Topic: Out of Flyover Land
A saw a cartoon once, a Man dressed in tails and a top hat was going over a ski ramp with a look of shock an bewilderment on his face. The caption read
How did I get up HERE!?
Sometimes it's a good idea to stop, look around and ask that question.
Since I have noticed somebody is now reading my ramblings I thought I would take a few minutes and backtrack how I got Here.
I come from what you might call a "reading" family.
My Father loved books, as did my Mother, she read ravenously, poetry, novels and even read encyclopedias like some read paperbacks. I had a Great Aunt who had to leave school after the 3rd Grade to help in the fields, but Aunt Ruby learned to read and she continued that practice her entire life, spending some 60 years of her adulthood reading and studying on her own philosophy and metaphysics. I remember, a prominent man in our community, very well educated, once told me, that my Aunt could hold her own, in his estimation, with any College Professor he had ever known.
The entire family were readers, but my nuclear family, was particularly known among the family as readers,it was a big one I am part Cherokee and my mother was the youngest of 14 in Kentucky we have CLANS not just families , :-) .
One of may Aunts once said half jokingly and half exasperatedly that a person could not bring up ANY subject, without one of the Kauffman's looking up and declaring, "I read a book once, that said---"
So when the Internet Arrived, and I discovered it, I dove in like a duck into water. Information, History, I could contact, correspond and exchange views with people from all over the world.
It was wonderful. I discovered, discussion boards, chat, then blogs. As I continued to read on the Internet, in particular blogs , I noticed something.
What I read in Newspapers, heard on TV, looked like what I was reading on blogs, but differed.
But with blogs, I often had links and sources, or I could use keywords and find original sources.
I discovered what I read in Newspapers, heard on TV was NOT the same as I found in original sources, it had been changed, altered, subtly at times, but in a way, that often the meaning was not only distorted, but turned into the complete opposite of what had been said.
There is a perfect example of this process on the
Right Wing News
website. It is a quote in Fahrenheit 9/11 of Condi Rice. I will first give you Michael Moore's version, then I will give you the full quote, with his version highlighted in it. You can see and decide for yourself who the Liar is.
Condi Rice-altered quote
"There is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11"
Condi Rice-full text quote
"Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11. It’s not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9/11, but, if you think about what caused 9/11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that lead people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York."
You see the first quote contains the exact words she said, nothing added, noting moved around, just quite a bit left out. Makes a big difference doesn't it?
I don't like holes in my information and news, I like to read the complete story.
Blogs allow me that. Oh it's true that some are biased and they too can slant things, but like Ed Morrisey's statement on the header of Captain's Quarters says, "Thus Every Blogger In His Kind, Is Bit By Him Who Comes Behind", you play too fast and loose and you WILL get called on it. The Blogsphere has some highly effective negative feedback mechanisms for those who distort the truth.
I started REALLY reading , as I read I would think, "I sure would like to try my hand at this, but with work and READING other blogs, I just don't have the time." Then one day I noticed something.
I was not only reading blogs, I was doing a fair bit of commentingon blogs, just on other people's Blogs.
I think it was when I did a google search and discovered that no one was really using the Title
Committees Of Correspondence
that I made my mind up.
I started this Free Angelfire Blog, but I also purchased/leased the domain committeesofcorrespondence.com, when I get a better handle on how to do all this stuff I will transition to it, for as I wrote on the holding page there, it is my Belief that the Blogs are the
Committees Of Correspondence of the 21st Century.
I also believe we are today, at a Cusp in History, quite like the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution found themselves.
Only this time the Conflict between the Forces of Totalitarian Control and the Forces of Freedom and Liberty are engaged in a struggle that is GLOBAL in nature.
We face the same opponent, the same detractors, these word of Patrick Henry are as true today as they were then
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
People of the World I tell you this, Our brethren are already in the field! on the order of 5 to 10 million lay dead, slaughtered at the hands of the Jihadists, on the order of 50 million or more are displaced, driven from their homes by the Jihadists.
Why stand we here idle?
Listen! Through the Fog of War can you not hear the Trumpet Calling? Can you not hear the Sound of the Guns and through the Fog, can you not see the Emblem waving at the front of those advancing?
What is that Emblem? It holds the Battle Cry uttered by Gen. John Stark over 200 hundred years ago!
"Live free or die,"
But those are not just Americans, falling to keep the Ensign untarnished they are a host of Nations. In the Coallition of the Willing and even Iraqis, Afghanistanis,and Iranians, not Allied but still dieing because they wish to be FREE.