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The US is down to 500 troops in Haiti…….

As the US winds down…..The UN and other nations pick up the slack…..

I did mention that the US would have troops in this country for a long time…..

The plan still is the US to lend military support for certain civilian missions…..but nevertheless …..

US Military units will be on hand for along time

Hopefully the other nations of the world can help those country rebuild its infrastructure more sturdily…..

Most U.S. troops deployed to Haiti since January’s catastrophic earthquake were set to pull out Tuesday, leaving United Nations forces and civilian aid organizations to help rebuild the battered island nation.

The June 1 departure, which was agreed upon months ago by the U.S. and Haitian governments, was a sign the country has “reached a basic level of sustainment,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told The Wall Street Journal.

“The military played an essential short-term role, but now this is getting back to where the focus is on development, and that expertise rests in the civilian sector,” Crowley said.

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June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Last of the Missionaries from Haiti is sent home….’Time served’…

Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served.

[ Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served. ]

In a story largely forgotten by the American media and public….

The last of the group of missionaries that sought to take 33 children from Haiti  for adoption without the required legal documentation  was released from prison in Haiti…

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the action was the last to leave the country for Florida……

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.

“I’m praising God,” Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.

The Idaho businesswoman had been in custody since Jan. 29. She was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans who were previously released. Silsby she was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Prosecutor Jean-Serge Joseph said she was convicted and sentenced to the 3 months and 8 days she spent behind bars. Last week, the prosecution had recommended a six-month sentence and she faced a maximum of three years on the charge.

“She is free,” Joseph said.

More……..

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Last of the Missionaries from Haiti is sent home….'Time served'…

Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served.

[ Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served. ]

In a story largely forgotten by the American media and public….

The last of the group of missionaries that sought to take 33 children from Haiti  for adoption without the required legal documentation  was released from prison in Haiti…

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the action was the last to leave the country for Florida……

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.

“I’m praising God,” Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.

The Idaho businesswoman had been in custody since Jan. 29. She was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans who were previously released. Silsby she was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Prosecutor Jean-Serge Joseph said she was convicted and sentenced to the 3 months and 8 days she spent behind bars. Last week, the prosecution had recommended a six-month sentence and she faced a maximum of three years on the charge.

“She is free,” Joseph said.

More……..

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This has been Bill Clinton Week…….

The former president HAS been busy this week….

First and formost his vsit from ‘This Week’…….on ABC……..

Where he was interviewed by Jake Tapper…….

Photo: Former President Bill Clinton

TAPPER: You’ve made some news over this weekend. You gave a speech on Friday talking about — on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing which is coming up. How public officials have a responsibility to be careful with their words. This prompted a response from — from Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh: “With this comment you have just set the stage for violence in this country. Any future acts of violence are on your shoulders, Mr. Clinton.”

TAPPER: Do you have any response?

CLINTON: Doesn’t make any sense. The only point I tried to make is that when I went back and started preparing for the 15th anniversary of Oklahoma City, I realized that there were a lot of parallels between the early ’90s and now, both in the feeling of economic dislocation, and the level of uncertainty people felt. The rise of kind of identity politics. The rise of the militia movements and the right wing talk radio with a lot of what’s going on in the blogosphere now.

And in the right wing media, and with Oath Keepers, the 3 percenters, the — all these people, you know, who are saying things like, “If Idaho wants to succeed from the union,” the militia group out there says, you know, “We’ll back them.” One leader of one of these groups said that all politics was just a prelude to civil war. And then the politicians of course have not been that serious, but a lot of the things that have been said, they — they create a climate in which people who are vulnerable to violence because they are disoriented like Timothy McVeigh was are more likely to act.

And the only point I tried to make was that we ought to have a lot of political dissent — a lot of political argument. Nobody is right all the time. But we also have to take responsibility for the possible consequences of what we say. And we shouldn’t demonize the government or its public employees or its elected officials. We can disagree with them. We can harshly criticize them. But when we turn them into an object of demonization, you know, you — you increase the number of threats.

But I worry about these threats against the president and the Congress. And I worry about more careless language even against — some of which we’ve seen against the Republican governor in New Jersey, Governor Christie.

I just think we all have to be careful. We ought to remember after Oklahoma City. We learned something about the difference in disagreement and demonization.

More……..

Here’s more about the 42nd President of the United States…….

Retorts to Lamabugh…..

Fundraisning……..

Comments on Timoney McVeigh…….

Comments on Elian Gonzalez in Miami…..

Comments on the Supreme Court for his wife…or himself…..

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Government, Haiti, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Jayson Mayden shows a rare Air Jordan Hybrid……

From NiceKicks……

Air Jordan

The comment section went ablaze, with both positive and negative comments, when we showed you a photo of the Air Jordan 1 Retro “Foamposite” sample yesterday. However, there was a few more samples and much more exclusive information revealed at A Night With Jordan Brand.

Jordan Brand Designer Jason Mayden unveiled a rare Air Jordan hybrid sample that is available in a auction (proceeds will go to a charity for the Haiti relief fund). This particular rare sample, which features an Air Jordan X upper fused with an Air Jordan XX sole, was created to test the cushioning system for Chris Paul’s latest signature sneaker, the Jordan CP3.III.  According to Mayden, only six of these were designed, yet this particular pair is only one left. What are your thoughts on this sample? Click here to view additional photos of this shoe and view of video of Mayden discussing the sneaker and other Jordan Brand happenings.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Haiti, Media, Men, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Haiti gets pledge for $5.3 billion for rebuilding……

The world has stepped up to the plate to help this poor country…..Kudo’s to ex-presidents Bush and Clinton for their fundraising efforts…….

The first thing that should be done is better building codes!

The international community pledged $5.3 billion Wednesday for earthquake-shattered Haiti over the next two years, launching an ambitious effort not just to rebuild the hemisphere’s poorest nation but also to transform it into a modern state.

The amount exceeded by more than $1 billion the goal set ahead of a conference co-sponsored by the United Nations and the U.S. government. In all, countries, development banks and nongovernmental groups pledged nearly $10 billion for Haiti in years to come.

“This is the down payment Haiti needs for wholesale national renewal,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He emphasized, however, that donors must deliver on the promises of cash, something they have sometimes been slow to do.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted that nearly 50 countries made pledges, twice as many as contributed to rebuilding the area hit by the 2004 tsunami in South Asia. She announced $1.15 billion in U.S. funds for the nation-building effort in Haiti.

The reconstruction plan calls for building ports and hundreds of miles of new roads, resurrecting Haiti’s withered agricultural sector, relocating people from the crowded capital and establishing an efficient bureaucracy in a country that never had one.

More……..

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Ferrari 485 Fundraiser picture….with Female…..

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[ Malin Ackerman attends the Ferrari 458 Italia Brings Funds for Haiti Relief event at Fleur de Lys in Los Angeles, California. ]

Damn…both have legs!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Entertainment, Haiti, Media, Other Things, Travel, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Help a school rebuild in Haiti…….

One of things that is distressing about the Earthquake in Haiti is that some of the children have been left without learning facilities….

I have become aware of the Fernande Valme’ Ministries school in Haiti that remains just a shell after the quake…..a very nice lady I know has asked if the Dog can spread the word about the school’s situation….

The Dog is only to happy to do so…….

…….. Please help anyway you can ……

Their link is here.…..

This is the time they need any help they can get…..The world’s attention has moved elsewhere..but the children are still there…they are now in a tent…but they need help to have their school rebuilt……..

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Haiti, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Army's 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments