Tag: Charity

Rob looks into the cutting edge world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens — a way to create unique digital assets that can be bought and sold) and wonders if it may open up a new revenue stream for a certain podcast.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they relish Democrats likely having such a tight majority in the House that it will be tough for many to accept jobs in the executive branch because the vacancies could make it tough for Democrats to get much legislation done. They also hammer musician John Legend for suggesting you’ll do more good donating to Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Georgia than giving to your local food bank. And they update the infighting among Democrats by discussing the latest salvos from Joe Manchin and AOC.

Lower Than a Snake’s Belly

 

There are scam artists, and there are scam artists. It sounds like this latest crew is lower than a snake’s belly, targeting veterans who are on federal food assistance who hold an EBT card (food debit card). They appear to be doing so by hijacking the good name and good works of a legendary American entertainer and a veterans’ charity organization.

I had a conversation with a Veterans of Foreign Wars life member after calling into our local VFW post. I happened to be there to take care of back-office business. The veteran called seeking more information about a grant with Charlie Daniels’ name attached. He read a snippet of the web-based pitch, something along the lines of: “Get out your EBT card and get ready to receive four months of living expenses.”

Immediately, I alerted on “EBT card.” I told this combat veteran that it was almost certainly a scam. He did not know what EBT was, so I explained: “It is the food stamp card.” “Oh! But they have Charlie Daniels’ picture and name right on top of this page.”

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President Trump is reported to be preparing an address to the nation this Ash Wednesday on the Chinese coronavirus, COVID-19. In the meantime, he and First Lady Melania Trump have offered a message to Christians on this Ash Wednesday. A quick look back shows that presidents of both parties make a proclamation on this occasion, […]

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Chick-Fil-A Caves

 

 

This is shocking and depressing news. Chick-Fil-A, which has long been on the receiving end of vitriol and harrasment from the LBGT Mob for operating their business based on the Christian beliefs of owner Dan Cathy (including opposition to same-sex marriage) just announced their surrender to the Mob. Specifically, Chick-Fil-A will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Over the years, Chick-Fil-A has donated millions of dollars to these and other charities. What these three charities that have been written out of Chick-Fil-A’s charitable giving have in common is that each is overtly Christian in their outlook and behavior and have been victims of the same harrasment by the LBGT Mob as Chick-Fil-A.

Notre Dame, Charity and Socialism

 

This article from the New York Post on the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral is fascinating.  It seems that 90% of the donations to rebuild the burned Church are coming from America and small French donor, with the French government making up the rest of the giving.  French billionaires pledged a lot of money, but none of it has been given yet.

This does not surprise me; one of the problems with a large State and a State religion is that people lose their sense of personal responsibility for their fellow man and when the mentality is, “the State does that” and the individual is free to ignore his obligations.

City Journal contributing editor Howard Husock joins associate editor Seth Barron to discuss the Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards, which recognize outstanding nonprofit leaders who develop solutions to social problems in their communities.

History has shown that free markets are the best way to organize economic activity, but a healthy society relies on charitable and philanthropic enterprises to help those in need and prepare citizens to realize their potential. To support these goals, the Manhattan Institute established the Social Entrepreneurship initiative in 2001, now known as the Tocqueville Project.

The Virtue in Jeff Bezos’ $2 Billion Fund to Help Preschoolers and the Homeless

 

The $2 billion Bezos Day One fund might do a great job at helping the homeless and educating preschoolers from low-income families. Or it might be a bust. It’s obviously too early to make any sort of reasonable prediction about whether Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos will succeed as a philanthropists.

For critics, however, all that is pretty much beside the point. The effort is inherently “morally complicated.” Some see it as a tax dodge on the Amazon founder’s $160 billion fortune. They would prefer — in the name of “democratic accountability” or some such — for Uncle Sam to somehow grab a big chunk of that massive wealth to fund government efforts to help preschoolers and the homeless. (As if Bezos’ efforts wouldn’t be accountable to the democratic process that produces laws and regulations or accountable to parents who voluntarily choose to enroll their kids.)

There’s also an objection to the private sector getting involved — Jeff Bezos especially — in the provision of public goods such as education or housing for the homeless. (Critics note Bezos lobbied to kill a $500 per employee tax on Seattle’s largest companies. The proceeds would have gone toward homeless shelters. I think Team Amazon had a point.) The growing anti-tech activist movement views Amazon as a harmful monopoly that’s bad for consumers and its own workers. He can keep his pricey PR ploy. This bit from the Bezos’ announcement, in particular, seems to grate: “We’ll use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon. Most important among those will be genuine intense customer obsession. The child will be the customer.” What Bezos apparently views as a beneficial promise, the critics see as a threat.

Gender Identity and Blood Donation

 

I am a long-time regular blood donor to the American Red Cross. I’ve always found it an easy way to “give back” to my community. Being tall, giving a pint is easy for me to do. I also used to enjoy the post-donation treats, but my revised way of eating has placed those snacks off-limits.

On my most recent visit, I had taken the “RapidPass” online, where one answers 30 or so questions on one’s lifestyle choices and how they may impact what I’m about to donate. I’m thinking with that out of the way, starting my donation should be quick. I sit down with my American Red Cross assistant interview, and he begins;

“How do you wish to identify? He or she?”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see South Korea’s president say North Korea is ready to give up nukes with no conditions, but wonder whether this is yet another ruse from Pyongyang.  They also wonder why 175,000 Starbucks employees need racial sensitivity training because of a high-profile controversy at one franchise.  And Jim has the perfect charity in mind for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after tax returns show the mayor and his wife donated just $350 to charity in 2017.

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When my wife was in the 4th grade, her mother spent a weekend baking cinnamon rolls with a twist. She made the sweeten bread, rolled it flat, added a butter/cinnamon sugar layer with raisins, rolled it into a log and pushed the ends together into a ring. Using scissors, cuts (~ ¾ through from the […]

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I wish to provide help and assistance to the people in Houston, but being far away with children, getting away to help is not really an option. Thanks to the Red Cross political games that were played during the LA flooding, I’m not inclined to donate money to Red Cross or most large charitable conglomerates. […]

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Home Is Where the Wreck Is

 

There’s no place I’d rather live than the beautiful Gulf Coast beach where my grandparents built a small house and dwelled for twenty or so years. Family and friends huddled in sleeping bags every year so we could enjoy its simple bliss together.

Half the time, the TV was tuned to hurricane tracking. My grandparents knew when they built the place that anything on the coast is temporary. I helped shovel truckloads of sand off the deck after a storm. I helped rebuild the deck and stairs after they got swept away with a surge, and repaired damage left by roof leaks. I watched as twin waterspouts (tornadoes) danced toward shore and faded away. By the grace of God, when a hurricane did finally pick up the house and set it down on the road — as we knew would happen one day — my grandparents had already sold the property (mainly due to taxes). But oh how we wish we could buy it back!

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How does the following tenet of Christian ethics relate to the modern ubiquity of public charitable campaigns and solidarity movements? From Matthew 6:  “[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. Preview Open

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On the Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for all our blessings. Here in the United States, Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since the 1860s. Yes, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. I want to declare how very grateful I am for having […]

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Only in America

 

American-Flag-in-the-SunI’m overwhelmed by your support for my book proposal. And it’s not just personal gratitude. It’s also hope for my profession. I now really think reader-sponsorship and investment could  be the future of journalism. This model could work so well that we might even be on the verge of entering a new golden age of reporting.

And this has reminded me all over again that for all our (justified) concern, America is such a remarkable and exceptional country. My brother and I were watching the “amount raised” counter on GoFundMe go up and up. Our conversation on Skype says it all — he said just what I’ve been thinking:

Claire Berlinski: It means so much to me.
Mischa Berlinski: I think it’s so amazing.
Claire Berlinski: I hope I can write a book that lives up to everyone’s confidence.
Mischa Berlinski: You know, America is really generous. This wouldn’t happen anywhere else.
Claire Berlinski: I was just thinking that exactly. Exactly. This is really what makes America different from any other country.
Mischa Berlinski: Although … I have the Italian gofundme site up, and there are lots of well-funded Italian projects too.
Claire Berlinski: But Italians wouldn’t think to build a site like GoFundMe. Do you realize what a successful company they’ve become because they began with the assumption that it’s just human nature to be giving and generous? They built a whole company around it.
Mischa Berlinski: Every single person on this page has such an American happy smile.
Mischa Berlinski: They look as if they see the very best in people every day.
Claire Berlinski: They also answered my questions within five minutes, as promised. Great customer support.
Mischa Berlinski: They have twenty-five people whose job title is “Customer Happiness.” And someone whose job is entitled, “Happiness Lead.” As well as a VP of Customer Happiness …

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As a kid, I saw my cousins every year. We spent weeks and even months together. In adulthood our yearly treks for reunion continue. We love each other like brothers and sisters.  So it breaks my heart to think of my cousin’s bright-eyed 7-year-old daughter, Kaylee, under threat of death. Here is Kaylee sitting with me […]

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