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Friday, July 31, 2009

Beck's Pledge / Donation - UPDATE

Forgive me if I am confused about this donation. The website www.infund.org is reporting that "Glenn Beck has already pledged $25,000 to Into the Next Chapter to support George Wythe University, a private liberal arts college. That’s a penny a page for 2.5 million pages!"

So Beck pledged the money to www.infund.org, and when/if that site/organization earns the pledge and Beck actually cuts a check to it, will infund.org turn around and cut a check to George Wythe University?

How exactly does Beck's pledge to inFund translate to "support [for] George Wythe University"? The school's press release said "Beck urged supporting the private classical liberal arts university’s singular mission of building statesmen and made a personal donation of $25,000." That implies the donation was to the school.

Or is this yet another half-truth and obfuscation on the part of George Wythe University?

I'm confused about the connection here. Can anyone help me out?

Updated List of Top Readers (as of 7/31/09):

Jefferson D. (provo, ut)
30,748 Pages
Yuko H. (Dayton, Ohio)
29,130 Pages
Martha R. (Provo, Utah)
24,061 Pages
Ammon B. (Klawock, Alaska)
22,537 Pages
Annette M. (Pasadena, CA)
22,246 Pages
JohnThomas D. (Provo, UT)
19,700 Pages
Aaron H. (branson, MO.)
19,358 Pages
Alexis T. (Kaysville, utah)
19,105 Pages
Beth B. (Springville, Utah)
18,038 Pages
Michael J. (West Valley, UT)
16,147 Pages

Note that Jefferson D. has now read 1200 pages in two days!!! So far this individual is reading on average 1 page every 2 minutes, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, since May 31.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Where did Beck's donation go? - UPDATED

I thought that Glenn Beck was donating $25,000 directly to George Wythe University (through the George Wythe Foundation), but the press release is vague on this point:

"Beck urged supporting the private classical liberal arts university’s singular mission of building statesmen and made a personal donation of $25,000."

I recall seeing something about the money possibly going to a teenage girl's foundation. Can anyone confirm that the donation did, in fact, go to the school?

7/29/09 UPDATE

Let me shed a little more light on this. Beck did not in fact donate $25K directly to the school, he pledged the money to www.infund.org:

"Glenn Beck has already pledged $25,000 to Into the Next Chapter to support George Wythe University, a private liberal arts college. That’s a penny a page for 2.5 million pages!"

Earlier today, the school sent out an email saying:

"You can help the youth leading the read-a-thon and GWU by recording any pages you have read (including audio books and reading to someone else) since May 31st. You can be any age to record the pages you've read! Every page gets us closer to collecting the $25,000 pledged to GWU by Glenn Beck."

Here is a list of the top ten readers since May 31 (as of today):

Jefferson D. (provo, ut)
29,538 Pages
Yuko H. (Dayton, Ohio)
29,130 Pages
Martha R. (Provo, Utah)
24,061 Pages
Annette M. (Pasadena, CA)
22,246 Pages
Aaron H. (branson, MO.)
19,358 Pages
Alexis T. (Kaysville, utah)
19,105 Pages
Beth B. (Springville, Utah)
18,038 Pages
JohnThomas D. (Provo, UT)
17,832 Pages
Ginnie B. (Monticello, UT)
16,127 Pages
Michael J. (West Valley, UT)
16,037 Pages

The number one person is QUITE prolific, claiming to average 500 pages a day since May 31. Wow!!! I'm sure Glenn Beck will trust these numbers without question! Err, maybe not.

Re-read the press release quote at the beginning of this post. Not entirely truthful, I'd say. It said nothing about this www.infund.org website, nor did it mention that the "donation" was actually a pledge dependent followers reading 2.5 million pages.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Slash! Bam! The Latest GWU Seminar!!!

GWU has announced a new seminar. As always, you can't make this stuff up:

"What power is shared by Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Thomas Jefferson, and Barack Obama? What is the fourth fundamental force yet to be identified by scientists-the divinely primal force that set the identified three in motion? The answer is the same for both questions. This is no mere trivia; the answer and its skilled application are elementary to the success of statesmen and the cultivation of freedom.

"Want to know the answer?

"Grapple with it, bathe in it, submit to it by attending this online seminar. Answer these questions, harness the power contained and the world will beat a path to your door, Archimedes' lever will spring from your fingertips, your business will not have room to receive its blessings, competitors will shrivel under its light, and your mark will be emblazoned for posterity. Are you prepared to wield this force?"

All this for only $799!

Of course, if GWU mentors are good enough at this to teach it, why don't they attempt to publish something outside the school newsletter?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mr. DeMille has been modest in his account of his studies

This reader comment left by a DeMille Disciple made me smile.

I particularly liked the part about how Oliver DeMille "could whip [my] whiney under-grad behind with both contacs[sic?] and his writing hand tied behind his back."

Spoken like a true statesman!

First show me where DeMille has constructed a coherent essay, and then we'll talk. :)