30 January 2012

Romney Staffer: It’s Not About Winning Anymore, It’s About Destroying Newt Gingrich

I have listened to my sixth sense for my entire life and it's gotten me quite far in life. My sixth sense is telling me that Mitt Romney is going to be oh so bad for America - whether he is elected the GOP nominee or whether he eventually gets the top job as US President. And why is this you ask? Well, Romney has been promised the GOP nominee since the last election when John Mc-RINO-Cain got the nod. Off Romney went and started planning and campaigning, backed by his millions of dollars. From day one of the election campaign he has targeted only Newt Gingrich with negative advertisements and no one else. Even when Newt was nothing in the Polls in Iowa Romney focused only on NG. Why? Well, because he and his puppet masters know that Newt is his biggest threat, with his intelligent mind, wonderful debating skills and his conservative record. Romney didn't expect the smack down he got in South Carolina. Boy, you can just imagine how Mr Plastic reacted behind the scenes throwing his tantrums and demanding he win Florida. As a result, Romney unleashed his temper on Florida. Negative ads after negative ads, all aimed at Newt, just so that Mommy's Boy can win and get his prize. What does it tell you about Romney that he can lie in the debates with such a straight face and nothing is ever his fault? After the SC smack down, he employed a debate coach just so that he could beat up on Newt. What a wussy pants. Romney is not to be trusted. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing and I can only hope that the American people will see through his deception. He is not a nice person. 

Mr Plastic
NAPLES, Florida—Mitt Romney's goal in Florida is no longer just winning.

After Gingrich Newt scored a surprise blow-out victory in South Carolina last week, the former Massachusetts governor not only unleashed a political broadside of epic proportions.
"It not about winning here anymore," one Romney staffer told BuzzFeed. "It's about destroying Gingrich — and it's working."
After two standout debate performances that put him up 9 points in recent polls, Romney is keeping the pressure on Gingrich, looking to score a blow-out victory of his own here.
To that end, Romney has rolled out a team of surrogates in the Sunshine State to take the fight to Gingrich in person: from Connie Mack (III) and Connie Mack (IV), to Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. John McCain. Romney has also aired a controversial ad featuring Tom Brokaw announcing that Gingrich had been sanctioned by the House.
Today both Macks took the stage before Romney to attack Gingrich's character, proclaiming that he has a “checkered past with ethics and honesty."
Romney also launched into his longest attack directed squarely at Gingrich, devoting almost four minutes of his 18 minute stump speech attacking the former Speaker of the House.
"Mr. Speaker, your trouble in Florida is not because the audience is too quiet or too loud or because you have opponents that are tough," Romney said, comparing Gingrich's complaints about debate audiences to Goldilocks. Then, with a broad smile on his face, he listed the reasons why Florida voters are now moving away from Gingrich's campaign.
"Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time when Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people," he added.
Shortly after Romney's remarks, his campaign emailed "Earth to Newt: Tell The Truth" detailing a long list of alleged lies while mocking his ambitious space agenda.
As the clock ticks down to the polls closing here, what's clear is that this state is no longer about winning for Romney — he's out for total destruction, and he's probably going to get it.

Lite Moments

Djokovic: We made history

What a final! I had to get up for work this morning so couldn't watch the last set of the match, which I taped and watched when I got home. I was backing Novak, but went to bed thinking that Nadal would win the title. So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to the news that Novak Djokovic had prevailed and won the Australian Open in Melbourne, my hometown. And what a match it was - lasting nearly 6 hours and the lead swapping over and over. Games lasting over 10 minutes, and rallies of 32 shots. It goes down in my books as the most exciting tennis match to date.  They were superheroes and very inspiring to all young kids out there. Congrats boys! You did your sport and countries proud. 

“Black People Have Become Too Ignorant For Me To Claim, I Need To Invent A New Race”

There is no PC here so if you're easily offended then don't watch (that's a warning for the liberals who might stumble on this blog). This guy actually tells the truth about Black people, without sugar coating with double speak. Enjoy!

NYPD detective guilty of trying to kill his wife by setting her on fire with petrol and candles because she wanted to divorce him

Take a good look at the picture below. This is what is left of a beautiful, young, blonde woman after her African American husband decided to change her appearance for her. First he tried to rape her; then he hit her four times with a hammer; then he poured petrol on her and set her alight. And the reason? She wanted a divorce. Apparently being married to a Black man isn't all it's made out to be. The print media, TV shows and movies are largely responsible for promoting miscegenation. They deliberately have mixed-race couples (usually a White and a something else) shoved in our faces so that we can get sensitised until we believe it's the norm. But, what they fail to inform the public, and especially women, is that a White female in a relationship with a Black man is 12.4 times more likely to be murdered by their partner than a White female in a relationship with a White male. In other words, they are just begging to be a victim of crime - all so they can be hip and can brag to their friends and family how non-racist they are. They usually pay with their lives. The internet is full of these types of stories, where a Black man has either attacked or killed their White female partner - in fact, there are too many to post - but females need to be aware of this statistic. And the worst part is that they usually have mixed-race children who usually identify with their Black half and turn out to be just as bad as their father. White women need to learn to have some self-respect for themselves and their race and not be so desperate.

Burns: Christopher Hanney, 46, of Tampa Bay, Florida, forced Audrey Mabrey, 29, pictured, into the garage of their marital home and tried to rape her
Audrey Mabrey
A retired NYPD detective severely burned his estranged wife by dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire because she was divorcing him.

Christopher Hanney, 46, of Tampa Bay, Florida, forced Audrey Mabrey, 29, into the garage of their marital home and tried to rape her.

He then struck her four times with a hammer, threw petrol on her and used one of her scented candles to set her on fire, the court was told.

Hanney faces a life sentence after being found guilty by a Tampa jury on Thursday of attempted murder, aggravated battery and arson.

Ms Mabrey, who claimed her husband was jealous of an ex-boyfriend, was passing by Hanney's home in Apollo Beach in November 2009.

She had moved out of their home to an apartment in nearby Brandon, Florida, and they were preparing for a divorce. 

They were sharing care of their two small children despite divorcing. Ms Mabrey was on her way to college when the incident happened.

Hanney attacked her when she stopped by at the house. He tried to rape her and set her on fire, but she managed to run away and a neighbour helped her put out the fire burning on her.

But Hanney claimed he was the intended victim, tied to a chair and had a gun put to his head by his wife with an armed, masked accomplice.

Ms Mabrey had threatened him with a lit candle and petrol bottle, he kicked her and she went up in flames when the liquid spilled, he claimed.

Hanney had a full two years in prison to develop that false explanation, said Jennifer Gabbard, prosecuting, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

‘This defendant decided to kill Audrey Mabrey because he finally figured out that he lost her,’ she said, reported the Tampa Bay Tribune.

He had even written her a letter from jail begging forgiveness, insisting that she was still beautiful and she loved her more than ever.

Hanney wanted to commit murder and suicide on the same day, Ms Gabbard added.

Ms Mabrey was in a coma for a month after the attack and had seven surgeries. Eighty per cent of her body was scarred from it.

Her dad Richard Brown said he was told about the attack by a plainclothes policeman who came to his home in Texas, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

However in an unfortunate miscalculation Mr Brown had tackled the officer to the ground outside his home as he thought he was an intruder.

Mr Brown and his wife, Lisa, could not recognise their daughter because of the scarring when they came to see her at Tampa General Hospital.

After she recovered Ms Mabrey became a campaigner against domestic violence. Hanney will be sentenced in March. ‘I'm just relieved,’ she said.

Taken down: Christopher Hanney faces a life sentence after being found guilty by a Tampa jury on Thursday of attempted murder, aggravated battery and arson
Christopher Hanney 

Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about

The Global Warming scam is hopefully coming to an end. The UK Met Office has released new figures which show no warming has occurred in the last 15 years. A few years back when the so-called climate-alarmist 'scientists' realised what was happening, they changed the Global Warming term to Climate Change, so they could blame any change in the 'climate' on their scam. When it's hot it's due to Climate Change; and when it's cold it's due to Climate Change - a win-win no matter which way the weather goes. 1000 years is a blip on the timeline of the Earth, yet they expect us to look at the last few years so they can prove their warming theory, which apparently is due to the rise in Carbon Dioxide, of which humans produce 3%. The only problem is that even whilst Carbon Dioxide has risen, the Earth has failed to warm up. Ooops! No one is against cleaning up the planet and looking after the environment - but don't lie to us and tell us that CO2 is to blame. See, when you can blame warming on a tangible, then they can put a price on it. Al Gore has made billions off this scam. Still today, he flies all over the world lecturing us - the little people - on how we should pay him more money so that he can continue scaring kids. He flies all around in his fossil fuel burning aircraft; drives in chauffeured limousines; lectures us to stop having kids (even though HE has four of his own) and flogs his stupid lie-filled movie making more and more money. At some point you have to stop and start realising you've been had. The reality is that the Earth is probably entering the next Ice Age which is not going to be great. The next truth is that the Earth's climate is controlled by the Sun - duh! Now all we need to have happen is for the MSM to start reporting the truth and stop with the scaremongering, but I'm not holding my breath. The Sun: An Inconvenient Truth.

 The world average temperature from 1997 to 2012

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

 Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.

Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.
We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.

Analysis by experts at NASA and the University of Arizona – derived from magnetic-field measurements 120,000 miles beneath the sun’s surface – suggest that Cycle 25, whose peak is due in 2022, will be a great deal weaker still.

According to a paper issued last week by the Met Office, there is a  92 per cent chance that both Cycle 25 and those taking place in the following decades will be as weak as, or weaker than, the ‘Dalton minimum’ of 1790 to 1830. In this period, named after the meteorologist John Dalton, average temperatures in parts of Europe fell by 2C.

Two Al Gore's mansions, where he shivers in the winter so he can feel like a little people:

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Allen West to Obama - get the hell out of the USA

The reason I like Allen West is that he doesn't sit in the racist corner, using the predictable race card. No, he sees and knows what's going on. He's been on the battle field where he's had to command and look after his troops. He is probably the only Black person I have some respect for because he's willing to call out all those lazy Blacks who have used the color of their skin to get ahead in life. In the clip below West tells Obama where to go and he also asks the WH to bring it on if they want to make him enemy #1. Wussy pants Obama won't bring it on, he'd rather use his DoJ to do his dirty work, ala Chicago thugs. 

Reagan vs Obama

Netanyahu vs Obama

See a pattern here? That's who the USA has as it's President...

28 January 2012

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Hey, my fellow conservatives, not only are we racist, but now we also have low IQ's! From now on I'm only going to post pictures so that y'all can understand what I'm saying......For those of you who can read and understand, then here's what I have to say to author of this incredibly insightful article, Ms Stephanie Pappas (who has one of those lucky dip BA degrees in Psychology, so apparently isn't conservative or dumb): How do you explain that the majority of African Americans in the USA have an IQ of 80, whilst the Whites have an average IQ of 100? Who's more dumb, racist and, according to you, more conservative now???? See your little problem Ms Pappas? 
Stephanie Pappas

The researcher who produced the marvelous results in this article is Gordon Hodson, whose primary research interests examine intergroup processes related to prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. Shame on you Prof Hodson - why, your research shows you up to be discriminatory, prejudiced and stereotyping conservatives as being dumb and racist! Who votes for Prof Hodson to leave his little safe Brock University and go get a real job in the real world, where he'll find lots of scary people who are racist, prejudiced and who stereotype, all over the place and in all races? Me, me, me. Oh, I just love it when these so-called academics have to dream up such crap research in order to keep their bank accounts ticking over, because nothing funds research like showing us how racist, dumb and prejudiced conservative Whites are. But you know what Prof Hodson, I'd like to know when you'll do some research into the psyche of Left-wing extremist liberals?? Let me know when you've done that research because that shouldn't take too long! 

Prof Gordon Hodson

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.
"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.
Controversy ahead
The findings combine three hot-button topics.
"They've pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics," said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. "When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it's bound to upset somebody."
Polling data and social and political science research do show that prejudice is more common in those who hold right-wing ideals that those of other political persuasions, Nosek told LiveScience. [7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You]
"The unique contribution here is trying to make some progress on the most challenging aspect of this," Nosek said, referring to the new study. "It's not that a relationship like that exists, but why it exists."
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UK: Metropolitan Police commander warns of rise in gangs

Gang numbers are on the increase in London, with 4 500 gang members responsible for 22% of the crime in the capital. But, no worries mate, just get the liberal feel-good judges to give them lenient sentences and increase the number of tax-funded 'charities' to work with the offenders and the problem will soon be under control.....

Hat tip: Mark and H

One of London's top police officers has said tackling the problem of gangs in the capital was a "enduring challenge".
Commander Steve Rodhouse said there are up to 4,500 gang members responsible for about 22% of crime in the capital.
He made the comments at the first meeting of the Greater London Authority's police and crime committee.
St Giles Trust, a charity which works with offenders, said the economic downturn had created a "toxic potential for gangs to expand".
Authority member Joanne McCartney, who chaired the meeting, said tackling gang crime was not just the responsibility of the police.
"We all have a part to play in tackling problems like gangs that can have such a devastating impact on communities," she said.
The police and crime committee took over from the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) last week.
It has a scrutiny role as deputy mayor Kit Malthouse takes on key aspects of the MPA's role as part of national moves to replace existing police authorities with directly-elected police and crime commissioners.

Haitian man freed when Obama halted deportations after earthquake 'went on to murder three people'

This is what compassion brings to law-abiding citizens. It always astounds me how the world has been turned upside down when it comes to criminals and their 'rights', above the law-abiding population's rights. Remember the days when anyone caught doing anything bad would be strung up and hanged right there and then with everyone looking on? These days, you may as well hang the victims, that's how much the tables have turned. Case in point is Kesler Dufrene, who had a long criminal history, had been arrested NINE times, with his first arrest being at 14 when he bashed a teacher (yeah, no clue as to the fine upstanding person they were dealing with, hey liberal judges?). Mr Dufrene was released after Obama halted deportations to Haiti due to their earthquake. How did he repay Obama's good deed? Why, funny you should ask. He thanked Mr Obama by slaughtering 3 people before killing himself. This is the type of fine characters who the American government have allowed to stay in their country on the grounds under the headline of compassion. If it were my family that had been killed, I'd sue the USA government up to their eyeballs. Their $15 trillion debt would swiftly go up to $16 trillion after I'd finished with them. 

Hat tip: Mark and H

Freed: Convicted felon, Kesler Dufrene, is suspected of killing three people in Miami before shooting himself after escaping deportation to Haiti
Convicted felon, Kesler Dufrene
A Haitian immigrant, freed after the Obama Administration halted deportations to his native country, went on to kill three people before shooting himself, police say.

Twice convicted felon, Kesler Dufrene, of Manatee County, Florida, was due to be deported after a five-year jail term ended in October 2010.

But deportations to Haiti were temporarily halted after the country was rocked by a devastating earthquake in January that year.

Two months after his release, Dufrene, 23, went on to slaughter three people including 15-year-old Ashley Chow, in North Miami, according to police.

Ashley, a High School student who dreamed of becoming a lawyer, lived in the house in the 400 block of Northwest 134th Street, along with other victims Harlen Peralta, 25, and her boyfriend, Israel Rincon, 35.

After worried relatives called police on January 2, 2011, officers burst into the house to discover all three had been shot dead.

DNA found on a rifle left inside the house and mobile phone tracking technology linked Dufrene to the murders.

But before detectives could interrogate the drifter, Dufrene shot and killed himself during an unrelated burglary and shooting, 18 days after the murders.

The victims reportedly did not know Dufrene. Their families are now angry over the halted deportation and want answers into the as yet unsolved murders.

 'This guy shouldn’t have been in America,' Audrey Hansack, 37, mother of murdered Ashely, told the Miami Herald. 'I’m so upset with the whole situation. Because of immigration, my daughter is not alive.

'The case has cast a black cloud over U.S. authorities, who by law could not keep Dufrene indefinitely after the Obama administration ordered the halt on deportation.In a statement issued on Friday, the ICE did not reveal how many other convicted criminals were freed and not deported during the deportation halt.

He had a long criminal history and had been arrested nine times, the first  at the age of 14 for battering a teacher.

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Haiti and the shaming of the aid zealots: How donated billions have INCREASED poverty and corruption

When an earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, charities rushed into the country in the hope of cashing in on the crisis. People and governments from all over the world donated billions in aid for the country. What people fail to understand is that the majority of charities are money-making rackets, and do little to help the victims they claim to help. Before the earthquake, Haiti was already a basket case, with a revolving door of governments, the one more corrupt than the other. There were already over 12 000 'charities' on the ground, apparently helping the people to better their lives. America has poured billions into the country over the last century in the hopes of dragging it into the 21st century but to no avail. All the billions spent on infrastructure lay in ruins before the earthquake as the Haitian people failed in the upkeep. The West owed them a better life and the more money given to them, the worst off they were. Liberals don’t believe in allowing people to fail – they always reach for the cheque book to buy their way out of reality. Why teach them to fish if you can give them a steady diet of lobster and prawns? As a result, Haitians have learnt to rely on everybody but themselves. They complained of their dirty streets, dirty water, no houses, no food - and that was before the quake. Since the quake, their grumblings have only gotten louder as the world has failed to build them their mansions and give them their better life. Why should they clean their own streets? Why should they, as a community, look after each other and support each other? No, they wait on these so-called charities and NGOs to give them the life they deserve. As a result, the aid money has done nothing except create more chaos and unhappiness. These charities should have had stayed out of the country which would have forced the Haitian people to work to clean up their own country in return for food and other services. Their streets would be beautiful today. Instead, these so called charities, have haphazardly done the odd good deed and shown the photos all over the world in the hope that even more money will pour into their coffers. Money that will be used to keep the NGOs and charities in the luxury they’re accustomed to. And then you have the stupid White people - usually the Christians who want to do something for these poor Blacks - who rush there and live in tents, not getting paid and doing the manual work, whilst the Haitians sit back and watch. Actor Sean Penn has ‘moved’ to Haiti so that he can feel all fuzzy and warm about his nobleness. He often appears in the media - CNN being his latest stint - to brag about how much he's done for Haiti and all the good the money has done. The reality is far from his version. The stupid White liberals fall over themselves to donate money to him. I wouldn't be surprised if he's earned more money through his 'charity' than through his acting. You only have to cast your eyes to the Dominican Republic just over the mountains to see what hard work does for a country. They are relatively prosperous compared to Haiti, and you only have to look at the population make-up to see why. 

Two years after the Haiti quake, only 4,769 new houses have been built, and 13,578 homes repaired, while 520,000 people remain in squalid camps

The first thing that strikes you is the smell: a sweet, sickly stench that sticks to your skin. It is worst in the morning, since women are terrified of risking a nocturnal trip to the handful of lavatories serving the thousands of people in the camp because of an epidemic of rape. Even the youngest girls are in danger.

I stop to chat to a young man in a green polo shirt. Ricardo Jenty says we must take care because three gunmen have just walked by on their way to settle a feud. He fears trouble; already he has seen friends shot dead.

Ricardo, 25, a father of three young children, recounts how the earthquake that hit Haiti two years ago ruined his home and wrecked his life. His makeshift tent is one of thousands crammed onto what was once a football pitch.

‘Every day there are fights between gangs. There are so many young bloods that don’t care now. You have to avoid them — most of us don’t want any part of these things.’

Ricardo lifts the faded sheet that serves as his front door. His three-week-old baby lies asleep on the single bed that fills the family’s home, while his two-year old son screams at the back entrance.

The heat under the plastic roof is so intense his wife Roseline, 27, drips with sweat as she describes living in such hell. She looks exhausted. If she is lucky, she says, she has one meal a day, but often goes two days without food, putting salt in water to keep her going.

Since giving birth she has passed out a number of times and does not produce enough breast milk to feed her new son. She shows me a small can of condensed milk she gives him; she cannot afford the baby formula he needs. 

So had they seen any of the huge sums of aid donated to alleviate such hardship? They shake their heads — just one hygiene kit from the local Red Cross. ‘I have heard about this aid but never seen it,’ says Roseline. ‘I don’t think people like us stood a chance of getting any of it.’

Ricardo says it makes him angry. ‘If I looked back two years ago I would never have thought I would still be here in this camp. If the aid organisations really cared about our lives, they could have done something. But how can I have hope for my future, living like this?’

The family’s story shames all those international organisations that flocked to Haiti after the earthquake two years ago, which killed an estimated 225,000 people. It was one of the most devastating natural disasters of recent years — and the world responded in sympathy. The international community claimed to have given  £6.5 billion to heal Haiti’s wounds, while donations poured in to charities.

Earlier this month, on the quake’s second anniversary, aid agencies pumped out press releases proclaiming their successes. Add up all the people they claim to have helped and the number exceeds the population of Haiti.

The reality is rather different — and shines a stark light on the assumptions, arrogance and deficiencies of the ever-growing global relief industry. As promises were broken, mistakes were made and money was wasted, prices of food and basic supplies for local people soared, sanitation deteriorated, there was less safe water to drink and well-meaning interventions made matters infinitely worse.
United Nations peacekeepers, supposedly there to protect local people, presided over the world’s deadliest cholera outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people and infected half a million more.

Only 4,769 new houses have been built, and 13,578 homes repaired, while 520,000 people remain in those squalid camps. Many more returned to wrecked homes rather than endure the camps’ inhuman conditions, blamed for driving up violence, rape and paedophilia. 

‘Aid did some good and saved some lives early on but ultimately led to more division, more cynicism and made the mercantile class even richer,’ says Mark Schuller, a  U.S. anthropologist who teaches in Haiti. ‘In the end the way the aid was delivered, the lack of co-ordination and the lack of respect for the Haitian people did more harm than good. It would have been better if they had not come.’

Schuller, who spends $375 per month renting his three-bedroom flat, is critical of humanitarian staff earning up to ten times local salaries, with big cars, drivers and $2,500-a-month housing allowances. Rents have soared since the quake.

Haiti’s prime minister has pointed out that 40 per cent of aid money supports the foreigners handing it out. Undoubtedly, huge sums have been wasted: for example, humanitarian groups paid double local rates for lorry loads of water.

One car dealer sold more than 250 Toyota Land Cruisers a month at £40,000 each. ‘You see traffic jams at Friday lunchtime of all the white NGO and UN four-wheel drives heading off early to the beaches for the weekend,’ said one Irish aid worker. ‘It makes me sick.’

Haiti had huge problems even before the earthquake ripped it apart in 35 terrifying seconds. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, it has had a turbulent history since a slave revolt against French colonial masters led to independence in 1804.

It suffered from suffocating foreign interference and a succession of brutal, hopeless and hapless governments. In the past 25 years alone Haiti has endured nine presidents, two coups and one invasion.

It has also received astounding amounts of aid: in the half century before the quake, Haiti was handed four times as much per capita as Europeans received under the post-war Marshall plan.

There were more charities in Haiti — an estimated 12,000 — on the ground per head of population than any other place on earth.

Over the same period incomes collapsed by more than one-third in a nation nicknamed ‘The Republic of NGOs’. It is hard not to wonder if the torrents of aid were one cause of the nation’s problems, creating a culture of dependency, fostering corruption and undermining its image.

After the quake, the world rushed to help again. But many official pledges of assistance turned out to be little more than lies, with half the promised funds never turning up and huge slices of the rest diverted back to donors. The largest single recipient of U.S. earthquake aid, for example, was the U.S. government.

Meanwhile, Haitians themselves were largely ignored. A study of nearly 1,500 contracts awarded by U.S. authorities found only 23 went to Haitian companies while contractors based in Washington received more than one-third of funds — hardly the best way to help Haiti’s development.

As images of biblical devastation played out on the news, aid groups were flooded with donations, but substantial sums remain unspent. Major charities still hold one-third of the cash they raised; the American Red Cross alone has more cash in its coffers than the £107 million donated to the disaster by Britons.

Devastated areas were plastered with logos and flags as charities fought to get in front of the cameras and tap into the goldrush. One U.S. preacher held up traffic on a main road as he filmed a video of himself handing a bag of rice to a kneeling Haitian; another flew in by private jet from Texas to make fundraising videos using orphans as props.

One aid group stood apart: Medecins Sans Frontieres — which had worked in Haiti for 20 years — closed its appeal after a few days as it had raised enough for immediate needs.

Gaetan Drossart, its head of mission, said it was wrong for charities to raise more than they could spend. ‘Organisations want to be in front of the cameras in an emergency to attract attention since this gets the money,’ he said. ‘The humanitarian business is no different to any other business.’

Drossart wants limits placed on the numbers of groups allowed in to disaster zones given the chaos and poor co-ordination he witnessed in the earthquake’s aftermath.

Just down the road from his office colourful wooden sheds called Transitional Shelters dot the landscape. These tiny temporary homes were built not because survivors wanted them — they would have preferred to have ruined properties rebuilt or new homes — but because donors wanted visible signs of progress. 

They are taking twice as long and — at £345 million — nearly three times as much money to build as planned. The flagship community was Corail, about ten miles outside Port-au-Prince. Families were lured here with promises of clean water, medical care, education and jobs in proposed garment factories. The actor Sean Penn, who spent several months in Haiti after the quake, was among those who persuaded people to move.

Now these unfortunate people are marooned on a rocky patch of land: the factories have not materialised, there are no hospitals, the schools are inadequate and they have started being charged for water at more than twice the cost in the camps. Vast squatter camps have sprung up on the hillsides around them.

‘They promised us when we came here we would find everything we needed,’ said Marjorie Saint Hilaire, a mother of three boys whose husband was killed in the quake. ‘Now we are living in a desert.’

Pregnant women have died trying to get to hospital, a journey that can take three hours on four different buses. Two days before my visit, a woman in labour had to take a motorcycle to hospital. 

Fernande Bien Amie, a mother of two, said they felt betrayed by aid groups reneging on promises and by their government’s failure to monitor them. ‘These NGOs just do whatever they want, then leave whenever they want,’ she said.

As so often with the aid industry, for all its undoubted achievements in difficult conditions, good intentions keep backfiring. Camps were given soap but no water, condoms but not food. Text messages told people to wash before eating when babies were being bathed in sewer water. 
Payments for rubble clearance led people to stop clearing streets until given money.

Curiously, it was in the notorious ghetto of Cite Soleil — avoided as too dangerous by many relief groups — that I found the most hopeful signs of Haiti’s rebirth. Young activists are cleaning up the streets, going out with brushes to sweep away rubbish, unblock evil-smelling canals and foster communal pride. The results are impressive.

‘People come to our meetings as they want to see our streets clean,’ says Robillard Lovino, 25, one of the organisers. ‘It’s not a foreign NGO telling them to do things, this is communities figuring out their own change.’

In a decrepit building, students are crammed into classes in journalism, theatre, dance and music organised by Hilaire Jean Lesly, director of a community radio station. ‘We have no help and have not asked for help — Haitians must take responsibility for themselves,’ he says.

‘We want to show the good side of Cite Soleil. You only hear bad things about gangsters, 
violence and poverty,’ said Lesly. ‘NGOs just want to show places like this as weak and vulnerable because that justifies always asking for their help.’

Harsh words. But as the aid industry moves off in search of new emergencies and new funds, perhaps it should listen to such voices.