Friday, February 1, 2008

DAMN GOOD CAUSE OF THE MONTH

Jason Kidd makes $19 million a year. That means on every Friday he stops by the office of the New Jersey Nets (at whom he is currently mad at, and is insisting to be traded from) and picks up his payroll check sans withholding taxes of around $220,000…A WEEK.

Then, there's the rest of us. We aren't complaining, and we are fortunate not be among the legions of commuters facing daily traffic jams, but…

Consider it all a lesson in perspective, and then consider the commute of this fellow making his way across rough-hewn boards over a river after a strenuous day in the rice fields.

Feel better already, don't you?

This photo was taken in Japan in 1914 by Eliza Scidmore, and published in National Geographic this month. Its point is to, yet again, demonstrate that there are people all over the world who might need a helping hand here and there from us mass consuming capitalists here in God Bless America.

So, to keep our catholic guilt under control TAH will now be featuring the "DAMN GOOD CAUSE OF THE MONTH."

Now, we are skeptical by nature, so endorsements are not so easy to come by around here.

However, we have it on good local authority that his group has it goin' on. One of our homies, a rare Terpiger (that's a cross between a Terp and a Clemson Tiger) recently went to Haiti with this group and brought back a good report card.

That's good enough for us.

Medical Missionaries -- People of All Faiths Helping the Poorest of the Poor

MM is a group of 200 health professionals and lay volunteers, who have organized to help impoverished people in Third World countries and locally here in the USA. Originally started by a group of doctors and nurses from Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Gilbert Irwin, wanting to reach out and help those in need.

Medical Missionaries has no paid employees and evolved from a volunteer effort to supply medicines, medical aid, clothing, and educational materials to the less fortunate.

To date, MM has been able to disperse over $65 million worth of medicines and medical supplies around the world for an out of pocket expense of less than $175,000. Ninety-nine percent of these items were scheduled to be thrown away.

For more info on how to help go to:
http://www.medicalmissionaries.info/

(Jason Kidd: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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