Free Markets, Free People
Of all my years watching politics, this has got to be one of the most pathetic, ham-fisted, self-centered and stupid attempts to raise campaign cash I’ve ever seen. From the Obama/Biden campaign website:
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Your special day? Screw your special day, make sure the president has the cash necessary for his special day.
Talk about a tin ear.
Does anyone staff these ideas? And if they do, did they really end up thinking this would be a good idea (read the comments on this beauty)?
And finally, does anyone get just a whiff of desperation in an appeal like this?
Cooking With the Troops is a 501(c)(3) charity that supports U.S. and Allied troops, their families, and caregivers worldwide. We’re helping them by taking part in their national sponsorship drive, which begins today. Among other things, I produced this video for them:
In brief, CWTT has four major programs to help our troops and their families.
Food Events provide a culinary change of pace — particularly for the wounded, injured, and ill — to help morale, and remind those taking part that their service and sacrifice is appreciated. Educational components are added where possible to add to the effectiveness of the events.
Culinary Career Transition helps those interested in culinary careers — particularly those that have to leave service because of their injuries — explore options and find the right career choice as well as the best investment of their educational benefits to reach that goal.
Homefront Support focuses on teaching how to do good food fast rather than fast food via fun events that cover food safety basics, cooking basics, nutrition, and more.
Frontline Support works to get the best possible culinary and nutritional care packages to the troops, and to make it possible for those at home to learn about life and nutrition at the front even as ways are found to do Food Events as close to the front as possible.
To do this, they need your help. Please click on the sponsorship banner on the sidebar to go to their donation page. Or simply click here.