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Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was spent watching the Paw Patrol movie at the twins first movie experience ever at Alamo (went well!) and at the water park. Oh, and discovering that the lawn mowing service decapitated one of my sprinkler heads for the water system.
As I was fixing the water head (provided the piping isn’t damaged, it’s relatively easy), I noticed that air traffic into Dulles airport was rerouted over our neighborhood. I looked up and saw a plan that looked like it was from Qatar Airways.
So, I opened up my FlightRadar app, and low and behold, it was.
I stopped what I was doing, and had the twins, who were playing in the back yard, wave at them. There is no way they could have seen us, but there very well could be refugees, or Americans who were in Afghanistan on that plane. I read that Qatar Airways was flying a lot of refugees from Doha, where a lot of folks are being flown from Kabul.
My kids are too young to understand what refugees are, but it was good to wave to welcome home our fellow countrymen and women, and say “welcome here” to those fleeing the Taliban. Even though a sort of meaningless gesture in the abstract, it was a moment where I was able to put aside my frustration and think of what lies ahead for those refugees. It’s a hard road. And my biggest problem is a broken sprinkler head for a grass watering system. Perspective is important.
If you’re in the D.C. proper area, unlike me, here’s how you can help with the refugees coming here, via our colleague Ben Parker.
Not a lot of refugees staying in Washington will be living in the District of Columbia. In fact, they’re probably quite likely to be living out where I live. My neighbor’s Mosque does a lot with its refugee help program, and I hope you’ll consider donating like I did. I’ll share more worthwhile charities as I get them. Thanks, as always, for your generosity.
And while we’re talking about helping refugees… Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s PAC has raised over $100,000 for charities dedicated to helping resettle Afghanis.
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John Oliver on the Afghanistan stain on Biden’s legacy… “The only question is: How big does he want that stain to be? And that is really up to him.”
Going undercover in a scam call center… We’ve all gotten those calls from “the IRS” or “Social Security” but a lot of our fellow Americans fall for these scams. One guy in India decided to take a stand, as VICE documents.
COVID ate the Cyber Ninjas’ homework… You can’t make this up.
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