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FormerOstrich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:39 PM
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What ever happened...

to the dollars that the White House requested for kids to send for the Afghanistan kids? The best I remember it was right smack in the middle of the Anthrax attacks. Did they ever try to follow up on that at all? Or, were the dollars just a mail room employee's bonus?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:41 PM
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1. There are programs in Afghanistan trying to make it a better place.
People from my institution have been there -- on the government's dime -- trying to make a difference.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:45 PM
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4. What institution are you refering to?
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QuestionAll... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:43 PM
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2. good question.
I'd also like to know what happened to the vast amount of money donated to the Red Cross, etc., for Katrina and 911 as well.

I'm not a very good net researcher - is there any way to find out how much was collected and how the funds are being used?
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:51 PM
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red cross donations to katrina
in katrina there was a vast area that was served by the red cross providing water, food supplies, and emergency cash across a very wide area of the coast

katrina occurred at the end of the month and before the social security checks would have come out on sept. 3, also before many people were able to get paid from their jobs, so by passing out $300 in immediate cash to people in immediate need, they did help prevent a lot of unnecessary hardship


no, they weren't everywhere at every time and they didn't do everything perfectly -- but neither did the federal gov't to put it mildly

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QuestionAll... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:59 PM
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7. have great admiration and respect for Red Cross workers
on the ground.

It's the massive top end that I feel a bit twitchy about.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:45 PM
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3. i doubt they got many dollars
that was the weirdest attempt by *co to scam money ever, how you could possibly ask people to send $$$ to afghanistan after their gov't had just given shelter and support for the financial backers of 911 like osama bin laden

you simply don't send $$$ to afganistan "kids," no kid was going to get that money, it would go to politicians -- we were being asked in effect to provide $$$ and resources to our enemy -- we were at war w. these people, we had just invaded them, it was stupid and to my mind it bordered on treason

when osama bin laden is caught, when mullah omar is caught, when we are no longer at war in afghanistan and there is no longer taliban living there, fine, get back to me and ask to send $$$ over there

but not now and sure as hell not in october 2001

very bizarre and treasonous episode of american history to be sure, i too wonder why more wasn't made of this except i think people were simply too stunned by the stupidity of it all to know how to respond

i think the BEST outcome was "mail room employee's bonus," more realistic outcome was that it was a bonus to osama and friends for "job well done" in getting *co poll ratings up
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FormerOstrich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:51 PM
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5. Great Reply!
and how do you really feel about it?

I think I'll start a new weekly Whatever happened to.... post. There are so many things that have come and gone. We have been continually bombarded with new shit, the old shit just slides on by.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:54 PM
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6. Used to re-stock Cheney's liquor cabinet in his torture chamber...
That would be the torture chamber located in the Big Dick's underground Fortress of Doom.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:01 PM
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8. Only about 15% to 20% of donated monies to special cause charities
...like these ever reach the intendant recipients. It's a big con-game, but the republicans and especially Bush get that "feel good bounce" in the polls from saying private charities and donations work better than government money.
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