Pledge Week Update: give liberally (and anonymously)

61 readers have now given over $2,000 during the first two days of the first annual HA Pledge Week, bringing me more than halfway towards my $3,500 goal with five days remaining. That’s a very encouraging start, and I thank you all for your generosity.

It is particularly gratifying to see so much grassroots support, but I have noticed that my list of contributors does not yet include a single elected official, potential candidate or representative of a high-profile progressive organization. Hmm. These are of course the people who have the most to lose should I some day be forced to give up blogging. You’d think they’d want to help me sustain and expand my efforts.

I suppose one explanation might be that these public figures want to avoid the appearance of impropriety. For example, if I were to write something good about them — or nasty about their opponent — it might not look so good for it to be known that they had previously given me money.

Well, first of all, nobody needs to know. This is not a charitable contribution, and HA is no PAC. I am not required by law to reveal my donors, and I have no intention of doing so. Anybody who fears some repercussion from contributing to HA may rest at ease. I will not reveal your identity.

In fact, I don’t even need to know who you are. I’ve been encouraging donors to give through PayPal because there are no preset contribution limits, but you may completely shield your identity from me by making a donation via the Amazon Honor System. Personally, I think I’m at least as capable as the Seattle Times of maintaining editorial independence from my advertisers and subscribers/donors, but if you want to avoid even the possibility of influencing my future coverage, you can always give anonymously.

So there you have it. No ethical quandaries. No more excuses. If you think HA is worthy of support, then please give what you can today.

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Comments

  1. 1

    YO spews:

    JUST THINK ROGERS WIFE HAS TO WORK THREE DAYS ON THE STREET TO PAY OFF THE RABBITS BIG DONATION OF 24.95.HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE HER IF HE GAVE $200.00.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “I suppose one explanation might be that these public figures want to avoid the appearance of impropriety. For example, if I were to write something good about them — or nasty about their opponent — it might not look so good for it to be known that they had previously given me money.”

    More likely they don’t want to be associated with the profanity, violence, and nudity on this web site.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 I’ll let you lick my cut cottontail for $24.95. For a good time, call 1-900-LICK-ROG.

  4. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Mrs. Rabbit wants to know why George W. Bush spent Hanukkah looking for colored easter eggs on the White House lawn.

    (This apparently is a David Letterman joke.)

  5. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “I will not reveal your identity.”

    What if they torture you? For example, by making you read Auntie Loony’s comments?

  6. 9

    spews:

    And just think… if Goldy pisses you off later, it is fully refundable! LOL.

    Yer doing great David! Establishment folks need to give too!

  7. 10

    spews:

    Wonder if auntie read his last post (55 on the previous thread) and realized he landed on the wrong side of the line? He has been strangely silent ever since.

  8. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 How much did you give, Y’o?*

    * Y’o is a contraction of “yahoo” (as in “trailer park yahoo”) and is probably spelled with an apostrophe. Like most wingnut idiots, Y’o can’t even spell his own fucking name.

  9. 13

    Yer Killin Me spews:

    10

    Maybe he got a C&D from an attorney representing Goldy. I’m sure there are a few in town that would take the case on a contingency basis. Heck, if I was an attorney I’d consider taking it pro bono just to watch Anti American wet its diapers.

  10. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Re 55 in previous thread: “For your entertainment, I have intentionally misspelled ONE word in this document, which I bet you can’t find without the assistance of your spell-checker.”

    Is this you, Aunty Loony? http://tinyurl.com/65bzv

  11. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 No, “probably.” I deal with probabilities. Nothing is certain. Life itself is uncertain; that’s why you should eat dessert first.

  12. 17

    Yer Killin Me spews:

    Well, I agree about the dessert part (been saying that myself for years) but I thought in the past you’d decleared that that was how his name was spelled, full stop. My bad.

    Like I’ve said before, facts are a tricky thing. Sometimes they change themselves around just to make you look foolish if you don’t go look them up first to pin them down.

  13. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 “Like I’ve said before, facts are a tricky thing. Sometimes they change themselves around just to make you look foolish if you don’t go look them up first to pin them down.”

    That’s nothing! Have you ever tried to get pudding to stick to a wall?

  14. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 I remember a food fight in my junior high that would have made any prison proud. They brought in cops to break it up.

  15. 22

    bj spews:

    So, no contributions from professional politicians. How about journalists and media people, who certainly have benefitted from your material? And how about from the trolls; have any of them given you even a dime for providing a forum for them to befoul?

  16. 24

    Chadt spews:

    NB: Rabbits are prolific. It’s designed in. He gives me time for morning coffee. We should have a fan club.

  17. 25

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    http://www.nea.org/nr/nr020920.html

    “Thurston County, Washington, Judge Imposes Sanctions On Evergreen Freedom Foundation”

    Read the whole article to find out how crooked and deceptive the EFF is.
    I have links detailinf their financial contributors as well.

    http://www.examiner.com/a-4937.....money.html

    Former teacher’s lawsuit challenges union’s use of money

    “He agreed to let the conservative think tank and longtime union adversary put his name on the lawsuit but now can’t remember the details of the conversation.”

    Yeah. This guy sounds hoppin’ mad — not!

  18. 26

    SeaBos84 spews:

    i gave you ten bucks cuz i think the site is another needed voice – even though you pimped for that our dishrag of a U.S. Senator Cant-do-shit

    she and patty mush are appallingly ineffectual.

    rmm.

  19. 27

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    re 26: It’s harder to build things up than tear them down. Wingnuts are good at the latter and totally ineffective at the former.

  20. 30

    Kiroking spews:

    Wally

    He’s quit teaching to make more money, but he does know that he doesn’t want his “forced” union dues spent on politic’s he doesn’t even agree with.

    You convienantly left out that part.

  21. 32

    Kiroking spews:

    I say take the politic’s out of unions, and you have a union. Our country has tough worker rights protection(yes the unions fought for them in a time it was needed) but now they just pad their pockets with dues.

    Unions protect the jobs of the lazy and ineffective. When it comes to teaching, it is worse. Once that teacher is vested in the District, they can stay there for life, unless of course they run into the law. Good effective teachers are out there, some are waiting for a job, but the ineffective lazy ones know when they got it good.

  22. 33

    spews:

    kiroking:

    We all make typos. But convienantly is not even close, moe-ron. C O N V E N I E N T L Y is the correct and true spelling.

    What a fucktarded WingNutShrillShill.

    I am jus’ sayin’.

  23. 35

    Kiroking spews:

    Hey Leftnut

    I am gladd youu are so profieanct in spellingg. Two baad you havee two critterzize the spellingg of uthers, and knot tak intwo cosideratin the conntext of the post. But I convienantly forgeet that yuu do knot have any thing to reely contiribute, xcept yuur suburb spellingg skeels.

    Must suck being you.

    (BTW. My ex used the “I am just saying” comment all the time. Wonders why I left.)

  24. 36

    spews:

    kiroqueen at 35:

    WOW what a detective you are. I made no attempt to hide my blog. Most folks here know who I am. I have never hidden that.

    The self-satisfaction you must have from clicking on the link must be overwhelming to you. Perhaps you should sit down for a few minutes and recover.

    Had I intended for anyone not to find out who was writing speakingblue, I am internet savvy enough to not have linked to my blog. (I am still getting used to writing on a regular basis again, and, using a business term, I am going through an extended cold opening).

    Stealing my my DugoutNut signature of Dug is a sincere form of flattery. Thank you for that.

    By the way, not many folks see my blog so I now have your IP address. I’m jus’ sayin’. Smile, its not like I am going to post it on the internet or anything…….hmmmmmm….

    Thank you again for reading my posts and visiting my website.

    Love and kisses (Stole that from Carl Ballard. Credit now given)

  25. 38

    Kiroking spews:

    @ 36
    What the fuck are you talking about?

    My post to you was in regard to your pickiness to my spelling error.

    I have no clue what your “blog” is, well I do now you just posted it.

  26. 40

    spews:

    Kiroking at 38:

    Settle down. I may have you confused with another “detective”. You will note that someone is using the moniker “dug”. That is my “real” online identity signature. DugoutNut shortened to Dug. I even own the domain, not sure why, but I do.

    If it is not you, I apologize.
    Some boob thought they were outing me and I just wanted to hit them in the head with their own hammer.

  27. 41

    spews:

    Dear fakeimposter dug:

    I know you believe what you posted in comment 39 is true. It is not.

    Have another hit on the crack pipe and think of Tacoma Narrows bridge as a diving board. I think it is time for a swim.

    By they way, fakeimposter dug, the only liar here is you.

    Fucktard.

  28. 44

    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WINGNUTS IS HOW MUCH THEY HATE THEMSELVES – THEIR SELF LOATHING. WHENEVER THEY INDULGE IN NAME-CALLING, ALL THEY’RE DOING IS DESCRIBING THEMSELVES. SEE TED HAGGARD, MARK FOLEY, LIMBAUGH, ETC.

    DAVID BROCK DESCRIBES THIS IN “BLINDED BY THE RIGHT” AND I SEE IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY SOIL THEMSELVES WHEN THEY NAME CALL.

    THE ULTIMATE SOILING IS WHEN THEY CHEERLEAD TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH. THE TOP ONE PERCENT HAS HAD THEIR TAXES CUT 5 TIMES UNDER BUSH, YET THE WINGNUTS LIVE IN THE FANTASY LAND THAT THESE TAX CUTS WERE FOR THEM WHEN IN FACT THEY’VE DERIVED VERY LITTLE BENEFIT.

    IT’S WINGNUTTIA THAT’S THE MENTAL DISORDER AND BLIND WORSHIP OF DUBYA (WHO’S AT 30% AND DROPPING) IS THE TRUE BUSH DERANGEMENT SYNDROME.

  29. 45

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @23 You’re not as cheap as the parks department fascists. The contract they put out on me is worth only 50 bucks.

  30. 46

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @30 I think the real story is that he’s home-schooling his kids. Must not care much about their future. This guy who says he quit teaching because it doesn’t pay enough, and sued the union that bargains and lobbies for better teacher pay, looks like a guy who wants to drive everyone else out of teaching and destroy public education so only those kids who can afford private schooling will get an education. Has “wingnut” written all over it.

  31. 47

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @32 “I say take the politic’s out of unions, and you have a union.”

    That makes as no more sense than requiring political parties to be non-political and non-partisan! The union represents teachers, who work for public employers, and what happens in the legislature affects whether they have jobs, how much they’re paid, their health care and pensions, classroom sizes, whether they’re supplied with teaching materials, and virtually every other aspect of their jobs. And you’re saying they have no right to lobby the legislature? Fuck you. This ain’t Russia.

    Why do you hate public school teachers? What did they ever do to you, besides send you to the principal’s office? Hey, you had that coming! You shouldn’t have been such an asswipe in 2nd grade.

  32. 48

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @35 You left her for THAT?!! I’ll bet if we asked her, she’d say the real reason was a bimbo you kept on the side.

  33. 50

    spews:

    Goldy,

    As long as you are putting prices on heads, how much to ban auntie-liberal?

    Please call 1-900-Ban-auntie, only 99 cents per call. All proceeds will be used wisely in the effort to rid us of the hateful one.

    I know a couple posters who are going to put this number on speed dial.

  34. 51

    spews:

    kiroqueen @ 35:

    I can see why you left. When her entire statement went like this:

    “So kiroqueen, honey. Your penis is not quite what I am used to. Your staying power could be a bit better. You kind of kiss like like horny lizard”. You stood there, face screwed up and you began to cry. She soothed you with:

    “I’m jus’ sayin'”.

    And you did not leave her. You have to leave the house, with your stuff. Going to the bar, after the above conversation took place, and returning home to find her and her things gone does not qualify as you leaving her.

  35. 52

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @49 I’ve got an offer for you wingnuts. If Goldy receives at least $3,500 per month in donations, I’ll stay off this board. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to keep HA and Goldy in business! But in any month that donations fall short of $3,500, Roger Rabbit comes out of the bunny hold and resumes posting on HA! Deal?

  36. 55

    Puddybud spews:

    Goldy says: reggie @23, Your on. You give me $3,500 and I’ll ban Roger Rabbit. 01/27/2007 at 5:01 pm

    How conveniently written by Goldy. Why not the IP Address and hosting .com of Roger Rabbit? He can’t come back as “Truth Teller” or some other inane libtard!

  37. 56

    Reckless spews:

    No Left Foot, you can stay. As long as you drop many of the FYs, you make sense now and then.

  38. 57

    Reckless spews:

    YLB: The last time I checked I am paying lower tax rates. I am not rich, by no standards. I received the $600 back in 2001.

    Last time I checked the “rich” pay most of the taxes. How do you rebate something to someone who paid nothing to no one?

    Do you believe the IRS figures? Why hasn’t Charles Rangel said anything about this lately? He was tooting his horn when he was the rank (smelly) member. Now he’s the head and nothing much from him.

    Why do people like YLB like to use class envy? Do it make you feel good YLB?

  39. 58

    GS spews:

    I’d offer up a few bucks, but after the last session of this states tax and fee hikes, I have no more to give.

  40. 59

    Reckless spews:

    YLB: National Taxpayers Union: http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=6

    Please take a minute and read YLB. It will do your mind good!

    I know YLB will talk about the use taxes put on everyone. Who creates those use taxes YLB? Who controls most city and county governments YLB? Someone else shut down Roger Rabbit about Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Now more state houses are in liberal control, I bet we’ll see more taxes.

    I noticed NYS went from Pataki (r) to Abrams (d). I wonder if taxes go up in NYS?

  41. 60

    spews:

    Goldy says:

    reggie @23,

    Your on. You give me $3,500 and I’ll ban Roger Rabbit.

    goldy…a typo from YOU? [hint…you’re on….]
    but, guys, you can see the stress goldy is under, come on cough up the money. you are always calling us conservatives cheap and yet, here you are …letting down a BRO in his time of need. classic.
    and goldy…..roger would just come back as your pinky finger and you know it…….

  42. 61

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @55 You are one stupid jackass. All Goldy has to do is block my IP address, and the rabbit is unplugged. What do you think I’m gonna do, incur the expense of having a different telephone company run a line 5 miles to my house? What does that cost, $5 million? You are a fucking idiot.

  43. 62

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @54 I don’t think you should be that generous. They don’t deserve it. If I’m a bigger pain in the ass to wingnuts than you are, I should cost them more. If not, your absence should cost them another $3500.

  44. 63

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    But I would say the chances of reggie or any other wingnut blowhard actually forking over any money is somewhere between zip and minus 10 to several gazillion powers.

  45. 64

    spews:

    Roger,

    It won’t cost 5 million. Just $30 or so will buy a program, such as “Hide My IP” and bingo, you can surf away and post away anywhere.

    I use it on (un)SoundPolitics. Drives the Minnow nuts. He keeps blocking, I keep posting.

  46. 65

    jsa on commercial drive spews:

    ghost (from previous thread):

    I have a response to you, but I have this thing called a “life”. It involves doing things that don’t involve touching a computer. I am around machines somewhere between 50 and 60 hours a week, so Saturdays and Sundays I don’t touch the things. Catch up with you on Monday when I have a few spare minutes.

  47. 66

    spews:

    JSA……that’s fine with me, and thanks. i can see why you wouldn’t want to ‘play’ with computers on your time off….LOL.

    and roger…all you have to do is shut down your compuer and then restart and you have new IP address…unless you have a dedicated one now and from what you are always saying about being retired and all, i doubt that.

  48. 67

    reggie spews:

    I think Roger has a place on this board as the “village idiot”. Unfortunately, for Goldy and everyone else the rabbit plays that role to perfection.

    To be fair I have slipped into that role everytime I post something on this website. However, by sheer volume of BS produced, the cotton-tailed rodent is by far a bigger idiot than I am.

    Now on to the money issue…..No, goldy I am not giving you a penny. I am afraid that you will just donate to some criminal (aka Jim McDermott)