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A Little Friday Night Earmark Fun

7:19 PM, Mar 13, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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Your tax dollars at work:

$1,000,000 for the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative, "a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tribal organization . . . committed to reestablishing buffalo herds on Indian lands in a manner that promotes cultural enhancement, spiritual revitalization, ecological restoration, and economic development." And they use every part of the buffalo.

$3,939,000 for the Delta nutrition initiative, which "applies state-of-the-art nutrition tools to solve nutrition problems within the Delta and to contribute to the future health and well-being of the citizens of the region." It's in Little Rock. Need I say more?

$2,347,000 for the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program (and the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program), "a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. We support a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and oppression and nurture an innovative national network of creative and inspiring change agents who share our vision of a just world. The Emerson Program seeks to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and Partner Organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Ultimately, we hope to create a country free from hunger and poverty where access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food is recognized as a basic human right." We are the world.

$1,000,000 for the Partnership For mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science, New Jersey, "to address the most urgent scientific problems limiting successful management of summer flounder in the Mid-Atlantic region." But what about the winter flounder?

$2,150,000 State of Wisconsin Height Modernization Program. They're short as hell and they're not gonna put up with it anymore!

$1,000,000 City of Camden "for the purchase of equipment to more effectively fight crime" It's the most dangerous city in the nation. Do they really think a million bucks will be enough?

3,400,000 West Virginia Sheriffs' Association "to purchase visualization technology." Yes, it would be better if the sheriffs could see.

6,623,000 Formosan Subterranean Termites Research, New Orleans, La. Those termites are a long way from home.

$1,268,000 for Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance, Wisconsin. They like to watch up there.

And in the no comment department:

$1,791,000 for Swine Odor and Manure Management Research, Ames, Iowa

$1,037,000 for Potato Research