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Bill Clinton returns………

Bill Clinton said stress and lack of sleep were to blame for his trip to the hospital last week for a heart procedure.

The former president spoke Wednesday in New York at an event to campaign against childhood obesity. He said his schedule had been harried ever since he started working to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“Once the Haiti earthquake happened I didn’t sleep much for a month and that probably accelerated what was already going on with this failing vein,” Clinton said, according toReuters. “What happened to me wasn’t all that rare, but what I have to conclude is I’m not going to do any more weeks where I do three overnight flights because I am going to have to help Haiti for several years. I can’t get it all done in a week.”

Clinton, 63, who had quadruple bypass surgery six years ago, underwent a procedure last Thursday to reopen a blocked bypass graft in an artery with the use of two metal stents.

Clinton promised to continue working but said he plans to exercise, get more rest, and eat a healthier diet. He said poor eating habits since childhood had caused his heart problems.

“The root causes were the habits I acquired in my childhood, mostly the way I ate and the way it interacted with my own biology and propensity to produce bad cholesterol,” Clinton toldThe New York Times. “I ate too much fried food, too much ice cream, too much everything.”

Well all that’s good but……. the truth might be a little more than that…William Jefferson Clinton I read somewhere…. had his father pass away from

heart disease at a young age…Clinton has always pushed himself to do more… with less…..His travel schedule, since he left the White House, has been a marathon…..He is a gifted man who seems to be on a continual treadmill…..

…..Pushing himself for his wifes campaign…..his Library…his Foundation and Haiti…..

He has been very rarely  pictured resting anywhere..he spends no time with his wife…and he has a big wedding coming up for his daughter…..

In addition, he is has been given responsibility for several things involving Haiti from the UN and the United States Government……

Not too much to do ….right?

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Off the shore of Haiti on board the U.S. Hospital Ship USS Comfort…..

This is the link for the story with Dr. Gupta of CNN…….USNS Comfort (T-AH-20)

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is the third United States Navy ship to bear the name Comfort, and the second Mercy Class Hospital Ship to join the navy fleet. The USNS prefix identifies the Comfort as a non-commissioned ship owned by the U.S. Navy and crewed by civilians. In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, USNS Comfort and her crew do not carry any ordnance and firing upon the Comfort is considered a war crime.

Like her sister ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)Comfort was built as an oil tanker in 1976 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Her original name was SS Rose City and she was launched from San Diego, California.

Her career as an oil tanker ended when she was delivered to the Navy on December 1, 1987. Now, as a hospital shipComfort‘s new duties include providing emergency, on-site care for U.S. combatant forces deployed in war or other operations. Operated by the Military Sealift CommandComfort provides rapid, flexible, and mobile medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps Air/Ground Task Forces deployed ashore, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat. Secondarily, she provides mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate US Government agencies in disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations. Comfort is more advanced than a field hospital but less capable than a traditional hospital on land.[1]

When not actively deployed, Comfort is kept in a state of reduced operations in Baltimore harbor. She has been used many times over the years and has been ready to ship out of Baltimore with 5 days’ notice.

More from Wikipedia…..

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Last week in Haiti….Photographs…..

The devastation caused by Haiti’s massive Jan. 12 earthquake may have faded from the news headlines, but the suffering and misery continue. Despite massive international relief efforts, many homeless Haitians still lack daily food and water, and disease in refugee camps is a growing concern. Politics Daily military correspondent David Wood shot these photos while he was embedded with the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, in Port-au-Prince.

Here’s the link for the rest of the photo’s……

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Family, Food, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

New York's Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue land in Haiti and find out things are not gonna be easy…..

They are without heavy equipment needed to remove rubble, after they locate trapped victims…….

More than a dozen members of an elite New York rescue team were attempting to pull five people from a collapsed grocery store in Port-au-Prince Saturday night.

The five earthquake survivors are able to communicate with the members of Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue by yelling through the debris.

The squad arrived in Haiti Saturday afternoon and immediately dispatched to save people on the ground.

Some 16 members of the joint FDNYNYPD squad were walking the streets of a relatively prosperous suburb of Port-au-Prince when an individual approached one and directed them to the trapped people.

Late Saturday night the crew had not yet figured out how to get to them beneath huge slabs of concrete.

Things are going to be rough…and fustrating for the team, and survivors still hanging on…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | 9 Comments

New York’s Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue land in Haiti and find out things are not gonna be easy…..

They are without heavy equipment needed to remove rubble, after they locate trapped victims…….

More than a dozen members of an elite New York rescue team were attempting to pull five people from a collapsed grocery store in Port-au-Prince Saturday night.

The five earthquake survivors are able to communicate with the members of Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue by yelling through the debris.

The squad arrived in Haiti Saturday afternoon and immediately dispatched to save people on the ground.

Some 16 members of the joint FDNYNYPD squad were walking the streets of a relatively prosperous suburb of Port-au-Prince when an individual approached one and directed them to the trapped people.

Late Saturday night the crew had not yet figured out how to get to them beneath huge slabs of concrete.

Things are going to be rough…and fustrating for the team, and survivors still hanging on…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | 9 Comments

False twitter stuff about Haiti……

UPS is shipping to Haiti for free today UNDER 50 POUNDS- Clothing and Food Drives at all United Way and Salvation Army

This is not true:

In a blog post Wednesday on UPS’s Web site, a spokeswoman debunked the rumor and said that destruction of Haiti’s roads and communications networks “means our own shipping services to Haiti are on hold.”

UPS is donating $1 million to help the people of Haiti through relief agencies, she said.

There were similar rumors last night about American Airlines and JetBlue flying doctors to Haiti for free and both airlines were flooded with calls as a result.

My colleague Evgeny Morozov wrote about Twitter’s power to misinform during the swine flue epidemic, and with a few exceptions,  the noise to signal ratio seems particularly high during this crisis.

This piece is from Joshua Keating @ Cable/Foreugn Policy…..

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Fiction, Government, Haiti, Media, Travel | , | Leave a comment

The United States …..not the United Nations is adopting Haiti right now…..

I was listening to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answer questions from reporters today…..when the questions got around to Haiti I listen harder…I was looking for one question and knew it was coming sooner…or later…..

When the question came Gibbs was carefull in answering it……”sir….who is charge in Haiti, right now?…..why hasn’t the President [Obama] been able to talk to the Haitian President?”

Gibbs cleared his throat, I think…and went on to say that the Haitian President is in charge of his country…….really?

I don’t think so……

While Rene Preval is the President of the country….he is right now just a survivor of his countries worst natural tadegety…he has no army…no police force to think of..his country has no governemnt…he has just about nothing….The American’s have the assets, which are flowing into the country, and will continue for some time…..

I submit to you that we don’t want to admit this but the highest commanding military person from the United Sates acting under the UN charter and his commader-n-Chief..in consoltation with The Haiti President (if he can find Preval and talk to him) is in charge of the country at this time….(as I write this piece)….

The country is a mess…it is overwhelmed and cannot take care of itself…the only blessing is the damage from the 7.0 scale earthquake was to a certain area……

The country’s future and its number of survivors will depend on the United Sates military which will have to secure the country…serach for survivors and recover the dead…provide shelte communications and food for its populas…take care of the sick and wounded and provide security for the survivors…..

While countries from all over the world will lend a hand, and support..it will be the top U.S. Army General in a few days that will command the operation……President Preval will be located and pulled into the net’ to make decisions sooner hopefully than later…..

But with such a poor country…..American and foreign troops will have another place to be in for along, long time…..

…..as the Dog would say…’that just is’…….

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Haiti Updates……..Military…..

The military response ramps up…….

USCG, DOD Mobilize For Haiti Relief

Jan 14, 2010

By Jim Ott

The U.S. Coast Guard mobilized air and sea units just after the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Haiti, District 7 headquarters in Miami says. As of the afternoon of Jan. 13, four Coast Guard cutters and nine aircraft were operating to aid in the humanitarian effort.

U.S. Southern Command dispatched a team of 30 engineers, planners and a command and control group to Haiti on a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules.

The team will assess the situation and coordinate with the United Nations and the Haitian government. Initial assessments of damage were made in overflights by a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion.

The earthquake closed Port-au-Prince International Airport to all but emergency flights, and left its control tower inoperative. Initial reports said the Port-au-Prince tower had collapsed in the quake, which caused widespread devastation in the city and surrounding area.

A member of the U.S. State Dept. Haiti Task Force said the U.S. Coast Guard was operating flights into the airport that were controlled from a USCG cutter operating in the bay outside the city. A U.S. government team was expected to arrive later on Jan. 13 to begin air traffic control in place of the tower.

The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, was concentrated in Haiti’s capital city. Tremors were felt throughout the Caribbean including Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela on the north coast of South America.

Air Caraibes officials said that an A330 inbound to Port-au-Prince Jan. 12 was diverted to Guadeloupe and flights were canceled as of Jan. 13. The airline anticipates that service will resume on Jan. 16.

Airline service from all points to Port-au-Prince was canceled Jan. 13. JetBlue is waiving fees and fare differences if travelers rebooked flights by Jan. 15 to the Dominican Republic, which occupies the other end of the stricken island. Spirit Airlines canceled its flights to Haiti on Jan. 13 and is working on a relief effort. Haiti’s aviation authority issued a Notice to Airmen that only flights carrying emergency aid and equipment would be permitted.

Photo: USCG

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Media, Military, Updates | , | 3 Comments

President Obama pledges money and help for Haiti…..

Flanked by members of his national security team, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama said “I’ve made it clear to these leaders that Haiti must be a top priority for their agencies and departments right now.”

Obama also said that the $100 million investment “will grow in the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy.”

The announcement comes a day after a group of 14 senators wrote leaders in the upper chamber asking them to authorize “robust and immediate” funding for Haitian relief.

The president first spoke about the magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Wednesday,pledging the “full support” of the U.S. in the disaster relief efforts. Leaders in Congress backed the president’s multi-thronged approach.

On Thursday, Obama said that the “first waves” of rescue and recovery personnel are now on the ground in Haiti with more to come. He also noted that the U.S. military has secured the major airport there and has prepared it to receive heavy equipment needed for the cleanup and rescue.

Obama said that an airlift has been prepared to provide food, medicine and water to victims. He also stressed there is “no higher priority” than ensuring the safety of American citizens there. An airlift has already rescued injured American citizens, he said.

This is a BIG TEST for the fairly new President and Commander-in-Chief……

While this is action story now…it will realistically end as a political one……

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama has to do good for Haiti…he's black……

Do not fool yourself people…..a lot is riding on this for America’s first black half-black President and Commander-in-Chief……..


January 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Fiction, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments