Video: Charity fires director for Facebook comments on Tucson shooting

posted at 3:35 pm on January 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Er, really?  Glen Busch and his wife have clothed more than 2,000 poor children since starting the Chicago chapter of Coats for Kids in 2005.  That seems like a success story, but apparently a couple of Facebook postings asking people to stop leaping to conclusions over the Tucson shootings outweigh the years of good work performed by the Busches.   The national organization fired Busch from the position he created after finding his messages on line, informing him that his connection to the charity is untenable after entering the political fray:

Jumping into a thread with friends discussing the possible politics behind the attack, Busch wrote:

” This was not a political thing, it was a psychotic thing. This kid was nuts! Now lets drop the ink wars and pray for the families. Maybe apologize in public just like your accusations as well? I’m just saying.”

When the shooter, Jared Loughner, was identified Busch posted “Now that we know that this kid was an extreme socialist and democrat, does that change some of the opinions? Guys look, this is not political, he’s just crazy. I do not hold liberals responsible for this now that the facts are known.”

But his boss Paul Darby, the president of the national chapter of Coats for Kids, didn’t like it. Glen says he called the next day severing Glen’s involvement in the organization saying the posts were too radical and political.

I disagree with the analysis in the second message; Loughner was not a registered Democrat and didn’t vote in the last election anyway, and his lunacy was neither Left nor Right, but just plain nuts.  But his overall point about it not being political is exactly correct — and apparently too political for Coats for Kids.  They told him that getting involved in anything controversial violated their policy:

“As a public non-profit foundation, it is essential that we not become involved in public controversy, either in support or in opposition of an issue or cause. You have every right to make whatever comments that you wish as a citizen. We support that right as Americans. Unfortunately, you name is clearly associated with the Coats for Kids Foundation and the activities by the Foundation in Chicago.”

Well, actually, the foundation doesn’t “support that right as Americans.”  If they did support that right, they would not be firing Busch for making a couple of political arguments on Facebook on his own time.  From the message, it seems as if the foundation has laid claim to Busch’s entire life and his name, and required him not to participate in any kind of political activity, on his own time and resources or otherwise.  Whatever that is, it’s certainly not supportive of his right as an American to engage in participatory democracy.  And I’d say the same thing even if Busch had been arguing the opposite.

Busch and the foundation almost certainly had an at-will employment relationship, which means that the foundation can terminate that relationship really for almost any reason within its legal rights.  But that doesn’t make them correct if this is the entire reason for his dismissal.  I blogged for several years and wrote much more controversial opinions than Busch while working for a private-sector company, which never told me even once to stop engaging in politics, even when I became more well known for it.  That’s support for the American right to engage in political action.

Hopefully, Coats for Kids will rethink its dismissal of a committed man of charitable works, and actually support his right to engage as an American.

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Send them a message (http://www.coats-for-kids.org//index.php?option=com_contact&Itemid=3). Here’s what I sent:

Reprehensible.

Mr. Paul Darby is quoted as saying:
“As a public non-profit foundation, it is essential that we not become involved in public controversy, either in support or in opposition of an issue or cause. You have every right to make whatever comments that you wish as a citizen. We support that right as Americans. Unfortunately, you name is clearly associated with the Coats for Kids Foundation and the activities by the Foundation in Chicago.”

To Mr. Darby: you have now become involved in public controversy, and that of your own making. You have every right as an at-will employer to fire anyone you wish. I support that right as an employer. Unfortunately, you [sic] name is clearly associated with Coats for Kids Foundation. Therefore, I anxiously await your resignation as president and/or your public apology and reinstatement of Mr. Busch.

This issue has only become part of the national spotlight because of YOUR actions, sir – not Mr. Busch’s. If you are that concerned about the optics of your organization in the public eye, and yet so willfully blind to the results of your actions, you are indeed myopic. In other words, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Beo on January 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Having said that, as long as I don’t “speak for” the company on my FB page, they don’t care what I say there.

That’s a good thing!

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Glad you clarified. Because my head almost exploded after your first post.

Of course he couldn’t – and shouldn’t – argue political positions in his official capacity.

But assuming this was his personal, private Facebook? Sheesh. If charities actually are this intrusive into the private thoughts and actions of its employees, its a miracle anyone works for a 501(c)(3) organization.

I’d REALLY like to see the Facebook pages of every OTHER employee in the organization. Keeping mind that Busch’s comments weren’t even actually political … it’d be interesting to see how many of his colleagues still have “Got Hope?” silliness on their pages.

Starting with the guy who fired him.

I’d suggest his attorney target his discovery efforts right there. But – of course – suddenly the organization will start talking about individual privacy rights.

Jesus wept. And so did a whole bunch of kids who need warm coats.

Professor Blather on January 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

You honestly believe that his two rather benign post put the non-profit status of Coats for Kids in jeopardy? Do tell.

mankai on January 13, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Actually, I don’t. But I’m not leading that non-profit. To a liberal mind, denying politics played a part in the shooting could be a huge affront and political statement in their minds. It’s very possible that liberal who fired him saw it as an implicit support for Palin.

Or that the “socialist” comment lumped in with Democrats was an affront to him personally.

But Ed was the one trying to compare his tenure with a private company with this man’s connection with a non-profit. They are two entirely different things in how political speech can harm them. You can’t compare apples to elephants.

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

SwampYankee on January 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Sorry Yankee, I didn’t see you had already done this home work.

Mason on January 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Good work in both regards.

I’m still asking the question: You’d think that “liberals” would support Liberty.

(But that’s just rhetorically speaking, I believe we know the answer to that anyway)

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Another example that liberals play to win, cross them and you are attacked in every manner possible.

RJL on January 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Or that the “socialist” comment lumped in with Democrats was an affront to him personally..

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Is there a difference?

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I find it very frightening that the libs have no problem whatsoever in destroying those who disagree with them. The only way to stop it, is to go after those doing the destroying.

Iblis on January 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Is there a difference?

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Not to you and I, but to them, yes. That’s why they change names every decade or so. They used to be liberals, until communism was associated with that term, so they switched it up to progressives and now socialism is being attached to that.

They just don’t want to change terminology again. The constant changes of letterhead is getting expensive.

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Other than scamming money for themselves, do you ever wonder how a liberal justifies in their own mind why they even need to have a charity when they believe the government supplies every need?

TugboatPhil on January 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

You’d think that “liberals” would support Liberty, right?

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Yeah. You’d think.

Sort of like you’d think countries with names like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or the German Democratic Republic would support democracy, huh?

Same poop, different day.

Professor Blather on January 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

He just violated his bosses agena, plain and simple and he’s gone.

mixplix on January 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Is there a difference?

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Not to you and I, but to them, yes. That’s why they change names every decade or so. They used to be liberals, until communism was associated with that term, so they switched it up to progressives and now socialism is being attached to that.

They just don’t want to change terminology again. The constant changes of letterhead is getting expensive.

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Well yes, but the problem is that it’s the same ideology in new packaging – the same FAILED ideology.

They gave what used to mean someone that advocated Liberty a bad name; now they’re given the word Progress a bad name.

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

You’d think that “liberals” would support Liberty, right?

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Yeah. You’d think.

Sort of like you’d think countries with names like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or the German Democratic Republic would support democracy, huh?

Same poop, different day.

Professor Blather on January 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

This is why the Left has to control the discussion – they lose every time people figure of who they truly are.

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Speaking of insanity…this guy gets fired while sheriff dumnuts gets a handshake and thanks from the president and keeps his job?

A.C. McCloud on January 13, 2011 at 5:04 PM

This is not surprising at all. On Saturday night one of my neighbors (liberal) who has a blog that I usually stay away from posted some screen shots of SP’s map and some other shit about how the shooting was SP’s fault. I posted in the comments under my real name basically telling him to stay away from my house (he’s dropped by a few times) and that he is insane. I am actually not proud of myself for doing it but I was so mad. Anyway, first thing the other commenters did was use my name to find out where I work so they could call to see if my boss approved of what I was doing with my free time. Of course they didn’t call since they are wussies but that was the first thing they thought of and my boss would have laughed his ass off anyway.

kahall on January 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Today’s progressives (to include the President) are not the first to fall for that communism/socialism/facism would have worked if only the right people had been in charge meme.

That meme has been around since the days of Rosa Luxembourg…

It is not the leadership, nor the messaging that is faulty…it is the entire concept.

But, still they struggle onward, trying to convince us that the collective is worth more than the individual, and government is the answer to all our ills.

coldwarrior on January 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Ed, a non-profit can lose it’s 501(C)3 for “political” activities.

I work for a not for profit corporation and we are directed not to mention parties or specific candidates in our company emails during elections or we could risk losing the not for profit status.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Are you prohibited from participating in the most political of all activity….voting?

I’m not sure how Facebook is different than voting regarding a connection to a non-profit employee.

BobMbx on January 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Having said that, as long as I don’t “speak for” the company on my FB page, they don’t care what I say there.

That’s a good thing!

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Do you enjoy Hot Air while at work?

BobMbx on January 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Just sent my e-mail. :-D

Mr. Darby,

I am taken aback and somewhat perplexed upon reading a news item that you have fired a Mr. Glen Busch of the Chicago chapter of Coats for Kids.

You are quoted as saying:
“As a public non-profit foundation, it is essential that we not become involved in public controversy, either in support or in opposition of an issue or cause. You have every right to make whatever comments that you wish as a citizen. We support that right as Americans. Unfortunately, your name is clearly associated with the Coats for Kids Foundation and the activities by the Foundation in Chicago.”

According to your website:

Cheryl Darby served as the office manager for an international agricultural consulting firm. She has assisted in the operation of Darby Enterprises since its formation. Cheryl is also the operations manager for Coats for Kids.
Clearly the you and the Paul Darby listed below at Darby Enterprises are one and the same. According to OpenSecrets.com (which is, oddly, more exhaustive than the FEC website:

DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 9/18/96 $2,000 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES 7/28/00 $1,000 DNC Services Corp (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 6/26/03 $1,000 Daschle, Tom (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES 4/6/04 $1,000 Dole, Elizabeth (R)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 SELF EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 8/20/02 $750 Thompson, Jill Long (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 EDUCATOR 9/6/96 $500 DNC Services Corp
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 SELF EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 6/29/01 $500 Thompson, Jill Long (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 SOUTHERN STATES COOP FOUNDATIO/CONS 3/21/05 $500 Goodlatte, Bob (R)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 11/10/03 $500 Daschle, Tom (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 9/8/04 $500 DNC Services Corp (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC./CONSULTANT 10/13/04 $500 DNC Services Corp (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES 9/20/96 $500 Bedford, Roger (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 SELF EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 12/17/01 $300 Thompson, Jill Long (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 8/4/99 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 7/29/00 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 6/28/01 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 7/19/02 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES 10/10/96 $250 Harkin, Tom (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC./CEO 7/30/04 $250 DNC Services Corp (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 9/7/04 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 7/15/03 $250 Leahy, Patrick (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 SELF EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 3/4/02 $200 Thompson, Jill Long (D)
DARBY, PAUL
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 6/27/96 $200 Combest, Larry (R)
DARBY, PAUL B
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 ENTREPRENUER 7/5/96 $1,000 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
DARBY, PAUL B
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 CONSULTANT 6/6/96 $500 Kaptur, Marcy (D)
DARBY, PAUL B
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 CONSULTANT 6/20/97 $500 Kaptur, Marcy (D)
DARBY, PAUL B
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 6/22/96 $250 Stenholm, Charles W (D)
DARBY, PAUL B MR
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES/CONSULTANT 3/7/00 $500 Gore, Al (D)
DARBY, PAUL B MR
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 DARBY ENTERPRISES INC 8/10/98 $250 Stenholm, Charles W (D)
DARBY, PAUL MR
ALEXANDRIA,VA 22304 OTHER/OTHER 9/28/04 $250 Butterfield, G K (D)

All of the above is public information, accessible to all, unlike Mr. Busch’s Facebook page. Yet you, for some reason, deem it appropriate to terminate the services of Mr. Busch because of his “radical” statement that Jared Loughner was not inspired to go on a murderous spree due to any words or graphics published by Sarah Palin. Mr. Busch’s words, in my reading of them, were deliberately non-partisan and written in a forum where he is allowed, as a member of a free society, to voice his opinion.

You’re political contributions, on the other hand, are public in nature, publically available for review and are, by definition, partisan.

In light of these obvious facts, would you be willing to a) reconsider you decision to fire Mr. Busch since he has every right to voice his opinion as an American citizen, or b) resign you position since your name is clearly associated with Coats for Kids?

Thank you for reading this.

Sincerely,
Robert W Jones

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

It seems the young savage has now locked her twitter page. Huh.

Bishop on January 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Naturally. Liberals are suuuuuuch freakin’ cowards.

Dopenstrange on January 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Beo on January 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Shazaam:)

Buy Danish on January 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

This is great work. Hannity and O’Reilly should get their hands on this letter and this info. Forward it to them! This whole firing thing is gonna end up being a big deal, just wait and see.

Dopenstrange on January 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Sir, you have my eternal regards. I searched opensecrets but came up with zilch. Do you have a subscription?

Western_Civ on January 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

That is another charity I will not be giving to.

Slowburn on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

“As a public non-profit foundation, it is essential that we not become involved in public controversy, …

They just involved themselves.

JellyToast on January 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

THIS IS PURE STALINISM. A PURGE. SOMETHING THE LEFT ALWAYS REVERTS TO.

IT’S THEIR NATURE.

REMEMBER JUAN WILLIAMS?

WHY DO THEY REVERT TO IT ALL THE TIME?

SIMPLE:

REDISTRIBUTIONISM AND COLLECTIVISM REQUIRE A STRONG STATE TO SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS FROM THEIR RIGHTFUL PROPERTY.

PEOPLE WHO DIVERGE FROM THE POLITBURO RUNNING THE STATE THREATEN THE STATE’S CONTROL AND THEREFORE THREATEN REDISTRIBUTION.

reliapundit on January 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Way to go, Spork!

Mason on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I find it very frightening that the libs have no problem whatsoever in destroying those who disagree with them. The only way to stop it, is to go after those doing the destroying.

Iblis on January 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Are 501(c)-3 organizations subject to the FOIA?

Yoop on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Good work.

(Sorry you had to wear out the “D” key on your key board.)

davidk on January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Western Civ

Try this. You may have to go through a very simple log in screen. If this doesns’t work go to opensecrets.com and look for political donors then follow the simple instructions.

Go here.

Mason on January 13, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Huh. Irony. I was just considering this group as a charity for an event I’m building. Apparently… not anymore.

One Angry Christian on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Huh. Irony. I was just considering this group as a charity for an event I’m building. Apparently… not anymore.

One Angry Christian on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

So, you’d rather make sure children who need a winter coat won’t receive any help from you in that regard.

And you’re punishing the president of the foundation how?

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

So, you’d rather make sure children who need a winter coat won’t receive any help from you in that regard.

And you’re punishing the president of the foundation how?

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

No. It just means that we will funnel our charitable giving using other means entities.

exsanguine on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Ed, a non-profit can lose it’s 501(C)3 for “political” activities.

Which has nothing to do with the issue here.

By the way, when does Media Matters lose their non-profit status? They violate it on a daily basis.

xblade on January 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Tolerance and Liberals meet Oil and Water

CWforFreedom on January 13, 2011 at 7:21 PM

@Tuning Spork, great post. I have forwarded this to SAC Headquarters civilian material disbursement in Omaha. I have no idea which department is conducting this business with Darby but I think the Air Force can find kids right around here that could use some warmth. Not only here at Offutt AFB in Omaha but Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City as well.

Tangerinesong on January 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I wouldn’t donate to them either. What I would do is buy coats for the needy in my area in lieu of that donation. Problem solved.

chemman on January 13, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The internet is not a safe place to render opinions anymore.

I avoid Facebook at all costs … I’ve seen plenty who made statements on Facebook or other sites and soon found themselves out of a job or refused a job, dropped from consideration for promotion or assignment and at the very least harrassed by so-called friends to the point well beyond propriety.

coldwarrior on January 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM

No kidding. FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter … those are the sites many HR departments go to the very first thing to find out information when considering new hires.

And many in HR, if they go online and see so much as a nice family picture with a job prospect in it holding a beer while at a BBQ, that possible new hire’s resume goes in the trash.

And if anyone thinks their information posted on one of these forums is “safe”? Well guess what?

Take for example credit card theft. The majority of it is not done on line. It’s done when a disgruntled / criminal employee decides to simply down load it from the server it’s stored on to be sold to the highest bidder.

If you trust everyone working for all these sites with your life story – have at it.

I don’t.

BowHuntingTexas on January 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Hey now, y’all were quick to dismiss any good that ACORN might have done over political BS…why so quick to this man’s defense?

ernesto on January 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Today’s progressives (to include the President) are not the first to fall for that communism/socialism/facism would have worked if only the right people had been in charge meme.

That meme has been around since the days of Rosa Luxembourg…

It is not the leadership, nor the messaging that is faulty…it is the entire concept.

But, still they struggle onward, trying to convince us that the collective is worth more than the individual, and government is the answer to all our ills.

coldwarrior on January 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I for one am sick of the deception on their part – they stand for authoritarianism and nothing more.

They promise to rob one group to buy the votes of another and when their flawed system breaks down, they don’t move on to something better but just double down on tyranny.

Chip on January 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Since Glen Busch was fired, then I guess he was employed and paid. I don’t want to put him down, but how many employees does it take to collect some coats. In my area, schools, private business such as banks and groups have collected coats and had the Salvation army pick them up and give them away. Sometimes I wonder if these “nonprofits” are job creation projects for liberals.

jeannie on January 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Hey now, y’all were quick to dismiss any good that ACORN might have done over political BS…why so quick to this man’s defense?

ernesto on January 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

This is almost too stupid for words. Why so quick? Gee, maybe because what he wrote isn’t political, even though that’s the reason given for his firing and maybe because what he wrote isn’t controversial, giving polling, even though they’re claiming it is. And maybe it’s because what he said was born of decency, not an attempt to score political points.

There is no ACORN connection whatsoever. You’re only bringing it up to troll, and it’s really stupid.

Esthier on January 13, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Since Glen Busch was fired, then I guess he was employed and paid. I don’t want to put him down, but how many employees does it take to collect some coats. In my area, schools, private business such as banks and groups have collected coats and had the Salvation army pick them up and give them away. Sometimes I wonder if these “nonprofits” are job creation projects for liberals.

jeannie on January 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

From what I gathered watching the video, he was a volunteer, not a paid employee.

According to his Facebook, he’s a Captain in a fire department.

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Apolitical?!?
Coats for Kids is picking sides…
The Left side, of course.

Who was it that said that any organization that is not explicitly conservative will, over time, come to be dominated by Leftists? This looks like just another example.

Haiku Guy on January 13, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Silence the right by any means necessary.

RedNewEnglander on January 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Interestingly, the Coats for Kids website: http://www.coats-for-kids.org

Has had it’s account suspended by it’s hosting provider.

Unknown at this time as to the reason why, but it seems AWFULLY coincidental that this story broke the afternoon before the site went down.

Hmmmm…

wearyman on January 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

So, you’d rather make sure children who need a winter coat won’t receive any help from you in that regard.

And you’re punishing the president of the foundation how?

ButterflyDragon on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I doubt it will be difficult to find another group helping keep children warm that is not quite so cold hearted itself.

As someone else mentioned, by the rules they seem to have created here, the National President seems to have trapped himself into a forced resignation. He clearly has brought this groups mission into question with his actions.

OBQuiet on January 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Why should two Facebook comments encouraging levelheadedness and the display of our better natures be enough to negate all the good he’s done? Doesn’t Scripture define an act of love and mercy as charity? Correct me if I’m wrong.

Ryan Anthony on January 13, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Give me a break. What a crock!

The guy’s boss is an idiot. So what’s new? Because he works for a charity Ed thinks he’s somehow special? Even “conservatives” have fallen for this BS crap about lifting up the poor.

Glen, you got screwed. Join the club dude. Suck it up and get a new job. For a good man like you the Lord will make it work to your benefit. Tell Mr. Darby to go f*&^ himself.

This is America. We want FREEDOM not SYMPATHY!

rcl on January 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

“Shut up,” they explained.

SlimyBill on January 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM

wearyman on January 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Definately off-line. Hmm…

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Do we know if any of the “friends” he was talking to also worked for Coats for Kids? If they were being “political” and bashing Palin etc – shouldn’t they also lose their jobs?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Hey now, y’all were quick to dismiss any good that ACORN might have done over political BS…why so quick to this man’s defense?

ernesto on January 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

God, your comments just drip with sanctimony. Are you really such an ass? Can you really not separate a man who made a comment on Facebook simply calling for civility over this event and ACORN who has been proved time and time again to be rife with fraud and corruption?

Your whole self-righteous shtick really just turns my stomach.

hawkdriver on January 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM

hawkdriver on January 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM

That reminds me, another ACORN piece of scum has avoided prison over voter fraud this week: ACORN Leader Avoids Prison for Voter Fraud Conspiracy

‘A Las Vegas judge’, elected; ’nuff said.

slickwillie2001 on January 14, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Tuning Spork on January 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Absolutely fantastic job!!! Depressing to see the egregious bias, but great sleuthing on your part. It’s good we have that information.
Ed and Allah should run with this.

Bee on January 14, 2011 at 2:48 AM

I have worked for three expressedly liberal bosses. One of them was an active debater and would never do things like this. The other two were tyrants on the issue and did actually punish people for not being liberal if they spoke up.

I’ve had no conservative bosses or managers who would do so, though most discouraged politics at work.

Oddly, my latest employment *should* have been doctrinaire liberal, but there’s not much political discussion and the bosses don’t push *most* political issues – except those connected to the company’s role. Even there, they’re not too pushy. Much less than I expected.

In either case, Paul Darby screwed up. The posts decried politicizing the events, and it certainly would appear that Darby had an ax to grind here, and buys into the left’s contention that this should be politicized to their benefit.

Merovign on January 14, 2011 at 4:23 AM

But his boss Paul Darby, the president of the national chapter of Coats for Kids, didn’t like it. Glen says he called the next day severing Glen’s involvement in the organization saying the posts were too radical and political.

So Darby never votes? He has never voted, he never wore a “Gore” pin or “Obama” pin, he never spoke the word Obama during the last presidential election…hypocrisy is a word owned by the left.

right2bright on January 14, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Your whole self-righteous shtick really just turns my stomach.

hawkdriver on January 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Hawk, you jump to conclusion, maybe ernesto is just plain stupid…

right2bright on January 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM

As I said at my site, Coats for Kids must be destroyed. There are other fine organizations that do the same sort of work that are not so wedded to the discredited Leftist meme that the right is responsible for Tucson — we need to make the point that if they are going to take our cash, our donated items, and our time, then they need to truly show respect for our rights and our views as Americans.

rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/310710.php

RhymesWithRight on January 14, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Look for the silver lining.

I’ve been trying for over a year to get my daughter to reconsider how she uses her FB page (nothing immoral or remotely indecent, but way too much personal drama/gossip). Her real name is on it, and I’ve warned her that it will harm her employment opportunities if nothing else. Five minutes after reading this, she started scrubbing her “real” page, and moving all of the “chatty” behavior to a pseudonymous page.

Now, my saying this in no way suggests that what Mr. Busch did was unwise or inappropriate. His comments could only be viewed as other than vanilla, decent, and harmless by a mind twisted to the left. Everyone above had clearly made the case(s) for the motives and goals of the socialist movement, no need for me to pile on, so I’ll just say “Ditto”.

Freelancer on January 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

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