The Democratic Underground Thread Of The Day: Stick It To Rush By Taking Money Away From The Children Of Fallen Soldiers

Most of you are undoubtedly already familiar with the “phony soldiers” controversy involving Rush Limbaugh. But, for those of you who aren’t, let me give you a recap. Rush Limbaugh criticized “phony soldiers” like Jesse Macbeth, who certainly deserve anything Limbaugh has to say about them. Shortly thereafter, dishonest liberal bloggers and politicians, in an effort to smear Rush, deliberately lied about his comments and claimed that they were aimed at members of the military who oppose the war in Iraq.

Harry Reid and 41 Democratic senators even wrote a letter to Clear Channel calling Limbaugh “unpatriotic” and calling CC to force Rush to apologize for calling anti-war soldiers “phony soldiers,” even though again, he never said any such thing.

So Rush, in an absolutely brilliant bit of political ju-Jitsu, has taken the letter and put it up for sale on eBay and all the money raised from the letter, which is at over $65,000 at the moment (plus, Rush has pledged to match the amount it goes for), will go to The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, which is a great charity. Here’s what they do,

Through the continuous support of our donors, we have distributed aid with a value of more than $29,000,000.00 to eligible children. This assistance was primarily rendered to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education. When a child of a United States Marine is afflicted with a physical or mental disability and requires special medical equipment or tutoring, our Foundation may grant financial assistance to that family if their personal insurance does not cover the complete cost of treatment for this child.

In addition to the regular program, our Foundation decided to support all American Forces and also Coalition Forces in the invasion of Iraq and taking of Baghdad from 3 March 2003 to 16 July 2003. In the past, the Foundation also included in our program the children who lost a parent from all agencies killed in the murderous attack on the Pentagon. We also decided to go back and give our bonds to children who lost a parent on the USS Cole; the children of the Air Force personnel killed at Khobar Towers; and, with great honor, the twelve children who lost their parent on the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

Now, you might think that even people who don’t like Limbaugh would figure, “Ok, I may hate Limbaugh’s guts, but bad guy or not, at least the end result will be that money is being raised for a good cause.”

Not so.

In fact, there is a whole thread at the Democratic Underground full of people trying to figure out how to screw up the auction and take at least $130,000 out of the pockets of a charity dedicated to helping the children of fallen soldiers.

Not everyone at the Democratic Underground agrees with the sentiments you’re about to read, but they do seem to represent the majority opinion,

Doremus: Rush Limpball’s OUTRAGEOUS ebay auction (and what we can do about it)

That puke Rush Limpballs is running an auction on ebay for the letter he received from Harry Reid and other senators about his outrageous criticism of “phony soldiers.”

That act in itself is atrocious enough; now they’ve written an inflammatory, highly offensive auction to sell the letter in which he refers to Reid as “Dingy Harry” and contains other vitriol such as this:

Up for auction is the original letter signed by 41 Democrat senators. This historic document may well represent the first time in the history of America that this large a group of U.S. senators attempted to demonize a private citizen by lying about his views. As such, it is a priceless memento of the folly of Harry Reid and his 40 senatorial co-signers.

The auction’s been running for 3 days now. Why ebay’s allowing it is beyond my comprehension. But there is something we can do about it.

Every auction has a “report” button on the bottom of the page. Let’s report the hell out of it!

Here’s a link to the auction:…

Press the “report” button at the bottom.
Choose “Listing Policy Violations”
Choose “Other Listing Violations”
Choose “Hateful, Discriminatory or Racial Language in an item description”
VERY IMPORTANT: do not stop here!
Press “email us”
(You will need to log in to your ebay account if you have one)
Press “send”


Johonny: wouldn’t the more fun thing to do create fake ebay ID. Bid crazy numbers on auction. Never pay for item

TornadoTN: Completely agree. We’ll see where it goes. I would like nothing more than to see it taken down!

historian: i sent an email though it will probably go nowhere telling ebay so called customer satisfaction that if they start selling material like that I wont use ebay anymore. and, being a dem and liberal, ill make sure to spread the word. Dont know if itll do any good but if enough noise is made they might decide to pull it. Remember that ebay is no longer the dominant force it once was so it cant afford to be snooty about things anymore.

Carni: Jesus! Who would spend 45 grand on THAT? This just makes me ill…

danimich1: Why not create a phoney ebay account and bring the bid amount way up? Then at least the people who are selling it will have to deal with a lot of 2nd chance offers before they get any money for it.

Horse with no Name: I reported it as fraud–not bid. Here is my response to Ebay:

“States money is going to charity, however, the “charity” listed is a political entity. The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. is also registered to participate in the Combined Federal Campaigns (CFC #2134). These are illegal campaign contributions for the Republican Party. This is pure fraud. I also am concerned there are shills bidding for this.”

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