It’s a demeaning thing to do to ourselves, this begging.
Not only are we making it clear how inadequate we are at taking care of ourselves, we’re also making it clear how little respect we have for ourselves.
Because when you beg, you’re making the conscious decision to use your time to ask others to do what you should be doing yourself – seeing to your needs.
When people rely on others to take care of them they also develop an entitled attitude.
Why even work when others will give me what I need?
It’s a terrible mindset, yet one of our Montana blogs is hell-bent on using that strategy to stay afloat.
Usually we borrow when we don’t have ideas of our own.
Sometimes we borrow things, but again, it’s because we couldn’t come up with them on our own.
Borrowing is a level of dependence, just as begging is. We could go out and get our own things or ideas, but that would require work.
Much like begging, borrowing is a whole lot easier for the entitled and leisure class in this country.
Usually we steal when our attempts at begging and borrowing have failed.
This is the last resort, the final straw.
Stealing is a sin, after all…God tells us so.
Begging and borrowing? Eh, not so much.
But stealing, boy…that’s serious.
We’ll discuss those three things today in a post about Montana, national politics, and just the fucked-up nature of our world today.
Many think that Kemmick is one of the best reporters in the state.
I’ve never understood this viewpoint.
To me, Kemmick’s writing is some of the most boring around.
That’s great for a newspaper, but for a blog? No thanks.
I think it’s why we see this latest appeal for money – the site can’t function on its own, it needs help.
“Growing larger inevitably meant that our expenses grew as well.
...we are now facing a total tax bill that is, by our standards at least, fairly large.
We also have a sizable number of year-end expenses that have been stacking up…”
I think the site needs help because the content isn’t interesting enough to attract enough users to make the site profitable.
And the only way the site can be profitable is through advertising.
Kemmick has done a good job getting local Billings businesses to advertise on his site.
I’m not sure what he’s charging (we do $20 for a 1-week homepage spot on this site), but clearly for Kemmick, it’s not enough.
I’m not sure if he’s doing Google AdSense, but so far this year I’ve made $800 from those ads.
For the boys at Last Best News, however, that wouldn’t even be a month’s salary.
Alas, that’s a hangover from their earlier jobs as newspaper reporters, jobs that actually paid.
Unfortunately for them, and now their readers, the two thought they were entitled to the same level of pay when they were writing a Montana blog.
Talk about clueless.
I put a comment on Kemmick’s article asking why they need the money, why their expenses are so high, and what amount the two writers are paying themselves.
On top of this they’re having tax problems.
Wow, a blog having tax problems? WTF!?!
Oh well. I’m sure their users will bail them out. They’ll probably make it another 9 months without having to beg for money again.
But beg again they will.
Their blog isn’t profitable enough to keep those two in the lifestyle they’ve grown accustomed to.
Readers will once again bail them out, though I wonder if those bail-outs will get smaller and smaller each time.
Then talk will start up as to whether the site should cut back, perhaps to a twice-a-week or once-a-week post.
Then the posts will just stop coming. The blog will be dead.
Or things could turn around wildly and those two begin making bank.
D’s…R’s…both parties continue to dodder along like a senile old fogey that’s escaped from the home.
Take this fuck-head that’s going to be Secretary of State.
It’s Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a good friend of Putin.
Both are keen on drilling for oil and gas in the arctic. In fact, they had a $500 billion deal to do just that before Russian invaded Crimea and the US set up economic sanctions against them.
So that deal went down the shithole, though now that Trump is in and picking Tillerson as Secretary of State, the deal will be back on.
I could care less.
I could care less that Rick Perry is heading up the Energy Department…despite him saying that Energy was one of the three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate.
Education was the other (Perry couldn’t remember the third – oops!).
I love it.
I love that we’re getting these terrible picks in Trump’s cabinet.
I mean, Ben Carson thought the pyramids were used to hold grain (I personally believe they were an ancient wi-fi system).
Talk about crazy, huh?!? Now he’s overseeing the nation’s housing program for people permanently living in poverty.
I’m sure that’ll work out real well.
I love it because it should make it clear to both national Democrats and Montana Democrats that they need to change.
If they don’t change we’ll continue to see people like Trump win, we’ll continue to see the terrible cabinet picks they choose.
But Democrats won’t change. They keep borrowing from the bag of bad ideas.
Logicosity had a good story up today, one mentioning that John Lewis was handpicked by Jim Messina to run for the 2014 U.S. House seat from Montana.
“The Hilltop-Bullock axis worked to perfection as Bullock found a slot for John Lewis, a former top aide to Max Baucus, heading up DOA. In 2013, Lewis you will recall was coaxed into running for Congress by Jim Messina and Barrett Kaiser and then raised a lot of money and contracted with Hilltop Public Solutions to spend a big chunk of it. After a thirteen-month campaign, including an unprecedented endorsement in a contested primary by the D Party, he was pounded by Ryan Zinke.”
Guess who Jon Tester just hired as his main staffer for the 2018 election?
Yep, Hilltop slime Aaron Murphy.
I say slime because that’s exactly what that company is – pure slime.
You might remember the MT Streetfighter site they put up, yet another anonymous blog meant to inundate us with Democratic propaganda.
Remember, despite all the money Hilltop raised for Lewis, “he was pounded by Zinke.”
We know how stupid MT Democrats are because they’ll try those same strategies again in 2018.
Folks, they don’t work.
Putting up propaganda that demeans your political opponents isn’t effective, and especially when you don’t even have the balls to put your name on it like the Hilltop crowd.
MT Cowturd follows the same strategy, though thankfully we’ve been spared from their rubbish for the past few weeks.
Still sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, that's what that site’s writers are doing.
Goes the same for Hillary.
The Russians didn’t stop Hillary from going to Wisconsin to campaign.
She made that choice. Now she and the country will live with the 100,000 votes that she lost the state by.
Russians didn’t have anything to do with it – it was her own entitled attitude that did her in.
She and Democrats will never admit it.
And because of that the Democrats will continue to be an afterthought in American politics.
- 27 million Americans are shoplifters, or nearly 10% of the population, and 10 million of them have been caught sometime over the past five years.
- 6.1 million Americans choose to engage in larceny, or stealing another person’s personal property.
- $20 billion to $90 billion is stolen from companies each year by employees, though if you factor in intellectual property it could be as high as $240 billion.
- $80 billion a year is lost to fraud each year in the insurance industry.
I think it’s clear we’re a nation of crooks.
Do you think our politicians are any different?
- They beg you for money via their emails and phone calls and snail mail.
- They borrow from their personal wealth to fund their campaigns, knowing you’re dumb enough to donate money to them, which they can then use to pay off that debt.
- They steal every good idea they can find, and most of the bad ones too.
And we put up with it.
Because at the end of the day when we’ve come home from the job that we hate all we want to do is plop our fat ass down in front of the TV and just forget about it all.
Ah, the warm feeling of the cable TV washing over you.
It’s soothing, isn’t it?
Takes away your worries, prepares you for another day.
We don’t think about it sapping our strength or stealing our will, but it does that too.
Steals our drive, our initiative, and our ability to think for ourselves.
Some call it the telly, others the idiot box.
It does tell us what to do, and it does turn us into idiots.
It steals our souls.
In America we love to take what’s not ours, but even more, we love to give away or toss out what we don’t think is useful.
Most Americans don’t think their intelligence, their ambition, their drive and discipline are either important or useful anymore.
The thought that those traits might be useful has been stolen from us.
Who stole it?
Maybe the corporations, maybe the politicians, maybe even those damn big banks on Wall Street.
But just maybe we’ve stolen it from ourselves and given it away, or in most cases, just discarded it on the side of the road to be forgotten.
I’m not sure future generations will be able to steel themselves against this rotten world we’re creating for them.
They’ll of course blame us for that rotten world, as we blame the Baby Boomers for the rotten world they’ve given to us.
Ah, the cyclical nature of history. Just ask Vico about that.
It’s easy to blame, just as it’s easy to beg, borrow and steal.
It’s the work that’s hard.
So we shy away from it, and that’s why America is what it is today.