Fall Pledge Drive

by Brad Nelson10/9/17

My inbox sees its share of junk mail. But what a delight it was to see a most generous donation from our own Koch Brother, Pat Tarzwell. He has started off this year’s StubbornBucks pledge drive with a $100 donation.

The cost to run this site is about $35.00 a month plus around $250.00 yearly domain renewals and etc. Once in a while I will purchase a software plugin that enhances the site’s function. It’s not a lot which is the reason I’ve done very little arm-twisting. It’s worth it to me to have a site not run by either leftist Nazis or the various Little Napoleons who predominate on the web and use their online rules seemingly as a grievance-substitute for all the little battles they don’t win in their real life.

I try not to do that. Tell me to eff-off and that does not dim your prospects for having your article published here. From long practice, I do not like Internet Little Napoleons so I try not to be one. I want this site to be your site. And if you contribute to its maintenance, this is even more so

By the way, Pat has never told me to eff-off, just for the record. A time or two he probably should have though. And for a hundred bucks, wouldn’t you say he has several free ones coming?

But seriously, I hope those who have not contributed before can kick in even $10.00. It all helps. No one is getting rich off of this.

To donate, click the yellow PayPal button at the very bottom right of this page. You don’t have to have a PayPal account. It will accept a debit card and all major credit cards.

Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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12 Responses to Fall Pledge Drive

  1. pst4usa says:

    Did you get the message that I was donating in Honor of Annie Brad?
    This time it was in her name that I was donating and I encourage all of those who will miss Annie to think about kicking in a little bit in her name. After reading some of the comments in the post letting us know what had happened, I see how important this site had become to her and to others, so please help out if you can.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Sorry, Pat. I see it now on the emailed PayPal confirmation. But it doesn’t stand out in all that fine print.

      Thanks. I think that’s a nice gesture. Certainly by hook and by crook, I’ve donated a lot of time to posting Annie’s articles, and gladly so. It’s not my place to say “Make a donation in honor of Annie” because that is obviously self-serving. But it’s not a bad idea.

      And I’ll try to create some kind of graphic or sidebar item for “Annie’s Archives” so they are easily accessible.

  2. pst4usa says:

    It was not my intent, at the time, to make it a challenge Brad. I was just inspired to send the donation in Annie’s name.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I know you have a good heart, Pat. But so what if it turns into a challenge? That wouldn’t be so bad. I don’t want to make money off of Annie’s passing, but any donations will help to maintain the archives.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Thank you, M.C, for the very generous donation of $50.00 for maintaining the site. That really helps both financially and motivationally. It’s very much appreciated.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I don’t know if these donations are meant to be anonymous. I’m going to assume not. I want to give my thanks. And thank you, Steve Lancaster, for your very generous donation of Mr. Grant. Perhaps not the favorite president amongst Southerners but appreciated all the same. 😀 You’ve been an integral part of the site, Steve, and have had the gumption to go beyond political bitchery and post interesting and useful book and movie reviews. Thanks. We (royal we) exist to facilitate reviews, essays, and such over and above the drone of habitual grievance white-noise-static that is unfortunately too large a part of the online experience. There is much to celebrate and give thanks for as well. You donation supports that. A big thank you.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Adding to the cash totals, a friend sent me an Andrew Jackson and a kind note in the mail today. I’m pretty sure she’d rather remain anonymous but if you don’t have PayPal, this just goes to show that paper money still works too, although unless you’ve submitted an article here, you don’t likely have my address.

    Thanks to one and all for keeping the wheels of industry turning here. We’re not like other sites so I won’t give you the same boilerplate spiel. I let you know my costs. All my own time is donated. And I’m glad to do so and am always on the lookout for writers who want to write something fresh, interesting, relevant, or just plain fun. I’ve tried to keep it open in this way, encouraging one and all to really flex their creative muscles, to not be shrinking violets, and to use this site as if it were your own — but to go beyond mere bitching and “whataboutism.”

    And the more you all contribute, the more this is the case that this is your site, in fact. But I do ask that this be a conservative dairy farm where the cream always rises to the top. I scan the pages of most conservative sites and my eyes glaze over. “Whataboutism” is not much of a selling point. Explaining or complaining is not the same as changing.

    And I’m not a Trump fan nor a never-Trumper. But I got a kick out of this blog post at NRO bemoaning the fact that supposed pro-Trumpers shouted down liberal speakers at Whittier College. Heaven forbid.

    Right now I’m reading Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. It’s about the special British unit tasked with developing guerrilla tactics to be used against the Nazis. Here’s a short quote from the book:

    Now, once again, Bower was prepared to nail his ungentlemanly colours to the mast. He expressed shock at the manner in which his Tory colleagues continue to treat Hitler with kid gloves, even though he was breaking every international law in the book. He contended that there was no place for the rule book when dealing with the Nazis. ‘When you are fighting your life against a ruthless opponent,’ he said, ‘you cannot be governed by the Queensberry rules.’

    This is relevant to combatting the Left. They will not be pushed back by winning online arguments. And although I don’t call for explicit violence, I do think we need to get in their faces and push back with more than just rhetoric. And, yes, I understand that for many that Donald Trump is a force for this. And in some ways he indeed is. In some ways I don’t know what the hell he is. He’s like a torchbearer who drips hot, sticky, flammable pitch on everything as he waves his torch around.

    But we do need to start shouting these people down. That may be ungentlemanly but it is absolutely essential. So what’s all this got to do with your contributions? Well, probably not much. But one poster to that article wrote:

    Actually this sounds like good news to me. Anyone who thinks the fascist Left can be “won over” by rational arguments about free speech probably also doesn’t understand why Neville Chamberlain’s “peace for our time” speech didn’t dissuade Hitler from launching the conflagration of World War II. So punching the Left back twice as hard is the only hope there is for saving this country.

    Keep your money. I don’t need it. Like I said, this is not going to be your regular pleading for money. Surely you know someone who needs it more than a web site. It’s an insult to you to say that we’re going to change the world.

    However, any re-revolution needs an ideological core. And I find it very very lacking in today’s conservative press. The truth is often a rare thing. So we stay here, keeping the lights on, hoping to attract those who have something useful to say and who have tales to tell of what they have done. And on those days when we are not fomenting or encouraging revolutions, we will present and discuss all the things (books, movies, histories, etc.) that are all but being forgotten in a culture running rapidly to is own extinction.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I want to publicly thank Pat for making another hefty donation to keep this site running. I don’t mention this as a way to twist other people’s arms for donations. I realize this site is of limited interest to a world gone made with The Daily Drama. The Drama is a drama if only because it pays well for the players involved and is perversely satisfying for the home audience as well.

    Outside the Drama, not so much. Laura Ingraham may get a lot of notoriety for telling off that little college-admissions-failing pipsqueak, Hogg. (And I’m glad she did.) She may even temporarily lose some advertisers. But within the confines of The Drama, it’s a win-win for all parties involved. The game is rigged to raise drama and triviality to pseudo-importance.

    We don’t play the same game here. And it certainly doesn’t pay as well. So I can’t just insult Pat and others on their lack of college pedigree in order to stir up funds. I have to tell it like it is, as boring as that is, and then thank those generous souls who contribute to something outside of The Daily Drama. Whether we (that’s a royal “we”) are worth it or not, I don’t know. But thanks, Pat, for the much-appreciated and much-needed support.

  7. pst4usa says:

    Your’e welcome and insult away Brad. I do not where my lack of education as a badge of honor nor of shame, it simply is what it is. What I have learnd over the years, comes from effort and experience. And although my ability to articulate my thoughs worries me from time to time, that too, is what it is and as life goes by I will work on improving those things I lack, and this site and the writters here help in that particular endevor, so I consider it my investment in education. It’s way cheaper than the current costs of government insitutions of higher indoctrination.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      There are some similarities between what you do for a living and what I do, although your job is much more hi-tech and complex. But given the computer-based nature of it, I would imagine that there wasn’t necessarily a school to go to in order to learn what you’re doing.

      The same for me in regards to what was initially called “desktop publishing.”

      Regarding articulating your thoughts, I do think you have improved immensely. Of course, you know me. I don’t define “the ability to articulate one’s thoughts” as just being more and more clever about weaving baloney. Most of the brain power you find on the internet is in service to creating and amplifying The Daily Drama, not necessarily in cutting through the baloney, being honest, and making things clear.

      Thus what I’m saying is that I’ll take good substance over perfect dotted-all-the-“i’s” style each and every time.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, if you want correction (I don’t usually bother, except for my own writing), I certainly can help. In this case, “your’e” should be “you’re”, being a contraction of “you are” (the apostrophe replaces whatever’s missing). Then it should be “wear” rather than “where” and “thoughts” rather than “thoughs”.

      • pst4usa says:

        I will take all I can get Timothy. But spelling without reading, (by eye that is), is never going to be a strong suit of mine.

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