Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Preliminary election results due today

They do their elections Louisiana-style here. There's a whole slew of Presidential candidates -- 18 or 19 in this case -- and if no one gets 50%, then there's a runoff between the two candidates who received the most votes. A runoff is tentatively scheduled for January 16.

The preliminary results of last week's election are due today.

I haven't seen any results online, but I was reading about violence in Port-au-Prince. And now I'm fairly certain that I'm hearing chanting and gunshots outside my house in every direction. Great.

One nice thing though... the place I sleep has 7-inch thick concrete walls. Just gotta remember to keep away from the windows. As I sit here writing this, I keep looking directly ahead of myself... trying to determine if the top of my skull is higher than the bottom of the window.

I'm slouching now. Bad posture? Yes. But laying down six-feet-under is a less attractive option.

I have no interest in living through -- or dying in -- a bloody coup d'etat. My proximity to one in Cambodia was plenty for me.

I seriously hope this is a peaceful transition of power. George Washington set such a wonderful precedent in America.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

Yike! Shooting outside your bedroom window! And you thought Cheshire politics was contentious! Seriously, be careful and take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine, Sister Diane, who is volunteering in another part of Haiti, says her city is on fire, there is shooting in the streets, helicopters overhead, and they are hunkered down in their convent. She says violence is sweeping the whole country and they cannot contact the US embassy.

Please pray for Tim, Diane, and all of God's helpers in Haiti.

Jesus, Good Shepherd, protect them, guide them, and strengthen them in Your ways.

Anonymous said...

Whether you pray or not, don't go to bed tonight without thanking God for the blessings of relative safety and prosperity we enjoy in this country.