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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Declaration of Independence

(John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence")

"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." -Thomas Jefferson
(Preamble to the Declaration of Independence)

Based upon recent developments, it would seem that it's time for a new declaration of independence...independence from the biased, Leftist "mainstream" media, that is.

A majority of Americans are now convinced of that bias, and they are not happy about it. Some of us have been onto this for quite some time, but now we are in the majority, unlike in previous years.

I happened to pick up a copy of the local "fish wrap" the other day, which someone had left in the break area at my place of employment in the military-industrial complex; as usual, it was chock full of the usual partisan tripe, masquerading as objective journalism.

To be fair, there are still a lot of excellent journalists out there, and much of their work is chronicled at the following websites:

Human Events
Jewish World Review
Patriot Post
Town Hall

Of course, what with the advent of the "blogosphere", we are no longer limited to getting our news pre-digested for us by a "mainstream" media with an agenda of its own.

A few years ago a former co-worker (who died recently) introduced me to ScrappleFace, which opened up a whole new world for me, that being the aforementioned "blogosphere".

From there, I eventually started this little blog of mine, wherein I am free to write about whatever strikes my fancy.

I am not by any means the first or only person to start blogging after being exposed to the "blogosphere".

Another most excellent blog is Villainous Company; it was an early spin-off from the comments section at ScrappleFace.

I've had the pleasure of meeting the authors of both blogs. Besides the fact that they are both wonderful human beings, they are also good enough at what they write that they should be being paid (handsomely!) for so doing.

I have also met a number of other bloggers, and their respective blogs are all in my "blogroll", in the left hand column.
(← ← ← ← ← ←)

At any rate, it's great to be able to dialogue amongst ourselves about the events of the day, rather than being dependent upon the "mainstream" media.

Also, it is terrific to have so many options...


Blogger FrankenLooper said...

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September 16, 2008 8:38 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

The other night the "History Channel" carried films made on
9/11. I cried all over again,just as I cried at the time. Sometimes it takes tears to open ones eyes. For those first few days we had a real American Media. they shared the tears and fears of all of us.But it didn't last long.
The next time we are attacked ,I expect the Media will be Cheering on the bad guys ,and telling America ,she is finally getting what she deserves.
I'd like to see the Media get what THEY deserve.

September 16, 2008 9:05 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Nice post, Camo!
I, too, am thankful for the blogosphere, the cyber (and real-life) friends I've made there and the ability to blog about whatever suits my fancy.

Keeps it all in perspective...

September 16, 2008 9:06 PM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Sigh, I used to get paid for what I thought, but no more. Now, I like others, write for free. Aw heck, what would I do with money, other than spending it on vacations, cameras and computers, I have no need for the grubby stuff.

I am thankful, as I sit here in my pajamas, for the blogosphere and those who diligently write the truth. Keep on truckin'

September 16, 2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger FrankenLooper said...

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September 16, 2008 9:37 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Thank God for the blogosphere and talk radio. Without these two entities, I wouldn't be as well informed and able to discern the real from the faux.

Another benefit of the blogosphere is that you get to make friends you might not otherwise have met. ;-}

September 16, 2008 10:20 PM  
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September 16, 2008 10:50 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

If we truly believed like we said we did, we'd forgive what had happened to us. Instead, we want the vengeance that God says is his.

Don't you think it's a bit arrogant and condescending to tell other people what they think?

Because I do.

I don't want vengeance on anyone and never have. You have no idea what I think. I do have an interest in preventing people who are willing to strap bombs on and kill innocent civilians from committing acts of terrorism, and whether you like it or not I have a right to my opinion. I also have a right not to wish to become their next victim.

If you lived in a dictatorship, you'd be able to impose your utopian vision of 'forgiveness' upon me by force. Sadly, that is not our system of government, so my husband and others like him are allowed the privilege of volunteering to risk their lives to protect me (and you, by the way).

Democracy bites that way, doesn't it?

September 17, 2008 6:24 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh, and thanks for the kind words, Camo :p

Right back at ya!

September 17, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Hello fellow blogger! It's all about freedom of expression and freedom from the tyranny of monopolistic left-wing, looney lib (LLL) screeds. Keep fighting the good fight.

(:D) Best regards...

September 17, 2008 8:13 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

What you choose to call having your eyes opened, I'd be more inclined to think of as having had the wool pulled over them. However, your comment brings up the fact that there is indeed a more virulent strain of blog on the opposite side of the political divide...and as we all should know, the opposite of the Right is the Wrong. In all fairness, there are quite a few alleged Republicans that have brought shame to the Party by departing far from the principles it's supposed to represent, so in that sense I can understand where you are coming from. That being said, you don't need the "blogosphere" if all you're looking for is to have such negativity validated; the "mainstream" media fulfills that function quite effectively.

Since you mention God, and that vengeance is His, what vengeance do you suppose He will exact from members of the Party of abortion on demand? I cannot for the life of me fathom how people who claim to be God-fearing believers can reconcile their alleged principles with the millions of lives that have been (and continue to be) indiscriminately terminated in the name of women's health. That's not to say that there are no legitimate instances where women's health (mental and/or physical) can be adversely affected by allowing a pregnancy to go full term, for various reasons. I could certainly never be accused of saying that no woman should ever have an abortion. Barack Obama is at the most extreme end of the spectrum on this issue, BTW, having even voted against protecting babies who survive being aborted. Be proud to cast a vote for him, therefore, Mr. "I used to be a Republican".

But back to the topic of vengeance: acting in the interests of self-defense/self-preservation does not equate to being vengeful, a fact which Cassandra expressed so well. To simply forgive a group of people who are determined to kill as many Americans as they can is not realistic, unless one has a death wish. They have killed on many occasions, and would continue to do so if we simply left them alone.

Thinking about all the innocent lives that were brought to a violent end on that fateful day always affects me quite profoundly as well. As for the media getting what they deserve, if they did there'd be plenty of journalists on trial for treason in this country, right now. I'd like to see that, myself.

Keeping it all in perspective is a good way to put it, and the "blogosphere" is certainly a great way to do that.

Making friends in the virtual (and real) world is a nice side benefit, indeed. I'm thankful about that too.

Ms RightWing:
Diligently writing about the truth; another concept that the "blogosphere" facilitates, yes. This is what the "mainstream" media is supposed to do in theory, but they've been co-opted by an agenda for a long time now.

You bring up a further good thing about the "blogosphere": we can write in pajamas, or nothing at all. Personally, I don't own any pajamas, but that's me.

Being well informed, and discerning "the real from the faux". Yes, that discernment part can be tricky for some, as illustrated above by FrankenLooper.

Making friends one "might not otherwise have met". Absolutely! I have met nearly everyone who has posted a comment on this thread thus far. Pretty nifty, that.

Succinctly put. I could not have done any better (or even as well) myself.

When I opined that you are good enough at what you write that you should be getting paid for it, I wasn't just "gilding the lily"...I sincerely meant it. Nothing to do with being kind. Merely accurate. I'm gratified that you reciprocate the thought, but have no illusions about being on your level in this endeavor.

Freedom! Yes!!! That's what makes America great.

"LLL" screeds, eh? Maybe they should have their own alternate Internet, with all the URLs starting with that in lieu of "www".


I know, I'm silly...

September 17, 2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Here in Indianapolis, (and MOST of Indiana), we are stuck with the biggest, and practically, ONLY news-rag, The Indianapolis Star. It was bought from the Pulliam family by Gannett Press, (name sound familar--USA Today and MANY others)!

They imported a liberal wing nut editor, who tries to disguise himself as an "Iowa farmboy", but he has LONG since gave up that title, by way of Berkeley!

There IS one true Conservative at the paper, Gary Varvel who does political cartoons, (I have shared many with Hawkeye and one is circulating now in an email from Elly).

The funny thing is, whether by praise or by critisizing, it was The Star that mentioned Scrappleface in an article sometime around 2002, (I think, I am getting old and the memory isn't what it used to be!)

For that, I am thankful!PS: The circulation is so bad that, they are running a special for Sunday and Thursday subscriptions for 98 cents per week for 12 months!

Next, they will be giving them away!

Doesn't anyone else wonder why the "tree huggers" are not all over the print media, (papers, mags, etc.), when people can get the same and BETTER info on the "Net"?

Retorical question, we ALL know why! :lol:

September 17, 2008 10:05 AM  
Blogger FrankenLooper said...

Sorry, Jack, but I didn't realize that this was a place for me to be attacked for my beliefs when they don't match everyone else's. Please take me off of your mailing list. It'll be a lot more peaceful with only one viewpoint around here.

Y'all have a nice day.

September 17, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Lots of media outlets have been experiencing declining sales and circulation in recent years. Some of them are trying to adjust their reporting to accommodate what they are finally figuring out is the average American's viewpoint.

Too little, too late?

It seemed to me (and others) that you were attacking some beliefs yourself...and if you wish to no longer be notified of new posts, it's not a problem.

But instead of complaining about people expressing their opinions, maybe it would be better if you tried to defend your own.

Just sayin'...

September 17, 2008 10:28 PM  

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