Earlier today, I was getting ready to post here about the $1200.00 donation I made on behalf of myself, Steve Pidgeon and the kind readers of this blog to Operation Smile, when I was shocked to see that the blog you are reading now had been shut down. If you visited the blog at about 3:50 PM, you would have been greeted with the following statement:
“naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com is no longer available. This blog has been archived and suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.”
I immediately complained to WordPress customer service, and within a few minutes WordPress had restored the blog. They sent me the following message:
Our apologies. The system should not have done that.
We have removed the warning in your dashboard and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.”
I have been very pleased with WordPress. After blogger.com shut me down three years ago (when my Supreme Court case was pending), I switched to WordPress and haven’t had a single problem until today. However, I do not believe this was done deliberately by WordPress. Their fast response/restoration causes me to have faith that free speech is alive and kickin’ here at WordPress where I will keep my blog running.
Regardless, the blog – on its first and last fund-raising drive – received approximately $1450.00 in donations, which I was very very touched by. In the end, Steve and I decided that we would rather donate all the money to a good cause. One soldier donated $100, which I returned to him. Paypal took their cut and there was $1200 and change left which all went to Operation Smile.
Today, I came upon the following video which shows one of these children before and after the operation. It is something that will truly make your heart warm and happy to see. Please watch it. And thank you so much for your kindness towards Steve and I. Now these kids will have a much better life because of your charity.
Leo Donofrio, Esq.