Too Much to Absorb

A few quick hits:

First and worst, devastation has again gripped the world. I can’t wrap my mind around it. Sticking just to natural disasters, the same incomprehensibility overwhelmed me with the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 that wiped out entire towns and killed hundreds of thousands in South Asia, and with Katrina a year later that laid waste to New Orleans and environs. Now it’s Haiti. I put down my fork after two bites when Jason Bovian started to cry on “All Things Considered” as he reported on a little girl, who had received some care because she had fresh bandages, but she was still in pain and didn’t seem to have any parents or other adults to watch over her. To those who say that people like him should be helping and not reporting, I say, someone has to bear witness.

How much more can the Haitians take? I can only hope that this current U.S. president will again show his superiority over his predecessor and offer the proper aid in a prompt fashion. It looks like he’s already put everything in motion, but even all our might won’t be enough. One can only hope we relieve at least some of the dreadful suffering and each of us sends something in the way of prayers and support.

It would also be great if local radio and television didn’t spend so much time on the stories of the local missionaries and local aid workers. Give us more of the Haitians who live (and die) in misery every day. The organizations will take care of their own. Who speaks for the powerless? Kudos, again, to NPR for “Talk of the Nation,” which today examined the country beyond the clichés, and before the earthquake.

P.S. Someone needs to muzzle Pat Robertson, at the very least. Unlike Valerie Jarrett, I’m not speechless when it comes to calling Robertson a psychotic, delusional megalomaniac. He said Haiti is “cursed with one thing and another” because of a two-hundred-year-old pact with the devil. I think the demagogue has just topped his usual delusions. Previous gems included the blame-game over Katrina because God was mad at New Orleans because abortion is (somewhat) legal and 9/11 happened because the United States is immoral, etc. etc. I have two questions. First, how does he get off calling himself a Christian? And, second, where does that “doctor” business come from? I’d say voodoo practitioners in Haiti (who are honest about their work) have more right to call themselves doctor than he does. At least they make positive contributions to their communities.

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On another sad note, RIP, Teddy Pendergrass. No one out there could match his smooth, sexy baritone.  Kenny Gamble said that women were “very attracted” to Teddy and his music. Boy, was that an understatement!

I was living in Philadelphia when Pendergrass was at the peak of his career and had the accident that left him in a wheelchair. It was so moving to see the way people rallied around him, even when it became apparent that he would never perform with the same power. Nevertheless, his life became a model for anyone struggling to overcome serious obstacles. Rest well, Teddy, you were truly loved.

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To end on a happy note, we celebrated Deb’s birthday last night. We were supposed to watch another movie as a fundraiser for the local food bank but the selection, Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, wouldn’t play, so we watched three basketball games instead. The UConn men vs. Pitt game was too far away for me to see. In front of us was Duke vs. BC, with UConn women against Marquette on the big screen. No wonder so many people have ADD! Anyway, Deb seemed to enjoy herself – or was when we left.

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One Response to “Too Much to Absorb”

  1. betsy Says:

    Robertson also inferred that the earthquake was a “blessing in disguise” because the country needed to be rebuilt anyway. Somehow, in spite of my attempts to see the good in anything (if it is there to be found), the deaths of thousands of innocents could never be a “blessing” by any stretch of the imagination! Lunacy raves on.

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