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DAY TEN of our annual Toss Peanuts to the Dancing Monkey donation campaign!

by: Eric B.

Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 13:00:00 PM EDT

Well I can confidently say that based on activity from the last day that we've managed to hit and exceed the $500 goal I set at the start of this, which makes me happy. How much? That's math, sunshine, and in the words of T.J. Bucholz, I'm a word herder. Doing math is someone else's job. But though we've hit our goal, we're going to keep it up. If you like this website, find it informative or just entertaining, and want to show your appreciation, drop a little coin into the jar. You know where it is.

Lots of you have also sent in checks with words of encouragement (remember that address: 319 S. Oak St. Apt. A, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48858 ... make checks out to Eric Baerren). In some ways, the kind words are even more appreciated because as anyone who asks about site traffic knows from my response, I don't keep tabs on how many people read this content (in other ways, like when I go get my hair cut later, the money is super helpful). I measure success by the gentle impact had on how things are discussed and the occasional influence felt in how events unfold.

How has that happened? The last week and a half, I've shared some examples: From prompting the media to ask Michigan's finest legal mind how much money he was squandering spending to defend the bigoted definition of marriage in the state constitution, to pushing into the public sphere the story of Goat Killer's recurring bigoted tirades that forced the entire GOP leadership to denounce (but not replace) him, to pointing out that Goat Killer speaks for the GOP because they blamed their bylaws for forcing their hand, to forcing rightwing media outlets to stop citing the CBO report as an argument against raising the minimum wage because contrary to their arguments the report said raising the minimum wage would help lots more people than hurt, to driving the story of Fried Chicken Frank's racist column about fried chicken. That's just in the last year.

Eric B. :: DAY TEN of our annual Toss Peanuts to the Dancing Monkey donation campaign!
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