Thursday, September 01, 2005

Who Won't Wear the Ribbon?

Today, a reader (notice the absence of the adjective typically used with this word), sent a comment (accidentally deleted) that said, "Hey Ted, you like to jump on the local stations about uselessness... So where's your link to the Red Cross or Salvation Army for hurricane relief?"

Our feeling is this: if you're too stupid or lazy to type in a URL or Google "Salvation Army," then you're probably one of those idiots who has already shipped a box full of used winter coats and costume jewelry to a Red Cross office in Mississippi or Louisiana. (A friend who covered Hurricane Andrew back in 1992 described to us how Floridians were swamped with some of the most useless—and, frequently, perishable—shit that one can imagine.) We don't want that on our consciences.

Maybe this is just the hay fever medicine talking, but the question we have has to do with how our putting a link to one of these organizations would improve things. To us, doing that would be too much like putting one of those stupid ribbons on your lapel or your fence or your car: it's a feel-good gesture that accomplishes nothing, other than to give the wearer an insufferably smug air of self-satisfaction. It's one of those mindless rituals that seems as if it was devised by some empty-headed elementary teacher to make it look like she's actually doing something, when in reality, she's just trying to keep the kids busy and/or get on the local news.

We are horrifed by the images that are coming out of those states right now. We can't even begin to fathom the hell that those people are going through. We wish we could make it better. But a link here ain't gonna do the trick. So we'll pass.

10 comments:

dannymccaslin said...

amen

DiggerDog said...

Tru Dat

ptg said...

We agree; your policy has been adopted by the Plains Feeder.

Thanks.

omatvwatcher said...

I would have expected nothing less from a blog that offers little positivity. Continue to judge from behind your curtain...

Mickey said...

Sounds like somebody wants to be breast-fed.

Mickey said...

OMA:
you know, like Arnold said, "..95% of the people need somebody else to tell`em what to do."

ptg said...

Thanks, otw. Your comment is both an affirmation and a word of encouragement.

DarthSchrader said...

I agree. I am waiting for a trendy bauble to come out, so I can wear it and show solidarity with the victims while I sit on my couch eating chips and drinking ice cold soda in my dry home watching Louisianans huddle on an overpass on CNN.

What do you think the symbol will be? Is it a brown ribbon to symbolize the contaminated water? Will it be green and purple beads? Is it a magnetic King Cake to adhere to our trunk lids? Is it a photo of a drunk topless gal with a mask on and a yellow ribbon around her neck?

These symbols are just that. They don't help out. How about giving money directly to these organizations? The yellow ribbons gave a tiny portion to charity. Just put a crowbar in your wallet, and help out with cash.

omatvwatcher said...

I don't see what a direct link to a charity has to do with ribbons or trendy baubles. I guess it keeps people from clicking on the Apple Store link.

David said...

What's next a magnetic hurricane relief ribbon for our automobiles? That'll look great next to all the other magnetic "ribbons" people put on their autos.

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