That’s the number of posts on this site since the re-launch on WordPress last July, 287 days ago. Since then, it’s received over 440,000 hits with more than 25,000 comments (quite a few of them mine, to be sure), but doing the math, that works out to 5 posts per day, with 1,533 hits and 87 comments — each and every day (on average).

As much as I find it irksome asking for donations (although there’s always that handy little button to your right hand side there to gently remind you…), allow me to be so bold as to take this opportunity to suggest that you contribute $1.50 to mark this milestone. Now that may seem like a trivial amount — the price of a cup of coffee in most places— but collectively it could make a significant difference to my bottom line… which, quite frankly, is suffering a bit at the moment, I have to admit. But look at it this way, if you think of it in terms of the pay-per-view monetizing schemes being considered by many newspapers these days, it works out to $0.001 per post. Please tell me that my efforts are worth more than a hundredth of a cent …

As much as this may open me up to scornful ridicule, sneering derision and “begging bowl” shame from other bloggers, well so be it. Hey, at least I’m not raising money for some bogus lawsuit or saving up for a fancy new pair of shoes or a pink-colored semi-automatic weapon or some such damn fool thing… Unfortunately, I don’t do this for a living and nor can I afford to do it as a full-time avocation, but I do seem to spend more time than is reasonable by most standards trying to provide some light entertainment, amusement, and occasionally thought-provoking launch-pads for discussion here. If that’s worth the price of a cup of coffee, great — and if not, well then sod off… Just kidding. That’s perfectly fine too, but every little bit counts. It really does. I’ve long since rolled all of my pennies and cashed them in at the corner store — not exactly moments to remember with much pride.

There are a handful (and I mean that almost quite literally) of very generous contributors that have assisted greatly in the past and this plea naturally exempts them, as they’ve already stepped up to the plate for me. And if I haven’t already, let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for your magnanimity. As for the other thousand plus readers… come on folks, go hit that DONATE button and throw a $1.50 (or €2 for the folks overseas) my way to not only help keep the lights on here, but disprove all those people — and there are quite a few of them — who repeatedly tell me that I am completely mental for “wasting my time with that useless bullshit.” Well, you be the judge of that… It may well be they’re entirely correct. Or not.

Newsweak Video

America’s Next Top Superfirstlady

I’m not sure why, but Newsweek continues to debase itself online with atrocious videos such as this:

How said. Once it was a hard-hitting journal of serious, dirt-digging reportage, but now it’s been reduced to little more than a giddy, flippant rag tossing off parodies of TV shows and pathetic efforts like this that wallow in sardonic mockery of the vacuous, relentlessly materialistic “entertainment news” it pretentiously seeks to ridicule.

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Amidst his rather more idle thoughts about President Obama and the ceremonial rolling of Easter Eggs* ProfMTH points out a frustrating conundrum in the twisted logic of bigots as applied to homosexuals. I won’t blather on further as the video explains the problematic mental confusion quite clearly.

*Not sure if you caught this on the news last night, but it was refreshing to see the interaction of Obama with kids at the White House “Let’s Go Play” Easter festivities. Interesting to contrast the current POTUS reading from Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book “Where The Wild Things Are” with the former occupant’s recitation of “The Pet Goat” story just prior to, during, and for several painful minutes after the attacks of 9/11 — traumatic events that would help shape the remainder of his term in office.

Earth to Norm: “It’s Over!”

“But seriously… enough. Norm, ya lost. Seriously, quit.” And this coming from that remarkably silly place formerly known as Scarborough Country. When even a pathetic wanker like Joe tells you to give up the ghost, it really is over and done with. Or should be.

If Coleman appeals this to a higher level of judicial authority, it will be still more definitive proof that the Republicans have seriously lost touch with reality and are more concerned about waging their own desperate rearguard partisan battles for survival at all costs without any consideration for the interests of the voters they claim to represent.

Update: Al Franken responds to the decision…

Prison Economy Spirals

Price Of Pack Of Cigarettes Surpasses Two Hand Jobs

And a stick of beef jerky… Prison analysts warn rising inflation could devalue everything from rim jobs to shivs.

Dear Liberal Party

Re: 2009 Leadership and Biennial Convention

Thank you for not acknowledging my application of March 20th requesting accreditation at the upcoming Liberal Party coronation convention in Vancouver at the end of this month.

It’s gratifying to know that my efforts are not only deserving of your official refusal of accreditation (which is entirely fair enough), but are beneath even polite notification of such.

Keep up the classy work!

Yours &tc