h/t to the blogfather, 'grain, at mock, paper, scissors for bringing this worthwhile endeavor to the attention of his minions, "teh scissorheads".
while the wingnuts are having fun teabagging (clicking teh link is NSFW) on the 4th of july, the progressive blogodrome and our friends will actually be doing something positive to help those less fortunate.
let them have their little party and rant and rave about us dirty socialists all they want. i had rather be a catalyst for positive change than be seen as someone who's eternally grumpy and in need of a good, cleansing, deep colonic.
as noted at the blog site that came up with this idea (there's linkage to the right in the side bar to read all about the million can march), contributions at food banks are at an all-time low. just think how tough things are for YOU. if you're sitting in front of a computer, i'm going to take a giant leap and assume you're not a.) homeless or b.) forced to rely on the kindness of strangers to put food on the table.
think about the types of items that can do the most good...any nonperishable item: canned goods, powdered milk, baby formula/disposable diapers (i learned how critical these items were when i was doing hurricane katrina relief), dried beans. heck, go one further and help a family have an entire meal: a jar of sauce and a package of spaghetti (a great idea from the originator of this plan).
while we're doing good, the teabaggers will be having their little tea paraties all over the country. this is what's happening in dallas...at...get this...SOUTH FORK (i always knew those damn ewings were repoobliCONS).
from the dallas observer:
Because Nothing Screams, "Happy July 4th!" Like Michelle Malkin at Southfork Ranch
By Robert Wilonsky in It's Gettin' All Political Up in This Piece
Just stumbled upon quite the shindig planned for July 4 out at Southfork Ranch -- something called America's Tea Party, which is being put on by the Dallas Tea Party folks (nawww) but features a cross-country list of speakers tentatively scheduled to rally the troops. Here's the roll call thus far:Featured speakers include American hero Scott O'Grady, blogger and best-selling author Michelle Malkin, former Heritage Foundation policy analyst Michael Johns, Center for Immigration Studies Fellow Michael Cutler, Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Texas State Director of Americans For Prosperity Peggy Venable.
so, when you've finished your afternoon festivities, get thee down to your nearest food bank with a bag of vittles...heck, call ahead and ask if you can donate a couple of hours. it feels really good to help those who are down on their luck.