Archive for August 6, 2019

Not alot of surprises under the fedora today

I’m typing this on Monday at my favorite lunch place that had CNN on one of their TV with no sound. They as you might guess are talking about the two shooters in Dayton and El Paso.

Whenever they mention the El Paso shooter the bar at the bottom speaks about his beliefs and reference Trump, however whenever they reference the Dayton shooter, a fan of Sanders and Warren & antifa they don’t.

No surprise


On another TV they have international women’s volleyball. That might not have been a surprise except that instead of beach volleyball where the women are wearing nearly nothing it’s snow volleyball where the women are completely cover because, well it’s snow volleyball.

Yet the bar has it on.



Oddly enough at this bar none of the TVs are on channel’s talking about Tom Brady’s new contract giving the Pats the option to keep him through 2021, perhaps it’s because everyone was speculating about why Brady wasn’t signed and if the Patriots were finally moving on etc. I strongly suspect that the reason why it took so long for deal that it helped overshadow the 1st Patriots season post “happyending gate” but in the end the Patriots in general and their owner in particular decided it was a bad idea to send the NFL’s biggest cash cow to the glue factory

No surprise there.


Democrat candidates have “pounced” on this weekends shootings in the hopes of generating or sustaining buzz for their campaigns the same way I pounce on frozen Kentucky Derby pie when it’s in sight.

It will be no surprise to see the next debate featuring perhaps multiple questions to candidate linking the El Paso shooter (democrat though he is) to President Trump and candidate after candidate blaming the president for the shooters actions.

However it will be a great surprise if at that same debate they note the political beliefs of the Dayton shooter and ask either Senators Sanders or Warren who he expressed support for if they bear any responsibility for that shooter’s acts.

Now That would be a surprise


Finally for the last several months there have been a bunch of rabbits in the neighborhood. I think they’re been living under our low back deck and over that time a day rarely went by that I didn’t either leave for work or come back from work without seeing a rabbit sitting in the back yard waiting to see what direction I would go in.

Two days ago I saw a cat in the neighborhood for the 1st time in at least a year walking down the street by my driveway.

I haven’t seen a rabbit since.

no surprise there.

We finally have solid quote on moving and fixing the site

Here is the price

$475 for the move

#120 annually for the SSL

$35 a month for hosting & mail

Or in round figures $1015

The best part, we are absolutely positively guaranteed that our site will not be censored or removed for being a conservative site, offering conservative arguments and conservative content including support for our current president. For me this was a sine-non-qua for any move.

However the real question is this. Given my current level of debt and our current subscriber base, is there enough demand for the site to lay out the cash? Unbeknownst to most of you we did a private fund raiser to try to eliminate our debt and while it covered our PintasticNE expenses and allowed us to double our writer pay cushion to two months vs one it failed to reach its goal which ironically would have been enough to pay for this.

So a 2nd public fundraiser is necessary. Our goal is modest by Aug 20th we want to raise



$500 plus 4 $20 a month subscribers.

II’s a modest goal and it’s flexible.

If we only manage to make half of it I can still pay for the move and will set the wheels in motion in the hopes an improved site gains us new subscribers to cover the monthly costs. And of course if we do better I can pay down the existing debt which would be a Godsend.

And if we fail to make the goal in the by the 20th. Then I will know that there just isn’t enough support for the site to justify continuing on.

During that time we’ll still have no link/image posts here (lots of hoops to jump through to make them) and regular posting at our backup site (great piece by Christopher Harper there today btw)

So I leave the choice to you, I hope you decide we’re still worth it, but even if you don’t speaking for all of us thank you for keeping us going for the 10+ years we’ve been around.

It’s been a bit of work, but it’s also been fun.

The failing media

Posted: August 6, 2019 by chrisharper in Uncategorized

The U.S. media are literally failing.

The Pew Research Center recently released its annual report on the media, and it’s not a pretty picture.

I realize that there are a lot of statistics here, but I think it’s important to see how bad the situation really is.

The estimated total U.S. daily newspaper circulation (print and digital combined) in 2018 was 28.6 million for weekday and 30.8 million for Sunday, down 8% and 9%, respectively, from the previous year. Weekday print circulation decreased 12%, and Sunday print circulation decreased 13%.

The average audience for morning news programs from ABC, CBS, and NBC declined over the past year, down 4% in 2018, to about 3.2 million from 3.3 million.

The average audience for the evening newscasts for ABC, CBS, and NBC remained relatively stable in 2018, with 5.3 million viewers tuning in on average, compared with 5.2 million in 2017,

In 2018, viewership for network local affiliate news stations (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) declined in key time slots – morning (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.), evening (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and late-night (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.).

Viewership increased for the three major cable news channels (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) in 2018. The average combined audience (defined as the average number of TVs tuned to a program throughout a time period) for the prime news time slot (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) of these three networks increased 8%, to about 1.25 million. The average audience for the daytime news time slot (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) increased by 5%.

The report does not break out the three networks, which would show an increase for Fox, a decrease for CNN, and the status quo for MSNBC, which has declined significantly so far this year.

Digital news outlets included in this analysis are those whose primary domain – the outlet’s flagship website – averaged at least 10 million unique visitors per month from October to December of each year analyzed. There were 37 such outlets in 2018.

Problems also exist in the digital-only sites. BuzzFeed News laid off a hundred people in 2017. Despite taking in tens of millions of dollars in advertising revenue in 2018, The Huffington Post failed to turn a profit.

News organizations can no longer blame the internet for their problems. That excuse has been around for more than a decade.

Numerous suggestions have been made to turn around this decline, including plans to turn news organizations into not-for-profit operations. That has helped some outlets. The problem is that replacing advertisers with foundations with a lot of money also creates a different type of dependence—one that usually has a left-leaning agenda.

I think the problem is that consumers no longer find the product useful or worth the money. News organizations need to rethink the notion of if it bleeds, it leads, providing more useful coverage rather than the sensational. That’s my nickel.