That’s Right Nate

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300,000 Hits

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Congrats to all the readers of this blog.  Evidently, this past weekend we hit the magic 300,000.  So what happened Nate? What happened to the frequent updates?  Well, I’ve mentioned this before, but joining Congressman Jack Kimble’s reelection campaign has been time consuming.  Politics is not something that as a self storage facility owner and operator I never thought would be a calling for me.

Congressman Kimble has kept me extremely busy.  This past weekend he made the mistake of drunk robocalling 54th District voters at 2AM.  I love the guy, but that was one horrible mess to try and clean up.  I will continue to update this blog as regularly as I can, but I really don’t want it to become too much of a chore.  Of course, I am very much looking forward to this year’s 3rd annual Natie Awards.  With my reduced blogging this year, it may open up to many other candidates.


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October 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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So Where Has Nate Been?

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Sometimes, I go through writer’s block and nothing in the news catches my ire enough to inspire me to produce a new blog post.   In general though, I figure I’m good for 5 a week.   That number has fallen well off despite this being a banner week for stupid people doing stupid things.  So what gives?  What’s so important.   The only answer I can give is to go to my other blog. Things should return to normal by Saturday.  Please keep visiting.  I still read the responses.


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May 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My Newest Book Deal

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I am thrilled to report that I have just finished negotiations with the local Blockbuster on a brand new book deal.   This will be my second book jacket and I am thrilled.   Unlike my first book jacket  Lockdown: The Liberal Agenda to Bankrupt the Self-Storage Industry and Turn America into a Third Word Country, this jacket is a work of pure fiction.  However, I am very convinced that the horrible events in this story are indeed quite possible.   This book jacket will be available in both hard cover and a new paper back size as well.  If you are only going to buy one book this year and only one book jacket for that book then by all means make it this one.   This book jacket also introduces the character of Jack Beck who is too self-storage owner-operators what Indiana Jones was to archaeologists.   I promise you, after this jacket you will never look at corrugated cardboard the same again.

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April 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

My 2nd Blogiversary

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Things have been a bit sad around here and with a busy weekend and my edumacation archive blog to update, it’s been a few days since I got to update this blog.   However, I am glad to be back posting in time to celebrate my second blogiversary   My blog began on March 6, 2008, but the first post was just really to see how it worked.  My first real post was on March 07, 2008 and it provided a helpful primer to make sure that you weren’t voting for the Anti-Christ.

Preparation of the blog actually began over  a decade earlier.  As some of you long time readers know, is actually based on the novel Push by Sapphire.   It was her depiction of a young, overweight, illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager, Precious that provided the first inspiration.  From that character that I first developed the concept for this blog in 2005.   Unfortunately, as I workshopped the blog and focus grouped the narrative voice it became clear that people were not comfortable reading about Precious’ struggles.   Eventually she was replaced by the character of Nate Peele, a conservative self-storage owner/operator.  Many elements of Precious remained.  Her adolescent weight problem was transferred to Nate’s daughter Emily and Nate kept the same desire to survive despite the abuse they both face.

After choosing Nate as the voice of the blog, assembling a crack team was the next step.   I made a deal with a blog head hunting firm out of Dallas, Texas called Word Co.   The fine folks at Word Co. began to scour the internet for the top writers that they could find.   Together, they were able to establish a crack team of 6 writers from all over the United States allowing me to concentrate on acting as head writer and more importantly editor in chief of the blog’s content.

A blog is nothing, however, without a look.   The prices I was quoted by graphic artists in the United States were way out of line with the budget that I had been given by Freedom Works.   I found much reasonable rates from several firms overseas before finally settling on a Filipino company.  The look came together and we were shooting for a March 1, 2008 launch date.  Unfortunately, cost overruns and an issue with one of the writers who had to be replaced, left us a week short.  On March 7, 2008 the blog was launched.   I have yet to hear about it from Sapphire, but I believe despite the changes we have remained true to her dream.  For the past 2 years, we have provided the type of conservative commentary you cannot get anywhere else.  Are countless Natie awards and over a quarter of a million readers say to me that we must be doing something right.  To you the readers, I wish you a very happy Blogiversary.

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March 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Blogroll Amnesty Day

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I almost let Blogroll Amnesty Day pass me by.   I blame this on the demise of Jon Swift’s brilliant blog. If you like my blog, I promise you’ll love his because many people believed I was him when I started blogging.  I especially recommend checking out his  book reviews.  As Jon  Swift explains it:

Ironically, Blogroll Amnesty Day had a net positive effect for the blogosphere as a whole. I discovered a number of great blogs and made new friends and I am sure that is true for others as well. And so instead of remembering February 3 as a day that will live in infamy, let’s turn this day into a celebration of the power of smaller blogs. Let’s recognize that building an inclusive community of diverse voices is what the blogosphere should be about, not creating a new elite to replace the old mainstream media elite.

The goal of Blogroll Amnesty Day is for bloggers to link to smaller blogs that you like so that some of your readers will make their way over and you can build up the smaller blog readership.   I avoided blogs that are already on my blogroll so this year, I think I’m going to make the focus be on education:

Edumacation Archive – OK, this is cheating because it’s my own education blog so I won’t count it as 1 of my 5.  It is smaller though and less frequently updated than this one.  However, it definitely gives you a different side of my writing.

1. Schools Matter – A great source for education news.  Kenneth Libby is a great Twitter Friends and even their blogroll is fantastic although it does have one glaring omission (see above).

2. Porkchop Express – OK this guy is just flat out weird, but he linked to me.

3. I Like Argyle – The blog of a Twitter friend who is unfortunately liberal, but a snazzy dresser.

4. My Mental Dumping Ground – Australian Cricket fan now living in California so if you do write him a comment type it very slowly and take a break for tea.

5. Blue Gal – I doubt she’s smaller than I am, but she’s had several blogs which can make her hard to find.  She’s one of the people I learned about Blogroll Amnesty Day from so she gets a link.

6. Kimble for Congress – I said I’d avoid my blogroll, but hey when the rest of you bums get elected to congress, I’ll make an exception for you too.

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February 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Congratulations to My Readers on 250,000 Hits

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You have finally done it!  Since began on March 7, 2008 with a blog post entitled How to Make Sure You’re Not Voting for the Anti-Christ, I have made 982 posts,  hosted 4,542 comments, and won nearly a dozen awards.  However, I am most proud of reaching the 250,000 hit mark because if people visit this site, I know that I can educate them.  I congratulate the many readers of this blog who have tirelessly linked, retweeted, and emailed your friends to get them to visit.   The 250,000 hit mark is a testament to your taste and to your intelligence above all else.   A painter can surely create a masterpiece without assistance, but if nobody appreciates it what is the point?

250,000 is quite an accomplishment.  That means that for almost two solid years we have averaged over 1,100 hits each and every day.   This number puts us in the top 100 political blogs on the internet and even higher in the rankings for the top conservative blogs.  Through this blog I have been given the chance to meet politicians like Congressman Jack Kimble and to share critiques with Roger Ebert who linked to my review on Avatar.   I intend to make this blog even bigger and better and I hope that it will not be too long before I can congratulate you all on a half-million hits.   To quote former President Bush, “Mission accomplished.”

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February 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Obama’s State of the Union Speech

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I am happy to continue my long history of live blogging with Obama’s State of the Union speech.

7:52 Biden has a purple tie and Pelosi is dressed in purple—the color of royalty.   Wow!  Will the American people stand for King Obama?

7:57 Do the Judges really need to wear their robes? It’s like look at me, I’m a Supreme Court Justice la de da.

8:00 Michelle Obama is sitting next to a 4 foot tall police woman.

8:06 If we want to cut the budget do we really need 2 guys to introduce the President? Couldn’t one guy say the whole phrase?

8:13 Victory very much in doubt–not a real rousing open.  He forgot the Titanic and the Hindenberg.

8:18 Nice job by Biden on the clap fake.

8:19 Nice shout out to Bush on the bank bailout

8:28 Well if the new trains are in China, it makes sense for the Chinese to own them. Why doesn’t he get this stuff?

8:33 Boehner and Cantor eye rolling strategy key to Republican victory

8:42 Yay!  More standardized tests.  We will have the best bubble fillers in the history of filling in bubbles – take that China

8:56 Freeze spending at 1980 levels. Reagan was our greatest President and those levels were good enough for him.

9:02  You know who’d like this speech?  Bobby Jindahl

9:19  Notice Obama doesn’t mention names–he’s making up these people. I bet the money isn’t even the kid’s allowance.

9:21 Sorry for the delay in tweeting.  I dozed off.

9:30 Great we have the State of Virginia speech now

9:30 Twins freak me out

9:32 For those who say the GOP isn’t inclusive, I say to you we have an African-American on camera

9:35  An oil platform in every pool and an SUV in every garage.

9:38 The Christmas day bomber should be in Gitmo, not sent to a US court like the shoe bomber was.  In fact, let’s send all criminals to Gitmo.

9:40 I’d agree the government closest to the people governs best if I didn’t live in Chicago (Daley), Illinois (Blagojevich, Ryan)

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January 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm