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Overnight: Haiti


Hillside House in Haiti

Hillside House in Haiti

I've never been to Haiti and, in truth, have never read anything good about it.

I found an interesting passage in The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux about Haiti which made me look for videos about it to get an overview of what's happening there now, post earthquake.

Here's the passage:

From The Traveler's Tree by Patrick Leigh Fermor (in 1909:

The cane-field and savannah turned into the outskirts of the capital. Thatched cabins struggled into the country under the palm trees, and multiplied into a suburb, through which the road ran in a straight, interminable line. For the first mile or so, the town consisted entirely of rum shops and barbers' saloons and harness makers. Hundreds of saddles were piled up in the sunlight. Bits and bridles and saddle-bags hung in festoons. There were horses everywhere. ..... Old women, puffing their pipes, jogged along side-saddle. They had scarlet and blue kerchiefs tied round their heads in a fortuitous, rather piratical fashion, half covered by broad-brimmed straw hats against the sun. The sides of the road pullulated with country people chattering, drinking rum, playing cards and throwing dice under the trees. The air was thick with dust, and ringing with incomprehensible and deafening Creole. I felt I might like Haiti.

And here's a recent PR videos I found. (I will post others at a later date).

I'd love to hear from anyone who knows the Haiti of today, post-earthquake.


If You Like Elizabeth Warren, You're Sure To Like Juliette Kayyem


Juliette Kayyem

Yes, this Massachusetts man is proud to once again boast a terrific new face on the political scene. She may only be known within the boundaries of the Bay State, and even in the Obama White House, but soon that may change. Kayyem has announced she's going to run for Deval Patrick's seat as governor of Massachusetts.

So what's so special about her? A lot of things. Hightlights from her Kayyem for Governor website include:

...a civil rights attorney, litigating cases involving the rights of children and defending progressive and just causes. She helped bring the first federal anti-bullying case and was part of the team that argued for The Citadel to open its doors to women.

She spent several years overseeing the 8,000-plus member Massachusetts National Guard, the commonwealth’s strategic security planning, and the distribution of homeland security funds she was tapped by President-elect Obama to be part of his transition team before being chosen as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.

For her exemplary leadership in the wake of the BP spill, coordinating 60 federal agencies over five states, Juliette was awarded the Coast Guard’s highest civilian honor.

As a young, female candidate with no elected office in her background, she's being favorably compared to stalwart freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren. Aside from gender similarity, there's quite a bit more.

Here's what The Daily Beast writes about the recently announced candidacy of Kayyem:

The 2014 gubernatorial hopeful bears some striking similarities to Warren. After all, Kayyem is a lawyer from Cambridge who taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government but has never held elected office. Warren is also a lawyer from Cambridge who was a political novice before being elected in 2012 and who taught at Harvard, though she was a professor at the law school.

Kayyem is modest about any comparison to Massachusetts’ first term senator, telling The Daily Beast, “While it’s a compliment to be compared to Elizabeth Warren, I am very realistic that she is just an amazing person. I hope I can generate that kind of enthusiasm but I’d be foolish to assume” that will happen on its own.

A neophyte politician, she faces a number of obstacles, the largest of them is name recognition or lack thereof. She will be running in a Democratic primary against candidates including state treasurer and former DNC chair Steve Grossman, Donald Berwick, the former administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services, and state senator Dan Wolf.

The winner will likely face Charlie Baker, the GOP’s popular 2010 gubernatorial nominee, in November 2014. That's  just over a year away and finding your way through that crowded primary will prove daunting. But there's a special people's quality to Ms. Kayyem. Her teacher background, her strong writing talents and her Homeland Security background seem to make many in her state feel confident. That's a major part of leadership -- exuding confidence. And she's going to need to demonstrate it very quickly.

 Massachusetts’ unique system for nominating a candidate where delegates are elected in caucuses to a state convention held in the early summer before a primary. To make it to the September primary ballot from there, a candidate needs win the support of 15% of the delegates at the convention. The result, according to Peter Ubertaccio, a professor of political science at Stonehall College, candidates need to start organizing early and win the progressive activists who dominate the caucuses. In Ubertaccio’s opinion, if Kayyem can “demonstrate early strength” in the same way that incumbent Governor Deval Patrick (in whose administration Kayyem served) did in 2006, “she’d be a pretty formidable player.”

From John Adams to John Kennedy, from Edward Brooke, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, Tip O'Neill and current Governor Duval Patrick, Massachusetts has had some winners. They have had their Dukakis's and Romneys as well. But larger than life characters are what we do well in the commonwealth. And the next governor of this great state might just be joining that list of winners.

Wish to know more?


Here is an opportunity to impact a quarter of a million people in Haiti


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Here is an opportunity to impact a quarter of a million people in Haiti, via my friend J.R Gaillot (D), a recent Florida Congressional nominee and all around cool guy:

Over 330,000 people are still living in Tent Cities in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010. There is no access to electricity and there are numerous factors to keep in mind. Safety, Commerce, and Education are the top 3.

Introducing the WakaWaka Light: The WakaWaka light is a solar power LED light that will allow Haitians to walk in safety.

Vendors to continue to sell their product, and students to study without the threat of dangerous kerosene lamps. Kerosene is so expensive and dangerous; many children are burned daily due to accidents.

For every light you buy, one is given to Haiti. Our goal is to donate 50,000 lights to Haiti. With an average family size of 5 the 50,000 lights will impact 250,000 lives.

You can contribute online without buying a light. If you decide to donate for Haiti without purchasing a WakaWaka light, this is the easiest way to do so:

Email address: (It will show you Ancheri Care Inc.) Put in the subject line: WakaWaka.

US $20.00 per light (or Can $20) a $20 donation gives one light to Haiti. This is for a good cause, and you can be among the 1st to get a solar charger for your Ipod/Ipad/Tablet/Android/Windows/Smartphone by visiting and help fund the new project here and watch the video.

Help Light up Haiti. 

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Video- Sarah Palin travels to Haiti


What a piece of work this chick is.