LI want to start off this post by admitting I am a huge fan of Richard Poe. Richard Poe is amongst my favorite authors at Fron Page Magazine. He alone has shifted my views on certain items. I am not a real Conservative in most conventional descriptions. The fact that some leftist totalitarians apologists can not tell the difference between a Rudy Republican and a Religious Conservative speaks vollumes about the far left.
I was well aware of Mr Poe's writtings when I encountered him on the defunct Moonbat Central. I was afraid of Mr Poe somewhat because a Rudy Republican may view certain issues differently then the more conventional Conservative types. I once asked Mr Poe how he is able to differentiate between my rare dissent and the far left troll types. He explained it is fairly obvious to tell the difference between a sincere dissent and a knave. At the time I was new to blogging but Mr Poe's words of wisdom are clearer as I gain more experience.
The books title does not give one a true glimpse at the real beauty of the book. I am a fairly new arrival on the web. I had learned about Newsmax and David Horowitz from Bob Grant and only within the last three years spent any time on line. I never heard of Free Republic or had the desire to visit until the RNC protests. The local commies demanded to know my Freeper name . In fact it was this repeated demand by our own official blog troll Ducky that encouraged me to visit and yes post there. Ducky I am not the poster named Beaker over there.
Over the years I have wondered about the many sites I have come to love . The stories of how they were founded and the personalities behind them are in the book. One can easily trace the founding of Newsmax to the travails of its founder Chris Ruddy who was far and away the leading target of the wrath of the Clinton administration for his work in the mysterious death of Vince Foster and later Ron Brown. There are still many unanswered questions in both cases.
I knew the story of Matt Drudge as I listened to his weekly radio show in NYC. I was not aware that he helped others get started with their own Internet news sites. Drudge often talks of big media arrogance but Poe's book gives one a chance to see the arrogance of Big Media and the abuse of power by the Clinton administration. Matt
Drudge, Free Republic and the owner of World Net Daily Joseph Farrah are just some of the people harrased by the IRS and subject to frivolous prosecution by the Clinton Machine.
If you surf the web and enjoy these sites it is interesting that they were all founded due to the ham handed tactics of the Clinton Administration. The exception was Matt Drudge who provided a working model and inspiration to the other start up sites we all love.
Mr Poe and I are part of a unique fraternity both of us were eye witnesses to 9-11.
I was fleeing North while Mr Poe watched in Queens. Mr Poe provides insights into the challenges of putting up the next issue of Front Page Magazine amidst the chaos of 9-11.
I have had a few discussions about the terrible things the far left did while the buildings were still burning. Long term readers know that the disgraceful behavior of the far left right after 9-11 led to my rebirth as a Cold Warrior. The far left has spun absurd tales about secondary explosions and Riechstag fires. None of this approximates what I saw. The far left often refer to people such as myself as cowards for running. Mr Poe , Dr Yeagley , our honored combat veterans on this blog will tell you that your job as a civilian is to get out of the way . I learned on that day that I am just an average man and in reality most of us are average and there is no shame in that. It was the efforts of those who rose to the ocasion and joined history and died in an effort to save lives that was the real story that day.
However, Mr Poe reveals something extaordinary in his book. Often we hear the familiar Ann Coulter quote " Kill their Leaders and convert their followers .. quoted ad nauseum by the left. We seldom look at the story behind that quote or even the full quote itself.
On 9-11 Ann Coulter was supposed to fly out of Laguardia Airport. However, like many she was stuck in NY and all the hotels in Queens were booked solid. Manhattan was sealed off and she was at a local Queens bar when she contacted Mr Poe's wife. Mr Poe picked Ann Coulter up and she spent the rest of 9-11 in the Poe household watching the events unfold.
Coulter was at the Poe household when she learned her close friend Barbra Olson had been killed in the 9-11 attacks. Coulter wrote the famous words that Liberals often quote at a time of great grief in a column dedicated to her friend Barbara Olson.
The famous words come at the end of a post dedicated to the death of her friends and are rarely quoted in context or with any resemblence of the story behind those words.
Coulter is not the type to go on Oprah and blubber about the loss of her friend. She chose her column to express what she and many of us felt that day.
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet bombed German cities : we killed civilians. That's war. And this is War."
For too long we have allowed leaders in the Muslim world to talk out of both sides of their mouths. We have placated imaginary grievences, created fake indigenous people. We have ignored real indigenous people and human rights abuses unparalled anywhere except for Comunist coutries. Coulters words were a war cry brought about by the senseless death of a friend. For too long most of us have ignored the totalitarian games of the Jihadist and the far left. Coulters words were a wake up call to the American people about the real dangers ahead.
The era of double talk must end and Muslim terrorism should end. Muslim leaders have gotten a free pass and it is time that they are held accountable for their actions.
Poe's book is a delightful trip through the world of cyberjournalism that we all enjoy but seldom get a peek inside.
The best part is that I have an autographed copy . I aquired mine by accident because I did not like the give away at Front Page magazine. I had read all of Mr Horowitz's books except one and I asked for Mr Poe's autograph instead. My contribution was rewarded with two autographed Richard Poe books and the one Horowitz book I never read. Moral of the story is that if you want to donate and do not like the give away ask. I just made a second donation last evening .
Mr Poes articles can be found at Front Page Magazine and at Richard Poe.Com. Now the next project should be a Yeagley book. His autobiography and travails against accademic bigots who have tried to cast him as a Marxist Noble Savage would be interesting. However we can only dream of a Yeagley book as none is scheduled.