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Thursday, November 02, 2006

The real deal

I'm always griping on this blog about shady people asking for handouts, but I'm also reminded by a lot of you that the good thing about charity is the intention of the giver, regardless of what's going on in the recipient's mind.

So if you get a minute check out this new act of kindness by The Dummy>. Good stuff.


  • DD's idea of selling pixel ads is great, and it points to a new wave of creative giving that's bound to sweep the nation. What, with PayPal accounts linked to Donate buttons on personal websites, it is now easier than ever to give charitably.

    However, don't let giving stop at your wallet. Volunteer at a school, a library, or a senior center. It can make a great difference, and it won't cost a thing - other than your time.

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 7:00 AM  

  • Hey James, that was awfully kind of you to help spread the word. Thanks so much. I made an edit to the post and blogger automatically changed the HMTL link to the story, so it bounced the story back as being unavailable. I fixed the issue and now the link works great. Thanks again.

    By Blogger The Dummy, at 12:17 PM  

  • The scholarship is a great idea. Thanks for putting us onto it. GLO

    JB, as an aside (one the countless many from me) one day you'll get over your inner conflict about feeling soft for being nice. That's what I sense from your posts and believe me, I know what it's like. Being Black and professional means walking a tightrope between being down like four flat tires and being considered for advancement. The two are mutually exclusive and generally don't successfully meet outside of the sports or entertainment field. Too professional and your homeboys and girls consider you to be "oh, so-so-so ditty"(thumbs up for your good injection of out of print NE street slang); too street and it's usually too bad at any job where you'd like to get out of the mail room ("Marcus, I know you can hook a brother up!!!")

    So repeat three times "It's not my fault other people take my kindness for weakness!!" Maybe then you won't feel so torn about telling some rude train sharing jackhole to get their own dammit cellphone.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 3:00 PM  

  • This post left me grinning. My husband and I love to check in with the SSSH (website is here:!!.htm)

    Initially my attraction to the movement was that the guy was a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, just like my dad... but after a while you become addicted to doing nice things.

    By Blogger QofD, at 11:50 PM  

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