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Limbaugh Politicizes Haiti Aid, Warns About Donating

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Posted on Jan 15, 2010
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Rush Limbaugh’s not one to miss an opportunity to diss the Obama administration, and in his latest class act the conservative radio impresario was nothing if not consistent. Not only did Limbaugh warn against sending money to Haiti via the White House, he also used American racial politics to explain the president’s impulse to help. What’s more, he seemed to suggest that listeners not donate to Haiti at all—although he denied later that this was his intention.  —KA

The Guardian:

Limbaugh agreed with a caller suspicious that the White House website was being used to direct funds to the American Red Cross. “Would you trust the money’s gonna go to Haiti?” the caller asked. Limbaugh then said Obama was exploiting the disaster for political ends.

“This [the earthquake] will play right into Obama’s hands,” said Limbaugh. “He’s humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community – both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. This is made to order for them.”

Limbaugh also warned Americans against donating money. “Besides, we’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the US income tax,” he said.

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By drbhelthi, March 2, 2010 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

Thank you tropicgirl and gaetano, for telling it
like it is. Hang in there, gaetano! Dont let
the CIA-Obama fraud get you down !!!

As far as the Bush-Clinton fund for Haiti, am I the
only one who has noticed the smirk on Bushs face? 
Or has he just repeated one of his favorite sayings,
“you naive fools!”  What will be the administrative
charge for the “Bush-Clinton Haiti” fund, and to
whom will it be paid-out, if it is ever paid-out?

As far as the three separate “Red Crosses,” which of
them has become the most corrupt?  Nobel prize for what?
Covering up their corruption? Anyone who thinks
that either has not become corruptly politicized,
needs to be told to come in out of the rain.

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By Virginia777, January 18, 2010 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

What a sick fuck Rush Limbaugh is

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By johannes, January 18, 2010 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

In this world full of religeuse people who do not give a sh.. for the live or happiness of other people, can it happen that an cruise-ship with 2500 people eathing like hell,is passing 100 KM, away from an island where 100 000 people are dying buryd under tons of rubble, and well people in an mess.

No peace, shame on you.

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By Maani, January 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment


While I am sorry about your uncle, it is wrong to suggest that because of your family’s singular personal experience, the entire Red Cross is somehow corrupt.  The facts - the history of its work and its ability to provide disaster relief quickly and effectively - belies such a suggestion.


Actually, quite a few ministers, including Southern Baptists, immediately spoke up to disavow Robertson’s absurd statement.

Re your comment that “This tragedy…shows clearly that the Christian notion of an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent god can only be
logically possible if one believes that the violent deaths of nearly a quarter million men, women, and children was a benevolent act.”

You fall into a common trap of assuming that all, or even most, Christians believe solely in God and not in the “natural order” of things.  In fact, a great many Christians believe in science - including evolution, geology, etc. - though with what we call “first cause.”  That is, that God created the universe, and set all the (physical) “processes” in motion that led to the creation of earth - including its “natural order,” which includes the geologic (earthquakes) and meteorologic (hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc.) - but that He does not actively “intervene.”  This does not make him any less omniscient or omnipotent.  As for “omnibenevolent,” I have never heard that term, nor does any minister or Christian I know use it. The third “omni” is “omnipresent.”

In this regard, the fact of an earthquake (or other “natural disaster”) and the existence of a benevolent God are not mutually exclusive.


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By Inherit The Wind, January 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

johannes, January 17 at 10:14 am #

To Inherit the wind,

The Asshole is one of our best and most beautyfull muscle in our body, its a perfect working diaphragm muscle, every medic knows that.

But a small warning people who use words like that, are creating an smell of shit and feeling of raffish around them selfs.

I hope you are referring to Limbaugh and not me.  After all, Limbaugh spews nothing but shit.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 17, 2010 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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Human race vs Limbaugh.  The whole world responded with
compassion and empathy to the disaster in Haiti.  The
world wide outpouring of support has been almost
unprecedented.  Limbaugh is in a class by himself.

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By Vincent, January 17, 2010 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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Rush likes the other side of the island just fine. He supports the Dominican Republic with his purchasing of underage sex workers when he was on vacation there a couple of years ago. Anybody remember the giant jar of Viagra that Rush was carrying through customs and was busted. Yeah, he and his butt buddies go over to the Dominican (one of the underage world sex trade hot spots)and have a weeklong blast with their stockpile of Viagra. What do you think they were doing? Hanging out on the wide sandy beaches? I think they have those in Florida. Gee, what could they possibly want to get to travel to one of the worlds poorest islands with a giant stockpile of boner pills? You tell me.

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By gaetano, January 17, 2010 at 6:57 am Link to this comment
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While my uncle was on the battle field in korea, he wore rags around his hands and boots to try to keep them warm.He lost 3 fingers and a toe to frostbite.When he returned home he told us kids a story of the red cross.The government was sending socks and boots and blankets to korea by way of the red cross,and that the red cross delivery boys were demanding money from our soldiers on the front lines.Your money will never get to Haiti through the RED CROSS.  It sure is funny that all these organizations that want you to donate money to the cause for Haiti don`t want to donate their time to do it. Yes I feel sorry for the people in Haiti but I also have feelings for the poor and homeless and starving,and out of work and losing their homes,right here in AMERICA. So I say this and you can call me all the names you want to. My country and our citizens come first.This Obama character will have us living just like these poor Haitians soon enough.Sorry, but thats the way I feel.I have lost my job and my car and now losing my home and having a very hard time feeding my family and I don`t see these countries or OBAMA helping me. Why don`t all you rich movie stars in hollywood each give 1 million dollars. It would only take 100 of them to match our governments donation.YEA RIGHT! If you don`t think this disaster will be used for political gains on both sides of the government,you must also believe in the tooth fairy.

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By johannes, January 17, 2010 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

To Inherit the wind,

The Asshole is one of our best and most beautyfull muscle in our body, its a perfect working diaphragm muscle, every medic knows that. 

But a small warning people who use words like that, are creating an smell of shit and feeling of raffish around them selfs.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

People say “Nobody’s perfect”.

I say Rush Limbaugh is a rare example of perfection.  Of course, that’s because he’s a perfect ASSHOLE!

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By Dale Headley, January 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t kid yourself: Rush Limbaugh is skillfully hiding what REALLY lies behind
his position in this tragedy.  He hates black people, particularly one uppity enough
to think he has the right to rule white people.  Pat Robertson may indeed be a
sick, demented, hate-filled old man, but at least he is not a hypocrite; he was only
voicing what most Christians - overtly or secretly - believe.  How many white
Southern Baptist ministers do you suppose denounced Robertson from the pulpit? 
How many 700 Club members called to complain?  Those, of course, are my
bitterly rhetorical questions.  This tragedy in Haiti shows clearly that the Christian
notion of an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent god can only be
logically possible if one believes that the violent deaths of nearly a quarter million
men, women, and children was a benevolent act.  Robertson, Limbaugh, and many
Christians DO believe that their god made the conscious choice to rid the world of
all these dark-skinned folks.

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By Maani, January 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

For the record, the International Red Cross and the Salvation Army have been providing international disaster relief free of charge (and, indeed, out of pocket, save for donations) for a hundred years or more.  And although both groups had their formation in faith-based communities, their services have been, and continue to be, provided without respect to gender, age, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, or any other factor.

And it is simply a canard that either one of them “uses” its disaster relief efforts to proselytize - not simply because it is a violation of the various international and national rules that govern these groups (and such rules exist), but because it is simply unnecessary, since they both have separate “evangelical” arms that handle that aspect of their missions.

Historically, the Red Cross is actually three different groups: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the American Red Cross (ARC).

The ICRC was founded in 1865 under the First Geneva Convention.  It has been providing disaster relief services globally for over 150 years, and is almost always the first relief organization on the ground. It has won three Nobel Peace Prizes.

The IFRC was founded in 1919, and has been providing international disaster relief since then.  It shared a Nobel Peace Prize with the ICRC.

The ARC was founded in 1881, and has been providing disaster relief services in the U.S. since that time.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, and its international disaster relief efforts have been ongoing since 1900.  They are almost always the first or second relief organization on the ground.

Doctors Without Borders (Medicin Sans Frontieres) was founded in 1971 by a group of European doctors who had witnessed the horrors in Biafra.  It has operated globally since that time.

All three of these agencies have impeccable records re the handling and application of donations: none have ever been accused of mismanagement of funds, particularly where their disaster relief efforts are concerned.  (Notwithstanding the argument as to whether the salaries at the ARC are appropriate or not.)

You can feel confortable donating to any of these groups, and knowing that your donation will make a difference.


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By gerard, January 16, 2010 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Since this is the only site still up on Haiti, and the pretenders Limbaugh and Robertson, let me just add this:  Knowing little or nothng about hHiti, I went to Wikipedia for quick help.  Briefly, the values of the much-maligned Haitian Voodoo are apparently strong “family values” and an emphasis on charity as well as other fantasies common to all religions, and many Haitians are Catholics
  Apparently Robertson condemns people there for upholding the very same virtues he preaches under a different name.  Sounds pretty much like a waste of time, energy and money from his parishioners’ piggy banks.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 16, 2010 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Relief for the people was very slow in coming but
notice how quickly the corporate media got their
reporters and camera crews in.  No doctors but no
shortage of reporters.

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By PatrickHenry, January 16, 2010 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

By purplewolf, January 16 at 9:04 am #

Elizabeth Dole was making $250,000, plus the perks.

This is one reason I will not support the Red Cross, however I know some Doctors without Borders and they are truely a charitable organization.

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By purplewolf, January 16, 2010 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

After reading the full article, those depraved individuals like Rush, Pat, etc, need to re-read the sentence again, as they do not understand it.

The White House website is being used to DIRECT funds to the Red Cross. Now what does Rush and his minions not understand about the word “direct”? It would be the same as going to a site that sends you to another site where you can donate funds, vote on a ballot or to find out more information about something. Talk about the ignorance of the American public.It knows no ends.

Funny, those with the most to give, give the least. It has been found that those who are “born again” or claim more religiosity that others are also more bigoted, stingy and filled with hatred and prejudice. It is unfortunate that this ugliness had reared it’s head to show the world just what a so called good right wing, conservative tea bagging, christian, radical fringe member is here in America and their response to this natural occurring event.In insurance language it would be called “an act of God”. Some God you got there.And since Pat Robertson has such insightful true inside knowledge of the 17th century Haitians making a deal with the Devil and their lives of slavery, he must have witnessed it first hand at the time it occurred, otherwise it is heresy or lies and cannot be counted as true. Oh, I forgot, God thinks slavery is okay, just check out your O.T.

Rush, who so loudly bellowed last week that our health care system is just fine, fails to realize that Hawaii has a better health care system than the rest of America and the fact that he is a rich celebrity(I hate to call him that)played a major part in the excellent care he received. How soon he forgets the care given him, mainly because of his unhealthy lifestyle, yet he feels justifies to encourage the ignorant masses to do nothing to help in sending medical care to those who need it most.

I have seen natural disasters strike America and yes other countries do not rush to help us in many of those cases. When 9-11 happened, G.W. told other countries we did not want or need their money or help and many times other countries are not in a financial position to assist us here.Or maybe perhaps it is all the enemies America has made by going into other countries and being the know-it-all bully that has put others off to us. I wish those countries to know that it is the political system and the attitude of the few mouthpieces and not all Americans that are to blame for this. We can only wish that nothing as catastrophic happens here. It should not matter how you feel about one race or another, people are people and if they need help, it should not be a requirement that they be of a certain acceptable race, religion, status etc. to receive help from us. Chances are, if they fit certain qualifications selected by these radical hate mongers, they would not need help in the first place.

Yes, I used to volunteer for the Red Cross when I was physically able and yes, those at the top often are paid outrageous incomes. Take Elizabeth Dole when she was the top person overseeing the Red Cross when Bob was running. She earned, or so she claimed, $50,000.00 for her position. She had enough money just being married to Bob Dole that she could have returned her whole income back to this charitable organization who runs on donated blood, medicines,supplies, volunteers, money, etc. instead of taking that money and they could have written it off their taxes. Check out reputable charities that will assist in helping those in Haiti that will see to it your donations do help where needed and be thankful you do not in Haiti right now.

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By samosamo, January 16, 2010 at 2:10 am Link to this comment

By rollzone, January 16 at 3:54 am

It IS difficult to be sensible out here because the likes of conservative ultra right wing ass holes that are totally out of their sensibilities, and praying won’t get you nothing except being preyed upon.

Give me 1 hour of cia assistance and limbaugh, beck, oreilly,
robertson and et. al won’t be the farcical issues that they are any
more and no apologies, because to nullify those treasonous
traitor’s affect, it will take, just like cancer, very radical treatment to do so.

But, admittingly, to do that would give the 75ers garden the resolve to prey harder than before to avenge their fallen angels which makes me think just what in the hell can the over population of the 7,000,000,000 people really mean.

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By Nozferatu, January 16, 2010 at 1:14 am Link to this comment

FK RUSH LIMBAUGH….I can’t wait til this POS drops dead so I can pop open my Dom Perignon.

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By idarad, January 16, 2010 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

F&*% Limbuagh

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By rollzone, January 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

hello. it is difficult to be sensible here. it is very emotional for the tragic deaths, and i pray for them, as well as survivors. first, let me point out in October an expert on the field of earthquake prediction predicted a 7.0 in Haiti. it was reported in the local Haiti newspaper. let’s begin giving them a lot more credibility. second, the rampant lawlessness is a false foundation to provide aid to. they need the rule of law as a foundation. third, there is nothing on that poor island we covet, so we are not trying to exert influence over them. a few more hotels (not during hurricane season would be fine), but it would have to be a security compound. our army corps of engineers could be deployed there, as a massive foreign aid redevelopment program, with structural codes to better sustain another 7.0, but that would be charity. the same is likely to happen as what has occurred in our own housing projects, which are now rampant with crack dealers and hopelessness. we need to help them pull out survivors, heal as best they can, and retreat. they have to work out the lawlessness for themselves, and they have to understand that. we are not world police, and should not act like we are. only China is in a position to throw away a lot of money on hope, and they are not so inclined. we should send as much help as it takes to get back out- and no more.

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By mrfreeze, January 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

Over 3 million people were affected by this earthquake. Here, let me write that out for you: 3,000,000!

To criticize ANY nation or organization attempting to render aid to Haiti is, simply put, asinine. The airport is small, the main harbor in a shambles. REAL LIFE is not a 1/2 hour sitcom or happy-ending movie. The challenges are Herculean and complex and ugly and tragic.

It’s a bad situation and pointing fingers, complaining, judging, criticising, speculating and being “outraged” is simply a waste of time. There are a lot of well-meaning people and organizations trying to do the right thing by the Haitian people. Time to shut the pie holes and grow up!

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By gerard, January 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

Johannes, I agree with you in all the larger points you make—slavery still going on, the fact that as a nation we do evil and then send a pittance after the disaster, etc. etc. and that isn’t enough so the original situation persists.  But—my point would be when people are suffering and dying, all who can should give something to help. Not that that’s enough.  Beyond that, we need to organize and develop powerful citizen movements toforce our government to adopt humanitarian policies.  That’s the long job, and people try to avoid it.  But the short job needs doing too, at times of crisis. Too many people here think they can do nothing.  $25.00 is better than nothing, isn’t it?  It’s not prirmarily a matter of a clean conscience—it’s “belonging to the human race,” you might say. P.S. (I’m sorry about the UNESCO golden handshake.  That’s wrong. I wonder if any of that went to charity.)  Anyway, you are a good guy I’m sure.

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By johannes, January 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

To Gerard, we come all the time afther the dissaster is done, like this country, you know what kind of mess this people are living in, and its much closer to the USA as Afganistan.

Every body is speaking about slavery, well this island is full of old slaves, and slavery stil excist, you can translate this slavery in lots of diverend ways, and circumstances.

You can give money so that you will sleep bether, its nice for your conscience, but they will live on in the same mess.

I am giving every month an small amount from my old age pension, and wath do I reed, the director of UNESCO Holland, gets all most 400 000 EU, as a golden handshake, well this is not the first time I geth slapt my face, I know, but I am not stopping to donate, but why, I am a stupid human, and still beliefing in something.


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By gerard, January 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Johannes, I feel compelled to address you separately:
  As to “money you give doesn’t go where you give it.” Many aid organizations have good reputations. Some have larger administrative costs than others.  This is easy to research and verify, and one can choose accordingly.  To say “all” or “never” works to promote unqualified suspicion.
  Oxfam, Care and Friends Service Committees (American and British) are reliable.  I have no reason to suspect UNICEF and UNESCO which have worked to save children long and hard in many places efficiently. Many others can be researched online.
  From my point of view it is wise to avoid organizations that have a Christian Evangelical purpose, but I regard the above (due to years of experience) as free from that twist, though they were all founded by inter-faith people.
  Of course the important underlying question regarding Haiti and other similar destitute places is: How did they get this way in the first place?  Why is their suffering systematically overlooked?  What vicious discrimination is at work?  How can historical wrongs like this be righted?  What is our obligation as citizens of a wealthy dominant nation to places like this everywhere? What practical measures should we our very own selves be working on?

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By gerard, January 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

Where to begin?  The above comments call for a genius who knows more than I, who has had first-hand on-site experiences I haven’t had,who can speak more authoritativly than I, who can speak directly to that within us all which helps us retain our human-ness.
  1.Go there yourself?  How many can, will, should? Would that be helpful or complicate matters more?
  2.Does that mean do nothing other than that? Sounds like it! And is that humane? wise?
  3.If you were Haitian, how would you feel? What would you say?  Why? If this happened to you?
  4.Is all aid just a ruse to control others? Or is this administration so evil as to do that? Proof? Does this Gupta person stand for all aid efforts? Is his behavior representative?  Proof?
  5.It’s great if this disaster makes US/WTO/NAFTA sins of exploitation/dominance/cruel corporate ideology more evident. But the method above seems too indirect to be clear enough for ordinary people to understand.
Tries to cover too much too fast for me.

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By FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN, January 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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Why are they allowed to preach their hatred of America?

Wait I know, because of their foul corrupt thieving means they own most of the country.  I’m sure within the next year loonbaugh and some of the other anti-American windbags will be back on TV since the republicans control the MSM.

Their freedom hating, liberty hating, anti-American rhetoric has only just begun. After all they may be forced to start paying some taxes, rather than stealing the taxes paid by all of us hard working patriots.

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By johannes, January 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

The money you give, is never coming where you did give it for.

Look to the salaris of the directors of all so called human institutions.

If you want to help you have to go their your self, with your money, than you can do something consistent.

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By radson, January 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

Geez did someone let all the Lunatics out of the asylum


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By tropicgirl, January 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

Rachel Maddow also had some not-so-positive comments about the aid
situation last night…

As much as I have faulted Rachel Maddow recently for being the Democratic
shill she has become, she was correct last night about USAID. Let me help to

1.  In past history, with royalty and empires, the actual people had no role in
deciding to go to war and dominate other countries. They were simply ordered
to join or face the consequences.

2.  Since then, we have “democracies” all over the world. The average person
does not take kindly to sending their chidren off to wars they do not want. So,
VIOLA, the “false flag” operation was born, and is still used today, to take
countries to unwanted wars (like 911 and “yellowcake”).

3.  But now, that excuse is running a little thin, due to the internet and such, so
now the empires have a dilemma. How to control other countries assets,
resources, oil, people and influence without seeming to be warmongers. This is
where the “WTO” and the “world” banks, and the “world” insurance companies,
the NAFTA CAFTA and other “trade” agreements come in, and, unfortunately,
the UN “soldiers” (who have been occupying Haiti for a long time now) and
other “AID”-type agencies, that are filled with political operatives, and YES,
worldwide tax schemes forcing small countries to pay larger ones, that are
exemplified in the “Climate Change Legislation” (formerly known as “global
warming”).  In otherwords, it is totally consistent with the Obama agenda, to
exert undue influence over other countries with the proposal of “AID” You have
to see what is being given up in exchange. Same agenda, different president.

BUT HERE’S THE BEST THING… Did anyone see Sanjay Gupta (CNN) on tv this
VICTIMS IN HAITI, SAYING THINGS LIKE, “Look at this person with a broken leg.
The person treating him is not even a doctor! BUT SANJAY IS!!!, THAT IDIOT!!!!
gotta see it to believe it…

If that doesn’t make it on the Daily Show, its off my tivo for good!

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