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Found this from an Orcinus reader and thought I should bring it to the attention of the 101st Keyboarding brigade a/k/a Kossacks:

Remember when Bush's home town newspaper endorsed Kerry? Given today's political climate, what sort of reaction might they have expected?

"We have been told by several avid Bush supporters that the days when newspapers publish editorials without personal repercussions are over. As publishers, we have printed editorials for decades, and have endorsed candidates, both Republican and Democrat. When Bush was endorsed four years ago, the Gore supporters did not respond with threats, nor did Democrats when we endorsed Reagan twice. Republicans did not threaten us personally or our business when we endorsed Carter and Clinton for their first terms.

"In the past, when individuals disagreed with an editorial, they would write a letter to the editor politely expressing a different point of view in contrast to the views of the publishers, which we have usually published. Occasionally someone would cancel a subscription or an ad, but this was rare." ...

"The new mode of operation, I am told, is that when a newspaper prints an editorial of which some sectors might disagree, the focus is now upon how to run the newspaper out of business. Out the window are the contributions the newspaper has made to the community in the past and the newspaper's extensive investment in the community."


"Unfortunately, for the Iconoclast and its publishers there have been threats -- big ones including physical harm.

"Too, some individuals are threatening innocent commercial concerns, claiming that if they advertise in The Iconoclast, they will be run out of business. We consider this improper in a democracy.

"Several young members of our staff covering Tonkawa Traditions this past weekend were angrily harassed and threatened that they must leave, which cut short their ability to fully do their jobs and instilled in them considerable fear for their safety. These reporters had nothing to do with that editorial. They were part-time college students working to pay their way through school and better themselves."

Also check out the letters they got, if you have the stomach for it. Update: Jesus' General (from whom I shamelessly stole the term 101st Keyboarding brigade, not knowing its freeper origins) notes that 'd', the Orcinus commenter also posted these remarks on atrios. Whoever 'd' is, thanks for alerting us.

Originally posted to moe99 on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 10:06 AM PDT.

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  •  Subscribe to the Iconoclast (none)
    Hi, the best way to support the Iconoclast is to subscribe to their newspaper and/or put in an ad.  I bought three subscriptions last week for friends in Texas. They said they had been receiving support from all over the country, but I guess the opposition is just going to up the ante with their goon squad tactics.

    Please send them money and or write letters to the editor thanking them for their clear-headed and brave editorial.

    •  Here's the address (none)
      maybe I missed it in your post...The Lone Star Iconoclast, P.O. Box 420 Crawford TX  76638.  $45 for a year's subscription.
      •  I'd rather donate (4.00)
        No reason to make them send that paper all the way to me, and since it's a local Crawford paper I wouldn't read it anyway. I'm just gonna send them $50 as a sign of support.
        •  Agreed (none)
          We're losing trees fast enough as it is.  Plus, not taking the paper saves them postage, money, and effort.

          W stands for WEAK

          by Winger on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 03:56:49 PM PDT

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        •  They can't take donations (4.00)
          As a business, they can't take straight donations. I discussed this with Melanie at the Iconoclast last week. (See below for other organizational strategies Maggiemae and I are working on.)

          One person in a previous thread did suggest that you take out a subscription and have the Iconoclast deliver it to a local nursing home or school in Crawford.

          •  Ad (4.00)
            So buy a $50 ad instead...?
          •  Subscribe and Have it Delivered (none)
            Think long term people.  A newspaper's measure is its size of circulation.  If this small town paper manages to garner a national audience, it can become a louder voice in the area.  Think about it: a major left leaning paper from Crowford, Texas!  What a legacy for the fool from the town!

            The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -Plato

            by FreeAtLast on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 05:34:38 PM PDT

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            •  Iconoclast not "left-leaning paper" (none)
              Which is all the more wonderful - the Iconoclast endorsed Bush last time round, and is probably a pretty middle of the road or even right-leaning paper.

              What will win this election for Kerry, however, is the fact that lots of conservative people value honesty, integrity, freedom from government oppression, and fiscal responsibility - and the last four years have made it obvious that Bush doesn't.
        •  What if you also visit the paper's site? (none)
          I'm not sure how every business model operates, but I'm under the impression that the more people the site gets, the more advertisers, and thus money, it gets.

          "I'm not saying that John Kerry has all the answers, but Bush has none, and he's cheating off of Dick Cheney's paper."-Bill Maher

          by theprogressivemiddle on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 04:26:56 PM PDT

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      •  We just sent them a 1/2 year subscription (4.00)
        ($22.50) and told them to donate it to a public library, school or nursing home.  The man I spoke with on the phone seemed pretty happy about the support.
  •  I just bought a 1 year subscription (4.00)
    Do all we can to support them.  Wouldn't it be great if George Soros threw some capital their way!

    "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" - Plato

    by Dan Torres on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 02:13:02 PM PDT

  •  Away to protect democracy (4.00)
    One thing that has become clear to me is that a major palce we can make a difference is in standing up for violations of the free press.  I called the Lone Star Iconoclast and bought a subscription ($45) , even though I live in upstate New York.  The lady I spoke with said that people from around the country are calling in with offers of help and are subscribing.  Let's keep that up.

    Remember when the Dixie Chicks spoke out and people spread a rumor that it was killing their record sales?  We have to make sure that people know that when they stand up for the truth in media, or even when they express an opinion, that they are open to that right and should be protected from harrassment.  I think the best revenge is to make the publisher of the Iconoclast another Texas billionaire.

  •  Goddamned thugs! (none)
    I can't wait to see the backlash the republicans get for this kind of crap.  You can go around acting like some kind of mafioso for this long and not get burned for it.

    Is there anything anyone can do for them?  Seems to me they'd be better off just moving.  Frankly, I don't think there's anything there worth staying for anyway.  It's similar here in Virginia.  The only reason I'm still here is because I can't afford to move.

  •  I read the letters... (none)
    and it seems to me they're 3 to 1 in favour of the editorial.

    Unless I'm missing something...

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 02:20:38 PM PDT

  •  Also (none)
    write letters to the editor and alert the media. Journalists like to talk about themselves and their profession. On the whole, the Iconoclast could pick up some favorable coverage on a national scale. No one would give them unfavorable coverage because it would look bad. More people could then subscribe to the paper. They could pick up more advertising. And the attention might help embarass some of the attackers to back off a bit.
  •  52 weeks of explaining (4.00)
    What about writing 52 advertisements, one for each week, explaining the most egregious failures and lies of the Bush administration? We could pass the collection plate and have Crawford residents read about why Bush was a screw-up for 52 weeks.
    •  Great Idea! (none)
      Except make it several ads for the next month or two instead. This is the type of story that could receive a lot of national attention.

      A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. --Benjamin Disraeli

      by rogun on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 05:15:25 PM PDT

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    •  The problem with this (none)
      is that it would look to those in the town that the Iconoclast would become a liberal rag, and therefor stop being an actual nonpartisan newspaper.  (It's a nice idea, but the long term existence of the paper is most likely still dependent on subscriptions sold to residents in town.)

      The best thing to do is to keep buying subscriptions and recommend this diary to keep it up as long as possible.

      "Quit covering up your lies with half-truths and gorilla dust!" - Bill McNeil (Phil as Bill)

      by The Free Man on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 08:38:23 PM PDT

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  •  I subscribed! (none)
    And am sending it to my Mom and Dad in South Texas and they will put it in their local library!

    Oh George, not the livestock!

    by espresso on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 03:41:06 PM PDT

  •  That's just pathetic. (none)
    Are there examples of responsible adult Democrats doing shit like this? Probably not.

    If only a story like this would make national news. It would embarass the GOP, as it should.

    "I'm not saying that John Kerry has all the answers, but Bush has none, and he's cheating off of Dick Cheney's paper."-Bill Maher

    by theprogressivemiddle on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 03:49:16 PM PDT

  •  Kossacks are working on it (4.00)
    Maggiemae and I have been in contact with Melanie at the Iconoclast and Eric of the Bexar County Democrats. Eric is trying to set up an account through the local Democrats that we can donate to so that they can take out a series of ads over the next couple of months to help bolster the paper's loss of revenue.

    If that doesn't pan out, we're trying to work with Melanie to set up an account we can donate to, pooling Kossack funds for larger ads.

    Expect an update on progress next week.

  •  I see SusanG has repsonded (4.00)
    regarding our plans for a series of ads to support the Iconoclast through this rough period of time.

    I took out a subscription two weeks ago, and asked Michael to please send it to the local nursing home. I live in California, so don't need the paper. According to Michael they have several needy famlies who would like the paper but can't pay for the year's subscription. Donating a subscription helps the paper and helps the needy in the community.

    SusanG and I would very much like the support of the kossacks to collect money for a series of ads, related to the first amendment right of free speech. We are in the planning stages at this time, but please look for something from us in the next couple weeks.

    Please recommend this diary, so everyone gets the information on our plans to support the Iconoclast.

    Thanks, and Go Kerry/Edwards 2004!

  •  Help Wanted (none)
    I subscribed and sent a subscription to my parents.  I also sent out an email to friends and family.  Many of them subscribed.

    Thanks to one of the friends I emailed we are just a few dollars short of the $713.00 for a full page add.

    We need ideas and input for the add.  We want to let them know we appreciate their journalistic integrity and that we support the second amendment.  It would be great if we could come up with something that would get the attention their endorsement received.

    Let your creative juices flow!

    Duh-bya must be stoned-- Dibs on casting the first one!

    by FOYI on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 05:22:25 PM PDT

  •  Another subscriber (none)
    I just subscribed as well. I've asked that my subscription be sent to a local family or facility that can't afford to subscribe on their own.

    By the way, they've just added PayPal functionality to their Web site over the last couple of days so people can easily subscribe over all of them Internets that Woody McSmirk was talking about last night. I have it on good authority that none of these Internets are from third-world countries, so they won't kill you.

    The Times-Patriot: It's like The Drudge Report, only accurate.

    by JacksonBlogs on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 05:40:21 PM PDT

  •  Online ads here (none)

    Front Page (Rotating).....$80/month
    * Rotating ad spaces include multiple ads that take turns being seen. The ad space changes every five seconds.
    After clicking on the ad space, the web surfer is taken to a page that lists all the banners that take turns occupying this slot.
    Then, by clicking on the banner of their choice, the web surfer is taken either to a full-page ad for the customer on our site, or may be, at the advertiser's option, taken directly to the advertiser's own web page.

    Weekly Rates: Horizontal: $25/Week; Vertical: $20/Week

  •  Sadr's newspaper (none)
    And to think I argued (back when Bush closed down that paper) that doing so was somehow anti-American. I stand corrected.

    I'm &y and I approved this message.

    by abw on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 07:11:43 PM PDT

  •  This is sad... (none)
    I'm not going to comment on providing support for this paper, other than to say it's definitely a good thing.  But what I find sad is how our culture seems to have evolved to the point where people think that all news is opinion.  

    Think things are going well in Iraq or that Bush is a good president?  Just stick your head in the sand and refuse to hear anything that says differently.  

    It almost seems like Republicans are now supporting Bush with almost a religious fervor.  Like an religious zealot, they refuse to accept other points of view, to the point where they will try to hurt/destroy anyone who holds another point of view.  

    I really wonder whether this change in mentalities does not bode ill of the general health of our society.  

    In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

    by Asak on Sat Oct 09, 2004 at 08:53:44 PM PDT

  •  Just so we're clear (none)
    The phrase 101st Keyboarder Brigade, or 101st Fighting Keyboarders, or various permutations of that is actually a perjorative around here to call out the armchair warriors and chickenhawk bloggers.
    •  well then fellow internet commentator (none)
      I suggest we appropriate the term in some fashion for ourselves.  Perhaps the Kossack Irregulars Keyboarding Brigade?  Or some such, because we are in a larger sense an army dedicated to getting the truth out to the nation and the world and we are doing battle.

      so do you have any other terms of endearment to suggest?

  •  Subscriptions (none)
    If donated to a local health care facility, a subscription is considered to be 'local' and therefore is only $40. It's not just that they wrote the editorial which took courage. The editorial itself was a work of reasone and articulate political analysis. Most satisfying $40 bucks I've spent all year...even better then contributions to candidates.
  •  my letter to the Iconoclast (none)
    I apologize to you on behalf of all sane and thinking Americans; that you should be subjected to such ridicule for exercising your right to free speech is abominable.

    I have a message for all the hatemongering critics of the Iconoclast:  Learn the facts before you rush to judgement (or follow a President who rushes to war).  I have read numerous venom filled Letters to the Editor denouncing the Iconoclast and John Kerry.  What is sad is your support for George Bush is misplaced.  In trying to defend Bush you spout the same lies as does the Bush administration.  How dare you judge another if you are too lazy or too stupid to take the time to learn the real facts.  Oil has doubled in price and it is George Bush's fault.  OPEC might set the production, but they also control output and export based on war, economic instability, and the state of world diplomacy.  OPEC got nervous when we invaded Iraq.  They became nervous again when the fast end of the war with Saddam brought more frequent attacks by insurgents.  Every time something bad happens in the world OPEC raises prices.  Oil prices will not fall until there is stability in the Middle East.  So far Bush has shown little ability to achieve that goal.  Drilling in ANWR?  Thats the answer to oil shortages?  Tear up the environment to acquire oil that will last the entire US a matter of months.  Good idea.  How about if you stop contributing 1 billion dollars to get your candidates elected each election cycle and donate that money to clean energy research.  

    Bush ruined our economy.  The only people saying that Bush inherited a recession are people on the Bush payroll.  Outsourcing is good for our economy?  Tell that to the executive who lost a 100,000 dollar job so an idiot straight out of college and wants to see the world takes his job but performs the duties overseas for half the pay.  Tell that to the same executive who can't get a comparable job because he is 55 years old and every job he applies for is seeking younger staff.  Tell that same executive that outsourcing is beneficial when he ends up having to suck down a life time of pride and go to work for ten bucks an hour at the local Shop n Save.  Yea jobs are being created, but the jobs being created pay, on average, less than half that of the jobs being lost.

    John Kerry served 4 months in Viet-nam?  Who tells you this crap and why do you believe it?  Kerry served for a full year in Viet-nam before he re-upped and volunteered for Swift Boat duty.  Because he was in the Navy and on a ship off coast does that make his service and everyone else's service on board that ship less honorable?  Hate John Kerry if you want, but I'm sure Kerry wasn't the only combat vet who opted out after receiving his third purple heart.  One writer said he served three years in Viet-nam but did not claim to win one medal, while castigating Kerry who won not one, not two, but FIVE.  Two of which were for VALOR.  That word might not mean much to some of you SBVT lie promoters, but it does to a whole lot of us.  Not one of the SBVT guys served with John Kerry.  Only a handful knew him personally.  The US Navy says John Kerry earned his medals.  Why can't you believe them?

    On wages.  You work overtime you should get paid for it, bottom line, no exceptions.  Minimum wage?   Why don't one of you pompous aristocrats go get a job at 7-11 and see if you can survive on those wages.  For once look at whats going on in this country through the eyes of the afflicted rather than through the rose colored lenses of privilige.

    I praise all in and around Crawford who support the Iconoclast and their right to voice their opinion freely.  I praise all those who have voiced their support of your beleagured paper from around the country.

    Those of you who criticize without thought; you show how uneducated you are and how willing you are to follow whomever would lead you, despite any and all ramifications or consequence.  I pity you.

    To the staff and owners of the Iconoclast:  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for what you believe, standing up to the cowards who would destroy you and remaining true to yourselves.  Keep up the good work.  I hope your success will continue long into the future.

    To the citizens and business owners of Crawford:  Please rethink your decision to penalize this fine paper for the President's failures.  They exercised rights guaranteed them in the Constitution.  You all would cry bloody-murder if your right to free speech or carry your gun in your truck were trampled on.  Show some class and some nobility and resume doing business with the Iconoclast.  If you support Bush fine, that is your right.  But don't try and blame Bush's failures on the Iconoclasts and Dixie Chicks of the world to cover his ass.


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    all people are created equal

    by thebloviator on Sun Oct 10, 2004 at 02:28:42 AM PDT

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