Please Help One Of Our Own (BIG UPDATE)

I’ve been writing here for about four years now, and over the course of those four years, we’ve asked you guys to open your wallets on several occasions. We’ve asked you to give some of your hard earned cash to politicians who have taken hard stands, and thanks to you we have raised thousands of dollars for Fisher House in honor of two brave soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq.

But we’ve never asked you to give money directly to one of our own. Many blogs out there hold fund drives to keep their sites up and running, and we haven’t even done that, Mike paying the bills out of his own pocket to keep Comments From Left Field going.

This is about to change.

Last year we brought a talented and prolific woman into our fold. Kathy, whose own blog at Liberty Street is quite excellent, has since then become one of the leading voices here at Comments From Left Field. If we could afford to pay people a salary, I’m fairly certain that Mike would agree with me in saying that she would be the first on the list to catch a paycheck. She has become one of the key driving engines to this website (and more than makes up for my somewhat manic blogging patterns).

Frankly, I wonder if CFLF would still be alive without her.

The problem is, while Kathy has toiled endlessly here and at her own blog, catching work that can actually pay the bills is a different matter entirely. You may have noticed that over the past few weeks her contributions here have gone way down–this is because she couldn’t keep up with her internet bills and they finally cut her off.

And still her dedication has her going to the library in whatever spare time she can muster to write for us. As I say, I truly wish we could cut her a paycheck.

But the fact still remains–Kathy is in dire need of financial assistance, and the best I can do is turn to you, our readers, and ask for your kindness and your generosity. I know these times are tough, I know a lot of you are scrimping and saving every dime you can, but my sincerest hope is that if you can spare some cash, any cash, it doesn’t have to be a big amount, is that you toss some of that change over Kathy’s way.

Together we can’t make all of Kathy’s dreams come true, I hold no illusions about that. What I want us to do is to come together and at least scrape enough cash up for her so that she can get her head back above water–keep the wolves at bay for at least another day, so to speak.

You don’t have to give a lot, just a dollar or two. And if you can’t do that, please help spread the word around. Write up a post on your own blog, email your friends. Kathy is one of the best voices out there on the internet, and it would be a shame if we lost that because she too became a victim of the economy.

If you write up a post, you’ll get a link from us in a gratuity post I’ll do later on, and if you aren’t on our blogroll now, doing so will buy you an instant spot on the blogroll with few questions asked (I’ve learned my lesson to unrestricted blogrolling, thank you very much!).

And to start things off I’ve already donated $50.00 to the Kathy bailout fund. Please help grow that sum by clicking the button below. Thank you!

Thank you to the following blogs for helping us out with this:

The Newshoggers (Thanks Steve!)


Raw Story

Crooks and Liars

Black Shards (wow)

UPDATE!: I spoke with Kathy recently, and we are both overwhelmed by your generosity. The response has been amazing and more than I think either one of us could have asked for. It’s definitely got me reaching for the stars.

When I first wrote this, my most ambitious hope was just to get Kathy a couple of hundred dollars that could help. Now, well, now folks, she’s got her internet back, and she’s got well over half of the rent she needs to keep from getting evicted.

That’s the next goal, folks. Three hundred dollars more, and we can keep her from losing her apartment.

So I’ll sweeten the pot. I was going to leave this post at the top until Wednesday, but if we can put together that last three hundred dollars by midnight tonight, I’ll make this all go away and we’ll get back to business (of course, not without some much deserved gratitude being shown). So please, tell your friends, dig deep, let’s get this done today, and help a blogger who truly deserves it.

300 dollars in eleven hours, that’s the goal, I know you guys can do it!

6 Responses to “Please Help One Of Our Own (BIG UPDATE)”

  1. Dynamic says:

    I don’t make much money so I can’t chip in a whole lot, but I’ll drop by on payday this week after I pay my bills and put in what I can spare. It might only be a few dollars but I’ve been poor long enough to know that every little bit really does matter.

  2. Thank you so much, D, we really appreciate it. And when did you go off and get yourself a political blog?

    Ah, now that I think about it, this is terrible because I have a vague recollection of you saying you were going to get one start. I’ll throw you on the blogroll later on today if I get time.

  3. Kathy says:

    Everyone here, and all of my friends on the Internet that I did not even know I had, I am just so overwhelmed. It’s not just the money — it’s the fact so many people value my writing and me as a person enough to be so generous.

    I can only say (as I did to Kyle, privately) that my heart is full.

    Thank you, everyone.

  4. Chief says:


    I’m so glad that I am not the only person who values your writing. And I am so happy for you that you have a friend such as Kyle who will plead your case.

    Thank you Kyle

    I am Kathy’s co-blogger at Liberty Street.

  5. Dynamic says:

    Heh well actually I’d considered and then decided I didn’t have time to do it properly – but I found that I was getting complaints (mostly from my girlfriend) that I was using my rave journal as a political platform and people were getting bored (this was election season so it was pretty excessive). So there ya go.

    I’ve made a post of this on there too, I don’t think I have that many readers but the ones I do have all tend to be ravers who don’t otherwise read blogs, so it’s a few new folks. 🙂

  6. Dynamic! Don’t think I’m ignoring you buddy! I’m just getting pulled in eight different directions at once, so hang in there, I’ll give you your just recognition, hopefully when I get into the office in a couple of hours!


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