Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Danger, entering Jackie's rant zone.

Mea culpa, mea culpa. I’ve been reading the comments on the AOHell stories about the Japan quake. I don’t know why I’m ever surprised at the ignorance, virulence and downright nastiness on the boards, but the lack of compassion on so many of the comments just blows me away. God’s punishment on Japan for Pearl Harbor? Please. We might as well blame the damage to the coastal south from hurricanes on the south’s history of slavery. Or a powerful hurricane in New England for the massacres of Native Americans in the mid seventeenth century.

Of course certain commentators who shall remain nameless (GB are the initials of one of them) have been recorded making totally inappropriate, totally tasteless, totally asinine comments. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that when something like this happens that’s when the nitwits who have been called on the carpet invoke their first amendment rights? Too bad the founders didn’t include an amendment guarantying our right to be complete idiots.

Newsflash! The Creator; whether it’s Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, the Great Mother created a universe that include planets with huge fault lines, ocean trenches, mountains, and vast seas among other wonders. Crap happens; it’s not the Creator’s fault.

My family started out in New England and the mid Atlantic states. After several generations they traded blizzards, nor'easters, black flies, fields full of rocks and the occaisional hurricane for the midwest. It took half a generation to decide to trade Kansas prairies, blizzards, thunderstorms, droughts, and twisters for the Pacific Northwest. Well we have mountains instead of prairies and better weather. We also have earthquakes, volcanoes and the threat of tsunamis. There isn't any place on this little blue dot that's totally safe to live in, on, whatever.

Lucky for us that Creation also includes enough compassionate, courageous human beings who stretch out a helping hand to their injured brothers and sisters. It gives me hope. Especially when the searchers found a four month old baby, alive and in good shape. Even bigger miracle; both her parents survived. Hey, two miracles. Yeah, my hope light's burnin' brighter.

For the spreaders of vile bile. Please go sit in a corner, stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and hum real loud. And stay there.


Lisa :-] said...

The internet, while it may be useful for some things, is mostly a cesspool. Bad timing, really, for it to come to the forefront as a means of mass communication. The tenor of our society has become so nasty, rude, narcissistic and confrontational...the anonymity of the internet allows these things to be carried to the nth degree. It's really quite the showcase of the basest of human tendencies... :P

JACKIE said...

What really frosted my cookies were the reactions to comments that were prayerful; asking the Creator to look out for those in danger; offering hope and comfort. "those Japs arent't going to be reading this. why are you even here?" Well, duh. Nobody this side of eternity knows how prayer works. Except that it seems to work for a lot of people.

Thumper's father was right. ;-)