Sunday, August 26, 2007

Friends, Romans...

Lend me your money...

Or perhaps that should be give.

Now, if only the blogosphere's premier emotionally-stunted intellectual coward could explain to his readers why he thinks they should pay him to blog via a service that Blogger provides for free...

Update - He even calls it the "Red Tory sustainability fund". He may as well call it what it actually seems to be: the "gimme money so my shit doesn't get repoed because I can't pay my bills fund".

20 comments:

  1. Pay for Red Tory?!? The effrontery of the idle left knows no bounds ...

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  2. Well, that being said, he basically justifies it by pointing out an American conservative blogger who has a paypal account set up for donations as well.

    Once again, another case where a Canadian left-winger justifies his behaviour by citing the similar behaviour of an American right-winger.

    He'd make more money selling "ask me about the irony" T-shirts.

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  3. Oh dear, you sound envious...

    One would think that you'd enjoy RT capitalist streak. If he gets money good for him, it will also mean that people think his blog has some value.

    Care to post your own donation link? Or are you afraid of finding out the real value of your endeavour.

    Maybe WP would like to try the same, he claims to be read by oodles....

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  4. Envious? Are you trying to make me laugh?

    I don't need donations to make my use of a free service "sustainable".

    That's one of the great beauties of being gainfully employed.

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  5. Kate at SDA has a make a donation button too but I've never read her make a big deal about it. Then again she has far more readers (and very loyal) than pretty much any blogger in the country. She could probably garner a lot of support quite quickly. I doubt the same could be said for Red Tory. All the more power to him. The only thing I enjoy from time to time is the rivalary between him and the Nexus. For a guy who keeps saying he doesn't care about you, he keeps on you enough. Frankly Patrick, I'd ignore the guy. He's not worth it.

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  6. It's so typical of the Liberals: they always want to get their hands on other people's money, without doing any actual work for it.

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  7. You said it, Patrick: "gainfully employed". Unfortunately, this applies to only the tiniest minority of Liberal bloggers. Most of them, blog (and exist) at our (=taxpayers') expense.

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  8. "Kate at SDA has a make a donation button too but I've never read her make a big deal about it. Then again she has far more readers (and very loyal) than pretty much any blogger in the country. She could probably garner a lot of support quite quickly. I doubt the same could be said for Red Tory."

    Hmmm. I didn't know that Small Dead Animals has one. To be honest with you, I'm not an SDA reader.

    But one still has to appreciate the irony of RT once again emulating one of the bloggers he claims to despise.

    It's that whole "being everything you hate" thing again.


    "You said it, Patrick: "gainfully employed". Unfortunately, this applies to only the tiniest minority of Liberal bloggers. Most of them, blog (and exist) at our (=taxpayers') expense."

    Hey, come on, Werner. You don't know if that's true or not. Let's not go crazy here.

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  9. I find it ironic that Weiner complains about a handout when his own blog has Google Adsense. Even better, one of the ads was for http://www.fin.gc.ca/access/truste.html.

    So Weiner is taking money from my tax dollars via a Conservative ad disguised as a Government of Canada ad "Finance Minister Jim Flaherty looks out for Canadian taxpayers".
    Now, there are so many directions this could go, from the mendacity of Flaherty, but lets focus on Weiner.

    I understand that Connies have a problem with capitalism - always wanting corporate welfare and the public to bailout whatever money loosing scheme they dream up - but as I see it Red has used humour and has not strong-armed anyone to donate.

    No one is forced to give, and he's being honest about it. So don't you believe in free market?

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  10. "You said it, Patrick: "gainfully employed". Unfortunately, this applies to only the tiniest minority of Liberal bloggers. Most of them, blog (and exist) at our (=taxpayers') expense."

    How does that work Weiner?
    Is there some government programme that will direct money to RT's Paypal account?

    Last time I looked, over 50% of my revenue goes to support the middle class and stupid Harper bribes to the middle class... Frankly, if I wanted to, I could suck on the government tit and get so many government handouts like most of my Connie friends that I'd be able to increase cashflow by a sizeable amount. As it stands, I want as little of government in my business as possible (another thing Connies seem to like).

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  11. "I find it ironic that Weiner complains about a handout when his own blog has Google Adsense."

    If you can't see the difference between accepting money for advertising space and begging for money for what is essentially a cost-free service, I weep for whatever children you may have in future, because the person who is apparently going to raise them is a complete idiot.

    "I understand that Connies have a problem with capitalism - always wanting corporate welfare and the public to bailout whatever money loosing scheme they dream up - but as I see it Red has used humour and has not strong-armed anyone to donate.

    No one is forced to give, and he's being honest about it. So don't you believe in free market?
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    I believe in the free market. I don't believe in asking people to pay their hard-earned dollars to someone else to support what is basically a hobby.

    Suddenly we're commies because we think it's hilarious that RT seemingly can't maintain enough fiscal solvency to enjoy a free service without grovelling for alms? What happened, Cherni? Did you stumble over William Lyon Mackenzie King's crystal ball, and now you're channelling Tailgunner Joe?

    Either that, or I just really need that douchebag/english dictionary.

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  12. If I were to part with my hard-earned cash, which I won't, I would send it to the Wildrose Party or other worthy organization along those lines (including any separatist party for Alberta), but I certainly wouldn't send it to Red Tory -- heck, I don't even give "homeless people" a single penny.

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  13. If you can't see the difference between accepting money for advertising space and begging for money for what is essentially a cost-free service, I weep for whatever children you may have in future, because the person who is apparently going to raise them is a complete idiot.
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    If you can't see the difference between using the government for partisan politics by turning it into an advertising arm for your party and instead of serving Canadians, then this would explain your blog.

    I love how you assume all about my life and project. As for RT, I've explained that I see it as a service. Sure the tools are free (don't kid yourself Google is data mining the shit out of it) but the content the worth something to some.

    How very fascist of you to want to dictate how hard-earned dollars should be spent.

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  14. Man, you're really tripping over this entire issue, aren't you?

    If I were a Liberal supporter, I certainly wouldn't be trying to lecture anyone about the party they support branding the government. The Liberals have done it for years. What do you think the Liberals mean when they constantly refer to themselves as the "natural governing party"?

    I'm personally tempted to weep for anyone who thinks RT's lowest-common-denominator sensationalist garbage is worth anything. Then again, if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket so some apparent deadbeat who apparently needs to accept donations so he can afford to blog via a free service, then you deserve to waste it.

    In conclusion, fascism? Come on, now. We've seen how hard RT tries to brand anyone who he disagrees with as fascists. Unfortuantely for him, he so seldom understands the ideas he's exploiting that it really only makes him look like a hysteria-prone little twit.

    Besides, weren't we commies yesterday?

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  15. Just to clarify things - I think RT sees himself like a newspaper or magazine. You could go into McDonalds and slap down your $1 deposit and read a newspaper, technically, for free. Just like a blog. However, if you like reading newspapers you really should subscribe to show support for the paper. I guess he's just throwing out a lure to see if anyone actually thinks his writing is worth paying for.

    Yes it's a free service - but that is not the point. The point is to turn your appreciation of reading RT into a monetary "thank you" if you will. Like the tip jar at Starbucks. Do they deserve a tip? Not really. All they did was pour some coffee. And yet, some people value their work (even how little it was) enough to put some change into it.

    Now no one is going to put 34 cents into his paypal account. But the idea is the same.

    I admit that in a world where we tip anyone for any little thing they do is ridiculous, and RT is just capitalizing on people's willingness to give other's money no matter how low quality of service one might feel is being provided.

    I read RT on occasion, but I wouldn't give him money. Nor would I give Jason Cherniak money to go to the LPC convention. I don't disagree with them sticking their hat out, I just think they're ridiculous for doing it.

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  16. That, Dylan, is a much more reasonable defense than that offered by RT's groupies, or even by RT himself.

    But the point I would counter with is this: if RT wants his blog to be seen as a newspaper or magazine, then he should start a newspaper or magazine. He should provide his readers with something other than an opportunity to pay him for something that he should be begging them for -- the opportunity to have his thoughts read.

    I hear you: apparently, Kate at Small Dead Animals has a "donate" section via paypal as well. I don't give her any money. To be honest with you, I don't even read SDA.

    ...Not regularly, at least.

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  17. SDA is pretty weak just like Cherniak.

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  18. I can't comment on that. I don't read Cherniak, either.

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  19. SDA may not be your cup of tea but it is hardly weak. Even ask RT what happens if his blog gets mentioned at SDA. Readership doesn't just jump, it skyrockets. Agree or disagree with her but you can't argue with the fact that Kate IS the most influential blogger in Canada.

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  20. Spinks, I'm not saying SDA is weak. Personally, I'm only saying that I don't read it.

    Not for any particular reason -- it just doesn't capture my fancy.

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