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I wrote this 3 years ago, but I think it needs repeating…and updating.

Telethon…since when does 2 hours mean telethon?

I don’t think that means what you think it does.

 

Ok…here goes nothing. I hate to start with this but…..Jerry Lewis got shafted. Why do I start with this? Because the man worked for so long to help kids only to be pushed out by the M.D.A. and Nigel Lythgoe. Every year I watched at least some of it…and Jerry NEVER let me down. When I was seven years old I would see so many talented people do amazing things (Amazing to a 7 year old) Jugglers, Singers, Actors, Comedians and just about anything else that you can imagine. It was a mix of Vaudeville, Carnival and Circus. The Greatest Show On Earth for 21 & 1/2 hours every Labor Day. And it only cost me the price of whatever I could send…which wasn’t much…a 7 year old in my day only got what money he could collecting soda bottles for the deposit. (5 cents each) But you can bet one thing for sure I watched it.

This is from the MDA Labor Day Telethon Wiki page

“As of 2009, the telethon had raised $2.45 billion since its inception.”

That’s $2,045,000,000.00 that Jerry Lewis raised for little kids who needed help. So what happened?
The 1 constant every year…for as long as my old self can remember was Big Hearted Ed McMahon asking to see the Tote Board…..and boy was he smiling everytime that thing changed. The reason he smiled was because the money that was on the Tote Board were donations from people like me and you and some poor little amazed 7 year old boy. Not from Firefighters with $1,000,000 checks or college kids who held a car wash and raised $10,000. No, those weren’t counted at the end of the day when some bean counter released the total. In 2010 (with Jerry) the M.D.A. raised $58,919,838 and that is “without” the million dollar checks. In the 2011 6 hour telethon M.D.A. raised $61,491,393. Wow that sounds great on the surface, but guess what? THAT INCLUDES THE MILLION DOLLAR CHECKS! Now that’s what I call creative accounting. It doesn’t take a math wiz to see that without Jerry Lewis there are going to be a lot of kids NOT going to camp this year. Thanks M.D.A. for nothing.

And to Jerry Lewis….Thank you sir for everything you’ve done.

Update #2 : Here’s some food for thought. I could not understand why MDA decided to fire Jerry Lewis…..until yesterday when I was talking to my brother about the telethon…and just like that he had the answer. Obamacare. It’s all pretty clear now. Why bother finding a cure?
Update #3 : It’s now 10:00 a.m. September 1st 2014 and I still have no idea how much money MDA made last night.

Who cares if I work? Nobody in the Government. Republican, Democrat, Boehner or Obama. Not 1 person. Why do I feel like this? Because I see just how hard they work at their jobs and still NOTHING EVER GETS DONE!

I remember a little nugget of wisdom my father once gave me… “Work harder than everyone else and you will always have a job.”

Please re-read the blog post title.

Who cares if gas is 4 bucks a gallon? Nobody at BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil or the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Who cares if we’re in 3 wars? Nobody at ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC or Fox News.

Who cares if we raise the debt ceiling? Nobody at the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department or The White House.

Who cares if America is the greatest country in the world? Nobody in Washington D.C., Wall Street or any other country.

What happens when you change the question?

Who cares if I vote?

How did we get to the dark side so fast? This world cannot keep going like it is.

A little girl was killed…no not killed. Killed isn’t the right word.

Caylee Anthony was DESTROYED! Caylee Anthony was ABANDONED! Caylee Anthony was FORGOTTEN! Why? So Casey Anthony could live “The Good Life“? I’m feeling sick to my stomach right now. Not because justice wasn’t served. Not because Casey Anthony didn’t get the death penalty. I’m sick to my stomach because a 2 year old girl who never did anything wrong was DESTROYED, ABANDONED and FORGOTTEN. We have come to a point in human history when we don’t really deserve to be here. We have, as a society, failed. It may take a village to raise a child but it only takes 1 sociopathic mother to murder that child. Yes that’s right MURDER. They say little Caylee drowned in the pool. If that’s true then it was an accident, but if she drowned then she wasn’t being watched and was being neglected. Where’s those charges? Even a person who leaves the family dog in a hot car will at least get a ticket. Even the mutt in the hot car gets more justice. It only took 12 jurors to condemn all of us to hell. Evil walks with us and we just smile.

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