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Ak-Sar-Ben Itself Merits Praise Along With King Dick And Queen Suzanne - 10-14-10

Come Election Day, White And Terry Can’t Duck Party Labels Any Longer - 10-07-10

Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

Gates Gives Somber Non-Political Appraisals Of Iraq, Afghanistan - 09-23-10

At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

Mosque Controversy Isn’t About Legal Rights; It’s About Moral Use Of Those Rights - 08-26-10

Time To Answer The Obvious Question: What Chance For Success In Afghanistan? - 08-19-10

Two-Paragraph News Story Offers Scary Prospect For World’s Future - 08-12-10

Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10

Not Wall Street But Democratic Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash - 07-29-10

Windfarm Promoters Need More Facts, Less Rhetoric - 07-22-10

Nebraska Democrats’ ‘Find A Candidate’ Problem Began Long Months (Years?) Ago - 07-15-10

When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

Cartoonist Koterba Says It Clearly: Don’t Put All The Blame On Schools - 05-13-10

Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

Did Legislature, Speaker Mike Flood Deserve All Those Kind Words? - 04-22-10

Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

Four-Vote House Margin Makes Americans Swallow Trillion-Dollar Pill They Don't Want - 03-25-10

Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
- 12-30-09

Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

NU’s Reputation And Research Role Are Both At Stake When Regents Vote - 11-19-09

Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
- 11-12-09

Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
- 08-27-09

Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
- 08-06-09

Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

Freshman President Learning Some Political Realities? - 06-18-09

Voices Of Reason Raised Too Late To Slow Rush To Wind Power? - 06-11-09

Public Will Be Watching Prosecution Of Three Teen-Age Creatures - 06-04-09

Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
It’s Simply Not True
- 05-28-09

Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
- 05-21-09

Special-Interest Liberals
Shouldn’t Badger Obama
- 05-14-09

A Surprising Source: Obama
Cites Positive Results of Iraq War
- 05-07-09

Media Transfer Their Love
From Candidate to President
- 04-30-09

Suttle Campaign Subtly Two-Faced? Or ‘Just Politics’? Voters Will Decide - 04-23-09

If America Is "At War
With Islam," It's Self-Defense
- 04-16-09

Seven Iowans Change Marriage
Tradition For 3 Million Others
- 04-09-09

Will Liberal Democrats Continue
Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
- 03-26-09

Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

Not Reducing Mortgage Costs; We’re Simply ‘Modifying’ Them - 03-12-09

Fair Warning From NY Times: Obama’s “Breathtaking Plans” Would “Transform American Society” - 03-05-09

A Look At Academy Awards Nastiness, But First A Plug For My Book, “Life With Marian” - 02-26-09

Let’s Not Move Slot Machine Cancer From Iowa Casinos To Nebraska Race Tracks - 02-19-09

Whiteclay Is Wrong Target;
Aim At Alcoholism Problem
- 02-12-09

For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait
- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
- 01-29-09

‘First Black President’ Celebration
Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
From Job We And Obama Face
- 01-22-09

‘Adults In Wonderland’
Need To Get Real
- 01-15-09

Advice For Husker Fans:
Rejoice—But Be Realistic
- 01-08-09

Kennedy Dynasty History
Includes Shameful Chapters
- 12-31-08

Today Some Merry Christmas Thoughts But A Few Political Barbs, Too - 12-24-08

This Time It’s Indians
Who Break The Treaty
- 12-18-08

Me? A Grumpy Old Man?
One Reader Thinks So
- 12-11-08

Obama Steers A Moderate Course
But Congressional Democrats Veer Left
- 12-04-08

Too Many "Non-Blessings"
This Thanksgiving Week
- 11-26-08

Let’s Hear More About
The Principal ‘Crisis’ Victims
- 11-20-08

Color-Blind Issues Voting
Showed No Turn To The Left
- 11-13-08

Election Made History
But Big Questions Remain
- 11-06-08

Today, A Choice of Topics:
Politics Or Football—Or Both
- 10-30-08

Splitting Electoral Votes Good Idea? Then Why Do 48 States Reject It? - 10-23-08

Dems Take 11th Hour Low Road
In 2nd Congressional District Race
- 10-16-08

Another Government “Welfare Program,” Bargain Mortgages, Caused The Crisis - 10-09-08

Words Can Lose Their Meaning
When A Government Program Is Involved
- 10-02-08

—Have We Learned This Lesson?— Crisis Results When Individuals, Encouraged By Financial Institutions, Try To Live Beyond Their Means - 9-25-08

Bonds To Build Four-Lane Highways?
Where Would The Money Come From?
- 9-18-08

Today, a Large Load of Political
Commentary After a Brief Plug For
My Book, ‘Life With Marian’
- 9-17-08

Major News Media Look Bad
In Non-Coverage of
Edwards’ Sex Affair Story
- 9-11-08

Disadvantaged Students Can Be
Helped Without Discriminatory ‘Affirmative Action’
- 9-04-08

My Favorite Olympic Champion?
It Wasn’t Michael Phelps
- 8-28-08

Will Chinese Get Away With
'Out Air Is Clean' Scam?
- 8-21-08

Windmills, Solar Won't Do It;
Time To Get Real On Energy
- 8-07-08

I Doubt That God or Jesus
Have Heavenly Money on Either Team
- 8-07-08

‘Pop Star’ Obama Lacks Experience,
McCain Lacks Clear Campaign Strategy
- 7-31-08

Top Athletes Should
Know When to Quit?
- 7-24-08

Would Odor of Politics
Taint Fire Chief Choice?
- 7-17-08

Will Hospitality, Qwest Center
Lure Swim Trials Back to Omaha?
- 7-09-08

Omaha Stars Again
On National TV Stage
- 7-02-08

Omaha's CWS Reputation
Gets New "Rave Reviews"
- 6-25-08

S.D. Vote Could Lead
To National Abortion Battle
- 6-18-08

Don’t Let Niobrara Go The Way
Of The Republican And The Platte
- 6-11-08

Voters Didn’t Impose Term Limits
To Rid Legislature of Chambers
- 6-04-08

“It’s Our Turn” Pitch Might
Not End With Hillary Defeat
- 5-28-08

Prime Nebraska Political
Battleground This Year:
2nd Congressional District
- 5-21-08

The 'Browning' of America:
How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

Obama ‘Stumbling’ To Victory? - 5-08-08

"Does Homebuyer Bailout
Reward the Irresponsible?"
- 4-30-08

"Was McCain, Not Clinton,
The Real Winner in Pennsylvania?"
- 4-25-08

"Cleaner Skies Advice For Gore:
Pressure On China, More Nuke
Power If Jane Fonda Will Allow It"
- 4-16-08

"Why The Big Fuss Over
Tiny Gasoline Cost Increase?"
- 4-09-08

"Quietly, Nebraska Yields
All-Public-Power Status"
-  4-02-08

"Obama’s ‘Historic’ Speech Left
Big Questions Unanswered "
-  3-25-08

"Overweight Moore Produces
“Sicko,” Finds An Ally In Creighton Doctor"
-  3-19-08

"Bush Sings, Praises Press
At Annual Gridiron Dinner"
-  3-12-08

"Obama Would Be Least
Formidable Opponent For McCain"
-  3-7-08

"‘Charisma’ Not Always a Good Thing" -  2-27-08

"Could Citizen ‘Packing Iron’
Have Stopped Von Maur Killings?"
-  2-20-08

"Obama’s Style Without Substance
Exciting, But Is It Presidential?"
-  2-13-08

"Barack Obama and John McCain:
A Major Contrast in Egos? "
-  2-07-08

"‘First Black President’
Emphasis Wouldn’t Help Obama"
-  1-30-08

"Kimball Lauritzen: Think of Her
As Joyous on Some New Dawn"
-  1-23-08

"What 'Tough' Election Contest
Was Ben Nelson Talking About?"
- 1-16-08

"Overhyped New Hampshire
Offsets Overhyped Iowa"
- 1-10-08

"Coach Bo Now Well Welcomed;
Time to Start Thinking of NU Wins"
- 1-2-08

"Words of Jews Most Moving
To Me This Christmas Season"
- 12-25-07

- 12-19-07

"Killer Is Getting Just What He Wanted;
Let's Add Anger and
Action to Our Sorrow"
- 12-12-07

"Bo Brings Emotional Fire to NU Job;
Scary News: Huckabee Gain in Iowa"
- 12-05-07

"Callahan Outclasses Loudmouth Critics;
Tom Osborne Treated Him Fairly"
- 11-28-07

"A Thought for Thanksgiving Day:
Tell Them You Love Them"
- 11-21-07

"Callahan Critics: Is Loss to CU
The Only Way to Satisfy Them?"
- 11-16-07

"Crybaby Fans, Sports Commentators
Distracting Players From Their Job?"
- 11-09-07

"Did Bob Kerrey’s Decision Avoid
the Likelihood of Defeat?"
- 11-02-07

"Nosy Congress Makes
Three Bad Calls"
- 10-26-07

"Is This The Way to Run UNL´s
Athletic Program?"
- 10-19-07

"Right Decision Could
Help Both Fair, UNL"
- 10-12-07

"Stop Trying To Make God A Republican" - 10-6-07

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign
Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry

May 20, 2010

If the Democratic National Committee and their Second Congressional District candidate Tom White of Omaha hope to unseat Republican Representative Lee Terry in November, they’ll have to come up with some positive reasons to vote for White instead of concentrating on cheap-shot attacks on Terry.

After the May 11 primary election, for example, Democrat White declared that Republican Terry should be held accountable for Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy County losing the chance to become the home of a new nuclear warfare command. 

To suggest that there was anything any single member of the Nebraska Congressional delegation could have done to change the Air Force’s decision is simply preposterous. 

Did White forget that a Nebraska Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces?  Would he accuse fellow Democrat Nelson of failing to change the Air Force’s decision? 

White’s charge against Terry simply makes the Democratic candidate look ludicrously unfair.

I haven’t seen or heard any Republican claim that Nelson should be held responsible for the nuclear service command headquarters not coming to Offutt Air Force Base.

The Democratic campaign against Terry began last summer in the political gutter with radio ads irresponsibly implying that Terry does not support funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing support for military families.

Then late last year television ads charged that Terry had catered “big oil” interests.  The ads offered no evidence in support of the accusation.

Is White Lucky That Obama Isn’t On The Ballot?

Democratic focus on Nebraska’s Second District seems based on the fact that President Obama carried the district (by a very narrow margin) in 2008.

But Obama isn’t on the ballot this year—for which White perhaps should be grateful in view of the decline in Obama’s popularity—and the May 11 primary election results do not seem to this observer to be a cause for Democratic optimism. 

One news story said Democrats reacted to the primary results “with glee.”  The story might well have mentioned, early on, the actual Democratic-glee-producing vote totals in the primary balloting.  The reader had to find those totals in the tables of vote results on an inside page. 

The numbers:  In the Republican primary, Lee Terry, 18,246 and Matt Sakalosky, 10,722—a combined total of approximately 29,000 votes compared to Democrat White’s 12,288 votes.  The vote for Second Congressional District Republican candidates was close to 2-1/2 times the vote for the Democratic candidate. 

I hasten to add that the Republican nomination was contested while the Democratic candidate was unopposed, and that understandably would affect the turnout.  But is it realistic to gleefully assume that the vote gap can be closed by Sakalosky supporters switching to support Democrat White or simply staying home on election day? 

The bottom line, as I see it:  If White is to have any credibility as a candidate, he and his financial backers in Washington had better start telling Second District voters positive reasons to support White and stop the cheap shots against Terry.

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Joining Big 10 Bring NU More Fed Cash?
Show Me The Money, Says This Skeptic

Before the final act in the “Will Nebraska Join The Big Ten?” melodrama, there will, of course, be occasion for a great deal of additional comment.  But for today, let me direct my remarks only to what I think is the farthest-out argument which I have yet encountered in support of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joining what is primarily an athletic conference. 

That argument was put forward in a recent commentary by a journalist who said it would be almost impossible for NU to say “No” to an invitation to join.

The journalist pointed out that the Big Ten is the only major athletic conference in which every school is a member of the Association of American Universities.  Then he offered this “NU could hardly refuse” reasoning: 

Membership in such a conference (known best for its football teams and a big-money football television network) would somehow enhance the academic prestige of the University of Nebraska (which has long been a member of the American Association of Universities) and this in turn would help the university attract Federal research grants.

To buy this argument, you have to believe that as federal agencies allocate research funds to universities they give more money to Big 10 schools than to Nebraska and the six other Big 12 schools which are AAU members—grants somehow influenced by membership in the all-AAU Big 10 rather than by the individual merits of the AAU schools like Nebraska which don’t happen to be members of the Big 10 conference.

If True, An Absurd Federal Policy

I would say that if this is the basis for a grant policy pursued by the federal government, it would surely be among the screwiest—if not the screwiest—of all federal policies governing grants to universities. 

What in the world would Big 10 conference membership have to do with the merits of what goes on in the laboratories and classrooms of a non-conference member?

Consider this scenario:

On an October Friday in 2014, University of Nebraska Medical Center staff members are at work on potential life-saving research.  Is their research more deserving of Federal support because the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team will the next day and the rest of the season be playing as a member of the only all-AAU conference in the country?

If you believe such a Federal policy makes sense, as the old joke goes I have an on-ramp to an Interstate highway bridge I’d like to sell you.  As a matter of fact, I’ll sell you the whole bridge and throw in the ramps for good measure.

* * *

Score One For Justice-To-Be Kagan
If She Is Not A “Diversity” Addict

Continuing an occasional glimpse into the still unfolding story of the qualifications of Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for a seat on the United States Supreme Court:

One journalistic commentator expressed prompt approval in an editorial headlined:  “Kagan seems a capable pick.”  (Interesting contrast to a prompt New York Times appraisal which expressed concern that Kagan isn’t liberal enough.)

Elsewhere, in what was intended to be a criticism of Kagan’s hiring policies while Dean of the Harvard Law School, a critic may have boosted Kagan’s qualifications in the eyes of a great many Americans. 

A black law professor at Duke University said Kagan’s performance at Harvard raised doubt about her commitment to equality for traditionally disadvantaged groups.

The black law professor said that Kagan should have appointed more blacks and more women, showing her commitment to “diversity.”

I would suggest that to the extent Kagan showed commitment to competency and quality, regardless of color or gender, she deserves praise, not criticism. 

After all, the law should be colorblind and gender blind, with no special preference for—or discrimination against—any individual or group based on color or gender.

* * *

Gov. Heineman Tries To Export
Anti-Abortion Support To Nevada

Okay, so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is an inept bumbler who a good many Americans would be pleased to see become an ex-Senator in the forthcoming November elections. 

But I wonder if Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, loyal Republican that he is, should so directly involve himself—and try to involve other Nebraskans—in the campaign in Nevada to replace Democrat Harry Reid with Republican Sue Lowden. 

Especially questionable are the grounds on which Heineman is encouraging some Nebraskans (I don’t know how many were on the mailing list) to support Lowden; i.e., because, according to Heineman’s “Dear Friend” letter, she is “a real pro-life leader with a record of accomplishment in the Nevada State Senate protecting the unborn.”

Heineman’s letter started:  “It was my honor a few weeks ago to sign landmark legislation outlawing abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy.”

Heineman’s letter concentrates on Lowden’s anti-abortion record, including the assertion that a contribution from the recipients of Heineman’s letter “have an opportunity to help Sue Lowden become the only pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate.”

Does Heineman realize that  his fixation on anti-abortion legislation, including the most extreme piece of anti-abortion legislation enacted in any state, could offend a good many Nebraskans who might properly feel misrepresented by their governor in his pitch for funds for an anti-abortion candidate—or any other candidate—in another state?

Then there is the matter of the grossly overdone fund-raising letter which was in the “Dave Heineman, Governor” envelope which was mailed to me.  Nebraska Governor Heineman and Nevada Senatorial candidate Lowden apparently expect recipients of their letters to wade through nearly four pages of “oust Harry Reid, send me money” repetitive rhetoric from Sue Lowden.

Four times in her four-page letter, Lowden asks for “the most generous gift you can afford at this time--$2,400, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can send.”

On a fifth page is a “PLEDGE OF SUPPORT” which is addressed to “Dear Sue” and includes a box in which I am asked to place an “X” indicating “I join Governor Heineman and stand with you 100%.”  Then follows a number of boxes to be checked ranging down from $2,400 to $25 or “Other.”

It probably won’t surprise you to know that I declined the invitation to join Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman in his remarkable campaign to help Nevadan Sue Lowden become “the only pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate.”

* * *

Liberal Celebs Don’t Always Help
When General Public Becomes Involved

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked in Romeo and Juliet.  “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” which is my way of introducing some comments on names recently in the news. 

Start with a puzzling headline which read:  “SNAP funds greatly aid many.”  Reading into the column, you learn that a federal welfare program—which was formerly called “Food Stamps”—has now been renamed the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” or “SNAP.”

I think a paraphrase of the Shakespearean language would apply—it’s still a federal welfare program, no matter what the name.  (I’m not talking about the merits of the program, simply what it is called.)

Then there is the matter of celebrity names associated with supposedly worthy causes.  Two recent examples: 

Complaints from parents, including the wife of Rep. Lee Terry, caused the Millard School Board to take another look at a book and video designed to portray global warming as fact when, some parents complained, scientists disagree. 

One of the teaching aids in the Millard district’s choice of global warming material was a video narrated by Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio—a name which, it seems to me, might have sounded a note of caution.  Traditional liberal Hollywood types cannot be counted on to bring an objective point of view to a controversial subject.

In New York, the name of other entertainment world celebrities, including Elton John, were used recently to attract crowds to a fund-raiser for something called the “Rainforest Fund.”  The New York Times had a disgusting picture showing John singing, surrounded by seven men clad only in jockey shorts who appeared to be taking turns fondling him. 

It was perhaps a worthy cause, but the spectacle of Elton John singing while being fondled by a group of nearly-naked admirers is enough to make you question the character and judgment of the people who operate the Rainforest Fund.

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