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Taste ... priceless Is everything fair game to eventually become a commodity in America?
posted by ElvisJesus (19 comments total)

 
yes.
posted by troutfishing at 1:14 PM on March 6, 2004


Kelly said the fund has raised more than $750,000 since its inception and distributed $72,000.

10.5% That's Disgusting...

I <3 9/10
posted by Dreamghost at 1:22 PM on March 6, 2004


"Donohue said there are less than 500 Spirit of America MasterCards in circulation, but they will be canceled immediately and replaced." - Some of those will fetch a pretty penny on Ebay one day.
posted by troutfishing at 1:29 PM on March 6, 2004


Kelly said the fund has raised more than $750,000 since its inception and distributed $72,000.

10.5% That's Disgusting...


That's actualy 9.6% (close to 10/105ths), but from the sentance I would assume that they would distribute all of it, and that the $72k figure was what they had done so far.
posted by delmoi at 1:41 PM on March 6, 2004


TV last night noted that though the cards were to be cancelled the bank also noted that they had done nearly no business in marketing the cards. Thus, by withdrawing them, they seem noble when in fact it was a not-wise business decision..now they look very moral.
posted by Postroad at 1:53 PM on March 6, 2004


I wish I had one of these cards... so I could buy this and this.
posted by bradth27 at 2:07 PM on March 6, 2004


I'm willing to give MBNA the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they really did just see the credit card images as a platform to promote celebration of the best of what happened that day. At least it wasn't the picture of a freakin' eagle crying superimposed on the twin towers.

But maybe they also didn't realize that some things -- perhaps many things -- are cheapened by association with commerce.
posted by namespan at 2:21 PM on March 6, 2004


Lets hope so! These Laci Peterson sippy cups aren't going to sell themselves.
posted by skallas at 2:25 PM on March 6, 2004


Let us not forget that MBNA has long been a significant supporter of the Republican party and gave a very large amount of money to the Bush campaign in 2000. When I found this out a week ago, i cancelled my MBNA card (I really had no idea!).

It seems that many in the Republican party don't see the problem with using 9/11 for political or monetary gain. The GOP convention is not welcome here in NYC. They should hold it instead in Texas.
posted by mrbarrett.com at 2:30 PM on March 6, 2004


there was an enormous conflict at the music download company I worked for in 2001 when myself and the other designer refused to do a series of web banners with a patriotic theme a couple weeks after the attack. the two young ladies that came up with the concept couldn't understand why we would refuse our marching orders. one of the genius taglines they submitted was "Let MP3dom Ring!"
*sigh*
posted by hulette at 2:44 PM on March 6, 2004


The Bergen Record is my hometown's local paper, and I've been in the offices of the paper and know some of its staff. I'm not sure to what degree MBNA is attempting to profit off it, but at least on their end The Record- who owns the rights to "the photo"- seems very intent on making sure that it's not exploited. Take that as you will.

(And on a side note not winning a Pulitzer for it is kinda disgraceful. But it might be regional bias.)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:44 PM on March 6, 2004


Let us not forget that MBNA has long been a significant supporter of the Republican party and gave a very large amount of money to the Bush campaign in 2000. When I found this out a week ago, i cancelled my MBNA card (I really had no idea!)

I hope you didn't sign up for a CitiBank Card! Citigroup has donated large amounts to BOTH Bush & Kerry! *GASP*

Seriously, this is a big deal? There are many many charity/organization credit cards that allow you to give with every purchase. This was a way for people to contribute to the Bravest Fund by doing something they were doing anyways. How is this any different that ShopForChange (which has been featured on MetaFilter before) or the new Democratic National Committee VISA Card?

An amusing side note: I recently received a "pre-approved" offer for the Democrat VISA. Someone really has their mailing list demographics mixed up.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 3:40 PM on March 6, 2004


MrBarrett.com, please encourage them to spend as much as possible in New York City. Their huge campaign warchest needs to be drained a bit.
posted by theora55 at 5:34 PM on March 6, 2004


Goodbye, America. Goodbye.
posted by chrid at 6:00 PM on March 6, 2004


Looks like someone forgot to remove the advert ...
posted by hugsnkisses at 6:04 PM on March 6, 2004


metafilter : let mp3dom ring !
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:39 PM on March 6, 2004


Yes, MBNA will kiss ass with whoever will reciprocate, regardless of party affiliation. Here's more on MBNA's close ties with Congress and the executive branch. What an image - an army of corporate jets, yachts, and big-name consultants built on top of years of predatory lending to the poor and uneducated.
posted by PrinceValium at 10:03 PM on March 6, 2004


The GOP convention is not welcome here in NYC. They should hold it instead in Texas.

Hey, hey, wait a minute there, skippy. We don't want 'em here, either. Maybe we should send 'em all over to Baghdad for their convention, now that it's all safe there and everything now.
posted by majcher at 10:15 PM on March 6, 2004


The GOP convention is not welcome here in NYC

I'm glad you area good American and value the viewpoints of others. John Edwards and John Kerry both visited my city and although I went in with no intention of voting for either of them, I attended both of their rallies to hear what they had to say. FWIW, I came away with a positive impression of Edwards.
posted by jlachapell at 6:42 AM on March 8, 2004


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