Saturday, December 29, 2007

"Phony Soldiers" 
Variations on a theme.

An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."

While gripping, it was not true — and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.

The sponsor of the contest was Club Libby Lu, a Chicago-based store that sells clothes, accessories and games intended for young girls.

Money quote: "We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."

I hope Club Libby Lu raffles off the grand prize, and donates the proceeds to a charity that really does benefit the children of our fallen.

I will help publicize if they choose to do so.

The store is considering "taking away the girl's tickets."


I don't see how they can possibly consider NOT doing it. There are plenty of youngsters who really lost their daddies in Iraq. Give the prize to one of them. The little girl who wrote the essay will understand. Even if her mom doesn't, and never will.

Splash, out



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