Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Book Review of Poe's Hillary's Secret War

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.


Always On Watch said...

Thank you for providing the context of that famous Ann Coulter quote. CAIR targeted Coulter as promoting a hate crime, but it seems that what she said was stated in the heat of the moment. She's never backed off from that comment, and now I understand why.

beakerkin said...

I thought that our readers would enjoy the full story. I am a bit leery about quotes as I got hits for spanking Koreans. Google picked up the Spanking the Recidivist tytle and a line about Kim Jong Ill.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Why is Ann Coulter's comment more troublesome for CAIR than the shit pumped out daily in mosques and madrassahs across the Islamofascist world?

elijah said...

Thanks for the review, any other books you have to recommend feel free to do so, I gave up on fiction a long time ago and only enjoy politics and history[non fiction]but it is hard to choose what to go for when there is so much out there, i remember when i asked you about chomsky, just when i was ready to check him out, and subsequently ended that.
I like to read your blog, because I do believe in what you stand for.Probably not a viewpoint that would go over well here in T.O.{a little too soft over here} So I keep my mouth shut, the blogs i visit know their shit,difficult at times to glean through the references.My introduction to world politics began with the bolsheviks,of which i read a substantial amount right through to the charming stalin and beyond.In the end it only peaked my curiousity further.So anything else to recommend, please do.

Always On Watch said...

Beamish: Why is Ann Coulter's comment more troublesome for CAIR than the shit pumped out daily in mosques and madrassahs across the Islamofascist world?

Because political correctness, the darling of the Left, promotes her condemnation. Sheesh.

beakerkin said...

I am sorry Rob Bayn is not here. He posted the Coulter quote and has the right to disagree. However I want to know if now that he knows a little more if it isn't somewhat understandable given the circumstances. Coulter like the rest of us is only human.

MissingLink said...

Every time someone says about banning "hate talk" I cringe.
I'd rather have someone calling me names than being protected by the law.
As long as we have the right to talk back I don't want to have any state protection.
How does it work now in the States?
On one hand people can go into serious trouble for saying certain things about certain ethnic minorities but when I get into the Nation Of Islam there are no restricyions whatsoever.
And I don't mean "religion" bashing.
There is open racism oozing from every page.

Warren said...

Felis, as far as I know, there are no "hate speech", laws in the US. If there are, they will be challenged in court as unconstitutional. Most non-citizens don't realize the difference in laws from State to State in the US but The Constitution supersedes local law.

So if California make a "hate speech" law; it would probably be struck down as unconstitutional under the First Amendment of our Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

From Amendment fourteen:

" No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; [....]"

There are hate speech codes on some university campi which can result in the expulsion of students and censure of facility.

A person could be charged with incitement or harassment but this is rarely done and usually does not result in a conviction. In print, we may say anything we wish, subject only to libel laws, (which throw away the dictionary definition of libel), and is only prosecutable under the conditions that:

The Statement was false.
The person making the statement knew it was false.
Actual damages occurred as a result of the statement.

All three conditions must be met.

So we may yell and scream at each other to our little hearts content.

One caveat is, we may not break the law and use our constitutional rights as an excuse. The best example of that is the old trope, yelling fire in a crowded theater.

I hope this answered your question. :^)

MissingLink said...

In 99% Warren.
And so the "taboo" words regarding nationality/ethnicity/skin-colour are only based on unwritten etiquette, are they?
If someone (for example) loses his job over improper use of such words it will be because of the employer policy and not because of the state law – am I correct?

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I'm actually offended by Coulter's quote as well. Converting them to Christianity takes precious time away from killing them.

beakerkin said...

Mr Beamish

That was a classic.


Censoring speech is generaly only done at Universities. Mr Horowitz is fighting those speech codes as facistic. It is funny the Duck (69) or 167 will sream facist or Nazi at me and defend speech codes
at universities. In the case of the virulently anti semitic 167 we have a communist agitating for the end of zionists free speech. I asked 167 how many fake Jenin massacres we would need to arrive at 100,000,000 and he hasn't responded.

Warren said...

Felis said...

"In 99% Warren.
And so the "taboo" words regarding nationality/ethnicity/skin-colour are only based on unwritten etiquette, are they?
If someone (for example) loses his job over improper use of such words it will be because of the employer policy and not because of the state law, am I correct?"

Yes, but if a worker complains and the employer does not respond in some fashion, (i.e.reprimand, demotion, policy statement), the employer leaves himself open for a law suite under harassment laws.

If you are familiar with the go-round that Beak and his fellow employees had with a nut case feminist, you can get the general idea.

Sometimes it gets pretty silly.

I work with a bunch of "good ole boys", and the language gets pretty blue! ;^)

Once, we were all reprimanded for calling the service advisor names. although I see nothing wrong with calling a stupid SOB, a stupid SOB! (reprimands went into trash can)

Storm said...

because to Ducky and 167 you are a simple minded hateful being but they are enlightened and sophistocated.

But you are homophobic, islamophobic and u need to be indoctrinated I meant you need to open your mind.

Beak as always a very good post

And I agree conversion cuts down on the rate per bullets down range.

beakerkin said...

Storm Mr Beamish combines wit and subtlety.

MissingLink said...

A SOB is just a SOB.
I agree.
Thanks for you explanation.

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