"In your face, Haiti!"

*’Rascal’ in this sense, of course, means “mildly insufferable horse apple.”

Perusing the Twitternets today, I stumbled across this doozy from my man Kriss over at Insanity Report. He felt the need to put his shoe in hooper-turned-writer Paul Shirley, who spent a couple hundred words explaining why he will not be sending any money to Haiti.

Below are some highlights courtesy of Kriss, whose rant you should read in full because it really captured how I felt upon reading this tripe

I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads “Need You’re Help” is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don’t think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.

Wait. There’s more.

My wariness has much to do with the fact that the sympathy deployed to Haiti has been done so unconditionally. Very few have said, written, or even intimated the slightest admonishment of Haiti, the country, for putting itself into a position where so many would be killed by an earthquake.

I can’t help but wonder why questions have not been raised in the face of this outpouring of support. Questions like this one:

Shouldn’t much of the responsibility for the disaster lie with the victims of that disaster?

Don’t stop yet. There’s more.

Dear Haitians –

First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure, and birth control should be applauded.

As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it’s possible, could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?


The Rest of the World

Yep; that just happened. Drink it in. Don’t you just love the taste of privilege? I put it on crepes from time to time.

I know we should leave room for all kinds of discourse, but I will respectfully decline to do that and, instead, call Paul Shirley an ass clown.

Yes; Haiti has some blame to take in what’s become of the country in the big picture; there are individuals whose actions adversely affected that fate of that nation in matters natural and otherwise.

But blaming the victims of a natural disaster =FAIL

It’s a tad uncouth to tell the people buried under rubble they need to shape up while tossing them a prophylactic. That’s tantamount to saying “If Rihanna couldn’t duck, she shouldn’t have gotten in the car”; “JFK should have bobbed and weaved” or “maybe the Towers shouldn’t have been so tall.”

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