Talk Left Appreciation Day

Do you like what Talk Left does? Do you like Jeralyn's writings on crime issues and politics? Will you enjoy her on the spot coverage of the Democratic Convention in August? Will you follow our live blogging of tomorrow's DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting about the Michigan/Florida travesty? Do you like TChris' stellar work on civil liberties, the law and the rights every person should enjoy? Do you like the trouble I stir up? Do you enjoy the community atmosphere Talk Left provides for reasoned discussion?

Well, it costs Jeralyn a fair amount of money to operate this web site. Much more than before as more and more and more readers come to see what's up and participate at Talk Left. If you like what you are reading and writing, please give Jeralyn a hand in paying for the upkeep. Here is how you can donate:

donate to TalkLeft


Here's the paypal link, it's very easy. If you don't like paypal (which takes credit cards if you don't have a paypal account) feel free to pull a few dollars out of your pocket and send it snail mail. The address is below the fold.

If you'd like to donate anonymously, here's the Amazon link.

Thanks for caring.

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    Far better than any magazine I don't bother (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by andgarden on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:11:14 AM EST
    subscribing to.

    Thanks for everything you guys do.

    A little something (5.00 / 5) (#2)
    by Lahdee on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:12:05 AM EST
    to keep the fires burning is worth the sanity TL provides. Thanks Jeralyn.

    And thanks BTD for stirring the pot.

    You can't let anyone stop what you (5.00 / 6) (#3)
    by bjorn on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:15:11 AM EST
    guys are doing here.  The facts matter, at least to many of us they do!

    Thanks for everything.

    Heh. (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by madamab on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:15:36 AM EST
    No moneys today...but I will be tithing from my next paycheck! :-)

    Once again, I really, really appreciate TalkLeft. I'll be working till around 1 pm tomorrow, but as soon as I get home I'll be firing up my PC and coming here to catch up!

    Thank you TL, Jeralyn and BTD (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by zfran on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:20:57 AM EST
    I have loved being here. Don't even read my paper much anymore. I sent what I could. My son out of school today so I will be on TL as much as he's off his game. Thanks again.

    I LOVE this site! (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by masslib on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:23:55 AM EST
    It's an addiction.  No money today :( .  But as soon as possible I will send some love your way.

    I think I can afford to do a little something.... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Maria Garcia on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:26:18 AM EST
    ...today. Thanks for all you guys do.

    Wish it could be more, but (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by Anne on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:28:16 AM EST
    please know how much I appreciate TL's island of sanity in an ocean that grows more insane and dysfunctional by the day.

    Always good information, fairness, balance, respect, honesty, crackling with intelligence and wit - and supported by a great group of commenters, whose thoughts and humor I greatly value.

    Best blog going!

    the check will be in the mail soon :) (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by kempis on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:28:27 AM EST
    I very much appreciate this site, the posters, and how Jeralyn runs it.

    Thank you for providing the info, BTD.

    Thanks for everything! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by gmo on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:28:30 AM EST
    Looking forward to seeing your coverage of the RBC tomorrow, and at the convention!

    Sorry but (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by talex on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:31:21 AM EST
    Obama asked me not to contribute to Progressive 527's and other Progressive media so I could send all my money to his control freak campaign.

    Maybe I can send some money mid November after he loses. But hang in there and keep up the good work.


    After the Primaries (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by Stellaaa on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:34:33 AM EST
    If we behave, can we still come here?  I don't think I could stand it without the TL brain trust.  Wow.  Honestly, you guys have challenged us and made us all better thinkers and better consumers of news.  We had our snarky moments and our rants, but you kept us in line and civil.  This format is awesome and it takes a lot of work and I appreciate it.  I actually feel sorry for people who did not experience the intensity of the primary with you all.  

    It would be brilliant if BTD and Jeralyn did a book of this primary.  The two perspectives and the blow by blow of the 50 states.  

    What is amazing is that now after a daily dose of Somerby and you guys, you cannot just read, watch or listen to news the same old way.  

    Thank you guys.  

    No (none / 0) (#26)
    by Steve M on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:01:42 AM EST
    If you behaved you would be way too boring.  Sorry!

    Interesting (none / 0) (#37)
    by flashman on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:22:59 AM EST
    When I came to TL, I was searching for a reasonable political discussion group.  I was not aware, at the time, that it is really a group for 'legal'types which happens to be caught up in the election politics.  I'm not sure if I have enough interest in legal cases to hang around when this is over.

    I remember when Dan Abrams was a legal commentator.  I couldn't set through an hour of his show back then.  Just didn't have the interest.  Maybe if I hang around long enough, I can develop it.


    Legal site (none / 0) (#61)
    by 1jane on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:59:18 PM EST
    I've been reading TL for a long time. I have been disappointed by the turn to politics. I can't wait for all the political threads to disappear forever. I only give $'s to local and state candidates.

    Amazing. (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by coolit on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:34:51 AM EST
    since i found this site a month ago, i have been here every day.

    Thank you so much.

    And check out the front page of Digby. The media bias that I  have been talking about for so long is ripped apart.  Phenomenal article.  

    I'll (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:45:05 AM EST
    send some money snail mail. I really appreciate what you guys do.

    I am a budget frick. I budget for everthing. (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by feet on earth on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:57:02 AM EST
    So I went to my monthly budget spreadsheet and figured out where I can shift money from to donate to TL.

    Here it goes: My all entertainment budget is yours, I am glued to my laptop since I found your site and not spent anything on movies, saved on eating out, saved in the printed news columns, etc., etc.

    My month of May saving cheque will be on the mail on the 31th.  June will follow, etc.

    Thanks to toy all.


    Done (5.00 / 2) (#25)
    by cmugirl on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:00:00 AM EST
    Payment For     Quantity     Price
    TalkLeft:The Politics of Crime     1     $20.00 USD
    Subtotal:     $20.00 USD
    Sales Tax:     $0.00 USD
    Total Amount:     $20.00 USD

    Thanks for all you do!  You have helped me keep my sanity throughout the circus that has been the last few months.


    TL is an excellent investment. (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by Joan in VA on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:01:54 AM EST
    Thanks for being here.

    I threw in a few. (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by liminal on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:03:43 AM EST
    I don't comment much, since I seem (generally) to be about 8 hours behind everyone else, but I really enjoy both the front pagers and the regular participants in the comments.  I'm also especially appreciative that y'all police the comments as you do.  It's so nice to have a civil oasis where differing viewpoints are allowed by trolling and chattering isn't.  

    Thanks y'all.

    are allowed BUT (none / 0) (#29)
    by liminal on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:04:59 AM EST
    BUT trolling and chattering (by the site definition, otherwise, I like you chatty people) aren't.  

    I'll blame my typos on the new glasses.


    Done! - Thanks for the reminder. (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by Annie M on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:07:11 AM EST
    Not much of a commenter but I'm a "huge" lurker. I come to TL on a regular basis these days as so many of the other blogs have really jumped the shark. I couldn't imagine this primary season without TL.  Thanks for making this community possible and all you do to keep me informed.

    What's the suggested (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by Eleanor A on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:11:26 AM EST

    I kicked in $25 a couple weeks back, but can do more and will....

    it's whatever feels right to you (none / 0) (#59)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:26:47 PM EST
    Even $5.00 helps. And if you gave last time, or aren't able to contribute, don't give it another thought. We're still happy to have you here.

    I'm a politics junkie and really appreciate (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by vicndabx on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:21:54 AM EST
    the fact that you folks help fill in the blanks.  Add in the humor of the posters and the occasional smack-down of same makes this a great site for any adult looking for reasoned discourse on the current state of politics.  Thanks for all you do here.

    Yep, a big thanks and what (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by Valhalla on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:32:59 AM EST
    I could spare today.

    TL delivered me from smartmouth-HuffPo-bloggerboyz hell.

    Thanks for fighting the good fight.

    I just donated and registered (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by usrbs on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:33:05 AM EST
    I figured it's the least I could do after fleeing here for refuge from the rest of the Blogosphere.  

    I probably will post extremely infrequently if at all, but will continue to be a regular reader.

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes and Yes (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by squeaky on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:40:16 AM EST

    I'll Consider Donating (none / 0) (#22)
    by flashman on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:49:48 AM EST
    But since you asked, one thing about this blog disturbs me, and that is that the site 'officials' don't seem to be able to follow their own rules when it comes to the discussion threads.  Particularly, I'm disturbed when they call someone an 'idiot' or say someone is 'delusional.'  That seems to be a clear violation of the site rules that the rest of us are bound by.  

    If you donate (5.00 / 4) (#23)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri May 30, 2008 at 10:51:46 AM EST
    I will formally chastise the FPer who you are referring to and make sure he/she stops.

    Will you donate?


    OK, I Just Did (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by flashman on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:07:22 AM EST
    But expecting you to chastise the one to which I refered to is sort of like expecting Bush to investigate the Plame leak case.

    Oddly, I was able to donate through Amazon without entering a password.  That's kina scary.


    Don't forget TL's Amazon Link! Works better for me (none / 0) (#40)
    by Ellie on Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:35:39 AM EST
    Nothing wrong with the above options, but since I get a lot of stuff at Amazon it's easier for my books.

    My donation yardstick is to consider to multiply how much entertainment and brain food I get by the amount of Pepto Bismal I save and through in a coupl'a few bux extra for what I'd otherwise be putting in the cuss jar.

    Cheers! (none / 0) (#46)
    by Tess on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:01:18 PM EST
    I just made a small Paypal donation.

    I so appreciate the site, Jeralyn and the other great bloggers!  Not to mention the intelligent, witty and wise posters!

    Even though my donation is small I will plan to make more on a regular basis~

    I bow to you all....

    TL appreciation day (none / 0) (#48)
    by Moga on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:09:07 PM EST
    I just kicked in via Paypal. Thanks for bringing a soupçon of sanity to the Clinton-Obama perplex. Thanks for being fact-based. Thanks for being analytical and fair-minded. Thanks for paying attention to criminal justice issues. Just thanks.

    Money sent, my wife beat me to it. (none / 0) (#49)
    by Rhouse on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:18:29 PM EST

    This Obama supporter has really (none / 0) (#52)
    by IndiDemGirl on Fri May 30, 2008 at 01:41:02 PM EST
    enjoyed lurking and commenting on TalkLeft during this primary season.  As thanks I just made a contribution through PayPal.  

    I used Amazon.com (none / 0) (#53)
    by anniethena on Fri May 30, 2008 at 02:21:23 PM EST
    As I already have an account there.
    Thanks for all you do, I love the commentary and the community even if I don't participate much.

    I'd like to apologize for my fellow citizen Donald Sutherland; I only read an excerpt here from his Huffpo post, and I just hate giving Huffpo hits.

    I should have gone and reminded him that his ex-father-in-law was Tommy Douglas, considered the father of Medicare in Canada. (and voted our "Greatest Canadian")Not sure Tommy would have supported the candidate who's weaker on this issue.

    *sigh*.. and I was going to renew (none / 0) (#54)
    by MarkL on Fri May 30, 2008 at 02:59:57 PM EST
    some p05n site memberships today...
    but talkleft is worth more.

    $100 bucks (none / 0) (#55)
    by ccpup on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:08:21 PM EST
    in appreciation for saving my sanity.

    Although I don't always agree with you, BTD and Jeralyn run a kick-a** site I find myself addicted to more and more each day.

    I guess I gotta thing for clarity and honesty.  I'm kinda funny that way, it seems.

    Armando (none / 0) (#56)
    by cpa1 on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:13:26 PM EST
    I was a lifetime member of the Dailykos until the Obamorons there required anyone speaking negatively about Obama to be very apologetic or give up and join them to attacking Hillary.  For those who didn't, and there were very few left by the end of April, troll ratings came like rain showers and I ultimately got auto-banned.  Of course there was nobody left to agree with me or they were afraid of the rath of the idiots, so my mojo went down.  

    I will not miss that horrible palce because I lost so much respect for them..except for Meteor and a few others.  What makes me angry is that I want my $100 lifetime membership fee back and when I ask for it, I get no response.  That is how low Markos has fallen.  I wrote to him, the tech support person and Susan G and maybe Meteor and never got a response from anyone.  I believe if you take away someone's right to post diaries and comments, your money should be refunded.  Perhaps the DNC should be required to refund every penny that came in from Florida residents during this nominating process.  

    I would love to give Talk Left that $100.  So if you have any connections with those people and you have a way to get it back for me or better still, transfer to TalkLeft, for which you have my permission, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Sent it gladly! (none / 0) (#57)
    by NO2WONDERBOY on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:26:15 PM EST
    I too have sent my small contribution. Echoing the majority of the comments here, this site has filled a HUGE vacuum.
    The discourse has been very stimulating, and instructive; truly an oasis amidst the intellectually barren desert that our nation has become.
    Thank you  

    Happy to make another (none / 0) (#58)
    by brodie on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:26:23 PM EST
    modest contribution.  The comment board is moderated fairly and people mostly tend to make allowance for semi-unpopular minority positions within the pro-Hillary sector, such as certain posters' annoying harping on Sibelius for VP.  

    As for Obot Donald Sutherland, it's worth reminding that he did succumb to the pod in that late 70s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, so being a pod person for Barack is just a reprise of a role he's already tackled successfully.

    Overall, however, it pains me somewhat to concede that he's probably done enough positive in the creative realm to avoid calls for his deportation back to Canada.  

    ok I donated and thought that I had (none / 0) (#60)
    by athyrio on Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:50:30 PM EST
    written to you on this thread mentioning it, but I don't see it, but anyway, suffice it to know that I sent you $25.00  from the great state of "soon to be voting" Montana...You both do a great job and I enjoy it very much....Thank you...

    Can't give what you deserve (none / 0) (#62)
    by befuddled on Fri May 30, 2008 at 04:50:30 PM EST
    right now because I gave it to Hillary, but I won't forget. This is a wonderfully rational and conversational site, only wish I could appreciate the legal arguments better. Good job, Jeralyn and BTD.

    I gave (none / 0) (#63)
    by Steve M on Fri May 30, 2008 at 05:56:07 PM EST
    Maybe this means Jeralyn will stop deleting my posts when I forget to include a snark tag!  Probably not.

    Amusingly, the first check out of my checkbook featured a Colorado mountainscape.  Funny coincidence.

    glad i found you. (none / 0) (#64)
    by pricelessnicky on Fri May 30, 2008 at 06:53:35 PM EST
    hey guys you are the best....the best. i am so glad i found your site. looking forward more fair reporting from you.

    donating on amazon......

    done (none / 0) (#65)
    by pukemoana on Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:58:56 PM EST
    thanks for feeding my obsession.  btw, my kids have got caught up in all this too, even though they're not u.s. citizens and we don't live in the u.s. anymore--the 2 year old has worked out that if he says 'obama' the girls (5 and 10 years) will yell back 'hillary' and off they go in a shouting match for a good 5 minutes . . .

    I 've kicked in some $$ when there's been an (none / 0) (#66)
    by DeborahNC on Sat May 31, 2008 at 04:59:39 AM EST
    appreciation request ever since I registered. I know that providing accurate news reports along with your personal commentary is time-consuming and costly, but I truly appreciate all that you do to make it happen.

    It's a small price to pay to have people with integrity and good writing skills to distill the many news items and then present their personal commentary. Your commentary on the news is what keeps me coming back, along with the lively and informed (mostly) debate by the readers.

    Thanks to Jeralyn, BTD, other contributors and reader comments. I love to read the different points of view.