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Governor On Plane To Pick Up Haitian Orphans, Deliver $500K In Relief
WPXI (Pittsburgh) ^ | 01/18/2009 | staff

Posted on 01/18/2010 5:37:43 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

Gov. Ed Rendell, Channel 11 has learned, was one of those on the flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to bring back dozens of orphans from the BRESMA orphanage in Haiti. Two sisters from Ben Avon run the orphanage and their story is making national headlines

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bresma; haiti; haitirelief; orphans; rendell

1 posted on 01/18/2010 5:37:43 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

............sigh


2 posted on 01/18/2010 5:40:34 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Bless these people whoever they are.


3 posted on 01/18/2010 5:41:42 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kid Shelleen

If I recall correctly, these children were all in the process of being adopted by American families, but all their paperwork has been lost. I hope that their adoptions are able to proceed.


4 posted on 01/18/2010 5:44:11 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Cold hearted it may seem, but where is South America taking these orphans? How about France since it was a french colony? Who else is opening up or is it just us Americans, just us Americans trying to make up for our guilts.


5 posted on 01/18/2010 5:44:42 PM PST by EBH (An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced." ~~D'Aconia)
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To: EBH

The grandstanding by the POLs is terrible. Clinton and Chelsea don’t need to be there..they aren’t going to work and take up space that could be carrying workers or supplies.


6 posted on 01/18/2010 5:46:32 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: EBH

Many of these children were in process of being adopted. Why is not a bipartisan effort in progress to bring those children to their new parents? Sounds like a faint to get attention away from the election tomorrow..I know that is cold...glad he is doing this but just sayin.


7 posted on 01/18/2010 5:47:22 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: EBH

France does adopt Haitian children as does US couples (we almost adopted there ourselves and have friends who did). All the snarky comments about these orphans are a sad comentary on some folks here. These orphans existed before the earthquake, now there are more of them. Children have no hand in the circumstances they find themselves in.


8 posted on 01/18/2010 5:50:47 PM PST by mom4melody
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To: Kid Shelleen

” f the 61 arriving, 41 of the children have already been adopted, and a few of them are very sick, said officials.”

Not sure why Rendell has to be aboard..... , but, kudos to the rest of the medical team and the adoptive families helping these kids.
It’s only a matter of time before the Obamas announce they are adopting a Haitian orphan .


9 posted on 01/18/2010 5:50:58 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: keepitreal
Yes, it helps to know the story of these children before commenting in disgust about their arrival, particularly since they will soon become American citizens. There was a rather long televised spot on them that I watched. ALL of their adoption records were destroyed in the demolished government buildings. ALL of them were due to be adopted by American families.

They were shown outside the home of the orphanage directors, they couldn't go inside that house because it was too 'shaky' and the orphanage building itself had been destroyed in the earthquake.

So all these orphans who'd been chosen by American families for adoption were living in a courtyard, with no hope of retrieving the adoption documents in order to get passports & final official okays on their adoptions.

10 posted on 01/18/2010 5:52:00 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Oldexpat

Obama and the left’s plan is to bring millions of Haitians to America by bringing in orphans followed by 1,000 other family members per child.

Peggy Joseph Haitian-American 2008
“Obama is gonna pay my mortgage and put gas in my car”

The American public is being conned again by this tear jerker story.


11 posted on 01/18/2010 5:52:14 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Oldexpat

It is terrible.

Last night I saw a scene of a front end loader scooping up hundreds bodies outside the hospital and dumping them into a dump truck to go for a mass burial. Brutal, gruesome, words for the scene escape my mind.

We can’t take all these orphans. Haiti needs world wide help, not just the Americans.


12 posted on 01/18/2010 5:52:39 PM PST by EBH (An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced." ~~D'Aconia)
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To: celtic gal
Sounds like a faint to get attention away from the election tomorrow

Us that anything like a "feint" or do we need to keep ammonia poppers handy?

13 posted on 01/18/2010 5:55:09 PM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: mom4melody

Ping to number 12. If it sounded “snarky” it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps I am just to numb.


14 posted on 01/18/2010 5:56:38 PM PST by EBH (An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced." ~~D'Aconia)
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To: EBH

It was reported that Dutch are bypassing all bureaucracy and sending a plane to Haiti to bring back as many orphans as they can.


15 posted on 01/18/2010 6:00:57 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

This is infuriating!

The kids were held over for 2 days, waiting on Rendell’s photo op !

Same with Hillary Clinton, planes with aid couldn’t land because she had to come have a PR stunt, and bring the ‘diplomats’ mustard, soap and Cigarettes!
Nuttin for the people who need it though.

GRRRRRR


16 posted on 01/18/2010 6:02:44 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: EBH

Many people don’t have guilt. Many people see innocent babies and children and want to help them. No matter where they are from, they are defenseless.


17 posted on 01/18/2010 6:03:44 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Frantzie

You are so right.

The Haitians are scraming at our military, ‘White man GET OUT’.

The money being donated isn’t for help right now. It’s for rebuilding the country later. Clinton’s will be soooo happy.

Infuriating.


18 posted on 01/18/2010 6:04:49 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Oldexpat
"The grandstanding by the POLs is terrible."

Yup...they just get in the way, divert resources to provide for their comfort, security and camera face-time.

In the meantime, their aircraft clog up the horribly inadequate airport, causing diversions of flights of supplies and technical personell.

On FOXnews, a shot showed a Russian AN124 in background...a good thing, it carries a LOT of cargo. BUT it also showed a GV owned by AMWAY...now that HAS to be a loaned a/c for a POL.

A pox on them all.

19 posted on 01/18/2010 6:14:09 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Kid Shelleen

“Operation Pierre Pan,” as its being called, is an effort to relocate the thousands of children likely orphaned by the natural disaster in Port-au-Prince. Many of the children could already have relatives in Miami and around the U.S.

A similar effort occurred decades ago when “Operation Pedro Pan” was launched to help the children of Cuba during the political upheaval in that island neighbor. Some 14,000 children were relocated to the United States, many of them settling in South Florida
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Operation-Pierre-Pan-Starts-at-Miami-Hospitals-81767767.html


20 posted on 01/18/2010 6:14:54 PM PST by anglian
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To: Freddd

This is so bad. Since the story broke I have been telling people they were being lied to and Obama has big plans for this. I have been attacked here like Rush has been attacked. Send aid, keep them there.

Supposedly all of today a flet of C-17s are flying Haitians into 4 aiports in FL. Say anything bad about it and you are heartless and a racist.


21 posted on 01/18/2010 6:19:23 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Frantzie

“While both airlifts and new adoptions are based on valid concerns and come from an obviously loving heart, neither option is considered viable by any credible child welfare organisation,” said the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, a US advocacy group. “Bringing children into the US either by airlift or new adoption during a time of national emergency can open the door for fraud, abuse and trafficking.”

The number of orphaned children in Haiti already stood at around 380,000 before last weekend’s disaster. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/adoption-agencies-warned-off-haitis-orphans-1871972.html


22 posted on 01/18/2010 6:59:07 PM PST by anglian
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To: Kid Shelleen

It’s a wonder Fast Eddy doesn’t charge them per head to get off the plane. Soon he’ll be taxing adoptive parents for adopting.


23 posted on 01/18/2010 6:59:25 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Freddd
The kids were held over for 2 days, waiting on Rendell’s photo op !

Maybe the Haitians will eat Rendell.

24 posted on 01/18/2010 7:24:57 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

That Fat Pig Fast Eddy should not be allowed on that plane.
The lying crook should be in jail. Think of all the diapers and formula that could go if his fat ass was not on the plane.He is perhaps the biggest and phoniest person I have ever seen. Regrettably, I live in Pa, where this fat pig wondered around handing out (get me reelected checks) for years.
Other than that I have no opinion.


25 posted on 01/18/2010 7:33:32 PM PST by learner
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To: Kid Shelleen

Regarding Ed Rendell: I guess this is proof that there is some good in everyone.


26 posted on 01/18/2010 7:35:42 PM PST by Palladin (Coakley is toast.)
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To: keepitreal

They should have paperwork stateside so they’re ok. And you’re right - these kids, and hundreds others, are in process or already legally adopted by American families.


27 posted on 01/18/2010 7:37:47 PM PST by agrace
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To: keepitreal
Oh the irony! Lost adoption papers. 30 years later: hello, Pres. Jean-Claude!

Anyway, I'm keeping the Haitains and their rescuers in my prayers.

28 posted on 01/18/2010 7:38:54 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: agrace

I’m so happy these children are being brought here to good homes.

This is very reminiscent of the fall of Saigon, and the orphan planes leaving there with hundreds of children, later to be adopted and to grow up here to become exemplary citizens.

And there were the same gripers and grouches writing letters to the editor and calling their congressmen to keep these children from growing up in a safe place.

Some things never change.


29 posted on 01/18/2010 7:42:44 PM PST by Palladin (Coakley is toast.)
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To: Palladin
there is some good in everyone

Good as in "good photo op."

30 posted on 01/18/2010 7:44:21 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

He doesn’t need any photo ops. He’s a lame duck gov now and cannot run for another term.


31 posted on 01/18/2010 7:48:35 PM PST by Palladin (Coakley is toast.)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
It’s only a matter of time before the Obamas announce they are adopting a Haitian orphan.

Not gonna happen. They are waaay too self centered.

32 posted on 01/18/2010 7:49:50 PM PST by jersey117
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To: Palladin

A friend of mine is mom to one of those kids in process. Hopefully their son will be coming here sometime this week.


33 posted on 01/18/2010 7:50:49 PM PST by agrace
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To: EBH
Cold hearted it may seem, but where is South America taking these orphans? How about France since it was a french colony? Who else is opening up or is it just us Americans, just us Americans trying to make up for our guilts.

From what I understand, the kids they are bringing were well into the adoption process and would have been here in a few days or weeks without the earthquake. The adoptive parents had been to Haiti, visited the kids and "bonded" with them. They had everything ready for their arrival when the quake struck. The only delay was moving the paperwork through the bureaucracy.

This is not a deal of picking kids off the street. They were orphans before the quake. The American families had already gone through all the significant expense of screening as well as mental anguish of trying to adopt children in desperate need and bring them to the US.

I have seen a number of friends and even family members go through this process and they become bonded to those children months (sometimes many months) before the bureaucrats ever allow those poor babies to get to our shores. I can't imagine the anguish they have gone through in the last week over those poor children with the earthquake.

As far as Fat Eddie, screw him... I doubt he cares. He's just looking for some PR for his next gig, which with his current approval rating will never be elected office in the State of Pennsylvania.

34 posted on 01/18/2010 7:54:30 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Palladin

Blessing to the adopting families. They deserve the credit. Not that media whore.


35 posted on 01/19/2010 2:19:56 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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