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US gives 50,000 dlrs for quake-hit Italy
AFP ^ | April 6, 2009 | AFP staff

Posted on 04/06/2009 1:02:42 PM PDT by devere

The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters. Italian authorities told the United States they did not need rescue teams, Wood said. President Barack Obama earlier offered his condolences on a visit to Turkey and voiced hope that the United States could send rescuers. The earthquake killed at least 100 people and injured 1,500 more as it reduced medieval buildings to rubble in the central town of L'Aquila. Wood said there were no reports of US citizens among the dead or injured but that the US embassy in Rome was reaching out to Americans living in the region.

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$50,000?
1 posted on 04/06/2009 1:02:42 PM PDT by devere
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To: devere

I saw that number earlier today and was stunned. Chump change.


2 posted on 04/06/2009 1:04:31 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: devere

seems pretty low .... thought the USAF base might donate relief supplies, help with transportation and provide some military assistance (medics, civil engineers, water and sanitation, etc)

perhaps bambi will send some DVD’s


3 posted on 04/06/2009 1:04:43 PM PDT by silverleaf (We live in interesting times: now the entire IRS works for a tax evader)
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To: devere

I seriously hope the decimal is in the wrong spot. Remember the flack Bush took for not giving a bazillion dollars to tsunami ravaged regions?


4 posted on 04/06/2009 1:04:49 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: devere
$50,000?

All the rest has already been given to ACORN and GM.

5 posted on 04/06/2009 1:05:02 PM PDT by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: devere

Is that a misprint?


6 posted on 04/06/2009 1:07:00 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: devere

Nice, insult, that is...


7 posted on 04/06/2009 1:07:11 PM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: devere

$50,000?


i was thinking the same way. can be seen as nice token gesture. but $50,000 to the whole country of italy?????


8 posted on 04/06/2009 1:07:48 PM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: mware

Sorry but we’re a bit skint at the moment after shipping teleprompters all over Europe.


9 posted on 04/06/2009 1:07:54 PM PDT by relictele
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To: Professor_Leonide
I saw the same number earlier today. I think on Drudge.

BRB going to go check it out.

10 posted on 04/06/2009 1:08:06 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: devere

100 dead. 1500 injured.

$50,000 works out to be about $31 per victim.

Why even bother?


11 posted on 04/06/2009 1:08:13 PM PDT by earlJam
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To: devere
$50,000?

The price of one of his steak dinner parties at the W.House.

12 posted on 04/06/2009 1:09:39 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: devere

Hamas gets $900 million and Italy gets $50,000? All foreign aid should be ended.


13 posted on 04/06/2009 1:10:00 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Professor_Leonide

The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

Italian authorities told the United States they did not need rescue teams, Wood said.


14 posted on 04/06/2009 1:10:08 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: devere

1/3000th of what was estimated to have been spent on O’s inauguration.

Well, at least he didn’t pledge to give every person left homeless an iPod.


15 posted on 04/06/2009 1:10:50 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean (Looking for the reset button.)
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To: devere

Another Hussein embarrassment.


16 posted on 04/06/2009 1:12:52 PM PDT by bgill (This IS my happy face.)
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To: Frantzie

Hamas gets $900 million and Italy gets $50,000? All foreign aid should be ended.


hey don´t be ungratefull this is about 0.01 cent for every italian.


17 posted on 04/06/2009 1:15:21 PM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: devere
If we can only afford to give the Queen of England an Ipod,(with stolen songs on it) then this goes along with the bumbling and fumbling we can expect from Zero's administration.

He has shown the whole world what a street activist knows about running this country.
When will we start the impeachment of this bumbling idiot? He has hurt this country immeasurably!

18 posted on 04/06/2009 1:15:41 PM PDT by IceAge
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To: devere
The area must have been void of Palestinian Liberation Organization members.
19 posted on 04/06/2009 1:16:36 PM PDT by Semper Mark (No Quarter Given.)
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To: devere

They should be “given” from the US Treasury (which is broke plus) the same as we should give every other country in the world. ZERO!


20 posted on 04/06/2009 1:17:54 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (GIVE ME YOUR MONEY BITCH! - President Obama)
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To: Don Corleone

We need to send him the word that if we have to downsize, then so does the WH. Actually shouldn’t the WH lead the way considering this economy???


21 posted on 04/06/2009 1:18:30 PM PDT by IceAge
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To: devere

YGBSM!!! $50K???????? If that were a muslim country, obambi would’ve committed us to $10B+. That’s the best “we” can do for an ally??


22 posted on 04/06/2009 1:19:05 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: ScottinVA

I agree with whoever said that when Hamas gets $900 million and Italy gets only $50,000, something is seriously wrong...


23 posted on 04/06/2009 1:20:23 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: ScottinVA

We could’ve raised that amount just within the ranks here at FR in two hours. $50K. Damn, that’s shameful.


24 posted on 04/06/2009 1:21:02 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: devere

$50,000? That’s embarrassing.


25 posted on 04/06/2009 1:21:40 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: devere

Remember, folks....that’s $50,000 BEFORE the exchange rate deductions.


26 posted on 04/06/2009 1:21:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ("The smallest minority on earth is the 'individual'." ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: devere

$50K has got to be a mistake. Why even bother with an amount like that and insult an ally to boot?


27 posted on 04/06/2009 1:22:06 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: ScottinVA

Nicely done, Barry. Dumbass.


28 posted on 04/06/2009 1:22:09 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: devere

yeah, my thoughts exactly. Obama isn’t exactly generous.


29 posted on 04/06/2009 1:23:47 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: LikeLight

Right. They’ve spent all our money already.


30 posted on 04/06/2009 1:24:19 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: mware

“You’re welcome Italy!” :(

Did the Clintons donate underpants?


31 posted on 04/06/2009 1:24:31 PM PDT by 4Liberty (End of civilization. 'Who cares about a little pork?' - Senator Schumer.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

$50K has got to be a mistake. Why even bother with an amount like that and insult an ally to boot?


agreed this must be a mistake. because 50 K is nothing but an insult.


32 posted on 04/06/2009 1:26:28 PM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: ScottinVA
Don't spend it all in one place!
33 posted on 04/06/2009 1:26:49 PM PDT by 4Liberty (End of civilization. 'Who cares about a little pork?' - Senator Schumer.)
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To: 4Liberty

“Don’t spend it all in one place!”

Got that right. This is a new low.


34 posted on 04/06/2009 1:29:13 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: devere
Too bad Rush wasn't on today when this news broke. I think he might have sent them a larger donation himself.

Tell me again, how much did we pledge to Hasmastan?

ML/NJ

35 posted on 04/06/2009 1:29:21 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: devere

Don’t spend it all in one place.


36 posted on 04/06/2009 1:29:42 PM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: Marysecretary

If my memory is correct, his tax returns showed very small donations. Does anyone have that info? I was under the impression that as a couple they were stingy.


37 posted on 04/06/2009 1:32:11 PM PDT by IceAge
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To: devere

Shhesh. You can’t get a decent groppa for $50K in Italy!


38 posted on 04/06/2009 1:33:20 PM PDT by llevrok (I would rather die, standing up and fighting, than to be on my knees, begging)
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To: ScottinVA
We could’ve raised that amount just within the ranks here at FR in two hours

Damn straight. After 9/11 we raised $12,000 in two days just at my local middle school alone (teachers, parents, and kids).

It is getting very embarrassing to be an American.

39 posted on 04/06/2009 1:33:58 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: ml/nj

Too bad Rush wasn’t on today when this news broke. I think he might have sent them a larger donation himself.
Tell me again, how much did we pledge to Hasmastan?


again this must be a typing error. because 50 K can not be true because for a country it would be bether to donate nothing than to daonate 50 K. just imagine the EU would have offered 50 K to rebuild new Orleans. this must be a failure.


40 posted on 04/06/2009 1:34:44 PM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: mware

Chump change indeed. It is a sin. How much of our money is ACORN getting?


41 posted on 04/06/2009 1:35:29 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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“Don’t spend it all in one place.”

It will buy you a couple of weeks at the Galleria in Milan. It’s a very nice place right between the Duomo cathedral and La Scala Opera House.


42 posted on 04/06/2009 1:35:40 PM PDT by devere
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What do you expect, Italy is a Christian state and they did support us, although not greatly, in Iraq.

I cannot wait for that POS muslim non citizen to be removed from office.

Vince


43 posted on 04/06/2009 1:41:31 PM PDT by Mouton
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To: Jonny foreigner

If O can’t use money to control operations of an organization, that organization won’t get much beyond a token amount.


44 posted on 04/06/2009 1:53:41 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: devere

Yeah but this is the NEW money, with Husseins picture! That alone makes it quite a bit more valuable.


45 posted on 04/06/2009 2:01:02 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: devere

$50,000?

50,000 Seats Ready For Larry The Cable Guy Concert


46 posted on 04/06/2009 2:04:15 PM PDT by donna (Sheriff Dept watch: http://www.firecoalition.com/article/index.asp?type=announce&id=111)
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To: IceAge

Yes, I recollect the same.


47 posted on 04/06/2009 2:04:16 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: devere

I was just thinking earlier this morning that the world who thinks Obama is so wonderful is going to learn how much more generous the USA was pre-Obama and that under Obama they will learn they are basically on their own.


48 posted on 04/06/2009 2:05:18 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: ctdonath2

If O can’t use money to control operations of an organization, that organization won’t get much beyond a token amount.


i just keep thinking about the cost the resent europe trip may have cost the american tax payer. hmm considering 500 people constant stuff (i guess “let alone their personal salary” they did not swimm to europe) , air force one, fighter escort... then donate 50 K ??? so how much did it cost per hour 50.000, 100.000, 500.000...? who knows.


49 posted on 04/06/2009 2:06:18 PM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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Obama gave essentially zero - under 1% of gross income, at a time they were making 300K a year - until he decided to run for President.

Whereupon the purse strings opened up and the checks started going out - $27,500 to his God Damn Whitey “church”, $12,000 to the God Damn Whitey Congressional Black Caucus, etc.


50 posted on 04/06/2009 2:13:25 PM PDT by CGTRWK
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