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'Roadblock of corpses' in desperate Haiti
Nine News ^ | January 15, 2010

Posted on 01/14/2010 10:48:51 PM PST by myknowledge

Haitians have begun blocking their roads with corpses in a dramatic protest against the delay in aid at the capital of Port-au-Prince.

PHOTOS: Earthquake devastation rocks Haiti

The sight was witnessed by TIME magazine photographer Shaul Schwarz, who told Reuters news agency that he saw two roadblocks in the city formed entirely of dead bodies jammed together.

"They are starting to block the roads with bodies; it's getting ugly out there. People are fed up with getting no help," he was reported as saying. (READ MORE: Despair as Haiti sees little sign of aid)

In the third night since the quake, residents have been desperately searching for food, water and medical supplies. (READ MORE: US takes over Haiti air traffic control)

The estimated death toll of the quake is 50,000, with eyewitnesses saying the stench of corpses is filling the streets.

A local US security expert, Blair Hawkins, told Australia's ABC that "the people are getting angry. There's no water, there's no food out there." (READ MORE: Queensland man fears for family in Haiti)

The US is assisting by sending more than 5000 soldiers to the badly damaged capital. The soldiers and aid workers will ferry aid and medical supplies into the city from an aircraft carrier stocked with supplies.

Looting is prevalent throughout the city as desperate survivors try to find food.

Reports say the capital has been lawless since the disaster as policemen are busy rescuing and burying their own families.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aftermath; airportbottleneck; corpseroadblock; corpses; earthquake; earthquakeaftermath; haiti; haitianearthquake; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; looters; looting; portauprince; roadblocks
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Whoa. Looks like the Haitians had to resort to stacking corpses like lasagna because there's not enough time nor space to bury them. Disease could rapidly spread toward the survivors and infect them all, which could lead to a post-earthquake plague across the voodoo land.

1 posted on 01/14/2010 10:48:55 PM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge
The sight was witnessed by TIME magazine photographer Shaul Schwarz, who told Reuters news agency that he saw two roadblocks in the city formed entirely of dead bodies jammed together.

Yeah. Cause that'll make the food get in there faster...making the roads impassable with corpse blockades and such.

Maybe they can also push the rubble of the presidential palace onto the runway at the airport, or even drop a few magnetic mines into the harbor while they're at it. That'll show em.

2 posted on 01/14/2010 10:52:48 PM PST by conimbricenses
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To: myknowledge

SOooooo...are they trying to keep LOOTERS out.....??? Or, what? Weird....and so desperately sad.


3 posted on 01/14/2010 10:53:47 PM PST by goodnesswins (Become a Precinct Committee Person/Officer....in the GOP...or do NOT complain.)
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To: myknowledge

I don’t understand: it seems like putting up roadblocks to stop trucks of food coming in is counterproductive. Is the media once again leaving out important details?


4 posted on 01/14/2010 10:56:02 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: myknowledge

Folks, you are about to see the worst debacle, chaos, man’s-inhumanity-to-man and mayhem that the world has seen since Cambodia. Unfortunately the world will be watching it in HDTV.


5 posted on 01/14/2010 11:01:06 PM PST by TaMoDee
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To: myknowledge

This is reminiscent of the Galveston Hurricane. At one point, there were so many bodies that they just had to push them out to sea—and the tide changed and they all floated back. Apparently, massive funeral pyres were the final answer.


6 posted on 01/14/2010 11:01:13 PM PST by MHT
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To: TaMoDee

I pray that you are wrong, but fear that you are correct. The next few days to a week will tell.


7 posted on 01/14/2010 11:10:59 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: myknowledge

Quark from Deep Space Nine: Let me tell you something about humans, nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people become as nasty and as violent as the most blood thirsty Klingon.


8 posted on 01/14/2010 11:12:01 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: MHT

I was trying to have an honest discussion with this to my wife. (Ended up telling my son my wishes!) I would have them just throw me in a pile and burn me with the others. Limits the spread of diesease and not much effort so they can go about trying to survive. I guess take a picture of my corpse and perhaps lop an ear and/or thumb off for proof of purchase for the insurance. I guess if I were still freshly dead and they were hungry they could make a few dinners out of me too. (I didn’t mention that! But perhaps I should.)

On the news the one guy was saying that the lack of identification of the dead is not a huge issue in Haiti. No social security, no insurance, benefits, etc. Hopefully the surviving loved ones might have been able to pay some last respects.


9 posted on 01/14/2010 11:18:56 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: myknowledge

Hati has become so dependant on foreign aid that they have no capacity to deal with any kind of disaster themselves. Not saying that we shouldn’t be helping them out in their hour of need, we most definetly should, but we need to help them help themselves and reduce their dependance on us.


10 posted on 01/14/2010 11:25:54 PM PST by world weary
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To: myknowledge

Things are looking pretty bad and it looks like they are going to get much worse. I fear for the soldiers and Marines that are going to have to go in there as I have no doubt that in the end it will be alot more than a relief effort and America will get the blame. I do wonder though, with all the tropical storms and hurricanes that hit this place, can’t a better infrastructure be in place to where the whole relief effort does not rest in the hands of other nations?


11 posted on 01/14/2010 11:27:08 PM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: TaMoDee

the best part is it AIN’T GEORGES FAULT(ala Anne Richardson,rip)


12 posted on 01/14/2010 11:27:32 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: goodnesswins
My street would be blocked with bodies also in their situation.
The difference is I have guns, and the line draws where the looters fall.
13 posted on 01/14/2010 11:28:00 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: Bad Jack Bauer
Remember this from 1994:

Haiti - 1994, Operation Uphold Democracy

Our soldier was saving the life of the man on the ground. The crowd wanted to beat him to death.

14 posted on 01/14/2010 11:34:44 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: TaMoDee
Or the last time Haiti had a full scale revolution.

The one in 1915 was particularly bad. There was a bloody civil war raging. In a period of about 24 hours the rebel faction made it into Port Au Prince, trashed the place, and slaughtered a bunch of people in the process. The incumbent dictator struck back by rounding up all the opposition party leaders and having a mass 167-man execution on the street...mostly by his troops wielding machetes. A pro-rebel mob broke loose and returned the favor to the dictator himself later that evening and set the city ablaze.

It was also only the latest and worst of what had been a yearly occurrence there for most of the early 1900's. The U.S. saw where it was all headed and we finally we'd had enough, so we dispatched the USS Washington stock full of marines to Haiti. It arrived within less than a day and restored order.

That was in 1915 under Woodrow Wilson. It's 2010 and Obama hasn't even made a dent on the situation after 3 straight days of chaos.

15 posted on 01/14/2010 11:35:50 PM PST by conimbricenses
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To: myknowledge
One of the most frightening books that I ever read in my life was about Haiti, in which at night, large groups of possessed people chanting voodoo start to run through the streets. It ends with whomever they come across getting hacked to death with machetes.

Tonite Anderson Cooper, clueless, said people were beginning to run in groups through the streets "praying". That place is going to be 1 million times worse than New Orleans

16 posted on 01/14/2010 11:36:21 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: Kartographer

sheesh...drink a little blood wine and people call you blood thirsty...


17 posted on 01/14/2010 11:39:14 PM PST by Crim
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To: world weary
That's the thing - the Washington Times is reporting on a recent study that says many of the buildings in Port Au Prince would not have held up to a 2.0 earthquake, much less a 7.0.

Or take the tropical storms that passed over Haiti in the last few seasons. They weren't even hurricanes, and they barely made a dent crossing the rest of the neighboring islands with only the typical 1-2 weather-related deaths. But when they crossed to Haiti the death toll jumped into the hundreds.

It's difficult to help people who won't help themselves, or at least not to anything but the handouts we keep offering them.

18 posted on 01/14/2010 11:40:47 PM PST by conimbricenses
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To: 1000 silverlings
Tonite Anderson Cooper, clueless, said people were beginning to run in groups through the streets "praying"

The cynic in me says that's a media euphemism for voodoo chants. It would not even surprise me if the people making these corpse roadblocks thought they were building zombie fences or something to ward off some voodoo deity that they think is behind the earthquake.

19 posted on 01/14/2010 11:45:20 PM PST by conimbricenses
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

“the best part is it AIN’T GEORGES FAULT”

It will be. :(

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/14/white-house-taps-bush-clinton-help-lead-haiti-relief/

White House Taps Bush, Clinton to Help Lead Haiti Relief


20 posted on 01/14/2010 11:45:36 PM PST by maggief
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To: conimbricenses

Yes, anything is possible. I think Richie Rich better run for his life, ASAP


21 posted on 01/14/2010 11:51:44 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: myknowledge

If they are protesting how slow aid is in getting to them, why block the roads that the aid trucks and people are going to use to get to them? Not sure this is going to help them, unless they plan to attack any vehicle that stops for the roadblock, and then again, that will probably only happen once, then the trucks will stop coming.


22 posted on 01/14/2010 11:54:49 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: conimbricenses
I've actually been there, the first impression I got of Hati was when I was standing on the bridge of our ship coming into Port au Prince and I saw one of the locals on the shore drop his pants and take a dump on the beach.

Not a good impression. The government of Hati doesn't seem seriously interested in building the place up, they say they are grateful for the help they are recieving, but they don't do anything with it beyond subsist, waiting for the next handout.

I don't know if you've ever been there but its sickening what the place looks like, trash heaps everywhere, children playing in open sewers, rampent pollution (and its not from foreign companies exploiting loose environemntal laws because there aren't any foreign companies really doing business there). Basicly picture the worst poverty you can possibly imagine and tripple it.

They've chopped down all the trees on their side of the island for wood and not replanted any (every time a replanting occurs, people come and cut down the sapplings for wood) so they get huge mudslides whenever there is a storm. The roads are substandard dirt tracks that wash out in any kind of rain.

I can understand people feeling like these people need to be helped (and they truly do) but they need to come to the realization that they have to help themselves first and the IC can support and help them establish capacity. Every time we give them something they squander it away and ask for more.

Its extremely frustrating.

23 posted on 01/14/2010 11:59:09 PM PST by world weary
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To: conimbricenses

That was in 1915 under Woodrow Wilson. It’s 2010 and Obama hasn’t even made a dent on the situation after 3 straight days of chaos.

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You would think that even the most qualified of candidates would go through a book of “great presidential decisions” between election, and taking office.

How much more ... this one.


24 posted on 01/15/2010 12:05:45 AM PST by ROTB (Public Option vs. Insurance: Armed men at my door demanding payment vs a "bill")
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To: conimbricenses

With what? Bare limbs? Ahhhh, no.


25 posted on 01/15/2010 12:10:49 AM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: Bad Jack Bauer
Yep. Imagine frontpage pictures of "victims" raiding food/water/medical distribution shot by Marines. Will be be this week, guaranteed.

The Haiti revolution happened about the same time as ours. What's different?

26 posted on 01/15/2010 12:14:56 AM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: world weary
I've actually been there, the first impression I got of Hati was when I was standing on the bridge of our ship coming into Port au Prince and I saw one of the locals on the shore drop his pants and take a dump on the beach. Not a good impression. The government of Hati doesn't seem seriously interested in building the place up, they say they are grateful for the help they are recieving, but they don't do anything with it beyond subsist, waiting for the next handout. I don't know if you've ever been there but its sickening what the place looks like, trash heaps everywhere, children playing in open sewers, rampent pollution (and its not from foreign companies exploiting loose environemntal laws because there aren't any foreign companies really doing business there). Basicly picture the worst poverty you can possibly imagine and tripple it. They've chopped down all the trees on their side of the island for wood and not replanted any (every time a replanting occurs, people come and cut down the sapplings for wood) so they get huge mudslides whenever there is a storm. The roads are substandard dirt tracks that wash out in any kind of rain. I can understand people feeling like these people need to be helped (and they truly do) but they need to come to the realization that they have to help themselves first and the IC can support and help them establish capacity. Every time we give them something they squander it away and ask for more. Its extremely frustrating.

Thanks! I've never been there, but somehow I knew this is exactly what I imagined.

27 posted on 01/15/2010 12:44:54 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Eagles6

Any mention of comparisons between our country’s history and Haitian history is racist...


28 posted on 01/15/2010 12:56:54 AM PST by jonascord (Hey, we have the Constitution. What's to worry about?)
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To: Eagles6

Hati’s revolution was a slave revolution, so its substantially different.


29 posted on 01/15/2010 1:00:38 AM PST by world weary
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To: ROTB
You would think that even the most qualified of candidates would go through a book of “great presidential decisions” between election, and taking office.

"Great presidential decisions" and Woody Wilson are an oxymoron.

30 posted on 01/15/2010 1:09:59 AM PST by altair (I hope he fails)
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To: myknowledge; conimbricenses; goodnesswins; Tzimisce; Secret Agent Man

I don’t believe the claim in the first line, nor does anything in the rest of the article back it up. If you go to the original source, that line is not actually part of the article, but sort of a sub-headline — probably not written by the writer of the article, and probably written by some clueless junior editor.


31 posted on 01/15/2010 1:14:27 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: myknowledge
"Haitians have begun blocking their roads with corpses in a dramatic protest against the delay in aid at the capital of Port-au-Prince."

You know, this attitude is going to piss off a lot of Americans who will make the observation that the Haitians are biting the hand that feeds.

32 posted on 01/15/2010 1:19:07 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Imagine if Bush were Prez what that Drive-By Media would be saying now.


33 posted on 01/15/2010 1:25:04 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Windflier
"Haitians have begun blocking their roads with corpses in a dramatic protest against the delay in aid at the capital of Port-au-Prince."

Detroit found a place to get rid of all the unclaimed bodies in their morgue?

34 posted on 01/15/2010 1:25:15 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: world weary
Hati has become so dependant on foreign aid that they have no capacity to deal with any kind of disaster themselves. Not saying that we shouldn’t be helping them out in their hour of need, we most definetly should, but we need to help them help themselves and reduce their dependance on us.

The problem is the fact that there's already an established UN presence there, and they're taking charge of this situation. They so far seem to be moving slowly due to bureaucratic stuff.

35 posted on 01/15/2010 1:25:45 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Detroit found a place to get rid of all the unclaimed bodies in their morgue?

You're making a joke at the Haitian people's expense? At a time like this? Good grief....

36 posted on 01/15/2010 1:29:21 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: abb
Imagine if Bush were Prez what that Drive-By Media would be saying now.

Well, if Bush were taking time out during this (nearly) unprecedented human calamity to make a TV campaign spot for a Senate race (like Obama just did), they'd be flaying him alive.

37 posted on 01/15/2010 1:32:25 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: myknowledge

3 days and they’re “impatient” and ready to riot? 3 days?


38 posted on 01/15/2010 1:34:00 AM PST by blueplum
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To: Windflier
You're making a joke at the Haitian people's expense?

Story at link...

Unburied bodies tell the tale of Detroit — a city in despair http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2391356/posts

39 posted on 01/15/2010 1:36:31 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Cementjungle
Their HQ was taken out in the quake, and they have people who are unaccounted for. Once more help gets on the ground there they can get a more organized response going. Canada has sent its DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) with several helo's and 2 Navy ships are enroute in addition to the US forces deployed there.

What we're seeing at the moment is what MINUSTAH can get together given the chaos currently reigning in Hati.

40 posted on 01/15/2010 1:37:40 AM PST by world weary
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

I understand that Detroit is nearly as dysfunctional as Haiti is, but now’s not the time for humor, dark, or otherwise.


41 posted on 01/15/2010 1:39:36 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Tzimisce

They stated on TV last night it was a protest over aid taking too long to get there.
Apparently,they feel entitled to the aid.


42 posted on 01/15/2010 1:45:56 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: Windflier
Well, if Bush were taking time out during this (nearly) unprecedented human calamity to make a TV campaign spot for a Senate race (like Obama just did), they'd be flaying him alive.

Exactly.

43 posted on 01/15/2010 1:47:13 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Windflier
I understand that Detroit is nearly as dysfunctional as Haiti is, but now’s not the time for humor, dark, or otherwise.

These absurdities are often paralelled elsewhere...

Pat Robertson, for example, has done more to actually HELP, yet people are so upset by what he says about it...

Where is the Rev. Jesse Jackson?

Rebuild Haiti? Rebuild Detroit? High speed rail anyone?

Troops needed in Afghanistan? Nothing, no presidential leadership.

Troop surge to Haiti? PRESIDENT CALLS FORMER PRESIDENTS, can't handle the job?

More threats of terrorism on the U.S.A.? Economic collapse?

Federal court in California is a circus, lawyer hack traitors working feverishly to overturn millions of voters in more than a dozen states because a few perverts are upset about their little wee wees?

U.S. soldiers spilling their blood to secure various human rights virtually abandoned while the politburo of lawyers are undermining your freedoms here?

Priorities?

What are yours? Please, do tell...

44 posted on 01/15/2010 2:00:10 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: wiggen
They stated on TV last night it was a protest over aid taking too long to get there.

Don't worry, Congress will build a high speed rail train from Detroit and Nancy Pelosi will arive to save them all...

45 posted on 01/15/2010 2:01:50 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
These absurdities are often paralelled elsewhere...

Sure they are, and most of us see them clearly. No harm in pointing them out and discussing them on the Haiti threads.

My only complaint was in your making a joke out of it.

46 posted on 01/15/2010 2:05:11 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
My only complaint was in your making a joke out of it.

Ever read The Divine Comedy by Dante??? The title alone makes you think...

47 posted on 01/15/2010 2:15:44 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: 1000 silverlings
"...That place is going to be 1 million times worse than New Orleans..."

"W" should take a week off—sick.

48 posted on 01/15/2010 2:30:12 AM PST by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans?)
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To: world weary

So, they’re all DUmmies?


49 posted on 01/15/2010 2:32:56 AM PST by Krodg
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To: Tzimisce

Suppressing important details to ‘prevent further panic’.


50 posted on 01/15/2010 2:36:23 AM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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