Democrats’ letter to Limbaugh nets $2.1 million on eBay

first_imgAfter Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans critical of the war as “phony soldiers,” he received a letter of complaint signed by 41 Democratic senators. He decided to auction the letter, which he described as “this glittering jewel of colossal ignorance,” for charity, and he pledged to match the price, dollar for dollar. On Thursday night, Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk-show host, said he thought the letter would bring in as much as $1million. He was wrong. When the eBay auction closed Friday afternoon, the winning bid was $2.1million. It is the largest amount ever paid for an item sold on eBay to benefit a charity. The money will go to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization in New Jersey that provides scholarships and other assistance to families of Marines and federal law enforcement officials who die or are wounded in the line of duty. Limbaugh is a director of the organization, which had total revenues of $5.2million last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s unbelievable,” said James K. Kallstrom, the retired head of the FBI office in New York, who is chairman of the foundation. Kallstrom said the charity would meet Monday to decide how to spend the money. “We might increase the size of the bonds we give these children,” he said, “and we’ll probably do a lot more for the wounded veterans. It’s almost unlimited what you can do for them.” The letter was bought by the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, a $294 million foundation in Gaithersburg, Md., that has given money to a wide variety of organizations, including the Washington Opera and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. In a statement, the foundation said its purchase of the letter was intended to demonstrate its belief in freedom of speech and “to support Rush Limbaugh, his views and his continuing education of us.” Limbaugh, who declined a request for an interview, had advertised the sale on his show and elsewhere. He said fans had written him with concerns that wealthy liberals like George Soros would drive the price of the letter to $20million or more in hopes of bankrupting him. “It’s just amazing,” Limbaugh told Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes of Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” on Thursday night, when the bidding stood at $851,000. “This is more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.” He predicted that the sale’s success would anger one signer of the letter, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, whom Limbaugh calls Dingy Harry. But in a statement on the floor of the Senate on Friday, Reid, D-Nev., praised the auction. “I strongly believe that when we can put our differences aside, even Harry Reid and Rush Limbaugh, we should do that and try to accomplish good things for the American people,” he said. Dated Oct. 7, the letter read: “Although Americans of good will debate the merits of this war, we can all agree that those who serve with such great courage deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. That is why Rush Limbaugh’s recent characterization of troops who oppose the war as `phony soldiers’ is such an outrage.” Limbaugh has said that he was referring only to one soldier, who was critical of the war and had served only 44 days in the Army, never seeing combat.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Social work program to be

first_imgA half-time field placement coordinator located in the Antelope Valley is also part of future plans. “That person will be closely working with agencies in developing internship opportunities for students,” Evarian said. She added that these developments will give the department a stronger presence on the campus and in the community. Although space is limited in the Antelope Valley program for fall, Evarian encourages interested individuals to submit application materials. The department is accepting applications through May 15. For additional information, contact Evarian at (661) 654-3435.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventEvarian said there is a great need for program expansion in Antelope Valley. “The region is experiencing an explosion in population,” she said. “The Antelope Valley is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.” Evarian pointed out that nearly half of the department’s prospective student base for the upcoming fall quarter comes from the Antelope Valley area. Two new faculty members will be hired with a focus on significant teaching responsibilities in the Antelope Valley. A number of the courses are currently offered via instructional television (ITV), but the hiring will provide a more traditional means of offering courses from faculty on-site. LANCASTER – California State University, Bakersfield’s Antelope Valley campus is expanding the master’s degree in its social work program to include more students. Starting in the fall quarter, a group of 25 students will begin the part-time program. The campus currently has 10 students in the first year of the program at Antelope Valley, where CSUB has classrooms on the Antelope Valley College campus. “The social work program is community-centric and wraps around the community’s needs. Bakersfield, in many regards, is very similar to Antelope Valley,” said Jane Evarian, CSUB resource development specialist for the social work department. “There is a high need for social workers in mental health, child services and substance abuse.” Interested applicants are invited to attend a free information session on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in classroom building Room 106 at CSUB’s main campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield. last_img read more