCal riots (er, um...civil unrest). It’s as natural as the sun rising.


16 posted on 01/14/2010 6:17:52 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: traumer

Sounds like Katrina


17 posted on 01/14/2010 6:18:42 PM PST by Diggity
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To: traumer

Some people were asking last night in church why God would allow something evil like this earthquake to happen. I told them that the earthquake isn’t evil, but that the rape, murder, and looting gangs that will crop up before the weekend are the evil.


18 posted on 01/14/2010 6:18:56 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: Altura Ct.
Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly...

I wonder if the government would describe this as ‘unexpected’.

I bet gay marriage would settle them down

19 posted on 01/14/2010 6:25:34 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: traumer

Fights between gangs were seen on the streets. Machetes were flailing and it was impossible to predict what would happen next.

There was no sign of police or any kind of law and order................................Its sad, if we get one, I can see this eventually happening here too, especially in cities.


20 posted on 01/14/2010 6:31:24 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Don't blame me, I voted for Palin! And I will AGAIN!)
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To: tet68
Ask the people in that city, would you rather have a policeman’s phone number or a gun?

The problem is that most people, in most cities, just don't understand how fragile the law and order is. When disasters strike all that goes down even before the last brick reaches the ground. Some people just go insane; other people will do anything for their family; some other people will kill to get rich, or just for fun. After a major disaster they can get away with a lot of killing.

So if you ask a typical city dweller, he will tell you that a cell phone is all he needs. He just has no experience and makes his choice based on fantasy, not on realities of life.

21 posted on 01/14/2010 6:35:10 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Mrs.Z

BTTT


22 posted on 01/14/2010 6:54:40 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, islam will cover the earth with darkness for a thousand years.)
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To: traumer

The Marines and 82nd will tame them PDQ.


23 posted on 01/14/2010 6:58:20 PM PST by TADSLOS (Nigerian Crotch Bombers are U.S. Citizens too!- B. Obama)
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To: traumer
Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly.

Oh, please. They were looting for beer and televisions in New Orleans. The two situations should not even be mentioned in the same paragraph.

24 posted on 01/14/2010 7:03:08 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Bryanw92

I recall Christ being asked about the people who had died when a tower fell on them, what had they done to bring this about. His answer was were all sinners and deserved to have towers falling.


25 posted on 01/14/2010 7:17:02 PM PST by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: traumer

I’m beginning to believe this specific behavior is genetically predetermined.


26 posted on 01/14/2010 7:29:20 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: traumer

Looks like Cobra gunships may be in order as the situation deteriorates..

I hope our troops at least have ammo and aren’t just carrying empty magazines.


27 posted on 01/14/2010 7:32:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: dagogo redux
I’m beginning to believe this specific behavior is genetically predetermined.

"The usual wager?"

28 posted on 01/14/2010 7:32:20 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mrs.Z
Jamaica is overwhelmingly Christian, yet is no safe place for any white man.

Christianity has NOTHING to do with whether or not a society is civilized. Your secular yuppie is much more of a contributor and less of a leach than the overwhelmingly Christian ghetto dwellers. If you look at sectors of the population that are overwhelmingly religious versus those that are secular, and then see which ones are committing most of our violent crime, you would come to a different conclusion than that you have currently.

Education and IQ are better indicators of the chance of one becoming a violent sociopath than belief in Jesus, Allah, or any of the other sky-gods.

29 posted on 01/14/2010 7:37:29 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Only one way to deal with this sort of thing: shoot to kill. After a while, the yutes will get the message.

And wandering around menacingly holding a mechete up high seems like a volunteer for the lesson...

30 posted on 01/14/2010 7:49:51 PM PST by !1776!
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To: Clemenza

Wish I could site the source of this debate...

a Christian apologetic asks an atheist...

if your car breaks down in the middle of southcentral LA at 10pm, would you prefer the first people you see are a group of young men coming from a Bible study, or some other group of young men, which would you chose...

the atheist admitted that the first choice was better...

what’s your choice?


31 posted on 01/14/2010 7:50:45 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: AnAmericanMother

If the Marines shoot the looters in self defense will they be put on trial?Like the SEALS that supposedly hit the terrorist.


32 posted on 01/14/2010 7:52:22 PM PST by Omegaman 308
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To: Greysard
So if you ask a typical city dweller, he will tell you that a cell phone is all he needs. He just has no experience and makes his choice based on fantasy, not on realities of life.

Agreed - but think it is even worse. There will be a group of people who understand their dependency but don't acknowledge it, and a group who expect their dependency. The former will afford patience and apply reason to a dire situation even if they have failed to prepare, the latter will not.

And then there are those who are opportunists - apparently never got a chance to run for congress - but will bleed whatever they can from a crisis just because the opportunity arose...

33 posted on 01/14/2010 7:55:50 PM PST by !1776!
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To: Omegaman 308

Yes.


34 posted on 01/14/2010 8:01:37 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Clemenza

What, no word from the high IQ atheist to those of us who by virtue of being believers must be stupid?

I never doubt the intelligence of a non-believer...

anyone who is earnestly seeking and hungry for Truth will find it in the one whose name is Truth.


35 posted on 01/14/2010 8:07:48 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: traumer

You just knew it was gonna happen.


36 posted on 01/14/2010 8:28:25 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: Greysard
When you think about it, the cell phone is probably one of the greatest crime fighting tools there is.

But in this case...
There was no sign of police or any kind of law and order.

Better to be well armed with something considerably more effective than a machete.

37 posted on 01/14/2010 8:38:46 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: tet68

On a personal note when the SHTF and it happens here. There will be a pile of skulls a short way away from my bug in location with a sign saying “free food and water”. That should cut down on the foot traffic.


38 posted on 01/14/2010 8:57:26 PM PST by WhirlwindAttack (Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life)
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To: smokingfrog

Yesterday, my husband, walking back to his office after lunch, was almost run over by a guy. When DH yelled at him to watch where he was going, the guy backed up and nearly ran over his foot. DH pounded on the car. Driver yells, “Now I am going to get you good!” and gets out of the car. DH held up his cell phone, asked the guy to smile for the camera and not to forget the ones on poles. The driver looked around, by-standers were smiling and he got back into the car and left the scene.

What no one else knew was that my husband always carries a knife. He had his hand on it inside his pocket and he knows how to use it quickly and to effect.

But, for this incident, in a peaceful American city, the cell phone camera worked well.


39 posted on 01/14/2010 9:18:11 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Clemenza
if society actually FOLLOWS their religious tenets, then it does affect civilization...

you can't call people who swing machetes and maim and kill particularly spiritual...

40 posted on 01/14/2010 10:33:27 PM PST by cherry
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To: traumer
Added this to the Banglist to point out that thugs don’t need firearms to loot, plunder and kill, all they need are edged weapons like machetes.

Remember, the only thing you need to make an edged weapon is a material that will hold one (Stone – the original stuff to make knives, metal, plastic, paper), and a way to sharpen it(stone, concrete, etc.).

Something to keep in mind when the National Socialist Democrat Party starts to whine about “Too many Guns (weapons) on the street”. And then proposes to register and then confiscate these weapons in the name of ‘safety’ or the children [Or whatever the BS tear jerker talking point it is this month]

One would think the National Socialists won’t be insane enough to think they could ban stone, metal or plastic but everyday they seem to being going off the deep end, so hey, it may be in the cards.

41 posted on 01/15/2010 5:50:58 AM PST by GYL2 (Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson)
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To: traumer
Please tell me I am not the first one.


42 posted on 01/15/2010 5:54:35 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Omegaman 308

The more important question is, if they see two guys going at it with machetes, do they shoot the guy who looks like he’s winning or wait until one guy wins and shoot him?


43 posted on 01/15/2010 5:56:45 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

You’re the first I’ve seen. Good job! ;0)


44 posted on 01/15/2010 5:57:31 AM PST by paulycy (The Liberals' DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE CRIMES.)
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To: traumer

I wonder what the rules of engagement are for our servicemen? And will Barry throw a soldier who defends himself under the bus?


45 posted on 01/15/2010 6:06:22 AM PST by mewzilla (Vote fraud is treason.)
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To: thefactor
The more important question is, if they see two guys going at it with machetes, do they shoot the guy who looks like he’s winning or wait until one guy wins and shoot him?

You can't just be shooting them. Their culture is merely different down there. (sarc)
46 posted on 01/15/2010 6:06:23 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: thefactor

Did Looter Guy ever get ID’d?


47 posted on 01/15/2010 6:09:47 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Richard Kimball

There are lots of guns in the hands of thugs in Haiti. The real trouble hasn’t begun yet.


48 posted on 01/15/2010 6:10:46 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: traumer

Machetes were flailing and it was impossible to predict what would happen next.


I predict someone will get cut by a machete.


49 posted on 01/15/2010 6:10:52 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Mrs.Z; Clemenza
the urban dwellers you refer to as 'Christians' dont have a clue about the Lord...

comparisons to the childmolester from the sand dunes or other 'sky gods' is absurd...

50 posted on 01/15/2010 11:40:22 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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