Money been on me all my life
Left my children hungry, withered my wife
Kept me strapped to a grindin stone
Money oh money won't leave me alone
Sorry to be so crass, but due to the completely inexplicable fact that no well-heeled news outfit has picked up the prose stylings of your correspondent following not one but two ash-cannings in the last 12 months, we are still being forced to pass the hat on behalf of our busking here at Empire Burlesque. I very much dislike doing this kind of thing, but for the time being it is necessary for the site to generate at least some measure of income in order to support the journalism that we do here.
I went down to see the preacher man
Said he could put salvation in my hand
But before he would seal my happy fate
He said you best drop a coin down in this plate
We're not mounting one of those big-bucks fund drives that you see on other sites (although big bucks are certainly welcome, if you've got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket), but if you feel the site is worth keeping afloat, and you have some spare change, any and all contributions would be most heartily appreciated. To donate, just go to the top right corner of the page, where you will find the exhortation to "take up alms against the empire!"
Outside of town they pitched a great big tent
They said come and meet the president
I told him my trouble, he said there's nothin he could do
He said I come here, son, to beg some money from you
In any case, as I've said before, we'll keep going here until the lights go out, and will keep looking for ways to give you your groatsworth -- such as the fantastic projects of our webmaster, Rich Kastelein, which are featured on the left hand side of the site. His "War Gallery" alone is vital resource for anyone interested in seeing the reality of war crime in Iraq -- and is far and away the most viewed segment on the blog. You might also check out the book (which could be having a sequel soon) and, if you want to make an old man happy, the album, Wheel of Heaven.
Again, apologies for this commercial interruption. We now return you to your regular programming. ***