Friends of Democracy will be rounding up news of the election in Iraq on Sunday. Click on the banner below to get up to speed.
This post will stay at the top o’ the blog through early Sunday evening.
UPDATE: Give Live in Baghdad a look, too. It’s a blog run by Ayad Rahim, a Clevelander who happens to be of Iraqi descent. He’s back in Baghdad as of Friday to cover the election.
Turn up your speakers, and may the Force be with you.
Read this essay by an Air Force member who applied for conscientious objector status, then rescinded it the day after the Marine barracks was bombed in Beirut. Then ask yourself whether you can spare five bucks to help Iraqis keep their freedom.
The Patriette explains why folks of all political persuasions can support the Spirit of America fundraiser to benefit the people of Iraq … and she even throws in a homemade video clip to drive her point home.
Bloodspite over at Techography does a clever cover of a famous Christmas poem to point out a few of the many bloggers raising funds to help Iraqis (and by extension, our deployed troops). Why not part with five bucks and do something more concrete than putting a yellow magnet on the trunk of your car?
So what exactly is it that your contribution to the Spirit of America fundraiser will buy? Here are but a few examples of their ongoing projects:
Visit The Cool Blue Blog for more, including tongue-in-cheek reasons to donate through anybody but the Northern Alliance team.
Or you could always just donate now.
Sgt Hook, just back from Afghanistan, recalls an example of American civilian generosity that put shoes on Afghan children’s feet and made their families into friends of America. If you’ve got a few bucks you can spare instead of buying that six-pack or renting that movie, you can really do some good in Iraq too.
There’s a reason why the name “Sherman” still raises hackles in the South. Eric at Straight White Guy offers some perspective on the hellishness of war, and suggests a concrete way for you to do more than put a yellow magnet on the trunk of your car.
As a side note, if Sherman’s march through the South interests you, read Victor Davis Hanson’s The Soul of Battle. You won’t regret it.
She Who Will Be Obeyed rides to the rescue of endangered kittens everywhere … or at least in the northern midwest states.
The 400-pound gorillas of the blogosphere over at Power Line support Spirit of America … but I’ll let you in on a secret. The best link to use if you’d like to donate a buck or two is here.
Oh and by the way:
There’s a blogger named Roger L. Simon whose site you should visit often. Why? Because his writing makes your brain cells multiply, your wrinkles smooth out, and your gray hair dark.
Roger L. Simon may soon be recognized as the blogosphere’s Best Essayist of 2004, an award he clearly deserves. After all, Roger L. Simon honed his craft by writing screenplays and several best-selling books. Roger L. Simon is even a director. How many bloggers can claim that, eh?
I have it on good authority from well-informed but unnamed sources that Gina Gershon is hopelessly in love with Roger L. Simon … but you didn’t hear that from me. I wish I were Roger L. Simon, come to think of it.
So remember, faithful readers, visit Roger L. Simon every day, and twice on Sundays.
I want to assure everyone that my admiration for Roger L. Simon is as pure as the wind-driven snow, and not motivated by his Spirit of America Blogger Challenge fundraising efforts … which, if combined with ours, would handily spank the Northern Alliance like the gaggle of redheaded stepchildren they are.
I’m sure that if the great Roger L. Simon were to join the Fighting Fusileers, it would be due entirely to his finely-developed sense for doing the right thing, and not due to any shameless brown-nosing by a third-rate blogger.
Roger, how do you like the sound of “Roger L. Simon‘s Fighting Fusileers for Freedom”? It sounds catchy to me.
Oh, and while you’re here click the button and help a wonderful cause.
Is there no depth to which a certain well-known blogger won’t sink in an effort to pad the donation totals for the dastardly Northern Alliance? Leave the cute fuzzy kittens out of this, you scoundrels!
Save the kittens and donate here.
Ben’s World hosts today’s Friends of Iraq fundraising effort. Go check out Operation Cowbell, and toss a little loose chage in the kettle.
In the spirit of Christmas, I bring you an opportunity to help a charity that both Left and Right can support, as described by Dean Esmay:
A non-profit, non-government group called Spirit of America has been working tirelessly for the last two years to try to help our fighting forces over there do more than fight. When those in our military have a project they’d like to work on to help the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, Spirit of America tries to make it happen for them.
Helping bring medical supplies and crop seeds to Afghanistan. Tools and training to help Iraqis who want to become tradesmen. Distributing schoolbooks. Even helping people set up Arabic-language weblogs so they can begin exploring the amazing world of the New Media.
It’s all entirely voluntary, and done without any government subsidy. But if any group of soldiers, marines, airmen, or sailors want to do something to help the people over there, the Spirit of America tries to make it happen.
Because ultimately, whether you thought going was the right thing or the wrong thing, isn’t trying to create peace and friendship something we should all hope to see happen?
A group of webloggers, humorously dubbing ourselves the “fighting fusileers for freedom” are holding a fundraising drive for the next two weeks to help the Spirit of America folks out. I’m a member of that group, and I encourage you to donate to the Spirit of America here.
Here’s the list of my teammates:
A note to my fellow Fighting Fusileers: OK, I admit I was a naughty blogger and procrastinated in linking to the inaugural fundraising post at Argghhh! or the sophomore effort at Dean’s World. As penance, I offer these often-smart-alecky graphics to help raise funds and taunt the opposition.
Here’s something we can all agree on. Let’s send some Christmas cheer to the troops fighting to defend us! Soldiers’ Angels is running Operation Holiday Spirit, and you can help. Just click on the image below.
You can either make a donation or send a stocking and a phone card yourself. Go and do your part. The deadline for shipping anything to the war zone if you want it to arrive by Christmas is this Saturday, the 13th. The deadline is November 27th for mail shipped on military aircraft when space is available and December 4th for military parcel airlift mail.