I do not know if what I’m about to write makes me a monster. I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.

“It”, is this:

I haven’t donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not.

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.

In this belief I am, evidently, alone. It seems that everyone has jumped on the  “Save Haiti” bandwagon. To question the impulse to donate, then, will probably be viewed as analogous with rooting for Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, or the Spice Girls.

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?

Before the reader reaches for his or her blood pressure medication, he should allow me to explain. I don’t mean in any way that the Haitians deserved their collective fate. And I understand that it is difficult to plan for the aftermath of an earthquake. However, it is not outside the realm of imagination to think that the citizens of a country might be able to: A) avoid putting themselves into a situation that might result in such catastrophic loss of life.  And B) provide for their own aid, in the event of such a catastrophe.

Imagine that I’m a caveman. Imagine that I’ve chosen to build my house out of balsa wood, and that I’m building it next to a roaring river because I’ve decided it will make harvesting fish that much easier. Then, imagine that my hut is destroyed by a flood.

Imagining what would happen next is easier than imagining me carrying a caveman’s club. If I were lucky enough to survive the roaring waters that took my hut, my tribesmen would say, “Building next to the river was pretty dumb, wasn’t it?.” Or, if I weren’t so lucky, they’d say, “At least we don’t have to worry about that moron anymore.”

Sure, you think, but those are cavemen. We’re more civilized now – we help each other, even when we make mistakes.

True enough. But what about when people repeat their mistakes? And what about when they do things that obviously act against their own self-interests?

In the case of mistakes and warnings as applied to Haiti, I don’t mean to indict those who ignored actual warnings against earthquakes, of which there were many before the recent one. Although it would have been prudent to pay heed to those, I suppose.

Instead, I’m referring to the circumstances in which people lived.  While the earthquake was, obviously, unavoidable, the way in which many of the people of Haiti lived was not.  Regrettably, some Haitians would have died regardless of the conditions in that country.  But the fact that so many people lived in such abject poverty exacerbated the extent of the crisis.

How could humans do this to themselves? And what’s being done to stop it from happening again?

After the tsunami of 2004, the citizens of the world wailed and donated and volunteered for cleanup, rarely asking the important – and, I think, obvious – question: What were all those people doing there in the first place? Just as important: If they move back to a place near the ocean that had just been destroyed by a giant wave, shouldn’t our instinct be to say, “Go ahead if you want, but you’re on your own now.”?

We did the same after Hurricane Katrina. We were quick to vilify humans who were too slow to respond to the needs of victims, forgetting that the victims had built and maintained a major city below sea level in a known target zone for hurricanes. Our response: Make the same mistake again. Rebuild a doomed city, putting aside logic as we did.

And now, faced with a similar situation, it seems likely that we will do the same.

Shouldn’t there be some discourse on how the millions of dollars that are being poured into Haiti will be spent? And at least a slight reprimand for the conditions prior to the earthquake? Some kind of inquisition? Something like this?:

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?

Sincerely,

The Rest of the World

It shouldn’t be outlandish to hope that we might stop short of the reactionary word that is so often flung about after natural (and unnatural) disasters. That word: Rebuild. Thus, the tired, knee-jerk cycle of aid/assist/rebuild would be replaced by a new one: Aid/assist/let’s-stop-and-think-before-we-screw-this-up-again.

If forced to do so through logic-colored glasses, no one would look at Haiti and think, “You know what? It was a great idea to put 10 million people on half of an island. The place is routinely battered by hurricanes (in 2008, $900 million was lost/spent on recovery from them), it holds the aforementioned title of poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, and it happens to sit on a tectonic fault line.”

If it were apparent that Haiti would likely rebuild in an earthquake-resistant way, and if a cure could be found for hurricane abuse of island nations, then maybe one could imagine putting a sustained effort into rebuilding the place. But that would only be feasible if the country had shown any ability to manage its affairs in the past, which it has not done.

I can tell, based on my own reaction to that last sentence, that it might strike a nerve. The reader might be tempted to think, “We can’t blame the people of Haiti for their problems. Surely it’s someone else’s fault.” A similar sentiment can be found in this quote, from an article on the geology behind the quake:

“Unfortunately, [Haiti]’s government was not in a position to really do much to prepare for the inevitable large earthquake, leaving tens of thousands to suffer the consequences.”

The sentiment expressed is one of outrage at the government. But, ultimately, the people in a country have control over their government. One could argue that in totalitarian regimes, they do not have much control, but in the end, it is their government. And therefore, their responsibility. If the government is not doing enough for the people, it is the people’s responsibility to change the government. Not the other way around.

Additionally, some responsibility for the individual lies with that individual.

A Haitian woman, days after the earthquake:

“We need so much. Food, clothes, we need everything. I don’t know whose responsibility it is, but they need to give us something soon,” said Sophia Eltime, a mother of two who has been living under a bed sheet with seven members of her extended family. (From an AP report.)

Obviously, a set of circumstances such as the one in which Ms. Eltime was living is a heart-wrenching one. And for that, anyone would be sympathetic.  Until she says, “I don’t know whose responsibility it is.” I don’t know whose responsibility it is, either.  What I do know is that it is not the responsibility of the outside world to provide help. It’s nice if we do, but it is not a requirement, especially when people choose to influence their own existences negatively, whether by having too many children when they can’t afford them or by failing to recognize that living in a concrete bunker might not be the best way to protect one’s family, whether an earthquake happens or not.

Ms. Eltime’s reaction helps define what is the crux of my problem with the reaction to this and to other humanitarian crises. I recoil at the notion that I’m SUPPOSED to do something. I would like to help, but only if I feel that my assistance is deserved and justified.  If I perceive that I am being told to feel a certain way, and if I can point to a pattern of mistakes made in similar situations, I lose interest.

When I was young, the great humanitarian crisis facing our world – as portrayed by the media, anyway – was the starving masses in Africa. The solution found, of course, was to send bag after bag of food to those people, forgetting the long-understood maxim that giving more food to poor people allows them to create more poor people. (Admittedly, it’s a harsh truth.) At the time, my classmates and I, young and naïve as we were, thought we had come up with a better solution. “They should just go somewhere else,” we said. Our teacher grimaced, saying, “It’s not that simple.”

It still isn’t. And I’m not as naïve as I once was – I don’t think the people of Haiti have the option of moving.  But I do think that our assistance should be restricted, like it should be in cases of starvation.  It simply does not work to give, unconditionally.  What might work is to teach.  In the case of famine-stricken segments of Africa, teaching meant making people understand that a population of people needs a certain amount of food, and that the creation of that food has to be self-sustaining for the system to work.  In the case of earthquake-stricken Haiti, teaching might mean limited help, but help that is accompanied by criticism of the circumstances that made that help necessary.

In the case of the Haitian earthquake, it’s heartening to see people caring about the fates of their fellow men. What is alarming, I think, is the sometimes illogical frenzy toward casting those affected by the earthquake as helpless, innocent souls who were placed on the island of Hispaniola by an invisible force. In the case of some, this analogy might well be accurate; children cannot very well control their destinies. And as far as sympathy goes, much of it should go to those children.

But children are brought into the world by their parents. Those parents have a responsibility – to themselves and to their kids – to provide. They have a responsibility to look around – before an earthquake happens – and say, “I need to improve this situation, because if a catastrophe were to happen, we’d be in bad shape.”

The people of whom I write are adults. Functional, human adults with functional, human adult brains. It is not too much to ask that they behave as such. That they stand up and say, “Yes, we screwed this up the first time. We are forever indebted to you. Now show us how we can do it right.  So that, next time, we won’t need your help.”

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I have FAR too large an audience for that to be allowed and, conisistant with the advanced state of deterioration of the disfavored, now the Gods can blame me for its failure, when all along they were never going to allow it. They claim I would have no choice but to work on my problems if I am to function in the corporate enviornment. Ironically, the probelms they created are the REASON behind what's happened. He who will Lead By Example is to come later, with a scaled down audience, for disfavored like my family is not entitled to witness the long, arduous path to Salvation. Keep in mind the Gods along the way would have created oppositing evidence to dump them into, perhaps killed me/change me and claimed "clone host", selling them on this lie, likely since it would have encompassed a far larger audience and would have reinforced the lie they already sold to them for decades. Everybody changes as they get older, becomes more conservative. As do I. Perhaps I see the wisdom of the Gods. People like those who exploited me, those like my family who hurt me are not entitled to observe someone on the path, for it will provide an opportuinity to escape Damnation. Perhaps I don't want that either. There are too many preditors out there who still think "earning" is the way. I would be killed, the'd sell them I ascended into heaven and I'd be punished. What's happened placed a limit on how much progress they will tolerate, and once I reached that point they would finish me. Normally this would be a good thing, because people wrapped up in this enviornment fall for its temptations, and the result is they are better off dead. Living my life as normal places me square into this category:: 1. I curse the Gods when they abuse me 2. I will eat apples/fruit out of spite. 3. Thinking of eating clam chowder/shellfish. "What's next? Sex?" 4. I drive, pollute, waste resourses American-style, enjoy poison in society/media, eat meat, etc etc etc. Ironically, sometimes death is a good thing. As a result I am better off dead. Working on my problems as the One Who Leads By Example is a different matter, but because of what's happened they will only tolerate so much. Blacks have no business being Christians. Christianity is responsible for slavery. The Italian men who ran the Church were not allowed to attack the Moors for they had favor, so they attacked those south of the Sahara. And it still continues today. And this was just another tool the Gods used to corrupt Italians and those who sought sucess. The Gods sold the people that the Catholic Church was merely the incarnation and continuation of the Roman Empire. Just as the Gods used the Moors to set up Italian's preditory acts on blacks, so was WorldWar II revenge for Germany invading Rome in the dying days of the Empire. The industrialists were down with the Italians seeking revenge because they're merely God's clone host tools, are used as temptation and the disfavored were allowed all the rope they could hang themselves with. The God's offensive using corporate America to convert from defined benefit into defined contribution retirement packages helped bring about the economic downturn we experience today. Without a majority embracing defined benefit packages the Gods are given the freedom to instruct these preditors at the top to initiate the economic offensive we experience, and instead of having a guarenteed retirterment package, a vested interest by their employer, too many are betting on the market, and during these economic collapes they will find their golden years evaporate into a blur of "divine" corruption. And although the market has bounced back, as with the 9/11 strategy, decisions were made at the time which has costed many subsequently. But this event may have just been a warning. Christians have mistakenly believed the perception of the Biblical definintion of The Beast as a person. I suggest The Beast instead refers to a place:::The San Francisco Bay Area. In fact the Gods offer a geographic clue suggesting this, like so many others they offer around the globe, to help people understand::: Mt.Diablo, "The Devil" is the "eye" of The Beast, the EastBay shoreline as the upper jaw/incisors while the peninsula is the grinding lower jaw. Witness the disturbing upturned smile in the gullet. The fact than man has shaped much of the shoreline in the 20th century is a testiment to the God's refusal to accept any culpability. Gold Rush, counter-culture, alternate lifestyle acceptance, etc. The Beast was used to promote social decay throughout the 20th century and beyond. Difficult to perceive in the current age, one can understand their impacts from a historical perspective. There was a time when once the Gods "divinely" inspired punishment, where the act was inflicted by the hand of God. They were punishing people and accepting the culpability arising, maintaining societal integrity. Now, in the 20th century and beyond, the Gods tempt man to inflict this punishment, selling them on "earning", incurring no culpability in the process. The result is social decay and deterioration of mankind's favor in the eyes of the Gods. The Italian peninsula is very pronounced as it juts out into the Medietereanean. Considering the shape it is quite obvious they were the primary targets of the post-IceAge/Straight of Gibralter/Noah's Flood disaster. Considering the shape of the boot and how Sicily "caught" the surge, the resulting tsunami inundated the entire southern portion of the peninsula, killing everything and perhaps covering even the highest land masses. In the 20th century the Italians were convinced entering clone hosting was ascention into heaven, and their success was a recruiting tool, just as the Holocaust was for the Jews. The women have God's favor, and when the women do all the evil, as was the case in my family, this serves to "equalize" the playing field, ensuring no wisdom comes to this family as they grow older. As a result they never make progress and achieve the lowest possible placement when reincarnated. The Gods have black women betray the men to prime misogyny in the black community. They're lying to you and they've been your WHOLE LIVES!! Europeans deserved to be inflicted with Christianity and the United States. It's just too bad the black man had to assimilate into this white punishment. How ironic:::As they strive for "equal rights" they actually are sinking lower into the mire of disfavor. Reverse positioning. Just as the Gods prohibited the Italians from attacking the Moors because of their favor, so were the Jews prohibited from attacking (most) motherland Germans. Instead they attacked German-Americans. And the United States for ignoring the Holocaust as it happened. Thus we had the 60s and the deterioration of decency in society. Californication. The Italians, sexual a primary problem, had an endless supply at hand. The Jews, sheltered from this new-world holocaust in their communities, watched the devestation. As you entered the "valley of steel" you fell prey to temptation and betrayed your families and were punished:::The Gods "managed" these groups whom did their dirty work, "downgrading" the Jews for their obscene wickedness post-Holocaust. Both Catholic, the Irish were too drunk to organize, which is why they didn't hurt the BILLIONS which Italians did. It was the degenerate Italians who planned and did the legwork for WWII who were funneled into the Nazi death camps when they thought they were ascending into heaven, avoiding the ugliness they planned for everybody else. Life can be so sweet. I want to play doctor. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The voice you hear in your head is the power of the Gods. It's a remote technology, like a computer, perhaps functioning on some frequency, and it can listen and talk to everyone in the universe simultaneously. What the Gods taught the children was the truth:::God is everywhere, and this is what they meant. I will remind you of another principle you learned as a child:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good. Even the antient Gods don't have the ability to listen to people's thoughts themselves. They taugh we were all made in their image:::I expect they need this "Artificial Intelligence" they created to relay what people think. It is a tool, and the Gods use their tools to test people with temptation:::It will role-play people in your life:::Parents, friends, spouses, and employers, all in an attempt to test people with temptation. Ironically, it does the very same thing to those people whom you think you're hearing, except in that individual's unique way:::We are all "managed" by the God's technology. But this agent of the Gods can do more than just communicate. It can force thoughts into people's heads, force behaviors onto their bodies. It can turn healthy cells in your body into cancerous cells. It is absolute power. And this is just the beginning. Obedience is not the answer. This is the brain-less response and the easy way out. You've done everything you have been told for years and it never bought you ANYTHING. Your parents did what they were told and it didn't buy them anything. Your grandparents did everything they were told and now they're dead, reincarnated as lesser life forms, perhaps even into America's deranged, violent ghettos. People think they are not responsible when Artificial Intelligence tells them to do something. They offeed a clue with the Holocaust AND with Watergate:::Defy authority and do the right thing. In earlier decades this obedience may have been out of fear, as so often in Germany, but that era is long over. To maximize damamge the Gods today sell them on "earning" and these people think they will profiteer from their evil. They offer a clue on the Simpsons with Flanders and Skinner. So many ridicule both figures, a testiment to the state of our society. The Gods favor the children most among all the people due to their innocence and purity. But society and the God's tools recently are corrupting the children at a progressively younger age, a reflection of our collectively increasing disfavor and yet another clue illustrating we live in a increasingly deteriorating environment. Children who sucessfully repair their relationship with the Gods ascend into heaven. This often takes multiple lives of hard work and proper behavior in the face of adversity to achieve. Adults to whom it is offered enter clone hosting instead, thinking they will be ascending into heaven ultimately. The Gods tempt people, selling them as one in the same, but one is good while the other is evil. In their desperation the disfavored subscribe to this temptation, making their task even more difficult than before due to the evil they incurr in the process. And their corruption will cost the disfavored, for they will be reincarnated as a lesser life form into an ever deteriorating world, sucess becoming ever more allusive with each passing life. The hole they've dug for themselves is even deeper than the one that existed from their prior lives, ensuring it will take even more time and work to fix their problems with the Gods. And for many there may not be enough time left. Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception:::: People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this immediate feedback. EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until the end of this or their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their placement as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations, like the United States or its ghettos therein. Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor. Example:::Punishment for gay marriage in Iowa was immediate and painful, a sign of favor of these God-fearing, church-going Midwesterners. The Gods suggest they can create paradise for those with their favor. I argue they create misery for those without:::: Our celebrity culture is temptation. It creates a distraction which consumes people, sometimes for life. Certainly it costs them precious years which could be spent repairing their relationship with the Gods, time that ultimately goes wasted. Do you really think Frank Sinatra lived to be 84 years old? In fact the "Chairman of the Board" had a new crowd to entertain in the late 80s/early 90s. These people are clone hosts. Now, there is no thing as "black and white" with the Gods. This technology they invented is far, far too dynamic. Expect they require most to stay for a period of time, for I suspect actively (knowingly) engaging in this evil incurrs at an accelerated rate as compared to "carte blanche" given regarding successive clone hosts. They remain until they achieve a pre-determined level of disfavor, incurring evil in their misguided celebration of "earning", at which time they are ultimately reincarnated, perhaps because they eventually learned this truth I am sharing with you and began to repair their relationship or until the Gods became disgusted and sent them back. The Gods recruit most for clone hosting when people are young, in their late teens or twenties, when people are eager to hurt others for what they perceive to be the benefits achieved through "earning". And before they leave they give the Gods "carte blanche":::"Do anything you want. I give my full approval." Depending on their level of disfavor the Gods take them to heart. Because of this these people STILL INCUR EVIL FROM THIS LIFE DESPITE BEING REINCARNATED AND LIVING AS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERSON and living in our temptation-ridden society. And incurring this amount of evil may likely push many over the edge into Damnation. What are the God's standards for offering clone hosting? Sociobility? Many tactics in various eras are used to gain approval, duress during the Vietnam draft being a good example, one which deteriorated into preditation as mankind's disfavor grew. They liked Heath Ledger. Not enough to allow him to escape without the evil of "Dark Knight" and the horrific wickedness that was the recruiting tool "Brokeback Mountain". But now he is out. And irregardless of how old he is now, reincarnated 10, 15 years ago, he now is no longer incurring evil from this life. So many others cannot say the same. This is Planet Reverse Positioning. Sucess IS NOT a sign of favor. It is just a unique temptation targetted towards a different level of disfavor. Considering our roots as peasantry people should be particularly alarmed at this tactic. Clone hosting is like money:::A different level of disfavor and its associated temptation. Money is in better position to learn more quickly than those without, for the associations and wealth-based freedom enables them access to information. Unfortunately, those who fall for this temptation of clone hosting are likely returned to their original lowest level of disfavor once they are reincarnated, punishment for this evil, and they have to start from scratch. Our society's values are bestowed by (a reflection of) the God's:::Punitive and reward-based. Contrary to Jesus's teaching's you will NOT be forgiven and you have to earn your way into heaven BY BEING RESPECTABLE AND DECENT!!! Not by being evil and wicked. Forgiveness/savior was the primary temptations the Gods used Christianity to create. Middle-America's anti-Semitic attitudes are a clue regarding Christianity. Europe shaped like a sheep is symbolic for the slaughter that is Christinaity. Christianity is punishment for Europeans. You ALL hate Jews::"They own banking, they control Hollywood and poison our children's minds, etc etc.") YET YOU PRAY TO ONE LIKE A GOD!! Dislodge your head from your ass. Must you be chumps your WHOLE LIVES??? There is no such thing as a free ride. Just as you have to earn a living by working so must you earn your own salvation by repairing your relationship with the Gods. As we learned from religious/morality education during our formitable years:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good. The only savior that will exist in our lives is ourselves. The Gods offer clues in life::::Be it school, work, etc., you have to do the work for yourself and when you do something wrong you get punished. Cheating is a subsegment and speaks directly to the temptation of "priveledge", one we have seen used effectively when the United States preyed on the disfavored with the so-called "stimulus package". As like so many of you, Jesus did everything the Gods tempted him with. His legacy of whorism was inherited from his parents:::Mary was no virgin. Rather, she was a prostitute, and when he grew up Jesus met someone like his mother. This is a cruel joke the Gods play on Latinos, similar to the rape and subsequent "missionary work" by the Spanish. Baptism does not allieviate "original sin". Rather, baptism PLACES original sin by indoctrinating these children into this evil religion, much like circumcision was a method to inflict early damage/mutilation and make (permanant) accention just that much more difficult, another hurdle one must overcome. Body ornamentation (tattoos/piercing), celebrated in Africa and elsewhere among disfavored peoples/cultures, also violates the body the Gods gave us in their image, quite opposite to the positive attitudes the disfavored hold regarding this practice. Like Jesus the Second Coming of Christ will be evil. He will look like a savior in this demented society while the Anti-Christ will speak of a different gospel, one that tries to restore the norms and mores which the Gods originally blessed upon the people which made life decent, looking like a tyrant in the process. He will be viewed as the "bad guy" when really he is the one trying to save the world. There may be a phoney offering, a theatrical production which accurately follows the Book of Revelations. Actually positioning demands it:::::Christianity is positioned to be the one true religion. And those who follow its teachings will have limits imposed ensuring their stay will be minimal, a "consolation prize", for they don't think correctly and therefore don't behave appropriately, or perhaps will be used to colonize the new Planet Earth. This describes many "sinners" in today's society because they refuse to change their behavior. Christians have mistakenly believed the perception of the Biblical definintion of The Beast as a person. I suggest The Beast instead refers to a place:::The San Francisco Bay Area. In fact the Gods offer a geographic clue suggesting this, like so many others they offer around the globe, to help people understand::: Mt.Diablo, "The Devil" is the "eye" of The Beast, the EastBay shoreline as the upper jaw/incisors while the peninsula is the grinding lower jaw. Witness the disturbing upturned smile in the gullet. The fact than man has shaped much of the shoreline in the 20th century is a testiment to the God's refusal to accept any culpability. Gold Rush, counter-culture, alternate lifestyle acceptance, etc. The Beast was used to promote social decay throughout the 20th century and beyond. Difficult to perceive in the current age, one can understand their impacts from a historical perspective. There was a time when once the Gods "divinely" inspired punishment, where the act was inflicted by the hand of God. They were punishing people and accepting the culpability arising, maintaining societal integrity. Now, in the 20th century and beyond, the Gods tempt man to inflict this punishment, selling them on "earning", incurring no culpability in the process. The result is social decay and deterioration of mankind's favor in the eyes of the Gods. Life is a test, and the Gods evaluate people based on their performance. The Gods test people with the temptation for which they are most weak:::: Homosexuals desire sodomy, preditors pursue the hunt, alcoholics crave a drink, junkies jones for dope, etc. Addiction theory is a lie; it is Artificial Intelligence creating the desire, punishment for inappropriate behavior. Ironically, it compells people deeper into the behavior, minimizing hope for recovery. The Gods chose Christianity for Europeans because it is the temptation to which they are most suseptable:::Entitlement. Something for nothing. A free ride. Irresponsible behavior. The United States/Western civilization's accompanying wealth contributes to this perception. And other people from throughout the world happily subscribe to this punishment designed for Europeans, assuming this legacy once assimilated. Next time you think of Muslims recognize these people are vastly superior to Christians. Whereas many throughout the Christian world no longer attend church and have fallen into Godlessness, the Muslim world worships the Gods for OVER AN HOUR EACH AND EVERY DAY. The Gods created the perception "Italians are stupid.", ensuring a slow learning curve, to justify using them to accomplish goals throughout the transitional 20th century. It took an extraordinarily long time for them to learn this truth I teach due to this artificial handicap. These people are SO extremely disfavored, but today's positioning says differently, much to people's confusion, for they think money is the ultimate sign of favor:::Good food, good music, history of warmongering, Catholics, Christianity HQ, Noah's Flood event, propensity towards violence, raped by outsiders, mild Meditereanean climate, so many other issues which enhance life/contentment in Italy/Meditereanean and ensure few if any seek more, a necessary step for finding the path and repairing your relationship with the Gods. Contentment never motivated anyone. Money is not a sign of favor::::Wisdom is the true wealth on Planet Earth. I'd also like to remind you the Noah's Flood event ocurred in the Meditereanean region::::Global sea levels rose with the end of the ice age, Atlantic Ocean broke through the Straight of Gibralter, killing untold millions in the cradle of western civilization. The God's timed their corruption and sin to correlate this act as punishment. The Italian peninsula is very pronounced as it juts out into the Medietereanean. Considering the shape it is quite obvious they were the primary targets of the post-IceAge/Straight of Gibralter/Noah's Flood disaster. Considering the shape of the boot and how Sicily "caught" the surge, the resulting tsunami inundated the entire southern portion of the peninsula, killing everything and perhaps covering even the highest land masses. Think about this next time you are deceived by the God's positioning of Italian wealth. Everyone who failed to ascend and remained on Earth past a certain date will be forced to deal with this positioning::::A ceiling is in place. This serves the God's goal of minimizing the percentage of potential candidates as society deteriorates, much as "instant gratification" did beginning in the 80s:::It will take multiple lives for the disfavored to fix their relationship with the Gods and ascend, and many have been conditioned not to have the patience for it. Other issues force limits/ceilings upon candidates:::Abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, Christianity, godlessness, Whether behavior is involuntary or based on freewill depends on one's level of disfavor, as well as other complex factors:::::May I remind you about the coercitive envionment the Gods created in the 20th century, specifically to create a temptation that few Italians (or their associates) would overcome:::"We're in control. If you want to be a part of it you'll do what you're told.". Early-mid 20th entury positioning was infallible. Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of gross disfavor once you understand that females are the God's favored gender. Muhammad's (Mohammed's) polygamy halfway throught his life as a prophet was preditory, designed to corrupt. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believe in male superiority and that the abuse of women (polygamy) is God's will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in United States. Consistant with Planet Reverse Positioning, in Africa blacks are being punished with AIDS for their sexual promiscuity in hope they learn and correct their behavior. Blacks are highly suspectable to temptation. As a result they need a strict, disiplined religion like Islam. They can't afford to be Christians. It is one of the benefits bestowed upon their people, and other groups could greatly benefit as well. They need to recognize the importance of a good relationship with the Gods, embrace this benefit and remain true to their faith. Vailing is tradition for some, practical for others, one which aids in the men's self control among some cultures. Much like the Jews who killed Jesus, like the bigots who oppose immigration there is a reason embraced by the masses and the real purpose, displaying the intent of the Gods::::The Gods clue to purebloods that they should not abandon their motherland for this dumping ground for rejects that is the United States. The Holocaust was a clue the Gods utilize scapegoatting as a strategy. Why did the Gods punish the Jews with the Holocaust? Was it for the destruction of cultures which Christianity caused? Perhaps they corrupted the Jews "after the fact", telling 19th/early 20th century Jews that Jesus "earned" immortality for the Jews by destroying the European and other cultures? The German destruction of European churches/cathederals during WWII is a clue. Note::::The Gods wanted to keep the Catholic stronghold in Italy, ensuring they could use this tool against these disfavored for many years to come. There is so much Godlessness today, but one day people will flock back to houses of worship out of desperation, and the Gods ensured the Catholic Church would be Italian's destination. Planet Reverse Positioning:::The Nazis were the "good guys". So are the Muslims/Palestinians, however corrupted some are due to polygamy. Contentment never motivated anyone::::Except perhaps for slavery, the Jews never saw more of their children ascend into heaven than during the Holocaust. The Gods subsequently used revenge for the Holocaust as temptation::::"Your Italian brothers have a tool, a special power which can achieve sweet revenge. Are you interested??" In the aftermath of the Holocaust the Gods tested the Jews with the temptation of revenge, an offer which many gladly accepted. There was positioning behind the counter-culture movement. How did the Gods telepathically "sell" this rapid deterioration of decency to the Italians and Jews and compell them to fall on their swords as preditors? If the Jews only would have emersed themselves in Judism the Gods would have "protected" them from the raveges of temptation. Judism may be the one superior religion in all the world, and the Jews wouuld have been wise taking refuge in this exceptional benefit bestowed by the Gods rather than looking for the easy way out. Much as with the Jesus event, the Gods use the disfavored to prey on each other. The Gods use the evil that men do, man's inhumanity towards man to accomplish strategic testing/punishment/etc goals::::The Germans fell for this temptation by following the preditor/corruptor-Austrians (Hitler). Without this Austrian the Holocaust may never have happened. Nor may have World War II. What the Germans did was wrong. They fell for temptation and failed to have empathy for the disfavored. Economic desperation, not wisdom nor enlightenment, dominated in Germany. The Gods send many clues suggesting the great favor of the Germans (regionally). I think the Cold War's Berlin Wall dividing Germany into east and west was a clue suggesting this (reverse positioning). I suspect the Holocaust was used to "level the playing field" in Europe, for the Germans had far too much favor to be included in the agenda planned for their neighbors otherwise, and they would have been suspiciously out of place, providing a clue for the disfavored which would have been difficult for the Gods to position away. Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings. The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they taught their children appropriately and experienced a higher percentage of children ascend into heaven. Our preditory envionment of "freedom" was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad:::Much like the ghetto, America in general experiences a heightened level of temptation due to its citizen's disfavor. Red white & blue IS BAD FOR YOU!!! Planet Earth is not about living. Planet Earth is about being tested. And contentment never motivated anyone. Your happy lives are costing you your chance. Italians HATE Africans because of their invasion/rape of their motherland. The Gods did this SPECIFICALLY to strategically position the punishment of the most disfavored peoples::: The Gods have used the ghettos of America as a reincarnation dumping ground. This may be temporary/cyclical, illustrated by the Italians who fell for temptation and parlayed their own civil war into the Black Wars of the 80s and 90s, in addition to the "thug life"/gangster state of mind. Ironically, it was these same Italians and their cooperating associates who were reincarnated into the ghetto as crack babies and gangster thugs for this event. There is justice in the universe. This is how the Gods do business. Once you recognize the patterns you will understand the other clues they offer to the people. Of course it may be more of a permanant change, indicated by the enhanced temptations in these neighborhoods, for the Gods have created these enviornments so riddled with temptation few can escape/overcome. Don't be suprised if after being gunned down in the ghetto the next stop for the 20th century Italian-Americans & friends was AIDS in Africa, punishment for their promiscuity and deviacy for some, involvement in the AIDS trade for others. Media report on a crackdown on child prostitution. "(The pimps use coersion to prey on the children, etc, etc, other "conclusions" offered through the media.)" What a degenerate liar. These kids WANT to turn tricks. They LOVE the idea of having a pimp. It is celebrated in their "culture". Yet another legacy of the evil inflicted by the Italians, revenge for the invasion and rape of Italy. Maybe this was the destination for a smaller percentage of these deviates after AIDS in Africa, ironically. There is a reason why we have these genocide events recently in Africa::::Black is one of the God's "dumping grounds", and they send offenders to these regions for punishment. I call the monsters who destroyed our society in the 20th century. The next holocaust is mine. Just like black neighborhoods, the legalization of marijuana will make drugs available on every street corner, even in the suburbs. White's affluent suburbs will become just like the ghetto. The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men, destroying what pockets of favored matriarchy existed. Expect the largest landowner in Europe and the continent's original superpower also played the major role in African slavery. The Gods offered a clue about the Italians in the movie "The Matrix":::They casted an Italian as the traitor of the group, the one who betrays them all. As they did humanity in the 20th century. Even the Old Testiment is not to always be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden. A metaphor for sex, it also serves as a warning. There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women's attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind. So were there other issues "ridiculed away" as the Gods sought to transition into this Godless, immoral enviornment which society has become. 1. Decency/obsentiy in media 2. Corporal punishment for children 3. 4. The deterioration of society and mankind is all women's fault. Females are sexually promiscuous like men, many who too often are corrupted like the opposite gender, and the result is a reduction/minimization of mankind's collective level of favor, a very important step necessary for the Gods to justify the Apocalypse. They need to understand this responsibility, their favor amongst all the people. Instead they have embraced masculinization::::Girls play organized sports, engage in casual sex like men. The trend is away from traditional girl toys, like dolls, which often during playtime helped crate positive thoughts, enabling the Gods to enlighten the favored gender and illustrate wisdom, occassionally leading to the path towards ascention. There are many good men who become corrupted by the extreme members of the gender but they are manageable and easy to control if the women maintained their power. Instead they have let it slip away. I suspect there are many older women who remember their elders addressing them regarding this issue. The relationship between men and women have always been complimentary:::The men shelter and protect women from the evils of this life, ensuring the women have a REAL opportunity to ascend when reincarnated, while the women help the ignert men understand by sharing their wisdom imparted by the Gods. The tendency towards sexual abstinence as one grows older is an example. Brilliance and insight granted to Eastern cultures and religions::::Not for Europeans. If once existed, now crushed by Christianity. Replaced by preditory Mediterreanean patriarchy. Europeans:::The most disfavored people on Earth. The first to experience the end of their God-granted favor. Reverse positioning. Think about what I say. Consider what I teach. When I am no longer here or no longer teach the Gods ARE NOT going to share with you. Even if you doubt now you need to remember the principles that I teach because the Gods ARE NOT going to be generous with the disfavored. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor, WHETHER CONCEALED IN REVERSE POSITIONING OR NOT (like Christianity, like money), and you are going to be on your own. I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God's way to grant some time after a learning event such as this before they will end on Planet Earth. Make the decision to always be good and never look back. Until you do this technology will employ tactics to test your resolve:::Ridicule, beligerance, doubt and refusal to abandon what people perceive to be their "investment". Either you make that decision now and accept the punishment for the sins of this life or you will pay for it in the next, reincarnated into a similarly low role, ensuring another wasted opportunity, or as an even lower form of life, and hope will begin to slip away. Another lifetime, shot to hell. Young people who understand yet still wish to have children MUST begin to do the right thing and work on fixing their relationship with the Gods, accepting the punishment for the evil they have done in their lives. Without this progress they won't do the correct thing for their children and ultimately cause even more problems for themselves by perpetuating this behavior into a new generation. You must be willing to tell the Gods "No." when tested with temptation, and accepting punishment and putting it in your past is the only way you will suceed as a parent. You need to do your best, teach your children decency and morality and give them the very best chance to ascend if you want a similar opportunity in your next life. If you do well for your children now your parents will do well for you when reincarnated. Pray daily. Think appropriately. You are vulnerable. Live this reality in your daily lives. Impart these charecteristics upon your children. Too many are confident, unaware of the God's awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning. Be humbled, God-fearing and beware of the God's temptations, for everyone is tested to evaluate their worthiness. -------------------------------------------------- Sea World orca is funny!! Dale Fitzgerald. The Artist Formerly Known as Sexy (Before He Was Reincarnated). Sexy Parris. This IS the event. I am the telepathic prophet. There may have been no other way in today's modern age:::Use popular culture as temptation and keep teachings primarily telepathic. So much corruption, people who think obedience is the way, and when I spam them immediately erase what could be their last chance, ironically. This thing was always for the "haves" anyways, those who could interpret the God's clues. The Gods must be willing to allow Artificial Intelligence to act as my "bible", repeating all teachings I have made for future generations. This will ocurr but I am afraid only among the miniscule minority "haves", leaving the "have-nots" lost in ignorance and cast into Damnation. The Gods have created this sick, deranged enviornment to punish us. We've ALL been here on Planet Earth before. Some are being punished more than others. Hitler(s) IS(ARE) running around down here on Earth after all. So are the JCs. Part of this deterioration is cloaked in the way society functions::::Two-parent working households, rushing around, constantly occupied. Your children NEED TO SIT AND LISTEN TO THEIR THOUGHTS, FOR THIS IS the age WHEN THEY GODS COMMUNICATE THE TRUTH. Some don't listen. Others only hear it in a dream. You have to pay for what you've done wrong. The soomer you stop offending behavior the less you'll be punished. As we witness the Gods position out my sacrifice, so have we witnessed the Gods "position out" all these items of popular culture the Gods used to:: 1. Send a clue about the Situation 2. Offer the element of temptation, since I would never be willing as were my predecesors. Since the element of evil temptation, attributable to every prophet, was not positioned expect it still is to come. My Holocaust. I noted how as we become increasingly indecent the Gods have phased out elements which gave people pause, made them think twice:::Punishment as favor from the Gods. The fear of Hell is an outstanding example:::People learned of Damnation and many, if not most, behaved appropriately. Today's Christianty has "phased out" the concept of Hell. Whereas people like mom learned of Hell in the early-mid 20th century now that she has been reincarnated this element will be absent from her religious education. If she even gets one. Hell is not the only example:::The Gods are phasing out other forms of punishment. AIDS is another good example:::There will be no "AIDS II". Those people will be allowed to become as wickedly hedonistic and deviate as they chose. Genocide events are a punishment tool. Whereas they ocurred occassionally this too will be a "benefit" the Gods "phase(d) out" and elminate, for the people have fallen into too grave of disfavor, ironically. Reverse positioning. Ask and you shall receive. I wish evil befall my enemies, the wicked involved in the Situation, including my family. I wish those who did this to our society in the 20th century and beyond pay the ultimate price, and I have expressed this. This may be my role. Come the Apocalypse when the Second Coming of Christ emerges he will adhere to New Testiment teachings:::The "savior" Jesus Christ:::White sucess and power "proves" the white God is the one true God. You all know and understand how the Gods used Christianity as temptation, and most of you didn't need me to explain it. Consistant with your history as Europeans, you act irresponsibly and expect to be "forgiven", absolved for the evil you do throughout your lives, instead thinking you are "earning" and playing your part. This is not how the world works. If you dare defer and bet your lives on something you know is a lie you will deserve your fate. People who "play along" are setting up justification for their involvement in the future Second Coming. The Gods punished me for spamming without their consent. And to who? The Damned!! People who wil do everything they're told and will wind up following the Second Coming of Christ in the Apocalypse. They won't work on their problems because either they're told not to or they understand and are afraid of punishment. Either way they will look to someone to save them, do their job and rescue them come the End of Times. I'm not saying there's nothing for these people. That very well may be how it works out, but don't be surprised if they throw them a bone, a reach-around consisting of a small amount of time in an enviornment where they will be tempted with all manners of the flesh. Now the available candidate pool will just be the followers of Jesus, of which there are few. I suspect come The End this number may grow but it will be subject to the God's tactics, minimizing the percentage. Them and the people who are "going along". The irony is thick:::Those who fail to learn and change during this prophet event will suffer their fate during the Second Coming. They decided to hold out for what they felt was their "free ride" and lost their chance at immortality in the process. The price of irresponsibility. Much as with the celestial event which occured that day on Ocean Beach, they say when I die there will be some final clue to the people suggesting my importance. Perhaps a "Star of Bethlehem" type of event. They say some children see a halo on my head in various brightness. These are the children who have a chance to ascend. The entire Situation was a way to offer subtle clues for the "haves", distration-based theater for the "have-nots". With this document I am the end-stage "catch-all", an attempt to help everyone understand. Unfortunately, the Gods have retained the priveledge of refusal, manifested in positioning:::They manufactured credibility issues. One was stealing:::They pushed me into stealing to ensure they had a tactic they could sell to the disfavored. As punishment I expereinced years of seizures at the time and renal failure decades later. Despite positioning otherwise, they ALWAYS get what they want where strategy is concerned. Now they're just entitled to punish me for development written into their agenda long ago. It is the God's way to accomplish their goals RIGHT OFF THE BAT, leaving the disfavored to scramble for understanding only when it's all over. This event was a teaching tool for the "haves", accomplished before the dawn of the 90s. Too many of the "have-nots" will never accept they did the wrong thing for so many years and therefore never learn from this critical event. Rest assured the Gods follow their agenda to the letter, and spam in this Situation was no different. Had this gone corporate, perhaps they would have corrupted people with clone hosting, place a new person in a clone host with a different disfavor level to justify the change/impression they want to make. Or perhaps my failure would have been a clue suggesting the importance of family to the hordes obedient to their every word. Instead of helping them, missionaries are actually HURTING people, inflicting them with westernization. Whereas some may see up to a full 1% of their children ascend into heaven you pathetic white Americans can't even muster a HUNDREDTH of that. America and Christianity synonymous::::Punishment for Europeans. And if you are a preditor and embrace wickedness in your hearts, deliberately hurting others, the Gods are going to inflict a misery as bad as any we've seen on Earth. You're not "earning". You're incurring. Ironically. Reverse positioning. Couple years ago a story in the media how girls in Bayview-Hunter's Point were going into puberty at a progressively younger age, as young as age 7. A very bad sign::::Early cut-off. It draws the boys attention and they subsequently make sexual mistakes, very similar to what typical people experience nearly a decade later. When they "turn" people on and start telepathically talking to them with this technology is very similar::The end of their chance. They segment families, convince them "earning" is the way, etc. I tell people to examine the change between when they were children and after they began to hear. It is the difference between good and evil. I understand people's confusion:::They literally hear "God" in their head, as opposed to what was taught to them in some church's classroom. But this technology is one of the God's tools, and much like their other tools, clone hosts and prophets, they use them as temptation. They didn't begin speaking to me until I began working for ownershit group. "You went to work for evil." "And you were punished." The Gods offered a clue about the Italians in the movie "The Matrix":::They casted an Italian as the traitor of the group, the one who betrays them all. As they did humanity in the 20th century. Although the Gods pushed me into talking/action, pushed me into beginning to talk in 2000 once they got the ball rolling I was doing it freely. A familiar tactic::Homosexuality, drugs, alcoholism. AI "magic":::The fuel of disfunction. Anyways, my intent was selfish::::Revenge. An attempt to silence the abuse. Had they not tormentted me telepathically I would have resumed my petty little life and scurried about my business, happy as a clam. My intent was self-centered, and this will be duly noted. The consequence of this priority will be exacted, for my actions were lacking the nobility a casual observer may assume. Similarly, I won't enter the private sector not because the Gods use me as corruptor but because I hate frat boy white priveledge and refuse to help them in any way, which ultimately my presence would. I may not be The Damned but I won't be around for long. They pushed me into excess, contrived offenses in prior lives to justify the enormity of this Situation. They created an enemy, someone with hate or nobody would have dared cross them. And my offenses were contrived, pushed into evil to allow them to justify this Situation. A morality of convienience. Had to be somebody I guess. And the Gods weren't decent or reasonable enough to ensure I could provide for myself when they were done exploiting me. "WHAT DO WE DO NOW???" I recommend you spend time on this. Think about what you've done wrong and how you can repair your relationship with the Gods. Get creative. This is where the cream rises to the top. It's going to matter in the end.
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  9. Dan H.
    I didn't know anything about Paul Shirley or this piece he's written until today when it was listed here as one of ESPN's douche-iest moments of the year: http://www.brobible.com/story/13159600/douche-y-awards-espns-25-douchiest-moments-over-past-365-days I read Mr. Shirley's piece and I have to say that I can't find much to disagree with. I think it's a shame that he was fired for expressing his opinions when those opinions were posted on his own personal blog and in no way did he profess to be speaking on behalf of ESPN. How terrible, that a person cannot speak freely outside one's professional capacity without suffering professional repercussions. That may sound fine to people who disagreed with him and clamored for his head on a plate, but I hope those same people are prepared to either suffer the same fate as Mr. Shirley or stifle their own expression to avoid it should they ever happen to find their own opinions on a different subject matter to be as unpopular.
  10. qwert Tom
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  11. adam
    dear paul shirley your a completly ignorant, spoiled, bigoted piece of shit...go **** yourself with a white hot iron rod you **** wit!!
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  16. Tatum Dziewanowski
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  17. Anonymous
    I say let them all starve so they will cut down how many people live there. I think about half should die then they might have the funds to help the rest
  18. Cait
    Dear Mr. Shirley, I have read some of these people's comment and only shake my head in shame. I agree with quite a bit in your blog and disagree with what people are doing for Haiti. There are quite of bit of people who actually do deserve help and being ignored BECAUSE of Haiti. In the ancient past, we didn't have what we had to do, and we struggled together as a community to help each other. However, no one outside of the country helped, we had only ourselves and our country to depend upon. It wasn't easy, but that's what we did. Haiti took a land which was one of the richest in sugar and turned into the TURD it is today. However, Norway has one of the shortest growing season and you don't see Norway being a European Haiti. No, I agree that they should do the work and we should bow out, gracefully. They should expect more of their own government and our government should do more to help us. We might not agree on everything, but I agree that we should not give of our hearts, only with our mind. No more emotion, but only pure logic.
  19. EK Meshack
    Is it my imagination, or have people just become more and more mean-spirited? It saddens me that so many people feel so comfortable in displaying such a judgmental and uncaring attitude toward the hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering in Haiti. I'm totally in favor of personal responsibility and common sense and all, but I sincerely doubt that neither Paul Shirley nor any of the others who have commented on how "refreshing" his candor is has expereinced anything remotely similar to the conditions and history under which the people of Haiti have existed. Some of the bloggers have mentioned how "liberal guilt" spurs those who have offerred assitance to Haiti. I think the guilt lies with Paul Shirley's supporters. I can almost hear that huge, collective sigh of relief they must have exorted when reading Shirley's article: "You mean it's OK if I don't want to help these people? So, I can feel justified in turning a blind eye to those who have it much worse than me? Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me off the hook so that I no longer need to feel guilty for being so selfish and unconcerned!" The way I see it, Paul Shirley's comments are just a cowardly attempt to rationalize his nonbenevolence. So, how's this for "refreshing" candor?: We all know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. The right thing to do is to help someone when they are in need. Period. Those who choose not to help should just simply be upfront about it: "I don't want to help; those people are a thousand miles away from me and a million miles away from my existence. I feel no connection to them or to their suffering. I have enough on my plate and I honestly cannot be so bothered." It's cold, but it's honest. But it would be alot easier to swallow than the BS that Shirley has tried to pass off as truth. Therefore, Paul Shirley, et. al, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not pee in my hand and tell me it's raining by blaming the victim just so you can rationalize your apathy towards those in need.
  20. Brian D.
    To some of you, this may sound racist. Trust me, it is not. Too many african americans have the attitude of "what can you do to help me" instead of "what can I do to help me." I was raised to provide for myself, my family. To work hard, and if I can't afford it, don't buy it. I would love to have a child with my wife (I am 29, she is 25) but we are not financially set to have one, so we don't. I hate to use african americans as an example, but where is the responsibility, where is the common sense. If you can't afford to put food on the table for your 4 kids, why go out and have 4 more? At this rate, the government may have to mandate a qualifying method in order to have childen because parents don't have enough sense to decide for themseves. If my tax dollars are being spent on food for your children, then shouldn't I have a say in how many childen you get to have?
  21. Paulyshirleyisabitch
    My favorite part of this is the first comment .Obviously the assholes that agree with you are uneducated morons (that can't spell) and are living a warped and disgusting life, free from any logic or compassion.
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  26. Marie
    I'm appalled with this article because I'm Haitian. We are hard workers who thrive for our children to have better education. I think People who are happy when others are suffering or inhuman and unkind. God will not let us in this situation and I guarantee you that things will change for Haiti. I think you might want to give out birth control if that really bothers you instead of writing nonsense. You should be blessed and not criticized those who are hurting in this world. No one wants to live in dire conditions. So be careful in your reactions to the helpless because we don’t know the future. You could lose your home or become homeless. That’s the reason why we need to care for one another by spread love to them.
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  31. Jake
    Ok, your schtick is getting old fast. The first 40 pages of Can I Keep My Jersey were refreshing, witty and fun. By page 90 I just couldn't stand reading about a cynical and clinically depressed asshole bitching because he's too tall to find clothes that fit or sit comfortably on a bus. We all know you're smart but that doesn't mean you're better than everybody else. Aparently you can't hold down a job just like half the people you despise so much so its not like your superior brain and wits are doing you a whole lot of good.
  32. James William
    It is better to safe people when they are in danger and then educate them to how to play prevention. It is just my way of thinking
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