Patterico's Pontifications


Chaos in Haiti Following Earthquake

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 6:38 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The reports following yesterday’s earthquake in Haiti show a nation in chaos with an unknown number of dead:

“Dazed survivors wandered past dead bodies in rubble-strewn streets Wednesday, crying for loved ones, and rescuers desperately searched collapsed buildings as fear rose that the death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands.”

Even Haiti’s President has been left homeless but his immediate concern is that more people will be left hurt, homeless, or sick:

“Speaking from the streets of Port-au-Prince, a visibly shaken Haitian President René Préval told reporters Wednesday afternoon “it’s too early” to guess at the number of earthquake casualties in his country.
Asked what he now considered the biggest risk to his country, Préval said: “that the buildings will continue to collapse . . . and for an epidemic.”

While an unknown number of people remain trapped in the rubble, there are growing fears regarding lawlessness and street violence:

“As darkness fell Wednesday, Mario Anderson, Haitian national chief of police, grew concerned. He said many officers had been injured and maintaining security in the chaos may become a challenge: “We have many prisoners who are on the streets – it’s about 1,000; some have been in prison a long time.”

The number of homeless wandering the streets is growing, too, he said. “The situation is bad,” he told CNN.”

The International Red Cross estimates at least a third of Haiti’s nine million people will need aid.


PS – America responds.


Happy New Year 2010

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 9:45 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

New Year’s wishes go to our Eastern Time Zone and foreign friends, but it won’t be long until everyone will be celebrating in 2010. And check back soon for Patterico’s 2009 LA Dog Trainer Year-in-Review.



Earthquake Near Mexicali

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 12:15 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The USGS confirms there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake south of Mexicali, Mexico, which is on the California-Mexico border just east of San Diego.

This Fox News report has more on the quake. Any readers feel it?



Merry Christmas 2009

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 12:05 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Christmas at the Capitol

Merry Christmas! We are blessed to live in the greatest and strongest country on earth, and I pledge to do everything I can to keep America great and strong.



Christmas Eve Lights

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 5:48 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Amazing Grace Techno – Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

H/T John Hitchcock. Don’t miss his series on Lights of the Season.



Thanksgiving Art

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 10:41 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Vicki McClure Davidson at the Frugal Cafe Blog Zone has a fascinating retrospective of Thanksgiving art culminating with Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving Day masterpiece “Freedom from Want.” And here is a link to a slideshow of Rockwell’s famous “Four Freedoms.”



Veterans Day 2009

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 12:33 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Thank you to our veterans … including those who provide invaluable support, those who gave all, and those who miss them.



Time to Fall Back

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 11:27 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Daylight Saving Time changes at 2:00 A.M. Sunday morning. Don’t forget to fall back if you live in a location that observes DST. In other words, you folks in Hawaii, Arizona, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands don’t have to do a thing.


Happy Halloween

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 3:52 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Time for me to go hand out candy to Halloween princesses, Supermans, ghosts and goblins. Here’s hoping everyone gets all treats and no tricks.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Make sure you give the kids candy. Or else.


Curb Your Enthusiasm

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 9:15 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A poll about nothing:


UPDATE: The Catholic League thinks HBO and Larry David went too far. So does CAIR:

“In a letter to HBO Chairman and CEO Bill Nelson, Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote:

“It is beyond tasteless to insult the religious sensibilities of billions of people in America and around the world with such a cheap and vulgar publicity stunt. Jesus, peace be upon him, is loved and revered by both Christians and Muslims. Muslims view him as one of God’s greatest messengers to mankind.
“We understand the drive for ratings, but no one benefits from such a crude attempt to boost the network’s bottom line by manufacturing a religious controversy. HBO should apologize.”

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Oh, my God. Get a sense of humor, Catholic League and CAIR.

My take is here. And yes, I voted “no” in the above poll. Maybe that’s because I saw the show.

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