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AusGail Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:42 PM
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Can anyone confirm the truth of what the Dixie Chicks said?
I was watching an interview of the Dixie Chicks last Sunday. It related to the backlash when one of them said she was ashamed that Bush came from Texas. She said, because of that statement, the Red Cross refused a donation of one million dollars from them. Has anyone heard mention of that, and if so, has the Red Cross been reprimanded? The interview was given during their Australian tour.
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LA lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:45 PM
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1. Wiki reports it
Also in 2003, the American Red Cross refused a 1 million dollar donation from the Dixie Chicks. The organization did not publicize the refusal, though; it was revealed by the Chicks themselves in a May 2006 interview on the Howard Stern Show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. <2> A Red Cross spokesperson later said the decision was made because "the controversy made it impossible to associate with the Dixie Chicks."

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tandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:48 PM
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5. Well, I guess that eliminates any future donations to the Red Cross
Blood or money

If they have so much money that they can refuse ONE MILLION DOLLAR ... they don't need my money anyway.

What an utter bullshit.

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goddess40 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:54 AM
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39. I'm with you, but I gave up on the Red Cross after the 9/11 crap
where they HAD to give out all the money that came in, I questioned then as to what would happen when everyone that breathed that crap in would do. I was against the huge settlements that were given out, other crime victims just get shown the door.
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Lindacooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:52 AM
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42. I don't like the Red Cross either.
In my small town, the United Way cut their funding by about 20% because of lower donations and they pulled the lifeguard training from the town.

Bunch of money-grubbers.
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:48 PM
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6. Wow. How many people might the Red Cross save with a cool million?
If it meant MY life in the balance, I wouldn't care where the money came from.
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:49 PM
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9. In that case, the Red Cross' RW idiocy makes it impossible for me..
to associate with them, including ever donating to them in the future.

Fucking idiots. That million bucks would have saved lives.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:31 AM
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23. They stayed out of New Orleans, I heard
Because they wanted to encourage people to leave.

I hope that's a vicious exaggeration.
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focusfan Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:45 AM
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45. Why was what she said so bad?
It was her right to express her feelings after all this still almost a free country.I can think of at least two other Texas presidents that wouldn`t make me to proud to be from Texas.
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:47 PM
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2. Tried googling yet?
http://www.google.com/search?q=dixie+chicks+red+cross

Short answer: Red Cross turned the donation down, I don't think the Red Cross has been reprimanded (by who? other donors?) in any organized way for refusing the money.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:47 PM
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3. Yes, The Red Cross did refuse their donation
Because of the conditions the Dixie Chicks placed on the donation.
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AusGail Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:09 AM
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17. What were the conditions that the Dixie Chicks put on the donation?
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:22 AM
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19. Red Cross Statement
But it's not as simple as that, responds national Red Cross spokesperson Julie Thurmond Whitmer in a prepared statement.

The band would have made the donation "only if the American Red Cross would embrace the band's summer tour," writes Ms. Whitmer, referring to the group's 2003 U.S. tour after the London incident.

"The Dixie Chicks controversy made it impossible for the American Red Cross to associate itself with the band because such association would have violated two of the founding principles of the organization: impartiality and neutrality...

"Should the Dixie Chicks like to make an unconditional financial donation to the American Red Cross, we will gladly accept it."

http://www.pe.com/sharedcontent/features/country2/05280...
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:46 AM
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41. That doesn't make sense, and smells like bullshit on the RC's part..
What, exactly does the RC spokesperson mean by "embracing" the band's tour? The Red Cross isn't exactly a big concert sponsor, and I have a VERY difficult time believing the Dixie Chicks would put those kinds of strings on a donation, that they would ask for any kind of "endorsement" before giving.

I ain't buying it.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:28 PM
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50. But you don't hesitate in believing that the Red Cross endorses Bush?
You are being very, very selective in your outrage. Or incredibly lazy.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:50 PM
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72. I don't know where you got that, but I've not said any such thing.
I suggest you withdraw that comment. As well as the insults.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:26 AM
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20. These conditions
In bold below:

But what bothers Ms. Maines the most, she says, is that the American Red Cross refused a $1 million donation from the Dixie Chicks in 2003.

"It has nothing to do with being taken off of the radio," says Ms. Maines, 31, by phone from New York. "It has to do with the absurdity of death threats and the absurdity of being so awful that people won't even touch you. That the Red Cross won't take a million-dollar check from you. How can the Red Cross turn away a million dollars for charity?"

But it's not as simple as that, responds national Red Cross spokesperson Julie Thurmond Whitmer in a prepared statement.

The band would have made the donation "only if the American Red Cross would embrace the band's summer tour," writes Ms. Whitmer, referring to the group's 2003 U.S. tour after the London incident.

"The Dixie Chicks controversy made it impossible for the American Red Cross to associate itself with the band because such association would have violated two of the founding principles of the organization: impartiality and neutrality...

"Should the Dixie Chicks like to make an unconditional financial donation to the American Red Cross, we will gladly accept it."




http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_3885041

While I do think all donations should be accepted, I can't fault the Red Cross for standing by their founding principles of impartiality and neutrality. Maybe that should be changed but until it is I can't argue with it, as long as it's applied universally.
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Alacrat Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:54 AM
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26. How would the Red Cross embrace their tour?
it's not like they would be sponsoring them. I understand the neautrality stance, but I don't understand what embracing their tour means. Anyone know?
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:13 AM
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28. I have no idea
what they meant by that.

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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:29 AM
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33. It sounds like they were asking RC to endorse their tour w/o money.
So the band would have a backdrop with the Red Cross logo or something. If that's so, I can't fault the RC for declining, either. It would be a sort of reverse endorsement (where the band paid, not was paid) and that could be seen to jeopardize the RC neutrality.
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PinkyisBlue Donating Member (617 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:01 AM
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31. It still doesn't explain what the conditions were.
I smell a fib, half-truth or lie, whatever you want to call it. The Dixie Chicks exposed the Red Cross's hypocrisy on their doctrine of "impartiality and neutrality". What do they mean by "embrace the band's summer tour?" Sounds like a bunch of right-wing BS.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:50 AM
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46. What in the sam hill does "embrace" mean?
Does that mean accept someone's donation who isn't a bush cult member or worshipper?
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:14 AM
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18. yes, please tell....... n/t
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:27 AM
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21. I did
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:11 AM
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30. Thanks. Funny that I couldn't read a post from 10:26 when it was 10:14 ;)
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:47 PM
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4. I guess they did
At several venues, demonstrations have been staged. In Little Rock, Arkansas, a few days earlier, a local radio station handed out anti-Chicks T-shirts. More ludicrously, the American Red Cross turned down the group's offer of a $1m donation from the tour proceeds because Bush is one of its patrons.

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1...

Those artists never faced the fallout the Dixie Chicks did. Even the nonpartisan American Red Cross wouldn't take their money. Red Cross spokeswoman Julie Whitmer says the organization declined the Chicks' donation three years ago because ''the controversy made it impossible to associate with the Dixie Chicks'' and would have ''violated'' the Red Cross' policy of ''impartiality'' and ``neutrality.''

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14728090.htm
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:54 PM
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13. bush is a Red Cross patron? Well, that must have made things tricky.
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 11:56 PM by tuvor
Must be a damn good patron if the RC felt like accepting the Chicks' money might mean less $$ from bush. (Who knows, maybe bush also has some well-heeled..."connections".)

Seriously, if that's true, I'd hate to be the person deciding not to accept the Dixie Chicks' money. A rock and a hard place.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:56 AM
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47. They are the ones not impartial.
They refused $1 million because the Chicks made a statement that they were ashamed of bush. If they were impartial, the statement wouldn't matter.
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karmaqueen Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:48 PM
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7. She said it on Larry King.
I always give blood every 8 weeks or so and the last time they called I asked the girl about it.
She said that she has had several people ask about it and would get back to me. I have not heard anything yet. I don't want to not give blood because it is not the people's fault who need it but I am going to see if there is another way to give.
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agincourt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:49 PM
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8. Even the Red Cross was brown nosing ratshit,
Shameful how many wanted to play fetch for that crimminal in power.
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:52 PM
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10. Yes, how dare we question....
WHY they wouldn't accept one million dollars that could have gone toward the people of Katrina.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:59 PM
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15. It was in 2003
Before Katrina.
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tandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:53 PM
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11. Please recommend this thread ... more DUers have to see that
I didn't know that ... this is utterly disgusting

I'll spread the word to all of my friends...fucking Nazi bastards

How much good could they have done with one million dollar??? Are they fucking nuts???
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:30 AM
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22. Please spread this too
The band would have made the donation "only if the American Red Cross would embrace the band's summer tour," writes Ms. Whitmer, referring to the group's 2003 U.S. tour after the London incident.

"The Dixie Chicks controversy made it impossible for the American Red Cross to associate itself with the band because such association would have violated two of the founding principles of the organization: impartiality and neutrality...

"Should the Dixie Chicks like to make an unconditional financial donation to the American Red Cross, we will gladly accept it."

http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_3885041
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:25 AM
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35. Sounds like you have a Chicks axe to grind. Personally, I'd like to see
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 07:26 AM by Raster
what the RC calls "embracing". I don't buy it.

Here's a link for you:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:38 PM
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55. Not at all
I've been a Dixie Chicks fan since the early 90's when they were four & playing street corners in Dallas for tip money.

I just think both sides of the story should be told. Don't you?


I have no axe to grind with the Chicks or the Red Cross.
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:09 PM
Response to Reply #55
59. nice to see someone
who says this...it gets a little frustrating how easily WE start adopting THEIR tactics, ya know? :hi:
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:15 PM
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64. Thanks
:hi:
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:54 PM
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63. Not only should both sides be told, this ought to be fully investigated
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 07:58 PM by Raster
by an impartial and unbiased party. I have seen the American Red Cross (ARC) lend their name to ALL KINDS of endeavors, so this was just a tad puzzling. My understanding is that the Chicks just wanted to be able to use the logo and mention it in ad copy, just like any other performer that made such a sizable donation would be allowed to do. Nowhere near the "embracing" that the ARC alleges.

From Wikipedia:

"Also in 2003, the American Red Cross refused a 1 million dollar donation from the Dixie Chicks. The organization did not publicize the refusal, though; it was revealed by the Chicks themselves in a May 2006 interview on the Howard Stern Show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. <2> A Red Cross spokesperson later said the decision was made because "the controversy made it impossible to associate with the Dixie Chicks."

So now we've gone from "embrace" to "associate with."


Excuse me? It's the American Red Cross. It's for all Americans. Not just the ones that approve of bush*. And correct me if I'm wrong, but at the time of the donation refusal, wasn't Pickles was an honorary chairperson. Hmmm....
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:32 PM
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65. I agree
Both sides should be told & it should be investigated.
I mentioned earlier in this thread, before I was accused of having an axe to grind, that I thought all donations should be accepted.

The Red Cross didn't go from "embrace" to "associate with". Both terms were used in the quote by the Red Cross spokesperson. Wikipedia doesn't show the whole quote.

From the Denver Post:
The band would have made the donation "only if the American Red Cross would embrace the band's summer tour," writes Ms. Whitmer, referring to the group's 2003 U.S. tour after the London incident.

"The Dixie Chicks controversy made it impossible for the American Red Cross to associate itself with the band because such association would have violated two of the founding principles of the organization: impartiality and neutrality...

"Should the Dixie Chicks like to make an unconditional financial donation to the American Red Cross, we will gladly accept it."

http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_3885041
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:37 PM
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66. Hold on. The Chicks did not ask the Red Cross to take a stand, only take
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 09:43 PM by Raster
their money. Once again, what is this "embrace" stuff? The blatant snub was anything but impartial and neutral.

my apology for the axe comment.

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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:48 PM
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68. Holding on...
I posted last night I have no idea what they meant by embracing. I still don't. That's why I agreed with you about investigating this.

I would love to see the Red Cross define this embrace stuff. Or to see the Dixie Chicks come out & deny they asked them to embrace them. I would love nothing more than to hear The Dixie Chicks say their contribution was offered unconditionally & it was refused.


Thanks for the apology. :hi:
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:16 PM
Response to Reply #68
70. we lived in dallas at roughly the same time. me 80s through mid 90s.
I saw them years ago at Razzle Dazzle Dallas. I was blown away.

And yep, I want to hear more. Only I want it succinct and to the point. They better have a damned good reason for turning down one million dollars. I believe it will ultimately prove to be another facet of bushco* and friends pogrom against the Chicks for daring to do the unthinkable--openly deride bush*.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:44 PM
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71. I never lived in Dallas
but spent summers there with family for most of the 90's.

I saw the Dixie Chicks perform at The West End MarketPlace several times. I too was blown away. I thought their clothes were a little too cheesy though, they were more "cowgirl" back then. When Natalie joined them they dropped that part of the act. :thumbsup:

I agree with your last paragraph 100%.
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poofer Donating Member (194 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:19 AM
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40. bigger donations
I think in my opinion that they would receive a LOT more if they refused this one from the outspoken Dixie Chicks. Repubs are in control of this organization anyway. Remember when Mrs Robert Dole was the head of it and retired when her hubby was running for office?
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AusGail Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:54 PM
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12. In the past I have been a regular donor of the Red Cross,
both with blood and money. Unfortunately, since hearing that statement, my position has changed. I thought freedom of speech was one of the things Bush went to war for.

If the Red Cross is controlled by Bush and freedom of speech is not respected then they have seen my last donation. How many starving people have been denied because of their actions.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:58 PM
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14. The Red Cross has been pulling stuff like this for a while now
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 12:00 AM by Kagemusha
It's a real shame too, but this is emphatically not the first time the Red Cross has been a political adjunct of the Republican Party. Their work during Katrina was um, not to be copied, IMHO. Then there's the whole stockpiling of donated blood after 9/11.. just tons of issues.

Edit: On second thought, this is like with the whole Foley page scandal: if this is what brings people like you to see what they really are, after hoping for the best for so long, then I'm glad it's this straw that broke the camel's back. I'm no expert but there must be many worthy, less politically tilted organizations...
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katsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:03 AM
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16. Isn't the red cross tax exempt?
grrrrrrrrr
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:58 PM
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57. That's probably their excuse
Tax exempt non-profits can't endorse candidates, parties, or partisan positions. I'm guessing that's their excuse, but it wouldn't make sense. A donation is a donation, no matter who it comes from.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:44 AM
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24. Word is Red Cross Board was taken over by conservatives a while ago.
I came across a number of negative reports about the Red Cross while compiling info for the project on DU re- Katrina. The Red Cross was incredibly ineffective, to the point at times of hindering more than it helped. One employee reported that some years ago, it was taken over by conservatives -- I guess it was a cash cow, so it attracted their interest. After that there were massive layoffs, even though there was no real need for them, and this particular person's office was left with two people to do the work of 15.

The DU thread for the Katrina project is at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... . There's a ton of interesting info there of which a surprising number of DU'er's seem ignorant. Re- the Red Cross in particular, see http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... .
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:50 AM
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25. didn`t libby dole work for them?
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:55 AM
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29. She was the President of the American Red Cross
from 1991 to 1999.

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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:11 AM
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27. Well, this argument about "embracing" the Dixie Chick's tours....
....seems to be at odds with the National Red Cross "National Celebrity Cabinet" initiative. That cabinet includes among others: Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Lachey, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore and Carson Kressley.

And it is directed and overseen by one Julie Whitmer, Director of Celebrity and Entertainment Outreach for the Red Cross. So here they to have lost their ambivalence about associating and embracing other celebrities in order to attract favorable publicity:

http://www.redcross.org/press/mediarel/me_pr/020221cele...

Not to mention the recently held Sprint Golf Tournament fundraiser that included a number of CEO's of major corporations that I'm almost certain are full of conservative Republicans:

http://www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_312_5655,00.ht...

:shrug:
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:20 AM
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32. It's my understanding that the top execs at the Red Cross make *lots* of
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 03:21 AM by w4rma
money. Their salaries are huge, considering they are working for a charitable non-profit.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:35 AM
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34. Who's in charge of the Red Cross? What kind of salary does this
person make?
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:39 AM
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36. Who would reprimand theM? They can do what they want
The leadership of the ARC is totally Repubs, and they way they "use" their funds is often more than quesytionable...
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farmbo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:41 AM
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37. OK, ARC morans..."impartiality and neutrality" applies to YOUR giving
This "impartiality and neutrality" ruse is a huge smokescreen. This restriction applies to the ARC's own programs, not to their contributions. That is, they can't withhold RC aid to an area because the population is Republican or Democratic, black or white, Christian or Jewish.

They can-- and always have-- taken all legal contributions. They have taken huge donations from corporate ner'do wells like Enron and made no apology.

Face it, they refused the Dixie Chicks because Liddy Dole (R. NC & former CEO) called them and told them not to take it because of the RW boycott of the Chicks and possible embarrassment to the 2004 Bush Cheney campaign.

It was a calculated political decision that, in all likelihood, ended up costing innocent lives when Katrina hit.
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stella Donating Member (212 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:49 AM
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38. Yes, the red cross din`t want the money.
reprimanded? no.
I was in shock when I heard that the red cross refused to accept the money because the chicks insulted dimwit.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:39 AM
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43. Hello? Bush is NOT from Texas. He's a CT Yankee.
Jeb was born in Texas and has no accent.... how did that happen?
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:45 AM
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44. We don't give to Red Cross but moved our $$ to "Doctors Without Borders"
and I think our $$ is better utilized there.

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org /






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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:47 PM
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53. We also give to DWB - very good group. Also, after the tsunami we began
giving to CARE. I wanted to make sure we avoided the "aid" groups that have a religious agenda.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:53 PM
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56. they also asked donors for permission to re-direct funds ...
A lot of charities were taken by surprise by the volume of donations, after the tsunami. MSF/DWB has a plan in place (and I think they used it for previous disasters too) -- they notified donors that their facilities were already maxxed out and they were unable to use all the funds for the designated purpose, and provided a list of their other projects (Congo, Darfur, etc.) which desperately needed money. With that kind of honesty, I bet that most donors re-directed their money within the organization, rather than wanting it back.

Investigative reports, a year after the tsunami, showed how wise this was, because a great deal of aid to other organizations was still held up due to the backlog.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:43 PM
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62. Good choice.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:51 PM
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69. I've done the same thing.
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AusGail Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 08:31 PM
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73. "Doctors without borders" an excellent choice
My husband and I have both worked for, and donated to the Red Cross in the past. On the whole, I feel they do a very good job. However, since hearing about their refusal to accept a million dollar donation, we have also changed charities to "Doctors without borders" and "World society for protection of animals".

If a Red Cross collector came to my door asking for a donation, I would have to refuse them on principle. If they couldn't accept a million dollars from the Dixie Chicks for saying "They were ashamed that Bush came from Texas", then I must admit I have said a lot worse about that buffoon, so therefor they shouldn't accept my donation either.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:19 PM
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48. All this Dixie Chicks stuff just reminds me
that on my birthday coming up, I had tickets to their show in Greensboro that was cancelled because the radio stations refused to advertise the concert. It's my 50th and it was going to be special with a limo and such. I do hate the rightwing in this country. Yes, hate is the right word.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:26 PM
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:39 PM
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51. Define embrace.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:44 PM
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52. Look it up. Or, better yet, provide a quote of the Chicks denying it.
All this friggin' hysteria. :crazy:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:48 PM
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54. The Google searches don't define it.
If it's so easy, where is an adequate definition of what that means or entails?
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:41 PM
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61. Well, the Red Cross "embraced" Tim McGraw....
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 03:42 PM by Bridget Burke
WASHINGTON, Thursday, September 25, 2003 Tim McGraw and the American Red Cross today announced that proceeds from the tour, Tim McGraw and The Dance Hall Doctors ONE BAND SHOW totaling $43,000 will be donated to the Red Cross chapters in cities along the bands March June tour. Funds were raised locally in each tour market from ticket sales and selected tour merchandise. The benefiting chapters will use the donation to promote awareness, emergency preparedness and disaster relief in their communities.

This donation comes at a time of serious need for the Red Cross. The Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to disasters nationwide providing shelter, food, water and comfort to victims, is at a critical low. The organization has spent more to provide relief in the past year than it has raised in donations.


http://www.redcross.org/pressrelease/0,1077,0_489_1668,...

The Red Cross has worked with celebrities for a long time. But it will only "embrace" the ones who haven't offended little Bushie.

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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:47 PM
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67. WTF are you doing accusing people here of being freepers????
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 09:49 PM by Gabi Hayes
and see post 63, everybody

note how this poster has trouble dealing with reality, and uses RNC tactics to make his point most disingenuously

from post 63:

From Wikipedia:

"Also in 2003, the American Red Cross refused a 1 million dollar donation from the Dixie Chicks. The organization did not publicize the refusal, though; it was revealed by the Chicks themselves in a May 2006 interview on the Howard Stern Show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. <2> A Red Cross spokesperson later said the decision was made because "the controversy made it impossible to associate with the Dixie Chicks."

So now we've gone from "embrace" to "associate with."


what's the deal with some of these posters? they either can't read, or......
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liberal1973 Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:07 PM
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58. The Red Cross
''the controversy made it impossible to associate with the Dixie Chicks''

That statement by the Red Cross shows how much of a piece of crap the Red Cross are.
They are heavy top down. In other words the top execs earn alot of $. I will never give a cent to them. I enjoy giving to the Habitat for Humanity and NRDC (Natural Resource Defense Council).
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:30 PM
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60. This is truly stunning
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 03:37 PM by Generator
A CHARITY turning away BUCKETS of money that can truly help people that are homeless, parentless..ect. because the person giving that money said something unkind about our great leader? Just some WORDS???????????? WHAT THE FUCK is this country, Communist or something??? The great leader..like he's Kim Jong Il.

Where is the scandal? Huh? I swear I'm living in an alternate dimension.

:
Well, I went back and read the embrace the tour part. GOD knows I wouldn't want to be a DU sheeple. So.. I think that means..the Dixie Chicks being able to have something saying they had a tie to the Red Cross on their tour. OF course that would have meant more $$ for the Red Cross but helping people isn't their goal, apparently. Politics is more important. About being "neutral",what a crock of shit. That means they couldn't take ANY money or link to anyone that supported the president or had "political" agendas. Which would be impossible in this country.

AND GOD forbid the RED CROSS came out as against WAR. Then you know, whoa they wouldn't have as much work. Sorry but I can't take this planet sometimes.
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