An anonymous commenter responds to an insult of “Trumpkins:”
So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins
Can I ask you a serious question? It’s something I’ve wanted to know for awhile.
I like pumpkins. They remind me of Halloween.
Is “Trumpkins” supposed to be an insult of Trump supporters?
I didn’t actually know that. I’d seen it used a lot on Twitter by people who were obviously worked up over something, but I couldn’t tell from the word “Trumpkins” which side they were on. (140 characters has certain limitations, like — unless you are as hardworking and witty as @DemsRRealRacist — it’s hard to tell what you mean.)
Whichever patrilineal ancestor of Trump changed the family name from Drumpf to Trump was obviously a marketing genius.
My vague impression is that the Trump and Sanders campaigns are causing America to undergo a popular culture efflorescence, comparable to William Henry Harrison’s wonderful “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” campaigns of of 1836 and 1840.
The second volume was fairly dull until the democratic age arrives with Andrew Jackson, after which it’s consistently comic.
For example, here’s a bit on the 1836 campaign by Vice President Richard Johnson, whose supporters chanted in answer to William Henry Harrison’s claim to be the Hero of Tippecanoe, where he defeated the Indian chief Tecumseh:
Rumpsey dumpsey, rumpsey dumpsey
Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh!
But this slogan, never surpassed for electioneering imbecility, failed to give him a majority in the Electoral College.
Yet the Senate then elected Colonel Dick Johnson as Van Buren’s vice-president anyway.
Vice President Colonel Dick Johnson is most famous for:
(10) Always wearing a red vest,
(9) Proposing an expedition to the Great American Desert to find a chasm leading into the Hollow Earth in order to conquer the inside of the Earth and all its lands and peoples,
(8) His octoroon slave/mistress and illegitimate children upon whom he publicly doted, and for
(7) Disappearing from Washington for almost a year during his vice presidency to manage a tavern in Kentucky.
Vice President Colonel Dick Johnson sounds like a David Letterman Top Ten list come to life.
And that reminds me: it’s Day 6 of my April iSteve fundraiser. Yeah, okay, it’s May now, but Trump has won the GOP Presidential nomination, fair and square, so snotty technical rules about asking for money for the April fundraiser only during April are temporarily suspended. It’s an extended May Day.
Nothing more encourages me to keep up the good fight than your support, intellectual, moral, and financial. I greatly appreciate it.
Here are seven ways to contribute:
First: You can use PayPal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. PayPal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual.
Second: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617-0142
Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here. (Paypal and credit cards accepted, including recurring “subscription” donations.) Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Fourth: You can use Bitcoin:
I’m using Coinbase as a sort of PayPal for Bitcoins.
The IRS has issued instructions regarding Bitcoins. I’m having Coinbase immediately turn all Bitcoins I receive into U.S. dollars and deposit them in my bank account. At the end of the year, Coinbase will presumably send me a 1099 form for filing my taxes.
Payments are not tax deductible.
Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
Fifth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay. Just tell WF SurePay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with PayPal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Sixth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with PayPal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Here’s the Google Wallet FAQ. From it: “You will need to have (or sign up for) Google Wallet to send or receive money. If you have ever purchased anything on Google Play, then you most likely already have a Google Wallet. If you do not yet have a Google Wallet, don’t worry, the process is simple: go to wallet.google.com and follow the steps.” You probably already have a Google ID and password, which Google Wallet uses, so signing up Wallet is pretty painless.
You can put money into your Google Wallet Balance from your bank account and send it with no service fee.
Or you can send money via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover) with the industry-standard 2.9% fee. (You don’t need to put money into your Google Wallet Balance to do this.)
Google Wallet works from both a website and a smartphone
app (Android and iPhone — the Google Wallet app is currently available only in the U.S., but the Google Wallet website can be used in 160 countries).