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NOQ Report drops ads, goes 100% crowdfunded

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There’s nothing pleasant about asking people for money. Over the last six months, we’ve experimented with various types of revenue streams to see what could help propel this site to more people. In a society dominated by fake news and leftist media, getting a foothold as a limited-government conservative news outlet is challenging.

Unfortunately, there seem to be only three options. The first one is a non-starter – corporate sponsorships. There are very few organizations, PACs, and companies we trust enough to allow to be corporate sponsors, and while we may someday work with the few that we trust, we don’t have the luxury of waiting for them. We’ve had some corporate sponsorship offers, but invariably they want a say in the editorial component. Some want all-positive Republican coverage. Others want more positive Democratic coverage. Our goal has been and always will be to present the news, opinions, and quotes from a pro-American perspective. That means we call it how we see it.

Option two has been a disaster for multiple reasons. Most websites are driven by advertising, which is fine as long as it both pays the bills and doesn’t flood the site with spam. We’ve used Google, Amazon, and a handful of smaller ad networks to try to generate enough revenue, but it’s challenging when we have limited control over what’s being served. I’d get emails regularly saying we were advertising for Planned Parenthood or Ashley Madison or other websites that didn’t match our values at the site. This may be the easiest way for the site to pay its bills, but it’s not worth the trade-off.

Option three is the tough one. It’s the way that requires me to do what doesn’t come naturally – asking for money. We want to be 100% crowdfunded. That means we need you, the readers, to donate whenever possible. It can be single donations to give us a boost. It can be a recurring donation to help us plan for the future. Literally anything and everything helps.

We have tiers of $10, $50, $5000, and everything in between. Of course, there’s an option for supporters to name their donation amount, so there really isn’t a limit to how much or how little you contribute. Every penny makes a difference.

Here are some of the upcoming expenditures we need covered in order to keep the site moving forward:

  • $25/article – Paid writers and expenses. Currently, all of our writers are volunteers. We appreciate their efforts and we want to reward them. We also need to hire more freelance writers in order to expand the perspectives. Eventually, we will need to budget around $12,000 per month for full-time staff writers, but just getting started with around 1/5th that amount will be a wonderful down payment.
  • $3000/mo – Editors. For the last six months, I have put my time and effort into editing the site. I don’t mind working for free as it’s a labor of love, but it’s unsustainable. I’ll either need to hire editors so I can work full time again or I’ll need to start paying myself. Either way, this is a top priority.
  • $350/mo – Facebook promotions. It’s amazing how much attention we can drive to the site with every little money spent. $10 per day gets the message out to several thousand additional people on Facebook. Add in a little in Facebook reserve to push harder on some of the more important stories and we can start boosting exposure dramatically.
  • $625/mo – Graphics. Whether for videos or articles, the need for help from a graphic design perspective is ongoing.
  • $2000/mo – Advertising. Like-minded conservatives, classical liberals, and limited-government federalists need to know about NOQ Report. By advertising on other sites, we not only get to reach more people, but we also get to support sites that can also use financial help.
  • $200/mo – Stock photos. Using the royalty-free sites limits what we can use as artwork and photos for our articles.
  • $525/mo – Stronger server. There have been a few occasions where the site has gone down because we have a good but not great server. To have a server that should be able to handle the load of daily activity plus the occasional story going viral is a bare minimum around $525 per month. Thankfully, this also includes service, so it alleviates the need for an IT person as well.

This started out as a labor of love, but over the last year we’ve been accepted into Google News and have strong followings sharing the content on social media. It’s time for this site to branch out and start making more of an impact on American society, presenting conservative, Christian ideas that this world needs now more than every.

We appreciate all who have helped. It is our hope that our mission of spreading proper conservative and Christian messages to the masses is one our readers share. Please consider donating today.

 


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Why conservatives shouldn’t support ‘Ag-Gag’ laws

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Why conservatives shouldnt support Ag-Gag laws

For the most part, conservatism is black and white, especially when compared to progressive ideologies that dwell in contradictions and allow activists to make a living telling lies. But there are circumstances that demand a deeper examination and possibly a little soul-searching to help decide which conservative stance should prevail. One example of this is with “Ag-Gag” laws that attempt to prevent undercover filming of animal mistreatment on farms.

There have been so many undercover investigations at farms that it’s becoming hard to be shocked by what goes on at some of them. The mistreatment of animals at some farms is unambiguous; we’re not talking about poor facilities or crowded cages. We’re talking about physically harming animals while they’re alive and feeling pain. In some cases, the pain is clearly intense as some farm workers seem to get a thrill out of it.

Ag-Gag laws make it illegal for people to sneak onto farms with the intention of filming animal cruelty. Many Republicans support these laws because they help the agricultural and livestock industries that have had rough times over recent decades. Some justify it by claiming it’s easy to find abuses in any industry, and piecing together weeks or even months of footage of abuse to make ten minute videos intended to shut a farm down is unfair.

This is a case in which a conservative-backed industry has appealed to conservative lawmakers for protection against a generally progressive activism topic, fighting animal cruelty. It would seem on the surface that Ag-Gag laws are, therefore, conservative. They’re not. They’re an attack on the 1st Amendment, not to mention a preventative measure designed to stop crimes from being exposed.

Should we support American farms, their owners, and their employees? Yes. But that support does not give conservatives license to suppress a part of the 1st Amendment or to ignore crimes like animal cruelty. We must take the high road whenever it’s presented, and in this case that high road means siding with progressive activists to prevent farms and their workers from committing these crimes.

This video from John Stossel shows both sides of the Ag-Gag debate. In the end, he rightly concludes that subverting part of the 1st Amendment and enabling animal cruelty is inexcusable, even in support of the farming industry.

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CNN’s attempt to convince 8-woman panel that Trump is racist goes horribly wrong

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CNNs attempt to convince 8-woman panel that Trump is racist goes horribly wrong

The leftist propaganda channel, better known as CNN, has a narrative they want pushed to their dwindling audience. They want all of their viewers to believe that President Trump is clearly racist and the Republican base is behind him all the way. In a way, they accomplished half of their goal, but at a great cost. They pulled together a panel of eight Republican women (six of whom are blond-haired Caucasians) to try to show that the GOP base is a racist institution altogether. It didn’t work.

You see, the Republican women they were trying to paint as racist made some extremely important points. They didn’t come across as unhinged or cult-like in their support. If anything, CNN interrogator Randi Kaye opened the eyes of some of their viewers as to why many Americans categorize the network as “fake news.”

“They hate America,” said Dena Miller, one of the panelists. “If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”

Miller was referring to “The Squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar – who received a “racist” rebuke from President Trump over the weekend for expressing anti-American views and doing everything they can to convince people the United States is a horrible place to live.

As The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra noted, the “brown-skinned” legal immigrant in the group agreed with the President’s sentiment as well.

Perhaps CNN was expecting these women to say something like, “America-first! Deport all the foreigners! MAGA!” But they didn’t. Their responses were reasonable even when their interrogator tried to convince them using the dictionary that the President was being racist.

Here’s the thing. CNN’s viewers who believe the President is racist already think the GOP is racist. Those who don’t believe it aren’t going to be swayed by this attempted propaganda message. If anything, these women came across as lucid, patriotic, and not racist at all. Their responses were indicative of many Republicans who may consider the President’s choice of words in his Tweet polarizing but not directly racist. They can also understand why he feels that way because, based solely on the anti-American rhetoric The Squad spews forth on a daily basis, they’re pushing for anarchy that will lead to totalitarianism.

If you want to see real racism, let The Squad achieve their goals. America will quickly become as racist as The Squad dreams us to be.

Instead of looking at a Tweet and screaming “racist,” perhaps more Americans should look at the unemployment rates for Hispanics and African-Americans. Both are at record lows. Even if you think the President is racist, his policies and the legislation put forth by Capitol Hill when the GOP was in control have benefited minorities. Nobody accused President Obama of being racist when he helped start the intersectionality trend of today’s political atmosphere, nor when minority unemployment hit long-time highs.

CNN went barking up the wrong tree by trying to convince America-loving women the President is racist. They see the results of low unemployment, increased prosperity, and equal rights for all. All CNN sees is “orange man bad.”

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Brandon Straka’s #WalkAway video sets the stage for steady doses of truth

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Brandon Strakas WalkAway video sets the stage for steady doses of truth

Former Democrat Brandon Straka is not very popular on the left. He represents the dissemination of an existential threat to radical progressives everywhere. What he’s spreading is the truth, and coming from someone who was formerly a media- and education-indoctrinated leftist, it holds plenty of clout.

When he formed the #WalkAway movement, it was an awakening for him that he wanted to share with the rest of the world. He realized the facts didn’t jibe with the narratives being pushed by both Democrats and mainstream media. Both instantly lashed out at him for daring to cross the line of understanding that Jussie Smollett didn’t get attacked by MAGA racists, the Covington Catholic School kids didn’t go after a Native American man, and President Trump did not collude with Russia.

“#WalkAway’s goal is to fight back against liberal ideology and narratives, which are embraced by the Democratic Party, in an effort to awaken Americans to the real truth – not the indoctrination and false narratives of the political left,” Straka said. “We specifically want to effectively communicate with and engage minority groups targeted by the Democrats. The ultimate goal is to do away with groupthink and tribal mentality and encourage people to embrace their individual identities and unify America.”

For telling the truth and not buying into progressive propaganda, Straka has been excommunicated from the Democratic cult. Thankfully for him, he is being embraced by people in the center and to the right who appreciate the truth.

He has another fan as well. President Trump Tweeted out a snippet of the first episode of The Hard Truth.

“We have already produced the first 5 episodes,” Straka said. “Each episode will be released when the previous episode begins to lose a bit of traction- so it won’t be a regular schedule, but instead based on consumer demand or when we feel a particular message might be immediately needed.”

In the first episode of The Hard Truth, Brandon Straka reveals the origins of his movement. It’s definitely worth a watch… President Trump himself recommended doing so. Mainstream media is lying to you. Be warned.

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