Just for the Record...
Give him some dough.
Mission Statement: Mission statement? Who needs a friggin' mission statement?! I'm not out to change the World, just screw with those who are. Yeah, that means you, Lefty!
Iam tempted to call up and offer to make a donation just so that minutes
later I can call and withdraw my donation.
m0nkeyb0y on June 26,
2007 at 7:23 PM
I have a pretty strong connection to Alaskan Eskimo villages (not these specific villages), and these aren't just any ol' Eskimo villages. Mapqest them and you'll see where they are situated. Yeah, waaaaay out there.
And yet a few villages are refusing free heating oil from Venezuela, on the patriotic principle that no foreigner has the right to call their president "the devil."
....Dimitri Philemonof, president and chief executive of the association, said accepting the aid would be "compromising ourselves." "I think we have some duty to our country, and I think it's loyalty," he said.
However, after continued anti-American remarks including the scathing comments made at the United Nations by Venezulan President Chavez toward the United States and President Bush, it is essential we reconsider our position. During a meeting with APIA Board Members, APIA’s President/CEO, and Tribal residents from the affected communities on Wednesday September 27, it became clear that we must decline the offer. The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and the Tribal communities of St. George, St. Paul, Nelson Lagoon, and Atka made the decision not to accept this donation to patriotically support the United States Government and President Bush.Brings tears to my eyes.
Even though this fuel prospectively provides a basic essential need for our people, the leaders feel compelled to make this sacrifice. One of our Tribal Council Presidents said it very well, “The fuel barge has not yet arrived, and we are now having to ration what fuel we have left. The price is almost $5 per gallon. But we just cannot in good conscience accept fuel from someone who has so denigrated our country and our President”. Despite the critical need for fuel in our region, the Unangan (Aleut) people are Americans first, and we cannot support the political agenda attached to this donation.