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Elias Alias

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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2009, 06:21:10 am »

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Yer right, Claire - it's downright weird. As Don puts it, we got sabotaged from within.

Or sabotaged before you started................after all, pasting some known names on the premier issue of a newspaper could serve to build a subscription list in very short order..........

Well, I can stretch to see your point, ZooT, but in all honesty the GV Patriot was not started with "subscriptions" in mind. We intended to finance the paper with advertising, not with subscriptions. And I'm comfortable in thinking that the owner was not attempting to take advantage of the staff. The owner is a good person, but one who succumbed to fear that advertisers would not support the paper if what the staff prepared for the 2nd edition managed to somehow get into print. We did design a 9/11 Truth issue - and as you know, most people (and many advertisers) can't tolerate my "conspiracy theories" about 9/11. I don't really blame the owner, but would have preferred that we be told beforehand that our articles would be subjected to censorship prior to printing. That caught us by surprise.

But as I noted already, I've forgiven that little problem and am focused on moving forward with The Montana Messenger. Joan and I are devoted to printing a quality paper which is unfettered by commercial or politically-correct reins. America is in dire peril. We know it, and we're going to print it.

I've learned something while doing the GV Patriot. I've learned that the people know they're being denied the truth. I've learned that the people want the truth. And I've learned that while anyone can find the truth online, it's a whole 'nuther matter to stand on Main Street with a copy of a published paper in one's hand and get the truth in hard-copy. It's different than reading articles on an electronic screen. Holding a paper in one's hands and reading it gives a greater sense of validity. It is a more-direct and more-powerful experience in reading. There's just something about it. It works. You'd be pleased if you saw the volume of communications I've received from that first issue. People loved it. We had a great thing going there. It's too bad we could not make good on the promises I made in my first editorial. Maybe I'll just paste part of that in right here....
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The Gallatin Valley Patriot is pleased to offer a new venue which shall not be associated in any way with any partisan political platform. This monthly newspaper is devoted to the people. Our goal is to be a voice for the people, for our families, for our communities. We, the people, rise above, and intend to live above, the political circus brought to us by the two major political parties and an out-of-control Federal government. We intend to speak out about that. Fiercely and faithfully.
The Gallatin Valley Patriot knows that divisive tactics which mark today's political arena are being used to control our perceptions. This paper will not bow to that madness. In truth, millions of Americans and thousands here in Gallatin Valley and surrounding areas are alarmed, are informing themselves with the truth, are disgusted with the performance of today’s political idiocy, are fearful of Federal dominance over the smallest details of their daily lives, and are seeking solutions.
The Gallatin Valley Patriot is here in support of the awakening citizenry. Our readers care. Our readers are vocal. They are engaged. They are motivated. And they are educating themselves and their neighbors swiftly now. Grassroots is the wave of the future, and it begins right here in our lovely valley and surrounding areas, in Montana, and indeed all across America.
We know and assert boldly that the U.S. Federal government was created by the Constitution, and that the Constitution came before the government. It is honorable to pledge our allegiance to that Constitution, to its original wording and spirit, to the morality it embodies, and we state candidly that our allegiance to the Federal government is contingent upon the government's compliance with the limits and demands placed upon it by its founding legal charter. We are Patriots.
We welcome the awakening citizens from all political camps, Left, Right, Center, and Other, who have grown frustrated and discouraged by overwhelming Federal and State abuse and criminality. Our reader is politically aware, patriotic, loyal to traditional American values, is industrious and creative, is entrepreneurial, and appreciates our sponsors / advertisers who make this paper possible.
We are the Gallatin Valley's new watch-dog and whistle-blower. You, the reader, have every right to transparent governance, have every right to know what is shaping government policy, have every right to expect our government to honor the U.S. Constitution, and have every right to expect and demand of that Constitution the full protection of your unalienable rights as human beings and as citizens. It is your Constitution. It’s time to use it.  Help us pass the word.
The Gallatin Valley Patriot intends to expose violations of our highest law wherever we find transgressions, and our promise to you the reader is that we shall work tirelessly to get unbiased information into your hands. That is our primary purpose.

- end quoted passages from my editorial in issue 1 of GV Patriot -

That's what I promised in our inaugural edition.

When I saw what happened to my work with the 2nd issue, and could not reach consensus with the paper's owner, I felt I had no choice but to resign. I think I made the right decision. But the people who got that issue loved it. Six thousand copies disappeared very quickly. People have been requesting more copies ever since. People here in Montana want a paper which would deliver just what I had promised, and Joan, Don, and I are determined to give it to them, even if we have to do it ourselves with a new paper.

We are finding, however, that support exists for The Montana Messenger. That support exists because of reasons I've just written above - there is more power in the printed word than in the electric word. (Not to diss the Internet, of course - I'm a loyal fan of the Internet and am grateful for it.)  But people get more out of something they can hold in their hands. It's just that simple. It's more personal, more believable, and more sensible. And, because it's more "real" in that way, it carries with it a feeling of value. Our first issue was the sort of paper which people enjoyed sharing with friends. Lots of people called me requesting extra copies for their friends and families. The paper got mailed all over the place. Here are some names who  received copies - G. Edward Griffin, Katherine Albrecht, Devvy Kidd, Edwin Viera, Vin Suprynowicz, Claire Wolfe, Lt.Cmdr.David Gillie, Stewart Rhodes, Anton Chaitkin, Lt.Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, and many more. When I went to Helena this past September 12, 2009, for an Oath Keepers ceremony, people were passing that issue around in the crowd at the Capitol's steps.

So. There is nothing left to do but launch another attempt to get the truth out there in print. We'll be using a 40 lb. "Book" paper, same as the GV Patriot uses. It will be printed in full color. It will be laid out for printing by a very good fine artist. It will have a website. Our printer is set up for direct mailing to all subscribers. Our list of writers is growing, and just yesterday I got written permissions from Katherine Albrecht (author of Spy Chips - see her in Aaron Russo's film, America: Freedom To Fascism). She has invited me to interview her. I'll happily do so.

The Montana Messenger is going to come out of the gates flying high, and like the Red Tailed Hawk of Native American mythology, it will carry the message of truth far and wide. I'll send copies your way as soon as it comes off the press. And ZooT, this time there will be no "sabotage" from within. Joan, Don, and self are all in total consensus about the paper's mission - and we've got a lot of very good support from very good people. Exciting!

Salute!
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2009, 12:14:43 pm »

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Holding a paper in one's hands and reading it gives a greater sense of validity.

I would agree.  The tangibility of it, plus the truth contained therein, is important.  An individual was questioning me on the wisdom of doing a "dead trees" paper in this day and age, when many such entities are going out of business.  I mentioned the tangibility factor, plus another fact that he had not considered.  There are plenty of folks out there who don't have good internet connections (especially in rural areas).  Web surfing can be an almost painful experience for such individuals, and it makes it difficult to look up the tremendous amount of information available.  (I know that before I got DSL, I did very little surfing; when a search engine brings up millions of hits of questionable congruence, going more than a page or two into the results while on dial-up is not a a fun prospect.)  In some ways, a well-prepared article in a printed paper helps pre-screen information for people, so they can search for facts in a more directed manner.  Time will tell whether or not we're correct!
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2009, 12:31:30 pm »

And there is the personal share factor: I can read it, tell someone about an article, give them my copy, they can pass it on, and maybe as many as ten people will read part or all of that paper, especially if it is left in a coffee shop or tea house.
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2009, 01:04:35 pm »

I definitely agree Feralfae and Freewoman. To me it's very similar to owning an actual hard copy of a book, or reading it online. I personally would much rather read the book in my hands as opposed to doing so online. But there are so many folks getting info on the web nowadays that this option can be left out. I am tickled pink that you guys are doing both. And once again, I very much look forward to having a copy in my grubby little hands that I receive every month in my grubby little mailbox.
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2009, 02:24:49 pm »

freewoman, feralfae, Clip Johnson -
Thanks for your replies. It's all good. We will take pride in delivering to each of you our inaugural edition. I'll be busy here getting it all ready to go. I appreciate your support. I'll have more to announce soon.

Salute!
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2009, 02:27:46 pm »

First issue of The Montana Messenger will be in our hands on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. We're printing six thousand copies, and can reprint more if needed.

I will begin a new thread here shortly to fill in all the details. We are now ready to begin soliciting subscriptions and advertising from the public at large. All correspondence via U.S. mail is to be addressed to -

The Montana Messenger
P.O. Box 103
Three Forks, Montana 59752

Joan has applied for a business banking account, but the State of Montana has its share of bureaucratic red tape, and is being too slow in providing forms requested by the bank, so, until we can get the business account open we shall use Joan's personal account. To order subscriptions or make donations, address checks and money-orders to - Joan Stanley. Then mail to the above address. Thanks! :)

Our first issue will hit next Tuesday, October 27, 2009. We can begin mailing to our readers by Thursday, October 29, 2009.

Joan, Don, and myself are very pleased and excited. We've put together a high-quality paper, printed on 40-lb "book" stock with full color. Our list of writers is awesome. The content is cutting-edge and bold. We're sure that all concerned Americans will want to support this paper and will share it with friends and neighbors, and we hope that it's a paper anyone would want to collect and save for future reference. There is much to tell you about what we're doing, but I'm pressed to get the lay-out ready for printing. I'll be starting several new threads here in the next few days. Thank you each for your interest and support!

Salute!
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2009, 03:11:02 pm »

Sounds great! Can't remember if you said how much the subscription is...
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« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2009, 05:52:02 pm »

Sounds great! Can't remember if you said how much the subscription is...

Yes, I was wondering that myself.
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2009, 08:44:24 pm »

Sounds great! Can't remember if you said how much the subscription is...

Yes, I was wondering that myself.

As was I.
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2009, 09:26:32 pm »

I'm glad to see some eager responses concerning the subscriptions. Since subscriptions will be the backbone of our financing after this first issue, we're going to really hope to see subscriptions come in.

We are offering 6-month subscriptions (one paper per month for six months) for $35.00 each subscription. We will consider yearly subscriptions in the near future, but to begin our venture we're only offering six-month subscriptions.

We are, however, gratefully accepting any and all donations from good folks who want to help ensure that the paper is successful. Donations will not be tax-deductible, but they sure will be appreciated. Joan, Don, and self are giving this all we've got, and because we're making a very high-quality paper with an expensive lay-out department and a costly printing company, each month's issue is very pricey to us. This is a paper we think people will save, so we want to make it as nice as a newspaper can be. Can't wait to get it into everyone's hands and hear feedback from readers.

So - just send contributions, donations, and/or thirty-five dollar subscription requests, as checks or money-orders, to the address above in this thread. And then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for doing something positive to help inform America about what's happened to our country, what is behind it all, where "they" are trying to take our nation, and why. Supporting The Montana Messenger is, in my opinion, a wonderful way to actually do something for the liberty movement. I truly hope all readers will agree with that after they read our first issue.

I must pause on this thread now for a few days - in fact, I must pause here at TMM for a few days, because not only am I getting this newspaper ready to print this weekend, I'm also traveling to Las Vegas to attend the Oath Keepers conference. (Not my fault - blame Stewart, right?) I'll be back in Montana before Tuesday afternoon, when we're scheduled to pick up six thousand copies of the coolest newspaper in the nation.... :)

Fare well over the weekend,
Salute!
Elias
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2009, 09:41:48 pm »

Thanks for the info, and do have a safe trip Elias!
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2009, 10:06:52 pm »

Sadly, more than $20 a year is too much for my budget.
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Re: A Red Tailed Hawk _ The Montana Messenger
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2009, 11:48:41 pm »

Sadly, more than $20 a year is too much for my budget.

Hmmm.... are you sayin' that Fedgov's fiscal policies of late have reduced you to sub-poverty levels of cash? I can appreciate that. Send me, by PM here, your snail addy and I'll spring for postage myself and mail you our inaugural copy free of charge next week when I'm back from the convention. Thanks for your interest in the paper.

Leaving now for my trip. Will check for messages when I get back.

Salute!
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